Friday, March 29, 2013

Instagram: Dog doors, Gas, and Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.

Last night was wonderful.  Instead of running we took the night off and went to bed at 8:00.   Well we didn't actually go to bed till 10:30 but we relaxed in bed watching Top Gear UK.  So much more comfortable than laying on the couch watching tv.  The only downside is we don't have a tv in our room so we have to use the computer to watch tv which means one of us has to give up our internet surfing for the night.  

We were supposed to go down to San Diego this weekend for the Wild Animal Park and then to my parents for Easter but the Beast aka the Toyota broke down this week throwing a major glitch into our plans.  Thankfully Jeremy can fix it, like he always does but it takes away our fun money.    I am very thankful we only have to pay for parts and not the ridiculousness of the dealership to fix it.  I can't even imagine how many hundreds of dollars they would want.  

This was kind of a light week for me on Instagram.  We were rather busy.  Monday we had to go down and go grocery shopping plus Eldon had a doctor appointment.   Where it was decided he needs to see an ENT about having his adenoids out and we are also taking Bristol in to see if its time to get her tonsils out.   I am pretty sure both kids will be having surgery in the near future.   Which really isn't that surprising because my tonsils and adenoids gave me a lot of trouble before finally having them out at 15.    Bristol also spent the night with Maga Cathy and we met half way Tuesday to pick her up before my doctors appointment.  Word of advice when meeting someone in a specific spot and you think they are 20 minutes late drive around the other side of the building, you will magically find them especially when the meeting place has no cell reception  My prego brain is in full force.

Jeremy and the kids installed the dog door on Sunday.  That way the dogs can escape the elements when we are gone all day.   Eldon had to test it out.

The candy I am seriously loving right now.  This picture reminds me I need to go buy another bag before they take away all the Easter candy.
So gas is .20 cents more expensive where we live.  I refuse to put gas in my tank up here unless I absolutely have too, normally I just fill up before coming back up but this week we did a lot more in town driving then normal   I pushed it a little too far this time.  We were still 4 miles from the gas station when it started reading 0.   I was a little nervous.  Jeremy was encouraging me the whole time to take a picture of it but I wouldn't until we made it safely to the gas pump.  
The top I made for Bristol that was unfortunately to small.   I really am not good at taking different pattern pieces and putting them together.  I do better making my own or using a completely pattern.   Now I am trying decide if I should let my niece have it or if I want to save it in case Little Turkey is a girl.  
Yep you already saw this picture earlier in the week but I am still happy that I reached my first distance goal for my pregnancy.  Next stop 120 miles.
Bristol decided to make her own coffee this morning because mean mommy wouldn't share hers.  With how addicted to coffee me and Jeremy are it will be a miracle if we can keep our kids off of it before the reach their teenage years.  
Eldon is becoming such a daddy's boy.  Jeremy came home for lunch on Wednesday and helped me out with getting the kids in their beds for nap time.  Well when Eldon woke up Jeremy wasn't back from work yet and this little boy let me know how unacceptable it was.   I am glad my little mommy's boy is finally starting to prefer daddy for somethings.  It makes me a little less worried about how he is going to handle Little Turkey in July.
My sewing area.  It is all clean now but it got even worse after this picture.   
So Jeremy decided he wanted to try and grow and avocado tree.   I agreed only because I didn't think it would work.  What are we going to do with an avocado plant?  We rent for crying out loud.
Eldon and his c rolls(cinnamon rolls).  This picture still makes me smile.   I am sure he will be just as happy about them again on Sunday   

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

24 Weeks

This week has seemed to go by way faster than normal.    I hope this doesn't keep happening because while I don't like the weeks dragging on, I don't want them speeding up either.   My sister commented to me today on how its going by fast and it really is.  Because I really only have 14-16 more weeks.  The 16 number doesn't send me into a panic but the 14 number definitely does.  Maybe we should start buying the baby stuff I got rid of because we were for sure done after Eldon.  Oh and you know make Bristol's big girl bed so Little Turkey will have a crib to sleep in.  That is probably important.  I think I need a to-do/check list.   Maybe I will work on that this week.

I am sleeping really well again.  I have a hard time getting to bed at night but once I am asleep I don't wake up again until Jeremy's alarm starts going off in the morning.

Weight gain.  We aren't even going to talk about weight gain right now.   I must stop eating sweets. It is getting out of control.

I decided to set my overall run goal for 120 miles.  I am at 49 miles right now and that was with taking almost 8 weeks off in my first trimester and a couple weeks here and there since because I have been exhausted or sick.   I didn't count on any runs for the month of July because honestly I don't know if I am going to feel up to running right before I am due.  I would love to but it will all depend on how I am doing.  With Bristol, I was miserable the last 3-4 weeks but since Eldon was early I feel like I really didn't get to the absolute miserable stage until my weekend of on/off contractions before he came on that Monday.

I got dressed all week but I only took 1 picture.  Mostly because I have like 4 maternity outfits and I figure you don't want to see the same exact ones every week.

I made a maxi skirt Monday night and I love it.  When people comment that they are like wearing yoga pants all day they are not kidding.   I have fabric to make one more.  And unless I get to the garment district that is all I will be making.  Joann's knit fabric is ridiculously expensive even with 50% off coupons.  I am hoping to get 2 dressing and 2 pairs of shorts out of the leftovers for Bristol.  I bought a pattern for mine because I wanted it to be looser fitting and I couldn't find any free tutorials with loose fitting type skirts.  Most of them were way to form fitting for my taste.  This is the pattern I used.  I had it pinned on Pinterest forever, back when it was still a free pattern but recently the shop owner made it one you have to pay for.  I wish I had used it back when it was free.

I had a check up today, everything is good.  Next month I get to do the GD testing.  Yay! Not.   My belly is measuring 27 weeks but hey it is my 3rd kid and like I said before, I am really enjoying the sweets.

Normally we take my pictures right by my sewing area but today that was impossible because you can definitely tell I have been sewing.  It is a disaster.  Does someone want to clean it for me?

And now lets see the belly....

Yes it did grow a lot this week.  :(

And my one outfit picture for this week:

Oh and I shared this on Facebook last week.  I finally found the few belly pictures I took when I was pregnant with Bristol.  I really wish I had thought of doing weekly pictures like I have done with Eldon and this baby.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday randomness: Changes, running, skin care, and c rolls.

Things have recently changed a little on the blog...

First off I have a new name.  I officially made the switch to Crazy Random Bennett's and with that came a new header.

I think it describes the blog perfectly.

I also have a new address

What do you think?

We pretty much have cinnamon rolls every Sunday but we have been lazy and have been using canned. Saturday night Jeremy and the kids started working on a recipe we found. Eldon was so heart broken that he had to wait until Sunday to eat them. But boy oh boy was that kid excited about cinnamon rolls Sunday morning. He was running around yelling "c rolls" the whole time they were cooking. So cute.

Another thing Eldon is obsessed with is bulldozers. It is really quite cute. He loves to see them when we are out and about. I think it comes from Maters Tall Tales when he is a bull fighter and takes on the bulldozers.

Bristol has a new friend. Her shadow. It's adorable. She was a little scared of it at first but now they play together. They ran around the back yard for quite a while Saturday.

One thing I love about having a smart phone is that I have no excuse not to read my bible. Last night I was struggling so I stopped playing spider solitaire on the iPad and started reading 1 Peter. I woke up in a way better mood, nothing that had me down has changed but my outlook has. Why don't I just go straight to the bible right away? Why must I let myself get caught up in our circumstances and so down and out before I seek out God's word outside my morning quiet time?

I am becoming an nut about my skin. 5 years ago I would only wear sun screen when I was outside for a long time but I am getting to the point wear I put it on every day and stay covered up when I am in the sun.

Yesterday I decided to take an internet break. I read my email first thing in the morning but other than that I tried to stay off. I turned off all my notifications so I wouldn't be tempted. I did still instagram but that is because I am addicted. It was nice. I got on Facebook a few times but didn't check up regularly. I got a top made with all my spare time. Granted it didn't fit Bristol the way I planned for it too but it is still darn cute.

And the most important randomness of all.  I hit my 40 mile goal for this pregnancy.   I am so excited.  I am trying to decide if I want to shoot for 100 or 120 miles overall now.  I celebrated with peanut butter cookies.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Instagram: Park trips, food, and belly shots

Deer in the headlights?
Other than one day this week the weather has been beautiful and we are soaking it up since soon it will be in the 100's and we wont be out back.
Jeremy got this Birthday card from his parents and I think it is so cool.  Perfect card for a mechanic
My first attempt at homemade pretzels and they were delicious if I do say so myself.
The neighbors fruit trees are starting to bloom.
Once I took this scarf off Bristol stole it and has claimed it as her own.
I am getting ready to buy the kids sandals for the summer and I was trying to decided what size to order Eldon so I tried on a pair of Bristol's old sandals.  He didn't take them off the rest of the day and they have been seen on his feet on a regular basis for a week now.  Hopefully this is a positive sign that his picky feet will agree with the new shoes.
The kids asked to take the wagon instead of the stroller to the park.
The day I hit the 3 mile mark.  This month alone I have ran 20 miles and will run another 9 before it is over.   Crazy to think that most of my 40 mile goal has happened this month.  I am thinking of shooting for 120 all together this pregnancy. 
I did my nails the other day.  Not sure why since I have no where to go until Monday and they will be chipped by then.  I really love my chrome nail polish.
Eldon has really started showing an interest in the baby this week.
Bristol couldn't be outdone by her brother.  You can barely see it but there may or may not be a mark on my belly because I use it to hold my coffee cup.
My handsome guys
Left over taco salad.  So yummy... in fact I think I need to make this again.  

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Life with 2.

I have to say lately I feel like I am finally getting the hang of having 2 kids.

I don't cringe every time the doorbell rings because my house is presentable most of the time.

I get to sit an eat all of my meals with the kids because I know exactly what they will need before we sit down.

Getting ready to go somewhere isn't stressful. And we are always out the door in a timely matter.  We have it down to a science.

When we go shopping each of us knows what to expect and who has which job.

Eating out isn't very painful anymore, mostly because we only do it about once or twice a month.

They are both potty trained.  One completely and the other is day trained.

We have our daily routine down and they don't try to fight it, very often.

And in 4 shorts months we will be adding another kiddo to the mix.

Upsetting the balance

Killing the routine

I am nervous

I am scared

I am really exited

I can't wait for it to happen. 

I had to throw in these pictures because I can't post without a picture.  But can you believe how small Bristol and Eldon were?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

23 weeks

Just a heads up, I am going to talk about running again. My kids, running, and my husband these are what my life consist of. 

Can I just tell you that I didn't want to run last night.  We had walked to the park which is a mile round trip and I wore flip flops which is never smart.   I was looking for every excuse not to run.  I will admit I was a little scared to have a bad run, but I ran. Mostly because Jeremy was running too.  And boy am I happy! I was feeling so good that I didn't stop at my usual 30 minutes instead I kept going. I finally hit the 3 mile mark.  This makes me so happy.  And on a night I didn't have a desire to exercise.  So what do I think helped me?  Personally I think it was the 2 Reese's Easter eggs I ate before hand, Jeremy says it was the coconut water.   Oh and I started using a fan which helped a lot.  So I think I shall have to repeat this pre-run snack again to see if it works its magic.   Now I am toying with the idea of trying to get to 4 miles.   Maybe even 5.  I won't push my body of course but if it allows it I may have to do it.  Oh and I am 4 miles shy of 40 miles this pregnancy.  I would have reached it last week if I hadn't had to take 2 runs off because of my allergies.   I am leaning towards 100 miles all together. 

I went to sleep after the running talk so I am back to finish my post.

I woke up with horrific knee, leg, and hip pain last night.  I was crying in pain and scared the living daylights out of Jeremy.  When I was getting comfortable in bed last night I moved wrong and felt my hips go out of whack and my sacrum started throbbing.   So I am not really all that surprised I woke up a few hours later in extreme pain.  Jeremy thinks I pinched a nerve.  After finally getting comfortable by laying on my back with a pillow under my left hip (I know this is a no no in pregnancy but it was the only way to stop the pain) I fell asleep and woke up this morning pain free.  My muscles feel like I had a charlie horse but other than that I can walk again.   I did a round of yoga just to be on the safe side.  

Sleep... I know what it is, I get it every night but its never quite restful   I am still waking up every morning rather exhausted.  This morning was the first time I actually got out of bed before 6:50 in a couple days.  

I am still feeling great.  I have to be very careful about what shoes I wear because my sandals and flip flops both cause my feet to hurt.  The only comfortable shoes right now are Toms or no shoes at all.   

I feel like this 20 week zone is dragging on.  I knew it would.  We are at the end of our major birthday/holiday season and so I am not feeling rushed any longer.   I feel like I have been hanging out here for at least a month and I still have 7 weeks to go.    But before I know it I will be 40 weeks and eagerly anticipating the birth of Little Turkey.   

I have had severely dry eyes for the last couple days again so I have been forced to wear my glasses.  Which I hate.   Hopefully a few days out of contacts will help speed up the healing process.  

Okay well without further ado lets look at the belly.  

And the extremely cute kid who had to go get "her" scarf for the picture

Lets do an updated collage

I have still be trying to get dressed everyday because it greatly improves my mood and level of productivity but I do miss my yoga pants occasionally.
These are my most comfortable pants right now and they aren't maternity.

I was trying pattern mixing on this day.

I wore the same outfit twice this weeks, I just mixed up the hair a little.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Birthday Boy!

So this post probably isn't going to be as awesome as it can be because I am exhausted.  I woke up this morning and forgot for all of 5 minutes that it was Jeremy's birthday.  I was laying there trying to wake up after hitting the snooze button on my alarm for over an hour browsing Facebook when I saw a post from my mother in law, to Jeremy wishing him a happy birthday.  Maybe I forgot because yesterday I woke up thinking it was his birthday.  But no worries as soon as I was reminded I jumped out of bed and ran out to the kitchen to wish him a Happy Birthday.  Where he quickly informed me that today was only the 18th and not the 19th.  I reassured him that nope today was the official day.  He had to verify it on his phone.  I don't blame him, I speak a lot of gibberish when I am just waking up. So after me forgetting, then getting reminded, then Jeremy forgetting, today is officially the day.   Jeremy is 33.   He is so old!   Haha, I am joking, I really don't think 33 is old but I do have to give him a hard time.

I was trying to set the up the manual options on my camera for my weekly pregnancy pictures and needed a focal point one day.  This is how Jeremy chose to stand.  He told me at the time I couldn't use the picture but gave me permission a few days later.  He probably thought he was safe from it appearing on the blog because it has been a month but I was just saving it for a special occasion! 

I am truly blessed to have this man in my life.  He is amazing.   He takes such good care of me and our kiddos.   He is everything I could ever ask for and more than I deserve.    

Monday, March 18, 2013

BBQ, Bristol conversations, and my sinful heart

Spring is here

Our weekend was so relaxing.  It was wonderful.   We had a BBQ for Jeremy's birthday on Saturday and for once I feel like I was totally prepared.  I made up all the food that I was in charge of Friday, that way all I had to do was bake a few dishes Saturday and then take the rest of the stuff out of the fridge.  I made it a point to keep my house clean all week so all I had to do that morning was vacuum and wipe down the kids toilet (because it gets rather stinky).  Saturday I basically got to relax and enjoy the party.  I wasn't stressed out about food prep or making my house perfect.   It is definitely a recipe for success that I will be repeating again.

After Bristol informed us yesterday that "I just stay with my kids all day" she went onto the play the role of me.   Later she came out caring her over sized bear and Jeremy asked her what was going on, she replied "my Bristol is always crying."   Apparently the bear was playing her for the day.   3 is a really fun age.   Even if the tantrums are even more epic than 2 but they are happening far less and it so much fun to see her little mind working.

This morning during my quiet time (although how quiet is is when I sit at the kitchen table while the kids eat) something really stood out to me.   I was  reading from Luke 5-

25-And immediately, as everyone watched, the man Jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.  

The whole section reads like this:
17- One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.
18- Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19-but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.20-Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
21-But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
22-Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?23-Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24-So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
25-And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26-Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

But the part that really stuck out to me was that the man went home praising God.   I wrote this in my journal this morning--God's work in my life may not be as apparent as healing a paralyzed man but that doesn't mean I shouldn't praise God all the time.  Plus if I stop looking at the world long enough I will see his hand in everything in my life.   Honestly this is something I have been struggling with these last couple weeks.  My heart has become so sinful and covetous that I have forgotten all that God has already done for me.  And when I let those feeling creep into my hear its hard to remember his promises.  

25-“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26- Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27-Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28-“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29- yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30- And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31-“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32-These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33-Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34-“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:25-34

So for today, well really all time, but especially today my goal is to just praise God.  Remember all that he has done for me and my family.  To get rid of my covetous heart and focus on God's truth, His promises.  Because honestly that is all that matters.  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Instagram: Rain, walks, and food

Another week according to my phone:

Anyone else have a counter that is always dirty no matter how many times you clean and organize it? Oh good, no one else does, well neither do I.

 1. My sewing machine was hard at work last weekend, not so much for this week.  
2.My nails chipped.  The day after I painted them.  
3. Chocolate mug cake-  Like I said yesterday, I am currently in love with this recipe.  
4 & 5.  It RAINED!!! I love the rain and we never get any as you can tell by the puddle on the side of our house.  
6.Something to Talk About---best movie EVER or at least on the top 10 list
7 & 8.  I am working on a new project but I keep running into problems.  Hopefully I will be able to share it by next week.
9.  Peanut butter cookies.  I want more.  

1.  Blondie caught a ride home in the stroller and since Bristol was on her bike she got to ride in a seat instead of the basket underneath where we usually stick her. At least she walked for most of the time.
2.  My cute sandals are not made for walks to the park at least not while I am pregnant.
3.  Bristol put necklaces on the big dogs and then said "These are my favorite dogs"
4.  I am still trying to figure out how she got old enough to ride her bike to the park.  

1 & 2.  Eldon just doodling on his tracer page and Bristol actually tracing her name.
3.  Daddy had a headache and the kids wanted him to play so he pulled out the iPad.  We will call this a win win.  
4.  "Take a picture of you and me"  Of course beautiful girl, I would love to take a picture of us.  

Just like daddy

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