25 November 2014

The Week That Was ...

What a week it's been!

We had company in town last week -- and enjoyed spending our days with Mimi and Papa, playing, laughing, and celebrating the upcoming holidays just a little early. The kids soaked up all the attention they could get! We enjoyed home cooked meals, did very little shopping, got a couple fun treats {Krispy Kreme and Sweet Frog} and enjoyed the big holiday parade.

Unfortunately, it seems my parents brought the cold Northern weather with them while they were here. The day their plane landed, it was starting to get cool -- down in the 50s. The days they were here, the sun came out, but it didn't warm up very much. In fact, the morning of the parade, we were all huddled together under a blanket, in winter jackets, trying to steer clear of the wind. Of course, the day they left, it rained ... and the next day, yesterday, it was in the mid-70s all day.

The next few weeks -- few months, really -- are busy ones. Holidays, fun events with friends, lots of time with family, a birthday party, and a whole lot of "every day" life, as well. 2014 ... its really hard to believe its almost at an end!

17 November 2014

Monday, Monday ...

It was 70 degrees here in North Carolina the middle of last week. But by the weekend, I had dug out my winter jacket, and was wearing it every where. The cold weather came, and it came on fast! But that didn't stop half the town from holding yard sales still. Only in NC, I swear!

We had a good weekend. The sun was shining, and we were able to spend some quality time with friends. M and his buddy watched the kids for a bit while I ran out Saturday morning. Did a little shopping/yard-saling, to be honest, and managed to pick up a bed-side table for only $10. I rearranged half of our bedroom as soon as we got home to make room for it! Saturday evening we went to a local fire department for their annual turkey shoot. M loves them, and even has a gun barrel made especially for competitive shooting at these things. People get real serious around here about their turkey shoots! Small town, I guess ...

Sunday, after a good church service and some house cleaning, M and I hit the road for Raleigh to catch a Carolina Hurricanes game. Wounded Warrior Project had given M a couple tickets, and it was one thing we just couldn't pass up -- we love some hockey! The game was great ... even if we didn't win! Both defenses were solid, so it made for a good watching game!

We're gearing up for a busy week around here with some visitors, lots of fun, and a big parade, too. Looking forward to what this week brings!

14 November 2014

Closing Out Another Week

Is it really Friday? Already?! Where did this week go? 
Probably the same place the rest of 2014 has disappeared to ... 

It was a roller coaster week around here. Between the fender bender we were in on Monday {thankfully with no injuries, and minimal car damage} -- where the driver was uninsured, and some less than stellar attitudes it hasn't been the most pleasant of weeks. Add in the fact that both of the kids are battling colds, making them cranky, and aren't sleeping good, making that crankiness even worse, and you'd think I was miserable all week. 

There were some bright moments, though. S had preschool both days this week, which was great. We got some work done on M's current VA claim to help move the process along. L was funny, when he wasn't stuck to me, or destroying the house. {almost 3 ... the "busy body" age, I swear!} I managed to sell a few items from around the house, eliminating some unnecessary clutter, and making a few extra dollars, which is always nice. And I managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts, as well. 

I guess I can't really complain. I could ... but what would be the point? There were good moments ... and great moments. And even though they may be clouded by the difficult parts, the fact is, those good/great moments still happened. 

And isn't that what it's all about!? 

12 November 2014

...And It Wasn't Even Monday

Funny Mom Confessions. Painfully true! Click for more. :D

I'll Love you forever; I'll like you for always, but if you continue to scream like that I'm going to act like I don't know you.

#parenthood #lol

Yesterday was one of those days.

It started when both of the kids were up and ready for the day at 430am ... the one day this week when I could really sleep in, and was trying to. That clearly didn't happen.

They were short, and cranky, by mid morning, so I nixed our plans to go to the local parade. I really didn't want to deal with them making a scene over little things, and the sky looked like rain anyways. We took M to lunch, and because we got home late, the kids got a late start on their naps.

With S's dance practice at 3pm, naps wound up being just over an hour long ... which was NOT enough time for those two. Especially given the fact that S didn't sleep ... and L didn't want to wake up. He was clingy the rest of the afternoon.

We got to dance a minute late, so S was trying to put on her shoes and run into class all at the same time.

We ran an errand after dance, and came home to cook dinner. By that point, it was dark out, the kids were destroying the house, and I just wanted to sit and relax ... but that wasn't going to happen. Dinner was good -- albeit a battle with the 2 year old to sit still in his seat and actually eat. I gave up ... and he wound up making a meal out of only mashed potatoes. Whatever.

Then to make the day EVEN BETTER, I realized at 645pm that we needed to go to the store for a few things -- mainly milk and bread. So we ran across town to Walmart.

I was the mom whose kids were running a mile ahead of her. Cutting off people and their shopping carts, as I was apologizing profusely. Touching everything that we didn't need. And then at the register, trying to play with every darn toy that was in their reach. {Why do stores do that?! Ugh!} Once I told L to put the toys back because it was time to go, he copped an attitude, took his arm and wiped out the entire shelf display of 5-hour energy bottles. Of which I really wanted to pocket a few, because I was dead on my feet, and needed something to keep up with these kids!

I managed to get them to clean up the mess, wrangled them to the car, and got them home and in the house with all my hair intact. At which point, they sat down for a few minutes with a cartoon and I hustled around to finish cleaning up for the night and get everyone ready for bedtime.

And don't even get me started on the nightmare that is bedtime lately. Or sleep in general. That's a whole other post.

Safe to say, I was the happiest Mom EVER when bedtime finally came around. Tired ... but happy.

It's a new day ... and hopefully a different day than yesterday! 

06 November 2014

Sleep?! Its For the Birds ...

Sleep Deprivation with a Baby

Sleep has become an unknown concept around here lately.

Neither of my children have ever been great sleepers -- according to my Mom, they come by it very naturally. You know the whole "I hope when you have kids, they are JUST like you ..." conversation that you get from your moms?! Yea ... mine is living out in front of my eyes.

So once I figured I wouldn't get to sleep through the night until my kids were teenagers, I just accepted my fate and dealt with it. Until middle of the night wakings became more frequent, and early morning rising got earlier and earlier.

Six months ago, these kids were sleeping until 7 or 730am.

Today?! They were awake at 430am. Both of them. And there is no amount of convincing to keep the 2 year old in his bed, no matter how many times I walk him back in there, in the dark, hug him, and lay him down. He doesn't stay ...

This only leads them to be cranky and irritable earlier in the morning than normal.

The only thing that has changed around here, really, is that our schedule has gotten more active. Instead of less. So you would think they would be MORE tired, and begging to sleep. Just the opposite. Between preschool two days a week, dance class, church twice a week, MOPS and play dates and playing outside, these kids are getting pretty active.

Some days they nap.

Some days, they don't. And those days?! Their sleep is even WORSE.

We have tried adjusting bedtimes, too. But at this age, I can put them in bed any time I want ... but there is no forcing them to fall asleep until they are ready. Which is usually between 8 and 9pm most nights. Regardless of their 730pm bedtime.

I know its probably a phase. And hopefully a short-lived one, at that. But its a phase I could do without right now. {And don't even start with the "Oh ... more time to cuddle with them" stories, either -- because these kids want nothing to do with any sedentary activity like cuddling at such a time of day -- they just want to run wild and scream at the top of their lungs and play with every toy that makes as much noise as a 10 man percussion band!}

It never fails -- as soon as I talk/write about anything having to do with sleep "issues" in our home, the kids change things up and it gets worse than it was before. So I am full anticipating them waking up at midnight from here on out, and howling at the moon.

It would be my luck!

So if you see me tomorrow morning, the bags under my eyes large enough to climb in and live, my mood crass and grouchy, wearing an oversized sweatshirt and anything else remotely considered "frumpy" -- just know, my kids have siphoned all of my energy and are holding me hostage.

Call for reinforcements ... please!