Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Working Mom!!!

Well I'm just going to get right into this and tell everyone how I feel. Yes, I am a working mom. And yes I hate leaving my child every day. When people I know find out that I work, it's almost like their opinion of me changes. Well let me set some of you straight out there. I don't work because I choose to be away from my child, I work because we have bills to pay and Mitch's paycheck just doesn't quite cover it. Not only that but with the new law about health care law we really wouldn't be able to make it. Which really sucks!!! I would love to stay home everyday with my baby, play and be the kind of mom I want to be. Until things change enough to allow me to stay home I'll be working. And believe me we are both working on making it possible for me to stay home. We as in Mitch and I both hate the fact that we have to drop Reese off with someone and leave him there all day. One of these days I will be able to tell people that I am a stay at home mom but until then I will just have to keep telling people I am a working mom. 
Being a stay at home mom was always my dream, I always wanted to be like my mom and stay home and be with my children until they were at school all day. Now that have realized that that dream isn't going to be reality right now I am making the best of it. Being a stay at home mom has to be one of the hardest jobs there is, there are so many things to be done along with all of the things that we need to teach our children. I have always felt like the stay at home mom has received a bad rap for someone that just stays home all day and doesn't do anything. I think that stereotype is completely wrong, if you think about all the people you would have to pay in order to replace a stay at home mom it would be over $100,000.00 a year. You would need a nanny, chef, housekeeper those aren't all of the things that a mom does. Now I will say I do know some stay at home moms who don't do any of those things and all they do all day is indulge in their own wants and wishes. All I will say is that to all of those stay at home moms who are doing it the right way good for you. Living within your means and making it work. I wish Mitch and I would have practiced living on only his income before we had Reese. We got a little to comfortable with having 2 incomes and now we are paying for it. 
Can't wait for this time to be over so that I can stay home with my little boy and love on him all day. All I can say is that I am grateful for those who do watch him and show him so much love. I know this was kind of a rambling post but I just had to get my feeling out, I've been thinking about this for so long and just wanted to let everyone know how I felt about it. I so wish I was a stay at home mom and am so jealous of those who are. When I was pregnant everyone kept asking what I was going to do once Reese was here and it broke my heart to tell people that I had to go back to work.

Already 2 Months

I can't believe that it's already been two months since Mr. Reese came into our lives.  We just went to his 2 month check up and he sure is growing. 
24 Inches Long 
11 LBS and 9OZ  Heavy
He's a long skinny kid just like his Daddy.
Who apparently likes golf like his dad.
He's been super busy playing with his cousins, but look what happened when his cousin Madie played a little to rough with him.
Big ol scratch on his noggin.
But he's still super cute, we didn't even know that he had been scratched what a tough kid.
I've done some crafting around her.
Look at my hard work.
I made little pumpkins.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I Canned and More!!!!

Just thought I'd give everyone a little update on what has been going on around here.
Yeah I know right, who thought that I could actually do it.  On the left you can see peaches, middle peach pit jelly ( I know you are probably wondering what that is, if it is any good I'll post a recipe) and on the right you will see pears. I won't lie pears aren't my favorite but I'm hoping that I'll start to like them and if nothing else it will be good for Reese when he starts eating solids.
I do have more pears, but I have discovered that it takes a lot longer to accomplish things when you have a baby. I'll get more done hopefully tomorrow morning before I head to pick grapes for grape juice.
I'll also tell you about my week last week. Well my office called me in and asked me to work, so I spent some time at work. Can I tell you how much I cried just thinking about leaving my baby. I can't believe that it starts next week. I'm dreading it. 
All Mitch and I have been talking about is finding a way for me to stay home. I think within the next year we'll make it happen. 
I know in a previous post I wrote about how my office was moving to Texas and how we had decided not to make that move. Well apparently while I've been on maternity leave they decided that my job would not be leaving and that I would be sticking around. That's a good thing for now, we'll see how it goes. 
We've also purchased a new table to fit our new space and our larger family.
Thanks to my mom who helped haggle our way down to an acceptable price, we finally have a table where we can have more than two people over for dinner.
This is a poor picture but it's what I've got.
I know it doesn't look to big in this picture but we have another leaf that is hidden in the closet.
So if anyone wants dinner come on over!!!
 I'll probably post more after I get all the pears done and the grape juice.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our New Addition

I said I would post about our new little addition so here it is.

I sure do love this little guy!!!
I wasn't planning on putting much of the birth story on here, I'm not sure how much people really want to know about it so I'll try to be as informative without going to far with it.
So here we go, I tried putting myself into labor for a good week in a half before we actually got to meet Reese, to no avail. Reese did not want to come on his own. From running stairs, stripping my membrane, walking miles and going to the county fair, and after all of the contractions I was having on my own he was not coming out. After waiting 3 days after my original due date the DR. said that's enough we'll induce you.
On Friday morning we arrived at the hospital, got settled in and started in with getting hooked up to all the machines and drugs. I'll just say it took way to long to get to a point where anything exciting was happening. After 10 hours of waiting I was finally at a point were we could start pushing. 
2 hours later after pushing we received this cute little boy!!
After about another hour of stitches ( I figure that's enough information on that) I finally got to enjoy the time with Mitch, Reese, My Mom and Mitch's Mom. Reese's other Grandparents and most of his Aunts and Uncle's and Cousins came to see us that night as well.
After a long day with no food I sure was grateful for the burgers, french fries and a cold soda.
We spent the next two nights at the hospital, we had many visitors and felt so loved.
Mitch has been worried about whether he was going to be a good dad or not from the time that we found out we were having a baby, but he was so good and continues to be a good dad. Reese is so lucky to have him as a dad.
We were really lucky to have my Mom (Grandma Jensen) come and stay with us for 2 whole weeks. I'm so glad that she was here to help me figure out how to take care of Reese, especially those sleepless nights right when we brought Reese home and he wanted to be awake in the middle of the night. Or when I took Reese to the DR. to have his circumcision and I cried like a baby. 
Now that my mom is gone I've done just fine so I'm told but like most women and new mom's I doubt myself sometimes ( I get in quite a bit of trouble by Mitch). Despite my self doubt, Reese seems to be pretty happy so I guess I can't be doing to bad. 

Here are a few pictures of our Little Boy!!!

 We've even got one with his Cousin Kruse!!
Kruse had a hard time keeping his hands off Reese but it looks like in this one he succeeded.

People always say that you never loved someone so much until you have a baby of your own, it sure is true. I Love Mitch but the love that I have for Reese is different than the love that I have for Mitch. 
Don't know what I would do without him!!!!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New House

Alright, I know it's been altogether to long since I've last posted. I know life changes so much in almost one year. So I'm going to try and catch up real quick. Mitch graduated from college, what a wonderful blessing that has been for him to finally be finished. 
Along with Mitch graduating he also accepted an offer at VanOrden, Lund & Cannon (an Accounting Firm Located in Blackfoot). With that we are now both working in Blackfoot. The beginning of the year came around and Mitch worked quite a few hours due to tax season.

With all of that going on we had been looking into buying a house, however we didn't find a house that we liked and for about the same as what we would have spent on a house that someone else built we decided to build our own house. I know how crazy were we. Just wait there is more. So we've built a house, here is a poor picture but it's raining outside so this is the only one I have right now.

Around that same time we announced that we were expecting a baby. Due in August.

Things were really busy for quite some time. We had to wait an extra few weeks than normal to find out what the sex of the baby is due to tax season. But when we were finally able to find out what we were having we were so excited.

Yep, we were having a BOY!!!!

Between all of that not much else was going on. I say that like we weren't crazy busy, but we really did have a full plate. Along with all of this my current employers decided to move the office to Texas. They offered me a position in Texas, we decided to decline for a few reasons. So for now we'll be staying in our new house that we were finally able to move into in July. We are so excited to finally be in our house and to no longer be renters. However, there has been one downfall, it has been the decorating. I had previously had the mindset that I wasn't going to decorate any of our rentals because we weren't going to be staying there long. Now I have a dilemma of not having enough to decorate our home and not knowing how I want to decorate it. 

I know this really doesn't do our whole year any justice but I'm hoping with our new little addition that I'll get better at posting and that I'll be more consistent about it.