Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Right Now: December Edition

Reading: I'm stilllllll working on my book from the library, Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I'm not giving the book the endorsement it deserves, since I've been working on reading it for 3 months now. It is definitely a great story. I just get distracted by the million other things I have on my plate. I have till the 26th of this month to finish it! I can't renew it anymore after then.

Watching: This is Us is done until after the holidays. I'm not sure if New Amsterdam is also on a break. And I've been watching A Million Little Things. I've been enjoying Million Little Things, but I was disappointed with the previews for this week. "I had sex with Ashley because I love you." Ugh. Gag. Their storyline is my favorite in the show, but major eye roll and loss of respect at that. 

Listening: Currently listening to the rain hit the window and the washing machine going through the spin cycle. On a more enjoyable note, we've been listening and singing a lot of Christmas tunes lately.

Drinking: Water, although not enough, which seems to be a recurring theme. Also been drinking Cascade Ice sparkling Water in Lemonade and Wild Berry flavor.

Eating: Ironically, the EXACT same thing as last month when I wrote November's Right Now post! I just ate a Zone Perfect bar and am making Broccoli Cheddar Soup for dinner!

Wearing: Black capri leggings and a royal blue t-shirt. Very simple, comfortable, and easy. Maybe not the most attractive.

Loving: The kid's excitement for our Elf on the Shelf, Mac & Cheese. I love the excitement, but not so much the early wake ups every day since our elf arrived! Ayden has woken up before 6:00 am every day. I - Am - So - Tired. Worth it to see how happy they are every day to check the advent calendar to see what Mac & Cheese might have brought them, and then be so tickled when they find his new hiding spot every day.

Ayden said, "Mom, look! He's has plungers (little suction cups)  on his feet!" Hahaha



They embraced the 3 good deeds challenge so much better than I thought they would! We emphasized their good deeds to be something nice for others that would make them feel special.

Their good deeds were:

  1. Painted pictures for some neighbors and Aunt D. Unfortunately the neighbors weren't home when we went to deliver them, and we still need to try again. They loved putting the mail to Aunt D in the mailbox all by themselves though.
  2. When we went to the library, they made it a special point to say hi to everyone and tell them to have a great day. When it was time to leave and we were half way to our car, they realized they forgot to tell the librarians to have a great day and insisted on going back inside. Of course I couldn't tell them no! So back inside we went, and they made all the librarians smile. Fist bumps were also exchanged!
  3. They wrote thank you letters to their grandparents for the early birthday presents.



Swinging in Ayden's bedroom

They've also recently discovered the cartoon Tom and Jerry. I am loving and getting a real kick out of listening to their giggles while watching the show. It's impossible not to laugh right along with them when they think it's so funny!

Anticipating: Softball season! I was offered the Head Coaching job and accepted the position last week. I'm looking forward to having something to focus on outside of keeping our house functioning and taking care of my family. Of course that is the single most important job, but it will be so nice to have a small part of the old me back again.

Hoping: That our stomach virus has finally departed our house! We had round two make an appearance on Saturday, but thankfully it was short lived and round two only hit Ayden instead of all of us! Fingers crossed that is actually true. I somehow managed to escape all of it, thank goodness!

Following: Hmmmm... All the info regarding Rylee's Nutcracker performance. It's a pretty big production and there's been a ton of info sent out over the last few weeks. 

Wondering: Who my assistant coaches will be for softball. I have two possibilities, but both of them applied for the Head Coaching position, which I got, so I have no idea if they will have any interest in being volunteer coaches. I'm working on getting at least a small stipend for assistants, but athletic budgets tend to be pretty small at the public school level, so we will see.

Trying: To get more sleep!!!! If only the kids would stop waking up so dang early. Oh, and I guess I could try to get to bed a bit earlier at night as well.

Worrying: About how I'm going to juggle being a mom and coaching softball. I know we will find our new routine eventually, but it's going to be a challenge. Ayden currently goes to karate twice/week, but we are going to have to drop the weekday class, unless MIL will maybe be able to help out with that. I'm not sure her own work schedule will allow for that time commitment for 3 months though. The in-laws are out of town for another week+ so I'm not able to ask about that yet. Also, we'd love for the kids to play t-ball this spring. I have no idea how we will be able to manage that between Tony's work schedule and my coaching schedule. Kind of ironic that as a result of me coaching softball, that my own kids may not be able to play the sport themselves. Time will tell how that all pans out.

Planning: A 5th birthday party! It's going to be at our local fire station. The kids will all get fire hats and badges from the firemen, get a tour of the station, including the locker room, and possibly get rides in a fire truck. We are also making plans for their actual birthday. We are tentatively planning to go to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and to the Oregon ZooLights.

Contemplating: Going to bed. I started this post around 2:00 this afternoon, and I am finally now getting it done! Good night, all!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Rocky Start

I love December. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, and now it's also the month we celebrate the day we became a family of four! Ayden and Rylee have added so much excitement and joy to the holiday season. I've always thought Christmas was pretty magical, but I had no idea how magical it truly could be! Experiencing everything through their eyes is pretty much the best thing in life.

Friday night, we attended our local tree lighting ceremony that takes place at the College every year. The kids were so excited to go to it! They had a difficult time waiting all day for it. We arrived 20 minutes early, so we could be sure to get a good spot and didn't miss anything. I later really, really wished we hadn't arrived so early! The event was supposed to start at 6:00 with a little parade before the actual tree lighting. The parade was a very sad and pitiful parade that went on forevvvvvverrrrr. They also had a podium set up with a couple commentators, but we couldn't understand a word they said the entire time, despite being directly across the street from them. It was a pretty miserable hour and ten minutes of wrangling the kids by myself (because Tony was still on his way home from work) in a big crowd, in the dark, in the rain. However, the 30 seconds of the actual tree lighting was AMAZING! They turned off all the lights in the buildings and on the street, and there was a countdown, which made it all exciting. And then they lit up the giant Sequoia tree! In the end, the kids were happy and that's all that mattered.

Our Elf on the Shelf made his appearance on Saturday, the first day of December. The kids had been asking if the elf would be back again this year, and even remembered that they had named him Macaroni and Cheese last year! The first year, when they were two years old, his name was Baby Elf. When they were three, he really didn't have a name. Then last year, he got the name that seems to have stuck!

Day 1: So excited to discover Mac & Cheese finally came!

Day 4

The kids are participating in a children's musical this coming weekend and had play practice Saturday morning, followed by Ayden's karate class directly after that. We came home and ate a quick lunch, and then went to a local Santa Train event. While the tree lighting ceremony was pretty lame, the Santa Train was fantastic! We watched Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive on a train, decorated cookies, made Christmas ornaments, wrote and mailed letters to Santa, and got several goodies to take home, including a toy from Santa.





Aaannnnnnd then......


A few hours after being back home and having a little quiet time, Rylee started complaining that her tummy hurt. That is not unusual for her at all because she struggles with constipation. After about an hour of her complaining, I put some essential oils on her belly to hopefully help her feel better. About 5 minutes later, she vomited alllll over herself and the couch. I hadn't expected that at all! Oh my God, the smell. The mess. I had a very hard time keeping it together myself so I could clean it all up, but I survived. I called Tony on his way home from work and asked him to grab some Pedialyte on his way. After being put to bed, she proceeded to vomit 4 more times over the next few hours. When we woke Ayden to take him potty at 10pm, he was crying that he didn't feel very good either. At 12:30am, he vomited in his bed. I assumed he would follow in Rylee's footsteps with several more episodes during the night, but thankfully we made it the rest of the night without anyone getting sick again. The next morning, the kids felt pretty puny and we kept the buckets close by all day, but they ended up not being needed.




It was a low key, lazy day. We watched a lot of tv, played on tablets, played dinosaurs and cars, and colored a bit. I kept them home from school on Monday, just to be on the safe side. We hung a few more Christmas lights outside, and they rode on their bikes and scooters while I did some yard work. They were feeling much better, but then Tony ended up having to come home from work early because he was feeling puny. And then he puked. I will spare you the details of that. I made homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. The kids still didn't have much of an appetite, but they did eat a little bit of soup at least.

Homemade soup!

Tony kept himself isolated in our bedroom. I gave the kids baths and got them into bed for the night, thinking that they would wake up this morning feeling much more rejuvenated. Boy was I wrong! Ayden woke up super cranky, and Rylee woke up not feeling well again and asking for a bucket. I am feeling traumatized by all the vomiting going on around here! She only got sick once this morning, and Ayden thankfully got over his grumpiness and started feeling better, but it was another VERY lazy day at home. Well, lazy for everyone but me that is! I've been busy doing a million puky loads of laundry, cleaning bathrooms, mopping floors, and trying to sanitize our house! Tony is still not feeling well and will be staying home from work another day, and of course I won't be sending the kids to school again tomorrow. Ugh!


At least she's cute! Poor thing.


I'm glad we were at least able to start off the month with a few good memories before the sick hit, but I hope this stupid virus makes it's way out the door fast! I keep waiting for it to hit me. With everyone else getting it, I can't imagine being so lucky that it will pass right on by me, but so far so good. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

We HAVE to be healthy by this weekend! The kids have their Children's musical, and Rylee has her ballet recital next week! She had to make it to her class on Saturday and the dress rehearsal on Monday!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Microblog Monday: Interview



This Wednesday is my interview for my old coaching job. Tony and I have been talking about potential interview questions. Even though I feel extremely confident in my ability to resume the head coaching position, it's been 5 years since I resigned just before the kids were born. It's also been 13 years since I've been to a job interview. Ironically, that interview 13 years ago was for this very job!

I was involved in this softball program for 19 years, with the last 8 of those years being the Head Coach. It feels so awkward to interview for "my" job. My brother-in-law asked me what I'd do if they tell me they don't think I'm qualified enough. That's not something they can tell me. In my years as the Head Coach, I took the team to the State Playoffs every single year, won several league titles, and brought home the only softball State Championship in school history. I earned Coach of the Year at the local and state level numerous times, and coached our summer program to the National level 3 years in a row. They most definitely can't say I'm not qualified enough. What they CAN say is that they'd like to go in a different direction.

Time will tell! We'll find out after Wednesday. Wish me luck!




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Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Five

- ONE -

I had expected to get a call by the end of the week to schedule an interview for the coaching job, but here it is 4:00 on Friday and I still haven't gotten the phone call. Based on my phone call with the AD, he had anticipated closing the application window today and doing interviews next week. I hate being in the dark as to where they are at in the process. Have I not gotten a phone call because they don't have enough applicants yet? But really, if they plan on offering me the job and are just going through the motions so everything is on the up and up, does it matter if they don't have many applicants? But then, I've also told Tony that I hope they aren't putting all their eggs in one basket, expecting me to take the job, because I'm not sure I will be able to! It's so confusing.

-TWO-

I have the kids' birthday party planned! Well, not completely planned with all the details, but we are on the books to do their party at the local fire station! I am so relieved to finally know where we will be doing their party. I left a message last week with the Captain at the fire station, and he was supposed to call me back on Monday. I still hadn't heard back from him, so today I tried calling again. I'm so glad I did! I had been getting nervous that we were maybe cutting it close to being able to reserve the Bounce House. So happy this is now taken care of, just need to plan the details now!

-THREE-

I took the kids to the library on Tuesday. They each get to check out two books each time we go. We came home and read all four books right away. We usually end up reading the favorites a couple more times over the next few weeks, until we have to return them. Yesterday morning, Rylee settled on the couch with her baby doll and one of the library books. Rylee covered the baby with her special blanket and proceeded to "read" to her baby. It was one of the cutest things I have ever seen!



-FOUR-

I am loving the weather we are having this week! It's starting to get cold, but we've had gorgeous blue skies. We have been taking advantage of it with trips to the park. I know these beautiful days will be coming to a screeching halt soon, and we'll be digging out the rainbows instead.




-FIVE-

I was looking online at swimsuits for the kids in preparation for our upcoming trip to Mexico in January. Is it just me or is this swimsuit completely inappropriate for a 4 year old? I'm sorry, but I want my little girl to look like a little girl! My plan is to rock the tankinis (much easier for bathroom breaks!) for as long as possible. Maybe I'm just a prude, lol. What do you think?


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Right Now: November Edition

Reading: I'm still working on reading the book I checked out from the library, Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It's a really great book, but I'm not working my way through it very quickly!

Watching: This is Us, A Million Little Things, and my new favorite, New Amsterdam. I'm also throwing a good old Hallmark Christmas movie every once in awhile!

Listening: The kids are participating in a children's Christmas Musical in December, and we've been given a CD of the music for the show so they can practice and learn the music. We've been listening to that in the car. I absolutely love listening to them sing the songs and tell me which parts are their favorite. They share with me what part is the "big kids" favorite as well.

Drinking: Water. Always water, just need to work on increasing my daily intake.

Eating: I just ate a Zone bar. For dinner tonight, I am making Broccoli Cheddar Soup at Ayden's request.





Wearing: New jeans that I got for my birthday last month, a pink t-shirt, and a black down jacket because it's cold this morning.



Sitting in the chair we inherited from Granpa M.

Loving: I love our living room. It's the one room in our house that I feel (mostly) like we've gotten rid of all the previous owner's ick. We have brand new carpet in here, and the walls are all freshly painted, including the trim. The ceiling is beautiful and I love having a mantel to decorate. I have found that I also enjoy turning on the gas fireplace. It heats up not only the living room, but the rest of the house as well. And it's cozy.





Anticipating: So Much! The holidays and celebrating Ayden and Rylee's 5th birthday. I can't wait to start decorating for Christmas, having our Elf make his first appearance, and experience all the magic of Christmas through the kids' eyes again. They make everything a million times more magical. I'm also really excited for Rylee's ballet performance in the Nutcracker and the kids' Christmas musical. I'm also anticipating my new oven/range that I just ordered today and will be delivered next week, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Hoping: To start painting here again soon. I've procrastinated on getting it done, but it's time to get busy and at least finish the dining room and kitchen so we can finish unpacking all the stuff that's going in the China Hutch, which will be moved into it's final resting place once the painting is done.

Following: The results of yesterday's election. I'm really, really disappointed in the outcome of some of the measures in Oregon. Yay  I mean BOOOOoooo for more taxes. 





Wondering: Where we will be holding Ayden and Rylee's birthday party! Ugh. I put in a call to the fire department in regards to the gift certificate we have for a "party" there, but haven't gotten a call back yet. If we don't do it there, we are wanting to do it at a bouncy house. I'm afraid we are going to be too late to make reservations for either one pretty soon. I need a call back!

Trying: To get more sleep, but I have woken up every single day around 5:00am since daylight savings. Kids usually get the bad rap for not adjusting well around the time change, but here it is ME who can't sleep! I'm over it already.

Worrying: I really don't think "worry" is the appropriate word. More like anxious. I've done a thing. *Gasp* The head softball coaching job at the high school I used to coach at opened up, and I've submitted my application for it! I will be shocked if I don't get offered the job. I coached in this softball program for 19 years in some capacity or another prior to the twins being born, with my last 8 seasons there as the Head Coach. Every year I coached, our team went to the State playoffs, even winning the State Championship one year, the school's only softball state title. I coached a competitive summer program to the National level, finishing in the top 50 in the nation one year. I'm pretty confident in being offered the position. The athletic director even called me last week to make sure I knew the job was open and to ask if I was interested in joining the applicant pool. I'd already known about the job opening. It's a small community. So why am I so nervous for the interview???? Well, maybe because it's been 13 years since the last time I've been to an interview!!!!! Ironically, my last interview was for this very same job! It's so weird to have to go through the motions of an interview to resume my old coaching position.

Planning: I'm hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year. It will include my sister and her family, my brother and his family, and my mom. 7 adults, 8 kids.

Contemplating: Whether or not I will actually accept the coaching position if/when it is offered. There are two major questions I have that will be the deciding factor. First, does the district approve of support staff taking the necessary time off that is required of seasonal coaches? When we travel for away games, the student athletes get out of school early, and I would have to leave work early to get to the games. My plan is still to become an Instructional Assistant next year in the school district. There are very few jobs that work around a high school coach's seasonal sports schedules, so that could be a hindrance. My other question is whether or not my kids will be allowed to be with me when I work on the field, do open gyms, etc.? Softball/Baseball coaches are required to spend a tremendous amount of extra time just to work on the fields. We don't have ground crews to do the field maintenance or prep the fields for games. If my kids can't run around outside playing or helping me pull weeds and such when I'm at the field by myself working, then that's a deal breaker. This wouldn't have even been an issue 5 years ago. However, last year a parent complained that teachers' kids got extra, unfair advantage, being allowed to be at school with their working parent. If other working parents couldn't take their kids to school, then teachers shouldn't be able to either. The district ended up making a rule that teachers/staff could not have their kids present with them at the school. Teachers couldn't even bring their kids in during their off hours to decorate their classrooms. The basketball coach's daughter couldn't sit in the bleachers doing her homework during an open gym. Part of the reason why I would love to coach again is so that Ayden and Rylee can grow up in the sports environment. A big reason why Tony supports me coaching again is because he would love the kids to see me in that role, so if they can't even be out there with me...


Monday, November 5, 2018

Microblog Monday: Extra Hour



These time changes are for the birds. Extra hour you say? Naaaah. And I can't even blame it on the kids. At least not completely. I woke up yesterday at 5:30. The kids woke up at 6:15. This morning I woke up at 4:45. Ayden woke up at 5:00.

Yesterday felt like the longest day of all time. I fed the kids lunch at 10:30, thinking it was 11:30. A couple hours later, after working outside for awhile raking up all the leaves, I looked at the clock on the oven and it read 2:30. Then I remembered I hadn't changed the clock yet, so it was actually only 1:30. Ugh. So looooonnnng until bedtime still! To top it off, we all spent the weekend with major colds, which made the day feel that much longer.

The kids were in bed by 7:00. I fell asleep on the couch at 8:45, got up at 10:00 to take Ayden potty, and then went to bed. But dammit if I didn't wake up at 4:45 not being able to go back to sleep. Didn't matter though, since Ayden woke up at 5:00 anyway. Sigh. Another long day here.



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Monday, October 29, 2018

Microblog Monday: Monday Blues



It's definitely been a Monday! For whatever reason, Tony wasn't able to sleep much last night. I finally ended up moving out to the couch, only to have Ayden come out a short while later because he'd peed the bed (of course hubby was sleeping then and missed the fun of middle of the night pee clean up). The kids ended up sleeping in this morning, which is a rarity, and we ended up having to rush out the door to get to preschool. This included me losing my shit after the 5th time of telling them to put their shoes on. In full disclosure, the 3rd and 4th time I wasn't exactly saying pretty please, but by the 5th time, I'm pretty sure all the neighbors heard me. Being late to school is unfortunately a regular occurrence, but today we were REALLY late. Sigh.

After dropping them off at preschool, I went grocery shopping. As I was putting my groceries onto the conveyor belt at the checkout stand, I managed to drop a bottle of juice on the floor, and of course it poured all over. I offered to pay for it anyway, the employees said that wasn't necessary and offered to have someone run back to get me another one, which I declined.

After that the day was mostly good except for the never ending arguments between the kids. And the tattling. How do I get them to STOP tattling over every little thing!? We ended the day with Rylee refusing to eat the dinner I made, and preceding to be whiney, cranky, and over sensitive.

I'm glad today is over.



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Five

I'm stealing the Friday Five idea from my friend, Stacie. I always have so many ideas for blog posts and little things I want to share, that I get overwhelmed and then not post anything! Here's a little recap of a few of the things going on in our neck of the world...


The kids are becoming quite the little artists. Ayden used to have very little patience for sitting down to color, draw, etc. Now he is constantly asking for paper and wants to draw all. the. time. And of course they have to hang ALL their artwork on their bedroom walls. They will soon run out of space.

His drawing of Pete the Cat riding a skateboard.

Rylee's drawing of Pete the Cat.

I got these new paint sticks for the kids and they LOVE them!

Their visions of our upcoming January trip to Mexico.


Ayden's picture. The airplane that will take us to Mexico, the sun, birds, an octopus, and the blue lines are sharks jumping up out of the water.

Rylee's picture. An airplane taking off from the ground and an airplane in flight above it, a purple octopus, sun and clouds, trees, and the orange thing with a face is a bird with a "mouth AND a beak."


*****


Speaking of those paint sticks, they also work great on pumpkins! Hallelujah, because I don't really care for the mess of carving pumpkins. Ayden LOVES carving pumpkins, but he's now also fallen in love with painting pumpkins. We did carve pumpkins already once this season, so we aren't completely depriving them.





*****


I found a Big Wheel for $5 at a garage sale over the weekend. The kids LOVE it! I looked online to see how much it would cost to get a second one. The cheapest I could find is $50! I had no idea they were that expensive. Makes me really appreciate my $5 find!




*****


I've jumped on the essential oil bandwagon. I'm still not 100% sold on them being much more than a placebo effect, but I know of way too many really smart people that believe in them wholeheartedly to not at least give them a valid try. I've been trying to cut out the use of so many chemicals in our household, and this is just another way to do that. I've also started using Norwex products, another company that is all about being chemical free.


*****


The kids had a field trip to the pumpkin patch with their preschool class this morning. I love seeing them interact with all their little friends from school. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to go with them.

His collection of pumpkins. He only got to take one of them home though. Haha!

The winning pumpkin that came home with us!

Posing with her pumpkin. So much sass in this little girl!

All the little "pumpkins" from their preschool class.
(some are in the back and didn't actually make it into the picture, unfortunately)

My favorite preschoolers.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Microblog Monday: Tooth Fairy



We've hit a new milestone! Ayden lost his first tooth last night. Ironically, the kids just had a dentist appointment a little over a week ago. The dentist made note that he had a few teeth that were a little loose, but thought it could take up to a year before they were actually ready to come out. Then on Friday, Ayden announced that one of his teeth was really wiggly, so we new it was going to happen sooner than later. However, we thought we'd have at least a week. Nope! He had that tooth pulled out in three days. I was not ready!

Last night after tucking the kids into bed, Ayden came out within just a few minutes to tell us he had pulled his tooth out. He was so proud! Seriously, I cannot adequately describe how proud and excited he was. He asked if we could go show Rylee his tooth. It melted our hearts that he wanted to share this momentous occasion with his sister. Our hearts melted even further when she was so excited and happy for him. She asked to see his tooth and the gap where it used to be in his mouth, several times. We celebrated, made a big deal about putting the tooth under his pillow for the tooth fairy, then got them both tucked back into bed. Then I went straight to Pinterest to look up ideas for letters from the tooth fairy. Side note: It's kind of creepy how many letters included the tooth fairy talking about how the tooth would be a nice addition to his collection. Ummm, isn't that a little bit gross thinking about having a COLLECTION of teeth? Or is it just me that thinks that's weird?

Look at the pride on this kid's face!!!

How did the Tooth Fairy know that his favorite color is orange?

Ayden came into our bedroom at 5:15am to show us that he got a "message" and money from the tooth fairy! I did my best to show my excitement, but then ushered him back to bed! Thankfully, he did go back to sleep!

The first thing Rylee wanted to do when she woke up this morning was find out what the tooth fairy had brought Adyen. There was some disappointment (from both of them) that there wasn't a new toy, but overall, he was happy to add money to his piggy bank. He's also asked me to read him the letter from the tooth fairy a few times, so I know he thinks that's pretty cool too.



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Monday, October 8, 2018

Microblog Monday: 3 Hours



The kids are in preschool for 3 hours, 3 times a week. Those 3 hours sure do fly by quickly! Here's a list of things that I'd like to (need to) accomplish while they are in school:


  • Every day household chores like laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping and mopping.
  • Wiping down the hall closets (we have 3) so I can finally unpack and put stuff away.
  • Unpack boxes of above mentioned stuff.
  • Finish wiping down cupboards in the kitchen so I can unpack the last of the kitchen boxes.
  • Finish painting the dining room walls and trim so we can move the China hutch to it's permanent home.
  • Paint the kitchen, hallway, and our master bathroom.
  • Paint all the trim/molding in the kitchen and hallway.
  • Pay bills.
  • Decorate for Fall/Halloween.
  • Go for a walk/run. Now that it is dark so early at night, I can't go after putting them to bed. This is the only time I have during the day to get in my walk or run.
  • Grocery shopping.

There's still so much to do to get settled into our new house, and not enough time in the day to do it.


Here's what I got done today during my "free" 3 hours:

  • I got a short walk in.

  • Did 2.5 loads of laundry, including getting it all folded and put away.
  • Unloaded the dishwasher.
  • Posted a picture of my kiddos to Instagram and Facebook that I took before dropping them off at school today.
Personality for days!


Boom. 3 hours passed and it was already time to pick up the kids. I still have a giant list of things to do. It will get done someday, right?



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Friday, October 5, 2018

Right Now: October Edition

Reading: I have a book on hold at the library, waiting for me to pick it up this afternoon! I am very excited to read Unbroken: a World War II story of Survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. There is a movie out about the man this story is about, Louis Zamperini, and a second movie coming out soon that I really want to see, but I need to read the book first!

Watching: Too many things! This is Us - love that they are bringing infertility into the show. A Million Little Things - the verdict is still out as to if I will like this show or not. I love that they are bringing awareness to mental health, but not a fan of the affair between friends. Yes, affairs happen and it is a fact of life to some degree, but icky that it's between best friends. New Amsterdam - I accidentally happened upon this show one night and I AM HOOKED! I love this show and can't wait for the next episode.

Listening: Currently listening to my children in their bedrooms. It's supposed to be "quiet" time, but they are not all that quiet. I really was hoping they would take a short nap, because they have been very cranky, emotional bears lately.

Drinking: Water and Minute Maid light lemonade.

Eating: The kids and I went to a farm with MIL the other day and picked red and green peppers, banana peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, onions, zucchini, and pumpkins. The kids are super excited about their "Halloween" pumpkins, and I am super excited about the produce. I made a stir fry the first night, and last night we had tacos and used the cabbage in place of lettuce. We are having the left over taco stuff tonight.


He carried his own pumpkin all the way from the field to the car.

Wearing: Jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt I stole from Tony.

Loving: Watching my kids in their activities! Saturdays are very busy for us right now. We start the morning bright and early with the kids playing soccer at 8:00am. Then Rylee has ballet at 9:30, and Ayden has karate at 10:30. I LOVE that the local martial arts studio here in town has karate at such a reasonable price! We wanted to sign Ayden up for karate last year when Rylee did ballet, but the cost was astronomical. We LOVE the teacher and Ayden is enjoying the class. I'd like to have Rylee taking karate too, but it is sooooo good for Ayden to have something just for himself. This also gives Tony and I the opportunity to have one on one time with the kids on Saturdays. One of us takes Rylee to ballet and the other takes Ayden to karate. Then we can do one on one dates with them doing something fun afterward.



Anticipating: The holidays. The kids get SO excited and that makes it pretty much the best thing ever. I pulled out a few Halloween window clings and a couple decorations to put outside yesterday and it entertained the kids for the rest of the day. They are planning what buckets they will use for trick-or-treating and can't wait to wear their costumes. Then comes Thanksgiving, their birthday, and Christmas!

Hoping: To finish unpacking and getting settled in. We also have a lot more painting to get done. I'm hoping to finish painting the dining room and kitchen in the next few weeks, so we can finally get the furniture moved to where it's going to go. It will be so nice to have it DONE. Also hoping that the exterminators will be able to solve our mouse and spider issues. I found a gigantic spider in the garage yesterday! It was huge and only about 6 inches from the garage door opener. Rylee was about to open the garage door, but I saw the spider and screamed (eye roll at my reaction; I just can't help myself), making her jump back. Only 10 more days until the exterminator comes.

Following: Trying to keep up on reading posts from my fellow blogger friends. It's also hard to avoid all the goings on in politics these days. I'm not much of a political person, but I do try to at least keep up a little bit with what's going on so I can make informed decisions when it comes time to vote in November.

Wondering: What happened to the kids' preschool teacher. She was there on Monday, but not on Wednesday. After school I asked the kids about Mrs. W not being there, and Rylee's response was that Mrs. W was never going to be their teacher ever, ever again. Of course that's all the details I got from them, and I wasn't sure what to make of it. Then that afternoon I got an email from the school, introducing Mrs. C (previously the assistant preschool teacher) as the new preschool teacher and Miss S as the new assistant teacher. No details as to why the change and why Mrs. W was no longer their teacher. So, preschool drama continues. However, I was never a fan of Mrs. W (which you can read about here), so I'm not sad to see her go.

Trying: To kick my junk food eating habit. I was doing a ridiculous amount of stress eating, mostly ice cream. I have avoided buying ice cream my last two trips to the grocery store. I am trying to snack on better, healthier foods. I really, really hate my body right now so changes are necessary. I was doing pretty good with my running, but now that it gets dark so early, I'm not able to do that after the kids go to bed. I need to find another way to fit exercise into my schedule. In the meantime, I can take control by making better food choices.

Worrying: I worry about Ayden. He was the HAPPIEST baby and toddler. He is definitely not the happiest now. He is a very sensitive little guy, and gets upset when other kids don't want to play with him, when he gets in trouble, and if he can't do something perfectly. He is very dramatic about things, saying things like "I will never have a pet," "I will never get to....," and "I can't do (fill in the blank)." He gets upset to the point of a meltdown if he doesn't "win" at whatever he is doing. Sometimes I think he doesn't try at things because he is afraid of failure. Such as writing his name. He says he can't write his name and won't even try. He has also said "nobody likes me," which completely breaks my heart. I feel like this is my fault. I am the one that spends the most time with him, and somehow I have ruined his confidence.

Planning: Their birthday. We are either doing it at a bouncy house this year, or at the local fire station.  We have a gift certificate for a "party" at the fire station that Tony's uncle bought us last year at an auction. We were supposed to use it over the summer, but our summer was crazy. I need to find out if they will still let us use it, and if they don't mind letting us push it out till December for their birthday.

Contemplating: Getting a resume put together. I need to get this done by spring, so I can start applying for jobs for next year. I know that gives me plenty of time, but the idea of putting a resume together gives me anxiety, so I am contemplating who I can get to help me with it!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Have an Embarrassing Problem

Let's talk about something embarrassing. I stink. As in, I have been suffering from some serious body odor issues. This has been going on for about 6-8 months now roughly, that I just can't seem to battle the body odor. In the past, there might have been a day every once in awhile where I was especially stinky after a workout or something, and it would go away with a shower. No problem. That's normal.

What I have going on right now is not normal. My armpits ALWAYS smell. Even after scrubbing (and scrubbing and scrubbing) in the shower, I get out and can still smell myself. I started using Native deodorant almost 4 months ago, and it has helped considerably, but there is still always an underlying smell. And Lord help us all if I happen to forget to put it on immediately after getting out of the shower. Within an hour, I STINK bad. It's pretty ridiculous.

Have you ever been around someone that smells especially rank? I'm not talking about at the gym where it is to be expected to some degree. Although, I do remember when I worked as a personal trainer at an athletic club, there were a few special circumstances where particular gym members had overwhelming body odor, so bad that you couldn't stand to be in the same room as them. Our manager had to have embarrassing conversations with them because it was turning away other members.


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Well, crap!!!! This was NOT supposed to post earlier! I just came back to finish, only to discover I managed to publish it instead of save it. Facepalm. So here's part 2.

There's been a few times I've been around someone that was having a particularly smelly day. Not enough to make you gag, like the few occasional people at the gym, but enough to make you wonder if they forgot their deodorant that day. I always wondered if they knew they had B.O. or if they were oblivious. Now I'm of the mind that they probably knew. 

This is a sensitive subject for me because my grandma is one of those very smelly people. It makes me feel awful even writing that, but it's a real problem. My grandma lives in an assisted living retirement home. Everyone in my family (accept for my mom, because she is a saint in this regard) has a hard time going to visit her because her room smells so powerfully bad. The last time I visited her, it was during dinner and she was in the cafeteria. Usually that's the best place to visit because we aren't stuck in her tiny, smelly room. But on that day, she smelled so bad it was enough to make your eyes water and knock you over. It was all I could do not to gag in her face when I gave her a hug! I have no idea how her table companions could stand it. My sister and my aunt were with me that day. It was very upsetting how bad she smelled. My aunt followed that visit up with a call to the facility to find out why she wasn't being taken care of properly. Come to find out, she had been bathed THAT DAY! And she still stank so bad. I have a real fear of this happening to me. 

I've always thought that body odor came from a lack of good personal hygiene. I'm now coming to the realization that sometimes it truly doesn't matter how well you shower, how much you scrub, and how much deodorant you wear. Some people truly just have a major B.O. issue. Turns out I'm one of them.

I'm pretty sure this is a hormonal thing, and has to do with being perimenopausal (self diagnosed). I am hoping to get a doctor's appointment scheduled by the end of the week. I just need to decide where I'm going and find out who will see me. The fact that I don't ever go to the doctor very often, combined with all the moving we've done in the last 4 years, means that I don't really have a regular doctor. I need to buckle down and make some phone calls.






Monday, September 24, 2018

Microblog Monday: Heebie Jeebies


Not long after we moved into our new house, I was standing at the kitchen counter making lunch for the kids and felt a tickle on my foot. I brushed at it with my other foot, looked down, and realized a spider had just ran across my foot! Shudder. That spider is now dead. I know there are a lot of don't-kill-the-spiders kind of people out there that would have caught it and released it outside. I am not one of those people.

On Friday, I was sitting on the couch while the kids were in their rooms for quiet time, and out of the corner of my eye I saw something run behind our tv stand. OMG, was that a MOUSE!? Yes. Yes, it was a f*@#ing mouse. A mouse in my house. We had planned on having a pest control company come out eventually, as the inspection report when we bought the house showed old rat droppings under the house. I hadn't yet called to schedule the appointment though. On Friday, as I was staring down this mouse, I made the call. My mil happened to come by while I was on the phone with them. She immediately went to the store and got a few traps. The kids enjoyed being mouse hunters that afternoon. Ayden seriously thought he could catch it, as it ran from the tv stand to the pantry to the tv stand again, to behind the couches and into the hall closet. I chased this little sucker around, placing a glue trap close to wherever its current hiding place was. Finally, he ended up running onto the glue trap and getting caught. Ohhhh, the squealing! Rylee repeatedly asked me if I was sorry for catching the mouse. Bless her animal loving heart. She kept going in to talk to it. She wanted to feed it. Both her and Ayden were convinced it was a baby mouse and it's mommy was going to be looking for it. They also wanted to keep the damn mouse as a pet.

We went to Tony's parents for dinner that night to celebrate mil's birthday. Tony left early to dispose of the mouse before the kids and I got home. The first thing Rylee did when we got home was go to check on the mouse. We told the kids that daddy let it go outside. We probably shouldn't have lied to them, but they would have been devastated to know the truth. Ayden was very sad because, he will "never get to have a pet!"

Today, I was driving around running errands after dropping the kids off at school. There was a spider hanging from my rearview mirror! When I screamed (yes, I screamed. Sue me.), it dropped down right next to my leg. It's a miracle I didn't wreck the car. I pulled into a driveway at my first opportunity and jumped out of the car, trying to find the spider. Of course I didn't find it. I finally got back in the car and went about my errands, continuously feeling like I had a damn spider crawling around my ankles and up my leg. About an hour later, while pulling into the parking lot to pick the kids up from school, the spider showed up again! It was crawling up my driver-side door. I tried to get it with a napkin (which I had gotten out and ready from my previous attempt to catch this spider), but it dropped down to the floorboard. I quickly parked and got out of the car. This time I DID manage to catch the spider.

So, we are spider and mouse killers. And now I have the heebie jeebies. I'm waiting for another mouse to show up, and every little tingle or itch feels like a spider is crawling over me.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mostly Wordless Wednesday

I have about a million blog posts that I want/need to write, but can't seem to find the words or motivation to actually sit down and write them. So, I'm going to just do a photo dump instead. Besides, who doesn't like seeing cute pictures?


Spiderman and Marshal watched Pinkalicious while I took my shower one morning 

Too cool for words

She actually took a rare nap

With our very first twin friends that we met when they all were just babies

With our nature hike friends from Veneta

We have grapes in our backyard!

Sometimes they get along

Ayden let Rylee borrow a pair of his dinosaur pj's for "3 days"

We went to the carousel

They were intrigued with the giant "Earth"

A picture with their Momma

They drew a "hopscotch" in our driveway 

Popsicles put everyone in a good mood

I let them make a giant mess in the living room with the agreement that they would clean it all up. They actually upheld their end of the bargain!