Monday, December 11, 2017

The Big D

Brent and I are a couple who bickers. 95% of the time we are joking - I guess it goes back to our teenage years where we didn't know how to flirt with each other. {grin} I remember us making my BFF, Kristen, really nervous when she first spent time with us because we were always griping at each other, but it's almost always said in fun.

Well, one day a few weeks ago, Brent, the big 2 kids, and I were on our bed, and Brent said to the kids 'What do you say we move out and don't let Mommy come?' I fully expected Trent to want to go with Brent but figured Drew would want to be with me. Well, they fooled me, and both started shouting 'Yes, yes!' Can you guess which parent is the nice parent who brings home candy and lets them watch extra TV?

We joked about this for a little while and the battle lines became drawn: I would get Paige because duh breastfeeding, Drew wanted Brent {#heartbroken}, and Trent chose me because once he figured out where Paige was going, his alliance changed. We all had some laughs and that was the end of that.

The next morning, the conversation picked back up because I was teasing the kids about choosing Brent over me when Drew said she didn't want to talk about it anymore because it was making her heart sad. Ooof that made me sad, so I reassured her A LOT that we had been kidding and we loved each other etc. etc.

A little while later, Trent asked me 'Where would I live if you and Daddy got divorced?' I started up again about how Brent and I love each other, we were just kidding, we aren't getting a divorce, but Trent again asks where he would live. I say for a 3rd time how this isn't going to happen, etc. He interrupts me and said 'No, seriously, where would I go?'

I responded 'You'd live with each of us half of the time.' To which he responded 'OK.' HA!

I can't decide if Brent and I have scarred our children with this conversation - what do you think?

Friday, December 8, 2017

One Year Ago...

It's crazy that today is one year from when I was due with Paige. December 8 was carved in my brain for such a long time I don't think the day will ever stop being special to me. It's also crazy to think I stayed pregnant for another 13 days and had to have almost every intervention under the sun to get that baby out of me. Ha!

Happy 1 year anniversary angry stretch-marked belly!!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

November 2017 Reads and Goals Recap

This is going to look like a really slow month for me for reading, but I've got a good reason that I'll get to below.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid - This is the newest release by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and man, Taylor knocked it out of the park again! The story is about a Marilyn Monroe/Elizabeth Taylor-esque Hollywood actress who is telling her life story to a reporter. It flips POV from the reporter {who is going through her own personal problems} to Evelyn's story and I found myself really interested in both stories. Of course, there are a couple of twists along the way that just make the story even more exciting. I read this book in less than 24 hours - it's awesome.

The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes - This story is set partially in France during WW1 and also jumps to a present storyline set in England. It reminded me a little bit of The Nightingale (with the 2 sisters in occupied France and terrible Nazi horrors, etc.), but it was a really intriguing story - or really 2 intriguing stories. Sophie is one of the sisters living in France in 1916 keeping her family together and Liv has a painting of Sophie (not knowing who she is) hanging in her home in 2015. As a battle over the painting ensues, Liv learns Sophie's story, and it makes a huge impact on her. FANTASTIC story - I loved every minute of this read. It tugged at my heart strings with Sophie's story, and so many times I was going 'No, no, no' to both Sophie and Liv and the choices they were making, which was great for keeping me invested. SO GOOD.

Dust by Hugh Howey - I finished the Wool trilogy this month and thought the conclusion to the story was unique and interesting. It was definitely a more mature of a dystopian trilogy with some more adult stuff happening, but I thought it was very different than the others I read. Shift (the second book), is where you find out HOW people ended up living in silos under the ground, and Dust flips back and forth - switching plot lines seems to be my theme this month - from 1 of the people from Shift to the people we started following in Wool. I thought it wrapped up well, but I wouldn't say it was a happy ending. Overall, it was a satisfying conclusion!

Now onto why I had such a slow month...

Guys, for the first time in a LONG time I didn't finish a book. Like years probably. I was reading this book for 2 weeks and when my iPhone crashed the book expired and I had ZERO desire to check it back out. This book sounded so cool - it's a true story about a WW2 family who ran the Warsaw Zoo and used it to help Jewish people escape the Warsaw ghetto - but it was SO slow. For example, one person they helped had a huge insect collection - the author spent PAGES talking about his collection. ZZZZZZZ If she had focused on the actual family, the book would have been 50 pages. I'm curious how this was able to be made into a movie! Has anyone else read this? Am I the only one who thought this was a total dud?

Now to make an already wordy post even longer, I'm not going to do December goals since it would basically be CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so I wanted to share how I did with my November goals.

1. Schedule family pictures - I scheduled them and then decided to wait until the spring when I am a little happier with how I look/feel in my clothes.
2. Get to 3 miles running - I did this! Thanks largely to Orange Theory I have really increased my stamina and set out last week to get 3 miles done. The last half mile was absolutely hell on earth, and I stopped at 3.02 miles, but damnit, I finished!

3. Christmas shopping - I am 90% done! I really only need Santa gifts for the kids and am MAJORLY stumped, ugh. 
4. Order Christmas cards - ordered on 11/30 and mailed them out yesterday and today.
5. Start Oscar film watching - Checked off with Lady Bird! Allison - what's next?
6. Daily walks - Because of Paige's love of her stroller lately - and by this, I mean pushing it herself - we've been outside a lot more!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Paige's One-derful Party

We had Paige's first birthday party on Saturday! I wanted to have it early in the month to try and separate it from Christmas parties for family and friends and also separate it from Drew's birthday since their birthdays are 12 days apart. We had such an amazing time celebrating our littlest love.

Drew's first birthday party was a Winter One-derland, and I loved that play on words, so we worked with our wonderful card maker and came up with 'Oh, what a one-derful year!' for her theme. I thought the invitation cards came out perfect!

From that we ended up decorating with a rainbow theme. I have always loved rainbows and have never done a rainbow party, so I had a lot of fun with it. I decorated very simply and got 2 bouquets of balloons and a big '1' balloon and then found a rainbow tissue paper tassel banner on Amazon. I found some paper plates at Target that were for a unicorn party, so they were perfect too!

I took down our stockings to hang the banner.

Presents mixed with Christmas decor! #thiswillbeeverybirthdayforPaige

I made the same cupcake as I did for Trent's first birthday but found a healthy recipe, so it was more like bread and didn't rise as much, so it was kind of a mini-cupcake. The icing was mostly Greek yogurt and cream cheese, so it wasn't really the kind for piping. I added some gold sugar sprinkles and think it turned out cute!

I found an easy way to pipe rainbow icing, and I think the cupcakes turned out really cute!

I found the perfect party dress at Wal-mart online. How cute is my little {almost} 1-year-old?!?!

Silly cousins!

Getting ready to sing to the birthday girl!

Not sure just what is going on...


All done!

Her presents got opened by her siblings, cousins, and friends. Ha!

We can't miss an opportunity for a #SwopeSix photo op

We partied hard until about 10:00 PM with some of our friends and I was asleep at 10:30, ha.

The aftermath!

And Sunday morning checking out all the presents!

We love this little girl beyond words, and I am so looking forward to soaking in the next few weeks.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Oscar Movie Review: Lady Bird

Allison and I have been eagerly anticipating starting our Oscar movie watch for a few month, and we're finally able to get to the movies, yay! This year has been kind of slow for movies for us as I adjusted to another kid, so for lots of reasons it's exciting that we're back at it. {grin}

Our first movie of Oscar season was Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan who we both LOVED from Brooklyn.

Plot: In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Review: Once again, Saoirse did a great job as the lead character, Christine 'Lady Bird'. It was fun to go back to the early 2000s and watch Lady Bird come into her own during her senior year of HS at a Catholic school where she doesn't feel like she fits in. I know I laughed A LOT at some of the Catholic references - to the point where I think Allison was embarrassed to be sitting next to me. The movie felt pretty real to me with moments of humor, friendship growing pains, mother-daughter struggles, finding your place in your family, young love... Where the movie lost me is it felt really similar to Boyhood but not as cool since Boyhood was filmed over 10 years. I can understand the potential Oscar nomination, but if Boyhood couldn't win Best Picture, I'm doubting this can. If Saoirse gets a Best Actress nod, it will totally be deserved. Rating: B+

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thanksgiving Rewind 2017

We had a great Thanksgiving break - it was so hard to go back to work on Monday, and I'm counting down the days until the kids are out of school for our winter break!

I'll start the recap with Tuesday because the kids had a half day that day. I went to school for a lunch in Drew's and Paige's rooms. My plan was to sneak the food I 'prepared' {I heated up a ham and defrosted green beans} for Paige's class and then go to Drew's lunch first and then bring Drew to Paige's class. Well, Paige spotted me, so she came with me to Drew's lunch. I couldn't get Drew to sit still long enough to take a picture with me, but Paige was so happy to eat TWICE that I got pictures of her stuffing her face. {grin}

This girl LOVES her food.
[Left: in Drew's class Right: in Paige's class]

Trent's class had their feast the Friday before, but Trent missed out on it by getting sent home early for punching a kid in the face. UGH. BUT to be fair, he has had an AMAZING year so far this year - I CANNOT complain! So technically he was supposed to be in class all day Tuesday, but I pulled him out after lunch because I didn't want to have to go back to school 2 hours later to get him.

Wednesday, we started our Christmas decorating and enjoyed a lot of general laziness. Trent got a haircut at a new place in town which was cheap and awesome. He also had therapy in the afternoon.

Thursday, I actually started the day with Orange Theory Fitness! It was a REALLY hard workout, so I was glad to have gone. We went to Brent's Nannie's house for lunch and had a great time. I love her stuffing {dressing?} and Brent's Aunt Sassy's chocolate pie, so I was a happy girl! Paige slept late that morning, so we kept her up through lunch, and then headed to my parents' house to celebrate some more.

Last year at this time we were celebrating our last holiday as a family of 4.
Love LOVE love my complete family!!!
{I bought Drew the cutest pumpkin dress which she REFUSED to wear - we had a huge fight over it, and our compromise was that she would wear it for pictures. Her teen years are going to be so much fun.}

Trying to get a better picture not in so much shade.
Instead we got lots of shadows, ha.

Paige fell asleep in the literal 6 minute drive to my parents' house and then promptly proceeded to refuse to nap and SCREAM her head off, so she didn't end up napping until about 2:30 that afternoon and slept for 1 hour. Boo.

But while she did nap, I took Miles and Trent to the park to play. It was awesome because I sat on a bench and read my book while they played in the creek.

My dad came a little later with Drew, Blair, and my cousin, Dave's, 2 daughters. Drew, of course, fell in the water and drama ensued.

So I got to carry her home and get myself wet too!
But she sure is cute!! And yes, she is wearing a jack o' lantern tee.

And because we like nothing better than to cram lots of activities into a short period of time, we also celebrated my sister's birthday which was the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

The BIG 4-0 is quickly approaching for this one!

Friday we got our tree up and finished decorating. YAYAYAYAY!! And please notice all the presents under the tree - I am about 75% done!!

In the evening we went to the lighting of our town square. My MIL went with us and we had so much fun. I hope we continue to do this every year. We did it a few years ago with Patty and David, but this was our first time to go since moving to Georgetown.

The best picture I got. Sigh.

We ate burgers after the lighting at Hat Creek. Yum!

I went to see Lady Bird with Allison Saturday, and Paige took a 4 hour nap!

So happy! {And cute!}

And one of my absolute favorite things about our neighborhood - we have a family that does some INSANE decorating for Christmas as a fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish foundation. We go by it a million times over Christmas, and I just think it is amazing. Santa comes 3 different times, so I hope we make it there for that as well this year!

Writing all that down, man we packed in a lot. But I loved every minute of it!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Currently: Procrastination Station

Because I am lazy uploading Thanksgiving pictures, how about a round of Currently?

Current Book

Current Song

Taylor Swift New Year's Day

Current TV Show

Finally catching up on season 6!

Current Drink

Today I've had a chai, kombucha, and water. So balancing out the sugar I guess? Ha!

Current Shame-Inducing Pleasure

I can't think of anything right now?!?!

Current Outfit

Tee with a maxi skirt - no one should be shocked by this 'outfit', ha

Current Celebrity Crush

So excited season 5 has started!

Current Mood

IT'S CHRISTMASTIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Current Anticipation

Paige's 1st birthday party is this weekend! While I am shocked she's almost one, I sure love a 1st birthday party! I think this one is going to turn out really cute if I do say so myself. {grin}

Current Wishlist

I really wish we could have outside lights on the house, but it's not in the budget this year.

I will just enjoy this house in our neighborhood about 50 times!

Current Film

Allison and I saw this over Thanksgiving.
About 20 minutes into it, she said 'I guess this isn't about the First Lady'. HA!

Current Picture

This is my 'I just ran 3 miles' face - WHICH ACCOMPLISHED A NOVEMBER GOAL!

What are you up to currently?

Monday, November 27, 2017

11 Month Comparisons

As we close in on Paige's 1st birthday...what do you think? How are my babies comparing?

I still think Trent and Paige look the most alike, but I think it's largely due to their round faces while Drew's is longer, but I think Paige and Drew definitely look like sisters. No matter what you think, you can't not think they are just about the cutest kids!!