Saturday turned out to be a decent day and it was typical that once I got B down for a nap L woke up. That’s our cuddle/one on one time so I didn’t mind. I fed L while we caught up on Desperate Housewives and then we cuddled and played for a bit. I also went through the closet and removed a lot of clothes, this even motivated DH to go through his clothes so now we have 3 diaper boxes of clothes to give away and I added 3 winter coats that DH’s grandma gave me, they’re old lady coats and I know I’ll never wear them. L fell asleep as I was putting laundry away so I headed to the kitchen to take care of dishes and work on more laundry. Once I had a minute to myself B woke up, just like I knew he would. No one RSVP’d yes so we stayed home and I considered taking the kids to Target but didn’t quite have the motivation. DH then messaged me saying he’d like to do something as a family when he got home, I was thinking along the lines of going for a walk or playing outside but when he got home he suggested going out to eat. That worked for me. We rounded the kids up and headed to Famous Dave’s, B was really excited to be eating out and that was a first. I tried something new and it was really salty, I again had the problem of the food just not tasting as good as it should, oh well. After dinner (which B of course dumped his milk on the floor since he kept playing with his straw) we headed to Target so we could get that trip out of our way. B helped push the cart and did a good job of staying with us, there are times I think I’ve lost him and he’s standing right behind me. We picked up two presents for Toys for Tots so we dropped them off at Costco on our way home. I can officially say I am done with Christmas shopping, all of the stocking stuffers have been purchased. Once we got home we got the kids ready for bed and then DH and I cuddled on the couch while he watched the Griz game, I fell asleep and then made my way to bed around 10:30.
B slept great but he did wake around 5:30 and I had to get him back down, he was then quiet until 6:30ish but I didn’t get them up until 7. We had a lazy morning around the house and once we were all dressed and ready to go we headed to the mall to see Santa. B was really excited to see Santa and we got to the mall pretty early so I suggested we get something to drink, B chimed in with “and maybe eat too”. L and I stood in line (the only ones the whole time which was completely different than the last time we went to see Santa on a Sunday) while DH and B got some Orange Julius’s, B was very proud to have one all to himself. He and DH then had to leave to do a diaper change but once they were back he kept talking very excitedly about Santa and said he wanted “candy, cake, and peace (I think he meant piece of cake but we’ll make him sound really good). Once Santa showed up B went into show off mode, he was dancing and throwing his coat, I took this as a good sign. We then go up to Santa and that’s when it all turned around, he wanted nothing to do with sitting next to Santa. I tried sitting with him and that didn’t work then DH tried and we have a picture of him trying to get away, we’re still sending it to the family too. We did get two cute shots with L so it wasn’t a total bust. We then stopped at the Co-op and we happily found some more WF/GF beer there. I was able to get a few things from my WF/GF list but I will have to order quite a bit from Amazon. DH had to stop by the store before we left town and I called MIL back and she had some questions for me regarding Christmas presents. She also asked again if we were going to make it up over Christmas, what part of them getting us during Thanksgiving does she not understand? She then said she didn’t know how we’d exchange gifts (we already gave them theirs) and I told her that we could either meet them one weekend at the cabin or they could come up here for a weekend, I told her to just let me know what will work. Once we were home it was back to busy mode and after B had a very short nap we started frosting cookies. Once he realized he had a bowl of frosting all to himself and that it’s sweet he was more than happy to help. I gave him 2 cookies to frost and he really just ate the frosting but it gave me some cute pictures. DH took him outside while I was finishing up on the frosting and then I had major clean up to do. Toward the end of my cleanup I heard someone in the garage on the steps and I thought it was DH coming in but then I looked in the back yard and DH was out there. I started heading toward the door and I heard B so I let him in and got him settled. I figured DH had sent him in so I didn’t bother to tell DH he was with me. A minute later DH opens the garage door and in a panic tells me to take L, I knew right away he thought he lost B so I told him B’s with me, poor daddy was so relieved and I guess from here on out I’ll always check with him. I used Pamela’s bread mix to make my first loaf of WF/GF bread in the bread machine and it looks pretty good. It doesn’t have the nice rounded top but it also didn’t sink in the middle, I’m looking forward to trying it tonight. My next loaf I’m going to use Mama’s Gluten Free almond mix with the bread machines GF recipe.
B was beyond exhausted and we had a major struggle getting him to clean up his mess, usually he does it on his own or he’ll do it right away when we ask. It took forever but he eventually cleaned up, I did have to take a toy away to help motivate him. He ate great for me, took the steak down like a champ, and then we jumped in the bath to get clean. He was cold when he got out (due to sitting in the tub to keep playing after the water had drained) so I wrapped him up in the towel and we cuddled for awhile. He didn’t fight me with bed and slept great, I praised him for it too. L had fallen asleep in the swing while I put B down (he went to bed a little early) and she woke around 8 so I gave her the last bottle and got her ready for bed, she was ready once I put her in the crib. Whenever she just turns her head to the side I know she’s going to fall asleep fast. I then exercised and cuddled with DH for a bit before going to bed, and I slept really well too.
We had a little skiff of snow this morning and the roads weren’t terrible until I started getting close to town, they were really slick and snow packed. Bzmn got about 2 inches of snow so it was quite a bit more than our skiff. As I was in the parking lot heading to work I was thinking to myself that the morons here buff the ice to the point where it’s super slick and sure enough I fell on my ***. It happened so fast I didn’t even have time to catch myself so my right buttock is aching still, I’m not pleased. I’m sure it’s bruised, bah! DH started printing my Christmas pictures and I hope to have the cards mailed out by the weekend. Other than that I have a few things to buy from Amazon and then I think I will be settled for awhile. It’s a great feeling and I hope to have some free time to crochet and do projects I want to do (like maybe eventually finish my stocking and keep working on the kids’ baby books).
I can't believe I forgot to mention this. L is able to sit up on her own, I can't believe it. B, L, and I were playing on the floor on Saturday and I sat L up between my legs (no support from me) and she sat upright for quite awhile. I was majorly impressed and I think all of her trying to sit up while in the swing has made those tummy muscles strong. We had to show off for daddy once he got home.
I had a really weird dream on Sunday morning. DH had come to me saying he was burned out working with computers and was done with the store and the Blgrd/Bzmn area. That he wanted to move us to Blgs. I was in shock since he sprung it on me but I agreed to it. I don't know what his plan was for work but I know I started thinking about getting the house on the market to sell (thinking this is a terrible time with the loan issues and housing market drop going on) and hoping to get a job with the U in Blgs so I could just transfer everything. I was relieved when I woke and realized it was a dream. When DH got up I told him about it and he said it's not that far off since he can see himself getting burned out and he wouldn't mind living in Blgs. I told him, if the time is to come to just not spring it on me but to give me months of preparation.
My arse is very bruised, it’s ridiculous and I’m just thankful that I didn’t break anything. B had a sensitive day yesterday, he was very huggy with DH before he left and talking with Candy we think it’s from a bit of a lack of consistency at DC recently. When H left M started and she has been gone more than she’s been around. For the LO’s it’s hard on them to not have someone consistently around and my poor boy is having a hard time. I know C held him a lot yesterday and hopefully M will be there more so he can feel more comfortable in his environment. We had some snuggle time once we were home and then I started cleaning up the kitchen while I talked with my mom. B actually ate the spaghetti noodles that were on his plate, it was amazing. I have learned I can bribe him to eat more meat/noddles/anything else he doesn’t want to eat by telling him to take a bite and then he can have more fruit. It works and is healthy, though last night I also said “do it for the chocolate” when I told him he could have his advent calendar chocolate if he ate dinner. Both kids went down easy and I was able to get some exercise in even though my bum was hurting at times, it did get better as my pain was focused elsewhere on my body. My WF/GF bread was actually really good, I was so happy. It was moist and the crust wasn’t too hard, just impressive really. I’m contemplating making croutons out of it since we still need to use up some wheat bread and I would like to try a few other breads.
I bagged up the stocking stuffers and labeled them by name so SIL can fill the stockings for me after everyone goes to bed on Christmas Eve and I got grandpa’s Christmas package ready to be mailed. DH has tomorrow off so I’m going to have him mail the package and donate the clothes. I’m a little disappointed because it’s supposed to be in the 40’s the next two days, why can’t it just stay cold? But good news, it’s supposed to snow this weekend and then get cold next week, woot! I think it will be a good weekend to hole up in the house and not go anywhere. Maybe it will even be a good weekend to bake or get crafty.
I stopped at the grocery store before picking the kids up, hopefully I won’t need to go back there until this weekend for milk. I really need to go through my pantry to get things to donate or use up before our WF/GF diet starts, I also need to go through the fridge. It will be good to be rid of some of the extra things I just don’t use, I need to be more efficient with these things. I would love to sit down and plan out 2 weeks worth of meals by using up things I already have, this should help keep everything rotating nicely and prevent throwing things out. I’m sort of starting it this week (planning ahead really does make life easier) and tonight we’re having caramel apple pork chops, maple glazed brussel sprouts, and beans (since I don’t think DH or B will be excited about the brussel sprouts). They are both new recipes and I need to not only diversify but incorporate more and healthier foods, I hope my boys can agree. B played with L and watched tv off and on while I prepared dinner and DH came home early so it was a nice surprise. After dinner we just played and DH informed me that SIL S was going to stop by to pick up C’s computer (she had DH get him a laptop for Christmas). I then did some picking up around the house, there is just some clutter that non-immediate family doesn’t need to see (like undies in the bathroom). The kids were in bed before S showed up and I started DH’s books while we waited, I multitasked actually and prepped lunch and breakfast for today and paid bills. On the paying bills note I was able to meet my goal on the mortgage for this year, yeah! I didn’t think it was going to happen because we’re now paying quite a bit more with DC and all of the dividends DH has gotten this year have gone to other bills or taxes. I paid everything and looked at what we had left and I decided to get us down to $100K (woot!) and still had a decent chunk of change to put in our savings. I’ve really neglected the savings this year and it shows, something to work on next year I guess. Now that my Christmas shopping is done I plan to really tighten the purse strings on myself and not spend like I have been.
S stopped by and we visited really quickly, I packaged up some Christmas treats for her and then decided to get my parents treat bag ready also. Now DH can finish off the cookies and get them away from me. I slept great last night because B didn’t make one peep, it was awesome. It really is amazing what getting enough sleep can do to a person. DH has the day off and I asked him to mail some things for me and donate the boxes of clothes, not too bad for a honey do list. He doesn’t even have to think about dinner (not that he does anyways) since I have the pork chops marinating. I had to wake both L and B up this morning, they were sleepy little pumpkins. L kept dilly dallying with her bottle and after only about 1.5 oz were drank she then decided to spew formula all over my pants. DH gave her the rest since he didn’t have to worry about clothes. The two kids are so cute when they interact. She smiles at B all the time now and likes to grab onto him, sometimes he’s OK with that but other times he gets annoyed. I love how every night before bed he will give her a hug, a sweet kiss on the forehead, and the gets in close for a nose kiss. She now expects this and will keep very still for him when he does the nose kiss, I need to get it on video along with pictures.
Tonight I want to really work my butt off, since I skipped last night I need to do it. I also want to make another loaf of WF/GF bread, trying out my gluten free mama almond flour blend. DH commented last night that my first loaf was really good and I asked him if he was being sarcastic, he said no it really is good and moist especially for being WF.
L spewed most of everything she ate on Wednesday so DH ended up picking her up early on his day off, he was a bit of a baby about it too. This means he never mailed my grandpa’s present so I’m going to do that today. Poor L didn’t hold a thing down Wednesday night, she took a 6 oz bottle and then threw it all up while I was holding her in the kitchen. I think she even got some up her nose since she was really crying toward the end. We then had baths and had L sleep in our room. I only let her have 2 oz for her night bottle and she wanted more but I didn’t know if it would stay down. Luckily it did and she fell asleep and slept the whole night. B even slept the whole night, it was great. L woke shortly after 5 on Thursday so I fed her 6 oz and she held it down then passed out again. I went back to bed until DH’s alarm went off at 6:45. B had no problem with leaving L and me at home, I didn’t quite know how he’d handle it. L and I spent the day cuddling, playing, and sleeping. Well she slept I cleaned the house and made croutons while she slept. I also caught up on I Survived and Desperate Housewives. We picked B up shortly before 5 and when we got out to the car (DH took my Mailbu so I was driving our horrendous Pontiac) I realized I didn’t have a way to unlock the door. I thought for sure I had a key to unlock the door but nope. So I had to call DH and have him come get us, I felt like an idiot. L didn’t take a full feed all day and we had a rough night. She woke frequently, I think her tummy was hurting, and had some blowouts. She at least isn’t puking anymore but I sure hope she can sleep better tonight.
I was cranky with DH last night. It was over stupid stuff but I think the bottom line is I feel like my needs (sleep especially) aren’t noticed and if they are noticed they’re ignored. He tells me that if I ever need him to get up with the kids to wake him up. That sounds great until I actually do have him do it and then he gets up with attitude and annoyance, like he did this morning at 4:45. I know he’s tired, I am too, but he at least gets to sleep in on the weekends. I’m just frustrated and I’ll get over it.
The Griz game is tonight so DH is going to be home a little early to watch it. I have no idea what we’re doing for dinner but I do want to get a few things done tonight so my plan is to be productive once the kids are in bed, I’m not expecting any help from him before they’re in bed. I went out to lunch with C, we went to I-Ho’s and it was good but it really has me questioning if I to have problems with wheat and/or gluten. I know the food has soy sauce in it (wheat) plus I had noodles and an egg roll so I had a lot of wheat and now my stomach has major gas issues going on. I may be moving us to a WF/GF diet sooner than January. I think this weekend I’m going to gather all of the wheat items in the pantry and put them in a bag plus I’m going to go through everything and check the labels to make sure there isn’t any wheat or msg. I did some major cleaning out of the fridge, threw things I knew had bad ingredients along with things that were just plain old. I guess my own fridge is a great place to work on getting use to labels and what is and isn’t allowed. It’s interesting that there are several additives/ingredients that can contain both wheat and msg, the list of everything to avoid is almost overwhelming. Well I’m going to take back the almost, it is overwhelming and I’m worried quick meals will be a thing of the past for us.
I felt terrible when I left work on Friday, I had decided I wasn’t dealing with dinner but then when I got home I felt fine so I fried some sausage, potatoes, and onions. It tasted great and helped me use up some things from the freezer. DH was very absorbed in the game and B felt left out/ignored. I gave him the attention he wanted though I’m not daddy. Happy news is the Griz won and the Championship game is Friday, I would be ecstatic for Bobby if he could get a Championship under his belt. Once the kids were in bed I finished DH’s books, made some cinnamon bread and got some laundry started.
Saturday I woke up to wind blowing against the house at 6, since the kids were still sleeping I went back to bed and we were up around 7. That topped with a night of no interruptions made for a very happy mommy. B and I snuggled on the couch while L was still sleeping, it was nice to have that time. We also checked out the snow, we got about 4 inches and the wind was blowing so hard the drifts were out of control. I made French toast once DH was up and after he left for work B and I tried to bundle up to go outside, it was a whopping 9 degrees. B had a fit that I put snow pants on him and he wouldn’t put his boots on, he wanted me to carry him. So he never went outside but I did run out to the mailbox since I had to mail off a letter. We had a good day all in all and B got in a 3 hour nap while I seasoned my stone ware and made potato soup. Before B fell asleep for his nap he was talking in his room and I heard “my diaper off”. I rushed to the room having visions of poop smeared somewhere, luckily he was just holding his wet diaper so I got a dry one on him and put him back in bed. DH stopped at Costco to pick up his glasses (finally) and then did the little bit of shopping I needed done there. Once he was home we ate dinner and then he decided to go back to town since he still had some Christmas shopping to do. He left and after a little bit of play time we then did the bed time routine. L was fussy and not eating for me so I got B down (he fought it too) and then went to feed her. She spewed a good amount all over me so I did some major clean up and then rocked her to sleep, it didn’t take long. DH got home shortly after I put her in bed and we then watched Space Chimps, it was decent and had us laughing. I stayed up too late and didn’t sleep well. When DH came to bed it woke me up and I couldn’t fall asleep for an hour, I wasn’t happy. Then L woke up at 5 so I fed her and she fell asleep right away so I went back to bed. Miraculously B slept until 7:30, well he was at least quiet until then. Our morning was laid back and since it was 15 below zero I had no desire to go outside. I finished seasoning my stone ware and took a shower then I started crocheting L’s hat, it’s so nice to have a project. At one point on Saturday I realized I had all of my chores done and I didn’t know what to do with myself, how sad! We did all (except L) go outside when DH shoveled. I swept the front porch and sidewalk then B took his glove off so we went inside. DH was outside for awhile and I gave B his lunch and made sure DH had a warm lunch and some hot water ready for cocoa when he came inside. B took a short nap after L was up and I called W since it had been a long time since we’ve talked. DH started a fire and smoked the entire house out, we had windows cracked to get things cleared out so you know it was bad. We’re going to have to get a chimney fan and I don’t even care what it’ll cost because what we have now is not working. I spent the rest of the day crocheting and made some banana bread, it was WF/GF and tasted pretty good, I’ll try some other recipes once my GF oats arrive. My stomach started hurting so we just did leftovers for dinner and I went to bed after some cuddle time with DH. I didn’t sleep well last night either, lots of tossing and turning. It’s like I have too much on my mind.
It was -18 when I left for work and I’m just keeping my snow boots on today. The high is supposed to be -5 to -8 and wind chills can get down as low as -40’s to -50’s. Brr! I must say even though it is bitterly cold I’m happy to see it. It’s time we have winter and it helps to keep everyone in check as to what winter can really be, it is Montana after all. I’m going to use up the ham I have in the fridge tonight for dinner, not sure what I want to do tomorrow night, maybe Szechuan shrimp. A shocking thing I discovered yesterday is that saltine crackers have high fructose corn syrup in them, what the heck for? I'm really fed up with the crap our FDA allows pumped into our foods, part of me is happy my eyes have opened to this but man it makes shopping difficult.
B thinks it’s too cold out because he wants me to carry him when we’re outside, it’s like he thinks I’ll keep him warm. At least it means we get to the car faster. We got home later than usual, it just took forever it seemed to get anywhere. L had puked at DC and wouldn’t eat her last bottle for them so I knew she’d be hungry early, she at least was happy. Once home I started dinner since were so behind and I made a loaf of all purpose quick bread. It was OK but the crust was too flaky for me and it tasted like I used too much baking soda. I’m having it today in a sandwich so I’ll see what I really think. I’ll probably try it again with maybe ½ the baking soda it called for. DH was home earlier than usual so we had a nice dinner with L crying because she finally decided she was hungry. I got up after I cut up all my meat to make her a bottle and then I fed her while I ate. DH gave the kids baths while I cleaned up the kitchen then I sat with B while he played in the tub. Both kids went to bed easily, well I take that back. L woke up and was crying around 9 and then B started crying. I went in and settled B then took L out of the room to soothe her. As I was rocking her and singing B decided to join us in the living room, he seemed a bit confused about what was going on. When L was ready to go back into the crib he came with and all was quiet at home. DH and I looked at minivans online, yes I know we’re getting what I always stated I would never get but on the practical side I can’t help but give in. He seems to want to go look now and I’m willing to wait a few months, I think I need to let him lead this though so I’ll go along when he’s ready. He mentioned we may need to do a loan and I’m not too excited about that but we’ll see. I would really like a van with a DVD player in it, other than that I don’t really care. I didn’t exercise and I slept OK, B woke a couple times and was out of bed for one of the wakings.
Both kids were crying at 5:30 as I was ready to get in the shower. I went in there and B was crying that L was crying and she was crying because she puked. I got B calm and then took L out of the room and she was wide awake, B then started crying again so I had DH take L while I got my shower in. I then put B in front of the TV and L on the floor in the living room so I could finish getting ready, little stinkers. B seemed to have a rough morning, probably because we didn’t get any cuddle time in but there was nothing I could do. L also threw up the first ounce of formula she took, I hope she kept down the 3 she took after that. It was -23 outside so our garage door was struggling to work again. It will only go up a certain amount then stop so we have to keep pushing the button to get it to keep going up it’s set amount until it’s full y up, silly thing. We’re also having issues with our vent in the bathroom. It started condensing so much that water was dripping big time when we’d shower. DH took it down and cleaned everything but today when I turned the exhaust on the fan made a terrible sound, it scared me! So he’ll have to look at that now. He finally printed out the family pictures for the Christmas cards, I was good and didn’t nag him but it sure was driving me crazy. He was sweet though and put the pictures in all of the cards for me, that was a PITA. I’m mailing them off today and am finally done with all of the Christmas things, yeah! I planned out the meals to make while my parents are up, it will be fun to have them. I do have some prep work to do this weekend so I’ll need to be productive and can hopefully get my normal chores done by Friday night.
MIL called DH this weekend and gave him the guilt trip, again. I don’t know what she thinks she’s accomplishing by doing this, it really just pisses him off. It was the same as always. Are you really not going to come up over Christmas? DH explains that he takes time off at Thanksgiving for them and that he doesn’t have any time off for Christmas. MIL: Well I guess it just feels like we never see you. Are you kidding? We see them at least once a month and why doesn’t she acknowledge that it’s a lot harder for us to travel to visit them than it is for them to visit us? She acts like they can’t leave RL during Christmas. I told him we could go see them at the cabin this weekend but I don’t think he wants to, it’s up to him. I understand her wanting to spend Christmas with us but I feel like she isn’t acknowledging that I have family too and we want to see them over the holidays also. I feel like she’s being selfish and rude with the non-stop guilt trips. Bottom line is, we are adults and she needs to accept our decisions whether she likes them or not. I feel like she’s trying to control us because after all DH is her baby and I think she wants to still control him. You’d think by now she’d know that isn’t going to happen. It’s just frustrating.
I met with S at DC so A and B could exchange Christmas presents, they were so cute passing them to each other and seemed excited. I had B put the present under the tree when we got home and he left it alone after that, pretty impressive. DH had picked L up early since he went home early. I think the plan was to sleep but instead he did stuff around the house, like tried to fix our darned dripping exhaust fan in the bathroom. B played on the computer next to his daddy when we got home and I unpacked my box from Amazon, yeah for getting my new WF/GF cookbook and the other WF goodies I ordered. We then went to McD’s and met up with Kelly & the family. B was really excited to see D and to play, they’re so cute together. We had a nice time chatting and are going to try to get together on New Year’s Eve. DH initially wanted to stop at the grocery store on the way home but changed his mind, he was stating I didn’t have any snacks in the house and that we needed Pirate Booty (he’s the one that forgot to pick some up at Costco). I didn’t bother telling him we have plenty of fruit and veggies, yogurt, cheese, and other healthy stuff. Not to mention the Christmas candy that is still in the fridge. Once we were home the bed time routine started and the kids both crashed pretty fast. DH was in a cuddly mood so we got under the blanket and watched I Survived then headed for bed. B woke twice, once DH got up and once I got up and then L was making small fussing noises around 4:30, I was very thankful she went back to sleep on her own. Once I was out of the shower and my hair was done I heard her fussing and when I went in B was telling her I was on my way, he’s so good to her. I sat the two of them on the couch so I could get my makeup on and B gave her his bear then gave her his Spiderman Blanket, it was very precious. Later in the morning when we were on the floor cuddling B cuddled up with L and patted/rubbed her back and gave her lots of kisses, his love for her is just the sweetest thing. The temp at our house said -19 but the car claimed Bzmn was warmer, it actually felt decent outside too so maybe it was warmer in town.
I need to do some major laundry tonight and I’m slowly making my first trip through my cookbook. I am excited to give a lot of the recipes a try this weekend and so far I only need a few extra items for the pantry. DH said he drove through one dealership on his way home looking at minivans, I’m pretty sure he’s wanting a Toyota Sienna, probably because we really liked the one we drove in Portland. DH did also come up with the idea that we can always have a DVD system installed, that will really open up our options and hopefully save us quite a bit of money. I told him that we can look whenever he wants because he’s the one that drives the POS car. See I don’t have to control everything.
Wednesday was rough for B. When I picked him up at DC C told me that he hadn’t eaten or drank anything all day and that he hadn’t had a wet diaper since 9:30. This put me on worry mode but once we got home he was drinking and eating like normal and gave me 2 huge wet diapers. C had mentioned that M had gotten frustrated with B because he kept crying for C and I think this stems to M’s lack of consistency at being there. B needs consistency in his life and he needs to know who to expect, it’s hard on him otherwise. What I think happened is he knew she was frustrated with him and he just shut down for the day, how heart breaking! He did have a good day yesterday so that was a relief for me. DC had their Christmas party yesterday and B still wanted nothing to do with Santa, maybe next year. We had a cookie then headed home. I did have to stop at Target before getting the kids so that is one trip out of the way. B woke last night (well early this morning) at 4 and when I went in there he was soaked through, so as I was changing him I heard L blowing raspberries and talking then she started fussing and DH got up to take care of her. She had a poopy diaper (this is so unusual and especially for both of them to need new diapers at the same time) then acted like we’ve been starving her. DH made a 8 oz bottle and she took 7 oz, growth spurt maybe? I don’t think B really fell asleep for the rest of the morning and DH wanted some attention when he got back to bed so I didn’t sleep the rest of the morning, I’m going to be dragging tonight.
It’s getting so nice and quiet around here, I love when the kids are gone. Parking is so lovely this time of year. DH is taking ½ the day off so he said he’ll pick the kids up, that means I’m doing the grocery store run after work. I haven’t decided if I’m going to check out Rosauer’s or if I’ll just do L & D, we’ll see how I’m feeling and what the roads are like. I need to check on the snow situation since it started snowing when I left the house, I’m just giddy that it’s still cold and still snowy, keep it coming. I have more laundry and cleaning to do tonight. My goal is to have it finished by the time I go to bed. Tomorrow morning I have a massage scheduled and then I want to make some dough and breads plus crochet, completely doable I think. It’s going to be nice having DH home all weekend.
I’m going to do a vent just because I need to get it out. C has been copping a lot of attitude lately. We were having lunch this week and my phone rang, it took me awhile to get it (and we were in a noisy cafeteria so that’s why it was even left on) and she commented that it was the most annoying ringer she’s ever heard. Well good thing it’s not your phone huh? I told her I hate the stupid songs people put on theirs and I like it, good grief it’s just a standard phone ring. Then I was talking about HFCS and how much stuff they put it in and she comments that she hasn’t cut any of it out of her diet and she’s fine. I didn’t bother to mention that HFCS is tied in with obesity (which she falls under) nor did I mention that she’s on blood pressure medication at the age of 35, that’s not completely fine now is it? I’m sure she’s probably tired of me talking about it (or maybe she just thinks I’m stupid for paying attention to what’s in my foods) but I’m tired of hearing only about her and the BF and their sexcapades but am I rude about it? No! I sit and listen and let her talk because that’s all I want in return, not some know it all comments that are ridiculous.
I stopped at Roasauer’s on my way home and am I glad I did. They have a huge selection of WF/GF foods, things I’ve only seen online. I spent an hour going through things and I could have spent even more time but I needed to get home. I’m sure I’ll be doing monthly stops to stock up. We had a disappointing evening with the Griz losing the Championship, it was painful to watch. I had a bad feeling about the game so I wasn’t surprised, just disappointed. While the game was on I cleaned the house and did a couple loads of laundry, all I had left for Saturday morning was the floors. DH and I then started watching Fred Claus but I fell asleep so we just went to bed. The kids slept great Friday night though L was up at 5 wanting to eat so B was also up. DH fed L and I got B back in bed so we were all able to get a bit more sleep. We were finally up for the day at 7:30 and after getting the kids ready I showered and then cleaned the floors before heading out for my massage. It was so nice but I could have gone for another hour! After lunch and naps (I was able to get more crocheting in and am now finally onto the petals) we headed to town to do a bit of shopping and then we drove around some dealerships looking for vans. There’s one Sienna that we liked but it all depends on how much we can get them to drop the price. Poor DH was out reading the info sheets with it being -13, he’s a trooper. I worked on more crocheting once the kids were in bed and I also made another loaf of WF/GF bread. It’s not bad but I don’t think it’s my favorite. The other from scratch recipes I want to try require some flours I can’t find in town, it’s really frustrating. Because L has been getting up earlier and eating 8 oz at almost every feeding we decided to start her on solids and that was interesting. We initially tried it when she was not in the best of moods, that of course didn’t go too well. Once we tried when she was happy she did pretty good, I forgot how runny we had to make it at first.
Sunday the kids and I were up a little after 6, we did some cuddling and then I started going through their clothes to get the things that are too small packed away. DH got up as I was starting breakfast, it’s been ages since I made bacon so he was happy. After breakfast I quickly got ready and then we looked at another dealership to see if they had any minivans and then we stopped at the grocery store on the way home. I spent the rest of the day doing laundry and removing all of the wheat items from our cupboards, man do they now have a lot of room. SIL S stopped by to drop off presents, I gave her a hard time since she did not draw our names this year, she said she stole them so it’s not the same. I’m thinking it’s something she probably made for us, can’t wait to see. I then had S go through my bags of stuff from the cupboards and she left with 4 grocery bags filled, yeah! I brought the last bag to work today and have gotten rid of half of the items so far, the rest are sitting in the break room waiting for a good home. Once the kids were in bed I realized I have a night to get everything ready for our trip so tonight I have to prep the devilled eggs, do 1 load of laundry, and pack everything. DH put B’s drum set together yesterday so we’ll need to move that upstairs so we can unveil it to him on Christmas when we get home. At this point I plan to only take 1 present from us to Blgs, all the presents from the IL’s can be opened when we get back on Christmas along with the big presents we’re giving each other. I’m trying to be more efficient with food so tonight we’re having BLT’s to use up the left over bacon from breakfast yesterday and hopefully this will clean up the fridge a bit too. I made sure the casserole I made for dinner last night would give us enough leftovers to last through tomorrow’s lunch. I’m excited to try some new recipes and really cook healthy for my family, I hope the excitement sticks.
DH talked to SIL C on Saturday, Brent’s brother passed away and of course he’s taking it really hard. I feel so bad for his family, losing his dad in March and now Rob when it was not expected. We also found out DH’s parents are going to visit C & B over Christmas and have had this planned for awhile. So why on earth has MIL given us such a big guilt trip when she wasn’t even planning on being around for us to visit? She drives me nuts sometimes. From what C has said I think MIL may think my parents see the kids more and that the kids are closer to my parents, I don’t think this is the case. They love both sets of grandparents and bond in different ways but I don’t think they see more of my parents. If anything they see the IL’s more often though the lengths of visits aren’t as long because my parents come to stay with us where as the IL’s just do quick stop bys. I’m going to mention to MIL that we’d like to have them up for a weekend and hopefully this can help put her worries to rest.
L was playing in her activity center while I was preparing dinner yesterday and I swear she said mommy. I turned to look t her and she was looking right at me with a huge smile. I said, "Did you just say mommy?" and she replied with what sounded like "yea". DH even heard the yea, I about died to hear my 5 month old say mommy, I hope she does it again.
It snowed pretty much all day, the dry snow that comes down light. When I got home we had about 3 inches on the ground and I was impressed with the buildup. MIL called and I told her what our plans were on leaving, etc and she said she’d call me back later on in the evening. B happily played with a new Lego table that Michelle gave us, her LO has grown out of it and they needed to make room for new toys. L slept for about 1.5 hours so I was able to run around the house packing, prepping dinner, and cleaning up a little bit. DH got home late and since it was bath night we were rushing at the end. DH knew I was stressing a bit so he watered the plants for me before going outside to snow blow the sidewalks. I think we got about 6 inches total and it’s still lightly snowing, woot for a white Christmas. I finished packing and prepped the devilled eggs when MIL called back, at this point my head was killing me (not sure where the headache came from) and I was tired. MIL said they will have L’s stocking in their garage at the cabin for us to pick up (a bit of a PITA but oh well) and they will drop off our presents as they drive through on their way to Msla. She of course commented that she just didn’t know when they’d get to see us and I asked her when they were coming back and she proceeds to say that “We have no idea when we’ll be coming back or even if we’re going to be going in the first place. We just don’t know and it depends on if anyone has any time or is too busy.” She really laid that last guilt trip of the year on thick. I just let her rant and said, well OK we’ll see then. She then asked when we were going to Fsyth and I told her we aren’t going to Fsyth that we’re going to Blgs. She said but you are going to Fsyth at some point and I again said no we aren’t going to Fsyth we’re going to Blgs. Does she really think she knows our plans better than we do? I know I’ve told her what our plans were and as DH said we only have 2 days off, not really a lot of time. That pretty much ended the conversation, all from her I was willing to talk, and I then told DH about the guilt trip. He just gave me the look and what else can we do?
I’m working through lunch and have a chiro appointment at 3:45, then I’ll head home and get the car packed up and DH and I will pick the kids up on the way out. DH is closing the store at 4 and then running home to snow blow before we leave. I also need to set up B’s drum set in the living room so he has that to come home to on Thursday. The roads should be decent for the drive and once we’re at the hotel we may try to swim before going to bed, we’ll see.