Preparing for Guests

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Our house will be full of 9 people by Friday. Well, 2 of them being under the age of 3, but still. That’s a lot of people under one tiny roof. One tiny roof with one tiny bathroom. This is definitely going to be interesting. I mean, I’m excited, but yet.. nervous? I think nervous is the term I want to use..

My problem with having company is that I feel the need to entertain and cater to them. Yet, I really just feel like I don’t want to. I don’t want to do anything. I want to be entertained and catered to, instead. But regardless of what happens, there’s things that need to be in order and ready before our company arrives.

My list.
1. Wash towels, bedding, and sheets.
2. Find air mattress.. and whatever else for people to sleep on..
3. Get house in order:
a. kitchen. – wipe off counters, cupboards, & clean floors.
b. bathroom – completely clean: top to bottom.
c. living room – vacuum, dust, spot-clean couch.
d. bedrooms – vacuum, dust, organize, declutter.

4. Menu plan – rough draft (have ideas for meals, but let guests finalize with their choices).
5. Stock up on toilet paper and other toiletries.
6. Organize kitchen cupboards & drawers so things are easily located. Also do hallway closet with towels and blankets.
7. Finalize plans with BBQ.. whether or not we’re throwing a big party.
8. Relax and rejuvenate with a nice, hot bath before the chaos begins.

Let’s hope I survive the in-laws visit. 😉
Namaste,
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Gnome Hunting

556 I’d like you to meet my favorite gnomes. I collect gnomes. I think they’re fun, cute, yada yada yada.. They’re fun to find in random stores along my travels. Anyway. These are my favorite three. They sit on my window sill in the kitchen that overlooks into our yard.

My main plan is to have loads of gnomes hidden around our large yard. But cleverly hidden to where you have to take a second look to make sure your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. I’m goofy like that. As a child, I used my imagination to the max, even having my own invisible friend named Jack the Pumpkin Head, which later became a character on the movie Return to Oz.. I found that quite peculiar once I heard the stories from my parents…

As I was thinking about where I plan to strategically hide these little fellas I dug up some fun facts.

Gnomes:
– Rub their noses together for every greeting and farewell.
– Are stronger than men.
– Live about 400 years.
– Can only birth twins.
– Males wear red caps.
– Love practical jokes and are notable pranksters.

I remember seeing this one video about a creepy gnome terrorizing some kids in (I’m guessing here) Argentina.. I’ll have to find that link. It’s a really creepy yet entertaining video. Especially the fact that it’s a midget dressed up as a gnome and is doing the special “sideways” walk that gnomes are said to do. YouTube Video of Creepy Gnome

I may have just completely ruined this post by showing you that, but I think it’s funny. Though I’m also watching it without the volume on. 😉

Best wishes & namaste,
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(in)couragement

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What (in)courages me?

1. My boys.
Without them in my life, I would never have discovered how unconditional love really, truly feels.
2. My honey. I strive to be the best wife and am always looking for new ways to show him how much I appreciate him and our relationship.
3. My parents. I want to make them proud, while they’re still around to witness everyone’s life and enjoy their grandchildren.. I want to show them that they did a good job raising me and that some of their techniques are rubbing off me onto my own children.
4. Nature.
The beauty and strength that nature inspires me with is something I don’t feel I’ll every be able to repay back to Mother Earth. I want to. And I try to, but there’s just so much amazement that is not man-made that really inspires me and encourages me to appreciate, love, and respect it.
5. Yoga
Yoga helps me feel strength to deal with my anxieties, my insecurities, and my problems.
6. Strangers
As strange as it may sound to some, I find inspiration and courage from people I have never met. People that have battled harder challenges than I have, people that still have positive outlooks even after their lives were ripped to shreds by an unexpected tragedy. Strangers who still have the strength to pursue happiness and teach others what they now know.

What about you?
Be (in)couraged.
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Transitioning

57359532 He’s finally here! July 30, 2009 7:58p weighing in at 7 lbs, 7 oz, my little Isaac made his entrance into the world. A full mop of brown hair and dimples on his cheeks and chin. Already a week old, he’s been a good baby. He’s a strong boy. And my first son, Owen, is so excited to be a big brother now. He just beams when he gets to talk about Baby Isaac. I think this is going to be the beginning of something incredible.

I’m so happy to finally be transitioning my life now. I’m away from my incredibly stressful job and it feels phenomenal. Now I just need to find a new job. Granted I will probably go back for a short time to that dreaded office, but I’ve never had a stronger drive to change my life right now. I need to go back to alternative healing. I can’t work for the healthcare system anymore. I just don’t agree with it. The things I’ve experienced and witnessed really bother me. And being treated as a pee-on instead of being respected is the final kicker for me. A lot of my coworkers feel the same, too. One’s already left and who knows how many will be gone when I return from leave. Ohhh how I dread that day.

But back to positive things. Happy things.
My projects are coming along nicely. My writing is beginning to flow freely again, something I am very thankful for. And I’m researching on the whole submitting and publishing. If anyone has any direction to some good inspirational writing sites, I’d love to check them out.

Company is coming next week. Slightly overwhelming as there will be 9 people in a small 2 bedroom home with one bathroom. But it’ll fly quick and I’ve already planned some escape routes/plans/errands so I think we’re good. 😉

I’m keeping close track of my mood swings and making sure to really pay attention this time around to PPD. I know I had it with Owen. And it was brutal, because I was entirely in denial. This time around. A lot of focus to prevent it from getting as bad as it did. Only one meltdown so far. So far, so good.

Now, first thing is first. Content is my number one priority for this site. It’s okay that I don’t have many readers or at least ones that comment. I have a hard time finding time to set aside to go and read and comment on blogs. But I’ll somehow factor that in to the ol’ schedule.. maybe an hour every weekend. Really, it’d just be nice to find some mamas to get to know and follow. That support group I’ve always hoped for but never really knew how to find.. Someday, right? 🙂

Okay, okay. Now I’m just getting completely off topic. Off to the batcave!

… I think I’ve officially lost it. 😉

Did I mention I’m excited to start my yoga again? Okay, okay.. I’m out of here. I swear!

Namaste & Be Well.
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A very short..

74011531 Hiatus is planned while I prepare for and have my second son. But no worries. Lots and lots of plans are in the works for this blog. Just to give you a short preview, here’s part of the list:

1. My own household organizing files for you to download.
2. Free printables for children.
3. My new weekly format regarding natural health which I’m really excited about.
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The funny thing is my list is actually over 50 items long. So stay tuned, snag a button, or toss me an email so I can notify you when it’s ready. And it’s not going to be a long wait. Or at least let’s hope it’s not a ridiculously long hospital stay. 😉

Namaste,
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A slight change in plans..

Even better news!
I received a phone call from my Dr.’s office. They’re moving the induction date to Thursday morning! All-right-all-right-all-right! 🙂

I’m so excited! Wish me luck!

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The date has been set, folks.

85458505 Oh happy dayyyy… Oh Happy Day-ayayyy!! After my appointment this last Friday, we have been informed that our little one should be here by August 1st. If he doesn’t choose to arrive before July 31st, I’ll be induced incredibly early that morning. Yay! The little monster’s just getting too big..

Ohhhh! I can not WAIT to meet him. The last ultrasound we had of him, his face shape was really similar to O’s. I am so curious to see just how similar or completely different he’ll look.

And superficially speaking, I’m really hoping for brown hair. And brown eyes. Because my honey won with our first son with his blues & blondes. So hopefully I win this time. hahaha!

That gives me one week (if I plan by the induction and not by the water breaking) to get this house in complete order so that my sanity is saved when we bring this little man home. And really when I think about it, all that is left is I’d really like to have my craft space set up with the sewing machine and fabrics ready as well as my closet needs to be stripped of all maternity wear and my clothes organized by size so that I can easily find them as I lose the baby weight.

I’ve been told that losing the 2nd baby’s baby weight is harder, but I kind of feel like I started backward to begin with. With O, I gained 60 lbs. Yes, you read that right. That scale read 198 lbs when I went in to have him induced on that fall day of 2006. And it took me a good year and half before I got that load off along with another 10 lbs.. So with my second, I became pregnant at a smaller weight than my first. And due to chasing O. around all this pregnancy, I’ve only gained 20 lbs. But I’m really proud of myself. Because this time around, I really paid attention to what I was eating. My first pregnancy was pure emotional eating.. And well, my stressful job and having another child to chase after probably helped contribute to not gaining nearly as much this time around.

Anywho.

I am excited. And I am so ready.
I can’t wait to feel normal again.

Okay, so let me think. My to do list then is composed of:
1. Craft Space – finish setting up.
2. Closet & organizing clothes.
3. Make sure all baby stuff is ready.
4. Start rough draft of baby announcement. Or at least decide on what printing site to use.
5. Enjoy the last few days before our family expands to 5. I’m a nerd and count our dog. 😉
6. Add regular housework chores & duties to the list and we’re golden.

Namaste,
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