Sunday, June 28, 2015

How I Survived a Month On My Own

Or How I Survived A Month Without TJ.

TJ has been in Virginia for the past month for an army school. This was the longest he has been away since Jonathon was born. It was not easy.

And yes, I know, some people have it much worse, with more kids, longer periods of time, psycho pets, whatever. This was new territory for me and I was worried. BUT, I had a plan.

Number one. I prayed. I prayed day and night. I prayed whenever things got really tough and I thanked God when things were good. went to church EVERY Sunday. Even though I knew we would probably spend the majority of our time in the hall, I went. Because I still got something out of it, spiritually.

Number 2, I had a routine. A very loose routine. I made a list of 20 Daily Activities to do. All the activities did not have to be complete (and rarely they were), but it kept me busy and productive.

I have a summer project which is to go through the house and clean, purge and reorganize each room (and closets). I post which room I am working on. There is no time limit, but my hope is to do one a week!

I also have a list of fun activities Jonathon and I can do like going places and doing stuff at home.
And then we have our daily and monthly schedules which are things we do every week (like library storytime and Farmer's Market) and then things we want to do during the month.

We keep everything posted in our livingroom nook

I think we will keep this up during the year, maybe add a calendar.

Number 3, I had Red Bull and took naps. I get tired easily and I knew there would be days where I would be dragging so I had an emergency 4 pack of Red Bull and 1 Monster. I used them, but did not need to buy more. Taking a nap everyday helped as well. I napped when Jonathon did (usually with him in my bed!).

Number 4, I had Mommy Time. This is after Jonathon went to bed. This was my time to take a shower and relax. I usually watched Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. Or I would read. I read every day.

We had busy weekends!! The first Saturday we went to an airplane event and rode in a small airplane!! The next Saturday we went to a city-wide garage sale event and out to lunch in a town 30 minutes away. The last one we went to a birthday party (after garage saleing again).

There were some really really rough days, but most were good. And I survived!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

All Hail The Queen of Garage Sales!!

I have really been lucky this month with the garage sales I have gone to.

First of all, I am picky where I stop because I have had to take Peanut with me. So if I have to take him out of the car and lug him around with me there better be something worth looking at!!

2 weeks ago a nearby town had city wide garage sales. There were supposed to be 60 in all, but I don't think I saw that many. It was raining that morning, but there were quite a bit of us hard core salers out there and lots of people held theirs in garages, on covered porches or put up canopies! I was on the hunt for a Cozy Coupe. I first went to a Facebook friend's sale and got a vacuum for $15 (ours died) and a shirt. At another friend's I got more shirts. I found a book and and a small toy at a church sale and bought cookies and used the bathroom at another friend's. Then I found the Cozy Coupe!! I nearly didn't. It was the last place I went, in a trailer park on the outside of town. I did not even think they were selling it. It was in the yard, but i could see they were selling stuff out of their shed. I figured it didn't hurt to ask, though. They decided to sell it because they said their son was too big for it. $2. It barely fit in my car!! It is yellow and red with eyes and a smile.

Last week I went to some sales around my town. On Friday I found a HUGE one with several things I wanted but only bought 2 little toys for Peanut. On Saturday I hit the jackpot. First place I went, close to my house, I found a jogging stroller $5!!!! They even delivered it to my house!! I bought a big pooh pillow as well and got some free toys including a new fish soother for Peanut since his other one died. Later we found a sale at another trailer park and I got a little motorized motorcycle for Peanut for $3!!! Plus some more toys including trucks! I also saw another Cozy Coupe!! This one was the original orange and yellow which I would have preferred. I did not stop, though. I found out later that a friend wants one for her grandson so if I see another I will get it and probably give her the one with eyes lol! After going out that day I had only spent $13 and had gotten quite a bit of stuff!!

Last month I scored a $25 solid wood dresser at a friend's sale, plus a guided big wheel and fire engine tent for $5 together.

I am a garage saleing genius!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And Then He Turned One

I do not know how this is as just yesterday he was my teeny tiny little baby, but at the beginning of June, Peanut turned 1.
We had a party for him the weekend before.

We had a decorate your party hat station

We got the cake at Walmart and they include a smush cake with it free of charge. I just had them write his name on it and then I added the decorations (not the swirls..they did that). The 3 animals in the back left are from my first birthday cake.

In my husband's family it is a tradition to have spaghetti on the first birthday. Peanut will not eat anything that isn't mashed or pureed yet, but he loved playing with it!!

He was as equally interested in the cake!

He really decimated the cake!!! Then he had a bath, but not before Mommy got cake kisses.

Next it was present time!

I don't know what the pig head said to him, but he sure gave him a look lol

After opening the Mickey Mouse he decided to take it away

he brought t back, but from then on out he was not interested in any more. So we had a friend step in to help. Then Peanut decided to check out some more of his gifts

We also had a small pinata. Instead of stringing it up we carried it around for people to hit with a wooden spoon. Then we beat it on the floor until it opened

The last thing we did was party poppers outside, but did not get any pictures. It was a very nice party and Peanut really enjoyed himself!!