Wednesday, April 30, 2008
2. We had pancakes for dinner tonight -- one of my favorite dinners.
3. Henry has gone two days straight with no potty accidents. He still won't poop on the potty, but I know that takes time. He does, however, give VERY clear clues when he needs a pull-up!
4. The big boys still have a monitor in their room. Right, that's because I lock them in there with a doorknob cover at night. The havoc that would happen in my house is not worth removing the cover at this point. However, the two baby monitors we've got interfere with each other, and I can't move Jack to his room without a monitor for him. The days of the doorknob cover are almost over. We'll have to get an extra tall baby gate for the end of their bedroom hallway so David can use the potty at night, and I'll move the monitor to Jack's room. We've considered getting a new monitor with two transmitters and one receiver, but the only one I can find is a video moniter. I'd much rather pay $65ish for the gate than $200ish for the monitor we'll need for a short time.
5. I'm thinking about trying some carob recipes for Henry, since he can't eat chocolate. Will that just confuse him though? Perhaps I should just leave it alone, since it doesn't seem to bother him at all that he can't eat it.
6. I'm dying to see the Cynthia Rowley madras stuff at Target, but I've not gotten there yet. Maybe tomorrow. I hope it's at our Target. And that someone hasn't already purchased it all!!
7. I'm trying to wean Jack from sleeping in his carseat to sleeping in his bed. He does great for naps. Not so great at night. It's not an option tonight, as he threw up all over the straps of his carseat. I wouldn't let him sleep in a bed that smelled like vomit, so he's not sleeping in his seat.
8. Henry has recently learned how to ride his bicycle with training wheels. He's not learned how to use the brakes though. . . he thinks if he lifts his feet off the pedals and sticks them out to the side that he's "stopping". Um, maybe on your face! He's also not really learned that he needs to watch where he's going. He goes about 98 miles an hour around a corner looking off to the side. I predict a broken bone by the end of the summer. I think he's fallen more in the last few days than David has in his life. He keeps getting back on though, and I'm proud of him for that.
9. David and Henry are seriously bucking my Simpson Family Eating Well plan (SFEWP). . . I was eating a spinach concoction yesterday and Henry said, "What you eating?" I told him it was spinach with cheese and asked if he wanted some. He SCREAMED, "NO! I WANT A BIG BOWL OF. . . OF. . . A BIG BOWL OF CANDY!" All David wants to eat is waffles, pancakes, applesauce, Annie's grahamn bunnies, popscicles, fruit snacks, string cheese, popcorn and frosting. WTF? And all Henry wants to eat is fruit bars, candy, popscicles, cookies, and cereal. I'm so glad we're doing the SFEWP now, not when they're 12 and 13. I wouldn't have the strength then.
10. Chris got a crown today -- he now has a golden tooth! Aargh! Thankfully it's a molar. Not a front tooth. Yikes.
11. We're going to pick strawberries this weekend. Weather permitting. That should be interesting.
12. Does the laundry ever end? (And spell check isn't working, so if there are spelling mistakes, it's not because I didn't try to correct them!)
Monday, April 28, 2008
Blurry, but funny.
The way we spend most of the day. Not always in the garage -- this was at 8:30 last night!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My children have clearly forgotten that Thursday nights between 8 and 9 PM are NOT for making noise. I understand that Jack was not born when this rule was instituted, so I'll cut him some slack. For the three times he's started to cry in the last 49 minutes. Henry, he's another story. He needs to bust out his baby calendar and review. HELLO! It's 60 mere minutes! We need to practice for next week.
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
1. We've replaced our regular incandescant lightbulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to use less power and energy.
2. When we go shopping (grocery, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) we bring reusable bags instead of using more plastic bags.
3. If we do end up with some plastic bags from the store, we re-use them for trash bags in our bathrooms and cars or we recycle them.
4. We recycle. A lot. It's amazing to me how much this simple process has cut down on our trash we generate. As a family of 5, we make a lot of trash! I would estimate recycling has cut it in half. And I'm a little crazy about it. I've been known, during family parties, to take recyclable things out of the trash can and to tell everyone, "Don't throw that out - we recycle!" We even recycle our junk mail!
5. We use only cold water to wash our clothes, saving energy. I bet I use the hot cycle twice a year, if that.
6. We only run the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer when we have full loads.
7. We buy approximately 75-80% of our produce either locally from farmer's markets or organically. I feel very strongly about this, as it supports our local economy, ensures my family is ingesting the smallest amounts of pesticides possible, and helps to sustain farming in our community.
8. We have a programmable thermostat set to adjust our heat and air at night or while we're gone to lower settings so we are using less energy while we sleep and are away. (But you know that air doesn't get adjusted much in the summer -- we like it chilly here!)
9. We don't purchase bottled water but instead use reusable bottles we've already got.
10. We've lowered the temperature of our water heater to 120 degrees.
11. We use cleaning products made from natural materials to limit the chemicals used in our home. It wasn't even hard for me to give up my Clorox Wipes, and I really thought it would be!!
12. We've opted out of any catalogs we received that we don't actually purchase from. And I LOVE some catalogs! I think we only get two or three now.
We certainly could improve buy doing things like using a low-flow shower head (in the works), using cloth diapers (gave it a shot -- no longer in the works!), and composting (in discussions). I think, however, we've made a good start!
Monday, April 21, 2008
- David was clean, hair brushed, face washed, breakfast eaten, and dress and ready for school, lunch packed, bag and nap mat ready by the door 8 minutes early and without argument. That's huge!
- Jack was fed, bathed, dressed, and ready to go early also!
- Jack and I went to the Y this morning. Henry chose to stay home and *help* Chris clean the gutters. Clearly he hates the Y's guts. He kept saying, "YES! I want to go to the Ybrary!" Um, while I appreciate his love of reading and the library, I meant the YMCA. When I clarified that for him he clarified his hatred of the joint. And kept asking to go to the ybrary. All. Day. Long.
- Henry, Jack and I exchanged a birthday gift. He didn't know what exchange meant. He loves the word now. When we picked David up from school Henry wanted to know "what Dadid gonna chachange?"
- Dinner was prepped and ready to slide into the oven before I picked David up from school.
- I got my cake for tomorrow decorated before the boys were in bed, thereby leaving the entire night free!
- I didn't do anything fun with my free night. . . I folded two loads of laundry. And even put it away!
- I mopped the kitchen floor. Old school style on my hands and knees. Boy did it need it. That mop just doesn't get it clean enough. The first person to drop applesauce on it tomorrow is going to get it! (OK, so I'm all talk. . .)
- I played with Jack while David and Henry rode their bikes in the driveway. Jack is so animated now, reaching for, grabbing, and shaking his toys. Do you think Chris loves that Jack's favorite toy right now is a doll with all kinds of textures, shaking things, rattles, etc.? Notsomuch.
- I cleaned the kitchen. Really well. It needed it.
- I've made my very ambitious to-do list for tomorrow. I hope I get at least half of the things done!!
I'm definitely more productive throughout the day when I go to the gym in the morning. I won't be going tomorrow though because Henry has his 3 year check-up at the doctor. I've already warned him three times that she'll be looking into his ears. This simple task normally includes three people to hold him down and lots of snot and sweat. Seriously, just to check them. Imagine the fun when he has an ear infection. Thank the LAWD that's only happened once. I'm very curious to see what his weight and height are. David (last month at four years old) measured in at 43 inches tall and 43 pounds. I'm guessing Henry to be 41 inches tall and 44-45 pounds. I'm scared to see him at 4 years old -- he'll be signed up for preschool wrestling!!!!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Henry is very creative and loves to draw, paint, color, play with play doh, and do crafty things. He sings all the time and makes up funny songs. His favorite color is blue. He loves to play outside, especially in the sand box or on the swing set. His favorite things to do are playing trains and cars, watching movies, reading books, and riding his tricycle. He loves to go to the park, for a walk, to the library, or to Target.
Friday, April 18, 2008
2. Monday will be the two year anniversary of my grandmother's death. I thought about her a lot today, mostly how it makes me sad that she never got to meet Jack. I know she enjoyed David and Henry tremendously, and would have loved Jack as well. Especially his name. Each of our children has a family name for some part of their name. David Ray is named after both my dad (David) and Chris' parents (Ray). Henry Roy is named after my dad and grandmother (Roy is my dad's middle name and was my grandmother's maiden name). Jack is named after my uncle Jack, who was my grandmother's brother. And the family story is that my grandmother named Jack. My gram could be a bit eccentric at times (Hello, she gave me Spam for Christmas one year), but in her own way she loved us very much. I am very fortunate to have her wedding and engagement rings, which I treasure. I have very fond memories of spending weekends with her and my grampy before he passed away. She was the only person who would play school with me when I was little, because I was so mean! I would go to her house when I stayed home sick from school, and she would make me chocolate milk and sandwiches out of Pepperidge Farm bread, cut into four triangles. We would color forever, and she wouldn't get upset when I came down all of the stairs at her house on my bum. She would ask me if I had to "tinkle" before we went someplace, and I thought that was a riot. Her name was Betty-Jo and my grandfather's name was Chet. I called my grandfather Grampy Chet, so I called her Grammy Chet. As silly as that is, I continued to call her that until she died. I remember going to the grocery store with her and riding in the basket part of the grocery cart. I sat on a tomato while we were there, and I swear we laughed together about that story until I was 25. We both loved charm bracelets, tote bags, and the Republican party! The thing I miss the most about her is the little notes she would write to me when she would send me a card or something in the mail. She had very distinct penmanship, and I'm glad I saved some of those notes. Like me, all of her children were boys. I was the first grandchild, and I think she enjoyed having a girl. I love you Grammy!
3. Tomorrow is Henry's third birthday. Today, as he was sitting getting his hair cut, I was struck by what a juxtaposition he's at. He was sitting in the chair with cotton around his neck and that smock on that you wear when you get a haircut. His face looked like such a baby face, yet his hair looked like a big boy. I wanted to cry! He can sometimes still act very much like my baby, but that portion of him is showing itself so much less now. He still has baby features -- chubby arms and hands, baby fingers, fat baby feet -- but is very much a big boy. And is it a coincidence that today he went accident free all day in his underpants??
4. Tomorrow Jack will be three months. That too makes me sad! There's a very distinct posibility that Jack will be my last baby, so each month that goes by I get a little sad about that.
5. This morning I was awakened by -- wait for it -- an earthquake! My bed was shaking, the windows were rattling, and I had no idea what was going on. I turned the news on shortly after, and it was all over the news that there had been an earthquake in southern Illinois. I cannot believe it was felt strong enough here to wake people up!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
2. We just left the house to get their hair cut. We stopped at the bank first. A twenty minute wait in line, countless, "Please stop that"s from me, and a two for one bloody nose and fat lip later we're back home. Needless to say they still have shaggy hair. Henry ran into David, sent David into the counter, and the injuries occurred.
3. Getting up at 4:17 AM does not make anyone in this house a happy camper by noon.
4. The weather is so sporadic. It was 80 last week and 40 this week. Am I back in New Hampshire?!
5. I've officially lost more than 10 pounds since starting Weight Watchers. I'm not disclosing how long that took me! However, I was happy to bring one of my "black suits" as Chris calls them to Goodwill today and swap it for my favorite pair of pants that hasn't fit for a long time.
6. I have to bake 18 layers of cake and approximately 4 dozen sugar cookies in the next three weeks. Oh, and decorate all of that!
7. Henry is turning three on Saturday and he said, "I know Santa is gonna bring me dat Thomas roller coaster I want for my birfday. He gonna bring it to Chuckin' Cheese-its for mine party." Um, Santa better return the gift he bought and get that roller coaster, because no he wasn't going to be bringing it!
8. If I hear a line from Charlotte's Web one more time today I'm going to go crazy.
9. Jack has been sleeping through the night so well and now all of a sudden has thrown a feeding in at 3:30.
10. I really want a runabout triple stroller to walk the boys in. They won't go to the Y without crying, as we've discussed, and I can't walk them by myself without having one walk. It's not
much exercise moving at the pace of a four year old. There's one on craigslist, and I've emailed about it. I'm really hoping it's not sold yet! These are nearly $1,000 new, and the one on CL is under $200. Keep your fingers crossed!
11. I think I'm going to drag my kitchen table and chairs out to my driveway and scrub them down while the boys are sleeping.
12. David is obsessed with pancakes. "Big ones" which would be homemade, not frozen. As a result, I spend a significant amount of time each week standing in front of the stove making double batches of pancakes. I am now on the lookout for an electric griddle, because I think it would save me a lot of pancake making time. Seriously, this is who I've turned into? I used to covet things like cute purses and clothes. Now I'm getting excited about an electric griddle, a used triple stroller, and a freshly cleaned kitchen table and chairs?
Good morning! As I type this, at 6:10 in the morning, you are happily playing with your trains and bossing me around shouting, "Mama, DO IT! DO IT!" insisting I start Charlotte's Web. For the umpteenth time in the last twenty-four hours. And the second time already today. Yes, you've been up already today for long enough to watch a full. Length. Movie. Please note for future reference, I can assure you that nothing fun will ever be going on at our house at 4:17 AM. Ever. Please never get up at that time again and want me to get up with you. Don't greet me at the door to your bedroom in your camouflage underpants, big shirt, socks, and Crocs to tell me that it's time for milk and pancakes. That sort of funny business is saved only for grandparents.
Monday, April 14, 2008
David holding Jack without actually touching him. And unable to pry his eyes away from my nemesis Spongebob.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Me: You're welcome Henry.
Henry: Mama, you a GENIUS!
Me: Oh thank you Henry. That's sweet.
Henry: (Looking at me strangely) What you mean sweet? Dat not sweet.
Me: Um, what is a genius?
Henry: YOU KNOW! Like da one dat come out of da bottle and do you wishes?!
Me: Oh. I'm a genie?
Henry: Yup. You know it baby.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
David: Gigi, I don't want you to go. Come home with us.
My mom: I can't David. I want to, but I have to work tomorrow.
David: NO! COMEHOMEWITHME!
Henry: (Giggling) Gigi, you have to WHAT in da morning?
My mom: I have to go to work.
Henry: (Giggling more) GIGI! You don't haffa go to work! Gigis don't work!
My mom: This Gigi does!
Henry: GIGI! Only daddies go to work! Goyles don't work! (That would be Henry speak for girls)
And my dad was taking turns giving D&H rides around the yard tonight on his new tractor. My dad sits on the seat and stands whomever is riding with him between his legs. Henry was driving their Jeep and David had a long ride. H wanted a ride, so my dad told David to race him in the Jeep. He had a fit and didn't want to, but my dad held firm that it was Henry's turn. David said, "But Grampy! We can both come!" My dad said there wasn't room and David said, "But you have two legs!" Needless to say, Grampy caved. Henry stood and David sat on Grampy's lap. My children love their Gigi and Grampy so much and have such special relationships with them. I would hate to have had them (and my parents) miss out on that because we lived so far apart! I seriously think each time we drive home from their house how lucky we are that they moved here.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
2. Jack had been sleeping through the night for two weeks, but in the last two days decided he missed me and wanted to get up at least two times per night. I hope this is just a phase.
3. Henry is officially registered for preschool. That makes me want to throw up! HOW is he already old enough for that?
4. David is learning body parts -- the technical names -- from his teacher's daughter who is a nursing student. She helps in his class and has taken a particular liking to David. (Duh, why wouldn't she?!) It's hysterical to hear him telling Henry to point to his patella.
5. I cleaned out the pantry today and made a pile for the food bank, threw some stuff away, and reorganized. I LOVE an organized pantry.
6. I have been so disorganized with things to get in the mail since having Jack. I promise the formula coupons will get to you before they expire Kelly!
7. I had three TERRIBLE weeks of following Weight Watchers. I was seriously off track. I gained 1.6 pounds!!
8. Henry hates the YMCA playroom. When I asked why he said, "Because I'm ALONE!" Clearly the child has never been alone in his life. Alas, the curse of the middle child! Also, I think the woman who works there when we generally go has a stern voice, which he's not used to. He was looking out the door to the outside playground and (he says) she said, "HENRY! GET AWAY FROM THE DOOR!" David told me also that he went to the bathroom and Henry said he had to go and the woman said, "You have a diaper on. You can't use the potty." WTF? I totally understand this information is coming from a 3 and 4 year old, but I'm not forcing him to go there if he hates it. I can't stand the thought of him crying the entire time, just so I can walk on the treadmill. I guess it's back to walks with the children and DVDs in the living room for exercise, unless Julie and I make a date! I can sneak there while Chris is home, but he's working extended shifts now, so that won't happen for a while.
9. I have to have a filling replaced (the only filling I have) and I'm dreading it!
10. David's new thing to say is, "I hate it!" I hate that he says that!
11. Why is it that as soon as a child is three, at least in our house, he turns into a mini devil? Henry turns three next week and it's like some internal calendar set an alarm off. He's starting to talk back, act mean, and just generally be [more] mischievious. I thought he would stay sweet forever!
12. Jack is 11 weeks old now and smiling like a crazy man! He can be so upset and crying but will just stop and smile that big toothless smile. I love it!