Monday, April 30
Courtney has loved the baby and always wants to see her and touch her. She has loved her cousins too.
The thing we have done most? Play "just dance" on the wii. We have had a dance party every night and a Few mornings to get ready for school. I sure miss them and can't wait for the day they are close!
Thursday, April 26
Monday, April 23
So we are still struggling a lot with what to do and how to treat all the situations but we are learning, and we are trying to make good lasting changes for their good and for our good.
Wednesday, April 18
We went to our friends the other night when we were showing our home and needed to get out of the house. They have this little "river" and lake where you can see (and feed french fries) fish and turtles. The kids were all doing this and Court dropped her brand new Croc into the water. Brian had to break into the closed pool and get this scooper. The best is that right after we got Courtney's shoe back and walked away, their little guy did the same thing and we had to get it back out and do it again. It was actually hilarious.
Courtney has had to take a few naps in the car this week since we have been kicked out of our house for the most part. She cracks me up with the way she uses her blanket. She doesn't cuddle it or hug it, she doesn't rub it or snuggle it... She shoves as much of it as she can into her mouth and falls asleep... Can you say choking hazard?!
Sunday, April 15
Of course when I got back on track to eat well (like ever monday, and tuesday, and wednesday...) There was free ice cream at Ben and Jerry's and we had to go with the kids and cousins. I didn't even eat it. I was proud of myself since Boots got my favorite flavor!
I have to just vent here for a second. I really do try to be healthy and I would love to be at my pre baby weight and goal weight, but it is so stinkin hard. I have been battling the last 5-10 lbs here for months! I go up and down 2-3 lbs each month and I cant seem to kick it. But going right along with that, I love food. I love naughty food. I dont like veggies, and healthy food takes so much preparation that honestly I just dont have time for. But I am trying to be good because I so badly want to just kick the last lets say 7 lbs.
To help me along with this, I have been meeting up with my 2 sis in laws at the gym a few times a week to do Zumba classes. They are so much fun! I am not a class person, and I have no rythm at all, but these classes are so great. We all can shake it and have fun without being scared of anyone judging me! I have also been running on the off days and doing spin classes as well. Those are another great way for me to feel like I am burning a bazillion calories. I walk out of there like someone just dumped a bucket of water on me. I love that!
So monday comes again tomorrow and here I go again! I usually dont like to write this kind of stuff on this blog, I have another secret blog with a few people that is just for eating and exercise success and struggles, but tonight I felt it was ok to share some of my inside struggle cause I am just so fed up with this crap of my spare tire.
Thursday, April 12
We miss them so much and wish we could see them all the time. We also LOVE having them come to visit us. When Brian and I went on our trip to New Orleans, my wonderful mother came down to watch the kids. My favorite was the phone call one night "JENI, they wont go to bed. I dont know what to do." It was serious I could tell, but I also recognised the conversation. It was the exact conversation I have with my mom quit frequently, but I am on that end and this time it was her calling me. I had to laugh. Oh I am so grateful for my mum!
So they came in for conference weekend and we packed everything we could in considering my dad was here for 1.75 days. I am now going back and relistening to all of the sessions that I didn't get to hear with 3 kids crying, shouting, pouting, fighting, laughing, and talking my ear off that day. So far, it is all wonderful!
So We decided to go to breakfast at Breadwinners, yum, and then the Aquarium for the first time. The kids had a lot of fun. Water animals are so interesting! It probably didn't matter where we went though, as long as we had fun with Nana and Grandad (which is anywhere we are together!).
Tuesday, April 10
Well we have planted flower beds, painted the enire house including all baseboards, we have completely cleaned out every room and closet, had garage sales, got brand new carpet through the whole house and then finished it off with a fresh coat of paint on the front door.
Can you guess what color we painted the door?
You got it! RED! Court thought the extra paint Brian had left out was really fun. She even thought it tasted great. WOW! I love it when my hubby is mowing the lawn and he all of a sudden comes in yelling "JENI! Why is Courtney in the garage?!" then I see red all over her hand and body. I swore it was blood. What a mess.
When we had the garage sale, Natalie and stephen both wanted to help out. They made signs, although boots' was just a bunch of scribbles. Then they wanted them on a post so they could hold them. It was adorable to see natalie go to the bottom of the driveway and wave to cars holding this sign.
After the garage sale, we decided to donate anything that was left. These trash bags were full of so much of our junk. It feels so good to get rid of it all. The hardest things to part with were my baby items, like the basinet and car seat... tear.
Sunday, April 8
Friday we had a school class Easter hunt and play date at the park.
Wednesday, April 4
DAY 1. It was a nice 9 hour drive, and I say nice because there were no childrens movies playing, or childrens music blasting in my ear. It was 9 hours of adult conversation and music. Ah Peaceful.
So lets just start with the hotel. It was fine and great, until we looked at the pillows. Yes that is my hand, and yes the pillow is barely larger than my hand. We called the front desk to ask about it and they indeed said "They are normal sized pillows sir." WHAT? Clearly they are tiny.
Anyway, head into town for the most delish Mexican. I THINK (and this is huge since I think Dallas has the best Mexican) that this was the best Mexican we have ever had. So good. Superior Grill... The best Queso ever. That night we headed over to a movie theatre in a sketchy part of town (by the way, I think all New Orleans is a sketchy part of town) and we saw Hunger Games. My second time, Brian's first. We both Loved it.
DAY 2. WE SLEPT IN. Seriously, I cant remember the last time this happened. So Brian loves ear plugs. He wears them all the time to not be able to head our kids. I refuse every time, you know, to be responsible. So we are gone and guess who brought the ear plugs?! Thats right, I wore them and it was right, so right. I wore them and didn't hear anything until 10. Oh 10!!!! It was awesome!
Anyway, we woke up and headed down for lunch at Central Grocery. We went for the famous Muffeletta sandwhich. Italian meats, olive salad, and yummy bread. It was good. I wouldn't go back to NO for this again, but it was good to try.
As you can tell, I have been having to eat everything with knife and fork. It sucks. Sandy's with forks? Not fun. I literally carried a set of plastic cutlery around in my purse all week. (FYI this will go on until June. JUNE!)
Took a little walk down the Mississippi and took in the nice cool breeze. Can I just add this little story. On the drive down, I mentioned something about the body of water we were following to be the Mississippi. Brian them made fun of me "Jeni, whats the River called? MISSISSIPPI! Hello, are we in Mississippi?" ok soooo I felt dumb, until we discovered that indeed the MISS river goes right through the city.