Category: Decorating

The Beginning of Ultra-Nesting

I saw Mario off to work and then started tidying up here and there. I had a whole to-do list and it just seemed like it was impossible that everything’s going to get done. After lunch, John came over and I asked him to tag along with me and Alaethia to Hancock Fabrics. I’d started the morning by putting her in training pants and letting her walk around and use the potty everytime I had to go (which was often), but then she peed in the kitchen so we just took a break, heh.

I wanted to get the other valance done for my kitchen and I ran out of fabric. I hoped I’d find the right fabric; I’d gotten it back in November when the autumn colors were popular and wasn’t sure if I’d find it again.

It took forever to get there because first I got off the wrong exit, then I couldn’t remember how to turn around and find Business 83, and then I couldn’t remember if we were supposed to go East or West on Old 83. Grr. Needless to say, I had to rush and find some fabric (they didn’t have the one I wanted so I picked another stripey fabric that’s still cute) and still get to the school on time to pick up the boys. Alaethia didn’t make the end of the trip easy, either. Someone took her to town with them once (and I WILL find out who it was!) and let her sit in the basket part instead of the actual seat. Well, she made a big fuss when I wouldn’t let her out of the seat. It was awful. We finally gave in and told her she’d better sit before she fell out. So she did.

We picked up the boys and then John went to the bank while I got the boys started on their homework. I needed to go to Target and Walmart and Alaethia was already tired so the kiddos all stayed with Mom.

We went to Target first and then went to Walmart. Mario met us there since I wanted his opinion on what toddler bed to get Alaethia. We couldn’t find anything we liked. I really wish we could find a bed like the one the boys had. It was that hard Fisher-Price-type plastic and it was really cute. We’d sold it at a garage sale we had when Alaethia was around 4 months old because her crib turns into a daybed and full sized bed…and we didn’t think we’d have anymore babies LOL.

After we got home, put everything away and had dinner, we went over to Jorge’s. Mom offered to stay with Alaethia, so that was good since the time we’d gone over with her before she kept spilling stuff and was moody. I think this was the second time going over to their house since they moved into Jorge’s mom’s house.

We chilled out with Jorge, Javi and Maggie while the guys tried their hardest to make the internet work. At the same time, Jorge was transferring a whole butt-load of movies from his computer to Mario’s external. We were going to have movie nights for a month!

To Wean or Not to Wean

I don’t remember much of what we did throughout the day on Sunday since I didn’t leave a note for myself like I usually do. We might have gone to Target and Walmart. I think this is the day we bought Alaethia’s bedroom rug from Walmart. It looks so girlie now, with just that change. I think it was also the day I went through a box of my 80’s sheets and found some Care Bear curtains I’d completely forgotten about. Her room looks almost complete :).

I do remember clearly that I picked the wrong time to start trying to wean Alaethia from her ½ milk, ½ water cups at night. She still wakes up at least once a night, especially now that she’s sleeping in our bed with us since we moved her crib/daybed into her own room. When the crib was in our bedroom she’d sleep in it all night. Well, when she does wake up she only wants milk. So I water it down because I fear for her teeth. She’ll inspect the cup and shake it because she knows what I’m up to. She stares at it to check if it’s white and will drink it if she sees that it is. If it’s too watered down she’ll throw it at us, literally.

So this would be the first night in a while that I’d try only water. We were in bed by 10:30 but I stayed up with her till 12am. She woke up again at 2:30 for a cup and screamed her head off until I gave in and gave her the half-and-half. I didn’t go back to sleep till 4:20 and the alarm went off an hour later. I still tried getting up and getting ready but nope, I couldn’t do it. I decided I wouldn’t torture myself that day. I needed to use up my sick days anyway.

Man, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I need to wean her off her sippy cup at night, convince her to start sleeping through the night in her bedroom, and DUN DUN DUN: potty training! All before Emily gets here. Omg.

I used my extra “day off” wisely. I caught up on some cleaning and finished up with laundry. Aside from being a packrat with papers it takes me forever to put my laundry away because it’s so much and Alaethia’s stuck to me like a leech right now. Mario and I really have to do some Spring Cleaning and go through our closet to get rid of clothes we don’t wear. I’m kind of hoping to do this after I have Emily so I can see what fits and what doesn’t. Getting rid of all my maternity clothes will create extra space on “my side”, too.

After I picked the boys up I left the kiddos with Mom while I went to meet Mary in downtown McAllen to start buying stuff for Alaethia’s party. I found light blue table cloths, Care Bear pencils, and Care Bear cake plates. All for about $6. Mary contributed some cute beaded necklaces for the girl bags and some little wind-up cars for the boy ones. We looked around some more and Mary found some cute little lilac glass jars and resin ballerina babies for my baby shower centerpieces. We went across the street and I found Care Bear plushes I wanted to use for centerpieces at Alaethia’s party. I actually bought four 12″ Care Bears that I thought of using as centerpieces but putting a tag on that said those were for Alaethia, but I thought that would be tacky. I kept those for Alaethia as a gift instead and bought 4 smaller Care Bear cubs for the centerpieces. They were only $4 each. As I was driving off I instantly regretted not getting more of the cubs. Oh well, I’d just come back later.

I rushed straight home and started getting ready for the next day. Ugh. It’s back to work tomorrow.

New & Improved…and Yellow!

As we were lying in bed last night I was whining to Mario how I wish I’d had time to do so many more things, like painting the kitchen and hanging up picture frames, even though I did accomplish a lot in the past week. He said we’d do everything I wanted to do first thing in the morning. He’d been drinking a little and he always becomes the best, most romantic, most supportive husband ever when he’s drunk, so I attributed his generosity to that. I didn’t want to get too excited.

Mary woke us up asking if we wanted to go to the movies with her and the boys, but we were tired and up late with Aly (till 2 am and then she kept waking me up and the baby didn’t let me sleep much, either. I had a tummy ache and she was thrashing about so much I couldn’t sleep) so we sadly declined. We lazied around in bed and then I started making breakfast and Mario finished making us eggs. Alaethia actually ate all her eggs with cheese. I’m trying hard not to give her anything to drink until she’s done with her food or else she’ll want to go back to sleep or gets too full and doesn’t want to eat any actual food. This is a bad habit I thank Mom for instilling in her.

We went to Family Dollar to buy a few paint supplies and started prepping kitchen. Mom and my dad-in-law helped with Alaethia, and later when they got home, Mary and the boys kept her entertained. We’re so blessed to have such awesome family.

Mario wasn’t sure about the lemon-colored, almost nacho-cheese paint, but once we finished and everyone was complimenting it he said it would grow on him. He thought he was being funny by calling the kitchen our Taqueria LOL. He even said, “We can paint one of the walls a moco green and we’ll have the whole taqueria look going on here.” He even stood outside the window as if he was at a drive thru, stared right at me and said, “Hola mesera. Me da un taco pirata, tacos de bisteck y agua de Jamaica, por favor?” Hard-dee-har-har.

We took a break and had hotdogs outside with mom and Big Mario. I came back in to Mario’s protests to finish up with the kitchen. I’m putting away all my tea pot collections; I’m going for a minimal look. We got rid of a whole bunch of stuff we had piled in the corner. Now the trash can resides there and I’m hoping to get a hanging rack for the mop and broom and so on. I’m so happy with the results, even though I’m tired as hell. Mario’s such a big help these days. He even put up the picture frames I wanted him to. We still need the ones in the hallway, but I’ll bombard him with that later, heh.

He bathed Alaethia without a complaint then I took a shower and brought Aly to bed. She’s asleep. I should do the same. It’s already 12:30am. I didn’t want to go anywhere tomorrow, but I know I’ll probably have to. We have to go visit Gramma because we haven’t gone in a week. I just wanted to rest, though, but if I think about I haven’t really “rested” this whole “vacation” LOL. I’m too busy getting everything in order. I’m still a week behind with blogs and months behind with baby log! I want to get that done tomorrow. That’s next on my to-do list; updating…and laundry too!