Spoon Full of Ava

  • millymill | December 1, 2015

    Elf on the Shelf

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    He’s back!!
    Well, she in our case and not really back but HERE.
    This is the first year we are welcoming her into our home. Ava is a little over a year and a half (21 months) so I am not quiet sure if she will get the idea but I am sure we will still have fun.

    The elf is actually already hanging around the house. Literally!

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    (Day 1)

    Just hanging off of our kitchen ceiling fan. No big deal!

    (I have to think of places where Ava won’t be able to reach the elf)

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    We have not named her yet so suggestions are welcomed!

     

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  • millymill | August 19, 2015

    Affordable DIY Teepee

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    Hello Lovely People!

    Welcome back to my blog!

    I have been going through this redecorating stage and have been doing lots and lots of research. My focus is on Ava’s room and then the rest of the house. I want to decorate her room to last a few years. Therefore I am staying away from animals, characters, etc.

    One thing I’ve been dying to get her is a teepee for reading. LORD!!! Have you seen the prices?!? I think every single one I looked at was $150-$250 and most were pretty small(Curtis & I wouldn’t fit in there with her). Well, I am pretty handy when I want to be so I figured why not DIM(do it myself)?!?!?

    I went to www.HomeDepot.com and purchased the following items. 11874013_10152936800796493_1727270267_n

    *Canvas Drop Cloth

    *Rope like yarn

    *Hardwood Round Dowel (4)

    Total of $43.44 (Before taxes & S&H)

    I purchased a glue gun but ended up not using it.

     

     

    Step 1:

    Start by tying 2 poles together at the height where you want your teepee to be. Remember the spot where u tie it is where you will tie the canvas as well. 11868656_10152936811941493_772909198_n

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    Step 2:

    Add the remaining 2 poles and tie them all together. You don’t have to tie them tight because you will also drill holes through the poles to permanently keep the poles attached and in place.

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    Step 3:

    Draw dots where you want the holes to be drilled. Then drill through the pole and stick the yarn through the holes.

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    (Curtis drilled the wholes. I don’t know how to and also was afraid to crack the poles being as though I only bought 4. )

    Step 4:

    Tie the poles together tightly and make sure they are all set evenly apart. I didn’t want it too wide and low. I had to keep tightening the yarn to make it stand high and wide enough for one of us and Ava to fit. Adjust the size accordingly to you and your little one/s.

    Step 4:

    I wrapped the canvas with the center leaning against the back of the teepee base, where the yarn starts. I cut 2 small(enough for the yarn to go through) slits in the canvas and put the yarn through. Then tied it right around the part where our yarn is. I used a safety pin to pull the yarn through the canvas.

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    Step 5:

    Make sure the poles are standing straight, even and tight.

    (Also if you know how to sew you could sew about an inch of the canvas that is tied right down the front. )

     

    11910919_10152936811881493_3724296_n11913029_10152936811891493_1962385137_n11903481_10152936811921493_1852643516_nADVICE: Iron the canvas before you do anything. I forgot and when I realized it was too late.

    You can decorate the teepee however you want. I saw this cool, light up A at target and thought it would look awesome on the teepee.

    I will post updated pictures of her room and the teepee in there once it is all complete.

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    If you wish to order a teepee feel free to email me @ kilishayeva@yahoo.com

    If you have any questions comment and I’ll respond.

    Enjoy this teepee with your kids!

    Perfect little spot for QT!!!

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  • millymill | August 16, 2015

    Parenting & Technology

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    How much time do you spend with your kid/s?

    Actually spend with them? Sit down on the floor, crawl, run, read, sing, dance, play with your kids. Sitting on the couch on your phone while your kid plays by themselves is not spending time with them. Turning the TV on and sitting with them is not spending time with them. I have noticed that my generation is so sucked into the technology world that they have lost sight of reality. They have lost sight of what is in front of them.

    I take a lot of pictures of Ava but I have a rule for myself. While she is up I keep my conversations to a minimum and my phone is usually in my pocket. I don’t use my laptop when she is up and the TV is off most of the time. Ava will be this age once and I don’t want to miss this time anymore than i have to(I work full time). I don’t want her to think “Mommy is busy on her phone/computer/TV so I can do whatever I want. She’s not paying attention anyways.” Kids observe and take everything in and I don’t want her thinking that is okay. She is my priority and is more important than any text message, web site, show, etc.

    I’ve seen kids tearing the house up while a parent is shopping on their cell phone. I’ve seen kids feeding themselves because a parent is too busy with the TV. I’ve seen too many kids addicted to the TV because their parents have more important things to do.

    Now! Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with using your phone, computer, or watching TV while your kids are near but everything has to have a limit. Kids need to know that you are paying attention to them, you don’t miss a beat, and they are your priority. There is also nothing wrong with kids watching a little TV but there is so much more these active, energized little creatures can be doing.

    I used to be obsessed with my laptop, phone, shows, and all these other distractions from real life. Now days nothing annoys me more than seeing people on their phone, tablet, laptop 24/7. We have to realize that what’s in front of us is much more important than in our “smart phones”.

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  • millymill | July 29, 2015

    Our Miscarriage Before Our Biggest Blessing.

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    October 2013.
    I’ve already had one appointment at 8 weeks and it went pretty well.
    I was 10 weeks pregnant. Woke up in the morning took Curtis(my husband) to the airport and headed into work. Around noon I got these really sharp pains in my lower abdomen. I headed to the hospital because the pain was not going away and felt like it was only getting worst. They sent me for some tests and did an ultrasound. Until this day I swear I heard a heartbeat but maybe it was wishful thinking. They took me back into the ER room they assigned me and a lady Doctor came in. She said “There are 2 things wrong, the pain is from a cyst that you have on your ovary. The cyst is so big it is pushing your uterus over. The cyst has to be removed. Second thing, you have miscarried which looks like twins, you miscarried about two weeks ago but the pregnancy has not left your body yet.” I remember her saying that to me and my eyes just filled up with tears. I am not good at expressing my feeling out loud especially to those I don’t know. I said “Wow, thank you for letting me know, but now what?” She said we can have everything surgically removed but in a few days.” My cousin was with me in the room and she asked “Are you ok?” I really wasn’t sure but my response was “I will be.”

    They discharged me and sent me home with paid meds which didn’t help one bit. I told Curtis everything via text because I just couldn’t talk about it and didn’t really want to. I remember sitting in CVS’s parking lot and crying thinking “What if I can’t have kids? How unfair would that be to Curtis? What did I do wrong to cause this miscarriage?” I remember texting him back and forth just expressing everything and the worst part was he was far and there was really no point of him flying back home to be with me because there was nothing he or I could have done. All types of thoughts crossed my mind. My two Best Friends and MIL came over that night just to see if I was okay. By the time they came I had pulled myself together, got my crying out of my system and decided to throw my hands up and believe that this is all in God’s plan. For almost a year I would say to myself “Today I would have been 4, 5,6…9 months pregnant”,”The baby would have been born now” etc.

    I remember before getting pregnant I had a dream which is so clear to me until this day. I was in the hospital and I just gave birth, one of my cousins was holding my baby. It was a girl. A beautiful light skinned, dark curly haired girl. Now the part that stood out was, in the dream I wasn’t prepared for her, I remember searching formula isles and trying to find the right formula to give her. I am no dream interpreter but Curtis and I really were not ready for a child during that pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. We would have made a way but we were not ready to give our child the world and everything he/she deserved. For the next few weeks I would have people ask me “How’s your pregnancy?”, someone even touched my belly without knowing what happened. I am a strong person and I was able to hold uo and tell them “no, there’s no baby. I miscarried.” At the time it was hard to say and I really didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. I erased it from my memory for a long time because it was just easier that way.

    July 5th 2014 we decided to try again and once we knew we were pregnant I was so scared to share the news because I didn’t know what the pregnancy would be like. God blessed us with a Beautiful, Funny, Loving, Amazing baby girl. I appreciate her a 10000% more because of what I’ve went through.

    My reason for talking about it after so long is because I know miscarriages are very common. Some with no reason behind it and others with medical reasons attached. They are both hurtful because it is a loss. Women are more vocal about their experiences, their pain, their state, etc. Where men close up and keep their feeling bottled up.

    Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Cry about it. Just remember time heals all wounds, maybe not all the way but it does. If God takes something/someone from you he has a bigger blessing coming your way.

    Feel free to e-mail me if you are in need of a listening ear. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than the ones closest to you.

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