Monday, July 25, 2016

Playing Catch Up

I'm back to the land of the living, or at least the land of having internet once again.  After our move, it took THREE weeks to get hooked up to internet.  When I called the first time to get it set up, I was told it would happen the following week.  Not ideal, but whatever.  We could live with that.  Then on the day it was supposed to be installed, I got a phone call saying that there were no lines hooked up to our house and they couldn't get a tech out until the following week.  That was frustrating, but what tipped me over the edge was when on that second week, I received ANOTHER phone call to schedule installation for the NEXT week.  I was livid.  So anyway, we spent the first three weeks without internet access except through our phones, which cost us only an arm and a leg.  But now, we have internet.

We had a whirlwind of a move.  The house we found to move into was available right away, so we ended up moving within a week.  Hiring movers (Tony's company paid all moving expenses) made everything SO much easier in most ways, but challenging too.  It was nice not having to pack anything at all, but that made it a little more difficult when it came to finding necessary things once we got here.  We are mostly settled in, but still have a few more boxes to unpack and I need to organize the garage.  We haven't hung any pictures on the wall either.  Honestly, we've been here a month now, but we have only had one weekend where we were actually home.  We didn't get anything done that weekend either because Tony somehow hurt his back and spent the entire weekend laid up in bed.

I've missed this space.  There's been so many things I wanted to write about, but had no computer (internet) to be able to sit down and actually blog.  But let's be honest, I wasn't blogging much before that either!  We've moved TWICE in just a four month period!  Ridiculous.  We've move three times in the last 13 months, and still have another move on the horizon when we hopefully buy a house in about a year, which better be our last move for a long, long while.

We made a not so great impression on our next door neighbors within the first day of moving in.  Tony's parents were here on moving day to help watch the kids while Tony and I directed the movers on where to put things and worked on unpacking.  At one point, I saw Ayden pushin his MegaBloks truck around outside.  I commented on how that's supposed to be an inside toy, but let it slide in all the craziness that was going on.  The next day, I unpacked the same truck out of a box of toys and wondered how the heck it had gotten packed back up.  I didn't put too much thought into it though.  I thought somewhere between the movers, the in-laws, and Tony, someone had just put it back with all the other toys.   Well, turns out that the truck wasn't Ayden's!  He took it right off our neighbors front porch. I learned this when the mom came knocking on our door a few days later asking if we might have her son's truck. ding, ding, ding!  It all made sense then!  I found the neighbors truck in our backyard and returned it.  The mom was not very friendly or understanding at all.  She wasn't rude, but she was nice either.  I noticed later that they no longer keep any of their son's toys on the front porch at all.  They also never smile or wave when they see us.  It's kind of awkward.  So much for making friends with our neighbors.

Other than moving, the biggest changes for us have been Ayden and Rylee!  They turned 2.5 in June, and they are learning new things at a rapid rate right now.  I'm going to do individual posts for each of them, hopefully this week.

I'll wrap this up by sharing that Ayden and Rylee were in their first wedding two weekends ago!  They were flower girl and ring security for one of Tony's cousins.  It was pretty special for us, because this cousin and her brother were the flower girl and ring bearer in our wedding almost 19 years ago!  I know I'm biased, but I have to say that Ayden and Rylee were the cutest kids there!  We were nervous about how they would do.  Let's be honest, we were nervous how AYDEN would do!  We were pretty sure Rylee would do okay, but Ayden is rarely still and does not like to be contained at all.  During the rehearsal, Ayden ran all over the place!  During pictures before the wedding, he had a major meltdown and wanted nothing to do with being in any of the pictures.  However, he pulled himself together and they both did AMAZING during the actual wedding!  Then, they danced the night away afterward.  Is there anything cuter than two year old's dancing?

Ayden's hand gesture shows what he really thought about being in the wedding pictures!  His suspenders, bow tie, and boat shoes melted every adult in attendance though, along with sweet little Rylee.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Potty Training Fail

Exactly one week after starting potty training with Rylee, I had a short lived potty training start with Ayden.  I know he's ready, but I quickly learned that he is going to require a lot more individual attention for the first few days.

Backstory...

I read the Oh Crap! Potty Training book and decided to follow that method.  It had been going pretty smoothly with Rylee, and Ayden was wanting in on the action so I decided to bite the bullet and train him too.

Here's what happened....

That morning, Rylee decided that she needed to be the one to carry her pee (in little potty seat) from the kitchen to the bathroom and dump it in the toilet.  The problem was that she was sloshing it everywhere and I feared for the carpet.  I tried compromising with her, that I would carry it to the bathroom and she could dump it in.  We fought about this almost every time.  Good times.

For the first few days of potty training, the book recommends that they are naked on the bottom, so we spent the morning in the kitchen doing lots of fun activities like water colors, puzzles, etc.  Ayden had one accident, but it wasn't a big deal because he was sitting at their little table and the pee just hit his t-shirt and stayed contained.  Easy to clean up.

He's been sitting on the potty seat for months now before bath time, and the previous week when we started training Rylee, he sat on it (fully clothed) quite often.  It was always hit or miss whether he'd actually stay sitting on it, but he'd peed in it at least a good dozen times over the past few months.  Of course, the morning we started potty training, I couldn't get him to sit on it.  Of course.

So, a few hours into the morning, I was battling it out with Rylee after she'd peed in the potty chair, trying not to let her dump the pee all over the carpet on the way to the bathroom.  She was screaming.  She does that a lot.  Sigh.  I came back into the kitchen to find Ayden peeing all over one of the kitchen cupboards.  It happened to be the cupboard door that doesn't actually close all the way, so was partially open.  Not only did he pee all over the outside of the cupboard door, it was all over the INSIDE AS WELL!  It was dripping on the outside, on the inside, and was all over the shelf and on my griddle.  And he was just standing there watching it happen.

It was at that moment, three whole hours into our morning, that I gave up and put a diaper back on him.  I can't do it by myself with both of them.  We are going to wait until after we move and get settled, and pick a weekend to start where Tony will be around to help.

It took me a few days before I got up the nerve to make some peecakes again.  I mean PANcakes!  Pancakes.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Heellllllooooooo.......

Is anyone out there?  Hello?  Hello?  Hello???  

It's been a little over two months since I've written anything!  How did that happen?  Is anyone still even interested in reading anymore?  I have no idea, but I've missed this space. This is my 300th blog post.  I had planned on that being a special post about something.  I don't know what, but something.  I suppose me writing a post at this point is pretty special though, huh?  lol

So here's what we've been up to:

We moved back to home!  But you knew that already because that's where I left off.  We haven't unpacked all our boxes or hung any pictures on the wall.  There literally is not enough space for us to unpack everything.  The house is small, but I do finally feel like we are starting to at least feel comfortable here somewhat.

Not that that means much because guess what?  We are moving BACK to the Eugene area! Yes, you read that right.  We are moving back.  Sigh.  After only being here for 2.5 friggin months, we are moving back.  When we moved back to our home area, Tony was supposed to be getting a promotion as well as taking over the Salem office here.  Well, since then, his company merged with another and that promotion is no longer available.  That particular position is no longer a job.  Without the promotion, we take a huge financial hit because the Salem office without the promotion does not generate as much business as the office in Eugene.  Besides that, the guy that was hired to take over his job there is getting fired this week.  Tony has been driving back and forth to Eugene (1.5 hours, 3 hours round trip) at least 3 days a week this WHOLE time!

Soooo, we are moving back just as soon as we can find another house to rent.  Oh, did I mention that somewhere in the next 12-18 months we will be buying a house (somewhere), so we will have ANOTHER future move to look forward to as well?  Yes folks, that would make four freaking moves in a 2-3 year period with two toddlers.

In all fairness, I do miss some things about the Eugene area, particularly the friends we made.  I am excited to be closer to them again, but sad to be further from family again.  We will settle.  Someday.

In other big news, I now have one potty trained toddler!  Last Monday began our potty training adventure.  Prior, I read the Oh Crap! Potty Training book and followed that.  Rylee has been ready for awhile, but I wanted to wait until after we got settled in here.  I am happy to say that all poo has been in the toilet (or potty chair) since day one.  We had several pee accidents (or learning experiences) the first few days, but by day 6 she was going completely unprompted and all on her own.  The only accidents since Saturday have been from not quite getting her pants pulled down all the way and peeing on them because she was sitting on them partially.  I don't really consider that an accident.  We even took a trip out to the grandparents house yesterday with full success!

My plan was to start the same potty training method with Ayden this morning, but after 3 hours of complete chaos I threw in the towel and quit.  This story deserves it's own post. Believe me, it's a good one.

Ayden has also had a big change since our move though!  He now is in a toddler bed.  About 1.5 months ago, he finally crawled out of his crib.  There was NO keeping him in his crib after that!  The first week in his new, but same bed (his crib converted to a toddler bed), was rough.  He didn't take a nap at ALL the first 3 days.  We had to go in and get him back in bed several times, and even sat on the floor for an endless amount of time a few times, but we now finally have that down to only having to go in once or twice at both nap and bedtime.

Oh!  Tony and I also committed to changes for ourselves personally as well.  We signed up to do the 21 day fix with Beachbody.  I actually signed up as a coach, although I haven't done anything with that yet.  I'd love to help other people and it's right up my alley from being a personal trainer and softball coach for years, but I just don't feel like I have time to invest in it other than for myself right now.  Tony and I both felt it was way past time to get serious about taking care of ourselves.  We've both had some success, and I feel so much better in my own skin now.  Still have a long way to go, but it's a start.

Lot's of changes for us and more to come.  I can't wait for the day we can just buy our own house and stay put for awhile.

Here's a few pictures, just in case you've forgotten what we look like!  haha  That is, if anyone is still reading....

Mother's Day

My babies are getting so big!

*Okay, I've tried to edit this whole thing a half a dozen times so the font will be normal sized instead of so friggin small, but blogger won't save it!  I'm sorry for the eye strain, for anyone who happens to read this.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Moving Week

To put it bluntly, moving is the pits.  However, I am so thankful that we've had so much time to do it and it hasn't all had to be a real quick weekend thing.  We've already taken one horse trailer load to the "new" house.  Last weekend my aunt and I loaded up our cars and took some stuff.  We got about half the kitchen scrubbed down and a few of the cupboards and drawers lined.  The kitchen is gross.  It's pretty much the only thing I can't handle right now about this move.  Yesterday, we had professional movers come and move our biggest and heaviest furniture items and I took another car full of stuff.  The movers were expensive, but oh so worth it.  I didn't want to watch my fil, husband, and whoever else happened to be helping move those big items again.  Even the movers had a hard time with our oak china hutch.

Tomorrow is our BIG moving day and will be our first night in our new house.  I am so not ready.  Way too much stuff for me to do.  I had to sit down for a little blog post though, because I don't know how long it will be for our computer to be hooked up again!  I can't wait to get settled in and start catching up on all my bloggie friends.  It's been awhile since I've been able to sit down and just read.  Hopefully soon....

I need to take advantage of nap time now though, and get some more packing done.  This afternoon we have our last park play date with our twin friends here.  The other mom and I have promised to keep in touch and get our kids together, but I know that distance and just life in general makes that challenging.  It's so sad that now, when our kids have finally REALLY connected and become best friends, we are moving.  They are so much fun to watch together!

Okay, off to pack.  But first, a few pictures of my "helpers."  Moving with toddlers definitely makes for a slow process.  lol




Monday, March 7, 2016

Microblog Monday: Bullet Points



  • We moved our first big load on Saturday.  Can I just say how much I really hate moving?  Also, we have a lot of shit crap.
  • Tony inconveniently will be out of town for a work conference from Thursday through Sunday this week.  Fortunately, I have the best Aunt in the world that is going to come help me pack and take a car load to our new house.
  • In addition to moving, the big semi-annual Consignment Sale is this week.  That's been great for getting rid of stuff, but also really stressful as far as getting everything ready for it.  I can't wait to shop on Wednesday though!  Kind of defeats the point of getting rid of stuff!
  • I've been trying to sell a lot of shit crap on buy/sell/trade sites and have been fairly successful.  Although, I'm not sure if the amount of time that consumes in taking pictures, posting them, answering questions, and then delivering items really is worth the amount of money I'm making.
  • As much as I'm trying to sell stuff, I'm also taking large loads of shit crap to donation drop off sites.
  • I. Am. Tired.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

We are Moving

Whelp, I've been gone from blogging for a few weeks now.  Life is busy and about to get even busier.  We are moving!  Tony is getting a promotion at work and is taking over the office closer to where we used to live.  We are moving back "home."

How do I feel about moving?  Here are the positives:
  • We are moving back to our friends and family.  No more 1.5 hour drives.  No more having to spend the night at the in-laws, which is only terrible because it always messes up Ayden and Rylee's sleep for at least a week.  
  • We will have child care more readily available when needed.  I desperately need to make a few doctor appointments for myself, but that's impossible here because we don't know anyone to help watch the kids.  Tony has to work, and it just doesn't work taking them with me for things like that.
  • Ayden and Rylee will be able to spend more time at their grandparents house.  They have a lot of property to explore and the kiddos absolutely adore the cows. 
  • The timing worked out perfectly that my in-laws have a rental available for us to move into.  They just put brand new carpet, linoleum, a few new windows, and all new kitchen appliances in the house.
  • The rent is a lot cheaper, so we will be able to put aside a large amount each month toward our down payment on a new house.
  • It's within walking distance to the WOU softball fields.  We have two girls that we coached that are freshman on the team.  We'll also be able to attend more high school games at the school where I coached for 20 years.
The negatives:
  • We will be leaving the new friends we made here, particularly our twin friends.  I was really looking forward to having one more summer of park play dates and adventures with them.  
  • I will miss the Community Playgroup that we've gotten involved with.  Even though we are moving back home, Ayden and Rylee were barely just a year old when we left and hadn't gotten involved in anything like that yet.  We lived there for over 20 years, but never with kids.  I have to start all over with finding things for us to do and meeting new mom friends.  I suck at that stuff.  Thus, the reason I've only made one "real" friend here so far.
  • The house we are moving into is much, much smaller than what we are used to.
    We have too much furniture for this house.  We aren't even sure our bed and both our dressers will fit in the master bedroom.  This should be interesting.  It also only has one bathroom.  Not the end of the world, but Tony's not the.... most careful or clean in the bathroom, and I'm seriously not very excited about how often I'll be cleaning it since Ayden and Rylee have to touch EVERYTHING!  Ugh.
  • The garage door to the new (to us) house doesn't open, which is extremely inconvenient.  We will be buying an outdoor shed to store the lawnmower, wheel barrel, etc.  We'll see how it works with the stroller and bikes.
  • The kitchen got all new appliances, except a microwave.  We have to buy a microwave.
  • We have to pack up and move again.  I hate moving.  The worst part is that we'll most likely be doing the same exact thing in about another year when we will have a sizable down payment and are more in a position to buy.  Moving three times in three years with babies/toddlers.  Sigh....
Overall, we are very excited to move back.  We feel like this is a very good thing.  Moving is just crazy.  Packing and unpacking is no fun.  We will be moving our first load of stuff, all the things we don't use daily, the first weekend of March.  Then the following weekend, Tony will be gone on a business trip and I am taking the babies south to visit my aunt.  Then our big moving date will be the weekend of March 19-20th!  We only have three weeks left here!  Aaaagghhhh!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Microblog Monday: One More Class



We have one more gymnastics class left.  It is safe to say that we won't be signing up again any time soon.  The last two classes were a little bit of an improvement for Ayden in that he didn't have complete breakdowns and we could at least get him to somewhat participate.  This last Saturday we were back to square one though.  He MAYBE had about 10 seconds that he enjoyed himself and actually smiled.  Otherwise, he wanted nothing to do with being there.

Rylee has done very well in the class and goes with the flow of everything.  She's only had one meltdown, which happened to be this last Saturday also.  It was at the very end of the class when they were doing some activity with an "octopus."  She didn't want to give up the octopus so the other kids could have a turn.  I didn't actually see this happen though, since I was already out at the car with Ayden.

I suppose there's a chance we might sign Rylee up again and we can take turns taking her to the class and having one on one time with each of them.  We'll see.  It definitely won't be this next session though.  One more class and we are done with gymnastics for awhile.  I'm glad we tried it, but now we know that any organized and structured class is not the thing for Ayden.



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