Vaginal Delivery vs. C-section

Posted 12-26-2011 at 12:10 PM by Krista

It can be a tough decision to decide between the birthing options available to women today, and as a woman who has done both, I am here to offer yet another opinion. With my first daughter I wanted to be able to bring her into the world in the old-fashioned way. In fact, I wanted to do it sans drugs, as well. You would be surprised at the resistance that that garnered at the hospital. I had nurse after nurse ask me about it, and assure me that I “wouldn’t be able to do it” without drugs.

As I was taking myself through contractions, I wondered about what that meant. Were they saying I was going to die without the drugs? Weird. Either way, with the pressure from the staff, the anxious concern of my husband, and the insane pain, I eventually succumbed into accepting the epidural.

Diaper Swapers

Fostering Creativity

Posted 12-26-2011 at 10:21 AM by whitneywalters

Is there really a freer way to express yourself then through the creative process? The experiences we have during our childhood have been known to affect the development of the creative process. This is the reason that I want to foster creativity in my children.

Really all a child needs to be creative is the freedom to do so. Creativity helps kids deal with their feelings, I know when my kids are having a really bad day or just in a bad mood I will often ask them to draw out what they are feeling. This has helped deal with my four year old daughter’s temper tantrums when she thinks people are not listening to her or doing things the way she wants.

Children need plenty of time for creative play.  We are a homeschooling family, while at this point in time we are not really doing anything structured because our kids are still very young, we do still try to make sure that at least part of every day we take time for drawing, making a craft or creativity on some level.

Things My Husband Does to Drive Me Crazy!

Posted 12-26-2011 at 07:32 AM by Krista

Misplaces things. Take this morning, for example. I wanted Cinnabon, which I asked for an hour before he had to leave for works. Cinnabon is about three blocks from our house. My husband then realizes he has lost his driver’s license, which is sort of important considering he drives for a living! (He works for Enterprise Rent a Car) So, the next hour was spend in a tailspin tearing my house apart to look for it. When he finally realized how late it was and dashed out the door for work I was stuck putting the house back together. And I still wanted Cinnabon, dang it!

Leaves his clothes lying around. They are everywhere. He leaves clothes on the floor, in the bottom of his closet, even on the kitchen counter! Eww! I once found so many clothes at the bottom of his closet that I had to do another load of laundry. In my defense, he had just begun throwing them there. I know better now, and I search there first before I start separating the clothes!

He always says, “You seem stressed.” This bugs me because of course I’m stressed! It’s the holidays and I spend twelve hours a day running after two toddlers while blogging and studying for finals. He’d be stressed,

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Posted 12-25-2011 at 03:00 PM by Krista

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas… and it could be only July! Yes, in my city Hobby Lobby starts putting out Christmas ornaments along with the American flags. Granted, the rest follows about mid-September, but even so, it’s plenty early. For most people, Christmas doesn’t even cross their minds in September! Is it just me, or does it seem like stores get ready earlier and earlier with each passing year?

Now, I’m an unusual case, because I am normally done Christmas shopping by August (yes, even for Christmas parties, with the dreaded Secret Santa!) but everyone else may like to get through at least Halloween first! Plenty of people complain that Christmas is just another excuse for greeting card companies and other hungry commercial sharks to make a buck…or a million!

Me personally, I don’t care about any of that. I LOVE Christmas! When I was a kid, we didn’t do much for the holiday. In fact, as I went through my teenage years some years we didn’t even put up a tree. My husband’s family has always been hugely into Christmas (and I mean huge. As we speak, they are already decorating! In October!) and they drew me in. Thanks to my husband, I have a giddy, child-like love for this special season.

We differ from his family in many ways. For one, we don’t set up until the day after Thanksgiving, but you can bet my husband is up early to begin! We also have a natural Christmas tree. He loves the way it smells, and I love the fact that you can just toss it when you’re done, because when he had a tree to put in the attic it stayed up practically until Valentine’s Day!

Now that the girls are getting older it is even more exciting to greet this holiday. Last year, my oldest daughter had just turned two, and had no clue what all the fuss was about. All she knew was that she couldn’t touch any of the pretty decorations. I told my husband to let her sleep—J is always up at six on Christmas morning, more excited than a kid! By seven, he couldn’t sit still any longer and went up to get her. She came downstairs making grunting noises and rubbing her eyes. When her eyes fell on the presents under the tree, the magic of Christmas spread across her face. She was in awe of a house full of new toys and immediately began pushing her new baby doll in her stroller and riding on her scooter.

I can’t wait to experience that this year. She will be three, and maybe she will catch a little more of the excitement, the anticipation for Christmas morning. My youngest will be sixteen months and will be seeing it all practically for the first time! (She was only four months last year. That doesn’t count, right?) The older they get, the more exciting I find the holidays to be. I can’t wait to bake cookies with them, to decorate the house, to pick out our tree, to attempt a gingerbread house. Ah, it’s already in the air! ‘Tis the season!

Don’t be a humbug! Share your favorite Christmas traditions with us!

Better to Give

Posted 12-25-2011 at 08:00 AM by Krista

When I was a child I would often hear the old adage “It’s better to give than to receive.” Come on, tell me you don’t remember rolling your eyes at that one growing up! Of course it’s true that giving is a very important thing that everyone needs to learn, but why is it only used around the holidays? Sure, what every kid wants to hear when they tell you what they want for Christmas is that it is better to give than to receive!

And what does that mean, really? Is it better to give away Auntie Erma’s fruitcake than to receive it? Some would certainly think so! But in all seriousness, we know that that was not the meaning of the age-old adage. It is supposed to mean that it is better to give gifts than to receive them.

Is that really true? Well, I suppose what it really means is that the feeling you get from giving a gift is better than the feeling you get receiving one. I would say that that is true, if and only if you are giving the gift for the joy of giving, not because you are expecting to receive something in return. Isn’t that what Christmas has become? People give gifts

Finding the True Joy in Christmas

Posted 12-24-2011 at 03:42 PM by Mel

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

Christmas always brings me great joy.  I spend time and money purchasing and making gifts special for each person on my list.  I love to give and nothing makes me happier than to watch someone open a present.  In fact, I would much rather give a gift than receive one.  I wasn’t always this way.  I was a spoiled, bratty child (which my sister can attest to) that just thought about herself.  As I grew up I learned more and more about the true gift of giving and found great joy in it.

Fast forward to today.  I have two amazing, beautiful little girls.  We have been struggling financially this year due to medical expenses and God has taught me how to truly accept gifts.  Ever since I outgrew the spoiled little bratty stage I have enjoyed giving and had a hard time accepting gifts.  This year that has changed because we have been blessed with so many “angels” who have helped us get by.  Friends who have gave us groceries, gift certificates, watched our kids, paid for us to go to the fair, helped cover our medical expenses, and so much more.  I have been overjoyed and blessed by the way God has provided for us and for the blessings of each and every one of our “angels.”

This year for Christmas I am saddened as I watch the Facebook statuses of my friends out buying more stuff on Black Friday and pretty much every day since.

Slowing Down and Enjoying the Holidays

Posted 12-24-2011 at 08:00 AM by whitneywalters

Anyone else guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? I know I am but I am making a conscience effort this year to be different. I want to enjoy the season and not get stressed out about plans and events.

My family lives close by us but my husband’s family lives a couple hours away. Trying to find a way to juggle three Christmas get-togethers has been an interesting event over the last few years. This year we sat down with our families early to make a game plan. Right now the plan is that we are having Christmas eve here at our house with just our kids, then Christmas day we will spend with my family and that night we will drive to his parents, stay the night and have the celebration with them the next morning. It was a huge relief for me to be able to set it up this way and I feel that everyone will enjoy the days more since we won’t be so rushed.

I am really looking forward to Christmas Eve at home with my kids this year. Our plan is to make cookies and candy in the afternoon, have  a nice dinner, go to candle light service and then come home and let the kids open their gifts from us. After that we will snuggle in on the couch, watch a Christmas movie and then get ready for bed. I plan on having the gift from Santa ready and waiting when they wake up in the morning.

Christmas on Pinterest

Posted 12-24-2011 at 06:25 AM by Kathy

  Christmas on Pinterest

is amazingly fun.


 link to my pinterest.

Yes, I am slightly addicted.

If you have any questions, let me know.

Thanks, Kathy

Enjoy the winter wonderland – winter activities for the whole family

Posted 12-23-2011 at 05:45 PM by whitneywalters

While I may not be a cold weather person I do love the winter holidays. My family stays plenty busy in the winter months because we take full advantage of all the wonderful things to do during this great season.

1. Go to a local living windows or lighted parade.
– Each year our downtown hosts living windows the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It is a really fun thing to go to. Each business downtown has a living Christmas display, there is a free train ride for the kids, carriage rides, food and hot  chocolate.  Santa and Mrs. Claus ride around on a sled pulled by real reindeer and later that night there is a light parade.

2.Go see Santa.
– If you do not want to wait in line for hours at the mall, do some checking. Many times local fire station have Santa come for a day and around here bass pro offers free pictures with Santa.

3. Decorate the house.
– We get the whole family involved in the decorating of our house. We love spending time together decorating the tree and hanging lights. This year the kids and I are even going to be making some of our own ornaments for the tree.

4. Make Christmas cookies.
– Not only is it fun but then you also have a night treat to give to family and friends.

5. Have fun in the snow.
– Bundle up and brave the cold. Build a snowman, have a snow ball fight or make snow art.

These are only a few of the many fun things you can do as a family this winter. Just go out and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

A Christmas Origami Tutorial

Posted 12-23-2011 at 11:08 AM by Kathy

A Christmas Origami Tutorial

I found this wonderful EASY tutoriallast night at