A Little Bit of Crazy

I thought we might be past due for a classic family update, I haven’t been doing many of those lately and while I have said over and over again that I was going to get back to writing about our family I just haven’t! There are many reasons for that but most importantly I’ve been spending more time with my kids and less time blogging. Anyways, I have big plans for this little blog of mine this year. You’ll learn more throughout the next few months, including seeing many reviews for some awesome products, and a big giveaway to celebrate my 8 year blogiversary in April!

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Anyways, things in the Mustard Seed house have been crazy and LOUD and adventurous to say the least. J has been working a lot (including staying over at work for a few days this past weekend and a few weeks ago due to poor weather) and he started his second semester of school a few weeks ago. He’s doing great, he’s tired, but I’m so proud of all the hard work he’s putting into this job and education. We are working on some projects together as well, we have really gotten into wood working since building our king sized bed last spring. We made some monogrammed ornaments for our family for Christmas, some picture holder signs for our mom’s, a coffee table, and we are currently working on loft beds for our kids! It’s so fun and a great way for us to bond when we otherwise don’t have the time or energy to do much of anything, including going out.

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Boogie has been working on some kindergarten curriculum this semester, she finished her Big Preschool Workbook last semester so we moved on to other things. We are halfway through Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and she LOVES it. She’s already able to read a lot of her favorite books, with some help with the bigger words, seeing her face light up when she realized that she could read was AMAZING. Homeschool for the win! We are also using Earlybird Kindergarten Mathematics that I purchased from a friend a while back, it’s no longer in print, so I’m hoping to find more similar to this as Boogie really enjoys this particular book. She flies through her school work and is hungry to learn more and more. I will have to find some easy ways to teach her all the fun things she wants to learn – she’s super interested in the human body, animals, and baking/cooking…. so I’m planning to include those in our studies these next few months.

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Bubby is growing up so fast, I was astounded to discover that he is now in a size 4T pants when we were trying on clothes for this coming year last week. His 3T pants weren’t too short yet, but I guess I’ve been in denial because the 4T fit him perfectly! We are trying out different ways to handle Bubby’s behaviors, I haven’t really posted about this much, but our sweet boy is quite a handful. Our hope is that we can help him learn to handle his emotions a little better, that’s all I really want to say about that for the moment. Bubby loves being a “big boy”, he’s officially potty trained, though he does need to wear a pull up at night as he doesn’t wake up to go potty. But he’s done a great job being independent about changing back into undies the next morning. He is super into everything super heroes, so that includes being wild and crazy all the time as well! I’ve tried some preschool/tot school stuff with him, but I’m going to have to be more creative with how I go about teaching him. That child can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes unless he’s got something to munch on or his favorite movie is on! He wants to be like his big sister and sit for school, but he just can’t handle it. Any suggestions would be great! 😀

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Bird has been the perfect addition to our family, she is a breath of fresh air. She’s definitely a toddler now (I will not cry…. I will not cry…) and is showing her desire for independence but is also very much a clingy, mommy milk loving baby still. She loves to run around with her siblings and “try” to play with them, she is not afraid to let them know she wants to play or when she doesn’t like something they are doing. She loves playing with her babies, Bubby’s super hero action figures and anything that rolls. She loves being outside and still sticks EVERYTHING in her mouth. So that’s super fun. We are still bedsharing with this sweet girl, but she’s learning to sleep in her own bed as well. As of right now she sleeps the first few hours of bedtime in her own bed and then wakes up around 1-2am and sleeps the rest of the night with us. It works for us, so we don’t mind! And let me tell you, that baby likes to sleep. If she could sleep in in the morning, she’d probably sleep until 10!

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As for me, I’m planning some fun things for Mustard Seed Mommy and I have some dreams I would like to pursue in the next year… if I can save up the money to do so I would love to sell Lularoe. If you haven’t heard about Lularoe you’re missing out. Two words…. butter pants. Check it out, you won’t regret it!

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Anyways, that’s it for now. Life is crazy and hectic for us, we are always busy and I can’t believe how big my babies are. Having a 5, 3 and 1 year old all at once is an adventurous journey. I wouldn’t want it any other way! God bless!

Keeping Order With Young Children at Home

This is a guest post from Kathleen, thank you Kathleen for contributing to Mustard Seed Mommy!

Maintaining clean and organized home is not an easy task, especially when your kids are playing around. Parents find it difficult to explain their most precious creatures why they need to keep an order and how to provide the basic cleaning tasks in a suitable way. On the other hand, kids are often reluctant to give the adults a hand with the household chores which is the cause for a lot of conflicts between them and their parents.

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Of course, you cannot expect from your 5-year-old kid to maintain the home perfectly clean and organized, but still, there are some issues to consider when you want to teach the kid some basic rules at home.  Children will inevitably try to avoid all the tasks related to home cleaning and organizing but your role as a parent is to know exactly how to involve them in these activities and demonstrate them how to manage with the tasks in the best possible way.

We offer you some basic tips that will help you to keep your home organized and comfortable, even when you take care of your kids. Parents need to remember they are capable of managing with multitasking, as long as they are motivated enough and know how to stay flexible.

Involve The Kids In Some Tasks

Even young kids can deal with some simple procedures that concern cleaning and organizing of your home. It is true that you cannot expect from them to manage with the cleaning of all rooms, but when it comes to arranging their clothes and toys, dust removal and vacuuming, young kids can help you a lot.

This way you will save up a lot of time and efforts and you will be able to take up with the organization of the other rooms while the kids are cleaning their own space are saying from NW1 Cleaners.

Establish Some Simple Organization Rules

In case you want to teach the kids that they should keep your home in order, you need to discuss that issue with them.

Kids may not understand  the importance of such procedures at the beginning and that is why it is better to set some rules and ask the kids to follow them. You can start with the arranging the toys, books or clothes, dish-washing and preparing the table. When kids get used to the idea that such tasks are done on a regular basis, they will easily learn how to help you with other procedures, too.

Try To Be a Good Role Model

Being a good role model when you clean and organize your home is definitely an advantage, especially considering the fact that younger children normally observe what their parents do and then copy their actions.

It is true that children may be reluctant to take part in home cleaning and organization chores, but when you show them that such tasks are not that difficuly, this will definitely attract their attention.

On the other hand, if you ask them to manage with some cleaning tasks but you are reluctant to do them yourself, your kids will immediately fell this. Being a good role model when it comes to cleaning and organizing is essential, especially when you want to teach your kids how to help you with the simpler tasks.

These are some of the major moments to consider when you want to keep an order with younger kids. Remember that home cleaning and organization is not that difficult, as long as you devote some of your free time and you manage to involve the kids in an effective way.

Praise the children for their efforts and do not miss the chance of giving them new tasks on a regular basis. Keeping your home ideally cleaned and more comfortable is possible even with younger kids – the question is to find the right approach and stay supportive.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not written by  Mustard Seed Mommy, this is a guest post that was not compensated for. All opinions and statements are that of the guest blogger. MSM will always post entries that align with the integrity and beliefs you will see throughout this blog. 

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The Imperfect Moments

Something I have discovered about social media is that you have three groups of moms. In the first group you’ll find the moms who very rarely post, they rarely share photos of their children, they don’t post about their lives, they just leave random snippets of information, quotes, share random articles and such now and then. The second group consists of those moms who seem to have their entire life together and it is perfect. They post the most beautiful pictures of their families and children, they share the amazing and phenomenal things their children accomplish and they just seem to have it all and know it all.

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Then you have the third group. The third group shares the good, the bad and the ugly. You see the same posts as the second group, you get the articles from the first group, and then you see the posts about the bad days, the ugly truth…. and there is where you will find me.

I am open and honest, I’ve found that when I find myself looking at the posts from the group #2 moms that I find myself comparing my lives to theirs. I wish my life was more like theirs, so perfect, so together…. and then I realize something. Their lives aren’t perfect, far from it. They’re only presenting the “perfect” parts, they’re only sharing a portion of their life that is together and tidy… and there’s nothing wrong with that, but is it truthful?

I received an ugly message today on my personal profile that berated me for being so negative and sharing ugly posts about my children. And all I could think was, are you serious?! I didn’t even respond, I just deleted this person from my profile and moved on.

So why am I sharing this here now? Let’s get real mommas, let’s not edit our lives and only share the perfect moments. I wholeheartedly believe that other moms need to see the real stuff, the parts of our days that are full of tears, the moments that make us want to scream, the snippets of time when our children are acting terribly and we’re ready to send them to Grandma’s house.

When you share those real moments you are showing another mother that their life is normal. That their life is exactly as it should be, that their children are behaving just as other children do. Share your moments. Share the good, the bad and the ugly. Be real, be truthful, don’t be afraid to share those imperfect moments. Because life is far from perfect.

Forgiveness

It is one in the morning and I can’t seem to get my brain to shut off tonight. I’m not really sure exactly what it is keeping me up, but I thought…. what better way to release and relax then by blogging? I haven’t been doing much personal writing in the past year or so. I hate that, truly. When Baby Bird looks back on the things I’ve written on MSM during her babyhood she’s going to be disappointed to see how little I documented. I hope she realizes though that it also means I spent more time with her and her siblings!

My brain is completely jumbled with a million things I’d like to talk about, but at the forefront of my mind is this little thing called forgiveness. It’s so hard to forgive, it’s even harder to forgive and forget, and sometimes even harder than both of those is being the person that wants to be forgiven…

I grew up down the road from my childhood best friend. We were inseparable. Nearly every weekend we spent the night at each other’s houses and many afternoons after school were spent together. We’d call each other and agree to meet halfway and then we would walk together the rest of the way to whomever’s house we were spending the day at. We bickered and fought, made up and continued like nothing ever happened. She loved me just as I was and I loved her the same. Then came our preteen years. I’m not sure what changed really, except that we just slowly started growing apart. We made new friends, we became interested in boys… I just don’t know what the turning point was in our friendship.

We were very different, I can say that much at least. I was a band geek, Christian, youth group attending weirdo I guess. I wore boy shorts and black t-shirts, “bondage” pants and flood jeans…. thought I was super cool too. She was popular, played soccer, super into art…. see? Totally different. A lot of things happened those years in high school that we disagreed on, we tried again and again to rekindle our friendship but it just didn’t happen. Then I met J and life took me by the shoulders and swept me away. Words were exchanged… feelings were hurt… and the last time I spoke to my friend was several months before my wedding.

I came across her Instagram account this evening… I still have contact with her mom, so I do know some of the ins and outs of her life right now. She just recently got married, she has her MBA… beautiful as ever and she looks so incredibly happy. And I couldn’t be happier for her. But as I scrolled through the pictures of her life I couldn’t help but feel deep sorrow. Sorrow for the friendship lost, the memories missed… and remembering those childhood days of playing in the neighbor’s vegetable garden, hiding in our secret hideaway beneath the rhododendrons and giggling through the night at absolutely nonsense. My Boogie is the age I was when I have my first memories of being with my friend, we knew each other long before that, but I remember her at that age.

So forgiveness. Forgiveness is hard. When it’s desired, you aren’t promised that you’ll receive it. Maybe someday I’ll get to introduce my beautiful babies to the woman my friend has become. Perhaps someday she’ll have babies of her own and we’ll finally have something in common again. I’m sorry friend. I miss you.