I've been working a lot. More than I signed up for. BUT it is a good thing considering Zach is back in school and only working two days a week.
Just so we're clear, being poor college students was so much cooler when we didn't have a baby- now it's just a little bit pathetic.
Anyways, like I said, I've been working a lot which means Zach has been getting quality Reefy time. Before he went back to college Zach was working ALL THE TIME. If he wasn't at the scuba shop fixing and selling gear he was in the pool or at the scuba lake teaching classes. Before that he was an army medic and worked way too much in Hawaii. He's finally getting to chill out with our son. AND HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS ITS SO CUTE.
They spent Sunday playing around, shopping at target (Zach got reef one of those ball mower toy things that makes a POP noise every time you push it...reefs completely obsessed with it), leaving me love notes on my car while I was working, and watching Gabba in bed.
Zach is so good with Reef and Reef is more and more into Zach which lightens my load (and if you've read anything about Reef being high needs you know I need a break). Last night Zach bounced Reef while he cried and cried and cried... not to say he doesn't help me but Reef is usually very clear about who he wants at night but Zach stuck with it and got him to calm down...I almost died from ooey gooey wifey-mom love.
This whole family thing, it makes my heart all fluttery.
Yes, my life would be easier on the daily without our hyperactive boxer mix but ummm.... he's awesome.
Diesel is one of the best dogs I've ever had. He's so full of love. That's all he wants. Everyone and every other animal on the planet to love him and play with him all day long. This is why my in-laws' boxers can't stand Diesel. He becomes too much in a matter of minutes. An older dog can only take so much playful ruckus for so long.
BUT Reef thinks he is the most hilarious dog ever.
Reef and Diesel, Diesel and Reef. Best friends forever.
So, I finally have a toddler that wants to walk everywhere by himself. Yep. He made this decision in the middle of Trader Joe's on a Saturday (boy was he pissed when I wouldn't let him run around the gazillion shoppers).
My saving grace is the park. Oh, yours too?? Good to know.
We have a small park in our neighborhood and this one photoed below is about ten minutes away. The last week we've taken Reef to the park everyday. He loves it. We love it. AND it helps get all of his crazy new found energy out! The kids a maniac but what toddler isn't?!
The weather has also started to cool down so its not a death wish being at the park... 103* doesn't really make a slide comfortable on the butt.
No, I don't know her but she makes sense. Perfect, non-judgemental, "mom sense".
The most simply profound thing I've ever read is "If you resent it, change it." I read this somewhere in The Fusy Baby Book by Dr Sears and his lovely wife Martha.
Guys, I resent it. A lot of it.
Work, momlife, wifelife, being exhausted all the time. Yep, I'm a bucket of whiny resentment and that does no one any good.
So. I'm changing it.
And here's how.
A 21 Day Challenge (because I'm SO good at sticking with something).
21 Days of:
Going to bed before 10pm
No negative speak (aka no bitching)
Living through Love
No alcohol (not even my beloved wine)
Yep, this is how I'm going to change the things I resent. Will I stick to it? I can only hope. But, my son and husband deserve a happy mommy/wife, a rested mommy/wife, a healthy mommy/wife, and a loving positive mommy/wife.
I'd like to pat myself on the back...I know, that's obnoxious. BUT not only have I been working non stop to revamp the swim team program for the said nonprofit I work for, doing admin work in the wee hours for my mom's team, and, you know, doing the whole mama/wifey/daughter in law thing...I've managed to finish all admin work for these jobs while my Reef and Husband have been sick. PHEW. Done and Done.
Anywho, are you like me and you feel like I'm clearly a momfail since my son has a cold...A COOOLD. The last time I took him to the Doctor for a cold she was really gracious and made me feel way better then she needed to (love her!). So, for now, we are doing aromatherapy galore, taking homeopathic cold tabs, and advil. Voila.
Poor hubs, seriously...I think this is the first time he's been sick when I really just had barely any time or energy to make him feel better. I did try to stay quiet and play outside with Reef so he could sleep off whatever nasty bug is in him. Sigh, can't win them all right? RIGHT?! (wrong, I'm obviously supposed to be able to do everything just like superwifemom).
Anyone have any tried and true cold busters??? I would LOVE to know your secret! Anything to get these guys back to 110%
1/2 Cup Organic Peanut Butter (sometimes I use 1/4 cup peanut butter and 1/4 cup almond butter BUT they are definitely more dry and a little harder to shape when you do it this way)
1/3 Cup Organic Honey (of course I ran out of this stuff and used this bear honey my in laws had and it worked great)
1/2 Cup Organic Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Organic Brown Rice Cereal (My MIL got this for Reef but I never feed it to him so I tend to use it as a filler in random things)
1/4 Cup ground Flax & Chia Seeds
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Add peanute butter, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon to a large bowl and stir until combined.
Dump in the brown rice cereal, rolled outs, and ground flax & chia seeds. Stir and stir until it creates one big ball.
Seperate and roll into bite size toddler balls.
Place them in a ziploc bag or reusable container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before letting your toddler chomp on them. (this 30 minutes is really important as it will be a little too gooey for a toddler to handle)
As you can see Reef kind of loves these things like crazy. I won't lie to you, so do I.
oh and yes, i'm pretending like it hasn't been months since I've blogged.