Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Week of Monkey

Hi! Remember me? 

I finally have some time to sit down and update you on our whereabouts (but not really, because STAY AWAY ROBBERS!) .

GMac has been at Grandma and Grandpa (or MawMaw and Papa) Elseas house this week.  We're headed to see him soon!  

That means we've had a week of Monkey around here.  If you follow me on instagram, you already know that. If you don't follow me on instagram, GET ON INSTAGRAM people! It's a loverly place where I post regular pics of the kids (and dumb things). 

Saturday night C returned from dropped off GMac and we went to dinner at the restaurant of Monkey's choosing.  She chose "the place with seashell pasta" aka Olive Garden. We were going to see Trolls, but realized the reviews weren't that good and Moana had just come out and Lin Manuel Miranda did the music so everyone was on board. 

Sunday was church and lego making. C went to work and Monkey and I headed to church to decorate followed by hot chocolate and Christmas lights. 

Monday night we make gingerbread houses.  Please note, if you're house is on the market and you have a showing scheduled for the next day, it's probably not the best idea to make gingerbread houses the night before.  She also drew a picture for GMac and dictated a letter which will probably arrive in Missouri after we do. Monkey was promised she could sleep all night in our bed with us.  You know what's nice? Getting in to bed and having it already warmed up thanks to a four year old!  C got home from work in the wee hours of the (the trend of late) and decided he did not want Monkey in his bed (something about not being able to sleep) so he moved her back to her bed.  There were plenty of tears and a promise of a re-do Tuesday morning. 

Tuesday evening I picked Monkey up from the babysitter and we headed to the mall for pretzels, an impromptu visit with Santa (we want a Barbie ice cream truck, princess bike, and choo-choo train), and searched high and low for proper shirts for wedding outfits for this weekend.  We had a picnic dinner while watching Mickey Mouse (we're big on picnics while GMac is gone) and did puzzles on the floor.  Monkey had a hair appointment at 8:00 p.m. (I know, late!) where she got a cut little cut, braid, and sparkles!

And so ends the week of Monkey. We're ready to see GMac and say good riddance to November! November has seemed like such a blah month, come on December! We're ready for you! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating. Right now, whatever is easiest. Next week, Skinnytaste recipes in my band spankin' new InstaPot!

What I'm reminiscing about.  Summer. Daylight.

What I'm loving. Let me get back to this.

What I've been up to. We've had a week of Monkey this week (more on that tomorrow). Other than that we've been getting the house "show ready" every night. Exciting! (not)

What I'm working on. Getting excited about Christmas. I'm not sure why I'm not feeling it yet. It's probably a mixture of trying to keep the house clean and thus not putting up decorations yet; 56 degree temps today; and a very hectic November. I'm also working on getting back to biking. I did it a bit this week but really need to go longer next week.

What I'm excited about. C being done with this work project. Today is the last day (I'm told) so all my fingers and toes are crossed that the super-late work nights are done for a while.

What I'm watching/reading. Hallmark Christmas movies are my homeboy. I watched two last night.  I also finished The Bookshop on the Corner (don't get me started on the title because her bookshop is in a van. Wait... is it because she parks it and thus it's on the corner? Maybe it does make sense.). I think I'll finish Furiously Happy next.

What I'm listening to. Christmas music, because if I listen to Christmas music it'll make me be in the Christmas mood, right?

What I'm wearing. Clothes.  Yoga pants (don't do yoga) or tennis pants (don't do tennis) or jeans and shirts. Honestly my style has been lacking lately.

What I'm doing this weekend. C's cousin's wedding. This will be the kids first wedding (attending) so that'll be interesting.

What I'm looking forward to next month. Christmas and Christmas prep! C and I are taking a day to get Christmas shopping done.

What else is new. Things aren't too exciting around here. I'm being serious.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

It's about to get all Pollyanna up in here.

Happy Birthday, Charles!

Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like cleaning your house like a madman for a 10 am showing, am I right?

Stress has been my middle name this month. I plan on fixing that today. Right now, even. I hope.

I'm starting by listing what I'm thankful for. I'm about to go all Pollyanna on you.

C - He makes me laugh and grounds me.

Monkey - the chatter box can be a handful, but boy is she the sweetest.  Offering to be GMac's Mommy when I'm not around.

GMac - we're almost to two, and you know what that means, but this kid keeps us laughing on end. Only GMac can be disgusted with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.

Family - We are blessed to live close to family. It's a blessing to be able to see them whenever we want (or have a place to run to when we need to be out of our house). And for the family that lives far, we get to see them more than your average long-distance family and we couldn't be gladder! 

That we have a house we can sell.  I'm sure it's normally stressful to sell a house, but you know whats even more stressful, trying to sell a house and hide your innate slob. Yeah, we Elseas are the neatest and it starts with me. There are better things to do in life than clean. 

My job - Jobs can be stressful (or a nice break from parenting - seriously, who else would rather be at work when they are sick!? Sorry, coworkers :) ), but they help put food on the table or provide health insurance and if you're lucky like me, you work with some of the greatest girls around. 

Books - the one resolution I've really stuck with this year (except for Playoff season) was reading every day.  What a great outlet. I've gone so many places thanks to books (primarily England). 

Outside - It may be getting darker right after lunch, but being outside and getting fresh air is awesome. 

There's many, many more, but my kids (who I'm very grateful for) want to sit in my lap. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 18, 2016

this may be the earliest i've ever written a blog post


My 6:30 a.m. alarm and I are up and at 'em. It's so nice not to have to set an alarm anymore....

The kids and I are sick.  Well, not Monkey, because she's "not coughing." But yeah, the three of us are sick.

While putting off going to bed the other night, I watched an episode of Ina Garten.  A pizza truck, maybe called "Rolling Dough," came to her house to show Jeffrey (bless his heart for marrying her) how to make pizza.  Ina made a salad prior to the truck's arrival.  The salad was to pair nicely with the pizza, but you know what? They never ate the pizza!  It was never mentioned again. I even rewound the entire episode to make sure they didn't eat it at the beginning and I just missed it. Nope. Where is that pizza!

First thing GMac does when he wakes up is yell, "Mama!"  Once I get him he wants his "waa-waa" which is very confusing because 99% of the time he means "milk." He'll drink his milk while sitting on me (while I'm trying to catch an extra 5 minutes of shut eye) and then he's off tilling the land on his farm. This time "Melmo" got to go along with him.

GMac got his hair cut yesterday. I'm talking a legit cut. I know C isn't the happiest about it, but he's still the same cute, little ornery boy on the inside and it'll grow back quicker than he can say "Why'd you cut my hair, Mama?!"

Right now I hear him tearing something up at my feet but you know what? I don't really want to sit up to see what it is. Let 'em be little.

Two 'ems in one post. Nice, Rachel!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

there's a light at the end of the tunnel (i think)

We're in the homestretch over here.  C is/should be almost done with his trial which will then be followed up by a monster sleep session (since he hasn't been doing that lately), but after that I think we're back to normal.

That means I have two, maybe three, nights left to finish my Hallmark Christmas Movies.  Last night was Perfect Christmas.  I still have Cookie Christmas and Crown for Christmas in the wings.

I read a book in two days! Meg Cabot came out with an adult book (adult, as in, "not young adult or Princess Diaries" not adult as in "inappropriate adult") The Boy Is Back.

I think GMac is a bit confused as to what C has been doing while he's at work.  Every time he sees a boat or firetruck in any of his books he yells "DADA!"  Um. No. Sorry, kiddo. Unless you want to call lawyering putting out fires and battling high seas. I guess I see that. Maybe GMac is wiser than we thought.

The painters finished up today and then the cleaning girls (they are the loveliest) come this weekend and then we can list our house. At least, I think we can list our house. I've sorta been going ahead with everything without really consulting C.  It'll be like that time he came home from college to find a "for sale" sign in the yard of his childhood home.  (It wasn't a complete shocker. They gave him a heads up on the way home that they were moving.)

I think I want to get into essential oils and oil diffusing.  I've been thinking about it for a year+ but it's a bit pricey and a bit intimidating. I'm thinking I should probably wait until we have a new house someday because our spaces are so small and where would I put a diffuser? Maybe on the hutch behind the couch? Just thinking out loud here, but any suggestions or thoughts or insight would be greatly appreciated.

My new work to misspell all the time is probabaly. Even my phone thinks that's the correct spelling now.  Sigh.

I'm going to cut this babbling off now.  Happy almost Hump Day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ugh. I forgot a post title....

We're going to the zoo today! What's the first thing we're going to see, you ask? The polar bears, because "maybe they'll poop or pee in the water!"

Despite going to the zoo, we're in survival mode over here while C's in trial prep (this thing better actually go to trial.....).  With the sun down at dinner time, we're having lots of movies in Mommy's bed after baths.

I've told you three times already, but I'm loving The Bloggess's book Let's Pretend This Never Happened. It's just what I needed after this week and a half (World Series loss, C burning the midnight oil everyday,  Tuesday night/Wednesday morning events that are making people thing the world is literally ending - unless it is literally ending, but I don't remember that being a bullet in the "End Times" PowerPoint presentation we used to have in school on a monthly basis).

Side note: How much can you legally put in parenthesis? Can you do sentences within sentences? Do you just use a much of commas and ellipsis? I didn't take that level of writing in college. Or maybe they could've taught me in high school instead of going over "Wars and Rumors of Wars" in the "End Times" PowerPoint for the 23rd time? 

On a maybe related note, I'm going to make more of an effort to teach Monkey and GMac (but really just Monkey right now) the importance of helping others.  Now is as important time as ever to reach out to those in need or those less fortunate.  This is what I'm choosing away from this last week. 

So we went and packed Operation Christmas Child boxes Wednesday. Which she was totally in to and I totally thought she got the concept of until she ask my mom when she'd be receiving her box.  She's also been learning about Charity Newsies as mom is making a quilt for their big auction.  Monkey is also wondering when she's getting her big box of food.

Looks like it's back to the drawing board for us...