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It’s 4am..

It’s 4am.

I really want to be sleeping. I didn’t go to bed until almost midnight. But someone who shall remain nameless (cough*my hubby*cough) let the Maniac go to sleep at 6pm. Now it’s 4am and she’s bright eyed and bushy tailed.

I’m not sure how I am going to convince her to go back to sleep.

Anyway- I’ve been meaning to post something. I figured I’d might as well do it now. Lol

I’ve been busy busy busy.

All of my projects for other people are done. My own projects not so much.

Thea Maniac was sick over the weekend, and has a double ear infection and a sinus infection. She’s now had 3 days of antibiotics and is almost back to herself.

I’m as done with the Christmas shopping as its going to get now. I still need so get my brother-in-laws kids something.. But I don’t know when we are going to see them so I’ll figure that out when the time comes.

My hubby has been home for almost a week now. Which is fabulous… Except that he hasn’t worked all week. Which is potentially a huge problem. We’ll figure it all out I guess.

Oh well. I hope all of your Christmas preparations are going well!

Merry Christmas!


Sleepless ramblings that started at 2am this morning…

So this must be the night I drive myself insane this week.

I thought I was doing better in the me vs things that go bump in the night arena. Granted, I have been staying up until like 3 every night this week watching tv until I pass out… Which helps. But not so much in the waking up early with the toddler.

I’m just jumpy tonight. Which I hate.

I was hoping to fall asleep before 2.. But alas it’s 2:08. Logically I know that the house is probably just creaking, since I have been keeping the heat lower than normal in an effort to not have a skyrocketing gas bill. I don’t hear all the creaks and pops that freak me out when the heat is on.

My feet are freezing… Maybe I should go turn it up a degree or two. Maybe that will help me sleep.

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So I turned up the heat.
It’s now 4:16am.

My night thus far:
2:30 fell asleep with the lights on.
3:00 hubby called to say he was done working and going to bed.
4:00 woke up to pee.
4:06 dozed off, only to awaken suddenly after hearing imaginary noise.

Yea. I’m tired.

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Somewhere between 6 and 6:30… Rudely awakened by a toddler wanting juice and Cheerios. I say rudely because I believe that she punched me or hit me. And then was climbing on me to try to wake me up. So much fun.

Finally I dragged my super tired butt downstairs to get the juice and Cheerios. Now spongebob is on the tv and I can only hope she falls back to sleep when she’s done eating. I doubt I will make it that long.

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Well, it is not well into the afternoon. 3:20 to be exact.

I think I passed out again right after I delivered the juice and Cheerios to she who beckoned for them. At some point she curled up with me and went back to sleep.  I figured that would happen.

I finally got up and moving at about 11. She didn’t get up until noon. Which gave me a little time to pick up the living room and fold some towels.

I guess I should go tend to my laundry… I needed to wash the sheets since when my dear toddler woke up, she and my bed were covered in pee.  Seriously, she was soaked from her neck to her knees. I will never understand how that happens… other than I wasnt conscious enough to change her before I went back to sleep this morning.

I guess I’ve bored you enough with my ramblings for today…


Well, so far my day has not gone how it was originally planned at all.

The original plan: Hit the farmer’s market and the Mall with the kids and my Brother-in-law’s Girlfriend and her daughter. I had been looking forward to it all week!

We didn’t go. Its pouring rain and the my darling toddler has a slight fever.  😦

Well, after we made the decision to cancel the plans (at around 8), I fell asleep again. I havent been sleeping very well at all the last couple of nights, so it finally caught up with me. I thought I dozed off for a few minutes… when I was awakened by someone telling me she needed a new diaper…. it was almost 11! and I totally could have slept for another hour or two.

Here it is suddenly almost 2pm.

I did actually get to take a leisurely shower. those are so wonderful… especially since when hubby is gone they don’t happen very often. It’s usually just jump in and out as fast as I can in hopes that someone doesn’t wake up before I’m done.

I have spent the last couple days getting the house ready for Thanksgiving.  Doing some thourough cleaning ahead of time, so that it will be just a quick clean up before the family descends upon us! I am so excited about it!

And 2 of my daughters friends are coming over tonight. (theoretically). They finally convinced their mom that they should come. I get it… I’m probably what you would consider over-protective.  Although I think I have made great strides in letting go of the reigns a little in the last few weeks.

This is the first time she’s ever had people over (since we moved to CA).  She’s really excited. We are going to run to the store and get some snacks for them in a little while.

I think it will be really good for her to hang out with girls her own age outside of school.

And keep your fingers, toes, eyes crossed that Hubby will be home tonight.

Please oh please come home tonight.

It all depended on how the rest of their job finished up today. If it was late, he was just going to stay another night… I’d rather him drive home not completely exhausted.

Its kind of weird that he’s been gone for 3 weeks. It doesn’t feel as long as some of his previous trips have been. We did get to see him last weekend… that probably made it a little easier. But it didn’t feel that bad before we saw him either.

oh well… I wish a Happy saturday to you!

I am going to go finish some housework and hit the grocery store before the girls get here!

Another episode in the continuing saga of Sleep -vs- Bumps in the night..

If you are keeping track… The score is now Sleep-1 Bumps in the Night-3

This was my night.
12:34am: KT finally goes to sleep. The 6:30 nap- not a great plan.
1:30am: my iPhone finally finishes syncing. It seriously took forever!
1:35am: I actually doze off
2:15am: I wake up hacking on the phlegm in my throat/have to pee
2:25am: doze off again
2:55am: did I hear a noise that woke me up again?
3:00am: dog starts barking at the neighbor leaving
3:06am: dog starts barking at neighbor coming back. Where he went for 5 minutes I have no idea.
3:16am: dog starts freaking out with that something is out there bark, knocking something over, scaring the bejeezus out of me once again. I’m assuming there was a cat- Who obviously didn’t learn his lesson last time or didn’t get the meowmo (Get it, Meow + Memo? okay it was probably funnier in my head) about the giant dog in our yard who doesn’t like cats.
3:30am: can’t sleep so I downloaded some songs from iTunes that K asked for.
3:40am: found my toe ring that vanished stuck to the embroidery on my comforter.
3:43am: started writing this post
3:51am: wondering if I’m ever going to sleep….
4:00am: sprinklers come on… Man they are loud! I hate when I’m up for that.
4:02am: weird noise from outside downstairs- go make sure it was just the dog.
4:03am: yea it was a tail on the screen door. Let him in for a few minutes. He sneezes wildly and loudly to stir KT, he hunts a fly or two.
4:10am: fridge makes a really weird noise. That I’m hoping isn’t as bad as I think it could be. Well see if it’s still cold in a few hours.
4:14am: put the dog back outside and go back upstairs.
4:17am: pee and get back into bed… Let’s try this sleeping thing again.
4:30am: I actually fell asleep! Yay!
5:16:am: “Mama, I bump my head.  I want milk.” ugh.
5:30am: after getting milk, (Yay! the fridge is alive!) changing a diaper, cleaning up milk spilled on the bed five seconds after handing her the cup… Finally some sleep.
10:36am “Mama I want juice.”
And I’m up.

Minions and Schmucks and Noodles! Oh My!

I think we had a pretty okay weekend.

Saturday was fairly uneventful. I slept in until about 1. Which is highly unusual luckily K watched KT so I could sleep. I had another bad night trying to sleep and I had a headache and just couldn’t stay awake. KT woke me up about 10 or so wanting  juice and “Mama ‘m soaking wet! It’s on my legs and feet!” Ugh. So I made a juice run to the kitchen, changed the soggy mess, put on Nick Jr and that’s all I remember until hubby called and woke me up.  After that I found some motivation and actually emptied a few boxes in the garage.

I had been planning on taking the kids to the drive in on Friday night. But I somehow managed to lose the $40 that was going to fund the excursion. Biggest.bonehead.ever. I know it was in my pocket when we were at orientation at school and then it was gone. I probably had my phone (or keys) in that pocket and it fell out when I took the phone out. UGH. Sadly it’s not the first time this has happened. Last time it was $12.  So I felt stupid,  was mad at myself, and was feeling really sad that P couldn’t come home this weekend. I decided that we should just stay home.  So after getting over the sting of losing the money, I decided to go  anyway. We all needed to get out of the house.

After removing the stroller and various randomness from the back of the truck, we filled it with pillows and blankets and such. I ordered a pizza to pick up – can’t beat the Domino’s large one topping with extra cheese for $6.99 carry out special!  (If i had that same pizza delivered it would have cost almost $20.) We got in the truck and away we went! We ran into Fresh & Easy  and got some drinks, popcorn and candy.  Went to the ATM, and then picked up the pizza. Katie saying “I want go to movie theatre!” the whole way!

I had decided that we were going to go see “Despicable Me.” The other option was the Dogs & Cats  movie and I am seriously not sitting through that. Yuck-O.  It was a cute movie, as far a kids movies go. I’ve seen better – I’ve seen worse. The best part was when the minions said “Oh poop.”  KT was really fidgety most of the time and ate a boat load of “Pock-corn” and she couldn’t get enough “Noodles” which in her world are Skittles. I’m not sure why she calls them that, but she does.  I really wanted to stay for the 2nd movie with was “Dinner for Schmucks.” I don’t ever get to go to the movies without the children so I wanted to see it for me. It’s not something I normally would have let K see….We’re usually pretty strict about what we let her watch. But she’s growing up, and she’s really seen a lot more PG-13 movies lately than ever before.

I usually go to kids-in-mind.com to get an idea of what a movie really has in it. They rate the movies from 0-10 on the Sex & nudity, Violence/Gore and Profanity. So all the movies have a rating like 6.5.2. Then they describe all of the incidents in each category. It’s very specific.  They also list discussion topics and the moral of the story.  I think it’s a fantastic site! they also have an iPhone app now!

So Dinner for Schmucks was 6.5.5. (Despicable Me was 2.3.2 in case you were wondering.) It had a little more sexual content than I normally let her see… but it wasn’t really overt, and I’m pretty sure most of it went over her head. At least I hope it did. (fingers crossed!) And she was half asleep through some of it. I liked it. It wasn’t as hilarious as I wanted it to be…. but I don’t think anything will ever be as funny as the Hangover was!

So we got back late, I hoped I could sleep… but that didn’t happen until about 3 or so… read last nights sleepless post here. I think I decided that the noise I heard also could have been a shovel being knocked over… I noticed it was on the ground today and then I knocked it over too.  Who knows.  Lets hope sleep wins one of these nights.

Despite being up until 3, I managed to get up at 9 this morning. Not out of my own free will mind you.. a certain small person was beckoning for me.  I do give myself kudos for staying awake after that!  Yay me! We cleaned up the house a little bit, I took a shower, went to the store for juice and milk. And then we headed to meet my sister at IKEA in Costa Mesa. I have never been to IKEA before.  We had one back in PA, but never actually went. And for some strange reason that no one can figure out: there  isn’t one in Las Vegas.  (Vegas also doesn’t have a Chick-fil-a) So this was my first adventure/experience at IKEA.

Traffic was bad, I got lost, and my sister sat there for 45 minutes waiting for us.  We did finally make it! It was insane! I don’t think I’ve ever been to a store where there were just hoards of people walking in, walking out… just everywhere!  I don’t think I’ve ever been in an elevator that will hold 2 strollers and e shopping carts! It was seriously the craziest place I think I’ve ever been.

*If you didn’t catch this on today’s Freshly pressed, here is a very entertaining blog about a trip to IKEA.

KT was making our “shopping list” or scribbling on an order form to stay occupied. But that meant that she dropped the pencil and the catalog she was holding about 150 times. She was pretty good overall. After finding my sister’s “Billy” bookshelf and lots of goodies I wasn’t intending on buying.. (although I did get some cute and inexpensive flower pots for my Hibiscus I bought a few weeks ago.) we headed to the checkout! $27 later we were ready to get some frozen yogurt!

KT +frozen yogurt was definitely interesting. She loves ice cream, but I usually just give her a little bit at a time on a spoon, she’s never really had a cone before. She liked it a bit and then started trying to eat the cone! It turned into quite a drippy mess… then she dropped it in the cup holder in her stroller. Yay. Oh, and she proceeded to finish what was left of my cone at that moment when I tried to clean it up! It was really less messy than I thought it would turn out to be.

After a lovely drive home, with very little traffic. we stopped to wash the truck that was so dirty it was brown and not blue anymore.  I cleaned up a little more, KT got sand in her eye, smashed her finger between the couch and the wall, and we ate some left over pizza for dinner. Now if only I could get her to go to sleep. She is seriously wound up!

I guess I should have posted this last night… but I once I actually got the maniac to go to sleep. I got sidetracked watching the new episode of True Blood and then I had a pounding headache and I actually went to sleep BEFORE 3 Am!  WOOOO HOOOOOO!   if you are keeping track, that is Sleep 1 Bumps in the night 2!

And more interestingly I got up at 9, and was moderately productive! I cleaned my bathroom, tidied up the bedroom, swept & mopped the linoleum in the kitchen/dining area/entry way, and vacuumed the living room. I know its pretty amazing… I think I may be really getting back into the swing of things. Which is just in time since SCHOOL STARTS ON WEDNESDAY! Not that I am excited or anything…  K sure isn’t.

Oh well.. i must go find some lunch to feed a small maniac who is throwing dirty socks at me.  Until next time!

A Wonderfully Wacky Wednesday

Hello Blog day 2. Wow, that is corny.. cheesy… lame-o… I promise to never do that again! 🙂

I don’t think I mentioned this, but K is at camp this week, so it’s just me and the KT until next Tuesday.  That fact definitely makes life interesting and quite challenging to say the least.

I tried really hard to go to sleep Tuesday night at a decent time. Decent= any time before 2 am. And as in most every night I failed miserably. At 6:45 the garbage truck making a giant ruckus scared the crap out of me.  I tried to go back to sleep, but alas the weather report and the beginning of the Today show sucked me in.  Just as I was dozing off again around 7:30 Miss KT came in and made sure I definitely wasn’t getting to go back to sleep. Oh well, I was planning on getting up at 8 anyway.

I had decided to lose my mind and try to take KT to the movies for the first time.  She’s been to the drive in with us a few times, but there she can be the maniac that she is without irritating everyone else..  so the movie theater was going to be an interesting experience.

Regal Theaters have their Free Family Film Festival running all summer. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10am they show (sort of old) family movies for FREE! Can’t beat that! Especially with a toddler! And the closest theater is  about 100 feet (okay maybe a little farther) from our house. We could totally walk there.  Check it out! http://www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx?state=CA

I talked to KT about going to the movie theater and she was very excited! Especially when I mentioned popcorn.  She LOOOOVES “Pock-corn”!  We headed over. Our choices were “Ice Age” or “Stuart Little”. I opted for “Stuart Little” thinking that the talking mice and cats would entertain her.  Now, I realize Ice Age was probably  the better way to go.

I decided to get a small “pock-corn” and a diet coke…. which was $12.75!! The small popcorn was seriously $6.00. Highway robbery. But at least I didn’t have to pay to get in. She did pretty good.  She loved the popcorn, and even though the seat kept trying to swallow her, she watched the movie for an entire hour.  After that she started getting really antsy and when she whacked the lady in front of us in the head, I knew it was time to go.

After that we had some lunch, I actually unpacked some boxes (We moved about a month ago, which is a whole ordeal unto itself).  We spent a little time outside playing in the sand,  it was pretty hot so I didn’t want to be out there long.  There was play dough playing, blocks, coloring… and the list goes on and on… she’s a busy busy kid.

Overall it was a god day… We had a nice dinner of Orange Chicken from trader Joe’s (which is REALLY good for frozen!), we had a Skype call with Grandma… and after we got off the call, I realized that I was FREEZING!  The A/C was on, so I didn’t think much of it, until I noticed that it was more than a chill…. I had a fever! So randomly weird!

Its gone now, and I pretty much feel okay now. I could take a nap though…. but only if my little busy-body takes one first!