January 5, 2011

>wordless wednesday: first haircut

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January 5, 2011

>on mourning

>There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of my dad. He passed almost three years a go, yet I play his last days with us in my head almost daily.

Remembering the last thing he said to me. Telling him that he would be missed, but that I would be OK. The night before he died when he looked at me straight in the eye, his brown eyes locked with mine as he came out of his confusion. Listening to my brother play his guitar and sing him songs laying on the bed next to him. Feeding him pain medication. What his last breath looked like, telling him I love him for the last time.

I think of these things everyday. And my heart aches. My heart breaks.

January 27th marks the third anniversary of the last day of his life. Thus making January a time of mourning. Dear readers, because of this, you will likely see many posts about my dad. Writing is a means of mourning, so hang tight and bare with my sappiness.

January 4, 2011

>and the winner is…

>Thank you to everyone who entered the Prickly Play Porcupine infant toy giveaway!

Using Random.org, entry number 46, belonging to Abrennan09, was selected! Congratulations! I will be emailing you shortly to obtain your shipping info.

Stay tuned for more giveaways this month… Including another Prickly Play Porcupine!

Happy New Year!

January 4, 2011

>ducky love

>She told me that the ducks love each other.

December 30, 2010

>and we are babyproofing… again.

>Hayden is now mobile. As we speak, I hear her opening the drawers to the television stand, despite me moving her across the room.  And I thought to myself that we were nice and baby proofed because of Hadley. I look around the room and I realized that we are not!

While we have gates on the staircases, half of the plugs have become uncovered. Only two cabinets (the ones that need to be locked) are baby proofed. The fireplace could be gotten into very easily (need to trouble shoot this one a bit). And who knows what else – I am sure Hayden will show us in time.

So today, it’s back to the store to purchase some more supplies, bust out my cool little power drill (from Restoration Hardware – I love it!) and go back to the drawing board of baby proofing.

Looking forward to when we don’t have big white latches on everything, and I can put pretty things out that my kids don’t get into an destroy.
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December 29, 2010

>wordless wednesday: christmas

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December 28, 2010

>5 new years resolutions

>2011 is upon us, and I can hardly believe it. Two babies. Home owner. Living in a different state far from California that I lived my whole life. My life has changed dramatically in the past five years. And finally, I am starting to feel “settled”. So what a good time to set some goals for the New Year:

* Take more “me time”, even though I feel tremendous guilt when I do. Go out once a week, if only for an hour, to do something alone. And once monthly, take some extra time to do something just for me – whether it be a pedicure, seeing a movie, or enjoying a leisurely lunch all by my lonesome.

* Spend more alone time with Jonathan. We certainly do not do this enough. We need to call on the sitter more often and go out to be a couple. Our relationship was so whirlwind, we hardly had a chance to be a couple. We need to do this.

* Get in shape. Hayden and Hadley are both doing well at the gym daycare, so it’s time for me to get back into shape. I need to hit the gym at least three times a week (if not more). I want to feel good in my bathing suit an shorts this summer.

* Eat healthier. I’m not going to lie… I have been a chocoholic for the last couple of years and I need to curb this. Drink more water. And continue to try to weed out the processed foods. Floss. Everyday.

* Strive to be greener. We do things that are “greener”, but we could be even more so. This year I will do the things to be a greener household. Like, remembering to take our reuseable bags to the grocery store. In the winter months when farmers markets are not available, trying to purchase natural, organic and local food products, even if they cost a little more. And not buying individually wrapped items, like juice boxes, Keurig coffee cups (we can pack our own resuseable cup) and water bottles.

What are your New Years resolutions?
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December 27, 2010

>must have monday: prickly play porcupine + giveaway

>Hayden received the Prickly Play Prorcupine by Alex Jr. from her Great Aunt for Christmas and she just loves it!

http://www.Amazon.com

Not only is this cloth toy colorful and inviting to play with, it’s spikes are full of different things, like beans, bells and crinkly paper, but also has a mirror, squeeks and honks. It’s a wonderful toy for sensory play for babies starting at three months. And guess what? At nine months Hayden is still intrigued!

http://www.Amazon.com

As a “Happy New Year” giveaway, I’d like to give a new Prickly Play Porcupine away to one of my lucky readers. All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me you want it (be sure to include your email address). Easy breezy!

For those of you who really, REALLY want this toy, here are a few extra things you can do beyond the main entry:

* Follow @MinimalMom on Twitter and leave a comment with your Twitter handle (I promise to follow you back). If you already follow me, lucky you! All you need to do is leave a comment.

* Like Minimal Mom on Facebook and leave a comment with your Facebook name. If you already like me, lucky you! All you need to do is leave a comment.

* Tweet the following: Enter to win a Prickly Play Porcupine infant toy from @minimalmom. http://www.minimalmom.net You may do this once daily for an additional entry.

* Facebook the following: Enter to win a Prickly Play Porcupine infant toy from @minimalmom. http://www.minimalmom.net You may do this once daily for an additional entry.

Contest ends Monday January 3, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Good luck!

The product I am giving away is from our own personal resources. This review and giveaway product was not provided by Alex Jr. We just like the product!

December 27, 2010

>sledding

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December 25, 2010

>the magic of christmas

>I love Christmas. But for a very long time that real magic hasn’t existed. That magic that a child has.

For obvious reasons it faded away… The fable of Santa and reindeers flying around the world delivering presents and eating millions of cookies, truth comes to light. And the teenage years kick in. The long for surprise is overtaken by the want of something ridiculous and specific.

Hadley is almost 2 1/2 and she started understanding the concept of Santa. We did a lot of holiday related activities, watched movies about Rudolph and Frosty, read books. I told her that old tale of Santa delivering presents to good little girls and boys, but that Christmas was also a time that we give to others.

Yesterday was Christmas Eve and we talked a lot about Santa. We baked cookies for him and placed them on the table next to our big leather chair. And a few times she said, on her own accord, “Santa is coming!”

I was so excited to put the kids to bed so I could set up. Jonathan had spent the evening setting up a couple of large gifts our relatives sent and I was in charge of placing all the gifts under the tree, stuffing the stocking. And together we set up a small princess castle for Hadley to find in the living room.

And would you believe that I couldn’t sleep? I was so excited! And I was up at 6 a.m. longing for the rest of the family to wake up. When I heard the pitter pat of feet on the bedroom floor above me, I got my camera ready for first reactions… And woosh! Just like that, the real magic of Christmas came over our household.

Now to a lot of you, my post about Christmas may seem very materialistic. And to people like us who are not religious and do not celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, it’s a holiday that becomes about giving. Hadley, at two years old, doesn’t understand that those toys we purchased for less fortunate children and the donations we give to non-profit organizations are a means of giving just yet. But some day she will. And we will strive for her to understand what this holiday means to to our family.

There may come a time when she may decide that it means something different, which is fine. But for now, it’s a holiday of giving to others, appreciating our friends and family, and loving one another. And to let her parents enjoy the magic of Christmas through her little eyes.

Happy Holidays!