Friday, March 30, 2012

Fitness Friday

Awhile back I used to do weekly weight loss (or lack thereof) updates every Friday.  I've decided to start doing that again, for at least the next 4 weeks, because I desperately need some accountablility, not that it's ever worked in the past but it still can't hurt.  It's coming up on 2 years that I've been struggling with repeatedly losing and regaining the same 3 or 4 pounds over and over.  And the one time I did lose more, 9 pounds last May, I managed to gain all that back and then some.  I'm really tired of it.

So starting today, I commit to posting weekly for the next 4 weeks about my efforts.  I'm not going to set an actual goal of losing x number of pounds, I just want to concentrate on breaking this cycle.  One thing I'm trying to do is not necessarily eliminate, but cut way back on bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and sweets.  Now that I'm getting older and entering into perimenopausal territory (I think, and I'm "only" 43, it's not like I'm pushing 50), carbs are wanting to stick around more easily than before, I'm noticing.  So that is going to be my focus in the coming week.  After our spaghetti dinner tonight :)

SUYL - Moms of Multiples

I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner today whose SUYL topic for today is Moms of Multiples.
Olivia and Kayley were born just over 4 years ago on February 28th, 2008.  They were conceived via IVF.  My body could not do many things well, like conceive or produce breast milk, but the one thing it did very well was gestate.  I made it to 38 weeks 1 day with no bed rest, and would have gone longer but had a scheduled c-section (both babies were breech).

Having twins was (still is) very hard, but thank goodness it has gotten easier!  There were so many places/things that we couldn't do or go to that moms of singletons could, like just going to Starbucks for a latte (getting a double stroller through the door is really tough-now of course we can go there no problem) or going to any type of activity that had everyone in a circle holding their baby/toddler (at storytime I would hold one with the other next to me and then switch for the next song).

Now that they're 4 it definitely is MUCH easier, although we can no longer co to Costco, Target or the grocery store without them fighting and wrestling each other in the cart and generally acting like maniacs, but other than that...

Kayley holding Cleo, Olivia

Olivia holding Maisy, Kayley











Thursday, March 29, 2012

Observations

I've discovered that the girls do better at bedtime (less wild, less getting up 3186 times) when we get out more.  I've always tried to get out of the house most days of the week, but every once in awhile, especially in the winter months, we get in kind of a funk where we (I) just have a really hard time getting motivated to do all the things necessary for an outing (sometimes it seems to take half an hour just to get the girls to get socks and shoes on) and many times, while I'm trying to get them to do one thing, I get busy doing something and by the time I'm done they are busy playing and seemingly very content, so I get busy doing something else and we end up never leaving.  But I'm really trying to get out most days because it really does help with bedtime, plus I start to get a little bored in the late afternoons, even though there's always plenty to do.

But the other thing I've discovered is that, the more we go out, the more behind on housework I get.  It makes me wonder how other moms do it.  I mean, I'm always reading in some blog or other about how some stay-at-home moms "have" to get out every day/stay really busy/have lots of plans, etc. or they or their kids or both go crazy.  I get it, but when do they clean?  I suppose some might have a housekeeper but I know some don't.  And I know they're not cleaning on the weekends because they're out doing family things.  And how on EARTH do working moms do it?  I could not imagine working full time and trying to find time to clean.  Obviously, some WMs have housekeepers, but not everyone can afford that.

I was thinking the other day how much less stressful my life is now (as a SAHM of twins!) than when I was working, once we were married and I moved into Paul's house, increasing my commute by 70 minutes (one way).  I would get up around 5:00, leave the house around 5:30 and not get home until 6:15, or 7:00ish if I went to the gym, then have to cook dinner.  By the time we ate dinner, cleaned up and got things ready for the next day it was time to go to bed!  I hated it.
Nowdays we're at the dinner table by 6:00 (usually) and cleaned up by 7:00ish and have a good chunk of the evening for family time before the girls and Paul go to bed.  So much nicer.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Busy Weekend

March is a busy month for us because there are a ton of birthdays in our family.  It starts with the girls' at the tail end of February, and then there is my great-nephew a week later and my Dad, brother, great-niece and husband all crammed together between the 26th and the 30th.
Saturday morning Paul went to the men's breakfast at church, and then to Ikea to pick up the girls' new mattresses for their new (used, but new to us) twin beds.  When he got home around 11:00 I took off to go to the consignment sale.  I got a Plum District "Plum Steal" voucher for $15 worth of stuff for $10 (not that great but not too bad).  Of course I spent more than just the $15 but didn't go too overboard like last year.  After that I went to Lowe's and got some paint for the new beds (they're oak, I think, but we're painting them white) and then picked up a few groceries.  By the time I got home, I had to get me and the girls ready to drive up to Burlington to meet two friends for dinner before the girls' 2nd cousin's birthday party (the above-mentioned great-niece).

Sunday we went to church and then I had to do a whirlwind cleanup of the house before some friends and the in-laws came over to celebrate Paul's birthday.  While I was cleaning, Paul was painting one of the beds.  We all went to dinner and then came back to the house for dessert (minus our friends).

Today was busy, too.  Paul took the day off and took one of the cars in for service this morning, then when he got back I left to go to the gym, gas up the other car ($4.01 at Costco-gees) and get groceries.  Meanwhile he painted the other bed and some friends came over to pick up one of the girls' toddler beds to take to their new vacation home (we're giving it to them since we're done with it-the other one we'll just donate or maybe sell at the garage sale in May).  I spent the rest of the day getting all the new bedding washed and re-arranging a bunch of furniture to make room for these beds.

Tomorrow I have to take the girls to the doctor.  TMI warning.  Kayley has what I think was a pimple on her vulva and now I think it might be infected.  It's all red and swollen and there's a little puss, not too much.  She did have a mild fever on Friday that made me think she was coming down with something but she never did, so maybe it was to do with this, I don't know.  Also, both of them, especially Olivia, have been having issues with poop.  Olivia probably pooped 6 or 7 times today and it's that real mushy sticky kind I like to refer to as peanut butter poo.  It keeps getting stuck and then gets smeared all down her leg and on the floor and the carpet and it's been a big mess all day long.  I must have changed her underwear 3 times, and finally gave up and let her go without.  Anyway, I'm sure it will get better in a day or two but we definitely need to get this other thing checked out.

Tonight they are sleeping on their toddler bed mattresses on the floor, because we're still waiting for the paint to dry on the new beds.  Tomorrow we will get the new beds in place and get the new sheets on and then I have one section of wallpaper border that I still need to remove from when we redid their room last time, transitioning from cribs to toddler beds.  I couldn't get it before because there was a bookcase strapped to the wall.  This weekend we're going to paint their room purple and then we need to get curtains and a new dresser.  Eventually we'll get some wall art or decals or something and then we'll be done!  It should be really cute, although I wish we could just get bunk beds to save space but these beds were freebies so I can't complain!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bad Luck

We recently dropped our home phone, traded Comcast cable for Direct TV and switched our internet service from Comcast to Century Link in an effort to save some money.  While we enjoy the services so far, the transition itself has been very frustrating.

It all started on Monday the 13th.  Direct TV came out, did their thing and all was well.  But Tuesday morning I couldn't get hardly any channels.  Snow was the culprit (it interferes with the satelite signal or whatever).  Could be interesting next winter, as we get quite a bit of snow where we live (not like Minnesota amounts, but much more than most of the Puget Sound area).  Also, the downstairs TV had a bad data card (or whatever), so the technician had to come back on Tuesday and fix that.

Meanwhile, the Century Link technician came on Monday also to connect our internet, but the conduit he needed was plugged up with debris, so we had to wait a few days for someone to come fix that, and then he came back on Friday the 16th.  Fortunately, our Comcast internet was still working, even though it was supposed to end on Monday.  Up until this point, I had planned on leaving Friday morning to do some marathon shopping because the girls were at grandma and grandpa's for the weekend.  But now that the Century Link tech was here, I was stuck at home, and didn't get to leave until about 12:40.  I needed to be home by 5:00ish to fix and eat dinner with Paul before he left to join the girls at his parents' (he was going skiing the next day with his sister and I was going to have the whole weekend to myself to do whatever I wanted) so that didn't give me much time to do all the things I had wanted.  Then we discovered that evening that it wasn't even working anymore!  UGH!  Paul called them and they tried some things over the phone but they weren't able to fix it and the tech was going to have to come back, but we got disconnected after being on hold for a long time and never got to schedule an appointment.  So I spent my entire free weekend with no internet (other than my new smartphone) and couldn't do many of the projects I had planned, mainly tagging items for the consigment sale this weekend that I am no longer going to participate in because I couldn't get anything ready and now it's too late.

Monday I called CL back and was able to schedule an appointment for this morning, and finally our internet is working.  What a week.

I seem to always have really bad luck with new things.  It seems like everything I buy either doesn't work right (at least the first time), or falls apart, or something.  Awhile back we had to get a new faucet for our kitchen sink, and a few days later it was leaking and we had to have them come back and fix it.  Years ago I bought a TV, got it home and hooked it up, and it didn't work.  I had to haul it back and get a new one and it was fine.  I bought a toy for the girls when they were 6 months old that was supposed to play 5 different songs but one of them almost never worked.  The other 4 did, so I didn't bother returning or exchanging it.  Several years ago I bought a new cell phone and it never worked right.  People couldn't hear me.  I had to exchange it.  On and on and on.  And now not only or brand new Direct TV didn't work right at first, but the new internet service also.  What are the chances?  Gees.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Snow, Sleepover and Stable

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "S".

It's been snowing a ton here lately, which is unusual for March in the Seattle area except we're a ways East and at 900+ feet, so it's not out of the norm for us.  After being home all day Monday due to getting our DirectTV installed and yesterday just because it was snowy and icky out, I was itching to get out today, so we went to storytime at the library and then to Starbucks.  I also met up with a lady to buy her wooden horse stable that she was selling on Craiglist.  I'd been wanting to get one for the girls but they're kind of expensive, and yesterday I just got to thinking about them out of the blue and decided to look on Craigslist and lo and behold, there it was, in my town and everything!





Tomorrow we are going to meet Grandma and the girls' great-aunt at the mall for lunch and a little shopping, and then the girls are going to go home with Grandma for a sleepover.  Paul and I will have a night to ourselves and then Friday after work he's going to go spend the weekend at his parents and go skiing with his sister (her Christmas gift to him), and I will have the whole weekend to myself!  I mostly want to shop, not necessarily to buy much (although I do have a ton of gift cards to redeem) but I just want to hit a bunch of stores that I never have time to go to.  When I'm not out shopping, I have a bunch of projects to work on including tagging and organizing items for the upcoming consignment sale.  I'm just so excited to have a weekend to myself to do whatever I want.  I'm going to get Thai takeout and eat it while I watch Sex and the City, and I'm going to read some magazines and maybe take a bath.  And I'm going to go to Starbucks one morning and sip a latte while I read a book.

Lastly, here's a cute picture of the girls with Maisy:



Friday, March 2, 2012

Herding Cats



A facebook friend made a comment about "herding cats" in reference to mothering her two kids. It reminded me of long ago, when the girls were much younger, first becoming mobile and constantly going two different directions. I was always thinking it was, indeed, like herding cats and I would think about this commercial. Thank goodness it's gotten easier, but I still feel like a cat herder sometimes, especially at bedtime.