Thanks! I'm so excited and just trying my best to stay on track. I don't even remember what my body looks like without all this fluff!
Work has been really busy for me this week and it’s making it go fast, yeah! I have to get my inventory count finished this afternoon so I’ll be enjoying some out of the office time. I always dread it though because I never know what condition the storage will be in, my guys are messy and then I become their nagging mom reaming them out for the mess. At least I’m not pregnant this year and won’t be crying due to the mess. DH left work a bit early yesterday and since it was windy we met him at the school fields to fly our kite. After about 5 minutes of setting it up the darned thing didn’t amount to much. We’d get it up and then it’d slam right into the ground, it was still fun. I threw dinner in the oven once we got home and sat on the couch looking through my last Taste of Home magazine, I’ve decided not to renew because I have enough recipe clutter in my life. B was starving for dinner and he acted like I wasn’t going to feed him, I didn’t expect him to eat the chicken tetrazzini because he’s not a big fan of spaghetti noodles but he chowed them. I think it helped that they were broken pretty small. We then played outside for a bit before bed and both kids must have been tired because I hardly heard a peep. DH ran to town so I did 50 min of my Kick Max, I tried the boot camp mix and boy howdy was I exhausted. I was down to 157.6 so the butt kicking worked!
Tonight DH is taking B to a dad’s fishing thing, I can’t think of a better word right now. They’re providing dinner but I’m sending them with some things just in case they can’t eat it and then they’ll fish. B is really excited and DH made sure his pole would cast, I hope they have a lot of fun. L and I will just hang out at the house and maybe sneak a walk in. K reminded me yesterday that I need to get B in swimming lessons, I’ve been frustrated because everything is offered during the work week middle of the day. Hello! Some of us work during that time! I called one place and got their classes options and DH said he could do a M,W class for 3 weeks so I’ve signed B up. I think he’ll enjoy it and DH will do a great job with him. I’m a bit bummed that I’m going to miss this but I don’t need to hog everything in my kids’ lives. DH works with him already when we’re swimming on blowing bubbles, etc and he’ll probably do better than I would.
DH has today off and he went to the dermatologist to have another patch of skin, just like his pre-cancerous patch, removed. She froze it instead of cutting it out, we’ll see how it goes. He also took his motorcycle endorsement written test and passed, I knew he would. He’ll take the class in a few weekends and then he’ll officially have his motorcycle endorsement. He’s trying to figure out how to flush the hot water heater since there’s some leaking going on, I hope he can figure it out soon so he can have some relax time today.
DH and B had a great time fishing and apparently B loves to fish. They got a couple nibbles but didn’t catch anything. He now wants to go to the cabin to fish with Pa, I’m glad they had such a good time. It was really windy out so L and I didn’t go for a walk. After dinner I gave her a bath then she played and showed off while I put clothes away. She was exhausted and didn’t peep after I put her down, so cute as she rolled over to her side to fall asleep. She is working on cutting her second top tooth through, when she’s a little fussy she seems to cheer up if I give her an ice cube to suck on. After she was in bed I started putting dinner together for tonight, it smelled really good and I hope it’s delicious, I’m excited to try it anyways. DH was hungry when they got home, they didn’t eat before fishing so the food they could have was mostly gone after they fished. I gave him leftovers put together in a potato topped with taco meat and cheese concoction, he liked it. I should have exercised after B was in bed but instead I put laundry away and tooled around the house, nights like that are needed now and then. This morning I realized I forgot to bring my plants inside and it got down to 25, they looked OK and I hope they’ll do fine.
Tonight I need to do some laundry, cleaning and water the plants. I also need to sneak in some exercise because I know it won’t happen tomorrow night. I’m going to work through lunch tomorrow so I can get some shopping in at the Coop, Costco, and L&D’s before picking the kids up. I want to pick everything up for our BBQ on Monday so I’m not trying to do it on Sunday. I told DH I need to make some lists and he just laughed, I can’t focus or relax if I don’t have a list, it’s a sickness.
It was a beautiful day when we got home so B had a push-up (who would have thought they didn’t have HFCS in them?) and we just hung out and played. I did pull the weeds out of one of my flower beds and while I was doing that B was sitting in my lap and L was standing up using B as her support. She then let go and stood on her own for about 5 seconds, I was so impressed. She kept doing it and even did it for DH when he got home. She really does great with her walker now too, she just takes off and is as cute as a button. We had a new basketball now too. Somehow a basketball got into the well to our chimney, it doesn’t make any sense that it would wind up there so we’re wondering if someone was in our back yard. Once inside I put dinner in the oven and we cuddled a bit before DH got home. Dinner was OK, nothing spectacular but we’re having it again tonight since we have a lot of leftovers. L and B both got baths and I cleaned things up and got laundry gathered. B then pushed the laundry to the washer and started loading it for me, he’s such a great helper. L is doing better with her dissolving solids so I gave her the wheels and after a look of “what the hell is this” she enjoyed them. Once the kids were in bed I did a Kick boxing workout, painted my toenails, and then went to bed.
It is dead at work today, most everyone took today off for a 4 day weekend and the rest of the people are only doing half a day. I’m going to head out early to get some shopping done and then tonight I’m cleaning the house. Tomorrow DH wants to stop by the cabin on our way to Blgs so B can do a little bit of fishing, hopefully that will help him take a good nap the remaining part of the drive. I’ve scheduled some play groups for the coming weekends and looking at my calendar we are pretty busy through mid-July. The 30th and 6th we have play groups, the 13th I have a LS party, the 21st we’re going fishing with S & G, the 27th we’ll have B’s birthday party (K will you be available this weekend?), then it’s the 4th and my parents will be up, we’ll have L’s birthday party the 11th, and my family reunion is the 19th. Good grief! Thankfully after that we’re quiet, so far. I don’t know when I’ll get more PG’s in after the 6th but I’ll have to figure something out. I need to find time the next couple weekends to get my garden tilled and planted and there are so many things I want to bake (especially with rhubarb) that I just don’t see when I’ll get the time. I probably need to get more efficient with my time in the evenings.
It did not feel like a 3 day weekend, Saturday and Sunday just blurred together and Monday felt like Sunday. I am feeling off by a day but that should bring a pleasant surprise when Friday seems like it’s a day early. Friday I was able to get a lot of shopping done before picking the kids up, that was such a relief. Once home I put groceries away and B played outside for a bit. Since we had leftovers for dinner I didn’t have to deal with cooking a meal and I was able to get things packed and the house cleaned.
Saturday we were up at 6:30 and DH got up with the kids so I could jump in the shower. We were on the road by 8:30, even after a breakfast eating struggle, and the boys were fishing by 10:00. We had a nice visit with MIL then changed into our reception clothes and hit the road. B fell asleep almost immediately and we slowed down to 60 to give him as long of a nap as possible, even with that we were 20 min early to the reception. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time visiting and playing. We left around 6 and went to Z Pizza for dinner, their ZBQ is delicious, I could have eaten that whole pizza. DH had pepperoni which he liked. The GF crust was flaky and tasted great, definitely thin crust. After dinner we went swimming and then it was in the shower and in bed. B fell asleep really fast and I was right there with him. DH got up after B fell asleep to call M so we could see what the plans are for their visit in August. I got 10 hours of sleep and that’s one great thing about a hotel, since we’re all in the same room we all fall asleep at the same time.
L woke at 7 and I was going to sneak us out of the room to feed her but then B woke up, my mom arrived around 7:20 and entertained the kids while DH and I got ready for the day. We all had breakfast and then headed to Big Bear so DH could look at hats. While there I noticed they had little kids baseball gloves (glubs as B says) and actually had boy colors so I picked one up for B. We then found our way to the bats and got a lightweight one for him so he’s set to practice hitting and throwing balls. We’re not sure if he’s a lefty or not, he seems to go between the two. He may end up like Ryan, righty for everything but sports. We then went to Cabella’s to look at the fish and animals then met up with SIL and the kids at a park before having lunch together. My brother has decided to take L off the WF diet because he thinks it’s not doing anything, he’s so frustrating. After lunch we hit the road and unfortunately it was windy and rainy when we got home so B wasn’t able to use his new bat. I was really productive and made oatmeal raisin cookies along with the chocolate rootbeer cake, mmm. I marinated the meat and veggies for the kabobs then we had chicken strips for dinner because I had done enough in the kitchen. Both kids fell asleep fast and DH and I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still before going to bed.
The kids were up on Monday at 6:30 and I let DH sleep in while we snuggled, got dressed, and had breakfast. Once DH was up he took B outside to throw the baseball around and then the two of them mowed. B would turn his mower over to work on it when DH would stop his mower to empty the bag. I read while L was napping and enjoyed some quiet time, well I was also doing laundry. We went for a walk before lunch and while the kids were napping I put the kabobs together, finished laundry, and read more. K and her family showed up around 3:30 and we had a great time, the weather even cooperated so we were able to be outside but it wasn’t above the high 60’s. The boys burned a lot of energy and I ate way too much, it was all so good and I gave in. I’m regretting all of the giving in I did this weekend now because I’m up but I’ll just be extra good this week and exercise every night. After they left we cleaned up and the kids went to bed, I expected L to fall asleep immediately but instead she was up laughing and talking until after 9! B struggled a bit with falling asleep because she was up and both of them had a hard time waking this morning.
I need to stop by the grocery store on my way home since we’re out of a couple things and low on others. Tonight I’m going to try a tilapia dish, I hope it’s good. It’s a fast one so that’s a bonus if we all like it. I POAS this morning, I knew I wasn’t pregnant but I had some weird things go on yesterday and I thought how I would hate to be like one of those women on the “I didn’t know I was pregnant” show. As we went for our walk yesterday I felt what felt like BH contractions, I’ve never had that when I wasn’t pregnant and it kept up for the whole walk and came back a little later. I also had some spotting and this just isn’t normal for me so I decided to just POAS. I’m not pregnant and I think it was caused from DH irritating my cervix from DTD, at least I know it’s nothing pregnancy related. I knew it couldn’t be because I’d be heaving if it were.
L can now stand on her own for 10 seconds, and she’s so cautious at getting down. B would fall but she slowly lowers herself down until she can touch the floor with her hands. Yesterday DH and I had her walk between us and she took a step or two, then lost interest and would just throw herself at us.
Last edited by lifeisgood; 05-27-2009 at 06:16 PM.
I did some grocery shopping before picking the kids up last night and I bought a lot of garlic so I can roast garlic. For some reason I really want to make hummus and a tasty GF garlic bread, mmm. I picked the kids up and we spent a lot of time outside. First B had a push-up and then we planted my annuals into planters. This resulted in two muddy kids and my hands matched them. I then let B play with the water since I needed to water everything and that of course attracted all of the neighbor kids. K first came over and I chatted with N for awhile then the rest of the neighborhood showed up. We then went inside and I made tilapia and it was really good, not a strong fish taste at all. B ate some and said he liked it and then finished off the rest so it was a good purchase from Costco. It was also super fast to make so that can’t be beat. The kids then got some very needed baths. L stood up (something we’re trying to get her to stop but I remember having the same battle with B) and slipped and fell so she was crying then all of a sudden B starts crying and yelling “what is it?” and practically jumps out of the tub into my arms. I don’t have a towel and I’m trying to comfort him and figure out what it is myself when DH says “L pooped”. I couldn’t stop laughing but I was trying so hard to calm B down and not let him think I didn’t care about his concern. We grabbed a towel and he kept asking what it was and I told him L pooped in the tub just like he did when he was little. He said “No, it was blue.” The bubbles made it look blue so I then brought him back to the tub to show him it really was poop. I asked him if it touched him and he said yes with this sad and horrified look on his face, it was so darned funny. After things were cleaned up we watched Land of the Lost (Remember that show? It was my favorite on Saturday mornings and B loves it too!) and then put the kids to bed. DH helped me with cleanup, garbage needed taking out and dishes needed to be tamed. DH had surprised me with the Wii Active when he got home so once my chores were done I tried it out. I figure I need to do the 30 day challenge and boy howdy did it have me sweating. It was a good mix of cardio and strength training and I really enjoyed it, along with flipping my trainer off now and then. My legs are super sore today so I’m not sure what I’ll do for exercise tonight but I need to do something.
DH has today off and I had him marinate some chicken so we can have quesadillas tonight. I’m going to make B a peanut butter and jelly fajita since he’s not a big fan of cheese, crazy kid. I need to also pay bills, water plants (if DH didn’t already), and put laundry away but that’s not too bad.
Last night we gave L some fruit pieces to eat, she mostly just spread them all around the tray. She was at least really excited about eating it and I think I need to get better at giving her some more food off our plates.
We had a nice evening, played outside for a bit after getting home then went inside so I could make our quesadillas. I let DH have all the chicken and I wanted corn and black beans in mine but of course I didn’t have any black beans, it was still really good. B licked off all of the peanut butter and jelly from his tortilla and wouldn’t eat the actual tortilla, he’s such a turkey. He did polish off our strawberries though. Tonight we’re having the cheeseburger skillet, it’s a fast and easy one and I know B will eat a ton of it. We have a few dry spots in the yard, DH is having the sprinkler guys come over on Friday to do some adjusting and we think we need some different heads along the sides of the house. We put the sprinkler out on the dry spots and B wasn’t impressed, he would have much rather had the hose all to himself. I was fairly productive last night in getting laundry put away and paying bills. DH watered the plants for me so that was helpful. I was exhausted after the kids were in bed and my legs were still killing me, using the stairs was a chore. As I was getting ready to go to bed DH asked me to hold the light for him while he fixes the electrical wiring that he drilled through, oops! So I go downstairs and at first I was able to go through boxes of girl clothes for L and organized them by size but then my assistance was needed. I mostly just held the flashlight and gave DH some pointers here and there, I’m sure he appreciated that. By the time he finished and I finished going through the clothes it was 9:45, ugh. B also woke twice last night so I’m not feeling too rested, I think he’s having nightmares again. Neither kid wanted to get up this morning, I don’t blame them, but we had a nice morning together before I headed out. L woke up yesterday with crusted boogers all over her face and this morning wasn’t any better. She was not happy when I picked the crusties off her nose and then sucked more boogers out, poor girl. She’s definitely caught something so now my job is to try to keep B from catching it too. Yesterday morning as I was giving her hugs and kisses good bye she smeared a huge slimey booger all over my face, it was very disgusting.
I’m still unbelievably sore this morning but tonight I will do some form of exercise. I would love to do some kick boxing but I’m a little unsure on whether I can handle the pain so I may just do some STEP. Being in the basement last night really made me realize how unorganized the whole house is so my goal is to get everything from under the bathroom sink to my pantry, closets, and storage rooms organized. It will have to happen before we have the final insulation put up and drywall so the sooner the better. I also need to get rid of things we just don’t need, I’m such a pack rat.
Woot for Friday! Last night was a nice evening though the kids were both cranky, I think they aren’t feeling too well right now. When we got home B finished off the chocolate cake and we played outside for a bit then it was inside to feed L, make dinner, and have B watch some Wall-E. I also chatted with my mom for a bit and I didn’t realize she was already on summer break, lucky woman. We’ll get to see a lot of them this summer and it will be great. B ate a ton at dinner, it only left enough leftovers for him to have some at lunch today. It was then bath time and B was concerned that L had pooped in the tub again or that there was still poop in the tub from Tuesday, I reassured him that it was safe. I tried on outfits while he bathed and am happily wearing a skirt that I haven’t been able to fit into in a long time. After the kids were in bed I did the Wii Active for 30 min then did the Wii Fit for 20 min, I felt great but got to bed later than I should have. It also didn’t help that DH woke me wanting some love, I tried to get him to lose interest so I could sleep but it didn’t work. I guess it’s a bit of a win-win situation anyways. The kids were both happy this morning and we had a good time of blowing and catching kisses between each other as I was getting ready to walk out the door.
Tonight we’re having teriyaki shrimp with rice and steamed veggies, it should be yummy. I need to thoroughly clean the house tonight, it’s been too long since I’ve done a good scrubbing so tonight is the night. To stick with my 30 day Active challenge I need to work out tonight also so I may end up finishing the floors tomorrow morning because I don’t want to stay up too late, I’m exhausted and need to catch up on sleep. Tomorrow we have a playgroup in the morning with a picnic lunch and then I hope to spend the rest of the day weeding, tilling, and planting. I also want to try my hand at making GF graham crackers or fish crackers, I can’t really decide so maybe I’ll go with the easiest. I hope to make this weekend productive so I can get some things off my to-do list and not feel so overwhelmed. Another focus of mine this weekend is to stay on track with my eating, I’m down to 157.6 and I would love next week’s check-in to see me at 155. I’m doing lunch today with C & E, I’ll be having the salad bar since it’s a pizza place but that’s OK with me.
Friday was a beautiful day when we got home so we sat in the lawn and played. I was pleasantly surprised when DH came home a little early so he joined us on the lawn and then we meandered inside for dinner. DH BBQ’d our shrimp and it was really yummy with the rice and steamed veggies, it also made for a great lunch on Sunday. For some reason I wasn’t feeling stressed about getting the house cleaned, I think it’s because I knew I had a lot to do and it was not going to all happen that night. After the kids were in bed I did my Wii Active exercise then I started cleaning, everything but the kitchen and floors was taken care of so it wasn’t too bad. I also found myself organizing the kitchen cabinets and putting some things in the donation box because I need to de-clutter. I was 11:30 before I went to bed so I didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted.
The kids were up at 6:30 on Saturday but I was able to doze until around 7:30. We got ready for the day and were out the door at 9:45. We first stopped at the mall so I could get my ring checked then we went to the park for our playgroup. There was a nice turnout and we had a lot of fun enjoying the sun. I was an idiot and didn’t get enough sunscreen on my back shoulder so I’m a little burned, you can even see finger marks of where I tried to get the sunscreen on my back. B didn’t fall asleep on the drive home so I was able to get him down for his nap while L was sleeping in her car seat in our room. I cleaned the kitchen while the kids were napping and then had to get L down again because she woke up, luckily she was so exhausted it wasn’t a fight. I was beat so I laid on the couch and caught an hour nap before B woke me up, we then cuddled on the couch and L joined us once she was up. After DH was home we decided to go to Target and do our shopping so we wouldn’t have to do it on Sunday we also decided to grab Wendy’s for dinner on the way home. As soon as we started our order I knew things were going to go bad, the girl wouldn’t let us place our full order and kept trying to rush us through so of course one hamburger came with a bun and then we got attitude when we asked for it to be fixed. I was not happy at all, how hard is it really to listen to what people want and then get it right? It’s not like they were busy, bah! We ate dinner outside and then started doing our yard work. DH cut the apple tree in the back yard down while I started weeding my garden. B was playing with the water and L was working hard, and succeeding, at climbing the slide to their play structure. It was well past their bed time when we finally got them to bed and L was still awake when B went in so they continued to laugh and play before falling asleep. I used the evening to organize the pantry and clean the floors and it was another late night.
The kids didn’t wake until 7:40 and I played with the idea of being able to make it to church but when we had 15 min to go and I was still in my pajamas and breakfast needed to be eaten I knew it wasn’t going to happen. We decided to buy our new trees so DH ran to town to pick up the truck and we went to the nursery to meet DH. We got there about 30 min before DH so I picked out the trees I wanted and then we just walked around the greenhouse. B thought the greenhouses were tunnels and the owner took him to feed the coi fish so he had fun running around. I showed DH what trees I liked and we went with them, we got an aspen of course to replace our dead one, a bur oak, and a sienna glen maple. Once home L went down for a nap since she hadn’t slept all morning and we planted the oak tree in the back yard before having lunch and putting B down for his nap. I finished weeding my garden while DH cut down the aspen and dug a bigger hole then I helped him plant the aspen. As we were doing this I noticed a little head pop up at the window and B was awake, he did not get enough sleep and this became evident as the night wore on. DH started on the apple tree in the front yard and I started weeding my native garden, I still have about 1/3 to do but it will get done eventually. Our shovel cracked when DH was trying to dig the roots out, luckily our neighbor grabbed one of his to use. Once the trees were planted I took the kids to the back yard for a little bit then I headed inside to get dinner going. We had pizza and I rolled the edges over to make a crust and I really like that but it still seemed a bit too doughy even with a longer cook time. The next thing I’m doing to try is a thinner crust and then use the remaining crust for breadsticks, we’ll see how that goes. DH tilled my garden while I was making dinner so when he had the kids in the bath I planted the garden. B and I will do the carrot seeds tonight and I’m going to have him help me with some herbs too, I felt bad doing it all without him but there just wasn’t enough time. I did get in another Active workout and showered before bed, I was filthy by the end of the day.
I still have a lot of things on my to-do list but I had a productive weekend and that’s what matters. I’ll get to the rest eventually. DH and I have decided we need another composter, that way I can rotate them and we won’t be digging through partially composted stuff to get to the full composted gold. I did make some new things on Friday night. I roasted peppers and garlic for the first time and then made hummus. It turned out tasty but a little spicy, I’ll play around with it a bit more. I also didn’t have any tahini paste so I threw some extra roasted garlic cloves in with some sesame oil and it seemed to work well enough.
L is trying to mimic words and she’s doing really well. She says gentle (genel), dance (ance), started saying icky yesterday when we kept telling her the dirt she wanted to eat was icky, and this morning she copied my Hi Lily (hi ily). She’s also doing great with signing. She’ll sign eat, more, and milk when she wants to eat. They all mean the same thing though she does get more correct most of the time. I can’t believe her first birthday is 1.5 months away, where the heck did the time go? We are going to make her a pink elephant birthday cake so I need to do some looking around for decorations. We haven’t figured out what we want to do for B yet, I ordered a cut out cake book so hopefully that will have some ideas for me, otherwise I’ll need to look at my harder cake book. His is only a month away so I can’t slack too much on this project. Speaking of a month away I need to get my focus back on my birthday goal and buckle down. I did a lot of snacking this weekend so I’ve been working against myself. I need to cut my chocolate habit again, chocolate is just too yummy.
It was cold when I walked to my car last night, good grief you’d never know it was June. It needs to at least rain if it’s going to be this dreary and cold outside. B wanted to play outside when we got home but I was chilly and didn’t feel up to it, he didn’t think the idea of riding his bike in the garage while I was in the house was too fun so he came inside. I hooked him up with some popcorn, milk, and Wall-E so he was a happy camper. I whipped together some meatloaf and homemade sweet potato fries for dinner. The fries got a little burned so I also served green beans for DH. I got a wild hair up my bum and decided to try my hand at GF garlic ciabatta. This is a recipe I’ve converted to GF on my own and the dough is currently sitting on the counter waiting for me to bake it tonight. I’m envisioning the Costco garlic bread of years past with whole roasted garlic in the bread and I’m also picturing a delicious meatball sub sandwich. If this doesn’t turn out I will be trying again and again and again until I get it right. I’ll pop it in the oven tonight when I get home, mmm I can’t wait. I was really productive getting the kids’ laundry washed and preparing for dinner tonight which is just pancakes but I at least have everything out. B and I tossed the baseball in the living room before bed and he had some great throws, I was impressed. I did my Wii Active workout then went to bed much later than I should have. I’m hoping to get a kickboxing workout in tonight if I’m not too exhausted, sleep is a high need on my list right now so I’m going to try to be in bed by 9 tonight. If it doesn’t happen I want to at least be productive.
It sprinkled most of Tuesday but it was at least dry when we got home. B wanted to go for a walk to look at the water, which is an irrigation ditch that goes through our neighborhood, so we did get to be outside for awhile. Once we got home he had a first and told me he was poopy, he said he didn’t want to sit down and I don’t blame him. I told him I was proud of him telling me he had pooped and I’m hoping this may mean we’re taking a step closer to PTing. A mother can hope anyways. Once he was cleaned up I started dinner and fed L plus I put my garlic bread in the oven, it wound up being a huge failure so I was disappointed and not fulfilled! The recipe called for spritzing the loaf during the baking period and I don’t have a spritzer so I just flicked water at it with my fingers. This seemed to be fine until I heard a loud crack from the oven and discovered that the flicked water must have reacted badly with my stoneware because now my stone cookie sheet is cracked into two pieces, so sad. So this was a double failure and I’m still going to post it on my blog because we all fail by golly that’s just life. The bread also wasn’t fully cooked, I’m really good at undercooking bread. After dinner and baths (which B had several fits over fuzzy’s floating in the tub) I put the kids’ laundry away and then we played a bit before bed. I got in 40 min of kickboxing, paid bills, and updated the kids’ webpage putting me in bed again later than I had wanted but I’m not exhausted today so that’s good. I’m stumped on what to make for dinner tonight, I think I’ll scavenge recipes for some fish tacos because it sounds good, hopefully it will be good too. Probably not quite like the fish tacos I loved at Taco Del Sol but they may get me on a path to find something yummy I can make at home.