Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter


Madison's school had an Easter party on Thursday. After their 'tea party' of chicken nuggets, fruit and cookies, they hunted eggs on the playground. She found lots of eggs and a few had Skittles in it, which she was thrilled about.



Saturday, we had planned on going to the local State Park to their Easter Egg Hunt but it was pouring rain. We decided to take her to Toys R Us instead. They had a parade around the store at 1 and they got to have pictures taken with Geoffrey, which she had no part of. She was terrified.

That night, we dyed Easter eggs.
 
Sunday, they checked out their surprises from the Easter bunny
Madison got a kite, new cups, snacks, jelly beans and new shoes.

Riley got some books and a teether.

..and then read a story with Dad.

Riley played with her new teether


 
 Alan took Madison to church. They released butterflies before the service.

 After church, we went to Alan's mom's for lunch and an Easter egg hunt.
 



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Break fun

Madison had Spring Break last week. We weren't able to go anywhere so here's what we did instead!

Monday it poured rain all day but we did make it to Walmart to get groceries! Exciting way to start the week, I know...

Tuesday- Madison and I made oatmeal raisin breakfast bars while Riley napped.This girl loves to help cook!




Wednesday- went outside and gathered rocks, flowers and mulch


..and reached for passing helicopters

 Thursday- Library puppet show with playtime afterward. After that, she played on the new playground and then we got lunch at chic-fil-a. After her nap, she went to her Nimmies until bedtime.
 


Friday- We just hung around the house. She played in her playroom a good bit today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday







-Our printer stopped printing black ink after replacing the cartridge last week. Alan called Epson and looks
like it is under warranty and they are sending us another printer! Thank goodness. I have so many emails and blog things I need to print. I'm so behind!


-Still loving Roku. I am on the 2nd season of Parenthood already and we are about to be on the 2nd season of Lost. Madison really likes Daniel Tiger on PBS and PBS has it's own channel on Roku.  Now if Netflix would get with it and get new released movies the day they are released, it would be really nice. Also, how can DirecTV offer us a package for $26 now that we've disconnected? Why couldn't they ever get our bill lower than $95 when we actually had service? They were always SO thankful we were customers for so long but never wanted to lower our bill. I called them today to ask about what we needed to return and the lady told me that I could keep or recycle our additional box from the bedroom "in case we want to return soon".. I quickly asked where to recycle it at and she told me to toss it in the trash. First off, doesn't this contain material you shouldn't just 'toss in the trash'? She got real snippety when I asked about recycling it. Sorry, lady! Unless you can get my bill to $16/month, I won't be coming back anytime soon.


-So I ordered some stuff online Sunday night. I got an email Monday that 4 of the 8 items I ordered had shipped. Then Tuesday I got another email that 1 of the remaining 4 had shipped. Why are they shipping them like that and isn't that more costly? The boxes, shipping, packaging material, time, etc.. I have 3 items left to ship out. I'm in no hurry for these items and I don't understand why they did this. I did pay $8 for shipping but the first box is a pretty good size. Weird to me.

-We are going to have to bite the bullet and put Riley down not swaddled soon. I attempted it Wednesday for her first nap. She cried 25 minutes and slept 30. She normally sleeps an hour at that time. Then when it was time for her long afternoon nap, I put her down and she screamed. I gave in and swaddled her and she fell right to sleep and slept her normal few hours. Her arms and legs flail around so much, she keeps herself awake. I also put Madison down at the same time so that's the hard part of putting her down screaming. She will keep Madison up. Madison was 5 months before we stopped swaddling her but Riley seems so much bigger than Madison that she's outgrowing these swaddles quickly and I don't want to buy anymore just to not use them in a month or two.

-I have decided I need a ton of these Allium to plant around the house. Love.them. They are very Horton Meets a Who.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy 3 months, Riley!


-she is seriously the happiest baby! I love hearing her laugh and she smiles a lot.


-rolled from belly to back March 31(12 weeks old) and has done it once since then.

-adores Madison even more. If Madison is nearby, she looks around to find her. It's so cute! 
 
 
 

Size 1 diapers. 3 months clothes.
Goes to bed around 7 and the entire month almost she didn't wake until 3am, then 6am and up for the day around 8am.. This last week, she's added getting up at 12am back into the mix. I'm hoping it's just a growth spurt and she will skip that 12am waking sooner rather than later! 
She gets up at 8am and typically naps from 10am-11:30am then 1pm-3:30pm eats and goes back down until around 5:30pm. 
Hates tummy time but will lay in the floor on her back or side for a while. She's very good about being content on her own, as long as she's fed and not sleepy.
Starting to grip and grab toys better.






She gaining such a little personality. I love seeing the love between her and Madison. Madison says a lot that "Riley is my best friend" and "My favorite sister".. It's really sweet.  We love her so much!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five on Friday





I'm joining DarciAprilNatasha and Christina on the Friday fun. 
All you have to do is...

1.)  Write  your post about any five things you want.
2.)  Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.)  Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

(one) I have fallen in love with Parenthood. I have been watching 2-3 episodes a day. I can't believe I missed it when it previewed. I cry every.single.episode. It's SO good and if you haven't watched it, Netflix it asap. Alan and I have also started Lost together. We have watched 4 episodes in 2 nights. I'm glad we have another show we can watch together. It's very good too. Lots of surprises already!


(two) The weather has been so nice this week but I'm thinking Madison has allergies. I kept her from school on Wednesday because of her runny nose and cough but she seems better now.

(three) Spring Break is next week. I need daily activities for the girls. Crafting, library, parks, etc. Hoping I can come up with some sort of schedule or activities to keep her happy and busy that week.

(four) I have a massage tomorrow that I'm looking forward to! I haven't had one since December when I was 9 months pregnant. Going from monthly massages to not having one in 3 months does a wonder on my muscles. I know, I know.. first world problems.

(five) I have the itch to plant flowers and my garden. I'm scared we will have another cold snap though. Hopefully in the next few years I will have a couple of more above the ground gardens. I would love to grow all sorts of fruits and veggies. I also want to get into doing winter planting.

 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So What! Wednesday


I'm linking up with Shannon for todays So What! and I'm saying So What if..


..we took the plunge and got rid of satellite and bought a Roku(with Netflix and Hulu). Our bill was going up literally every month and every month I was on the phone with them getting yet another promotion to keep our bill 'affordable'. $107 is too much for tv. We hooked up Roku Sunday night and played with it a while and then decided to call DirectTV to cancel. I DVRd way too many shows. So many that I would just delete half of them. I don't have a lot of time to watch tv anyway. Alan will not be able to watch Dallas which he's upset about and we have to figure out how to get sports. Paying $16/month versus $107 is worth it to me though! Madison has a TON of cartoons and movies between the 2 apps so she won't be lacking at all.  I have started Parenthood from Season 1 and am now on the 5th episode. We started Lost from Season1 last night and watched 2 episodes. We are liking it so far!

..you complain about something to customer service, it doesn't make a difference. I set up a medical bill to autodraft every month and then we decided to pay it off after 1 payment came out. The next month, another autodraft came out for the bill that had a zero balance. I call to ask about it and they said it would be 4 weeks to get my refund!! FOUR.WEEKS to get a refund from a bill that should have never been drafted to begin with! The lady I spoke with said she would try to rush the process. I talked to her last Wednesday and I called back this Monday to check the status.. Yeah, 4 weeks. She said they send a paper request to Tennessee and then TN sends a check to the hospital and they have to send it to me. So aggravated!

..both of the girls are going through a crazy sleeping schedule. Riley has barely napped at all today(except 1 hour) and Madison is fighting with all of her might to not go to sleep. Every nap and bedtime for the past week or more has been torture. She cries, says she has to 'potty'(even though she went 4 times before laying down) and just flat out refuses to go down easily.. I don't know what's going on or how to fix it. We've gone from giving her lots of toys, books, blankets, rags, shoes and stuffed animals to cutting it back to her Minnie, ladybug and 1 book. Sigh....




What are you saying So What to?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blogging

My friend Lauren tagged me to do this challenge. If you read this blog, I tag you do complete this challenge as well.

1. When did you first start blogging and why?

ONE: April 2010. I had just lost my job due to the company closing and I needed an outlet and a hobby.

TWO: I now blog to keep an online journal of the girls and things we do. I can't tell you how many times I've looked in the archives to see how old Madison was when she started doing something or to see what month we went somewhere..

THREE: I'm a much better typer than talker.

2. Have you had any past online presence?
MySpace, Facebook, Blogger, AIM

3. When did you become serious about your blog?
When Madison was born is when I started caring if people actually read it or not. I knew our friends and family would want to see her growing up and the things she was doing. Some of my first entries have zero views but that's because I never sent it to anyone. Now I post on Facebook when I post and my family now gets email updates. I also do lineups and get a few people here and there from those.

4. What was your first blog post?
It was about losing my job that week after 4 years and having an amazing husband. Read it HERE.

5. What have been your biggest challenges blogging?
Finding the time to blog and now trying to find blog topics that aren't about the girls.

6. What is the most rewarding thing about blogging?
Having strangers comment when they found me through a linkup. Having someone say "I saw (blank) on the blog.." Then I don't feel like I take all this time for just us to look back on,  I know people are actually reading it.

7. What is the most discouraging thing about blogging?
Not getting much feedback.

8. What is your blogging dirty secret?
 I start 99% of my blogs on my phone during a feeding or naps. Then when I have a chance, I get online to add links or pictures.

9. What is your current goal as a blogger?
To keep people interested and happy they are receiving email updates. To not get annoying. To gain more followers and try to come up with better topics.

10. Have you learned to become passionate about anything through blogging that caught you by surprise?
Not really. I now realize how it makes bloggers that I follow feel when they get comments. So I try to comment when I can. Also, replying to comments is huge. I love getting reply emails from bloggers. I took the time to comment, you can take the time to reply :)