Tuesday, April 23, 2013
So ere's a run down of the schedule of this room:
3 years previous: read a million blogs about how to do board and batten.
2 years previous: buy a new bed and bedding. Get paint swatches that you tape on the wall for the next two years.
1 month previous: buy grey samples and paint the top part, just to see how it would work.
Day one: Paint store is having a killer sale. Figure you better just do this think already. Go buy the paint. Then buy the wood and rip it into strips at Happy Mom's house.
Day two: Sunday, so just play.
Day three: the "real" work can start! Um, nope. Hubby gets sick. Manage to do one coat of primer on the wood and that's it.
Day four (today): Let's try this again . . . Um nope. manage to get the baseboards pried off (that was GROSS under there!). and that's about it.
At this rate I'll be doing the before/after in about 2 months.
But my kids are happy when I play with them. Maybe, just MAYBE I can do a little painting after they go to bed. But I'm not holding my breath.
Monday, April 15, 2013
But any one who has EVER had a newborn, will also tell you it's a very elusive thing too.
It's also something that's been rather hard to come by at my house for the last 8 1/2 months.
Now, I've sleep trained all of my kids with out much problem at all (we've done the Ferber method.)
But for some reason, I just couldn't do it this time around. For years I've told people this (what I think) truth: I think every single kid can be sleep trained with this method. But I DON'T think every single parent can do it - you have to do what works for you.
And listening to Jellybean cry was just too much for me.
Maybe it's knowing that he's my last.
Maybe it's that unbelievably pathetic cry he has (sounding like he's cried himself hoarse after about 20 seconds).
Or maybe I'm just to tired to really do that hard now, better in the long run method.
Whatever the case, it just hasn't worked.
So here's where we were 3 weeks ago: Jellybean would wake up between 3 and 7 (no joke!) times a night. And when you combine that with the 3 or so times 'Lil was getting up, I was NOT a happy person.
Ah, 'Lil. Here's the story on her nights.
3 months ago she turned three. This meant she had to transition to a preschool to continue to receive speech therapy. Now, that was hard enough. But then I realized that my grand plan of toilet training on her third birthday wasn't going to work so well (too many changes too fast). So on a whim we did it the day after her IEP meeting.
And it worked . . . sort of. She still won't go #2 in the right place, and was in diapers at night.
I felt that the diapers were being confusing for her, and that things would improve if I made her stay in underwear at night too.
Which started the waking. I think she had to go, but she would only SCREAM BLOODY MURDER if I put her on the toilet. So instead she would wander the house crying. Or wet the bed two or three times. We did this for a about 6 weeks.
Which made me even less willing to let Jake cry.
So I knew something had to change. First thing I did was put 'Lil back in diapers at night. I hate spending the money on more diapers, but I realized that $0.17 a night is probably cheaper than the entire load of laundry I did every day from her wetting the bed so much.
It took a week or two, but finally she was sleeping through the night again. And I slowly started working on Jellybean.
I finally started a real bedtime routine with him. I know, it sounds lazy, but I just had never bothered to do anything more but have him fall asleep while eating. Then I started letting him cry at 10:00. That didn't work so well for me. So I changed it to rocking him to sleep instead of eating. After a few days he stopped waking up at 10:00 and I started trying it for his 12:00 waking. I was still feeding him if he woke up after that, but I was down to only 3 times a night!
Then, over night, he stopped waking up. For the last 4 nights, he's woken up at 4:30 for a small bottle (about 3 oz), and then back to sleep until 6:30.
I'm like a whole new person now.
(sorry this was such a long post, and most of you probably don't really care. But I wanted to remember what happened with this, and it really is just such a wonderful thing in my life!)
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m responsible for all the activities for the women in my ward (that’s Mormon talk for a church congregation). I’ve been doing this for almost two years now, and we have some awesome activities, if I do say so myself.
But don’t think I’m really patting myself on the back here. See, I think I’ve come up with exactly . . . ZERO of the ideas. The internet ROCKS for great activity ideas (ok, my committee is a huge help too!). But even with the ideas I’ve found, we usually find a way to improve on them.
And since I get so many things from the great web, I thought maybe it was time I give a little back. So I’ll be posting our fabulous activities here once and a while. First up: Friendship Speed Dating.
I first got the idea on Pintrest, of course, when I saw this pin:
(ok, this is my picture from that night, not hers!)
What an awesome idea! Everyone knows that what women really want is to just chat, and the idea of getting to know the sisters better was an awesome one. Biggest problem with her post is that she doesn’t really explain the format too great, and there aren’t any questions at all! So here’s how we did it.
First, we had a potato bar dinner (we’ve got several gluten free in our ward, so this is an awesome option to include them.) My amazing crafty person decorated the tables . . . um forgot a picture of that! But we did a polka dot theme – super easy. She did each table a different color of scrapbook papers in different sizes of circles, and then had little nut cups full of color coordinated jelly beans (yes, she admits she’s slightly OCD). We also had the list of questions at each seat so people could look them over as they ate.
I didn’t want the questions to be the usual. I wanted to actually get to know something about people, not just where they were born or how many kids they had. We had a great brainstorming session, and came up with this list.
I’ve got it in color:
Or in black and white for you to use!
So here was our format. One side of the table didn’t move – yes that means you don’t get to talk to everyone. But it also means the activity doesn’t last 4 hours. This was also great for some of the older women that don’t move very well. We had a time for 5 minutes each spot. When it was time to switch, my timer friend flipped the lights. And then usually yelled out. And then sometimes did jumping jacks to get people to stop talking and move to the next spot. It took about an hour to get through the line.
It was one of the biggest hits we’ve ever had. Now, I also have to admit, we fielded more questions on this activity than any other before (Do I bring my husband because we’re dating? Is this actually ok to do because I’m married? What on earth is speed dating anyway?) But stick with it – it’s great!
(if you’d like to follow my rs idea’s board, you can find it here: Yes, I know it’s called Craft Day, but just go with it!)
Friday, March 29, 2013
This week I’ve got two pictures for you. They were both there for just a few days, and they go hand in hand.
And they are both political. I don’t really like getting political here (let’s be honest, I’m related to most of you, and most of you hold the same views as me, so why bother!)
But I do think being involved in our country is important. I think we have a responsibility to pay attention to what is going on around us, to hold our leaders accountable for their choices, and to help our friends and neighbors learn the truth.
Not easy. Not even always fun. But still an important thing to do.
Have you ever gotten political?
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Many years ago I learned a very important lesson when it comes to reading: I’m MUCH happier finding a series after all the books have been published!
With that in mind, I held of reading 39 clues for a long time. I knew I wanted to, but just put it in the back of my mind. Then Buddy received the first book as a prize. And now the whole family wanted to read them.
I read all 10 books in less than 2 weeks. (ok, it was only 2 weeks because it took me a week to check out the other 5. I could have had them done in one!)
I LOVED these books. Simple reading, to be sure, but I so enjoyed the crazy (true!) facts you learn along the way. I loved how the two kids stick together. I loved figuring out Nellie, finding good in strange places, rooting for them all. I'm excited to read the next ones!
Friday, March 22, 2013
So I should have something awesome to talk about here. I even have THREE photos for you.
Nope. Not going to happen. Too many potty training accidents and cutting up 7 yards of fabric on the bias and my house is a wreck and it’s still two more days until Hubby gets home.
So for my randomness today:
Stewardesses is the longest word that is formally typed with only the left hand.
And there you have it!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
*So apparently I never actually did hit publish on this post! This was actually my day LAST Thursday, not today.
5:15 – ‘Lil crawls into my bed. Shoot, now I can’t wake up early. Oh well, since Hubby is flying, I’ll let her come.
5:43 – wake up to ‘Lil’s nightmare. calm her down.
5:51 – kicked in kidneys.
5:54- kicked in stomach
6:01- kicked in thigh
6:09- kicked in arm
6:36 – decide I’ve had enough kicking, and need to get going. Spend 20 minutes calming ‘Lil back down and put on a movie for her.
6:56 – take 5 minutes to quickly read a scripture or two.
7:01 – 7:15 – start mixing up first cake, measuring the water 3 times because I keep on getting it wrong. Also try and figure out how to fit 3 cakes in my fridge.
7:23 – First cake in oven, start mixing up second
7:26 – Buddy and Girly-Lou wake up. Attempt to instruct them in the morning ritual while still mixing.
7:27 – stop mixing to rescue the entire box of raisin bran that ended up in the sink.
7:34 – take another look at the sweet pork in the crockpot (placed there night before). Realize there is NO possible way that those two roasts will actually cook through with all the other stuff that needs to be put in there. Call my sister to borrow a second crock pot. Shoot, her’s is broken.
7:36 – second cake in oven, start mixing jello.
7:40-7:56 – get 3 kids dressed, two girls hair done, 2 lunches packed and family scriptures read. Also pull out first cake and pour jello over it.
7:57 – mix up third cake, put in oven
8:01-8:09 – check all homework, practice spelling, pull out second cake, pour over jello.
8:10 – get 2 kids out to bus, change Jellybean’s diaper (good morning boy!)
8:11-8:42 – get Jellybean dressed, finish third cake, call friend to borrow her crock pot instead, decided to just finish everything at the church so pack bag with all the rest of the ingredients, measuring utensils, dish rags, towels, and all possible serving utensils needed. Attempt to get in exercise clothes, run around like a crazy person, try to feed Jellybean, realize we’re already late to take ‘Lil to special preschool, throw the 2 younger kids in car and race to school.
8:59 – 9:03 – drop off ‘Lil. Race to exercise class.
9:16 – get to church for exercise class. Feel guilty that everyone has been waiting on me for the key to get inside. Let them in, and spend 10 minutes unloading car.
9:25-9:55 – WORK MY STINKING GUTS OUT.
9:55 – let in RS committee to set up stuff. Even though I’m stinky, it’s the best choice.
10:00 – 11:20 – finish making sweet pork, set up 6 tables, set those tables, make copies, find every stupid little round table (WHY can’t we have rectangles at this place?) to set up for the activity portion. Feel vastly inferior at my amazing committee’s skills.
11:20 – 12:00. Kill some time, realize I’m on fumes but pay day is tomorrow. Stop and put one gallon of gas in car. Head to get ‘Lil from school.
12:01-1:00 make lunch for ‘Lil, feed Jellybean, try and clean something in my amazingly crazy kitchen, put Jellybean down for a nap.
1:03: try and check email for a minute. Realize Jellybean is NOT going to sleep, so get him up.
1:52 put Jelly bean down (for the 5th attempt!) for a nap
1:55 finally make my lunch
2:07 get ready to take a shower
2:08 realize it’s early release and the kids will be home any minute now from school.
2:09 – 2:38 wait for the bus to FINALLY GET HERE ALREADY (and wish I would have gotten in the shower at 2!)
2:39: kids off the bus, check backpacks, get snacks, send outside to play.
2:44 finally shower
2:53 play with my kids!
3:58 get dinner ready for kids. Also attempt to make my hair look decent and throw on some lipstick.
4: 15 baths and pj for 4 kids (crazy!)
5:20 head to activity.
5:30 – 8:45 Finish setting up dinner, greet people as they come, talk to the girls in charge of the children’s class, have fabulous activity, clean up whole building. Wrestle kids back into car and drive home.
9:00 give Jellybean antibiotics, Girly-Lou shot, ‘Lil sipper of water, and Buddy a big hug and get them to bed.
9:16: finish typing this up. Hitting publish and going to bed now!