Just Keep Swimming…

I probably should be repeating this over and over this week.  I figure it’s fitting since we just watched Finding Dory and this week has been a rough one, so I should probably remind myself to breathe more and Let It Go.  If Josh was here he’d probably help me with more Disney puns.  It’s been a stressful past week and the kids were thrown off by a few things, as well as Josh and I.  I think we all just want everything to get back to normal.

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Two weekends ago we pulled the bouncy house outside, which thrilled the kids for about 15 minutes.  It was pretty hot, though, so I’m not surprised they didn’t last too long.  I wish all days they could play as well together, but they have two very different personalities and they’re each going through various developmental stages.

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Quite often there is fussing and whining and “Enzo hit me” or “Phoebe took my toy” which is what I’m guessing he’s saying since really all I hear is high-pitched screaming.  We’re really working on the yelling/screaming lately.  Enzo’s first response to frustration or outrage or embarrassment is to scream and yell and now Phoebe is starting to do the same.  There are some days when I think my ear drums will burst.

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His moods are rather like the tide.  He’ll have several good days or a great week and then suddenly something sets him off and it can be hard to get through the rough days and back on track.  Phoebe’s shenanigans are no help either as she’ll do things that are naughty and laugh at the negative reaction (like her brother freaking out).  Parenting is so exhausting.

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There are some days where we are able to just laugh the chaos off because some things are just so absurd and ridiculous and exasperating and I’m trying more and more to laugh rather than cry.  I don’t know if I’ve told this story yet… but Phoebe can’t be trusted to be left alone – at all.  I left her in the bathroom on the toilet for maybe 15 seconds and came back to find that she had unrolled half the roll of toilet paper. There was just this massive pile of toilet paper on the ground.  I got her off and then Enzo came in saying he needed to pee, so I got her out of there and told Enzo if he needed toilet paper to just grab some from the pile since I needed a minute.  Well… I walk back in to find him with the huge wad of toilet paper in his hand blotting himself and not stopping him in time before he  dropped it all into the toilet.  I was pretty much speechless… it had been a long day and Josh legitimately thought I had lost my mind when I walked out of the bathroom and just threw my hands up in the air and started laughing hysterically.

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They do have moments of sweetness, which are so hard to remember during those rough times when they try your patience and push every single button they can.  I’m trying to really respond to these moments, though.  Josh spent two nights in the hospital and Enzo cleaned up his floor a bit without asking for which I praised him greatly and he told me he’d take keep me safe while Josh was gone.

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I guess we’ll just have to keep each other safe and do our best to get through each day.  I call a do-over on this past week, and the great thing is that like I tell Enzo we can choose to start-over and try to have a better day.  We choose how we react and we can choose to be mad/sad/frustrated all day or we can choose to accept that what’s done is done.  I may have “failed” in my mind as a parent this week, but I can do my best to turn that around.  I always make sure that I tell my kids I love them and apologize when I make a mistake as a parent. Tonight my plan is to start over.

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Week/Weekend in Review

I’m a little late to link up with the usual Week In Review because of things that will most likely be in next week’s review, but here we go!

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)

Random occurrences and accomplishments.

  • The week was hot and sticky and therefore I didn’t get out and walk much. I have a feeling my workmates were grateful I didn’t come back from lunch dripping sweat and stanky.
  • Made some progress buying supplies for my new business venture (I’m going to be a LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant – here is my shameless plug: http://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoeHeatherShoberg. The clothes are seriously cute and comfortable if you aren’t already familiar.

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  • Took Josh to get his wisdom teeth out and babied him until the kids got home and then it was like… Nope. They’re insane, not doing this alone! Ha ha.

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  • Started watching Stranger Things on Netflix and finished it. It’s AWESOME.  I really do recommend it.
  • The kids and I went to see Finding Nemo so Josh could get some rest and it was really cute. Phoebe did so-so at sitting through it. Thankfully the theater was empty aside from a mom and her tween.

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Horribly outnumbered by pets and kids

Warning: Excessive cat talk ahead!

There are days where I hardly notice we have 2 kids and 3 cats and then are days where I feel like there isn’t enough room in our house and like I’m constantly cleaning up some kind of bodily fluid or otherwise.   I don’t know what was in the air, but the other day I cleaned up cat vomit twice and then Phoebe puked all over me and our bed.  Then one of the cats pooped in Phoebe’s room.  I’m still not entirely sure who the culprit was. In all fairness I was “neglecting” all of them equally while trying to get some work done.

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All this and somehow the kids and I would absolutely have more pets if space and Josh allowed.  The kids are on board with my idea to have chickens and basically a small hobby farm… Josh is not so keen on the idea. In the meantime I’d be happy with something soft and cuddly *cough* BUNNY *cough* however even I realize that we don’t have the setup right now.  So… cats it is!

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Enzo and the cats are getting along fairly well lately, and the cats would absolutely love on Phoebe if she would let them.  She gets mad if Vega won’t stop following her or me around. Ha ha. I’m just waiting for Vega to become a docile pile of fluff like Uzi and Ziggy so I can squish her.  She’s so soft and brings out some major cute aggression in me.

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She hasn’t fallen off the deck again, but did have a mishap with falling from the ledge in the living room into the entry way.  She was chasing a fly and jumped into the window above the front door and then tried to jump back and completely failed and fell a good 10 ft – it should be noted she did not land on her feet.  She was okay, though!  As for the fly… I have no idea.

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I don’t have too many pictures of Uzi or Ziggy lately… partly because they are often sleeping in dark places or the second they see me with the camera they won’t hold still.  They are both doing well, though!  They are aging gracefully and with few problems, for which I am glad.  They have their same routines and not even Vega can mess with those too much.  She’s the typical ornery younger sibling with her own odd quirks.

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In typical cat fashion, Vega gets into everything and is usually in the way. She is my shadow, which means she is usually underfoot.  She still isn’t very talkative, but when she does meow, it’s the tiniest squeakiest little meow I’ve ever heard. She really has been such a great addition to our family. Now my only wish is that one day all three of them snuggle. HA!

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Busy as a Bee… and exciting news

My favorite thing to do with the kids on the weekend is to go outside and watch the honey bees and bumblebees aka “bumblers” fly around our catmint. I’ve come to appreciate their busy nature and despite being terrified of wasps, I don’t mind these guys.  They work hard and they play an important role, which I’ve started explaining to Enzo and Phoebe. Plus, it’s been helping some of Enzo’s bug phobias. 😉

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I’ve been busy lately as well. It’s absurdly out of character for me, but as my brother worded it, I’ve joined a pyramid scheme!  Ha ha. Just kidding. I know that right now there seems to be an overabundant amount of ladies selling Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Jamberry and more recently LuLaRoe, and even I have rolled my eyes occasionally when as somewhat overzealous salesperson is pushing their wares constantly and then suddenly wants to be my best friend when I ask a little question and then they’re stalking me and they post several times a day about their product.  I can understand a little bit of the excitement now, but my situation is also a little different.  Oh, by the way, I’m almost a LuLaRoe Consultant!

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So it all started with a pair of leggings and I was hooked. I also loved that I could shop from my couch and that you never knew what the offerings would be because consultants don’t choose their prints – its all chance!  It was kind of addicting waiting to see if I’d type in SOLD fast enough for the product I wanted. The clothes are comfortable and versatile and I started thinking to myself… I could do this.  I’m keeping my full-time job, but a little extra money on the side would be really helpful right now and I’d be doing something I really enjoyed! I’ve already started to meet such a great community of women and it’s so encouraging.

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So, within the next few weeks I will be an official consultant and peddling my wares. I promise not to be overly pushy or annoying and reign in my excitement on my personal pages.  It is really exciting, though, and what I also love about LuLaRoe is that you can shop around. No one has the same items so it’s actually beneficial to know several consultants – heck, I buy from several!  So, if you want to add me to your list of LuLaRoe dealers I’d be honored.

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Seriously, though… you’ve got to try the leggings at the very least. They’re smooth as buttah.

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Weekend Recap

It was a surprisingly busy weekend. Saturday morning I had to myself to run errands and ended up all over.  The kids were a little bummed I was doing this shopping run solo, but quickly got over it when Josh said he’d take them downstairs to play on the Wii.  I went to Hobby Lobby and Ikea.  I love Ikea.

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When I got home Phoebe was napping, but when she woke up we ended up walking to the library to return something and to check out the little festival that was going on.

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The kids played some fun little games and then we walked back home.  We’ve also been playing some Pokemon Go.  Honestly, I think the novelty is already wearing off for me.  We’re busy with the kids and can’t just always go on walks and surprisingly when I’ve gone for walks at lunchtime I haven’t found all that much.  So… yeah.

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What randomly decided to go out to eat with the kids. Neither of us had the energy to cook or clean up the kitchen.

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Vega has not learned her lesson and is back to walking the deck railing.  She at least seems to be a bit more cautious after her fall however many weeks back.  When I work from home, she is usually my lap kitty, though Uzi will typically visit me as well and get in my face and Ziggy will come rub my ankles. They’re pretty decent workmates, though, one of them was apparently feeling neglected or otherwise and pooped in Phoebe’s room. SIGH.

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That’s all I’ve got for the weekend!  This week is going to be very uneventful as we have excessive heat warnings and high humidity to boot.  Yay!