New Chair

I noticed that Boston started to make his own "chairs" around the house lately with random objects and toys. I realized we are lacking good comfortable seating for Boston and went to the dollarstore and bought Boston his own chair. Now he carries it around with him where ever he goes. Our little dare devil decided that the best place for his chair is on the coffee table... not quite the location i had intended it to stay.

And yes the chair has fallen off the table with Boston tumbling after... but no lesson was learned!

Happy 5 Years

Scott and I had our 5 year wedding anniversary on Thursday! Wow, 5 years seems like a long time. But at the same time, it feels we have been together and through so much that I can't believe it has only been 5 years!

I chose this picture to post as a memory, kind of a cheese picture, but it's cute. You can see the professional photos here.

To celebrate, my friend from work came over to babysit and Scott and I went to a really nice restaurant called The Creek. After we went to chapters! Haha, real romantic I know! We weren't the only couple thinking Chapters. We ran into our bishop and his wife who were also celebrating their wedding anniversary of 12 years. 

We didn't plan to spend any money on gifts, but we both ended up getting each other something. Scott bought me earrings and nail polish, which lately i always seem to have my finger and toe nails painted something funky. So very fitting gift. I decided that I didn't want to spend any money (since we don't have any) and did an idea like this.

It was actually pretty fun to do. Since we have Boston to take care of (and little money), we do stay in a lot and really don't mind, but we are boring and when Boston goes to bed, we basically watch tv or play on our computers/phones. For this reason, I thought of 12 stay at home dates! I didn't go all out and include everything I needed for each date into the envelopes but I did wrote up 12 date nights and simple descriptions and placed in each monthly envelope.

I found a few dating websites, but The Dating Divas had the best ideas for what I was looking for. I'm not going to post the 12 date nights I picked, don't want to spoil the dates for Scott. I will try and remember to post about them after each month.

Happy Birthday Scott

Scott turned 28 on Wednesday. He requested pizza and home made Oreo cookies. All great choices. Boston went a little crazy over the pizza. After he finished his plate, he went into the kitchen, pulled the pizza box off the counter and once the pizza fell to the floor, picked up a piece and ran into the living room one happy guy.

Scott was surprised at his collection of gifts. I am assuming since we live far from our family he thought that he wasn't getting much. But my family and his parents would never have forgotten about him! It is fun having a little person in the house now, makes birthdays and opening gifts more special and entertaining.

Scott scored a new book to teach Boston Steve Jobs best quotes, a winter dress coat, $50 cash to spend on something special (like me), mini eggs, $50 iTunes gift card, A&F sweatpants and A&F cable knit sweater!

Happy Birthday Scott, we love you!

Gingerbread Apartment

Last night our little family made our first ever gingerbread house. I thought since Boston has never lived in a house, only apartments, that we should make a gingerbread apartment!

Boston like all kids, was more interested in eating the candy than anything. The marshmallows and smarties were his favorite.

Ever Feel Like Your To Do List Is This LONG?

I have a busy week this week; I’m sure like most people. I typed a very detailed to do list while at work yesterday and printed it on a legal size paper. I WAS feeling pretty good about getting everything done in time for the church Christmas party this Saturday.. until Scott on the way home from work decided to throw a little curve ball at me. He told me that on Wednesday he is headed to Saskatoon for a managers meeting and will be coming back late Thursday night. I took a deep breath and realized it wasn’t his fault, but now I’m not sure how I am going to get everything done in time!
Hopefully little Boston can do what he did last night and go to bed at 7:45 with no fuss and no sadness every night this week. Expect for the night I will have to drag the little guy out in the cold and deliver turkeys to all the ladies that volunteer to cook.
I’m not complaining I actually really like my calling. We moved to Regina and had no friends, it has been a really nice calling to get to know some people in the ward. I just don’t handle stress well; I’m super exhausted and have pimples all over my face. 
I decided to go with center piece no. 2! Thank you for all your suggestions and comments on my other blog!

Christmas Centre Pieces

I need your help! I am trying to come up with an inexpensive DIY centre piece for my church christmas party. I am borrowing these great vintage canning jars from a friend and trying to come up with a filler for the inside. I did the christmas party last year, so i am reusing the green branches and bought new berries this year. The centre piece last year wasn't see through and a tad smaller, so i am stuck on ideas. I have also tried, ornaments inside, but those either don't look nice or they don't fit. I also have thought about popcorn, but Boston isn't fully sleeping yet and i don't want to wake him.

What is everyones pick? Or take your favourite and make adjustments. Or trust tell me to scratch these and start all over again!

The one that looks like ice is water and saran wrap. Thanks Liam for the idea!

And also what should i put the jar on? The stripes in the first few pictures were from last year and the red dots are a napkin. But open to any cheap idea.

I should mention the party is Saturday and i am busy doing a lot of other things for the party plus going to work every day. Please suggest nothing time consuming ;)

Blog Thoughts

Who ever thought that i would have time to have two blogs, because i dont! I havent blogged on my other blog for months (but i did today). Anyways, i was just thinking, what should i do...

1. Just use the blog "scotty and tara"... even though we arent just scott and tara anymore.
2. Juse use the blog "the striped box" and add everything into the one.
3. Start fresh and do a fullmer family type blog.

What are your thoughts? You my friends out there, are you guys still into blogging and reading friends blogs? I know I got way to busy to read stranger blogs and go to only friends and then pinterest.

Let me know!

A Service Exchange

I organized a service exchange for our Relief Society activity last night. As many of you ladies know, when you organize an event you want people to actually show up! At 5 minutes to 7, there was no one at the church but me. At 4 minutes to 7, one lady showed up and then about 10 minutes after 7, 17 more ladies showed up! I even got a thumb up from the Relief Society President regarding the turn out. I personally am just happy at least one person showed up!

I know many of you know what a service exchange is, but for those of you who don’t know, here is what the invite said.

You are invited to a service exchange party
Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 pm at the church
Think of a service, any service, whether it is baking a pie, sewing, knitting a scarf,
cleaning, babysitting or organizing a kitchen.  Next write your service, your name and
phone number on a piece of paper and place into an envelope.
Finally, bring your envelope to our Relief Society party!

We then played Chinese gift exchange (or white elephant) to exchange the services. We had tons of different services offered from; fudge, knitting a scarf, gift wrapping, cookies, cinnamon buns, canned peaches & jams, decorating consultant, 3 hours of cleaning, hair cuts for the whole family (a lady with 3 boys and 2 girls happily got this), homemade cards, pies, canvas picture craft, and the list goes on! And what did I exchange; well I gave away the 2 hours of organizing service and received, a night of babysitting! I’m so excited! I really want to go see the new Twilight movie or maybe i should use it for the night my work has its christmas party.

Our ward was having a fast for a lady in the ward last night, so the RS presidency didn’t want to offer refreshments. Instead they asked me to make take home refreshments. I had no time to bake or really do anything huge, so simple store bought caramel popcorn it was.

I found the cute printable here.

We also did an optional cookie exchange at the end of the service exchange. As of Sunday we had 12 ladies signed up. But by yesterday only 8 ladies participated. But that is fine with me considering I am trying to lose weight, not gain it!

I made these yummy cookies. Honestly, yummy!

And on a side note, if you can tell by my picture of the popcorn, my laundry room has become my little do it room. Since our kitchen has no counter space and my desk is in the living room and Boston can climb up on it, I had to find another space for me.  My laundry room has become this space.  I cool cookies, do crafts, store items, take pictures, etc, on the washer and dryer! I even moved most of my little craft items and stationary into the laundry room. Oh how I cant wait for a day when I can have a “office” with a door!

Pain x2

Pain #1 - I need to eat better and then my dumb body will improve its health. I am lucky to have a lot of traits from my mom’s side, but unfortunately I also have a few traits that I am not so fortunate to have. One of which caused me pain when I was 15… After a year of pain the doctors finally found out I had gall stones and I had my gallbladder removed. My mom had hers removed too and so did a few other people in her family.

Now 11 years later that one little non existent gallbladder is causing my problems again! I guess they don’t remove the ducts and the ducts can still cause stones or mucus and pain. 5 months ago I had major pain for a few days, went to the doctor at a walk in clinic and he said, you have gas. Had it again this weekend, felt like I was in labour, literally! Went to the ER, they said, you have gall stones. I said, but I don’t have a gall bladder! Spent about 15 hours in the hospital (they sent me home to sleep and then come back in the morning) and almost 24 hours after the level 10 pain was gone and I was only at about a level 3, they finally got me into an ultrasound and found nothing. I felt like such a loser at that point. I wasted so many peoples time for nothing! My only thoughts are, 1. They missed it, or 2. I passed it, or 3. It is something else (and no it isn't gas).

This was my weekend and the worst part was Scott’s parents came to visit. I felt like I ruined their trip, but really I think they came to see Boston and they got tons of quality time with him. He was one happy boy all weekend.

Boston at Burger King with his grandparents. I guess he was really putting on a show and the manager gave him a free ice cream!
I don’t eat terrible; I guess I am just more likely to have a bad reaction to foods than most people. I am happy that I know it is my “gallbladder” causing my pains. I needed something to really kick my butt into gear and get healthy. I have lost 9 pounds in 5 weeks, I joined weight watchers again with a girl from work. Still have about 15 pounds to go till all my clothes will fit me again and anything more than that will be even better.

Funny picture Scott sent me on Sunday while i was waiting for the ultrasound.
Pain # 2 - Boston had his 18 months shots last week. The highlights from the experience are:

We met another Boston at the clinic. He was 5.

The nurse asked us if Boston runs, builds blocks, etc. Then she asked us if he says “NO”. I was like, actually he doesn’t say no. Then she got a worried look on her face and was like, does he say anything? We mentioned something’s he says and she changed her expression to surprised and said, wow, barely any kids come here and hasn’t picked up, no. I didn’t tell her it is because our child is so well behaved we don’t have to ever use the word no, haha, Yah RIGHT!

The nurse told us we can feed our child ice cream! He refuses milk since we took away the bottle about 2 months ago and since he is in the 35% in weight and just over 50% in height, she said, ice cream was a good way to get calcium into him and also fat.

He cried and cried the next morning (his shots were at 6pm that night before). I texted my child care lady at lunch to see how he was doing and she said "Actually he was pretty happy/hyper all morning". Then i responded, "either the Tylenol helped or he likes you better!" 

This week was a week that i really wished we lived somewhere with family. Our daycare lady was sick Wednesday and Thursday. Talk about stressful trying to find someone to watch Boston at like 7 in the morning. We never found anyone on Wednesday, Scott and i split the day and then luckily a friend who has helped us out before, watched him Thursday. He had so much fun playing at her house and with her two kids. Here is Boston making Gingerbread cookies at her house. Nena said he just wanted to eat the dough, definitely got that from his father.

18 Months

Our baby is all grown up now. It just amazes me how fast they grow. Before you know it they are little boys! 

Boston doesn't say many real words, he use to say a whole bunch but hasn't really used them since he learned his new language (babynese). The few words he says still are: Button, Mom, Dad, shoes, What's That, Right There.

He started folding his arms, something we didn't even teach him. He folds his arms for prayers, doesn't always keep them folded, but gets the point.

I took him off the bottle, but now he refuses milk. Been 1 whole week without milk. We have a very stuborn little guy on our hands.

He loves to play dress up. I'm glad no one every stops by for a visit, because it would be embarrassing. He dresses up in mostly my underwear.

He has just caught on to singing.

When we take him to daycare in the morning, he walks right into Erin's house, gives us a smile and shuts the door before we can even say goodbye.

Gives the nicest, most amazing kisses and hugs.

Loves books.

Loves to dance. His favourite artists are: Katy Perry and Brittany Spears. Scott says our child has terrible taste in music.

If he sees a step, or a curb, he sits on it.

Loves the iPad.

Started jumping off furniture.

Here is our little man on his first day of nursery!

Wascana Lake

While my family was in town at Thanksgiving we went down to the legistative building and took a walk. Here are a few pictures from our walk. We tried to do a few cute family photos on the bench, but my lovely sister who was taking the pictures, didn't tell me that was fat was hanging all over the place and the pictures look terrible. Haha! In other words, I cropped me out of the last picture.

Boston's Cousins

When my family came to town, my sister brought me the pictures from our Ontario photo shoot of the grandkids for my mom. It was almost impossible to get a good picture with all 4 kids, especially with my child! Luckily my sister in law is amazing and captured a few.

Can't wait for the next time these 4 are together.

On Their Way

I am excited… my parents are on their way to Regina right now. And to make it even better, my sister is flying here tomorrow. They are spending the weekend with us, to enjoy the Thanksgiving!
Thanks everyone for your nice encouraging comments on my last post. I am going to try and be happy and enjoy what I do have, even if it isn’t ideal.
Here are a few pictures from daycare of the little boy that does make me happy.
This little boy is Liam, he is a girl I work with little boy. He is just a few months younger than Boston. He came into the dayhome for a few days while his was closed. Don't they just look so happy to be friends!
His hair is really looking red in the sun lately.

Typical Boston!

Can We Do It?

I originally wrote this post over a week ago, but never posted it. After hearing the Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday and listening to this talk, my mind set has changed slightly. I left the talk thinking, wow I really needed to hear that!

Here is the post I wrote last week:

Scott and I were talking about when and if we want to have another baby. As we got talking I started to realize how scared I am to have another baby. Also how discouraged I am with life! I keep thinking about all the things that I found really hard over the last year and a half and think could it get any worse?
What happens if when they stitch me up after delivery and the doctor says, wow this is the worse internal tears I have seen ever, instead of the first time when she said, in a long time.
I remember kneeing on the floor crying for weeks after Boston was born because I was in so much aftermath pain and I couldn’t hold my baby, let alone sit, stand or even lie down.
I remember the first two weeks my whole night and day consisted of pumping, trying to nurse, then feeding Boston with a bottle, then burping, then a short nap before the 2 hour long process started all over again.
I remember Boston was only 3.5 months old when I started to pack up our condo to move. Scott was in the middle of a busy internship and I just needed someone to come over and help me and my sister was the only one that did. And of course my parents came up the day before we moved and helped me finish or in my mom's eyes, start!
My mom said that moving to Regina would be too hard on me with a new baby. I said I would be fine. Mothers know best. Scott’s internship is done at the end of April but what happens if he can't find a job in Alberta and we end up staying in Regina? Regina has been lonely, depressing and caused major strain on our marriage.

I remember Boston average bedtime for months and months was midnight. We tried everything, but nothing works. Boston still sleeps below average, he took after his daddy, I love sleep, and Scott can do without.
I was told that once you started nursing, the baby weight would fall right off… well the weight came on and on. And still is coming on and on. I’m an emotional eater, and I don’t want to have another baby and gain even more weight when I haven’t lost any to begin with.
I am not proud of my mental state right now. Scott says I just need to be happier and think happier, but I don’t think it is that easy. I have never had cold sores in my life and I have had them for a whole month now. They come and go every 2 days. Cold sores are brought about from stress and lack of sleep. I think that sums up me.
I know everyone has different things they need to deal with in their lives and we aren’t given anything we can’t handle. I need some motivation, I know being a mom is hard, but this is way harder than I ever thought it would be. I knew moving 9 hours away from my family would be hard, but never thought it would be this hard. I knew having a husband in a busy master’s program would be stressful, but I didn’t think it would affect us like it has. What happened to that exciting perfect life we always got presented to us in YW class every Sunday?
I need some motivation…

I debated posting this but decided that it is okay to have bad days and it is okay to get discouraged sometimes. BUT now I need to rethink life and as President Uchtdorf said, be patient with myself, make good sacrifices and mostly BE HAPPY NOW! I keep telling myself that things will be better when we move back to Alberta, or when Scott is in a real job, or when I have a house and not a tiny apartment. I know I can be happy now, I just need to really work at it! I bought a new book many months ago and haven't read it yet. It is called, The Happiness Project. My goal is to read it ASAP. It is a struggle for me to be happy and I need a little "workbook" to help me out. Wish me luck!

World Record

I'm pretty impressed with my little boy... have you ever seen something this long before? (I'm sure most mom's have, haha.)

Super Why

Boston's favorite TV show is Super Why! Scott and I also love the show, we know all the theme songs (there are 3 theme songs throughout the show). This video isnt too exciting but we just love how intense he watches the show and adds in a few small dance moves! We also love the fact that the show is on from 7 - 7:30, perfect timing to distract Boston for a few minutes (his attention span isnt very long). We try and get out the door every morning at 7:30, just in time to sing Boston the final song along with "Wyatt" (one of the carractors on the show).

Mississauga Ontario

Boston and I went to Ontario to visit my brother Jeff and his family. My sister Alyssa, also came flying from Edmonton. It was a lot of fun and so nice to get away and see family. I have missed seeing people! Here are a few pictures from our trip in random order.
Niagara Falls

Playing/breaking his cousins chalk

Showing off his new shoes

Passing time on the airplane reading books on the iPad

The kids in front of the Falls

Not liking the splash park

Lake Ontario

At his first sushi restaurant... and no he didn’t actually eat this

Learning to play basketball

After waking up from a wonderful nap... this nap was my favourite nap of his all trip! We went to this yummy buffet (I love food, especially all you can eat... might be why i need to lose 40 lbs) and he slept the whole time and I could actually enjoy myself without worrying about Boston!

Can't wait to go back. Next time I will have to bring Scott and show him around. My brother and his wife were amazing to us and spoiled us in everyway! Thanks Again!
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