2019 chapter 46

Last night I fell asleep studying (about the urinary system and I had weird dreams about it), woke up around 10 pm and then was up until 4 am, overall, I wouldn't recommend. But I did catch up on all my editing and I have nothing, NOTHING, to edit for clients right now. First time in months. I also woke up with the beginnings of a cold, and I'm sure complete lack of sleep isn't helping matters. We did get a heated blanket for the end of our bed that we turn on for a few minutes (hurray for early black Friday deals), so at least I could turn it on and get in a warm bed.

Girls started preschool! The high school students change in the middle and the only report I had of their first day was that Blake's second teachers were boys! She said she was scared of them, I asked if they were nice to her and she said yes and she's been fine every since.

Put these pictures next to each other. I have so few pictures of me, I've decided to make my girls pose like me so I can see the resemblance. Minnesota winters are long, gotta have projects.

Wade started gleefully exclaiming about being the "line leader" at stoplights when we were first in line.

"Mom! You have a fox in your house!" (Jac dancing in the background).

Jac finally figured out how to talk to Alexa, we've been listening to Bye, Bye, Bye a lot.

Bryan convinced the kids that he could touch the moon. Convinced is the wrong word, they were very skeptical. The next morning we were in the car and Jac said, "Daddy can't touch the sun, it too quente" (hot in portuguese). She was at least certain about that.

I had all the silverware out of the drawer during the mouse fiasco. One morning I came down and Wade told me he couldn't find a knife so he used his finger to make himself a peanut butter and jelly. There wasn't a trace of mess anywhere.

"Mom, what's this bird again?"
"A flamingo."
"And this one?"
"A swan."
She's been coming down in the best outfits. Jac sticks with being a princess. She does occasionally have to change princess dresses depending on what song is playing.

The girls were talking about their favorites and Jac at one point said Stella, to what Blake replied, "Hey, but she doesn't have legs or hands."

"Mom, do I look beautiful?" (Supposed to be cleaning).

"Why you not wearing your snowman pants?" Jac's comment about me not wearing my snow pants.

Riding in the car, Blake's looking out the window and randomly says, "When I grow up where my closet going to be?"

Overheard the girls playing, Blake says to Jac, "I thought you was a rock, but you weren't."

Bryan was indoctrinating our children about how they all need to practice golf so they can make lots of money. Then we started talking about what they're going to do with all their money. Wade's going to buy bouncy balls. Jac's getting whip cream, ice cream, pie, and going to space. Blake's going on vacation to Greece (I mentioned Greece a while ago and she hasn't stopped talking about it).

I have an outdoor light up reindeer in my dining room. Had to make sure it worked (got it at a salvage place) and put it together during my sleepless night. Left it up cause I knew my kids would like it, and that's how I came to have a glowing reindeer up in November. Bryan issued a "holiday decor challenge." He's decorating the front yard and I've got the front room/entry. The reindeer is for him.

Monday my friend texted me and reminded me that it was 50% off thrift stores! My day plans suddenly changed and I went to the thrift store right after I dropped the girls off at preschool. With drive time, I had just over an hour to shop. I got there, got out, shut the door, realized my keys were inside. Called Bryan, he agreed to pick up the girls form preschool, get the spare key, come get me. That all lead to me have just over two hours to shop. No complaints here! Except there were two chairs that were super cool that I wanted, but I just couldn't be waiting for Bryan on the curb with a couple of chairs. I just couldn't. The girls thought my finds should be for them.

Finished painting the rug for the girls room! It turned out AMAZING!!!!! Their room is so cute right now. 

Tonight I helped with the activity day girls again. We made an apple pie. I made one for them earlier so they could eat pie tonight, and then they made one that I took home. I did the lattice work and they did the roses - they had such a good time. And this is my first attempt at fancy crusts, I might be addicted. 

Not a single picture of Wade! When he's at school all day he just doesn't get as much camera time. He comes right home and gets to creating - he's been into making 3D shapes, a treasure chest for a pirate treasure hunt, and today he was making musical instruments all afternoon.


2019 chapter 45

Halloween week! Well, last week. But it was Thursday and I need to report. I ended up in Home Depot with a couple of princesses. Blake lead the pack (that included some 9 and 10 year olds) and ran from house to house with Jac on her heels. At one house Jac tripped on a house and we had to pick up candy - right after we got her picked up another kid tripped on the same hose. Wade fell on a curb at one point and couldn't get up because he was a trash can and I was laughing too hard and couldn't lift him up. I brought a bag at the last minute, and it's a good thing I did cause the kids kept emptying their pals into it and filled up my bag! When we got back to our starting point Wade said, "Good things Halloween's over, cause we're overflowing." On the way home Blake asked, "Why do all these people still have their houses all Halloween'ed?" Didn't they know the holiday was over, clean up people! Kids went straight to bed and I sorted their candy. We made a great haul and took out all the Reese's.

Whoever made Halloween and daylight saving be in the same week is the absolute worst. 

Sunday I discovered that we have mice. Found droppings under our kitchen sink and then in our silverware drawer. Even typing it up now I have the squimish heebie-jeebies. I emptied the trash, washed everything. Monday I found a mouse in the trash - before it could get in and out, but with it empty it was stuck. I summoned all my bravery and put a bag over the can and we drove it to a field. The kids were giving me encouragement the whole time, "just do you best mom!" "Good job mom!" 

I was feeling awesome and started cleaning every where I had seen droppings - especially the food storage closet in the basement (where we originally found mouse dropping months ago and we thought we took care of it). Started vacuuming and found a good pile of poop that I went for and then another mouse scurried out and I freaked and stumbled over the hose and got my foot twisted in the cord, slammed the door and realized after that I left the light on. I am so stupidly terrified of mice - I irrationally think they're going to charge me. I think it stems from the Bernstorf's pet mouse biting me sometime sub-seven years old. A pest guy came out tonight and said where the mouse "attacked" me there is quite the nest there. EEEWWW! He said we'll still see them around for a few weeks, but that they'll die off...in our walls. Awesome. As long as it's not in my house! Now every speck of dirt and tile chip looks like mouse poop and every movement I see in my periphery is a mouse and a small screwdriver in the corner of my bathroom keeps making me jump (why don't I just pick it up?). My sense of safety and sanity has been violated. 

Wade: "I know something that rhyme with my name. My name is Wade and wave rhymes with it. Like, when you wave at the garbage truck." Yup, just like that. 

It snowed our first good snow and the girls woke up so excited that it was Wade's birthday! Because we've been telling them that Wade's birthday is in the winter. But we are just 30 days out!

Blake's been saying, "ya'taarrrr" when she pretends to be a pirate (which is often when she dressed up as anything, she decides she's a princess pirate or a fairy pirate). 

I cleaned all my walls of 6 months of Jac's drawing and then found this on a chair: 

Found the paint I like is being closed out and I got it for 30% off, so I'm trying to think of every project I want to accomplish this winter and buy all the paint. This is what happens when your mom is getting 5 paints mixed: 

My current project is I'm painting a rug for the girls room (it's been in the basement and I originally got it for $20). But it's taking so much paint it likely would've ended up cheaper to buy one. 

Wade had Monday and Tuesday off - I didn't realize this until someone mentioned it in a random group text; thank goodness or we would've waited at the bus stop and then I would've figured we missed it and I would've driven Wade to school. Glad we avoided that song and dance. But Wade was disappointed to have two days out and was so happy to go back today. 

Girls helping daddy. And getting to sit on the counter, as only daddy lets them. I've been avoiding my mouse infested kitchen. 

I organized a disco skate party for my friends birthday. It was so fun. I figured out how to skate backwards (very slowly). And in this whole ensemble it's the bright purple lipstick that felt overboard (it was brighter before dinner). Oh man, that reminds me, I ended up walking into the wrong restaurant looking like this and had to turn around and walk out when I realized I was in the wrong place...looking so stupid; it was embarrassing enough even in the correct place where my friends were there to greet me. On the one hand, I love being a party, on the other hand, why am I so embarrassing? 

One of my clients had a baby and I shot the birth! It was sooooo cool. I've never seen a birth, I mean, I've been at some (duh), but I've never seen one. I cried a little, a new life entering the world, so special and magical. This is my favorite shot: