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We never found that darned check but DH did go to the bank to have it cancelled, $29 dollars later and I’m glad I did it but annoyed with how much it costs to do these simple things. It’s just like the $5 charge for a cashier’s check when it should be free if you bank there, come on! Or let’s see the $25 charge for the owner’s manual copy for the Malibu (stated it may just come in loose leaf paper form) plus an almost $9 shipping charge PLUS an almost $7 handling fee. Come on! How about this lovely peach, $11 for the front license plate bracket for the van (because apparently even though it’s legally required in MT the a-hole at the dealership doesn’t feel the need to supply this for us) along with who knows how much to have it installed. Then we have the fun of paying for a second key for the van, again this should be STANDARD to get 2 frickin’ keys when you buy a vehicle. This will run us at least $75, if it works at the hardware store. If not we then have to go to the Toyota dealership in town and we’re looking at over $250! I’m waiting to see if the hardware store copy works for DH before I call the guy we got the van from, I think he needs to know about all of these expenses (including the battery) and that he needs to cover the charge for the key and the battery, those are just basics that should have been taken care of in the first place. Plus I need to find out when the last time the van had an oil change, so far Headwaters is not on my happy list. I just feel like I’m getting pennied and dimed here and I don’t like it.

DH has the day off so he’s running errands. He’s going to take a bunch of clothes and just stuff we need to donate to a thrift store, it will be good to be rid of those boxes. He did ask me if I’d like to do lunch today so I think we’ll have to try the Sola Café, we can at least know we’ll be able to get something to eat there and I would love a Panini, that is if I can find a MSG free option.

Last night went super fast for me, I got home with the kids and did a little cuddle then my mom called. While talking to her (DH was playing with B and keeping him very occupied) I emptied the dishwasher then completely filled it with the dishes in the sink and then I realized it was 6 and I needed to get dinner going. So I threw together a half remembered polenta recipe and it worked. B ate all of his fruit and veggies then wanted juice, we told him if he took a bite of dinner he could have a drink and that didn’t really motivate him so I then got out the brownies and told him he could have a brownie if he took a bite of dinner. That had him immediately grab his fork and put the food in his mouth, resulting in several gags like it was terrible. DH and I both had to hide our smiles. He got the bite down and then got his brownie. After the kids were in bed I exercised and then went to bed myself, later than I should have too.

L had her first bite of peas last night and she ate them all. After the peas we’ll try carrots and then I need to do some more baby food shopping. I can’t believe I’m already at this point with her. She has been struggling with getting in long enough naps since going back to DC, hopefully she’ll be back to normal by tomorrow.

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Lunch with DH was really nice. The GF bread was really good (had to pay an extra dollar for it) and I enjoyed the sandwich. It’s a bit on the pricier side with organic and local ingredients but that’s OK. They had GF macaroons that we passed on, I’m sure they were good but I just wasn’t in the mood. DH picked the kids up so I went straight home after work putting off my grocery trip so we could stop at the salvage lot and see what they’d give for ht Pontiac. First he offered $150 and I told DH no less than $200, they offered $175 and we left. The silly thing is they were all excited about the super charger, then pay us $200 for it! So we’re going to put it in the paper, asking $500 OBO. We’ll see how it goes. On the way home I had to get gas and then we stopped at the grocery store. B walked around with one of the little kid shopping carts and DH followed to help him get things on our list. He was so cute bopping around the aisles. Once we got home I started dinner and I really need to see if there’s a secret to boiling GF noodles. They get this weird thickness to the water and it drives me nuts. B gagged his dinner down again. He acts like the food is terrible but he likes hamburger and he likes noodles so what’s the problem? We played after dinner then had an uneventful night of going to bed. I did finish my throwing out in the fridge, there were a few stragglers with HFCS in there like my wasabi sauce. I was surprised but really I shouldn’t be. I then exercised and went to bed. B was quiet all night, I did hear a little peep around 5 but that was it.

The Bob’s RM bread I made was icky. The texture was fine and it was moist but the flavor was just off. Oh well, the search continues. I keep thinking one of these days I’ll have time to make the beer bread, one of these days. I have so many bread recipes to try I just need to do it. I’m craving pizza big time so I need to pick up my pizza crust, maybe on the way home tonight I’ll be able to squeeze it in. Ooh, I just saw that my order for the Bread’s by Anna is going to arrive today so that’s what I’ll make tonight. Hopefully this weekend I can at least get the refrigerator bread dough made and some breadsticks.

A’s mom e-mailed me yesterday to talk about DC and her concerns with A and Melissa’s inconsistency. I figured A would be affected like B, those two are so similar. I told her what my concerns were and I think it helped her hear that she’s validated. She talked with S and they want to get rid of M but need a replacement first. M is going to be up in the baby room and T will be moved down with the boys. This is too bad for L because T takes care of her BUT it will be better for B and he needs a change. We’re going to get the boys together next weekend so that will be fun.

The hardware store can’t get us a key so we have to go through the dealership. So I need to make a phone call, boo!

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I’m in a foul mood, I’m just plain *****y and I know it’s because I have all of these “things” looming over my head and I just want them taken care of. Anxiety is not my friend. I didn’t talk with S last night (that is going to happen tonight) instead I first talked with C and I’m glad I did. She gave me some more insight into the whole DC situation and if things don’t change she said she’ll be leaving. So tonight I am having a straight forward, non-pussy footing around conversation with S, things need to change. I really don’t think this conversation will go bad I just need to do it. I’m going to call the HW guy back, he called me after I had left work. I really hope that conversation goes well too.

My evening was busy and DH was home late (thanks for the call) so things really built up on me. We ended up with a quick dinner (Amy’s frozen GF pizza and it was pretty good for frozen) because I just didn’t have any time. B wanted to help me feed L so she ended up with some spoons thrust down her throat. The final time was it for her and I had to get her out of the high chair to calm her down. I wasn’t as patient as I should have been with B but I tried really hard. As DH and B were finishing up with dinner I gave L a bath then bathed B. He did get a chuckle out of me (after I left the bathroom) when he kept flopping his junk around stating it was his penis. Then he used his elephant pour spout to pour water on it, I had to leave for that part. I had the kids in bed a little earlier than usual and then I exercised. I did have to try the new bread I made before bed and it was really good, better than it looked. I had ordered a bread box with the bread mixes and put my bread in there before bed. It was still really (surprisingly) moist this morning and I’m looking forward to having it with my tomato soup for lunch. This loaf is definitely a winner. B was quiet all night (so good to be back) and I had to wake both kids again this morning. L and I had some cuddle time first then B cuddled with me too. He likes the new “Attack of the Lily” game we play. I say that while moving L in to “get” B, he thinks it’s hilarious and just loves it.

I ate something that made my body unhappy. All I can come up with is the Amy’s chili so I’ll need to look over that label again, I’m assuming MSG right now. I was really gassy last night and the smell started, it’s just unnatural what my body does to the food. As I was sitting on the pot this morning, trying to figure out what I ate, it dawned on me that I’ve considered this whole thing (gas, smell, bowels) normal and it is totally not normal. I’m looking forward to my new normal.

I hope to do a quick clean of the house tonight and I desperately need to do laundry. I have a MK party to go to tomorrow afternoon, right during nap time so this will be a bit rough, and it should be fun. I’ll have to high tail it out of there as soon as it’s over so I can get B down for his nap. Other than that we’re just planning a normal weekend, I hope we can even avoid any shopping other than the grocery store. I’m going to start giving L solids at lunch along with dinner, I may even throw mornings in there since she’s doing so well. This means I need to do a little bit of shopping so DC has the food they need. She’s growing up so fast.

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My talk with S went really well and I hope I made my point very clear. M was up with the babies on Friday and will be staying there until she’s hopefully let go at the end of the month. I know S is concerned about finding a replacement but with this economy I don’t think she’ll have much of a problem. I chose to really focus on spending time with the kids and enjoying them while reminding myself that I will get my chores done in time. I have this thing where I want everything done right away, so if I’m going to clean the house I want it all done at once but realistically it happens in phases and that’s OK. So we had some play/cuddle time when we first got home then I made tacos and enjoyed those with a beer with DH. It really was a nice way to end the week. After the kids were in bed DH and I watched Tropic Thunder and then I went to bed. B slept great and woke around 6. I went in there and gave him cuddles for a couple minutes. I then laid him down and he did his classic hands behind the head pose while falling back to sleep. He was up again shortly after 7 and I got them both out of the room at 7:30. We had a nice relaxing morning with some German pancakes for breakfast. I then jumped in the shower before DH left for work, always a good thing. B and I cleaned (he did the windows) and played then had lunch before we headed out the door. We stopped at Rosauer’s for baby food and I picked up a few extra things. B was being such a good boy that it was easy to do a little browsing. He did spot the apples and wanted one but then had a little fit because I told him we had to pay for it before he could eat it. He did get over it but was very concerned about the apple once it was on the conveyor belt. We then went to C’s house and he was very clingy at first and sat with me while he ate his apple. He was a pretty good boy with only a few interruptions. L was cranky as all get out (not enough sleep) so she was a bit of a struggle, oh well. We had a nice time at the party but I didn’t get home until 4, an hour later than what I wanted. B was so tired and I really had to fight to get him to stay awake, suckers, singing, and tickles were my main help. He fell asleep around 4:30 and I finished cleaning the house. I hadn’t planned dinner and DH wanted hot dogs so that’s what we had, I believe they also are the reason we both were stinking up a storm yesterday. I need to read the ingredient list on those things, scary but necessary. B and I played with robots and light up toys the rest of the evening (he got a couple boxes of toys that D no longer wanted) then it was bed time. My evening ended with reading on the couch for awhile. The kids slept great though L did wake around 5, luckily she was quiet and fell asleep on her own.

We were up around 7 and I decided we really needed to go to church so at 7:30 I gave B his breakfast and jumped in the shower. DH was so tired he didn’t even budge when I went into the room to get my clothes so I figured I’d let him sleep. We went to church (working on our quiet voice even while in the cry room) then stopped at the grocery store before heading home. It was beautiful out and L was sleeping so B and I stayed out to shovel the inch of snow we had. B was very helpful and he’s so cute saying “I got it” as he’d pick up his shovel. DH joined us once everything was done (sleepy guy) and then he got suckered into sledding with B off the snow pile by our driveway. B was all over in the snow and loving it, of course he didn’t have snow pants or boots on because I didn’t expect him to be rolling in it. I then went into the house and it was non-stop for me at that point. I did DH’s books, 5 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, made French toast for lunch, made lasagna for tonight, made steak fingers for dinner, made breadsticks to freeze, made the refrigerator dough I’ve been wanting to try, paid bills, and played with the kids in between everything. I thought I’d have some time to sit down for a bit but it was 8:30 before I was finished with everything (including getting things ready for today) and then MIL called. I was on the phone with her until 9:30 and at that point I knew there wasn’t any time to exercise and I just needed to go to bed. Busy days like that make it hard to get up for work on Mondays.

B was up a little before 6 and l was still sleeping so we had some cuddle time before getting her up. She’s really been dawdling during her bottles, maybe she’s ready for a bigger nipple or just distracted with things. She has started doing this screech that sounds like a wild animal, it’s pretty funny. She’s such a cutie and I loved cuddling with her this weekend. She’s been leaning in for kisses lately and at one point I was coming in to give B kisses and I looked at L since it was her turn (she was sitting next to Dirol and her smile was so excited and expectant of what was coming, it was adorable. We’re having DC feed her solids during lunch now, I hope it goes well and fits into the schedule nicely.

I’m going to try the refrigerator dough tonight to go with our lasagna. I hope it’s tasty & works well with getting some fresh bread fast. Most of my to-do things are taken care of so I hope to just hang out with the kids and have a nice evening. I also need to exercise my bum off so that’s on the agenda too.

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B had a hard time last night, I think he was really feeling some competition with L and I felt bad. He was a good boy but kept accidentally hurting L (like doing a somersault with his butt landing on her head) and then he’d go off feeling bad and would pout. It’s hard to comfort both of them at the same time. At dinner when I was holding L on my lap he kept saying daddy should hold L and he needs to be on my lap. So he got lots of one on one time after dinner and I hope he felt better. The refrigerator dough turned out really good, I need to perfect my baking of it but it tasted great, even DH said so. And the lasagna was tasty too, you’d never know it was GF. The kids slept great again, it is so nice to have B on track and I hope it stays like this. I got in my exercise and was huffing and puffing when I was finished, that’s always a good thing. I have decided that since I’m just stuck at my weight right now I need to cut out my snacks during the work week. On the weekends I don’t feel starving for snacks but at work I do, so I need to remedy this and get use to not having snacks. I can do this with lots of water and tea.

Happy news is DH’s skin problems have really cleared up. He mentioned that he thought his arms were better but didn’t know if it was just in his head. I looked at his arms and for the first time since I’ve met him they are actually somewhat smooth. The dry bumpiness isn’t as pronounced and has really softened up. I think this GF diet is working. We discovered we can’t have the hotdogs we bought at Costco, I’m not surprised by any means. They have Partially Hydrolyzed Beef Stock, the stock alone probably has gluten but hydrolyzed = bad for us because it results in MSG. It also contains sodium nitrite which can lead to the formation of small amounts of potent cancer causing chemicals. Wee! Who doesn’t want a tube of that? So I’m bringing in our massive amounts of hotdogs to pawn off at work, Fred is always happy to take our stuff. I’m wondering what does the FDA protect us from? If they allow all of this additive crap (some of which to just make the meat more pretty) then what do they keep out of our food? Is it only the things that money can’t pay to keep in our food even though it’s terrible for us? The food companies are completely out of control and it’s frustrating. How can I feed this **** to my child once I know it’s there? I just can’t. Oh, I had to bring in some hot cocoa packets because they had 2 MSG containing ingredients. What is MSG doing in hot chocolate?

I’m realizing that I’m a little bit hurt about no one in the family having a baby shower for L. All I wanted was a gathering so everyone could meet her, presents aren’t necessary, but it never happened. If it wasn’t for the ladies at work she wouldn’t have had one at all. It bothers me that people don’t see the importance of second, third, etc children. They are just as precious and important they should be celebrated also. I’m sure I’m taking it more personally than needed but the bottom line is I’m hurt by it and I can’t change my feelings right now.

I’m going to try a chocolate banana bread recipe tonight and I think we’ll have pancakes for dinner. We have so many leftovers from the lasagna that I need some non-leftover meals for a couple nights. I may have B mix up some pudding so he can be helpful in the kitchen. Maybe tomorrow night we’ll try the “good for us” hotdogs, as good as a hotdog can be I suppose. I need to stop talking about food because it’s not helping my morning snack craving.

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I want to say that Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins cereal is super good. DH and I both really like it and they're a nice big size with great peanut flavor, mmm.

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I had an uneventful day at work yesterday, today will make up for that with all the meetings I have. The kids both had a good day at DC and L fell asleep as always on the way home. B and I played outside for a bit since it’s been warm and it’s finally light still when we get home. We ran a lot of circles on the drive way. We then went inside and I started dinner then made the chocolate banana bread which turned our horribly. After I made it I realized they didn’t call for any sugar, well no wonder it didn’t taste good, it needs sugar. DH got home and we ate our dinner, raspberry pancakes are really delicious, then played for a bit before the kids went to bed. I got in a 50 min workout and I’m feeling it a bit already today. B work around 2 calling for me, I went in and laid him back down, he wanted the empty box in the living room that he’s been playing with. I need to try to get to bed early tonight so I can catch up on my sleep a little bit, I’m struggling in the mornings.

I had some great cuddle time with the kids this morning, it’s the best way to start my day. B snuggled in on my right side and L on my left side eating, it’s a little piece of heaven. We’ll have to stop at the grocery store on the way home tonight but B seems to like those trips now so it’s not too bad.

The fireplace guys put a new top on our chimney and I really hope it fixes the problem. We’re just waiting for it to get cold again so DH can try it out. My mom called with some great news. C & W told L that C isn’t his biological father, thank God they didn’t wait until he was 13. L said he didn’t want to meet the biological father and he didn’t know why they were making such a big deal out of it. W had been praying on it and it was weighting on her the last 2 days, worked out pretty good too. I’m sure he’ll have more questions with time but at least this gives him the honesty he needs and time to process everything. So now I’m waiting to see when they’ll tell us or if they’ll just leave it for L to tell us, I really would like to be over this secretive crap.

DH posted our Pontiac on craigslist and he’s had several people contact him. I think he’s going to post pictures today since people keep asking. I just hope we can get rid of the darned thing soon, 4 cars at our house is too many! We’re also asking only $750, but with the work that’s needed I just don’t feel right asking more than that. I must say I am surprised by all the inquiries.

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I ended my day with a terrible headache and it didn’t go away until I fell asleep, blah! I’m not sure if it was the meetings or what but I did at least get a bottle of wine from one of the meetings. The kids and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, B pushed his little cart around and helped me shop. He needs to learn to look up when he walks otherwise he’s a danger to all in his path (mostly my ankles). Once we got home I moved him into the house so I could hopefully rest a little, that didn’t happen with dinner being made and L being fed. Then the kids were swept away for baths and I let B play for quite awhile because I needed the break. We read our stories early and I drug him to his room (after stories he lays on the floor near the kitchen so I can drag him by his ankles to his bed, he loves it and it makes things fun for both of us). B impressed me with his alphabet knowledge, he was naming the letters and then making their sounds and/or stating words that start with the letter. For instance he said, “K, kkkick, like that” as he was kicking the wall. He did the same thing with J and jumping. He’s a smart little bugger. Once the kids were in bed I went straight to the kitchen to prep bottles, sippies, breakfast and lunches for today then headed to bed. DH came in and gave me a massage then I zonked for the night. 8.5 hours of sleep was wonderful and worth not getting some exercise in.

I woke up feeling great this morning and I again had to rouse both kids. I love cuddling with those two in the morning and it makes any lack of sleep I may have worth it. We’re doing hamburgers (bunless too) tonight and then I’ll get the pizza dough and bacon prepped for tomorrow night. We have a play group at the CM tomorrow night and a pretty busy weekend ahead of us. We may be going to K & D’s on Saturday for the kids to play and then on Sunday we’re going to S & G’s for A and B to play while the guys watch the first playoff game. I have some baking to do (a brownie with faux cookie dough on top and then a peanut butter/chocolate ganache on that) and I’m looking forward to it. At some point I hope to clean my house and earlier in the weekend the better, but we’ll see. I have Monday off and will have the kids go to DC so that gives me time if needed, I would love to have a lazy day and then do a little shopping and end it with my hair cut.

I tried the Glutino honey nut cereal (like Cheerios) and it was not good, hopefully the kids will like it. I think it just had too much of a corn flavor for me, bleh! Maybe it wouldn't be too bad made into a rice krispy bar treat, I may have to try that.

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B is doing better now that T is downstairs in his room, it’s amazing how much cleaner it is and how many more activities they’ve done in the last week. It just goes to show M is not cut out for this line of work. B played outside for a bit when we first got home then I got him settled him in front of a Lazy Town while I started dinner, prepped dinner for tonight, and fed L. B joined me in the kitchen and recycled for me, he likes to call it recyclings. He’s not perfect on getting things in the correct bins but he’ll learn. We ate dinner before DH got home because he was late and poor L was so tired I fed her early and she was in bed shortly after dinner. After B was in bed I did my kickboxing workout and DH decided he was cold so he turned the thermostat up. I’m pouring sweat and almost over with the workout when he does this, and it ticked me off that heat was blowing everywhere. I let him know I wasn’t happy and once the workout was done I skipped the weights because it was too damned hot. I’m so glad he doesn’t get it. I then went to bed and slept so-so, B fussed once at 4 but I didn’t have to settle him at all. DH also woke me up at 2 when he came to bed, thank you so much for not keeping the door from squeaking.

I have a meeting all morning and plan to work through lunch so I can go to the Co-op before getting the kids, I hope they have everything I want. Then I’ll get the kids and go to the CM for our playgroup. We won’t stay too long since we’ll need to go home to eat dinner, one bummer to not being able to get the pizza there. I need to exercise tonight and I may try to do some cleaning also, we’ll see how the evening goes.

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Another weekend has just zoomed by, it would be nice if the days went a bit slower on Saturday and Sunday. I worked a bit through lunch on Friday so I left early and was hoping to do some shopping at the Co-op, that was until there was absolutely no parking anywhere and after driving around 3 times I just decided to leave. I called DH on my way to pick the kids up and he said he was going to wait around the house until 6 for the guy that wanted to look at the car, then he’d join us at the CM. I told him not to bother joining us (a bit PO’d at this point too) because by the time he got there we’d be getting ready to leave. I did stop at the house to grab a bite to eat and use the bathroom before getting the kids, and even though DH was cleaning the house I still managed to be PO’d at him (I’m such a *****). I picked the kids up and headed to the CM, we had a great turn out for the play group and a lot of fun. Everyone left around 7 and once we got home I was rushing to get the pizza and breadsticks made. The guy showed up to look at the car around 7:45, he had a 2 hour drive so that explained why he was so late. He wanted the engine (woot for that supercharger) and we got the full $750. We then ate dinner very late and put the kids to bed. I had a couple beers with DH and then hit the hay myself.

The kids were up around 7:30 and we had a pretty good day, though I was cranky at first (a bit PMSy). The breakfast I made got a bit overcooked and DH was just annoying me, once we left the house everything went fine so that was good. We got the title notarized then did our shopping at the Co-op and Target. Target had some killer sales going on so we got a few clothes (DH found some shirts for $2.75) and we found a tall dorm fridge for $32! We had to buy it for the basement when it’s finally finished, though it is already in use. We should have been smart and bought all of them so I could sell them at the beginning of Fall semester and make some money. After shopping we went home for lunch and naps then went to D & K’s for dinner. The boys played really well though B was pretty shy at first and we had some great food and conversation. Once we were home the kids were put in bed and I wasn’t too far behind.

Sunday we got to really sleep in until 8:30, which was good since the kids got to bed late two nights in a row. We slowly motivated and were out the door shortly after noon to go to S & G’s house so B and A could play while we watched the football game. DH and G seemed to get along really well and it was nice to meet him finally. We had more great food and S and I took the boys to the pond to feed the mallards. We didn’t get home until late so I had to whip together a delicious dish of mac & cheese and hotdogs, so healthy! B didn’t have a nap the whole day so he passed out quickly in the van and didn’t want to wake up even once we were home, I felt bad for him. We had the kids in bed at a decent time but sleep was hard to come by. B woke around 9:20 crying and calling for me, it wasn’t his normal and ended up being a night terror. I was trying to calm him and then L woke and was crying so I hollered for DH, this is what woke and scared B so I then had to cuddle him for awhile until he was calm enough to go back to sleep. After this he kept coughing which was waking L and then she would cry out waking him, it was a vicious cycle. I had DH set up the PnP in our room and when it happened again at 10:45 he just put L in our room and they both slept great after that.

Since I had Monday off I got to sleep in a bit and I had a really hard time waking up. Initially I was going to get up at 6 but then it was pushed off until 6:30 and I didn’t actually get out of bed until 6:45. L was out cold so I woke B up and we did some cuddles and get ready for the day. DH brought L to me when he woke up and I got her fed and ready for the day too. DH left at his normal time with the kids and B was precious waking bye to me and telling me to have a good day since that was what I was saying to him. I started my day slow and enjoyed being able to shower and shave in the nice quiet of the house. I did quite a few chores, moved the bassinet and my maternity clothes downstairs, did laundry, took care of the dishes, cleaned the floors, made bread (which I must say the Namaste bread mix is not my favorite, it’s OK but nothing like Anna’s breads), and finished Big Love since B’s night terror interrupted my viewing. I also stopped at Costco to do some shopping (I forgot a few things so I’ll have to pick them up tomorrow when I’m there for my eye appointment) then got my hair cut and stopped at the grocery store before picking the kids up. DH came home early so we had a nice evening together and were able to have dinner a little earlier giving us plenty of time for baths and an early bed. The kids slept great again so I’m feeling pretty rested after this weekend.

B was pretty cute at the dinner table last night. He kept singing “you are beaubibul, you are beaubibul”. I think he’s trying to sing “you are so beautiful, to me” but I’m not sure where he would have heard that song. So I started singing with him and he’d say “to me” in a really high pitched voice and then say, “like that mommy?” I got some of it on video, it was so cute.

L is doing so well sitting up, she rarely falls over now. She’s also getting quite the variety to her solids options and I am amazed at how much she can eat. We get so many comments on how good of a baby she is, she’s just very content and as long as you have her food ready once she knows its coming you won’t hear too much complaint from her. She’s doing really well jumping in the Johnny jump-up and her giggles are so precious. I can hardly believe she’s 6 months, I feel like time has gone too fast and that I just don’t have enough time with her in the baby stage.

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DH's uncle J had unexpected brain surgery on Saturday, he had fallen skiing which was followed by a migraine a few days later and they found a blood clot in his brain. He is recovering well so that is a relief. With Janet's stroke and now Jim's brain surgery they need a break.

Also FIL had a physical and his PSA #'s were too high so he went to a specialist yesterday to have a biopsy. I pray it's not cancer and that he can get his levels dropped. My dad had told him at one point to take DIM, it helped my dad's PSA #'s drop drastically though I don't think FIL paid much attention. Anyway, we should hear in a few days I guess.

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B seems like he’s back to himself with DC, he’s happy when I pick him up and he asks about seeing his buddies regularly, it’s so nice. He’s getting more molars and he didn’t eat well yesterday, I sent him with a very soft lunch today with lots of fruit so he will hopefully eat well. I guess at one point he cried so hard over the pain in his mouth that he puked, poor little guy. We’ve made sure DC is set to give him Tylenol if he needs it. L was sleeping soundly in Nicole’s arms when I arrived, she was so precious I hated to disturb her. We got home and DH was already there, what a great surprise and I’m glad he’s able to get out this week since he will have to work straight through for almost 2 full weeks. I tried my hand at a GF tuna noodle casserole, it was pretty good but needed some spices (garlic and onion for sure next time). I stocked up on a lot of fruit at Costco on Monday so we added fruit to our dish and enjoyed a great dinner. L seems like she may be teething also, her cheeks are extremely red and she’s been struggling with her bottles. She ate well for DH at her last bottle but then spewed most of it up, poor girl. B was very “helpful” with cleaning up afterwards, he’s such a sweet soul. Even though she lost most of her bottle she slept great for us, B seemed to have a fitful morning and was up hollering for me at 5:30 while I was trying to shower. He of course woke L up but she didn’t seem to be ready to get up so I left her in the crib for another 45 min and she got a bit more sleep.

I noticed that I was starting to feel sick last night, I could feel the cold creeping into my sinuses and sure enough I coughed a lot and had a runny nose all night. My sinuses are just miserable from my ear drums to my nose, I just want to crawl into bed but that’s not in the cards for me today. DH started getting a sore throat last night and I hope whatever we have goes away quickly. He at least has the day off and as far as I know only has 2 errands to run (deposit to the checking and taking my phone in to see if they can figure out why it keeps shutting off on its own). I did also ask him to marinade some steak for tonight, we have too many leftovers right now so we need a non-leftover meal. I still managed to get some exercise in but I took it easy, something is better than nothing. I did 45 min on the Wii starting with balance games then did step, hulahoop, and running. Tonight I plan to do my indoor walk, it gets the heart pumping but doesn’t push me too hard.

I’m working through lunch today because I have an eye appointment this afternoon, I hate eye appointments but really like this doctor so it should be OK. I then need to do some shopping at Costco since I somehow managed to not pick up half of the things I needed on Monday. DH said he would pick the kids up for me so I can just go straight home once I’m done. It may need to be an early night for everyone.

SIL W has had some problems lately with constipation and has had some blood work done along with an ultrasound yesterday. Her doctor thinks it may be IBS, I hope whatever it is they can help her feel better soon. FIL’s PSA #’s got me looking into DIM and I purchased some for both DH and me, it not only helps with prostate health but also with breast health, and from our families history we both need all the help we can get.

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I had a really hard time focusing on work yesterday, my head was just fuzzy and unhappy. I wasn’t looking forward to my eye appointment but it went fast and I got my Costco shopping finished. DH picked the kids up and after I got home we loaded everything into the house then put a movie in for B, we both needed some down time. DH barbecued the steaks and I packed up cheese for the freezer and restocked the pantry. After dinner DH gave the kids a bath and I cut and rinsed the rest of the cherries and grapes then prepped everything for today. We had the kids in bed 30 min earlier than normal and after a little bit of cuddle time with DH I then went to bed. I’m feeling better in ways today but worse in others, I also don’t feel like I got any sleep last night. We’re just doing hamburgers tonight since I need something easy.

B was precious yesterday morning cuddling with L and giving her kisses while saying he loves her, those two are so cute together. L is enjoying her jump-up and was doing some fancy moves the other day. She’d jump up and then kick both of her legs out at the same time, it was too cute with those chunky legs. DH and I called it her cheer leading practice.

We were given a new phone since mine shutting off is not normal. The only bummer is everything in my calendar was lost so I need to re-do all of that. I have it reset to what I want so the calendar will just come with time.

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I’m so easy to cry right now, it’s just ridiculous, and of course over stupid things. Anyhoo, the kids both had a good day at DC and mine was made even worse when I got home to find a yellow sheet of paper from the a-hole cops in town stating our Cavalier is in parking violation. I called and *****ed about it with one cop to be told to call today to talk with the cop that put the notice on the car. Just got done talking with that dickhead and I’m not happy at all, I guess it doesn’t matter that you pay your taxes and follow the law by god don’t park in front of your house! I did not need to deal with another a-hole this week. Once B got his outdoor play in we went inside and I cuddled with him for a bit before calling my mom to tell her what the hours were for the WoF conference. DH was late so B and I ate before he got home, I made pancakes so it didn’t really matter. Once we were done with dinner we got the kids in bed and then I went to bed myself, I felt like total crap last night.

B didn’t sleep well, at one point he told DH that the green light was scary, so I didn’t sleep well. He was up crying at 5:40 so I had him leave the room so he wouldn’t wake L, this has got to stop. Our morning was fine and so far work is OK, I just want to be done. I have a meeting this afternoon but I’m working through lunch so I can leave early, I just need to veg for a bit. DH is taking B in for a trim (aka buzzcut) this afternoon. I’m going to miss his hair but I think this is the only way to get his hair short as quickly as possible.

Since I had L AF has arrived early morning after I take my first sugar pill, I was prepared for this yesterday morning but there was nothing to wake up to. I still have no sign of AF, a little bit of cramping and I’m emotional is all, it’s just weird because my body is so much like clockwork. One weird thing is my boobs are really itchy, it’s driving me nuts. I guess if I don’t see AF by Sunday I’ll POAS just to at least put that thought at ease. Well knowing me I’ll put it off even longer.

I don’t have much planned for this weekend and that’s OK by me, I need some down time. There’s the normal cleaning, laundry, bills, etc but I think I really need some fun time with the kids and I’ll probably try to bake a little bit. It’s supposed to be cold and windy so it doesn’t look like we’ll get any outdoor time, oh well.

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B’s haircut went as terrible as always on Friday, it was at least fast since they used the clippers though. It also turned out really nice and he’s cute as a button. He had to have a bath as soon as he got home to try to get rid of all the hair clippings. I was feeling somewhat OK so I decided to make chicken and dumplings, my dumplings didn’t turn out at all. They were chewy like gum and pretty nasty, at least the chicken part tasted OK. I think if I try it again I’ll just make biscuits and top them with the chicken & sauce. Once the kids were in bed DH and I crawled into bed ourselves and ate M&M’s while we watched Iron Man. It wasn’t a bad show and it was nice having a lazy night with DH. B’s molars are still bothering him and he woke around 2 saying his cheek hurt, I gave him more Motrin and he’s so cute drinking it out of the cup like a big boy.

On Saturday the kids were up at 7:00 and DH actually got up with me, that was a nice surprise. I’ve been in the mood to make breakfast lately so I put together some bacon & French toast, had to use up the dried up bread somehow. After DH left for work I did a quick clean in the house and then B played with his moon sand. I had him sit in the highchair in the kitchen to help with cleanup, it was everywhere. He had a great time and L enjoyed watching him play. We had a really nice morning and somehow the kids napped at the same time for about an hour so that was nice. I used the time to watch I Survived and get the kitchen cleaned up. B’s only been napping for 1.5 hours lately so he was up shortly after L woke up and he continued to be a good boy for me. I was in the mood for pizza (DH thought I was making the frozen pizza) so I made a white sauce that turned out really good but I need to cut it in half since it was too saucy. B thought we were having pizza the night before so he was happy to finally see some. DH was working on projects most of the night so I watched a little bit of TV then went to bed.

Sunday the kids were up at 7:30, well they were up before that but the yelling for me didn’t happen until the 7:30 mark. We had some nice snuggles on the couch before breakfast and DH got up once L was down for her morning nap and I was getting ready to shower. We had about an inch of snow and it was 0 so we knew we were in for a chilly day. I had some shopping to do so we first went to Target then we stopped at the grocery store. The kids again napped at the same time so DH went downstairs to work and I was busy in the kitchen. I first made the beer bread I’ve been wanting to try, B loved it and I was happy with the result. I initially thought it was going to be too big for my bread machine so I did everything by hand, I think it would have fit just fine. Once the bread was rising I made puppy chow since DH has been asking for it for quite some time and I had my Christmas Lima beans in the crock pot. B woke right when I was finishing up in the kitchen so I snuggled with him (he watched Wow Wow Wubbzy on my lap while I fell asleep) and then DH got him bundled up to play outside. He did not like how loud the snow blower was so he stood inside watching DH snow blow. Once DH was done I sent B outside with his lawn mower so he could help, they apparently snow blowed along the neighbors sidewalks. I was thinking of how great a daddy DH is, he played outside with B for a long time and it was only 5 degrees outside. Once they were in the house I made sure to get DH hot chocolate and B chocolate milk while they warmed up under B’s blanket. I started making rice and chicken breasts since dinner was fast approaching and while we waited for the chicken to bake L and I joined the boys in our bedroom playing on the bed. B loves climbing up and down our bed, I’m not sure what’s so exciting about it. Dinner turned out OK (I improvised on my chicken and coated it with rice Chex instead of corn flakes, it turned out pretty good) and L getting a bath while B was still at the table motivated him to finish his chicken and try a bean so he could jump in too. L was super tired so she went to bed a little early and B was a handful so it took awhile to get him to bed. I was feeling exhausted by 7 so once the kids were down and everything was ready for today I went to bed myself.

L was crying around 5:30 this morning so I had to sneak in to get her before she woke B, that didn’t work because he started crying but I at least got him to go back to sleep a little longer. She was soaked through and poopy so I know why she woke, at least she was in a good mood and let me finish getting ready. The three of us snuggled on the couch and then I put L up against the pillow while I got breakfast going. She was so exhausted that she fell asleep on the couch, it was pretty sweet. We also have another cold day, -13 when I woke up and I’m happy winter is back.

DH and I have been talking about how to motivate B to want to potty train. I ordered a couple DVD’s that are supposed to be here on Wednesday and we are trying to use L to make him want to use the potty. On Saturday we sat L on the little potty and read to her, B was with us but he wouldn’t sit on the potty himself. She peed in the potty (way to go on her first sitting, I’m so proud) so we had a celebration and gave her an M&M (this of course was us pretending to feed her one). B got mad that he didn’t get a treat but we told him that he has to use the potty in order to get one. On Sunday we bought him a bigger potty to use and when we got it out of the box he actually sat on it willingly for DH. I came over and praised him for sitting on the potty and then he ran to get L’s little potty. We then had both kids sitting on the potty and B actually peed in the potty. He was concerned because some pee got on the seat but we told him that’s OK, we just wipe it up and he was fine with it. We did a big song and dance and DH had B help him dump and flush the pee. He of course got a treat and was so very proud of himself, lots of hugs and I love you’s from him. I hope we can ease this back into his life and get somewhere, we’re both frustrated with the lack of anything up to now.

B is quite the sweet talker with me. On Saturday he was bothering me while I was typing an e-mail, he had his own computer to play on so he had something to do. He knew I was annoyed so he’d lean in and sweet talk me with I love you’s. I felt like I was at a bar and being hit on, the little terd. Last night at dinner he was being a mess and breaking rules and when I’d get on him he’d start singing “You are so beefaful, to me” (the to me is in a high pitched voice). I am so wrapped around his finger and he knows it.

AF did show up on Friday, of course right before DH and I decided to DTD. I had mentioned my concern to DH about it not arriving yet (I think my body has just finally normalized because it’s not as heavy as it’s been and it seems more like it was before) and he had apparently put some thought to it. He commented that if I would have been pregnant he wasn’t sure what to think in regards to timing. I told him it just felt too early and like L would have been jipped out of her baby time with us not that I wouldn’t have been happy to have been pregnant. I’m still trying to figure out if I want a 2 or 3 year difference, I guess I’ll see this Fall if I feel like it’s time. Part of me thinks it would be nice to go for 2 years and to be done plus I like the age difference between B and L. Another part of me thinks I could give L more baby time by waiting 3 years and I want her to get enough from us and to not feel left out on anything.

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I have some happy news. I just got off the phone with the guy we bought our van from and he's going to cover the costs to get a second set of keys, yeah! I didn't bother pushing for the battery because really I'm tired and want things to be over. I'm feeling really clogged right now so I sound terrible and feel like I'm suffocating when I talk so I'm putting of my other two calls for tomorrow. One is to schedule L's dedication, I'm really behind on that, and the other is to chat with a police sergeant or chief about the a-hole cop I talked with on Friday and how what he says doesn't jive at all with what the ordinance says. I think the guys confused and he needs to be straightened out. I know this could possibly make me a target but he needs to know that he needs to understand what it is he's saying and be able to back it up. I know I'm a ***** but someone has to stand up to this BS.

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B made an igloo at DC (paper plate with cotton balls on it and an Eskimo at the opening) and he is very proud. He showed it to me and other parents as we made our way to the car and he even slept with it. L was a tired girl and slept from when we got home until I woke her at 6:45 to eat, I hope she’s not getting sick. B and I played a bit and I talked with my mom while I was getting dinner made and cleaning up the kitchen. I convinced her into talking to SIL to encourage her to tell me about L so we can just have everything out in the open with the immediate family. I’m tired of the secrets and my mom has been getting too close to slipping up. We also talked about WoF and I will be staying with Carrie at a hotel, it should be a lot of fun. The night was pretty normal and the kids went down fairly easy. B stated he wasn’t scared of dinosaurs in his room, we’re taking it as he is scared of them. He also told DH he was scared of the red lights in his room, I’m not sure where this scared stuff is coming from but I hope it passes soon. I was exhausted once the kids went to bed so I didn’t exercise and went to bed a little early, not early enough though. I’m feeling better in ways but this thing has gone on too long, I just want it to be done. B slept great and neither kid was up early so that was nice. We had a good morning together but I forget to make sure DH was up on time and he started his morning about 20 min late, oops. At least I had the kids mostly taken care of by the time I left, B just had to work on eating breakfast. It was -22 this morning, quite a bit colder than they expected and still fine by me. We’re going to do an easy dinner tonight, we have so many leftovers that I need to give us time to catch up. I can’t decide between hamburgers and bagels with eggs, bacon, and cheese. I’m thinking the bagels are sounding best right now.

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I think I’m officially over my cold symptoms, I can tell I’m not 100% yet but I’m on my way. I had a nice evening with the kids and even though my dinner wasn’t as good as I had hoped it turned out OK. Tonight we’re doing hamburgers and I’m going to try a recipe I found for buns in the microwave, at the worst we’ll throw them out. They have cottage cheese in them and I mix it in the blender so it’s interesting if nothing else. L didn’t take her cat nap so she was extremely tired and fussy, she went to bed a little bit early. B was a good boy and I was able to get laundry put away while he was in the bath. He likes to stick his belly out and say “you do this” then he’ll suck it in, it’s kind of funny to watch. Once the kids were in bed I tried out my new Cathe video, Kick Max. It was a good workout and had me sweating and cringing with pain, always a good thing. I did her preset mix and plan to try another one tonight, I think there’s a total of 5. I really need to kick myself into gear and work hard at losing this weight, I’m focusing on 10 more pounds for now and will focus on the remaining 10 after that goal. I just feel like I’ve hit a comfort level but I don’t want to stay here, I can’t stay here. So I’ve cut out my snacks while at work and now I’m working on not snacking before dinner or after dinner. I just need to focus on water and/or my tea to help me through these cravings and keep my overall goal in mind.

I set up L’s dedication for March 1st, I can’t believe I’ve put it off for so long. I sent the e-mail letting the family know and I have the meal mostly planned out. I want to try a cupcake cake made in the shape of a cross so I think I’ll take one of these weekends to do a trial run so I can experiment with frosting it. I also will need to do some searching for GF decorating options, I think I want to do an outline of some sort. I also need to figure out what we’ll be doing for an outfit, she has a cute little velvet dress but I don’t know if it’s inappropriate to do red and not the traditional white. It may not even matter but I’m obsessing on it. We have L’s 6 month pictures Friday morning and then her 6 month appointment Friday afternoon so I’m taking the day off. I need to figure out what I want to do with her pictures and get outfits lined up, I’ve really been slacking at night and I need to motivate tonight since I’m feeling better. I also have some ripe bananas in the freezer that are begging to be made into a bread, maybe I can whip that together on Friday if I don’t have time before then.

DH thinks I have hives on my breasts but I have no idea what it is. I can see red areas that itch but I don’t know what would be causing it. I’m just going to wait it out, if it’s still there when I have my annual appointment in a month then I’ll ask her about it, I hope it’s not still around at that point. My arm is aching, I’m sure from my workout last night, not sure if it’s a good ache or a bad ache.

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I decided to skip the grocery store after I picked the kids up, I can reserve that for either tonight or tomorrow when I have more time, it’s not like we’re out of anything yet. L seems to have a cold, she had a really runny nose and her eye was watery, the poor thing. She slept from the time we got in the car until DH got home at 6:30. We didn’t bother with solids and she took her whole bottle, played for about 10 min, then went to bed in our room. B was a big help with dinner, stirring and sticking spoons in things is his specialty. He helped me with the hamburger buns that have cottage cheese in them and are cooked in the microwave, they tasted good but I made them too thick. Next time I’ll not use as much batter. B was busy playing all evening and as he was exhausted we watched one of this new potty DVD’s, he seemed to like it and it can’t hurt. I think we’ll watch the potty train one tonight. I’m teetering on the fear of pushing him and having it back fire and just being fed up with the whole situation. I did get in 30 min of my Kick workout then watched Big Love and went to bed. B slept great and L woke once, I got up more out of confusion than her needing me.

I have no motivation for work today, good thing I have tomorrow off. I’m going to Colombo’s for lunch with C, all I can have is their salad bar but it’s at least a good one. I really should busy myself with the piles on my desk, boo!

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It was a busy weekend but a good one. Thursday was a pretty laid back night and I was able to finally talk with the police chief, they have a lot of “reading into” what they put on my car and I think that boils down to BS. If it says one thing they need to realize that’s what people are going to take it as but the conversation went fine. Once the kids were in bed I ran to the grocery store to try to give myself some extra time on Friday, and then I went to bed. It was so nice being able to sleep until 6:30 on Friday. I got B up and we had some cuddles then I put him at the table to eat. As soon as he sat down he puked up all of the milk he had drank, not what I was expecting. I felt so bad for him too, he’d puke then cry mommy and puke again. Luckily we caught most of it on the placemat so cleanup wasn’t terrible. I stripped him down and had him lay on the couch with some water and tummy friendly foods, after about an hour he had eaten breakfast and started to get back into “Brodie” mode. I figured the puke was just a fluke since everything else stayed down so I did drop him off at DC before going to L’s 6 month pictures, I know bad mommy. L did great for her pictures and we were done in record time, she’s such a cutie. I realized when I was there I forgot her stats book for the Pediatrician so I had to run home after stopping at the Coop, typical of me. I then stopped to get gas and somehow managed to get gas on my pants, I smelled great after that. I had some time before her appointment so I stopped at Oak Street Market and was so happy I did. They had some flours no one else in the area carries (still haven’t found any sweet white rice flour) plus GF ice cream cones and other GF options no one else has. I was a happy girl and bought a few things out of joy. L and I then rushed to her appointment and sat in the waiting room for 40 min, she was busy flirting with everyone so it wasn’t terrible at least. She’s healthy and doing so well, 10-25th percentile for length and 90th percentile for head and weight. Dr. I said this usually means that her length will pop back up to 50th by the next check up and she’ll probably slim down some, we’ll see. I think she’s just perfect. They also gave prescriptions for both kids to have fluoride, they never talked to me about having B take it so I was a bit surprised. Of course by the time I got to the pharmacy to fill the prescription they hadn’t faxed it yet so I haven’t picked it up, maybe I can tonight. L and I went home for about an hour and I did some cleanup around the house before we picked B up from DC, he was apparently quite the character for them. We had a nice evening and got in a walk while I pulled the kids in the sled, got a sweet picture out of it too. I did some baking and first made “rice krispies” with the bleh cereal I had and they turned out OK, not my favorite. I also made banana bread and veged on the couch while it baked, DH joined me for a little bit and we chatted about marriage until it was late and time for bed.

The kids were up by 7:00 on Saturday and it was OK with me, nothing I could do about it anyways. We had some nice cuddle time and were ready to roll for our play date by 9:40. We had a nice time but I ate more than I planned to. I did order a cheeseburger with no bun and it tasted good but my BM the next morning made it evident I ate something I shouldn’t have. Darned MSG. It ended bad when D fell and hit his head, poor kid but he’s a trooper. B wasn’t quite ready for a nap when we got home but L was out cold. I did some cleaning and started on my 5 loads of laundry then B helped me dust. Once he went down for his nap L woke up but I will still able to get a lot of cleaning done. Once she was again ready for a nap I put her down and boom B was up, ah life with 2 sweethearts. I at least had everything but the bathroom and floors done so B helped with the bathroom, had his own yellow rubber gloves and rag though I did my best to keep him from the actual cleaner. Dinner was leftovers since I was too busy as it was and then B and I moved onto the floors. He did a great job using the extension to vacuum the floor, it also took me about 20 extra minutes to clean but that’s OK. It was worth it to watch him watch himself in the stove vacuuming. I finished the floors after he was in bed and even got all of the laundry put away before I went to bed, woot! K and I talked about getting together for the Super Bowl so I also ran to the grocery store to get a few things and happily discovered they now carry Green’s beer! I almost did a happy dance in the aisle and happened upon it by chance. My last thing for the day was watering the plants and making no-bake cookies so I was one productive girl.

I woke to crying at 6:30 and I thought it was B until I went in the room, yup L was ready to get up. This then woke B up and I got him calmed down and L calmed down and tried to go back to sleep hoping my little beauties would follow suit, nope! So we were up and it was for the best since I wanted to go to church. We had our normal cuddle and feed then I jumped in the shower. I came out to find L passed out on the floor and B still happily watching his movie. DH got up barely in time to shower and go with us, I would have let him sleep. Church was fine and we worked with B to be quiet and to only whisper when he talked, he did OK but we still have a lot of work to do. We then came home and just tooled around the house. B was tired pretty early so I gave him an early lunch and put him down for a nap, it was short but that’s life. DH took B outside to play and I napped on the couch for about 30 min, it was so nice and I woke just in time to wake up and get things out for our guests. B and D played great, B is interacting more with his play and that really helps. He also did better with sharing so I was glad to see that. We just chatted and watched the game while the kids played, good food and good fun. I didn’t exercise at all this weekend and I ate terrible so I’m sure the scale isn’t going to be nice to me. I am going to stick to it this week, I’m not yet out of the running for my goal for this WLC, I can do it.

Monday was a busy day, my whole afternoon was meetings and we did a lot of walking in the tunnels, at least I got my exercise. I stopped at the pharmacy before picking the kids up and after standing there for 10 min waiting for them to find B’s prescription they tell me they’ve never sold the chewables before and their manager didn’t enter it into the computer so they don’t know what to charge me. She offered to give me a few and really what’s the point when I have to come back again? I was annoyed. The kids were chipper and DH was home when we got there, not that you’d know since he stayed downstairs and didn’t bother to give me a break with the kids and dinner, I of course don’t need any help. He did at least get the van licensed and got the key copied, it cost the dealership $190, ouch! I think car companies have gone from trying to prevent people from stealing cars to just way overboard, really do we need it to be this expensive and 1.5 hours to program everything? I had a raging headache (not sure what’s going on with me to have so many lately) so after dinner I got everything ready for today and cleaned up, knowing I’d be in bed soon. I did have my Gluten Free Living magazine and GF breads book arrive in the mail so I browsed through those a bit before going to bed.

L is such a smiley girl and her giggles are so sweet, she’s not as big of a laugher as B was but that’s what makes them special. The one thing she does that is precious is she claps her feet and does it really well. She was also clapping for the first time yesterday and that was great to see. Part of me can’t figure out where the last 6 months went, I hate that feeling. B has been more willing to sit on the potty, nothing has resulted but since he’ll sit without a fight I feel like we’re getting somewhere. He’s ready he just needs to want it.

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I just read an article stating two studies have found significant mercury in HFCS. Apparently mercury can be a side effect of the process of making HFCS. Why exactly is the FDA allowing this in our food? I'm so glad I've rid our home of HFCS. Some of the foods that had mercury in them due to the HFCS were Hershey's chocolate syrup, Kraft original BBQ sauce, Strawberry Nutri-Grain bars, Smucker's strawberry jelly, frosted blueberry Pop Tarts, Coca Cola classic and Yoplait strawberry yogurt. Wow.

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More people are being laid off around here and of course it has me worrying about the security with my job. I know we’re a bit different than the positions that rely on grants but it doesn’t make me think I’m untouchable especially since we’re a cost recovery group. All I can do is pray.

DH went home early to get a nap in and L had fallen asleep on the drive home so B and I played outside for a bit, mostly we ran to see the train and then petted the cat from across the street. He was so cute baby talking the cat saying it was crying and asking if it was OK. Once we were in the house I made dinner and he ate like a champ, maybe he’s going through a growth spurt. After dinner we decided to do a flashlight walk, of course it wasn’t dark enough with street lights to do a real flash light walk but we still had fun. I carried L the whole way and my back was not happy. We then did some cuddles and put the kids to bed, L was adorable lying on her side cuddled with her butterfly, so sweet. B didn’t give us any sort of issues with falling asleep and he slept all night, well at least we think he did since DH didn’t turn the monitor on. I was exhausted so I watched I Survived and then went to bed, it was nice to sleep. I need to do a few things around the house tonight so I can be plenty ready for the IL’s visit. I will just have a quick clean to do on Friday night and then a little bit of meal prep on Saturday. I really need to sit down at some point and go over recipes I want to try and ingredients I need to use up, maybe I’ll have some time Saturday since the IL’s wont’ be here until after 2, I can dream anyways.

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So I'm doing a bit of a trial run, since I've been GF for almost 6 weeks I've been feeling great, less bloating/gas etc. Well at a union meeting today my co-worker grabbed me a brownie and after sitting next to it for 30 min I decided to eat it and see if it effects my body at all. It was really just an excuse to eat the damned thing but also I think this test will be good too. So, we'll see how my body reacts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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As I got to my car last night DH called saying he was at home (he had an appointment to look at a weird spot on his arm, they did remove it and are doing tests) and that L’s 6 month pictures had been dropped off at the store. I stopped at the store on my way home and her pictures are adorable, cuter than I remembered. The kids both had a good day at DC though L is sick. On Sunday she had the raspy breathing and now it’s mostly just a boogery nose and cough, poor girl. When we got home it was raining outside so we went in, B really wanted to play outside before he saw the weather, he didn’t believe me that it was windy and rainy. I did some clean up in the kitchen and made hamburgers for dinner then it was bath time. L really enjoyed her bath, I’m sure the warmth helped her breathing. After baths B and I played with his car set then it was bed time. Right as I put him down he said he wanted to sit on the potty, I know it was a ploy to put bed time off but I figured it was worth a try. We read while he sat on the potty and after a few minutes he said he was peeing, he then scooted back to look at his penis and started peeing. He didn’t pee a lot but it was something and it showed me he’s very well aware of when he pees. He wanted to wipe with toilet paper so I let him then we dumped the pee in the big potty, washed our hands, and ran to tell DH. He was proud of himself and I gave him some chocolate chips for his treat. This morning I reminded him how proud I was of him peeing in the potty and that I hope he keeps it up, I’m so ready for him to be potty trained. Once he was in bed I did 40 min of STEP then joined DH in the bedroom while he watched a recorded football game, yes it’s one he’s seen a few times. B actually slept past 6 this morning so I was happy about that, he’s been getting up way too early the last few days. DH has today off so he’s taking B to DC and keeping L at home, hopefully she can nap better and get over this darned cold. He’s going to mail off our taxes and insulate the garage today, that should keep him plenty busy. I don’t have much to do around the house tonight, we’re having blueberry pancakes for dinner so that will be an easy meal. I am going to do Pilates tonight, I want to see how it works for me to do STEP or Kickboxing every other day and then Pilates or Yoga in between, it’s worth a try. My goal for this POBLC is to get down to the 150’s so I need to lose at least 5 pounds. I would love to drop 10 pounds by the end of April, then I would only need another 5-10 pounds to meet my goal before my 30th birthday. To be below 150 would really be wonderful. I need to focus on 15 pounds because that's a reachable number.

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L had a little bit of a fever yesterday, 99.2 so nothing major, but we sure felt bad for her. B and I went to the grocery store to get some necessities. He pushed around the little cart and was very helpful. B shared an otter pop with DH, he’s wanted to for a few days now and it was cute seeing the two of them on the couch enjoying that thing. For dinner we had blueberry pancakes and I used Carol Fenster’s recipe, it was pretty good but DH still likes the GFM mix better. B didn’t waste any time eating so we sat down to play and he happily agreed to sit on the potty with L. Sure enough he pooped a little in the potty so we celebrated and had some “m-en-ms”. L also peed a little in her potty and he insisted she get some M&M’s also. He of course then filled his diaper with pee but right before bed he sat on the potty again and pooped again. I really hope this continues and that he can be trained soon. After the kids were in bed I did 40 min of Pilates then cuddled with DH in the bedroom since he was watching the b-ball game. B did wake around 1 and I had to go in the settle him down, I don’t even know what his problem was. L slept great and she hasn’t had a fever since yesterday so hopefully she’s on the mend. She’s still boogery but it’s not quite so yellow. B woke and immediately told me he had peed through, well he also had explosive butt so I got him cleaned up and then we laid on the floor in the living room and cuddled a bit. He also had an explosive butt for DH but he did squeeze a little bit of poop into the potty.

We got about 3 inches of snow yesterday/last night and it’s still coming down. Maybe we can get a few more inches out of this, we have a storm warning until tomorrow evening so it’s promising. There was an explosion downtown this morning, it leveled 3 buildings, thankfully not close to DH’s store. It’s amazing the devastation it caused and they think it’s due to a gas leak. Luckily it happened before it got too busy downtown. I was down again today with weight, woot! Tonight I’m going to do STEP and tomorrow night I will either do my Buns & Thighs or I’ll take the night off. I need to clean the house since I think A will be coming over for a play date this weekend. I want to try the sweet bread I made last weekend, maybe if I’m not so pressed on time I can make it work and it did taste yummy. For dinner I’m making a hamburger/French fry casserole. I’ll have to improvise on the cheese soup but I think if I use my cream soup base splitting the milk amount with cheese it should work out.

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On Thursday B had terrible diarrhea but DC didn’t have us pick him up since they didn’t know if DH’s store was impacted by the blast and didn’t want to bother him if it was. We had a normal evening and I did my Kick Max and had sore butt cheeks for days after, it was a good feeling. The french fry casserole didn't happen until Friday, by the time I got around to starting dinner it was 6 so I didn't have time and I just made fajitas. The casserole was really good and I think the next time I do the soup I'll only do 1/4 cup of milk and 3/4 cups cheese. On Friday I got up and got ready for work, B didn’t want to wake up and DH told me I should keep him home for the day, that would have been nice to know before I got up at 5:20. The kids and I had a good day and I was really productive. I updated their web page, cleaned the house, did laundry, made brownies and did some grocery shopping after they were in bed. It was ridiculous it took me all day but that’s life with LO’s. By the time I sat down for the day it was 9:30 and I was exhausted so I passed on exercising.

Saturday morning we were up at 6:30 and I was sweetly puked on and down my shirt by L. We had a quiet morning and I made frosting for the brownies with B enjoying licking the frosting off the beater, he was covered in chocolate. Both kids napped at the same time, L for 3.5 hours and B for 3 hours so I had a lot of time. I prepped a little bit for S & G coming over then I spent 2 hours reading, it was so nice to relax and have some quiet time. The kids woke shortly before S & G arrived and B and A were off playing from the get go. We BBQ’d and had a great time, they are a wonderful couple and we all seem to really get along well. After dinner L projectile all over me and the table so we had some clean up to do and I smelled like puke the rest of the night, oh well. I did have a few too many glasses of wine so I chugged water before bed and DH said he’d get up in the morning so I could recover, what a sweet heart. B stayed up later than he ever has, he didn’t go to bed until 11 and since it was day light savings it hit us even harder on Sunday morning. I had tried to make the almond bread again and for some reason I didn’t set the timer which was a big mistake since I was chatting and not paying attention to the clock, needless to say it was over baked. So one under baked and one over baked must result in my third being perfect, I’ll try again next weekend.

Sunday I didn’t get up until almost 9 and DH was up with the kids around 7, though he fell asleep on the couch and didn’t join me in bed until 4, poor guy. I didn’t have much to do on Sunday, I did 2 more loads of laundry, vacuumed, did DH’s books, and read. We did go out for a walk around 4:30 but the wind was bitter cold so we just went around the block then headed inside. I did make the crock pot cola chicken which is cooking as we speak, I really hope it’s delicious. I’m going to steam carrots and make rice to go with it. L spewed her last bottle of the day all over the floor and the carrots she ate earlier came up with it. I spent the rest of the night cleaning the carpet and half a bottle of Resolve later the carpet looked stain free. DH stayed home with her today and other than about 2 oz spewed this morning it sounds like she’s doing well.

Because B has been showing an interest in the potty I showed him his big boy underwear yesterday along with a pullup and explained what they were. I let him choose what he wanted to wear and he chose the big boy underwear. I put a pair on bear also and then continually asked B if he or bear had to pee yet, of course I was answered with no’s. As we were coloring he told me he was peeing and sure enough he had soaked himself and was standing in a puddle of pee. I cleaned him up and explained that he can’t pee or poop in big boy underwear and I put a pair of cloth training pants on him. DH came into the house at this point so I headed to the bathroom to shower and DH brings B in because he had started to poop in his pants, well he still has diarrhea so it was really unpleasant. I helped get the underwear off B as clean as possible then I threw the underwear away and told B that pooping in them ruins them and he’s not to poop or pee in big boy underwear. He did at least do the rest of his pooping in the potty but after that we were back in diapers for the day. I’m hoping to try this every weekend and maybe he’ll just get it one of these days. It will also help to try it when his poop is no longer diarrhea. I hope both of them are back to being healthy soon.

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After work on Monday I ran to the grocery store then DH picked B up after I got home, L was still sleeping off her flu. Our night was normal and I got in a 50 min Pilates work out, it was needed since I’ve been eating terribly. Tuesday morning I got ready for work and went in to wake L up finding her in a puddle of vomit. The poor girl had it caked in her hair so we did a bath first thing. This meant I was not going to work since DH needed to go in. B did go to day care and while L took a 4 hour nap in the morning I did laundry, filed, put fresh linens in the guest room, and read for a couple of hours. Once L was up we went to Michael’s to pick up a couple pictures frames (I then realized once I was home that I needed 3 more pictures frames) then to Costco to get some groceries. DH was home when we got back, he started to not feel well, and I cut up strawberries and grapes then dehydrated pears. I also gave that bread a third try and this time it worked. Turned out I was heating the milk up way too much, with my microwave I can only zap it for about 15 seconds. We had dinner a little earlier than usual and then B watched the metronome video with L and then it was bath time. I also found time to put some pictures in frames, we have some decoration changes to make around the house. I ate terribly, too many M&Ms it’s embarrassing. I did at least do 40 min of STEP last night. With my horrendous eating I’m up 2 pounds, there goes my great week last week.

The carrots are still in the carpet so I’m going to try our dry cleaning system to see if I can get the stain out, I’ve tried everything else. The carpet needs a good cleaning so this will aid me in getting that much needed chore taken care of, I remember wanting to have it cleaned before L was born. Hmm, that didn’t happen. It would be nice to have a wonderfully clean carpet before my LS party in 2.5 weeks. This may be what my weekend will entail and that’s OK. I need to set up a playgroup for this weekend, I think my kids are finally healthy, I just can’t decide what and when. I’m thinking the CM but haven’t decided on Friday night or Saturday yet. Tonight I need to make a non-leftover meal, maybe I’ll leave it up to DH whether to make hamburgers or pancakes.

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L is doing really well “walking” when you hold her hands and help her, Miss N had to show me when I picked her up and we were both very proud. She seemed to have a great day at DC and I think she missed it, nothing like other kids close to your level to make life fun. B seemed to have a great day also and I told him he had a big booger as we were driving home so he picked it for me. Luckily we had some napkins in the glove box because I did not want to touch and hold that sticky booger for the whole drive home. DH had the day off but he was looking for filters so he wasn’t home when we got there. B headed straight for the dehydrator and started in on the fruit. He ate all of the strawberries first then had some pears. I must say the strawberries were really good so I’ll have to make more of them and the pears weren’t bad but not as good as I imagined. We had buttermilk blueberry pancakes with bacon and B was full of attitude. I don’t think he napped too well so he was tired. We had L sit on the potty to try to encourage B but he’d have nothing to do with it, bah. We then read our night time stories and I had him in bed a little early. I was tired but got in my 20 min Buns & Thighs video then cuddled with DH on the bed as he watched the Cats game. I fell asleep then officially went to bed at 9:15, it felt great to sleep.

DH found some really delicious cheese curls at Costco that are WF/GF/MSG free, we were so excited. After eating them I noticed the next day my intestines were acting up a bit and I commented about whether there was something in them. Yesterday DH mentioned that he thought there might be something in them also because he was starting to break out with rash spots. This morning his whole back was covered in a rash, I felt horrible for him. I can’t for the life of me figure out what the heck caused this so I e-mailed the company to see if they could lend me a bit more information on the blue cheese and natural flavors that are in the cheese curls. What a bummer. There’s a chance it’s just coincidence but who knows?

I have a few things to take care of tonight, watering the plants, putting laundry away (how can I just let it sit there for days on end?), paying bills, and cleaning out our shelf organizer. Tomorrow night I need to do a quick clean and start cleaning the carpet. I’ve scheduled a play group for Saturday at McD’s since next weekend we’ll do the CM on Friday. With C’s LS party I won’t have time on Saturday and the following weekend is my party so we’ll take that weekend off from the play group. I think we’re heading to the cabin on Sunday to visit the IL’s and get more firewood. It will be nice to get out of town for a little bit, I feel like we haven’t left this area for too long.

DH commented to me last night that he wants to eventually put another wood burning stove in the living room. I’m OK with this and we looked at different locations and issues/options. I think it will go along the tall wall in the living room but we will definitely need new furniture and to do some rearranging. I think we can make it work but as DH said it would be a ways down the road. We will need to do an air intake before we finished the basement so DH is going to talk to the fireplace guy when he comes over to put a flue on our existing fireplace. DH is still battling the downdraft issues; I pray we can get the problem fixed without throwing too much money at it.

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DH called the dermatologist and they called in a prescription for some cream to help the rash on his back. He also got the results on on the chunk of skin they removed from his arm and it was a precancerous growth. They don't need to remove any more because the growth was exterior and self contained. I'm so thankful he's observant with his skin and doesn't avoid the doctor. I'm very happy for him because next Friday he's going snow boarding with his brother and nephews, he's going to have a blast. He's also going to buy a helmet so that will be a good thing.

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B had a rough day at DC, he had a small temp of 99.9 and I just don’t think he was feeling good. He wasn’t happy with anyone but he was a pretty good boy for me. He had a melt down when M came over and was playing with his chalk, after we went in he was fine and I’m sure it had something to do with me pampering him. My Pampered Chef stuff came in so I need to season my stoneware this weekend and I’m really excited to make pizza on my new stone. I’m also looking forward to using my new can opener, it’s sad how simple things can make me happy. Since B was so tired after dinner we had him go straight to bed and then I cleaned up around the kitchen and spot cleaned stains from the carpet. Tonight I’m going to do a quick clean and then start cleaning the carpets. I will probably only get the dining room done but we’ll see how fast it goes. DH picked up his rash medication before coming home and holy cow was it pricey. $200 before insurance and $130 after insurance, at least it seems to be helping.

On my way home I’m going to stop by the Coop to buy a few things, it’s so much easier shopping there without the kids. I may even try to pick up some frozen food for dinner since I want a break and have a lot to do tonight. I hope B does better since I’d really like to make it to the play group tomorrow, but if he’s sick there’s not much I can do about it. My main goal this weekend is to control my eating, that’s easy enough right?

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