Monday, April 30, 2012

I know you probably see it a lot.  Some parent entered their kid in a magazine's cutest kid contest and now they want you to go and cast your vote for their kid.

Well open your eyes and look at it again - cause you're not seeing things, that's exactly what I've done!  I entered Ethan in a contest and would love it if you would vote for him!

Vote by clicking here.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ethan loves Greek Yogurt ... I mean LLLOOOVVVEEESSSS it.  Whenever I am enjoying a bowl, he is right next to me asking for a "Bie?" (bite).  So, I have learned that it is just so much easier to get him a bowl of his own and let him enjoy it, too.

And he really does!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My house is baby-proofed to an extent.  The electrical outlets that are within a child's reach have all been covered, we have gates blocking the entrance to our staircases (though they truly aren't necessary, as Ethan is the one who closes them when they've been left open!), etc., etc.  It has happened far more than once, though, that I have had the thought that the coffee table (which is in the room where Ethan most frequently plays) has the potential of being somewhat dangerous.

I was right.

The first time we discovered this was when the kids had been left with their (incredibly amazing) babysitter.  We came home to learn that Ethan had fallen and hit his mouth on the table, causing a fat lip.  While there was room for concern (because no mother wants to hear that her child had hurt themselves), we weren't too worried about it, as we knew that our babysitter really is amazing, she comforted him and made him feel better, and we knew without a doubt that she was definitely not in the wrong.

So, the wheels in my head started turning about where we could possibly move this table.  All the while, we didn't move the table.  Then yesterday happened and I so very much wished we had moved the table!  You see, Ethan and I were playing in the living room (where said coffee table happens to be located) and he was running toward me when he tripped.  It all happened in slow motion from there.  I saw him falling.  I saw his mouth making contact with the table.  Then I saw the blood.

I immediately swept him up into my arms, grabbed the nearest towel and tried to comfort him.  Thank God (and I really am thanking God for this!) Monte came home about two minutes later, so he was able to help this slightly frantic mama calm down and deal with the situation.  Ethan eventually calmed down and was even back to his happy self within the hour.

This morning, though, my baby's beautiful smile went from looking like this:

To having this hugely fat lip:

I guess there's no complaining, though, when he's still smiling and he's still his happy, spunky self!  However, we have decided to do something about that dreaded coffee table.  While it's a wonderful, beautiful piece of furniture, it just doesn't work for us with a 17-month old in the house, so we have decided to sell it!  If you know of anybody in need of this beautiful table, send them my way! :)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Do you ever struggle with what to do with the mounds of important paperwork that you need to keep?  What about the bills and other random miscellany that arrives in your mailbox each day?  Managing a household of seven people keeps me on my toes at all times, which sometimes leaves me behind on managing our paperwork.  After being married for three-and-a-half years, I can say that my husband and I have found a system of organization that truly works for us; but not only does it work, it flows.

When it comes to the really important paperwork (like our written wills, birth certificates, mortgage documents, etc.), those are safely filed away in our fireproof/waterproof safe in our storage room.  The key to this safe is safely tucked away, too - somewhere very safe, I promise!  I'm sure that you've all figured out your systems for paperwork, too - but what about the daily stuff that comes up, but can't be forgotten (can anybody say that dreaded word: BILLS!)?  This is where my overly-organized self found a system of filing that works for us!  See?

The first two files are for the bills that come and go - the first folder being the ones that are due anywhere from the 1st to the 15th of the month, the second being for the ones that are due anywhere from the 16th to the 31st of the month.  When I open the mail and come across these bills, I immediately put them in their appropriate folders.  This way I don't lose them and I don't forget to pay them - they're right where they need to be (and on the rare occasion that our schedules have been overly crazy and I'm not home when they need to be paid, I can easily communicate to Monte where they are and he can take care of it with ease!). 

I digress ... sort of! :)

If there is any form of paperwork that we need easy access to, you can guarantee it has a folder: medical receipts, our cell phone bills and contracts, owners manuals, the current contracts for our kitchen upgrade, various health forms for Ethan ... you name it, there's a spot for it!  

What do you do, then, with something that you know you need to keep, but it doesn't fit one of the many categories available?  You put it in this folder:

Yes, that really IS labeled "Seemingly important things that I don't know what to do with ...".  Believe it or not, we do have some things that fit that category!  Then when Monte inevitably asks me if I know where this one form that was sitting in that one place went - I usually do! :)

This filing system is one that has worked for us and helped us out immensely!  Do you have any tips you can share with me (I love to learn new organization ideas!)?

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