Sunday, February 26, 2012

Planes, tears, and pizzas

Yesterday the lovely husband said he had a surprise.  We were going to lunch, but he didn't tell me where.  I assumed that it was somewhere nearby.  However, when he veered the opposite direction heading away from all the restaurants I became a bit nervous.  You see, my husband likes surprises.  I do not.  It's a control thing I think.  I knew I was in trouble when he pulled into the little GA airport in town.  That meant we were flying somewhere.  The only word that kept floating through my head was "crap".  I am not a fan of the smaller planes.  They scare the crap out of me.  Plus I get airsick.  Luckily, Hannah was loving it.  She loves planes, or so I thought.  We take off.  Hannah starts crying, I start crying, and the husband is trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the both of us.  I have no clue why I was crying.  I felt like an idiot.  It was horrible, and I felt so silly for even crying.  Eventually Hannah and I both calmed down.  She fell asleep, and I did my best not to puke all over the rented plane.  Despite my fear and anxiety about the whole trip, I was able to enjoy the view.

How can I be upset when I am staring down at that water?

The gorgeous coastline of NW Florida

I tried telling her that the headset works better when on her head

Don't I look thrilled?  Luckily, you can't see the red-rimmed eyes from my freak out.

She passed out, and even slept through the landing (which made my husband proud)

I don't think we will be taking any more impromptu trips to neighboring cities for least by plane.  And, oh yes, the pizza was delicious.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The terrible twos?

Today Hannah and I went to Target to kill some time before heading to a playgroup.  I let her walk around to get rid of some energy while I browsed the $1 section.  She is obsessed with the big, red balls outside of Target.  She wanted to keep touching them even though I let her touch them on the way in.  She was also tired since she was woken up early to take the husband to work so she and I could have the car.  I found a few Elmo and Abby plates, bowls, and cups for her.  She wanted to run out the doors to the red balls while still holding the cups.  I told her we could not do that since it is stealing, but of course she doesn't understand.  She threw herself down on the ground right in front of the doors and screamed.  I used to do whatever I could to appease her in public to avoid the tantrums, but I realized I am just making it worse so I decided to let her throw a fit in front of everyone.  I received a few dirty looks, and a few looks of pity, but I didn't care.  She cried almost the entire 20 minutes we were in the store.  As we stood in line to buy our items, she screamed because I wouldn't let her hold the cups.  She kept slamming her head into mine.  Finally we were checking out, and the cashier was so nice.  She bagged all of Hannah's stuff into one bag and handed it to her while putting the rest into a separate bag.  I didn't even ask her to do it!  I thanked her for doing that so Hannah could carry her stuff like she wanted.  She said she had a brother that threw tantrums all the time so she was used to it. I am sure the people of Target were happy to see us leave.

I was hoping Hannah wouldn't inherit my stubborn gene, but I am realizing she did.  I have been told to give her two options I am okay with to curb the tantrums, but what do you do when your kid always picks secret option #3 which is whatever she wants.  I can't stay locked up in the house all the time.  I want her to learn how to properly behave in social situations.  I guess I will have many months of standing in the aisle watching my kid scream and roll on the ground.  

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the road again

We are coming down to the final stretch of the husband's primary training.  He should be finished in about 6 weeks which means we could be moving in April. We should be moving in April.  If he gets to fly what he wants, then we will be off to another state.  There is a chance he will stay here for training, but it seems like right now the odds are good he will move.  It is crazy to think that in 2 months I could be in a new house in another state.  I keep telling myself that I need to go through all the crap in the garage and in the closets so I can get rid of stuff.  When we moved here we left stuff behind. (I am sure the people who bought my house were thrilled.)  We couldn't get everything in the truck even after we threw away stuff.  If we move ourselves again, I don't want to make two trips to move it all.  Plus we have more crap than when we first moved here.  Somehow Hannah's toy collection has exploded, and we bought new living room furniture.  I am starting to get anxious since there is nothing I can really do at this point.  We won't know until the week he finishes primary where we are going.  Where we go determines if we will move ourselves.   I have no clue what to put as the move out date for the landlord, but I don't want to wait too long and miss the 30 days' notice window.  I am a planner, and the way the military works does not help me plan.  Also, I am not looking forward to another car trip with the dogs.  Rowdy is pretty good in the car except she wants to sit on the driver's lap (she weighs about 60 pounds).  Pepper is not the best.  She made the second day of driving here pretty memorable.  Pepper peed, puked, and pooped in the car all within about a two hour period.  We were in the middle of nowhere Mississippi and I had no cell signal to call the husband to let him know that I needed to stop.  She also started the day at 4am by pooping in the hotel room.    Luckily, we were able to get on the road bright and early that day.  Isn't there some medication you can give to dogs to zone them out during long car rides?  I think Pepper needs that.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Verdict Is...

So I have a strained trapezius muscle.  The nurse practitioner said the muscle was a huge knot.  That is also why my scalp hurts.  She gave me a muscle relaxer that I take at night that I hate.  It dries out my mouth so bad. It feels like I am recovering from a night of drinking.  I drink water as fast as I can, but it never seems to be enough.  Ice and rest were the rest of instructions.  I am not sure how I did it, but I am going to blame the Insanity workout.  I think I will wait a few months before I try it again.  For now it will be the elliptical and the treadmill for me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

This post is brought to you by the letter B

B is for blah.  That is how I have felt the last few days.  I had one of those morning where I truly questioned why I stay home.  I have no patience, and today Hannah tested me until I ran out of patience.  Some days I just feel like a maid.  I feel like I am constantly cleaning up after others with no compensation.  I don't get holidays or weekends.  I am up early just like others who go to work. Hmm...I sound bitter.  I guess B can also stand for bitter today.

I think part of the problem is I have shoulder and neck pain for the last 2 weeks.  The right side of my face and scalp feel like they are sunburned.  It hurts to brush my hair.  Even my right eye feels funny.  At first I figured it would go away, but it hasn't so I made an appointment to find out what is wrong.  It has been hard to sleep, and it hurts to do certain things. Trying to mop the floors this morning was not fun.  I have no clue what I have done to my body.

Maybe chocolate will make me feel better...

Thursday, February 9, 2012


I know I am biased, but I wanted to share a few cute pictures of Hannah from the last month or so.  She is really into being naked lately, so I don't have a ton of pictures to share.  I have managed to take a few while still clothed.

Hannah and Pepper playing dress up

Rowdy has claimed Hannah's bed as her own
A shot of all three.  They love to play in Hannah's room.
I have some cute ones of Hannah trying to ride Pepper like a horse, but she is naked in that one.  If I can keep clothes on her, I will share more pictures of her soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

First World Problems

Today I had lunch at Firehouse Subs with the family.  If you have been there, you know their medium drink is quite large.  The husband and I each had one that we took with us.  I got annoyed because I couldn't get my drink out of the cup holder without knocking off the lid to his drink.  I had one of those "First World Problem" moments.  I felt so silly for being annoyed about something as small as a cup holder.  I have realized I need to lighten up about some stuff in my life.  I complain that we have no money, but in reality we just don't have the money to buy all the fun stuff I want.  We have enough money to keep a roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, and clothes on our backs.  I needed that moment today to put my life into perspective.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Tomorrow Hannah will be 20 months old.  I can't believe how fast time is flying.  In just 4 short months she will be 2.  2!  That is insane.  It's also crazy how much she has changed in just the last month.  Her vocabulary has expanded, she knows letters, numbers, and colors.  She is using complete sentences.  She knows 14 of the 26 letters of the alphabet.  She only knows the number 9, but she calls six "9" as well.  She knows the colors red, blue, pink, and white.  She has started connecting animals to their sounds.  She knows lion, pig, and dog.  I can't believe how fast she is learning and growing.

There is a downside to 20 months.  Today was a bad day.  She is really into testing every boundary she knows.  She will jump on the couch with a smile on her face while staring at me.  The minute I open my mouth her butt is on the couch, but then she stands right back up.  We have tile floors here, and she has fallen once.  It only stopped her for a few hours, and then she was trying it again.  I think I have been blessed with a stubborn, strong-willed child.  The next few years will be a lot of fun.