Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kids and My Starbucks Addiction

Hmm.  Where to start.

This is probably going to be a word vomit of a blog post. Actually, it turned our sorta organized.

It's going to be too cool for the pool this weekend.  And the zoo will be packed.  We need something fun to do.

We've been working on potty training for the last few weeks (for Monkey) and haven't seen much any progress.  This is the hardest thing I've had to do as a parent.  I can handle the sleepless baby nights pretty well, but potty training is a horse of a different color. Guys, it's hard! She's pretty stubborn about the potty.  She can sit on it a dozen times a day and nothing. I know, I know, we could go the commando method but I don't want pee and poop all over my house. So we'll wait for it to warm up. I also know it'll click with her at some point, but it's hard waiting (and school's just a few months away). Will someone come potty train my kid?

Last night, for the first time ever, GMac and Monkey really interacted.  Don't get me wrong, Monkey loves him and plays with him all the time and he smiles back and recognizes her, but they really played together.

GMac loves to put anything in his mouth including your face.  He'll go for a cheek, a chin, anything and cover you in a gallon of slobber.  He was doing this last night and Monkey was losing it.  He'd try to get my cheek or chin in his mouth and notice she was laughing at him.  He'd stop and smile at her then do it again. She'd laugh, he'd stop and smile, then he'd do it again. It was pretty awesome.

He's going to be the trouble maker in the family, doing all of her dirty work for her.

Yesterday, for the first time in over a year, I wore button up jeans.  They fit pretty well. Today they didn't fit too well.  I blame the daily mochas this week...

Monday: It was Monday and I dropped the kids off at my parents which meant I was driving right by Kroger's Starbucks on my way to work.
Tuesday: Tuesdays are my busy day at work and this Tuesday was shaping up to be particularly busy. Also, I dropped the kids of at the babysitter and the stand alone Starbucks was on my way to the office.
Wednesday: I went to the bank, got donuts for the Monkey, and went to get a bottle of Coke for a recipe.  Also, C got a mocha on his way to Columbus which justified me getting a mocha (we have a not so solid pact to not get mochas during the week).
Thursday: I got very little sleep on Wednesday night partially due to the David Letterman finale and partially due to GMac waking up right at the end of the finale and not settling back down after his bottle. While I went to straight to work, C dropped of the kids and Starbucks is also on his way to the office (convenient) so be brought me one.
Friday: I hope to not go to Starbucks but who are we kidding?

What have we learned from this: 
1. Starbucks is always on the way unless I am going straight from home to work and even then I will ask someone to bring me a mocha.
2. It is no wonder we made Starbucks Gold status so quickly.
3. I am weak.

Also, I am currently loving coke slushies and hostess cupcakes.

Help.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Some Stuffs

Hello from Cleveland!!

Have you noticed my posts have become more regular? It's like my blog had some Activia. You're welcome for that.

Monkey keeps asking to go to the "hosible" to get a baby Eloise. She's even asking my mom.

Also, she loves playing with her "piggaly pockets" at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

I miss broccoli.  A certain second child of mine seems to be sensitive to it (as most babies are) and gets rather gassy.

Today C and I are in Cleveland to watch the not-so-mighty Indians take on the Cardinals.  It's my first night away from GMac (I have no worries) so I'm hoping for a full night of sleep.  One of the games we'll be sitting in club seats which come with all the food we can eat.  I do like food.

Have you seen Royals on E?  It's good (really, it's bad).  My new Gossip Girl/Hart of Dixie.  I really can't stand the King's brother (not even a little bit), but the Prince and Ophelia make up for it.


Monday, May 11, 2015

My Update

My high school alumni page recently asked for updates from all alumni.  They are the usual updates of "I'm married" or "I have kids" or "I work for the Chicago Bears."  That last one is really showing off. 

I too am married with kids, but there's more. So much more. My update is a bit lengthy for facebook so I'm posting it here....

I've developed a love of television. I blame getting married to a law school student who turned into a lawyer. They work a lot.

I also have a very mediocre blog that I am very proud of and average no less than 10 page views a day. After waiting 20ish months since the last ads check (you have to accrue $20ish dollars before they'll cut a check) I recently received another check for ads displayed on my blog.

when in undergrad (ha! not like I have masters classes to compare it to) I received an email informing me I was the Business College Student of the Year.  I never received a certificate so I'm not 100% sure it's true (but I do list it on my resume).

I currently have a penchant for Coke (-a Cola) Speedy Freezes and Hostess cupcakes.  I also have learned to take a princess cup for the Monkey so she can have some of my slushy (go ahead, call CPS) and not commandeer my large 32 ounce cup - that's the smallest Styrofoam cup you can get at Speedway.  Forget the environment, I want my Speedy Freeze to last longer than it would in the plastic cups. Also, I finish the 32 ounces, so there.  Hey, it could be worse.

Rookie of the Year is still my favorite movie of all time.  ALL. TIME.

I'm still doing the same shower routine as I was in high school: wash and rinse hair; apply conditioner; shave arm pits and legs (but only once a week on the legs); wash face and rest of body; rinse conditioner.  I am not showering as regularly as I did in high school because KIDS.

I have switched face cleansers.

I regularly find food on my clothes (and proceed to eat it) when pumping (or whenever, really).

When I'm feeling blue I read my favorited tweets. They're so funny (that's why I favorited them) that they'll always cheer me up.


And last but very certainly not least, the Cherokee Dogwood tree we purchased for the front yard two years ago has died and I'm none too impressed with the "customer service" at Lancaster Greenhouse.

So what's your update?

Monday, May 4, 2015

The real news from this past weekend is that I wore non-maternity pants.

This weekend I wore shorts that buttoned up and a belt.  The rest of the weekend was just gravy.

Friday evening we bounced back and forth on what to do for dinner and went with bacon cheeseburgers.  Then we took our double stroller (and children) on a walk.  Calm down folks, I know it's exciting, but not everyone can be us. We also rented Paddington since Grandpa and Emmy are in the UK and it takes place in London.

Saturday morning C took the kids to Starbucks while I slept just a little bit longer.  Then we tried to potty train the Monkey.  Every 20-30 minutes on the potty for 5-ish minutes.

Nothing.

Nada.

Zilch.

I'm beginning to think Monkeys cannot be potty trained.

We are bribing her with whatever she wants (I don't think she fully appreciates this).  As soon as she potties she gets a Reese cup (although I need to replenish the stash as C and I have been rewarding ourselves this weekend for pottying) a Thomas train, a Percy train, and a Gordon train (she added the last two yesterday).  Again, nothing.

We haven't tried the commando method. That'll be coming next week.

Other things we did between trips to the Mickey Mouse potty included:

Watched coverage of Princess Kate's speedy delivery and public appearance.  I was barely conscious 8 hours giving birth, so I'm not sure how she was able to walk in Jimmy Choos.  I must admit my hair did look pretty good as I was only in the hospital for 20 minutes before having GMac (way to ignore the signs of labor, RACHEL) which meant I didn't have much time to get sweaty or mess up my hair.

Spending time in the glorious outdoors.

Walking to Speedway for a coke slushy and hostess cupcakes.

Cleaning.

Raising GMac's crib so he can sleep in there at night (just as soon as he sleeps for more than 3 hours at a time).  Our current dilemma is that he's a larger baby and is borderline too big for his cradle (it's not waking him up or anything), but when he's an entire room away, the window to sooth him without having to feed him quickly closes. Hence the 1:00 am and 4:30 a.m. bottles this morning. So I'm keeping him the cradle until he asks to move.



We also put the monitor in the nursery which means we can no longer watch Monkey sleep.  *tears*

We had shish kabobs for dinner and they were mighty yummy.

After the Monkey was asleep I read an entire book.  Well, almost an entire book.  Chapters 4 through the end (39 or something).

We got to church on time on Sunday (thank you, thank you very much) mainly because we were greeters (because we forgot we were greeters a few weeks ago and another couple thought they were so we just switched).  Monkey was rather upset we didn't get to sing "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" and also wasn't too concerned that Grandpa wasn't there as "he's playing soccer."

Monkey did get to wear her first Lilly dress! I had her telling Grandma and C, "It's my first Lilly!"



We grabbed some lunch from McDonald's (fancy!) and watched some baseball (until C said he couldn't watch the Indians any more).

We were a bit more lax on the potty training and just sat down a few times.  Instead we enjoyed the day outside.

I made the Pioneer Woman's yummy Bowtie Chicken Alfredo with almost no problems (the Parmesan cheesy globed together), but it was rather good.  Then we walked off those calories on our way to the "ice cream factor" (aka DQ) to refuel.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

the bug

I've got the travel bug.

Bad. (Is that proper grammar?)

New York City. 
Los Angeles. 
Washington, D.C. 
Charleston. 
The Beach. 
The South. (in general)
London. 

I want to go to all of them.