Three Things Thursday

Three awesome things from our camping trip earlier this week:
Cabin (with porch swing):

Sleeping Children:
Also we didn’t run into any bears, but there was a deer right outside our cabin in the morning. I gladly accept deer sightings over bear sightings any day.

Three Things Thursday

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:

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Three Things Thursday

I’m on a diet. Who isn’t, right? It’s only day… 9 I think. But I’m down 3.8lbs according to my fancy weight watchers scale – and a fabulous website (and app!) called! This app helps me figure out the appropriate amount of time it should take to meet my goal weight, gives me the number of calories I should shoot for in a day, allows me to enter the foods I consume (and look up the nutrition info right in the app/on the site – a SUPER great feature!), allows me to enter my calories burned (you choose your lifestyle for a baseline, then add extra activities such as walks), tracks your calorie deficit for the day, gives me a letter grade based on my nutritional values that day (I suck and am striving to get better than a B+, it’s hard!), tells me which aspects of my diet are too low/good/too high (I need more iron!), and even has the option to share your daily synopsis with other users, or on Facebook if you choose. You can support other users, chat in the forums, or just track your own info and keep to yourself. I think it’s great and has really helped me see my progress and what I should work on. Highly recommend!

In addition to using calorie counter and working on improving my diet (believe it or not I wasn’t eating frequently enough, and it’s hard to correct that!) I have also started doing “hip hop abs”. Which is kind of hilarious if you know me… I have no coordination, or rhythm. But I do it! And the more I do it the slightly betterish I get. It’s not “hard” per se, I am fully capable of doing the whole workout (so far, once I finish this post I am moving onto today’s workout – which is the first night doing both the fat burning cardio AND the ab sculpt – *gulp*) but I have trouble combining a specific leg movement (or step) with a specific arm movement – PLUS remembering to “tuck, tilt, and tighten” my abs along the way. Eep! But I’m sticking with it. I just posted about it on the Internet, so now I HAVE to!

This last thing is not about me but follows along the health theme of my post. The boy had a checkup this week, all is well and he’s growing like a weed as he should. But. We’ve been keeping an eye on some swelling in his private area (hell, it’s his testicle). It comes and it goes but it’s been coming and going for at least a year and is pronounced enough that we’ve got a referral to see a specialist. They will check it out and determine whether he needs surgery to have the fluid drained. :/ It is called hydrocele testis, and we know two adults (or two close enough to have heard about it) that have had the procedure, so I guess it’s fairly common – but painful (the procedure, he’s in no pain right now). I’m not really worrying about it yet, but I’m not looking forward to it exactly either. I do very much realize that of all the things we could be sent to a specialist to check out – this is by far preferred to many things! But there is a small chance it’s a tumor, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday

Three things my three year old wants to do himself:
1) put on his clothes/shoes
2) buckle himself into the stroller, booster seat, etc
3) brush his teeth, wash his hands, and otherwise make a mess at the bathroom sink

Two things I can’t seem to get my three year old on board with:
1) using the potty every time, not just as a fun activity
2) giving up his ‘fier (pacifier)

One thing I’m not ready for (but is starting whether I like it or not): my 1.5 year old is forming opinions and wanting to decide things for herself. That means there are TWO OF THEM that are totally unpredictable now! #outnumbered #sendhelp

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Three Things Thursday

Today was rough. The kids have allergies/a cold of evil proportions this week. I keep waiting for one of them to start getting better, it has to happen soon right? Today the boy woke up at 6. That’s early for us, but we got up at 6. The girl was in my bed with me when I heard him crying, so I transferred her to her crib. It actually worked! For about 20 minutes then I had to go back and get her. Basically the whole day went: was not allowed to put the 1.5 year old child down a.l.l. d.a.y. She literally snoozed draped over my shoulder from the time she got up until about dinner time when she seemed to feel a little better. The boy was exhausted, but didn’t really nap today either. Maybe a quick one and then he started crying, and he kept crying. So much crying! He wanted hugs, but the girl was already clinging to me for dear life. I tried to finagle myself so they could both hug me – without, god forbid, touching each other – but that was next to impossible and the girl kept whacking the boy and saying things like “mine!” Sigh. Thankfully I was wrong about one thing and my husband did NOT have to work a twelve hour shift today, so I got a little back up when I needed it most! I even got a shower.

The boy is officially three! His birthday party was this weekend and he had a blast, he was so excited for “his friends” to come to his party! Sadly his friends are currently people he doesn’t know well, mostly my friends kids that we don’t see often. So I think part of it was excitement to find out he HAD friends! (That’s mostly a joke, it just happened that the kids he plays with usually weren’t able to make it, he actually has a friend or two.)

I am applying for a job (that’s not news, I’ve applied to more than my share of jobs in the last 6 months or so) that asks for letters of recommendation rather than a list of references, and they ask the applicant to submit the letters with their résumé, etc. So I’ve been collecting my letters this week to apply soon and it’s kind of awesome reading how fabulous you are. I will need to save these in a special file just for those “feeling like crap” days! Like today. I highly recommend everyone request their friends, coworkers, former bosses, etc send them a letter of recommendation. Tell them it’s for a job, or a volunteer position, or anything they’d want to help with. Then sit back and feel great about yourself!

Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday

It’s Thursday again, already! Time for three more things.

Last week I mentioned we had water coming through a wall. It’s all fixed and was not a big deal! Yay! We had a window replaced in my sons room about a year ago and it is above the spot where we were having the water issues. Turns out my step-father simply forgot to caulk underneath the window. No major damage was done, and it has now been caulked so we should be all set!

Thanks to the water issue being an easy fix we were able to finish up the room we were working on. It’s all painted and looks so much nicer! The imperfections in the old-house-walls are still obvious (some maybe slightly more so) but there are no more holes in the walls, no more peeling wallpaper or half removed wallpaper, and it’s all one solid and pretty color! Since we have a birthday party this weekend I’ll wait and share a picture after that.

… We have a farm birthday party this weekend! Sunday is the big party. Everything is falling into place. I have a few decorating/cleaning up chores to finish, grocery shopping, cooking and baking to do. That’s not too bad really considering all the work we’ve already finished up! I’ll be sure to share pictures after the party. 🙂 I can’t wait for cake. And neither can the boy! Everytime I mention anything about a birthday to him he says “… Cake?!” Soon, buddy!

Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday

I’m starting something new; Three Things Thursday. Join me in posting your three things every Thursday! Originally I thought of doing Four Things Friday (which explains the starting a day late, oops), but then Th-Th-Th clicked. Leave a link in the comments if you participate and I’ll add you to a fancy new “Three Things Thursday” category in my links list. (This is my first thing.)

I think I have the flu. I’m self diagnosing with the help of Dr. Google, so the fact that I didn’t settle on cancer or rabies probably means I actually DO have the flu. It’s my own fault for not getting my flu shot this year, that won’t happen again!

We prepped a room last week to be painted next week (it just worked out that the days we were able to work on it were two weeks apart). That involved a lot of wallpaper removal, patching three (and a half) holes, and mudding over a lot of imperfections (honestly we should have ripped down the old Sheetrock to insulate and put up new Sheetrock – but that’s not in the budget yet, so we are just doing a little facelift) … Fast forward to today: it is raining heavily and there is suddenly a wet spot on the wall. Guess we will be figuring that out before we start painting. Just one of the joys of buying an old house.

Three Things Thursday is all in fun, and even provides you with a backup plan! If you forget to post your three things on Thursday, just post Four Things on Friday and all is forgiven. 😉 (This is my fourth thing.)

Three Things Thursday