i follow this blog that is packed full of educational ideas to do at home.  however, this particular idea has hit a nerve.  the type of nerve that sends a warm jolt through your spine-down the legs-and to the tippies of your toes.  i love opportunities to let my actions speak to my babies...not just my words. boy are we ever up for this. we are on a 30 day challenge to intentionally birth kindness to others.  i get to map out the acts of kindness.  i will be picking things that involve those hungry eyes that are constantly watching me.  those eyes that are begging to see all the good from this world.  i will set out to teach my babies, in the next 30 days, what it means to give.  what it means to care. basically we are to go out, everyday, and make something wonderful happen for someone else.  how cool is that?! i'm hoping ...

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i had this awesome and original costume idea for our family this year.  it was going to be super easy and i was proud of myself for thinking of it.  we were going to go as kiki, marani, twist, and shout.  you know...the fresh beat band.  i just knew that nathan was going to dig it.  i was about to score major cool points.  so i suggestively sell the whole idea with a convincing "hey nathan, do you want to dress up as twist for halloween.  mommy can be kiki, sister can be marina, and daddy will be shout."  he matter of factly answers, "no thanks...how about a pirate.  i want to be a pirate!!" i didn't feel the least bit shot down.  instead, i was thrilled that he had an opinion this year.  i guess this just meant no more going as a fluffy-wuffy animal of some sort.  he's growing up.  however, he ...

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this past week was majorly switched up by something that was completely out of my control.  the weather!!  the darkness set in.  the rain trickled sounds on the roof that, i swear, sounded like "old macdonald had a farm".  the weather was supposed to carry on like this for three solid days.  i was thrilled because rainy days are a rare treat here in sunny florida. moreover, i just love the opportunity to pull this box out of the closet. first grab out of the box was a bag of balloons.  i had two little eager beavers cracking up while i blew each one up.  they waited in line with a specific balloon for me to blow.  i stopped at a dozen.  i passed out plastic spatulas from the kitchen drawer and we popped those balloons around for quite some time.  that evolved into "boots and balloons" per nathan's extra fabulous idea. ...

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i love having big plans.  last wednesday, the anticipation of our big plans started creeping in.  it was only two days away from friday.  almost time to pack up the car and head a few hours south to be with family.  every time i make the trip down, i think "why don't i come down more?  it's only two hours."  then i wait almost a year to go back.  i'm changing that.  for sure.  because, those people rock and i love them to death. my little travelers did okay on the way down.  i didn't bring a single toy for them because we were going to be surrounded by kids and water.  i didn't want to over pack.  it was a conscious decision that i later regretted when they were left just sitting there, without a single thing to do for, for two straight hours.  i mean, you can only pass ...

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i went into my first pregnancy with euphoric blinders on.  i thought i was going to have this easy little baby that rarely cried (ha-friggin-ha).  i thought that my life couldn't possibly change as much as people carried on.  it did.  i thought that my marriage wouldn't be tested just because of a baby (uhhhhh...yeah right). you can't blame a girl for wishful thinking. 32 weeks pregnant with nathan. (see the euphoric blinders?)  i remember my pregnancy with nathan.  i was bringing in some dolla-dolla bills as a realtor.  i loved my job.  i worked twelve and sixteen hour days.  it was high-impact.  i was at the top of my game, striving to be one of those top producers.  when people would ask if i was going to stay-at-home with my baby, i would quickly answer "i'm not the stay-at-home type." i was entirely unaware that my heart was about to explode and ...

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 our weekend was kicked off with a friday night family movie.  it was a much needed night in.  after baths we all snuggled up with our blankets, dimmed the lights, and took in a sweet little care bear movie.  i sat right in the middle of my littles and rubbed those bity backs until my arms were numb.  at one point, i looked over at sister and her eyes kept rolling back in her head as my hand would stroke up her back.  precious. oh sweet, sweet saturday.  it was a slow moving morning.  the kids played together while i babysat my morning coffee and googled some pumpkin carvings.  i always like to jack up my babies by gathering them around the laptop for a sneak peak of what we are about to get into.  it creates a much more exciting anticipation.  since nathan can verbalize, he will excitingly announce all ...

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it's obvious that i love to write about my little family while placing daily snap shots ever so fittingly throughout my storyline.  it's usually a pretty picture where everyone is frolicking through the day--while on their best behavior--while eating all their vegetables--and using their manners.    this is a 90 second video that includes no frolicking--no best behavior--no vegetable eating--and certainly no manners. this is us, in the raw.  this is reality!! momma said there'd would be days like this. pause button please (even still)! christy *PLEASE 'LIKE' MY BUSINESS PAGE OF FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/BeautifulHabits

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