day 71: it’s that time of year again… renew the lease on our current house or move? We’ve been here 3 years and it’s been the same thing every year. We are kind of sort of ok with our current place. It has things that we like (we’re ridiculously close to Ben’s office, we’re VERY settled in, it’s cute(ish) ) and things we don’t like (iffy plumbing, not so great dryer vent, settling foundation, broken front railing, scary floor heater, ok… a lot of things we don’t like). So this afternoon we set out on an apartment hunting quest. We saw 3 different places all advertised to be around 1000 square feet. We were always under the impression (from the ad we saw when we rented our house originally) that our house was also 1000 square feet. Well stepping into each of these places you could tell IMMEDIATELY that they were not as big as our house. So much so that we couldn’t imagine moving in without selling a lot of our furniture and maybe herbie (just kidding herbie, we wouldn’t sell you). So when we got home we measured our own place (roughly) and decided that it is probably more like 1250 square feet. Moral of the story? 250 square feet make a very big difference. In case you don’t feel like doing the math yourself that’s the equivalent of a 25’x10′ room… which is probably the size of our bedroom plus the babies’ room put together, or our living room plus dining room, or our kitchen plus my office… you get the idea. Also, there are not many places in LA for rent at the price we pay for the size we have. So should we stay put? It’s still up for debate. One thing is for sure. We are all exhausted. And we’re not moving to any of the places we saw today.
day 70: Mo may be the rolling fanatic but Paul is practicing his pushups. He pretty much always straightens his arms out and lifts his head way off the ground when he’s on his belly these days (probably because he can roll back to belly but then gets stuck so he has lots of time to practice). He’s also drooling like a madman. Today was a pretty typical in the house kind of a day with just a walk to the store as our outing. Not exciting but a pretty nice way to spend an afternoon 🙂
day 69: there are a lot of things wrong with the title of this post. First off these are not new shoes. They are almost 2 years old. Also they are not really my best friends. I have a lot of best friends… Ben, the babies, my siblings, my parents, my friends… ok you get it. But these shoes and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. I’m still carrying around 20 extra pounds (thanks Amelia & Paul) and I’m trying to get rid of it before Allison’s wedding this summer so I’ve been working out every day (yay for me, I’m pretty proud). Today I not only did my daily exercise video but I went to yoga as well. Feeling pretty fit if I do say so myself 🙂
day 68: Today the peanuts turned 7 months old! I can’t believe how big they’re getting. Every day while I’m giving them a bath and toweling them off I think about how cute they are in their hooded towels and how they’re going to get too big to put in them and then too big to want to be toweled off by us and well I just get sad that they’re going to get big and I worry I’ll forget what it was like right now…. so I decided to put them in the towels and take a few photos. This might be one of my all time favorites. Happy 7 months babies!
day 67: A while back I went shopping at a store that was going out of business and buying some clothes for the babies… I was getting stuff that was a little too big for them since we really only got small baby stuff as gifts and they’re outgrowing all their clothes. When I saw this one I just absolutely had to buy it because it reminded me of a ringer tee that Ben wears all the time… and matching daddy = super cute (note to friends of Ben… no making fun of the matching shirt. It’s cute. Deal with it. Also, he got a haircut Sunday just in case you were worried about that) Paul actually managed to drool this much on it in the first 5 minutes or so that we put it on but it’s still cute. He’s such a little man these days.
PS… on a more “what I did today” note.. since that’s the other purpose of the blog.. Saturday I had a fabulous spa day thanks to Ben and his Christmas gift to me… I would post a photo but I didn’t bring my camera. I just lounged and sipped tea and enjoyed a massage and felt fabulous. Thanks Ben 🙂
day 65: I told you it was a crazy week… well I didn’t do much in the way of picture taking. Thursday I actually walked with the babies to the grocery store in the afternoon but between the stroller, diaper bag, blankets and anticipated groceries for the way home I didn’t think it was wise to try to bring the camera too… so I only took this one shot (well it was actually a series but anyhow) all day. More proof of Amelia’s toy hogging 🙂
day 64: on Wednesday night Ben and I got to go out to dinner thanks to the help of two fabulous ladies… my mom (who stayed at home with the sleeping babies, thanks mom) and Kate (who provided us with a gift certificate to the tastiest restaurant on the planet… real food daily). We had a fantastic meal complete with vegan nachos, faux salisbury steak (I swear it’s unbelievably tasty) some delicious beer, and finished off with a lemon poppy seed cake. I didn’t bring my camera but did have my picture phone. Sorry for the bad snapshot.