Our Easter Blessing Tree

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It’s officially Easter week! Can you believe it? It really seems as if time is flying. It feels like only yesterday when I was still very pregnant with Madeline and getting everything ready for Molly’s 2nd Easter. How can a year go by so fast?

Of course Molly is very excited about the promise of the Easter Bunny, CANDY, baskets, eggs, toys, & a reason to wear her pretty dress. But I really want to take the time to teach her and remind her what Easter is truly about. Now I don’t know if I subconsciously saw this on Pinterest one night when I should’ve been sleeping but just couldn’t wind down, or if the idea really did come to me all on its own from my scattered and frazzled mommy brain but this is what we did today. We made “Our Easter Blessing Tree” from the tree I painted on our family room wall. I try to do something to this tree every holiday since the wall is plaster and it is hard to truly decorate it with anything that’s not “scotch tape friendly”

I told Molly that we were going to sit down and make a list of all the people that we love and that we pray for every night. Then I would make Easter eggs out of colored paper and she could decorate them with markers and crayons. She got very excited and stated sprouting off names faster then I could write. Of course she said the usual, MaMa, DaDa, Madeline, Molly, etc. But between all of the special loved ones in her life she would say “and Jesus, and God, and Our Angels.” I got teary eyed because she really does listen to me when we say our prayers and that made my heart so happy. She of course listed every dog in our family and every person in her class & dance class but I convinced her that we could group them on to 3 eggs because I honestly was too pooped to cut out so many. Ha Ha!unnamed

I couldn’t believe how long she sat and spent on each and every egg. Like her MaMa she carefully selected every color for each person. And proudly showed me each one as she completed it.

Once she finished her master pieces we rolled up some tape and put them onto the wall. She told me where the ones she couldn’t reach should go. After all she is 2 & 1/2 so she knows best!

unnamed-2It was such a fun and touching project to do with her. I hope to make it a yearly tradition. We now have a holiday focal point to remind us the true reason why we celebrate. And all though she is 2& 1/2 she never told me to make an Egg for the Easter Bunny but Jesus, God, and Our Angels were at the top of her list. And although the rest of the day did not go smoothly and I’m now hiding out in my room blogging and trying to block out the temper tantrums and noise that my lovely little angels are creating for their daddy, I think of her list and tell myself, “Good Job Mama! You must be doing something right!”

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Family Game Night

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Matt and I are always looking for fun family activities to do together. I stumbled upon this awesome game while watching one of my favorite youtube channels Ellie & Jared. Their son who is a few months younger then Molly LOVES this game and you can see how much he learned from it. We decided that since it is a game based on colors we would surprise her with it as a gift from a leprechaun yesterday on St. Patrick’s Day. She immediately knew what it was and couldn’t wait to play it!

unnamed-4Thinkfun Roll and Play Game is a plush color cube with 48 color coded playing cards. It encourages creativity, active play and gross motor skills. We purchased ours from Amazon. Here is a link if you want to check it out: THANKFUL ROLL AND PLAY GAME

 

 

We all really got into it. Even though the game is suggested 18months and over, Madeline was able to roll the cube and she had a blast.

Each color category is broken into a different kind of action. For example the BLUE cards are an “eye spy” type where you need to find something in the room that is the color on the card. This category is hands down Molly’s favorite! She could find the smallest thing with the color on it and it blew us away. She never seemed to go with the obvious choice either. For example she got the card asking for the color yellow. She came back with her Rapunzel doll exclaiming “She has YELLOW hair!”

I would think that kids up to the age of 5 would love this game. Or it would be great for families looking to get a way to have older siblings play with toddlers. Just wanted to share for other people looking for some hands on family fun.

Our family highly recommends this game!

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Message from my MaMa

Honestly since the 2 year anniversary of my miscarriage last week I haven’t felt like blogging. I have just been trying to spend my free time with my girls and Matt. I have been saying that it’s writers block, I’m too busy, I’m to tired, but it reality I’m still mourning. It will always be a date I dread. Don’t get me wrong so many amazing things happened. Madeline took her first steps (more on that to come in a future blog), we went to Disney On Ice (again blog to follow), and I went on a much needed date night with my husband. I haven’t shared how I’m feeling with anyone. I guess people think as I let the balloons go that my pain goes away with it. It doesn’t. I don’t think it ever will.

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However today my mom surprised me with a much needed hair makeover. Any Mommy out there knows that we tend to get to busy with life to even wash our hair let alone get something done to it to make us look and feel normal! THANKS MOM!!!!

 

But that wasn’t the only thing my mom did for me today. She also took the time to send me a text that truly touched me! Something that I really needed to hear not only as a mom but from MY mom. All I did was send her a picture of Madeline with her 11month chalkboard photo (You guessed it a blog on my chalkboard life is coming your way too!) And she sent me this text…unnamed

It meant so much to my heart and soul to hear this from my mom. Out of the blue. Unexpected. From the heart. I know sometimes she thinks Matt & I are crazy that we are constantly finding things and activities to do with the girls as our housework piles up around us and we seem to never be caught up on “adult things”, so hearing these few simple words just meant so much. My funk was lifted. And here is a new blog. Ahhh I feel better now. Can’t wait to get started on the next. As you can see I have tons to get to work on!

Thanks for reading!

Melissa

PS. I LOVE YOU MOM!

Two years ago my heart stopped with yours…

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Today I should be stressing over the perfect outfit to dress you in. Today I should be making you breakfast to start your day. But instead I wake up to the 2 year anniversary of what was the darkest day of my life. The only thing worse than losing something that meant the world to you is pretending that you lost nothing. I may not speak of you daily but you are always on my mind. Not a day goes by that I am not filled with sadness, guilt, and love for you.

Sadness because you are not here to be part of our lives.

Guilt because I try to justify your death by telling myself if you were here with me I wouldn’t have your baby sister Madeline.

Love because even though you only grew inside of me for a few short months, you were mine. Your heart did beat & you heard mine beating with love for you from inside of my womb.

I feel you here with me every day. I have comfort that you are with your Aunt Karen & Great Grammy. I know that you are surrounded by their love. I know that you are looking over us.

I’m sorry that your life was not meant for this world. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to hold you, or to know you. But then again my heart did know you because I was your mommy. I am still your Mommy. And I know that one day we will be together again and it will be as if we never had this longing for each other.

Today your daddy, your sisters, & I will go to Grammy’s grave and send off two balloons with messages of love to you. It brings me comfort. I hope it brings you happiness.

You are forever in our hearts MJB

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Drum roll please…

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I can finally announce that I will be making a return to the stage! A one day only performance that you won’t want to miss! I have the honor of being a part of a nationwide effort to “give motherhood a microphone”as a cast member of the 2016 Lehigh Valley production of Listen To Your Mother. I could not be more excited! Our show will be one of 41 cities across the country and through these shows over 450 stories about motherhood will be shared this year.

What makes me proud about this project is that I wrote my piece; “There’s No Modesty In Motherhood”. Me a writer?!?! Who would have thought? Of course in true Mel fashion its a comical piece and centers around the toilet & my lady parts, but would you expect anything less? This was the scariest audition I ever had because I was so out of my element and when I received word that out of all the talented creative people in the LHV I was selected I cried tears of joy.

This show is not just for women by any means and is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. If you have a mother, know a mother, love a mother, lost a mother, made someone a mother, long to be a mother, are a mother reading this covered in snot, sitting in a school pick up line, hiding out on the toilet, avoiding housework, then I hope you will join me and my  amazing cast on Sunday, April 24th from 2-4 pm at The Steel Stacks.  Tickets will be going on sale soon. I will be posting more about this amazing creative opportunity and my journey.

Now the big dilemma WHAT WILL I WEAR????

Tick, Tick, Tick, BOOM!

Does anyone else hear that loud ticking? Well it’s official, my hysterectomy surgery date is now set for June 14th. I was suppose to under go the surgery in February but between all the sickness in the house and having to take a few different kind of medications it got put on hold. After some debating and prayer Matt & I decided that it’s best to put it off till June. The Doctor was a bit taken aback when we told him of our decision last week. He was ready to have me go in the beginning of March. But since he feels there was no major risk of the cervical cancer spreading and I will be under observation and medication he agreed that it will be easier on the family waiting till school is out. Thankfully I will be able to keep my ovaries so I won’t have to go through menopause. Sorry if this is TMI but I have also been getting my “monthly visitor” every TWO WEEKS since having Madeline & it is not pleasant! So seeing the light at the end of the vaginal tunnel is a welcoming sight!

BUT although Matt & I decided that we don’t want to have any more children my biological clock is TICKING! It makes me kind of sad that I definitely won’t have the opportunity of having another bundle of joy. And although I really did not enjoy being pregnant since they were all so stressful, it kind of makes me tear up. In reality I think it’s the fact that I won’t have anymore pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, & name reveals, to do. Not to mention the fact that a little boy would be so fun to dress up in little bowties & suspenders. On the other hand, good-bye periods, cramps from hell, bloating, mood swings, cravings, and pap smears ! Plus good-bye cervical cancer once and for all! It didn’t ruin my wedding, my blessing of motherhood, and it won’t ruin my time with my beautiful baby girls!

I am sure that I will touch more on this subject as June approaches. But wanted to give an update on my lady parts Mamma Drama.

*BTW this is not the big exciting news announcement I will be blogging about. I am still waiting on the official word to post it but it is coming soon!*