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A Note from Jeniffer

Two years ago, I asked Melissa if she wanted to start a blog with me. We could write to the world about our love of cloth diapers and maybe some other “crunchy” things. {Oh, I don’t know…like breastfeeding? Maybe?} It wasn’t long before we [and our husbands] were planning and preparing. And then our “baby” was born!

At the time, both of our newest babies were 6 months old, give or take. And we added a baby blog to the family. For a while, things were pretty great. They were working smoothly, and it all seemed so, so good.

Two years can change a lot about a person, though, and the past year alone has brought numerous changes to my personal life. I’ve had to step up more around the house and stop relying on my husband’s presence so much. {After all, he works 3 jobs and is paid for 2! The man blows my mind every week by getting everything on his plate done!} I’ve also had to learn how to handle two babies under two…and gradually adapt to two toddlers. Things are getting a little easier around the house, thankfully, but that’s because I’ve had to rethink the way I handle the girls, the house, and myself.

One of the ways that I’ve been able to handle things better has been by letting go of the blog. We had a wonderful hiatus this past summer. I realized, too, that the longer I was away from the blog, the more I was able to do around the house. I’ve also become more present when I’m around my children, which is never ever a bad thing. And on top of that? I’ve exercised my creativity in various ways, ways that I have ignored or stifled while blogging regularly.

Because of this {and various other reasons} I have decided to stop writing for Sisters ‘N Cloth. Does this mean that I will never ever blog again? No. But I doubt that I will decide to blog again before the year is out. Or even before Lily turns 2. I just need a break from this creative outlet. Does this mean that I’m saying good-bye to the online world for good? Heavens, no! I’m always on Instagram {@smith_jeniffer} and Twitter {@smith_jeniffer}. But there is a connection on both of those social media platforms that doesn’t happen on this blog, at least not for me.

Besides, there’s too much of this going on these days for me to stay bored for too long!

Thank you all for sharing in my journey. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for your friendship. And if you ever sponsored a giveaway, left a comment, RT’d or shared a post, or even clicked like on a status, thank you for believing in our blog. Many days, those likes and comments kept us going, and I am so thankful for each of them.

The Lord bless you, and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance on you,

And give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

 

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A Friday in the Nitty Gritty

It’s easy to hide behind the computer screen. Sometimes it’s easier to write what I think about than what I’m actually doing because, really, how often can I say that I’m a mom with two clingy kids two and under?

Really, it’s not all bad. At least that’s what I tell myself.

For example, this morning, just as I was drifting back off to sleep once Lily finally finished eating/nuzzling/comforting herself, Abby shot up. At 6 AM. My husband had just started the coffee pot, which meant that it would be at least 10 minutes before my liquid energy was ready. Thankfully, Lily was still asleep. Because she hasn’t slept well since she started teething this week. Unless she’s on Mama. Then she’s out.

I digress. I start cuddling with Abby in *my* chair. I’m cuddling her, loving on her, and also playing Candy Crush Saga on my phone. That game is addictive! Oh, I’m also busy commenting and liking pictures on Instagram. Because seeing what everyone else is up to makes me feel a bit better. My kids aren’t sick this week, that’s a win. Okay, I can’t eat that doughnut…dairy and soy…ooh! Green smoothie! Maybe I should make one of those in a bit… I’m just trying to avoid the “I’m so tired, Mama!!” whines. Because I can only handle so much of that.

Abby gets down and starts playing with blocks that have been out since, um, last week? Our floor is covered. Abby even took her books off of the shelves. At least she hasn’t ripped out another page…so far. I finally get up and grab coffee. My first cup. There will be at least 2 more. I try to drink all the coffee that my husband leaves these days. I know water is better, but coffee tastes so good…

I also grab a no-bake cookie from the fridge. There were 2 cups of sugar in the batter. But it’s SO good…natural peanut butter (soy free), cocoa powder…oatmeal, olive oil…mmm… I have already convinced myself that it’s totally an okay breakfast cookie. Right up there with my green smoothie. [lies...]

I hear Lily after a while and go get her from our room. At least she’s smiling. Seeing her smile puts me in a better mood. I even crack a smile!

But she’s hungry. (Duh, Mom!) And once Baby Sister is in my arms, Abby wants in on the cuddles too. So she climbs over the arm of the chair and squirms into my lap, kneeing me and Lily in the process. Lily is mostly content. Or was. Somehow, both girls end up on me. Again. Poor Lily can barely reach the goods. Abby is still squirming, trying to get comfortable because Lily’s legs are in her way. I put her down on the floor, hoping that she will calm down and play some of this out. And maybe Lily can finish eating.

And then just maybe I can drink my coffee?

Do your mornings look anything like mine? Maybe?

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Creative Dating

One of the things my husband and I have struggled with since becoming parents has been finding quiet time to reconnect. Some couples manage to swing a weekly date,  and yet sadly  I can count our time away without taking off my shoes. My oldest is three and we are just now beginning to get creative in “date” time as it has become obvious that traditional dates simply aren’t going to be a regular thing around here for awhile.

We started “Parent Date Night IN” after my daughter was born almost a year ago. We would put Aiden to bed and then make a special snack and pop in a movie while I nursed Emma Grace allowing her to snooze while we finished up the movie. It worked for awhile, okay it worked once. The next two or three attempts I went to bed shortly after the previews with a cranky baby. On to plan B, or was it C? Our latest attempt has been to sneak a date in during nap time. While our kids don’t currently nap at the same time juggling  Emma Grace during daylight hours is a much easier hurdle to manage.

Is this ideal? Maybe not, but it is what works for us right now. I know how important time alone together is for the health of our marriage, and we try to make a priority of it. Honestly though, it is hard with little ones. We can’t afford to pay a baby sitter and go out. Baby sitters make the big bucks these days. So we get creative, and have some fun along the way. This year for Valentines day we planned our “date” during naptime. I bought coke bottled in Mexico and all the things we needed to make homemade chocolate with lots of fun toppings! We had a great time, and let me just say the chocolate was AMAZING. You can find the recipe here.

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Now you want chocolate, you are welcome!  Creative Dating can be fun! We are going to try flavored popcorn next :)

 

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