Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Mission of the Month Recap

Here's the recap for February. If there's a line through it, I did it. If it's highlighted, progress was made, and that's it. The ones that are untouched, I didn't get done (hangs head) :


·                     Take my medication(s) and chart moods (I use the free version of Mood Tracker)
·                     Finish making (and keeping) doctor and dental appointments
·                     Journal regularly... the old fashioned, pen and journal way!!
·                     Rough routine for Ryan and I
·                     At least one date night... sans kids!


·                     Chore Chart for Ryli (starting on 2/4)
·                     Check ups for Landry & Ryli
·                     Work on a routine with them

·                     Teach Ryli how to use a computer and start her on ABC mouse
·                     Read 8 chapters of Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

·                     Make a meal plan and STICK TO IT!!
·                     Make a budget and get us back on track
·                     Do Fly Lady (start it up 2/4)

·                     DFW Cloth Diaper Group
·                     Call Grandma more
·                     Look into local playgroups/Meet-Ups
Blog/Online Activity:

·                     Blog a minimum of five times per week
·                     Come up with planner until I can get one printed

·                     Read some Bible daily

Overall, I have to say, Mission NOT accomplished. Next month, its ON! I'll post March's tomorrow, as I'm still working out the kinks.

Mission NOT Accomplished YET

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The infant stages of starting a real routine...

So, the original plan was to start all this yesterday. That was adjusted slightly when I realized that that was just not going to really be feasible when there were two appointments scheduled this week and the incredibly inconveinient plumbing issues (our hot water heater being among them). So, yesterday we went with the old stand-by... we winged it. Today and tomorrow, hopefully, we'll be able to go through the routine. Thursday, Ryan will get the bulk of the morning routine, and then on Friday, we'll be able to dig in.

Here is what I have planned to start out. 

7:00-8:30          Adult Time
8:30-9:00          Kids up and dressed and fed breakfast
9:00-10:00        Tech/Art Time
10:00-12:00      Snack, free play in their room, no TV
12:00-1:00        Lunch
1:00-2:00          Play (outside, weather permitting)
2:00-3:00          Quiet Time
3:00-3:30          Snack Time
3:30-5:00          Free play in their room with some TV
5:00-6:00          Dinner
6:00-7:00          Free play
7:00-8:00          Clean room, bath, dressed, snack, hair brushed, teeth brushed
8:00-8:30          Read to them in bed
8:30-9:30          Lights out & Bedtime (while I play bedtime police)
9:30-11:00        Adult time

I know that from nothing to getting this to work won't be an easy task, but I think before March's end, it'll all pay off! Wish me luck!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Meal Plan Monday #1

March may not quite be here yet, but I decided that it'd be easier to start at the beginning of a week rather than on a week already in progress.

I get to plan the meals for the four of us. Ryli goes through random picky stages still. Landry will eat anything that he can get his hands on, with a bonus if Ryan is eating it as well. Ryan isn't picky, but particular. He has to have certain sides with certain entrees and sometimes, what I have planned just doesn't sound good to him the night of. I'll eat whatever everyone else is, within limits. I do make things I don't like for them as far as sides go, but entrees tend to be something we all like.

This week should be easy. We all love seafood, and with Lent being in full swing, most grocery stores are having sales. I've been trolling around the internet scooping up recipes that sound good and are mostly nutritious. The plan is simple: make a meal plan for the week where there will be lots of leftovers so that they can do double duty as lunches without much fuss. I also fully intend to make some snacks from Weelicious to cover snack time, because they are so good on so many fronts.

This is what I plan on making, if Ryan is agreeable to the list. I won't be doing the shopping until later today.

Steamboat Omelet (Cooks)
Eggs & Sausage
Oatmeal & Cereal
Macaroni and Cheese
Turkey Hot Dogs
Tangy Beef Stroganoff (Once A Month Mom )
Perfect Pot Roast (The Pioneer Woman)
Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew (Shine from Yahoo)
Miso Glazed Salmon (My Recipes) with Edamame Fried Rice (Once A Month Mom )
Clean Eating Broccoli Soup (Once A Month Mom) and sandwiches

For snacks, I plan on keeping it simple (cheap) and toasting up a batch of Cheerios in butter, worstechire sauce & seasoning salt, making a batch or three of Roasted Cinnamon Honey Chickpeas and some good old fruits and vegetables. Lunches will be backed up by leftovers. All in all, I think we have a winner, subject to the approval of Ryan. I'll let you all know how it went soon.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

February 22, 1995

First, let me say that I know that I'm writing this on the 23rd. It was more or less written in my head several times over the course of the day yesterday, I was just unable to get enough time at the computer to churn this out.

Eighteen years ago started off innocently enough. An able bodied 19 year old jumped into her manual Chevy Sprint and drove on an unseasonably warm February morning in Iowa to an early morning appointment. She'd had meningitis earlier in the month, and being off her parents' insurance, she was applying for Medicaid to help with the bill. That girl started the day off vowing to cast aside her partying days, buckle down, and get her life back on track.

After the appointment, she was going to the learning center to work on getting her belated high school diploma. There was a faster route, but again taking advantage of the unseasonably warm day, she took the longer, scenic way, country roads and interstate, shifting away on that manual transmission. Working her way through what was her last pack of cigarettes.

At the learning center, she plowed her way through the last of the math course she had to take to get her real high school diploma. Government was the only thing left. She then drove to her paternal grandparents' machine shop and volunteered for any running around that needed to be done.

Errands done, she returned to her maternal grandparents', with whom she was living, to have Grandma's roast with mashed potatoes, frozen corn from Grandpa's garden, and chocolate pudding for dessert. It had already been decided that she would spend the night at her parents' home since bridge club was being hosted at their house that evening.

The girl made two stops on the way to her parents'; Sears to pick up the VCR that was in for repair, and the movie rental store her uncle managed, where she rented three Hugh Grant flicks. Then, it was off to the parents'.

Her mom was just leaving to go to a meeting or something. The twins were off being the social butterflies that they were, and her dad was off doing something. Time for the Hugh Grant marathon.

When her mom got home, the girl was just finishing up her last movie. She said she was going to write in her journal on the computer and then take a bath and go to bed. Her mom thought that she seemed a little off, but said nothing, not even when that 19 year old girl asked if she could sleep on the floor in her parents' room.

That girl was me. I had on occasion slept on my parents' floor in the past, usually in the event of something traumatic, like a friend's untimely death, my dad catching my peeping Tom, right after the meningitis, things like that. Mom thought nothing of it as she went to make up my little nest while I went into the bathroom to take a nice hot bath.

I still remember that bath like I just took it. I put the stopper on and got the temperature of the water just right, then disrobed. I got in the tub and grabbed one of the Rolling Stones that was in the mens' reading library, taking in the gorgeous guy on the cover as I stretched out in the tub, feet up on the faucet.

It was what happened next that turned my whole world upside down, and I have been grappling with it ever since. My right arm and right leg just fell into the water, but I hadn't done it. I tried to return them to their previous positions and nothing happened. I tried to call for my mom, the registered nurse. I felt my mouth move, but nothing came out. I tried again, this time as a yell for my mom... the same ensuing result.

I had enough of my wits about me to turn the water off with my left foot and pulled the plug the same way. Then, I tried to get myself out of the tub, which served to raise the alarm. One makes a LOT of noise trying to get out of a bath tub when  one side of their body has taken an unauthorized vacation. As fate would have it, the bathtub shared the wall with my parents' room.

I remember mom pounding on the bathroom door, calling to me and trying to answer her, but no noise was escaping my mouth. Hearing the sweet sound of her picking the lock, then the fear in her voice as she yelled "Ron, call 911, Chad, come help me get your sister out of the tub she's having a stroke".

Corey was still out, but at some point, Chad had come home. He didn't hesitate at mom's request to haul me out of the tub and to the living room floor all wrapped up in my bathrobe and towels. I did the math and realized that there were probably going to be male paramedics, and I tried so hard to put my robe on.

The next thing I remember was being on the gurney rolling out to the ambulance. I saw a set of headlights coming down the driveway, and then, as they loaded me into the ambulance, I passed back out.

Flash forward a few months and I was back at the learning center. I ran into one of Corey's best friends, Terra, who was driving him home that night. It was her headlights I saw coming down the drive as they were loading me up. She said that Corey's first spoken thought as he realized that the ambulance was at our house and not the nursing home, was that it was for one of my paternal grandparents who lived in the basement. They saw the gurney come out of the upstairs, and he thought it was my dad. Then, they were close enough to see my long black hair falling off the side of the gurney.

Terra said Corey freaked out. Saying that he was so mean to me and that he shouldn't be and what if it was bad. She said he cried. 

I sit here now, eighteen years and a day removed from that horrible night. My brothers and I may not talk much, but I know that they love me. That night was the last time I remember all my family being together, fighting for the same goal.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Huffines Park with The Mippies plus Meemaw

So today, after Ryan finished his shift at work, we went out to the park on this beautiful, if windy, day. Before we left, Ryan called his mom to see if she wanted to meet us, so that was settled. 

The trek out to Richardson was uneventful. Somehow, we got the kids to hold our hands long enough to cross the parking lot. As soon as we hit the grass, they were off like little torpedoes. Ryli made a beeline for the climbing wall, Landry, the doubled slides. The playground was a very busy, very windy place. Picnickers were grilling away, and a pair of moms were wandering around selling Girl Scout cookies (unfortunately for them, I had no money on me). 

Ryan's mom showed up and was greeted by cries of "Meemaw" and hugs, then abandoned so that the kids could resume running around like lunatics. Ryli climbed things she hadn't quite been able to before. Landry still doesn't really care for swings.  All and all, it was a blast.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Is it cheating?

The kids' room is in need of a MAJOR top to bottom cleaning. Is it cheating to get them both asleep to so it? I'm sure that if I proceed with them both conscious, I will in fact end up with a bald spot, if not just totally bald. So I'm curled up with Landry while Ryli lays down and quietly watches Dora. The plan is simple: once Landry is out (which shouldn't be long now) I'm going to put Ryli in daddy's recliner with Cinderella. That should grant me the needed time to make their room tolerable to me again. Sounds like a plan to me!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Status update...

I just wanted to say that the whole process of thinking the blogs through as to what I'm going to write where is coming along wonderfully. I just have to get an hour or two of solitude to pit it all on paper or computer and scroll it all out so it's not swimming laps in my head. I'll post something longer later.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Epiphanies and other fun stuff...

So, I wrote an awesome post Friday. Really, it was awesome, if only in my mind. Apparently, I was having some connectivity issues which I failed to notice, and since the laptop wasn't plugged in, I lost it before I could get to the cord.

That, in and of itself, frustrated me immensely. So, I just caught up on reading my blogs that I follow. I thought a lot about this fledgling little blog as I did so, because I read some really good posts about blogging, homeschooling, marriage, God, green living, motherhood, family... this list is pretty lengthy. It has set the little hamster in the wheel to a flat out sprint. My head is spinning, all full of ideas and such.

So, for the remainder of the month, it's my intent to stick with Mama's Mission of the Month as I wrote that, but there are some other things that I will be working on. I don't want to throw in the towel on Mippy Mommy, and I think that I can figure out a way to make them both work, together but separate. If that makes any sense. 

I will be doing both, hopefully with an ever-increasing regularity. We shall see, as more is revealed. :)

Friday, February 8, 2013


So, Landry woke up about 7:00 yesterday. He took a little nap in the morning for Daddy so I could run a few errands. I got home and cut him loose in the backyard with Ryli. Then, in a fit of stupidity that looked like exhaustion on my part, we all took a late nap around 5:00.

Flash forward to the present, and I'm sitting here watching Chicago Fire with a little boy who will NOT go to sleep. You name it, I've tried it. My old ace in the hole is a non-starter with my medication. Warm milk didn't work. A snack benefited the dogs more than anyone.

So, we sit here in Daddy's recliner, rocking away. I have a sneaking suspicion that before all is said and done, Ryan will come out to the living room, pick up Landry-Sack-of-Potatoes, and tell me to come to bed. Either that, or I'll luck out and he'll fall asleep soon. He has fallen asleep once, but woke up when I tried to move him.

All that being said, if he falls asleep soon, he's going to sleep in Daddy's recliner.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The beginning of the end...

From the start, Landry's been a co-sleeping champion. Since the first night that he was out of NICU, he's been sleeping next to Ryan and I almost every night. There was my birthday in 2011 that my mom and step-dad watched the kids overnight so Ryan and I could go out on one of those fabled date things. The other time was the two nights I spent in Iowa with my family.

As I started taking medication again last week, Landry got weaned cold turkey after 596 days (I used an app to figure that out because I really wanted to know how long we'd made it). The main reason he was still sleeping with us was that he was still waking up at night to nurse. Secondly, we still haven't really gotten around to getting replacement parts for his crib. (The fact they made four moves intact is amazing... unfortunately, the move to Garland was move five).

Yesterday, I made up the crib mattress and slid it under Ryli's bed for the day. When Landry was showing signs that he wanted to sleep, I pulled out the mattress and sat on the floor, rubbing his back as he drifted off. Once again, he slept the night through. 

So, my baby's growing up. Bittersweet, but true.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Ryli!

She's officially three now. All day, she's just been randomly saying "birthday". She insisted on pizza for dinner, and being that it's what she wanted and the clean up is rather quick and painless, I obliged. 

Just wanted to touch base. The new medication and the cold turkey weaning of Landry has me in a bit of a zombie-like state which is causing all kinds of havoc with my creative process. Neither he nor I are sleeping well, that's for sure!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February's Mama's Mission of the Month

And here it is... my mission for the short, birthday and Valentine's Day laden month of February. Here's to a much calmer month than last month, and definitely healthier!


  • Take my medication(s) and chart moods (I use the free version of Mood Tracker)
  • Finish making (and keeping) doctor and dental appointments
  • Journal regularly... the old fashioned, pen and journal way!!
  • Rough routine for Ryan and I
  • At least one date night... sans kids!


  • Chore Chart for Ryli (starting on 2/4)
  • Check ups for Landry & Ryli
  • Work on a routine with them

  • Teach Ryli how to use a computer and start her on ABC mouse
  • Read 8 chapters of Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

  • Make a meal plan and STICK TO IT!!
  • Make a budget and get us back on track
  • Do Fly Lady (start it up 2/4)

  • DFW Cloth Diaper Group
  • Call Grandma more
  • Look into local playgroups/Meet-Ups
Blog/Online Activity:

  • Blog a minimum of five times per week
  • Come up with planner until I can get one printed

  • Read some Bible daily

That's it for the month. I do have a feeling that this month will be a lot better than last month. Now, I have a house to clean and a two year old to get ready for her early third birthday party! 

Mama's Mission of the Month January Recap

So, as I was saying last night, January was one hot mess for me. In some areas of Mama's Mission of the Month, I didn't do too bad. In others, I was awful. Here's the outcome:

  • Keep all counseling appointments and make more as needed
  • Make doctor and dental appointments.
  • Call G'ma every day (I started this one on the 31st)  Only got it done about 1/2 of the time
  • Routine for Mommy and Daddy (we SO need some us time)
  • Work on communication.
  • Routine for Ryli and Landry for the sanity of all those involved!
  • Landry back in cloth by January 7 (I took the holidays off and I have HATED it)
  • Landry sleeping by himself... in his own bed.
  • Read Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling (finish at least half of it)
  • Start gathering materials to start out.
  • Routines for all (even Zeke and Katy, our fur babies)
  • Consolidate, organize, and/or get rid of everything!   Started... and still going strong
  • Start Fly Lady (for real, this time)
  • Get back into DFW Cloth Diaper Group and all it entails.
  • Go to lunch with Mom, Alan, Corey, Annie and Brynn... I can't wait!!!
Blog/Online Activity:
  • Blog consistently (20/30 on Mippy Manor and Mippy Mommy)
  • Print out blog planners
  • Read my followed blogs DAILY! (when I get up sounds like a good plan)
  • Mama's Mission of the Month ALL year! That's twelve of these bad boy posts... and hopefully as many "Mission Accomplished" posts!  One month down, eleven to go!!!
  • Mama needs to schedule some weekly down time... preferably, solo!!  Really should have stated to do something other than going to run errands or go to appointments... oops!!!
  • Start Fly Lady

As you can imagine, I am not entirely thrilled with myself after the month was said and done, but this is progress I'm going for, not instant perfection. Heck, I think a month that went that "perfectly" would be a little dull. Don't get me wrong, I don't like stomach bugs that run laps through my house, nor backs that become strained, but stuff does go wrong. Things that aren't planned keep you on your toes and usually teach you something.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Where the heck did January go?

Okay, I know just where it went. Between stomach bugs that hung around far too long, Ryan's back taking a vacation on him, family coming up for a visit, obscene amounts of laundry and trips to and from the laundromat... it was ridiculous. The best thing that happened in January was Ryan started back to school part-time. Woooohoooo! I'm so proud of him!
Tomorrow, I'll recap my Mama's Mission of the Month for January and unveil my hopes for the blissfully short, birthday and Valentine's Day filled month of February. It is my hope that it is nothing like January, and I mean that in the most positive way imaginable.
Things are definitely on the upswing, I can tell you that much. I finally got in to see the doctor, and am happy to report that am now on the road to getting back on my rocker. The only thing that remains is to get to my regular doctor and get back on blood thinners. Admittedly, I'm not really excited about that, as it means cutting back on my green veggies. I love my greens!!!
Time to get ready for the other half to return home from work... more tomorrow, I promise!