Sunday, October 27, 2013

89 hours, 1 minute

Rich has been gone (visiting a friend in Ohio) for 89 hours and 1 minute as I write this post. Which means he will be home in 21 hours and 59 minutes THANK GOD. This is the first time in my history of motherhood that I have parented truly alone for any extended time. When Charlie was an infant, Rich traveled for a night or two. But that was cake. Fill a bottle, change a diaper, rock a tiny swaddled cuddle bear.

No, this, THIS almost-5 year old and almost-2 year old wrangling event that has been going on here was not cake. There have been good moments, yes. Some feet kicked up, smooshed together on the couch watching Monsters University or sitting at the dinner table being polite and grateful. Charlie stepped up to the plate and helped load the car, carry dishes to the sink, made sure Cook didn't run away (because she tried - and I empathized with her). Alice wanted to sit on my lap and brush my hair and was a chatterbox.

However, the operations of a small household, two small children, 3 large piles of laundry, 1 anxious dog, soccer practice, getting myself to work fully dressed and showered, packing lunches, remembering share toys, putting shoes on, taking stickers off are non-stop when your partner isn't there to step in. Or carry the load.

while Rich was away

Rich carries the load. I'm the Vice President to his Chief Operating Officer of our Home and Kids. He's got this thing nailed. Did I mention he's really, really patient with the kids? The way I lost my shit today with yelling, eye rolling and empty threats demoted me to mail room of our Home and Kids. I plan to turn in my self assessment in 21 hours. Maybe 45 hours - after I've decompressed.

September Life

Some of the more challenging moments in no particular order:

  • Alice learned how to climb out of her crib for the first time. Just came walking out into the living room like she owned the joint. 
  • Alice created a poop Picasso in her crib Saturday during nap time. In her crib, on the sheets, her stuffed animals and on herself. I cried. Really hard. 
  • Charlie was in a bad mood this morning and slammed the bathroom door. Alice's fingers were in that door. 
  • I hit my head, hard, on the corner of the bathroom counter as I was coming up from cleaning candy corn vomit from the floor. Vomit that I didn't know was there but that ants knew was there. I cried. Really hard.
  • We have ants. 
  • Alice drew all over the living room wall in purple crayon. I left it. 
  • There's a neighborhood cat that continues to shit in my driveway. This morning, as I was loading the kids in the car, I stepped in it. 
  • Charlie learned the word "testicles" and has decided to use it in public. 
While this may read as a whiny rant from a tired woman with no real right to complain, it isn't. It's a love letter to my husband. Come home, babe. Come home. 

Below are some photos from the past 89 hours. No editing, no captions. Just life. 

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

while Rich was away

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Digital Playdate: September

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Sharing my friends' kids in one spot, once a month. View all past playdate posts here.

Month #9.

My high school friend, Kim's daughter. Maddie, 2 years old. 

"First time on the potty!" 

Kim, September 2013.

My childhood friend Lynn's daughters Ella, 8 years old and Abby, 5 years old.

Lynn, September 2013.

Lynn, September 2013.

My post-college / pre-California friend, Crystal's sons. Jack, 5 years old and Ryan, 3 years old. 

"First day of kindergarten" 

Crystal, September 2013.

Crystal, September 2013.

Crystal, September 2013.

Crystal, September 2013.

My sister-in-law Misty's daughter, Kayle, 13 years old. 

"Her first 5k" 

Kayle, September 2013.

My college friend, Lesley's son Harper, 6 years old.  

Lesley, September 2013.


My sister-in-law Robin's sons. Aidan, 5 years old. Will, 24 months old. 

"Life in general lately" 

Robin, September 2013.

Robin, September 2013.

My high school friend, Jen's (Kitchka) son Owen, 7 years old and daughter Lily, 5 years old. 

"First day of school." 

Jen K, September 2013.  

My high school friend, Jen's (Lundgren) son Jameson, 3 years old and her daughter Autumn, 11 months old. 

Jen L, September 2013.

Jen L, September 2013.

My son Charlie, 4.5 years old and daughter, Alice 21 months old.

Charlie and his white t-shirt. September 2013.

Alice, 21 months old

Monday, October 7, 2013


Sundays for us are usually spent home. This time of year, there is football on. Not because we are huge sports fans, but because we like the sound of it in the background. And football goes nicely with fall food like roasted root vegetables and dips.

Laundry, cleaning, maybe some grocery shopping. Bike riding, patio sweeping, living room wrestling, baby doll swaddling. All part of the dance.

The kids get up early but are slow to get around. Pajamas stay on until late in the morning. Peanut butter toast and bananas are a frequent lunch. Shirtless for Alice because I'm already sick of laundry by 11 am.

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Sunday lunch

I love Sundays. I hope they always remain this quiet day of nothing and everything for our family.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

September life in photos

September was one of my top 3 months of the year so far. Last year I would rank September as one of the crappiest months of 2012. But September 2013? It's a top 3 winner.

Because I've spent so much time with my babies.

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Because Tom and Michelle brought baby Cole over to play.
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Because our kids were chosen to participate in a photo shoot for Infantino and Step 2 products. More info here if you're interested.
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Because my family spent a couple of days in San Diego. And I love San Diego.
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Because Charlie met Spidey at a birthday party. He was brave and shook his hand.
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Because of these little piggy tails / panda ears / buffies.
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Because our friend Tim came to visit from San Francisco.
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Because Rich is in such a good place and so happy. And that makes me so happy.
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Because Charlie enjoys soccer Saturdays.
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C'mon October. You can top this month, I'm sure of it!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

my kids: photo series 9 of 12

September 2013 photos of my kids. The entire series is viewable here.

Photos from a little mini vacation to San Diego in late September. 

San Diego trip, September 2013.

San Diego trip. September 2013.

San Diego trip, 2013.

San Diego Trip, September 2013.

San Diego trip, September 2013.