Sunday, February 24, 2008

Hey Mikey - He likes it!!















Thomas had his first bowl of cereal this weekend!! He LOOOOVES it! He's a natural born eater, of course. He took right too it - and opened wide for every spoonful! He had his 4 month appointment on Friday - he weighs a whopping 16.2 lbs now! And he is 26" long. He had 3 shots and did very well - only cried for a minute - I think I whimpered longer! The doctor says he is in great health! Yippeee! Happy anniversary to us! yes - Friday was our 5 yr anniversary! I can hardly believe it myself. We were supposed to go out to dinner but Paulo has been sick all weekend - stomach flu - ugh. So we celebrated with our boy's healthy check up and first bit of food.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sanctuary

Now that I'm an at home wife and mom, I decided its about time I take responsibility for this house - another one of my 10 goals this year. The past 5 yrs have proven to me that the house is not going to clean itself! So I finally am committed to organizing, cleaning, and keeping the house in good shape. Sounds like common sense I know, but I was a really bad house keeper.

Since the 2nd week of January, I have learned the lesson that keeping a clean house clean is much easier than cleaning a dirty house once in a while. I've learned some excellent tips and hints from a few resources that I've listed below - my favorite being FLYlady.com. It says you can do anything for 15 minutes - so that's what I do. 15 minutes here and there throughout the day really makes a difference. I can unload and reload the dishwasher; I can fold and put away one load of laundry; I can do a quickie clean of the bathroom sink and toilet; I can straighten up one room in the house (benefit to a small home with small rooms!).

After being a career woman for so many years, I decided to think about what made me successful in my career, and apply those ideas to the house...because this is my job now. I treat my home like
a business now. Certain things just need to get done everyday - just like at work. And in the end - I, my husband, WE benefit (not the management, stockholders, and clients).

The most significant benefit of having a clean, orderly home is one that surprised me - the sense of peace and well being. I love being home even more, because things are in their place, the clutter is gone, I know where to find things in a moment (LOVE that), and it looks pretty. I thought that would sound prideful, but its not - my home is my sanctuary.

Here are some of my favorite resources:
http://www.flylady.com/
http://www.motivatedmoms.com/
http://www.totalmom.com/2008newsite/downloads.html

Thomas is his grandmother's today. Paulo's mom takes him once a week so that I can spend the
day cleaning, doing laundry, getting admin stuff done, a few errands. I miss him so much when she has him, but I sooo appreciate it too. I'm very lucky that I have her so close and that she wants him and then I get to do all my housewife stuff and feel completed and accomplished once I get him back. To be able to finally be the housewife my husband deserves makes me feel good. I prayed that God would give me a heart to be a better home maker and He has.



Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's day!


I've never been a big valentine's day person - Paulo and I call it the "amateurs holiday". We think we should celebrate our love EVERY day. However, since last year, we have a newfound reason to celebrate. Last year we got pregnant with Thomas on Valentine's Day! Now - I'm not being too open about my life in the bedroom when I share this info. We got pregnant through IVF (in-vitro fertilization), so we know the date and exact time we got pregnant. I guess that's the benefit for the unromantic aspect of it all. So - we celebrate this day with a whole new outlook!


Friday, February 8, 2008

The BEST $57.50 I've ever spent!

I mentioned I have 10 goals for 2008, and little by little I'll reveal each of them. The best $57.50 I ever spent pertains to my goal of cooking and eating more at home.

I LOVE a big salad. I'd eat salad every day....IF it weren't so darned hard to keep all the veggies fresh, and IF it weren't so time consuming to chop everything up each day. WELL - let me tell you about these fabulous products I got from Tupperware that help me stick to this goal.

I saw these containers on a HGTV show (of course, since that's all I watch on TV). They are called Fridgesmart and you store all sorts of fruits and veggies in them. What this means is, when you go food shopping, you can come home and cut up all the lettuce, all the
cucumbers, peppers, onions, whatever you like, then put the cut up veggies in these containers and they keep fresh for up to THREE weeks!! YES - for real, no lie - cause I've had them for 3 weeks now and just had a yummy salad with 3 week old cucumbers that taste as fresh as the first day I bought them - REALLY!!! I bought strawberries 10 days ago and put them in a container - they are perfect! No mold, no rot!
I just made a yummo salad in 3 minutes - cause I just pulled out the containers, grabbed the copped lettuce and chopped cucs, cut up a tomato, added some olives, etc - 3 minutes I was eating it!

I was sooo sick of throwing out rotting fruits and veggies. I'm sure I was spending $57.50 a month on produce with the best of intentions to use them up right away, only to end up tossing them in just a few short days cause they were rotting.

Check them out. You can purchase seperately, but I highly suggest getting all 3 and just paying shipping once - you will want all 3.
Fridge smart containers

Today's pic of Thomas - he has decided he likes the car seat now, because he's figured out when I put him in it, that means we are going somewhere - either for a walk in the stroller, or a ride in the car. So this is his face now each time I put him in it. So stinkin cute!!! I just love this little boy!!


Monday, February 4, 2008

Monday Blues

It is very sad ....the perfect season has come to an end - the Pats have lost. But you know what - they still have the longest record, regular and post season, and I don't care what all the men say - that means something!

Thomas has found his hands. I'm not sure he's quite figured out that they are indeed attached and are very useful - but he has found them - that's step one. So he's either staring at them or sucking on them - again, don't think he gets that those things he's sucking on are the same things he's playing with! Its just so fun.


I thanked Paulo tonight when he got home - I try to thank him often. For working so hard so that I have the privilege of staying home and being with the boy all day. I can't imagine missing all this - little coos and giggles and faces all day long. I am so blessed. Ladies, I know wiping butts and noses, doing endless laundry, and loading and unloading the dishwasher 30 times a week is a thankless job, but if you are blessed to get to do all this and only this in addition to raising your babies, thank your husband. Its got to be pretty thankless to leave his home and family everyday just to bring home the bacon.


(PS - check out those legs - he's soooo my child!)