Monday, March 31, 2014

Cousin Party

Fiori had a birthday party at Sky Zone last Tuesday night, just hours before DP and Mike arrived home.  I ended up getting the kids there late because we went to a location that the venue was at previously, all the way across town.  Turned out it was actually about 5 minutes away from my house.  The kids didn't seem to mind too much, the three of them still had a blast jumping on the trampolines, and enjoyed pizza and cake before the present opening.  Claire sure enjoyed eating the pizza that was bigger than her head.

Waiting patiently for pizza.

Since the uncles missed it, they decided they would throw a birthday party for the girls this weekend, and DP messaged all the parents from Cancun.  Ok, so we were having a party at our house.  Fine.  Problem is, we didn't have a birthday party for the boys.  Hell, I don't even buy the kids presents for their birthdays, and until recently, didn't go to their parties.  Gigi and Ramses will tell you, "Aunty does so much for us on a regular basis that she doesn't need to buy us presents."  (I brainwashed them.)  These days I have to because I take Claire, but if DP can then I jump at the chance to bail.  It's not that I don't care about birthdays, but despite the fact that I love my nieces and nephews, I'm just not much of a kid person.  And I pretty much loathe kid-friendly places like Chuck E. Cheese's.

I also need to add, before you people start being appalled about my lack of enthusiasm for birthdays, that my 3 nephews have birthdays within a month of each other (around Christmas, double suck) and 2 nieces who have birthdays within 4 days of each other!  I'm not a Grinch, I'm just poor.

But DP convinced me, so we had a birthday party.  With a piñata.

It was chaotic and, even though the piñata was hung and smashed at a neighbourhood park, the tissue paper and candy wrapper remnants are all over my house.  DP grilled up some turkey dogs and they had cupcakes before we took them all home.  The kids had a blast so we can just vacuum later.  No biggie.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cancun Swag

I couldn't wait to see the crap DP brought home from Mexico.  And our loot didn't disappoint.  He had already posted this bracelet he got the baby on Facebook, but he ended up getting matching ones for himself, me, Gigi, Ramses, and Fiori.

He also bought Claire a beautiful handmade Rosary with wooden beads.

And my mom and I each got matching seashells for the house.  I remember always having these around when I was growing up, so it means a lot to me to have one in my home too now.  When he showed me, it actually evoked some emotions I never knew I had about these things.  It totally took me back to growing up in Vancouver, and I began to remember the way the house smelled.  I liked my childhood.

My favourite souvenir though, has to be this Mexican wrestling mask.

The last thing I got were a couple of spring break type tanks.  Totally my style, and just shows how well DP knows me.  Except that one of them is way too small.  So apparently absence makes the heart remember your wife skinnier than she actually is.  I hung it in the bathroom as my weight-loss inspiration.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daddy's Home

DP brought us presents!  Claire and I went to pick him up from the airport but it was after 10pm and she was asleep, so she hadn't realized he came home.  She woke up crying in the night and when he went to comfort her, she did the funniest double-take upon seeing his face.  I wish I could have seen it. 

He kept her home from school on Thursday and said she was so sweet and happy all day.  Which is weird because when I came home from work she was wearing just a diaper with boots, drinking soda and eating ice cream.  Yeah, daddy's home alright.  I gave them the evil eye and went for a run alone.  My 7 day visitor's pass at the gym is up this weekend, so I wanted to get a couple of good 5-milers in on the treadmill while I could.

On Friday, we went to Buffalo Wild Wings after work so we could teach Claire how to properly participate in March Madness.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

8 Mile

I walked into my neighbourhood gym and asked for a 7-day pass.  This way I could leave the baby with my mother-in-law and get in a quick run.  I had forgotten how simple it is to just lace up some running shoes and walk into a gym.  You don't have to take the sun's placement in the sky into consideration, or dress in layers, dress the baby in layers, pack snacks/water/sunscreen/an extra diaper, etc.  You just go. 

That was Saturday after work.  On Monday was the true test, I had 8 miles to do.  I decided to work out a new path that the City of Henderson built alongside St. Rose Parkway.  And I was glad I did because it's lovely.  It's wide and divided, and people follow the unspoken rules of passing and walking on the right side.  So we parked at the M Resort then ran out 4 miles, which were super hard for me.  I was worried about the way back but just kept trekking.  Turns out I was running into the wind so the way back was a tad easier. 

The turnaround point was in front of a hospital, and they had a giant lawn so I let Claire out to play for a bit.  I ended up walking much of the 8th mile but I didn't push myself.  I haven't run a half marathon in 3+ years so I have realistic expectations for this one.  I just want to be able to finish it without injuring any body parts.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Frozen Screening

I officially crossed over into Crazy Mom territory and bought the movie Frozen for my one and a half year old.  We don't even have a DVD player!  So what do I do with it?  Have a Frozen screening party of course.  I created an invitation and Gigi quickly pointed out that I got the date wrong.  (Oops, too much excitement.)

It was cute and the kids loved the idea.  They all came over and had Frozen colouring pages to keep them busy while I got it set up.  I served popcorn, carrot sticks and ranch, and Gatorade.  The kids got a kick out of my labels.  Halfway through the movie I surprised them with a marshmallow and m&ms treat, inspired by Olaf of course.

The kids had an absolute blast.  And since Claire couldn't come because it was past her bedtime, I gave her a Frozen-inspired manicure.  I can't wait until she can enjoy these kinds of things with us.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Claire and Fiori, Sitting in a Pool

Hello summer!  The girls haven't gotten new swimsuits yet, but that didn't stop them.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Trying Times

This week has been a tad difficult being home alone with the baby. 

On days I work it's not as bad, but Monday was rough.  We slept in, went for a long run, had a long nap, then I was like, ok what now?  So we played outside, had a long bath and went to bed early.  It was kind of lonely. 

Last night Claire sat in her high chair for 30 minutes in front of Monsters University so I could make dinner.  And this morning, 15 minutes in front of Cars 2 while I packed our lunches.  (Thank God for sequels!)  It's not even really that hard I don't think, it's more just tedious.  And like, I can't get through a simple task before she's up in my grill being all, "Mummy, mummy, mummy, up."  Or, "Mummy, mummy, mummy, outside." 

Speaking of lunches, these were ours.  There's totally something wrong with this picture!

Mine - tuna salad and crackers

Claire's - grilled swai, sautéed green beans,
and (her favourite) avocado
On the upside, it's really nice coming home to the house being exactly the way I left it.  I still don't think it's worth it though.  And I know, it hasn't even been a week.  But damn, I think if DP ever died I would move back in with my parents. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Love You Bath (TMI)

I have been putting Claire in the bath lately.  She always showers so this is something new for her.  Plus bubbles.  Mom Confession: I started putting Claire in the bath to keep her busy so I can get stuff done, or to keep her occupied in a non-messy environment if I'm trying to stretch out bedtime.

Anyway, this morning I let her sleep in, so I had my shower alone and then put her in the bath while I got ready.  She was so sweet.  Kept saying, "Love yoooouuuuu!" and smiling at me.  Just sitting there, no splashing, no screaming, it was perfect. 

Until I realized she poo'd in the tub and was just chillin in there with it.
No wonder she was so happy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 Miles

What?  I know! 

It's the furthest I've run since having the baby.  I was so worried about my half marathon training because running is really hard for me lately, I'm carrying extra weight (on myself) and pushing extra weight (Claire) so even a simple couple of miles seems tough.  I was also concerned about doing this outside and with the baby since I'm slow these days, and it would mean over an hour in the heat for the both of us, with her strapped in a stroller the whole time.  It ended up being okay because I left the house around 9am when it was only about 70 degrees.  Also, Claire ended up passing out.  Must have been the fresh air.

She woke up in a playful mood just a short distance from home, so I let her out to play while I did some stuff in the garage.  Well after a while I noticed she was being unusually quiet and I couldn't see her.  Turns out she had found a candy and was hiding from me in a couple of our recycling bins.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lenten Mass

I took Claire to church on Sunday, something we rarely do.  I think we've been twice since she was born.  I expected her to behave like a monster but she actually surprised me and was pretty good.  She was quiet and stayed in the pew.  She even sang along to the Hymns and said "Amen" appropriately.

Plus, Sunday dress!  She poses for me and says cheese now, so I take full advantage.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Come On Man

I took Claire with me to Target on Sunday because I needed to replace my rice cooker.  She climbed out of the cart, ran over to the Dollar Spot and punched all the bagged coffee off the shelf, then threw a ridiculous tantrum.  It was so out of left-field that I just stood there with a "wtf" look on my face.  I had to carry her kicking and screaming out of the store.  She's 19 months, I am not ready for this.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lego Movie

So with DP gone, it was up to me to find a fun outing for the kids this weekend.  I am not that creative though, he takes them places like the roller rink and the animal shelter (who even knew that would be fun idea?) so I had to pull out the big guns.

I decided to take them to the drive-in.  They haven't been yet but when I was telling them about the giant screen, they were like, "Aunty we know, DJ and Pete went to the drive-in on Full House."  Fine.  So on Saturday night I picked them up from my mom (in exchange for Claire, who can't sit through a whole movie just yet) and we drove out to North Las Vegas.  We picked up pizzas from Cici's, then Slurpees and snacks from 7-eleven.  You know stocking up on supplies just builds the excitement, so after getting everything Ramses says to me, "Aunty, this fun like when Uncle is here."  Gee thanks.

So we went to see Lego Movie, and the kids questioned me when I backed up to the screen instead of facing it.  They always act like I don't know what I'm doing.  Anyway, so I told them to get out and I opened the trunk.  I had brought blankets and pillows and we put down the seats.  I thought they were going to die.  They thanked me like 40 times. 

There was a surprise twist at the end so the movie actually turned out to be good.  And I realized what was on all of those damn cups I kept finding in the dishwasher, thanks to McDonald's for the product tie-ins.  I had to explain to the kids how the Kragle was Krazy Glue and the piece de resistance was the cap, but they got it for the most part.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


So the husband went on spring break.  I wonder if this is something people in other parts of the country do.  I've been vacationing for spring break for as long as I can remember, and being out of school didn't stop me.  Even last year, with a baby, I did it.  So this year I sent DP with the guys on spring break.  He REALLY wanted me to come (like I would want to go to Cancun with 3 dudes - 2 of whom are single) but I did debate it.  I just didn't feel comfortable leaving the baby for 14 days.  Plus I've been on beach vacations like that so I didn't really feel like I was missing out, although I had a pang of jealousy when my cousin sent me this picture.  It looks beautiful.

He wanted pics of the kids so I did one better and sent him this video.

The first night her dad was gone, Claire got a bloody nose.  I only noticed because I took her into the bathroom with me but she went right back to sleep afterward.  She was cute though, she got some blood on her hand then showed me and said, "What's at?"  I said blood.  So she said, "Blood," rather matter-of-factly.  And that was that.  I wonder if it was from the accident but it never happened again and she seemed fine, so I didn't give it a second thought.  It was really warm that night so it could have been that she overheated. 

My parents have been babysitting for me so I didn't have to take time off work to keep Claire.  Even though this is the weekend of the big move.  They are pretty excited to get out of the apartment and their new house is really nice, plus the kids are there to hang out with the baby while they get stuff done.  I miss DP, but I'm shamefully enjoying this weekend.  As are the kids.

Friday, March 14, 2014

My Worst Nightmare

DP called me at work.  They were in an accident.  He and Claire.  The car skidded on something slick, oil maybe, and they ran into a pole.  Everyone is fine, just shaken up.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mummy Mummy Mummy

This is what I deal with driving home from work/school every afternoon.  It's awesome.

And here's a good video I need to add even though you can't hear it too well.  We were just driving along and Claire says out of nowhere, "Mummy.  Daddy.  Poopoo."  It's funny because if you ask her what her name is, she says, "Claire," but she refers to herself (and pictures of her) as Poopoo.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Name Is

Claire has perfected exactly 3 words.  Hi, Mummy, and Daddy.  And she's not afraid to use them y'all!  At home, at the store, in the car.  It's, "Hi?  Hi...  Hiiiiiiiiiii," until someone answers.  When it's her and me in the car by ourselves, I get, "Mummy.  Muuuummy.  Mummy!  MUM!"  (I always respond to her.)

Well on the drive home from California, so for like 4 hours, she slept about 2.  The other two she called me continuously from the backseat.  At one point I legitimately went online to Google when I could turn her carseat around to forward-facing because I thought if she could see us, she would stop calling my damn name. 

So then we were about 20 minutes outside of Vegas when I hear a little voice from the backseat say, "Veka."  I thought, no way.  So I didn't reply.  Claire rambles sometimes, maybe she was asking for a cracker?  (She calls airplanes 'aypo' so you never know with her.)  I just kept listening and I could feel DP staring at me.  Claire's voice just got louder though.  "Veka!  VEKA!  Vekaaaaa."  You guys, DP and I were cracking up so hard, which of course made Claire just keep going, until she ended up in a fit of giggles herself.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Knott's Berry Farm

We packed up and hit the road at about 4pm on Saturday.  An hour in to the drive, we stopped at a little park in Baker so Claire could run out some energy and hopefully fall asleep easily.  The playground was very old and some would say, a death-trap.  But hey we grew up playing on these things so we just paid close attention to her.  And Claire played a ton then conked out shortly after we got back on the freeway.  She loved the hotel bed when we finally got checked in that night.

The next morning, Claire woke up happily well after 7, and proceeded to wake me up with kisses.  DP said she woke him up the same way, then said we should probably get a bigger bed for our house so she could sleep with us every night.  I can't say no to that.
She and I had coffee in the room then went downstairs for breakfast.  Claire ate pancakes and potatoes, because CARBS, she's just like me!  She loved hanging out in the hotel, probably because people were so nice to her and because there's so much space to run around.  She especially loved the elevator and I couldn't believe that at a year and a half, was already fighting me to push the buttons. 
When I told her we had to go back up to the room to get ready because we were going to Knott's Berry Farm, she squealed in delight.  Which was hilarious because she had no idea what Knott's Berry Farm even was.  She just likes to go out

We rode exactly one ride at Knott's and despite Claire's face in the picture, she had a blast.  It was a little car and when it went around a turn she'd say, "Weeeee," like the pig in the Geico commercial.  Honestly though, she had fun just being there.

Unfortunately it wasn't enough.  Plus it was damn hot and we, being from Las Vegas and all, were completely un-prepared.  After about an hour at Knott's, DP and I just kind of looked at each other and I said, "What are we doing here?"  So we packed up the stroller, changed out of our running shoes and into sandals, then drove out to the beach.
It was a better fit for our family and Claire had an absolute blast.

All in all our vacation was a success, Claire loved playing at the beach.  I wish we had taken our swimsuits but I guess we do have all summer for that.