Week In Review – Busy Weekend

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

WEEKLY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (in no particular order and with very few pictures because it was that kind of week)

  • Started working out/exercising. It isn’t always easy to fit it in, but a little here and there is just going to have to work.
  • Finished setting up my bullet journal – still working on layout, though.
  • Finished Downton Abbey. I actually felt really good about the ending and it was one of the better show finales that I’ve seen.
  • Got the kiddos haircuts and then ice cream afterwards because it was one way of getting them to leave the play area of the mall.

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  • Made lots of appetizers to munch on, but did not watch any football even though it was on in the background.

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  • Bought everything for Pinterest inspired non-candy Valentines for the kids to take to daycare/preschool on Friday.
  • Bagged up some of the kids’ too-small clothes and pulled out some of the larger items that won’t be too large for very long.  I forgot how many cute clothes Phoebe already has for warmer weather (whenever that arrives).  Girl clothes are just so much cuter than boy clothes.
  • Decided to take this Friday off and go on a “date” with my husband.

A Room of One’s Own

I’m grateful that our house has three bedrooms upstairs and all close to each other. It’s really the perfect setup to have with small children, especially our two children. While they both get along fantastically they have two very distinct personalities and I think having them share a room would be difficult.  We tried briefly months ago, but it was kind of a nightmare, and even now if we all end up in the same room bedtime takes a bit longer.  They feed off of each other’s energy and before you know it they’re poking at each other, tickling each other and giggling or stealing each other’s lovies and fussing – anything but sleeping.  So, separate rooms it is.

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It’s been a while since we got Phoebe her big girl bed, and she continues to love it. While Enzo still prefers to crawl into our bed in the middle of the night, she prefers to stay in her bed, though there are nights when she insists I lay down with her at 2:00am and then generally wake up between 4 and 5 when Vega comes in to vigorously lick my face.

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Since her bed is much bigger than her crib we had to move a few things around and I brought a shelf up from my office to give her more room for toys and books.  I really need to do another purging of both kids’ rooms and ideally make space in their closets for some storage in there for the larger toys that don’t seem to have a place.

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Phoebe lucked out and ended up with the brightest and coziest of the bedrooms. I kind of want a set of her twinkle lights in our room – they’re magical and change colors and I’m a little jealous of the flannel unicorn sheets she has on her bed now.  How could they not make them in a King size??

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I really wish so many toys weren’t such awkward sizes. I confess I struggle finding places for all of them or ways to keep them organized nicely. There never seems to be the perfect bin or solution.

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Anyhoo, its funny how a house seems to be a constant work in progress what with everyone’s changing moods and preferences.  There is always something to rearrange or alter completely. I think once it warms up we’ll do another big purge and really narrow down the things we all like and want to hang onto, but finally get rid of the things we’ve held onto for no particular reason except for that we’ve just always had them.

Ice Castles and frosty toes

For someone who is without a doubt, an introvert, I get stir-crazy very easily.  It is for that reason I tend to drag my family out of the house – Phoebe comes more than willingly, but sometimes I have to convince Josh and Enzo to come too. Something about the phrase “Ice Castle” had Enzo even more excited than Phoebe.

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We decided to go opening weekend since it was the first weekend where the temps were at least in the 20’s.  In hindsight, we should have probably waited until it was a tad warmer out. Enzo doesn’t mind getting bundled up, but Phoebe is really not a fan of layers and gets very unhappy when it’s time to put her big coat on.  I don’t blame her; I really am not a big fan of bulky layers either – I get claustrophobic and uncomfortable.

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Anyhoo, it was cold, but the kids thought it was neat for about the first 5-10 minutes.  One big draw was an ice slide, which Enzo obviously wanted to do, but Phoebe was cold and just wanted to be held, so Enzo and I rode down the slide together. While my hips are padded, they sure could have used extra on the way down. Totally worth it to hear Enzo’s excitement on the way up and then down.  Alas, due to a faulty battery and Josh’s phone dying, we didn’t get a lot of pictures and none of us coming out of the slide. Thank goodness for smart phones!  We walked around a bit, but the kids got cold fast and wanted to head out, so to dinner and home we went!

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Week In Review – Love a Lazy Week…end

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

 

WEEKLY ACCOMPLISHMENTS (in no particular order and with very few pictures because it was that kind of week)

  • Did those cleaning tasks that rarely get done like washing curtains and cleaned the carpets! Why do we not do this more often?  The living room carpet looks much better, but still needs another go in the spring.
  • Bought Downton Abbey, and now I only have 2 episodes left to watch.

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  • Went to sleep at 8:00 on Wednesday. Woke up feeling more refreshed than I have in a couple of weeks. I think I’ll be making it a weekly habit.
  • Finished reading another book – that’s 7 for January! Looks like my goal of 50 books this year will not be an issue. Granted, there’s always more time in the winter for reading.
  • Made some blondies, but we ate them all, so you’ll just have to pick up your own box from Trader Joe’s.
  • Relaxed a lot because lots of stress means you need to relax on the weekend.

Painting from Heather Shoberg on Vimeo.

Yummy yummy, fruit salad!

So, my mom (Hi, Mom!) bought the kids a Wiggles DVD. I have heard of the Wiggles, but never actually watched them.  The kids… weren’t huge fans.  There was some dancing, but ultimately they wanted to watch Paw Patrol instead.  However, the next day out of the blue, Enzo asked for the Fruit Salad song and I had to wrack my brain to figure out what he was talking about.  For whatever reason, it is the only song that stuck out to him on this DVD and he has found enormous pleasure in getting it stuck in my head.  Out of the blue he’ll suddenly start singing “Yummy yummy, fruit salad” and he’ll look at me and crack that smile with the adorable dimple and giggle while repeating it over and over until he has it stuck in my brain.  Now we go back and forth with it.  Sometimes I’ll sit down next to him on the couch and sing it in his ear to get him to smile, and this weekend I wouldn’t be surprised if he wakes me up by singing it.

We’re supposed to get a nice storm early next week, and while the weather won’t be terrible this weekend, I think we’ll stay in and maybe do some more painting.  Enzo asked to paint something besides paper, so I picked up a little project for them (obviously I can’t spoil the surprise).  Otherwise Phoebe has really been into Barbie and princesses lately, so I imagine there will be a lot of that as well.

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Oh, and for the curious… (Sorry) Oh, and my bad… it’s “Fruit salad, yummy yummy” not vice versa. 😉