Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fake insta January 2016

Bubble time!  Tatum got a severe reaction to something (bubbles, maybe?) that made her scream and cry in terror for 1-2 hours before and while she peed.  It was horrific.  Shrill constant screaming, zero sleep, writhing, kicking, gnashing of teeth... you get the idea. After a full day, I took her to the ER where getting a clean catch of urine was nearly impossible.  Catching 2 tablespoons of urine that night is my greatest mom accomplishment to date.  It was an absolute nightmare. Turns out is wasn't a UTI, just an irritation, so we still don't know what caused it.  But no more bubble baths until the end of time-- I can't afford to take chances.  She got a medication that numbed her urine so it wasn't "spiky" on its way out, but it took about the same amount of convincing and tears to get her to take it as it was to have the urine come out burning.  And the medication dyes everything it touches yellow, so parts of the car seat (where I strapped her in to force it down) the kitchen chair, our clothes and her hair are still dyed.  A month later.  Anyway, glad that drama is over, it was a REAL ringer!!
We went to the Monterey aquarium for our anniversary/just for fun.  We call it our family birthday and Tatum LOVES it!  I was entranced by the jellyfish, I'd like to have some as a pet.
This is the one million gallon tank-- its pretty impressive!  So. Many. Fish.
January was the coldest month (I can say that now that its Feb and consistently 75 and sunny.  Monterey is really beautiful, we can't wait to take our bikes down for a ride along the coast!  It's about an hour and twenty minutes from us.
Our SUNBEAM! She is in class with all her friends and likes her teacher.  Rumor has it that her first Sunday in primary they asked for a volunteer for a prayer and Tatum shot her hand up (she loooves to pray) but then when they called her up and she realized the magnitude of this ordeal, she went silent and nervously pointed at the girl next to her to cover for her!

Heart attacks for our sick friends!  T loved being sooooo sneaky!  
We have a punch pass at a gym for 1 hour of free time.  The tramp to foam pit is the big hit, but she also loved getting inside a circular mat and having me roll her around the open gym.  
We were the only people in Santa Cruz!  54 degrees and nobody touches the beach!  We had great parking and a fun time running, digging and playing hopscotch!
Our friend Brenda visited from NYC, and we took her to the Redwoods at Big Basin.  The drive up was super windy and we had to take a few breaks, but once there it was awesome!
I've perfected my lava cake recipe.  It's pioneer woman-- follow the directions exactly.  Best served with berries and Costco's vanilla ice cream!
We went to dim sum with Brenda in SF.  Scott's been trying to get us there for ages, so it was finally good to experience it!  We found some great dishes!
My little bear :)
We got bikes! Thanks Mom and Dad for the Christmas gift!  We are so excited to be able to ride as a family and always have Tatum keep up! It's a great system and we have plans to ride in Monterey and across the bridge!
Chloe and Olive with their big sisters do preschool!
We took a trip out to sacramento to see BeeGee and Ken and Kathy!  Always a good time.
The Jones' pool is closed for the winter, but Tatum still went fishing!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fake Insta - February

I feel that I've been over gramming lately.  It's because I have such good memories/happy life that I want to share my good times.  So instead of over gramming, here's a photo dump with captions.  Enjoy!

Chloe grew out of her sleep sack, but it is her cue that it's time to sleep.  I couldn't really find any extraaaa long sleeps sacks to buy and I don't particularly love shopping, so I made one!  This was a great use for a KAM snap at the top-- I feel like I can make anything now that I have a KAM snap kit!
 Our friends Brandi and Andrew are a really good time.  She cuts Scott's hair regularly and they sometimes sit with us and help with the kids at church.  But she's due with her own baby this week, so our game nights may be ending...
 I felt like a great mom for waking up, having nothing to do, and hauling the kids to the beach.  It's about an hour away.  Chloe ate a bunch of sand, and Tatum build "sand cakes" and all sorts of other restaurant quality meals to serve me ;)  We were home by 3, and I magically still got a nap out of both girls!
I still have to sort of convince T to go to dance each week.  She LOVES the dancing part, and dressing for it, but doesn't love that there are no moms allowed.  She has lots of friends but wishes I were at least sitting in the back so she could turn around and give me a thumbs up every few minutes!  The class is half tap, half ballet, and there is a recital for which I paid way too much money for a costume.  It better be cute!
 This February.  Man!  We have it really really good.  It feels especially rewarding when I see NYC's weather and know that I am not pushing my stroller uphill through slush in negative degrees.  We took a risk moving out here, and boy is it paying off!
That little Chloe.  She is playing more and more and as long as T is in a good mood then they get along great!  T entertains her at the table, she loves turning Chloe into a "Chloe pizza" and eating her up, or rolling her across the room, which C does actually love.  Generally, Tatum wants any toy Chloe has, and is frequently going in her room for some "personal time" and slamming the door so Chloe knows she isn't invited.  Chloe just stands at the door outside, slapping her hands against the door and lighting up as soon as T opens it just to check if she's still taunting her, before slamming it shut again.  Im just praying for Chloe's little fingers the entire time...
 Hand foot and mouth hit our house.  NOT FUN.  This picture I uploaded was on the healing day... it was a lot worse than this a few days prior.  Open sores all outside her mouth, inside her mouth, arms, hands, feet, and diaper area.  And 103 fever with it. Luckily my mom came to save the day and helped take care of the kids and disinfect the house!
 Miss Chlo's valentine!  She is such my little love.
 I'm convinced it doesn't get better than our backyard.  We have worked really hard to turn it into a great living space and after 6 months, it is finally somewhere we constantly go to enjoy. 

 Love this shot. So Chloe:

Stay tuned for the January photos!