If you should ever find yourself partially convinced that your child actually might go to sleep (in your bed, their bed, or any bed) if you would just let them watch one little episode of
Diego… Don’t do it. It’s a trick. A dirty, dirty, sleepless, whiny trick.


Hello 2014!

I hope you all got a chance to check out the New Years printable I posted yesterday! If not it’s not too late, you can always fill it out today! 🙂 Everyone in our house filled one out last night (okay, technically I filled them out for everyone as I asked the questions).  Here’s mine:

sarahs-2014-goals-worksheet2013 was a decent year, though a trying year.

Goal #1
Take more pictures! I take a LOT of pictures, but I want to make more of an effort to get out of the house, and out of our yard and explore more of our “backyard” and get lots and lots of pictures of the area! Plus, I would not complain if more people wanted to give me money to take their picture. (see goal #4)

Goal #2
I miss blogging! I miss interacting with my bloggy friends! Sadly part of that problem is that my bloggy friends are no longer blogging. Whuck?! Why is that? I know part of the reason I fell of the bandwagon originally was due to both time and privacy worries. I am working on solutions and compromises that might help with both those issues.

Goal #3
In 2013 I lost almost 40 pounds. YEAH BABY! It was reeeaaally close to 40 pounds, like 39.5! And then Christmas hit and I gave myself permission to do whatever … and I haven’t yet been brave enough to check out the damage but my guess is that my final loss was closer to 35 pounds (hopefully not worse than that!)… I will let you know, eventually. 😉 That’s pretty great still! And I am working my way back to eating healthier again. Though I have had some candy today. Shh! Baby steps. And did I mention that my husband lost approximately EIGHTY pounds this year?! And still going. He has taken up running, and started lifting weights again. So besides his awesome weight loss he is also building muscle.

Goal #4
Financially we need to make some big changes, somehow. I lost my job in 2012 and spent a year looking for jobs. Hundreds of applications, and a handful of interviews later I started babysitting for a family friend. It’s not a bad gig, the little girl is adorable and our kids adore her. Can’t beat the commute! But it’s not a particularly profitable gig either. I need to either add another child to watch this year, or figure something else out. I have high hopes for 2014 in that respect!

Goal #5
My husband gave me this goal. When he suggested it I couldn’t deny that it was a good one for me, so I went ahead and added it. I am going to try to figure out how to become more patient. With him, with the kids, with myself, and with the rest of the world.

A few things I learned about the kids doing this:

  • The boy picked black for his favorite color. The girl picked red. I’m not sure she understands the concept of “favorite” or not, but she picked a color and that’s awesome.
  • The boy’s favorite movie or show is Ariel Mermaid, and it really truly is. He is beyond obsessed with sea animals, and therefore with mermaids. We watch Ariel a couple times a week, and he is currently in his room for “quiet time” (what big kids take instead of naps) singing the part of the movie where Ursula steals Ariels voice. The best way I can describe that with text is: “ah-ah-ah, Ah-Ah-Ah, AH-AH-AH!” The girl picked Caillou.
  • The boy’s favorite food is apparently fruit snacks, while the girl chose ice cream.
  • They both said their favorite outing was the zoo.
  • The boy would like to learn about camping, and he wants to try fishing. So, it sounds like we’ll be camping and fishing this year. That’s a pretty reasonable request from a year. The girl lost interest in the questions before we got to these and said she’d like to go “ABC’s” and wants to learn “ABC, 123”. One of those answers accidentally made sense! (She was impressed that I was writing ABC’s at the time.)

And both kids got some goals for the year:
1) Use the potty
2) Pick up toys
3) Share with friends
4) Be nice to others
and they each have a different last goal.
Boy 5) Start school this year (pre-K)
Girl 5) Big Girl Bed!

Share your answers in the comments! And if you want to be my bloggy friend, be sure to leave your link.

Hello 2014!

New Years Worksheet for kids – free printable!

Happy New Year everyone! I have not been nearly as bloggy as I’d like to be this year. That’s one of my goals for 2014, to step it up! I’m shooting for at least a weekly post. That should be do-able, right?! 🙂 I made this worksheet up for the boy and girl to fill out tonight, and thought I’d share. Hope you enjoy! Click here to open and print.

Besides that we don’t have any real plans for tonight, besides MILKSHAKES! Yeah! We hope your 2013 was fabulous and that your 2014 is even better!

New Years Worksheet for kids – free printable!

A Belated Birthday Post

My sweet little girl turned two years old last month. We had a super fun rainbow birthday party for her. I did a couple cute things I found on pinterest, but nothing crazy.

We had rainbow cupcakes (white cake with different colors of food coloring layered inside the cupcake – kind of a tie dye effect, this was super time consuming):
The rainbow fruit kabobs were time consuming as well, but a big hit:
I looked around for a rainbow birthday dress and eventually ended up ordering this one from thredup.com (used! In like new condition – I’ll post more about thredup another day, but joining through my link gets you a $10 credit (and one for me if you place an order)!!):
And here she is the next day trying out one of her birthday presents! It’s safe to say she liked it. Now we need to get her brother one with pedals for his next birthday (he has a balance bike for now though, and he can practice on this one until spring):
It’s hard to believe my little baby is such a big girl now! I go back and forth marveling about how she’s still so little, and already so big! She LOVES babies, I’ve been babysitting a 4 month old for a couple months now and she still has to give her a hug multiple times a day and says “I love you baby”. She tells me she loves me all the time, and that I’m a good boy. 🙂 She is really just the sweetest cuddliest little love bug, with a side of the usual “give me what I want” temper. Here’s to two!

A Belated Birthday Post

Ni-night Time

I just wanted to share a little series of photos I’ve taken the past three mornings of the girl. She starts out the night fine, in her own crib. Then anywhere from 1-6 am she wakes up and I’m generally so tired I just grab her and put her in bed with me.

Friday morning

Saturday morning

Sunday morning

She’s lucky she’s cute, because that’s a king size bed she’s hogging! I don’t mind the snuggles but sometimes I just want to stretch out, and sleep for REAL – not that half-sleep-worried that she’s going to roll off the bed or get down and escape somehow.

Note: the flash on my phone added the eerie ghost-like quality to these pictures, we don’t live in a haunted house, or in a fog machine.

Ni-night Time

THAT WAY!!! (Tantrum video)

A little video I captured tonight during the girls “THAT WAY!!” Tantrum. I would like to point out that I took this with my phone, and it takes forEVER for my phones camera to a) load and b) switch to video.

And I spent a fair amount of time trying to convince her that her feet worked and she was in fact free to go “that way” before I ever even grabbed my phone.

Yet I still managed to get a good chunk of tantrum on video.



THAT WAY!!! (Tantrum video)

Three Things Thursday

The boy had his consultation this week and they did recommend having the surgery. Basically they said when his testicle descended the pathway should have closed up with scar tissue, but since fluid seems to come and go (the swelling fluctuates a bit) that indicates that the pathway did not close on its own. This could potentially lead to a hernia or other issues so they are going to go in and close it up with a couple stitches (that will dissolve), and drain the fluid out. The poor kid enjoyed his doctor appointment, he held stick still while he got checked out – all three times! First the students, then a resident, then the attending. He kept asking for “more doctor” (he thinks dr is a game where you listen to his heart, which is kinda true lol), and boy did he get more doctors! The good news is its an outpatient procedure so we will get to come home the same day, bad news is he can’t have anything to eat or drink after midnight. The drinking part is gonna be difficult… He’s a heavy drinker (lol, but for real the kid hits the juice and the milk pretty hard). And he’ll need to be somewhat “quiet” for about two weeks after (no swimming and no bikes).

Working out and dieting is still happening, though my hip hop abs has been put on hold a little bit. Our tv broke! We think its just a fuse and we were going to try to change it ourself, but once we saw the little glass fuse with the tiny fragile looking metal prongs holding it in place we were worried we’d break it trying to remove the fuse. Sooo we are going to take it to a professional. But it doesn’t fit in our trunk, and we have two kids and carseats clogging up the backseat. We’ll get it there. So I have been doing ok diet wise (great today… since we’re out of ice cream!) and I tried out our treadmill for the first time today. That’s kinda boring though, I need the video that holds my attention and keeps me going. I haven’t gained any back at least! But my total loss has not changed more than maybe .2 lbs.

The kids are both at excellent tantruming ages right now so I think my third thing today will be a little breakdown of the many fits I’ve witnessed today, just since 5pm (bedtime is at 9) – there were of course cute sweet moments too, but the tantrums were abundant tonight:

Boy (in car on our way home): Wanna go to grandma’s! Wanna go store! Want TWO grandpa’s! Want ice cream store! No not go home! BUT I WANT TO!

Girl (as I set her down inside the house and head back out to get still screaming boy out of the car): MOMMMYYY!! NOOO! THAT WAY!!!!!!!

Boy (as I bring him inside, in the rain): Want to play at our park! Want to jump in puddles! BUT I WANT TO! Grandma’s! Not inside! NOOO! Want cheese! CHEESE, CHEESE, STICK CHEESE!

Girl (still screaming): mommy! Mommmy! Myyymmmy!

Small break while both kids happily eat stick cheese. Times two, because they begged for more but I’m letting that not count as a fit for some reason. And crackers.

Boy: Want to make a fort! FORRRRT!

We make a fort.

Boy: Need 1 more! (Blanket!) need a flag! Need TWO flags!

Girl (still in a booster seat eating cheese and crackers): CRACKERRRRRS! (She wanted more.)

A bit later, after snacks have long been finished and the fort has been completed satisfactorily, daddy is in the kitchen making us some dinner.

Girl (on her own two feet, pointing to the kitchen, but not moving): THAT WAY! THAT WAAAAY! THAAAATT WAAAAAAYYYY-UHHHH!

Boy: Don’t want dinner! Want milk!

Girl: JUICE!

After dinner daddy offers the kids each half of a brownie grandpa sent home for them.

Boy: Don’t want it! Don’t like it!

(Girl would normally have thrown a competitive fit but she was busy stuffing brownie in her face.)

While playing a combination of trains/hide n seek/tickle with daddy:
Boy: Don’t! MINE!
Girl: Truck!
Daddy: share!
Boy: NOOOO Mine!
Girl: screams

Boy: You NOT tickle girl!
Girl (laying on floor expectantly waiting to be tickled): DADDDYY!

Boy (climbing the curtains behind the couch): Want to look out window! BUT I WANT TO!

Girl (“brushing teeth”, I’m trying to herd her back out of the bathroom): SELF! Brush! Screams bloody murder. SELFFFFFF!!!!

Boy (going potty with daddy’s help, taking FOREVER, daddy finally decides he’s not going to go and is done): Want to go potty! NOO! Waaaahh, BUT I WANT TO! WANT MOMMY CHANGE ME! (Into pajama’s)

Boy (sobbing dramatically): I don’t like my room!
Daddy: yes you do! Look at your awesome alphabet, and all your toys!
Boy: Don’t like it right now! Wanna take it down! (The alphabet on his walls.)
Daddy: No you like your alphabet, mommy painted all those letters just for you!
Boy: Don’t like my room, want downstairs.

Etcetera. I’m sure I forgot a few fits even. It’s a good thing they’re cute.

(Update: I just posted a link to one of these tantrums, click if you dare: https://thesarahthings.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/that-way-tantrum-video/)

Three Things Thursday

Swing set progress!

Our swing set is really coming along! We’ve got most of a fort (sans roof) with deck and bench, two of three swings, a slide, and grandpa says monkey bars are almost ready! Have I mentioned how awesome grandpa is? Super awesome!

Don’t mind all the other toys scattered about. Clearly the children are spoiled. 🙂

Swing set progress!