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Month: July, 2012

On Motherhood

I have always wanted children. Always. I have also always wanted a large family. I could easily picture myself watching my 4 or 5 kids running around, hollering, and squealing with laughter. I just knew I would be a fun mom. I also wanted to be a young mom, however, sadly, the term “young mom” now refers to teen moms and no, I did not want that! Haha! I had my daughter when I was 23 years old. I got pregnant only a few months after I got married and although it was not planned, I welcomed the adventure with open arms. That is, until morning sickness hit, I started gaining weight, and my husband and I moved our entire lives from North to South! 

Still, no matter how bad things got, I wanted my baby. I prayed and prayed for her and then she came on May 7th, 2012. The love I felt for this little being was indescribable and I felt a power in me that I had never felt before. I now felt like I could protect this little one from absolutely anything and I knew that this was my job. All desires of being a teacher (this is what I earned a degree in) and changing the world came to an abrupt halt and now all I cared about was teaching this young, little, lady how to survive in this world with grace and poise and protecting her the best I possibly could. 

This is not to say that is was or is not hard. I am 23 years old. Most people my age are dating, drinking, partying, working, exploring the world, and I am spending my days changing diapers and running errands. My daughter is only 2 months old, (almost 3!!) but I am depending on a lifetime with her. At times, I feel sad that I am missing out on all this adventure that others my age are having, but on the flip side, look at what they are missing.

Every morning, my husband kisses me and stays in bed just a few minutes longer after his alarm goes off just to cuddle me. Then, when I am ready to get up, my faithful dog greets me with kisses and leads me to the baby’s room where I am welcomed by the prettiest face and smile. I spend the day watching her recognize colors, follow voices, observe her new surroundings, and I get to be the main person she trusts. It is hard sometimes, because let’s face it, babies are not the easiest. But even when she is crying non-stop for no reason at all, and I am juggling groceries on one arm, her in the other, the phone is ringing, the dog is barking, the truck is almost out of gas, I am on the verge of tears because my husband is only days from deploying and leaving me alone in this crazy house, I still feel blessed. I may not feel it in that moment, but later in the night when I finally put her down to sleep, and I have a free moment to myself, I am able to look back on the day and laugh. Things could ALWAYS be worse. 

So, my favorite question these past two months : “How is motherhood treating you?” Fine, it is treating me just fine. Thank you! 

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My Pinterest Adventures… Thus Far.

I am one of those people who will spend a few hours in front of the computer just pinning away. It’s sad. It all started on my husband’s first deployment very soon after we got to Georgia. At the time, it was just my dog Lucy and I, so I was doing anything to make the time go by. That is when I discovered Pinterest.

The very first Pinterest project that I tried was the “Make Your Own Dishes”. Basically, all you have to do is buy plain white dishes from the dollar tree, get a permanent marker, decorate the dishes as you please, and bake in the oven to make it last forever! Sounds simple and fool proof, right? Sounds like a really cute way to have unique dishes and impress guests, right? Well, that’s where you’d be wrong.

I bought 8 large plates, 8 appetizer plates, and 8 mugs. I decided I would decorate each item with the lyrics to different songs that my husband and I liked. Ugh… that was my first mistake. IT TOOK FOREVER!! Then, I baked! I believe it was 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Well, I finished my project and I was quite proud! I could hardly wait for someone to see my crafty expertise and my new amazing dishes! Well, my cousin took a special liking to one of my mugs, had herself a cup of tea, and then the mug was put in the dishwasher. First off, these dishes were suppose to now be permanent and dishwasher safe. pffffft. The writing came right off. Total waste of 30 something dollars, 2 days of careful penmanship, and almost 3 hours total of baking. BIG WASTE!!!

My second adventure was a recipe. It was called “Baked Banana Chips”. All you had to do was cut a few bananas into thin sliced chips, dip the slices in lemon juice, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 2 hours on each side. Easy, right. Well, yeah. It was easy, but the taste was awful! If I were to do it again, and I am sure I will, because my husband liked them, I would cut the bananas lengthwise.

The last adventure I tried was a banana s’mores. Really, all you do is unpeel a banana, scoop out a little bit lengthwise, and fill the banana with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Then, wrap in foil and bake in oven for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees. This was amazing!!! I will definitely be doing this again!

I plan on conquering some more Pinterest crafts and recipes and I will be sure to keep y’all updated on those!

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The One Where I Introduce Myself.

 

   This is not the first blog I have attempted to commit myself to. Time and again I would create a blog, write a few posts, and then find myself too busy to keep it up. So then I would find myself creating another blog and making promises to myself to uphold that one. But, nevertheless, I would forget all about it and look where I am now. I am not saying I will do the same thing as I have before, but it may happen. 

   I will start how I always do. My name is Kelli-Anne Pace. I am currently 23 years old and I live with my husband and 2 month old daughter in Kings Bay, Georgia. My husband is a Supply Officer is the U.S. Navy and is currently filling orders on a submarine. I am originally from Winchester, Massachusetts and although my husband lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the majority of his life, he claims Louisiana to be his home. 

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   We moved to Georgia when I was roughly 5 months pregnant. We had moved from Groton, Connecticut where we had been living in a Navy Lodge for 3 months. Before that, we lived in the beautiful city of Newport, Rhode Island. Now, Winchester is not a city, but I went to college in Cambridge, Mass and very quickly adjusted to city life. I never considered myself to be a “city girl”, but when we moved down to Georgia, I almost immediately felt out of place. Southern living is so different from living in New England, and for the most part, I don’t mind. However, there are some things that I could do without. I am sure I will get further into details with these things in later posts. 

   Being married to a sailor means my family and I will be moving constantly (about every 2 1/2 to 3 years) and each time I will have to readjust to my surroundings. This way of life is not for some people, but I rather enjoy. Yes, sometimes it can be quite annoying to have to pack and unpack all of our belongings, yes, I get overwhelming feelings of homesickness, and yes, it is really hard to make and keep friends, but I make all these sacrifices because I love my husband. It is in no way easy being a Navy Wife, but since it is so easy to love my husband, I gladly follow him where his job takes us. 

   So what will I be talking about in my blog? I made a list!! (I love lists… I don’t know how I would get through one day without a list… or a calendar!) 

  • Being a new mom
  • Being a military wife
  • My Pinterest adventures
  • My experiences in Georgia

And, day to day stuff that I feel I can talk about! Until then, I bid you adieu!