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What is life without sunshine and inspiration? I feel as though life is a garden that must be watered with love and nurtured with sunshine. It saddens me to see negative news around every corner. It fills our lives with stress and worries. Yes, we need to be aware of our surroundings and happenings, but we must tend to those "weeds" before they over run our beautiful flowers! Joy and beauty are everywhere; seek them out!



Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Clean Slate: Domestic Engineer

A Clean Slate

I'm so excited that school starts next week! Erica will be starting Kindergarten and the week after, Celine will start PreK three days a week! I'm doing Nursery School and fun PreK activities at home for Ian and Celine. 
I love love love setting up my school board for the children. I'm especially pleased because my blackboard looks so sexy against my newly painted walls! (Thank you, Peter!!!) 
Setting up for homeschool always gets my creative, teacher instincts all agog. 
I love using lots of colors to catch the children's eyes and make it fun for myself. 
 I love using Pinterest for activity ideas as well as using my own materials from around the house. I'm especially excited this year because I've joined a local PreSchool Homeschool group that involves doing fun things like a Teddy Bear Picnic with senior citizens and apple picking. I'm also excited to join a moms group at Church for weekly rosary and socializing with our children. 

Why am I homeschooling while sending my children to school? I'm doing it as an intentional effort to be with my children as they develop. Im helping them view every aspect of their day as a chance to learn and grow. I believe that the most important part of a child's  education comes from home. Peter helped me come up with an official job title for myself and other stay-at-home moms; we are Domestic Engineers!!! 

I love my job. 

My life,
Michelle



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This is My Time

I could cry right now. What kind of tears? Tears of relief. Tears of joy. Tears of exhaustion. Tears of thanksgiving. Tears of pain. 

It has been a long 6 months. Overwhelming pregnancy in every aspect. A labor and delivery sent from Heaven. A beautiful, yummy baby boy to marvel. A sorrowful, painful end to breastfeeding. The sickness from crazy hormones and migraines. The hope and uncertainty in hormone therapy. Realization that my husband and I have been through a lot in seven years of marriage. The hope and joy in sending our daughters to school for the first time. 

Now that I'm laying on the couch with my feet up listening to Ian talk himself to sleep in his crib and the soothing hum of the refrigerator, I can't help but give a sigh of sheer relief. Now I can rest. Now I have quiet. Now our lives are changing. We anticipate a good change in our crazy, always-noisy routine. Having 4 children 5 years old and under while battling endometriosis and a hormone deficiency has been exhausting. I'm on my feet from the moment the baby wakes (typically 5:30am) until the last child falls asleep (lights out is 7pm, but they fight it until 8:30pm most nights). If I have a migraine or sheer nausea, it's a couch day and survival mode. 
Even if the three younger children are all napping, the eldest won't let me nap. It's "I'm bored," "I'm lonely," or "I'm hungry" every five minutes plus that's the only time to do chores. 

Not today. No chores. No getting up. I'm resting. This Is My Time! 

I know that the new school routine means we will have to figure things out with rides and homework, but it's a small sacrifice if I can rest and have the time to be the best person of myself in order to take care of everyone. 

***ten minute break to give Matthew his bottle and tuck him back in for his nap***

I'm looking forward to getting back in to my hobbies again. Coloring, room decor, drawing, cooking, baking, blogging, farming... It's so exciting! 

Right now I'm excited about turning the little room next to Peter's office into the Hobby Room. I'm going to put all our crafts and sewing things in there. That will free up space in our master bedroom for us to make it into a more relaxing space (once the crib is out). 

I keep glancing into the dining room to admire the beautiful paint job Peter did as well as the lovely chandelier he bought as a surprise. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in spite of how hard life has been! 

Naps are over; it's time to get my mom groove back on! I hope to blog more in the future! 

My life,
Michelle 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Baby #4 Week 33


Here he is, our Samson to be, Matthew Peter! He is my biggest baby so far. The midwife predicts he will be about 9lbs when he's done baking. I am huge myself. I've outgrown my largest maternity sizes from my last pregnancy. I've been blessed with many resources to purchase new clothing this round. I feel so stylish! 
Peter and I have been busy getting the boys' room finished up for baby time. Today, Peter hauled up a dresser for them to share. I think that completes  our needs at this point! We were gifted with funds to buy a new crib and mattress for Matthew and Peter hung shelves and matching decor (twin style). It's awesome! Next is bringing up the bassinet and putting it together in the master bedroom and airing out the baby clothes and putting them in the new dresser. 

My cravings have been pretty typical; cookie dough, ice cream, steak... 

Here's my belly profile from Easter. I'll try to get an updated one! 

-Michelle


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Baby #4 Week 8 IKR?!

I know I practically never blog anymore, but I figured I'd post an update before my readers suddenly find I'm a grandma! 

I'm not a grandma, but I'm expecting our 4th child! I kinda had that "I'm pregnant" feeling, so when a pregnancy test showed positive I was prepared to surprise Peter with my announcement. I put my test in a sealed envelope that read, "Open when you are the father or four children."  When I handed it to him he kind of stared at it for a minute! Once he realized he was so excited. :) We wanted to announce it in a cute way, so I came up with this little picture to share:

Our family was so excited! 

The past few weeks have been tough with all-day sickness, but I'm very motivated to keep busy with the holidays coming up. Last week Peter took Dainty and I to Florida for a business trip. It was Dainty's birthday and she loved being an only child for a whole week. It was nice for me to just rest and have morning sickness, but be able to stay in bed and watch FoodNetwork all day, haha. 

Peter and I are making plans for storage throughout the house to make more room for the baby plus my sister who is living with us while she takes college-prep courses. 

I almost forgot! Here's the first ultrasound picture:

We are also excited because we are going to find out the gender this time! Woot! You betcha I'm going to get you all involved somehow! 

Well, I must keep this short, I've been getting the girls' homeschool binder ready for Thanksgiving themed activities and I can hardly wait to finish!

My Life,
Michelle


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lovely Ladies' Locks

Hello!

I know it's been 5 months since I've last posted. Life has been wonderfully busy with my lively family. 
One of my latest hobbies has been doing up Dainty's, my sister's, and friend's hair in all sorts of fun styles. My absolute favorite Vlog to follow for hairstyle inspirations is CuteGirlsHairstyles and excerpts from the 30 Day Braid Challenge on Hair Romance. seriously, check it out! 
Here are some of my creations:


This one reminds me of a Native American princess style. It's like a headband that's braided across the forehead, wraps around, and is curled into a rope bun in the back. This looked even cooler when I gathered the rest of her hair into a simple braid down her back. Just stick in an eagle feather and she would make a gorgeous Chiefs daughter!



This one is probably my favorite so far. Crown braid very similar to Anna of Arendel's coronation day up do. Celia's hair is so long, bu it was easy to tuck the extra long braid tail underneath the crown and pin it to hide it. 


This one looks great with her ombré! I love the texture of the highlighted braids against the darker hair underneath. 

Dainty's hair is getting so long and is fun to play with. This Tinker Belle bun is one of my favorites from Disney Style!

This half-braid-up is kind of cool.  I'm kind of nervous about trying the Dutch braid and fishtail braid soon, but I'd like to learn them! 

Of course, the girls aren't the only ones who get heir hair done... Little Man has had a few trims already. :) 

-Michelle