Saturday, October 30, 2010

The never ending drive home...

Yesterday I ventured to Maple Grove with Shane & Taylor. I purchased a "man house" (a.k.a. dollhouse for boys) last week at Home Goods for the daycare. I didn't have enough room in my vehicle to bring it home so I needed to pick it up. I was planning on having a shopping date with Laura--my final Friday of freedom, but my sub for the daycare, Twyla, and Josh both got sick over night. We had big plans---Ikea, Arbor Lakes, Caribou, girl talk, etc, but I told Laura to go with out me.

I didn't think I would be able to bring the boys in order to put the house in the back of my car. I called the store when they opened and got the measurements---Jack pot, it would fit in the back! I scrambled to get myself ready and load the kiddos in the car. (I even skipped getting my skinny latte at Caribou) We arrived at lunch time and met up with Laura. We had ate at Potbelly's---mmm, mmm, mmm

Laura and I spurred the economy of Arbor Lakes. Stopped in at Anthropology (one of my fav stores) found a couple of Christmas presents, headed to Express and found some "work" shirts--that was my excuse to buy them and to J.Crew and Banana Republic where we both were able to find new jeans. Finding jeans on is like tearing out a hang nail, ok not that bad, but I never look forward to it. Banana Republic jeans fit the best out of any other brand that I have tried on. My old jeans from there actually fit now, but when I went on to try on the same size--no such luck. I guess I really have stretched the other ones out. I was really impressed with the customer service I received there. The ladies were so helpful and even didn't mind my wild son running around and jumping off chairs. They brought Logan crayons and books to keep him entertained in the dressing room. They went out of their way to find the perfect jeans and too top it off I only paid $37!! (they were on sale)

After an exciting shopping outing with Laura, the boys and I head to Home Goods to pick up the man house. Annie met up with us there and we headed to Starbucks for a spontaneous coffee date. We were on the road at 6pm, tummy's were full & diapers were clean. I called my hubby to let him know we would be home soon and that I would pick up dinner. Both boys were asleep by the time I hit Rogers & I was looking forward to a quiet ride home. As I approached the exit signs to St. Cloud I hear Shane start to fuss. Fussing quickly turned in to screaming. I was in trouble. Shane was hungry and I didn't have anymore food with me. I quickly take the next exit off and head to Target, all the while Shane is still crying. The boys and I hurry in, purchase some formula and set up camp in the restaurant area. Since we were going to be there for awhile and it was 7pm I figured Logan and I should eat too. We ended up sponging 1.5 hours there between eating and changing diapers. Logan was over tired (my fault, no nap) and didn't want to eat, so I had to use bribery (not something I like to do, but I was desperate). Logan faced the ICEE machine, which he just experienced for the first time a month ago, so I said if you eat your food you can have one. Of course it worked So, once again, tummy's are full and diapers are clean and we are back on the road; it's now 8:30pm. As I drive through West Port Shane starts to cry (again). I'm now officially speeding and thinking the Osakis exit can't come soon enough. I wasn't about too pull over on the side of the road in the dark. Finally, I'm off the freeway. I race out to see what Shane needs. He doesn't want his nuk or his bottle so I decide he is just going to have to cry it out. The tension headache has set in. I crank up the radio and dream of pulling into the garage and handing Shane to Josh. We reached our destination at 9:30 and I couldn't be more happier to be home.

Sorry for my rambling and possibly boring you with this post. I have decided that next time I will do a couple things differently 1) have another able body in the vehicle to help with the kiddos 2) have better time management 3) keep bag up formula in the car with a bottled water. Overall it was a really fun afternoon with my friends and boys. Logan did very well for not having a nap and was a good listener for most of the time. My boys' wives will one day appreciate my hard work of introducing my boys to the art of shopping...and enjoying it.

Well, I'm off to a Halloween Party and am not very excited about dressing up. I"m going to be a sailor. It was a last minute purchase I picked up at Target today. I'm feeling a bit on the frumpy side today, so my fat pants and a sweatshirt sound way better. The boys are going to be staying with grandma and grandpa since Logan did not nap today. My darling husband is trying to convince me otherwise. I have to follow through on consequences and really am not in the mood to deal with his over tiredness. I'm looking forward to just being with my man.

Pictures to follow soon.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


It's a windy, rainy day in A-Town and I'm sitting in my fav coffee shop feeling inspired to begin a blog, so here I am. I plan on using this as my journal. I am a mother of two little boys and a daycare provider so I always have fun stories to share.

This is my last full week of maternity leave--tear, tear. I have quite enjoyed my time off from working and would have no problem changing my career to Homemaker. That isn't in the cards right now, so I will savor my last days off. I'm a little nervous adjusting to working 10 hour days, running a business & caring for my boys and home. Little Shane isn't sleeping through the night and his feeding schedule is still every 2-3 hours. (The boy can eat!) With God on my side, all things are possible! I will need to start to ween myself from my daily coffee stops. I have felt pretty spoiled these last 9 weeks doing what I want to when I want too. I guess it's my reward for carrying my precious little boy for the past nine months and working up until the day he was delivered. (side time I am prego, remind me not to do that) I am so thankful that I do not have to bring Shane to daycare; that was so hard to do with Logan. God has blessed me with the opportunity to run my own and I couldn't be happier. The few years that my sweet little boys will be home are that too savor.

I can't believe how much Logan has grown up--he's such a big boy! We just celebrated his third Birthday last week. He brings so much joy and energy into our home. From the moment he wakes up he is ready to go; I think his feet are running from the moment he gets out of bed. He reminds of Jack Jack from one of the Disney movies. It's been so sweet to watch him interact with his new baby brother. His names for his brother are "My Baby," "Peanut" & Shane Taylor. When Shane starts to cry in the car I can hear Logan sweetly say to his brother, "Peanut, it's OK. When we get home I'll take you out of your car seat and hold you. It's OK Peanut." He melts my heart! Logan is all boy and a total daddy's boy. He loves to do whatever dad is doing. You will often find him dressed up as a construction worker "fixing things." (Him fixing things, leads to Josh re-fixing them, but it's the thought that counts, right?) He also loves to play monster, football, baseball & wrestling. He is a huge fan of Frett Favre (Brett Favre) and re-inacts how he throws the football. He turns everything into a gun. For his Birthday he asked for a Pink BB Gun. We told him when he starts to go potty in the toilet then he can have one. Logan is very compassionate. He makes sure that everyone around him is included and actually is good at sharing. I'm constantly amazed at his memory and how he remembers the little things. Tuesday's (a.k.a "Naughty Boy Tuesday") he gets to spend time with his MiMi and Papa. He gets to be a part of MiMi's prayer group, shoot the BB gun, drink pop, eat M's (M&Ms) and visit KaKa (Auntie Erika & the Twins) and then gets sent home to his father and I. Logan also loves Toy Story. He's a huge fan of Woody & Buzz Lightyear. He received a Buzz Lightyear costume for his Birthday and loves to run around the house saying "To Infinity and Beyond," "No push my buttons, I'm a real space ranger!" Logan loves to help. It doesn't matter what Josh or I are doing he wants to be a part of whatever it is--cleaning the house, organizing the garage, making dinner, etc. I can't wait to see what God has in store for my son's life. I pray that one day (soon) he will come to know the Lord as his personal Savior.

Shane Taylor came into this world Wednesday, August 25th. He was 7 lbs & 9 oz, 20 1/4 inch and had a full head of hair! He has a very sweet disposition. He is a fabulous eater and started sleeping 4-5 hours at night the first week of life. He can burp and pass gas like a man and is already standing. He coos at us and has a great smile. It's so fun to have a baby again. I have been cherishing my one-on-one time with Shane. Snuggling and kissing him is one of my favorite pass times. A couple of weeks ago we brought Shane to the ER late on a Sunday night. He had spiked of fever of almost 103 degrees and was making a grunting noise. We had just returned home from our first family vacation in Duluth. The doctors ran tests on Shane and found out he had pneumonia in his right lung. Shane and I ended up spending the next two nights in the hospital. He has fully recovered and is back to his sweet self.

God has given me the most amazing man, Josh. We met my Sophomore year in college and the rest is history. He is everything, and more, that I prayed for. (I seriously had a list) I am amazed at how he father's our children. He is a great leader and my best friend. I am blessed to call him my husband.

Well, you have now read a little bit about me and my boys. I hope you enjoy my blog.