Not done yet

“Not done yet. Not done yet!” is one of Leo’s favorite phrases lately.

He is currently building a tower with Duplo blocks and when I told him it was a wonderful tower Leo said, “No! Not done yet!” Ok kid, ok. He will be sitting on the toilet and yell for me to help him. I come in, “Ok, are you ready?” and without fail he answers, “Not done yet!” I think he likes that he learned a new phrase.

Jesse and I moved the trampoline onto the grass for the season. We had the sod laid last year and didn’t want to interfere with the settling in so we’d had the trampoline on the brick patio but we actually want to use the patio this year and the grass seems plenty settled. The kids are happy about the move because now they can lie under the tramp and it’s a nice shady, sheltered area.

We’ve been checking out tents and tent trailers for the upcoming camping season. Haven’t landed on anything yet. Ultimately we’d like a small trailer but then we’d need a truck to pull it; the van and Subaru cannot tow much weight. We really like the Nissan Titan trucks and they are having a 2017 sale to get rid of last year’s models, but that would put us at another $365 a month and would be super tight on the finances. Who knows, we’ll see.

This May will be Jesse and my 10 year anniversary! Holy crap, right?! We have a fun Vegas trip planned and Dad and Dani said they would come and watch the boys which is totally awesome because Ez will still be in school. Of course, we’re trying to pay off debt so it’s not the best time to be going to Vegas. But the on the other hand, you only have your 10 year once, gotta live it up!

We are actually going to see some shows this vacation! And I’m going to sit by the pool and soak up the sun! It will be awesome! EXCEPT! Las Vegas has implemented these shitty “resort fees”. That is on top of the regular hotel tax. Generally it’s about $40 per night and it goes toward getting wifi, access to the gym, and a couple other things. The only added thing I want is wifi. It’s not like I use the gym and I don’t care about the other perks. I don’t need access to print an airline boarding pass, I don’t read the newspaper. And I KNOW they aren’t paying $40 a day for their wifi fees. So you think you’re getting a great deal with some room promo rate and then the resort fee could actually be a higher cost than the room itself. Oh well, we’re already booked but it just really irks me.

I’ve been doing some weeding around the yard and while I hate weeding the ground is really soft right now so the weeds are pulling up pretty easily. The thing that gets me is that our landscapers put down weed barrier fabric and then proceeded to get dirt on top of the fabric. I know that some dirt gets on there or leaves break down or whatever, but we’re talking a LOT of dirt. They were just a crappy cut-rate landscaping company. I would NOT recommend JB Lawn Works.

I started making kombucha again. I’m in this weird zone where I think that eating keto and implementing aspects of fasting is really what works for me, but I also want to incorporate kombucha and sourdough bread and other fermented items. Unfortunately, I think those two paths are divergent. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. But anyway, I’m sipping the results of my first bottled booch from this strain of scoby. Pretty pleased with the result so far. It’s a bit sweet so I can probably let the next batch brew longer. I mixed the booch with a wee bit of grape juice before bottling. Leo liked the flavor well enough that I gave him home in his sippy. I won’t give him much starting out because I know it can cause tummy distress until you’re used to it.

I’ve made pork rinds the past couple days.

You take pork rind pellets and either fry them or bake them. I’ve been frying them in bacon fat but will probably start baking them. The great thing about making your own (aside from knowing the exact ingredients used) is that you can flavor them however you want! I created a mesquite/bbq rub the last time I made these and there are all sorts of other seasonings with which to dust them. (As an aside, do you know how hard it is to not end a sentence with a preposition? I was going to say “to dust them with” but that wouldn’t have been proper.)

 

So fresh and so clean

Well, I finally figured out what was going on with the images in WordPress. My images were too large so even though they uploaded they couldn’t be edited. I fixed it by shrinking the images by 50% and then uploading. Now I can edit the images again. Of course, now that they are smaller images they aren’t doing that weird thing where they upload sideways so it’s a moot point. But still good to know.

Poor Leo was sick last night. And I do mean SICK. Multiple pukers, it came on so suddenly. He seems all good today but last night he was such a sad panda and kept saying “Oh boy, oh boy,” so pathetically with his head resting on the toilet seat.

Jesse and I watched “Life” last night.

It was thrilling but I kept shouting directions to the cast and they never did it! I’m telling you, I could save so many fake movies lives if only they listened to me.

I feel like we’re getting into the home stretch with potty training Leo. He does so well when he doesn’t have anything on his lower half, no accidents. He does really well when he’s only wearing pants with no diaper, pull-ups, or underwear. The problem is if he is wearing anything that resembles a diaper he just doesn’t think about it and will pee. Now, this is probably not a bad way to go, to put him in underwear and just let him pee so he feels all wet but the problem with this method is that I am the one who has to clean up pee puddles! All in all, I think he’s on track. Boys usually take longer than girls and he’s not yet three so it’s not like he’s behind in that sense, either. I’m just eager to be done with it.

Jesse and I cleaned up the office yesterday and made room for the computer desk and accessories from the downstairs living room and then cleaned up the downstairs living room and it looks AMAZING. Seriously, it’s just so spacious and empty feeling now, I love it. And the office room is looking really good. The downside is now that it is an official office, we no longer have a guest room where we can throw our spare mattress. But we have a huge living room area where we could put it if it comes to it. Guests would just have to ignore the cats and perhaps dog that would sleep with them.

I recently finished a 30-day squats challenge where I had to do 100 squats daily. I only missed one day. It doesn’t seem likely that I will be doing it again any time soon. I mean, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it but I’m fat so it’s not like I’m seeing results from it. I really need to get back to keto. Every day I say, “Today’s the day,” but then it doesn’t happen.

We’ve been really monitoring Ezra’s screen time during the school week and as a result he and Leo have been playing together a ton, it’s very cute.

Ezra has decided he would like to do Tai Kwan Do so I am looking into that for him. The local rec center has classes so we’ll start him out there. We also need to get him into swim lessons. It may be a busy spring.

It’s a beautiful morning!

Well, it was more beautiful yesterday, but today ain’t too shabby. We haven’t had much in the way of snow this year and it feels like the reservoirs aren’t going to be as filled as they should but it’s been nice for driving.

We bought Leo a little toddler bike complete with training wheels, it’s frickin’ adorable. I would show you pictures but WordPress is being a pain in my ass and not allowing me to edit images, so no photos for the time being.

We’re trying to get Ezra more pumped about riding his bike but it’s been somewhat of a struggle. We purchased his bike last fall and he didn’t have much time with it before winter set in. We’ve got him out on the street in front of our house a couple times and we took him to the school lot to bike on since it’s level and broad but he wasn’t feeling it. That seemed to change last Saturday, though. He was much more willing to actually get on his bike and ride it around. He has training wheels on it currently that aren’t set correctly (in my opinion). The training wheels are both touching the ground so there is no balancing being required. I suppose at this point I should just be grateful he’s riding at all. We’ll give him a few days just practicing the mechanics of it but those bad boys are going to get adjusted.

I didn’t have training wheels when I was learning to bike and sure I fell off a fair few times but that’s part of the process, learning how to fall. Ez is WAY scared of falling.

Leo really seems to like his new bike…until he stops himself with his pedal brakes. He goes forward for a few strokes and then pushes backward which brakes the bike and he can’t get started again without a push. A learning process, to be sure, but he gets all frustrated and then doesn’t want to ride anymore. He spent more time running after Ezra than he did riding his own bike. Oh well, baby steps I guess.

The plan is to get Jesse and myself our own bikes and then bike the heck out of this year. I’ve been looking at some different bike models and am pretty sure I’m going to get some kind of cruiser/hybrid. I need that wide seat and I definitely don’t need 21 speeds at this point. We bought a toddler trailer last summer while on vacation so for longer rides Leo will have the best seat in the house. With Jesse pedaling him, of course.

A couple of us have colds again. It seems like we get rid of illness only to get something else a week or two later. I blame the elementary school. Kids and their germs, man.

I’ve been working to get the house more in order, specifically the soap room. Really it’s a catch-all kind of room and I’ve been trying to reorganize it. I’m paring down on the clothing and shoe sales and I’ve sold off a bit of the soap stuff. Really I could try to sell the soap molds but I still have this idea that once the kids are both in school I will soap more and I don’t want to have to buy all those products again. So for now everything is just sitting in the back room, taking up space.

I haven’t done the VIPKID teaching since December. I had decided to take off January to focus on my health but then decided I hated getting up at 3am so I haven’t gone back to it. I’ve done a couple mortgage signings and did an auto inspection but nothing too busy this year. That’s another thing I can do when both kids are in school, build up the notary business. Right now I cannot take a lot of jobs that come my way because I’d have to find a sitter for Leo. I’ve also applied for a couple virtual assistant jobs but then I got to thinking that we have a pretty packed summer and I’d keep having to take time off work, so it’d probably be best if I didn’t find anything new until the fall when school starts again.

Ezra has been having some behavior problems at school lately so we’ve been working with his teacher to curb those impulses. I would say the main issue is his lying. He will do something, you’ll see him do and call him on it, and he will immediately deny he did whatever it was that he did. So we’re working on “owning” the issue and not just issuing a blanket statement of deniability. It’s been going ok so far. We cut out his screen time and now he has to earn his time through stickers for good behavior at school. Each sticker is worth 10 minutes with a max cap possible of six per school day. I will say he and Leo have been playing a ton more together and running around now that it’s not tablet time all the time. With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s nice that we have parks close to us and a trampoline and grassy yard for them to play on.

We lost Grandma Baugher this month. She was 96 years old and was an amazing woman. I remember fondly the times we spent with her and grandpa at their house in the country. I will miss her but am glad she’s not in pain. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.