Peeking out from under the covers!

I do not like scary movies. In fact embarrassingly I’ve been actively avoiding the previews for the movie The Beguiled. #wuss

But oddly I enjoy scary books. And I just read a great one.

It was so good but wow it is the creepiest, most disturbing book I have read in years! Luckily it is fairly short as I needed to race through it to get some resolution. And if I am being totally honest, I *may* have read the last few pages when I was halfway through as I couldn’t wait! 

As much as I loved this book I need a palate cleanser before I read another frightening thriller so am reading Elin Hilderbrand next!


Workin’ It Wednesday

Good morning! I am participating in the Workin’ It Wednesday link up today, the topic being keeping your kids entertained all summer.

I am a stay-at-home mommy to a two year old so keeping her entertained is a year round gig for me! Sometimes I feel like I can’t possibly pull another trick out of my sleeve but then I remember that when they are toddlers, the world is huge and new and that there is wonderment in even the seemingly small and mundane.

Of course we do all the classic fun summer things: picnics, time at the park, popsicles, the pool. 

But sometimes if she is getting bored and fussy I can chage the mood by doing something as simple as moving her indoor play tent from her room to the back yard. Just the novelty of the change of location makes a big difference! Or we’ll eat our lunch on a blanket in the yard, instantly more fun! 

She is at the age where she loves to ‘help’ so although it makes my chores take quadruple the time, whenever possible I let her participate. She LOVES putting clothes (one at a time) into our front loading washing machine.  And she enjoys watering our flowers with her little watering can–our lilies recently bloomed and my daughter was so excited as she thinks her diligent watering has made them flourish.

I also cultivate a big online queue of materials from my local library. I request lots of books for Julia and every couple of days pick them up from the holding area, my daughter is thrilled to have new books to read. I enjoy the library as it is a great way to ‘try out’ books and figure out which ones are the ‘hits’ which we need to actually own so that I can read them approximately 5000 times!

I look forward to reading everyone’s ideas!

Show and Tell Tuesday

Today’s topic for Andrea’s Show and Tell Tuesday link up was so apt I had to bring my blogging hiatus to a close: The Struggle is Real!

Why such a long break from blogging?

No, I have not become a hoarder!

We are in the midst of a major kitchen remodel! The above photos were from our demo weekend. Gutted kitchen and new cabinets awaiting installation in our dining room commingled with displaced kitchen goods. I appreciate the hard work my husband and teenage stepson put into the demo but let’s just say it was not the light hearted good time Chip and Joanna Gaines portray it to be on Fixer Upper!

At this point the new cabinets are happily no longer in my dining room and instead have been properly hung by professionals. But we are still in the midst of major upheaval as the countertops don’t go in until the end of the month. Which means no kitchen plumbing until July! So my month long struggle (demo was Memorial Day weekend) has largely involved washing dishes in the bathroom sink! Obviously we’ve been using disposable dishes whenever possible but honestly plates and silverware are the easy things to wash in my small bathroom sink. The problem is pans and larger serveware. So we are subsisting mostly on grilling and carry out. I have never been so tired of restaurant food! But complaining is really ungracious, I am truly excited for the new kitchen! But in the meantime, oh the struggle is so very real!!!!

Show and Tell Tuesday Memory Lane

Good morning! Today I am linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today topic is totally my jam: Memory Lane.

Last week I visited my parents for a couple of days and in an attempt to entertain my two year old daughter, they pulled these desks down from the loft of their garage ( where they had spent the past 30 years!).

At the end of fourth grade, the small school which I had attended was consolidated with another local school, so they gave away our school desks. My parents took one from my 4th grade classroom and one from my brother’s third grade classroom. Seeing them brought back so many memories! Lots of Strawberry Shortcake dolls lived under those lids!

I also had an epic sticker collection–lots of smelly stickers, lots of puffy stickers and this gem of Jermaine Jackson! 

And for my grand finale: the outfit I wore under my graduation gown in 1991! This picture was taken about 10 years ago after I found it in a closet at my parents’ house. I had been cleaning hence the bad hair! But trust me, my hair didn’t look good in 91 either, haha!

Let’s parse out what is happening in this outfit. Shoulder pads fit for a linebacker? check! Gold nonfunctional purely decorative buttons? Check! Lace fit for a doily? Check! A sash? Not pictured, but yes, check! Oh and let me clarify, that is not a skirt but in fact SHORTS! Oh and I distinctly remember in 91 pairing this with my white pumps! 

This was hilarious! I love when a blog topic makes me laugh. 

Tuesday Talk: Will I Ever Sleep Again!?!

Today I am linking up with Erika and Ashley For their Tuesday Talk series. It meets up every third Tuesday of the month as a forum to discuss any topic that moves you. 

Today as I spent the hours between 2 AM and 4 AM in my two and a half year old’s bedroom I thought I would discuss toddler sleep issues! Be prepared, I have no advice! 

I will be honest, for a LONG time I would cave and if she had a troubled night, would let her sleep with us. But it became a habit. And sleeping with us became the norm not the exception. Clearly that needed to change so for the last month, the rule has been she has to spend the whole night in her own room.  Some nights have been better than others. Typically if she wakes up it only takes a couple minutes for me to pacify her and get her back to sleep. But last night I would soothe her back into sleep, only to have her promptly wake back up. It was horrible and culminated in me, in a state of exhaustion falling asleep on the floor next to her toddler bed.

Of course she woke up this morning fresh as a daisy and ready to play! My first pot of coffee was still brewing and she was asking to go outside and play basketball! 

If any of you have gone through toddler sleep issues and are now on the other side, please share what worked for you. I could use the advice! Or if you’re going through anything similar, comment as well: would be nice to know I’m not the only one camped out in a child’s bedroom! 


Friday Favorites: Easter Week

Today as usual I am linking up with AndreaErika and Narci for Friday Favorites.

Bunny Pictures:

I love that big brother is such a good sport and poses for these pictures with his sister!

Bunny Cake!

My mother in law bakes a bunny cake every year for the kids to decorate. I don’t think we need to worry about them skimping on jelly beans! 

Dying Eggs:

Honestly I was dreading dying eggs with my two year old daughter. The mess! But on a rainy afternoon when we were at loose ends, I got brave. And am so glad that I did–we had fun! It wasn’t nearly as messy as I had remembered it to be. The eggs are far from perfect but Julia was so proud to have ‘done them herself’. Plus she thinks mommy is a magician as I showed her how mixing blue and yellow make green and red and blue make purple! 

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!


Workin’ It Wednesday: Spring Cleaning

Today I am writing about a topic I have no business writing about considering the current state of my home! Linking up with Shay and Erika for Workin’ It Wednesday. The topic? Spring cleaning!

With a very active two and a half year old and a husband who is frequently out of town for business travel, sometimes just keeping a baseline of cleanliness can be a challenge! 

Having big chunks of time to devote to cleaning seems like such a luxury akin to the glam squad Erika Girardi travels with on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It rarely happens with my daughter home with me all day. But I am all about micro bursts of cleaning and organizing. A lot can be accomplished in just a few minutes! And whenever possible I have my daughter ‘help’ me. 

My biggest problem is getting sidetracked. I need to be better at focusing on the task at hand! Staying focused helps a lot!

But my biggest tip is to give yourself grace. My daughter is not going to look back upon her childhood and warmly reflect that her home was spotless and decorated within an inch of its life but she will ( I hope) remember all the afternoons I spent on my hands and knees on the floor playing with her or the afternoons we spent playing at the park. Of course I want her to be in a clean home but it does not need to be perfect. So I will happily plead guilty that I have opted to have a tea party with her when my baseboards have needed attention. 

So do what you can when you can manage it but don’t lose sight of what is most important–that is my advice!