Monday, August 22, 2011

Lord Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise...

Well, we had a busy week/weekend! Will got to go to the principal's office for the first time on Friday (and they were thrilled to see him). We also got to go to some friends' house for dinner. I also had a big project this weekend - something I've been thinking about for a while. Ben went to a fantasy football draft on Saturday so I sat down and worked on this. I think it turned out pretty well.

The mobile...not the cross-stitch in the background

Will's big update for this week is... his Abi is coming! (we hope - hence the title of the post) Abi is my mom's grandmother name, short for abuela. Will and I have been talking to Abi on the phone and I've been showing him her picture, so hopefully he'll do well with her when she comes. :)

Abi! Come visit me!

Today in the cleaning/household/mom world, I'm going to be doing the following:
1. Fly Lady Home Blessing Hour - with a few modifications. I sweep instead of vacuum.
2. Work out - my video game trainer scolded me the other day for my sporadic workout attendance. Yikes.
3. Bible Study - a little behind on my book and we have our wrap-up discussion/party tomorrow before I pick Mom/Abi up from the airport.
4. Library run - for books for me and Ben!
5. Back-To-School Dinner for teachers - even though I'm not teaching till spring semester (and only one class), I'm not passing up a free dinner. Plus all my teacher pals and administration need to see Will :)

That doesn't sound like a lot - but these things have a way of multiplying!

I also have a diaper load running this morning. Don't they look so pretty in the basket? That's the fun part of cloth diapering - all the nice colors!
The diapers are rarely this organized - usually they're in pieces and I have to go hunting while Will waits, patient and naked

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Motivation Photos.

Okay, so I need some help. My kitchen is ATROCIOUS. This is what it looks like after Ben comes home for lunch and I run around getting his meal ready - then the boy goes down for his nap and I can't clean it!!!

I can't paint, but I might be able to hang some stuff. Any ideas on how to make my kitchen a bit happier?

Coffee and tea and the java and me...

Today's project room, I'm sad to say, kitchen. This room is NOT my pride and joy - it is the scary place where dirty dishes roam about, dust bunnies have teeth, and the space under the counter has who knows what under there...

Living in a house that was built in 1891 has its perks and charms - unfortunately, none of those is a dishwasher (unless you count me). The kitchen is also right across from the nursery, which means you're one dish clanking away from waking up your slumbering son.

OKAY. Now that I've convinced myself how bad it is, I'll be that much happier when I get it all nice and clean. This might be a 2-3 day project room.

The To-Do List:
- clean stove and oven area, place foil on bottom of oven
- clean out space under the cabinet and reorganize small shelf that I've stuck in there.
- clean off Kitchenaid mixer. That thing gets flour up in its junk.
- clear out pantry jars - get rid of stuff that's old and wash jars.
- clean off counter - a good, deep clean!
- do dishes
- put away clean dishes
- wipe down cabinet fronts and baseboards
- wipe windows
- clean area by dog's water bowl
- change out coffee towel
- dust mop and regular mop the floor
- clean sink

Things to Think On:
- I need a better way to organize my bagged spices than the big basket on the 3rd shelf.
- Are there any things that I don't use that I can get rid of? That box grater, for instance. Do I still need that?
- The cabinet over the fridge and the 3rd shelf of the cabinet next to the fridge really aren't being used well at all. What can I put there to declutter my shelves/cabinets?
- What can I do with the Tupperware monsters that have taken over my bottom cabinets!?

Alrighty, that's a start! Like I said - this may be a longer project than most.

Will Update:
Yesterday Will turned 4 months old! Hard to believe it's been that longer, but also hard to believe it isn't longer. Weird. He weighs 16 pounds, 9 ounces, is 25 inches long, and had a big head (16? that doesn't sound right.) He's in the 70th percentile for weight and head circumference...he's in the 90th percentile for weight. That's my boy! Had a couple of immunizations yesterday which meant he asked to comfort nurse ALL. NIGHT. LONG. So I am using that as an excuse to eat lots of good food today :)

Monday, August 15, 2011


Today my project room is the laundry room!

I'm doing the following before Will's 4 month Dr's visit at 1:15 today:
- load of cloth diaper laundry
- fold two loads of laundry
- strip the bed and the crib and wash the sheets
- wash the blankets off our bed
- put all folded laundry away
- tidy up the floor
- clear off drying rack and put away
- put all my reusable shopping bags away (in the car)
- sweep
- If I get really ambitious, I'll do the ironing. I've been putting it off because it's been so hot and who really wants to stand next to a hot steamy iron for an hour!?

If I get REALLY ambitious, I'd love to clean my washing machine.

Ben's coming home for lunch in about an hour or so, so heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to work I go.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Bear Went Over the Mountain...

Today we had a fun day! Daddy woke up early early to go hiking up Mount Evans with some of the guys. Will got to come sleep with Mommy for a little while so that someone could crash on our couch.
Good morning, Mommy!

While Daddy was busy climbing a mountain, we got busy and packed lunches and then took off in the car to go drive up Mount Evans on the highest paved road in North America - which was a little sketchy at times. It is a little crazy/scary when you start going up a curve with a sheer drop off (and no guardrail!) on one side...and all you can see ahead of you is sky! It was absolutely beautiful - we picked a great day to drive up.

This is Summit Lake - right below the summit of Mount Evans. The water was crystal clear and COLD.

On our way up, we spied a visitor in the distance.
We got a little closer...
There was also a baby mountain goat that we saw - he jumped down the rocks right as we pulled up closer. They were standing on a sheer drop!

Finally we made it to the top of Mount Evans. It was crowded, but we managed to get a parking space close to the trail that led up to the summit. The guys were very happy to see us - although a little sad that we forgot to bring the Gatorade! We hiked up the summit trail and snapped a few photos.
The altitude got to Will and he fell asleep on the way up the trail

I told Ben that since I did actually hike to the top, I can claim that I climbed a 14er. I don't think he bothered responding (since he had just finished a hike that had an elevation gain of over a mile...). We did decide that Will can definitely claim that he has climbed one, and here is the proof.

Will next to the USGS summit marker for Mount Evans

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Mommy Missions Part 2

Well, yesterday's mission list was pretty successful. The one thing I missed was cleaning out the nursery closet - no big deal. I'm not going to do it if Will's taking a nap, I'd rather have him sleeping than a clean closet.

Speaking of Will, he's snoozing peacefully in his new crib. We went back and forth about getting a crib since his room is also the guest room. If we got a crib, we thought, we'd just have to dismantle it every time we had someone over. So we just got a pack'n'play with a bassinet. Well, Will had other plans. I happened to look at the bassinet instructions one day and noticed that they recommended discontinuing use when the baby weighed 15 pounds. Will weighed 15 pounds, 6 ounces. Whoops. So we dismantled the bassinet and went to just the playpen mode. Um - bending in half to pick up a 16 pound lump isn't much fun, especially if you're doing it several times a day. So we bought a porta-crib. It folds in on the sides and collapses down to about a six inch wide crib that we can move wherever we need to.

Alas. I posted that he was snoozing peacefully, which is always a sure bet that he'll wake up. I shall return. Meanwhile, look at this.

Parker makes the perfect back cushion while Will watches baseball with Mommy

And three hours later, I'm back. We took Ben's sister out to lunch today as a late graduation present. We went to our favorite restaurant in Denver - Steuben's Food Service - come visit and we'll take you there. (Side Note: We went to Steuben's more upscale venue, Vesta Dipping Grill for our anniversary. It was the best meal I've ever had in my life - including our visit to Bern's in Tampa...)

On deck for today -
- shower
- Lunch at Steuben's
- clean out fridge
- freeze leftovers that we aren't going to use in time
- project room: Nursery - clean out closet, move jogging stroller to outdoor shed, and move swing...somewhere.
- check white beans and make white bean dip before they go bad?
- Bible study (I've got a few to catch up on before next week, sorry Beth Moore)
- sweep bedroom
- fold/put away laundry
- rescue laundry from clothesline before impending rain
- write some baby thank you notes.

Well, it's baby naptime again, so that means it's time to check some stuff off this list! :) Somehow I thought I'd gotten more accomplished today...

This is generally how Will seems to feel about tummy time

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Mommy Missions (Part 1?)

Well - once again I've neglected to regularly post - Will's adoring fans have been salivating for tales of the pudgy wonder, I'm sure! I'm going to try and make blogging a regular part of life here at the Happy House, mainly because I'm using social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to serve as a virtual baby book of sorts for Sir William.

One of the things I'm having to get used to is that homemaking/baby-whispering is now my full time job. Don't get me wrong - I'm very thankful that Ben's job allows me to stay home with The Boy, although it is a little weird to see all the back-to-school sales and hype going on...when I won't be going back to school. At first glance, I thought that homemaking didn't *seem* like a full-time job. After all, I've been keeping my house relatively clean with a full-time or part-time (or two part-time) job(s) for nigh on 6 years. No big deal.

Alas, my eyes have been opened. It is indeed a full-time job, and the whole mommy gig is 24/7 (with a little help from Daddy, of course!). I've found out very quickly and somewhat jarringly that my time is not entirely my own anymore. Gone are the days when I could devote my entire existence to the stack of books for Honors Reading or Great Books (har har har), when I was able to spend all my spare time practicing forensics pieces (hee hee hee) or apply myself diligently to studying at all hours for the Roberts Bible tests so I wouldn't have to cram all those wretched lists the night before (ha ha ha)...oh wait, I was more likely frittering time away playing vintage video games, reading young adult literature, or figuring out the easiest way to justify a trip to Chili's so I wouldn't have to eat in the cafeteria.

With the ease of Internet access comes a gateway into time-wasting extremes. I'm reminded of The Phantom Tollbooth - that Norton Juster had such a way with words! - and the time-wasting monster who encourages Milo, the protagonist, to complete mindless, pointless tasks...

"...his face looked as if he'd be grinning an evil grin--if he could grin at all. "If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you'll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult. You just won't have the time. For there's always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing...."

Suddenly I feel like I should be winding up this blog.... Anyways. I'm going to try posting some of my Mommy Missions for the day so I can be accountable, make sure to blog, and get some junk done around my house! Of course, I'm going to include Will updates. You're all welcome to join in on the Missions you'd like to get accomplished.

Will Update: Will has just recently discovered his right ear. He likes to grab and pull it, but then gets frustrated when it hurts! He loves to have lots of attention and has a special cry to make sure Mom or Dad comes running to snuggle him. He sleeps pretty well - two naps during the day and usually a good 6 hour stretch at night before he wakes up to nurse. Will is getting bigger and bigger - I'll be interested to see what the dr. says at his 4 month check up regarding his percentiles - he's wearing 6 month to 1 year clothing (ACK!). Our new favorite thing is to try and get him to belly laugh - he starts chuckling, which makes us laugh, which makes him laugh even harder. Meanwhile, Parker the dog looks at us like we have all gone completely insane.

Missions for 8/10:
- shower (hey, it's not always a possibility until Ben gets home, and I like to check things off!)
- clean the bathroom (wipe-down, scrub tub & sink, clean toilet {wahhh}, sweep, and mop)
- adjust Will's carseat straps (told you he was getting big!)
- call Mom (everyone should do this one :)
- clean the dog crate (he coughed up a sock in the middle of the night)
- What's For Dinner? Whole Foods rotisserie chicken is 6.99 ($2 off!) on Wednesdays. I use the leftover meat for other stuff during the week), spinach salad, and mac'n'cheese.
- Project Room for the Week: Nursery! Today's job is to clean out and organize the closet. I already organized the drawers in Will's dresser, cleared off the bookshelf, and sorted out the closet that don't fit him anymore.