Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Kid Is Weird

My kid is weird. In a good way, I promise. He has been into sticking his arm out of the neck hole of his shirt lately. You see, Forrest has a big head, and I have to put him in larger shirts in order to get them onto his body! Because of this, Forrest has discovered that because his shirt is slightly large, he is able to wiggle his arm out of the sleeve, and pull it out through the neck hole. Ta-Da, a new fad is happening! 

I am thinking about getting back into 7 on 7 pictures. I miss doing that, and I don't know why I stopped doing it. Honestly, I think life got busy, and I just forgot about doing the project. With the weather "supposedly" warming up, I think I should get back into 7 on 7 photo project for my blog, and go from there. 

We went to visit my family recently. I had to pick up two of the bridesmaid dresses for the upcoming weddings, and it was a perfect timing, because Stu needed some quiet time to study for a comprehensive exam for his program. So, Forrest, and I took off to visit my family. It was great seeing my family, and catch up with some of my friends. Also, seeing the bridesmaid dresses made me very excited for upcoming weddings! I just cannot wait! 

I know that it seems that Forrest is always having a NUK in his mouth in the pictures lately, and I promise you that he doesn't wear it all day long! Well, sometime he does, but for the most part, he doesn't. 

Weather-front, we got snow the other day! What the heck, mother nature! Like one of my friends mentioned, that girl needs a midol, seriously! I'm so, so, so done over this winter. I know I've been complaining about it a lot lately, and typically, I don't mind winter, but I feel that it is overstaying its welcome lately. Hence, complaining is allowed. Fortunately, the snow is already melting, and hopefully, the snow won't be returning until later this year. 

I can't believe that March has flown by, and that April is nearly here! Before we know it, it will be Easter!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yummy St. Patrick's Day

Over the weekend, I watched a bunch of movies on Netflix, and the movies were what I grew up watching: Look Who's Talking, Look Who's Talking Too, and Look Who's Talking Now. Then Grease, Dirty Dancing, and Titanic were all thrown in the mix. Yeah, it was a movie weekend! It definitely made me nostalgic. I loved the late 80s/early 90s movies, because I grew with them, you know? It was fun catching up on the movies I haven't seen in years!   

We had a really yummy St. Patrick's meal the other day! I made Corned Beef in a pot, along with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. I baked not one, not two, but three Irish Soda bread loaves! Yummy! We loved it so much that Stu requested me to cook Corned Beef again this week. I thought for a while what approach I should use to cook the meat, and decided on slow cooking this time. Besides, I had a lot to do, and it was nice just to toss everything in the crockpot to let them stew. I also thought it was going to be really interesting to compare those two methods, and see what trumped in flavor, texture, and taste! 

Here's a bit belated St. Patrick's fact: St. Patrick wasn't Irish, and later became a slave, due to being kidnapped by Irish Raiders, and later became devout to God, then used the color Blue, not Green, to represent his work, along with using Shamrock to preach trinity.

To add, March 17th is the anniversary of St. Patrick's Death. So we are essentially celebrating his sainthood through his death. 

Forrest appears to have developed a reaction on his face, near his lips, and on his chin, and I am thinking that it is worsening from the antihistamine cream that I got from his allergist a few weeks ago. I need to look into more about that. I know that sometime if you use a cream with steroid in it, then you can develop an allergy reaction to the steroid cream. It is pretty rare, though. Anyway, I put Vaseline on Forrest's face, and sure enough, by this morning, the patch on his face has faded away pretty much. 

At least I know it is not from something that he has eaten, or something we ate that may have affected him somehow. It is just that one would assume that antihistamine cream would help lessen the reaction...and apparently, it just makes it worse for Forrest. Weird? 

Forrest is awesome at picking up language lately! He has learned how to respond to signs: BATH, CHANGE (diapers), and SIT. Matter of fact, his favorite thing to do is to stand up on the changing table, even though he knows he should not be, and sign SIT SIT SIT to me, then wait for me to respond SIT, and he plops on his bottom so fast. As soon as he does that, he claps like crazy, then stands up again. Silly boy. Forrest does that during bath time as well! So funny.

We are still waiting for spring to make its arrival. It has been flirting a lot lately, but not sticking to its agenda, and stay around for good. Matter of fact, this morning, we have a bit of snow dusting! Go away, winter, go away already. I suppose this is what we get for living in Wisconsin, though. 

In the meanwhile, it can't hurt to hope!! 

Monday, March 10, 2014


Gramps Dave, & Gramma Jess came to visit us this past weekend. They bought a bunch of Dr. Seuss books: Green Eggs, and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish, and so many more. Forrest begged to be read the whole time, which warmed my heart greatly, and he house-roughed with his grandparents. We enjoyed each other' company, and decided to go to a local restaurant for lunch, where Gramps Dave shared pickles with Forrest. That was Forrest's latest obsession with a vegetable that he finally liked: pickles! After the visit, we headed to Fox River Glove Factory to shop, and bought a bunch of jackets, slippers, a wallet, and a book for Forrest (A classic Winnie the Pooh book). After Gramps Dave, and Gramma Jess said good-byes, we felt incredibly blessed to have such a loving family, especially having spent time with our families in the past two weekends. 

On Sunday, I did a bunch of laundry, and lounged in my warm knitted slippers, that I bought, and watched Supernatural TV show on Netflix during Forrest's nap time. Stu spent his time studying for an upcoming exam for school. Forrest did surprisingly well with the time change, better than we did, and went to bed with very little fuss.

It was so nice to be able to see the days getting longer, longer, and longer, even though it was hard to get up in the morning while it was still dark. The snow banks finally grew smaller as we anticipated to see grass at last. I was SO looking forward to seeing green once again, watch things grow, have warmer temperatures, and go on long walks like we did before the winter hit. 

Come on! Spring, come on, be here already!! We all are more than ready!! 

I recently found a wonderful article that I loved! It was titled, 13 things stay at home moms want you to know (Article). One of the pictures I saw was something I could relate! 

Things SAHM wants you to know

I do not regret my education. I am quite glad that I had an opportunity to go to a college, and a grad school in Washington DC. My degrees may not be put toward at work right now, and surprising as this may be to some of you, they have applied so much to what I am doing today as a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom). I have degrees in psychology, and mental health. I'm able to understand how a toddler's mind work, why they behave the way they do, which contributes to my buttload of patience when it comes to naughty behaviors, and the importance of learning in their daily development. I love the every minute I get by staying at home with my son. I do not regret being a stay at home mom either. As hard as it can be at times, I really don't regret it at all. I do feel very blessed to be able to stay at home with Forrest, and hope that we will continue to grow as a family. 

A bit off topic, yesterday, I went on errands with Forrest, and stopped at Walgreen's to pick up a cold medicine for Stu; a check out registry lady learned that I am Deaf, and asked me if Forrest was Deaf as well. I smiled, and told her, definitely not. On the cue, Forrest started babbling, and talking in a toddler language to the lady. 

It was funny how people automatically assume that because I am Deaf, Forrest must be as well. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hope You Had a Lovely Weekend

Holy cow, it is March already.  Time most certainly does fly while you are having fun. I'm glad that the hardest months of winter is nearly over, and the spring is just around the corner! We are all itching for a warmer weather. I am looking forward to being able to go on long walks with Turkey, and Forrest. I look forward to being able to hang the cloth diapers on the clothsline, and bask under a warm summer sun. Grilled dinners, day trips to the beach, being able to going outside without layering up, making iced tea all summer long, weddings to attend, pushing Forrest on his little tricycle outside, and just being able to be OUTSIDE. What are you looking forward to?

This past weekend was crazy busy for us, yet it was so much fun. Forrest's grandma, B, and cousins came over to spend the night at our house. They arrived rather late in the night, and Forrest was already fast asleep. Once the morning rolled around, he saw his cousins prancing around, and he was totally surprised! He spent the entire day just playing, playing, and playing. That kid had a blast, I tell you. Then on Saturday, we met up with rest of our family in Wisconsin Dells, and spent the whole day in the water park. Forrest was wide-awake the whole day, didn't want to nap, because he was having so much fun, and did not want to miss out on anything. After we went out to eat dinner, Forrest crashed on the way home, and slept soundly. I worried a bit whether he was able to go to bed when we got home, but it was for naught. Forrest woke up briefly to get dressed for bed, and went back to sleep! 

On Sunday, we had a very lazy day, and lounged around for the most part of the day. We watched ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries about athletes. It was a perfect marriage of autobiography, and sport. It was awesome to find something that included both that Stu, and I were interested in (I'm not a big sports person, and Stu isn't big into autobiographies). So that worked out nicely. We watched documentaries about Marion Jones, Tim Richmond, who was living with HIV, and raced car in Nascar, a documentary about track athletes that used doping to enhance their performance, and how Olympics came down on those athletes, and Renee Richards, a transgendered woman who played tennis. It was really good watch, and I recommend ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries. Then I grilled venison chops to go with mashed potatoes, and corn for supper. Yummy. I enjoyed spending time with my boys yesterday. 

We have yet another fun-filled weekend coming up with Forrest's Grandpa Dave, and Grandma Jess visiting us! Forrest sure is loved by many. 

It is back to the grind today with Stu going back to work, and me doing a monster laundry, then running errands. It will be so much easier to do errands if it's not -15 outside!! 

Anyway, I hope you had a lovely weekend.