Sunday, October 30, 2011

What Work Ups Have Taught Me

While J was only gone for about 3 weeks life got a little crazy there. Between the lack of sleep, crazy work schedules, and crazy daycare schedule I thought I was losing my marbles. And so I think what I've learned is that not only do I need to have a plan, but I need to have a back up plan. And then possibly a back up for my back up plan. I need to be a bit more organized, and stay on top of things a little bit better.

Firstly we need to find consistant daycare. And sadly this may mean that we have to go with a more expensive day care center as opposed to in home care. We really loved our first provider and haven't been thrilled with our second one. We are still contemplating if we would like to just find someone new or go to the center.

Secondly, we need to find back up care. (Actually before that, I need to get my hourly paperwork back from our current provider!) Possibly a friend who stays at home? I bet they would do it, I just have to ask. Maybe I will butter them up with some fall treats...

Thirdly I need to stay on track. Regardless of if it is finances, or the weekly shopping, or just keeping up on housework. A little planning goes a long way.

Anyone have any advice for surviving deployment? I know J is leaving again in a month or two so I need to be prepared!! Like any good boy scout!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

My blossoming addiction

Oh. My. Gosh. I am talking about pintrest yet again. Seriously, I have NO idea what I am doing, but I LOVE everything. And I repin (I am not terribly sure what that means) so many things that I am just in love with! I keep clicking and clicking and clicking. This is AMAZING.

Down side? I really want to buy lots of things. Which doesn't really jive with the hubs and I's "no spend November" plan.

Upside? I am headed to the flea market. Again, I have no idea what that is, but it will be an experience! Plus, I am finishing my frames now that my hands are a little more free with my handsome hubby home.

Oh dear, what have I gotten myself into??

Friday, October 28, 2011

Random Updates

Terribly random, but updates none the less.

  • My handsome hubby is home!! 2 weeks early! And just in time. I was one tired Mama! He took over the last two nights and I have been able to catch up on some much needed sleep. Love having him here. He is like my night in shining armor.
  • Hyatt has officially cut 2 teeth now, and Kaylee might be my new BFF. A washcloth dipped in apple juice and then frozen has become the best thing in my world right now. And the only thing Mr Crabcake will chew on. Yum-o! Thank you for that! Also, Amanda who suggested using the mesh thingy with frozen food helps but maybe not necessesarily with teething. He just likes to eat out of it. Frozen or not!
  • EMHE is on tonight!!!! In my home town!! AHHHH!!! I can't wait! You should watch it!
  • Work is insane. Crazy ladies yell at me in some language I can't understand, people call me dumb because they have no idea what they are talking about (just so you know, construction and demo debris and trash are NOT the same thing), old people just call to talk to you, and people I work with a nuts. I am hoping this is because of Halloween because things are not normally this weird and bad. And I am generalizing here, but oh.em.gee....Californians are wackados about their garbage! That being said, I love my job and I love that they thing I am awesome enough (or a sucker...lets go with awesome) to handle multiple areas instead of the normal 1 area. 
Whew... I am so glad it's Friday!! This weekend I will be finishing up my 1st pintrest project, going to the pumpkin patch, and checking out the local famers market. Since I never have luck thrifting, I'm not holding my breath, but I'm secretly hoping I find something awesome!!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Our fabulous life...

I've posted a lot lately about how hard things are or have been. But as I sit here on Sunday morning, taking the ferry back home, sipping my coffee an listening to Air1 I realize how blessed I am.
I have a husband who I love so much that I miss him no matter how long he is gone. A week, a month, or a year. I have an amazing family that I hate to leave. And it's not just my family or j's family it is both. How blessed am I?
And how blessed am I to have a baby who is so happy that I am freaked out because he cried for over an hour (teething...) Crying is unusual is our house.
The only thing that I can attribute all these amazing things to is God. I truly believe he does not give us more than we can handle. And turning to Him in the good as well as the bad is what keeps me together.

I am so blessed,

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Oh the joys. Yesterday we found H's first tooth popping thru. And even with shots and traveling he was a happy camper. Today? Holy crab cake. No joke, cried for an hour and a half straight. Nothing helped. And he is refusing Tylenol. He doesn't want to chew because it hurts or eat or suck. And to get him Tylenol (which is the only thing that give him relief) I have to stick the dropper in the back of his mouth and he gags, coughs, cries big giant tears, and screams. So fun for everyone.

Anyone have any teething tips? Or something he will chew on? So far his best teether toy is my finger. And that doesn't work for long.

Hopefully this will be over as fast as it came on.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Oh.My.Gosh...Pintrest could be a serious addiction. Can I just say that I love pretty much EVERYTHING I have found on there. It makes me want to re-do my whole entire house, plus my wardrobe, and of course all of my accessories.

I am still working on my frames (the idea I got from pintrest) and sadly I haven't gotten much further. Tonight I am forcing myself to finish sanding all my frames...and maybe tomorrow I can paint them. However it probably won't happen till next week. But I am SO STOKED to know that my MoLaw picked up my pictures and will be delivering them this weekend. {happy dance!} 

I still have this wonderful idea of having Lily and Marshall's blue door headboard for my bed. 

At the same time, while I am drooling over all these amazing home decors and layouts I am picturing my home being perfectly spotless with everything in it's place, and sparkly clean. And let me tell ya's not gonna happen. My house is never spotless clean, everything is not tucked away in its proper spot all at the same time, and my home never looks like a cover of a magazine. However, my home IS filled with love and comfort and I think that counts for something =)

I'm going to go drool over some more things...


P.S. I am LOVING the yarn and flower door wreaths. They look super easy...I may attempt one...someday.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Boy Scouts were right...

You should always be prepared. And sadly, I have not  been prepared these last few days.

Being a "sometimes single" working mom with a baby in day care is driving me a bit bananas. I took for granted how easy it was to schedule when you had someone playing backup. If J had to work late, no big deal because I could pick up the baby. Or if I had to work early, J could take the baby in to daycare. Not so much now. When there is a mandatory 5:45 meeting, guess who is emailing their boss saying that daycare doesn't open that early? And when daycare lets you know that they have to close early to do a state (or military) mandated class? Guess who is talking to their boss about switching shifts. {It's me, in case you didn't get that}

I hate being a "problem child" at work. I like to have all of my ducks in a row, show up on time, do a great job, and leave everyone thinking about rainbows and unicorns. And even more than being a problem child, I hate being a flake. I hate having to tell my boss, oh so thanks for changing my schedule this week, but my daycare is actually closing early one day NEXT week. (That would have been nice to know this morning when she said Wednesday!!)

In my job, there are a lot of probing questions that you ask to make sure you are getting the right product for the customer. I guess I am going to have to start implementing those techniques into my everyday life. thing you know, I will be using my phone voice when I talk to people. "It will be just a moment while I am looking into this.... Please bear with me...I do appologize..."

I need to channel my inner boy scout. I need to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. I need to get a little bit better at this single mom thing. It is way harder than I ever realized. It makes me with that I was home and had close family and friends to pick up the slack (which reminds me, this is the kind of friend I want to be for people, someone they can count on and someone they can call when they are in a bind).

The one good thing about this week so far? Apparently I do a good enough job to be cross trained in other departments. So on top of a little bit of personal life stress, I am adding a little bit of work stress and learning something new. I feel like I am just learning to juggle...and I went straight from juggling balls to juggling knives.

Thank God for coffee,

Happy 6 Month Birthday!

How is it possible that my little ninja is half a year old? I am certain that he is still like 6 weeks. It has gone by too fast!!

So many things have changed in the last month. On your 5th month birthday you rolled from your tummy to your back. You did this a few times and then stopped. Then about 2 weeks later, you rolled from your back to your belly. We couldn't keep you off your belly. But it seemed that you had forgotten how to roll back over. And now, just short of a month later, you are rolling all over the place! You are no longer a stationary baby. You roll to where you want to go. And then there is the scooting. I'm not sure you are doing it on purpose yet, but you certainly scoot, or "army crawl." Slow down bubba! I am not ready for you to crawl!!

We have also started you on solids. We knew that daddy would be leaving soon, and one day you showed an interest in food and we just jumped on it. You have tried sweet potatoes, butternut squash, oatmeal cereal, rice cereal, apples, bananas, and prunes. The only real reject has been bananas. You made all sorts of disgusting faces and then gagged. And I laughed so hard! Sorry bubba!!

Right now, you are getting up once during the night at about 2 am. And then you are up for the day around 6. And I am one tired mama. What is sleeping in again? I am not so happy to admit that I have been pulling you into bed with me around 4am every morning. You wake up right around then, and I am just too tired to try rocking you back to sleep or anything else. And you sleep with me until about 6, or 7am if we are lucky!!

You are still the happiest baby ever. You have the best belly laugh, and you really get to laughing every time you are naked. So diaper changes and clothes changes take forever because I can't help but tickle you and make you laugh really hard. Also, it is never quiet in the house anymore when you are awake. You babble babble babble...and if it ever gets quiet, I know there is something wrong. Like you have rolled into the bookcase... =)

My little man, you are the light of my life. Your daddy and I love you so much more than we ever thought possible. I was showing you pictures of your daddy today, and you loved that. He misses you more than you could know.

I love you baby H!


P.S. You are 16lbs 10.2 oz and 25.98 inches. 25% for height and weight, and your head is 75-90%...Same as usual!! Perfection!

Monday, October 17, 2011


Does anyone else watch the show Wipeout? That show makes me crack up!!

Instead of talking to my hubs before bed, I have been bringing my computer into bed and watching TV before falling asleep. My favorite choice? Wipeout. It puts me in a good mood before bed. And, I'm not going to lie, going to bed by myself is my least favorite part about being alone. I am a giant fraidy-cat.

This show looks like so much fun. And it looks less painful than it probably is in person. I think I would try it though.

That's all I've got


P.S. Happy 6months H!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One is the loneliest number..

So J has been gone about a week and so far so good. Until this weekend. Being alone is...lonely! I've tried to keep busy, but it just isn't the same.

The week was fine. I have been so busy that by 9pm I am dropping into bed exhausted. I haven't had time to relax, let alone be alone with my thoughts. Then came the weekend. Saturday was busy. House cleaning, Costco, Target, donating baby clothes, cleaning some more. Then today we were up early, at church, grocery shopped, and just sat around. And it gave me time to let my guard down. And I really miss my husband.

I am thankful that this will be over before we know it. I am trying to spend my time wisely and keep busy.  So here I am trying to focus on the positive:

I've balanced my checkbook
I've donated those baby clothes (and still have more to go through!)
I've spent some time with friends
and I have worked a ton.

I'm just going to keep trucking on.


Status: Outcast

Do you ever feel like you are on the outside looking in? I have to say, this is not a normal feeling for me. But in the last two days on two separate occasions I have felt a little outcast-ish.

Yesterday, I got a text from a friend up here saying to come by their car wash and help support one of the organizations up here. I was out and about so I decided to stop by (and was secretly hoping that they would kill the spider that is living in my side mirror). I waited in line for about 15 minutes to get my car washed. And the friend that invited me sat and talked to the person behind me for about 10 of those minutes, then comes up to my car and waves and walks on by. I also knew about 3 other people there washing cars (mostly J's friends) and only 1 talked to me. Hmm... guess they really are J's friends and not mine.

Then today, I check my facebook and my dad's girlfriend posted "I'm Engaged!!!" And this is really cool news and I am terribly excited for them (I am assuming that she means engaged to my dad). But when I talked to my dad on Friday, he certainly didn't mention getting engaged. Uh... not going to lie but I am a little disappointed that I found out via FB. Can I also say that I found out that my dad had some skin cancer removed from my brother over a month after it happened. Um....Just because I live 12 hours away does not mean I'm not part of the family!!!

Ugh... There is a part of me that wishes that things were different. But I'm not quite sure how to change it.

Feeling frustrated,

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Goals

Since I seem to have a bit more time on my hands for the rest of this month I've come to the conclusion that I should probably finish some of the things I have started. I am giving myself until October 31st to finish the following:

  • Take Hyatt's too small clothes to the pregnancy clinic
  • Sand, paint, and finish my thrift store frames (thank you pintrest!)
  • De-clutter the downstairs of my house and DO something with the crap.
  • Stay on top of the finances because there won't be as much money coming in
  • ENJOY all of the extra time I have with my sweet baby.
  • Make apples for H
Totally do-able. I have to start somewhere. And so tonight, I'm balancing the paycheck and staying on top of that. And then I am going to sand another frame tonight. And I'm in bed by 9pm.

Is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble getting things done?


And P.S. Dear favorite son - Please please please sleep more tonight. Up at 10, 1, 3, 5, and 6:30 does not make Mama a happy camper at work. 

Your  crazy tired working mom.

Friday, October 7, 2011

A big ol' case of want-itis

I hate when this happens. I feel like I want everything. And it all cost's big time cash that I just don't have.

I have an itch to redecorate my house. Revamp my wardrobe, plus shoes (ditto to hubby's wardrobe!). Buy a sweet new SUV and get rid of my very basic sedan. Plus an iPad. A new dining table and chairs. My list goes on and on and on.

But, like most everyone else, I can't just go out and buy whatever I have a hankering for. And to be honest, even if I could I would probably regret it later. (Buyers remorse anyone?)

Maybe I should write down a wish list and start working on checking it all off...

Is there anything you've been wanting?


Wednesday, October 5, 2011


We have been SO blessed to have had the most wonderful childcare provider for my little ninja. He has been literally next door to us every day that I have been at work. And sadly it is going to come to a close in less than a week. She is taking a new job and we have to find someone new. And to be honest, she is freaking hard to replace.

One thing that I loved about our neighbor is that A) she is our neighbor and a friend and B) her house is freaking spotless and chloroxed on a regular basis. and C) she loves and adores my son.

I am so sad to be looking for someone new because she is really irreplaceable. So right now we are on the hunt for someone new, and they just aren't stacking up. And they are much further away than next door. I am praying for the right person to come into our lives.

And hopefully they come soon! Because we have less than a week to get H into a new home.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

So not ready to do this alone

J is leaving soon. Way too soon. He leaves in 2 days for home to fix up our rental for the next tenant. Then he comes back on Saturday only to leave on Sunday for a short deployment.

Firstly I am sad to see my husband gone. I love his company and I married him for a reason. I LOVE to be around him. Secondly I am sad because being a single mom is hard. I got a little taste of it a few weeks ago when J was on nights. It's hard doing it all. Work, exercise, dinner, play time, bath time and bed time. And fitting all of that into about 2 hours is even harder.

So it's back to cooking on the weekends and heating things up during the week. Running errands and shopping only on the weekend.

Thankfully I have lots planned for the next month. There is a College football game I will be meeting J's parents for in Seattle, then possibly my besties are coming up for Halloween and then a few weeks after that my mom will be coming to visit and J will already be back.

I know that this will go by fast. My next worry is that now he is on the work up schedule, he will be deploying for real soon. And that will come faster than I would like.

My fears are that I won't be able to talk with J. That I will miss him like crazy and not have family around to keep me busy like when he was in basic. That I will be so tired between work and taking care of H and our home that I would have time to stop and smell the roses. I am sad that J will miss out on some of Hyatt's firsts.

Okay, can't talk about this anymore...Gonna cry!!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Grocery Shopping Week 3

This week will be a short one when it comes to dinners. J will be heading home to fix up our rental later this week so there will be quite a few days that it will only be me for dinner. And since I don't eat that much and can eat pretty much the same thing till it's gone, there will be fewer dinners than normal.

Here it goes:
tortillas (for wraps not burritos)
sharp cheddar
chicken tenders
spicy chicken tenders (yup, I'm lazy!)
baby bell cheese
angel hair pasta
ground turkey (3)
ground beef (3)
soups (3)
honey mustard dressing
roasted garlic vinaigrette
salad dressing

Total $57.47

Here's what I will be making:
spicy chicken wraps with honey mustard
quiche (with left over meat from last week)
pesto chicken with pasta
chicken spinach casserole

That's the plan. And if needed, I'll be making hamburger pie. I keep thinking about it, and never make it but maybe this week. I have all the stuff so it's a backup dinner. Plus I have some freezer meals that need to be eaten...

Not a ton of stuff for lunches but I think that it will be easy to make more wraps, sandwiches, maybe a left over piece of quiche, and if needed soup.

Yum! I am starving, so it all sounds good NOW!