Wow…Two anniversaries in one month celebrated!

Before I knew it—I clicked on this blog today (my blog—this one you are reading) and realized that I started this And 2 Makes Crazy blogging journey basically two years ago this month!  Wee!  What fun.

And it all began with these first two posts and pictures (click on the highlighted for the post):

And My Husband Made Me Cry

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My Husband Had a Combover, and I Almost Didn’t Date Him

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So, I decided to see what were the three most viewed photos and posts from the three calendar years of my blogging.

Confusing anyone?! (I started the Blog August 2013…So to date with 3 calendar years:  August 2013, 2014, 2015).

Here you go!  It was a fun stroll down memory lane for me.

Oh—side note—my hubby and I just celebrated (a month early) our 15th anniversary.  YEA FOR US!  If you have followed And 2 Makes Crazy for any period of time, you will know this is a victory.  Because if there is anything that can be said about this blog—it’s that we are honest.  Our marriage from 2012 and after was a real struggle for me.  A lot went into it—and a lot of God’s grace got us through it.

So, happy 15 to us—Brooke and Richard.  I honestly can say that I am SO happy we plowed through the down days and have made it to the other side of our rainbow.  I pray, if you are struggling, that you will keep your head down and your back strong and allow God to pull you through, too!

Anyhow—Before I get to the top 3 photos; blogs read; and clicks outside of And 2 Makes crazy, I want to remind you that you can LIKE And 2 Makes Crazy on Facebook (Yea!) or simply my personal Facebook page and also Follow Me on Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter!  I am not a frequent Tweeter, Pinterest-er, YouTuber, or Instagramer—but I’d love to have you along for the journey anyway!

Also, if you want to walk down memory’s lane for last year’s anniversary surprise my husband had for me, I invite you to read here: Happy Anniversary Hot Stuff

And here:The Takeoff.  Getting out of your comfort zone (and the video to boot!)

Okay—2 years of And 2 Makes Crazy blogging fun!

Most viewed photos for the three Augusts (2013, 14, 15):

1. When we were merely a family of 4

2.  The flying contraption

3.  The nursing momma

 Most read blog posts:

  1. I don’t love Jesus.  Can we still be friends?
  2. How to be a good wife
  3. I broke my bra.  The saga of nursing in America.

Most outside of And 2 Makes Crazy clicks:

  1. Porn is a threat to children (Mail Online)
  2. 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders (Forbes)
  3. Poland for Kids:  Poznan and Gniezno (Kid World Citizen)

Once again—Happy double anniversary!

One for the blog—that I have immensely enjoyed writing over the last two years (even though the last year was more sporadic).

Two for 15 years of being married to the man that continues to live in my dreams, Richie!

I wish you all a great end-of-August, and always a great abundance of God’s grace and mercy in your lives as well.

xo b

(Here’s a flashback of me and the Mr.  My better half of Crazy)

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A funny for everyone married. Okay—mostly wives ;)

So, as I am trying to gather all of the photos I can find from my daughter’s trip to Taiwan, I thought that you may just enjoy a bit of humor that I saw on Facebook the other day!

Well—if you’re a wife, you’ll enjoy it.  If you’re the husband or the mother-in-law, maybe not as much?!  haha!

xo b

PS—All in good fun.  I promise.

so funny you will laugh out loud

When your Littles go to the Big City! #Poznan

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A month ago, my husband and daughter were on a different continent—Asia—more about that later! While they were there, my Littles and I (Max and Jo) visited the BIG CITY — #Poznan.

Needless to say, Rich and I lived in this big city for 9 years—Ada for 5—but Max and Jo never.  And so I cherished every.shot.i.took of my precious Littles as they ran and chased and smiled and played in the beautiful old square (Stary Rynek).

Here are some fun photos.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

prettiest gal in town

Let’s just say—THAT DRESS!  That dress in this square and you have cuteness meets cobblestone and rocks the shot! #myjosephine

i will get you birdie!

Those birds never knew he was coming!  And he loved every bird-chasing moment!  #mymaxwell

birds

Here, Birdie Birdie Birdie!  Come and hop into my hands!  #myjosephine

where'd my max go?

That girl!  Waiting patiently for her favorite person in the world.  Her Max!  Max!  Max!  Where are you?  #myjosephine

the littles love one another

Here I am, My Josephine!  Your Max!  #mymaxwell

the littles blow bubbles

Shall we now play together in harmony?  I say YES!  #mymaxwell #myjosephine

blowing those bubbles!

Bubbles!  What fun!  #myjosephine #mymaxwell #mylittles

stary rynek

The fountain of the Littles recreation!  #mymaxwell #myjosephine #poznan

cutest cafe around town

Shall we now find the perfect cafe for lunch?  #poznan

bridal shoot

Our cafe has a wedding shoot taking place!  #italiancafe #beautifulbride #handsomegroom #poznancafe

watching out the cafe

My precious littlest watched the entire shoot!  #myjosephine

the old market church

Fara Church next to our cafe!  #farachurch #italiancafe #lunchinpoznan

Alas—our day ended and we headed home.

Eventually my Adelyne and my Richard rejoined our side of the world, once again making our family complete!

when you're eldest goes to taiwan

But we’ll share all about Richard’s and Adelyne’s trip to Taiwan another time!  #myadelyne #myrichard

For now, we will wish you a wonderful day and pray God’s protection upon you.

xo from here to there,

b

My Little Amazing Bilingual Child Does It Again! Ada blogs at Kid World Citizen. Enjoy.

sweet adelyne

So when Rich and I decided to move to Poland in 2001, it was suppose to be for 2 years===teaching English.

Little did he know that he would be the pastor of a rocking International Church…or the founder of an international organization that’s sole purpose is to Rescue the Forgotten!

Both have rocked our world and changed our lives—but nothing compares to the adventure of parenthood—which came about by a rather miraculous little gal that we named Adelyne.

Our Sweet Cheeks.

Our Little Toots.

Our Ada girl…

Or, as she used to call herself, Nine-Nine (As in Adelyne via Toddler Speak!).

And today I present to you her second post that she has written as part of a series about a kid living life in Poland.

Nine years of age.  Our sweet Nine-Nine.

My little Bilingual Gal braving the world and writing about it.  One or two Polish cities at a time.

Hope you have a click.  A read.  And enjoy the adventures of our Sweet Cheeks, Adelyne Marguerite!

Poland for Kids Series:  Torun (written by Adelyne; photos by Adelyne; Mommy found a couple extra links) at Kid World Citizen

And here is her first post about Poznan and Gniezno (in case you missed it earlier).  Most photos taken by Adelyne or with Adelyne (except the photo of the Stary Rynek of Poznan—that was taken by me—her mommy!):  Poland for Kid Series:  Poznan and Gniezno

Now, as Ada says with each ending, “Do widzenia!”

Enjoy the reads!

xo for now,

b

Don’t travel with toddlers. Ever.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a new mother.  Or perhaps it’s because I never travel—especially long distances.  But I learned my lesson.  And I learned it good.

It’s 2am and I am up.  And my toddler is up.  And I don’t foresee sleep in either of our futures.  At least sleep at night.

This is why I write this warning.

Don’t travel with toddlers.  Ever!

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Now, on the facetious side of it all—

I am not a new mother.  I have 3 kids, and my oldest (now 9 years of age) was lugged on an airplane crossing state lines at 3 weeks and crossing an entire continent and ocean and half another continent at 6 weeks.  She has since then been on 4 continents (which is 1 more than I have been to as her 39-year-old mother).

My middle—the current toddler that is wide eyed and not so cute at 2am (smile and wink) has been in 4 countries in his 3 years and 2 months of life.  3 of those countries he has traveled to via plane.  Only one via car—and that was to be whisked to an emergency room in Germany.

My youngest—my baby—she’s traveled a couple cross-Atlantic flights with me since 5 months of age.

And my recommendation stands:  Don’t travel with toddlers.  Ever.

Seriously.

Sleeping solutions used to pour down his throat?

Nope.  No good.

Keeping the devil (I mean angel) up all day so he’ll sleep all night?

Fail.

Bribery?

Threatening?

TV?

Nothing puts the kid to sleep.

Not even mommy’s weeping and gnashing of teeth.

And so I lug on—sleepless.  Wild-eyed.  Crying.

Worse than the toddler.

Leaving my husband to pick up all pieces of the house—and the three kids.  And the three dogs.  And the water turtle.  And the chameleon.

And the dishes.  And the laundry.  And the mess the little toddler tornados make every other second.

Wait.

Perhaps this isn’t so bad after all—for me?

A little late night TV to myself.  A little late-night snacking.  A little mid-morning nap.  A little no-cleaning????

And a hubby that runs ragged after everything appreciating me more and more with each passing moment.

I was wrong.  I take it back.

Travel with toddlers.

And then use them as your excuse to stay up late.  Sleep in.  And do nothing!

It’s like living the Mother’s Day Every Day dream, my friends!

Bon voyage!  And don’t forget the baby!

To The Mom of the Child That Constantly Runs around in Public Naked…

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Did you ever see that child?  You know—the one in public NAKED as the day he was born?  Except it’s been a few years since he was born.

I have seen that kid around town A LOT lately.

He’s naked at the nearby lake.

He’s naked at the school playground.

He’s naked at a local transitional home for formerly homeless men.

He’s practically naked at church.

Yep.  I have seen that kid A LOT—and every time I see him, I wonder—WHY IN THE WORLD DON’T HIS PARENTS MAKE HIM PUT ON HIS CLOTHES?????

It drives me NUTS!

Literally NUTS!

And then I realize I am that naked kid’s mom.

And all of that public nudity is my problem.

And what am I going to do about it???

Well, considering I have two toddlers and no sanity—I guess naked he shall remain.

He won’t go to kindergarten like this, will he?

;)

Father’s Day—all bleached out!  

  
I can’t recall which site I saw this idea on, but it was so simply brilliant and beautiful, we had to do it for our daddy this Father’s Day!

Here’s what you need:

Bleach in a spray bottle

A cotton shirt for dad—dark colors work best

A hanger

Outside to spray

Contact paper

Your children — the offsprings of their daddy!

This is what you do:

You trace your child’s hand on the contact paper 

You cut it out and place it strategically on the shirt

You hang the shirt and go to a safe place to spray bleach

You spray around the hand and however much more if the shirt you want

You let hang dry for about 1 hour

You leave the contact paper on while you wash and dry the shirt in your laundry machines after it had about an hour of drying outside

You fold and give daddy the Best Present Ever!!!!

Additional information:

We cut a small heart in the handprint before we sprayed the bleach

We did a light gray shirt and it did not work well

We did our project with Daddy!  He had so much fun!  After we played a bunch of games while it all dried outside and then we gave it to him the next day one kid at a time, where he immediately stripped off the shirt he was wearing and replaced it with one of the shirts from his children. 

Happy Father’s Day Fun, Daddy!