Hello, it's me! Thought I should catch y'all up on the haps. In June we took a trip to western NY for some family time. We visited Niagara Falls and celebrated Grammy's birthday. Then went to Manhattan for a week to look for Eloise at the Plaza and see Aladdin on Broadway which LO loved. At the beginning of the two weeks, I was ready to fly to Paris and up for any kind of international travel. We flew home business class and I was still vowing to NEVER travel with children again. The trip was wonderful and so much FUN but so damn TIRING. Sleep deprivation will bring a person down faster than anything. Everyone should maybe come to us to visit.
July, I started grad school and it was a whirlwind of activity and loads of stress but I got straight As for the first time EVER. I am hoping to go into Fall semester shooting for Bs because it was crazy times. July also brought a visit from family and LO starting Pre-K.
August, we visited Lake Tahoe and helped our cousin move into college at USC.
This would be a good place for a picture of my cousin and LO at USC but I can't find it so maybe just imagine it??
Somebody hold me. SO big and off to Pre-K with all new teachers and a new location far from the frozen yogurt store. She was genuinely sad today as she said bye to her teachers and friends. Most of the kids are doing another year of preschool while a few of her classmates are moving to the Pre-K campus with her. She is a little scared and I'm a little sad/scared as I could have kept her with her teacher and friends but we were urged that she was ready. Obvs no one took my heart into consideration. I cried a little on the inside when she told me she was so sad not to be joining her teacher but her best friend is going and it will be really great for her. They have a pet bunny at Pre-K for lord's sake. Sigh.
If I had a nickname, it would be free trial queen. Maybe it is my background in marketing or my upbringing but do I love a free trial something. I saw someone post about being a Bzzagent and answering surveys to be a tester and I was all over that. As long as its something that I would normally do or use, sign me up. I'm not going to feed LO some Monsanto crap but send me some orthotics and I will gladly give you my opinion LOUDLY. Everything you see on Facebook that is offered with a reduced rate for kids that is legit and interesting, I have done it. Arts & Crafts! Kids Stuff! Yes! Yes! I have always cancelled after the first month as it doesn't seem worth it for the full price but tell me about the trial offer and we do it!
My latest one is Plated and I think the trial offer is a pretty rocking deal. They send you two full dinners with EVERYTHING to prepare including spices, recipe cards and videos for $20. I was expecting skimpy portions as I planned to make one of the meals for lunch and one for dinner or combine them but I made the Chinese chicken salad and we were stuffed. We skipped dinner and I am going to make the short ribs tonight. I think you could feed two adults and one child. I also liked it as it pushed me to make something that I always felt intimidated to make as there is so many damn ingredients in Chinese chicken salad. I'm excited to make the short ribs as it is a different recipe for something that I have made before. That being said, I will probably cancel after the trial. I like the idea of using the service as a tool to learn to cook a few new things but it feels a bit decadent.
LO and I took a little trip up to Sacramento this past week for a graduation and some general merriment. LO is really a good traveller or just really addicted to the iPad. I throw a snack at her every other hour and ask if she needs to pee every third hour and then not a peep. I listen to music and we make the 400 mile trip in under six hours. We used to stop for food but now we pack snacks and it is wayyyyy better. I upgraded on the snacks and everyone is happy.
We came back for some end of the year merriment and the last of our ballet/tap classes for a bit.
We went on a "bike ride" today and LO is the most awesome slow motion bike rider in the world. This video is not slow motion. She also has the habit of screaming, "STEER" or "BRAKE" instead of doing the actual action. It's pretty awesome. She stops to ask about a dog that is a mile away that is actually a lady with a rolling bag. It took us almost two hours to go to the grocery store less than a half mile away and back. I think the fake Uggs and p.j.s just really complete the whole scene.
To make this post as convoluted and non-sensical as possible, I thought I should add that I like this shopping site, Golden Tote and their June sale is happening on Monday. I don't really shop for clothes because four year olds don't care what you are wearing but this site makes me feel like I am getting some unique items that aren't pricey. You choose one or two items and then they send you a bag with a few more items in the bag. Their clothing line is sold at Anthropologie and they design one item per month that goes in the larger tote. I tried it last month on the small tote and I am going whole hog this month on the large tote. You can send the whole tote back if you don't like it or get on their FB trading site and people switch clothes. You can also see how ordinary people are styling the clothes, too.
I'm not getting compensated to say I like their stuff but their I did post a referral link.
We celebrated a few things today as DH travels a lot and we can't always spend the actual days together. So we started with Mother's Day and ended with our anniversary and threw in a family movie as well. I recently told DH that I am just as happy if not more than when our life was more grand/fancy. We used to sit on the patio of a fancy restaurant on the ocean and drink champagne and basically marvel at how fabulous life turned out. I remember telling DH that sitting in the sun at that restaurant and traveling to glorious locations was the quintessential vision of what I dreamed about when I pictured my adult life. I remember the glorious feeling and then we were sitting in lawn chairs watching LO swim in her pink pool a few weeks ago drinking some champagne on a Friday evening in our backyard and I looked at him and realized that I was even happier.
This is the best of times. There is an expiration date on this time with your kids. I am all in. I used to go to a doctor who we labeled the candy lady as she was a little loose with the prescription pad and a little nutty. But she also dispensed some wisdom with her crazy and she told me that she made a decision to include her kids in her life. There was no travel or any big events without them. We haven't had a babysitter since I stopped working and no date night since January and that generally freaks people out. I strongly support husband time but we have one easy going kid who spends most of her time telling us how much she loves us and that the three of us are a team. This will not last forever and we are going to suck every last minute out of this time.
We celebrated Valentine's Day at 5:30 and our anniversary during happy hour but it is ok. We did great things before her together and we will experience great things as a couple after her, but for now, we are all in on the team.
BTW, we saw the movie, Bears and I loved it. I walked away liking the movie but have decided that I loved it. It is really a great Mother's Day movie. The best part (spoiler) is that it starts out with the male cub looking for a strong role model and then ends with the point that he was with a strong role model all along. Mama bear.
Wow, if you have a girl you have to sign her up for ballet. It is the funny, cutest thing ever
This kid is so awesome! She thinks about everything and asks crazy questions about everything and then remembers EVERYTHING. She loves her friends, family and school. She takes cooking classes and loves helping in the kitchen. I love her more every day because she is so damn FUNNY and kind and wonderful! She makes our lives better because she is in it. Happy birthday to my lovely, beautiful baby girl!
Fav color: Purple
Best friend: Izzy
Fav song: Team by Lorde
Food status: Vegetarian
Fav My Little Pony: Fluttershy
Fav princess: Rapunzel
Fav superhero: Superman
Future career: Movie star, purple dress designer or princess
Fav book: My Name is Not Isabella
I am a mommy who like hugs from little ones and funny people. My little baby is 4 but I am constantly searching for signs that she isn't growing up this fast. I am currently in grad school at USC and wonder daily why I am growing up so fast. I also really like cake.