Halloween with Perfectionate

I found a bat in my kitchen this morning! 

My sister Heidi sent photo props for us to play with this Halloween! She runs the etsy shop Perfectionate. She just recently had her 1000th sale! 
I am oober excited for you Heidi and wish for 1,000 more sales at least! Love you!


Harper learns how to walk

Harper learns how to walk. Well, she has known for a while, but she is really making good use of it. And, thankfully, she is finally able to recognize friend from foe when it comes to rocks and sticks. She now knows it not's a good thing to put rocks, sticks, and leaves in the mouth when mom says "No."
And so...

we took her outside and let her loose.

She had a blast. And Robbie is in the rocks, and Jeddie is with the stroller.
This is how I know FOR SURE that lil Jed is big Jed's son. I ask him to say cheese, and he just sticks out his tongue. This is where I stamp my foot.

I hope you are having a splendid day. Do me a favor and leave a comment. I love hearing from everyone!

Jeddie's Birthday Party!

Lil Jed turned 4! We had such a fun time with his birthday party. Since my mom is my party partner, and her leg is broken- I thought for sure that there was no way that I could pull this off by myself. But my mom was still able to help me and we were able to pull something together. She made the cute banner and helped me decide how to put up decorations.

She also gave me this cute pumpkin idea!
It reminds us of Jeddie and all his facial expressions.

We made him a gluten-free dairy-free cake. Sorghum and millet flour- and the frosting is palm fruit oil shortening. He loved it!

Present time! He loved his presents. Everything except the clothes of course!
Robbie loves it when Jeddie has a birthday, because that means clothes for him too!


Hard work

How grateful I am to be a mom to three young children! And wow, is it a ton of work. And yes, in case you were wondering- my house always looks like that.

I used to think (before I had children) that "the more the merrier." That they were somehow precious possessions to be proud of and that the women that had more than ten were richer than all the gold on this Earth.

And that still holds true... but.. it's more than that to me now.

Children aren't possessions- they are people. 
They aren't trophies- they are individual and tender.

Now, I realize that "the more" doesn't necessarily mean "the merrier," especially when you aren't willing to give them what they truly need: you.

Children don't need a lot of money. They don't need to go to fancy preschools or even wear pressed clothes bought from the mall. 
They need a mother and father that adore them with their time, and who share with them their love of the world around them, and who bring them up to value hard work, sweat, and play. 

What does this mean for us in the Mele Manor?
Turning off the tv- getting off Facebook, blogging less,  putting the phone down. Not just watching our kids play in the yard, but getting out there with them.

Visiting family, reading books, playing games, singing songs, going on adventures, taking walks, and getting dirty. The list goes on. 
I'm certainly not perfect at this, but I'm striving to be- because my kids deserve it. They deserve me.

Just a thought that's been running through my mind lately.   
What do you think?