Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Piano

Meet the newest member of our family! It's a piano that has sat in my in-laws house unplayed for the past 30 years. My DH and his musician/music teacher friend, G, rented a truck on Saturday and picked it up. DH fully dusted it and replaced the fabric that was on the bottom panel. I think it looks fabulous! It doesn't sound fabulous right now, but his friend is going to call a piano tuner for us and hopefully by Christmas we'll have G playing carols in our front living room! I tease G as our front living room is becoming a music room like his. They have a piano and a whole bunch of other instruments he plays/teaches. Our room now has a piano, guitar and violin. Phoebe plays guitar and violin right now. She also has memorized a small song on piano already, although she's never had lessons. I always wanted to learn to play piano. Now's my chance!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Menu Plan - Week of November 28th

I'm working hard at looking at our finances and where we can shave things off so we can save more money. We do have three kids to try to put through college now! As part of that, I'm going to work on my weekly menu planning. BTW, the Baked Chicken Nuggets recipe is from one of my favorite menu planners online. We've tried this recipe before and it's a big hit with grownups and children alike.

Sunday
Matzo Ball Soup
Sushi
Crusty bread

Monday
Cheeseburgers
French fries
Green beans
Make sushi for my lunches and turkey pot pie

Tuesday – ice skating night
Turkey pot pie
Salad

Wednesday – CYFF night
Homemade Chicken nuggets
Baked sweet potatoes
Spinach

Thursday – ortho appt
Sausage, pasta & tomato sauce
Salad
Make pizza dough

Friday
Pizza & salad

Saturday - leftover night

Friday, November 26, 2010

Update to Happy Thansgiving

BTW, the funny thing about my fast "Gotta Go" is that we'd been waiting for my DH to get done working (he works from home) so we could leave. The whole car was already packed. He had to trust us (Niki and I) that we didn't forget anything and we were running behind as we were waiting for him.

I typed the fast "Gotta Go" as he walked in the room and said, "Let's go. I'm done." and I had to rush off.

I'm hoping to have some cool updates of the kiddos and how other things are going. Right now I'm leaving the office. I had to go in today and I'm glad I did. Some things popped up that seriously changed some announcements I had. Wish I knew sooner, but live and learn.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Things are getting a little better, still busy, but better. It's funny a friend yesterday when we were getting coffee at work made a comment that we're always doing something. It's funny, but true. Life just keeps getting busier. Last night I made 2 pecan pies, cranberry sauce and chopped 9 lbs of onions and when DH got back from taking Phoebe to ice skating class, he chopped 3 bunches of celery. Today, we made sushi rice (for an appetizer).

Gotta go!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Looking for Balance

I think this title sums it up. I've been working a lot. I've had the cold the boys gave me and it threw me for a loop. My father-in-law had heart surgery and is now doing well at home. I've still been swamped with taking care of work and babies. There's so much other stuff I want to do. Go out with my husband. Spend non-distracted time with Phoebe! Do my nails. Take a long hot bath. Write on my blog! Work out!

The last one is the most important as I was doing so well with working out in the summer that I looked and felt great. I miss that. And going into the milestone 40th birthday this coming March, I want to go into that looking and feeling my best again. So it's back to the elliptical machine I go and I need to do some yoga. Maybe if it's not too cold out, I could take some walks outside. But I need to get rid of this head cold. My nose has been like the water works and yesterday it was giving me a sinus headache. Thankfully, none of that today.

Right now I have to go. Liam wants to be permanently attached to DH and Tommy is running around the house. We have to get dressed and go run errands. Hopefully I'll be finding some better balance this week.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Crazy Work Update

It's been quite some time and there's been good reason. Home is great. Boys, Phoebe and DH are all good, but work is outrageously crazy. We've been under threats of layoffs since my last post. But of course it was all rumor and speculation. It finally sort of happened last Wednesday. They didn't lay anyone off though. The people they were going to let go are all in a pool of people that are looking at the current job openings in the company for another opportunity, while still being in the office. What's worse is that my boss is on that list and they gave me all his direct reports on top of the 8 people I was already managing. Then they also reduced my boss's overall team by 4 developers, reducing our ability to make things happen. So they are now looking at me to come up with a new organization for our team. I'm also putting together the list of processes we have to run every month, week and day and the list of new projects we currently have. I'm doing this, so me and my new manager can review the list for prioritizing what our responsibilities should continue to be. Then if not to make things more stressful, yesterday a new rumor came out that they are going to move me and my department to an entire other area of the company.

Thankfully, today I get a bit of a break from all that, as working for a bank, we get Veteran's Day off. Phoebe has school and DH has to work, so Niki and I get to enjoy the day with the boys. Except they've been sick and I'm finally taking them to the doctor today, as the stuffy nose has turned into a cough that is reminiscent of bronchitis. I'm one of these moms that doesn't believe in going to the doctor unless I think medicine is in order to help, which is not that often. But after 4 days of the humidifier running in their room, giving them watered down juice instead of milk to keep the mucus level down and feeding them homemade chicken noodle soup (Made by Phoebe and it's awesome! She has her dad's gift for cooking. It's better than mine and everyone insists mine is fabulous), when the cough developed yesterday afternoon, I knew it was time to go to the doctor. So we have an appointment this morning. Hopefully, antibiotics will be issued and the boys will begin to feel better. I know I'm not feeling that great, so I keep taking my vitamins, eating the chicken noodle soup and I'm going to drink a glass or Airborne shortly.

I'm sure everything at work will be fine, but it's stressful in the meantime. I'm working hard to keep all the folks together as nothing has formally been said around the office, but they want to keep throwing more work our way and there is no way we can handle the additional work right now during this transition.