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March 2013 Chit Chat - Page 15post #281 of 4993/17/13 at 3:33pmpost #282 of 4993/17/13 at 4:32pmSoooo.... We are back from our trip away it was fabulous!! No cooking, no cleaning, no dishes.... It was heaven! We haven't been away together as a family ever, so it was a whole new experience. I was so worried about Eli and the carseat and how he would sleep in a strange place... He did so well in the carseat. No hysterical crying or meltdowns. He did say "out-ee" whenever we stopped but other than that he was great... I let him play in his carseat leading up to the trip and I really think it helped. We rear faced him behind me, our rental was a very small car so he couldn't go in the middle. He slept in a pack and play the hotel provided - I brought a sheet from home and his own blankets and kept his night time routine the same and he slept super well. I carried him in my Boba carrier for all our trips when he wasn't walking... Such freedom. Loved nanaimo, such a nice place (north end is newer, also where all the shopping is, and it is a little more expensive there but it is nice - no where near as expensive as Victoria) we stayed downtown across from the harbour, it was beautiful. If we did move there we would need a car... It seems like a place we would live, but we would hold of moving until we have made enough of a dent in our current debt. Oh while we we there I twisted my ankle on the first day (cobble side walk!) and on the second day I twisted said ankle AGAIN but while carrying Eli - I fell really hard but stuck my arms out to protect Eli from smashing his head. Safe to say my ankle is so screwed up... It is super swollen and blue, and hurts when I walk... Dumb cobble side walks! So dangerous when they aren't even, or the grates in them are sunken and there is no warning.
Overall it was just nice to have a little family vacation ... It really did make me feel sad to return our rental car because it was so nice to have a way to get around without bus schedules and long trips.... I really needed that trip more than I knew... Will add a picture or two when I get on our actual computer.
My mom has a really a nice juicer - we were talking about getting one too, but the very little counter space/storage in our kitchen is a big deterrent.
On a side note, the last few meals I cooked before we left and last night's meal Eli wouldn't eat, I was wondering why he was suddenly so fussy since he never cared what food was placed in front of him ... Then last night I noticed that he would eat it if it came from the fork I was using ... Whalla, gave the baby a fork (safe kid sized one) and he ate the food he refused 10 minutes prior when he had a spoon. So interesting!post #283 of 4993/17/13 at 5:33pmQuote:
If you're talking about juicing (and not smoothie making), then I think you're making it more complicated than it needs to be! Just toss what you have in the juicer and make juice! :)
I'd start with fruits and sweeter veggies (carrots, for example) with just one or two other veggies and then go from there. I wouldn't do some hard core green drink right at first. Find what you like and then go from there.
So, for my DH and I we might juice 4 apples, 4 carrots, about 1/2 inch chunk of ginger and then like 1 large kale leaf or perhaps three or four of the skinny dino kale.
And yes - the masticating juicers work much better with greens. The centrifugal one I had wasn't even able to process those at all. We have this Omgea. It can also make peanut butter or tomato sauce/applesauce, etc.post #284 of 4993/17/13 at 5:38pmpost #285 of 4993/18/13 at 8:24amUgh cosleeping is just NOT working for us anymore. I think I am going to have to devote the kids' spring break to getting B to sleep in her room. We tried a bed in our room but she is he lightest sleeper ever and wakes up everyone someone moves. I have never transitioned a kid who did not want to go. Any pointers for making it peaceful and not traumatizing?post #286 of 4993/18/13 at 10:35amThread Starter
I just read on FaceBook that the 2 year old daughter of one of my old childhood friends has a neuroblastoma in her abdomen. It's high risk. My friend thought she had a UTI so they went in for a check up, got sent for ultrasounds and CT scans and found this out. Can you even imagine? My heart is breaking for her. She was born right before I found out I was pregnant with Avery. She was one of my moms-with-3-kids supporters. I wish I knew what to say and do for them, but they live back in Washington. Anyone have any advice?post #287 of 4993/18/13 at 11:38ampost #288 of 4993/18/13 at 1:38pmAsh, no ideas. I would probably just start with a low bed and lay with her in the other room, then say, I need to go to the bathroom, lay here and I'll be right back. Then be gone longer times until she gets the idea that you will be there and she can just fall asleep. I don't think that would work for S, but it worked with my oldest when he was a little older, but in our room. With S right now, I would just lay with him until he fell asleep and then go out.
Jaimee, check in with her so she knows she has someone to talk to? Research support in her area? I really don't know. Hugs to you.post #289 of 4993/18/13 at 3:31pm
Oh no, Jaimee, I'm so sorry for your friend's daughter and her family. Is a neuroblastoma a form of cancer? I've heard very little about them. Is there any word on if it's treatable? How heartbreaking. If it were my friend, I'd probably call her up and ask how things are going, if there is anything I can do to help them out while they're going through a difficult time, etc. Since they live far away, maybe you can send a gift basket of some sort or a care package just to let them know you're thinking of them. It might be fun to send the little girl some sort of a gift from your kids! I bet she'd love that! A basket of thoughtful toys and notes from Avalon, Austin, and Avery?post #290 of 4993/19/13 at 6:55am
Jaimee, I am so sorry. That is terrible news. Do you know anything about what kind of treatment they will seek? This is very rough, especially given that she is already two years old. I will keep this little girl in my thoughts.
I don't have any advice. Wish I did. The only thing I can think of is if her friends have organized a meal train for the family, maybe you could sign up for one of the slots and have a local restaurant deliver a dinner to them?post #291 of 4993/19/13 at 8:00am
That is a good idea (the meal thing) I think that would be appreciated! Then they don't have to worry about food (preparing etc). I also like the idea of a care package with toys etc maybe a coffee place gift card or something... But mostly just being there is important too. Other than echoing everyone else's ideas I really don't have any... must be so hard :(post #292 of 4993/19/13 at 8:10am
This is what I was referring to... With Conner putting himself to sleep. So cute!
Also, my life insurance called me today. (I had just signed up in February). They won't cover me until after this baby is born since I got high blood pressure with Conner... I'm at risk for it again, so they won't cover me. O_O I was like, "So, basically, they won't cover me now in case I die during my next delivery? Doesn't that defeat the purpose of life insurance?" So I have to re-sign up after I have the kiddo.post #293 of 4993/19/13 at 9:18ampost #294 of 4993/19/13 at 10:59ampost #295 of 4993/19/13 at 11:22am
I seriously need to be kept in a bubble until I'm done PMSing... I came so close to b*tching out my boss today. DH made me correct an email to her before sending so I didn't sound absolutely ridiculous. I have no filter and no care. I'm ragey. She wants to talk to me on Thursday because I didn't come into work today. I didn't come into work today because there was no work to do. My job is data entry-based and the queue fluctuates in volume randomly. I can check the queue from home. Why would I go in when there is NOTHING IN THERE??? I work from home most of the week, but she is upset when I don't come into the office on the days there is NO WORK TO DO? Wtf..... *hold me back*
I can understand if I were a full time M-F 9 to 5 salaried employee. You go in anyway. But this job? It's totally different.
Really, my period needs to start already before I get myself into trouble... I broke down crying in front of Sora this morning, and she was so sweet, walked up to me and hugged me so tight.post #296 of 4993/19/13 at 12:23pmThread Starter
Thanks everyone... a friend of mine going through breast cancer right now recommended resources through the American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House. She also suggested site called cleaningforareason.org that can set up house cleaning for families in need. My friend also set up a Caring Bridge site so people can coordinate help.
Anyway, life moves forward...
Tomorrow is the first day of spring! Anyone have any celebration plans? We sort of do Easter/Ostara with egg decorating, spring inspired food, maybe some bunny or egg crafts, planting some seeds (indoors for us, unfortunately as it is still freezing here). What traditions do you have?post #297 of 4993/19/13 at 12:28pmWe do Easter, but I don't think we'll do it this year. He's still really young and won't understand.
My parents' 27th anniversary is Saturday, so they're coming in town and we're all doing dinner and a movie.
Did any of you hear about the 7 Marines killed and 7 injured in Nevada when a mortar accidentally went off during training? Yeah, my brother was there. We had no idea until he was allowed a 60 second phone call to tell us he was okay. Stupid secrecy. I'm glad he wasn't hurt!post #298 of 4993/20/13 at 8:31am
Nicole, cute video. Adorable. Glad your brother is okay.
Jaimee, sorry to hear about your friend. That is awful...
Ash, I used to lie in bed with my girls until they went to sleep. Both got "big girl beds" around 18 months. A mattress on the floor that is big enough for both of you would be good.
We don't usually do easter, but it would probably be fun for J. Dd1 and dd2 do stuff with their dad's mom, so I never worried about it. Hmmm... I really don't want to do it. I am over holidays. I do not need another reason to buy little gifts and candy, decorate, etc. Sigh. We shall see.
I am about ready to have Jasper sleep in the dining room! He does not sleep with us in the bed with him. He wakes up all the time. Have I mentioned dh snores?! Loudly! I wish we had space to put him in his own room, but each girl has their own room and we really can'y change that.post #299 of 4993/20/13 at 8:45am
Amanda, get your hubby in for a sleep study!
Nicole, I'm glad to hear your brother is okay!
Everyone - HAPPY 1st DAY OF SPRING!
I should be irked that we're dealing with 13F temps here in Wisconsin today, but the sun and clear blue skies are making up for it. And the birds chirping! I'm so so ready to say good riddance to winter.
I had a job interview this morning for a mutual fund accountant position that would be incredible for us. I wasn't anticipating leaving my current job right now, but this opportunity came out of nowhere and the recruiter said they really wanted me to interview! It gave me a much-needed boost of confidence. I'm in a much better mood today (minus the parking ticket, cuz I'm the dumbest downtown parker ever, really...)
Btw, how is it that children know exactly what to do to make it impossible to leave the house at the planned time? I had a near-freak-out moment when Sora sat on top of the kitty tent right before we were supposed to leave and got COVERED in cat hair (I mean covered.......) and I couldn't touch her because I was wearing almost all black business clothes! GAH! DH comes running with the lint roller. Got her cleaned up. I grab her coat and DH says, "Uh oh, she pooped, gotta change her first..." so I'm pacing the room watching the time, thinking what else she'll do before we leave. LOL Kids!post #300 of 4993/20/13 at 9:44amThread Starter
Happy Spring! Merry Ostara! We baked bunny, chicken and sun shaped biscuits this morning, decorated the Grimm's ritual ring for spring and later today we'll make an egg garland out of paint chips and cook a fresh spring veggie pasta for dinner. It's sunny here, but frigid... felt like 4 degrees on my run this morning. It was so cold my nose started bleeding and I had to come home. Awesome.
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