March/April G2K Cathy and Becca

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March/April G2K Cathy and Becca
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 7:52pm


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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 11:46pm
I don't necessarily like to do spring cleaning, but I do get the urge to spruce up the house when the weather's getting better!

I haven't ever had a great score at a garage sale, so I'm not a fan. I think if I did stumble on something great, it would make me want to go chasing after another awesome deal. ;)

My favourite meal to cook is probably spaghetti (and now I have a great recipe for baked meatballs). I can't think of a least favourite at the moment!

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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 10:02am
HI Becca! I don't think we've ever been prayer partners before!

I don't think I ever really plan to do spring cleaning specifically. I'd probably love to spend a couple hours cleaning my house since I'm so behind on that, but then who would occupy my kids?

With garage sales, I feel like you really need to go to a lot of them to score. I just don't have that kind of time. My MIL has scored a few good things, and we got Andrew's bedframe from a garage sale. So I guess I'm not a fan either overall.

I can't think of my favorite meal to cook! It might be because I'm really slacking in the cooking department lately - I don't cook "real food" (meat and veggies that started out raw not just frozen) as much anymore, maybe once a week if I'm lucky :( Maybe my favorite meal is pasta primavera with seafood, but that's not something I have made lately because I dont' think Andrew would like it. I doubt I have a least favorite meal - if I didn't like cooking it or if DH and Andrew didn't like eating it, I probably wouldn't cook it!

Any prayer requests? I've already got some - sorry to be greedy!

I've been really fatigued lately. I fall asleep nursing Leah often when she eats at ~6 pm. I'm getting over a cold, or maybe its work stress, I have no idea. I just had my thyroid levels checked - we'll see what happens with that.

Also please pray for career/work direction for my DH, and that he doesn't go insane being home with the kiddos when I'm at the office.
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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 1:03am
Don't worry about having prayer requests right away! That's the point! ;)

I hope you won't be feeling overtired for long. Maybe you're exhausted from work and then the nursing lulls you to sleep - I used to fall asleep while feeding the boys overnight (Tim with the bottle, Ben BFing).

I've got one or two ideas for what to do when the boys are both in school, but it seems like there could be so many options I've never thought about before, so I don't really know what to plan for yet! I'll pray your husband gets a clear sense of what he wants to do for work. Tell him not to sweat the small stuff while being the one to stay at home. ;)

I stayed up late/early last night/morning, reading a novel. I haven't done that in a long time - I love my sleep! I'm getting a little tired now, but I thought we had a pretty good day considering no one had a nap. (After Ben wanted to sit on the potty, I could tell he wasn't very sleepy, so I had the boys start a VeggieTales movie on my laptop. I worked out with my Wii fitness program, then loaded up Netflix to finish the movie on the bigger screen. Worked out well!)

I'm hoping for a quiet Friday to end our week. I should find some cleaning jobs I haven't done for a while, keep the kids going to the bathroom regularly since they both have training issues. It's supposed to rain, so we might not get outside as we did today for a sunny walk. Maybe I could handle a wet walk since they love splashing in puddles. ;) It's so nice to finally see the snowbanks getting lower and the brown lawn showing at the edges that I can handle washing some extra clothes in exchange for fresh air and the feeling of spring around the corner! :)

No plans for the weekend just yet, but maybe we'll have a chance to get passport photos - mine for a renewal and Hubby for his first time. We don't travel a lot, but sometimes we have online purchases shipped to a gas station just across the border in WA state. In order to pick them up and therefore save money on shipping costs, we need passports!

Hoping you have a good weekend!

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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 10:04am
I think you are right on my fatigue. My LC once said that nursing can lull you to sleep. My other problem is that I wake up periodically at night and I have no idea why.

DH values being home with the kids, both financially and the fact that they are at home and not day care. But as a man, he feels like he needs to contribute financially. I make plenty, but its just a man thing. I do encourage him that something will come, and I keep praying for him.

Andrew is just starting to potty train. He can pee on the toilet, but he won't poop, and for those reasons, he's still in diapers. He doesn't yet tell us if he needs to pee either - if we sit him on the toilet, he pees though. We probably aren't putting enough focus on it - too hard with Leah needing so much of our attention.

That's awesome that you could exercise while the kids watched VeggieTales. DH will do that occasionally. Or if Leah is up and Andrew is napping, he'll just put her in/on something and exercise for a few minutes in front of her - it keeps her entertained ;)

Today is going to be a busy day. I have to teach, so I'll be home a little later than usual, and then we have to pack up and get Andrew to MIL's house so DH and I can meet with someone that needs financial counseling. When DH meets with single women, I come along, and I'm brinigng Leah so I can nurse her.

I bet Andrew would like splashing in the rain. Too bad I don't have the right jacket or shoes for that!

We need new passports too - we got ours right before we got married, so they expired. I'm glad to get a brand new one - when my name changed, they added a page to my passport, but at the end. So when I would travel, and they would see my ticket with one name and passport with another, they would look at me funny, and I'd have to say "name change in the back". Just annoying, especially when you are traveling internationally and they review visitors kinda critically like in Africa.

Saturday we are going to my parents' house for dinner. I really want to get some kind of cleaning project done, but I will also have to try to work, so not sure how much of those thngs I'll do.
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Fri, 03-09-2012 - 5:55pm

Hubby had the trouble of wanting to contribute when he was a university student. We supplemented his student loan with part-time income from me. He focused on his school work, but it did bother him that he wasn't the one working. He's got a strong sense of being the provider for the family (even when it was just the two of us). I think that's a good trait in a man, but it would stink for him if he went through a period of illness or injury that kept him at home.

Ben's the opposite of Andrew at the moment as far as the reason he uses the potty. He'll usually warn me that he's pooping, so I rush him to the bathroom and most of the time he loves to sit on the potty to finish up. He doesn't usually tell me about peeing before it happens and if I just make him sit, nothing happens; but he often seems uncomfortable in a wet pull-up and wants me to change it, so that's a plus. And this morning he missed getting to the potty in time for the poop, but he automatically sat down when his bum was bare and the timing was right for pee! (Not great aim yet because he sits forward on the little seat, making a bit of a mess on his clothes and the potty itself. I suspect he needs one with a larger hole. LOL)

You've got a smart strategy for your meetings, going together. I think Hubby usually deals with other men when he's at work, but I like the idea that other women would see that he's taken if I were present when they met him. :)

I got the floors cleaned today, took the boys for a walk and it's "clean sheet day" as the gals in Gilmore Girls would say. ;) I don't remember hearing the dryer buzz at the end, but all is quiet (aside from KLove on the computer) so I should put the sheets on the bed. (Still using flannels and I only have one set, so I wash and put them back on the bed. I do have two sets of regular sheets for the rest of the year, but I prefer the tan-coloured ones, probably because they're newer. I often do same-day wash and use with those as well.)

Tim and I just did a little speech practice and then I thought he could use some video game time (Kirby on Nintendo DS) as a midday reward for having clean pants. He likes to play and has to be called on the stinkiness. Today I'm checking him often, being an annoying reminder and hoping he'll soon be back on track. (When he was on daily laxatives, they worked so well he was all trained, but then the doc gave us the all-clear to stop that medication and Tim didn't go every day as before. He became lazy about leaving playtime for the bathroom, and I let him get away with it because I thought he had a physical excuse but it turns out he just thinks it's too hard to stay clean. Oopsie!)

I think I'll get in a little reading time before supper. I'm hoping to do some editing this evening. For the first few days of the month I thought I'd be great at working toward a writing goal for the month, but once again I've shown I hate the pressure of a monthly challenge and just need to write regularly. Silly me! At least I'm learning that my old novel is coming along well and I still have ideas for bringing it closer to completion - last year I was all about short stories instead.

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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 10:01am
The other reason we have me attend the counseling sessions when DH meets with a single woman is for liability reasons. They talk about touchy things, and if someone gets offended or upset, she could claim that DH did something inappropriate. So I'm there to prevent that. Our meeting Friday went well though. The poor woman is in a really bad situation, but she's doing really everything she can. Hopefully we were able to offer her some good advice that she will take to heart.

Sunday was supposed to be clean sheet day for us as well (we also only have one set of flannel sheets, so I do the same as you during the winter) but I didn't get to it. Washed towels instead. I did manage to get some cleaning done Saturday and some work too so that was good.

How did your kids respond to the time change (or do you live in a region that doesn't do that)? We got home late Saturday night from my parents' house, so the kids went to bed late. Surprisingly, they both woke up "on time" (so the "new" 8 am) for church, so I didn't know how they went on that much less sleep. They both ended up taking long naps after church.

I totally forgot you were a writer. How did you get into that? How did you find a publisher? One thing I've been suggesting to DH to do is either write a book, or more likely, write a blog and somehow get advertisers on it and get paid. My DH is very passionate on political, constitutional, freedom issues and I always hear an earful about it. What I think is needed is something/ somewhere where Christians learn that it really is important for them to be engaged, why it matters, etc. The idea of writing intimidates him, but DH speaks so authoritatively on the subject, and educates me so well, that I think its an interesting idea. But it hasn't gone anywhere.

Oh, back to the toilet training stuff... sometimes when Andrew has to poop, he runs and hides under a table. So we'll try to grab him when he does that and sit him on the toilet, but nothing happens.

Today is kind of a weird day. It is spring break, so some of my usual commitments at work have been cancelled, so I have different ones instead. At least I'll have a better schedule for pumping!

Have a good day!
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Mon, 03-12-2012 - 3:29pm
So far the time change isn't messing the kids up. I meant to get them adjusted over a few days, but I got things turned around in my brain and had them up late two days in a row (15 mins more each night), then realised it should have been bedtime a bit earlier each night. Oops! They went to bed Saturday night at the normal time and woke at their usual time, which was now 8 am. We skipped Ben's afternoon nap and started the bedtime routine as we usually would. No complaints, so it was like the change didn't even matter to them. They woke when Hubby did this morning and seem like they got enough sleep over the past two nights. Interesting! Will see what happens this evening. Maybe they're just good boys and follow whatever we say for timing. LOL

I haven't been published yet. Still working away at turning my stories into more than a hobby. Discipline is difficult for me because I apparently have an aversion to long projects, but I'll figure something out. Even if I never do get published, I write because it makes me happy. And I've been blogging more often and including faith-related issues in my posts, so I feel like that's going somewhere useful. :) I think if your husband does want to write, blogging is a good place to start. He can share links to his posts via social media and get an audience that way. It may even lead to a publishing deal 'cause that's been known to happen!

First day of spring break is leading to a relaxed schedule here. I'll leave the grocery shopping for tomorrow and have already gotten a bit of cleaning done, plus a little extra playtime with the kids since Tim wanted to play a board game. I'll probably keep this week light, with things around home like time outside when the weather's good, cleaning inside (might as well do it now before the snow's all gone and the yardwork begins) and more play!

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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 7:44am
I think I'm still having a hard time adjusting to the time change! I still feel so lousy! But I did sleep better last night - only woke once - so we'll see if the day is any better. The kids seem to respond better to time changes than adults! Andrew has always done fine, and Leah seems to have responded okay besides that one monster nap on Sunday. She woke up super early yesterday, and her day ended up a bit messed up as a result, so hopefully she'll be okay today so DH has some time to himself.

The blogging idea came up again yesterday with DH as we watched a video from one of our organizations. It really motivated us to do a lot. He was also up late last night - when I woke to go potty, he was still up, and it was 2:30 am!

Today is a busy day at work - LOTS of meetings. It will be interesting to try to work pumping in between all them. And I'm very sleepy - hopefully a good cup of decaf coffee will give me a pseudo-jolt!

I hope you have a nice spring break with the kiddos! Are you having nice weather this week? Yesterday we had upper 60s, and it may hit the 70s this week, which is awesome, because Andrew has cabin fever so bad!
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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 1:40am
I hope your sleep schedule evens out! Looks like Ben's finishing up his molars, so he woke up a couple times last night. Didn't help that I had a bad dream as well. Ugh. We need some consistent good sleep in both our houses!

I have a thing about making tea after breakfast. One small pot of regular tea (about 16 oz) and then I'm usually good for caffeine. I'm trying to keep the intake low enough that I shouldn't get a headache if the morning's too busy for the tea. (I do try not to be *that* busy.)

We had a couple nice days earlier in the week, but then it turned a bit cooler. Snow overnight, though not much. It was a slushy drive on the highway today to my hometown, but after playgroup for the kids, picking up a takeout supper to reheat and a late lunch, it was all rain and clear roads. Hopefully tomorrow will be nice. I don't mind more rain, actually, since I'm wanting the snow in our yard to disappear. It would be good to get the boys out for a little walk and/or trike ride, though.

We didn't get to see my parents today as we usually do when we're in my hometown. As long as everyone stays healthy for the next week, we might get in another chance at a visit. I'm really hoping to see my mum before she's scheduled for bladder surgery. I guess with my parents getting older, I'm thinking it's good to have a little face-to-face before any type of medical procedure, in case of complications...

We watched the new Tintin movie tonight. Really good! I didn't think I remembered a lot about the comic from my days of reading it in high school (in French, I think) but it seemed to be fairly easy to catch which person was which. I liked the plot, too. I'd say it was better than last night's viewing of The Three Musketeers (2011 version) but not too much, since both were good movies. :) I'm hoping the Footloose remake won't be too far behind. (Might get to that on the weekend.) And the Muppets movie comes out next Tuesday! :D Don't mind me, movie junkie here. ;)

Praying for a good weekend for you and yours!

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Fri, 03-16-2012 - 10:15am
I seem to be sleeping better - YAY! Only woke once last night, and that's okay, because I like to take some of my medication overnight. Well, actually woke twice, because Andrew woke up screaming. DH tended to him - he must have had a bad dream or something.

The weather here has been great and we've taken some long family walks the past few days. And one day we went to the playground. Anything for Andrew to run around! Its been raining now and then, but we've still been able to get out and enjoy the warmth.

Yes it would probably be good if you got to see your mum before her surgery. Parents like that too ;)

I remember before Andrew was born, I'd always have this list of movies I wanted to see. There were 3 that came out right when he was born, and we eventually got them from the library (though it took us a couple of years!) The only movie I'm dying to see right now is The Help. And I havent't seen the last Harry Potter in its entirety - too long so I only watched half of it before I had to go to bed (that movie is just a little too dark for Andrew to see).

Nothing big planned for us this weekend. I just need to get caught up on work. I got some big work dumped in my lap sort of last minute, and I couldn't really say no. Hopefully the weather will hold up so we can take Andrew to the park or something. I hope you enjoy your weekend too!
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