Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Search for Overnight Training Pants

My boys have been daytime pottytrained forever now, but we've always still used pull-ups for overnight use.

We used to use Fuzzi Bunz diapers and I LOVED them and loved not throwing away so many disposable diapers but once they outgrew them I wasn't able to afford to buy new ones. I figured they were close to potty training anyway and it wouldn't be so bad to use disposable pull ups for a while.

Well...I was wrong. We still do need to use something at night and not only are the pull ups expensive but I hate throwing them away every day. I do laundry often and hang everything up to dry so it wouldn't be a big deal to use cloth pull ups, even if we only had a couple for each boy. I just have no clue which brand to choose.

I assumed I would go with Fuzzi Bunz again but it seems that they have discontinued their overnights. I really liked the Little Beetle "Learners"--they are soft velour with no plastic waterproof layers but it seems that we would also need wool soaker shorts for overnight use.

I hesitate to buy something online that I will be unhappy with so I think I am going to take the boys to our local cloth diapering store, Austin Baby. Erin of AB was the one I originally bought the Fuzzi Bunz from so it makes sense that I would turn to her for our needs now. I'll let you know what the winner turns out to be.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Oh, Michael

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Since MJ passed (pleeeeeeze don't call him "Jacko" I've always hated that!) we've had a bit of a YouTube-a-thon at our house. I was at dinner over the weekend with a group of friends and we noticed that they were playing nothing but Michael Jackson songs. Everyone got all head-bobb-y which would not have happened prior to his death.

Someone mentioned how surprised they were to realize how much they enjoyed his music. I commented that now that he has died, it frees you up to like his work without seemingly condoning his freakshow. (and molestation charges...ugh)

I've always loved old Jackson 5 stuff and "Beat It" was the first record single I owned as a kid. He is ingrained into the fabric of my youth and it's weird that he suddenly died.

On another note, I've always wanted to learn the entire "Thriller" dance and this is a fun tutorial:



My boys have completely gotten into the old videos. I would have never thought to play them normally but I got kind of caught up in the 'remembering Michael' frenzy.

I let them watch "Thriller," not remembering how intense it is. I almost turned it off as he was turning into a werewolf but they said they weren't scared. (but I think LeeLee secretly was, a bit)

It's 13 minutes long, he did many mini-movies instead of tv-length videos all of which are really good. But it was the scary "Thriller" that my boys really liked the most...well, at first. They watched it over and over again and ran around pretending to be zombies and werewolfs. Desperate to not have to hear Vincent Price's "spooky voice" I put on "Beat It"and Moomers literally watched it over and over and over again.

I was so sick of that video, but my boy wanted to watch it. He especially liked a character he called the "Blue Man" who came out of a manhole wearing a blue bandana. (he comes out about 30 seconds into the video) He now says that he wants to be "Blue Man" for Halloween...ok. ;)

He was so adorable running around singing "Beat It" and "Thriller" and trying to mimic dance moves:

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Last night he said 'Mama, my love Michael Jackson' and I said 'yes, honey--he made lots of good music' and he said 'Mama, will you please buy me Michael Jackson underwear?' I had to explain to him that they probably don't make MJ undies for little boys but...never say never in our twisted society. But...I still wouldn't buy them for my guys.

But, that's a testament to how much he really likes "Beat It" and "Thriller"--my boys are obsessed with their underwear. They sometimes drop their pants to show off a pair that they are particularly fond of, so it's a real honor for them to think Michael was undie-worthy. Although, it does remind me of that Southpark episode...
southpark michael jackson


Ok, well that concludes my mandatory Michael Jackson tribute. I just hope I don't have to watch the "Beat It" video a million times tomorrow. The boys are going to be so bummed when they realize he has died and that it's not 1984 anymore...kind of like when I had a crush on Davey from the Monkees then I had to accept that he was already old and not at all an acceptable candidate for pre-teen makeout sessions. But yet not at all the same so never mind. ;)

The Monkees Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rant:Cranky Pants

Am I PMS'ing or what? I am so freaking cranky. I just can't deal with anything right now. Last night I had a fun night out with some friends from Whole Foods, one of whom is probably going to be S's new roommate. I had a fun time and was home by midnight, but my house still smelled yucky from having it fumigated yesterday and that seriously annoyed me.

I didn't sleep well at all, I felt headachey and weird and hot all night. I felt like I had *finally* gotten to sleep in a deep and sound way when I realized I had turned my alarm off (?) and it was wayyyy past time for me to leave.

As I was getting ready for work I realized I left my demo table at an account yesterday (far away from my house, natch) and that sent me into a mild panic. I went to work and had a fine time, then had to FORCE myself to go to the second account. I was tired and just wanted to be home on my fluffy couch.

I've been having this weird ailment: my left side is numb from my chest to my feet, excluding my arm/hand but it's especially bad from my foot up to my thigh. It's kind of scary and it hurts. It's been like that for several days now, it makes me wonder if I pinched a nerve or something sleeping. I had wanted to go to yoga today, hoping it would fix whatever is going on, but really I needed to work and make money so I did that instead.

The house aired out all day and seems fine now, I'm hoping so because I really need the rest. My boys are coming home in an hour or so and I can't wait, I missed those little guys so much. I need to snuggle them now.

Hope ya'll had a great weekend...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Lonely

Did I actually say that" when I am alone I feel nothing but calm, peaceful electric bliss"????

I am actually full of shit. I don't always feel calm and in control and happy. Sometimes I feel scared, lonely and empty. It's hard for me to "share" the boys with S sometimes. He's their dad and a really great one but sometimes it hurts my feelings to have them wave blithely at me as I drop them off.

I was going to pick them up already but they decided to stay over there longer. So now I'm home and my house feels mighty empty. Those guys are my whole world and I love being their mama so much...this is not always an easy transition for me.

I'm going to try and stop pouting and enjoy my "freedom" and alone time. I do need groceries...imagine that, shopping without kids. Hmmm...I think I'll give it a whirl.

It's Official!

I'm no longer on a blogging hiatus...I will (hopefully) be blogging regularly from now on. I missed ya'll!S-Do Pictures, Images and Photos

From My Camera: Friends & Family

While I was *ahem* busy the past few months, 200 pictures were just hanging out in limbo on my camera. During that time I hung out with my boys, moved into a new place and visited my family in Dallas.


LeeLee having tea--one of the first mornings at our new place

LeeLee and Bonham--is it wrong that I let him play with that wig? ;)

Finley, Moomers and LeeLee at my Uncle Paul's house--yeah, that's a TREE in the middle of the living room!
The boys playing at Jeff and Cassandra's
The boys with my Uncle John


Moomers with Uncle Bubba and 'his lady' Marcia (that's what they call her..Uncle Bubba's lady ;)


The boys with Uncle Bubba and Marcia


The boys with their great-Grandma...

LeeLee was so tired after that visit that he layed down on the grass and went to sleep...

They hugged the rental car when we returned it...yeah, I liked it too.

Me and my cousin, Ashley

Ashley with the boys...

Moomers with his ill-fated ice cream cone

The boys at Whole Foods

The boys with their early birthday present from Grandma--Transformer bedding. Don't worry, they actually have beds now ;)

My Lee

Wordless Wednesday: Moomers--What are you doing,honey?

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Summer Strawberry Muffins





I am starting to feel like my old self again...tonight I FINALLY unpacked my craft supplies and semi-set up my "home studio" (you know, that corner of my living room that doubles as a "home office" ;) and I am feeling really great about it.



Seeing all my craftastic supplies boxed up and laying around my living room floor was putting a serious damper on my mojo and I am so thrilled to have everything put away now. Just looking at it makes me giddy. True, my space did look cleaner and "nicer" before I janked it up with art supplies but I don't think I could live in a home where I had no place to craft. Next up: the boys' room. It's only semi-functional. They need an upgrade on their art supplies too and just some TLC put into their space. Also, all my work-related beauty products/supplies are laying around my bedroom floor. I have to figure that out too....soon.

Now that I've finally tackled that project, now I am free to do other domestic-goddess-like activities, such as baking. It may seem crazy but if I feel like my energy is being tied up with random stuff I just can't function clearly or do the things I enjoy. I feel emotionally constipated, antsy. So anyway, I am going to make the most of this momentum and whip up a batch of yummy strawberry muffins. The latest Body & Soul magazine came the other day and this recipe was featured in it. (Sorry, Martha but I am going to post this on my blog. Hope you don't mind. xoBlueMama;)

Strawberry Muffins:
  • 1 1/2 c. sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners. Toss strawberries and 1/2 c. sugar. Lightly mash berries, set aside.

2. In a large bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a glass 2-quart measuring cup combine buttermilk, oil, egg, vanilla. Whisk to combine.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in buttermilk mixture and berry mixture (with juice) Fold until just combined. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter among the muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.

4. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 17 minutes. cool 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

*These turned out yummy although baking at 2 am means impaired faculties, resulting in a nasty burn near my elbow. Ouch. My Moomers woke up as I was baking the second batch...he was crying for me and when I went in to get him he said he was flying and fell down on the bed from the ceiling and hurt himself. Um, ok. I offered him a muffin and some vitamin water and now he's just fine. It's nice to have the random bonding time with my little man.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Ballad of Frank and Jack Part 2


Last year my pal C and I realized our daddy's birthdays were just a few days apart, and right before Father's Day so we went out for a few drinks to reminisce and celebrate the birthdays of the two men that meant so much to us. This year we set out for a repeat performance, first hitting the Jenny Hart Commnicraft party then heading to South Congress for a bite to eat.

We had just parked her car and were walking towards SoCo when we ran smack dab into my boys and their dad. I was surprised to see them but happy of course to see my little guys. I gave them a hug and we continued with our evening. After a semi-sastisfying slice of pizza we went to one of our favorite South Austin dive bars for a few Lone Stars. Like last time, I brought a candle to light in honor of our departed daddies. We played lots of songs on the jukebox and had a great time.

My dad's birthday actually fell on Father's Day this year. It's always on the Summer Solstice but not always on Father's day, usually just close by. It's a complicated holiday for me now that I am divorced, It's weird to not have to think of a gift for S. I had planned on compiling a cd or a book with all the pictures of him and the boys from the past year but he made it clear that any gift would be unwelcome and honestly, it was a relief. Even when things were ok with us, giving him gifts was always an exercise in masochism. He just didn't know how to graciously accept a present.

He had the boys all weekend. I went to Vegas last week for the skin/hair/nails trade show (more on that later ;) and S was with the boys for four days. Before then they didn't feel comfortable spending the night at his house, which was a huge pain. Each weekend I had to drop them off in the a.m and pick them up in the evening on my way home from work. Now I drop them off on Friday evening and pick them up on Sunday evening.

It's weird and sad for me to be away from my boys for such a big chunk of time, but it does make working and making plans with my friends much easier. I even got a haircut and had coffee with my friend Bill (he's a friend of mine from Yuma who is a hairdresser and lives here with his son and girlfriend) on Saturday morning.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

Warm Weather Crafts with Average Jane Crafter!

Warm Weather Crafts
Check out my article on embroidery/crafting during the summer with an interview with Austin's Average Jane Crafter!

I loved doing this interview with her and I hope we turn on a few more people to this incredibly satisying and fun art form!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Crazy Texas Bloggers

Crazy Texas Mommy, Blue Mama, Belle

My life has been too hectic, overwhelming and just plain busy to sit and blog but oh, how I miss it. There have been a million blog entries I could have written and all of them have slipped away.

BUT--today I had the pleasure of hanging out with one of my favorite Austin mama friends and our friend C from Crazy Texas Mommy. She resides in the North part of our great state and even though it feels like we have been friends forever, today was the first time we have actually met in the flesh. There is NO POSSIBLE way I could see this adorable picture of the three of us and miss the chance to break my bloggy hiatus to tell ya'll about it.

I had a great time drinkin' Lonestars and talking shit like only sassy mamas can. Let's do it again soon, ladies!!!!!!

And if anyone is still reading this blog--I promise, I'm not gone forever. I just have unfortunate life stuff to deal with now.
oxoxox