Til next time...ciao!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Til next time...ciao!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
It's been an emotional day for me too...not sure why, but birthdays bring out the emotions! At lunch, I was reading the paper, and DJ was beside me as usual, but thru my peripheral vision it looked like he was trying to feed the dog (who wasn't even under the table!!!) and so I snapped at him...scared the crap outta him AND Howie...at which point I started laughing uncontrollably!! Howie made me apologize to DJ and I had to hold back my tears....so ODD!!! And NO I'm not pregnant!! It was funny tho!
After lunch we all had a nap!!! I made DJ take one (it was short, only an hour) because I knew we had plans for after dinner (which is fresh caught this morning salmon!!!) to go watch football! That enticed him to lay down at which point it didn't take him long to fall asleep! I even dozed for a 20 minute power nap. Why is it my body KNOWS when 20 minutes are up!?!??! So I got up and kept on with the laundry....I don't want to have to do any laundry ON my birthday...just me! And while I was in there knowing the kids can't bother me...I cleaned!! My washer and dryer (esp!) are now white again!!! And the floor in there...is actually clean...altho it's so beaten up (before us) that you can't tell its clean...sad!
I let the kids wake Daddy up from his nap....Sam just loves that!!! Getting into everything she shouldn't be because she never gets to go in there...OY! Howie cleaned the boat and I kept on with the laundry...never ending I tell ya!
Dinner was early and YUMMY!!!!!!!! Samantha, for whatever reason, refused to eat the fish...and she LOVES it!!! DJ refused to eat the Au Gratin potatoes...he just hates potato in any from that's not a french fry...he literally gags til he can spit it out....
It was a beautiful evening for football!!! I don't ever remember any of Jake's jamboree's this warm! Speaking of Jake...he came over about 6:30 and joined us for some spectating!! DJ did REALLY well the whole time...Samantha...not so much! She was up and down and up and down...all over the place!!! So I took the kids home after the first half game...and did the bed time thing...so it was close to 9 when I put DJ in bed...for the one and only time!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!! Now, if only he would sleep right thru the nite!! This night waking stuff is gettin really old!!! Last nite it was shortly after 3 and he got Howie instead of me...but then Howie went fishing and I woke up to DJ "playing" with the dog on her bed!!! Chased him back to bed and he bounced back in at 7:30 with no chance of a snuggle...*sigh*
So, now after enjoying a nice quiet Birthday Eve evening (type that out 5 times fast!) knitting and watching Royal Pains...great show btw!....I'm now sending myself to bed....hopefully before midnite...HA who am I kidding?? LOL
Til next time...ciao!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Yup...I joined the ranks of Avon Ladies all over the world!!!! More because I want the stuff and haven't had anyone to buy from since moving out here!!! I've thought about doing it for years, so last week I called, and joined up today! I should have a website up and running next week...so be on the look out for it!!!
Today was a busy day...joining Avon this morning...
Jake's football family picnic...which had less in attendance this year than last!! The parents were far outnumbered by the kids!! Which also means less food, with less parents showing up...I made a pasta salad...well, 3 of those Betty Crocker pasta salad kids....added a can of olives, and half a bag of shredded mozzarella cheese...and that sucker disappeared in 10 minutes!!! I kid you not!!! As I was in line getting food for the kids, I watched this one player put 5 spoonfuls of my salad on his plate....ACK!! Glad I don't have his food bill!
After the BBQ we headed home (which thankfully is walking distance, but I drove...salad and Sam were my things to bring) and put SamSam down for her nap. It was then I remembered that I was going to go to the DMV and renew my license...remember my failed attempt? I kissed my boys good bye, grabbed the Avon catalogue to look at, a bottle of water, my phone and headed out! Got there just about 2pm...walked in and my jaw dropped to the floor!!! There were all of 4 (FOUR) people there!!! I went to the number thingy, pushed "Renewal" and took my number....I then look up to see how my number corresponds with how long I'll be waiting and I hear "Now serving 1-4-1 at window 2" Say what!??!?! I very slowly walk up to the counter thinking it's a joke...and there's the lady Lien Le waiting for me. Took my info, and my money, and made me do an eye test, and my signature and sent me on my way to wait to get a new photo done....I walk over to the other side of the room where I sat for all of 10 seconds before I hear "Oh, are you here to get a picture taken for a renewal?" Say what!??!? I nod and she waves me up....they really need a mirror near there! I primped my hair as best I could and stood against the blue background for a picture. Snap, she hands me a paper copy of my license and says my new one will be in the mail in 10-14 days. SAY WHAT!??!! That's it!??!! I'm done??? I shake my head and walk out the door in disbelief....the whole thing took all of 10 minutes!!
I didn't even call Howie, just headed home...and shocked him!! Because I got home so quickly, he and DJ took off to go to Three Rivers, where we bought our boat, to buy a new net for fishing tomorrow. He broke his 20 year old one last weekend...and needs one to bring dinner home to me!
While they were gone my BFF Laura showed up for a visit with her puppy Mojo...remember we puppy sat him?? He's HUGE now compared to when I last saw him!! Anyways she brought this book I've been dying to see... earlier this month, she met her daughter that she gave up for adoption 20 years ago...and they adoptive mom and Laura's daughter made this scrapbook story for her to have that showed her growing up thru the years. It was SOOO touching!!! Laura really lucked out picking this family for her....they were so kool!!
After Laura and Mojo left I took the kids outside to play and Howie went and played on the boat to get it ready! I picked up pine cones...man there were a lot of them!!!! Two Ariel bucket fulls!! Samantha was a HUGE help too!! She loved finding them and bringing them to me....she also loved washing her hands at the sink to get the pine sap off.
Oh and during the bed time routine, Samantha was watching me brush DJ's teeth, and took a FIT that I didn't bring her in the bathroom and brush her teeth...so I guess I'll be adding a toddler brush to the grocery list for her!
Bed time went rather smoothly....other than him coming out of his room while I'm feeding Sam and Howie yelling at him...which has the opposite effect the milk does....just saying....she was so tired she whimpered once and was out like a light! So then I tucked DJ in and he was out like a light!!!! Seriously!?!?! Sweet!!!!!!!!!! Last nite he did pretty good....I woke him before I went to bed...and he woke up at 2:30 to pee, and went right back to sleep....came in the room about 8 and I told him to find Daddy and close the door...HE DID!!! And I slept til just before 9!!! Oh SOOOO amazing!!!!!!! I laid in bed IM'ing with my mom before actually getting out of bed! I need more of those kinds of mornings!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Why is that you ask??
DJ woke up at 2:39....pee'd and then 5 mins after putting him back in bed, he was bugging at me again....put him back in bed...and one more time just for giggles he was bugging at me again!! Can I just tell you how disconcerting it is to be startled awake!!!! I threatened his butt back in bed and it seemed to have worked....last I looked it was 3 am...
And the next time I looked it was 8 am....say what?!?!?! I sat up, looked around and noticed how empty the bed was and almost giggled!!! I lay there checking my phone in peace while the dog slept on in peace...oh and one of the cats was on the bed sleeping in peace!!! About 20 after 8 I got up and checked to see he was actually still in bed...and he was! So I let the dog out and went to the bathroom. He woke up then in a panic as I wasn't in my bed! We snuggled in the chair together and waited for SamSam to wake up.
After breakfast we got dressed, got a load of laundry going for the third time....man I hate when I'm so lazy I don't get it in the dryer!! I mean seriously, how hard is it!?!? Shortly before 11 we took off for a creative play date...for me! lol
I was meeting up with a g/f at Joann's and didn't really have a plan per se...I knew I wanted to get yarn to make Shirah her scarf....and having her there with me was perfect!!! She could pick out the colours she wanted!!! And then I found the easel I wanted for the 11x14 frame I have that's got pictures of both my babies in the hospital....it says Love in the middle of the easel at the bottom...SOOO cute!!! I may paint it gold so it stands out more as the easel is black and the frame is black.
After our excursion shopping, during which I spent a whopping 11 dollars thanks to coupons!, we went to a Greek restaurant that I've been wanting to go to since moving here!! Kafe Neo...and oh man was it AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I had the Neo Chicken and it was yummy!!! The kids just had a regular chicken gyro and Shirah had a steak gyro. Neither child had any issue with their food...in fact, DJ wanted to eat mine when he was done! LOL
Then we came home, which Samantha did NOT fall asleep on me this time...and she took a nap. DJ and I had quiet time...he's really digging this colouring thing!! and he loves when I trace his hands...and then hang his art work on the wall for Daddy to see. SO cute!!!
Tonite was bath nite, so we didn't get to go for a walk or anything special!! But once the kiddos were in bed (and DJ only tried one antic while I was nursing) I took off for DQ as we had a BOGO small blizzard....YUM!!! And really, the small is more than enough!!!
Tonite has been fabulously quiet, and in between folding laundry (I'm on it now!) I've been knitting and blogging...it's been a while since I knit so my knuckles are protesting a wee bit from gripping the needles....thank goodness I'm using 10.5 instead of 4's!! That would hurt even more!!!
Til next time...ciao!
P.S. This may not post til tomorrow as I'm having connectivity issues and the solution is in Sam's room...I already woke her once....yikes! Dare I go in there again and try....I'll give it a few more mins!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
So where did we walk??
To the park! Oh it was a GORGEOUS day here today!! So we took the scenic route and popped by Jake's football practice...but since they don't have numbers yet, we didn't know who was who...and honestly, we didn't want to interrupt! And the park is right next to the high school....so it was convenient! The park wasn't too crowded today either....only one day camp with about 20 kids....and DJ had fun chasing all the older kids!!! He's also mastered a part of the monkey bar routine...aside from scaring his mother....
OH, I have to tell you this very funny thing!!! Tonite while I was making dinner, Howie was in the loo doing Godknowswhat, and I'm sure he wouldn't want me blogging about THAT...in any case, I went to the door to ask if he'd fallen in...and if he wanted a salad for dinner.
Once he was done, and in the kitchen bothering me, DJ needed to potty, so Howie took him....when he came out he told me the conversation:
DJ: Where did you fall in Daddy? In there? *points to bath tub*
Daddy: No, not there.
DJ: In the sink? *points*
Daddy: No, not there too.
DJ: where did you fall then ?
Daddy: In the toilet!!!
DJ: Ohhhhh I don't wanna fall in the toilet!
Daddy: No, you don't! Its very cold!
DJ: *thinking about it* Yeah....I don't want to fall in there!
HAHAHA Oh man I was busting a gut!
After dinner we went on a family walk!!!! We actually ate right at 6 tonite, and with a nice relax time after dinner, we went on a walk about 7. Walked to get the mail, and then on to the very same football field we were at earlier today to watch the team that Jake used to play for before playing for school. It was good to catch up with the two coaches we know and a couple parents. Then we walked back! SamSam was in the stroller, and DJ walked rather nicely holding either my hand or Daddy's hand...it was a very pleasant evening!!!
Bed time on the other hand....he is such a creature of habit!!!! If I don't go up and tuck him in he starts fooling around and calling my name, standing at the gate....just being ornery! But he did fall asleep quickly after I tucked him in.
Last nite...was a breeze....til I went to bed! He woke up shortly after 1 to pee...and off we went....then two minutes after I got back into bed he was at me again to "try" and off we went again....for a toot! Put him back in bed and crawled back into bed myself. About 1:30 I hear thumping on the stairs...I go out and DJ's chasing the cats up and down the stairs....sooooo NOT what I want him to be doing at this time of nite! Put him back in bed and sternly scolded him, while trying not to be too loud as to wake Howie up too!....and back to bed I went to lay there and wait for him to make more noise or fall asleep....
Howie told me this morning that DJ woke up when he was getting ready for work, pee'd and went back to his own bed "so Mummy can sleep!" I vaguely heard this conversation but rolled over quite easily knowing Howie was taking care of it...Next thing I know, DJ's in bed with me and I have no clue when he arrived!! I like that! Semi decent sleep does me well!! Here's hoping this middle of the nite antic crap stops soon!
Til next time...ciao!
P.S. Samantha has figured out that my phone takes all kinds of pix (as you well know) and now takes it and says not only " 'Lo" for hello, but now she turns it around so the screen is facing away from her and says "cheese" thinking she's taking her own pic...then turns it around and checks the screen.....way too funny!!! She's too freakin smart sometimes!!!
So when I took the phone away, this is the pathetic look I got...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Then, I woke up at 6 am, his usual time to join me, and heard a loud THUMP, and thought it was the front door...and Howie was home (he worked grave yard last nite only) and waited for him to come to bed...after a few minutes there was nothing....so I got up and checked the window and his car wasn't there....so it wasn't him.
Well, I worked myself up into such a tizzy....and I thought I heard Sam scream, which did NOT help my spidey senses....so I got up (it's close to 6:30 now) and let the cat out, he didn't freak, and Snickers wasn't trying to get out of the room, so her spidey senses were calm....and I tip toed down the stairs and it was nothing...Sam was still sleeping silently....and I had to go to the bathroom!!! I'd worked myself up that bad!! Took me til after 7 to go back to sleep, and then Howie came home around 8, and DJ woke up at 8:30....So, yeah...not much sleep was accrued for me! Horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE nite!!!
After breakfast I got a text message from a g/f of mine, Wyndi, and she wanted to know if we were up for the sprinkler park...well sure we were!!! With Howie sleeping, it was the perfect time for us to be out of the house, and it was a beautiful sunny day!! Shortly after 10:30 we took off to the park and had a great visit/play time. Was still too chilly for the water part, but their playground was fun! The swings, sadly, were both broken! About an hour into it, there appeared another family with two boys, and they both had fun chasing/getting chased by DJ!! Thanks for a great visit Wyn!!!
After lunch I got Howie up, and put Samantha down! She went with such a fight today!!! DJ didn't nap...just had another quiet afternoon with some play outside. Wore his butt out!
Dinner was a bit late tonite and both kids let us know they weren't happy with it! Rather loudly too! In fact while we were cooking I let them both eat their vegetables while waiting.
Tonite was also bath nite....I just love how great they smell after!!! Just squishable!!! Bedtime was quick and painless!!! After putting SamSam down, I got Howie's lunch ready waiting for DJ to call me....after 20 mins go by, I crawl up the stairs and find him laying on the floor by his door sound asleep!!!!! huh! So I took the gate down and put him in bed....and not a peep since!
Howie and I actually enjoyed a quiet evening together watching tv!! Who knew!! It sure was nice!!! Now, he's gone to bed....I'm facebooking and blogging and watching TV....and then going to bed early...this time I mean it! (hahaha)
Til next time...ciao!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
This is what it looked like this morning when I got up (but really I took these a couple days ago...) Sorry the one is SO blurry....it's hard to take self portraits!
And this is what I look like now!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Makes me look younger doesn't it!??!! HAHAHA Just kidding...
This was the highlight of my day!!!
Oh and I now have a stubborn fashionista for a daughter!! There was a basket of folded clothes in the hallway that I hadn't put away yet, and Samantha discovered all her clothes...namely her new pj's....and tried putting them on....so cute! She got the shirt on her right leg and her pants on the left leg, then would walk around holding them up thinking she's all that!
So when I took them off her to put them back in the basket and put them away in her closet...she FREAKED on me!!! Sat down just blubbering and grabbing at the pants (the top ended up on the table) and screaming "nooooooo" at me. So her outfit today....pajama pants and a pink top to match the ballet slippers on the green pants. Then she added red toddler sunglasses...but I wasn't quick enough to snap that shot! But it was FUNNY!!!
I also decided to forgo DJ's nap this afternoon after such a crappy nite!! OH my word was it bad!! I woke him shortly after 12 to pee...put him back in bed....went to bed myself...read til shortly after 1....and was woken up at 1:26 by DJ laying down on the bed beside me....off to pee AGAIN...and put him back in bed. At which point, I could NOT for the life of me fall back to sleep!! oh it was just awful!! Next thing I know, Howie's talking to DJ and asking him if he needed to pee...he didn't (surprise, surprise!) and Howie then picked him up and put him in bed between us!!!! urgh!!!!!!!! So I had knees and elbows digging in to me....and around 6 realized Howie was no longer in bed so moved DJ over and finally got some sleep. Needless to say it was 8:30 when he woke again!
Instead of napping we had quiet time...drawing and colouring and then reading books. While I was showering he was captivated by Caillou....worked out perfectly! I have my routine down to 22 mins!!! That's how long an episode is!
It's been really nice and quiet since 8:30 when I put him in bed...here's hoping he'll STAY in his own bed ALL nite!!!!!! A mom can wish can't she?
Ducking out early tonite...I wanted to post pix of my hair early, and I so wish I had something to knit!!! *sigh* Anyone have yarn they wanna give me?? lol
Til next time...ciao!
Monday, August 24, 2009
The park was fun tho!!! They were working on the big play area fixing things, so the kids had to play on the toddler area. Which my two have no problem with. As soon as we got there, a boy named Connor came up and said "Do you wanna play with me?" to which DJ very enthusiastically said "Sure! Bye Mum!" and took off! SO cute! Sam was a little bewildered...but loved exploring on her own! Then we ended up at the swings and she was happier than a pig in....well, you know....and DJ was busy chasing kids once they opened up the big play area.
Oh, I made homemade french fries tonite!! I was given a potato slicer thingy to make your own fries....about two years ago...from one of the other football moms...so it has to have been 2 years ago! Tonite was the first time I used it! Sad huh? But I can guarantee you, we'll be using it again!!!! The fries were amazing!!!!!!!!! Such potatoey goodness!!!! (did I just create a word!??!) Next time I won't do so many at one time in the fryer....and I want to try the shoestring setting....YUM!!!! I think it's the skins that make them SO much tastier than frozen fries. Just blogging about it is making me drool for more!!
Bed time was a fiasco again!!! With having a bath right before, we all know he peed before getting in...but that doesn't stop him from using the potty excuse. UGH! An hour after I put him in bed, I did let him go "try" and he actually did pee. Then, an hour later I hear a noise, mute the TV and turn my head a bit and catch sight of his foot sticking out the hallway entrance....yeah! NOT where he was supposed to be! Chased him back to bed and actually closed the door...to him screaming....
He's moved his night light and can't find it....so he doesn't have it and we've been leaving his door open....but apparently it's not working.
I really miss the diaper days...y'know, when he'd sleep right thru the nite without waking AT ALL!!! Last nite, I shut the light out shortly after reading, so about 1 am....and woke up feeling this thing on my hand...turns out it was DJ...but I tell you, in my dreams...that wasn't what it was!!! (We'd had an earlier convo about spiders crawling all over you when you're sleeping....) So took him potty (even tho I'd just done it an hour earlier) and he went and put his butt back in bed.....then he woke up at 6:30 wanting to play...uh NO! He did go back to sleep thankfully, but it took me a bit to fall back to sleep. Then I had to wake him just before 9....feast or famine with this kid!
SamSam's back to her normal self! Her fever is gone! But I do thinks she's teething her eye teeth as she's stingy about me checking her mouth out...and when I check out the bottom right one she shoos my hand away.
WOW....it's super early and I'm thinking of heading to bed early! I haven't been able to read my book in a while...want more than 15 mins to get into it, so I've been trash reading my People mag!
Til next time...ciao!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
While we were off visiting, Jake's g/f and her mom were sitting the kids! How very sweet of them! We left before they woke up from their naps as they do better just waking up to strangers than if they see us leave. DJ woke up, came down the stairs to the landing and sat, as soon as he heard Joanne's voice, he took off to his room, closed the door and ran to his bed. hahaha So, Joanne went up and asked him if he wanted to go to the park...HA new best friend he was!! They had a great time at the park and then came back and played in the front yard til we got home.
I have to say...watching Samantha come running at toddler speed to greet me, SO awesome!!! I don't get that often as I'm the one with them the most, but man, when I do get it...I LOVE it!! The rest of the nite tho, she was a Daddy's girl!! She'd whine with her arms up just knowing he'd pick her up! And he did! He's such a sap sometimes! As a matter of fact, when he gets his tattoo of her name....I'm going to ask that the word SUCKER be put in there hidden somehow! Wouldn't that be funny!??!!
Dinner tonite was scrumptious!! Salmon again!! This time I had Howie clean the fish before the nap! That way no more goes to waste! yum yum yum!! I also made rice pudding today!!! Everyone here loves it...and it's a nice treat!
Bed time was actually pretty decent tonite!! Come to think of it, it's the best one we've had in a couple weeks! He actually woke up on his own to pee....so there's one step gone for me tonite...altho, it's still pretty early, so I might just take him anyways. Last nite was miserable for solid sleep...between Howie leaving (and asking me something in my sleep) and DJ joining me after Howie left, it was tough going! 10 years from now when I'm struggling to get my kids OUT of bed, remind of this will ya! lol
Til next time...ciao!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
This morning started way too early!!! I had a tough time falling asleep last nite....and not for any reason I can think of....very annoying! And I try really hard not to look at the clock when I'm experiencing this insomnia...blah! Thankfully DJ didn't get up til 7:45....but the bad part was that I think he was up til midnite....he scared the crap outta me around then standing behind me....and his eyes weren't sleepy....I asked him what he was doing and gave me this tale of gibberish.
Howie went fishing with a long time buddy....so he was out of commission....and I really need a sleep in day. Unfortunately I don't see that happening til September sometime...next weekend on his non-fishing day I'm going to the DMV, remember? So it'll have to be the weekend after that....so far away!!!
What's that? Did he catch fish?? Why, yes, he did!! Two beautiful salmon....that went to waste! He didn't deal with them in a timely manner and therefore they were garbage....I was ticked! Good thing he's going tomorrow....I want salmon!! It sure does help out on the menu planning! lol
Oh, my FIL is out of the hospital!!! Seems fast doesn't it?? Hard to believe!!! He's now settled in at the g/f's house...which isn't that far away...so we'll be visiting often!! Time got the better of us, so we didn't get over there today! I did however get the last of the grocery shopping done...kidless!
OK...I'm done for the day...gonna go watch a DVR'd program and then get to bed!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Oh, I hope this works....here's a video of DJ....
Friday, August 21, 2009
While my parents were slaving away to the hundreds of customers....I was slaving to my children! Samantha woke up with a fever, and nothing else. Just a wee bit clingier than normal, but otherwise herself. Not as active or talkative...but still eating like a champ! I'd swear someone gave her a colonic....poor girl gave me three (3!!!) dirty diapers that were just putrid! (Again, where else can I talk poop!?!?) and mostly liquid. So I'm thinking stomach bug...
It sure did make it easier to take both of them shopping...really only had to deal with DJ which wasn't fun! Ever tried to push a cart with a kid laying on the bottom?!?!? OY! We got thru QFC with the promise of seeing animals at the pet store....thankfully it worked like a charm! And he got to see cats, fish, birds, and hamsters....while I got the cat food and dog food!
Home for lunch and naps! I love naps!!! Took a quick power nap with DJ and then took a shower while they were both snoozing. Sam woke up first and we had to wake DJ up! I wanted to hit up a couple more stores before dinner, but DJ had no desire to go out...and Sam was still fevered. So we just stayed home...and then I bbq'd for my second time...hamburgers! Well, hamburger....Howie was at the hospital visiting his dad, so it was just me and kiddos again for dinner. After dinner, DJ puts his shoes on and announces he's ready to go shopping. OK, I'm game!! So off we went to Fred Meyer's and got the few things on our list....and Howie got some peace and quiet to get the boat ready for tomorrow.
Bedtime was a fiasco...again! Last nite he decided he didn't want his gate, remember...tonite he decided earlier that he didn't want it...like 5 mins after Howie put it up! From there we had the potty battle and then I caught him UNDER his desk "working"....OY! Put his butt in bed and closed his door....he screamed loudly, but didn't get out of bed! And I haven't gone to check on him yet...I will before I go to bed...which is VERY soon!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
My SIL and her twin girls were at the hospital visiting too, so they met us at the main entrance and took us up to Dad's floor. I had called before hand to ask his nurse if he was okay to have "little" visitors and she said "oh, sure, he can have a few visitors" ...to which I replied, "no, little, as in young" and she said it was more than okay! So, while SIL and nieces waited, me and my two went in to see Dad....his g/f Ellen was in the room with him, and it was good to see her too!! DJ was insta-glue as soon as he saw G'pa in the bed! And that tube in his neck....yeah, he was staying right by me!! lol
I will say, for someone who had his chest spread open 2 days ago...he's lookin damn good!! And I'm very happy to report his sense of humour was not touched!!! I commented to him that he looked odd without his teeth...he then flashed me a gummy grin!!! HA
I then took the kiddos out of the room and went to the waiting room for a bit...chatted with SIL and nieces and then quietly snuck out of the room when neither of my kids were looking (quite the feat I tell ya) and went to say good bye to Dad...he was just getting his vitals check then and they were discussing him having a shower. So it was good timing for us to leave! That and it was already quarter past 12....and I was running the risk of having SamSam fall asleep on me on the way home...again!
She did REALLY good tho the whole way home...right until I was 2 miles from the house!! TWO FREAKIN MILES!!!! So I stopped at McD's for a cheat lunch for them and that woke her up! whew! So we ate lunch and took a nap right away!!
After nap we did some grocery shopping....and DJ got to use the "special" cart at that one store...it was the best he behaved the whole afternoon!!! Man alive!!! In Walmart (where else?) he was horrendous!!! Thankfully it was semi-short trip! Oh and he picked out one of his Christmas gifts....without even knowing it!! LOL I love this age!! Guess you'll have to wait til Christmas to find out what he picked out!! I will say this tho...it is Lightning McQueen related! *rolls eyes*
I also saw another side of my son....the "I want this" side!! Which is followed by "I'll behave Mummy!" Boy, do I know how NOT to fall for that crap!!!
Howie went to visit his dad after work, so it was me and the kiddos again for dinner, and DJ asked for pizza...so that's what we had! SOOOO not a nutritious day!! But one day won't hurt them!! Right? In any case, he got home just in time for bed time!!!
Bedtime....has been going pretty smoothly of late....altho I've caught him playing with his toys in the dark once or twice! And tonite he decided to take down his gate...said he didn't need it....*shakes head* In any case, it worked and he fell asleep IN his bed!! So who am I to complain!??!?!
Bed....methinks that's where I'm headed now....just past midnite....not bad! OHHHHHH wait...I think I figured out who/what/when/where/why DJ's been waking up so freakin early in the mornings...Snickers!!! I woke up at 6 waiting for DJ to join me, and my bladder did instead...so I got up to go pee, and as I'm opening my door, Snickers is coming out of DJ's room. AHA!! Caught wet nosed!!! See, if you move in bed, and dangle a limb over the edge of the bed, it's fair game for her to lick you! Thus, waking you! And DJ's a super mover in bed! Mystery solved!! I put Snickers in my room and DJ didn't wake til after 7 and snuggled back to sleep til just past 8.
Me on the other hand...had a hard time getting back to sleep after the 6 am wake up...but did finally doze for a bit. OY Here's hoping I get more solid sleep now!
Til next time...ciao!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As I'm sitting there I realize that I'd read that I needed proof of our "new" address so I can renew my drivers license....crap! So we head out to the truck to see if there's an errant bill hanging around...there's not. Crap! Ahhhh wait a minute, there's the insurance card for the truck that has our address and my name on it....sweet!!!
Back in we go....they're now at 70 (it was at 66 when I walked in)...I give the phone back to Sam and play I Spy with DJ (he still doesn't "get" it yet) and then the misbehaving starts!!! crap! I then do the math....at this rate it'll be another 90 minutes before they get to my number...CRAP!
We took off!! It was already 12:15 and I was getting hungry! DJ was getting louder! And SamSam was getting squirmier!!! NOT my idea of fun!!! Then to top it all off....DJ threw a sit-down-on-the-floor-crying tantrum that we were leaving!!! He'd already lost the candy necklace and was trying to behave to get it back....so when he realized I was leaving he knew he wasn't getting the necklace! Lord have mercy!!! I just kept walking and ignoring all the eyes on me....and DJ caught up to me as I reached the door. He cried the WHOLE way home....and kept saying he didn't want to go home....Samantha...fell asleep in the 6 minute drive with him screaming...whatta kid! What a morning!!!
Ahhhh much better!!! And SUPER sweet!!! Of course it didn't last long enough for me to grab the REAL camera....but at least I have proof! lol
Til next time...ciao!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
So that meant I was on my own for the whole day with the kiddos!! Thankfully we had story time a the library!! Just wish DJ hadn't decided 5 mins before we left that he HAD to poop!! Ugh! And he's one to sit long after he's done....so we were a wee bit late for the start of it! They were still singing the greeting song! whew! SamSam was in a mood from the moment she woke up....and she was the whiniest one there today!!! Normally she's walkin around sorta paying attention, but today she was on my lap hugging on me. Not that I minded....I actually liked it! lol
She did have a spell tho when I went to return the books we got last week...I tried leaving her in the room to play with the toys, but she was having NONE of that!! Stood by the door just screamin her head off....so she came with! DJ was VERY excited to get new books!! And one of the ones I got had to do with trains...for some reason he's HOOKED on trains!!
After the library we took a quick trip to the mall...and for me a quick trip is all of 10 mins! It would have been a shorter trip, but I got some lousy customer service!! I had a gift card for JC Penney and was in need of some decent conditioner! They had no Biolage left, so I settled for BigSexyHair...which is equally good!
On our super short 8 minute ride home, guess who falls asleep...SAMANTHA!!! Why does she do this to me?!?!?!! Woke her little butt up and had lunch before letting her go to sleep again! Today I chose to nap with DJ...wishing I hadn't, but that's neither here nor there!
Dinner was a sad, pitiful one....mac n cheese and hot dogs!! Totally something Howie wouldn't eat with us! LOL I then attempted bath time on my own...boy did I miss having Howie here for that one!!! Altho, I must say, I didn't get as wet as I normally do...Oh and I found some pj's for Sam in the hope chest at the end of our bed...looking for something else always finds things you least expect! So she's got new jammies on...two piece ones!! She grew up instantly tonite!! SOOO cute too! Sadly, one pr are 12 mos size and not gonna get use past tonite....the others are 24 mos size, so we'll give those a shot tomorrow!
Now, it's bed time!!! That book, Keeping Faith, has gotten really good!!! And I am finally enjoying it!! Glad I stuck it out! I am old enough now that I don't HAVE to read the whole book if I don't like it....sometimes I have to remind myself that! lol
Til next time...ciao!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I must go and get Howie's lunch ready...he's taking his dad to the hospital and staying the whole day....so he wants food with him to eat...can't say as I blame him on that one! I also made some peanut butter cookies!!! See...I AM a good wife!
You might have also noticed its Monday and there's no Not Me! post...y'know...it was a pretty quiet week on that front!! That and I'll need to pay more attention to what I'm doing wrong! hahaha
And these were from today on our way to the park...I just LOVE DJ's smile!! And SamSam's workin the pony again!!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I have to tell you...Samantha has seriously turned a corner in the last week vocally...she loves repeating everything we say...and her fave thing to say is "noooooooooooo" with a really whiny, yet singsongy voice. Sometimes she'll add a head shake, and downcast eyes...its so pathetic but funny!! She absolutely loves pointing at the cats as they walk by...and saying her version of kitty cat! She can handle Snickers, but on her own terms...she'll do the loving, as she's not too fond of dog kisses! Altho, we've noticed the smaller the dog, the more excited she is about it!
DJ on the other hand....ugh! He's just too much for Snickers...his idea of playing is NOT what Snickers has in mind. And the cats...turn tail, literally, if he's in the room! He chases them to where they hide which is under his bed, and then he torments them! He's been scratched (quite well I might add) and still doesn't get it!! GRRR
Oh, the other pic you're missing out on is the fish all prepped for dinner!! And I can tell you it was YUMMY!!!!! Oh so good!! The kids gobbled it up! There was enough for the four of us (Jake went home tonite) and Howie's lunch, AND some for the animals to indulge! SO good!
Now my thumbs are tired and my movie is done!
Til next time...ciao!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
The drive there was a good one as both kids napped....and even I got a cat nap! Traffic was awful as there was a soccer game AND a baseball game, not to mention the Hemp Festival....makes for slow driving!! The ride home was a breeze in comparison! We got home shortly after 7....so while I was getting the kids ready for bed, Howie was getting the boat ready for fishing.
Made him go lay down for a few mins as I could tell how tired he was! But the noisy children had other plans! Best laid plans and all....
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Today we met up with my g/f Sharon and her two little girls Madeleine and Penelope! Our first time seeing them since getting home....so it was even more fun!! Maddy is about 5 weeks younger than DJ and Samantha is about 5 weeks younger than Poppy!! So both are pretty close! I think they all had fun together!!!
Unfortunately, the naps were a little on the short side!! So much so that I barely got to eat my lunch and DJ was awake! Jake was gone to the mall with a friend of his who is visiting from Cali so I had no help with whiny babies!!
This is a first....while trying to poop earlier (seriously, where else can I talk poop!?!??!) she pointed to her bum and said "poopy". Howie heard it first, and commented...and I said "no way!!!" but she proved him right by saying it again. I was in shock!!!! She doesn't say too many words, but this was clear as day!!! And while I was gone and she was actually pooping, she was saying it again!! I think I'll have her potty trained by Christmas!! Wouldn't that be awesome!??!!? I sit her on the toilet every once in a while...but have yet to catch her doing anything on it! I'll go by her lead!!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I also organized the hall closet and the bathroom closet. Did you know (of course there's really no way for you TO know) that I had over 30 face cloths in there!!!!!! **Mom, we don't need anymore for 5 years!!!** So I downsized the old ones and kept the new ones (and we STILL have 17 of them) and put them away nice and neat in their wicker basket! I then also went thru all our old towels....I opened up a whole shelf in there!!!! Of course, it's the bathroom so what could I possibly store there with all the steam that happens in that room!
Tonite I had a Dr appt with our GP....I wanted to discuss the results of the ultrasound and blood work. It was a good visit!! She sees me all the time when I take the kids in, but it's been a while since it was a ME visit! We discussed why I'm not losing weight and she said I'd be a good candidate for bariatric surgery...especially since I'm considered pre-diabetic...and my mom IS diabetic. Then she threw in there that insurance may cover it!! Say what?!?!?! She gave me the information to investigate and research on my own...and the number of a clinic she recommends. I gotta say....I'm seriously considering it! But she also said I HAVE to fix the hernia...and to get into see the surgeon about it. Its possible that both of the surgeries could be done at the same time....interesting! Of course, none of this will happen til next year or so....
Now, I'm watching I Love You, Man....and while it's a bit on the crass side (altho I totally wouldn't say that if I wasn't watching it with Jake and his g/f) its VERY freakin funny!!! There are so many (MANY) awkward moments in this movie that all you can do is laugh your butt off!!! I highly recommend it!!
Til next time...ciao!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I'm currently watching The Soloist with Jake, so if my thoughts are a little jumbled that's why...it's a REALLY good movie!!!
Today was a library day! And we checked out 5 new books...boy, you'd think I gave DJ Christmas morning today!! He was sooooo excited and grateful for the books!! 3 of them are about tractors, trains and trucks! Right up his alley! The other one is an alphabet book and the last one is about baby animals. The library got a new shipment of books in, so it's nice to have clean non-kidded books! On our way home we stopped at Walmart (where else?) to get Howie's contacts that came in, so now he's set for 6 mos!
It was a rainy day this morning, so we just came home after our errands, did lunch and had a nap! During naps, I ducked out (can I just say, I love having Jake here to be able to do that!) to take back a bad watermelon (oh it was awful!! And DRY!!) and pick up a few other specials...and some much needed dish soap! DJ was awake when I got home, by all of 5 mins, and Sam was just still snoozing! I managed to get the dishes done before she woke! Whew!
After dinner I was supposed to meet a gal about some stuff I'm selling on craigslist....but she didn't show! And the movie we originally wanted (I Love You, Man) wasn't in the RedBox we went to....so we tried another at Alberstons, and it was a no go. That's how we ended up with The Soloist! I wanted He's Just Not That Into You....but let a 15 y/o pick....when will I learn!???!! hahaha
OK...gonna go watch the end of it....it is a really good movie!!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Monday, August 10, 2009
And in other news, here's some pix of Miss Samantha showing her prowess with the fork...
Bed time...wasn't as smooth as the last 10 nites were....he put up a bit of a fight and was messing around with his toys...he finally figured it out huh!....but one stern threat and a talking to from Daddy, and there's been nothing but silence from his end of the hall!
As you know, it's been a while...so I've been saving my Not Me!'s up and have picked the best ones to share with you...no laughing!!!! Snickering is okay, but no laughing!!! Oh alright, you can laugh!!! I've already laughed at myself, so its all good!
Now, I'm not sure how everyone stores their butter, but I like to keep mine on a small dessert plate (I used to have a proper butter dish....) and typically I keep it in the cupboard where the plates are (we have two cats) and lately, I've been keeping it on the counter where the toaster is. That is once I discovered that keeping it on the stove isn't such a good idea...that is if you don't remove it when you turn the oven on. Can you see where I'm going with this?? Heat + Butter = Liquid MESS!!!!
Thankfully it's only a 1/4 lb stick at time, but blech!!! And we all know that once liquid butter doesn't harden up to be a proper butter....it's grainy. Double blech!!!
I did not do this ONCE....but TWICE to the same stick of butter!!!!!!! Nope, not me!! I'm Miss Suzy Homemaker!!!
Having DJ, 3+ years ago, I've worn a bra to bed as I've been nursing or pregnant and then nursing again....so in the last little while its felt like a part of my skin...so much so that I did not step into the shower WITH THE BRA ON!!!! No, not me!!!! HA Thankfully it didn't get too wet....and I had a clean on to wear after the shower.....
Now, one of my fave things to do is bake...I love making cookies for Jake when he comes to visit...the thing I don't like is eating them and I try REALLY hard not to eat them!!!
Thankfully we had some froze pre-made ones from a school/football fundraiser, so all I had to do was pull out the amount I wanted to make up and put the rest back. I can do that!!!
After they were done baking, I did not lick the chocolate off the cookie sheet so I wouldn't be tempted to eat a cookie...no, not me!! Pathetic...I know!!!! I once knew a girl who was so desperate for chocolate she melted chocolate chips and ate them....
OK, that concludes this portion of the Not Me! post....hope you got a chuckle!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Its been a lazy Sunday!!! I didn't dress the kids til almost 11...that's just unheard of!!! Jake slept in til almost 11 too....which is normal! He's a teenager! We finally had some rain too this morning, and then sun this afternoon, and it warmed right up to 70...which is so much more bearable than those upper 90's we had!!!
After visiting with Jake's g/f and mom (and dropping off the salmon) we came home at the exact same time that Howie's sister and fam showed up for a visit! They came bearing gifts too!!! DJ got a new Lightning McQueen car....and SamSam got a new plush chair just like DJ's but hers is purple and it has Tinkerbell on it....SO cute!!! Now, there shouldn't be any more fighting about who's sitting in the chair!!! Right?!?!?! HA!
After their visit we did dinner, and bath...what a chore that really is!! My back still aches! I don't know how parents bathe their kids every nite!!! Whew!
Bed time...had absolutely NO fiasco to it tonite!!! Remember how I've been faking going out....just so DJ thinks I've left the house and he can't call out to me....he caught on to me last nite...brat! Today, I found his baseball night light in Jake's bathroom (NO clue why it was there...) and thought maybe, just maybe it might do the trick for DJ staying in bed.
Well, let me tell you! It worked like a CHARM!!!!!!!!! That and I had to promise him that I'd wake him up before I go to bed so he can pee (which I do every nite anyway)....somehow that promise helped too! He never got out of bed once!!! Never even called out to me once!!! Ahhhhhh so that's what it feels like?!?!?! I'm loving it!!
Now, everyone's tucked snugly in their beds...some snoring away....even Snickers is tuckered out! Jake took her to the park after bath time, and wore her butt out!! She needed it tho!!
Til next time...ciao!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Tonite we dined on a 5/6 lb salmon that when basted with pesto, and grilled to perfection on the BBQ.....was as scrumptious as it sounds!!! Add to that some "green" noodles (rotini with pesto) and corn on the cob with some garlic bread on the side....complete with watermelon....what more could you ask for!?!?! An absolute feast!!!! Even the animals got to partake in the salmon after we were finished with it!
How'd the kids do??? They ALL gobbled up what we gave them! Samantha the most enthusiastic!!! Blew me away! She's mastered the art of feeding herself with a fork! At this age I would never have considered giving DJ a fork....in fact, I still dread giving him one! He uses it as a weapon most times...and draws/bangs on the table (I can just see my mom nodding as she's reading this...) Lord help us when he gets a knife....
So yeah, Miss Independent is getting pretty savvy with a fork...I'll have to take a pic of it!
I know, I haven't forgotten the zoo pix or the park pix....just haven't remembered to download them when I'm on the other computer....*note to self, d/l pix tomorrow!*
After a rather long nap time for everyone but me...we had our lovely dinner and then I took Jake out for a lesson in his car. We were also heading out to get a movie for he and I to watch tonite. (HE napped til after 5pm!!!) As we were on our way, my phone rang and it was Howie saying my FIL and his g/f Ellen had stopped by, so we headed home instead and had a good visit with them. Nice to see them again!!! And DJ got to show off his baseball skillz!!! He's got mad skillz, yo! (ok, having Jake here for over a week is ruining my concept of the English language!) But yeah, he's got a good eye and hits the ball really well!! Doesn't matter if its a plastic ball, a tennis ball, a rubber ball...whatever you throw at him, he'll try (and most likely) hit it!!
After Dad and Ellen left, Jake and I once again headed out to get a movie. It's been SO long since I've rented a movie all the choices were new to me. There was two movies in the whole RedBox thingy that I had seen....so my choices were wide open!!! Jake's choices on the other hand....man that kid sees too many movies!! He'd have hundreds of dollars if he hadn't wasted it at the theater!!! Just saying....
Our choice? Race to Witch Mountain with Dwayne Johnson and a couple other unknowns. It's a Disney movie, so we were good to go! And honestly...I thought it was a great movie!!!! Cute! Funny! Action! slight Romance! and great special effects!! I'd definitely recommend it!!
Now, it's late and I'm off to bed!!! GAH! It's midnite....I am seriously off to bed! No more fooling around!!! G'nite!
Til next time...ciao!
Friday, August 7, 2009
She who?? you ask....
Why Miss Samantha, of course!!
She had her well baby check (first one in a year!) and she's HEALTHY!!!!
She's weighing in at 25 lbs, 6 oz....and got to stand on the scale...that took a bit of doing as she was quite please she was nekkid in public! LOL My little nudist!!!
She's standing tall at 33.25 inches!!!! That's exactly half of Howie's height!!!! She's still got a half inch to go before she's half my height. But she's above the 95th percentile for height!
It's funny to me....I think she's short, but that's because I compare her to DJ all the time....and he's head and shoulders above her....no clue how tall he really is as today wasn't about him.
Her head circumference is 18.25 inches...quite normal apparently!
Sam also go 3 needles....poor thing, but she really did much better than I thought she would! When DJ takes a toy away from her, she lets the world know!!! But today, she was giving the nurse, Jennifer, dirty looks while whining crying....it was odd! But over all she did fabulous!!!
I also got the results (not explained in any way!) of the ultrasounds I had done on my abdomen and thyroid...remember....about 6 weeks ago now....and it seems I was right (*Gasp*) and I have another hernia! This one has 9 cm (3.6 inches) or more of bowel poking thru it...which explains the extreme gas pains I sometimes have....it all makes sense now!!! Unfortunately, I can't do anything about it surgically just yet....it's a 6 week recovery period, with NO lifting...and my 25lb 6oz kid won't allow me to NOT pick her up on any given day....so it'll have to wait. Quite possibly, til they're both in school....sux huh?
And my thyroid...the results were inconclusive....meaning it's enlarged, but no reason why...say what?? So she may have me repeat blood work...we'll see. I have an appt with her next week. She's currently pregnant with her 3rd child and has a c-section scheduled for the 28th, so her time is coming to an end til Nov....so in I go!! I'd really like to chat with her about why I'm not losing the weight I think I should be....something's gotta give!!
Sitting here watching the Mariners on tv....it's bottom of the 11th with the Tampa Rays...Jake came home from a friends house all excited to watch it, but couldn't stay awake any longer, so he went to bed...and now I want to know the outcome!!! GO MARINERS!!!!!!!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Got home just in time for lunch with Jake and then naps....during which I was able to make all my gray go away....whew! It's really noticeable nowadays....I don't like this part of the aging process!!!
After Howie got home I ran out by myself and did another store....typically I do 3 stores, but lately the good specials have been spread out! Howie changed my mind tho, as I was going to go to costco...but since we were doing burgers for dinner he wanted jalapenos, so that meant going to Albertsons. I was a day early for the asparagus sale...dagnabit! I hate going out for just one thing! oh well...I know I will....I love asparagus! And I love watching Jake eat it...hee hee hee!
Tonite we saw the most bizarrely built house...it was a 4 bedroom 2 bath rambler with a basement.... but we counted 7 (SEVEN) doors into the house...why on earth would anyone want 7 doors into a house?!??!?!! It makes NO sense!!! And the back yard wasn't a back yard...it was all paved....but not nicely....concrete...Howie thinks there was a bomb shelter under it...could very well be! Needless to say, we scratched off the list! lol
OK, really gotta go and get Howie's lunch ready and then get to bed!!!
Til next time...ciao!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sidebar: I typically dress DJ in colours I think will be easy to spot in a crowded area such as a park....and today, I apparently wasn't alone!! I chose lime green....so did MANY other moms!
DJ decided he was hungry and we needed to stop for lunch....so we did! It was just after noon, so good timing! I totally cheated and bought them Lunchables...which they both gobbled up!! Andie and I shared a Subway sub and it was yummy!!
After lunch we started walking again in the direction of the wading pool when I got a phone call from Howie....not all that unusual....but he asked me if I'd gotten a call from the Snohomish Sheriff....say what??? No....no call to me! This is where the wake up call comes in....
Sorry this is such a long one....
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Today was story time at the library, so we took off shortly after breakfast....and was actually a little too early...so we drove over to where my g/f Andie lives as I'd seen a For Rent sign on the main road and wanted to investigate...I found it...and it's way out of our price range!!! Nice area, but you get what you pay for...ifyaknowwhatImean!
Both kids did great at story time today!! They shared well...one of them sat with me pretty much the whole time...DJ even marched with the pom pom today!!! While Sam stood off near a corner with a pout AND a scowl on her face!! Then, the minute the music stopped she ran into the center of the circle of chairs and started shaking her pom pom....whatta kid!!
So, as you know we've been looking for a new place to live....and this past weekend we thought we'd found THE place!!!! *sigh* Sadly, it wasn't meant to bed....the owners are deciding to sell in 4 or 5 months and they knew we were looking for a long term house. I'm so bummed!! It was a 4 bedroom, 3 bath house with over 2000 sq ft!! AND a double car garage!!! The house we're in now has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and NO garage!! And is total 1600 sq ft...I know, it sounds good, but remember that list??? Most times it feels like we're on top of each other in the common areas. In any case, we're still on the look out...the good thing is we don't HAVE to be out of here by any date, so we can take our time looking and find another PERFECT house for us! Just woulda been nice....*sigh*
After dinner Howie took Jake out for a driving lesson...and he says Jake "got the hang of it" as far as the clutch goes....just needs more practice to get that confidence. So, while they were off doing that, I took the kids to the park and let them run off that extra energy food gives them! And it would seem that both Jake AND DJ are going thru a growth spurt!! You should have seen the amount of food they both ate!!! DANG!!! Good thing they're not BOTH teenagers at the same time!! Whew!
OK, gonna go veg a bit and then get to bed...another full day ahead of us tomorrow!!!
Til next time...ciao!