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.

20 comments:

  1. love those cutie patooties! So sweet!

    Yay for making yourselves a priority, too. :) Feeling better in your own skin is awesome.

    Good luck on the move!

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    1. It's been a long time since I've made myself a priority! It feels great! Thank you :)

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  2. Good to hear from you! I just blew up your blog so I could see it. Good luck in your move back and write when you can.

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    1. I wish I could edit the font bigger. I just tried again to no avail. Glad you were able to read it anyway! So good to be back in the blogging world again :)

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  3. My family moved 7 times within the same town for a period of 13 years while I was growing up. They would buy a fixer-upper, fix it up, and then move once it was done. You may be trying to challenge their record! Way to go Rylee for rocking potty training, can't wait to read Adyen's post... Thanks for the update

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    1. I hate packing/moving so much! 7 times in 13 years. We better not be competing with that! Although it sure feels like it. lol At least it was all within the same town and hopefully didn't require you changing schools!

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    2. My mom and I moved basically every year or two while I was growing up. I don't know why, really.

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  4. Dear Amber, Yes there are still long time followers eager to read whatever you'd like to share with us : ) Wishing you a smooth re-relocation! Good luck on all your potty training adventures.

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    1. Awww, thanks for still being here with me, despite my hiatus!

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  5. Heellllllooooooo from Australia. We've missed you!

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  6. Yay for 21 Day Fix! I have been doing it since January. Not easy, but you can do anything for a minute! ;) I am really happy with my results. Good to see you posting again!

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  7. It's so great to hear from you!!! I figured you were not only busy with two kiddos but the moving too. They are getting so big, so cute!!

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  8. So nice to hear from you! It's so crazy that you are moving again, can't believe it! Congratulations on the potty training and taking better care of yourself. All the best!

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  9. Of course we are still reading you silly! Glad you found some time to update.

    Oh man I'm sorry that you have to move again- that's crazy! So you guys think that things will settle down enough in a year or two that you can buy? I would make sure that the job thing is pretty settled before buying because trying to sell a house as opposed to getting out of a lease is much more difficult!

    Congrats to Rylee on the potty training! You definitely have to tell us Ayden's story too. :-) And yay for a toddler bed for Ayden! Is Rylee still in a crib then?

    Good for you for signing up for the 21 day fix. I think that I will do that sometime after #2 arrives....as long as it doesn't require too much jumping while I am still breastfeeding! After #2 we will be done having kids so I want to make sure that I start to prioritize my health once again.

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  10. Hi! Still here reading! I'm laughing because I was about to comment with, Um Amber, you're font is like, KILLING ME! and then I saw your disclaimer! Good for you for signing up for the 21 Day fix!

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  11. Loved your Heeelllooo starting!!! I've missed you making me chuckle and you have not disappointed me again!!! LOVE reading your stories! I always checked on Mondays except when busy like yesterday and always on Fridays and sometimes during the week. Hard being patient but so worth the wait!! And HAPPY 300!!!! YEAH, Rylee with potty training!!! I knew she was going to impress us growing up but who knew so soon!! Love Ayden and his ability to keep you humble and make us chuckle!! Can't wait for that story of throwing in the towel after 3 hours!!!! Congratulations on healthy bodies too! Day at a time and you both will do well!! I sure hope all goes well with the move, hopefully there will be AC and hopefully the job and life settles down for all of you!!! Sending oodles of love and hugs!!! Auntie

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  12. moving is aawwwffulll, that stinks! Hopefully you will be permanently settled soon!

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  13. I kept checking and had almost given up on you updating

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  14. I don't even want to talk about how long it's been since I've posted anything. This is the first time I've even checked my blog feed in weeks. I miss my blogs!
    I need to follow your lead and make my health a priority, as well. Glad the changes are making you feel better.

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