Monday, July 25, 2011
Don't get me wrong, every time I drive up and see through the trees the perfectly groomed lawn (not so much right now because Shane's been so busy), the landscaping we spent so much time on, the lake house like wood siding, I fall in love all over again. Inside its a different story, I feel like the walls are closing in on me.
It's the kind of stuffy you feel when you wake up in the middle of winter and look outside to realize that three feet of snow has fallen over night and any plans that you would have had for the next three days are completely out of the picture. You're trapped in the house until the snow melts.
I've spent the last week going out, shopping, going to garage sales, spending time at Shane's shop. Just being away.
Will it get better?
Ryder is so incredibly smart. I think I say that every day, but he really shocks me. Today he learned the sign for 'finished'. He only does it with one hand, and he hasn't quite got the twist part down, but it's good enough for me. He also said Mickey. It sounded more like 'Mihk' but any word is better than what he has been saying! Or not saying. The doctor said he's just taking his time. He said that he would recommend speech therapy but only to help him along, not because he really needs it. He said that at this age it would help me more by giving me ways to teach him.
I'll take anything that helps me raise my children to the best of my ability.
Shane is a different person recently. It's incredible how something he enjoys has changed him so much. He is out of the house before 8 each morning, goes to bed early, and is actually happy all the time. I love him more than anything, he's my life. Our boys and I really couldn't survive without him. It makes me proud, and really happy to rely on him so much. He's amazing.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
We stopped by DQ today to get ice cream. I got junior cones for Ryder and Trevor. R's first ice cream cone. It was fun to watch him take small little nibbles of it. It amazes me how even though he was just making little nibbles it got all over his face, his hands, his car seat, seat belt, legs, arms, hair... and whatever else you can imagine. But he loved every minute of it, until the ice cream melted so much that it fell off his cone right onto his bare leg. That didn't go over so well. I'm not sure if he was more upset that he lost his treat, or that it was all over his leg.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Well... today I went to the grocery store and saved a TON of money.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
He just looks so perfect and sweet here!
I'm sure his opinion would change though if he knew that I'd rather be blogging instead of fixing his dinner.
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Maybe it's you?
My theme song this week is 'This is the Stuff' by Francesca Battistelli. Seems like everything and anything is getting under my skin. I even had to walk away from Ryder yesterday to keep from getting after him. I suppose that makes me human, but you can imagine the guilt I have for reacting so negatively towards such a sweet little boy.
Ryder has mastered the sign for 'again' which we use for the word more and now we are moving on to 'all done'. After that I believe we will do the sign for please. I'm loving how easy this is to teach him, and how very quickly he picks it up and uses it. So far he is only using the sign for more when I ask if he wants more, but I know eventually it will be a natural way for him to ask for more of something. It makes his lack of speech very manageable and a lot less urgent.
Wy has learned to roll. From one side of the house to the other. In circles. Off the bed. Well not off the bed yet but we are working very hard to avoid an accident like that. He's growing so quickly. I look at baby Anna and think about how she's just a baby, and then I realize that it seems like Wy was just a baby less than five months ago.
My goal for the week, starting Monday (because I have to work today and tomorrow) is to replace at least one meal a day for Ryder with something either organic, or healthier for him than what he has been eating. I've worked hard to replace most of his snacks with organic. I've been tired and busy recently though, so meals consist of anything that I can get him to eat. I've been inspired by Jess at 'IROCKSOWHAT' and her mini pizzas. What a great idea. I can admit that I've done this before, but never to the extent of making it that healthy. I'll keep you updated on my meal choices.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
This week... free Noxema 4 pack disposable razors and free 6oz Colgate toothpaste.
I purchased the last 4 razors on the shelf sunday morning, and then realized that there were 4 more coupons in the back of them, so in the long run, I actually made $8.00 on that purchase. I went back and purchased 4 more that they had today, and then waited on the shipment all day. Since no more came in, and the other local store has already been wiped out, I figured out a trick. I'm bringing the sales ad and my coupons up to the local Walmart tomorrow. They will honor the ad and I will still get my last two packs of free razors.
As far as the toothpaste goes, I went to the local grocery store at 8 this morning and hunted everywhere for this "$.99 cent" toothpaste. After I couldn't find it, I was sure that the store had played a trick on me and it was a different price. I went home, looked in the ad, then made a mad dash back to the store realizing that there really was toothpaste for $.99 cents. After getting three of the sales ladies to help me find it, I was able to purchase 11 boxes. I would have had more, but about two weeks ago I cut out all of my dollar off Colgate coupons and misplaced them.
You can imagine how ridiculous I feel now.
There are free things available to everyone every single week, you just have to do a little work to find them.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Being that the boys are still so young, Trevor is with his mom, and I really have little interest in things exploding in the sky, we have forfeited all plans for the day. I'm sure, one day in the years to come, we will be sitting on our back deck (which isn't there yet) laughing and enjoying the sun with the smell of grilled burgers floating through the air, while the boys run and play in our fenced in yard (which also isn't there yet). Until then, it will be another normal day.
It's been a very busy week for extreme couponing. I was able to save 78 percent on my latest grocery bill, and walked out of Walgreen's yesterday with a bag full of 10 free toothbrushes. I picked up three Rubbermaid drink containers retailing at close to 5 dollars each for only $.99 cents each. I got 4 Dove deodorants retailing for almost 3 dollars each for $.19 cents each. And I picked up 5 Garnier Shampoos/Conditioners retailing at around 3 dollars a bottle for only $.69 cents each. Keep in mind, these are all things that I need. If I weren't saving so much money, I would purchase the store brand shampoos, deodorants, and overlook the drink containers. Couponing makes it so that I can have nice things for less than I would normally spend on the cheap store brand items.
And then I get home, put my items away, look at my receipt and feel like I need to celebrate. I just accomplished the almost impossible. I just saved so much money.
It's like winning the lottery.
It seems funny that the only time i've had to write recently is at three in the morning. I've tried everything. I'm exhausted but sleep won't come. Both of my boys are sound asleep next to me, one on each side. Ryder is snoring quietly.
How did I get so blessed?
How did I end up with beautiful perfect boys when others struggle so much with so many things?
It's amazing what kind of thoughts go through your head when you are this tired. It's as if someone else was peaking into my head and digging up thoughts that aren't really mine.
I feel like the most blessed person in the world.
Please God, show me how I can help those that need it.