Beauty and Blessings

Today was one of those days when everything feels easy. When every other minute something little happens that makes me smile. When I look around me and feel so very blessed.

We got a bunch (over 40) of books from the library this week and have been reading and reading and reading together.Photobucket

I read my kids 23 books today. My voice was pretty hoarse for a while but it was so worth it. Brooklyn and Sierra cuddled into me and played with my hair and rubbed my arms as I read. We laughed together and imagined together.
I’m so grateful to have a library only thirty minutes away. How blessed to have an entire building full of books to visit whenever I want.
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I’ve been in reading heaven, myself. I love every one of the books I checked out for my personal reading. My current favorite is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I only got a chance to read one more chapter today in it and didn’t want to put it down. But… I was just too busy to read more than that 🙁
Maybe tomorrow, dear books…
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Cleaning, cooking, child rearing and everything else I do in a day is made possible by… babywearing.
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I would not get 80% of the stuff I get done, done, if I didn’t have this wrap. This wonderful wrap. My sanity depends on you, my joyful aqua fabric.
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Payson’s picky eating habits (of only eating meat or broccoli) have disappeared now that he has his bottles back in his life.
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As I was working on cleaning my kitchen I got to smell the amazingly comforting smell of chicken broth simmering on the stove.
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Today was diaper laundry day.
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The diapers I use are: Kissaluvs Organic Fitted Diapers with Thirsties Diaper Covers, FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers, and Happy Heiny’s Pocket Diapers.
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When we bought Ember’s new swing at Babies R Us I used a coupon I had to get a free lightweight stroller for Brooklyn since she’d been asking for one for her dolls.
She pushed Ember around the house slowly today for fun.
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It was hot today. High 80s. I couldn’t resist setting up our little pool…
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Ember wasn’t interested in getting in the pool with her siblings.
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But she sure did look cute in her ruffly yellow swimsuit.
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My favorite part was watching Payson’s huge grins as he ran around and played and splashed.
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Ember doesn’t have swim diapers so while I was holding her outside she peed all over me. So bathtime it was.
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Payson kept asking to come in and then go out and come in and go out. It was frustrating because I was trying to cook dinner. He did look so cute standing at the sliding glass door, though.
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The day up until 5pm was so blissful. I worked my butt off and accomplished so much and we’d all had such a good time together.
But around 5pm I told the kids to come inside. And turns out Payson took his diaper off. Turns out he had to poop right then. Turns out he has diarrhea from a couple tater tots I let him have the other day.
So… he pooped right on my family room floor. And then walked through it over to me in the kitchen.

*sigh*

It was so stinky.
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I spent a full hour cleaning up that mess!! It was exhausting because Ember was in her super cranky evening mood so I put her in the backpack so she was being “held” but was out of the way.
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Then when it was all clean I went to take out the garbage and the garbage leaked rotten meat juices all over my kitchen floor (and me! yay, I’ve been marred with pee, poop, spitup, and rotten meat juices today!) so I had to clean up that mess.

Wow. I’m really sick of dealing with gross things!

But besides those two hours of the day things are awesome. I am really loving this phase of life. I have really terrible moments when the extreme workload gets to me but the rest of the time it’s just such a lovely, blessed life I have.

9 thoughts on “Beauty and Blessings

  • I love how you have such a talent of describing real life in a way I can envision it taking place. I wish I had done more of this when my children were really tiny. You are going to love looking back and reading all this. The bad with the good:)
    Great Library pics:) We've read lots of those and loved them esp Katy No Pocket. I let Megan make an apron to carry her stuffed animals around in and that made her day. She still loves that book!
    I wish it was in the 80's here except for then I know we'd have the humidity as well, uck! We flew out to Phoenix and Vegas in June several years back and while it was HOT I loved that there wasn't that sticky, icky feeling.

  • Oh April I'm so with you on the sticky, icky feeling. I can take high heat temps any day but the humidity made me crazy! I love the dry air here.

    I told the girls yesterday that I'd make them aprons like the one in the book and they were so excited. It's funny and sweet that you made one for your daughter, too. I wonder how many moms have made pocketed aprons for their children thanks to that book.

  • Love how real you write! I am amazed at how much you can fit into a day… very inpsiring!

    I do have to say though… I am really jealous of your weather. Up here in Washington we are still hitting mid-40's during the day. It is doable, but I am so tired of cold and gray – I need some sunshine right now badly. My kids need some sunshine too!

  • Liberty, I'm from Washington and oddly enough I never needed the sun like I do now! I loved the rain and thought the cloudy, green, freshness of Washington was the best thing in the world.
    After having lived in sunny places for the past 6 years I'm a convert. haha. I LOVE the sun.

    I hope your guys' spring comes fast and sunny this year.

  • I agree, looks like a great day (besides poo). Beautiful pictures. I didn't realize you were such a reader. One more thing we have in common. 🙂 You should check out goodreads.com if you are ever interested. You can keep track of everything you read there and also books you want to read. You can rate the books and share your recommendations and ratings with your friends. It's kind of like facebook, but for readers. I love it! And I'd love to share book recommendations with you if you ever joined!

  • Wow, I've been away for a month (moving and all) and hadn't got the chance to comment recently. Ember has GROWN so much! She is just a doll, sitting up and everything already!

    We visited Phoenix for 1 day in Feb. and it was beautiful weather!

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