Saturday, February 26, 2011
Today I decided to try it out and see what happened. Crying. Lots of crying.
Since Ambrosio came over to fix the bathroom wall today, we didn't go anywhere in the morning. After so much time spent inside, I looked at the blue rain-free sky and decided to take the kids down to the ocean to walk along the sidewalk and then maybe have dinner down there. Glenn was in desperate need of a nap (Genny came in talking loudly while I was putting him down this morning, so he woke right up and didn't go down again), so the car ride helped that out. What didn't help was the fact that I realized I forgot my wallet at home after we parked down town and had to drive back to get it. Glenn let me know that he had been in the car a little too long.
After the screaming and crying ceased (aka when we parked and I got him out) we had a nice chilly stroll by the ocean. Then we ate at a Japanese resteraunt for dinner and had Cold Stone ice cream for dessert. It was all very lovely but quite chilly.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Ok, I'm a sandwich girl. I like to make them, I like to eat them. This one is the best one I've made in quite a while. Here's the recipe:
Kari's Croissant Grilled Sandwich
Gouda sliced cheese (mine is from Trader Joes)
Antibiotic-free deli meat (yay hate free!)
Fillet the croissant and butter the inside. Grill in a pan until crisp. Add cheese, meat, then spinach and grill on both sides.
Oh my, this sandwich was so good. I only made one, thinking that Genny wouldn't like her portion and would end up eating meat, cheese and spinach separately, but she loved it and ate more than half of the sandwich.
Tomorrow I will make another.
I didn't even try.
As the months have come and gone since Thomas's deployment started, I've tried to sprinkle out my manly needs amongst my neighbors. Ask one man to clean up a dead mouse, ask another to start up the motorcycles. It was Nick's turn for me to ask a favor of him, and I needed Rosy's help too. I asked her to watch the kids while Nick and I went to get the foot locker. Afterwards, we all had dinner here, I made my new favorite meal Lazy Baked Greek Chicken. They all stayed after to watch/help put Genny down. It's such a nice break in routine to have someone stay and hang out while I'm putting Genny down. It helps Glenn if he's super tired (like tonight) and it keeps Genny going with the routine, as opposed to her vehement "NO!"s that she tells me when sensing my urgency of getting her to bed when in order to get Glenn to bed.
As I finish tonight's blog, I think to myself, tomorrows Friday. I finally get my massage. This is one of the luxuries I deemed a necessity while Thomas has been gone. With caring for these two babes 99% of the time, I get sore muscles and boy does that massage feel good on them. I have found the goddess Karin from Massage Carlsbad and just LOVE her massages. I even want to be her friend outside of our business relationship and plan on inviting her to my next gathering, which will hopefully be in the next month or two for Thomas's welcome home party.
My sore muscles and I need to go to bed. And we need to stop off in the nursery on our way there to soothe a crying baby. Maybe when Thomas comes home I can stop trying to do the Sears Method and focus on the Ferber Method full time. Maybe then Glenn and I will both get some sleep...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Or maybe you'll sit in the warmth of your house and turn on the tap for some water. Maybe you'll flick the switch to turn on the light. I'll sit in my house with extra supplies for nothing... Yah, that sounds a lot more likely.
Yes Kate, you are prepared. You are prepared for the one to two inches of rain we will get over the next two days. How did you prepare? By doing nothing. Because nothing is what is warrented of this storm we have here. My silly flare for the dramatic has landed me with extra water sitting in containers and knowledge of where the candles and flashlights are. I am so humerously overly prepared that Kate seemed to try to mask her amusement at my worries tonight at dinner. Ah Kate, if I didn't realize how much I've over done it, I wouldn't have even known...
So kudos to you, Kate, for not making me feel like a complete idiot in explaining my preparations for this 'huge storm' we're having here. What a good friend.
P.S. The reason I prepare? I grew up in Northern Michigan where you had to have supplies in your car in the winter because it was probable that if you got stuck in a snow drift somewhere you were there for at least a few hours, maybe even longer since cell phones weren't as common back then. We also had to leave the water dripping so the pipes didn't freeze... Then I lived in Okinawa where we had five [count 'em, FIVE] typhoons [hurricanes] my first summer there, one lasting five days. So since I've lived in areas where you need to prepare for the elements, I tend to overly prepare. Cause there's nothing like realizing you're out of something and knowing you can't get more for a few days.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Here's a little glimps into one of our afternoons outside. This particular one involves hanging out in Kate's front yard while she planned her garden and planted seeds for it. Genny was eager to help plant the peas.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The other books we got: a discounted four-book set that has letters, numbers, colors & shapes, and animals; 'That's Not My Bunny' (a favorite book from Aunt Christine's house); and a 50% off 'Where Is Love, Biscuit?' book.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
~figured out how to get out of the fence in the living room that I haven't had to connect [until today]
~Loves melba toast crackers
~Still has no teeth (I'm starting to think the amber teething necklace I bought him is preventing his teeth from coming in)
~crawls almost as fast as Genny runs
~has a ticklish back
~goes to bed at 7:30pm and wakes up for the day at [the latest] 5am
~is precious in every way
Saturday, February 12, 2011
My neighborhood teenager has offered babysitting since the day we moved in. I remember the kids gathering around Thomas as he unloaded boxes from the truck, asking him questions, and 'S' volunteering her services if we ever needed them. I'm not a big fan of leaving Genny with anyone except medical personal, but Shelby's dad told me the other day that she needs to complete 100 hours of community service before she graduates, and she wants to baby sit to complete them. I marinated the thought in my mind, and realized that if she came over, I could get some stuff done around the house while she occupied the kids. It was perfect: I was outside, in earshot of the kids, but not having to worry if Genny was pushing Glenn or if he was choking on something. I picked up dog poop, and started tackling the area between our master bedroom slider and the sunroom that Thomas paved last year (because it was tragically looking like it was supposed to be grass and weeds instead of pavers).
Thomas has been doing a little of his own marinating: a plan for the back yard landscaping. I thought it would be nice for him if he didn't have to take care of a bunch of weeds first before he started on anything he has planned. Let's just see how much I get done before he gets home... This could end up just like the master bathroom project and sit half-way done. But then again, any de-weeding is better than none.
This is what I got done. I had to stop if I wanted to get a shower in before I let 'S' go home. I did get other spots in the back yard weeded, but these are the only pictures I took. (and yes, they are two different angles, not because I wanted to confuse you, but because I took one picture outside, and one from my bedroom slider)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
One of the moms held a Valentines Day party last week and boy was it fun! It was probably the best Valentines Day party I've ever been to. From the decorations, to the food (yummy heart-shaped cupcakes, cookies, grapes and oranges) it was wonderful. She had so many activities planned that we only got to a few of them before we had to leave to go home for lunch. All in all, it was a good first Valentines Day party for the kids!