Friday, March 27, 2015

{SQT} The Gift of Gab: Toddler Quotes

How much do I love having two verbal toddlers? SO MUCH. While there is still the same amount of screaming as when I had two non-verbal toddlers, at least now there is some entertainment to be had as well.

Here's some of their best material from the past few months:

When he saw me wearing foundation for the first time in, like, ever--

"Uchhh, Mom, what's all over your FACE?"

While reading the titles of the songs in the hymnal before Mass started and coming across one called "Shout to the Lord"--
CJ [shouting]: "Hey! We don't shout in CHURCH!"

On walking into the living room and noticing that we had finally mounted the tv on the wall--
CJ: Hey! Did Sandra Boynton do that???
Me: ?

Discussing Saturday plans--
Nemo: Noni, do you want to go to the gym with me?
Noni: No! Mall! MALL! MAAALLLLL! Mall, mall, mall, mall, mall, mall, mall! MALLLLLLLL!

While riding in the car--

Noni: Arrrrrr! Arrrrrr!!!
CJ: No, Noni, no growling!
CJ: No, don't say that to me, I don't like it!
Noni: changes tactics, starts singing the alphabet song to herself but (intentionally?) skips the letter "R"
CJ: No, Noni, you did it wrong! You forgot the "R"!!!

While giving a wiggly three-year-old a haircut with only a two-year-old sister as backup--
CJ: Nooooo!!!! Not my thousands and thousands of hairs!

After the aforementioned haircut--
Me: Well, CJ? What do you think?
CJ: Ummmmm. Bad.

On passing a particular radio tower in a field on our way to the grocery store--

Noni: Mommy! Dat's mine wocket ship! Noni's going to da mooooooon!

Linking up with Kelly today for Seven Quick Takes. Head over to her habitat for more SQT fun!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Project} Kitchen, now with fewer holes in the wall!

Here I am in the home office, blaring The Dubliners, and trying to ignore the banging and crashing coming from CJ's room as he takes his "quiet" time. I guess I could try to write a blog post during this time...we'll see how it goes.

Why don't we talk about my kitchen? You know you want to.

In November we played a little cabinet musical-chairs which increased the functionality of the kitchen by like 1000%, but unfortunately the process left it with some...cosmetic issues. A quick review:
I've been meaning to repair the walls in kitchen for a while, but things have been we couldn't for the life of us figure out how to remove that stupid nail. Then a few days ago Nemo had a stroke of genius and figured out some sort of lever system to pry it out...that was one mother of a nail. 
 No wonder it gave us so much trouble.

With that issue taken care of I was able to get to work spackling, sanding, and then giving the whole kitchen a fresh coat of paint (Behr in Watermark).Which left things much nicer, to be sure.

We had to take the bifold doors off the pantry because CJ was playing with them one day and one of them actually fell off the track and almost took him out. It was very traumatic for everyone. Really, those things are the worst. And this house is FULL of them--10 sets at last count.

So anyway, while the kitchen looked much nicer with patched walls and was at least much SAFER with the bifold doors removed, it left the pantry area looking a bit unfinished.

It seemed like a nice space for my tea things, which were soon to be homeless anyway since I will need their former cabinet by the sink to house baby bottles in a few weeks or so.

I got a 6' length of common board at the hardware store, which Nemo helpfully cut it in half with his scary power tools that I'm still not comfortable using. Then I stained them and gave them two coats of polyurethane, then Nemo took over again to hang them above the microwave using some basic wall brackets. The results!

A sheer curtain might not have been the BEST choice, but it was part of a set that was left in the house by the former owners and Nemo had used one of the panels to filter a batch of beer (no, really!), so instead of having a lonely curtain moping around the house I decided to give it a job. I mean, it was free. Plus, there is very little chance it could injure inquisitive toddlers. Double win!

It makes my heart happy.

I got the glass canister from the St. Vincent de Paul store for $0.60!

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Friday, March 6, 2015

{SQTs} This is 35 weeks

The ninth month begins. 

Ann Marie over at White House Black Shutters wrote a pretty nifty guide to taking a DIY maternity silhouette photo a few years ago that really stuck with me and I finally got to give it a try!

Some random thoughts and facts about my big fat pregnant life right now:

I hate to admit it, but this dumb Whole30 diet has helped tremendously with my insomnia and inflammation problems, so this is the best last month of pregnancy that I have experienced so far.

That being said, I am still third-trimester pregnant, so I am huge, ornery, weepy, hungry, out of breath, and ready to be done.


We finally got around to locating the hospital where I will be delivering and touring the maternity digs, which are quite nice. The recovery rooms actually have full-sized beds (with real mattresses, instead of the traditional 2-inch thick, plastic-covered hospital mattresses) so Nemo doesn't have to sleep on a chair. Pretty swank.


On the downside, the hospital has a strict rooming-in only policy, which is causing me a little bit of stress. I have a VERY hard time sleeping with a baby in the room and have no intention of "rooming-in" once we are home. I'm not saying I want the baby to stay in the hospital nursery all night, but a two-hour stint here and there so I can take a worry-free nap would be nice. 


I am nesting like crazy, but given our recently-moved status it is manifesting more as box-unpacking and bathroom-painting rather than onesie-washing or bassinet-assembling.

Beige. Florescent lighting. Clearly unacceptable.

 I'm hoping I still have the time and energy to paint the kitchen and install some shelving, because obviously that should be a priority right now.

Baby "Ender" is still without an official name and little progress is being made in this area. This could be a problem.

I've been measuring a bit smaller with this pregnancy than I did with CJ and Noni's--and when I  say smaller, I mean "average", as opposed to two or three weeks ahead. I'm curious to see if Ender will end up being a bit smaller than her siblings who weighed  8 lbs, 14 oz and 8 lbs, 10 oz at birth. My overworked arms would be ecstatic.

Noni is beyond ready to be a big sister. She is always asking me to kidnap babies for her. "Mommy, you take dat baby home pweese?" she says whenever she sees someone in the under-one age bracket.

CJ is for the most part indifferent, as Ender is neither a letter nor a number.


Linking up with my Whole30 pal Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum.

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