Thursday, December 31, 2009
Today, she pushed herself up to standing and just when I started to marvel at how long she'd been standing there by herself, she took a step! She started to take another one and wobbled and slowly sank back down to the ground.
Go baby girl! :D
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Since whatever I take ends up in Audrey, I've been limited to a little bit of Tylenol and some throat drops. Not cough drops, not lozenges, throat drops. They are basically candy with pectin. Heh. So, to aleviate the throat, I'm eating a lot more. And, on top of all our Christmas events, it's just not going to be pretty so I'm not setting foot on that scale.
Stress is bad for a cold, right? ;)
Saturday, December 26, 2009
So, what do you think? Cute or silly? :)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
We went to see Santa today at the Woodburn Outlet Mall. Mickey didn't want to sit on Santa's lap so we pulled up a little red to chair for him to sit on. He wasn't going for that either. So, Andrew sat on the chair and Mickey on his lap. I had Andrew lean back and it almost looks like Mickey's sitting on Santa's lap with his sister. ;)
Aud had no problem with Santa. She gave him a bit of a look but once Mickey was near, she was golden.
Here they are. Andrew is trying to talk Mickey into giving Santa a "fist bump".
And, the money shot. Well, as good as it gets with a three year old and eight month old. They are both looking at the camera. Heh!
Mickey did overcome his shyness enough to tell Santa that he wanted a bulldozer. Fortunately, Santa kind of already knew this so he'll be good to go tomorrow morning. ;)
Tonight we're off to Andrew's dad's side of the family to have dinner. We're bringing desserts!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Today's weigh in....165! Another one bites the dust! Three down, fifteen to go!
I'm nervous about this next week. Sweets are my downfall. And cheese and cracker platters. And, did mention potato dumplings and homemade strawberry jam? It's gonna be a rough week. :)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Eddie Ross is having a contest for all the people who made his ornament wreath. They (Eddie and Jaithan) narrowed it down to the top eight and my wreath was one of the eight! Whoo-hoo! I am so excited and so giddy about it, it's not even funny.
You can vote here.
My wreath is number 4 and I'd really appreciate the vote!
Thanks, everyone! :D
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Little Man with the finished product. :D
I'd made my own crayons when I was a kid but I did the layered kind in a self made, tin foil mold. Not the best shape. LOL! I saw some really cool ones here and figured they'd be a great craft to do with little man.
Since he's only three, a lot of the crafts we do involve a lot of effort on my part and this one was no exception. I took the paper off the crayons and he broke them into pieces.
I then broke them into smaller pieces and he put some crayons into one of the stars in the muffin tin. (I forgot to get a pic of the crayons in the tin. Whoops!)
Here they are starting to melt in the oven.
And, they are almost ready. Here's the liquified crayon fresh out of the oven.
I've been doing well with my eating habits, especially since I've been crafting more. If I keep my hands busy, I have a harder time eating mindlessly. ;)
I still need to get off my tuckus and work out though.
It's been really cold here lately. I mean really cold. Like it was 7 degrees this morning. Seven! When the day's high isn't above freezing, a walk outside is not a good idea. LOL! Mickey's gone outside with my dad but they only stay out a while before it's back inside for some hot cocoa.
My mom's over today to do some crafting and Mickey's getting into the act, too. He's (we're) making star shaped crayons! I'll post pics later. :D
Gotta scoot, the oven's beeping! :D
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I got all the "ingredients" at my local Dollar Tree and went to town one night while watching Harry Potter (for the millionth time!).
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I was actually just hoping to not gain this week as I had TWO Thanksgiving dinners. I'm so excited that I lost this week, it's not even funny!
I've been trying to do more sit ups/etc this last week and I ate salads for lunch everyday so even though I only walked twice I still did okay. Phew!
I really like salads I just don't tend to eat them because they take a bit more effort. I have salad with green leaf lettuce or romaine, carrots, tomatoes, cottage cheese, raisins and Catalina dressing. It was a lot easier when I could just buy the bagged salad, however, convenience foods are no longer in the budget. But, I've started making my own bagged salad and that's made all the difference. I wash and shred all my lettuce, chop up my carrots and toss them in a gallon sized zip lock. (It also takes up less room in my fridge!) I keep a container of pre-chopped tomatoes handy and making my salad is a snap!
Sidebar~I LOVE cottage cheese. I know it's supposed to be that most hated of diet foods but I love it! I've loved it ever since I was a baby. It's so good on salads, with fruit, with crackers, heck, I even eat it straight out of the container!
I watched the Biggest Loser last night and they ran a marathon! Can you believe it? Freakin' amazing. So, I'm going to try to run a mile this week. I've got craptacular knees so we'll see how that goes. Heh.
How was your week? Anyone have any weight loss tips that have worked for them?
Friday, November 27, 2009
The kids and I went to the sock sale at Fred Meyer and then to one other store before heading back. They were both very well behaved.
Now for the milestone. Today, after dinner, Audrey stood on her own for almost five seconds! Go, baby girl, go! :D
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I lost zero pounds this week. I can't say that I'm suprised. I only worked out once and I hardly curbed my snacking. I need to get working out built into my schedule. If I walk on the treadmill I have to do it while baby girl is napping as she won't hang out in her toy in the garage for 30 minutes without getting bored and fussy. It's supposed to be nice out today (read: no rain) so I think I'll take the kids for a walk. It's a little too depressing treadmill today as my cat (who lives in the garage) went missing last night. :(
I also need to do something in the evenings to stop the majority of my snacking. I do have a plan for that. I ordered some laminate. :) I know that doesn't make sense now but it will! I'll post as soon as it's ready! In the meantime, I'm going to start crafting my little head off in the evenings. I'll work on Christmas presents and home decor. Oh, and I have some computer stuff I need to take care of as well. Hopefully all that will keep my hands too busy to stuff food in my mouth.
If you're making this journey with me, how are you doing? Any ideas on how to survive Thursday? I really need help with that as I'm hosting two Thanksgivings, one on Thursday and one on Sunday.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm sick of only wearing a tenth of my clothes.
It's time for me to get serious about ditching the baby weight. With Mickey I didn't start losing weight until he was 18 months old. I got within 4 pounds of my goal weight and plateaued. Turns out my plateau was a pregnancy. Heh.
It's time to start that journey again.
It's going to be harder to do this time as I'm still nursing Audrey. I get hungry when I nurse her! LOL! Also, I can't drink caffeine or have sugar substitutes, two of my best friends when I'm losing weight. I also need to make sure I don't curtail my calories too much so that my milk supply is still sufficient for her.
I need to start walking 30 minutes a day, drink more water and quit eating so much after the kids go to bed.
I've tried to do this before but I think putting it out here for the world to see may help motivate me a bit. ;)
So, without further ado, here it is.
My first weigh in.
Wish me luck! :D
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I also had to buy some indoor/outdoor black spray paint, dig out the good old painters tape and search the internet for hours (seriously!) to find the perfect H.
Now we finally have a front door mat! :D
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
All you have to do is sign up for their mailing list to get one entry. If you blog about it, you'll get an additional 10 entries!!! ;)
And here are the lovely prizes! First place gets a kit to make a super cute bag and second and third place get a fat quarter set of this awesome fabric, Girly Girl in Sweet. I'm actually hoping for second or third because I've got some projects going on that would look fabulous with this fabric!
Oh, and did I mention that they also carry Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket fabric?
Yeah, they rock! :D
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
This one is Audrey's bath song. :)
It's bath time, it's splash time,
for little miss Audrey Rose.
It's bath time, it's splash time,
We're gonna wash you from your head to your toes!
This is one I used to sing for Mickey when he was a baby.
Who's got the Mickey?
Mama's got the Mickey.
Mama's got her Mitchell Jack.
And a version for Audrey.
Who's got the Audrey?
Mama's got the Audrey.
Mama's got her Audrey Rose.
This is a before bedtime song that I've sung for both kids.
Let's put your p.j.'s on,
'cause it's time for bed.
Let's put your p.j.'s on,
and rest your sleepy head.
And you'll sleep all through the night.
Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
And you'll sleep all through the night.
(This song worked better for Mickey as Audrey is a little less consistent on sleeping all through the night. LOL!)
Anybody else make up songs for their kiddos?
Or am I the only one who can't remember the words to traditional songs. Heh!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
So, there they are. My Halloween scrappiness! Hope you like them! :D
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
First stop, Brian and his family. No dice as they weren't home. Probably a good thing as I found out Ellie has the flu. So, off to my dad's. Mickey rang the bell but didn't quite get the whole say "Trick or Treat" thing. We hung out a while and then went to Andrew's folks. Mickey loves their cats. He was more interested in them than the candy which is saying something as Mickey ate both of the pieces of candy that Dad gave him at Dad's house. Nothing like leaving a TOT stop with no candy. Heh!
Next we drove to Mom and Larry's. They had cards and goodies for both kids. I had the brilliant idea to leave Andrew with Larry so they could watch the games (U of O football and the World Series) and Mom could go with me and the kids to Granny's. Granny was really glad to see us and she had goodies and cards for the kids, too. She also had a laundry basket for me that belonged to Grandpa Jack's mom and a cool old chair for me to put in my scrap room. :)
We headed back to Mom's and they gave Andrew and I the rest of their candy. (They only had four trick or treaters.) We left and when we got home we found out that nine of the Play-doh containers were gone. So, either we had nine kids stop by or maybe three came and took three each. Either way, I'm thrilled that kids stopped! :D
Hope your Halloween was as fun as ours!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Our training right now consists of me asking him if he needs to go and sitting him down every 15-30 minutes to try. He hasn't "gone" yet so I'm going to up the ante after his nap and give him as much apple juice as he wants and I'm going to have him help clean up his accidents. No big scolding just learning that peeing in the undies leads to him having to take off his clothes, wipe himself down and put the dirty clothes in a laundry basket in the garage. We're also going to work on teaching him to take his clothes off by himself and dress himself. Not just for potty training but also because it's one of the things that I was asked about at his 3-year check up. (You know, we'd be a lot more up on these things if they let us know about them ahead of time. LOL!)
Oh, speaking of his 3-year check up, I realized that I haven't let my son use scissors yet. I know, I know, I'm a scrapper you'd think it would be a given that he would be all over it. But, he's just not that into paper crafting/drawing/etc and I haven't given him the chance with scissors yet. I have three pair of safety scissors so I'm not sure what my issue is. I'd like to use the baby and the move as an excuse but I can't. I'm going to have get my little guy some crafty time!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here are some pics of the decor. This will most likely be the only time you'll see my house decked out in green and yellow! LOL!
Granny thought I couldn't see her behind the window. LOL!
green and yellow gummy worms crawling out of dirt cupcakes! They were my favorite.
Next up: The Party!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Uncle Doug having an unused wood file cabinet, just what I needed.
Andrew & Mickey picking up some straw bales for Cleatus (now Clovis).
Finding a buyer for our Honda.
SIL Cindy asking me to take nephew Jared's senior pics.
Pizza for dinner followed by root beer floats to celebrate selling the Honda.
One fine day indeed! :D
Monday, October 5, 2009
This weekend we did a bunch of stuff around the house. Andrew cleaned up outside, built an arbor for and planted the grape plants my dad bought us and mowed for the goat. I cleaned up inside, painted the scrap room one last time and cared for some slightly sick kiddos.
The plan for Saturday night was to have my mom watch the kids while Andrew and I went to my 15 year high school reunion. Well, with the kids being sick, I didn't feel right leaving them. So I decided that we wouldn't go, Andrew was not too terribly dissapointed about this. LOL! At the last minute I decided to go and that way Andrew would be home with the kids. I'm so glad I did! The reunion was a blast! I got to see old friends and just have a great time catching up with everyone. And, I just gotta say....Damn, the class of '94 is good looking! You know how everyone loves going to reunions to see who got heavy or ugly or just old looking? Not us! We are still smokin' hot!
Sunday, I made us French Toast and bacon for breakfast and then my friend Alicia stopped by at 10:00 to hang out until we went to lunch at Burgerville in Canby with three other friends from high school. Alicia couldn't make the reunion but she drove down Sunday morning from TACOMA to come hang out with me and then have lunch. She is a fantastic friend! I miss her terribly and was so glad to be able to spend time with her. :)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Things to do today
~spackle in the scrap room did some this morning but need to pull out some screws so I can finish Done!
~move the furniture in Mickey's room so I can paint the last wall Done
~paint the last wall in Mickey's room ~Green part ~Blue part Done
~take random stuff out to shop Done!
~move the closet stuff out of the scrap room (well, at least the stuff that's not too heavy for me)
~wash Audrey's size 6 month and 6-9 month clothing
~pack up her 3-6 month clothing
~hang/put away her 6 & 6-9
~clean the litter box Done!
~pick up cat food and my watch at Fred Meyer Done!
~try to decide where to hang pictures, etc. hoping my SIL will drop by today, she's better at decorating than I am
~paint the scrap room I bought the paint yesterday
~e-mail some friends Done!
This full to do list is because I've got a very full first few days of October.
The 1st is Devo's 13th B-day. Devo is our Whippet and he may be getting old but he still looks like a young pup.
The 2nd is my BIL Todd's birthday.
The 3rd is my SIL Chrissy's birthday and my 15 year class reunion.
Audrey turns 6 months old on the 4th and I'm having a friend from high school over who won't be able to make the reunion on the 3rd. Oh, and I'm having my first Sunday night dinner on the 4th to celebrate my SIL and my birthdays.
Because...my birthday is on the 5th. I'll be 33. :D And, I have a doctor's appointment that afternoon to get a mole and a weird growth looked at. Not the kind of thing I really want to do on my birthday but it's got to be done.
Since I've got all this going on and two events at my house, I'm really trying to get this place together. The two worst offenders in my house are the boxes of decor/piles of pictures in the living room and the humongous pile of craft/scrap filled boxes that were in my scrap room and now reside in a corner of the master bedroom.
Yesterday, I finished painting two of the walls in Mickey's room. There's only three that need painting due to his wall of closet. LOL! It was a lavender color and now it looks like this!
Actually, the green has another coat and looks much better. I also have some grey and some yellow paint because next week I'm going to paint a road on it! Mickey's going to love it and have a blast driving his cars on his wall. :D
Monday, September 21, 2009
8:00pm~the kids (love saying that!) go to bed
5:00am~Audrey wakes up to eat
5:20am~Audrey goes back to bed
6:30am~Mickey wakes up and Andrew gets him up
8:00am~Audrey wakes up and I get her up.
All in all, it means I've been getting a good amount of sleep for the mother of a five and a half month old, who is right now trying to pull herself up on the johnny-jump-up thingy.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
She rolled over early. At two months at the doctor's office in front of said doctor.
And now, at five and a half months, she's got two teeth, she can sit up tall without supporting herself on her hands and she's freakin' crawling! Not very fast yet and she gets a little too distracted to go far but she's got the crawling thing down.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Yay, Audrey! :D
Sorry for the lack of pics lately. I'm still unpacking a few things....okay, a lot of things....and the camera gear is now next on the list. ;)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I've missed everyone.
Have you missed me?
How's the weather?
Oh, you want me to tell you who the winner is?
Well, okay, if you really want to know...the winner is...Jingle!!!! Jennifer my dear, you are one of the luckiest people on the planet! LOL! I'm glad I can add to your winning streak. :D Please e-mail me your address to melegs (at) hotmail (dot) com and I'll send you your goodies.
Still getting settled in here. The kitchen's pretty much done and so is Audrey's room. The living room needs stuff on the walls as does the dining room, which also needs a few more baskets. Mickey's room has been a hot mess until today. It needs some painting as it is currently lavender. It's going to be pretty cool when it's painted. I'll share that later. Our bathrooms are good to go and our closet (the little one) is almost done and so is the computer station. It just needs some shelves and stuff on the walls. Our master is needing help and needing to get a bunch of junk out of it. Finally, the scrap room. Sigh, it hasn't been touched except to steal one of the shoe racks off the wall and put it in our little closet.
I'm hoping to get started on it next week.
Tomorrow the cable guy is coming and Andrew is thrilled. The man can't hack it without the tube. Also, our niece is going to be spending the night and Mickey is thrilled. He loves Karly!!! I'm thinking we'll paint little dude's room this weekend. There's a chair rail about 3/4ths of the way up the wall and above that it's the same creamy white as the ceiling and the rail. That will stay the same. Below the rail it's currently lavender but it's going to be blue...and green! A bright blue sky with rolling green hills and a grey road with yellow stripes will adorn his walls once we're through with it! And by we, I mean me. Andrew hates painting. :)
I really need to get our clothes organized and get the junk out of our bedroom so I can start in on the scrap room so I think that will be in the cards for tomorrow.
What's your plan for Friday?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Mom and the kids and I will be over here tomorrow to pack up the kitchen and take a load back. Then, the menfolk have to move a few more large items and I'll have another load or two and we'll be done!
Well, done with moving. We women know that all the hard work starts once you're moved! LOL!
Plans for today!
~Call utilities and get them switched to our name. (This may or may not include internet service, so I might not be back for a while unless I post from my mom's.)
~Load up my truck.
~Call my nephew Kevin and have him come over and load up his vehicle.
~Head to Canby and unload
~Head to storage unit and load up both vehicles as well as my dad and my brother, Cody's.
~Unload at the house
~Repeat until storage unit is empty! :)
~2:00 go to the fairgrounds and pick up my photos and layouts. Ask about the picture of Norman. (I think it might be going to the State Fair!!!)
~2:30 take Audrey to her 4 month check up
~Head back to Silverton and pack more stuff up
~3:00 Andrew gets off work and will pick up a trailer from the realtor
~4:00 load up trailer, unload in Canby
~repeat until we're too tired or it's too late in the day
It's almost eight now so I've got to go! It's gonna be a busy day! :D
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The family is seriously thrilled. Granny has clocked the distance between our two homes and we will be less than four miles away. She is so excited! :D
This is our new house. Well, it will be the end of this month. :)
Here's our shop. (Andrew loves this!)
The shed/dog house/dog run.
Now, we're back to that door in the master suite. It's a ginormous walk in closet. It's almost the size of a bedroom and it has a window! This is going to be my craft room. There is a closet between the master bedroom and the master bath that houses the washer/dryer. Andrew is going to move those into the garage and that will be our closet.
We just don't have that many clothes and I do have that much craft stuff! LOL!
The house also comes with a goat. Yep, I'm getting a goat, finally!!! His name is Chuck but I think we're going to call him Cleatus. LOL!
Now for the giveaway!!! Since I'm so excited, I thought I'd share the love. Leave a comment here and you'll be entered in the drawing. Your comment can be anything you want. But please make sure that there's a way that I can get a hold of you. :D This contest will be open for entries until our loan funds. LOL!
Oh, you want to know the prize, do you? Well, it's a collection of five little stamp sets and some kraft journaling spots. (I'll post a pic of the goodies later!)