Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Rain Rain go away!

I really need to get outside and go for a walk... but this weather is just horrible. It's so crummy that it's making our days indoors not fun either. I have had a headache for the past couple of days, I'm really really tired and I just need something to jazz things up!

WHERE IS THE SUN! It's May tomorrow isn't it?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday again?

So here it is another Monday and you might be asking, "Where are the pictures?" Well I don't have any right now. I just haven't had time! This weekend was pretty busy, Saturday was my dads birthday. We went to my little brothers t-ball game then we went to dinner that lasted somewhere between 2 hours or more. Annalise was soooo good since it was like 2 hours past her bedtime. Yesterday I woke up with a horrible migraine so I tried to take it easy. Jared went to church with Lola and Matty and Annalise and I went to Target to get some things and then came home and hung out!

Today is a gloomy day, and this week Mike is going to be working a lot again so we will not be seeing him much!

Lets see anything else... nope. I will try try try and post some pics, until then enjoy this cruddy day!

Monday, April 21, 2008


So here are a few from our evening! Anna is fussy and Jared won't stop talking!!! I'm tired and my finger hurts! (I cut it while making our organic dinner!) So it's about 6:30pm and I'm going to try and keep Anna awake until 7pm and then we are all off to bed! Goodnight people!!! ps. Anna says thank you to grandma for her fun fun toy!

It's Monday!

So here it is another Monday... I have no new pics to post yet today but will try and work on that sometime today. Dylan is coming later than normal, but will be staying longer than normal. Should be a great Monday!

Nothing really new this weekend. Hung out with my mother who spoiled her grankids and Sunday spent time with the hubby and kids! He is going to be working some crazy hours this week so we won't really be seeing him a whole bunch, oh sad.

Alright well I'm off to straighten up the house a little and get on with my day. Annalise has her 6 month check up tomorrow so you know I'll post and tell you all about it.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Can you believe it's snowing?

It's snowing in the freaking middle of April, that is sad! I can't say I'm enjoying it either. I'm desperate to get outside with the girls and get some fresh air and just get out of the house! I want to post some pics but I don't have the energy right now to figure out which ones... so I'll just post something and get on with straightening my house!

Nothing new to report anyway so away I go. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Not sure what I'll be doing, we'll see!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jared my artist!!!

Jared loves to draw... well Jared loves anything art, just ask my mom! Anyway something came up at his school and we had the opportunity to get him into an art class every Wednesday after school. Well we did it and look at what he did his first day! Oh my gosh how awesome it is. I have never been prouder and he did such a great job!!! My little artist is going places man!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I wanted to take some shots today and I found beauty!!! They are adorable and fun but hard to get to focus on me taking pics, I have to grab their attention or there would be a lot of the back of their heads! Enjoy them as I do!!!

A fresh start!

Check Spelling

So a few things to report on. I don't know when or what it was but I had a thought about Dylan... usually our days were very very stressful and unpleasant... but one day I was thinking, Mike even mentioned it to me. Kill her with kindness. I don't know what happened or when but Dylan and I have a new understanding and I'm loving life again. I mean I've always loved life, but I wasn't sure how I was going to survive with Dylan if we didn't find some peace somewhere!

I'm happy to report that this week (yes it's only Wednesday) has been amazing.

Also a report on going organic. Well Mike went grocery shopping for us the other day. I thought we'd start out with a few things here and a few things there... but when he got back I think everything was organic. We decided we would shop between three different stores and buy whatever was on sale or the cheapest. We did alright but the fact that we got all organic I was happy about. I'll say that the ketchup tastes a little different but it's not bad, and so far everything else has been fine. If you know me, you know that I don't like to try new or different things. But I am really into making my family healthy so whatever is gonna get us there the better! Oh and Mike got butter, not dairy butter. I love butter and I wasn't sure why he did that, this is what he said. "Jamie you put so much butter on everything I figured I'd get the most expensive and healthiest because that is one thing you use the most!" And it's vegan and I wasn't sure what I would think about it... it's not bad and I'll use it!

We got organic (or natural) laundry detergent. Yesterday I got organic dish soap. I'm very excited about this change and am proud of myself for it to. It's exciting and fun at the same time!

Alright I must tend to a poopy child and then get Dylan ready for her 1st nap of the day! I know that I haven't posted anything in a while but I've been so busy, I will try and keep up on this even though I'm not sure if anyone reads this. Oh well!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A flower from my son!

He is so sweet! Yesterday was SO beautiful wasn't it? It was so nice to have the windows open letting the fresh air in!
No much going on besides the cleaning bug inside me. I've been up since about 6:45am and I've been going ever since. I just finished with my kitchen and we'll see where I end up! I love having a clean house I just hate cleaning it! But since I mopped the floor my arms are hurting so this could work in my benefit! I could lose some more baby weight oh yeah...
Ok so I must go tend to the growling baby. Annalise has decided she likes to growl, to be funny to me mad, and it's sooo cute.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Going green and organic!

Ok so for the past month or more I've been wanting and thinking of going green and organic. I want to live better and keep this earth healthy, as well as my family. I've been doing research and talking with people whom I know are doing and have done it.

At first going organic held be back because of the expense... but after doing some research and again speaking with the people I know who have done it, I've learned a few things. I thought since I'm learning so much I'd share with those who maybe want to know or are just interested.

1st thing Annalise has only been on organic since I've started her on baby foods. I figure it'd be easier to start someone on organic who has never been on anything else. She eat Earth's best foods and I get them at Target. Honestly there isn't to much of a price difference. Plus if you go to their website you can get coupons to try and save some money... that I just learned today.

I want to start using products in my house that are not harmful. I don't know why now I'm thinking of this, maybe cause I have babies crawling around on the floor and I'd like for them not to have 3 boobs or something crazy when they are older! So I have learned a few natural ways of cleaning is using: Baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar. I am going to buy a recycled spray bottle and get some lemon juice and use that to clean my counters instead of the Clorox wipes I have been using.

A good fact I learned today to is the 5 musts in organic foods! Milk; Potatoes; Peanut Butter; Ketchup and Apples. I learned that potatoes (one of the foods eaten most) is probably one of the worst as far as chemicals etc goes... So that is one way to work on going organic and not spending a ton of money. My friend Christa was telling me... foods you peel or that are under the ground aren't as bad as lets say apples and the such!

Also I'm leaving the lights off in my house for as long as I can and trying to not use so much energy and water throughout the day. I am also going to try and grow my own foods. Mike says I'm becoming a hippie and I say "what's wrong with that? My children will get to live longer in the world by one small change!"

So there it is a few things I'm working on and trying to get worked into my family. I'm all for being healthy! I'll post more on the things I learn as I learn them. If anyone has any tips or idea's feel free to comment here, I have made it an option for anyone to leave comments (you do not have to have a Google account to leave comments!) Enjoy this lovely sunny day and I'll chat later!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Today, a breath of fresh air!

So here it is Friday, and I was so thankful when I woke up this morning! It was sunny, it was pretty! I had nothing to do besides take Jared to school and pick him up... well besides taking care of Annalise. Mike took his bike to work for the first time today. He went in early so he wanted to take his bike. We finally got it insured and he got some other things he needed... When he got home the kids (I mean Jared, we made Annalise) wanted to sit on the bike... so of course PHOTO OPT! How freaking cute. Annalise liked it and I think it was cause it was yellow!

Oh can I also say that I'm addicted to selling things on EBay. Mike always has from time to time... but just recently we did and got a bunch of money. So I went through Annalise's closet and saw all these things she could not wear and still had tags on... lets just say I'm having fun and we'll see if I make any money!

Ok lets see if there is anything else... nope nothing new to report. Nothing really going on this weekend, I'm going to try and relax...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Here we go!

Ok so here is a picture of my beautiful daughter sleeping... notice where she's sleeping? In her crib! Yes people here we go!

I moved her crib into my room. Lets just say if you know me you know I'm attached to my children. Right now Annalise is sleeping with me... I don't feel like I can have it any other way. She still gets up anywhere from 2 1/2 hrs to 3 hours every night. I'm tired, I can't keep getting up and getting her and then putting her back to bed. Lazy or not, I can't do it... So I gave in and in my bed she went just like her brother did when he was a baby... But I want to try and break it before she is 3 like Jared. So I've put her crib in our room right next to my bed. I'm going to get her used to sleeping in it and hopefully sleeping through the night and then we are going to work on getting her to fall asleep on her own and THEN... drumroll please! She goes back into her room!

In the meantime, I totally love cuddling with her and listening to her breath. Since she is going to be our last child I want to treasure these moments... they honestly are so precious I don't know what I'm going to do when she doesn't want to lay right next to me, when I won't be able to put my nose on her head and smell her while she sleeps! I am so hopelessly in love with her it's crazy! So tonight we will see how this goes. If she gets up I'll get her feed her and put her back to bed, try try again and we'll see how it goes. KNOCK ON WOOD last night she only got up twice, we'll see and I'll keep you posted!

Alright well I get a 3 day weekend, I'm very excited and it'll give me a chance to get ready for Monday! I hope all is well!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm having a crappy day!

Beautiful Annalise at 6 months old! Enjoy her face while I truly enjoy my crappy day! It's one of those days where you want to crawl under a rock. Lets just say Dylan has decided she does not want a bottle, anytime I try to feed her she screams... I'm at the end of my ropes today, it'll be nice to have a break tomorrow! Alright off to fight with Dylan, it seems as if it's the battle of the wills, who ever is stronger and it should be me. All I can say is I LOVE YOU, and pray that's enough to get me through the day!

Monday, April 7, 2008

6 months old!

6 months to the day my beautiful daughter Annalise Renee was born into our crazy Moline household! I have to say, that was one of the most precious days of my life (always aside when my handsome son was born!)... She has got to be the most amazing thing I know! She is absolutely amazing! Her smile melts my heart, her laugh (which she only lets you get 1 laugh a day!) and all the things she learns... I honestly can't even describe to you what my daughter has done for me!

Right now at 6 months she is sitting on her own. She is eating baby food and she is just an all around happy baby!

My life is so full I cannot believe it. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have what I have today. My husband who loves me so much, my son who is my bestest friend and then my beautiful daughter whom I get to watch grow into the most beautiful little thing. I cannot wish for anything better and I thank God every single day and breath I take for every single second I get to share my life with these three AMAZING people in my life!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

I'm sad and I LOVE YOU!

So I got a call this morning from Tara... she called to let me know that one of our old friends from high school's dad died yesterday! It brought a rush of feelings I haven't had in a long time, flooding into my head. It seems like Tara is always calling telling me so and so has died. It's so sad! It's sad that it takes someone else to pass away for you to reflect on your life and take inventory of the things/people you have in yours. Have you told them you loved them today, do they know how much they mean to you? If they died would you regret something you did to them, would they know how much you truly needed them in your life?

The first thing I did was send my dad a text message telling him I love him. I tell my dad all the time, but right now he is in Florida... if something happens to him I have to let him know how much I truly care for him. I laid in bed with my daughter and just listened to her breath while she held my hand and fell asleep. I don't know what I would do if I lost anyone in my life... and then I get scared, "What would my children do without me?"

I hate death. I know someday it's going to happen to everyone, that's life. But it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. I'm sad to that I haven't talked to Katie (that's who's dad passed away) in YEARS. Honestly the last time I talked or have seen Katie was shortly after one of our friends passed away and I saw her at the funeral. Now that's even sadder. When I was in high school I never believed that once you graduate you end up losing almost all your friends. I always told myself that was not true... but it was. I have only 3 close friends from high school that I still talk to on almost a daily if not weekly basis. I miss my old friends, but we've all grown up and moved on with our lives. I wish that I could be with her and her family in this time of pure sadness. I guess I will just send my thoughts and prayers out and hope that if they need anything they will call. I know they have a great support system, I just want them to know that I am here for them!

So I guess it's just given me a chance to reflect on those that are in my life and how important they all are. And if I haven't told you lately, I LOVE YOU!

Friday, April 4, 2008

In the life of me!

Honestly today is not the best day for me. I am just overwhelmed with things and feel as if the support is gone. Am I allowed to have a bad day? Sometimes it doesn't feel that way!

Here is what I do on a daily basis... I get up anywhere from 6 to 6:30am I go get Mike out of Jared's room so he can lay with Annalise. I jump in the shower just to wake me up, I could honestly careless about washing my hair everyday so I will just stand in the semi hot shower (for some reason the hot water doesn't like to work very well in the morning!) and then I'll get out and get dressed. Sometimes Annalise will be asleep and sometimes not. If she is I'll go down stairs straighten up if I can and make a pot of coffee. I will check my email's and rest before the storm heads over!

If Annalise is awake I'll change her diaper get her dressed and chill with her. Then Dylan arrives, I talk with her mommy for a few minuets and then she's gone and my day starts (There is actually no beginning or ending!). This is usually around 7:00am... around 7:15am I will make Dylan her bottle, feed her. Then she will play with her toys. I patiently wait until around 8am and then Dylan goes down for her nap. She will sleep anywhere from 1 hour to an hour in a half. Usually Annalise is still awake so I'll feed her and then try to get her down for a nap. When she falls asleep I take her and put her in my bed next to her daddy and head back downstairs.

I try to eat breakfast if I haven't already eaten when Dylan/Anna were awake... and pick up the toys for the next round of play time. Ok then Dylan is up and I get her and bring her down put her in the highchair and get her breakfast ready... I patiently try and feed Dylan who can at times be very difficult to get to eat! After she eats then I change her diaper and then she plays! Some where probably in between that Annalise will get up and she'll be chilling in her swing.

A 1/2 hour later or so Dylan will then have her bottle and again play play play! Around 11ish she will go down for her afternoon nap. Annalise doesn't nap much lately so if she does it'll only be for about a 1/2 hour. While Dylan is sleeping I'll hang with Annalise, maybe watch tv, maybe blog... whatever I do it has to be quiet since Dylan is a light sleeper. Once Dylan gets up from her nap I feed her her lunch and then again I change her diaper.

Jared has been on spring break this week so things have been a little bit different and come next week things are going to suck. Every little moment in between Dylan is Annalise between nursing, changing and keeping her occupied to.

I will feed Dylan one more bottle around 2pm and then anywhere between 4 and 4:30pm she will go home!

Now some days Dylan has good days and some days they are HORRIBLE! She likes to be very vocal and she likes to cry. Annalise is a very calm relaxed baby, yes she has her moments but I am blessed with her because she is a peaceful child. Oh and did I mention that I also have to keep my 5 year old happy and occupied in between a 7 and 6 month old baby?

I love my children, I love Dylan... but I have bad days and then I have the most awesome days ever... but my days are full and hectic and crazy and sometimes overwhelming! I guess I need to look at it like, "I could be at the hellish place I used to work at!" RIGHT!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Our walk!

So here is our first walk with the cool double stroller. I didn't get any of Jared, well cause he couldn't stop running long enough for me to get one! The girls loved it. It was a little cold, but I bundled them up with blankets and put a hat on Anna. Annalise just took it all in and was so calm, Dylan got a kick out of chasing after Jared. We didn't take to long of a walk cause Annalise needed to get back and take her nap, but I told Jared that we were going to try and walk everyday! It'll be good for the girls and for Jared and his darn energy! It sure was nice getting some fresh air though!

Oh my goodness!!!

I don't have the energy to post any new pics... I am so tired today! Dylan got here a 1/2 earlier than normal! Yesterday was crazy. Our garage door broke so we had someone over to fix that, we also had the cable company over ALL day fixing something I guess couldn't be fixed... then another cable guy came over (4 people had to come try and fix the problem), and eventually it was fixed!

Annalise is going through something and I'm not sure if she's teething or what. I want to say yes but honestly I have no idea. All I can say is we have a complete melt down a lot. She kept crying and crying (which is sooo not Annalise) and I couldn't get her to stop. I walked around the house, took her outside for fresh air. I did get some teething tablets at Walmart which only helped for a minuet! I don't remember having to hard of a time with Jared and teething, but every baby is different and I've learned that the hard way!

Ok so I've got to tend to the two babies... one in her swing the other crawling around on the floor... oh and did I mention Jared has been on spring break all week? Yes fun! I am going to try and get some energy and get the kids ready for a walk.

I also need to give a big huge shout out to Danielle... she is my saving grace! She loaned me a double stroller, and all though I haven't used it yet I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE EXCITED! I have to say she is the most giving thoughtful friend I have ever had. I've known Danielle since I was in 4th grade, I am now 27- wow I've known her a really long time. Anyway THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart Danielle for all the things you've given me and all the advice you've given me.

Off I go to deal with the kids, enjoy your day. I see sun, you have no idea how excited that makes me!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A few more from Saturday!

Here's a few more pictures from Saturday... Aunt Mandy and Annalise and below Ryker and Jared taking a bath. Jared loves Aunt Mandy's bath so him and Ryker had to go swimming. I wasn't in there watching but I guess that Jared was teaching Ryker to drink the UCKY bath water and be a little crazy!!! All I know is they had a blast!!!

Enjoy this Tuesday, mine better be a little better than yesterday! I see the sun so maybe we'll go for a walk!