Yesterday was freakishly warm, 50’s, and really made me feel like spring is right around the corner. I know it’s not so I won’t let myself start dreaming about things to plant, etc. I have enough to think about before spring gets here. B played in the back yard for awhile when we first got home and once I convinced him to come inside I started dinner (I did an impromptu mock lasagna with Penne noodles & the normal layers, it was delicious) and he snacked on Pirate Booty while watching some T-Town. We were all playing soccers when DH came home and B was excited to see his daddy. He then started getting into the drawer’s and when DH stopped him he hit DH, of course this led to TO but it was freaking long. He kept back talking and moving around so I think it took 15 min to do his 2 min TO. He ate well at dinner but as soon as he was down from the table he was acting up again. We ended up just putting him to bed early and he was hysterically crying, it was breaking my heart. After DH got him in bed I talked to him and calmed him down, told him he’s a good boy he just made some bad decisions. I had to go back in once to put him back in bed and he told me he was scared of the red light, he was quiet after that. Both kids slept great and I got in a 50 min Kick max so it was a good night otherwise. I think tonight I’ll do some Step.
I feel like we’re behind on bills, with buying the van and Christmas we’re still trying to catch up. $1,000 for day care every month is rough and I haven’t properly adjusted us so we can handle it in one swoop. So I’m going to buckle down on myself and really watch my spending, only get what I really need and leave the rest for later (for food, toiletries, and fun stuff). I’m also going to put all of the meat we have in the deep freeze in the house freezer and start using that up. I know we have a lot of steak and pork chops so I need to find some different recipes. This should help keep our meat budget down and keep me focused. It will also clean out the freezer. I probably need to get back to using frozen veggies over canned, it’s a luxury I can give up. I should be good on GF flours for awhile so I need to also stay away from buying any more. Bottom line, tighten the purse strings Cindy. I did do an Amazon purchase yesterday before coming to this conclusion, I’m going to try cooking with Chia seed and I ordered some Hemp Protein, I want to do more smoothies in the mornings and maybe even at night before dinner to keep my portions controlled. I know my portions are too big at dinner and I need to work on that.
Results from my wheat brownie experiment led to some terrible intestine cramping this morning and a loose BM. Obviously it’s not as bad as it could have been but worth avoiding, especially if it means it’s damaging my intestines. DH hasn’t been able to breathe through both nostrils clearly (even when healthy) for a long time. He tried a Neti Pot and it helped a little bit but still not full relief and I think he just accepted that it’s how he is. He informed me last night that he is now able to breathe through both nostrils easily, seems the gluten may have been irritating his sinuses also. I’m not making B follow a GF diet 100% of the time though the things I purchase are primarily GF for him. I just don’t really want a lot of cross contamination issues in the house.
I just saw DH's CC bill and ouch, it has all of the materials for the basement and it added up quick. I think I'm going to have to pull out twice as much from savings as I wanted or I need to convince DH to cut a dividend. I should have been more prepared than I was.
This morning has really flown by, that’s always good on Friday! L didn’t fall asleep on the way home so I put a coat on her and we all went to the back yard to play. B spend most of his time digging in the garden and we did find a carrot that was in the ground but still good to eat, of course B ate it. L happily sat in the grass and hit it with her hand, interesting stuff. Once we got inside B had chocolate milk and watched Lazy Town while I fed L and then made dinner. L did go down for her catnap at 6, she was a crabby patty. B and I sat down for dinner before DH got home but he joined us shortly after we started. B had both of us hiding our laughter when DH put his pink gum on his plate and B said “that’s a penis”. DH explained to him that its gum and not a penis but B was very adamant that we were wrong and he was right. After dinner I gave B a bath and started laundry. My intestines were killing me, it felt like I had major blockage and I complained a lot about it, damned wheat filled brownie! I still got in 20 min of the Buns & Thighs workout since my weekly goal is to do some sort of exercise even on days I normally wouldn’t, I’m enjoying that goal. The kids slept great though B did wake once and I had to put his blanket back on him. I didn’t sleep so well, kept waking and scratching, my rash seems to be spreading too, wonderful. I think its hives and will wear a bra as little as possible this weekend, that won’t be too easy since the IL’s will be around. We had a nice cuddle morning and my day has been easy so far. I plan to go for a walk during lunch so I can get some exercise in, since I have laundry, cleaning, bills, etc to take care of tonight I know I won’t have any time to exercise. I also need to stop by the grocery store on my way home, I just need the staples and a few little things, it should at least be fast.
L has been doing the cutest thing when she’s fussing or just talking, mostly when she’s fussing. She will blow a raspberry but with the B sound to it, it’s so cute and makes us smile.
We had a decent weekend. I had the house cleaned, bills paid, and laundry done before I went to bed on Friday, that was nice. DH got up with the kids on Saturday so I tried to sleep in, about an hour later I woke to B crying and screaming so I thought I’d get up to see what the commotion was. Turned out L had puked up her whole bottle and got it on B’s blanket, he was very upset about not having it and I finally calmed him with the option to take one of L’s blankets while he was waiting for his to be cleaned. L managed to also puke up her solids along with water, we finally were able to get something to stay down around 3 and she just did better from there. The IL’s got to town a lot later than we expected, like 2 hours later. We then threw the steaks on the BBQ and I started making my seasoned potatoes. We had a great dinner with 3 steaks left over, I’ve at least been creative with using them up. DH and FIL left for the basketball game and MIL, the kids, and I went to watch Crag play some hockey. It was fun and B seemed to really enjoy himself, I even caught him before he fell through the bleachers, go me. He was cheering and yelling go, go, go! Both kids were exhausted by the end so we left before C was out of the locker room, he did call and said the fighting perch have never had so many fans in the crowd and never such young of fans. They’re the only pond hockey team out of the teams they play, it’s hard being from a small Montana town. I got B in bed once we were home and L was zonked out in the car seat so I let her be. MIL and I had a glass of wine and talked then chatted with the guys once they were home. L woke up shortly after they got back so we fed her and then she had some adult time being kissed and loved by everyone. She did give Maka a really big kiss and cuddle. It was then off to bed.
Sunday I was up at 6:30 with the kids and I worked on cleaning the house up a bit and prepping our steak breakfast burritos. I should have added some garlic and onion to the steak and potatoes when I warmed them on the stove, mental note for next time. We sat around and read the paper the rest of the morning, DH and FIL did load more wood into our pile and then they took B for a walk while I was making pizza. Shortly after lunch the IL’s left and once B was in bed I made some heart shaped GF sugar cookies, they were from a box and very good but I do hope to find a tasty recipe from scratch. I then called W and caught up with her, I had to wish her a late happy 30th and make sure they were available the week we’re planning to visit in April. I then made some really fluffy frosting for the cookies, they were super yummy and we all enjoyed them. This frosting would be great for a cake and may be what I use for L’s dedication cake. The rest of the evening was pretty lax, I made steak fajitas for dinner and skipped exercising for sleep.
B woke up three times Sunday night and the third time around 3:30 I was really annoyed until I realized he had puked in his bed. I got him and the bed stripped down then moved L to the PnP in our bedroom, she was up and happy so it was an easy move. Once everything was cleaned and remade I put B back in bed and he wanted something to drink so I gave him water. I e-mailed work saying I wouldn’t be in and then I went to the bathroom and started puking, though I also had it coming out the other end. I slept another hour and B woke again, he had puked up the water I gave him so I stripped his bed again and got him cleaned up. He looked at me and said, “Mommy I puked.” I told him I knew that and he said “I need hug”. Poor little guy. He slept until 7 and I puked again but was able to get some decent sleep from 5 until L was up at 6:30. I then puked again and got her fed and changed before B was up. We had a really lazy morning and B didn’t puke again though I had 3 more bouts. His energy was back to normal around 11 and I just laid there and watched him run around, L thought he was hilarious so we all were happy. I gave them both lunch at the same time then had them both down for a nap at the same time, it was perfect. I watched Big Love and then napped for about an hour before B woke up. L was up right after him and I made a fruit & yogurt smoothie and we had some cuddles and movies before DH got home. I was worthless after that, I still felt awful so I just laid on the couch and did very little. I was in bed right after the kids and had a great 9 hour sleep last night, even though B did wake twice.
I feel a lot better today but DH is now being hit with this darned stomach flu. He took the day off since we had the electrician come by to wire the basement. He also has tomorrow off and is taking L in for her 6 month immunizations, a month late, oops. I think for dinner I’ll finish the last of our steak left overs with a parmesan & sour cream sauce. I do need to go to the grocery store but I left my wallet at home, I guess I’m making a run later tonight. I have decided to join a CSA for this summer, I think it will be a good motivation for us to eat more fruits and veggies and it will be nice to have something fresh weekly. Maybe it will help me diversify our diets and find new yummy foods. It’s worth a try and I think it will be fun.
L has been a busy girl the last few days. On Thursday night she started doing a little shimmy and I think she’s trying to dance. It looks like she’s scratching her back on the floor but she’ll also do it sitting up. She gets her head cocked to one side and just wiggles, it’s so cute. She is also rolling back and forth non-stop, yesterday she did her first continuous roll from back to tummy to back. She’s enjoying being able to move. She was a little uncertain with MIL at first, she got a worried/pouty look on her face when MIL was first holding her and she started to whine a little bit. I’ve seen her do it when we’re away from home and she’s not sure about the people we’re around but this was the first time at home. Once I held her a bit she was fine with MIL, she did the same thing with Sue at the hockey game.
The kids had a great day at DC and were both in chipper moods. DH was in bed when we got home, I did baby him and just lived through the headache I had. He wanted a smoothie for dinner so I joined him with that and gave B chicken nuggets. L was crabby because she didn’t get her evening cat nap so I ended up putting her down early, which lead to her being up at 5:50 this morning. B was a good boy for the most part and DH did join us for a little while before B went to bed. I used that time to run to the grocery store since I wanted to get to bed early. Once B was in bed I put DH back to bed and joined him, he woke around 10 to puke and has progressively gotten better. It’s been a long time since DH puked. I kept waking from coughing so I had to prop myself up so we could both sleep, I felt bad for waking DH. He’s feeling better today but is still a bit blah, hopefully tomorrow he will be back to normal.
L had her 6 month shots today and it did not go well. She cried a lot more and it didn’t help that one of the shots broke after they had stuck her so they had to get another syringe and stick her again. DH said she was pretty inconsolable and compared it to B getting a haircut. They are both home hopefully sleeping. I have to stop by Target on my way home to get a few more things for L & B’s valentines, their party is tomorrow. There are more kids than I expected. I hope to make the parmesan steaks tonight, as long as everyone is up for eating.
I sent off the check for the CSA membership, I’m really excited and the pickup spot in town is on my way home so that’s nice, even though pickup will be after 5 so I’ll have to wait a bit. I felt like an idiot at lunch today. I thought I grabbed left over pasta but instead it was fruit dip, that’s not really an option for lunch. So I bought a banana and dipped that, it was better than nothing.
We had a nice evening. I made the parmesan steak and DH loved it, he forgot how wonderful it tastes so I’ll have to add that to our menu more often. B ate the corn on his plate and nothing else, he sat there for over an hour refusing to eat. I’m sure he was hungry when he went to bed but that’s a choice he made. I got in 30 min of STEP and then watched a little bit of TV before going to bed. B woke a lot last night and it was annoying, thank God L is a deep sleeper. L was up shortly after 6 and had a nice poopy diaper for me to change, it was rank. She ate like a champ and was ready for the day when I went in to wake B up, he also had a poopy diaper for me, what the heck was going on this morning? The kids have their Valentine’s Day party today so I had to make sure I had their cards & treats ready to go. I think B will enjoy it.
I’ve scheduled a play group for Saturday to go sledding, I don’t expect a big turnout since it’s Valentine’s Day, but it will be fun none the less. I’m going to make poppy seed chicken with the swiss poppy seed French bread on Saturday, I’ll have to make the bread Friday night so it’s ready for everything else and I can get the casserole put together before we go sledding. It will be a nice treat. Maybe I’ll even give that monkey bread a try on Saturday for breakfast. Tonight we’re having French toast with fresh raspberries, mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I’ll also make some sausage for DH and B. I want to get the plants watered tonight and do a quick clean up around the house so I can spend Friday night cleaning, I love weekends where most of my chores are done before Saturday rolls around.
I’m thinking of looking into buying a ½ a beef or bison from a local ranch, it would be a great money saver and a great way to buy organic meat while supporting local ranchers. This will have to wait until I can do some major cleaning out of our freezer, it needs to be defrosted this spring anyways so that would be a great time to give this a try. I just don’t really know how much room 200 pounds of meat would need, there’s something to think about. Maybe we’ll first start with a quarter of bison and go from there. I need to finally take time this weekend to go through the freezers so I can plan meals and use up some food, procrastination needs to take a back seat this weekend.
I’m finally putting money back into the savings, it’s hard not putting the money toward the mortgage (though I did save some for the mortgage just not as much as I would like). We both want to build up the savings for the “just in case” since we dropped it A LOT with the van and work on the basement. That way if things do get rough we have some money to rely on, it’s just hard to know what may happen with DH owning his own business and being in retail. If we can have a healthy savings we should be able to ride out anything. We have our required mortgage payment down much lower than we could rent an apartment for and there are always the extra things we can cut back on to save money here and there if needed. If I can be more frugal with our food and toiletries that will also help and we keep our utilities fairly low as is so I think we’re doing OK. Other than that everything else is out of our control.
I’m working on decreasing my portion sizes at my meals. I’ve totally cut out my snacks at work and am doing so/so with snacking when I get home. I need to realize it’s OK for me to have something healthy to tide me over until dinner, it just needs to be healthy and I need to stop at some point. I at least feel like things have been happening over time rather than me trying to force all of these changes at once so that’s been a bit easier and a bit more productive. I really want to be down to 160 by April and to get there I need to focus on my goal and make healthy decisions.
I fought it as long as I could and I just gave in, but that's OK. I knew that for this years garden I wanted to do everything from seed, of course the potatos will have to be bought from the greenhouse but still they're seed potatos. I made a list of the plants I want and since I've had a facination lately (since I discovered the greatness of these) with heirloom seeds I decided to check out seed packets online. Great prices and great options and next month I should see my seed packets, yeah! I ordered corn, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, peppers, cucumbers burpless and pickling, basil, chives, sage, and oregano. That with shipping kept me under $27 and that's way less than what I've been spending at the greenhouse every spring. I'm going to start keeping our milk cartons to use for the seedlings and then at the beginning of June I will transplant them in my garden that will be rich with my compost. I know I'm way more excited than I should be but I really don't get out much. I should see if I can get flower seeds too, that would really help the pocket book this spring.
I stopped at the grocery store to get some cheese and brown sugar before picking the kids up, I had hoped to also pick up more tortillas but they were out, I’ll have to do some major stocking up next time they have them. The kids had some nice Valentine’s Bags filled with candy and cards, it’s good to be a big brother when your little sister can’t eat any of her candy. B dug through is bag on the ride home and started eating chocolate he could unwrap. We had a pretty good evening, I made French toast and have a lot of leftovers, that just means I can freeze them and pop them in the toaster for a quick breakfast. B fought eating his sausage, not sure why, but I finally bribed him with a bubble bath to finish up. L was on the cranky side, I’m sure it was from her shots, she at least slept and ate great. B slept great also and that was a God send, he did wake shortly before my alarm went off yelling no three times, darned dreams. I couldn’t get myself to exercise last night, I tried and it just wasn’t in me. I did however water the plants, look through some recipes for this weekend, and tidy up the house a bit. I plan to clean the house tonight and it should be fairly fast. We finally received our tax info sheet so I’ll gather everything together and have it ready to be mailed on Monday. I also need to file, organize our closets, go through the freezer, and do laundry. It would be nice to get some of the closets done tonight, we’ll see how that goes.
The Lia Sophia party has been moved to Sunday at 2, I asked C if she wanted to come along so we’ll have a bit of a girls outing and it should be fun. I found earrings that will go great with some of my necklaces, yeah!, so I’ll probably get those instead of the slider I really like. They just have too much cute jewelry but I am determined to only get one thing.
I just wanted to note a cute thing B is doing lately. In the morning before DH leaves with the kids B likes to put his bear to bed. He will lay him on his pillow, tuck him in, then grab his flashlight and turn it on then place it next to bear. He's such a sweetie.
Another Monday and the worst part is we should have had today off, oh well having January 2nd was nice. Friday night I was *****y, not sure why but I felt bad for DH. I did get the house cleaned so that was at least something. L woke up at 4:45 on Saturday so I got her out of the room before she woke B. I fed her and then changed a majorly poopy diaper and had her go back to bed in our room. As soon as my head hit the pillow B starting calling my name, luckily he was quiet after yelling for me 3 times. He then woke at 6 and I convinced him it was still night time and didn’t officially get up until 7:30. We had a nice relaxing morning and I was able to get dinner prepped, French bread made, and started on DH’s books before we left for the play group. The sled hill was perfect for sledding and we had a great turn out. B had a lot of fun sledding with me and L enjoyed being pulled in her little sled. After 1.5 hours the kids were cold so we headed to the mall so the boys could play and we could chat. We then headed home and had dinner and put the kids to bed. DH and I watched The Rocker, which we both really enjoyed and then we watched The Heartbreak Kid. It was messed up but entertaining.
Sunday the kids were up at 6, I didn’t feel like I got a good night of sleep but that’s life. L has the reddest bum, I think the shots have made her poos acidic and they haven’t smelled so we missed getting her changed as quickly as she needed a couple times. Well she now has a terrible diaper rash and cried a lot when we would change her, so sad. She did a lot of air out time and is a little better, it’s going to take some time though. The kids and I made it to church and B did a great job whispering and behaving, maybe we’ll be able to move out of the cry room soon. We then ran to the grocery store and DH called wondering where we were. Once home L was fed and then we went to town since DH needed to pick up something from the store. I looked to see if BW’s had any deals on winter coats but I didn’t like their prices, maybe in a few weeks they’ll be where I want them. We then went home and I started working on laundry and cut up bananas to dry, they are delicious too. B was helping me and I think he ate about 2 bananas while I was working. While I was waiting for C I almost finished the books and then we headed to the Lia Sophia party and it was a lot of fun. I bought more than I planned and I signed up to have a party in March. I hope I’m not crazy for doing it but what I really want is just to have fun whether people buy anything or not. After the party I gave the kids a bath and made dinner then we went to C’s hockey game. By the time we got home it was bed time and I was exhausted, I got the kids in bed, folded laundry, and got everything ready for today.
I need to put laundry away tonight and hopefully I can get rid of this headache, it seems like every Monday I get a headache and that’s not cool. I wonder if it's from lack of sleep because I'm exhausted. Maybe I can sit and relax a bit with the kids tonight, that would be nice.