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    Yesterday was pretty uneventful though it felt really long, at least at work it did. We took SIL S’s car to the airport since they’re flying back today. They were suppose to come back last night but since Denver’s being dumped on their flight was delayed. I also finally shaved the forest off my legs last night; well I used the Epi-lady. My legs are a bit sore from going so long between shavings but I’ll get over it.

    B ate a lot of cereal last night and he did really well “chewing”. I added a little bit of apple juice and I think he liked the flavor change. When he gets better I’ll try adding some different fruits but I’m in no hurry. He slept really well last night, he woke up at 4:30 am wanting his pacifier, and when I put it in his mouth he grabbed onto my hand for a little bit. It’s so sweet when he holds onto my hand for reassurance that I’m around. He was out until 6:00 am and I got the biggest smile when I went in to get him, so far he’s a morning person.

    Last night DH said he had thought about how hard it would be if he lost me and had to raise B on his own. I told him he’d find someone else to help him out and move on. I was thinking about our will yesterday before this conversation. We really need to sit down and get our will set and we need to figure out who we want to take B if we were both to pass away. I’ve thought about this a lot and really there’s no perfect couple because they aren’t us. I think we’ll list the couple’s we’re considering and do a pros and cons list and decide that way. SIL S and SIL C don’t go to church and that’s a requirement for me. BIL J and his family are Catholic, we’re not but at least they go to church, and they are too sports oriented and alcohol is a staple at all of their gatherings, otherwise they’d be good. My brother and his wife would be good except she has a tendency to not take her antidepressants and freak out. I’d prefer to stick with a sibling but I don’t know if DH and I can come to an agreement. Maybe if we required in the will that SIL W never quit her antidepressants in order to have B . I doubt that’d go over well. I hate thinking about things like this but it has to be done. We at least already have the will software so we can do this on the computer at our own pace, which is slow.

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    Yesterday was a busy day at work and today is going to be the same if not worse. I at least have a hair appointment to look forward to, I’m considering trying something different that is easy to do, but we’ll see if I have the courage. I just don’t have time in the morning to put a lot of work into my hair, getting up at 5:00 am is early enough so I am only willing to add on 5 min of primping. I’ll probably just stick with what I’ve been doing, though it’s been about 5 months since I last cut my hair so it will at least feel new.

    I found out last night that my SIL and the kids are coming up with my parents this weekend so I got the guest bedroom prepped last night and have the air mattress ready to put up in B’s bedroom. After my hair appointment I have to stop by the grocery store and then vacuum, clean out the fridge, water the plants, and maybe even do a quick cleaning in the kitchen and bathrooms. Tomorrow night I’ll finish whatever I don’t get done tonight, Friday night will be one last quick clean and I’ll make the cake. Saturday I’ll have to do all the prep for the meal on Sunday, decorate the cake, and get the breakfast casserole made. This is going to be hard with my nephew L wanting me to play with him but I’ll get it all done, at least B will have other people keeping him busy.

    When I picked B up from day care last night he was giggling up a storm because Miss A was tickling him. He seemed a little bummed when I took him from her but he’ll survive, I tickled him when we got home so that should have made up for it. He ate all of the cereal I made last night so I’m going to make a bit more and see how he does tonight. I sing to him a lot and I think he tries to sing with me because during a lot of the songs he hears frequently he chimes in here and there. I also finally got him giggling a lot on the video camera, usually he stops when the camera comes out so I was pleased last night.

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    It’s been another very busy non-stop day and all I want to do is go home! Thank God it’s at least Thursday. DH and I got free flu shots through my health plan today and I think she hit a muscle. When I was walking back to the office my shoulder and neck started aching and they haven’t stopped. I also have a headache now so I’m not too impressed, at least I didn’t pay for this pain. Now let’s hope the shot doesn’t give DH or me the flu.

    Last night was pretty uneventful. I did get my grocery shopping done but then I realized I forgot carrots and celery, so that’s on my list for tomorrow. I have quite a bit to do tonight to get ready for the weekend but it shouldn’t take me long.

    Well I better cut my lunch short and get some of this work off my desk, I haven’t done a thing I wanted to do yet today, too many meetings, blah!

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    I forgot to mention my hair cut yesterday. Since it’s been almost 6 months (why do I put it off so long?) I decided to get 2.5 inches off and kept the same hair style but added more layers, now my hair is about 1 inch below my ear lobes. I’m really happy with it and my hair feels bouncy again. DH knew I was getting my hair cut but do you think he noticed? Not until I said something about B not really recognizing me at first and then he said “Oh, it looks nice.” Boo to husbands that don’t notice these things! He’s usually good about it so I guess I can let it slide this one time.

    I got my list of things to do completed last night and then some, so I’m a happy camper. I’m working through lunch today so I can get out of here at 3:30, then I’m hitting the grocery store and maybe the gas station. I noticed gas went up 6 cents this morning at most of the gas stations so if I can still get it at $2.23 on my way home I’m going to stop in before it goes up even more for the Thanksgiving travelers. I’m so tired of this price gouging around peak travel times, just more motivation to get a car with really good gas mileage when we buy a new one. When I get home I need to set up the second air mattress in B’s room, make the cake, and get the food out of the freezer. This weekend should be really fun and since SIL isn’t bringing their dog up, yeah, I won’t have to de-hair my house on Sunday. That’s the only upside to my brother not coming up, not that I don’t like their dog I just don’t like cleaning up afterwards.

    B is a little backed up from the rice cereal, poor kid. Last night I fed him 2 T of cereal mixed with a little formula and lot of apple juice. He ate it all up so I think I’m going to increase the amount of cereal and see how he does. He prefers the cereal to be a bit on the thicker side so that’s progress, we’ll be able to do veggies soon and that’s exciting but scary too. He thinks he can now sit up so he’s trying to pull his upper body up and it’s pretty darn cute. He’s also at the standing stage (with help of course) and last night he would lift one leg then the other as if he was trying to walk to the stuff he was looking at. He’s such a doll; I could just eat him up!

    For a report on my self improvements I have been really good at not blowing up about things or at moronic drivers. My voice level has remained low and calm and the cuss words are mostly out of my vocabulary. I’ve had a few slip ups but they’ve been minor and I’ve kept my middle finger to myself. I’m very happy with my progress and I hope that I can keep it up. I have done absolutely nothing to start my exercise routine and I don’t see it starting before Thanksgiving, so the new goal (after putting this off for 3 weeks) is to start the Monday after Thanksgiving. At least I’ve improved something.

    We did receive the check for the damages to our car on Monday so thank God that’s over with. We’re still waiting for the replacement part for the oven to arrive but since it’s aesthetic it’s not hindering my cooking options and I can be patient, don’t really have an option. DH called to get an electrician in to put new lights in our kitchen (haven’t had a working light in the kitchen for about 2 months now but a small recessed light has been doing the job) and in the stairwell. The guy we use is booked until January but he does a good job so we’re going to wait, more patience practice.

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    What a crazy weekend, I was so tired yesterday I’m amazed I was able to clean up after everyone left. My family didn’t arrive until 9:30 pm (1.5 hours later than expected) on Friday night and I was pretty tired but I stayed up until about 12:30 talking with my dad. On Saturday morning my patience ran a little thin but I think I did an ok job of not showing it, I at least didn’t blow up. My mom put my niece E on the counter top and she was sticking the cooking utensils I was going to use in her mouth and on her nose. I wasn’t too please with this and after washing all of them over and over I had had enough. Before this she threw a fit about something and screamed and stomped her feet so DH woke up, she’s definitely in the terrible two’s stage. Another issue with her was that she kept putting B’s pacifiers in her mouth (she was coughing a little so I really didn’t want to share germs) so I made my mom find all of the pacifiers and clean them all since she didn’t know which one was in E’s mouth and which ones weren’t. Serenity now!

    After everyone ate and got dressed we headed to town to do a bit of shopping and to feed the ducks at the duck pond. Those little buggers get aggressive if you don’t give them bread fast enough. DH and B stayed home to watch the rivalry game and finally the Griz won again so that made DH happy. When we got home I played some with my nephew L and E and then spent the rest of the day in the kitchen prepping for Sunday’s meal and Saturday’s dinner. I was finally able to sit and relax at 9:00 pm. I ended up doing everything myself even though my mom offered to help; SIL W didn’t really offer but I expected that. It’s just easier sometimes to do things yourself and that was basically my weekend in a nutshell. I was constantly cleaning in the kitchen and cooking (water puddles and crumbs drive me crazy on my counters and I kept finding them everywhere) along with constantly cleaning/picking up the rest of the house. I’m normally not this bad but since I was having a nice dinner with people over at the end of their stay I had to keep up on cleaning so the house wasn’t a mess for B’s dedication lunch. DH did help me quite a bit and I couldn’t stop saying thank you to him last night. He’s so good to me, I don’t know what I did to deserve such a great guy. Once I had all of the food ready for Sunday (the cake turned out ok, it didn’t look quite like I wanted but it tasted good) we watched Monster House. It was too scary for L so we had to wait for him to go to bed and I thought it was really cute. Then everyone but my dad, DH and I went to bed so I cleaned up some more while my dad chatted with me.

    Sunday morning I woke up later than I expected (7:20 am) and got the roast in the crock pot and the breakfast casserole in the oven then showered. E pooped in her diaper and had diarrhea which leaked onto my carpet so I spent a good 10 min scrubbing that out (after I discovered it by stepping in it), not sure why W didn’t bother scrubbing it but when their dog puked grass on the carpet and peed in the basement and on B’s car seat (while he was still in it) last time they were up she didn’t scrub those either. Another thing that bothered me was when W put E on my kitchen counter to cut her bangs (I’m not a big fan of hair in my kitchen either), well E kept throwing a fit from the hair falling on her face so my mom grabbed a kitchen towel to cover her eyes while they trimmed her bangs. I was fine with this until my mom hangs the towel back on the oven after it had hair on it. That didn’t stay there long and apparently I was the only one practicing common sense or at least anal retentiveness. I’m glad I gave myself plenty of time to get ready without having to rush and we made it to church a bit early but at least we got a pew for all of us to fit in.

    The dedication was nice and simple and luckily it was done right away because B passed out afterwards and didn’t wake until we left. Lunch went really well (all that hard work paid off) and was ready to go 30 min after we got back from church so I was happy. My family left right after we ate and MIL & FIL stayed another 45 min then took off also. As soon as everyone was out the door I finished cleaning up from our lunch, organized and started laundry, and held B since I hadn’t spent any time with him all weekend. He was beat and slept a lot yesterday but I got some snuggle time in. I feel like the weekend just went too fast and that I didn’t really get to spend quality time with my mom. I expected this since it’s usually the case when my brother’s family is around during our visits. I love my brother and his family but sometimes I need time with just my parents.

    DH and I watched Cars last night, it wasn’t as good as I expected but that’s the way it goes. I did like it just not as much as I thought I would. B puked up close to his whole bottle and luckily I saw it coming and was able to get him to puke on a blanket rather than the couch or carpet. It was an absolute mess. I thought he was going to wake up at 3:00 am and want food but he was out until about 4:50 and then he just wanted a pacifier and slept until I got him a little after 6:00.

    I started gathering and packing things we need to take with us over Thanksgiving, I can’t believe we’re leaving in 2 days and I have a ton to do the next couple nights. I have to finish laundry tonight and buy eggs for the devilled eggs I’m supplying (I’m making 2 dozen so I have a lot of boiling to do!). Tuesday night I’ll have to finish packing and boil the eggs. Wednesday we’re leaving after I get home from my eye doctor appointment. We’re having a 45th wedding anniversary dinner for MIL & FIL on Wednesday, at least now we can stay home over New Year’s hopefully. We’ll be at the cabin through Friday morning then we’re driving 5 hours to JH to meet up with M & J. I am really looking forward to that and I hope B does ok traveling that much, I’m sure he’ll be fine since he likes to sleep in the car and I’ll sit in back with him if he needs some attention. I figure this should be easier on him than when we flew so it should be a breeze. He’s such a good baby. Well that’s enough babbling for the day.

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    All the laundry is done so tonight I have to pack everything up so we’re ready to go tomorrow afternoon and I have to get the devilled eggs ready for the trip. It is so quiet around here with all of the people that are taking time off and tomorrow will be even more so. It makes it hard to stick around and work when everyone’s gone.

    B has slept really well the last couple nights. Sunday night he woke at 4:50 am to get his pacifier and this morning he woke at 5:01 am for the pacifier. DH thinks he knows when I get up and that’s why he sleeps until around 5:00. I thought maybe exhaustion from the weekend had something to do with it but it could also be from him eating so much cereal (3T now and I’m going to try 4T tonight) in the evening. Either way I’ll take it happily.

    I have several meetings today, including the dreaded weekly meeting with my boss, and I need to get out to our storage shed in between to organize some of our parts so I better get back to being productive.

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    We are packed and ready to start our Thanksgiving vacation! I do have a few last minute things to throw together but we should be able to hit the road at 4:30, then I can feed B at the cabin at 5:30 and we have dinner reservations for the 45th anniversary at 6:30. Not sure how getting B to sleep will work but it’s going to be a go with the flow kind of weekend.

    SIL S asked me to bring my crochet stuff so I can teach her, that will be fun but I’m sure I’m rusty since I haven’t crocheted anything for over a year. I really need to get back into my hobbies of crocheting, scrap booking, and quilting. That would mean less TV time and that’s always good.

    Well I better get some of this stuff off my desk so I’m not burdened on Monday, woo hoo to Thanksgiving!

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    Thanksgiving break was really nice, pukey and poopy but nice. Wednesday we left, after DH doddled some, mostly on time and we just went straight to the restaurant where we had the 45th Anniversary dinner so we could feed B oatmeal before the meal. Everyone showed up and B finally met his Uncle B for the first time, it was about time since he works in our area. When we fed B his bottle at the restaurant he ended up puking most of it up on my sweater so that was fun. The food was good and we were sneaky and covered the bill before everyone showed up so FIL couldn’t try to pay, he threw a little fit but not as big as he’s done before. I had a hard time keeping people from peaking on B and bothering him while he was trying to fall asleep in his car seat, so he didn’t fully sleep until about 9:00pm. We stayed at the hotel in RP, it has an old time theme and is pretty cute. I was annoyed with everyone bothering B and ignoring me when I told them to let him be so I was a bit cranky when I went to bed. I’m also tired of FIL talking about giving B things like ice cream and whipped cream; he does this every time we see them. I’m not sure if he’s serious or not and it makes me not trust leaving him alone with B because I don’t feel like he’ll listen to my requests and I really don’t feel like he respects the decisions we make as parents. It’s like he thinks he knows all because he’s raised kids but he needs to remember that #1 things have changed since he’s raised kids and #2 B is not his child to make these decisions for. I also don’t feel like he respects me just from conversations we’ve had where we’ve differed on opinions; I’m very opinionated and don’t back down without a fight especially when I know I’m right. I’m probably being too sensitive but it’s hard to forget comments that make you feel like you’re some stupid youngster and what you think can’t be correct. I think his “go with the masses and don’t think for yourself” mentality is stupid but I don’t tell him to shut up. Ok, rant is over.

    Thanksgiving Day was gorgeous when we got up but the wind picked up and gave a chill pretty fast. We slept in as much as we could then dtd after we woke so there is no better way to start the day! After we were dressed we headed to the cabin and hung out with the family and helped prep some of the food. We headed to DH’s aunt’s house at 2:00 and hung out with them until the food was ready. I was disappointed because there weren’t any mashed potatoes or gravy and that’s a staple at Thanksgiving. After we had pie B was getting sleepy so we headed back to the hotel to get him to bed. B slept a lot during the day because he didn’t get to bed on time the night before and I know MIL was put off by it but I’m not going to make my baby be sleep deprived and cranky because she wants to see him more. We did the oatmeal/formula mix that night and B puked on DH and the floor so we’re not sure if the oatmeal’s filling him up more so he can’t take as much formula and pukes up the excess or if his body isn’t handling the oatmeal and that’s why he’s getting sick. This never happened with the rice cereal. He didn’t puke after we fed him oatmeal in the mornings and more time lapsed between the morning cereal and his next bottle so we’re not sure what’s going on. We decided to cut out all cereal until we get back from vacation and then do the rice only for a while. When B was down for the night we had some time to burn before everyone else got to the hotel (we play poker in the bar downstairs and keep a tab of what we take from the bar since it’s closed for Thanksgiving, got to love small towns) so we dtd again before the family showed up. I played poker with the girls and won $1.90 (woo!) and DH played with the serious table (the guys) and lost out after about an hour.

    Friday morning we were out of the hotel by 9:45am and headed to the cabin to see the rest of the family before we left for JH. MIL knew we were leaving at 11:00am and when we started to say goodbye she commented that she didn’t even get to hold B. He was awake and available so I’m not sure what she wanted from me. She also asked if they could keep him while we went to JH and there is no way I am going to be 5 hours away from him the first time we leave for the weekend. DH said no so at least it didn’t seem like it was only coming from me, not that they gave us any time to discuss it in private. It took us about 5 hours to get to JH, there were a few icy spots on the road near WY and in the park and we saw 2 bad accidents which looked like they were from the icy spots. Outside of Ashton on a very curvy and hilly farm road (it made DH lose his stomach a few times) B puked all over himself and the car seat so we had to pull over and do some major clean up. The poor kid was very upset and I think it was because the formula had been in his tummy long enough to get the acidic smell and I’m sure it burned his nostrils. Then he had a dirty diaper and at this point his poo was really runny so that was extra fun for me. We then hit the Teton pass and it was snow packed and icy and at a 10% grade it was very slow going on the way down, thank God for 1st gear. Once we got to JH we met up with M & J and did some strolling down town. During dinner B was really tired and cranky so we had to cut it short and head back to the hotel where we got him down and then hit the hot tub. It was at least a relaxing end to the day.

    Saturday we slept in a little bit and had our only puke free day, it was great though there was plenty of runny poo to make up for it. We shopped a little and bought FIL’s Christmas present (finally done with this so now I just need to wrap his and DH’s and I’m finished) and picked up a few birthday presents for some people. We spent the afternoon relaxing at the hotel, went out to eat for dinner, and hit the hot tub after B was sleeping. Then we chatted at M & J’s room until about 12:30am and hit the hay. B woke up around 3:30 and had a poopy diaper so I changed him and then a major stomach ache/cramp hit me and I had to wake DH so he could put B back into the crib. I don’t know what caused it but it sucked and luckily it was gone when I woke up on Sunday.

    We got up earlier on Sunday and started getting our gear packed up and in the car. B puked on DH and the hotel room floor that morning so we were both in crabby moods for most of the day. DH also didn’t feel good and I think we all caught a stomach bug since none of us were feeling 100%. We left JH around 11:00 and made great time home, the roads were pretty much clear the whole way so we were home by 4:00. I did laundry, put things away, and sat on my bum. B wanted to be held most of the evening and had a little bit of a hard time falling asleep but once he was out he slept hard last night.

    Now it’s back to work and the daily grind, not necessarily a bad thing either. I’m hoping to get our tree put up this week then we can save the weekend for Christmas baking and putting the lights on the house. We’re suppose to get snow the next couple of days, maybe 2-5” and that would be great, hopefully it stays around if it does come. We do at least have snow covering the ground and we had a great surprise when we got home yesterday, someone shoveled our sidewalks and driveway for us but I’m not sure who. Hopefully I can find out so I can thank them.

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    We got about 1.5 inches of snow last night and it’s a cold one out there. It was -3 when I came into work and the high is single digits. Its funny how some times the cold just bites in and I can’t warm up but other times it hardly bothers me. Today is a hardly bothers me so that’s good.

    B did a lot of laughing at day care yesterday so even though he didn’t eat much at least he was happy. I hope his appetite increases today and that his tummy starts feeling better, I sure don’t want to see him lose any weight over this. He ate a lot before bed last night and didn’t stir until 5:15 and didn’t fully wake until 6:15, I hope that keeps up. Once he starts feeling better I’m going to work on getting him out of the habit of being wrapped tight while he sleeps. First I’ll try the looser blanket each night approach and then if need be we’ll CIO, I’ll have to reserve that for a weekend though. I put him on his tummy last night and he pushed up with one arm and rolled over. He only did it once and I’m not sure if it was just a fluke because of how he was put down. Either way I cheered for him and hopefully he’ll do it again tonight.

    Day care is offering (at extra charge of course) to take kids for the next 3 Friday nights from 6:00-11:00 pm. DH and I are going to use one night to go to a movie and another night for his stores Christmas party. I’m really looking forward to going to a theatre and having a “date” with DH without B in tow.

    Well I have a ton to do today and meetings to prepare for so I’m off.

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    I forgot to mention that on Saturday B had his first bath in the big tub. We laid him down and he kicked his feet and startled himself with the sound and the water droplets. Then he realized it was fun and he splashed with his feet the whole time, it was so cute. We’ve been trying to teach him to blow raspberries and he’s been watching us closely and trying really hard to blow them. Last night we were practicing again so I got the video recorder out and he was trying and then succeeded, I’m glad I got it on camera. We didn’t wrap his arms up last night and he fell asleep fine but woke first at 2:30 then at 4:00 and we had to wrap him up to get some sleep. I was not happy with DH when he picked B up, he wasn’t crying inconsolably so I’m not sure why he took him out of the crib. Oh well I suppose I shouldn’t complain when he at least gets up with him but I am so tired it’s hard not to be cranky.

    It’s still cold today, -4 when I came into work, but it’s suppose to warm to the teens tomorrow. DH and I shoveled the driveway and sidewalks last night, we didn’t have a whole lot to do since he shoveled everything while it was still snowing to make it easier on us last night. I just want the snow to stick around and keep everything white and pretty, here’s hoping.

    B ate really well this morning and did better yesterday at day care. He had a really runny diaper last night when we got home so he still has a bit of a bug but I think he’s getting better, poor little fella. I need to motivate myself tonight to get organized for finishing up my Christmas to-do list this weekend. I’m not sure why I’m procrastinating, maybe because I’m exhausted.

    Another busy day and 2 meetings back to back so I best be going.

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