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(no subject) [Jan. 1st, 2009|09:11 am]
Happy New Year everyone!! Tim and I shipped the kid off to The Grands for the evening and had our friends, Tina and Kory over. It was a low key evening but really fun! We played Cranium, drank beer, had some yummy food, and kissed my husband at the stroke of midnight. It was perfect. :-)

I'm thinking that 2009 has every potential to be just as good, if not better, than 2008.

In retrospect, 2008 had almost all ups.... Ian getting older and more interesting and cuter, buying a house, Tim's and my 1 year anniversary of being married, great job satisfaction (at least on my part!), time with family and friends and just general well being. In fact, I can't pinpoint any one "bad" thing that occurred in 2008... merely frustrating or small annoyances that were resolved. Hmmmm... that's great!

Looking forward, I'm really excited about a few things in 2009: Ian growing more, Tim and I continuing to grow in our relationship (each year, I want to strangle him less and less!), thinking about expanding our family, paying off my vehicle, painting our new home to make it OURS, continuing to enjoy my work, making new friends in our neighborhood, and spending more time with family and friends. Actually now that I've written it all down.... 2009 looks great!!!

I do have a couple of loose goals: implement actual exercise to slim down the last 10-15 pounds to make me REALLY healthy... and get my husband moving with it too! Tim would truly be happier if he could finally be motivated to slim down. We want to BE healthy since Ian is now nearing the age where he might remember! Ha! Also, I want to be more communicative towards keeping in contact with distant family members and even here on LJ! I might actually update and comment and send out birthday cards and visit family! Weird concept, I know... :-) Hmmm... that's all I can think of for now but those seem to actually be pretty big goals. I think I'll stick with those 2 for 2009.

Now onto the Christmas update...
Tim and I both realized after the holiday was over that we BOTH had a better time than we both thought we would! We stayed up here at home for Christmas Eve... actually doing nothing. I did make a pot roast for dinner, but it was really same old stuff. Then, we joined the in-laws and Tim's aunt, uncle, and 2 cousins for a Christmas Day dinner. It was good to catch up with everyone and just relax. We ate around 2pm and once everyone started to look sleepy, we drove down to my mom's house to join her and my brother (ok, the stepdad was there, too) around 8pm. We then joined my mom's side of the family for our celebration that next day. That day after Christmas is ALWAYS my favorite time... seeing my beloved grandma, Nanny, and extended family with plenty of food and cheer to go around. It was fun for US to have everyone see how cute and quirky Ian is... he was a hit! We stayed an extra night just to be able to hang out with my mom and brother and my stepdad's family... driving home after dinner to our HOME. I tell you what... both Tim and I had this huge sigh of relief and comfort when we walked in... it makes such a difference to have our own place.

We didn't do any presents this year because of buying the house... Although, I did wrap a couple of small things for Ian but that was it. EVERY kid needs to open something on Christmas morning!!! And let me tell you, Ian picked up really fast on "pwesssss-ENTS!" It was SO FUN to watch his delight in opening the paper. He was pretty excited to see a ball, a train, a puzzle, and 2 truck books. I love that it takes so little to make him so excited! When we were at Nanny's though, and everyone was opening their presents, Ian had a fit! He started balling his darling little eyes out because HE wanted to help everyone open their "pwesssss-ENTS!" Poor kid didn't have a nap so he had a very low threshold... it was kind of funny. Ian had a great time with my mom and brother.... I think Ian remembered Will (the brother)!

The only sad thing about Christmas was that both Will and I REALLY felt the difference of not having ALL of our family home.... I'd like to give a nice shout out to both Ben and Gerry in London... we REALLY missed you guys!!!! You would think we'd get use to it... And, our other brother Robbie, somewhere in an ocean with the Navy right now... Both Will and I felt weird... It hit me on Christmas Eve and Will on Christmas Day. Luckily, Nanny's house made us both feel better. Maybe next year?

That's it for now... I need another cup of coffee and gotta wake up Tim! I miss Ian!!!
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2008|08:16 pm]
Only 10 days until we close on the new home. Only 10... I can do this... it's only 10.

I think I'm really starting to feel the pressure of getting the closing all over with. I'm not necessarily nervous... just anxious to get all the information in (they are STILL requesting things to "complete" the mortgage!) and I think it will actually be a RELIEF to sign my life away 58 times. I AM curious for all of you homeowners out there... Do you recommend having a lawyer at the closing?? I've heard it both ways. Since we're going through our builder's mortgage company.. I'm inclined to think it would be worth the $300 or so. What do you all think??

I admit, I had the worst day I've had in a long time today. When I start openly crying at STARBUCKS when the nice person not only saved me a pumpkin scone but then gave it to me for FREE... I know i'm a touch stressed. It was so embarrassing. Mortgage worries, work stresses, the kid (see below), and living with the in-laws. Oh my.

Ian, yesterday, had 2 periods where he was crying and crying... inconsolable. The first one, he pointed to his nose and said "OuCHIE!" and the second one.. he couldn't say what was wrong. The second episode, he had been crying for almost 45 min when in comfort, Tim started rubbing his legs. Ian immediately stopped crying! In fact, he looked down right ecstatic as only a pathetic darling and upset toddler can... Apparently, Ian is having MAJOR growing pains.. my POOR little boy. It just breaks Tim's and my hearts. Sigh.... We finally got him to sleep by rubbing his legs and singing the ABCs... the 10th time I sang it is when he fell asleep.

I did, amidst all this chaos, find a new author I am LOVING! It is so hard to put this book down... David Baldacci's Simple Genius. WOW. It's awesome. And I am promptly going out and buying another book of his... I finally finished it! He is so good! Think thriller/spy stuff.

Ok. Time to go home. I just finished late basketball practice and apparently there is NOTHING to eat at home.. so I'm on a mission for a salad and french fries. Cheesy fries. :-)

I'm still reading everything... every few days... I'm SO SORRY I'm not commenting at all. Let me just get through the closing of the house... then I might be somewhat normal?
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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2008|05:50 pm]
Haven't had to hurt the MIL yet. Yet. Only 3.5 weeks until we close on our new townhouse! I will be posting the most recent pics from there... cabinents and counters and baseboards, oh my! Can't wait!!!

Work is in between seasons which means I'm barely working at the school for the next couple of weeks. A little time off... well deserved. :-) It's making Ian act out a little me being home in the evenings. Weird but true! Speaking of being home... I gotta scoot.... more maybe later tonight or tomorrow!

I just read 3 pages on my FList! Comments might be a little outdated, but what's a girl to do!?
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more townhouse talk!! [Oct. 2nd, 2008|02:30 pm]
My new favorite tool to help me pick colors!!! Perk of having a husband that is an artist... You do need FlashPlayer 9 for it to come up.


To find MY pick of colors... type in "Home 2" into the search bar and it'll pop up. You'll see that "cainstudios" was the creator... that's me!

The red is our living room accent wall. The buttery yellow is my kitchen back splash area in the kitchen(just until we eventually put tile! Who the heck knows WHEN that'll be!). I think the blue color will be the 1/2 bath color. I might make it a few shades lighter... OR, I might do the dining room wall that color. We'll throw in a warm khaki color in as our neutral throughout color eventually.... like the 2 story entrance and non-red walls. :-)
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(no subject) [Oct. 1st, 2008|08:05 am]
Weird. I posted in Parenting 101 yesterday morning about 8:30 and NO ONE has answered me. That never has happened to me before. Hmmm... I was asking about window guards. The new windows are only a few inches off the floor and extend pretty tall and I'm worried about Ian falling out! So, I want to install the guards but I have no idea where to even begin with researching. I did google it. Ah well!

Day 9 with the in-laws.. only 6 more weeks to go! During the week, I'm gone working 12 hours a day so that really cuts down on the time I'm around the MIL. BUT, it also obviously cuts down on the time I'm with Ian. Grrrrr...

Actually, I'm going to speak with the other "head" Athletic Trainer, Marci, today about scheduling... I'm suppose to be 15 hours at the clinic and then 25 hours at the school. In the fall, one can always expect to work a little over now and again. BUT, I've been consistently working 30-35 hours at the school. See the problem? AND, I'm the one that isn't employed by the school and here I am working the most! Just this week, I told Marci I needed another day off (we typically get one anyway) because I would end up working almost 40 hours... just at the school!!! I just realized I was getting a little bitter about it all... hence the conversation I will be starting this afternoon with her about all of this. I *do* like working at the school very much... But I also *need* to spend time at home with Ian! We'll see how it goes.

I also need to cut down on my coffee intake. I need to NOT drink it in the afternoon. Hm. I've been meaning to wean myself off of it for the past month. HA!

Alrighty!!! Gotta get the kid changed (he's watching Handy Manny right now making kitty sounds like Mr. Lopar's kitty), dry my hair, and scoot off to work so I can make *good* coffee before my first patient!!

have a great day everyone!
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Updates galore! [Sep. 15th, 2008|02:19 pm]
Well, as much as 6 minutes can include!!

~ We're still not 100% on the house. It's all because Tim is self-employed and while we do great at tax time with write-offs, we do very badly apparently at mortgage time!!!! Our debt to income ratio is off due to us not being able to claim all on Tim's income! GRRR... Surely they should have a caveot for self-employed people, don't you think?!?!?!?! We should know before the week is done. We DO have Plan B in place.. we're looking at rentals just in case. It would be disappointing on one hand, but on the other hand, if it isn't meant to be it ISN'T meant to be. Still sad though.

~ Tim's been super stressed this past week. He has a project due... well, it was due this past Friday... and he had lots of glitches and that equals a MAJORLY cranky Tim. Which means that I was a touch cranky, too. ANyhoo... he's now coming down with some sickness... I called his this afternoon and he reported a sore throat and painful ear. I'm so pumped to have a potential sicky at home too.

Ummm.... That's all I have time for. More later.
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(no subject) [Sep. 7th, 2008|10:21 am]
I would just like everyone to know.... THESE are the reasons why I haven't been commenting and/or updating:

1) Football/fall sport seasons are my busiest ... I'm working over 50 hours weekly.
2) We're applying for a mortgage and it is SO STRESSFUL as one can imagine. FRICK.
3) Tim is nuts with pessimism, however he's still a wonderful husband.
4) Ian IS growing cuter and more toddler-like, requiring ALL of my free time to love him...
5) We're moving into the in-laws in one week... until our mortgage is approved and we move into our townhouse that's being built.
6) Trying to figure out Plan B in terms of what if we DON'T get approved for the mortgage (and why the heck WOULDN'T we!??!).

I'm so sorry I haven't been doing anything!! I've been reading as much as I can.... Please don't hate me!
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*waves* [Aug. 16th, 2008|03:01 pm]
Almost 6 weeks later...

Life is busy. It will always be busy. It will never end. I must keep on going... I suppose I'll have time to rest when I'm dead?

Anyhoo... I have been swamped with work so much that all of my "free" time is spent having family time or cleaning. Literally. Even though I work the "40" hours, why does it seem like so much more? It's COMMUTING. It sucks the life out of you. It adds 1.5-1.75 hours to my day. SUCK. Therefore... I have no time for much else. Is that weird? I've been reading LJ every few days or so... same with checking my email! I've been reading the SAME BOOK for 5 weeks!! ARGH!

/end rant/

Work has been a lot. Right now, it's Saturday and I'm at the high school (yep, finally figured out which one!). We just finished our 4th practice of doubles... volleyball, football, and soccer. I LOVE my job.... Sure, I'm sweaty, a little sun-burned, and have been waking up at 5 am all week... but I LOVE it!! There's nothing like the beginning of a sport season! I work with 2 other Athletic Trainers right now... so there's even hope of not nearly as bad hours as it was last year! Although, the only difference is taht instead of working 1:30pm- 9 or 10pm... I'm working in the morn at the clinic and the afternoons here at the school. BUT, some of my evenings will be free!

Tim is freaking out a little bit about how LITTLE I'm actually at home... I did work 50 hours this week though. Next week will be better. So, there's been some tension at home, but we're really trying to be nice about it.

I miss Ian! I leave before he's awake... That'll get better this next week, but that poor child! Well, he is probably over it but he sure likes to be suction cupped to me when I'm home. he's acting up, too... testing and such.. as toddlers have a tendency to do. Not listening, being not himself, etc.... ARGH. AND, he's getting his molars. We think he has two, but I can only confirm one. I am NOT sticking my finger into his mouth!

One of my arms is MUCH tanner than the other one. I do wear sunscreen... just not today. Suck. I gotta get some green goo. And aspirin. My lips are burned and they hurt!

Tonight I'm going to a bachelorette party... I'm joining them for the after-dinner part.... We're trying to save money (that was YESTERDAY'S "discussion")so I opted out of dinner. Damn. It would have been really good.

this was really disjointed. I need to go... Gotta see the men before I leave for the party. And take a shower. Ugh. I smell.
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2008|08:35 am]
Wow... There's a lot of things going on in my FList... Traveling, pregnancies (yes, plural!!), medical issues, family stuff... wow. I'm so sorry I haven't been around to offer my congrats or condolences or just plain support. Know that I'm going to be better!!!

In my world... things are pretty good for the most part. A couple of annoyances here or there but mostly ok.

Immediate Family:
The baby (although, I've almost transitioned to calling him a toddler full time now.. go me!) is growing, cuter, more exasperating, and just plain more interesting. :-) Ian will be turning 2 at the end of August and I just can't believe it, although writing that cliche just about did me in. He *is* talking more, words and stuff and even a simple sentence here and there... but at his 2 year checkup, I wouldn't be surprised it he needs a consult with a speech pathologist.... Nothing to big of deal, just preventative I think. He is a boy after all! Other than that.... Ian is hilarious! He loves being outside, he's purposely goofy, and he's a little TOO good at figuring things out. Tim and I are constantly trying to figure out how to continue to stay a few steps ahead of him. Right now he LOVES trains, airplanes (and, living under major flying patterns of O'Hare International Airport, there are ALWAYS planes in the air), giving hugs and kisses (OH PLEASE keep doing this!!!), being outside to run, balls of any kind, and when mommy and daddy and baby have family together time. Ian HATES baths, not getting a bottle all the time, going to sleep, coming inside after playing, and having timeouts (but they are just so effective, that he'll have to get over it!). I don't have any pics to share yet... my camera was stolen when I was at the high school....

Tim and I are great... we've really settled into a GOOD thing in the most consistent way. I really feel that the days of complaining about him EVERY day are gone... Sure I have complaints, but Tim has really been awesome and we've really worked hard at being a true TEAM. His work is going well, too.... Consistent, challenging, and interesting. He's still working with a graphic designer as a partner and they've really been improving their mutual business. In fact, they've been working together for a year now. Remember when Tim Russert died? It was a little bit of a wake up call to my Tim.. he's been trying to be a lot more active.... when we were on vacation, it was working... but now that we're home.... sigh... it's just so HARD.

We just returned (a week ago) from our family vacation to Minnesota... This was Tim's first year of going. It was SO GOOD to have him up there.... and not just to share kid-duty either. :-) I just really love this guy. He's fun to have around. BUT... he was too funny.. I had prepped him to put his expectations in the BASEMENT when it came to our cabins.... he was still surprised. :-) It's bad. Ah well. Tim was really loving the lake and the surrounding beauty of it.... He sketched some scenes which was so fun to see.... he's been so caught up with working that this is the FIRST TIME EVER I've seen him sketch! He's a traditionally trained artist and all..... The other major part of this vacation was the extended family..... My two brothers (out of three) were there for the first time in forever... The last couple of years, I've been the only sibling up there... and it's SUCKED. I miss them a lot. And next year, perhaps ALL of my siblings will be there!!! That's 3 brothers and my SIL. This year, it was more important... One brother is being deployed for 7 months (he's in the Navy) and the other is being deployed for 2 or 3 months (he's in the Air Force/Nat'l Guard). SOOOOOOO..... yeah. I really love my siblings... and I always am missing them... Poor boys, though. ha! They now know that toddlers are "interesting." You all know what I mean... vacation with a toddler? HA! Next year, we might spare everyone and stay in a hotel. As much as Tim and I are use to Ian, they are not. My mom was awesome, too. Ian was in her bed at night so Tim and I didn't have to share in that TINY full sized bed... Speaking of my mom... it was SO GOOD to hang out with her... We talk a lot, everyday in fact... but BEING with her is different, you know? We were able to have some shopping time together, just her and I, that was really fun. Although, I accidentally helped her spend about $400 total. :-) I can't help it... I have good taste in clothes and jewelry! I was living vicariously through her. hehehehehehe Again, pictures of all of this vaca will eventually come...

Well goodness. My work at the clinic is still great... I really do like it. As for what school I will end up at... no one knows. WEll, that's not true. Communication between myself and my director or ANYONE who knows something has been non-exsistant. Annoying much? Grrrrrrr...... So, I continue not to know and no one is keeping me updated... even if there isn't any progress, I'd still like to be told. GRRRRRRR. BUT. At the least, I'll be placed at a different high school for 20 hours a week and remain at the clinic for the other 20. I have spoken with that other company, but they just aren't in a position to do anything to the level at which I would need to be in order to make a switch feasible for my family. Tim put it well when he reminded me that my family comes first.... so, I gotta stay with the good pay and great benefits... even if I'm not too happy in the location. Ah well..... I certainly don't want to stop going to Starbucks, you know? Not a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

In other news... Tim and I decided to put buying a house on hold..... We are going to move, however. In 2 months. Where you might ask? Who the heck knows! Our lease is up and we're not renewing. A little nerve-wracking, a little exciting. It would sure help to know WHERE i'll be working next year!

ok... that's all for now. I have a restless child.... :-)

PS Chrissi- Great idea on the splash park!! Perhaps the third Saturday? The 19th?
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(no subject) [Jun. 30th, 2008|07:46 am]
Good grief... I'm alive. Just got back from almost 2 weeks of a conference and then vacation.

There should be another word for a vacation with a toddler. Vacation just doesn't fit.

I will be catching up.... my guess is 25 pages? :-)

I really am still reading and everything... I miss my LJ friends!!!
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