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Friday, August 31, 2012

What we do all day...

Rett and I have made it through the first full week of Kraig being at school.  It's been pretty uneventful. We have been on a really good schedule and Rett has slept through the night this week so that's a positive.  We don't do much during the day.  Just clean, laundry, all the housewife-y things, I guess.  I watch Rett a lot and we talk a lot.  And snuggle.  He's a great snuggler.  I find it hard to put him down sometimes because I don't want to loose this time with him.  I am excited to hear his first laugh though. Kraig and I play at night with him and try to get a laugh but still no luck, just lots of cooing and sweet sighs.  He's precious.  We still can't believe we have a kid sometimes.  It's still so surreal.  We love him so much and love to watch him grow.  Although, I wish he would stay little...

This week was also another first for me.  Kraig went off to work...I didn't.  The first time in a little over 10 years, I didn't go to work.  I would like to say that I was happy about not going but as I have had all week to watch my friends and Kraig go to work, it's been harder than I thought.  Don't get me wrong, I love being at home but it's just going to be an adjustment.  My new job is to stay at home and I have decided to not take it lightly.

My new job is to be home.  So, I need to fill my days.  This has been hard too.  I struggle with what to do and not being lazy or feeling lazy while others are off working and doing things.  I feel like I just sit at home all day staring at Rett.  :)  He's handsome by the way.  But he is starting to be awake for more hours during the day so we are starting to play, read and do some exercises.  It's been fun.  But I also want to be intentional about my days.  I have started cooking...I have many burns to vouch for that.  :(  Mom says I'll get better hahaha We will see, so far...I haven't made anything Kraig won't eat.  I can't figure out homemade chocolate chip cookies yet but good grief, I will master them.  4th times a charm, right?!  I'll try again next week.  I am attempting chocolate cobbler today.

Let's see what else...I exercise, clean and cook and make sure Rett is content all day.  Sounds fun :)  It is really...although I really struggled with not going to work this week, I have really enjoyed being home.  It's been a complete change of pace and but I think I will really like especially as Rett gets bigger and we can do more things.  I know I won't regret this decision and I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed us in order for me to stay home.  The few times I have left Rett for a few hours were a tad harder than I expected.  It was fine but I didn't like leaving knowing I might miss something, even something as simple as a smile.  I love his smiles.  They are so sweet.  :)

I have a lot of projects that need to get done and if I worked they for sure would never get done...so now I have time to finish Rett's room, do crafty things, organize our home...and figure out this mommy thing.  I look forward to days ahead.  I am excited about this journey before us and I look forward to how things pan out.

I'll let you know how the cobbler turns out.  I made laundry detergent and fabric softener last week.  That was fun.  I have made a date jar for Kraig and me.  I made "52 reasons why I love you" cards for Kraig.  I have to paint Rett's changing table.  I have some other things to accomplish in the next weeks so I'll let you know how they go, maybe take pics for y'all.  :)

Hope you all have a great day at work.  I'm having fun with Rett :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

and now August is almost gone!

Shooo...where is the time going?  I am not doing well with keeping up with this like I had hoped.  Sorry, folks.

Well, for August...all our visitors left ~ sad day.  :(  We had a blast with Kraig's parents, brother and Bobby.  We showed them around Chattanooga and just had a great time visiting.  The especially loved spoiling Rett.  I know he misses them all already.

Kraig did the Chattanooga Mud Run which he says was a blast.  I look forward to hopefully participating in it next year with him.  They finished in about 40 minutes.  I was quite proud of them.

Rett has grown an inch and gained almost 2 pounds since birth.  He's a little chunky guy :)  He can no longer fit in his newborn clothes.  That is extremely sad.  But before long, he will be talking and crawling so I look forward to that.

Kraig started school.  He is teaching Bible and History this year and looks forward to it.  He is very busy already but doing well and having fun.

So, my new goals for staying at home...
I like lists, so I will lay them out for you.  As a stay at home mom, I plan on making our home a home and organizing our lives.  So, here goes!

~ I will plan out our menus and cook 4 nights a week
~ I will do a crafty project (Pinterest) once a week especially to help decorate our house
~ I want to get rid of something once a week and minimize our stuff
~ I want to teach our dogs some new tricks
~ I will work on some sensory activities with Rett
~ I want to start organizing our clothes, ironing and replacing things that are old or we no longer wear
~ I will go and visit our grandparents once a week.
~ I will start exercising and loose the rest of the baby weight.

Now, all of this is just a start and as the weeks keep going, I want to add to this list and be able to mark things off.

September holds new things for us too.  Rett gets shots.  Kraig's birthday.  Kraig is going hang gliding. We are planning for the holidays and trips up north.  We have started playing volleyball with the church.  We will see how that goes.  Should be interesting.

Well, hopefully next time...I will have something more interesting to post but this is just a little update for August.

~ashleigh


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Well, July's gone...Oops

Here we are in August and I am way behind.  O well, I had a kid, I guess I'm allowed to be.
Isn't he cute?!  I just can't get enough of him.  We just sit and talk all day long and some of the night too.  But that's ok.  :)

Well, we moved into our new house and still have lots to do but it's coming along about as quick as we can do anything with a newborn.

We have had tons of visitors and have loved all the traffic.  So, does Rett :)  He loves meeting new people.

His grandparents from PA are in right now and his Uncle Kaleb is on his way so Rett is getting to meet a lot of the family.  Still missing 2 of his aunts.  :(  But hopefully, we can visit them in the fall.

Kraig starts school next week so it is just going to be Rett and me...I hope to start lots of projects and continue getting our house in order.  Who knows though, I kind of just like to talk and play with Rett.  He's more fun :)

Well, that is June in a nutshell.  We haven't done much except try to figure out parenthood.

Mom did go hang gliding and Rett got to be a part of that.  He slept through it all but he was there.  Sleepy boy!

It was a fun day.  :)  I'll try to keep you guys updated better through the next few weeks.  I hope to have some projects finished to show you.

Here's a favorite picture for you.  Have a great weekend.


~Ashleigh