Our Little Star

Thanks to Facebook and Timehop, I realized that this week marks two years of Vega being a part of our crazy family.  I can’t not acknowledge the momentous occasion, now can I?  Especially not after she has been repeatedly waking up each night to give me a very thorough bath.  I appreciate the attention, but couldn’t she just lay on my chest/head/etc. without the bathing part?

Like most young cats, she is into everything and loves to rub her face on anything she comes into contact with when she isn’t verifying that gravity still works by periodically testing the theory knocking items off of whatever she pleases.

She is obsessed with Bowser and can often be found near his enclosure. I’m sure she just wants to be his friend and she hasn’t once thought about chasing him and murdering him.

She is my shadow and while we are still working on her relationship with the kids, I don’t mind if she likes me best. Ha!  She has been warming up a lot more to Josh and is getting better about other people, so progress is good. I catch Uzi playing with her now and then and while she can be a pest at times, that moment of spontaneity (adopting her) was one my best.

Week In Review – Almost 35

Happy Monday!

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

Once again, it’s time for another week in review!  Can’t say much has changed this week, though.  We did, however, get some fresh air and accomplished a few things that really did need doing.  I treated myself to a little early birthday present as well.

  • My week started off with computer updates… lengthy computer updates.  It was also a week of Wonder Woman!

  • Enzo has been keeping up to date with what he’s been learning in school (which I love!)  We’re still working on remembering which way some numbers go, but he’s doing great.

  • The pets have all been rather snuggly/needy this weekend.  Almost every morning Uzi has wanted to climb up on my shoulders when I’m trying to get ready for work, Vega has followed me everywhere, and even Ziggy has been more clingy and talkative than usual.  Heck, even Bowser has been wanting to be out and held lately!

  • Got some housework done, despite everything being so hot and humid. I’m not a fan of doing housework when it’s sweltering.  Vega once again being the great helper that she is.

  • So glad we made the most of one really nice evening this week with a family walk.

  • This week was one with lots of interesting clothing choices for the kids. Haha!  My favorite was how we forgot picture day was on Thursday, however, and Enzo decorated himself in the car ride to school. Oh Boy.

  • My treat to myself was a nose piercing. I’ve thought of getting one for years and finally just went ahead and did it.

  • Phoebe and I did some shopping, the boys gamed and we watched football, and there you have it.

Happy Monday everyone!

2 Weeks of Kindergarten

I realized I had never actually posted about Enzo’s first day of kindergarten and subsequently not much else.  You wouldn’t think it’s much different than just dropping him off at preschool, but it really is.  We’ll get to that in a moment, however.  We sent Enzo off in style his first day because Pinterest.

Thank you, Pinterest for making me feel creatively inept every day. At least this was one idea I was able to actually pull off and at the last minute no less!  He was very proud of himself that morning and as a mom I’ve chosen not to care if my kids walk out of the house with crazy bedhead. It happens. I don’t care to fight that battle.

Phoebe was not to be outdone and also needed pictures of her outfit as well.

Sorry, Enzo… she will forever try to steal your thunder.  #oldersiblingproblems.

He was so excited and thankfully the first day the buses run late because I may or may not have misjudged timing and we got to day care late, but thankfully the bus was even later than us. Phew!

The way he ran onto that bus, you’d think he’d been doing it for ages.  Unfortunately, my allergies were really bad that day, so my eyes were watering and you would have thought I was emotional about my firstborn going to kindergarten or something. Pfft. As if.

So… how is it going?  Well, it’s an adjustment. I think he’s doing great. He enjoys going and what more can you ask for?  Much like his mom and dad were in elementary school, he has a little trouble focusing and can be a tad distracting to others, so it’s something we’ll work on.  One big difference?  Everything is electronic. I can see what he has for lunch every day, I can track his lunch money, I can see if his bus is running late, I can see his schedule and every thing else and his teacher emails me.  It’s a whole new world from when I was in school.

We’ve always known that adjustment and change doesn’t come easy for Enzo, so I think two weeks is a little soon to really come to any fast and hard conclusions.  I just hope his love continues. He was really excited that he gets to check out his own books and he made a friend on the bus, so fingers crossed it just gets better from here!

Week In Review – Short and Sweet

Happy Monday!

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

It was an interesting week… I didn’t get nearly as much accomplished as I would have liked, but it is what it is.

  •  I blogged and was happy with my nature walk photos.
  • So much laundry.  Always.  It never ends.
  • Phoebe finally let me trim her bangs!! Finally!! It helped that I got my bangs trimmed that day.

  • Scheduled some appointments – like that teeth cleaning I’m overdue for.
  • Went to the gym finally!
  • Started setting up next year’s planner – went with a cheaper brand… still deciding if it’s going to work out.
  • The kids started up swimming lessons again!
  • Wandered the Mall of America with the kids. Finally tried Shake Shack… meh.

  • I made cookies.

  • Cats and dragons were snuggled.

Happy Monday ya’ll!

 

Impromptu Nature Walk

When you get thrown gorgeous weather in September, you take advantage of it, so even though we were going to spend last Saturday cleaning and organizing, I talked everyone into going on some walks at a nearby Reserve!  It was one of my best ideas and despite some bug bites, I think everyone had a really good time.

We went to the nature center first to check in and get an idea of what was in the area, which led us to their outdoor play area.  We told the kids they could play for a while, but then we’d have lunch and do some exploring!

We were even joined by a little slug at one point!  It was fun just watching him creep along and then Enzo gave him some of his apple.

Have I mentioned that the day was beautiful?  Because the weather was amazing!  It was so nice to just leisurely stroll and see what kinds of fun things we could spot.  Enzo even saw a fish pop up to eat a bug when we stopped at one of the lake docks!

With so many different potential trails to go on, we chose one that had a boardwalk through a wetland area.  Considering we forgot bug spray, it probably wasn’t our greatest decision, but thankfully the mosquitoes haven’t been as bad this year as they usually are. We survived to tell the tale!

I was the one lagging behind for most of the day.  I am at my happiest in the woods, though, and I was soaking it in.  Plus, there were a lot of things to see!  Spider webs stretching across the trail over our heads, fungi and so many pretty flowers.

Now, this flower I thought for sure was a fungi, but it turns out it isn’t!  It seems to be most commonly known as Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe and is part of the blueberry family!  It looks so white because it has no chlorophyll and is a non-photosynthetic plant. Because it doesn’t photosynthesize, it’s basically a parasite that lives off of other plants like trees.  Anyway, it was the first time I had ever seen them and they really are kind of eerie growing in the darker shaded parts of wooded areas.

Just as we were headed on our way back to the nature center, we (or rather Josh) spotted a fantastic prairie area that we naturally just had to go explore. There was a breeze, and better yet, no mosquitoes, but it was nice to just see the prairie grasses wave in the wind and watch bees flit from blossom to blossom.

I’m pretty sure we’ll back.