Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating this week. In preparation for Thanksgiving I'm pulling out all the Grandma Marlene recipes. Saturday I made Beef & Noodles (for our regular consumption) that we've been having this week and a few sides (squash casserole and mashed potatoes) to freeze for Thanksgiving.  We've also had Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry.

What I'm reminiscing about. Monkey and GMac as babies.  I may have gone through the blog archives yesterday just to look at the pictures from when they were littler.

What I'm loving. The upcoming holidays.  We're hosting Thanksgiving so that is giving me something to focus on other than the colder, darker days. November can really be a bit of a Debbie Downer.

What we've been up to. We're getting some pre-Thanksgiving house prep done.  I hope to tape the kitchen back splash today so that C can paint it tonight.

What I'm dreading. The longer nights and shorter days.  Don't get me wrong, our new house is a godsend, but we really do love being outside.  GMac is asking everyday if he can go play outside, but it's either too cold or too rainy.

What I'm working on. Thanksgiving prep. Thinking about Peaches prep. Hand bells for the Church Christmas Program (I have to run everything by my in house music director).  Patience (always working on this one).

What I'm excited about. A girls weekend in StL to do some wedding prep for Mark and Abby's wedding next summer.

What I'm watching/reading. I just finished a Jane Costello book (I have to order them from amazon because apparently our library has decided to ignore my Inter-Library Loan requests...shame!). I'm not watching anything religiously other than a Hallmark Christmas movie here and there.

What I'm listening to. I'm really not a listener, but have started trying to have music on more when I'm cooking or cleaning the kitchen.

What I'm wearing. Fall/Winter maternity shorts.  Unfortunately there will come a day when I'll have to wear non-elastic waistbands again.

What I'm doing this weekend. Wedding prep in StL! Eating at the restaurants that made the rehearsal dinner short list.

What I'm looking forward to next month. We should be getting an extra/bonus sonogram in December, alsoChristmas!

What else is new. The above pretty much covers it. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday, Monday, but it's sorta Tuesday because it's a four day week


Here's what's been happening in our neck of the woods.

Christmas cups are here (yay)! but I'm still not drinking mochas (boo!). I'm living vicariously through C's mocha consumption and have already ordered a mocha to my hospital room once Peaches is here.

that's not my finger, my hand is slightly more dainty than that

Speaking of Peaches. He/She is very active. I'm just not getting around to telling you guys that because at any given time I do not know how far along I am.  I can tell you my due date (February 19th) and an approximate as to how far I am, but pregnancy brain and having two kids has shot my memory for what week I am.  I just wait until every Monday morning when the Sprout app sends me an alert.  Today's alert was 25 weeks and the size of an acorn squash.  Appropriate for the season, really.

I've sort of been wanting Taco Bell. *gasp* I just want a regular soft taco (and as much as I love Fiesta, their tacos are too authentic for me). But here's the problem. I haven't had Taco Bell for 20+(?) years and while I know people eat there all the time (and I used to eat there), I now equate it with White Castle. Which is not good.  I'm worried if I eat there I'll get horribly sick.  So there's that predicament.

I'm still love corn dogs and mozzarella sticks from Sonic. If only they weren't a day's 20 minute drive away.

Speaking of corn dogs, this guy is a big fan of corn dogs, minus the corn part.  He makes me peel off the breading. Also, this is what our living room looks like when Mommy is done for the day.


GMac will soon be moving into his big boy bed (we nap there now most days). I tried to conivince him these on-sale holiday sheets were woo-woo sheets, but there's no trying to tell him a kind of truck is anything other than the truck it obviously is. Last night I was corrected for calling his backhoe an excavator.


Monkey is in a split Pre-K/Kindergarten class and has been watching the Kindergartners journal so it only makes sense that she has started journaling at home.


If you can't tell by the pictures, and you probably can't, Monkey and GMac are pretty much the same size.  She has him by a pound and maybe a few inches, but they do not look like they are 2 1/2 years apart.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I guess we're grown-ups now


We now have a tennis ball hanging from our garage to tell me where to park.

AND

I can't take pictures in focus.

Full blown grown-up status over here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday Things

Hallmark Christmas Movies start this week.  My pregnancy emotions are so excited!

I've read 40 books so far this year.  Not quite where I was last year, 70!, but still pretty good.

We're hosting our first Thanksgiving this year (with 14+ people) so as you can imagine I have to-do lists galore - groceries, cleaning/prep, menu, meal planning for the rest of the weekend. I do love a good list (or two).

Speaking of to-do lists, I've decided we're going to paint the kitchen back splash prior to Thanksgiving (something we had planned on tiling prior to Easter) and by "prior to Thanksgiving" I mean "this weekend." I can't wait to tell C!

GMac is currently sitting in my lap trying to put together a cube puzzle that took me 30 minutes to do myself. Good lucky, buddy.

We've got one more week of it being light later before we all go into a darkness induced depression until March 8th.  The evenings seem so long long when it gets dark at 5:30.  During baths at 7:30 p.m. a few nights ago I reminded C how just two months ago at that time we'd be at the pool.

C and I need a funny show to binge watch once Peaches is here.  Please send suggestions.  With GMac it was Parks & Rec and Monkey's birth timed nicely with the Summer Olympics.

My pregnancy brain isn't allowing much concentration (I've come back to this post three times) so that means it's probably time to call it quits.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Photo dump Phriday

Happy Weekend!

Here are a couple hundred pictures I haven't posted (maybe some have gone to InstraGram, which begs the question, "are you following me on Instagram? because you totally should.")

Everyone knows the best part of the fair is the decommissioned ambulances.
 (GMac's favorite attraction). 



GMac is finally, maybe, old enough to learn how to play Zingo.

Big boys get big boo-boos. 

Some work days we come home and watch truck videos because that's all I have in me. 

Check out those legs on Peaches!


Chicken Rooster Pigeon Roost trip with Grandma and Grandma.

GMac can't be bothered with pictures when he's working on the farm. 

He also can't be bothered with potty training. 

Trying to fit in the cooler was fun for .08 seconds until he realized he couldn't get out. 

Seriously, though, buses and safety vehicles seem to entertain our kids just fine. 
"Take our picture with this bus!"

She's an Elsea alright. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

I owe you a blog post

Fist of all, the Indians. I'm slowly getting over it, but I don't want to talk about it.

My dreams this weekend were quite interesting.  On Saturday night I dreamt C was leaving for the Peace Corps.  While we weren't married or dating (which seems to be the case in most of my dreams he appears in), we did have two children with another on the way.  He showed no remorse and off he went. Then last night I ran in the Disney World Marathon.  Good news is I didn't even break a sweat! I'm not sure I finished the race, but what I did complete was easy-peasy.  At the end a friend (who shall remain nameless) gave me the leftovers of a frozen meal that gave her the worst food poisoning she'd ever had.  She told me this story while I was eating the leftovers.

Today marks 22 weeks with Peaches in utero.  Trust me on this, I checked my Sprout app (which is the only way I'm able to track how far along I am).  Someone asked me yesterday how many weeks I was and I had to answer in the form of a question because I wasn't sure, but I did know today my phone would tell me.  Peaches is now moving up a storm in there. Rearranging his or her room or playing with princesses or cars.  C was able to feel some kicks this weekend so that was pretty neat.

I've made two peanut butter based chicken and pasta/rice recipes this year and finally discovered, maybe peanut butter covered carbs are just not our thing.  While the chicken was good, the pasta and rice noodles coated in peanut butter sauce just weren't.

I'm started following Joy Eggerichs on Instagram and oh.my.gosh is she hysterical.  She's currently living in Paris with her husband, Matt, and cracking me up with all of her adventures.  Today's insta-stories were the best.

That's all the update for now. Maybe next time I'll include pictures (but probably not).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

life with a two year old boy

We've been told time and time again that girls are easier to raise when they are young and more difficult when they are teenagers and that boys are more difficult when they are little and easier as teenagers. But you can't stay mad at them for long.

Here's a look at a day in the life with GMac:

GMac will lick his hands and rub them all over the sliding door and then just start licking the door. 

Then he'll run through the house singing Jesus Loves Me.

GMac will try to "help" clean out the fire pit with Monkey's little dust pan (while wearing a tie). 

Then he'll run through the house singing Jesus Loves Me.

GMac will refuse to poop in the potty and then poop in the tub. 

Then he'll run through the house singing Jesus Loves Me.

Gmac will throw my very nice watch at Charles, shattering it on the tile floor. 

Then he'll run through the house singing Jesus Loves Me.