Tuesday, July 29, 2014

School Starts Soon

Can you even believe our girl is starting school this year?

For those of you who have been reading my blogs for years I bet it seems impossible.  She's 4, almost 5, and starting pre-K.  It's just crazy.

We've already bought her uniform bottoms (I have to buy the shirts from the school), socks, sneakers and this weekend it's "tax free" in our state for supplies.  I have a long list of supplies (I also need to figure out the differences between "skinny" markers and non-skinny ones!) and a few dates where I have to go to the school to buy the uniform shirts and meet her teacher.

Good luck to her teacher.  I do feel a bit bad.  Annika is a class clown.  She's social. She loves to talk and she loves to entertain.  I only hope she behaves in class and that she has a teacher who is understanding and doesn't crush her spirit.  Annika is my sensitive silly girl.  I want her to stay that way.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Fun + Some Oils

We had another busy, but fun weekend!

We went up to St. Pete Beach.  Our usually beach has always been in Sarasota but now that we've moved further north St. Pete is actually a bit closer and there is less traffic to get there.

We bought this awesome tent thing from Amazon.  It seemed silly to rent them from the guys on the beach (if you look to the left in this picture the yellow one you can rent) when it's $25 and we got this one for just a little over $50.  It gave us tons of shade and none of us got sunburned which is pretty good for us!

The girls love the beach.

They also like digging holes and sitting in them!

Or just laying in the sand.  I'm pretty sure she still has sand in her hair now after 2 showers.

Also to sneak this in we've gotten really big into essential oils.  I've already been into health eating (no artificial colors in our foods, fewer than 5 ingredients in all foods we buy, pretty much nothing processed, organic as much as possible) and healthy alternatives to medicine.

I'm sure everyone noticed my long blog absence and I will admit to some mild depression and anxiety at times.  Growing up with a mother who took every single drug possible for depression and bipolar disorder makes you fear taking anything yourself.  Plus I got promoted at work, there's no way I can hide at my desk for weeks not speaking to people anymore, I have to get up and interact and be prepared to do so every single day.

Currently I'm starting a few different oils from DoTerra and I am selling them, which means if you ever want to try some and buy some from my site I will make a small profit.  Small, very small.  Once I get feeling 100% I'll be sharing what I'm using and how it's working.  So far my depression is gone after only 5 days and tomorrow the two oils I want to try for anxiety will be coming the mail!  Looking forward to sharing how they work.

The oils also work great for the girls when they're super hyper and it's 9:30pm and I desperately want them to go to bed since I wake up at 4:30am for work!  Just 1 drop of lavender on their feet and they relax and fall right to sleep!

If you are interested the link to my site is here.  I swear I won't talk about them all the time but I thought it would be nice to share!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Annabel's New Bed

Annabel was ready for a "big girl" bed so we decided to go get her a new bedroom set.  She was using a tall dresser that actually matched Annika's set.  Since our entire house is dark brown we decided to brighten things up by getting her a white bedroom set.

I went to the store first and picked out one I really liked.  Then Josh went and even though I didn't think we'd get anything fancy he decided on this because "Annabel liked it".

Our 2.5 year old has a fancier, more expensive bedroom set then us.  We are insane.

At least she like it and sleeps in it!

Both girls liked it a lot.

That finally completes our house for furniture!  The only room that probably will need something eventually is the girls' playroom that still only has a bookshelf in it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Well Hello There

Long time no see, right?

I knew I couldn't stay away forever.

It's only been, what, 8 months.

I miss blogging.  I miss writing.  I miss having a little diary of sorts to put together all my thoughts.

Don't you miss us?

What have we been up to over the last 8 months?

We had some Christmas pictures taken that were pretty awesome.  Finally family pictures!

Annabel decided to become a mini version of my mother, she will NOT smile for you!

But then she turned 2 and decided "I'll do whatever I want when I want because I want to remind you how stubborn your own mother was FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE".

We signed up Annika for soccer and played for 12 weeks.  Annika doesn't play anymore, it was just too much in our busy schedule.

The girls are best buddies now, 80% of the time.

We went for an awesome hike in our own neighborhood!

Annabel eats entire pieces of pizza.

And lollipops we got for free just because the girls are super cute.

We went to Disney World!!!  

We've also been going to the beach a TON.

Lots to post about and I do actually plan on blogging a little more often, you know, more often than every 8 months.

Hope I still have some readers!!  Let me know if I do!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Shutting Down.

I'm closing down this blog.

Over the past 5+ years I have blogged about our lives, a lot.  I had one complete year where I blogged all 365 days.

In the last year or so I feel the need to be more private for the girls.  They don't have a choice right now but to be on my blog but really is that fair?

Also I've had a lot of strange comments coming from search engines also which I'm not crazy about given the personal amount of information that is on this blog.  Plus I feel the need to censor myself and my opinions A LOT lately so that not to offend people or upset any one (trust me, people can seem so sensitive about something that is someone else's opinion!!).  I actually think this is totally ridiculous so that I'll probably keep this blog private to myself just to keep as a diary!  There are so many things good and bad that I don't want to forget and would love to keep track of.

I will miss blogging so in an effort to keep up a little bit with it I will be starting my food blog January 1st!

Please add Macaroni No More to your Feedly list (or whatever else you use to follow blogs)!  I already have a ton of recipes ready to go and hope to be able to keep up with posting at least 2 new recipes per week!  I will post the occasional picture of the girls on there too since they do help me cook so much but I'll be keeping all personal stories to my Facebook account.

This blog will be shut down by the end of the week!!  So please add macaroninomore.blogspot.com to your favorites list!

One last picture on this blog of the girls :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Hair

It happens all the time.

I swear I see it on Facebook at least once a month.

But never to us.

Annika cut her hair.

About a week before it happened Josh posted this of her on Facebook.  Her hair was all one length.

We also used this picture for her birthday party invitations.

Then she did this while Josh was napping.  All of her hair in front is cut very short and choppy.  There's a few long strands in the back still.

The scissors were on a shelf 6 feet high and she climbed up the other shelves to get to them.  She was determined.  She had a plan and she succeeded!!

According to Annika "I wanted to look like Annabel" or "I had too much hair" are her reasons for doing it.  She did this 3 days before her birthday party.


I called 4 salons while at work and couldn't get her in.  Finally I decided to try to walk-in someplace and we got in.  The guy that did her hair says he does at least one little girl a week that gets a hold of scissors.

He did a great job!

I think she looks cute but I just wish she didn't do it on her own!

There are a lot of pieces that are to her scalp and the front isn't very even so it'll be a process to grow it back out so that's it's even!

She's so proud of herself though and she told me that night "I like my haircut very much momma".

Can't fight her on that one, if she likes it then I like it and I do think it's a very cute cut on her!