Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tricksy Hobbitses

Early this morning guess what we heard? A knock on our door and when Dave opened it all bleary eyed and sleepy, Scott, Cheryl & Caleb were on our doorstep. They (well, really just Scott & Cheryl) yelled Surprise and Happy Birthday and there was much rejoicing. :)

Yes, that's right, they surprised us and got here a week early!!! It was absolutely the best surprise and we all chatted and laughed and then went to eat at Cracker Barrel, where Scott made everyone laugh by ordering "tap water, please". Greatness.

We are just so very happy to have our friends back, and now the eating begins! We have a list of over 45 places that they want to eat at, so we better get going. Tomorrow night: On The Border.

Strong!


The first meeting of David & Caleb

(well, the first meeting where they weren't both grumpy from lack of sleep)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

They Say It's Your Birthday, Da-Na-Na-Na-Na

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!
Everyone go over to my Mom's blog and wish her a HappyBirthday, okay??

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Look To Your Right

That's right! In a mere 10 days the McFaddins are coming back to Texas - FOR GOOD! I can't tell you how excited I am to have our movie pals back in town. I plan for lots of playdates, lots of Friends watching, and lots of pizza.

Every married couple knows how hard it is to find that "one couple" where the wives like eachother, the husbands like eachother, and all four like to spend time together. It's virtually like trying to date again. You find a lot of couples that are almost right, but not quite. Well, we struck gold with The McFaddins :)

We've been friends since college, Dave & Scott roomed together for awhile and Cheryl & I shared a roomate. We went on our first double date the first year Dave & I were married (I think, right?) and discovered our shared love of Mexican food. When they moved to Texas for Cheryl's graduate school, it was absolutely awesome and we discovered even more great things we all liked: Friends reruns, Alias, On The Border & Reef Flip Flops.

We spent tons of time together, went to church together, and planned to backpack through Eurpoe together. I sortof got pregnant instead, so we didn't do that last one with them, but they were there they day Tot was born, in fact, Scott was one of few people to see me before the epidural kicked in, and Cheryl was there as soon as she got off work.

They even lived with us for a few months right before they moved, and I have to say it was weird at how easy it went. It was pretty much like living in a dorm again, and we had a very great time. Then they up and moved across the dang ocean. Well, fine then.

We are just now forgiving them for moving away to England for two years. It has helped that we got to visit them a few months after they moved there and that we all have Skype and can talk online, but there is still a deep recess of resentment that only a long standing Friday night hang out time will cure. That and lots of playdates and pool time.

And now our friends are only TEN days from returning, packing along a little person that they didn't have when they left, and coming back to a little person we didn't have when they left. I am quite excited for the boys to play together and I know Tot will love another little guy around.

Anyways, it all boils down to.... SQUEE!!! TEN DAYS!



Oh, and I would have posted a picture of all of us, but as Cheryl and I recently realized - we don't have a single one. Seriously, you'd think with all the time we spent together, and that whole trip to England to see them, not to mention plain knowing them for almost 9 years, that at some point we would have gotten a picture together, but no. We'll definitely have to get one soon :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Recap & Moving Forward

Okay, here's the recap of the weekend, Friends:

Harry Potter 5 was AWESOME. So were the onion rings.

Harry Potter 7 was AWESOME. I stayed up way, way too late and ate way, way too many Dove chocolates. Mmmmm.

Our master closet has been purged and cleaned, with HUGE help from Dave. You should see my Wall O' Shoes....glorious.

Kids BOTH have strep, I'm pretty sure I'm getting it, too.
Kids both have the full body rash that accompanies a good bought of strep. I had sure as heck better not get that. This is what I get for smoochin' on my babies. Sigh. :)



All in all, the good outweighs the bad of course. Let's just hope this strep moves on through soon.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Once, Twice, Three Times An Auntie

That's right friends! I am once again a proud aunt!

My brother, Brandon, and his wife, Jen, just welcomed their little baby girl to the world today. Her name is Kyra Jean Grile and she arrived today in the usual way at 4:13pm, weighing 6 lb 11oz. She is named partly after my Granmamma, Linda Jean, whom everyone calls Jean.

My brother is now a proud father of three children, Eva who will be three in December, Torin who will be 2 in December, and now little Kyra. Needless to say, their house will be fun but busy these next few years :)

Congrats, Bub!

More Gems From The Tot

(while getting her dirty diaper changed)

T: Don't worry, Mommy. I no touch those yucky poops.
UK: That's good, because they're really gross.
T: Don't worry, Mommy. I no eat those yucky poops too.
UK: Good call.

Why Today Is Rock Star Awesome

1. I'm going to see Harry Potter 5 tonight with my best pal and have some beer battered onion rings....mmmm.

2. 5 words. Peppermint Double Chocolate Chip Frappachino.

3. Harry Potter 7 is out TOMORROW (seriously, I may die).

4. I just picked up some great books at the library (that I won't read until I finish HP7)

5. Dave got Cheryls car up and running like a top last night and it's sitting in my driveway reminding me that the McFaddins will be home crazy soon!

6. As of today, I've lost 6 pounds this month. I am a super star.



Seriously, what a great day, huh??

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tot Speak

T: Mommy, I a MONSTER!
UK (Unsinkable Kristen, of course): Goodnight, Monster Tot.
T: Goodnight, Monster Mommy.

***

(everynight before bedtime)
UK: Mommy loves her Tot.
T: Tot wubs her Mommy.

***

UK: What's your name?
T: Taylor Tot.
UK: No, what's your whole name?
T: Taylor Tot Whippin. (No lie.)
UK: Silly girl, what's your name?
T: Tay Chapman
UK: Close enough.

***

(Tot spills some pretzels)
T: Don't worry, Mommy. I clean it up, all by self!

(Tot loses shoes)
T: Don't worry, Mommy. I find shoes, all by self!

(Prayers before bed)
T: Don't worry, Mommy, I pray all by self!

(Mommy spills pretzels)
T: Don't worry, Mommy. I hep you all by self!

***

(any time I haven't watched her close enough)
T: Look Mommy! I NAKEE!!!!!!! (runs around the house)

(any time she sees water - a pool, a lake, a fountain in the middle of a shopping center)
T: I go simmin' right now! (begins to take her clothes off) Look Mommy! I get NAKEE!!!!

***


Is it any wonder I spend most of my day laughing?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: A List of What I Do Even When I'm Not "Doing" Anything



What works for me this Wednesday is not going nuts. Now, that may seem a little random, but if you know me in real life, it's not random at all. I have this tendency to go overboard and to go all out and to whip myself into a major frenzy over my list of to-do's and lists of goals for every aspect of my life. These lists are so unattainable that I drive myself nuts thinking that I'm living in absolute squalor with ratty kids and an unsatisfied husband.

This couldn't be further from the truth.

At almost every moment, our home is less than 20 minutes away from being "company ready". The kids are pretty well behaved (for toddlers) and exetremly happy and are (usually) clean, too. Dave constantly tells me that I'm doing a good job, so all the complaints are pretty much in my head.

So, today I'm going to shake off all that smack talk that I do to myself, and make a list of the things that I do, even when I'm not "doing" anything. The things that I just do normally without having a plan, or a challenge, or an extravaganza, or a list to make me do them. If I'm going to be a goob enough to think that I'm not working hard enough, then apparently I need a list to tell me what I'm doing right so I shut up.

And here we go:

1. I clean up something whenever I am on the phone. No matter who I'm talking to or what I'm talking about, I'm always straightening something or decluttering something or putting stuff away.

2. I clean off my kitchen countertops every day. I never let stuff pile up there.

3. The kids & I pick up their toys before naptime and before bedtime no matter what. The "adult" part of the house is thus always free from toys while the kids are asleep.

4. We take a walk as a family as many nights a week as we can. This isn't part of any "program", it's just something we do that we love.

5. Dave & I almost never fight. We disagree and we argue sometimes, but we've never had an argument that lasted overnight and we've always "finished" the fight. We don't table the argument to bring it up later.

6. I pretty much smother my kids with hugs and kisses and snuggles, even when they are being absolute pains and I think I'm going crazy. They may think Mom is an anxietal nutjob, but they'll never doubt how much I love them. :)

7. I am aware of it when I get too anxious and when I'm getting to run down. I always take time to relax and then I get back on the horse and try to refine my system.

8. I wear actual clothes every day. This may seem weird, but it is SO easy as a housewife to wear your pajamas until you simply must leave the house. Thankfully, I've never gotten into that habit and I put on real live clothes as soon as I wake up, even if it's just jeans and a tshirt. (Of course, right now I'm basically in my pj's, but that's because I'm washing every pair of pants right now. No, seriously!)

9. I pick up the house everynight before I go to bed, so that when I wake up it feels like a fresh slate.

10. I spill my guts to a good amount of strangers each time I blog in the hope that everyone will have something to relate to and something to laugh at.

Now that is what works for me this week. A list of things I'm doing right without trying. Everyone should make a list right now (go ahead, do it, I'll wait). It's so easy to focus on all the things that we are doing wrong and miss out on the things that we do really well without even thinking about it. Certainly, we should always be trying to improve ourselves, but you can go so far out there that you forget that you already do alot.

Anyways, I promise the next post will be something funnier than these last ones, maybe something diaper related? Poops & Pees are always good for a laugh.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Good Day

I just wanted to let the general populace know that it's 10:00 am, I am still in my pajamas and I have done absolutely nothing productive today.

Tot is in a dress and capri pants that she picked out herself, she even dressed herself. Little David is in a onsie that isn't buttoned at the bottom so his little buns are poking out. We each had a banana for breakfast about an hour ago, and now we're watching cartoons.

Todays plans include much of the same, except I'll probably get dressed....maybe. We'll play outside a little, play inside a little, munch on some great granola I got at Sprouts this weekend. Tonight Dave & I will enjoy our midweek Eureka & Tilapia date (we might have eaten the pizza last night because it looked so tasty and decided to grill fish tonight instead...) and have some good snuggles on the couch. I'll probably read a book today and not get much done.

If I fold that load of kids clothes on our table and put them away I'll count this day as a raging success and mark it on the calendar.


Seriously, what a great day.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Good Season

You know I have to tell you guys that right now is a pretty good time in the Old Unsinkable's life.
The kids are no longer infants, and while they are still very little, they are becoming more self sufficient with each day. They no longer wake up at night (with the exception of nightmares and schedule changes, but that happens even when you are a grownup), and they are sleeping later in the morning. They nap at the same time each day, which makes it so I am not only rested from a full eight hours of sleep, but I also am the welcome recipient of at least 2 hours each day to myself. I am certain that this is my reward for having kids that didn't sleep through the night consistently until they were 10 months old.

This is also the time when having two kids close in age is no longer the hardship that is was when Little David was first born. Now, don't get me wrong, it is still hard, but no where near as draining and mind consuming as it was. They now go to sleep at the same time, wake up at the same time, nap at the same time, and can play together. It makes parenting them and scheduling their day and mine SO much easier.

Tot has started to dress herself and is learning to buckle her own seatbelt. She can put her clothes in the dirty clothes hamper when asked and can get herself into her eating chair and snap her tray on. She can tell me when she is hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, wet, dirty (well, sometimes), and bored. She can tell me when she needs help and what exactly she needs help with. Tot can put herself to sleep, turn on her cartoons, and eat all of her meals with almost no assistance. ANd seriously, can you believe how old she looks here?? Hard to tell she's not even three!







Little David is getting more independent as well. He no longer wakes up in the middle of the night, he sleeps later and later and is slowly detaching himself from my hip. He can feed himself finger foods, play for long periods by himself, and open doors. He can turn off the internet faster than you can blink and can play peek-a-boo even when there is nothing to hide behind (he just closes his eyes). The best part is that he is starting to walk just a smidge more each day. I have a feeling he will always be my cautious child, but he gets braver and braver as he takes more steps. He does all of this with a close eye on me, making sure that he is never too far away. It is definitely a step up from having to hold him every moment :)

All of these new skills combined have made this a particularly great time in life for David and I. We get to spend more time together as a family each night, talking walks, playing in Tot's room, or listening to David play guitar and dancing. Dave & I get to spend more time alone each night, not having to get Little David back to bed every two hours, and on the weekends naptime is precious. We get to curl up and watch TV and read, or get things done around the house, each of us feeling like we got a little rest time.

I have to say that it feels like the tide turned right as Dave & I went on Cincos, Baby!. The weeks prior I was plain old exhausted and at my wits end, unsure if I would even live to see our vacation. I think it was a combination of me actually getting rested up and the kids gradually getting to this point, but however it happened, I am so very grateful for this season of our life.



Marriage is good. Kids are good. Life is good.

And that, my friends, is strong.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: Homemade Household Cleaners

What works for me this Wednesday is making my own household cleaners. Some of you might know about my love affair with Formula 409. It's a beautiful scent that represents all that is clean to me and for years and years I have been faithful to this particular product at the exclusion of all others. It is a delight to my senses and I love love love it. I adore the way it cleans and the way my kitchen smells right after I've wiped the counters down and lit a candle.

However, it is also toxic to children, horrible for the enviroment, expensive, and not good to breathe.

I avoided all of these reasons to switch for a long time, after all, I recycled and breastfed, surely that was enough to counterbalance the rest of it, right? That's what I thought. It wasn't until I started to try to trim our budget that I really got the kick in the pants. I had been feeling bad about all the toxic-ness, but was pretty unwilling to pay a jillion dollars more for all natural products and was just as unwilling to spend hours making them myself. All of a sudden, I started to read more and more about people making their own cleaners and how cheap it was and how much money they were saving and about how easy it was.

Well, fine then.

So, after many years of being a 409 junkie, I finally made my first attempt at making my own cleaners.

It was embarrasingly easy. I mean, really, I don't think I've ever felt sillier for not doing something than I feel right now.

All I did was buy a jug of white vinegar ($1.97) and a spray bottle from the dollar store (.99), and then I used some essential lemon oil I bought a year ago to freshen up my garbage disposal. A bottle of 409 is a little over three dollars. I paid three dollars and will have enough of my own cleaner to make at least 10 bottles.

Anyways, I put in a cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water, and maybe a teaspoon of lemon oil and shook it up and my glass has never been cleaner.

See how easy that was? You don't even need to go to a health store.

So, now my kitchen is sparkling and I don't have to freak out if one of the kids gets into the cabinets. The peace of mind is worth the 10 seconds & 3 dollars it took to make the stuff.

Next up? A Lavendar antiseptic spray....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Please...

Some one make me do laundry.

I hate it with a soul sucking passion but I CAN NOT let it invade Eureka & Pizza!!

I have just finished folding the massive pile of clothes on our bed, and now I have to put them away. Sigh. Why is this so hard??

(I know the answer. It's because I don't do a load every day and keep the beast at bay. I wait until no one in the house (re: me) has clean underroos and the laundry has to be done out of necessity. At least there is some level of self awareness here.)

Eureka & Pizza!!!

It's back, baby!!! My all time favorite summer activity is back!! Oh the excitement is in my marrow and I think I may burst from the alltime awesomeness that is "Eureka & Pizza"!!

For those of you who think I'm hopped up on crazy pills, let me explain.

Last year David and I saw commercials for a new show on the SciFi channel. It looked quirky and we thought that we'd watch the pilot and see if it was worthy of our TiVo'ing it to watch when nothing better was on.

How naive we were.

Soon after the 2 hour pilot we were planning our entire week around Tuesday nights. Schedules were cleared, plans were cancelled, bedtimes were earlier, and menus were changed. We even titled the night "Eureka & Pizza", like everyone should know what we were talking about -

"What are you guys doing tonight?"
"Umm, Eureka & Pizza, duh. Isn't everyone??"

Tuesday nights were no longer just the night a certain show was on, they were events.

About 7:30pm each Tuesday we called up our favorite pizza place (Dominos) and ordered our favorite meal (Brooklyn Style Canadian Bacon, Cheesy Bread and Dr Pepper). At 7:45pm we started the diapers and pj's process for the kids and I topped off Little David with his last nursing before bed. By 8:00 pm, the kids were asleep, the pizza had arrived and the show was beginning.

Dave and I had created the perfect Mid Week Date Night.

So today, preparations are already underway for this most perfect of nights. I plan to eat a little less today to make room for the delicious pizza (for example: I only ate one muffins worth of Blueberry muffin batter this morning instead of two muffins worth. See how good I am??), walk a little more, and have all my chores done so I can fully experience the show with no leftover laundry guilt (if I get all this laundry done it will be a Eureka Day Miracle). Instead of ordering our pizza from Dominos tonight, we decided to try to go with a more wallet and waist friendly option of home made pizza and Diet Dr Pepper. This way, we get the added fun of making our own pizza with the kiddos before bed and...who am I kidding? Dollars to Donuts we'll be ordering Dominos next week :) I'll just have to amp up the exercise...and maybe cut out that muffin batter altogether...sigh.

Anyways, tonight is sure to be a fun filled evening snuggled up on the couch with my best pal watching the season premiere of our favorite summer show. Jack Carter will be back with his beer & cereal and charming cluelessness and I simply can't wait.

Now all I have to do is laundry.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Don't Mind The Woman Behind The Curtain...

I'm just trying out new layouts. We'll see what sticks.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Question for Bulk Shoppers...

I have a question for those of you who frequent places like Sam's Club & Costco. I just purchased a membership at Costco and was trying to figure out how I would use it. So, I'm asking my loyal readers. And by the way, if you are a lurker and are also a wholesale buyer, now is the time to "delurk"! I'm gathering information and you are a vertiable windfall of knowledge!

Here are the actual questions:

~What is your main purpose for the bulk buying?
~Do you just use it for things like toilet paper? or do you use it for meat, vegetables and clothing, too?
~Do you shop there every week? or do you do a once a month thing?
~And finally, how do you budget in a huge package of whatever, like granola bars? Do you just buy it whenever you run out or do you plan a great big shopping thing and get all the stuff you need, and eat lean the week before?

I know that your answers will largely depend on your personal situation and preferences, but I'm really curious to see how people do this and how I can make the most out of it and not wind up with 11 bottles of ketchup and a case of croutons or something.

Good Morning!

And a Good Morning to you! It's a little after 8am here and we're already having a good day. Dave is helping his his friend, Patrick, move into his new home and the kids and I are up and dressed and ready to face the day. The dishwasher is unloaded, the sheets are drying, the jeans are washing, the bed is made, the shades are up, and the sink is shiny. Now that is starting the day off right.

And the best part?

IT'S SUNNY!!! That's right friends, after over 30 straight days of rain and clouds, the Lone Star State is finally seeing some blue sky!! WAHOO!! The kids and I plan to celebrate by walking to the library this morning and maybe around the walking path by the library. We will probably feed the ducks (there is a new set of babies we love), try to find some turtles, and say hello to our bird friend, Pirate (because he has AAARRRNNNGGGE [orange] arms - Dave named him). I don't think I can express how full of glee the thought of walking in the sun makes me. Maybe now I can get these pasty legs tan....

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Not Even Kidding

This picture is totally real!! My friend, Linda, found it on Fox News. How cool is that??



***
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God. And the Peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will gaurd your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, thatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

We Call This: Good Day

Happy Day After The 4th! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and that you ate lots of grilled food and at least got to see a sparkle or two! We had a great time celebrating Neina's birthday as well as the 4th, and here are the pictures to prove it:



Our happy little family in our Red, White & Blue.


Tot & MeMe - Tot's such a good picture taker *sigh*

Dave helping Tot with her very first Sparkler! Little David was much too tired to participate, so she played with a couple for him :)

Me showing Tot how to hold the giant firey stick. By the way, she totally got a burn on her foot from this. I'm such a good parent.

Tot, finally perfecting the holding stance :)
***
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God. And the Peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will gaurd your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, thatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

From All Of Us Here At The Unsinkable's...

Happy 4th Of July!!!!

Enjoy your family, friends, coworkers, whatever. Have a wonderful day and try to see some fireworks (even if you are just driving by), eat some icecream, and wear a little red, white and blue.

Above all, remember to be thankful for all the blessings that come with living here: air conditioning, big highways, 30 different choices of low fat salad dressings, and BBQ.

Also,

Happy Birthday, Neina!!

***
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God. And the Peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will gaurd your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, thatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Gonna Be A Good Month

You know why? I'll tell you why.

1. Harry Potter 7 comes out. Squee! (Yes, I did just squee. Blame my adolescent squeeing on Pottermania.)

2. It's birthday month in my family. My friend Joanna's birthday is the 3rd, My Mother in Law's birthday is the 4th, my Sister in Laws birthday is the 14th, Mom's birthday is the 25th (along with my cousin Colleens birthday as well), and Dave's birthday is the 29th! Whew. That's a lot of presents!

3. Harry Potter Movie 5 comes out!! Squee! (Couldn't help myself, sorry.)

4. At the end of this month, Scott & Cheryl will be DAYS away from coming home!!

5. I'm having a fabulous girls night with a friend coming in from Italy at the end of the month.

6. I'm guessing that Little David will start walking this month and that his 8th tooth will come in. But that's really just guesswork.

7. Eureka comes back on TV!!!! "Eureka & Pizza" is the title of this weekly summer spectacular, when Dave and I put the kids to bed early and watch a crazy funny show and eat badly. Good thing it's not year round.

8. The 4th of July, duh. I always forget that it's a national holiday because we are already celebrating my mother in laws birthday by doing something cool. For a second, every year, I go "WOW! How cool is it that they're doing fireworks on Neina's birthday?!" And then I remember and feel silly.

9. I'm going back to the gym after taking a month off small break.

10. Lord Willing, there will be less rain than June. If not, I may die.



How could July not be awesome??

*****
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God. And the Peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will gaurd your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, thatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

Yes, this week is a long one. It'll probably be up here for a few weeks, because I REALLY need to memorize this one VERY well. You may have not noticed, but I can be a little high strung. I know, I know. Shocking.