Kitchen Snuggles

Some days, this mom gig is rough. Sometimes, especially now that I’m wrangling two kids instead of one, it is so easy to look at life as an endless checklist of things to be done, punctuated by double the diaper changes, and quadruple the laundry (I’d swear someone is breaking in and wearing our clothes, there’s that much of it to do no matter how much i get done). Insert that I’m fully breastfeeding baby, and I’m left with hours of time taken up by that task alone. It’s hard to remember that it’s not just a to-do list task, it’s nourishing and bonding with my precious baby boy. I love looking at him when he’s eating (those adorable chubby cheeks! The cute smiles!), and playing with him when he’d rather talk than stay latched.

Lately I’ve noticed my toddler has increased his requests for Mommy time. “Mimi, snuggle in rocker?”

This week I’ve made a huge effort to take the time to snuggle. Take and give the hugs my babies need from me. And honestly, it’s made my life less stressful. A little more crazy because my checklist isn’t done? Yes. Will it ever be done? Lol nope, I’m a mom. So I enjoy the snuggles with my kids, whether it’s a long movie night with my toddler and I all wrapped up in blankets, or like this morning, when I took just one more minute rocking my baby in the kitchen before having to get ready to leave the house. Kitchen Snuggles with the little babe

Snuggles are awesome. Refreshing to the weary mama’s soul. To moms: find your kid and snuggle. It’s one thing I’ll never regret.

Tiny Joys

Tiny Joys vol. 7 

Seeing the look of absolute love and admiration on my youngest son’s face as he watches his big brother play right next to him.  

Watching as my toddler goes up to his little brother to help his swing “fly” and tuck his favorite truck into the baby’s blanket. 

Tiny Joys

Tiny Joys, Vol. 3

When my son comes up to me (sitting on the floor), and puts his arm around my shoulder for a quick hug.

Art, Husband, The Geeky Housewife

Star Wars Cameos and a Late Valentine

In my first year of housewife-ing, I have learned a lot about how things really go when you are an adult setting up your first home.  I’m pretty sure that when I was a child, I just thought those pictures had always lived on Mom’s walls.  Of course she didn’t spend months without anything hanging there, and no way did she take two or three days to actually decide on the layout, do the measuring, and finally put a nail (or two) in the wall!
(Actually, it’s my mother.  So she probably did do these things in one day within the first week of moving.  She’s got some weird but cool superpower for decorating and getting house-things done.)

Now that my husband and I have been settled in one spot for several months, the boxes are finally starting to disappear.  A little more slowly than I’d like, but hey, disappearing boxes is a good thing, no matter how long it takes!  As we unpacked photos, empty frames that needed photos, and a few pieces of artwork, I made hanging two special paintings my top priority.

Star Wars Cameo 1 Star Wars Cameo 2

These Princess Leia and Han Solo cameos were painted by one of my best friends, and maid of honor, as a wedding shower gift to my husband and myself!  She is a fantastic artist, and I’m lucky to now own a total of three pieces of her art.  (I had another, a portrait of myself, which my mother commandeered.)  We were super excited to receive these gifts, not only because my friend loved us enough to do this, but because of the backstory to why she painted these for us, in particular.

You see, my husband didn’t say “I love you” until the moment before he proposed.

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30 Day Challenge, Music

Favorite Love Song – 30 Day Disney Challenge: Day 11

At last!  A day of the challenge that is really easy.

Technically, I See the Light is a love song, but it is also about finding a dream.  And since it is my favorite song in yesterday’s post, I’ve picked another love song that is just lovely.

Love Goes On-Robin Hood

I know what you’re thinking.  “Man, this girl really likes her obscure Disney!”

Which I do.

But this song has always been a favorite, and one that comes to mind whenever I think “Disney Love Song.”

Honorable mentions:

Bella Notte-Lady & the Tramp

So This Is Love-Cinderella

A Whole New World-Aladdin

Kiss the Girl-The Little Mermaid (only because I like to squack Scuttle’s part)