Monday, April 24, 2017

I think we're almost functional around here

I may be speaking too soon (as I'm writing this on Sunday and it'll post Monday morning), but I think the Elsea parents are almost functional.  The kids have been functional (but not 100%) for a few days, but C and I have been struggling to keep one foot in front of the other with what seems to be the worst cold ever. I even broke down and went to the Minute Clinic on Thursday where the Nurse Practitioner actually remembered me from my St. Mary's days.  I was so excited I wanted to go give her a hug. This is huge considering the only other time I've been recognized by someone from St. Ms was when I went to the White Cottage after being home bound for a week due to a kidney stone and cold and this was despite the fact that I had been in the White Cottage several times before (looking much better). I was recognized at my worst.

Enough of this sickness. Let's talk about our weekend.

C got home from his retreat on Friday not feeling the bestest so we ordered pizza and he and Monkey went to get coke slushies (last week was not a good week for not drinking coke).  While there she got a gnarly gash on her head. No stitches were needed and she was coherent, just a cut in the wrong place which resulted in a lot of blood.  After the kids were in bed we finished The Crown and after C was in bed I watched some Great British Baking Show (I'm mad at Pillsbury for having the rights to "bake-off" and thus the show needing to change it's name. I'm also mad because I think Diana should have left the show because she sabotaged the guy by taking his ice cream out AND I don't think Nancy was the best. Go Richard or Luis or Chetna).

Monkey thinks Chetna looks just like Grandma Elsea.


Back to our weekend.

The kids and I headed to Columbus with Mom to meet Emily on Saturday because C needed to work all day (which didn't happen since he was very under the weather).

Our first stop was Build A Bear (a spur of the moment/morning idea).










Monkey is the proud mother of Suzie and Mac is the proud father of Roar.


This was my attempt at a group shot. 


After lunch we went to the Lego store where I got myself a "C is going/supposed to be working all weekend and week" treat.

You wouldn't know it from this picture, but Monkey is the one that wanted their picture taken by the Lego Friends. 

Then we took escalator rides at Macy's. The fun didn't stop there. We had lunch at Kona were the kids got to use chopsticks for the first time.



After we got home we had naps and ran to Kroger for some meds. There was a squad at the store so Monkey insisted on taking a picture of the woo-woo for GMac.


After dinner and baths and bed I watched the Indians and then, you guessed it, the Great British Baking Show.

We decided to take Sunday slow. The kids and I took a sick day from church and watched Disney parades on YouTube.  Now we're (hopefully) ready for a great week with even greater weather.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I have no idea where she gets her obsession to make lists (or hoard, or collect bags) from.


While I was subbing at handbells last week, Monkey made a list of things she was going to do with C while I was gone. 

Baseball
Clean Up
Bath 
Cookie

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

What's up Wednesday

What we're eating. We've been grilling a lot. Chicken. Hot dogs/Brats. Garlic Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes (oh my). And Easter leftovers.  Also Angie's BoomChickAPop.

What I'm reminiscing about. School.  I go through phases of wanting to go back to school for my Masters. It's safe to say I'm in one of those phases now.

What I'm loving. This warm weather. Windows open, kids outside, sunsets after 8 p.m.  Does it get any better?

What I've been up to. Not a whole lot.  I feel like these colds (pretty sure I have two) are finally leaving (but maybe it's just the drugs talking), so I'm looking forward to biking more and eating healthier (no more mozzarella sticks for my bedtime snack).

What I'm working on. I'm still working on the puzzle C got me for Christmas that I started after we moved in.  I'm also working on thinning out the bushes (that have grown to the height of medium trees) in the backyard.  We've got a jungle of branches already cut and tons more to go, now to dispose of them somewhere.

What I'm excited about. A date night with C. Monkey has been asking that we "go celebrate" so she and GMac can go to Grandma and Grandpas in the evening. We're going to take advantage of that and go out after C's trial next week (fingers crossed it actually goes this time).

What I'm watching/reading. I just finished Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? and we're also finishing up The Crown. Both are a worthy read/watch.

What I'm listening to. I'm not a big listener. I did get Ed Sheeran's new album (first time I've purchased an entire album on iTunes), but the only time I really listen to it is while I'm grocery shopping.

What I'm wearing. The shorts have been pulled out! And I'm making an conscious effort to wear more heels at work (because they make me feel more professional...now I just need some more professional clothes that fit my post-babies body).

What I'm doing this weekend. We've got no plans this weekend.  Maybe well mosey up to Emily's place. Who knows.

What else is new. There isn't much new in the Elsea house.  The kitchen is almost done. We've painted walls and trim and replaced pendent lights. We still have some doors to hang - no privacy at this place if you need to potty on the first floor :). Next is tile back splash and painting the window trim above the kitchen sink. And maybe someday we'll fit two cars in the garage.  Maybe.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weekend Rewind: Easter Edition

Thanks to a new cold (Monkey is patient zero this time) and the post-Easter/entering very busy work time for C blues, I'm not really feeling the blog, but  the blog must go on.  So here's how our Holy Weekend went down. (Apologies in advances for the blandness or leaving something out.)

Thursday afternoon Monkey woke up with an ear ache. The ear ache went away but the gunky eyes and congestion lingered.  We went to church and headed home to do who knows what (my memory is a bit foggy). 

Friday morning GMac woke up with gunky eyes and congestion.  We went to Good Friday service tat evening and then Gypsy Joe's (at Monkey's request).  GMac may have thrown a fit during the service as he wasn't allowed to stay up on the steps and continue hammering, so we allowed for some extra hammering afterwards. Jesus should be relieved these two weren't in charge of securing him to the cross. He'd be so secure, he'd never get down. 




C and I headed out to do our Easter shopping Saturday morning because there's no time like the last minute.  We also stopped at Lowes to purchase a fertilizer spreader and came home with a few more things including new pendent lamps and Edison bulbs! Seriously, those pendents and bulbs may be the highlight of my weekend.  Goodbye, red globes! 

This is the only picture I have to show for our new lights. 

Saturday evening we had a cookout at my parents (everyone was home this weekend!) with a suprise birthday party for Riley with dog poop cupcakes to boot! If you need a suprise party thrown don't hesitate to contact Monkey.  Once we were all tucked in our beds, GMac's cold revolted and kept C and me up until 3 a.m. followed by another 5 a.m. wake up before the alarms went off around 7 a.m. 



While Sunday morning was off to a rocky start, we couldn't not due church because 1) it was Easter! and 2) C was singing. I should mention here that by this point C and I had both "taken ill" with the new cold as well (and I'm still not over the other one). 

Despite the less than desirable start the Easter Bunny did visit!


GMac still isn't convinced this new big Mickey is his (he thinks it's Issy's big Mickey).

We had a delicious Easter breakfast at church, took family pictures (those will come at a later date), and enjoyed what we could of the service (GMac and I spent the entire service in the narthex as we were not about to take a 2 year old operating on 4 hours of sleep in to church). 

The kids also hunted their eggs before lunch.  Monkey will be the first to tell you she collected 18 while GMac only had 8. 



We hosted Easter lunch (thanks to our new, much bigger house), but I'm sad to say the only picture I have is of the spread. 


After our company (family and Miriam) had left we all napped until 5 p.m. when it was time to wake up for one final Easter egg hunt at Mom and Dads. 



Thanks to a whirlwind week and these colds we were dragging yesterday. 

Hope you guys enjoyed your weekends as well! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thursday Thoughts

Just a few things (mostly about me)...

1. I'm tired of being sick, because I actually want to bike (for real) and eat well, but all I'm doing is not biking and not eating well (if she bikes well, she will eat well).

2. I wore heels (3-inchers!) to work on Tuesday as a trial run for Easter.  Cute little peep-toed ones that I found in my closet that I purchased in Fort Wayne probably 4+ years ago. You know what? I really liked it. I felt so professional. I've decided to wear heels more often.

2.5 If I want to wear heels I need more clothes because my current work wardrobe is one step below business causal (because we can) and my old professional wardrobe does not fit my "I've had two kids and no matter how hard I bike or how healthy I eat, I won't fit in those clothes again" body.

3. I started Who Thought That Was A Good Idea? the other night. It's good.  Reminds me of the olden days.  You don't know what you have until it's gone. I miss you, Barack.

4. I haven't had a Cabury Egg yet and that's my favorite candy. Hands. Down.

5. Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks + Classico Traditional Sweet Basil Marinara (for dippin') = sooo yummmy.

6. GMac is still wearing a daddy shirt every day.  Tuesday was athletic shorts, t-shirt, daddy shirt.

Monday, April 10, 2017

a pictorial weekend rewind

I had grand plans of posting a weekend rewind (we did a lot this weekend), but this respiratory black plague (which seems to be attacking in reverse...first the coughing, then the running nose, next a sore throat?) has me down. Way down.  So instead you can look at these pictures and make up a weekend rewind for yourself.




Tractor rides with Papa! 
By the way, riding mowers are NOT scary, but push mowers are. 



No one is allowed in church until they look at my picture of a helicopter!

53+ palm crosses. 



Dinner (with baby Maya) outside. 

GMac and his new popcorn bowl. 
(photo by Monkey)