Saturday, February 26, 2011

Days of Play: Dr. Suess's Birthday!

Prepare for Dr. Suess's March 2 birthday by engaging in some pre-birthday festivities!

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Start your Saturday morning off with a reading of Green Eggs and Ham.  For breakfast make some green scrambled eggs, ham, and dye white grape juice green for a very festive breakfast.

Then watch Horton Hears a Who as a family.  Popcorn optional but encouraged!

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Make a pencil Horton Hears a Who craft (Source: FamilyCrafts)


After movie and craft time, spend some time online. Go to Suessville.com and play a few games.

In the afternoon, do a reading of Red Fish, Blue Fish and then make a tissue paper fish (source Craftideas.info)


Of course, you can eat Goldfish crackers while you are crafting!

At the end of our day, my kids are going to clean up in a great big bath full of green water and some play Yertle the Turtles (and a book reading as well!).



Enjoy your special pre-birthday funtivities!

Friday, February 25, 2011

3 Way {February}

Welcome to February's 3 Way Challenge!

(If you want to know more about the challenge, click here)

My "uniform" challenge this month was to wear a brown long-sleeved T three ways.  I started the challenge off with a dark brown T but somehow it got a stain on it so I switched to this light brown T.

Good thing I have five long sleeved brown Ts, eh?

Anyhow, I paired my T with a fur vest, boots, jeggings, and gold accessories for a night out; brown tights, boots, denim dress, and pearl/animal print necklace for work; and jeans, necklace, and cardigan for a day home with sick kiddos!



Can you believe it is the end of February?  Time seems to fly, doesn't it.

For March I am going to take advantage of the last cold snap and have the three way challenge involve a sweater.

Pick a sweater, any sweater (but the same one 3 times) and mix it up in new ways.  Wear it with a scarf or bold necklace.  Layer it with a blazer ... how will you wear your sweater?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for an e-book called 50 Things Every Woman Simply Must Own.  Click here to register!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Things I Love: Seeing the Horizon

I really love to go to cities to visit.  The food, the culture, the shopping ... there's a lot to be said about the benefits of city-life.

However, after a week or so in a city, I get a bit antsy.  I start to feel claustrophobic when I'm surrounded by big buildings and even trees!  I know this is weird but I'm used to seriously wide-open spaces. What can I say, I'm from the plains of Wyoming.

Now most people envision Wyoming looking like this:

Tetons from Jacksonholenet.com

Yes, Wyoming has breath-taking mountain ranges.  The Tetons, the Big Horns, the Wind River Range ...  beautiful, beautiful mountains!  However, if you aren't near a mountain range then Wyoming looks a lot like this.

Heading Towards Devil's Tower--Click here for photo source
Hello rambling plains!

I'm so accustomed to wide plains and big skies that I get a bit sketched out when I can't see the horizon.

Wyoming--not for agoraphobics!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What I Think About--Fashion Rehab {+a giveaway}

Dear Jill,

Last January I made a resolution (because I'm like that) to start dressing better.  When I was in my early twenties I didn't have car payments or expensive mortgages.  As such, I could afford to dress really well and trendy.

Then I got married, got a job, and had kids.

All of a sudden I was dressing like a teacher-mom.  I resisted quilted vests and jumpers but I was frumpy.  So frumpy my husband, who flourishes compliments on me like crazy, started referring to every outfit as "nice."

Hi, my name is Frumpy Mommy and yes, that sweater makes me look six sizes larger than I actually am. Boo!

So in January 2010 I decided to enter my own version of hell: fashion rehab.

To do this, I looked at blogs.  Most of the blogs I found had me rolling my eyes: $495 blazers for my kids to rub snotty noses on?  Right.  Stiletto heels when I'm chasing kids?  Not a chance. 

Then I found your blog--Jill GG's Good Life For Less. Right away I knew it was just what I was looking for.  You wore trendy clothes that weren't over-the-top expensive.  You mixed traditional with fads.  You're a stay-at-home-mom of two who I felt looked similar in height, weight, and coloring to me (I may be deluding myself ...).

I started stalking your blog. Everyday.

Through your blog I've found "my style."  I've learned how to put outfits together and how to work accessories.  I've gotten outfit inspiration and learned the "necessities."


And the payoff?  Dividends.

My husband remarks almost weekly at how great and sexy I look.

My friends seek my fashion advice.

My self-esteem has sky-rocketed.  I don't want to wrap my self-worth up into a pair of jeans or shoes but there is something to be said about feeling like you look great!



Your mission is to inspire women to look their best and to be practical and fun.  You have inspired me--I feel like I look better now than I ever have.  You are practical and fun; I look forward to reading your posts and learning from you.  If the blues ever hit you, remember, that your work has made a difference.  A part of me is forever altered because of you.

Thank you,
Reagan

What I Think About Fashion Re-hab is that it is one of the best learning experiences I've ever had!

If you are stuck in the mommy-dress blahs, please check out The Good Life for Less.  Until then, let me tempt you with Jill's e-book "The Fifty Things Every Woman Simply Must Own."



That's right--I'm giving away Jill's e-book (meaning it will be delivered online).  Interested?

Mandatory to enter (put both of these in 1 comment):

1.  Follow me (if you already follow me, let me know!)
AND
2. Go to Jill GG's Good Life for Less "Personal Style Defined") and tell me what your personal style is. 

Extra Entries (one entry/comment for each one you do):
1.  Like Where is the ME in Mommy? on Facebook
2.  Blog about this and put the link in the comment

This giveaway is open for all, US or abroad, family or not!

Giveaway ends Tuesday March 1, 2011 at midnight!

Thanks so much to Shell at Things I Can't Say for hosting my random Wednesday thoughts!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Dear Friend

Decisions are hard to make and even though I like to joke that I can easily check YES or NO on your life's big list, the truth is, I can't.

I'm not able to fathom what you are going through and the decisions you are having to make.  I haven't been in your shoes.  But you did ask my opinion so I'll share it with you the best way I know how--with my experience.

I was completely finished with school (ha, ha, ha) before I had my first child.  I loved my job and thought I would continue working even after the Divine Miss M was born.  However, it soon became evident that I loved my child more than the children I worked with AND my entire paycheck merely covered childcare and the commute cost.  Simply put, it was more financially sound for me NOT to work.  Of course we had to move but that seemed worth it since I got to be home with my baby.

I loved being a stay-at-home-mom!  There was something to be said about being there for first steps and first words.  Sometimes, however, I got really lonely and felt like I needed something just for "me."  So I started school again and this filled a "void" for me.

Baby #2 made school a bit trickier but I made it work. And then I started working (very part time) again.  On one level it is so fulfilling to be intellectually engaged and to be using my gift of teaching but then there are times when Paxton would rather be held by Beth than me and it makes my heart sad.

Right now, as I near the end of my coursework and my degree is on the horizon, I feel this "push" to go back to work.  Why, after all, would I have this degree if I don't use it?  I keep imaging all the things I could do with a full time salary--new cars, new clothes, pay off our house in a few years ... All those scenarios are tempting--oh, so tempting!

Then I catch Paxton and M.E. playing together, giggling and asking me to join in and all of a sudden, those cars and clothes and mortgage payments don't matter.  Some day in the not so distant future my children won't think I'm awesome.  They won't want to play with me.  They'll be at school and friend's houses, and activities and I'll look back and sigh wishing, most likely, that I'd spent more time with them. I honestly can't think of one situation where I would say to myself, "Gee, spending all that time with my kids was a complete waste of time!"

So, completely ignoring financial obstacles like house payments, student loans, and possible looming adoptions, I would say, you will never regret spending time with your little girl.  In a year your college coursework will still be there but you can never get back a moment of time with your child.

As to the other child your heart so desires, this gets much more complicated.  Adoption is so much more feasible when there are two incomes to pay for it.  You don't want to finish your degree and get a job to pay off your house or buy a new car.  You want a good job to pay for a child!  So I feel like your heart is stuck--do I forsake time with my first child so I can afford the second or do I forgo pursuing adoption so I can spend time with my little girl?  This is a quagmire I can't contemplate.

When I have tough questions to answer my "go to" thought process is: "What is the legacy of my decision?"  For example, when I stopped working, the legacy with work was that I wouldn't affect students any longer; however, I was confident some other excellent teacher could fill my shoes.  The same can't be said of my role as mommy.  My legacy staying home, however, was HUGE! 

In this instance, I feel like your legacy will be huge either way. 

I've often wondered, when we seek the will of God, if we put Him in a box too much--like there is only "one way" for our lives to go and if we mess that up then we are forever ruined.  What if He loves us so abundantly that He has many paths to His will for our lives? 

Does this thought make the decision easier?  Probably not.  But hopefully it helps you know that He loves you and when you are stuck between doing one thing to be a good mom (of one) or doing another thing to be a good mom (of 2-20), luck might have it that BOTH ways are acceptable.

It's scary but we just have to take steps of faith when we don't know what's out there.  We have to trust that all things work together for our good. 

Whatever you decide please know that you have the loving, non-judgmental support of moms who have made great sacrifices for our children.   

We understand the difficulty of your decision.  We appreciate your humble heart as you seek wisdom and advice.

I don't know what's in store for you but I know that I love you! Even though I can't make these decisions for you, I hope that by knowing I am here for you either way, your burden will be lightened.

Love,
Reagan