Monday, January 31, 2011

Day Six

A photo of an animal you'd love to keep as a pet.

I've heard that monkeys can make the toughest pets, but I'm not getting a pet any time soon anyway so it's not like I'm actually going to get one. If I did I'd want a nice big place for it to play. I wouldn't want to have it roaming around in my house. I'd want a habitat for it. I just think they are the coolest and cutest monkeys ever! When I was little I wanted a monkey SO bad! They were my favorite of all animals.

Oh I'd also want this as a pet:

Cause that would mean I lived near the ocean! Haha! How fun would it be to have a pet dolphin?? You could really go swimming with the dolphins whenever you want! Plus, I've heard of women giving birth with dolphins before because they are the only animal that has a doula! Haha they actually act as doula's! How cool is that?

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Day Five

A photo of yourself from high school.

I couldn't find the one I wanted because it's on my parent's computer, but I really liked this one of me and my sister. It was definitely fun to look through old pictures!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day Four

Your favorite photograph of your best friend.

Like I could really choose one best friend! I chose three! :D They are in no particular order of favoritism. I love them all the same amount for different reasons! All it says is to post a picture, but that's boring so I will write a little about our history, why they are my best friend, and why that is my favorite picture of them.

I guess I will start with Heather because I know she reads my blog haha!

This is Heather Pulsford Powell (oops I didn't mean to add Pulsford ;)
Heather and I met at church. She was in my ward and I thought she was the new girl like 3 times because she worked on Sundays and didn't come every week. Finally after the 3rd or 4th time of saying "oh are you new?" she laughed and told me I'd asked her that a few times before. It was so funny that I burned her into my memory. We went to girls camp together (if I remember correctly) and became attached at the hip after that (as attached as you can be for going to different high schools). We decided to be roommates in college and went on our adventure together to St. George.

Heather is my best friend because she has such a relaxed personality. I canNOT stand hanging out with high stress people, I like to be myself and not have to worry. I can completely be myself around her it's awesome. I can tell her anything and everything, I talk to her on a daily basis and we just have so much in common. Our personalities just click together.

Heather has a bagillion pictures of herself on her facebook and there is no way I could go through all of them to find my favorite. I remember seeing this one a year ago and I just thought it was so cute! She's in England (hence the steering wheel being on the left). I love the face she's making it just shows her awesome personality!

I love this picture because it was taken on our double date on my birthday. I actually took it. This is her AWESOME boyfriend Dan Pulsford. They are the cutest bestest couple ever! I wish we were as awesome as them haha! We hope they stay together forever!
There is another picture of her that would take me FOREVER to find, but it's a picture before her and her boyfriend met and they're standing 2 feet away from each other! haha! I love it!

Cynda Min

I met Cynda in college. She lived in the apartment across the porch from me (the one where I met Phil). One day out of the blue I just realized how awesome she was and I never wanted to stop hanging out with her. She is the funniest person I know. She has incredible wit! I wish I was half as funny as she is! I don't know how she does it. We are there for each other for everything. She understands husband and family complaints and has gone through many of the same things as me. Every time we go to St. George I always have to go visit her. Phil and I just love her so much! She just had a baby NATURALLY on the 26th and as soon as I found out she was in labor I was being her text doula. I called her too, but I was working during her hardest parts of labor so I could only text haha. I am SO proud of her for going natural. She really wanted to do it and she did!!!!

I love this picture of her because she looks so gorgeous! So happy and genuine. Plus her little man is so cute and I LOVE her sister (Cynda is the one on the right). I'm also facebook friends with her mom (Heather's mom too haha) and this picture is just a reminder of how awesome her whole family that I think of it I think I'm facebook friends with most of Heather's family too! hahaha

Whitney McNeil

Whitney and I met in 8th grade in our typing class. I think that is the only class that I've ever had with her. We hung out a little and I remember having one sleep over at her house haha. We lost touch after our class was over, but then about a year and a half ago I found her on facebook. I know you've heard this story before if you read my blog because I explained it in my birth story, but you're gonna hear it again. I got to witness a birth when I was in my CNA class and ever since that day I vowed to myself if I could help someone get through school through medical experience on me (ie if a student wanted to watch my birth or help, whatever, I would let them) so when I found out she was a midwifery student and I decided I wanted a home birth, right away I jumped at the chance of having her at my birth. Throughout my pregnancy we became really good friends. She went to every single prenatal visit (even though she only had to go to a certain amount). She also has a son Nate's age and just had a baby a month after Audrey so both our kids are the same age. We have all the same ideas about pregnancy and birth and it is so nice to have a friend that I can talk to about those things.
When she had her baby at 28 weeks I feel like we grew even closer. Obviously having her be at my birth was a big thing too, but things didn't go the way she was hoping and dreaming and it was really hard for me to watch her go through that. I wanted to do everything I possibly could to help her deal with it. I know it's not near what she has done for me, but I feel like she helped me with my birth and I (at least tried) to help her emotionally with hers. Her baby is doing great now, but she still really wants to have a vaginal birth some day. No doctor will take her because of the type of incision she has, but I will support her 100% in having a vbac if she decides to have more.

Moving on. Here is my favorite picture of her. I love this one because this is right after she helped me birth my baby all by herself since Suzanne couldn't get there in time. She was recapping everything to Suzanne and Amber (the photographer) just captured her emotions so perfectly! I just love how happy she was! Best picture ever!!!

Day Three

Hey it's after midnight so technically it's day three (yeah so I posted day two on day three, shoot me. I also posted day one on day two by accident haha). I read this one and I want to do it too! :D

Today is "your idea of the perfect first date"

Oh the possibilities! Well this is my idea of a perfect first date.

My date, oh what the heck we'll call him...Phil. Yeah that seems like a random enough name. So my date "Phil" picks me up at my house (call me old school, I still like the idea of the guy picking the girl up) around noon. Curious why he wanted to go on a date so early he doesn't tell me, he just drives and says that I will find out. After a few minutes we find ourselves at the airport where we proceed to board his private jet and says, "I know it's lame to go on a date without a restaurant in mind, but what city do you want to go for dinner? If it's any consolation I have reservations at my favorite restaurant in every major city in America." I can't decide if I choose Boston or NYC. I mean I've been to NYC, but it is my favorite place to eat dinner...Alright I choose NYC because I really want to see Wicked so I think that's what we will do on our date.
During the plane flight we talk and get to know each other. Since it's a private jet it's very roomy and nice. At one point he even whips his guitar out and takes requests for my favorite songs.
We arrive in NYC at about 6pm and go straight to the restaurant in his personal Limo. I don't know what restaurant it is, but it's fancy and vegetarian. Then we go straight to the show. Afterwards we take a walk in Central Park. Then we hop back in his limo and take a tour of the city (standing out of the sun roof of course. In NYC it's legal purely because there are so many bad drivers the cops can't get them all...I'm serious). Then we head back to the airport and board the plane. Since it's so late we just fall asleep on the plane because the chairs turn into beds.

Yes that sounds like the most perfect first date. It didn't say it had to be realistic!

Day Two

Day two is "a photo of something you ate today". Unfortunately when I was eating today I didn't bother to take a snap shot. Call me crazy, but generally when I go to eat something I don't think to take a picture first. :D So I will do my best.

Today when Phil got home from work I sent him out with Nate so I could get some deep cleaning done because someone is coming to look at our apartment tomorrow. He went to our favorite restaurant the Vertical Diner. It's a vegan restaurant and it is amazing! Contrary to popular belief, vegan food IS amazing! For some reason people think that vegan means bland and disgusting. Can't figure out why they think that. Do you hate spaghetti? Because you know when there's no meat in the sauce (aka marinara) it is vegan! Ok obviously not everyone is going to like spaghetti, but it's a common food that is very much vegan. Anyway we're not strictly vegan, but Phil is trying to lose weight and when he eats vegan the pounds just slide right off (I hate him). He's been on the diet for three weeks I believe and he's already lost 16 pounds. I know. Lucky.

Anyway, he got me my favorite dish which is the la mesa (haha la means the, so I pretty much just said the the mesa...aka table, but it's the name of the dish so how else are you supposed to say that?). I couldn't find a picture of the dish itself online, but this one looks similar:

So the difference with this dish and the one I had is that the bottom is one third potatoes like that one third beans and rice and one third tofu scramble (supposed to be like eggs, but pretty much it's just silken tofu with flavoring). I can't tell what that thing is in the middle, but that's not on my dish. Then there is a really fresh pico de gallo. Then, like the pictured dish, they put on cooked green pepper/onion and then the "cheese" sauce (which we found out is actually nutritional yeast haha it's yummy though). For some reason, I can't figure out why, but EVERY time I eat this dish it smells like my grandma's house growing up. It gives me warm fuzzies inside! :D I think it's the cooked green pepper. mmmmmm

Yeah so this post was probably really boring, but whatever I'm doing the blog challenge! :D 

Friday, January 28, 2011

30 Day Challenge

Everyone lately has been doing these fun blog challenges and I love reading them so I thought I would do it (I just hope I can remember to do it every day because sometimes I forget). Also, I wrote this yesterday, but forgot to push publish, so I'm going to do two today. Here is the list:

30 Day Blog Challenge
Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.

Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself from high school.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past

So here is Day 1

It didn't say the picture had to be from today. This is from almost 2 years ago, but I just wanted to put one up that hasn't been on my blog for a while. 

My day was nothing special. I went for a drive with the kids, cleaned my kitchen, and started working at 4. Boring. I'm actually on a break right now. 
I also gave my kids lots and lots of loves and kisses. :D 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A hiccup in our plans

So I emailed my apartment office and found out we would have to put in a 30 day notice and pay $1200 to buy out of our lease. Since we would have to wait another month, in the long run it would only save us about $300 total over the next 6 months. Not quite enough for us to want to go through all the trouble to moving out early.
HOWEVER if we find someone to buy our lease, we can move out as soon as that happens and we can save more than we were expecting. So right now we are trying to find someone to buy our lease and we are offering to give them money to buy it. So here is our listing on KSL, tell your friends! :D

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feeling SUPER Grateful!

Yesterday I sent a message to my good friend Kelsi Gowers that I've known since elementary school a message because I was looking at house prices in her area and just thought it would be great to move near her. The house market is fantastically low right now. She replied saying that she rents out her basement and asked if we would want to move in until we got a house. I agreed right away! We wanted to move into a really cheap place to save up more money to get a better house and even though we'd have to pay to break our lease, after three months it will have paid off! The only thing I worry about now is house prices going up (but I read an article that said that they are going to continue to drop hooray!).

I feel so grateful for this opportunity! This will save us 300 a month! Not to mention the cost of utilities! That is 300 more a month that can go towards a down payment! Which means that we can afford a nicer house for the amount we hope to pay a month. This will also take the pressure off of me having to work too much. I can continue to work part time and save money at the same time. Our goal is to be able to afford a house on Phil's income alone. She has a 3 year old daughter too which is an added bonus because Nate will have a friend to play with and we can switch off babysitting :D. I'm sad we have to move out of our ward, but it isn't worth 300 a month! We will be living in Kearns and to buy a family pass to the rec center is $25 a month so we can all go swimming this summer so we won't miss out on having a pool.

I've been feeling bad about not have adequate room for Nate to play because we live in an apartment. Because she is my good friend Nate will be able to go back and forth and have more room to run around, plus he'll have a back yard he can play in.

It all is happening so fast! We are trying to move not this weekend, but next. I really hate moving and I haven't even started. Hopefully I can get lots done!

Here is the only picture I could find of us together. Kelsi is the one at the top.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Interesting Weekend...

My mother-in-law wanted to go to Vegas for the weekend for her 50th birthday. We're planning on taking her up to Phil's brother's house in Victoria BC in the next few months, she doesn't know what we are going to do, but she knows we are planning something. The point is that this wasn't all that we're doing for her 50th. 

So we walked along the strip (mostly just to get to the restaurant Cindy wanted to go to). On our way back I was carrying Audrey in my moby wrap 

While walking through a crowd of people a guy yells "Who's into strip clubs?!" IMMEDIATELY followed in a sweet voice looking at Audrey, "Oh that is so cute!!" It was HILARIOUS! The people behind us were laughing too! Best combination of words I've ever heard! 

That night we went to the buffet at the Luxor to eat and Nate fell asleep while eating! I love it when that happens because it's so funny! His head was bobbing and everything! Funniest thing ever! 

Then we went back to the hotel room to hang out for a bit until it was time for Phil and I's date. We were being goofy and taking pictures: 

Then, this is why the weekend was interesting. So Cindy wanted us to go see a show. She had a terrible day in Vegas (sad I know) and just wanted us to go to a show to make up for the bad day and make Vegas worth it. She thought Phil would be opened up creatively if he went to something live. The only thing that appealed to us was Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza. I always loved the show "Who's Line is it Anyway" so I figured this would be awesome. I was not looking forward to paying what the street show ticket booth quoted us which was $58 per person, but felt obligated to because Cindy really wanted us to go. She was so concerned that she kept talking about it "we need to go here so we can look up tickets" "maybe we can go to the library and use the internet" "maybe the people at the check in desk will have information" Seriously when she gets an idea in her head she worries about it NON STOP until it gets fixed. So I just kept my mouth shut and decided it would be worth the money because she really wanted us to go and she is always so generous with us so why not? 
Anyway so we ventured out on our date, walked towards where the show was being held and got in line to buy tickets (not knowing if they even had anything or what the deal was going to be). While in line a couple walked up to us and asked if we were trying to buy tickets. They had two extras and didn't want the seats to go to waste because their friends bailed out on them. The guy knew someone from the stage crew or something so he actually got the tickets for free anyway. We kept trying to offer him SOMETHING, but he was like "seriously don't worry about it". UHHH YEAH they were FRONT AND CENTER! I was literally in the very center front row. 
Ok so that was exciting, we got to see a live comedy improv show wahoo!! Sweet! THEN a guy comes out and says "ok this is being filmed for TV so please no photography, and if you stand up be courteous and make sure you duck so you don't block the camera". Then he made us applause to do a sound check. Apparently this is a new show coming to the game show network (not sure why it's on that channel, but it is) in March 2011! They used one of Phil's suggestions, my initials, and Phil's initials in their improv too! It was so awesome and hilarious and awesome! It was not quite what I was was awesomer! And it was free!! I wish that they would have picked me to sing to, but you know how it goes. It was SO much fun! Totally made that Vegas trip worth it! I wish I would have brought my camera just for proof, but we left it in the hotel. We did save the ticket stubs though! I swear when he gave them to us, I was sure it was a scam! I was waiting for something not to work, but it did! Hahah! 

The next day (aka today) we drove back to St. George and made a visit to Snow Canyon to play in the sand. 

First some pictures of Nate staring out the window at the airport. We stayed at Excalibur and the airport is really close. Nate loved watching the airplanes (considering they are his obsession!) And the sun was lighting up his beautiful blue eyes! I love this little boy!

And here is Audrey with her Granny LOVE my beautiful girl!

And now pictures of Snow Canyon. 

Audrey's little foot popped out!

And our attempt at a family picture...unsuccessful attempt

Lastly, my favorite boys!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What a BEAUTIFUL January day!!

Oh how I hope it doesn't snow until next November! 

Today was a beautiful day so I decided to take my kids for a walk on the Jordan River Parkway. I want to exercise more so I bought a double jogging stroller on KSL for SUPER cheap (yeah ONE little part is broken and it doesn't even really make a difference!) only $35! And it's great. I had such a great walk. It was very warm for January to say the least. I'm just happy the snow has melted and that the clouds are less gray. Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease stay like this till next winter!!!!! (I can dream right??). Here are some pictures from today.

I'm trying to get more pictures of my Natey. I can't get a smile because he smiles for less than a second before I can even snap the picture! 
 What a beautiful boy he is! Love him!

This is Audrey's crazy eclectic and colorful outfit.
The hat is slightly too big, I put the flower on for fun, bright pink onesie, even brighter pink pants that aren't quite the same shade of pink, baby leg warmers on her arms because she doesn't have a jacket that fits currently (I usually just put a blanket over her, but since I'd have to transfer her from the carseat to the stroller, I thought this would be a good idea) and crazy bright striped socks. I love this outfit! haha! 

Ready for the walk!

All bundled up. She didn't make a sound, she just slept the whole time. Oh how wonderful it would be to be a baby!

And another attempt to get a picture of Nate....never works. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The past three months

The past three months I've gotten to know this beautiful child very well.

Tomorrow it will be three months since this day. 

I look at old pictures and videos of my Natey and my heart aches because I miss his little self. Parent's always say to cherish every moment because you'll miss them when they're gone. Well, I've cherished every moment of this little girl's life and I know that one day I'll look back and miss it. You really just can't cherish them enough to make up for how much you'll miss their little selves. It's a little heart breaking to think about. Because this sweet angel is at one of my favorite ages.

She is still cuddly and sleeps a lot, she smiles at me, she stays in one spot, I can just hold her all day long, she only eats from "the booboos" as Nate calls them, and she's starting to make those cute little baby happy sounds when she smiles. 

This is one funny little girl. I thought Nate was jumpy, but no this girl jumps at every noise! I was laughing earlier and sucked in and she jumped. It's usually followed by a scared cry. Poor thing! I can tell she's sensitive. She likes things to be calm and doesn't handle sudden noises, movements, or touch very well. She calms down easily and really doesn't cry very often at all. 

Nate has really gotten used to her being part of the family. He has never showed jealousy or dislike towards her. I'm a little sad that he just ignores her most of the time, but I think that's just Nate's style. I can tell he's concerned about her because of little things he'll say. Sometimes he gets concerned if he doesn't know where she is. I've noticed though that he is really good at sharing (in fact to a point where it drives me crazy because he shares his food with me ALL the time and he MAKES me eat it!). The other day his friend was over here to play and I gave him a TINY piece of gum (super tiny) and he automatically without any prompting gave half of it to his friend! So I think he hasn't minded Audrey being part of the family because he just doesn't mind sharing. I'm not saying he's perfect, there have been a few times where a kid will play with the toy he wants and he'll have a little fit, but really it doesn't happen that often. 

I feel bad that I don't post many pictures of Nate, the truth is that he runs around naked all day. He will go to the bathroom when he's wearing underwear, but he doesn't put it back on so I see no point. He always takes his shirt and pants off so I don't bother to put them on in the first place (saves on laundry) unless we leave the house. But here are just a few more of my little baby sweet cakes. 

On Saturday she blew through a diaper (a daily occurrence) so I sat her down on the couch and went upstairs to grab a onesie and I came back down to this: 

Then I dressed her and she turned back into this: 
Guess she was tired! 

This one is just plain precious!!


Saturday, January 15, 2011

I am fairly convinced...

That I have the most gorgeous daughter in the history of daughters. Since Adam and Eve's first daughter till now, this is the cutest daughter to exist. Here is my proof:

I just love every little piece of her!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Phew!! I made it!!

I made it through my first day back to work! Wahoo! I can't believe it's already time for me to be working again. Boooo....except now I will have money haha!

I was super nervous to go back. Luckily I started to prepare several hours in advance because there were programs on my computer that weren't activated. Last night I had a crazy dream that everything was getting in my way so I couldn't work properly and I was going to get into trouble. First I started working with Nate running around the room making noise so after the first call I was like "crap! I can't have my kids making noise!" so I tried to go upstairs and set it up and I was going to get in trouble because it was cutting into my work time. I finally got upstairs when Audrey started scooting all over the house and crawling then she got up and started walking so I was like "woh! I have to get this on camera so I can post it on my blog" (yeah. I know. That is really the thought I had in my dream. Sad.) and then as soon as I started she stopped walking and just started staring at the camera. Then I realized "oh my gosh I should be working!" So then I set up the computer in my bed and was laying down while working on the computer and I took the first call and an audio book started playing behind my head. I was distracted so I forgot to answer the call properly and finally I did and as soon as the call ended I pulled out the book and flipped through the pages to find the audio book that was playing (hahaha) and I kept pushing the buttons and it wouldn't stop, there were a whole bunch of buttons (it was really weird I can't describe it) and it kept playing different parts of the book. Finally I got it figured out when a bunch of people came into my room and started asking me about my home birth preventing me from working! Hahahah man what a dream! I also had a weird dream that my ex boyfriend went deaf after he got home from his mission in Vietnam because he shot up heroin before his mission. Hahah what the crap?

Anyway the point was that I was super nervous. I was scared I would forget everything, but luckily I did not! I was so scared and nervous that I was stress cleaning my house an hour and a half before I had to start working. But all those nerves were for nothing because it was fine. There are some MAJOR cancellations back east because of another stupid storm so our call volume was really high, but it wasn't too bad. No one yelled at me so I'm good! We'll see how tomorrow goes!

I have to say I was SO grateful to be able to breast feed on my break! Seriously it is so amazing to be able to breast feed while I'm working! Part of the reason I gave up with Nate was because I had to pump. It was awful! It's not so hard to go back to work when you're only in the other room away from your kiddos! I am SO grateful for that!!! Yeah my job isn't glamorous. I don't make very much money at all...I mean at all! But the benefits are really out of this world! Not only the medical and flight benefits, but the benefit of working during nap time (save money on a babysitter), not needing to factor in an extra hour of babysitting just for the drive to work, breastfeeding on my break without having to inconvenience someone to bring my baby to me (it actually helps the person babysitting aka daddy), my kids never having to feel like I am far away, being able to kiss boo boos when needed, and save money by eating food at home (not that I couldn't pack a lunch, but I just never did).

Overall it's not so bad to go back to work. I get to make money by doing an easy job. AND on another positive note, we were supposed to go to court yesterday to testify against the person who stole our checks (we're assuming) and it was cancelled! WAHOOO!!!! So we don't have to go!!!!

And because people don't like to read posts without pictures, Audrey was in a smiley mood today so I tried to get pictures, but as soon as I got the camera out, she stared at it (kind of like my dream!). I did get one sort of smiley one!

Staring right at the camera. 

This one particularly cracks me up because the flash will sometimes emit an orange light to light up the subject if it's too dark. This light caused her to make this face! 

Yay! Part of a smile!

That's right I'm beautiful and adorable and I know it!

Just like Nate (and probably every other 2 month old) just kick kick kicking away in this little chair. Her legs are all blurry because of it!

Maternity Leave

I'm extremely sad that my maternity leave is coming to a close, however, I can't help but be filled with endless amounts of gratitude!

I only got an 8 week leave with Natey. We were moving up to SLC and I saw a job online. I didn't want to risk losing it so I applied and got the job. I found out later that I could have had a longer leave and got hired later, but what was done was done. Plus I got to work the schedule I wanted which was nice. I always regretted not taking my full leave because I feel like that was valuable time lost with him. Less time to nurse and more time to pump. It was hard to say the least.

At the beginning of my leave, I did not think I would get the whole time off. We were really struggling with money and it was looking very grim. I'm not going to explain why, but thanks to someone very special to us, I was able to take my entire leave. I have spent this past 12 weeks holding my Audrey constantly, staring into her perfect beautiful eyes (not my eyes for the record), and breast feed her on demand. It has been nothing but beautiful. I have loved every single second. The transition to a family of four has been wonderful! Because I was able to give Nate the same amount of attention he had before, it didn't throw him for a loop. I have not noticed one regression in behavior, or jealousy toward Audrey. He is already very used to her. He ignores her most of the time, but is very concerned when she is crying or not around. I'm sure they will fight more as soon as she gets older, but I'm just soaking up this time right now.

Nate has been getting SO SO SO SO much easier lately. He is now threatened by time out which is SO great! He hasn't been peeing on the floor near as often (today he did a little and then went and sat on the potty). A few times that he has worn his underwear he has taken it off himself to go potty! And he has been having a significantly less amount of tantrums recently. I have taught him how to ask for something nicely and if he is freaking out, I stare at him until he says it right. The only problem is that sometimes he asks for things that he can't have nicely and I can't give them to him! haha! I really feel like me having this time off to really be patient with Nate has really helped a LOT I mean A LOT!!

I'm grateful that I am only going back part time. I'm grateful that I will be working from home and can still breast feed. I'm sure it will be difficult at first, but we will get used to it! :D