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Friday, June 24, 2016

Currently...

You know how most people get Seasonal Affective Disorder in the winter months due to a lack of sunlight, being stuck inside, etc.? I've mentioned before that I think have the opposite issue. It's not that the summer depresses me or anything, but more so the heat (and oppressive humidity) seems to zap me of all energy and desire to do... well... much of anything.

As a result, this is the best I could come up with: 

Currently, I am...

Listening... to "Hakuna Matata" on a very regular basis, thanks to Colby's recent affinity for The Lion King and The Lion Guard (cartoon series spin-off). More so than Clara, Colby seems to be in that phase where he finds something he likes and wants to do/read/listen to it all the time (which is why we've read The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! about 7,853 times recently).

Eating... leftovers from our Father's Day cookout last weekend, most notably kabobs, chocolate cake, and rice krispy treats (aka: a well-balanced diet). Here are some pictures to prove that Father's Day took place:

Brunch with the Olivers; I'm sad to report that Clara didn't like her Lilly Pulitzer (hand-me-down) as much as I had hoped!

Top: dads/grandfathers with the kiddos
Bottom: dads/grandfathers grilling and entertaining the children while the moms/grandmothers chatted inside :) 

Drinking... lots of water, as per usual.

Wearing... this Daniel Rainn top from Nordstrom rack... in 3 different colors. 
I bought it in black some time last year and it has been one of my favorite tops, so when I saw it in "coral red" and "majestic blue" at the store last week, I had to buy those, too!


Feeling... ready for the weekend, and more importantly, ready for a full week off of work during the week of the 4th! 

Weather... hot and humid. BUT the highs have mostly stayed in the low 90s, so I'm not complaining (... yet).

Wanting... new rugs for our bathrooms, a new dresser for Brian, new throw pillows, a new shower curtain, and for the bald spots in our backyard to grow grass. A small wish list, really.

Needing... a date with Brian in the near future. It has been a month since we last ate a meal alone together!

Thinking... that you all need to go see "Finding Dory" because we saw it last weekend and loved it. We also loved polishing off 1.5 of these ginormous popcorn tubs... I am not exaggerating when I say Colby & Clara ate 75% of it on their own.



Enjoying... Clara's latest artwork. You know how Picasso went through various "periods" of his work (blue period, rose period, cubism period, etc.) (If you didn't, you do now.) (Thank you, college Spanish classes, for that bit of knowledge.)? Along those same lines, I like to call these pieces part of Clara's "line period":


Monday, June 13, 2016

Five on Monday

Oh, it's supposed to be Five on Friday, you say? In that case, wait just 4 days and then read this post ;)

1. California
As you probably already read from Allison's blog last week, we went to California the weekend before last for our cousin's wedding. To summarize, the wedding was beautiful but the area (Palm Springs) was HOT. As in, 117 degrees hot. As in, the hottest I've ever been hot. But we had some fun family bonding time (minus our big sis, boo!) and were thankful to be part of Lindsay's big day, so there was that.




Meanwhile, Brian held down the fort with the kiddos, which was a success, as always:


He and the kids picked us up from the airport and this was how we found Clara when we got in the car (and yes, I know her chest clip is too low... focus instead on the headband, necklace, thumb ring, and cute sleeping 3-year-old):


2. Preschool
The twins moved up into a new class at school last week... they are getting too big too fast! It mostly went well, but as has been the case every time they've transitioned into a new room, they were both a little out of sorts all week (which meant I was out of sorts all week, too). Apparently the family collage I made for their room 1.5 years ago was no longer sufficient, so I got to spend one of my weeknights last week assembling this creative masterpiece:


3. ENT Follow-up
Almost a year after getting his ear tubes and adenoidectomy, Colby had a follow-up appointment with his ENT last week. He got a good report, but perhaps most importantly, was reunited with the same dinosaurs he played with at his pre-op appointment last year:


4. Swimming
Basically we spent the majority of our weekend in the pool, and it was pretty great.




5. Lazy Sunday
After all that time outdoors on Friday/Saturday and then spending Sunday morning at church, we finished off the weekend being lazy at home, and I have to admit it was pretty great. 

As I mentioned, we were all a little off last week, and I was wound pretty tightly by the week's end. Add in lots of potty accidents, whining, and general bad behavior, and I was not necessarily craving extra uninterrupted time with the kids. But much to my surprise, having some concentrated time at home with them and no agenda ended up being exactly what we all needed. So praise God for that!


These are the days, my friends... praying that all of us would remember that (but especially me) in the week ahead!

Friday, June 3, 2016

25 before 33: Progress report

So with my 33rd birthday having passed, so did the due date for my "25 before 33" exercise. I was able to knock out 22/25 items, giving me an 88% completion rate. Not bad, but as Brian will attest, I've been known to be disappointed for getting a 'B' in the past, so I can't give myself too big of a pat on the back for this one!

The three that didn't get accomplished were:

12. Take a trip back to College Station.
There are sadly no plans in the works for this one yet, but I am determined to make it happen before the end of the year, so stay tuned. It makes me sad that Colby and Clara have not yet been introduced to this wonderful place (... besides when they were in the womb)!

Me (with my sorority house mom + SIL) in 2013 when I was 7 months pregnant with C&C

15. Take a class at Painting with a Twist.
Also didn't get around to this one, BUT Brian very thoughtfully gave me a gift certificate to Pinot's Palette (same concept) for my birthday, so hopefully I'll be able to knock this one out sooner rather than later as well.
19. Have my makeup done by a professional.
If someone will find out a good place to do this (that wouldn't cost much) and book me an appointment, then I will gladly do it. I simply am not motivated enough to mess with it on my own.

Last time my makeup was professionally done, before shooting a video for work in September 2013

Stay tuned to see if I get my act together and finally cross these off or not!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend + Birthday Fun

A few things:
1. If you've already read Allison's recap, then feel free to skip this one because they are, as usual, very similar.
2. I came up with my title without reading hers, so the fact that they are both the same is due only to the fact that (a) it's unoriginal and (b) we basically share a brain.
3. Fair warning: reading this might make you tired.

Not pictured: we kicked off the weekend on Friday with dinner with the Olivers at Los Tios, wherein Colby and Clara were mildly unruly and lots of food was consumed. This proved to be foreshadowing for the remainder of the weekend. 

Saturday started off with a trip to the pediatrician for Colby, where he was diagnosed with a sinus infection to match the one I was diagnosed with on Thursday. Our house could double as a pharmacy at the moment. Also, amen for Saturday morning hours at the pediatrician!

He made it out in time for us to attend one of the twins' best pal's birthday parties, which involved a bounce house, cupcakes, and getting to play with someone else's toys, so realistically that was probably the highlight of their weekend.


We made mistake #1 afterwards by skipping the twins' naps to take them to the new local children's museum on opening day. However, there was a one hour wait just to get inside the dumb place, so we promptly turned around and left. In case you're wondering, this is what tired children that were promised a trip to someplace fun and then told "nevermind" look like:


Thankfully, it does not take much to excite 3-year-olds, so a consolation trip to Costco lifted their spirits (amusing to note that Colby continues to ask us what happened to the giant inflatable spider that was on display during Halloween pretty much every time we go there).

TimeHop informed me that we hit up Costco on the same day of Memorial Day weekend two years ago (shocking), so of course I had to do a comparison pic.

The rest of the afternoon was spent surviving two napless toddlers until we met up with Brian's family for an early birthday dinner at Jupiter, which was delicious as always! The kids had fun running around Town Square afterwards and they stopped for 10 seconds while Shannon snapped an obligatory family pic for us.

"Stop taking pictures and give me that s'more waffle, please."


We all crashed once we got home. The only- and I mean ONLY- perk to skipping naps is how much more quickly and easily the twins fall asleep at bedtime.

On Sunday, we skipped church and headed to Galveston with the Olivers for the twins' first ever trip to the beach. My hopes weren't high (because Galveston is pretty ugly if we're being honest), but we had a great time and it was a perfect first visit for Colby and Clara. 

Surprisingly, Clara was the daring one that wanted to go out as far as we would take her into the ocean whereas Colby was primarily interested in playing in the sand. He asked quite a few questions about whether or not sharks would be involved and apparently didn't believe us when we said they wouldn't come anywhere close to us. Ever cautious and analytical, that one!


Their faces pretty accurately summarize their feelings about the ocean in this pic!








Move over, "Baywatch"

Mistake #2 of the weekend was, you guessed it, once again skipping their naps. Colby briefly snoozed in the car, but by the time we got home, they were both in full force grump mode, so it was nice to get cleaned up and take it easy for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

On Monday morning, alternatively known as Memorial Day/Birthday Eve, Allison and I treated ourselves to birthday pedicures before hitting up the pool with the families.

If you can guess whose toes are whose, then you win lots of points.

I have no pictures of the pool outing, but you can trust me that it happened. Once again, Clara was the adventurous one in the pool while Colby preferred to stay on the steps or in the baby pool. No sharks involved (to my knowledge), so perhaps water just isn't his thing?

We headed home afterwards to put the twins down for naps (finally, hallelujah) and it was glorious. Once they were up, we joined the Olivers over at Brian's parents' house for some hot dog grilling, fishing, and mess-making playing for the kids. 



Brian scored some major brownie points (pun intended) by secretly making these delicious chocolate cake balls for our birthday dessert... seriously, I was so impressed- these are not easy to make!


It was such a fun-filled, action-packed weekend that I wasn't even bummed about having to go to work for my birthday the next day... in fact, a low-key day was probably just what I needed! I did get a couple of thoughtful gifts and a fun lunch outing to Ruggles Green with my sweet co-workers, so that helped make the day a little more exciting.


After work I had a brief reunion with Brian and the kids (at which point they gave me my gifts), and then it was off to birthday dinner at Escalante's with Allison and a few friends, complete with margs, chips, party hats, and a serenade in Spanish!


Brian and Wade sneakily dropped the sombreros off at the restaurant to ensure we received an adequate amount of attention during our serenade- they know us so well! The moment we realized they were our sombreros from home and didn't belong to the restaurant was pretty amusing.

And with that, our 33rd birthday (and its preceding adventures) were a wrap. Thanks to all who helped make the birthday a great one, but most especially to Brian, who works hard to make every occasion special for me! 

(See, I told you this would make you tired!)

Friday, May 27, 2016

StitchFixed: Round 2

You might recall that I got my first taste of Stitch Fix back in January. As I mentioned, I liked the items that they sent me but was too frugal to (a) buy all of them or (b) commit to receiving regular shipments. But 4 months later, I figured it was time to give it another try (... and perhaps give myself an early birthday present or two!).

The shipment actually came 2 days earlier than expected this time around, so that was a fun surprise. I tried on the items and modeled them for the twins while they ate dinner and they were seriously so amused by each thing I put on- I should try on clothes with them as my audience more often!

My note to the stylist mentioned I wanted tops to wear at work as well as on the weekend, a maxi dress, and maybe some new pants. And I requested bright colors for any/all of the above. Here's what I ended up with:


Let's break them down, shall we?

(1) maxi dress
Verdict: I really wanted to love this dress once I saw the picture of it and pulled it out of the box, and overall, it was pretty cute, but it was way too roomy up top on me. Add to it the fact that it was $85 and it didn't make the cut.

(2) mint 3/4 length top + (3) gold necklace
Verdict: LOVE this top- the color, fit, and the cute little birdies on it, so I'm keeping it! The necklace is cute but I have plenty of necklaces and didn't love it enough to spend the $35 on it, so I passed on it.

(4) polka dot top
Verdict: This met my criteria of a top I could wear at work or on the weekends, but it was too short/hit too high for my liking and just made my mid-section look bigger, so I passed.

 (5) cropped jeans (shown with my super fancy Target v-neck)
Verdict: I liked the fit of these for the most part, but they were too cropped and made me feel like I was wearing high-waters, so I passed on these as well.

So in the end, I only ended up keeping one item, but I was totally ok with that. And I felt like my stylist was on the right track with the other items even though I didn't keep them, so I'll have to request her again! 

Stay tuned for the next StitchFix update... likely 4 or more months from now ;)