Week in Review

This week was crazy! Here are some highlights:

– We’re leaving to go on our cruise today! We’ll be in Galveston for a few days and then our ship sails on Sunday. We’re so incredibly excited to share this big trip with Jackson and cannot wait. If you’re in the mood to read up on our past cruises while we’re gone, you can find the recaps here, here, and our honeymoon here and here

– I purchased a Groupon for a hair cut/color a few weeks back and have been saving it for right before our vacation. I finally got it done this week and I’m loving it – I had her do balayage highlights and it’s so fun and different.

– Jackson had his 18-month appointment yesterday…I can’t believe how quickly he’s growing! Look for his 18-month update next week while we’re gone!

– Packing for a week-long vacation with a toddler is pure insanity. I seriously contemplated the need to rent a U-Haul to get to Galveston!

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Here’s what caught my eye this week:

– Lily Rabe seems to be coming back with a bigger role on AHS this season. So excited – I love her!

This was so incredibly inspiring and motivational to me.

– We grabbed some of this earlier in the week and have been drinking it with rum all week long. Delicious!

– I’m embarrassed to admit I needed a blog post to help me master the “front tuck” but this one is great!

Day in the Life: Summer With a Toddler

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Day in the life” post…I always love a peek into other people’s lives, so I thought it would be fun to share what a typical summer day looks like for us. We have a unique situation since both Corey and I are teachers – we get to be home all day every day as a family throughout the summer. It’s an amazing set-up, and I never want to forget how sweet these days are!

You can also see a day in our lives with Jackson as a newborn and when he was a little under a year old.

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6:30 – My alarm goes off. Time to work out! I (slowly) get out of bed and head out the door for a quick run. It’s always so hard to get moving but I love how I feel the rest of the day, so it’s worth it! Currently I’m listening to B.J. Novack’s book, One More Thing while I run…it’s hilarious!

7:30 – I’m back home and hopping in the shower. By the time I get out, Jackson is awake and I hear him and Corey chatting in his room. I meet them in our room and hang out with Jackson while I get dressed for the day.

8:00 – I’m finishing up getting ready and Jackson is starting to ask for a “‘nack” so I know it’s time for breakfast. We all head downstairs and settle in for a quick meal.

8:30 – While I am cleaning up from breakfast, I see that Jackson has started to unload the dryer that I left open last night. He’s nothing if not helpful! I guess it’s time to put the clothes away, so I finish the kitchen and Jackson helps me bring the laundry upstairs to put away.

I put clothes away while he reads books and “helps” by throwing clothes all over the floor (and occasionally actually putting them where they belong).

9:00 – Clothes are put away, Corey finished his breakfast and got dressed, and we’re ready to head out the door! We have a few errands to run, and Jackson is always antsy to get out of the house in the mornings, so we’re off.

9:30 – We run by Babies R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Trader Joe’s. Jackson is always thrilled to go to TJ’s and play with the flowers while we shop (I always buy a bouquet and he always spends the whole time touching them).

Corey and I are thrilled to try a few things we haven’t had before…like this chocolate bar.

YUM.

11:00 – We’re done shopping and just got home. I unload the groceries and give Jackson a snack while Corey helps do some cleaning around the house. We have people coming over tonight, so I ask if Corey will hang with Jack for a while so I can clean. I rush around getting as much as I can done while they play with blocks and Jackson occasionally follows me around trying to steal the mop from me.

12:00 – House is almost clean, and Corey makes Jackson’s lunch for him while I finish up. After lunch, they sit and read on the couch for a while before Jackson asks me to play with him on the floor. We spend about 15 minutes playing before…

12:30 – Nap time! I need to work on a few things on my computer so Corey takes Jackson upstairs and lays him down while I get started. Corey then disappears to play some video games and I settle in on the couch for some blogging and Pretty Little Liars (don’t judge!).

2:30 – After some lovely, lazy time watching television, Corey comes out and joins me. We chat for a few minutes and soak up the last few minutes before Jackson wakes up.

3:00 – He’s up! I run upstairs to grab Jackson and Corey gets started marinating some chicken for dinner tonight.

We hang with him in the kitchen for a few minutes before my dad shows up to visit Jackson. Jackson has a huge “papa” obsession right now so my dad has been stopping by on his way home from work every once in a while. They play in the garage together for a while and Corey and I work on dinner. We always love when he stops by – it makes Jackson so happy!

4:00 – My dad’s visit is over and he has to head back home. Jackson and I watch him leave from the window and then spend some time playing on the floor. Corey starts an epsiode of Mad Men and we slowly make our way through it (with interruptions for Corey to take Jackson outside to play for a few minutes, for me to get Jackson a snack, etc. etc.).

5:00 – Our show is over and my sister and her family will be here anytime. Jackson and I have a dance party in the living room while Corey gets dinner cooking. We all putter around the house, putting food together, playing, and chatting until everyone arrives. Jackson makes a mess in the kitchen that I’ve just cleaned by pulling out all of our disposable dishes/silverware, stacking them on top of each other, and knocking them over, all while giggling maniacally. It’s a mess, but he’s happy and I’m able to work in peace, so I let it happen.

5:45 – Everyone’s here! We spend the evening eating dinner, chatting, and playing a game. Jackson starts rubbing his eyes at 6:30 on the dot (my kid knows his schedule!) so he goes down for the night while we keep hanging out.

9:00 – My nieces are tired so it’s time for them to go home. Corey and I clean the kitchen and spend a bit more time hanging out downstairs before we go up to bed – we’re both exhausted so we don’t watch any more television tonight.

10:00 – We peek in on Jackson and giggle at how he’s almost escaped his sleep sack. We debate fixing it and decide to leave him as he is. We head into our room and go to bed.

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And that’s what most of our summer has looked like! It’s lazy, slow (but oh so fast), and absolutely perfect. I’ll have to come back and read this post in two months when I’m in the full swing of school and be jealous of myself for all of this free time!

What is your summer looking like so far?

Week in Review

A few highlights from our week:

– We took a quick trip to visit some friends in Dallas. We got to play a ton of games together and they have a son a bit younger than Jackson, so it was a blast to see them together. It was pretty amazing how much more self-sufficient the kids are now and how they were mostly able to play together while we played games and kept an eye on them. Toddlerhood is the best!

– Corey took Jackson on a father-son date one morning and I got to clean the house in peace!

– We took a 100% spontaneous trip to College Station! We hopped in the car with plans to head to a local indoor playground and ended up finding ourselves on the road to Aggieland! It was so random and we had so much fun. We’ve made it a goal to take Jackson to visit every year of his life, and so far we’ve been successful (including the year I was pregnant).

– Jackson turns 18 months old today!

– I have a new favorite card game – Tichu. We played last weekend with our friends and I cannot stop thinking about it. I want to play every day!

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Here’s what fascinated me on the internet this week:

This post on getting rid of toys inspired me to do a clean out of the toys we have in the living room. It felt so good to purge a bit and pack some stuff away to rotate in later!

– Marriage is hard work – here’s why it has to be that way.

I! Can’t! Wait!

– I need to follow this list to help me keep the momentum in purging our house of unnecessary stuff!

– We’ve been super into making antipasto platters for dinner lately. Here’s a great guide!

 

Week in Review

This week was probably the most low-key week of our summer so far. On Tuesday evening, Jackson started doing a bit of coughing and had a runny nose – we’re going out of town this weekend and really don’t want a sick kid, so we cancelled most of our plans for the rest of the week and spent a lot of lazy time at home.

We watched a friend’s baby on Monday for a good portion of the day – Jackson loved having a friend in the house, and it was so sweet to watch how he looked out for her when we were out and about. Melted my heart!

We went to a local park that was built for children with special needs (which means it’s also perfect for toddlers) one day for a few hours – Jackson had more fun than he’s ever had at a park and I couldn’t even get him to sit still to eat a snack (a rarity for this child)! I had to drag him out of the park crying because he wasn’t ready to stop playing, but it was so hot outside I was worried he was going to get sick if we didn’t leave! I definitely want to take him back here again before the summer is over – it was perfect!

We got Jackson’s hair cut this week – last time he had a cut, it was because I couldn’t take his crazy long hair anymore and didn’t want to pay for a haircut (it grows so fast!) so I did it myself. Big! Mistake! It looked pretty silly and I won’t ever be attempting that again. So, now that it’s grown out enough to actually be fixable, we took him in to have it taken care of. He loves going to get his hair cut and always behaves fabulously (thank goodness). I asked them to cut it nice and short so I don’t have to worry about coming back in a month, and it looks adorable. I can never believe how much bigger he looks after a haircut!

We’re headed out of town this weekend to visit some friends – we’ve been looking forward to it for a while now and I can’t wait to spend the weekend relaxing and enjoying our friends that we haven’t seen in a long time!

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Before I go, here are a few things from around the internet that stuck out to me this week:

– Ever forgotten to put on deodorant in the morning? There’s a super simple fix for that.

– Someone found Britney’s grocery shopping lists. They don’t look quite how I expected them to (or maybe, they look exactly how I expected them to…)

– Did you hear who they’re probably casting as the next Bachelor? Thoughts? I’m happy!

– We bought some of these to bring with us this weekend – I haven’t tried them yet but I hear they’re amazing, so I can’t wait!

– Lena Dunham is coming out with a newsletter – maybe I’m just a total groupie, but I’m looking forward to it!

Week in Review

My favorite thing about summer (other than the whole “no work” thing) is that we have the opportunity to go out and do things as a family on a daily basis that we don’t normally do. Last summer it took all of our effort to get out and do something once a week, but this summer we’ve been out and about doing something every single day. It’s been a blast (for us and for Jackson!) and I love that we’ve gotten to check out so many places that we don’t go to regularly.

We’ve been to the pool or splash pad at least once (usually more) a week since the summer started. Jackson absolutely adores it, and it’s a great way to fill some time. We’ve recently heard lots of stories of local kids getting sick from bacteria at the splash pads, though, so we may have to rethink our plan…what a bummer!

You may or may not know that I have a slight obsession with Alice in Wonderland. I collect various versions of the book and movie and it’s my favorite childhood story. A local museum had an Alice exhibit so we had to go check it out – Jackson had a ton of fun, even though it was geared towards slightly older kids, and I loved going to see it as well!

We headed back out to one of the wineries with my best friend from college and her daughter for lunch one day – it’s halfway between our two houses, so it’s a perfect meeting spot, and we had a ton of fun. We love getting our two kids together, and lunch was fantastic!

Other than our “big” events, the week was filled with more of the usual…playing with blocks (“bocks!”) near constantly, going on family walks, and watching an ungodly amount of television. You know, typical summer!

How was your week?