Monday, January 26, 2015

A Monday List

  • Last week the girls were sick. Fevers, vomiting, runny noses, coughing, ear infections, the works. We've basically been quarantined for a week and I'm going crazy. My poor girls are just now on the upswing of their sicknesses and I'm in cleaning mode. Every couch cushion, sheet, blanket, article of clothing is going to have to be washed because I refuse to get sick again! It feels like we've had sickness in this house on and off for the past 2 months. 
  • We switched Allie to her toddler bed a few weeks ago. We haven't really had problems with her getting out of bed until last week when she was sick and I woke up one night to have her standing next to my bed at 2 am staring at me. Another night, I woke up to the sound of little feet pit-patting and she scared me out of my wits because she was hiding in the hallway. It's like the toddler version of Gremlins. 
  • One thing I've never felt comfortable doing is taking a selfie. It's not that I don't like the way I look or something, I just feel like I always make an awkward face. I can't be serious because I look like I'm hiding something in my mouth. I can't smile because then it's like "Who's this creeper?" So then I end up doing some weird puckered mouth thing. #21stcenturyproblems
  • Allie is 2 1/2 now and there are many things I've discovered about children her age. It's not the terrible two's. It's just toddler problems. Like: My pants are tucked into my socks. I'm wearing the striped underwear instead of the princess underwear. My sister knocked my Cheerios onto the floor. My sippy cup was knocked over and I spilled some water on myself. You cut my pizza into pieces. You helped me put my pants on. You wet my hair in the bathtub, even though moments before I was splashing water all over the place (including on my hair). All of these have resulted in a full-blown meltdown. I sound like a broken record reminding her how important it is to control her emotions. All the while, doing my best to set an example (and almost always failing). Ahh the joys of parenting. 
  • Speaking of parenting, have you seen this video? It totally made me cry. I believe Brian's exact words were... "The baby was fine. Why are you crying?" 
  • It's Monday but here in the world of stay-at-home mom's that's basically just like every other day. I'm off to decontaminate our house and tackle this load of laundry. After my mani/pedi of course.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Torture a.k.a. Exercise


I despise it.

No, really. I do.

You know how people sometimes say "I really don't like running" or "I haven't run in a long time so I'm going to be super slow" and then they take off on a effortless jog for 10 miles?

Yeah, I'm not one of those people.

I really do physically hate running with my whole body.

But I HAVE to do it. We have a treadmill sitting in our living room that mocks me everyday if I don't. It stares at me and says "HOW'RE THOSE JIGGLY THIGHS WORKING OUT FOR YOU? HMM??? HMMMM????"

Not to mention the pants that are gathering dust in my closet saying "Weeeaarr meee... pleeeeaase... Oh wait. You can't fit me over your jumbo butt."

But really the biggest reason I want to get in shape is because I know it's just not healthy to be lazy and sedentary. I want to be able to keep up with my toddler and baby. I want to show them how to make healthy choices right before we stuff our faces with cookie dough. I mean, let's not get too crazy here. We can't just cut cookie dough out of our lives.

The point is, I want to be strong and healthy and running is the only way to do that right now. I supplement with some at-home exercises but I try really hard to at least do 1 mile everyday (except on Sunday's "because it's God's day! A day of rest!" Name that quote!)

Anyway, I know I set a goal to run 5 miles under an hour and I'm going to work really hard to do this. Okay, I'm going to work to do this. If I succeed, there's a new swimsuit in it for me. If I don't, well I'll be the person in sweats sitting on the beach giving all those fit women the stink eye.

Just kidding.

I won't be on a beach.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

(Semi) New Year Resolutions

Well it's a good thing one of my New Year Resolutions wasn't to blog more.

Here they are:
  • Either get back down to 150 lbs or be able to run 5 miles in an hour. So far I can do 1 mile in 14 minutes, if that gives you any indication how crazy this goal is. But I have to do it! I have to fit into my pants again. I miss regular pants. Sorta. I really do hate running though. More on that in another post.
  • At least one more trip to Maui. We really do have to take advantage of this opportunity while it lasts and Brian's parents have insisted on having us come out in May. Obviously, it didn't take a lot of persuasion...
  • Home remodel. I'd like to put lofty goals on here like "Finish the house by the end of the year" but I know that's foolish and unrealistic, so here's my goal: be content with our circumstances and make the best of it. It's so easy to complain and compare but I've resolved to not nag Brian and not whine about the never-ending to-do list. This probably could be applied to more areas of life, but we'll just start with the biggest one.
  • Finish half of the crochet projects I have going on right now. And half of the ones that I'm planning to start. I can pretty much guarantee this goal isn't going to happen but I feel like it has to be on here.
  • Memorize James. We're memorizing it in our couples bible study and so far I have the first chapter down. If I finish James, I'd also like to memorize Philippians. Memorization is my favorite thing to do because it's something I can pick up where I left off if I get interrupted (which is basically constantly). Plus then it's running through my head throughout the day which is always a bonus.
That's it. Nothing crazy, nothing special. There are some other goals that Brian and I have set as a family, but this is my blog where I can share my own specific goals. And you guys can sorta hold me to them. Maybe I'll even check in periodically with how things are going!


Sometimes I make myself laugh. Quietly. In my head. Because there are sleeping babies that cannot be woken.

Now the next question is... should I go work on my crochet goal or my running goal or make some cookies? I think we all know what the obvious answer here is.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Christmas Recap and a New Year Party Pooper

I thought I'd try to squeeze in one last blog post before the year end. Plus Maddie woke me up at 5 am and I couldn't fall back asleep and it's now 8:15, and both girls are still asleep so I'm trying to do all the quiet things I can.

My parents visited the week before Christmas. It's always so nice to have them around. There's always a willing set of arms to hold a baby and my mom literally jumps at the chance to change diapers, put them down for naps, whatever.

We shopped. A LOT. I think my mom went a little "I love my grandkids and want to spoil them like crazy!" crazy. And I was her unwilling accomplice. My little sister joined us the last weekend they were here. We took everyone to Apple Hill where we drank hot cider, watched the ducks, ate apple pie, and managed to get a family picture.

Our Christmas was very low-key... Just the four of us at home pretty much being lazy all day. Maddie's new thing is to push her walker right into the tree. I've caught her twice about to chew on the Christmas lights. The first thing Allie opened was a book from my parents. She was so distracted that she didn't want to open any other presents. At least we know we can set the bar low next year...

Christmas Morning 2014

All in all, we had a very relaxing Christmas and plan to do the same for New Year's. The thing is, Brian and I aren't really New Year's celebrators. Even before I met him, I was the loser going to bed at a decent hour because staying up til midnight makes me cranky. One year I joined my roommate and friends at Disneyland and left at 10 p.m. because I was tired. From then on, I decided staying home and getting a good night's sleep is the best way to celebrate.

So our poor children will never know what it's like to stay up and celebrate the New Year and watch the ball drop and any of the other things people do at midnight. They'll think it's just another day off, which is totally fine with me!

Oh and I'll be back later with my resolutions. Considering I met half the resolutions I set last year, I'm feeling pretty good about the new ones.

Friday, December 12, 2014

A few of my favorite things: Piko Shirt

I talked a bit about fashion last week and how I shop for myself based on what looks good on me and feels comfortable and not on what looks good on the model. So I decided to start a series where every once in awhile I'll highlight a find that I've been willing to splurge on because it is so very worth it.

One of the challenges of my post-pregnancy body is that things are just lumpier than they used to be. I'm working on firming things up but in the meantime, I needed something that would flatter my shape but not be clingy. Enter the Piko Shirt from Shop Sosie:

Cozy Long Sleeve Top in Light Grey by Piko

This is not a paid advertisement. I wish! It is just me spreading the news of this wonderful find.

I now have this shirt in a long sleeve green, a short sleeve gray, and the black v-neck is on my Christmas wish list.

It is sooo comfortable and the loose, flowiness hides my slooowwwly shrinking love handles. Plus the sleeves are very fitted so it still somehow flatters my body shape. Not to mention the wide neck shows a bit of clavicle so it doesn't look like a frumpy mom shirt. At any rate, it's a total win in my book. I know it won't fit everyone's body type but it happens to work just fine with mine so it made it to the list!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Disneyland Recap

I forgot to recap our trip to Disneyland/So Cal to see family. It was so much fun... a lot of excitement including a trip to the E.R. and as always, way too short!

Miss "I'm such a professional plane flyer now"

Ryan is actually a month younger than Maddie, believe it or not.

She was speechless when she saw Cinderella. But still managed a great pose and smile.

On her second favorite ride, the carousel. (#1 is Dumbo, of course)

Waiting for Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

Still waiting...

All the good pictures of the kids have my sister in them. She gets to be the cool, fun, single auntie for awhile. 

Allie got to wear her "pretty dress" the second day.

Grandpa and Maddie

My aunt, uncle and cousins joined us the second day

The crazies in the front row

My cousins' kids got balloons but then they fell asleep so Allie got to play with both. She was pretty happy about that...

Silly faces with Uncle Carl

My sister, her husband, and older son.

Sisters with Mom (Victoria lasted 5 minutes holding Maddie in the Ergo)

The big kids got to ride Radiator Racers while Grandma & Grandpa hung out with the littles.

Brian is way more artsy than I even think about being.

Cousins. Atticus is trying to escape the death grip/hand holding.

And... we have fun.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Interviews with Allie

It's crazy that in just a short amount of time, Allie has gone from singular words to stringing together sentences. I thought I'd start a diary of some of the things she says that make me smirk from day to day.

Me: "Allie, time to pee in the toilet."
Allie: "No. I peed in the toilet yesterday."

Allie: (listening to "I wonder" from Sleeping Beauty) "What's this?"
Me: Sleeping Beauty
A: No, it's Cinderella.
Me: I think I would know. It's Sleeping Beauty.
A: No, it's Cinderella.
Me: Fine. You win. It's Cinderella.
A: No, it's Sleeping Beauty.

Me: "Allie, please be gentle around Maddie."
A: *makes a face at Maddie, who giggles in return* "Look. It's happy."

Me: *cleaning her nose out with an aspirator*

*Maddie is fussing in her chair*
A: "It's okay Maddie. It's okay. I've got you."

Literally every single time she goes to the bathroom.
And yes, even in public places like church, or restaurants. She comes back and announces it with such enthusiasm, arms raised up like she's just finished a marathon. It's my own fault, I suppose, for making such a big deal out of it in the first place. Curse you potty training tips on Pinterest!

And a funny incident... Brian was cleaning up from making waffles with Allie, Maddie was asleep on our bed, and I was showering. He heard Allie walk away and realized it was too quiet. He walked back to our room to find Allie holding a very awake Maddie. Actually she wasn't holding her and I'm not sure I can convey the awkwardness of the situation. Just imagine what it would look like if a toddler decided to pick up a sleeping baby. Allie just informed Brian "I hold my baby."