Monday, February 25, 2013

This is so much better

Two weeks into working part time, I have to say ...


While I did pick up a shift the first week, I only worked my assigned 2 shifts last week. This is wonderful and the right decision for so many reasons.

1. No more Zombie Mommy
2. Happier Monkey
3. Happier Bear
4. Happier Husband
5. Laundry caught up
6. House clean
7. Five meals cooked at home last week
8. Twenty-four hours of work in 2 days
9. Good experience
10. Coursework completed on time
11. It's just better for my mental wellbeing

Thursday, February 21, 2013

And one from the Monkey

Monkey: Mama, I'm hungry.

Me: You are? What would you like, hungry boy?

Monkey: Mama, my name's not Hungry, it's Monkey!

First tooth, gone

Two nights ago we were having dinner. Gummy Bear was worrying his loose tooth, like he's been doing for the last ten days. I gave it a wiggle and noticed it was barely hanging on. Ry said, "Should we go get some pliers and pull that thing out?" Bear said, "Yeah!" Bluff called, Ry went and got the pliers, washed them and wrapped them in a paper towel. Then, he and the Bear yanked that thing right out.

And thus was my baby's first tooth lost. He was so excited to tell everyone at school. The Monkey is quite jealous of all the attention and keeps asking when he will lose a tooth.

There it is folks, the first lost tooth. *Sniffle*

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Conversations with the Bear

Bear bought Silly Putty with some of his tooth fairy money today. Here is a conversation we had shortly after arriving home.

Bear: Mom, look, I'm making doody!

Me: Ew! Don't make doody!

Bear: Why not?

Me: Cause it's gross.

Bear: Then why are you laughing?

Me: I'm not!

Bear: Yes you are. Singing: I'm making doody, I'm making doody, I'm making DOODY!!!!!!

.... boys

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

All the things

I have been a pretty terrible blogger since I started working. That is mostly because my hours have been spent working, taking care of the kids/house, or working on my BSN coursework. Recently, there have been some things. Here are a few of them (illustrated with random pictures):

  1. Starting this week, I am part time. Of course, I'll still work 32 hours this week, but hey, at least it's not 55. My only scheduled days are Saturday and Sunday nights. That is nice because I was finding that my scheduled 40 hours were regularly turning into 50+, sleep interrupted by panic attacks, and lots of zombie-mommy days. I was pretty nervous about asking my boss to cut back my hours after only working there for 4 months, but something had to change. Luckily, she was very cool about it. And now I feel much better.  I am only scheduled for 24 hours each week, but much like this week, I may pick up extra shifts from time to time (you know, when our scheduler calls because she's had 3 call-outs).

They look better on him.
 2. Gummy Bear continues to have some adjustment issues in kindergarten. This week, I had a series of meetings with teachers, counselors and doctors to ensure I don't have my "mommy blinders" on. I don't. He's 5. He'll grow up. And in the meantime? He's smart and curious and funny and helpful and we can't spell things in front of him anymore. "Want to get some i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m?" "I know what means!!!!!"
Gummy Bear's go-to smile these days.
 3. We finally got our snow storm. It was a disappointing 5 inches, but wonderful perfect snow. It was that great packing snow that ensures lots of snow balls and warm toes when you're done. We went sledding on a hill behind my mom's house. That was good fun. Cheeky Monkey screamed bloody murder every time he went down, then got up and asked to do it again. Little adrenaline junkies. Also, now I'm ready for spring.
We had to have a rule about snow balls when Mommy was holding the camera.

The obsession with all things transportation led to some very disappointed moments that day.

This worked as well as you might imagine.

Even shoveling was fun.

Stop for a snack.

He's soooo close to being really helpful.
 4. Oh yeah, and my sister was here! She wasn't here for long and I had to work for most of it, but it was still lovely. She also got to partake in snow and snow-related fun, which is something fun and exciting for a California girl.

5. My sister-in-law is having a baby. I'm really excited to be the one who gets to buy cute stuff and love and snuggle and kiss and then hand back for the nighttime feedings and 'splosion diapers. 
6. That's all really. I would promise to blog more often, but I probably won't.
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