This was the extent of our fireworks this year. With two little ones that have to be in bed before dark it makes it a little hard to go see fireworks...we're guessing it will be another three years before we get there again. :)
So instead we both worked. Above is the pile I finished this weekend...five skirts, six pillows, two pillow covers, six wash cloths, a headband and six towels. And I still haven't caught up yet...not that I am complaining mind you. :)
I made these as part of an order for my sister in side...
And the other. :) Two sided pillow case covers are so fun...she chose the fabrics and I took it from there...would be happy to do some for you too! :)
A new design in the shop.
And I just posted the last of the colorful towels in the shop...once they are gone, they are gone for good. :)

Sleep training with Aaron is mentally and physically exhausting has been much harder with Aaron than it ever was with Moses...making me feel like a failure as a mom...not to mention the guilt that some folks dish out to me for daring to try a cry it out method.
Then there have been those who have been constantly one upping me...reminding me how much better their kids are than mine...and how long theirs have been doing x, y and z...ugh.
And I am really homesick for Radford. I would love if Doug's promotion moved us closer to there.

So that is that...I am not the happiest person to be living with right now.
But I am trying so hard. :) I promise.

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Gordostyle said...

DON'T listen to other people or COMPARE! I know it's hard... but it only creates crabbiness! You are their mom. No one else has ever been THEIR mom. YOU know what's best! Treat yourself today sister... you deserve a good day!

BTW... love, love, LOVE the bench! LOVE. Did I say LOVE? LOVE! Sweeeeetttt!

My2Gs said...

Usually I'm a lurker...I admit it :) But, every time I look at your blog I so wish that I was crafty! Love your pillows. Oh, and by the way my hubby and I bought 2 benches like that at a garage sale. Ours benches don't have the slats on the back but cute nonetheless :)

Beth said...

i know it's hard...but don't listen to others. unless, they are genuinely trying to help. trust YOUR instincts, they are YOUR kids, afterall.
btw, all four of my kids can say there abc's in 5 languages, and have all slept through the night since they were 2 days old. ;)
just jokin'! he, he, he!

Clare said...

I hated getting grief when we did sleep training with my daughter, I started telling people if they wanted to come to our house to rock her to sleep 2-8 times before 11pm then we would stop letting her cry it out. Though I don't admit it very often, my daughter cried off and on for 2 hours and 41 minutes the first night. I am so happy we did it though my daughter has been such a happier baby since she started sleeping better.

Jennifer said...

Just a lurker....Don't worry about what other people say about their kids. My daughter is 11 months old and has no sleep routine. We have tried, she has tried...we wore ourselves out. I spent months feeling like a failure and still get disgusted looks when I share our schedule, BUT it works for us. She is happy, we are happy, what more could we ask for!

Katy Frame (Kate Creates) said...

Don't you just LOVE the one uppers? Yeah, me neither. :)

Amanda said...

It's okay, if it makes you feel better I'm not the happiest person to live with either! I had a total melt down on the 4th, in which I doubted myself, my parenting, and even my husbands love! Got to love hormones

Stephanie said...

Sometimes you HAVE to let them cry. How else do people think they will learn to soothe themselves? Keep at it and ignore everyone's opinions. I'm sure your Mommy Instincts are working just fine :-)

Love those pillows! I may have to order some once we get our new couch.

The Krull Family said...

Don't listen to others, comparing yourself to others is the root of discontent! Plus, if it makes you feel ANY better... both of my littles woke up 3-5 times up until their 11 months. With our 2nd, it took me going out of town for the weekend and my husband using the cry it out method to wean my daughter from this habit. You're doing great! Better than great, you're not just surviving, but thriving! No one is super mom!

Amber said...

I'm totally with you on the cry it out method. It's hard at first but so worth it in the end! Don't give up :) Hopefully things improve real soon with Aaron's sleeping. btw, love the bench and all the cute stuff you've been busy making.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

What an adorable blog you have, not to mention all of your talent! I'll be back!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Molly said...

Your babes look happy to me so keep on keeping on. Do WHAT YOU think is right! Cute welcome pillow!!!
~Molly P

Mommafo said...

Aaron and Moses, what great names. :) They're great looking boys too. Keep your head up.

Holly said...

Love you, sweet friend.

Be confident that your best is good enough and you are an EXCELLENT mother. Follow your heart when it comes to your kiddos. You know them best.

Sending you many happy and joyful prayers.

All your new goodies are ADORABLE!!!

Someone in Washington adores and cares for you...


me said...

why are some mommies so competitive?? i can't stand it! it is hard enough without someone criticizing or one-upping. don't let someone else's insecurities get you down. each child is different and each mommy is different and God gave moses and aaron to you because he wanted you to be their mommy. and, He knew you would be the mommy they need!

Chance said...

It is your life...they are your kids...people need to live and let live.

You are an amazing mother. You love your kids and put your heart and soul into caring for them. Don't for a second let other people get you down.

When Abby cries, I turn off the monitor...I'm not kidding, I really do. What would they say about me?! They can say or think what they want. It is my life, they are my kids. I love them just like you love your kids.

If someone feels they need to one up you or critique how you raise your kids, they must have some insecurity they are trying to compensate for. They have the issues, not you.

For what it is worth, as a loyal blog follower, I think your kids are incredibly blessed you have you as a mother...even when they are crying. Kids cry. That is life. Whomever is sending you these vibes needs to get over themselves.

Wow, they really struck a nerve here.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Are you kidding me??? I don't even know you, but I've been loyally reading this blog for a few months and even I know you're a great mom!! Not to mention a devoted daughter of the King :) You just keep being the fabulous you, and tune out the noise that contradicts. I'm sorry you're having a rough time getting that little punkin to sleep right. Keep being consistent and it will come. xo

jac said...

I always try to remember that after bad times come good times (although bad times always seem to last longer ;)
Got myself a daughter in puberty at the moment. That's no picnic, either. Like someone before me in the comments wrote: follow your own instinct.

Kandi said...

I haven't been able to read your blog for a while, and I haven't gone back and read any comments people have shared about your "cry it out" sleep training for Aaron, but I just want to say that I think whatever choice you make for YOUR family is the BEST choice. I did the "cry it out" method with both my boys and while each went a little differently, it eventually worked for us.

It is really hard not to compare yourself to others (believe me I have done it plenty with my friends), but try not to be discouraged. You're a great mom and you have a wonderful supportive husband and two beautiful little boys. What more do you need!

Take care!

Petra, John & Skylar said...

The "crying it out" method is SOOO hard, but in the end, it's better for everyone. I truly believe it's the only way they can figure out how to fall asleep and self-soothe on their own. I spent 3 months rocking, shooshing, bouncing my child to sleep every night before bed for 2-3 hours each. I was a wreck.

Someone had mentioned it in a previous comment, but I too turned off the monitor. Every few minutes I'd turn it back on to check in, but it was the only way I could get through it.

Good luck and hang in there. The light at the end of the tunnel will come soon.

Rebecca said...

LOVE your new fabrics/ pillows! :) Maybe I can order one once we get in our new house! :)

mama j said...

SOOO sorry to hear it's been harder w/ the cio, this time around. It's hard. We "failed" w/ our first. Or so we thought. Then, it FINALLY dawned on me, when we had child #2--what worked w/ one won't necessarily work w/ the other and vice versa....and that goes for discipline too, Mama! (That's a warning!!! LOL!), you may find that you have to adapt how you did cio w/ #1, a little, in order for it to work w/ #2. For us, #2 was a breeze--but, #1 paved a long HARD road, so we were bound to have it be easier than THAT! ;o) Prayers for a peaceful transition-your boys make me smile! And remind me to sieze the day, more--as my baby is almost FOUR! (11 more days and counting...)

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