Snapshot 04.23.14

23 Apr

- I am so very enjoying not being pregnant anymore. I am ecstatic about not being pregnant. The last two months were some of the most physically challenging of my life and even though I’m sleep deprived and recovering from a major surgery I still feel better than I did in the last week of pregnancy. My insomnia is gone and in its place I’m dealing with the unpredictable wakefulness of an infant, but I will take this any day over the pure exhaustion of being pregnant and unable to sleep.

- Anthony and I have really been enjoying Archer. We started watching it months ago but getting through it is slow going since we can only watch when Isobel is either gone, asleep, or in the backyard as it is definitely NSFI – not safe for Isobel. The show has utilized so many great vocal talents, though I think I most appreciate discovering a character voiced by Rene Auberjonois, better known as Odo from DS9. I am about halfway through season 3. I’m going to be so sad once we’re all caught up.

- I cannot get enough of baby Elias. He is practically edible. He makes grown women cry. He has been responsible for a recent outbreak of baby fever. His sister loves kissing him so much I frequently have to tell her to stop because he’s sleeping. The cats all want to snuggle him, or maybe, they want to be him. He is a very popular guy. He is so loved.

- We really had a great Easter despite my mom fail in celebrating it this year. I’m not upset about it, and Isobel had a great day so did we so I’m counting it as a win. We can try again with the decorating eggs and putting out the stuffed bunnies next year.

- Our friend Bri sent us another wonderful care package of hand-me-downs from her daughter. Isobel’s favorite happened to be this Lycra gymnastics outfit which Isobel calls her “exercise clothes.” She’s always showing off new exercises for Anthony to try. My favorite are the shoes she sent us. I’ll have to see if I can get a photo of her wearing them later.

- Speaking of gifts, my cousin Elizabeth gave me a gift after Elias was born that was tailor-made to keep me happy and occupied while I nursed or rested in bed: bars of fancy chocolate, magazines about thrifting, and mother’s milk tea. It was so incredibly thoughtful I still tear up thinking about it. (I might also still be hormonal.)

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Sponsor Spotlight: Little Big Bazaar. These are a few of my favorite things.

Follow Friday: Ladybugs. The most hilarious tweets of the week plus photos from releasing ladybugs into our garden.

Scrapbook: The Summer Winter Backyard. My unruly garden and our strange, strange winter.

Snapshot 04.16.14. Our own personal marathons, my Mother’s Day challenge, and making seahorses insecure.

Thrifted Maternity Closet: Postpartum. The final (final) chapter in the Thrifted Maternity Closet series.

Reuse Roundup: The Flower Sword. Funky Jesus makes a flower sword for our Warrior Princess.

Old photos and the adaptive power of nostalgia. Fascinating article. I think I also love thrifting for the cultural nostalgia, less maybe about how life in America was back then, and more about how life was for my family when they were growing up.

Miyazaki Mashups. The one for Howl’s Moving Castle cracked me up the most, but Porco Rosso as a Pokemon killed me.

Finally, a shirt that will educate your friends on this important issue. Via 

Also this is how my son drew the Easter bunny, and frankly I don’t love the idea of this thing visiting our house.

America is basically an oligarchy. Sad. Via

The best photo ever taken at a competitive dog show. Via

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece. “It was all based on this simple idea: that people say shit when they’re watching movies.”

Almost better than the real thing. I read this like three times and laughed so hard. We have a flea market in town that often sells knockoff products, and Anthony and I used to have fun pointing them out to each other. Backpacks and toys featuring Pikachu on them were labeled ‘Lectric Mouse! and bedding and clothes with Winnie the Pooh called him simply, “The Teddy.” We used to joke that when we started a family we’d decorate the nursery entirely in knock offs and have The Teddy as our theme.  Via 

Kids, back away from the happy slide. Via 

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Play the Newlywed Game. They make me feel good about humanity. Via Ellen, who also makes me feel good about humanity.

Scrapbook: Dollhouse Tenants. The rent is always late.

I Offer This Video By Way of Apology. Canon, in Meow.

Thrifty Party: Isobel’s Kite-Themed Birthday Party. This was so fun.

Thrift Store Score: Spring Sale. I bought some cock mugs! And other springlike things.

Thrifty Giving: I’m Also an Easter Asshole. Is anybody really all that surprised?

Scrapbook: Easter 2014

22 Apr

Easter started off as kind of a mom fail this year. Since we’ve had our hands full with a newborn we didn’t bother getting any decorations down, and so Isobel had no idea why we were dressing her in a fancy dress until we pulled her Easter basket and bunny ears down from our crawlspace/attic storage. Once she realized what day it was, she shouted WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME IT WAS THE EGG-FINDING DAY?! became ecstatic. She was in the best mood all day after that. At this point it’s obvious we didn’t give her an elaborate Easter basket. We’re still recovering from an overload of birthday presents and we don’t have any extra money right now anyway. I did buy her some Peeps and jellybeans, but she caught me eating jellybeans in the pantry the day before Easter so I just shared them with her then. She had received a bunch of candy from family and then again at the church egg hunt so we really didn’t need to go crazy on that, either. She had a great time and it was obvious she didn’t feel deprived, so I’m trying not to feel too badly about it. We didn’t even color eggs this year because I’m too sleep deprived to trust myself around permanent dye, but I did buy a kit and save it so we can have spontaneous egg-coloring fun at a random time later on in the year.

We had a great day despite my total lack of preparation and I was even able to squeeze in a much-needed nap in between events. Elias got to meet and spend time with a bunch of relatives and he dealt with all of the attention by sleeping soundly through almost all of it.

Much like last year, she stuck to collecting pink or purple eggs almost exclusively, leaving the other eggs behind for less discerning children.

I was so thrilled she was willing to wear the bunny ears again. She wore them last year and they were too big, resulting in many hilarious instances of wardrobe malfunction.  They were still a bit big on her this year but she doggedly kept them on for most of the morning.

Sam was feeling camera shy, so I didn’t get many photos of him until later.

She’s making weird faces in a lot of the photos I’d taken. When I would ask her to smile, she’d say, “I can’t. I’m chewing!” She wasted no time tearing into that Easter candy.

Although I wore my sling just in case, Anthony held the sleeping Elias while I chased after the kids.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, he is such a fantastic father.

Ama and Papa had ringside seats at the egg hunt.

Happy Easter and happy Spring!

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