Saturday, March 25, 2017


It may seem like I don't blog that often, but I actually blog a few times per week, I just never get around to finishing and publishing my posts.  I always have tons of drafts sitting around, most of which eventually get deleted.  Today I thought I would just combine a bunch of those into one post and call it good.

On our upcoming anniversary

On May 13th, 2006, Paul and I got married.  It was a Saturday (as most wedding days are).  And in the 11 years since, this will be the first time our anniversary will fall on a Saturday.  It has fallen on a Friday a few times but not Saturday until this year.  I've known pretty much the whole time that it wouldn't fall on a Saturday until this year and I have been wanting all this time to go away somewhere overnight for this anniversary.  But now Olivia has a dress rehearsal for her dance recital that day.  We could still go somewhere overnight, leaving right after the rehearsal and coming back Sunday evening, but it also happens to be Mother's Day that Sunday, so I'm reluctant to ask any relatives to watch the girls that weekend because I wouldn't want to interfere with their MD plans.  So again we wait.  I think our 17th will fall on a Saturday again, or maybe we can do something special for our 15th even if it doesn't fall on a weekend.

A Perfect Day

Seattle has a reputation for being rainy but the reality is that it isn't as bad as most people think.  Except for this year.  It's been every bit as bad and maybe worse.  But a week ago Thursday was a beautiful sunny day and people lost their minds.  The streets were filled with kids playing and people out walking.  The girls went to a friend's house for a playdate and Paul and I went for a nice walk, just the two of us.  Then on Sunday is was sunny again.  At one point during the afternoon Paul and the girls rode their bikes to the frozen yogurt shop and I sat outside sipping a glass of wine, painted my nails and read a book.  It was heaven.  And it has rained every day since.

Ha ha.  I had already finished my wine (or almost) when I snapped this picture.

Kool-Aid Hair

The girls had been bugging me about getting their hair dyed.  Just the ends, or streaks.  There is something called dip dying where you just dye the ends of hair and apparently it's a thing to use Kool-Aid.  So, since it's a ton cheaper than going to a salon we decided to give it a try. It's supper easy, you just add 2 packs (except with Olivia I only did 1 because I didn't know you were supposed to use 2 when I was at the store buying it.  I just used less water and it still worked fine) of whatever color Kool-Aid you want to hot water and then put the ends of the hair in however far you want and leave it for 3-5 minutes.

I didn't get a picture of Kayley's but she did a reddish purple (we mixed cherry and fruit punch).  It actually looks really good with her medium brown hair, and you can still see it 3 weeks later, whereas Olivia's had totally faded.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Work Life Balance

I'm late, but today I'm linking up with Shay and Erika for their Workin' it Wednesdays series (which, this time, was on Monday, hence my lateness).  It's a topic that I really struggle with and want to blog about, Work/Life Balance.  I can't wait to read what others have to say on the topic because I need all the help I can get!

Work/life balance is something I’ve been actively seeking and striving for ever since I went back to work 3 years ago.  But sadly, I have only discovered that, at least for me, it simply does not exist.  Some simple math will prove it.

My work week starts when I get up around 6:30 AM on Monday and ends on Fridays at 6:30 PM when I get home, give or take.  That is a total of 108 hours.  Of that 108, 60 are spent working, getting ready for work or commuting to and from work.  Another 28ish are spent sleeping.  That leaves 20 hours for “life”, and 14-16 of those are spent cooking, cleaning, chores, making lunches, helping with homework, etc.  So, “life” pretty much consists of 4-6 hours (1-1.5/day) in the evening, watching a show, reading or playing on the computer after everyone else has gone to bed or is at least in bed reading (Kayley).  60 versus 4-6.  Ehhhhh…not exactly balanced.  I get that "work-life balance" is not meant to be 50/50 and it's more about making the most of the free time you do have and managing your time in such a way as to maximize the amount of time you have for what's important to you, but still.  I am never "off duty" until AT LEAST 9:00, sometimes 10:00, and it's very frustrating.  Most of this post was typed up at work on a break, because otherwise I'd never have time.

Of course, there are weekends, but as you know, those are mostly consumed with running errands, cooking, laundry and other household stuff.

Having a housekeeper has been a lifesaver.  Before that I literally did nothing but all of the above AND clean.  It was awful.

I try to menu plan and make meals ahead but it's hard because the girls won't eat most things I make/want to make and I don't want what they will eat, and most nights they have to just eat something quick before rushing off to dance/gymnastics/violin, so we eat a lot of pre-made things from Costco like stuffed peppers, shepherds pie and rotisserie chicken.  And I know the importance of not overscheduling them but Kayley is only in one thing (piano, and she comes to us) and Olivia is in 3 (dance, gymnastics and violin) but the dance is just to try it out and see if she likes it and if she wants to keep going she will have to chose between that and gymnastics.

So, for me, there is no balance.  I'm working at it and as the girls get older and can do more for themselves and help more around the house, it will get better. Meanwhile, I will check out the link up for some great ideas.

Friday, March 3, 2017

9th Birthday Party

The girls' 9th birthday was Tuesday (February 28th) and we had their party last Saturday (February 25th) at an ice arena.  They skated for an hour and a half, and then we had a party room for an hour.  It was a fun party, not horribly expensive and not much work on our part.

This was supposed to be them posing with their cake, but you can't even see the cake because it's so bright.  I'm pretty sure the flash wasn't on but my phone camera has a mind of it's own.

Kayley in the middle

Kayley being Kayley

Sweet freinds

Staying close to the rail!

The whole gang

When I ordered the cake, I asked for anything ice skating related.  A friend had recently had an ice skating party and had a cake from the same place with ice skates on it.  But when Paul went to pick it up, they said they didn't have ice skates and he ended up getting horses instead.  I thought they could just draw on some skates with icing or whatever but I guess not.  So we put all the horse stuff on (2 horses, trees and a fence) but then I decided I would try to draw on some skates myself, so I did.  But I decided to leave one horse and the trees.

The in-laws were coming over for dinner after the party, and I wasn't sure if there would be enough cake left over (there wasn't), so I made an extra with a Minecraft theme.  I made a creeper face with black gel and then just put on a bunch of little figurines the girls had.