Wednesday, December 21, 2011
2) The "baby" you left at home will be HUGE when you get back home with the new baby. I swear Carter grew 4 inches and gained 20 pounds while I was in the hospital. He's so big now!
3) Hormones and your big kids will make you cry for no good reason. Carter had a major melt-down on Monday (he was frustrated with a computer game, and over-tired and probably not knowing how to cope with being a little mad at me for being gone for 3 days and confused by his new role of big brother and "not the baby anymore") that had both me and him reduced to a puddle of tears. I spent the rest of the afternoon trying not to cry while I read books like "The Little Dump Truck" and "Monster Trucks"... books that would not make a sane person cry. Ever.
4) Dozing with a newborn snuggled onto you chest falls pretty darned high on the "best thing ever" list.
5) Having a baby makes everything take longer than it should. And you have less time to manage it all because, inevitably, the second your 2/3rds through your errands, its time to eat.
Oh... and the one I forgot earlier...
6) the Boppy really is the best baby product ever. Makes for easier nursing, easier sibling baby-holding, easy place to safely put baby for a snooze... I forgot how much I love my Boppy and how much MORE useful I found it with a 2nd (and how 3rd!) baby.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Now, she's not reading every word... she's using lots of sight words she's learned and lots of context clues, and maybe a little bit of memory too. But only a little, becuase Brian and I both this Go, Dog! Go! is kind of a strage book and we're probably read it less than 5 times. Ever.
I don't know how this girl got so smart...
We did not get the living room/entry way/stairwell/halls painted, but I picked a color, which is a start. Its just such a big, daunting job...
For November... finish all my Christmas projects and shopping (I don't have a ton left to do... Princess dress wardrobe for Allison is the big one) and stock the freezer with some meals. Anyone have some great freezer meal plans? I'm thinking some easy crock-pot-in-a-bag "mixes", burger patties, and making double of a few meals this month. Oh... and go into labor.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I was let off the costume hook by my kiddos, which is great becuase I'm not sure I would have been up to making costumes for them. Allison decided months ago that she wanted to be a witch and wanted to wear the costume I got for the dress-up box during last year's after-halloween clearance. And Carter was going to be a wizard, but then decided to be a pirate instead. I found his little costume online for 99 cents... I bought 2 to make the shipping worth while and now my kids don't have to fight of the pirate costume during dress-up... yahoo!
At the ward's trunk-or-treat
trick-or-treating our neighborhood with daddy
We had some other fall fun at our house too. A few weeks before halloween we went to a little pumpkin patch near our house. Nothing big, but the kids had fun.
And were all about the mini pumpkins and gourds.
Unfortunately we went about a week too early. They INSISTED on carving the pumpkins for FHE a week later, which meant that by the time halloween rolled around those poor jack-o-lanterns were BLACK with mold. Ew... Needless to say they got tossed yesterday.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Carter: *no response*
Dad: Carter, time to get out of the bath!
Carter: *no response*
Dad: Okay Carter... I guess no story tonight.
Carter: *no response*
Dad: Okay Carter, I guess no songs tonight either.
Carter: *no response*
Dad: Okay Carter, no story, no songs AND daddy puts you to bed!
Carter: *crying* NO!!!!!!
Think the kid's a momma's boy? :)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Very, very sad.
She had a bad day.
What a day mom had.
It ended with me texting Brian, then locking myself in the quietest place I could find (my very small closet) and daydreaming of a one-way plane ticket anywhere. And admitting to myself how insanely jealous I am of my husband's life.
I've reconsidered this mommy thing... is it too late to change career paths?
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
When did she get so big?
Me? I'm enjoying 2 and a half hours every day of just one kiddo (at least for the next 3 months). And Carter? He wasted no time styling himself out at Target during our first run of preschool-time errands yesterday. What a cute, crazy kid...
Thursday, September 1, 2011
So, in hopes that maybe this fall, with Allison going to preschool every day (which will bring more structure and schedule to our life), I can accomplish a few big goals. Not many... just a few. So I don't feel so anti-accomplished all the time.
And a goal not written down is merely a wish, right?
September: Deep clean the house (including hiring out upholstery and carpet cleaning) & paint kid's bedrooms, possibly the living room, halls and stairwell too.
October: Move Allison & baby furniture into her new (shared) room (which also means moving my craft stuff out of it) & finish decorating kid's rooms (I've got a few projects I want to try for each room on my Pinterest boards).
November: Stock the freezer with freezer meals, menu plan through January & finish all Christmas shopping and projects by the end of the month.
December: Um... how about survive? :)
Friday, August 26, 2011
when your parents are insane enough to plan a 2-week cross-country trip with 2 kids under 5?You sleep in the car.
You sleep on the plane
(and then avoid sleeping on the next plane when you SHOULD be sleeping because going from East to West is hard like that).
You go to the park... lots of parks.
You ride the ferry...
and the big gold pig at Pike Place.
You go for a hike,
And throw rocks in the ocean.
You "help" grandpa rebuild the deck stairs.
And play with the toys rescued from the attic (even though they've already been sold on Ebay).
You go to the Children's Museum (on the day you thought you were flying home because mommy got the dates mixed up).
And when you finally do get around to flying home you spend a solid 21 hours (!!!) travelling in cars and airplanes to make it all the way home. Which makes your parents vow to pretty much never do that again.It was great to get to see most of both of our families... But next year, we're staying closer to home for vacation.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today I told my almost 4-year-old that I was cancelling her birthday party.
Today I ignored my 2-year-old when I knew he was awake and finished with his nap.
Today I refused to make dinner. Or put the kids to bed.
Today I wanted to run away.
Today was not a good day on the mommy front.
Maybe tomorrow will be better...
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Cute, huh? I had a splitting headache, but I'd much rather have this kind of noise in the background than them screaming at each other, ya know?
Did you like Allison's bow? Or how Carter throws the spoons ("drum sticks") because he's so excited that its his turn to dance? Pretty darned cute...
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Right now Carter and James and Bridget are having fun in the playroom. And here is what Allison is doing...
Pouting. Refusing to go play becuase I told her she should. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face...
On a side note: negotiating the sharing of train engines between two 2-year-olds takes a special kind of diplomacy. :)
Saturday, June 18, 2011
For your viewing pleasure... really, this one's for you, Grandmas!
Carter behaved like a champ during the (two hour) recital. Here's how he spent a good three quarters of it...
And Allison after her dance. We surprised her with flowers, which she, of course, loved.
Monday, June 13, 2011
You see, Carter has a man's "built in sense of direction." He is constantly being backseat driver in that car and telling me "Go dat way." Problem comes when I have my own ideas about where we are going.
Carter says turn left, Mommy turns right.
Your GPS might calmly say "Recalculating" if you ignore its directions. Carter screams at the top of his lungs: "NOOOOO!!!!! DAT WAY!!!!!"
And if you continue driving, your GPS will give you a new route that accomodates your disobedience. Carter, however, melts his screams into sobs of "Noooo! I want go dat way!" For the GPS of Carter there is no recalculating.
Just imagine that next time your GPS recalculates. ;0)
Friday, June 10, 2011
How about now!
Its a terrible picture, but I just snapped one really quickly before dinner. I found this 7 piece dining set (there are 2 more chairs, and 2 leaves) at a gargae sale this morning. "Luckily" our van wasn't actually ready to be picked up yesterday even like we'd been told, so I was taking Brian to work again this morning and we passed the sale on the way to work. I turned onto the street to look closer on the way home (thinking that maybe I'd find a small dresser for baby) and saw it, disassembled, sitting on the porch with a big price sign... $50!!! Done and Done! The chairs could use a reupholstery (mostly because they're a little dirty and stained, not torn up), but thats easy enough. And the top has some scratches and could use a refinish, but its not in desperate need of it. It really just looks like its been used in a house with kids... some wear and tear, but nothing terrible. So we'll probably just leave it be until our kids are past the stage where they're climbing on the furniture. :o)
The lady selling was even nice enough to offer to deliver (since it was only about 2 miles from home and our van is STILL having its A/C issue worked on by the dealer...) later in the evening if we came cask to help her load.
And now I'm really excited to actually finish the room. I'm thinking roman shades or bamboo blinds and curtains for the windows, a fun fabric to reupholster the chairs, and some art on the big blank wall. Oh, and some non-carpet flooring, eventually. That one may be a few years. :o)
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Oh, and how do you like the dress with yesterday's bright, pre-ruffled fabric? I used this tutorial from Make it and Love it (one of my very favorite sewing/crafting blogs). Turned out cute, I think. Its a little big, but that just means she'll be able to wear it for a good while. There is leftover fabric, so Allison with either get another little borther and skirt from the ruffley fabric, or she'll get a little sister with a matching dress. :)
Friday, June 3, 2011
Clockwise from top left:
*Red rayon blend double knit for under $5/yard (3 yards). I'm seeing a dress for me out of this. Something classic, I think. This is super high quality, versitle stuff. I bought it becuase the price was crazy good (you'd probably pay $15/yard for a 100% polyesther version of it at JoAnn's) and I knew it would come in handy for something at some point...
*2 yards (I think) Teal & Pink madras plaid, $4/yard. This is real madras: small squares of fabric stitched together to make one multo-pattern print. So much fun! I plan to copy my favorite bermuda shorts and make them from this. I'm thinking maybe a knit waistband, which would mean I could wear them this summer...
*3 yards (or was it 4?) yellow cotton gauzy seersucker, $4/yard. Its not at bumpy are most seersuckers that I'm used to, but very nice. It spoke to me. I'm going to make this dress with it:
I've had the pattern several years (I'm sure I got it on a $3 Vogue sale) and never used it. This fabric seemed P-E-R-F-E-C-T!
*2 yards silvery-grey floral print silk, $15/yard. I LOVED this fabric, but wasn't going to get it at $30/yard. The owner heard me talking about it while I was ordering and offered me half off since they were down to their last few yards of it. I'm seeing a skirt... or maybe a wrap dress? Something beautiful and flowy...
*1 yard awful, bright pre-ruffled knit something, $4/yard. I bought this for Allison. I didn't have a project in mind, but I knew she'd love it as a skirt or something. Funny thing is I saw this same fabric on the red tag pile at JoAnn's a few weeks after Manhatten. Original price? $15/yard. I'll post pictures soon of what I've already done with it.
*2 yards (maybe 3) pink/teal plaid lightweight shirting, $5/yard. I'm seeing a jumper/dress for Allison and a blouse of some kind for me. It would make a great lightweight summer shirt.
Sadly, all of the fabric for me is on hold, becuase I don't want to make maternity clothes with it. I do hope to use the wool tweed to make myself a nice coat before this winter, but everything else will have to wait. I will, hopefully, be making a new maternity skirt soon. I have fabric and a plan (no pattern! wish me luck)... I just trying to find the nerve!