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Clark will be turning 3 in April, so I’ve begun to prepare for his party! We’re not planning a super huge party, but we do want to have some fun. We didn’t get to throw him a second birthday party… not that he noticed but it was still a bummer. I had been planning on a dinosaur theme then, so technically I’ve had a year to plan. Oops, I’m still not super ready. But we have purchased a lot of dinosaurs of all sizes throughout the year that will do nicely as decorations and party favors. So, there’s that at least!

One other element I want to have a little fun with is our party attire! We all have to wear something with a dino, right? We had a Spongebob Squarepants theme for Clark’s first party and were all wearing Spongebob proudly. We all looked very cool, I’m sure!

I immediately checked out H&M’s website. This is my favorite clothing store because of their styles and affordable pricing. It doesn’t seem to be advertised much but they also recycle old clothing and material. Just bring a bag of clothes into any location and they will give you a coupon for 15% off your next purchase! We usually just fill a shopping bag to take, it’s surprisingly easy to find enough unwanted clothes to fill a bag. So worth it and it goes to a good cause!

Here are some of favorite things I found for Clark.

I didn’t find anything for Ollie at H&M but did find a couple of things made by Carter’s. These were my favorites!

 

I found some super cute things for myself, not sure if I’ll be able to get any of them (the boy’s come first) but it’s good to know they’re such neat dinosaur clothes (and jewelry!). Got to love the “Mama-Saurus” shirt from Etsy!

And for Thomas I found just a few things on Etsy that I think he would like.

 

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A year later…

I have really gotten off track with this blog. I began almost a year ago and it just did not take off. A lot has happened in that year though. I intended to write about life with my husband Thomas raising our son Clark and leaving my job to become a full time caregiver to my father with lewy body dementia. Unfortunately, just six months after leaving my job and one month after starting this blog, my father passed away.  But let me rewind a little and tell you a bit of the story I had originally intended on sharing.

My mother passed away in 2004 of cancer, she was my best friend. I was only 21 when she passed, this left just me and Dad. We had never really been close and there was always a lot of awkwardness. I regret that we never took any steps to become closer. I suppose it was just easier not to. So, it was a complete shock in 2015 to receive a call from Dad begging me to move in with him. I guess I should have known this time would come, he was 81 after all, and his health had just taken a turn. I was nearly 9 months pregnant with Clark. We had to make some frantic decisions and the best and really only option that I could live with was to move back to my childhood home. Never thought that would happen!

We stayed in Nashville long enough for Clark to be born as planned with my OB, while an amazing cousin of mine watched after Dad until we could get our jobs transferred and everything packed. And that was that. Life changed not only from having our first baby, new jobs and taking care of Dad in his space that we now had to share. (THAT was a struggle, especially at first.)

It was crazy and emotional and it was possibly the hardest 2 years of my life. I will probably write other posts about events that happened. I’ve been agonizing over this post because there’s so much and it’s still hard to process it all.

My life is a bit quieter now. We’re back in Nashville, in a home we love. There’s a new edition to the family, Oliver, whom we love and feel so blessed to have. I’ve continued to be SAHM because it makes the most sense for many reasons.

I’m ready to start my blog again. I enjoy documenting my life, I love connecting with other moms, I love the internet and all the cool things I can write about and share with you!

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading and please continue to check back for more!

 

Things I Love

Things I Love: Pinterest

I love many things. So many things, in fact, that I have a whole page dedicated to the things. I’m going to dedicate the first instalment to my favorite time killer, Pinterest.

I mean, isn’t it amazing? I know I’m only wasting time, just sitting there pinning all the pretty things, but I also feel oddly empowered! For a few fleeting moments, I feel ultra-organized and convince myself I’ve got it together. “Oh, look at this article about de-cluttering I just pinned. Won’t I be something when I put this knowledge to action!”

But it’s lies! All dirty lies! The truth is that I probably will never open that link and that it’s just going to sit there on my board and make everyone think that I’ve read this and followed its instructions. It’s a nice thought though, right?

And then there’s all the recipes that I’ll never make and the clothes I’ll never get to wear. It’s so fun to pin them though. And to be fair, there are quite a few recipes on my boards that I actually have made! I even, during my cooking class in Culinary school, found my final project meal on Pinterest. And my teacher was super impressed.

Pinterest is also a collection of myself. I spent a lot of time pinning things that I thought were funny, places I loves, music I love, thoughts and quotes that expressed how I feel. It’s my personality all neatly organized and displayed through lovely photos. I was reading advice about starting a lifestyle website, and one piece of advice was to create a new Pinterest account instead of converting your personal account into a business profile. But I decided not to do that. There’s too much of me in there. I organized and cleaned it up a bit, but it’s still shows a lot of work I did. If it didn’t sound so cheesy, I’d tell people that if you want to know me, my Pinterest is a pretty good place to start.

All in all, Pinterest is a more visual Google. I usually start my searches there instead of Google. If you haven’t tried Pinterest yet, oh please do! Go now! Experience it’s wonders! Get ideas and use about 20% of them! Pin funny things so you can go back every once in a while and laugh! Pin recipes to plan your next fancy meal and feel like a chef! You’ll love it too!

BTW, in case you missed the link at the top of my site, here is the link to MY Pinterest, Clark & Ollie. I’d love for you to check it out, there’s some good stuff there.

Lifestyle, Mom Stuff

It’s Time To Share (And Why You Should Share Too)

Time goes by so quickly.. I blinked and suddenly I am 34. And, after nearly 15 years working in the retail world, I found myself as a stay at home mom to my beautiful son, Clark, and a caregiver to my elderly father. I always felt too busy to write down my thoughts, special moments, or some important tidbit, but I want that to change. So here I am! Finally ready to put it out there, however minuscule it may be. We are all important, we all have feelings, we all have a story to tell and Sparrows & Arrows is mine…

So, what is your story? What tiny moment do you want to remember years from now? Having a toddler around provides a million precious moments (and “pull my hair out” moments too) and I want to cherish them all. As I’m constantly reminded, this time won’t last forever. Writing things down and taking pictures are what I try to do as much as I can.

One thing my husband and I started doing on January 1st this year was to write down one favorite memory from our day. Every night before bed we write down our memory on a sticky note, fold it up and put it in a jar and on New Year’s 2018 we will read them. Saw it on Pinterest, of course. We both just thought it was a great way to remind ourselves that there’s good in every day. (Spoiler alert: Mine will be about 95% Clark moments)

I just think that everyone has a voice and we have access to so many different ways of using it. So, why not? Whether or not you think what you say matters, or if you just think sharing your feelings is silly. I believe everyone should express themselves. There are plenty of sites to start a free blog. Just go there and write what you feel! Write down the silly thing that your kids said that made you laugh. Write down how the lyrics of a song made you think about your childhood and you shed a tear or two. Just get it all out. Even if you keep it private or write it in a real physical journal, share! Someday someone will cherish those thoughts you had and they will feel like they knew you better. And that’s pretty special.