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Thursday, February 12, 2009

random thoughts and random pictures....

mel got into b's crayons last night and it rubbed off on her face.

decorating valentine's day cupcakes...

we made the island of misfit toys out of play-doh...

a train with square wheels, an elephant with polka dots, a jack-in-the-box, an elf who wants to be a dentist, rudolph, and the abominable snowman(i'm not to proud of the snowman and elf).

mel's new favorite toy...

brad's cousin's daughter...little miss dana! so sweet!

This year marks my 3 year "anniversary" of becoming a stay-at-home mom. I can't believe it has been 3 years already!! The decision for me to stay home came after b was born. It wasn't an easy one to make! I was very close to everyone that I worked with and the thought of not having the adult interaction scared me. I was used to being on the go non-stop and, as all of you with kids can relate, that slows down tremendously once you have children. The first few months were very difficult for me. I cried a lot and often wondered if I had made the right decision. I eventually got used to the way things were and realized that I had made the right decision. I admire the people that can balance work and a family, but I don't know if I could. Some days I get stressed out with all the things that need to get done, and if I had a job outside of the home also, I know I would be more than stressed. I have discovered many new hobbies that I probably would not have if I was working...I have discovered that I love taking pictures. I am definately not a professional, but I think I am better than average. I love the fact that I haven't gone to a photographer in about 2 1/2 years. Since I stay home, I am able to capture the pure innocence and fun of my kids. I also love working outdoors...flowers, gardening, mowing...everything! I love canning and freezing the fruits and vegetables that i grow in my garden(that keeps getting larger every year)!! I love that I get to see the joy in my girls' faces. I love that I am around when b's imagination begins to soar and the kitchen chair becomes a rocket ship or a table and blanket serve as a tent in the living room. I wouldn't trade my life for the world!!

Couple more random thoughts:

1)Survivor starts tonight...so excited!! Hopefully, I will get to watch more of this season than I did last season! (Mel was a newbie then.)

2) Margaret is coming tomorrow...excited about that as well!! Love that little girl like she is my own!!:o)

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