Monthly Archives: April 2011

Toughing It Out

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The Rock and Rollster had a lovely Easter holiday. Everything was gorgeous and in bloom, including their allergies.

After two days of walking around in their stroller, my guys have itchy eyes, coughing and general stuffiness. Enter MO2’s colleague and her lovely idea about zyrtec. Thanks to Kelly and meds, they are much better. While on leave, the subject came up on sleep. My guys who used to sleep through the night hadn’t been doing so since we moved. Our nights, as of late, have included Rock sleeping by the side of our bed in his car seat (he’s obsessed with it) and Roll sleeping in our bed (horror of horrors). They’ve been put down for a long as we can remember, in their car seats or bouncers and then we carry them upstairs. Problem is that this is dependent on their schedule, not ours. Rock who is especially hard to put down, needed to be rocked in his car seat, vigorously, until he went to sleep. (Now keep in mind that they go to bed between 7-8pm, it is really not bad but we lost the hour or so rocking the rock, so to speak.)

Enter MO2’s cry it out technique. This week the boys have been going to bed. in their.cribs.

The first night, Rock screamed for 1.5 hours, Roll for 45 minutes
The second night, Rock screamed for 45 min, Roll for 30 min (but they slept through)
The third night, both were down after 15 minutes of screaming (slept through again). Hooray! (though I dare write this because it might jinx it).

We go in every minutes and reassure and pat bottoms so it is not like we let them scream alone, but we shut their bedroom door. It is a fantastic feeling when it works, even if you have to wear ear plugs leading up to it.

A Crafting We Will Go

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This post (albeit decidely happier) is dedicated to the things that I love most in life beside my immediate family.

I am a happy craftster!!!

Granted, I don’t spend as much time as I would like crafting because I have infant twins, a husband and a full time job. But you can usually count on me to have one or two projects in the wings.

My current loves are building furniture (simple things), knitting, sewing and online scrapbooking.

My WIPs are: the Easy Console Table, from Ana White. Do you know Ana? Well you should. She takes classic plans like from Pottery Barn and translates them into free plans. her website is amazing!

Here is what I’m doing

                                   The original plan looks like this

However, I thought it might be more functional with more shelves, so I’m doing the modifications similiar to this photo (my work is not yet ready for photos)



Let me tell you something, building furniture when you have no experience is not easy. I’ve been working on this sporadically for 3 weeks and have recut the legs about 3 times! However, I’ve learned tons. It is starting to look very nice.

My other project is a knitted sweater for either R or R (who ever it will fit). It is the Sleeveless Baby Sweater from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-baby-sweater

This is not my sweater but the finished image I like best. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought this yarn to make another version of it in a bigger size. It is an easy sweater to knit once you figure the pattern out.

I’m shaping the neck now and hopefully Rock and Roll will wear it sometime this decade. Otherwise, it will be a baby gift for someone.

What do you do in your spare time?

Why I Will NEVER, EVER Vote Republican!!!

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Angry,

You F%&*% bet I am!

How dare the Republicans use abortion as a leverage on the budget.

I would never, ever vote for a party that would use their personal agenda to harm others. I don’t love abortion. It is a difficult choice but ultimately a woman should have a right to make that choice. Even if abortion is outlawed, it will still happen, and unsafely, just as it always has. That is a very sad reality.

How you can take care of existing live children if you don’t pay their parents? Our enlisted families can’t go more than two weeks without being paid. I can’t go to work unless I can afford child care for my kids. Who gives them the right to stop the pay of an Army at war? Are they kidding? Really?

And let me ask you this…does the Republican party think the military would support them after these shenanigans? If you could hear the water cooler talk, you realize that statements about supporting troops if complete and total BS. We won’t forget it at election time.