The first of many.

Julie and I have been wanting to get out of our house for a while and into something a little bigger. Currently our house is 1,020 sqft. It has 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom. We would really like to get into a 3 bedroom 2 (or 1.5) bathroom house. Unfortunately while it is a great time to buy a house it is a crappy time to try to sell. So our only choice now it try to make this house work for us on our very limited budget.

So we have started trying to figure out what we can/have to do to be able to hold out a few more years here. One of the major things is that right now the only room that is baby proof is the living room. So we have been pretty much just living out of the living room. Two adults, one toddler, and one dog who loves to be in your face all living in one room is not fun at all! The problem is that because of all the stuff we have, and the complete lack of space for it all, it is very difficult to baby proof the rest of the house.

So today I embarked on an adventure to open up some more living space that was available to Jonah so we weren’t so packed in all the time. I worked on getting what I guess you would call the dining room open. I feel like I did a good job, but for some reason I decided to use my phone to take the pictures even though we have 2 great cameras in this house…  Also with future projects I will be careful to do the same shots for before and after shots so you can see the difference better. Anyway enough talking here are some poorly taken before and after shots.

Apparently when I am using the wordpress photo uploader I can only have one gallery. So the before and after shots are all together. The after shots start with Jonah.


There is still some cleaning up and organizing to do (isn’t there always), but it is a good start. I think next I am going to try to paint the kitchen cabinets, refinish the counter tops, and put up a tile back splash. There will be better pictures on the next projects I promise!


Picking up the slack…

I have been a neglectful blogger lately. Not really by choice though. School has been taking up so much of my time. I am finding it very difficult to keep up with my reading for my classes. I really wanted to get ahead on my reading last weekend, but that didn’t happen. It took me much longer than I expected to do the weeks reading and discussions. I also had an assignment due for Sociology that I spaced out on and missed the due date.

I sometimes have down time at work were I could read for school. The only problem is I tend to get so tired past 6pm that I start to fall asleep while reading. I will end up reading two or three pages and then realize I don’t know what the hell I just read!

Sadly this little post has taken me three days to write! I will be writing a more substantial post today or tomorrow.

Snow day update.

I got a lot of school work done and I feel a lot more comfortable taking some time tomorrow to spend with Julie and Jonah.

Unfortunately this snow day kicked my diet’s ass. I’m not going to go into details but let’s say I am going to avoid the scale for a few days…

Snow day!

This morning before I left for work I decided to ask my boss how the roads were and if I should head in to work now or later. He said it was up to me when/if I wanted to come in. So I decided to take a snow day.

My goal for today is to complete all the reading assigned for this week in my classes and hopefully get most of my discussion questions done.  This would leave me to only have to make my follow up discussion postings and answer a couple of questions out of my Sociology book. If I can get all that done today then hopefully I can spend all of Friday and Sunday with Jonah and spend Saturday reading the chapters for next week. If I can keep ahead on my reading each week then I may not have to miss out on too much Jonah time.

In other news snow day = me having to be cautious not to get the munchies and bl0w my diet. This may require some nap time!

All work and no play…

I started school again on Tuesday. I will be taking four courses online at UALR and I will still be working 48 hours a week (four 12 hour days Monday-Thursday). I am on a roller coaster ride of emotions right now. One minute I am completely overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I need to get done in a short amount of time and the next everything seems easy and like I will have no trouble keeping up. The worst part is that this is going to take away from my already limited time with Jonah. Between work and school today I only got to spend about 15-20 minutes actually interacting with Jonah.

I think I am a very smart guy, but I read really slowly because I can never seem to stay focused on what I am reading. So when I have 3-4 chapters from my textbooks to read on the same days I work it is going to be a major challenge. I’m going to have to try really hard to get ahead on my reading on Saturdays when Jonah is at his grandparents so I can actually have some time with him on Sundays.

I also need to find the time to write up a couple blog postings I have been meaning to make…


Today is a very big day for me, Julie, and Jonah (he just doesn’t know it).

This morning while Julie was getting ready for the day I was playing with Jonah in the living room. He started to seem really tired and was laying his head down a lot. Up until today any time he took a nap we had to hold him and rock him to sleep. He will not nap in his crib and would not lay down on his Toy Story couch/bed. However, today I thought he might just do it. So I pulled out his Toy Story couch/bed and layed it out in the bed form and started to ask Jonah if he wanted to take a nap. I had already given him his piglet stuffed animal and when I asked if he wanted to take a nap he went over to the bookshelf his blanket was on and brought it over to me.

I got him to get on the bed and he started to try to get comfortable, but couldn’t seem to find that sweet spot. He kept getting fussy about the way his blanket was around him and just wouldn’t settle down. By this time Julie was out of the shower and I was worried she would come in and mess it up (no offense Julie). So I told her not to come in the living room because I was trying something out.

After a while of trying he just wasn’t seeming like he would actually nap. So I asked Julie to grab me his Scout bedtime stuffed animal and his Bob the Builder pillow. I adjusted his bed into a different placement had got his area set up like his crib is. He layed down and after maybe 10-15 minutes went to sleep. I didn’t have to rock him or even talk him to sleep. All I did was press the paw of Scout to have him do his songs and stuff. I sat at the head of the bed and he just went to sleep. I know this is not the most ideal way to get him to take his naps since he still needed me there but this is a BIG step in the right direction!! I had to quickly get ready for work and head out the door (back door actually), but Julie said he slept for like an hour and fifteen minutes if I remember correctly.

She tried the same method for his second nap and had some success with it also, but I will let her tell you about it over at her blog.

It’s all or nothing!

It amazes me how easy it is for me to follow my diet when I am tracking everything and counting calories. Sometimes I have trouble getting up to my daily calorie goal. However, if I know I am going to have a meal that I can’t track everything just goes down hill, FAST!

Today at Wal*Mart I got this awesome kettle corn stuff with cinnamon and sugar. It was kind of a high calorie snack, but I figured I would have it on those days that I am running low on calories. I had a serving of it this afternoon to try it out and all was well. I had plenty of calories for the rest of the day. Then we found out that we were going to go to Mojitos  for dinner with Julie’s parents. Knowing that I couldn’t really track my food there I decided to have just a little bit more of that kettle corn… Before I knew it I had eaten the whole bag, oops. If I had stopped there all still would have been well, but of course we then went to eat. At dinner I pigged out on chips and salsa, and didn’t have a very good (in nutrition, not taste!) meal either.

As long as I stick strictly to my set rules I am fine, but when I break a rule my addiction kicks in and I am screwed! Then the guilt sets in…