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As I’ve said in the past I love learning new things. My latest learning curve has been scheduling sleep for three little kids and trying to find some peace and quiet for a bit of creativity. I’ve come to the realization that if I really want this quiet time to create I have to choose between sleep or creativity. I end up going to bed most nights no later then 12am, those are the creative nights. The nights I choose sleep I’ll usually go down about 8pm.

For those of you who wonder how I find time to be creative(I get asked quiet often) its simple. I love it!!! What you love you find the time to do. I don’t want you to think I do it all by any means. My laundry piles up, the dishes need doing and truthfully I am not a very tidy person. I do feel much better about sitting down to sew or design when the house is clean but sometimes I have to let it go. One thing I know about myself is this….When I have time to be creative it helps me feel more alive. I’m sure this makes me a better person to be around and a better mom as well.

Here is what I’ve been designing on spoonflower.

Thanks to my sweet husband my photo shop skills are much improved.

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Our third little person has entered the word….three months ago(July 27th).

We (my hubby and I) now are the proud parents of not only Henry Soda Pop and Leucadia Jane, but also Olive Grace.  She came into this world in the most pleasant way possible given the way babies make their entrance. I’ll give the details in a post titled “Olives Entrance”.

My husband had been out-of-town for 5 weeks prior to her birth, he was home for a whopping 2 days when she decided to come out. She was 10 days early not a moment too soon and out of my three birthing experiences she was the easiest and most stress free of them all.

 

How could you not love these faces!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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We have another bun in the oven as they say and for me number three has not gotten any easier.

I haven’t consistently posted in about 5 months mostly do to the lovely nausea and tiredness I’ve been dealing with. I really hate whiners so enough about that, it’s over and done with and I now feeling much better. We are due to have another sweet baby in August and we’ve been told its going to be a girl!!!

Some stuff I’ve learned this time around…….so far.

  1. We are what is considered a middle-income family and live in California. With insurance being as pricey as it is I chose to look into AIM(access for infants and mothers). It’s a California state-run program and there are income minimums and maximums that you have to fit within but over all I am very pleased with the program.  I was able to down load the application and fill it out and send it in without any hitch. You have up until the 30th week of pregnancy (7 1/2 months!!) to complete your paper work. I have no complaints so far. Its 1/4 of the cost then when I was working and had what I thought was great insurance for my first baby, and again 1/4 of the cost of the second baby with another insurance. They charge you 2% of your yearly income. We chose to break it into monthly payments for the 10 months that I’m pregnant (about $85.00) and we don’t have co-pays when we go see the doctor.  I put this as something I’ve learned because I have quiet a few friends who are young, married and starting family’s and had not heard about this program. It will even extend to the health coverage of your child (for $5.00-$24.00 per month) as long as  you qualify, up until that child turns 18yrs old.
  2. I’ve learned what a Doula is. I wont be in need of one (I have 3 supportive sisters and a great mom, my hubby doesn’t do well with blood and things of that nature so he’s present but more of a cheerleader at my head) but I have watched and learned with the women around me how truly important and calming a doula can be for a pregnant mama who needs good solid support during pregnancy and labor. I good friend of mine is a Doula and has her own blog where she shares other women’s stories of labor and delivery. Through her and mutual friends I have seen how she can help answer a range of questions that you might feel silly calling your doctor about, as well as supporting you through some of the toughest emotional and physically demanding moments of your life. If you’re at all unsure who is going to be your support during this stage of life I would look into finding a doula.
  3. GRACE, is huge. Having grace on my 2 toddlers that run around the house making noise and messing with the general order of things is a must. Having grace on my husband when he doesn’t always understand my emotionally charged moods is a must. Last but not least I need to have grace on myself when I don’t pull the house back into order after a day of kid chasing or get dinner on the table when I know it should be time to eat or understand my own emotionally charged moods. Life happens and without grace life can be very disappointing. A book I finished right before I became pregnant with this 3rd bundle of joy really brought parenting and grace into perspective for me, it’s a good read and I think I will be reading it at least a couple more times. I plan on going more in-depth about this book in a future post but for now, The title is “Grace-Based Parenting“, By Dr. Tim Kimmel

I am sure to add more to this list later but as of yet these are the 3 that stand out the most this time around the 10 month stretch(yes 10 months, they all lie when they say 9 months, do the math).

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CAMPING!!!!

Its a bit different with two little kids under the age of 3 yrs old, but in my opinion totally worth the trouble. We headed out on the 8 hour car ride with a borrowed van (our Subaru was not quiet big enough) two kids, a borrowed niece (aka a helping hand and a belly of laughs) and a load of camping gear. Some might think we packed too much while other might have wondered how we survived.

We arrived at the entrance to the park where normally you would pay $20 to go into  Yosemite Valley but it was free, lucky us.  After two Starbucks brakes and one subway stop we were ready for a week of camping, climbing, river floats and bike riding.

We set up camp at North pines and once all the work was finished we went for the first bike ride of the week. The rest of our time was filled with floats down the river (it runs through the campground), bike rides, hikes up to mirror lake(not so mirror like any more) and a hike to Vernal falls. Our niece also hiked to upper Yosemite falls at 4 in the morning which my husband and I passed on. There are quiet a few day hikes you can take from the valley and there seems to be a hike for every level of difficulty.

Lulu and Henry

Lulu and Henry

We would strap the kids in the bike trailer, pack the trailer full of lunch water and backpacks, and ride to the trail heads. Then we would lock up the trailer and bikes and stick the kids in the backpacks and head off on our adventure. Henry’s (our 2 1/2 yr old) favorite thing to do was throw rocks in the river and cruse around naked and dirty. Lulu (our 1 yr old) loved to sit with her feet in the cool stream water and bite on the large cool rocks. They both seemed very at home in the woods and loved living dirty, as did I in all honesty.

Halfdome

Halfdome

kid trailer for biking

kid trailer for biking

dad and Lulu in "mirror lake"

dad and Lulu in "mirror lake"

our little rock climber

our little rock climber

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