Friday, June 14, 2013

Seven Quick Takes


I did my first work out with Jillian Michaels in her 30 Day Shred. 

I think I stopped more than I actually exercised but I am definitely feeling it today. I am even more out of shape than I thought but the jumping jacks are the worst for a nursing mom. 
The three oldest joined me. Well, Cecilia and Elizabeth quit during the warm up. Felicity kept up through almost the whole thing though - she loved it! She was doing jumping jacks in circles and showing how much faster she could go than Jillian. LOL. I found my work-out buddy!


We got our new TV stand this week! Behold the old one, with its broken drawers that liked to fall onto people's feet:

Behold the new one:

Beautiful isn't it? I love it! It was custom made for us by Viking Log Furniture and is guaranteed for life. (Ask for Scott ;) ) We used the design they already made but asked for it to be wider so we could place the cable box, blu-ray and DVD players all on the shelf as well as taller so toddlers could not cause as much trouble with the electronics. I absolutely love it!

Incidentally, Viking also made the girls' bunk beds and dresser, our dining room chairs and our living room end tables. Their products aren't sold anywhere near us, so we buy directly from them and they ship it to us. Awesome!


We were expecting it in April or May, but this week they broke ground in the lot behind our house.  

They will be building a new house there. The bulldozer operator looks like he is about 70 years old and was out working during the first wave of storms yesterday as hail pelted down. Gotta hand it to the guy but I'm glad I didn't have to call 911 for him. 

It should be a lot of fun for the girls to watch the house go up. I'm nervous about the noise but I'm hoping they've dug up enough dirt no emptying dump trucks will be necessary as the flaps on the back of those trucks sound like gunshots when they are dumping out dirt and I have a sleeping baby. 

The odds are against it, but I'm so praying for a nice Catholic family with little kids to move in!


I have two favorite breakfasts I am alternating each day. One is a bacon, egg and colby cheese english muffin.  The second, pictured above, is of crisped potatoes, colby cheese, scrambled eggs and leftover Chipotle salsa. Neither one takes long, both are high in protein so I get a nice energy boost and one is meatless, so I always have Friday taken care of. 


Cecilia found a notebook and wrote this. She handed it to me and said, "Look, Mom, I wrote a blog!"

So, if Cecilia had a blog, her first entry would be all about Hello Kitty. :)


Teresa has become fascinated by our rosaries. Sometimes she even puts one on each arm and the rest around her neck. She can actually look like a 2 year old gang member.


It has been a week of sleep issues and adjustments.

Brigid has begun rolling. Everywhere. She gets around. Tummy to back. Back to tummy. Doesn't matter. She's all over it. But milestones also mean sleep disruptions. For a few days this week her naps have stunk and her nights have had new disruptions like, "Who cares if it's 3am, Mom, I'm on my tummy now!" Fortunately yesterday her naps seemed to be more normal and her night last night was better. 

Teresa, however, has been another story. James has been needing to lay down with her to get her asleep. If she has napped, it takes him over an hour. And then she comes to our bed multiple times each night before she declares herself up for good around 5:15 or 5:30am. Again in our bed. 

So, last night, we began changing things up. We repeatedly put her in her bed, tucking her in, and telling her to lay down and stay and then left the room. After an hour and a half of this, she did finally fall asleep. I was in the room, but standing by the door. She then slept in her own bed all night until 6am. We aren't there yet, but definitely an improvement! I realize the 5 month old will need to wake during the night. The 2 1/4 year old, however, is old enough to not be killing our sleep.


In a desperate attempt to get both her best friend and her godparents at her birthday party, we are having her birthday party early. So we'll be spending our Saturday with balloons, family, chocolate cake, friends and Brave-themed goody bags. Happy Weekend and Happy Father's Day!

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary!


  1. Hi! I found your blog via Conversion Diary. I'm about to start the 30 Day Shred myself, and I'm more than a little frightened of it. :) Your children are beautiful!

  2. Beautiful new TV stand!
    Wishing you a restful weekend.