Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Morning!

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Aren't we Sexy?!?
The kids had a blast!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree...

Your saggy branches depress me...

We last had the girls here on December 3rd. We picked up our tree on December 2nd so the family could decorate it together. We had some massive tree drama. It fell over at least 3 times. Cat, Cody, crooked base. Ugh! We finally used flag stones to help it at the base and anchored it to the wall with twine and a screw.
We got it up and got it decorated. Oh so pretty. It was full and lovely. And had a random assortment of ornaments from my childhood and beyond. Some donated to me, some I bought, and the most random ones came from the left over stuff (no one else wanted) of Grandma Graves' holiday things. We had fun choosing what to put on the tree and making it pretty.
Slowly over the next few weeks the branches began to sag. The weight of the decorations and lights coupled with little Cody and the Cat effects have been proving to be too much for the tree. I am pretty sure the cat named Mouse thinks this is a huge new toy for him. Bella thinks it is a place to hide from Mouse. And best of all, it seems little Cody thinks the tree is a place to try and hang or throw your toys. (Which I think is cute, funny and clever, but sad for the tree.) 2 days ago he threw is jacket at it. That was all our poor tree could seem to handle. The front lower half was flat. Totally saggy with a huge hole and flat. Yesterday Big Cody and I tried to turn it. This did not work as we soon found out. The side that had been facing the window was even worse! Not flat just totally almost bald. (Thanks Cats, for that, ugh!) So after Cody left I had to do some serious tree fixing. I called one of my friends from church and was so close to borrowing a small table top tree and dumping old ugly 4 days before Christmas. But as I sat and stared at my sad dead saggy newly naked except the lights Christmas tree, I decided to see what I could do to let her last 4 more days. I did some major tree repair and revamping. I think she turned out ok. Here is to hoping she will stay together for 2 1/2 more days.
Oh Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, your repaired redecorated look pleases me...Sigh.

Oh it is awful

This terrible two's bed time routine. It is killing me. Geeze! Ok. Here we are midnight and he is asleep. Maybe. He stopped crying when Linda and I were outside his door whispering. Maybe he just needs to hear the noise to know he is not alone in the house. Perhaps I will invest in a cheap CD player and he can listen to sounds of nature or sounds of the oceans to sleep.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Big Boy Bed!

We did it! Being the planner I am I got a crib that converted. Some people were worried about roll outs in his sleep. We will see. Tonight is the night. (Starting with a pile of pillows on the floor next to him. Just in case.) Wish us luck!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Little Cody...2, Kidney Stone, like 17... Mommy...Zero

Oh, it's one of those days. Home sick from work. Made the mistake of not taking Cody to school. I love being with him. I don't get to be with him enough working full time and all, but today, not a good day to keep him home. I slept like 2 hours this morning while he watched t.v. (terrible parenting, I know.) And suddenly when it was his nap time he mastered (totally mastered with his 1st successful attempt) to climb out of his crib. I know being that he will be 3 in 2 months that he has stayed in that sucker a lot longer than most kids do, but that being said now I have to figure out how to get him to stay in bed. I will take any mommy tips you have on this. Please!!
But isn't he just so cute? In case you couldn't tell from that picture here is another one.
And while we are on the subject of terrible parenting, the other night when our fridge was looking pretty barren and the kid was whining for dinner and we were are scrambling for some thing to eat, I handed him a hot dog wrapped in bologna. Yep, folks, you read that right. For dinner I gave my son a hot dog wrapped in bologna. Not my proudest mom moment, but, eh, you make due, right? Normally in a pinch (and pretty much for breakfast every day) the kiddo gets a bologna, cheese tortilla roll up which he loves. We were out of tortillas and cheese (and just about ever thing else) so the hot dog bologna roll up with a side of animal crackers it was.
The home from work I mentioned? Due to this awful stone. Blah! Kidney stones. 2 surgeries, lots of pain and it is still there. Looks like it might have formed a protective force field and embedded it's self there. Which would be fine if it didn't hurt so bad and it wasn't blocking something. So, another appointment and most likely another out patient surgery coming up for me. But we do what we can. So, kidney stone, you won this round and the last 5 but I will win the war! And give you to my doctor as a souvenir.
One last note. I did say Mommy...Zero at the beginning of this post, but I am changing that. Little Cody also started saying "I love you." It sounds more like "A hub ew." I'll take it. And hub him right back! So mommy...1 and I say that makes today a winner.