Monday, February 18, 2008

The Super-Lame

Ugh. I don't know what it is with me lately. I feel so unmotivated and generally just B.L.A.H. The mundane routine of deployed life is really starting to wear on me. These 15 month deployments are for the birds. I never realized how nice it was just to have Bryan come home at night. At least there was something to look forward to at the end of the day. As it is now, the only thing to look forward to, is waking up in the morning just to start the same thing all over again.

Everything feels like a chore...creating, talking on the phone, cleaning the house (well, that is a chore), reading blogs, taking photos...EVERYTHING. I'm bored out of my mind, and not having much adult interaction really isn't helping. I need a vacation in the worst way. I don't remember the last time I went on an actual vacation. Seriously. About the closest it got, was going to Washington when Bryan's dad was dying last year. Although it was under really sad circumstances, I always enjoyed our visits there. We have some wonderful (not to mention FUN) friends back in Spokane, and there's always someone to babysit the kids so that Bryan and I can have a night out alone. As far as vacation goes though, that would be it. That's probably why I am just DYING to go visit my great aunt and uncle in South Carolina in a couple of weeks. I must admit, my idea of a REAL vacation involves having my husband with me, and NO children. But, I'll take what I can get at this point. My body isn't quite bikini-ready yet, but that isn't going to stop me from enjoying the beach. Now, if these next couple of weeks would just zoom by...I'll fly this chicken coop for a few days.

I don't have much to share except for these little Valentine trees that I made for a couple of my scrappy friends. I won't spoil the surprise for them by naming names because they haven't gotten them yet. Sorry...I told you I was lame. Plus, with the postal holiday and all...





I modeled these after my Love, Elsie felt Christmas trees. I used the Betty line on these instead for a little love-day feel. I also tried a different variation with the aluminum pot on one, but I'm still thinking I like the painted terra cotta pots better. Oh, I want to take a minute to wish a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Melanie G and Jill...two very special ladies! I have a gift for both of you. I just need to finish them, and pop them in the mail later this week. Again, sorry for the tardiness, but I'm trying.

So, I'm sorry if you are feeling neglected with the blog love lately. I'm planning on doing a little catch-up reading tonight. And, if you've called (except you, K...I was just taking a nap this afternoon) and I haven't answered or called you back...sorry for that too. It's nothing personal. Hopefully, I'll get back to feeling more like myself here pretty soon.

Any of my blogger friends with kids...got any tips for getting your kids to transition from the bottle to a sippy cup? I never had a problem with Hazel. I just gave her a sippy cup one day, and she was done with the bottle. No big deal. Luka, on the other hand, REFUSES to drink out of a sippy cup. Anyone got any helpful hints? The worthless military "doctors" didn't offer much advice...just that he needed to be off the bottle before he was 15 months old so that he didn't get cavities. Hmmmmm...

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day, and a relaxing long weekend! :0)

18 comments:

Ellen said...

I love the Valentine trees, Holly. They are very cute! My older daughter also transitioned from bottle to cup very easily, but my younger daughter had a harder time. My pediatrician told me that you should start elimating one bottle at a time--start with the midday one first. Then the dinner. Then the breakfast. And last the bedtime (because it's the hardest). Also, you could try letting him drink out of the bottle--without the lid on--using the bottle like a cup. My daughter did also like straws, so I started her on those. Good luck!

dani j. said...

Isn't in insane when creating feels like a chore??
I've been this way the past couple weeks. This weekend is a scrapbooking retreat and I think just being able to stay at a hotel ( and husband is coming since it's our anniversary.... so I'll be able to sneak off every now and then to hang out with him ;) ) is going to do me a world of good. For some reason hotel rooms always relax me.

love the trees! so cute!
(http://danijohnston.typepad.com/dj)

jill s said...

thanks so much for the birthday wish! you are so sweet!

i hope these next 2 weeks fly by and that you have a great break from the everyday life of taking care of the kids.

and i'll be checking back to see about any advice for the sippy cup thing! sage drank out of a straw first when she like 10 months old! so it was SO easy for her. emerson will play with a sippy cup but he doesn't get anything out of it!

i hope you have a good night friend.

xx
jill

Melanie Gonzaga said...

So good to see you posting again!! And thank you for the birthday wishes!! Sorry to hear that you are in a funk. I've been feeling the same way for a while now. Your trip to the beach sounds like just the change you need!! I hope the next few weeks zip by at the speed of light for you!! And those trees are awesome Holly!!! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

sorry your having a rough time & that i didn't call you back after class, i didn't get out until 10:30 your time & i didn't want to wake you in case you were already asleep. i'll check in with you tomorrow. have you heard any more puppy news? seen any new pics of your new baby?? hang in there sweetie the beach is right around the corner! (& if your feeling generous you can always pick out an extra cabana boy for me when your there) luv ya! =0)
~k

Jill Deiling said...

hey holly! Im sorry youve been feeling blah lately :( believe me, im in the same boat! thanks for your sweet comment on my blog last week, thanks for knowing how i feel, although i wish YOU had more time too! It must be so tough for you, i cannot WAIT until your hubby gets back! I know itll be so nice for you. :) Youre such a good friend still working on your friends birthday presents though. better late than never! haha. i havent even been motivated to that kind of stuff lately. :P I hope you start to feel better! and hopefully soon we'll both be out of our funk. I hope you have a good week! Ill ttyl! :)

mary w said...

I stumbled on your Blog thismorning-nice stuff!! About the bottle-my "baby" is 15 TODAY but she was a serious bottle addict-eventually I hit on the idea that it was the actual bottle she liked not what was in it so i gave her the empty bottle and told if she was thirsty her cup was on the table.She walked around the house for about a week with the empty bottle(making a crazy whistling sound as she sucked air!) then she lost interest in it and never looked back.
I hope you are feeling better soon-
mary

scrapbook911 said...

Oh girl...your heart trees are super sweet. Yes, they remind me of my awesome Christmas Trees from you :-) You are so dang good with felt!!

Hope you come out of your funk...I know what it's like, too. I hate the stage/chapter of life that I'm in right now. Inhale/Exhale!

Marie said...

Girl I feel your pain! I dont wanna do much of anything lately! BLah! Love the trees tho! I hope you get your umph back lol! :)

SugarShop (Dena Rooney-Berg) said...

I think there is a lot of blahs going around in blogland these days. That must be so tough missing your husband. I really feel for all military wives. You all are so strong. We must remember that the wives and children are paying a high price for our country too. My son switched from the bottle pretty easy, it was the Binky that we had a rough time with. I think what Mary W. said was a great idea. Hope things get better soon.

RachelDenbow said...

The tree is lovely. I know the feeling of being really bored with the daily routine. Even when there is time to make stuff. Its hard to work fresh perspectives in or fresh experiences.
I hope some come your way.

Michelle said...

I'm sorry that you're having a hard time. I'm having difficulty trying to find time to create. And here i am with my stuff spread out on the bed and I went to your blog instead. You're not alone. Hope you get some sort of relief. What does Brian come back?

Zoe said...

love your itty bitty cutie trees. my kids never really had bottles...so getting rid of them wasn't an issue. however they were not all eager to use a cup. ava went straight to a straw and that worked well.

shelley said...

i would try the "let's lave your bottle in the mailbox for Barney, Kipper, Caillou -" whoever. then you have someone call the following day for Luka and pretend to be Barney - whoever - and thank him for being such a big boy and giving up his bottle for a new baby! i "played" Barney before for my boss over the phone... and it worked like a charm!

good luck girl. you'll get through the lbahs - $hit happens. smile! xoxo
shell

mushroommeadows said...

Holly, I hope that your days get brighter. I know what you mean about the stagnancy of life...*sigh* but hopefully a little vacation will help. Just know, you're in my prayers...:D

Amber Risher said...

hey girl, I am like that too...feel blah all of the time...love the trees and cant wait for you and your hubs to be together again! Yea Seabrook Island aka sea island is like 45 minutes from me! wow too bad we can't hang out! I know you will be spending family time though! but if you feel the need to do something...stay in touch! Hope you get rid of the blahs! ttyl Amber

Dina said...

Hugs...sometimes you need to just veg out, sometimes coping with daily life is all we can do. Wish you lived near me, we'd get together!! :) Hugs!

Rachael said...

I think we all go through those periods and the winter time doesn't make it any better! HUGS!!

I love your heart trees! So cute!