adventurers gonna adventure

06 October 2014

What's it been, like three weeks since I last put you through a full blown weekend recap? And, let me guess - you're going through weekend recap withdrawals?

No? Stop typing right now?


... it won't be that bad. I mostly promise.

I believe Friday night set the stage nicely and should give you an idea of just how lively our weekend was when both Simon and I were in the mood to do something, "fun and spontaneous with the kids" and thought ice cream afterwards sounded like a nice treat and so .... we found ourselves closing down the Costco snack bar.

toe touch.

hand/keg stand.

I know. But there is only so much you can do when it's frigid and dark outside. And by frigid I mean 50 degrees because I'm a reptile.

Simon has been working (and working) on a presentation for an upcoming conference and it involves lots of concentration and graphs and excel spreadsheets and many technical languages I do not speak. After a couple of hours of trying to put the finishing touches on said presentation while the younger kids napped and the older kids were their usual quiet and docile selves he frustratingly declared that he did not know how I managed to blog and I smiled and then laughed because photos of children + run on sentences galore does not a complicated presentation make. But, Simon was busy doing that. Had to be recapped!!

Something spicier? We did get rid of a desk on Craigslist. The two sentence listing was flagged for being inappropriate (oh-kay?) and removed right before the new owners came to pick it up and our life suddenly felt a little bit edgy. And I'm now addicted to getting rid of things. Our living room feels so much bigger and now I'm wondering if we can get by with seating for a mere three people in the living area? Company can make themselves at home on the floor, right? Or maybe perch themselves on one of our more aesthetically pleasing pieces of furniture ...


... but then she might kill you.

The first thing she does when she wakes up is lunges for it and then gnaws on that rubber star for many minutes before Theo pulls her around the room.

Circus!! errrrrrrrday.

Okay, let's cut to the fun stuff.

This cute shop generously sent the kids these matchy-match shirts and you better believe I pounced on the opportunity to TRY to get a semi-sweet photo of the kids together.


Tried.


And Tried. {did someone throw an invisible ball at Theo's face? why?}


And tried.

Whatever.

Motherhaters.

And maybe it's just me or maybe it's Sebastian's haircut but suddenly he and Julia are looking so much alike.


These two and their hate/love/hate relationship. Twill baffle me forever.


Theodore and the case of the third wheel.

And I have to include some cliché photos of the little kids on the swings.


Normally the boys hate the swings but both Julia and Phoebe love to swing so I was shocked when Theo frantically signed, "please" (the sign for "more" - always 89 steps behind around here) and happily swung his little heart out.


You didn't know you were signing up for run on sentences about my progeny on swings today, did you?!

And for the grand finale I have to include this quality phone snap (maybe you saw it on Simon's insta) but Simon was swinging with Theo ... happy, happy ....


... when he decided to pull a little "flip backwards for a second - it will be funny" stunt and ended up completely falling off ...


... they were both totally fine.


Theo was just really angry and embarrassed because just out of the shot was a dad swinging his cute little daughter.

Okay, you had to be there. But I'm still laughing and I'm not a laugher.

Other highlights:

+ I finally started Gilmore Girls. Love it. Simon thought I said I was going to watch Golden Girls while I worked out and he was thoroughly confused but just nodded and said, "enjoy!"

+ A fellow resident family had us over for brunch on Sunday (so nice!) and we made the idiotic mistake of bringing grocery store donuts (we are thee worst guests, never have us over) because I always think they look so good. I have to admit that they didn't hold a candle to the hospital cafeteria donuts and so we can add that to the (currently empty) list of thing I will miss about residency.

+ if you're driving around any St. Louis residential areas and are suddenly overwhelmed with the potent aroma of generic baby Vicks ... know that you are in our vicinity. Sebastian raided one of Julia's many purses of trinkets and hoarded crap during his "nap" in their room and found a stolen bottle and took it upon himself to christen their walls, their toys, and her bare mattress. The smell has permeated absolutely everything. Fun fun.

Three highlights. You've been punished enough.


I'm done! I swear it.

45 comments:

  1. Julia's face in Simon's swing recovery picture made me laugh and also continue to laugh for a hot minute (or 6). Thanks for sharing!

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  2. The swing photos are hilarious, but the hugging photo! Ahhh!

    And I love that husband admission.

    Last thing to love - Julia's pilfered Vicks.



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  3. Isn't there another picture way back in the archives of Julia looking like an invisible ball hit her in the face? I remember laughing out loud at that picture too. PS: someone invisible is out to make your kids look ridiculous in photos.

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  4. The swinging pictures are adorable! And I'm sorry, but I full on snort-laughed at the picture of Simon flipping over. I promise I'm not an evil person.

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    1. I'm STILL laughing. Happy I'm in good company!

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  5. OMG, the invisible ball and Theo and Simon and Theo on the swing.....laughing, still laughing and my co-workers think I am crazy indeed! Oh and I really loved the part about Simon wondering how you blog with kids and no quiet....you got skillz!!!

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  6. Theo's shoes!!!!!!!!!!! lol
    He wears them well :)

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  7. Well at least everyone's sinuses should be clear, right?!

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  8. On the upside, you won't have to worry about Sebastian or Julia being congested for like the next decade. Silver linings, huh? :)

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  9. I love the love/hate/love relationship of J and S toooo funny!! Also, where did you find Gilmore Girls online?

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  10. your children are the absolute cutest!

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  11. Ha! my 21 month old Monica totally ointed her whole head in baby Vicks yesterday too! Why!?
    And we definitely on the signing "more" for "please" train too. I don't even notice anymore because I'm snickering at her pronunciation of please as "tsk".

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  12. Oh that is so going to my husband on the swings too!! Just why?! Your house is just chock-a-block filled with personality! I love it!!! xx

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  13. Simon is my shirt twin (Hail Steubenville) and Phoebe does clearly look miserable with her elastic headband on the swings. (It's Monday and I haven't been snarky enough today)

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    1. This comment looks much worse now that the one previous to mine was deleted... ha!

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  14. what do the shirts say?
    It looks like Absolut Mahm.

    Oh, duh, I clicked the link- I was close: Absolute Mayhem. LOL. that makes more sense.

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  15. Please let me tell you all about how I could not read those shirts. Not because your pictures weren't clear, but because the letters would not make sense in my head. I felt like I was going crazy because I had zero idea what the shirts said.

    Then I finally realize they say, Absolute Mayhem.

    Irony.

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  16. I love it! I love it all! But mostly I love the swing falling, is that mean of me? I just kind of live for that kind of stuff, where dad accidentally embarrasses himself while still holding on to the fun parent title. I am constantly embarrassed like yesterday when I went the whole day running errands with ninja turtle stickers stuck to my butt. Kids...

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    1. I laughed out loud at the flipping Simon photo and then laughed out loud at the image of you walking around with ninja turtle stickers stuck to your butt! Oh, I so needed that laugh, thank you. :))

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  17. Oh how I needed the Patton's today. Thanks for making me laugh!!

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  18. When I saw those shirts I was definitely thinking bebe announcement... And the swing... I'm dying!

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  19. Loooove Gilmore Girls!!! Are you a total newbie? It is delightful!

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  20. I had a good laugh over the swing spill. Awesome.
    And I just started Gilmore Girls, too, AND my husband also thought I was saying that I was watching Golden Girls. I blame male listening skills.

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  21. Gilmore Girls is awesome! I'm so excited that it's on Netflix now. There are a lot of your photos that crack me up, but the swing spill was pretty good.

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  22. I love Gilmore Girls. We have the entire series on DVD. But there is no confusion at our house because we ALSO have all the seasons of Golden Girls on DVD too. (PS... I only brought Gilmore into the marriage. The other GG is not mine.)

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  23. Haha! I loved everything about this post! Your blog is my all time favorite. Quick question(s), do you work out while the kids are awake? If so, what do you have them do while you workout? Also, how do you watch a show and workout? As you can see I'm in desperate need of a workout

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    1. Haha no! Only when at least phoebe and theo are sleeping. And I use the DVD player for the workout DVD then put my computer (with netflix) next to the tv (on mute) on a chair - pathetic? Maybe!! :)

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    2. I do the same thing. computer with workout dvd on mute. ipad with netflix show. multitasking :)

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  24. I love that you called yourself a lizard. Me too. When I am cold in a 74 degree home in the summer, Shawn suggests I "sit in the sun and lick my eyes." The first time it took me a minute to process.

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  25. "and I'm not a laugher"...who says that? so funny.

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  26. OK, annointing with Vicks... explain. Does it ward off/help get rid of sickness??? Looking for any tips.

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  27. Your insane!!!! I love your blog and look forward to every post=)

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  28. I cannot believe no one asked about your naughty Craigslist ad! C'mon, tell us how you described this desk;) Seriously,I have to know.

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  29. I know, right?!?! Getting rid of stuff is awesome and even MORE so when people pay you to haul it away! Also: YUM, nothing like a house that smells like Vicks! :D
    xox
    giedre

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  30. You'll never regret watching Gilmore Girls!

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  31. LOVE getting rid of things. Because of you I am newly addicted to ThredUP and just sent them a huge bag. And maybe have gotten a few things for myself too..

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  32. gilmore girls! yaaaassssss!!!

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  33. Invisible ball at Theo's face cracked me up! I'm inappropriately reading your blog while I'm at work and work is not funny. But that picture is so hilarious!

    FYI - Craigslist is dangerous. Seriously. Stop while you're ahead.

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  34. Well. My friend told me about your blog and I knew it was right up my alley from the beginning. My husband is an M4 and we are wading through all the interviews for residency. On night float, I stay up until 3 in the morning watching whatever until it lulls me to sleep- with every light on in our house. I figure if the house is lit up like a christmas tree, it will look like there's a ton of people here, right? Anyway, I was scrolling through all of my 7 month old daughter's baptism photos from sunday and was despairing over having very few usable shots. Then I read your blog and found out that I'm not the only one that has trouble getting a good pic of the whole family. Thanks for sharing your life! It's encouraging! (Also, Gilmore Girls is my jam.)

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  35. Your kids are so cute. Been fun to watch your family grow.

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  36. I'm so excited about Gilmore Girls!!!!!exclamationexclamation

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