Life as a reformed Zookeeper. Now living a life as a working mother who dabbles in karate, scrapbooking, and Coors Light!

Thursday, June 30, 2005

My Babies are Getting So Big.....

....Griffin was released from Speech Therapy today! :) I'm excited about this, as it means that we are ever-nearing being "normal" two year-olds. Though Erin will probably forever be shorter than everyone she knows. We shall see on that one.

So two weeks left until my vacation! I'm quite stoked about that. Life isn't bad right now (am so bi-polar, no??), but I still can't wait until I have a week without any kids other than my own. Am also planning to figure out how to go away by myself to do something.....with or without Aaron, but definitely without my kids! I've not been away from them for longer than a day (aside from the times in the hospital when i was sick and unable to go see them...), so this shall be a big treat for me. I just might have to figure out how to spend TWO nights away from home. LOL

I'm working slowly but surely in getting my office/scrapbook area set up. The rest of the house, particularly the daycare space, has kept me from actually having the time to crawl up here and get it done. I also need some help getting some things hung so that I can use the space. Not sure whether I'll have to do that or not, as I have a closet in the office to utilize. I can't wait to have it all set up. Knowing that Katie is scrapping again is making me want to have at it again! :)

OK, nap time is coming to a close, so I shall get back up off my butt.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Adventures In Babysitting.....

.....I know...I am demeaning the field....Adventures in Childcare Providing just doesn't have that same 80's flair to it.

So yesterday was for shit. I worked 12 hours straight with about five minutes with everyone sleeping. Then the doorbell rang, and someone brought in their 13 month-old daughter and had let them sleep through lunch instead of feeding them.....grrrrr....

So yesterday I threw a big pity party for myself. I know that it's not always good to do this, but, then again, is it always bad to do it? I mean, I work 60 hours a week with maybe an hour in which I'm not taking care of someone else or cleaning. When the daycare kids all leave, there is still a lot of cleaning to be done, not to mention doing all the obligatory and necessary family dinner and baths. Where is there just an hour to sit and relax? If I do have an hour, it's after all the kids have gone to bed (at 9:30 or 10 these days, if you count Collin as well...) and then I'm up to late, which only produces a crabby girl the next day. It just doesn't end......and it's driving me crazy.

So, I did what many Americans do in times of Pity Parties....I went out to dinner and went shopping last night.

My Pity Party was quite huge this go......I bought living room furniture! ;)

Monday, June 27, 2005

A Quickie Before Turning In.....

....OK, so I got little to no break today, so the update is long awaited for those of you even reading this! ROFL

I had a lovely time with Nancy, Cate, and Matt this weekend. Am agreeing with both Nancy and Matt that I really should have begged off today. I really hate that I don't work someplace where I can just call off "sick". Another good point to ponder when deciding on whether to remain Zookeeper or not....

...anyway, this is supposed to be quick, no? LMAO....the parties I went to were a big success, and I think that my presents were well recieved. :) I love giving a gift that a kidlet really likes.

The kids were decent in the car, so that was a help. I actually didn't mind the drive in Chi-town, no matter how "brave" my mother-in-law thinks one needs to be to make it through. And no one died by my car, so I didn't do too shabbily!

So today we went shopping to see about new patio furniture. We found a set that we think will work, and I think that it might stand up a little better than Nancy's did, as there are no reclining gotta be careful of furniture bought at Value Shitty. ;) (read here, morelike you have to be careful of fuckwits like Stephanie who sit their fat ass down in a chair and see how far back it will seriously brought back days in the High Risk Birthing Unit....can any one say, let alone spell, Trandelenberg?)

OK, so I'm digressing again....So we're on the way home, when Aaron starts in on me about something or other....that's a real rare occurance in my house, ya I tell him...quite loudly...."Shut up! Just shut up!" Griffin immediately turns to Erin and says "Sthut up, Eran! Sthut up!" we proceed to tell Griffin to be he then says "Oh, Sthit, Eran!".........Aaron and I were pissing ourselves laughing at this, but busting guts trying to not burst out with it..... my dear Nancy would say "time to change the vernacular in this house".

Off to bed with my fat ass (please God, Nanc, say your scale's wrong....).

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Ahhhh....Life is So Much Better

After 10 hours of sleep! :) I feel much better today, and not nearly as scared to endure the crazy weekend ahead of me.

I put in my notice for vacation the week of July 18! :) Am so stoked beyond belief at getting some time off to be with my kidlets! And perhaps I'll be able to get away for a little bit by myself...that might be pushing it, but we'll see!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Finally Friday.... I am happy that it's finally Friday! :) There is quite a bit that needs to be done before the big weekend, though. I need to gather up a bunch o'laundry and get that clean. I also need to load up the TracFone. Why, you ask? Because tomorrow I'm going to a birthday party for the littlest bit at daycare...She'll be one on Tuesday! :) Then after the party, I'm heading to Chicago to see Nancy, who's daughter is having her big four year-old birthday party on Sunday! :) It's going to be a busy weekend, but am hoping to get some fun in.

There is only one small issue here....I'm getting sick. *sob*

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Crazy Kidlets....

So, Aaron decided to buy a big ol' pile of mulch. 9 square yards is quite a bit more than he anticipated, methinks! So we're (he's...what am I talking about! LOL) going to put the rest of the mulch under the playset to give it some cushion. He bought some railroad ties (maybe not, but they're pieces of wood that are square-ish, but rounded off a bit on the corners), and we used re-bar to stake them into the ground. The kids decided that they wanted to help pound the stakes into the ground. Was too funny to see them try to maneuver something that was too heavy for them! :) I took pics, but will have to post them later.

Today, I get to snuggle with some of the daycare kids whose mom is off for the summer. For the most part, that is. She works like eight hours a week, and usually tries to get a high schooler or her cousin to watch them. Well, everyone else was busy, so they get to come here. I really miss the baby, especially....she's 13 months now, and is just as cute as she can be....

Off to yum the babies now... :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Down, Down, Down.....

It's very strange how some days aren't so bad, and other suck the hind tit. I'm feeling a bit down today. Nothing and everything seems wrong. I'll cope. It amazes me that life's part what you're dealt, part how you react.

A good nap will do me good. ;)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Welcome, Summer!

I'm fairly excited for the summer to be here, officially. I got an Elmo sprinkler dealy-o last year, but never really got to use it, so I'm excited at the thought that I might get to this year. The weather just has to remain about as hot as it has been the past few weeks.

Am feeling better today. I wound up having to take a ton of meds yesterday, though. I've never thought of myself as a migraine sufferer, but I suppose I could be. Who knows?

So FlyLady would be proud of me for yesterday. I just need to keep in the action. I've found that I'm not as bad as I could be, but not as good, either. I need a bit of work, but I'm not as hopeless as my bio-mom. She's one who could definitely use FlyLady. *sigh* But, my laundry's done, and I'm about ready to go wash my face, dress to the shoes, and see if Aaron made the bed this morning. Then I'm off to the races with the kidlets. They are really enjoying the fact that our yard has doubled in size! :)

Monday, June 20, 2005


am nursing a headache today....made less than stellar due to some hefty screeching by the kidlets....

btw...Aunt Flo's in da'house. Hallelujah!

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Getting Ready to Start Another Week....

There is so much that I would love to do this week. I definitely want to get the scrapbook/office in order soon. It is still a bunch of boxes....*sigh* it's one of those jobs that i don't *think* will take too much time, but I dread doing...I'm not sure why. Probably at the thought that I feel guilty for it because so much other stuff needs to be done.

Which brings me to something that will be fun that I'm going to work into the plan....I found at Wal-Mart tonight (though I did have to wait for about thirty minutes to get someone to cut and mark it for me *grumbles*) some pillow cloth for Star Wars, Thomas the Tank, and Disney Princesses....So my kids will be getting handmade pillows from me! *big, cheesy grins*

Other than that, it was pretty much run of the mill around these parts today. It would have been a typical Sunday, since we spent it with Aaron's family...there was just more family to spend it with, as Aaron's aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandpa were in the mix, too.

Oh, God....I forgot to call my dad.....fuck me running......

What can I do to make it up to him??? *sigh*

Saturday, June 18, 2005

A Fun Saturday.....with some strange happenings....

OK, so today I went to a day at the Close to My Heart lady's house and made a bag book and an altered clipboard. As I have not yet beefed up the batteries to the digicam, I have no piccies to share. So sorry. So she provided snacks for us, as we were there over lunch....well, they were little quiches that you can find at places such as Sam's Club....Those, in combination with the lack of antihisthamnines in my body caused me to feel quite nauseated....I commenced to hurl a bit when I got home. Ack! That, in combination with the fact that Aunt Flo should be in the house soon makes me a fucking nervous wreck! I know for certain that she was in the house when I was on the plane to my granpa's funeral, but not knowing for certain when she'll be here makes me very nervous. Lovanox in the tummy just doesn't sound like fun..... :-S

Friday, June 17, 2005

Am Looking to Get My Life a Little More On Track....

Ok, so I've done Flylady for a week or so... ROFL. So I'm not sure whether I should try it again or just go ahead and figure out something else. I do know that I want and NEED to become more organized. But the genetics, I feel, have been stacked against me. For anyone who knows me from childhood or that has some history on me, you'll understand. For those of you who might not know....I come from a looooong line of SLOBS. That's right. Outright Slobs. I used to be worse off than I am currently, but I, too, am a slob. I really hate the fact that I am....Am just not sure what to do about it. Not that I'm lazy, especially lately. I truly am busy. I do, however, need to figure out a way to better organize myself and my house.....

.....One thing I have done is to move the computer to the second floor of the house, which makes it off limits while the children are not napping. For anyone who has their computer within arm's reach and really enjoys being on the damn thing, you'll know what kind of distraction it can be to what's really important. Don't get me wrong....everyone was always fed and changed, but kids need someone who's not irritated at them for interrupting their latest game of Literati. LOL So when we moved, I decided to put the computer in the office/scrapbook room, as it should be. The only downside to this is that the only time I can use it is during nap...and if I hit the sofa before getting my fat ass's all over...cos my ass will be napping, too! hehe

I was a good girl and got Aaron Father's Day gifts already...I won't say what they are at this current juncture, as he sometimes reads this damn thing...nothing is sacred anymore! ROFLMFAO But I hope that he'll like them...and I do have to say that Griffin helped...too funny that was.

OK, so I need to hit the hay..for tomorrow, I'm doing something completely for myself....I'm going to the Close to My Heart lady's house to make my first ever bag book and something else (can't remember what it is, though....hehehe). I shall be gone for the better part of the day! woohoo!

And for those of you that are praying sorts, pray that Aunt Flo pays her visit soon....Lovanox shots and me just don't get along really well..... *sigh*

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


There is no rest for the weary (or the wicked, as the Brits would say). It seems that the best time to go to bed in this household is somewhere between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. And when get-up time is 5:45ish, that's not a whole heckofalot of sleep for the girl who used to sleep 9 or so hours a night. I feel like a zombie these days.

I need to find a new mode of relaxation. I don't have a way to veg out, really. It seems when I do get the chance to breathe, I'm hampered by feelings of guilt that I'm not doing something else. *sigh*

someone please tell me that it will get better.......

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

I'm Here!

Whew! I'm all moved in, despite the fact that there are still plenty of unpacked boxes, especially where my bedroom, bathroom, and scrapbook area are concerned. Everywhere else is shaping up nicely, and I'm hoping that I can start actively decorating soon.

The week's been a bit on the awful side, due to a daycare kiddo going aboslutely ballistic on me. She's crying for a better part of the day now, which is tiring at best. I think much of it has to do with the fact that she's in that 12-18 month age, which is very tough from a developmental perspective. I've found that once they can move about fully on their own that they tend to perk up and enjoy themselves more. Or, this could also be solely from a Dante perspective, and I'm in for one hell of a ride. We shall see.

So, the beginning of the week was too fun. Ya gotta love not having some of the issues that some homeowners are so familiar with....such as a chimney...We didn't have one at our old house, and therefore had no idea what to do when the joint started STINKING up the ENTIRE living room....It turns out that there was a nest that got wet and moldy up at the top of the chimney and since the damper was left open (and we didn't know to shut the fucker), the smell was just wafting down and right into the unsuspecting home-owner's nose.... ROFL Ah, well, I got to see a bit of eye-candy (as the chimney-dude wasn't all that bad looking... hehe), and shell out 138 bucks for an inspection. He did tell me that there is a heft piece of screen in the floo, too, so there will be nothing getting down into the chimney and attacking me as I look in the fireplace. ROFLMFAO

The only other bit of news is that Miss Erin has learned to pole vault herself out of her crib....I'm in so much fucking trouble.....

Friday, June 03, 2005

Never Going to Move Again.....

ever. Am going to die in this house. Period. End of conversation.

This might just be my last post for a week or so, too....Can I tell you how sad I am to leave my internet family behind? ROFLMFAO....Yes, why yes, this is what I've become....

Today's The Day!!

We're pretty's the day for the bulk of the moving of the big stuff...I think. LOL We'll get the moving truck today, and we'll have it through Saturday. We went last night to pick out rooms. Collin seemed to have troubles figuring out which room he was going to lay claim to. He kept saying "too small", Collin? There are only three rooms to choose from, and if they're all too small for you, then we have some problems! ROFL Too funny.

So after today, I'm thinking that I won't have internet for a whole week. ACK! I just might have to go to the library! ROFL Tell me...what did I do before the internet???

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I Have a New House!

So we closed on the sold house last night, and closed on our new house today....And the rest of the days were spent cursing out both utlities companies and our own cordless phone as I called the utilities.....waited a bunch, and cussed at myself for not doing it all sooner. We may or may not be with electric over the weekend.... YIKES!!!

So there is still a lot to be done...from packing up a few rooms, to taking back library books (overdue, of course...who the hell do you think you're reading about, here?? At least they're only a few days instead of a few months!), load up the TracFone (no cells for this family! LOL), and get stuff situated. I'm a little exhausted, to say the least.

After Saturday or Sunday, I will also be without Internet....Not sure what I'm going to do, but the horrors!! LMFAO!!