Wordless Wednesday: Green

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The Beach

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We spent last week on the Florida panhandle enjoying the sandy white beach and a chance to sleep in – you know until 7:30 instead of 5:45 – because Memaw got up with the boys. Mom and Chip and Aunt Em all came and we had a fabulous time. The house we rented had an enclosed back yard with a trampoline, swing set, and sandbox. We spent most mornings out there and I loved that the kids had the freedom to just go outside. That is probably the one thing I really miss that we don’t have living in the city.

Simon has had several beach encounters. His approach is cautious. The big change this year is he’s no longer afraid for Rob and I to go in the water – that used to really upset him. He loves to build sand castles and tunnels and caves, but is tentative to approach the water. He’s like a sand piper running in and out with the surf. By the end of the week he got a little braver and let us carry him in a bit further.

Caleb went to the beach last summer but was around 4 months old so this was his first real experience. He LOVED it. The kid has no fear of the waves. The smiles and giggles he gave when we put him in the water and he watched a wave come at his face…priceless. We mostly jumped him over the wave in time. He loved the sand, digging and burying himself and stomping on sand castles. Seeing that much joy made the never ending sand worth it.

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We get one more beach week in August, and I’m hoping it’s just as fun.


#microblogmondays: clutter

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I really should start calling theses microblog Tuesdays…

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We had a great vacation last week and one perk of renting a house instead of a hotel room was the laundry. For those of you who have houses with laundry machines this probably sounds a little crazy, but the ability to wash things throughout the week was awesome. The perk was coming home with a suitcase full of clean clothes instead of dirty. So unpacking was just unpacking with no laundry to do first.

As I was unpacking I decided I might as well just empty my dresser drawers because I had everything I wear often out already. Then if I was doing the dresser I might as well do the closets too. Even Rob got in on the action. Our bedroom looked like this.

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Now though I have two mostly organized closets, a dresser where I can actually open and close the drawers and a huge bag of store/donate/recycle to sort that I will deal with as soon as my dissertation proposal is turned in. In a way the cleaning and purging was procrastination. But in another is was clearing the clutter so I could work in peace. We live in a small apartment with too much stuff. I do a pretty good job of keeping our main living areas picked up and organized (we won’t talk about the pile of toys that gets shoveled out of the way in the kids room most nights) but there is a lot of hidden clutter. Until I’m in the midst of clearing it out it’s hard to see how this hidden clutter also clutters my mind. So clean closets and ready to write.


#microblogmondays: gone fishin’

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Actually gone to the beach.

The kids love it.

I love it.

Sun, sand, and limited internet.

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We flew down Saturday. The house we are staying in has a fenced and covered yard with a swing set and sand for the kids. The hours not spent at the beach or pool are out there. It’s about perfect to spending days in the water, although I’ve decided I never want to actually live on the beach because the SAND. So much SAND! Caleb is a true water baby, he shows no fear of being dunked in the ocean. He runs in and out of the surf and digs in the sand. Simon has a healthy fear of the ocean. This year at least he is ok with the adults going in to the water. And on day three he is warming up to the idea of the water. He’s letting the surf wash over his legs now and jumping over the tiny waves. Hoping he’ll go in further and maybe ride a skimmer by the end of the week.

Nights are supposedly spent editing my dissertation proposal, it’s gonna happen since I have to turn it in next week. Maybe tonight. We’re here until Saturday and I’m enjoying my fitbit free only checking in once a day or so on social media break.


Caleb’s trip

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At 16 months Caleb got his first week at grandmas. Simon was 23 months when he did this the first time. It was a little hard for me because I’ve really never left him, two overnights and that’s it. We traveled more with Simon so he had a few more 1-2 night stints before the big week. I have to say he did great. We flew in Saturday night to give us all of Sunday and Monday to transition. Caleb and I got to shop with Aunt Em, visit Uncle Clint in Madison, see Mom-mom and Katie and Cy. Lots of family fun and the cousins are finally big enough to play together. Cy is almost exactly one year older than Caleb.

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Then I started work and Mom took Caleb on a visit to grandma’s house. I don’t think he missed me either. As the second child it isn’t often he gets to do whatever he wants, when ever he wants, and for as long as he wants. Friday’s visit definitely took a few minutes for him to warm up to me. These are the pics I was sent each day. That definitely helped me stay focused.

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I nursed him a few times on our short visit, but I didn’t have to pump on the 3.5 days and 2.5 days away. I think we’ve entered the active weaning process. It is really nice though to know we can be apart and both of us are fine.