The Name Game: Part Three

Obviously you must have noticed I haven’t blogged in a loooooong time. Well, things have pretty busy around here. We found out that our newest addition is a boy! Also, my middle sister got married! Needless to say, its been chaotic at the Huffman Homestead. But now that things are starting to settle down and we’re {almost} back to “regularly scheduled programming”, we can now announce what we will be naming our newest little guy!

Its a Boy

Before I reveal it, a little backstory…

We knew this time around we wanted a name from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Our girl name was easily decided upon: Eowyn. We love this name because we love the character and what a bad-a she is. Plus, we could shorten it and call Baby Girl, “Winnie”. But, the sonogram showed an “outie” and not an “innie”—ha!

So we started thinking about boy names we liked from LotR. Aragorn? Eomir? Baromir? Definitely not Frodo. But then we realized, “Hey! It doesn’t have to be someone’s name from the trilogy. It can be the name of a place.”

Our little guy’s name is:

Han Name reveal

 

Why Rohan?

The men of Rohan are strong—not just in battle—but in will and valor, full of integrity, and fight for their people against evil. Aragorn describes them this way:

They are proud and willful, but they are true-hearted, generous in thought and in deed; bold but not cruel…

—The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter 2

 

Who wouldn’t want a son like that?! We decided we’d call him Han for short. A nod to one of our other favorite fandoms (and rebellious, scruffy, nerf-herder):

giphy (31)

 

Jude was easy. I’ve always been a huge fan of The Beatles. When my sister and I went to London after I graduated college, we made the trek down to Liverpool and spent the day on the “Magical Mystery Tour Bus”, seeing all the sites from the Fab Four’s childhood. I mean, I named my dog Pinny Lane for heaven’s sakes! Added bonus: whenever I call him for dinner I can sing, “Hey Juuuuude!”

tumblr_m96kzza3qQ1r05fwho3_250

 

So, there you have it! Our little Halfling has a name! And yes, I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea…but honestly, I don’t care. I mean, our daughter is Hermione and our son is Indiana. We couldn’t have a “Bill”. Not only that, but each of their names mean something to us. And that’s enough for me.

 

ecc86735e2d3ee72317cfeb75d9d030746e87987c5610a17f604807870f763f4_1

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday Header Rad Mom

 

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start waking up before the kids so I could have time to workout, shower, and read my devotional before they swarmed me with demands for chocolate milk and Storybots. I did okay for a hot minute, but then life happened. Huff the Hubs would suggest staying up to watch something on Netflix or I’d need to finish a load of laundry that didn’t get done, or I was just so excited to have five freaking minutes to myself that I’d scroll through Pinterest or Facebook only to find I didn’t go to bed until midnight. Needless to say, finding time during the day to workout proved very difficult.

Huff the Babe goes down for a nap around 1:30 everyday but Huff the Tot doesn’t take naps anymore. We tried doing “Timer Time”–quiet time in her room for about 30 minutes so I could have a little bit of quiet/time to run on the treadmill but she just ended up under my feet, asking me what I was doing fifty times. Mommy needed something for her to do.

f72f50493dfd383d4246fe49399796c7812e723d

 

The other day, I overslept and didn’t get my morning workout in. I decided I’d do it during HtB’s nap time and tried to think of something that would keep HtT busy for 30 minutes while I worked to get “shredded” with Jillian Michaels.  I remembered something I saw on Instagram and decided to give it a shot.

HtT loves playing salon and painting my nails. I figured I could keep her busy and help her work on some fine motor skills all at the same time with this neat activity!

img_3914

 

I traced my hands (well, I made them a tad bit bigger than my actual hands, just to have a bigger painting space) and cut them out of cardboard. I let HtT pick out different colors of nail polish from my stash and she set to work while I worked up a sweat in the other room. This worked WONDERS, y’all! She was occupied, she was creative, and she worked those little muscles in her hands! When she finished painting the nails, she even drew rings and bracelets on them! She later told me, “That was fun, Mommy! I want to do a feet one now!”

Well kid, I’ll probably be sleeping in soon so looks like you’ll get your wish!

 

How do you keep your kids busy when you want to workout/blog/scream into a pillow? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday Header Rad Mom

 

Hey y’all! Halloween is officially over so we can now start focusing on Christmas!

santa is coing.gif

 

Oh wait. We still have to do Thanksgiving. My bad.

Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is an okay holiday…but its not my favorite. Honestly, I just see the third Thursday in November as a hurdle to Christmas. But, I DO like how I can weave in little lessons here and there during the Thanksgiving season to help my kiddos (and myself) grasp the concept of thankfulness and having a grateful heart. Need some help in how you can teach your kiddos thankfulness this season? I gotchu, girl. Or should I say, Pinterest has you, girl.

 

30-Days-of-Gratitude-An-easy-way-to-teach-kids-to-be-more-thankful-free-printable-makes-it-so-good1

Coffee Cups and Crayons has a great printable you can download to have your older kids (and you and your hubby!) fill out every day in November to help you remember that even the simplest of things can be appreciated! By day ten, you typically have to start really looking at the little things in your life that you can be grateful for!

 

books-that-teach-thankfulness

Not Consumed Ministries has compiled a list of children’s books that help teach thankfulness! You can see the list here!

 

Thanksgiving-Kids-Activities-Bundle-SHOP-IMAGE

The Fervent Mama offers a printable pack full of thankfulness activities for kids including memory verses about gratitude!

 

Books-on-Gratitude-Pin

Another site full of book recommendations about gratitude is Babies to Bookworms!

 

What is one of your family’s favorite thankfulness activities? How do you teach gratefulness to your children? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday Halloween

 

Halloween is in two days, witches! Are you ready? Got your kids’ costumes all done? Ready to pilfer through their treats to find the stuff YOU want?

november-ist-national-eat-your-kids-halloween-candy-after-they-28724584

Some people may think that taking candy from your kids’ Halloween bucket is wrong. I think its a great way to teach your kids about LIFE. The folks over at The Holderness Family Vlog feel me!

 

Hashtag Mommy Tax All Day.

 

tenor (7)

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday Header Beach

 

As moms, we sacrifice a lot. We go without so our children can have and sometimes its hard to see the things we gain because we’re so focused on what we’ve lost. I saw a video the other day that really hit home and helped me examine my heart and priorities. Take a watch, Mommas, and remember that you’ve gained SO. VERY. MUCH.

 

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday Header Rad Mom

 

Its October, y’all! I freaking LOVE fall. I love the cooler temps, the festive food, college football, and the fact that I can wear a hoodie without a bra and no one would know!

giphy (20).gif

 

But, along with fall comes something I detest.

Halloween.

giphy (21).gif

 

Okay, before you freak out, let me explain. I absolutely LOVE dressing up and the glorious candy-splosion that happens on October 31st. What I can’t stand are Halloween decorations.

But Jessica! That’s part of the fun. 

Not if you’re a parent its not.

Why? Because going to the store to pick up milk or toilet paper, or cereal isn’t an easy(ish) task anymore when its fall and you have kids. The geniuses at Walmart and Target and pretty much every other store think it is a smart move to put crap like this throughout their stores:

 

2013_09_28-19_04_35-9004_13-neighbors-ghosts

 

 

halloween-airblown-inflatables1

 

And what happens when a child and toddler sees these hideous balloons that are not only terrifying but also make a loud noise due to the fan that keeps them inflated?

source

 

source (1)

UyHrWY1.gif

 

Then, instead of going about our merry way and getting what we came for, I have to spend the next twenty minutes calming down two frantic kids who are acting like they are undergoing an exorcism.

Why don’t you just go a different route to get the things you need? 

I do.

But again, the folks who have set up these things so intelligently placed them IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREAKING STORE.

So while most of the world sees Halloween decor and celebrates…

jZFo2rt

 

…I brace myself for the oncoming storm.

giphy (19).gif

 

 

Mommy Monday

mommy-monday2

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind, being a mom of littles. But then I see people with tweens and teens and praise God that I’m still in the “toddler/little kid” phase of child-rearing. Why am I so glad that I have ankle-biters instead of angsty, pre-pubescent young adults? One reason: FLOSSING.

Y’all. I just can’t with this dance. Before this ridiculous trend there was The Dab. That too, irked me beyond all measure. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I’m really just a grumpy old man in a 33-year-old’s body.

 

3fvf.gif

 

But seriously. I’m over it. Flossing needs to be filed under “Trends To Disappear in 2018” along with LOL Surprises, Fortnite, and political posts on Facebook. I know for a fact I’m not the only parent out there that feels this way. The Holderness Family did a video about it!

 

200_d (1)