Friday, March 17, 2017

Five on Friday

Time for a little random Five on Friday! This week has felt crazy long. Tuesday I kept thinking it was Thursday which means my week felt two days longer.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This is a holiday I never knew people celebrated until I moved here. Growing up we wore green and that was it. Now it's a huge deal with a visit from the leprechaun, gold coins, soda bread, a parade and green everything. A preschool teacher once told me it's because Charlotte has so many people from up north where it's an even bigger deal. I honestly have no clue if the boys even wore green today. The girls are in UNC gear.

It's the second most wonderful time of the year!! March Madness! I love having the games on and it brings back such great memories of watching the games growing up (we always got to watch at school). We had everyone fill out brackets. KC chose her teams based on mascot (there's a cute video on my instagram). Three of us chose UNC to win it all, one chose dook (of course), and KC picked Villanova - or the Angry Bird to win it all. I laughed when I saw President Obama had dook and UNC in the final game and UNC winning it all. Apparently he wants another rematch.

Baseball games start this Saturday. Both boys have moved up a level. We have four hours of games scheduled for Saturday evening. And then 4 games and 2 practices next week. And it's a RECREATIONAL league. Chris keeps telling me I have a bad attitude about it. And I do. That's a lot of time. Bring back basketball.

Katherine started rolling over. It makes me want to cry. I want her to be my baby forever. She has the sweetest personality so far. It's quite the difference from the 2.5 year old who enjoys screaming what she wants and kicking off her shoes in a tantrum when she doesn't get it. (KC has her super adorable moments though I can't make her sound like a total nightmare).

In my shining moment this week I wrote two thank yous to neighbors. I had the boys run one over earlier this week. Then the other was delivered yesterday. The second one was returned by my sweet neighbor saying I mixed up the envelopes. Yay me!

Have a great weekend!! Linking up with April, Christina, and Natasha :).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Balance - part 2

I think the hard thing about being a mom is there's really not a good measure of how you're doing. Some mornings I bask in the snuggles of an infant, dance around the room with a toddler, play soccer with a first grader, and read a good book with a third grader.

Then there are the days the infant cries all day and I don't know why, the toddler screams because she wanted peanut butter on her bread instead of cream cheese, the first grader forgets his reading book for the tenth time, and the third grade has an attitude because you asked him to tie his shoe. 

More often my day is sweet snuggling in the morning with the attitude in the afternoon, or the morning completely frazzled by the little ones and an afternoon of two boys helping me without being asked. The balance of the two keeps me motivated like I'm doing okay, but then humbled like maybe I'm screwing things up, which in turn is motivating. And then I say a prayer. Ha.

And now for some obligatory snow pictures. I was hoping for one more snow and I got it, for about 3 hours. We had pancakes, played outside, and by 1pm the sun was out and it was spring again.

I hope your week is going well! It is absolutely freezing here and our best friends are coming over to play this afternoon.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Musings

Once again random thoughts for today. I hope everyone had a good weekend. They do fly by!

N's class read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and he loved it so much he wanted to read it again at home. We just finished it and I cannot believe I hadn't heard of it before now. What an amazing story. In graduate school we studied Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DeCamillo so N and I read that earlier in the school year, but Edward Tulane is by far my favorite of hers now.

A friend gave me Big Little Lies and I'm really enjoying it (when I get a chance to read it). I love the style the book is written in, it almost reminds me of Where'd You Go Bernadette.

I am loving monthly meal planning. Except today I realized I don't have the ingredients for tonight's dinner and the next expresslane pick up is tomorrow morning. I may actually have to go into the grocery store :gasp: - or I'll just search Harris Teeters until I find one with a pick up today... a little more likely. 

Tomorrow my sweet baby turns 3 months old. She is such a good baby. Yesterday I set her in her crib to go through some clothes and she just fell asleep. I've never had a baby that just falls asleep. Normally there's bouncing, rocking, nursing, the talk of a car ride, and lots of sweating. She also likes to nurse with her feet crossed at the ankle - such a lady already.

I really want to start a monthly post on what my toddler wore vs what I wanted her to wear. It's like a running joke these days. Here's two recent ones:

For the UNC game I'd picked out this cute dress, bow and diaper cover. 
She picked a tshirt (with N's name on the back), navy pants, elmo socks, and "neekers"

Another day Chris dressed her and she came downstairs in a Cookie Monster shirt, heart leggings, and bunny shoes. 
I convinced her to change into a white shirt (it says Big Sister), green ruffle shorts, and we compromised with bee boots. Oh and I even got a bow in her hair!

I also always said I wouldn't be the mom with all the fuzzy iphone pics. And yes I'm the mom with all the fuzzy iphone pics. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

the balance

You'd think this might be just another post on finding balance as a mom, but it's not. It's about how my kids seem to make sure to balance out their behavior. For example one night at dinner KC will be screaming to watch Curious George, the boys will be complaining, whining, crying, about whatever I've served them, Katherine will be screaming for who knows what, and Chris and I will be exhausted and trying to rally before putting everyone to bed. The following night there will be smiles and joking at the table and the kids are asking for more salad and Katherine has slept through dinner. When this happened Chris and I looked at each other rolled our eyes and smiled. If I've learned anything these almost ten years as a mother it's to appreciate the good and easy.

This Sunday Katherine was baptized. It was a beautiful day, warm with flowers blooming. My parents came down and Chris' mom was there too. Our good friend who is an elder in the church (we're Presbyterian so we have an elder stand with us to represent the church - it's not really someone who is old, it someone who is part of the governing body of our church). Katherine didn't cry and our minister who we've known forever (he was my minister growing up in another city and now is the minister at our current church) performed her baptism. Afterwards we had a nice brunch and came home to play volleyball, soccer, walk the hood, and head out for an early dinner outside followed by ice cream.

Then came Monday. The boys were off from school. I made doughnuts and eggs for breakfast (my cousin sent us a doughnut maker for Christmas and it rocks). The day started so well. We were going to run an errand and I noticed N had on jeans and a long sleeve shirt. I offered him a pair of shorts and you would have thought I'd asked him to scrub the kitchen floor. So much disgust and anger about being offered a pair of shorts. I did make him change shirts because he was wearing Ts. We had a discussion that wasn't particularly fun and I gave him five minutes to get over it and adjust his 'tude. He did that and we ran errands, played outside and about two hours later the 'tude was back. And this time I was angrier. I even got the "you're ruining my day off from school" comment (I was like "yea buddy you're not making my day all sunshine and rainbows either"). It took forever to work through this attitude and figure out what was going on in his head (it also took losing xbox for a week and cleaning up the yard). But we got through it. I never want to wish my babies days away but I honestly was struggling to get through this one without losing my cool every five minutes (I lost it maybe every few hours).

Since then our week has been smoother, but I just think it's funny how two days, two dinners, or even two years (I'm talking about you 2015 and 2016) can be almost exact opposites. I assume it's because everything has to stay in balance.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday

It's officially Fugal February so I thought I'd concentrate on my previous January purchases that I'm loving. 

I got a new pair of booties - my first. I've been eyeing them since 2015 and they dropped to $67 on Amazon so I ordered them. So now you can credit me with ending the trend ;). They are cute Jack Rogers scalloped booties.

I also ordered these Uggs and love them. They are such a great casual shoe.

KC got a new pair of Livie and Luca's. They released their bunny shoes in pink and white. Today she wore her pink bunnies to the bus stop with her Santa pjs on - no holiday confusion there.
I've fallen in love with this Josie Maran foundation. I've been a Tarte Amazonian Clay addict for years, but I've switched. This one is just so smooth - and it's just as clean as Tarte.

The spring temperatures have me itching to switch out the kids closets (and the fact that everything they wear now is about an inch too short - especially N), but I'm still holding out for one more snow. I'm debating sucking it up and ordering him a few more pants and shirts for the next month or two before it really warms up. 

Nursing has me online shopping like nothing else can. And Katherine doesn't sleep. It's not unusual for a friend to get a text in the middle of the night with a dress I think will look great on her. I guess it's good I'm still carrying some baby weight because it limits me to shopping for shoes, make up and jewelry. 

I hope you are having a great Thursday. Linking up with Annie, Natalie, and Julie.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weekend Review

Time just seems to pass by at an alarmingly fast rate. I want to capture as much as possible and remember as much as possible but it is so hard to be in the moment and capture it at the same time. This weekend was one of those weekends you want on repeat. The boys finished up their basketball season. They played with our close friends and we had so much fun. Basketball is by far my favorite sport so I may have been urging them to love it as much as I do (it didn't work). N has some skills, but he says he doesn't love it.

I ventured up in the attic earlier in the week to pull out items to sell and found the boys old UNC gear. KC has been having a blast wearing it. She loves to tell you she's a boy like N and T (and her best buddies). It makes living in NC with the bathroom bill really complicated (I kid, I kid).

 This onesie was also one passed down from the boys. And was completely pooped through (sweater and my shirt too). Kind of how I felt about the UNC v dook game.

We've become regulars at Caribou Coffee. They know our order. Which means we go way too much. After the dook game Chris represented in his Honor Roll Designs shirt from Christmas. Chris has a rule that you never wear your team shirt after a win, only a loss. It's good sportsmanship not rubbing in a win and proves you aren't a bandwagon fan - ha.

Our yard is starting to bloom. We've left it pretty much untouched since we moved in (except the boys have killed all the grass in the back using it as their soccer/football/baseball field). Bulbs have been popping up everywhere! They made a beautiful bouquet for our table.

Sunday we had beautiful weather. We spent the day outside and ended with dinner on the patio. We purchased our new patio furniture from  Ikea and love it! It's big enough for our family and grandparents (who happened to come down to visit).

I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day. In some respects it is starting to feel like a second Halloween. We have so much candy in the house!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Thoughts on Thursday

My mind is such a jumbled mess with the lack of sleep, multiple schedules, multiple attitudes, well you get it. So some random thoughts for today:

How is Valentine's Day next week? And why do we have to do class valentines? I guess technically we don't, but seriously it's a pain. It's also frugal February (that fun tradition we have) so it's not like Chris and I are celebrating.

Consumer Reports latest issue was on making your house hold a happier place. One of the recommendations is to get a new dishwasher. We just did this last month and I can attest this is correct. Our old dishwasher was probably from the 80s if not earlier. It was not efficient. Same with our garbage disposal and the faucet was actually broken. We replaced everything and the idea of cooking isn't totally disgusting to me anymore. Obviously the magazine isn't aimed at people without dishwashers or the means to get a new one, but it did make me think about those who "make do" with what they have. I kind of want to buy them a dishwasher.

We started a chore chart for the kids and to make it fair we added fines. The chores are things we don't expect them to do like unload the dishwasher, walk the dog, and take out the trash. I will expect these of them when they are older but not now. They get fined if they don't do certain things we expect like put away their bookbags and lunchboxes (why do they think walking in the house and just dropping it in the middle of the floor is okay?!). So far it's been great and I haven't had to unload the dishwasher (which was my chore growing up and I HATED it - still do, but at least now with the new dishwasher the items being unloaded are actually clean).

How do you organize photos in the new Mac photo app? I hate it. I like my photos grouped by month or event.

UNC and dook play tonight. 'Nough said.

Do people still use Clarisonics? I'm debating buying a new head for mine but honestly I'm lucky if I find time to brush my teeth at night. Hopefully in a few months it will be different. Maybe I should just wait.

Yesterday was the day our cleaning ladies come. They've been coming every other week since right before we had Katherine. I think it is one of my favorite days of the month. I also think that if I could go back to the past, I'd forego eating out or even a vacation to have them come every other week. Even KC walks in and sniffs the air and mentions how wonderful it is. The boys run to the bathroom because they make the tp into little roses. It's a day the whole family appreciates. 

Katherine is 2 months old this week and we have her appointment this morning. 

Any random thoughts you want to share? I'm linking up with Annie and Natalie.