Sunday, January 11, 2015

5 Things I've Learned in my First Week of 2 under 2




This past week has flown by and I hardly feel like I've had time to let the 2 kids thing really sink in (or the fact that my baby is already a week old :( With so much family in town and a husband who works from home, I haven't had much time alone with the two of them - just a few hours here and there- but in the little time that I've had these two little guys together I foresee some changes that I think will come along with our growing family. After one week of being a mommy of two, here are 5 adjustments that I feel may come along with this cuddly little addition to my world:

1) Tag Team it with Hubby




I think I'm going to need to get a lot better at asking Andrew for help. With Jonathan I've got pretty much everything handled. We've got a schedule down and going through my daily routine with him comes pretty naturally now. I rarely ask Andrew for help and I think it will take some getting used to, but I can see this will take more of a team effort now that I'm out-numbered. I will need to be better about letting him know how he can help instead of letting myself turn into a frazzled stress monster while doing it on my own. We have "life PARTNERS" for a reason!

2) Lower house expectations




With more kids comes less time and with less time, priorities must be reevaluated. I think that I can make life a lot easier on myself if I bump spotless home down a few on the priority list. House work is kind of my default when there isn't anything else on the schedule and it's constantly nagging at the back of my mind when there is. I can already see that I have 2 options in this area:

     -Get comfortable with some mess happening along with life and learn to not let it stress me out
OR
     - Keep it high on the priority list and be a stressed out mom who doesn't have time to play hide and seek after dinner

3) 100% All-In Mommy




I like the saying

"Children aren't a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work."

It's easy to agree with but hard to keep in mind day in and day out. With one I felt like I could kind of do my own thing and have Jonathan along for the ride a lot of the time. My perspective has changed quite a bit since having two and unless I want to be frustrated about all the time these guys suck up, I'll just have to remember that there isn't anything else that's more important to do with my time anyway. They do take up a lot of time and that's exactly what my time is for at this point in life. Going to embrace motherhood 110%!

4) Wake up early




When it was just Jonathan I could get away with the toddler wake up call, but I can see that it will be very beneficial for me to have an hour or two before the kids are up to set the tone for the day. With that time I can get ready for the day - physically and spiritually, plan out the day's activities, meals etc, do a few dishes and wake the boys up at a consistent time. I think this will be really important for keeping my sanity - the calm before the storm ;)

5) Pray

This one is kind of a continuation of #4. Prayer has been on the front of my mind first thing every morning this week because I'm so keenly aware of my need for God's help right now. I'm sleep-deprived, still sore and recovering from giving birth and trying to figure out this two kid thing - it's pretty easy for me to remember this important part of the day right now. I know I'll need it just as much after I've got it together a little more. I will need His help every day to do a half decent job at this mom thing and it'll be important for me to ask for it every single day.

These are just a few of the things I have figured out after the first week of having two little kidlets and I know I will have 100 more next week. It's a constant learning process. Do you have any advice on transitioning from 1 to 2 kids?



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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What a Joy Divine

This song has really spoken to me in a new way recently and I wanted to share. I actually wanted to tweet a line but just couldn't narrow it down to 140 characters so here are all the lines! Such a comforting song :)



What have I to fear?! What a peace is mine! Love it. Couldn't find the exact version I wanted. This one isn't quite as contemplative but sure makes you want to clap your hands and praise the Lord ;)

Here is the Andy Griffith version as well, just for kicks.




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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Easy Peasy DIY business cards

Did a quick DIY project last night and thought I would take you along! I cannot take credit for this idea; it was actually my husband's. I was in a bind before my first event for my little crochet business because my business cards hadn't come yet so he suggested ... well, this! :) We had address labels for something else we had been doing and I had tags to put prices on my items, so he geniusly suggested just using what I had to make my own! I was SO happy with how they turned out that they are just what I use now instead of a real business card. They are fun and different and I think, very cute! Thanks, Babe! 



I used some today at an open house and I thought they worked great.


Here's the tutorial. Let me know if you try this out and what your business is! 






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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Scrub-a-Dub Dub, Crochet ... in the tub?

Gross.

 But bust out some suds and dirty ol' dishes cuz you are gonna have yourself a super great, super washy washcloth after this next tutorial. Sorry about the ghosting! I'll get it - I'll get it ;)

 Here 'tis! Post pics on my facebook or instagram #thingslovely!

 


Linked at: Whimsical Wednesday, Hope in every season, Wholehearted Wednesday
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Learn to crochet.... with K

SO CHEESY! Had to do it. 

I would love to teach you to crochet! That is, if you would love to learn. I'm not gonna force learn ya.

I've posted the first of a series of crochet tutorials on my new YouTube channel in which I go through the very basics of beginning crochet. I will post regular tutorials as successive lessons in a class. Start with the first tutorial and we will build up to more complicated projects. 

I hope this is helpful. I'm still working on all the techy stuff, but the videos should get a little more polished as we go ;)

Lesson #1: Slip knot, Chain, Single crochet

You will need:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook


Linked at: Missional Women


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Insta-Challenge

I made some resolutions this year. 

And I'm keeping them. I've tried to be very intentional about helping myself stay on track past January 7th and one of those ways is Instagram!

Yup. Weird. Totally works though. 

The motivation of getting to post your resolution results and have some friends give you a pat on the back definitely helps keep the ball rolling. 

One of my resolutions this year was to organize my life. It's not like it was in utter chaos or anything, but was definitely lacking some structure. "I could clean out the car right now... or in 3 hours... or next week." The lack of structure that comes with being a stay at home mom with one pre-school, pre-Tball, pre-go play at the park son was sucking me into a vortex of nap times, Pinterest and procrastination. (There it is. Judge away)

So. January first I sat down. Gave myself a stern talking to and some goals, one of which is to have every area of my life at least somewhat organized. I believe I'm off to a good start and Instagraming my projects has really helped. I have them all hashtagged in one location so that I can look back on my progress. (kaylas2014 in case you're interested)

ANYWAY... enough about me! YOU are invited to my organization instagram party! Wooo! 


INSTA-CHALLENGE

At the beginning of each month I will have an Insta-Challenge. It will last for one month. At the end of the month, anyone who has participated will receive a 10% discount for any one item in my etsy shop to use if they so wish and a high five. Just use the hashtag so we can all see your progress and get inspired!


FEBRUARY CHALLENGE
#LovelyChallengeFeb

This month's challenge is to hashtag 4 organization projects (one a week). They could be as simple as cleaning out your purse or rearranging your spice drawer.I find that it is easier for me to break up my organization ambitions into small simple projects that I can easily accomplish in a morning. You don't have to do 4, that's just the goal. I hope this will be helpful to you. If I'm the only one that does it, that's fine! At least I am keeping myself motivated! 

If you're not an instagramer, feel free to post your pics to my FB page! That will count as well :)



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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

YouTube Channel Launch!

Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention?!

I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story and I need all of you to stop what you're doing and listen!


 KAYLATUBE!

Ok, enough of the weirdo vague movie reference talk. But really. I'm starting a YouTube channel and you should follow! The channel will be featuring:

Crochet Tutorials
Craft - alongs
and
Pin Busters

First crochet tutorial should be up by next week. 


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