Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January Already?

Hmmm...  I thought I was going to post all these great holiday pictures but the fact is I didn't really take many.  Plus if I did I would just want to print them so I could throw them out a window somewhere.  I've been feeling slightly overwhelmed by things I do not care anything about.  Thankfully I'm good with New Years goals, at least until February.  So I will get things in order over the next month.

Our 2014 Holiday Season started well.  I paid Guy 25 cents for every Christmas card he made for me.  I think they turned out magnificent and he thought the money was good.  But, I didn't finish mailing Christmas cards.  Whoops.

We used Playmobile and Lego Advent Calendars for the first time.  They were well received and helped the kids keep track of the days.  I think we will consider the Lego ones again next year.

We did standard cold Christmas activities.  Kids getting cold hands?  Check.

We made something out of gingerbread.  It didn't quite turn out but they never do for our clumsy, unskilled hands. 

The boys showed some "brotherly love".  I think the big one was yanking the little one around by his ear.  Who's to know?

My little lady sat on a strange man's lap for a candy cane.

Christmas Day!  I'm still cleaning up the aftermath.



Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Already?

I feel like it's hard to carry on my "regular life" when I know of somebody else who doesn't have their "regular life" anymore.  I know of someone who recently lost children and it has just made any ramblings I can throw on the internet seem trivial and obnoxious.  I remember after Lucy died I went back to the internet, to facebook specifically, and everything was the same.  Nothing was the same for me, but on facebook there were still people posting pictures of their breakfast or posting a complaint to a particular bad driver.  It just seemed inappropriate.  It wasn't of course but I was sensitive.  So I am back to post pictures of holiday festivities despite a heavy heart.  Trivial busy work keeps me going.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

http://www.ramblingsofasuburbanmom.com/2014/10/thursday-thoughts-88/
I'm linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom.

 I used to love board games.  I don't think I do anymore.

I blame the kids for creating a stressful experience plus they cry when they lose and sometimes even when they win. Maybe when they are older we can get into it again.

I just renewed The Lego Movie Video Game for the 4th time at the library.  Why didn't I just buy it?  It feels too late to buy it now. 

We went to Target for their 70% off Halloween clearance.  I only wasted $14.  But hopefully when I open my Halloween tub next year I'll be so excited I won't buy anything until it's all on sale again.  That's the plan.

Oh yeah, I just decided to figure out Bloglovin because I'm sick of having too many bookmarks.  They say I have to add this to my blog in order for them to find me?  I don't know.  Sounds like a ruse.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Done!

Not really.  A little done. With Christmas Shopping.  I ordered Guy's present which is a little ridiculous but I'm sure it'll be worth the price.  I wanted to get him Legos with motors but something a little more versatile that the Lego Technic kits.  I ordered the Simple and Motorized Mechanisms Base Set.  It is the only thing we are getting him.  I know he doesn't want it.  He doesn't know it exists.  I hope when he realizes what it can do he'll excuse me for not getting him any of the stuff he wanted.  I'm not that fun. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Comic Books

Nels picked out a comic at the comic book store.  After studying the front and back cover for almost a half hour, he opened the book to page 1.  It made for excellent entertainment on a 2 hour car ride but what I like most is that he did it right.  Study it, enjoy it.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Hoodie

Guy wanted to be Emmet from The Lego Movie for Halloween.  As I was researching ideas for his costume I found this hoodie
 
It was for sure easier and better looking than anything I could make.  So I bought it for him and showed it to him two weeks before Halloween.  He hasn't taken it off.  Kids were saying "Why are you wearing your Halloween costume already?"  and now they can ask him why he is still wearing it.  Because he loves it!  Most functional costume ever.  If you can even call it a costume.  It is just a hoodie.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Monsters!

I think you'll agree our toothbrush holder is pretty dang spectacular.  The artist teaches monster making classes and I was able to go to one this week.

I was so incredibly happy with my monster.  And then I sat him next to all the others and felt like I hardly put in any effort or maybe I attended making a baby dragon class.  I'm just a simpleton attracted to cute stuff.  I guess that's no secret. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

http://www.ramblingsofasuburbanmom.com/2014/10/thursday-thoughts-88/
I'm linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom.

-Halloween Stuff-
The dog ate our pumpkins.  We have 1 left.  I don't even feel like carving it because the dog will just eat it and someone will cry.  If I don't draw attention to the pumpkin the kids will forget about it.

I had this genius idea to make the kids Wreck-It Ralph costumes this year.  Guy didn't want to be Fix-It Felix so I didn't even try.  I guess Nels and Daisy could have still been Ralph and Vanellope but I'm a little too late on that.  They are going to be little puppies.  Puppies that pee on the carpet.

I don't really like pumpkin flavored stuff.  I guess that's normal?  I mean we only eat in season.  Nobody thinks pumpkin stuff is so great we need to preserve it and eat it year round?  Maybe people do.  Just like some people eat tacos on other days besides Tuesdays.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cords and Cords

I have a basket of corded stuff.  It's kind of annoying.  I usually just try to wrap up the cords with twist ties but I don't know why I haven't taken more extreme measures until now.

I put everything in a plastic bag and labeled them.  I also pulled out anything that wasn't A/V related and moved it elsewhere.  Looks much less headachey.

I stuck the bin up top next to the globe so the children will not pull everything out while on a scotch tape search.  I think it looks so much nicer that I need to redo the rest of the shelf now.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mall Painting

The kids didn't paint a mall, but they painted at the mall.  There was a little place where you drop your kids off while you shop and they get an "art lesson" and make a masterpiece!  I think this is so cool!  After I dropped them off I immediately went to Gymboree and bought them clothes?  I'm still learning how to manage "kid-free time".

A picture of unassuming art teachers + my kids.  Not creepy of me at all.

The finished artwork!  I watched them through the window enough to see that they did get a lot of help but I think they did enough that it is theirs.  Nels' ladybug looks like paint was spilled all over it but he says it's clouds.  Yep, an Nels original. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

The obligatory pumpkin patch trip photos.  We went with grandpa but he didn't ride in the cow train so I didn't get his photo.  Shucks.
After the cow train the driver asked the kids if they liked it.  Guy's response was "No... I loved it!"  I was surprised but that response is totally him.

Picking out the perfect pumpkins for the dog to eat.

Got them!  They were all proud of their pumpkins, but Daisy most of all.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

http://www.ramblingsofasuburbanmom.com/2014/10/thursday-thoughts-87/
 I'm linking up with Jennifer at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts.

Our bathroom in this rental didn't have privacy glass.  We can't see anyone out of those windows but it still seems weird.  I bought a window sticker covering and if you don't stare at it too hard it does look like a real privacy window.  I'm really impressed with the value of this stuff and it was really easy to put on.  The picture shows the window half complete!


I didn't like this book and am confused why something so cruel would be made into a movie?  And why is it doing so well?  Why am I over reacting?  Gosh, this book was just so sad and it made me feel awful and WHAT KIND OF ESCAPE IS THAT?!

Speaking of why things are made into visual entertainment... I'm watching some reality TV!  I like The Voice and The Amazing Race.  They make me happy.  My favorite part of The Voice is in the blind auditions.  When the coaches turn around and the contestants look excited is the best.  I especially like it if they mess up the song out of excitement.  That part of the show is over so it goes downhill from here.  I can only hear so many covers.  I like how The Amazing Race shows odd locations plus there are actually a couple of nice, non-screaming teams on this season. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Habit RPG

I have been playing Habit RPG for the past couple of days.  It is a to-do list that has RPG elements, like earning coins and buying armor but I haven't done that yet because I waste my coins on candy.  I think I'm being more productive with it or at least I'm being more organized with putting things off.  I'm level 6 and I have a pet bear!  And I'm half dead from leaving the laundry unfolded and in a pile for the past two days.   I thought I delegated that task to my bear?  

I recently saw this article and need to look into this stuff The Best Tools to (Productively) Gamify Every Aspect of Your Life

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rainy Day


 
We tested out our raingear on a rainy day.  I think the best thing about it is you can go on a wet slide and not get soggy.  Also, waterproof stuff is very slick on a wet slide so it flings a little fellow way out there.  Be careful.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last Comparison

Daisy is the same age as Lucy when Lucy died.  I have a hard time believing it.  I think it all stems from the hair.  Lucy had some.  Daisy was called a boy (again) yesterday.  I bought her a little headband to wear but she always takes it off and wear it as a super stylish bracelet that looks nothing like a bracelet.

After Lucy died I met someone whose daughter also passed, that daughter was 13 years old and her mom she had "barely knew her".  Lucy was 1 and I knew her so well so the idea of getting 12 more years and not knowing your daughter sounded slightly offensive.  But I get it now.  Lucy would be 5 now and in Kindergarten.  And that is sad and it does make me feel like I don't know her.  But I do, because she's not 5 and never will be.  Lucy is 20 months old.

Daisy is going to be older than Lucy soon.  She can stop being compared to little Saint-like Lucy which I'm sure she'll appreciate a lot when she is old enough to understand it.  I look forward to those new adventures.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Tired Test

This is a deviation off of my Sick Test. I actually think we just eat a lot of ice cream.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Sick Test

Little folks have been a little sick around here.  I know how to tell.  See who would rather take a nap than eat an ice cream cone.  Daisy passed the sick test!  Congrats to her.  She recovered quickly thanks to her napping diligence.

Nels was happy to get his ice cream but insisted I take this picture.  Kids are kind of bossy and they have sticky faces. I guess they are alright.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Little Sibling Approved

 
 Guy turned 7 years old last month.  His grandma gave him a chair for his room but because of his stuff collection he decided to put it in front of the TV.  Little brother and sister approve!  Guy yells at them frequently to "get outta my chair!"  He's already training for fatherhood.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ready for Rain

I just finished buying everybody rain gear.  I even bought them all new.  I thought about looking in the thrift shops but every time I went in I ended up buying some toys and a broken lamp instead.  I really should give myself more time and take more lollipops.  Lollipops are okay at thrift stores, I think.  Once at the mall Daisy had a lollipop and she stuck it to an undergarment on display.  I don't think that was okay.  Anyway, I think Daisy looks pretty swell in her new rain gear.  She has yet to see any rain but someday...

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Life in Oregon

While living with my very kind, generous in-laws we had a chance to rediscover Oregon.  Posting all of the pictures just seems excessive, but I can show 4 pictures in 1 because I just found out about fotor.com.  I'm getting old and technologically unsavvy.
 
Oregon is as nice as I remember it.  I remember having trouble seeing through fog which makes for unpleasant driving but I haven't had to encounter that yet.  You know I think my car has fog light holes?  I might know what I want for Christmas.

So, we moved to our own place!  It's a rental but I feel like that's kind of what we need now.  I am so happy to unpack and get rid of all the boxes. 
I've never seen people so excited to recycle cardboard.  The boys were seriously pouting when they found out there was no more cardboard to throw in.

So, we are all settled into our lazy, maybe slightly dangerous, habits.  (She didn't actually fall but I was picturing it while I took her picture and then since I'm technologically unsavvy I add pictures where they don't need to be.  I need to see if I can still buy some CDs full of ClipArt?  I could put them into my PowerPoint presentation on "The Pros and Cons of Misbehaving".)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

It's Been Emotional

Back in March I took the kids on a spectacular Bay Area vacation.  Our trip highlights were Berkeley's Adventure Park and San Jose's Happy Hollow.  Adventure Park is a playground that is constantly being changed by kids wielding hammers and paintbrushes.  There really is nothing like this park unless you have a super cool backyard junkyard playground.  I'd love to go back someday.  Happy Hollow is a zoo with a ride section.  It would have just been an okay stop but since it was a raining school day it was totally empty and that really made the place stand out.  We stuck to the ride section for the most part and the kids just yelled "Again!  Again!"  They also made some comments about how weird it is that water was falling from the sky.

 
So we got back from our totally awesome trip and THAT NIGHT my husband lost his job.  We have been wanting to move back to Oregon so we called a real estate agent the next day, we listed our house the next week, and accepted an offer 12 days after that trip.  Our 8+ year stint in Nevada was coming to an end. 


Let that water fall from the sky.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I'll Take Them!

Nels accompanied me shoe shopping tonight.  We were both looking and he had more luck than me.  He said "I'll buy these shoes.  They fit!"  I learned an important lesson today: If you can fit your foot inside a shoe, it's the shoe for you!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We Moved

We moved closer to the ocean to become pirates.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Las Vegas

 My mom got married in Las Vegas and I was the witness.  I was surprised how little sleuthing was required.  I left the kids and husband at home so I could...

..ride a roller coaster 

..stay up late

...and go to a show

Guy said he wanted to do all of that stuff.  He probably could have handled it.  I kept seeing things I thought he would like.  I even rode on the roller coaster thinking I'll take him to ride one soon.  Nope.  The scariest part of the roller coaster for me was imagining him on it.  He said he'd go to a show but once he realized you had to sit in the same seat for over an hour he said it sounded very boring.  I think I can find a better place for him to hang out than Vegas.  He talks fondly of two story homes.  We could go to one of those.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Backyard Dining

It almost feels like spring here.  I thought we could eat dinner in the backyard tonight but I don't know how to keep the dog from eating Daisy's food.  Thankfully Daisy didn't mind dining in her swing set.  The dog didn't mind either for Daisy has a good throwing arm.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

1 Year Old Girls


Daisy turns 1 today! 
 I have a picture of Lucy on her 1st birthday I like so I stuck Daisy in the same clothes to take her picture.  It seems kind of morbid but if Lucy were alive it seems like this would totally be okay?  I guess it's one of the few days Daisy has to see how she looks compared to her sister.


Lucy- June 2009, 1 year old

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Why Dogs Are Not Kids


If one of my kids did this they would feel terrible about being a jerk.  This dog just bounces around with a "Look at what I discovered inside this ball!  It's amazing!  Don't you just want to taste a little?  You can have a little.  Not too much.  I like food.  I like to put food in my mouth.  I like to put everything in my mouth.  I like to chew on everything just a little.  Unless it's good then I chew on it a lot.  Look at me!  I can hop around!  I have some fur!  Want to touch it?  Can I bite your hand?  I'm going to bite your hand."  At about that point, Nels will interrupt her to take the ball away and throw it in the garbage.  And that's why I like kids more than dogs.