1. Home Alone
Daniel had to go to New York for 4 days last week and whenever he leaves, something annoying always happens. Let me paint the picture for you. It was a spooky 10pm in my spooky house on a spooky Wednesday night where I was in my spooky living room watching some not spooky romcom when I heard a loud, “CCCCCCRRRRRRRACK! BANG!” from our side yard. #1 benefit from having a dog is to keep me safe when Daniel is gone, so I selflessly sent Poppy out into the backyard to investigate because if it was a murderer or average human, she’d go nuts, but if it was safe she would silently come back to me. Luckily it was the latter and I went out and saw that my neighbors tree had fallen over onto our fence. -_____-
Good thing that came from it was Atlas got to watch a group of men cut down a tree a few days later and now wants a chainsaw.
2. San Diego
While Daniel was gone, I took the kids down to San Diego for a night because we had a meeting with a doctor down there (all is well!). Anywho, we survived the drive thanks to Jim Dale + JK Rowling, even though for some reason I just hate that drive so much. We stopped by the first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcala, since visiting all 21 missions is a life goal and it was really pretty! (FYI, Carmel Mission is by far the best I’ve been to). I also drug the kids to this ice cream shop so I could finally try rolled ice cream but sad for them, the only soft serve flavor they had was charcoal vanilla or “grey vanilla” as I told them. We went to our hotel in Carlsbad (after trudging through even more traffic), swam at the pool, ordered room service, and lost our minds* during bedtime.
*only mine was lost because they just wouldn’t stop goofing off.
Next morning we checked out the amazing Starbucks in Oceanside where I had another new milestone of publicly disciplining and yelling at my kid (Prim) who was mad she couldn’t carry a bag so she ran from me on one side of the car to the other and into the street. I say milestone because I’m in the mom camp of quiet threats and sneaky too tight handholding. So that was a sight, but we stopped on the way at Downtown Disney to walk around and go to the Lego Store since my kids are obsessed. Also took a photo with a parrot in front of Rainforest Cafe. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Long story short, I lost my temper too much, but we survived and the ending of the story isn’t so grim because the kids got a couple new lego minifigures and a sparkly Elsa ball.
3. Prim’s Birthday
I wrote up about Prim turning 3, but let’s talk about her party and actual birthday! She requested a pink kitty princess party…. It’s cute because I don’t know if it’s her personality or 3rd childness, but she didn’t ask for anything for her birthday and was completely stoked on every single thing from everyone. She’s the best.
Ollie has been talking about this Trolls performance he’s been wanting everyone in his “band” to perform at Prim’s birthday for at least a month and before cake, when we put on the song, him and a bunch of other kids just ran around on our patio singing, I mean performing, the song. It was so silly and precious.
On her actual birthday a few days later, we went berry picking because it’s become this 3rd birthday tradition in our house.
That night we went out to dinner at her requested “dark restaurant” aka Wood Ranch BBQ, came home, and sang happy birthday again over stale leftover cupcakes from her party. All in all a good day.
We finally finished swim lessons for the summer AND…. the boys still can’t swim. That’s okay. I just didn’t realize how long it takes kids to learn to swim when they don’t have regular access to a pool. They both can swim a very short distance on their own so there was definitely some improvement.
I’ve been trying to take it easy and give myself rest days between busy errand/social engagement days which has helped a lot.
There are also only 3 more weeks until Oliver is back in school so I think my goal for next week is to tackle getting all his uniform/clothes for the new year before diving into school supplies, etc. How are you coping with back to school approaching!? I’m going to miss bumming around the house whenever I want, but the scheduled life will be nice to slip into again.
8 months now! 32 (almost 33) weeks! Pretty sure we have a first name thanks to my weird dream confirming our top contender, but still lost for middles which is alright because we typically go into labor/delivery without a middle name we are set on.
6. TV + Movies + Books
I have super slacked off reading because I am just so tired that sitting down and reading a book puts me over the edge in my ability to stay awake and take care of my lot.
TV has also been dreary with only The Bachelorette and Game of Thrones keeping me company. Daniel and I started Ozarks and I can’t get into it. Feels too much like Breaking Bad and their approach to all things sexual/explicit really bothers me. It’s very contradictory saying that after mentioning Game of Thrones, the king of explicit scenes, but for some reason Ozarks just kind of grosses me out and feels so unnecessary even though it isn’t that prevalent.
Got into a huge fight with Daniel because he saw Dunkirk without me while he was in NY (jk jk), so hopefully we’ll go see that together soon. We did watch Logan last night, you know the wolverine movie, and it was SO GORY! Makes sense when you think realistcally about a guy with razor finger things slashing bad guys up….
Linking up with Kelly! Happy Weekend!