Week in My Life: Tuesday

Welcome back to the Week in My Life meme!!

Here I am, thinking about what I did today and feeling exhausted only to realize that not only did I not leave the house for most of the day, but I didn’t even have to cook dinner. Feels like today was busy. Maybe I tried to do too much today…

This morning started out very similar to yesterday morning with me and my Izzie Biz sleeping in.

I can’t be alone on the not-getting-out-of-bed-until-the-baby-wakes-up camp, am I? Sure I’d be able to shower every morning, quiet and alone. If I was so inclined I may even be able to squeeze in a workout or some yoga. Or I could clean the kitchen.

But I don’t, cause I’d rather be lazy and wait for this face when she finally wakes up.

Yep, this kid is perpetually smiling.

By the time I was up, Sesame Street was on and Michael was rushing out of the door for work. Cedella says “Somebody didn’t get a hug and kiss” if he leaves without the proper amount of affection shown. And now we all say it.

After he left for work I settled in with breakfast to watch The Street with my girls. Breakfast? Toast with homemade Pumpkin Butter and creamy coffee. It was delicious.

Ella has been obsessed with the remote for my camera since I busted it out Sunday. She took about 20 photos of us watching TV together. Not the most flattering picture, but hey, keeping it real this week, right? (*This one is for Kelli @ Momma Needs a Beer who posted a lovely post-shower/pre-make-up shot)

As soon as Daniel Tiger was over Izzie was fast asleep and it was time for Ella to go to ‘school’.

Our school is held in our playroom and pajamas are perfectly acceptable school wear. Today’s lesson coincided with the theme on Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger…Friends. First we made a list of all of Cedella’s friends.

It was adorable because at first she said her only friends were Anna and Tulu. Anna is legitimately her BFF. She loves her some Anna.

But Tulu? Yea, he’s imaginary. Sometimes he’s a squirrel, an ant or a pink rabbit. Ella insists that she Tulu is her only other friend. I guess. Don’t want to discourage her imagination but Tulu is a real troublemaker.

I think after Anna her first response of a real person was our cousin Talia. Talia is in her 20’s and very much NOT a little kid. But their love of each other is so incredible and sweet. It may have something to do with the fact that Talia is also Cedella’s personal manicurist. Seriously. She won’t let me touch her nails to polish them.

She also said her Teta and her TeTe and her Grandma were her friends. Her Mommy? Nope. Not a friend just a Mom.

Next we picked three books to read about friendship. And she actually sat through all of Corduroy for the first time ever. It was my favorite as a kid so it warms my heart to share it with her.

She loves to read. And I am just so absolutely proud of that fact.

Then I set up everything we needed to make some simple beaded bracelets for Cedella’s closest buddies. Except that all the was interested in doing was cutting the yarn into teeny tiny pieces.

So I made a couple of bracelets in hopes that she would take interest in the project. And…she didn’t. So I made a few bracelets and she cut some yarn into pieces.

When Izzie got up from her nap she was soaked (gotta remember to put a thicker diaper on at nap time!) so I stripped her down and put her on the playroom floor while I grabbed another diaper and some clean clothes. OOPS! I came back to this…

That had been a full cup of coffee. Stupidly left in the middle of the floor because in my haste to get her clothes off I completely forgot all about my coffee. :(

Then I got the diapers in the wash. And found some money. Must have been a tip for the Laundry Fairy.

Next up? Lunch. Pretty typical except for one thing. Ella decided that she wanted ketchup on her peanut butter & jelly sandwich. GROSS. She even dipped her apples in the ketchup. And she ate every single bite of her lunch. She’s so weird sometimes.

After lunch Izzie gave me some crazy cute baby smiles and kisses. And then passed out. She’s amazing that way.

And miracle upon miracle my big girl went down without a fight and both girls slept for 2+ hours.

While they napped I had more than a few things to accomplish. Namely this hot mess of a kitchen. Here’s the kitchen after lunch and cleaning out the fridge:


I guess this is the drawback for cooking most meals at home. Thankfully after about 40 minutes I was done with nearly everything. Having a clean kitchen to cook in is priceless!

After the kitchen and receiving some much needed good news from a friend on the phone, it was time to work on our Halloween costumes.

Izzie’s is just about done, it just needs some fiberfill and velcro.

Mine? Is getting there. I was able to pin together all four ‘strips’ and it will probably take me longer to thread my machine than finish this costume!

Can’t wait to show you all the finished product on Friday 😉

After the girls woke up we got ready to go to Jiddo and Teta’s house for dinner. I say “got ready” loosely because it was like herding cats. Cedella wanted to do her own thing and didn’t want to get ready. So made her watch her sister while I got ready.

Getting us ready should be an Olympic sport. I have not one but three outfits (sometimes four if my dear husband is feeling uninspired) to pick out. Diapers to pack, pajamas to find, shoes to put on, hair to brush and diaper bags to be packed. All in what always turns out to be an incredibly narrow span of time.

That leaves little to no time for actually get ready myself. I really need to wash my hair sometime soon.

But we made it, without incident, and arrived at my in-laws house for dinner and visiting. And right off the bat Izzie Bizzie Boo Boo got Teta to climb down to her level and play peek-a-boo.

I am so incredibly sad to say that I forgot to take pictures of dinner. It was delicious. Grilled Salmon and Perch. Arugula salad with tomato and onion. Grilled asparagus. Fresh hummus and pita bread. It was to die for.

But there’s a great reason I didn’t get a picture. My charming 2 year old was acting like a sullen teenager and refused to sit at the table to eat her dinner because she didn’t want dinner, she wanted fruit snacks. Then a power struggle ensued. Finally Jiddo gave her a plum to eat (mind you this is AFTER we’re all done eating) and suddenly she was eating a little bit of fish and some hummus sandwiches. And after pears and grapes, she finally got her fruit snacks.

After dinner we all watched Dancing with the Stars, talked and played. The girls got some extra Jiddo & Teta snuggle time.

Then we came home. And rushed the girls to bed (since it was around 9:30) and here I am. Watching Parenthood, then the news, then Jimmy Kimmel and….oh boy. I have to go to bed!

But first: Some funny snippets of Cedella Talk from today:

Cedella: I’m a grown-up now Mommy.

Me: Oh yea? What makes you a grown-up?

Cedella: I can cut things now. (Showing off her scissors)

 

Cedella: You can listen to the news first but then I get to listen to the Muppets for the rest of the day. Is that a good idea?

 

Cedella: Let’s talk about the prince and Cinderella Mommy

Me: Ok. tell me about them.

Cedella: Well the Prince fell down in the smoke and Cinderella rescued him and lost her shoe and then they got married.

Me: Wow. That’s quite a story. Cinderella rescued the Prince?

Cedella: Yea cause he tripped over his feet. And now they are happy after all.

Me: Like me and Daddy?

Cedella: No. You’re not married.

Me: Yes we are. Remember the picture I showed you?

Cedella: That wasn’t you, it was the Prince and Cinderella.

Me: Ummm, ok. But they’re happy?

Cedella: Yep, they’re happy after all.

 

I couldn’t make up how random and silly these conversations can get. More tomorrow… I promise.

 

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Week in My Life: Monday

Hello there! Welcome to Babies & Bacon and the Week in My Life meme. I’m linking up every single day this week with Melissa at Adventuroo for a snapshot into my life and family.

I really enjoyed participating last year and reading through my posts yesterday made me all at once nostalgic, happy and proud. You can read about it HERE.

I’m excited to see how this week plays out…

Today is a special day for Babies & Bacon as I launched my new blog design courtesy of Erika Zane at EZ Creative. She has worked tirelessly on the design and though we had a brief moment of panic frustration anxiety as my blog went down earlier, it all worked out and here it is! What do you think?

So this morning started out as many mornings in our house do. Panicked.

Izzie has been sick for the past five days after suffering an extreme reaction to a vaccine. For three days straight she had a fever over 101 that Tylenol couldn’t even put a dent in. She hadn’t slept for more than 45 minute stretches for three days. An exhausted baby = an exhausted family.

So when we finally got a chance to sleep for hours on end this morning? We took it. Cause who wants to get out of bed when this is your view?

After rushing to get myself and both girls dressed and ready, pack the diaper bag and shove food and coffee into our pie holes we were finally on our way to our monthly Lansing Babywearers meeting.

At 10am.

The meeting starts at 10am.

And that folks, is why I will be 10 minutes late to my own funeral.

I love going to the Babywearers meeting. Essentially it’s like a really fun playgroup with women that don’t look at me funny if I whip out a boob to feed my baby or spend a chunk of change on a very large (albeit beautiful and handmade) scarf to wrap my baby in.

Isora has finally got back into her personality after being sick for so long and played with other babies.

Cedella had a chance to play with her little friend, who she has been talking about for weeks. I think we need to plan a playdate asap.

After the meeting we headed home for lunch and naps.

Lunch was hot dogs, avocado, pears and fried rice.

Though it may seem trivial and inconsequential I love these times. Me and my girls just sitting, laughing, eating, enjoying each others company. Watching the girls interact with each other. Watching Izzie try new things. Seeing Ella becoming a little person and choosing what she wants.

After lunch I got the girls upstairs for nap time. After about 26 seconds of Mama Milk, Isora was out like a light. Poor baby needed a good nap.

I read three LONG books to Cedella and she wasn’t remotely tired. Someone has been taking naps very sporadically lately. I’m just hoping this isn’t the end of her naps. Cause Mama needs those two hours in the afternoon without a toddler speaking. Cause seriously, this girl never. Stops. Talking.

Instead of napping I insisted on quiet time. We went downstairs and she read books, played and talked to her imaginary friends while I checked email, read blogs, Facebooked and tried (in vain) to figure out something for the theme installation of the new design on here.

By the time 2pm hit we rushed around, once again, to get to the chiropractor before going to meet Michael to head for our family pumpkin picking outing.

We have this tradition. Well, had.

We usually go to the cider mill on my birthday. But Uncle John’s where we usually go was kinda lame the last time, not to mention the donuts weren’t fresh, so I complained that I didn’t want to go there and so we didn’t.

But we also didn’t go anywhere else. And I really missed the tradition and family-time of it all…

So today was an unseasonably warm October day (70 in Michigan in late October? Crazy.) so we decided to go to the Peacock Road Tree Farm for some pumpkins. And it was fantastic.

Besides pumpkins there’s a fantastic Animal Park full of barnyard animals to look at.

Cedella was in complete awe to see bunnies and llamas and goats up close. Though she immediately said that the place was ‘stinky’ and put her finger under her nose. I had to bust out the line ‘everybody poops’.

Despite the smell she persevered and actually made friends with a couple of kids.

Isora even got in on the act as she tried to claw her way out of the wrap to get at the goats.

And got honked at by some geese. Man does she love playing around with her Daddy.

Picking pumpkins is like picking Christmas trees. Just when you think you found a perfect one there’s another one that looks slightly better. Though in this case, so late in the season, everything was pretty rotten.

Thankfully Izzie was sleeping, cause Ella was being very picky. First she wanted green. Then orange. Then orange and green. In the end she settled on the one we suggested. At least she followed my advice once today.

By the time we got back to the parking lot, with our four pumpkins Isora was awake and smiling. She’s just a little pumpkin herself.

So glad that we actually went through with this idea. Now we have a new fun place to get pumpkins AND Christmas trees :)

We headed home to make a nice fall dinner, Tuscan Kale and White Bean Soup. It was delicious!

And while last year Monk was so intent on being in the kitchen with me, this year, she was all about watching episodes of Dora on Netflix. Boo.

Bedtime was a blur since both girls were tired and we wanted to watch the last Presidential debate. Michael is in charge of getting Cedella down and I’m responsible for Isora.

Someone was more than a little sad that I was putting on her pajamas.

But put a nipple in her mouth and all is right with the world.

With both girls asleep it was time for the debate and some grown-up time.

I wouldn’t call it ‘quality time’ as I was on Twitter, Facebook and text throughout the debate, but the Mr and I definitely enjoyed ourselves.

I am once again incredibly thankful that when it comes to politics and raising our kids my husband and I are 100% in agreement. Otherwise things would be pretty damn difficult over here.

And that is how the Mansour family does a Monday in 2012.

How was your Monday? Do you like the new blog design? Can’t wait to see what all of you were up to today…

Thanks to Melissa for another great meme this year!! Click the button below to find other awesome ‘Week in My Life’ posts!

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