Somebody’s THREE today!

November 29th, 2013

Somebody's THREE! (Annalie made her a fancy birthday breakfast.)

Annalie made a fancy breakfast (jam and sliced bananas in the middle of a dinner roll leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and candles) for Elliora this morning, and she had some presents to open thanks to Annalie and my mom.

[In her best Jake-the-Neverland-Pirate voice] "I spy a byoo-full ballerina!"

She had zero presents to open from her parents, because we somehow completely forgot to buy her any. I KNOW. What kind of parents don’t buy their child ANY birthday presents!? My only answer is: sick ones.

This is the same excuse I’ve been using a lot lately. We were all varying degrees of sick for most of the last month. I had it the worst, as usual. After the cold everyone else had turned into a sinus infection with bonus pinkeye for me, and even after I finished a round of antibiotics and eyedrops, I’m still coughing and hacking and sniffling. I’m definitely better every day; I just wish my body would get the message that the infection is vanquished and stop producing so much extra mucus. Gah.

ANYWAY. Elliora loved her presents from my mom and Annalie. I don’t think she even noticed we didn’t have any gifts for her. We were planning to take her to the tidepools after lunch, at her request, but it started raining. So we’re waiting to do that another day.

I showed her the photo of Erin, Rocco & Indy to remind her who'd given her the outfit. So she posed without for a picture. Thanks, friends!

Oh! And Elliora got this outfit complete with fabulous SILVER SPACE PANTS from Erin, Rocco and Indira. Erin was together enough to bring it with her when they came to visit earlier this month. Elliora liked it so much she insisted on putting it on immediately, not even stopping to take off her pajamas. She thought it was especially cool how the silver pants matched the silver on the shirt.

I hope all my fellow Americans had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday! I cooked up a storm, and we ate well.

Obligatory plate shot. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! I'm thankful for all of you internet people. <3

The rest of you, I hope you had a great Thursday and that you have a lovely weekend. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take the banana chocolate-chip birthday cake out of the oven. Later it’ll be frosted with peanut butter frosting. Yum!

Banana chocolate-chip birthday cake, baking now.

Outside my window I can see the multicolored Christmas lights we keep strung up on our back patio year-round, and beyond that the lights of the city.

I am thinking about the Morning Glory Muffins I want to make tonight. Have I ever blogged that recipe? I really should.

I am thankful for Troy. I mean, I’m thankful for a lot of things, but right now what’s on my mind is how awesome Troy is and how blessed I am to have such a fantastic husband who takes care of me and our girls with zero whining and who watches the big game in between grilling hot dogs for lunch and playing outside with Elliora and giving me a shoulder rub because I have a headache. Like, SERIOUSLY, you guys. I totally won the husband lottery, and I know it and I’m thankful for him every single day.

I am wearing a Nebraska Huskers t-shirt, a Nebraska huskers hoodie, stretch jeans with stars on them, Wonder Woman underwear that I bought in Australia, my wedding and engagement rings, tiny silver disc earrings, and a purple stretchy ponytail holder on my wrist.

I am remembering that I really do like blogging and I should try to get back into the habit, maybe. What do you think? I should also get back into the habit of reading blogs. Since Google Reader went kaplooie I basically don’t read blogs anymore. (Now I hang out on Tumblr. If any of you are on Tumblr and you follow me there, shoot me a message so I know you’re a blog reader! Or that you were a blog reader, back in the days when I blogged. Sigh.)

I am going to spend this coming Wednesday hanging out with Brenda and Bug and Heather, aka CC! Heather lives in NorCal now, so I hardly ever see her even though we live in the same state, and I miss her.

I am currently reading about six different things. Let me see. I’m reading Deadly Heat, the latest book by mystery author Richard Castle…who is the main character played by Nathan Fillion on the TV show Castle, of course. Don’t judge, they’re good books, and a lot of fun if you watch the show because they always have tons of easter eggs for fans. I’m also reading the latest Rick Riordan book, House of Hades. I’m re-reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl; I’m pretty much always reading one or another of Rainbow’s books. I haven’t picked either of them up for a while, but I’m also technically in the middle of reading Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Oh, and I’ve been reading Secret Agent Josephine in Paris (by guess who!) to Elliora at bedtime almost every night since we brought our copy home. It’s a really fun book–you should probably buy a copy or three if you haven’t already.

I am hoping that all the sleep I got last night (and all the sleep I’m planning to get tonight), all the Emergen-C and vitamin C I’ve been taking, and all the peppermint tea with honey I’ve been drinking are going to keep this cold from taking over my life for the next two weeks.

On my mind: Honestly? Thor: The Dark World. I just saw it today with Bonnie and Claire, and it was excellent. And Zachary Levi, AKA Chuck Bartowski, was in it! Forget Loki; I was more excited about Fandral.

—several hours pass while we eat dinner and get the kids to bed and watch episodes of Sleepy Hollow and White Collar and I make Morning Glory Muffins—

Noticing that I really don’t like this “True Airplane Disasters!” show that Troy is watching. (He changed the channel when I asked nicely.)

Around the house we still have way too much stuff. It’s a perpetual problem with growing children, I suppose. Also, our kids are the kind who shed belongings and leave a trail everywhere they go. I’ve become mostly-resigned to the fact that our house is just never going to be perfectly neat and organized. It’s either that, or spend my days nagging everyone to pick up their crap and living in a state of constant annoyance, and I don’t want to be like that. So most of the time I sigh and let it go.

In the kitchen, there are Morning Glory Muffins cooling on the counter and a sink full of dirty dishes.

One of my favorite things is our Fiber Friday homeschooling group. It’s basically a playgroup for the kids, and a knit/crochet/stitch/drink coffee/chat group for the moms. Everyone in that group is awesome and I’m grateful for them.

From my photo archive:

Ides of March fashion, by Annalie This is Elliora's Going-To-Pick-Up-Chinese-Food-With-Daddy outfit (with optional puzzle accessory), 100% selected by her.

On the left is a photo of Annalie in an outfit chosen entirely by her in March 2008, when she was almost 4. On the right is a photo of Elliora in an outfit chosen entirely by her today, when she is two weeks shy of her third birthday.

my children are kind of weird

August 23rd, 2013

Elliora: I want a snack. [Opens freezer.] Ooh, we have peas! Can I have some peas?

[I make her some frozen peas. Five minutes later, Annalie wanders through the room and sees Elliora eating peas.]

Annalie: Hey, how come she gets peas?

Me: Uh…you can have some peas if you want.

Annalie: Yay! Thank you!