Caught up…again!

Seriously, how do I get so behind on reading?  And how has it been so long since my last post?!

Now that I’ve gotten caught up on all of your blogs, I guess I’d better catch you up with what’s been happening with our family.  🙂  We celebrated my 39th Birthday we dinner out at Shogun (a hibachi restaurant).  It was delicious and I’ve created a monster because now L keeps asking when we can go and eat at the place where they cook the food in front of us, lol.  Here’s a pic of J and I:

I wish I could add in the pics of L.  We have cute family selfie we took with her while we were there and then another pic of her giving dinner a 10.  Totally cute!

Saturday of my birthday weekend we went with J to watch him play in his alumni basketball tournament.  If you’ve been following me for a least a year, you’ll remember that he completely tore his achilles at this event last year.  Luckily, that didn’t happen this year but I did take a basketball to the face from some bratty kids that weren’t doing what they were told.  Luckily, I hadn’t been able to find my glasses before we left the house because it would’ve ended up being a much worse injury if I had.  J is supposedly hanging is hat up on this alumni tournament so hopefully, for the first time in what will be 6 years, I won’t be spending my birthday weekend at this game, lol.

Sunday we did a little shopping in the morning (shoes for the whole family) and then went to my Mom’s for dinner, cake and presents.  My niece turned 16 two days before my bday and my nephew turned 7 six days after so we always celebrate together.  🙂

The weekend after my birthday was spent working on taxes.  Between daycare, Young Living, Thirty One and our rental house, taxes are never an easy thing (especially because I’m horrible about keeping up with the bookwork throughout the year).  I’m a little worried because we somehow came out with a refund for state and federal so hopefully everything was done correctly.  We use TaxAct.

That brings us to this last weekend.  After dealing with a ton of MIL drama over this past month (even more so than usual), we did dinner out Friday night with her, my FIL, and my SIL and her family.  We had a good time chatting with my SIL and BIL but there was very little communication with the MIL.  I kept telling them to come sit on the end the rest of the adults were sitting on but they didn’t move.  Also, L wasn’t feeling the best so she was on the quieter side (not a bad thing since we were in a restaurant).  Oh and dinner was delish!

Saturday morning, I planned to take L with me to my hometown because I was taking my nephew to see “Zootopia” for his birthday present.  Unfortunately, she’d had 2 bad days last school last week so I had to leave her home with J.  I felt bad because it is March Madness so it was a bit of a punishment for him too.  Before the movie (which was hilarious), I also went and got a pedicure and it felt heavenly!

Sunday was spent cleaning and doing things around the house and we also dyed Easter eggs with L.  She said that she’s never done that before or hunted for an Easter basket so it was fun to watch her get into dying the eggs.  Here’s a couple of pics:

L has been having a rough time at school these past couple of weeks keeping hands to herself, using nice words and keeping her eyes on her own paper.  She has a prize box that she gets to pick from every day that she has a smiley face and now we’ve made 2 longer term deals with her also.  If she gets all smiley faces this week and next, we’ll take her to “Zootopia” and if she gets all smiley faces for a month, we’ll take her to Shogun for hibachi.  Hopefully these things help but I just don’t know.

Update:  She just walked in and didn’t get a smiley face today.  I’m banging my head against the wall trying to get through to this girl on this stuff.  Ugh!

Up next…Vegas!  This is such a much needed vacation for J and I.  We head out Wednesday after work.  Hopefully, the snow storm we’re supposed to get doesn’t mess up our flight.  I will do a Vegas post when we get back.  🙂  Hope you all are well and I will try to get much better about blogging more frequently!

Have a great rest of the week and a Happy Easter!

Lots of Love~Dawn

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Need to Write

Right now I have 2 babies sleeping peacefully (Thank you Lord), 2 more in their pack and plays because listening is not a skill they’d like to participate in today and they won’t stop screaming so we all needed a timeout from each other, and 2 more that are behaving wonderfully and are getting rewarded with “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” because I need a moment to myself to breathe and write out my feelings before I explode.

February sucked.  There’s just no other way to put it.  There were very few joyful moments in February.  Everything with H happened, daycare has been rough, J and I’s marriage has just been off, and then having my hopes up about Baby S and not getting picked.  I’m wound tighter than well, I don’t really have words to finish the sentence because my mind doesn’t even work properly anymore.

March is looking better though if you discount this day, lol.  March came in like a Lion around here with 4 inches of snow!  Not a great way to start, but hopefully it will now go out like a lamb.  L prayed before dinner all by herself last night!  Usually she refuses to be the one to say it and if she does, she makes J say it and then she just repeats after him but last night, she did it all on her own.  Proud, proud moment!!!

This coming weekend is my birthday.  Friday night, we’re going to dinner at ShoGun which is a hibachi place.  It’s not to the level of my favorite place out in CT, but it’s pretty close.  Saturday is J’s annual college alumni basketball game (you know, the one where he completely tore his achilles last year).  He refuses to not participate and tried to tell me I don’t need to come with, but what would have happened if I hadn’t been there last year?!  I will be there and have oils ready, just in case.  I should probably borrow the crutches back from my niece too, lol.  Sunday, is my actual birthday.  L will have a visit and then we will go directly to my Mom’s for dinner, cake and presents.  My niece turns 16 on Friday and my youngest nephew will be 7 on the 12th so we do all 3 of us at once.

Vegas is in 21 days and hopefully just what J and I need to get our relationship back on track.  We haven’t had a vacation in a long time and we’ve had a lot of really stressful stuff happen this past year or so.

Okay, I feel calmer now.  Thank you for listening and letting me vent.  I better go think about what to make for lunch today and go see if the boys are ready to calm down and listen.  Have a great rest of the week, Friends!

Lots of Love~Dawn

P.S.  Thank you for all your wonderful, loving and supportive comments about us not being chosen for Baby S.  Each and every one of them is so appreciated!!!