Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekends are No Time for Being Sick

I am trying to get my blogging mojo back. Once upon a time, I had so much to say, so many thoughts - I couldn't blog fast enough. Then, I learned to sew. Things haven't been the same since. When you only have so much "free" time, how do you choose between your favorite pastimes? Not to mention wanting to do things like watch a movie, read a book or {gasp} take a nap. I always have a list twenty miles long of things I want to do or make. That being said, mopping the floors or cleaning the oven never makes the list. Funny how that works, huh?

Court is away for a few days so at least the "heat is off"- literally - on the oven and burners. hehe Dinner was what everyone was craving right at that very moment. All three of us wanted something different so three dinners I did make. Funny how none of us ever crave lean protein or leafy greens, huh? Anyone else have this problem? 

We spent the day in the car traveling to Seattle for my nephew's first birthday party. We were lucky enough to give Court's grandmother a ride to the shindig. It was fun hearing her stories from "yesterday". Made the drive fly by!

I didn't get too many pictures of the birthday boy. He slept through most of the party and had lots of photos taken by the rest of the family. I didn't have the heart to shove my camera in his face even more. My girls had so much fun playing with their cousins but I could see Grace starting to wilt like a flower. She just seemed tired and touchy and teary over the littlest things. 

Both girls slept for the majority of the ride home (while I enjoyed listening to Gone Girl - I am so hooked!) so I figured they'd get home - refreshed and feeling better! I was wrong.

An hour after getting home we were fed and bed bound. Lights out at 7 pm. For all of us. 
Sleep is the best medicine, no?

She woke up still cranky. Eyes watery. Cough thick and raspy. 
So we pulled out the big guns.
Tylenol and movies in bed. 

Bedtime came early again tonight…at Grace's request. She wanted to go to bed. 
When a kid is begging for bedtime at 6 pm, you know they are sick!
Let's hope tomorrow is a new - healthy - day!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Where Has All the Blogging Gone…Long Time Passing...

Six months and some change since the last post…and every second FLEW by! A sure sign that I am definitely getting older. *sigh* Better than the alternative, I guess.

Clearly, I can't sum up the past HALF year in a single post, but I'll just try to set the stage of where we are…at the moment.

As of today - Grace has lost two teeth, can read, snap her fingers and endlessly asks for definitions while we watch the news. "What does catastrophic mean?" I can actually see her brain "sponging" up knowledge. Kindergarten brings lots of milestones…including late night trips to the doctor for pink eye meds so as to miss as little school as possible because "I'll miss my friends soooo much Mom!"

Bedtime takes twice as long these days. Grace reads one and then I read one but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Soon it will be her under the covers with a flashlight reading well after "lights out!"

Charlotte is our energizer bunny comic relief! She is so darn funny but HATES when people laugh at her…even if they are laughing at her joke. It's complicated. SHE'S complicated…in the best sense of the word. She is as sensitive as she is tough, as strong as she is delicate.  Irony at it's best, no? She LOVES to help but doesn't WANT any help…catch my drift?

Her night gown is on backwards but my God those glasses make her look so sensible. 

We are officially recovering from Valentine's Day. I love Valentine's Day…with kids. It is so innocent and red and pink. And Valentine's Day happens at a time of the year when I actually have time and energy to "do all the things"!

Both girls had a party in their classroom where they were exchanging Valentine's with their friends. I let them each pick out their Valentine's… 
Grace chose owls and Charlotte chose ladybugs. 

A card just didn't seem like enough! So she and I made ladybug sugar cookies to accompany her valentines! And to wear to her a party? I found some ladybug fabric and made a skirt and found the cutest pattern for a ladybug purse!

I didn't get a pic of Grace's actual Valentine but we made pink owl cookies for the girls and blue owl cookies for the boys! She also got an owl skirt and her little owl purse is seriously the cutest pattern. (I found the patterns on Etsy.) 

The night before Charlotte's preschool party I realized I didn't have anything Valentine-y to wear so I glued a bunch of black "jewels" to a sweatshirt in the shape of a heart. Voila!

Probably the most exciting thing to happen in 2015?!?!

My sister is engaged!
We are so, so happy…can you tell?!
So much fun stuff to do and plan! I've already got the important things underway - 
the bachelorette parties!
You read that correctly!!
P-A-R-T-I-E-S…with an "s"!

Finally, good news/bad news?
This is what the weather has been like...

I don't even feel right posting this picture when the entire east coast is soooo over winter.

It was in the 60s today. Broke a record which is great for moms who want to get outside with their kids but horrible for those of us dependent on snow in the winter for water in the summer. 

Hopefully, I'll be be back before six months passes. If not, catch me on Instagram. It's like miniblogging and takes sooo much less time. You can see my Instragram feed on my blog in the sidebar or you can follow along in the app.