Thursday, January 31, 2013

my thoughts...

I haven't been on this blog long.  However I have been on this blog long enough to meet some pretty amazing people..
This community is changing me.  Opening my eyes to people and places and parts of life that I never knew existed...
It is becoming an outlet to share what travels around inside my head and wants to get out...  Sometimes I feel like maybe these thoughts could make a difference...
Today is one of those days... 
I received a little note the other day from one of my fellow bloggers who is expecting her third little one soon... I wrote this long before I started this blog but my thoughts haven't changed, they have only grown stronger....  
I have debated on publishing this post for a long time, until I had a little conversation with her and decided that today maybe my thoughts could help anyone who is on the fence...
Having Three Kids
I always knew that I wanted three kids… at least I thought that I did… but I was never really sure.  It was around Madison’s first birthday (it usually does for me) that the baby bug started biting again.  My husband and I would talk so often about how tough life was during Madison’s first year and about how we never wanted to go through that again.  Still deep down inside of me I still had more love to give.  More places at the table, more time to rock, bathe, tickle, walk, kissy face, more raw love someone so much it hurts love to give.  It wasn’t until my husband and I decided to make the decision final that the talk about making our family a family of five became a serious discussion.  My husband and I aren’t patient people, often times as soon as we make a decision we are full gusto to complete the task.  With this decision it was something more.  We (I) found patience I never knew I had.  I title this journal Having Three Kids because often times I would sit at the computer and type in those exact three words and pour over all of the articles and life experiences of other families.  I would weigh the pros and cons.  My mind would slip back to the times I felt half crazy (no exaggeration) and couldn’t wait for the day to be over and hope for a fresh start in the morning.  Quickly I would close the computer or move to a different site.  Sometimes I would find a website or blog about a family of five and be in tears by the end about how much a baby making five had fulfilled their lives. 
Living in a family of five is the norm for my husband and me.  I was one of three, he was one of three. It only made sense.  We decided on a time that we would start “trying” again.  This time we were talking about it a year ahead of time.  Something that we never do.  We let the year go by and continued to talk about it and communicate with each other about our fears, our future, and our family.  When it was time, we took a leap of faith.  The leap that so many other mothers wrote about on their blogs, and on their websites.  This time was so different.  This time meant so much because this time we were taking a leap of faith.  There was no set time schedule, no perfect month, just making our family bigger and welcoming a new baby into our family and into our lives.
It took one try and here we are.  We welcomed Lauren Abigail  into our lives on March 27, 2012 (two weeks early).  Life on that day changed for me.  That day I became a better Mommy.  I no longer was able to compare one child to the next, no longer could I focus on the negative behavior all day; no longer did I feel like someone was missing.  She was there in my arms.  The completion to the big question that sat in the back of our minds and hearts.  The stay in the hospital was different as well.  Often times in my past deliveries on the first night of my child’s birth I would have thoughts creep into my head that would scare me to death.  Am I ready for this?  Can I give this child everything they need?  This is for the rest of your life.  Your life just changed forever can you handle it?  The night that Lauren was born I was so elated, so blessed, so comfortable with my life and where I was.  Starring it all in the face and ready to take it on.  Ready to bring her home and start life together as a family of five.
The months have flown by like the wind.   I sit here on Madison’s third birthday and can’t help but cry.  It wasn’t so long ago that she was the baby that I was holding in my arms.  Now she is in preschool and has her ears pierced. My little guy is writing, and spelling… growing into a big kid, and my little one… my last, is almost 7 months old already.  The dynamic of our family is awesome.  Never do I get the feeling that any child gets more attention than another.  My middle child doesn’t suffer from middle child syndrome (if that is even a real thing), and life is good.  So many times during my day I thank the Lord for helping us take the leap.  I thank the Lord for the best husband in the world, for without his continual devotion to our family it wouldn’t be as awesome as it is.  All of the great parts of life happen in front of my eyes every day and I am so lucky to have a front row seat.  Having Three Kids… So glad I did!

I really do hope that this post helps some of you... I know that I looked to other mothers for their thoughts, experiences and fears.  Here is where I did a lot of reading... Her columns are really funny and bring a different light to having three kids.   Here is the one that changed my life....

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

what i wore wednesday

Hi I'm linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration. Come join in, it is fun and easy!

I tried to mix it up a little bit more this week. I have to be honest and say that I am loving the outfits that I am wearing to church lately. They are comfortable and dressed up... Being comfortable is important because I have three little ones to wrangle during that time.

This is the first time that I tried pairing different prints together. I am not one to step outside the box but I have to say that after pairing this scarf and stripes together I came to love it! What do you think?

stripe sweater: target
lace tank: target
skinny jeans: target
boots: target
scarf: gift from my mom
  Our kids don't have school on Fridays. We have PJ Fridays for the kids and I tend to dress down on Fridays. This week I tried a little color blocking. I loved the warmth from the layers... My athletic pants are my favorite favorite...
three quarter length hoodie: target
purple long sleeve v neck: kohls
coral tank: target
athletic pants: puma outlet
 I wore this outfit to church this week. I felt a little "dark" but this outfit was super comfortable and I would definitely wear it again. The cozy boots are a plus too!                          
aqua sweater: target
black dress: target
tights: target
boots: jcpenney
Happy Wednesday! 
 It's your turn... Head on over to Pleated Poppy and link up with us. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

hello monday

I am linking up with Lisa today over at Lisa Leonard Designs for some hellos for this week.  Come join in...
This weekend we spent with family and friends and that always feels good.  One of my husband's friends from college was in town and we had a little time to visit.  He is so much fun and makes us laugh so hard.   Sometimes visiting with friends helps to remind me that I am more than just a mother and that is nice...  We went for a snow walk with the kids in the woods on Saturday.  We just took our time and it was so refreshing... There is nothing like being out in nature....On Sunday we celebrated my brothers birthday.  We were gathered around with our family and it was so great!
How about some hellos for the week?
Hello to a new week and a fresh start... I really need it!
Hello big mug of coffee.  You make my day start right and you keep my hands warm too!
Hello  "Puddles" the new pet in our house... Oh how the kids love you...
Hello rainy snowy days.... Where are you spring?
Hello skating lessons tonight.  Madison is so excited!
Hello doctors appointments this week.  Hopefully we can find out what is causing Madison's tummy troubles...
Hello looking for inspiration for my LNC Designs shop.  It has been gone for a while now and I can't seem to get it back....
Hello to NO LAUNDRY waiting for me... YAY!
Hello friends, what are your hellos for the week?

Friday, January 25, 2013


life rearranged

I am linking up my phone pics again this week with jeannett at Life Rearranged. Here is our week in instagram photos.

           My kids were home from school this week.  That is a great recipe for get nothing done around the house, for the LNC Designs shop, or this blog... 

Have you ever heard of "The Mommy Button?"  I first found out about Mommy buttons from Lindsey at  The Pleated Poppy.  You can check out her post  (here) Once she mentioned them I realized we have mommy buttons in our house... They are EVERYWHERE... !!! I  have to be careful around them because once I hit one I hear... "Mommy!  Hey Mommy! or  Mommy??? Can you....?  This picture right here....Humongous mommy button. My hand doesn't even need to touch the mouse and I hear my name.  Another mommy button, the coffee pot... Every kid in this house could be dead to the world but as soon as I touch the coffee pot everyone is up and ready to roll.  Do you have Mommy buttons in your house??? I would love to know where yours are... 
Oh and yes, we are HUGE parrot heads in case you were wondering.

LOVE + HATE= Brother and Sister
Oh these two.  They can be so hot and cold.  One minute they are playing great together and the next "they are not best friends anymore and their only best friend is Mommy!"  Wait another two minutes and they are back playing together again.  At least I have proof they love each other. 

Be still my heart... Goodness I love her.  She is really good at MEMORY too!
This is about right... And that is what kind of week we had... He has made it his personal mission to perfect his headstand.  Yup, you heard me right, headstand...

 OH MY!!!  The friendly giant is standing all over the place... She gets really happy for herself and starts clapping... Then falls down.  Cutest thing ever! 
Now it's your turn!  Head on over to Life Rearranged and link up  jeannett and your instagram photos from the week!
Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bitter Cold....

Our kids have been home from school most of this week... We had Monday off for the holiday and then two days off due to the bitter cold temperatures around here.  Having the kids home for multiple days home stuck inside is a challenge sometimes...

Today as I watched them play in their pj's, hooded sweatshirts and slippers I couldn't help but feel truly blessed and grateful... I never have to look far because blessings surround me everyday... Some days they are so overwhelming it makes my heart beat a million miles a minute. Today it is for our nice warm home, the place that keeps our little ones toes warm and smiles on their faces....  

Today and everyday, I am truly blessed...


What I Wore Wednesday

Hi I'm linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for some fashion inspiration.  Come join in, it is fun and easy! 

It is FREEZING here!  Before the deep freeze happened, the weather was nice and I spent time in more than sweatshirts, sweat pants and tube socks!  I have to say I love both outfits that I am posting today....
grey button down sweater: target
pink v-neck long sleeve: kohls
print tank :target
jeans/scarf: walmart
socks: meijer
grey moccasins: payless


This outfit I wore to church.  By far one of my favorites... Did I mention I love these boots?
 Cardigan: JCPenney (long time ago)
boots: target
brown cinch belt: target
earrings: target
Did I mention I love Target???
Now it's your turn!  Link up with Lindsey today and check it out....


Monday, January 21, 2013

Hello Monday

WOW! It took me until now to realize that today is Monday and I haven't posted my hellos for the week. My husband and kids are home from school today so I am a little off my game today...

Goodbye to a great weekend filled with TONS of fun!   Saturday we went to a park near us to walk along the river.  The water is really high due to all of the rain lately.  We put the kids in their mud boots and went on our way to explore the trails... Oh my was it muddy!   Later in the afternoon we took the kids to open skate so Madison could practice her ice skating... What fun!

 How about some hellos for the week?

Hello day off with my husband and the kids...  I can't wait to see what today holds! 
Hello loads of laundry that wait to be done....
Hello looking for inspiration for the LNC Designs shop... I feel a little stuck... 
Hello skating lessons tonight... I love watching Madison on the ice...
Hello new week, I can't wait to see what you hold for us.... What are your hellos for this week?

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Mother's Challenge

A Mother's Challenge...
So, Casey came up with this really cool mother's challenge for all of us out there. It isn't too often that I have to tell myself to slow down, but it is fun to challenge your inner mommy and see what you can come up with to make your little one's lives more special and meaningful...

It's your turn... What are your challenges...?  Join us... You can find us here!


life rearranged
I am linking up my phone pics again this week with jeannett at Life Rearranged. Here is our week in instagram photos.

The week started off great.  The little man went to help Daddy with groceries and came back with these for me.  How sweet!  No occasion, just because.... His Daddy is teaching him well!

This one is feeling much better this week.  It is so nice that she has her spunk back.   I have to admit I love when she is a cuddle bug too! She has been on a waffle kick lately... 
 She started skating lessons this week and LOVES them!  She was already pushing the bucket away.  I think I am just as excited as she is to go to practice again on Monday... 
One of the little man's favorite things to do is wash his hot wheels cars.  It is a win win for both of us... Cars get clean and it takes some time away from a long afternoon and he gets to play in the water. 

 Little sister likes to help too!  When the two of them wash cars together they escape into their own little worlds.  Their imaginations go at full speed talking to the cars and pretending they are talking back.  I love to sit back with my cup of coffee and relish in every moment of it.

After they were all washed they were brought over to the "Radiator Springs" parking lot.  I never realized how many hot wheels cars we have until they are all drying in Radiator Springs.
Is it bad to say that we have about this many more in our attic that we change out when Little Man gets tired of playing with these???

I adore these kids!  They are the greatest and they make my life so full...
We don't have much going on this weekend and the kids are home on Monday from school.  I don't know what our weekend holds, but I know it will be great!  What are you doing this weekend?
Happy Friday everyone!  Don't forget to link up with jeannett at Life Rearranged.
life rearranged

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday

pleated poppyI'm linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy for WIWW
again this week and for some fashion inspiration.  Come along and join in with us, it's easy and it's fun!

This week has been hard. The weather here has been crazy too!  The weather was in the 60's this past weekend and back down into the high 20's for most of this week... Needless to say it was a pretty Blah week for fashion. 

So... Here it goes...

black sweater: Kohl's
white tank/polka dot scarf
skinny jeans: target
black boots:jcpenney
zebra print/polka dot carousel pin: my shop

 I  have to apologize for this ridiculously close up picture.  I wanted to show my pin that I have attached to my scarf.   I will be listing carousel pins in my shop soon so please keep checking back.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite outfits.  This sweater is so cozy.  It has a lacy front that dresses it up a bit but it still has the comfort of a sweatshirt.  I love love love my purple converse shoes... I could wear them everyday!


sweatshirt: target
white tank: target
jeans: walmart
converse shoes: target
I have to show this same outfit this way too.  I love this coat and these sun glasses.  I also wanted to feature one of Lindsey's Bloom Bags.  This bag was my first purchase from The Pleated Poppy.  This bag is 2 years old and still my favorite.  So... This is what I normally wear on my way to drop the kids off to school or to go shopping.

 coat: target
sunglasses: target
bloom bag: The Pleated Poppy
carousel clips: my shop

Okay, now it's your turn.  Take some pic's of your outfits and link up with us!  Don't forget to head over and visit Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy!  Happy Wednesday everyone!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Hello Monday

It was a funfilled weekend for the all of us.  A Cleveland visit on Saturday and a lazy day on Sunday...  We went to Fireside Book Store in Chagrin Falls.  It is one of our favorite places to visit.  They have a kids book room upstairs.  Our kids could stay and look at books forever. 

 I am linking up with Lisa at Lisa Leonard for some hellos for the week.

Hello starting the week off running... All of these pretties are waiting to find a home.   Hello working on filling inventory for markets coming up this spring.

Hello to a new week of school for the kids.  They love their new school and I love it when they are happy...

Hello skating lessons for Madison tonight and swim lessons for Shawn on Sunday.  They are really excited.  Madison wants to be an ice princess ever since we went to see Disney on Ice.

Hello to flowers sitting on my kitchen table.  They make me so happy.  Shawn and my husband picked them out for me... Ahhhh... So blessed!

Hello phone calls from old friends.... If feels so great to reconnect again.  It has been such a long time.

Hello planning boards... If you haven't read my new years resolution post you can check it out here! 

Hello new week, it is going to be a great one!  Ready, Set, Go!!!!  What are you saying hello to this week?

Friday, January 11, 2013


life rearrangedI am linking up my phone pics again this week with jeannett at Life Rearranged. Here is our week in instagram photos. 

This week we were back to the grind of life and I am loving being on a schedule.  I have been busy working on Carousel Clips and Little Ones to stock the LNC Designs shop.  All of these little pretties will find homes soon!  Come visit the shop and see if you see any you like!

We got together with some friends on Saturday and went to play on inflatables for the morning at one of the indoor soccer complexes in our area.  If you live close it is worth checking out!   The kids had so much fun.  I have to admit I was kind of jelious watching how much fun my kids were having.


What is that saying???  A tired puppy is a good puppy?   Yeah, that goes for my kids too!

That's right, I just compared my kids to puppies!
These two are inseparable!  Lazy afternoons after Church are perfect for Tickle Fights and lazy afternoons!
I forgot how fun 10 months old can be!  Lauren loves every minute of life.  It doesn't matter what you say to her... As long as it is spoken in a high pitched happy voice, she's up for it. 
Maybe I should try that next time she needs shots...
We also call Lauren the "Friendly Giant."  You will see why in the next picture...
The toy of the week last Friday was Trouble for the big kids...  I put a ban on trouble in our house after I got schooled by my husband, Shawn, and Madison... I can't win even if I try!  This week it's  Mega Blocks... They have been made into tunnels for trains, castles for ice princesses, and a destruction zone for the Friendly Giant.  She also likes to use them as teething toys....
I am not sure who loves instagram more... Me or Shawn?  He loves taking pictures with my phone and then using the tools to make them cool.  Too bad there isn't a tool to make me look less tired... My goodness I need more sleep!
This one is fighting another cold.... She is a trooper though....  Little Ones are so pathetic when they are sick.
 Word World always makes things better!  You can find it on PBS.  If you haven't ever watched Word World, try it you'll like it... and so will your kids!
Happy Friday!  We are visiting family this weekend.... What are you up to?
Don't forget to link up with jeannett at Life Rearranged