Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A much needed eye opener

I just finished reading Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor for my online book club From Left to Write.  It was an easy read which was nice since I have a newborn at home.  I really enjoyed reading it and looked forward to Lily's nursing sessions so I could actually get to read it.  The book is a memoir about a 24 year old woman, Natalie, in her 5th month of pregnancy whose husband suddenly and unexpectedly dies.  It really gave me a new appreciation for all that I have.  I realize now how easily a person can lose everything and how I need to stop taking my husband and life for granted.

So many women, myself included, get into the habit of complaining about our husbands and all the things they do or don't do.  He forgot this, he didn't do that, he said such-and-such.  When I stop and think about it though, I can't imagine what I would do without my husband, Justin.  I depend on him for so much in my life.  For everything from finances to emotional support.  Even all the little things, like taking the trash and recycling to the curb on trash day, add up.  We are partners in everything we do and I depend on him every moment of every day.  We have our disagreements, but I know at the end of every day he has my back.

Something she didn't touch on in the book at all, but that I was super curious about, is her finances.  She never mentions how losing her husband's income affected her.  I would think, especially expecting her first child, that it would have been a big deal.  Losing Justin would devastate me in a number of ways, one of which would be financially.  His income IS what we live on.  My income covers our older children's daytime care expenses with a very small amount left over.  Thinking of this made me realize how desperately we need to update our life insurance policies.  When we got the policies over 10 years ago we had no children and were barely starting out in our adult lives.  Another important topic this book made me think about was guardianship of my kids if something were to happen to Justin AND I.  About a month ago we spoke with our accountant about the need to set up a will and other papers that would say what would happen to our children and money if something happened to us.  I REALLY need to get on this!

I'm so glad I chose to participate this month and read Signs of Life.  It was really an eye opener for me!

During the fifth month of her pregnancy of her first child Natalie Taylor is devastated by the sudden death of her husband. Her journey with grief is chronicled in the memoir Signs of Life. Join From Left to Write on March 29 as we discuss Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor. As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Monday, March 12, 2012


Found a Griffin at the playground.  He was cute, so I took him home with me.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


The tortured pup was made to stay outside on a beautiful day.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


She looks like she is telling me off.  LOL!

Friday, March 9, 2012


Yet another gorgeous day in Colorado today!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


It took some effort, but we borrowed a few swaddling blankets from friends and have managed to get Lily to like being swaddled.  Unfortunately she has already managed to escape from one of the styles.

It is amazing how wriggly she is when asleep.  She moves and makes noises all night long!  Hmm...I seem to remember being afraid this would happen since she NEVER stopped moving in utero either.  She actually spent her first night in the crib last night because of this.  I needed to get her further away from me so that I wouldn't have to sleep with ear plugs in every night.  (Justin isn't sleeping well either.)  I put her little swaddled self to bed in the crib at about 10:30pm last night.  When she woke up at 1:40am she had managed to turn herself 90 degrees!!  She now has NOTHING except herself and a paci in the crib.  I think she's going to keep us on our toes.



I set up this little mirror on the changing table a few days ago.  She is enthralled by it.  She just stares and stares and even reaches out to herself.  So precious!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012




Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Me too.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Taking advantage of the nice weather to ride his scooter home from school.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Very excited to read this with my children!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday, March 2, 2012


Noelle took a walk with Papa Greg to get Adam from school this afternoon and they left early enough that she could play on the playground for a little while.  Unfortunately it started snowing really good right before Adam got let out and they had the rush the mile back home in the snow.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Clean and fuzzy after her weekly bath!