Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween {part 3}

This year for Halloween the kids and I had a little 'slumber party' and watched movies together.
Then we handed out candy to kids... and babies........ and adults...
for about an hour before their bed time.
Every time they heard a knock, they jumped up, ran to the door, and knocked back.
Once I opened the door, they started putting handfuls of candy
into each kid's bag... unless it was a scary costume.
It was so cute seeing Ella hand out the candy and towards the end she started chucking it at the kids!
It was a great night in with my babes.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sleep Challenge

Oh beautiful sleep, I miss you dearly.
I have been sleep deprived since...oh, my first child was born, 2 1/2 years ago. And lets not forget my kids are ELEVEN MONTHS apart meaning I really haven't gotten a break. I even had some post partum depression for 6 months after Ella was born due to lack of sleep.
Sleep is vital and one of the most basic necessities. More sleep means lower stress (big one for me), improved memory, live longer, healthy weight (a huge plus!), and it's the omega 3, vitamin D, and antioxidants all wrapped up into one cozy package. We all know how cranky the kids get if they miss a nap. I don't mess with their sleep schedules or else I'll be dealing with two never ending tantrums. When we lack sleep, our immune system shuts down, we become forgetful, we're low on energy, and I know I'm on the edge of throwing a tantrum myself! 
I'm guilty of staying up late, doing absolutely nothing. I put the kids to bed no later then 7:30 and I usually don't go to bed until 11 pm and right when I lay down, without fail, Ella wakes up. If I don't get her right away, then Lincoln wakes up. On average I have to get out of bed 2-3 times a night. (These past 3 weeks have been worse because of the kids being sick and teething). I've accepted the fact that I'm probably never going to sleep through the night because I'm a mom and this truly is a 24 hour job. To be honest I love it. I love knowing that I am the one that brings comfort to my children when they aren't feeling well, even if it is in the middle of the night. There's just a few things I could do differently, or sacrifice some of my very coveted free time at night so that I can get the rest I need.
So lets do this.
I've come up with a few personal goals to help me catch up on those Zs.
  1. eat well balanced meals throughout the day. (This has been proven to help with sleep).
  2. turn off all screens (TV, phone, computer) at least 1 hour before bed. For me this will be 9 pm.
  3. no sweets or other stimulates after 5 pm. (also proven to help)
  4. small snack before bed (Mama Natural suggested warm milk with honey and a dash of salt, but we'll see about that one).
  5. have a strict cut off time to start my night time routine. I'll make it 9 pm. (I think this is important and will help a lot).
  6. I bought a Book of Mormon study guide I'm excited about so I think I'll add that to my night time routine.
  7. my goal is to have the lights off and in bed by 9:30 (it takes me awhile to actually fall asleep).
So, I know 10 pm isn't that early to be going to sleep but I want to make small changes so that I don't get discouraged. Hopefully some the things I listed above will at least help me to relax and sleep quicker.
This post might sound silly; Sleep, REALLY!?! But yes, I do believe sleep will help me be a better mom and a happier person over all (and help with those dark circles under my eyes).
Ahhh! It's 8:45 right now so I only have a few minutes left before I start counting those sheep!
 Good night!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Fun







Life Lately

 this week we...

  • The kids are feeling much better. Their appetites are back and they are full of energy!
  • Chris came home early from his FEX and he had this weekend (mostly) off! It's been so nice having him home.
  • Chris and I went though most of our clothes and got rid of a TON of stuff! I'm going to start packing next week!
  • We had 2 fun little Halloween parties this week and I have to say Ella was the cutest little chick and Lincoln was the most handsom skunk ever!
  • I ordered 2 new books off Amazon I'm really exited about starting.
  • I'm still sick... what the heck! I haven't been feeling well for about a month now.
  • Ella's been teething, which means no sleep for either of us... but I have tricked her into taking these new chewy Tylenol tablets by saying it's candy.
  • There is a hurricane watch out for next week that is freaking me out and we're not prepared at...we don't even know how to prepare for a hurricane!  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

"that's crazy man!"

just a cute little video of Lincoln jammin' in the car.
"that's crazy man!"

Halloween {part 2}

Today was our wards Trunk-or-Treat! The kids still don't under stand how to trick-or treat and I felt really weird encouraging them to take candy from strangers! Lincoln wanted to immediately eat every candy he got and Ella put her candy into other kids bags. ha ha ha. At least they had fun!




Halloween {part 1}

Fallon threw a fun little Halloween play date at the park yesterday for the kids. She made these yummy spider pot pies and I made some mini mummy hot dogs. It was so nice having our hubbies there too!
Isn't this the cutest little turle, rain cloud, chick, and skunk you've ever seen!?

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