Happy Weekend

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I’m taking this weekend to get in some “me” time. I have lunch with a friend and a hair appointment on Saturday. And then tea on Sunday to scout a place for a baby shower! I’m looking forward to having some child-free time to spend with friends.

1/ Have you heard of the Gottman Institute? This doctor claims that after observing couple for a relatively short periods of time, he can predict whether the will be happy or not based on their interactions. Couple who respond to each others bids, or attempts to connect will continue to be happy in their relationships.

2/ The most amazing thing I have ever seen on the Internet. You are welcome!

3/ This is really good. And true. And relevant.

4/ I have been so unbelievable tired lately. I am not sure if it is that the party is over or something is just catching up with me, but functioning has become..difficult. I am hoping to get some good rest this weekend. Get to bed early and prioritize sleep.

5/ I need some more soup in my life. None of the pre-made stuff from the store is doing it for me these days. My regulars are italian vegetable, potato + leek and chili. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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These Kids Right Now

It has been a whirlwind few weeks you guys. We are all a little under the weather, but we are trucking through and working towards getting quality rest. Today Bryan was working from home and he looked over at Grey and I sitting on the couch watching a little tv. He commented on how quickly it seems Grey became old enough to just sit and watch tv. And that he can’t really remember what the other kids were like at this age. So I decided I am going to attempt to regularly write posts that list what is going on with the kids right now. Let’s begin!

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1/ henry has been really into shields ever since we decorated that at Cora and Grey’s party. He has been drawing them and cutting them out on his own. He even talked Bryan into using his C&C machine to make one out of wood.

2/ He is really in love with Ninjago. The movies, the legos, the iPad game all seem to draw him in nearly everyday.

3/ His teacher has commented to me on multiple occasions that his fine motor skills are very impressive. He is always cutting out tiny things he has drawn or putting together and pulling apart tiny legos.

4/ Henry is obsessed with his friend Aaron. We talk about him all the time. What his name starts with, what he is doing right now, where is he, can we draw him a picture.

5/ His appetite has been pretty low lately. I weighed him this week and he has lost 1.8 pounds since this summer. He is definitely the sort of kid who is more interested in doing something than eating. It is definitely not something I want to change, but I also don’t like seeing him lose weight.

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1/ Cora loved her party. She is still asking if all her friends are coming over because she loved having everyone here.

2/ This kid is all princess all the time. She got several pairs of princess shoes and princess tiaras at her birthday party and they are in steady rotation around here when she is home. Also, her magic wand and her sparkly purses.

3/ Cora has been a little better about wearing pants. This probably sounds funny, but around the time summer started last year she demanded to only wear dresses. I was fine with it since the weather was nice and we were potty training. Now it is colder and its more sanitary for her to wear pants.  It was quite a struggle but she is better about wearing pants. Usually WITH a dress.

4/ Cora is definitely our story teller. She loves to pretend and get us to participate in her creative play. She loves to act out scenes from Tangled, pretend we are in school and she is the teacher, and be a doctor and give us all check ups. We love it.

5/ Cora has been really into yogurt and whole apples lately. She will almost always say yes to both.

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1/ Grey wakes up between 4 and 5 am almost every day. It is pretty much killing us.

2/ He has gone from taking 2-3 steps at a time to walking across the room in the last week. Go Grey Go!

3/ He is very interested in imitating us right now. He claps, waves and shakes his head when we do. It is truly adorable.

4/ He absolutely hates having his nose wiped, which has been a major issue lately since all the kids are sick and snotty.

5/ He loves bananas, sweet potatoes and apple sauce. He could eat them all day, everyday, forever. He is definitely the best eater of the three kids right now.

The Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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I really got back into reading this year.  My husband and I started the Game of Thrones series at the end of last year and it took me until the spring to finish it. I enjoyed the series overall, but finishing all five books (4,197 pages so far!) certainly felt like an accomplishment. And I am among the masses eagerly anticipating the next installment! In the mean time, these were the best books I read this year (so far anyways):

All The Light We Cannot See was without a doubt the best, best, best book of the bunch. It was beautiful, engaging and emotional. I loved it.

The Meaning of Names was a really interesting read. Did you know that there was a major flu epidemic in the U.S. during World War I? I had no idea. The story here is about so much more than that, but I really enjoyed the characters and connected to the main character’s feelings about home.

Rent Collector I didn’t have a lot of thoughts and feeling about Cambodia until I read this. It was a quick read, but enjoyable.

The Book Thief I know I am late to the party on this one.  I read it as a precursor to seeing the movie (which I haven’t yet) but it was such a good book. (I seem to have a weird WWII historical fiction thing going on here). I can appreciate any book that gives a different perspective on historical events than what is generally known. I loved Liesel and how she navigated the world and her people in it. It was sad, but very enjoyable. And I am planning so see the movie soon.

Under the Banner of Heaven is by Jon Krakauer, who also wrote Into Thin Air and Into the Wild. This book was a non fictional account of a murder committed my fundamentalist Mormons who claimed they were told to do so my God. It is an odd story and a bit hard to swallow, but I learned a little bit more about Mormon culture and history.

What were your favorite reads of the year? Or ever, really?  I am reading The Art of Fielding now, but don’t have anything lined up after.

p.s. My very favorite book of all time.

A Fall Time Bucket List

ImageIt’s officially fall (in my book) and I couldn’t be happier. This is my very favorite time of year. The countdown to baby G’s arrival is on!  And because I love lists and planning and taking care of things, I decided to make a little list of things I want to do with the kids before fall is over/the new baby gets here and keeps us indoors. Though, some of these things are pretty good indoor activities, too.  I will try to keep it updated with the stuff we get done. So, without further adeiu:

Our Fall Bucket List

one. Visit a pumpkin patch & pick some out to take home

two. Decorate our pumpkins!

three. Make chili and potato and leek soup (& make enough to freeze!).

four. Drink apple cider.

five. Watch Toy Story of Terror!

six. Make a “fall” craft. (already have one in mind)

seven. Bake Nana’s famous applesauce cookies. (B’s favorite)

eight. Pick out Halloween costumes (right now Henry wants to be Spiderman and we are thinking the Hulk for Cora).

nine. Bake something with pumpkin (this will probably happen a lot anyways).

ten. Go Trick or Treating! I am a little afraid I am going to miss this one, due to the baby’s arrival, but I am sure we will figure out a reasonable alternative.

On writing my first post

So, here it is.  My own little blog.  This process is a bit strange for me – I am used to writing about the silly things going on in the life of my kids or my husband. And while I like to wax poetic on parenting topics, it is rare that I am the subject of my own composition.

I want to change things up and find a space where I can spend time exploring my own voice,  jotting down my thoughts and recording what is going on with me.  I am positive this whole thing sounds really self-indulgent, but for now, it feels kind of good to have my own thing.

I want 2013 to be a year spent getting better. In past years I have made resolutions that typically involve introducing something new into my life. This year, though, I just want to focus on what we have going. Keep up the good work. Root out what isn’t doing it for us. I  made a list of the things I am hoping will be part of this focus for 2013:

1. Sleep

2. Drink water. like all the time.

3. Establish and stick to a regular cleaning schedule.

4. Establish a better weekly routine for the kids.

5. Really practice yoga. Establish a regular day and time to go.

6. Participate in an outdoor activity with the kids once per month. ie, go on  a hike or run around at the beach.

7. Really pay attention to what I am eating. And how it makes me feel. Respect my gut by only investing in wholesome foods and only eating until I am satisfied.

8. Establish a regular time/schedule to sit down and write.

9. Set aside time for photo taking, organizing and sharing. Make it a regular thing.

10. Make time for creative pursuits. Make more cards. Make more stuff.

11. Attempt to begin a sewing habit again.

12. Plan a regular date night with the hubs. Right now I am thinking once per month is the most reasonable.

13. Read everyday.

And so, here we begin. #8.

to new beginnings,

g