Sunday, October 25, 2015

the magic of thursdays

Life can get crazy and the days start to blur together after a while, but Thursdays? Well, Thursdays are special around here.

Thursday is library day, and as soon as I tell Rhett what day it is, he perks right up. This kid loves the library. We hustle to toddler time (Rhett is a total toddler time groupie. He sits in the front and basks in the toddler glory and talks about the teachers alll the time) and try to snag a good spot.

As soon as the goodbye song is over, Rhett yells "THOMAS BOOKS!" and makes a break for the children's section. He stocks up on books (seriously, like 30 books, mostly Thomas but I sneak in some variety too), walks to our reading cabana, and says "I'm so strong" as he muscles his way through. We cuddle and read for an hour before he sneaks off to grab more books.

On nice fall days, we check out our books and head down to the creek, where we throw rocks and watch the ducks before heading home for lunch.
Back home on Thursday, the reading continues (without pants, of course)

Our post-library creek view. 
It's simple but wonderful. Rhett, don't ever change. Thursdays, stay great.

Friday, October 16, 2015

friday favorites.

When I read Andre my list of favorite things, I realized how inconsequential these things are. Sure, there are bigger fish to fry, but these things just bring so much joy. Current favorites:

My new favorite podcast is Hidden Brain. 20 minutes on interesting physiological/social science is perfect. The student/teacher episode is particularly on point.

We're a little behind the times, but we just bought Pandemic and are obsessed. Every night after Rhett goes to bed, Andre and I look at each other and say "wanna play?" before we get swallowed up with work. But if we could play all day, we would.

We got flu shots this week, and Rhett looked at me afterwards and said "Thanks for being so brave Mom". It made my heart melt, but when did my two year old get mature enough to be a pseudo-therapist?

The Happy Thursday Cruiser Ride makes its way past our apartment every Thursday night--a herd of bikes with glow sticks, costumes, music, and people shouting "Happy Thursday". It's everything about Boulder at once and we love it.

We're getting a Cafe Rio within a five minute walk of our house. This is equally amazing and horrible news (for my tastebuds and my wallet, respectively).

Fall weather has been killing it lately. Crisp mornings, gorgeous afternoons, and sunlight streaming through the changing leaves. Perfection.

I bribed the kids in primary with these cookies and they were a serious hit. Skip the walnuts and add chocolate and white chocolate chips instead. You're welcome.

Also on repeat: The Vitamin String Quartet Pandora station (always), the Hamilton Soundtrack (be still my nerdy soul), and The Great American Food Truck Race on Netflix (the perfect background to cleaning the kitchen).

Saturday, October 3, 2015

little moments: september

It didn't seem like a huge month, but looking back, September was full of fun memories and simple moments. Here are some highlights:
Cashier in training
Rhett and Andre in a garbage truck--turns out Rhett was more enthusiastic in theory than in practice
Randomly bought a pack of PopTarts and this is what we found!
Highlight of Rhett's month=meeting George. Andre kept saying "Hey George, look over here!", but apparently gazing off in the distance with his arms awkwardly out is part of George's schtick.
 One last ride on the Pearl Street train before summer faded away
Growing up too fast and riding the big swing
Rhett's first hike! He was a champ.
Fire station story time. Heaven for toddler boys.
 A true Kaiser--he's a runner in the making
Andre earned Top Dog for winning the 5k!
Just a boy with his animals in a box.
Opened the window early one morning to find a deer wandering through our courtyard, just munching on the neighbors' garden like he's the boss.
Two year olds, just wanting to read the instructions instead of playing a game.
Pizza date night...soaking in the outdoor eating weather while we can.
We inherited a car-shaped tent from friends in the ward, and Rhett is obsessed. He's already moved in all of his blankets and books.
Perfect early fall weather--we spent lots of afternoons by the creek in our "backyard" throwing rocks and watching the ducks.
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