Friday, September 30, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Diary of a Mom's attempt at exercise.

After a weekend of food competition followed by a nephew's birthday party joined with the fact that Nairi is almost 6 months old, I have realized that I still have some pregnancy weight to lose and that I consume way to many carbs.
Since Nairi was born I have been attempting to exercise. I no longer have my gym membership but that's okay as I prefer to just walk anyways. I do miss my yoga class and the ability to lift weights but other than that I am fine with just walking for exercise. But literally since Nairi has been born I have managed to walk for exercise maybe once a week when Mike is home and do my exercise video MAYBE a total of 10 times in 6 months. Not. So. Good. I sleep better when I exercise and I have a closet full of size 6 pants and shirts that do not fit. Hence my main motivator for losing weight. Can't afford new clothes right now.
So for a while I have been stalking craigslist for the swanky double jogging stroller that I want that retails for around $600. Unable to find it for less than $500 I scored a cheapo double jogger from my sister in law that seems to work just fine. Its no Cadillac but it works. Mike was kind enough to fill the tires with air this am before he left for work. We saw Keira off to school and than I put my plan into action. I armed myself with snacks for the toddler and some toys for the baby. I nursed the baby and put her in the stroller. She is sitting there and I am adjusting the straps and immediately- and yes I am not exaggerating ( though yes I know I do have a habit of doing that) she starts with her wail that she reserves for baby apparatuses. The wail that she utilizes every time she is placed in a stroller or car seat or the walker. Its the- I'm- being -stabbed- with- 20- needles -at -the- same -time kinda wail. The some one has moved me from the throne of my mothers arms kinda wail. I proceed with adjusting the straps and offering her toys and she settles down for a min. Then I tell the toddler its time to go for a walk. I dangle the bag of snacks that he so desperately wanted 5 min ago and he ignores me and instead focuses on his shovel that he is holding and his digging in the lawn. " I digging !!" he tells me. " Great well I need exercise so lets go!!" I tell him. He continues to ignore me as he throws dirt and sand everywhere and messes up the grass. So as the baby starts wailing again I pick up the toddler, throw him in the stroller with promises that we will " Go down the hill!" and take off.

We made it out of the driveway. The baby continues her whine, wail, be silent for 30 seconds and repeat deal that she has going on and the toddler starts in on the snacks. Than the baby starts grabbing her brothers arm looking for something to chew on besides the toy that I thought might entertain her. The toddler then yells "NO NO!" at the baby and makes her cry harder. This isn't going so well. As we are near the hill I attempt to jog a bit instead of walking thinking the movement might make the baby stop wailing. No dice. The toddler offers the baby who does not yet eat solids a pretzel stick and I contemplate letting her chew on the salty thing but decide against it. At this point ( halfway down the hill) I turn the stroller around and head home as I know I am defeated.
So now I am headed up hill pushing the double jogger and the baby is full out wailing and the toddler declares it time to get out. " I get out!" he says over and over. Mind you he has been in the stroller all of 5 min tops at this point. So there we are, the sweaty mom pushing the double stroller up the hill with the toddler yelling over and over " I GET OUT!!! I GET OUT!!!" and the baby crying like she hasn't been fed in years. People can hear us with their windows open I am sure and probably think I am a terrible mom for ignoring the baby, but I can't push the stroller up the hill and hold the toddlers hand AND hold the baby. We get home and I take the upset stroller occupants out and life is good again.

Exercise attempt 2. Preschooler is at school. Toddler happily playing by himself and baby has just- as in 3 min ago been put down for a nap. I put in my exercise video and start working out. 3 min into the video I am lying on the floor doing the ab portion of the video. Toddler notices that I am just lying there seemingly doing nothing and declares that its time for him to nurse. " ME ME!!!" he declares throwing himself at me. I offer snacks, chocolate, and even more desperately gummy bears. He isn't interested and repeats himself over and over again getting louder and louder. " Me me! Me me! I want ME ME milk!" I try the ignore, pretend to not hear technique and he then repeatedly throws inself into my lap over and over again. I surrender, pause the video and provide the "me me milk" Toddler toddles off to do something else and I push play. 1 min later just as I am working up a sweat ( its a 20 min video so its pretty intense every second) the phone rings. Knowingly that I have been playing phone tag with Sears over a microwave delivery and install I check the caller ID and pick up the phone. Deal with Sears for 5 min. Hang up, restart video and 2 min later I hear the baby crying. Pause the video, go get the baby, place her on the floor next to me with some toys. Restart video. Toddler walks by and I get a wiff of a diaper in bad need of a change. Pause video, change diaper. Restart video, phone rings, check caller ID. Pause video, talk to husband. Restart video, baby crawls over and starts chewing on my arm and whimpers. Pause video, nurse the baby. Look at the clock. Must make lunch for husband as he will be dropping off preschooler from school and heading back to work and he doesn't have enough time to make his own lunch. Stop video. Give up on idea of exercise for the moment.
And that is how exercise does not happen in this house.
In the process of writing this the toddler has asked for chocolate, my kitchen aid blender, daddy's screw driver and now the vacuum. He is currently sticking the computer mouse in the air vent. Some one for the life of me please explain to me why the kid can't just play with toys!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yes we love food..

Rule number 1 to cooking in this house. Must always have helpers, and they are the not so helpful type.

A few weeks ago there was some talk on facebook about who had the best meatballs and that led to a discussion about apple pie and whose tastes better. So we rounded up some prideful cooks and hosted the first ever food competition at our house. Every family had to bring a crockpot of their best meatballs to be judged and an apple dessert ( since its Fall and fresh apple time). We made 3 lbs of spaghetti, and bought a few bottles of wine, and people brought salads and fruit and the eating began. First we judged the meatballs. Ours came in second. Than the apple dessert. Ours tied for second place but then we did a retaste and lost. There were some prizes handed out and about a millon carbs consumed. All in all lots of fun and we are ready to do it again!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nairi's Haircut



5.5 Months old and her first haircut. Just like her brother who also had his first haircut at 5.5 months old. I didn't want to cut it but it was starting to look like a mullet with the back being so long. So I just trimmed the back

Vote for Mike

Monday, September 19, 2011

September pics

With fall comes cute fall clothes! :o)

The kids think its the coolest thing to sit on the counter and eat. Here they helped me make fruit salad and then begged to be able to sit on the counter and eat it.

Wearing daddy's old shirts and panting on a real canvas. I've discovered that the coupons in the Sunday paper for 40-60% things at Michael, Jo Ann Fabrics and Ac Moore are great for buying simple artsy things to keep our little art lover " Keira" busy.

Looking grown up!

Always surrounded by a stack of books! We signed Keira up for story hour at the local library and she loves it! She was very excited to see that the library had a few Fancy Nancy books which is her current love. We even got a Fancy Nancy poster for her room.

Happy 30th Birthday Mike!!!

Keira and Israel helping Mike blow out his candles

I found these manly cupcake toppers in the shape of tools, hammers, saws, pliers,and drills on Ebay so Keira and I made him cupcakes with orea cream cheese frosting. Ebay is the place to find awesome cake toppers for cheap!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mike's birthday present after construction day 1

Watching the Lowes Delivery truck arriving with a truck load of dry wall, wood and doors for Mike's workshop

After day 1 the door is back in and walls are starting to take shape.

Apples and Pumpkins- Carter Hill 2011

The main attraction at Carter Hill for my kids- The play area

Israel managed to find a mower of course so he spent most of our time at the apple orchard mowing :o)

The baby needed a snack....

yum apples!!!

Picking Gala's

Nairi's isn't looking at the camera and Israel has a scowl face on. Typical family picture, and of course there where hundreds of people at the orchard today and suddenly we go to take a family pic and NO ONE is around. Oh well. The family minus me.

Happy girl!

tasting an apple

Love the views here between the rows and rows of trees

Gorgeous fall weather and a great day. The kids were also able to get their first tractor wagon ride which was a BIG hit!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oh happy day...

Mikes wildest dream has come true. We now have a spray foamed basement.
And just in case you all think I am a mean and unfeeling wife who does nothing exciting for her husband's 30th birthday. This workshop( that comes with a more than $2,000 price tag) is Mike's 30th birthday gift. ( the 2,000 is not just for the spray foam but also for the walls, lighting, dust collection system etc) And I am giving him time to build it so yes indeed I get wife of the year award. :o) Jk!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

AND.......... she moves!!!!!!

At 5 months and 10 days old Nairi has started crawling. Its a weird half inchworm half army crawl kinda crawl but she can do it and is quickly getting better at it. If she sees something she wants she goes after it and gets it! I'm hoping that she will allow herself to be out of my arms a bit more now that she can explore. Its kinda of funny that Keira who was our only back sleeper crawled at 9 months and Israel and Nairi who were both tummy sleepers since birth crawled before or around 6 months. Being on their tummies defintily helps them develope their trunk muscles for sure! She can also sit now by herself. She falls over still so we don't leave her on her own sitting just yet but i'm excited for these milestones !

Happy 23 months Israel

Almost 2! We are working on a plan for an awesome cake with a truck theme and we found the perfect present on craigslist for his birthday. Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Pop corn and the bride

Keira never tires of dressing up like a " wedding girl"

Making pop corn is a good rainy activity to kill a good 20 min. :o)

Just a little climbing

This is what play kitchens are for right?

First day of 4 year old preschool 2011

She was SOOOOOOO excited!

Thursday, September 01, 2011