Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Logan Funnies

Logan is becoming quite the character these days. He is in swimming lessons and loving them (except for when he has to float on his back--NOT a fan). He is getting a little too brave, though, if you ask me. He will jump off the edge, whether you're standing there or not. This morning he moved to another part of the ledge from where I was in the pool and started to jump in...luckily I was still close enough to reach and grab him, but jeez! He also thinks it's quite fun to jump in backwards. I mean, I am glad he's not freaking out about the water like last year, but isn't there some middle ground? He is getting the hang of it, though. He will kick his feet and splash his hands, blow bubbles in the water, let me take him underwater and go down a small water slide.

He is loving the books and brings me several to read every day. He takes at least 3 books to bed with him every night to read to his "babies" (stuffed animals). When he is done, he slams the book shut and announces "The End."

He has been counting a lot lately, like everything he sees. But the weird thing is he starts with number 5. I guess 1-4 are too easy for him? Not really, I think he just starts at 5 for some reason. But he will count from 5 to 13 by himself, which I think is pretty impressive.

He's so fun to be around. He is super friendly, too. He says hi to everyone. Even today we were at Chick-Fil-A and there was an elderly man sitting in the booth behind us. He started talking to us because Logan was making silly faces (go figure). Logan started making silly faces with the man and copying his faces and before we left Logan went right over there and gave him a hug. Sweet in some ways, scary in another that he is so friendly.

At naptime, he fights it so hard! Today he played for well over an hour in his bed before I finally went in there to get him to calm down. He had stripped his bed and thrown everything (including the fitted sheet) onto the floor. I fixed it and told him to go to sleep. Twenty minutes later he's quiet and I peek in there and sure enough, he's out like a light, but again the bed is stripped. Why would he want to sleep on a plastic mattress? Speaking of which, he's up already (short nap today, I guess) and screaming "Mommy!" By the way, when he does this he cups his hands around his does he know to do that?? He wears me out!

Summer Days

Summer is here and I am LOVING it! Last week, we took it easy (and by that, I mean lazy). Swimming lessons were pretty much the only thing that was consistent. When he napped, I napped (or watched TV). Not much else was done. But I gave myself that week to do nothing and not feel guilty.

So, this week things were going to change. Right? Sort of. Swimming lessons are still going on (this is the last week) so we can't do much before that (they start at 11) since Logan typically doesn't wake up until after 8. Yesterday we did meet his sitter and her kids at a spray park in Roanoke before swimming lessons and that was fun. He was exhausted after all that activity and took a great nap. While he was napping, I did make a menu for the next week. I love to cook but during the school year I am so tired at the end of the day, I don't have the energy to experiment with new recipes, etc. So I grabbed an armful of cookbooks from the cabinet while Logan was eating lunch one day and started marking recipes that I wanted to try. I made the master grocery list yesterday and went shopping last night, using coupons and all! I got all the ingredients (for 8 meals), plus some other necessities for under $100 (thanks to coupons). So here's the menu (starts Thursday b/c we're going to be at Chris' game tonight):

Thursday: Chicken & Black Bean Tostizzas (tostada/pizza) and spanish rice
Friday: Chicken spaghetti bake (both Thurs. & Fri. recipes will share a rotisserie chicken), asparagus
Saturday: Fuzzy's!!
Sunday: Family dinner @ my house--TBD
Monday: Cheeseburger Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, salad
Tuesday: Barbecups, homemade Macaroni and Cheese, green beans
Wednesday: Zesty Italian Crescent Casserole, salad
Thursday: French Onion Pot Roast
Friday: Chicken Fajita Pizza

I am pretty proud of myself, now let's just see if I can follow through with it. I need to. We have been eating out way too much lately just out of laziness. That's not helping our checking account or our waistlines. Speaking of that, I still need to follow through with my plan to walk on my treadmill everyday when Logan is thing at a time, right? :)

On another note, I am starting to potty train Logan. Not full on yet, but just a little here and there when he's in the mood to sit on the potty. I have M&M's as a reward and stickers he can use to decorate his potty everytime he uses it. Monday he peed in the potty 3 times. Yesterday, not so much. Today he has done it once so far but he got that M&M and immediately went to sit down and try to pee again, so I know that will be a good reward for him! It sure would be nice if he was potty trained before the summer was over, but I know he is still young (especially for a boy) so I am not pushing it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Long time, no blog...

I know it's been a while, but it has been crazy busy around here...between work and trying to get the house in some sort of order and playing with Logan, I have been EXHAUSTED. But 8 more days of school and hopefully everything will slow down. 8 more days!!! As I have said before, this year has been terrible for me so I am dying for it to be over.

Some new things about Logan--he is getting some temper issues that are concerning me, not like really concerning me since he's 2 and all, but still a little worrisome. He has picked up biting again, he's only done it a couple of times at the sitter's house, but he has tried to bite me multiple times when he doesn't like my answer or reaction. He comes at me with an open mouth and everything. I can see it coming, though, so I have been able to stop it most of the time. Well, tonight he attempted it again and I asked if he was going to bite me. He said yes. I asked him if he wanted me to bite him. He said yes. So I did. Now, this was not the first time I have bitten him and I don't do it hard, just enough for him to realize that it hurts. He didn't like it one bit but he got over it pretty quick, too. I know the "bite them back" thing has worked for lots of people, but I don't know if it is going to work on this stubborn little toot. Any suggestions are welcome.

He also has begun hitting. Tonight at the dinner table he was not happy that I was making him eat his ravioli and green beans before he got peaches, so he said, "I hit, Mommy. I hit." He started to swing his arm in my direction, but he couldn't reach me. I asked him if he was trying to hit me. He said yes. I told him if he hits me he will have to go have a seat in time-out. He didn't like that and turned away. So that ended that...for now. But he has started hitting more and more out of frustration, which confuses me since he communicates pretty well, I think. I understand more of the behaviors when the language piece isn't quite developed yet, but he can get his point across most of the time. I guess he is just trying to figure out how to make things go his way. Wow, it's going to be a fun summer. But he's so cute and fun...I can't wait to spend every day with him. I have big plans. Swimming lessons, museums, parks, storytime at the library, making crafts...all the things I would get to do with him if I got to stay home. Maybe one day...

On another note, I have been spending money like it's going out of style. I am trying to redecorate the new house in a different style than we had at the old house and since we sold all the furniture at a last minute garage sale, I don't really have a choice in the matter. But this is the first time I am not buying furniture on the cheap. We want to buy furniture that will last and that typically is not cheap. Now, this is not to say I am not hunting down sales and all know me better than that. I don't buy anything unless it's on sale or I have a coupon. But still, I am very picky and attached to my money. But we did buy new bedroom furniture yesterday and I love it. It's a little bigger than I remembered from the store, but so pretty. And I just ordered a TV wall unit for the living room and entryway bench/shelf (free shipping and on sale!!) from JC Penney's after much researching and debating. I finally just bit the bullet and realized it can be returned if it doesn't work. But both of those pieces are on back order until July 24! Hopefully they will arrive earlier than that, but still. I like instant gratification. Now I just need a coffee table and a kitchen table...

Friday, April 24, 2009

2 Year Checkup

So today was Logan's 2 year checkup. I was anxious to see how much he weighed and how he was doing overall. I mean, I know he is healthy and he seems pretty smart to me, but I wanted that reassurance from the doctor. He hadn't been since last July for his 15 month checkup (luckily he hardly ever gets sick) so it had been awhile since he had been weighed and measured, etc. I was very anxious to see how he was growing.

We waited in the room for about 30 minutes or so. And it's a pretty small room with, like, 4 toys and a stack of books that have clearly been around for a while. It is extremely hard to entertain a 2 year old in a small room for that long, especially when the waiting room had a fish tank that he REALLY wanted to go back to. So the doctor finally came in and he's pretty quick and to the point. No time for small talk, which can be both a good and bad thing. He asked if Logan was eating well (yes, loves fruits and veggies) and sleeping well (yes, about 12-14 hours per day). He asked if he had 100 words. I wasn't sure about this one. I know he talks a lot, but I wasn't sure if he really had 100 different words. So he asked if he was stringing 2 and 3 words together (um, yes, not always understandable, but yes). He's even had 5 and 6 word sentences (I don't know where Daddy is). So, then we move to the padded table to check his body and such. Logan laid down like such a big boy and while the dr. was looking in his eyes, nose, and ears Logan just looked at him like "what are you doing, dude?" but there were no tears this time. The dr. even commented on how most 2 year olds do not just lay there like that. So everything looks great. He's doing everything developmentally that he is supposed to and then some. Everything he told me to start doing, we are already doing (reading books about colors and shapes, playing catch, etc.).

So he weighs 29 lbs (60%) and is 34 1/2 inches tall (60%) which puts him above average for the first time since he was 6 months old. In the past he was in the 10-30% on both of those things. He's grown about 3 inches and gained 6 pounds since last July. So it's obvious the kid eats and now we can take him off whole milk. Then he informed me that he would only be getting one shot today, which was a relief. I hate seeing that look on Logan's face when they jam that needle in his thigh. Ugh. And it wasn't any better this time. Man, he looked at me (since I had to stand over him to hold his arms down) like I was killing him. But he got over it very quickly, especially since we were finally leaving the room we had been in for like an hour and going back to the waiting room where the fish were. Maybe we need to get a fish tank. He was mesmerized and did not want to leave the dr.'s office. Does that ever happen?

So, all in all, good dr. visit. We don't have to go back until he's 3 (which I don't even want to think about him being 3!). Now I am exhausted and Chris isn't home (surprise, surprise) so hopefully it will be an early evening.

Oh, on a side note, the other night I told Logan "I love you" and he usually just repeats "wuv oo" but this time he said "I wuv oo too Mommy." Oh my gosh, so sweet. And yesterday we were at the park and another mom was there and for some reason she was calling herself a spaz (I don't know, moms at the park are lonely and always want to talk to me for some reason about random things about their life). Logan wasn't even paying attention (or so I thought) but he turned around and said "Spaz! Spaz!" It was so funny. You really have to watch your mouth around this kid.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Back to the 21st Century

Well, we finally got hooked up to the internet and cable. Only 5 weeks after we moved in. So now, Chris and I are in separate rooms watching separate shows and playing around on the computer (we borrowed a laptop from Dad). Ahh, married life.

So, over the "lack of technology" break, Logan turned 2. I can't believe he is 2 years old. He's so big now. He is talking like crazy and he understands everything (or seems to). He goes for his 2 year checkup next week. I am anxious to see how he is doing. I did notice the other day that he does seem to favor his left hand. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I don't have any experience with left-handedness. Chris is excited for sporting reasons. We'll see if it sticks. He still goes back and forth a little bit when he is coloring and eating.

I am also considering starting to potty-train him this summer. I know he'll just barely be 2, but I figure if I am going to be off work for the whole summer, I may as well attempt it. I'm not going to push it, though. Any suggestions would be great.

Speaking of the summer break, I CANNOT wait until school is out. This year has been difficult, to say the least. It's really hard when you don't feel like you give 100% in any aspect of your life. When I am at work, I know I am not giving my best effort because I would rather be home with Logan. And when I am home, work is always in the back of my mind because I know I have to go back the next day. So, they handed out our contracts a few weeks ago and I put mine in my desk, determined to come up with some way to not have to sign it. Well, I have less than a week before it is due and I haven't come up with any ideas. The secretary asked me about it and I told her I just got busy and that it was "wishful thinking." She understood but I am really struggling with this. I don't look forward to or really enjoy work and then when I get home I am too tired to play with Logan the way he deserves. It's not fair to him or the kids I work with. It just depresses me to think about it.

On the upside, we're trying to figure out our family summer vacation plans. We discussed Arkansas last year b/c it's reasonably close (meaning we don't have to fly b/c Logan is no longer free) and very scenic. Heather has found several places to stay, we just have to narrow down a week that everyone will be available. I am excited that we are able to take Logan on family vacations. I remember going as a kid, even if it was just camping or something, and it was so much fun. Arkansas will be fun. Logan loves the outdoors so it's right up his alley. The car ride up there? Maybe not so much...but if he has his beloved Uncle "Wyan" to entertain him, he should be good. Just remind Heather and I to ride in the other car.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Well, we moved in Thursday (hiring movers, by the way, was the best money we ever spent) and it has been nonstop ever since. We don't have internet or cable at the house yet so I haven't been able to check my email, etc. since Friday at work and this week I am on Spring Break so I can't even check it at work...I never knew how dependent I was on the computer until this week. What do I do when I am bored? There's no decent TV to watch since we only have the basic stations (with the help of rabbit ears). Thankfully Logan has been content to watch "Melmo" (Elmo) or Pooh DVD's CONSTANTLY. So now we are at my dad's house catching up on internet stuff. Logan is happily putting all of Ryan's CD's in Ralph's/Rico's/Kallie's office and pushing all the buttons on the computer (yes, Ryan, we are in your room...couldn't get Dad's computer to work).

We had to leave the house...the roofers were there to replace the roof and it was NOISY! It sounded like a herd of buffalo (or "lulo" as Logan says) were running around on my roof. Besides, I have some more shopping to do. I need to buy some more organizational stuff for the kitchen and look for an outfit for Logan to wear for his pictures this Saturday.

We went to the zoo yesterday with Jess, Tarah, & all the kids...we felt like the Big Love sister wives and all the kids...pretty funny. The kids had fun, though...Logan was entranced by the monkeys (of course) but he didn't like it when they ran around like crazy and he didn't like the big gorilla one bit...he had a death grip on my shirt. He passed out before we got out of the parking lot, slept the whole way home and then for 2 1/2 more hours once we got was nice. But did I do anything productive with that free time...nope...took a nap myself.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Countdown to Wednesday...

So, supposedly we are set to close Wednesday afternoon...we'll see if that comes to fruition. In the meantime, time is standing still (or so it seems). So what do I do the kill the time? Shop, of course. But I have found some killer deals! We just went and picked up this table that I bought yesterday. It was damaged so it was marked 75% off! It's on the underside of the table that no one looks at and Chris can fix it where you probably couldn't tell anyway. I love deals like that. I also bought Logan's big boy bedding. It was on sale at Target and exactly what I wanted so I couldn't resist. He won't use it for a while seeing as we don't have a twin bed for him yet (other than his crib--which he is still perfectly content in) but I knew if I didn't get it now they wouldn't have it when I was ready for it. I also bought a new shower curtain for the guest bathroom (on clearance) and some new makeup at Clinique (so I could get their free gift, of course).

There are still a ton of items I want/need for the new house:
  • new chairs for the new dining room table
  • round table and chairs for breakfast nook **need
  • rug for dining room and playroom **need the rug for playroom
  • new coffee table and end tables
  • new bedside tables
  • new dishes
  • new appliances
  • new towels/bathrugs
  • patio set (we have a nice-sized covered patio now)
Now, I only need the table and chairs for the breakfast nook. The one we have now won't fit. All the other stuff is just stuff that I really want b/c it's a new house and I want to change the style up a bit. I am over the rustic stuff that I had. Craigslist is going to get a ton of listings from us once we move and get everything out of storage. Then I can use that money to buy all new stuff, right? :)

On another note, the font on this blog keeps changing...can anyone help me figure out how to make it the same every time? And make it cuter? I am talking to you, Tarah...Heather's is pretty cute and she alluded to the fact that you helped her. Correct me if I am wrong.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I never thought I would say this...

but I miss grocery shopping. I spent half a day Sunday cutting out coupons from that day's paper and ones that my grandmother had been saving up for me. My coupon organizer is full and I am anxious to use them. Our new house is very convenient to both a Kroger and a Tom Thumb, which wasn't the case in my last house. I am super-excited about sad am I? Hopefully within about a week's time I will be able to do the grocery shopping I have been missing for going on 6 weeks.

On other news, we are on night 3 of no hasn't been nearly as hard as I was expecting. He takes his naps at Nikia's house without it...he asks for it, but she tells him he doesn't need it and he goes to sleep. Last night he cried for a pretty long time, though. Chris went in there to soothe him and ended up falling asleep before Logan did (go figure) but he did fall asleep eventually. Tonight he cried off and on for about 20 minutes, but now it is I assume he's asleep. Last time I did that, though, he was in there reaching through his crib rails to the nightstand next to the crib and pulling out everything from the little drawer and having a grand old time. But that is now out of his reach so I think we are good.

I picked him up after school today and told him we were going to the park. He got so excited. We can't drive by a park without him yelling "Park!" On the way to the park we were going through all his animal sounds...he cracks me up with his noises. He knows monkey (of course), snake, lion, bear, dinosaur (they all roar about the same), dog, frog, rabbit (boing, boing), cat, cow, bird (cheep, cheep), mouse (squeak, squeak). Some days there are more, some days there are less. We were laughing like crazy. Anyway, we went to the park and he is all over the place. Every day it looks like he is getting so much bigger and I can't believe it's been 2 years. I told Chris tonight that I need another one so Logan is not so spoiled. It seems like he is all I talk about or think about and that can't be good for a kid, right? Although right now he is going to an extremely clingy-to-Daddy phase and Chris is loving it. He doesn't want to ride with me in the mornings, only Daddy. Tonight we were all laying on the couch and I leaned in to kiss him and he pushed me away and said "move." Wow...that was harsh. And Chris was grinning from ear to ear. Nice. Whatever, I'll take it when I can get it. I'm going out tomorrow night so they can have "their" time. Random post, I know, and Chris just came and laughed at me because I am blogging. He said I am "such a mom." That pretty much sums up my life.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

So, tonight Logan went to sleep without using his beloved pacifier! It wasn't planned, although Chris and I have been discussing the need to get rid of it (even though he only uses it when he goes to sleep) but we hadn't bit the bullet yet. That little thing makes bedtime so much easier. He knows he doesn't get it until he goes 'night-night.' He even calls it his 'ni-ni' sometimes. It's not like I am letting him walk around Wal-Mart with it in his mouth while he's perfectly happy. But enough of the's one thing that still makes him my 'baby' and that is hard to give up.

Nonetheless, back to my story...Chris was running late from softball (I know, shocker) and Logan was telling me he was ready for night-night so I took him upstairs only to realize Chris had his paci since he took him to daycare this morning. I call Chris and, of course, he doesn't answer. I relay the message of the impending night-night disaster of 2009 and try to get him to go to bed without it. He's screaming, but I leave the room hoping he will fall asleep quickly. Fast forward 25 minutes...I go upstairs to check on him and I hear him screaming from the door of our little 'apartment.' I go in there and he stands up and cries for hard to refuse, but I know I can't pick him up...that won't help the situation. I pat him on the back for what seems like forever (probably 20 minutes) and then leave the room. He's exhausted so he doesn't scream immediately. I wait for it...nothing. Chris comes home and checks on him and he's OUT. Success! We'll see if he wakes up in the middle of the night looking for it. I'll let Chris deal with that. I did my part.

Blog Virgin

So, this is my first blog EVER...not quite sure how to do it or what I am doing but I thought it would be interesting to journal a little bit about what is going on in my life or what new funny thing Logan is doing. There is a story behind the name of this blog. One day my sister and I were out shopping (I know, big shock) with Logan and for some reason or another she said "Oh, snap!" Logan was in the backseat and he said "Oh, nap!" It was hilarious at the time, but it was probably one of those things where you had to be there. So he saw her a week later and said "Oh, nap!" without any prompting or anything...that's how he remembers her, I guess. He is a funny kid. He is doing somersaults now, saying 2 and 3 word phrases (that I can understand most of the time), dancing to any music that comes on, and getting into everything. I will try to update the blog with all the funny stuff he is doing.

On other news, we found a new house...we should get to move in within a week and a half. We have been living with family friends for free since the end of January, which has been a godsend, but it's time to go while we are in their good graces. The new house is in Keller and it is almost 600 sq. ft. bigger than our last house. I can't wait to get in there and have a fresh, clean start (and decorate, too!).

Well, Logan is trying to get my attention by throwing a rubber duck at the light switch and saying "Eh eh go!" (ready, set, go!). So I guess that's my cue. Let me know if there is something I could do different or something about blogging that I don't know about since I am clueless.