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A little peek into my life as a midwest mom, wife, and chiropractor…

Autumn Is In The Air

Such a weird state we live in.  Last weekend we headed to Des Moines to see some of Hubby’s family, and it was kind of toasty.  We went to the Farmer’s Market- amazing as usual- and later we went to the zoo, and by the time we went to the zoo everyone was in shorts and tshirts.  And I was sweating profusely, good thing zoos aren’t known for their heavenly scents.

 

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Then this week it was so cold, I was contemplating wearing my winter coat in the morning.  I did put the kids in winter coats today, when we went out to the farm to pick some pumpkins and apples.

 

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No, we did not take one of the giants home.  Imagine how many pumpkin pies those could make?!

 

The apple crop is pretty bountiful out there this year too, which is awesome.  They have honeycrisps, which are our favorites.  And if you see them in the store they are almost never under $2 a pound except for maybe this time of year I guess. 

 

So I grabbed a couple bags of those and got out my Christmas present from last Christmas- my apple peeler/corer.  This thing is possible one of the best inventions ever.  Besides dry shampoo, which I just recently discovered and can’t believe I have gone this long with out it.

 

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I cranked out so many apples in the time it took for Jenna to eat her snack (apples) and Tyler to get sick of playing with playdoh.  Homemade applesauce is done for the week, and it is delish.

 

Hubby also made up a bunch of chili for the freezer too, we are ready for fall!

 

Things are going ok on the potty front, a little frustrating.  No pee accidents but Tyler has decided that he just prefers to poop in his pants, not the potty anymore.  He had an accident almost every day at daycare this week.  He only had one accident last weekend when we were in Des Moines, of course when we were at the zoo and Aunt Jamie was about to take him on the carousel.  Really glad she pulled him off or that ride would had to have been shut down so they could hose it off. 

 

Today when we were out at my folks’ house, I knew he had to go, and he had already had two tiny accidents.  He was walking around with his legs so pressed together he could barely walk straight.  Then my dad tells him that he will give him a chocolate ice cream cone if he poops on the potty.  Sure enough, Tyler immediately ran to the bathroom and unleashed the flood gates.  And then collected his prize.

 

What a stinker.  I thought we were good for the day but no.  We got home and he had two awful awful accidents that leaked all the way through his pants to his socks and on our carpet.  Guess it only works if Grandpa bribes him now.  This is how we spent an hour or so- away from all carpet and furniture:

 

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Oh the joys of parenthood.  I just keep reminding myself that he won’t be pooping his pants forever.  At least I hope.

 

I also try to tell myself to just cherish every single little moment, because this window of time where they are so sweet and little goes by so fast.  There’s nothing better than them wanting to crawl up on your lap and give you a big hug or cuddle.  Last weekend when we were in Des Moines, we stayed in a one room suite, and Jenna was having a hard time winding down when Tyler was laying in the bed next to her crib.  So I put them both in the bed with one on each side of me and they just curled up next to me and were so sweet.  Tyler fell asleep after a couple lullabies but Jenna cuddled for awhile while she sang “let it go” over and over and over.  I finally got up after they were both asleep and snuck this picture.

 

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If I didn’t need circulation in my arms, I would have stayed there all night.  I sure love those little kiddos.

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Hi there, couple days late/couple days early with the blog, depends on when you expected me to post.  Had to get this super exciting update out that we now have a potty-trained young man!  I’m sure you will be nowhere near as excited as me about this news.

 

Thanks to help from my Manchester friend Melissa, who sent me a 3 day potty training plan, we got everything figured out last weekend.  Granted, Saturday and Sunday were absolutely horrible.  It was so beautiful outside, but we just stayed inside, near the potty. I’m not quite sure how many messes I cleaned up, but I know I was on the verge of tears at least three times because I was so sure he was never going to get it. 

 

Then all of a sudden on Sunday night, it just clicked and he went #2 on the potty.  And I have never been so excited to see poop.  On Monday I kept him home to make sure he got it, and sure enough first thing in the morning he ran to the potty.  My mom came over and helped while I went to work, and he did so good for her. 

 

He’s done ok at daycare, couple accidents the last two days but overall not bad.  It’s a start.

 

I’m sorry you just had to read so much about the toilet habits of my son.  Let’s look at some pretty pictures!!

 

Over Labor Day weekend, my friend Brook took some pictures of our little family.  She is super talented, especially considering Tyler and I ended up feeling sick all day from some stomach bug, and Jenna was little miss crabface.  Enjoy!

 

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Quick Update

Still busy, but don’t worry, we finally have someone hired so there goes a lot of stress off my shoulders.  But she doesn’t start for another couple weeks.  So until then, we are still way behind in the office, but thankfully this weekend my parents helped us out.  The kids had a little slumber party there last night so Hubby and I grabbed some dinner last night and got to work early this morning. 

 

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We went to Restaurant 1856 last night up in Okoboji, and it was fantastic.  I had the salmon, over a parsnip puree with brown butter sauce and green beans almondine.  I think I can totally try to replicate it, maybe someday.  The view up there was spectacular, it was a lovely night.  Thank you so much to my parents for watching the kids so we could do that and get a ton of work done today.

 

I have a couple other pictures to share today. 

 

Here’s some from a quick trip up to Arnold’s Park, since it has just been beautiful out the last couple weeks.

 

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We’ve been getting a lot of delicious produce from our patients lately, but one of them brought these into us.  Holy decadence.  If anyone in the area needs cupcakes for any events, let me know and I will pass on her info.

 

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Some friends had a shed party Labor Day weekend and baby Grant made an appearance.  He pretty much slept the whole time.  Plenty of cuddle time with the great grandparents. 

 

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We also got to see baby Grant on Friday when we celebrated Kyle’s birthday.  We stayed up past the kids’ bedtimes, so they were lounging on the couch.  I tried to catch it for a picture, but of course Jenna got up.

 

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A piece of ice cream cake perked up Tyler.  Smile

 

I almost forgot- Tyler started preschool last week!  It didn’t seem very dramatic since his preschool is a room over from his daycare.  And they just walk him over to his daycare room after preschool.  He seems to like it.  He was excited about his backpack.  And this was horrible lighting.

 

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Fortunately they let him start, even though he is not potty trained.  Still plugging away, with no results. 

 

The Clay County Fair started yesterday, and I got to work my 5 hour shift today at the Kiwanis stand.  I haven’t been in so long, and it is still crazy.  Even more food options.  Hopefully we can take the kids sometime this week. 

 

And on that note, I am exhausted and heading to bed.  Thanks for hanging in there with me during this crazy time, hopefully I get back to a more regular one-two week blogging schedule.  Happy fall everyone!

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3 Week Update

It’s been awhile since I updated the blog, apologies to all.  Circumstances at the office have left us a little short handed, so I’m falling behind in all aspects.  That includes picture-taking, so I probably don’t have a ton of pictures for you. 

 

One thing we are also still busy with is trying to get Tyler potty-trained.  We have tried it all.  One of the administrators at daycare suggested getting these waterproof covers for when we keep him in his underwear to minimize mess but still allow him to feel wetness.  They did not help, as he couldn’t care less if he is wet.  And they were not fun to clean.  But Jenna thought they were fun to wear.

 

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Today I let him just run around without anything on for awhile.  He was very proud to come tell me that he pooped.  This is what he usually does when I let him go pantsless.  And I always cross my fingers that it is not diarrhea.  Then we go pick it up and flush it.  That’s something, right?

 

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That picture could have been way more gross.

 

This past weekend we had a shower for my sis-in-law Rachel and her new baby Grant.  She got lots of cute stuff and it was fun to see all the babies.  Smile

 

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We also had some very special visitors, Aunt Jaime and Grandpa Lance came up from Kansas.  We had a fun-filled couple days, the kids never mind getting spoiled. 

 

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Today after we said our goodbyes, we took the kids over to Scharnberg Park, so they could get a little sunshine.  Tyler had a great time, and Jenna didn’t, but then I gave her a sucker and she was fine for awhile.

 

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Then we had a popcorn night and watched the movie Tangled.  Great day.

 

I wonder if one of these days I will ever get back to what my blog used to be, providing recipes and the occasional workout.  Time has just been a little lacking lately.  My goal for the fall is to get a stable schedule worked out, one where I can spend more time with the kids and more time taking care of myself, i.e. work out and cook more.  Hopefully once we get our staffing figured out at the office, I will be able to accomplish that.

 

So in the meantime, you just get to keep looking at pictures of my kids.  Good thing they’re cute.  Smile

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Fun With Friends

Hello hello.  This weekend was kind of a relief.  For the first time probably since we moved here, we didn’t have anything on the schedule.  It was glorious.  We ran out to the farms yesterday to feed everyone’s dogs because they were all gone, and the kids got to run around in the country.  We also got to pick some fresh sweet corn which has been fabulous. 

 

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We had our corn with some roasted Brussels sprouts and steak.  And a glass of cherry wine from Galena for me.  I tried a method of cooking the corn that my friend Brook posted on Facebook.  You just put the whole ear of corn in the microwave for 4 minutes- without taking the husks off.  Then carefully (will be very hot) cut the bottom off and slide the ear of corn out, and it will be cooked and free of the silk. 

 

We got a lot of playing done this weekend, but (I) also got a lot of cleaning and laundry done.  I’m getting closer to getting this house in order.  Still need a lot of décor and stuff on the wall, but that will come. 

 

Both kids are growing so fast, but little Jenna is really changing.  She is talking so much better than Tyler was at this age, and we’re noticing other milestones creeping up. 

She’s really into using utensils:

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And she’s interested in the potty:

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She doesn’t do anything on it, but she will tell us when she needs a new diaper.  That’s more than Tyler is doing right now.  He’s not quite catching on, but we are still trying.  Smile

 

Last week was pretty fun for us, my best friend and her family were in town for the whole week.  She lives in Chicago, which is now much further from where we live.  Manchester wasn’t a bad drive, less than 4 hours, but now it’s a bit of a haul.  They got plenty of family time in and still had some time to hang out with us.  They rented a pontoon on Saturday on West Lake Okoboji since the craziness of Ragbrai was moving in the next day.  Unfortunately it was a little windy and cloudy, but we made the best out of it.  Then we went out to eat in Spencer and hung out for awhile.  They also got came over for some play time with Baby Alex, who is getting so big.  When you are around your kids all the time, it’s harder to see the changes but when you don’t get to see the babies often, man they grow fast.

 

I will leave you with some pictures of our fun times with our friends.  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, as it’s slipping away fast!

 

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