Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Andrew – he is doing well, but turning into a perplexing preschooler (3 years old in only 9 days – *sniff*). There is no blatant disobedience, but it’s like it takes us repeating our requests 5 times before something sinks in. And even then, his memory seems short lived when it comes to ‘rules’. However, many things aren’t ‘rules’ per se, but things that he should just know better. Like: don’t kick open your door while AJ in there sleeping. Don’t get up before mom, sneak downstairs and eat half the remaining box of Valentine chocolates for breakfast. At bedtime, don’t wait until your brother is sleeping, flip on the lights so AJ is wide awake and pull books into bed with you for an hour before mom catches you. And the list goes on and on and on. Of course you already know about the writings on the wall. But – he is doing so well with potty training. I am so proud. In fact, as a reward (and extra motivation, but they were just needed) he just got CARS undies. Yes, lately he’s been in a Lightening McQueen state of mine. But he is the sweetest kid and will be the first to tell you he loves you and will help you at the drop of hat. He is just… um… at a challenging age.
AJ – is currently under the weather a bit. The teething beast has got him and therefore we are all not sleeping well. He’s been running a fever, chewing on fingers like mad and drooling something fierce. He just wants snuggled – which he is my snuggle boy anyway on a good day – so I’ve just been wearing him much of his waking hours. But overall, he is great and sweet. He is babbling up a storm. Lots of dadadadas and ggggggggggas. And, as of Monday, he is now walking behind Andrew’s big trucks.
And for anyone else who might be interested in the rest of the family (Marc and myself). Marc had a very busy big day yesterday at work that went well, thank you Lord. I’ve been fine – just keeping busy with my whirlwind and cuddle bear, keeping up the house (which most of the time I fail miserably), and running errands. Nothing too exciting. However, I did have a brilliant mom moment today, when I dumped the entire can of syrup from pears onto the floor. Then I proceeded to clean it up with Windex instead of our floor cleaner. And of course, this all happened while we had company. I’m sure the Windex probably raised an eyebrow or two.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
I feel like these last few days have been busy. An amazing Bible Study on Thursday, and errands and grocery shopping on Friday, along with keeping up with busy boys and house work. We did get spoiled a bit last week with warmer weather than allowed for outdoor time. But by Friday, it was too cold again. We did hit the small mall hoping to burn some energy in their play area - but I think every other mother had the same idea.
Saturday, I got to run around and do a little shopping all by myself. I picked out my fleece for my tag blankets. I am getting excited about them. I was able to get them all cut in the afternoon thanks to a new 'tool' I got that I wish I would have bought a LONG time ago. It is worth it's weight in gold.
Friday & Saturday night we had some friends over for dinner and games and just a nice time watching the kiddos play together.
Well, I am going to go try to read the paper before the boys wake up. Have a great week.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Yesterday we had MOPS in the morning. It was cancelled due to weather last time and it seemed like forever since we’ve met. The boys did good and there were no signs of contagious diseases on their bodies when we got home. I did, however, sign up to be a vendor for a MOPS fundraiser. If you make/sell something or provide a service, etc…. you can bring it, sell to the other ladies and donate 10% to MOPS. So… I am will making a boatload of tag blankets in near future. I am hoping to go out this weekend and pick my material. But really, I will be selling (ssshhh… please don’t tell) to the ideal demographic - mothers of small children who know other mothers of small children or soon to be mothers. This will sound super geeky, but I even have a business plan drawn up. G.E.E.K.Y.
This morning, we had library story time. We went early so Andrew could play with the Thomas train table they have set up. Afterward, all the kids run for it and it’s impossible for everyone to play happily. Instead, afterward, we hit a thrift store. Andrew has outgrown all his warm tops. He’s got more t-shirts than we know what to do with, but with winters the way they are around here, he was wearing the last long sleeved shirt that fit him every time we left the house. So, I was able to pick up 4 nice shirts for him and a sweater for me all for $5. (it was 50% off clothes day). One of his “new” shirts has the superman logo on it and he’s been ready to change into it all day. It’s weird buying for him since we’ve been very blessed to get so many nice hand-me-downs or gifts that we have never really had to shop for him. But Andrew is now the same size (if not bigger) than the boy he normally gets his hand-me-downs from, so that’s a huge source of clothing gone. At least AJ should be set (poor kid).
The boys are doing well. AJ now knows how to wave (the open and close handed wave)... except he doesn’t do it on cue and only waves to himself. He just stares in awe at his hand as his fingers open and close with the look that says, “Did you guys have any idea the power I hold in my fingers. I mean, just look what I can do!” And Andrew is
Are they different?
Don’t write such bad things. Turn on that filter between your thoughts and your typing fingers.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I have a boatload of things to get done around the house today and this week is our busy one with MOPS, library and Bible Study. Have a great week.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Anyway - I am on Lesson 2 of my class and below is my homework. As a reader of the blog, the pictures won't be anything new, but I hope you enjoy them anyway. And thanks, Becky!
Marc then had to leave for the east side of the state. He had an early meeting there this morning. It doesn't make sense for him to have to get up and out at 4:30 am. So he stayed with a friend last night. The good news is, my boys had their best night so far. They both slept in thier beds and I didn't hear from either of them until AJ's 6am feeding. Then Andrew actually slept in a bit (of course it was the day that AJ decided to get up early - but that's fine).
Today, we are getting snowed on pretty good, so I am just working around the house, getting things ready for when I am gone overnight tomorrow, and trying to keep Andrew from boredom. Not that I wish AJ would grow up any faster than he already is, but Andrew could sure use a playmate. I even brought up a different bin of toys that had been stored for while hoping the 'new' toys would be exciting. But he still just wants my attention round the clock. And most the time, I don't mind... but I feel like today - he's just bored. That kid needs warm weather in a bad way! I am thinking after nap, maybe we'll make some Kool-Aid playdough.
Allright - the boys are sleeping and I have mountain of things to do before my little attention seekers wake up.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
...I run the oven self cleaner for the first time tonight (the oven is only a couple years old) and we have to have the fans going, have the windows open (in really cold weather), have to fan the smoke alarm a few times, have our eyes are burning, etc… I was reading the manual and it did mention that first time the self cleaner is run, it will burn off some manufacturing fumes or something like that, but holy smokes! Quoted from our “Use and Care Manual” for our gas range.
“The health of some birds is extremely sensitive to the fumes given off during the self-cleaning cycle of any range. Move birds to another well-ventilated room."
Quoted from our “Use and Care Manual” for our gas range.
And so has AJ. Believe it or not, for the most part, we are all healthy and happy. And.... please don't let this jinx it.... sleeping fairly well!! AJ in his bed, Andrew in his, both in the same room and no one on the couch. We've been able to resume our lives once again.
Friday night we ran some much needed errands after being stuck at home for that long stretch. Saturday, I ran a few more errands in the morning before we all headed out after lunch to go look at a house for sale. We're not really ready to move, but it was in the area that we would like to move, so we always keep an eye open for potential homes. We stopped in quick to some friend’s house for a few minutes before heading home for much needed naps. Apparently we all crashed hard, because the next thing I knew, Marc is flying through the house, waking everyone one yelling that we are supposed to be leaving the house in 5 minutes to be at some friends’ for dinner. Um.. yea - we were late. But it was a nice visit. They have one sweet little petite girl a year younger than Andrew. And you can tell they were not used to a whirlwind of a boy tearing through their home.
Sunday, we finally made it church in the morning. We decided to go to the late service which is nice for us since we see more people we know, but horrible for the kids. They were a wreck by the time we left at 12:30. They both crashed on the way home, which meant lunch was out of the question. So, we put my crock pot roast on hold, picked up Taco Bell and headed home. Once again… we all napped and had to scramble to make it out of the house on time. We were again, hitting an open house, then visiting some other friends for dinner.
Between the naps and activity, I feel like the weekend was a blur. So today – with everyone felling better – I was able to get a lot done around the house. So it’s now back in some sort of order. And we had a nice roast for dinner.
The rest if the week is pretty quiet… just the library on Wednesday. Then Friday, I am heading to my first overnighter away from AJ (*sniff* pray for me). I will be heading to a Beth Moore Conference across the state with my Bible Study ladies. Should be great.
Ok, I wrote way too much. Stay warm.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Bad news: It was to go the doctor's office. Andrew has a hum-dinger of an ear infection.
He woke me up this morning around 5am whining that his ear was itchy and asking me to rub it. This fitfullness & ear rubbing went on until around 7 when he became a complete and total wreck. My normally happy 'superfast' little man was crippled by tears on the couch. So very sad (and frustrating). But Tylenol seemed to work wonders and by the time we got the docs, he was back to happy self and I was questioning the real need to be there. But my suspicious were true and now he is on meds.
We also took the leap tonight and put Andrew back into his room with AJ. And other than Andrew going from happy/sleeping to miserable the second the Tylenol wears off, they are both sleeping well... together... in the same room. It's only been a couple hours, but hopefully, with more Tylenol ready to go - the night will go smoothly.
And, Lord willing.... we will make it to Bible Study tomorrow.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
He is very rarely demanding and loves to be smiled at. Loves it. Lives for it. He definately has an air of smugness to him. He communicates with those eyes. We're thinking that when older, he will be the one to pick on Andrew on the sly, and Andrew will be the one to react in a big way, therefore getting Andrew in trouble - even though it will be AJ's instigating. And I know I've said it before, but he is a Daddy's boy. He will follow that man around as soon as he enters the room - either with his eyes or with his hands and knees.
AJ has also done a really great job sleeping lately. Thanks so much for prayers. The last couple nights, have been great for him. I am so hoping it lasts - especially whenever we decide to transfer Andrew back into the room.
He recently discovered banana bread and now that's is by far his snack of choice - over his
AJ knows Andrew is a sucker for sharing his food and is super excited for the snow ice cream.
My AJ. Mommy and Daddy and Andrew are so blessed by you and your smiling eyes everyday.
I really need to stop complaining about the weather since we had a 50 degree December. It's really the home-boundness that's getting to me. I may have to get out when Marc is done working just by myself for a bit. I would like to hit Goodwill or the like. Andrew needs warm play clothes to wear around the house like sweatpants and sweatshirts. He wears his monkey bed pants everday (he has two pair). Maybe I'll take Andrew with me and get him out a bit, too.
I did give Andrew another hair cut last night and it is much better. Not as short as I like it, but I wanted to play it safe in case we needed to get it 'fixed'. But it's really not too shabby and looks much better than the mop he had before. Sorry, I don't have any pictures.
Sleep update: AJ had another really good night last night. And Andrew's night went well also. Although, I kept catching him in our bed. I would put him down in his bed (in our room) and next time I would go up - he would be in our bed... complete with his own pillow and blankets. So after three times, we just left him. Goofy kid.
Alright - this post is all over the board and full of rambling. I will wrap it up and get busy around here. It's almost time for 'Go, Diego, Go', so that's 30 minutes I can work around the house pretty much uninterrupted.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Andrew had an ok night. Not great, not the worst. His mattress is still in our room, so hopefully we can get him sleeping well and back into his own room soon without jeopardizing AJ's sleep. Alright, it's Monday morning and I have a mountain of things to do.
One main priority todady is to stay warm - it is currently -9 with a windchill of -24 in our area. Yea, we are NOT going anywhere again today. Marc's boss even called and told him to work from home instead of driving to Kalamazoo.
Keep up the prayers and have a great warm week.
Sunday, February 4, 2007
We did have some friends over tonight for the SuperBowl. It was a really nice break from our every other day. Plus, it made us get our house in order. With me being very much under the weather, only the bare minimum was getting done each day. And by bare minumum...that meant the boys were fed and changed. That's about it.
I want to please ask for your prayer (again) for sleep in our home. Someday, a time will come when both of my boys will sleep in their own beds in their own rooms all night and neither of us parents will be on the couch and we will all wake up refreshed and happy. Someday. And when that day comes - I'm throwing a party!
Saturday, February 3, 2007
SNOW ICE CREAM!
1/2 cup milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 gallons (or more) very fresh, light, fluffy snow
Over medium heat, bring first 4 items just to a slight boil wisking the entire time. Remove from heat and add sugar and vanilla. Cover and chill. Mix with snow.
(Warning - this makes a lot! I made the whole batch, but only mixed up half of it with snow and got a lot of ice cream! But since we are currently under a Blizzard Warning, we may have no problem using it all up.)
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Now, I am still a MySpace novice and will need some educating on what to do with it, but it sure does look cool! Thanks, Shannon!!
- Colds: I've got a cold that is knocking me out. Not the merely inconvenient cold, but the kind where you are confident your head will explode and your nose will rub off. It's pretty much wiped the mat with me yesterday and today. AJ still has his cold also. So he is happy, but drippy and hoarse. (which is actually pretty adorable - a hoarse little cry).
- Since I've been up for nothing yesterday, I've let the kids watch more TV than I like to. Their little brains will be fried.
- We are getting d.u.m.p.e.d. on with snow. And it keeps coming down. I don't think we would be going anywhere even if we weren't quarantined to the house.
The Good Things:
- Andrew's chicken pox (through tripled in count) do not seem to be bothering him in the least. He finds it amusing when I count them.
- AJ's scabs are getting better by the day and for the most part, my happy boy is back, praise God.
- We've been keep up with Andrew's lessons well lately. This week's theme is rainbows and prisms. We are also learning the color red (along with the octagon shape), the letter F, the number 6 and "Fear not, for I am with you" verse. The verse is especially good, since Andrew seems at an age where nighttime can be a bit scary.
Our rainbow jello (tooks us days to make it).