Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
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Saturday, October 29, 2011
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Friday, October 28, 2011
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Dropped off kids to school.
Back home for a quick shower.
Dropped Lila off to play at my cousin's.
It was my turn for the dentist, no cavities for me! YAY!
Returned library books.
Picked up Lila and admired Em's newly orange ceiling, I love it! So happy!
Picked up Evie from school.
Ran home and picked up a few things, including a box of books to donate and my sister.
Quick bite for lunch.
JoAnn's, DI, All-a-dollar, and Michael's looking for costume accessories and party supplies.
Donated the box of books.
Walmart where I finally found the elusive pair of plain white gloves I needed to finish Lila's costume.
Picked Jake up after school.
Came home to discover I'd left the front door not only unlocked, but wide open for 4 1/2 hours while I was out running errands.
Felt both incredibly stupid and incredibly grateful for living in a nice safe neighborhood.
Finished the last few repairs and touches for the costumes, and gathered everything up for tomorrow's craziness with two kids in two different schools with two different Halloween celebrations.
Brian got home and I left for Knit Night.
Knit for 2 1/2 hours, came close but didn't finish my project.
Came home to a clean kitchen, but one kid still trying to finish a big book report project and two girls beyond tired who needed baths.
Bathed the girls.
Put Evie's hair up in curlers.
Helped Jake finish book report.
Remembered that I forgot to return the redbox movie for the 2nd day in a row.
Posted on the blog.
That's what I've done today.
Posted by Chrissy at 11:06 PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
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Friday, October 21, 2011
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
The kids have today and tomorrow off of school for fall break. I celebrated by staying in my pajamas all day and not driving anywhere. It's been a while since I didn't have to do the whole "Mom's Taxi" thing, and I really enjoyed my day off. I spent the day mostly resting on the sofa, drinking lots of fluids and knitting. (The knitting part lets me feel like I've been productive in spite of all the resting...) I think it's paid off. I feel much better tonight than I did 24 hours ago, and while my voice is still a little gravelly it's lost that "2 pack a day smoker" quality. My kids helped out by being pretty well behaved for the most part, so I only had to yell at them a little bit. It's hard to yell when you don't have a voice, and I think lately they've been acting out just to hear me yell in my funny sick voice. Also Jake made me breakfast in bed this morning, which I though was so sweet of him. Unfortunately my throat hurt so bad I could only drink the water he brought me. But the kids ate it for me, so it was still a plus because I got to sleep in a bit longer instead of getting up to make breakfast. It's nice to be the one getting taken care of for a change, even just a little bit.
Posted by Chrissy at 10:22 PM
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Poor Jacob. Today has not been his favorite. He had to go to the dentist for multiple reasons. He had a permanent molar coming in half way on top of a baby molar and it had killed half the root of the baby tooth. Because of that it had pushed the baby tooth into the tooth next to it (also a baby molar) and had caused a cavity. Both of the baby molars aren't due to fall out for another two years. So the dentist's decision was to fill the cavity, pull out the tooth with the half dead root, and put in a spacer to keep the permanent molar from migrating any more forward in his mouth. Oh yeah, and let's throw in a frenectomy while we're in there. (Removing a piece of muscle that is connected from the lip to the gums and can cause a space between teeth.)
Up to now Jake has had only cleanings at the dentist, except for last year when we were surprised with an unplanned extraction. To say he was nervous about the whole process would be an understatement. For the past week he's been asking me questions about drills, laughing gas, and retainers. I haven't been able to answer all his questions but I kept reassuring him that I would be with him the whole time and would hold his hand as much as he wanted.
I picked him up from school and he was noticeably quiet as he climbed in. In fact the only thing he said was, "Does the drill hurt?" After we dropped the girls off to play with Libby and Addie, I caught a glimpse of his tense, worried face in the rear view mirror. "Got butterflies in your stomach?" I asked him. "More like a hyperactive tap dancing frog," was his response.
So when they offered laughing gas at the dentist's we quickly agreed that anything that would help him be calmer was a good idea. He insisted throughout the whole procedure that the laughing gas didn't affect him at all, and when he drifted off to sleep a couple of times he was really awake and just pretending to sleep. All I know is that he was incredibly mellow through out the appointment, which is a far cry from having to be held down by both me and the dental technician like the last time he had to get a shot.
An hour later we walked out with one tooth in a treasure box, one tooth with a filling, one frenectomy, and one child insisting that laughing gas has absolutely no effect on him whatsoever. I will admit, he didn't laugh.
Posted by Chrissy at 10:47 PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Caite came down and spent the afternoon with me today. When we went to pick up Jake after school he was pleasantly surprised to see her in the car. My kids are always happy to get to spend time with Aunt Caite. Today he was particularly happy to see her because Caite speaks French quite well and he had a question for her.
"Hey Aunt Caite? I'm going to say, 'I enter the classroom' in French and will you tell me if I am pronunciating it correctly?"
I'm thinking we need to spend a little more time on English before he works on mastering that pesky French pronunciating...
Posted by Chrissy at 8:56 PM
Monday, October 17, 2011
Today has been a day of contrasts.
I got up early to workout but my workout buddy was up late with her kids and couldn't make it. I didn't go to the gym, but I did the workout at home in my basement and included some extra reps of hefting laundry baskets up and down the stairs. I felt good about that.
I ended up remembering just in the nick of time that Evie had to take a piece of fabric to school for an art project. I almost made us late digging through the piles in the kitchen and living room for the note so I knew exactly what she needed. On the plus side there is never a shortage of white cotton fabric in this house, so no need to run to the store.
The high point of the day was when Brian's contractor friend showed up to take some measurements and with the wonderful news that he's almost lined up everything we need to get the ramp built. I was so excited and amazed yet again by so many people going out of their way to help my family.
I tried to nap this afternoon because I am still fighting this stupid head cold, plus I got up early this morning. But it was the kind of nap that is more of a doze punctuated by my girls come to tattle on each other every ten to fifteen minutes.
The low point of the day was when Evie came up to inform me that Lila colored on the new sofa downstairs. There are just no words. We both cried...
To top it all off, Evie is going through a phase where she must. make. noise. constantly. It's driving me slowly insane. She whistles, she hums, she claps, she snaps, and she never stops! I've probably been even more hypersensitive to it while also dealing with a sinus headache this evening, but seriously. Any tips on how to curb the excess noises? I can't take it any more.
Jake has been a sweetheart today though. I picked him up after school and he said, "How are you feeling, Mom? Because you sound... not well." Sometimes it just helps that someone notices.
Posted by Chrissy at 11:20 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Posted by Chrissy at 10:05 PM
So. I completely spaced posting tonight (technically, last night). We took the kids to a movie at the new theater that just opened in Centerville, then splurge on Happy Meals so we could sneak in some grocery shopping. We got home a little after 10. I put away the fridge/freezer items. Then cuddled up with Lila on my bed and read while she fell asleep. And I read, and read, and read some more. And then I finished my book and came out to see how Brian's favorite driver was faring in the night race (Yes, I am married to a NASCAR fan, and no, I don't want to talk about it. Although my unintentionally gained knowledge of stock car racing has come in handy during a game or two of Trivial Pursuit...) I sat down to check my email and looked at the clock and gasped in horror! 12:30! AM! Yikes. How could I forget something that has been part of my daily routine for 289 days? It kind of boggles the mind. Brian laughed at my distress and said, "Yeah, your poor Aunt Donna is laying in bed thinking, '...whiskey tango?'" It's crazy I tell you, and more than a little scary. I just hope that it is a minor aberration and not the start of my senility...
What I was going to post about was the movie we went and saw. A Dolphin Tale. It was excellent. Jake and Evie were both very into the story and Lila was very well behaved until we ran out of popcorn. (Pretty standard for her.) Me, I enjoyed it and I cried. Especially during the closing credits where it showed video clips of Winter (the dolphin) meeting people with disabilities, that hit a little close to home I think. Brian and I were both a little choked up as we left the theater and tried to talk about which parts of the movie were our favorites. For me it was a line said by the prosthetic doctor, "Just because you're hurt don't mean you're broken." I found it inspiring to watch as Winter and other people in the movie didn't give up when they were hurt, they just learned a new way of being in the world. That's how I feel about Brian and his attitude about his disability, even when I'm feeling frazzled and overwhelmed with all the new challenges, he just slowly and steadily works on learning his new way of being. He doesn't complain, he doesn't fret, he focuses on the positives of our situation and works on finding solutions. He helps keep me grounded. He makes me proud to be his wife.
Posted by Chrissy at 1:34 AM
Friday, October 14, 2011
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Today I did nothing.
So I literally have nothing to post about.
p.s. I am still sick and cranky, which may or may not have contributed to the tone of this post.
Posted by Chrissy at 9:24 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Posted by Chrissy at 10:19 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Which means that I am not the happiest mom in the world today. Sinus headache + lack of sleep = grouchy mommy. And all I wanted to do today was stay curled up in my sweatpants and watch movies and knit. But I couldn't because moms don't get sick days. I had two kids that had to get to the dentist and to school and get picked up afterwards. I have an almost three year old who's convinced that the world should revolve around her, no matter how poorly I am feeling. I have a sister who is genetically predetermined to lock herself out of things, so I drove to Ogden to give her her husband's house key. (Seriously Caitlin, if you want to hang out with me you can just ask me to visit... you don't have to keep locking yourself out of stuff.) I did the dishes. I made waffles for dinner. I snuggled Lila on the couch until we were both almost asleep, but then she rolled off my lap and face planted it on the carpet. So I put the kids to bed early and that's where I'm heading in the not too distant future, hopefully doped up on something to relieve the congestion and let me sleep for longer than a half an hour at a time. Stupid cold.
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Monday, October 10, 2011
Posted by Chrissy at 10:34 PM
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I got out of bed this morning because I was dreaming about oversleeping. In my dream I woke up at noon and so the laundry in the dryer (which was all of the clean underwear and Jake's church shirt) didn't get restarted which meant that we were late to church, and I was late getting the roast on to cook so we couldn't eat until 9:00 pm. I shot out of bed and across the room to the alarm clock. It was 9:30... am. Oh. Whew.
So the laundry got dry, the roast got started and we went to church in plenty of time. I was exhausted from my burst of anxiety dream fulled adrenaline, but we were on time. Although Jake, who's job it is every week to pack up the church bag, forgot diapers and wipes (again) so he and Brian had to run back home for them. But I was on time.
I was reflecting as I stood washing up the dishes after dinner, that making a pot roast still makes me feel like I am a little girl playing house. It's the strangest thing. I am a 32 year old mother of three. I have been married for 10 years, lived in 5 homes and have had 2 mortgages. I am right in the thick of my adulthood, but cooking pot roast still feels a little surreal. Pot roast for Sunday dinner is what my mother made when I was growing up, or what my mother in law makes. I could probably count on both hands the number of pot roasts I've made since we've been married. (I might have to use one foot, but only just.)
It's just funny to have something like cooking a meal make me think, "Oh man, I am so grown-up!"
Posted by Chrissy at 7:09 PM
Saturday, October 8, 2011
A lot happened today that I could write about.
We got some more of the furniture we need to finish the basement for the kids so that we can make the upstairs easier to navigate for Brian's wheelchair.
Brian and the girls got haircuts.
Lila got bangs.
We made the 27th and final decision about Evie's Halloween costume.
Lila has broken out in hives again.
Brian and I had a great date night.
But all I can think about is the gigantic spider I just killed in the basement!
It was the fourth one of the night and the whole process involved a whole lot of screaming and squealing and jumping around in circles and talking sternly to the spider.
And that was just me trying to work up the courage to cross the room to see if I could reach where it was hanging out above my sewing machine.
This is probably the worst part of Brian's disability, I have to kill my own spiders now. :(
I ended up having to go get my little stair vacuum and suck the sucker up.
I put the whole thing out on the front porch.
I'll deal with it tomorrow.
I figure if someone steals the vacuum they deserve the huge spider that comes with it...
I just hate spiders so much.
Posted by Chrissy at 11:56 PM
Friday, October 7, 2011
Posted by Chrissy at 9:40 PM
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Cool, crisp weather.
Warm woolen mittens, or socks, sweaters, hats, yarn, roving... pretty much anything woolen.
I love fall and winter.
It's good knitting weather.
It's good curling up by the fire with a book weather.
It's also good snuggling weather, and snuggling is a big thing in our house.
(As long as it doesn't involve a Snuggie... just don't even get me started on the Snuggie.)
I just cleaned out and organized my yarn stash, so I have plenty to knit.
I just went to the library, so I have plenty to read.
I have three cuddly kids who love to be snuggled and plenty of assorted blankets, quilts and afghans to snuggle them in.
Bring on the fall... I am so ready!
*edited to appease Brian who complained that he was conspicuously absent from the above post.
I also snuggle with my husband.
So there is that to look forward to as well.
Posted by Chrissy at 10:11 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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