Thursday, April 23, 2015

Out of the Mouth of Monkey

Monkey has her own "magazines."  These are the Fisher Price and American Girl catalogs.  They are kept with her books.  She'll pull them out and say, "I'm going to look at my magazine."

Then she'll start pointing at different things she wants and says "I want that for Christmas."

Her go to item is the Little People City Skyway.

A few days ago she sat down to look at her magazine, but this time said, "I need that." Instead of me giving my "you have a lot of nice toys and need to be grateful for what you have" spiel, I replied with, you'll have to put it on your Christmas list.

To which she replied, "I'll ask Santa and Jesus."

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ahh the weekend

We started out our weekend with illness. Thanks, Monkey.

But none-the-less we made sure to enjoy our weekend.

The Monkey was sick on Tuesday night so we knew it was inevitable for the rest of us.  It hit me Thursday night (a much tamer version) and C on Friday (I think).  For us it was just a sense of unrest in the stomach.  Not much else.

Friday evening we had Fiesta (because why not have Mexican when battling a stomach bug?) and watched some baseball.

Saturday was glorious. It was the perfect Spring day (mainly because it felt like summer).  C and the kids went to Starbucks and the donut shop and ate breakfast outside while I pumped.  Then we spent the rest of the day outside (except for when I was at two grocery stores).  We mowed, weeded (a bit), removed leaves from the landscaping and even played Starbucks/Wendy's/Pumping Store at Monkey's house.

Monkey was a great helper bagging the grass.


Gmac spend the evening trying to wrestle his bear mat, but you're going to have to head over to my Instagram to see that.  See what I did there? Directed "traffic" (ha!) to my social media accounts.

Sunday morning I woke up to find Jen Lancaster losing her cool (to put it very lightly) over the Lilly Pulitzer for Target launch.  This reminded me that that was the day.  I of course was pumping and running late for church as it was so my trip would have to wait.

Emily's Target (in Columbus) was sold out by ten, but I figured if there was a Target to not sell out before lunch it'd be mine because Appalachia y'all.

After church I pumped up the pump and headed to Cbus with my mom for a craft show.  We made a pit stop at Target to find their Lilly collection not sold out but very picked over.  I didn't find anything for me (because I can't wear XXS), but I did get Monkey her first Lilly dress.

Also couldn't find the housewares section (thought maybe our Target just didn't have it which wouldn't be surprising) only to find out it was in the special seasonal section in the back.  Even our Target didn't know where to put Lilly.

So I was right that they didn't sell out which didn't surprise me to hear the sales lady explain Lilly as "some dress designer from Florida" to the gal checking out in front of me.  *Sigh.  Poor Lilly.

We met Emily for lunch and hit up the Craftin' Outlaws craft show.  Then I returned home to make oatmeal bars (yum), make pizza, and watch baseball.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

To Grandmother's (and Grandfather's) house we go.

Aside from all of the perks you'd normally think of when having your parents watch your kiddos while you work (being with family, knowing they are getting great care, etc) a perk you may not have thought of is getting to send your kids over in their jammies (without breakfast).


Our routine on Mondays and Thursdays is wake up the kids, change diapers, put shoes on, grab the Monkey deemed essentials (this day it was her puppy purse and cross necklace), and walk out the door.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

a shameless plug

Sometimes life (or a dead computer) gets in the way of me posting.  However, a dead computer does not get in the way of me tweeting and instagraming.

Nothing stops me from tweeting and instagraming.

While I'm trying harder to post more, I know I'll probably go days or weeks (gasp!) without a post. So, if I've been silent here, make sure to check me out over there.

Twitter (@rachelelsea)

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If I go 48 hours without posting to Twitter or Instagram, please alert the authorities.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Weekend Rewind

Two weekends down (now that I'm back at work). This was a bit of  a different weekend.

For starters 75% of us are sick.  Monkey is patient zero.  She, GMac, and I have been busy coughing up our lungs (and GMac has also been excreting mucus from his left eye).  Add C working on a brief in the mix and our weekend was complete (just not very weekend-y).

That being said, good luck trying to follow our weekend.

Friday evening...what did we do Friday evening...

...two minutes later...

We had a yummy Tombstone pizza for dinner followed by a walk to the library to return books.  A walk to the library isn't complete without a stop at the donut shop.  



Saturday morning C took the kids (holy cow, we have multiple children) to Starbucks so I could shower and nap (first alone time - minus work and lunch time pumping) in 7+ days.  We also took a walk to Speedway for a "shushly." I've wised up and took a cup for the Monkey as I knew she'd want some.  She kept begging for the big cup (and offered me her princess cup). 

Yes, I gave my child some of my coke slushy.  When in Rome Lancaster. 

After our walk we spent some time playing outside and downstairs in our new "playroom/office" before getting dinner from Subway (I know, I know, Subway isn't really a Saturday night dinner type of thing, but this was our weekend). 

I made this lovely train town (which was pictured on the box) after C, the resident engineer in the family, said it couldn't be done. 


Then C was back to work for the evening and I was left home to watch chick flicks. The Prince & Me in particular. But if you follow me on twitter (and you really should) you already know that I couldn't find the apple remote, then couldn't set up the remote app because our Internet was unplugged (and I was too work out to figure out which of the 7 holes the Internet wire went into) and since our Internet was unplugged apple tv wouldn't work anyway. 

So I watched Made of Honor (my favorite partially because it takes place at Eilean Donan Castle which I have totally been to - before it was in Made of Honor). I also realized that our relationship (C and me) is sorta like Made of Honor.  We were best friends (kinda, maybe, I should probably ask him), then I went to a foreign country and he realized he loved me and BAM here we are (minus the bringing home a nice Indian man). Also, my DVD is scratched so I'll be needing a new one. 

GMac is a stander. I think he'll probably skip sitting and crawling and just start walking. 


Then I watched The Prince & Me on my phone until the wee hours of the morning, because no matter how tired I am, I cannot go to bed on time when C's not home.

C didn't return home until 5:30ish Sunday morning (I think that's what I heard) so we skipped church as he needed to sleep and I didn't have the energy to get two kids to church.

I'd like to take this moment to thank Uncle Drew for teaching Monkey "What'sup Dog" because that's what she's saying in this picture (I asked for a simple "cheese").


That box on the bed is our baby changing station.  It's full of diapers, wipes, outfits, pumping supplies, etc. because we are lazy. Also we change GMac on that towel because we don't want spit-up, pee, or poop on our bed.

We are not, however, too lazy to take three bicycle "rides."  I use that term very loosely because it's really Monkey sitting on her tricycle while I push it while wearing the baby.  So a real workout for me.  Not so much for her.

C got home in time to mow the yard and we got dinner from Texas Roadhouse (I did manage to cook mac and cheese on Sunday, so there) followed by dessert from Whit's.

The rest of the evening was spent with me watching baseball while C continued work on his brief (at least I think that's what he was working on all weekend).