Thinking Out Loud Thursday # 7

Good evening everyone. I hope you had a wonderful day. We had a pretty good day; a few minor hiccups nothing crazy. Since, it is Thursday let’s get to it. As always, thank you Amanda for hosting.

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1. McKayla had another ear infection. This was her third for the season. So far, no one else has any signs of an infection; I pray it stays that way.

2. I put all four girls to bed on my own (don’t tell my parents. They will be sad that they didn’t help. But my mom had plans and I didn’t want her to cancel.) and it was a success. I am so glad we have a nice routine in place; seriously our routines are our saving grace. This is how our bedtime routine (after baths) went:

  • Bring all the girls into our family room and put on a Sofia the First.
  • Put McKenzie in the “cage”. This way I would know she is safe while I take McKayla upstairs.
  • Take McKayla upstairs nurse her and lay her in her crib.
  • Come back downstairs and see all my girls happy.
  • Pick up McKenzie and tell Sophia and Isabella once this show is over it will be time to go upstairs. (I figured I would be back down before that happened.)
  • Take McKenzie upstairs nurse her and lay her in her crib. Well she decided she was starving and nursed much longer then expected. So, my sweet girls came upstairs and tip toed into the babies’ room to tell me their show ended and they were going to brush their teeth. Seriously? They are only 2 and 4. But that goes to show you how a good routine can make all the difference.
  • Once I put McKenzie to bed I met the girls in their bathroom and they were just finishing.
  • We went and picked books out, then I read to Sophia and Isabella. Put Isabella in her bed and that was that. Oh my!!

I am seriously, so happy with how well it went.

3. McKayla is feeling so much better, so we are going to the gym tomorrow. I actually, made a reservation for McKenzie and McKayla at 9am (you have to have a reservation for babies under one years old). So, I guess this is really happening. This will be my first time taking all four girls to the gym. I am so excited and a little apprehensive. McKenzie and McKayla definitely are going through a Mommy phase so I am a little worried about the separation will be, but I know this is a good thing and I need to do it. It is crazy as much as I am excited to be taking one of my favorite classes I am going to miss my little girls. Wow, Mommy guilt is the worst. I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

4. I am almost done with P90X and can’t wait. I love having a program and a set schedule, but I a so tired of the doing the same workouts week after week. I need a change. I haven’t decided what I am going to tackle next, but I will figure it out in the next week. I know I am going to for sure incorporate 1-2 days at the gym each week (as long as tomorrow goes well).

5. Today, I think I decided I want to have a photo session with just Sophia and me. I have been thinking about how she is going to kindergarten next year and I am so sad. This is a great time for her and me to take some pictures just us. I think I have just created a new tradition. I will take pictures with each of my girls before they go off to kindergarten. Perfection!!

6. We have no plans this weekend. Enough said!!

7. I need to go shopping. I am hating all my spring and summer clothes. But I also have no time to go shopping. It is so depressing. Maybe one day I can shop again. For now online shopping will have to do.

8. I need new gym shoes. Any suggestions?

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  1. What are your favorite stores to shop at?
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  3. What are your plans for the weekend?
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“Let Loose” Campaign

Good evening everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am going to take a break from my usual Wednesday post to talk about this fun campaign Vegas.com is doing for the month of April.

April is National Stress Awareness month so the campaign is called “Let Loose”. This campaign promotes taking time out of our busy schedules to relax and unwind. As we know it is difficult to take time out for ourselves, but it is also very important. As a busy mom of four daughters this is not an easy task.

As much, as I would love to be able to travel to Las Vegas every time I needed some rest and relaxation it is just not possible at this time in our lives. So, I have found other ways to unwind. I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

  1. Exercise. Yes, not everyone finds exercise to be a way to let loose, but for me it is a major stress relief. I love being able to get out of my head each and every day. Right now I have been working out from home, but it becomes even more relaxing when I can get to the gym.
  2. Getting a massage or a facial. A couple years ago I bought Steve a package that gives him a massage a month and a few times a year I will use one. This is a great way to truly relax. I know after getting a massage or facial I feel great for days.
  3. Manicures and pedicures are some of my favorites as well. I love having my nails done, something about it just makes you feel pretty. It is definitely rubbing off on my girls. Sophia always ask when she can go get her nails and toes painted again. let loose - bella let loose - sophia
  4. Okay to be honest with you at this point in my life a trip to Target is amazing and a wonderful way release some stress. So, I guess I’m not too exciting.
  5. Last, but not least one of my favorite ways to let loose and unwind is going on a trip to Las Vegas. Vegas definitely has a sweet spot in my heart; it is where Steve and I got engaged. I will never forget our first trip there and I will never forget his proposal. It makes me smile just thinking about it. Vegas is a place that makes you forget all your troubles and simply let yourself go a little “crazy”. Steve and I are actually in the process of planning a trip there in August. We decided once we make it through McKenzie and Mckayla’s first year we deserve a vacation!! Any new parents; especially parents of twins understand exactly what I mean. This is a much needed trip and I can’t wait to get away for a few days. We are still in the planning process, so I am not sure about details just yet, but I will keep you updated. One of my favorite shows to see in Vegas is “O” the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio. It is incredible; I would love to see it again, but we will see. When choosing a hotel my number one priority is always the pool; that is how I like to spend my days; nice and relaxing.

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Toddler Tuesday – Discipline

Happy Tuesday everyone. We are almost half way through the week. YAY!! I am so ready for a nice and relaxing weekend. This past weekend was so busy with all the fun Easter festivities I am in much need of a quiet weekend. Okay, my life is never quiet, but at least we don’t have any plans.

Seriously, this face gets me every time. I can’t get enough of it. I just love her so much!!

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And of course, this little sweetie makes my happy. She is my workout buddy. Look at those muscles.

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I have gotten a ton of emails and messages asking about how I have taught my girls to be well behaved. So, I thought this is a perfect topic for today’s Toddler Tuesday post.

Typically, I would simply respond thank you, I don’t know how it happened. But once I thought about it I do know what it is that makes my girls behave so well, I take the time to teach them right from wrong. Taking the time is the number one thing I do. My girls don’t have to act out to get my attention they have it. They are my world and they know it.

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Yes, it is not easy but it is worth it. I know when I put the hard work in at home I will have wonderful girls when we are out and about. It is staying consistent, having a routine, following through, teaching by example, age doesn’t matter, and being there whenever they need me.

Consistency: This one is very important. When you are teaching a child what is expected of them the rules need to stay the same no matter where or what you are doing. My girls always know what we expect of them; whether we are at home, the mall, grandparents, etc. Here is a simple example: Our girls are not allowed to stand on chairs, couches, etc. Therefore, no matter where we are they are not going to do this. Another example would be when we are out in public our girls either walk nicely and stay by us or they ride in the stroller. There is no other options and they know it. Sometimes sticking to your rules are not easy and other people may not understand, but you have to do what it right for your child and I want my girls to be good girls throughout their life.

Routine: I am not a huge fan of schedules because that word makes it sound so structured and with four children I still have to have some flexibility. But I do know my girls do best when our routine doesn’t vary too much. I try to plan things around nap time. Isabella definitely still needs hers and functions much better when well rested. I try to have McKenzie and McKayla take both their naps in their cribs, but that doesn’t always happen. So, my goal is to at least have one of their naps in their crib and that works for us.

Following Through: This is another important one. You can’t make empty threats; children are smart and they will start to catch on. This goes back to putting the time into being a parent. It is much easier to make a threat and not follow through, but you will only get out what you put in. Typically, I give my girls two options. I might say you can either stop doing what you are doing or you can go in time out (I don’t give many timeouts any more because they typically choose the right one. My girls learned quickly Mommy means business.). Or I might say if you cannot work this out I will put the game away. This is a great way to let your children feel they have choices. I used this is the example in being consistent with the walking by us. If I tell my girls they must walk by us or go in the stroller I must stay consistent. If my girls start running or doing something inappropriate I will put them in the stroller even if it is a fight. Remember parenting is not easy.

Teaching by Example: I know I keep saying this, but this might be the most important. I want my girls to be kind, caring, and loving, I try to do this in my everyday life. I want my girls to see what it is to be a good person. Another way I might teach by example is to always say please and thank you. I want my girls to have good manners and the best way to teach them is by having them myself. I will also show them what they should do when they are sharing or playing. Example: If Sophia wants what Isabella has I would tell Sophia to say, “Isabella when you are done playing with _____ will you please give it to me”. Then I have Sophia repeat it. This is working really well. I love over hearing my girls speak like this to each other.

Age Doesn’t Matter: This is another big one. What I mean by age doesn’t matter is not matter how old my girls are they have to be kind, caring, respectful, and share. I never use the line “they are only two or one”. It doesn’t matter. There is no biting, hitting, etc. We treat each other kindly. The first 5 years are the most important a child’s life. I don’t even let the babies take things from their sisters and vice versa. Just because they don’t understand Sophia and Isabella cannot take things from the babies. They can’t take something from anyone, period. I want Isabella and Sophia to know you need to be respectful of everyone no matter how old they are. Going back to the stroller example: When Isabella was 1 she was still expected to stay by us or ride in the stroller. By starting this at such a young age we have eliminated any problems. The earlier you begin teaching your children right and wrong the easier it will be. . Once a child learns what they can get away with they will continue trying it. I have seen so many parents struggle once their child is 2 or 3 and it is not fun. The child has learned they can get away with the bad behavior and parents have a lot more work to do. They basically have to undo everything. Not fun.

Being There Whenever my Girls Need Me: Again this is important because many children act out simply to get attention. Children will take any attention they can get whether it is positive or negative. It is also important to let you children have some space; you have to find a happy medium. I always try to give positive reinforcement as much as I can. When I see my girls doing something nice I will praise them for it. I want them to know that I notice all the good things they do. I don’t want to focus on the negative. I try to keep our house positive.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when parents say I can’t get mu kids to do blank. I mean seriously. I understand if they older, but when they are young you are the parent; bottom line. It may not be easy, but nobody said parenting was going to be easy. I also don’t make excuses for my girls. You treat someone badly you have to face the consequences.

One quote I will always remember: “If your toddler isn’t having tantrums you aren’t doing your job.” But I will say once you establish your rules and your children know them the tantrums will lessen. We do not have many tantrums in our house, but that is because our girls know what to expect and they know what they are allowed to do. Again this goes back to starting when they are young, don’t wait until you have a problem.

Okay, that was a lot of information, but it really is not as difficult as it sounds once you set up your rules. Decide what is important to you and focus on that. I have to say it sounds as though we run a tight ship around here, but we really don’t. I know I keep saying this, but since my girls know the rules we don’t have many problems and when we are out in public, they are amazing.

Put in the time with your children and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Your children are worth every minute. Once, you have the rules established you can enjoy your children so much more. We have a ton of fun together and leaving the house is “easy peasy” with my big girls (can’t say the same for the babies, just yet). Honestly, I don’t have to do much disciplining throughout the day anymore.

 

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MIMM # 50 – Easter 2014

Good evening everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend, I know we sure did. We had a weekend filled with lots of family fun. Sophia and Isabella are at such fun ages; they loved everything about Easter.

Our Easter weekend was filled with egg dyeing, egg hunting, gift baskets, beautiful weather, and lots of fun!! We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. We are truly blessed. God is good.

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Easter Sunday – Sophia loved the Easter Bunny for the first time ever!! Isabella still wasn’t so sure.

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Watching Sophia and Isabella read together is amazing.

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My heart grew a little bit bigger this weekend. Out family of six is such a wonderful blessing. I can’t wait for the years to come.

MiMM

As always, thank you Katie for hosting.

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  1. What is marvelous in your life?
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