camping again

We're off for another camp trip. This time it is with a huge group of friends and family to the rainy Oregon Coast. This group used to camp together every summer and stopped around my high school years. It will be fun to get us all together again - and be a little different now that the "kids" have babies and husbands. 

Check in Sunday for my published column.  Happy Weekend!


room for two

With the recent 1-year celebration of Audrey came all those well known and anticipated comments, "So, when is baby number two?" 

When we moved into our little two bedroom cottage, I figured by the time we had two children, we would be into another home. This was the starter, five-year home. 

Due to the economy and just lack of being logical, my husband and I both had to discuss if that was even possible to move within the next few years. It is a huge question mark. 

Hubs would say in regards to children sharing a room, "They did it in the olden days!" Which is always his response to things, and I am no olden-day kinda woman.

But, with the hard selling market and not-looking-up economy, I really did have to think: how would this work? Tentatively, I would like to start trying for baby number two within a year or so, and if Hubs' swimmers do as well as they did the first (unplanned by me) time, we'll have a house of four by 2013. I don't see us moving by 2013. 

Addition to the house? No. We've already put money into this house that we most likely won't get back. While I love this house, an addition would make this a forever home. 

Room for two? I am an advocate for a crib sleeper. Audrey slept in the bassinet in our bedroom for only a few weeks and then was moved to her crib. She slept so much better and so did we. It is hard to imagine a newborn sharing a room with a 3 or 4-year-old. 

Decor wise: where am I going to put all these clothes!? We have two closets and one huge wardrobe. Of course, queen Audrey takes up the whole wardrobe leaving me with her bedroom closet and Hubs (work clothes, hunting clothes, normal clothes...the man has a lot of clothes) with our bedroom closet. 

Move into the wall tent? Seriously.

You have kids sharing a room? I need a little empathy.


golden year

Audrey has been such an enjoyment to play with and just observe, but I must say that I am having so much fun with her being one-year-old. 

She is learning so fast. It is so incredible to me that words or movements you don't even realize you do, your sponge of a toddler (weird to say!) will pick it up so fast.

It is just another level of mommyhood that makes me realize how blessed I am that I get to stay home and watch her grow.

At this age, they are so interested in everything you have to teach them. Chris and I also realized it is time we really start watching what we say and do since she is just a miniature mimic.

And she is also pretty much a miniature me: she loves shoes, fashion, shopping and dancing. I couldn't be having more fun being a mom.

No wonder she woke up sick on her birthday - two days later she received three new teeth!

And we're walking!!!

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