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Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Wee Baby Shower

I had such a lovely baby shower, thank you very much to my cousin Heather and my mom for making it possible.  The amount of work, heart and soul they poured into it was evident by the decorations, food, and the smiles on everyone's face.

The theme was Ireland, considering our baby will be 50% American & 50% Irish (daddy was born and raised in Ireland).  It just seemed appropriate and all of the decorations were perfect!


A perfect cake for the Irish shower!



The cutest diaper cake I've seen, hand-crafted by my cousin Heather!



Even the bathroom was decorated for my Irish party!


Also, I want to say a special thank you to everyone who came to my shower. Because of the wonderful gifts we received I was finally able to put the baby's nursery room together! I spent all of the following day (Monday, 7/2/12) fixing things up.  Poor Stud and Ninja did not see much of this nesting mother while she worked away at the room.  Of course, I'm still not quite finished but as soon as I have the time to invite my life-long, crafty friend Heather over she has been patiently waiting to help me paint and put some finishing touches on the room!  In the mean time, take a look at what I have so far:

We are going with neutral colors because we aren't finding out what we're having!

Note the "Kiss Me: I'm Irish" onesie; that will be the baby's first outfit!
A lot of reused things and hand-me-downs that have come in handy!

As you can tell, I'm unable to part with my diaper cake still

Instead of a regular dresser I chose to go with the baskets; a very convenient way to get to diapers as well as to store bibs, toys, pacifiers, etc!
I hung all of the cards that we've received so far on a line with bobby pins, and centered them with a drawing that Gabe made for his "baby brother" (both daddy and him are set on it being a boy)!

 The whole day and this whole experience has been truly a blessing for us.  Even though I've been through a pregnancy before with Ninja, unfortunately my experience was nothing like this.  I lived miles away from all of our friends and family and the support I was getting was nothing compared to the love and support I have received this second time around.  You could easily say I was on my own for most of my pregnancy.  But now I can honestly say the man I am raising my children with has been a blessing from God above (he is currently cooking me lunch right now on his day off -- one of my favorite pregnancy meals: fried egg sandwich with french fries and curry dipping sauce -- Mmm!).  I am thankful every day for my best friend, which may seem funny to some who are reading this and know our history.  But I've often believed what doesn't break you, makes you.  There is no doubt God has tested our love and our strength but only in order to prove to our own selves that we could and will survive!

 My song for my love, my best friend...



Once again, thank you to everyone including those who could not attend the shower, for all of your gifts, encouragement, support, and love.  We would not be where we are today if it wasn't for all of our wonderful friends and family, far and near.



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Who Am I?





 
MY FAMILY



Let me begin this journey by giving you a little more background on myself.  I am a very proud mother to a handsome 5-year-old boy who has encompassed my life and turned me into a puddle of liquid in his hands.  In other words, he has me twisted around his finger I love him so much.

For most of our time together, I was a single mom to my son, who we'll refer to as Ninja (because he often wishes he could be one).  I don't pity myself; I look back on all of that time with pride and joy in my heart for all of the valuable lessons it taught me.  Each stepping stone is what made me who I am today, and most importantly the devoted mother that I am.

A turn of events changed our life entirely almost 8 months ago, when my boyfriend of 3 years and I received the news that we were expecting a little one.  Of course, it was unexpected, but all three of us (Ninja included) embraced the news with pure excitement.  Now, what was once a household of two (just me and my little one) has grown into a home of 3 and one more on the way -- all of us couldn't be happier.  This unexpected bundle of joy has helped bring a family together, officially.

Ninja has begged for years to have a baby brother or sister, not understanding what all it entailed for me.  But he is finally getting his wish.  Because my fiance, who we'll call Stud (because he's my little stuff muffin!), and I have dated for more than half of Ninja's life, they already have a pretty good bond which helps tremendously with our transition into becoming an official family.  Their relationship is more like a father and son, or step-dad and step-son if you prefer.  I couldn't ask for a better man to help me raise both of my children.  His dedication to our family is 100% and his love is pure and genuine; he loves my son like his own.  He is a hard worker and he doesn't stop when he gets home -- he is very tentative to both me and Ninja, even after a hard day's work.  Stud is a wonderful person and truly our best friend.


My boys doing what they love most - fishing and driving boats!


As you can see, I am a very blessed woman.  I have two wonderful boys in my life and another addition due to make his or her appearance in only 7 more weeks! We aren't finding out the sex, so it will be a surprise as to whether Ninja is getting a baby brother or sister.


MY AGENDA


I'm sure there will be times that I will write more about my personal experiences as a mother but my main goal for this blog is to help promote my plans to earn money while staying home after the baby arrives.  I will have worked full time up until the little one is born but Stud and I decided we didn't want me returning to a full-time job after.  It is time for me to devote more of my attention to my family, which is where my heart belongs anyway.

But of course, raising a family in today's economy is next to impossible based off one income.  So I can't just sit home all day, doing nothing to contribute to our income.  That is where this blog will hopefully become useful.  I have always loved to write and I found a great web site where I can finally pursue that passion on my own by writing articles! Likewise, I already took a job online as an editor of transcriptions.  I haven't had much time to invest into either, quite yet, because I am still managing an office full time and growing a rather large baby in my belly, on top of making sure that I spend enough time with my guys once I finally make it home in the evening.

However, my plan is to pursue these transcriptions and articles to the fullest within a few weeks of the baby's arrival.  Meanwhile, you will see me add posts, articles, etc. as often as I can get around to them; in order to get my feet wet before the day comes that I really need to dive in!

I also intend to help with any side work I can accumulate.  If anyone local knows someone that is wanting a house-cleaner, let me know! In a few months I will be willing and able to babysit for people from time to time.  I may also check into Personal Assistant work online, since I have many years of experience in the clerical field.

My main focus here is to prove to myself that I can generate as much income while spending more time with my children than I was before.  Say a prayer for me that this works, and please feel free to share any advice and tips you may have.  The more the better!  This is a complete learning experience for me and I plan to take you along for the ride.  Perhaps I can also be an inspiration to other parents who are interested in pursuing the same goals.



STAY TUNED!

Slowing down long enough to appreciate the beautiful things that keep me busy!