Thursday, January 31, 2008
So what brought this on? Well, my friend was showing me her car seat the other day and I saw she had folded up towels under her seats. That's a No-no (ahem...you know who you are and you still haven't taken them off! Get busy girl). I took one out and reinstalled her harnessed seat. She was supposed to take the other towels out and put a shelf liner after I left since her seats are leather. (AHEM!!!!!! Now, not in 2 months Miss J) She had a friend come over yesterday and noticed not only the car seat flopping all over (serious belt slack) but that the chest clip was at the baby's belly. The friend was pretty nonchalant about it from what I gathered. That just appalls me. How can a parent be nonchalant about their child when it comes to being in a vehicle? Said vehicle could be driving 15mph and in an accident, it won't matter. The child could be seriously injured and possibly die. Can you imagine at 70mph? So my friend helped her reinstall her seat and told her all about ME. :) Yes, I'm the Car Seat nazi and damn proud.
All I ask is that any parents out there reading this, PLEASE take the time to do some research. Keep your child harnessed as long as possible. There are many options out there now. Check out my links. Check out some of the YouTube videos such as Belle's Gift and the Kyle Miller video.
Don't blindly go by weight limits the mfg give you on the seat. Just because the seat can be used at 30lbs does not mean it should be used at 30lbs.
Check the expiration dates if you have a carseat that is 4-5 years old. Yes, car seats DO have expiration dates. They are anywhere from 5-8 years depending on the brand. It's not a marketing ploy. Plastic does degrade over time and break down. Think about it like this- milk also has an expiration date. It may not spoil on the exact date marked on the carton, but it WILL spoil.
Make sure any seat you are using, is used properly. That means the chest clip is level with the armpits, the straps are as tight on their shoulders as you can get and at the correct slot positions and the seat is at the correct angle. Babies under aget 1 AND 20lbs (not or) must be rear facing. Leave them RF until the limits of the seat if you can. No, their long legs will not bother them and it's better to have broken legs than a broken neck.
Make sure you read the manual and install your seat correctly. If you need help, find a CPST in your area. Your seat shouldn't move more than 1 inch at the belt path, but even better if it doesn't move at all.
This is your child(ren)s life at stake. They are your pride and joy. You are the parent and with that comes a responsibility to keep them safe. Don't let them down.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Dh had to buy a new car battery a few weeks ago so we followed him to Discount Auto Parts. Just a few days later, we passed by a different DAP and he kept saying "battery dead". He recognized the store front/sign!
He can recognize a Target/SuperTarget if we pass one(well, we do shop there a LOT. He noticed one near Orlando last weekend as we drove down the interstate).
He knows what Campbell's is (local ice cream joint) and we don't go there very often.
Just this morning, we passed by our fave pizza place and he remembered picking up pizza last week there. "mmm I wuv it"
I'm happy to say he doesn't know what Walmart is. I don't shop there if I can help it.
It just really surprises me how much he remembers. Now if we would only apply that to his ABCs, shapes, colors, etc!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The cast of ingredients. Please pretend there is actually pasta in that box. I added a cast member after I had poured the pasta. I didn't realize I had cheese! Btw, if you don't usually like Ragu sauce, try the Organic version. Yum!!
Boil water...ignore all my pregnancy pills in the back ;)
Add salt- AFTER boiling water. Did you know salt before boiling can scar your pan? You can only truly season pasta in the water it's boiling in, not afterwards.
Stir it around. Cook until al dente. Okay, so I've never known exactly when that was, so I just taste as it cooks....a few times. Mmm.
Drain well, shake a bit to get all the excess water hiding away in the pasta. Noone wants watery pasta.
Pour into your baking dish- can you see the steam in the back?
Time to pour the sauce!
Add some cheese and stir it around. Taste test...mmmm
Add some extra cheese on top.
If you have time, just put it in a 350 oven until it's really hot and the cheese is melty, but I was hungry (I'm pregnant people!) so I just put it under the broiler until the top layer was melty. I really like a browned cheese top but didn't feel like waiting that long. Low fat cheese just doesn't brown very well either. Dh is on WW though so low fat it is.
And it's done! Scoop some out to feed your children and nibble on some more until it's time to make your plate.
I decided to see if we had some garlic bread and found some in the back of the freezer. Here it is in it's frozen state. I chose to throw it in our Advantium oven so I didn't have to use the normal oven again.
And after it was done. Yummmmmy! I could eat all 3 pieces but I'll be nice and share.
And that was the end of my not-so-gourmet pasta dinner. Quick and easy!
Monday, January 28, 2008
On the drive over...watching the Incredibles
We met some very distant cousins of Donald and Daisy...and fed them popcorn while the toddler next to us fed them goldfish and giggled.
Ohhh mememememe! Pick me!
And a couple of non-Disney related pics...
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Here’s an interesting meme (yes, I had to look it up as I had no clue). Julie tagged me and I'm tagging the rest of you!
List ten things I have done that others likely have not. This was very hard to do (I'm such a boring person LOL).
1... I played the violin in the school orchestra for 8 years. I was pretty good and was always in 1st violin, and between 1st-3rd chair.
2... I worked in a bicycle handlegrips factory for a few months. (!!)
3... I failed geometry in middle school (seriously, it wasn't my fault!)
4... I worked for a vending/wholesale distributor for over 8 years and got to try samples of new foods/candies before they hit the shelves (and I wonder why I got fat?).
5... I lived with my parents until I got engaged and then moved in with my fiance, BIL and MIL for over a year.
6... I aced all my spelling tests in 5th grade so much that the teacher just let me give the test instead of taking it.
7... I dared/taunted my sister when we were kids to swim across an above ground pool and she nearly drowned. I believe my dad had to jump in to get her. Oops.
8... I've breastfed 2 boys for 4.5 years in total.
9... I've visited all major theme parks in the Central FL area at least once. I've done WDW more times than I can count.
10... I/my family has owned one dog or another my entire life.
Told you I'm boring! This was tough!!!
ETA: I thought of another one. I've been to two Super Bowls in Tampa!
ETA: Laying down for a few minutes helped. I don't think it's my blood pressure though as I don't show any other signs of preeclampsia. I will ask my MW though about it.
ETAA: I had no other problems all day and we had fun at Disney!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
This time around, I know the midwives want you to keep a record too. Ugh! Like I want to write down every time she's fed or changed. This is my 3rd baby, I think I can handle it. But I will be the good little mommy and write it down for their records. I did come across this handy little gadget. Not sure if I want to buy it or not though. I'd still have to write everything down for the 1st 2 weeks or so. At least it would help me remember what side I nursed on, that is if I remembered to push the buttons. I can see in my sleep deprived stupor, not remembering to do that either. It's all a mad cycle!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This morning, he wanted a snack too. Guess what he asked for? Apples and turkey. He also got some salami and cheese. At least it's somewhat healthy!
#2 He's pretty funny. This morning's conversation went something like this. (We pass a cow/horse pasture everyday near Logan's school)
I: Look at all the poopy!
Me: (laughing) Yea, that's a lot of poop.
I: Bad dog
Me: What dog?
I: Bad Horse!
Me: Why's the horse bad?
I: Horse no poop in potty.
Me: (cracking up) Horses don't poop in the potty. Ian poops in potty, Logan poops in potty.....(etc)
I: Horse sit time out! Horse no poop in potty.
Sometimes I wish I had a tape recorder on me.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
To top it off, I was driving down my street after the alarm fiasco and some lady thought I wasn't going to stop at the stop sign and honked at me and started pointing at the sign. It just irked me to no end. I've lived here for nearly 8 years. I think I know where the stop sign I've stopped at 5,759 times is. ARGH!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Oh and after reading some blogs, I'm feeling crafty. I don't sew a lick and yet I want to make some felt food like this for the kids to play with. WTH am I thinking?! I saw some at PBK but I'm not paying their prices either! Oh and this is what dh wants to buy Bella eventually. He saw it at PBK when we went and that's all he wants now. She's not even here yet. LOL
Was it really necessary for you to ride right on my bumper when I'm going as fast I can? Speeding up only to hit your brakes isn't going to make me do anything. And really, the speed limit is 70 (I was doing almost 80). I know I'm in the fast lane, but I can only go as fast as the guy in front of ME. I obviously couldn't get over either. All you did was make me want to go slower. For all your rushing and trying to get around me, I hope it was really an emergency.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I made some really cute cupcakes to go along with the spread of food. You know I had to share the pics with all of you!
Icing the cupcakes... someone actually gave me 4 cans of this Valentine icing that was already pink and had sprinkles/hearts to add. Made it alot easier on me!
Adding the Sweetheart candies
And a close up...
Add a stick and ribbon
And voila! You have baby rattle cupcakes!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We did buy a nice storage cubby/shelf thing for the boys' room though and a few storage boxes too. I'll have to take a picture of it tomorrow. I also found a nice storage/changing table(not seeing it on the web) if we decide to buy one. They didn't have it in stock though. And we found some nice kitchen cabinets and bathroom sinks and cabinets that we may get in the future. See? I could spend a ton of money in there but redo my entire house. I think it would actually be pretty cheap in the long run compared to Lowes or something.
It was really nice to just get out without the boys, just dh and I. We were able to talk without being interrupted, we were able to hold hands and we even got to go out to eat all by ourselves. Aaahhh...wish it could have lasted a bit longer but we had to relieve my BIL of his babysitting duties. He and the boys had fun too though. He said he was worn out! LOL
Friday, January 18, 2008
And speaking of SuperTarget, can you believe I got out of there today under $18. Wow! I needed some stuff for the babyshower on Sunday and they didn't have it so I'll be headed to Publix tonight. There wasn't anything on good enough clearance for me either. oh and fyi- they are now carrying HotSlings.
Love Scarlett's expression!
Amy cheesing it up
2 of our chocolates- the Original and Cookies & Cream - we were soooo full!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Madame Zaritska, our resident clairvoyant, wants to help you prepare for the arrival of your child. Here she does her best to predict certain aspects of your labor and birth experience.
What she senses for you
The day you deliver, outside will be sunny. Your baby will arrive in the afternoon.
After a labor lasting approximately 21 hours, your child, a girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and will be 19-1/2 inches long. This child will have green eyes and dark hair.
But there is more. Although you may feel tired, your pregnancy will be over before you are truly ready to let go of having this precious baby you have all to yourself. I sense that you will look back and long for these days. I suggest doing something now to preserve some memories of this time. Many women enjoy making a belly cast. Perhaps you would be interested, too.
Of course, I went and took the test again with the same answers and it came back with a different prediction. LOL I'll stick with the first one!
And don't get me started on FL's child car seat safety laws. They are such a joke. So according to this, there is no law for infants and being rearfacing (12mo AND 20lbs MINIMUM to turn forward facing), only that they are properly restrained. And your 4yr old can sit on your car's seat as long as they are wearing a seat belt. OMG. Do you know what a seat belt alone would do to a small child? How many 4-5yr old do you know that would sit still in a seatbelt, not lean over, slouch etc. There's nothing there about even being in the front seat or turning off airbags! Here's the law...
1)(a) Every operator of a motor vehicle as defined herein, while transporting a child in a motor vehicle operated on the roadways, streets, or highways of this state, shall, if the child is 5 years of age or younger, provide for protection of the child by properly using a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. For children aged through 3 years, such restraint device must be a separate carrier or a vehicle manufacturer's integrated child seat. For children aged 4 through 5 years, a separate carrier, an integrated child seat, or a seat belt may be used.
What I just posted above is the law but at least the DOT does give better guidelines. If this isn't a joke, I don't know what is. This "law" was passed in....1982!!!!! Seriously?! That's over 25 years ago! Again I ask WHY? Why do we have such outdated laws? Other states are passing laws that state kids must remain in child safety seats until at least 8yrs old and 80lbs and only 3yr olds need to be in seats in FL? I think I may go throw up now.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I have a feeling I'll be buying a prettier ring sling once I figure out a brand and a BHMT later on. Any suggestions?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I'm hoping she gets a lot of stuff she needs. She has no extra income except to buy cigarettes it appears (ahem) and I want my niece to have what she needs. I bought her a stroller/carseat combo on clearance at Target and a good friend from our playgroup gave me a crib and changing table to give her (Thanks again Melodie!) so baby will have somewhere to sleep. We can't have her sleeping in a dresser drawer now! Relatives have asked me what to buy her and I honestly can't say. I may give her some crib sheets if she wants them but after 5 years, they are no longer in pristine condition. They just look dingy although they are in good shape. I know she plans on formula feeding and I know nothing about bottles. I've just been telling people wipes and diapers or gift cards for those things.
So now I need to get my house in order for Sunday. I plan on closing all doors to my house while company is here! LOL We still have so much to do and it's all so much a mess right now. I'm not even sure where to start. I did have an idea though. I need to run it by everyone involved first though. I was thinking, we need to purge some toys, so what if I buy some Rubbermaid containers and give one to my younger BIL, my mom and my MIL to keep at their house so when the boys are there, they'll have plenty to do. I thought it was a good idea. It gets them out of my house, but I don't feel like I'm just throwing them out or losing money on them. Tell me what you think.
Monday, January 14, 2008
ETA2: I swear my dh is going to drive me crazy. He's more disappointed in not going on this trip than I am. He's walking around moping. It's not like I meant for the stupid light to come on, it just did! He just went to bed early and at this point, I'm over it. LOL
We're going to Ikea! I can't wait! My BIL is coming over to watch the boys Saturday and dh and I are headed out to Orlando. Yea! We're looking for toy storage solutions mainly but we'll see what we find. ;) I'm excited to see this place!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Before- plain stucco
Primed and painting
Oh and I did help him a little. I taped off the door and windows. There is still some touch up work to be done though as it's hard to tape around stucco. I also feel like the front needs something. I'm just not sure what. Dh thought we should buy some wooden blinds to put behind our room darkening blinds as they look good from the outside(we have them in our dining room window). I like shutters but we took the last ones down as they are wasp attractors. Hmmm... oh I should add, we are thinking about adding a front porch. We don't have much overhang though so I'm not sure how that would work. I'd prefer screened in so we can sit outside without having to deal with bugs but I also like the open look.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Dh is hard at work priming the front of the house. The primer was supposed to be tinted but the idiot at Lowes apparently didn't do his job. Hopefully it won't effect the paint color too much. The side of the house that is painted was what we had left of the old paint/primer. Oh and you can see my bouganvilla that looks so dead thanks to that last freeze. It needed to be cut back anyway. It's still alive though as I did some pink leaves/flowers underneath it. We also found a shrimp plant that we thought died out a couple of years ago!
My new Scooba is hard at work too! I ordered the cheapest model from HSN at the beginning of December. It didn't worked properly so after talking to CS at iRobot, they had me send it back to be replaced. UPS LOST my package though and from Dec 10 when it was "out for delivery" and earlier this week, it was MIA. I even filled out all the claims forms for it. Lo and behold, I suddenly got an email from iRobot that mine had been shipped and I got it the next day! (I had written to them too so see if they could trace it from their end). Not only did I get a new model, I got a more expensive model. Yippee! This one actually works too. Double bonus! LOL So here is our new Scooba which may/may not be called Donald due to his blue color. We haven't really decided.
ETA:He just finished up and boy was that water nasty! Dh just handmopped the floor a few days ago!
A few nature shots I got it today while outside with dh. This butterfly decided to come over and have a drink.
And because Ian seems to get all the attention on my blog, here are a couple of pics I took of Logan.
And finally, I tried once again to install 3 car seats across my Pilot and was successful! I'm not able to use LATCH on the Marathon to do it though. I had to seatbelt it in which is fine. I'm able to get a tight install either way. Now Bella can use the Snugride for a couple of months and then I'll get her and Ian a new seat. Ian's MA expires next year anyway. I went looking at Petite Elite today to see the Radian but they didn't have them yet. I did see some bedding I fell in love with though. Of course, it's too late since I already ordered the PBK bedding. Oh well!
Friday, January 11, 2008
And some Blasts from the Past...
NKOTB- you know what that means if you're around my age! You got to have the Right Stuff. And don't forget Step by Step.
New Edition! I had their record! Candy Girl, Mr Telephone Man (loved this song!)
How about some Tv? Silver Spoons with Ricky and Alfonso! Punky Brewster was the best. Who could forget Kids Incorporated?
How many of these do you remember? I didn't see the Snorks or Smurfs in there though! I love that Logan loves to watch a lot of these now too.
Okay, enough for now! I'm sure you'll be busy for a while checking all these videos out!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
And a few Ian-isms to start your day... I'll try to be back with more later.
From Yo Gabba Gabba- Pawy Tummy, so Mummy, so Mummy (There's a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy)
Pirate song- no ho no ho, piwate I O Me.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Oh and I need to give credit for the scrapbooking supplies I used to make the Babykakes by Karlise label. Since I'm not actually selling these, I don't think I'm violating any copyrights. The paper and ribbon are from the Sweet Sprinkles kit by Shabby Princess.
ETA: These were a HUGE hit with all the moms who were at the party today. Everyone loved them. :)