Friday, April 17, 2015

Take me out to the spring musical!

For the past several weeks, I have been hearing renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" being sung at home by Rebecca in anticipation of her school's spring mini-musical show.

Every year, in the Spring, the Kindergarten through 3rd graders learn songs that they sing along with a "story." The Fourth graders learn to play recorders and the Fifth graders learn to play drums. They then put on a performance in the afternoon for parents, grandparents, etc. Today was the day for this year's mini-musical performances. 




This year's theme was "Baseball." Rebecca's class recited the poem "Casey at the Bat" and did a great job. 




 I was not able to see all of the performance as Benjamin was being too loud to stay in the gym and I had to take him out, but the part that I did see I enjoyed and Rebecca did a great job. 

After the mini-musicals, they had a mini art show set up that displayed the K-5th grade art works from this year and Rebecca had a piece displayed--her self portrait.


I am so proud of her.  It was a fun afternoon.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Restarting that weight loss thing....


 I have been really bad. I haven't weighed in here since January 28!! I have been so bad! On January 28 I weighed in at 224.6lbs. I would like to say that I  am still at the weight, but that is not the case. The previous 2.5 months have been bad with my eating and with Easter candy and stress eating, etc. I know that and it is really hard to have chocolate in the house and not eat it. 

After not feeling well this past Sunday, I decided that something needed to change. I NEED to make a change, not only for me but also for my family. My mother is having heart issues again. I don't want that to be me and I don't want to put my husband and kids through what is going on with my mother. I NEED to make a change. My pants don't want to fit very well right now and it is coming up on capri and shorts weather and I want to be able to fit into some of my clothes.

So that things that I have decided to do are: 

  •  I have decided to do a food diary. That way I will write down everything that I am eating and I will see calories and fat grams that I am consuming. 
  • I am also going to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables through the day. I will include at least 1 at breakfast and at least 2 at dinner. (Ideally I would also eat a side salad at least once a day with lunch or dinner) 
  • No snacking at the computer or after dinner. (the last couple of months I have found that I have been snacking on chocolate when I sit at the computer, or at night after the kids go to bed.) 
I have made these rules up to hopefully lead me to live a better lifestyle. I am going to focus on eating right now for the next month to try to make these things a habit. 

I am doing this because as of this morning I weighed in at.....228.4lbs. That is unacceptable. Things need to change and that change starts NOW!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Benjamin got a big boy bed!

Benjamin is our last child. We are done having children and our family is  complete with the 3 children that we have. That being said, when he goes through a milestone it is bittersweet for our family. This weekend, another milestone has occurred. 

We decided that it was time for Benjamin to transition from his crib to a big boy bed. Most people were still amazed he was still in his crib. But, he has only tried to climb out once and that was a year ago and he fell out of it and has never tried since. But at 3 years old, it was time. 

A few weeks ago, I ordered Benjamin a matching bed to the one that Jacob has. We got it in less than a week. Then we had to get a mattress. I did not want to spend a small fortune on a twin mattress, however I also didn't want to just order any mattress online that was less than $100 and with no good reviews. When we bought Jacob's bed, we lucked out and got a Serta mattress at Big Lots for $99. It is a good high quality mattress. I decided to check online and Big Lot's still had Serta twin mattress for $99.99. A couple of weeks ago, Bill took Benjamin into the closest city with a Big Lots (around 45 minutes away) for some blood work. Unfortunately, they were out, and the manager said they were selling like hotcakes.  Today, Bill found himself available this afternoon, so he decided to call over and see if they had any instock. The manager said he had gotten a big shipment of them in this morning, so Bill headed out to get one. Bill said when he got his, there was only 1 mattress left...so they are still selling like hotcakes. 

Once he got it home, Bill disassembled the crib. Then he had to clear out a spot in the basement to store it, which involved taking some broken shelves and things to the garage. Then taking the crib down to the basement, with the intention of passing it along if/when we know someone who needs a crib. Then Bill had to assemble Benjamin's new bed and then I got to put his new sheets, etc. on it. 



Then it was time to reveal the bed to Benjamin. He absolutely LOVED it. He kept going from one side to the other and smiling.








At bed time, Benjamin was a little scared and cried because he did not have his crib. He got out of his bed 3 times and I had to go back in and put him back to bed. The 3rd time, he got out, turned the bedroom light on and went to play. I just went in, turned the light off and put him back to bed. And Benjamin went to sleep! He did wake up twice in the night...once he cried for a minute but was not out of his bed. The other time, he cried and climbed out of his bed to the door, but I just picked him up, gave him a hug and put him back to bed. And he went back to sleep.


Can't believe my little boy is growing up! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

So how did I do on my weekend to do list?

Yesterday, I posted my HUGE weekend to do list that I hoped to accomplish..... so now the question is how did I do???

Well here is the original list with those items completed marked off....
  • Pay bills (AEP, Directv, Mastercard, Geico, Time Warner, etc.)
  • Figure out where to get Ben a mattress for his new bed
  • Research Straightalk phones (Bill and I both need  new phones)-- DECIDED NOT TO DO THIS UNTIL BILL CAN COME WITH ME TO LOOK AT PHONES
  • Balance checkbook
  • Clean out the closet upstairs off the bathroom (this huge walk in closet is a mess!)
  • Figure out spring/summer clothes situation for the kids, especially for the boys
  • Have Rebecca make a design for her First Communion banner and go buy the supplies needed
  • Complete 3 chapters in Rebecca's First Communion workbook-- WE COMPLETED 2
  • Clean both bathrooms
  • Laundry---do about a million loads to catch up ;) (I ended up doing 10 loads)
  • Straighten up bedroom
  • Clean out underneath couches and loveseat to find missing toys
  • Date night dinner with Bill
  • Rebecca has softball practice
  • Lesson plans for tutoring job
  • Art lesson plans for school job 
I also ended up cleaning the dishwasher out, bathing all three kiddos, got Benjamin's big boy bed all put together, cleaned out the boy's dressers, and swept the boys' bedroom. So I am feeling pretty good about this weekend. I am exhausted but feeling good about what I got accomplished.

The job that was the biggest was to clean out the closet upstairs off the bathroom. It was an absolute mess! Here is proof: 





It was absolutely horrible!!!!! So I began to sort, sort, sort and sort some more. This closet holds toiletries for the bathroom, it is Rebecca's closet to hang her dresses as her bedroom does not have a closet, we store winter stuff in here, air conditioners, and fans, as well as extra clothes for the kids that they need to grow into, etc. It has a lot of uses, but becomes messy very quickly. 

I was able to get it all cleaned in around 3 hours. I sorted through all the kids' clothes and bagged up what is too small for them to wear and stored those clothes that will fit them next winter. I was able to figure out what the needs are for summer/spring for the kids' clothes (thankfully not as much needed as I originally thought). 

The final product: 


Everything is all nice and neat. In the picture, you can see the 4 boxes and 7 trash bags of clothes, etc. that I collected that will be heading off to Goodwill. I am so happy that this project is done. Now to keep it this way. 

So, I am pleased with how I did. I feel better about our home and hopefully, can keep up with my to dos as next weekend I have LOTS of plans that do not have to do with home cleaning. 

How was your weekend? 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Weekend to do list

This past week was LONG...it was only a 4 day workweek but it seemed to drag on...probably because I had so many errands to run and therapy appointments for Benjamin to coordinate and the weather was a mess all week...stormy and rainy every day. Made for a very long week. That also meant that not much got done at home except for the basics....

That leads to a HUGE to do list for this weekend....

This weekend I need to:
  • Pay bills (AEP, Directv, Mastercard, Geico, Time Warner, etc.)
  • Figure out where to get Ben a mattress for his new bed
  • Research Straightalk phones (Bill and I both need  new phones)
  • Balance checkbook
  • Clean out the closet upstairs off the bathroom (this huge walk in closet is a mess!)
  • Figure out spring/summer clothes situation for the kids, especially for the boys
  • Have Rebecca make a design for her First Communion banner and go buy the supplies needed
  • Complete 3 chapters in Rebecca's First Communion workbook
  • Clean both bathrooms
  • Laundry---do about a million loads to catch up ;)
  • Straighten up bedroom
  • Clean out underneath couches and loveseat to find missing toys
  • Date night dinner with Bill
  • Rebecca has softball practice
  • Lesson plans for tutoring job
  • Art lesson plans for school job 
That is all I can think of off the top of my head. I think that is more than enough to keep me busy. What about you? Any plans on  your to-do list for this weekend? 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Super HUGE truck coming through

One of the things that I like about where we live is that we live on one of the main roads in our town. (Believe me there are a lot of things I don't like about our house that we rent, but today we are focusing on the positives). There is no shortage of cars, trucks, ambulances, etc. that go down our road day in and day out. Benjamin loves standing at our front door or at the front window looking out at the different cars and trucks. Today he saw a special HUGE truck go by our house....

Getting ready to come near our house. It has a police escort.

Siemens Energy Inc. has a turbine plant here in our town. They have a contract to supply 3 HUGE generators to an oil field off the coast of Congo. In January, the first of these generators was moved through town, as they are driven across the state until they get to the Ohio River. 
 

Getting closer.

Today, the second load was shipped through and traveled right in front of our house. These things are HUGE. It is 330 feet long, 15 feet 6 inches tall, 20 feet 4 inches wide and weighs around 959,000 pounds. The convoy drives about 2-5 miles per hour. 




So tall, that a worker has to go ahead to hold up power lines that are too low for it to pass under.


Benjamin loved watching it come down the street and pass along in front of our house. I took him outside to watch as it is warmer out today than it has been since last fall. He had fun waving at the drivers and the police escorts.
 
There is goes, past our house....

 Have you ever had anything like this pass by your house?




 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sunday-- Easter baskets with the kids and dinner with the grandparents


Easter Sunday the kids woke us up wondering if the Easter bunny had come to visit them. Well he did. He left a note for Benjamin and a map where to find his basket (in the living room, in plain sight next to the toy bins). Next to Benjamin's basket was a note to Jacob about where to find his basket (which was hidden in the downstairs bathroom). When Jacob found his basket, there was a note but NO map to where Rebecca's basket was (it was hidden in the basement on top of the washer). The kids had a blast looking for their baskets and they LOVED what was in them. 

Benjamin received a small chocolate bunny, a cookie, a couple Thomas the Train toys, a new Mickey Mouse cup with a straw, a new book, a couple Paw Patrol bath squirters and a calculator. 



Jacob received a sketch pad, a box of markers, a new book, a small chocolate bunny, a cookie, an Avengers cup with some carrot shaped chocolate in it, a small art set, and 2 Power Rangers action figures.


Rebecca received a small chocolate bunny, a spongebob art kit, new headbands, a Spongebob chapter book, a cookie, a Spongebob cup with a few carrot shaped chocolates in it, and a set of Spongebob toys that included Spongebob, Squidward, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton from the movie "Sponge Out of Water."


The kids were thrilled with their baskets and didn't even notice the lack of candy in them. While they were exploring their baskets, I baked off some cinnamon rolls and we had that and fruit for breakfast.



 Around 2, we left to go to my parent's house. I was in charge of all the food for dinner, except for the ham and turkey. So we had to go over early so I could make the food. 

After my brother and his family showed up, the kids had another Easter egg hunt put on by my parents and my sister and brother. They got so much candy that it was not funny. 


After the Easter egg hunt, we sat down for dinner. The food was good and the laughter was better.  For dinner we had ham, turkey, augratin potatoes, green beans, yams, rolls, ranch pasta salad and fruit salad.



After dinner, the kids went back outside to play as the weather was gorgeous, while we were cleaning up the kitchen. Then my mom decided she wanted to take pictures of the different families and the grandkids, etc. 








After the grand picture taking session, we went back in for birthday cake for Benjamin and presents for Ben. We were celebrating his birthday with this side of the family today, as my mom was in South Carolina on his actual birthday. Ben got another Thomas set and some much needed shorts and summer pajamas. 






After cake, we just sat around and talked and laughed and looked at old photos. The kids ran around like they were nuts and then they played on the Wii with my sister and my brother's girlfriend. 

Overall, it was a relaxed, family fun filled, Easter day!