Friday, February 25, 2011

Feb. 25, 2011

So yesterday started being pretty lazy. Ben wasnt feeling well so we snuggled most of the early part of the day and then he laid down for a nap and slept for 3 hours. He must have really needed it because when he finally woke up he was feeling much better. So we made cookies. They were so yummy!!!! Bens "helping" was really just licking the beaters after Id mixed everything together. Then he helped me make dinner for his Daddy. After dinner we played a game of Candyland and we finished out our night with a bath and snuggles.
 It twas a wonderful night, though when I woke up this morning I got an eyeful of how neglected my house was. Dear goodness, I desperatly need to spend the day in intensive cleaning mode. And Im praying my washer and dryer come the first part of next week so I can wash laundry!! Im super excited about them. And to help prepare the laundry room, which is also the recycling center of our house, we need to return all the recycling this weekend. Im excited about that too because in CA you get cash back for soda cans and plastic water bottles and we have like 2 months worth. Oh I suppose I should get up and actually start cleaning. Wish me luck:)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Feb 24, 2011

I never relized how many people actually read this. So I apologize that Im rather sporadic in the writing but by nature Im a procrastinator. So as soon as I think I need to write it Im come up with 50 ways to avoid it:) Im going to attempt to write more often though.
   Ben woke up this morning telling me he wasnt feeling well. So though I had great grandious ideas about being productive today, I dont think its really going to happen:) I think I will actually spend my day snuggling with Ben and watching cartoons and maybe coloring. Though Ben doesnt really like to color. Ill try to update everyone about what we actually got done or not done today:) There are several baskets of laundry calling my name behind the couch that desperatly need to be put away. They've been waiting since Saturday for me to put them away:( And I have to get it done before my new washer and dryer get here!!!!! Im pretty darn excited about those.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Feb. 23, 2011

    Oh where to start?! Weve had a crazy week. We started off with all of us having the stomach flu. So needless to say we spent the weekend at home which helped me stick to my budget:) Monday we all felt better and cashed in all our loose change and took Ben to Gnomeo and Juliet. Ben even saved his Valentine money and bought his own popcorn. He was super proud of himself. We got home a little late and Ben was ready for bed as soon as we walked in the door, poor little guy couldnt even stay awake for the ride home:)
    Then Tuesday was the really exciting day. I applied for a special military only credit card because I wanted to rebuild my credit that was maliciously distroyed-BBL Anyway it finally came in and you get 10% your first purchase and after much discussion Joe and I decided to purchase washer and dryer with it and paying it off with our income tax return. Instead of just buying them with our income tax- which we had already planned on doing. So Ben and I drove to the base, thinking we would take them home in Joes truck that day. We got all the way down there only to discover they didnt have the set we wanted on hand so we had to schedule in home delivery and at first I was pretty twirked that I was going to have to wait but it turns out God knew what was going on. Cause as we were leaving the base Joes truck died. He was driving behind me and said he lost all power to his wheels, then it would no longer go into gear. So we got it off the road and hurried to the on base auto-shop which was blessedly still open. Only to discover that they think its a tranny problem and they dont work on trannys. But they gave us the number for another auto-shop. We call the other guys and were blessed again when they gave us the number for a tow place that only charged $50-60 and they towed our truck like 10 miles or more. Now were just waiting to see what the damage is and how much its going to cost. I have pretty much given myself an ulcer over worring about paying for it all, but as my husband pointed out Gods hand had been in the situation from the begining. So praying God already has a way worked out and it will all be fine. Now if I could just convince myself of that:)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Feb. 17, 2011

Ugh... Im not sure why I decided a blog was a good idea for me:) It seems like its just one more thing I have to do in a day, but Ill keep goin for my momma who calls me to ask why I didnt write somedays. Im currently watching watching Bizzare Foods and wishing I lived in Chicago-BBL My boys are in bed and Im stuck next to the magical farting dog. He seriously has the worse gas I've ever smelled, he wakes himself up.
    This morning we found out for sure we are not going to have to be moving back to the base. So I have upped my pursuit of chickens and a garden. Though I already had seeds started so there was going to be a garden somewhere! Bens convinced that when our seeds sprout the baby will be here. Poor little guy is going to be so dissapointed:(
   On that note this kid is going to kill me-BBL Yesterday Joe called and asked me to bring a copy of our lease to him at the base yesterday. I got the lease out, loaded up the kid and the dog, drove all the way to the base only to relize I had forgotten the lease on Bens craft table. My husband being the wonderful man that he is just laughed and followed me back to the house and said hed take it with him to work the next day. And if it isnt the extra forgetfulness its the crazy emtional nuttiness. I think I broke into tears 4 seperate time on the way home yesterday because of some sappy country song or just thinking about how lucky I am to be married my to my husband.
     I know everywomen thinks she got the best, but really mine take the cake. He works so hard to give Ben and I the best life he can. Weve both made mistakes throughout our marriage, but I absolutly wouldnt have it anyother way. It means so much to me when he comes home and our house is a mess because I've been exhausted and decided crafting with Ben was more important than cleaning, and he justs look around and asks if I want to go out for dinner cause he can tell I must be worn out. And its said in a loving way that just lets me know that he understand and it makes me want to cry.
    Im going to bed I'll finish this tommorrow-BBL

Monday, February 14, 2011

Feb. 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!! I didnt relize I hadnt posted Friday so I guess I better update you all. I finally got that bread baked, and it was if I do say so myself:) And my hubby took me out for Mexican for Valentines Day on Friday. It was pretty good except that, it turns out this baby does NOT like melted cheese. I couldnt even look at the quesodilla on my plate without almost losing the rest of my dinner. I was not a happy Momma cause I love cheesy Mexican goodness, this is going to be a LONG pregnancy. Than after dinner we came home and watched movies and snuggled with Ben on the couch- BLISS
       Saturday we literally stayed in our pajamas until about 4pm when we HAD to get in the shower in order to make it to the church Valentine dinner. It was wonderful to just laze around and spend time with my boys. Like I said we finally got dressed around 4 and went to the Valentine dinner. Ben spent the night with the youth who acted as the childcare. He had soooo much fun, he didnt want to leave. In fact they let him play the drums in the church used for worship, he thought it so cool. Joe and I also had a wonderful time. They served a tri-tip dinner with grilled aspargus, potatoes, and yeast rolls. I think I ate an entire pound of asparagus:) This baby may not like cheese but it sure like veggies. It was a great night of fellowship.
      Then Sunday our church had a special service in a nearby town and we rode up with another couple in our church. The sermon was great and afterwards our new Pastor took us out for pizza. The pizza place had games and whatnot for little kids and when we ran out of quarters for Ben to play he pulled a chair up to the cash registor and asked the cashier for her quarters-BBL Then the couple that allowed us to ride with them took us around and showed us all over the area. We went to the Oroville Dam- the worlds largest earth dam. We went to the Oroville museum and learned all about Ichi the last of an Indian Tribe whose name escapes me at the moment. It was beautiful and sooo much fun! By the time we got home I was soo exhausted I fell asleep at 8:30 and was out until 8:30 this morning:)
      Ben and dont have anything exciting for today. I am planning to bake another loaf of bread because weve already eaten all of the first loaf. I used the last of it today to make french toast for Ben and I. I have roast on for dinner and its cold and rainy outside so we plan to stay in our pjs all day, watch cartooons, and play. We may even make Daddy a valentine. Im pretty excited for our quite, snuggly day. Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines:)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Feb.11, 2011

OK I figured I better write today since my mom called yesterday to ask why I hadnt wrote yesterday. I dont want to upset her two days in a row:) My life has been pretty uneventful, sort of. Yesterday was a bit of a mess I guess. We got a call that they have a house for us on base, but our current landlord doesnt want to let us out of our this soon. He was ok with it at first because he was under the impression, as were we, that it take several months for them to get housing for us.  In fact we didnt have a military clause because our landlord understood we may only get to stay for a few months.  He was ok with it because he would have time to find someone else to rent the house. Well when they called yesterday after less than a month our landlord was not happy and refused to let us out of the lease. Joe has a meeting today to decide exactly what they want us to do about it. Praying that in the end it works out for the best of everyone involved and that Joe isnt hurt to bad by the whole ordeal. He does everything to literally be the best he possibly can. Im praying that this wont hurt his career, hes worked to hard to have this mess everything up. Im soooo proud of him regardless of how it all comes down.
           Beyond that yesterday about the extent of my day was laundry:) Lots and lots of laundry. We are blessed that our current landlords allow us to use their washer and dryer, so I do laundry once a week. And it can really pile up in a week. I also got our bedroom put together, you can actually walk around in it now-BBL Of course they would get house ready on base just as I got around to getting everyhting sorted and a schedule going:)
          I also started an exercise program because I REFUSE to get as big with this baby as I did with Ben. Dear goodness I was huge when I finally had him:) My goal is to wear my own cloths as long as humanly possible this time around. THough I did look at a few UBER cute maternity dresses that Im hoping to get. Well see though, cause Im still working on that budget thing:) I reworked our budget and if I can stick to it we would be completely debt free in two years and have a substantial nest egg, not counting our mortgage. Hopefully we can pay off that in the next 10 years though, or thats my goal anyway. Im pretty excited about cause Id really like to turn our credit around.
        Welp thats about it:) My goals for today are to finish laundry, fit in a shower, clean up the sunroom. It should be an exciting and eventful day. And well be taking intermittent breaks to pray for Joe and that whatever happens today, he is not given a bad rap over the whole thing:) I want him to have chance to show what hes capable of without this hanging over his head and haunting him.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Feb. 8, 2011

       OOOOOO I found it!! Heres my orginal I wrote:)

       I cant believe its been 4 days since I last blogged. Oh what a couple of days its been. I did finally get laundry put away:) And had a wonderful weekend with my boys, minus the morning sickness. Really it was all pretty uneventful but Ill try my best to update you all.
    Friday we went to family night at the church. They had the most amazing fried chicken and somebody had brought snickerdoddles. I ate WAY more than I should have. Im really trying not to gain to much this time around and Friday did not help that goal. After dinner they had board games out and I brought a matching game for Ben to play which he talked several of the ladies into playing with him:) Then he wondered outside with the other kids and played ping-pong. And by the time the night was over we ended up with a ping-pong ball coming home with us. Trying to explain to Ben that he has to take it back was interesting. I almost forgot we also got a call from the vet and were informed Bruno never had kennel cough. He had to seperate strains of puppy flu that should have been covered by the parvo shot which led the vet to believe he never got his puppy shots. So once he feels better he needs all his shots:(
       Saturday we helped Joes supiorior load a trailer cause shes moving to Reno. I managed to royally embarress him, which made my day:) Ben and I played a lot of hide-n-seek, which consisted of him telling me where to hide while he counted and then him running over and saying, "Found you!!!" What a little goober;) We also took Ben to the park here in town on Saturday. He made friends with the other kids within seconds. And we hung out for awhile until the icecream truck came around and all the other kids got icecream, but Daddy said the truck looked iffy and wouldnt let Ben get any. So instead we took him to the grocery store and let him pick out his own special icecream that we then ate on our front porch and it melted everywhere. Ben didnt mind to much cause hes obbessed with washing his hands and it was just an excuse for him to do it again.
        Sunday was a whole lot of nothing. We didnt go to church because I was throwing up all morning. We didnt watch the Super Bowl cause we decided to go outside and explore instead. We discovered our dog has a serious jealous streak against other animals-BBL Ben and I did make fresh squeezed oj and we bought some AMAZING strawberries at road side stand that we preped and froze. Im hoping to use them in a cake this week, but well see:)
       Then Monday was a very productive day at our house. We got most of the laundry put away, hopefully I'll get the rest of it today. We also got some seeds started yesterday and carpet scrubbed. Aparently if the dog is sniffing things it means he has to go potty RIGHT then! Thank goodness I have a carpet cleaner and my Grandmothers secret stain remover. We also got Ben bathed, which was quite the production. And finally I got laundry sorted. Hoping today can be just as productive. I desperatly need a bath myself:) Need to finish putting laundry away, supper started, dust the house, and call around about finding an ob. Im also hoping to maybe bake some homemade bread, but that maybe pushing it-BBL

Feb 8, 2011

I seriously just spent 20 minutes writing out todays blog only to have it disappear when I tried to publish it. I am not to happy and I dont really want to write all that out again. So the jist was we had a fun filled weekend with family night at church, park on Saturday, and exploring the neighborhood on Sunday. If I get time later today Ill put the details in-FG (thought- we need to come up with an acornym for frustrated giggle, from now on Im going to write FG when I feel that way)
   Yesterday Ben and I were very productive. We got most of the laundry put away, Ben was bathed, carpets were cleaned, and we made a yummy dinner. Hopefully today we can finish putting laundry away. I desperatly need a bath myself today and I plan on investigating obs and midwives in the area.  We also made a "need" list for the baby yesterday and got seeds started. Ben says he wants a girl baby but if it is a boy Daddy said Ben could pick the nursery bedding since theyd be sharing a room. So Ben looked at stuff with me and is currently fixated on a rockstar nursery. Oh I love how my son thinks-BBL Off we go to be productive:)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Feb.4, 2011

Omy yesterday was definatly eventful as most of you know:) I didnt get a whole lot done, but whats new right? BBL I did reconfigure our budget to include the unexpected puppy expence, so now we are back on a budget and its super tight but it will be ok. I also got some grocery shopping out of the way but then everything got thrown in the air when I went to the docter and they told me I was pregnant!!!!
        So the rest of my day was spent telling everyone our exciting news. Weve been trying for awhile and werent sure what would happen after the cancer and chemo and all that, so that makes this baby all that more special. On top of that the baby is due on my bday. Soo excited. Now trying to decide if I want to know what it is. A big part of me doesnt but on the other hand we have absolutly NO baby stuff! So I should probably find out what it is so we can buy stuff and decorate a nursery. I also have to figure out if the baby and Ben will share a room or if were going to add a new room to the house. And how do we go about preparing Ben to be a big brother. Hes had a hard enough time adjusting to sharing mom and dad with the dog:) Oh well we will figure out.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Feb. 3, 2011

Oh where to start?! Yesterday was quite eventful. As told you all I had to throw my budget out the window after we took the dog to vet. We attempted to get the rescue group to pay for a portion of bill because they assured us he was healthy and he definatly wasnt. In fact the vet told us to take him back. So Joe called them only to discover that they had never actually taken him to a vet and had given us pills they just had around for what they thought was "kennel cough." We even have signed paperwork stating he was healthy and had seen a vet so we are still deciding what course of action we plan to take. We have decided we are definatly NOT taking the dog back, which is what the group was insisting we do. Joe asked why would take a dog, that we love, back to people who didnt take care of him properly to begin with? On the brightside the dog has only been on the meds from the vet for a day and there is already a remarkable improvment:)
           Also yesterday I took Ben in for a check-up and a meet-n-greet with his new docter. It was great right up until they poked his finger to check his iron levels and all that jazz. He freaked out and was squeezing his finger so blood is squirting everywhere. The nurse was trying to put a a band-aid on his finger and I had to stop her because hes scared to death of band-aids-BBL Finally got him to just hold a cotton ball on there and then they checked his blood pressure which I told him was checking to see how big his muscles had gotten. He has told anyone who would listen all about his adventures and how now hes convinced hes going to be playing baseball because hes all grown up:) Where does he get this stuff.
           I got that cake made after the docters visit. Its awful looking-BBL, but it tastes good! And I made wonderful fajitas for supper- sooo yummy. If I hadnt thrown the budget out the window earlier in the day I would have done really well yesterday. No eating out, made sure lights were shut-off as we left rooms, and no unneeded trips to the store. I do have to run to the store today, but Im making a list and Im going TO STICK TO THE LIST. Or at least Im going to try really hard:) And when Ive finally got this budget thing under control I think were going to try and a revamping of our diet. For real Ben and I have had chocolate donuts for breakfast the last 2 days-BBL The docter said Ben was healthy and growing perfectly so Im not to worried about it, but it should probably be addressed soon:) Maybe the garden will help that.
          We ended the day on a great note!! We found a new church. We went because they advertised a family night on Fridays and we thought it sounded really neat. So we get there and the first thing I notice is all the women are in skirts and they are all wearing their hair in buns. Then here I am in jeans, a t-shirt, and wild curls. I was worried they were going to be super old fashioned and wouldnt like me because Im a little outside the mold:) And then our son spent the service acting like a goob in the pew with us. Running up and down the aisle and jumping on the pew. I had hope though when the Pastor said in his message about reaching other that the church needed to remember  to love people as Christ would and not have predetermined prejudice against people. Then he proceeded to say that as a church our job is to love and be open to people, not treat them like rotten sinners depending on their own religous veiws, sexual orintation, or how they look. I was pretty excited at that moment because I feel very strongly about that type of thing. Then the moment of truth came after service and the people came to speak to us. And they ended up being the most welcoming and friendly group. In fact they told us they Ben had been so good and I need not worry about how I was dressed. I could wear jeans everyday if I wanted:) I cant wait to go back on Friday for Friday-Family-Night.
                I guess I should make some goals for the day. We all know the odds of me acheiving them are slim to none, but it makes me feel better just to have them-BBL I think my main goal is to do the dishes I left in the sink last night:) I also desperatly put away laundry so I can use those baskets to wash laundry tomorrow.  I may also attempt to reconfigure my budget to deal with the unexpected doggy expense. I may also attempt to learn how to spell but dont hold your breath cause Im 25 and it hasnt happened yet-BBL

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Feb 2, 2011

First and formost Happy Birthday to my wonderflus sister-in-law Liz and my Grandmother Pat Benjamin! Now that said I obviously didnt get my blog written last night, nor did I stick to my no eating- out policy either. I know, know, pathetic-lol (Thought- I hate lol so from here on out Im saying BBL for Big Belly Laugh). In my defense I did cook dinner, it just ended up tasting awful so my boys overuled me and went through the drive-thru. At least I tried right? I did manage to go grocery shopping yesterday and though I didnt acheive much else on my list, I got bills paid so it felt like a productive day:) So today I started with renewd vigor to get back on the budget track and being productive. I got out of bed at a decent time and got everyone loaded to take the dog to the vet. And then my budget got thrown out the stinking window-BBL! I'm so frustrated at the moment.
         We adopted the dog with assurances that he was perfectly healthy besides a slight case of kennel cough which they gave us medication for. So Im going along giving the Bruno his meds religously and he just seems to get worse. So we had to take him in for his heartworm test and I decided to ask that they check out his "kennel cough". The vet gets all upset and starts asking where we adopted Bruno because he was SUPER sick and he should never have been allowed to be adopted out and we should just take him back. The problem with taking him back is that it would destroy my 3 year old, who is already uber attched to the big lug. So instead like I said I threw my budget out the window and paid the $212.00.  Dear Jesus help me:)  All I can do know is pray the dog gets better and my finances magically fix themselves-BBL. Yeah when it snows in the tropics. Oh well try to get back on track tomorrow right? For today I think were finally going to back that layer cake- cause cake makes it all better.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb. 1, 2011- Part 1

Its a beautiful sunny day here in Northern California. Weve already made bluberry muffins, made a wonderflus cup of coffe, and watched Phineas and Ferb. Which might I add is one of my favorite cartoons ever right now! Sooo funny. Ive also decided on my to-do list for the day. So pray for me that I can stay focused for longer than 5 minutes at a time. I either have an adult form of ADD oooor thats just life with a 3 year old, I havnt decided. Anywho so Im hoping to get laundry FINALLY put away, groceries bought, and that cake made. And should time and attention allow I plan to get on Martha Stewarts website and check out garden plans. Ok guess Ill update you later about how much I actually accomplished:)