Monday, December 18, 2017

Last Monday of 2017

Counting down... I have just this week until I get 10 full days off IN.A.ROW. 

I love working here. The pay may not be amazing but dang the vacation time is prime. 

My plans you ask? 

Well of course we have the upcoming holidays. 

Weekend Before Xmas:
  • Go to the library
  • Wrap presents
  • Play at the park
  • Grocery shop
Same old same old I guess. But this year for the holiday I am actually going to make some special food for the kiddos. Including Santa pancakes:
christmas santa pancake with raspberry and banana for kid breakfast

And holiday pizzas with star, bell, and tree shapes instead of the stockings pictured below:

For lunch we're probably going to go with the staple of peanut butter and jelly lest my 4 year old starve to death (what is it with picky toddlers?)

The week of xmas:
  • 25th & 26th - Keep kids home from daycare
  • 27-29th - Take kids TO daycare
Ok, let me explain... yes I'm going to be home those days but I have plans. Seriously. We're having the Salton fam over for the holiday the following weekend so I'm going to:
  • Clean the sh*t out of the house including having the carpets shampoo'd 
  • Do some spin classes (why not?)
  • Get my hair cut
This is my one time of year where I can really get stuff done without having work looming over my shoulder. 

If I'm being real the list also includes:

In the criminal justice system sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.


Brian and I have concluded the old episodes are where it's at. I watched them at first when I was on maternity leave and was basically in a haze of sleepiness. There's a 60% chance I slept through the episode while they played right in front of me and a 30% chance I don't remember them due to exhaustion so it's like they're brand new to me. 

Stay posted for the Pinterest Fail post that is 98% likely to happen ;)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Sure Thing

In January 2016 I was about 39 weeks pregnant when our furnace went out. It was a record low that week (I'm talking negative 20 degrees) and I went home randomly and realized that even though the thermostat said it was trying to make the house 65 degrees (in the middle of the workday) the house was in the low 60s. So I called up the furnace guys that check our furnace annually to see what we needed fixed.

Unfortunately, the furnace was shot. It was old and we could see this coming if we really thought about it. 

They scheduled an appointment with a sales guy to come to my house and discuss options.

What I thought was funny was he was trying to sell me on their company and their product. Like, "the reason this brand that we carry is the best is X, Y, and Z" and why their customers like them so much etc... 

As I sit in the room with space heaters and the faucets all running to ensure that my pipes didn't freeze I just looked at him and wondered if he had ever seen a more sure thing for a sale in his life. At the time of our appointment, I believe I was 6 days from my due date and we were sleeping with Nolan in our room with electric blankets to make sure we were all warm without having a scary space heater in the bedroom at night. 

When the salesguy said something to the tune of "well I'll let you think about it with your husband [who wasn't there at the time] and IF you decide to go with us we can schedule installation."

IF we go with you? 

Dude, it was -20 degrees and I was kind of a ticking time bomb. I needed that furnace installed yesterday. I responded, "nah, we'll be going with you" and pretty much said "take all my money". 

I was a sure thing for that salesman. There was no way I was going to shop around for a new furnace at that point and he didn't even act like there was any urgency. 

I just thought of this when I was driving around the other day and just laughed at what must have been obvious desperation that the salesman overlooked. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Goal: Posting Once A Month

OMG Branson was so much fun!

Hard to even really capture everything in the photos but we were so busy! The highlights were:

  • Ride the Ducks
  • The fish hatchery
  • Talking Rocks Cave
  • Branson Mountain Coaster
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Fritz's Restaurant (KC)
Basically it was a non-stop vacation. When we weren't out doing museums/touristy things we were taking naps at the air bnb or swimming at the pool at the air bnb.

Pretty much my take home though is that my kids can survive on just rolls apparently even though we bought them food every time we went out they would only eat the fries or whatever carb was in front of them despite their request for chicken strips *coughNOLANcough*.

It all worked out though and we had leftovers to enjoy at the air bnb which, in my opinion, is the only way to travel anymore. The place was really nice with a king sized bed in one room and two twin beds in the other room. Unfortunately Maxwell wasn't the best sleeper in his pack and play and Brian and I divided and conquered the sleep arrangements by one of us in each room. Maxwell pretty much woke up each night and I just cuddled with him in the king size bed while Brian was slumming it in the twin beds.

One thing that surprised me was on the mountain coaster - which is literally a 1-2 person car that you ride up a hill and then gravity pulls you down the twisty coaster through the mountain - was a thrill for Nolan. I knew I wanted to ride this with him but I had no idea he'd be screaming "faster" instead of just screaming. 

Now the only problem is that I've been bitten with the vacation bug and can't wait to plan our next trip somewhere. Which I guess will be OKC for a family wedding. I'm sure we can find something to do while we're there :) 

In other news, we got some family photos done...

Monday, July 3, 2017

Growing Up!

My kiddos are getting so big!

Of course Maxwell transitioning from infant to full-fledged toddler (ie kind of a stinker) probably has the most updates so here goes:

  • He's starting to talk!
    • Bye Bye
    • More
    • Ball (anything with the I-State logo he also calls "ball")
    • Hat
    • Dog (and he thinks they say "moo" which is so adorable I almost don't want to correct him)
  • He knows where his body parts are when you ask
  • He LOVES playing peekaboo
  • He loves bathtime
  • He has favorite books that he brings us to read and sits on our laps
  • He's starting to eat a lot more "grown up" foods that we don't have to cut into as tiny of bites anymore... yes there is usually a cleanup involved
  • He loves snuggling before bed and wants his butt patted. When you're not patting his butt he'll swing his arm behind and start patting his own butt (so cute)
  • He loves playing outside, especially blowing bubbles and playing basketball
I'm sure there's more that I'm missing but that's the major stuff.

Nolan is:
  • Talking a lot more - there was a time where he was really still hard to understand but now I feel like I can really have a conversation with him
  • Loving going swimming
  • He loves playing with his water shooters in the backyard
  • He picks a new favorite toy about every few days or so that's his toy he sleeps with and then wonders where it is immediately when he wakes up
  • Doesn't mind going on errands and can usually be happy with whatever we're doing without needing to be bribed to behave with a movie (we never did that... *cough*)
We've been keeping really busy playing pokemon go (yes, really... yes, still) and going to parks and the pool or library whenever we can. We've also really enjoyed the farmer's market lately and the Blank Park Zoo etc. 

I'm recovering from strep throat. I have pictures if you want to lose your lunch. 

Anyways here's the cute pictures!
Hello, I'm a ham

Nolan and Maxwell with their Very Scary Monster named "Frank Toot Monster" - Our neighbor is a children's book author/illustrator which features his "Very Scary Monsters" pretty cool to have an author in the neighborhood!

Nolan feeding the parakeets 

Animal Crossing Sign - I took a picture because Nolan was scared that the mouth was suuuuper open. If you look at the loose feather on his neck you understand why. Pretty funny stuff. 

Twisted my arm and he got to go on a carousel ride

Maxwell letting a push pop melt while slowly licking it. I couldn't help eat it because I'm recovering from strep throat. WAAAAT