I’m gunna admit it…I don’t love it when people post 7 different versions of the same photo on Facebook or Instagram….but I’m about to. I can snap 100 photos and when I’m looking through them I die. Not because I think the kids are so cute (I mean I do but…) but because each facial expression, each gesture , or stance is either hilarious, loving, or emotional and I caught it. I snapped at just the right moment and now I have it to look at forever. To laugh at, cry at, even roll my eyes at. They evoke an emotion from me no matter how many times I look at them and…well since none of you really know me…I tend to not shy away from displaying dramatic emotion. I’m not like a stone face or anything…I just have a hard time sharing a lot emotions (except laughter) with people. Don’t worry I am super loving to my family…just other people you know? I’m sure this means I have some hidden bottled up pain I don’t know about but…I don’t know about it sooooo it works!!!!!
Sooooo lets try this one more time. I am REALLLLLY going to start blogging on a more regular schedule. I sat down and jotted down some topics that will be reoccurring and hopefully timely…oh and interesting. Speaking of which, what interests you? What would you what me to blog about? I mean I take a lot of picture of my kids…yes more so the babies (one day I may blog about that!!) I know that people like to see pictures of the twins…especially sleeping ones, and the house, but that’s about it. Oh my gosh that’s it? I am so boring. But really send me an email. Give me some topics. I would love to know what you think and what you would want read about or see or laugh at.
Today however I am starting out totally easy. A big fat easy recipe. Did you know that before Instagram, my creative outlet was cooking. I am by no means a chef and this will not be a cooking blog (I would not want to insult the pros ;)) but I’ll throw one up here every once in a while that my gang likes. I love searching through recipes, finding one that the whole family might love, and creating it. I think the foods you like and they way you eat tell a lot about a family. My choices may make me look like Peg Bundy or some other really crazy mom at times but I am cool with that. I definitely eat right and so do the kids but I am all for a good McDonald’s lunch or a cereal for dinner night. Everything in moderation I think is okay…and even sometimes it’s a little more than moderation but……okay anyway back to the recipe.
This past weekend was filled with first. This was the first weekend we were able to use the pool at our new house, like the water was finally warm enough (okay it was the first time it was warm enough for me)…soo exciting!!! The first time in many many months that we were all home as a family…usually one of us is gone or working or missing. And thirdly this was the first time the twins got a chance to try out their Biddle Balance Bikes we receievd from Brilliant Bikes. Kaitlin begged me to let her be the one to introduce the bikes to twins. Honestly I was more than happy to because I knew that it meant I could take sweet pictures of the whole moment and I wouldn’t have to be the crazy one losing my mind when the girls wouldn’t cooperate. I am not going to lie…I have no patience for stuff like that. It really is horrible. My husband has to do homework…I lose it if they don’t get what I am trying to teach. He is also way better at listening to stories from the kids that take hours to complete…I stare wide eyes and obviously annoyed. I at least come by it honestly and I really am trying harder to be more patients, but this weekend was not the weekend to see how I was doing…lol!!!
I’ve said it before…picking just one photo to post on Instagram can be daunting. Sometimes I want to post all seven…if I had seven. But I know that that would be super annoying so thank goodness I have this spot to post all seven…well in this case it was only three but still. In this case, I was standing in the kitchen and looked over at Mila totally having a moment with her baby doll. I soo did not think I would be able to whip out my phone fast enough before she was on the move again. Mila stayed there for at least another minute and I felt like I had just won the lotery. It was Mila being Mila…I want to be able to tell her just how she was when she was little and right now this is her. She is sweet, kind, gentle, funny, loving…everything these pictures represent.
I will admit, I kind of have a weird obsession with buying baby washes and lotions. I honestly think some of it has to do with actually using it but sometimes it’s just for the simple or cute packaging. At any rate, this just means I try out a lot of different products and I definitely have my favorites. I recently received some Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo and Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion and I love it!! The smell is amazing, not to strong or overpowering…it smells just like a sweet little baby should, sort of like the newborn smell that we all wish lasted forever. The Baby Wash & Shampoo blends natural oat extracts into their formula, which has always been great for my kids who have sensitive skin. It also left the girls skin feeling extremely soft…even until the next day and it didn’t dry out their skin like a few products in the past have. The daily moisture lotion was just as impressive. For one, it didn’t leave me feeling like I just dump a bottle of oil on my hands. It absorbs quickly and it’s fragrance-free…which I love. The combination of the two are a perfect pair and I highly recommend running out to the store and giving it a try…ps the packaging is simple and cute too, because I know I am not the only one who cares.
For me, spending these special moments washing and moisturizing my little ones is what being a mom is all about. Share your own #TinyMoments on Instagram and tag @AveenoUS to show off your #AveenoBaby.
Disclosure: I partnered with Aveeno® on this post. All opinions are 100% my own.