Monday, September 28, 2009
And here I sit, late at night, knowing that I will suffer because I am not sleeping. But, I figure you should all know that I am still alive and being taken over by Box Elder bugs here at my house.
This is a sweet pic from my husband's phone. We were able to take the kids out for a little walk. My youngest was able to sit in the stroller instead of riding in the sling and her brother couldn't be happier. She is now 8 months old. I just don't believe it.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I promise I have not fallen off the earth. I have just been busy, very busy (and my computer caught a virus). I have not spoken much of my new vocational endeavors as I have waited for them to get off the ground. But, they are officially off and running. And I am busy.
Last year, I went part-time at work to be home with my kids more. I had so many developmentally appropriate ideas for projects and learning and things to do with them. As, I thought about a fun little learning schedule for my boy and eventually the baby, as she grew. I realized I could include other children and expand social interaction and learning for my kids by doing so. Thus, Building Blocks - early childhood education was born. I knew exactly how I would organize the time and how I could make it a GREAT preschool. So, I planned and advertised and started it up this fall. We have a small group right now, which is great! And we are having so much fun.
Aspen Grove Advocacy, LLC
However, this spring I was informed that a lot of administrative funding was cut at work. Things got crazy and we were all very confused as to how the division was going to handle the cuts. In May it was announced that most everyone in my position at work was being layed-off. They had decided to privatize my position. After talking and coordinating with others at work a group of us decided that we would become private support coordinators together. After much work and time, I am happy to announce that I am now a private support coordinator and we have named our company Aspen Grove Advocacy, LLC.
So, as you can see, I have been very busy. But, it is a very good busy. I am spending more time with my children and I am a double business owner. I didn't start out with this in mind, but it has been a fun ride and I assume it will continue to be so.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
When we started down the hill, I told her she needed to go slow with her old fart mom until we got to the cemetary and then she could take off and meet me as I finished. It was funny to hear myself saying that to her, as the words escaped my mouth I had flashbacks to my childhood and my father saying those exact phrases to me as. I laughed at myself and spent the remainder of my run enjoying the memories from my father's perspective (love you pop).
As we arrived at the cemetary she did indeed forge ahead of me and I watched her disappear and eventually almost lap me. I had mixed emotions. I was proud of her athletic prowess, and mourning the fact that I am no longer in my prime. However, I quickly came to the the conclusion that I would just let her be a motivating force for me, thanks D. We ran 1.7 miles today, definitely an improvement.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I thought I did a pretty good job the first time, but I realized that he had these long spots throughout. The second cut was better, but after a couple days of looking at him I realized that he had a slight mullet. I believe that over the last year, I have done progressively better. And, I am happy to announce that I cut his hair again last week. This is my best work yet!!! yea!!
I hope my baby's hair is curly and forgiving too. But, I used to cut my oldest daughters hair until she wanted to get all fancy. I still say my cuts are good, but (ya know) it isn't cool to have your mom cut your hair unless she is a "real" hair dresser, which I am not.
Here, see for yourself.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Here, my son is hitting a baseball that his grandparents gave him for Easter. His father taught him how to hit it out of his hand.
And, here are my three children. The older 2 are helping my baby roll out her first belly laugh. I love it!!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here is her watching look, she is trying to figure out what papi has in his hands. What is that black thing with the light?
Friday, April 3, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I hade a couple of food items that I had found on sale from Melissa and Doug but... I was turned onto some felt food while reading a friend's blog. So, I started with her blog and found this fun website that sells patterns. I looked up her free patterns and tried them out.
It is an ice cream sandwich and strawberries. (If you couldn't tell) Antony likes them and so do I. I have been worried about the plastic foods and I think felt is a good solution, it is easy for the kids to work with and we don't have to worry about chemicals.
The free patterns didn't have the best directions and I'm hoping that I will find better instructions if I buy a pattern. Overall, I think she is creative and the food looks great. It didn't take me long to make the food and it was easier to make than I thought it would be. So, my quest for pants took me in a very different direction, but a fun one.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Looking at the picture is cute, but it doesn't do her justice. Not only does she like to smile, it's an interaction. She coos and talks and has lots of very fun little noises as she smiles. I can't help but let out my own little laugh. I just love this baby thing!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My baby sleeps well at night and if I go to sleep with her I should be able to get up an hour before the kids in the morning and do something like exercise. I have actually been feeling motivated. But, my angel son has decided that he will now be getting up at 6:00 daylight savings time and all. I cannot figure out his motivation. He isn't his usual pleasant self either, he is also determined to wake the rest of the house with him, and does a good job especially waking his little sister. So this week I have been pleasantly arising with 2 small children at 6:00. So much for exercise.
Honestly I'm feeling a little depressed about the whole thing. Today I seriously debated going to buy some "larger" pants. The maternity clothes don't work as well without the belly that has substance to it, but I cannot fit into any of my "normal" clothes. So, I'm at an impasse. The real depressing thing is that these "normal" clothes I am not even close to fitting into were clothes I could wear soon after my son's birth. Ugh. So, now I am faced with the question of "to buy or not to buy".
My internal arguments go something like this: If I don't buy bigger clothes I will be motivated to loose the weight just to be able to wear my normal clothes. But, is it a question of motivation or fitting in the workout with my early risers cuz I sure can't muster up the energy at night, I drag myself to bed.
On the other hand, it would sure be nice to feel like I look good in my clothes. I hate trying on my clothes every week hoping that by some miracle I'll be able to squeeze into them and look good doing it. Hmmm. I will contemplate this issue further and report back on my decision.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Tomorrow I will start on my list again and probably only check of a couple things because I can never get the kids to cooperate with me so that I can even feel productive. Today I couldn't even get them to nap. So tomorrow I will wake up and try very hard to exercise then attempt to just straighten up and file and finally tie up loose ends with some phone calls. We shall see how far I get. I love my little angels.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I bought it a while ago at the recommendation of one of my professors. Somehow it became lost in the daily grind of things and was shelved with the rest of the books. A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning out the book shelves and came across it, I had forgotten about purchasing it and was pleasantly suprised at my discovery. I love to read about child development, and am particularly facinated by brain research.
As I have delved into the book I have found that it is an easy book to read. It flows well and is very interesting. I just finished the section about infants and thought it was great fun. Dr. Healy explains the child's developing mind and recommends activities to optimize development or things to be aware of as the child grow. She goes all the way up to adolescence. If you are interested in stuff like this, I highly recommend this book!
Friday, February 27, 2009
My son has been asking to go skiing since his first trip up to the resort this year. Each venture up to the canyon we hear the words "no" (snow) then "skeen" (skiing). He and his father have been pretending to ski around the house, jumping side to side and making the sound "choos". So, for his second birthday, we gave him a lesson. I was a little nervous, I wasn't sure he was old enough, but they assured me that children his age have taken lessons.
It turns out that he is a decent little skiier. The instructor told us that children his age usually can't balance their own weight, and she has to hold them up as they learn. As you can see, he did very well and enjoyed himself immensely. He hasn't stopped talking about it and we often find him jumping around saying "choos".
We love you little skiier boy!!!! I can't believe you are already two.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
In this week following her appearance, I have found that I appreciate being able to bend at the waist. I can actually pick things up off the floor.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I am one week away from my due date. If this were Antony I would be in the middle of labor right now and have this baby tomorrow morning, alas... here I sit waiting. I just keep hoping to go into labor. I really feel that this is unfair. Please come baby!!!! I am ready and I think she is too. She is getting way too strong in there. I believe that this is becoming torture for the both of us. She moves so much and is beating up my insides. She would be much more comfortable out here in my arms, and so would I.