update: life edition

November was a month of change and family and warm weather and discovery and goodness. I want to slow this year down for so many reasons. 

 

what's going on: life edition

September was 

Traveling to Chicago - 

Swinging Alice for 40 minutes straight during Charlie's weekly soccer practice - 

Watching Charlie play his heart out (photo taken by a fellow soccer parent) - 

Enjoying my new iPhone 6 - 

Constantly picking kids' shoes up off my floor - 

Soaking up the sun at Seal Beach (Rich has been taking his motorcycle out a bit more and sending shots like this to me) -

Feeling a little more organized here at the start of Halloween month. And apparently "everything pumpkin" month from the shelves of every grocery store. Enjoy your month!

Michigan so far

My Dad's house, Campbell Lake, Canadian Lakes, an Amish produce auction, Rich's parents' home, Muskegon art fair, viewing of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Aunt Janet's house, G&L Chili Dogs, the hospital to visit Great Barb, and now Bryan and Misty's home. 

13 days so far and we are packing it in. 

 

More of this and this to follow. 

what's going on: life edition

May has been better than April, so that's good. Life is a constant ebb and flow . . . we're starting to flow again after an ebb. 

Here are some photos from our flowing life - 

 Alice's favorite donut of all time. She just licks the icing off and leaves the cake-y part for Charlie. That's what siblings are for. 

Alice's favorite donut of all time. She just licks the icing off and leaves the cake-y part for Charlie. That's what siblings are for. 

 Lily of the Nile. One of my favorite plants in my yard. 

Lily of the Nile. One of my favorite plants in my yard. 

 Taking a solo "I'm an introvert please let me recharge away from home" break at Starbucks on Sundays. Also known as "get shit done" power hour. 

Taking a solo "I'm an introvert please let me recharge away from home" break at Starbucks on Sundays. Also known as "get shit done" power hour. 

 Alice in red and black. And dirty bare feet - always. 

Alice in red and black. And dirty bare feet - always. 

 This is his favorite shirt right now because "daddy loves Los Angeles." 

This is his favorite shirt right now because "daddy loves Los Angeles." 

 I cut bangs. This is the best part of the haircut. No need to see the rest. (Imagine Blair from Facts of Life. Thankfully my hair grows fast.) 

I cut bangs. This is the best part of the haircut. No need to see the rest. (Imagine Blair from Facts of Life. Thankfully my hair grows fast.) 

 I watched August: Osage County. Loved every second of it. I liked the way it made me hurt, like pushing on a bruise. I need to watch it again to catch the million things I didn't catch, and want to, the first time around. 

I watched August: Osage County. Loved every second of it. I liked the way it made me hurt, like pushing on a bruise. I need to watch it again to catch the million things I didn't catch, and want to, the first time around. 

 This guy. Nothing like tats and your daughter's kitty hat to remind me not to take life so seriously. Also: no regrets. 

This guy. Nothing like tats and your daughter's kitty hat to remind me not to take life so seriously. Also: no regrets. 

what's going on: kids edition

Charlie, 5 years old | April 4 2014

Status Report: 50 pounds, 45 inches tall, up to date on vaccinations as of yesterday in preparation for kindergarten. Looks like a 6 or 7 year old to me. Eats a lot of food. Greek yogurt mostly but really he'll have seconds of anything. 

Enjoying: the movie Frozen. On repeat. His annual preschool trike-a-thon. Charlie usually does very well in terms of number of laps but this year he was focused on his ninja costume. The ninja costume covered his face which slowed him down. 11 laps and pleased as punch with his theme. 

Annoying: whining. It's as if he can't ask for a glass of juice in a normal or upbeat tone. It has to be in this make-your-ears-bleed sort of whiney way. It's just a phase, I'm sure. 

Saying: Observations. "That car looks like Daddy's car but the wheels are a little different. His shirt is tucked into his pants. That bird keeps landing on that planter. I have boogers in my nose." Observant little kid, that Charlie. 

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Alice Linda, 2 years, 5 months old | April 4 2014

Status Report: Getting herself dressed. Still not potty trained. Haven't even attempted it because I'm lazy and she's my baby and I don't want to talk about it. 

Enjoying: sidewalk chalk (inside the house, too.) My make-up brushes. The movie Frozen, especially the Let It Go song. 

Annoying: Alice doesn't want to eat. She'll take a bite of this and that but otherwise, nothing. Our babysitter said she will eat beans, that's it. Not sure what this is about - Charlie didn't go through this phase so it's new to us. 

Saying: "Al-us do ut". Translated to "Alice do it." She wants to do everything herself and tells us on the daily. On the hourly. 

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