3 Years Ago…

3 Years ago (tomorrow) we welcomed our little Phoebe into the world and oh how we love this girl.

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Where to even begin?  I like to have these so I can look back and remember the little things, so here we go…

You love everything pink.  If we color, you generally always grab the pink crayon, marker, or pencil first. If I’m coloring with you, I usually have to run my color choices by you first as well. Is blue okay? No. Use dark pink.

You are still a snuggler and I kind of love it. I also love how even though you’re 3 you’ll still fall asleep in the carrier or if you’re tired enough… pretty much anywhere.

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You’re adventurous and fearless, and even though you don’t always love rides right away, you still insist on going. Chances are, if your brother is doing something, you are going to be right behind him. You are such a fan of your big brother and (sometimes to his chagrin) always want to be where he is.

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Along with the color pink, you love dressing up and playing with jewelry, doing your makeup, wearing fluffy skirts, playing with dolls and ponies, but also enjoy your share of trucks, cars and Ninja Turtles. You were thrilled when Enzo gave you his too-small TMNT hoodie.

You also love shopping and are always up for a trip to Target or the mall with me. It’s possibly you may love shopping even more than I do.  You are starting to become a little sassy and are trying to break glass with your shrieks of disdain lately, but I think we’ll keep you.

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You have a great sense of humor, and take after your dad when it comes to goofiness. You like to take off your sock in the van, put in on your hand and use it to say, “Hello, Enzo!” in what is your Sock Puppet Voice. It’s kind of awesome.  You also like to yell things like, “Hey Daddy!  Come see my stinky poop!”

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You are a strong independent woman and I can’t wait to see who you become.

Week In Review – Car Trouble and Potty Training

Happy Monday!

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

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)

I feel like this past week wasn’t really all that productive, but it went by quickly and I don’t remember much in particular.

  • Phoebe is officially potty training, though I can’t really take credit for that. She decided on her own that she was ready to start wearing underwear – more on that later, though it has been the biggest event of the week. Parenting!
  • We made due with one vehicle this week as the van was in the shop. I’m incredibly grateful for friends who are mechanics.
  • Got some cleaning done, and even talked the kids into helping me dust.  You can turn anything into a game at this age, and I love it.
  • Got a used bike trailer and very briefly broke it in with the kids… it was 90 degrees out and too hot for anything more than a trip around the block.  The kids loved it, though, and it’ll be another nice way to get outside with the kiddos and for Josh and I to get a little exercise. It felt really weird to get on a bike after so long.

I know there was more to the week, but it felt completely dominated by car trouble and potty training, and I’m going to say it… potty training is not my favorite. Ha ha.

And now for a Snapchat Sunday recap on Monday!

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Week in Review – So much landscaping!

Happy Monday!

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

WEEK IN REVIEW (in no particular order)

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  • Moved the kiddo’s table out of the kitchen, so now we all eat at the big table. It’s been good for all of us because it makes Josh and I put our phones down and the kids can’t see the TV as easily so it’s a good reason to turn it off.
  • Made plans for Memorial Day Weekend – we’re going camping! It’s also Josh’s birthday that weekend, so I’ve got to plan something for that too.
  • Made it through the week… pink eye is the bane of my existence right now. I’ve never had it so bad before, and now I have a nasty cold that just won’t quit.
  • We made huge progress outside in the yard. The kids helped pick out flowers and Josh and I accomplished some tasks that have been on our list for a while like finally tearing out the chives that overtook where a shrub once was. We replaced it with a lovely lilac.

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  • Was ever so domestic and made homemade pizza and ice cream for Saturday night. Warm weather just does that to me.

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And that’s all I’ve got.  It’ll be an early night for me as I try and give my body some much needed rest… after we finish mulching.

Happy Monday!

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Reading

I am currently reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, which is the third YA novel in The Lunar Chronicles. They’re fun futuristic retellings of stories like Cinderella and Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel.  I’m also reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, which is such a well written book. It would have been a perfect mid-winter read since it takes place in Alaska during the winter season.  Ivey (who is from Alaska) does such a great job of painting a picture of Alaska in the 1920s.

Watching

I’m finally caught up on Grey’s Anatomy.  However, time will tell how much longer I stick with it as I’ve been a little bored lately. I haven’t really watched anymore Scandal and probably won’t.  Instead, I’m really into 11.22.63 on Hulu and while I haven’t read the book (which is surprising) so far I’m thinking it’s one of the best Stephen King book to TV adaptations. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, though! We also recently watched Spy with Melissa McCarthy and it ended up being even better than I had hoped.  Even Josh was surprised at how much he liked it.

Loving

That Spring is so close!  I know it’s technically Spring, but it never really feels like it until April, especially considering we have a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow.  We have a lot of outside projects that we have to finish this year, so I probably won’t be growing as many veggies so I can focus on actual landscaping and making the outside look great.  Ideally it would be nice to sell before Enzo is ready for Kindergarten so we can move closer to the cities/family/friends.

Planning

Enzo is turning 4 at the end of April, which I can’t believe, and we’re planning a little party for him and a few friends. We just went to a birthday party for his friend Bentley over the weekend and the kids had a blast – each kid got to make their own pizza and they could not have been more thrilled.  Enzo wants a TMNT party and we’ve decided to go to one of those bouncy house places so the kids can run around like crazy animals and then get nice and sugared up before heading home and hopefully crashing. :p

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Enjoying

Dare I say it, but Snapchat.  It’s a fun little app and the kids love the filters, which is a lot of fun.  Definitely showing my age, though, since I’m only just now figuring out what it’s all about.

Eating

All of the things. I tend to stress eat, which is not helping my waistline. Time to throw out the junk and start taking better care of myself… once this sinus infection goes away. Blech.

Disappointed

That the grocery store across from day care is closing… yet again.  Having a small grocery store with our favorites close by is huge, and it was such a blow when they announced they were closing. I’m going to have to really start meal planning now and back to grocery shopping on weekends.  It’s really such an inconvenience and I feel bad for the owners and the people who worked there.

Dreaming

So many weird dreams lately… Steve Martin and Martin Short came to hang out at our house the other night. I guess I really wanted to go to their show more than I realized, but alas they won’t be coming anywhere near us. Ha ha.

Finally Friday

It’s been one of those weeks, if ya know what I mean. So far I’m the only one in our house who hasn’t caught the cold/cough going around, and I’m hoping to keep it that way.  Phoebe seems to finally be getting over it, but Enzo ended up with a nasty croupy sounding cough, but an oral steroid seemed to help.  He’s still not feeling well, though, and has had a few rough nights. Even Josh and I ended up passing out before 9:00pm last night. Anyhoo, tomorrow is supposed to be another fabulous day, but instead of going to the zoo like we did last weekend, we’re taking the kids swimming. Enzo has been asking repeatedly to go, so that is the plan. So, I get to shove my pasty white, jiggly winter body into a bathing suit tomorrow. Woot! The things you do for your kids, am I right?

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He posed like this on his own when we were at the zoo a few weekends ago. He’s getting so big. We’ve had to get rid of a bunch of pants recently thanks to a growth spurt and lots of ripped knees. Phoebe was ecstatic that she inherited some of his too-small t-shirts, though, and was showing off Mickey to her day care teacher.  Anyhoo, have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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