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! 


Show and Tell Tuesday: Prom

Today I’m linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday. Today’s topic is prom—unfortunately I could only find one picture to share as the proms I attended were well before the digital age. In fact the last prom I  went to was, gulp, 26 years ago!

Unfortunately less than 6 months before my prom I watched the movie Rosemary’s Baby which inspired me to get my hair cut into a pixie cut although in no way shape or form do I possess the bone structure necessary for shorn hair. I am not Mia Farrow! 

And of course it was super fun to grow out once I realized my mistake ( immediately). Except not.  So come prom, there was not much to do with it, so my stylist teased it upright and shellacked it into an immovable nest.

My dress was navy blue sequins, the back was a corset and it was about knee length with an insanely full skirt. Yes, I was wearing a short full skirt, super flattering. Except not. Especially on someone 5’2″ such as myself. 

Senior year I also attended and could not find the pictures. My dress was a basic black dress that was actually pretty classic and not so obviously late 80s early 90s. My mom actually chose it, i think she may have ordered it from a catalog. Important to the story as I didn’t actually try the dress on. It arrived, in sullen teenage fashion I probably mumbled that it was fine and then forgot about it until the day of the dance. Um, it was WAY too big. A great discovery to make an hour before the dance. Except not.  Luckily my grandparents were visiting us that weekend and my grandma was a pretty adept seamstress so she altered it on the fly while murmuring to herself that I just didn’t have enough bust for this dress. Super embarrassing!!!!! Another embarrassing moment from the night was when my date arrived to pick me up. My dad was our English teacher and my date was in my dad’s class that year. Well, while we were trying to get situated in the yard for pictures, my dog was going crazy jumping up on us and barking, my dad began shouting “Get down Todd”! Um, the dog’s name was Chester, Todd was my date’s name! 

I LOVE looking at throwback pictures so I cannot wait to snoop through everyone’s posts! And feel free to share any embarrassing prom moments you may have had with me. Anything worse than my Grandma’s bust comment or my dad’s slip of the tongue!?!