Last week I was asked to appear on a local afternoon show that is called Paula Sands Live. It is a 30 show that features different segments here in the Quad Cities.
The segment that was being featured from on the show was about Time Spent: Quality vs Quantity. I am sure if you are a mom you can relate to this and the daily struggle to have quality time for your children, your husband and yourself!
It was a true pleasure and I am excited that they have decided to pick us up for monthly appearances.
A few weeks ago we had Harper Baptized and a party following for any family that could attend, It was a beautiful celebration and a scared event for Harper girl.
We had Harper baptized after the 430 mass on a Saturday night. The baptism took about 25 minutes and the Deacon did a wonderful job making it interactive for the entire family to take place.
Harper wth her Godparents Mikey (Joe's brother) and my aunt Sue
Now for the party details:
-veggies and dip
-7 bean salad
-homemade herb bread
-7 layer salad
-chicken and cheese casserole
-pink champagne cake with strawberry buttercream frosting
-chocolate and caramel truffles
I tried to keep the decorations simple with a color scheme of pink, gray, and white. Pinterest is a great source for easy decor and table settings!
Aren't the pictures great???? It was such a blessing that on this busy day I didnt have to pick up my camera and worry about capturing every moment, ,instead Kendra took all the pictures for me. THANKS!
I really cant believe it has been 4 months since we welcomed out little girl into this girl, she changes everyday and shows that our love for her grows everyday.
Weight: 13lbs 13oz (50% she has been in the 25% so this was a big jump for her)
Height 25 1/2 inches long (90th%)
The doctor says she is going to be "a tall girl"
She had three shots at her appointment last Friday and they went ok. I think they are harder on the Momma in the room than Harper girl.
Clothes: she is in 6 month clothing and moving onto 9 months soon.
Sleeping: She is a great sleeper. We recently got a swing so she takes some of her naps in that. For nighttime when it is her bedtime we give her kisses tell her goodnight, god bless, and we love you. Then I cover her with her blanket and head out of the room. She typically talks to herself for a few minutes then she falls alseep. I am so proud of her for doing so well with this new tranisiton of puttihng herself to sleep.She sleeps through the night and wakes up around 7-730ish
Eating: She eats 6 t o 8oz at a feeding and has cut down on the spitting up. Our dotcor has given us the ok to start ceral in a few weeks! so the high chair is ready to rock n roll!
Some of her favorite things to do: Bath time, hanging out in her swing, having someone read books to her, watching Wrigley walk around the house, and when her dad walks in the door,
I recently pinned this (I know bif surprises since I ADORE PINTEREST) and I love it
Below is the link to the full 25, today I have just posted a few of my favorite
Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.
Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.
Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.
Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.
Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.
Have a great weekend and I will be back next week with lots of updates on Harper and pictures!!!!!
A friend of mine recently shared this with me and I really liked the idea of it so Joey and I decided to make this part of our nighttime routine.
The idea is that there is a specific word, along with a Bible verse to go along with it.
Day 1. Compassionate
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Day 2. Contented
“I know what is is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” - Philippians 4:12-13
Day 3. Courageous
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
Day 4. Decisive
“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” – Romans 14:12-13
Day 5. Dependable
“Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth.” Deuteronomy 23:23a
Day 6. Diligent
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:10-13
Day 7. Enthusiastic
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” – Colossians 3:23
Day 8. Faithful
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” - Proverbs 3:3
Day 9. Generous
“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” – 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Day 10. Gracious
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” - Proverbs 15:1
Day 11. Helpful
“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:28
Day 12. Honest
“A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.” - Proverbs 12:17
Day 13. Hopeful
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Day 14. Humble
“…to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.” – Titus 3:2
Day 16. Just
“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8
Day 17. Kind
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” - Ephesians 4:32
Day 18. Loving
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” - 1 Peter 4:8
Day 19. Merciful
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” – Luke 6:36
Day 20. Obedient
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” – Ephesians 6:1
Day 21. Peace Loving
“Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” – James 3:18
Day 22. Persevering
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” - Hebrews 12:1
Day 23. Prayerful
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Day 24. Pure
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
Day 25. Respectful
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” – 1 Peter 2:17
Day 26. Responsible
“For each one should carry his own load.” – Galatians 6:5
Day 27. Self Controlled
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring looking for someone to devour.” - 1 Peter 5:8
Day 28. Self Disciplined
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Day 29. Servant’s Heart
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9
Day 30. Thankful
“Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:7
Day 31. and always remember GRACE
“For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14
This is a great website all about home decor, DIY, and interior design. WE are tackling many home projects this year and this site is very inventive and I love her style. Check her out!! Her DIY are totally practical!!!
Books I have recently read these three
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the trenches. I loved how this book had practical moments and how she parents with constant grace!!
A Stolen Life: Jaycee Lee Dugard. This wasnt an easy read but a true survivor and great reminder that a rough day could be alot rougher.
The Glass Castle is a story written from an MSNBC reporter about her upbringing with a unconventional childhood.
You might be wondering how do I get this reading done, during feedings I was burned out of the tv so I loaded up with books from the library.
$1.00 Diet Coke's from McDonald's
I don't feel guilty since they are only $1.07 with tax
This beautiful weather!!!! It has been so warm and Harper and I have been able to take multiple walks outside this week which are much better than mall walking!! Ha Ha
These two make me smile, laugh, and remember that the important things in life are THINGS they are PEOPLE!!
and I think I will take a few posts throughout the month to share my love for my MR.
Last night as I was moving through a pose in Hot Yoga wondering if I had enough energy to make it through the class and sweat was dripping from every pore of my body this song came on in the studio and it made me thing of one person
Someone Like You by Van Morrison (yes Adele sings it to, but I prefer their version)
A whole lot of TEETHING Harper has about 4 of her bottom teeth coming in and there has been alot of sucking on her hand, the teething rings have a permanent place in the fridge, and bibs are a fashion staple everyday due to the large amounts of drool that have been coming out of sweet Harper's mouth!
Besides that we are looking forward to a fun weekend since Joey has worked the past 2 Saturdays and some finishing touches for next week's big party at our house for Harper's baptism.
Hi I'm Erin!! I married my Mr. in 2010 and love having the title of Mrs. In 2011 I recieved another title of Momma when we welcomed our daughter Harper to the world. Hearing my daughter laugh, sipping diet coke and pinot grigio, and traveling with my hubby are just a few of my favorite things!