– Anthony rehabbed our old Nintendo Wii so he could play Windwaker with Isobel and it turned into a huge project as she adores Pokemon and all Pokemon games, for which the Wii offers tons. She is Poke-crazy right now. She packed her backpack full of Pokemon (beanie babies) and Pokeballs (her brother’s baby ball toys), and even a Pokedex (a child’s camera). We have to call her Ashley and Elias either Caterpie or Pikachu. We’ve talked about focusing her intense Poke-love for a costume come Halloween, but who knows where here favor will lie by then. She’s been enjoying games like Pokemon Rumble, Pokemon Snap, and Pokemon Ranch. She even created her own Mii herself, which was good because the last Mii we created for her was when she was less than a week old and needed an update.
– I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day. We celebrated by splitting the day between both our families, enjoying mixtas and swimming with Anthony’s side of the family, and homemade grilled pizzas and fireworks at my cousin’s house. My cousin’s family lives in Denair, a little rural town right next to ours, and although there weren’t any scheduled firework shows there someone had got their hands on some professional fireworks and were shooting them into the sky illegally. It was pretty spectacular but not worth the risk of hurting someone or starting a fire. It was a baking hot Fourth this year and Anthony’s aunt and uncle’s pool was sparkling and cool. I bought Isobel some goggles to combat the face bleeding Isobel assured me would occur if she put her face in the water, and they gave her the confidence to sit on the steps next to me and practice getting her face wet for over an hour. I sat on the steps with Baby Elias who enjoyed his first ever swim. Fourth of July swims have become a little tradition in our family (if you count twice as a tradition, which, since I’m only having two babies, I do) as Isobel’s first swim happened on the Fourth of July five years ago. Isobel frolicked with her cousins while Elias flirted with every adult present and actively resisted all attempts at a nap. Victoria and Isobel were playing some sort of game that required them to change their clothes and shout, “Let’s fashion up!”
– Over the weekend Anthony bought me the painting of my dreams (well, one of them) at a thrift store. Can’t wait to show you. Also I had a crazy dream that Ikea was half giant thrift store and basically the happiest place on Earth (for me).
– Isobel adores the goggles I bought her and even wanted to sleep in them. We didn’t let her do this because we are obviously terrible people, so she’s been wearing them every waking moment instead. She’s been really into costumes lately, ever since I cleaned and overhauled her room and dug her thrifted dress up chest out of the mess. She has proudly worn her cape, mask, fairy dress and safari hat out in public and with great enthusiasm all last week.
– My friend Ellen recently dropped off some adorable clothes for Elias as well as dug through some stuff in storage at her Mom’s house to look for vintage Care Bears to give to Isobel. She had her boys around the same time I had mine, the result of having a school teacher’s schedule, and because of this fortuitous event we will have a steady supply of boy’s clothes that align perfectly with my tastes for the rest of his life. Everyone should be so fortunate as to have a friend like Ellen. I’m nominating her for sainthood.
– The baby hummingbirds are gone! They have left the nest and appear to have become successful young adults. I’m so happy for them, though every so often I’ll look reflexively toward their nest before remembering they are gone, and miss them.
– I have been slightly less horribly sick lately, which I’m hesitant to even type out less I jinx myself. I’m not sure how much of this is actual progress on the health front and how much of this is my weaning off nursing so I can take my hardcore Crohn’s drugs. It’s sad, and I don’t really want to talk about it yet, but it’s what I have to do for myself and my family.
– I could easily post adorable photos of Baby Elias on Instagram all day. For every one photo I post, I hold myself back from posting at least ten more. I tell myself that I’ve probably lost all the followers I’m going to lose by posting ridiculous baby photos anyway.
– If you enjoyed Battlestar Galactica as much as we did, you will love Knights of Sidonia. Anthony got me hooked on this show and we finished all the episodes Netflix had last weekend.
Follow Friday: Summer Explosions. Let’s show our love for America by blowing up parts of it.
50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do: Isobel’s Dance Party Playlist. It’s worth the earbleed. Cheap as free!
Snapshot 07.02.14. My relationship with food, lazy girl problems, and Team Calamity goes thrifting.
Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.
Scrapbook: She loves him. Their relationship is off to a wonderful start.
Little Big Collections: Pillows. Adorable handmade pillows and pillow covers.
Follow Friday: Garden Sunflowers. Bumper crop of both sunflowers and hilarious tweets.
Can you guess these classic kidlit titles by the cover art? I can, but I was a children’s/YA librarian for 8 years. I still have dreams where I’m shelving these bad boys.
Wind and rain are just another kind of good weather. I am not cut out to be a Buddhist, but this is inspiring. Via olinj
Madness is watching the first three Transformers movies all at once. The parallels are amazing. It’s like they thought the first movie worked so well, let’s just cut and paste for every subsequent movie.
Recipe: BLT Salad. I enjoy BLTs even more as a salad than as a sandwich.
Thrifty Giving: Birthdays & House Warming. So many thrifted goodies.
Scrapbook: Summer. The best part is you can’t feel the intense heat from the photos.
Follow Friday: The Super Tent. Everything is super when you have an imagination.
Thrifted Closet: Family Outing. Isobel and I share out thrifted outfits before we brave the fair.
Snapshot 07.25.12. I pack my car full of nerds and Jupey decides to spice up his sex life.
Recipe: Deep Fried Squash Blossoms. Head off that zucchini problem before it starts.