Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It's the Little Things: Pond Walks, Dad Shoes, and Cheers!

I was doing a little photo organizing and realized that I let a few good pictures slip through my sharing fingers. So naturally I had to snatch them back up so that I could pop them into a post. Letting one leaf go undocumented would be a travesty.

The cat is watching a butterfly zoom around the front porch.

I need a new wreath for the front door. My spring yarn one is still hanging out. I wish it was time to put up my fall one though. Anybody have a fun recommendation for a two months end of summer wreath? Let me know!

Last week I was super on top of my blogging calendar and had whole nights free from blogger! So a trip to the library to stock up was needed. I went in to peruse my options with two hands and Chris took Aria for a walk around the duck pond. I love daddy and daughter hand holding sightings. I also love that when she eventually spotted me she did a double take and then took off running for me. That's the good stuff.
Aria has recently become obsessed with wearing Chris' shoes. She is constantly stealing them and you can hear her clomping around the house in them. She can walk in them just as fast as I can walk barefoot next to her. My fave is when she insisted on wearing them to go get the mail. The simple pleasures in life. Just like dad.
Aria is such a little boss when she makes people sit down. This is the first thing she sees when we hit up the children's section at the library, and usually her and dad pop a squat while I go off and hunt for some new books. Eventually she moves on to destroying the board book train you can just see in the background.
And, for Aria's newest trick! I taught her to clink glasses the other week, and she is obsessed now. We cheers over and over during most meals. I think it is pretty cute.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Day in the Life - Summer edition

Our Day: July 21st, 2014 - Aria is 19 months

7:45 am | My alarm goes off. I wake up by fiddling around on my phone: checking emails, scrolling through IG, and popping on to facebook. Usually I am also half dozing off and waking back up with a start when my screen goes black in front of me. I hate mornings.

8:21 am | Aria wakes up, so I go in for her. Her new thing is to tell me to sit down while she bobs around her crib. If I get up to go pick her up she runs to the far side. We hang out this way for a few minutes before I can nab her for a new diaper.

After a clean diaper she trots into my bedroom, where she usually shouts for 'da'. I tell her dad is at work so we feed the dogs. She grabs each bowl and sits down on the floor before I hand her the cup of dog food to pour in. She is getting pretty good aim too.

We leave the dogs to their munching and go grab a morning milk.

8:40 am | I sat down in the rocking chair in the living room and Lizzy wanders over to me for a butt scratch, and I get a waft of stinky dog. So, I decide to give her a bath. The sun hasn't hit the porch yet so it won't be too gross out. A few minutes into her bath I decide that since I'm already being so productive I should probably go ahead and start recording a day in the life, which is the reason for the lack of pictures thus far and the absence of precise times.

8:59 am | Lizzy is freshly bathed and somewhat dry. I tell Aria to go finish drying Lizzy off. Lizzy gets into the drying off process and knocks Aria on her tush at least three times, which makes her laugh. She even ended up with a paw to the face, so I guess drying off is a little more intense than I realized.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:04 am | I give my email a quick check while Aria pulls out some completely unused VHS in the cabinet.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:04 am | Clearly the emails were quick to read. I decide to make a smoothie for breakfast. Three quarters of the way through I realize we don't have enough OJ, so I top it off with apple juice. It was very sweet, but tasted like fall so that was an interesting new take for us.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:23 - 9:43 am | We eat our breakfast. Aria got her smoothie plus a raisin bagel, which is her favourite kind (ick). Aria has just learned how to cheers, and is semi obsessed with it. I just slowly sip on my smoothie. She let's me know when she is 'all done'.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:43 - 9:50 am | I clean up breakfast and take care of the dishwasher. Aria helps put away her high chair, and then plays with stickers.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:50 am | I get dressed and sort our laundry into 'baby' and 'adult' piles.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
9:58 am | Aria is still happily playing with stickers so I fold the 'adult' pile.

10:02 am | I change Aria's diaper and she picks out an outfit to wear. I love that she picks out her outfits now. Today she went with her pink and orange romper.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:09 am | I dragged in the 'baby' pile of laundry to Aria's nursery so I fold that up while she entertains herself looking out the window and then playing with the moose rocker.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:19 am | I wander around aimlessly until I remember I need to put the newly washed rug back in the bathroom. That kills a whole 5 minutes.

10:24 am | I get down on the floor and play with Aria. We sit monkey on the stool, play with Noah's Ark, sort shapes, and read all the books.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:38 am | Baxter watches.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:39 am | We read more books. I ask Aria if she wants to take a selfie with mommy, so she runs away and climbs up into the glider to look out the window.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:48 am | She still won't take a selfie with me so I try to talk her into it by taking one with Baxter, who also won't cooperate.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:49 am | I guess it worked. mwahaha
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:53 am | We go brush teeth, and then Aria examines her feet in the rocking chair. She usually has dog hair on them, because no matter how recently I just vacuumed there is always dog hair, and asks us to brush them off for her.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
10:59 am | I check my email. I love reading the emails.

11:00 am | I go looking for something to feed Chris for lunch. I got sidetracked and ended up cleaning out all the no longer edible leftovers. But, found still good leftovers to have for lunch too. I even found more than I thought we had left so I got to eat some too. Cottage pie, yum. I pop it in the oven, because I am kind of anti-microwave. Aria helped out by wiping my foot off.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
11:12 am | I turn QVC on to see if there is a Christmas in July show going on. Sadly no, but they were presenting a cute purse. Aria wanted me to hold her so we watched a few minutes. She rested her head on my shoulder, and that can't be resisted.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
11:22 am | I switched a load of laundry from the washer to the dryer that I put in at some point in time over the course of the morning. I didn't notate it, so I have absolutely no recollection. I filled up the dishwasher and turned it on too. Aria watched out the window for Chris.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
11:34 am | Chris pulls up in the driveway.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
11:36 am | Aria takes advantage of the extra commotion to run into the bedroom and eat some cat food.

11:37 am | We eat lunch. Aria prefers the cat food. Lizzy decides it is too hot outside for basking in the sun.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
11:47 am | Chris heads back to work. Aria and I wave him off and then finish our lunch. We like to luncheon leisurely.

11:59 am | I start to clean up and give Aria the rest of her morning smoothie. I fill up the cup she uses for smoothies all the way, but it takes her all day to finish it off. After she drinks what she wants I put the rest back in the refrigerator and clean her up.

12:06 pm | Aria helps me straighten up the living room before nap time.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
12:09 pm | Then we head to her room for a fresh diaper, a comfy outfit to nap in, and some swaying with mom. I love those few minutes of her resting her head on my shoulder. I usually sing her some songs, normally Christmas carols because those are songs I know the words to. Sometimes she will sign for 'one more' and then 'one more' and 'one more'. Sometimes if I ask her if she ready to lay down she will grab on to my arms and cinch her legs tighter around my waist. Again, how can I resist that? So we sway and dance around her room until she is ready to lay down. I blow her kisses on the way out and give her a wave, sometimes she will wave back too.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
12:14 pm | I close the door to Aria's room, and I hear the dryer beep. I go put it on for another tumble because I don't feel like taking it out yet. Then I dump and refill the ice cube trays, and then make myself an iced coffee with lots of crushed iced.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
12:22 pm | I grab my laptop and head to the couch for sitting. I read a few blogs before making myself redo my blog labels. I have approximately 2 billion, but I also end up messing up several old posts and having to go fix those too. rawr.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
12:44 pm | I feel like I'm being watched...
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
12:49 pm | I still hear Aria banging her legs against the side of the crib, so I go back into her room to sway with her for another minute and tell her that it is time for a nap to recharge. It is kind of rare for me to ever have to go back in to her room, and she wasn't making any noise apart from feet banging so I suppose I didn't have to anyway. I just felt like going in and giving her a hug. I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs. It is just a quick visit but she quiets down and falls asleep soon thereafter.

1:12 pm | It starts to rain.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
2:10 pm | I can no longer look at old posts or labels so I check and respond to some emails.

2:14 pm | I take a break from the lap top to remove my old chipped nail polish, and then I get back to emails and read a few more blogs. Hi, Loki.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
3:09 pm | Aria wakes up. I go in and get her, and then give her her milk. I call Lizzy over for a petting, since she feels all shiny and clean. Aria comes over to examine her ears and pat her head too.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
3:23 pm | We do the funky chicken dance.

3:26 pm | Aria climbs up onto a dining room chair, while I tell her not to or at least to sit down. I plop her back to the floor so she goes and plays in the hot pads that are stored under the convection oven.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
3:39 pm | I laid down on the floor to take a picture of Aria so she crawls over to me and flops on her belly too. She is so close I can't see the screen on my camera so I just take a couple blind shots. I missed all but this one.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
3:47 pm | Aria attacks the see and say. Pulling the handle once is for wimps. We do all the animals sounds and signs she knows. I'm working on turkey and gobble gobble. Hopefully she'll have it down for Thanksgiving this year!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:00 pm | Dad pulls in the driveway.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:00 pm | And, he comes bearing gifts!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:04 pm | We eat way too many chocolate covered potato chips. They are wonderful.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:15 pm | I scroll through IG while sitting on the couch with the gang watching Barefoot Contessa. She made fried chicken, and then ate it with a fork? That is not how you do it! Baxter came over to give kisses too, Aria loves beagle kisses!
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:23 pm | Aria thought Barefoot Contessa was boring so she flipped through her books.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:30 pm | Chris is reading Deborah Harkness' The Book of Life. I talked him into reading the first one when Aria was born and we spent all our time snuggling a newborn and reading books. He loved it. As soon as I finished it he started in on it. Since he wanted to read before dinner, Aria and I went into the bedroom and I let her watch one of our Disney vimeos while I read a few blog posts.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
4:58 pm | The vimeo ended so we came back out to the living room and I gave Aria a container full of paper straws to play with. That entertained her for a while. I think I finally rounded them all up again too. Pretty sure they were multiplying under the couch.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
5:35 pm | We went outside with the dogs, and I gave Aria another go at her bottomless smoothie.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
5:50 pm | I gave up on making anything for dinner because I was still so full of potato chips, so I just threw something together for Aria

6:13 pm | Dinner time. Chris was still reading so Aria and I munched on apples.
Sweet Turtle Soup: A Day in the Life - summer edition
6:31 pm | Aria and I hopped in the shower.

6:51 pm | I got Aria ready for bed.

7:00 - 7:48 pm | I read Harry Potter to Chris and Aria. Aria got into whatever trouble she could find, the normal. She is very into climbing up her changing table lately. After a chapter or so and some mom swaying plus lots of dad kisses, we put Aria to bed.

7:48 pm | Chris went back to work. When he has to work overtime he prefers to come home and spend a few hours with Aria before finishing up his hours after she goes to bed. I clean up the living room, and finish any dishes for the evening before heading to my room to watch movies and usually blog.

8:07 pm | I put 'Bring it On' on and crawl into bed. Classic.

9:49 pm | Next I put in 'Chocolate'. One of my faves.

10:46 pm | Chris gets home again.

After 'Chocolate' is over, Chris gets ready for bed and then we put in Star Wars for a few minutes before we fall asleep. I didn't note the time we finally made it to bed, but it was past midnight. When Chris works his second shift hours he doesn't want to just come home and go to sleep, and I don't really want to go to sleep alone so I stay up until he is ready. We like to watch a series together in bed, and it will takes us days to finish up a movie because we only last so long before Chris is snoring. I usually will be half awake until Chris falls asleep and then I turn off the movie and TV, and pass out 10 seconds later.

The end!

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