Life has been overwhelming me lately and I haven’t really been up to taking care of this blog, but it’s about time I got back to it. Going back to work has been awesome. All of my old friends are still there, the golf course itself has been redone, and they are getting ready to renovate the entire restaurant and banquet facility, so the course is in a really exciting time right now. Having worked there since 2001, I feel like this place is kind of a part of my family, so this is really exciting. As a catering sales manager, I begged and begged for them to redo the facility so that we could book more events. Now that I am back working as a bartender, it’s just exciting to be a part of the course as all these new changes are taking place. They are also changing management companies so that we will now work for Marriott Golf- a great company, which means better benefits!!
This leads me to my next big change, which is that we are going to try to find a way for me to go back to work full-time. I am not very happy about leaving my kids with someone else, but financially, it’s necessary. We are looking into finding an aupair, which will cost a lot less than daycare or a traditional nanny, and be flexible for our changing work schedules. I’m pretty excited to have an extra pair of hands around, so that I can take the kids to do more things and also have a built-in babysitter. I also think it will be really fun to have a new member of our family, and someone to show around Orlando. It’s all still up in the air, who knows if it will work out. I am hoping that the course will let me go back to being fulltime soon, but that is also up in the air.
The kiddos are LOVING their new Britax carseats (THANKS Gram and Pop!) They seriously fall asleep every time they are in the car now- even if it’s only a few minutes. You can just tell they are so much more comfortable! And as I had hoped, they are much, much easier to put them into. Cameron actually doesn’t fight me when I try to buckle him in now- he buckles his chest strap himself now, saying “Click!”
And speaking of verbal skills, the past few weeks have brought lots of new words, for all of the kids. With Lily, it’s easier to list the words she doesn’t say than the ones she does:) Ben and Cameron are saying a lot more too. We are still working on “please” and “thank you”, but I have heard Lily and Cameron say “pees” a few times. Lily used a 3-word combination today. She apparently is going straight from one to three- and in a very weird way. I was feeding the kids lunch today, when Todd went to take a shower. I walked from the kitchen, past our bedroom door to put something in the laundry, and when I walked back I saw Todd getting dressed in our room, (don’t worry, this isn’t a dirty story), and I just walked back into the kitchen and sat back down with the kids. Lily pointed to our room and said “Daddy clothes on”.
I went in and asked Todd if he had come out of the room at all after he took a shower (he was still getting dressed at this point), and he said no. Is it just me or is that weird? How did she know what he was doing, she never saw him?? (Cue Twilight Zone Theme song)
I went to Seaworld the other day with my old friend Natalie and her twins, J & C. I give her credit for letting her boys out of the stroller- I am so glad mine will still tolerate being strapped in! I could never chase all three of them around a theme park. We got to see the Shamu show again, this time I took each one out of the stroller for a few minutes so they could see better- and they LOVED that. The only bad part was that I allowed Cameron to hold my camera when I put him back in the stroller (yes, to keep him from throwing a tantrum) and he somehow figured out how to open the memory card slot and take out the card, so when I went to take a picture- it was gone. Ugh. Hence, no pictures of Seaworld! We had fun though, and Natalie’s boys are adorable! There were about 20 giant pumpkin-fish along the walkways on the way out, and they both had to stop and hug each one for a minute on the way out:)
We did a major clean=up of the house today. I went through the kids closet and cleaned out all the things that don’t fit anymore- got about 5 boxes of clothes sorted so that we can pass them on, and put some of the new hand-me-downs into their closet. The boys still have quite a few 12 month jeans that they can wear- they are peanuts! Some they have outgrown, but for the most part they are wearing a lot of the clothes that they got for their birthday and for Christmas last year. They are mostly in 18 month clothing now, and size 5 shoes. Lily is in 18-24 month clothes, and size 5 shoes. She’s got a little more of a tushy to hold up those pants than her brothers do:)
Anyway- I got their closets cleaned out, Todd went and picked up a gently used Ikea Trofast storage system that I found on craigslist, and a new gate to replace our packnplay/dining room chair contraption which no longer contains the little climbers. We got the gate installed, then pretty much cleaned the entire house together- mopped, vaccuumed, laundry, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned the mats in the playroom and picked up all the toys. We were cleaning until about midnight tonight, but it was a very productive day.
And, since my camera isn’t going to work until I get a new sd card, here are some MORE pictures from the petting zoo:
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