Simple Days ~ 3.7.12

My intention was to get this post up over the weekend, but with Matt’s schedule being all wonky these past couple weeks, I’m totally off schedule and out of my groove.

But he has THE ENTIRE WEEKEND OFF this week, so we can plan some fun things to do around town (read: get things ready for Allison’s birthday party the following weekend) like maybe visit the Arch or if the weather holds, the zoo.

It would definitely be nice to do something different, however, I do really love our times at home.

What I’ve been up to…

The weekend before last was the perfect mix of work and play.  We met friends for dinner on that first Friday of Lent for a Catholic fish fry dinner.  Allison always loves seeing her favorite friend, Shelby.  It was a great time until we got home…  And Allison had a meltdown because WE WENT IN THE WRONG DOOR!  The Horror!  I’m assuming she was just really tired and it was a timely trigger, but that set the pace for the evening.  She wasn’t playing well and sharing was practically an impossibility.  She also seems to be getting a thrill out of defying us these days, too.  I don’t know why they talk about the terrible 2’s because 3 is shaping up to the tough one.

Saturday started out not much better with more tantrums.  But she finally crashed out for nap and I did manage to get our desk cleared off after watching two episodes of Hoarders.  Maybe not ideal motivation, but whatever works, right?  The nap helped and after Matt got home from work, he baked cookies with Allison, which always makes her happy.  She loves to bake.  But perhaps we gave her a few too many cookies because she was still awake at 10 o’clock.  Finally asleep, we grabbed some beverages and our neighbor came over for a highly competitive game of Scrabble.  I won.  Of course.  :)

Sunday was a lazy day of errands then we met my cousin and her family for dinner at Bailey’s Roast.  The food was good, although next time I’ll choose a different burger and we were actually able to conversate even with the kids around.  Miracle of miracles!  We wrapped up the weekend with a bonfire at our (other) neighbor’s house after Allison was in bed.  We are so amazingly lucky to have such wonderful people living around us.

Last Monday through Friday are a blur.  I guess because Matt was gone most nights.  I do enjoy working on the blog when he’s not home, so I installed a new theme and so far I’m lovin’ it (once I figured out how to use it)!  I still have some tweaking to do, but I think it looks pretty sharp so far.  We had our regular dinner with friends on Thursday, but I totally slacked and we ended up going out to eat instead of me preparing the meal I had planned.  Perhaps some of my lack of motivation was due to the fact that I didn’t run at all last week due to a quad injury…  But I did “play yoga” with Allison a couple of times.   I was able to notice the difference running has been making on my overall health because I was achy from just sitting at my desk all day.

Since I’m behind and this is getting long, I’ll go ahead and stop here and pick up where I left off on my next post.

And now a little game of ‘Pass it On’

Jill at Mommy Inconsistent challenged me and a few fellow bloggers to play along.  And I like to be a good sport.

Here’s how it goes…

1) Answer questions asked of me by the blogger that tagged me.
2) Create a list of questions and tag a few fellow bloggers, hoping they want to play the game too…thus…
3) Passing it on.

1) What’s your favourite childhood memory?

I’d have to say that my favorite childhood memory is of the band that my cousin and I started when I was in elementary school.  Not because it was awesome (although it was) but because she hates to acknowledge it happened.  This went on until I found the notebook with all of our song lyrics written in it a few years ago.  For a gift recently, she conceded to the existence of The Band.  Best. Gift. Ever.

2) Who or what inspired you to start your blog?

One day I stumbled onto The Pioneer Woman and just fell in love with blogs right there.  I loved her writing voice and breadth of topics.  It opened up a new world to me.  Since then I’ve found so many amazing bloggers that have taught me so much and I am really thankful for how blogging has enhanced my life.  Corny, but true.

3) What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about blogging?

Although not from one particular source, the best advice I’ve received is to throw yourself out there.  For a long time, I was intimidated by bloggers that seemed totally out of my league and I got in the way of my own self by refusing to guest post or even comment on their sites.  I’ve lost a lot of time and missed many opportunities due to my own insecurities.  While that is something that I still struggle with, I have been making a greater effort to get over my fear and get out there.

4) What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Ugh.  I blush really easily, sometimes for no reason other than being the focus of someones’ attention.  I hate it.  If I could change one thing, that would probably be it because it can be crippling in social situations.

5) What melts your heart?

My daughter.  She’s everything I ever dreamed of having and more.

Now, because I’m nosy, I don’t want to just tag 5 people to answer my questions.  So anyone that wants to answer, feel free to link up a dedicated post or just write them up in the comments!

1) What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
2) If you didn’t have to work (in home or out), how would you spend your time?
3) What is one thing you would tell your childhood self if you could go back in time?
4) What is your favorite blog to read?
5) Salty or Sweet?

Happy Wednesday!

Taming Insanity

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5 Responses to Simple Days ~ 3.7.12

  1. Holly says:

    Too funny about you and your cousin and the band! 😛
    Also, would you believe I have never read Pioneer Woman!? I think I am the ONLY person in the world who hasn’t!

  2. Thanks for playing along. Love your no. 3 as I’ve felt that way before as well. That’s actually pretty good advice for life in general. We shouldn’t be afraid to take risks. Feel the fear and do it anyway! I think that’s a book…

    Have a great rest of the week!!

  3. Jamie says:

    That’s a great picture. Looks like our kitchen on weekend mornings. And a bonfire with neighbors. It sounds like you live in a great hood.

    • Jen says:

      We are so lucky to have amazing neighbors… And it’s nice to be able to socialize without leaving the comfort of your own home!

  4. JamueAnne says:

    Hoarders inspires me to clean too.