Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dressing up a bit

I've never been a "have it all together-looking" kind of gal. 

Many days, the picture above is as good as it gets.  

I'm not good at getting regular hair cuts, and I am even worse at regularly wearing makeup. 

And to be completely honest, I'm OK with that. 


I'm going to try and change a bit. 

Not that I'm going to get any more high maintenance, but I think that perhaps if I get up and put on more than a tank top and sweatshirt I will be more productive. 

Productivity is going to be necessary in the coming weeks, as we're moving forward with our upcoming international move.  And lately as I've been struggling with a bit of anxiety also, I think it's a good time to make sure that I'm "up and at 'em" so to speak. 

So, to that end, I'm going to attempt to actually do more than just a pony tail in my hair every day in May. 

I will put on make up 5 days out of 7. 

I will work out for three days, then take a day off. 

I will be productive. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Black Mambas.

Even before today I really didn't like snakes.  Now that they are impeding my ability to sleep I am prone toward hatred. 

Tate studied snakes in school today.  Now he is officially terrified of them.  More specifically, terrified of Black Mambas.  The fear isn't rational, and struggling with anxiety myself I can totally relate to that.  Regardless of how many maps we look at and how many official sites we find talking about the natural habitat of the snakes, Tate is still terrified. 

You see, anxiety isn't based in reality, it's based on a sliver of truth.  When struggling with anxiety you start brushing the truth aside for 'what ifs' and it's all downhill from there. 

Anyway, back to tonight.  I have the dogs sleeping with Tate.  Small dogs are excellent at killing snakes.  Tate knows this.  He's still terrified.  

Adding to the fun, Tate can't pronounce "Black Mamba".  He says instead, "Black MAMA."  This is particularly concerning when he utters phrases like, "I really don't like Black Mambas" or something similar.  You get the idea.  We probably won't be leaving the house until this is under control.  However, you're welcome to visit. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Opening Day 2012

We love this tradition and will certainly miss it.  We are brainstorming ways to make Opening Day special next year when we won't be able to go to Safeco.  At this point the ideas have included making our own garlic fries, watching the game online and wearing all of our M's gear.  We'll have to take a picture in some other location, so I'll be scouting that out early on...I want to find some place that we can go every year for the pic.

Theo started puking early the next morning.  I think it may have been due to him rolling around on the ground under the chairs at the ballpark.  Our Parenting of the Year Nomination came when LT W turned to me and said, "Do you think we should make him get up off the floor?"  I responded, "Well, I'm sure we should but he's playing so nicely down there I'd rather just let him play. What do you think?"  After pondering a moment, LT W said, "It's the cleanest it's going to be all year, so we might as well just let him play."

The Mariners lost, which was a bummer.  We did get to see Erasmo Ramirez introduced so that was awesome!  (He's a rookie pitcher from Nicaragua).  Tate has decided that he's going to write to Erasmo and Felix in Spanish and he is very excited about it.  So far he has a couple of pictures he's colored ready to send.

Happy Baseball Season!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Back to Routines

Spring Break is over.  It was so much fun, I felt like I was able to find the balance between getting stuff done but still having fun and relaxing.  I tend to be an extreme personality, so one or the other is easy for me but both is really difficult.

In order to make it happen I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish, made a list for the boys (they got to pick a chore out of a hat.  My goal was to have them to it everyday and it ended up being three days out of five, so eh...) and a list for Mark.  We each worked from our list to get our stuff done.  I think just about everything ended up getting done.

I also made sure to be flexible.  We didn't originally plan to go to Pump it Up with friends, but since the opportunity presented itself I decided to go.  This is so not me, usually I'm a plan and go kind of girl, but I thought it sounded fun so I allowed myself the flexibility.  It was wonderful and I hope that I can continue to allow this flexibility in my life.

Another thing we focused on was having fun at home.  This is also where the chores came in.  The boys would do their chores so that friends could come over and have fun.  It wasn't a 100% solution to end the whining/complaining, but it was encouraging that the boys were able to grasp and complete project so that we could have friends over.

We had a family movie night where we watched Puss in Boots.  Theo called it "Piss on Boots" which cracked us up.  He has no idea it was inappropriate, but he did notice that it got a lot of laughs, so we'll need to be careful about that.  He'll do anything for attention!

So that was that.  Spring break was awesome, and I hope to be able to duplicate it next year.  Now we're back to the regularly scheduled programing.  I hope your Spring break was/is/will be awesome!