We Stopped Dreaming
Oct25

We Stopped Dreaming

This morning I found myself wakened by the sound of a crying babe.  I scooped her up and turned off my now useless alarm and started my daily routine a littler earlier than I’d hoped.  I changed her, dressed her, gave her a bottle, cleaned her up, fed her some peaches and then changed her again.  I let the dog out, washed her bowl and filled it with fresh water and food.  Let the puppies out and gave Lucy, one of the pups, her medicine and made sure they nursed. I headed back up stairs, put the baby down for a nap, straightened up my home, made a piece of toast and a cup of coffee and finally three hours later sat down. I looked up at the clock and realized I only had one hour and forty five minutes until I’d have to start packing Jaid up and get myself ready and then head off to my nanny job.  I probably should be taking this time to wash my hair or do my dishes but instead I am sipping my coffee and reading a chapter of my encouraging new book about motherhood and the struggles that come with it. Of course on a day like today I would read a chapter about dreaming.  I feel like right now in life I’m not in a dreaming stage.  I’m in a surviving stage.  I’m a new mom and I’m trying to balance work at home with working two jobs, paying overdue bills, cooking meals and spending time with my family.  It’s not glamorous and its not dreamy but it is “getting by.”  I have put my own hopes and dreams aside right now because my family needs me… or so I thought.  While reading the chapter today something stuck out. The mother in the story is teaching her 8 year old son about embracing our gifts and dreaming.  She uses the parable Jesus told in the book of Matthew about a businessman who talks a trip.  Before leaving he gives “talents,”or money, to each of his three servants.  One servant receives five talents; the second, two; and the third, one, according to their respective abilities.  After a long absence, the businessman returns to find that the first two have invested and doubled the value of their talents.  The businessman is well please.  The third servant however, buried his talent in the ground.  A wasted opportunity.  The businessman is upset that his servant would do such a thing, and he gives those talents to one of the others. Wow.  Am I using my talents and investing them or am I tucking...

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Its Fall Ya’ll
Oct17

Its Fall Ya’ll

The baby’s costume is already picked out, fall wreath is hanging on our door and our pumpkins are waiting to be carved. I love fall!!! It’s true Halloween is almost here and I couldn’t be more excited!  If I only had a pumpkin spice sented candle it would be perfect.  Not only am I pumped to be celebrating and eating candy this year but I’m equally thrilled because its going to be Jaid’s first Halloween. We are going to be carving up our pumpkins this weekend and I wanted to do something different with mine.  I ended up stumbling across a sweet blog post and  found exactly what I was looking for.  GOLD! Instead of carving or etching my pumpkin I’m busting out some gold spray paint and “glaming” it up.  Here is the link I found with a step-by-step process.  I’ll be posting my pumpkin after this weekend.  Hope it turns out as well as the ones in the...

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Puppies
Oct15

Puppies

Apparently dogs are only pregnant for 65 days and I’m sure you could guess by the cleaver title of this post “puppies” that I learned that out the hard way.   That’s crazy… only a little over two months!  I wish we were the same way.  Nine months of getting large and uncomfortable is awful but two months I could do no problem.  The reason I know this fun fact is because Moll, our dog, apparently had a poodle boyfriend about 65 days ago.  Richie caught them and thought he had stopped anything from happening but we were wrong.  Even though it was kind of an accident and I was totally freaked out at first things are actually going pretty well.  Molly is a full breed Lab and she “mated” with a pure breed Poodle so we’ve got Labardoodles! I remember waking up that morning and Moll was being extra snuggly to me.  She jumped up on our bed and curled up at my feet.  I normally knock her down or scoot her over but when I went to give her a slight bump she instead stood up and curled up right next to me putting her cold nose on my nose.  I reached out and gave her ear a little scratch then got up and got ready for the day.  Molly didn’t.  She stayed laying there on our bed for the next couple hours.  I tried to let her outside but she wanted nothing to do with moving so I just let her stay there and Jaid and I headed out to my nanny job. I ended up getting off work early so I headed home fast to check on the dog and make sure everything was going well.  Mind you that Rich and I thought we had a couple more weeks until the puppies were coming but it was just another thing we were wrong about in this situation (haha).  The moment I walked in the door my phone rang and it was Rich asking if I’d drive down the road to meet him and bring him his wallet so he could get gas.  I didn’t want to leave Molly alone because of how weird she was being so by mistake I packed her up in the car with me.  I got to the gas station and that’s when it happened.  Apparently dogs have other similarities to humans as in their water also breaks before giving birth.  Just my luck that her water would break while we are in the car miles from home.  I started freaking out which of course made Jaid burst into tears and...

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2013 Pumpkin Patch
Oct15

2013 Pumpkin Patch

The fall decorations are up at the Danskin home! I hung my bright yellow and orange wreath on the door, add some candles inside and we went and picked out our pumpkins today!  Richie and I ended up both having the day off and after a super busy weekend we decided to make the most of today and spontaneously took Jaid to her first pumpkin patch.  Will she look back on this day and remember how amazing it was? Probably not.. but thank you for technology because she will be looking back on the photos in her baby book. We met up with Richie’s parents and went to a small family owned place called Pheasant Field Farms just down the road from our home on Clear Creek.  They had a corn maze, animals, apple launching and of course a pumpkin patch.  We headed to the patch first and found out that Jaid wasn’t to sure about the pumpkins.  I don’t know why but it seems like she is going through a phase of being scared of everything lately and I guess we can add scary pumpkins to that growing list!   Her grandpa Danskin scooped her up and held her as Richie and I were trying to find our perfect orange pumpkins.  We were searching around when a lady walked up to us with a camera hanging around her neck wanting to do a quick interview.  She was from the Central Kitsap Reporter doing a story on the farm.  After answering a couple questions about Jaid’s first pumpkin patch experience she snapped a family photo of us and let us know to check out the paper this Friday because our story was going to be in it. It was a perfect way to spend a fall afternoon! As we were headed out and loading our pumpkins into the Jeep.  Richie and I snapped one last photo of us in front of this old yellow tractor.  It just so happens that Richie and I went to this same farm last year before Halloween and took a picture of him holding a pumpkin and my giant belly.  Well this time we stood in the same place and instead of a belly I held our wiggly baby. It’s crazy how much our lives have changed in one year from that photo in 2012 to todays picture.  Who knows maybe it will be come a tradition to take our photo in front of that tract each year.  Here are some of the pictures from today:    ...

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dos aguas
Oct11

dos aguas

Ok so Rich and I are literally in the phase of life called “broke.”  No not just broke more like “so broke this sucks.” I feel like someday we are going to look back on this time and laugh over a glass of wine about how little we had and how hard things were but how it grew us closer as a family.  Just to be clear though we are not sipping wine reminiscing… no right now we are trying to survive and there is no laughing allowed.  We are however trying to keep our spirits up so when Richie got a birthday card in the mail with a gift card inside to a restaurant we decided to go out on a date.  Free date night was just what we needed! We dropped Jaid off with grandparents and headed to dinner. We had a $25 dollar gift card to Applebees and luckily they have a 2 for $20 deal. Perfect, or so we thought!  It wasn’t until we sat down at one of the tables in the bar that we realized there is probably tax and then there’s a tip so this $25 dollar deal might not be enough.  We searched our wallets, pockets and my purse and came up with no extra cash, we literally only had the gift card. As the waitress walked up to us offing margaritas, iced tea and soda Richie interpreted her with his question.  He wanted to know if twenty five dollars would cover the cost of our meals.  She replied that we wouldn’t be able to get drinks or anything else and we would come out with just enough.  With a smile I simply said.. “two waters then please.”  She walked away from us annoyed clearly realizing we weren’t going to be big tippers.  I’m not sure why but Richie and I bursted into laughter.  We laughed so hard my eyes started watering and I’m not even sure what was so funny.  Maybe it was how desperate we were or a mix of embarrassment but it was hilarious.  I don’t remember the last time I laughed out loud like that with out caring who heard or saw me. From that moment on the night took a turn for the better, it was so fun!  It didn’t matter that we barley had enough to cover our meals or the fact that we had to ask a favor from a sibling to drop us by some money for a tip.  Nope we just enjoyed the night! Richie kept the jokes rolling and our waitress kept our waters full.  It was truly a night to...

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