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    B loves his banana chips, it was his requested snack last night after we played outside for a bit. I need to eat as healthy as he does. Both kids were in great moods and it made it easier on me making dinner and getting the kitchen cleaned up before feeding L. I then start making chocolate chip cookies and even though I was nervous about them at first they turned out really well. They didn’t spread at all so they are still the shape of the scoop but they taste good. I think I’ll add more butter next time and see if that helps. B liked the cookies and was covered in chocolate, I took a picture thinking, see gluten free does taste good. After the kids were in bed I lounged on the couch while DH watched another Friday the 13th then I went to bed, I at least got a good night’s sleep.

    We have enough leftovers to last us through Friday so I have to plan meals that won’t give us more. Tonight we’re having hamburgers so I guess I can plan steaks one night and maybe chicken breasts the other night. I’ve been craving Chinese food so I think I’ll try a GF recipe this weekend, if we have a quiet Saturday that will be perfect. Happy news, my boob rash is getting better. The rash isn’t inflamed anymore and doesn’t itch near as much, thank God.

    I am really happy with my life and where things are headed, it just almost seems too good to be true at times. I’m so blessed to have my husband, I know how lucky I am and appreciate how wonderful of a man he is. My kids bring so much joy to my life and make me happy every day, even when I’m pulling my hair out. All three of them have made me a better person and I hope that continues. With my work life, my social life, my house, my finances I’m really content. Things may not be exactly where I want them yet but for right now things are great and heading in the right direction. I truly am content, that’s a nice thing to be.

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    DH went to the matinee yesterday to see Friday the 13th, I suggested he do it since he’s been watching all of the old ones and I have no desire to see that movie, glad he took my advice. He was home when we got there but since he was downstairs we didn’t see him until almost 6, thanks for the extra help. B wanted to play outside so we went to the backyard for quite awhile, we went in once l started fussing. I called my mom and chatted with her for a bit while I fed L and started dinner. DH came up and offered to help but really what’s the point now? We just had burgers and fries and I realized that with enough veggies on my burger I don’t miss a bun at all, that’s a nice thing. I eat my burgers with a fork and knife but that’s OK. B went to bed quickly but L was giving us trouble, I think her bottom hurt so much she just fussed, poor girl. I was lazy and didn’t exercise, instead I ate chocolate chip cookies, way to go me. I at least slept great so that’s something.

    Tonight I need to get a few things taken care of around the house, things that have been sitting for a few days now. I also need to get DH and the kids to do their part of the thank-you’s then I can mail them out. DH is making steaks tonight so that will at least give me a bit of a break with dinner, maybe I can officially get my other chores done. My neighbor B is having a Pampered Chef party on Saturday. I’ve been wanting to buy some PC stuff so I guess this works out though I really shouldn’t spend the money. DH is getting a GPS unit, we really are terrible on our poor budget. I need to pay the mortgage and see where we stand, hopefully better than I think. I’ve at least been better at the grocery store and Target, maybe that will help.

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    I had a great evening, I was productive and just felt wonderful. DH picked the kids up which gave me an additional 30 min at home, that was helpful. I put laundry away, got the rice and carrots cooking for dinner, and paid the mortgage. I then stripped the guest bed, grabbed some tax info, and put some other bedding in storage. B ate like a champ at dinner, he devoured his steak and rice (first time he’s willingly ate rice and he kept calling it packing peanuts) but fought me a little bit with the carrots. DH gave L a bath while B was finishing up then I gave B a bath. He kept having little fits about hairs in the tub so there was a lot of me searching for the hairs to save my poor son. L went to bed early, she’s starting to not take her evening cat nap so we’re dealing with a cranky girl because she’s so tired. B played until bed time and both kids slept great, I did hear L talking around 5 but she fell back asleep quickly. After the kids were in bed I did 40 min of Cathe and I really fought doing it at first. Once I started though it felt great and I got a nice workout. Afterwards I sat down and organized our tax info and filled out the questionnaire. I need DH to get me paperwork on the dividends and then we’re set to mail it out, which I hope to do tomorrow. I also ordered SIL W’s birthday present and hope that it arrives in time for me to send it with my parents after their visit next weekend. We’re behind on some other presents for family but we’ll eventually catch up.

    I set up a playgroup for the MOR on Saturday morning, they have a new exhibit that looks like it will be fun for the kids and I hope B enjoys seeing the dinosaurs. Hopefully it won’t make him more scared of them, that’s his fall back when he’s scared of going into a dark room. B has been asking to go to school so I told him yesterday that he would go to school, he was excited. As DH drove past the Middle School B made it obvious that that was the school he wanted to go to, not DC. I told him this morning that his school right now is at DC with his buddies, he’ll have to accept it. On Tuesday he apparently did pushups all day at DC, they thought it was funny and we figure he learned them from Lazy Town.

    L supported herself standing for the first time, we were so proud and she was extremely proud. She held herself up and played for quite awhile, then she of course fell and cried. She’s starting to get on her knees from sitting and today she was swaying front and back while on her knees. She’s growing up too fast. She loves standing right now, sometimes when I try to have her sit on the floor she won’t bend her legs so we have to stand instead. She loves my necklaces and will get her concentrating look (furrowed brow with her lips sticking out) while playing with them. She’s at least gentle with them and I hope that continues.

    I decided to do pancakes tonight, we have some blueberries that need to be eaten and I made syrup last night so the decision was easy. I need to file, finish thank-you’s, and water the plants tonight, maybe I can even find time to organize the kids’ clothes. This weekend will be somewhat busy but I plan to have the house cleaned Friday night so I can enjoy Saturday and not feel so overwhelmed. That’s all I really ever want in life.

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    I had another great evening, I just physically feel fantastic and that’s given me what I need to get things done around the house and exercise. Once I got home with the kids B and I enjoyed apples for snacks. One thing I started to do to help me with my snacking between getting home and dinner is picking a healthy snack to have before I go home, I hope it keeps working for me. B didn’t want to share an apple or have a cut apple so he had his own and I had mine with peanut butter. B ate the WHOLE apple, core and everything. I didn’t realize he was doing that until it was too late, crazy kid. We had some snuggle time then I fed L and she was super cranky so I put her down in her crib. She fussed for a bit but did fall asleep for 30 min, happy the rest of the night too. I made blueberry pancakes and since DH stopped at Costco on his way home B and I ate without him, he didn’t get home until after 7. The kids and I played on the floor after dinner and had a nice time, then it was the prep for bed time and the last bottle. I got in 40 min of STEP with Hi/Lo, holy cow am I sore today. I’m really trying to push myself in my workouts and it seems to be working, I was 166.4 this morning! After my workout I cleaned and separated the grapes DH bought, cleaned out the fridge (it needed it), watered plant, took the garbage out (also needed), did a load of laundry, and then I made dinner for tonight. I did my mock lasagna again so all I need to do is pop it in the oven when I get home. The Pampered Chef party is tonight instead of tomorrow night, good thing I found that out, so I’ll make sure I’ve eaten and B is eating so when DH gets home I can then go over to the neighbor’s house. Since dinner is already prepped I hope to get started on my cleaning before the PC party, that way I can sneak in some exercise and finish cleaning the house before bed.

    I’ve had a lot of people RSVP yes for the MOR play date, I sure didn’t expect that many people. I am bringing my stroller with the area for B to stand on in case he is out of control. I figure we’ll probably try to do lunch together also but we’ll have to see how that pans out with cranky kids. I have all of the thank you’s ready to mail along with our tax packet. I’m going to work on exercising this weekend and not taking a break, especially since I didn’t exercise the beginning of the week. I also want to watch what I eat, it seems like weekends can sabotage me.

    We have more charged to our credit card than I anticipated, such a bummer. I may not be able to get us caught up this month like I planned and I may need to pull some money out of the savings to try again next month. Maybe I shouldn’t have paid as much toward our mortgage, too late now. I’m also feeling guilty for the LS and PC parties now. I know what 2 things I’m getting at the party tonight, I had to scale my want list down a bit. I also plan to only get 1 ring at C’s LS party, that way I spend almost $50 toward her but still have plenty of options for my own party. Darned me and my spending, I’m the drain on our finances. I did find some great coupons for the organic and GF foods we buy so I’ll be sure to put them to use.

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    Friday was a whirlwind of an evening. Once we got home I threw dinner in the oven and started dusting the house. DH got home shortly after 6:30 so I went to B’s for the PC party, it was fun and I found out B is pregnant and due the same time as N, two new babies on the block. We all just gabbed then made the dessert, which I had a little of and it did have graham crackers so I was wheated. By the time I got home the kids were in bed and I was bummed I missed giving them good night kisses. I cleaned the rest of the house except for the floors then went to bed. For some dumb reason I set my alarm and thought it was Friday for a bit and almost got up at 5:20 to get ready, thank God I realized it was Saturday. The kids were up by 7 so we snuggled and got ready for the day. I had time to spare so B and I cleaned the linoleum and tiled floors before leaving for the MOR. We had a great turnout of the play group, 3 newbies and 3 regulars. The display was perfect for kids and after almost 2 hours we all left for McD’s so we could eat lunch and let the kids play more. B had his horribly filled MSG and HFCS meal and I opted for a Luna bar and some unsweetened ice tea. Once we left B took a nap and I vacuumed the floors and started on dinner. I tried a General Tao’s chicken and it was OK but needs some modification, like less soy sauce and more sugar. Oh, I also need to add a little less heat to the dish. B fought us again on eating dinner so I read while he sat at the table refusing to eat, after an hour he finally finished his chicken nuggets. I got in 30 min of STEP after the kids were in bed and then I eventually found myself in bed after watching some TV.

    Sunday morning the kids were up at 7:00 but I didn’t pull my butt out of bed until 7:20. We somehow managed to get ready for church on time and of course it just so happened to be the Sunday they only had the combined service so we headed home. DH was up about 30 min after we got home and we had a nice day all in all. I did laundry, organized the kid’s clothes, organized my recipe book area, read, made bread, played Mario Kart with DH, and we got in a 60 min walk with the kids. It was beautiful outside and I’m glad we all got to enjoy the day.

    Monday morning it was raining, raining!, outside as I left for work. It’s February and it’s not supposed to rain! It was again a gorgeous day though and I wound up leaving at 10:30 because B had horrible diarrhea and a low fever. We had an OK day at home, I made heart shaped grilled cheese for B’s lunch and both kids napped at the same time, yes! I prepared the guest bedroom and bathroom for this weekend, filed, did another load of laundry, composted, got some cute pictures of L, gave the kids a bath, and tried another chocolate chip cookie recipe. They were the ugliest cookies ever. They spread but way too much and I think there just wasn’t enough flour in the recipe. The taste was OK but not as good as the others and I wound up folding them in half to give them some structure. The kids and I did get some good cuddle time in and I was able to catch up on my shows. By the time DH got home I was exhausted and B had really been pushing me, I know it’s a phase but I’m tired of it. For dinner we had blackberry waffles and I tried another new recipe, they were OK but one of the flours was giving an odd after taste, I think it may have been the flaxseed meal. I’m still on the search for something decent that I can make from my own flour mix. I did get in 20 min of my buns & thighs then I went to bed. The kids have been sleeping great so I’m at least getting a good night sleep.

    B seems to be doing better and I haven’t received a call from DC so I assume he’s having a better day. My day has consisted of waiting to get info so I can bill, these guys drive me crazy some days. I was down to 166.4 today, two days ago I was to 165 so I’m sure it was those damned ugly cookies. I’m pretty excited to see a change on the scale and I hope to keep it going. I’ve been doing well with keeping my portions smaller and choosing a healthy snack when I get home, it seems to be working.

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    It was nice outside when we got home so B played for awhile. The neighbor kids were out and came over toward the end but B wasn’t too interested in them, I think they tend to be more bothers to him than anything. Once inside I tuckled (B’s term for tucked) B in on the couch so he could warm up while watching Wubbzy. I made dinner and talked to my mom for a bit then we played until DH got home. B ate like a champ so we didn’t waste time at the table. DH played with him while I cleaned up the kitchen. I was exhausted by the time the kids went to bed so I went to bed, tonight I’ll get some exercise in since I know Friday and Saturday won’t be doable.

    W’s birthday present arrived yesterday so I need to wrap that and water the plants, that should be easy to accomplish. My LS stuff is in so K’s going to drop it by the house tonight, I can’t wait to see it. I’m doing an easy dinner of hamburgers and fries, sweet potato fries for me. It will be good enough. We decided to have L’s dedication at the early service, it fits in better for feedings and naps and it will help my parents get on the road earlier. The downfall is I’ll be getting up at my normal work day time so I can be ready, have the kids ready, and have breakfast made by 7:45, giving us enough time to eat, clean up and go. It will be fun. I’ve noticed my fingernails are growing faster and stronger, the only thing I can think is that it’s due to me removing gluten from my diet. Maybe my body is able to absorb more nutrients now. I’ve read that some people with gluten issues have a hard time losing weight while they’re eating gluten. I wonder if this could be me, well I’m hoping because that could mean that once my body is cleansed I could start losing more weight. It’s frustrating when I’m eating well and exercising and nothing is budging.

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    We had a nice evening, played outside for a short time then played inside with no TV, I need to make that a habit. At 6 I fed L and put her down for her catnap then I started dinner while B watched his ABC’s. He ate like a champ and then had a bath, afterwards he wanted to eat some nerds so I let him. That resulted in nerds being spilled all over my kitchen and living room so we had some vacuuming to do. K showed up shortly before bed time to drop off the jewelry and party package, I’m really excited for my party and I hope I have a good turnout. I then put B to bed and got 40 min of STEP in. After that I wrapped SIL’s birthday present and watered the plants then put dishes away and cleaned up the kitchen. The house is really pretty clean still but tonight I’m going to do a quick clean, soak some beans to make baked beans for Saturday, and do a load of laundry. I have my list on what needs to be done each night/day and hopefully I don’t spend too much time in the kitchen. On Saturday alone I plan to make monkey bread, rhubarb jello, chili, and prep the toppings for the potato bar on Sunday. I also need to make the cupcakes and frosting for L’s cake and decorate it, it’s going to be non-stop. Friday I will prep the lasagna, make bread, and prep the baked beans for Saturday. OK, I’m going to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m really excited for the bread I’m making, it looks wonderful and hopefully it will be. It’s all trial and error but once I find a keeper I will definitely use it. We’re having pork chops tonight with apples and tomorrow night I’m doing hotdogs and macaroni & cheese, I know it’s not healthy but it’s fast and I won’t have a lot of time on my hands. I’m so thankful that I have my annual appointment tomorrow afternoon, it will be a life saver having some extra time for shopping and preparing things. I hope the appointment goes fast so I can be home by 3:30 to do some things before picking the kids up from DC, that may be wishful thinking.

    B has been giving us a lot of attitude lately, he completely ignores me and after I repeat myself 5 time it results in my screaming at him. That gets his attention but I hate that I’m screaming. He’s also answering things we tell him that he doesn’t like (like you can have that cookie after dinner) with a snotty “Uh-uhh”. I’m sure he picked it up from DC but I’ve had enough of it. I’m going to tell him that response is disrespectful and when he uses it he will go to a TO, hopefully that will nip it in the bud. L is sweet as ever and I swear she’s going to crawl soon, she gets up on her hands and knees all the time and has started to arch her back, its cute. She’s still shimmying for us and even when she does it while she’s eating it’s adorable. I noticed that her face has slimmed down some, it’s still chubby but not like it use to be. DH agreed with me after he thought about it for awhile. I really do have the cutest kids. B likes to vacuum so I’ve been letting him help me, it can be more of a hindrance but it makes him feel good so I can be patient. We did give him his first allowance of 50 cents on Saturday for helping me clean the house, DH wanted to give him a dollar but I talked him into 50 cents. B immediately put it in his piggy bank and once he’s old enough we’ll start a savings account for him that he will need to put 50% of his earnings in, get him used to saving money from the get go. B is officially scared of his bedroom when it’s dark, he won’t go in there to get anything without us turning the light on. DH is annoyed by it but he’s 2, it’s life. Luckily he doesn’t mind the dark when it’s time to sleep, I hope that continues.

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    We have snow! By the time I left work we had about 3 inches and of course the roads weren’t great but you just have to drive carefully and all is well. B seemed a bit surprised by the snow and we didn’t stay outside once we got home. I played with the kids before making dinner and I was really impressed with marinating the pork chops in grape juice and soy sauce. It gave it a bit of a wine flavor and DH really liked it. I did overcook the chops but the marinade kept them moist. B had to do one TO during dinner because he kept pushing his plate away, he ate well after that. I started laundry after dinner and soaked the beans but didn’t start cleaning until after the kids were in bed. I mostly just need to cook when I get home tonight but I do have some finish up things to do when I get home, like change the table cloth and put the rest of laundry away. I think I’ll leave the rest of the shoveling for DH, unless B wants to play outside then I can take care of it then. I’m so thankful for my obsessive lists, if I didn’t have them I would forget most everything and feel really unorganized.

    My parents will be here tonight but since the roads won’t be perfect I don’t expect them until late. It is supposed to get up to 36 degrees today so they should be mostly clear. We will see the IL’s tomorrow later afternoon so it will give us some time with just my parents. It’s been two months since we’ve seen them so it will be nice. I hope my to-do list just looks long and doesn’t take me all night, oh well if it does I guess.

    I did really well with food last night. I had an apple and peanut butter for a snack then I chewed on some gum after dinner to satiate my sweet craving. It worked and I rejoiced a little bit when the scale said 164.6, here’s to keeping my weight down through the weekend. I am so excited to see the lifestyle changes I’ve made taking effect. Diets just don’t work for me because they’re temporary so the only thing left is to make permanent changes I can live with. So far so good too, I feel great and have stuck to these changes longer than any diet has stuck with me.

    The other day we were watching TV and the commercial asked "is another baby in your future" so DH looked at me and asked me that. I told him yes and asked him the same question and he said "I don't know". What?!? Last time we talked I thought we both felt we'd have another one so this took me by surprise. Maybe it just means we'll wait 3 years instead of 2 for the age difference between L and a new baby. That's the one thing I still go back and forth on, I'm not sure I'll be ready to be pregnant again this fall and there are monetary benefits to the 3 year difference. For one I'll have more leave built up for my maternity leave to be covered and B will be 5 so he'll be in Kindergarten and I won't have as huge of a DC bill each month. It will also give L an extra year to be the baby and that would be a good thing and I possibly would have an easier time getting 2 car seats and a booster in the back of my Maxx rather than 3 car seats. The only thing swaying me toward a 2 year gap is that it worked so well with B and L. Ah, decisions that I don't have to worry about for awhile.

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    What a busy weekend, but a good one at least. Friday right before leaving work I received an e-mail from my CC company saying I needed to verify a purchase on my CC. I called and it turned out my card was hit with a $1 charge from British Airlines, they denied the charge and have reissued me a new card since someone has my number. Wee! I then went to the doctor’s office and it was uneventful, they said my blood pressure was outstanding, 116 over 60, and the doctor and I shot the **** while I was examined. I then did my shopping at Costco and the grocery store then ran home. I picked up around the house, put things away, and cut up strawberries then picked the kids up from DC. Once we got home I shoveled the sidewalks and B helped while L supervised. We then went inside so I could start dinner then it was bath time. I started making the lasagna and prepped the baked beans, I at least knew I’d be out of the kitchen shortly after that. My parents had clear roads and showed up at 7:30 so they got to see both kids before bed. B stayed up 30 min past his bed time, not too bad. I didn’t go to bed until 11 but that was because I was busy talking with my dad.

    Saturday B was up around 6:15 and my mom had gotten up early so she was ready for him, it was nice to sleep a little longer but I was up shortly after 7. I made French toast since I had bread to use up and once we were all ready to go we left to run some errands. DH and my dad ran their own errands and my mom and I took the kids. First we stopped at the Christian store because I wanted to get L a cross necklace for her Dedication then we stopped by the Oak St Market to get some GF items. Our next stop was at Olivelle where I picked up some more garlic olive oil, used a gift card so nothing out of my pocket, and our last stop was Target. My mom wanted to get the kids something so I figured I’d get a few things on my list and since I had gift cards to use there I only spent $3 out of pocket. B was cranky and exhausted so we went home and gave him lunch then a nap. The guys were hungry so I gave them frozen pizza and my mom had fruit while I had a GF bar. My mom and I went over the LS catalog and she figured out what she wanted for jewelry, spent too much which I appreciate but she sure didn’t have to do it. I then made the rhubarb jello salad (tart but it was good) and then my kitchen blunders started. I made the cupcakes and they all looked perfect in the oven and then they all collapsed on me. I’m guessing I didn’t bake them long enough but I’m really not sure, they at least tasted good. I then started to make the bread to go with the lasagna and it called for carbonated water, so I open the water bottle and it starts to spray all over. They over carbonated it and I got sprayed big time, OK that’s life it wasn’t too big of a mess. I’m also trying to proof the yeast for the bread and it just wasn’t working so I’m rushing around and I open the fridge and down falls the pineapple juice jar which of course spilled juice all over the floor and fridge. I’m now beyond frustrated so I just hope my third try at the yeast works and I put it in the bread and set it out to rise. Now I’m cleaning the fridge and the floor and am just feeling like I don’t belong in the kitchen. DH decided that I needed some stress relief so we snuck off to the bedroom, I felt like it was really obvious when we joined everyone again, oh well. My bread did OK on rising, not as much as it should have and then I didn’t bake it long enough so it was just a touch above doughy. It at least tasted great and I plan to try it again. Around 5 DH called the IL’s to see where they were and they had just left, so we were looking at 1-1.5 hours before they’d show up. I planned for dinner to be ready at 6:30 because of this and I guess MIL didn’t realize I was planning dinner for all of us. Once they showed up we ate and it wasn’t my best meal but it worked. After everything was cleaned up I then frosted the cupcakes and put the potatoes in the crock pot. I will say the baking the potatoes in the crock pot was easy and they tasted really good. My mom went to bed super early and MIL then started putting the breakfast casserole she brought together. I didn’t realize she needed me to make bacon for it because she never called me back on, instead she e-mailed me but I didn’t get that until today, oh well. So I made bacon and had that ready to put on top for the morning. I told the IL’s that we would eat around 7:45 and they said it’s too early for them so they will just meet us at the church, OK it’s there call. They left shortly after the casserole was put together and then I went to bed.

    I was up at 5:45 on Sunday, mostly because B was up and yelling for me but also because I needed to get a move on so I wouldn’t be rushed. I got him back down but the minute I stepped in the shower he was yelling again, luckily my mom grabbed him before he woke L. Once I was ready for the day I got coffee and the casserole going and then spent about 45 min searching for L’s red Dorothy shoe, I had one but I couldn’t find the other. I tore everything apart and was really frustrated with myself, luckily I found it behind the basket on the washer, thank God for showing me where to look. I also did a little bit of prep work on the toppings for the potato bar and then it was a mad rush to get the kids ready and everyone out the door. L was so beautiful in her red velvet dress, I was so proud of my little girl. They did the Dedication early in the service and that was good since the kids were not the best behaved. B joined us initially then kept trying to touch things he shouldn’t so my mom took him back to the pew. As we were praying I saw him speed walking (he swings his arms in a very determined way) up the aisle so I held him for the rest of the prayer. We then sat back down and B wouldn’t sit still or whisper so I took him to the cry room, we had about 3 tantrums in there and L joined us at one point because she was fussy and tired. It was quite the ordeal. We then went home and I set out the veggie tray and started the chili. We girls chatted about girl things, LS and a bedding, I can’t remember the name of the company MIL brought the catalog for but she’s planning to do a party and I found some sheets that I really want to try. We had a nice time with everyone and the dinner was really good. B was so tired, he spent most of the morning sitting on the couch watching tv, that he started to fall asleep at the table. He had eaten a lot of cherry tomatoes so I let him have a cupcake and then it was kisses and goodbyes and he went to bed. L was exhausted too and she went to bed before we even ate, she slept 3.5 hours and B slept almost 3 hours so we had a nice quite break from the kids. My parents left shortly after dinner and the IL’s stuck around for another hour. MIL and I looked at the LS catalog and she wrote a few things down that she may buy. I guess FIL doesn’t see the doctor about his prostate cancer until the 18th, DH is worried about his nonchalant attitude and is worried it’s more serious than he’s letting on. I told DH we can only assume they are telling us everything. He’s facing his parent’s immortality for the first time and it’s hard, I faced it with my mom at 15 and my dad at 21, there is nothing fun about it. After they left I didn’t know what to do with myself so I vacuumed and then went through my LS packet and did some prep work. I then read for a bit until L woke up. B was up shortly after her so we did some cuddle time then went for a 30 min walk around the neighborhood. Once we were home I organized the recycling and put it out then L and I watched DH and B play baseball. The rest of our evening was pretty relaxed, I did laundry, made rice and steamed the veggies left over from the veggie try for lunches this week. We had left overs for dinner and then I gave the kids a bath. They were both tired and fell asleep fast. I was exhausted and after everything was ready for today I sat on the couch with DH and fell asleep, at 8:50 he helped me off the couch and I went to bed. It was really hard getting up today, my body really wanted to sleep more but that won’t happen until next weekend.

    L claps all the time, it’s so cute. She even clapped when she saw DH for the first time today. She is moving all over the place. She pushes herself backwards while she’s on her tummy, the next stop is forward movement. She and B were talking this morning, she was making her normal sounds and B was mimicking her so she’d then reply, it was really sweet when she did a high pitched squeak and B copied her. He’s such a good big brother. On our walk yesterday he said the cutest thing to DH. He said “Daddy you’re a boy” and DH replied with “Yes I am” he then said “I’m a boy too”. It was just funny and I am enjoying listening to his cute conversations and stories.

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    It was absolutely beautiful when I left work, I hated that I was stuck in a basement all day. I had a headache so I wasn’t feeling 100% but when we got home DH was there so we decided to go for a walk. The neighbors were all outside so we chatted with them a little bit before the walk, I’m looking forward to having nicer evenings to stay outside a bit longer. I can’t believe Day Light Savings is this weekend, it seems really early but I’ll happily take the light in the evenings. Once we were inside I made parmesan steak and folded laundry. I really only did the bare basics last night since my head was killing me. I did make banana chips so those will be a yummy treat after work. The kids went to bed and I followed, I got 9 hours of sleep last night and I needed it. Now that I’m rested I can exercise tonight and get back to the swing of things. I need to put laundry away and pay bills, anything else will just be extra. We are getting almost $9K back from taxes, adding another LO really paid off. I’m going to adjust our estimated tax payments to try to keep us as even as possible. I’m apprehensive about the states and Federal Government not having enough money to pay people their tax refund down the road and the best thing I can do to avoid getting an IOU is to keep what we pay as close as possible to what we owe. I think we can cut our Federal estimated tax in half and our state will only be a couple hundred less each payment. I told DH we’re putting the money in savings and will also use it to pay for our vacation in April. 4 nights of hotels and gas to get there will be plenty pricey. I do plan to bring salads, fruit, and snacks so we don’t spend a lot on meals and can keep things as cheap as possible. I know DH wants to go to the coast so that’s another hotel & eating out, it will be fun and worth every penny.

    I pulled cash out to pay DC for this month and I think we will be able to catch up on everything so I can stop relying on the CC toward the end of the month. I know I say this every month but I really think I can do it this month especially since I already paid my ridiculously high CC bill and DH's isn't too bad and will get paid tonight. I have stopped my online purchasing and that will help a lot. Using foods we have in the freezer and pantry will also help keep purchases low, hopefully this weekend I will have time to go through everything. I need to do some major organizing so it's needed on all accounts. I will get us ahead of the check book again and it will feel wonderful.

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