Week In Review – Unicorn Poop Edition

Happy Monday!

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

Last week was a semi-productive one, mostly in terms of planning/prepping for our upcoming road trip.  When it comes to trips I tend to go a little crazy with lists and spreadsheets and planning.  I’m fine with a certain amount of spontaneity, but I like to be sure we have the basics covered.

I also went and grabbed cupcakes from Nadia Cakes since they do special ones for April Fools.  Unicorn Poop is the favorite.

We also finally got around to watching Fantastic Beasts this week.  One of the hardest parts of having kids is finding time to have dates and most importantly go to the movies. I can’t wait until they’re older.

As usual, the majority of the week seemed to take place the weekend.   I took the kids to get haircuts, or rather a haircut for Enzo and a little trim for Phoebe as she kept correcting me since she didn’t want to mistakenly get too much taken off.

Then we went to get shoes as they’ve outgrown a lot and they need some summer ones. Enzo really didn’t care, but Phoebe couldn’t decide which pair and ended up on several. Admittedly, these little heels are adorable.

We then went to the zoo since it was a gorgeous day and to hopefully see some farm babies. Alas, everyone else had the same idea and it was PACKED.

Enzo does really well with sticking close, but Phoebe still has a tendency to wander off and then with the crowds, get freaked out if she loses sight of me, so I wasn’t too bummed when the kids asked if we could leave and go get ice cream.

Sunday we finally got around to doing our taxes.  Normally we don’t wait until April, but… whoops. Needless to say the second you sit down to do something important that is when the kids want your undivided attention.

Have a Happy Monday everyone!

Through Their Eyes

Children are always watching and listening, which can be both good and bad. Definitely bad if by chance you happen to whack your head really hard and accidentally let slip something you don’t want them to repeat and they, of course, repeat it.  Granted, they have pretty selective hearing, but I digress.  There are days when they surprise me by just how much they really pay attention to what’s around them and see things rather than just looking.  Some days it’s a very good reminder to myself to slow down and SEE because there’s a difference.  Unfortunately I haven’t been very good about it lately, either.  Perhaps our upcoming trip will be a good opportunity to change that.  I’ve also been having fun trying to help the kids learn how to use a camera.  Their hands are so little they sometimes have a hard time, though.  Haha!  Time for more practice!  In the meantime, I haven’t done a post with pictures by Enzo, though I do have a lot more to scan.

We all have our favorite seats on the couch.  This is the view from his.

Hey Dad (and messy kitchen/dinning area).  I kind of wish that wall was an actual wall rather than a banister so you don’t have to view the backside of everything and cords and whatnot.

Some day all too soon this bag is going to be filled with actual schoolwork rather than just fun little projects from preschool.  I admit that sometimes I worry about him going to Kindergarten this fall…. will it be too soon?  Is he ready?  Do all parents stress this much over these kinds of things or do I just have extreme anxiety when it comes to this sort of thing?  All the more reason to spend more time teaching myself to breath and let the worry go.  I’ve been too “busy” or too “tired” or too “insert excuse here” lately, and self care isn’t something you should put off or ignore.

Week(end) in Review – Game Night Edition

Happy Monday!

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

So it’s really just the weekend in review rather than the whole week, but that’s mostly because Josh and kids were getting over various illnesses and who wants to relive that?  The fun really began on Friday when friends from Wisconsin came to stay for the weekend.  I also tested the new little camera I picked up with my surprise bonus.  I wanted something that was lighter for traveling with and I think my little Sony A6000 is going to be just what I need once I get used to it.

TV watching or game playing… who knows.  I’m loving that it’s getting lighter outside each day.

Since I’m allergic to bunnies, I may never actually get to have real ones… I’ll have to be happy with fake ones on the table in the meantime.

Munchies and stuff for game night!

Hello, Kendra and Tyler!  (Or Skyler as Phoebe kept calling him). Haha!

Chip sneak!  Better than his sister who snuck I don’t know how many cupcakes and proceeded to only lick the frosting off them.

I soaked these cherries in Amaretto for 24 hours and then dried them and dipped them in white chocolate candy coating and sprinkles.  So potent and good!!

The taco dip also went fast, as did the Buffalo Chicken wraps I forgot to get pictures of.

The first game played before other people arrived (and the kids’ favorite).

Think Uno… only with poop.  You have to try not to clog the toilet. So gross, and perfect for any kid.

This picture was as the night was beginning to wind down, I believe.  If you’re looking for games to play, though, Betrayal at House on the Hill is always a fun one. Utter Nonsense got a lot of laughs, as did Joking Hazard.  Wow… I’m not sure if we actually got around to any other games besides those… if we did, it’s slipped my mind.

Anyway, it was a good weekend and we need more game nights.  Happy Monday!

Feline Shenanigans

Okay, it’s true… I have nothing to write about.  When in doubt, cats, right?  I think that’s preferable than whining about coming down with what is surely the flu since that’s what Enzo has/had.  The weather is equally dull and slightly depressing, so I’m not going to dwell on that either. Instead… cats.  I think I’m starting to figure Vega out. Okay, maybe not the peeing thing… I still have no idea why she pees in my office and still have to keep the door shut, but at least she’s not doing it anywhere else?

That being said, it’s funny how differently she treats me from everyone else.  Granted, Uzi and Ziggy have been around longer so they treat me and Josh pretty much the same, although Ziggy has a soft spot for Josh and his manly hands that give her a glorious belly rub.  Vega is starting to treat him more the same, but she reserves more of her personality for me.  She isn’t much of a talker, but will talk most often to me. She follows me into the bathroom almost every morning (much to Ziggy’s chagrin, as that’s her thing).  She’ll meow at me and sometimes try and paw open the shower curtain.  If I call for Josh or one of the kids, she’ll sometimes answer me instead. Haha!

My favorite, though, is that she treats me like a cat. I know exactly when she wants to play because she’ll chase me around like one of the cats until I grab a toy for her or play something else.  She even grabs my legs when I walk by and last night she nipped at me.  One day she’s going to kill us both when she tries to race me up the stairs, but it’s rather endearing nonetheless.  She and Uzi play somewhat more frequently, but still not all that often, and Vega still enjoys sitting on Ziggy and snuggling and giving her a bath.

We’re all pretty happy with our big Lump.  Okay, maybe not the other cats all the time (even if they are more spunky lately) and probably not the fish who she thinks are her own personal entertainment, but overall we like her. Now to get her to stop peeing in my office, destroying the carpet, and there you go!  Cat family complete!