Monday, September 30, 2013

september 2013 in review

i know i say this every month but this past month has really flown by!

daily doodle: 9.30 bottle


october 2013 photo a day challenge

and now we enter the last quarter of the calendar year, the beginning of the next fiscal year, the start of autumn, pumpkin-flavored everything, cooler weather, boots and scarves.  looking forward to baby N's first Halloween and to breaking out the bread machine and crockpot.  as always, feel free to follow my instagram (@alohaneener) or FB and play along! 

Friday, September 27, 2013

daily doodle: 9.27 happy

you are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me HAPPY when skies are grey... #sadoodleaday

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

but that is not all!

it is nearly impossible to catch S reading on video.  she inevitably clams up or hams it up whenever she notices the camera but i was lucky enough to catch this little excerpt recently.  you'll have to excuse the poor quality (remember, i was being stealthy!) 
and baby N loves to hear big sister read.  next time i'll try to catch his rapt attention...

daily doodle: 9.17 unicorn


Monday, September 16, 2013

never have i ever...

i didn't exactly attend a party school but i may have played a drinking game or two during my college, and yes a few post-college, years.  if you're unfamiliar with "never have i ever," it's basically an icebreaker type of game that doesn't necessarily have to involve alcohol.  everyone takes turns making a statement that starts with the phrase "never have i ever..."  the rest of the statement is supposed to be a true statement that the other players don't necessarily know about you.  for example, "never have i ever (gotten a tattoo/been out of the country/ridden an elephant/you get the idea and yes these are things i have actually done but that's for another post on another day)."  you start with 10 points.  if the other players have done the thing said, they subtract a point (and take a drink).  after you lose all 10 points you're out. winner is last person with a point and/or the least amount of drinks.

the next time i play this, with or without alcohol, i think i have the ultimate statement.  the ultimate statement is one that is true, that no one else has probably done, but still makes everyone want to drink.  and yes, i made all of that up.  so what is this ultimate statement?

never have i ever thought that one day i would have to catch my child's poop, put it in a container and keep it refrigerated until it could be dropped off at the lab.

i wish i was kidding about this but i am not.  just so you know, when your kid is really sick and a first test comes back positive for shigatoxin, you will have to collect at least 2 more stool samples that prove it has passed before the health department clears her to go back to preschool.  i'll let you look up the symptoms related to shigatoxin before we continue.  done?  ok, so you now see that this first collection was about as close to the worst thing ever and i'm extremely grateful that J actually did it.  dad/husband of the year award goes to that man for that.  however, days later, when she's no longer exhibiting any symptoms and now associates the "special little plastic potty" with explosive diarrhea, good luck trying to get her to poop in it.  she told me in complete seriousness that her poops would not come out into that special potty because it was only for wet poops.  they would not come out onto a piece of saran wrap between the seat and the bowl.  they actually would not come out as long as she knew my plastic covered hand was waiting there.  i had to trick my child into pooping into my hand.  and i am sharing that here with all of you so that one day i might remind her of the things we do for our kids.  if she ever claims that i am mean and don't care about her i will gladly point her to this reminder that only someone who loves her would let her

i'm sure you've (thankfully) noticed there are no photos with this post.  i have to draw the line somewhere and besides, it's nearly impossible to hold a camera while you're sneakily catching poop.  in your hand.  if you try it successfully you have my permission to gloat about it in a drinking game because you're probably going to need that drink.

daily doodle: 9.16 planet


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

daily doodle: 9.4 lightning

#sadoodleaday: i live in #chargerscountry

turtle kids

L: Saraya @ 3 months               R: Nakoa at 2 months
i used to think S was a chunky little baby until i met my son.  you can see from the photo above that he is already much bigger than she was at this age despite her having a 1 pound 6 ounce head start!  i love these (not so) little turtle kids...

Monday, September 2, 2013

2 month stats

Photo: #2months #littlelionman
check out these guns!

Photo: be jealous... these happy, oh so kissable #chubbycheeks are all mine!
cheeks for days
holy weight gain batman!  i swear i blinked and this baby has turned into a little man overnight.  well, not so little.  more like the michelin man.
Photo: #michelinman
this michelin man
in just two short months, he has gone from 7 pounds, 1 ounce to a whopping 15 pounds, 13 ounces!  and he grew 2 inches to 24 and 1/2 inches.  he is no kidding 100th percentile for weight and around 95th percentile for height.  i feel blessed that he's so healthy but i wouldn't mind if he slowed down just a tiny bit.  another plus to being such a chunk?  he's starting to sleep a little longer at night! it's amazing what more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep can do for a mama.  and now that i'm feeling a little less zombie-like i may finally be able to start the little mister's scrapbook.  wish me luck!

daily doodle: 9.2 pineapple


Sunday, September 1, 2013

august in review - collect app

i've been on the lookout for a good way to digitally display all of my daily photos at once and i think this new app is the answer! it may only be available for iPhone users but check out Collect and enjoy perusing all of my august photos in one glance...

daily doodle: 9.1 mouse