Wine Night!

Tonight is wine night. I am excited. Tomorrow is weigh in. I am not excited. But here are a couple awesome pictures the wonderful T did for my family not long ago. I love them and wanted to share how adorable my kids are. Also I haven’t had anytime to write anything and I don’t want anyone to think I am still in the wonky frame of mind I was in with my last post. I shook that pretty quick thanks to some awesome friends!

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Lots of pictures I know. My kids are my pride and joy. As cliche as that sounds. And I am sure all parents out there feel the same way I do! Nick still isn’t sleeping right. Alex is picking up on everyone being tired and stressed. And Zoey’s teething. Looking at their pictures helps me remember that time goes fast. I am trying hard to enjoy them everyday, but, my goodness, cranky kids are difficult! Happy Monday!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

There Is No Place Like Home For The Holidays

I am really home sick today. I don’t really know why. It might have something to do with my Facebook feed being filled with friends who are going to see their parents. I miss my Mom and Dad. And I know the kids do too. Which makes it that much harder. 

I find it adorable when the kids want to go visit their Nana and Papa. I share the stories of them trying to pack a bag and put their shoes on, of them telling me they are sailing the ‘potion’ to visit Nana and Papa, or trying to rescue them from pictures. I do it with a smile, loving how close my kids are to my family even though we are so far away. 

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But honestly, it makes me want to sit down and cry. 

Maybe I am feeling a melancholy because of the serious lack of sleep I have been experiencing. I don’t know. I do know that right now I am wishing with all my heart I could take my kids home to my parents for Christmas next month. But, it’s not feasible. Christmas is still going to be great, being here with Hubs, the kids, and a group of great friends. But, there is nothing like being around extended family, sharing in the love and spirit of Christmas. 

I have been working on crocheting a blanket for my Mom for Christmas. I will share it here when I am all done. (Mom doesn’t follow my blog, I chose not to share it with many people in my real life.. it enables me to be more open and honest when I am writing) 

Once I am done Mom’s blanket I am going to get started on crocheting the kids new advent calendar. I decided to do something different with them this year and I am going to have an activity/craft for each day from Dec 2 until Christmas eve. I am throwing my all into Christmas this year to make it as awesome for the kids and us as I can to fill that void that family normally fills. 

I am truly counting myself blessed and lucky right now to have friends like K and T (Both of whom follow this blog) So to them, I want to say: Thank you both. Thank you and your families for always being there for me. The two of you have been the constants there for me through everything I have been going through. Supporting, encouraging, helping, listening, laughing. I don’t know if I could do this without you guys. I am truly blessed to have the two of you to always depend on through everything. Thank you guys for being the family my kids are missing out on! 

Love, Hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Why I Hate Daylight Savings – Reason 1 million and forty seven.

Another reason time change sucks…

It’s 4:06 PM, and it’s getting dark.

Alex is telling me ‘Momma, it’s darking. It means it’s bedtime. It’s getting dark. It isn’t going lighter. It’s going dark. I go to bed now’

I reply ‘No sweetie, it isn’t bedtime. It’s getting dark, but we have to have supper and bath and brush our teeth and read a story before bed.’
A: No Momma, it’s darking. It’s bedtime.
M: We need to eat supper first
A: No. It’s darking
M: Darking isn’t a word. It’s getting dark. 
A: Yes. Bedtime. Ok. 
M: No, it’s awake time. We haven’t even watch Bubble Guppies yet. 
A: No Mommy, you’re wrong. 
M: Alex, how many parents do you have?
A: 5
M: Oh.. Okay… Can you go bug one of the other ones?
A: Like Daddy?
M: yes. Daddy would be perfect. 
A: You need a coffee Momma?
M: yes. Yes I do. Thank You

This was 10 minutes ago. He is still going on about how it is dark and he has to go to bed now. But, when it is bedtime, I bet you I get tears and arguing from him! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

I did NOT name you that.

Apparently Alex is no longer Alex. 

I called him over and he ignored me. I went over to him and said ‘Hey, what’s your name? I think I am calling your name’
‘I’m Al’ 
‘I thought you were Alex?’
‘Nope. I’m Al. Silly Mommy’

 

Huh. Well I’m glad we cleared that up. 

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Rice Ships and Ketchup Ocean

I wish I could say that this post is going to be about some great and creative cool meal idea I did with the kids, but it isn’t. It’s a quick snap shot into a very interested meal time at our house. I made Pork Chops in a creamy mushroom sauce and rice for supper tonight. Alex said he wasn’t hungry and wanted to draw at the table while we ate. Since he  has been a super crank today I allowed it just so he would stop whining and crying. This is the conversation that happened while we were eating. 

A: Mom, look I drawing
M: Yep. What are you drawing?
A: Gordon
M: Okay
A: Mom its really hard. You help me?
M: I’m eating bud. I can help you later. 
N: (pointing at the ketchup bottle) Please?
H: Can you say Ketchup?
N: (grins) Pleeeeeease
H: Keeeettttccchhhhuuuuuupppppp
N: please
H: Say Ketchup
N: mmmm Please?
M: Nick Nick, say Ketchup?
N: etchip 
*insert glare from hubs. ha ha* 
A: Can I have Kethups please?
H: Sure. Are you going to eat?
A: okay
*Hubs gives Alex some ketchup, Alex proceeds to use his hands and start mixing the rice into the ketchup*
M: Whatcha doing Alex?
A: Making pirate ships
M: with your rice?
A: yep I guess so
M: …
A: Look. Ketchup Ocean
M: Can you eat the pirate ship?
A: Okay. *eats a little bit* Oh no. 
H: What’s wrong?
A: I’m all sticky
N: please!
H: ketchup?
N: yea
H: can you say ketchup?
N: please!
A: I’m all sticky
M: I’ll wash your hands when you are done eating
H: ketchup?
A: Yes Please
N: Yea!
M: *laughing* Nick, can you say ketchup?
N: etchup

Never a dull moment in the Momma Needs Coffee house! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

They’re all against me.

A friend of mine just told me that she finally has her husband on board to try for baby number 3. Upon receiving her message, this is the conversation that went on in my home: 

M: Hey Honey, guess what?!?
H: What?
M: K just told me she got D on board for another baby.
H: Oh yea
M: Yea. We should have another one too, then K and I could be pregnant together again (She was pregnant when I was pregnant with Alex and Nick) 
H: No
M: (In a pretend whiny voice) But Honey, K is getting another baby, I want one toooooo!
H: K still needs to catch up to you. 
M: (I stick my tongue out at Hubs and turn to Alex) Hey Alex, do you want another baby?
A: No, Thank You. 
H: See, even the kids are on my side. 

Now, I should point out, that I don’t want to have anymore babies right now.  I am 100% happy and perfect with the three we have. I was joking around when I told Hubs we should have another one.  (Just so no one gets the wrong idea) But I have a feeling if K gets pregnant, baby fever is going to hit this Momma hard!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

The Biggest Loser Week 2, Potty Training, and Chaos

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This last week has SUCKED as far as my weight loss efforts. I gorged myself on chocolate, wasn’t paying attention to how much water I was drinking, and didn’t do much as far as working out went. But, somehow the weight loss gods were on my side, and *drum roll* I am down 2 lbs! 

That means:
Last week I was at: 166.4
This week I am at: 164.0 
That is a loss of 2.4 lbs this week and 5.2 lbs (or 3.07%) total. I am feeling awesome about myself. Just eating more often and drinking more water/cutting out pop is making such a difference! 

 

Today, for some random reason, Hubs and i decided to start the three days to potty training with the boys. By noon, Nick was back in diapers. He is not ready! He bawled his little eyes out every time he peed. Alex, however… Alex only peed on the floor twice all day! He went to his potty every other time! My stubborn monster is finally getting it! I am so so so so proud of him! Every other time we tried, he fought so hard, we backed off. This time, he is thriving in our praise! I am still worried about him holding in bowel movements. But I guess we will see what the next few days brings! 

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This picture is from August of 2012. Alex was only 20 months old. But it makes me smile and giggle. 

I was up at 430 AGAIN this morning with my monsters. But I got Nick to nap today for the first time in over a week. So I am hoping that it’s a sign tomorrow will be better since maybe he won’t be as over tired and his little body with actually rest better. Also I broke Alex’s car seat and need to go replace it. I read the wrong manual and thought the base on his came off. Turns out only Nick’s base has the option of coming off. I guess we are buying a new car seat. Ha ha. What a day. I am off to bed. Tomorrow is a new day. 

Love, Hugs and more to come later
Lynn

Birthday Parties

Halloween is past. That means Alex’s birthday is coming up (well really not until after Christmas but we celebrate it at the end of November/early December) So I am in full out party planning mode for my baby. Who is turning three. THREE YEARS OLD! I have been a mom for almost three years and, if I do say so myself, I am doing pretty freaking amazing at it! 

This year, we are having a pirate themed birthday party for Alex. (Last year we did a crayon theme and it was awesome!) I ordered him a shirt through a wonderful WAHM I found on Facebook. She has done some amazing and fabulous shirts for me and she is the first person I think of when I want anything special made for the kids. 

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T has agreed to make his cake which is going to be awesome and Pinterest is giving me tons of ideas on how I want to decorate and such. 

I tend to go a little overboard when it comes to the kids parties (although, since I don’t do birthday parties for their first birthdays, this is really only the second party I have planned for the kids, and they have both been for Alex ha ha!) 

This was my house last year for his crayon party: 

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Alex and his awesome birthday shirt!

 

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Because of his winter birthday, we brought the slide up so the kids would have something fun and active to do!

 

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This was his ‘cake’ each crayon was made from edible paper, white chocolate and cake!

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It was so much fun. I enjoyed getting it all together and seeing his reaction. I am looking forward to it again this year. 

I might seem to go a little overboard, but in reality his whole party was less then $75 (and the cake itself was $50!) My budget this year (not including cake and present) is $20. The cake isn’t going to cost me much maybe another $20. It’s all about the time I put into it. And seeing his face last year when he woke up in the morning and the house was decorated for his birthday was more then worth all the time Hubs and I put into the whole thing. 

I love birthday parties! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!

Lynn

 

Setting Back the Clock

Daylight saving time (DST)—also summer time in British English— is the practice of advancing clocks during the lighter months so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn

So our clocks went back last night. For some people (who don’t have young kids living in their homes) this means an extra hour of sleep. In my house…. ha ha… it definitely doesn’t mean extra sleep. Not even a little bit. The very idea of extra sleep makes me want to laugh. Hysterically. 

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My kids are demons when it comes to sleeping in. On a normal, not clock going backward day, we get up at 630. Once the  clocks were set back… You guessed it… We were up at 530. At 11 the kids wanted lunch. I made them wait until 12. At 430 they wanted supper. I made them wait until 530. At 6 they were ready for bed. I made them wait until 645. 

I am hoping that tomorrow they sleep until 630. But I am not going to hold my breath on that. I think we will be up at 630 for a couple more days before they start figuring it out. 

While we are on the topic of sleep… Nick has apparently decided that he is done napping. He has napped twice in the last week. And Zoey cut herself back to one 3 hour nap a day. That’s it. Why do all of my friends have kids who like to nap while I was blessed with kids who don’t? Although, I won’t complain too much. Most nights they sleep 11.5 hours straight. But once they are in bed I still need to clean my house! (I don’t clean much during the day while they are awake. I would rather play with them then do dishes and laundry!) 

This post is kind of all over the place I know. My head feels the same way lately. Seriously. The week off my Birth Control Pills always seems hard on me. Until I am back on my pills for a couple days. Today was day one back on them though. So it should start getting better and less weird for me!