Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Quick Lesson in Parenting

Crash is my third child. One would assume that at this point in my life, I would have figured a few things out, or at least not forgotten some very important things.

1. Kids LOVE stickers.
2. Just because stickers are cheap, they do not make a good splurge purchase.
3. Kids will put sticker anywhere AND everywhere.
4. If you are going to hide something, make sure the child is not in the room when you hide it.
5. Also keep in mind that your two year old is actually a very agile climber.
6. Where there is a will, there is a way.
7. I'm not as smart as I thought I was.

Case in point. The other night, I bought Crash some Cars stickers. He immediately started putting them on the coffee table. I convinced him that his big wheel motorcycle was a much better spot. I took the stickers from him and place them high out of his reach. Fast forward to the next time. I ran upstairs to throw some dishes in the dishwasher. I came back down to this:

Excuse the quality of the photos. They came from my phone.

He managed to climb up and get the stickers down. He resumed his job of applying the stickers to the coffee table. I couldn't help but smile and laugh.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

One Project Down

A million more to go. :o) I finally finished my first official piece of makeover furniture. It was nothing huge or intricate, but I am still pretty proud of it. I found this coffee table on Craig's List for $5. I couldn't pass it up. I instantly knew what I wanted to transform this junk into: a cuter, less cluttered toy shelf. Here is the table after I sanded it a little. (I started painting the bottom before I remembered to take some "before" shots. Oops!)

I also picked up some baskets at the Salvation Army. I think I paid around $4 for all of them. Here they are just waiting for me attack them with the spray paint. I used Krylon's Ballet Slipper in Satin.

Close up of the basket

The finished product!

Yes, I did hide some toys under the shelf. They will not fit in any basket. I have some other containers that I am going to try painting. I don't want to just get rid of them. If the paint adheres, I will line them up behind the baskets. I'm a complete control freak so it is really nice for cars, trucks, legos, etc. to each have their own spot.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The People Under the Stairs

Well technically we aren't UNDER the stairs. We are just downstairs. "What the heck are you talking about??" Dear friends, I am referring to my children and myself. My hubby works nights (11pm- sometime in the morning). To aid in giving him a more peaceful sleeping environment, the kiddos and I hang out in the family room in the basement. Every.single.week.night. I would hate to compare it to a prison sentence, but there are really quite a few similarities. Lol. Ok, so not really, but sometimes it feels that way.

My husband works in shipping. There really aren't a lot of day shifts in his industry. I am totally cool with that. However, there are some shifts that are more desirable than others. I am not particularly fond of his current shift. The previous shift he was on was from about 5pm-2am. He made the switch nearly a year ago. It really wreaked havoc on our lives at the time. "What would we do with Crash? How would Tater and Grace get to school?" Cooler heads prevailed and we were able to resolve the conflicts. I never imagined the other problems this new shift would cause.

D is not sleeping nearly as much. He's having a very hard time falling and staying asleep during daylight hours. It is also VERY difficult to keep three kiddos confined to the basement, quietly. It's hard to get three kids to do ANYTHING quietly. Grace and Tater are usually pretty good about entertaining Crash while I run upstairs to cook dinner. Crash cannot come upstairs because he runs straight for his daddy's room and starts knocking on the door and shouting. This would actually be a lot funnier if daddy didn't wake up. Lol.

The kids are not able to have friends stay the night. Friday is the only ideal night for the kids to have buddies sleep over because we are so freaking busy on Saturdays and Sundays. I suppose we could let them stay the night, but I would feel awful about getting onto them for being too loud and having too much.

Crash is not sleeping through the night. He typically falls asleep around 8 or 9. My hubby starts getting all of his work stuff together around 9:45 and he has difficulties with doing this quietly. He usually wakes Crash up. It doesn't help that I have to get Crash up at 5 am to take him to work with me. He is accustomed to waking up at this time, so there is no sleeping in at our house.

My hubby and I talk less. When he worked the earlier shift, we would be able to chat for a little while and even talk on the phone. Not so much any more. As he is getting up to go to work, I am going to bed. We pretty much communicate through text messages. It is not the best situation, but we make it work.

Lately, the hubs has become very unhappy with his job. I pray every night that he has the strength and guidance to make it through each day. Yes, he has a family to support, but he cannot live every day feeling so miserable. So, while he is battling his demons and deciding what is best for him, I will patiently wait and support him in whatever he decides to do. I love him and I just want him to be happy.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy 101

Thank you to Alyssa. She is so down to earth and I feel like I really relate to her on a lot of things. Her blog is about the everyday happenings in her life. She also includes some recipes that have been the BOMB!

1) List 10 things that make you happy
2) Tag 10 bloggers that brighten your day
3) If you are one of the 10 bloggers awarded, link back to my blog and continue brightening people's day!

10 Things That Make Me Happy
1.) My hubby. He is such a big silly teddy bear. We butt heads sometimes, but we always make up in the end.
2.) My kids. They are my entire world. I love their giggles.
3.) Coffee. I love it. I love the smell. I love the taste. I love that you can have it a million different ways.
4.) Books. I love just sitting down under a blanket reading a good book.
5.) Music. More specifically "coffee house" music. I like how simple it is. A couple of instruments and lyrics. Not a bunch of effects.
6.) Cold sheets and pillows. I love when you first lie down in bed and there is a little chill to the blankies. I hate to be hot when I sleep and I love how cool they start out.
7.) Purses. I love purses. I am probably addicted to them. I like them most because they always fit. :o)
8.) Thrift store shopping. I LOVE going to Goodwill and the Salvation Army looking for great deals. I get such a "high" when I do score something.
9.) Rehabbing furniture. I just started on my first piece and I have a lot to go, but I really like doing it. It is so cool to have some idea in mind and then watch it take place.
10.) Chocolate. I love chocolate. Dark chocolate is the best. Milk chocolate really isn't my cup of tea. Chocolate puts me in such a good mood.

I'm not going to nominate anyone because I read the same blogs as everyone else and I think they have all been nominated. Lol.

What makes you happy???

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Little Something, Something

I've been secretly working on another blog. You can check it out here. It's just me documenting my weight loss, or at least ATTEMPT at weight loss. :o)

I thought if I made a blog and put it out there, I would work harder to drop the lbs. I don't want to fail in front of everybody. I did a huge thing and listed my weight. Never in my life have I done this. It was a little nerve racking, but I felt it was something I needed to do. I still haven't posted a "before" photo. I keep forgetting. That's probably something I will do this week.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My 101 in 1001

Yep, I'm going to do it. I'm going to jump on the bandwagon late and make a list. I'm sure you have all seen these lists all over the blogosphere. I LOVE lists, and I am ready to be committed to this one. It took me a week to reach 101. I had to cheat and look at other's lists, but don't tell any one. Shhhhhh....... So here it is, in all it's glory.

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

My 101 in 1001
Start Date: January 6, 2010
End Date: October 3, 2012

All About Me
1. Lose 30-50 pounds
2. Purchase an iPhone
3. Visit the lady doc. I know TMI. Nothing going on, just haven't been in for routine service. :o)
4. Stop picking skin on feet
5. Buy all of Joshua Radin's albums
6. Buy an MP3 player
7. Buy new mascara
8. Buy one "nice" nail polish (Any recs?)
9. Buy 2 perfumes (Again, any recs?)
10. Take better care of skin
11. Get another tattoo
12. Read 50 books (0/50)
13. Get new glasses
14. Buy 6 new bras (0/6)
15. Read the Bible
16. Find a church
17. Attend church at least once a month (0/32)
18. Change all accounts to my married name
19. Be more organized
20. Stay up until midnight on NYE at least once in 1001 days

21. Strip table in garage
22. Paint table in garage
23. Paint picture frames
24. Learn how to sew
25. Crochet a blanket
26. Make a camera strap cover
27. Attend at least 2 photography classes (0/2)
28. Take more photos
29. Organize photos better
30. Buy an external hard drive
31. Make a quilt of each of the kids (0/3)
32. Paint 5 paintings (0/5)
33. Make coasters
34. Start a veggie garden
35. Start an herb garden
36. Start a flower garden
37. Dry my own herbs
38. Can my pasta sauce
39. Can my salsa
40. Make sugar scrubs

For Others
41. Pay for the person behind me at a drive-thru
42. Leave at least a 50% tip for awesome service
43. Give ten "just because" gifts (0/10)
44. Collect all of my loose change for 1001 days
45. Donate said change to a charity
46. Buy something from Etsy
47. Donate a cart worth of food to a pantry
48. Surprise the parents at work with something thoughtful

For the House
49. Clean and organize the pantry
50. Clean and organize the hall closet
51. Plan a budget
52. Stick to the budget
53. Pay off Chase
54. Pay of Bank of America
55. Build shelf in the laundry room
56. Put carpet down
57. Paint boys' bedroom
58. Paint Grace's bedroom
59. Paint master bedroom
60. Paint basement bathroom
61. Paint upper bathroom
62. Paint kitchen
63. Paint family room
64. Paint light fixtures
65. Vacuum van once a month (0/32)
66. Wash van once a month (0/32)
67. Clean and organize spice cabinet
68. Purchase a flat panel t.v.
69. Hang photos of kids

For the Fam
70. Go on a family vacation for the first time
71. Go on at least two long weekends with the hubby (0/2)
72. Have family night once a month (0/32)
73. Have a date night at least twelve times (0/12)
74. Have professional family photos taken
75. Rent a nice car for a day
76. Start a journal for my hubby
77. Have a mani/pedi day with Aubrey at least six time (0/6)
78. Buy twelve DVDs (0/12)
79. Make a candle lit dinner for the hubs
80. Take the fam fishing
81. Go to a blues bar
82. Go on a picnic
83. Go to the park at least 50 times (o/50)
84. Fly a kite with the kids
85. Star gaze with the kids
86. Walk Lady at least 8 times a month (0/256)

87. Visit the City Museum
88. Visit the Arch
89. Visit caves
90. Visit the Science Center
91. Visit Elephant Rock
92. See an ocean in person
93. Go somewhere for NYE
94. Visit Chicago
95. Visit a winery
96. Attend at least one MLB game (0/1)
97. Attend at least one NFL game (0/1)
98. Attend at least one NHL game (0/1)
99. Visit Brimfield, IL or any of the surrounding areas

100. Donate $5.00 for any task not completed
101. Start planning a vow renewal getaway

And there you have it. That's my list. Some of them are pretty silly, but hey, so am I. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to ask!!