Sunday, December 31, 2006
To lose weight (and not be impatient about it)
To tell myself something I love about me at least once a day and work up to many times a day
(have a habit of saying negative things about myself)
To work in a workbook I have at least once a week until I get through it
To be a better mom and wife (not get on Katie's case so much and try not to rush her)
To not be so selfish
To save more
To eat out less
To be more giving
To try to stay more orgainzed (actually bought a pocket planner)
Friday, December 29, 2006
Today, Katie and my nephew didn't want to do anything; they are both being really grouchy and moody. So I took my niece (13) to Old Navy, Target, and Barnes and Noble. I hope she's had a nice time. My nephew (10) and Katie keep arguing over stuff but they are like 3 months apart in age so I think that is normal. I have to take them back to Beeville tommorrow. I was hoping to show them the state capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum but it was raining today pretty bad; maybe tommorrow if weather permits.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
We headed down to Beeville about 11. Traffic was so smooth..hardly anyone on the road. We stopped at Micau's parents house to get Kyle. Katie got to open her presents there and so did Lauren. They each got a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble (so did Micau and I) and Kyle's dad kept his card so he can buy some books for Kyle and keep them at his place). Kyle got some puzzle boards, a clock that has shapes and numbers, a tool bench set, 2 outfits, some books. Lauren got an outfit and blanket, some books, a teddy bear. Katie got a bead set to make bracelets and necklaces with, a disney princess coloring book and marker set, a book on tx critters, Micau got a shirt and golf balls and tees, and I got a bear with bubble bath and pj set.
Then off to my parents house. We got there about 3. There were alot of people there. My aunt and uncle, a long time friend and his son, my brother came home from Iraq (has to go back New Years Eve), my sister and her 3 kids, her ex husband, my other brother and his wife, and us. They had already opened some presents but there were still alot to be left open. When we got in everybody was eating. Usually my mom goes all out for xmas dinner but not this year. There was turkey and ham, sweet potato casserole (yuck), potato salad (yuck), bread, and some spanish dish which was really yucky. So I didn't have much to eat. We opened presents about 4. Kyle got a Steve Mcqueen Car that makes noise (from the movie Cars), Leap frog alaphet and numbers magnet set (to go on the fridge), Leap frog animal block set, and some other stuff I forget. Lauren got Leapfrog soft blocks (each one does something different), an outfit, a plaschool activity kick thing (ya know where she lays on her back and can kick and play with different things) which I think we are going to take back to Target because she's kinda outgrown it and a couple of other things I forget. Katie got a book, a Cabbage Patch doll with a changeable outfit, coloring book, some clothes. We got a picture frame and a cute heart shaped door hanger to hang on our front door. All in all it was a good Christmas.
Kyle was getting really tired. My 4 yr old niece got a Dirt Devil Vaccum and Kyle played with that for the entire time. Katie stayed over at my parents house so she could play with her cousins. We left at around 6 because Kyle hadn't napped and Lauren was getting stressed out. As soon as we got back to Micau's parents house we put kyle down and he went straight to sleep. Lauren stayed up until Midnight. I was so hungry that I ate some of his dad's stew and salad. It was good. We all played Mexican train.
We came back home on Tuesday and got in about 3. We had to go to Walmart to get some batteries and saw the dirt devil vac and got it for Kyle. We then came home and let him open up his gifts. He got a bowling ball set and a See n Say plus his vaccum. Oh, his dad got him a wooden train set so he likes that. I got him a thomas the tank train set but didn't realize it was for 3 and up so Micau put it up until next year. Kyle loves his vaccum and his Car. Kyle also got a dump truck from my brother and a set of 3 construction vehicles from my mom. Each of them received a Baby Einstein CD from Micau and I. I will post some pics as soon as we download them.
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Traffic on Friday was horrendous. Both on 35 and Mopac...non stop traffic. Not only was it raining but there were so many accidents that when you listened to the radio all they said were the ones that had starflight or major blocks..it was a busy day.
Since today was Christmas Eve we let the kids open one present..Kyle opened his pirate ship bath toy..he loved playing with it. I had already received an early gift (my pjs and robe) and micau got a Monoply hand held game. Katie got a Disney Princess hand held game which she really likes. Lauren didn't open one. We thought she could wait till tommorrow. We made Santa some snowman (Frosty) cookies and Katherine got the stockings out and decorated some that needed it. She is so anxious to have Santa come. We just finished watching A Christmas Story on TBS. I love that movie. Now Katie is taking a shower than we will leave out milk and cookies, have Katie go to bed and then do the Santa gifts. I hope she likes her Princess DVD player. Have a merry Christmas you all.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
We tried feeding her some other foods but Micau and I are in agreement that we shouldn't force her to eat it if she isn't ready for it yet. We just feel like she will let us know when she is ready. I hate forcing something on her when she just isn't ready. She is still only eating 4 oz of formula a feeding. Actually, the past two days some feedings she actually ate 6 oz. But we feel that maybe another month or so she will. Hope you enjoyed the pics.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
It was nice but sprinkling outside. Kyle wanted to walk instead of being in the stroller. It started to rain a little heavier and what does my boy do? You got it. Go splashing through the water. He would put his arms out to feel the rain and laugh. He was so cute. Lauren got to ride up front in the stroller and she just loved. She would laugh and smile. She loved being able to see everything. Kyle got his shorts, shirt and shoes wet. But he had so much fun. It was a nice day. We came home and watched a movie and then I took a bath with Kyle and put him to bed. Lauren is still up at 10.00. Hoping she goes to bed soon. It was a very nice day with the family.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Also, last night I finished wrapping all the gifts and putting stuff into gift bags. I have one thing to mail out tommorrow and I am hoping my friend receives it in time. We did secret santa's in my online mom's group and I was lazy today by not mailing it. Also, I dropped off our baby gift basket for our Angel tree person at the church. They handed them out yesterday but our person wasn't there. I hope she gets it sometime this week. We picked a family where the 16 yr old is 7 months pregnant. I put together a nice baby basket..blankets, size 1 diapers, wipes, a few books, umm some other things. It was cute. I love helping people.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Today Katie wanted to take her picture with Santa Clause but she didn't want to do it without Micau. So we all go to the mall and by the time we get there its close to 6, which works out because the mall Santa got back from his break at 6. We stand in line for about 20 minutes (last year it was much longer). We get up there and get Kyle out and he won't go near Santa. We get within a foot of him and he starts crying and screaming..no no. So we didn't force him. Katherine sat on his lap and told him what she wanted (she added to her list by wishing for an IPOD; something she didn't want up until two days ago); Lauren sat with Santa and we got a picture of the two of them. Lauren has her mouth in an O shape and Katie has a big grin. If we had a scanner I'd scan it in so you all could see it. It was nice. Poor Kyle got left out...Oh well maybe next year.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Katherine spent the night at her best friends house on Friday so I had to pick her up about 12. I got a pedicure done right before i picked her up and then I went to get her and I got my hair done (I dyed it a dark red because I have patches of gray hair all over my head and it doesn't look well) which took about 2 hours. Katherine kept saying she was bored and Lauren slept for about an hour and a half. The last 30 min. she was really cranky. Kyle was fussy but he was with his dad who brought him back home after only having him for 2 hours. Since Micau was home with GC, Kyle and his dad he called me and asked about going out to eat. I didn't really want to since the baby was fussy and Kyle didn't take a nap. But I was overruled. So we went to Texas Roadhouse. Well that was a really bad idea. Kyle was not wanting to sit in his high chair and Lauren cried the whole time. I had to take her out of the restraunt a few times and then Micau held her for awhile but nothing worked. So we hurried up and ate. At least GC payed attention to Katie. Then we all came back here and watched Pirates Dead Man's Chest. Kyle's dad bought it and wanted to watch it. Lauren again was being fussy and I was just having a hard time with her. We put Kyle to bed as soon as we got home. Micau took Lauren for a bit and then put her on the floor. She was just in a mood I guess. After it was over, Kyle's dad left and I went to go grocery shopping. It was so nice to shop without anyone crying or begging (Katie tends to do that). I actually got done in 45 minutes. Once I got back, Micau got the baby to sleep and he and GC played on the Xbox 360. GC seemed like in a good mood. Everyone went to bed about 11.00.
On Sunday I got up and made cinnamon rolls and eggs for breakfast (i had toast instead of the rolls). GC seemed a little out of sorts. He didn't want to go to church so Micau stayed home and while we were at church they played Gears of Wars. I get home with the little ones (of course they are still being fussy) and put Kyle down for a nap. They had beat the game just as we got home. Katie wanted spaghetti for lunch. GC seemed to be in a hurry to leave. While Micau was in the shower he had gotten all his stuff ready and was walking out to the car to wait. I told GC he can wait inside and have some lunch. He didn't want spaghetti. I told Micau to just go ahead and go and take him out to lunch. So he did.
Micau said that GC did have a good time its just the kids were real loud. They just had to pick that weekend to be the most loud and unconsolable. I understand GC; what 16 year old wants to listen to two babies cry for two days. Not much fun. Anyway, we are hoping that next weekend he will come back over. Micau really misses spending time with him. So cross your fingers.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Kyle is still eating baby food. He only has about 10 jars left and after those are gone he is just going to have to adjust because we decided we are not going to buy anymore baby food for him. He is going to have to eat regular food. We figure he could probably last a day without eating which is going to suck because he is going to be really fussy. We got him a bike, a bowling game, thomas train track ( a small one), and also some stocking stuffers.
Katherine has her Christmas exchange on Thursday for school. It is their last day of school until January 4. She is very excited. She wants to make fudge. We'll see. For Katherine we got her a new DVD player since hers broke..its a disney princess one, a puzzle, disney princess game, a cars xbox 360 game, and some stocking stuffers.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Yesterday marked Micau and I first date anniversay (1 year). Last year on December 8 we had gone out to Cool River so that is where we went. We both had steak, cheesy potatoes, broccoli and 2 slices of bread. I had 2 Maitai's and water. Micau had 2 Rum and Coke and water. After dinner, we went to a pool hall and played 3 games of pool..I lost the first one because I hit the 8 ball in..Micau lost the second one because he scratched when trying to get the 8 ball in and Micau won the third because I was too buzzed to put the balls in correctly (I had a Smirnoff and half of a 2cnd one). It's funny because we only stayed out until 9.30 (the time we actually picked up the kids). We both were really tired by the time we got Lauren to sleep (10.30).
Micau and I had a wonderful time being a couple without someone crying every 2 minutes. It was nice to spend time with just each other and to kickback with no worries. It was very special.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
On Saturday I went to get my nails done (no i don't have fake ones...its mine i just like them to be shaped every month or so b/c I can't file or paint); anyways, I let my nails breathe every now and then so I didn't want any color. Well I hadn't ever had them buffed but this time they did and know what? My nails still look shiny. I know its only Tuesday but they have kept looking nice even after washing my hands 30 times a day, washing dishes every night, changing diapers, showers, laundry, and Lord knows what else I've put them through. I think every time I decide to go without color I will ask for my nails to be buffed. We'll see how long they maintain their shininess.
Big Brother Love:
Kyle has finally recognized Lauren as a person..or at least a sibling. Over Thanksgiving weekend he decided he wanted to start giving hugs...he went up to Lauren, held his arms out and said hug. It was so cute. So we put Lauren in his arms and after about 2 seconds he pushes her away, and then wanted another hug. This process went on for five times. Then later on he did it again and has been doing it everyday throughout the day. He will sometimes just do it once or do it several times. He also started blowing kisses. My heart melted when he did it. I put him to bed yesterday evening and out of the blue he said hug and after I gave him a hug he blew me a kiss. I had no idea he was capable of doing this. I am looking forward to more surprises.
Arguing Over Nothing:
Yesterday I had set out the hamburger meat and Italian sausage to make manicotti. Micau had to go to Houston for business and he calls me around 3 to tell me his is on his way back. I tell him whats for dinner. He said he didn't feel like manicotti..so I said I thought about pork chops but wasn't in the mood for them however I would make them if thats what he wanted. He wouldn't give me a straight answer and I was getting frustrated. I said fine just get something on the way home and hung up. I was really upset. Well, Katherine didn't want pork chops; she wanted the manicotti. Frustrated, I decide to make both. So I spend all this time making both, prepping only to realize I had no spaghetti sauce. I usually have like 4 jars on hand b/c you never know when you need a quick meal. I call Micau back and ask him to pick up some sauce on the way home; I told him I was making both meals to make everyone happy. I could tell by his voice that something was wrong; he said he would talk to me about it later. Fine. By the time he gets home the pork chop dinner is ready but the manicotti hasn't been started and it takes an hour to make. So I bake it 45 min and everyone sits down to eat the pork chops (Micau got home about 6). After dinner the kids take a bath. I go in the room to talk to him but all he says is nothing is wrong. Fine. I go to the gym to workout and decide to let it go. I don't care anymore; I don't want to be angry. I go home 45 min later only to be locked out. I bang on the door 3 times; finally I yell if no one opens up I'm leaving. Katherine comes to unlock the door; I pissed again. I don't talk to Micau; I go to bed angry. At about 1 I hear Kyle, but must of been my imagination because he was still asleep. Go back to bed. At 1.30 Katherine has a bad dream and put her back to bed only for Lauren to wake up and have to feed her and put her back to bed. At 3 am, Micau and I talk. I get to sleep around 4 I think. So today I was tired. It was a useless and energy waste to be angry over nothing. Ah well. Such is life. All is better now because we had make up cuddling (baby has sex radar).
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Micau's parents had dinner at about 12 (i helped prepare some things)...Thanksgiving is the big thing in his family..his Grandmother, Aunt and Uncle come. Francis (his bro my ex) was there and brought his friend William. So a pretty good crowd. I had a small plate of food because we had to go to my Aunt's house for Thanksgiving 2. We waited for his son and exwife to come because they were going to stop by for a bit except her family had dinner late and they didn't get over until 3. He visited with his son for about 30 min and then we headed over to my family's. Luckily they had just sat down to eat. It was my parents, my aunt and uncle, my nephew (living with my parents right now), and a few of my aunt's friends. Micau and the boys watched the game and I visited with the gals. We stayed until about 6.30. Katherine went to spend the night at parents so she could visit with her cousin since they don't get to see other much and they are the same age. We got back to Micau's parents house and played two games of Mexican Train. His family is very competitive and it is so funny to see his dad get upset and curse everyone with whom he gets upset with. We left on Friday at about 9 and got back into Austin about 1.00. We had to stop in San Marcos to eat (20 min wait at the IHOP) and traffic was a bit heavy. We took a nap and then just had an easy night.
Micau had to work on Saturday and I did most of our xmas shopping yesterday. I wrote in my online moms group a few weeks ago that I thought 200 was alot to spend on one child...should have kept my mouth shut. With xmas presents and stocking stuffers I have spend about 200 on Katie and 50 on each Kyle and Lauren. As you all know I bought Micau an early gift an XBox but I wanted him to have presents to open so I bought him a couple of things...not counting the xbox I have spent about 250 on him. Then of course there is family. So far we have spent 600.00 on presents. I still have 5 more people to buy gifts for so that will probably be another 200. Ugh. I didn't even think we had that kind of money...good thing we had put some in Savings and cut back on our eating out. So next time I won't rush in to say how ridiculous I think 200 on a person is.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Today I have spent most of the day cleaning. It took me all morning. I wanted the place clean since we are going out of town; I wanted to come back to a nice clean apartment. I just bought Kaboom last time I went grocery shopping. It worked great in the shower/tub...only a few squeezes to complete the whole bathroom. It works well and makes the bathroom smell nice. I also just bought a wonder mop. I have been using the Swifter; I love it but it doesn't get some of the tough messes off your floor. This thing is great. Love it. Easy to squeeze the excess water out and very lightweight. Same with my new Dyson (micau's xmas present to me). We were in bad need of a new vacuum cleaner so he bought me this. Its great. Helps my allergies alot and its easy to clean.
Okay gotta get ready to go visit the family.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I went to Target today to do some shopping for stocking stuffers, not really expecting to get a gift. As I am walking in there is a line of people on the side of the store that have been camping out. Not understanding this I go in minding my own. I found some great stocking stuffers in their one dollar bins for Kyle and Katie. I look around for more stuff and found baby einstein cds for just 5.99 so I buy one for Lauren and one for Kyle. I got Katie the Pink Panther (on sale for 13.99). As I look, I notice that the XBOX360 is on sale (399.99 and get a 50 gift card) and so is the Gears of War (59.99 plus 10 gift card). Not knowing what the normal price I pay for my stuff and walk down to the Best Buy. They too have a ton of people (longer line than Target) outside camping out. So I ask the gentleman who is answering my questions about the XBOX360 (which is the exact same price at Target b/c it is a set price) what is going on. He said that people are awaiting the PS3. I think this is dumb. To wait in line for any toy/gadget/game whatever is ridiculous to me. I dont' get it. Somebody please explain this to me. According to the guy, there are only a number of PS3s being sold and everyone wants one. I asked if the 360 price is going to come down then and he said no. Target sales ends tonight because the PS3 comes out tomorrow. So I went ahead and got if for Micau and now I have $70 on a Target gift card to buy xmas presents with. Of course I just spent a whole bunch of money on this stupid thing so he better play it. LOL.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I don't think what I did was bad or incorrect...I know there are probably parents out there who may disagree. But for a friend to totally question whether or not you should keep your children or have them removed or have someone intervene without even telling you how they feel and to be nice to you as if nothing happened or was said kind of irks me. I have been supportive I think. I feel truly backstabbed, especially with all the crap we have had to go through because of some trouble caused by an ex and his girlfriend.
This has been bugging me this morning. It isn't a decision I have come to lightly. With all due respect to my friend I will of course discuss the situation with her. But I hate brooding over this and I don't question my parenting skills..I know I am not going to win mother of the year award but I know I am not a horrible mom or a terrible person. I am a decent human being. I am a good mother...I do the best I can. I don't feel like I should have to defend that. So as of right now I am letting this matter go and handing it over to God. No more brooding...no more being upset. I am washing my hands of it.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Presents. We opened presents when we got home from lunch. We got two crockpots..so we are taking one back. A group of my friends got me a Target gift card, we got a wedding xmas ornament, my mom and my aunt got us Walmart gift cards, Katie got a Target gift card, and Micau's parents gave us some money. Thats always nice. All in all it was a pretty good day. Just wish I didn't feel so bad.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I think I mentioned this already but he loves rowing. He had a rowing rigata last weekend and this weekend his gets to go to Chattanooga (sp?). He is very excited about. The rigata wasn't much fun because we didnt' get to see him go in..we saw him come out. He barely waved to his mom..she wanted a hug from him but all he wanted to do was go be with his teammates. What is it about 16 where they just hate to have any form of affection or affiliation with parents? She mentioned that he has been extra moody lately..must be hormones. Anyway I wanted to go to the rigata to show my support and I thought it might help in letting him know that we care about him and love him.
I am really happy that he decided to go to the wedding. Micau is happy also. We didn't think he was going to go but decided he didn't want to feel guilty about it later in life (or rather his mom doesn't want him to). I think it is more of her forcing him to go but we'll take it. We just want him there.
Wow this turned out longer than I thought it would.
We didn't really do much for Kyle's birthday since he was turning two and quite honestly I don't know anyone with a toddler except for my online mom group and they all live in different states. He had his checkup yesterday and the doc said that there is a shortage on the hep vaccine so he didn't get one; he did get a flu shot which he cried and he had to get his finger pricked. He didn't take it very well. He kept kicking the lady and screaming and moving his body around. It was very difficult trying to hold his legs and arms (he kept trying to grab her arm and move it away from him). After it was done he didn't want to walk out; he wanted to be carried which I couldn't do because of Lauren. By the time I got him in the car seat he was glaring and screaming at me; he was totally pissed. It's all good because I stopped at Sonic on the way home and we shared a strawberry ice cream sundae. That made him happy. I made him sugar cookies and we sang him happy birthday (he doesn't eat cake yet) but he didn't eat the cookie either. Today he smashed one with his toy hammer. My friend in Idaho sent him two pairs of pjs and a mini vac, another friend in CT got him a walmart gift card, and we got him a tool bench set and a Thomas the Tank Train light, and his "real" dad got him a Tonka bulldozer remote control. It was made for 3 yr olds but Kyle likes to push the buttons. He hasn't broken it yet.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
At 6.00(until 10; but we left about 8), our (Round Rock) YMCA held a fall festival over at Old Settlers Park. It was neat. We had to wait in line for everything. Katie did the rock wall, but only got 1/4 of the way up because she got scared. She then played some games and then we had to wait about 30 min. in line for the haunted house. It really wasn't too scary and took about 5 min. to walk through; however Katherine got scared by the Chainsaw Masacre Guy. He was the first character so she remained scared for the rest of the walk through; I think the other "creatures" knew she was scared because they really didn't jump up at her. She then played some more games; with each game you got candy so she has a pretty decent amount of candy now. She also got to see an ambulance, a firetruck, and the halo flight helicopter; we got pics of her sitting in the ambulance gurney, standing in the firetruck, and sitting in the helicopter. Overall she had alot of fun; I hope she doesn't have nightmares from the house; she does scare easily.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Kyle met the neurologist today. He looked him over, checked his motor control and muscles, things like that. He ordered some blood work done to make sure there wasn't anything in his DNA for him being slow. We talked to him about MS and he doesn't feel that Kyle should be tested yet. The test is very expensive and its just a gene test to see if he may have and it isn't 100% accurate. For the MS, the doc said its something to just keep an eye on but he doesn't feel that Kyle will develop it. It will take three/four weeks for the test results to come back.
On a positive note...Kyle ate a banana with key lime yogurt yesterday. I cut one up to see if he would eat it..he ate four bites without the yogurt then seemed like he wasn't going to eat anymore. So I got the yogurt to feed him but he kept saying bite and looking at the banana so i mixed it and he loved it. Gobbled it all up. This morning he actually fed himself his grits. He made a huge mess but I was so happy and proud of him. This is the first time he actually grabbed the spoon and wanted to feed himself and ended up doing his whole meal. Yipee. So we are making progress. He can now say: mama, dada, baba, baby, bite, light, bye bye, up, out, and sometimes off and on and down. We are getting there.
Katherine is doing well. She has been doing the soccer thing and bible study. She loves her bible study group...except for the boys..lol. She is just getting so big on me and has been a big helper. Tongiht we are taking her to see the UT soccer girls take on the Aggies. She gets in for $2 if she wears her jersey. Her game for tommorrow was cancelled due to the weather we have been having. Other than that pretty normal. She gets moody sometimes and doesn't want to help out but I know its the age thing. I think she is having puberty early (she is already showing signs..too personal to mention) so I think that explains some of her moods and headaches she has been getting.
Well thats our update.
I don't want to turn this into a political matter/discussion. Whether or not you like Bushl, the war or whatever I don't care. I do believe in supporting our troops..as for Iraq..i have my own opinions I will keep to myself. I know that we can't pull out now...that would really hurt the country. At the same time..I just want everyone I love and care about and for everyone else who has loved ones over there home safe. Its just sad that this has been going on for so long now.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Okay this is really aggravating. My son has learned how to take his diaper off. That isn't the bad part. The bad part is the fact that as soon as he takes off his diaper he pees on the floor. He thinks this is funny. I tell him no; to pee on the toilet or leave his diaper on. It isn't enough for him to just pee on the floor though..no he has to play with it. He has to put his foot, hand, face in it. Gross. I never had this problem with my daughter so it must be a boy thing. He also will look at his penis as he is peeing and go "ooooooooo." He thinks its the greatest. This is the boy who will stand up in the bathtub, watch himself pee and laugh. He sticks his chest out as if to say look at me. Micau says we should get him a potty seat and put him in it when he does it so he knows to go potty in the toilet.
I guess this is just another part of raising boys.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
When it comes to actual food I am the name brand queen. I don't buy cheap variations of cereal..they usually have more sugar in them and they don't taste as good. I love Betty Crocker complete meals and the instant mashed potatoes, and the brownie/cake mixes...again the cheap stuff doesn't measure up. I love Birds Eye Complete meals also. Veggies I get generic as well as soda. We recently switched from Lipton tea to generic because we go through so much and the generic was just as good. Bread I love Nature's Own; I buy the cheap white stuff for Katie's lunch because she loves it. I buy Pioneer Baking for pancakes. Snacks is where we really spend the money. I love granola bars and get the quaker ones; the real fig newtons; special k bars, quaker breakfast bites, fruit roll ups, and yogurt (yoplait of course). I better do some checking and see where we can switch from name brand to generic if possible. Of course, as mentioned above, there are just some things you can't go cheap on (like allergy medicine).
Monday, October 23, 2006
I am so grateful for Micau...he put Kyle down for a nap and then took care of Lauren so I could get some rest. He got chinese for lunch so I wouldn't have to make anything...and when Katie got home from school made sure she did her homework. He even got up with Lauren at 2 am to feed her; she didn't go back to sleep until 3.30 am. He didn't bother me at all. When I got up I took the baby so he could catch a break. He even got someone over to come clean today since I hadn't cleaned the apartment yet...he sure is the sweetest.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
So as it stands we have 25 people at the wedding. My parents, my aunt and uncle, my bro and his wife, micau's parents, his sister, a couple with their three kids, katie's best friend, her parents and sister, micau's ex-wife and his son, then our three kids and us. We are going out to eat at Saltgrass Steakhouse, a really nice restraunt. I hope everyone is going to pay for themselves because this place is about $20 a person and we sat down to figure the dinner bill and its going to be like $500...ouch. Nah, its okay..we set aside money for it. We figured that neither one of our parents would be able to pay it or help out...they are both tight. We picked this place because it is one of Micau's and mine favs and they have great steak there. My mom is bringing the wedding cake..I didn't know about it until last night. I even forgot to ask what flavor it is..stupid me. Oh well. So I am really excited now.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Micau had Geoffrey (his son) come over for dinner yesterday. It was a little awkard at first but not too bad. He mostly wanted to talk about video/computer games. Katherine had made him brownies and he was very appreciative of that; all in all he was very polite. He is turning 16 on Thursday. Micau drove him home and said that he is still upset about us getting married and is pretty sure that Geoffrey won't attend the ceremony. I asked Micau today what time dinner was on thurs. because every year Micau and Laura take him out to eat. Well he said that he asked Geoffrey about going and Geoff was like i'll think about it. I was like you asked him..wait a minute who's the freaking parent? Okay maybe I don't get it because I'm not dealing with a 16 year old. I've been going along with Micau on not having him over..to let him pout it out..I guess I'm even okay with his decision not to force him at our wedding..but for a parent to ask permission to go to your own child's birthday because he is being a pouting 5 yr old..I don't think so. I would just have asked Laura where the dinner is and what time they were going to be there. I know this a touchy subject with Micau and I because he feels one way and I feel differently. Somethings we do agree on. But this just boggles me. It really does. Why should Micau have to be the one begging to spend time with him? Why should he be asking to go to his own son's dinner? This I truly don't get. I think he is giving way too much "power" over to his son. He is letting his 16 yr old decide important decisions; and since when do 16 yr old ever know what they want anyway? Its bad enough that Micau took this upcoming weekend off because he wanted to spend some time with Geoffrey and he won't even come over...because of me and the kids. I just hate the way he is hurting his dad and I wish Micau would sit down and tell him how it hurts..or just lay into him or something; something to make him understand how much sadness it is causing Micau. Okay..enough of my rant about that.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Well it started pouring down rain here at 7 am. Guess our cool front came in early...the news said slight showers then said we were on a severe warning until 1 pm. So there ya have it. Anyways, I had to call his doctor this morning because Kyle woke up with a fever and a rash. He got the fever on Sunday even though he was already on an antibiotic since Wednesday for his chest congestion, ear infection and sinus infection. So we scheduled an appointment at 10 am. Now his office is about 15/20 min from where I live. I figured leaving at 9 would get us there on time. Nope. Traffic was stopped and not moving once I reached Mopac (a loop highway here) and I spent 1 1/2 hours in traffic. Yep. Lauren cried so I have to feed her. With one hand on the wheel (weren't going anywhere anyways) and my other arm reaching behind my chair to hold the bottle in her mouth is how I drove for about 25 minutes. Of course during that time we only moved about 2 inches. Finally we get through the lights and finally get on Mopac...the holdup you ask...not a damn thing. Traffic was just heavy and it was raining..excuse enough for traffic to be bad here in austin. Its pouring down rain.
So we check in and since he has a rash we have to be put in the treatment room (can't be in the sick room because rashes are contagious)..I guess. Doc sees us and ask the usual questions. She looks him over and says well he doesn't have a fever now..no shi# shirlock..i gave him some tylenol because I didn't want my kid running around with a high fever. She says he looks alright but his ear infection looks a little worse. Then she checks his mouth and was like whoa...he had all these bumps in his mouth and the rash and it looked really red. She says strep throat. She took a culture and says the result will be back tommorrow afternoon and if its strep throat for sure then she will call in a prescription for him. In the meantime and just in case she gave us two doses of omnicef for him to take. Great. Strep thoart. I asked how the heck does he get this while on an antibiotic? She can't say. Sometimes viruses just linger. Whatever. So now we have something new to deal with. Guess I should be thankful he doesn't have cancer or need a transplant but I do wish he didn't get sick so much.
On the way back run into traffic again. This time I take the frontage road since I take I35 home..it was alot faster even with the lights. The problem this time..3 cop cars had a semi pulled over and was giving the driver a DUI test. On top of bad weather and crazy people we have to worry about semi drivers being drunk or stoned. Yipee. And even though they were pulled over to the side..it ties up traffic for about 5 miles before you reached it. It would have taken be about an hour to get through that..it must have just happened too because the frontage road was still clear. Of course, this being Austin/Round Rock it is going to be like this all day. On the radio there were 5 accidents..this morning there were too many too count but there was one fatality way down in south austin that had I35 closed down going north. That is just bad. So I think I will not go anywhere today. Days like this you only go out if it is an absolute must. The joy of living in a big city.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Friday was Lauren's 4 month shots. Wow. I can't believe its been four months already. She is getting so big on us. Her weight is 13.7 lbs and her height is 24 inches. She is in the 50th percentile for weight and 25th percentile for length. When I was reading the sheets the doc hands out at these checkups about where they should be and what they should be doing I was a bit surprised to know that she should be eating about 8 times a day 6-8 oz. My little one hasn't moved beyond eating 2-4 oz a sitting...and she eats about 8-9x a day. She actually just started sleeping through the night..occaisionally she wakes up around 2.00 am to eat about 3 oz but most of the time she can sleep from 11-6...give or take a 1/2 hour. Although she is scooting and rolling over, she is nowhere near sitting up on her own. At this time we don't feel the need to introduce solid food which is weird because Katie was eating cereal at 4 months and kyle at 3. It is very different having a petite eater instead of a power eater. She is so unique and alert..she pays attention to everything. She loves looking at brightly covered pages in books or magazines and even will watch the tv or the computer when we play music and it does the flashes to the beat. She is just so interested in everything. Happy 4 months baby girl.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Anyways...I did feel better after my bath and watched a little bit of the Daily Show with Micau. Okay side note...what is up with Foley..he is just coming up with so many excuses for what he did..it is so freaking annoying. Its like let me put all this stuff out there and whatever the public believes I will stick with it. Did you know that on Fox when showing his pic showed him as a D..lmao. And why all the comparison between him and Clinton? Excuse me but I think IM young boys is far worse than having an affair...but maybe I am wrong in this belief. Okay enough of that.
At 4 am I wake up with Lauren and am still in pain. Going back to sleep doesn't help. I decide to go ahead and workout..i take it easy with no running or walking..I do the elliptical and one set of my ab/back moves and the weights. I don't feel better. Micau comes home for lunch and takes the rest of the day off. We talk about what it might me and I realize that I've been having some flashbacks of memories and its not really a migraine but a tension headache. We talk, I cry, I feel a little better..we both take a 2 hour nap. At Katie's soccer practice, Micau and I walk for about thirty minutes and I feel so much better. I guess maybe because we were outside or maybe it was just having him there to talk to.
He is upset because he just found out that his son Geoffrey doesn't want to go to our wedding. He doesn't want to force him to go but really wants him to be there. We are going to trade him being at our wedding to him being at Katie's birthday party. She really wants him to come to her party and Micau said she wouldn't understand him not being there. He is so anger at us...he hates the fact that I and the kids are around..he wants to be the only child still. I dont' know how long he is going to harbor ill feelings about us. It is upsetting for Micau because he really misses spending time with him. He is turning 16 this month and Micau is taking that weekend off from work. He refused to go to Houston with us. He doesn't want to be around me, Katie, Kyle and the baby. That hurts me because I feel like if it wasn't for us then Micau would have time with his son back...but Micau always tell me how lonely he was before me and how happy he is that he has us. We just don't know what to do about his son. Tips or ideas anyone?
Anyways, by the time we are done with our walk I feel much better. My headache is gone..my body feels good..i feel good. We watch the rest of the practice. They were doing a scrimmage game..boys against girls. Well Katie was hanging out by the goal in defense position (heaven forbid she actually runs)..the ball was kicked high and coming straight at her and what does my lovely daughter do? She covers her face, moves out of the way and screams. Funny but not during an actual game. This going on with my son walking around lifting his shirt up to show his belly while putting his hand down his pants so he can touch his penis. The joy of having a boy.
We had to take Kyle to the doctor yesterday because he has been sick for about 3 weeks straight and keeps reinfecting Lauren. Guess what? Yep, another darn ear infection in his right ear where the tube has almost fallen out. We caught it early so it wasn't too bad and that explains his extra fussiness and his wanting to be cuddled all the time. He also has chest congestion and a sinus infection. She gave one medicine (a 5 day treatment) and said it should wipe out everything. I am so scared that we are going to go back to having ear infections again. She said that if he gets over this one and gets another one then he may need tubes again. Happy Happy Joyful..lol.
Get back from the doctor appointment and get everyone settled by the time Katie gets home from school. She comes in with a little bag..i asked her who gave her the gift bag and she said it was out in front of our door. I opened it and there was a note that said Thank you for attending our church and hope to see you again..it was from Grace and it was a banana nut bread. It is very yummy. I was so touched that they would take the time out to drive here and do that. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I reallllly like that someone would be so considerate. Definately want to go back to that church.
Well I had been suffering a headache throughout the day and by supper time it had turned into a migraine. My head hurt so bad...i had been taking excedrin migraine all day and nothing..no relief. I could barely eat dinner. On top of that I had to go out and get Kyle baby food..it wasn't too bad except for Lauren crying the whole time. Katie stayed home with Kyle since Francis came over to play with Kyle. Micau and I went to the library to get more books and to go get Kyle food. By the time I got home I felt like crap. It was 8.00 and Katie and Francis and just started playing a game. I get Kyle ready for bed and was little annoyed that he was still up but I understand that putting him down can be difficult. He goes out before I am even out the door. Katie is done playing the game, takes her shower and I put her down. Thought that was that except she is giving major attitude. I ask her what is wrong three times and she finally starts crying and breaks down that she felt ignored all evening and how she wants to be an only child and then says that she never wants to leave..to be taken away. She doesn't want Micau to leave. I'm like no one is going anywhere. I ask why she thinks that and she just says that she doesn't want to be taken away. Lovely. Wonder where that came from. I get her calmed down and rock her to sleep.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Needless to say the afternoon and evening turned out much better than my morning. I was ready to kill somebody but after just taking a chill hour holding my baby I calmed down. Although the kids can be the ones to drive you crazy; they are also the ones that can bring resting calm to you.
Friday, September 29, 2006
The nice thing is that we don't go out to see movies...having Kyle and the baby makes it difficult to go and see them. Katherine doesn't mind waiting to see the movies she likes because she now has her own TV with DVD and a VCR (our old ones that are real slow and barely work) so she can watch them whenever she wants or right before bedtime. She only gets to do that on the weekend. She doesn't watch much tv during the week, between soccer practice, homework, and doing her chores...doesn't leave much time for tv. Maybe that's why she is always wanting to watch it. Anyways, she stopped complaining about never getting to see movies now. We have a whole bunch in our que and I think half of them are for her.