Magical jing-a-lings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Holiday drinks at Starbucks! 🎄 I wasn’t sure I could love anything more than the Chestnut Praline Latte Starbucks had last year, but then they came out with the Caramel Brûlée Latte! Y’all. I’m in love all over again. 😍 Get it with a almond milk. You’ll thank my later.

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A trip to Vermont

Isn’t it nice to get away? Just pack a bag and go. That’s what my husband and I (and baby Ben) did this past weekend. We didn’t have much planned, aside from the hotel, which I got with a gift card from Travelzoo.com (thanks travelzoo!) But we had such a wonderful time. It was nice to be carefree, to not have to make plans over plans. And to be honest, my husband and I needed that time together.

Things get busy with three kids. The marriage gets put aside for the kids, for work, for cooking & cleaning. By the end of the day, I’m just too tired to even watch a movie with my husband. He understands though, and I’m thankful for that. But it still sucks to not have much time with him. I miss him. He’s a wonderful man and a great companion. And not to mention, pretty good looking! I’m blessed to have him as my husband.

So this last weekend was our time! Time to just unwind and enjoy each other. We had dinner at a great little restaurant. It was only about two hours from home, but the drive was amazing. The fall foliage was remarkable. It was a much needed adventure!

From our family to yours; Happy Fall! 🍁

A mystery crib

So, last week Amazon emailed me telling me someone had bought something off my baby registry. I’ve never shared my registry, so I was kind of confused but I checked my registry anyway. No one had purchased anything. Thinking it was maybe an error, I googled it, and sure enough, thousand of other people received the same email. Amazon sent an apology email a few days after, saying the email was indeed sent out in error. Fast forward to 2 days ago. I got an email from UPS telling me a package was on the way. I had just ordered a book from Amazon so I though it was that. I clicked the tracking number to see when it would arrive and noticed it weighed 37 pounds. “That’s not my book!” I thought. Remembering the email about the baby registry, I checked my registry. Sure enough, someone really did buy something off my registry! Not just a little something, no, a CRIB!!! Some random stranger somehow found my baby registry and bought Benjamin a crib. 😮😮😮 I’m in total disbelief thinking maybe this is an error too. Guess what? It wasn’t! It showed up at my front door today!

But here’s the thing. You can’t just randomly look at people’s baby registries on amazon. You have to know their name or email address. How this person found my baby registry is beyond me. At this point, all I can say is it’s a blessing from God and accept it as that.

I know her name, Anna Stopper of Southlake, Texas. I don’t know you, Anna, but God must have told you I’ve been been in prayer for a crib for Benjamin. My faith has been rocky lately, but today I’m reminded God does answer prayers. Thank you Anna. ❤️

Apple pie time!

It’s my favorite time of year; fall! There’s nothing quite like cool nights, changing leaves, apple picking, and pumpkins. 🍎🍁 I love it!

Earlier this week, my husband and I took the kiddos apple picking – our three children, and my two nephews. It was a challenge to say the least. It can be difficult to manage five children under six, but we did it. One kid was running this way, the other that way, one in a tree, one stomping apples… boy, they are a task! But seeing them all try to reach the apple way high and the tree was such a joy. There’re so sweet and innocent.

Naturally, when we got home, we made some apple pie! We love apple pie! And not to toot my own horn, but I can make a pretty great pie. 💞

As of this morning, there’s only a sliver left. The mix of apples, crumb top, and crust is simply heavenly.

Thank heavens for apples! 🍎

Catnip & Fennel

My little one hasn’t been the best sleeper at night. He’d fall asleep then jostle himself awake five minutes later. Occasionally, he’d let me sleep for an hour. 🎉

Until last night.

Let me say, I’ve tried everything to soothe his colic nature. I tried store bought gas drops, I tried changing my diet, I tried using formula, I tried taking him for car rides. Nothing would help him settle.

So, I found a website that suggested using catnip and fennel seed. Naturally, I thought “I’m not giving my kid catnip!” But further research changed my mind. Catnip you give to cats and catnip herb are used in two totally different ways. Did you know catnip has been praised for its soothing properties for centuries? Neither did I. But the benefits of catnip have been long known and used by many. A mild tea made from catnip is said to improve digestion, help insomnia, and calm nerves.

I made a tea for my son last night to see if it would help him. I used two teaspoons catnip and one teaspoon fennel seed. I added it to one cup of boiling water, and let it steep about twenty minutes. Once cooled, I gave my son a small dropper full. I’d love to say the results were immediate, but they weren’t. He was still rather fussy. I took him for a short walk outside and finally fell asleep. He slept for five hours. Let me say that again FIVE HOURS! This little boy who never sleeps more than an hour finally slept!

I’m praising the Lord and catnip tea for a good nights sleep! 💞

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I’m tired.

My husband doesn’t seem to understand what that means. He’ll say “didn’t you sleep?’

No, I didn’t. You see, right when I got the baby to sleep, the oldest woke up. He had to use the restroom and insisted on letting me know. Once I got him back to bed, the middle child woke up crying. She needed mommy to hold her for a bit. Once she was settled, the baby woke up again. He then proceeded to be up for 3 hours. As soon as he fell asleep, the cat started meowing. And then I needed to use the restroom. And then I realized I hadn’t eaten dinner, so I made a snack. Guess what happened once my snack was done? The baby woke up.

Not every night is like this, but most are. My youngest is only a month old, so I can’t really complain. I love my children, and I’m thankful to have them.

But, I’m tired.