TWINS?

If you read my last post you heard that we went to visit Trevor’s mom on Saturday. I took a picture of Abel sitting on her couch like I had done when Kaden was itty bitty. (I actually posted it with the other photos on the last post) When I got home I dug out the picture of Kaden and compared the two and WOW. Over the last 5 weeks I have done this with a few different photos and I just can NOT believe how much they look alike!! Check it out. :P

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Can you tell the difference?? Kaden- Left, Abel- Right.

And just for a few more comparisons..

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Kaden- Left at 1 month and Abel- Right at 1 month. When I showed the photo of Kaden to Trevor the other day I didn’t tell him it as Kaden. He looked at it and noticed the date.. He said “01-12-13? No.. That’s wrong”.. HAHA He didn’t even clue in that it was Kaden.. They look THAT much a like.

And one more just hours old..

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This was taken in the hospital. This time Abel is on the left and Kaden on the right. My babies. I can’t wait to see if they continue to look alike as they get bigger. Either way they are just both precious. Love my boys. <3

 

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Slave to Facebook.

The last 4 days have been beautiful ones. I am finally starting to think that maybe there is a possibility that we will get a summer this year. With the sun shining this weekend, I decided that it would be a perfect time to take a break. From SOCIAL MEDIA. (Apparently that doesn’t mean my blog as it is still Sunday and I am typing away.) Anyway, I thought it would be a great time to just take a step back from social media, (mostly Facebook) and really enjoy some family time. It is 10:24am on Sunday and Kaden, Abel, Trevor and even Memphis are all napping so I decided to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and use this time that I would normally use to mindlessly scroll my news feed, to blog about how AWESOME it feels to not be a slave to Facebook for a day and still going strong. :P

I feel like so much of my days are taken up by Facebook. Over the last few week I have been noticing it more than usual. When it’s only 11am and your phone is already at 28%, you know that it is time to unplug. Now it is true that I have been using Facebook lately more as a way to talk with other moms in various mom groups to get advice about challenges that I have been facing with to adjusting having two under two, and that takes up a lot of time/battery power, and I have been using it a lot more when I am feeding Abel or when I am up with him in the middle of the night. It’s just getting to the point though, where my phone might as well be glued to my hand because it feels like I am constantly looking at it. So much so, that I can feel the anxiety due to feeling like I am truly addicted, when the first thing I do after we FINALLY get everyone into the car and I get my seat belt on, is check Facebook. It is literally being checked after everything I do, or even while I am doing it, and it makes me feel like a slave to it. And guess what? The news feed rarely even changes, which makes me feel even worse because I’m not even getting anything new out of it.. It is just pure habit. I Am A Slave To Facebook.

With all of that being said, I have got to say that it has made me feel so free being away from it all day yesterday and still today. I am thinking about making this a weekly thing where I will just completely unplug for the weekend from all things social media. (Except for my blog of course) and just really enjoy life free from distractions. Does anyone else do this? If not I really encourage you to do so. In fact, lets make it a challenge. Who wants to join me? I challenge anyone that is reading this and guilty of being a constant day in and day out, mindless Facebook news feed scroller (word press is telling me that “scroller” isn’t a word. :S ?) to unplug for a weekend and see how much better it makes you feel. I dare you! And tell me about it.

I really feel like I have been enjoying life so much more over the last 24+ hours and I don’t mean to be dramatic but it’s really true. I almost feel like unplugging has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. It’s almost as if when I allow myself to be a slave to Facebook, even though I don’t realize it, my next “fix” or  glance at my news feed is always in the back of my mind. It’s all consuming and I can really feel the weight of that, or lack of weight I guess, when I step away. Is it possible that Facebook is a REAL addiction for people?

I have been able to enjoy this weekend so much.

Yesterday morning our family went for a nice long walk. And I am talking birds still chirping and singing their morning tune kind of morning. That is so not us. It was awesome though. When we set out we could still feel the chill of the morning but the warmth of the sun got hotter and hotter as we walked and it was just perfect.

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After that we came back home for lunch and Kaden had a nap and then we took the boys to a local vegetable stand where they have farm animals and Kaden had a blast while Abel chilled out in the Ergo.

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After that we visited the boys Grammy (Trevor’s mom) and Kaden had so much fun running around outside in her huge back yard.

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The day just seemed so stress free and relaxed and because the amount of time I spend on Facebook lately has been weighing on my mind I really think that yesterday was the kind of day I needed. Who knows, I might even decide to delete Facebook all together. (Ok, maybe that is a bit to much all at once. haha)

The sun is shining again today and I can’t wait to see what it holds. I can’t wait to spend time with my beautiful family, no Facebook strings attached. <3

<3 Mama Marney

 

Tomorrow is a new day.

Tomorrow is a new day.. Well in this case, today is a new day, but those words were DEFINITELY my words yesterday.. “Tomorrow is a new day.” It was soo crazy yesterday trying to juggle both boys. Kaden decided that he wanted to run the roost and he was a little terror. lol I didn’t know how I was going to get through the day and posted on facebook that “Today is one of those days that I was warned about”. A while after I posted that status, a friend shared this on my time line.. Image

.. It brought tears to my eyes. It is so true and I began to realize that it might be a bad day, but tomorrow was a new day and things could start fresh and I just had to laugh off the hard times and enjoy my family and my boys in all of its pandemonium. I must have sent some good vibes out there because today was a great day spent with my boys filled with lots of love and cuddles.

I woke up bright and early this morning and decided that since Trevor and Abel were still sleeping that I would take Kaden and go for a walk. It was cool outside and so quiet. It was the most exercise I have had in months and months but it was awesome. We saw lots of birds, and even a ground hog and it was so nice to just get that one on one time with Kaden AND to also have the peace and quiet in the early morning hours.

 

 

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Kaden instantly started laughing and giggling as soon as that stroller started moving and just before we returned back home a while later he was fast asleep. It was so nice and definitely a great way to start the day.

After getting to spend some quality time with Kaden this morning, I also got to get some extra cuddles from Abel this afternoon. He just loves being worn in the Moby wrap and he fell fast asleep.

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Then there is this moment that was just the best of all..
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Kaden sure does love his brother. This just melted my heart. .

Today I really realized that not everyday is going to be perfect but to always just stay positive. Yesterday was SOO crazy but today absolutely made up for it. It’s days like yesterday that make me appreciate days like today and for that I am truly grateful.

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MamaMarney

Beautiful Fall

Oh dear. There just aren’t enough hours in a day. Or maybe that’s just an excuse? Maybe there are just enough hours in a day but I waste too many thinking about what I WANT to be doing and what I WANT to get done instead of just DOING IT! lol Yeah, I think that’s what it is. I would be rich if I had a nickel for every time I made a “to do” list and then didn’t look at it again. Haha And this, is my life. Hahaha. BUT, with all of that being said, I have been wanting to get a blog post up, so here it is! (finally) AND I am posting about something I have been wanting for do for awhile but have been to lazy and too much of a procrastinator to do. GO FOR A WALK AND ENJOY THE LEAVES! :) Yesterday Kaden, Memphis and I did just that. It was LOVELY. I have definitely been missing out. It’s amazing how fast the view outside changes from summer, to fall and then to winter. I mean it’s not winter yet BUT there are soo many trees that are bare here. Just a few weeks ago I remember sitting on my step and looking at a big tree in my backyard and thinking “Wow, the leaves are really starting to change.” Now? Well that tree has NO leaves at all. It was so pretty while it lasted but time just goes so fast. I am glad we got out for a walk yesterday, and although it was too cold to go today, I will definitely make sure that we get out at least a few times a week during the next few months. It is too beautiful to miss it and Kaden and Memphis enjoyed it so much! :)

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Ready to go!

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Played on his swing for a bit after our walk.

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He’s not sure what to think! :)

If it’s nice out tomorrow we might drive into town and go for a walk on the walking bridge. It’s sooo beautiful as it goes over the river.

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“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Wow. Today is just one of those days. A day where I feel like I am being tested. A day where everything I do seems to be 10 times bigger than it is.  A day where there have already been severals times where I just wanted to sit down and cry. And have I mentioned that it is only 11am?

Why is it that, from the outside, a day can seem just like the last day, but a closer looks reveals that it is nothing like the last day at all. What is it that goes on between the night and the morning that makes us wake up in a state that we just seem to not be able to deal with the day? Or it is just me?

To be quite honest it doesn’t even seem like there are any huge “stressors” going on. Mainly I just feel in a funk. I even did yoga today and that didn’t even help.

I just needed to vent and this always seems to be the best place to do it. Quickly getting it out one key stroke after another helps me relax and just feel better about the things I face throughout the day.

Kaden is really starting to become mobile and he is into EVERYTHING. I love to watch him grow but I am quickly realizing that when he is a awake it is no longer a time to unload the dishwasher, do laundry, or even PEE for that matter. Nothing is safe.. He needs constant surveillance. haha.

Memphis is also driving me nuts today. I swear that dog can sniff out a bad day and she uses it against me and acts as needy and whiny as humanly, (Doggly?) possible. Someone needs more attention.

Anyway with all this venting it must be said that it is definitely time for some revamping. Tomorrow is the start of a new month and that is always a great time for change and organization. Right? So, starting tomorrow I will be walking more with Memphis, planning better meals, going swimming more with Kaden during the week (he loves it), doing yoga everyday, and reading my bible everyday.. I spend to much time thinking about ALL the things I want to do instead of just doing it and that is a HUGE thing that gets to me on days like this. It makes me sad that a little lack of motivation is holding me back from things that are important to me.

Enough said, and time to get prepared. :)

It’s that time again!!

YAY!! Trevor is on vacation again! Woo hoo. Another 9 days and I am so excited for it. I just love the feeling of having my family together and the weekends just don’t cut it. Although we had fun on our last vacation, this one will be even more fun because this is the one that we planned to do all of the traveling and exploring and stuff! We are going to go to the Zoo, the beach, the OCEAN (yay!). We’ll be visiting family and going out to eat at different places. Oh how I LOVE summer. Stay tuned for all of our adventures because I will be documenting it all here! :D

Oh and I also wanted to share some pictures that Trevor took the other day so I will this this post with some of them. He has been really interested in photography lately and he’s getting really good at it! :) Just keep in mind that I stole these ones from facebook so the quality isn’t as good as the originals. They were taken with a Canon Rebel XS DSLR and a EFS 55-250mm lens. :)

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LOVE the lip! lol (Not sure why this one posted so small)

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Looking like a little boy and not a baby anymore…

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Love him<3

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Beach day!

Yesterday we went to the beach. It was Kaden’s first time there so we were really excited. The beach we went to was about 30 minutes from our house so it was a really nice drive in the sun. I love summer drives in the sun with the windows down and the music up. One of my favourite things about summer.

When we got to the beach we pulled out our beach umbrella to give Kaden some shade. It was soo windy that we had a hard time getting it to stay put but Trevor rigged it up so that if he sat against it it would stay in the ground. haha.

We brought the bumbo and some sand toys and other random toys for Kaden to play with and he really seemed to enjoy himself. We couldn’t go in the water because it was way to cold. We had some snacks, fed some seagulls, and just enjoyed each others company. It was great :)

Today we got Kaden a swing! We have a little swing set that the previous owners left when they sold the house but it is for bigger kids. The swing that we bought for Kaden hooks right onto it so that will be fun to try out tomorrow. We didn’t really do a whole lot today. Trevor had a doctors appointment earlier this morning so we all went to that and then we went to a near by veggie stand to get some veggies and fruit to make homemade baby food for Kaden! YUM! He loves his carrots and pears. :)

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Loving his toys!

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Being silly with Daddy. <3

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Kaden & Mommy.

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First time touching sand. :)

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So happy!! :) Love him soo much <3

Yesterday…

So yesterday.. Pretty uneventful. BUT we got BUNK BEDS!!

We didn’t end up doing anything fun yesterday really. The sun came out a few times but it was for the most part, cool. We wanted to go to the beach but decided to hold off until a hotter day. Today it much nicer out so when Kaden gets up from his first nap we are headed to the beach! I can’t wait!

So yesterday, like I said, was pretty uneventful. Trevor and I went to the store and got a few things and then he went to his sisters to help her take down the bunk beds that she is giving us. Although the day was kind of lame and boring, getting bunk beds was SO exciting. I remember when I was a kid I always wanted them. I was an only child until my step siblings came along but they didn’t live with us and I was 12 at that point anyway so having bunk beds never happened for me so I am SO excited to have them now. Haha This just makes my want for another boy that much stronger!  First thing I said to Trevor when he said he was bringing them home last night was, “Do you wanna sleep in them tonight?” haha.

Unfortunately that wasn’t an option because..

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..this is what the room STILL looks like today.

Haha So needless to say, we weren’t sleeping in them last night. lol

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Here is Trevor wearing Kaden in the Ergo for the first time yesterday while we went into Shoppers Drug Mart.. He was unsure at first but Kaden loved it so Trevor did too. So cute! :) I love my boys. <3.

A Lovely Day

So we had so much fun yesterday that I was too tired to blog about it when we got home last night! haha We came home and I was going to do some writing but all I wanted to do was go to bed.

We didn’t do a whole lot during the day yesterday. We went into town to run a few errands which I always enjoy doing. I love just being out and about with my family all together just doing normal, everyday things. Nothing terribly exciting, just me and my family. Kaden is big enough now that when we go to Walmart and places like that, he can sit in a shopping cart. It is SO adorable to see. He loves to look around and grab at things. Adorable :)

Last night Trevor’s mom came over to watch Kaden while Trevor and I went on a much needed date! :) We went to see The Purge. It was soo nice to get out. I don’t like leaving Kaden but I really needed a few hours to spend alone with Trev and it was great. He have only been out twice I believe without Kaden since he’s been born. Last night was the perfect refresher. The movie was awesome too and very creepy!!

Oh and I also forgot to mention that yesterday for supper Kaden tried chicken for the first time! We mixed it with sweet potato and he really didn’t know what to think. I can’t blame him. Pureed chicken? Ahh I had a hard time getting myself to test it out to see if it was warm enough for him. lol We are going to try it again tonight! :)

The sun is shinning this morning and I think we are going to go to the beach! I can’t wait :)

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On our way to the movie! I love spending time with him:)Image

Dressed just like Daddy! These pants didn’t stay on him long. They are SO tight with his fluffy butt from his cloth diaper. haha

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Ready to go to town!! Poor Memphis looks like she’s unsure as to whether she’s allowed in the picture or not. lol