Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kid Update

When I started this blog so many years ago it was all about my pregnancy and then Wyatt.....since Abigail I have veered off a bit, but to return to the old is an update on the munchkins.

When he finally went to the potty at school, he was rewarded with a cake ball at Blue Bonnet Bakery!

  • Turned 3 in December, was perfectly 30 lbs and 30 inches tall at his one year appt (small for his age) 
  • Totally daytime potty-trained (diapers at night), he has FINALLY agreed to start using public restrooms, including the ones at preschool.  Up until this week, he has (since October) been going to school in underwear and holding it the entire 3 1/2 hours.  It made his teachers so sad and worried about him but I know the kid has a bladder the size of Texas and is stubborn as his parents so he would do it in his own time.
  • He narrates his life CONSTANTLY.  While riding in the car he especially talks the entire time, sometimes he sings about everything. 
  • He is really starting to ask some good questions , like "Who is God?" that sometimes make me have to really think before I answer.  He is starting to really understand more of the world around him and little things like planting seeds and watching plants grow is so fascinating to him.
  • He goes to school Tues/Thurs mornings and LOVES it.  He has little friends that he talks about and does well at school.  They have been focusing on the 5 senses lately.  On the way home today he told me that they listened to lots of music but his favorite was the 'rocker roll kind'. :)
  • Still obsessed with anything that "goes".  Cars, trucks, trains, planes, monster trucks, construction equipment, etc.  He is ALL boy.  Definitely our little engineer, if it weren't for a pesky little sister, he would stay in his room for hours building crazy train systems.
  • Sleeps in a twin bed now - no problems with the transition and loves to snuggle down in it every day for nap and bedtime
  • Still going thru a picky eating stage, but getting a little bit better. 
  • He is at that point where he seems like such a big boy some days but then again I have to remember he is still such a little guy. He is more and more fun to take to do things and is always ready to go on adventures.  We are obviously a little bias but he is just a sweet fun kid  and we cherish every minute we are with him!
Just a normal outfit for the diva.
  • 16 1/2 months old...going on 13.
  • TOTAL diva.  She loves clothes and dressing up, as in the above picture. She brings me super hero caps and hats and shoes to help her put on all the time.  She is almost all girl (it is just in them I am convinced) she likes to wear jewelry and totes around purses (they are usually filled with brother's match cars).
  • Still wears a fair amount of 9-12 month clothes, so she is super tiny for her age.
  • I can't even count all the words and phrases she knows.  She comes out with full sentences often. Unlike her brother, who has struggled with speech, Abigail amazes us every day....calling her "scary smart" is often between JB and I.  She was walking around counting "1, 2, 3!" today and has even started identifying some colors and shapes. 
  • She is going to be easy to potty train, I think. She has already gone to the bathroom a few times on the tiny training potty before bath and she tells me a few times a day that she needs to go potty, demands I take off her pants and sits on the potty.  Usually you can tell that she has just gone to the bathroom in her diaper. 
  • OPINIONATED and short tempered. She is not an easy kid, plain and simple. She does not like to be told "no" or made to do ANYTHING.  Unlike most kids her age, she cannot be distracted - if she wants something or to be doing something, there is NO way of getting it out of her head, so you just have to put up with the tantrums.
  • She throws a fair amount of tantrums.  She understands time out and we have had to use it some for her hitting us or Wyatt (oh, it makes me so frustrated she is doing this).  She will go thru the entire process and even hugs us and says sorry.
  • She still screams most of the time she is in her car seat.  I am hoping when we flip her around later this summer that MAYBE facing forward will help (please Lord, have it help, we are all at our wits end with this)
  • She gives the best and sweetest little tight hugs around your neck and tells us "i wuv oo" all the time.  It melts our hearts.
  • On a daily basis I tell her how lucky she is that she is so dang cute, because she is SUCH a challenge.
  • A climber, she is on the kitchen table or the fireplace if you turn your back for a second. 
  • She LOVES music and especially likes to shake her booty. It makes us laugh and we are always asking her to do it for us and she always obliges. 

These two keep me on my toes.  They are really starting to play more and more harmoniously together (until the screaming starts).  It is hard to get much of anything done during the day besides care for and play with them, but I have just resigned myself to the fact that my house will be a little dirtier, my dinners a little simpler and my days a little more full of fun ;)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Grammy Gab

My friend, Allena, of A Gurley Gurl blog always posts on fashion from awards shows and after the Grammy's last night, I decided I would like to do the same. 

I am not so into the movies, rarely see anything until it has been out for over a year, but I am a HUGE music fan so the Grammy's and CMA's are always a favorite.  That is one passion - Music - that I really hope to pass on to my children.

Red Carpet Hotties
Oh Adam, you are so yummy!  I had to make sure to use the pic without your hot girlfriend.

Damn Kelly!
For First-Timers, I think they all cleaned up really nice but kept their style.  Well done, gentlemen of Fun.
...done right.
...done WRONG.  OH SO VERY WRONG. This also  makes her look so incredibly wide and like she is wearing her grandma's panties. 
Speaking of Oh So Very Wrong....
I don't even know where to begin.
 And in other sightings of things that make you say "WHY??"
I know I am not a fashion expert, but good gosh, she looks like she is wearing a cheap old bedspread.  You could do SO much better, Adele.  You are adorable and full of life and personality.  The cut was okay, although I think she should embrace her curves where she looked like she had bandaged herself up and wrapped her body underneath it. 
I hadn't seen the red carpet so when I saw she and Tim presenting and she was talking so weird, I honestly googled it to see if she had had a stroke or ailment or something and then found out - nope, metal braces.  Really, Faith?  Have you never heard of Invisalign?
Solange, I would have been TOTALLY ticked if I was sitting behind you.  And would have offered you a comb.
I really enjoyed most all the performances this year. 
JB recorded it for me but missed Taylor Swifts performance so I can't comment on that.
I like JT's new little gimmick, but honestly got bored with his performance.  I kept wanting to fast forward but then would think "nope, something cool is going to happen" and it was just the same old stuff on and on.
Kelly Clarkson again reminded me what a bada$$ singer she is. 
I liked the mash-ups of the two artists together. 
Adam Levine was his super hot talented self.  Mumford and Sons rocked. Fun. was fun ;)
I wasn't sure about Carrie's laser light show dress, but dang that girl can sing!
Hope everyone else enjoyed the show and found a new artist to check out and expand their musical reportoire. 
Music is what feeling sounds like.

Roast Tacos

This has become one of my new favorites both for just feeding our family (leftovers can be eaten a number of ways) and also great when having guests over and not being stuck in the kitchen all day.

I found it on...Pinterest, or course! The Pinterest link is for this Cooking Classy Blog.

I don't have pics, but the above site does.  Just wish it had smell-a-vision.  The spices and lime make your house smell SO good!

Roast Tacos

Roast Tenderloin (I have used beef, longhorn, buffalo, all comes out fantastic) usually mine are around 2-3 lbs.  You could also use a chuck roast but I think the better cut of meat makes a big difference.

1 Can of Beef Broth
1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Juice of 1 lime

If you have a fatty roast, go ahead and trim it.  Then put the roast in your cooker and pour the can of broth over it.

Wisk together all the dry ingredients above.  Sometimes I use more like 1 and a half the above ingredients - slow cookers tend to do a number on spices and I am a TOTAL weenie and it is has never been to spicy or overpowering for me. Pour it on top of roast.

Squeeze the entire lime over it.

Cook all day (8 hours ) depending on your crockpot (mine cooks WAY too high).  You'll notice that the spices are forming a paste on top.  I am always tempted to mess with it, but resist the urge - let it do its magic.  About 30 minutes before you plan on eating, Take the roast out, shred it and then put it back in the crockpot to soak up all the goodness.

We love this on corn tortillas with all the fixings.

The next day I love to use it for salad with shredded beef - YUMMY!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Back in the Saddle

I am sorry the last few posts have been debbie-downers.  On to happier things!!

I am a planner.  I like living by a calendar but have gotten off routine lately and that has me all out of sorts.  I lost my focus for a bit....the focus being Wyatt and Abigail. 

Before children, when I worked outside the home, all house chores were done in the evenings and weekends. So now I have changed careers, the hours I used to spend "tax accounting" are now traded for "mommying".  And my kiddos MORE than deserve at least 8 hours of my focus each day.  Being at home means I can do some house chores during the day, but if  I don't clean the house thoroughly or do 5 loads of laundry, it is okay - I found a way to do it in the "off hours" with my old job, it can wait until the off hours again (although they are much fewer now in my current job).

Instead of a schedule by time, I decided that I should instead make a list that focuses on the things that should happen during the day. 

1. Breakfast, lunch, snacks (healthier, stop doing the drive-thrus so much, I have to sit down and eat too, not frantically do housework while they eat).
2. Naps (preferably to coincide, so #10 can happen)
3. Outside Time (fresh air is good for everyone - now that I am on some stronger meds the Cedar can't get to me!!)
4. Outing outside the house
5. Independent Play (Wyatt is a pro.  Abigail is failing miserably - 2nd child syndrome?)
6. One load of laundry (I am actually limiting myself here - I feel like I run the washer/dryer ALL DAY).
7. One cleaning item (one bathroom cleaned, one room dusted, vacuuming the main house, all the sheets changed, etc).
8. Organized activity/craft with both (Really going to have to research this and figure some out that are possible for both ages - suggestions anyone?).
9.  Learning activity for Wyatt (working on letters/numbers)
10. Mommy "me" time (coincides with #2 - sit my butt on the couch, eat a pickle and catch up on my TiVo)
11. Mommy "business" time (bills, emails, house stuff, etc)

The above to me is a full and balanced day.  When I start to lose focus, want to just throw the kids in front of the TV because they aren't playing well, or get obsessed about something in the house that needs to be cleaned/organized, I can go back to the list and if we should be doing one of our daily items instead. I didn't put things like read books or normal playtime on my list as those are givens. 

Not on the list but changes I am going to work on:

 - I am going to wake up to an alarm in the mornings, shower and get dressed (hopefully before the kids get up - instead of them being my alarm clock like I have been doing lately)
 - Even if we might not have big plans to leave the house, we will all be dressed in actual clothes after breakfast (sorry to my husband for seeing me in pajamas so much lately).
 -  I will NOT expect so much of myself where the housework is concerned (I will applaud myself for the small things I get done and also applaud myself for letting things go).
 -  I WILL remember that my first priority and main job during the day is WYATT AND ABIGAIL.

I think this is going to really benefit the kids - I used to spend all Monday trying to get the laundry done (constantly frustrated when it didn't happen) and Fridays were our fun relaxing day and maybe we will morph back to more of that schedule as Abigail gets older and they play better, but for now we needed to try something different so I will let you know how it goes. I am sure I will have days I fall into my old ways.

Any tips, fellow mommies out there, about schedules? What about activities for a 3 year old and 1 year old?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SAHM Blues

So, as I wrote yesterday, I have felt a bit bummed with life lately.

If there is such a thing as post post post partum depression I think I was on the verge for a while. I have just been in a funk. Everyone gets a little disenchanted with their job, and being a stay at home mom, I am no different.

At times I feel like I NEVER get a break and the kids have been sick so much it is exhausting. It is the nature of the job, that it is a 24/7 career where we get some help from MDOs, preschools, a sitter or a mother/mother-in-law, but if other moms are anything like me I only call for help periodically when it is ABSOLUTELY necessary.  (READ: I actually debated about whether or not to call JB when I had started vomiting one day while having flu/virus and the kids were watching me barf in the bathroom.  I am a horribly prideful, "I'll do it myself" person - I pray a lot about this and finding a balance but it is a big struggle for me.  Definitely know it is easily one of my greatest faults.)

I am also my WORST critic. So when I don't feel like the kids are getting a full 110% good-to-go mommy it gets me down and then I start being an even more blah mommy. It happens.

So how do you get out of the mommy funk???

Well, for me I finally have to just give myself a pep talk and butt whooping. I also usually do a lot of frantic griping to JB that the house is a disaster and "since our house is not in order our lives are not in order."  So I do some good cleaning and organizing, and put pen to paper. I am a list maker - crossing things off makes me feel good. I write out to do lists for the house and most recently I have been trying to figure out a schedule for us (more on that later).

Both kids were napping at the same time the other day (picture the heaven's opening and God's divine mercy pouring down on me for 45 glorious minutes). I got an empty diaper box and started walking the house. I pulled decor off shelves that I really didn't care about and was tired of dusting (or I probably should say "not dusting"). After that I purged unworn clothes in my closet and went through my makeup drawer (if you haven't cleaned out your make up drawer in forever, it is SO enlightening and gross). Anyway, after some additional purging of Wyatt's closet junk, I felt better. My guest room is now FULL of stuff, that my friends need to come see if any of them want and then I am headed to the DE (Double Exposure - Jr League Resale Shop, if you don't have a designated donation place and are in FW I encourage you to check it out). 

What do other moms do when they get stressed? Am I the only one that cleans/organizes?

How could I be in a funk when I get to spend my days with these two precious people??

Abigail (15 months)

John Wyatt (3 years old)

Monday, February 4, 2013

February be kind to us....

Since Thanksgiving we have been constantly fighting illness. We are passing colds/viruses/etc around and just can't seem to get well. I thought maybe January would take a turn for the better, but I was wrong and in true Strong Sickness Streak style, we sent it out with a bang.

Wyatt got an earache a week and a half ago. We put him on antibiotics for the first time. Abigail started running random high fevers of 102/103. Wyatt turned into Satan's spawn and even had such an awful day at preschool that his teacher met me at the door when I arrived to pick him up. We took Wyatt off antibiotics, he returned to a normal human, had Abigail flu tested (negative) and then Wyatt started running the random high (103/104) fevers. In the middle of all this illness there were also random occurrences, like Sully havign his own tummy issues (barfing in his bed), our garage door breaking right before I had to take the kids to the doctor (trapping us so I had to call JB to come help us out of the house), and some random explosive diapers that lead to full bed strippings and lots of laundry.

I would like to say I handled all of the above mom challenges with a smile, grace and great attitude but alas, I must admit, I whined to my friends and family and got a short temper with my husband. I threw my arms in the air and have shouted "WHEN WILL THIS END!?!?! WHEN WE WILL ALL BE HEALTHY AGAIN!?!?!"

I have felt beat down, frustrated and just down-right disenchanted with my job lately and for that I feel awful. My babies feel like crud and it is not their fault and they deserve a Mommy who is giving it 110%.

Snap out of it, Emily!

*Note: any suggestions (other than living in a bubble) as to how to get up our immunity and stay well will be greatly appreciated!