Monday, April 8, 2013

My Once-A-Month Update

I’m not sure how a whole month has slipped by since the last time I blogged. (Same story, different day.)

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Christopher was not trying to be very careful when he used the restroom, and occasionally pee would fly from sea to shining sea (all over the bathroom walls and floor) while he was relieving himself. He ruined two perfectly good, UNUSED spare toilet paper rolls that were resting on the spare TP holder when he would choose not to control his flow. So after a time or two of him doing that, Stephen had the bright idea to make him “pay” for any toilet paper that he peed on. So he was told that if it happened again, he would have to get money out of his piggy bank to pay Mom and Dad back for the TP. This scene happened a few weeks later. Stephen made him count out 20 coins to “pay” for the TP he’d peed on. Christopher was so sad. “I’m not getting these back?” he asked as he counted them out to Stephen. “Nope,” his daddy answered. for the record: we did return these coins to Christopher’s piggy bank when he wasn’t looking. it was merely a lesson. (that worked!) (knock on wood)

He’s been spending the night with my parents a few times a month. He LOVES packing up his backpack with overnight essentials a crap ton of toys. When I took the photo of the back of his backpack, he said Say CHEESE backpack!!!”  Kid cracks me up.

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I love how much he loves “Elmo.”
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One morning I heard lots of noise coming over the baby monitor. I wasn’t sure exactly what he was doing, but I could tell Christopher was messing with something in his room. I got up and walked into his room to find him playing with toys. I startled him and he jumped when I walked in and immediately got a guilty look on his face and I could tell he thought he was going to be in trouble for being out of bed and playing with toys. I assured him that he was not in trouble and that as long as the sun was UP he could get out of bed and play with toys in his room until one of us came in to get him. I find scenes similar to this most mornings now. I love that he’s old enough to wake up and be independent and play. We did have a little bit of trouble at first with getting him to stay in his room. He wanted to play in the living room or kitchen. But he’s finally figured out that he has to stay in his bedroom unless he’s using the bathroom or coming to our room to get us for some reason.

He “picked me a flower” one day a few weeks ago. Pretty sure my heart MELTED when he did that. He probably picked me about a dozen more over the course of the next few weeks. I LOVE being a boy mom!
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This picture was taken while I was laying in bed watching TV one night. Stephen was at work or a ball game or something and I guess Jasper thought I wanted some company in bed. He stared at me like this for a good minute or two. I posted this picture on Instagram with the caption:
Aw, Jasper…I love you too, but no. You cannot get in bed with me.
#yousnoreworsethanstevo #andyourgasisworsetoo

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I love celebrating St Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish, so I don’t know why. I just think it’s a fun little holiday. Last year I hosted a St Patty’s Day Bunco at my house. This year I didn’t do much in the form of decorating, but I did make some themed Sausage Balls for Stephen’s work. I had no idea what they would turn out like, but I was cracking up when they came out of the oven. Mmmm… yum. Ha!

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My favorite kid on St. Patrick’s Day!
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IMG_5702The biggest thing that’s happened to us recently is our old house selling. (Yay!) We still had a ton of stuff over there to stage the house (although I did have more “other” junk I had forgotten about) and so I had to spend several days over there packing and moving things to the house we’re living in now. It was SUCH a bittersweet feeling, saying goodbye to our first home. Stephen and I bought that house 4 months before we got married – our first home for both of us – and it’s where we went after our wedding, where we brought Christopher home from the hospital, all of those typical nostalgic things. It was a good first home for us, but we are also SO thankful that it sold and now Stephen and I are just waiting to see what will happen next. With no house here, we can accept jobs in other towns and not worry about having to pay two housing payments/utilities/etc. The hard part now is actually finding a job.

IMG_5897Speaking of which, I’ve turned in about half a dozen applications so far and still have a few more I can fill out. I went to an interview in Benton last week and I am hoping to hear something today, but I don’t have my hopes up too much. I took this picture on my way there. I got stuck in traffic at a wreck about a mile from Interstate and only about 5 minutes from my destination. I was at a standstill for almost half an hour! Thankfully I had given myself plenty of travel time and still arrived over 30 minutes early. I had to pee so bad! So after I found the school where my interview was, I drove back to a grocery store I had passed and ran in to use their bathroom. I thought the interview went well but I really have no idea. I’ve had other interviews go really well and not gotten the job so I’m not even trying to guess whether or not I got the job. Just praying, praying, praying basically all weekend long.


I finally got all my new bedding set up the way I wanted it. The rest of the bedroom is still a work in progress. (I’m VERY bad about starting projects then not finishing them. Ever. Ha!) I ordered this vinyl wall sticker off Etsy (tweetheartwallart) and put it above my bed and I love the way it turned out!
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I’m not sure if I’ll ever post Easter pictures on here so I’ll go ahead and put this one from IG up. Christopher dying eggs at my moms house last weekend. He had gotten a “Curious George” Easter book several weeks ago and George dyed eggs so Christopher had been asking to dye eggs too. He loved this! I LOVE fun projects like this. Stephen could care less…he sat on the couch and watched TV with my dad while my mom and I did this. Ha! Typical.
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I think that’s enough for now. I still need to write about our March trip to Branson and April Fools Day! Maybe later today. I have laundry calling my name right now!

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