Tuesday, November 17, 2015

triumphs and tragedies

I survived earnings season! It's always an accomplishment to make it through weeks of seemingly non-stop editing, but this time seemed to kick my butt more than before. It's nice to have my evenings back to focus on other freelance work.

The primary program went off without a hitch. People laughed, they cried, they cried because they were laughing. The kids were adorable and the spirit was strong. Definitely a win.

Rhett is teaching himself to Irish step dance, thanks to something he saw on Sesame Street. He's actually pretty good at it, but you don't want to be in close range when he does the kick.

Andre registered for his LAST SEMESTER of law school. The end is in sight, people!

We scored free tickets to the CU football game on Friday, and I experienced the wonder of seeing Ralphie the buffalo run in person. It was magical.
Sko Buffs, as they say
Someone puts a giant Christmas star on the mountains around Boulder and it's been one of my favorite Colorado Christmas things the last two years. It just went up for this year and we can see it from our house and I love it so so much.

Our electronics are dying at the same time--our TV and my car fob are super finicky, and my laptop has turned into a desktop because the screen glitches whenever I move it. Come quick, payday and Black Friday!

I'm surrounded by slightly sickies over here. Bring on the Airborne!

Our Christmas shopping is almost done (I realize this really should be a triumph, but I really love Christmas shopping and finding great things for great deals, so it's sad when there's nothing left to buy. #firstworldproblems, I know).
This is nap time at our house. I just found this picture from when I accidentally left my phone in Rhett's room and he did his ritual climbing out of bed instead of napping, and apparently had a photoshoot of his feet. There's also riveting video, but I'll spare you. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

book chat 3.0

Another round of books in the books. I've discovered the books I read basically fall into two categories: young adult or self help. So there you go.
Jennifer, Gwenyth, and Me  is basically "The Happiness Project" meets People magazine, so of course I loved it. Rachel Berthsche has a smart, witting writing style (I feel like we would be friends), and I identify with her life more than other writers (I'm looking at you, Gretchen Rubin). It was a charming, quick read about getting your life in order and being your best. Good choice.

This led to MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel Bertsche's first book. It was fun, slightly less applicable, but definitely underscored the importance of girlfriends. Still good, but not as good.

I read Matched for sister book club and zoomed right through it. It's a YA novel set in a futuristic dystopian society (imagine that), just like sooo many other books, but the difference is that it's actually a good book. It reminded me a lot of The Giver. The characters are well developed and the heroine is actually smart and nice and not totally irrational (unlike almost every other teen girl in every other teen novel). I started the second one but haven't gotten very into it yet. Maybe someday.

I'm so behind the times, but Wonder. Wow. I loved everything about it. Great characters, great story, great writing. It's already on my list of books I want to read with Rhett some day because it is so poignant and important. Everyone should read it and then cry. It's that good.

I binged a bunch of self-help books from the library and randomly ended up with Living Well, Spending Less. At first it seemed pretty typical, but I ended up really resonating with a lot of the things she said. I appreciated her emphasis on family and religion and following your dreams. The second part kind of fell apart for me, but the first section is worth at least a skim.

I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of Mindy Kaling's new book from the library, plus some time to read Crossed and maybe even an Alexander Hamilton biography, because why not? Any other suggestions?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

october snapshots

what a month! October seriously flew by between all of the work, school, church, and life happenings. It would be a shame to let all the fun we had this month go undocumented, so here is October in all it's glory. 

We started the month at our favorite pumpkin patch where Rhett was in total heaven. The tractors, the animals, the wagons, the hay maze--he loved it all!
He grabbed a wagon as soon as we got there and was off!
We enjoyed every minute of the perfect fall weather, including playing outside while we waited for Andre to come home from school. 
 Rhett started a new "class" at the rec center. I thought we were getting open-play gymnastics (ball pits, trampolines, etc.), but it's really just open-play big toys. Oh well, he still loves it. 
 Again, the perfect fall weather. Colorado was killing it this year and we soaked it all up!
 Andre and I finally cashed in our Groupon for a ropes course/amusement park in Golden. Sure, we were the only adults there without kids, but we had a blast! I even conquered the fear of heights I didn't know I had!
Ropes course machine
Me! On a slackline way in the air! And I'm smiling! This is big, people! 
We finally got to try those trampoline bouncers I envy at the fair, and they did not disappoint. Andre did lots of flips, much to the enjoyment of the tweens below.
Andre scored a (crazy hard to come by) ticket to the GOP Presidential Debate on campus, where he realized we aren't the only Republicans in Boulder. We didn't see him on TV, but it was still an awesome experience to be in "the room where it happens", and I got to bask in the protesters and political weirdness happening around town. 
Pumpkin patch round two because why not. Rhett could have run around that hay bale "maze" all day.
For our pre-Halloween festivities we made apple teeth. Don't let Rhett's face fool you--he really loved it

Rhett was a UPS man for Halloween not because his dad is a UPS man (so many people asked us that), but because he loves UPS and delivery trucks of all kinds. I knew he was super cute, but I didn't realize how big of a hit it would be. We went trick or treating on Pearl Street where Rhett was a total celebrity. We're talking tons of people taking his picture, not being able to walk five feet without someone saying something, lots of extra candy, and even a random woman doubling back to put 53 cents in Rhett's box because he was so cute. Mom (and toddler) win. 
It wasn't all fun and games--this is what happens when you party all day with almost no nap--a full-blown tantrum outside random people's apartments whilst trick or treating. 

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