It has been a while so I’ll give a recap… In the last couple of months we moved to a new house. One that is in a (supposedly) safer and quiet community (so quiet that we didn’t hear fireworks on New Years) and is right next to a park. It is a 2 story house villa which I love despite the inconveniences that living in a 2 story unit with kids brings.
One of these inconveniences is that our computers are upstairs while I spend most of my time downstairs with the boys. This meant that every time I felt inspired to write something it didn’t happen because the computer was no longer in the living room like I was used to. To try to remedy that I have a bluetooth keyboard now so I can write on my Kindle Fire without cursing the touchscreen keyboard’s existence.
Babyproofing a set of stairs when renting can be challenging. We have a pressure mounted gate at the bottom of the stairs which although it won’t stop Zen if he is determined to go up, it does work well as a deterrent and keeps them from trying to play on the stairs. The top of the stairs is still open and after 3 months it hadn’t been an issue until last week when Zen figured out how to climb down, at least he did it safely!
At our new house we converted the master bedroom into a computer/play room and chose a secondary bedroom as our sleeping room. This room has wall to wall mattresses on the floor and no other furniture making it the perfect cosleeping space.
During this time Shammy has made excellent homeschooling process. Since he is only 3 years old I wasn’t pushing any curriculum or lessons, just trying the whole homeschooling thing on for size and it’s been working very well. Shammy is now able to read at a primary school level and is starting to write. I admit to using a lot of technology tools such as ABCMouse for math and social science and Kindle Fire apps for writing. We do reading the old fashioned way though in addition to e-books.
While the holiday season was very enjoyable, it also meant the end of the daycare that the boys were attending 1 day a week while I worked at the WIC office. I didn’t expect it to be so hard to find alternate care but it has turned into a 3 month nightmare. Despite the things we didn’t like about the old daycare we now miss it because it has been so hard to find anything after searching for so long with no luck. Granted, we may have higher standards and a lower budget than some parents but it had never been this hard to find the right match. In the meantime my mother in law has helped out but I can’t count on that as a long term solution and I fear that we may reach the point when I may be faced with having to quit my job (which only has me out of the house 1 day week) because of this.
I did the math and working full time after factoring the cost of daycare and other expenses wouldn’t allow me to provide any extra contribution to the household budget than I do now unless I got a REALLY good paying job, something that doesn’t exists in this area.
I am still alive, the family is well. There is so much that I have been wanting to share with you since my last post. The biggest thing being that we moved into a new house. Our new place has 2 stories and my computer is in the second floor where I spend very little time. That means that whenever I think of something I want to write I am nowhere near the computer to jot it down and don’t feel like having the toddlers navigating the stairs or leaving them unattended downstairs while I capture what the muses try to feed me. By the time I get computer time after the kids have gone to sleep my muse is snoring and my brain is too fried to be coherent.
I do have a tablet and a smartphone but I hate, absolutely hate typing on touch screens. I ordered a bluetooth keyboard on one of those deep discount websites and it should arrive in a few days. Hopefully then I’ll be able to at least work on my blog drafts on Evernote like I used to do at our old place and polish posts when I get computer time.
Meanwhile you can still find my on Facebook. I hope you all have a very happy 2014!
- Shammy- my life completely changed when he was born. He truly marked the beginning of a new awesome chapter in my life and despite the challenges of a three-nager he makes me very happy and I am blessed to have him call me mama.
- Zen- another amazing soul who calls me mama.
- my husband- an excellent provider, he works so hard for his family, is a great father and puts up with me, I don’t deserve him.
- family- enough said
- Saturday morning cuddles- can’t think of a better way to start the weekend
- toddler hugs- because you can’t help feeling better after one of those
- being able to work part time- spending time with my kids is very important to me, I don’t want to miss out on these precious early years so while our budget would really benefit from more income, I am thankful that we are able to manage.
- reading- it’s therapeutic and it gives me a break from mundane stuff
- streaming TV- if I couldn’t stream I would never be able to watch any TV, thank you technology
- good weather-My moods are heavily influenced by the weather
- comfort foods- nothing like the gastric orgasm of satisfying a craving
- fertility- I didn’t originally plan on having kids so I took fertility for granted. I am blessed to have been able to conceive easily when I know so many that suffer through infertility.
- parents- they may drive me nuts and I find it near impossible to have real time communication with them without getting upset but if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here and have nothing to be thankful for.
- Facebook- if it wasn’t for this website I would have lost touch with a lot of people over the years but instead we keep in touch and at the very least “like” each other statuses and photos
- Facebook friends- being without a car this is my only form of adult interaction most days. They put up with my rants and help keep me sane. I am closer to some FB friends I’ve never met in person than to most people I know in real life. They bless me with thoughful and generous gifts like gift certificates for cloth diapers and slow cookers. They are truly a blessing.
- WIC job- so grateful for a job where I get paid to do what I love and that is flexible enough to give me minimal separation from my boys.
- La Leche League- this organization was key to my breastfeeding success
- Breastfeeding- so cheap, so awesome
- Groupon and Amazon- have gotten some great deals and good gifts on there, things I wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
- Evernote- without it my life would be full of disorganization and chaos and I wouldn’t even know where my head is. This blog would never get updated without this app.
- Zen being such a teething trooper, he got his first molar with only some extra clinginess and we didn’t miss any sleep
- Overabundance of junk. It’s amazing how things accumulate but without this extra stuff I don’t need I wouldn’t be able to sell things for emergency cash.
- Husband on same parenting page- he is supportive of my parenting style which is very important to me
- TV parental controls- they save my children’s impressionable mind but also saves us money by preventing Zen from ordering movies when he gets a hold of the remote
- Late trash pick up- I can sleep in and still take the trash out on time, I also don’t have to worry about the truck waking up the boys.
- The Summer 2012 moms group, what a wonderful group of mamas, amazing friends that I can feel comfortable sharing personal things with
- Cloth diapers- we have saved SOOOOOO much money with them. And they are so cute!
- Internet- I wouldn’t know what is going on in the world nor be able to stay in touch with people without.
- USA- I am thankful for this country and government while far from perfect still offers opportunities and comforts that I take for granted but wouldn’t come so easily if I lived elsewhere.
- Living in Florida- not only do I get to enjoy halfway decent weather most of the year but we are also close to so many attractions. While many families have to plan carefully, save for a year and travel to go to a theme park we can enjoy FL resident discounts and make a day trip out of it. I love living near the Ocean even if I haven’t gone to the beach in over 3 years.