Jealous Much?

Leah is 4 months old today! Cliche as it may sound, I can’t believe that she is 4 months already. Where has the time gone? I watch the slideshow from when she was born and it seriously seems like yesterday.

When the kids woke up this morning, I said “make sure you tell Leah Happy Birthday! She’s 4 months old today!” The older two ran over and started smothering Leah with love. Ella, my 3 year old, looked at me kind of disgusted and said, “Mama… I think Leah has had more than enough birthdays already!” It has taken awhile, but I think the jealousy monster has finally reared its ugly head around here.

Anyway, it took 4 months to finally capture Leah’s smile on camera, but here it is! Of course, we couldn’t do smiles without showing off her more serious side too. Happy 4 month “birthday”, Leah!

Fresh Paint

We have lived in our house for a little over three years and since arriving have been living with the same builder grade, el cheapo beige paint on our walls. With as many little kids we have coming and going through our house, flat paint is not a good choice because every time someone would touch the wall, it would leave a fingerprint.

I have had a wild hair the past couple of weeks to paint our living room and entry way from the garage. I wanted a smoky charcoal blue/gray color and brought home several testers of paint to try out on our walls. We ended up going with a Sherwin Williams color called Granite Slate. The sample was definitely a smoky charcoal blue / gray color, but once we go it on the walls, it was definitely more blue than gray. I still love it though. It isn’t at all what I had in mind, but in the end, it probably is better than the color I wanted.

I feel like we live in a new house now, except this new paint job in the living room just highlights how ugly the builder grade paint is in our other rooms. Oh well, baby steps and we’ll get it done, but for now, I’ll enjoy my new living room!

(Special thanks to my husband who took over my project and basically did it all on his own… love you!)

Coupon Cutting Solutions?

I feel like I am finally getting into a routine again. Maybe menu planning, regularly scheduled grocery shopping trips, coupon cutting, etc can resume in my life and I can start feeling a little more organized!

As I was sitting here cutting out coupons from the past three Sunday papers, I kept thinking “there has to be a better way!” I love what I use for my coupon holder… a small one photo per page photo album with each category written on the front of the page. I can easily flip through the book, the categories are specific to what I want them to be, the coupons easily fit so I can pull them out and put them in quickly and it fits nicely in my purse.

I also have a pretty good system for using the coupons when I need them. What I feel like I am lacking is the ability to maximize my savings with coupons. I am not good at comparison shopping because I find that I don’t have the time to run around town to several different stores. In my ideal world, I would love to be able to get everything in one stop.

So, I am turning to you to help me out. I’d love to hear (or read about this if you have already blogged about it) your solutions for cutting coupons and maximizing your savings. Also, if you have a great way for keeping your coupons organized, I’d love to hear about that as well! Like I said before, there has to be an easier way… I just hope you know what that is!

Bye, Bye Baby

Today, we put away the bassinet. The bassinet that has held each of my children while they slept their first few precious months of life. The bassinet that in the middle of the night I would often get up to peek in, to make sure their little chests were still rising and falling. The bassinet that in the early morning hours, I would love to see a little fist pumping up in the air or a peek of a tiny toe.

0-3 month old baby clothes were gone through… I held back for safe keeping those outfits that conjure up special memories. The first real outfit Leah wore… the little sleeper sack from her first night at home as well as the tiny newborn sleeper, softer than any fabric I have ever felt, that my nephew and neice wore as well as all four of my kids.

It is hard for me to believe this chapter of my life is over. The chapter of new baby smells, giving birth, holding my newborn for the first time and introducing her to the world. I can’t say that I am happy about it at all as I wish this stage would last a lifetime, but I am excited to see how our family grows as a unit now that we are whole. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter will hold for us. I’m sure things just as wonderful.

Back to School

It is official… my life of being a stay AT home mom is now over. Instead, this week began the back to school hustle and bustle, with three kids on three totally different school schedules! Ella goes to preschool Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Kelly goes to half day Kindergarten Monday through Friday and Jacob is in school all day long, each weekday. The baby and I might as well start camping out in the car because it seems like there is where the majority of our life will be taking place over the next year!

I walked Jacob to his 2nd grade classroom the first day. His teacher is Mrs Gorman (soon to be Dolan) and she seems like she will be great for him. Of course, he was ultra shy when she would ask him anything, but I am hoping and praying that this is the year that he breaks out of his shell. Even though Jacob is so shy, he has always been so well adjusted when he transitions to new things at school. The start of a new school year doesn’t phase him one bit and he was excited to begin the 2nd grade.

Kelly started this past Wednesday and did not want me to walk her in. “Jacob can take me, Mom… I’ll be fine.” Ummmm, no! I am going to walk you in on your first day at the very least. She walked right in, I snapped some pictures and then she said “OK… you guys can go now. I’ll see you later!” I am so proud of her. We were thrilled to find out that Kelly has Mrs DeWerff, the same teacher Jacob had for Kindergarten. I’ve warned Mrs DeWerff about how totally opposite those to are. After a few weeks with Kelly, I’m sure she will figure out right away the differences. (By the way, Kelly told my mom that she “Only talked when I needed to.” lol Knowing her needs, I’m sure she was chatting constantly!)

Ella starts this coming Tuesday and has been asking for the past week if “this is the day I go to school all by myself?” The can’t wait to do her own thing! She will be going to Trinity Lutheran preschool, which looks like is going to be perfect for her. She has been a bit rotten over the past few weeks, so I am hoping that starting at her very own school and doing her own thing will help her to get some of the attention seeking issues under control. We shall see!

Sisters

Kelly and Ella are really close. In fact, sometimes Ella chooses to go to Kelly instead of me when she needs comforting. Kelly has such a nurturing quality about her… she is a natural born mother.

I am excited about having another girl, but at the same time I am worried about what bringing another girl into the mix will do to the relationship Kelly & Ella have. You know how sometimes having three “friends” is just too much and there is always someone left out or conflict? I just hope that doesn’t happen with these three. I know realistically that things won’t always be perfect, but I hope that Ella and Kelly can remain close, even through those times of jealousy that I know is sure to occur.