Monday, October 2, 2017

It's October!

October is not my favorite month because the weather gets sad.  But it is a good month for gaming.  Last Halloween I replayed Costume Quest so this year I shall replay Costume Quest 2!  And the cycle shall go on.  I remember one year, many years ago, I played Costume Quest on Halloween with my curtains open and every light on in the house.  Kids were going to see!  They would be like "This lady loves Halloween! I bet she gives out giant candy bars!"  And they would be right... if kids actually existed in that neighborhood.  Someday I will live in a trick-or-treating path.  Someday.

I ordered the book!  This came out in 2014 and I have never read it.  Three years of Halloween traditions wasted!  I'll make up for it.

Friday, June 2, 2017

8 Years Ago

Miss Lucy was here eight years ago.  It seems far away but at the same time, it doesn't.  I guess so much has happened since then.  I still get sad and sick over thinking about her but who wouldn't?

What Daisy Bought

Daisy lent her talents to a university study for $10.  We went to the thrift shop for her to spend her easily earned money.  She wanted to try on all the clothes.  Eventually she picked out this dress and some fancy necklaces.  We were shopping for a shelf to store her Red Rose tea figure collection, but she found a fancy silver tray she wanted to put them on instead.  Works for me.  Lastly, she picked out some Minecraft toys.  She waited for the boys to get home from school and then she waved them in their faces while saying "Ooooooh boys! Look what I got!"  And she got very popular for the day.  I'm pretty sure she planned that.  Plus they can't exclude her from Minecraft playing now when she brings her own toys.  We had $2 left over to buy donuts and they were delicious.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

An Enchanted Afternoon

I took the Little Miss to Enchanted Forest before the summer crowds.  I gave her a heads up and had her look at some pictures before we went.  A CANDY HOUSE?!  What's inside?  Oh.. just a witch cooking up some children...maybe I'm hyping this place up. I'm not even going to show you the picture of the witch you have to walk inside of.

Our first stop was Humpty Dumpty (auto correct is telling me to write Humphrey Dumpy, I like it.)  What I like about only taking one kid to Enchanted Forest is you actually get to read all the nursery rhymes. I don't know what it is about taking more, but they run. Stampede, really.

Daisy actually did not want to go in a lot of things because they were dark/scary.  I did force her to do some, like the Seven Dwarves Mine, because it's the best.  After I saw some other parents force their kids to do stuff I realized how mean it looked though.  It didn't feel mean when I was forcing a child screaming "NO PLEEASE!!" into a dark, scary place she obviously didn't feel comfortable with.  I knew it was safe.  But I don't want her to hate The Enchanted Forest.  So I stopped pushing.  Except when she went down the slide 20+ times, I helped push when she told me I had to ride with her.

 We went on the log ride.  Daisy loved it.  Wanted to go again.  But Mom is too cheap.

 I let Daisy ride one kids ride.  She picked the bumper boats.  I stared at my phone while she was yellling "I'm all done! I want out!"  The attendant wasn't paying attention either, or most likely had no idea what she was saying.  I knew.  I just wanted her to stay in the boat.

 We enjoyed Western Town which was a teeny bit scary but the bouncy hallway was pretty darn great. European Village was also a little scary but the light show was pretty great.  Daisy had popcorn.  It was some of the best popcorn Daisy ever had.  She might say that about every popcorn that is covered in butter.

We rate this trip a success.

Summer Goals

⟹Summer Goals⟸

I'm trying to keep things simple so although I want to read so many books, and go to such-and-such places, and so on, I'll just try to keep things focused.

Get Kids' Scrapbooks Up-to-Date
I am technically 4 years behind?  This is not good.  But I made a list of 63 "simple" steps I need to do to complete this...

Watch Seasons 1-3 (maybe more?) of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
This has been on my watch list for awhile now and I need something to watch while doing above work.  Hopefully this works out.  Last time I got the books caught up I watched Project Runway which requires one to look away often to stay sane.

Save/Plan/Pay for Legoland Trip in Fall
This has been on the goal list for over a year.  Time to make it happen before the kids are too old.  I have other things I want to save for - laminate flooring, a new dishwasher, a covered porch... but why have tangible things the whole family can enjoy while improving the quality of life at home when you could go yell at your kids at Legoland?

⇒We will be participating in typical summer activities... library events, cheap movies, swim lessons, ceramic classes, a couple of camping trips, and I'll also be working my part-time job.  So summer will probably go by super fast and be somewhat chaotic.  I really want the kids to practice on bikes and with musical instruments this summer but no one is excited by those ideas except me.  And I don't think I'm willing to work that hard.  Maybe I'll surprise myself.  Maybe I'll be riding a bike and playing a tambourine by the end of summer.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Middle Man Turns 6

 Mister Nels turned 6.  He is still very similar to his personality as a baby.  He can be very serious and sullen.  And then he can be did-I-forget-to-sleep-last-night silly.  I'm not sure if I got him quite figured out yet.  A stranger could probably pick out future hobbies or a career for him as well as I could.  He is interested in gardening and soccer.  He loves games and comedy.  He is quick to make friends although he is slow to approach others.  When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up he will tell you something ridiculously silly.  He's 6.
He requested a chocolate peanut butter cake with cars on top he could keep.  Big brother wanted to make the cake and he made it to spec.  Awesome job, Guy.
Happy Birthday Nels!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Break

For my birthday and spring break we dog/house sat in the big city.  The hit of the whole vacation week was going to Slappy Cakes...where you get to make your own pancakes.  Kids wanted to go back.  They still do.

There were 4 very opinionated folks on this trip and only 1 of them has to take responsibility for what happens.  And that one has pretty bad judgment.  Also, that one is me.  So I struggled with being controlling.  I may have ruined the whole trip for everyone.  I am trying.

Daisy wanted to play this jump roping game.  I said "No! You are too little to play that!"  She finally stole a token (valued at like 20 cents) and played it.  And she played it well.  Good thing I didn't risk 20 cents to see if she could do it and had her resort to stealing.

So I thought...I'm going to stop being a jerk.  You kids can play in this creek and I will not say ANYTHING.  And then Daisy fell in and lost her shoes.  She was very sad. Someone should have told her to stop.  I did wade in after her and her shoes.  I guess instead of looking like the bad jerk I looked more like a hero with this approach?

Anyway, there were lots of pretty areas we got to see.

It is a nice trip to look back on but I need to work on my attitude I guess.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Daisy Turned FOUR

 Miss Daisy turned 4 years old last month.  She still doesn't know how old she is.  She had the 3 down, but now when asked she says "I don't know".  She wanted to go see "The Lego Batman Movie"  for her birthday so that's what we did!  We got to the movie theater a little early so we did a little bird watching first.
She liked the movie but was ready to leave half way through.  Understandably she was a little upset it was her birthday and we made her stay.  

Daisy made her own cake.  It is chocolate and peanut butter.  She was so tired that all she wanted to do was blow out the candles and go to bed. Sounds like a typical little kid birthday.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

2017 in Review

I am at that point in my life when I realize I cannot be the parent of babies and toddlers forever...because I no longer have either.  My children still need attention and thankfully like doing stuff with me, but they also don't.  Nels was begging me to play Minecraft with him, like we used to before he started Kinder.  We made it happen and eventually he kicked me out of the game only to put big brother in my place.  This is good and what I want.  But it leaves me unsure of what to do.  I guess I can go back to playing my backlog of Steam games and reading my almost overdue library books.  Which might not be a great use of my time.  But life is to be enjoyed and I will enjoy it in whatever stupid ways I desire!

Best Books I've Read of 2017 So Far
SAGA  There is so much going on here don't even know how to describe it but 'steamy, violent soap opera' comes to mind. I want to know how it ends and I am enjoying getting there. Things in this world are so freaking crazy but it all works so well.  I don't know how.  It's just perfect.  My proof:

Elf Quest, Vol. 1  I can not believe how good this was.  I remember looking at the pictures of this as a kid at the library.  As an adult I judged this as only being a story for people who wore wolf shirts all the time.  I WANT A WOLF SHIRT!  Because this world is so developed and interesting.  Elf Quest still stands up to the comics coming out today and when you consider when and how it was made it becomes the most awesome thing ever.

Warbreaker  This is the first Brandon Sanderson book I've read.  I just always assumed he wasn't for me because of the Wheel of Time involvement, I guess.  I haven't even read any Wheel of Time.  I also assumed that wasn't for me.  Maybe I should read it.  It would be a way to pass a lot of time.  If I am ever stuck on a commuter train for two months, I shall read the series assuming I brought it with me.  I love easy-to-read fantasy novels that are not YA cheesy.  I also enjoy new worlds and multiple perspectives.  So this was very good.

Best Games I've Played of 2017 So Far
Witcher 3 I played this game last year too.  Must draaaaaag it out as much as possible.  I have been debating buying my first Funko Pop of Geralt.  Every lady needs a Geralt in her home.  I read a Witcher book too.  It was great and I can see how it inspired a game.

Mini Metro There is a hypnotizing tranquil aspect to this game until the stations over fill and I panic.  Lines and shapes have never created so much emotion.

 Undertale This game was hard to the point where I thought I hated it.  But there was so much interesting stuff to it and when I did finally manage to beat it I felt good.  The protagonist is freaking adorable too. Proof:

Friday, January 6, 2017

Coat Progression

Daisy makes a bird feeder while wearing her coat.  She says the feeder is for the chickens.

Daisy takes off her coat so she doesn't get fish paint on it.

Daisy makes a new pal, named purple snake.  I didn't think it was purple but I was too busy wrestling with a coat to argue.

Crossword Puzzles

I finished my crossword puzzle book from April!  Which is very good because it wasn't going to stay together much longer.  So my new one I did the poor man lamination with packing tape and it promptly received water damage on the inside due to a small child's science experiment.  At least the cover looks good.  I never paid attention to the publisher of the puzzles.  I figured if it said easy it would be hard enough for me but the Dell one is so easy you only need the across clues.  So I'm going to start paying attention to publisher.  And this is my first record.  Kappa Preferred puzzles are in fact preferred.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Best 2016 Reads

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke is the best book I've read this year maybe even ever.  And yes, it is a picture book.  I went into this book thinking that nobody did like a goblin.  I sure didn't.  By the end I really loved this goblin.  Maybe it was his position of power.  Maybe it was his good deeds.  Maybe it was his adorable food choices.

This may also be a children's book.  Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green is about a a red panda and hippo that live in a dump of a zoo.  They decide to go get jobs elsewhere.  They struggle with it but for totally opposite reasons and eventually they both find what they are looking for.

This is a YA book!  I'm really growing as a reader.  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson is a great story taking place in Portland, Oregon at non other than the Oaks Park skating rink.  Super awesome!  Astrid wants to be a roller girl but it alienates her from her best friend and she doesn't even know how to skate.  But through many mistakes (learning experiences!) she finds her way.

I read some adult books too this year.  Wasn't really in love with any of them.  I'm going to try harder next year to pick some good ones.