May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

My favorite link-up comes at a perfect time with me jumping back into blogging in the middle of a month. It's going to really test my memory too since I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing half the time let alone remembering what I've already done. Such is life with a  newborn and threenager.

What we're eating this week...
If you ask Danny he'll probably say we are hardly eating but that's not the case. We started 21 Day Fix yesterday. We're both going from eating whatever we can get our hands on and how ever much we want so it's going to feel like we're eating less. I was pretty excited to do Whole30, but I'm more excited to do this. I love the idea of not eliminating whole food groups and everything in moderation.

What I'm reminiscing about...
This picture showed up on my Timehop yesterday. Our senior picnic.

I feel like I'm always reminiscing about the days when we were dating when these posts come around. All the girl in that picture wanted was to marry that boy someday. Nine years later we are married with 2 kids and a dog. I've loved every second and wouldn't change a single thing.

What I'm loving...
After a month, I am loving my new phone. I made the switch from Team iPhone to Team Android. I'm sure the Cloud was the easiest thing to understand but I could never force myself to remember how to get into mine lol. Working with all things Google has definitely been easier. From backing up my photos to using the calendar. Yep, I've even ditched the paper planner. Jury is still out on that one, but time will tell since meeting season is upon me. That will be the true test.

What we've been up to...
Tee ball. That's been interesting. We've made so much improvement though. Not so much skill wise. We've just gone from this...

To actually paying attention. I'm pretty sure there was a batter up when he was sitting in the base path picking at his bandaid on his knee. It's been a lot more fun. Corralling 6 3 year olds and 4 4 year olds is harder than herding cats though. I mean, I've never tried to herd cats but surely it's easier.

What I'm dreading...
Meeting season. Due to all the rain in my area, my meetings are going to be delayed but the deadline to report acres will remain the same. On top of that, I have to deal with pumping on the road which requires leaving earlier so I can build in time to pump before since some can take up to 2 hours plus having to pack all the things to make sure it stays cold. It's worth it but dang breastfeeding is a lot of work.

Also dreading moving Charlee to her crib. I'm going to not talk about it though because I'm in denial that I need to do it soon.

What I'm working on...
Surviving. That's enough right?

What I'm excited about..
On Father's Day we are paying a visit to Fair Oaks Farms in Northern Indiana.
This farm is featured in one of the Fun on the Farm movies that Tucker watches and was super obsessed with. He has been asking when we are going to go and since Danny has Father's Day off that's what we are doing. I love taking Tucker to do things like this. It's so fun to watch him get so excited.

What I'm watching/reading...
Still watching Pretty Little Liars. I'm kind of sad that it's going to be completely over soon.
The Chicago Fire season finale was a doozy. Being a firefighters wife, it was a little rough.
The Greys finale was also huge. That felt like the old Grey's to me.

What I'm listening to...
Old CD's I made in high school! I haven't put my music on the new phone yet, so I've had to pull out my CD case. I found so many great CDs and have had the best time remembering all the fun I had listening to those songs with my girlfriends.

What I'm wearing...
Maternity jeans still. I won't lie and don't even feel bad about myself for it. They are comfy. The ones I bought this time around were styling as hell. My shirt game is struggling but I'm fine with my pants situation for now.

What I'm doing this weekend...
I get to work in the concession stand Friday night. I think this officially makes me a baseball mom. Saturday Tuck has a game and Danny works. There's a girls night listed for Saturday night but I haven't heard any more on that.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
The trip to Fair Oaks Farms. Danny's training burn will be done.

What else is new...
We are wanting to move. Hopefully into a house that we have built. We had plans to buy my Grammy's house next to my brother but it felt through. Now we are trying to figure out when to make this move happen and where we want to build. We don't want to move towns. Our village is here and we need them haha.

Bonus: Favorite vacation spot
Orange Beach, Alabama. We are going with my mom, brother and his wife in October and I can't wait! It's an easy drive from Indiana and it doesn't get too crowded. I love it.

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend was spent doing a little bit of something we love doing: camping! Really though, it felt like just a little bit of camping.

Thursday afternoon I left work a bit early to finish packing and pick the kids up to head up to the campground. About halfway up, Danny called saying there was talk of them closing the campground due to flooding. It's been raining for weeks in Indiana and since the campground is on a lake, some of it was already under water. We decided to just go for it and we'd deal with having to leave if it came down to that. We ended up having beautiful weather for most of our stay since we were at home Friday night. Tucker had a tee ball game Friday and Danny had to work Saturday. His fire department is 35 minutes in the opposite direction of the campground from home so it was easier on him to stay at home. Plus I didn't want to spend all day solo parenting at the camper with the possibility of it raining.

It was really a pretty relaxing weekend though. Tucker is finally old enough to play with the bigger kids without me having to watch him super closely. There are a few girls that are about 10 years old that love "watching" him so he's not totally unsupervised. Of course he found a puddle of water to "make a potion" in which is his favorite thing to do.

He may have ruined his shorts and shirt but he was playing and having the time of his life so I can deal.

Charlee did pretty good camping. She got passed around like a hot potato Saturday night and I paid for it Sunday and Monday. Girlfriend likes to relax and this weekend was a bit too much partying I think. She was a stage 5 clinger both days. She slept really well though! Camping with a 10 week old went a bit easier than I expected it too, but that's probably because I had so much help. Seriously, I barely held her Sunday when I wasn't wearing her for her naps.

We got home pretty early yesterday morning. I spent a couple hours meal planning for us to start 21 Day Fix today. The concept of the program is very easy to understand, but the actual planning was a lot harder than I expected. I was also wrangling a toddler and baby so that probably had something to do with it. I finally went to the grocery with Charlee around 4 and was up until 10:30 prepping due to bedtime for her taking forever. I hope since we are back to our regular routine it doesn't take as long tonight.

Now it's time to enjoy a short work week!

May 23, 2017


I'm going to give this thing another go. Of course, I picked a Tuesday to start again. The last like 10 posts have been Tuesdays so why not. I didn't even plan this.  Life is flying by in the blink of an eye and I know one day I will want to read about it. Plus if it weren't for this blog, Tucker's baby book that I finished when he was nearly 3 years old would be kind of thin. I'm half kidding. And since I'm 3 weeks into being back at work, I'll be able to do it consistently.

I'm going to start with a catch up on each family member then I'll recap March and April. Probably in 2 posts. I'll save May for What's up Wednesday.

We'll start with Danny. He is still at the same fire department he was at when I "came back" the last time and rocking it. This one keeps him busier but I think he kind of enjoys it. He took over the fire training for the department shortly after being hired and is organizing a training burn on a house that was donated to the department. It has him a bit stressed out, so any extra good thoughts and prayers for him would be appreciated :) He is also rocking this dad of 2 thing.

He's pretty much taken over bedtime with Tucker on nights that he is home. I try to do it when he is home some, but to keep Charlee's crying to a minimum is also nice. He isn't mowing this summer, except for my office, his sister's house and one other yard. It's been nice having him home a little bit more. I say a little bit because he is still teaching. We see each other occasionally haha.

Where do I even begin with this one?

Tucker is still a sour patch kid. Seriously, sour and then sweet. I'm sure most 3 year olds are, but man he gives us a run for our money almost daily. He loves his baby sister still. He has recently started calling her Danielle. He is playing tee ball this year. Well, he is on a tee ball team. There's SOME playing going on. He spends most of the games trying to not play.

He has a game tonight and we've had a couple talks about how he needs to listen. We are pretty confident that he is doing the not listening and playing in the dirt to be defiant and not because he doesn't actually like tee ball. He had a blast the first 2 practices, so I think its just 3 year old shenanigans. But when he is sweet he is the sweetest. He is obsessed with giving hugs and kisses, randomly tells me he loves me, picks dandelions for gifts, pulls chairs out for his Gigi, buys flowers for her and Mamaw, and occasionally tells me I'm the best or that I make the best whatever food he is eating. We signed him up for preschool, which will start in August. That's only like 10 weeks from now and will be here before I know it.

Charlee is babying.

Eating, sleeping, eating, crying, eating, spitting up and then more eating. Seriously though, she eats all the time. At her 2 month appointment, she weighed 10lbs 1oz, which is  more than 4 lbs over what she weighed when she left the hospital. If she's awake, she wants to eat. She will eat until she gets sick and then start rooting for more. She does it more now that I've gone back to work since she doesn't get to nurse during the day. Her sleep is pretty good. I consistently get 5 hours the first stretch. Of course I only get about 3.5 or 4 hours by the time the nightly chores are done, but it's okay. Last night she gave me 7 and I think I know how to get that out of her again. She rolled belly to back about 3 weeks ago and is always moving. The nurses commented on her squirminess in the hospital and its gotten worse haha. Makes nursing interesting. She is firmly in 3 month clothes and yesterday even wore a 3-6 month shirt, so she is growing like a weed.

I am doing okay. I am surviving. The first few weeks after Charlee was born were great. I was successfully breastfeeding, I was sleeping 3-4 hours at a time and I felt like I had a good handle on life. Then I didn't. I would have a few good days and then I'd have a day or two that were terrible. I eventually went to the doctor for postpartum depression. I'll write more on that another day, but things have improved tremendously. Going back to work helped. I would love to be home snuggling my newest baby, but my mental health needs routine and maternity leave was the opposite of that for me. I love routine and need routine if my ADD isn't medicated.

That's where we are at as of today. Now that its nearly 11 am I should do something productive for my professional life. I look forward to catching up more!