Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Want to take a toddler to the DMV?

Think again -
wow that was fun
The lines was out the door when i got there - yikes

luckily I brought goldfish with me
an hour and a half later we left with a new drivers license
You see my license expires in less than a month - and I am very pregnant - With my luck I would go into labor and not have a new license and then I would be trying to take a newborn and a toddler to the DMV.

He was VERY well behaved considering he was confined to his stroller for an hour and a half.

unfortunately the day only got better from there -

this isn't the place where i want to go into what happened during the afternoon but know if I am MIA for a little while there is a reason and i will be back, hopefully with stories of two little boys driving their momma nuts

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


I feel fantastic! We went to bed early - being exhausted from the many days of travel and Christmases Mike got up and left ofr work at 5 like normal. The next things I knew I was waking up relaxed and fully awake - I rolled over to look at the clock and it was 7:30!!!! Oh my - after looking in Owen's room to make sure he was still there and breathing I got up and logged onto the computer.
He woke up shortly later and is in a fabulous mood. We have a few things on our to do list this morning after we change out of our pj's, but no hurry

I do attribute the sleeping in to the fact that he never napped yesterday. My mom claims that I never napped after 18 months. I don't care if he isn't sleeping he did stay in his bed for an hour and a half yesterday afternoon talking to his stuffed dinosaur.

I have less than 9 more weeks to go before the new baby comes!! yesterday I got out the newborn and preemie clothes (hopefully we won't need the preemie ones). I got the car seat out and ready - I need to install the bases of the car seats into the cars on a warm day.

Monday, December 29, 2008


Christmas is over - I am not sure how many miles we put on the car in the last week but it was a lot. Owen and I got to sleep in today and relax, we feel a little bad for Mike who had to go to work nice and early.

The last two day we had festivities of over 30 people each. YIKES we have big families and growing.

Owen is doing much better since getting his cast off but it is still a slow process. He is not yet walking, he does real well crawling around though.

Today's mission is to clean up the house, do the dishes and organize more Christmas presents. Owen got a few duplicates - some from target which i HATE targets return policy, since none of them have gift receipts I am not sure what to do with them - hmmmm. I will probably just re-gift them.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Who was that toy for?

I don't think Owen needed or wanted it - or is even allowed to play with it. Owen got the central station geotrax for Christmas. Mike (and Owen) set it up to play last night. Okay Mike set it up telling Owen not to touch it. Owen aka Godizzila I don't think he ever really got to play with the toy but did spend some quality time with Dada while Dada played with it last night. I went upstairs to get some peace and quiet while the two boys watched the train go around and around the tracks. As Owen tried to take the train off and throw it across the room.

In other exciting news Owen slept the entire night in the big boy bed!!! Yeah - of course he woke up at his usual early hour of 6 when we wanted to sleep in. Mike climbed in bed with him and promptly fell asleep so Owen crawled out of bed and climbed into Mikes space in our bed. So I turned on cartoons for a little while then got up and made us breakfast. Mike is still sleeping in the big boy bed. :)

Friday, December 26, 2008

GPS + 2yr old == CHAOS

I am very excited about my new Tomtom GPS system I got for christmas. It was something I really wanted and needed. Owen however is not that excited about it, in fact i don't think he like it bossing him around
So it goes like this
GPS "In 400 feet turn right"

Owen at the top of his lungs "NOOOOOOO!"
GPS" Turn Right"
Owen "NO"

So every time my gps tells me where to go my son decided to tell it no. It was amusing the first 5 maybe 6 times but now it is getting a little old. I still love my new toy and hopefully Owen will get tired of telling it no

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I love my husband

I really do. He had to work today so Owen and I are driving to his parents house and he will meet us there via the train. I had everything lined up in the hallway to pack into the car. Mike went out and snow blowed yesterday and I asked him if he had cleaned off my car since I hadn't gone anywhere since it snowed another 6 inches. He had not and said it was supposed to rain. ugh. So this morning I fully expected to have to get myself, Owen, the dog, pack, warm the car, clean it off, etc in order to go. But I looked over to see what was all there and there was nothing :) He must have loaded the car for me this morning!!!!
Yeah i am so excited over the little things.

I still have a ton to do before we go but it really helped out this pregnant lady alot having the car loaded - of course i am wondering how it is loaded because i do still have to get the dog into the car to take her to the kennel.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

okay I lied

I do have a car - Mike must have gotten the truck started this morning and I just never checked outside. Oh well i retook Owen's temp before I called the dr and it is down to 98 - so if i had gone i would once again have been the crazy momma who keeps bringing in her perfectly well child.

oh well -

He has been busy pushing around his hippo push toy and wore himself out. He fell asleep curled up on my arm on the couch so I just deposited him into his big boy bed for a nap. Now I should go do the laundry and start packing for Christmas.

fever fever go away

So Mike's car didn't start yesterday, he didn't bother fixing it last night or even looking at it. I get that it was cold but now we are once again stuck at home.

It is not like we haven't been stuck at home for the last 7 weeks or anything. But here is the thing. Owen has been running a fever since Saturday and this morning it is 102 again. I would really like to take him to the Dr but i don't have a car and tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Plus even if I didn't take him to the Dr I am all out of Tylenol. We ran out last night. I am also getting pretty close to running out of milk.

So here I am once again stuck at home with a sick child. I am exhausted because he got up all night and called for momma each time. He didn't really need or want anything. I think tonight I am going to suggest ear plugs for everyone during the night. He needs to learn to sleep on his own again.

I have not put him in the big boy bed at night because he isn't even sleeping in the crib so I think it would be counter productive - but it probably wouldn't make things any worse so maybe the big boy bed gets use tonight.

Monday, December 22, 2008


That's how my day was. Owen was mr cranky pants all day until daddy walked into the house. Then we pretended we were happy. Of course now we are crabtastic again. His fever seems to be gone but I think between being sore from getting the cast off and teething he is still not extremely happy. I on the other hand need a nap after today. I think he may have napped for a total of an hour today. I was not allowed to be anywhere away from him without screaming. He also screamed for a good hour before Mike got home with me right there trying everything to help him. The Tylenol must have kicked in the minute he walked in the door

Owen minus cast

My Element Rules!

So I drive an element - It is fairly new and I love it. This morning is quite cold. Mike went to leave for work, luckily for me I am on winter break. He comes back in the house to inform me that the explorer is dead. He tried calling a few friends from the train but it appears everyone else is smart enough not to go to work today. So he took my element, which started up right away. I find it a little amusing the the V6 explorer did not start but my little v4 did. Oh well - Owen and I are stuck at home now. that's fine because Owen is still not feeling great. We stayed in bed as long as possible this morning watching cartoons.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

When do we get to catch a break

So Owen has been out of his cast since friday morning. Obviously friday was a wash getting used to being able to move again. Saturday we woke up with a low grade fever but I thought it was just cause he had worked himself up into a frenzy. So the bad parents we are took him shopping all day - remember we haven't left the house in 7 weeks and christmas is only a few days away. We had a late lunch and that is when i realized he wasn't feeling well at all. He was feeling quite warm and trying to sleep on my hand in the high chair. By the time we got home none of us were feeling great and Owen was running a fever of 101. He promptly fell asleep in just a onsie on the floor, then a little later on top of me. We finally just put him in the crib and we all were in bed by 8:30. I think around 11 he came and snuggled with us until 3 am. crying off and on. at some point mike went and slept on the floor of the nursery. I got him at 6:30 and gave him some Tylenol and it seems to have brought his fever down a bit.

He really needs a bath, between sweating up a storm last night and i am pretty sure he peed through his diaper. Mike climbed back into bed so when he gets up we will bath the child. He is on the floor drinking pedialyte right now. I need to remember to buy another container of it for next time.

We are supposed to go up to my parents today for my moms birthday, but we will play it by ear and see what happens.

Poor little guy gets sick the minute he gets out of the cast, the weird thing is that all of us have it at the same time - weird that never happens. I can't even figure out where we would have gotten it form that we all caught it at the same time. Especially since we haven't left the house in awhile.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Free at Last!!

We left extremely early for the dr this morning and made good time despite the foot on snow on the ground since last night. We got there early for the appointment and they were able to see us immediately since everyone else cancelled their appointments. she said the only people that seemed to be making the trip were people getting casts on or off.

He DID NOT like the noise of the cast saw, but did great after they removed it. The nurse and the dr said they have never seen a kid not cry hysterically after it is removed. He was happy as a clam. (until i tried to put pants on him). He let the dr move his legs and hips without crying or squirming away.

He has had a rough day since being home. He slept int he car for awhile on the way home but never got a good nap. He has tried standing but is mostly army crawling around. His hips are very stiff and the dr said it may take him a day or two to get used to the fact he can move them again. He took a shower with Mike to rinse off. He is not sitting by himself real well yet so we opted against the bath until tomorrow.

We go back in three weeks to check on the rest of the healing and his range of motion before they decide on therapy or anything beyond this point.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

We are going to get that darn cast removed

whether there is snow or not.

We are supposed to get a major winter storm tomorrow - Owen's appointment to get the cast off is in the morning. School is being called off already. So at least I get to go to the appointment but we do need to drive through the horrible mess of a winter storm. I am excited but unsure of what is going to happen at the same time. The nurse called to see if we want to reschedule but we really need to get that cast off. I don't think I could wait another week or even a few more days. So if we have to leave here at 6 am we will because we will get this cast off tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 days left

The cast comes off in 2 days!! less than 48 hours!!! Stinky boy gets a bath soon. YEAH - I am so excited but i have so much to do before then
I need to pack a bag with clothes that fit him - He has only been wearing sicks and a t shirt for the last month and a half.
I am not even sure we have shoes that fit him -

I need to put the car seat back into the car

I need to clean and organize his new big boy room that he was supposed to move into a month ago.

I unfortunately have been using the big boy room as gift wrapping central so all the presents and wrapping paper are everywhere in there. I think I might use the pack n play to store gifts.

Must find energy and force Owen to take a nap in order to do all of these things

CLEAN the puke already

So yesterday the dog puked on the tile floor luckily. BUT I had been trying not to puke all afternoon so needless to say the minute the dog started puking so did I. Of course Mike need to clean up the puke from the dog. What does he do - he throws paper towel over the puke and goes back to the computer. Meanwhile Owen is trying to figure out what I am doing in the bathroom and freaking out because I am locked in the bathroom. Mike doesn't come get him or clean up the puke. I refuse to clean it up since I already puked myself out and cleaned up the bathroom and myself afterward. So for the rest of the night I try desperately not to look over in the area with the soaked paper towels as to not puke again. Seriously just clean it up in the first place. He eventually cleaned it up over an hour later. ugh so gross

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Good thing there are only 6 days left because trying to keep him from standing is so much fun

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

snow blowing while intoxicated?

I am not sure this is the best idea but i really do need my driveway and sidewalks cleared. Mike was apparently drinking on the train on the way home. He came home and decided to go out and clean up with the blower. As he was walking out the door I asked him if he was planning on wearing gloves. At which point he looked at his hands and realized that yes that was probably a good idea. I think he has been over-served and this is not the best idea - hmmmm - oh well if I hear the blower stop I will start to worry. I really don't think he had that much to drink - I think it is more the combination of lack of sleep, stress, and a beer or two.

snow day!

not - i love how the students are walking in the hallways and chanting snow day - hmm you are already at school therefore it is not a snow day and they have all day and night to clean up the snow before tomorrow - sorry no Snow day try again

Monday, December 8, 2008

BACK TO life as I know it

Yes that is right I am back to life - I finished my grad school class - not with the perfect grade I am used to but only because the instructor was a not very nice person. I did still get an A though. life goes on

Mike is extremely happy to have me back - hehe
We are all a little stressed out here but it will soon be over and life will keep going

t minus 11 days till cast off

Sunday, December 7, 2008

How do you get the pee smell out of a cast?

The questions of the day --- So basically I have given up because he smells like pee - I am burning LOTS of candles and sponge bathing him as much as humanly possibly. It is definitely the cast that smells YUCK

We tried some OXY clean on the parts around the diaper and tried to dry it with the hair dryer on low like they told us to do, Unfortunately my son is terrified of the hair dryer - go figure.

So 12 days to go and my house will continue to smell like pee until that cast is a thing of the past.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

This class sucks!!

SERIOUSLY!! I have the WORST teacher ever - So basically I had a group project to do - We did the project and MANY MANY people asked for further clarification on the project - we basically got none and were told to read the directions - nice - EVERY group lost points on an entire sections that we apparently did not do - umm we asked for help - IF everyone get it wrong maybe the directions were not clear. This suck I HATE group project and I hate stupid professors that obviously have no idea how to be a good teacher. If every student in my classroom got something wrong then I would not pentalize their grade I would assume I was not clear or did not teach it correctly


I was trying to clean up before our friends came over last night so I am running around putting things away , cleaning, doing laundry, etc. Mike takes out the guitar and opens the laptop o start playing Christmas music. He considers this watching Owen. Owen does like music but he was in no way watching him. I come into the kitchen and look over into the living room to see my 18 month old son completely torn the diaper basket apart and playing with scissors and nail clippers. OH you didn't see him 2 feet away playing with dangerous object, my bad I thought you were watching him.

So I finish doing a million things on my list and sit down with Owen to play with him. Mike hears car doors outside and suddenly decides it is time to do something in the house. I say something about how the dog needs to be put away . He heads down the hall to open the guest room so it warms up in case the new baby wants to sleep in the pack n play. Then yells down the hallways for me to put the dog away and answer the door - umm seriously I am 7 months pregnant and JUST sat down to play with my son. I said something to the affect of I can only do one things at a time as I am trying to get off the floor - He yells back something about how he only asked me to put the dog away - seriously, I just cleaned the entire house BY MYSELF.

Friday, December 5, 2008


I am so excited - I called today to get an appointment scheduled to get my hair cut - i am really bad about making appointments and it usually is about three weeks to get a time I can go - since i have to wait for DH to get home at night or a Saturday - She actually had an appointment open tomorrow!! yeah - I really need to get it cut and my hairstylist is due a few weeks before me so I need to make sure i get it done before she goes on leave.

I had my prenatal massage yesterday and I got my haircut tomorrow - this is the most I have been out of the house besides work since Owen got hurt.

I am almost done with my grad school classes and can't wait

I have also been working hard on our family calendar for Christmas - I am almost done with it - now if I can just find a good picture of all four of us to make a Christmas Card. I am totally slacking this year. ugh

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Counting down

the count down is at 15 days until the cast comes off - who knew 7 weeks would go so fast. I barely remember what life was like before this. I am really going to have to adjust when I have a walking/ running child again.

I had to call a friend so I could go to the grocery store last night. We were completely out of food and there is really no way to take Owen to the store. Mike had his weekly guitar lesson last night so I couldn't do it after he got home

Random 8th grade moment of the day. We are making mobiles in photoshop - as we are putting them together today the lovely students start painting rubber cement all over their hands. great I am the mean teacher again because i am yelling at 8th graders for using rubber cement as skin paint.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I AM the mean teacher.

not really but apparently i was accused of it today. A student wanted out of my class because she doesn't like computers - well her mom called and said she didn't like me and both of her kids wanted out of my class. Her others child is upset because he doesn't sit by anyone he likes. umm this is school not social hour. So I basically was accused of being that horrible mean teachers and it ended up being a total mix up. The students was removed from my class and within 5 minutes another student when running to the office asking to take her spot because he really wanted in my class and there was no room.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

My husband is HOT

Or at least that is what a student in my 8th grade told me today. Amusing but it was a male student. So then all the girls had to run over to the picture to see if they agreed - apparently it was agreed that Mrs. Thicksten has a hot husband.

Monday, December 1, 2008

No I am not due until March but thank you for reminding me

I keep getting that - really? Are you sure you are not due yet? question. why does everyone need to remind me I still have three months of uncomfortableness left. I have craziness going on without having a newborn right this exact second.

Mike keeps bringing up things I shouldn't be doing in order to keep this baby inside longer, but of course only when it is convenient for him. I don't like being helpless but Owen weighs so much with his cast that it is getting really heavy to carrying the poor boy around. Plus it is kinda getting hard to bend over.

i haven't had any random students lately which is very sad. I like it when they amuse me.

I have been trying to find a formal maternity dress for Mike's Christmas party. What is with the bows? Seriously do you know how hard it is to find a maternity dress without a stupid bow. Is there some hormone that the minute you get pregnant makes you want to wear bows. I think not! I did find a few really nice looking ones without bows but there were WAY out of my price range. I should have thought about this months ago and I would have made something. the hunt continues....