Friday, June 30, 2017

Taking Stock

Brainstorming - I've been thinking about how to organize all of my work related papers. Also, I'm brainstorming ideas about collecting my articles I've written for the paper and putting them in a binder. I want to have my favorites in one place.

Decorating - This past month, we worked on decorating and furnishing the living room. Bill picked up another end table and a coffee table. I bought a bar cart from Target that goes along with our mid-century modern theme. At least that's what our family has said! Ha

Discovering - I've been discovering new books I want to read. "Crazy Rich Asians" and "What Remains" are on my list.

Drinking - Coffee in the morning and a lot of water throughout the day.

Enjoying -We have had short break from the typical hot weather, and I've been loving the cooler nights.

Feeling - I'm excited for the weekend! We have a lot of things planned. We're celebrating birthdays on Bill's side and my brother's birthday too. Plus, it's the fourth of July, and we have a few parties too. We'll see how it all turns out.

Listening -I haven't listened to that much lately after finishing "Big Little Lies." I'm going to start "Anna Karenina" on Audible.

Lusting - Nothing in particular! Okay, I take that back. I'm lusting/craving cherry crisp. We picked cherries from the tree in our backyard last night, and I'm baking it this afternoon!

Planning - I've been writing several to-do lists, planning out birthday presents for different family members and planning on carving out some time to write in Liam and Roland's baby books.

Playing - We've been playing with a lot of dinosaurs lately. Liam loves playing with Bill's collection he had growing up. Plus, he has a plethora of little dinosaurs from Easter.

Procrastinating - I've been putting off laundry, but yesterday and the day before, I tried to tackle everything in the basement. I washed our sheets too. Oh, I've been meaning to finish crocheting a blanket, and I'm going to try and finish it tonight.

Thinking - I started reading "What Remains" by Carole Radziwill, and I can't stop thinking about the stories she writes about in her book. It's fascinating.

Shopping - I shopped for 12 month clothing for Roland this morning. We went to Kohl's for clothes. Each time I go, I'm reminded of when my mom would shop for us at Kohl's when were younger. She would pick up pretty much everything from there that we needed aside from groceries of course.

Wishing - I've been dying to go to Wisconsin for a little weekend getaway. I don't think it will happen this summer, but if not, I'm wanting to plan something for the fall/winter time. We'll see...

Waiting - Waiting for the weekend to start... I can't wait for everything we have planned. I have a feeling I'll be ready for the week after this. I'm not used to having something scheduled for each day.

Little Pink Book

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Day in the Life

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to take a picture every couple of hours to document what I did in a typical day with Liam (2.5 years) and Roland (4 months). I love reading and looking back at what life was like. You think you'll remember most things, but I find that I forget most of the details.

Roland woke up at 5:30 a.m. I fed him and he went back to bed while I worked for a few hours. I put Stress Away in the diffuser. I start diffusing it early in the day and keep it going till the afternoon. I feel like I'm on a beach with it diffusing. 😏 Typically, I'm working on posting to social media for my accounts in the morning and writing a blog post. Roland will sleep till 8:30 or 9 in the morning, and Liam will wake up around the same time. I feel really lucky they are such good sleepers!

After I feed Roland again and get breakfast for Liam, I'll work on cleaning the kitchen.

And I'll fold a load of laundry. I like to do one or two loads every other day. I could probably do one load of laundry everyday, but I'm typically behind by a day.

I like to listen to a book while I clean. Last week, I was listening to "Big Little Lies." I really enjoyed this book. It was good mix of funny scenes and characters and serious life and relationship issues. I ended up finishing the book using iBooks on my phone. It's funny. I think I like iBooks better than Audible.

I had to run to the library at 11 a.m. Roland was already asleep. He typically will sleep longer if I'm going out. He is really easy to bring with when I'm running errands.

We were returning a couple of movies, and Liam saw these two books he had to check out! Ha Tractors and dinosaurs are a big favorite!

Bill wanted me to text him a picture of the XBOXONE games. I have to admit, this was my second attempt. The first pictures I sent him were of regular XBOX games.

It was noon when I left the library. I decided to go to Target to search for an end table. Liam is so used to stopping by Starbucks when were at a store that he will ask for a snack when he sees one. He got a chocolate milk, and I got a mocha frappuccino. It's hard to say no when you want to go the same place! Haha

I found a bar cart to use as end table. It really fits the mid-century modern theme we have in the living room, and it was 60 percent off! Yay!

I always end up giving him a little of my drink.

When we got home both kids took a nap, and Liam woke up super happy.

This picture was from earlier when we were relaxing before Roland went to sleep. Isn't he sweet?

In the evening, I went on a walk with Roland and Liam. Bill also went with, and we walked to the farm where we found his parents sitting by the fire. I ended up staying with Roland while Bill went to organize the basement. We're in the middle of putting the basement back together. Bill's dad was cooking a pizza. I had a couple of slices, and he asked me, "So what would you like for dessert?" Ha! I love how he will always ask me this after dinner. He's so sweet and fun. Bill Senior decided on cinnamon rolls. Before they were done, I went back home and picked up Liam so he could have one with us.

Liam loves going over to Nana and Papa's house. We stayed for a little bit longer, and I went home to put everyone to bed. It was a pretty typical day for us besides the trip to Target. I think I go once or twice a month. 😉 What does a typical day look like for you?

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Random List...

First things first... These cinnamon rolls were amazing! Bill had requested I bake cinnamon rolls for Father's Day so naturally I left it to the last minute to make the dough and bake them.

This actually my second attempt. They turned out a lot better when I let the dough rise for a couple of hours! Go figure.

Bill has always used white sugar mixed with cinnamon for the filling, but these cinnamon rolls have brown sugar. I really liked it!

Summer: This summer has already been flying by way too fast for my taste. It always does, right? I'm feeling the need to take more pictures and videos to remember when everything was green and warm outside. I always thought summer was one of the best seasons!

My babies are growing up so fast. I walked by the bathroom mirror when I was holding Roland. I couldn't believe how big he looked! You know when you're holding them, you can't really see them. You see the back of their head and the side of their face most of the time, and you don't see what they look like from a distance.

Liam is looking and acting like an older kid all the time. The stuff he can say and communicate to us is amazing. We also switched him to a daybed on Sunday. There's no more crib anymore! It's going okay I would say. I got him to nap yesterday in his bed, but he didn't settle down in his room till late last night.

With the house, we have it decorated for the most part. I can't really think of anything I HAVE to do. The curtains are up, the mirror is up, the reading nook is fully decorated, there are pillows everywhere and we have three end tables. The only big thing missing is a coffee table. I need to search a little bit harder this week for that. Other than that, I would say our living/dining room is almost finished.

I decided one of the top shelves in the reading nook would change with the seasons and everything else would generally stay the same. This way, I'm not fully redecorating everything every few months.

Sleep has been a big focus lately. I haven't been getting enough. I've been staying up later than I should the past few days. I need to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier instead of working later at night. I think that would help. Any other work from home parents have any advice? ;)

I should sign off now before Liam wakes up. Haha I need to start checking things off my list. :)

Little Pink Book

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Roland - 4 Months

{Milestones} I can't believe Roland is 4 months already! I feel like you're moving past the newborn phase this month. You are becoming more vocal. You like talking, cooing, laughing a little and smiling all the time. I love how you love looking at people's faces. You are incredibly social.

You started liking tummy time 50 percent of the time! Ha You're doing a lot better with it, and when we lay you on the ground, you will lift your legs and do some crunches.

{Temperament} You are still pretty chill. You love watching your brother. You smile at him all the time. You seem to like everyone.

{Eating & Sleeping} You are eating every 2 to 2.5 hours during the day. In the evening, you cluster feed from 6 to 10. You are typically sleeping 7 to 7.5 hours at night and waking up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to eat a little. You go back to bed for 2 to 3 hours. You're a good sleeper!

I would say you are pretty quiet at night. Sometimes, you will wake up in the morning in such a good mood. You won't cry. You'll just smile at me and look around.

{Weight} 18 pounds 9 ounces

{Height} 25 inches

{Clothes} You are in 9 month and 12 month clothes. I love having you in the baby rompers for the summer. They're so easy. They also help you stay cool.

{Hair} You haven't lost any hair! Your hair looks light brown/blonde. I can tell it's definitely getting longer! I wonder if we'll have to give you your first haircut before a year...

{Likes} You love when people talk to you. You also LOVE when people smile at you. You're still cuddly at night. You like looking around and finding out what your brother is up to at any given moment. You like having your hair washed.

Oh, there was a big change this month! You started liking stuffed animals! You like them more than a nook. You are starting to have less interest in the nook and more interest in stuffed animals. I like finding stuffed animals around the house that have different textures. There is a dragon of Liam's that you love because of the wings. They are a different material, and they make a crunching noise when you touch them. I still carry a nook around just in case I'm desperate for it! You like playing with a blanket too.

{Dislikes} You are starting to hate when you have to have your outfit changed. Other than that, you don't have too many dislikes!

{Outings} We went to Uncle Phil's and Katie's house over the weekend. You slept and ate the entire time and woke up in the evening. You can sleep anywhere. You did perfect on your first day trip. Ha We've been swimming over at the farm, and you'll sit in your chair on the pool deck. You do pretty good hanging out while we swim. We try to avoid you feeling any splashes. It can be hard sometimes! We also went to the zoo for Mother's Day. I still need to upload the pictures to the blog! You were really good for that trip too. You slept most of the day at the zoo.

{Just for Fun} Liam's 4 Month Update

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Family Day

I had the hardest time getting out the door on Sunday to leave for Phil and Katie's. I'm not sure why. I should have packed a little the night before, but my evenings are a little intense with all the baby feeding. I'm not complaining though. I love the baby snuggles. Anyways, we got out the door at noon and enjoyed most of the day at the park.

It was a super hot day but we all stayed cool in the shade. Liam ran through their fountain they had at the park. He was so cute! He kept yelling, "I got it!" when he got drenched by the water. I accidentally got wet by walking to close to the fountain.

The wind kept blowing the water in different directions. It wasn't too bad though. It was super refreshing, and since it was 90 degrees, I dried off quickly. Ha

I had to get a picture of with Meg... She's going to be gone for the summer at her new internship. I'm so excited to hear all about it.
  I'm sad we won't see her as much as we usually do!

We made sure to stay hydrated! ;)

Mom and Meg!

Awesome picture of Phil and Katie. Gosh, I want a picture like this one! ;)

Roland ate and slept the entire time. He was the perfect baby for us. I was glad we kept him cool in the shade! I was a little worried before we left.

There was an area in the park that looked like it was for dodge ball.
Liam looks so much older than last year, but he's still tiny.

I wish he had one of these at our house. It seriously provides hours of entertainment... I would even use it too!

Liam had so much fun with MEG!

Liam had a blast yelling back and forth with Phil... He kept listing off everyone's name, "Phil, Mimi, Meg!" I love how he knows everyone's name now.

Phil talking to Liam.

We went out to eat and had pizza and salad outside.

I love how we can always find someplace fun to eat. I wouldn't mind living in the city.

Roland finally woke up for dinner! Haha He is usually pretty sleepy during the day and his awake time is in the evening.

After dinner the kids were pretty tired. I fed Roland and we headed home. We always enjoy spending the day with Phil and Katie.

I can't wait to go back!

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hello 30

Roland borrowing his twin cousin's blanket. ;)

Well, I turned 30 yesterday and the world didn't end... LOL Thirty is such an ominous number. Really entering any new decade is pretty scary. I don't entirely know why. I told Bill 30 didn't seem to odd. It seems right, but somehow, I think I'm going to miss my 20's. A lot of good things happened in my 20's.

I went to college and graduated. I met Bill, married him and had our two boys. We had countless family visits with both sides where we enjoyed hanging out together. We started Maintenance Monday where we get together for dinner each Monday. We get along most of the time. Only one argument ended in a taco being thrown. Just one taco incident! I would say that's a good record.

I also started this blog in my 20's! I know of a few bloggers who have stopped blogging recently. I always get a little sad when I read a post dedicated to quitting a blog. I don't think I will stop blogging... I love looking back at older posts and remembering what my life was like during that time. If I decide I want to post less there will just be longer times in between my posts, but I'm hoping to post more than I have in recent months. What else...

During my last year in my 20's, I've become obsessed with figuring out our house plans to expand our living space, reading books on audible, finding ways to organize our house better and finding the perfect shade of lipsense. Haha I'm just joking about the last one. Although, I love lipsense, I'm not obsessed with it. I just love makeup in general. I'm currently not buying anymore lipsense. I have my favorites. Ha

A lot of great things happened in my 20's, and I THINK I'm ready to see what happens in my 30's. After all, it can't be that scary!

Little Pink Book

Friday, June 2, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend 2017

We had an awesome Memorial Day Weekend! On Tuesday, I was lacking ambition to do much of anything I didn't have to do for the day... Longer weekends always make the work week a little bit harder! Anyways, we started out the weekend by giving Liam a pet. Well, let me rephrase that. He now has two kittens in the basement.

We're trying to tame them so we can have them as outdoor cats. I was shocked when Bill said he wanted to have cats in the basement! I wasn't sure about it. I love all animals, but I definitely love dogs more than cats. It's going well. The kitty in the picture above warmed up to us after a day.

They quickly realize we are OK when we give them food a couple times a day.

Hanging out with Auntie T!

On Sunday, we visited my Grandpa's grave, and they had a 21-gun silhouette. We were worried we had the wrong day when we showed up to the cemetery. No one was there until the very last minute before the silhouette.

On Sunday night, I headed over to my mom's house to visit her animals since she was away on vacation. They were desperate for some extra attention.

Liam loves walking Kit. He held her leash while in the stroller and followed her around the park. He just loves her!

Later that night, I walked out to my car to grab something and my mom's cat followed after me. She wants to be outside way too much. I started searching for her. Liam ran out with the dog and was "helping" too. Ha I had Roland crying so I picked him up and walked around the house with him. I think it took thirty minutes for her to come up to the porch. I almost snatched her up, but I wasn't quick enough. I finally grabbed her from one of the trees next to the porch. Whew!

We had lunch at the farm the next day. Usually I'm taking pictures all the time. I only had two pictures from the day. Ha Roland was content to sleep the day away even though it was extremely windy on Memorial Day. I was glad they had the couch out on the porch. It was the only thing blocking the wind!

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