Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Fun

Every once in a while my kids get an irrisitable urge to wrestle with their Dad, cakes is especially bad. She's the one who started this one. I just grabbed the camera and took video as quick as possible. Enjoy!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Nothing new. . . .

After all the hype surrounding the presidential candidates debate tonight I expected more. Pretty much they just spouted off exactly what we've been hearing from each respective candidate and nothing new was learned. I think if you were a McCain supporter before you're a McCain supporter now, if you were an Obama supporter before you're still an Obama supporter. Yep, just expected. . . I don't know. . . something that would reveal more about who the candidates are and what they truly stand for. Hummm, well, that was a waste of time.

UGH, We all feel sick

Well, cakes has been sick for a few weeks now, she just seems to have this yucky cold that hangs on and on and won't go away, who knows, mabey it's allergies. Last night, right around bedtime my throat started to hurt. A LOT. Cakes woke up about an hour later and just kept crying and crying. I couldn't figure out anything coherent as to what was wrong but she just kept wiggling around like she was in pain. I gave her some childrens tylenol cold and she went to sleep the rest of the night. I didn't get so lucky. I was in pain and up every couple of hours. Sushi informed me this morning his throat hurts too. I went to the doctors to make sure I didn't have strep, thank goodness I don't. But, it looks like three of the four of us all have the same yucky cold. Ugh. Too bad I have a crazy weekend. Tomorrow I have a practice for the primary program in the morning and a pampered chef show in the afternoon and Sunday I have the primary program so we need to be at church early. I also need to come up with something fun to do during singing time. Well, at least I don't have strep and I don't need to completely quarantine the family but man, my throat sure hurts. I'm going to go get some tylenol cold and benedryl (my doctor says if you gargle with it that will help with the sore throat). Mabey I can sleep Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When is it time to stop going to the gym???

Well, I'm almost 30 weeks now and I'm facing a dilema. I have so far in this pregnancy managed to get to the gym almost every day Monday through Friday. I have jokingly been saying that this is my little experiment to see if I recover more quickly even though will have a c-section and my stomach muscles will be sliced and diced anyways. I'm really not joking. I'm really curious if I will recover faster. I've noticed that going to the gym is keeping the issues of water retention and swelling at bay. I really love my time to myself (an hour and a half without kids, woo hoo!) and usually feel better after the gym even if I am tired. Here is my dilema. To go to the gym I need to put the kids in the daycare at the gym for the time I am there. There is one way to do this. I have to call at noon a week in advance to get a time. I have been trying to do this. I'm on the phone for a half hour pushing redial until I finally get through and lately by 12:30 I am the sixth person on the waiting list for the time I need to get to the gym. This problem is most pronounced on Mondays. Wednesday through Friday I'm usually 1st on the waiting list and have no problem getting in. This has been happening for the last month and it's only getting worse. I've asked the people in the daycare if they think it will get better and they tell me yes, in about a month. In about a month I'm not sure if I'll still be able to make it to the gym. I'm a little irritated at the whole issue. I think they need more people or a bigger playroom or something. The other issue I'm facing is that more and more I'm starting to feel worse. I feel exhausted, light headed, dizzy, grouchy. I don't have a doctors appointment until October 8th and I suppose I could call the doctor's office but I'm just starting to wonder if it's time to put the gym membership on hold until after this baby comes. What do you think? Should I keep going until the doctor says stop or just stop while I'm ahead. I just don't want to lose all I've gained over the last year at the gym.

Does anybody want a dog????

Well, I know there are a lot of great dog owners out there. We need to get rid of Jewel. She is just too much for me to take care of. The kids are afraid of her because like most labs she likes to jump and play a little rough. She is such a sweet good dog though. She doesn't mean to hurt, she just wants to play. She's smart and really wants to please you. I feel terrible getting rid of her but I would feel worse taking her to the humane society because I know she would most likely just be euthanized because she's not a cute little puppy and she's big. She's been spayed and had her shots, she even has a microchip. The one thing I learned from having Jewel is that we thought we were big dog people and we are not. Apparently we need a small dog that will be able to go into it's crate while we're gone and come interact with us while we're home. I put an ad on our local classifieds but we'll see if anything comes of that. I tried that once. I want her to go to a good home, there are a lot of pit fighting rings around here and I don't want her to go to one of those. It would be more humane for her to be euthanized than to be ripped apart by a mean dog. She's not a mean dog, she's great. So, any takers????

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Hampster tragedy and Cookie rides a bike!

Well, cookie got to deal with his first tragedy with an animal. One of the reasons I allow my children to have pets is because I believe it is such a great learning experience. I think they learn responsibility and they learn about life, birth and death. I believe it's a lot easier to start talking about death and life after death when a pet dies than when someone close in the family dies. But I digress. Cookie has been putting his hampster (pencil) into crazy cages lately. Whatever containers he can find. The other day I walked into his room and didn't see pencil in it's cage so I asked him where pencil was. He had put pencil into a container without any air and the poor little thing had suffocated. It truly was heartbreaking to see the poor dead little hampster. We went out to the garden and buried it and decided to see if we could find another dwarf hampster at our local pet store. He was lucky. They had two males left. We picked one up and he named it. . . . . pencil. The new pencil is more aggressive and bites cookie sometimes but they are starting to get used to each other and I think he will be a good hampster. He is WAY more nocternal than the old pencil and does some pretty funny things like roll around in the woodchips like a dog.

And now for something completely different. . . Cookie finally figured out how to ride a two wheeled bike on his own yesterday at my family dinner! Everytime he has visited grandma and grandpa's house he works on it and yesterday he just took off! I suggested we could take his training wheels off his bike at home and he informed me he wasn't quite ready for that but at least at gradma's house he'll ride a two wheeler just fine. I'm so proud of my little cookie!

Update: We just got back from getting Cookie from school and he asked me to remove his training wheels. Then proceded to ride around without training wheels all by himself. Now we just need to work on getting him to use the brakes. . .

Friday, September 19, 2008

WTH???? What is WRONG with some people

Now I know I am far from a perfect mother and I have a lot of work until my patience is where it should be. But I try to give myself a time out before I reach a point where I can hurt one of my children. I'm very open about how frustrating things can be with small children and I think it helps to have other people admit that their patience is tested as well with small children. However, this is horrible and never should have happened. How could you do this to your child???

Here is the link to the story if you want to read more

In an unrelated side note. I have to shake my head at the irony. I watered my lawn yesterday because it was drying up and the rain the meterologist said would come kept never coming. It's raining now.

The new treadmill

Well, for those of you who don't read sushiboy's blog, go take a look and it will explain a lot. Sushi has been feeling self conscious about how much weight he's gained this year and he ran accross this great idea that involved a treadmill. He thought I would laugh. I didn't. I thought it would be a great idea. So we looked at our local online classifieds and found a treadmill for $100.00. It is a 7 year old nordic trac treadmill and in great shape. So, today we will look for a TV wall mount to mount a monitor on and a few other things and we are in business for hopefully under $200.00. Not too shabby and it's cheaper than a gym membership that sushi informed me he would never use anyways. I guess I'm the weirdo who likes the gym, not him.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Almost done with the day

I'm tired, I have too much to do today and not enough time. That is all.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The ox in the mire

Normally we try not to do yard work or anything like that on sunday, other than church we try to keep it a day of rest. We do things like visit family or just spend time together with our little family. However, when I got home yesterday from church I noticed that there was water everywhere coming from our roof in the back. I grabbed sushi and told him he needed to climb on the roof and see what was going on. When he got up there he noticed the rain gutters had filled up with gunk even though I had cleaned them this spring. Thankfully water wasn't gushing from the swamp cooler. We decided since he was up there already he could just winterize the swamp cooler (that may be broken, the motor seems to be having issues) since we probably won't need it again this year. We may have a day or so that we wished it was still working but we'll deal with it. We've also had a problem with wasps on our deck all summer. But we couldn't find the nest. So, sushi starts cleaning gutters thinking they may be the problem. He gets over to an s-curve that leads down and got stung about 5 times. Apparently, that's where the wasps nest was. So we had to spray the nest and string a hose up there and cut branches away from the roof and clean gutters out thoroughly, wasps nest and all. Now we just have to watch it carefully for the next few days so they don't build another nest. I really hate wasps. they're just pest in my humble opinion. At least a lot got accomplished. Too bad we had to pull the ox out of the mire.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I should be. . . .

Cookie's party is tomorrow, I should be preparing for that, you know, cleaning the house, finishing laundry, that sort of thing. But I really don't feel good today. I just feel light headed and short of breath and exhausted. So, I think I'll rest for a while. The six year olds won't care if I got the toilets cleaned.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Doctors visit today

I had a doctor's appointment today. All is well. However, I am measuring big. I am currently 27 weeks along. I'm measuring 30 weeks. The doctor scheduled an appointment for another month and if I'm still measuring big they'll schedule another ultrasound. I just think I have a freaking monster huge baby in here. My guess is that it will be at least 9 lbs if not 10 lbs at the rate it seems to be growing. We'll see how things are in a month!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Running, running, running, I just keep on running

Whew! I think we are finally getting into a semicoherent schedule. The last few weeks I have been running and running and running. I feel like I'm not accomplishing things but I suppose I am, just not things you can see around the house. In other words, it looks like a bomb has exploded in my house, just when I get things picked up and cleaned up, another bomb explodes. Sigh, one day I will have a clean house, it's just so stinkin' hard to keep up right now. Well, lets see, lets get all of you caught up on the exciting events of the last few weeks. Cakes had her first day of preschool on September 3rd. She loves it and it is great for her to be going to preschool. I love that I get to take a shower three days of the week without any burning microwave muffin incidents.


I decided to sign up for WIC again since sushiboy has cut back on hours and we could use a little assistance. The lovely thing about WIC is that they use the BMI charts to measure whether you are a healthy weight or not. These don't work for me. So, according to WIC, my prepregnancy weight put me into the obese category. NICE. They also told me I needed to only gain 15-20 lbs the entire pregnancy and since I've already gained 30 I needed to try not to gain any more weight. Well, since I've eaten pretty healthy and I don't think I look obese and my doctor tells me my weight gain this pregnancy has been good and I'll probably gain another 10 or so these last 13 weeks or so I think I'll listen to my doctor and not the nutritionist at WIC. It's always lovely to hear you're obeses, especially when you're not. Now don't get me wrong. There is definitely a few pounds to lose on my body mabey 10-15 more, I don't think that makes me obese. Probably just normal.

Cookie's birthday was on sunday. I can't believe it, six years ago I became a mom for the first time. The time really has gone by quickly. I'm so glad to have him for a son. On sunday we also had a huge regional conference for all 134 stakes in this area (a stake is a group of wards, a ward is a group within a certain area for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). It was obviously broadcast to all the stake centers from a building in the area. We had some speakers from the first presidency and quorum of the twelve speak. I was looking forward to it. I try to do the right thing and take my kids to church every sunday and teach them about the Savior and His life and to try to be like Him. However, church has been difficult lately. Cookie has been terrible. It's like I'm dealing with a two year old. He will make lots of noise, or bug all of us or just be a general skunk. It has been difficult. We've been taking away video game priviledges when he behaves this way. Sunday was the WORST. He lost priviledges for a full week. I guess it's time to change tactics because this obviously isn't working. My mom had some great ideas and we'll be trying those. I sent Sushi to take cookie to get a two wheeled scooter on Saturday afternoon and also something from the toy store with the money his grandma gave him. Sushi went nuts. He came back with two sets of legos plus the two wheeled scooter and another set of legos that cookie chose with grandma's money. He also came back with a small set of legos for cakes and a barbie for cakes. I just had to laugh. At least the two had fun. On sunday night we had one of cookie's favorite dinners, roast with mashed potatoes, corn, green salad, and scones. After dinner we had cupcakes and icecream. I think cookie had a good birthday other than losing video game priviledges for a week. He certainly got spoiled plenty! His friend birthday party will be this friday. I'm sure I'll have plenty to post about that day.



Well, that's the major things that have been going on, I hope life has been simpler for you!