Friday, November 30, 2012

Here's Hoping for a Speedy Friday

This was the first full week I've worked in two weeks, and we didn't even have students the past two days. Let's be honest, though, some days I would much rather be working with students than sitting at a table all day at training. I'm hoping for a speedy Friday. I'm definitely looking forward to Craig's return and a leisurely Saturday.

Here are a few of my favorite links:

-I love this, and I've been thinking about this a lot lately. We technically live in a two-bedroom house, although the previous owners used what is currently our master bedroom as two separate bedrooms for their kids (minus a door).

-One of my favorite parts of the end of the year is all of the "best of" reading lists and the National Book Awards. Behind the Beautiful Forevers is definitely on my winter reading list.

-It's also the season for holiday gift guides. I love this one. It's got some great ideas for future years.

-I would like to make this pillow just as soon as I hone my sewing skills. I bought a sewing machine for $3 at a garage sale last August, but something's telling me it's probably not the best machine to use to relearn how to sew.

-I told Craig I would go to this movie with him sometime this winter. I think I'm going to read the book first. I wasn't much of a fantasy person growing up, although I do remember truly enjoying A Wrinkle in Time. (P.S. Did you know Madeleine L'Engle was born this week in 1918?)

Some recent read-alouds with the students:

-One boy could hardly control his laughter as we read this one.

-I was greeted with silence when we finished this one, so I wasn't sure what they thought until one boy said, "Wow. That was a good one ma'am."

-I read this with my GED students last month. One boy asked for an extra copy because it made him think. I love it when that happens.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

what do you do with your mama time?

a post-stylist trip shot circa 2008 (by my best guesstimate. also, i feel a bit vain knowing this is still on my computer.)

A few years ago, my friends and I had a running joke that I was the girliest of the Kyle Girls since I got my hair cut by a stylist. To say that I am a girly girl is a bit of a stretch. In fact, I would say that I was just the least trustworthy to cut my own hair. I did like those stylist trips, though-- it was always pretty fun to see my hair curled and looking like it should.

By my best guess, it's been at least six or seven months since my last trip to the stylist. That's right. Me, the girl who used to get her hair cut every eight weeks, has not gotten her hair cut in half a year. I've begun to feel a bit like Miss Frizzle (minus the cool outfits), throwing my hair in a disheveled bun before rushing to work.

For the next three days, Craig is going to be on a work trip, making my morning routine even more rushed. Fortunately, he's offered to spend Saturday with Liam so I can get my hair cut. Honestly, I'm getting a little giddy thinking about it -- strolling through a few of my favorite shops before getting all of those split ends trimmed. I might even squeeze in a solo Target trip afterward. Pretty dreamy, right?

What about you? What do you do with your (rare) mama time?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

How We Celebrate Black Friday

How we spent our Black Friday:

+staying up late to finish books

+being goofy

+enjoying pumpkin brownies and pumpkin frozen yogurt before all things peppermint become the craze

+adding some much needed color to the Christmas tree thanks to Leah's homemade ornament exchange

+enjoying ribbon candy (also thanks to the ornament exchange)

+hauling Christmas decor around in the dump truck (Also, I keep forgetting that I have a toddler now. Shatterproof ornaments are on the to buy list  come December 26th, if not sooner.)

+enjoying Christmas music (A few of our favorites can be found here, here, and here. Liam loves Whitney. Who knew? I was reminded of this video as he was singing along--he still does the serious face when he sings.)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Little Moments I Don't Want to Forget

I had another post in mind for tonight-- a little rundown of a few of the little projects I've completed the past few weekends, but then I stumbled on Danielle's post.  Toddlers can be pretty sweet sometimes, and if we don't write those little moments down it's so easy to forget. In an effort to remember, here are a few of this week's little moments:

-Liam has started saying "uh-uh." As in, Liam, can you sit down? "Uh-uh." Liam, do you want to hear the run down for today? "Uh uh." Each night before he goes to bed, we dig through his pajama drawer as he says "uh uh" to each pair. That is, until we get to one of his three pairs of truck jammies. At which point, he exclaims, "Oh, wow!" Truck jammies it is. (Also, sometimes I can convince him to wear rockets or Batman if the truck jams are dirty.)

-Nothing makes me more proud than when Liam climbs into my lap, book in hand, ready to be read to.  Last night, he kicked it up a notch when, right before bed time, an eerie silence fell over our house, which is never a good sign. I walked around the corner to check on him and found him covered up with a blanket reading Shake A Leg. Too sweet.

-In the past week, we started getting Liam to say Gus and Ollie (although, it still comes out as "Dus" and "Owie"). One of the problems with having dogs that are brothers is that it's hard to determine which one is which. Last night, I found Liam petting Ollie, saying "Hi, Dus."

-We didn't have daycare the past two days, so I opted to stay home with Liam yesterday and Craig and his friend Brandon took shifts watching Liam today. When I was getting ready to leave for work this morning, Liam kept smacking his lips for another kiss and another. It was too sweet, and it definitely made me want to stick around for another day with him (thank goodness for a Thanksgiving break meant to be spent with my sweet little boy).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Workin' For the Weekend

Can I tell you how excited I am for a three-day weekend? It couldn't have come at a better time. It looks like it's going to be too chilly for any extended outdoor activities, so I think we're going to The Art Start Studio (we went last spring, too, and Liam loved it then).

What about you? Do you have anything exciting planned for the extended weekend?

Now, for a few links I'm loving this week:

I was apparently on trend with the cardigan I wore for my January wedding, it turns out. (Thanks for pointing this out to me, Courtney!)

I've been perusing Pinterest for some recipes to make with my haul from Bountiful Baskets last weekend. They just started a site at my work, and I was pretty excited about my basket. I'm looking forward to future weeks. It's definitely worth checking to see if there's a site near you--great produce at an even better price ($15/box).

A few of our light fixtures are looking a little outdated, and I'm loving this look to hang above our stairs. Speaking of wiring and such, I also thought this was interesting.

I promised myself I wouldn't talk about voting or politics or the election for awhile, but I thought this post from The Motherlode and this picture were both pretty amazing.

Finally, The Beatles+brain science=awesome.

Monday, November 5, 2012

18 Months

At 18 months, I can count on Liam to: slide through the dirt in his dress clothes (it's a good thing that jacket and sweater vest were only a dollar each at the thrift store), spot or hear a dog from a mile away, shout out "vroooom, vroooom" when he sees a truck from inside the grocery store,  and turn any attempt to cuddle into a wrestling match. There are days that I step back and think to myself, "Wow. I did that. That's my kid..." And other days, I think, "He must have learned that from his dad."

He's an explorer, this one. He loves to be outside. He's started bringing me his stroller when he wants to go for a walk. No matter how cold it is outside, I usually cave. I think we'd both go a little stir crazy if I didn't. 

He also loves to read. If we're hanging out around the house, he'll climb into my lap, book in hand, expecting me to read it to him over and over and over until my vocal cords begin to wear. One of his favorites these days is the Bright Baby First 100 Words book. He'll point at each picture naming the ones he knows, expecting me to list the ones he hasn't learned yet. Tomato and strawberry get him every time.

I don't think I ever realized how challenging it would be to raise a toddler. The temper tantrums, the whining, the hitting, the whining when he's told not to hit -- it's definitely trying. But those kisses, especially when you need them most, make it all worth it.