I’m not yet sure which adjective describes my plan to weight my childhood doll to be a demonstration doll for teaching babywearing. (I’m in the process of becoming a volunteer babywearing educator. The training and application are long.) And upon looking at doll thinking I might as well just replace the body since it was patched and stained from many years of love. I’ve never made a doll before. I don’t have a real patten, just tracing the old body. So? awesome or terrible this idea of mine?
Lest you think the kids room (or my apartment for that matter) is pristine, I will knock that idea out right now. We have a tiny apartment and too much stuff. Yesterday I finally had it with the mountain of toys that is nightly shoved out of the way. I dumped all the bins and didn’t allow Simon screen time until everything had a home. I’m happy to say that a large bag of toys found a home in a donation bag and a moderate number of broken toys and actual trash (I’m continually disgusted with myself and the amounts of actual trash I find) made it to the trash bin. The rest was put away. Then I put the clothing bag I’m in the process of changing out and the pile of toys from the living room got thrown in there, so… This is my messy reality. I got rid of a lot of stuff, but always more to purge. #whoneedsit
Mother’s Day weekend holds the significance of coinciding with the local plant sale and date to plant my little urban garden. This year I was able to get all of my plants at the sale. I have three heirloom cherry tomatoes, a variety of herbs to go in my new herb tower, and a variety of flowers. I downsized and got rid of a planter to make more play space for the kids, but after seeing their joy of digging last week, I left them one pot of dirt. With the outdoor speaker and our new globe lights the balcony is our favorite place to sit/eat/play right now. Hoping for many more days out here. And tomatoes!
Another last minute trip to LA happened this year. We’ve decided to budget for it next year just in case… Last year Rob and I had a spectacular trip that ended with a big trophy. This year we took both kids, Rob’s mom, and Rob’s Aunt Mary and Ahad, a big family trip. The location was so much better this time around. Last year we were downtown. This year we were in walking distance to Universal Studios. They had a great deal going and we were able to get weekend passes and go in for a few hours at a time throughout our weekend. Rob and I had a great time in Florida there two years ago, and for the ages our kids are now it ended up being a way better choice for us than Disneyland would have been. There were a two little kids areas for Simon and Caleb to play and one ride for them. Rob and I used the kid swap to go on the Transformers ride. It was still awesome. Simon loved the minions. We didn’t do any other rides (the rest of the family did) but we made it to most of the shows. That is the biggest difference in the parks. Orlando is rides, LA is shows, and the Studio Tour. This was the real reason we got the passes. I only kind of regret not doing it twice.
We have some friends who work for Dis.ney Studios and were able to visit for a tour. This was one of Rob’s dreams fulfilled. Simon slept through half of it – let it be known that he was NOT tired.
Then the big event. Rob didn’t win this year, but still a fabulous night. Our amazing sitter, Gabby, who now lives in LA came to sit for us again in the hotel.
Other impressions of the trip are mostly about the weather and the travel. Jet lag sucks. With kids it is just plain terrible. Caleb never did adjust and was up at 3:30 PDT every day. Simon slept a little later but not much. There was a lot of early morning walking around the hotel – AND NO COFFEE AVAILABLE UNTIL 6AM!!! The travel itself wasn’t terrible. There were a lot of snacks and a little napping. The boys did really well overall. And then the weather was quite cold for LA AND IT RAINED while we were there, which I am told isn’t really normal. Luckily I brought pants for everyone. And my last minute decision to throw a short wrap in the bag along with our two buckle baby carriers was a pretty good one.
See you next year – I hope.
One more batch of fancy pictures if/when I ever download from the DSLR
If we were meeting for coffee I would want to tell you all about the fabulous time we had in LA last weekend. But I’d probably end up talking about how hard it is to recover from jet lag while working and being buried under mountains of laundry. But I did finally get caught up on the laundry.
If we were meeting for coffee I would want to tell you all about how excited I am about my new dissertation project. But then the conversation would probably stop there since I’m still working on the short synopsis and not really comfortable talking about the minutiae yet.
If we were meeting for coffee I should tell you about how I got to sit in the ACTUAL THINKING CHAIR from Blu.e’s Clu.es and got to attend a meeting at the United Nations (a very strange life dream of mine fulfilled). But I’d probably end up telling you about Caleb’s ENT appointment that was earlier that day. And how devastating it is to watch your child not respond to sounds you can hear even though this was just confirmation to what I already knew. Caleb has a temporary hearing loss due to chronic ear infections (hearing loss is in the slight to mild range – so REALLY not that big of a deal, but I’m the mom so I’m allowed to freak out about it). This goes to likely explain why he isn’t talking yet. And he needs tubes. For a variety of reasons we are going to wait a few weeks and recheck his ears before proceeding. I’m not sure what scares me more, surgery and anesthesia or waiting with the possibility the ears don’t clear and it’s that much longer before he can hear well.
If we were meeting for coffee I’d probably cry a little. And I’d say thank you for listening.
And I’m hoping to pull myself out from under school and sick kid stress and post a TON of pictures very soon. The blog may also remain quiet for awhile longer.
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