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Becoming Them #TWSS #linkup

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes
Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
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Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your quotes with us last week, I felt so inspired reading all of the quotes you picked and reading why they held significance to you.  It was awesome. THANK YOU!That's What She Said: Carrie Bradshaw Quotes| Writing Prompt| Quotes

 

Maybe it is because I just tucked these two happy faces into bed for the night, yet I can still hear them talking in their own brother language to each other as they drift off to sleep.  Maybe it is because I spend my days reading story after story.  Maybe it is from creating adventures and then cleaning up after my two little whirlwinds.  Maybe it is because they are my everything, my whole world, but this quote has me thinking about them. TWSS Link Up 8-11   Particularly the bittersweetness of it all. Particularly that this photo below was taken one year ago.  How is it possible? How did my babies go from these little nuggets barely able to hold up their heads, to these big boys sitting outside drinking their big boy milk sharing a chair with each other? HOW?And why? Why does it have to go so quickly? Why does it seem like *pouf* a year has passed but it feels like a hot minute. IMG_0419

Sometimes I forget how big they are.  How capable they are.  

Last week for the first time I let them both walk to the car for the first time when leaving the house.  They have been walking for two months! Why didn’t I let them do this sooner? I mean truthfully, them walking to the car is WAAAAY easier than me carrying them to the car.  The fact that all three of us can walk out to the car together, at the same time, is AMAZING. So why did it take me TWO months to do it? Because I wasn’t ready to let go.  I wasn’t ready to admit that the baby shuffle (AKA leaving one baby inside unattended to load the other baby, and then leaving that baby alone to grab the baby previously left alone inside) had come to an end and was no longer necessary. 

Sometimes I forget how much they don’t need me.

Mama and babies - one year old

Don’t get me wrong, they still need me for just about everything.  But their ability to problem solve with each other astounds me.  Sometimes I rush in too quickly to help, and while I am blabbing away, “Give that back to your brother.  Ask him for a turn when he is done. Yada, yada, yada.” (PS: their language is no where NEAR that, but I believe in modeling appropriate behavior from an early age).  The two of them are figuring it out and looking at me like I am the crazy one.  Just today, they were sitting together on the back of their play boat my husband made them for their play room, and Colin took a toy from Liam, and I saw Liam lean in (for what I assumed was going to be a bite).  But as I started to say his name, I realized he was just giving his brother a kiss.  See how big they are? See how capable they are?

I need to remind myself of this.  All of this.

and she loved a little boy very much

But it is hard.  It is hard to let go of my itty, bitty babies.  It is hard to realize that they are growing and capable.  But I need to.  I need to recognize their strengths and their abilities.  I need to help them become who they are meant to be. Isn’t that what motherhood is all about?? 

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ANNOUNCEMENT
It’s not you, it’s me… That’s What She Said. Okay, but seriously… Dean and I have a few adventures coming up, and since we want to give our full attention to TWSS we are taking a break. Dean is moving across the country with her family, and with that, she is not sure when she will be settled in.

We hope you will keep writing! The two of us cannot wait to get back into a groove with you #TWSS. We will return in September and Julia Child is our muse!
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One Year Old Family Pictures

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One of the best decisions I made as a new mom was to do a “grow up” photo series with a photographer.  For the last year, we have had professional pictures taken of the boys every three months.  I know it seems like a lot, but trust me, it isn’t!! Looking at how much the boys change in between each session blows my mind.  I am eternally grateful to have found a wonderful photographer many years ago, who happily chronicles our growing family. 

A little over two months ago, we had the last photos in our “grow up” series taken.  To say I am behind in sharing these photos is the understatement of the century! But at least I am sharing them before the boys are two *wink*  

Matt and I took photos with the boys as well as having some individual shots of the boys. They turned out perfectly, as always! The boys (all three of them) were such troopers.  It was HOT, HOT, HOT but they kept on working the camera.  I am so excited to share them with you!

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Rainbows and Sunshine #TWSS #linkup

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.

 

Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your “fun” with us two weeks ago! Did you miss us while we took a mini vacation?? We missed you, and we are happy to have you back! This week we asked you to choose your own quote, we cannot wait to see everyone’s quote!  #TWSS Pick Your Own Quote

 

I am optimistic; a glass half full kind of person.
I am a believer in love; a hopeless romantic kind of person.
I am always looking for the best in those around be; a rose colored glasses wearing kind of person.
I am positive; a looking for the silver lining kind of person.
I am a hard worker; an early bird gets the worm kind of person.

I am a believer in a can-do attitude; a make lemonade out of lemons kind of person.
I am happy; a stop and smell the roses kind of person.

Being Happy Never Goes Out of Style (Source)

This Lilly Pulitzer quote really spoke to me this week, but I think it would speak to me any week throughout my life.  If you have been reading and following What’s Up with the Wilhelms long enough, my words above come as no surprise to you.  I am all of those cliches (and probably  a million more) and I am proud of it.  

I know life isn’t always easy.  I know that life is filled with hardships and frustrations and many curve balls.  I know that being happy isn’t always the first emotion you want to feel.  But why not? Why not choose happiness? Why not look for that silver lining? Why not make that lemonade?

It's Not All Sunshine & Rainbows Mug (Source)

I think for me, when I am feeling overwhelmed or defeated (and trust me, I have those moments, and thoughts), it helps if I stop and think about the sunshine, the rainbows, the flowers, the lemonade so to speak that I have in my life.  Because while, every day may not be sunshine and rainbows for the full 24 hours, I can always find at least one part of my day that was.

And Lilly is right, being happy, choosing happiness is something that will never go out of style!

 

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Mary Poppins #TWSS

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.
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Thanks for sharing your creativity with us last week! We enjoyed reading your posts, ladies. xo

That's What She Said| Mary Poppins| In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. | Women's Words| Quote

I had a different idea in mind for todays post, but as I sit down to write I am exhausted both physically and mentally, and the last thing I feel like I can write about is FUN.  Because today, was the opposite of fun.

What is the opposite of fun?

Watching your helpless one-year old throw up for the first time.  Yes, I am officially writing a blog post about throwing up.  But I keep in real around here, and today I was up to my eyeballs in throw up.

And not only did my poor baby get sick for the first time, but we were out when it happened, which just made me want to cry.  Because when I don’t feel well, the last place I want to be is out and about.  Plus, I gave the boys coconut for the first time at lunch, so then I was panicking that perhaps he was having a serious allergic reaction to a tree nut.  He does have an allergy to gluten already.  So not only am I panicking about having a possible allergic reaction on my hands, but I was completely unprepared!!! Which is so not me; I predict everything and am always prepared for all possibilities.  

Apparently all possibilities, except throwing up. 

Our days of spit up our long behind us, so I no longer carry a change of clothes in my diaper bag. Mistake number one.  I also no longer carry those little bags that can hold clothes, burp clothes, or anything else that may have spit up on them.  Mistake number two!

My poor baby walked back to the car without a shirt on to make our trip home. And sadly the throwing up did not end there.  Each of use wore several different outfits today.  I did many loads of wash, carpets were cleaned, carseats were cleaned; it felt like everything under the sun needed to be cleaned.  Not to mention the most important thing; my precious one year old needed  a couple baths along the way too!

So I was tired, cranky, so over doing wash, and completely worried about my baby. But as I watch him play, I can’t help but smile.  As he runs around chasing the dogs, as he walks up to his brother and gives him pat on the head, as he comes to give me a cuddle, as he plays with his favorite toy.  

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Here I am feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, and I’m not even the sick one! Yet the one who is sick, is happy.  So darn happy!! His giggles, and babbles of, “Mama, bubba, ball.” reminded me that Mary Poppins is right…. in every job that must be done… even the yucky ones involving a sick, throwing up baby…. there is an element of fun!

 

Also a spoonful of sugar wine (or really a glass) doesn’t hurt either!!! That Mary Poppins really knows her stuff!

 

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Announcement: There will not be a link-up next week, we won’t be back until August 3rd. When we get back we cannot wait to see what quotes you will share! Keep writing!! XO

TWSS: Pick Your Own Quote| Writing Prompt| August 3

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10 Easy DIY’s for the Busy Mama

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That's What She Said A weekly linkup, we share a quote and you share a post! Writers Bloggers Word Lovers Women's Words Quotes

Join us each week as we provide you with a quote (by a woman); and you let that quote inspire your written word! Allow it to lead your writing in whatever way works for you. And we mean that! Literally, wherever it leads you to write is wonderful, and perfect, and worthy of sharing! Share, share, share! Let yourself be inspired each week at That’s What She Said! Write on!!

  • #1 rule: Have fun and be creative 
  • Go find out what she said. Check out the other blogs linked up and show them some love.
  • Don’t hold back! We want to read what you are writing.
  • Okay, we do ask you to hold back ONLY if you are NOT following the rules. This link-up is for those who are inspired by the quote of the week. Get inspired!
  • Not a rule but a suggestion… please share That’s What She Said on your social media. Example: Join @Mrs_AOK & @Courtneynoel Tuesday’s for #TWSS a weekly link-up inspired by women’s words.
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Thanks for saying what you had to last week! We enjoyed reading your posts, ladies. xo

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. |Maya Angelou| TWSS| Quotes| Women's Words| Link-upBefore I was a mama to a set of adorable twin boys, I lived for a good DIY project.  It was a great way for me to express myself, and allow my creative juices to flow.  I made precious wire bow rings, chic pearl and ribbon bracelets, I even spent time making a little something special for the birds in our backyard!  Heck even when I was pregnant I was able to make time for DIY’s; my favorite being my pregnancy calendar shirt.  

But now that I am a mama, I am struggling.  Struggling to find the time and the energy to be creative.  To make something with my hands.  Instead of actually doing, I find myself pinning.  Because after a crazy-long day as a stay-at-home mom, sometimes I just want to sit on my butt and drink a glass of wine.

But you know what goes great with a glass of wine? An easy DIY project.

10 Easy DIY's for the Busy Mama

I decided that I needed to focus on easy, small, manageable DIY projects.  I have a looooong list, but I wanted to share a couple with you today.  Here are 10 easy DIY’s for the busy mama, or just the busy DIY diva!

Sugar Scrub Bars - Easy DIYSugar Scrub Bars

Painted Mugs - Easy DIYPainted Mugs (or Wine Glasses)

No Sew Double Infinity Scarf - Easy DIYNo Sew Double Infinity Scarf

DIY Finger Puppets - DIY for Busy MomFinger Puppets

DIY Jewelry TrayJewelry Tray

DIY Workout ShirtDIY Workout Shirt

I Spy Bottles - DIY For MomsISpy Bottles

DIY Paint Chip CalendarDIY Paint Chip Calendar

Dish Soap StandDish Soap Stand

Bottle Bud VasesBottle Bud Vases

Do you love DIY projects? Feel like trying a couple of these? I would love to hear! Okay, well I shared mine, now it’s time to share yours! (That’s What She Said)

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How do you make work fun? Is your job fun? How do Mary’s words inspire you? We want to see what you come up with next week!

That's What She Said| Mary Poppins| In every job that must be done there is an element of fun. | Women's Words| Quote

Also, if you have an empowering quote by a woman you’d like to see featured on TWSS, please send us an email!

Write On!

 

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Shark Week Cocktails

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Shark Week kicked off yesterday, which means I have nothing but sharks on the brain!! It also means I whipped up these dangerously delicious cupcakes.  With 6 nights ahead of us with our favorite finned friends, enjoying a cocktail or two might be a necessary part of the celebration! Here are a few of my favorite Shark Week cocktails for you to enjoy; there is even one, without alcohol, that your kids will love.

Shark Week Cocktails

Blue Hawaiian Shark Attack - Shark Week CocktailsBlue Hawaiian Shark Attack

Mad Mako - Shark Week Cocktail

Mad Mako

 

Shark Tooth Twister- Shark Week Cocktails

Shark Tooth Twister

Sharktini - Shark Week CocktailsSharktini

The Shark Fin - Shark Week Cocktails

The Shark Fin

Shark Bite - Shark Week CocktailShark Bite

Kid Friendly, Alcohol Free, Shark Glacier Punch - Shark Week Cocktails

Kid Friendly, Alcohol Free, Shark Glacier Punch

Do you watch Shark Week? Do you think you will make one of these tasty Shark Week cocktails?? I would love to hear!

Shark Week Inspired Cocktails

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