Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tumbling Tuesday

My brain is full.... to full.  Things are beginning to bump around in there.  It's time for me to unload some of it...... here goes.....

L will be one soon. ONE! Where has the last year gone? How in earth is my little baby already turning ONE?  He crawls, pulls up on things and is starting to use a few words!  What?  How?  *sigh*

I'm in the midst of preparing for his birthday, schedule one year pics (and an updated family pic, can we all hear the collective groan), buying party favors and..... and....and.  *double sigh*

The weekend before L's birthday We are having a family reunion on my dad's side of the family.   I've been working on meal planning with my mom.  We were going to keep it simple.  Somehow, that's not happening!  With the two of us at the helm of this project, that's not surprising!

The weekend after L's birthday is our family picture.  My sister-in-law and family are also moving. We are planning to take them a meal that weekend.  So coordinating schedules and what to bring during that already chaotic time for them could prove challenging!

The weekend after that is a girls only birthday party on my  mom's side of the family.  Only adult woman are invited.  It's a lot of fun to be able to catch up with everyone, but at this point I'm beginning to feel like it's one more thing. I know,  I'm a party pooper.

I'm not sure we can cram anything else in to  September!

I'm not sure October is going to be any slower though.  J turns 12, hubby and I will be celebrating 15 years of wedded bliss plus.... there's Halloween. ? Has ALREADY started planning his costume.

Surely we'll get to rest somewhere in there???

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday Fragments

I just love the opportunity to write down all of the things rattling around in my head before the weekend comes.  It's also a great time for me to catch-up on what everyone in the blogging community has been up to.  So, without further delay....

  • We adopted a new dog over the weekend.  The foster family that we adopted her from isn't sure exactly what type of dog she is.  If I had to guess, I'd say she's part German Shepard and part Husky.  She's about 1 year old, weighs about 28 pounds, has one brown eye and one white eye and is as smart as they come! 
  • J and M couldn't be any more thrilled to have a new dog! 
  • I stayed home Monday and Tuesday with L.  He was on an antibiotic for a double ear infection and it is tearing his tummy up!  It's so worrisome when a baby refuses to eat; it takes nothing for those little guys to lose weight!
  • M has been going through a rotten phase.  He can't make a good decision for anything!  I'm not sure if he's just testing boundaries, if he's been hanging out with older kids too much or if there's some underlying thing that hasn't surfaced yet.  Whatever it is, I'm ready to be done with it!
  • J is learning that with a new dog, comes additional responsibility.  Sometimes that means friends have to wait until you're done with your chores....MAN THAT STINKS!
  • I challenged J, M and two of their buddies to a Farkle competition.  I lost miserably to those boys!!  How could that have happened??
  • We've not been able to go camping in weeks!  It seems that EVERYONE in the city is wanting to camp so all of the spots are reserved! What a drag!
  • Father's Day is this weekend.  We have two Father's Day celebrations...and hopefully a lot of R&R for hubby.  I hope all of the Father's out there have a great day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Going through the motions

Life has been so busy, but with nothing in particular.
The boys have been playing outside EVERY opportunity they have, which is great because they were made for outdoors, M in particular.  L keeps me busy by just being small.  His demands aren't great or even frequent, but when he's hungry LOOK OUT!
I haven't posted anything in a few weeks, and I miss it.  I really do.  This blog gives me an outlet to unload, to share happy moments, upsetting moments or just things that are on my mind. 
Truth is, I haven't had a lot to say lately or maybe I feel like the things that have been happening aren't worth sharing.  It seems silly to continue to report on the day in and day out cooking, cleaning, working, repeat cycle that tends to become everyday life.  Although, I feel like if I stay away too long it will be difficult to get back, and on some level I really need this outlet.
So, here I am spending a few moments to report that I've really nothing to report.  Oh sure, there have been a few things that have happened.  J got a splinter stuck in his foot which provided an evening's worth of entertainment.  M tries to sneak out of his room nightly to watch TV for a few minutes before he goes to bed.  The idea of offering part-time at my office has come up and while this is really exciting for me, there haven't been any definite decisions made on what this will look like so there's really nothing to report on that front.  I'm in a bit of a holding pattern trying to figure out if and when I may be able to go part-time.  We are trying to plan a road trip. Trying to figure out where our halfway point is and loosely what our plans will be is an adventure in and of itself.  Really though, aside from the day to day norm, there hasn't been any earth shattering news (thankfully), no big excitements, just the nice quiet droning of normal!  Honestly, I'm ok with that because you never know what the day holds in store!

Monday, April 22, 2013

A little of this and a little of that........

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that we took our trailer out for our maiden camping trip (of this year anyway...).   It's always a good idea to give it a trial run to get all of the kinks worked out and to discover what you're missing, what needs to be restocked, etc....
While that camping trip was HUGELY successful (at 7 months old L was a total dream), there were a few things that were missing or that we were low on and need to be replaced.
Saturday we brought our trailer back to our house cleaned it out, and took stock.  Literally made a list of things we need to make sure our camping trips go as smoothly as possible.  The trailer is 28 feet long, so it gets attention sitting on the street in front of the house.  Lots of neighbors stroll by to see what's happening.  Thankfully, we only had it there for a few hours not long enough for someone to get to upset by the ghastly scene of a trailer on the street and get the HOA involved!  I mean the nerve!!  HA!
After that, we got together with my Dad's side of the family for about an hour or so.  We rarely see them (in fact none of them had even met L before), so it was nice to reconnect for a little while.  I'm pleased to say that all three of my boys were very well behaved.
We made our way back home, puttered around and tried our hands at laundering the linens that belong in the trailer.  We were unsuccessful in really accomplishing much of anything the rest of the evening. 
I did however make it to Aldi to do my 'BIG' grocery shopping.  Since I've taken a big interest in seeing where we can cut back, I thought I'd see what Aldi has to offer. I was very surprised!  I can't say that I'm 100% sold, and I can't say that I can shop only at Aldi but I was able to do the bulk of my shopping there and I spent significantly less (like less than half) than what I normally spend.  I think I had 9 things left on my list.....not bad!
Sunday was a chores day too.  I helped M clean and organize his room.  WHAT has been happening in that boy's room?  I took out all of the clothes that he's out grown, I swear he's grown a foot since the beginning of the school year!  Washed bed linens and did other bits of laundry. 
We scoped out some new camping spots that are close to home. I went back to the store to pick up my remaining 9 things on my grocery list as well as the items we'd put on our camping list.  I spent more than I wanted to, but I think we're good as far as supplies go for the camper.  It should only need minimal restocking the rest of the season. 
I was busy from the time I got up until the time I went to bed Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  How come my house looked like a tornado hit it when I left this morning?  Something about that doesn't seem right!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Fragments

There's so much happening this week my brain is on overload!  It's great to have an opportunity to dump what's rattling around in there, so that I can relax and enjoy the weekend!!

The first half of the week we fought rain.  Yes, Monday through Wednesday rain all day....around the clock.....RAIN.  It's great for the grass, and with the drought that we had last year we definitely need the rain.  It's not so great for kids that want to get outside and play!!

Yesterday was hubby's birthday!  How come men become more charming and distinguished looking with age and women....not so much!  The boys and I got him an arrangement from Edible Arrangements and a sign for our camper.  He said the arrangement was yummy and he was nice enough to share it with his coworkers.  The sign for our camper is great and let's other campers or visitors know who's staying there.

Today is a full day of work and then we're escaping reality to go camping for the weekend!  I have some serious germ issues, but when I'm camping all of that seems to fade a little bit.  God made dirt, so dirt don't hurt...right??

This will be L's first camping trip.  He's almost 7 months old, so I'm a bit nervous on how this will play out with his sleeping.  He's a terrific baby so I'm sure it will be fine. 

J and M were bouncing off the walls last night helping me prepare for our mini vacation. 

M said 'Don't worry Mom.  I've got my suitcase packed for camping.  I've got some clothes, my DS and LOTS of books'.  Lots of books??  I can barely drag that kid into our camper for sleeping.  When does he think he's going to slow down enough to read a book??  Alas, at 9:30 he was rummaging through our clean clothes looking for pants and socks.  Maybe I should look through his bag before we head out to make sure he has all of the essentials?

That's all I've got for today.  Now I can kick back and become ONE with nature.  Well, maybe just kick back and relax a little bit...becoming one with nature may be a little much.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

One Foot in Front of the Other

I feel like I've been in a daze all week.  Sunday night L woke up at 4:30 and wouldn't go back to sleep without a bottle.  He's been sleeping through the night for a few months now so this was exceptionally unusual for him.  By the time I got up, warmed his bottle, fed him and put him back to bed it was 5am.  My alarm goes off at 5:30.  I slugged my way through Monday.

Tuesday I felt like something was just off all day.  I couldn't quite put my finger on what.  Maybe it was just leftover sleepiness from Monday??

Last night M woke up having had a nightmare. I sent him to go to the bathroom (thinking maybe he just wasn't firing on all pistons and that was really what work him up).  Of course he needed a little snuggle for a few minutes to get settled back in.  I love to snuggle up with all of my boys; 1:30am is not favorite time to do that though!

So, here we are on Wednesday and I'm fighting to stay awake. 

I work about 45 minutes from home.  I can hear my bed calling me....my poor, comfy bed covered in great big pillows and super soft blankets laying there all alone with no one to crawl under the covers and take advantage of a nice nap!  I shall see you this evening my great big comfortable friend!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Fool's!!

I believe that honesty is one of the best character traits a person can have.  I believe that no matter the situation, you should be honest.  Be honest with yourself and be honest with any others that may be involved.  Yes, there is a tactful way to provide unwanted news but you shouldn't soften the blow so much that the truth gets hidden.

That said I took FULL advantage of April Fool's Day yesterday.  It was a great opportunity to be a little ornery and have some fun with J and M!

First thing in the morning I told them that school had been cancelled because they were expecting very low wind-chills and they didn't want children waiting at bus stops.  APRIL FOOL'S!!

When I picked them up I told them that I'd heard on Good Morning America that scientists had been studying gorillas and the way that they communicate with each other.  After years of study they were able to decipher the intricacies of their grunts and these scientists have actually been able to communicate with the gorillas! APRIL FOOL'S!!

At dinner J was having grape Crush for dinner and M was having 7-Up.  While they weren't looking, I switched J's grape pop out for plain water with food coloring and M's 7-Up out with plain water with salt mixed in.  APRIL FOOL'S!!

At bedtime they were brushing their teeth and I'd added one drop of food coloring to their tooth brushes.  When they were brushing M was really surprised.  He said 'What is on my teeth? Is it paint??' It looked like he had mustard all over his mouth.  It was a little anti-climactic for J he just thought there was an unusual amount of blood (how much blood does he normally see, yikes!), but he rinsed and carried on with his life. APRIL FOOL'S!!

That was it...that was all of the orneriness I pulled on them, but it was GREAT fun!