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Accomplishment Anxiety

When Bryce and I found out that we were expecting this cute little bugger

we were pumped!  I couldn’t wait!  Everyone told me that it would change things, BUT I thought that being from a family of eleven and being a pretty hard working person, that I would be able to manage it perfectly.  I mean, especially since I’m taking the year off for maternity, I’ll be able to get A LOT done!  psshhhh 

I always told Bryce that our house would never look like those homes of those “people who have kids.” 

 (Ok, I know this is exaggerated a bit)

I had this vision in my head of Bryce coming home from work to dinner prepared, home cleaned, filing cabinet organized, bassoon practiced, and Micah content from all the playing and learning.  (Stop laughing at me)

Things are definitely starting to come along easier, don’t get me wrong (all the mothers of multiple children are now shaking their heads).  I think what I’ve been experiencing is “accomplishment anxiety”.  I have all of these things in my head that I want to accomplish and check off of my list while home on leave, but none of them are getting checked!  I need to keep reminding myself that my primary purpose at this point is caring for Micah.

I recently read this and thought it worth sharing.  It was a great reminder for me:  

Author Anna Quindlen, in her book Loud and Clear said, “The biggest mistake I made as a mother is the one that most of us make…..I did not live in the moment enough.  This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.  There is one picture of the three of my children sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1.  And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.  I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed.  I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

Fall Photo Shoot

The sun was shining, the air cool and crisp, the trees changing and our 7-month old son was cute as all get out!  Time for a fall photo shoot.  Bryce was the guy behind the camera, I was the crazy lady trying to get Micah to crack a smile.  I think that the cars driving by our apartment thought I was nuts.  I used Picnik online editing and I think the pictures turned out GREAT!  These were my favorites:

Man, who are his parents?!  tee hee

Happy Fall!

Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year!  SOOO I decided to do a little decorating to bring the autumn indoors. 

(apparently I enjoy cobwebs)

I also did a little frugal crafting myself, yeah!  Check out my fall wreath (idea from The Long Thread):

Or these cutie little pom-pom acorns (idea from Betz White)!  My little niece Noelle and I collected the acorn tops and I just went to town with the hot glue gun.

aww!  Happy Fall Ya’ll!

Yesterday the ladies of our small group congregated for the first EVER freezer meal exchange (that we’ve been a part of)!  You can just call us the freezer chicks. 

Each of us decided what dish we would prepare ahead so that there were no repeats.  Everyone brought their dish in a ziploc bag or reusable aluminum 9×9 pan.  We each made four pans(or five if you wanted some for your family).  Check out this goodness: Sundried Tomato and Chicken Penne, Italian Sausage Corn Chowder, Broccoli Chicken Casserole, “Rice and Spice” and Chili with Cornbread.  Is your stomach grumbling yet? 

Little Brady was digging the Halloween Oreos. 

I’m so excited to try the food out- AND skip out on cooking a bit.   I think all of our husbands were VERY enthusiastic about trying some new foods also!  Bryce asked if we could do this every week.  🙂

Think of a small group of friends and give it a try!!  It could be a group of freezer chicks or roosters!  After doing it once there are a couple things I might change for the next time.  Make sure everyone brings recipes and cooking instructions.  Also, it might be a cool idea to have everyone make one additional dish while cooking in bulk and think of someone who might benefit at the moment from a homecooked meal.  Next time….

Look at those smiling ladies!  Jealous?  Well here’s the remedy, stop reading and go get your freezer meal exchange on!  tee hee

In celebrating Amy’s birthday, we went out to Stoney Creek Apple Orchard yesterday.  It’s finally autumn when you get out to the orchard!  The evening was complete with cider, donuts, a hayride, pumpkins and APPLES!  We had a great day (besides the awful football game)……

Micah loved the orchard!  Although any time he’s outside and with Dad, he’s generally a happy baby…just like his Mommy.  tee hee    Here we are decked out for our team.  It’s still great to be a Michigan Wolverine!  Next year, next year- I love when I trash talk my family and then have to eat it.

While picking some Ida apples we decided to create a modern-day snow white.  I hope you enjoy the presentation starring Amy (snow white), Jenny (the wicked witch), and Ryan (prince charming).  Enjoy our contemporary re-enactment.  ONCE UPON A TIME..

 AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!!!  THE END

This past week Micah has come down with a cold.  I wonder if colds are worse for the child or the parent?  Regardless, his poor little nose has been extremely congested which means one thing for an infant- the dreaded nose bulb syringe.

HE HATES IT!  And if it’s not already hard enough to use, try doing it while your baby is thrashing every appendage.  This got me thinking….  I’ve heard of several pet owners that have felt it important to try out whatever they’re going to use on their pets to make sure that it’s humane.  For example, my dog Mac had a shock collar for about a year because he kept running across the street to our neighbors home.  My Dad tried a “shock” to make sure that it wasn’t too intense for Mac.

(This looks like a sad Mac with a shock collar)

That being said, do you know any adults who have tried the bulb syringe for sucking snot?  I’ve heard of adults using it for a spraying saline, but how about for suction?  I think an adult version would have to have a wider “snout”.  Wouldn’t that be weird if we used them?  Why don’t we use them, are they really that terrible?  Well, excuse me while I go retrieve some boogies from Micah’s nose.  If you happen to decide to try this, please upload a video and picture to my blog! 

In other news, IT’S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!  Go UM!  Beat that little annoying brother of yours!  tee hee 

A-DOOR-able!

I am often inspired by Joy at the Joys of Home blog.  Joy is EXTREMELY creative and has a fantastic sense of “beauty”.  One of my favorite things that she posts about is her door projects.  She will take old doors and transform them into awesome furniture!  These are some of my personal favorites that she has created:

 I love the green in the next one!

Ohh la la

 Or this next one is made from a four panel door:

Door-licious!  tee hee  FINALLY, with the help of family, I finished my own door coffee table.  It fits right into our apartment!  What do you think?!?!