sorry for the unexpected blog break. we just arrived home tonight from visiting aaron’s family in minnesota. we had a great time, and i have many days ahead of photo editing in my future. and we also came home plus one. uncle zeb is staying with us for the next few weeks, so blogging may be light. will post photos of our trip soon hopefully. it was so fun to see all the grandkids playing together. there are six total to date and they cracked me up. i got to smother the newest addition, fynn, with lots of love. and he told me i’m his favorite. he made that pretty clear, well, to me anyways, with all his smiles and i even think i may have gotten his first giggle. i miss him already. ah, the scent of a newborn. i miss that.
my plum tree blooming
impromptu front yard picnics
listening to the kids make each other giggle so hard they snort
Aaron’s perfect homemade latte
falling asleep in my own bed after vacation
but i am super excited to get my hands on this when it comes out.
Right now these are lining my bookshelf and I cannot wait for some breathing time where I can actually enjoy them and try out the ideas.
I love her, the blogger SouleMama. This is her second book. Her first book I devoured. Makes me want to be a better Mama.
I haven’t tried anything new and impressive out on my sewing machine. But I was extremely proud of myself for altering 2 of Greta’s clothing items this week. We bought an adorable dress at Target, one hopefully you will see a lot of in the coming weeks, and a cute pair of jean leggings for her. The problem with normal kids clothes is they are made for normal size kids. Greta is kind of a peanut. So I took in her dress about an inch on each side and it worked! And it’s not even obvious that I am a heinous sewer! And I also took in her leggings on each side so they don’t fall down and expose her bum. And that worked too!
Happy weekending! We are prepping for some family time in the sun this weekend. It’s been in the 70s all week here and I remember again why we live in urban Los Angeles, when you walk out the door in the middle of March in flip flops and shorts. That’s why.
please don’t think that all of my home decor comes from target. currently i only have one pillow in my living room by them, and one piece of furniture in my bedroom by them. but i am inlove with the new liberty of london line. my target has zilch because it doesn’t last on the shelves. and all these pillows below are even sold out on line. the bike however, not sold out.
just a sampling of my faves
TGIF. You have no idea how happy I am that the weekend is here. Finally. It has been one of the longest weeks. Possibly it has to do with Greta crawling in my bed every single night for the last 6 nights. Every. Night. I have no clue when and how she does it, but next thing I know it’s 2am and I have a cold heel in my back. I have little canker sores popping up in my mouth to attest to my exhaustion.
Friday was great, and I started out feeling like a good mom and then felt like a sucky mom and then back to a good mom. I thought it would be exciting to pick up the kids right before lunch time at school and brought them hot out of the oven pizza and then drove them down to Disneyland. This is where the sucky mom part begins. We hit ugly traffic, and a normally 45 minute commute was an hour and 10 minutes. The kids have begun to slowly unwind my brain and then smash it to pieces by doing the following: it begins with asking how long the car ride will be. My answer usually is what I normally expect. Traffic slows and the time comes and passes that I anticipated we would be there. Then they ask how many minutes we have left. I stupidly answer 5 minutes. So now what do they do? The proceed to count to 60 FIVE times. Heaven forbid I say 10 minutes! Then I get 60 times 10! Literally, I am not joking. This is what I hear, “one mississippi, two mississippi. . .fifty two mississippi, fifty three mississippi. . .60 mississippi, one mississippi”. It is maddening.
We arrive at Disneyland and of course everyone is busting at the seams to use the potty. Three small children and public bathrooms are a nightmare. Especially when the 3 year old refuses to sit on a public toilet with automatic flushing. Refuses. I mean she will scream her head off, jump off and close her legs for hours to prevent ever being in the near vicinity of an automatic flushing toilet. We were quite a spectacle. The stall door is open, I am holding her down for dear life while I make Gunnar hold his hand over the sensor and threaten him with murder if he moves his hand a millimeter. No luck, she held it for hours. 7 to be exact. Finally, at the restaurant there was a normal flushing toilet! She was overjoyed. Anyways, you can imagine what I looked like when we walked out of that public restroom in Disneyland. I was ready to trade my children in. Thus Jane’s question, “what’s wrong? you look tired.” Um, yeah. Tired and I am going to choke someone! Slowly my patience level returned to normal and we had a great time.
All I needed to hear on the way home was “mom, that was a fun day” and it was totally worth it.
Now on to the next exhausting part of our weekend. Tomorrow is the boys’ school auction/gala. It’s oversold, which is awesome, but that means it will be super busy. I am in charge of a category of auction items. A high bidding category with a large goal that I hope we make. So from about 3pm on tomorrow I will be running on adrenaline and will cross my fingers and toes that we make our goal so that my kids won’t be in a class of 30 come fall time. Also, so that we can keep our science lab/teacher, computer lab/teacher, librarian, arts program, and throw in a few class reduction teachers. No small feat. But our kids are worth it.
Hope you have a great weekend as well, and maybe you can sleep a little for me.