Honey, have you seen my glasses?
Does anyone else with kids think that with each one you exponentially lose brain cells? Has this been proven? Can someone verify? :)
I got this book from a former coworker when I was first pregnant, and we have been loyal readers for years. One of the pages is What Would You Do With Eyes Like This? One of the answers is a bush baby who uses its big eyes to see better at night. From there, Croc really wanted to see a video of a bush baby. I pulled one up on YouTube and he watched it a couple of times with interest and then all of a sudden he ran out of the room and hid behind the door scared to death! And now, days later, he's still begging to see "the bush baby video." I remind him it will scare him but he keeps asking. Pro tip: Don't watch this bush baby video with a 3-year-old even if she/he begs you!
We took a break from scary nature videos to color a rainbow. His is deconstructed and I like it!
We picked up this mini gingerbread village kit and after 36 hours of the kids begging to assemble it, we caved.
I decided since all of us were feeling a lot better, we'd make a party of it. The term pu pu platter is used often in our house, not only because it sounds a lot like poo poo which generates instant laughter, but because we tend to serve to the kids lots of small things on one big plate.
The "meat cookies" (aka salami) are always a big hit!
I'm glad I used a knife to help the pieces pull apart. I think this kit may have been around for quite some time.
Prepping without children present is the key to success when it comes to gingerbread house assembly. Then you turn them loose and hope they don't eat everything.
I love how independent The Dude is becoming. He said he wanted to do it all by himself and I found myself physically walking away from the table to prevent myself from helping him. He did a great job and was really patient helping his little bro.
We chilled a bottle of sparkling apple cider and let the boys drink it out of some old margarita glasses. They did a cheers toast that was like watching a car crash in slow motion—ha ha ha—but not a drop was spilled! We are very classy people.
Daddy got in on the action too! He is far more patient than me when it comes to stuff like this.
I don't know about you but I think this village is the spitting image of the box! Except we've somehow gone from five buildings to three. Hmmmm. We had a great time and watched Elf together afterward. Bring on the holiday season!
I've been taking pocket pictures for years with my kids and this one has quickly become my favorite. Tonight I was talking to The Dude and I looked in his pants pocket and thought, "Does he have Cheetos in his pocket?" but it was actually a large wad of orange yarn. He had no recollection where it came from and so we laughed about it for a while.
The holiday season means my kids start to do creepy things to the nativity scene.
Someone please let me know where I can order this party sign in bulk...
My husband's only sticker on his laptop. If you aren't #teamroth then we will never see eye to eye on classic rock. :)
This photo randomly popped up in my photo feed and I remembered I took it on one of the very first days of my marathon training when I had to push Croc. Only six more days until I cross this item off my to-do list! I want to soak up the entire experience and be present in the moment.
I've been a big old bundle of nerves this week, thinking about packing and getting everyone organized for the trip. I'm also paranoid I'm going to get sick or trip over a step at work and sprain an ankle. I can't imagine what a professional athlete must go through in the days leading up to a race... How every little task you do, you need to be careful not to get injured or sick.
I saw a story on Meb Keflezighi and how he played soccer with his daughter for the first time post-retirement and how strange it was to not have to worry about getting injured. He was just playing in the moment, without a care in the world. What an awesome feeling for him to have that freedom now to be active with his kids!
My mom and friend arrive tomorrow and then we leave for Sacramento in a few days. I'm trying to wrap up work so I can enjoy their visit and obsess over my playlist and gear that I need to pack. :)
Will any of you readers be at California International Marathon this weekend?
Tell me if you like gingerbread or not. I think a lot of people either love it or hate it. I fall in the love bucket.
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.