Friday, October 31, 2008
You may have to wait until tomorrow though as dh and I are off to watch the LIVE Ghost Hunters (already in progress). Thankfully while we were ToT'ing the DVR was recording! I hope everyone else had a wonderful Halloween and got lots of yummy candy! I know we did- I already raided the chocolate! LOL
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In 2 weeks (14 days), she gained 23.75 oz!! Holy Moly! She's officially over 13lbs. I can now stop stuffing her with food (which is what I felt like I was doing) because we don't want her gaining this much so fast. LOL I feel like I'm backpedaling now. I knew in my heart that there was nothing wrong with her, she's just a peanut.
She got her vaxes and even the flu shot. The boys never had it and for some reason, I feel like they need to get it now as well as dh and I, especially with Logan in school. I'll have to back in a month for the 2nd shot for her and I need to make an appt for the boys too. I fed her when we got home and she ate a lot! 1/3 cup of yogurt mixed w/oatmeal plus I made her some plain oatmeal with a little brown sugar and pear juice. Then she nursed on top of that. I think I've created a little piggy. ;)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We were supposed to go to the park with friends this afternoon (in about 10min actually) but we'll be staying home. I made a big pot of veggie soup that's simmering. I would have made chili but it seems everyone and their mother had the same idea and there wasn't a single. can. left. in the store. Oh well. The house smells so good right now. Maybe I'll make some more of my lactation cookies later. Yum. If it wasn't for these boys fighting with each other and tattling every 2 minutes, it might be a perfect winter day!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
Monday, October 27, 2008
We were watching this guy go thru a training exercise in which his handler thru food to him. She said he enjoyed the crowd's reaction when he caught it with his mouth. When he was done and going in for the night(park was closing), he stoped and pounded his chest for us. It sounded like bongo drums! I didn't expect it to be that loud or even that pitch.
Wearing Bella- I wore her all day and we were both fine. She loves being so close and she always falls asleep. I get some extra exercise since I'm carrying extra weight.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
While walking one of the trails, we came upon a little girl who was crying. She was lost! Poor thing. She couldn't have been more than 6. My mom quickly took her to the Castmember and he was able to calm her down. He started walking back up the trail with her and showed her all the animals along the way. He was so good with her. When he finally found her family, they had no clue she had gone missing! She must have been gone a good 10 minutes easily if not longer since she had to walk the length of the trail to where she found us. How do you not miss your small child for that long?! I have my eyes on my boys constantly- especially at such a crowded place like Disney. Yes they can get away from you I know, but I'd like to think I would have noticed sooner. Logan realized what was happening with her and told me "She lost her Safeside adult." That movie really had an impact on him! I'm glad we found her though and she was safely reunited with her family.
I'll post more pics tomorrow! (hopefully)
Click on the photo for the full size. Everyone is in the back row.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Are you done? Yes? Wow, it's beautiful! Good job!
Like I was saying, the countdown is on. I've already started the *Santa Claus is watching you* threat with the boys. Our elf should be popping up sometime soon to watch over them as well. I wonder what kind of mischief he'll get into this year. I'll be sure to update you on his Elfcapades with pics! If anyone has kids around the computer right now bugging the heck out of you, show them the Live Elf Cam. See what kind of trouble those elves are getting themselves into when they are supposed to be working. Naughty elves!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Bella obviously won't understand Christmas but I'll find her something to put under the tree. Some kind of girly toy perhaps. She doesn't need clothes at. all. Between all my clearance sale shopping this summer and clothes that have been given to me, she's set for the 12mo size as well as a bunch of 18mo. Our neighbor around the corner from us has 2 little girls and she brought over a bag today for me to go thru. I was able to get several cute outfits out of it (gave back the rest for her yard sale). A little Oxiclean on a couple of them and they were good as new! Bella has quite the wardrobe!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And speaking of it, why do they always come and ask me to do something or get them something while I'm nursing Bella and can't get up when dh is in the room (usually the kitchen) with them already!
Our school crossing guard is too high strung. She yells at parents all the time for parking in the wrong spots (which I agree with- it could be dangerous) and the kids who are patrols. I swear she must have high blood pressure. Her jokes just aren't funny anymore either. How many times is she going to ask us if we're taking Bella for show and tell?
If you are going to advertise online for a company, learn to spell! Now I don't know if this person actually works for the company or he/she is just a really enthusiastic customer but there's just no excuse. There, their, and they're are NOT interchangeable! Unfortunately those weren't the only errors.
The Woot Off which began yesterday has sucked. I missed the only toys they had and nothing else has been worth it. I think there have only been like 5 items all day today. I did however score some BabyLegs for Bella pretty cheap on Babysteals.com. With all her cute little dresses and winter coming, they'll help keep her warm.
On the way to tumbling tonight Logan spotted a sign that said something about "closed from sun up to sun down". I asked him where he saw it, like on a fence, tree, etc. He said it was where all the rips were. Huh? I said what do you mean rips? He said "rips R.I.P.s". Ohh! It dawned on me then. He must have seen the sign at the cemetery we were next to! I had a good laugh over that one!
Stupid server on Woot. They had the BOC (bag of crap= essentially a surprise box of stuff you get really cheap. Could be good, could be crap) earlier and I got into the page twice only for the server to crash again. Grrr. I wanted some good crap! ;)
The weather actually looks like fall weather today. It's overcast and I swear you can just smell fall in the air. When we got out of tumbling tonight there was a cool breeze blowing too. Ahhh. A cold front is supposed to move thru this weekend and if Sunday is as good as predicted, we WILL be headed to Disney! We're going to the zoo Monday too. I'm going to take advantage of the weather while I can!
Okay, I think that's it for now. Told you it was a lot of random stuff!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I also talked to one of the moms about pediatricians and it turns out she doesn't like my ped either. She and some other moms recommended a few others to me that do take our insurance so I'm going to look into them. Except for Ian's behavior at home and in the car, it's been a really nice day!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Now I'm seriously considering changing doctors. I feel like I only go to our ped. because that's what I'm used to. I want my kids to have just one doctor but I hate getting a long winded lecture every time I go there. He's a good Dr and wants what's best but we don't meet eye to eye on a lot of stuff. I'm not sure he takes her new insurance either so I'm asking around and we'll see. Changing doctors is not about Bella though or her recent visit. I feel like this every time I leave his office. Like...I'm being scolded...it's hard to describe. I don't like feeling that way and I don't like rolling my eyes (in my mind) after each visit. Ugh. Wish me luck in this decision!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Your Blogging Type is Kind and Harmonious
You're an approachable blogger who tends to have many online friends.
People new to your blogging circle know they can count on you for support.
You tend to mediate fighting and drama. You set a cooperative tone.
You have a great eye for design - and your blog tends to be the best looking on the block!
As for me, I'm trying to boost my milk supply. I made a huge batch (8 dozen from just one recipe) of "Lactation cookies". They are basically oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with added ingredients like flax seed meal and brewers yeast that are supposed to help boost milk production (and possibly the fat production on my body LOL). They came out yummy!! I also bought some Mother's Milk Tea. We'll see what happens!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
I checked out her profile, or the little bit I can see since it's private, and she now lives in FL. Very cool! I almost recognize her picture too. Isn't the web fascinating? It is for me! I love finding old friends again!
Grab the nearest book. Find the closest book...Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one. Pick the CLOSEST. Open the book to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post the text of the next two to five sentences on your blog along with these instructions. Tag five other people to do the same.
Here's my book. It just happened to be sitting on my desk.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J K Rowling
But the owl lay motionless and pathetic as a toy on the floor of her cage. He could not take it in, and his terror for the others was paramount. He glanced over his shoulder and saw a mass of people moving, flares of green light, two pairs of people on brooms soaring off into the distance, but he could not tell who they were --
"Hagrid, we've got to go back, we've got to go back!" he yelled over the thunderous roar of the engine, pulling out his wand, ramming Hedwig's cage onto the floor, refusing to believe that she was dead.
Poor Hedwig!!! Okay, I'm tagging Keela, Mandie, Alison Sage, Jen & Heather
Here was our schedule today:
6:45am woke up, BM (breastmilk)
8:30am Jar fruit
weighed her 12.4lbs
10:30 BM- started falling asleep
12:30 BM/few bites fruit (in that order)
5:oo few bites fruit/BM
6:40 BM- bed
Thursday, October 16, 2008
6mo stats- I didn't get her stats. They forgot to give them to me but she was around 26.5in and 11lbs 12oz. She's my skinny minny. Off to go BF her again!
ETA: If there's one positive out of our visit it's that our ped's office is getting involved in our KidCare/Medicaid situation and it will hopefully be resolved by the time we have to go back so no more out of pocket for us!
ETAA: I realized tonight that my grandmother (Nanny) was a very petite woman. It's possible that she taking after her namesake. Also, the ped's office wasn't able to get any further than I was in the Medicaid process. It couldn't be that easy. They instead gave me another phone number that is apparently very hard to get thru on. Of course. Well, if she's not on Kidcare in 2 weeks, we may be cancelling our appt. I can't keep coming out of pocket. It's not cheap!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
That's not the craziest part though. She joined up with her friend and walked to the cashier. When the friend turned around, she had a monkey, an honest to God, live monkey in the cleavage of her shirt. O.M.G. It was really cute though. When I told dh, he said it must have been a very happy monkey. ;)
Monday, October 13, 2008
She's also begun *talking*. Never when the camera is on of course. She talks to her brothers in the car. We were driving on Saturday and all of a sudden I hear dadada from the back. Color me surprised! She loves her brothers though and I don't know what they do back there but she was just having her own little conversation with them. She's sticking her tongue out and trying to make sounds too. Oh so cute!
I've discovered that Baby Einsteins videos work on her just as they worked on the boys. They really save my sanity some days. She'll be fighting a nap, cranky and crying and I can pop in a BE move (she loves Baby Neptune and the duck in particular) and she immediately quiets down and within minutes she's asleep in her swing. Love them!
Here's a pic from this weekend and some video!
(If the video isn't working, give it a few minutes. For some reason it takes forever for YouTube to process my videos)
And once again, noone can help me with Bella's Medicaid. I call Medicaid and they act all frustrated with me because they are sending the request to KidCare and KidCare is dropping the ball. I call KidCare and they act like they don't know anything. Why can't they run this as one group? Why do the kids all have to have different programs which means sending Bella to one group, Ian to another and Logan to yet another (goes by age)? They are once again resubmitting everything as hopefully a family of 5 so Bella can get some damn healthcare. And you know what? When she turns one, she gets out of Medicaid anyway. I hope I don't have to fight for the next 6 months. This is flippin' ridiculous!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
That's what we spotted at Costco yesterday. Sorry no picture. Had we been in a more crowded part of the store I would have gotten one for you. It was just us in that area though.
Hmm. I can be a serial killer but heaven forbid I spray something with paint! LOL I loathe Wally World but in this case it was a one stop trip (or what we hoped would be one stop and wasn't). Dh wanted a machete to clear some of our bushy Bougainvillea and something to stop my toilet from constantly running. I needed duct tape in colors for the boys' costumes and we were looking for a Wii. I was also hoping to find a Leapster charger clearanced. No such luck.
Down with the devil store. I'm a Target girl anyday!
So I emailed the mom about them. She was really nice and open to links I may have about the dangers of them. I emailed her some info and this and this are what changed her mind. Aftermarket covers are not fire retardant. I know we all want to keep as many chemicals as we can away from our kids but these could help save your child. A fire retardant seat may give you those extra few seconds to get your child out of the car. Think about what would have happened to those seats with a homemade cover. It would have gone up in flames immediately. Thank God no one was actually in this van when this happened. I always feel a bit weird about emailing a complete stranger but in this case I actually did some good. She is pulling the covers from her website and more importantly her own dd's car seat. I'm happy I was able to help!
ETA: Andrea posted a good question in her comment-
So I'm confused, Karlise...are you saying the replacement covers you buy from Britax are bad or just the generic ones people make??? Technically anything you put on your seat yourself is "after market" - I have had to replace the seat cover on the marathon before (the one we no longer have) but I bought a replacement cover from Britax. What's the 411?
The answer is that any covers you buy from the manufacturer (ie. Britax, Graco, etc) of your particular car seat are SAFE. They are tested with that car seat.
The aftermarket products are anything NOT made by your car seat's mfg. This would include homemade and even some "name brand" items you'll find online, Ebay, and even Babies R Us. There are no laws preventing the use of these unfortunately. Other aftermarket products would include anything that didn't come with your seat and wasn't tested with your seat like the cutesy harness strap covers (and even plain ones) you can pick up at any baby store. Anything that you put on the harness or behind your baby/child that did NOT come with the seat or is not made by the manufacturer of your seat is not safe. Did that answer your question?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
dh: Want anything?
me: Hmm boiled peanuts maybe? (I was hungry!)
dh: They've been sitting all day....
me: Yeah you're probably right. We don't have any chocolate. I've eaten all the chocolate in the house.
dh: (laughs) What about some orange slices (candy)?
me: (WTH?!) I mention chocolate and you say Orange Slices?
dh: (about to walk out the door) What about Caramel Creams?
me: Uhh no thanks.
He did bring me home a Mr Goodbar. Not quite what I wanted but I was in the shower when he called so he just grabbed something. At least it had chocolate! I'm still not sure where he got orange slices from chocolate. SOOO not the same thing!
Dh can't watch the games at home. He gets too invested in the game- on the edge of his seat yelling at the tv invested. It's definitely more fun to be AT the game. The crowd going wild, the music, the action- the atmosphere is just something you have to experience. I probably won't make any games this year unless it's one of those rare early afternoon games. Maybe in a year or so we can take the kids to a game and introduce the sport to them. I want them to love it as much as we do! Go Lightning!!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I know people in other states that are under $2.75/gallon right now and we are still sitting at over $3.35. WTH? And the kicker is that OPEC now wants to decrease production to stabilize the prices. Ugh!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
dog, hog, fog, log, jog, etc.
snake, bake, cake, make, lake, etc.
dad, mad, bad, pad, sad, etc.
It can not be a Halloween costume. Nothing gross or inappropriate. It must clearly have the word somewhere on the costume. My first idea was to take a chef hat we have and add an apron and that could be for "bake" but after reading the rules again I feel like it needs to be more homemade/crafty. Keep in mind, I do not sew.
What about dressing him in all blue and adding paper fish for "lake"? Not sure how to attach them though.
Dress in blue and tape cotton balls or spider webbing for "fog"?
Anyone have one of those huge birthday hats with the candle on top we could borrow? I could dress him in bright colors for "cake".
Any other ideas?
1. Where is your cell phone? bag
2. Where is your significant other? computer
3. Your hair color? blah
4. Your mother? strong
5. Your father? moving
6. Your favorite thing? hugs
7. Your dream last night? frogs
8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. The room you're in? TV
10. Your hobby? blogging
11. Your fear? death
12. Where do you want to be in six years? schools
13. Where were you last night? tumbling
14. What you’re not? single
15. One of your wish list items? lotto!
16. Where you grew up? Florida
17. The last thing you did? 90210
18. What are you wearing? pjs
19. Your TV? no
20. Your pet? dog
21. Your computer? quiet
22. Your mood? tired
23. Missing someone? nope
24. Your car? green
25. Something you’re not wearing? shirt
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? HOT
28. Love someone? Absolutely
29. Your favorite color? pink
30. When is the last time you laughed? tonight
31. Last time you cried? fortnight
Okay, I'm tagging.... Mandie, Keela, Alison, Lindsay, Kelly, Holly, and Debbie.
(PS It's not easy picking someone that hasn't been picked already when we're all in the same group of friends! So if you got picked twice, think of yourself as loved! LOL)
The rules are:
- the winner can put the logo on his/her blog
- link to the person you received your award from
- nominate at least 7 other blogs
- put links to those blogs on yours
- leave a message on the blogs of the people you nominate
So, I nominate the following blogs for this award:
1. Holleh- Multi slacking mama
2. Mandie- My Fragrant Life
3. Heather- My Life, My Blog
4. Fix It Mommy
5. The Virtual Voyeur
6. Suburban Turmoil
7. Ashley's Closet
Ian's response: "Go put your hair back on!" LOL
Logan's response was that he "had the same haircut as ___" (in his class).
Bella didn't see him until that night and she just looked confused. He was talking to her and she'd look at him and look at me questioningly and look at him and then back at me. It was funny! She wasn't sure it was him but the voice was the same.
I'm on a bargain high and I can't wait for Bella to be able to wear them!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Guess who the tooth fairy will be coming to see very soon? Yep, Logan! He told me his tooth was loose so I checked myself and sure enough he has not 1 but 2 loose teeth. They are just barely loose though so it may be a few days or even weeks!
Monday, October 06, 2008
I see man-pri's are still popular with the European crowd. These can't even be decribed as Lorts as those are clearly just long shorts. Man-pri's as I like to call them are not.
Certain items of clothing are CLEARLY inappropriate at Disney World. If you didn't know, there are a lot of kids around. Noone wants to see your ass! Not me, not my husband, not the castmembers and certainly not my kids. Someone should have pulled you aside before you entered the gates and told you to go find something to wear that covered your whole butt. Seriously. Leave a little something to the imagination. How is that even comfortable??? It's hard to look away isn't it?
Not quite as bad but there are certain things you should not wear. Especially if I can see your underwear thru your black shorts. Lady in the grey shorts isn't much better. Looks like a butt camel toe. (It may be hard to see what I'm talking about. I didn't want to zoom in though)
This must be redneck chic. Ripped at the bottom jeans, boots and a tux jacket. I'm guessing they were at a wedding earlier in the day and there'll be a reception later.
Nothing, nothing can beat that first photo though. I hope I didn't burn anyone's eyeballs!
Sunday, October 05, 2008
(Faces blurred out)
In my hunger, I forgot to take pics of everything so you'll just have to imagine some of it. Sorry!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
-Frozen Mojito $6.50- My mom got this. She said it was only okay but she doesn't like mint. I tasted it and thought it was pretty good.
-Mofungo (green plantain mash with pork cracklings and Shrimp Salsa) $3.75- This was interesting and not bad but I wouldn't buy it again. It needed more of the salsa.
New Orleans, Lousiana (No pics)- I don't remember which was which but I thought they were both very good!
-Cajun Crawfish Etoufee $4.00
-Seafood Gumbo (shrimp, crab and catfish stew) $3.75
Oh I lied, here's a pic: Before you get all grossed out, it's not what it looks like. The guy delivering the food dumped a huge container of it on the ground splashing a very drunk guy and his wife. Drunk guy walked over to us at one point and was talking (slurring more like it) something about "what's wrong with the world" and sueing the big corporation or something. I had to warn more than one person not to step in it as noone was paying any attention!
-Escargot Persillade en Brioche (snails with garlic butter in brioche) $4.50- YUMMY as usual!! If people would only adventure a taste, I think they'd love this. It's really more garlic butter and bread and it's just so mmmmmm. (Sorry about dh's hairy leg in there LOL)
-Quiche au Fromage de Chevre et poireaux (goat cheese and leek quiche) $4.00- Dh loves this.
-Creme Brulee Chocolat au Lait (milk chocolate creme brulee) $3.75- this was okay. I thought creme brulee was supposed to be thicker but this was the consistency of a thinner pudding. Ian liked it as well.
Munich, Germany (no pics)
-Spaetzle with Creamy Mushroom Ragout $3.25- I had this last year and liked it. Dh tried it this year and thought it was like pasta with cream of mushroom soup. LOL It was full of mushrooms though and looked good!
-Regensburger Sausage with sauerkraut in a pretzel roll $3.75- Mom had this and liked it. I don't care for sausage of sauerkraut myself.
New Delhi, India
-Samosa with Tamarind Sauce (spicy pea and potato pastry) $3.25- This is dh's favorite. I didn't try it this year and mom had a bite but didn't like the sauce.
-Mango Mousse $1.75- I don't care for mango but this was really good! It had some chunks of fresh mango and the sauce on top also tasted very fresh. The kids loved it as well.
-Chicken Sha Cha $3.50 - Mom and I tried this. I warned her on the bad reviews. The taste is okay but the texture of the chicken is just weird!
-Ginger Caramel Ice Cream $3.25- This was yummy as usual. It's got pieces of candied ginger in it and has a good flavor. You get a decent size cup of this too.
-Pepperberry Prawns on the barbie with sweet potato hash $4.75 - Not worth the price. You got 2 shrimp and while mom liked the sweet potato hash, I didn't and gave her mine. (no pic)
-Wattleseed Mousse (coffee-infused lady fingers with wattleseed filling) $2.75 - This was different. It was like a custard cake and it was def. coffee flavored. Not bad.
The Mouse Catch
-Trio of Cheese $4.50
--Asiago Pressato, Italy (cow's milk cheese)
--Manchego, Spain (sheep's milk cheese)
--Dorothea, Holland (goat's milk cheese with potato and basil oil)
No pics but this was really good! I love cheese! The Dorothea got a thumbs up from everyone. The basil really came out in the flavor of it. Ian, my little cheese lover, ate every bite we gave him. Logan wouldn't touch any of it. LOL
That's it! I think dh was a bit disappointed this year as there were not many vegetarian choices. He ended up eating a sandwich over in The Land (veggie cuban) which he always loves. I was full by the time we made it all the way around. Little bites here and there can really do it although I think I would have made room for more escargot. ;)
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I can't wait to make her some more tutus. It was so easy and didn't take long at all. I think the hardest part was cutting the tulle in half semi-evenly. Cutting the strips was easy after that. I'll probably wait to make more until she's a bit older though and will have fun dressing up.
As for the boys, they have no idea what they want to be. Everything was $50 and involved a mask that I know they won't keep on. I did throw out the idea of making them both Legos this year and that seemed to go over well and will be super cheap so I may have to get busy!
So I'm so happy that the fall season of shows has begun. Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy, Ghost Whisperer(tomorrow!), Gossip Girl, Lipstick Jungle and more! I also watch several shows that started this summer that are ending soon like Project Runway, The Hills, Making the Band 4, etc. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see who wins, who makes up and who breaks up. Yes, I'm 30 something year old mom that watches MTV shows and loves them. They are my guilty pleasure.
To whoever came up with the idea for a DVR/TIVO, you have my eternal gratitude. I no longer have to pick just one show to tape on those awful VHS tapes and trek to another TV to watch a different show. I no longer have to watch commercials. I can zoom through an hour long show in 40min. Technology is awesome.