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The Belated Mother’s Day Weekend Recap

WOW. SO. It’s been awhile since I posted last. I think it was before Mother’s Day or shortly thereafter. We spent Mother’s Day weekend and this past weekend out of town so things have been BUSY and MORE BUSY and I haven’t really had the chance to sit down and type. In fact, Snowdrop is calling me to get her out of her jumperoo right now. But I’m leaving her in there because the pediatrician told us it was time for her to start self-soothing. She’s not crying yet but as long as she’s just “fussy” I know I need to leave her in there. There’s hardly much worse than a child that can’t soothe themself so… soothe-training, here we are!

Mother’s Day Weekend…. we spent at Hubby’s parents’ lakehouse. It’s about an hour drive from where we live (prob a little less) and is quite lovely. I mean, it’s not fancy or anything but it’s also not a dive. Hubby’s dad and grandpa built it years & years ago – and when I say they built it, I mean they dug the foundation built it. Right up from the ground. It was one of the first homes in the community. Anyways, it sits on a lake and they just got a new boat this year. Now wait a second – before you go thinking our trees grow money, they don’t. Their old boat was over 27 years old and had FINALLY kicked the bucket. So they got a new boat. The motor on this new boat is HUGE – we call it my FIL’s “MidLife Crisis Motor”, hahahaha. The boat is smaller and faster than the old pontoon. And currently nameless. We joked that it should be called “The Grandson”. It was pretty funny for a bit but… then got to be not-so-funny when Hubby really started to contemplate that he might never provide his father with a real grandson. (Hubby is the son of an only-son of an only-son of… well, six generations of ONLY-A-SON and here we are with THREE GIRLS!) (I still think it’s funny.)

My In-Laws have neighbors at the lakehouse – the ones on the right side, we never see. The ones on the left side are pretty close family friends. The husband and my FIL are really good buddies – the guy’s wife? …. Well. She’s nice but is one of those people that asks too many questions, offers very unsolicited advice, and generally believes SHE is always RIGHT. We all know people like that. She REFUSED to wash her hands before holding Snowdrop – and I was too tired to cause a stir so I just let her hold the baby without washing her hands. NEXT TIME, she’ll have to wash her hands if she wants to hold my children. AND she’ll have to put down the booze. She’s always been a drinker (I mean, isn’t anyone who lives full time at a lakehouse?) but apparently, per hush-hush with my MIL, she’s been drinking a lot lately. Like, bottle of Jack under the sewing machine drinking… which isn’t a good thing. She was pretty tanked this weekend and it made me really uncomfortable. My parents (and extended family for that matter) aren’t big drinkers and it’s rare if they’re even tipsy (which would lead to a great story about my parents activities this past weekend while we were visiting them. I’ll provide a link to the post here after I create it.), so I’m just not very used to be around drunk elders.

Anyways. So the new boat. The girls were really excited to take a ride so of course we went out for a long ride on the lake. I wasn’t keen about bringing Snowdrop even though we have a lifejacket just for her. However, although Drunky offered to watch the baby while we went on the boat ride – I felt less comfortable leaving her with my child. Right? So Snowdrop came with us! I really didn’t want her to and I was nervous pretty much the whole ride. She loved it though and slept through the whole thing. Even the part when my FIL sped up to about 68mph…. which I was not happy about. It seems a little too fast for my 2 year olds and 4 month old. They loved it though! It will be fun this summer when we can pull them around on the tubes in the “lagoon”. Hubby laughs because I call it a “lagoon”… it’s like an inlet or something that the house sits on.

So on the way out there… Hubby and I were pretty much at each other’s throats. Something about me wanting to download and analyze the photos from our video camera and it taking forever, thus we weren’t going to end up getting out to the lake until much later than he expected. Whatever. I’m over it now. He was pissed at me and *I believe* purposely neglected to tell me that a certain stretch of road was heavily policed. I was blowing past everyone else and didn’t notice the State Police SUV I was about to pass. Haha. He promptly pulled me over. I felt so stupid – really. SO I was going 82 in a 65 – not unheard of – and because it was a zero tolerance zone I had to get a ticket. The guy was REALLY NICE though so at least I had that going for me. I hate when cops are jerks when they pull you over for speeding. I mean, it’s not like I was driving dangerously on top of speeding. I was just speeding. Anywho, he could have been a jerk but he wasn’t and that was pleasant. I actually thanked him for my ticket – who does that? Haha. Me. 🙂 Now I have to go to court and get the whole thing fixed for various reasons that I won’t go into (mainly because it would divulge the state in which we live and that goes against my blog rules).

My MIL also walked in on me nursing Snowdrop. I was totally topless from the waist up, laying down on the bed. I had told Hubby that I was going in there to feed the baby so he would know to watch the girls and to keep others from entering our room. MIL keeps the baby toys in our room so when the girls started hassling her about things to do – she thought she’d bring them into our room to get them some toys. Of course, Hubby was too busy watching the ballgame to remember that he was also supposed to be protecting me. I KNEW when I heard her voice and the girls’ footsteps that they were headed into the room. I swung my arm around my bosums JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME and said “HI!” It was so awkward. And she was frozen for what seemed like an hour before she stumbled out “Oh gosh, sorry! I didn’t know.” I was just like “It’s fine!” while inside I was preparing my strategy to strangle my husband. Haha. 

The girls keep asking to go back there. I’m glad they love it as much as we do! We made it home without any more speeding tickets. :)d

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Seen & Heard…

Me: “I love your wild hair today, Junie!”

Junie: “Me hair not wild!! It RED!!!”

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Hubby to Magnolia: “Are you my little girl, Mags?”

Magnolia: “No! I dragon!!”

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Junie: (cough cough) “I sick, I go doctor!”

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The girls were drawing with sidewalk chalk at my In-Laws house today. My MIL said that Junie just turned to her all of a sudden and said quite frankly: “Mommy says it’s going to rain today.”

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Junie: “Let’s keep that.” (about an oatmeal choc chip cookie they made with Grandma)

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Magnolia: “I no like that.” (about foods she loves, tv shows, anything and everything!)

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Junie & Mags: “I want something else.” (anytime I sit down to eat MY food, and every time they don’t eat their breakfast/lunch/dinner – they’re always like “something else!” – they picked this up from Grandma’s house)

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For some reason, they like to call out when they see a red car while we’re driving somewhere. Sometimes they talk about other cars or big trucks – but the red cars are their favorite!

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Anniversaries, Poop, and Some Other Stuff

This week (April 7th to be exact) marked four years since Hubby and I have been together! I started writing a post about “us” but… decided it was better left for a ‘page’ so I’ll get that (“Our Story”) up when I find the time to finish it! 🙂

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Magnolia. Miss Magnolia. *sigh* Magnolia has (three times in the last two weeks) taken poop out of her diaper and smeared on things. I know this is something she’ll outgrow (she better outgrow this &%$#) but it’s pretty frustrating. She first did it in her room after waking up in the morning – Hubby cleaned it up and let me sleep through it (what a doll!). Then it happened again at Grandma’s house on Wednesday. She allegedly smeared it ALL OVER the pack n’ play – like, ALL OVER the netting on all sides. Poor Grandma had to clean it up. We told her to take it outside and use the power washer. ICK. And then yesterday HRH Magnolia QP (Her Royal Highness, Magnolia, the Queen of Poop) striked again. This time it was a handful of poop smeared onto the baby swing and the baby playmat. Needless to say we got very upset and she got a very long time out on “the step”.

It hasn’t happened since that last time (knock on wood… hell, I’ll knock twice for that!) and she’s since said a few times “I put poop all over place”. And then we go through the “Poop only belongs in your diaper” speech.

She’s been very good with the baby – she loves the baby, she really does. But part of me thinks this might be stemming from feeling left out or that we don’t have time for her anymore… it makes sense. So I took Mags with me to the market this past weekend. She seemed to really enjoy the only-her time with Mommy. We had slacked off on taking them out recently because they had gotten that cold and then RSV. Now that the weather is getting nicer and they’re not sick anymore we can start taking them out again. Hopefully this one-on-one time will remedy the poop situation.

UPDATE: This post has been a draft now for a couple days. After I wrote about Starbucks (see below), I saved this draft intending to finish it later.  In the meantime, HRH Magnolia QP struck again!!!!!!!!! ARGHHHHH! This time it wasn’t a ton of poop all over, just a little smeared on the baby’s jumperoo thingy. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – but Lord! Please no more POOP ON OUR HOUSE!!!!! To make matters slightly worse, she has now said “I love poop!” more than twice. WTF. My kids are so weird.

Anyone have experience with this? How did you curb the love of poop?

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I’m drinking my first Starbucks since… December 2009. Early December. It’s delicious. I swear there’s something about Starbucks that makes me feel so… normal and like myself again. I’d say that it’s the caffeine except that today I got 2/3 decaf 1/3 not decaf. I drink an Iced Triple Tall Carmel Machiatto in the warm weather (sometimes in the winter, too) – and I have them put it in a grande cup to prevent from triple shot spillage. I must be a pain in the ass, especially since today I ordered 2 decaf shots and one regular shot. I’m still nursing so… I didn’t want to overload the baby with caffeine.

Anyways, my drink was delicious and if I could get a free minute, I’m sure I could whip through all this cleaning and preparation for this weekend. Snowdrop is getting Baptized this weekend (YAY! She’ll finally be free of Original Sin!!! Whoohoo!!! Devil be GONE! Haha!) ANYWAYS… so we’re having a lunch/brunch/food here after the ceremony on Sunday afternoon. We decided to go the easy route and order food. So we’ve got Mostaccioli, Toasted Ravioli’s on order. I’m going to pick up some bread/rolls this week as well as fruit to make a fruit salad. And some fine cheeses to throw together a cheese board. I love cheese boards and styling them. It’s the little things in life, you know? 🙂 My parents are bringing down a cake from the bakery I used to work at. I’m very excited about that. I’m a bakery snob and there’s nothing like my “own” bakery back home. Nothing like it anywhere! So since we’re having people over to our house (like official company!), we need to clean up. Big time. Well not big time… well, sort of. We’ve got a lot of “stuff” to put away and clutter to… de-clutter. 🙂

It’s been a crazy week so far, yesterday Hubby had Baseball Opening Day to attend (we’re season ticket holders and big baseball fans) and then he had a Softball game to play in (he plays during the summer with his buddies). SO yesterday we got like nothing done. And today, Hubby went grocery shopping (we had no milk for TWO DAYS, wtf!) and grabbed some things like fruit and crackers that we’ll need for Sunday. Then he was off to golf league. Oh yes, Tuesdays are golf league. Monday Softball. Tuesday Golf League. By Wednesday, Mommy has lost her mind so it’s a good thing the big girls go to Grandma’s house for the day. Wednesday night this week, Hubby wants us to have date night and go to the baseball game. I’d love to do this but really – we have so much to do and if Grandma is willing to take all three kids for five hours so we can have “date night”, I’d really rather spend this week’s date night cleaning my house. I know, so lame, right? But seriously – I can’t get anything done when all three are home. So we’re kind of stuck with Thursday to do stuff. *sigh*…. It’s going to be a long week. Or maybe it will be short because we’re going to be so busy. I just don’t know.

On Thursday the bug guy is coming to spray for ants. We get them every summer. I really hate ants.

The End.

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A Virus, I Won a Prize, Another Virus, and the Happenings of This Week

Several weeks ago, my computer crashed to the dreaded “blue screen”. 😦 So, Hubby gave it to his business partner (a computer genius, perhaps) and I’ve been waiting ever since to get it back! Well, I was super bummed to learn that it was unfixable. I’m not positive as to what exactly was lost when he had to reformat the hard drive… but I’m sure something will pop up in the near future and I’ll realize what was lost. Oh well. I’m so thankful that we have an external hard drive on which we save ALL the photos from our camera. (I’m trying to save up for a desktop with a burner that I can use to burn copies of the pictures and videos we’ve taken over the last few years.  Any suggestions as to brand/model would be welcome! I want the best I can get for not a lot of money…)

So for the past month or so, I’ve been using Hubby’s computer for all my Internet needs. Until Wednesday morning. When I came downstairs to do my morning pumping (no, not pumping as in exercising – pumping as in MOO, I’m now a dairy maid pumping) and catch up on the news, be it Facebook or other news source. I turned on Hubby’s computer and within 20 minutes had contracted some sort of virus. He didn’t have virus protection (don’t ask me why…). So we were without the Interwebs until this afternoon when Hubby’s business partner brought both of our reformated, virus protection installed computers back home to us… *sigh* How I’ve missed, thee dear Interwebs.

I’d like to say that I got SO MUCH DONE without my computer being in the house… but I really didn’t. I mean, the dishes got into the dishwasher a little faster but I still didn’t do enough laundry. I got creative with cooking and watched a little more TV during naptime than I ever do. 🙂 I really missed reading the mutiple (hah, pun) blogs that I enjoy and reading the news online. While I was gone from the Interwebs, I also won a giveaway from a multiples blog I’ve been reading called Buried in Laundry!! I’m so excited! I don’t know if I’ve ever won anything online before – I’m not counting Ebay. COOL!! So thanks to QuadMama for the fantastic CD – we can’t wait to listen! 🙂

The computers arrived back home this afternoon just minutes after I sent Hubby back upstairs into quarantine on our third floor (the guest room aka Snowdrop’s room aka Quarantine Central). He had contracted a virus (?) of his own on Friday. I won’t go into the very disgusting details but let me just say, he lost a good 10-15 pounds on Friday night. So he had been in quarantine and convinced me this morning that he was feeling well enough to come downstairs and watch TV with the girls, and take them outside to play in the yard. He was not. Well, he was… but then he wasn’t. So back upstairs he went. I feel badly for him as there is no entertainment up there. Unless you consider bins and bins of baby clothes entertaining! Muhahaha. Poor thing can’t eat and has hardly drank much at all. I’m praying that the rest of us don’t catch anything. It’s widly known, if you read my blog, that I’m a germaphobe so yes, I’ve been sanitizing as much as I can. I Clorox-wiped our hardwood floors and all the door handles, and the bathrooms. And the backs of my hands are bleeding from being washed so much.

So far, so good though. Knock on wood, the rest of us will escape the dreaded illness that Hubby has. Yuck…. although…. it would be nice to quickly drop the last 15 pounds from being pregnant with Snowdrop! 😉

I made a “sling” for the baby using a slightly oversize fleece from Target. It has a cuff on the bottom that is preventing Snowdrop from dropping out the bottom and I can zipper it just enough to keep her from falling out the top. It has proven quite useful as she is napping as I’ve typed up this post. Sweet!!

Snowdrop went to the doctor last Wednesday for her two month check-up. She weighs 12.2 pounds and grew TWO inches last month! WOW!!! She’s in the 65 percentile for weight, and 75th for height! My mom said I was always under 10% for both, and I’m definitely sure that Junie & Mags are under 50th % as well. It’s amazing to me, the difference between raising premies (35w5d for Junie & Mags) and a full-term newborn. In fact, today she is wearing a 6-12 month onesie – the girls didn’t wear this until they were at least 6 months! It’s just wild to me the differences in growth between the three of them. Just wild!!

Okay. It is naptime for the girls, the cat needs to be let downstairs, and I’m pretty sure Snowdrop is going to wake up soon to eat. I can’t wait to get back online and finish writing out my answers to the Questions of the Week that I’ve missed this year. I was smart enough to ‘draft’ my answers in my email… so… they weren’t lost when my computer crashed.

Okay. Someone smells like poop… I really need to go change diapers and get them to bed.

(Yes, diapers. Still not potty-trained. Sadface.)

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$10,875.60

$10,875.60.

This is approximately the amount of money it will cost us to send Juniper & Magnolia to private pre-school for the 2010/2011 school year. (I say approximate because I am not a skilled mathematician.)

Because we live in the city of the Little City, public schools are not an option. Well, they’re an option but not one we’d ever want to take. The public schools in the city here are horrendous. Plus, we’re Catholic and we’d really like our kids to attend Catholic schools. We’d need to move to the “ritzy” area of the Little City in order to send our kids to a public school. I’m not trying to offend anyone – it’s just that the public schools around here really suck.

$10,875.60. Which, of course, is not money that we are able to spare. Perhaps I’ll start looking into homeschooling. That would be the least expensive option for us. Would I be able to handle it though is the question. I’m a college graduate. For a couple years I studied Early Childhood Education – not that this qualifies me to teach children… but it’s certainly a leg up, right? I’m a high-stress person. By adding “school” to the list of things I need to do, am I over-scheduling myself? I had really been looking forward to having the kids in school so I could have more time to complete household tasks without interruption. Also so I’d have more time for me. I know, that sounds so selfish! But a Happy Rested Mom is a Good Mom in my opinion.

*sigh* While I would NEVER trade our twins in for a singleton, and while I know we are SO LUCKY to be blessed with twins (oh! AND a singleton!:)) and the ability to have our own children… I can’t help but think how easy it would be to just have one child. How inexpensive one child would be. We can afford to send one kid to preschool, but – haha – it’s not like we could draw a name out of hat and say “oh sorry, child #2, you can’t go to school.” And since they’re not identical we couldn’t send one on Tuesday and one on Thursday, right? (Haha – yeah, I know that’s not possible either!)

There’s the obvious “Why don’t YOU get a job?”. Why don’t I? It’s a great idea. Problem is, we’d need to pay for daycare while I was working… and that would use up all the money I’d be making so… we still wouldn’t be able to afford school. Gosh! It’s a crazy circle.

So, currently we’re trying to figure out where to come up with $10,875.60 for two days a week, six hours per day pre-school.

Do you have any get rich quick schemes? You know, other than robbing a bank? HAHAHAHA 🙂

UPDATE: We’ve come up with a list to save money:

1. Breastfeed longer (we’ll see how that goes)

2. Cut Down on Organic Foods: Only give girls Organic Milk & Meats; only buy Organics if it’s a good price. Otherwise, they’ll be fine eating non-organic carrots. Right? Right. 🙂

3. Bundle our DirecTV and ATT to save money on phone/internet/cable (Found out we need to disconnect both and then get a new account in order to bundle…a pain in the butt however this will save us at least $10/month.)

4. Become Electric Nazis: I know, I shouldn’t use the word Nazi as it might be offensive to some people. I mean it in more of the Seinfeld Soup Nazi sort of way. That we’d become obsessive with turning off lights and the tv, and unplugging electronics that we aren’t using. I’m not giving up on our outside lights at night though. Not in this neighborhood.

5. No Eating Out. No Exceptions. Like today: Instead of enjoying a lunch out with my Hubby (and Snowdrop) while the girls are at Grandma’s house, I made him a grilled cheese instead. I’m such a nice wife.

6. No Trips. I’m pretty sure this will be an easy one although I’m also pretty sure that my Hubby has something up his sleeve regarding Bonnaroo. We agreed not to go… but he had something in his email about Bonnaroo that he wouldn’t let me see. I saw the Inbox so I know he’s up to something. And although I know his password, I’m going to go for the surprise instead of ruining it for myself – and for him. He loves to surprise me. Also, we can make my family come down from the Big City instead of going up there. 🙂

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I’ve never worked a day in my life.

I can’t BELIEVE “Dear Hubby” had the NERVE to tell me that I’ve “never worked a day in my life” and that I’ve “never had a real job”.

Way to piss off your 38 week (almost 39 week) pregnant wife. Way. To. Go.

There’s nothing else I need to write about this. I think it speaks for itself.

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Sometimes…

Hubby is just SO ANNOYING.

I do love him dearly, I do.

But darling husband… I can’t understand what you’re saying to me if you’re walking the other way and mumbling. Nor can I hear you when you’re scooping ice into a cup and talking directly into the icebox.

So please, don’t get your boxers in a bunch and get upset with me for not being able to understand what you’re saying.

Dear Sweet Hubby. Thanks. 😉

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