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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 

Pumpkin Patch

We took the kids to have a fun day and pick out pumpkins. Halloween is my favorite holidays so all the festivities are always my favorite. 

 This place has so many things for the kids to do. Tons of things to climb on, slides of hills, mazes, petting farm, the corn pit...and many many more. 

We spent half the day having fun and finally picking out the perfect pumpkins. 
We are now carving ready! 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Two Months Old

My little Charlie turned two months on the 9th. He has been such a blessing and I feels so lucky to be his mommy. 

This month he has started showing some personality. I am starting to get real smiles when I talk to him or tickle him. 

He sleeps a pretty good amount but I cant really put how long or how frequent because its hard to tell. He still wont let me put him down to sleep so he is in my arms pretty much the WHOLE DAY. So his sleep is very interrupted. With a toddler in the house and a CRAZZZZY dog, there is not much quiet time. I am hoping we get on a schedule soon so he can be a little more relaxed. I'm just not sure how I feel about the "cry it out" method some people do. Having him turn red to blue from screaming for so long just doesn't sound right to me, so as of now I will live with him attached to me through the day. 

Our night time routine is pretty set as for now. If he is not being rocked to sleep by 7:00pm he is pissed! He also loves to be swaddled. I never did it with Emma, but with him he is all about it. He usually sleeps from 7-12 and then will wake up for a feed. Then back down till about 2 and then again at 4 and 6. He is fully awake at around 7. I would of course love to sleep uninterrupted more but as of now this will do. Emma didn't fully sleep thru the night in till she 20 months, right when I stopped nursing so I have a ways to go. 

He had his 2 month doctors appointment today. The doc says he looks good. He is 11lbs 9oz and 22 3/4 inches.  He had two of his shots and that nasty stuff that goes in his mouth. I could tell he was really not feeling well after. I gave him a little Tylenol before bed to hopefully relive a little pain. I hate vaccines. I of course get them because I really hate the diseases, but they are still really scary to me.  I have been checking in on him more frequently tonight to make sure everything is OK. 

Emma has been doing so much better with Charlie this month. She gives lots of hugs and kisses and will try to help me with him. Which she is helpful in some aspects. 

With Halloween coming I am so excited to have two kids to dress up this year. Also, I am excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas coming so our families can meet him. 
Charlie is such a wonderful addition to our family. These past two months have been so amazing. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

trying to catch up

This place here is for me to remember memories. I like to look back and see all the things we have done the past five years that I have been writing on this blog and it makes me happy.  Recently, I have been doing a crappy job keeping up. I am still not used to having two kiddos to look after. I feel like I don't even have one minute to spare to sit down and do anything that I really want to do. Mike just got home from Morocco so we are a doing a little readjustment back to the "normal" life we have right now. Charlie is having a really hard time being put down and that is the hardest part of my day, which is most of my day. I am pretty much living with one arm. I seriously need to break out my Ergo and start baby wearing inside the house. I just don't like that I cant put his legs out comfortably yet so I don't like him being in it for a extended period of time.  Anyways, let me find a little brain power to remember all of the things that we have been up to so I can have it written down.

We went to summer fest. 
It is a festival in a small town that has a bunch of music. They had bounce houses for the kids but I still think Emma is a little too little to go in those with the big kids. We have tried and it is really scary.  She really enjoyed just dancing here though so that's what we did. 

 Em got a real bike! 
She is awesome at it! 
Only one crash so far too! 
 Of course we have been spending quite a bit getting outside. 
More park 
 And even more 
 We spent time at sports fest. 
Its a couple days of volleyball, jiu jitsu, jet ski races and a 5k. We mainly went for the jet ski stuff. I really wanted to see the tricks that they do, but they were running late and it was super hot so we decided to leave after watching a good amount of the racing. 
It makes me want a new toy! 

Charlie went on his first hike. 
Devils Tea Table 
Slept the whole time.
 Emma and her princess dresses. 
She has to put one on every single day. 
 Obsessed with painting her face. 
 This day I let her paint mine. 

Splash park fun
 Play times 
 More park 
 Birthday party with a lantern release. 
 Charlies first birthday party too. 
 Em and I went to Rock the Park. We spent some girl time and it was great. We listened to music, got her arm painted and enjoyed a shaved ice. 
We went to the cupcake festival. 
It was tiny. We didn't stay long. 

Hansom boy

Well, that's that.
I feel like this isn't everything. 
I might be back for round two but as for now I cant think anymore. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

The First Month

I survived the first month since being a mother of two. I am not going to lie, it was difficult! 
It still is. 
Being outnumbered is the hardest of it all. 
I don't have enough hands, I don't have enough sleep, and I don't always have enough patience.  
I finally was able to wash my kitchen floor today. That was a milestone. Its been a month. I'm embarrassed to say how long its been, but it is true. I am able to sweep everyday, but wash was out of the question. My house is still a work in progress. The carpets are vacuumed but forget about it being dusted. I have clean clothes in 5 laundry baskets just sitting in my bedroom waiting to be put away, and two baskets waiting to be washed.  I keep trying to keep in mind this saying but I am not going to lie, I feel better when I have a clean home. 
Charlie has been having issues sleeping. Of course he is a baby and is suppose to not sleep through the night. I just don't remember Emma being so fussy about it. I try to put him to sleep a little later in the night hoping that he will stay asleep so I have a little time to rest. He usually wakes up around 12, another at 2, ant then around 4 and he is wide awake after that! I usually take him down stairs so I don't wake Mike while I try to put him back to sleep. Once I finally do get him back to sleep about 2 hours later, that is the time when Emma usually wakes up. 
I sigh, and try to find some energy somewhere. 
I really need to start drinking coffee.
Yes, I am one of the 5% of the world that thinks coffee is gross. 

Now I feel terrible about saying this, and I of course love her to death already, but I am not sure why Mike and I thought it was a good idea to get a high energy rescue puppy 2 weeks before Charlie was due to be born. She is a work in progress...and I am going to put that work in, but she is crazy! She is so sweet and great with Emma, but she needs a lot of attention so I do feel like she is another one of the kids. She is constantly in my face, on my lap or there is a ball at my feet with hot breath and a wet nose touching me. Not to mention, she is a licker. I have never had a dog that liked to lick so I never knew how annoying it is. I try to remember she is giving kisses but com-on! Enough! 

I'm not sure if anyone else has a problem finding babysitters but that is one thing that I absolutely suck at. My parents never had a babysitter for my sister and I so I never really had experience with one. I have no idea where to even start. I have asked a few friends who they use but most of them have family near by and they usually watch the kids. Babysitters are scary to me. I am putting my kids life in their hands. That's the way I look at it. Mike and I have a nonexistent "relationship" at the moment. He goes to work, comes home, I have dinner cooking, we put the kids to bed, and stay up for about a hour longer, and go to bed. Every night is on repeat. We haven't had a date night in forever. I have looked at a couple times to maybe find someone there, but like I said, it is just really scary to me...especially with a new born now. 

I wanna say this past week has been so much better with Emma getting used to her new brother. She still does not want to hold him but she will give him lots of kisses and hugs now. In the beginning, there was a lot of crying and whining. Granted there is still a good amount of that but it seems to be dying off a little. On the topic of Emma, recently I have noticed that she is extremely detailed about certain things. I don't want to say OCD, but that's what I would explain it as. Example- The light was on because it was nighttime playing with a puzzle, the next day if we play with the same puzzle but it is daylight and the blinds are open the light still needs to be on or there is a huge crying fit. 
Things like that.  She is such a sassy little girl so I'm not sure if she just likes to be in charge.

You have no idea how many times I have been pee or pooped on this past month. I can not for the life of me get the hang of changing a boys diaper yet. I always think he doesn't have to go mid way through the change and then he surprises me. I do a TON of laundry. 

I am going to go back to his sleeping arrangements. 
You will have to excuse my "all over the placeness" because that is how my brain is operating right now. 
I been having a hard time with where Charlie has been sleeping. Currently I have 2 bassinets in my room next to my bed. One that lays him totally flat and another that has a incline on it. I had Emma in the incline and she seemed to like it while she slept in our room. I wanna say she was with us for the first at least 6 months. Charlie on the other had hates both of them. Or at least hates it in our room. The past 3 nights he has slept in his own room in his own crib and seems to be doing better. Cami tends to be really loud especially with hard wood floors when she jumps on and off of our bed. Mike is also quite loud with his "breathing" so I think he was woken up a lot by them. I am still working on a way for him to be more comfortable though. He seems to want a little incline so it has been tough finding something that I can prop him up on. I know the real way he would be totally comfortable would be on his belly. He sleeps great when he is on me laying face down. 

So with all that, I am sure I am missing a ton of things that I wanted to write down but it is now 11:30 pm and I am beat. 
I will leave with a update on the newest member because we went to the doctors today for his one month check up. 
He weights 9 lbs 12 oz 
Exactly 2 pounds more then his birth weight. 
He is in the 50% for his head size, length and weight. 
Emma is always in like the 10th% so a lot different already. 
We talked about him maybe having a little reflux. I don't really no much about it so I will have to do a little research still.  He does tend to get stiff and arch his back a little but there is hardly any spitting up. I'm going to keep an eye on it this month and see if it gets any better. I really don't want him to be on any meds if I can help it. 
Other then all that, we are so in love with him. He is such a calm little guy so it is nice to just sit and relax with him. Hopefully he can rub off a little on Emma and not the other way around. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Picture Overload

I need to catch up on all the photos of our new little guy from the past 2 weeks so this is going to be a picture overload post.