Friday, October 21, 2016

Currently, the October edition

Planning: Annabelle and George's wedding. It will be bubble themed. The other day Annabelle told me "I'm going to mawwy P'ince George." My work here is done.
Reading: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield. It's a modern day Pride and Prejudice and the easiest book to read. One chapter was a whopping three sentences. I just picked up A Mother's Reckoning by Sue Klebold, mother of a Columbine shooter.  These books could not be more different.  
Watching: Britain's Poshest Nannies. One of my after college plans was to be a live-in nanny, preferably in an interesting location. My plans were altered when I got married at 21 but I still think it would have been fun. A few years ago I learned about a nanny college in Australia then more recently I heard of one in England. This documentary shows the process the girls at the English school go through to become nannies for upper class families, celebrities and even royals. It's interesting to note that I watched it while we were babysitting Ivy and I was contemplating whether I really want another child or not. But sign me up to pay thousands of dollars a year to learn how to be the next nanny for Matt Damon's children!
Surviving: grocery shopping in the rain. I HATE shopping in the rain, especially when I have Sesame. 
Wondering about: toast. Talk to me about toast. What do you put on it? What's your go-to topping? I love a warm piece of toast with melted butter. If I'm feeling a little fancy I add sugar and cinnamon. I'm open to all toast related suggestions for any meal. Does garlic bread count as toast? I could eat it every day for a week and still want more.  
Listening to: AB talk. The other night she didn't stop talking until after 11. ELEVEN PM. She expected me to answer and have a full conversation with her. I was trying to sleep so I had no interest in discussing the new princess on Sofia the First. She talks nonstop. I think it's payback from when I was her age. 
Having weird dreams about: Christopher taking me with him to Fallujah. Apparently he was deployed there and I decided to go all to see the sites. I was uncomfortable sleeping inside the Humvee so they attached the back of a pickup to the back of the humvee and I made myself a bed and slept out there. My mattress kept falling off and I got so annoyed I decided to stay behind on the side of the road. Eventually Christopher came back to get me and brought with him a souvenir- a garlic garland for the mantle! I've always wanted to decorate with garlic! If only it had been a real dream I could have used it to make myself some nice garlic bread.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

spoiler alert: I didn't need to defend us after all

Good news! We have heat again. The repair men spent all Friday morning installing a new furnace, just in time for us to have a weekend where the high was 74* and Christopher turned on the ac. We made the most of the time we didn't have heat by bundling up and wearing our crowns.
We take crown practice very seriously.
We had a pretty lowkey weekend. I know we come across as the life of any party, but Christopher was in bed by 9:37 Friday night. I stayed up until 10 because I'm the real party animal in our relationship. Saturday we went to a paint your own pottery place then came home and painted pumpkins. Annabelle took the opportunity to paint herself as well because why not?

Sesame Pie has a cold and bad cough so we've been doing a lot of lounging. I'm too embarrassed to admit the number of shows she watched yesterday. She felt awful and my head was killing me, despite the 14 painkillers I took and sometimes you just have to get through the day. It's not everyday you see a sick girl wearing dinosaur feet. 
Annabelle has gotten so funny. I love hearing what she'll say next. Friday night we were eating tacos and Christopher ate part of AB's shell. She starting looking for it and when I told her where it went she said, "I am APPALLED." I'd be appalled too if someone ate my taco without asking!

Today a man came by who walked around the yard taking pictures of our house. I don't know him and had never seen him before. I have a long history of hiding from unwanted guests/repairmen/vacuum salespeople so this wasn't new territory for me. I snapped into action. I flattened myself against the wall so he wouldn't see me then scooted around to be sure the doors were locked. I put away a few toys on the way through the living room because if he was going to murder us I didn't want to leave a messy house as my last act. I picked up the nearest item in case I needed to defend us (overly dramatic party of one!). Normally my weapon of choice is a bat, but this time I grabbed what was closest: 
A MINI COLANDER. Because that will do a lot. "You're about to attack us? Let me just throw this flimsy thing over your hand. That will stop you!" 

Call me for all your self defense needs!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

the Baby Brigade has a new recruit

I made a goal for myself this month to blog 2-3 times a week all month. Here we are at October 12th and this is only my second post of the month. Much like the pounds I am trying to lose, neither goal has gone according to plan.

Last week was awful. There were some family issues to deal with, Annabelle clogged up a pipe so we couldn't use the washing machine, my car had a flat tire and the furnace needs to be replaced so we don't have heat. My body decided it would be fun to get in on the negative action and I caught a virus and had vertigo. I had never experienced vertigo and I hope I never do again. The first night it happened I couldn't walk straight. I'd see where I was trying to go but walk into the wall. The next day I was laying on the bathroom floor and couldn't get myself off the floor for any longer than it took for me to throw up. (I know what you're thinking and no, I'm not pregnant.) For 45 minutes everything was spinning and I could not have stood up to save my life. Sesame was in the other room yelling "MOM!! I want more yunch! Mom! Where are you? I wanna new show!" She has no bedside manner. At one point I tried to pull myself out of the bathroom but never got farther than halfway out the door. AB came over to investigate and said "What's going on over here, Mama?" with a look on her face that showed she was annoyed I hadn't pulled myself together and gotten her another cheese stick. I'm dying, that's what's going on.

What I'm trying to say is I wasn't physically or mentally capable of blogging.

Good times came rolling into town on Friday. Daniel, Erika and Ivy came up for a visit! We live far from family so it always feel like Christmas when someone comes over. Saturday we had planned on hiking but it was raining on and off so we went to the zoo instead. The polar bear was feeling extra friendly. 
Daniel and Erika left Ivy with us Sunday night through Tuesday morning while they attended a wedding. Ivy's look of concern stayed the whole time she was in our care.
To be fair, I think we've forgotten how to care for a five month old. She was crying nonstop on Sunday night and we couldn't figure out the problem. We rocked her, bounced her, tried giving a bottle, found a pacifier she wasn't interested in but she would not stop. Eventually we decided to change her diaper and bingo. Happy camper. You'd think that we would have remembered about one of the most basic discomforts in a baby's life. 

I'm proud to say that for all of 30 minutes I achieved the simultaneous nap aka the envy of parents around the world. Once minute 31 hit I was staring at a baby who was wondering if my promises of being the coolest aunt around were going to pan out. I thought it would be fun to play dress up and she didn't voice much disagreement. I put her in the same Army bear uniform Annabelle wore her first Halloween. 
Sergeant Sesame in 2014.
The Baby Brigade has some adorable soldiers. Too bad they don't know how to change their own diapers.

Monday, October 3, 2016

pumpkin patching

Yesterday Annabelle's MDO had a field trip to a pumpkin patch. It rained most of the time but it didn't dampen her spirits. Give her a couple cows and she's a happy camper. 
Drawing a crowd where ever she goes.
Just a small smattering of pumpkins.
I now realize we should have been standing with her.
It looks like she went to the farm with a bunch of cornstalk heads.
She waited her entire life to have her face painted.
Four and a half minutes later she couldn't have cared about it less.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Minnie Mouse sure knows how to party

I'm not sure if you're aware, but September 28th is Minnie Mouse's birthday. I wasn't aware until recently. AB is OBSESSED with birthday parties and had been asking to have a MM party for her "two year birfday." I didn't want to start a pattern of giving her a party every time she asks, so we had a party for Minnie Mouse instead. It seemed a little self-centered to have a Minnie Mouse themed party for Minnie Mouse, but she didn't let being in the spotlight go to her head. 
Naturally I had some Minnie and Mickey straws on hand.
All good manners went out the window at this party. Look at all those feet on the table! Miss Minnie Lookalike was delighted with the whole event. 
It was not one of my finer weeks days so I almost didn't do the party at all but I'm glad I did. I didn't realize until I saw this picture that I forgot to put bloomers on Annabelle. It's almost like I let her wander the streets naked! 
She wasn't too sure about the plates with ears situation.
The one thing Annabelle kept saying she wanted at the party was cake with a sparkly A on top. That was easy enough to accomplish but we never got around to adding frosting. 
The birthday girl only had a small piece of cake. Rumor has it she's on a diet. Christopher didn't know about the diet and gave her an apple and caramel dip as a gift. Annabelle volunteered to eat it for her. 
MM and AB both enjoyed the party. Hopefully Sesame doesn't ask that all of her stuffed animal friends have a real birthday party. I hear that Tigger is a real party animal.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

in which Sesame agrees to be interviewed

I conducted this interview yesterday during supper because I firmly believed yesterday was the 28th, the day Sesame Pie officially turned 2.5. Come to find out it was the 27th. I never write the date any more. I barely know what day of the week it is yet I'm responsible for teaching her the most basic fundamentals of life. 

How old are you? Ummm. I two! 
How old am I? I dunno. Two year old?
How old is Daddy? He freee! 
What's your favorite color? Red, yeyyow, green and yeyyow, black and white they are precious in His sight!
What's your favorite food? Chicken and ice cream.
I'm surprised she didn't say her favorite food is sour cream.
What are you going to be when you grow up? A colonel yike my friend da bird. (If anyone has any insight into who this colonel bird is please let me know. We have no idea.)
What's your favorite thing to do with Mama? Paint. (Said as she paints her sour cream onto her hand with her fork.)
What's your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Fly Baby game!
What's your favorite toy? Play wif trees. What else? F'owers. Flowers that you smell or flour that you cook with? Flour dat you cook wif. (This surprises me not at all.)
What does Daddy do at work? Ride a bicycle.
Who's your best friend? Daddy. (Not going to lie- I wanted her to say me.) Is Grammy my fwend? Is Aunt Squiddz? Is Stephanie?
What is something Mommy says to you? 'Go potty!' I want more sour c'eam.
What did you do today? Go to school. Mommy had a hard time going to da moon. (????????)
Reading one of her many Christopher Robin and Pooh Bear books at the exact minute she
turned two and a half.
What makes you happy? You make me happy! Does fishing make me happy? I all done.