Life!

Holy cow how is it almost April already!?
Time never seems to slow down like ever hahaha
Which is both a blessing and a curse.

I enjoy spending all the time with my kiddos
but I won't lie that I do enjoy the fact that time is passing quickly because
some days are just too long for me or I just need them to end haha
But I LOVE being Rory and Jadey's mama.

Those girls have bloomed into crazy little ladies.
They have this amazing dynamic that I pray continues throughout their lives.
Rory will do anything to make Jade smile
and plays with her so well (most of the time haha)
and Jade will light up like a Christmas tree when she sees her sister walk in
and they talk in their own kind of language haha
I almost feel jealous but then I am so incredibly grateful that they have each other
because I don't have a sister (I have brothers ugh hahaha jk bros! Love you!)
and I truly hope they stay friends forever.


For Activity Days this month we did our Mother's Day gifts
Yes I know, super early BUT we made candles!
FROM SCRATCH!
Guys you know how "crafty" I am so this was a HUGE accomplishment
for me to even do all by myself, let alone teaching the girls how to do it.
And thank heavens for Tanya my partner for finding a shortcut that worked better haha
I made a blue "cinnamon swirl" scented candle. 



BOOM baby!
I made that!
By myself!
And the girls' turned out really good too ;)
 
 
 Also I should never leave my chalkboard pens out when the girls are here ;)
Took me 15 minutes to get this cleaned off hahaha

I got to try out making my moms famous chocolate chip cookie recipe last week.
The one that I butchered at age 10 and haven't had the nerve to try again since haha
But I finally put on my big girl pants and tried again.
 
 
 And guess what?!
They didn't suck!
They didn't come out perfectly like my moms BUT they didn't suck!
 
Last week Andrew and I went to Ikea on a date
and we found a frame there for my Disneyland map in the As-Is section for $10!!
It has two small dings on the side and has some structure issues but I mean,
it's going on the wall and it's big enough for my map, I bought that thing!
 
 
 And I can't wait to hang it up!
 
 So there's life around the Mills' house ;)



Lately

So last week I decided to hop on a plane to Utah and crash at Alyx's
for a weekend and try to help out before her new baby boy makes his appearance ;)



I had loads of fun and took NO pictures hahaha
(other than the awkward driving selfie....)
Let's just say it was quite a whirlwind of a weekend
and it was a BLAST!

The best part was that I was able to help a little bit and 
do things I've been wanting to do for years!
Like I finally met Brooke and Jamie in real life!
Like I hugged them!
Oh and Eryka ran into us at Ikea,
 
 
 
Bri let me shop for LulaRoe in her living room
(which by the way, almost half of my wardrobe is now LulaRoe hahaha
It's just so seriously comfy!)
And guess what?
Every one of them was as sweet as I knew they would be!
I'm even more stoked that Brooke is going to be moving here to AZ in the summer,
so playdates will be happening!

I mentioned we went to Ikea.
I love Ikea.
I haven't been in YEARS because I get overwhelmed by the awesomeness,
BUT after going in Draper,
I knew I needed to go here so I packed up my girls and we went on Monday.
And I LOVE Ikea!
Hahahaha did I mention that already?
I got all kinds of goodies!
Mostly kids plates, bowls, and cups and utensils, and bibs.
A car mat for Rory to roll her cars on.
A timer and sifter, and funnels!
Guys we've been married how long and never owned a funnel?
And I've even got Andrew to go with me there on Friday for date night
so we can look at more serious things like furniture haha



The girls did so good I bought them each a stuffed animal.
Now Rory picked both of them cuz ya know, she has opinions.


Yes.
A carrot for her, and a broccoli for Jade......
and yes, the carrot for some reason is upside down??
BUT they're soft and Jade can eat them.
So I'm happy.

So far that's really been it around here.
Rory's got herself a sinus infection poor girl,
but luckily it's not contagious or anything and she's acting normal 
so hopefully she'll be over it soon!

Also, this has been happening:

video


She's mobile!
Her crawl is my favorite haha 
like a boat rocking!
Sorry it's dark, it was 6 AM when I took it ;)


My girls and life

Ok first thing's first,
vendor event:



It actually went better than we thought but not as well as we had hoped for.
The problem was it wasn't in an obvious place 
and as such foot traffic was pretty much non existant.
And let me tell you, I have NEVER had such bad allergies!
The dead grass was killing me!
I actually had to leave my table with my cousin in law and run to a store
for Kleenex and allergy meds hahaha
But I made a little bit of money which was nice.
Now I'm just hoping to get into more and more events and boutiques!

Today my Jadey Loo turned 6 months old!
Where did the time go?
She's geting so big so stinkin fast!
She's finally starting to be ok with solids,
and sleeping for longer chunks at night which makes everyone happy.
She rolls and sits up.
She can't get herself up by herself yet, but she's trying ;)
She's almost crawling.
Currently she's scooting backwards on her head it's hilarious hahaha

video



I just can't believe how quickly time is fading by.
Days mesh into one no matter how much I try to slow them down!
But it's a glorious mesh,
and I'm happy to be the one my girls get to run to everyday for everything
(well, most of the time hahaha)




Oh life you slay me!

Life has been both crazy and yet super chill at the same time.
How it does that is beyond me!
 
Rory is growing like a weed,
Jade is on the verge of crawling,
which while it'll bring it's own set of problems,
I can't WAIT for her to figure it out only because then she won't so stinkin upset 
about not being able to move on her own hahaha
Rory has bloomed in her talking abilities.
She's starting to say "Of course I can!"
"Don't worry, I can do it!"
"Mommy I love you so much I wanna squeeze you!"
"Jadey you need to calm down, you ok."
It's adorable.


Jade has discovered her voice, her toes, and is now a rolling dervish ;)
She's wanting so badly to crawl and honestly
I'm to the point that I'd rather her be able to crawl and follow me 
instead of me having to hold her all the time.
Mama's arms get tired hahaha
plus she wants her liberty so badly!
She's still a very petite little thing but she's gaining weight on track,
she's just not the monster her sister was hahaha
She's ready for baby foods and such yet she doesn't like me actually giving them to her,
she just wants whatever we have, goofy girl.
But she's had little pieces of bread and banana so baby steps!

video


Andrew is doing great at his new job!
He started as just a backup for the other customer service guys 
and now he has his own lines of product he's in charge of,
which means he's moving up!
And getting paid more!
Woot woot!
He's such an amazingly hard worker and I couldn't be more grateful for him
and his willingness to do everything possible for his family.

As for me,
I'm here doing muh thang day in and day out.
I'm getting ready to do my first ever vendor event!!
I'm super excited and super nervous about it at the same time!
Let me just say this before I get into the boutique thing,
my depression has lessened a bunch since I got myself organized.
I got myself a planner, we've been meal planning, and grocery list making,
and keeping to our budget,
and Andrew's been awesome and let me buy a few new clothes for myself
 

 (red dress was for the AYT Masquerade Ball,
forgive the mirror smudge...,
and my new crazy leggings!)
 
and the girls (Jade's hand me downs are the wrong season now cuz she's so dainty haha)
I still have days that are bad, BUT they're significantly less frequent
than they used to be.
I'm still a work in progress but I feel good with this huge step towards feeling normal.
Ok now back to business (hahaha literally)
So a friend of mine contacted me and said
"Hey I wanna do a spring time vendor event and you should come and sell your jewelry!"
And so I said "Let's do this!"
So we organized together (as in pretty much all of the vendors are doing this together)
and got ourselves an amazing group of ladies for this!
I can't wait!
I'm mostly hoping to get my name out more than anything because I would really like
for Just An Armful of Sugar to become a little bit bigger
to help support my family and help us put money towards some fun things ;)
 
 
Another big thing is that I have recently become a Pogo Pass affiliate!
If you're a local Arizonian, you have probably heard of Pogo Pass.
It's a pass you buy that gets you free access to 15 different venues
(some restrictions apply for each one)
and it's an amazing thing for families!
Children under 3 don't need one since they're free almost everywhere,
and if you use my code to buy one it's only $39.98 instead of $99!
I love ours and I'm going to be renewing them ASAP!




So that's it for this edition of catchup!
What's happening in your lives??


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