Saturday, December 3, 2016

Life

I have not been doing to well with this little page of mine. It has been neglected and that bothers me. We have been doing too many fun things and now I don't remember all of the little things that I would like to have written down. I have to look back at all of my pictures on my phone and camera but when I already moved all of my photos to my hard drive that makes it even more difficult because my hard drive is the biggest mess ever! Why didn't I label anything (crying face emoji). So let me just update on a couple of things that I can remember from my phone. 

We made a extremely quick trip home for Thanksgiving. We were going to wait for Christmas to go home but Mike needed to get his truck re-registered and it has Ohio plates...and our luck, he needed a E-check and they only do those in the norther part of the state so we packed up the kids and spent a short 3 days seeing the little family that we could. Christmas will be the main time that we will actually be able to see everyone that we would like to see so that time will not be as rushed. But, Charlie did get to meet his grandparents and Mikes aunts and cousins during the holiday. 

















Now, with re-registering your car...a birthday is soon approaching. Mike turned 32 on the 2nd. 

During the time back home, Cami had to spent the nights in boarding. I have never put any of my dogs in a boarding facility so it was totally new for me. We took her to her vets because they have a facility there.  I am sure she was totally stressed out the whole time being locked up, but if she just would calm down 90 degrees and maybe got along with cats we could have taken her home with us. She ended up getting a cut on her nose from rubbing it on something but other then that she is still well.  The girl that came out with her when I picked her up told me she was nuts. haha.


We also got our Christmas tree. We wanted to make up for last year so we got the biggest one we could fit in our house. 


I really need to go crazy after this holiday and buy new decorations for the tree. We have a ton but I don't want to put any of them up. Just not my style anymore so this tree will just have to look plain with lights and a couple ornaments. 

Speaking of Christmas. It never fails! Something always happen right around the holiday that puts a huge dent in your pocket. Back in July, we went back to our rental property to get it fixed up to rent after the pigs moved out. We spent a TON of money getting it back to being able to rent. The problem was we were not able to do all of the work because Mike only had 5 days off. The really really big things that needed more then one person and extra days just couldn't happen. One of those things was the railing that the jerks broke that needed to be replaced. We rented it out without having it but we couldn't leave them with no rail. It ended up that they had to dig through cement...which costs way more in labor then just a couple of holes in dirt. 2 weeks later after paying $$$!!!...I get a phone call from the woman that lives across the street saying that we might want to have someone look at the tree in our front yard. Our tree is the biggest tree on the whole block. It is huge! Massive trunk, tons of branches high in the sky. It is hundreds and hundreds of years old...maybe!? We were thinking that we would just have to trim a few branches to keep the dead ones from falling but we were wrong. They recommend the whole thing come down. If we did a couple branches this year, next year it will need the same thing...and so on. So now, $2000 quoted, we are going to be removing our tree. I still blame the stupid kids for this tree. Even though I know they didn't make the tree grow it is still somehow their fault!  I still hate them and we are still going to be perusing our money they owe us!
Anyways...
It is now 12am and I only have this much written. 
Ill have to come back and keep updating, and also all of the fun things that need their own posts. I have to take it all the way back to before Halloween. That's how long ago I have not written about. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Life

I feel like I have so much to update on, but when it comes to writing I cant think of a thing. 
I'm going to do my best to try to remember these past few months. 


I guess I will start with the kids. Of course they have been doing wonderful...Thank goodness. Emma is loving going to school. She comes home saying things that I didn't teach her so I feel like it is good to have someone else educating as well. She was learning about dinosaurs last month so there was a lot of "roarrr" going on. They do projects every day so I love getting her art work when she comes home. They sing songs and read books that she will recite back to us out of the blue. Her new thing is "oink oink, ruff ruff, moo." It must be part of a song or something...I'm not really sure but its pretty cute when she all of sudden starts saying it. At snack time they are learning to pour water into a cup and drink without spilling. But what I am most of all so thankful for is that she now goes potty on the toilet. I knew it was going to happen as soon as she saw others doing it...and it really only took going to school twice to get it down. I am so happy that diapers are almost done.  She has been still doing really well with Charlie. She loves tickling him and touching his head. She lets me know when he is crying (like I cant hear it) and enjoys giving tons of kisses.


Charlie is also doing really well. He wakes up quite a bit during the night still. Sometimes its 3 times, sometimes its 6. Nursing babies just can never get enough. During the night I feel like I want to give up. I am just so tired, but when morning comes around I think to myself that it wasn't that bad and I can do it. 17 more months of restless nights (if I nurse as long as I did with Emma). Oh my that sounds so long. He has been doing tons of smiling lately.  He still loves to be held most of the day even during nap times so that's been difficult. I will be doing his 3 month update in a couple days so I will have lots more to write about him then.




Just a quick update on myself. I am in full swing of loosing all my hair. I remember with Emma it was terrible...and this time is just the same. I don't know how I still have any hair left. I cut it hoping just to get rid of some of the nastiness at the bottom but that still doesn't make up for the clumps that come out. My weight has been coming off extremely slow this go around. With Emma I feel like I was pretty close to my pre prego weight at the 3 month mark, this time I still feel like a ways to go. I heard that after the first baby, each one after that, weight loss gets harder...it seems to be true right now.


With the holidays coming up, we are looking forward to going home. Having a child that will somewhat get the concept of Christmas this year is also very exciting. I am ready to start making traditions that they will remember.


Oh Cami...
This girl is something else. I have probably said it a million times already but, boy does she have energy! I have to keep reminding myself that she is still a puppy and she will calm down sooner or later. We still have issues when she is on a leash with other dogs and some people. She is a hole digger so that's been trying also. A major squirrel chaser needs to be added to the list as well. There is actually a squirrel that sits and teases her which is really frustrating because I don't like to hear constant barking. Its usually happening when I am nursing or changing a diaper so I cant get to her right away. I have been getting better with the tongue licking. I have never had a dog that gave kisses so am not used to be CONSTANTLY licked. For the upcoming holidays, she is going to be boarded. I have never boarded any of my babies before so I am a little nervous about that. I just hope she doesn't think we are taking her back and never picking her up again. My nails will be all bitten off.



So, I guess this is it for now. Like I said I probably have a million of other things I could be updating on but I cant think tonight.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall

Mike had been out of town what feels like most of October. I'm not going to lie, being a single parent with no company at the end of the day to talk to after the kids go to bed is pretty tough.  Wine comes in handy but its tricky while I am still nursing. 
So, we needed a little time out of the house to enjoy the fall air and relax in the sun. I took the kids to one of our favorite places. 
Plum Orchard Lake. 
It is mostly deserted here every time I come so I love it. 
I look for places like this because I like to bring Cami along and she is leash aggressive. 
It is really embarrassing. 
That's a whole other story so I wont get into that now. 
Anyways...
When I went to the lake last year at this time the colors were BEAUTIFUL! 
This year wasn't as stunning but still very nice. 
 Its been a little warmer this fall, so the colors haven't popped yet.
 Still very pretty though 

 This vine is a huge problem. 
Its from Japan and grows up to 7 feet a DAY. It takes over anything in its path.

 I named this rock 'Pony Rock'
There is a horse head carved into it. 




The kids and I had such a beautiful day. 
I don't want to add that both Emma and Cami got sick in the car from the curvy roads. I stopped mid way to let everyone take a break hoping that it would help not get sick, but it didn't work. 

Endless Wall

We hadn't been on a good hike in awhile so we drove into the New River Gorge area to Beauty Mountain. I couldn't really find a ton on it ,except for beautiful photos of the views, so we were going in blind. 
Well the reason why I couldn't find a ton on it was because it was about 100ft from the road. 


Because it was such a quick walk out there, we were on the hunt to find something else to do. 
We drove past a sign that said "Fern Creek".
 I remember seeing photos of a beautiful waterfall at this creek so we drove into the parking area and checked it out. 
Come to find out, it was the parking area to a really popular hike and climbing spot in New River. I have had it on my list of things to do since we moved here. 
So we loaded our babies up and headed out. 
I was a little nervous because of Cami though. She is leash aggressive and makes it really embarrassing when she come in contact with some people and other dogs. This being a really popular hike I knew things would go down. 



It was such a great hike with great views. We only came in contact with a couple of other dogs but thank goodness they were on leashes. I don't really get it though. We recently came in contact with two free roam dogs in our neighborhood and she was absolutely fine with them. I think its the fact that we are holding her back from smelling them that makes her crazy. She literally sounds like she wants to kill them so I am nervous to let her get close. I also have not one friend that has a dog to let me test her out so I am out of luck that way. I need to start volunteering at the kennel again so I can meet some other people with dogs. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

 Emma is OBSESSED with the color blue! She always has it on her mind. 
There was no doubt that she wanted to be the blue genie from one of her favorite shows 'Shimmer and Shine'. 
 There were a few options for Charlie but I went with a Subway sandwich. It was hard for me to even consider spending $40 and up for his costume when I know he wouldn't even wear it after taking a picture. 
Second child is showing its colors. 
Cami loved being a turtle...can you tell?!? 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pumpkin Park

 Emma and I went to the Pumpkin Park last year for the first time. I was shocked how great this festival was, so I was so excited to come back this year. 
This year Mike was able to come along so it made it even better. 
 The festival is huge. It has so many things to see, buy, do. 
The kid area is awesome. Slides, rides, petting zoo, play area, crafts, shows... 
this was Emma's first horse ride. She had such a blast! I'm not going to lie. I was nervous. Not because of not trusting the pony..I was nervous not trusting Emma. She is a little antsy. 
 This right here...this is the first smile. 
I cant believe I caught it. 
 We had such a great time here. I am looking forward to next year again. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

West Virginia Living

Oh West Virginia...

I am not going to lie. I was not excited to move to you. From Hawaii to West Virginia :/  a land-lock state that you hear "stereotypical" rumors about. You are beautiful tho... (mountains)
We have lived here for a year and a half now. Another year and a half to go. We had a couple things happen that was a little disappointing since moving here. I'm not really blaming it on the state because it could happen anywhere but I am just jotting it down...just because.  

One of our quads were stolen.
Mike had put it on Craigslist because we were selling them. He had a buyer and was taking it to work the next morning to meet the guy. So we loaded it up in the back of his truck around 11:30pm. He was leaving for work around 5am, so he was going to be up around 4am. This was also when Bolo was still with us and Mike was sleeping downstairs with him. Feet away from our door, someone came and cut the ties, lifted the quad out and took it away. So let me just say how frustrating that is when you have a buyer for something and then boom...nothing. Insurance covered a tiny part just because it was in Mikes truck when it happened, but that's about it.

Mikes truck was paint balled.
He parks in front of our house. Along with everyone else that lives on our street. He noticed that it was hit with a paintball one morning. He checked the neighbors car too. They also had paintball on them so it wasn't just us. Stupid kids.

Everyone needs to retake the driving test.
There is not a day that goes by that I am not cut off by someone. No one uses there blinker. No one waves to say thank you. Its frustrating.

Livestock Trucks
I have never seen so many livestock being transported on the freeway. There was one day that I had gotten on the freeway and was driving along with two trucks caring hundreds and hundreds of baby pigs. I actually teared up. They were on top of each other in different layers of the truck. I still think about it to this day. That memory breaks my heart.

Carelessness
This actually happened just the other day. I was pumping gas, with my two babies and my dog in the back seat. A man comes out of the gas station, lights a black-n-mild and starts pumping his gas. I looked at him with the biggest "what the F are you doing". I stopped pumping, got in my car and left.

Uneducated
I am not one to judge anyone but when I have to look at a woman obviously 7-8 months pregnant smoking a cigarette, it breaks my heart. Iv seen it on numerous occasions.

Obesity
It is everywhere here!

Back in time.
Today its a online world. Not in West Virginia though. Craigslist is empty. Yelp is empty. Websites are non-existent. We are going to be looking for a different home to rent soon and will have to drive around looking for "for rent" signs instead of looking on the computer. People just don't advertise the modern way.

Weirdos
We had to call the police one night because someone was trying to break into the church across the street. They were hitting the widows with part of the gutter that they had torn off. It was making a ton of noise so we looked outside and sure enough, some guy was banging on the doors. It was around 11:00pm so he definitely should not have been there. The cops took him away in cuffs. We live in a nice neighborhood but that doesn't matter, you still can get nut jobs. We also live a hour away from the country's...yes I said country's biggest overdose city. Bigger than Detroit, La, Chicago, NY...ect.
Heroin is a huge problem.

Stealing
I walked to the dentist one afternoon (it would have taken me longer to drive there)  and saw a bike parked behind a gas station. I thought to myself 'wow, that person is brave to just leave that bike there'. The very next morning, I passed by the bike again, and as I am sitting at the light a man pulls up, throws the bike into his broken car window and speeds off. I watched it happen just like that. Then he somehow was behind me and proceeds to honk at me because I yielded at a yield sign.

There will probably be a part two to this post with another year and a half to go.

Mommy Daughter Time

I saw that there was going to be a huge car show, a concert and fireworks that were going to be in our city and wanted to take the kids. 
I ended up taking just Emma and I am so glad it was just me and her. We needed some mommy daughter time. Plus, it was Charlies bedtime and it would have been hell getting him in the car seat. 
So, Emma and I headed downtown to check everything out. 

There were over 850 cars at this car show. A ton! When I saw the Cars movie cars I made Emma stand next to them. I knew she would love them.  Also, If you know my last name, you would know that we get the "Tow Mater" thing a lot. 

 I think this was probably the best band I had ever seen. They were playing oldies and were so amazingly good. Emma loved dancing and singing along. There were a ton of people here but I got lucky and caught a few pictures of just here with the band. 
 Fireworks were also really good. I am so glad Charlie stayed home with dad now that I am looking back on it. We would have had to stay away from the dance floor and the fireworks were super loud of course. Emma had such a great time and it probably would have been a little more difficult if it wasn't just her and me. 
 We had such a blast. I really enjoyed her company.

Pre-K

My baby....My first born...My beautiful little girl started Pre-K. 
 I just felt like it was time to get her into a place where she is learning with other kids. She was craving play time with others and could only get so much with our gymnastics class and the few people I know here with kids. She goes twice a week in the morning which is perfect right now. It gives me a little time with Charlie and to get some things done. I usually take Cami on a long walk...its hard to do that with two kids. 
When I pick her up she is so happy. She tells me everything that they did that day. Right now they are learning about dinosaurs. They have a snack midway thru the day and hopefully she will come around with being potty trained. 
I am loving my decision to start her already and its only been two weeks. 

Its been a month since she has started school and everything is still going really well. She has peed on the potty twice there...still not interested in doing it at home though. She can pour water in a cup and drink it without spilling. She is doing really well with her colors and counting. This is a Montessori school so everything is done with play and she is just having so much fun.