Friday Funday!

Finally we’re almost to the weekend.  We have nothing planned… yet, although we do have plenty we should do around the house.  With so few nice weekends left before colder weather hits, though, I’d kind of like to get out of the house. We’ll see.

In case you want to compare what you’re paying in rent.

Tales from the making of ‘The Princess Bride.’

I’ll definitely be checking out this video on the secrets of Stonehenge later on.

And this utterly ridiculous video…

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Currently.

I’ve seen other bloggers do a variation of what they are currently up to, so I thought I’d do the same thing since often it doesn’t fit anywhere else.

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Reading

I’m actually reading ‘Allegiant’ despite not being super impressed by ‘Divergent’ and ‘Insurgent,’ I just like to finish things, you know?  Okay… unless it’s the Twilight series or 50 Shades of Crap… er Grey.  I’m really picky when it comes to dialogue in any book that I read – it has to feel real otherwise I can’t get past it and it just bugs me.  I’m also reading ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ (written by J.K. Rowling). Good dialogue so far and while it hasn’t completely captured my full interest, I’m intrigued by the characters and it’s a decent bedtime read.

Watching

As far as television series go – not much new here.  We finished watching ‘The Quest’ a week or so ago. It was a nice change from other reality competition shows, even though there were still a lot of similarities as far as how people are eliminated and stuff like that.

We’ve had a few duds recently… nothing really standout. ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ was only so-so, ‘Robocop’ was kind of boring, and ‘Despicable Me 2’ was okay.  Probably the best of the bunch was ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2,’ which wasn’t amazing, but was pretty good overall. I liked it better than Josh did, so… at least I didn’t fall asleep during it?  Right?

Eating

Homemade chocolate chip cookies, which makes me want to make other homemade goodies.  Particularly bread… aside from banana bread, I haven’t made homemade bread in forever.  I also bought a bag of ‘Bakery On Main’ granola that is amazing and happens to taste like banana bread. Kind of awesome.

Loving

I’m loving a lot of things right now.  I’m loving that I started my aromatherapy certification classes. It’s becoming such a big thing right now, and it’s important to me that I be informed and I’m really hoping that ultimately I can use the knowledge in some kind of work related capacity whether it be through self-employment or… who knows?  Either way, there’s a lot of misinformation out there and it’s important to me that I treat my family safely and offer safe suggestions to other people, but that’s an entirely different post.  Anyhoo, I’m also loving some of this Fall weather.  I’m not a fan of 80-90 degree heat, so the cooler temperatures are kind of nice. I’m a snuggler, so blanket and hot tea weather is kind of nice.

Thinking About

How big my to-do list is and wondering if I’ll ever get it all done.  I won’t, but I’m going to try and get as much accomplished as possible. As boring as it is, I think I need to give myself some kind of schedule and smaller goals so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed by everything I want/need to get done.  It’s not easy finding spare time when you work full time and have two small kiddos.  I knew it would be a lot of work, but I did underestimate just how little “free” time I’d have and just need to prioritize and figure out what is actually most important to me right now when I’m not spending time with my munchkins.

Toddler & Baby Talk and Other Kiddo Stuff

While Phoebe may not be saying much, she is very good at babbling and saying, “Uh oh.” She is getting closer to using Mama and Dada correctly… I think.  Sometimes I think she’s getting it, only for her to turn towards some inanimate object and say “Mama” at it, so maybe not.

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Have I mentioned what a great sleeper this little girl is?  Well, for the most part… also she’s an odd sleeper, which is more notable.  Enzo never fell asleep in weird places or in weird positions, but Phoebe has her quirks.  Her favorite position?  She likes to sit up and then literally just fall forward and stay where she lays.  I don’t know how it’s comfortable, but I know that when I’ve tried to move her she fusses or will just get back in that position again. So… that.

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As for Enzo… this boy cracks me up and also makes me realize I need to pay more attention to what I say and how I say it. ;)  Most notably, his imagination is getting bigger and bigger and I love it.  In the car he got very dramatic and pointed to the sky, crying out, “Oh no!  The sky! The sky is in the car!  It got my head!”

He has also started telling us to have a good day (which is nice), and then he’ll often pretend to go on a trip with his rolling bag and wave good-bye telling us, “See you Monday!”

He does, however, get a little sassy at times and last night said, “Mommy!  Get my milk, right now!” Hmmm… yeah, okay, so that might be my fault for earlier telling him to get in the car “right now” after major dawdling and a very long day.  Sigh.

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I also love that so many of his new words and phrases have to do with Phoebe.

“Where’s Phoebe?”

“Mommy go check on Phoebe?”

“Phoebe!  No go down the stairs!”  (He’s been very helpful when Josh is not at home since we have two steps that we can’t exactly baby gate).

There are, however, a lot of these: “No, Phoebe!  No touch my (insert toy/food/whatever here).”

Either way, it’s fun and I like seeing them together. Phoebe has been a good influence on Enzo as he is now way more willing ot take baths and let us wash his hair – as long as she goes first, and Phoebe just loves looking up to her big brother. She follows him around like a puppy… literally. He says, “Come’ere, Phoebe!” and she happily crawls after him.  They also have fun little games where they chase each other and yell at each other, which is not my favorite, but makes them both laugh like mad.

Oh the wonderful madness.

A Tree Grows in Our Basement…

One of our big projects this summer has been rearranging and organizing the downstairs with the ultimate goal being that we’ll use it more often. Right now it’s mostly used by the cats and our office(s) are down there.  Our big TV and big comfy couch are also down there, but we haven’t been using either of those things. Admittedly it’s kind of nice to just fall asleep in bed while watching a movie and not have to make the climb upstairs, but I know the cats miss us hanging out more often.  We don’t sleep well when they’re allowed upstairs, so that is the biggest reason for their banishment.

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Enter a new cat tree for them.  It hasn’t completely stopped Uzi from destroying our nice couch, but that combined with tape seems to have helped a tad.  Sigh. I guess I can’t get too mad at him since I know he doesn’t like being banished, so the couch ruination is partially my fault. One day I’ll have nice things… one day.

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I’d like to say they’ve been utilizing this tree every day, but they haven’t.  I’d put it in front of a window, but there isn’t really a good window to put it in front of.  They’ve actually been spending the most time in my office because they have a nice bed in there to sleep on (for now). Come October, the bed will be moving upstairs into Enzo’s room.  Not like the cats don’t have a dozen comfy places to sleep.

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One of the major drawbacks to having hard floors downstairs is how much colder it is.  If we decide to stay longer than one more winter we’d like to pull those up and put in carpeting.  As it stands we have a rolling space heater and bought one of those fireplace heaters as well, which actually works really well.  Maybe this winter we’ll spend more time with the kiddos… if I can find some more rugs so little tootsies don’t freeze.  In the meantime, I should probably make it more of a cat haven since they’re the ones who spend their days down there.  And maybe I’ll invest in one of those robotic vacuums for cat hair because good grief they shed like crazy.

Friday Funday!

Finally Friday has arrived.  I think our weekend will be filled with busy work and a trip to Costco at the very least. A certain toddler is overdo for a haircut, but I’m not sure if we’ll attempt to get it all done or not.

Our use of little words.

Fun Firefly Pop!’s.

Not sure how I feel about the world’s first family robot.

Parents who are way better at texting than their kids.

Looking forward to this movie:

And just because…