Kissing Strangers

So it’s been a long time. Quick update – we moved! We put our house on the market around 9 pm Friday night before Memorial day. We ended up with five showings scheduled for the weekend and we got an offer shortly after noon on Saturday. We decided to take that offer and cancel the other showings. Not because we got an outstanding offer, like more than we were asking for or anything, but because we hated showing the house. We had to pack up the kids and the cat and find somewhere to go, the kids weren’t so bad, but the cat was rough. The next six weeks were a lot of work, there was a lot of stress eating involved. We ended up putting a new roof on and doing some work in the crawl space and some plumbing. It was awful. But everything worked out and we closed on time, on July 6th.

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It was a little bittersweet though, I’ve lived there for 8 years, got married, had two kids. We found a house on Memorial Day, put in an offer the next day and closed on July 9th (so…happy one month anniversary to the new house).

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We love it so far. It needs some work and we made our long list of things we want to update but nothing that keeps us from enjoying the house. It’s over twice the size of our old house so we definitely love having space. Especially space for the kids to play and I can see the backyard from the kitchen window, the sliding door in the dining room, and from several other windows, one thing that was frustrating with the old house was that I could only look into the backyard from my bedroom window.

So there’s a lot more playing outside. Also, I’m realizing my kids don’t often wear pants…

I’ll post more pictures of the house as we update things.

We also started potty training (again). It’s going much better than last time, but it’s still taking time. So strange that you have to teach someone to recognize when they need to pee or poop and what they should do when that happens. But Nicky will be starting preschool in a few weeks and he needs to be potty trained for that – so it turns out I can’t wait until he’s 16 to potty train him. It’s a good lesson in patience for me – not that I’ve excelled, but there’s plenty of opportunity to practice.

This past Sunday, I was waiting for Sunday School to start and was rubbing Izzy’s head (if you’ve rubbed her head before you understand the irresistible urge to do so), I felt a bump on the back of her head and when I turned her around and investigated, I found that it was a tick. Which grosses me out. BTW – I had a tick on my foot shortly before we moved, it got infected and I had to go to Patient First when it started to swell. No Lyme disease. Anyway, so I left church early and took her to Kid Med to get them to take the tick out (I didn’t want to take chances with her precious noggin). The nurse held Izzy’s head and I held her arms while the doctor took the tick off her head. She was screaming and crying but the doctor got it out, it wasn’t engorged and he felt we got it quickly enough so that it didn’t have time to transmit anything. I have to keep an eye on it of course.

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So then he goes to wipe the bite area with an alcohol wipe and she’s screaming again and so I decided to comfort her and kiss her on the head…except that the doctor was holding the top of her head and so I actually kissed his fingers…of course I immediately called attention to that, because that’s what you do when something awkward happens. He was very good-natured about it and joked about it more than once. When I got home, I confessed to Matt that I had kissed the doctor. His first question, “on the lips?”

Oh – and Nicky got glasses. He’s terrible about wearing them but I suppose that’s my fault. I keep forgetting.

Idk why he’s making the face in the last picture, I just copied him.

I think that’s it for the update. I’ll try to be better about blogging in the future.

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Gray’s Anatomy

After reading some parenting articles that popped into my inbox via BabyCenter and WhatToExpect, I decided to use the proper words for body parts rather than cutesy nicknames that will save me from some embarrassment.

So when Nicky points at his particulars and asks me what it is I tell him it’s his penis (I feel dirty just writing it). He repeats the word after me like he’s been doing with new words for a while now.

I live in constant fear of him yelling it out in the middle of church.

It’s been over a week since the last time he asked. So this morning as I’m getting Nicky dressed he points at my waist and says, “mommy’s penis” I explain that only boys have them (so I’d appreciate he not tell people I have one).” Then, because this kid really knows how to hurt me he says, “mommy’s mustache.”

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So I tell him that when a woman has a mustache we don’t say anything about it.

I don’t have one btw.

After getting dressed he wants to play with play dough. I pull out all the green play dough and start to roll it into a cylinder which yesterday, he was calling “capeeshes”. So I thought I was making a big capeesh for him and he yells out, “a big penis!”

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And now he’s asking me to make the play dough into a big penis.

When did my life get so inappropriate?

Homemade Play Dough

This stuff is so easy to make!

Throw the following ingredients into a saucepan:

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/3 CUP salt
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil

Stir over medium heat until it gets thicker. Then add whichever food coloring you want. Continue stirring until the play dough pulls away from the pan. Set on wax paper to cool.

The whole process takes less than ten minutes.

I have to say, it’s pretty fun to play with it while it’s still warm.

I originally made some two years ago in my overzealousness to make things for Nicky. It took a little longer before he was really interested, point being though, that play dough is still going strong. The only reason I made more was because he’s mixed together the colors and even some brand name play dough his aunt gave him. It’s U-G-L-Y.

This is why we can’t have nice things

I love peanut butter.

I just wanted to say that before I went off on it.

I always find it on my pants. Sometimes my shirts, but usually my pants. It’s become an accessory several times a week. I don’t own that many pairs of jeans, mostly because I’m losing weight so I don’t want to stock up on pants that won’t fit me for long.

Sometimes I know the peanut butter is there because toddler man mouths my leg after eating some. Sometimes I find it later, I look down and there it is, about the height of the kitchen table because someone decided peanut butter makes excellent paint (and it kind of does).

It’s kind of gotten to the point where I’m not so careful when I eat anymore. The food on the kitchen floor doesn’t always come from the toddler in the room, why should it? I have to clean it up no matter who makes the mess and there’s always going to be something to clean up…so why try so hard?

Toddlers may be messy – but they sure are fun. So for now I’ll deal with the peanut butter and all the other little messes and I’ll try to be more put together and clean when I’m older.

Ring in the New Year – 2018

I’ve been giving my goals some thought (some less than others) but here they are.  I’m also going to tape them to my mirror so I remember what goals I set.  Here we go:

2018 Resolutions

  1. Query 5 agents by August
    1. Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
    2. Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
    3. Research agents
    4. Write and polish query letter
    5. Send
  2. Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.
  3. Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.
  4. Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).
  5. Service – do one service activity a month.
  6. MOVE!
  7. Read 25 books.  At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.
  8. Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.

As you can see – I’m making dating my family a big priority this year – someone’s desperate… I’m excited and nervous about my goals – mainly the writing one.  I realized a few weeks ago that I hold back because I get anxiety about the whole submission process.  I figure if I make it a goal then my pride and stubbornness will overpower the anxiety and I’ll finally take the next steps.  We’ll see.  An unwritten goal is to blog and journal more – so hopefully you’ll hear from me more (if that’s what you want).

Projects

As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.

So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.

So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.

1) Homemade paint.  Recipe found HERE.  This….did not work for me.  I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.

2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up.  I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.

3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper.  I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE 

These were delicious! Enough said.

5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.

6) baptism FHE

7) Pound cake

I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.

There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.



But it tasted delicious!

8) homemade guacamole

9) homemade Reese’s eggs

10) rice krispy Easter baskets


11) Wall signs