Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Goals

I'm not much of a resoluation gal, but here is my list for the year 2010, which, I have learned can not be said as "two thousand ten" but "twenty-ten." So there's your lesson for the day.

Lose weight--top of my list for the past 7 years...let's see if 2010 is the charm.

Finally get out of MI! (working on it...)

Catch up on all my scrapbooking. (tall order, but must be done!)

Finally have all bills paid off other than the car/house.

No late fees from the library or video store!

Muster up the courage to ask for a raise.

Learn a new craft. I don't quite know WHAT craft at the moment, but I have a year to figure it out!

Learn how to play Guitar Hero so I don't look like such an idiot.

Start a journal (I have way too many thoughts that I need to get OUT, and not exactly blogging material).

Write in it.

Learn to focus my attention better without medicine.

The kids had to get in on the fun as well as soon as they saw me doing this, so here are their lists:

Haiden: Build a robot with Daddy's tools; learn to play Guitar Hero better; stop begging for more new toys; stop getting into snacks without asking; make toys for Lucille; take karate classes.

Hannah: Play with my ostrich; find pteranadon bones; wear makeup with sparkles; go on the pony at Meijer; help mommy do things; read all my books by myself.

I wish I could get Jeremy to do things like this, but no such luck. Nothing from him, so I made a list for him myself: Finish tiling in bathroom; find a hobby or something to keep busy so I don't hover around wife all day long (said in jest, really, but sheesh...he needs to find something to occupy his time!); learn to use washer and dryer; learn to use dishwasher; learn where laundry basket is located; ask other members of the family if the bathroom is needed before going for extended visits.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lots to say, no pictures, no time!

I haven't updated in over a month now, but haven't had much time lately! Plus, our computer went down and I've been using my bro's laptop and didn't want to junk it up with all of my pictures and programs, so I've been a bit behind on all of my extras.

This being the week of Christmas, I, of course, came down with the flu last Sunday and the fever and body aches lasted the entire week and the fever didn't let up until Thursday morning. Therefore, I was running around sicker than a dog in the biggest crowds ever, trying to wrap up my shopping. I did finish it up though, and thank goodness I had the sense this year to start early and not wait until the week of for all of my shopping!

Despite this being the worst financial year ever for us, thanks to Jeremy being unemployed and one disaster after another occurring, the kids still managed to make out like bandits since I started my shopping way back in September and had plenty of time to stock up. I don't think they even knew what to think of all the gifts, since this is the first year we have really went all out for them. Not to mention the family members going nuts on them too!

I'll post more on Christmas when I have some pics.

So this next week, I will have to work my normal hours and all that jazz, but am still looking forward to cleaning the house up really good, getting all the Christmas crap put away for another year, and organizing the kids' toys. I would love to come up with some sort of a cubby-type organizer for all of their small toys instead of all the plastic containers and toy boxes we have currently in place. I am going to see about employing my genius inventor of a hubby to create one!

Also in the works this week will be helping Haiden with his first ever school presentation/project on robots. That should be interesting. Robots are not my forte.

Corny-sounding, I'm sure, we will also be setting goals for the upcoming year. I don't believe in resolutions--those are too hard to break--so I prefer to set goals to be met over the year. This is the first year I am going to force Jeremy to join in as well in the goal-setting fun.

That's about all my brain can handle for now...more later when I have pics loaded in and ready to go!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

OINK

Well...the time has come. We have been hit by the infamous swine flu. Both kids came down with it Friday night. Today, both of them still have fevers and body aches, but are showing signs of feeling much better, as they are currently tearing up the house and playing with toys, which they have not done in a few days.
So here I sit...trying to stay away from them as much as possible and hoping that I do not come down with this as well. I can NOT afford to get sick on a holiday week when we have everyone coming over here!! Not to mention, I am currently the only worker in the house and NEED to work as much as possible! Unfortunately, as much as I'm trying to stay away from them and all, I still feel bad for them, so a lot of snuggling and hugging has been going on, which I'm sure is not the greatest for not catching anything. I have been trying to sneak the puppy in on them for snuggling in place of me, which has worked pretty well. :)
Wish us luck this next week as we try to purge this out of our house and get ready for the holiday season!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Finally got my hair did!

The title pretty much says it all. I actually took the time to book a spa morning in which I got my hair cut, eyebrows done, and a quickie facial. Ahhhhh....
Now I just need to remember to keep it up and not wait another 10 months before going again!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!!





Happy Halloween Y'all!
This year, we made good use of those $30+ costumes, unlike in years' past!
Trunk-or-treat earlier in the week, school parties, downtown walks, trick-or-treating Halloween night, and a trip to Pizza Hut afterwards to warm up and make good use of Haiden's Book-It coupon. Not to mention the fall trip to Crane's and pumpkin carving--never before have we celebrated a holiday like this before, and it was fun. We had a good time; hope you all did too!

Crane's Orchard





Fall Trip to Crane's Orchard
This month, we took the kids to Crane's orchard for some apple picking, corn maze navigating, and to enjoy the nice fall weather!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tip for you dog lovers out there.

I know I'm not big on the "tips and tricks" type of post, but here's one for my fellow dog loving friends.

I had a bunch of crib sheets from when the kids were babies that I was going to give to my sister for her upcoming baby, but found myself in a pinch for something to cover the couch cushions with for the dogs (yes, they do go on the furniture--as much as I hate it!!). I quick threw a fitted crib sheet over each cushion and voila! Instant slipcovers that fit perfectly, come off easily, and wash up great. AND they are much, much cheaper than a $200+ couch slipcover (which I don't have because I think they are a pain in the rear). I am actually going to go out and get some more crib sheets that match the living room a little better--right now we're going with pink, yellow, and animal print...not very matchy matchy!

So there is my big tip of the day. Someday I will have well-trained animals who obey and stay off my furniture, but until that day, I am happy I found a solution!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Leaf projects



Here are some examples of the "leaf art" I have been working on for the craft show in November! These actually are some of the worst ones I've done--I didn't really like the colors on these, but oh well...most turned out pretty well at least.
I am doing Christmas in Lowell at my aunt and uncle's house in November and maybe another show if I can find a good local one in November as well.


So dramatic

It would be fitting that Hannah, our little drama queen, has chosen her word of the week to be "dramatic."

The other day, she had her ponies lined up along the windowsill and called me in to show me their lineup, saying "mom, isn't this sooooo dramatic?" After that, and hearing a big laugh out of it since I had never heard her say that, everything was suddenly "dramatic." The clouds in the sky, the rain falling, the TV show she was watching...everything was suddenly dubbed "dramatic."

It always gives me a laugh to hear some of the words that come out of little kids' mouths.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Odds and ends

We are on to week 2 of school, only to finish the first week with stuffy noses and coughs! Oh, the joys of being back to school with all of those germy, boogery kids.

Hannah started gymnastics last week and loved her first class, but absolutely refused to go to class this week, stating "I'll miss you so much and don't want to lose you EVER!" Even though this is a parent-child class and I would be there the entire time, she still refused to go yesterday. I am hoping next week it will be better! She is such a drama queen.

Lucille is still cute and cuddly and growing up...5 weeks old and just about 3.5 pounds now! I am desperately hoping she is easy to house train, because although she goes outside whenever we take her out and kinda sorta seems to know she needs to go there, she is still peeing in the house whenever we turn our backs. UGH. I hate steam cleaning constantly and hate the clean up part of having a puppy!

Lenny and Jewel are starting to accept her a little. Lenny has been sniffing her rear and licking her a little bit, and Jewel still pretty much ignores her and treats her like an annoying fly, but at least no issues with being mean or anything.

I am planning on doing at least 1, if not 2, craft shows this fall and made some more of my "leaf art" today! I am hoping they turn out. They were huge, huge hostas that I used and I'm hoping they didn't bunch up too much. We'll see in a few days!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First day of school



Haiden started back at school this week and has been having a great time and loving staying all day! He was so excited the night before, he couldn't sleep and was up early the day of, practically bouncing off the walls with excitement.
I think this is going to be a great year! We are looking forward to another year in the Voyager school, and Haiden is thrilled to be seeing his friends again and to be back with Jim, Sarah, and Celia, his wonderful teachers.
Poor Hannah wants to go to school SO badly! She insisted on having her picture taken with Haiden because she was adamant it was her first day of school too.

Our new baby Lucille!



This Monday, 3 weeks ahead of schedule, we got our puppy, Lucille. Turns out her mommy didn't want to feed them anymore once the puppies got teeth and stopped feeding them, so we took her a little earlier than planned. What a cutie she is!
We thought she was 6 weeks old, but actually is only a little over 4 weeks, born August 6. Too young, really, to leave her mama, but not much choice in the matter--either that or starve, I guess. She is 2.5 pounds right now! I can't believe she is going to be 70+ pounds. She's actually quite "advanced" for her young age--already responds to her name, goes potty outside for the most part, etc. Hopefully that will continue. Unfortunately, Lenny is a little jealous and has had a few spiteful accidents since her arrival.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Things you find under the bed

While my house is generally pretty clean, there are some places I do not look too often, like under the beds. After noticing that several of my nail polishes and lotions were missing, I started a housewide search and ended up looking under the beds. Want to know what I found?

4 bottles of nail polish

2 bottles of perfume

1 lip gloss (had been looking for that for AGES)

1 pacifier (no, it has not been that long since I cleaned under there, but Hannah uses them for her dolls)

1 electric bill (whoops)

1 jar of lemon sugar lotion

1 jar of vitamin E lotion

1 random sock, another random sock, 1 mitten, 1 size 2T shirt (indicating it has been down there a while seeing as Hannah has been a 3T for quite some time now).

shredded paper, plastic, stuffing, etc. courtesy of Lucille, who loves to take her stolen treasures under the beds and takes her time shredding them to bits.

Dog hair.

A few dead ladybugs.

A few small Legos, 1 red gingerbread boy from Candyland game, 1 dice, and 1 battleship from Battleship game.

Whew. That's disgusting!

Friday, August 21, 2009

More funny quips

Another to add on to the funny things kids say...
Yesterday, as usual, Haiden and Hannah were arguing in the car. Hannah was calling him an idiot and that he was a stupid, smelly boy, and vice versa.
Finally, she got really mad and screams in her little girl voice..."Haiden...I'm going to rip you apart!!"
To which Haiden very calmly looks at her and said, "Hannah, you do not have the ability to do that. Only ninjas can do that."
Had to be there...
BTW, the fight ended right then.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Haiden is 6!


I can't believe it, but my baby boy (sorry Haiden, I meant big, manly boy) is 6 now!
Birthday festivities were held off on until this weekend because of our schedules and family schedules. The day started off stormy, the dogs both peed in the house this morning because they were terrified to go out in the thunder, lightning, and rain, and so the house smelled like pee and the last thing I wanted was anyone to come in!! Luckily, the storms passed and 30 minutes before the party, it stopped raining, cleared up, and the sun came out.

We kept it pretty low-key again this year...BBQ on the grill, cake, ice cream, swimming, horseshoes, ladder ball, etc.

Haiden was thrilled with his gifts: Star Wars battleships and Lego sets, a real robot, a few outdoor games, more Kinex, and he actually SCREAMED with happiness when he got his very own Wii Guitar Hero guitar!
Now that he's 6, he has some new interests, new "favorites" and new aspirations for the future.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A science teacher or explorer and a rock star (still has that in his list of hopes) and breakdancer.
Favorite sports: Baseball, karate, kickball.
Favorite foods: Mac and cheese, cheeseburgers.
Favorite friends: Aiden, Almarco, Fernando, Summer, Hannah (still lists sister as his best friend, how cute!).
Favorite color: Blue.
Favorite things to do: Play the Wii (Batman lego and Star Wars lego games, although he has been chronically grounded from both for what seems like forever), Guitar Hero, create things with Kinex and Legos, play with the ducks and go on nature walks, go to the zoo, go to the museum, play with friends, go to the Y.
Favorite subject in school: Science and math (funny that he lists math as his least favorite on the school questionnaires, yet at home he actually asks to do it!).
Some Haiden 6-year-old stats: 44-1/2 inches tall, 40 pounds. He would like me to add that he has muscles because he "works out" and that he is very fast and strong--especially fast now that he has his Sketcher lights shoes, thanks to Grandma Kim, since I refused to spend $65 on a pair of shoes for him!

The Funny Things Kids Say...

I know all parents have stories about funny things their kids have said and sometimes things aren't so funny to others as they are to us, but lately Haiden has been asking me "what did I say when I was little?" or they want more stories about what they did/said as babies/toddlers, so I decided to put together a little compilation of the latest and greatest:

Hannah is known for making up words or saying things in a really funny way. Here are a few of the most recent ones:
Snifflesnuppagus--Snuffalupagus (from Sesame Street)
Abby Fladaby--Abby Cadaby (also from SS)
Gorilla Bar--granola bar
Junior bug--June bug
Lotsaraptor--velociraptor

She has also decided recently that babies are no longer "stupid and ugly" which is what she has been saying up to this point. Upon meeting my cousin's baby Bella, she decided she now likes them and wants to be a "baby sitter" which means to her that she has the baby sit on her lap.

Haiden is one who tends to get a little emotional the more tired he gets. The other night was a late one and he started crying out of nowhere, and when I asked what was wrong, he said "I just want to go back to the olden days when I was 4!" and proceeded to cry some more. I never did find out what made him think of that, but it was so hard not to laugh when he said that.

When the presidential elections were going on, I overheard the kids talking in the bedroom while playing and heard Hannah say to Haiden "who you going to vote for Haiden?" and he answered "John McCain because he was a soldier, but he is old and crusty and he might die before I can vote for him (possibly true due to the fact that Haiden has 13 years to go before he can vote) president." Hannah paused, and a few seconds later, I heard her say "I'm voting for Fowack Ofama." I loved that they were discussing "politics" even during play time. :)

I'm sure I'll think of more, and again, I know it's not as funny secondhand, but I love being able to tell the kids stories about when they were younger, the silly things they said and did, so I need some sort of way to remember all of it!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Duck Soup

Wow. Have I been bad at this or what? My last post was nearly a month ago!

We are babysitting the duck from hell this week. I stupidly offered to babysit this duck for the niece of one of the Jehovah's Witness ladies who has been coming over here since we moved in almost 2 years ago. She knew we had pet ducks, and said they didn't know anyone who knew how to take care of one, and asked if I would ever consider watching her niece's duck while they all went to their JW convention this week. Me: "Sure, no problem" (stupidly thinking that all ducks are as easy and quiet as our own).
Man was I wrong. From the very second their car pulled out of our driveway Wednesday afternoon, we begin hearing HONK, HONK, HONK. No, this was not a regular duck quack, it was a honk like a goose! And it never ended. Just kept going, and going, and going....
Today, Sunday, it has finally calmed down a bit and is now mating with our male duck every chance she gets. But, of course, today is the day they are picking her up (go figure, just as she calms down finally!)
Even worse, is that not only is this duck loud and totally obnoxious, but it also apparently is an INDOOR duck and has never been outside for more than an hour or two, and always with a human companion. It has no clue what to do outdoors! The owner has called 4 times to check on it, each time asking me where she is sleeping, what she is eating, etc. I can not wait for it to go home!
Not to mention, now we have to somehow make this up to our poor neighbors who have had to listen to this since Wednesday as well.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Catch up

I have been so horrible at keeping up on this, so thanks to Emily for asking me what had happened to it! I had put it on author only while I cleaned it up a bit and was planning on making some changes, but that never happened, so here it is again! Updates will be coming soon. If you read this, put yourself down as a follower! I look like a loser with only 1 follower, and I know people read it because I get emails about my posts all the time! So put your name down and join in on here! :)

Just some quick family updates as of this week:

As of yesterday, Jeremy will soon be unemployed. The biz is closing as soon as inventory is cleaned out. The really sucky thing is that J. is owed quite a lot in back pay and he is working this week to "earn" that money so he can get paid! Then in the meantime, he continues to work, which means he's still earning his salary, yet if they are not taking in any new jobs, how exactly is that salary going to get paid is my question. UGH. I can't wait for this to be over.

I noticed that my last post was in May, so since then, Haiden finished kindergarten. He is looking forward to moving to the "Sun Clan" next year and going to school full days! I am looking forward to it as well because I was getting sick of driving him to school every morning only to have to turn around 2-1/2 hours later to pick him up 5 days a week. It will be so nice to drop him off and actually have a while before I have to turn around and get him again. I'm still hoping we can maybe find someone who lives somewhat nearby to carpool with, but I don't think that is likely.

Nothing much else is going on. I have been working a lot lately, am now officially full time, although that usually tops at 30 hours a week. I have been doing that for about 1-2 months now. It is going okay, and might actually work better once Jeremy is home more often. It is so hard to work from home with the kids being the way they are.

My sister is pregnant with baby #1. This will be my 4th niece/nephew, but my first from my family, so I'm excited.

And that's about it (at least as far as I can remember at the moment!)


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cute nicknames

I read a very cute post on my friend's blog about the nicknames she has for her children, and thought it would be cute to share ours as well. It's always interesting to hear what people call each other:

Haiden:
Crumb (this was started because Jeremy's nickname is Toast--don't ask)
Peanut (he was so tiny when he was born!)
Farty McSmarty (this nickname, he gave himself, believe it or not!)
Haiden bobaiden
Hadey (Hannah's name for him when she was younger and couldn't say his name)

Hannah:
Beans
Hannah Banana
Hannah Bohana
Hannah Lizzie
Han--notice the past 4 are all just variations of her name? Shows how inventive we are!
Godzilla (given to her by Haiden when she was younger--still lives up to it!)

Any funny nicknames you have for your kids?

Recipe Alert!

I am always on the look out for healthy, yummy recipes that won't make me pork out if I happen to accidentally eat more than 1, so I was totally geeked when I found this recipe for cookies that contains no added sugar, no extra fats, and doesn't even require baking! And bonus....the kids, Jeremy, and I liked them a lot!
These suckers have 5 grams of fiber PER COOKIE, and are fun to make with the kids, although I must warn you 1) make sure you get pitted dates because I didn't, and it was horrible having to pit each and every one of them 2) The recipe only makes 4 cookies per batch, so if you want more or want them for the week, double, triple, quadruple, whatever, the recipe 3) Dates are a bitch to put in the blender/food processor: They stick like mad!

12 PITTED dates
1/3 cup oatmeal (I used quick cook oats, but I think steel cut or old fashioned would work as well, probably just have a different texture)
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Process the dates in a blender or food processor until they are really sticky and mushed up together.
In a bowl, mix them with the peanut butter and oats. I was not able to use a spoon because the dates were so sticky, so hands work really well to mix here.
Form into cookies.

You can keep these in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My 5-year-old workout partner!

I have to tell you...my 5-year-old has turned out to be a much better exercise partner than anyone I have ever tried to team up with! Not only does he exercise with me and give me someone to do it with, but he also throws in a few "you're doing great mom" and "you can do it!" along the way. Yesterday, although he gave up pretty quickly on the 30-day Shred video, he ran circles around me telling me I was getting a gold medal. Talk about motivation!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Hannah!



April 5 marked Hannah's 3rd birthday, which we celebrated at home with an "Abby Caddaby" and "My Little Pony" theme (Hannah could not decide--she was bummed there weren't pink Transformers for her theme).
Hannah chose the meal, which ended up being pizza, finger jello, chips, and salad, along with the chocolate fountain, birthday cake, and ice cream. It's no wonder the kid puked halfway through her party!
Not to worry though...she was not sick, and after she got over the shock of throwing up (never had done that before!!) it was back to partying.
The best things about being 3?? In Hannah's words:
"I get to go to kindergarten now with Haiden" (actually will not be happening, obviously, but that's what she thinks).
"I get to eat strawberries."
"I get to sing more songs."
"I will get a snake" (another improbability).

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Little Miss Hairdresser


I don't know how well it shows in this picture, but in true Hannah fashion, little Miss Hairdresser decided to cut her hair in a fairly awesome mullet this week...right before her birthday party, of course, where pictures were sure to be taken.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A sad, sad day....




I try to keep this light, but seeing as it's also an update of what's going on over here, I had to share the sad news that yesterday we had to put 2 of our dogs "to sleep."


Brodi and Bruer had been with us for almost-16 and 14 years respectively, and had been together their entire lives, never leaving each other's sides. It was only fitting that when the time came, it came at the same time. They had both been deteriorating so quickly and it got to the point where I just could not watch them go through the pain any longer.

Unfortunately, it was me who had to take them to the vet to have this done (with the kids in tow, of course) but the vet was absolutely wonderful, the staff took the kids aside and kept them busy with toys and let them pet the cat with no eyes and check out the back offices where they keep the animals who are recovering from surgeries, while I had to deal with the task of saying goodbye.
So...enough of the sad stuff. I actually feel better right now, knowing that they are no longer suffering and they are still together. More posts to come...hopefully a little more upbeat than this one!








Monday, March 23, 2009

Oh, how stupid can I really get?

I have been wondering why, when I hit reply on an email and send a reply lately, I have not been getting replies BACK, and it was only tonight that I realized that rather than sending the replies to the person who sent me the email, I have been sending the replies to my hotmail account (somehow--don't ask me how!!) How stupid is that? And how dumb do I feel now, having insisted to several people that I KNOW I replied to something, only to find that I did, but didn't?
I am starting to wonder what is going on in my head these days.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Totally random junk

Obviously I've been a little out of the blogosphere for a while, pretty much for lack of anything to write about, we've been sick off-and-on for the past month, and I've had total lack of motivation to do anything computer-related once I'm done working.


I'm still hugely lacking for any inspiration, so here are the highlights of the past few days/weeks:


Today was "dog wash day". 2-1/2 down, 2-1/2 to go. When I say "1/2", I mean that one of our dogs is too old to get an actual bath anymore, he is well over 100 pounds and I can't lift him into the tub, he can't stand for more than 5 minutes without falling over, so he is getting a "doggy sponge bath." Since he only moves about once every few hours or so, I had to resort to grooming only one side of him, and have to wait until he decides to move again to get the other side.


Doggy #4 is refusing to leave the couch after seeing the other 2 bounding out of the bath, knowing full well what is in store for her, knowing that she is near-impossible to lift into the tub as well because of her hugeness. So....basically I'm waiting for her to unglue herself from the couch and get close enough to the bathroom door so I can shove her in and haul her into the tub.


Over a week ago, I burned my arm and I've had several people looking at me like I have leprosy, and a few actually asking if I've seen a doctor because it looks contagious. It hurts like heck still and it's been about a week and a half already. Damn. DON'T DUMP COLD CHICKEN INTO A HOT, HOT PAN WITH OIL IN IT!!! Or at least be smart and use a spatula or something. Don't dump it all in at once with a big PLOP or you too may end up being scorned, scarred, and avoided like you have the plague.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Random

I have been pretty bad about keeping up on this lately. The week in a top 10 list nutshell:
1. Katie, I'm still working on that "M" thing--it's way harder than I ever though it would be! For anyone who is wondering, that would be a list of 10 things that start with M that I like...HARD! This has been taking up more of my mind lately than it needs to!
2. I have been trying to clean the house really good...not going well at all. It seems like it just gets worse and worse the more I try. The most recent thing was Haiden having the stomach flu and barfing all over the carpet twice, leaving huge stains that will not come out no matter what I have tried. Why can't kids barf in the bathroom or at least on the kitchen floor so it can be wiped up? Something about cream carpet screams "puke on me, poop on me, pee on me!!" Grrrr.
3. I have been doing horrible at my diet attempts and working out. I have been sick, so that throws me off a lot. I went a whole week without recording my food intake on WW and that went to heck. This week I am doing better at that and actually, on Thursday, still have my 35 flex points, but have not yet made it to the gym once.
4. I am sick of dealing with stupid banks.
5. I am sick of dealing with stupid bills.
6. I had to laugh this morning when Haiden said to me, "Mom, it's so unfair that God made dogs so they can't talk." He was really feeling bad about this.
7. I also had to laugh when, after getting off the phone with the vets office to make an appointment for Bruers impending death, I started crying and Hannah brought me all of her smelly blankies and said "mommy, here take these, they feel NICE!" and proceeded to rub them all over my face.
8. I have decided that I need to find some hobbies.
9. I have decided that I need to get out without kids more often.
10. I have decided that I am going to get organized once and for all, including getting the kids old things taken care of and/or out of this house.

Not very exciting, I know, but that's about it for now.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

And the major issue of the day award goes to...

As I was folding laundry, I heard the kids in the bathroom arguing with each other: "No, it's MINE." NO IT's MINE!!!" You get the picture.
It was starting escalate and was starting to turn into a screaming match, so I decided to investigate.

What was this big argument about?

Who's turd was it in the toilet.

That's what it was about.

The fight was about who's it was and who was going to get to flush this creation. The end result was that they both put their hands on the handle and flushed together since we never did determine exactly who it belonged to.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

First day of "finastics"!

Today was Hannah's first day of gymnastics!
She had a great time...until she decided she was going to jump off the balance beam and hit her lip on it, leading to quite the bloody mess and a bit of screaming...and a looooong way home of screaming "how will I put a bandaid in my mouth?" and "I want to go back to finastics...I hate finastics!!" I guess she really couldn't make her mind up on whether she liked it or not.
I can definitely say she had quite the advantage over the other kids in this class...she ran though the obstacle course like nobody's business, ran across the low and high balance beams, even throwing in some kicks and jumps along the way across, did the "bat" and "butterfly" on the bars with no assistance, jumped the pommel horse, and even the teacher said she should be in a higher level class...not much choice until she's 3 though. Other than the bleeding episode, which thankfully did not occur until the end of the class, she had a good time and I can definitely see this being something she could get into!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I am sooooo stupid.

What kind of absolute moron would give up a nice warm bed, complete with 1 dog, 2 kids, and husband to drive 8 miles in an almost blizzard just to get coffee, only to find out I HAVE NO DEBIT CARD OR MONEY ON ME????

Whoops. Gave it away there. Yep. That would be me.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Evil food staring me in the eye

It is a snow day today and I just re-discovered the Tastefully Simple Twisty Grahams...so dangerous for me as they are soooooo good. Not good to be stuck in the house all day with those staring at me.

Haiden has strep and was going to have to miss school anyways today, so I was happy it was cancelled for everyone. Not to mention, I was supposed to volunteer at the school Open House and now that has been cancelled as well...YAY! I mean, I wanted to help out, but am just not feeling too well myself, so am happy I got out of it tonight.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A momentous occasion

Drum roll please....

This marks a momentous occasion in which BOTH of the kids are sleeping by 9 p.m.

I have no idea what to do with myself now.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

My "present" was getting the bathroom counter installed...minus faucets since we can't seem to agree or find what we like. Hopefully within the week that will be coming. Next will be fixing the wall where the tiles had to come down, then paint, then maybe redo the flooring again, then the bathroom will be DONE for the most part. That was the only room in our house that really needed re-doing, so I am happy to have that part done. When all is done, I will post pics of the finished product.

Friday, February 13, 2009

What is Valentine's Day?










I asked the kids "do you know what Valentine's Day is?"

Haiden:
A day where you give your friendship to everyone.
You tell everyone you love that you care for them.
You sing the "Love Grows" song to everyone you like.
A day where people try to kiss you and you have to run away really fast.

Hannah:
Eat a heart (I'm presuming not a real one!).
Kiss the snake.
Have all pink things all day.
Wear pink lipstick and kiss Haiden and Daddy a lot (notice Mommy got left out of this one?).

Today at Haiden's school, they visited a local nursing home and sang to the residents and gave out "warm fuzzies" that they have been making for them over the past few weeks. Haiden was so excited to hand out the handmade "friendship" cards he had made at school (rather than having the kids do store-bought cards--there are 70 kids in his class--they all made them by hand and made their own "mailboxes") and was excited to look them all over when he came home today from school. He had made heart-shaped cards for his teachers, had drawn a picture of him holding their hands, and was so excited to give them to the teachers today!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Coupon organizing

Over the last year or so, I have tried several ways of keeping track of my coupons so I can quickly go through the ads of the stores I shop at and get a list together without having to search endlessly for "that one coupon."

I finally found a way that I think will work great. I wish I could take complete credit for this idea, but I am sure I am not the first to come up with it. I thought of it because this is what I did with all my handwritten recipes...

I took an old photo album and put my clipped coupons in the slots. If I have multiples of one particular brand, I put them all together, closest expiration date first. I have them sort of categorized...breakfast foods, dinners, cleaning supplies, etc, but not too crazy as far as that goes.

This way, all I have to do is flip through the pages and can clearly see each coupon I have! I think this will be a huge time saver.

Update: I used this "system" for the first time today while getting my grocery list together and it was SO easy! If you are looking for a way to keep track of things like this, it is definitely worth trying. It took me less than 5 minutes to get it all together...normally about 15 or more depending on the extent of my list.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not my idea of a fun afternoon!

I will spare you the horrible picture, but as happy as I am to have it warm and sunny FINALLY, I am not happy about the belated Christmas presents awaiting me in the backyard, courtesy of 4 dogs and a winter of nonstop snow, making it impossible to get out and scoop you-know-what.

Guess what I will be doing this afternoon? Just take a wild guess!

As an aside, I am very disappointed that scooping crap is not listed on the Weight Watchers activity point list! That HAS to count for something...agree?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

AAAAAAHHHH coffee machine broken!!

If you know me at all, you know that I take my coffee (drug of choice) very seriously, so you know how absolutely devastating it is that my coffee machine broke yesterday night! I accidentally knocked the carafe off the counter and it broke into pieces all over the kitchen floor. I rushed to the computer (after cleaning all the glass, of course) and found that the carafe replacements no longer exist because they are no longer making that model of machine!!! Oh the horror of it all.

I started shopping around today, but not finding what I want. Grrrrr. Well...I take that back. I DID find what I want, but with a $200 price tag!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Grossness.

This morning, I looked outside and noticed 3 neighborhood dogs skulking around what looked to be a garbage bag pulled apart in our yard towards the woods...they were acting really strange, kind of just tiptoeing around the bag and had their tails straight out...just acting weird for dogs. Then, I let our dogs out to use the doggy facilities, and THEY are acting weird too, standing at the edge of the fence sniffing the air and scratching at the fence trying to get out...
As I was getting the kids in the car, I notice some hawks circling over the same area...then some crows...
So, curious, I go out there to investigate because now I'm thinking this is not just ordinary garbage....
and it's not!
It's a dead deer carcass!!!!!

So freaking gross. Ew.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

More about me you probably didn't want to know...the story of Haiden and Hannah...

Yeah, don't ask me why Haiden's picture turned out so teeny tiny. I don't know how to fix it!

Another "about me" type of thing, but this one is about your kids. My friend did it about her firstborn, but seeing as she only has 1, that makes sense. But...I have 2 and it didn't seem fair to leave #2 out! So I tweaked it a little bit. Nobody will ever accuse me of having a favorite now...although at the moment I am definitely leaning toward one of them....
1. WERE YOUR PREGANCIES PLANNED?
Yes and no. If that constitutes as an answer. We had tried for almost 3 years to get pregnant with Haiden. We were just about to start treatments, and that month I got pregnant. I didn't know I was pregnant until I was about 3 months along.
With Hannah, I went off my birth control pills and 2 weeks later was pregnant. Planned, yes, but was not thinking it would happen that quickly.
2. WERE YOU MARRIED AT THE TIME?
Yes.
3. WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION?
With Haiden, I think it was more disbelief than anything else. The fact that we had just been told by an "expert" that there was no way I'd get pregnant without medical help didn't help the disbelief any. I think I took about 5 pregnancy tests to make sure, then had to have it confirmed by a blood test before I would actually believe it. I still had trouble believing it until I had an ultrasound...at 5 months!
With Hannah, I felt kind of sick, then excited. I remember taking the pregnancy test, had no reason to think I was pregnant other than a "feeling", and it came out +. My neighbor came over right as I had found out and I told her before I even told Jeremy! I was in shock.
4. HOW OLD WERE YOU?
I was 25 when I had Haiden, 28 when I had Hannah.
5. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT YOU WERE PREGNANT?
At-home pregnancy tests. Those suckers are expensive, as we found out when trying to get pregnant with Haiden!
6. WHO DID YOU TELL FIRST?
With Haiden, I told Jeremy first. With Hannah, I told my neighbor/friend, and then Haiden, and THEN Jeremy!
7. DID YOU WANT TO FIND OUT THE SEX?
Yes! I hate surprises and wanted to be able to get ready.
8. DUE DATE?
Haiden: August 21, 2003.
Hannah: April 9, 2006.
9. BIRTH DATE?
Haiden: July 28, 2003.
Hannah: April 5, 2006.
10. DID YOU HAVE MORNING SICKNESS?
Not with Haiden other than a huge, huge aversion to meat.
Hannah...sick the entire 9 months pretty much. Same aversion to meat. And pretty much everything else....
11. WHAT DID YOU CRAVE?
No cravings.
12. WHO/WHAT IRRITATED YOU THE MOST?
Nothing? At least no more than normal, I guess. I actually felt better mood-wise when pregnant. 13. DID YOU WISH YOU HAD THE OPPOSITE SEX OF WHAT YOU WERE GETTING?
No. Jeremy really, really, really wanted a girl the first time around. When we found out we were having a boy, it was fine though. He was very happy when we had Hannah; he really wanted a girl! I didn't really care.
14. HOW MANY POUNDS DID YOU GAIN THROUGHOUT THE PREGNANCY?
Haiden: 19 pounds.
Hannah: 18 pounds.
15. DID YOU HAVE A BABY SHOWER?
I had 2 when I had Haiden and work threw me one as well. My aunt had one for me when I was pregnant with Hannah too.
16. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS DURING YOUR PREGNANCY?
No complications with Haiden other than at the end, when I had pre-ecclampsia. When that hit, it was pretty bad. Had an emergency C-section; had complications; I won't go into it too much because the actual events are a little fuzzy even to me.
Hannah: I was just sick a lot, couldn't go to the grocery store, threw up all the time. C-section was planned with her, but still had some problems with the anesthesia during it. Otherwise, nothing traumatic this time around!
17. WHERE DID YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Holland Hospital, Holland, MI. GREAT place to have a baby, by the way!
18. HOW MANY HOURS WERE YOU IN LABOR?
Zero? I guess? Never in labor with Hannah. With Haiden, they tried to induce, but it wasn't working. I did have contractions for a few hours, about 30 seconds apart, but nothing happened. So I guess that doesn't constitute labor?
19. WHO DROVE YOU TO THE HOSPITAL?
Jeremy. With Haiden, I had to call him and tell him to get home from work immediately because the doctor wanted me in the hospital ASAP. Hannah was planned.
20. WHO WATCHED YOU GIVE BIRTH?
Jeremy...a team of doctors.
21. WAS IT NATURAL OR C-SECTION?
C-sections for both.
22. DID YOU TAKE MEDICINE TO EASE THE PAIN?
Epidural for Haiden before I went in for C-section. Still ended up having to be knocked out though.
Hannah: Spinal anesthesia.
23. HOW MUCH DID YOUR CHILD WEIGH?
Haiden: 5 pounds, 1 ounce. 18-1/2 inches.
Hannah: 6 pounds, 1 ounce. 19-1/2 inches.
Notice the two were exactly 1 pound and 1 inch different?
24. WHAT DID YOU NAME HIM/HER?
Well...it's pretty obvious from above, but Haiden Christopher Westfield and Hannah Elizabeth Westfield.
Haiden's name was going to be Hannah had he been a girl. When we found out Hannah was a girl, we said to Haiden, "what should we name your little sister?" and he said "Hannah." We thought it was so weird that 1) He came up with that name on his own, never hearing us talk about that before, and 2) The he even knew that name...it's not like we knew anyone with that name. So...Hannah it was. Elizabeth is Jeremy's grandma's middle name and we wanted to use that in her honor. Both of the kids have long names...good thing they don't have to write them out every day!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

25 things you never wanted to know about me

I don't know what happened to some of my posts, but I noticed this one was missing from previous and thought I'd re-post it since I have nothing interesting to put up today.

1. I sleep less than 5 hours a night, sometimes not even 4.
2. I qualified for Mensa. Yeah, I can see jaws dropping to the floor on that one.
3. I am terrified of fish, even guppies.
4. I will not swim in lakes/rivers/oceans due to the above fish phobia unless I can see all around me and see the bottom.
5. I can't say no.
6. I can't sleep with closets open.
7. I hate my name and have always wanted to change it.
8. I want to live "off the grid" someday.
9. My favorite food is yogurt. How weird is that?
10. I held a snake for the first time that I can remember at age 30, and only because Hannah dropped it and I didn't want it getting to the other kids in the class and killing them. It was pretty huge, about 6 inches long, so it could have done some damage.
11. My favorite color is blue, all shades.
12. My favorite sports to play are raquetball and volleyball.
13. I read every day, and will read anything I can get my hands on.
14. I want 4 kids.
15. I turned down 2 full scholarship offers for pharmacy school and regret it to this day.
16. I want to get a tattoo, but am afraid of the pain factor.
17. I hate talking on the phone.
18. I get bored easily.
19. I have never been drunk.
20. I have never smoked cigarettes.
21. I don't believe in organized religion.
22. I love animals, minus the fish, of course, and snakes, and anything scaly, slimy, scary-looking, etc. Cute, fuzzy, cuddly...I love 'em.
23. I secretly want a Hummer, preferably a black one, even though I know they are a major waste of money and are gas guzzling and hugely environmentally un-friendly. No, I'll never get one, but it's my secret "want" that I will never have.
24. I hate wearing jewelry. It has been over 5 years since I put on my wedding ring.
25. I clean and organize things to calm down and destress.

And more I have thought of....

26. I hate cell phones, or rather, people who don't know how to use them appropriately.
27. I have a severe panic disorder and agoraphobia and most people don't know it because I can hide it really well.
28. I hate visiting people who have cats....Allergies and I hate the smell of cat boxes and can smell them from a mile away.
29. I have had anorexia and bulimia.
30. I worry about money constantly, even if it's not an issue at that point in time.
31. I don't trust anyone with my kids, or at least very few people.
32. I hate it when people use Febreeze or other kinds of air fresheners/sprays...especially when it's sprayed onto a floor or furniture where little kids or babies play...chemicals anyone?
33. I don't let my kids drink pop or colored drinks...except on very special occasions, and then I pay for it later on. I don't drink these either.
34. I am allergic to MSG, but that doesn't stop me from eating Chinese food...I do pay for it later on though!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Paintings


I need to start adding pictures to some of these posts!

Yesterday, I had the kids paint pictures to go in a frame that I had bought for the living room. I didn't know what to put in it, so I had the kids paint pictures and figured that every few months or so, I'll have them do new ones.

Hannah drew me a picture of our family, mommy, daddy, Haiden, Hannah, and Jewel (forget the other 3 dogs). Bottom picture.

Haiden painted a picture of his friend with a green dog, top picture.

Hannah painted a picture of "Hannah with a weiner." Luckily, she painted it in the wrong direction and I had to turn it sideways so it would fit in the frame, so you can't tell. But if you look at it sideways, you can tell (if you know how to "read" 2 year old paintings, that is!).


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Brownies...the wonder drug

Ahhhh...brownies.

I was having a really bad day today and it just kept getting worse and worse. Other than my neighbor plowing our driveway for us again (yay!) it was just a day from you-know-where.
I noticed that I had 14 points left (Weight Watchers) after dinner tonight, had a brownie (okay...2...) and I am feeling amazingly better.

This can't be good.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Green hair/skulls/Weight Watchers here I come!

Yesterday, Haiden was obviously feeling down about something, and I asked him what was going on. He said to me "Mom, I just want to be more in style." I asked him what "in style" meant...wondering what a kindergartener's idea of style was, and he said "I want my hair short with green in it and I want clothes with skulls on it."

Oh my goodness.

I asked him if any kids in his school have green hair, and he said no, and that he really didn't want to have green hair "because it will look like I have boogers in it." Skulls have been on my no-no list as far as clothing goes, but I have become a little more flexible on this issue lately. So...I told him that this weekend I will try to take him out and he can pick out a few outfits all by himself. We'll see what we end up with. I'm guessing that none will have skulls on them...probably a LOT of action hero shirts though, as if he needs more of those.

I joined Weight Watchers online 2 days ago, but haven't done much with it yet other than to track my 0 point coffee in the morning! Funny how I have time to note the 0 point coffee, but failed to mention my cookie spree last night when I was making cookies. Maybe because I don't remember the exact count?

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas rundown





Just a quick catch up of the past two week...

Man, have things been busy here and more crazy that I had hoped for our 2 weeks of vacation! But to spare the boring details of each and every day, I'll just say we had a good Christmas, but I'm happy it's over. I put the tree and decorations away the Sunday after the holiday, and that felt GOOD!

The Saturday before Christmas, we celebrated with my dad's side of the family at my parent's house. This is a pretty good-sized get-together, and it's always nice to see my aunts, uncles, cousins, who I really only get to see maybe once or twice a year, sometimes more if someone gets married or something like that, so it's nice to see them and catch up on what everyone is doing. The kids had fun, got lots of toys from great-grandma and great-grandpa, we had good food, a nice visit.

Christmas Eve, we headed over to my parent's house for a get-together with my immediate family (brother, sister, parents, Jeremy/me/kids). The kids were spoiled and showered with presents as always...way too much in my opinion, but they were sure happy! Hannah has been wanting a pet kitty for as long as she has been able to say "kitty," and was absolutely thrilled with her robot kitty that purrs, meows, moves, blinks, etc. When asked what the kitties name was, her original name was "white kitty that meows." The dogs are terrified of that thing.

Christmas day, we stayed home. The kids were SO excited to see all the presents under the tree and had a great time opening them. Haiden was thrilled with all of his science things, which included a microscope, science kit, triops kit, anatomy doll with "real" body parts, and a few more things that I can't even remember now. Note: HE asked for all of these things, we are not trying to make a science nerd here! Hannah was very happy with her Hello Kitty things, especially the socks that she has been wanting to wear pretty much every day.

The Saturday after Christmas, we had Jeremy's family over for our last get-together. We all chipped in for pizza and everyone brought appetizers/desserts...which worked out really well.

I am so happy this holiday season is over and am ready for things to get back to normal. No big plans for the rest of the vacation, hopefully will just get to chill a bit and clean up around here.