Monday, April 22, 2013


So, this is me attempting to get more stuff up here. :)

Let's see...what have we been up to?

School-wise, I'm almost finished with the Spring semester. I'm going to try to finish up one of my classes this week, with the exception of the final exam which won't open until next week. Hopefully that will allow me the time I need to try to get my grade up in my other class, which I'm kind of on the verge of not passing. I'm registered for 2 classes this summer...I just hope it's not going to be too much! We have a lot of things we want to do this summer.

Adam is working on getting his Certified Personal Trainer certification and has been accepted to UW LaCrosse for his BS in Health & Wellness Management. He'll be starting that this fall and it's online.

Work-wise, there hasn't been any further information on how long I'll have a job. I've been looking around for something else, but the pickings are rather slim. And with mine being the only paycheck right now, I can't afford to take an enormous pay-cut. I'm hoping we'll get more information next month and that we won't have to wait until the end of June to find anything new out.

Fitness-wise, I've been back at the Y now for a couple weeks. I've been taking a Pilates class and a Yoga class once a week. I ended up liking Pilates so much that I bought a DVD so I can do it at home. The great thing about the DVD I got is that it is 5 different 10-minute workouts. You can make a playlist and do as many or as few as you like in whatever order you choose. I've been just doing 2 sections every night for the last 2 nights and I hope I'll start seeing results faster. I'm gaining weight again, but some of that is probably muscle. We've been trying to walk after supper every night, but the weather has been less than cooperative. It doesn't seem to want to decide if it is winter or spring...60 one day and snowing the next.

At home, we've been working on remodeling our basement with the goal of moving our "office" down there and making the rest of the room into a playroom for the kids. The living room has gotten too small for all of the kids' toys and it would be nice to have more space for them to play. We're then going to turn our former office into Sam's bedroom. It's beyond time for him to be in his own room. I'm tired of tip-toeing around after he goes to bed or not being able to go in there while he's napping. Plus, with the office downstairs, Adam can play computer games at night without being afraid to wake the kids up. So, on the list of things to do: replace the floor in the hallway, bathroom, possiblty the kitchen, and office, paint the office, finish doing whatever we're doing to the bathroom, insulate and drywall the basement, paint the basement, put down the foam mat flooring in the play area, and I'm also looking into possibly doing the roof. Good thing I'm getting a bunch of money in June! We're also looking at possibly replacing the kitchen cabinets and countertops, but we'll have to see how much we can get done this summer.

Our plans for this summer as far as fun things go, we have a few things planned already. In May, Adam and I are going to Madison to see the Dalai Lama. He's also going fishing the last weekend in May, also down in Madison, so I thought the kids and I would also go down and maybe we'd visit the zoo. In June I have off for a week and on the Friday before Father's Day, we're going to the National Railroad Museum to see Thoms the Tank Engine. In July we plan to go to the Dells for 3 days. There are lot of things to check out there. In the past I've always gone as an adult (mostly, anyway) so it'll be neat to do things for the littles. :) Other than those things, we're going to try to squeeze in some camping (a first), more trips to different zoos (the NEW Zoo and the Milwaukee Zoo), and some trips to the Green Bay Children's Museum.

So anyway, I know it's a lot. We've been really busy with work and school, the kids, and other things that are going on in our extended families. I really want to try to get better with this! Also, I'm part of another blog, too...I added a link to the side. It's called Between Naps. Go check it out. :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sam's First Birthday Party!

Well, here's the birthday boy! He had so much fun at his party. :) And miraculously, everything worked out just like we needed it to...which never happens!

His party was scheduled from 3-5pm on March 23rd, but our photographer, Katie, was coming down a little early to take some pics of Sam for his 1-year "photo shoot". I also had to stop at Subway and pick up the sandwiches, and run around and get the balloons filled and pick up last minute items.
Luckily, my mom was able to watch him in the morning which allowed me to run all the errands I needed to, as well as get the car mostly packed up so we didn't have so much to worry about after lunch.

When Clara and Adam came home from tumbling class, we all had an early lunch and then the kids went down for early naps, too. Amazingly, they actually both took naps, and I even had to wake Sam up in order to get him dressed and ready for his party.

We might have been only a few minutes late, which was pretty awesome. All the grandparents showed up around the same time and helped us set up while I tried to corral Sam into getting pictures taken...which was ridiculously hard now that he's walking! 

See me chasing him?? lol

He had a blast. He was running all over the place. 

Clara helped him unwrap his presents (ok, well she mostly did it for him).

And, of course, he had some cake. He wasn't real sure about it at first, but ended up liking it. I couldn't believe how neatly he ate it, though! He barely had a crumb on his shirt until the very end!

It was a lot of fun and we were glad that everyone could make it. Now, I just have to get the dang Thank Yous sent out!! 
Don't worry people, it's on my to-do list (which is growing exponentially!).

Friday, April 12, 2013

Clara in March

March was a busy month for our family! We had Sam's birthday party (which I'm still working on getting a pots done about that!) and Easter! 

Clara and Mimi had lots of fun coloring eggs. Clara really loved her bunny ears, too. :) I only managed to get one picture of her in her Easter dress this year. It got wet before I could get any more pictures.

Just for fun I made a collage of Easter pics from her first 3 Easters.

She sure has changed a lot!

Anyway, things are pretty good around here. We're still working on potty training. Some days are definitely better than others.

She is having fun in Tumbling class, though last week was a total disaster and I'm not even sure why. She just started crying and wouldn't participate so we left early. No sense in disrupting the rest of the class.

We've been working on some discipline issues here at home. We're mostly trying to deal with her not listening and following directions (and talking back, though I know where she gets that from and I'm terrified!!).

I'm hoping that the weather finally clears up and we can get out of the house more often. She does better when we're out. We try to go for walks whenever it's nice enough. There were a couple nights where it was probably just a tad too cold, but we needed to get out. But now it has been raining for what feels like forever and we just want it to stop and get warm already!

We don't have much coming in the rest of April. Brayden has his first birthday party at the end of the month and we're all looking forward to that. Otherwise we have Mother's Day in May and then in June we'll be going to see Thomas the Tank Engine!

Sam's 12-month Survey!

Monthly Survey
1.       How old is baby? 1 year old!
2.       Doctor’s appointments?: April 25, 2013
3.       Stats:
a.       Weight:
b.      Height:
c.       Clothes size: 12-18m in pretty much everything. He needs 18m pants for the length.
d.      Diaper size: 4's.
e.      Hair color: Still very blonde.
f.        Anything else?
4.       Milestones:
a.       Verbal skills: My goodness! He's talking! He can say "mama," "dada," "hi," "Elmo," and "no."
b.      Teething: He has 8 so far and the molars are almost breaking through.
c.       Walking: He's all over the place. I know it was only 2months ago that he started walking, but it seems like longer!
d.      Running: Sometimes he'll take a few running steps, especially if you chase him.
e.      Anything else? He likes to wave, clap, dance, pretend to jump, tackle, chase, and laugh. He can do "so big" and he still plays "peek-a-boo." He's just a really fun and laid back little guy.
5.       Things he likes: He likes to play with his trucks and cars, pull books off the shelf, take baths (mostly splash in the tub), play with Scooter and Clara, go for walks outside, and play under the kitchen table.
6.       Things he dislikes: Teething. :( Poor guy's teeth have just been terrible lately.
7.       Sleeping: He has been back to waking once per night. It's hard to tell why. I don't know if he's hungry or if it's his teeth, but it doesn't usually take long to get him back down. And then sometimes he'll sleep late...until after 7. Naps are usually 1-2 per day. He isn't really on a strict nap schedule because if we go somewhere he tends to sleep in the car. But he naps anywhere from 1-3 hours and sleeps around 12 hours at night.
8.       Eating: He has been getting lots of food off the table. He does ok with most of it. We have been giving him 1-2 jars of food at lunch and supper, though, because it seems like it bothers him to chew.
9.       Nicknames: Little Man and the Captain.
10.   Things we’re looking forward to next month: Cousin Brayden's birthday party and Mother's Day.