Tuesday, September 30, 2008

my day

Tuesdays are my day.

There aren't many days when I am kid-free and can do whatever I want to do. I have 5 hours every Tuesday to do just that while the kids are at school. I love being in my house alone to surf the web, watch my TV shows, or clean without little kids messing it up behind me. I love the quiet.

My dear husband messes it all up sometimes. You see, he works from home on Tuesdays. As horrible as it sounds, I always hope he has an important meeting and has to go in to the office. I cherish every minute of my alone time. Here is an example of why I would rather send him off to work...

Eric - Honey, I'm trying to work and your talking to me is distracting me.
Lisa - Ok, I will be quiet.
Eric - You trying to be quiet is like trying to get a dog not to bark. It's almost impossible. (said with a chuckle)

I couldn't be mad at him because it's true. It was almost torture to me to have him sitting at the table across from me and not be able to talk. So I shipped him off to the other room and pretended like I was alone.

Now it's back to reality and I'm off to pick up the boys. I'm always so excited to see them when I pick them up from school, I'm actually happy about sharing my Tuesday with them.

Monday, September 29, 2008

craigslist woes

I love Craigslist. I've made and spent a lot of money buying and selling things on there.

The money I made today was bittersweet. We sold the boys train table. It was in the room that started off as a baby room, changed to a playroom and now has returned to a baby room. We just didn't have room for it anymore.

We decided to have the buyers come pick it up during the boys' nap. Ethan never fell asleep, so he was awake. We kept him out of the living room so hopefully he wouldn't notice the train table was missing. He did notice.

My poor baby pointed to where it once had been and said "where'd the train table go?". He looked really sad. I almost lost it, but instead I said "we can still play with your trains on the coffee table or the floor". He was so happy when he realized he still had his trains. No, we aren't that pressed for space that we sold his Thomas the train tracks and trains. I plan on keeping them forever in a box on top of his closet to give to my grandchilden. I'm so glad our little sweetie is just fine playing with his tracks all over the living room floor. We will see what happens when Austin wakes up from his nap...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

are you ready for some football?

If Eric isn't watching football, he is playing it on the Xbox.
If he isn't playing it on the Xbox, he is watching Sports Center.
If he isn't watching Sports Center, he is setting his team for fantasy football.

As you know, football isn't just on one day a week either. There's Monday night football, Thursday night football, Saturday college football and Sunday football. That's a lot of football.

Don't get me wrong, I like football. I like it if the quarterback is good looking or it's a team I like. I like the food that comes along with a football game and the hanging out with friends that comes with it too.

It's... just ... a ... lot ... of ... football!

Friday, September 26, 2008

taylor and rylynn

Today is my last day to watch the girls.

In the beginning the girls played together and the boys played together. The past month they have been playing really well together. It's not uncommon to see them holding hands running around the house and yard.

We are going to miss these sweet little girls!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Closed until 7am

Our big boy used to be a great sleeper. He slept through the night at 3 months and I never had to worry that he would wake up between 7 am and 7 pm most of his life. It all changed when he became potty trained. Now he wakes up to go to the bathroom sometimes once in the middle of the night and every morning around 6:15. Then he is ready to get up. Sometimes he yells "wake up Austin" or "Momma, Daddy, sun's up!" when he gets back in bed.

This house doesn't open until 7.

6:15 and earlier are not acceptable to this tired momma. Problem is our big boy shares a room with his sleeping little brother. We have tried all the strategies to get him to stay quiet, and this morning one worked. As I put him back in bed at 6:15, I looked him in the eye and told him to be a good boy and play quietly in his bunk bed or he would have to go sleep in the baby crib. The threat worked and he was quiet until Austin woke up. He was very proud that he was quiet. Positive reinforcement really works with him too. Hopefully this lasts because we have six months to get our big boy sleeping like he used to before we are waken up by a little newborn baby!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Power Patch craze

Last night I hosted a Power Patch party. I heard about the patch from my good friend Erica. She discovered it after seeing a couple teachers at her son's preschool wearing it and having dramatic weight loss. One teacher told her it was a patch designed to help with weight loss and energy. When the teacher said the words "have more energy", Erica's ears perked up and she immediately wanted one. Who doesn't want more energy on top of the proven weight loss benefits?

That's how the story began, but that is not the ending. I now know at least 10 people wearing the patch now and all have said amazing things about it. Everyone has reported having more energy and just "feeling better". On top of that, several have noticed sleeping more soundly, improved moods and most have lost pounds and inches. Some even after just a week! Although I'm pregnant and can't wear the patch, I'm still excited about all the possibilities that come with it.

Below are the ingredients that make it work:
  • ForsLen® - Mobilizes fat and restores a youthful, fat burning metabolism without causing heart palpitations and jitteryness. *Voted on top 7 natural cures in Men's Health 2008
  • ChromeMate® - An essential trace mineral that helps to burn calories, promote fat loss and build lean muscle tissue.
  • Guarana - This natural form of caffeine helps the body move fat out of storage and into the blood where it can be used as a source of energy. *Voted on top 7 natural cures in Men's Health 2008
  • Cosmoperine® - The active ingredient in black pepper and long pepper that helps maximize absorption of the patch.
  • 5-HTP -A naturally occurring amino-acid that is commonly used as a anti-depressant, appetite suppressant and sleep aid. *Voted on top 7 natural cures in Men's Health 2008
  • Diiodotyrosine - Stimulates your body's metabolism
To get answers to some frequently asked questions, click here. In the coming months, I will have many more stories to tell about how the Power Patch has helped people feel and look better!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

duct tape

My dad's idea of how to get Austin to use the pedals on his trike.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


Today Austin got his first real haircut. I had hacked some of his hair off before, but he had never gone to a salon to get it done. He did really well and wasn't too squirmy for a two year old. Erin always does great hair!

Our neighborhood had a celebration this afternoon complete with train rides, rock climbing walls and bounce houses. The boys were so excited to ride the train, they patiently waited for their turn for 30 minutes. They loved it, so now I'm on a hunt to find some more train rides around town!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

silly boys

These little guys can always bring a smile to my face.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

hand-me-down love

My cousin Brenda sent us a box of hand-me-downs this week. She does this every couple of months and the boys always get very excited when the big box is delivered. This time it was full of all kinds of goodies including a jacket, books, shirts and pants. The boys' favorites were a race car driver costume and a dragon costume. They had the best time running around playing in their costumes. Thanks so much Brenda!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

the day I've been dreaming of

We woke up yesterday morning to a wonderful cold front. The boys immediately wanted to go outside, so we threw on their sweatpants with their pajamas and out they went. They were still cold, so they came inside for jackets. They had the best time running around in the yard playing together. We were all so happy to finally have some fall weather. I have been dreaming of this day for quite some time.

Since the weather was so nice, we decided to take advantage of it and head in my parent's direction to play. We started off the day at a small park and had a nice picnic lunch.

We caught Austin sneaking up on some birds in a catlike prowl.

Don't tell Eric I let a 31/2 year old hold my Nikon, but Ethan took this picture of my mom and me.

After our picnic, we headed over to the coolest park I've ever seen. The boys had so much fun and we can't wait to go back with Daddy.

After hours of playing, it was nap time so we went back to my parent's house. This picture is why preschool was worth every penny... For the first time in our lives as parents, we no longer have to drag two pack-n-plays around. Our kiddos can finally successfully fall asleep on a pallet! This may sound silly to some, but to us, it's monumental. Oh, and don't remind me that we can only enjoy our pack-n-play-free time for the next 6 months before the baby comes please.

In case you were wondering, there is no pacifier in my sweet Austin's mouth under the blankie. He only asked for it a couple times yesterday and didn't cry when he took his nap or at bedtime. Woo hoo!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

goodbye paci

Yesterday was a hard day in my poor Austin's life. We decided at almost two and a half, it was time to say goodbye to his pacifier.

Our strategy was to give Austin one pacifier with the tip barely snipped off. (Apparently it doesn't suck quite the same that way) We hid all the other ones and I put some in his special box.

Austin's first nap without the pacifier was hard. He cried for 30 minutes and finally fell asleep. If we gave him the snipped paci, he would say "I want my other paci!" in the most pathetic, sad voice you have ever heard. I almost gave in, but tough mommy prevailed.

Nighttime was hard too. He sobbed for 30 minutes until I almost ran in and gave him all 10 pacifiers just to make him happy. My pregnant hormones just could not handle it. Instead, Eric layed down with him and helped him go to sleep. Too bad Eric won't be here today during nap time!

Austin was a paci boy from the start. His paci love grew more and more each day. I have to admit, we loved the paci too. It could silence my vocal son in an instant. He has been a great sleeper and his paci was a huge part of it. He would fall asleep sucking on it like it had the last bit of water in it on earth. He would have one in his mouth and one clutched tightly in his hand.

Pacifiers have always been a big hit around this house. Hopefully they will be extinct around here until the end of February when we will immediately stick one in baby #3's mouth upon birth.

It really does break my heart to take my sweetie's favorite accessory away. I had a really hard time making the decision to do it because I know it brings him so much comfort and happiness. I know it's time though and I don't want his teeth to look like Bugs Bunny from having a pacifier until he's 5. So now is the time. I'm praying each day gets easier on my little sweetie. and me too.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

cell phone love

"Can you hear me Dad? Wow, it sounds just like a real phone!"

It was my freshman year of college and I was in Radio Shack testing out these new cellular phones. My dad had a cell phone when I was in high school, but it was so big it resembled a brick with a massive antennae sticking out of it. My best friend Rebecca had one our junior year, but it was stored in a bag, had to be kept in the car, and it was only to be used for emergencies. It never got much use.

The new cell phone in Radio Shack was a beauty and the sales man let me test it out for free. Small (for 13 years ago), great reception, and it could fit in my purse. I bought it then and there with my Daddy's permission and have been addicted to the cell phone ever since.

I just realized a couple things... I have had a cell phone attached to my ear for 13 years, been out of college for almost 10, and it's time for a new phone since mine has been more dropping calls recently than my 1995 original ever did!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Grandma and Grandpa to the rescue

I'm sick. It started on Thursday morning with alternating between being cold, then hot, then clammy. I had absolutely no energy. I couldn't muster the energy to get up for anything. So what does a sick momma do?

Calls in the reinforcements.

My parents came over and helped with the four toddlers while I rested all day. It sounds really nice to think of me sound asleep in my room snuggling under the covers while they dealt with the kids. The reality is my body hurt from laying down too much and I didn't enjoy any of it.

I was actually worse today, so my sweet mom came back over today to watch the boys. They had fun with grandma while I tried to get some more sweaty, uncomfortable, pregnant, sick sleep.

Thanks Mom and Dad for saving me these past two days!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

parenting boys

Today was Austin's third day of preschool. He started crying in the car on the way to school and said "I wanna go home, not go school". Eric and I dropped him off in his classroom anyway and he had to be peeled off Eric by his sweet teacher. It broke my heart to leave my sobbing baby there. It's kind of like a lot of things in parenting; even though you know you are doing what is best for your child, it still breaks your heart. School is good for him and I know it. He has proven before at church and our gym that he will get over it. It may just take some time for him to feel comfortable and ready to willingly want to go. It still breaks my heart and makes my time away not as sweet.

I have quite an unread collection of books on raising boys. Since the boys are getting older, I really want to read these books soon. Eric and I want to raise happy, sweet boys who have respect and love for people, God and themselves too. Hopefully these books will give me some insight on how boys' brains work. I am already outnumbered here and we will know in a month if I will be REALLY outnumbered!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

September market days

This weekend we met Eric's parents in Wimberley to visit Market Days. Jan and I had a great time pulling the boys around in the wagon while they munched on kettle corn. Eric helped his uncle Larry work the kettle corn booth. We always have such a good time in Wimberley hanging out with family, browsing the hundreds of booths and letting the kids play with their cousins.

The boys' second cousin Kori Beth set up her own booth and sold rocks that she polished herself. Would you believe she made over $100 on Saturday?

Mindy, Erica and the girls came over to get in on some of the shopping fun. I didn't do too much damage this time. I did get two Christmas presents out of the way, so that's always nice!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

hello, goodbye energy

Today I was going to post about how I now finally have more energy. I actually did three loads of laundry, washed dishes, vacuumed and swept the floors today. This is more than I have done in weeks. I feel like the second trimester has arrived and brought with it more energy.

The reason I'm not posting about how I have more energy, is because I now feel zapped of one ounce of energy. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I did so much house work this morning. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I had to load two extra car seats in my car, load up two girls at my house, unload two girls at the preschool, pick up two boys from preschool, load four toddlers back into my car and then unload four toddlers at my house. Oh, and don't' forget the two lunch bags, two backpacks, two nap mats and papers I had to carry. Do you think that has something to do with it?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

first day of school

Tuesday was Ethan and Austin's first day of school. Ethan went last year, but this was Austin's very first day of school ever. The boys were both very excited about going. They excitedly carried their backpacks, nap mats and school supplies to the car and jumped in. On the way, they sang their ABCs and Ethan said he was "so happy" to go to school.

We dropped Austin off in his classroom first and he ran right in. This was shocking because he has a really hard time every time we go to church or the gym. Ethan went into his classroom without too much hesitation. My pregnant, mommy brain forgot their lunch bags, so we ran home to get them and bring them to the boys. As I dropped Austin's lunch off 15 minutes later, I heard the sobbing. At first I didn't even recognize it as Austin. Then I did, and it broke my heart. I kept waiting for my phone call, but it never came. I enjoyed my 5 hours of kid free time and was anxious to go pick them up.

We picked Austin up first. He ran straight to me and gave me a huge hug. He said he had fun and wanted to come back. It was so cute to hear him tell us that he "blew bubbles and played on playground". His teacher said he cried for about an hour and then had a great time participating in story and singing time. She said he passed right out on his nap mat and was sleeping so hard he snored. I am so relieved that my little sweetie is going to enjoy school.
Ethan had a great day at school too. He did great using the potty and had fun with his new friends. I'm so happy the boys have such wonderful teachers and they had so much fun. Mommy had fun too!


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