Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Frozen Banner and a Little Bit of Fun

 As a mom of two boys the Frozen movie phenomenon has mostly missed our house.  I’m ok with that.  Even though Frozen hasn’t been on repeat since coming to home video in our house I still have heard the songs enough to have them memorized.  My son said all the girls at his school sing the songs all the time, yep, he’s right, I hear them signing them when I pick him up.  I hear girls singing them in Target, doctor’s offices, even at the zoo. I hear it everywhere.

I thought it was time to give in to this blockbuster of a hit and put a banner up in my etsy shop so all moms and dads can have just one more Frozen item in their house, to all the fed up mom’s and dad’s out there, you are welcome.  Hey, we have a similar problem in our house with the Lego Movie. 

I mentioned the zoo up above.  Let me tell you how our local zoo, the movie Frozen, and my soon-to-be-three sons are all connected while I show you some pictures of this cute banner.

I have to back track just a bit to make this story complete.  When we found out our second child was going to be a second boy, I was a little surprised.  Nowhere in my world was it possible my second baby was going to be a second boy.  My whole life I thought I would have two kids, the first a boy (to be the over protecting big brother), and the second child a girl.  Both pregnancies were very different, a FOR SURE indicator (as everyone said) that the second was a girl since the first was a boy.  So when the technician said, “it’s a boy”, my reaction was not elated joy but more of a “What?!?! Not possible”.  My reaction was just weird enough there was some moments of awkward silence by the tech. 

Now fast forward to just a few months ago.  This third time around, I learned a lesson, I learned not to assume anything and that it is a 50/50 chance that this baby would be a girl and a 50/50 chance they would be a boy.  As the ultrasound date grew closer my anxiety grew higher.  I was at peace with a boy or a girl but anxious to learn which gender they were.  Sure, a girl would be nice, but there is some peace in having a third boy, I know how boys work, I already have two, and let’s face it, I love them to pieces.

 How could you not love these two little hams.  They are just the cutest.  I had this strong feeling I was having a third boy, after all, I am the oldest of three girls.  So when the technician said, “It’s another boy”.  I was ok with it.  In a lot of ways, I was relieved.  I’m about to have my third child, having them be the same gender as the first two seems to make life easier somehow.  There were no tears shed, no pouting, I was going to be a mom to my third boy. End of story, so I thought.    

 A week after the ultrasound, we went to family night at the zoo and we sat in front of the karaoke stage to eat our dinner.  Kids gathered on stage to play various instruments: drums, electric guitars, sing vocals, etc.   The music started, “Let It Go” was being sang by about a dozen little girls.  I very innocently turned to my hubby while the boys were eating their sandwiches and said, “awe, look at all the little girls singing”…..the words barely left my mouth before the crocodile sized tears started rolling down my checks followed by the words, “I’m never going to have a little girl”.  Followed by more crocodile sized tears.  My husband couldn’t help himself, he started laughing, which helped me start laughing.  I have no idea where they came from, they came out of nowhere.  My hubby said, “Put yourself together, what is the matter with you, we’re at the zoo and everyone can see you crying”.  My kids were oblivious to mommy’s embarrassment.  I took the song literally, I sure did  Right in the middle of the zoo, in front of all those people.   The tears stopped when my oldest said, "this song is dumb, why don't they sing the Lego Movie song".  Life is good. 

I’m happy to report, there have been no further tears since that moment.  I’m excited to meet the next cute little ham to grace our family in just 26 short days (not that I’m counting).  He’s going to fit right in to our crazy, goofy, chaotic lives.  But every time I hear the song, “Let It Go”, I’ll think back to that July day when there was a brief moment that I wasn’t sure and I’ll giggle and laugh at what could have been and how life is so wonderful with my three little peanuts.    

Now go to my etsy shop and buy this cute banner or if you are blessed to have all boys like I am and don't see yourself throwing a Frozen themed party anytime soon, do me a favor and share it with your girlfriends!

And while your at it, check out two of my favorite bloggers that have all boys themselves:

Look at Shelly with her four (!!!) boys:

Look at Jen with her three boys:

Oh, and this post with all three boys sitting around the table just makes me so excited, I can't wait for this in my own life:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let's Catch Up

Hello Everyone.  Life has just gotten so busy with a houseful of kids.  I think about this blog often but just can't squeeze in the time to write quality content.  

It's been so long so LET'S CATCH UP!


Baby #3 is only a short five weeks away and I realized I haven't even announced their gender on my blog, the third baby is already getting the short end of the stick and they haven't even arrived yet!

I posted this picture on my facebook page back in July when we found out the baby's gender.  Johnathan (6) and Robert (16 months) are each eating an ice cream cone, one blue and one pink.  I posted this picture on my facebook page and then went to bed....without providing an answer, boy was that fun.  My friends and family were dying to know and I went to bed and didn't give them the answer. 


The next day, I posted this picture.  YES!  Another boy!  Three boys!  Being the oldest of three girls, I somehow had this strong feeling I would end up with all boys.  

I also took a couple other photos and I thought this one of the two boys is cute.  I know, Johnathan's face is half cut off (hence why it wasn't used) but it is still a cute picture documenting our news.  

You got to love this photo of poor little Robbie crying.  Is it because it is a boy?  Is it because he has to share his mommy?  I'm not sure but this picture is just priceless to me.  I'm pretty positive he will be happier than he is in this picture when his little brother arrives (fingers crossed). 


I turned another year older a couple weeks ago.  The hubby and I took a nice extended weekend alone in the Wisconsin Dells and did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING without the boys.  Yes that's right, we did nothing.  It was wonderful.  No dishes, no vacuuming, no cooking, no crazy kids crying in our ears.  Nate watched a lot of cable television and I did some shopping.  It was great.

Here I am on my birthday, 32 weeks pregnant with both my boys, Johnathan (6) and Robert (19 months).  To their surprise, they bought me that nice yellow purse.  The best part of my day:  Johnathan thought I turned 23, I didn't bother correcting him.


Those of you that know me, you know during Johnathan's pregnancy I suffered really bad from vomiting.  I vomited everyday from week 8 to week 21 or 22.  It was aweful.  I lost somewhere around 10-15 lbs while pregnant with him.  With Robert, I had gallbladder issues.  I thought it was pre-term labor and doctor said, "nope, sounds like gallbladder".  Ugh, I knew that was bad news as my hubby had his removed a few years prior.  If you remember, I ended up having mine removed through an emergency surgery 3 months after Robert's birth.  My attack started during my sister's bridal shower, that I hosted.  What a mess. Oh, and his delivery resulted in a unplanned C-Section but of course only after laboring naturally for 16 hours and pushing for two. 

I thought for sure all the above issues meant this third pregnancy would be a cake walk.  Nope.  Not so.  Unfortunately I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes a couple months ago.  I've been checking my blood sugar three times a day ever since, along with changing my nightly routine of a bowl of ice cream.  It hasn't been too hard but certainly adds another layer of complexity to my pregnancy.  Last month I was also diagnosed with a hernia.  Oh joy.  Luck me.  It is ugly but at least it isn't painful (knocking very hard on wood right now).

So as you might guess, I'm looking forward to these next few weeks to whiz by quickly and I can't wait to hold that new baby boy in my arms.


I have found some time but not a lot to craft.  Some of it might be more nesting than crafting.  I've been really busy with banner orders from my etsy shop: Furloughed Time.  This week has been particularly busy, I think I had 6 orders come in. Here's a quick shot of four orders lined up on my bed waiting for me to package them up and get my butt to the post office before the close at 12 noon.  The current best seller on my site (by far) is the Where The Wild Things Are Banner.  Really, you can't go wrong, the book is so darn cute. 


I also FINALLY finished painting the hallway on our 1st and 2nd floors.  This only took me....oh two years to complete.  I thought by the time I finished it, I would be ready for a new color but I will not be painting it anytime soon.  It is a nice soft stone white.  I love it. In an upcoming post I'll show you what I did with all the blank walls.

And last by not least, it doesn't look like much but Robert FINALLY has a bedroom.  He no longer lives in the TV Room with a crib in it.  He legitimately has a bedroom with NO television junk in it.  It only took 19 months but hey, we did it before baby #3 got here.  I was hopeful to get rid of the peach trim and yellow walls before baby #3 arrived but that's just not happening at this point.  Robert hasn't been the best sleeper so he isn't ready for a roommate so all the kids will be separated for a few months still.

If the weather holds up and I find a second wind, who knows MAYBE I'll paint but with only five weeks to go before baby #3 arrives, I'm more concerned about....oh you know....dragging the newborn clothes out of the attic and buying a dresser to store them in so they don't have to walk around naked or I have to look for clothes in boxes or baskets and drive myself looney (let's face it, I'm already looney enough). 

Thanks for coming back and checking out my site.  I hope to sneak in more time to share what's been going on in my house.  I don't want to jinx it, but rumor has it that next weekend might bring me the best household item yet.....stay tuned.