Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nebraska, here we come!

Big, big new! We got our assignment!! Definitely not Germany or Hawaii, but Nebraska! What a shock! We were told at the beginning of the month that we were either going to (middle-of-nowhere) CA or VA. Cali was the one place we reeeeally didn't want to go, so for the past two weeks, I've been mentally preparing myself for it, and finally gotten to the point where I'd accepted that that's where we were going.

When Joel first said "Nebraska" I was pretty upset. I figured Nebraska is all cornfields, and we'd be stuck in some dusty, tiny town for the next four years. Turns out we're basically going to be in Omaha, which is by far the biggest town we'll have ever lived in with kids. I'm actually really excited now. There will be things to do other than a park! There's even a zoo in town, haha! (Zoo's have always been a 1.5-3 hour drive from us.) Housing looks great, and we should get a four bedroom (hopefully), we'll definitely have a yard, although it might not be fenced in.

The one thing I'm a little bummed about is that we're nowhere near family for the most part. I have a brother going to college in Kansas, so he's pretty close (4.5) hours, but besides him, travel times are going to range from 9-20 hours. I figure if we ended up at CA or VA, we wouldn't have been any closer, and I wasn't actually expecting to be near family.

Joel is really happy. I guess the mission at Offutt is a good one. I totally don't remember this, but apparently when we were filling out our Base of Preference sheet, he considered putting NE on it, but I gave him a pretty definite "no way." I think if he had put it on our sheet and we ended up getting it, he (we) might have felt like we stole Hawaii or Germany away from ourselves, but that's obviously not the case! This is the first "real" AFB we'll be at, so that should be fun too! Joel also thinks he may get a day shift, whereas the other two bases were almost definite night jobs.

Also, looks like we have to get ready for some pretty serious winters! Some parts of Omaha got 16 inches last week! The plus side is that we'll have mild summers (highs of 87). I need to start looking for winter gear for all of us...

And just for fun, I went ahead and looked up all the places we've lived, plus our next stop. Gotta say, we're beginning to look well traveled! (add in Florida for college and where I met Joel)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

dog days

The thing about dogs is that they are really really awesome in theory. It's easy to "romanticize" them and think of all the fun you'll have. All the afternoon walks you'll feel inspired to take, having someone there to greet you when you get home, a fluffy little head to love on, games of fetch, cute little sweaters...

And then you get one, and the "someone happy to greet you" turns into you doing weird body contortions in an attempt to get a baby in a carseat and two kids through the front door, all while not letting the dog out. Walking the dog is a lot less fun when it takes place in the freezing cold at 5:30 in the morning (I get the morning shift, Joel gets the night, and we swap through the day). Comforting a crying Annaleigh because that fluffy head chewed off (brand new of course) Rapunzel's arm. Sometimes, I stick a sweater on the dog just because he hates it, and I like to watch him pout.

But, today having a dog finally paid off!  I've been sick as a dog (ugh, couldn't help myself!) and trying to find ways to entertain the kids can be hard. Annaleigh happily enjoyed a Strawberry Shortcake marathon, but that still leaves Baby.
A handful of cheerios on the couch, a dog waiting eagerly below, and Owen was set for a good time. Owen loves dinnertime & Dallas and he gets mad if Dallas doesn't come entertain him. He's gotten good at launching food off the highchair, and whatever he doesn't want goes straight to the dog. I've seen things like "100 ways to entertain your kid while lying down" but for right now, throwing breakfast cereal at the pup works like a charm.
 (Don't worry, I actually do love Dallas, but  I am really hoping for a fenced in yard at our next place. Fingers crossed!)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Dinner Conversations

A dinner conversation with Sam. You can't make this stuff up!

Sam: Dad, is ramen expensive?

Joel: No, it's really cheap, probably the cheapest food.

Sam: When I grow up, that's all I'm going to give my kids to eat.

*thinks about this*

Sam: I'll probably have to ask the person I live with.

Joel: You mean your wife?

Sam: Yes

Sam: She might not want the kids to always eat ramen. So maybe they'll just have it once a week or on the weekends.

Aaah, Sam!
Two things here. #1, Sam is already finding ways to save money for when he has kids, and #2, he's shaping up to be a good husband one day. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

11 questions

My friend Christine came up with these 11 questions to answer. I'm thinking I'm going to be lazy and not even come up with my own, but if you read this, you are tagged to answer them!

1. Who has impacted your life the most (why)? My husband. I was borderline crazy before I met him. ;)

2. What always encourages you? My kids. I want to be a good example to them, so they encourage me to try harder in almost every aspect of my life.

3. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard?
Missing Missy I die every time I read it. I don't know if it's actually true, but I am totally letting myself believe that it is. Click on the link! Clink on it and tell me how funny you think it is too!!
I also think these two are hilarious, mostly because they are so true (in my case). Even Joel was impressed by how dead-on they are ;):


4. What is one thing you can't live without in the winter? lotion is nice, but I'm going with hot chocolate. Definite wintertime necessity...and if I can be choosy, I'm going to add some whip cream on there.

5. What is your favorite book? Not saying it is the best book I've ever read, but it's the funniest one I've read in a while (reader discretion required, haha). Btw, I really need a good book suggestion!
I also read this one several months back. I actually thought it was really good (she also wrote My Sister's Keeper). It follows the life of a boy who commits a school shooting, his friend, and their parents. I think it gave a good  perspective from the parents side of things. It's emotional without being overly so and it's not filled with unnecessary graphicness (if that's a word).
6. What is your "quirkiest" habit? I used to spend forever in front of a mirror plucking grey hairs (I'm from a family of early grayers) but I've since given up and just dye it regularly. I don't want to go bald.

7. If you could only see in one color the rest of your life which color would it be?
Blue. At least that way I could see the sky, and that takes up a lot of space outside.

8. If you could go back 10 years and give yourself advice what would it be? To stop caring about what I think other people are thinking. No one actually cares, and even if they do, it has no impact on my life. Still working on this one actually...

9. What is something you are secretly good at? Hmmm, drawing a blank on this one!

10. Favorite holiday/any traditions that make it extra special? Every Christmas we buy an ornament that represents something special that happened that year. I love looking back at all the memories those ornaments represent.

11. If you had to make a life motto for yourself what would it be?
To go along with #8:
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
And this one, which reminds me that I must seek God with all my heart:
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Baby weight

 Owen is nine months yesterday! When did that happen?? He's 17.75 pounds, and I'm not sure how tall, because at that point of the doctor visit I was busy yelling at Sam and Allie  to stop fighting.
My sweet baby loves his mama. For the last two months, he cries when we drop him off at the nursery. That is much earlier than what the other two did, so I was surprised.  He's also finally starting to be able to play on his own a little which is a great relief to my arm (it's also amazing how much I can get done with two hands). I'm also pretty sure that my poor baby has a sinus infection right now, he's always been sensitive to climate/move changes, but he's been downright miserable this week, and sick off and on for the past month. Let's see...he loves raisins, and if Annaleigh leaves an orange peel anywhere, he LOVES to eat those. :P
Owen turning nine months also means we've reached another milestone:
nine months on, nine months off
I want to know who came up with that business, because gaining weight is a whole lot easier than losing it! That being said, I not only made that goal, but I passed it. I think in large part,  having three kids means you're always running, but I also made a bunch of changes to my diet. I've almost completely stopped eating cereal which is big (I'd eat three bowls a morning). Eating a more substantial breakfast keeps me fuller longer, and I snack a lot less the rest of the day. I also stopped buying junk food almost completely (minus ice cream. that will never go). I can finish off a big bag of Lays in two days, but if they're not in the house, I can't do that. The first few months were hard. I'd daydream about grease, but that has largely gone away.
I still have five pounds to my final goal weight (I gained, 40, but I'd like to lose 50 pounds altogether-I was actually ten pounds heavier than normal when I got pregnant. I totally had a "might as well, I'm gonna get fat soon anyways!" attitude that summer. :)
And really, I'm not concerned about that last five at this point. Right now I'm focusing on getting stronger. My C-section area is a wreck. I can still barely hold my stomach in for more than a few seconds. I hate being able to feel it, it's creepy knowing that's where I was cut open. I :P So that's my big goal now.
D-Day +40
1 month (post-partum)+30


3 months + 23
6 months (back to pre-baby weight)
9 months -5 (off my pregnancy weight)
So there it is! The diet changes/exercising isn't always fun, but I figure it's easier to live with than to sit around and hate the way I feel about myself.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kids say the darndest things...

Annaleigh is seriously funny. I've recently bought a journal to write down all the crazy things she says, because I don't want to forget! Her recent "funny thing" isn't even  on purpose, but it both cracks me up and is totally embarrassing.
Here's the backstory: Sam picked up "dude" at know "hey dude" "dude, let's go" that kind of thing. Annaleigh got into it a little, but after Sam told her that dudes are boys, she switched to "woman" for females.

A few different scenarios:
"Woman, will you push me?"
"Hey woman, watch this!"
"Woman, I'm hungry."
Obviously, I know where she's getting this "woman" thing from, but I am sure to the outside world, it looks like I am married to the world's biggest jerk. :P
So I've told her she can't call me woman, and she doesn't understand.
"Mom. A woman is just a girl."
Bahaha, how do I argue with that?  When you're right, you're right! ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Three day weekend

We had a three day weekend, and I had the grand idea of going to the state park and hanging out at the lake and watching buffalo. Instead, I got directions to the wrong place, spent an hour looking for it, and ended up here, in the middle of nowhere. Not much fun.

We also spent a lot of time at the park. Annaleigh loves having a built-in-buddy there. She loves her "babino" as she calls him.

they're racing :)
Since Annaleigh got a bike, Sam's been less excited about his own, and asked to have his training wheels off. He's still far away from riding, but he's a little trooper. At the end I asked him if he wanted me to put them back on and he said "if I don't know how to ride it in two years you can." Haha!


trying it out on is own :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A day...

Lately I've been trying to a find more balance in my life. For about the past two years I have this cycle of spending all day Monday cleaning, Tuesday and Wednesday playing with kids & doing errands, Thursday cleaning all day again, and Friday and the weekend doing whatever. It's kind of left me with a feeling of nothing ever really being accomplished. Anyways, I've recently started a new daily schedule, and it has really been helping my days. Obviously kids don't follow a schedule, so it's a loose one, but basically I decided how much time I wanted to spend doing certain things (like cleaning) and once I hit that time limit, it is what it is. It's evened out my days, and I'm getting more accomplished. So far so good!
I wrote "tidy" because that implies that's all that needs to be done, haha. "clean" just sounds like more work.

my pretty Bible Joel bought me

6:30 happy to be allowed to come downstairs finally (she woke up to my alarm)

eating a bowl of raisin bran sans milk :P



watching Bolt


Allie is the queen of matching games
lol, I was trying to get a picture of Owen's new teeth, when Annaleigh helped out

cracking eggs

definitely not licking the spoon to the cookie dough batter ;)

doggie soaking up some sunshine

haha, so you know, I'm the perfect mommy. playing card games, baking cookies, scrapbooking... What you don't see is Owen screaming, Annaleigh mad at me because she wants to use every single sticker, and my raging headache. :P
Also, this happens to be the very first scrapbook page we've ever done for Annaleigh. I am SO behind!!

2:50, waiting for Sam to get out of school!


doing homework

Aaand, that's where the pictures stop, because from the time Sam gets home (3:15) until bedtime (7) it gets really hectic!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

sick baby and team spirit

This has been a long long week. Poor Owen's been sick and teething. I actually think that he was the sickest any of my babies have ever been while so young. We ended up not going to the doctor though, because it seems like 95% of the time, it is a huge waste of time.

(sick baby. Allie wanted him to have a pillow)

We did end up getting Annaleigh a smaller bike. I decided to go used since it wouldn't last as long, and because I wasn't persuaded that she'd actually want to use it. Turns out she LOVES it. Sam's school is 1/2 a mile away, and I usually put her in the stroller, but Friday she rode her bike both ways. I was so proud!

(don't worry, she uses a helmet!)
Since becoming an official football fan this year, I decided to get my kids in on it too.  I looked around a lot for a cheerleader outfit, but like anything NFL, they were super expensive. Even used on ebay they were $25+ dollars. So I decided to make my own, and I realized this week that this could be my last chance, so I finally got it done. I got the orange and blue material for $1.50 total. My neighbor made the bows.:)

(I think I should have put the horse on the bottom...)
I have a problem when I sew of not reading all the way to the end of directions and winging it, so I messed up the back. I've actually done it once before on another skirt, so I'd think I'd learn my lesson. :P
It was originally four layers, but it just looked wrong...too long & uneven. So I cut it off and made Allie's two dolls skirts with it. I'm actually really liking how they turned out.
For Sam, I found a plain shirt at the commissary for $3, and then I bought iron on transfers off of ebay for another $3.
(sideways, but the back. Haha, see Annaleigh pouting?)
Anyways, after f.o.u.r. hours of football, the Broncos season is officially over. Good thing I got it done this week!
And little O got to wear Sam's old outfit that I found at a yard sale for 25 cents. Haha, that's how to have team spirit on a budget!


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