The Motherhood Project – Back by Popular-ish Demand

I don’t know if you guys remember a few years ago when once, sometimes twice a week I featured a different mom on my blog. I’d post a picture of her with her kid/kids, and ask her a few questions all about being a mom. It was really fun and they were very informative and empowering, but then somehow they just kind of faded out of my regular blogging schedule. Every few months I’d have someone send me an email or DM and ask if I was ever going to bring that back and I always said, “yes, eventually.” Well I’m happy to say that eventually, is now! I’m bringing back The Motherhood Project!

SO!

If you would like to be featured on my blog, or you have someone you’d like to nominate to be featured, contact me any way you’d like (leave a comment, email, social media, text me – whatever!) and I’ll send you over the questions! If you have already been featured on my blog a few years ago and would like to do it again, no worries!! I’d love to re-feature you!! It doesn’t matter your age or number of kids, I’d just love to have you guest post on my blog!

I am so excited to get this project going again!

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, or need a refresher, I’ll post a couple links to some of the features I did years ago, below.

The Motherhood Project: Sarah

The Motherhood Project: Felicia

The Motherhood Project: Katie

The questions you/your nominee will be asked are:

Your name & your kids names/ages (if you’re comfortable sharing)

Did you enjoy your pregnancy?

How was your delivery experience with your children?

Whats your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?

Whats your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?

What is your parenting style?

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?

Advice for fellow moms who need a boost?

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your kids?

Whats your favorite product for yourself? Favorite product for your kids?

How has being a mom changed your life?

If this is something you want to do, get in touch and we’ll make it happen!! (my email is ceeceesparkles@gmail.com – or you can comment, contact me through social media, etc)

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Baby Cow

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You guys. We went to the farm a few days ago and can I just tell you real quick how sweet my little H is? I mean, I already knew this, but he just proved that to me even more here. I’m going to tell you the story real quick because I have to tell the world just how adorable he is.

We saw a big cow. It was exciting because my boys love animals. There was a way to walk around back of the cage the cow was in, so to get closer to the cow, we walked that way. When we came around the corner, much to our excitement, we saw that behind the big mama cow, WAS A TINY BABY COW! It was just laying there by the gate being all sweet and cute. H, without hesitation, walked quietly up to it, stuck his hand in and started softly scratching the top of this baby cows head. The cow started closing its eyes, very relaxed and happy. Mama cow watched as H took care of her baby for a minute. Then, because monkey-see-monkey-do, sweet little E also joined in on scratching the baby cow. They were very quiet and soft and the moment just felt so special and pure.

I love how soft H is. He reminds me daily the value in being kind, sweet and peaceful.

My Wild Man

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Today is Craig’s Birthday!! 

I can’t think of anyone who deserves to be celebrated more than this guy. I mean, really, he should be celebrated daily, but I’m glad that today, he’s the center of attention. I love this guy and am truly in awe, quite often, about just how lucky I got in marrying him and living life with him. He is the best of the best. The cream of the crop.

He is the husband of my dreams and then some. He is so supportive, always has my back and understands me in ways I don’t even understand myself. I really think he can read my mind, too. I feel so comfortable with him. He is my safe place. He is my happy place. He makes me laugh harder than anyone else has ever been able to do. He is a great shoulder to cry on. He has amazing advice, a tremendous listening ear and he doesn’t forget things I’ve told him, even if it was years earlier. He has a heart of gold. He is helpful and recognizes that marriage and parenthood is an equal thing. He has never made me feel unimportant, un-special or less valued. In fact, he constantly is building me up. He’s my greatest cheerleader. He makes me believe I can accomplish all my wild dreams I’m too nervous to believe in myself. He calms my anxious heart. He doesn’t judge all my worries. He genuinely cares for me and puts me before himself. He treats me like a queen and loves me fiercely. I’m proud to be his wife. He is the grandest human being earth will ever know.

He is the best dad in the world. Just ask our boys. Our kids will forever know just how valued, important and special they are, because Craig lets them know this daily. He encourages our kids to be exactly who they are and to be proud of it. He is proud of them and never lets them forget. When he’s home and the boys are awake, you better bet that he’s down on the floor playing dinosaurs, Avengers or cars with the boys – just making their day. He is a hands on dad. He changes diapers. He gives baths. He picks good outfits. He knows their schedules. He knows their stats. He knows their favorite foods and the ones they hate. He knows their personalities and how to work with them in the best ways. He loves them and not only tells them that, but he shows them that. He teaches them through example, how to be a good helper, how to be respectful and kind and how to be a friend to everyone – no matter what. He is a super-dad and my kids are the luckiest little ones ever to be his child.

Happy Birthday, Craig! I hope your day is magical and wonderful. I love you to infinity and beyond.

Soaking Up Sunshine

I have never been one to wish for warm weather. Growing up I tended to wish Summer away, because I was all about Winter. My birthday is in the winter and so is Christmas, so I was basically just spending my time wishing it was December. Even as I got older, though I loved Summer, I wasn’t heartbroken when it left and I wasn’t losing my mind waiting for it to approach.

Until I had kids. Summer is so much fun with kids! When the weather allows us to (Utah’s weather has been psycho!), we have spent so, so much time outside and its always the highlight of our day. We go on lots of walks, visit parks, swim at my parents pool, play in our backyard, you know – all that good stuff. Its been heaven on earth. Everything is just a little bit better outside. My house has greatly suffered because I’ve been shirking all responsibility days in a row because outside with the boys is so much more fun!

I’m so glad the warm weather is *mostly* here, now I just hope its here to stay and takes its own sweet time before it fades away again until next year.

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Mom Life Realness

I don’t know what it is, but lately day to day life has been hard! My boys have been hard and emotional. I feel like I’ve lost all of my mom-skills. My brain is scattered. My motivation is is chaotically unpredictable. My emotions, especially my anxiety, are all over the map. I feel guilt about everything – all the things. I feel like I’m just trying to survive each day and make it to bedtime without a meltdown or blow up.

I know its just a phase, but geez its exhausting! Being a mom is crazy and quite literally all the emotions and just when you think you’ve got the hang of it, you learn that you actually don’t.

What a ride!

 

Hopes, Dreams and All That Jazz

This happens to me every once in a while. Seemingly out of the blue, I’m hit with a pang of inspiration. But for what? No, really. For what? I feel so motivated to do something, I just can’t figure out what that something is! Its both exhilarating and terribly frustrating. I love feeling empowered and like I can take on whatever it is that I’m wanting to do, but I get ticked at myself when I can’t figure out what it is that I am wanting to do! Do I sound like a crazy person, yet? Because I sure feel crazy.

So all of this motivated uncertainty, I’ve been dabbling in a lot of things. You guys should see my flower beds. For a while I thought my flower beds were what I was feeling so super motivated about. Actually, that is something that I’m so motivated by. I am a very proud mother of my beautiful flower babies and don’t be surprised if I post about that soon. I’ve dedicated myself to my flowers and I have a special reason that really binds me to that, but I recently realized that being an obsessive flower-mama is not what I’ve been feeling so inspired to do.

As I’m typing up this post I still have no idea what I’m feeling so inclined to do. When the surge of inspiration hit me, I promised myself that this time I wouldn’t ignore it and I’d act on it. But I seriously have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing!! I’m sure this is such a silly post, but I keep hoping that if I talk about it a little, I’ll be able to direct my motivation a little more.

Here’s to hoping.

STOP and Smell the Roses

A couple of posts back I talked briefly about how lately I feel like I’ve been learning so much about myself and about my life. Today I wanted to tan a little more deeply about one thing I’ve really been learning and figuring out lately, because its been a game changer for me. Its taken some time to rewire my brain to be this way, and it still takes effort, but I am so happy to have finally started to really learn this and implement it in my life.

I’ve realized that its ok not to do it all.

Like, duh. I knew that, but I never really allowed myself to believe it was actually ok. I used to think that if I went to bed and the house was still a mess, the dishes weren’t done or the laundry hadn’t been put away, it meant I failed the day and I’d beat myself up about it. I believed that if my dinners I’d planned for the week were easy and not as healthy as I felt they should be or not as nice as another family members surely would be, I’d failed my family. When my kids stayed in their pajamas all day, I was sure it meant I wasn’t a very fit mother. If I wasn’t doing my ministering or excelling spiritually as much as I thought/knew I should, I was embarrassed and discouraged. I didn’t want to admit it, but I realized and finally acknowledged that I was comparing myself to other people.

It got exhausting and I felt like my own self worth and self respect was being flushed down the toilet. I was going to bed sadder and more defeated every night. Something had to change. So I did what I do best when I need inspiration and a pick-me-up. I listened to lots of General Conference talks. As I did I kept getting the same overall feelings – its ok not to do it all, its ok to slow down and Heavenly Father doesn’t compare me to other people, so neither should I.

I’m perfectly ok to move at my own speed, as long as I’m trying to move forward. I don’t have to be whatever my idea of perfect is. I just need to trust my gut, be there for my kids, my husband and myself and give myself credit where its due. I need to stop comparing myself to other people, because more than likely they aren’t feeling as 100% as they seem online. Thats what I’ve been doing and its been incredible. The love I have for myself is different now. I recognize more good in myself than bad. I don’t go to bed feeling like such a failure as a mom/wife/human. I feel more proud of myself for keeping my kids alive, making my family happy, keeping them fed and running a happy, stable home.

You guys. I know this is all over the place and rambly. But it was something I just needed to type out. Its been on my mind forever. I hope at least one of you benefited from reading this! If you’re in a rut – you’ve got this. Promise. You’re doing so much better than you’re giving yourself credit for, too. Seriously. We’ve all got this!