Welcome to Whit's World

Welcome to the randomness that is my life. You can usually find me wandering around somewhere in my head trying to figure it all out. I blog about the loves of my life, my two boys, our new homeschooling journey, and anything else that moves me. I find that writing is the best therapy. Thanks for stopping by, and Be Blessed!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How We do the Holidays with Family


I cannot believe that we are already to the holiday season...wasn't it just 110 degrees outside like yesterday?!  Halloween was just the other day and now Christmas decorations are up, I swear it happens faster every year...doesn't it?  So whatever you and your family celebrate this time of year, I wish you blessings, joy and relaxation, a time to reflect on what this time of year means to you.  We decided a long time ago that trying to fit everything in and stressing out about doing it all, just made us lose sight of what the Christmas season is truly about...the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Four years ago at Christmas time we were gearing up to drive out of town with three kids, J and my two step-daughters, and two dogs to go to my in-laws for the week to do everything from Christmas celebrations to family portraits with a whole bunch of other siblings and small children.  Then, we prepared to go do it all over again the following week with my family, or new step family who we really didn't know.  Talk about stress!!!  We were both working at the time and it was just all a pure disaster and not even the least bit enjoyable.  We spent a ton of money and way too much time trying to do it all that year...after it was all said and done, me and my husband made a pact to never do that to ourselves again.

The next year rolled around and everyone started calling, emailing, etc. wanting us to be there on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day...it was so hard to do, but we stood our ground and told everyone that the actual holiday days would be spent in our home with our children from here on in.  There was definitely some grumbling at first, but everyone grew to understand the importance of this to us. We designate time in and around the holiday season to spend with our families when time and finances allow, but Thanksgiving and Christmas will always happen here, with us and our children so that we may truly enjoy the blessings of these wonderful days.  We no longer have to worry about hurting anyone's feelings and stressing out about how we are going to make it all work.  The past several years we have truly enjoyed the blessings of this season.  We can cook whatever we want (we are not always traditional...we made a roast for Thanksgiving this year with all the trimmings and were so happy with it), and get the time to make sure our children understand the importance of the season as well!


I know that this will not work for all families, but for us it does and I am thankful for the decision that we made four years ago.  Enjoy the season, enjoy your families, enjoy your blessings!  Remember what is truly important this time of year and hold onto that through all the stress the holidays can bring.

Be blessed,

Whit

Yo Gabba Gabba Live at the Cedar Park Center

Photo courtesy of Ticket Master Website


Hello Friends, it's time to DANCE!  Yo Gabba Gabba Live! It's Time to Dance! will perform live at the  Cedar Park Center this Sunday, December 4th, at 2pm and 5pm.  Are you ready?  Come join DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee with your kiddos for great family fun.  For discounted tickets CLICK HERE and enter promo code YGG40 to save $5 off per ticket purchase!

You can also visit AustinKidsGuide.com and click on the banner at the top of the page to purchase your discounted tickets today!

You will not want to miss this one...get your discounted tickets today!!

Whit

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Book Review: Max Lucado's "When God Whispers Your Name"




When my copy of Max Lucado's "When God Whispers Your Name" arrived, I immediately opened the book and settled in on the couch to begin reading...I was lucky that it was nap time.  After reading the 4 page introduction, I knew that I was really going to enjoy and walk away with a lot after reading this one, and I was right.  This book fell into my hands at the perfect time and in the end I truly believe it was a fabulous read!


I like first of all how Max broke the book down into three parts with several small chapters in each.  There is a very useful "Notes" section in the back of the book which lists all the scriptures, sermons, and phrases used throughout the book.  Then, there is a discussion guide with short studies written to not only tie back to the ideas Max wrote about, but also to look deeper at the scriptures referenced.  It took me a little over a month to get through the entire book with all of the included studies, and was well worth all the time spent reading, contemplating, praying and listening.  You can order the book online from Amazon.com or Christianbook.com for around $9.99.


I love how Max Lucado makes you feel like he is right there talking to you and at the same time shows you how clearly the Lord is also right there with you, "whispering your name".  I felt like I was having a conversation with dear friends throughout reading this book and in the end did truly hear the whispers from God.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone:  struggling or not, hurting or not, Christian or not...it just might make you look at things in a different light!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Fun Day with AustinKidsGuide at Touch-a-Truck!



I had the distinct pleasure of representing AustinKidsGuide.com with Evin of Food Good, Laundry Bad, this weekend at Gorgeous Millie's Touch-a-Truck event! AustinKidsGuide.com was the media sponsor for this fun-filled family day and we were there handing out current coupon sheets and registering parents to win fun prizes with us.  

Gorgeous Millie had brought in every kind of truck that you could possibly imagine, from army vehicles and fire trucks, to VW buses, RVs and a stretch limousine.  There was pizza, quesadillas, ice cream and some fabulous cupcakes from the friendly people over at Hey Cupcake!  Mr. Will Dupuy was on hand to get the kids grooving to some fun music and a local face painter leant her talents for the day.  My son was extremely pleased with the orange longhorn she painted on his cheek.  There was even a small petting zoo on site!  There was seriously fun for all!!


                 



I am so happy that I was able to represent AustinKidsGuide.com at this great fun event and look forward to doing many more events like this in the future!  I hope to see you all at the next one!

Be Blessed,

Whit

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sitting Down Around the Table



I was chatting with the wonderful Jody from Mommy Moment on Twitter after she asked a great question..."Do you eat meals together as a family?".  I replied..."Pretty much every single night!".  But this has definitely not always been the case...

Back before L was in the picture, I was working full-time (50+ hours a week) and J was still in public school.  We would not all get home and settled in from the day until almost 7:00 PM, and that's if I didn't have to stop by the grocery store or go pick up some crap for dinner from some drive-thru.  Me and my husband would frantically throw something together for dinner, feed J, eat standing by the sink and then everyone would get ready for bed.  We were all too exhausted, busy, whatever to even attempt to do something like sitting down at the table.  The weekends would be when and where the sitting down around the table occurred.

After L, I became a stay at home mom, and I was forced to learn how to cook.  (Seriously people, we would joke that I couldn't cook corn dogs in the oven, no exaggeration!)  We could not afford to eat out anymore with my income gone, so we cook.  We began sitting down around the table a little more often, but it was still hard a lot of the time with a brand new baby nursing every 30 minutes around the clock.  It was a huge adjustment period for all members of our family then, so we sat down around the table more often, but still not nearly enough.

Fast forward to present day...I have become quite the cook at home chef now I am proud to say and we sit down at the table as a family pretty much every single night!  What changed?  Well, everything changed when we made the decision to homeschool J.  Every moment of every day is a new opportunity to share new knowledge with him and he is eating it up (no pun intended, lol).  L is much bigger now, and such a great little eater...there is not much that you can put in front of him that he will refuse and he loves to sit down with everyone at meal time.  Gosh, now that I think about it, I sit down with both the boys 3 meals a day every day of the week.  The only time the whole family doesn't do this, is on the rare occasion that Daddy doesn't make it home from work in time for dinner.   J loves to share everything he learned during the day at dinner time and we always open up the meal with a family prayer.  The dynamics in our home are so drastically different now that we spend that time each day to sit down around the table as a family.  It really is one of the most important things that you can do for your family in my opinion!

For a closing note, let me state that I most definitely have those days when I think..."Ugh, I really don't feel like sitting down and doing this tonight."  I'm just being honest.  There are days, rough days, with both of the boys every now and again, and on those days, I want to get them fed as early as possible and down for bed so me and the hubby can have a peaceful "date" night in the living room.  I know that it's a hard thing to do every day, especially when both parents work, but I promise you, your family will reap the benefits of sitting down around the table.

Have a great weekend everyone and be blessed.

Whit

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Time for a Haircut...Past Time!


I am long overdue for getting my hairs cut...the last time that happened was before Easter.  It is never easy for me to go do this because I have a hard time trusting people with my hair.  I guess I have had one too many bad experiences.  I mean really, you couldn't make it look anything like the picture?  Back home, my best friend cut my hair for a long while before I moved and I have not been able to find someone in Austin that I love as much as her, but is also reasonable.  I have tried 3 new salons the last 3 haircuts I received.  I am hoping the salon I chose this time will be my new home!  It is very very close to my home so I can ride my bike over there if I wanted to and they are a salon dedicated to being green!  Check it out:  http://greenalleysalon.com/  It looks like a really fun, hip place to go and treat myself to a great new do.

Now is the hard part...choosing the cut I want.  My hair is the longest it's been since I was in elementary school, seriously!  I'm not sure if I want to chop it all off again, or keep some of the length and just add in lots of layers and texture.  I know I need a change and something that will bring out the confidence in me.  I despise this part!!!  I wish I could seriously try on the exact haircut and style before hand.

So help me please?!  These are the options I have narrowed down, but first, here is my hair now...lifeless I know.


And here are my options I have narrowed down:

 

 

I will sit here and stare at all of these pictures and change my mind ten times before Friday evening so help me out!  Which one do you like?  I really appreciate honest opinions on this one!!

Be Blessed,

Whit

Monday, November 7, 2011

We Have a Biter


Don't let that sweet little face and cute chubby cheeks fool you...this little guy can have quite the temper!!  Right now L is in this phase where he wants to tell us everything so badly, but he just can't quite communicate with us the way he would like to.  These days, if he gets upset with us for telling him "no" or not understanding his gibberish, the kid makes a bee line to me from across the room mouth open ready to chomp down.  Last week he bit J so hard on the arm that I thought it was going to draw blood.  Those suckers are more than just a little sharp...OUCH!  J was never ever a biter so this is all very new to me and finding ways to appropriately punish an 18 month old for such behavior is really hard to do.  I am so thankful that he is not in a daycare so I don't get that note every day that your kid bit someone else.  I know that he does not understand that what he is doing hurts, but it still has to stop. We have been immediately grabbing his attention and making him sit down, no matter how much he fights us, and look at us while we talk to him about it.  Then, he has to tell the other person he is sorry before he can get up (this comes in the form of a hug and lots of sniffling).

He is cutting all four of his canine teeth right now, so I would like to think, in a perfect world, that this biting business is stemming mainly from that.?  Maybe?  I also understand that this is a fairly common thing for children this age to do, maybe it's just a phase that will soon pass.?  Maybe?  He really is the sweetest, most loving cuddle bug ever...but when he gets mad, irritated, frustrated, etc.  you had better clear the path because he is going to make someone understand somehow.

Any advice parents? I know that I am not the only one dealing with this.  What age did it start for your little one?  How long did this "phase" last?  How did you handle it when they tore a chunk of flesh out of someone else?

I wish everyone a fantastic week ahead!

Be blessed,

Whit

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Fun!


These boys had a blast on Halloween night!!  First of all, their Daddy did a fabulous jobs putting their costumes together all by himself and did it for next to nothing.  J was ready to go trick-or-treat from the first moment his eyes opened and it didn't take but 2 houses for L to understand what it was all about.  They walked and ran from house to house until their little legs literally wouldn't go anymore.  Me and the hubby had more fun on Halloween night than we ever have before...total success!!  (J already decided they need to be Indians next year...Daddy's on it, lol!)