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Here’s what has been on my Instagram lately.

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I bought this Nate Berkus fabric at Joann’s a few weeks ago. It was 50% off and I had a coupon. I have been searching for new fabric to cover Seamus’ headboard since we moved into the new home last year. Currently, he has plain blue fabric that we used when we made his headboard when he was three. It had marker on it and just took a beating when we moved. Plus, it really made his room seem so dark. This new fabric will brighten up his space considerably. I will post his revised room once I get some pictures.

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We have been getting pummeled with snow and wind around here. The house literally blends in with the snow. It has been so cold, the kids haven’t even been able to play outside. The snow was actually frozen, more like an ice rink.

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Baking to keep warm. Vanilla cake and banana bread, Any excuse to take out the vintage china is a good excuse to me.

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A boy and his fire.

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Around here

Radio silence for a bit around here on the blog. November is one of the busiest months in the year for us. There are so many things going on in this month and incredibly sometimes on the same day that it can get a bit hectic. I am still overwhelmed and humbled by the amount of visitors I get on here every day- even when I do not post. So thank you.

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This was Halloween. Obviously. Miss F was three things for Halloween. A Minnie Mouse for a parade, a ladybug for school and for the night of Halloween an owl. Mr. S was Luke Skywalker and Miss P was a robber. We beat the rain by a few minutes and they had such a great time.

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I think the cooking bug has spread to the kids as well. Miss P has been making nachos and milkshakes. Miss F has helped bake a pumpkin bread, eggplant and cupcakes. Mr. S has made his favorite cucumber dip. I have to say it has been enjoyable to do this with them.

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I think being in a house full of very dominate girls can be a bit too stressful and over whelming for Mr. S. There have been some changes made in the home and he has only benefited from them. He has been relishing in not getting lost in the shuffle and he and I have been getting some one on one time. We have been taking Sadie for walks while he rides his bike. We have been going to the library. At night after I put Miss F to bed, we sit in bed watch TV, read and just talk. Last week he turned to me and said, “This is the best time of day for me now. It is special.” I knew for months something was amiss and I think we are all much happier and more chill now with the way we run the home now.

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Every Monday- Friday like clock work, Sadie perches her chin on the window and waits for Mr. S to get off the bus. She gets there and waits for at least 10 minutes. I love that about her. She even has settled down now and the stress level has dropped considerably. She still has a lot of energy, but she is definitely more calm. I have had a love-hate relationship with this one.

My little guy

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Where does the time go? I remember taking this picture two years ago. I miss them this way, but I love them so much more now. Is that even possible? My little guy is growing up to be such a kind person. Over the last few months, he has really matured, found his footing. Found what he loves to do, soccer. Found out that he loves to read. Phew. And found a way to express his feelings using words from his heart. I love him. He is so special.

Life and stuff

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Being someone’s mother has been nothing like I thought it would be. These little beings are tough. With their own personalities, dreams, fears, likes, dislikes…you name it. They are people for crying out loud and are nothing like me and everything like me all in one. There is no manual for how to do things right, and I hope I am not scaring them too much with my errors in day to day life. I try. I fail. And sometimes I score. It’s a crap shoot really.

I forget that me being an only child is so different than how my kids are living out their childhoods. I never had to share with a nagging brother or sister. I never had to go on endless car trips to watch my brother or sister dance or play soccer. I never had to come home from school and realize someone had been in my room taking my stuff while I was not there. I never had to give in first just so my brother or sister would stop crying. Either way, both childhoods have great points. And really, all that a kid really needs is to know that he/she is loved.

But then again, I think about how wonderful that is for them. I love how they can play school with each other, take a ride into town on their bikes. Cuddle in bed with each other and read to the littlest one. I love how they can count on one another when they need to. All that they have from and with each other is so special. They might not think that now, but eventually. My oldest said to me one day that I just didn’t get it. And in that one second I did get it. All she wanted was a few minutes alone without her little sister asking her 1,000 questions. I got it. And I made it happen for her, I delivered her some peace and quiet. But I still wouldn’t change the route that they are on. I love that they actually have someone to nag, bicker, fight, love, hug and laugh with. That is just so amazing. I wouldn’t change that for anything in the world. I think it is teaching them life skills that they can hopefully use when they are older. Plus a loud house is normal…right?

It’s all good.