Thursday, March 26, 2009

Not much going on...

Or so it seems to the on lookers.  We have been very busy here at the L house.  Ben is doing great with his potty training.  He is having some accidents, but mommy is being very patient and knows that when he is ready, it will be smooth sailing.  He is doing so well in preschool.  He has started to read and can recognize all the kids names in his class as well as other words such as daddy, dog and most Star Wars terms.  His class has been very busy with their shapes and important phone numbers.  His teachers are great this year and I know we will miss them next year.  
We are gearing up for Ben's 3rd Birthday party.  It is going to be low key this year, but lots of fun!!!  Ben keeps informing me that certain Star Wars guys are sure to visit him on this special day, but latest word from them is that it is not going to happen this year.  Keep your fingers crossed, though.  
I will be starting a new job soon.  I will be with the same company, but have a different position. For the last 2 years, I have served as a Case Manager for unemployed and underskilled job seekers.  It is a fun, and stressful, job but has WAY too much paperwork, thanks to state audits.  I have had as many as 125 people on my case load and I work exclusively with them to prepare them for job and new careers.  It is rewarding, and I get to counsel them on many subjects.  In a few weeks, I will be moving into my new role as Resource Center Coordinator.  I will be supervising the Customer Service team (Employment Resource Specialists), working with our partners and managing the resource center where anyone can come in and look for work.  I will no longer have a case load, but will work with everyone who comes in on a short time basis.  I will miss my private office, where I dictated my time, but this position will be great!!!
We are still working on finalizing house plans.  I will be meeting with a few builders in the next few weeks to get the plans I have found all put together and hopefully get started early summer.  It is already so stressful, but the more I stay in this "way too small place with a very active 3 year old", the more ready and committed I am.  
I am still, successfully, doing Weight Watchers.  I admit that I did not start with my first declaration of needing to lose weight, but started back on Feb 20.  I have lost 10 pounds so far, and hope to lose 20 more for the summer.  I am doing the online program, and entering my food really makes me accountable.  
I have not posted any recent pictures because I have not taken many lately.  I desperately need a new camera and really need to look into getting one.  
I am ready for SPRING!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Potty Training and Batman Training

Ben and I recently had a heart to heart about his need to use the potty.  He is so advanced in so many areas, and I blame myself for not really working hard on it.  He is at preschool in the mornings and at his grandparents in the afternoon and both have been working with him.  I decided that I am not buying anymore pull ups and we will just see what happens.  He did so good today!! He was so excited to wear his Spiderman undies!  There were lots of high fives and hugs for rewards and I told him we could get a surprise this evening.  It has made me sad how fast he has grown up and it is hard to believe that he will be 3 next month, but I am excited to see him learn something and feel like a big boy.  

Ben was looking for the "big brown worm"-Honestly, it was one of the funniest things he has said in a while

We ventured out tonight and after picking up and putting back about 10 things, Ben finally decided that he needed to add to his Batman collection.  

His new pajamas

New cape, shield, belt and batarangs

Happy 60th Birthday to my daddy...Papa Randy!

Ben was 6 months old here
The 2 enjoying a nap!

This picture was made in 2007 at Tweetsie Railroad 2 days before daddy's stroke.  I have some more recent ones but...

Anyway, I just wanted to tell my Daddy Happy Birthday and that we all love him very much!!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

It won't be like this for long...

Ok, so I have never really been overly emotional and sappy, but man having a child totally changes that.  Sometimes I get teary eyed just looking at him or watching him sleep and so many times I am reminded how fast the last 3 years have gone by.  Maybe it is PMS or maybe it because I have had some bad days, but whatever it is, I can not get through this song without crying.  
I know it is about his daughter, but change the words to him/his/son whatever and it is the same.