Tuesday, November 30, 2010
February: Destin's birthday
April: Easter egg hunt, Birthdays
July: Arwen's birthday (next year) & other birthdays (Patricks & mine too!)
September: We always go to the Fall festivals
October: Pick out/carve pumpkins, Watch Charlie Brown's The Great Pumpkin, go trick or treating (we started that this year) for Halloween
November: Eat turkey, Watch Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving, Put up Christmas decorations
December: Watch Charlie Brown's Christmas, Go see the lights at Christmas in the Park, Visit Santa at Bass Pro
So what are your traditions? It seems to me that as a family of four...we need to start our own! We just don't have that many, and I would love to start some new ones ~ especially as our girls get older :)
Monday, November 29, 2010
We are so in love with our baby girl Arwen...Destin just loves being a big sister. She likes to help me change her, and gets her toys. She even went and got a blanket today for her, when she fell asleep. It was so sweet!! I am really looking forward to Christmas this year, as a family of four (well, technically six, since we have Daisy & Duke). I know Arwen won't remember...but I know I always will! This will be Arwen's 1st Christmas & Destin's 2nd :) Check out the videos I posted of this weekend - I got Arwen laughing & smiling in some.
Saturday...we went to visit Santa Claus at Bass Pro (I think I have another post about this) and then that evening we finally went to see the lights at Christmas in the Park (at Longview in Lee's Summit). We got there about 7:30 ish, and waited in line over two hours before we drove thru the lights, which took about ten minutes. We got home late, and decided to check out the light show on Willow (up the street from us in Greenwood). It was very cool! They had lights playing synchronized with music via the radio. Every weekend the light show is supposed to be different - it was very neat to watch! They are raising money for a very good cause (although I can't remember what it is at the moment). So, if you are in Greenwood or in Lee's Summit area check out this great light show! Its free and changes every few minutes :)
So in the next couple of weeks, I hope to see all kinds of Christmas lights (mostly on the neighborhood houses) and we will probably check out 10th Street in Blue Springs, as we do every year.
Here are some more light shows that are posted on KC Parent's site:
Here are other links to all the happenings in KC for Christmas...
Old Fashioned Christmas:
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies:
1. Seeing Santa Claus is FREE (it is everywhere!)
2. There are plenty of things to look at, play with (including toys, fish, stuffed animals, etc.)
3. You get a FREE pic of your child & Santa Claus
4. You also get a FREE kids meal to their restaurant at Bass Pro
5. Santa gives your child a candy cane :)
6. Someday Destin & Arwen won't be scared & will get to share what they want for Christmas :)
So, in case you were wondering...Destin did cry :( even with me holding her - lets hope next year goes better. Arwen was just in amazement of Santa's beard - we even got a pic of just her & Santa :) It was so cute! So here are the links for thier pics:
http://images.pictureu.com/Photos/BW39/01/highresFB/BW39016718.jpg (Destin, Arwen & I with Santa)
http://images.pictureu.com/Photos/BW39/01/highresFB/BW39016712.jpg (Arwen & Santa)
Here are some more Santa events in the area:
This link shares where you can get letters, phone calls from Santa, visit Santa, eat with Santa, etc.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
- Tom's Wicked Fresh Toothpaste (sample size) x 2 (for some reason they sent me 2)
- Vaseline Intensive Reparing Moisture (sample size - it came in a miniature bottle - so cute!)
- Udder Covers Udder Cover (I only had to pay S & H for this great breastfeeding find!)
- Wisk laundry detergent sample & coupon (from Target)
- Pampers coupon
- Emergen C samples (with 4 sample packets)
- Emergen C samples (from Walmart ~ with 2 sample packets inside)
- Prilosec OTC sample (came with 2 tablets)
- Rachael Ray Nutrish Dog Food sample
- Snapfish catalog (anyone can get this...but I have never used them before)
- Max Pro condoms (set of 6 and a BOGO coupon)
- Bokers 2011 8x11 calendar & washer sample (for a guy I guess)
- Womanity perfume sample (on a postcard)
- "Outta the Zoo" sticker (its a band that was giving away stickers on Facebook)
- Seven Slings baby sling (I got this for free via Udder Covers - only had to pay S & H..I will post a pic of this)
- 2011 Bone Health Pocker Calendar
- 'Milk Matters with Buddy Brush' coloring book from US Dept of Health & Human Services
- "The Truth of the Matter" novel from BookSneeze.com (look for book review soon!)
Deals of the week: I also got 30% off my order at Oldnavy.com when I bought some cute outfits for the girls :) And some deals on Amazon.com where I bought almost all of the girls' Christmas gifts for a great price! They started some of their Black Friday deals early, and I got 15% off some books I bought.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
How many of you take your children on dates? I love spending time one on one with my girls...it helps me to get to know them better, and I know that it makes them feel special :) I also don't want to think that I am short changing one or the other.
I know that sometime in the future, Patrick & I need to have a date night. Just the two of us. We haven't done this since last October...when Destin was about seven or eight months old. The first time we both left her for the first time at night...we went to Worlds of Fun with some friends to ride the rides and go to the Haunted Houses. We were both so worried about her..plus I was breastfeeding still - so we didn't stay gone very long. I know it would be nice to go somewhere with just us, and not have to worry about the girls. Even for a walk in the park, or out to get icecream...it would be nice to spend time with each other. I love Patrick with all my heart, and I don't want to ever hurt what we have together.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Well I have both the girls asleep at the same time at night! Can you believe it?! And I thought I would catch up on my blog/site here for the family...since Pat is out with friends & I have some quiet time here at the house :)
Speaking of sleep...Destin is still being such a stinker when it comes to bedtime. She doesn't want to have anything to do with naps, unless its accidental when going for a car ride or watching tv. She is just on the go all the time (as everyone got to see at Thanksgiving). Arwen is for the most part, still sleeping wonderful...all night, every night :) Yay! Bedtime for Destin means having to sleep with us (which is NOT what I want, I would love for her to sleep in her bed). Then we transfer her to her own bed after falling asleep in ours - she wakes up a few hours later screaming/crying for us to come get her. :( This has been the new trend for the past two weeks - it is soooo not fun! Of course, I have to mention - tonite is the first time in a long time (I don't even remember when??) Destin went to her bed, and fell asleep with me sitting next to her without crying/playing/talking and was alseep within twenty five minutes or so! I cannot believe it! And to make it even better of a night, Arwen fell asleep - and I put her in the crib to sleep for the first time at night :) She has napped there before, but never at night...My babies are growing up!
So now they are both sound asleep in their bedroom together :) Its so sweet! Oh, and this week, we have been trying to give them both a bath at the same time! Destin loves it! Arwen loves bath time - she smiles, and kicks her legs in the water. And to save on time, water & my sanity I thought I would try it. Tonight was the third time they took a bath together, and it is going pretty well. Granted, Arwen cannot sit up yet - so she lays on her bath mat thing that holds her up & I am able to wash them both, let them play a little bit. Then take turns drying, getting dressed, lotion, brush hair, etc. Maybe this can be the start of a beautiful schedule - I can only hope! I would love love love to have both the girls in bed by 8:30 every night. But for now, I will settle for 9ish.
Destin just never wants to sleep...I mentioned earlier that she does not like naps. Starting last weekend, she just flat out refused to take them. And I thought maybe it would help her fall asleep sooner & faster at night. The first night it did (which was last Saturday). But then the next couple nights, she stayed up just as late 9, 10, 11 PM! HOLY MOLY! She has so much energy all the time day or night! So...I am still trying to figure her out with this whole sleep thing. I have been reading books, looking online, asking other mommies out there...and I have no idea what is going on with her. And in case you were wondering - it was just like this before Arwen came too - so I know that is not it! If you are reading this & have any ideas - please share them with me ASAP!
For Thanksgiving, we went to Tammie's apartment in Hermitage, MO this year. It was Destin's 2nd Thanksgiving & Arwen's 1st :) I had the girls dress up in matching red dresses & pink tights from Old Navy. I got them in the mail, along with the other goodies I bought online (I received them the day before Thanksgiving - Yay!). Oh - just a small tidbit here - I bought almost all of the girls gifts online this year. I think I will keep doing this too, since it saves me time, hassle, and the craziness of going out with both the girls. Destin just runs all over the place any time we go anywhere. Anyways..back to Turkey Day :) We had a great time seeing all of Patrick's family - there were quite a few people there: Tammie & Mick; Vicki, Tink & Jared; Shannon, Rob, Ally, Macy & Sierra (sorry if I'm not spelling that right!); Rick, Debbie, Dalton, Daniel, Amber, Jake, Jaiden & Meghan; Shane, Tammy & Tony; Mike, Darcy, Clara & Abby; and of course us!
There was so much food to eat - turkey, steak, porkloin, mashed potatoes & gravy, mac n cheese, corn, rolls, sweet potatoes (2 kinds), corn casserole thing, green bean casserole (I made this), and more! Then for dessert...there were cookies, butter cake, pumpkin & pecan pie, chocolate pie & mini cheesecake bites with cherries (I made these too!). Yummy, yummy!
I loved all the pics that I got on this wonderful holiday - be sure to check them out in the November photo album on my Shutterfly site (http://destinpaisleyroach.shutterfly.com/)! Thank you to everyone for being so loving and caring ~ and of course, talkative! It was nice to have a Thanksgiving with everyone down there! I wish we would get together more often!! I know Destin had so much fun playing with all the girls - Meghan, Jaiden, Macy, Sierra, Ally, Clara & Abby.
How do I know she is smart, you ask? She is learning to say her ABCs, count to 10 in English & Spanish, learning Spanish words like Gracias, DeNada (from Dora the Explorer - her second fav show), recognizing & trying to draw shapes, colors, dressing herself and more!
Arwen is learning so many new things too...she is starting to push up on her hands & knees during tummy time. She blows bubbles/raspberries with her mouth. She cries "mama" (although I am not going to count this is as her first word). We are still working on rolling over, and learning how to sit up on her own. She loves to stand up too (in her bouncy seat - it was Destin's old one). We also have her sitting up in Destin's old blue seat too. She just loves looking around and seeing what everyone is doing.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Take care & keep in touch!
Oh, I almost forgot...Arwen will be 4 months old on Monday :) Her checkup will be December 1st! So look for an update about her visit/shots/weight/height!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
- My incredible family ~ my amazing husband, two beautiful daughters & two big dogs :)
- My husband, Patrick, who works everyday, all day in all kinds of weather/conditions. I love you!
- Our house/home - even though it never can manage to stay clean!
- My parents ~ who love, support, offer advice & would do anything for me
- My family & I are all healthy & happy
- I am in love with a wonderful man...and he loves me more than anything too :)
- That Destin just loves to learn, smile, laugh, sing & is always on the go - she wears me out, but I know that its worth it. Every sleepless night is definitely worth it for her.
- Arwen's smile & laughter - it just melts my heart everyday.
- My ability to multitask - I can breastfeed, eat, drink, entertain Destin, read a book/magazine, talk on the phone, watch a tv show, share a great conversation with a loved one, and more - all at the same time :) Well, maybe not all of those things - but I am learning that I can do more than 1 thing at a time and its okay to do so.
- Reading a great book - I wish I had more time to do this...I usually read at night after everyone is asleep or during the occasional naptime. I miss reading and I hope to read more as Destin gets older. Maybe her & I could read to each other someday :)
- Being able to stay home with the girls everyday...its probably the greatest gift Patrick gives me everyday. I love knowing that I can see them meet every milestone in front of me.
- I am thankful for all of Destin's favorite shows...because not only are they helping me educate her, but they also give me that ten or fifteen minutes of 'me' time :)
I am sure there are many many more things that I am thankful for, but I just wanted to share these. I hope you all have as many things to be thankful for in your life. Don't be afraid to share what you are thankful for - especially to your loved ones. Take care!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
First up is Destin. At 21 months, she is learning and taking in all new things everyday.
Likes: All fruit, cheese, dogs, Dora the Explorer, Elmo & Abby (and almost all the characters) from Sesame Street, CAKE!, dancing, singing, coloring, helping mommy/daddy, giving hugs/kisses to Arwen, playing with Daisy & Duke, cookies, spending time with daddy, bubble baths, reading books, going bye-bye :)
Dislikes: Spicy food, Getting her hair washed, the Vaccuum or extremely loud things, Sleep (nap or bedtime is the enemy!)...
Second is Arwen. At almost 4 months, she is growing so fast and wanting to do everything her big sister does.
Her likes: Mommy's milk, sleeping, sitting up (with help of course), standing up (again with help), her new bouncy seat (Destin's old one), bath time, laughing out loud at mommy...
Her dislikes: tummy aches, when Destin cries...(I am sure there are more)
Third is Patrick. My incredible, wonderful, amazing husband who works so hard for our family.
His likes: MU, the Chiefs, the Royals, Steak, Mexican food, being a great daddy, hugs/kisses from our girls, watching football & baseball, MONEY, & spending time with his family :)
His dislikes: Vegetables (except for carrots & brocolli), Chinese, Seafood, really cold weather,
Fourth are Daisy & Duke. My big dalmation/great dane pups who drive me crazy!
Their likes: Food (any kind!), chewies, dog biscuits, stuffed animals, sleeping in our bed,
belly rubs & butt scratches :)
Their dislikes: The vacuum, Destin's play mower/ball popper, birds/squirrels (I guess this could be a like - since they want to chase them out of our yard),
Fifth & last is ME! Even as an adult I am learning my new likes/dislikes on a day to day basis...but here are just a few I can think of.
My likes: being a mom (I love this!), taking hot showers, German food (I miss this), trying new things all the time, a clean house (doesn't last for long), getting free stuff, writing, taking pics of the girls & our family, & spending time with my family - they are my everything :)
My dislikes: Peppers & Onions, watching football/baseball for a long time (thanks Patrick!), cleaning/laundry!
I have only gone 1 time...and that was before I was married (about four of five years ago), we were living in Lee's Summit in our 1 bedroom apartment at The Oaks, and my sister n' law,Darcy picked me up with her mom. I don't remember what time we left, but I know it was early :P And I don't even remember what I bought - I know it wasn't much, since we didn't have that much money in the first place. But it was crazy! People standing in line all the way around the store, standing in line for the best deals...
I WAS planning on buying 1 thing this Thanksgiving..and it is the $88 Jeep from Walmart for Destin. I I know she would love this & it is such a great price! But I will be buying online...not roughing the crowds and craziness..
But after a little more research on the product, Patrick & I decided to spend a little more for the real deal. The one on sale was only for 1 seat, we wanted 2. So the girls could ride it together when Arwen was older :) And it doesn't have a radio, and pretty much its cheap. The one we got was on sale last night at Walmart for $199, usually selling for over $250. So I think we got a good deal. I know Destin will love this!
Here is Walmart's site, they already have their ad posted:
So I am curious, where do you go? I remember we went to Kohls & Target. But other people go to Walmart, Best Buy & more. Do you have a plan? Or where are planning to go? What time do you go? Some start at Midnight, some at 4 AM. Good luck if you are going! Let me know if you find any good buys :)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
She speaks English & Spanish, goes on adventures with Boots the monkey, her purple backpack & map and teaches kids along the way.
We have done a great job of teaching Destin how to use her manners, by saying please and thankyou. Her latest saying is, "Excuse me..." and then asks for something. Its so cute (and polite)! Well, this week I thought it was so neat to see Destin use her skills learned from Dora by saying, "Gracias" and "De Nada" (not sure if I spelled those right). She even has been counting in Spanish too! Its so cool to know the power of education has on your children - even if it coming from the television.
I know there are a lot of critics in the medical field that say television is really not okay for children under the age of 2, but I have to say that I disagree. Destin learns so much from Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer and other educational television shows. So what that most of the stuff is fiction?! I love that she can imagine, and create ideas of her own based from what she sees on these shows. So I have to say - Thank You to Dora & Rosita (from Sesame Street) who are teaching my daughter Spanish. She definitely will know more than I do :)
What is your talent?? What could you do, can you do that could possibly make you a fortune one day? I wish I could start my own business - baking/photography/freebies/? to share with the world...maybe someday :)
My mom says that it depends on how you wash/dry them that make them last longer. She doesn't machine dry them, instead she hang dries them. But I don't think I could hang my bras around the house - since Destin likes to wear them as a necklace/hat/headband/belt (I told you I was big - ha!).
So, I am wondering - where do you get your bras? What kind do you get? Wire or no wire?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, I went to Walmart & bought some stocking stuffers & survived the crowded aisles in Lee's Summit! Oh my goodness was it packed! I am hoping to get most of my Christmas shopping done online this year - we will just have to see what happens though...I need to write down exactly what I want, look for deals/coupons/discounts/etc. and go from there. I am planning on buying 1 Black Friday deal - the $88 Power Wheels Jeep for Destin. I know she would love it and its such a great price! Hopefully they aren't all gone when I go to buy online at Midnight this Thurs evening (yes, Thanksgiving!). Can you believe they are starting Black Friday deals at Midnight now? Wow! I can't imagine going out to get all those deals - but some people will do just about anything to find a deal.
Well the rest of my Sunday (and well Saturday) I cleaned the entire house - floors (sweep, mop, vaccuum), dust, rugs, all the laundry, dishes, organized the playroom, and more! Even though it doesn't look like it now, I felt accomplished when I finished. My mom, Jeff & Joe came by to have dinner & play with the girls. It was nice to have them over for a little while. I know Destin loves when they visit :) And then after they left, Patrick found my earring that I thought I lost in the shower drain last week - YAY! It was a gift from him for Mothers Day this year - so I was very very upset when I thought I lost it - but yay we found it! Woo hoo!
This week, I am getting prepared for Thanksgiving - getting my recipes, cooking, baking stuff ready. I am planning on making Green Bean Casserole, Mini Cheesecakes (my mom's recipe), cookies & possibly pumpkin bread. We are going to Patrick's mom's house for Thanksgiving - so it should be fun to see all of his family. The last time we saw everyone it was April! And no one has met Arwen yet, except for Pat's mom (last month!). She will be 4 months old soon and she is growing so fast!
Its still pretty hard to believe that I am a mommy of two under two. A mommy to two beautiful, adorable little girls that I love with all of my heart and soul! I am so lucky to have such an amazing family :) I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend & has a wonderful week ahead of them :)
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Saturday, November 20, 2010
- Hugo Boss sample (on a postcard)
- Garnier Moisture Rescue (on a postcard from Target)
- Oriental Trading Co. Calendar for 2011
- Vitamin sample for women (I didn't keep this...since I am breast feeding - you never know!)
- John Frieda "Root Awakening" sample & coupon (2 of them!)
- Wisconsin Milk Marketing - "Give the Gift of Goodness" recipe book - stuff with REAL butter
- Tide Actilift sample & coupon (from Target)
- Henry Rifles Catalog (I got this for Patrick's brother)
- P & G Sampler pack: Tampax sample of 3 tampons, Always sample of 4 pads, Pantene Shampoo & Conditioner (separate - for my type of hair ~ medium thick), Head & Shoulders sample & several coupons for Tide, Febreeze, Power Fusion Razor, & Pantene Shampoos -- You can only request a sample pack from them every season/quarter
- MegaRed (5 softgels) vitamins from Sams Club
- Huggies coupons
- Purina One Dog Food Sample (from Walmart)
- Food Should Taste Good Coupon for 1 free bag of chips
- Gucci Guilty perfume sample
- USPS Boxes - a set of 5 boxes & 1 envelope to mail stuff in
Again - all of this stuff listed above I got for FREE! All you have to do is sign up...I can't wait to see what I get next week! I am supposed to be getting flip flops, candy, tshirts & more soon!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
The whole everyday same schedule doesn't always work out the way I would like for it to...and the same goes for sleeping at night. Yep - you guessed it! Destin is still not sleeping in her bed - its different every night/week & this week all she wants is daddy. She will scream, cry and throw the biggest fit until he comes in there. Its awful - and it will last hours before she stops! AHH!
I am slacking on picture taking this week...so I am hoping to get some type of pics taken soon. I have been busy working on Christmas gifts for the girls (ordering them online) and making gifts on Shutterfly. I can't believe Christmas will be here soon...we are in the works of making our lists of what to get, where to get it, how much we have to spend, etc. Until next time, I'm off to go spend more money - woo hoo!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I know that I am overweight, but I guess my logic is that I am happy the way I am. I don't have any large motivation to lose weight as of right now. I am breast feeding - which has helped me get to my prepregnancy weight (both times!). But I don't work out - I clean the house, do the laundry/dishes, mop/sweep/vacuum, change diapers, play with both my girls, etc, etc. I do alot of stuff & I don't have to time to worry about losing weight. Or maybe I am losing without really thinking about it - and taking in all the guilty treats like cookies & cake! I have a major sweet tooth - and I really don't think I could devote myself to eating healthy forever.
I have several friends & family members who have tried numerous diets over the years - and yes, I have to admit I tried them too! But now, I want to live my life to the fullest & eat what I want (and eat healthy too!). I hope I don't sound like a fat pig - but I am happy being who I am..and if that means being a little heavy, then so be it. At least for now!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Supposedly everyone and thier mother (literally) was invited...so here is who came:
- My Grandma Anne (the host - my mom's mom)
- My family (me, Patrick & the girls)
- My mom, Jeff & Joseph
- My Aunt Michelle, her boyfriend Mike - her three kids & their children (a total of 12 people)
- My Uncle Mike, Aunt Deb & daughter Stephanie
- My Uncle Damon (he is one year younger than me) & his dad, Bob
- My Great Uncle Bud & his wife, Lori
- My Great Aunt Janet (her husband, Dick, stayed home to hunt) and her granddaughter (Waylens daughter?)
- My 2nd cousin, Ricky (Uncle Dick's son) & his wife Kelly, plus their two daughters (one is married with a daughter)
So surprisingly, there were alot of people that did come! But, there were a lot that did not...like my Uncle Scott (his wife & their kids), my other Great Aunts/Uncles, thier children & their children and so on. For the most part, I think everyone got along...and I think my Gma Anne was happy that everyone who did come - came, brought food, & had a good time talking. The weird part was, noone really talked a whole lot - at least not to me & my family. I introduced myself & my family to some family members that I had never met (Uncle Bud) and to some who I haven't seen in years...but there were no announcements/speeches or anything like that. Everyone ate, talked briefly small talk - and then left.
Sadly, I did not take any pictures (crazy, right? I love taking pictures!)...due to time, my daughter running around & the pure craziness of it all. There were kids running around everywhere. I had to feed Arwen at some point. I was incredibly nervous having anyone hold her..and I didn't want Destin getting in trouble/hurt/etc.
I am glad that I went & that I got to see everyone...but I personally believe that this will probably never happen again for several reasons...our family is broken, and since it took almost 30 years for all of us to be in the same room at the same time - I don't think it will ever happen again. I know that my Gma would like for us to get together again, and grow up together sharing stories & having our kids play - but its just not going to happen. I don't want to seem witchy or stuck up - I just don't see that anyone would make an effort to get together again. Why would we? Noone sends Christmas cards, noone sends out a family letter, there is no family site...its just very sad. Noone really cares about one another like a family should.
I'm not sure how the rest of my family feels about this issue...but thats just the way it is I guess. When it comes to my father's side of the family - I think they still get together a couple of times a year. At Christmas was the only time I would see anyone from that side of the family, which would include my Grandma Reta (my dad's mom), his sister & her family, and then my Great Grandma Mary (my Gma Reta's mom) and then her children, their children and so on. Sadly, I don't really know them very well either. Each year we would gather at my Gma's house and have a guy/girl gift exchange - but noone really would make conversations (with me anyways) other than small talk. And to be honest, I know this sounds bad, but I can't even remember everyone's names & who belongs to who?! There are a lot of family members there & I guess everyone just thinks - we are family somehow or another.
Then, Patrick's family. His parents are also divorced & remarried, just as mine are. And both his parents come from big families - but again, we don't get together that often. When it comes to his family - I don't think its lack of anything, but time, distance, etc. Everyone is so busy with thier own lives, thier own families - that we don't just stop & take the time to see one another.
I would hate to think that as you get older, the love, time & devotion that you have to your extended family doesn't just go away, or does it? Every family is indeed very different - and mine is something that I am still learning about, learning who is in it, etc. I joined Ancestry.com a couple of years ago, and started doing some research...because someday I'm sure Destin & Arwen will want to know who they are related to on both of our sides.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Here is what I got this week:
- Pikimal ball (Its a bouncy ball that I recieved already blown up in the mail!)
- Powersox socks (one pair)
- 101 Free Shutterfly 4x6 prints
- Elmo USB/Video drive (I won this from a giveaway on Freebie Spot)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The man who was killed had a wife and two young daughters. I still remember going to his funeral, and seeing his family. His little girls were so beautiful, and they even had the strength to share some of their favorite memories with thier father. Every person there could not stop crying...I could not stop crying; even now, it brings me to tears.
I cannot possibly imagine what it would be like to lose someone that you love so dearly, a friend, a husband, a father...maybe that is why Patrick and I always make sure we do certain things everyday. We always give each other a kiss good morning, and a kiss goodnight. We always say that we love each other by saying "I love you" - and not adding the "too". We always make sure we spend as much quality time with our girls that we can. And I am sure there are other things that we do, but don't even think about...
I'm not sure if this is why...but I have been feeling sad the last few days. Patrick has to work six days a week, ten hours a day...and I can't help but miss him, worry about him and want him to be home with us. I love him with all of my heart, and I just don't think I would be able to live without him by my side. I don't want to dwell on it any longer - and I know that I need to think positive...but I guess, since this is the one year anniversary since the accident, I can't help being upset.
I can only hope & pray that something like this never happens again...to anyone. Noone deserves to lose someone that they love and care for. My thoughts & prayers go out to Ryan's family.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I loved reading the Preface of the book, which shared the authors opinions, and some quotes from several famous Americans, including Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln about our great country. I loved how the authors said, "The American solider is the greatest friend of freedom the world has known" (Page xii). My father is currently serving in the military in the Army Special Forces, and I couldn't be more proud of him. Every time I read a piece of American history I think of him - and this book is such an inspiration to our armed forces. We owe everything to them - without them we would not have a country to call our own! This book does such a remarkable job of embracing thier (the military's) gift to the American people.
Monday, November 8, 2010
I always serve at least 1 fruit & 1 veggie at each meal (in case they are not listed) & other sides. So here is this week's menu:
Sun: Happy Birthday Anakin! We went to his party in the afternoon, came home & made Tacos with rice :)
M: Pork Cutlets
T: Pork Tenderloin
W: Chicken Grillers, Twice baked potato & veggie
T: Frozen Pizza
F: Tortellini/Fettucine & salad
Sat: Fried Chicken
So what's for dinner at your house? As far as dessert goes, I am not sure this week...either cookies, pumpkin bread and/or icecream :)
I am still working on trying to get them both to smile at the same time...
I think this might be the first time they both looked & smiled at me though :)
It turned out really well (besides Destin's baby doll being in the shot!).
I am sure there will be more Christmas photo shoots to come - I wish I had access to a nice snowy white backdrop...I am sure we will get snow before we know it :) Until next time, take care!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
- Night food granola bars x 2 (and a brochure about their company)
- Dove deoderant (a mini size)
- Extra gum (Strawberry Shortcake)
- Bionic band (patches - these are like temporary tattos, I haven't tried them yet!)
- Glory cooking seasoning (a mini sample)
- Picaboo photo book (I had to pay s & h, but it was definitely worth it)
- 10 Shutterfly cards (see post below - the Thanksgiving ones)
- Breathe Right strips & coupon
- Free Advil coupon
- Free Cottonelle wipes coupon
- "The American Patriot's Almanac" (a book from booksneeze.com where you read/review books for free)
- Coffee, coffee mug & sticker from Green Mountain Coffee
And I will be getting lots more in the upcoming weeks...if you are interested in finding freebies let me know! I also have sent out a few packs of free gum, kleenex & tea to some friends & family.
Sadly, this is not something that is new. Since bringing home Arwen (and possibly even a couple months before hand), every time we go somewhere she stays with me for a little while, then she decides to run away. It doesn't seem to matter what we are doing, or where we are (Walmart, Target, the grocery store, a parking lot, a park, a school, etc.) she thinks its funny/sneaky/attention getting to run away as fast as she can from mommy.
I have to tell you, I absolutely hate it! It scares me to death knowing that she is this brave little girl wanting to go anywhere she wants, no matter what faces her...she could get stolen, hurt, lost, scared, etc. Ahhh! I have had a couple family members & friends say to invest in a wristband/backpack that ties to her..I just feel that I am being a bad parent b/c she won't stay with me...and I am basically restricting where she can go. I mean, could you imagine me holding on to her like that at a park? I just don't know what to do...I knew that the terrible twos were approaching, but I think she hit them about six months ago (which is way too soon!). Destin will be 2 in less than four months...so who knows what will happen when we hit that milestone?!?!
I'm thinking about starting a sticker & schedule chart with pictures for her. This might help motivate some potty time & could possibly help me (and daddy) put her on a good schedule for sleeping. These would be two separate, different things.
Sleeping is still not going well either...I'm not sure what week we are on since I started our so-called routine, but it went out the window & we are back to her going to sleep/falling asleep in our bed - then we transfer her to her own bed. For the most part, she sleeps all night, every night. But she still won't go to sleep on her own, in her own room or bed. I just don't understand why she wants to be with us so badly. We really aren't that exciting, and all we do is either watch tv, or go to bed ourselves.
In all honesty, I would like to have more "alone" time with Patrick too. We hardly see each other as it is, with him working 10 hours, 6 days a week...then we eat dinner, play, bathtime & then its time for bed. Our nights go by pretty fast...which I just don't see how making her go to sleep any earlier would help. It would be nice, but she has so much energy it would almost be silly to start any earlier than 9 pm. I am hoping that daylight savings this Sunday will help us out...but we will see how that goes!
Naptime is hit & miss, or so I think. This week, with the exception of one day, Destin has been going to sleep about fifteen minutes or less after I put her in bed. I tell her Iove her, give her a kiss, and after one trip to see me (or sometimes she will stay in there), she goes to sleep. The other day I found her buried underneath all of her stuffed animals in her bed (see pic below). Then she will sleep for usually an hour & a half or longer. Usually, she fights me for two or more hours until 3 pm (starting at 1 ish or so). I tried having her nap earlier, but it made it worse...so 1 pm is the magical time for now. I don't think she is ready to give up naps just yet, and I am not ready for her to either.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
S: Happy Halloween! We ordered Pizza Hut - yummy!
M: Cheeseburgers, fries, mac n' cheese & oranges
T: Bacon/Turkey club sandwiches, fries & pineapple
W: Ranch pork chops, scalloped potatoes, carrots & pears
T: Homemade Lasagna, salad & veggie (see pic below)
F: Breakfast for dinner - pancakes, sausage & fresh fruit
S: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy & veggie
I am always on the lookout for something new...so, whats for dinner at your house? Also, I am thinking about adding/trying a weekly dessert - our family loves desserts :) Today I made 10 dozen chocolate chip & peanut butter/choc. chip cookies with Destin's help...don't worry though, I am sending more than half with Patrick to work!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Then after naptime & dinner we got to take Destin trick or treating for the first time! This was also our first time dressing her up too :) We only went to about ten houses, and daddy stayed home with Arwen after about half way because it was so chilly out...but it was still fun. She would say 'Candy' instead of 'Trick or Treat' and then 'Thank you!'. But when we got home she had no problem saying it to daddy, and then saying Boo! After we arrived home, Patrick & I took turns handing out candy and we let Destin watch Shrek 2 for the first time - she loved it!
I can't believe it will be Thanksgiving soon, and then Christmas! WOW! Its going to go by fast! We are already talking about doing our shopping now :)