Archive for February, 2015

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Life in the desert, in February. The middle of winter. The coldest month of the year. And here I am, in shorts, with ceiling fans going, and two, yes, two windows opened. The days temps are in the 70’s and night time has been in the 50’s. A few nights ago, it was so warm that I woke up in a puddle of sweat and it wasn’t a hot flash I was having.

This is life in the desert.

I have always hated cold weather, still do. Growing up in West Virginia, I have seen my share of snow. I have lived in several states, that winter was nothing but a cold, dreary 3 months, that I would just wish would go away every day. Even our last winter in Nevada, our water froze several mornings. Which wasn’t fun getting ready to go to work. But this weather we are having here. I don’t know weather to enjoy it or be scared of what the summer months are going to bring. If it’s is near 80 most days now, holy cow! What is it gonna be in July and August? We only had about a week of cold, that was before Christmas. I have only worn a jacket a handful of times. My hubby broke out his shorts and tanks since he works outside. It is February for Goodness Sakes! Come on!!

I know I should not complain. This is heaven for all those people that are trapped in the house, going stir crazy from the foot of snow that has fallen this winter. But with this weather it is making me want to move. Not to the snow. OH NO WAY, but to a place where the temps are not so warm that they are uncomfortable. Where you can feel the changing of the seasons. I miss the green grass, here all we have is rock and dirt. It’s hard with a baby trying to take her outside to play. We ventured out to the park today, first time since Little L got sick. It was packed. There was a birthday party going on and kids everywhere. Most were in shorts and no shoes. Running like it was the middle of summer. Well I know it is not the middle of summer, because here, they do not go to the park at noon on a hot summer day. They are inside in the a/c. Waiting till late afternoon to come out and play.

So to all my fellow bloggers that are stuck knee deep in snow, I wish you all a fast thaw. While you are waiting, go out and build that snowman, have another cup of hot chocolate, and throw another log on the fire. I will be sending warm Arizona thoughts your way! 🙂

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Little L has really been pushing my buttons lately. She will be 20 months old this week. I guess she is doing what all 20 month olds are doing to their parents. Making them want to pull their hair out and pushing them to the edge of insanity. My little one is pretty good at it. She knows what she wants and when she wants it. If you don’t comply,  there is heck to pay, my friend. Heck. To. Pay.

She actually had me in tears the other night. I get her in the bath, she won’t sit down. She knows exactly what I am saying, she just keeps leaning over the side of the tub. She won’t play, she won’t sit, giving me a heck of a time while I wash her up. I am constantly saying sit down play with your toys. Oldest comes in and she is trying to get her to play, when little L leans one more time over the edge and out pops a not so wonderful surprise. Man, it just kept coming too. Oldest asks if she should get her out. I am literally screaming “YES” at her while trying to fish the floaters that have joined us, out of the water. Let me tell you, I am TIRED of this bath time routine she has gotten herself into.  I broke down and cried as I cleaned up the tub. “I just can’t win.” I kept saying, over and over. Oldest thinks I am insane in the membrane by now.

For Valentine’s, Oldest picked out 2 cute coloring books and a pack of crayons for her sis. L just loves them. It is so cute to watch her scribble on every page and then when she gets tired of that, she starts coloring on the coffee table. Big bold marks all over the light colored top. When I finally get her to stop, she takes off with the crayon and tries to put some beautiful artwork on the walls, before I can get to her. She is very quick, and has a grip on her that you wouldn’t believe. It takes 2 most of the time to get whatever she should not have out of her hands.

I always heard how the 2’s are the terrible years…what about the months before? Please don’t tell me it gets worse. I don’t think I can handle much more. 🙂

Solo Trip

Posted: February 13, 2015 in blog, Daughter, family, kids, parenting, tween
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Today we let Oldest do something that I would have never done at her age. Today we drove her to the library and *gulp* left her there for 2 hours by herself. Yes you heard correctly, By. Herself. 2. Hours. Her dad told her a few days ago that maybe we would let her do the alone trip one day for like an hour just to see how it goes. She got very excited and talked about it for the rest of the day. You see, the last time I went in with her, she said that I didn’t have to follow her around. Like I was embarrassing her or something. I guess she ran off and told dear daddy when we got home that mom was following her around and she didn’t like it. She tells on me alot.

Since he told her that she could do this solo outing, she made plans for me to take her Tuesday. Well, who would have thought that I would get a head cold Sunday night and didn’t feel like going anywhere for 2 days. She was a little miffed at me when I told her no, so I had to make a deal with her. I promised my mom to take her to the store, so when I did that, I would take her to the library. She was cool with that. Today was that day.

We went over the rules of staying in the building, no talking with strangers other then the library employees, (kids were fine) keep the phone on at all times. She knew to call daddy if she needed someone immediately, since we live like 5 minutes away. I dropped her off at 1 and watched as she headed into the building. We drove on up to walmart to do our Valentine shopping. 2 p.m. came really fast, we weren’t even half done, I texted her. No answer back. I waited then called. Went to voice mail. I texted her dad. Nope, hadn’t heard from her. Ok…don’t panic, not in front of your mom because she was against the idea all along. A few minutes, altho it seemed longer, went by. She calls. YES! she is whispering that she didn’t hear the phone. “Are you doing ok?” “Yes, I’m good.” “Ok, it will be a little longer.” “That’s fine mom.” The ‘mom, you are annoying me’ tone sets in. “Alright, I’ll see you later.” I barely got an I love you in before she hung up. Texted dad all is good. We finally got through about 3. I texted her I was on my way. Got there and she wasn’t outside yet. Checked my phone, no text back. I park and call. Again no answer.  Ugh. I get out and walk in side. She was looking at her phone, then she seen me. She was talking  with another girl, I heard her tell her she had to go. She had a stack of cd’s, a couple of books, and a couple of movies to check out. On our way to the car, she told me I got there too soon. “You were there 2 hours!” I said very loudly. “Another hour would have been good.” She added.

My little girl is growing up. It will take me awhile to get used to not going in with her. But you can’t hold their hands forever, right? Even though you may want to.

Thanks for reading.  🙂

This past Sunday Oldest finally, FINALLY got to get that mop of hair cut off. We went up to Super Cuts and had to sit for over 45 minutes. Who knew Sunday was gonna be that crazy busy. I know I didn’t. But it was well worth the wait. Although after explaining to the lady what we wanted, she put her hair in 2 pony tails, since there was sooooo much and I was reaching for my camera to take a pic of her hair being cut, but she cut it off so quickly that I didn’t get a chance. Oh well, I got a cute “in shock” picture of Oldest after the hair was gone. Every one in the place was asking how long she had been growing it out. They all thought it was wonderful that she was donating the hair. We got 14 inches cut off. We went a bit higher then the 10 inches we originally said. Daddy told her it was ok, he would miss her long hair, but it would grow back. I am very pleased he let her go shorter.

I wanted to share a few before and after pics… 🙂

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"In Shock" what did I just do pic!

“In Shock” what did I just do pic!

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Getting ready to mail it off!

Getting ready to mail it off!

 

 

 

So my little bundle of joy has been doing this alot lately. Starting to really make me not want to give her a bath.

Take a few and watch Splish Splash Baby for a little fun and a laugh!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRsPGLwvwXk

Enjoy!!  🙂

Liebster Award!!!

Posted: February 8, 2015 in blog, Uncategorized
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liebster-award1I was nominated for this Liebster Award back in December and never got the chance to actually accept and post. I want to thank Dee from xoxolovedee for this award.  Now I have been nominated once again by Anxious Mom from Blogging for Therapy. Thank you ladies! I feel very honored and loved!

This post is going to be a little on the long side, since I am combining the two together. 😉

11 Questions From Dee For Me..

1. What does your spouse/significant other think of your blogging? He doesn’t mind, I know he would like to read it, but knows I am a bit self concious of that.

2. What is your earliest memory? I stayed at my grandparents house when I was very little while my parents worked. I remember when my grandpa came home every afternoon, I would run to him and leap into his arms. He would then carry me across the threshold. 🙂

3. What do you do for fun? I like to hangout, watch a movie, be silly.

4. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say? In real life, there is no Algebra!

5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a Veterinarian. But I couldn’t do it, because I have such a soft heart!

6. What did you do on your 16th birthday? I didn’t do anything special. No sweet 16 party for me. 😦

7. If you could go back in history, who would you like to meet?  My great grandparents on my mom side. They came from Germany and both died when I was very young.

8. What is one of the scariest things you’ve ever done? Flew on an airplane…by myself.

9. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? I would like to go to Australia.

10. If you could learn 1 random skill, what would you learn?  I always wanted to learn to draw.

11. Are you a spontaneous person or do you like to plan things out in detail? I plan. I would love to be spontaneous, but it never works out.

11 Questions for Me from Anxious Mom:

1. What are the last three movies you watched? Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, The Interview, and Penguins of Madagascar.

2. What is one convenience you wouldn’t want to live without? Electricity. You never realize how much you need it until it is off for awhile.

3. What is your favorite childhood memory? I somewhat answered this one is the top section of questions. Let’s see…another memory would be when the neighbor brought his horse down and let all the kids take a turn riding him up and back down the dirt road. First and only time I was on a horse, altho we owned some when we lived in Las Vegas.

4. What is a song that you really like, but pretend you don’t? I don’t have one, I either say I hate it or I like it.

5. Name one book that has had a profound impact on your life. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

6. What is something that people would be surprised to know about you? I am a big kid at heart.

7. Why did you start blogging? Well I was reading another blog one day and just had a thought. Hey I could do this. And so it began! LOL

8. Do you get into politics? Nope,  I am totally lost when someone brings it up.

9. What’s one thing you would change about the world we live in? That people would be nicer to one another.

10. You hit the lottery–what’s the first thing you would buy? I would buy a new car, so I could go look at houses!

11. Which song describes your life? Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me

Your job is to answer these questions in a blog post and spread the Lieb!

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this, since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster Award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

11 Fun Facts about yours truly!

1. My favorite season is spring time.

2. I think solids look the best on me.

3. I dye my hair blonde,  but wish I could go back to my original color and actually like it.

4. I took 2 years of Spanish and 2 years of French and can’t really speak a word of it.

5. I once cried at a job interview because I got very overwhelmed with the whole thing. Later that day, they called and gave me the job. I turned it down.

6. I moved in with my hubby after only knowing him for a month. We are going on 17 years!

7. I used to read all the time, but it had to be true stories, or autobiographies.

8. I can get rather moody pretty quickly.

9. My favorite food is Chinese.

10. I never learned to swim.

11. I believe this was the hardest list I have had to make in a long time.

The lovely blog sites that I wish to nominate for this award are:

1.  Kaboodlemum

2. Domesticated Momster

3.  The Happiness Trick

4. My Road to Motherhood

5. Shank You Very Much

6. Pieces and Parts

7. Bless My Heart

Last but not least, here are your Questions:

1. What is your favorite song of all time?

2. If you could dye your hair an outrageous color, what color would that be?

3. What is your favorite season?

4. Stripes or Solids?

5. If you could go out on a date with anyone of your choice, who would that be?

6. How long have you been blogging?

7. What was your favorite subject in High School?

8. What or who is right beside you at this moment?

9. How many states have you lived in?

10. Name a singer or music group that you would love to see in concert.

11. Who, if any, were you named after?
Thanks again ladies for this award!! ~Lesa~

So Little L is on the mend. She took all the medicine the doctor prescribed and her cough is just about gone. The throat swab came back negative for strep. Which I had a positive feeling it would. Her appetite returned Tuesday and so did the good mood. Monday she whined and fussed all day, but then Monday night she started to perk up and actually did a little dance for us before bed. Total turn around!!

We have cut down on the sugar intake in the household for Oldest. Reading labels and not buying the junk. Before we only read labels for cereal, now we are reading labels on everything. Even for little L’s.

Right before my birthday, we went up to the store to get milk. My mom made her way over into the bakery and started looking at cakes. I told her I could go without a cake this year. She thought I was crazy. Then she said that she wanted a dozen doughnuts. I told her that she would have to keep them in her room. “I’m not going to eat a dozen by myself.” She said. “Then only buy a few out of the single serving case.” She wouldn’t do that. Instead she walked off saying how ridiculous we were being. Now this really hurt my feelings. Not only that, but she acted as though Oldest didn’t really matter. Oh she will be fine is her attitude, but what if she isn’t fine. We won’t know until we go to the doctor and that appointment isn’t till March.  I explained to her later that after the appointment and we know what we are dealing with they will be No temptations in the house.  She seemed to understand. We will see the next time we go grocery shopping.

Thanks for reading. 🙂