spring break and better internet

24 March 2015

The big kids were on spring break last week and even though they only go to preschool two mornings a week ... it made a world of difference having them home. I wish I could say it made the cozy and fun kind of difference but instead we took a little trip ...

destination: Crazytown,
population: mother and ducklings Patton

I think it was just the perfect storm of some weird patch of painful pregnancy fatigue (totally fine now!), Simon's current time consuming rotation (this is the last week!!), and Sebastian's new found penchant for skipping his nap (I'll just keep lying to myself and silently chanting it's, "just a phase! just a phase!), but even after hitting up parks and playgrounds on the daily we were alllll craving our usual sructure like the wild and free spirits that we Pattons tend to be ...


Simon says I repeatedly dress like the kids like lumberjacks but I have no idea what he's talking about. At all.

I think the low (or maybe high!) point was when Julia and Sebastian were playing "dentist" and all of a sudden Sebastian had cut off a very visible and sizable chunk of Julia hair. 

Anyway! I'm going to have to get my summer routine ducks in a row real quick or figure out a way to synchronize our "quality time" love language or something. Something!

But let's celebrate the blessed end to the "break" by going elsewhere(s) for the day, shall we? Yep.

As more and more blogs seem to be posting less and less I'm always so happy to find a new-to-me blog to archive stalk. Her gram game is gorgeous too.

I've typed it before and I'll type it again but if I were forced to reading nothing but Rachael's writing for the rest of my days ... I wouldn't complain one single bit. Ladybird's got talent.

This made me laugh {language alert though}

This made me feel so much better about the SOS texts I routinely send Simon

Julia has been starting to voice her strong opinions about jeans vs. leggings (something I've read is commonish with little girls? or maybe she's a special breed of crazy like her mother dearest) and is pretty adamant that jeans never touch her legs ever again but has been shockingly okay wearing these, thankfully.

In that same picky vein, I've been on the secondhand hunt for some flower girl shoes for J that didn't boast sparkles or bows or massive flowers and finally found these in a fit of 3am insomnia ... not secondhand but they can double as Easter kicks and if she's feeling festive .... baby #5's baptism? I guess.

I'm going to force myself to stop Zillow trolling Tampa houses and start this book tonight but not! before! I do the workout that never ever gets any easier. Weird.

Haaaaaave a good one.
Extra a's for fun.

23 comments:

  1. Same. Rachael's writing is THE best.

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  2. My older daughter would only wear "soft pants" aka leggings. We had to convince her otherwise before she could start school due to those pesky dress code rules at Catholic school. ;-) 10 years later she's a 15 year old denim aficionado. Go figure.

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    1. see! ha. there you go. There's still hope!!!

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  3. Make sure to report back on how you like that book cause I want to know how someone likes it before I read it, ya know?!!! Also, thanks for the new blogs, I'll be stalking them tomorrow during my busy day of work and all!

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  4. I hated jeans as a child. Lived in stirrup pants and jelly shoes. Because that's how old I am.

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    1. ha! I wanted to be the girl wearing both of those things! Neeever cool enough though!

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  5. I just finished that book last night... it is SO good!! I literally could.not.put.it.down!!

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  7. My 8yr old daughter just got her 1st pair of jeans a few months ago since she was a toddler. Now she's well not thin and once she hit girl sizes the low rise skinny jean thing just doesn't work well for her and she basically wore tunic dresses and leggings all the time. We ended having to buy plus jeans and get them hemmed.

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  8. I'm with Julia... 98% of the time I'd rather be in dresses or leggings rather than jeans. The bad news is that I don't look as cute in leggings as Julia does.

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  9. Jen Hatmaker is hilarious! My almost-4 girlie is a leggings/jeggings girl, 100%.

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  10. I remember wearing jeans for the first time in kindergarten...I was super picky about how clothes felt and I wore leggings under them!

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  11. Love Jen Hatmaker. I hate to think of the texts I'd send my husband if he were allowed to have his phone at work. It probably spares both of us a lot of trauma.

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  12. I love every post of yours. So glad you are not posting less and less!!

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  13. Stray from zillow!! It seems like the easiest answer but secretly all the good perfect wonderful houses are on Realtors websites because a lot of them are anti-zillow. So they protest and hold the listings hostage on mls websites. We wouldn't have found our house if I didn't insomnia-stalk realty websites.

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  14. Oh my gosh Patton, you've got this new mom over here in tears over that link on "big feelings"! I'll just go cuddle my little baby now while she's still tiny.

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  15. Oh my gosh Patton, you've got this new mom over here in tears over that link on "big feelings"! I'll just go cuddle my little baby now while she's still tiny.

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  16. When my daughter was Julia's age and WELL into elementary school, she also refused to let jeans touch her person in any capacity. I just went with it. She loved leggings and she loved dresses and skirts, so that was her wardrobe, always. Once she got into middle school that changed dramatically and she switched to jeans. Julia won't stay there forever, but let her have her preference!

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  17. My future stepdaughter, who is going to be 12, still won't wear jeans. She says they are too tight... and only wears yoga pants. We argue all the time over both of our definitions of how clothing "fits". Girls are a joy.

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  18. My daughter is only 2 and started refusing jeans at 13 months. Yep, we don't have a single pair for her anymore! I loved your links and always, your observations about daily life and motherhood. I posted today and mentioned your blog. You are a constant source of inspiration. I don't know how you do it with 4.5 (I am struggling with 1.5!) Love how you always are honest! Here is the link if you are at all interested: http://www.allthingsbigandsmallblog.com/2015/03/thoughts-for-thursday-supermom.html

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  19. Can I just say how much I love your blog? It's super refreshing for lots of reasons: a) you don't do, like, 99% sponsored posts, b) your style seems real, not overly cheery and perfect and out to win some kind of mommy blogger award, and c) you're seriously funny. So thanks for giving us all a fun blog to read :)

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    1. oh gosh - thank you Emily!! this really means so much!!!!

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  20. Ahhhh, Crazytown! What a place.

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