day 21: crazy bean

day 21: This week has been quite an adventure. First there’s been the whole taking care of kids while sick bit (not fun). Add to that the five days straight of rain (come on people, I live in southern California… who has ever heard of five days straight of rain here?!) AND the cherry on top? For some reason I decided that this of all weeks would be a good one to transition the kids from two naps to one. Which means they’ve been nuts all week. Cranky, crazy, and generally miserable. Yesterday I decided that maybe just because they occasionally skip one of their naps doesn’t mean they’re ready to drop it every day. So today we went back to two naps and they actually slept well at both naps. Everyone was much happier (me included) and I’m convinced that we made the right decision in going back to our old schedule. The final proof for me was when Ben came home from work and both kids were in ridiculously good moods instead of being overtired and worn out. Paul was running around like the crazy little bean he is. How can you not love this face? Especially if it’s a well rested one!

day 21: crazy bean

day 20: I made a dress!

day 20: I have been compiling a list of “must do” craft projects in my head for months… since probably this summer… and one of the top of the list items was to make a “refashioned” dress for Amelia. Basically take some item of clothing and remake it into something for her. I get a lot of the ideas for things like this from blogs, I particularly like this one, but I wanted to sort of just try my own ideas for this project so I didn’t use a tutorial. I used a shirt that I got at Old Navy the other day for a whopping $1.50 so I knew if I screwed up it wasn’t with major consequences. I didn’t follow any pattern for this dress, I just kind of copied the shape and style of one she got for Christmas. It’s not quite perfect (it kind of gives her football player shoulders) BUT it took less than an hour and I know where I’d do things differently next time so for a first attempt I’m pleased 🙂

day 20: I made a dress!

day 18: score!

day 18: today I ventured out to brave the hoards of bargain hunters at Old Navy for their amazing 50% off clearance sale. Since everything that WAS on clearance (for like $3-10) was 50% off of that price today it basically meant that the whole clearance section could be had for between $1.50 and $5. Score! I actually only got two things for myself (a pair of pants and a camisole) but got LOTS of cute stuff for the babies. It’s kind of amazing how much clothing for little tiny people can cost, so getting it at $1.50 a piece is a refreshing change. All of this was only $30 AND there were also two pieces of jewelry for myself in that price that aren’t in the picture. I came home feeling very thrifty.

day 18: score!

day 16: still sick

day 16: I’m still not feeling well (what a way to spend a weekend, eh?) luckily for me Ben took over all baby duties and let me take several long naps today. I really hope I’m feeling significantly better tomorrow. We’re supposed to go somewhere and I don’t want to miss it. I am also really sick of being sick and taking crummy pictures in the house.

day 16: still sick

day 15: it’s official….

day 15: it’s official, I have the world’s best husband. He not only came home a little early from work today so that he could feed the babies dinner (I am sick and WIPED out) but he also took care of getting our dinner AND when I said I really wanted sugar cookies for dessert, he made some. He’s the best. And looking sheepish in this picture either because he just ate about 5 of them (man, they’re good) OR because he just dropped one on the floor for Herbie. I’m not sure which.

day 15: it’s official….

day 14: I almost…

day 14: today was a day of almosts… I almost baked something (but I didn’t). I almost cleaned the whole house (but I didn’t clean our room). I almost exercised (but I cleaned instead). I almost brought my camera with me when I went out (but I didn’t). So instead I’m taking a lame reflection in a mixing bowl self portrait. Because I really should be doing one self portrait a week on this blog… but I feel very blah today. Let’s hope I can get it a little bit more together for tomorrow.

day 14: I almost…

day 13: balloons!!!

day 13: this evening a very nice employee of Trader Joe’s saw Amelia and thought she might like a balloon. Boy was she ever right. Not only did Amelia like her balloon, she LOVED her balloon. She squealed with delight at her balloon. She played with it the entire time we were in the store, the entire ride home in the car (maybe the first time ever there was not a single peep of protest upon entering the car) and even took it with her into her high chair for dinner. Paul thought the balloons were pretty great too. He was just more low key about it 🙂

day 13: balloons!!!

day 12: a sliver of sky

day 12: I have realized that trying to do a photo-a-day blog without it being a photo-of-the-kids-a-day blog is a really tricky thing to do when you are with them all day every day during the daylight hours. It sort of seems like my two options are either to take a picture of them or take a picture after they go to sleep. And once they go to sleep it’s dark so I end up just taking a picture of something inanimate in the house which is kind of lame. I suppose I could take a picture while I’m out with them as long as they were strapped in the stroller, but I generally already have enough things to wrangle when leaving the house with the kids. Adding my camera to the mix is literally adding the straw that broke the camel’s (or mommy’s) back. Even just the two kids together is close to 50 pounds so I definitely don’t need another 10 pounds of camera gear. But I digress. Today’s solution to that problem was to step onto our patio for a quick snap of the sunset. I can’t wait for the day we have an actual YARD to step into in the evenings.

day 12: a sliver of sky