Aug 29, 2009
Day after day it was the same old thing. I wanted something better, fresher, richer, newer, more decadent. Decisions... decisions.
Well I have made up my mind. I'm not leaving you, not now and maybe not ever. Sorry I even entertained the idea of getting rid of you.
Aug 27, 2009
I was chatting with a friend on the phone the other day and we discussed how hard it is to have your children involved in multiple activities and school at the same time. She mentioned that she even knew a couple that divorced over the same thing. Their marriage suffered because of neglect due to traveling all over with the kids. I can't imagine it coming to that extreme. I decided a few weeks back that things will be very different around the Ismail household. We are going to say NO to some things. We can't attend every single game or event. We have to say no to some parties and gatherings. We have to put our family first. We must have more sit-down dinners around the table. We must connect on a daily basis. We can't let all the "stuff" we have going on take over our entire life. No way. Already I have been feeling so relaxed and not so cluttered with feeling like there is no time. I can't stand when people always complain that they have no time. Sometimes just moving things around a bit can give you some more breathing room. I think we will be a even happier household in the long run. I apologize for such a long post. Thanks for taking the time to read this and please share your thoughts on this subject.
Aug 26, 2009
Aug 24, 2009
So far they have been following the rules and have had no problems. Some people may think we are a bit overboard and really we don't care. We want our children to be a part of all the technology we have but it comes with limits and we care about their safety.
How about you...do you allow your kids to partake in any social networking? Do you have any special rules or guidelines you want to share?
Aug 21, 2009
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Aug 17, 2009
Friends tell you the things you don't want to hear.
Friends keep it real. No sugarcoating.
Friends lend a hand or a voice without having to be asked.
Friends make you laugh until you cry.
Friends become your family and show what family really is.
Friends give without looking to be rewarded.
Friends are forgiving.
I LOVE my friends :-)
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
My sweet little son has developed a nasty little habit to go along with the numerous other icky habits that seem to be male gender related. He likes to stick his fingers in his mouth. I am sure you wonder what is so bad about that since it is very normal for little ones to do that. He likes to take both hands and stick as many fingers into his mouth as far in as he can get them. He does it until he makes gagging noises. He then laughs and does it over and over again. This is entertaining to him and disgusting to me. The other day I had just dressed him and we were both getting ready to walk out the door to a school function for his sister. He decides to put his hands in his mouth except this time it was a very nasty and stinky outcome. I had to run over to him immediately and strip all his clothes off and bathe him from head to toe. Good thing I am super mom and still made it out to the high school with time to spare. Wow, boys are some interesting little creatures. When I told Dwayne the story he laughed. Anyone surprised?
Aug 12, 2009
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Aug 6, 2009
A few weeks ago I was asked to test toys for a company called ebeanstalk. They sent out a number of baby toys and toys for 1 year olds to toy experts (moms) for their review. Through reviews such as mine, this helps ebeanstalk select great learning toys . The toy they sent was First Shapes Jumbo Knob Puzzle from Melissa and Doug who makes lots of wooden toys.
Aug 4, 2009
I was presented this sweet little award from Lisa over at Lisa C Writes. She was so gracious to choose to give it to me because of the friendship with have built over the past 2 years through blogging. It's really neat how you "meet" people from all over the world through blogging and I have made some amazing friends that have truly become like family. Lisa is one beautiful woman inside and out and is an outstanding mother and wife. You can count on her to always have kind and encouraging words. If you ever want to know more about natural living then she is your girl! Now I will share the love. I would like to pass this Lovely Blog Award on to:
- Kristin- I just love her sense of humor and spunk! She is so ridiculously creative.
- Renee- she is amazing and is very inspiring.
- Beautiful Mess- just because when she leaves comments she always ends it with *HUGS* and she makes me smile.
- Sean- such a cool guy that makes your mouth water when you stop by his spot!
- Tanyetta- because she is as genuine as they come. I love her!!!
Aug 3, 2009
Aug 1, 2009
Since we don't own a barber's chair we used the next best thing, the high chair! Dwayne introduced the clippers to William and turned them on. As you can see William didn't seem to mind it one bit.
Here he is playing peek-a-boo. He is always sucking his little tongue!
He behaved so well through the whole process.
Dwayne had fun doing this.