Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

I don't normally make new year's resolutions, mainly because I'm pretty skeptical that I'll follow through...and who wants that disappointment?:) This year, though, I've decided to try it. I'm going to keep my list short in the hopes that I won't feel overwhelmed, and I might actually be able to accomplish what I set out to accomplish! I'm putting it out there for all (2:)) of you to see. Feel free to check in with me in 2009 to see how I'm holding up!

1. Many people think we're a healthy family. Maybe it's the chiropractic school thing, maybe it's the green/"crunchiness" in us...I don't know. Let me tell you, though, we most certainly do not eat as healthy as we should! We don't give our kids a lot of cake, candy, and ice cream, but I definitely feed them plenty of "empty" meals and snacks. So...resolution #1: Eat healthier. I've already been practicing for this one. Justus is pretty good about trying things when we make him, but Titus is sooo picky. My answer to this? Hide things in his food. I want to at least always offer them a fruit and/or vegetable at meals/snacktimes, so they just might decide to try it on their own (and, *gasp* actually like it.) I KNOW this will more often than not NOT happen, so I want to get better about serving them things that taste good that have nutritional value...i.e., things they actually will enjoy eating! Justus and Titus will both eat just about anything I put in a smoothie, so I want to add more vegetables (and a bigger variety of fruit) to those. I want to try new recipes and add healthy things to our pizza sauce, breads, etc. Here's where I'm keeping this simple, though...all I want to do is ADD some of these things to what we're doing now. I'm not going to change much of our habits now, but hopefully, in the long run, those will change as well.

2. 2 of my aunts called me the other day, and one of my brothers, to wish me a Merry Christmas. For one reason or another, I couldn't answer at the time, so I got their messages later that day. I listened to the message, deleted them, and jotted a note down in my head to call them back later. Well, so far I have only called one aunt back and just got lucky to talk to my brother when I called my mom...just because he happened to be with her at the time. Aside from that, my Grandma calls me all the time, and I never remember to call her. My problem? Usually, I just forget about the messages people left because I delete them once I hear them. Therefore, I forget to call them back! Now for resolution #2: Keep in touch better with extended family! I simply just don't think about calling some of my family...I never talk to my mother-in-law on the phone (Derek calls her every Sunday, so I guess I just feel like he's keeping in touch with her for US...bad excuse.) Also, Justus is starting to understand who everyone is and knows he can talk to people on the phone, so it's up to me to give him those opportunities. I'm not making any set-in-stone type of promises or vows, but I'm just resolving to TRY HARDER:)

3. I want to keep my house cleaner, I want to eat out less so we don't throw so much money away, I want to have more date nights with my husband, etc. etc. etc. BUT I know those would be crazy new year's resolutions to make right now. We have 3 small kids (1 of which is a newborn, 2 of which are in diapers), Derek is going to be crazy busy this trimester (working in the clinic, taking tons of tests, coming home later, etc.), AND I don't want to push my sanity any farther from me than it is going to be already!:) Resolution #3?...Have fun with my family making memories that we will never, ever forget. Things are going to be extra tough in 2009, and I know that we will probably (more often than not) NOT have a clean house, ALWAYS feel like our life is unorganized and stressful, and NEVER feel like we have time to do all the things we want to do. Hence my resolution to just have fun. I'm going to try very hard to keep my priorities straight. Derek just wants me to be happy and stress-free, my kids just want me to be available and have fun with them, and I don't want to forget these few fun years of raising my kids and taking care of my family:)

Happy 2009 to all of you. Toast a glass for me tonight. I'll be lucky if I'm still awake when the ball drops:)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We started Christmas celebrations with dinner and a gift exchange with Derek's brother, Jack on the 23rd. The boys got a Spiderman punching bag:) It's one of those big blow up things that pop back up after you knock them over. (a huge hit in our house right now...they love it.) On Christmas Eve, the boys all put on their new Christmas pajamas, we took pictures, and they each got to open a gift. Derek and I put Justus and Titus to bed, wrapped the rest of the gifts, and played our new Family Feud DVD game (one of my gifts to Derek.)

On Christmas morning, we got Titus out of bed and all went into Justus' room with bells, singing "Jingle Bells." We all opened our stockings, and Derek fed J and T their breakfast while I made my and Derek's breakfast. (The boys have eaten this one certain cereal and/or oatmeal every morning for the past they're pretty into that routine and don't like it when that changes!) Next, we let J and T open one gift, so they would have something to play with while Derek and I ate OUR breakfast. Finally, after we had all eaten, we opened ALL of the gifts, put new toys together, and played!!

The morning went by very quickly, since it took so long to open all the presents and put stuff together. Before we knew it, it was naptime!! We all had so much fun and made some great memories and traditions. We definitely missed being with family, but it was very fun to be able to start some of these traditions and do things with just the 5 of us. Derek and I thought it felt so weird, though, after our morning was over, because it was like..."now what?" since we weren't with family.

As far as gifts, Justus got Speedracer cars, a toolbox, and his favorite, fruit snacks. Titus got a couple motorcycles, trucks, and they both got a big airport with cars and a plane. Derek and I are already pretty annoyed at the quality of these cheap plastic toys...but the boys have been pretty entertained since Christmas morning. Oh, probably the biggest gift this year was for all of us...Nerf Dart Tag!!!!!! There are pictures of Justus wearing his gear in the slide show, and I'll definitely have to put more pictures of that action later:)

I hope you all had a great Christmas with your families and friends. We missed you and love you!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hahahahahaha, look at little Derek!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I had to post this.....if Justus is not absolutely a mirror image of Derek.... hahahahaha:):):) (They're painting the living room...Titus' room is next!!!)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Eli on Titus' changing table...just being happy:)

You know a kid doesn't feel well when they lay down on the floor to watch "Barney." (Titus has a cold.)

Eli in (Titus' old) "I'm the Little Brother" t-shirt:)

Justus holding Eli on the couch. I must say, I am blessed with an extra pair of hands for this...Eli definitely likes to be held:) Thankfully, Justus LOVES to hold him!!

Chiropractic Works!!

Justus has been stuttering off and on for a few months now, but lately it had gotten a lot worse. We thought he was going through that normal stuttering phase that so many kids go through, but when he started getting really frustrated and telling us that he just couldn't say what he was trying to say, we asked a chiropractor at Derek's school about it. He told Derek about an adjustment that might help.

I'm going to give you an explanation in simple terms. Derek can explain it much better:) Derek was to measure Justus' head...comparing the left side to the right side. If one side was bigger, it would mean Justus had intercranial pressure, which could be causing the stuttering. (I might be coming back to edit this if I find out I haven't been using all the right words:)) It turns out that one side of Justus' head was in fact bigger than the other, so Derek began the adjustments. It is hard to explain, but it's 3 simple motions Derek does with his thumbs on the side of Justus' head. He was to do this every day for the next 2 weeks. The doctor warned us that the stuttering might actually get worse before it got better.

Justus stuttered as usual for the first few days, and I think it got a little bit worse for a few days as well. It has been almost 2 weeks, and Justus is soooo much better!!!!!!!!!! It's so crazy. This kid was stuttering when he said anything that started with "I, you, why," and more. He would sometimes start jumping up and down each time he stuttered, and he literally would say to us, "You, you, you, you...sigh...I can't say it!!!!"

Anyway, this was kind of an experimental treatment:), so we're thrilled that it has worked so well!! Stuttering is one of the most studied/researched speech problems out there, and yet one of the most baffling to those in the field. The fact that we were able to address this with chiropractic was exciting for so many different reasons. (Derek was able to be hands-on and literally cure his own son of this, and we didn't have to take Justus to any type of speech therapy or anything like that...although a few other speech issues might end up leading us down that path anyway!!)

Just wanted to share this praise!! Can you believe it?...Stuttering healed by chiropractic!!!!!:)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Advent Day 16

First of all, can I say how wonderful it is when all 3 of your kids are napping at the same time??!!!! This is the 2nd day in a row this has happened, and I am enjoying it thoroughly! The strange noise (quiet!) is a little weird, though:) Anyway, Justus' friend came over this morning and we made Gingerbread houses...or Graham Cracker shacks to be more specific:) Here are some pics:

Monday, December 15, 2008

A few more pictures:)

Here's Justus and Eli on the couch hanging out together......

Here's Justus and Titus putting on a puppet show for us. (Justus was a seal, and Titus was an elephant.) After Derek, Eli, and I sat and watched and realized not much "puppet showing" was going on, Derek went back behind the "curtain" and took over while the boys and I watched. Aaah, memories:) .....

Advent Day 13

I certainly have not kept up with the Advent Calendar on a daily basis, BUT the cookie decorating day was very important to me. I know it's a lot of fun to do, it's a family tradition, and well...the cookies just taste good:) SO Day 13 was Cookie Decorating day:) Justus was thrilled to decorate and eat the cookies, and Titus was just happy to eat them:) I loved having a few minutes to make memories with the boys, keep up with a family tradition, and of course, take pictures!!.........

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bathtime for Eli

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Advent Day 7

Titus didn't get to participate in this one:) Here's Justus painting his ornaments...these will be gifts for teachers, etc. He had a lot of fun!!

And here's a picture of Eli sucking his thumb...

...and hanging out with Daddy:)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

A Day in the Life...

Wow, has my life changed. It officially takes us at least double the time to get everyone fed and dressed, teeth brushed, and out the door for any kind of outing. Here is what today looked like...

8:30 Derek leaves for school (Today is his first day of his pediatric certification. He will do this once a month on the weekends...not sure how many months!) I nurse Eli and get out of bed and see that Derek has made Justus and Titus eggs and english muffins for breakfast...what a great Daddy:) Change Eli and Titus' diaper and throw in the diaper pail. Grab Eli's diapers and wipes from last night and toss all in the washer to rinse.
9:00 Get breakfast for myself, check email.
9:30 Realize that we are going to HAVE to get out of this house today. Nurse Eli so he will be happy while I get everyone dressed and ready to go. Justus and Titus are asking for a snack, so I promise them one as soon as I finish feeding Eli.
10:00 Snacktime. I fix the food and gather up my clothes and the boys' clothes for our big outing. (still not sure at this point where we're going to go, but I know we're going SOMEWHERE:)) Titus tells me he has to poop, so I ask if he wants to go on the toilet. He nods, so we all venture to the bathroom. (Last night, Titus peed on the toilet after telling Derek he needed to go....thought I'd give it a shot, too, but it was a no-go. Oh well, I'm not really ready for that yet anyway.)
10:30 Still, no one is dressed and it doesn't look like we're making any progress. Justus tells me he wants to "go somewhere." Trust me, buddy, so do I, I say!
11:00 Get Justus dressed successfully, send him to the bathroom to pee and brush his teeth. Realize that one of Titus' shoes is missing, and we all go on a search...we find it behind the curtain in the living room. Justus and I sing silly songs to Titus in order to keep him still so I can dress him and put on his shoes.
11:15 Brush Titus' teeth, get myself dressed, my teeth brushed, and nurse Eli one more time before we leave. Pack diapers for Eli and Titus and a change of clothes for Eli. (I keep extra clothes in the car for Justus and Titus...I need to add some in there for Eli now, too!) Still, I don't have a plan as to where we're going or what we're going to do!!
11:30 We're finally out the door! Did it really just take us 3 hours to do all of that? I'm never going to make it to my 9:30 Bible study when we start back(looking presentable anyway!) Off to Target, I decide. You can never go wrong with Target.
I pick out something decorative for the house and scan the clothes, hoping to find something cute I can wear in this "in between" stage of too small for maternity clothes, too big for my pre-pregnancy clothes. No such luck. Off to the toys. Justus and Titus play with the motorcycles, cars, and trucks. I am getting hot and feeling sore from standing so much, so I tell them it's time to go.
1:00 I realize how late it is (!!!!!!!) so we grab a pizza in the Target cafe for lunch:) haha Thankfully, we all think it tastes wonderful, so we have a fun, peaceful lunch date in Target. Grab a (decaf) mocha and cookie at Starbucks and head to the car.
1:30 We are back home! Straight to bed for a nap for Titus. Justus gets to play for 10 minutes until his timer goes off. I realize that I never washed the diapers after the rinse this morning, so I turn on the washer. Naptime for Justus!! I nurse Eli and read magazines on the couch while he naps on my chest. (I love these days:))
3:00 Titus is up, which is a really short nap for him. He eats his yogurt and watches an Elmo video.
3:45 Justus gets up...this was a VERY long nap for him! He eats his yogurt and watches Elmo with Titus.
4:00 I rinse the diapers one last time and throw them in the dryer. (also realizing how sad it is that it is taking me all day to do one load of laundry!!!!) Justus and Titus ride their motorcycles, chase each other around the house, and play with cars while I nurse Eli, change diapers, and try to clean the house a little bit. A friend brings us dinner and fudge (YES!) and Justus asks me if we can "go somewhere." No, I don't think so, bud!
5:30 I call Derek to see if he happened to get out early today! He doesn't answer:(
5:45 Our neighbor from across the street comes over to offer us an old futon. I tell her thank you, but we do NOT have room for any more furniture:)
6:00 Tell the boys it's dinnertime. Heat up the spaghetti and meatballs from our friend and sit down (by myself) at the table. Eli wants to nurse, so he joins me. (At least I have company now:)) Titus comes over and wants "noonoos," so I cut up some bites of noodles for him.
6:30 Daddy is home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Playtime begins:) I am officially off-duty, except for taking care of Eli, of course:)

Whew, I never would have thought doing so little could take so much time and energy!! Now that I have 3 little boys, I know better!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

First day of Advent

I started the Advent envelopes with the boys yesterday. I still don't have every day planned yet, but we'll just plan those as they come:) I'm not going to post every day, but this first day was putting up the Christmas tree(s). We have one in our living room and one on Justus' has 25 drawers of tiny ornaments that he will put on the tree before bed each night. I'm looking forward to this whole Christmas season and hope you all are, too!!!

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