Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It comes up awfully fast.

I swear to God I blinked, and now xmas is two weeks away. We've finished everything (except the wrap party) for us, but I still have to find gifts for everyone else, with the exception of maybe Bree.

So since I haven't had a chance to chat with you about it, are you giving gifts to my kids? Should we do a gift exchange with them or skip it this year?

I think I know what to get Mom, but I have no clue what to get Dad & Diann.

I would like to have a winter celebration party that includes Mom. What would be awesome is to rent a facility where we could all meet up. I can't really think of a place, nor when we would even do such an event. I guess we could always do something at my place.

Also, what should we do for Mom's birthday? I work the evening of the 16th, so if everyone else gets together at her place on that night then I will do something separate. However, what if we all got together and took Mom out to dinner? Would we be able to do it without the kids? We can get a sitter, so it's down to you and Bree. Would there be a night you could do something like that?


Monday, December 9, 2013

Feel free to laugh.

I got one of these last week. It really works. I highly recommend that everyone get one who has any trouble whatsoever in the bathroom.

I've been trying to post for a while now, but am lacking some motivation. I'll be trying more soon.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Garden Wrap Up

My garden is finally wrapped up for the year. Last month, we ripped out the rest of the tomatoes, threw them in a pile (to be largely ignored, for now), and cleaned up the boxes. 

Here is the garden at the full height of the season in August (next to the newly completed kids' play set):



And here it is getting cleaned up:

Yvie trying to photobomb my garden photos.

Q-man and the GIGANTIC tomato roots.

And (pretty much) finished:

Sad, mostly empty boxes.

I think the plant with the red flower is the Pineapple Sage.

One lonely Okra. It did pretty well, considering it was in the box with the killer zucchini.

Already making plans for next year. I plan to add 2 more boxes next to the fence, take down 3 of the boxes in the middle to build two longer boxes (essentially doubling the garden space I have available), and plant more of everything (except tomatoes. I had 11 tomatoes this year, going to do maybe 5 or 6 tomatoes next year). 

Also going to work on the side yard project, which currently has no irrigation, and 3 barely-surviving blueberry plants. It needs love!


What are your garden plans for next year?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yvie's Birthday

My little Yvie bear turned 6 yesterday. I made rainbow cupcakes with pink and purple icing (and then neglected to take a picture of the final TA-DA before we devoured them. Sigh.)

The unbaked cupcake dough
The cooked cupcakes. Love the color!
Kid approved!
And Chyler approved!
Yvie demonstrates the correct Frosting Lipstick technique
Yvie and the (remaining) cupcakes
Proof that Jason does indeed eat cupcakes!
We went out to the big M for dinner (she asked), and then just stayed home opening presents and eating cupcakes. It was a school/work night, so we didn't have time for much else. But we'll go out to the movies this weekend.

Yvie carrying a present
Yvie carrying another present
Yvie's room all birthday-ified
Yvie is in Kindergarten this year, and she's grown so much. She's learning to read, likes to draw, paint, and make art, and is still very snuggly. I still can't believe that my youngest is 6, in school, growing up fast.

How was your birthday?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Damnit!

First, a complaint:

OH MY GOD, PEOPLE ON PINTEREST/BLOGS/THE INTERNETS HAVE WAY MORE TIME, CREATIVITY, AND MONEY THAN I DO!

Ok, there, I'm done. Much better now.

Who the heck has time to create a picture-perfect birthday spread for their 1 year old child? Do these people have maids and butlers and a spouse that makes a lot of money? Damnit. I can't compete with Internet Moms.

Thank god I'm surrounded by equally non-perfect moms. Last month, I took Yvie to a birthday party where the cupcakes came out of cellophane bags (hostess?), and the drinks were capri-sun.

And, yet, I was still a little intimidated by the bouncy house they had there, and the 20 kids they invited. I'm just not a 'social' mom. Fortunately, my kids haven't asked to have a party with friends over (I'd do it if they asked). I know, it's rather sad that I'm passing on my hermit lifestyle...

Instead, we'll be eating a flower cake, opening presents, and going to see a dollar movie as a family on Yvie's birthday. Now that's the kind of gig I can handle.


Also, I hope this is OK here, but..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLYN!


I hope your birthday rocked, you got to eat some cake that didn't make you feel sick (but wasn't the atrocity of my failed 'chocolate coconut flour' cake that my children suffered through on my last birthday - they've said, many times since then, that I should be allowed to have a "Real Cake" on my next birthday. I agree), and that Thriller was everything it should be. Oh, and tell Sean Happy Annibirthary!

If you have some time to get together soon, let me know! With or without the kidlets. My treat. Perhaps we can go out for fancy tea or coffee?


(More posts this weekend, I hope. Need more pictures, and to get off my butt to finish a project. Go me!)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Thoughts

A few Costume pics
This is Morgan's completed costume.
We ordered her a unitard with long sleeves as the base, and bought some cheap fleece to make a vest (complete with Paw buttons) and a belt to hook on the tail. 


And then there is mine. I am ever so slightly considering dying my hair anime blue to complete the look. Probably won't happen, though.

This is what Hank was considering being for Halloween. 
He has since changed his mind since he gets to be a minion any day. 
I will get a pic up soon of his current costume. It is pretty awesome.

Now on to more Halloween stuff.

Here is the bulk of our decorating:
I may add a blacklight if I can get one for cheap.
I was considering doing a Coraline mural, but that seemed like too much work.

We've been doing research into pumpkin carving. Here are some I'd like to do this year:

And this one is way too ambitious, but I love it:

I am wondering about using the dremel to help with pumpkin carving this year. Hmm




A few pictures

Just a few things, since I've been slacking of late. Bree and I went out for coffee and distractions last Friday. We tried to make it to Gardener Village, but it was too busy so we just went to the West Jordan park and then out for coffee. There was a tiny incident when Kaenan hid from Morgan and Hank, then after much searching Bree found him at the adjacent playground pushing another child on a swing. 

We got Kaenan to smile a bit.

Hank playing his usual daily game: Super Hank
Trying out the camer on my new phone.

Morgan doing a complicated hip wrap. 

I have another post coming soon, promise.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chyler's Birthday

Chyler turned 8 almost two weeks ago (sorry, took me a bit to get the photos from my camera). He asked for a Minecraft birthday, so we made some paper minecraft characters and minecraft-style cake.

Very shiny. We found kitty prints on the wrap. Thomas liked it, too!
Just chocolate cake with green-grass frosting and rice krispy treats. 
 Yvie posing with the cake. (she helped. a little.)

The eating of the cake.
I didn't get photos of the present opening and subsequent nerf fight/mad dash to build the super cool bionicle with the jet pack. We spent the evening at Nickelcade, which is what Chy wanted. Between London and I, we managed to get him over 700 tickets, which he then used to buy crappy plastic nunchucks, a ninja sword, and handcuffs. And candy. The best moment was when Chy and Jason were playing some pirate video game together, and after every battle, Chyler wanted to high five Jason, yelling, "Yeah, we did it! We're awesome!" I could hear him across the arcade.

That kid is totally gun obsessed.  When we go to the store to buy stuff with allowance money, Chy always wants to buy another gun. Or a lego set, if I convince him that he doesn't need another gun. I think we need to plan a full out nerf war with all the cousins. Or my entire neighborhood.

Kids posing. Apparently, Yvie is a supermodel.

Mock fight between Chy and Yvie.

Ah, well, at least the little dude is easy to please. Nerf, bionicle, lego, jackets and pants and boots with cool zippers, anything shaped like a gun. He spent 4 hours one weekend building a realistic-shaped gun out of legos.

I do worry a little about this gun obsession, but I don't think that I can quell it by banning them. And there is a strangely proud moment as a mom when your 8 year old asks you to wait behind him for a moment so that he can check the area for zombies, then walks to the corner and quick checks around, holding his gun two handed like a real movie-hero guy.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cyborgs don't need antibiotics!

So. Last Friday, I had my first dental implant installed. Which means I am now a cyborg. I mean, I have a metal screw installed in my jaw. Or does it have to have electronic parts? Hmm. Whatever. I'm calling it a cyborg tooth anyway.

My cyborg tooth. Er, pre-tooth. Screw.

It went pretty smooth overall. Which means, I watched some videos beforehand showing how the procedure would be done, freaked out a little bit, almost canceled my appointment, but went anyway. I had to close my eyes for most of it so that I wouldn't see the blood (since when did blood bother me like this?), but it went pretty quickly. I was in and out of the dentist in less than an hour, including the numbing period.

After affects are pretty minimal, mostly jaw soreness. Hardly any swelling, and the shiny screw on top of my gums looks pretty cool. (at least, I keep telling my kids that it does.)

However, my dentist prescribed antibiotics, to reduce the chance of infection and rejection of the implant. And the antibiotics are horrible. Stomach bloating, pain, dry mouth, I smell weird (especially certain lady parts). I have taken antibiotics only one other time as an adult, and that is when I had an ear infection bad enough that my eardrum ruptured. I do not want to take these.

But, now my Jason says that, since I've started the antibiotics, I need to finish them, or else I'll make it worse. Which means I've taken 6 pills out of 20. Uuuugh.

What do you think? Should I listen to my body and stop taking these horrible pills? Should I even bother taking the priobiotics while I'm taking the antibiotics? I'm eating yogurt as well.


I have to do this again in January for the other side. Lots of fun!

Friday, September 27, 2013

TV, books, and movies

Game of Thrones has taken over my evenings. We have HBO (just renewed the dtv package, got 3 free months), so we're trying to quickly watch them all. Almost caught up now. Fantastic story - and, yes, I am guilty of not having finished the books. I own them, someday I'll get 'round to it.

Also getting caught up on The Newsroom. Love this show, but much prefer to watch it alone.

Fortunately the Milk came out last week, and the kids and I finished it in two evenings. I need to read it again, as I kept mixing up the character voices. GREAT book, of course!

Just finishing From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury, very interesting book. Started Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I loved some of her previous books, and so far I'm enjoying this one, but damnit if it isn't about vampires. Ugh.

I purchased some John Green books on Amazon recently. I need to read An Abundance of Catherines and Paper Towns, as I haven't read them yet. Sent TFIOS home (along with Ocean at the end of the Lane) with a co-worker for his girlfriend, so that it will help cleanse away 50 shades - poor thing read all of it in the original text (as twilight fan fic).

Oh, and I finished Terra by Mitch Benn. Would you like to borrow it? It was quite good.

Do you and Sean have any interest in meeting up to watch Catching Fire or Ender's Game together?

That's it, for now. I'll post about Chy's birthday when I remember to grab the sd card from the camera and bring it to work.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fat Dokken!


So. Jason asked me to go with him to see Dokken this weekend at the Peppermill (in Wendover).

Dokken is a big hair band from the 80's (though they are still making new music today). Photo of Dokken from the 80's:

Oh yeah. Hot Dokken. And 4 cans of hairspray.
And the lead singer from last year:
Fat Dokken

Oh, Dokken, what happened? Have you been hanging out with fat Val Kilmer?

Oh, Val. You used to be so hot. Remember Willow?

This should be interesting. I don't listen to this kind of music anymore, but Jason loves it. And when I mentioned the concert to a co-worker, he showed me these fantastic Norton commercials from a few years ago.

Now I need to figure out what concert I can drag Jason to. Vampire Weekend? Iron & Wine? He'd probably just fall asleep. Hmmm.

Work Insanity

Last night tried my patience and insanity possibly to the brink. It was my third consecutive swing swift and felt like many more than that. Every night has been stressful and busy, even though I can recall previous nights being even more busy. This weekend took the cake for me for quite a while.

I can't pinpoint what the exact cause of these nights pushing me to the edge were, other than them being shit shows (literally and figuratively). It does make me question my choice in careers, as it was never in my desire to deal with this much excrement, vomit, etc. I would almost prefer a blood bath to having all of the outs coming out constantly from a majority of my patients. Oh, and just about every kennel in the ICU was full. That may have been part of it. I don't remember just how many, so let's say about 14 patients. No cats though, which is a bit strange.

So things tend to run in themes (if you get one cat in kidney failure, usually you get three more), but when the theme night is diarrhea it is way more than a human can handle. Luckily we had plenty of people to step up and help out, though getting everything done in a timely manner was nowhere to be seen. I clocked out to go home two hours after the end of my shift, and I got home at about 3am.

Needless to say, today is a recovery day for me. The past three days have been me barely trying to sleep in, being as cheerful with the kids as possible (getting Morgan off to school then hoping I can sneak back into bed before Hank wakes up) getting as much done around the house as possible (laundry as much as humanly possible) then rushing to get ready and run out the door. Coffee at least twice in the AM, scrounging up some hopefully good food to eat, throwing on some scrubs, and attempting to look like a decent human.

Luckily I have the rest of the week off from this point, though who the fuck knows when I'm working after Saturday because there STILL isn't a schedule out. So much for planning a life one week to the next.

Time for a dance party and a couple of tasty adult beverages.


Ugh.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Grumpy Kid and the DN

I am going to rename my children (for the sake of this blog, at least). They are now, from youngest to oldest: Miss Artist, Lego Warrior, and Grumpy Kid.

So, here is Grumpy Kid.

Grumpy Kid is not amused

Grumpy Kid gets mad when it is time to turn off his game on the xbox or tablet. Grumpy Kid gets mad at dessert limitations, when it's time to brush teeth instead of having one more mug of tea, when it's time to do that written report for school after procrastinating for two weeks.


Grumpy kid is also wicked smart, great at math, pretty good at debate, and an avid reader (of mostly comic books right now.)

Look! Grumpy Kid not being grumpy!

Grumpy Kid overthinks things, and can set his mind on an answer before trying to find things out. And, sometimes, he says things without thinking them through.

Example: Yesterday, driving the kids to their dad's house. Grumpy and I are talking about a disagreement that we had, the good and the bad parts of the day. Grumpy tells me that (paraphrasing here), "I'm sorry, Mom, but Dad says that you only give us treats to bribe us into liking you better, and I agree with him."



(my first internal response: I want to stab my ex)
(second response: want to defend, defend)
(third response: oh, that stings...)

But what I say is, "Honey, it's not a competition. Neither parent is better than the other. You don't have to choose."

(And then, after dropping the kids off, I cried. And cursed my ex. And cried some more. It took a little while to get over it, to get past the me-hurting feelings and on to the 'think from the kids' perspective' mode.)

I understand where he is coming from, at least I think I do. This kid idolizes his dad, and he wants to believe everything his dad says. He wants for his dad's opinions to be his own. (whether or not they are good opinions).

And I don't want to get in the way of that - except, perhaps, where his dad is being a douchenugget.

So, what is the 'Right' thing to do here? Should I be battling with my ex through our eldest child?

I don't know. I'm still trying to figure this out. And I'm waiting, earnestly, for the moment when my ex decides to grow the hell up.



Not nice, Yvie


Chyler received this valentine from a classmate last Valentine's Day. A couple weeks ago, Yvie took the valentine and wrote her name on it. (classic!)

Friday, September 20, 2013

(ninja post about those holidays that happen in the winter...)

I know it is September, but I would like to (quietly?) plan our turkey-day and xmas coups this year.

What are your plans? What would you like to do with extended family? (or not do)

I have my kids for turkey day this year, but we are not going anywhere on that day. I need to have my own traditions, darnit. But I'm OK with going to a family gig that weekend, as long as it is on a different day.

I don't have my kids Xmas eve/morning, but I get them for a few hours in the evening. We will be staying at home, opening presents in front of the fireplace. I bought an 8' tree to put upstairs. Jason and I made a deal: I bought a real tree (from here), and Jason will decorate it. As long as he uses no tinsel. (and I may do the lights, since he just kind of throws them on there - sorry, sweetie, but you do!) We can't have any breakable ornaments, because Thomas likes to climb the side of the tree and knock things down. Broke all but 2 ornaments his first year with us (little punk). Oh, and I may do this to a small tree downstairs. Awesome!

I'm OK doing an extended family party thing, as long as we plan it to occur earlier in the month. And I totally think we should set rules, if we do.

Oh, and I have my kids on New Years. Any interest in doing a New Years party?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Speaking of Halloween

I am somewhat seriously considering getting one of these as a costume this year. The totoro one of course. I would also get an umbrella to complete it.

I've also been looking at the children's versions and may convince one or both of them to get one as well. Morgan wants to be a cat. This one is pricey, but perfect.

Speaking of which. Oh, I could be so evil.

To San Diego and back again.

Here are a few pictures I took of the kids before going out of town. 

Hank is wearing his minion costume. I picked up the overalls at a thrift shop for $2. 

Super cute and doing poses for me. 

And then of course driving me to the airport, which was obligatory.


Here is the view from the hotel.

A super cute kite flying from the kite shop in the village. 

This is taken from our dinner at the San Diego Zoo. 
It was a special event for the pinning of the certified techs. 

The Midway. This was right up the pier from our hotel. 

The USS Enterprise. Obligatory :) 

I thought this statue was really cool, it had some great detail. 

Not really sure what this was meant to be, but it looks awesome. 

So the trip was fun. I was ready to come home by the second to last day. I learned an incredible amount, but a lot of it I am going to have to study through all of the proceedings and wrap my head around again. I hope to go again next year, but we will have to see what is going on at that time.