Oh Lord, I have a new addiction

Cassidy loves playing in Jaxon's crib and loves his mobile. She's really starting to actually be interested in JAXON. He is certainly interested in her, his eyes follow her and he smiles at her constantly. She gives him kisses and likes to "pet" him.

My new addiction is Ebay. I know I'm a little late to the game, but I've been a bit leary of it over the years and decided to give it a go. My main reason for checking it out is that I'd like to sell a few things myself, and I figure what better way to see how this works than to BUY some goodies.

Who knew when I typed in "penguins" in the Infant/Toddler clothes I'd get so many choices. Or that when I looked for blanket sleepers for Jax, I'd get inundated with selections. My first couple purchases included Robeez-type crib shoes for Jax with Winnie the Pooh for $7 (incl. shipping), a lot of 7 blanket sleepers for $15 (incl. shipping).

After these purchases I realized I should look for some Xmas presents for Zac, he wanted a wireless mouse, well I got a wireless mouse and keyboard, Mario Party 8 for Wii, a new hockey bag at awesome prices even with paying for shipping.

So now I have to get some shipping supplies and start selling some clothes the little ones have outgrown. I have to be able to support my new little habit.

Pumpkin Patch

Our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, Strawberry Acres. It's right up the road from us and we've been going there since Zac was little. I have fond memories of Strawberry Acres as it was where I had my first job as a teenager and worked with many of my friends.

Cassidy had a blast, she loved all the pumpkins and tried to pick them up, but they were "stuck". She was so interested in the pumpkins and the big slides that she was not cooperative when we wanted to take family pictures.

Here are my silly gooses, Zac and Cassidy with Shelby (their cousin).

Consignment Sale

This is what $23.50 bought Jaxon today. A Xmas outfit with a onesie w/Santa that says Santa Loves Me, red/white pants and a santa hat that says My 1st Christmas; a 1st Thanksgiving onesie, orange pants, & a My little Turkey bib; a pair of overalls; and rompers -- one with a penguin, one with a moose in the snow, one with a racoon & turtle; a red/gray one with a car; and a romper for NEXT Christmas, missing from the picture is a pair of khakis with a dragon on them.

This is what 22.00 bought Cassidy: A pair of buster brown maryjanes, a halloween turtleneck with black pants with an orange spider on the pant leg (for next year); a Christmas shirt (since I tend to avoid dresses), a pair of Dora pjs, a fleece pair of PJs (next year), Blue & Magenta patchwork overalls w/matching shirt. I also pictured a pair of Pooh overalls I got at a yard sale last week for a dollar.

This consignment sale was awesome, it was extremely well organized and had over 170 vendors. The organizers make sure that the clothes is in excellent condition and I didn't see anything that wasn't perfect. They also had tons of strollers, bedding, toys, halloween costumes, exersaucers, pack n plays, etc.

Now if I wasn't so adverse to crowds and this sale was a bit closer to home, I'd head over on Sunday when alot of the items are half price (some vendors don't want to sell their stuff half price, so they pull their items off the racks); but it's only a two hour sale and I would imagine it gets PACKED. Also everything that doesn't sell Sunday gets marked to a dollar and that goes on sale Tuesday for a two-hour period. I'm sure it's a zoo that day too.

I signed up for their mailing list and am looking forward to their spring/summer sale.

A few random happenings

Zac started high school last month, so far it's been going good. He decided to go to the technical institute for half the day in the hopes of figuring out what path he'd like to go on, he is in a rotation of 3 courses and at the end of this month he will decide what he likes best and hopefully he did well enough to be selected. His first rotation was CAD/Drafting, he loved it and the teacher, right now he is in his second rotation which is web design, he likes it and likes the teacher, but there are a few things that ruffle his feathers, so right now drafting is at the top of the list. In a week or so he will switch to engineering.

Back at the high school things are going extremely well, but it's the first marking period and Zac has a tendency to be very excited at the beginning of school and as the rest of the year progresses, the "I forgot" bug manages to nest in his brain. BUT, the best thing about the high school (and I think the middle schools instituted this year too) is that they have a website, I can log on to see attendance, which includes when he's tardy, when he leaves for an appt, etc. It posts all his grades ... including homework assignments, which is where he usually tends to falter. The only change has been he was doing too well in Language Arts (English for us old-timers), which is a HUGE shock, it is the subject he likes the least and struggles with. His teacher last year suggested he be put in an APPLIED class, which covers much of the same material as a regular College Prep class, but there's an extra teacher in the classroom to help, they read easier novels, vocab is easier, and they spend lots of times on parts of speech. Well, Zac did extremely well the first few weeks, so much so that he spent half the class reading a book because he finished his classwork so fast, so his teacher suggested bumping him up to a regular CP class, so we shall see. So far, so good. He brought ADVERB homework home one night this week for me to help with, yuck.

On to the little ones, I swear Cassidy has a switch in her head that as soon as Jaxon falls asleep it's time to make as much noise as possible. Whether it's tripping over thin air and falling into her toys or deciding to have the dogs chase her, which entails her screeching and the dogs barking, which then usually results with her crashing into something and then crying. Her vocabulary is growing every day and she's starting to ask questions, what doing? who dat? etc. Unless she wakes up earlier than her normal 7 a.m. she has dropped her morning nap and now just takes a long afternoon nap. Today I put her down at 1 and it's after 4. So this is when I get most things done, including LUNCH!

Sleeping Beauty

Jaxon, is getting more interactive, he is a very smiley boy. Loves when Daddy tickles his feet with his goatee. He's starting with the breathy coos and aahs and throaty giggles. He still is all over the map sleep wise, although his crankly/miserable nights are becoming less and less. If he's miserable it's because he is tired and doesn't relax enough to doze off.
He is an awful sleeper, compared to Zac and Cassidy. Even tho Cassidy hated to be swaddled, once she was swaddled, she'd fall asleep almost instantly. Not this little bugger. He fights being swaddled and doesn't sleep any better swaddled than not, he fights and grunts and cries til he is free, we were lucky to get a 3 hr stretch. So against, the recommendations he is now sleeping on his belly. Because we were so paranoid with all the studies about SIDS we went out and bought an Angel Care Monitor. It is amazing how that monitor can detect him breathing . . . but sure enough, when we forget to turn the monitor off when we pick him up it's a resounding, LOUD reminder of just how well it works. We had two false alarms, but those were when the little wiggle worm had scooched his way up into a corner and the monitor couldn't detect him. Stomach sleeping has led to 5-6 1/2 hr stretches of sleep at night. He is still a noisy/restless sleeper and we hear him pretty often throughout the night, but he can get himself back to sleep on his belly. He is a catnapper during the day some days and other days he takes longer naps. Another blessing is that he is finally starting to doze off in the swing and he loves to be in the bouncer, sometimes dozing off, other times just watching the fan or whatever is going on.

I have to admit that even tho I was the parent of two children before Jaxon was born, having two so close in age is ten times HARDER. The hardest thing right now is trying to spend some time with Cassidy, but it's getting better, and I know it is just a matter of time til Jax is on somewhat of a schedule and I can sit and color and read and play with her like she's used to. But I must admit she does pretty good at keeping herself busy without the TV, I only let her watch an hour or two of children's programs a day. And it's amazing how fast my living room turns into a disaster zone. Zac doesn't understand why every nite Chuck and I pick up every single book, little people, block, etc. and put them away .... because it's just gonna get messed up tomorrow . . . . I guess that's why the family room (his now bedroom) is always a mess and is something we hound him about constantly.

OK I'll shut up now . . . . but I had to take advantage of sleeping babies!

One Word Challenge

Saw this on a friend's blog and I'm killing time til Jaxon needs his goodnite bottle, so here it goes.

One word challenge

I’m challenging all of my blogging friends to play along. This is not as easy as it looks!

Your hair? shaggy

Your mother? wonderful

Your father? strength

Your favorite thing (not including people)? sleep (I agree with ya Kelly!!)

Your dream last night? forgot

Your dream/goal? longevity

Your favorite drink? water

The room you're in? bedroom

Your ex? friend

Your hobby? sports

Your fear? abandonment

Where do you want to be in 6 year? healthier

Where were you last night? game

What you're not? skinny

Muffins? blueberry

One of your wish list items? ?

Time? short

Where you grew up? Laurys

The last thing you did? scrapbooked

Favorite weather? stormy

What are you wearing? PJs

Favorite book? The Stand

Your TV? huge

Your pet? bratty (ha ha, same as Kelly!)

Your computer? laptop

Your mood? exhausted

Missing someone? Grandma & Grandpa (couldn't just do one)

Your car? mini-van

Something you're not wearing? undies

Favorite store? Penneys

Love someone? totally

Favorite color/shade? purple

Last thing you ate? tacos

Your life? busy

Your friends? true

What are you thinking right now? sleep

What are you doing at this moment? Duh!

Your summer? Long!

Your relationship status? married

What do you do when you can't sleep? think

When is the last time you laughed? today

Last time you cried? today (I'm a sap!)