March!

Quick drop in to say hi. As was the case in February I am still in school. The finish line for this term is coming, I can almost taste it.

Birthdays in February were a success, including mine which hadn’t happened yet during my last post. I shared photos of gifts on Instagram and we ended up spending my birthday weekend in Lincoln City with my parents at their beach house there. It was  a nice break from our usual. LOTS of games from family and extended family, saw whales from the beach house (for the first time!), and Cameron made an apple pie for my “cake” – we get tired of cake, as you can imagine.

Things are going pretty well! It was a great February.

There are big things a-brewin’ in our future. BIG. I can feel it, and while some things are in my control and exciting, others are still developing and unknown. Life movement! More to come… if I survive finals!

The Birthday Month

Note: Yes, I’m still here! There’s sometimes so much I want to say, but I have a hard time pushing it down and out the ends of my fingers.  Sometimes I process out loud. But processing in writing tends to flick the switch on my editing mode. When something’s bothering me and I process it vocally, it just comes out and what’s said is said, you can’t go back and edit. But when I process on paper or on virtual paper, it’s all too easy to edit. So there’s a lot of second guessing my written stream-of-consciousness. (Yes, even that sentence!) In the end, the post is more organized than it started, and that’s okay, but it does significantly lengthen the process.

That being said, there isn’t something bothering me now, ha! RANDOM, what can I say? But! The thought does still apply to normal things like reporting current events, sharing photos, etc. It always feels like there’s a right way to do it, and my way just isn’t. One day.

Current events! February has hit us again and we’ve officially celebrated the first of four birthdays this month.

Our little family gatherings are almost always incredibly simple and low-key. Especially since most of my birthday resources go to kiddo parties. Or sorry – TWEEN and kiddo parties. You know, because Mom planning games and organized chaos at parties is just SO. NOT. COOL. But at the little family one on the night of your birthday? Mom reigns, child. Well, kinda.

Duncan chose Chicken Crescents for his birthday dinner, and Coffee Cake for his birthday cake. As much as I love to obsess over something not looking enough like a birthday cake, this was kind of a relief. This month I will make cakes/cupcakes/etc. SEVEN times. Literally. #momlife

This cake was a bit complicated as far as all the side things I needed to have ready. But the recipe was super easy to follow, and came together great. Will Bake For Books shared it on her blog and I found it there via Pinterest. I’ve never baked anything of her’s before, but I certainly will again! The cake was more complicated than your average cake when you know you’ve got six more cakes to go that month (i.e. BOX cake!) but considering how good it was, and how good it looked! It was amazing and so worth it! Even Charlie ate it. Check it out!

Next up is Rachael’s birthday party with friends, her birthday at home, her baptism, family visiting… I’ll just stop. It’s a long list and a busy month.

This is a shorter post but hopefully that means I’ll be back for more. Right?

Oh. Hey.

I didn’t see you there.

How are y– oh, right. You can’t — yeah.

Well. Better get back to homework. Nice seeing you.

(Psst… soon, my friends. Soon.)

October

October has been… an October.

In general, the month tends to be a little crazy for us. I always fight it and try and make October last longer as it is the month with my very favorite holiday. It never works and it always turns into costume creation procrastination! That should be a SAHM sport: Costume Creation Procrastination! Just look at her not pulling out that sewing machine!

I only fought it for so long and then Saturday morning I ran through everyone’s costumes to verify it was all ready. Because a certain mom might have been thinking Monday, Monday, Monday and we had a Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

But let’s back up to Friday because a certain large kitty is too cute to skip…

And then Saturday. I really wish there was a way to effectively photograph glitter. You should see the piles of glitter all over my office right now. CRAZY TUTU MAKING MASSACRE.

But it was worth it.

Monday evening meant Halloween and our traditional pumpkin pizza. Not “actual” pumpkin, just shaped like one. And this year – orange dough! We used to buy a pumpkin pizza each year from Papa Murphy’s but they quickly shrunk in size with each passing year and kept raising their price. Not to mention the line and waiting and then cooking – I opted out a few years ago and started making our own pumpkin pizza. I was massively thrilled with the shape, not too shabby if I do say so myself! Next year I’m going to try and remember to set aside some dough to dye green for a stem. That’s the only thing missing from ours! (Okay, let’s be honest, it’s also missing massive salami slices cut to real-life jack-o-lantern shapes. But we made do.)

Then we had “real” trick-or-treating on Monday. Check out Cam’s costume!

Happy Halloween!

What’s new?

Isn’t it funny when people ask you “what’s new with you guys?” or “what’s going on with you?” Sure, just friendly chitchat. Despite its crippling effects of realizing you have NO legitimate response. Right? Think about it.

Well, the other day I was feeling nice so I unloaded part of the dishwasher for Duncan. He repaid my by yelling at me and refusing to do his dinner job. Motherhood is my favorite. (Meh, a little sarcastic.)

I cleaned up two beds that were peed in! It was very different from my usual one bed per morning routine. Exciting! (TMI?)

I saw a great t-shirt with a Supernatural quote on it, “Driver picks the music, Shotgun shuts his cakehole.” I felt all excited and realized it would make a great cross stitch pattern. I was going to go draft it up and feel good about the whole project, but then I got distracted by exhaustion and took a nap instead. (Too pathetic for public announcement.)

I made DINNER. This may come as a surprise for the category of “something new”. But, when you spend hours creating an aisle-by-aisle mapped out grocery list that teams perfectly with the month’s new menu, you’re too exhausted from shopping for 6 people for 30 days to cook. (Ooh, no. This would require admitting that I don’t “have it all together”.)

Today I peed with the door closed! (Saaaaad, mama. Just sad.)

Not much, mostly the same old mom gig. *smile* (Genius!)

Recently I’ve added to this response by discussing school goals or quickly recalling something adorable one of my nerdlings recently did. Tip: Kids are always doing something, whether it’s cute or annoying, and it always makes for good conversation.

Strikethrough or not – how do you respond?

Psst… that red-colored link up there? Totally worth it. Well, regardless of Sammy’s disdain for Black Sabbath and Metallica. Tsk tsk. One day I might actually catch up on Supernatural. I’m currently finishing the last of Season 9 of The X-Files.