Thursday, July 20, 2017

since we've been gone.

It's been a wee bit since I've posted (17 days to be exact). Sorry for that... but not really, because if I was truly sorry I would've blogged.

Here are the last 17 days in photos.

Monkey finished up swim lessons. 

GMac and Uncle Drew caught a small fish.


Then Dreqw caught a sting ray! 
You'll just have to believe me as the guy got away right before he could be grabbed.


But Drew drew quite the crowd. 

Mainly because everyone was afraid to get in until they saw what it was. 

Monkey turned 5!
GMac threw a Minnie Mouse party for her.


Water balloon fight! 






Quick stop in Nashville on our way to Southern Illinois (where I took no photos). 
Dined at Merchants which was sublime, the rest of the town, not so much. 

And now we're back to the regular grind. 
The pool. 

Snacking on the large rock.

And making LOTS of noise in the back yard. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekend Top Three

There were three great things about our weekend (no photos because my phone is acting up):

One.
I got an email from DirecTV NOW that we would not be getting our local ABC station! As a news junkie, I can't tell you how happy this makes me.  The antenna we have is so-so and really doesn't work in the new house like it did the old one, so I'm happy to be able to watch the 5:00 news now.

Two.
C got a new toy. He's very happy and has edged everything that can be edged and weed-wacked everything that can be weed-wacked. He's also available to edge your yards (seriously). As Monkey said "Let's see how Daddy's new baby works."

Three. 
While getting the new edger we also purchased matching lamps for our room. This is a first for the Elsea household. We must be full fledged adults now.

Monday, June 26, 2017

If you stick through this post you'll get the best taco recipe ever.

I have blogger's block. I have no idea what to blog about. So let's just do a photo dump.

We've been spending a lot of our time at the pool.  So much so that C and I have been asked by various people if we've just gotten back from vacation. Monkey has swim school this week (she already took swim lessons when she was a baby so she doesn't need those) so I'll share those photos later. For those wondering, she has already declared she will not be playing limbo during tomorrow's lessons.

Last week was VBS for Monkey. She loved it and now has the songs stuck in my head too.


And waiting to go next year... 



GMac meanwhile refused to take his sunglasses off while at Kathy's last week.

Too small Daddy shirt over his outfit. We love our daddy shirts!




We went to the Indians game on Saturday as a late Father's Day celebration for Dad.  I'm pretty sure C and I were more worn out than the kids.

Resting up for an afternoon of running around Progressive Field with 38,000 other people!




GMac couldn't get that popcorn in his mouth fast enough. 

GMac saw TWO WOOWOOS last week!



 I saw this idea on Instagram and now the kids love pulling the wagon around. Monkey wants to pull GMac but he's not a fan of riding.



 I made these Skinny Taste Grilled Chicken Tacos for Father's Day and my gosh are they delicious.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday PSA

I'm interrupting this rainy Friday afternoon to tell you two things.

First - I found my new pool/beach/water shoes!  I wasn't really looking, but came across these today and since I'm currently using flip flops I purchased on our honeymoon (the math says that's almost 10 years ago) when my luggage didn't make it to the hotel with us. Anyway, these babies should be here on Sunday (because the USPS is so bad at everything that they make their employees deliver Amazon Prime shipments on Sunday mornings when they should all be at church).


Second- This Buffalo Chicken Dip has been on my mind a lot lately. It's so good and only 107 calories a serving (which has to be way less than the regular stuff).  I currently have chicken in the oven and Dad is bringing over hot sauce (because despite me double checking to I have everything).

Now go get your weekend on!

Friday, June 16, 2017

If you have nothing good to write, then write bad/badly/poor/poorly.

I read on twitter the other day that someone was having problems writing (she blogs about real stuff) and I'm finding myself in the same boat. Granted, I wouldn't classify myself as a writer, so much as a babbler. I could just walk away for a while, but I don't like coming to my blog (I don't do it that often) and seeing a month has gone by without a post. Too bad I can't look at laundry, and housework, and sorting baby clothes (that have just been thrown into baskets since GMac was a baby) the same way.

I'm not sure where this is going so maybe I'll share what a typical summer day looks like around here.

I'm uber fortunate to work from home two days a week.  Those days go like this:

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m. - The kids awake up, usually GMac first, and mosey into our room.  If it's early enough they go back to sleep.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.  - The kids eat breakfast (strawberry oatmeal for Monkey and a waffle for GMac) while get on my computer to see what I need to get done for the day.  I also make a list of what I need to get done that say (normally includes: work tasks, shower, biking, dishes, laundry (which doesn't get done)).
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - The kids are playing outside (exploring, swinging, playing in the sandbox, fighting) or watching a Mickey Mouse while I'm trying to get a "must get done" item done.  If it's nice enough, we'll take a walk through the neighborhood.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Pool Prep/Lunch Time.  Monkey loves taking her lunch to the pool so we've been packing sandwiches and eating once we get there.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Pool time!
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Naps, glorious naps.  The kids will nap.  GMac sleeps for about an hour and a half, Monkey is normally good for at least two hours (she's an anomaly, but I'll take it). I finish up my work for the day.
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Play outside and dinner prep while we wait for C to get home.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - We eat somewhere in here.  If we're eating outside (and we normally are) the kids will take two bites before proclaiming they are done and want to go play.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - More outside time, walks to Sanderson, baths if necessary, and picking up toys.
8:30 p.m. - GMac hits the hay.
8:45 p.m. - Monkey goes down (sometimes with Pandora music).
8:45 p.m. - on - normally watching a baseball game or reading.

There you have it.  On days I'm working we normally come home, play for a bit, get dinner, and head to the pool

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm just sitting here waiting for poison ivy to break out

It's HOT. Like WAY hot. Monkey doesn't the heat well.  She was too hot to do anything last night and when I said "then I guess you can't go to the beach with us because it's even hotter there, "she replied, "I'll be fine at the beach, because we'll be in the beach house."

Before the heat set in on Friday we spent a lot of time outside.  Monkey wore all the jewelry and sat in her perch watching the baby dear.





That afternoon we went to the pool, napped, and went to another pool (where I/we/GMac lost my good googles - because I let him use them, but lets face it, I don't swim anymore) for a pool party.


Saturday morning C took Monkey up Mount Pleasant while I took GMac to the store where he helped himself to the green beans.  C asked what I did about him eating produce prior to checking out. I told him nothing because it was de minimis in value.


After C and Monkey got home I took the kids to a yard sale where we scored two slip-n-slides for $4 and I got a bike for $20 (with an expired helmet thrown in!). We immediately set up the slip-n-slides (both because one had a slide hole that I needed to mend) and the kids went to town scooching down the slide.  We're still working on the "slide" concept.

Because we hadn't had enough fun in the water, we also went to the pool before having Mom and Dad over for a dinner party (as Monkey called it). We also took a walk through Fogg where Monkey proclaimed we should move there next. Yeah, we're going to be at our new place for a while, kiddo.


We went to church on Sunday morning, came home, and went right back to the pool.  With the exception of GMac being terrified of the big pool, the kids have really taken off swimming this year.  I'm sure Monkey will be going off the diving board by the end of summer.



We had pasta-al-forno for dinner, played with playdoh, and took two walks (because Monkey scraped her knee on the first attempt and it was "bleeding hard" which required a trip back home for two band aids.  I'm happy to report she seems to have fully recovered). 



Oh yeah,  I also spent some time trying to tame the branches/weeds pile in the backyard and most likely got poison ivy because I saw "leaves of three" and lots of mint, and did said yard work while wearing sandals.  How long does it take for poison ivy to appear and what is the change the leaves of three I saw were not poison ivy?