Currently… Friday!

Happy Friday!  The sun is finally shining and this makes me very happy.  We have a semi-busy weekend in the works, so hopefully we get a few things done while also enjoying some sunshine.

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Currently :

Reading… A Darker Shade of Magic, 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child

Watching… Outlander, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Supernatural, Catastrophe, Gilmore Girls (finishing up the last 2 seasons in preparation for the return!)

Listening to… The sound of my phone vibrating as Josh sends me updates of his impromptu day with Enzo (shots do not a happy boy make, so he begged to go home).

Drinking… La Croix Blackberry cucumber water. My new favorite flavor.

Eating… All of the leftover cake, and some salads thrown into the mix, but mostly cake.

Planning… We have lots of yardwork goals to complete this year and some house goals as well.

Celebrating… Josh getting a job. One tends to get frantic as the debt rises and rises.

Exercising… Mostly by walking and some weight lifting. Slowly getting into a groove, but let’s face it, it’s hard to work out when I just want to read.

Reminiscing… About when my newly turned 4 year old was a wee little baby.  I get sucked into all of the old photos and become rather nostalgic.

Loving… My latest haircut, especially the blunt bangs. I think I’ll keep them this way for a while, but still need to find the perfect color.

Also Loving… Doing my nails. I’m obsessed with those Jamberry wraps now.

Looking forward to… Some downtime this weekend, hopefully so I can play some Super Mario Maker.

Changing… The way we parent and really focusing on not raising our voices, making sure we praise more often (it can be so easy to take good behavior for granted), being more present and less distracted, and a few other things.

Sleeping… A lot more. I’m just a lot more tired than usual lately, and part of that could be due to the chilly, rainy, dreary weather we’ve had. I will clearly not be moving to Washington anytime soon. Although it could be too much sugar (see cake mentioned above).

Have a wonderful weekend!

Today you are 4.

And just like that, we have a 4 year old. Gone is my baby with the chipmunk cheeks, but he still has his blue eyes, a dimple, and a laugh that is just as infectious as ever.

Where to begin?  Our boy is growing up, which is terribly obvious, but sometimes is so easy to forget and admittedly to try and ignore. He’s becoming his own person more and more each day, which is probably why there won’t be as many pictures of him on the blog either. More often he has requested that I not take his picture, so I will respect that.  I still manage to take photos here and there, but if he specifically asks me not to, down goes the camera.  It’s actually a good reminder to be more present, which I sometimes forget to be.

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I am loving the independence of our 4 year old. For the most part he dresses himself and if he doesn’t like what clothes we’ve picked out, he’ll request a change.  I like seeing what he’s in the mood for and we’re going to go shoe shopping as he noticed his sister has a lot more shoes than he does and he would like more options as well. Fair enough!

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As far as interests go, he still loves books and is working on learning how to read. His favorite shows are Power Rangers (any incarnation), Paw Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sonic the Hedgehog. As far as movies go, he loves Disney and right now his favorites seem to be Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast (he finds the ending when the household fights off the village to be hilarious).  He is really into Legos and anything he can build with.

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His imagination is fantastic and he has his own little worlds and stories that he acts out with his toys. While he really likes it when he has someone to play with, he also enjoys playing on his own just as much.  Much like his dad, he could spend endless amounts of time playing video games, but we’ve been limiting him.  His favorites are Disney Infinity and Skylanders on the TV, but he loves Angry Birds on his Kindle as well as some really great learning apps. Thanks to the warm weather, he’d rather be outside and has hardly picked up his Kindle at all lately.

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Most importantly, we have such fun with our Enzo. He has a wonderful sense of humor and picks up things so quickly. He is a caring older brother and always looks out for his sister. He has a dimple and a smile that go straight to my heart (and he absolutely knows it!!) which often causes me to cave and give into little requests like just one more book or one tiny piece of candy before breakfast.  We love you, Enzo!

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Week In Review – The one with bubbles and TMNT

Happy Monday!

Linking up with Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets for another Week in Review!

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)

  • Ordered caterpillars for the kiddos, so they can hopefully watch them turn into butterflies. I say hopefully because often my first time trying things like this doesn’t work out. Fingers crossed!

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  • Watched it rain and let the kids splash around in puddles even though we were running late.
  • Brought out the bubble machine for the first time this year!

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  • Did a lot of reading, including starting a new parenting book to hopefully give us some new tools to work with our somewhat defiant little man.
  • Also did some thinking about starting the kids at a new day care center since we aren’t sure his current teacher(s) are the best fit for him. That’s a post for another day, however.
  • Dressed up as princesses and played with snapchat.

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  • Celebrated the fact that after almost 4 months, Josh has found employment. We haven’t shared that fact with many people, but it’s been causing a fair amount of stress in our household.
  • Bought a new lawnmower because ours broke… technically Josh did this, so the kids and I pulled out bikes and the play house and… played.

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  • Played Ponies and Littlest Pet Shop with the kids A LOT because Josh brought home new finds from the thrift store. Not gonna lie, I might have a slight MLP obsession.  See My Collection and (some) of Phoebe’s.

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  • Celebrated Enzo turning 4 (a tad early). He really turns 4 on Wednesday. Unbelievable.

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April Showers

So much green everywhere is making me so happy!  Which is especially nice on a day that is somewhat somber after the passing of Prince.  I wasn’t a massive fan, but he was a talented artist and driving by his home seeing the flowers and many people there is just sad.

I’m holding off for another weekend or two until we go pick out flowers and stuff, but we’re all excited to get outside and work on the landscaping some more. There are so many things I’d like to get done inside and out of the house including little things like upgrades to flooring in the kitchen and even the faucets. In the meantime, though, we wait for the Spring rains to let up.

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Thankfully we have lots of games to play inside and we’ve been pulling out the board games more often.  Do ignore the fact that this picture was clearly taken in December. We really did play it the other day!

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Phoebe doesn’t usually have the patience to sit through games yet, but Enzo is catching on quick to so many games and is still greatly loving Poopy Head. We like to team up and try and get Josh to end up with all of the poops while he’s distracted by Phoebe.

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Another great find I came across are these awesome window markers that Crayola makes that crystallize on the window as they warm up.  They are so fun to watch as they change, plus they clean up easy and we don’t end up wasting any paper. Considering Enzo reminded me it’s Earth Day today, I felt this was worth noting. 😉

Happy Earth Day everyone and have a wonderful weekend! Do something that brings and spreads joy.

A little bit of nothing really

I’m dragging today for some reason. I grudgingly had to pull myself out of bed and have been kind of tired all day. I suppose I didn’t go to bed as early as I could have, but there are shows to watch and steps to take and books to read!  Cats don’t realize how easy they’ve got it. They get to sleep all day. Jerks.

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No one ever moves a sleeping cat, right?  They’re all warm and cozy and purr. I never know where I’ll find them. Typically Uzi sleeps on our bed, but I’ve noticed that Enzo’s blanket often has a lot of black kitty hair on it.  Ziggy is usually under our bed unless Vega bugs her and then sometimes she’s under our dresser or who knows where. Vega tends to be everywhere. She’ll usually wait for me outside Phoebe’s door and the other night I tripped on her because she was sleeping on the bathroom rug.  One of the favorite perches is the ledge in the entry way, though.

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I would love to be able to stretch out in a nice bit of sunlight and just take a nap and get all nice and toasty. The next best thing is snuggling a cat who’s been in the sun and Vega is getting better about being picked up and cuddled. She is without a doubt MY cat.

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She doesn’t talk much, but every so often she’ll do a really quiet squeaky mew at me when she runs up to me. It’s kind of adorable. I also love her crooked whiskers that look like they had a bad perm job. Unfortunately she still loves torturing Uzi, and often chases Ziggy, but usually just wants to cuddle with her. It’s kind of adorable.

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Okay, I’ve had way too many cat update posts lately, which tells me I’m not getting out enough. I think that’ll start changing soon, though. I feel like we need to have a game night or something in the near future – especially once the weather warms up. Either way, I’ve got to get out!!