Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The very very late Christmas photo post

I thought I had more Christmas photos than this, but...I do not. I mean, I have more, but they're either of Yaya so they will be staying on my hard drive, or they're pretty terrible so they will be staying on my hard drive. Potato, potahto.

I helped a little with decorating the tree, which is probably why there aren't many pictures; this was after my surgery but not by much so I wasn't terribly useful. Mr. Man was very very helpful, as you can see.

As was Baby Girl. She was probably taking this off the tree rather than putting it on, because that's pretty much how the season went. If it wasn't her taking them off, it was the cats.

I bought a cute Target gingerbread house kit, but it did not work out well. We built it too fast (this is what happens when you have kids: do it fast or not at all) and it collapsed. The upside is that the gingerbread still tasted good because it hadn't sat out for a month. As you can see, Baby Girl was right there to act as cleanup crew.

Christmas morning! I don't have many good pictures of this. Oh well, I lived it.

The boys each got a DS. They were used, because you cannot buy a new DS anymore (I don't think you can, anyway) and Mr. Man got pink because that's what the game store had. He could care less.

The kids also each got a tablet for Christmas. It was the year of electronics. The tablets were only $55 each and work well for the kids, although it seems like the screens scratch if you even look at them. Still, for $55, you can't ask for much more. I think it was this tablet (I didn't really pay attention; I let B take care of all that) and this case.

We went up to my parents' house on Christmas day to open gifts. Baby Girl actually held still long enough for me to do her hair. It was little buns on either side of her head, but her hair is so fine it was coming loose by the time we even got to my parents' house. She ended up in pigtails. Still cute.

And one last picture of Mr. Man, getting a Lego kit. Yay Lego. We stopped buying him big kits because he tends to throw things when he's mad, but these little kits are perfect.

I know this is more than a little late, but I hope everyone had a good Christmas! I actually have at least two more posts planned, I just need to focus up and get them written. Maybe it'll be two weeks between posts this time instead of three.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fall 2014 photo dump

Not to be confused with the ostensibly upcoming "Christmas 2014 photo dump."

Time did not stop while I was off my feet with a herniated disk, and even though B made it sound like most days it was a miracle he got everyone to school and they ate way too much fast food, there were some fun activities.

This might have been taken before I hurt myself; we did quite a lot of basement cleaning the week before that. You can't tell we were cleaning from this picture, of course.

A clean toy room. I was wrong; I'm pretty sure this was all B. This was during the very brief time where he switched his game room and the toy/sewing room. Now his game room is up where the living room is supposed to go, the living room is downstairs, and our bedroom is in the semi-finished part of the basement, to the right in this picture.

It snowed!

She was wearing a coat under there, I promise. Knowing B she's probably got four layers of clothing on, too.

You'll have to trust me that this is Yaya.

I had a hard time finding pictures of Mr. Man that weren't blurry. That's a problem I have a lot with him.

He had a pretty chapped face for a while there; so far we haven't had a repeat.

OK, so maybe not much happened for those few months. Or at least, nothing B took pictures of. There are more from Christmas stuff. A few, anyway.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Happy holidays; I hope everyone is having a great season!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ambitious but rubbish

A few weeks ago, B and I were bemoaning the fact that we couldn't use a lot of our Christmas stuff because there just wasn't room in the living room for it. I've wanted to set up a village for the longest time, but don't have the space, and last year we bought a train on after-Christmas clearance at Toys 'R Us but the living room was too small for it. This isn't even considering all the space we can't use in regular decorating because of the open railing. While we were talking, we were in our bedroom--the biggest room in the house--and I said, "I wish that when we were switching everything around way back when, when this was still a toy room, that we had gone ahead and made this a family room so we could have room for stuff like that."

We talked about it a little more over the next few days, then suddenly we had worked out all the "but what room will go where" questions and we--well, B and a friend--were moving furniture. B's game room is now in the living room, and it can function as a formal dining room if we need it to. Our bedroom is in the back, in the former toy room. The toy/sewing room is kind of thrown into the space that used to be B's game room; there's definitely lots of organization to come there.

We've switched rooms around a lot in this house, far more than I ever remember doing anywhere else I've ever lived, but this is by far the most ambitious rearranging project we've ever taken on. In addition to all this, we will be switching Baby Girl's and Mr. Man's rooms around. We will need to do more finishing in the basement (we've spray foamed about half of the rim joist and it's helped a lot, which kind of surprised me), paint the new living room, paint both kids' rooms, and finish up all the other miscellaneous projects I've started in each of those rooms but not finished.

The space we're focusing on right now is the new living room, formerly our bedroom. This is what it looks like right now, first from the door.

This is what it looks like behind the couch.

Facing toward the door. New thrift store desk is too tall to go behind the couch, boo.

It's a pit, and I can't really do much to straighten things out--I was moving little things like magazines and knick knacks this weekend and ended up having to take an anti-inflammatory and two pain pills so I won't be doing that again. B is very motivated to get it done, though, because we want to have the Christmas stuff set up again as soon as possible. But it's going to be a slow process anyway. I really want to have all the decor projects done by Baby Girl's birthday so that maybe for once we can actually have room to have a party here. Judging by my past record, and by the fact that every bit of progress I've made in being less lazy has apparently gone out the window, I'm not super duper hopeful.

On the plus side, I found some pretty awesome toe socks I forgot I had.

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's been a while

I am fully recovered from my surgery, more or less. I still don't like to lift really heavy things, but I no longer have to have a babysitter because Baby Girl is outside of the range I'm allowed to lift. Well, I started lifting her; my follow-up visit isn't for two weeks yet. The house is falling apart; B was just getting the kids to school and then fed at night by the skin of his teeth and everything else went by the wayside. We won't even talk about how the bathroom looks. I'm not blaming him or complaining, though; lord knows there have been plenty of days where it was all I could do to get the kids out the door and then fed at dinner time, and that's my full-time job. (Does anyone else feel like, for someone whose job it is to care for other people, they aren't actually good at caring for other people?) He has an actual 9-5 full-time job, and he was coming home a few hours early, getting the kids off the bus, making sure they didn't murder each other, feeding them dinner, bathing them, doing laundry so they had clothes for school, putting them to bed, then working those hours he took off from home. I think we're all getting back into a routine.

Today Baby Girl and I are going to clean the toy room, the kitchen, and Mr. Man's room. That's the plan, anyway; Baby Girl doesn't nap anymore, which is taking some getting used to. Before I hurt myself we were really making progress on the basement, but all momentum has been lost now. B switched around his game room and the sewing/toy room, which is something I've wanted forever, but he kind of mixed the pieces of furniture instead of having clear toy room/ sewing room sections and I can't move any of it. I mean, I don't really know where I want anything to go, but I couldn't move it if I did. I'm hoping to add "family room" to the list of functions that space performs, because why not.

Anyway, I'm now able to be around more, but I'm still getting back in the habit of doing...everything. I'm still adjusting to the fact that I can bend over and pick things up now. It's been months, and I have to remind myself that no, if I bend over I won't feel severe pain or like I might get down and not be able to get back up.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and will have a great Christmas. I'm renewing my yearly dream of a Christmas village, and I would love to not have to stand guard over it. Wishes and dreams, right?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The big day

Tomorrow is my back surgery. I'm ready to get it over with; I'm tired of being stuck at home, although it sucks that I missed all the nice fall weather and now it's cold and snowy. I'm also tired of my disgusting house; it seems that I'm the only one who knows how the broom, mop, or dishwasher work. Not that I'm allowed to do any of those things for two weeks after my surgery, so...crap.

I am having a lumbar microdiscectomy (Blogger says that's not spelled right, but I don't care). My cousin just had surgery on her back for a herniated disk and they went in through her stomach, which apparently hurts a lot. They're doing mine through my back and I'm told I should expect a "slightly achey back," which I am 99% sure is a big fat lie, but I have pain pills.

I have to go bathe in disinfectant. Seriously. Tough luck, skin bacteria.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I haven't forgotten about you

I am still mostly bedridden, and it seems I will be until the end of November. I went to see a neurologist last week and it was what I expected but didn't want to hear: my disc is so severely herniated that there is little chance my body will ever heal it on its own. Surgery it is. It's scheduled for November 17, and in the surgical instructions I got today it says no lifting of more than ten pounds for two weeks, and no sitting for more than 20-30 minutes. It says I can (and should) walk, though, so I guess I can do any housework that involves walking or standing but not bending far, picking up heavy stuff, or using the vacuum. I'm sure that includes a lot of stuff.

I have been working on the Yoshi costume, and it's almost done. Here's a picture B took of the head yesterday.

It needs some color correction, but I'm lazy. You get the idea. Anyway, I have to go sew the saddle on the back of his costume then sew it all together. Yay! After that, handsewing. I might procrastinate that until tomorrow. I'm going to try and get the head tutorial written and up tonight, but no promises.