Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Because sometimes, I like to have nice things

Yesterday, while I had a few hours to myself I decided to spruce up my kitchen table. I normally only put out tablecloths for family dinners or when company is coming. With the cool weather, I decided I could light my pumpkin candle. Then that turned into, why don't I iron a tablecloth and find some decorations to put around it? This is what I came up with from crafts in my hall closet. Not too bad in my opinion.

So, the boys come home and running in the kitchen for something to eat. Which by the way, why can't they do that at dinner time? Because at dinner time, it's like the kitchen is the plague and they can't get far enough away.

I digress.

Jayden comes ripping into the kitchen and comes to a halt when he sees the table...

'MOM!! Who is coming over for dinner???'

'No one.'

'Then why is all the nice stuff out?'

'Because sometimes Jayden, sometimes I like to have nice things for just ME.'

'Oh. 3 second pause, Can I blow out the candle?'

Ugh. Noooo. It's MY candle at MY table...don't TOUCH IT!

So, for the entire day my kitchen table looked so nice. Why the boys played outside I just sat at my table. My nice, decorative table. Almost like I was in a far away land. The land of pretty and quiet. Where Mom's sip on their coffee and enjoy the quiet and can even use the restroom in private. They also don't have to worry when they use the restroom that they might end up sitting in a puddle of toddler pee.

Yes, that's where I stayed for at least ten minutes. Ten wonderful minutes. ♥

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Woobie Woes

Why is it our job as parents to teach our kids the hardest lesson's? Even at age 3. I mean, why can't we send them somewhere to learn the hard lessons then come home for love and support from Mom and Dad. Kind of like how Santa gets all the cool presents, I mean what the hell?!

Last week I received a phone call at work, on the cell ID it read 'Casey's Daycare'. I'm still getting used to the idea of him being there, so this made my heart jump instantly. When I answered, the first thing Melissa (the owner) said to me was 'Everything's ok, just wanted to chat about Casey'.

I listened as she explained that usually they like the kids to bring a blanket from home to snuggle with at nap time, however, sometimes when the kids are too attached to the blankie, it makes daycare days even harder. Casey, my love falls into that latter category.

I felt like telling her, well I could've told you that! Casey is in LOVE with his woobie. He plays good without him at home (yes, I just referred to the blanket as a person because this is what we do in our home) but when he's laying around, cuddling or especially at bedtime...woobie and Casey are inseparable. He shoves as much of woobie in his mouth as possible and snuggles into him. He tells woobie he loves him and lays woobie down for naps during the day. He also likes to tickle woobie between his fingers and if I cut his nails too short, I get in trouble because he can't tickle woobie they way he likes.

I've had this conversation with my sister and cousin Ashley and each time I say it, it gets a little more strange. I mean who cuts their kids nails just right so they can tickle a damn blanket!

Back to daycare, apparently what we thought was helping Casey was in fact making it worse for him at school. You see, every time they did an activity where he couldn't have his woobie, Casey baby would cry and cry just like when Mom or Dad drops him off in the morning. He had started to seclude himself so he could stay with woobie. Not good. So, the plan was to start leaving woobie at home and they would let Casey pick out a blankie to nap with everyday. Melissa assured me that with kids in the past they'd done this with, the outcome was always positive. The kids would actually walk to class in the morning, interact with others and generally become more independent.

Well the words she was speaking to me made sense, but my heart was stopping as I heard her. I felt my lungs get tighter as the air escaped, because I knew what I was about to do was going to break my baby's heart. I mean, I'm already sending him away from home everyday, his woobie was his connection to home! Now, I had to take that too?? I felt a little light headed. I came home and talked to Cory about it, he was not a big fan at first but the more I talked about it the more it seemed like it would make sense for Casey. I knew the first week would be hard, but hopefully it would help him in the long run.

So, I started getting Casey ready. 'Ok Casey, Monday when we got to school, woobie will stay home.'

'WHY Mommy??

'Well, woobie is getting too dirty at school. He needs to stay here and rest until you get home.'

'How bout if I'm not naughty wif my woobie at school? How bout that Mom?'

Apparently Cory had told Casey woobie had to stay home because he was being naughty. Shoot. Hate it when we don't plan ahead with our game plan together Ü

I told Casey it'd be ok and that we could sing woobie a song before we left and tuck him in tight into bed. That way, he'd be ready for him when he got home. So Monday, we sang ABC's to woobie, gave him a big hug and a kiss and headed out the door, straight towards independence!

He actually did ok at drop off and the teachers said he even napped without woobie. As soon as we got home, Casey ran straight to get woobie where he stayed all tucked into his mouth the rest of the night. Today, we sang another song and gave woobie a hug... unfortunately for me, the tears came this morning. I'm hoping he had a better day today and that sooner rather than later, it won't be so hard to leave his faithful friend at home.

For's hugs and kisses each morning.  

I love you Casey. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Lisa

My sister Lisa mourned celebrated her 40th Birthday on September 19th. We made plans as a family to head down to SLC to dinner and Keys on Main. It should be known this is a extremely significant event as Lisa never leaves home. When she does leave home, heading into Ogden is an ordeal. Now, she's not a hermit, just the idea of lots of people, driving and no parking leaves her a little tense. :)

I talked her into celebrating the event with something other than Olive Garden. We settled on Bucca Di Bepo in downtown. Great Italian food for a good price. We had planned Keys on Main, but with Cory's leg still healing and a unexpected event that left me at work until 7:15 pm that night, we called it good with dinner.
My parents, us girls and our spouses all shared a fun filled night with laughs, drinks and yummy food. We don't do it very often, but am I so glad we live so close that we can get together when schedules permit. 

As for the birthday girl, Lisa..where do I begin? You are such a wonderful wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Although, we may not always see eye to eye on things like fashion, politics and thing I know for sure is that you ALWAYS have my back. I remember going through rough years in my teens and you were always there for my reality check. You never treated me like a baby, but you also never let me off the hook. Thank you for teaching me to stick up for myself, that's its alright if people don't like me or approve of what I do. I love that you are a take it or leave it kind of girl. You speak your mind, no matter whose listening. I wish I had that quality some days. You have the best come backs, I'd like you to write a list of them down, so the next time I'm in a argument I can check the list!

I love our morning talks, you make my drive to work a lot less boring. Thank you for always listening to me and never ever judging me. You're probably one of the only people I know that I could tell my deepest, darkest secret too and you wouldn't even think to judge. 

I love how you are so fair with your kids, no matter what.. if they don't all get to do it..then we better figure out something else! You're kids will appreciate that one day and be glad their mom had their back too. I can't believe how fast the years go by. I can't believe you have a daughter in JR High and that you're kids are all in school all day!

Thank you for loving my boys, they are so lucky to have an Aunt Wee-sa!! You are so good with Jayden and he loves to be around you and see the birds. Casey baby loves you too..realllllyyy!!! My kids love to visit your house, play with your boys and help with the animals. 

You are so dedicated to animals, I can't believe the sacrifices you make for your birds, puppies, guinea pigs, frogs, worms, geckos and whatever else is in your Szumita Zoo. The time you take to research and all the hours spent hand feeding birds so people can have affectionate pets is amazing. It's clear in your comments and responses from customers, that you truly have found your niche in life. 

I wanted to take the time to drop you a line and let you know how thankful I am to have found you. You care for your clients just as good as you take care of your birds. Your birds are beautiful healthy and friendly due to all of your efforts. I would give my highest recommendation to anyone thinking of buying one of Lisa's beautiful pets. 
Thank You for all you did. 
Dane and Stephanie Baxter 
(Adopted two cockatiel babies from West Point Aviary)

Hi Lisa,
Where do we begin to thank you for such a wonderful experience?!  We are SO happy with our new baby linnie, Starly. She is beautiful, adorable, sweet, curious, playful, and just a great little bird.  Shipping was NO problem for her....she seems to have taken the journey in stride and stepped out of her carrier with confidence, and curiosity. Didn't seem stressed at all! She had lots of food, fruit, millet, and a comfy perch, and seemed very happy and relaxed in her carrier.  She has been a joy already to us, with her endearing personality, little beeping noises, and friendly little nature.  You did an awesome job of raising her...she seems so confident and comfortable and ready to explore her new home!  And, we so appreciate all you did to get her to went above and beyond, to get her across the country to us as quickly, safely, and smoothly as possible.  Also, we LOVED all the emails, photos and updates about our baby as we waited for her to be ready to come home. You were AWESOME about communicating, and making us feel a part of her life, before we even met her.  This whole experience has been a wonderful, exciting, and thrilling one for us, and we cant thank you enough for helping us to bring our dream birdie into our family.  She will be loved and cherished here for her whole life.  And, I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know who is looking for a friendly, healthy, well socialized companion bird to join their family.  Thanks are the best!!

Judi Livingston & family, in NH.  July 2011- Creamino Linnie

We've been through so much together, lots of highs and lows. I want you to know that you've made a difference in my life. To me and my family, your support means more than you will ever know. I love you like Thelma loves Louise, like Todd loves Copper. Thank you for being you! 

Happy Birthday Lisa Jo

and thank you for letting me eat your birthday desserts with a gigantic fatty girl spoon

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