Saturday, December 31, 2011
This year had it's many ups and downs, as most years do. You have to take the good with the bad. January started off with Brandon being promoted back to GM!!
I also turned 26
We also made it to KC's for Bradon's grandma's 80th birthday bash
February Miles celebrated his 1st birthday and Lacey officially became a "Kidwell"
March we celebrated my Grandpa's last birthday and my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.
April Brandon celebrated his 34th birthday (This year his birthday is on Easter!!)
May was spent enjoying the outdoors
June was spent by the pool!!
July I ran my 1st 5k
Lacey turned 4
We took a vacation to St. Louis that was so much fun!!
And my nephew was born
August Lacey started preschool
September was a blur but we managed and even made it to Maryland!!
October Brandon's sister got married in Maryland
While in Maryland we made it a family vacation
November I ran my 1st Half marathon
My grandpa passed away
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family
December was spent getting ready for Christmas
I ran my 2nd 5k and now here we are at the very last day....Good-bye 2011 you were truly an amazing year full of many blessings!!
Hello 2012 may you be just as good to us as 2011 was. May all of my friends have a safe and happy 2012!!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!! This week will be insanely busy but I'm looking forward to it!!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A little look into the day of a Kidwell
7:00a.m. Wake up time
7:05 breakfast for Miles and Lacey
7:20 2 kids I watch in the morning show up
7:45 my grandma shows up
MWF 7:45 Lacey and Brandon leave for school and work
8:00 Kids leave for school
8:05 I start my workout
9:05 workout over shower time
9:30 getting dressed and ready for the day
10:00 straighten up the house
10:20 leave to get Lacey(MWF)
11 Lunch and any errands
12 Miles down for a nap Mom and Lacey's quiet time
2:00 craft time and or movie time
3:30 Little girl I watch after school walks over
3:30- 5:00 play time
5:00 start dinner
6:00 eat dinner
7:00 clean and start of wind down time
8:00 bath time for Lacey bedtime for Miles
9:00 bedtime for Lacey
10:00 bedtime for mommy
On Tuesday's and Thursday's this schedule is a bit different since Brandon is off work but I try to stick to the same routine. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday are my run days. Tuesday's Lacey has dance at 6 so dinner is always a little bit later. I swear that by the time I sit down I'm so tired I just want to go to bed.
I have a 5k on Saturday that I'm super stoked about. My time isn't the greatest however it is faster than my 1st 5k. That's all that matters.
Christmas is fast approaching. Everyone is done, still waiting on some gifts to arrive that I ordered. I did the majority of my Christmas shopping online this year. I've taken advantage of huge sales, and free shipping!! Plus Ebates which pays me 4 times a year to start with them whenever I shop online!! If you haven't checked out Ebates you should!
Brandon, my mom and I are all going to Mexico in less than a month!! An all inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta!! I am super super super excited!! My mother-in-law is going to come and stay with the kids so we won't have to worry about them. A week away from my kids, away from the cold (which I haven't even pulled out my winter coat yet....ummm what?!?!) , away from all responsibility. I'm a little worried about being away from my babies, but I know that they are in good hands!!
Well that's all I really have for now....BTW Pinterest is also sucking all my time away from this Blog.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I'm gonna climb mountains with my dad, I'm canoe through Canada, I'm going to make sure that I use every ounce of my body that I possibly can.
I'm going to get to the point that I qualify for the Boston marathon. The qualifying time is 3:40 for my age group. It is around an 8:30 mile for 26.2 miles. I CAN DO IT!! I will train and train and train.
Thank you for all of your support!! I couldn't do it without you!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I have been training I've done everything I can do. Everyone has faith that I can do it. I will let you know how I do!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I never did my Maryland blog, but we had a great time. It was a full week, dinner outings, an aquarium, Washington D.C., a huge mall, a fun family BBQ, a Beautiful wedding, 2 kid free nights, a fun rehearsal dinner, and an amazing reception. It went by way to fast. I can't wait to go back!!
I won a photo shoot a month or so ago so tomorrow we are getting family pictures taken. I am so EXCITED!! I love family pictures, I love looking back at pictures and wondering where time went. Yesterday we went shopping so I could find something to wear to our family pictures, and maybe buy a new pair of jeans since all my jeans fall off. I was excited when I took a pair of 9/10's into the dressing room, only to have to go back out and have the sweet lady grab me a pair of 7/8's, well I came out and she said let me grab you a 5/6....My eyes were wide eyed, a size WHAT?!?!? I put them on not only did the fit but I think I look rocking in them!!
I also found a really cute brown sweater to wear for our family pictures. Probably the first time in forever where I'm not wearing black in family pictures!
I registered for the half marathon so in 3 weeks I will be running/walking 13.1 miles. My dad has been an awesome trainer and on Sunday we ran 8.25 miles in 1 hour and 20 minutes. I don't have a time goal for the half just to finish!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Maryland was great but that's a whole other story.....Like over a million gazillion pics.
So onto Pinterest....my newest addiction. Why did EVERYONE have to be talking about it? Why was I so curious about it? Why did I wait so long to hop on the bandwagon?
Well I am sure my husband, and my kids are thanking Pinterest, but my checking account not so much!! =) Today the kids and I looked at the majority of all my pins and picked out a few of our favorites. I made a list of the things we "needed", and off we went to Hobby Lobby.
Now that I am "Pinning" everything I saw in Hobby Lobby I said either "Ohh I can make that!" Or " I could use that to make..."
We loaded up the cart with all the fun stuff, Canvases, ribbon, paint, spray paint, construction paper, Halloween knick knacks to paint....After that we headed home to put our creative juices out there.
Miles is well Miles and likes to eat his paint
And Lacey well she definitely got the creative genes
Anywho thanks to Pinterest we had a GREAT craft day.
Friday, September 23, 2011
I started training for the half yesterday. My longest run was 4 miles. I figured adding a mile a week would put me at 13 miles the week of the half. My girlfriend came over and we went running. Before the run I had mapped out 5 miles. We got to 4 and 1/2 miles and my friend said lets add a mile, lets do a 10k. I laughed and took off we ran 6.08 miles in a little over an hour. My goal for next week, yes while we are on vacation is to hit 7 miles.
Thanks to whoever introduced me to Pinterest....I am truly addicted, we are going to be doing so many crafts when it gets cold. Plus I may just decorate my house.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Now one to losing my mind. I've been running more and more. Running the longest and furthest I've ever run, adding more distance every run. I've not lost any weight and stay steady at 146, which is perfect for me!! But now that I'm running more I want to run a half marathon. Yes 13.1 miles....I've got a lot of training to do, but I think I can do it!! I'm really good at pacing myself, and when my body tells me to slow down I slow down. I think I just may do it!!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We had a super busy great Labor day weekend. On Saturday Lacey got to venture to her 1st KU football game with my in laws. She had a good time. We met them in Topeka which is our half way point. After Miles and I dropped her off him and I headed to the mall.
End of summer and winter sales are probably my favorite!! I love all the clearance!! Our 1st stop was to Dillards. I still hadn't found a dress for my Sister in laws wedding that's fast approaching....in like 3 weeks. I started with 10,478,532 dresses. I found 1 dress that I liked and 1 that I loved!! I bought them both because lets face it when they are 65% off plus an additional 50% off the 65% you can't not buy both.
While we were in Dillards I figured I would go searching for something for Miles to wear for the wedding. The smallest size they had in a cute little suit was a 2T that would drown him. I asked the lady if they had anything smaller and she said that the smallest they carry is 2T. She did say "I'm telling you this but I'm not saying it, Burlington Coat Factory has some, and they are probably way cheaper there too."
She was right!! I had tons of choices, tons of different colors, tons of different styles. Did I mention the price of $14.99. SOLD!! When I got up to the register to checkout thinking I found a steal of a deal the lady gave me a 20% off coupon!!
The last thing on my list to check off was Ivory shoes for Lacey. I had found some awhile back probably 4 months ago, but didn't buy them for fear that Lacey's feet would grow and the size 10's would be way to small. Well fast foward 4 months her feet haven't grown but the size 10 Ivory shoes are impossible to find. After having a meltdown and freaking out I decided that no matter the price or the location I would find Ivory shoes.
I went to JcPenney hoping and praying that they would have Ivory shoes...the lady laughed at me, kinda. She said "Not in kid sizes, and not in adult sizes either." My heart sank, I'm striking out everywhere I go. I kept looking around because maybe this chick has no clue what she is talking about...and there sitting on a shelf was a pair of shoes, the perfect pair of shoes. The size I needed, the color I needed, and well the price was perfect. $12 on clearance!! Okay so maybe they weren't ivory or a size 10 but they were black and a size 6!! Perfect for Miles' outfit!
Our last stop was Payless Shoes. They have to have Ivory shoes right?!?! I mean how can a shoe store that specializes in shoes not have Ivory shoes? I went to Lacey size and wouldn't you know it they had 2 sizes too small and 2 sizes too big. My heart sank. The lady came over and asked if she could help me with anything. I told her that I need a size 10 pair of Ivory shoes. She goes back to the back room comes back and asks "How far are you willing to travel to get these Ivory shoes?" I laughed and said "I'm willing to travel across the U.S.A to find these shoes." Her reply "So driving across the street to the Payless store there won't be any problem?" I wanted to hug her!! She handed me a coupon for $4 off because they didn't have them in stock made it even better!
That night Brandon came home and I showed him both dresses. He picked out one that he liked the best and I returned the other one. On Monday I returned the dress and with it being Labor Day they still had their sales going on. I found a swim suit for next season that was 65% plus the additional 50% off. $18 for a tankini it doesn't get much better than that!! I also found a super cute skirt that was on clearance for $6.99 plus an additional 50% off!! Thank you Dillards!! You made my weekend!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The thoughts run through my mind of the last GM retreat...the one I couldn't go on because I was 8 months pregnant, the one that Brandon was going to take my mom with him, and the one that Brandon didn't get to go on because 1 month before they were going to go the company had a change of plans for Brandon A) Brandon becoming an Assistant Manager in JC and being closer to my family, or B) Brandon could stay in Ottawa and be the Assistant Manager C) Brandon leaves the company...being 7 months pregnant C was out the window, B was out the window because I hated it there...so taking the demotion and moving back to family was the best choice for us.
I know not to get too excited because things can change, life happens. However the chances of the company moving us again isn't very likely. So I'm not 100% excited but it's my motivation to lose 12 more lbs and get myself bikini body ready!!
Emily whispers the talk is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!! Brandon says 4 years ago they went to Puerto Vallarta and it was amazing!! I can't wait for a week away with my hubby without the kids!!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Miles misses his sissy while she is gone. This week he learned the words "Lacey" sounds more like Acey, shoe which sounds like shoooo, and chicken and it sounds like Chickhen. For the very first time he went by himself without mommy, daddy, or Lacey to my parents house after school. It only lasted 2 hours before he wanted mommy, but it was nice. Since Miles is officially weaned our schedule has really changed. Our days before normally started at 8:30 or 9. Now they start at 6:30 or 7. Which is fine because Lacey has to be school at 7:40. It's better all around!! Get up earlier, nap earlier, go to bed earlier!!
I've been working out like crazy this week, not losing any weight but gaining strength and indurance. My runs are longer and faster, the workouts that started off hard are getting easier (I started P90X Plyometerics, and Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones). My best friend told me to stay off the scale. As a personal trainer she says it's not about the number it's about how you feel. She took my measurements and was amazed!! Her and I can actually share clothes!!
I've only been allowing myself maybe an hour a day on the computer, it's amazing how as first I thought it would be difficult to stay away, but by day 3 I was finding it hard to find time for the computer. Since I've been off the computer I picked up the book "The Help." After hearing people talk about it I figured I would buy it and read it. So far it's a really good book!!
Well my time on the computer is over, the laundry needs done, and the house needs straightened back up!! I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So if I don't update as often, or take a month break everything is fine, I'm just enjoying the last year before Lacey's in Kindergarten, and enjoying the time I have as a stay at home mommy!!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Last week was crazy, my precious sweet little girl drew a 6 foot red alligator on her pink walls. Stuck gum in her hair not once but twice, and gave Miles a black eye with a hair brush.
However last night the same sweet precious girl after 3 years of calling herself "Wacey" officially says "Lacey". We've been working on the L's FOREVER. She is probably the proudest I have ever seen her. Brandon and I are so proud.
Monday starts Lacey's 1st day of her last year of preschool.
5 more weeks and we will be on our way to Maryland for a week!! YAHOO!!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Day 1 was tough, I sat with him crying with him. Wishing I could make him understand that I'm not being a mean mommy. I asked some advice from the experts, my 2 good girl friends Julie who breastfed her son Jack for a over a year and Neva who breastfed her son Aven for over a year. They both assured me that it would get easier, and that they were there if I need to cry, or some more advice. Thanks Julie and Neva. You are both my lifesavers!! Miles screamed, thew the biggest tantrums I have ever seen (by him.) Lacey has been known to throw some pretty big tantrums. I tried to keep us busy. By the time Brandon got home Miles was ready for bed. Brandon rocked Miles to sleep and he slept all night until 8 this morning.
Day 2 we aren't done with day 2 however it's gone fairly well. I think I'm in more pain then Miles is....It's been a good day. He took a 30 minute nap, and is now asleep again. Whatever works. Luckily my mom came and took Lacey!!
Getting to almost 18 months of breastfeeding hasn't been easy. It's had it's ups and downs. The midnight run to Wal-Mart to buy a can of formula, and a new bottle, the clogged milk ducts, the pumping for hours, worrying about my supply, being the only one able to feed Miles, but every single day has been worth it!! It helped me lose tons of weight, helped keep my little man healthy, kept my menstual cycle away for 16 months...I was period free for 25 months!!
Now on to the crazy things people say. It starts when you are pregnant, they tell you how huge you are, how tiny you are, that they wouldn't do this, but do that instead. When they are born it's like you are asking for unsolicited advice. Strangers stop you in the store to tell you how to parent, what to feed your kids, what sippy cup to use, to rearface your baby in the carseat until they are teenagers. I am their parent I will decide what I think is best for them. Whether you agree with it or not. The last time I checked my kids didn't come with an instruction manual. (Iwishtheydid)
I don't make it known a lot that I still breastfed. If someone asks I'll tell them. When they ask how old Miles is and I told them 17 months, they say "you really breastfed for that long? That's a long time. Way longer then I would have done it." I say "yes I know how long I've nursed him, I gave birth to him 1 year, 5 months, and 10 days ago. 524 days ago, if you want that in hour, minutes, and seconds I can give that to you as well." Oky well I never really said that, but that's what I was thinking.I've had women look at me like their appalled, one mom joked that I was going to be like the mom from the movie "Grown Ups" where my son is 4 and still breastfeeding. One mom asked if I wanted award for breastfeeding the longest. I looked at her and said nope I got it already...he is a healthy, active, happy 17 month old.
I know that breastfeeding isn't for everyone. I don't try to push it on people, if they want to formula feed go right ahead. You are your child's parent not me!! You may not agree with my parenting skills or lack there of, and I may not agree with yours...however we are mommy's, or parents....can we just respect one another???
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
At first we were just going to drive down 18th and drive back on the 20th. So we could spend Lacey's birthday at home with family. After discussing it more we decided that one day in STL just wouldn't be enough. We got a great deal on a hotel room through Priceline.
I am so excited for a family vacation!! I'm calling it our "Trial run" before our Maryland Vacation!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
He amazes me every day. He has no fear! Climbs on tables, goes down the stairs, jumps into the pool...I think he would jump in even if someone wasn't there to catch him.
He has started taking off his diaper when he is stinky and lets you know that he is stinky. He brings you the wipes and says "Tinky" I think potty training is in our near future.
He is onery as they get. When he is doing something he knows he shouldn't be doing he gets this devilish grin on his face, it makes everyone giggle. He is full of life.
He says a few words, mom, Daddieeeee, mam maw (grandma), papa, sis, thank you, and please. He says pup when he sees a dog, and what's this when he sees something outside. He loves being outside and he loves birds and other animals outside. If he had his way we would be outside from the time we wake up to the time we go to bed.
I love watching him grow and can't wait to see what milestone he hits next.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
It's Father's Day yes I know. It should be all about my wonderful, handsome, awesome hubby. Well if his wife isn't happy he isn't happy. LOL. So I shopped. With the 2 kids all by myself. Let's just say by store #2 I was wondering what the heck I had signed up for. They were actually very good and helped me make some good choices.
I have decided I like dresses. I'm a tomboy, jeans and tshirts, being outside, camping, bugs, snakes, worms...I love it all, dresses not so much. However my wonderful mother in law gave me some dresses and in doing so made me realize that I LOVE Dresses. Today I tried on 5 or 6 dresses. I bought 3 of them!! The most dresses I have ever owned. I bought my dress for my sis in laws wedding rehersal. It is super cute and a size 10. Yes a size 10!! I could have gotten by in a size 8 but my boobs are just way to big. The best part it was only $11!! It was orignally $90. I couldn't pass it up.
I also got 2 pairs of capris, 3 tanks and 3 camis. I tried on shorts and they are either 2 long or too short. I can't do short shorts. I guess it's because I'm a mom and I want to be a great role model for my 2 babies. I want them to respect their bodies.
After trying and trying to drop below 150 I have decided it is a great weight for me. Very easy to maintain, and I get told if I go any lower I will look sick. I'm in a size 10, I haven't been a size 10 since my freshmen year in high school!! In fact I tried on some 8's that fit. My tops I bought largers well because I have big boobs. I did try on a large in the misses and it was way to big so a Medium would've been perfect, but the didn't have a medium....
I hope eveyone is having an awesome Father's Day. We are waiting for Brandon to get home and then heading out to my folks house for dinner!!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday morning we got up early and headed to Baldwin City to see Thomas the Train!! We got to ride Thomas, take pictures with him. It was very nice. However it was too dang hot and Miles doesn't deal well with heat.
Friday afternoon Miles and I left and left Lacey with Grandma Andrea. Papa Jim was going to Nebraska to play golf so they were having a girls weekend. I got home Friday night and Brandon had informed me that our laptop had a virus.....It didn't have a virus when I left Thursday morning. I did everything in my power to fix it, but it was too far gone. So Bradon took it to Best Buy on Saturday morning. The Geek squad said they can fix it, but in honesty we needed a new laptop. Ours had keys missing from a certain 3 year old who took them off. The screen didn't work a certain little sister dropped it. Brandon called me and we discussed it. A new laptop it would be!!
I must say I enjoyed the few days without a computer.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
We are planning my sister's baby shower for the end of June, which I am super stoked about!! We are also planning family vacations. Making plans for our GM retreat that will be coming up in January. My wonderful Mother in law is going to come watch the kids
I honestly think I'm kinda done with the computer or the internet I should say. Or is it just a few people. People who think that they are better than everyone else. Trying to one up you. Or make it feel like they are one upping you. I debate almost daily whether or not to log off Facebook and never log back on. However it keeps me up to date with my close friends and my family that isn't here.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wiping noses, cranky kids, writing down the times they took Tylenol, the times they took Motrin, when they took their antibiotics, no one sleeping
I do love the cuddles, and the laying on the couch and doing absolutely nothing. However there is so much house work, and it piles up. I wish I had a maid that could come in and clean....
The hardest thing for a mother is seeing her kids in pain. Lacey has an ear infection and cries because they hurt so bad. HURRY UP ANTIBIOTICS KICK IN!!
Miles is so sick and it breaks my heart nothing I do makes him feel better. He has this horrible cough....We took him to the Dr. on Tuesday because he had a fever and a cough that was horrible. The Dr. said it was probably a late cold. I believed the Dr. because he knows more than I do. Well after 5 days of a fever a cough that hadn't gotten better. I took him to Urgent Care where the Dr. there listened to him breathe and decided that he has Pneumonia. She made him do a breathing treatment, ordered lab work, ordered a Chest X-Ray and then took some snot to check for RSV. I have never in my life witnessed something so sad. I honestly wish I could take the pain away from him and make it my own. He was a trooper and didn't cry at all while getting his blood drawn, however during the X-Ray we weren't so lucky. The contraption they put the kids in is crazy. Their feet dangle, their hands are above their heads, they strap them in. It looks so uncomfortable. Miles screamed bloody murder, but the X-Ray tech said they want them to cry so they can get a good picture of the lungs. We won't know the results of the X-Ray until some time tomorrow.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Sunday holidays are like normal days in our house. Brandon goes to work earlier than normal, works harder than normal because everyone comes in to eat, and comes home later than normal. The kids and I slept on the couch last night so Brandon would be able to sleep without being awaken by one of the kids. At 5:30 he was rushing out the door, kissed me goodbye and said "Happy Mother's Day, go to sleep in the bed." I picked up Miles and went to our bed. I got to sleep in with both kids until 9. It was wonderful. We woke up had some waffles, did some cleaning, watched some cartoons, our normal Sunday. After lunch we ran to the store, came home made Smores Cookie Bars, took naps, played outside, went and saw my sister. Now we are headed out to my parents for dinner.
Brandon did text and say he was busy (Which is good) He doesn't think he will be home much before 8. A 14 hour day...I am so blessed he is my husband!!
Happy Mother's Day!!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This is Lacey's favorite
We had to do the spin test on every dress. Lacey loved the way the 1st one spun the best. Luckily the sash comes in a different colors and the dress comes in Ivory.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Having 2 kids of my own I look back a lot and try to remember the way my mom disciplined me. Lacey is a button pusher, and she talks back. My mom said it is a genetic trait passed down from my dad, to me, to her....I am sure she is right. I can't get through telling Lacey "NO" without her saying "But, but"
My mom always knows when to take the kids or take one of the kids. She normally takes Lacey, because Lacey is old enough to talk and she asks to go. When I ask my mom to watch the kids she always says yes. My mom always knows what to say to help me calm down.
Thanks to my mom for being so awesome!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
I am trying to find clothes that fit and look halfway decent. I went through my summer clothes yesterday and let me tell you EVERYTHING looks like a tent!! I think a shopping trip is in order!! I am hoping to find a couple nice dresses to wear the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.
Is it wrong to wear black to an October wedding? I really have no clue what to wear....A long dress, a tea length dress, a knee length dress?!? Ohh geeze I am already stressing and it's not even 3 months out yet. Maybe while we are out clothes shopping I can try on some dresses.
I am hoping that my parents are able to come with us. Built in babysitters! Brandon's sister hired babysitters for the wedding reception but I am not comfortable with people watching my kids that I don't know. But I want to be able to enjoy the reception....I guess we have time to figure at.
Flower girl dresses are SUPER cute!!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
On Tuesday I picked her up from Pre-School and her teacher asked me if Lacey knows anyone in jail. I told her that her biological father was in jail and that Lacey knew that. Well her teacher said that one of the girls in class said that her grandma was going to come pick her up. Lacey said "No her grandma isn't! Her grandma is in jail!" Ohh geeze!!
On Tuesday night we talked to Brandon's step-mom and his sister(Ann). Lacey will be a flower girl in Aunt Ann's wedding in October. So we were discussing wedding plans. Lacey gets on the phone and says "Aunt Ann tell my mom to cut my hair!" We have told Lacey we aren't cutting her hair until after After Aunt Ann's wedding.
On Friday was Brandon's birthday, we went out to eat and Lacey rode with my parents. Lacey kept asking my mom if they were there yet. They were at a stop light a block away from where we were going and Lacey asks "Grammy are we there yet?" My mom says "Almost Lacey." Lacey says "We are not almost there, you are driving around in circles!" My parents laughed so hard they were crying when they got to the restaurant.
She has also started telling knock knock jokes. They don't make any sense but we all laugh after she tells them. Even Miles has started fake laughing to laugh at his sister's jokes.
In other news my sister finds out on the 19th what she is having!! At 22 weeks you can't even tell that she is pregnant!! Lucky duck!!
A good friend of mine EH announced that she is pregnant last week!! Her and her husband are going to make AMAZING parents!! I am loving all these pregnant women!!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
ABC's of me
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you dislike:picking up after the kids...it is an all day thing
D. Dogs: We don't have any yet
E. Essential start to your day: COFFEE and creamer.
F. Favorite color: Green
G. Gold or silver:White gold and silver
H. Height: 5’7”
I. Instruments you play(ed): The flute
J. Job title: Full Time Mommy and part time at Screen Machine
K. Kids: Lacey who is almost 4 and Miles who just turned 1
L. Live: Junction City
M. Mom’s name: Laurie
N. Nicknames: Kate, Liz, Lizzy, sissy, mommy
O. Overnight hospital stays: 2003 for my appendix, 2007 Lacey, and 2010 Miles
P. Pet peeves: People chewing with their mouths open, people who are inpatient at the grocery store
Q. Quote from a movie: I feel the need, the need for Speed
R. Righty or lefty: Lefty
S. Siblings: A wonderful older sister Bethany, an amazing little sister Briana, and my Angel Brother Clayton
T. Time you wake up: Tuesday's and Thursday's 7, every other day I try to be up by 8
U. Underwear: it depends on the day
V. Vegetables you don’t like:I like all vegetables
W. What makes you run late: trying to pack up 2 kids.....I am always forgetting something
X. X-rays you've had: Ankle, back, finger, teeth
Y. Yummy food you make: Taco Soup, Chicken Macaroni
Z. Zoo animal favorites: Polar Bears...years ago Great Bend Zoo had them and I could watch them all day
Last week we had a fun play date at the park with Rachel her 2 kids, and Julie and Jackson. It was great seeing Julie and her cute baby bump!! I just wish it had been warmer than 50*.
I think my Mother-in-law is going to come and spend the weekend with us!!! YAY!! I love my mother-in-law and have missed her. It was nice living in Ottawa, KC was only a 40 min drive.
Brandon is on his 12th day of working...talk about stressful. He will probably have to work 16 more days straight before a day off. I guess I shouldn't complain. At least he has a great job that pays all the bills.
I am planning a baby shower for my sister. She isn't due until August 5th and won't find out what she is having until the middle of April. I just bought all the diapers to make a diaper cake for her!!! I am super excited!! I am also buying a few little things here and there that I get super cheap with coupons.
Brandon's uncles family owns a lake house, and we go every year, however this year they are going August 5-August 11....so we aren't going. I know that babies come when babies are ready so she could go early or she could go late but I don't want to miss it.
Monday, March 21, 2011
The weather has been AMAZING!! Shorts, flip flops, tank tops, no coats, no hats, no gloves...just go outside. Windows open, fans on. Today while we were getting ready to go run our errands I put Lacey in the most adorable shorts she looks at me and says "I can't wear shorts, I didn't shave." I almost died laughing!! A few days ago I told Brandon I couldn't wear shorts because I hadn't shaved in days. They pick up EVERYTHING!
Yard work is getting done this week!! We moved into my grandparents house last year the end of May. My grandparents had TONS of stuff. My grandpa was a carpenter and has every tool known to man, my grandma was a hoarder. My grandpa is in a nursing home and my grandma lives with my parents. Well when we moved in we still had (have) some of my grandparents stuff. This includes 2 sheds in t he backyard, and an entire room full downstairs, plus stuff still in the attic. My parents are on spring break this week so my dad is coming over and we are finally going through the sheds!! We will finally be able to clean up our yard.
I love a huge, well manicured, well landscaped yard. I love being able to have the kids play and know that there is nothing that they can get hurt on. Even though with my 2 there is always something to get hurt on.
I have been doing lots of couponing...scoring some pretty sweet deals!! However I did have the worst experience at Wal-Mart over the weekend. I think I will just stay away from there. I can get better deals, and customer service at Dillons and Target!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
A little back story Brandon and I had taken the cushions off the couch and the chair when my ring went missing. In fact he took them off the chair and I went back and took them off the chair again. I sit on this chair on a daily basis. On Monday night Brandon dug through our trash bin thinking maybe it fell off when I took out the trash. We moved the couch, chair, the bed...we moved the house around. NOTHING!! Brandon took the P trap off the sink which resulted in my dad coming over Sunday to replace the pipes that crumbled in Brandon's hands when he took it off.
Well Miles has started climbing onto EVERYTHING!! He has no fear, yet. Well while Lacey and I were sitting on the chair Miles decides to climb up on the couch and stand on it. I jump up to save him from falling off the couch backwards, and Lacey proclaims "Mommy, I found your ring!! It was right here on the chair, you were just sitting on it." I turn around and say what? She said "Your ring I found it, you were just sitting on it." Sure enough in her tiny little hand was my wedding ring. I had her show me where she found it and she placed it right next to her on the chair. I was and still am in shock. I know on Saturday night it was not in the chair. I know that I checked the chair daily and it wasn't there.
So today Brandon and I took my ring to be sized...from a size 7 to a 5 and 3/4. no wonder it was falling off.
As of yesterday morning I weigh 149!! 2lbs away from the 40lbs mark!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Moving on...my weight fluctuates daily from 150 to 155. My goal by the end of May is to be 140.
I did do some more coupon shopping yesterday. My new addiction has made me get a binder to keep track of those coupons. Making sure I take full advantage of everything. I got a box of Gain fabric sheets for $0.12 at Wal-Mart. Yes a whopping 12 cents!! I also got Tide Stain Release packs at Dillons, I got 2, 18 count bags for $1.50 each. I got Secret Deodorant for $0.50, a 4 pack of Duracell batteries for $1, Gilette shave gel for $1, a free pair of jeans from Target, Dawn dish soap 24fl oz for $0.75. My grand total for all 3 stores yesterday before coupons was $100. I walked away paying $45!! 55% off....I bought all my binder stuff at Wal-Mart that I didn't add into this total.
The kids and I are headed to KC this afternoon so I can pick my Aunt up from the airport tomorrow morning. Hopefully the weather will be nice so we can sneak a trip to Legends and Cabela's. Have a fabulous week!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In January I had taken the kids out to my parents house and my mom had just taken down the Christmas stuff. Lacey walks in the Door and yells "Papa, Papa!!" My dad comes down the stairs and asks Lacey what is wrong. She looks at him with this worried look on her face and says "Where's all your stuff? This is serious!" My dad and I laughed so hard we cried.
Lacey went and stayed a couple nights with my sister. She comes home and says "Aunt Bessie
(Bethy) and Unc let me watch Sponge Bob, it is trash TV!!" We don't let her watch Sponge Bob because I told her once that it was trash TV.
We no longer stop for fast food. Lacey went and spent the night with my parents last weekend. I had gone to pick up Lacey and she says "Grammy took me to McDonalls." I said "Oh Really?" She says "It was the best food ever, Grammy is my favorite!!." My mom looks at her and says "That was a secret you weren't supposed to tell your mom I took you for McDonalds." Lacey says "I not wying, mommy Grammy didn't take me to McDonalls."
Last night Brandon snuck in and surprised Lacey. Lacey says "Where'd you come from?" Brandon says "I came from work, where'd you come from?" Lacey looks at him funny and says "Mommy's tummy!"
Miles isn't talking but he does say mom, dad, sis, papa, down, this, that, stop, and his new word is uh-oh.
The other day he was doing something and I told him no-no. He points his finger and says "Top" I couldn't believe it!! He has done it a few more times since then.
Everything is uh-oh. He throws something and says "uh-oh." Lacey talks back and Miles says "Uh-oh."
I am so glad I get to be their mommy! They drive me crazy, make me laugh, make me smile, and fill my heart with so much Happiness!! Happy Wednesday!!
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I have become addicted to Couponing. In my free time I am looking for the biggest bang for my buck. I follow www.hip2save.com, thefrugalgirl.com. I am ADDICTED!! I can't wait for my next shopping trip.
The kids and I just went to Dillons to go shopping. I am a bit upset because I didn't realize until I got home that 3 items rang up different than what they had posted. But oh well it is raining and cold and I don't want to go back out in this crap!! 10 boxes of cereal...$7.75 for all 10 boxes. Roughly $0.78 a box. how my coupons worked. I downloaded some to my Dillons card. 2 $0.55, one for Cinnamon toast crunch, and 1 for Honey Nut Cheerios. I had 2 $0.55 coupons for Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Honey Nut Cheerios. I had 4 $0.75 off Cinnamon Cheerios (Dillons double coupons up to a dollar) so they were really $1.00 coupons. I then had 5 if you buy 2 you save $1.00. The cereal was on sale for $2.18 a box. However the Honey nut Cheerios didn't ring up right, the rang up $3.20. You may think that is a lot of cereal, but we eat about 2 boxes a week. WE LOVE CEREAL!! Some days Lacey will eat cereal for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Next on my list was Yogurt we eat tons of YOGURT, they were on sale 10 for 6, I had 2 coupons for $0.40 off 6 (really $0.80) I bought 12 for a $0.46 a piece.
Bounty was on sale for $5.99 for an 8 pack, I had downloaded a coupon to my card for $2.00, then had a $1 coupon. $2.99=$0.37 a roll.
Charmin on sale for $5.99 for 12 pack. They had a coupon you could download for $3.00. I also had a $1 coupon. $1.99=$0.17 a roll!!
Puffs were free, they had a special for $1.45, I had downloaded a $0.50 coupon, I had a coupon for $0.50 (doubled a $1) they paid me $0.05 to take them home!!
Pantene downloaded coupon for $1.00, on sale for $3.49. I had a $2 coupon and $1 coupon $1.49 a piece
Glide dental floss on sale for $2.50, I had downloaded a $0.75 coupon, and I had a $0.75 coupon, (doubled a $1) I paid $0.75.
Chex Mix Lacey's favorite snack on sale for $1.25 dowloaded coupon for $0.50 off 2. had a coupon for $0.50 off 2 (doubled a $1) 2 for $1.
Gogurts on sale for $1.99 had a downloaded coupon for $0.75 off 2, and had a coupon for $0.75 off 2 (doubled a $1) $1.12 a piece
Progresso soup on sale for $1.25, $1 off 4=$1 a piece
Than last but not least my favorite pretzels on sale for 2.99(rang up wrong $3.49) $1 off coupon $2.49.
My starting total before coupons and my plus card was $103.86 my ending out of pocket was $41.39!! Over 60% in savings!!
I am looking for boots for my mountain climbing adventure. I think I found a pair at Cabela's that I really like. I am going to go try them on next week Monday when I go to KC to pick up my aunt from the airport. Here is a picture og the bootss7_813569_048_01
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I am ready to get outside early and work out outside. I am ready for the kids to be outside all day. I hate being cooped up in the house because it is too cold to go out. We are taking full advantage of the nice days, there have been a lot lately.
I am starting to train to go climb some 14'ers with my Dad in Colorado in June. I have always wanted to go Mountain climbing with him and now I am finally going to be able to go!! He told me today "Now you know that we don't stay in a Hotel that we sleep in a tent?" Growing up we camped out almost every weekend. I don't remember many weekends as a kid at home. Hopefully my dad will be able to go with his knee.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Other new life I have tons of friends that are expecting!! I love new babies. It really gives me baby fever. I would love more kids but financially it would be stupid....and in all honesty we have a boy and a girl, a perfect family.
Death...every one dies. It sucks. I have lost numerous people. My Great Grandma in 8th grade, my Great Aunt in 2000, my Grandpa in 2001, my brother in 2004, family friends here and there. It breaks my heart. Just seeing other people cry makes me cry.
On Friday I get a text from Brandon, one of the owners of the company he works for died suddenly of a massive heart attack. Now I have only seen Brandon cry twice since we have been together. The 1st time was when his friend lost his wife suddenly, and the 2nd time was when I had Miles.
Brandon came home Friday night and was playing with Miles. He stopped looked at me and said "I don't know if Larry had any kids." And he starts crying. It broke my heart. I didn't know what to say or what to do. I just gave him my shoulder and let him cry.
May you rest in peace Larry. LL&G Christmas Parties will never be the same.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
It is amazing how much he has grown. He walks, says a few words, terrorizes Lacey, starting to sleep in his crib, still nursing....he says mama, dada, sis, uh-oh, down, and papa. A 1st year look in photos
Monday, February 21, 2011
It was just me and Lacey all day
A couple days before I was induced Lacey and I went to Lawrence for a date. We went shopping and got some new clothes for her, took her out to lunch, went to Target, and no Mommy daughter date would be complete without a trip to DQ for Ice Cream.
I thought I was ruining her life. Completely changing EVERYTHING she has every known. She had my undivided attention for 2 years 7 months and 1 week. Her life will never be the same. A last picture before Miles is born.
Well little did I know that her love for him would be instantaneous.
Telling Mommy all about her new Brudder.