7QTS: Random Life Updates

While I’d love to knock out a couple thoughtful, in-depth posts about life right now, I just can’t seem to make it happen. So I thought I’d link up with Kelly and give you a random, abbreviated look into our life right now.

  1.  Monster
    • It is so hard to believe that he’s going to be 5 next month! He’ll start Kindergarten in the Fall. Crazy!
    • Last week he told me that he didn’t want to go to Kindergarten. When I asked him why he said “At preschool they told us you have to sit still and be quiet for a long time at Kindergarten. I don’t think I’d like to do that, so how about you just homeschool me?”
    • He has gotten much better at playing with the sisters (most of the time!). It probably helps that they can run and climb now, and that he is one of their favorite people.
    • He has also taken an interest in learning how to write now. He can write his name and lately has been asking how to spell at lot of things. I am SO excited for this stage!!
  2. Miss A
    • This little lady loves her brother. Every morning when she wakes up the first thing she wants to do is give him a hug. And if Monster and Miss J aren’t up she wants to wake them up.
    • She loves to fight with her sister though. She will often bite Miss J if she has a toy that she wants. We’re working on breaking this habit but it’s taking way longer than we’d like, unfortunately.
  3. Miss J
    • This little lady loves to babble. We think she’s going to be a taker like her brother once she starts saying more words.
    • She also loves to tuck her teddy bears into bed…blanket and all. It’s so cute!
  4. Homestead
    • We are hoping to move closer to Handyman Husband’s workplace when our lease here is up. So we’ve been making more of an effort to declutter. We’ve got several bags and boxes ready to donate, with more to come. It feels so great to be getting rid of stuff! This is something we’ve been meaning to do forever, but having a potential upcoming move is really helping to keep us motivated!
    • I’ve been trying to develop a meal plan to make life a little less stressful and maybe reduce our weekly grocery bill as well. It is taking longer than I thought it would. I’m finding that “one pot” recipes work best for with our lifestyle right now. Probably by the time I get it hammered out it’ll be summer and time for a new set of recipes! Got any favorite “one pot” recipes you’d like to share?
  5. Crafts
    • I’m currently riding a high from completing Monster’s R2D2 hat in a relatively short time frame (despite the fact that he is still only wearing it under duress)!
    • So of course I’m adding more crochet/knit projects to my “to do” list for the year. Because I’m ridiculous like that.
    • I also want to learn calligraphy/hand-lettering (not sure if there is a difference between the two)? I’m always trying to come up with a “skill set” that I could turn into a small side business. Still looking for my niche. :/
  6. Links
  7. Boxed
    • Have you heard of Boxed.com? It’s a bulk dry goods retail site. We’ve used it a couple times since our move and I LOVE it! We have a Costco membership, but our nearest Costco now is 40 minutes a way. Not the end of the world by any means, but we’ve definitely been making our trips there fewer and farther between. Boxed has similar dry goods that we get at Costco and they deliver right to your door! I’ll take that any day! Especially if it frees up space in the car for more product/refrigerated/freezer items when we make our Costco trips. Orders over $50 ship for free and you usually get it within 2-3 days of placing your order. There is no membership fee to order. If you use my code (B75CW) you’ll get $10 off your first order. (Disclaimer: I will receive some Boxed.com credit if you use my code. Boxed did not ask me to review/advertise their service – it’s just something I’ve found beneficial and wanted to pass along.)

7 Quick Takes – Vol II

What better way to catch up on the posts I meant to write this week than by participating in Quick Takes?

— 1 —

First off, if you are so inclined could you please say a prayer of healing from my uncle? He underwent surgery for a perforated bowel on Christmas Eve and is still in the hospital dealing with complications. Recently, he’s been suffering from internal bleeding, which had the doctors flummoxed for a while. They finally think they’ve discovered the source and corrected it. We’re all praying (and hoping) they did so my uncle can finally start healing and get home.

— 2 —

We recently found out that P passed his Fundamentals of Engineering exam that he took way back in October. Once he graduates in May he’ll officially be an ‘Engineer in Training.’ It’s kind of a big deal!

— 3 —

I recently discovered that Monster can sight-read “depot” and possibly “home”. He saw the words “Restaurant Depot” together and said “Look Mommy it’s Home Depot but without the home.”

Since most of my attempts to teach him the alphabet are met with disdain I don’t know if I should be proud or embarrassed by this. Clearly we spend way too much time at Home Depot…

— 4 —

Monster seems to be off his Curious George kick and has transferred his previous love of George to Transformers (thanks to P). The other day he asked me to sing the Transformers song. I was unawares there was more to the theme song than “Transformers: Robots in Disguise.” Once I finished singing that Monster demanded I sing the rest of the song. Confused I started humming the theme song which annoyed Monster immensely “No Mommy, that’s not right! You have to sing the WHOLE SONG! Just like Daddy does. Sing the whole song, damnit!”

It took all my willpower to reprimand him for saying “damnit” instead of laughing.

Such an innocent face

Such an innocent face

— 5 —

And in case you’re wondering (I know you’re not), Monster did not learn the above curse word from either P or I. He did, however, learn it from someone very near and dear, whose identity shall not be revealed to protect the guilty from further embarrassment. Let’s just say Monster knows how to use it appropriately in a sentence and it’s hysterical every time he says it. But I can’t laugh, ever. Ah, the trials of parenting toddlers. 😉

— 6 —

I recently had an appointment with a woman who does Ortho-Bionomy to see if she could help with the diastsis recti (aka Mummy Tummy) I developed after Monster’s birth. I went in with low expectations, but she really helped! Of course, I need to stick with a regular workout routine to fully fix it, but my stomach looks SO MUCH better. I wish I wouldn’t have waited so long to see her. Anyway – Ortho-Bionomy is pretty amazing and can help with many muscle issues! I’m totally sold on it now.

— 7 —

As a result of #6 above – I’ve been looking into the Barre workout as my new form of regular exercise. I’m thinking I’ll probably just start with a DVD Barre video for schedule/budgetary reasons. Can anyone recommend a Barre workout video?

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