Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I'm torn as to how to feel. Part of me is excited for a couple nights of good sleep, in a big comfy hotel bed, with a delicious breakfast (for free) and part of me is torn to leave Monkey behind. Some days the positive looking part is winning and other days the sad part is winning. Today, it's the sad part.
I know he'll be well taken care of. That doesn't worry me. He'll get tons of hugs, kisses and snuggles, but they won't be from me. I won't be the one putting him down for his naps, or getting him up from them. He won't have me to sing him to sleep at night. And who will crawl around the house with him?
My biggest worry is that he won't remember me when we get back (even though it's only two nights). It's silly I know, but it's what I feel. I'm going to miss this face in the mornings (yes, even the runny nose).
Do you have any tips to make this easier?
Monday, August 29, 2011
I get to be a Stay At Home Mom until January. I get to sleep in, relax and spend my day at the mall!
Ha! Ya right!
I got tons more sleep before Monkey was born, there is no more relaxing since he is now crawling and I have to watch as he tries to pull himself up on everything and the mall thing, well, I can spend part of my day at the mall, I'll admit to that part. But I don't have the funds to spend at the mall like I used to.
But as I thought about it, I do kind of miss getting ready to go back to school. The first week of school is always fun. I don't miss it enough to hand over the last of my maternity leave to The Husband. I thought I was crazy until another teacher-mommy, who is on leave until next September, mentioned the same feelings.
However, as I said before, I don't miss it enough to not be staying home with Monkey. And if it didn't take me most of my teaching career to get a permanent job I'd be a SAHM full-time.
The thought of heading back in January does worry me and putting Monkey in daycare doesn't make me happy, but I'll deal with that then.
Until then, I'll be lounging in my PJs and taking in my soaps (just joking)!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The book that I just completed is Shut up and Eat! Tales of Chicken, Children and Chardonnay by Kathy Buckworth and I must say it was hilarious!
I came across this book in my Parents Canada magazine. Kathy Buckworth writes a monthly article in the magazine on a specific topic and has a humorous look about the given topic.
This humorous look is consistent throughout the book with lines such as this:
"Both media and sociologists have conditioned us to try to strive for an ideal family dinner. They never tire of telling us about the studies; you know, the ones that show the more often children bond with you over a family dinner, the more likely they are not to get into drugs or teenage sex, or to flunk out of school. I believe that is asking an awful lot of a meatloaf, but bear with me as I ponder this ideal."
Buckworth discusses what goes on in her busy household with four kids, going four different directions and a husband who gets home at 6:15 and loves to BBQ. She looks at regular meals, snacks, packed lunches but also focuses on cocktail parties, dinner parties and birthdays. There is also a focus on holidays, or what Buckworth calls "Extreme Eating Events".
Mixed throughout the book are a wide range of easy and quick recipes. I will definitely be adding these to my repertoire.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Even if you aren't looking to add recipes to your daily menu, it is definitely worth the laughs.
As usual, please offer up any reading suggestions. I'm open to pretty much everything!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Recently, he's been sleeping a little longer. He's typically in bed around 8 or 9 (depending on what's going on) and has been sleeping until 4ish. At 4, he would get a bottle and then head back to sleep for another 2 to 3 hours. Until last night that is....
Last night we went from 9:15 pm straight to 7:45 am. That's right, 10 and 1/2 hours of sleep for my little man. Luckily, I went to be around 11ish so I got some good sleep too. I did wake up a couple times to check to see if he had moved (to ensure he was still alive) and once to go to the washroom (as usual) but other than that I was asleep!
I'm replaying every little thing in my mind last night to figure out what happened, but for now we'll take it as a fluke and not get too settled into this new gloriousness just yet.
Hopefully soon I can wave goodbye to the bags under my eyes and the rolling out of bed at 1am but today I'm much more bright eyed and bushy tailed than I have been for months!
I love you Sleep! Welcome back.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Everyone keeps telling me that he's going to be walking soon. I don't think I'm ready for that! I'm barely ready for him to be crawling. I want my little lump of a baby back. On the plus side, I do still get to snuggle before naps and bed and I'm hoping that doesn't go away too soon.
So my promise this week is to visit your blogs and try to catch up on what's going on with everyone. Please let me know if you are a new follower and I'll follow back!
Have a good Tuesday!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Once Monkey takes a nap, I just want to relax. He's crawling, he's trying to pull himself up, he doesn't stop moving and therefore I don't stop moving. So when he naps, I crash. I don't want to exercise, I don't want to do jumping jacks, sit ups or push ups. I want to sleep or sit my butt down and have some 'me' time.
Last time I lost weight, I went from 165 to 150. I was motivated. I was motivated to look like the others around me. I was motivated because someone told me that it must be hot being pregnant in this weather (I wasn't pregnant). I was motivated by those around me because they could see what I was eating and knowing that I was trying to lose weight they'd eye my food then give me the stink eye if it wasn't healthy enough. I know I shouldn't have to rely on others to motivate me, but it was so much easier. Monkey doesn't give me the stink eye if I eat a cookie, he typically has a big grin on his face.
So please help me! What motivates you?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Today's review is about a book called Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall. It is all about her growing up in the FLDS society under the rule of Warren Jeffs, being forced to marry her first cousin, her eventually escape and her bravery as she faced Warren Jeffs in court.
I absolutely loved this book. I have always been fascinated by the FLDS community and how everything works within it. I understand that what happens in the book may be a rare case (according to Elissa Wall it isn't), but it was an excellent glimpse into what these girls could potentially go through.
I was fascinated how quickly Jeffs came into power as the so-called prophet, and changed the entire belief system of the people in the community.
If you are someone like me who watched intently the hunt for Warren Jeffs way back when (or even likes Sister Wives on TLC) you will enjoy this book.
I also need some more ideas to round out my 30 books! Please take a look at my Bookworm Challenge page and recommend some good reads!
Friday, August 19, 2011
We received two invitations to weddings that are going to take place on September 10, 2011 (9/10/11). One is my brother's wedding and the other is a friend of The Husband. Sorry Brother! We're going to the other! Just joking, I wouldn't miss my brother's wedding for the world! That said, we still need to send a gift to The Husband's friend whose wedding we are going to unfortunately be missing. So, I pulled out my stamping/card making supplies and got to work. Here is the result:
It's really not difficult. It's a basic card (4 by 6...I think). For this I used a lot of Stampin' Up products because I have a friend who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and pushes me into buying all of the stuff (just joking yet again!). Anyway, to make this card follow these steps:
1. Cut out two hearts ~ one from black card stock, one from white card stock (I just hand-drew one heart and traced it for the other)
2. For the tuxedo heart ~ trace a little bit of the top of the heart onto white card stock and draw a line from each side until they meet in a point (it's hard to explain, the picture is pretty clear though). Glue the white part to the black heart. Place two black brads through the white part for buttons. I didn't have any black ribbon so I cut a sliver of black paper, tied it in a knot and trimmed the ends so it wasn't too long.
3. For the bridal dress heart ~ I had a few rhinestones so I stuck them on and then put some glue around the outside of the heart. I dunked the heart into glitter. After that I drew some squiggles with glue and again dunked into glitter.
4. I cut a piece of blue card stock a little smaller than the front of the card and rounded the corners with a corner punch.
5. I glue the two hearts to the blue card stock, glued the blue card stock to the card base (cream card stock).
6. I also stamped a saying "For the Newlyweds" from Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up) but a simple Congratulations works as well.
I think it's a lovely card....what do you think...cute enough?
I'm a part of a few different hops today so I'm going to split them into separate posts (but feel free to read them all!). The first one is a fellow January momma and her weekend planning hop! I love reading what people are doing for the weekends. I love weekends because the Husband is home and life seems normal.
This weekend has been CRAZY! Monkey has had a bad cold for a few days and is finally getting back to being himself (but now The Husband is sick). Wednesday, Monkey and I went to visit a friend from university (and got lost driving around). Thursday, the in-laws came in and babysit Monkey while I went and got a much needed hair cut and brow wax (they were caterpillars ladies!) and then The Husband and I went to see Totem by Cirque du Soleil. It was my birthday present from the in-laws and it was a fantastic night out! It would have been made better if Monkey slept through the night, but we can't get everything can we!
Tonight we are heading to Buskerfest with some good friends of ours. I love hanging out with these friends because they are also so cheerful and absolutely hilarious. I went to highschool with both of them so we know each other from way back. The four of us are heading to our 10 year highschool reunion this year. So exciting!Saturday and Sunday are OPEN! That's right......nothing at all! I don't have any work to do for my Masters (it's in between classes), no visitors (as of yet), no plans! I'm so excited to just hang around and be lazy with The Husband and Monkey. Maybe I'll take the pictures of Monkey I've been planning on doing and do some scrapbooking, card making, reading and tackling my basement.
Monday is The Husband's birthday so Monkey and I are going to make a cake and a nice dinner at home (he doesn't like to go out for dinner).
I think that's it! I hope you all have a great weekend as well!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
First, the ingredients:
1. pork shoulder (adjust size based on how much you want, just make sure it fits in your slow cooker)
2. 1 L of apple cider
4. Little bit of cooking oil
5. Hamburger buns
6. Barbecue sauce
1. Put the cooking oil in a big frying pan (or skillet) and brown the pork on each side.
2. Once the pork is browned all over put it in the slow cooker.
3. Cut up the onion into small slices and brown. Once browned place in slow cooker with pork.
4. Pour enough apple cider into the slow cooker so that it covers about half of the pork shoulder.
5. Cook in slow cooker for approximately 6 hours.
6. Once the pork is done cooking, place on a platter and use a fork to pull off pieces of the pork (it should almost fall off). Place into a bowl.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The second trouble spot for Monkey is that I'm a teacher. It's my job to help children succeed and if I don't I feel as though I've failed. Therefore, I know some of the curriculum inside and out (particularly Grade 3). I have an idea of what other teachers are looking for, so my poor little Monkey won't be able to get away with mediocre work very often. However, I also consider myself an advocate for Monkey and will definitely demand a lot from his teachers (so maybe it's trouble for them too!)
Lastly, I'm a Masters student. My focus is on Human Development, with a focus on Special Education and Developmental Differences. I have a good handle on ADHD, Reading and Writing Disabilities, Autism as well as a broad spectrum of Special Education topics. I watch Monkey like a hawk looking for some of these "signs and symptoms". I've used my child on more than one occasion as an example in class. I analyze every move, every babble, everything! I've used my developmental theories as I've watched Monkey grow these 7 months and hope he is right on track (he's a little ahead according to Vygotsky, Piaget, etc.).
But I need to remember I'm his Mommy. It's my job to nurture him, to prepare him for the future. I can be an advocate but I can't be overbearing and smothering at school. I need to remember to treat the teachers the way I want to be treated (with lots of gifts of course!) and that he needs to do the work on his own (even if it is a midnight, the night before it's due). Most importantly, I need to remember that even if he isn't perfect developmentally (poo on you Mr. Vygotsky), he IS perfect to me and always will be.
"Come on, Mom!"
(I have a feeling I'm going to be seeing this look a lot as he gets bigger)
Monday, August 15, 2011
This picture is all of my teaching
I start at a new school in a new grade (Grade 6) in January. I need to go through, throw stuff out, see if I can give anything away and organize what I do have. I am planning on saving some "crafty" stuff for when Monkey gets big enough, but I know The Husband would love to see most of it go.
I'm hoping to have it done before the end of September but I'm not overly optimistic. I really can only work on it when Monkey is napping or when The Husband is home, since our basement isn't finished and there are a lot of nasty things down there.
Hopefully, by October 1st, I'll have pictures to show you of my highly organized school materials!
Is there anything you really need to organize?? Any tips??
Sunday, August 14, 2011
7 Things about Me:
1. I have become an NFL fan. The Husband and I enjoy our lazy Sunday afternoons, sitting around the house and watching football.
2. I love crafts. Scrapbooking is my main craft right now, but I love quilting too.
3. I'm 1 course away from completing my Masters of Education in Human Development and Applied Psychology! I'm not sure if I'm going to do my PhD. or not.
4. In the summer I'm an avid softball player and during the winter I ski/snowboard and attempt to play hockey.
5. Before getting pregnant with Monkey, I was a ski instructor.
6. I love sweets. I can't stay away from them.
7. Fall is my favourite season, October is my favourite month. I love the colours changing, picking apples, Thanksgiving (here in Canada) and Halloween.
15 Blogs to Check Out
Since I really just started blogging a couple of weeks ago, I have a lot of newly discovered blogs. I'm sure some of you have received this award already but it just shows you how much I love your blogs!
1. The How to Mommy
2. Happy Hour Projects
3. Boys, Toys, Chaos & Joys
4. Tiny Green Elephants
5. The Froggy and The Mouse
6. Sea Cow Circus
7. Handprints on the Wall
8. I come here to vent
9. Grandma Bonnie's Closet
10. Domestically Unemployed
11. Doodles and Doilies
13. Bottles, Diapers....BABIES
14. I heart my Glue Gun
15. Mama Dani's Musings
Friday, August 12, 2011
Tonight I have to get Monkey's laundry done. There isn't a lot, but we don't have a lot of 6-9 month clothes for him to wear and he's outgrown most of his 6 months stuff. Also, since I was thrown up on last night I need to do my laundry too. I also have to clean the floor and vacuum, since Monkey is crawling all over the place now. I also have a paper to write for school and another day of 30 Day Shred to do.
Saturday is exciting. It's a busy, busy day, with lots of celebration. First, my in-laws are coming in, as is my SIL, her husband and my niece, who absolutely loves Monkey. We all have a baby shower to attend for one of the Husband's cousins, who is due in October. After that, I have my future SIL bachelorette party to attend (I can't say much...she sometimes reads the blog).
Sunday we're planning on going to the zoo with SIL, her husband and our niece. I'm really excited to be going because I think Monkey is big enough to notice some of the animals. He watches dogs and birds all the time when we're out so I'm hoping he'll enjoy the zoo. The only negative part is that it is supposed to rain on Sunday. However, this could change, I hope it does!
What do you have planned for this weekend?
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Here are all the jars ready to be taken home by guests:
A close-up of a jar:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Current Weight: 179.5 lbs
Total Amount Lost: 2.5 lbs
Last week's recap: Another tough week. I didn't reach the goals that I set out for myself. I don't think I have yet since I started this whole thing. I did manage to get 2 days in a row of 30 day shred (and I'm hoping today will be #3). Eating has been a challenge. I've cut down on snacking but I do need to eat healthier meals. We did have the wedding shower on Sunday and I did have a cupcake, but all the running around beforehand cancels it out (at least I think so).
This week's plan: I have a baby shower on Saturday as well as my future SIL's bachelorette. Drinking isn't really an option as I tend to get buzzed really quickly right now! I'm going to continue my 30 day shred streak (except for Saturday and Sunday). Sunday we're going to the zoo so there will be lots of walking. Eating, I need to make some healthier dinners and have some healthier snacks.
Challenges: Bachelorette, baby shower, lack of sleep, Master's paper, Achilles pain. I think that's all!
Our Precious Planet's crib soother. We've found it doesn't help Monkey go to sleep, but it definitely helps in the morning when I'm not quite ready to get up yet. I can turn it on and he'll watch everything move and light up for the 15 minute timer.
Monday, August 8, 2011
You are now 7 months old! Time is going by way too fast! This past month has been a big one for you. Here are some of the highlights:
- 4 of your teeth came in...one right after the other. Your smile just got that much cuter! However, you like to grind these 4 teeth...you need to stop that.
- You have started to crawl. Daddy and I have had to baby-proof. You tend to go straight for any type of electronic device or wire that is nearby. That needs to stop too.
- I went to get you from a nap one day and you were sitting up in your crib with a big grin on your face. A couple days later, Daddy lowered the crib.
- You are becoming a much better eater! Your favourites seem to be peaches and mangoes. You definitely did not like peas the first time you ate them, but now you love them!
- You are laughing more and more which Daddy and I love! It used to take so much to make you laugh. We still have to put some work into it, but definitely not as much.
-You still aren't sleeping through the night. I would love it if you would! You'd feel much better too!
- You love going to the swings with your Daddy (p.s. I think Daddy likes taking you too!)
Daddy and I love you more and more each day. You have developed into such a curious, happy little boy and we can't wait to see what else you have in store for us.
Mommy and Daddy
Sunday, August 7, 2011
At some point this week, hopefully tomorrow, I'm planning on putting up Monkey's 7 month picture and my letter to him. I just need the husband's help so that Monkey doesn't fall off the chair.
Lastly, I've posted Monkey's birth story (so I didn't forget it) and I've also started my 30 books by 2012 book challenge. Please go take a look and offer some book suggestions if you have a chance!
Hope you all had as good a weekend as I did!
Friday, August 5, 2011
This weekend is my future sister-in-law's bridal shower from my side of the family. I'm excited but at the same time, nervous. My family is not the best at RSVPing or showing up for things. As it stands, no one, not one single person, from my father's side of the family has RSVPed to this shower. At the same time, no one from my mother's side has RSVPed to the wedding (approximately 1 month away!). Actually, neither has either of my sisters! SO...my goal for the shower is to make it fun and fancy while at the same time ignoring the fact that they are very few people.
Saturday, my mom, sisters and I are cleaning, decorating, setting up and making the favours so we don't have to stress on the Sunday. I'll post pictures of the favours on Sunday (so come back and check!) However, the rest of the day is wide open. Unfortunately, it is supposed to rain so maybe it will be a day of hanging around inside, watching baseball on TV, playing with Monkey and beating the husband at backgammon.
It was also my littlest sister's birthday this week (I forgot to call her! Ooops) so there might a whole family dinner out on Sunday after the shower as well! Who knows!
So that's the plan. Busy, but not busy! Structured, but not. These are the weekends I love best!
Thursday, August 4, 2011
So tonight, we start with quesadillas from one of the Weight Watchers cookbooks. I love that they sell the cookbooks at Costco because I can still cook their meals without joining their program.
The Shopping List
- Chicken breast
- Iceberg lettuce
- Chunky salsa (we went with mild)
- Cheddar cheese (they said sharp - we used old)
- 8" tortillas (the small ones)
Cut the chicken into cubes and cook over medium heat until cooked through. I used 3 chicken breasts. Some pieces needed to be chopped a little more (next time I make them I'll cut the pieces even small, they kept falling out!).
Shred the iceberg lettuce (about 1 1/2 cups)
Dice one medium tomato (take the seeds out)
Measure out about 3/4 cup of salsa
Mix chicken, lettuce, tomato and salsa in a bowl. This is what you get:
Next put down one tortilla, spread out the chicken, lettuce, tomato, salsa mixture on the tortilla, top with grated cheddar cheese (as much or as little as you want) and top with a second tortilla. I heated the oven to 350 degrees and heated for about 5-7 minutes.
My husband is adventurous in his food as well, so next time he might add some olives and other things to his quesadillas, not mine!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Current Weight: 180 lbs
Total Lost: 2 lbs (yay!)
This week's recap: To be honest, I don't know how I managed to lose any weight. We ate out from Thursday - Monday, I didn't do much (if any) exercise and I definitely didn't drink enough water. But I'm going to go with the results! Doesn't mean I'm doing the same thing this week though!
Goals for next week: Another 2 lbs. Doing the 30 day shred every day. Take Monkey to the park 2-3 times this week. Continue to eat more fruits and veggies. Thursday is quesadilla and corn salsa night! I was supposed to make it last week and didn't but we're all set for Thursday! I'm going to try to make something else from the cookbook on Saturday as well.
Challenges: Monkey is still getting up a ton throughout the night which is exhausting and I have a paper due for my Master's class soon. Those things can definitely cause a slow down! I need to push through!
Hope the rest of you have an awesome day too!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
About a week after Monkey turned 6 months, we noticed a slight change in his personality. He started to get fussy really quickly and then he started with what we call the pterodactyl. It is the highest pitch shriek I have ever heard and we heard it over and over and over. I decided to stick my finger in his mouth and see if maybe a tooth was appearing. Lo and behold, there was a sharp little corner of his front right tooth that had just broken through.
I knew it was the start of the crazy ride of teething. However, my poor Monkey hasn't had a break which means we haven't either! About 6 days after that first tooth broke through, in came the second. I figured he'd just have his two bottom teeth for awhile. Nope. A week after the second one, in came the third (one of his top ones). Three or four days after that, the fourth appeared (the other top one).
The pterodactyl had been present for a few weeks (thankfully, it has left) and our sleeping was all over the place. Now that all four are in we may get some relief for a bit (I hope!)
Here is a picture of Monkey's two bottom teeth. I thought I would miss the toothless grin, but these two little teeth and that big grin are priceless!
Monday, August 1, 2011
Apparently not! My loving husband is available to help with Monkey's late night/early morning feedings for one more night, I get an extra break, when said husband takes Monkey for a jog and to the park and we get more family time.
This long weekend, we headed out to a hidden gem with some great family friends. We went to Kelso Conservation area, which hosts a popular ski area in the winter and, as we found out, a fantastic little beach/swim area complete with snack bar, plenty of parking and it wasn't far away at all! We brought some yummy, not so healthy snacks with us, but next time we're breaking out the hibachi and having a little BBQ. I hope this great weather continues so we can do it again soon!