New Listing…

After 17 long months of waiting, crying, fighting, accepting, researching, touching up and changing plans, we have FINALLY put our house up for sale!  This sign makes me very excited every time I see it; and I look at it a lot.  The official listing comes out on Monday.  Now we pray that it sells quickly!

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FOR SALE!

7 Quick Takes (vol. 4)

Our day was a busy one.  We had a play date scheduled for this morning, but had to cancel last minute because I found dried blood on my hand, housecoat-where Ben lays his head while nursing-in his bed, and specks on his ear!  It wasn’t a serious amount, but enough for concern.  After a huge hassle, I managed to get him in to see my family doctor where they told me they couldn’t see any rupture in his ear, nose, mouth.  I was slightly frustrated when I left their office with no answer but to watch for fever and irritability.

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After the business of the useless doctor’s appointment, I guzzled a green smoothie and began to clean like a mad-woman.  Our realtor was coming at 4pm to take pictures and to go over our selling agreement.  Chloe decided not to nap, but at least she was content playing in her crib for two hours while I cleaned.  My house was immaculate and I felt really proud of it.  The challenge now is to keep it clean.  We will have an official MLS listing on Monday.  That makes me very happy.

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Currently, we’re trying a white noise machine during nap time to help the babies sleep longer and without their cries interrupting their sleep.  Neither child likes the machine in their room, so the only option if we’re to use this thing, is to have it in the small “hall” space between the bedrooms.  There is no plug in nearby, so this is what it looks like during nap time:

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The white noise machine is at the end of the extension cord at the top of the stairs.

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I’m 100lbs.  That’s too light in my opinion.  When I can see bones I’ve never seen before, I’ve lost too much fat.  Being hungry and eating all the time doesn’t seem to make a difference.  I’m wondering if it’s my thyroid.

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Number 3 was a boring quick take.

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I haven’t done my prayers or spiritual readings yet today.  I think I’m going to go pick up a bottle of wine and some two-bite brownies and spend some time with Jesus.

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I haven’t run at all this week.  It’s sad, but life just got super busy and it’s not about to slow down any.  Maybe now that Ben seems to be feeling better, our house is ‘listed’ and it was 20C outside, I can get my butt out the door by 8:35am again.  That’s the plan for next week.

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My favorite Bible verse:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:21

Happy Friday everyone!

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5 Favorites (vol.2)

Well the last two days have been a bit of a nightmare here.  Preparing to put the house up for sale and fighting with Ben to sleep the night and nap during the day, have exhausted me and left me low on energy and enthusiasm.  BUT, I managed to still find 5 favorite things that I am enjoying this week!

1. Simple Face Wipes.  Retail for about $6-$8 depending where you buy them, but I get them FREE with coupons!  I have found that make-up removal face wipes have become a must for me if my face is to stay clean and free of make-up while I get my beauty sleep (haha, who am I kidding.  I do not get any beauty sleep.  If I did, I wouldn’t need make-up!).

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2. Kirkland Diaper Wipes.  Decided to try these when they went on a wicked sale: $15 for 900 wipes ($1.66 per package of 100 wipes)!  And I absolutely love them!  They are big, have the proper amount of wetness, non-scented, and wipe them little bums clean without having to scrub!  I will definitely buy more of these in the future.

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3. Kirkland Minced Garlic.  This is a fantastic buy because I used minced garlic a lot when making meals.  This bad boy cost us a little over $4, which is ridiculous compared to the tiny little jars at Safeway with about 5 tbsps of product in them for the same price.  Buy it.  You’ll love it.

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4. Cloth storage bins.  These are great for keeping the toys from looking messy while we show our house!  I found these at Walmart for $7.97.  Not my ideal price, but definitely worth the price for the amount I can cut down on sorting kids toys to make them look ‘nice’.  Maybe I should have done a before/after picture…

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5. Buddy Fruits.  Saw these at Walmart today and of course I hadn’t eaten yet, they sounded healthy and were $0.99.  Ummm, I ate the apple one and it was delicious.  I thought about saving the orange flavoured on for Chloe, but that’s still to be seen.  The only downer is it has 23g of sugar!  My 2 year old would definitely be bouncing off the walls, but it’s natural sugars…so it’s ok, right?

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How Often Should Married Couples Have Sex and Does NFP Work?

I read two really, really great articles today.  In a sense they may have seemed to be conflicted, but then again I think they worked together beautifully.  One was written with a secular perspective and another with Catholic background.  Both led to serious insite of my marriage and maybe help me decide where to go from here.  Thanks Angela for sharing them with me!

“NFP doesn’t work!  You have so many kids” - from the blog House Unseen.

“How Often Should Married Couples Have Sex?” - from The Wall Street Journal.

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How to Start the Day off ‘Right’

I haven’t slept an 8 hour stretch since Chloe was 6 months old.  The thought of how sleep deprived I am literally makes me tear up.  Chloe started sleeping the night at 6 months, and so I had a blissful two weeks of sleeping the night as well, until I got pregnant with Ben.  After that, there was no straight 8 hours of sleep.  The sleep fairy must not like me very much.

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more positive and optimistic.  Taking things that feel negative to me and trying to turn them into a positive by seeing them as a challenge and that usually begins with how our days start off.  This is just a list of things I’m trying to do to start all of us off right and to keep the day running smoothly.

1. Start the day at 7am.  Regardless if Ben or Chloe wake up at 6:15, 6:35 or 6:50, we do not get out of bed until 7am (unless someone is screaming like a banshee).  Getting dressed before leaving my room really helps me to not laze around in my housecoat and pjs.

2. Smile when I get the children from their beds.  I read that on a blog somewhere and it’s really stuck.  Despite the fact that some nights I feel so sleep deprived that the last thing I want to do is smile at the one(s) who kept me up, it really affects everyone’s attitude; mainly mine.

3. Be more positive than you feel.  This one is tough and I constantly need to remind myself that despite the fact that I may have locked my keys in the locked garage thereby cancelling any and all outings for the day (including our morning run because the stroller was in there), it can still be a good day and we’ll find something else to do.

4. Be flexible.  Babies need flexibility within a routine.  Some days they need that early nap right when you normally run out to get groceries, go for a jog, etc.  I have to remind myself to be flexible, and that it’s ok to go do such and such after Ben takes a nap.

5. Coffee.  Don’t forget it and to get optimal happiness from it, brew it when you know you can drink it hot.  No one likes drinking lukewarm/cold coffee or microwaving it 6 times.  Chloe now helps me by turning on the Keurig, putting in a k-cup, and pushing all the right buttons.  Don’t worry.  I keep her far away when it starts to brew.

6. No TV or Facebook.  Definitely don’t start the day with this.  For a long time I would get up, feed the babies, throw Chloe in front of the tv to watch some morning cartoons while I checked emails, Facebook, coupon trades and blogs.  Don’t do it.  It slows down your day.  Now I avoid it until nap time.  Chloe and I are in much better moods when I do this.

7. Morning Prayers.  This is a must.  They don’t have to be long or elaborate, but they have to happen.  Right now I can manage the Mass readings and a reflection based on those readings.  Then I say a short prayer asking for patience, simplicity and love.  Further prayers and reflections happen at nap time, family Rosary after supper and once the kids are in bed.

8. Get outside.  I have found I can get more things done in the day when I exercise with the kids.  It’s really killing many birds with one stone.  I exercise, we all get fresh air, we spend time together and they get tuckered out.

9. Play with your kids.  Don’t forget to play.  That’s all they want.  Just to spend some time with you!

10. Get the cleaning, tidying, etc done before naps.  And get your toddlers to help if they can.  Chloe unloads the dishwasher, has her own little pile of laundry to ‘fold’ and sometimes helps make beds and put away toys.  Sometimes I’ll get her to ‘sweep’ while I clean.

These things really help me start and end the day off positively.  Sometimes they don’t happen, but I have found that if I can do them, I am a better, happier person and so are my kids.

An Afternoon of Couponing

Look at my table (there is a grocery bag full of coupons on the floor btw):

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Coupons galore!

The babies are napping (well Chloe is supposed to be napping but is actually singing a mashup of Raffi songs) and I’m trying to get some couponing in.  I’m pleased to say that in the hour and a half I’ve been working on this, I have made 4 excellent trades and a big mess on my dining room table.  Oh well, who cares.  I’ve got money saving bad boys on their way to me.