Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets on the computer with the goal of competing a simple task like looking up directions or checking the hours a store is open but then I end up burning time reading blogs, checking e-mail and messing around on facebook. Now I’m even blogging about wasting time when I was just trying to check the hours and location of the nearest FedEx/Kinkos. Bah!
The universe did not want me to get my project laminated today! I got the boys in the car and they fell asleep immediately. I took them to what I thought was the closest FedEx Office (with lamination station) but alas it was just a shipping pick up/drop off. Trying to get in and out the door at the store I now actually have scratches because the door was so heavy and cumbersome I barely got me through let alone the stroller… don’t even get me started on the ADA accessibility issue. So back in the car we head on down the road and the turn we’re supposed to make is blocked by police because the traffic lights are out and they’re redirecting flow. We finally get to FedEx and get laminatin’. Then we wander over to the Petco, which saved the trip for Jack because he got to see cats, rats, turtles and fish. So despite the there and back again nature of what should have been a quick trip we still managed to find the fun. Here’s to you, Petco, you’re the busy mom version of a Zoo trip.
Have you ever found your kid, husband, cat doing something hilariously dangerous and you though to yourself “Do I have time to go get the camera or should I just help them?” Remember this?
Sometimes it pays to grab the camera first. I’m just sayin’.
Here’s that painting I was working on. It felt so good to have something tangible to do during naps and breaks. I might need to do more, but I’m going to run out of walls soon, so I’m either going to start giving paintings away or I’m going to have to take up another craft medium… or both.
I put the boys in their monogram shirts from Miss Lindsey yesterday. They were, of course, AH-dorable.
The Husband cooks. It’s awesome.
But the thing is I’m still in charge of the shopping and the meal planning. And that makes things awkward. Sometimes I forget to buy an ingredient or he’s forgotten to tell me he needs it. I’m supposed to come up with interesting new dishes for him to prepare. This is hard for 2 reasons: 1. I’m not that creative. 2. I feel weird “telling” him to make me some fancy new dish when I should just feel grateful for the fact that he’s willing to make home-cooked, healthy dinners practically every night.
So I’m sending out an SOS- I need some suggestions for meals. What are your go-to dishes?
The thing with kids, well at least this seems to be true with my kids is when there’s progress in one area there’s a setback in another. I’m sure they do this just to keep us guessing. Jack is now almost entirely accident free (even at night). I thought this potty training would be a long process, and I guess since we’ve actually been putting him on the potty since he was 6 months old, it was a long process… I have to say, building time in to sit on the potty was a life saver for the cloth diapering because the less poop in cloth, the better!
It appears that Jack is giving up his nap. I have dreaded this day because it marks the loss of my freedom (for an hour or two each afternoon). Jack has never been a good sleeper. He’s been more maintenance at night than Henry for the last month or so. But now that he’s in ‘school’ and has been too excited to take his nap I’m noticing 2 things: 1. he’s easier to put to bed when he doesn’t get a nap. 2. he sleeps all through the night instead of needing us, 1, 2, 3 or even 4 times. I must face the truth, we have moved from ‘naptime’ to ‘play quietly in your room’ time. Lets hope we can successfully have ‘play quietly in your room’ time.
I think the passage of time experienced by second-time parents is different from when I experienced it as a first-time parent- it’s like the twilight zone. Henry seems to be doing things so much faster than Jack, but really he’s probably doing them about when Jack did, give or take a week. Everything seems to be happening much faster.
Does anyone else feel like the summer is disappearing before their eyes?
It’s awful hot around here. I don’t know about you but heat makes me want to do nothing more than abandon my kids and hit the pool for a swim alone. It’s 90+ degrees here so it’s not exactly safe for me to have Henry out of the house and frankly, without a pool to jump in, I don’t like Jack running around out there for very long either.
Well, I don’t know about you but heat makes me SOOO unmotivated. I hardly have the motivation to eat during the day let alone be a good mom or good wife.
I have found one thing that works: Lindsey‘s Tea. She found the recipe online somewhere and described the ingredients and I went all mad-scientist and brewed together this concoction.
Use some ginger maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the root cut (I like to use my peeler) and drop the shavings right into a large pot of water. Boil the water with the ginger peels/slices in it.
There have been some things about the format and color scheme of this blog that have been bugging me and I’ve been too busy/lazy/distracted to fix them. Because my HTML skills are quite limited I’ve been hesitant to take anything on for fear or somehow doing irreparable damage to my blog and then ending up with a screaming toddler and baby while I have a breakdown because I’ve broken my blog. What does this say about my priorities?
Finally, I put on my big girl panties and plunged into Google to see what I could see. I’m trying out some new things, and so far I like it, but I have lots going on with Jack’s ‘school’ and a baby and trying to find time to work on my craftyness in the form of a painting (but more on that later.)
So bear with me if you visit the site directly or ignore me completely if you use Google reader or similar. Thanks!
It’s a tough call.
Yesterday when I was picking Jack up from ‘school’ I put is art projects on the roof (you can see where this is going) while I got the boys in the car. Yup, I totally drove off without them. I was about a mile or two down the road when I see something pink floating in the air behind my car. I gasped.
I start saying “Oh no, Jack, I’m so sorry.” I slam on the breaks and pull into some one’s driveway. I flip the car around and pull over on the side of the road. It’s a busy two-lane double line road. I’m pulled over on the shoulder when I jump out of the car. I wait for the cars and trucks to speed on by and I run out into the middle of the road to rescue Jack’s little pink construction paper pig.
But there are still two piggy projects missing. So, I keep driving- back towards the school. I pull over again, but alas it’s just a piece of trash. And again, but this time it’s an old beer can. Finally I get back to the entrance to the school. Voila! Piggy #2 found in the driveway right at the entrance.
I get all the way back to my parking space and I run into Linsdey (who was picking up Cady). Piggy #3 was right there just feet from my parking space. She made fun of me for going on my crazy scavenger hunt. But then I got home and Jack’s fluffy cotton ball sheep from the day before was found in the basement, eviscerated by the cat. So maybe it was good that I went a little nuts finding his projects from the day.
I wanted to have a tangible memory from Jack’s ‘school’ experience but did I go too far? I don’t think so, but I’m really weird about keeping art. Even if it’s just finger painting or some scribbles on a paper. I don’t keep everything, not by a long shot, but I try to keep a hand full of things so I’ll be able to look back later and remember when Jack was just a tot.