28 February 2010

More space for MY stuff now.

Yesterday was a great day! Back when we found out we were expecting Josh we decided to move Nicky into the bigger bedroom and we took the smaller one. Our theory was that 2 kids and their toys needed more space. Well. More space = more toys to make a mess and I was getting heartily sick of banging into things in our crowded room. A couple months ago I put the bug in Jeff's ear that I wanted to switch rooms back but he kept putting me off with excuse after excuse not to do it. Just wait till after the vasectomy. Oh, he needs to finish the closet door. He just started a new job. Blah blah blah.

Then comes Friday. I had decided that I wanted to do it this weekend but when I talked to Jeff he of course put it off again so I dropped it. We're hanging out at home and he gets a text from a friend to go watch the Olympic hockey game and I saw my chance! I told him I was cool with him going as long as we could do the old switcheroo on Saturday and he really wanted to go so he agreed. We dropped the younger boys off at my moms and got it all done in about 3 hours.

The OTHER great thing that happened yesterday was I got my iPhone!!!! I must say, it's pretty fun to play around with and texting is no longer a pain in the ass. Liam is all over it like a dirty shirt and is begging begging begging for one. And it's so so so not going to happen. An 11 year old with his own cell phone? I gotta say, I just don't agree. We have the other phone on our plan (since Jeff has a work one now) and he is allowed to take that one when he goes to the park, friends houses, etc., but otherwise it stays in the microwave cabinet.

So all around a great weekend :) Now I just have to go make a birthday card for a little princess that's turning 2 today. Happy Birthday Hailey!!

26 February 2010

I think she was looking for a booty call.

Text conversation copied from my phone last night:

some number I've never seen before: hey have you watched Survivor yet?

me: who is this?

weird random number: it's Nicole.

me: lol okay sorry, didn't recognize the number.

me: no I haven't watched it yet, it's on my PVR.

Nicole: Oh. How was your day?

me: well I'm not feeling too hot but otherwise the day was good.

Nicole: Oh eww, are you sick?

me: prob just a little bug no big deal.

Nicole: well, i'd rather be sick than in pain.

Nicole: I went shopping today and now I hurt.

me: Oh, jealous!

Nicole: don't be, just grocery shopping and to South Common. I got 2 seasons of Full House.

me: well still.

*at this point I got tired of texting and started watching my show with Jeff and Liam. About a half hour passed.

Nicole: So are you watching your show?

Nicole: Oh ewww my ex-boyfriend just called me :(

Nicole: so are you going out tonight?

me: Ummmm....no. Why would I go out?

Nicole: oh I was just wondering. I'm staying in, I have to work first thing in the morning.

*it was here that I realised that whoever this Nicole is, she's not the same Nichole that I know. The Nichole I know would know that I do NOT go out and party on a Thursday night. So I just turned off my phone and figured whoever this chick was, she'd realise eventually that she had the wrong number whenever she talked to whoever she thought she was talking to.

But she texted me this morning. AT 7 AM.

Nicole: so, who got voted off Survivor?

me: okay, I think you have the wrong number. I didn't realise at first because I do know a Nichole.

Nicole: So this isn't Radford?

me: no this is Chantel.

me: but, Randy got voted off last night since you're wondering.

Nicole: Nice.

And that's where we left it.

25 February 2010


Jeff and I co-sleep with Josh, it works and allows us to get as much sleep as possible. Well, that is until Nicky decided that waking up randomly in the wee hours of the morning was a great idea. You never know when it's going to strike, it could be 4 or 5 or even 3 am-or not at all-but this child will wake up and be almost impossible to put back down. On those mornings one of us will take him onto the couch and fall asleep with him. Usually this job falls to Jeff since Josh is attached to the boob all night.

This morning at 5:30 the sleepless wonder struck so I stumbled to his room, tried my sleepy best to convince him to fall asleep, and ultimately ended up on the couch with him. Maybe 15 minutes later Josh realised that I (my boobs) were no longer there and started fussing. Jeff scooped him up against him, Josh latched onto his shirt, and everyone was back to sleep within 2 minutes.

That's a first!

24 February 2010

Quick update

This weeks weigh in: 145 pounds. Not bad but not good either. Staying the same is disappointing and I hope I'm not hitting a plateau but I'm pretty sure it's because I was getting a little lax in my eating habits. You know, eating just a little bit extra than I should have and not counting it towards my points. Not drinking enough water. Drinking too much coffee with my delicious hazelnut creamer. That sort of thing. So it's back on the bandwagon for moi.

I did the shred as well and it DID kick my ass but it was also pretty awesome. I'm putting it on hold for now though because I need to invest in a good sports bra and they're expensive. We'll be back on track financially in the next month but with Jeff starting his new job last week it's just been a little rocky. I do have the wii and it still gives me quite the workout so I'll be doing that again.

As for the before pic, I didn't have a full body shot from where I started in January so here is one of me sitting down at Christmas. You can still see how fat I am so it works.


19 February 2010

How hard can it be?

Today I'm going to start the 30 Day Shred. I downloaded it yesterday and took a look at it and I'm really excited to be able to fit a good workout into a small window of time. I'm just kidding about it not being hard...it's going to kick my ass. And I can't wait!

It also occurred to me that I should post a before picture, so I'll get on that at some point today and post it with my next blog post. That's a lot of 'post' in one sentence.

And, it also occurred to me that this blog is missing some scrappy happiness, so I'll be posting my latest creations soon here too. Just for you Jess :) I'm also starting to work on some very ambitious projects for the boys for Christmas. I'll tell y'all about that later too!

18 February 2010

3 things.

I'm having a moment. A covetous moment. I want, I want, I want.

These moments always seem to come at the precise time when you barely have enough money to cover your bills, let alone have anything left to play with.

ANYWAY. Here are the 3 things I want badly right now:

A Phil & Ted's stroller. These things are SO COOL and I'm jealous of all my friends that have one.

A DSLR. I get so frustrated with the amount of work I have to put into my camera to take a picture that at least doesn't look like crap, but still is nowhere near what it could be.

An iphone. This is actually more attainable than the other things I want, but I have to wait for it. And I'm an Instant Gratification kind of gal.

All right, I guess it's time to go and make lunch, somebody is whining in the kitchen like I've been starving him for the last 4 days.

16 February 2010

Every girl's gotta have a goal.

One of the things I wanted to pay more attention to in the new year was this blog. It has suffered greatly! It's not as though I don't have the time since we're on a pretty good schedule here and I'm not quite as sleep deprived as I was for the first few months after Josh was born. But when I sit down at the computer I have responsibilities; I've got a couple farms that I need to harvest, and an adorable pet that I need to keep fed and clean. I swear they're more a pain in the ass to keep up than they are fun but I just can't stop. Is that what they call an addiction? Someone needs to take Facebook away from me!

Another issue I wanted to address in the new year (I refuse to call them resolutions) is my weight. It's something I never really gave any serious thought to although I sure did bitch and moan about it. I imagine this is true of many people. Slowly, so slowly, that scale crept up and up and up until I actually felt comfortable (lazy) at 160 pounds. That may be a healthy weight for somebody at least a half foot taller than me, but I'm only 5'2". I should be in the 120-130 pound range. And I haven't read those numbers on a scale in a good 8 years. Holy heck that's a long time.

After I had Liam almost 11 years ago, the weight just kind of melted off. I did a lot of walking since I didn't drive and my age probably had something to do with it. At 19 the metabolism works a hell of a lot better than it does at 30. I guess I just naively believed that the same thing would happen after Nicky was born. Except it didn't. And then I got pregnant again. So now instead of waiting for a miracle I'm taking matters into my own hands.

I joined Weight Watchers on January 4 and I started out at 160 pounds. What a huge reality check. I vaguely knew I wasn't eating healthy but I loved snacking more than I cared about that so I didn't examine my eating habits too closely. It has taken quite a while to get used to not being able to eat chips or cheese toast or nutella straight from the jar. In fact, I can't even keep those kinds of things in the house because I just don't trust my willpower. I have caved a few times and cheated, so I know it's in me lol.

But there has been success! In 6 weeks I have managed to lose 15 pounds, putting me at 145 pounds as of yesterday. I do my weigh in every Monday and so far I've lost at least 1 pound but more often between 2 and 3 per week. I'm fitting in clothes I haven't been able to wear in years. It's so encouraging and if I didn't have this kind of visual success I would probably be tempted to throw in throw in the towel. Ultimately my goal is to reach 125 pounds by July 4. 35 pounds in 6 months. I'm almost halfway there!

So to those of you that are reading I have a request. Leave a comment so that I can see who I'm being accountable to. It helps me to know that other people are rooting for me and the more people who know about this, the more likely I'll be to not want to disappoint anyone. So I'm recruiting you to be my personal cheerleader :)