Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Out of the mouths of...

Best quote of the day

"You can only stab so many people...Besides, it's like stabbing the beast! You just keep stabbing these guys and the don't die."

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Sunday nights blow around here lately. As I was putting in a load of work clothes and finishing up a dishwasher-full of travel mugs and benefits, I had the clearest thought that I am not looking forward to work. At all. I HATE this feeling. I can usually find my ray of sunshine, but longish weekends make it harder.

I had to bail on work on Friday when a sick, feverish baby threw a wrench in the delicate ballet of pick-up/drop-off/rinse/repeat. Turns out that meant that I could go to Sydney's "feast." It was really fun, and I'm glad I went, but I was definitely the second string parent. The preschool teacher, who's been her teacher for two years, couldn't remember my name.

I also feel like I spend all weekend recovering from the week (cleaning, laundry) and preparing for the week ahead. I mustang get excited about getting up early to spend eight hours in a windowless office. I know, world's tiniest violin. But as I was whining to C, he asked what I'd rather do, besides stay home since that's not a feasible option unless we win the lottery.  I came up with some fantastical ideas, but there were actually a couple that could work. Like doing community work or opening a used bookstore :)

So that's where I'm at. If I'm going to miss 40-60 hours of time with my family, I'd prefer that it not suck.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Seven years

We found this in an old play wallet today
So then we decided to remake the same shot
Kind of blows my mind

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not Dora!

Ack! I totally forgot to post about Syd's hair. She had a salon appointment for a trim, and at the last minute decided that she wanted it, "short, like yours!" Honestly, it was the end of a long day and I had no negotiation left in me, so after double-checking with C I told my stylist to do whatever Syd/Nina asked for. Guys, she saw the first cut and sweetly, quietly said, "Can it be a little shorter please?"

So when it's all said and done we head home to show off the new look. We walk in and a visible relief washes over C's face. Later he told me, "I was so worried she was going to look like Dora!" 
Not Dora, but very spunky Nina

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A day with Belle

A while back, I promised Syd we'd go see Beauty and The Beast. Then I saw the price for tickets. There was no way I was paying $100+ to take a 4 year old to an exceptionally long off-Broadway play.

Luckily for me, the local high school just happened to also be putting on Beaty and the Beast, for a much more kid-friendly price. AND, for an extra $10 we got to have brunch in the library with Belle and her friends. Syd was apoplectic.

And it was great! The costumes were awesome and the singing was great. The girls loved the show, though got predictably antsy about 3/4 of the way through. It didn't matter though, since the theatre was full of other antsy 4 year olds. 

I think we'll look into other high school plays. I want my kids to have some exposure to something other than Netflix and the atmosphere and price makes it totally doable.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Avery Paige is unimpressed

We took the kids to the fish hatchery to watch the salmon today (more fun than it sounds, I promise!) Syd (who goes by Nina now) wanted to take our picture. I kind of love Averson's face an awful lot.

Saturday, November 1, 2014


One of the top fives for sure! The kids' costumes came out great, no one was whiny, there was a surprise googly eyed cake, and I ended up drinking more wine than I meant to. And I was gifted both a schmancy coffee maker and an apple master. 34 is off to a good start!
So fun!
Pizza box, Cowgirl Princess, and Baby Tiger

Trick or treating

Averson loved trick-or-treating! She wasn't so into the candy part, but she loved saying, "Thank you!" and then, "Bye!" In fact, she loved saying goodbye so much that it often turned into an awkward standoff because no one wanted to shut the door in a toddler's face. Totally adorable and it reminded me of Eli trick or treating and giving candy to the people who opened their doors.
Schmanvy coffee maker. V exciting and officially making me a two-coffee-pot person.