Friday nights seem to be rough for us, both kids were whiny from the moment I picked them up and it wore on me big time. Didn’t help that I had a horrid headache but by the time DH got home I was over it all. I did get the house cleaned and got to bed at a decent time so the night wasn’t a total waste. Saturday L woke up at 6 and I was able to get her back in bed after going potty and then B was up but DH got out of bed so I slept until 8, it was nice! We had a couple inches of snow and had a lazy morning. Picked up some groceries, watched the football game (Griz devoured them!), made PB balls, chocolate covered cherries, and fudge. We opted for some pizza for dinner and had a movie night. I went to bed early on because I wanted to give getting us to church another try.
Sunday I woke to the neighbors dogs barking and it woke the kids up also because I heard them shortly after the dogs shut up. I got the kids dressed and sat down to breakfast then showered and busted us around to get out the door on time. The kids sat still at first and then it went downhill, I was so embarrassed by their constant movement and disregard for anything we said. We got on them on the drive to town to run our errands and then their behavior wasn’t any better in Costco. I did the Target trip by myself but only got what I needed since they were in the car waiting. My last stop wasn’t even open yet and I was mad that my plans for the day had been thrown out the window by two ill behaved kids. Once home I started laundry, L helped me make kringla, I made granola bars, and did DH’s books. It was a day of chores but it’s nice to have thing taken care of. I did get in a STEP/weights workout and overall my food wasn’t terrible, much better than I’ve been doing on the weekends.
Tonight I want to get a start on packing clothes and food/cooking stuff for Thanksgiving, boil the eggs, and get in a MMA workout. I have my food planned out and hope to get a great weigh-in tomorrow. With a busy week ahead there’s no slacking at all these next two nights.
Today is going to be long because I can’t wait to get my Thanksgiving break started! Monday my knee popped while at work and it was a bit tender but I pushed through a MMA boxing workout, Tuesday I was paying for it a little bit and had to skip my Hiit workout since the intensity would be too much. I did get in some Yoga and was able to do most of what I needed. I’m ready for our trip to RP, clothes are packed, food and cooking stuff is packed, and I’m ready to relax (hopefully I can). I’m working through lunch so I’ll get the kids a bit early and then meet DH at home to load the car and hit the road. We’ll have dinner at the cabin and are staying at the guest house, at least that’s what we’re banking on. My food is planned for the day so no snacking for me on the stuff I know MIL will have out. Not sure when dinner is but I’ll get my finishing touches wrapped up and also plan to get a walk in so I can burn off some calories. I am planning to keep my portions under control and get lots of water so I won’t over eat. I think I may skip the turkey, potatoes, and gravy since I tend to prefer sides but we’ll see. Friday I’ll get back to being very careful with my food and hopefully keep a hold on the 2 pounds I lost last week. The weekend will be decorating for Christmas, wrapping presents, possibly making the gingerbread houses for the kids, and maybe getting some ice skating in. Overall I’m planning for a nice relaxing 4 day weekend.
We had a great Thanksgiving weekend but I was ready to get back to the grind on Monday, what does that say about me? Wednesday I left 10 min early so I could pick up the gifts the kids made, since I was in early it balanced out. DH was home when we got there so we loaded the car and headed for RP. We dropped our stuff off at the guest house then walked to the barn to visit with everyone and have dinner. It was a nice visit and I got wrapped up in a game of 99 so DH took the kids and let me have some fun. Too bad we weren’t playing for money because I won the game. I didn’t sleep well and neither did B, it was just one of those nights I guess.
Thursday the kids were up shortly after 7 so I got up with them and gave them some breakfast while I made coffee and sangria. It was a lazy morning and after I sucked up the horrible smelling water for a shower, it reeks of sulphur to the point of making you gag, we got ready and headed to the cabin. MIL made some breakfast but not enough for everyone so I was glad the kids ate first thing. It was a really nice day so I watched the kids break ice along the river for quite some time then headed in with L after she had fallen. B was busy with family members but we did get a scare when DH came in and B wasn’t in the cabin. We realized no one knew where he was and with his bike being gone I hit panic mode. I know he’s a cautious kid but there’s a river and highway surrounding the land and he is a kid after all. I was yelling his name and headed down to the river in my socks while DH was walking around the cabin and FIL hopped on the gator. Thankfully I saw him upstream throwing rocks with my BIL but man it was a scare. We stopped by the guest house so I could wrap up my GF baking then headed to the main house for Thanksgiving dinner. All seemed to go well and I had a nice time, lots of back and forth from the house and the car but that’s OK. Oh and everyone loved my sangria, I did too until DH commented about me being tipsy so I stopped drinking at that point. Once everyone was ready to play poker we headed back to the guest house and I put the kids to bed, a bit of a struggle with L, then did dishes and went to bed myself. From 10 on I was up every 30 minutes with L, she had a rough night and so did I. DH was out until 1:30 playing poker, took the big pot of $120 so I didn’t complain. He did get up with the kids and I slept in a bit so that was nice at least.
Friday we had another lazy morning but headed to the cabin and hung with the IL’s for a bit, it was nice to have time with them since everyone else had left. Both kids napped on the way home and we relaxed the rest of our day away. I did bust out the Christmas decorations and tackled that fun. Saturday the kids slept in, it was awesome, and then I made bacon and pancakes for breakfast and we headed out to get our tree. This is when things went downhill quickly. I took the kids into the store to look at lights and they turned into terds. L kept running from me and saying no when I’d tell her to do something so I took them by the backs of their coats and hauled them to the car. After 5 min of them spitting and mouthing off I screamed at them and mommy was no longer in a happy Holiday mood. We did get the tree set up and it was a beautiful day so I raked leaves while DH started putting lights on the house. He had to pick up more lights and I went inside to find L calling for me at the back door, she had peed her pants! WTH! This girl is driving me crazy enough with her wetting the bed still but now in the middle of the day! The kids pushed me to my limit when it came time to clean up their messy room and I lost it, I was to the end of my rope. Whether we put L in TO, take toys away, spank, and/or yell she just laughs about her punishments. It’s like nothing can get through. DH could tell I couldn’t handle much more and at dinner I explained to the kids that I was done, no more yelling will be done and they will shape up their behavior. L fought me on eating and actually fell asleep at the dinner table, obviously she was tired and she’s not ready to drop naps. At bedtime she fought us again, running around and getting out of bed to hide. I kept my cool and explained what was expected from her. When she kept disobeying I wrapped my legs and arms around her and held her still for a TO, she hated it but it finally worked. Hallelujah!
Sunday I got up with the kids and treated them with homemade poptarts and I made the gingerbread house walls. DH put the lights and tinsel on the tree then we hung the ornaments. DH wrapped up the decorating outside and it was another beautiful day so I did some cleanup in the garage. L even took a nap with very little fighting. I explained to her that I would hold her down if she can’t behave on her own and it worked. We spent the afternoon playing with K & R then it was home for dinner and the reality that school and work were here again.
Monday B was crabby when we got home and I’ve been taking a lesson from DH with him and have worked on bringing humor into things to get him out of his funk. The kids got excited when we started wrapping gifts and we had a nice normal evening. When DH got home L said “Gahprise! We have presents under the tree” I love her changing sounds to gah on some words. Again L did really well with going to bed, still not perfect but so much better than it’s been.
Tuesday I was able to get out a little early and picked up some more Christmas presents. All that is left is some for the kids to pick out for Toys for Tots, each other, and the play group and I plan to do that this weekend. We had swim lessons and after dinner both kids worked on homework (L had lots of drawing to do) until it was time for bed. I got the kids down a little late so I wasn’t feeling up to exercising once I had time. Instead I addressed envelopes for the Christmas cards and wrapped more presents before going to bed. I didn’t sleep well at all. I woke when DH came to bed at 1:30, then L was in the room shortly after that because she wet the bed, then at 4 my neighbor’s dog was barking, and then it was time to get up. Bleh. Tonight I’m going to do some kickboxing and I need to work on filing/organizing a bit around the house. I feel like I have so much to do for Christmas still but it’s not even December and I have most everything done, I’m such a goober.
I asked DH if we were planning to try for another baby, he said it depends on when my body gets back to normal. I told him I’ve had two normal cycles so I think it should be good to go. I’ll have to chat with him a bit more on it I guess. I still feel like I could go either way but I know if we don’t have another I will be disappointed. We’re considering starting to move some toys downstairs for the kids, their room is just too small at this point and we want to carpet the bedroom downstairs before moving B down there. I don’t think he’ll be ready to sleep down there for awhile but at least he can have his own space. This means I need to do some major organizing/cleaning again. It’s needed so I can at least know where things are if/when we have another baby.
Yesterday bombed big time with food for me, I started eating fudge and just shut my mind off and kept eating it. Boo! Today I’m really going to have to be tough on myself and just say no to my hungry tummy. L did well going to bed but wet her bed again. I hoped that putting training pants on her would absorb enough pee to not wet her sheets but give her time to wake up and stop peeing. I was wrong. Tonight I’m going to put plastic pants on her and hopefully that will do the trick. Sigh. I did get a kickboxing workout in and finally was able to do all the reps of the last move, I forced myself after eating all the fudge. I noticed that my right knee seemed a little off with some of the moves and this morning it was a bit tender. I love the high impact workouts but my knee doesn’t. I plan to take it easy tonight to give it a break so I’ll do my buns & thighs workout and then clean. Hopefully I can alternate a high impact and a low impact and be OK.
I chatted with my mom yesterday, things have been a little different and I’m struggling a bit with it. Because they are helping my brother out with the kids their free time is less and I understand that but it’s pushed me away a bit. I know it’s not intentional but this is the first time that I can recall that it will be over 2 months from them seeing the kids. Usually we see them once a month but they don’t have the available weekends anymore so that’s not happening. I think this will be temporary but I’m finding myself pulling back a little too, it’s just weird. My mom said exSIL called her the other day and asked if they would come over to her house for Christmas. WTF! Does she not realize she is no longer part of our family? My mom told her no because we’re coming up and she flat out lied and said C had said he didn’t know if we were coming up when C did know because he brought our presents to my parents over Thanksgiving. And is she so moronic (yes!) that she doesn’t remember that if we don’t go there they come to us? I’m so thankful I don’t have to deal with her anymore.
Food was another fail for my day, I need to permanently hide the frickin PB cups that I stupidly bought in the first place! Again my focus today is keep myself on track. Both kids were tired when I picked them up so we did a movie night while I made dinner and then L did my buns & thighs workout with me. She was adorable! B had a meltdown when I told him it was bed time but I know exhaustion was playing into that, he went to bed happy at least. I cleaned most of the house and ate chocolate and had some wine. What was I thinking? Oh that’s right, I wasn’t. I am forcing myself to stay on track tonight or I’m going to be right back where I was a couple weeks ago. Tonight I plan to frost the gingerbread houses together, clean the floors, and do an MMA workout while still getting to bed at a decent time. Saturday is our glass exchange for the wine club and I’ll have the kids with me since DH is heading to Msla for the game. I plan to start my morning with a Hiit workout and depending on how things are going I may try to get some errands ran before heading to S’s for the wine club. I’ll have the kids decorate the gingerbread houses and paint ornaments that night and we’ll probably just have a quiet evening. Sunday is DC’s Christmas party and my goal is to get us to church again. I also plan to do a STEP/weights workout so no slacking for me this weekend. I put L in rubber pants last night and they were huge on her, it was a bit humorous. She stayed dry and hopefully wearing these for a week will motivate her to continue to stay dry.
Friday seemed to go smooth after I picked the kids up and we headed to N’s so the kids could play. DH was home when we got there but chose to stay home and he got to see us come back in a whirl of timeouts and reprimanding. As we were leaving B refused to listen to me and cleanup or even get ready to go. He then started hitting at me and then L joined in and was trying to kick at me. I just looked at N and said I was working on not yelling and off we went. The kids smartly ran home. Once they realized how inappropriate they behaved we had dinner, baths, and bed. I put their gingerbread houses together, put together gift bags for next weekend, and wrapped some presents.
Saturday DH set his alarm for 6:30 and the kids heard him in the shower so they were up early, I did sleep until about 7:15 then joined the family. He actually gave them breakfast and then was out the door at 7:45 for Msla. The kids were good while I got ready for the day then we decorated the gingerbread houses, made a blanket fort, played outside for a bit, and took an hour rest. We then picked N up and headed to S’s for the wine club. We had a great time visiting and once home I cuddled in bed with the kids while we waited for DH to get home. After dinner the kids went to bed, I baked sugar cookies for next weekend, and then I sat exhausted on the couch with DH until I finally got up the energy to head to bed. I did overeat big time the whole day. When at home I ate way too much chocolate and at the part it was cheese and salami. I felt horrible yet I still kept eating.
Sunday we slept in a tiny bit and woke to maybe an inch of snow. We had a lazy morning around the house then ran errands and I could not find a 50<SUP>th</SUP> cake topper anywhere. I’m not sure if they just think no one hits that milestone anymore or what but I wound up ordering one online as we headed to the Christmas party. On top of that L peed her tights (wearing a dress) at the mall and blamed it on me because I wasn’t around. I was gone for maybe a minute in the bathroom AND I had asked her if she had to go before I went in. I explained to her that she is the only one responsible for when she goes and how long she holds it, bah! We had to pick up some panties and tights before leaving the mall, thankfully we were there. The Christmas party was a lot of fun, the kids sang then got to sit on Santa’s lap and get the gift L got for them, it was these really cute books that have the kids’ names in them along with friends of theirs. My kids then ran for a bit and once it was all over we headed home and both kids took a nap. I worked on laundry and some cleaning then sat with DH for a bit. I asked him if he wanted to have a third and after a big hesitation he asked if he could think on it some more. I didn’t realize he was thinking on it. He said he just wasn’t sure and I told him I see pro’s and con’s to both decisions. So I guess I wait and in the mean time prepare my head and my heart to not have another. I’m a little sad about it. DH and I did a P90X core synergistic workout and then I went to bed, it got late fast.
I have a lot of little things to do tonight and I plan to get a long kickboxing workout in. My goals for the day are no sugar and no meat, the sugar part will be hard but I have to get serious about losing this weight.
The kids were a bit cranky when I picked them up and I was going to see if N wanted to bring the girls over but DH was home so I decided a quiet night together would be good. We had dinner a little early and the kids watched a movie then they wrapped presents for each other and the play group exchange. I paid bills and threw together a couple more gift bags in case two more people show up, I’m waiting to hear back but figured I better be prepared. L struggled with staying in bed but once she was down DH said he would do my kickboxing workout with me. I was excited but all of a sudden he got into a crabby mood and it was just uncomfortable. I felt responsible for his bad mood though I know I wasn’t. The workout takes some getting used to since you need to know what’s next so you can move fast and keep up with her and I don’t think he liked that. Once I was done I went to bed, things were happier there. I did stay on track with my food but the scale didn’t show it this morning. My muscles are achingly sore; my legs, butt, and abs are hurting. It’s a good pain but may keep me to only doing Yoga tonight, I need to see what DH’s plans are for a workout. I told him I’ll do P90X workout with him but have asked that he give me notice that morning so I know what to prepare for, needless to say he didn’t mention anything this morning. We have swim lessons tonight and then we’re taking the kids to see Santa. B woke up and said “Today is Santa day”. They are both excited so I think we’ll get a great picture. I packed dinner for them to have in the car and after they are in bed I’ll get some exercise in then hopefully start on the organizing I need to do. I think it’s about time I move items back into the one storage room.
This week has been busy! Tuesday we headed out to see Santa after swim, and B was not very good at listening at swim so we had a big talk about it. We only had to wait for one kid ahead of us and B ran to Santa with his arms out giving him a hug right away. L got clingy with me and didn’t want to go see him so I walked her over to him and once he asked what she wanted she told him right away (throwing in a dollhouse which she already has) then jumped up on his lap. We got some cute pictures and then the kids wrote letters to Santa while we waited for our pictures. They ate dinner on the way home then it was homework, feeding DH and me, and then off to bed. I was a bit sore and opted for Yoga then organized the piles of paper I’ve let build up and headed to bed.
Wednesday I got up a little early and got in some Yoga and it really gave me focus, energy, and a great feeling for the rest of the day. We invited N and the girls over once we got home and the kids had a great time playing, they stayed later than normal but DH gave the kids baths while I made dinner so it worked out. I did a Legs workout and filed. I looked at the cleanup that needs to be done in the basement and opted to put it off, that’s a chore for this weekend. Thursday I got up early again for some Yoga and had a great day especially when DH surprised me by taking me to lunch. I think he’s been feeling the same disconnect I’ve felt for the last week. We just haven’t spent time together and he’s seemed very distracted. Since DH had the day off he picked the kids up and I met them at Target to get some last bits of shopping that sprung up on me taken care of. We had to get A a gift, I wasn’t sure if they wanted to exchange gifts this year but they did, and I had to get some stuffers for L & B since they will be at my parents for Christmas. My brother has to work and W is claiming she has to work but I really think she just wants her own time. I’ll love on her kids for her and they will never hear me say “I don’t want him” or call them horrible names like “b*tch”. Moving on. Once we got home I made dinner and we had some nice cuddle/reading time before bed. L is mixed with whether she’s good at staying in bed or not. B is always out within 5 min if she’s quiet. I got a Hiit workout in then cleaned everything but the floors and headed to bed.
I opted to sleep in a bit today rather than do some Yoga, I may regret that later on. After picking the kids up I want to swing by the grocery store and then the family is getting leftovers for dinner. DH will be busy watching the Griz game tonight and I’m heading out with the girls to Carino’s for dinner to celebrate N’s birthday. Since I’m going out I looked up what I can have and what the calories are and holy cow a 1400 calorie meal is ridiculous! I’ll have to restrict what I eat a bit today but I know what I can have for dinner and I will be able to stay within my calorie range. Once I get home I want to clean the floors and maybe I can get some time with DH.
Saturday we have the play group Christmas party at my house so I’ll be busy setting up for that. We’ll do a gift exchange, decorate cookies, make snowman ornaments, and let the kids play. I’m going to try my hand at some mulled wine and we will do our drive around the neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. Sunday we’ll get ourselves to church and then just relax at the house. Things are going to be busy the next few weekends so a day at home will be nice.
Since things are so slow I decided to have New Year’s Eve turkey dinner and party this year. I sent the e-mail out today and hopefully we get a decent number of people showing up. Even if not it will be fun with just a few. We’ll have games, movies, and a crash area for the kids to sleep if it gets too late for them, though I did say that if people feel they need to leave early because of kids that’s OK. It should be fun and now I can start my obsessive planning.
We had a great weekend overall and it went fast. Friday I stopped at the grocery store with the kids and my coworker got to see how they are little monsters on Friday nights especially at the store. At one point L was screaming to the point that a couple people opted to not come down our aisle, I did get her to stop quickly and if she would have listened we wouldn’t have had any problems in the first place. We had leftovers for dinner so I had the kids fed by the time I left to celebrate N’s birthday and they were pretty good for DH. The girls and I had a great time chatting and eating at Carino’s. I knew what I could have to stay on track and I was very proud of myself. Once home I was tired but spent some time with DH and crashed.
<O:pL wet the bed so I worked on some laundry first thing and spent the morning preparing for the Christmas Play Group. The kids couldn’t wait for everyone to show up and it was a lot of fun. They made snowmen, decorated cookies, and did the gift swap. We had one no-show but thankfully we were able to sort out the gift easily enough so no one was left out. Once everyone left I was exhausted but S & A stayed so the boys could play and we had a glass of wine until DH came home with the pizza I texted him to get. I hit a wall on what to make recently and Saturday it really hit me hard. After dinner we started to get ready to drive around and look at Christmas lights but L was tired and had a full on tantrum over going potty before we left. It looked like we weren’t going to make it but eventually she calmed down and we put her in PJ’s and piled in the car. It was a bit disappointing because not many people have lights up, we at least gave it a try. L fell asleep in the car and once home I had her go potty then put her to bed, she fell back asleep immediately. B hung out with us for a bit and once he was in bed DH and I watched a movie then I went to bed. I was beat.
Sunday we all slept in a little and I had the kids watch a movie while I caught a bit more sleep. L woke early after peeing the bed again so we’ve regressed on that. We did ask her why she doesn’t get out of bed and she said because she doesn’t see us but she admits she knows where we are. She also said that there’s a potty in her bed so we have quite a fight ahead of us. We had a lazy morning and then ran to Costco and dropped off the toys the kids donated. Once home I worked on laundry and cleaned the garage and basement. It was a nice day at home and I made a dinner I had been craving so I was motivated to cook. I planned to get a workout in but DH convinced me to spend some time with him so I was lazy instead.
Monday was back to the grind and B had his Christmas program so DH came home early and we headed to the school. It was pure mayhem but B joined his class with no problem so I thought all would be well. After he stood up there for awhile waiting he started to sit and fidget then he started to reach his arm out to me like he wanted to be saved from the horrors. Once the program started and he looked at the huge crowd of people I could see the panic on his face, poor kid! He did sing here and there but mostly just looked miserable. He kept twisting the tree that was around his neck and then tried to take it off and had twisted it so it was now too small to fit over his head. He started to cry but we could see him pull it together and then he’d panic again and fight the tears. Thankfully it was almost over and once it was done I got up to him as quick as I could to comfort him a bit. He was fine once we got out of there and got annoyed when we were all, L included, trying to make him feel better. Once home we had dinner and then I prepped the chili for the crock pot and the kids went to bed. We told both kids that if they stay dry all night they will get a special treat, this is our latest effort to keep L dry. I did the KickMax workout and DH ran to the store and back to pick up some M&M’s for the kids’ treat. It was then bedtime but I did not sleep well. DH kept coughing and it woke me a lot so around midnight I went to the big chair and slept in the living room. I figured that was better than getting mad at him. When I got the kids up the first thing L said was that she was dry and she wanted her treat. It at least worked for one night but I hope it continues. We have swim tonight and if DH doesn’t want to do a P90X workout I plan to do a STEP workout. I need to pay bills and start packing for this weekend and possibly organize my stocking stuffers if there’s time.
This week has been like the others, busy! I've been exercising every night even through a congested nose on Wednesday, thankfully it was only bad for a day and I feel great again. We're packed for the weekend, the house is clean, laundry is caught up (I've been doing a load a day), and bills are paid. I'm not to the weight I had wanted to be at by this weekend but I have lost and I feel pretty good. It's amazing how I can feel more toned by exercising even if I'm not. I did try on the pants I'm wearing this weekend for dinner and they are a bit more snug than I would have liked, at least I could button them.
I'm leaving work a little early and will pick up the cake, I can't wait to see it, then I'll swing home and finish packing the car then we'll head out. Tonight it will only by us and M & P, the siblings will all show up on Saturday. I'm not sure what the plan is but I hope to get dinner in then soak in the hot springs. I do want to get a run in tonight and DH and the IL's will be interested in the football game so we'll see what happens. Saturday I plan to have breakfast in our room, nothing is free at this place, and I would like to get some exercise in early on whether it be a walk or some cardio. We'll soak and play then get ready for pictures at 4 and dinner at 6. MIL wants to dance but I don't think we'll be able to take the kids anywhere that will allow that and I'm OK with it BUT we also have to figure out when to do the cake, champagne, and picture slide show that SIL C has put together. I was thinking after dinner that would be great but MIL wants to dance and I don't think anyplace will allow my kids in after a certain time so this will be interesting. I'm not in control so I'll just try to roll with it and most importantly have fun.
We'll be home on Sunday and I'll then be busy with laundry and unpacking. I also need to make some sugar cookies for B to decorate at his Kindergarten Christmas party on Thursday. Too bad I didn't know he needed them last weekend when I had some extras! I'm feeling anxious to bake a little bit so I may bust out another treat also, all the things I've made for Christmas are gone now so it can't hurt.