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Redefining “Perfect” & “Productivity”

Cleaning and cooking can wait ’till tomorrow

For babies grow up, as we’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,

  I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep

In case you didn’t already know, I have a confession to make; I, Heather, am a perfectionist… Maybe even a little obsessive-compulsive… Ok more than a little!

It drives me crazy when I have a sink full of dishes. I get stressed when my house is messy and disorganized. It irritates me when my floors are dirty and crumbs stick to the bottom of my bare feet, or when I step in a sticky spot in the kitchen. (no, the answer is not to wear shoes!). Or when my bathroom mirror has toothpaste specks/smudges on it. Or when there are piles of junk mail on my kitchen counter…

Does all this mean I have a perfect house? Um, no! Not by a long shot! The truth is, one of my biggest fears as a homemaker is that company will show up unexpected, me still in my pajamas (bed-head, bad breath and all!), with my house a complete mess!

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What I’m thankful for: The privilege of being a SAHM {11/4/11}

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the rule of three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

G.K Chesterton

Today I am thankful for the job my husband has, which gives me the opportunity to stay home with my children.

This is not something I take lightly, nor is it something I was forced to do. No, I chose to stay home with my children, because I want to be the one to kiss their boo-boos, read them stories, and teach them about life. Call me selfish, but I want to be their “everything”. Not forever, of coarse, but for the first few {short} years of their life. Continue reading

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Well it would seem that now with Halloween over, everyone is ready to jump right into Christmas! Have you started your shopping yet? How about getting those family pictures taken to send out in holiday greeting cards? You better get moving because there’s only 52 days left until Christmas you know!

Um…excuse me, but we’re forgetting my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving! 

Turkey scolding Santa

(Heehee.. Found this circulating on FB and thought it was fitting)

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Change of plans and our “staycation”

So we didn’t end up going to the beach this past weekend as planned. It decided to to rain all-week-long! and the idea of driving several hours, only to be stuck indoors for two days, with two elderly people (not to mention lots of pretty, breakable items), AND two very active little boys, did NOT sound appealing to me! I mean, I’m sure Grandpa would have been happy to see us, but I would like to be welcomed back someday… 😉

Anyway…We had a nice, relaxing few days at home. We tried to make it fun by doing special things with the boys. Like making/playing with “slime”, baking brownies, and going for walks in the rain (that wasn’t on purpose, but it was fun!).

Wednesday night we took the boys to see Cars 2 at the movie theater. For some reason we only ended up paying for one adult ticket. Bryce tried to question it, but the young man running the ticket booth assured him he was right. I still think he messed up, but hey, $7  for all 4 of us to see a movie? I wont argue! Not only did we get a good price, but we had the entire theater to ourselves! Kinda nice to not have to worry about the baby making noise, or the toddler asking “What’s that daddy?” over and over again… and BE especially liked getting to pick where he wanted to sit… and then moving 5 different times before we decided he was getting a little too adventurous and made him sit with us again.

Thursday I got to go visit my friend, Ruth, and her newborn baby boy in the hospital. He was only 13 hours old. ❤ Can you say “precious”? You better bet I stole a few snuggles while I was there (and she thought the Starbucks was just a nice gesture  😛 ). He was sooo sweet! ❤ Almost enough to make me want another baby…almost, but not quite yet 😉 Continue reading

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The Last Days of Summer…

How is it already September? Fall is right around the corner, and as much as I’m looking forward to all the fun and beautiful things it has to offer, I’m savoring these last few warm days of summer! I’m learning to appreciate the change of seasons, really I am! but I’ll always be a Southern girl at heart, and with that comes a love for summer and all that it entails…

…Like our garden. We grew LOTS of tomatoes this year! 14 plants worth to be exact, that stretch 25 feet long and 5 feet wide! My hubby calls it “the hedge”. We didn’t really intend to grow that many plants, but as we divided that little pack of what we expected would be 6-8 baby plants, there were 14! and seeing as we were completely UN-successful last year, we decided to plant them all, in case some died…Well, I’m here to say they ALL lived, and they are all HUGE! It has been such a blessing though, as we’ve been making and canning sauce to be used in soups and stews this coming winter. I also decided to try my hand at making a lacto-fermented salsa- a first for me, as I had never LF anything, or made salsa before! It was so easy, and turned out really yummy! (Recipe to come ;-)).

…And our tiny Farmer’s Market held each Saturday morning. This is the first year they’ve had one in the small town we live in, and there are usually just one or two farmers and their tents, but I love it! I wasn’t sure how the “planner” in me would cope with the spontaneity of it all. You know, everything being sold is in season, so most weeks it’s a total surprise what you’ll find. but I’ve actually found it quite fun! Like this week they had apples! Continue reading

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