Saturday, December 31, 2016
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Cadence, Aria and Jude are two! Tim and I officially have THREE two-year olds (and we can't forget about our four-year old too)! We had a fun time celebrating their birthday. When I found out I was having triplets, I immediately started calling them The Three Stooges. That satire show was and still is a family favorite (of my grandpa's especially). When I was making their invitation, I was editing their pictures to match up with The Three Stooges emblem and then I realized that "two" rhymes with "Stooge" so I went with The Three Twooges theme. We are so blessed that the triplets are doing so well having been born over 100 days early! To say we are blessed is an understatement!
"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him." Psalm 137:3
The invitation to the party A little poem I wrote :) Birthday outfits! Grandma made the bottoms! Birthday banner! The cake :) We sang Happy Birthday 3x! Cadence enjoying her cake. Aria enjoying her cake. Jude enjoying his cake. The kids with Dr. Herron at the triplets' two-year checkup. They got a clean bill of health:) Cadence. Aria. Jude.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
My handsome, spunky, intelligent, first-born son turned 4 yesterday!! We threw him a big Superhero bash! The party was attended by our friends and family and a couple of his school friends. We got a superhero jumping castle and pinata for him and he received many gifts Superhero-themes!
I am so thankful to God for my beautiful children. 5 years ago, I wasn't sure if or how I was going to be a mommy but through the power of prayer and medical technology, God made it happen!! I've been a proud mommy for 4 years!
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.
As a child, I was never the "neat" or "ocd clean" type. I honestly did not care if my bed was made or if my toys were put away in their proper place. It used to drive my brother crazy, as he was the exact opposite. My friend, who was a lot like me in this respect, and I would go in my brother's room and mess up his neatly made bed just for fun. Ironically, this friend and I owned our own cleaning business called A & A Cleaning Service when we were off from school in the summer months. Needless to say, we had no clients.
As I got older and had kids, I had to change because I like clean and neat (I just liked somebody else to do it for me). I've realized that my household can be clean and orderly but it had to be super organized. Organized is my version of lazy. If I have a system to things, then I do less work! Win for me! Oh, and I married a man who enjoys cleaning (well, doesn't mind it).
Here is my system for laundry. I never have random piles and laundry is always done and put away. It may not be ironed and my folding technique is not department store-worthy, but at least I put it away, I guess, and the laundry is done!
7 Laundry Tips for a Family of 6
1- Sort dirty laundry in bins and only washing that bin that way things get put away faster and schedule when each bin is to get washed/dryed/put away. This is seriously the biggest thing for me - separating items in laundry bins after we are done wearing an item. My master bathroom has three laundry bins. labeled "mom," "dad," & "socks and underwear/nightwear." With everything already separated, it makes it MUCH more simpler to put things away. Noah (my oldest son) has his own laundry bin in his room and the babies' laundry is all together. I do Noah and the babies' stuff during the week (Noah 1 load and babies about 2-3 per week, and I do one a day during the week days, so M-Th) and I do my and my husband's stuff on the weekend. I also make sure to put the clean clothes away in the same day.
2- Label drawers and have a specific place for everything. We own 4 dressers; one for myself, my husband, the boys and the girls. I like for myself the ikea hemnes dressers because it has 4 large drawers and 4 small drawers. The small drawers are labeled: socks, undies, bras, and leggings/pantyhose. The larger drawers I have drawer dividers so I can divide pajama bottoms from tops and long sleeve tops and short sleeve tops. I love this dresser so much that I bought one for the girls. All the dressers in the house are labeled for where everything needs to go.
3- Do not hang kid garments and limit the amount of hanging for adult garments and check out my method of hanging! Before the triplets, I hung all pants, all dresses, and skirts and most tops. Now, I fold pants and put in a drawer labeled "pants." I am also not meticulous about how I fold and I stack the babies' garments. I finally came up with a system for tops that wrinkle that need to be hung. I hang stuff now like you hang drapes. I grab the item by the tag.
4- Stop wasting your time sorting socks and looking for the match that the dryer ate. Buy all white socks. About 30 white baby socks, 15 white Noah socks, 10 white Alexis crew socks, 10 white Tim crew socks, and 10 white ankle Tim socks (I don't like ankle socks). It makes folding easy peesy because items were already separated before washing.
5- Do not use the old fashioned towel racks; instead hang towels on hooks. This method is so much faster and I personally think it looks better!
6- Have a schedule with everything, including linens. I do all the bedding every Friday (sometimes every other if too much "life" happens). I own double the amount of sheets and put on the new sheets right after I take off the old sheets. I wash all the sheets together. I usually do towels on Fridays too.
7- Never iron. Never iron. Never iron. We buy a lot of garments (especially my husband) that says "wrinkle free" (because he know I will not iron). Or, we set an alarm to move items out kid the dryer for folding and hanging as soon as it's finished drying. On my iPhone, I just click Siri and tell her to remind me that the clothes are done in x minutes.