I’ve been thinking about my mom and how truly unique she is. She’s a woman that genuinely is sweet and innocent and there isn’t a bad bone in her body. She’s a bubbly blonde and it always kills me that people never believed the voice I do for her is dead on until they meet her. She is such a great person. When she was going through radiation for breast cancer the ladies at the doctor’s office called her bubbles because she was always so happy. She had forgotten that and I think it’s because she doesn’t care to relive that part of her life.
Some stories that always make me smile: When she was first married to my dad she wanted to transplant some tulips and was told to just plant them in the ground. So my dad came home from work and sees the transplant job she did and laughed for awhile. She had cut the flowered tulips and planted the stem and flower in the ground, it was a fast way to figure out the bulbs are what need to be transplanted.
When I was in high school she was making peanut brittle for my dad. I noticed him on the couch eating the peanut brittle but he kept spitting small white things out onto his palm. He gets up and finds the spoon she used to stir the peanut brittle; it was plastic and had melted while she was cooking. We now joke about using a wooden spoon instead.
That story always makes me think of the Thanksgiving my dad was a baby. Mom had been making dinner all day and dad knew when it was going to be ready. Sure enough once dinner’s ready to go he’s no where to be found, so mom and I got in the car and drove around to find him and tell him dinner was ready (I grew up in a town of about 2400). We find dad and he got mad that we drove around looking for him so he sat in the living room eating popcorn while the three of us at Thanksgiving dinner. At least he’s now able to take a joke about it.
The most recent one was when I called this week and I got their answering machine. It starts out with my mom saying, “Oh no, Stan I pressed the wrong button and there’s a message but I can’t get it to play…” It’s then a conversation between my parents until the recording ran out of time. I listened to it 3 times and couldn’t stop laughing. I was a nice daughter and told them they needed to change it.
B is doing so much better poo wise; thank God he’s back to normal. He was sitting really well this morning without the tripod position so I think I’ll schedule his 6 month pictures within the next 2 weeks. Hopefully I can spend less money this time around.
Work has gone fast this morning and I hope to finish the inventory count after lunch so that will be one thing off my list. I’m leaving early to buy some rolls and cups at Costco for the work party tonight, then I’ll pick B up and head to the L Center so I can help set everything up. I’m not planning to stay long since B will be ready for bed by 7:00, we’ll probably leave around 6:45/7:00 so we don’t throw his schedule too far off.
My weekend will consist of cleaning (hopefully I can do most of this tonight), gathering the last of our tax info, finishing DH’s books since I didn’t do it last weekend, and prepping the entry way and hallway to be painted next weekend. That’s plenty to keep me busy, like it or not.
The work party last night was ok, people didn't show up unil 30-45 min late and B was getting tired so after I ate I was out of there. DH had to do some on-site and worked past 6:00 so he just went home instead of coming to the party for 45 min.
B had another nightmare last night, DH couldn't get him to wake up so I went in and helped. The poor kid, I wish there was something I could do to prevent these. He also didn't sleep well lastnight and woke every 1-2 hours, finally at 5:00 I just fed him. I let him play on the floor a little while and I fell asleep on the couch, I woke myself by laughing in my sleep and B was sleeping on the Boppy so I put him in the crib and went back to bed. He slept until 8:30 then we were all up for the day, I'm a bit tired today. He's been good today but hasn't really napped much, he at least has a big appetite. He's doing so well sitting up on his own and without using his hands for support. I had him on our bed and he sat for 3-4 min 2 different times without falling over, I'm so proud.
I have all of our tax info ready to go, baby proofed the house, and have cleaned everything but the floors which I'll finish after this. I want to start prepping the entryway and hallway for painting next weekend and tomorrow I'll do DH's books.
DH has an online game he's playing at 5:00 tonight but he's a doll and took B and the activity center to the basement with him, it will be a nice break for me so I can finish cleaning and get dinner made. Maybe men do learn, hmmm.
Yesterday was good though I hate how short the weekends always are. I stayed up later than I wanted on Saturday because as I was getting ready for bed I decided I should re-tie my fleece blanket since 99% had become untied, that took me a good 40 min (this time I double knotted where I could) and once I was done DH had shown up so we chatted and watched a bit of tv while we cuddled. Since B had been getting up around 4:00-5:00 I decided we would try feeding him oatmeal for his last solids feeding and he didn’t make a peep until 6:00am, it was great. I was tired but got up to feed him and fell asleep on the couch while he played on the floor until 7:30, then I put him in his crib and went back to bed. He was up at 9:00 and DH got up with him so I slept until 10:00, it was nice. We didn’t go to church because they had the combined service and we prefer to not be at church until 12:30/1:00. Once I was up we went straight to town and tried to get some rolls at Wheat but of course they had nothing to choose from, literally only 2 rolls were out so we left. We then recycled oil, stopped by DH’s store, went to Kmart, and stopped by the grocery store. Once we were home I washed the walls in the hallway and entry way, taped to paint the ceiling and covered the floors, and painted 2 coats on the ceiling. It’s really going to lighten it up and I think it will look really nice. Tonight I’m taking the tape for the ceiling down and will tape so I can apply primer later this week, if I can have this completed by the end of this coming weekend I will be a happy girl! I’ve noticed that I get more done and faster now that I have B than I did before, the procrastinator in me is slowly dying. DH took the Christmas lights down, changed the oil in the car, and cleaned up the garage a bit, I let him know I appreciated all of it since he's been really helpful lately.
I had to call our mortgage company today because they didn’t apply the extra $1000 we paid last month to our principal like we had requested. They applied most of it to March’s payment then the rest to principal so I called this morning to get it fixed and since I was able to talk to an American from the beginning it went fast and has been corrected. Thank God for the companies out there that spend the extra money to have American’s be their customer representatives on the phone, I think I may send them a little “thank you it’s appreciated” note.
I need to make dentist appointments for DH and I along with B’s 6 month picture appointment and I suppose I should make my annual, I hate going to doctors!
B got too full on the oatmeal again and puked a little after his bottle because I wouldn’t get the hint and let him be. I’m just so use to him taking 8 oz that when he only had 5 I didn’t believe he was full. The good news is that he slept until 6:00 so I’m not going to push him to keep taking his bottle. I removed the tape for the ceiling and it looks really good, not perfect but close enough since the colors are all very similar. I did tape the ceiling so I can paint the primer but I still need to tape the wall where it transitions into the living room. I couldn’t get the laser level to cooperate so I’ll have to have DH help me out tonight. I would love to finish the taping and then get the primer on the walls tonight but we’ll see.
I was a bit cranky last night and I’m not sure why, I did pull myself out of it fairly fast so I’m sure DH appreciated that. I’m back to tracking my calories, I’ve just been horrible this last week and my weight return has proven it. At least I’m getting some exercise painting.
I talked with my mom shortly last night and she said my brother and SIL are getting along again and that they probably won’t do counseling. They’ll just find themselves right back in this spot in about a year. Mom did say she’s never seen their house so dirty so it must be really bad because we’ve all seen it really bad before. I know it’s a lot of work to take care of the house and kids day in and day out but to say you don’t have enough time to clean the house and maintain it is ridiculous. My house is always clean (other than clutter from time to time) and I work full time plus take care of both my boys (DH is included in this one), I just don’t get it. I think she needs a dose of reality to see how little time she really could have every day. Her birthday is on Thursday and she’s having a Home & Garden Party, she always does these on weeknights so I can never make it but I still put an order through. They have some new stuff so I was happy because I was getting low on things I wanted. I’m ordering a cute “tea for one” set and a tulip candle holder. There was a bowl I really liked (DH liked the candle holder better) and it was a bit much to do all 3 so next party I’ll get the bowl.
Our dentist appointments are next Tuesday and B’s 6 month pictures are next Friday. I was a bit disappointed I couldn’t get them on the same day. I also need to get B in for his second flu shot next week. I think B has a yeast infection on his bum so we’ll do some airing out tonight and see if we can get rid of it. It’s always something.
B was a ham at daycare again; he was awake when the other babies were napping so he was out entertaining all the ladies with his laughs. They think he’ll have a great personality and laugh as he gets older and I know he will. He did not enjoy his bath last night, I was holding him while he sat up and played in the water but he lunged forward and it scared him so he cried for awhile and I cut the bath short. He ate a lot last night and I had to wake him this morning so we’re back on schedule for the time being. The bumps on his tummy and chest are back and I think they may be from the baby oil or lotion that I put on him for his after bath massage. I guess I’ll try something different since the aquaphor is a bit too greasy to massage him with.
DH helped me get the laser level set up correctly so I taped the rest of the walls and put a coat of primer on them last night. Tonight I’m going to tape the trim and hopefully Thursday and Friday I can get my 2 coats of paint on the walls. I’m very happy with how fast this is going. DH was on the news last night because they interviewed him about Vista coming out. I had to stay up to watch that so that helped me be motivated to get the primer on the walls. I looked online at some fabric shower curtains to find my color for the bathroom walls and so far nothing has gotten me too excited. There is a nice one like the one we have upstairs but I worry that they may be too similar, I just don’t know. I wish I could see them in person but the selection around here just sucks.
Well I better get some of these piles reduced on my desk so I can do billing tomorrow, my favorite job!
This week has just felt like it has drug on, it must be because it’s the first in a long time that I’ve not had to leave early for some sort of appointment or because B was sick. I have a lot of little things to take care of, a phone interview to conduct, a big meeting this afternoon, and billing to do.
B was so tired when I fed him his cereal last night so after he ate I snuggled him figuring he’d fall asleep on me for 30 min. Of course the minute I get him out of the highchair he has all this energy and is looking around busy as can be then all of a sudden he crashed on me. It was nice cuddling him. DH didn’t seem to want to do anything when he got home last night, which is understandable but it’s not an option until B is in bed. The last two nights I’ve had to force DH to help me with B and the whole time I’m also expected to get dinner made, it’s frustrating and has made me cranky toward him the last couple of nights. He has been helpful lately but it’s a lot for me at night to have B’s bed time routine to do and dinner to make at the same time. I’ve done the subtle hints with him (B needs to have a bath soon) but it doesn’t go anywhere and B has been getting to bed about 30-45 min later than usual so something’s going to have to change.
I didn’t tape the trim last night so I’ll do it tonight and maybe even get a coat of paint on the walls too, we’ll see. My mom called as DH was putting B down and we talked for about an hour. After that it was 9:00 and I headed to bed. I forced myself to floss last night so I can be ready for the dentist on Tuesday. I’m expecting to have a cavity but at least I can get my teeth cleaned and checked so I can stop feeling guilty. I need to call SIL W and wish her happy birthday at lunch today and Wendy’s birthday is tomorrow so I’ll call her then.
I should not have come into work today; I’m cranky and tired of morons. I received a threatening e-mail from a contractor and I’m not happy, he will be getting an ear full at the next construction meeting. I just need to keep saying, it’s Friday it’s Friday it’s Friday.
B had a slight fever, 99, yesterday and this morning he had a cough that sounded really lungy. It got better as the morning went on but I told DH to have day care call me if it gets worse and we need to go to the doctor. He’s happy as a clam so if he is getting sick you wouldn’t know it. Kelly’s last day at day care is today, I’m sure B will miss her. She’s the one that loves on him the most so we’ll see if his behavior changes at all. He sat and played with Aiden for 2 hours yesterday, I was happy to hear that and I hope he plays well with other kids. DH has to go to Ltown yesterday for work, a server went down. He did leave until after 11:30 but the fix was fast so he was on the road around 4:00. He stopped in Big T to have dinner with his dad and got home around 8:00. B and I played a bit when we got home, ate a lot, and had a nice bath. He went to bed without a peep, he’s been doing great sleeping lately and I love it! I’m so happy I can just set him in the crib, give him a kiss, and walk away. I had a raging headache and my back was bothering me again so I took some meds and laid on the couch until DH got home. The IL’s are coming up on Sunday for a couple hours to see B so I really need to get my paint project finished and cleaned up before then. I taped the trim last night and plan to put 2 coats of paint on the walls tonight, then Saturday I’ll tape the walls and paint the trim and doors. Sunday I can get everything cleaned up, do a quick cleaning of the house, and get things put back to their places. I already know I’m going to be tired but it’s a good motivation to get this completed. I realized last night I don’t really remember what color I picked for the hallway/entryway, so that will be exciting to uncover. Hopefully I picked a good one.
BB&B just opened up in town so maybe we can check out their selection of shower curtains to see if I can find my inspiration for the bathroom. I do best with paint color when I can find something to base my theme around. The master bedroom was based around the bed spread, I painted the walls a dark red (kind of burgundy) to go with the red flowers on the bed spread. I had so many people tell me I’d regret it but I knew if I kept everything else light and with the big picture window we have in the bedroom it would look awesome. I’ve also inspired a few others to paint a room or wall red so I’m not the only one that likes it.
I do need to do some shopping at Target this weekend; we’ll see when we make it there. DH doesn’t have a day off this week because Will took vacation, kind of a bummer knowing I’ll have to paint and watch B all at the same time on Saturday. Hopefully I can squeeze it in while he’s napping or when DH is still around.
My billing is a head ache and I’m waiting on parts from the guys, they have really been bad about entering the parts in and it’s starting to drive me nuts. Well that’s about it, I should stop before I complain about everyone in my life.
I painted the walls last night and I didn't get to bed until almost 1:00am. DH and I watched Talladega Nights while I was waiting for the paint to dry but I fell asleep about an hour in, sleep seemed more important than the movie. DH didn't get home until 7:00 because a customer stopped in right at closing so I wasn't able to get things done as early as I wanted. I did get the trim painted with one coat and am putting the second coat on in about an hour, until then I plan to clean the bathroom and kitchen and dust. I was worried the paint was too light but now that I have white trim it looks pretty good, I don't know why I second guess myself all the time.
I'm a little peeved at DH, he had to work today but I figured he'd be home by 4:30 to watch B while I painted. He calls me and says his aunt's computer is having problems so he's driving there to fix it after work. It's an hour drive there and basically it means I'm alone with B all night for the 3rd night in a row. I let him know I wasn't happy and I'm still ticked off about it. I just wish he would have asked me if I was ok with it before he said he'd go. I'm in a rush to get all this crap done before noon tomorrow because HIS parents are coming over. I wasn't happy about them coming down this weekend because I'm in the middle of painting and now he's abandoned me so I have even more **** to take care of on my own. Typical of him to not think of me at all until after I tell him I'm not happy.
B was great today so I had that going for me. We stuck to his schedule from the get go this morning so his naps were normal and he was a happy camper all day long. Thank God my child is so easy.
Well I better get off this computer and start cleaning, I'd like to get to bed by 11:00 pm but we'll see.
I did get to bed at 11:00 last night but damn I worked my butt off. I got everything clean but the floors, watered the plants, finished painting, took the garbage out, blah, blah, blah. DH came home after 8:00 and asked what he could do, I told him nothing because at that point I had everything but my second coat of paint done. He gave me attitude and I'm still *****y about that. I thought maybe this would be my first paint project that I actually didn't cry while doing, of course that changed after DH got home last night.
This morning I was up at 6:00 with B and after I fed him I started removing the tape and plastic. I must say my paint job is awesome and it looks really nice with the white trim. I ran out of paint so the doors aren't done but I can get to those next weekend, I'm taking a break for the rest of the day. I did my paint touch ups and put everything back on the walls, cleaned the floors, fed B in between, and showered. We then left for Bzmn to get some stuff at the hardware store (more paint for one) and to go to Target. The IL's called as we were heading to town saying they were here. I thought they'd call before they left or at least on the road, not 5 min before getting to our house. So I said we have to head home and DH complained about it being a wasted trip (your parents not mine!) but he still went to the hardware store and got pissed at me because I wouldn't go in to get my paint. Getting paint that requires mixing does not take 5 min, it's at least 15 min on a good day. We get home and the IL's are in town doing something so I feed B and then we visited for almost 4 hours. MIL brought lasagna, it's nice of her to bring food when they come so I don't have to bother with it, but I found 2 hairs in it and DH found a hair in the salad. She must be shedding because I've never found hair in her food before.
After the IL's left DH said I could go to town to get paint and he'll watch B. Oh, gee, thanks. Then right after he says this he heads down stairs to the computer to play games but he sure didn't take the monitor with him. Actions speak louder than words buddy! I'm tired and I'm not doing squat this afternoon. I'll read and play with my boy but that's about all. Laundry is done so it's not like there's much more than painting that I could do. I'm also still ticked off about last night, do you think we were reimbursed for the gas DH burned to go fix his aunt's computer? Of course not, there wasn't any sort of money exchange even though these people are loaded. The whole thing burns my butt and it would be nice if DH would apologize for not considering me what so ever, but hell will freeze over before that happens.
Enough ranting for one day, I better try to enjoy some part of my weekend.
I did some reading last night and since the Super Bowl wasn’t too thrilling to me I spent most of the night reading and watching Stepford Wives. In the middle of the night DH tried to get some lovin’ and I’m sorry but if you’re going to piss me off, not apologize or consider me, and have me end my crappy weekend by crying you ain’t getting a thing. I threw his hand off of me and turned my back to him, he didn’t say anything this morning and I doubt he will. I just feel so over looked and ignored, I’m tired of it.
I had to wake B up this morning and he was not happy, but once he got that bottle in his mouth he was a bit more chipper. He’s such a sweet heart, how did I get so lucky?
Well I need to wrap up billing and get some financial info gathered for the accountants and my boss so I better stop stalling.