Good Things


It seems so strange to say, but I’ve been doing a lot more housework lately and oddly enough, though I am more physically tired, I feel as if my day has more focus and purpose in it than when I was just raising my kids.

Ok. That was a long sentence.

I had cancelled our housekeeping service when DH got laid off so our house has not been thoroughly cleaned since April/May. By no means are we filthy people but eventually, bathrooms need to be cleaned. Floors need to be mopped or vacuumed.

However, I am utterly horrible about remembering to do this stuff on a semi-regular basis. So I recently bought an app called Home Routines (it came highly recommended) and I find it very satisfying. I feel as if I am actually contributing something tangible and at the end of the day, I see a bunch of finished tasks and I feel good. Plus, my house is getting cleaner, tidier, and de-cluttered.

It’s based off of the Fly Lady’s methods but don’t let that paralyze you. I was a bit overwhelmed at first, wanting to do everything and be a super tracker of what I was doing. But then I remembered that the app was to serve me and not the other way around.

I decided that I wanted to focus on:

– cleaning
– vacuuming
– decluttering
– sorting mail
– laundry
– organization

Anything that did not help me with these six goals was left off the chore list.

Now some of the daily tasks seem so stupid and obvious. Of course I would still wash the dishes and put them away afterwards even if they weren’t on my daily list. But it makes me feel so accomplished to do the dishes and then check it off!

Plus, I now remember to take my prenatal vitamins and calcium pills as well as wear my night guard to prevent teeth grinding. (Since I am constantly hurting the bones in my feet, I figure this is a good thing.) It also helps me remember that I do a good amount of cleaning throughout the day.

It’s only been three days and even though I don’t complete everything, I feel a deep satisfaction. Plus, I’ve cleaned and decluttered a good amount of crap already. Yay!

Tonight, DD said she’s a princess. No idea how. We don’t even call her a princess! Lol. We do overdo it on the pretty though.

Then she saw her new cupcake PJs and said, “DD pretty!”

After her bath, DD said, “Goodbye water! See you next time!”

Then, she sang and danced around in her towel. I think my brain just exploded from cutesy overload.

DS just told me his “屁股 (butt) isn’t growing. It is still small.” Hahahahhaahahah

DS is a sweetheart. Two instances from today.

1) DS said to DS2, “kiss DS2! hey little cutie! DS2’s awesome. DS2’s getting bigger!”

2) DS2 was napping on the couch and woke up crying. DS, in my exact soothing tone, rushes to DS2 and says, “ok ok ok DS2. It’s ok. DS here.” Then hugs DS2 and kisses him.

Before I forget, some stories about the kiddos.

1) When DD leaves my room she says, “Bye bye! See you later! Moua!”

2) DH was reading Where the Wild Things Are to the kids and calls the monsters lions. DS tell him, “those are guai sho!” Love how DS is teaching DH Chinese. Haha.

3) DD kept kicking DS at bedtime. After her time out and I put her back in bed, DS put Appa (a big stuffed animal) in between them so she couldn’t kick him anymore.

4) DS can pick out and put on his clothes all by himself! What a big boy!!

5) DH is so mean to DS. Both of them have been able to strap into their car seats by themselves for awhile now. So DH just noticed and said either DD is turning 4 or DS is turning 2. Lol. So mean!

6) I keep wanting to call the baby, DS because he makes the same poo face, the same expressions, and has the same face!! So cute and so confusing!

7) Also, DS tried to give DS2 some cars for him to play with. DD tried to give DS2 a peacock to play with. They are so sweet.

8) DS2 could push up and turn his head the first night.

9) I put a hairclip in DD’s hair and she said, “漂亮! (Pretty!)” So cute! So vain! Haha. But what else is she supposed to think when we call her pretty girl nonstop?

10) DD was mad that I was leaving their room. I said, “I love you!” And she said, “No love you!” Lol.

11) DS asked me to make him a new track. But he wanted to watch the iPad. So he told me I could do it all by myself.

12) DH took the kids to the park and DD said, “Watch out! DD fast!”

13) DS doesn’t know how to say “road” in English so he keeps saying things like, “I have to put the car back on the 馬路 (road)!” I don’t know why I find it so funny.

14) I was making 7 burritos for DH’s lunches. DS was upset because he didn’t want DH to eat so many. Said his tummy would hurt.

15) DS and DD were each arguing that they are funny. “I funny!” “No, I funny!” When I said they were both funny, they both laughed their fake laugh.

16) DS keeps singing 哈哈笑, 火車快飛, and 小猴子. I think he misses school.

17) The kids have started to answer, “Maybe.” when we ask them questions. I don’t think they know what it means. But it sure amuses me.

18) I love the way DD says, “Yeah!”

19) The other day, DS2 simultaneously spat up and pooped while on the boob. Poor DS2 seemed very startled.

20) DD put herself to sleep (during nap time) watching iphone with DS. Best mom ever.

21) After a month of of school, we dropped DS off on Tuesday. DD stared crying because she missed DS. She said she wanted to go to school, too.

22) When I tell DD, “no” she will start to growl.

23) I love how DS will hide his cars and then forget and asks me to find them. :/ I tell him that it’s his problem but somehow, I still end up looking for them. Tricky little bastard.

24) DS saw a picture of Barbie and he said, “That’s a princess.” How the fuck does he even know that word? And to apply to Barbie?!

25) When DS2 was born, DS and DD only wanted oatmeal and milk. I think that’s all they ate for at least a week. Other than snacks, of course. Weird.

26) The kids like to use my bras to swallow up their cars and trucks.

27) When DS2 was just born and pooped muconium, DS was obsessed with the black poo. He still asks about it.

28) One day, DS lifted DH’s wallet out of his pocket. Awesome.

29) Took the kids to see Planes (their first movie). They had a great time. My friend told us to sit in an aisle. We sat in the front of the second section so the kids could get up and walk. I think this will be the last movie for awhile because their attention just can’t hold that long. Thank goodness for the tub of popcorn. Which we followed with Coldstone’s ice cream.

30) DS really loves DS2 and is always wanting to hug, hold, and kiss him. DD is mildly interested in DS2, but mostly ignores him. She finally realized the other day that DS2 was here to stay and threw a big tantrum. Poor little darling.

Ok. That should be enough updates for now, right?

I think I will have to reduce my posting schedule here to once a week (most likely on Thursdays). I may have just picked up a small copywriting job, and then I’ll be having a baby, and then I have that other blog that is gaining traction, so I may have bitten off more than I can chew. HOWEVER, since this is my anonymous blog and where I keep my updates about my kids, I definitely want to continue some sort of schedule. *sigh* Sorry such a meta paragraph. Anyhow, below are the stories that you actually want to here.

1) The kids are giving each other time outs. DD keeps saying to DS, “Two minutes! Two minutes!”

2) DS and DD are each arguing that they are funny. “I funny!” “No, I funny!” When I said they were both funny, they both laughed their fake laugh. They are hilarious.

3) DD keeps drawing “dinosaurs.” Of course they look nothing like it, but it’s cute. I think she drew at least 4-5 today.

4) DS asked me, “What’s up?” I found it too funny.

5) DS told me this morning that DD was Chris and he was Mart (as in Martin) from The Wild Kratts. It’s because she was wearing green and he was wearing blue. (Those are the Kratt brothers’ respective colors.)

6) I find it so funny that DD will roll up her leggings into shorts. For some reason, it’s very comical to me.

7) DS keeps singing 哈哈笑 (Haha Laughing Song), 火車快飛 (Fast Train Song), and 小猴子 (Little Monkey Song). I think he misses school.

8) DS keeps thinking the baby in my tummy will be his cousin, MD. (It’s because we call them all, Didi, which means, “Little Brother.”) I told him THIS baby was HIS Didi. MD Didi wasn’t his. DS told me that he doesn’t want HIS Didi. He wanted MD Didi. I don’t think he understood. DH told me to explain it to DD – she would get it. That is both mean and hilarious.

9) Induction date is all set for Monday 8/19/14. SO SOON and yet, not soon enough!

Until DS2 arrives!!! It seems so soon! But I almost done with my To-Do list so that pleases me greatly. 🙂

Also, DH started his new job this Monday. Let me just say that I’m floundering without him. I totally forgot what it is to actually raise children. My kids are watching way too much TV and iPad. I tell myself this is temporary and that I think DS went through this phase when I was close to my due date with DD, too. And I cut back and it was fine. *sigh*

Why is it so easy to slip into NON-parenting?

DH seems to like his new job. He’s been working late the first three days because his first week at work coincided with a big sales thing for his company. The kids really miss him and when he finally gets home, they are SO EXCITED to see him. I think it makes DH happy to see that the kids love him so much. They really just clamber all over him. So sweet.

DH is such a great guy, too. On Sunday night, the night before his first day at the new job, he totally cleaned the kitchen and tidied up downstairs. I asked him why and he said, “Don’t you have a playgroup coming over tomorrow? I just wanted to make it easier for you.”

He is a totally awesome man. I am truly blessed.

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