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So, it’s been awhile.

Almost 2 years.  Do you know what happens in two years?  LIFE happens in two years.

A few posts back I acknowledged my 35th birthday by revisiting The List.  Let’s just look at the list and see where we are:

The List

1. Travel in China (cliche I know but I’d like to)
2. Travel in Russia (can’t justify my major without it)
3. Live on the East Coast (retire to Annapolis, see 4)
4. Learn how to sail (actually, have a nice boat, sail to boat shows)
5. Spend Christmas in Virginia (John, Debby- don’t move!)
6. Make Christmas Eve tamales from scratch (I cheat and buy from restaurants) (2014)
7. Tailgate at Homecoming (10 hours is not a long drive)
8. Live on the water (lake, ocean, river, doesn’t matter)
9. Learn how to sew (relearn, I’ve got the machine…) (2014- badly!)
10. Own a big old house with nice woodwork, claw foot tubs and radiators (I love me some radiant heat)

11. Have another baby (that would be 4 kids) (2014)
12. Have a VBAC (not because I feel cheated, but because there is no reason not to)*N/A
13. Learn how to can something (Pepper jelly? Pickled Cabbage?  The possibilities!)
14. Do something official with Breastfeeding (IBCLC? Aim high!)
15. Belong to a CSA (2013-2015)
16. Work out regularly (at least 3 days a week)
17. Learn how to do my hair (properly)
18. Own a bonafide CUTE purse
19. Learn how to frost a cake (well)
20. Travel to northern Europe and see where my ancestors came from (Sweden, Norway)

21. Join a Church
22. Get the boys baptized (2013)
23. Enter something in the State Fair (2014)
24. Win a State Fair Ribbon
25. Walk the lake 3 times a week (Harriet, Calhoun…)
26. Stop biting my nails (a new habit of mine)
27. Take a weekend getaway with my husband
28. Get to the library every week
29. Learn how to plant a vegetable garden
30. Get involved with Autism advocacy in some way

Seven things are off the list:

– I made Tamales this Christmas, and they were amazing.  I can’t believe it took me this long.
– I started sewing on my new machine, and it’s actually a million times easier than on my old machine.  I’m still pretty bad at it, but I’m getting better, and I now have it out and ready to go at all times, so it’s not a big deal to sit down and sew.
– Shortly after we moved into our house, I kind of panicked a bit, and we made the decision to have another baby.  S will be 1 in March.

– We joined a CSA the spring before we moved, and we’ve really loved it.  We just signed up for our 3rd year, AND, we added the cheese share. Who doesn’t like fancy cheese?
– I made the decision to stop fighting my gray streak, and I have been slowly getting all of my highlights crown out and cut off.  In the meantime, I figured out that I like my hair shorter, and it’s actually pretty easy to maintain if I actually put some product in it right after showering.  It took me almost 37 years to get here.
– The boys were baptized at our church in 2013, and it was pretty great.  I was really nervous about the whole thing, but they just made us feel so welcomed and at ease about the whole thing.  I love our church, even if getting there isn’t something that happens very often.
– I entered my candied jalapenos in the state fair, and was pretty bummed when I didn’t win, considering there were only 8 entries in my category.  When we visited the exhibit I immediately knew that I had been disqualified- I used a half pint jar instead of a pint jar.  Next year I will be sure to use the correct jar size!

On top of those things,  we bought our first house; survived another hyperemesis plagued pregnancy; I had a freak accident while pulling up carpet that necessitated hand surgery, we graduated the twins from day treatment; started them in kindergarten; took a family trip to Wisconsin with my in-laws (and survived!); and started the long slog of figuring out what makes Tonka tick.

It has been a very full, very overwhelming, and very exciting two years at our house.  I’m kind of ready for things to slow down a bit.

I’m also excited to get back to this space now that things are starting to calm down in the baby department.  He’s almost walking, still nursing, cutting teeth like crazy, and I’m trying to soak up every minute of it.  He is the absolute last baby, unless there is an act of God. I didn’t realize I loved this stage so much, but it’s pretty awesome and I’m going to miss it.

Our house is finally getting put together.  Word to the wise: do not get pregnant immediately after moving if you have terrible pregnancies, everything will get put on hold until the baby is like 6 months old.  I finally got things up on our walls when I was decorating for Christmas- 18 months after we moved in.  Overall we have a long way to go until it’s where I want it to be, but we are actually starting to do things and work towards the vision.

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.  It’s a good life.



Relax. You can do this.

Things are finally starting to take shape over here.

School has been in full swing for about a month now.  Transportation issues have been worked out with both the school and Day Treatment.  Who knew that being an advocate for your special needs child meant putting your foot down over car seat safety?  It definitely wasn’t on my list of things I might have to deal with over the years.

Sleep.  After months of middle of the night wake-ups and earlier and earlier mornings (5:30 anyone?) we decided to drop the boys nightly melatonin.  So far it’s been good.  They fall asleep easily on school nights, weekends are a bit trickier as we don’t run them nearly as ragged as a 6 hour school day does but it’s much more manageable.  No more midnight wake-ups.  No more early mornings.  Now that I’m thinking about it- no more hair pulling!  I’ll take it.

We’ve implemented a few weekend traditions just to try and keep a little routine for the boys.

Friday night is movie night on mom and dad’s bed- so far, Puss in Boots has been the request the last 2 weeks.  It’s pretty cute and has plenty of stuff added in there for adults that kids won’t catch- I mean really, the first scene is Puss leaving a kitty one night stand!  L is the only one who sticks with it the whole time (he loves the “baby goose”), W usually ditches halfway through to go to bed and J is busy tearing up everything in sight but it’s fun to have something to look forward to at the end of a busy week.

Saturday night is Pizza Party night.  We put out a spread of toppings and let the boys go to town.  The boys seem to enjoy it (although a lot of it ends up in their mouths before it hits the oven) and the possibilities are pretty much endless so I don’t think we’ll get tired of that anytime soon.

Also: I’m Baking!  I haven’t baked in forever because with only window units to keep us cool, running the oven in the summer is not an option.  Seriously.  It was mid 80’s today and I was sweating like crazy while I was washing dishes and it dawned on me while we were eating dinner- I have the oven at 425 to bake pizza, I’m standing over steamy water and I have nary a fan on or a window open let alone the A/C- of course I’m hot!  I was seriously ready to lose my shit.  Apparently heat and humidity make me cranky.  It’s almost October- why is it so hot?!

But, back to what I was saying- I baked a cake last week (So good- the boys were eating it by the handful every time they had the opportunity to get into the fridge.  I was a little disappointed to come home last Saturday to find nothing but crumbs left.), Toffee Bars on Wednesday, Jell-O Cookies today, I think I’m making Saltine Toffee Cookies aka Cookie Crack tomorrow to bring to my mom’s…it’s a good thing I’m back at the gym because all this butter and sugar is going right into my mouth.

I almost feel like a regular sane person with all of the normal things that are happening in my life.

(Um, I’m already head first into a stream of consciousness post so I’m just going to go for it- ya with me?)

We had a busy day planned today: haircuts for the twins, a mid-morning run for Yogi Dad around Lake Calhoun and a neighborhood block party this afternoon.

First.  The haircuts.  I’ll just say I’m not impressed.  Probably 50% of the boys haircuts have been done by my fabulous sister who is a stylist extraordinaire who happens to live in Kansas City.  She cuts their hair and they look fab, like little hipster men.  When we try and recreate that at the local kids hair place, we end up with cuts that miss the mark by about a hundred miles or look like something I could have done with my non-existent hair cutting skills.  I think I need to find somewhere else to take them but taking them to my stylist seems like a bit much.  At least my sis will be here in December and she can fix them up a bit.

Later on when we were ready to walk out the door for the block party I decided to double check my neighborhoods Facebook page (does your neighborhood have a Facebook page?  I was so excited to see that mine does- a great way to meet people I might not otherwise meet) to see what exactly was going to be there.  Of course, we found that it started much earlier than we thought and we missed it by about 20 minutes.  There were two parts to it- the family friendly part and the drinks on the patio shindig for adults only.  Of course I assumed the adults only portion would start a little bit later than 2.  My bad.  We’d been talking about it for weeks and were a bit disappointed that we had overlooked the time but we rolled with it.  We had promised the boys a treat and so we jumped in the car took a drive around the lakes instead- all three boys chowed down on a cake pop and then promptly fell asleep as we drank coffee and talked.  I love talking to my husband.  It never gets old.

Tomorrow is another busy day and then Monday we have school pictures.  Awesome. There is something that seems so normal about getting school pictures.  Something completely typical.  I love it.  Even if they turn out just so so.

Which reminds me *I* just had the blogger equivalent of a school photo taken!  Last weekend I attended the 3rd annual Minnesota Blogger Conference and I had my first ever professional headshots taken.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m serious when I tell you I was blown away.  I’m usually cropping my face out of a family photo- usually one where I am holding a baby so you get the tiny baby forehead in the picture too.  Not this time- this time it’s all me and I must say- I think I look GREAT!  Thanks so much to Glimpses of Soul Photography for volunteering your time to get all of use bloggers pretty pics for all of our various avatars!

Not bad, eh?

Yikes!  I better stop before I hit 1,000 words!

(Too late.)


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