Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Let the shenanigans, begin....

So Callen. My dear, sweet, devious, smart aleck, Callen. That boy, is going to be T-R-O-U-B-L-E. True Story.

Man, he knows exactly what he's doing, and he calls our bluff already. But he's so dang cute about it.

Today, for instance.... sly little booger. We were in the waiting room at therapy, waiting for Bailey and Trevor to get out. I was giving him Veggie Straws {a.k.a. baby crack} and he'd toddle around and then come back for another one. So, I would tell him to say "please" and show him the sign language. He did it once by himself, a few times I took his hand and did it for him, another time he busted out with "ease", then the next time I tried to get him to say it again, and he was not having it. So, he gave me look #1 down there, and then grabbed my own hand and put it on his chest for me... little stinker. So I gave him one, because technically, it counts... and I don't want to discourage out-of-the-box thinking.

These are the faces I get when I tell him "No."

 {This is my absolute FAVORITE face he makes. It's his Chris Farley look-a-like face}

After he gave me THIS ridiculously cute, "I'm feigning innocence" smile, he turned around and started pulling the pots out again... yeah. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

A belated smart spark

So, we're moving in 4 days!!!

...and about a month ago, I wasn't so overwhelmed, and was in this "let's-organize-everything-BEFORE-we-move" phase, and I needed to inventory what baby girls clothes I do and don't have.

 Sadly, I gave away A LOT of Bailey's clothes, less than a year ago... even some of my favorites, because I'd just popped a baby out, and clearly, I did not expect to be popping another one out any time soon, man, hindsight is 20/20. C'est lavie, I guess. I like to think, that Karma is going to turn that around on me...

Anyway, I was organizing them into two bins newborn- 9 months, and 12 months and up. So, long story, longer... I got done with the packed 12 month to 2t bin and realized... I'm going to need some of these sooner than later, and I don't want to have to dig through the bin and hope I don't miss something.

So I had the belated, not-so-brilliant thought, to start at the bottom and organize the clothes from biggest to smallest, since I'll need the 12 month clothes first,

and then the 12-18 months, etcetera. So I did both bins that way, and it was a bit of a pain, because I kept forgetting some, and I'd have to go back and add them in, but I think I'll be happy I did it in the future.

It was also handy, because I was able to see, which sizes I'll need to get... it turns out, I don't have much for newborn to 12 months, but enough that we'll be okay at first. {AS IF, I'm not going to pick up things on sale before then... let's be honest.}

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my not-so-brilliant, belated thought with y'all in case it could come in handy. I wish I'd done this 5 years ago.

That is all, probably all for the week, it's going to get CRRAAAAZZZZZZZYYYYY up in here! Party Time!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Apples & Oranges

There are Apples {macs} and there are PC's {oranges}. I have wanted a Mac since high school. That's a LONG time. So I finally needed a new computer a few years ago, when student loan money came in. It cost me $1200. YEAH. But honestly, I paid about that for my POS Dell, that never worked properly. So it was worth it to me to have it

My mac is about 4 years old. Lately, the ole girl is hitting menopause. Let me just say... I've put out $100 dollars in repairs at the genius bar. Do you know how much they charge for labor when you need something repaired?

Are you ready for this? $39.00. That is a 3-9. 00. How great is that.

Trip 1: So, I took it in because there was something wrong with the way it was charging. The part to fix it was $10.00. YEAH. The genius bar tech noticed all the cracking around the edge of this old maid and said it was a known problem... so they were going to replace the entire keyboard and top rim... FO FREE. $0.00 cost for labor or parts. So, all I paid was $10.00... and my computer got a facelift.

Trip 2: Mr. Shaw and I were goofing off as I had my computer resting on my hip {stupid I know}, and I naturally jerked to avoid getting tickled and my open computer crashed to the floor. Yes, seriously. The tech this time did tell me that the only reason they could do it was because the screen itself wasn't crack and was functioning properly. So they replaced the hinges and the outside of the screen and everything, I think it was around $100 or so. $39.00 for labor, still.

Trip 3: My screen started freaking out the other day. So, the nice tech looked at my history and everything, and came back and told me that because I've been having so much trouble in the past 6 months, he's going to send it out to have everything fixed, the screen and stuff. NO COST TO ME. That's right people, NO PARTS, NO LABOR. BUT, I do know that I'm going to be needing a new battery here in the next few months. So, I'm going to save myself $39.00 on labor and have them go ahead and do that. So, my cost will be $100.00. If you walk in and buy a battery it's $129.00, if you go through the genius bar, $99.00 + labor. They need it for 5-7 days though, and Callen's bday party is coming up and the move, so I told him I'd bring it back in after I get all my docs and stuff pdf'ed. He gave me a card with a reference number on it. So I'll just take it in, hand over this not so haggy lady and she'll come back new.

Now, Jeffrey and I put in a new hard drive recently {~$169.00} and some new/more RAM {$30}, and upgraded the software {FO FREE, thanks to my friend Chris, who let you use hers} so she really is like a new computer!

It makes me glad I paid a small fortune for it, cause now that she needed a little work done, it was MUCH cheaper than buying a new one, and I just don't think I can ever go back to a PC. For one, I've pretty much forgotten how to use them, and B, they are so much better and easier to use.

That is all. I just wanted to share A- why my posts have been so far in between sometimes, and B- how awesome mac products are and their affordability to repair. It definitely makes it worth it.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Getting Closer...

Well, I'm almost 29 weeksish now... I guess it's about time to post a belly shot. So I can tell this baby one day, that mommy did actually take the time to take a picture while pregnant with it/her.

{This is my "I-don't-really-know-what-face-to-make-while-taking-a-self-portrait" face.... ain't it grande... or awkward.... either one.}

Granted, this shot is from week 24, so my belly is a bit larger now, but I'm just going to keep looking at this one so I don't feel so huge. 

We still aren't sure technically what it is... but I'm 99% sure that it's a girl. In fact, I will probably pee my pants {and not from incontinence...that time} if this thing comes out with a penis. I'm THAT sure it's a girl. So I'm just goin' with it and keeping tags on and receipts- just in case. So as of right now, this baby's name is Adeline Elizabeth, after both mine and Jeffrey's gramma's. She is currently kicking my boob. Translation- kicking my ribs so much that my boob is moving. It's because I need caffeine... in the form of cherry coke to survive. True story. Happy Hump Day, folks.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Getting Organized....Progress

Remember this post from a while ago? Well As I've been packing and finding plenty of loose papers around the house... and having to sort through them and decide which file cabinet and file to put them in with, I've decided to really work on getting our family binder together.

So today, I made our finances page, binder cover page, website logins page,

and a header to easily add and label each page so that they are matchy- matchy, yes that is a word. {In the blank space I add whatever that page is- i.e. calendar, finances, login list, menu plan, calendar... etc.} I kind of borrowed this idea from Jennifer at i heart organizing, I made some adjustments though.

I'm PRETTY excited about it, except that it took me forever to get them done. I KNOW there has got to be an easier way than how I'm doing it, I just don't know what it is.

I'm still not in love with the cover page... it's not quite there, but I'm so done today that it will do until inspiration strikes and I get it just right. Here's a peek.
See what I mean? It's cute, but it's just not quite right... almost too busy, but  I've done this thing over and over so many different ways, and I just can't get it to where I want it... so really, how important is it for me to waste all my time getting it perfect, not very. I had to stop myself, and pick my battles. Suggestions, people?

Annnyhow, I'm SO excited at the idea of having one place to keep the important documents and information for our family. It will streamline everything, and making filing a less daunting task. Maybe I won't be so stressed out when I KNOW, that I know where things are.

 It's hard to believe I used to be a file clerk for a living, OH, so long ago... I don't miss it.

I did this with the recipes I use most frequently about a year or so ago, and it has made it so much easier to find them all in one place, instead of digging through cookbooks.

Time for a Klondike. What would YOU do for a Klondike bar? Goodnight, my friends. Goooooodnight.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Who is she?

Do you ever look at yourself and wonder who the freak is looking back at you? OR Look at a picture of yourself and think it's misrepresenting you?

I do that A LOT. Like, "ALOT ALOT" {name that movie... it's an oldie, but oh, such a goodie}.

When I look at this picture, it makes me seem so laid back {well, I've got that part down, four kids didn't come from sitting up with your legs crossed...} put together and happy.

{Most of that is because Wendy Updegraff is freaking awesome.}

Not that I'm not happy... I am, but I'm definitely not put together. I feel like my life is one big ball of anxiety and chaos and I'm grasping to make sense of it all, and to keep it organized in my head so that I can process it.

Some days, I can actually be that cool, collected, normal person who is patient and calm with her kids. That's not the norm, though. It give me something to reach for and work toward.

For instance, I pictured myself being the SAHM who is patient, well rounded, and puts forth the effort needed to do enriching activities with her kids { like sit and do crafts with the kids and simultaneously keep the house clean, have dinner made, regularly, teach them lessons on ABC's, handwriting, numbers, etc. I guess, kind of like the 50's era women, but modernized.

The reality of it is, that motherhood is SO much harder than it was going to be in my head. I honestly don't think that everyone has plenty of days like I just described. For me they are 1-2 a week, if I'm lucky. In fact, today was one of those days. Instead of getting annoyed because the kids are exhausted and bored. We made play doh, and while the task was daunting in my head... it was simple and quick and entertained them while we waited for daddy to get home and while I got dinner in the oven. Rare, I'm telling you.

Days like today, I feel like I've succeeded for the most part. Most days, I just feel awful all around. Like, I don't recognize myself, because the reality of my behavior doesn't match up to what I should be in my head. I know that's destructive in some ways and productive in others, but let's face it, I'm pretty sure we all do it at some point.

Anyways, that all. Do you recognize yourself? Do you feel like you don't know who you are sometimes? Or am I just psychotic? It's okay, I can take the truth... I promise.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sayers and Doers

When you stop and think about the people who really make a difference, you can't help but acknowledge that they are always the Sayers and Doers, in life.

We are often encountered by others with a "how are you doing?" or a "call me if you need anything!" Many times these are just pleasantries, and people don't REALLY want us to unleash how we are really doing, or the fact that while we may put on, a happy, put together, exterior... we are falling to pieces inside or grasping at the last few inches of our ropes.

Honestly, how many times have you exited a conversation with someone who took that invitation and let it all go, in a rant to you, and you didn't think... DAMN, I wasn't asking for all that!

Be honest with yourself... I know I have a few times over the years.

How many times have you let it all go to someone who asked those questions in a desperate attempt to feel heard and  not feel desperate, alone, and manic, and were just grateful that someone cared enough to listen?

I've been on both sides of that fence. Though, anymore, I just tend to hold it all in and combust at random periods in time.... in which someone close to me ends up being the victim of my uncontrollable psychotic hysteria.

The moral of my story... maybe we should all be doers and REALLY MEAN IT, when we ask someone and really be interested in that person and lightening THEIR load.

That said...

About a month ago, I was having a REALLY AWFUL day. The kind in which, you just accept defeat from the start. It was day two of spring break,  I don't remember which one, but one of the kids wasn't feeling well, so I called and cancelled therapies that day. I wasn't about to lug my kids through therapy across town and back all day... not in my state of mind.

I had just put the boys down for their naps {that they otherwise wouldn't get, because we'd be at therapy} and I got a phone call from a woman in my ward. She said that I had really been on her mind and wanted to stop by and make sure I was doing  okay and bring me something.

I rushed to make my house less destroyed, put the baby down and choked back the tears as I was reminded of how mindful our Heavenly Father is of us and how if we are all willing we can truly be angels for other people. Let me emphasize, I had not had a bad day like this, in a really long time... anyhow....

She stopped by and brought us dinner and a movie. We chatted for a while and it was SO NICE. She also happens to have gone through a similar situation with her kids and IEP's {Individual Education Plan} and the overwhelmingness that goes along with it. I didn't have to ask for it, but it was such a thoughtful and on my part needed gesture. It truly touched me. I was fighting back the tears for days afterwards.

In fact, I still choke 'em back when I think of it.

Who doesn't want to be thought of and have something nice done for them, WITHOUT asking for it?

Let me add, that I really don't know this woman that well. We had talked a few times at church, but I hadn't had the chance to get to know her very well. Which makes it all the more impressive and meaningful to me.

I'm not saying that I don't have good friends and family that I know I can call if I need too, because I totally do, and they are phenomenal... and they are my life line. Let me not underplay their parts in my life... at all.

My point is....
Life is hard for all of us. Why not pitch in to lighten the load, you never know why you might be thinking of someone, what that someone might be going through, or how your actions might lighten their load.

I think it's one of the reasons to stay in tune with our Heavenly Father, so that he can use us to help others and so that we can recognize a prompting from the spirit when we have them, and be a doer. In the process, we will each receive blessings and it's a nice distraction from our own issues that bring us down and get us feeling sorry for ourselves.

Anyway. That's my two cents. It's just been on my mind. Go and DO.

P.S. I can't find my camera cord to upload any pictures. I'd like to blame it on my messy house, but seeing as how half of our stuff is packed... their isn't an excuse... maybe the kids got a hold of it. We'll see. Thanks for hangin' in there with me, friends.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

10 and 11 months!

AHHH! Things were such a mess that I forgot to post 10 months for Callen. So I'll try to remember some of those things.

He eats just about anything I give him, and much, much more off of the floor... or anywhere, really.

He started standing on his own and then trying to take steps and by the 2nd or 3rd week of month 10, and would take 3-4 steps on his own. Then 8 one day, and he still crawls but can definitely make it across a room now.

He is in 18-24 month clothes. Though he can still fit into 12 month bottoms. I'm guessing he's probably somewhere around 22-23 pounds, maybe more.

He loves his pacifier now, which makes me die a little inside. He went 9 months without one and then decided he just HAD to have one. He started taking Trevor's out of his mouth, and OH, the drama that caused.

I have a haunting feeling that he is going to cause a LOT of trouble... but he will be SO much fun. He's really talkative {in baby talk, of course} so I call him my little walkie-talkie. His favorite game is peek-a-boo {naturally} and he thinks he's hilarious when he "scares" you. He's stubborn as hell, just like the rest of us. He loves to play with Bailey and Trevor, or anyone.

He has a girlfriend, her name is Callie... and somehow, he knows to plant one right on her face when she is around... WUH OH! I told you, trouble.

We sure do love this little guy! He is so much fun and brings such a great dynamic to our family! Happy 11 months big guy!

Monday, May 7, 2012

A Few Things...

1. I've discovered how to keep my kids calm and out of trouble in the mornings while I'm getting things ready {or playing on the computer, either way}... are you ready.

Two words.

PLAY-DOH. {or one hyphenated one}

Sure, I have to clean up the residue off of the table later... but they haven't moved for 40 minutes now.

2. I made the Nana's Bread recipe last night. I used 3 cups bread flour and 1 cup all purpose flour. SO EASY and SOOOO delicious. Try it if you aren't a wheat bread fan... it worked great and is so easy.

3. I'm moving in 3 weeks! AHHHHHHHHH.

4. I ran out of diapers late last night.... and then the hallelujah choir sang and I found 4 in my bedroom! Good thing too, cause I needed them this morning. Awesomeness.

5. Callen is WALKING, unassisted. Though he still chooses to crawl A LOT because it's so much faster.

6. I can't even imagine the chaos that is about to be my life with 4 KIDS!

7. I got {and by I, I mean Mr. Shaw} the new hard drive in my computer and it is SO much faster...two days of headaches {literally} later. Thank you Jeff-fa-fa. I heart you.

That is all for now. Happy Monday Folks!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Moving On

Jeffrey and I just celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary in March. Since we've been married we will have moved 5 times {after this next move}.

I LOATHE it. I just hate it. It is such an overwhelming task. Of those 5 times, We moved when Bailey was 2 days old {you heard me}, and because all of my lady parts were busted up pretty badly, and I was having a mental breakdown because I was super post partum and stressed out, I wasn't much help packing, so everything was thrown in boxes and by different people. This made UNPACKING an AWFUL, AWFUL experience, but it's not like I had a choice, and we were grateful that people were at least willing to help us!!

Last year, I was 8 months pregnant when we moved, and really overwhelmed... we had a lot more crap than I realized! So it got the best of me, and I packed what few boxes we had and literally piled the rest in my mamavan and made 8-10 trips to the new house. I didn't see the point in wasting all that time and energy packing boxes that would need to be unpacked 20 miles later. It was TERRRRRRRRIBLE. We still haven't fully unpacked. There was stuff everywhere, it was an awful mess. Everyone tried to tell me, but I am not a great listener when I don't want to be.

Worst. idea. ever.

We move June 1st this time, and this year I will be about 8 months pregnant, as well. Except, with three kids instead of 2 and Bailey will start school 6 weeks later {yes, about the time this baby is due!}

I've already packed up some boxes as of a month or so ago.

Yes, you heard me.

I'm packing months in advance. Seriously, what are the odds that I'm going to have time to sit down and read any books? Or go through all the papers in the filing cabinet? Or use CD's and memorabilia that's stored under my bed and hasn't been opened in years... I'm not planning on hosting any parties or showers, so all of my apothecary jars, and serveware can be packed as well.

All of that can be packed, and it's so many boxes less than I'll have to pack later; when it's blazing hot, and I'm HUGE, Moto Moto style. {Name that movie}.

 This move, is going to be a well oiled and organized machine.

So I was making nice, neat labels on the computer with the contents on it and everything. However, it's kind of annoying to have to have the computer in the way and stop what your doing to customize the label and print it out and then remember which box had what in it to put the label on. SO, I made some generic labels to just write on as I go. I thought I'd share. They are nothing spectacular, but they are functional. If we were moving further away, I'd probably have put our name and new address and phone number on them. However-comma, we are not moving more than 10 miles down the road, so I didn't :)

Once again, I just use a full page of blank shipping label and use my paper cutter to separate them.

Click here to download moving labels.

Also, for any of you moving soon, this blog has some good tips on it, some I had already done, but others were useful! Enjoy