The Blur

We’re moving to our new house this weekend…if all goes as planned.  If you didn’t know, we’ve been living with my parents for 3+ months to look for a job, get rejuvenated, and “bond” our family, if you will…  We moved here when Baby D was almost 2 months old.  We, of course, thought we wouldn’t be here but 6ish weeks.  Well, God had other plans.  Plans that were well worth waiting for.  We’re excited about our move and hubby’s new job.  We have enjoyed living here and will miss Grammy & Grampy, for sure.  They were a tremendous help and the time that the boys got to spend with them was priceless.

Back to the story, Baby D started sleeping through the night soon after we moved here.  (and let’s pray that he continues to do so!!!)  :o)  But I sit here thinking what it was like when we first moved in and I barely remember any of it.  WHY is that?  I was thinking the other day about how I don’t remember much from this part of Fussybuckets’ life.  Of course then, I had a good reason to feel like a zombie because he was sleeping horribly, up every 45 mins – 3 hours, and continued to sleep horribly for a while.  Thank goodness for pictures!

Two months old

5 months old – Easter

I remember the day the above picture was taken, simply because it was Easter.  He was sleeping better at night, but I remember trying to get him to sleep at church.  He refused to!  He just kept popping his head up and looking around at all the people!  He always has been curious and interested in other people!  I think he stayed up for 6 or so hours!  It was crazy!

6 1/2 months old

This is when it starts getting good and the memories come flooding back.  My friends have told me that you just gotta survive for the first 6 months, and then it gets better!  I really do believe that.  Baby D is 5 1/2 months old and getting more and more fun all of the time.  He is able to stay awake longer and while he never does anything at the same time every day, he’s falling into a routine.  He’s still taking short naps, but he throws a long one in there every once in awhile. 

I don’t know why “The Blur” exists.  I mean, most of us look forward to the day that we have kids.  We are filled with excitement when pregnant, make all of these big plans, and then in my case at least, it was just survival those first few months with Fussybuckets.  How is that even cool?  OH well.  Like I said, at least we have pictures.  And air conditioners…  ha!  My dad was telling me that the summer when he was a newborn, the highs were over 100 every day for like, 90 days.  (correct me if I’m wrong, Dad!) My grandma had FOUR other kids to take care of, and no air conditioner.  I cannot even imagine.  Our ancestors were tough, amazing people.  Wow.
So, I’m trying to be super thankful for what we have.  We really are spoiled, you know.  And I’m also trying to take lots of pictures and be mindful to create positive, memorable experiences with my kids!  Often times I fail, but I just gotta keep trying!
Have a great day!

winner! Learning Link Technologies Giveway!

We have a winner for the Learning Link Technologies Giveaway!

Congratulations……Alice L.!

Thanks for entering!  Check out our other giveaways:  OxiClean and Soaps!

Happy Memorial Day

Giveaway: Yummy soaps!

A few weeks ago, I was the winner of some yummy smelling soaps at on online giveaway from the gOOdie site.  I wasn’t familiar with The gOOdie Site, but it is a place full of GOODIES! (of course!)  This is from her website:

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Hattie, the owner of The gOOdie Site and Gagey Gage Designs, has agreed to give our readers a chance to win a package full of soaps!  The winner will receive 1 loaf slice of 6 different kinds of soaps, plus a few full size bars of soap!  What a cool assortment!

This is what I received in my prize:

CUTE baby bottle soap made with  Goat’s Milk glycerin.  Can be tinted in Turquoise, Pink, or Yellow!

beautiful soaps!

“Sea Glass Soap Loaf Slice is a unique blend of Olive Oil glycerin base with Goat’s Milk “Shards”. Different color “shards” are combined into the soap for a beautiful looking slice. Himalayan Sherpa Pink Salt is also embedded into the transparent base. Himalayan Sherpa Pink Salt is considered the purest salt in the world.”

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Simply fill out the Google Doc below!  First question is one mandatory entry, all other entries are optional, but add up!  Just check each box if you’ve done it and you’ll get another entry to win!  Giveaway will end at 11:59 PM, central time, on June 10, 2001!  Open to all US citizens, 18 years old and older.

Saturday Randomness

Thanks, Hubs, for the sweet, super secret posting you made yesterday!  Thanks for working so hard for our family!  He, along with my wonderful in-laws and some new friends from church primed the three bedrooms and did other things, I’m sure!  I’m bummed that I can’t be there, but I’ve got two boys recovering from a cold and they need to be in their own beds for now.

Other things to note:

Captain Fussybuckets has a bladder that must be the size of Texas.  Is it weird to be jealous of your son’s bladder?  Is it weird to be posting this on a public website?  The answer to both of those is probably yes.  HA!  But he has been dry upon waking for the past week or more, so last night we went sans diaper and he woke up, dilly dallied a bit, and then finally went potty.  I can’t believe it!  I think my son is officially potty trained!  *sniff, sniff*  (totally joking!!  I’m happy to only be changing one son’s diapers!!)

Don’t forget to enter our two giveaways:  Learning Link Technologies (ending 5/30) and OxiClean (ending 6/2)!  ANY US citizen can win!  And if you’re in some other part of the world reading this, you can win the online version from Learning Link!  And leave a comment if you or someone you know has entered the OxiClean contest on Facebook!  That sounds totally awesome and I can’t wait to see who wins!

Okay, everyone have a SAFE weekend and a good Memorial Day.  Remember why you get the day off, if you do.  It’s not just all about bar-b-queing, folks.  Thanks to all the people that have served in our military, to keep our country safe.  And thank you to the families who have supported their family member.  Your job is important, too!

Quick shout out!

Hubby here.  Just want to give a quick shout out to my amazing wife.  I’ve drug her all over Texas trying to find the right job for us to relocate to.  These trips take a huge toll on her and our children, and she has been such an amazing support for me.  Our kids have just shuffled along, not knowing what’s going on.  Usually it takes a week or two for them to get back on a normal schedule after a weekend trip.  Well, when you travel 3 weekends in a row that doesn’t allow much reacclimation.  I love you so much honey, and I’m so glad you can finally rest.  After we are done moving! haha! I’m going to work on the new house this weekend, and I am so grateful that the wife is willing to keep the kids here.

Flats & Handwashing Challenge: Day 4 – Coming Clean

“Well I’m here to admit my deep secret.  I haven’t been completely honest, so I feel it’s time to fess up.  My first washing experience was great right?  Guess why?  Oh yeah, that absence of poop…

Well not today folks.  Today’s washing experience incorporated what my husband affectionately called “poopsplosion.”  Is that too much information, dear readers?  I feel like I have to come clean, because my diapers certainly look like they didn’t.  I’ve seen tips where people talk about using brushes and such to get out stains, I just don’t find myself being that dedicated to the cause when it comes right down to it.  Of course, I’m not really that crazy about stains with my regular stash either.  We can never forget, these are designed to catch poop. Stains and poop happen. (that takes me back to an awesome 80’s bumper sticker!)

I’m tempted now to see if a wet pail would help with staining issues.  It seems like with the hand washing you might need a little more soak time.  Maybe I could get a wet pail with a little OxiClean (have you entered Captain Fussybuckets’ OxiClean giveaway yet?)

So, I ended up with 5 stained diapers and placed them over my railing to dry and when I went to gather them, only one still had a stain.  Bonus for me and props to the sun.  Who needs bleach when you have a mass of incandescent gas shining on you?

So my conscience and my diapers are now clean and we can move on to new and better things. Wet pails! Aren’t you excited?”


One job ends, another begins!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, today ends the 30 year career of my favorite teacher…my mom!  Today is her last day teaching children in a classroom, as she is retiring.  We are so proud of her and all of her accomplishments.  30 years….can you imagine how many kids she has taught to read, write, add, along with other countless things? She has made a difference in the lives of so many kids!  But I’m a little excited to know that she will be more readily available to assist in teaching our kids and her other two grandchildren!  Congratulations, Grammy!!

Playing in one of his favorite places — Grammy’s classroom!

Also…I am happy to be able to announce that my hubby has a job!  We have searched for, prayed for, and followed the way to our new church home, where he will be the youth and family minister.  We are SO excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get out there!  Congratulations, Honey!!!

Two little ones does make it more difficult, though, but we anticipate moving in the next two weeks.  Most of our stuff is still in storage, so that takes a huge load off.  Well, someone still has to MOVE the huge load….lol…but at least *I* don’t have to pack it up again!  ha!

Last but not least…I have to throw this in for the biggest Dallas Mavericks fan ever (hubby!)….WAY TO GO, MAVS!!!  They’re going to the NBA FINALS!!!

Flats & Handwashing Challenge: Day 3 – Using Locally Available Products

Day 3 started out badly.  Not only did my toddler run a 103 fever all day but my little girl reached a high point in our battle against reflux.  So, we had an impromptu doctors visit.  I tend to not “do cloth” at my doctors because there is always a lot of diaper on and off things have to be done.  Well, this time I had no choice.  I said I would diaper in flats all week and well that’s what I’m going to do.  I was amazed by how questioning the staff was about my choice of diapering. Have they really never seen a modern cloth diaper?? 

Ok back to the task at hand. My three goals for this challenge were simple:
#1 use flats instead of my normal stash – CHECK
#2 Wash flats and covers by hand – CHECK
#3 use locally available products – ummm

So far, I’ve done two of the three but I was dragging my feet when it came to trying the dreaded plastic pant!  First off, it’s ridiculous that I live in a major metropolitan area and there isn’t a local diaper shop.  I hear there is one about 45 miles away but I don’t see me traveling that far for diapers, not when the Internet is so accessible.  I also don’t know anyone who has been to said shop and the phone number associated with it doesn’t seem to work anymore so, who knows if there is even one still there. 

Of course, I do need to mention that most baby stores carry one brand of cloth diapers.  I can’t speak to the quality of these diapers but I’m not a fan of the hybrid diaper and when I examined them, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out the reasoning for the weird sling contraption inside.  So for the sake of this discussion, we will discuss flats and covers only. 

The local items I’ve purchased and added to this week’s stash are flour sack towels from the local super store and a dappi diaper cover.  I should mention the cover wasn’t obtained locally because I could only find 12-18 month and 2t-3t pants instead of newborn but at least they were available.
So far, the towels have been great.  They are bigger than the ones I got off the net but they work just as good.  I spent 1.57 per from the internet and about .99 cents at Wally world. My only issue is I have a couple towels just like that for my kitchen and I keep getting them mixed up. Embellishment is a must for them. 

I finally put the pant on today and they seem to fit well and haven’t leaked. Sure, they bring me back to yesteryear and give me nightmares of parachute pants, but they aren’t the worst thing ever. 

Oh yeah and as you can see, they make a ultra adorable “mushroom butt” on my beautiful little girl. And yes, I did get better pics but nothing with as awesome of a smile :) 

So I think it is possible to diaper locally.  I know there are people doing fancy things with used sheets and rain coats but I’ll stick to my towels and parachute hot pants.  With all three goals completed, what will I talk about tomorrow.  Truthfully, I don’t even know but tune in to find out what I dream up.” 

Way to go, Eileen!!!  Two more days!!!!

Tigger does mirrors!

Both of the boys are sick with a cold or allergies of some sort, but we’re making the most out of our day!  Did you know that Tigger does mirrors?