I’ve Got Almost Nothin

You’d think that with my new 3 times per week blog schedule, I’d have plenty to talk about. You would be wrong. Very very wrong. I have a few things to mention but none are related, so I’ll do them list-ly.

1. If I could, I would invite Mr. Weasley over to my house to look around. I think he’d enjoy it. I think he’d have a fun time playing with Jansen’s baby monitor and our washing machine and Jansen’s big bucket of rubber duckies. He’d think we were the coolest muggles he’d ever met.

2. Recently Jansen has been really wanting help when he does things. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sometimes is it “MY TURN! I DO IT!” but other times (mainly when he needs to clean something up), he wants help. It’s so cute because he says, “We do it both together.”

3. I’m trying another Pinterest recipe for dinner tonight. It is some Million Dollar Spaghetti. Wish me luck. Stephen doesn’t like spaghetti so I never make it. But this looks really good and it is made almost like a casserole, so I’m hoping it’s pass his test. If not, I’ll cut his portion up into tiny bits so it no longer resembles spaghetti noodles.

4. How much do you think I would need to pay Jansen to stay in bed until 10:00 Saturday morning? I’d really love a good, long sleep-in.

5. I think I’m getting dangerously close to needing a new phone. I’m going to beg Stephen to back up my photos and update my software this weekend. I have no idea how that works. I haven’t updated my OS since I got my phone about 2 years ago. Apps are crashing, things are slow, and it says I am about out of space. So yeah, we’ll try that and see if that fixes things. If not, feel free to send cash and money orders to the Buy Chelsea a New iPhone fund.

6. If you need a good laugh, go here and watch this video.

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My Weekend and a Recipe

If you have a two and a half year old, you know what I mean when I say that you never quite know how your weekend is going to go. It could be a giggle fest with rainbows and butterflies. Or it could be the complete opposite.

This weekend was a bit of a mixture. For some reason Jansen is a lovely bundle of joy with all of his grandparents, but as soon as we do the trade off, the happy mask comes off. I’m not really sure what that says about us as parents. But everything he says is in a whiny tone, he is constantly “Up, mommy! I want up!!!!,” and he hates Rookie. It is exhausting.

We started Saturday morning by cleaning his playroom. Jansen is allergic to cleaning his playroom. He thinks that if he puts his toys away then he cannot play with them. I tried to explain that it is the opposite. If he cleans his playroom, he can actually FIND the toys he wants to play with. It was a long process and I just kept saying, “Would you rather throw that away? We can put it where it belongs or throw it away.” That did the trick.

That evening we went to our friends’ house to celebrate his 30th birthday. I love when we go to houses that also have toddlers so that they don’t think our kid is on some sort of drugs.

Anyways, it was a good time. But really all I need to tell you is that I made these delicious goodies called Saltine Surprises. I know I have talked about these before but it was about 3 years ago and I have pretty much lost all of those blog readers by now. A friend of mine from childhood used to make these and I loved her for it. Just make them, I promise you will not be sorry.

Saltine Surprises

Saltines
1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 bag of chocolate chips

Line a jelly roll pan with foil. Lay the saltines out in one layer, salt side up. In a small saucepan, bring the butter and sugar to a boil. Keep it at a rolling boil and stir for about 2-3 minutes, then pour it over the crackers. Bake in a 350 oven for 8-9 minutes. When it is down, take it out of the oven and pour the entire bag of chocolate chips over the crackers. Let it sit for about 30 seconds and then spread it our with a spatula like frosting. Put the pan in the fridge until it is set, about one hour. Take it out and break it into cookie-sized pieces.

Then come back here and tell me how delicious they are.

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The Friday List Thing

1.
I really like The Mindy Project. I wish I had most of her closet. Some of her clothes are a little weird but I really like most of them. She wears a lot of polka dots and I really like polka dots.Why don’t I own more polka dots?

2.
I made those oven tacos from Pinterest again last night. Honestly, I will never make regular tacos ever again. If you’ve never seen the recipe, you basically just brown two pounds of meat with a chopped onion. Drain the fat and then add a pack of taco seasoning, a can of refried beans, and a small can of tomato sauce. Let it heat up and thicken. Then spoon it into taco shells that are lined up in a casserole dish. Top with cheese and then pop them in the oven until it’s all melty and delicious. I actually push cheese in the shell first, then meat, then cheese again. Do it.

3.
I haven’t watched a single second of baseball this week. It’s like I don’t know myself anymore.

4.
How do you feel about the maxi skirt trend? I recently bought one at Kohls. I haven’t worn it yet since It really hasn’t been the right weather, but I will. They look so comfy. Are they cute? What top do you wear with them? Just tshirts? I don’t know. I’m so confused.

5.
I got through the first 3 Harry Potter books pretty quickly and now I’m having a hard time with 4. It’s scary and I don’t like reading scary. I’ll press on. I am finding that I am enjoying them the second go-round. I’m discovering little bits of things I didn’t notice the first time.

6.
I am loving this news of Jimmy Fallon taking Leno’s spot. In all honesty, I don’t get the fuss over the name of the show. I know it’s a big deal to be the host of The Tonight Show, but I just don’t really get it. I really couldn’t care less if Jimmy hosts The Tonight Show or Late Night, as long as his time slot is earlier. But whatever. If it’s an honor, I’m happy for him. I like him far better than Leno and Letterman. He’s funny and he is an entertainer, not just an interviewer. I love that he does impressions and sketches. He doesn’t just do a monologue and then interview people.

7.
For Lent I gave up any unnecessary spending. I did pretty good with the exception of The 20/20 Experience. I bought it. I justified it by telling myself that it was at the intro price of $7 and if I waited until after Easter, I’d have to spend more money. I know that’s cheating and I’m totally missing the point of Lent. Anyways. I’m

getting Raising Cane’s for lunch today. I took my lunch to work all of Lent without messing up at all. I am so excited for lunch. So excited.

8.
Later gators. Have a great weekend!

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The Jansen

This kid is the best. Yes, he’s had some bipolar moments lately that make me want to lock him in a padded room while I take a warm bath with a glass of wine. But he’s still amazing. And hilarious. So now I will share some of that. Mostly for record keeping, but also so that you know the silliness of Jansen.

J: Oh! A flashlight. My big flashlight!
Me: I think that’s daddy’s flashlight, but he shares it with you sometimes, right?
J: No. That’s my flashlight. My big flashlight. I’m BIG, mommy. I have a big flashlight.

…..

The mornings I take him to my mom’s, I let him sleep until the moment we walk out the door. Sometimes he wakes right up and chats with me, but Monday he was half asleep. This happened:

“The neighbor’s flower is all gone. It goes far far away. There are butterflies too. And butterflies with Gordon and they go wshhhh wshhhh (while randomly flapping his arms) in the sky all over the place.”

…..

We’ve been spending evenings outside since the weather has been so nice lately. The other night he wanted to play with his outside trains so I decided to paint my nails while we were out there. He is very used to me painting my nails and likes to pick out the color to use. He usually tells me “ohhh, cool nails mom!” or “ohhh, pretty!” I

was taking of my nail polish and he asked if he could help clean his train.

…..

J: My name is Daddy.
Stephen: No, I’m Daddy!!
J: No!! I’m Daddy. You’re Doctor.
Me: And who am I?
J: Mommy, you’re Mommy!

…..

While playing outside with his trains, he looks at me sitting next to him on the concrete.

J: (shocked face) Mommy!! You no have a chair on your bobbum!
C: I don’t have a chair on my bottom? No, I’m sitting on the ground with you!
J: Mommy, stand up and come put this chair on your bobbum. I put that chair on my bobbom. We both have chairs on our bobbums!!

…..

“Move outta da way! A tractor is coming and it is going to hit you!!! Move outta da way!!!!!”

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The Happiest of Easters

I love Easter. I always have. I love what it means, that we spend it with family, that everyone wears bright clothes, that there isn’t all this crazy mess of gifts and planning and parties and traditions you must keep. It’s just joyful. Period.

I also like that I get a three day weekend with my little family. Selfish, I know.

We had planned to go to the local strawberry farm on Friday for some fun strawberry picking with Jansen. I had heard that it has become pretty popular and is usually pretty packed, so we thought we’d be there around 11 to miss the afternoon rush. I was so excited. A day with both of my boys, picking delicious strawberries and eating fried pies. Life doesn’t get better.

We packed up in the car and made the 30 minute drive. As we approached the turn, there was a line of cars coming from either direction at least half a mile. To turn. A line to turn into the parking lot to find a parking spot and then get in line to get a bucket to pick and then the line to pay and then the line for the pies. All the lines.

We drove off.

The was something on Stephen’s family wish list, so we headed that direction. There is a local nature center where you can go to hike and look at wildlife, etc. He wanted us to go. We were already out of the house (which is half the battle) so we decided it was a good time.

Yes. We cancelled our day of eating for a day of EXERCISING. Ugh.

Whatever.

We did actually have fun and I didn’t really whine much about the 3 miles we covered that day. Stephen should be proud of the amazing wife he has. RIGHT?

Saturday was a chore day. I planned to plop Jansen in front of the television with his trains while Stephen and I tackled some projects that have been bugging us for a while. At the last minute, my parents called and asked if they could take Jansen to the beach. Ugh, yeah!

And then Sunday was wonderful. We went to my aunt and uncle’s house and had a huge Easter lunch. There were about 35 of us! It was so great. We had an egg hunt for Jansen and Avery. Avery picked up an egg that Jansen had his eye on so Jansen sobbed and stole it out of her basket. I wish it was on

video. Those two are going to fight a lot in their life and it would be fun to show them that later.

I hope you had as lovely of a weekend as we did.

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Welp. It Happened.

There are stages you know you’ll hit when you become a

parent. Experiences you can expect to have. You know you’ll have sleepless nights, you will go through the teething phase for a solid year, you understand that you will read the same books over and over. People tell you these things. Like, “Oh, congrats on your pregnancy. When your kid is one and a half, he’ll bite the crap out of your shoulder for no reason. Have fun with that!”

But we accept these things with a smile because we know that they are each just a phase. We survive bipolar toddler eating habits the same way we survived high school… eye on the prize, PRESS ON!

As the mom of a boy, there are different warnings. They come from the lower half of the munchkin. And last night it happened.

I got peed on.

I’m not talking a little squirt like those hilarious newborn moments. Nope. I’m talking about a two and a half year old who was a bit anxious on the potty and forgot to push his wee wee down. Mama Chelsea was sitting on the floor in front of him (it can often be a lengthy process) like a fool. I got buckets of toddler pee all over my cardigan and jeans. Jansen’s eyes got wide and looked at me. It was like he never even imagined it was possible to pee somewhere else. Then, sad to say, he laughed.

Ugh. Gross.

I told him that I need to him try really hard to push his wee wee down while he uses the potty. I told him that he has to wait a few minutes to get his celebratory M&M so that mommy can change out of her clothes. But the damage is done, friends. I am scared of potty time.

Any tricks for proper wee wee holding? He often thinks he’s pushing it down but he really isn’t. I’m a newbie at this and I’d prefer not the get peed of anymore.

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I Wore My Mint Pants and Ate Migas

I’m trying to figure out what to tell you. I feel like I had a pretty long weekend but I’m not sure you want to know all about it.

Stephen got home safely from his work trip. Jansen and I stood in the driveway to greet him as he pulled up and Jansen jumped up and down clapping his hands while yelling, “Daddy’s home!! Daddy’s home!!!!” It was adorable. I kind of want to leave him for a week so that he’ll be that excited to see me.

The whole family slept in until 8:45 on Saturday morning. Jansen’s ability to sleep in is something I love deeply. We had a leisurely morning and then I headed off to my SIL’s baby shower wearing my new mint jeans that I found at Kohls. My SIL is due in May and she looks adorable. She got all sorts of sweet little girl things and I was asked about 42 times if we were thinking about baby number two.

We hung around for hours after the party and then all went to dinner as a family. Jansen and Stephen had an eventful day of going to the pet store to look at “aminals”

and then to the park to play for 17 hours. They met us in Houston for dinner so they had a chance to see the parents-to-be before they headed back to Fort Worth the next morning.

I ordered migas for dinner. If you don’t live in Texas and have never had migas, I pity you. They are basically eggs that are scrambled with onions and peppers and cheese and crispy tortillas. I dream about them.

And that’s my weekend. Sunday was pretty uneventful. Stephen ran some errands, I was lazy, we watched two episodes of Psych that my parents DVRed for us since we don’t have cable.

And then you fell asleep because this post was the most boring thing you’ve ever read. There are really two takeaways. Mint jeans and migas. Get your hands on both.

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The Friday List Thing

 

1. I have no idea if this post is going to post properly. My apologies if it shows up backward or in hyroglyphics or something.

2. Stephen has been out of town for the week for work. No bother trying to break in and kidnap me now, he’s back. But he took the laptop with him so I haven’t blogged. I’m tapping this out on my phone and it is taking 17 times longer than it should.

3. We each have a laptop. I have been using his for the past several months since Jansen stepped on mine and now the screen won’t work. I have to set it up in the office and hook it up to this big monitor and stay at the desk and ain’t nobody got time for that.

4. I have read The Prisoner of Azkaban in a week. That’s big for me. Such a good story! I’m really enjoying them the second time around. I mean, I enjoyed them the first time but it is different… You know?

5. Normally when I go through my insomnia phases it’s pretty much just that I can’t fall asleep. I just lay there tossing and turning for hours. But since Stephen has been gone, I can’t STAY asleep. It’s so annoying. I bet I wake up at least ten times throughout the night. That’s never happened to me before. Normally I sleep fine if he’s gone. But he’s been gone a while and I think I’m on high alert since I’m the only one who will hear Jansen or the alarm in the morning.

6. Well that’s enough phone blogging. Have a good weekend!

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Always With the Trains

We’re still going with the train obsession over here. There is no sign that it is leaving anytime soon, so we’re just going with it. We’ve taken Jansen to the train museum in Galveston a couple times and he LOVES it. The last time we went was in January when we were in Galveston with Molly and Lauren and their families. Apparently that is too long for little J.

Most of last week, when Jansen woke up in the morning he would yell, “Daddy! Daddy! It’s not dark outside! We go to tain museum!” Seriously. It’s hilarious. He’s been in this phase of telling me he doesn’t need to nap because it’s not dark outside, then he buy cheap cialis online started saying it in the mornings when he woke up. But this train museum thing is heart breaking.

I go in there and tell him that it is a school day or a work day or whatever. And he gets sad. I hate when he’s sad.

So Stephen and I decided that on Saturday we really needed to take him. My grandpa told me about another train museum in Texas City so we thought we’d give it a shot. We decided not to tell him where we were going because we didn’t want him to freak out when we weren’t at THE train museum.

We walked in and he heard the lady at the counter say that the train portion of the museum was upstairs. His eyes lit up and he started pointing at the stairs and saying, “I go there!”

It was a blast. It’s basically a huge room where all these men set up their model trains. Several of them are there to chat or show off other trains, and some are unmanned.

I do wish they had more steps or stools, because it gets really old to hold a toddler the whole time. I’m a wimp and he’s not light. He could have stayed there for hours, and we would have stayed there longer if it weren’t for the fact that I had a raging migraine and we were starving.

All the scenes are pretty elaborate. Most of them have little things moving, like fishing poles or airplanes or cows. I could see how this would be tons of fun for older kids too. So much accuracy too. I mean, this one scene had a dinosaur eating Superman.

Nice.

Good stuff, really. I’m sure this will be the first of many trips to the “Texas Tain Museum.”

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The Friday List Thing

1.
Have you read Sparkly Green Earrings? Because you totally should. It’s funny and sweet and it make you want to cuddle your munchkin all day.

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3.
Jansen typed number 2 for me. He kept wanting to poke the screen of the laptop like “Emmie and Nana’s iPad” so I showed him how laptops actually work. He really loves letters right

now, so he was a big fan of pushing the buttons.

4.
Have you been watching Jimmy Fallon this week? It’s Justin Timberweek. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are in my top 5 favorite actors, so this is amazing. Add Tina Fey and Ellen and I’d never watch anything else ever again.

5.
If you’ve ever thought, “You know what I’d love to see? An almost 6 minute video of Chelsea and Jansen reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Well, my friend, you’re in luck. (Seriously, y’all. It’s almost 6 minutes long. You’re going to get bored after about 30 seconds unless you are Jansen’s grandparents.)

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