coffeepoweredmom

Getting through the day, one cup at a time.

About

I am a 25 year old mother with three little girls, a husband and a dog. My day starts at 7am and ends at 11pm, and I only sleep through the night 6% of the time.

Coffee happens in the first hour of my day, and often needs to repeat itself. Some may call it an addiction, I call it a necessity.

I love to make crafts and games with my kids, we cook, clean and grow together. I analyze their behaviour and critique their toys. They drive me up the wall, but some days that makes it easier to clean the ceiling.

I love to blog because it helps to reach out to other people and get feedback. I hope to entertain, maybe even educate, and forge connections across the interwebs. I will try to reply to every comment that is left, as I truly appreciate each and every one.

Thank you for your time,

coffeepoweredmom – Crystal

Meet the Family

I am a full-time mother, or as I like to say, a Home Manager. The unfortunate truth is that if I was really a Home Manager, I’d probably be let go for poor management skills. It always seems like something else needs to be cleaned, and some days I’d rather just sit on the floor and play dolls. Phil, my husband, is very supportive of this attitude and believes that if I dedicate my time to the children that the housework can, and will, be accomplished at a later time. His most frequent chore is washing the dishes because for some reason that is the task that I most rarely tackle. I’ve hung shelves, rearranged furniture, scrubbed walls, organized toys, created storage, and polished the toilet all to avoid having the ‘time or energy’ to do the dishes. It’s either an epic form of dish-laziness, or a great method to accomplish every other task in my life. I started university in January 2013, every aspect other than testing (midterms, exams) is done online so I have been able to stay home with my munchkins. I will almost definitely be gone for long periods of time here because blogging falls below children, husband, dog and school; it stays above housework though, so you can hold out hope that I’ll pop in occasionally.

Phil is my husband, and the love of my life. He attends college and works full-time. Despite having so much working, studying and travel on his plate, Phil still makes time to be a dedicated husband and an amazing father for the kids. He engages them in conversation, celebrates their accomplishments, explains things in age-appropriate detail, and most importantly – spends time and plays with them. We have goals for the future and all of them revolve around our basic happiness – our family. I couldn’t imagine a better partner for this bumpy ride, or a more loving partner who listens – really listens – to what I have to say.

My oldest daughter is Ally, she is 5 years old and is attending Kindergarten. If that’s not terrifying, then I don’t know what is. My first baby is growing up so fast; she knows all of her letters, can count beyond 100, can write one thousand words, has begun to learn handwriting and the recorder independent of her school curriculum, has a basic understanding of arithmetic and has so many insightful thoughts and questions that sometimes it makes me well with pride. She is an amazing daughter (and when she is whiny and cranky I need to repeat this to myself over and over again) and a fantastic big sister.

My second daughter is Kira, she is 3 years old and loves to make people laugh. She is constantly curious as to what things are and how they work. She’s hit a huge independent stage where she wants to do everything herself, and I am much more receptive to this stage the second time around. She’s still my little troublemaker though, and I’m always finding a pile of mischief about the house. She will be attending school this September for the first time, and is more than eager to get out of the house and spend all day with kids her own age. She’s vocal with her affections and wears her heart on her sleeve, an admirable trait that I thoroughly enjoy.

Our youngest daughter is Charlotte, she is a wee baby who is super calm, a great sleeper, very inquisitive, and an all around charmer with the sweetest little smile. She is currently working on sitting up by herself because she is already trying to grow up too fast.

Our canine addition is our 7 year old husky, Edie. She’s been with our family since we adopted her in March 2012. For a while, it seemed like the match might not be a good fit, but with a little hard work and two very well-behaved children, she has made a complete turn around. Edie offers another playmate for the children, but more importantly she is another outlet for their affection. Edie also offers a stress release for the adults in the house (if you haven’t tried it, then go ahead and pet a dog and still be angry after) and she’s great for eating crumbs and spilled food off the floor, and polishing off the leftovers.

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27 responses to “About

  1. Your blog is smart and sassy – I look forward to reading more! BTW – great minds think alike – my oldest is named Kera (we were looking for a name that was both Irish and Indian, we went with the Indian spelling).

    • Thank you for your kind words! The name Kira was suggested to me (spelled Keira) and I was looking for an Irish name as well. I went with the ‘i’ spelling and made it longer because I’m a little crazy like that!

  2. stephicakes says:

    This is awesome! I can relate so much to lots of what you typed, and it made me laugh. 🙂

  3. myhonestself says:

    You definitely entertain! Thanks for posting. As for other Mom’s not taking you seriously because of your age – I can relate! I had my daughter at 18 and my son at 21. I like to think that if people don’t take me seriously it’s their problem not mine but the fact of the matter is that it is a bit of a bummer! I work hard at raising my kids the way I see fit and I think I do a pretty good job of it but sometimes it still gets to me…..one last thing: easier to clean the ceilings when they drive you up the wall – love this!! Happy blogging 🙂

    • Thank you! It’s nice to meet a fellow ‘teen-mom’ for a lack of a better phrase. I was 19 and 21 when I had my girls, and although I planned on being a 19 year old momma (it was a now-or-never, not that it matters!) people still only think I was a little…irresponsible. If only you lived on my street and we could be best friends with babies.

  4. I have nominated you for a Liebster blogger award, so pop over to my page to see what you have to do! have a fun day!
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  5. I love your blog so much, so today I’m sharing the Reader Appreciation Award with you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the world! 🙂 http://lazyhippiemama.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/inspiring-blogger-reader-appreciation-awards/

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog — yours looks really cool! Check out my posts about our rescue dog, Bailey, who is a husky mix. 🙂 Gotta go read more of your posts, now!

  7. lorajbanks says:

    I invented an award (yeah, I’m cool like that)…that while in it’s infancy appears to be meager, but once it takes over the world…well, it will probably still be meager. Anyway, it’s just my way of saying I like what you’re up to. You can just accept it if you want, no strings attached…a.k.a. you don’t have to write a post about it, just stick it with your other awards. You can pick it up here: http://lora-banks.com/the-blogtastic-blog-award/

  8. Oster's Mom says:

    Hi! I’ve just nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. I’m not sure if you participate in any of the blog awards, but I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share your site with others. See http://discoveranddevour.com/2012/06/13/one-lovely-blog-award/

  9. heidibird says:

    Hey! I wanted to let you know that I always enjoy reading your blog and I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. For more info you can check out momandboy. Happy blogging:)

  10. chroniclesofdomesticdisaster says:

    Like the blog – Intrigued by the ‘Melty Spatula’ Award – feel I probably deserve that most days. I have just started this blogging thing and am enjoying exploring the wonderful world I find myself in. My Kids are older than most ‘MommyBloggers’ I think. We have left the world of nappies and prams behind but only got as far as fart jokes and scraped knees. But lots of children, loads of animals/creatures and a very oppressed husband give me all the material I can handle for the moment. Have a look if you have a mo’.

  11. grandmalin says:

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  12. pamasaurus says:

    So, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for one of those chain awards… nothing special. You can completely ignore it if you want.

    http://pablam.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/liebster-blog-award/

  13. Hello, how are you?

    Good news, we are giving you the “BEST MOMENT AWARD“. Congratulations and enjoy the rest of the day!

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