It was ridiculously warm yesterday, high 60’s in November, bah! Part of me likes it but part of me is annoyed that it’s so warm outside, oh well. When we got home the neighbors were outside and we haven’t seen them since the kicking incident with M and L. I wasn’t too excited and M was all over L trying to carry her and just being in her face. When L pushed M away from her (as hard as a 1 year old can push a 3 year old) M tattled and I told her to give L her space. I’m not punishing L when M has been taking things from her left and right. I did get the rest of the front yard raked and then bagged the leaves. K was outside and we wound up at their house so I helped N rake her front yard. We had beans and rice for dinner and thankfully it was quick and easy. It was pretty good and we have a lot of leftovers so that’s what we’re doing tonight for dinner. I think it will be delicious in a tortilla with sour cream. We kept the kids up a bit later and it didn’t do any good since they were still up at 5:45 this morning, I can’t handle it if they’re up before 6 tomorrow, I need some sleep! Once they were in bed I did my kick boxing workout, tried to help DH move the rock for the fireplace inside but it was too heavy, paid bills, and cleaned up a little bit. I wasn’t in bed until after 10 so it was rough getting up this morning.
I need to stop by the grocery store on my way home and then I hope to get the kids in the back yard so I can rake while they play. Since we’re doing leftovers dinner will be a breeze and then I’m dedicating the night to cleaning the house. DH and I are going to move the rock into the basement so that will be “fun”. My goal is to be in bed around 10 so I’ll have to be motivated to get things cleaned and not procrastinate.This weekend should be nice. We’re doing a play group at Parties R Us, they have inflatable’s for the kids and it’s $7/kid for 2 hours, not too bad when the weather is crummy. It’s been beautiful lately so maybe I should have planned it for outside. I also want to start my Christmas shopping so I’ll be looking for things this weekend when we do some shopping, DH will need to come along so it will be a Sunday morning after church expedition. Other than that I plan to get the entire yard raked, hem some pants, go through clothes for the kids, organize the freezers (I need to remember what I had in them again), season my stoneware, make banana muffins, and possibly make chocolate covered cherries so they have time to liquefy before Christmas. It’s going to be another busy one I think.
Friday was a bit on the windy side when I got home so we did not work on raking the yard, I wasn’t too heartbroken. We had a normal evening and I was able to get the house cleaned and Halloween decorations put away so that was nice. We kept the kids up later than usual to try to get them adjusted to the time change and I went to bed early anticipating it wouldn’t work. Saturday morning L was up at 5:15 crying so I calmed her down and got her back to sleep. I was in bed again at 5:30 and up at 6 with both kids awake, awesome! Since I had some extra time I made eggs for breakfast and had the kids ready to roll. Both kids were exhausted and B wound up having a screaming fit in his bedroom because he wouldn’t listen to me, this woke DH up and I felt bad. L barely seemed able to stay awake so I put her down in the PnP to nap while I showered, she wasn’t happy but got about 30 min at least. We left the house to make it to a play group at 10:00. B loved the inflatable’s and was off running around immediately. L was pretty reserved but we went down the slide a few times, jumped in the castle, and played in the toddler zone for a bit. She was still exhausted so I held her most of the time and she kept resting her head on my shoulder. She started to feel warm and was just miserable so we left 20 min earlier than we had planned, 1 hour and 40 min of inflatable’s is plenty. L fell asleep before we left the parking lot and once home I gave the kids lunch and L was 100.7. She took two bites and that was all so I put her down for a nap and she slept 4.5 hours! B and I made a loaf of bread in the breach machine then he took a 3 hour nap, it was amazing. I wasn’t feeling too productive this whole weekend so I read Harry Potter for a bit and then took a 45 min nap on the couch. Once B was up he watched some Wubbzy and I made a sausage cheese chowder, it was yummy. Our bread tasted great but didn’t rise at all. I had taken a recipe and just threw it in the bread machine so I think it needs some playing with. Dh got home from work and informed me that some idiot had parked on the street and was blocking our driveway. The moron was blocking about 1/3 of our driveway and was blocking the van in. I was furious and rather than waiting for them to go to their truck so I could ream their arse I decided the safer and more adult decision was to call the cops. So I gave a description of the truck and gave the license plate number but of course the truck was gone by the time the cops came around. They called me and asked if I wanted them to give a citation or call and do a warning and I said the warning is fine. He said he’d let them know I didn’t appreciate it at all, morons! After dinner we then headed to town so we could watch Kari play B-ball in the AAU meet and we had a lot of fun but the kids don’t do so well sitting still. Once home the kids went to bed and I read a bit more before going to bed myself.DH had told me he’d get up with the kids so when L was up at 4:45 I roused DH to take care of her. He got her down easily but of course 6:00 we heard both of them. The next hour was filled with DH getting them quiet and down and coming back to bed for awhile before going back. So basically I was mostly up the whole time and he didn’t help me at all, thanks honey! At 7:00 I gave up and got out of bed and DH slept another hour. The kids and I cuddled a bunch and I thought we could possibly make it to church until L knocked my coffee all over books and the carpet. I was just thankful that she didn’t get burned. After we were all ready for the day we headed to town to do some Target and Costco shopping. There’s always a bum begging for money between the two roads near the 19th exit and we were honored with seeing the current bum run off to the side of the road to drop trough and urinate for all to see. To top it off there’s a rest area with free open bathrooms just across the road! I was furious so I called 911 and reported him, since he was still there begging for money when we went home I’m guessing the police dept blew it off. We got a little bit of Christmas shopping done and I’m just at a loss for most people. Once we got home I made lunch and then the kids were put down for naps. L napped 4 hours and B played for 1 hour before finally falling asleep for a 2.5 hour nap. I made another loaf of bread trying a different recipe. It didn’t taste as good and it also didn’t raise. I think I’m going to go against what they say to do and I’ll proof the yeast then mix it in with the rest of the wet ingredients and then turn the machine on. Since we do GF I’ve had to program my own setting and I made a new program where it will just mix right away then do the rise and baking. I hope to try the honey bread tonight with positive results. I also made brownies while the kids napped and then read more Harry Potter. I’m on the last book and I can’t put it down. We wanted to watch another of K’s games so we went to that at 5 and then we grabbed dinner at Wendy’s before heading home. It was then baths and bed and since I ate terribly I made myself do 50 min of Kick Max. It hurt but not as bad as it did a few days ago. I then read a bit more before heading to bed.DH took L in for her 15 month shots today, I thought she only needed chicken pox but I guess she needed quite a few more and they gave her the normal flu shot. Poor thing, DH said she took it really well and fell asleep on the way back to DC. DH had to rush from that appt to a dermatologist appt that was originally scheduled at the same time. They are doing a skin allergy patch test on him, it tests for chemicals that are found in common household products. He has to wear it for 2 days and then they’ll see if he reacts to anything on Wednesday. It’s not cheap and I hope it can give some answers as to why he keeps breaking out. I still have a long list of things to do around the house and tonight should be productive as long as I don’t get my normal Monday headache. Even if I have a headache I’m forcing myself to at least do some Yoga, it may even help my headache. I have eaten way too much junk today, I had done it before 10:00 am even hit. First I started with some brownies at home then I ate some candy that I ordered from a co-workers daughter to raise money for her school. I tallied the calories, as much as I didn’t want to, and for dinner I only get a strawberry cottage cheese smoothie. Serves me right and it will at least taste good. I think we finally have the Thanksgiving sleeping arrangements worked out. We weren’t sure if we’d be able to stay at the guest house or not but since all of DH’s siblings are going to be up along with C’s MIL we’re short a room. I’m OK with us staying at a hotel and I hope to get the room we had last year. It’s going to make it difficult to make the GF gravy but I’ll work that out and I’m just going to make the GF herb rolls the night before. This has changed our plans from staying Wed and Thurs night to only staying Thurs night. We’ll just drive up first thing that morning. I’m looking forward to having most of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at home. I’ll be able to decorate for Christmas and make my Christmas cookies and candy. Here’s hoping my Christmas shopping is done by then.
I didn’t have a headache when I left work but it did show up, at least it was later than normal. The kids were in great moods and DH was home when we got there. I started dinner right away and the kids played with DH. After dinner they played more while I cleaned up then it was time for bed. L was up when B went in the room to sleep and she was so excited to see him. I knew they’d chat and giggle for awhile but they weren’t up too late at least. I did some Yoga then went to bed early.
Both kids slept great and I had to wake them up at 6:30, I hope we’re finally back to normal. I had time to clean up the kitchen and put dishes away before they were up and I really need to focus tonight and get things taken care of. I have a huge list and it’s time I start pretending to dwindle it down. I do need to get some cardio in tonight also but since I have tomorrow off I don’t have to worry so much about getting to bed early.I have a busy day tomorrow and I hope it’s productive. First I’m taking the car in to get the oil changed, then I’ll do some shopping for Christmas presents before picking up the organic turkey that I ordered. After that I should have time to pick up a few specialty grocery items then it will be lunch with K and off for more shopping and getting my ring checked. After that I’ll stop by the grocery store then head home to make scotcheroos and brownies, and if I have time I’ll do some cleaning before I pick the kids up from DC. The baking is needed for a military bake sale I agreed to help with and to have some goodies for our mom’s night in on Friday. It seems like a lot to take care of so I’m not sure I’ll have time to get it all in, I’ll do my best. I have Christmas ideas for everyone but my mom, I’m just not sure what to get her so I’ll be doing a lot of looking around and hopefully I’ll find the perfect present. I would love to get her a GF bread machine but $200 is a bit out of the price range, dang! DH is another one that has me stumped because everything he wants is expensive. We reserved the hotel room we want for Thanksgiving and MIL tried to get us to still come up on Wednesday night but staying at the guest house that night. I’m in no mood to unpack, repack, and unpack again. Plus with us staying home Wednesday night I have a bit more time to prep food. I’m now in search of a great gravy recipe and I just ordered an insulated gravy boat so it will stay warm if I needed to move it from one location to another which I probably will.
DH had his blood drawn to be tested for Celiac today, they said the results will be in on either Friday or Monday. I don't think he'll test positive but I'm dying to get the results.
I can’t believe it’s Friday but I’m sure happy it’s here. Wednesday was a great day. I slept in an hour then had a normal morning with the kids except I didn’t leave before them. I first took the car in to have the oil changed then I got a coffee and did some shopping. I was able to hit 4 stores and get quite a few presents by 10:30. I then picked up the Hutterite turkey, bought some specialty groceries, and swung into the mall before meeting K for lunch. It is so nice to have an adult conversation without LO’s interrupting and we extended it to her house for a couple hours after lunch. I then stopped by the mall to finish up at a couple stores, bought groceries, and then met DH at home because he was texting me to meet him ASAP. I put the groceries away and realized my day was gone so I picked the kids up and we played outside when we got home. I raked the front yard again and then we went inside for snacks while waiting for DH to get home. It was a leftovers night and then baths before bed. I took the night off from any formal exercise and I made brownies and scotcheroos for N’s bake sale and my MNI party on Friday. L did have a fever, 102.2, after we got in the house and we think it was from her vaccinations. She also sported two rashes on her arms where they gave her the shots, poor thing.
Thursday we woke up to 6 inches of snow and it was still coming down. I was so happy to see it and in that quantity. The roads weren’t fantastic but they were what you’d expect. L was fine in the morning so she went to DC and I picked her up after my meeting was over. I was looking forward to having time at home to clean while she napped and I did laze a little bit. DH came home early with B after he purchased a snow blower. I called N and the girls came down to play while I shoveled a bit and DH ran the snow blower. B was loving the snow and I think played in it most of the day at DC. L was excited also though she got upset when she’d get stuck, I’m glad they are snow lovers. Once l got too cold I took her inside and snuggled to warm her up while we watched her sign video. B was in shortly after and then I made pizza while chatting with my mom. I did get in 40 min of kickboxing, vacuumed, cut up and wrapped the brownies and scotcheroos, and prepared for the Mom’s night tonight. I was exhausted once I went to bed.I’m working through lunch today so I can get home a little early. DH is heading to Msla for the football game tomorrow so I want to see him before he leaves. He doesn’t want to be around for the mom’s night in spa treatment we’ll be doing. I have a few things to do around the house tonight and I am hoping to pull the kids on the sled before it gets dark outside. Dinner is going to be mac & cheese for the kids while I’m having rice and veggies. I have to make sure my calories stay low so I can enjoy wine and treats tonight. Once the kids are in bed I’ll finish prepping things for the spa night and then just wait for people to show up. I think there will be 8-10 ladies and it should be a lot of fun. One woman coming sells ItWorks products and is bringing a wrap to use on me, I’m all for my stomach shrinking a few inches from a wrap. Tomorrow we have a play group in the morning and then the rest of my weekend is open to do whatever I want. So chores and catching up on things. DH won’t be home until 7ish on Saturday so hopefully we’re all in good spirits and have a nice day together. DH received the results from his allergy patches and he’s allergic to Lanolin oil. He can’t wear any wool and has to avoid a list of things lanolin hides under along with cetyl and stearyl alcohols because they can cause cross reactions. We’ll have to throw a few things out and give some clothes away but I hope this is the answer to his breakouts. The tape they used to keep the patches in place must have lanolin because he’s broken out terribly in those locations. We really have to find something he can bring in for her to use because this is unacceptable. They are starting to boil where he reacts and not only does it itch but it hurts him, poor guy. We still haven’t heard back on the blood test so I’m guessing Monday will be the day. That’s probably good so he can enjoy some beer this weekend in case he is Celiac.
Friday night turned out really well. The kids were well behaved and as they finished dinner N came over with her girls and the kids got to play for a bit. We then did baths and bed and I was able to have everything ready for my Girls Night In without any stress. 4 people showed up and it was a really good group of ladies. I had a lot of fun and we polished off 2 bottles of wine, I was a little tipsy by the end of it all. I was disappointed that the ItWorks consultant didn’t show up, I wanted to have that free wrap! Oh well, we still had a great night and I really liked the avocado hand and foot scrub. Once everyone left I did clean up then headed to bed.
Saturday the kids were up at their normal 6:30 and I just had them crawl into bed with me so I could be lazy for a bit longer. We then had breakfast and got ready for the day. I was cutting it pretty close to get out the door on time for our play group. We met up with the group at McD’s and they kids had a nice time while I got more chatting in. I really do love the ladies in my group. Once we were done eating we headed home and the kids took naps. I made banana muffins and prepped for dinner while getting in a little bit of reading. After they were both up we did some quiet time on the couch because they were both cranky then we headed outside to play in the snow. DH was home around 6:15 so we had dinner with him and then put the kids to bed. I went through our closet and packed up more fat clothes to donate along with bagging up all of our wool clothing. I did keep my Smart Wools and I hope they don’t cause any issues for DH, if so I will part with them. Sunday the kids were up early again and we had a quiet morning hanging out. I was able to pay bills, start DH’s books, make banana bread, and make regular bread before DH even got up. After he was up I got ready for the day then finished his books and worked on laundry. We stayed home the whole day and it was fantastic. Since I had so much done so early I was able to read while the kids napped. B fought his nap forever and finally we told him that if he didn’t nap he wouldn’t be able to play outside with K, luckily it worked. Once the kids were up I called N and we met outside so the kids could play in the snow and B went from happy to “I want to go inside” at the drop of a hat, it was cold and N and I were both ready to be inside to warm up. The rest of our evening was normal and I was able to get some exercise in before Desperate Housewives was on. B had a low fever in the 99’s starting Saturday afternoon and both kids sported runny noses and coughs all weekend. They’re still coughing but at least the boogers have died down a little bit.Monday I didn’t get my normal headache so I was able to get some things done around the house and exercise, it was fantastic to be so productive. Last night I didn’t get as much done as I wanted but I did get a few things off my list. I’ve done terrible with food that last few days so tonight I’m focusing on not overeating, I’ve got the exercise down but the food is killing me on the scale. I need to do laundry and clean the house plus get some exercise in so it will be a busy night. Nothing out of the ordinary I guess.L has been a spitfire lately. She has been hitting quite a bit so there have been several TO’s at our house. Poor B seems to be the brunt of it all, not that he doesn’t “ask” for it at times. Last night she was in her crib for a TO and she managed to climb the side and I walked in just as she was falling and flipping to the ground. It scared her big time and hopefully she won’t try it again. She climbs on everything so I expected this from her. She’s also been possessive of me with B. I’ll dress her first in the mornings and then it’s B’s turn, she’ll run to sit on my lap and look at him like back off bub. Sometimes she’ll even put her arms around me and flat out tell him no, little stink.
B is finally starting to tell us what his new friends names are at DC, I’m not sure why he’s been so secretive. There’s only one girl he doesn’t seem to like because she “hits, bites and gets time outs”. She’s the little girl we encountered at the Fall Festival wearing a Hooters t-shirt and by her behavior in line I’m not surprised she isn’t the nicest thing in the world. It was a nice day yesterday but B wanted to go inside so we played for a bit and then I made quesadilla for dinner. I didn’t do too well with not snacking either and I’m so tired of the unconscious eating that I let myself do. The low cal crustless pumpkin pie was pretty good and both kids really enjoyed it. It had a bit of a kick to it so I think next time I’ll avoid the cloves all together. The kids got baths and then I read with them for a bit before they went to bed. I didn’t exercise but I did do a load of laundry, dusted, cleaned the bathroom, and tired another brownie recipe. The brownies are terrible, I never thought I’d say that in my life but it’s true. I’m going to put frosting on them to see if it can salvage them and if not they’re hitting the garbage. No need gaining weight on something I don’t even like.
I’m leaving work a bit early and I need to swing by the grocery store for a few items to ensure my mom has what she needs for meals this weekend. I then plan to head home and do some cleaning before picking the kids up from DC. Even if I can just get the kitchen wiped down and laundry folded all it leaves for me is vacuuming and a few last minute prep items for my parents. I’m taking the kids to McD’s for dinner and to let them burn some energy. DH will meet me when he’s done with work and then I’m going to a LS party for a woman in my play group. After that I’ll head home and hopefully get some exercise in before bed. I also have to pack tonight so I don’t have too much to do when I get home tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll be turning in early for the night even though I really need to. B was trying to sing the Fade Out song last night but instead of saying “Get out of my nightmares, get out of my dreams, you’re not even welcome in my memories” he sang “get out of my life”. It was pretty cute. DH said he was singing it on the way to DC too, I wish he would have picked a song that didn’t have the F word in it.
Yeah for Friday! I got out of work a little early and did some last minute shopping at the grocery store then rushed home and cleaned the kitchen, picked up toys, and took out the diaper garbage. When I picked the kids up L was in hysterics. She was mad because her normal teacher had to cover upstairs and L wasn’t happy about not having her around, she was pretty pitiful. We went straight to McD’s and got our food. McD’s is really good about not messing up our orders but I didn’t appreciate the look from the cashier when I told her no bun on the burgers, I just wanted to smack her and say don’t judge *****. Oh well. The kids chowed their Happy Meals and then B had a whole parfait, L shared mine with me. I think in the future I’ll buy both of them their own parfait. DH showed up as the kids were finishing their meals and they ran around for a bit while he ate and we talked. I snuck out at 6:15 and headed to the LS mega party. It was fun and I was the only person that showed up for S, I’m glad I showed up. We chatted and I won a necklace plus ordered a few things, I’m such a sucker. I got home around 8 and cleaned the floors, folded laundry, frosted the brownies (which made them much more palatable), and packed. I didn’t get to bed as early as I wanted, danged TV! This morning both kids were up early but it did get them eating breakfast early and gave me time to put their laundry away, change our sheets, and put a clean tablecloth down before I left for work. And they were also dressed by the time I left so hopefully DH had an easy morning ahead of him. I’m working through lunch today and we’re hoping to hit the road by 4:30 at the latest. DH will pick the kids up and my parents should be at the house by 4:00 so we’ll swap car seats over and then hit the road. We’re driving to Msla tonight and will do a little shopping and grab dinner before heading to BIL’s house. Saturday we’re leaving early for Spokane and plan to hit a GF bakery, watch the Cat/Griz game (hopefully), eat dinner at a restaurant with a GF menu, and then see the BTS show. I’m so excited to be right in front of wolf man, I can’t wait! Our hotel is within a couple blocks of the Knitting Factory so we’ll be able to walk and that’s a major plus. Sunday we’ll hit the road early and hope to be back home by noon so my parents have time to get back. It’s going to be a fun weekend. Once home I'll be back to cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc but that's my life and it does bring some happiness.
It has been one hell of a week and I’m exhausted, mentally and emotionally. I’ll start with two Friday’s ago. I left work early and we met my parents at the house, both kids could care less that we were leaving so we did good-byes and hit the road. Our first stop in Msla was at Biga Pizza for some GF pizza. It was delicious and both DH and I enjoyed ourselves. We then stopped at an outdoor store to get some gloves and hats before heading to BIL’s house. On the way to BIL’s DH checked his VM and saw that Mark had called twice. We were excited to see what he was up to until it was Regina on the VM saying there had been a terrible accident. I immediately started praying that Mark was still alive, unfortunately R informed us that he wasn’t. It was a horrible blow and DH took it really bad. By the time we got to BIL’s we had tried to clean ourselves up but when I tried to tell them what had happened I broke down again. DH called his mom to let her know and after he did some online stuff joined me in bed. Saturday we were up at 6 and out the door by 7:30. We got to Spokane about the time we planned and stopped at White Pies Bakery to have a GF lunch and buy some GF goodies. They had so much to choose from and I was in heaven. I ordered a BLT which was huge and delicious along with cream puffs, huckleberry cheesecake bars, and blackberry shortcake. We then tried one bar hoping to watch the Cat/Griz game but it was packed so we headed across town to try another bar. It too was packed and the whole time DH was following the GPS while I kept checking updates on his phone. We stayed at a dump downtown but it was 1 block away from The Knitting Factory and it was in walking distance for some GF food so it worked perfectly. We watched the game online and then DH tried to order plane tickets for the funeral. He wasn’t able to use his points since they were closed and we weren’t willing to wait for the next day in case tickets were tight so we had to pay for it on our own. To fly out of Bzmn it was $1900 a ticket but Blgs was only $525 a ticket so we opted for that. After the tickets were ordered we called the IL’s to make sure they could be up Sunday night through Wednesday night to watch the kids then we made reservations for a car and hotel room. We had dinner at PF Chang’s and I was really happy with their GF menu then we stopped at an overly priced store downtown to see if we could find any decent funeral clothes, we didn’t find anything worth the price tags. The concert was really good but I wasn’t impressed with the venue. It was a nice place but their sound was terrible and the vocals weren’t loud enough to hear anything over the instruments. The crowd was also odd, it was like they didn’t know the band and were a bunch of shoe gazers. It actually made me miss the morons that bump into me. DH and I rocked out and got a set list from the wolf man before heading to the hotel for our 4 hours of sleep. These were interrupted half way through when some people decided to play football and yell outside the hotel, at least they quieted down when I asked them to please be quiet. Sunday we were on the road by 5:00 am Spokane time and we made great time getting home. It was snowing off and on but overall the roads were good and we got home shortly after noon. My parents left and then we repacked our bags, cleaned up the house, made a casserole for a quick dinner that week, and hung out with the kids. I think one of the hardest parts was knowing we’d be away again and not having time to really prepare ourselves or them for it. MIL showed up around 4 and we had a quick dinner of rotisserie chicken. We stayed to put the kids to bed then DH and I stopped at Target before driving to Blgs. We got to B & A’s around 10:30 and chatted for a bit before getting 5 hours of sleep. It was hard getting up at 4:30. Our flight out was at 6:00 am and we had only one layover in Denver then got to Springfield at 1:30. We checked into our hotel and I ironed all of our clothes before we went out to dinner. I found a Vietnamese restaurant that has a GF menu so we went there and the food was really good. We then stopped at a health food store that was next door since I wanted to see what their GF options were, it was a nice variety though nothing we don’t have around here. Once back at the hotel we were both anxious, I couldn’t wait to get dressed and get to the viewing. It was really hard to walk into the room, we had to step to the side for a little bit before going in. M’s family greeted us once they saw us arrive and there were a lot of tears. It was the hardest thing seeing him lying there. After visiting him we looked at the pictures and medals they had out and gave R our love. It was good to catch up with some of his friends and hear stories about M, it helps to not grieve alone. We were at the viewing the whole 3 hours and then we went back to the hotel and met up with his family to drink some wine, eat some food, and chat. DH drank quite a bit of wine for him and we headed back to the room when everyone else did. I guess I haven’t mentioned what happened to M. He was such a healthy guy, he’d run an average of 50 miles a week and biked even more. When he passed he was running back to the Armory and people who saw it said it looked like he had been shot. He twitched and then fell. One person that stopped thought he had a seizure so she covered him with a blanket and when the paramedics got there they found he didn’t have any vitals. The woman from the Armory that identified him (she knew it was him just by his hands because he had such long fingers) said they had worked really hard on him. They did get a weak heartbeat shortly but it wasn’t enough. He lied in the hospital for a couple hours before they knew who he was and the Armory called the hospital when he didn’t return. They believe he had a heart arrhythmia and that more blood was pumping into his heart than was pumping out. This caused his heart to enlarge and they believe he had a heart attack. At least it was fast and he died doing what he loved. I kept telling R that he was the happiest he had ever been.Tuesday we slept in a little bit then had breakfast before getting ready for the funeral. DH was able to be a pallbearer so we got there about an hour early. The chaplain was great and a friend of M’s read something he had written about M and his running. As R said God needed a runner. The procession to the cemetery was crazy. We had to drive on the interstate and cars were cutting in and out all over the place, at least we didn’t get lost. They had a 21 gun salute and two Apache helicopters did a fly over, it was so hard to hear the salute. It was really cold and windy outside and we headed to the hotel to change after the funeral was over. We then drove with M’s family to R’s house for the reception and it was nice chatting more with his family and friends. Both DH and I could have stayed longer but his sisters wanted to leave so we had to go. We then went to Chili’s with his family for dinner and ate way too much before heading to bed. I was exhausted.Wednesday we got to sleep in and I even walked/ran on the treadmill at the hotel for 30 minutes. We said our goodbyes to M’s family before heading to the house to visit a bit more before leaving. I’m glad we did because we were able to have a one on one with R and solidify that we’ll be back down to visit her and the girls. The flights home were uneventful though the Steward on the second flight was an a-hole. I’m not even going to get into it. We got to Blgs around 4:30 and A picked us up. We were both hungry so we picked up some McD’s on the drive to the cabin, MIL had taken the kids to the cabin that day and said she’d have them fed so we just had to pick them up. I verified with her that we would not be eating there, we would only be picking the kids up and then heading home since I had a lot to do. Of course when we are leaving I double checked that the kids had eaten and MIL states that she didn’t feed them because she thought they’d stay awake better if they were hungry. WTF?!? Do I even need to explain how mad this made me? I informed her that no it will make them more whiny because they’ll be hungry. So this put more on our to-do list for the night and we just grabbed McD’s for them. It also let to a bed time 2 hours later than their normal. Once we got home the fun really started. Somehow they had programmed the TV to turn on with the volume beyond loud, we could hear the thing outside it was so loud. We get in and get that turned off and then I see the disaster that is my home. Things are all out of place which I expected but there’s now the basketball hoop inside (which was outside), a favorite plate of mine that SIL made is broken on the counter, wall decorations are off the wall and piled in our room, an electric razor that is kept under the kid secure sink is lying out, and I had a ton of cleaning to do. I frustrated to the point of tears and DH did all he could to help but I really could have used a break and not a broken dish. After the kids were in bed I packed, cleaned, made rolls, made devilled eggs, and went to bed. Thanksgiving Day we were up early and out the door by 8:45, a little later than initially planned. We called MIL to see if she needed us to get her anything and she did so that delayed us a bit. Once at the cabin we visited for a bit, gave the kids a thrown together lunch, then headed for the hotel at 1:30 to get the kids down for naps. Once there we realized B had been glutened because he was a pooping machine, let me add that this really pissed me off. We had plenty of food and snacks for the kids yet they still managed to gluten them, my patience was gone at this point. The kids fought falling asleep and only got about 45 min to an hour before we had to wake them up, it was about what I expected. Once at the house I made our GF gravy and got out of the kitchen as quick as possible. E said it was OK for me to be in there (I brought all my own stuff including the salt and pepper) but when J commented “I suppose you’ll need something to put that in” I could tell she didn’t want me in there. I hope my response that I brought my own gravy boat had her calm down a bit. Dinner was really nice and the GF foods were fantastic, N’s stuffing was delicious and SIL’s pie was delicious. I did find B with some Ritz crackers in his hands and I don’t know if he ate them or not but I got them out of his possession as quick as possible. He was upset about it and cried, I felt bad. The kids were pretty good but you could tell they were tired. They did get a second wind and were all over the place. I was a bit upset when FIL made a comment to someone else that “L is cute until she starts getting into stuff”. It made me feel like he didn’t even enjoy they time they spent with the kids and that he expects her to act like an adult, she’s one and she’s going to get into everything so get over it! My neighbor went over while we were gone to get the kids outside to play and FIL was out there with her, she said she could tell the kids were getting the run of the house and FIL wasn’t too pleased with the amount of toys that they owned. He needs to realize it’s not the amount that’s the problem it’s making sure they clean up before moving onto another activity. So I just feel like it was a burden to him and honestly I never want them to watch the kids for that length of time again, 1 day and 1 overnight is the max, they just can’t handle it. We got to the hotel around 10 and we all crashed. L didn’t sleep well, from 1 am on she was up every hour so it was a rough night.Friday we had a nice breakfast at the hotel, she was only a bit put off that the kids couldn’t have cereal and needed eggs and bacon with us, then headed to the cabin. B and DH sat in the duck blind and L and I walked around outside for a bit but we mostly just visited inside. Everything was bread and at one point MIL asked if I’d share some toast with her, she caught herself at least. My final straw came about 30 min before we left. MIL was in the kitchen and L was in there with her, she was being a good girl and not getting into things. The switch for the garbage disposal is at hip level so its right at kid level, B used to switch it all the time and we’d tell him not to and take care of it. L reached up and turned the disposal on so I told her that’s a no touch and she turned away from the switch. MIL turned it off then reached down and grabbed L’s hand and slapped it. This pissed me off even more! First off give her a verbal warning first, second I’m there and dealing with it so you have no need to discipline my child, and third I don’t want you slapping my kids hand, ever! I know she did it when they were watching them because L kept playing with the dishwasher, we just turn the thing off so it doesn’t matter if she presses buttons so I wasn’t happy about that either but this was it for me. DH and I made eye contact but of course he didn’t say anything and luckily we left shortly after that. As we were driving away I commented to DH that I would appreciate it if people would let us discipline our kids when we’re there. His response was nothing. No acknowledgment that he heard or even what he thought. I didn’t talk to him the rest of the day, if he wants to ignore this then I’ll ignore him. We then experienced more issues with B being glutened. He was saying his tummy hurt and he had to poop and of course we’re nowhere near a bathroom. He started crying and saying he didn’t want to poop his pants so we had to pull over and have him poop under a bridge. This infuriated me that the ILs were so careless they allowed him to get glutened and get sick. I know they don’t get it but **** them for allowing this to happen to my child. I was livid the whole day and once home I spent the day cleaning and doing laundry. That evening I went to bed mad and just kept running everything through my head, I was so furious (time to get some anger out) I just started hitting the bed and apparently DH heard this because he came to the room to see if he was too loud, so fricking clueless. I told him I’m upset and I tried talking with him about it earlier but he ignored me. We then got into the whole thing and he wasn’t upset at all about MIL slapping L’s hand, I guess it’s just me with the issue. He said he’s talk to his parents about the slapping and glutening but I don’t expect him to. I want to know what they glutened him with because it really concerns me, they must not take me seriously when I say if he has Celiac Disease and eats gluten it is killing him. If MIL does the slapping again I will be telling her that she needs to leave all discipline to us and that I would appreciate it if she used TO’s rather than hitting as a form of discipline. What else can I do?Saturday I was up early with the kids and we had a nice day overall. I made pancakes for breakfast and DH was up and out the door for Msla by 8:30. I then showered and we went to the grocery store then the park. It was so nice out but everything was wet and then L pooped so we went home early. We did at least play outside for a bit before going inside to eat lunch. We did naps after lunch and L slept for 3 hours and B did about 2 hours. I was exhausted and didn’t feel like doing much but I did make bread, decorated a little for Christmas, and started my chocolate covered cherries. After naps we were back outside to play and then I made pizza while the kids watched Wall-E and ate popcorn. DH arrived as we were finishing up dinner and then it was bed for them while DH and I watched the first Harry Potter. I was exhausted and fell asleep at the end, luckily I know what happened.Sunday was an early morning and I made sausage, gravy, and biscuits for breakfast. Once we were all fed and dressed we headed to Target and Costco and my patience with Christmas shoppers is already gone. People were lollygagging all over and leaving their carts in the middle of the aisles, come one people some of us are there to get in and out not socialize. After Costco we picked up our Christmas tree then headed home to get it set up and eat lunch. During naps I did a bit of laundry and started on the chocolate covered cherries. When the kids woke we started decorating the tree and even though DH and I both were not in the mood for it we played Christmas music and had a fun time. I also wrapped some presents later in the night and dipped the cherries before going to bed.Monday started off bad, I forgot my car wasn’t in the garage so I had to surprisingly scrape windows and then my new gloves were nowhere to be found because DH had put them in the trunk of the van, that’s a great place for them. I was feeling so angry when I left the house and I screamed and yelled for part of the drive to work. Happiness has not been exuding from me and I just feel blah, I know DH is feeling the same way and it sucks. Things at work were fine and then DC called around 1:00 because B had two diarrhea blowouts and didn’t make it to the toilet for either one. Yippee for gluten! He was really upset and his tummy was hurting so I left to pick the kids up. He was fine when I got there so we went home and wrapped a couple more presents before I put the kids down for their naps. L slept for 2.5 hours but B didn’t sleep at all, it drove me nuts. He did help me roll peanut butter balls and because I’ve been emotionally eating I gorged myself while they napped so I had a grapefruit for dinner. I gained 7 pounds last week and I’m not happy about it at all. After baths we dipped peanut butter balls in the chocolate and DH informed me that his business partner was planning to come up on Tuesday so I did some extra cleaning and prepped dinner before heading to bed.Tuesday was finally a normal day and for the first day of December we did get a little bit of snow. The roads were too cruddy for E to come up so that opened up my evening. L has a new habit of taking her shoes and socks off while we’re in the car so there’s been no outside play time, it’s driving me nuts that she does it. DH was home when we got there so I started dinner since we were all hungry and the kids got baths before bed. I organized the stocking stuffers and made banana bread before hitting the hay, I’ve been exhausted.Today I did lunch with K and it was nice chatting with her and getting out of the office. The kids and I are going to pick up some groceries on the way home and I don’t feel like making dinner so it will be a hot dogs with mac & cheese night. I plan to go to bed around 8:30 tonight, I just ache and my head hurts. I hope sleep will fix this. DH is having a bad day and it’s brought me down a bit, he’s justified in having it and on the heels of such a cruddy week it’s understandable he’s so down right now. I just hope I was able to make him feel better. I want to just crawl in a ball and cry or sleep, maybe both.L sings Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, it’s so cute. Both kids have been enjoying dancing to the Christmas music and especially the dancing/singing Santa we have in the house. B has started replying to me with whatever, I just love 3 year old attitude. L will count to 4 now and she’s a big help around the house. She’ll throw her diapers away and put things where they belong. She’s interested in the potty a lot more and when we sit her on it she’ll toot and say poo-poo. The kids truly are the sweetest things in my life, I love them so much and they bring me so much joy. They’re worth all the hard work.Our local paper contacted me to answer some questions about eating GF around the holiday’s and the article came out today. The article is pretty good and she found me through my blog, hopefully it can help some people. So far the only person I know that has seen it is my neighbor.
I finally don’t feel like crud today, I think the sleep last night helped a bit. The kids both had good days and we went to the grocery store after I picked them up. B loves to push around his own little cart but that kid just keeps going so I had to get on him a couple times about staying where I could see him. I swear when I have the kids with me and go to the store I never have help out to the car, I left the cart by the sidewalk because I was not dragging the kids in the cold back and forth to return the thing. Once home we played a little bit then I made dinner and put dishes away. DH called on his way home and was doing better so that made the nights outlook much better. After dinner B and I played a bit then watched a Wubbzy, well I napped while he cuddled and watched the show. Once he was in bed I prepped things for today and went to bed myself, not as early as I wanted but still plenty early. I didn’t sleep well, I woke a lot but overall I feel pretty rested.
We’re doing leftovers for dinner tonight so I hope to make fudge and get some chores around the house taken care of. It’s going to be cold for the next few days, woot for winter being here. We can really tell a difference with the added insulation in the attic. Our furnace is running much less than previous years so that will be good for our pocket book. I am in the mood to bake lots of cookies but I have no desire to cook meals, hopefully I can get a meal plan set and let that be my motivation.L knows where her eyes, nose, mouth, ears, toes, and belly button are. She’s pretty cute pointing to them and saying it until she tries to jab my eye out showing me where my eyes are.
We had a nice evening. The kids were well behaved though I did have to put L in TO because she won’t stop pulling the bows off the presents. We played for awhile then my mom called and we chatted for a bit. The kids had mac & cheese for dinner and DH and I had leftovers. After the kids were in bed I made fudge, mixed dough for chocolate crinkles, cleaned most of the house, pulled meat out to thaw, and did laundry. I was so productive but it sure got me in bed late.
Tonight we’re having chicken breasts with rice and veggies, something easy at least. I plan to clean the floors, bake cookies, make and chill the molasses cookie dough, prep the crock pot for Saturday, and make raspberry chutney. Then hopefully I can get a decent amount of sleep. Saturday is going to be busy. We have a play group in the morning then we’ll do a quick lunch before heading to C’s for a Tastefully Simple party. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to trying the different foods. We’ll then head home for naps and I’ll bake molasses cookies. I also want to try a new cheese cracker recipe but we’ll see if I have the energy.Sunday I want to get the last of Christmas shopping done (Toys for Tots, exchange gifts for the PG, and final stocking stuffers) then we have the DC Christmas party at 1:00. After that it will be naps and I’ll frost the molasses cookies and do laundry. DH is heading to Msla on Saturday to watch the football game so he’ll only be around on Sunday. I hope he puts the Christmas lights on the house because B keeps saying we need to do that, and we do. I’m feeling better and much more back to normal, at least I’ve got energy to do things again. DH is still struggling with losing M, I keep telling him it’s going to take time but I wish I could do more for him.
DH decided to drive to Msla on Friday night because we weren’t sure how much snow there’d be in the morning so I swapped cars with him and was alone with the kids. I was able to stop at Oak St before meeting him and I saw that there will be a GF bake sale on Saturday so I’m excited about that. I met DH at L&D and he left and I did some more shopping. Once we got home the kids and I went to N’s house so they could play for a bit and I could pick up my replacement spatula. She said that when the IL’s were watching the kids and she stopped by to have them play outside B was still in his pj’s, I swear they were beyond overloaded. The kids and I headed home around 6 and had frozen pizza for dinner before we did baths and bed. I made chocolate crinkle cookies and that was it. I wanted to make the dough for the molasses cookies but was out of shortening and I was too lazy to clean the floors.The kids didn’t sleep too well and Saturday we were up at 6:30, B tried to get up at 5:30 but I told him no way. I brought them to bed with me to watch tv while I dozed a bit more but we were up and at it by 7:00. We were supposed to go to the CM for a playgroup but B wouldn’t clean up the mess he made so I told him we couldn’t go. Then L fell asleep so it worked out for the best. We did lunch at home and then I picked S up for C’s party and dropped B off to play with A, it was nice not having both kids to look after. C’s party was a lot of fun and I was able to eat most of the foods. I bought a few things and it went a lot longer than I expected, almost 2.5 hours. B was good for G and things didn’t go as planned once we got home. L wouldn’t nap and I forgot B still needed one so I had two very tired kids on my hands. For dinner L ate well but B wouldn’t touch it and kept saying he didn’t like it. I hate it when he says that before he even tries it. DH came home to me getting on B about not eating and I put L down early for bed. B finally ate and then he was in bed himself. I was exhausted but I did make some bread and mixed the molasses cookie dough. I wound up falling asleep on the couch but once I went to bed all I could hear were the neighbors danged dogs and I had a hard time falling asleep. Sunday we got to sleep in until 6:45! DH said he’d get up with the kids but I was awake and by the time he woke up to get them I’d be wide awake. We had a nice morning and B helped me make French Toast for breakfast. The kids were fed and almost dressed by the time DH got up. We put l down for an early nap and I baked the molasses cookies before giving B lunch. We let L sleep as long as we could then I woke her up and gave her lunch. I got a wild hair up my bum and started organizing the kids’ toys, it had been a long time. I did bag up a few things to donate and threw a few more things out, that’s always a nice feeling. Now I need to take a trip to the second hand store to off load things. We headed for DC’s Christmas party and I felt like we were a little late, it seems most people went early for the dance recital. Santa showed up and gave the kids personalized CD’s and a candy cane and we chatted with S & G a bit before everyone headed out. We then stopped at Target to get a few more Christmas things (ornaments, Toys for Tots, PG party presents, Christmas cards, etc) and then it was home. I hate that we still need to pick up the main stocking stuffers for the kids but at least that’s all that’s left. I was also happy to find that they had the Christmas card style that I wanted and it said Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. I’m really over everything being PC and I did not want to say HH, I’m getting jaded in my old age. Once home I played with the kids and then cut up the roast and veggies for dinner, it was really good. L had no problem eating but again B refused to eat saying he didn’t like it before he even tried it. I had done all the clean up, played with L, and even put her to bed and he still hadn’t touched his food. I realized he again didn’t get a nap so I sat at the table and hand fed him, at least he ate it after an hour and had 10 min to play before bed time. I did buy some beginner word flash cards and I’m going to work with him a little here and there on reading. He’s been trying to put sounds together and does OK with it so I figured I may as well work with him. After he was in bed I addressed the envelopes for the Christmas cards and helped DH find a picture to send with them. I also folded laundry and packed away the molasses cookies. I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted and I went to bed late so it was a normal Sunday night. DH did get the Christmas lights up on the house, we had to buy a new strand of lights with garland but it looks nice.It’s a cold one today. It was -15 F at the house this morning and the high today and tomorrow is -2 F. Our low is about -29 F tonight so that fire will be going strong. It wouldn’t be so bad if the wind weren’t blowing, it’s bitter cold. We’re having shredded beef burritos for dinner, it will be an easy way to use up some of the roast from last night. I’m hoping to wrap the presents we picked up yesterday and start frosting cookies, we’ll see how it goes. I also need to get some exercise in, it’s been way too long.DH and I talked a little bit last night about a comment MIL made on Thanksgiving. B had to go to the bathroom so we pulled out his travel potty seat so he could sit on the toilet. MIL said “K never had her kids use a potty seat. I wonder if B will be ready soon to get rid of it.” My response was that the seat keeps him from falling into the toilet. Where is all the research pointing that it’s detrimental for your kids to use a potty seat so they don’t fall in? I know this isn’t a big deal but it’s one of those things that just kind of says, You aren’t doing things how I think is right so I’m going to comment on it like you’re screwing up your kids even though it’s none of my business and really doesn’t matter. DH said it’s one of those things he just blows off because we know what we’re doing is right and we’re doing a good job raising the kids. He’s right but me being the obsessive freak that I am I just get so annoyed by these comments because I don’t forget them, hello I’m a woman. A comment here and there builds up and I’m tired of her questioning my parenting even if that’s not what she’s meaning to do. OK, I just had to get that out there. My MIL really is a nice person and I do love her, I just need to shrug it off. And keep shrugging, and shrugging, and shrugging.
The kids didn’t run away when I got their gear on at DC, it was a welcomed change. B is still struggling with listening but that’s normal and he’ll get through it, well that’s what I keep telling myself. We’ve been taking different roads to go home in the evenings so we can check out the different Christmas lights, it’s been fun and once we got home we saw DH was there. I spent about 15 minutes searching for beans to have in our burritos and never found any, I guess I should stock up. The burritos were still delicious and I may have a new favorite way of using up leftover roast. DH played with the kids while I prepped things for dinner and we didn’t have as big a battle at the table. B did insist on eating an apple and I made him eat the whole thing, I hate when he eats part of it and says he’s done. Both kids seemed really tired so we put them down a little early and I didn’t do anything productive with my night. Well other than eat the rest of the cookies making myself overstuffed and feeling like crap. Healthy choice with snacks is what I need to focus on. I did gather together the things for my GF shoe box swap and I think I’ll be able to finish it tonight and get it ready to mail. DH went to Target after the kids were in bed and he bought the stocking stuffers for the kids along with a few things I needed. We also got a second gate for the kids’ bedroom door so we can keep their door open at night allowing heat from the fire to warm their room. If their door is closed it gets way too cold in there and this worked like a charm. This morning started rough, well my cuddle time with the kids was fantastic and I sure didn’t want to go to work. I also got lots of kisses blown to me by both kids and as I was catching them B told me to put them in my pocket. It was -22 F but that has nothing to do with my bad start. I drove to work and grabbed my bag to do the walk to the building and I saw DH’s keys. He had driven my car to Target and left the keys on my passenger seat so I had to drive back to the house and then turn around and go back to work. It made me 45 min late so I will be working through lunch to make up for it. I wasn’t as nice about it as I should have been because he didn’t mean to do it. I need to stop by the grocery store on my way home tonight and I’m making the kids favorite casserole for dinner. I need to start frosting the molasses cookies tonight and would like to do some cleanup around the house. My main goal is to not overeat so I’m picking up some cottage cheese so I have a healthy snack option. I plan to make bread too so B will be happy to help me with that.
L painted a lollipop at DC and was very excited to show it to me, I was hoping to save it but she tore the thing into pieces on the way home, bummer. I called my mom when I got home and was watching the kids play when DH got home a bit early. I started dinner early and we had a nice meal then DH gave the kids baths. We had some play time before both kids went to bed and I then did small chores around the house. I took a lot of things downstairs that had piled on the stairwell, watered plants, wrapped Santa Claus presents, made bread, and went through piles of papers. I was in bed by 9:30 but I feel exhausted today. B woke at 1 because he had to pee and L woke around 4. I think her seeing the door open made her think it was time to get up but luckily she went back down after some hugs and being tucked in.
It got down to -28 last night but was actually decent at -19 when I got up. At work it was only -10 so I think we may hit our high of 2 above today. I’m at a loss on what to make for dinner so I think we’ll have breakfast burritos, they’ll at least be good and calorie wise it works for my day since I had an extra piece of toast for breakfast. My plan this evening is to frost the cookies and make the brownie treats for the GF Bake Sale. I also want to pack up the GF shoe box swap goodies and get that shipped out by the end of the week. I have a lot to do through the weekend and the more I get done this week the less I have to worry about on Saturday and Sunday. I really want this weekend to be somewhat relaxing.I have a new GF recipe challenge to do Kringla. It’s not going to be easy but DH loves it and I need something to do, yeah right! I think I have my MIL’s recipe at home so I’ll try to convert that to GF, I didn’t see anything for a GF recipe online so I’m all on my own. I’m still searching for the best GF brownie recipe but that will probably go on hold until after Christmas, too much else to bake right now.
I was chilled to the bone when I left work. My office is cold but it didn’t help when I sat for 1.5 hours in a construction meeting and it was only 49 F in there. After I picked the kids up we headed home and they helped me make the mini brownies. B unwrapped the candy cane kisses and put them on the brownies and I did the rest. I had that baked before dinner was even ready. Everyone enjoyed dinner, I don’t know why I worry that breakfast burritos won’t be satisfying, DH loves them. We were done with dinner a bit later than usual so it was straight to bed for L and B was behind her. I packed up the GF show box swap so all I need to do is mail it tomorrow. I also tried to chisel out the brownies we made but the pan sticks horribly and some of them wouldn’t come out. I was tired and annoyed so I threw the thing away and am getting a PC one. I also found MIL’s Kringla recipe and I know what my plan is to give it my first try, here’s hoping it works out. I got to bed a little before 10 but the kids didn’t wake all night so that gave me an OK sleep.When I got up today it was a rough start. B was up shining his flashlight all over and I put him back in bed and said it was time to sleep. He of course didn’t go back to sleep and as I’m in the shower he’s yelling for me which of course woke L up and I was peeved. I told him he could sit in there and think about how to not wake his sister while I finish getting ready. That made him hysterical and with both of them crying I was about to lose my mind. I got L out of the crib and told B he had to clean up his room, which he trashed last night, before he could join us. This led to more tears and screaming and it was 6 so I woke DH up because I thought he wanted to get up at 6, I then realized that’s what his plan was for tomorrow, oops. DH took over with B and got him to clean his room and then the morning went on like normal. We did our cuddle time and I sat the kids down to eat their banana and oatmeal. DH then wanted to have a little fun and said he needs to get up at 6 more often so we can take a little time during the morning. DH is going to the Megadeath show in Blgs tonight with A so I’ll be alone with the kids. I’m going to grab dinner at McD’s because I do not feel like cooking, I have enough baking to do. We’ll eat at home then do baths and early to bed after this morning. I plan to spend the evening baking cookies, doing laundry, paying bills & taxes, and cleaning the house. I feel so far behind because I still haven’t frosted the cookies but I can keep that for tomorrow and hopefully also get the gingerbread house baked. It doesn’t help that I’m tired. I’ll be dropping the kids off at DC tomorrow so I also need to have breakfast and lunch ready for them and get out the door a little earlier than usual. At least DH will be home tomorrow night.
Last night turned out fantastic, the kids were great for me and I was productive. We hit the drive through to pick up dinner on our way home and both kids were ready to eat once we got there. I had a latte and parfait plus some cottage cheese and a tomato at home so I at least had a healthy meal. We then did baths and played until it was bed time. Both kids slept great and neither one woke all night, I was expecting some cries since DH wasn’t around. DH and I texted a little bit and he had fun, lots of butt rockers from the sounds of it. I baked the chocolate crinkles, cleaned the whole house, did a load of laundry, organized some paper piles, and gathered bills to pay. MIL called and we chatted for a bit. She said she has some Christmas clothes for the kids and wondered if we’d be seeing them before Christmas. I told her what the next two weekends entailed for us and told her I’d send her presents up with S & C since C is going to the Griz game with DH on Saturday. She didn’t say anything about other presents so I’m wondering if they even got the kids the toys they were planning to get, maybe FIL decided no toys because he thinks they have too many. I won’t be surprised if that’s the case. I told her we can always stop by the cabin on the way to Fsyth and pick them up but it sounds like she’ll mail them. She then commented that they would like for us to stop by RL on our way to Fsyth and visit for an hour or so, she said it would only add 30 minutes to our drive (BS). I’m leaving this up to DH and he said he’s thinking about it but I don’t want to do it. I’ll keep my mouth shut and put on a happy face if he does decide to detour to RL but heaven help me I don’t want to see them for awhile and I don’t want to make a 3.5 hour trip into a 7 hour trip. It will add 1.5 hours to our drive along with another hour plus with the visit. If we leave at 8 and drive straight through we get there around 11:30, if we detour to RL we get there around 3 (at the earliest). I have this horrible feeling we’ll be doing this and I have to just accept it and be happy about it.
B woke up a little before 6 because he had to pee so he hung out with me while I finished my make up then L woke up while we were getting B’s blanket from the room. We had some nice cuddle time and then I got the kids dressed and out the door. We did call DH and L was so excited to talk to him, she walked around like a little lady with my phone to her ear listening to her daddy. L managed to get both boots and socks off before I even had B buckled in, drives me crazy! We were the first at DC and the kids had their breakfast to eat there so I gave them kisses and left. L waved bye to me from the window and B just stared out at me, such cuties. I had to get gas then made it to work only 10 minutes late so that was nice. I’m still going to work through lunch and leave a bit early.I need to mail my GF shoe box swap package today and stop by the grocery store before I pick the kids up. Tonight I plan to frost the molasses cookies, do another load of laundry, pack up the bake sale cookies, have the kids write their letters to Santa, and bake the gingerbread house. Saturday we’ll go to the bake sale, I’ll make sugar cookies during nap time and after naps we’ll decorate the gingerbread house. DH won’t be home until after the kids are in bed so he’ll miss the gingerbread house fun. Sunday I plan to take the kids to see Santa Claus and then we have a play date planned with K in the afternoon. Maybe I will have some time to relax a bit. I thought about trying the kringla recipe this weekend but that may wait until next weekend, we’ll see what kind of mood I’m in.
Friday I was able to pick up our Christmas pictures from Target and get some grocery shopping done before picking the kids up. We got home and I started working on dinner, I copied the Flathead Cherry Pizza from Biga Pizza and it turned out really well but one more time should perfect it. Both kids were tired so they were in bed shortly after dinner and then I got started on packing up the chocolate crinkles for the bake sale, doing laundry, and making the gingerbread house. I first tried cutting out the house shapes and after some annoying fails I finally just rolled the dough onto the sheet and cut them out from there. I planned to go to bed somewhat early but DH wanted some attention so it was close to midnight by the time I was in bed. We then listened to our neighbors stupid dogs bark non-stop until 2, WTF?!? After that B woke a couple times so I never got a decent sleep.
Saturday we were up at 6:30 and B started complaining about his ear hurting when he was eating breakfast. I wasn’t sure if it was an EI since he didn’t have a fever but he was still complaining about it after I got dressed so I decided to take him into UC. We were there for 1.5 hours, it took forever, and sure enough he had an EI. I wasn’t sure whether we’d still do the bake sale but B said he wanted to go and I promised him a treat. We swung by the post office to mail the Christmas cards and then went to the bake sale. We walked in and headed to the sale area and were pretty much ignored. There were a bunch of older ladies and they just kept talking to each other and didn’t really acknowledge us. There were only 3 types of cookies and some bread crumbs but I did get two cookies for B and one cookie for L and then it was back to ignoring us. I guess I expected them to be more open to sharing info on their Society and what they do along with encouraging people to sign up for the drawing. It lacked enthusiasm and collaboration, I was really bummed. Because of this I didn’t give them the cookies I had made and the kids and I did some shopping then headed to the grocery store to pick up B’s prescription. We had a quick lunch and while the kids napped I put together the gingerbread house. Once they were up we put the Griz game on and decorated the gingerbread house. We had so much fun and the kids did a great job, I really like the cluster of green leaves B put on the roof, he was proud of that also. We then danced and cheered on the Griz before having an easy dinner and then lots of stories before bed. I was put off by DH because he never responded to any of my texts (they were about B’s EI so it’s not like I was just being annoying) and didn’t even bother to let me know he got there. He did respond to that text. DH wasn’t going to be home until 9:30ish so I had some wine and made sugar cookies for next weekend before heading to bed. He got home right after I went to bed. I got about 9 hours of sleep and still woke up tired, oh well. I made Dutch Babies for breakfast and we had a slow morning of playing in between getting ready for the day. DH and I chatted about our Saturday’s and we had an early lunch before getting the kids dressed to see Santa. The line for Santa wasn’t too bad but it got hard toward the end to keep the kids in place. This Santa was fantastic, I was so happy with him and he seemed to really enjoy being Santa. They had us put the kids’ names on the order form and Santa called them up by name. B walked up the lane and when he saw Santa on his chair he put both hands to his mouth in shock and was so excited to see him. I walked him up to Santa and he sat on his lap then we put L on his other knee. Two pictures turned out and then L was done. Santa then asked B what he’d like for Christmas and he said a tennis, which means a soccer net. Santa asked if there was anything else he’d like and he said nope. Santa then gave him a candy cane and asked if he could get a hug so B gave him a big hug, it was so cute. We told Santa thanks and B didn’t really want to leave. I was so happy he enjoyed himself. We then got some Orange Julius while we waited for our CD and then it was home for naps. I started frosting the cookies while the kids napped and soon discovered I didn’t have enough butter. I ran to the grocery store and then came back home to finish frosting the cookies. L was up and in a great mood so we played a bit and then I gave her some frosting and a cookie to work on, she ate them separately but was very cute helping me. We then baked spaghetti squash and made a new casserole that was only OK, not sure I’m a spaghetti squash fan but it wasn’t bad. The kids got baths and then went to bed and I decided it was time for me to sit on my arse, I hadn’t done that at all this weekend. I was disappointed when Desperate Housewives wasn’t on but I found something else to watch while DH shoveled snow. I wanted some bread so I was cutting a piece when I sliced my finger, awesome! I spent the next half hour applying pressure and wincing at the pain, DH then doctored me up. I was going to go to bed early but DH and I started looking at pictures and then it ate up some time, oh well I at least slept well.I don’t have anything major to do this week so my focus is to get back to exercising. Add to that watching what I eat and maybe I could pull off dropping a couple pounds before Christmas gets here. DH decided to have us stop by his parents on our way to my parents’ house on Christmas Eve. I’m still not happy about it but he doesn’t know. It is what it is. I guess I just feel like MIL has won something and it really irks me, I know I’m being selfish but it’s how I feel. I’m also worried that she’ll start to expect this from us, I think that’s what worries me the most. I want to stress to DH that if she makes lunch for us that she needs to double check all ingredients since B was glutened when in their care. I don’t want any of us to be miserable on Christmas Day.
My night wound up not being what I had planned, funny how that tends to happen. First off DH got home before I did and asked if I’d like to watch a movie. My response was yes but in the back on my mind I’m thinking great another day to put off exercising. I have a motto though and it works for us, I don’t tell my husband no. If he wants to do something even though it’s interfering with my “plans”, I say yes. If he wants some attention even though I’d rather be sleeping, I say yes. If he wants to get away and do something fun just for him, I say yes. The good thing about this is I get yes’s in return and the bottom line is it leads to us both being happy. I picked the kids up and had L dressed in her gear when we went upstairs to get B. Usually they see who arrives and send the kid down but they must not have seen me come in. As soon as I saw B I knew something was wrong with his eye, even across the room. At first I thought it was swollen but once he got closer I saw the eye goop. Crap was my first thought. One of the teachers said he had something going on with his eyes, I couldn’t believe they hadn’t called to have us get him early. I think maybe they thought it was tied to his ear infection, which I was hoping was the case. I got B out of there as quick as possible and we met DH at the door and I had him look at B. He looks at me and our conversation was Doctor?, Yup, Tonight, Yup. I got B some chocolate milk and pretzels then he and DH left for UC. L and I had some snacks ourselves then she helped me while I made dinner, B’s favorite casserole of course. Dinner was ready once they got home and B has pink eye, I knew it. We ate dinner and put L to bed then DH ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things for me and get B’s eye drops. His $68 eye drops at that. Since I knew B needed them before bed I read some extra books and we laid on the couch while we waited for DH to get home. He did great with letting us put the eye drops in and then he went to bed. I told him if he wakes and his eyes are stuck together it’s just from the goop and I’d help him get it cleaned off. This led to him yelling that his eyes were crusty 10 minutes after being in bed, he’s such a sleep procrastinator. DH and I watched Year One and we both enjoyed it. Plus the cinnamon raisin bread that I made finished so I got a little extra treat that my arse sure didn’t need. I wasn’t in bed too late so that was nice.
DH is home with B today and if needed I’ll stay home tomorrow. L was up around 6:15 but B slept until 6:50. L and I had a great time sharing cinnamon toast and playing before B got up. Those two were so excited to see each other it was funny. I did have to hold him down to get the eye drops in and we’re going to try a trick of having him close his eyes then put the drop on the inside edge. That way when he opens them it should roll right in. I hope it works. We had L go to DC to try to keep the germs between them at bay, I’m so paranoid another one of us will be getting pink eye. This week is complete cleaning and disinfecting of the house, and I hope we can still have everyone over on Saturday for the play group. Tonight I again plan to get some kickboxing in, I will feel so great afterwards and I need to remember that. I also need to do a load of laundry, make some banana bread, and possibly try a sugar plum recipe. It will all depend on how the evening goes. A little part of me wants to stay home tomorrow but I don’t have much leave and I need to be at work when I can so I’m able to be away when needed.
B seems to be on the up side of the pink eye. His eyes were clear all day and he had lots of energy. He hates the eye drops still and it’s a struggle to get them in even with the trick I’ve been trying, maybe we aren’t doing it right. DH had to run to the store as soon as I got home so I played with the kids and started dinner. It was a good night, I did a load of laundry, made banana bread, and did some kickboxing. B woke twice, the first time was for his slipper and then he had to pee, I’m feeling it today.
Tonight I’m going to exercise again and try a new cookie recipe. It’s a no-bake recipe and I think it’s a cookie I had when I was a kid. I’m not positive on that but I’m going to give it a try and hopefully it will bring back some memories. I’ll also do another load of laundry and possibly water the plants. A pretty quiet night all in all and hopefully I can get a good night sleep.
Last night did not go as planned, what a surprise! DH was home when we got there and I started dinner so we could eat a little earlier than usual. It was a yummy polenta casserole and turned out much better than I expected, I think it’s a keeper. L ate but B didn’t want to touch the casserole. He finally started eating it and then mouthed off to DH so he went to TO. He wouldn’t stay in the corner for TO so I stood near him and told him that he needed to do his TO or he could go straight to bed. He swatted at me and earned the punishment of going straight to bed. This brought on screams and tears and it was pretty miserable for all of us. He kept begging to eat and I explained to him that he made the decision to misbehave and this is the consequence. At least he only cried for about 45 minutes. I started cleaning/disinfecting the house but didn’t make it too far because DH wanted to watch an I Survived with me. I then lazed a bit more before heading to bed.
I woke up in a sour mood. I had a dream where I was mad at DH, don’t know why, and I woke up with those mad feelings. I hate when that happens. We had a good morning with the kids and when we get home tonight we’re going to play with K. It should be warm enough that we can even play outside as long as B is OK with it being a little dark. I plan to finish cleaning the house tonight and water the plants. We’ll see on exercise. I am going to go for a walk during lunch so I can at least log in some exercise. I need to give myself an extra challenge through the end of the year. I’m going to do some form of exercise every day, even at my parents, and no alcohol at all. This will at least be a good focus for me. I need to pack up Christmas candy/cookies for a few people too, it would be nice to just be done with that. B was pretty funny on Saturday when he was talking to L, she did something she’s not supposed to and he said “Lilian Mae!”. Gee I wonder where he hears that from?
We got together with N when we got home last night so the kids could play. B opted to play outside so we all got a bit chilly. It didn’t help that I wasn’t prepared at all and didn’t put gloves on them, L was so annoyed with being cold that she started walking home without me. We did snuggle under a blanket when we got home and warmed up quickly. I cooked some hotdogs for the kids and then heated up leftovers for dinner. It was bath night and then bed and thankfully things went smooth. I cleaned the house some more, still have the bedrooms, floors, and bathroom to do tonight. Then I packed up some candy/cookies for people and headed to bed. There’s been some major confusion on who has who for Christmas this year. J bought us presents and then S was also calling for ideas. Thankfully DH and I put it together and S is supposed to buy for J not us. Since this is a big surprise for her we’re helping out and taking care of the kids’ presents and she’ll just buy for J & K. More for us to spend, I’m OK with it because we can afford it much easier than she can and we’re just getting them gift cards to the mall. We also found out that Muse is going to play in Portland in April so now DH is trying to decide what to do. The initial plan if they played in Portland was for him and A to fly out on friend tickets through B. Now that it’s on a weekend (Easter weekend to be exact) he’s thinking of having all of us go up. W wants us to do that and said we can all go to the show and then have someone watch the kids. So DH has to decide if he wants us all to go up or just him and A and then if all of us go up whether we’ll fly or drive. Ah, decisions. I told him I’m game for whatever so we’ll see what he decides.Tonight I have to do some grocery shopping before picking the kids up and then I’m going to finish cleaning the house, prep the roast for tomorrow, and do some laundry. The Griz are playing in the finals tonight (we’re all sporting our Griz gear today even me) so DH will be glued to the TV. Tomorrow DH works but the kids and I will hang out at home then have the PG over for our Christmas party. The kids will decorate sugar cookies and then do a gift exchange. Saturday night we’re going to drive around town to look at Christmas lights and Sunday we don’t have any big plans. Maybe I could relax but I’ll probably try a new cookie recipe. I can’t stop myself. I did offer to help S out in any way, she just found out yesterday that she miscarried. I’m so sad for her and for this to happen around Christmas makes it twice as hard. Such a heartbreak.
Wow what a weekend, it actually was a bit abnormal for me in a good way. Let’s see, Friday I picked the kids up and L fell asleep in the car on the way home. It was nice out, too nice if you ask me, so B and I played outside while L slept in the car. I then started worrying about her getting cold since she took 1 sock off so I hustled us inside and started dinner. DH got home right at 6 so he could watch the football game and we had a normal night of dinner and play before bed while I snuck in cleaning the bedrooms and bathroom. Since I’ve made a vow to exercise every day I did strip tease workout on On Demand and it was OK, not much of a workout. I then watched the rest of the game with DH and after the disappointing loss I cleaned the floors and prepped the roast for the crock pot. DH was in bed asleep by the time I got there so we crashed.
Saturday the kids were up at 6:30 and our morning was pretty laid back. I finished prepping for the party and we played before having an early lunch. L went to bed with no problems but B never did take a nap. I was able to get the things I needed done (like laundry and making beer bread) but he played the whole time. After L woke and heard B in the room there was no hope of him sleeping more. She was so excited to see him I had to let him out of the room. We played while we waited for people to arrive and we had a lot of fun. The four bigger boys, 3-4 years old, played really well and did a great job with their cookies. We had a total of 19 people show up counting kids and parents and it was a good time. The littler ones got along well and the gift swap was fun. DH got home as the last people were leaving and he helped me clean up. I was dreading to go in our room because I had the laundry folded on the bed and the boys decided to go jump on it. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I expected. DH helped me clean up and then we had dinner and drove around town to look at Christmas lights. For the most part there wasn’t much up but there was a great house but a few blocks away from us, I think we’ll have to drive by again. Once home the kids went to bed and I got in some kickboxing then did DH’s books. DH and I then wound up watching most of He’s Just Not That Into You and then DH had me watch some live Muse. He never heard back from A so we’re all going as a family. He got 6 tickets for us, S & W, and two of their friends. It should be a lot of fun. We didn’t go to bed until 1:30 and I was dreading waking up early with the kids.Sunday the kids were up at 6:30 and I listened to them for 15 minutes before I made the move to get out of bed. DH said he’d get up with them and I should sleep, hallelujah. I slept another 2 hours and it was fantastic. When I got up DH was showering and the kids were eating breakfast. I did a little bit of cleanup and then jumped in the shower because we wanted to go outside for a walk. Turns out there was freezing rain so that idea was scrapped. Instead the kids watched a movie and I made sugar plum cookies while DH did some work on the Cavalier. We had a later lunch at 12:15 and L was so exhausted she fell asleep so DH put her down for a nap. The IL’s were on their way but MIL decided to stop at Target before our house so of course she missed seeing L. When will she learn? The IL’s arrived just as B was finishing lunch and he got to open the clothes they got him. I was very happy to see that they also got him some toys. We chatted for a bit and after a couple hours they headed out. B was exhausted and took a nap right after they left and I wanted to nap on the couch but DH wanted attention so instead I got a massage out of the deal. L opened her clothes when she got up and we had a nice cuddle session on the couch watching her sign video. We had to wake B up since it was getting late and had leftovers for dinner which B did not like. I wish he’d remember that we do make him eat or else he just sits there. L had an early bath and went to bed a little early and B finally ate the 4 bites I wanted from him before I gave him a quick bath. He was then off to bed too. I did some kickboxing then organized our closet because I had nothing better to do. It was such a nice feeling to have a clean house and nothing over my head for most of the day. I put all the donate stuff together and threw a few pairs of shoes away. I then went to bed shortly after 9.It is quiet around work today and I can’t wait to get out of here. I need to get some gas and will probably pick up a coffee too since the coffee place here is closed right now, boo! No big plans for the night but I do want to make granola bars for the road and do 1 load of laundry. That way I can finish packing the kids’ clothes. My mom said my brother and his family are thinking of staying longer than the one night, I’m a bit bummed since they add a lot of work and stress when they’re around plus we don’t get the quality time with my parents. I’m hoping they leave by Saturday at the latest. Nothing I can do about it if they don’t, I just hope the visit is better than last time.
I got out a little early from work and gassed up the car then grabbed a latte. I’ve formed this horrible habit of having a latte every afternoon and now I’m addicted. I usually get a cheap one on campus but they closed at 3 since its winter break and I was too late, blast! I will say the one I had was delicious, I could have had 3 more. The kids and I got home and played outside for a bit then DH got home a little early. He thought it was cold outside so we went in and I started dinner. After we ate we played a bit with the kids and then L went to bed. I put a load of laundry in then B helped me make granola bars. He was stirring for me and helped with measurements here and there. I asked him to get a cup of flour and he sighed a big sigh before doing it, it was pretty cute. He then informed me that he was getting tired but he was still going to sit next to me. After the granola bars were in the oven he went to bed and I did a STEP workout. I’m finally starting to feel the energy and wonderfulness from exercising again, that’s a good motivation to keep it up. I then sat and watched some TV before heading to bed.
Tonight I’ll fold laundry and pack the rest of the kids’ clothes. I’ll also organize some of the gifts and pack them for the trip. We need to find some that won’t go with us so we’ll probably have the kids open them on Wed night. I’m going to do another STEP workout and dinner will be leftovers. I’m planning on BBQ beef with cheese rolled in tortillas and fried but we’ll see how that turns out. I won’t have to cook tomorrow night either since we are bombarded with leftovers right now. It’s nice to have that luxury this week.
I can’t believe Christmas is already here, I keep telling myself that I need to just stop and relish the Christmas spirit. I love this time of year but I feel as if I’m letting it just slip by without notice! DH was home when we got there but we played outside for a little bit before I was able to round the kids into the house. The kids were very demanding of me while I was trying to make dinner and it drove me nuts especially since DH was just tooling around on the internet, hello can you help me out here? I’m actually doing something productive! I think what really got me annoyed is B first ignored me and then DH gets on him about it and guess who turned around and proceeded to ignore me also? Yup, DH! It just put me off for the night. I made the BBQ beef burritos and fried them and they turned out really yummy. Not that B would touch them so he sat at the table for the whole night, it’s getting old. L dove right in and after we played she went to bed and B never ate his dinner so he went straight into pj’s and then to bed. I got in a STEP workout, folded laundry, watered plants, packed the kids and packed my clothes. I should have gone to bed earlier than I did but oh well. L kept waking and DH brought her into the room shortly after I had fallen asleep to ask me about giving her Tylenol, what the dosage should be. I think her tummy was hurting her but the Tylenol seemed to do the trick.
We woke up to a couple inches of snow and it’s been going on and off today. The storm is hitting where we’re going for Christmas but that’s OK, I’m glad it’ll be a white Christmas. We’re hoping most of it drops today so the roads won’t be too bad tomorrow. My mom called me this morning thinking we were on our way and that it was Christmas Eve, I’m glad she realized she was a day early or dinner would have been ready very early. My brother and his family headed up today and will go home on Christmas Day, I’m happy about this. I’m selfish and want some quiet time with just us and my parents, plus I can be sure to put on a happy face if needed and tolerate him for 24 hours. I’m leaving work a little early today so I can pick up some GF tarts then it’ll be home to do a load of laundry and clean the house. After the kids are in bed I’ll start packing up the car and I plan to get a 30 min STEP workout in before bed. I also need to whip together some reindeer food, can’t forget that.Tomorrow I’m getting up at my normal time and I’ll start the day with a cardio workout. We plan to hit the road at 8 and I’m not sure if we’ll still try to stop by the IL’s or not. It will depend on how the roads are and its DH’s call so we’ll see. If we do the IL’s well be there around 10:30/11:00 and then we’ll leave at noon and get to my parents by 3:30. We’ll do dinner and open presents before church and then it’ll be home for bed. Other than that we don’t really have any plans and I’m looking forward to relaxing. On our way home we’re stopping in Blgs to visit with some of DH’s friends that will be in the area for Christmas, it should be some fun before reality hits me again with laundry when we get home.
On Wednesday I got out of work a little early and picked up my GF tarts, which were delicious. I then picked the kids up and we had leftovers for dinner. I spent the evening cleaning and packing and got in a STEP workout before bed. DH and I got into a spat, I was PMSing and he made a smartass comment so it really bothered me. When he realized I was crying he came in and said he’s sorry if he upset me then asked if I wanted to talk. I told him there was nothing to talk about, what’s the point? Sleep was terrible that night. L kept waking and once DH came to bed it was all on me though I don’t think he slept much either. She woke hysterical around 1 and I got her to fall asleep on me while rocking her but then she woke about 10 min after I put her back in bed. I then got her to fall asleep with me on the couch though my sleep was terrible so I put her back in bed. I got about an hour of sleep before she was up screaming again. I tried to give her milk but she did not want anything to do with it and after a long struggle to get her to sleep I pulled her into our room to sleep. She never sleeps with us because she just plays with our faces but thankfully this worked and we all got more sleep.
Christmas Eve my alarm went off at the normal 5:20 and it stirred L but we got her to fall back asleep. I got up and did some kickboxing and B woke up shortly after I started. The first thing he said to me was “I’m ready to go to Mimi’s”, big surprise. He laid on the couch and watched me exercise then I put some Wubbzy on for him while I showered. L slept until 7:30 and that’s when I discovered that she had pink eye, Merry Christmas! The poor girl has been sick both Christmas’s. DH said we’d probably not stop at RL before this because of the roads and this just clinched it, I wasn’t disappointed. We were out the door at 8 and took L to UC so we could get some eye drops for her. We then went to Albertsons since their Pharmacy was open earlier than L&D’s and we got that filled. It was 9:20 by the time we hit the road. The drive was uneventful and the roads weren’t too bad. We stopped at Columbus to eat lunch and let the kids play then we headed to Fsyth. Once everything was loaded in the house we chatted while the kids played and then we put L down for a nap. We ate an early dinner then opened presents. The kids got a lot of toys and we left most of them in the boxes to keep the clutter down and to keep things germ free. B and L loved their cameras and were all over them. They got a lot of fun toys and L got some cute clothes including a princess dress. Once the kids were done the adults opened theirs and DH got me some PC stuff and my big gift was an Espresso machine. I’m so excited to bust it out of the box. My parents gave me money and the IL’s gave me a gift card so that’s more to use on my shopping spree, woot! Church was nice and B did really well with his candle, I had to remind him to hold it still but no one got hurt. We then headed home, put the reindeer food out, and put the kids in bed. I was planning to go to bed early but wound up watching District 9, it was a really good show. Both kids slept really well and slept in, it was a Christmas miracle!Christmas morning L was up first so I took her out to the living room. We left her stocking alone until DH and B were up. She didn’t care about the stocking stuffers once she saw the candy cane of M&M’s but B was enjoying himself. He opened his net and then opened Connect 4 and his response was “Wow, I got it.” We at least know that was a winner. I jumped in the shower early and we put L down for an early nap, she was so tired. I then made rolls for dinner and helped my mom get dinner put together, of course W sat on her butt the whole time but what else would we expect? I did get fed up with the dogs when they were in the cramped kitchen while we were cooking, I booted them to the basement because there was no need for them to be under foot, not that C would get it. Grandma came over and we had a nice dinner and visit with her. She looks great for 87, so much so that I forget she’s that age. I was a bit put off with how my brother and W don’t require their kids to eat real food before they can eat junk. E piled a ton of food on her plate but ate very little then she had ice cream for dinner, it’s a bit baffling but at least it’s not my kids. They’d hate living in my house. C & W didn’t go home that day so we had another night with everyone. It was a nice evening and nothing really went on. I did get my buns & thigh workout in after 11 pm and then I had some energy so I cleaned up the house a bit.Saturday the kids slept in until 7:30 ish so I got up with them and we had a nice relaxing morning, well other than B now having pink eye again. Thankfully we had brought his eye drops with us though I think he’ll run out before the week is up. C decided to be the ****head that he so naturally is. My dad put it perfectly, he hasn’t gotten out of the big brother being a jerk to his little sister phase, I worry he never will grow out of it. We got into a fight over Harry Potter, that’s right, Harry Potter so we all know it wasn’t really about HP. C was piping off about how he didn’t really think it was that great of a story and was saying things that weren’t even correct. He’s never read the books and I told him his ignorance was showing and he needs to know what he’s talking about before he starts piping off on it. This didn’t sink through because he kept saying the same stupid **** and I had had enough, especially since the dickhead wouldn’t stop. I wound up yelling at him and telling him how self absorbed he is. I then got away from him because that’s all I could do. I was pissed at myself for allowing him to get to me and I hate that he thinks my emotions are a ****ing toy for him to play with. My dad asked if he apologized to me and I said hell no, he didn’t even come up to give me (nor my kids) a hug when they left. My dad had told him to apologize but his ego is too ****ing big for him to ever do that, hell he’s the center of the universe right? It was nice once they left, things relaxed and were just easier. DH and I snuck out to go for a drive while the kids were supposed to be napping and then we stopped to rent a movie and get a latte. This was when we found out my dear brother who returned the movies he rented late tacked on a $19.50 late fee to my parents account. I would have paid it and told the a-hole he owned me $20 but the girl behind the counter assumed it was from them being closed Christmas Day so she removed the late fees. Our evening was laid back and after the kids were in bed DH and I played the PS then we watched Bedtime Stories. I got my buns & thighs workout in before bed and then B woke up with a coughing fit. We wound up having to prop him up so he’s stop coughing.Sunday L was up at 6:30 and my mom wanted to take her so I could sleep but L did not want to leave me. It took 20 min and us distracting her so I could go back to sleep. B woke about an hour later and asked where I was then asked where L was. We told him to go ahead and go out to find Mimi but he was hesitant, once he did open the door we heard L squeal “Brodie” and then ran for a big hug. DH and I were able to get another hour of sleep and then we were up and getting things packed and disinfected. SIL got pink eye from the kids but luckily L and E didn’t get it, I feel really bad. We had a nice morning and lunch before we left for Blgs. B complained about having to pee and we told him to hold it because there was nowhere to stop, by the time we did stop he had peed his pants. I was really annoyed and not near as nice about it as DH was. It was frustrating. We got him changed on the side of the road and then met up with some of DH’s high school friends at K’s house. The visit was nice and by the time we left it was 4:00. DH wanted to stop by Best Buy to try to use a gift card but they didn’t have anything he wanted, we then hit the road. L was exhausted and fell asleep for a little bit but we had to stop so B could pee and she woke shortly after that. The rest of the drive, a good hour, she screamed and cried. Somehow both DH and I weren’t too bothered by the crying and nothing we could do worked so she just had to suck it up. Once we were home, 7pm, DH unloaded the car while I got the kids dinner and started a load of laundry. I was then busy putting things away while DH ran to the store to buy disinfectant. The kids were in bed a little later than usual and after they were in bed I put more things away and then did a 20 min workout video. I was so exhausted by the time I went to bed. DH stayed home with the kids so I disinfected more stuff while they were all sleeping. L woke 20 min before I left and I was a lucky mommy and got to have lunch with the family. Tonight my goals are to open my espresso machine, get in a kickboxing workout, and go to bed early. Oh, and do laundry. DH can’t find the envelope that held the $100 my parents gave him for Christmas so now I need to dig through things. I hope I find it without too much stress.
It was nice coming home to a very happy L, she kept yelling mama! B was napping but DH woke him up and it seemed like everyone was hungry so I made some General Tso’s chicken. I used my PC rice cooker that DH got for me and I was a little worried at first. It stated that you can only use rice that has microwave instructions on the packet, ridiculous. I threw in the amounts I normally use in my other rice cooker and it came out fantastic. Both kids ate well and then we spent the evening playing. I did another load of laundry and took my espresso machine out of the box and cleaned the parts. After B was in bed I did some kickboxing and then I read over my espresso machine instructions. I need to get a few things before I’m ready to start and I also need to buy the magnetic spice containers that I want. That will allow me to open up room in one cupboard and hopefully I can then rearrange some things so I can get my coffee maker in the cupboard. It may be interesting. I need to revamp the pantry so I can maybe get some kitchen things in there that I don’t use too often, I have too much stuff but I’m not willing to part with it. I went to bed later than I wanted but I slept great.
The kids are back to DC today and I need to pick up my BC on the way home. I don’t think I’ll need anything else from the grocery store so it will be fast. I made my annual appt for February, I hate making that appt but at least it’s done. I’m expecting to hear that I’ll need to start mammograms so I’m really dreading the appointment this year, at least I’ve lost weight since last year. I also need to schedule dental appointments for the kids and for me, unfortunately my dentist is closed the 12th so I’ll have to find another time. The kids appointments will need to work on a Wednesday DH has off so we can both be there for it, I’m taking them to a pediatric dentist since they’ll be much more equipped to keep them calm and happy. Tonight will be more laundry and I’m going to start the Wii Active 30 day challenge, I was up 2 pounds today and I’m not happy about it at all. I really hope it’s tied to AF. Other than that I hope to get to bed early.
DH found his money, it was in a game his parents had given him, I knew I wouldn't have put it somewhere unsafe.
Two days left in 2009, why does time fly by so fast? I felt horrible when I left work yesterday, my head had a lot of pressure in it and I felt like I was going to pass out. I left a little early and stopped by the grocery store, I picked up more than just my BC but that’s expected with me. I need to work on putting myself on a budget and sticking to it. That should be one of the many things I need to work on this year, budgeting and not just putting things on the CC, if the money isn’t in the bank then I need to wait until it is. The kids both had a good day at DC and once we got home I loaded groceries in the house then B played his Wii game. L was hungry so I gave her some snacks while I made dinner. I fed them before DH got home and I ate chocolate while I cooked, not a good idea. Because of this I only had cottage cheese and breadsticks for dinner so at least that was on the low cal side. When DH got home he could tell I wasn’t feeling well so he gave the kids baths and I put laundry away, got clothes and lunches ready for today, and cleaned up the house a bit. After the kids were in bed I did my buns & thigh workout, kudos to me for actually doing something, then got a rub down by DH before bed. I got 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep and it was heavenly.
I feel great today and we had a good morning at first. The kids woke up happy but B got cranky when we said it was time for eye drops and threw his milk at me. That got him a TO and he wouldn’t calm down so we could let him out and then he wouldn’t apologize to me. I started getting ready to leave for work and he finally told me sorry but said to DH that he didn’t want to hug me, OK that’s fine. It made me feel bummed and didn’t start me off to a great day. At least L blew me lots of kisses before I left. She will now do a fist bump, it’s so cute, and she will even do the “explosion” after the bump. B’s big thing now is telling people he’s mad at that they’re not his best friend. DH and I both got it the other night when he wouldn’t eat dinner, he said L is his best friend not us. One other thing that L is doing that is precious, at least to us, she’ll copy B when he says “poor Bobcats”, it’s so cute coming from her sweet little mouth. Tonight I plan to start the Wii 30 day challenge and do some laundry. I also need to make granola bars so maybe B will be willing to help me with that, DH apparently loved them this last time though he said they taste like the others.
I chatted with my mom last night and it turns out SIL doesn’t have pink eye, that was a relief. She talked with the kids and then we had pancakes with sausage for dinner and I fed the kids before DH got home since they were hungry. After dinner we all played and once the kids were in bed I did an On Demand exercise then started cleaning the house. I wiped down all the doors to the cabinets, boxed up and organized some of the kids’ toys, dusted, and gathered all the Christmas decorations. I had a hard time falling asleep because I didn’t feel tired, darn those 8.5 hours of sleep, but I slept great overall.
I’m working through lunch so I can get some shopping at Target taken care of before I get the kids. Maybe I’ll even hit Costco if I have time. DH is closing at 4 so he said he may join me so that would be nice. We don’t have any New Year’s Eve plans so I’ll pack up all the Christmas decorations, finish cleaning, and workout. I have a lot of meals I want to try plus breakfast goodies planned so I’ll be busy baking/cooking all weekend. The only thing we have planned is sledding on Sunday with the play group so here’s to some fresh snow to make that more fun.
It turns out my niece has pink eye and strep throat now and I feel terrible about it but the attitude from my SIL isn’t making me happy. She posted on FB that E has pink eye and her eyes are so swollen she can’t open them. I didn’t know she had pink eye so I said “oh no… I’m so sorry, I hope she’s feeling better soon.” SIL then responded with “Yep she got it which I knew would happen when you all showed up. But, being a public page I wont get in to. So thanks for your apology”. OK, a little *****y are we? I didn’t mean for anyone else to get it and really at this point if she’s just got it it’s because SIL didn’t disinfect/clean everything once they got home. I don’t blame her for being upset that E has pink eye but they’ve brought their kids around when they were sick and never once asked us if it was OK. I took some time to respond because I didn’t want to come across as being *****y also and when I went on FB to respond SIL had deleted the *****y post. I just responded with “we should have stayed home like we offered, we didn’t mean to pass on the germs”. It’s typical SIL and my mom told us to still come so we did. I’m a bit frustrated. I know that we are partially to blame but I want my SIL to also realize that she has had some control over this also. They chose to stay an extra day and she obviously didn't disinfect everything as thoroughly as needed. Plus it was my parents house and they gave us permission to come. I know I'm being a ***** myself and we should have stayed home and spent Christmas with just us. We did make a bad decision and we could have had my parents up this weekend. Hindsight.
This was quite a weekend, it was a rough end to 2009 but 2010 has been great so far. I got out of work early and called to chat with my mom while I did some shopping, I bought the magnetic spice holders & some plastic bins for organizing. Initially I talked with my dad and went over the whole SIL drama and my dad was on my side and because he’s just like me (or vice versa) he got worked up about the BS. My mom then called me on her cell (she was out and about) so I hung up with my dad and talked to her. She told me that SIL wasn’t mad at me about the pink eye but because C and I got in the fight over Christmas. She then proceeded to tell me that C won’t apologize to me (for starting and pushing the argument) until I apologize to him because I yelled and called him a name. Telling him he’s self absorbed isn’t a name it’s a description and the truth hurts! SIL and C are also saying I threw a chair which is total BS, the most I did was push a chair under the table so I could get out of the poisonous environment I was in. I told my mom I have two options: 1. put up with C treating me like dirt and pretending all is happy or 2. fight back and be in the position I’m in now. My mom has clearly sided with her golden boy because she wants me to apologize, this is probably mostly because she wants there to be peace between us. I want peace between us also but I demand respect and to stop being treated like a toy, he acts like my emotions are fun and games to him. I was pretty livid so I told her goodbye and then texted DH. He called me and I went over the conversation with him and asked him to honestly tell me if I’m in the wrong and need to apologize. He said it wouldn’t be terrible for me to apologize for my part but C also needs to realize that he can’t treat me terribly (like the comment on “I’m going to make Cindy cry this weekend”) and not receive back lash. I did a lot of crying on New Year’s Eve, it really was just eating at me and I’m still upset about this, but DH was so sweet to listen to me and support me. All while I worked on cleaning the house and putting Christmas decorations away. I did wind up having some cider with DH and we cuddled while watching I Survived then rang in 2010 with some quality time. At least we started things on a good note. I have decided to write my brother a letter apologizing for yelling at him and hurting him but I’m also going to explain to him why he comes across as being self absorbed and how I will no longer tolerate him treating me as if I’m below him and as if I and my emotions are a game. I’m going to be honest and I’ll make sure DH reads over it before I send it because I want to have a healthy loving relationship with him but it takes two people to pull it off. I pray the letter will work but I fear he’ll blow it all off as me being a *****.
New Year’s Day the kids were up at 7:30 and we had a nice breakfast of scrambled egg sandwiches. DH got up shortly after I finished breakfast so I made some eggs for him too. I spent the morning organizing my spices and putting them on the fridge (I’m so lame because this was a huge excitement for me), organizing the batteries and the cabinet they’re in, doing laundry (I did a total of 12 loads this last weekend), and setting up my espresso machine. We opened the last of the kids’ presents and L loved her little mommy set, she spent a lot of time feeding her baby and B was all over it to. Oh the fun of the kids not wanting to share toys. B played with his transformers but they are pretty complicated. DH had to look up online how to put them together and a 12 year old boy showed him, it was funny. By the time I showered the kids were both down for naps and this is the first time in ages I’ve hung out in my pj’s past noon. DH and I spent the rest of nap time playing Super Mario Brother’s (quality time with the hubs is worth putting of chores) and then after they were up I cleaned the bathroom. SIL called at this point and I was not in the mood to talk to her so I let it go to VM. Once I was done cleaning DH and I listened to the VM over speakerphone and this is what she said. “Cindy … I believe E is coming down with chicken pox and if that’s the case then, um she got it I’m assuming from your kids because we haven’t been around anybody that’s had it so it’s probably from the Day Care. Anyways give me a call.” This was no surprise to me at all, of course my disease infested children are responsible for everything her kids get. Surely she couldn’t have picked it up anywhere else, they’re hermits you know. I could just hear my brother blaming it all on us. DH said it made his blood pressure go up and I told him I’ll respond to it via private message later on. We had a nice evening with our kids, I cleaned the floors, and then after the kids were in bed I sent her a message before DH and I settled in to watch Adventureland. I told her I doubted it was from us because no one we’re around has had it, including DC, and that both of my kids have received the vaccine so it’s unlikely for them to carry it. I also said it can take 10-21 days for it to show up when it’s been contracted so she could have had it for awhile, I hope she makes it through easily, blah, blah, blah. Her response was “Yeah, I have no idea where it came from. I just wanted to give you a heads up”. Please! You wanted and did accuse me! And because she chose to not get her kids vaccinated for it obviously she chose for them to contract it and build up the immunity that way so what’s the big deal? Oo, I almost forgot, I also used my espresso machine for the first time and it was fantastic. I’ve been practicing and have figured out a tasty mix and I love it. It’s going to be my new after work snack. On Saturday we were up at 6:30 and I had made cinnamon rolls the night before so we had them with cream cheese frosting for breakfast, it was delicious though I am more of a caramel roll kind of girl. We didn’t waste time getting ready for the day and we stopped at Costco (where the kids and I did some power shopping while DH got gas and ran to Target) then the Coop before heading home. My mom called while I was at Costco but I decided to take a break from my family for the weekend so I ignored the call. DH and the kids played outside while I put everything away, cleaned up a bit, and made lunch. When I called them in there was no response and I found them playing with K down the street so I joined in for some convo before we went home for lunch. The kids took naps and DH and I played more Super Mario Brother’s. Once the kids were up I failed at making coconut shrimp, the breading was terrible but the coconut rice was delicious so there was at least something edible to eat. We then drove to town to watch BIL C play hockey and we visited with S. We were really surprised when S and A showed up so the boys played the whole time while I visited with S and ran interference with L. SIL S gave us some presents before we left and then it was home to open then and go to bed. She made both kids little mugs with double handles that also have their names on them. L also got a little teddy bear like the one S had made for B and I got a mug with a matching rooster plate. I love S’s work and am so excited to have a matching set. DH and I cuddled and watched another I Survived then I went to bed. L had a rough start to her night but thankfully she was quiet from 11 on. On the SIL front she posted on FB that E didn’t have chicken pox but instead another viral infection, she didn’t state what it was. I’m assuming hand, foot, and mouth but do you think she called or messaged me to let me know? Of course not!DH didn’t sleep well and I got up with the kids at 7:20. I made crepes and other than them being the ugliest things in the world they tasted great and the filling was delicious. The kids really only cared about the blackberries we put on top. We hung around the house and played then we had an early lunch and we put the kids down for a nap. B didn’t nap at all, little stink. DH and I got some more Mario Brother’s in and then I rounded the kids up so we could go sledding with the play group. It was a beautiful day and we all had a lot of fun. L went down on her own a few times, I was a nervous nelly about it at first. B had a great time and did pretty good bringing his sled back up the hill. DH did the jump with B and A and didn’t hurt himself, glad he was around to do that so I didn’t have to. We then went to BNN to get some coffee and warm up before we said goodbye to everyone and headed home. I whipped together some sausage and potatoes and then the kids went to bed. I was exhausted and had a cider with DH while we watched some TV. He exercised, says he’s getting a little soft again, and I made then bed then went to bed. We had a great weekend of just the 4 of us and it was a great way to start the year and recharge our batteries.Tonight I don’t have much planned other than making skillet lasagna and starting my Wii Fit 30 day challenge. I’m going to focus on making healthy food choices and work on my portion sizes and snacks. Back to baby steps. I'll probably return my mom's call tonight, I don't want her to think I'm mad even though I am a little bit. It's just frustrating.
The kids both had good days at DC and they actually cooperated while getting ready to leave so we made it out in record time. I swear it usually takes at least 15 minutes. Once we got home I got the kids snacks and B wanted to watch Wall-E. I then called my mom while I made skillet lasagna, it was fantastic and the first time I didn’t cook the noodles before putting them in. It turned out perfect. I think my mom realized how upset I was on Thursday when we talked and maybe my dad helped her to realize my side. SIL accused her also of giving E chicken pox, it’s funny how she was so willing to blame everyone yet she won’t tell anyone that she really has hand, foot & mouth disease. Plus she took E to the mall with HF&M, way to spread it you hypocrite. I told my mom about the letter I’m going to give to C and what it says in it, she’s very supportive of that and is praying something good comes out of this. She realizes things are poisonous for me right now when I’m around him, I hope things can change. DH read the letter last night and said it looked good, he just made some hyphenation changes. I changed a couple things this morning and will send it to him tonight. L ate like a champ and B did his normal whine when we first sat down but did eventually eat everything. He keeps trying to get me to feed him and that’s not going to happen. Once the kids were in bed I did my first workout on the Wii 30 Day Challenge. My legs are killing me today and I’m hoping this will help me drop more of this weight and get focused again. I’ve extended my goal deadline to be down to at least 140 by February 15th. This will take a lot of focus but it will hit right at my yearly appointment and hopefully a shopping spree. After I worked out I uploaded some pictures online then went to bed.
I love starting my day with some espresso, I sure have fallen into being a coffee junkie without much of a fight. As my dad says, you need to have at least one vice, and coffee is better than a lot of things. I had to wake both kids this morning and B took a long time. They’re both over tired so tonight is going to be a very early bed time, meaning I’ll start dinner as soon as I get home and feed them right away. It means DH won’t see much of them tonight but sleep is the priority right now. We’re having caramel apple pork chops and I’m so excited about them, they are so yummy. I’ve scheduled some more play groups since I had nothing on the calendar and after tomorrow I’ll schedule some more activities. C and I are going to plan the next wine club gathering and then I’ll schedule a Mom’s Night Out after that. I have to keep them somewhat spread out. Tonight will involve another 30 Day workout and laundry. I want to get to bed somewhat early because these last two mornings have been hard getting out of bed.
I'm on my soapbox right now and I'm not getting off quite yet. I found this little snippet:
Hand foot and mouth disease lasts around 2-3 days.
Herpangina is a form of coxsackievirus, causing a throat infection marked by red-ringed blisters and ulcers on the tonsils.
Coxsackie virus may also result in hemorrhagic conjunctivitis, a “whites of the eyes” infection that typically starts with eye pain. This pain is followed up with red, watery, swollen eyes, light sensitivity and blurry vision.
So basically I don't think E ever got pink eye from us. When SIL stated she had pink eye she said "The pink eye has her eyes so swollen the poor thing cant open her eyes this morning". Doesn't this sound a bit like the description above? And if the ER said she also had strep throat I bet the doctor just didn't realize what he was really looking at and assumed it was strep not Hand, Foot, & Mouth.
I'll step off my soap box now.
Dinner took me longer than planned so we didn’t eat much earlier than normal but we did get the kids to bed early. We had a first with B, he got mad at me over stirring chocolate milk and said “I’m running away” so he stormed off to his room. I told him I’d let his daddy know and he responded with “you’re never playing with me again.” Ah, he’s growing up. Once the kids were in bed I did my Wii Active and I am so stinking sore today I feel like I’m 80. Tonight the plan is to do some yoga since stretching sounds really nice. I then uploaded some pictures, sent the e-mail to C (I’m so anxious about it), got things ready for today, did a load of laundry, and went to bed.
I woke up today to about 4 inches of snow, it’s good to see winter back. The roads also weren’t as bad as I expected so that was a pleasant treat. DH has the day off so he dropped some donations off and cleared a spot in our bedroom. It’s been feeling really good to get rid of things lately and I need to keep that up. I’m going to stop by the grocery store on my way home and then we’re having sweet potato fries and broiled tilapia for dinner, mmm. Not much on the to-do list tonight and that’s fine by me. I do need to use up some ripe bananas and am thinking about trying them in my granola bars recipe, that could be fun. I did great yesterday with food and it was so hard to not step on the scale this morning. I’m going to be looking forward to seeing where I’m at come Tuesday, it’s good to give me something to work towards and I hope it keeps me motivated.
I received my brother’s response before I left work yesterday, it made me cry which I hate when I’m at work. I’m not surprised by the response but he just didn’t take anything I said to heart. This is the response “First of all C I'm sorry for any part I have done. Let me tell you I was simply stating my opinion on Harry Potter. I was not provoking you or trying to upset you, but I will defend my opinion when attacked. I never know what I'm going to say that is going to set you off. Did you ever think maybe you’re the one taking things the wrong way? That's why I told W I'd make you cry, because it seems to always happen, and I don't try why would I? Simply put why do my opinions infuriate you so? When I give my opinion on something like that book go ahead and voice yours, realize though I'm not trying to pick a fight just voice an opinion. And if you noticed I'm not the one getting upset. Of course I'm going to glass over when someone starts getting so angry over little things like that. C I love you as my sister don't ever think otherwise. You need to learn to control your temper and quit thinking I'm trying to attack you.”I have to dissect this because there’s no other way for me to work through this. First off he thinks it’s about Harry Potter, seriously it’s about deeper issues than that but he’s so involved in his own world that he can’t see it. For him to state he’s not provoking me clearly shows that he’s not aware of his own behavior. I had calmly stated my thoughts and he dug right on in, I’m not the only one that feels he doesn’t know when to stop. His excuse as to why he told W he’d make me cry is BS. When W mentioned it in front of me he sat there with a **** eating grin and said “I didn’t say that”. That is when he should have explained himself IF what he says above is true and the bottom line is we both know what the truth is. And for his glassing over when people get angry, he does it when you’ve having a pleasant talk. It’s not him doing it over anger it’s him doing it because he doesn’t think what anyone else has to say is even remotely valid or important! He’s done it to my parents, B who works with him, and to DH. I do need to control my temper and I apologized for losing it so I know how to acknowledge my faults and mistakes and take responsibility for them. He obviously can’t see any of his faults and will never take responsibility for them. I feel like he’ll never change and never realize what an absolute *** he really is. I’ve gotten nowhere with this and my only option is to continue to avoid/ignore him so I don’t allow him to provoke me. What the hell kind of healthy relationship is that? Obviously it’s not. So my motto is “I can’t change him but I can change how I react to him”. I hope it works. DH said I shouldn’t expect them to come up for Christmas this year, that’s not much different than the last time we hosted. OK, so this is out, I’ve vented and I’m moving on. No point dwelling on what I have no control over.I ran to the grocery store before I went home and got a few things, I did some emotional shopping which wasn’t good for my grocery budget plan, this included a bottle of wine. DH and the kids were outside playing when I got home and B showed me the cool fort he and DH made, he was so proud. We tried to do a walk around the block but since it was 2 degrees outside the kids didn’t last long. Once home I made dinner and DH gave the kids baths while I waited for the fish to bake. Once the kids were in bed I had been planning to have a glass of wine (one of my emotional purchases) but instead I did some Yoga and I felt calm and great afterwards so I skipped that glass and downed water instead. Good for me! I had a great day with food, water, and exercise so it was a success. I went to bed a little bit early but DH woke me when he came to bed at 1 and then L kept crying “mama” in her sleep so I didn’t sleep too well after that. This morning was cool -22 when I got up and the kids and I had a nice time before I left for work. This surprised me since B was pouting first thing when he woke up. I’m meeting a fellow GFer that I met through my blog for lunch, she and her family are considering moving here and so they’re in the area checking things out. Tonight my plan is to work on cleaning the house after I do my 30 day challenge. That’s a simple enough goal. I’m a bit surprised it’s already Thursday, the last couple days have been busy at work so I think that’s helping things move quickly this week. Better than it dragging.
My lunch with N was really fun, she was super nice. In talking to her about being GF and side effects from gluten I think I answered one of my past problems. For a few years I would wake up in the middle of the night in a full body sweat (like a hot flash). I’d feel ill so I’d wind up stripping down on my way to the bathroom to puke then the sweats would pass and I’d go back to bed. It seemed to always happen on the same day of the month so I thought it was hormonal. N was saying that her effects from gluten are hormonal. I was thinking that I haven’t had my night waking since having L and I’ve been GF for all but 6 months out of L’s life. I think the gluten was causing these attacks by affecting my hormones. Who would have thought?
L looks like a cat attacked her. On Wednesday she got a scratch under her eye, DC thought it was from her but I don’t think it was. When I picked her up yesterday she had two new scratches, one on her nose and one under the other eye. They looked infected this morning too so hopefully we can get them healed soon, poor thing. B was mad that I wouldn’t let him play outside, it was -5 and I was not in the mood to freeze, the sun wasn’t even up. He informed me that I was not allowed to go back to the house, I needed to find a different house to go to. I guess instead of running away he’s just now kicking me out. We had a normal evening though DH didn’t get home until late so the kids went to bed later than normal. B played his sword fighting game and L stuck to my heels or hip while I cooked dinner, at least giving her bits of food here and there keeps her happy. After dinner I chased the kids around and tickled them, then we played with the babies until DH got home. I got in 30 min on the Wii then dusted the house before playing Mario Brother’s with DH.I feel better physically like I have lost weight but this could all be in my head, either way it’s a nice feeling. I’m working through lunch today so I can meet up with S at Plonk for some drinks. It’s her b-day so why not? I’m only allowing myself 1 glass and I have room with calories to even have some snacks. I’ll do my Wii again tonight and then finish cleaning the house. Not a lot is planned for the weekend. I need to bake granola bars and muffins and then we have a PG on Sunday to take the bigger kids to the movie. I don’t really want to see Alvin & The Chipmunks but there’s not much for options and I’m doing this for B not for me. DH will stay home with L so we’ll both get some one on one time with the kids. I’m sure we’ll spend some time playing in B’s snow fort and I may shovel out a maze in the front yard, I loved snow mazes as a kid and then playing tag in them. Such a happy memory with my dad.
For some reason this Monday hasn’t been too bad, I’m in a really good mood so that helps! Friday my meeting went longer than I had planned so I didn’t get out as early as I had hoped, oh well. I met up with S at Plonk for drinks and the wine I had was really good. I liked the atmosphere in Plonk and really liked some of the decorating they did, though the tile was a bit slippery with wet boots. After a glass and some chatting everyone headed out so I got home around 5:00. DH had gotten out of work early so he picked the kids up and we had a nice evening. I made dinner early and we all then piled onto our bed to watch some Cars. Both kids were happy as clams eating popcorn and I’m still finding little kernels here and there in the sheets. After the kids were in bed I did my Wii workout, finished cleaning the house, and did some laundry.
Saturday the kids were up at 6:30 and I was not happy about it, I sure needed more sleep. I was also grumpy as all get out so my patience was short the whole day and I yelled too much. I hate it when I feel like the worst mom on the planet and then my sweet little ones will give me hugs, which are great but make me feel like even more of a bad mom. Both kids seemed extremely tired early on so right after lunch I put them down for naps. L woke 45 min in and was crying and B never napped even though he was in there for over 2 hours. I was able to make banana bread and granola bars plus I worked on laundry. Once the kids were done with naps we got on the gear and went outside to play. I called N to let her know we’d be outside in case K wanted to play and she did but M came down with her instead. The kids played in the snow fort for a bit then we went to the back yard where they busied themselves with frozen toys. After about an hour B said he had to go potty so that was the end of our outdoor time. Once DH got home I was burned out and I didn’t do much after that. We had a nice evening and I got in some Yoga and Mario Brother’s before bed.Sunday we were up again at 6:30, it didn’t seem so bad since I initially heard L at 5:50. We had a laid back morning and were able to get outside to play for a bit. I was getting B ready to leave for the movie and L fell and cut her head on the motorcycle. We didn’t realize she was bleeding until after I had left and DH pampered his little girl. She bled quite a bit the poor thing. B and I had fun at the movie but Alvin & the Chipmunks are as annoying as ever. About 20 min into the show I was about ready to go nuts with their high pitched voices, bleh! As K said, the things we do for our kids. B did really well except he had to go to the potty twice. I think he just needed to move and that was the only way he could. Maybe if the movie had been something he liked more it would have been easier for him to sit the whole time. After the movie we stopped at the grocery store then headed home and the kids played for a bit before we put him down for a nap. L helped me prepare dinner and she ate raw onion and garlic while we were at it, seemed to like it too. She was cute when we washed and disinfected our hands, so proud of herself rubbing the disinfectant around. We watched some football before dinner, and am I ready for football season to be over! The kids got baths and DH was struggling with getting the band-aid out of L’s hair when I told him to let the bath take care of it, it’s about the only time I’ve been thankful that water loosens band-aids. Once the kids were in bed I did the Wii and then went to bed myself. I was very proud with how well I did with food this weekend and I’m looking forward to stepping on the scale tomorrow. I’m worried that I’m going to be disappointed but if I’m at least 150 I’ll be happy, of course if it’s lower I won’t complain.I have talked a few people into joining me for the Shape Up Montana program. We’re going to do weight loss and activity points and I hope this is an extra motivator for me to lose this weight and hit my goal weight this year. That thought is almost unbelievable to me, that I will actually hit my goal weight. At first I thought I’d be lucky to find 3 other people but then ladies I work with started recruiting other co-workers and we now have 8 and possibly 9 people in our group. At this point my goal is to reach the 130-135 range, if I can drop to the 125-130 range that would be great but I’m trying to be realistic and not set myself up for a goal that isn’t healthy for me. I want to be down to 140 by February 15th (which would be a 14 pound loss from my weigh in last Tuesday) and then to 130-135 by my birthday. That’s definitely doable and is helping to feed my motivation. I am looking forward to being out of the “overweight” category on my BMI when I go in for my annual, woot!B and L are so cute when they’re taking care of their babies. B doesn’t like L’s Cabbage Patch Doll so he either uses her other doll or bear. He talks really quiet and sweet to them and does a great job taking care of his baby. L was kissing, shushing, and patting her baby yesterday. She gave me the embarrassed look when I told her she was a good little mommy and took great care of her baby, too cute!
I had a headache leaving work but I think it was from sleeping wrong the night before and things just never realigning properly during the day. B was a big boy and put his coat on all by himself plus zipped it up by himself, DH was so proud of him so I had him show me how he can do it. We didn’t play outside much, B did ride his scooter around for a short time but then we headed inside. I got the kids some snacks and started making dinner while I chatted with my mom. We had buckwheat pancakes that were pretty good, not as good as my favorites though. L refused to eat so she went straight to bed once it was bedtime, she wasn’t happy about it but she’s got to learn. B watched some TV before bed and we read some stories. After both kids were down DH went back to the store to work on some projects and I did my Wii workout. I then lounged on the couch and watched Big Love while ignoring my MIL’s phone call, I just wasn’t in the mood & it turns out she also talked to DH. I went to bed and that’s when the fun began. Right when I was about to fall asleep B started hollering for me because he had to go potty, as he was in the bathroom L started crying. I got them both taken care of and crawled back in bed to wake 20 min later to L crying. This happened to me 3 more times in 20 min intervals. My head was killing me and I was so tired I was about to scream, well I did scream. I was so thankful once L finally just stopped waking.
I’m tired today and when I stepped on the scale it wasn’t near as nice as I had hoped. I’m down 1 pound but I was hoping for 2 pounds to be lost, ugh! After having such a great week with food and exercise it was a big bummer, I hope things are better come next week. We’re having skillet lasagna for dinner tonight and I’m going to take the night off from exercising and go to bed early. I really need to wake up and get some energy, I’m dragging today.
Nothing too exciting has gone on the last couple days. It’s way too warm here and I’m ready for the cold to come back, 40 in January is plain wrong! Plus we then get the fun of even icier roads, wee! Tuesday night I went to bed early and didn’t exercise, I then woke up with a major pain in my back so that was fun. DH had the day off and did a lot of nothing while I was at work. He’s so spoiled that he doesn’t even take care of dinner on those days. It especially annoyed me because as I was trying to clean up from dinner DH just ignored all of us while he was on the laptop and B kept asking me to do things for him. When you’ve done a lot of nothing all day could you at least pay attention to us when we’re home? I was not happy that everything was falling on me and I let it be known, why do we have to force them? Once the kids were in bed DH ran to Costco and I did the Wii. My stomach was hurting but the exercise helped it feel better and then I even added on 20 min of Yoga. DH surprised me with a “thanks for doing my books” gift. In the past he would buy me little things or take me out to dinner but the last couple years he hasn’t done either so he decided to get me something and that something was an Ipod Touch. Holy moley it’s fun. I only have a few songs on it right now but I’ll get more on it tonight along with some pictures. Tonight we’re doing leftovers for dinner since we have a ton and I’m all for not cooking now and then. I’ll do my Wii and then start cleaning the house because what better way to spend a Thursday evening. I wrote thank-you’s during lunch today so that’s one thing I’ve been dreading that’s off my to-do list. Not too much more I have to do this weekend but I do plan to get my tax info gathered, bleh!
L got scratched at DC again and it’s by her buddy D, I guess she pulled some of his hair out in retaliation so she’s learning to fight back. They were both put in TO and she chewed D out the whole time, all they could understand was No and Dillon and then she’d smack the floor. They have a love/hate relationship which I think is normal at this age. He talks about her all the time at home so I’m sure there’s more love than hate so that’s good. We played outside a little bit once we got home and DH was already there. He dropped his phone by the car at work and it got ran over, I’m now thankful for the insurance coverage we got. We had leftovers for dinner and then played before it was bed time. I did 30 min on the Wii and then sat on my arse and watched TV instead of cleaning. DH then showed me how to copy music to the Ipod and then we had some one on one time before I went to bed. I’m so thankful that it’s Friday and I have a 3 day weekend, woot! Tonight I hope to get some Yoga in and then I’ll clean the house. Saturday we have a play group at the Dinosaur Park and then Sunday we’re going to take the kids sledding. I plan to do DH’s books, file, make kringla, and organize taxes this weekend. Monday I have a long list of things to pick up/do so I’ll be all over town. I hope to get most of it done by noon but we’ll see how it goes. I turned in the registration for our Shape Up Montana team, we maxed it out with 10 people and I think it will be a good group. Some of the people don’t need to lose weight but they’ll at least give us lots of activity points and maybe keep us in the running to win! I’m at a loss on what to make for dinner tonight, maybe we’ll do quesadillas and I can then use up the refried beans we have leftover from earlier this week. My motivation today is nil, can’t it just be time to go home? Nope!I’m feeling a bit emotional today. I think it’s because of the Christmas card we got from Mark’s parents, it made me tear up and it did the same thing to DH. It was hard to read because I could feel their pain through the letter. This morning B had me read Balto to him first thing and that made me tear up, hopefully I don’t cry if I hear Cortez the Killer or we’ll know I’m really emotional.
Today feels like Monday but happily it’s Tuesday, a 4 day work week is OK by me. Friday I spent the evening cleaning the house and got to bed at a decent time. Saturday we were up at 6:30, which wasn’t terrible since I initially heard L at 5:50, and had a lazy morning. I couldn’t get B to nap but he did have some down time in his room. L has started waking after only an hour but she’ll fall back asleep if you leave her be, I’m betting at DC she’s up for good after that. We met the play group at the Dino Park and the kids all had a fun time. DH showed up after work and we left about 20 min after he arrived. Both kids were tired and once they were in bed I did my Wii workout and then DH and I played Mario Brother’s. Sunday the kids slept until 7:30, it was so nice! Once we were all ready for the day we loaded up in the car to try a new sled hill heading toward Big Sky. It just so happened that DH was driving too fast and got pulled over by an HP, he does have a lead foot. B and L both said hi to the officer and DH went back to the car with him to take care of everything. Luckily DH got out of a ticket so he only got a warning and we were on our way. The sled hill was too icy and that made it too fast for the kids. After each kid went down once we drove to town to go to our regular hill. After sledding and playing at the playground we stopped at Costco then headed home for lunch and naps. I read for a bit and then DH and I measured the living room to see if a couch at Costco would fit. It wouldn’t so I planned to re-measure the couch at Costco to make sure we had the correct measurements.Monday I got up at 6:00 and got ready for the day, the kids were up once I got in the shower. We had a nice morning together and DH took the kids to DC at the normal time. I left and ran a ton of errands. I got the oil changed, bought some Timtana flour, bought biodegradable garbage bags at Ace, went to Rosauer’s, then went to the mall. I had 30 min to wait until the mall opened so I bought some coffee and went into Barnes & Noble to read my book. As I was getting ready to leave I realized I brought a book into a book store and felt really paranoid about them stopping me for not buying it as I left, luckily it didn’t happen but I won’t be doing that again. I tried on some swim suits but didn’t really like them and didn’t see any shirts that I liked. Is it just me or did this fall/winter seasons clothing suck? I just think it’s really ugly and old lady looking. I did find a pair of black boots that were originally $90 for $30, not too bad! After the mall I went to the Wine Gallery, Oak St, and then Olivelle. The girl at Olivelle gave me attitude over my bottle that I wanted refilled because they didn’t have any clean ones of the same shape. She wanted to give me this big bulky thing that won’t work for my counter so I told her I wouldn’t take it. After doling out some attitude she then found an acceptable substitute. It’s not like I wasn’t polite about it or was asking for something that wasn’t rightfully mine. I then stopped at Target, got gas at Costco, re-measured the couch, and got groceries at L&D’s. I was home by noon and was pretty productive in those 4 hours. Once I unpacked everything I had lunch and then sat to read. After about an hour I was bored so I vacuumed and then read some more, it was almost painful for me to not really be doing anything. I kept hearing L in the bedroom and DH thinks I’m a bit narcotic because of it. DH came home early and we decided to run to Costco to measure the smaller couch then we picked up the kids. Once home we played with the kids then measured and saw that the couch would fit. As we were having dinner DH suggested we go to Costco after dinner to get the couch, so it was a bit of a mad rush getting the kids ready and out the door. DH had to pick up the truck so we sat in the parking lot waiting for him so I read books to the kids. Once we went inside the kids acted like they hadn’t seen him in ages, they were waving and yelling and laughing as he walked toward us down the aisle, it was cute. We loaded the couch to the front and DH asked if we could get a discount since it was the floor model and there were some minor marks and dings. We then find out they have more coming in at any time so they can’t give us a discount, great. We decided to wait for the new shipment and we’ll just pick up an unopened box. It did motivate me to get the linen closet organized and move a few things so that was good.Tonight DH and I are going to organize and clean up the basement. We’ll need room for our old furniture to go somewhere. I’m not really excited to get the couch, an oversized chair, and a new end table. It’s going to be a huge change but so comfy! Other than that I need to do my Wii challenge tonight. We’re having ribs for dinner and they’re in the crock pot so all I have to do is cook some veggies and make rice. Easy! Oh, and I lost another pound. Still not as much as I was hoping but still good.
I had a headache last night when I picked up the kids, it made the day feel even more like a Monday. We played outside for a bit then headed in and I made the rice and veggies early so we could get the kids in bed early. They were finishing up dinner as DH got home, we did a quick bath and then short stories before bed. I did my Wii workout and then DH and I went downstairs and cleaned/rearranged the basement. We now have room for the couches so that’s exciting. I then vegged in front of the TV and went to bed. Oh I did realize right before going to bed that I had nothing for the kids to eat for lunch. So I had to whip together some bread so I could make them sandwiches this morning, times like this really make being GF a pain.
B woke up whiny this morning and I told him he needs to get over it, I hate starting my day with that. We’re having a French toast bake for dinner because I made rolls that were very dry so I figured this would be a good way to use them up. I’ll just throw it in the oven when we get home and fry up some sausage and call it good. I plan to leave the house around 6:30 to pick up G and then we’ll head to C’s for the Wine Club. I’m really looking forward to getting out of the house for a bit though it’s going to kill my diet and exercise plan. It won’t be a late night since D goes to bed at 9 so we’ll be leaving around then. I’m feeling really out of it today, not sure what’s going on with me maybe it’s a bit of PMS, bleh!L was super sweet this morning. When she first woke up she asked and reached for her baby, she's such a sweet little mommy. She had found a light up toy and was turning it on when DH went into the bedroom and she said "Daddy watch", she said it again clear as day in the living room with "Brodie, Daddy watch." She's growing up so much.
The kids both had a great day at DC and after the initial “my mommy” I was able to keep them from fighting over me, thank God! We played outside for a bit then I got them some snacks and popped dinner in the oven, it turned out pretty good so that was nice. B has been playing with L’s fairies & mushroom house toy, he’s cute talking for all of the fairies and taking care of things. I organized the massive amounts of books the kids have, cleaned up the changing table baskets, and threw away some toys the kids never use. We then ate and DH showed up about 5 min after I was planning to leave the house so I was a little late. I picked G up and we went to the Wine Club at C’s house. We had 6 women and 8 bottles of wine though we were good and didn’t finish any bottle. C was smart and gave us small glasses so we could pour small amounts to try each type. G had a fun time and liked the ladies so I think we have another member. S and A bought me a pepto bismal Snuggie for a joke, since the first WC we’ve made fun of the Snuggie commercials so it’s a running theme. DH wasn’t too impressed with it. I got home around 10:30 and chatted with DH until 11:30, needless to say I’m a bit on the tired side today but I’m not hung over! A couple ladies got pretty tuned and it was a flip of a switch from them being fine to knowing they are feeling it.
This morning went well with the kids. Neither one was overly whiny or possessive so that was nice. Tonight I’m going to do my Wii, start laundry, and start cleaning the house. The IL’s will be up this weekend and I have the meals planned so all I need now is to clean. They were only going to stay Saturday but MIL called last night and talked with DH about staying Sunday also since they plan to drive to Msla on Monday. The only crimp this brings up for me is exercise so I’ll just have to get up on Sat and Sun to exercise at 6 am. I think they’re taking us out for dinner on Sunday and I need to let MIL know to not bring anything. She always brings food and I appreciate it but don’t need it, plus after glutening the kids I’m a bit nervous about the food she brings. I’m going to call her at lunch today to chat about this weekend.
I am hoping that Costco gets more of the couches in today, DH has been checking every day and so far nothing. It would be perfect to get things set up tonight but since it would work best for my schedule I’m sure they won’t arrive until Friday or later. I need to be patient but I don’t want to. Got my W-2’s electronically today so now we’re just waiting for a few other things to come in. It’s nice having our taxes ready to go.
DC called at noon saying it looked like something was going on with L’s eye, of course its pink eye! I feel so paranoid about the cleanliness of the house right now and it’s driving me crazy. We still have drops from Christmas so I started her on those and we’re back to disinfecting everything again. It did at least give me time at home to clean the house and run to the grocery store. The kids and I played outside for a bit after we got home and I was questioned by the FBI. I panicked at first when she was introducing herself but once I realized it was just a security check on our neighbor that applied for a job I relaxed. They were on the ball since he hadn’t even gotten home from the interview to warn us they’d be contacting us. DH got home late so we had eaten dinner and had just gotten into the tub when he got home. After the kids were in bed I did my Wii workout, watched some TV, folded laundry, and cleaned the bathroom.
L’s eye looks fine today but DH is still keeping her home from DC. I’m working through lunch because I have a hair appointment and DH is going to meet me afterwards at the store so he can work and I’ll take L off his hands. Tonight I’ll clean the kitchen and floors, do a load of laundry, and my Wii workout. I’m planning to get to bed early so I can catch up on sleep. DH and I are thinking Costco may not be getting more of the couch we want. Yesterday when DH went by to check the floor model had been moved so we’re now not sure they will even get more. I’m really bummed if this is the case because I got my heart set on a new living room set, bah! Plus all the work I put into preparing for a new set, this is typical though.We have a play group tomorrow morning and as long as L’s eye looks clear we’ll go, I’d hate to spread this to anyone else. We were going to look at furniture beforehand but that’s going to the back burner since we have no couch for now. The IL’s will probably be here around 4 and they’re going to take us out to dinner before DH and FIL go to the b-ball game. Sunday we don’t have any plans so it will depend on what the IL’s want to do. I have meals planned and told MIL not to bring anything and she said well if I make a stew and have leftovers can I bring that. Of course this means I plan to make a stew and bring it. I told her that’s fine but she needs to be careful that the broth is GF, she acted like she didn’t know this even though I’ve told her about 5 times before. She asked if Campbell’s was GF and I said probably not, I told her I have soup planned for lunch so she doesn’t need to bring anything. I hope she takes my advice because I’m not too trusting of the GF status on her food right now. I’m a bit on edge today and I’m not even sure if I need to be. We’ve known that budget cuts are expected and I’ve been feeling pretty safe because I have seniority over the other woman in our group that has the same job title. My main boss pulled me into his office today to inform me about some changes that are occurring and he said they won’t affect me or my group but he wanted me to know about it before the e-mail was sent out. These changes could possibly lead to the woman with my job title getting a different job title which would put me on the line. He then started talking about budget cuts and how we don’t know what the amount we’ll be cut is yet. Ok, I already know this but I’m thinking why is he telling me this? No one is completely honest in these instances so I’m not sure it will do me any good to ask for a heads up if my job is on the line but I can’t help but think it quite possibly could be if our budget is cut enough. So I’m stressing over this and I know it’s out of my hands so I really shouldn’t. I think I’ll see if her title does change and what we’re looking at for cuts next FY. Maybe at my yearly evaluation I’ll mention that I would like a heads up if my job may be in jeopardy and I would consider working ¾ time if that could help. I hardly make anything so it probably wouldn’t help that much. I’m going to try hard to not worry because I am in the union so that gives me extra opportunities in case I do lose my job, I guess I just worry more about the insurance than the pay. B has made up a new kiss that is pretty hilarious. When I tuck him in at night we’ll do hugs and kisses then nose kisses. As we’re doing nose kisses B says “bee kiss” which is a little faster for a nose kiss, “butterfly kiss” which is the same as a bee kiss and then he says “bad guy kiss” which is a nose kiss while we make shooting noises. It’s pretty cute and DH cracks up when we do it.
It was a bugger getting out of work on time for my haircut on Friday, people actually followed me down the hallway as I was leaving, at least I got to leave! I was going to pick L up from the store because DH was planning to work but he called me saying he was getting B and to meet him at Costco. I gassed up while I waited and then we went inside to see if the couch was there, I thought it was a waste of time. Low and behold they had the couches in, I was so excited! We paid for the couch and DH left to get the truck while I went home with the kids to get things ready for our new couch. We did play outside a little bit before heading in and then I just made frozen pizza for dinner since I didn’t have time to make a real meal. The kids were pumped when we got the cushions in the house and B had a line of cushions to jump from the old couch to the new couch. They both burned a ton of energy running around with excitement. After dinner we put the kids to bed and then we hauled the old couch downstairs. I did my Wii workout and then cleaned the floors. DH was a honey and cleaned the kitchen and watered the plants for me so I didn’t have to. I got to bed shortly before 11 so it wasn’t too bad.
Saturday the kids were up at 7 and we woke to a couple inches of snow, woot! We had a quick breakfast and I had them ready for the day when I woke DH up. He took a quick shower then I got ready for the day and we left the house later than we had planned. We went to Conlin’s to look for a chair and a half but everything they had was not the style I was looking for. We then measured some love seats to consider those and left. DH took L home and I headed to Border’s for our play group. DH called me saying he was rear-ended in Blgd but that L was OK and it was really minor. B and I looked at books then listened to the story time and S and A showed up. The boys played for a bit and then we had coffee while the boys had chocolate milk and ate a snack. When I got home I looked at the van and the damage is very minimal, to the point where I could forgive it but my concern is the car seats. We have to get them replaced now that they’ve been in accident, even though it was minor, so DH is waiting to hear from the insurance adjustor to look at the damage. L took a nap shortly after B and I got home and then B had quiet time in his room but he didn’t nap. I spent the time preparing the roast and then read for a bit. Both kids were up when the IL’s arrived and we left for dinner. The food was really good and the IL’s got to see how pricey it is to eat out around here, they tried to blame it on our GF dishes but that was not the cause. B wouldn’t eat his mac & cheese because it had melted cheese on it so he went hungry. FIL and DH left early for the game and then we headed home. Both kids were exhausted so I immediately put them to bed and then MIL and I watched the b-ball game for a bit before watching Sunshine Cleaning. I really liked the show and she said it was weird but good. The guys got home when the movie was wrapping up and we chatted for a bit before everyone went to bed.Sunday I set my alarm for 6:00 and pulled my butt out of bed even after I realized it wasn’t Monday and I could sleep in. I did my Wii workout and then put dishes away and did some clean up before the kids got up. The kids were ready for the day and DH was up by the time MIL got up, most of breakfast was also made. After breakfast I did clean up and then took a quick shower. DH was shoveling another couple of inches with B and L played in our room and the bathroom while I showered. MIL ran to get a paper. I was dressed by the time FIL got up and I got his breakfast warmed back up. We didn’t have much planned for the day and we all (even MIL) played the Wii Sports Resort before having a lunch of soup. After lunch we piled in the van and tried to find Sleep City. We couldn’t find it so we just went to Conlin’s and ordered the two end tables we wanted. We then saw that Sleep City was in Ashley but I won’t buy from this Ashley ever again so that was an easy decision. We went back home and the kids both took naps. Football was on so that was the extent of the day. I did prepare the salads and then read. Dinner turned out great and everyone liked the Brussels sprouts, I told them they didn’t have to eat them if they didn’t want, but they were good. We did baths after dinner and once the kids were in bed we visited more with the IL’s. I was exhausted so I went to bed around 9:30.Monday I did see MIL right before I left and FIL was still sleeping when DH left with the kids. It was a busy day with meetings and billing but at least it went fast. I did wind up working 30 min through lunch so I was out of here at 4 and ran to the grocery store before heading home. Since we’re down to car seats only being in the van I’ll have to swap vehicles with DH on my way home until we get the replacements, that will be fun! DH left work early so he picked the kids up for me and I was able to do a few things around the house before they got home. We played a bunch then had breakfast burritos for dinner. We then played the Wii and my arm was aching from the sword fighting game. B was really cute and was playing “with” us using his play sword. He’d run in place with the character and then fight, it was so cute. I did my Wii workout and then read for a bit and chatted with DH before going to bed. B was still up when I went to bed so he was exhausted this morning.I weighed in today and have gained .4 pounds so I’m sure it’s from my snacking this weekend and AF. I did well yesterday with everything so today WILL be a repeat. I would love to get at least 20 points each day this week. It’s my night off with the Wii so I’m going to either do yoga or Core, not sure which and maybe I’ll do both. I do have laundry to do when I get home and I need to make banana bread and granola bars but I doubt I’ll have time for both. We’re having skillet lasagna for dinner so that will at least be easy and delicious. I want to get to bed early tonight but we’ll see how things go and how I feel after my workout. Physically I feel like my muscles are more defined and I do feel good even though this weight isn’t falling off like I want. I found a chair and a half with an ottoman online that I think I’m going to order. It’s gotten great reviews and it beats looking all over town to find nothing I want plus paying extra. They also send fabric samples to ensure you get the right color so DH and I will have to look at those tonight so we can compare colors. I’m thinking of going with a sage color. I also need to get some pictures uploaded so I can get more blog posts out, I’ve been slacking these last couple of weeks.
DH talked to the insurance adjuster about the car and since the damage is so minimal they’re going to just have him take it in to wherever he wants, that’s easy enough. As for the car seats they wanted us to fax them the receipts so I got that information for him and then I told him we need to request quick shipping so we can get them here and be done. At least it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a problem, first time in insurance history. I also realized we only got the seats in August so they’re not even 6 months old, so sad. I picked the kids up and they were both in good moods. It was snowing a bit so we didn’t really play outside but I did get B’s game going for him while I made dinner. DH got home early and we had a nice evening. I did a couple loads of laundry, made granola bars, did a Core workout and Yoga, and read. I got to bed later than planned so I’m beat today.
DH has the day off and is taking L in for her 18 month shots, I hope she did OK. I haven’t heard back from DH on how it went so I’m anxious for that. K called me for an impromptu lunch today and it was nice chatting with her and getting out of the office. I also saw that Colombo’s had GF pizza crust so DH suggested I pick some up on my way home, I’m so excited! I’ve scheduled some play groups for February so now I need to motivate and plan a mom’s night out. Tonight my goal is to do the Wii workout and then get my bum in bed!The kids were cute this morning and sat on the chaise and read books. B started with his “Once upon a time” and then made up a story as he went along, how cute! I’m so happy that they are no longer fighting over me, it’s good to get a rest. DH ordered some fabric samples for the chair we want, they should be here in 7-10 days and I’m really excited. I can’t wait to have the living room put together but with a delivery of 6-8 weeks for my end tables I have a long wait.
I picked up the pizzas after work and the cook said he was very careful with them, I told him I really appreciated it and about died from the delicious smell all the way home. L was still napping when I got home so I took the van to pick B up from DC. We got home and went inside to have B greeted by L. She yelled his name and ran over to give him a hug, it was so precious. We ate pizza then played with the kids until it was bed time for L. B and I then played his Wii game, read a book and he went to bed. We’re trying something new at night with him. We give him 30 min to play/read/wind down in bed and then we go back in and put all the toys and books away and tell him it’s now time to sleep. So far it’s kept the huge amount of toys out of his bed, he’d have so many in there he’d have to sleep only on his pillow or the floor! I hope it keeps working. After he was in bed I did 30 min on the Wii then watched a little bit of TV before going to bed. I slept great but I still feel tired, maybe I need one more night of good sleep.
B seemed to have a rough start to his morning but it smoothed out by the time I left for work. My abs and ribs are so sore from the Core workout, that’s what I get for thinking it wasn’t that intense of a workout. It at least feels good. We’re going to do sweet and sour chicken for dinner, I have some rice to use up and the chicken fingers in the freezer will work perfectly. I’m just not in the mood to cook. I have my Wii workout to do tonight and then I hope to get some cleaning done around the house. I need to have the kids sign their thank-you’s so I can finally mail them out, I’ve been slacking big time.The autopsy report for M has came in and his sister is going to mail us a copy. It was a massive heart attack that took him but I’m sure we’ll still read through it, all 11 pages.
I felt beat at the end of yesterday but the kids were in great moods and getting out of DC has been so smooth, no fighting with them to put the toys down and walk away, so it really lifted my spirits and my blahness went away. The kids wanted to play outside for a bit and even though it was cold I stayed out for a bit. The neighbor kids came out because their mom was BBQing and I realized I just don’t miss them at all in the winter. M and L just don’t like each other and I hope L puts the smack down this summer as it’s needed. I think she will since she didn’t seem to be willing to put up with much as M was smack talking her, this is at least what I assume was happening since I wasn’t in ear shot. T came out and discovered B’s snow fort and basically tried to break down the walls. I told him to leave the walls be, I wasn’t happy. Once inside we played and I made sweet and sour chicken. The sweet and sour was a bit salty but otherwise really good. Dinner went smooth and after signing thank-you’s and some play time it was then bed. I got in my Wii workout then dusted the house and cleaned the bathroom. Plus I threw in a load of laundry for the kids. I was in bed before 10 so it was better than nothing. The most awesome part of the night was that I didn’t snack at all and didn’t even want to, go me!
This morning went really well. I folded laundry and put dishes away before the kids were up then we had some nice snuggle time and read a book. I fried eggs for breakfast and headed out the door. I’m hoping today is a decent day at work but either way I have a ton of stuff to do. Tonight is a night off for exercise and I think I’ll take it so I can get to bed early. I need to water plants, clean the kitchen and floors. Not too bad of a list. This weekend will be busy but fun. Saturday we have to run to Target in the morning to do some shopping and then we have a play group. Sunday we have a b-day party for a girl at DC. It’s at PrU so it will be a lot of fun. This will be the first party where they don’t know B is GF so I’ll have to let the mom know so she doesn’t wonder why we brought our own cupcakes. In between it all I need to bake some muffins and relax.I finally ordered the car seats just because we’re tired of waiting. Heaven forbid anyone get back to you on things, I’m annoyed. It was bound to happen when dealing with insurance.
My Friday ended poorly and it made me cranky which bled over to how I treated DH, it wasn’t very nice of me. As I was getting ready to leave work I found out that my moronic *** ordered 4 car seats instead of 2 and by the time I realized I could only cancel 1 shipment. So I had to call Fed-Ex today to see how I could refuse the package, bah! Anways, once I got home with the kids I just wanted the night to be over. We had a normal night and once the kids were in bed I cleaned the kitchen and planned to clean the floors but DH’s plan of disinfecting all of the kids’ toys got in my way. I was annoyed with him because he had stuff all over the floor AND it seemed like a total disregard for what I had worked on disinfecting the weekend before. He said he wanted to clean everything at the same time so I figured fine take care of the whole thing yourself. He knew I had cleaned a lot last weekend but apparently it wasn’t on his time frame. He wound up vacuuming for me though he didn’t do that great of a job, I did at least accept it for what it was and didn’t clean up after him. I was at least in bed before 10 and got a great night of sleep.
Saturday the kids were up at 7:00 and we had a really nice morning together with breakfast and getting ready. We were out the door at 9:30 on our way to Target and DH and I were still in the air of annoyance when I left. After our shopping we met up with the PG at McD’s and had a nice time visiting with everyone. L was able to get up and crawl through the play structure on her own and she was loving it. I was proud of my little stinker. Once home L went straight to bed and B had a rest but he didn’t sleep. I spent the down time catching up on Big Love. B didn’t want to play outside after naps so we played inside until it was dinner time. Both kids were tired so they went to bed early and I did my 30 day challenge before watching more Big Love and heading to bed.Sunday the kids were up at 6:30 and we had a lazy morning. After breakfast the kids were busy playing and I balanced the checkbooks and we made zucchini bread and muffins. DH was up shortly after 10 (must be nice to sleep in) and I waited for my croutons to bake before I jumped in the shower. DH took the kids out to shovel while I made lunch and took care of things around the house then L went straight to a nap because she was falling asleep in her highchair. B and I left for the birthday party at 1:30 and we had a nice time. It seemed like all of the parents already knew each other so I just watched B and that was that. B was ready to leave the party before the presents were even opened. We stopped at Costco on our way home to get gas and diapers then headed home. B ran inside and yelled “Lily I’m home”. It was so cute and she came running to greet him with squeals and hugs. The IL’s stopped by when we were at the party and MIL pulled a typical BS move, I’m going to just have to say something politely to get this to stop. L was in our room napping, DH thinks she was awake at this point, and the IL’s showed up. He said L was still napping and MIL says very loudly “Is L still napping” to wake her up. FIL and DH gave each other a look like WTH, I’m not happy. She has no courtesy for when the kids need to sleep and repeatedly does things to rouse them or keep them up, it’s ending now and I’m going to let her know that it’s disrespectful and their sleep needs to not be disturbed. It’s either that or I drop her off somewhere and forget to give her a ride home. We had steaks for dinner and then did baths before playing a bit before bed. I did my workout and then DH and I cuddled on the couch to watch I Survived. The weekend at least ended fantastically.We woke up to more snow this morning and the kids were in great moods. L has a really sore bottom, I’m not sure if it’s from teething or her vaccinations, so she aired out this morning and of course peed in her normal spot. She was cute when it happened because she gave me an “uh-oh mommy”, at least cleanup was easy. I think I’ll make B’s favorite casserole for dinner since it’s been awhile.I’ve planned out my exercise routine for the next three months since my 30 day challenge is over. I’m really excited about it and hope it will keep me motivated. I’ve even planned to start the couch to 5K program in March. I’ve been thinking about doing this for awhile and it scares me because I’ve never been a runner but it would be fantastic to reach this goal. After M’s death it’s been something I’ve thought about more and more and if I don’t force myself to do it it won’t ever happen. I will reach my weight loss goal by my birthday and it will feel fantastic!
I was in a great mood when I left work and no Monday head ache! The day went better than I was expecting so that helped. B had bonked his head right when I got there so he was crying but other than that the kids were in great moods and we headed home. DH was already there so we headed inside. He had to run an errand so he left but the kids played for a bit while I gathered things for dinner, oh and L was airing out since her bottom has been so sore. The next thing I know I have two chefs on the stools helping me cook, which meant they ate all of the grapes before I could serve them with dinner. L then got a cup of water and drank and spilled to her heart’s content. Both kids cleaned their plates and then L got a cupcake, B turned his down and opted to play his game instead. I had quite the mess to clean up from L, she had cake crumbs all over. While I was cleaning up B wanted me to play with him so I did what I need to do (not necessarily what my brain is telling me to do) and left the mess for later. We had a great time and once he was in bed I finished cleaning up, made bread, and did some kickboxing. It felt great and I was able to keep up with Cathe the whole time, woot! I then watched the newest Big Love with DH and went to bed. I was exhausted this morning so I’ll need to aim for an earlier bed time tonight. I am down 1.2 pounds from last week and L’s bottom was cleared up so it was a great morning. I got lots of cuddle time in with the kids. They blow me kisses every morning and I grab them from the air and put them in my pockets. B loves when DH steals them and L just wiggles in her chair while she blows her kisses, it’s such a nice way to be sent off. I need to gather a few things tonight so I can call insurance tomorrow about them not covering things that are supposed to be covered and I need to program my pedometer. I’m going to log the miles I walk during the day with SUM so I need to get that going. Other than that it’s my last night of the Wii 30 day challenge.
My motivation level was nil yesterday and the day just would not go by fast enough. The kids were in great moods when I picked them up and since it was pretty nice out we played outside. The neighbor kids came out to play too and things went OK, about normal but at least M and L didn’t get into it. Their mom also came over and we chatted for a bit while I stripped the damaged car seats of their covers. I figured I may as well keep those since we can always reuse them. Shortly before 6 we headed inside and I started dinner with two little chefs to help me. L mostly just wanted water to drink and play in and B played with my computer. It ended once L spilled all of B’s water and he declared it was a mess. After dinner we did baths and L got to bed about 20 min late so B was also 20 min late. We did at least get a nice story in and cuddled for a bit. I did my last 30 day challenge workout and my legs and arms are so sore from the last two nights. I just have to remember it’s a good thing. I did great with food and I think all the water I’ve been drinking is helping. I’ve been aiming for 60 oz of water before I leave work and that really helps control my snacking. After the workout I paid bills, zoned on the couch for a bit, and wrote the note to FedEx to refuse the package. Fun!
DH took the van to the dealership and it will be about $700 to replace the bumper, not too bad overall since I’m not paying for it. I’m completely annoyed with Amazon right now. I called them on Friday and the woman (very not American) said she would cancel the car seat order that hadn’t been shipped yet so I was only looking at returning 1 seat. Well low and behold yesterday I got an e-mail saying they shipped it, I was livid! I called again and gave this poor Indian woman an ear full and of course there was nothing done to answer why it didn’t get cancelled. So now I have another seat to return and another $180 charge hitting my card that I’ll have to pay for until the refund is applied. I’m not happy at all. I’m also not very optimistic that FedEx will read the note I left for them to refuse the one seat, hopefully they’ll get things right. Later on in the day DH and I realized the Wilco concert we’re supposed to go to in Msla is on Super Bowl Sunday. BIL and his family were going to watch the kids since we were going to stay with them but they’re football freaks and DH talked to BIL and he said they didn’t know if they were going to a party somewhere else or staying home. This is fantastic since they had already told us months ago they’d watch the kids! So now we’re looking at giving the tickets away (good bye $70) and saying F the whole plan. I’m so over annoyances right now. DH has commented that he’d still like to do something this weekend so I came up with options like hot springs, the Reef, home to sled and hot spring locally. He hasn’t decided yet so we’ll see what unfolds. I don’t care what we do, part of me would love a weekend away and part of me would love a weekend home.Tonight I need to do a few things around the house and am scheduled to do a STEP workout. I was really hoping it would be Yoga night but that’s tomorrow. We’re having French toast for dinner so it’s a high calorie meal and I really have to be good about no snacks so I can stay in my range. I can do it. I’m hoping that our fabric samples will be in the mail today, I would love to get that order placed.
I’m so thankful it’s Thursday, yesterday was another one of those days where I just couldn’t wait to be done. The kids and I played outside for a bit when we got home and I only received 2 of the car seats. The 3rd states it’s being sent back to seller due to refusal so hopefully that will be over soon. The 4th seat is supposed to be here tomorrow and we’ll have to take that to UPS to send back to Amazon. Once we went inside the kids had suckers, I swear this has become their new after school snack, then we read some books before I started dinner. I chatted with my mom for a little bit and then we ate. DH got the new seats out to adjust the straps and I cleaned up their room with B for a bit then got them ready for bed. I did 50 min of STEP and it felt great, I was surprised since I was so sore yesterday. DH wants to go to the Reef this weekend and said he’d like to stop by the cabin on the way home to visit with his parents. Hasn’t the past two weekends of seeing them been enough for awhile? I told him that my parents would also like to see the kids and he was annoying me because I want a break from his parents. He said well then we’ll see your parents but he said it in the “I want my way and am only saying this because you mentioned to your mom we may be up” tone so I just went to bed before I really got peeved with him. I think his desire to see them more is coming from his dad’s prostate cancer because his mom commented that she’s having him drink green tea to help stop the cancer cells and it probably just reminded him about that little talked about issue. It also sounds like our friends who live in Blgs are going to stay at the same hotel on Sat just to get them out of the house and mix things up a bit, so we’ll be seeing them I’m sure. Other than that I have no idea what’s going on.
The kids were up early this morning but we got lots of cuddle time in and I was out the door 5 min early so that was nice. It was a good thing since it had snowed a little bit and I got caught behind a huge line of cars that wouldn’t pass the plow, come one people 35 is ridiculous! So far things at work have been easily taken care of and this morning has gone by quickly. Tonight I need to start on laundry and cleaning the house plus I’ll do Core and Yoga for exercise. I can’t let myself slack tonight since I have lots to do before we leave on Saturday.