Friday, August 21, 2009


I used to think it was hard to blog in the summer..that was until summer was over and school started back and now I can't find time in the day to go to the bathroom much less blog. I used to get up early and blog in the morning while the kids were still in bed..they'd sleep until 930 or so and then we'd start our day. Now I'm still getting up before them but I have to wake them up at 7 so I don't get any blogging or reading done before then. When I put Allie and Caleb down for a nap at lunchtime she only sleeps for 30 long minutes before I have to hold her so not much catch up time there either. Only leaves me with nights to catch up with everyone.

I'll admit that Allie seems to be on a much better schedule though..during the summer it was late to bed and late sleeper in the mornings..she'd get up several times a night and almost nightly end up in the middle of our bed. Caleb was going to bed late and sleeping until almost 10 most mornings then when it was naptime at 1 he wasn't anywhere near ready to sleep again so more days than not he'd lay in his room and play. Now everyone goes to bed at 8 and up by 715 in the mornings. Allie is sleeping much better at night and going down much easier for naps(although not long ones) and bedtime. Caleb is actually taking daily naps again and sleeping better at night. The schedule although hectic seems to be working for them..guess I'll have to figure out a way for it to work for me too.

I figured I would use tonight to catch up alittle. I've won a couple of giveaways in the last couple of months that I haven't posted about yet and Allie got an amazing surprise in the mail a couple of weeks ago that I just have to share with all of you.
I won this giveaway from Heather over at Adventures of Aidanpod. When I opened my mailbox on the day it arrived I was greeted with the best smelling mailbox in all of SC I believe. I got the amazing hand soap from Bath and Body Works(who doesn't like those)..and a few other of her favorite things. Along with all the surprises I also got this beautiful handmade card with a picture of the capital building that was taken by Heather herself. Love that personal touch..Thanks Heather!

About a month ago I won Alicia's giveaway over at Three B's and Me. I just love this girl...she actually only lives about an hour away from me..we've talked about getting together but I just haven't gotten my butt in gear yet and done anything about it. She has become one of my dearest blogging friends since I've started and I'm so thankful for her. I received a pot holder/notepad/wall hanging and magnet along with an amazing card with a sweet message and $10 in it(who doesn't like $$$):) Thanks so much Alicia!!!!!

I have been so lucky to meet some amazing people since I started blogging and Colleen is one of them. I found Colleen at Ramblings of a Crazy Mom through Mimi and I am so thankful for her...she is a busy mom to numerous children like me(although she has me beat by 1 and I'll let her keep that title :) and honestly most days I think we could be living the same life with our crazy kids. She has her own etsy store and makes AMAZING hats and bows! Seriously if you have a little one(girl or boy) or know someone that does and could use a special little gift then you have to go to her etsy shop and check out her stuff!!!! It is awesome!!!!! She sent Allie a couple of hats along with a headband and a gorgeous flower clip. The first day that I tried them on Allie was during the week that she was broken out with roseola for the SECOND time but I couldn't resist the hats so we went ahead and did it. Colleen I hope you like the pics...I'll get some more soon without her broken out from head to toe in a rash :) Thanks so much for always being such a great friend!

Here's her roseola...she was in the light and it was so bright I really couldn't get it to show well but she was horribly broken out for almost a week...much worse than the first time.

I am absolutely in love with this hat!!!! I love the colors and how it looks on her!!!! I am so thankful Colleen!

This is one of my very favorites also...Colleens little girl Abby had one just like it and I commented how much I liked it so Colleen put one in Allie's sweet! I love it!

See the flower? Isn't it gorgeous? LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

I hope to sit down and catch up soon since I haven't touched my computer all day..we have baseball tomorrow and then we're having pictures done tomorrow afternoon so I've been busy trying to get things ready for that. The first week of school is officially behind us and though many tears have been shed we've all made it through. I'll have lots more to update on later on but for now I've done enough rambling.


He & Me + 3 said...

Wow you have won some great stuff and all from bloggers that I totally love too. They are great gals all three of them. Colleen is fabulous. Love those hats on Allie. Super cute.

Alicia said...

Oh, I love the hats on her! They are darling!

Wow, I didn't know you only lived an hour from Alicia! How cool is that!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

You seem to be lucky winning these giveaways!

It would be good to see you around again.. I've been away for quite a while, but I'm hoping to be making my comeback!

McCrakensx4 said...

I know what you mean about feeling like there is not enough time in a day! Congrats on all of your fun winnings, love the hat with the flower! Too bad it wouldn't look so cute on my boys! Have a good weekend!

Ramblings of a Crazy Mom said...

That Made my day. She looks precious in her hats. I'm finally working on some for the boys so be prepared for a new package soon.

Stacy said...

Congrats on all the wins!!!

Those hats are adorable:)

steffenboysmom said...

One of my twins had that and got so sick and incoherent that I took him to the er! The next day he had a rash all over!

Sorry to hear she has it again!

You're using light very well in taking pics of her!

Becca said...

Wow lucky you winning all those giveaways! :-) haha I ADORE those hats and that flower is too too cute :-)
Allie's such a doll!

Alicia W. said...

I'm so happy you won my first giveaway. You are such a great friend and I'm so glad we met through this wonderful experience. Now if we can just meet up for lunch one day that would be GREAT! I'll meet you half way! LOL

drewmark19 said...

You're one lucky gal! I love seeing what people win on blogs. I think mostly because you can see how much they enjoy it. Drives me nuts when someone wins a big grand prize and they never ever mention it. Allie looks like a complete baby doll. She's starting to transition into that little girl look. Can you believe how quickly your "baby" is growing up?

♥Kim said...

Great post, and gifts!!!

I love the hat, too cute!!! :)