Even though I hate the heat and it makes me cranky I did have a very successful summer in terms of making memories or the boys. We did two family vacations with the little shits. One with my family in Western NY and the second with hub’s parents, when they visited from Germany, near Lake Michigan (Michigan side.)
Gone are the days of actual vacations where I used to lay on a hammock, read a whole book, and sleep in. We have now come into this very different time in our lives where we now wake up early, chase mini drunk versions of ourselves, and fall asleep early because it’s exhausting watching your kids in a place that isn’t baby-proof!!
So a little glimpse back into the fiery hot days of summer as we start dusting off our favorite comfy sweaters. Another season over and on to the next one!
My family vacation in western NY 🙂 We rented this adorable little cottage right on a lake. My parents, my brother and his wife and two boys joined us! House full of love!
Our vacation lake house with the German in-laws! This was an hour from our house but was nice to unplug!
It’s just a trip nowadays not a vacation. I decided I can’t go into this expecting that I’ll actually get a day off. That’s just unrealistic! But I did consider it as good memories for the boys and that made all the difference!
Cheers, Summer!! Now give me cozy sweaters, pumpkin everything, and warm fires! xoxoxoxo
The weather has been top notch these past few days! The AC is officially off and my bank account is thanking us! Husband and I are known for our spontaneous decisions when it comes to the weekend. This one being no exception!
Saturday was his birthday. The big 3-8!! Christ! Talk about the clock ticking. I’m 33 however, he and I both agree that having kids after 40 isn’t easy anymore. So time to get things moving and pop a few more out! STAT! Since we still have three baby chicks in the freezer just waiting for us to thaw them out, it’s pretty exciting to think about the near prospect of adding to our crazy life!
Ok I got off on a little tangent there….
As I was saying…his birthday. Pretty low-key, we had friends over. We ate pulled pork and Mac & cheese (don’t judge…game day here!) and watched Michigan State crush Iowa.
Sunday was gorgeous! One of those fall days that was crisp and cold in the morning and by the afternoon the wind was cool but the sun was out and was warm enough that we could get away with just long sleeve shirts and no sweaters. Randomly, after the boys woke up from their one and only nap we decided to screw cleaning the house or any of that nonsense and go to the zoo!!!
Near us is a small zoo but still with some bigger animals in it which is exciting. So we packed up the kids in a whirlwind and off we went!
They loved the sea otters and penguins. Weren’t too sure about monkeys at all. Those guys are scary…I agree. Lion was cool but I don’t think they understood he was real! Camels were of no interest. The Rhinos were great to see but instead of checking those out, sweet little Landon pointed out a bug walking on the fence instead. This is precisely why kids under 2 are free.
The farmyard animals and the free roaming peacocks were the most exciting. As was the bird room filled with cockatoos and what have you. Which was fricking terrifying….its like walking into a trap. One where no one gets out without bird poop on their head!
Anyways, it was fun and makes me excited for the days when they are older and we can go to the bigger zoos! They’ll appreciate it way more then!
And as soon as we got home…mama cracked open a little pumpkin ale to round out the weekend. Hope you all had a good one too! Helllllloooo Fall, so could to see your sweet ass again!
The weather is finally cooler here in Michigan and my favorite season has begun! Bring on the candles, fluffy blankets, and fuzzy socks. This season gives me all sorts of renewed energy to hunker down and make the house homey.
So as you all know I was suffering from depression since I was 30 weeks pregnant. Going on almost 2 years this December and I’ve been working diligently to find a way out. It’s been hard. It got to the point where some days I would just sit on the floor, turn the tv on, and let the chaos commence all around me. And other times I couldn’t find the patience for anything while the world seemed to unravel all around me. It was scary! I was easy to snap and didn’t feel like giving the boys the mommy snuggles they so desired. How awful right?!
Many days I felt like such a failure! I dreamed of being a mom since ages. I went through in vitro just to fulfill that dream for Christ’s sake! I wanted this so why couldn’t I get a grip on this and be the mom I should be?!
After a huge lab work up my doctor saw that my progesterone level was extremely low which wasn’t a shock considering I had the same issue during the fertility treatments. So she ordered me a cream to rub on my leg each day and the first few days were scary. I was aggressive and nauseous. Then a week went by and here I am…several weeks in and finally feel like a piece of me is back.
I have the patience to make 3 meals a day, read books when they bring me piles of them to read, do fun learning and crafty things with them, clean the house, and my favorite bit…snuggle endlessly! Somehow it feels like everything slowed down finally. I can breathe again. Smile again. Laugh again.
I’m hoping this leg cream was the fix. This would be the best thing to happen to me and my family in 2 years. Can such an easy thing fix me? Trying not to think about it and just accepting it for what it’s giving me right now!
Keep fighting PPD, parents!!! There is a light in all of us! We just need to fix the igniter switch.
I’ve been trying to find ways to “play” with these boys now that they are awake more often between naps. I’ve got to fill up 2 hours or so with something other than laying on their play mat or bouncing in their jumpers. I’ve run out of ideas until I realized, I can still play with them like I would older kids, just a little more “revamped.”
I got out some finger paints, freezer bags, computer paper, and a paint brush. Items you can get at a dollar store or you may already have at home.
I just painted a few dots of finger paint all over the paper and closed up the bag. Now, people, we do know this isn’t a leave it with your kid to distract them kind of project, right? First thing my dudes did was put the bag in their mouths! So, unless you want a painted kid, floor, and furniture, I suggest you pay attention! Put down the martini, turn off Dr. Phil, and focus for a second! 🙂
Put this in front of them and help them paint! I used my fingernail, or used blocks to make squares on the page once we mushed all the colors together. They are still young for real deal painting but this was fun for roughly 5 minutes. We talked about colors so they are definitely ready for Kindergarten now.
OK, good parenting deed done for the day. Grab that martini and put back on Dr. Phil. Put your feet up! You earned it!