Monday, June 26, 2017


I was so so so so so tired. Miles woke me up at 3:30. He had issues going back into his crib and then I fell asleep nursing him again. I was so stiff when I finally got up. I got to my bed at 5.  Then he woke up at 7.

I had the weirdest dream. It involved moving. I was moving out but I had to go up flights of stairs to exit the house so you had to carry stuff up stairs to leave.  I had movers but stuff that wasn't packed got left so then I was filling duffle bags and carrying that up myself. But I didn't have enough duffle bags so I'd fill the duffle bag and then dump it in the car and take the duffle bag again and fill it.  I was filling my parents van with junk this way too. I didn't have kids and wasn't married either.   Then when I woke up when Miles was waking up I typed to my mom about it telling her it was like my gram's house with the entering the house up on the top level.  When I went back to sleep, then I was sort of back in the dream except this time I had Ella and we were going back to the house to check it out to make sure we got everything. Ella found secret stashes of pots and pans and this house was actually my gram's house and we had lived there after her. So the stashes of pans were grams and I was saying "oh I always wondered where she kept those."
After Miles woke up, I was still extremely tired so then I put him between asleep Dave and me in bed and gave him toys. I fell asleep for a few minutes then he wouldn't tolerate it anymore.  I put him in the exersaucer and I fell asleep for a few more minutes while he was playing in there.  That's how tired I was.

I went down to feed him breakfast. Ella woke up while he was eating and came down. She's such a big girl because she took off her pullup and undies and put on new undies and put on pants before coming down.
We played a little bit then it was time for Miles's nap.  He was asleep around 10:30. I was hoping that was enough time for him to wake up on his own before we had to leave for the birthday party. (It wasn't.)

Ella was being content on her own eating or using her ipad so I spent time unpacking and cleaning.

I tried to eat lunch before leaving for the party but failed but at least I got a little bit eaten.

Sadly I had to wake Miles up to go to the party. He was so cute when I went in to wake him. Usually if I go in to wake him, the door will be enough to wake him but not this time. He was sound asleep.

We left a few minutes late to go to Chuck E. Cheese.  Ella had fun playing games. I totally missed her playing all games. I was dealing with Miles and talking some and she played them all so quickly.  Dave played with her and he didn't take a single picture.

Ella didn't want to sit at the table with all the kids unless Aunt Elaine sat over there.  So they both did.

When they did some song routine and asked kids to repeat a chant, Ella was the first to join in but then once nobody else was doing it, she stopped.

Gif of Miles dancing

We left around 3:45 before Ella had a melt down. She already was. She wanted more games. She found more tickets but Dave just gave them to someone cashing in tickets since it was just a couple.

Ella fell asleep on the way home. Then Miles fell asleep. If the ride was 2 minutes longer, I would have fallen asleep. I was so tired.   Dave and I ate and then Miles woke up.

We left Ella in the car with the doors open and unbuckled her. So as soon as she woke up she could come in and she did. It worked well.   I just wanted to go to sleep.

Once everyone was awake I fed the kids.  I just wanted to go to sleep. Dave napped on the couch. I was still dealing with them eating. Ella was pretty good but Miles was whining for different food or to be fed or for water or whatever throughout.
Then it was time for Miles to go to sleep. I got him to sleep and wanted to go to bed. It was close to 8 PM and I needed sleep.  But I was hungry for a snack so was going downstairs for that. Plus Miles bit me and I wanted some ice. I also felt bad for Ella just in the family room alone while Dave was in his den.  Then I felt extra bad for her because her ipad died so she couldn't even use that.  Then I got stuck downstairs with her until 9:40 when I finally made Dave stop for bedtime routine. Ella was mad she didn't get to lie with me in bed. Over an hour earlier I did tell her I was going to sleep and she could lie with me if she went to bed right then. She was willing but then we had to clean up and stuff first and then we started playing so more time passed.

I was up so late that I was getting a second wind. That's what I always do. Also I keep thinking about all the stuff that needs to be done and it sucks.

Once I was in bed it took awhile to fall asleep. I was probably up until 10:30. That's way later than I wanted but earlier than I have been able to get to sleep.    

Sunday, June 25, 2017


I got 5 hours of sleep! 5 continuous hours!  The day was spent feeding kids, cleaning up after them, unpacking, going to Target, eating, and emailing the old landlord.

I was up from 6 am until after midnight.  My parents came for about 4 hours in the middle and my dad helped unpack the craft room a bit.

I wanted more sleep

I put Miles in here and tried to go back to sleep.

We woke Ella up.

Oh we also facetimed with Arya/Divya.  Ella was so pleasant and then all of a sudden got awful saying she was hungry. She woke Miles up but magically he went back to sleep. He napped for 3 hours!  It's amazing how productive I can be without actually having much progress. We have too much stuff and not enough furniture for rooms or storage for things. There are closets but toys and clothes just need something else.
Ella wore her petticoat and a pink dress. She loved it. Then she used her little umbrella and was just walking around around with it. Ella loved to spin.  Now she couldn't use her sit n spin with the petticoat on so she did take it off. I'm glad she took it off before we attempted to get into the car. There is just no way the car seat would have buckled.

Miles got quiet. I look over and see this. Ella said she gave him her iPad for 5 minutes.  She went back and took it back after a little.

The iPad gave me time to prep lunch at least!

Target was a real chore. We only went for a couple things. But Ella didn't want to sit in the cart so then I was dealing with her. Then Miles wanted to be held or he cried. I  did play Magen singing ABCs for him on repeat for awhile and that helped. I'm sure other customers would rather hear a faint ABC song than hear him crying.

Ella is upset the movers got sharpie on her sheet
Once all the kids were in bed, I started to email our old landlord. I was going to clean the kitchen but not responding to him kept weighing over me so I wanted to get it done. I spent well over an hour typing it and it was 1494 words.  I broke down the pictures they sent of our "damages" saying they were there previously.  Then I went on to say even if they weren't there previously by CA law they can't charge us for the damages.   Then I went on to say that even if they could charge us for damages they did not get us the damage report within the 21 days that is required by law.  And since I was so fired up, I also mentioned that they still owed us $75 from a plumber service fee that I had to pay. I had Dave read the email before I sent it and he shook his head and I asked why. He said I seemed very upset.  He didn't change a thing and I just sent it as I wrote it.

Once that was done, I actually cleaned up the kitchen for the 4th time.

Then Dave and I continued to watch the TV show we were watching form dinner. I had mentioned Miles didn't do his normal wake up at that hour then 15 minutes later he did wake up.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


I mention all the time how my good camera really is so much better than my iPhone for taking pictures. The iPhone is great and all but still not perfect.

This morning I took some pictures of Miles with my phone then got my good camera. The lighting was the same. The pictures when google made the collage cropped a little. I was in roughly the same position but I did get on the ground further with the good camera since the pictures were so good. I think I even zoomed my phone a little.   I didn't even have my best lens on my Canon Rebel T6i.

I need to remember to take pictures with my good camera more. I rarely do anymore. I did so much more when Ella was little.
Photos taken June 24, 2017
Have you ever used 2 cameras in the same instance and seen the difference? 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Father's Day interview.

I gave Ella a little interview to give Dave for Father's Day.  I gave it to him but might as well post it here too.

All About Dad
By Ella
Age 3
Year 2017

My dad’s name is ___ : Dave
My dad is ___ years old : 4
My dad has ___ hair and ___ eyes. Black, black
And is favorite treat is ____ : broccoli (followed by laughter), doritos

My dad’s favorite color is : red
My dad likes to wear : red shirt
My dad laughs when : being silly
My dad is happy when  “I don’t know. In 2 years”
I asked her "When is daddy happy" and she answers "I don't know. In 2 years"
My dad gets mad when “In 2 years” (I think she said in 2 years again since I got such a kick out of it on the previous question.)
My dad likes to watch on TV (turns and points at the TV says “THAT”  -- MSNBC is on) Mommy: Daddy likes to watch politics - Ella: Yea. Daddy likes to watch politics.

My favorite thing to do with my dad is:  “nothing” (Dave said this is true. They sit there and do nothing together.) I'll note he had a red shirt on last time she saw him.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ella's Birthday Interview (3.5)

Since we celebrate Ella's half birthday, I figured we'd do her birthday interview at 3.5 too.  I kind of like doing it every 6 month and once Miles can answer questions hope to do it every 6 months for him too.  She never answers all the questions. I just put what she answers here. Each time I ask questions she does answer more. I started asking the questions in order then started jumping around.

  1. How old are you? three years old. (me:are you three and a half)  Three and a half (and she did the th instead of an f)
  2. Who is your best friend? (She just looked at me. Then Dave said she has to have friends before she can have a best friend. Then I felt bad and didn’t ask again.)
  3. What is your favorite color?  brown
  4. What is your favorite animal? Turtles  (she has a brown turtle bead in her hand)
  5. What is your favorite food? brownies
  6. What food do you really dislike? sharks
  7. What is your favorite TV show?  Doc McStuffins
  8. What is your favorite song? ABCs
  9. What is your favorite book?  (she didn’t answer so I asked if she had a favorite book. She said no.)
  10. What is your favorite thing to wear? “I don’t like to wear anything”
  11. What makes you happy? beading
  12. What makes you sad? When i go to school, daddy makes me sad (You are sad that daddy leaves?) Yea. I want him to stay and play basketball all the time.
  13. What is your favorite holiday? Poopy holiday
  14. What would you buy if you had $1,000? Paint
  15. Where is your favorite place to go? To poopy land (I told her I was surprised she didn’t say park so then she said that’s where she wants to go)
  16. What is your favorite restaurant? Poopy restaurant
  17. What is your favorite thing to sleep with?  PJs
  18. What is your favorite fruit? Kiwis and blackberries
  19. What is your favorite cereal? Frosted Flakes and Dinner
  20. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Sand
  21. What is your favorite dessert? Ice cream
  22. What is your favorite drink? Water and milk
  23. What is your favorite movie? Movie about poopie (I listed movies) “I don’t like Beauty and the Beast”
  24. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Playing basketball
  25. What are you really good at? Playing basketball (i asked these out of order so this and the previous one were asked about 10 questions apart)
  26. Where do you want to go on vacation? Poopyland
  27. What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Frosted Flakes
  28. What do you want to be when you grow up? Turtle (me: you want to be a turtle?) big turtle
  29. Who is the president? NO (Why no. don’t you like the president?) No (Why don’t you like the President?) Because daddy doesn’t like the president.  ( I asked her about a picture of President Obama and she asked if it was Donald Poopoo Trump)

Previous Interviews


The day was a whirlwind.  Miles was up at 7. We needed to leave by 9:35.  That didn't happen.  It was so hectic.  Miles wouldn't nap unless it was on me so then he only napped 5 minutes if that.  I had to wake Ella up. She was slow at getting ready then wanted this or that and was just so slow getting into the car.
The start of the set-up
We were only leaving a few minutes late.     We got to the Community Center for a meetup I organized with Sarah. We set things up and set up the photo booth. We weren't quite set up by the time it started.  I was halfway there when I realized I forgot my good camera! I can't believe I didn't put it back in the car.  Dave saved the day and brought it. Ella was also mad she didn't have her scooter so Dave brought that too. She didn't actually end up using it though!
Divya and Miles having a blast because Ella was running around
 I had absolutely no voice so it wasn't the best meetup. My voice got worse and worse as I tried to talk.  It's very hard to take pictures of people when you can't get the kid's attention to look at you.  Even with my camera not being there at the start of the event, I still got over 500 pictures on my good camera.  After I deleted blurry ones or ones with kids photo bombing me and some blinking pictures I still had almost 400 to share with everyone.   I wanted a black backdrop with red hearts but my black backdrop just had so many creases that would not come out. I used a sheet at the last minute. It was so wrinkled. If I had a portable steamer, it would have helped a lot. 10 minutes of work at the front end would have saved me about 2 hours of photo editing later.  Actually it'd have been more photo editing if I would have edited photos for everyone but I only did ones for myself and the 1 person I specifically mentioned. I did put an offer out to everyone so more may ask.

We did a few crafts. We decorated the valentine bags, made a heart puppet, and a heart pipe cleaner with beads.

So since Miles didn't nap first, I tried to feed him there and then get him to sleep. That wasn't working.  He would nurse for a few seconds then be distracted.  It took a bit. Then after that I tried to push him around in the stroller in the room.  Yamini's mom offered to push him around and then he finally went to sleep. It probably helped that I wasn't talking keeping him awake. He napped less than a half hour but it was something.  I took that time to take photos of almost everyone that wanted photos.   I did try to pass out valentines but then someone would say "just one more" and ask me to take pics of them but then that happened like 3 times.  It worked out except the late comers didn't have their bags over there :( I would have caught it if I put my valentines in sooner. I think I was the last one to distribute them.  Sarah did announce so then Gavin got half the valentines or so.

I started to clean up my photo booth with about 15 minutes left since it seemed like people were done with it.  Everything seemed to get cleaned up so quickly with help but then all of a sudden there were a couple things left and only 2 people. Those couple things take longer. It's hard to sweep and put away tables and chairs with a needy baby and a needy toddler.

We got home and had to try to eat and get Miles to sleep.  I never managed to eat myself.  I was starving. I got lightheaded while nursing Miles. Oops.  Dave made instant pudding then shared it with Ella. She loved eating out of the huge bowl. She did make a mess though.  She said she was going to eat enough junk to make her stomach hurt. Then she did.

We forgot it was Miles's 5 month birthday so we ended up taking the pictures after dark. I feel like his weight is off too since it was so late in the day.
Ella the helper

I spent most of the evening trying to edit some photos from the meetup. I was just going through them and getting rid of blurry ones and once I deleted what I was going to delete, I cropped a bunch. Most of the ones other people took using my camera were not zoomed in enough and I don't like that associated with my name when I post so I had to fix them. Everything takes time with 2 kids sitting on your lap.  Then I turned on auto backup so everything could go to google and I could make an album to share.  Then I started editing the awful sheet wrinkles out of a few of my favorites of our family.

I could not handle the group shot and how the kids were too wide so then I worked on editing that. It was really hard with Ella on me and also I'm no expert with editing. I did eat some Ramen for dinner.  I ended up not getting Ella to her room until after 10 because I was really trying to finish the one picture I was on.

Then I edited a few a friend sent me that were her favorites.   The wrinkles in the sheet looked so bad to me. If I had a portable steamer, 10 minutes would have helped. Ahhh.  I hate that I order backdrops and you can't get the creases out of it.  It was 11:40 when I finally stopped trying to edit photos.
before and after minor editing
My method of editing changed after I did this one!
I could have just included some after pictures but since I wrote about how I couldn't handle things and did editing then I was making collages to compare the before and after so I included those.  I don't know how bad they look. They look good on a small screen but wouldn't hold up to zoom scrutiny.

Yamini and Ishaan. Yamini loved the photo editing. She couldn't even believe how good it looked after. But she thought it looked fine before.   That angled wrinkle is all I see. I wonder if everyone else notices it as bad.

I took many more pictures of many more kids and families but didn't include them all here.