Pictures

October 28, 2010 at 10:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The kids both have colds and have been very needy the last couple of days. Ecspecially Ms. Leah.. she can be a drama queen sometimes. Everything Jack does is making her cry today. He just looked at her earlier and it set her off.

This is somewhat random but Leah has started wearing bows recently. She actually gets upset if they come off. I love this! I was sad when she was younger and wouldn’t leave them on. Here are a few pictures of the last few days.

What or Who is that Smell.

October 25, 2010 at 10:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

There is a little game we play at our house that I like to call who or what is that smell. With two one year olds and a dog I am always trying to track down something gross smelling. The culprits can be (but are not limited to) Jack, Leah, the dog, the trash, and the diaper pail.

Yesterday Jack and Leah and I went to visit my cousin in Emporia for her sororities chili feed. We had a good time and I had dropped my aunt off and was headed by my good friend Lindsey’s house to say hi when I heard coughing, then choking followed by silence. This is never good. Choking followed by crying is fine but quiet in the car is terrible.  So, I pulled over in front of someones drive way flew out of the car and ran around to the back. When I opened the door the smell hit me. Leah had puked all over everywhere. I had about three wipes left but they were in the trunk and I didn’t have a towel or anything like that. I grabbed a clean diaper out of the bag wiped off her face, shoved the diaper in the door of the car and headed to Lindsey’s for back up.

Once we got to Lindsey’s and I got Leah all cleaned up she seemed fine so we decided to stay and play. I figured she probably just ate too much. Then it happened again… which meant it was time to leave.  I took a clorox wipe and tried to wipe off anything we had touched…just in case it was a real sickness and was headed out the door when my little game started…what’s that smell. I secretly hoped it was Lindsey’s son Aiden because we were on our way out..but it wasn’t it was Jack. I went to change him and realized I had used my last diaper as puke clean up. Lindsey gave me a new diaper I changed Jack, grabbed Jack Leah and the diaper and headed home. I meant to throw the diaper in Lindsey’s garage trash. About five minutes into my drive home I realized that the daiper had ended up in car and I realized that Leah’s car seat was going to need some major scrubbing. My car smelled so bad I had to roll all the windows down to avoid getting sick myself.

We finally got home and got everyone and everything cleaned up. Leah got a bath…we did a load of laundry, took the car seats apart and washed the covers and got everything out of the car.  After dinner I started to play the game again…whats that smell. I checked both kids and they were clean. I checked the trash everything I could think of and decided it had to be the dog farting or something. I lit a candle and used my trusty fabreeze but I kept smelling it. I just couldn’t find it. Then after the kids went to bed I remembered something.. I needed more wipes in the diaper bag. That made me remember my puke clean up and I realized that the “clean” diaper on the dinning room table was actually filled with puke. Gross..disgusting… nasty.

What did I learn from this little incident. I learned that the car seat covers do come all the way off and can be washed in the machine. I learned I should alwasy have paper towels or an extra container of wipes in my car and I learned that Leah should not eat beans from Chili. I think I may have to make a small hazard waste clean up kit for my car this afternoon.. to avoid future incidents.

******Update*****************************************

I actually created a hazardous waste kit for my car this afternoon. It includes sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, a couple of old towels, diapers, wipes, an extra outfit for each kid, some zip lock bags, paper towels and a couple of grocery bags. I had been meaning to do this for a while now and just never got around to it. To any new moms I highly recommend it. Your kids will inevitably have a diaper blow out or puke when you accidentally left some supplies at home.

13 Months

October 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Yesterday my babies were offically 13 months old. I cannot believe it. Some one asked me how old they were yesterday and I said they just turned a year old and then I realized that it has already been a month. I decided for the second year I was going to try and do a little update each month. Hopefully this will help me remember things as they get bigger.

13 Months Jack

Clothing size: 6-12

Diaper Size: 3 during the day and 4 at night

Likes: Gold fish crackers, osyter crackers, Graham crackers, vienna sausages, chicken nuggets, watermelon, taco johns tacos.

Dislikes: Veggies

Favorite toys and activities: Little People Barn, pushing around anything, balls, little tykes slide (he likes climbing up the slide), Loves books (favorites are Peek a Who, Baby animals and Spot loves his Daddy), watching bob the builder and seasame street (ernie is his favorite). Loves having his teeth brushed, he laughs every time. He loves putting small things in containers (shape sorters etc.)

New Skills: claps to patty cake, Jack will show you where your nose is, does the sign language signs for milk, all done, more and eat. He is starting to stand on his own…but doesn’t realize that he is doing it. Bites Leah when he gets mad and pushes.

13 Months Leah

Clothing Size: Mostly 6-12 some 3-6 skirts

Diaper Size: 3 during the day, 4 at night

Likes: hot dogs, lunch meat, ice cream, chicken nuggets.

Dislikes: Fruit and vegetables : (

Favorite toys and activities: A plastic soup can (she takes it everywhere we go), little tykes slide (Leah also enjoys climbing up the slide), play food, baby doll, stuffed animal monkey. Will hug stuffed animals or her baby when you tell her to give the baby love. Leah likes to give kisses and watch bob the builder.

New Skills: Leah knows where her ear, hair, toes and belly are and will point to them. She can show other people where their noses are but doesn’t know where hers is. Claps to patty cake, does the sign language signs for more, eat, all done and milk. Leah has stood on her own a couple of times but she squats as soon as she realizes she is doing it. Pushes her brother when she gets mad.

 

Fall

October 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It really feels like fall today. The kids and I went up to see Jason at work so I could get a flu shot and we all had to wear coats. I’m not ready for fall yet. After my flu shot we took the kids to Winsteads for the first time. Leah was a big fan… Jack ate ritz crackers. You never know what he will decide to eat.

I realized that I never gave an update from the kids last doctors visit. For the babies 12 month check up Leah weighed 17 lbs and was in the 3rd percentile for weight and the 70th percentile for height. I can’t find the sheet right now so I’m not sure how tall she was for sure. Jack weighed 19 lbs and was in the 5th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for height. They are both doing great. The doctor was glad to hear I had taken away the bottle already.

 Neither one of the kids are walking yet but they both could do it if they really wanted to. They are pretty cautious and it really upsets them when they fall. In the last couple of days they have both started walking behind toys a lot more. It is kind of strange to see them both walking around the kitchen pushing things. It makes the kids seem so old.

I have been terrible about pictures recently so I decided to try to take some this afternoon. After about a hundred pictures I ended up with a couple that were okay.

My definition of Success

October 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The other day I was thinking about how crazy it is that the kids are already a year old. I also realized that I have officially been a stay at home mom for a year. I still feel new at this; it is very strange for me not to think of being a stay at home mom as a “new” job. It’s funny how different I thought being a stay at home mom would be. I imagined that my house would be clean and totally organized, I would be making dinner every night and trying new recipes all the time. I imagined that I would be somewhat relaxed by the time Jason got home and wouldn’t mind if he didn’t really help much in the evenings. I also imagined that Jason and I would still find time to spend just the two of us and do fun things. I’m sure everyone who is reading this who has stayed home with their kids is laughing at me right now.  Where on earth did I ever get this idea?

In reality being a stay at home mom is nothing like I imagined. I love my kids and feel very blessed that I get to stay at home with them but it is hard work. Getting stuff done around the house is a struggle because it is almost impossible to do stuff with the kids around, I do cook most nights but not exciting or new things but stuff like tacos and spaghetti maybe even a hot dog or two. I’m lucky if I get to shower, put on make-up and get dressed and by the time Jason gets home I am pretty worn out.  Being the great husband that he is Jason helps me feed, bathe, and play with the kids until it is time for them to go to bed. I love my job and being with my kids all day, but I find myself constantly wishing there were more hours in the day. I feel like I have never done enough. If I spend too much time cleaning I feel guilty that I didn’t sit on the floor and play with the kids enough, if I spend my whole day playing with the kids then I feel guilty we are eating sandwiches for dinner and I know that I never have enough time with Jason.

When I was thinking about all of this I realized that maybe my definition of success needed to change. My definition seemed to be having a clean house, home cooked dinner and everything together all the time …which is just crazy. In reality that stuff doesn’t matter at all. What really matters is if my kids are happy and well-adjusted, if my husband is happy and we have time as a family.  I decided that maybe it doesn’t matter if my house isn’t clean or the laundry gets a little behind. What really matters is that Jack and I got to play peek a boo today or that I taught Leah where her nose is. My kids and my husband will benefit much more from having a happy and relaxed mom and wife than they would with a perfect house and gourmet meals. My new goal is to work on remembering what is really important and maybe relax a little. After all I will only have a few years with my kids at home all day and I should try to enjoy it as much as I can.

What’s Cooking

October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was going to start cooking a new recipe every week and posting it on my blog. We got busy and I haven’t been trying new recipes recently. We have been eating a lot of our old favorites. I decided that I would go ahead and post one of our favorites because it will be new to others. One of my favorite things to make in the fall is Tortilla Soup. This is a recipe that I got from a family friend in high school. It is pretty quick and very delicious. The best part is I can make a huge pot and then freeze the left overs.  If you try it let me know what you think.

Tortilla Soup with Chicken and avocados

6 Tblsp oil

8 6-inch corn tortillas cut into bite size pieces

1 medium onion chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro minced

6 garlic cloves minced

28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice

8 cups low salt chicken broth

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 Tblsp chili powder

4 bay leaves

4 skinless boneless chicken brest halves

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

directions

1. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over high heat and add tortilla pieces, onion, cilantro and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.

2. Stir in tomatoes with juices and bring to a boil.

3. Add Broth cumin, chili powder, and bay leaves and return to a boil.

4. Reduce eat to simmer and chicken and cayenne pepper. Let simmer until chicken is cooked (about 15 minutes).

5. Remove bay leaves and shred chicken.

6. Top with avocado slices, sour cream and monetary jack cheese and serve.

Craziness

October 12, 2010 at 10:33 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m not sure what happened to blogging last week. I am a little behind on everything… cleaning, laundry, organizing. I’m not sure how people do it all. My house isn’t even very big so it shouldn’t be that hard to keep clean but I can’t seem to keep up with it.

We had a fun weekend. I forgot my camera so I need to get some pictures from my mom. Friday we hung out at my parents house and Jason snuck away to a cigar lounge with my dad. Saturday my mom and sister and I went shopping and to lunch and my dad and Jason watched the kids. While we were out shopping we saw Jason, my dad and the kids at a stop light. They actually ventured out on their own with both kids and took them to home depot. I was shocked..I’m not sure Jason has ever taken them out together without me before. The best part was when we got home they only had pajama shirts on..which meant that is what they wore to home depot. According to Jason diapers are pants if you are a baby. : )

Sunday we went to church, the pumpkin patch and a birthday party for our niece Brittany. It was a fun and busy day. I think we might have worn the kids out. They were a mess yesterday, crying whining and generally in bad mood. Jason actually came home for lunch it was so bad. They seem better today so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that they were just tired and aren’t getting sick.  

The kids are still loving all of their birthday toys. I’m shocked how well they play with the toys. If you are looking for a present for a one year old a couple of the kids favorites were the count and learn cookie jar which is made by Learning Journey, Fisher Price tool bench and the Fisher Price Little People Barn.

First Vacation

October 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

We survived our first official family trip. The babies actually did really well. They were troopers in the car and only got fussy for the last 15 to 20 minutes and were very good most of the trip. They did wake up between 4:30 and 5:00 most days…which is EARLY. After the second day of our early morning wake up call we started going to bed around 8:30 so we were weren’t so tired.

My dad and Jason had a great time fly fishing and my mom and I just hung out. We took the kids to the park. They both love to swing and they would get excited as soon as they saw the swings. Leah also loved going down the slide on her belly. Jack on the other hand was terrified of the slide. It is funny to me how different they are. A couple of days my mom and I drove in to town and got sonic happy hour drinks. The kids discovered that it was really fun to drink from the cups. We let them drink Gatorade one day from our cups and they thought it was the best thing ever.

We got home on friday and have spent the weekend unpacking, doing laundry and trying to get the kids back in to a normal schedule. The trip was fun but it was not exactly relaxing. My mom told me vacations are never the same when you take your kids… she is right. Now I’m counting down the days until Jason and I go to Vegas to celebrate his birthday.

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