Monday, September 28, 2015

20 Things, Part 2

Back in 2012, I did a "20 Things" stream of consciousness blog that I thought was really fun. Fun because it's a post where I don't have to pretend that I have any creative writing ability, come up with narrative transitions, or work at pulling a bunch of pics off my camera/phone. So... basically lazy? Ha. 

I am going to do it again, tonight, on this 28th day of September, 2015-- just roll off all the things going on in mind in this particular moment. NOW:

1) I am really frustrated because I came up with a new design for this blog--9 months ago!! and I can't get the code to work. I have read that a lot of people have had the same issues and the way to solve it is to basically delete the entire blog design and start from square one. And I am too scared and not good enough with code to take that chance.... so the design remains the same.  It. bothers. me.
2) I have card work that I need to be working on right now so I should probably be writing shorter, faster "things."
3) This past weekend, Bub the hub and I had a less-than-24-hour "getaway" to Austin for a wedding. It was so nice to see good, old friends and have a night to ourselves. And SOOO weird to go on a road trip without the girls in the backseat. I don't think we've done a roadtrip without them since.... before their births?


all gussied up!

5) Today was the first official day I broke out my jeans for the fall. They'd been waiting patiently since like, April. The temperature plunged ALL the way down to 87! so I thought, what the hell?
6) Maddie and I decorated the house for fall last week and I love it. So did Maddie, she was completely giddy about it. She's definitely my daughter.
7) I am excited for a bunch of my primetime shows to begin next week. This summer seemed to drag on forever without all my fav shows. It also seemed to whip by really fast, though. Discuss.
8) What I just said was a reference to the SNL skit, "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman" performed by Mike Myers. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then you really need to watch some old school SNL.
9) Straight from the "Coffee Talk" Wikipedia page, here are some of my favorite quotes:
"Rhode Island is neither a road nor is it an island. Discuss." (obvs the best)
10) "The New Deal was neither new nor was it a deal. Discuss."
11) "The jelly bean is neither made of jelly nor is it a bean. Discuss."
12) "Duran Duran is neither a Duran nor a Duran. Discuss."
13) I guess that's enough of that. I love old school SNL.  Now I love watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He's so good. You should check it out.
14) I got a new car a couple weeks ago. Not brand spankin' new, but one previous owner and a 2015 model. I am really in love with it. Last Friday, someone rear ended me on the freeway. And she was so rude! I had Avery with me and she was really upset. It was the worst. I can't wait to get it fixed so I can try to forget it ever happened.
15) I am remembering now how hard it was to do 20 things... in the previous post, I have a pic of baby Maddie in the swimming pool with me and wrote how I hoped she would be a water baby like her sister. Boy did I get my wish! I was so impressed this past summer when she learned how to swim independently after a few short lessons. She's such a fast learner!
16) Avery is having awesome swim therapy sessions in the pool lately. Thanks Ms. Eda!!!!!
17) I need to figure out Halloween costumes for the girls, PRONTO.
18) This should probably be a longer post, but Avery has gained some serious weight since starting the modified Atkins diet in June. The pro fat diet has been good at controlling her seizures, but gaining significant, additional weight like this is really hard on all of us. It's on my mind a lot right now.
19) I have not been working out regularly since before my miscarriage. I really need to get back on that horse. 
20) Good night, friends! It's been real.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Spa Girl

The girls have been doing well in school these past couple of weeks, and they've blown by even faster than usual! Right after my last post I discovered that Avery was having a harder time with the classroom transition than I understood, so that was stressful. I think the situation has gotten smoother, but we are definitely still working on it! Maddie has done beautifully so far and I am still shocked that she has not shown any signs of being more tired than usual... the energy level of that munchkin is astounding.

Last weekend I took Maddie to her very first professional Mani/Pedi and the girl was an absolute natural! She got to sit right next to me in a chair that was exactly her size and a little DVD player all to herself. Baby Bub really enjoyed herself and I was pleasantly surprised that she didn't have any issues with the trimming/filing/buffing/tickling OR staying still. Miraculous!

Feeling pampered

Watching so closely

The best part was when I looked over and saw this! I'm still not sure if this was all on her own or if she saw me doing something similar, but I don't care, it's hilarious. The girl has got. it. down.

Wish I could take Avery to do fun stuff like this too. Lord knows that girl needs all the pampering she could get! She's not a big fan of us messing with her nails though... that's ok, Maddie Brynn will be my little spa girl :).


Monday, August 31, 2015

South Padre

In between Maddie's birthday and the start of school, my wonderful aunt and uncle invited us on a beach getaway vacation to South Padre. It was a long road trip for us, but the girls did great. And they had a ton of fun during our stay, as did we. Maddie was back to absolutely adoring the beach (and not minding sand) and Avery was content to sit under the umbrella with us and chill!
Maddie loved running into and away from the waves

Avery talked and talked and enjoyed the beach wind

Aunt Christine was wonderful enough to get us sand castle building lessons and it was super fun-- we really did learn a lot. Not as easy as you think! 

Maddie was definitely dedicated

mostly finished castle

We also went on a Pirate Ship Cruise...

Maddie got to sword fight with pirates, ARGH!!!!

All that swashbuckling really wears a little girl out!

We're so glad we were able to meet Rob and Christine before the school year started again. What a treat!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Both in School

This past week, my little Maddie started her first week of big girl school. She is an official Pre-K student.

It's very surreal. How are both of my girls old enough to be in full time school?? Avery started the week before at her same school, but in a brand new classroom. It's a very different setting for her.... more like a typical class. She has her own desk and everything!

I couldn't get her to look at the camera, of course, but here you can see her sitting at a desk. She was "talking" up a storm on that first morning. She's been doing a great job at transitioning to this new environment, considering that any kind of change has always been hard on Avery. It's definitely going to challenge her a lot, but we think she is up to it :).

Maddie, on the other hand, was really not nervous at all about her new class. She gives us the funniest reports about her day, most of which I have no idea if it's accurate or not. She did just turn four.

When asked what she enjoyed after the first day, she responded, "we have REST time!" Rest time?? Really? Like you ever want to rest or nap at home?? Silly girl. Of course, she loves lunch and playground time the best as well.  

I thought I was a bonafide rock star for not crying at all while dropping her off, or any other time that day. The tears did eventually come... about mid-week when I walked into the grocery store all by myself and it all of the sudden just hit-- my sidekick was not with me. I intensely, physically missed her presence beside me. ACK! This is hard.

I am still getting used to drop off and pick ups too. They go to school about an hour apart, so that's not terrible, although always pretty crazy in the morning. It's the pick ups that I am having the hardest time with. Only 30 minutes apart, and I have to maneuver through a bunch of school zones and buses stopping FOREVER and traffic and then the car pool line! I am basically a stress ball throughout, so I really hope that improves.

Meanwhile, I did have actual day time to get some things done! And visit people! I spent most of Wednesday like this:

That's sweet Cora who is only 6 weeks old, HEAVEN!!

Meanwhile, I have about a thousand other things running through my mind right now. And sleep... I have not felt this wiped out for a long time. I think I might actually have to start going to bed earlier! UGH. That would be a huge change. I might be growing up.

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