Monday, February 28, 2011


My husband is a genius. He figured out that equal parts vinegar and water and a hard bristle brush will clean grout until it sparkles. And he's volunteered to do it.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I rarely take the kids' temperatures. If their heads feel hot, I figure they have a fever.

The reason? We only have a rectal thermometer, and it's torture. I wish there was a thermometer I could just point in their general direction to read their temp.

I'm thinking of something like a speed gun.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Late Nap

I generally don't like letting the kids nap past 3pm. It messes with bedtime, which is sacred in this house.

However, Jamey has been crying and throwing a fit for two hours. I finally had to set him down and tell him, "I just don't know what you want." He ran off to his room, slammed the door, and got quiet.

I was a little nervous, so I peeked in. He climbed in bed, managed to pull the covers on, rolled onto his stomach, and passed out. He was snoring!!

I think I'll let him sleep until Jeremy gets home. Forty minutes won't hurt bedtime too badly, and it'll make the evening so much better.

A case of the Cranks

Gosh, Ivy and Jamey have been so cranky this week. I don't know exactly how long it's been going on, but the fighting, hitting and yelling has gotten old. They won't eat. All they want is milk or juice. There are severe break downs when things don't go their way. I don't know why. I don't know what to do.

We eat. We play. We read. We go out. We stay in. We take breaks. We run. We swim. We swing. We play hide & seek. We drive trains. We see friends.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

A super fun Saturday

We had a really fun day, starting with a few Kid Fights.

We went up to the Ft Lauderdale Galleria mall to pick up Jeremy's race packet. Ivy cried because she wanted to watch Mary Poppins at one of the exhibit stalls. And they were both sad that there wasn't a play area or train at the mall.

We then drove over to the Anne Kolb Nature Center and saw crabs, mangrove trees, a raccoon, and an ibis. It was a fun walk on the nature trails and the kids loved the observation tower. While we were there, I think we settled on a girl name if we end up having a girl. We've known a boy name for about 2 years.

Then on to Mama Fu's for a delicious lunch. The kids love eating mac & cheese with chop sticks and I love just about any food these days. They were short staffed so we ended up getting chocolate cake for the kids to split after their meal because our food took FOREVER to come out. I love chocolate cake. Yum.

Now we're home getting prepared for a 13.1 tomorrow morning. I am not racing, but I do have to pack a bag for the kids while we wait for Jeremy to cross the finish line. Should be exciting!

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's a baby!

I saw the midwife a couple days ago. Based on everyone's calculations, I'm about 13 weeks along. Everything seems normal, and it was a typical first visit to talk about medical history, nutrition, preparing for the baby, etc. However, the midwife couldn't find the heart beat. She figured either my dates were off or the baby was in a weird position. It freaked me out though. So, I had an ultrasound yesterday. The tech found the heartbeat right away, and we have a healthy baby!

She said according to her measurements that I'm about 15 weeks along, but I don't think that's possible.

It's too early to tell if it's a boy or girl. Although, we probably will find out. I can't go through another ultrasound at 20 weeks and not find out. I'm impossible at surprises.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I will miss this

We spent Superbowl Sunday with Jeremy's sister & her family. Ivy and her cousins ran around and played for nine hours straight--they jumped on the bed, played hide & seek, gave piggy back rides, and ate enough sugar to send Marilla into a coma.

I will miss having cousins to play with.

Will I miss it?

We have 11 weeks left in the apartment, and I have a deep sense of relief when I think of a few things I'm not going to miss:

  1. The dishwasher that, despite all the cleaning, jet dry, and disposal running, still doesn't get our glasses clean

  2. The toilets that don't flush unless we stand there and hold the lever down for 3-1/2 minutes

  3. The fridge and freezer that are too small to fit a cake pan in

  4. The dryer that leaves all of our clothes wrinkled even if I take them out the second the dryer turns off (Yes, I'm complaining about the appliances)

  5. Tile floors. South Florida has covered every single surface with either astro-turf or tile. I hate grout. I hate cleaning it. I hate how black and gross it looks five seconds after I clean it.

  6. Locked doors and gates every 12 feet.

  7. Asking permission to get my bike out of storage when I want to go for a ride.

  8. Loud neighbors and loud music

  9. City driving

  10. The heat, the perma-slime of constant sunscreen application, sweating every second of the day