Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Night Already?

I meant to blog every day this month, but I think taking a break on the weekends is more realistic. And apparently this past weekend was a 3-day weekend, since it's already Tuesday and I haven't posted anything yet.

I'm thankful for safe neighborhoods and for those machines that wash and dry clothes for you (also known as "washers" and "dryers"). And that we have such amazing machines in our homes, mere steps from where the dirty laundry piles up. There's not too much dirty laundry in our house right now, but there are piles (and piles and piles) of clean laundry, so I'm going to stop writing now and go fold them.

After I wash the dishes. And tidy the house so that I don't trip over anything in the morning, before I've had my coffee.

(By the way, Chet is out of town, which is why I'm thankful for safe neighborhoods and why there are still so many household chores for me to do at 9 p.m. He certainly shares the load.)

Happy Tuesday night/Wednesday morning!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Target Popcorn

This year I've decided to be more lighthearted in blogging about what I am thankful for. The big, important things are a given, so I'll talk about the small, usually insignificant things I'm thankful for on a daily basis.

Hence, the title "Target Popcorn," because I'm super thankful for it. We get some every single time we go to the store. I have the cashier divide it into four of their red bags, so there's never any fighting (I learned that the hard way). Ruthie makes a mess with it, but it keeps her distracted long enough for us to get out of the store alive.

Plus, I get to eat what's leftover on the way home.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Great Wins

Today I'm thankful for great wins. As in, the Houston Astros winning the World Series. Could there have been a better, more appropriate city/team to win this year? I think not.

I remember in 2010 when the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl -- even more than four years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, people seemed really glad for that team and city to experience and enjoy such a feat.

Enjoy the win, Houstonians. May it be a light amidst the hard and work and struggle of rebuilding a great city.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Month of Thankfulness

Yay, November! Welcome!

I tore down most of our Halloween stuff -- ahhhhhhhh. (That's a sigh of satisfaction.)

Today I'm thankful for amazing neighbors. The houses on our street are a little spread out, and some don't have families living in them right now, so we decided to congregate with three other families on our street in a single driveway. We had chili (three kinds!), homemade bread and cornbread, and chocolate chip pumpkin cake. But the best part was the fellowship. It was a great Halloween!

Notice Ruthie using her web shooters like Spiderman-Ford.

Happy November!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

You know the Halloween Grinch in me has been itching to take down/put away/throw away all things Halloween for at least a week now, but I'm forcing myself to wait until tomorrow. (Confession: I have secretly thrown away a few things already, but shh, don't tell the kids.)

We don't have a ton of Halloween-y decorations, but we have enough to where I'm ready for them to disappear as soon as November 1st arrives. Like most people, we have lots of Christmas decorations, so I like to "quiet" the house as much as possible for three or so weeks before it's time to put up the Christmas tree.

Last Friday the Youth Center on base had a little Halloween event that my neighbor and I took the children to (our husbands had an after-work event). The kids had a blast, as they always do at these types of things. For me, it's the perfect mix of fun for the kids, without the overstimulation of Disney World (apologies to everyone who loves Disney World!). And it's free, so there's that.

Ruthie didn't wear her Navy cheerleader costume to the event, but she will tonight. All of our daughters are Navy cheerleaders for Halloween their first and second Halloweens, because we have the costumes, and...well, that's pretty much the only reason.
Oh, and we have Navy cheerleader outfits in size 4 and size 6, which I forgot about until I started searching for this picture. Basically, we only need to figure out costumes for our daughters every other year.

We carved pumpkins with some of our neighbors Sunday afternoon. Chet took the lead on our pumpkin, because he's the creative one, and I helped the kids make masks (by "help" I mean "watched").

Chet told Ford, "The Daddy pumpkin ate the little boy pumpkin because the little boy pumpkin wouldn't stay in bed at night." Thankfully that image didn't give Ford nightmares...yet.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Ford Funnies

I should be posting about Lorelei turning six last week, but I want to record some things Ford has said lately before I forget forever (I'm convinced 3-years old is the most quotable age!):

1. He calls flossing "clawing his teeth."

2. Friday we announced we were going to the zoo. Everyone shouted with glee. Ford excitedly asked, "Do they have maps there?!" Um...yes? He barely looked at the animals; he just wanted to navigate us through the zoo with a paper map.

3. Ford pointed at a Costco security guard and wanted to know who "that man" was. Chet explained he was a security guard, and that his job is to call the police if there's any trouble at Costco. Ford informed us, "Yeah! And then the police call Spider-Man!"

Happy Monday, friends!

Monday, September 25, 2017

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year!" (and Ford's Preschool)

Happy fall (a.k.a. the MOST wonderful time of the year -- after Christmas, of course)! Last Friday was officially the first day of this glorious season, but I've had my fall decorations out since September 1st, my fall-smelling candle burning since August, and we've already gone through two bags of candy corn (yikes).

Many places are still hot (ahem, ALL the places we've previously lived), but here in the central valley of California...IT ACTUALLY FEELS LIKE FALL! It warmed up a little this weekend, but last Thursday the high temperature was 68, and it was 54 degrees when we walked out the door for church yesterday (when church was over it was 70, but whatevs). People here tend to complain about the weather, but I like it. Because even when the temperature hovers at 100 degrees, IT'S NOT HUMID. And that, my friends, makes all the difference.

Anyway, in addition to indoor fall decorations, I bought my mums about three weeks ago, and they're still alive. They must be scared to die, because I give them the evil eye any time they start to wilt (and after giving them the evil I move them out of the sun).

Completely unrelated to fall (kind of), after Labor Day Ford started a preschool program at the Child Development Center on base. He goes Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and they even feed him lunch before I pick him up. The CDC is less than a mile from our house, so we almost always walk/stroll/ride bikes to drop him off and pick him up. This schedule has helped a lot in establishing our new homeschool schedule (more about that later).

It might seem strange/counter intuitive to send one of my children to preschool after deciding to homeschool the older ones, but it works for us. Bonus that it's a super affordable program within walking distance of our house (thanks, government!).

Happy Monday!