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Friday, December 19, 2014

Five on Friday 12/19/14


This was happening two weeks ago.  Now he's made it up onto his knees, but no forward movement in that position yet.  Every time it happens, I get excited and encourage him... then think about all the babyproofing headed my way and change my mind.

This is how these two knuckleheads wind down before bed at the end of the day.

Yesterday M had his winter assembly and his class performed "The Reindeer Pokey".  It was completely adorable and I'll be torturing yall with the home videos soon.

We're eating food now.

While shopping for stocking stuffers, I have never felt more like the mother of two boys.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Remember Thanksgiving?

I've been a slacker, but according to this post, it's a holiday tradition.  Nevertheless, here it goes... 

This year Thanksgiving was spent in Houston, rather than our usual Houston/Shreveport/Austin trifecta.  And as much as I missed a lot of our old traditions and seeing extended family, it was soooooo nice to stay put and relax.  Another benefit was that I got to see some old friends that I haven't seen in a long time.  I'm the absolute worst about calling people when I come into town but this time around I lucked out and the party came to my doorstep (well, down the block from my doorstep).  A friend of mine coordinated a park playdate right across the street from my parent's house for all of us in town and our kids.  I have to say, watching my kids (well, the older one at least) play with the children of people I grew up with is a pretty incredible thing.  Most of the people in this picture I have been friends with for about 25 years.

Bonus: this led to a night out, another thing I don't do much of when I'm in H-town.

 Side note: see that beautiful gal in the middle?  Well she's been one of my besties for something like 20 years now and I made a glaring omission in a recent post that was brought to my attention over a few beers at Little Woodrows. In this post I talked about how some of my favorite people came into town one weekend and I failed to mention this fabulous person was there as well on Thursday night.  I have a bad habit of leaving out information when I don't have photos to go along with it.  So there's that.  Not to leave out Liz there on the left, who I have been friends with longer than... actually I'm pretty sure longer than anyone.  I'm lucky to have these two.

Alright, moving on.  M, as usual, loved his time in Houston.  My parents have the house set up like they are running a play cafe.  

So now I'm realizing I don't have pictures from the rest of the house.  Trust when I say it was filled with ramps, slides, games, puzzles... definitely more toys than I ever had there when I was a kid.

He got to visit his favorite spot, a play cafe with an "alligator slide", then he got to wait in line for an hour for bbq at Gatlin's.  Houstonians, am I missing something?  The wait was not worth the end result.  Good bbq, not great.  

That floor trampoline at the end of the video?  That's where I spent most of my time.

An addiction to the game Sorry was procured, trees were decorated, goofiness ensued.

Also?  A new Thanksgiving tradition was created: Roofball.

Don Perignon was poured out (I wish I could pretend like we are too good for it, but rather it was taken from my grandparents basement where it had been improperly stored.  And yes, we had to pour it into the toilet to make it feel more dramatic), pies were made, great bbq was eaten.

And the icing on the cake?  Everyone stayed healthy this go round and the kiddos were perfect on the plane ride home (and thank god for that because I flew home alone with them).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Wish Us Luck / Good Luck To Everyone We Come In Contact With

It's a travel day for us.  A has another of his never-ending colds.  The last time we flew to Texas for Thanksgiving with a sick kid we took everyone down with us.  EVERYONE.  My 90 year old grandfather, the pilot of our plane... It was quite a long list.  I know, you hate people like us.  So say a little prayer and a hail mary and whatever else you've got.  And in the meantime, let's all have a nice little look back on Flu Dominoes while all your fingers are crossed.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Famous Friday

No Five on Friday today.  Instead I'll share this highly embarrassing video with you.  It's the bit that WGN did when we ate at that underground restaurant I talked about recently.  Don't mind the wine teeth.

We were gonna do bottle boot camp with the little one this weekend but he was on to us and went and got himself another cold so those plans are on hold until next weekend.  In the meantime, any advice on turning babies onto a bottle is appreciated.  And I don't need the advice you can google.  I need the magic trick no one knows about.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


My father-in-law used to own a hugely successful ladder supply store, back when businesses in Detroit were booming.  He has since retired but recently got back into the ladder game when he started moonlighting as a ladder salesman at Costco.  Now let me tell you something.  We knew he would do well but he managed to win salesman of the month after only three outings.  Since he's the big man on campus, he now basically tells the Little Giant ladder people where he'll be selling next.  Last weekend brought him to Chicago.  We went out to visit him and when we approached, the man had a crowd around him.  Ladders were flying off the shelves.  We were quite impressed.  But I think the person who was most proud was this little guy...

As he walked up to Grandpa's station, he got the biggest smile on his face.  He does this thing where, when he's really happy and can't wipe the smile off his face, he tries to push his cheeks back in (because "I'm so happy it hurts").  That was happening.  Once he calmed down, he found a front row seat to watch Grandpa in action.

I am not lying when I saw we couldn't tear him away.  He sat there for over an hour just watching.  At one point he thought Grandpa needed his help and walked over and started telling people, "This is a great ladder!  See how tall it is?".  At the end of the weekend, he told his new hero, "Grandpa, why do you live in Michigan when I love you so much?".  Now that I think about it, perhaps Santa should bring him a ladder for Christmas.  Is that a weird children's gift?  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five on Friday 11/14/14


Big news around here.  M proclaimed he no longer hates stickers.  He found these address stickers we used temporarily when we first moved in and he turned it into what he called "address art".  So there you have it.  Hopefully the next time a nurse or haircutter (haircutter?) tries to give him a sticker he doesn't scream at them.

Love this.

I'm working on getting A a cameo in the upcoming Big Eyes movie.

Our closest grocery store, Marianos, has those little toddler grocery carts for kids to push around.  They are the absolute worst.  It makes your trip to the grocery store about five times as long due to complete grocery cart nonsensery.  I finally found a way around it since M says he likes this situation better.

The problem is that I only have that little basket on the back for groceries (although that little basket does include a cup holder for your in-store glass of wine or beer so... priorities).

Windows are fixed, M got a great report at our parent-teacher conference at school, and A has started waking up at night again.  Our little week in a nutshell.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


We're at Tuesday now and I'm still exhausted from the weekend.  I think that counts as a success?  It's not the weekend's fault that I'm getting old.  Four (and a half!) of our favorites came in town for a tailgate, a football game, and a baby shower.  I'm fairly certain that their plane tickets were purchased before the Michigan football season started when hopes were much higher.  The upside is that scalped tickets were very easily procured at a reasonable price (free) so the hubs decided it was time to take M to his first football game.

But first, the tailgate.  

Junior tailgaters

Aside from the fact that it will go down as one of the most boring football games in history, it was a success.  Michigan won and the boys had a great time.

That night it was hours of Cards of Humanity and cocktails.  It makes my heart so happy to have a house full of people and laughter.  Put it on a Hallmark card or whatever, but it's true.  It's why I love this house.

Sunday morning we threw a couple's baby shower that I didn't take a single picture of.  The food was delicious, the company was great, and we are all thrilled that we'll soon be welcoming the first baby girl into our growing group of boys!