Mine tastes better

Apparently the food on my plate tastes better than the same exact food on Max’s plate.  I guess it’s a toddler thing.  Its been a rough day in mommy-land.  When Max wasn’t performing death-defying stunts or trying to kill the dog, he was whining and/or crying.

Then, there’s Emme, who I’ve nicknamed the screech owl.  People scoff at this description of my beautiful, happy, smiley baby, until they experience it for themselves.  Then, they act like they are the first person to have experienced the phenomenon.

But, when they are sleeping, all the craziness of the dayis forgotten (most of the time) and they look like little angels  (Emme is sleeping on my lap as I type this with one hand)

In other news, Bryan and I had a lot of fun finding some treasures for my new business venture.  It’s called Max Originals, and will be vintagey, unique, “upcycled” treasures and furniture that I plan to sell.  More on that later, for sure!

Anyone else’s food taste better on their plate?  Anyone else have a challenging day?  Please share, I’m sure I’ll feel silly for thinking mine was difficult.

Til next time—

Trying to pack….unsuccessfully

We are supposed to be moving to the new house next weekend…yippeeeee!!!  I.can’t.wait….no more noisy neighbors partying until 4am (ahem, last night), no more revving motorcycle engines at 9:30pm, no more surprise landscaper or maintenance men visits during nap time.

Packing, however, is not going so well…emme is used to almost-constant attention from me, and that’s nearly impossible when trying to pack the kitchen.  At almost-10 mos old, she still has spontaneous falls, so I try to keep her away from as many hard surfaces as possible.  I’ve packed 2 boxes in the last 4 hours.  this progress does NOT=success.  At this rate, we’ll be living here with the next set of renters.

As….uhhh…frustrating as this is, even more worrisome is what I’ll do with her when I’m trying to put it all away.  She’s almost 25 pounds, so I can’t wear her.  Plus, I had all these great plans of painting Max’s room, and starting my business (more on that later – just don’t have the space here to start my projects until we move)….which may be pretty challenging with my constant-companion.  I absolutely ADORE Emme (and Max, of course – but we’re talking about E) – she’s my last baby, she’s chubby, and smiley, and funny…and I want to enjoy every minute of both my babies childhoods that I can….but I also have the small obligation of making our home habitable for them and my very-hard-working husband.

Happy (non-screaming) Emme

…oops, had to step away for a moment….Max was trying to launch himself off of the bar stools (that he’s not supposed to be near) and because I had to step away from Emme momentarily, she had a small breakdown.  I have a feeling the next couple weeks will be a(nother)  test of patience.

Serenity now.

The weekend in review

Saturday we went to an estate auction in Galena…it was really hot in the gym where the auction was being held and M&E were not impressed with our choice of activities for the day!  Luckily, B’s dad came to help entertain the kids, so I was able to stay and watch the auction for a couple hours.  We bought an antique glass star light fixture for $20 and a small side table for $15 that I plan to refinish to resell eventually.

Sunday we drove out to the house and bought Max his last carseat – atleast I hope so – it goes up to 100 lbs.  I cleaned out M’s old carseat for E (she officially outgrew hers a couple weeks ago) and it looks brand new (was super duper gross though!!).  I also cleaned the bathrooms since B was home to watch the babies.

Monday, Bryan was on 3rd shift, so we got to spend time with him during the day.  We went grocery shopping…and the babies both got to enjoy their new carseats…Emme seemed very pleased with hers…and Max looks like a big boy in his.  Both babies were especially grumpy yesterday, and we had no idea why – they both napped and got to play outside/go to the store.  Who knows.  Anyway, as B was leaving for work, both M&E decided they want me to hold them until they fell asleep…and unfortunately, I’m not able to hold them both at the same time.  Finally, after about 45 minutes of failing to make either of them happy, I had to put Emme in her bed and let her cry until I could get Max to sleep.  I always have to pay more attention to her since she’s smaller, and last night M seemed really upset, so I decided to stay with him.  Then, I took E downstairs to get her to sleep…which took another hour or so.  Sooo….around 12am, I got to bed, but M kept rolling onto me all night…and then E woke up around 4:30am.  It was a long night and mommy is pretty tired today.

I excited about potentially starting my own business finding and refinishing/fixing old furniture and oddities to resell.  It is all the things I love to do – it would be so great if it were to become successful and something I could do fulltime once the kids are in school.    I’ll elaborate more on that later.