Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

I can’t be bothered

January 16th, 2014

Life has been so chaotic for us.   We sold our house…again – YAY!!   The offer on the house we did all of this for fell through….along with two others -BOO!   So here we are, 27 days away from our eviction notice, with no new house on the horizon.  We are touring the […]



Posted in: Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Life has been so chaotic for us.

 

We sold our house…again – YAY!!

 

The offer on the house we did all of this for fell through….along with two others -BOO!

 

So here we are, 27 days away from our eviction notice, with no new house on the horizon.  We are touring the last 4 houses on the market we haven’t seen yet on Saturday, but I’m not holding out to much hope.

 

As if finding a new house/moving isn’t stressful enough, I’ve been searching for new daycare.  The daycare Matt & I found & really liked for Link didn’t have an opening for him until May so I needed to find an interim daycare.  I toured about 5 daycares without much luck.  Finally, on Monday, I found one that I thought would be great in the mean time.  After the tour, I called and said I’d be there after lunch to pick up his registration information.

 

Ironically, not even five minutes later, I got a call from the original daycare, in which he was wait listed, and they said they had a last minute opening starting January 27 & it was his if he wanted it.  In my head, I was all ‘OH.MY.GOSH YES! YES! YES!  YOU ARE AN ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS AND A RAY OF SUNSHINE IN MY STRESS & DARKNESS.  YES!” with a giant squeal.  I kept my composure & was all “yeah, that’s cool, sign him up”.

 

Link’s last day at his current daycare is tomorrow, but I was and am more than happy to find back up daycare for him for the next week if that means he gets to go to the daycare/preschool we wanted.  Phew.
Dodged that bullet, but there was a lot of sweating & tears in the mean time.

 

Did I mention we have 26 more days until we close on the house & have to be out?  We have 6 boxes packed.  I’m fully motivated to pack in the evenings until about 6:30 pm, and than I’ve lost all will to go on, let alone the will to pack…or blog.

 

OH, did I mention I’m absolutely slammed at work too? I mean, I probably have enough work to keep me busy for 60 hours/week.  I should actually be working right now, but blogging has been on my mind lately & I had an actual spurt of creative juices in my head, not just a blank stare.


breaker

busy

January 9th, 2014

AHH!  I’ve been so busy & meaning to update about Christmas, but I’ve been trying to find a new house, or an apartment, finding new daycare, and figuring out packing.  Oh..not to mention I’m slammed at work.   On a lighter note – Link said his first 3 word sentence this weekend “I farted dada”.  […]



Posted in: Baby Pork Chop, Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

AHH!  I’ve been so busy & meaning to update about Christmas, but I’ve been trying to find a new house, or an apartment, finding new daycare, and figuring out packing.  Oh..not to mention I’m slammed at work.

 

On a lighter note – Link said his first 3 word sentence this weekend “I farted dada”.  I love that boy.

 

More to come soon…I hope!!!!


breaker

The end is near….

December 23rd, 2013

Hopefully….   Last Friday this happened: Which led to Matt & I feverishly decluttering, cleaning, & organizing our house so it could be staged on Monday.  This is what our weekend looked like.  I’m not sure how, but we did it.  And this was the end result (I wish I had pictures of every room, […]



Posted in: House, Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Hopefully….

 

Last Friday this happened:

for sale

Which led to Matt & I feverishly decluttering, cleaning, & organizing our house so it could be staged on Monday.  This is what our weekend looked like.office

living

 I’m not sure how, but we did it.  And this was the end result (I wish I had pictures of every room, because it’s awesome):

living 1

All of our hard work must have paid off.  The house went on the market around 2pm on Tuesday, we had our first showing at 9am on Wednesday & an offer in hand by 11am on Wednesday.  Everyone told us it would go quick, but we thought w/in 30 days quick, not within 21 hours quick.

 

Unfortunately, the guy backed out on Friday, so the house is back in action.  We have several showings lined up, despite Christmas.  I am disappointed, but not discouraged.  However, I had finally moved all the furniture back to where it’s more “livable” and now we’re back to a funky layout & constantly keeping the house tidy.


breaker

The Places You Go & The People You Meet

December 11th, 2013

Oh Good Heavens!  I met quite the guy on my flight to Charlotte on Monday. Picture a cross between a hippie hobo & drifter. I should have known the awesome that was going to be my first 30 min. when I sat down & sent this text to Matt: “Just boarded.  Love you! (ps, the […]



Posted in: Life
Expand Close
| One Comment | See Full Post
 

Oh Good Heavens!  I met quite the guy on my flight to Charlotte on Monday. Picture a cross between a hippie hobo & drifter.

I should have known the awesome that was going to be my first 30 min. when I sat down & sent this text to Matt:
“Just boarded.  Love you! (ps, the guy next to me smells like bacon)”

 

This is what my next text to Matt said “Just landed..OMG!  The bacon guy next to me”

Matt: “what happened”

C: “totally odd.  I made notes – blog worthy.  Smells like bacon & campfire with a splash of vomit & menthol”

——-

We are sitting & waiting to de-ice.

Guy: I think there is air coming out of the vent, want me to turn yours on?
C: No, I’m ok, but thank you”

Guy (sort of mumbling, but loud enough for me to hear):  I’ve been in -20 degrees, so when I’m inside, I get hot really fast

C: oh, ok.  Did you want to use my air?  I’m comfortable without it.
Guy:  Yes, thank you!

Guy to lady on the aisle: Did you want your air on?
Lady: No, I don’t.

Guy: Can I use it then?
Lady: You can open it a little I suppose.

I’m now playing a mind numbing game of “loops” on my phone.

Guy: is that some sort of mind game?
C: No.  I just need to get a square of the same colored dots and then I get points. I need to get as many points as possible in 60 seconds.

Guy: oh, looks cool.  I used to have a smart phone, but it had to many functions, so I returned it.  I do have a phone that texts.  The kids in Hawaii on the organic farm I once worked on told me.  I think it’s kind of fun to text & receive them.

We made some small talk, whatever.    He then proceeds to tell me he booked a 6 day layover in Denver, which he wished he hadn’t.  He planned on hiking, but it was -20, so he couldn’t.  Also, because it was -20, all the hostiles were full.  He spent the last 6 days in a warming house.

 

6 days in a warming house you say?  Ok…you now have my interest…
I found out he’s on his way to Savannah, Georgia where he plans to stay on the beach until after New Years.  He then will fly to Israel.  Last time he was in Israel, he was walking along the shore when a guy came up to him on his road bike.  They started talking, and the biker told him to give him a call when he got to Jerusalem, but not on the Sabbath.   Guy got to Jerusalem a few days later, which was the Sabbath.  He called the biker the next day & then stayed w/ he & his wife for 2 months.  This was 23 years ago.  He’s going back & hopes to look him up, even though he’s lost his address book with this guys info.  Hmm, wonder if he’ll find it.

 

This guy’s last adventure involved mountain biking through Oregon in search of wild horses – one of his favorite things.  He had rode for days, to no avail.  Finally, one of his last days, he came upon this tiny town (with only a gas station) & that is where he met the most amazing family.  He bought himself a 6 pack of Coors Light at the gas station, sat under a tree, popped a top & started playing his ucalaly.  After a few minutes, he heard some noises & when he looked up, there was a family of horses.  The guy thought for sure they were ranch horses.  But something about the majestic look of the mare led him to believe & confirm they were wild horses.  The foals were very intrigued by his music.    Mind you, when he’s describing this horse, his eyes are shut & he’s going to a far back place in his brain & recalling.

 

In the midst of this, he’s all up in my personal space looking out the window (I had the window seat).

He said “You know, I should have asked you to switch, I love looking out the window”
C: “the fasten seatbelt sign is on, we better stay put”

Guy: Wow, look at that sweet terrain, we must be over Nebraska

C: You mean that flat terrain of farms?

 

I also learned he used to journal all of his experiences, but that to got to be to much to carry.  He now does it via voice recorder & has over 1000 hours.  However, he’s bored by most of his ramblings as he listens back.

 

I was not fully bored with them, until this happened.

 

Guy asked me what I did for a living.  I said Engineer.  He was stoked I was an engineer.  He loves physics.  In fact, over Thanksgiving he spent 2 weeks with one of his best friends who is a lifetime physics student.  He spoke all week to this guy by writing physics equations on a wall covered in white boards.  This guy proclaimed an immense interest in matrix physics and particle science.

Here comes the clincher – he wanted to discuss the concept of the speed of light.  He gets it mostly, but there are parts he doesn’t & thought I could help him out.  No…JUST NO!  no.  The speed of light is Physics III.  You know, the class I went into as a junior, still eager to learn more physics, sat in the first row like a nerd I always did – I soon found my place in that class…in the back…where Professor Korn wouldn’t see my constant look of lost and probably nothing behind my eyes when he looked into them because I was that far gone.  This class put me in my place and made me want to cry every.single.day.

It brought back a horrific 12 weeks of my life.  So instead of going back into a deep dark place along with curling up in my seat in the fetal position & rocking back & forth, I simply said:  “I’m not even sure how they get the picture to my TV…”

 

The guy fell asleep shortly after.  phew…dodged that bullet.

By about 2 hours in the flight, I switched between plugging my nose & holding my breath.  His bacon/campfire/vomit/menthol smell started getting to me AND I didn’t have any air to help dilute it…air stealer.

 

bacon guy

 

 

 


breaker

Mom fail?

November 7th, 2013

I’ll admit that on Monday, I dreaded leaving work.  I dreaded having to go home and deal w/ the fight that ensues every night when I pick Link up from daycare (he never wants to stop playing to go home).  I didn’t want to deal w/ walking Lucy.  I didn’t want to deal w/ the […]



Posted in: Family, Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

I’ll admit that on Monday, I dreaded leaving work.  I dreaded having to go home and deal w/ the fight that ensues every night when I pick Link up from daycare (he never wants to stop playing to go home).  I didn’t want to deal w/ walking Lucy.  I didn’t want to deal w/ the chaos that is making dinner.  I didn’t want to do the bed time routine.  I wanted to just go home, put my sweat pants on & eat frozen pizza.

Obviously, I didn’t have a choice.  Link happily left daycare, without a fuss.  Link & I power walked Lucy through the ‘hood, but not w/o Link crying most of the time.  I gave him my phone to play with, out of desperation.  However, that just made him more mad because he couldn’t hold it or operate it because he INSISTED on taking a golf ball & wiffle ball bat along on our walk & wouldn’t let me hold onto them while he played w/ the phone.  No reasoning w/ that child.  I made “brinner”, but only with Link attached to my hip or clinging to my leg screaming “up up” because I had to set him down & use two hands for a few seconds.  After dinner, he happily did some coloring and then we played cars.  I would be lying if I said I let him stay up late because we were having so much fun – I had him in bed by 6:55pm.

 

Thankfully, I woke up Tuesday w/ a better attitude….


breaker

Pumpkin Painting

November 1st, 2013

Friday I thought it would be fun to take him to our church’s pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin for us to paint. The key to finding a good pumpkin is sitting on them – obviously. There might be straw on his stomach because he fell off a few.  Those few were not winners, […]



Posted in: Baby Pork Chop, Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Friday I thought it would be fun to take him to our church’s pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin for us to paint.

The key to finding a good pumpkin is sitting on them – obviously.IMG_1989

There might be straw on his stomach because he fell off a few.  Those few were not winners, they didn’t make good seats.

IMG_1991

Found a winner!  Link thought it was more fun to walk to the car w/ your eyes closed WHILE holding the pumpkin – living on the edge man!

IMG_1992

I was very excited for this adventure.  The weather was beyond amazing, Link was happy, and he loves to color, so I thought it was a win.  Wrong.  Running around in the front yard W/O your pants on & chasing balls is the biggest priority.

IMG_1993

after about 10 min. of playing soccer & trying to exaggerate the fun of painting to him, he sat down & worked on his masterpiece.

IMG_1995

TA-DA!!  Complete w/ paint on diaper, face, legs, hair & arms.  I loved how his pumpkins turned out – one proud mama.

IMG_2006

FYI – the smaller of the two pumpkins has gone about everywhere with us this week – he won’t leave home w/o it.  Once we return home, he puts it back on the front stoop.  Oi!


breaker

18 Months

October 3rd, 2013

Now that Link is almost 19 months,  I can give you the 18 month update. Update:  He’s doing awesome.  His vocabulary has boomed.  He went from 3 words to over 20 in a matter of a few weeks.  We are hearing more new words almost daily. Weight: 25lbs 4 oz – 42nd % Height: 32″ […]



Posted in: Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Now that Link is almost 19 months,  I can give you the 18 month update.
Update:  He’s doing awesome.  His vocabulary has boomed.  He went from 3 words to over 20 in a matter of a few weeks.  We are hearing more new words almost daily.

Weight: 25lbs 4 oz – 42nd %

Height: 32″ – 42nd%

Head: 19.75″ – 96th%

Words: see, up, ball, uh-oh, outside*, baseball, football, bye, ice*, book, hot, bike*, daddy, Lucy, duck, dog, bite, hat, backpack*, please, off, baby, shoe, shirt, grapes, milk, woof woof, bark bark, honk honk, dinosaur & ….drum roll please…mommy (this week, FINALLY).   *indicates his favorites that we hear all.the.time.

Can identify his & your hair, nose, tootsies, tummy, ears, eyes, head, & mouth.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

 

IMG_1813

IMG_1815

Begging me to go outside, at 5:45am.  “hat, shoe, outside!”

IMG_1835

Denver/Colorado got a lot of rain a few weeks ago.  It was maddening.  To say the Williams House went a bit stir crazy is an understatement.  It seems both Link & Lucy go a bit crazy if they don’t get their daily walk.  We took advantage of the few moments it wasn’t raining.

IMG_1849

IMG_1857

The poor boy fell asleep in the shopping cart.  Guess I pushed his nap time a little to hard.  Oops 🙂  This old man stopped & said hello to him & startled him awake. The old man says “huh, he doesn’t look very good!”.  I agree, but the guy also only had one eye…

IMG_1860

We took a trip to Mimi & Poppy’s for my friend Sara’s wedding.  He perfected the word “backpack” on this trip by making sure to point out & loudly exclaim every time he saw one at the airport.

IMG_1913

IMG_1887

IMG_1883

Finally, outside time w/ his dog.

IMG_1920


breaker

Why I’m a slacker

September 24th, 2013

Link turned 18 months….2.5 weeks ago.  I’m not on the ball, not at all.  I often think about blogging and want to blog, but I can’t find the time.   My day starts at 5:15 am (not uncommon to start earlier because Captain Stinky Pants has #2’d himself awake). We leave the house by 6:25am […]



Posted in: Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Link turned 18 months….2.5 weeks ago.  I’m not on the ball, not at all.  I often think about blogging and want to blog, but I can’t find the time.

 

My day starts at 5:15 am (not uncommon to start earlier because Captain Stinky Pants has #2’d himself awake).

We leave the house by 6:25am so I can be to work by 7am.

I work from 7am-4:30 M-TH & 7am-11am on Friday’s – in those hours, I feel like I’m feverishly trying to cram 50 hours into 40 because working from home is hard & working late is pretty much not an option when Matt isn’t home.  Apparently daycare calls CPS & the police feeds your child dinner & makes him part of her family when you don’t pick your child up by closing (kind of makes you feel like crap, especially because he’s already the 1st kid there & the last one picked up).

You might think I should use my very cherished 30 min. lunch time to blog, but I chose to run to keep sane & it’s about the only time I get a workout in during the week when Matt is not home (if he’s home, I start my days on Tues & Thurs at 4:30am so I can go to the gym before work).  I seriously think I need to figure out a way to blog while I run, I crack myself up & have the best ideas.

At 4:30, I leave work & then sit in this mess for 40-50 min

IMG_1917

Depending on if there is a Bronco’s game, accident, Mr. President is in town, the circus, past presidents, opening day’s, or Marilyn Monroe this can take up to 1 hour & 10 min. I generally write more blogs in my head at this time if I’m not catching up with my mom or friend on the phone.

*guess why traffic was slow tonight based on the goofs behind me*

IMG_1918

Link & I or Matt & Link get home from daycare around 5:20-5:30 in which I make dinner, we eat, & walk Lucy.

Around 7pm, I put Link in a head lock & start his bedtime routine by making teeth brushing traumatic.  I sometimes why I bother, I get so little brushing done & he’s doomed to have gold caps on his front teeth by his Kindergarten picture anyways.  I should just make it a happy time.

Once I get Link to bed, I eat a well deserved skinny cow ice cream sandwich, sit on the chair, catch up on a bit of the news & let out a deep sigh.  On a good night, I will do some sewing.  All the other nights?  I think “man, I should blog”, but my computer is in the other room & Lucy B is snuggling my feet.  If you’ve ever experience a Lucy B foot snuggle, you’d understand why I a) can’t get up to get my computer in the other room and b) am passed out on the couch by 8:30pm.  I tell myself I’ll blog tomorrow at lunch, but then I run, and tell myself I’ll blog in the evening…lather, rinse & repeat.

Tonight, I had no reason to not blog.  Matt & I did the daily routine (except we went out to dinner because we have no food in the house, hello online grocery shopping?).  After I put Link to bed, I did my deep sigh w/ the news, but didn’t enjoy a skinny cow (see note above).  Matt picked Lucy up from the kennel tonight and she’s beyond exhausted, hence putting herself to bed before 7pm tonight, so I didn’t have her snuggling my feet putting me into a warm cuddly sleep induced coma, but instead, allowing me to force myself to get my computer in the other room.  Thank you Lucy B Williams.

Hopefully I will be able to tell you what the Captain is up to at 18 months soon!


breaker

Yikes

February 18th, 2013

Ugh…I just had another “whoa!  When did you become an adult” moment.  They usually hit me like a ton of bricks, right in the face, around the mouth area, knocking out teeth & stuff.   M: “B is selling her hot tub, want it?” C: “Uh, don’t those require water & electricity?” C: “and where […]



Posted in: Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Ugh…I just had another “whoa!  When did you become an adult” moment.  They usually hit me like a ton of bricks, right in the face, around the mouth area, knocking out teeth & stuff.

 

M: “B is selling her hot tub, want it?”
C: “Uh, don’t those require water & electricity?”
C: “and where are we going to put it?  In the backyard where the old garden was?”
C: “and how are we getting it to our house?”
M: “I’m seriously thinking about it…a hot tub!”

C: “how much do those things cost to operate?  And set up?”

 

WHAM!  BRICKS TO FACE!

 

Once (probably not to long ago) I would have just said “A hot tub?  At our house?  Yeah!!! when does it get delivered?”…you know, worry about the logistics later.


breaker

everything

January 24th, 2013

Link Allister is into everything & I’m worried.  Although he isn’t walking yet (and is making no attempts), he’s crawls at turbo speed.  Everyone keeps making mention to “how much trouble I”ll be in” once he starts walking.  But really?  I can’t possible imagine what else he can get into.  He’s already into the cupboards, […]



Posted in: Baby Pork Chop, Life
Expand Close
| No Comments | See Full Post
 

Link Allister is into everything & I’m worried.  Although he isn’t walking yet (and is making no attempts), he’s crawls at turbo speed.  Everyone keeps making mention to “how much trouble I”ll be in” once he starts walking.  But really?  I can’t possible imagine what else he can get into.  He’s already into the cupboards, the toilet, the garbage, the booze, the books, the night stands, the laundry, the dog food, the dog crate, the dogs business, the sewing machine, the Good Will pile, the floor lamps (he likes to stand on the base, hold on, & sway, causing it to shake & almost fall over), the magazines, the closets, the shoes and the outlets.

 

After an entire morning of saying “Link! NO!” and then hearing Lucy getting into something else and yelling “Lucy!  NO!” and then hearing Link quickly crawl somewhere else and having to say “Link! NO!” again, I made a special trip to Target.  This has saved some of my sanity.  (never mind my apparently super dirty cupboard.  I am getting a cleaning lady in a few weeks, hopefully she will take care of my negligence)