Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'm on a Diet

So, four months after giving birth, I need to go on a diet. I'm about at the place I was when I went on a diet before I got pregnant. I went back to Weight Watchers last night. I have a pretty big goal, so I have to remember to keep it small and go one step at a time. I have been to Weight watchers 3 times now. Each time I have missed getting my key chain. That is my first goal. I want one darn it. Hopefully in the next few months, I will have it, and I can brag about it :)

On another note, I went in last week for a blood test. I had some issues after I had Genevieve with my thyroid. When I was pregnant, it fixed itself, and I didn't need the meds anymore. Well, being that it has been some time, I wanted to make sure everything was okay. Today I got the call from the doctor's office, and my levels are still fine. So that is good news. I still don't need the meds to regulate my thyroid. I am hoping that being on a diet will help me out, and it will continue to stay that way.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Why Do I?

I am not going into major detail here on what happened today. It wouldn't matter if I did. It's just the same story different day. I always feel the need to give into others. I always tend to feel guilty if someone isn't exactly happy or thrilled with what is going on. For example, if I wanted something to go one way, and you did not, I would feel guilty that you do not like my way. About 8 out of 10 times I will change my plans or mind to go with what you want. I'm a total people pleaser, and most of the time it just makes me upset.

There have been times when I have wanted things to go one way. After visiting with all parties, I changed my mind and submit to the way others think it should be. I don't know if this is the reason I do it, but I always have a strong need to be liked, fit in, and please others. There haven't been too many times when I stand my ground. I NEED to, but I just don't. I have no idea why I can't/won't do it.

Not a long blog today, just to the point. I guess I need to work on it. I have something coming up that is going to be very hard for me to stand up and take charge. I hope that I can stick with the plan. I just don't think I'll be happy if I don't. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Big Brother Anyone?

Does anyone other than me watch this show? I have only watched the past 3 or 4 seasons. I have to say I'm addicted. I love this show. I can't tell you why, but I love it. If you don't know the show, it pretty much goes like this...

Twelve people enter the Big Brother House. Each week there are two competitions (Head of House, and Power of Veto), and then there is one eviction. Each week the HOH nominates two house guests for eviction. Then there is a POV competition to see if that person can take someone off the block or leave it the same. Then all the house guests vote on who to evict from the house. Then the loop continues with the HOH, nominations, POV, and eviction.

Anyway, I love the show. I don't know what it is about this reality show that I like, but I do. I know there are others out there. I was excited when they decided to do a Spring show. It usually only comes on in the Summer. The early airing this year was a result of the writer's strike. At least another season of BB came out of the strike :)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Just Acquired a Laptop

So after Christmas we bought a new laptop to get rid of our desktop computer. We are moving overseas, and we just wanted to downsize. When Aaron left for school, he took my OLD (as in just about 6 years old) laptop with him so we could talk online. I had told him time and time again that it is horrible. That thing is slow, and it's just ... well old. I told him I'd be happy to keep it, but he left me with the new one.

As the weeks have gone on, he has determined that the one he took is in fact old and in fact really slow. He has been having issues with it, and I told him awhile ago that a bottom of the line one isn't really that much money, so just go buy a bare bones one, and I'll bring this one to him to trade.

Yesterday he was on the phone when he entered a store and I heard the following conversation over his blue tooth.

"Hey Man, Can I help you?"
"Not right now. My wife gave me permission to send money, and I'm looking to see what I want to get."

He did find a laptop, and to my surprise, he wants to keep that one. It is not as powerful as the one he left me, and it doesn't have the same things, but he likes that one. It is smaller and can fit in his Army bag that he already has. So, I just got a new laptop, and I didn't even have to go shopping for one :)

At a Loss

I have hit a blogger's block. I have no idea what to blog about. I don't have anything major going on. I can't think due to the lack of sleep. I only know what day it is because I know that Moving Up and Trading Spaces come on Saturday night. Nothing huge has gone on except looking for airline tickets to go see my husband. OH MY WORD are they expensive. Someone tell Southwest to please fly into GA. We have made some plans, but nothing that is set in stone as of yet. I am kind of worried because we will have to fit the whole family (that includes two car seats) into a Ford Focus. I have started a list of thing that are must haves, and I'm trying to think what all we can take and only put in one bag. I am having to leave my beloved double stroller for my small and still loved (just not as much) umbrella stroller. I am now taking tips on how to make it in the airport with two children two and under, two car seats, and all our other junk alone. I am happy to say that I'm shelling out the extra 30 bucks for a non stop flight. All the airports (O'hare, Denver, and DFW) where we'd switch planes scare me with two kids. That and it was either a 4 hour layover or 40 mins. No thank you. It is very much worth the 30 bucks. Like I said, any tips would be great. I need all the help I can get. What was I thinking?!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

True Friendship

So I got this from a very dear friend of mine on my MySpace. I am so sleep deprived and out of it, that I'm not even going to try and type out my own thoughts. I thought this was cute, and sometimes so true. It's those good friends we have the know when we need love, and they know when we need a kick in the pants. Hope you get a chuckle or a laugh :)

True Friendship Is None of that Sissy Crap

Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems
that always sound good, But never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.

You will see no cutesy little smiley faces on this card-
Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.

1. When you are sad -- I will jump on the person who made you sad like a spider monkey.

2. When you are blue -- I will try to dislodge
whatever is choking you.

3. When you smile -- I will know you are plotting
something that I must be involved in.

4. When you are scared -- I will rag on you about
it every chance I get.

5. When you are worried -- I will tell you horrible
stories about how much worse it could be
until you quit whining.

6. When you are confused -- I will use little words.

7. When you are sick -- Stay away from me until you
are well again. I don't want whatever you have.

8. When you fall -- I will point and laugh at your

9. This is my oath.... I pledge it to the end.
'Why?' you may ask;
'because you are my friend'.

Friendship is like peeing your pants,
everyone can see it,
But only you can feel the true warmth

Sunday, April 13, 2008

My Little Girl ...

Genevieve is certainly growing up. Sometimes I watch her, and I wonder where the time went. She is only 2 years and 4 months (5 next week), but it seems like she's just growing like crazy. I really started to notice around my birthday (maybe because I'm thinking about getting older). I really started to listen to her talk. When she turned 15 months, we were really worried about her being delayed in speech. At 12 months they did an ear test on her, and she had no movement in her ear when noise was sent in. By 15 months the test came back all clear, but she still wasn't picking things up. Because of this, our doctor wanted her to be screened for speech delay.

The first appointment went well, and the person doing the test said she didn't think she was far enough behind to qualify for therapy, but that she would put in for a full evaluation. She had that and did not qualify.

Since then she has been growing by leaps and bounds. She has gone from not knowing a lot of things, not being able to talk where things were clear, and being really frustrated to talking in sentences, noticing things in the world around her, and talking up a storm. I have been amazed with what all she has learned. Her new thing is to say, "Love you" at bed time. I almost teared up when she told her Daddy on the phone tonight "Night Night Daddy. Love You Daddy."

Where I was going with this before I derailed myself. Today we went to the mall. She was kind of tired, but she was doing good. She started to get tired in our last store we went in. My Mom had promised her if she did well, she'd get her a cookie before we left. We had one more stop before the cookies, and as we headed that way, there was a train for little kids to ride in. Genevieve looked at it and said, "Train!" Mom couldn't resist and bought her a ride.

I stayed with Samuel as my Mom walked her to the train car. She got in with 2 other kids. She looked really nervous and had that deer in the headlight look as she passed the first time. As she rounded the corner for the second time she was all smiles. Her grin was ear to ear. She would wave at us, and to my surprise she actually sat still the whole ride. She looked like a real big girl sitting there enjoying her ride.

It was at that time I realized my baby was growing up. She was getting to be a big girl. Soon she will be in school, having sleepovers, talking on the phone, and all the things little girls start to do. I can't believe it has gone so fast.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt

I have no idea if you have seen this or done this, but I am so hooked on the hunt. I started about 3 hunts ago (they do it 2 times a year). I thought how silly for people to look for diaper icons on sites they list. I signed up just to see what the hype was about. Well, after I started looking for one, I was hooked. I have never found all the diapers ever, but I do get quite a few of them. I guess I'm posting this so if you have free time, like to look online for stuff, and just want to check it out, you can. Come on! Share my craze for the hunt :)

Friday, April 11, 2008

I Had a Moment

So I had one of those moments in my life where I couldn't believe what I was saying and what it meant. I have talked about the revelation in my life late at night when I couldn't believe that I was a mom of two kids. This was one of those moments.

Last week I bamboozled my Dad into having dinner at Red Lobster. If you know my Dad very well, you know this is not his favorite place to eat. He tolerates it, but he would prefer to eat somewhere else. I achieved this task by asking him what he was doing on Saturday night. He said nothing but watching the KU game. I then told him to clear his calendar because I wanted to go out and eat on my birthday. He said that was great, and then he said, "Where are we going?" I then had to inform him that we were indeed headed to Red Lobster. Since it was my birthday dinner, he didn't say a word about preferring to go else where.

We were all not feeling well and tired on Saturday, so we went on Sunday. On the way back I told him how I thought it was funny that no more that 10 years ago, I thought it was just crazy to even think about being almost 30. I couldn't believe how fast time had gone, and I sure couldn't believe that I was about to reach 30.

Then it hit me. I'm really almost 30. I don't think I feel like I thought I would. I don't know exactly what that feeling was, but I just knew something would be different...I'd be old. Now I am going to change "old" to something more like 80 :p I wanted to go high because I don't want to keep changing it. However, how can I be 30 already. I have been living for 30 years? Even as I am typing this, I can't believe it. It seems like so much time (30 years), and yet I feel like life has flown by.

I can now say that anyone that is around the same age is NOT old. I asked my sister if we could changed the standard of old to another age. She told me no. My guess is that she will say no, call me next year and tell me how old I am, and the next September she will change the age.

There have been so many times this year that I have had these revelations. I did once with the kids, for my birthday, and then because this summer will be 10 years out of high school. I've been out for 10 years? Only old people go to their 10 year reunion. :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sleep? Do You Ever Get Any?

So I've had a sick kid and one going through a growth spurt. I feel like I have had no sleep in the past 2 weeks. I told someone that I had Genevieve, and I wasn't use to a full night of sleep. Yeah right! I was getting more sleep than I actually thought I was. I'd do anything to have one good night of sleep. With the way Genevieve is sleeping so far tonight, I don't think this is that night. Maybe after tomorrow and a couple more doses of meds, she will sleep again.

Early this morning she was in the bed with me. She wasn't sleeping good, she was hurting, and she wanted Momma. So I just brought her to my bed. After a bit of laying there I asked her if she'd like to sleep in her big girl bed tonight. She smiled at me, and she shook her head yes. I thought to myself, "Jackpot!" She then told my Mom and Dad that she wanted her big girl bed. So, I got it ready, and we moved it up to her room.

As bedtime came near, I talked to her about her bed. She kept telling me that she wanted to sleep in the big girl bed with her fuzzy blanket. Anyway, we went back for bed, and she didn't want anything to do with it. She kept pointing to her crib and said, "this bed this bed." So that is what we did. It was a failed attempt tonight for the big girl bed. Maybe she'll get use to looking at it and not think it's so bad.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Random Thoughts for the Day

So, I have nothing major to blog about, but I just felt the need to write something down. You aren't going to hurt my feelings if you just skip this one, and you move on. If you don't, I don't want comments about how random or dumb this is :p

First lets talk about shoes. :) Now I like shoes. I'm all for getting a nice pair here and there. This week I have bought 2 new pair. I got a cute pair of black shoes that look like a cross between tennis shoes and sandals. I loved them so much, I went back and bought the same pair of shoes only in bronze. Like I said, I like shoes, but Genevieve is a shoe NUT. We went into Payless, she looked around, and then with a great amount of excitement said, "OOOhhhhh Shoes!" My Mom is a total sucker, and she has bought Genevieve 2 pair of shoes in the past week. I have to admit, they are very cute, but 2 pair!? She loves her shoes so much, some nights it is an uphill battle to get them off her feet for bed. I sent my cousin an email, and I guess her daughter is the same way. It must run in the family.

Our plans for the day yesterday were postponed when I had to take Genevieve to the ER. At school on Friday they noticed at the end of the day that she had what they thought was Pink Eye. I saw a sign when I dropped her off that said on the last day she was there, someone with Pink Eye was there. I didn't think anything of the Pink Eye, and I just put her drops in her eyes (she usually ends up with it when she gets an ear infection so I have drops on hand usually). Well, Friday night she was not sleeping well. She was up a lot. By Saturday at noon, I decided she needed to be seen. She was stumbling around, and you could tell she just didn't feel good. Sure enough, she had another ear infection. I asked the ER doctor about it, and she said that this time of year some kids that get colds can't keep an ear infection away. I'm hoping this is the case, and we don't need to put tubes in her ears. Just in case you care about what plans we had...We were headed to Red Lobster for my birthday dinner. I think we will go tonight if she wakes up in a good mood from her nap.

Speaking of birthday plans, today is my husband and I's 6 year anniversary. I just can't believe most days I've been married that long. Before my husband, the longest I had been in a relationship was about a whole 9 months. I was one of those people that if I knew I didn't have any interest in marring you, I didn't want to prolong it. To me that was what dating was about. So to think of being with my husband for 6 years is crazy. The 6 years is marriage, and we dated for 2 years before we were married. I have been with him for a whole 8 years. Scary! I don't know how he's put up with me for that long honestly :p He must be a good man because it takes one to deal with me.

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!! I haven't been into basketball for a long time now. I don't know why I started to watch this year, but I did. My husband and I talked about if they did make it to the Final Four, they'd have to play UNC. Well, the head coach for UNC is none other than Roy Williams. He use to coach at KU until he was offered the head coach job at UNC. I had always felt if they did play UNC it would be a very long, hard, game that would come down to the wire. I was very surprised last night when that didn't seem to be the case at all. KU came out and just took off. There were a couple of close calls, but UNC never had the lead or tied KU (believe me it came close, but it didn't happen). Anyway, I can't wait until the game on Monday!

Okay, I think I have gone on enough. I'm sure not many of you have made it this far :p If you did, bless you for hanging in there. I hope everyone is having a great start to April.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

New Big Girl Chair

I guess it is that time in my kids life where it is time to grow up. Genevieve moved quickly into a new seat from her infant seat. At her 4 month check up, we learned that she was about to outgrow her seat, and we went and got a new one a few days later. Samuel had an appointment to get checked out (he's stuffy), and I found out he's only an inch from outgrowing his infant seat. So, today was the day. I went out and bought a new car seat...still for Genevieve.

Genevieve is a big girl. If I would have known then what I know now, I would have tried to accommodate this fact a little better. We got her a car seat that converts from a 5 point harness, to a backed booster, to just a booster. Thinking we'd be set, we went on about life. When we realized that the seat only forward faced to 40 lbs, and she is already 36 lbs, we knew she'd need something else. I was all set to shell out the money for the expensive seat, and then Graco came out with one that solved all our problems.

So today I bought her a new "big girl chair." It is in the van, and she has taken a ride in it. She loves the cup holder, and I think she likes it. Samuel is now in her old seat. Boy does time fly.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Parking Wars

Have you seen Parking Wars? It's a show on A&E where they show real parking authority employees in Philadelphia. They have sections that show ticketing, booting, the impound lot, and towing. I love the show. It's always so funny to see how people react to getting a ticket or towed for their tickets. Usually everyone gets really worked up, and they get confrontational. I find myself laughing and wondering why if they did something wrong are they so surprised. Well, yesterday I answered my own question.

I have started to volunteer for my Mom's office. She works at a Hospice, and they need some help around the office. So I am going and helping out. Yesterday I went to answer phones for them. I showed up about 9:00 to start helping. Well about 2 1/2 hours later things were pretty slow. I had a word fill in book in my van, so I wanted to go out and get it. I handed Samuel to Mom, and out I went. As I walked out, I noticed there was someone behind my van. As I got in the lady said, "Here you go miss, you got a ticket." I immediately asked what for. She then informed me that I had been parked longer than 2 hours. Now I looked around the lot before I parked and most parking looked to be 8 hour parking. I then asked her where it said that the spot I was in was 2 hours because I couldn't see anything even standing there. She then pointed out a sign down the way a bit, and she told me it had arrows on it to include my spot. At that time I realized that I was starting to act like the crazy people on Parking Wars. I then just said, "I'm very sorry, I'll move the van." Then I went on to ask how much my ticket was, where to pay for it, and all that fun stuff.

Needless to say I got my first parking ticket yesterday, and my grand total was a whole $2.00. I guess I'll know better than to mess with the Salina Parking Authority again. I almost thought about contesting it, but I have better things to do with my time. The signs were not clear at all, and the sign that she pointed to was about 6 spots down. Lesson learned that the spaces close to the building at Mom's office are only 2 hour parking. I thought about it later and wondered if I would have just left my car there would I have only had to pay the same $2.00 for the rest of the day. Then I told my husband that was all I needed...a boot on my van for unpaid parking tickets. :p