Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dear Santa,

(100% Ainsley)

(Dictated by Graeme, airplane details condensed by Mommy)

(Dictated and signed by Graeme)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

a reading update

I think I've discussed this before, but I've been in a reading slump ever since reading Where the Crawdads Sing.  Nothing compares.  I'm forcing myself back into a groove.  Here's what's on my list/bookshelf.

Currently reading:

1. Christmas Shopaholic. Hahahaha. I'm not kidding. I've read the others and am slowly making my way through this. It's a slower read because I think I've matured in my reading material. It's due back to the library December 7th, so I've gotta finish it by then.

2. Rhythms of Renewal. I'm enjoying this and reading it slowly and purposefully (unlike most of the things I do).

On the bookshelf:

1. The Secrets We Kept

2. Ghosted

3. An American Marriage

4. The Goldfinch

5. Monticello


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Here's a post I started and never finished or posted, but it's still true and there isn't thing else to add.

You know where you get into this place where you know you need to eat healthier, you want to eat healthier, and you want to work out, but you just can't get motivated to do it? I'm in that place right now.  I blame fall and shorter sunlight days.  Any suggestions for getting out of it? Yummy, healthy food? I love a good oxymoron.


Monday, November 25, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

I'm getting all the holidays greetings out of the way, because I am a horrible blogger who chooses to binge The Crown (started from the beginning...again) while stuffing my face with Espresso BellaVitano cheese and drinking wine. 

We are, reluctantly, settling into fall over here and ready for the Christmas season. The tree is up at home and last night we "helped" put up the tree at church.  As for my help, I ordered the pizza.  






The kids are doing well in school (GMac is apparently doing better than we thought as he shows zero interest to update us at home, and is excelling in all preschool "subjects"). Monkey is reading and writing and mathing away. Dex is saying all.the.words. 

As for me and C. We're trucking on. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Lions and tigers and T-Rexes, oh my!

We made it to the zoo on Friday!  The flu shot pit stop took 4 times longer than anticipated (yeah, I know, even a clinic takes longer than 15 minutes), but we were at the zoo by 11:00 and happy they took the picture of my membership card since I left mine at home in an attempt to make my wallet smaller for the day. So I called the zoo office and they send to have a photo so C went home to take the photo because I had both cards in my purse, and the zoo just scanned that photo all day whenever it was needed.

First pit stop at the zoo was the Dinosaur Island ride which was closing for the year. Some how I had never been on this with the kids.


This was the highlight of my trip. I love a good dam.



The kids were great at identifying the different dinosaurs. Turns out watching tv does teach you some stuff. Thanks, Dino Dina! 


Dex's first trip. Not too sure. 

We ran into Monkey's friends from Kindergarten! 


And his second trip. Definitely not a fan. This was before he ended up in my lap covered in a blanket with the tag pushed up against his face (his choice of comfort). 

Hey, Mommy! Take my picture but I will not look at you while you take it! 


 Forget getting their pictures with actual live animals, the kids stop at every.single.one of these and ask to have their photo taken. 





A rainbow tiger spotted in the wild.

Not one to have his face painted, GMac went with tattoos.


Would you look at that? Actual animals!



We ended the trip with a 4D movie that was a bit scary for the kids, but the perfect thing to put Dex to sleep for a long overdue nap. 

After the zoo, while we waited on C to join us for dinner, I decided, against my better judgment, to take the kids to Costco. I'm proud of myself to have made it through the entire day at the zoo solo without once being overwhelmed or having a panic attack. I can't say it went as well at Costco.  It may have been the enclosed space with all the people, or maybe the fact I was pulling a cart while pushing a stroller after a certain seven year old of mine was adamant she could push the stroller the entire time, "oh! and can she have this and can GMac have that?"

After all that, I really could've benefited form this weighted blanket and have now put it on my Christmas list.  


We finally met up with C who apparently took the kids to the Lego Discovery Center while I went bra shopping, because I found this while trying to decide what zoo photos to share.


I hope you enjoyed this weekend's Weekend Rewind! Join us next week when I share how Trunk or Treat went after procrastinating with the planning! 

Friday, October 11, 2019

IT'S FAIR WEEK (proclaimed the kids as I just begged to stay home)

Happy Fair Week!

The best part of this week is that there's no school yesterday and today so I don't have to pack lunches or snacks or feed Monkey breakfast (ok, that sounds horrible) or make sure the kids look presentable as we head out the door.  Instead, yesterday was, "throw on whatever you want, put on some shoes, and let's go." And we went.  I know I complained about not liking school routines last fall and I know they are better for the kids, but they are still hard on the moms.

We went to the fair on Wednesday night as Monkey was a finalist in the coloring contest. I have yet to see her entry and all I know is that it's a chicken, but I'm willing to bet it's a rainbow chicken. Maybe even with a unicorn horn.

Here are my stellar photographs of the ceremony!  But seriously, look at those clouds.




Today, assuming there hasn't been a change in plans, I'm going against my better judgement and taking all three kids to the zoo because I figure it won't be as crowded and I won't be as likely to lose them as I would at the fair.  But first... flu shots!  The more I type the more I'm thinking this is all a horrible idea. If we successfully make it through the flu shots and the zoo and no one is asleep as we pass Easton, I may even stop to get non-nursing bras, because I'm worth it (and I haven't been pumping for 6 months).