Saturday, July 19, 2014

nothing's gonna stop us now!

12 years! 2 dates in one week!
 all our dates seem to end at target because running errands never ends!
we did our usual olive garden anniversary date and then we also went out again a few days later to what we had been told was the best steakhouse around, the peddler. 
we were not disappointed. i even broke my cardinal rule of "no cell phone at the table taking pictures of food in a restaurant". because this steak was just that big. 

this was what we brought home as leftovers. the portions were HUGE and the salad bar was excellent including GIANT blue cheese chunks. yum. add a side of peas on romaine-delicious! 

more pictures of steak than you ever wanted!
*and my super dirty microwave.

our culminating celebration for our 12 years of absolute bliss was cleaning out the garage together, in anticipation of our next move.
 to atlanta. 
 in 2 WEEKS!
 you guessed it. last week's trip to atlanta was to find a new place to rent and we will rent out our house here in greenville until we can devote more time to selling it. i'm heartbroken. we all are. we love greenville. we love our neighborhood. we love our friends. we love south carolina. i really, really love my gym(more than some of my friends). nevertheless, we're a family that sticks together and we go where will be best for each member of our family long term. 
any yet, 
poop sandwich. 
at least i'm not in charge of packing everything up. after 12 years and 54223 moves, we source that out. 

garage cleaning was a success.
thomas especially loves how the sweat drips off my nose after mere minutes of exertion. 

thankfully, ever dang neighborhood kid showed up to not help and not organize stuff and not throw junk away. 

cleaning the garage was actually slightly fun. i got to organize everything and stress about item placement which is what i wish i could go back to college and major in. with a minor is public scrutiny.
our garage is a beautiful thing. even with our weird, extra storage room the former owners put it. it's good for locking up ornery kids and growing marijuana. 

then we went swimming...

 at the greatest neighborhood pool that cannot be replicated, because, believe me, we've looked. 
*our version of a synchronized jump
**olympics 2016 for sure!

then to really show our love and devotion to one another, thomas and i painted our master bathroom on saturday night. 

sunday morning we both overslept from exhaustion and still made it to church on time. because we are that in love. nothing's gonna stop us now.
sing with me!
"Let 'em say we're crazy, what do they know 
Put your arms around me baby 
Don't ever let go 
Let the world around us just fall apart 
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart 
And we can build this dream together 
Standing strong forever 
Nothing's gonna stop us now 
And if this world runs out of lovers 
We'll still have each other 
Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us now "

shake out sweaty  80s hair band hair, end post.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

holiday! celebrate!

i'm so tired from this summer that if i die, bury me in my swimsuit. that way the undertaker doesn't even have to change my clothes.

i'm still waiting for the day when i stay at home and do nothing all day long. this past week still has not contained that day. the fourth of july, a weekend trip to the ATL and our anniversary were within 5 days.

athena blythe's self-styled fourth of july outfit she put together for the church fourth of july brunch.

scarlett wanted to look like a firecracker and thomas obligingly attached a sparkler to her scooter.

reagan was just happy to be riding his bike in a giant circle over and over again(an autistic dream). 

the highlight of our church fourth of july breakfast:  
just two teenagers in love, slow dancing in the church parking lot.

that afternoon we headed to atlanta for a quick trip. this is how we rock a suburban applebees:
incidentally, thomas is always an excellent tipper.

we stayed in a fawn-cy hotel with an elevator AND a staircase with carpet. which are two things that just thrill our kids.

thomas made all my hopes and dreams come true.

some were less excited.

this is what childhood nightmares are based on. the stay puft marshmallow man and miss piggy got together at some point during one of kermit and piggy's relationship breaks and HELLO! this resulted:

again, athena blythe is a total pill.



scarlett had no idea what she was getting into. plus, before we left, i had to give thomas a pep talk about how we were NOT going to buy any of the children any sort of super overpriced cabbage patch doll. that man cannot say no to his children. there was prolonged eye contact ultimately agreement and a firm handshake. 
i had to explain the history and importance of the cabbage patch doll. how i begged for one and luckily my uncle steve was stationed in korea waaaaaay back in the 1980s and was able to bring me back a "pabbage catch" doll. a 1980s girl triumph! 
i do think scarlett is a bit creeped out by the dolls growing in these cabbage pods. 

i was pretty disappointed in the "birth" of the cabbage patch doll. they definitely pay minimum wage at babyland general hospital. i think the doctor delivering the doll must have gotten her medical license online. i was not impressed. zero vocal inflection and just pulled the doll out of nowhere. if i was delivering cabbage patch dolls, you better believe there would have been some fireworks and dramatics in that show and that baby would have dropped from the sky!

but the setting was incredibly beautiful. 

you know there was a fart joke involved in the taking of this picture:

so, so, weird.

scarlett was more than little annoyed that my cabbage patch pep talk with thomas actually worked and she walked away empty handed. thomas admitted that he felt weak a few times, but was glad that we had decided to deprive our children of yet another overpriced toy. we love our kids that much.

one the way back to town we stopped at the BEST ice cream stand. frozen yogurt is for babies. hard scoop ice cream is for women who plan on taking over the world. 
they had a giant cow out so i felt like that was a sign that i should go ahead and eat whatever i want. the bulging veins on the udder absolutely gross me out but was oddly recognizable. not everything needs to be completely anatomically correct.

we like each other. and yes, athena blythe is practically naked and tempting death. please, please give me all your best parenting advice and internet shaming in the comments section.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

this is the droid you are looking for

scarlett's birthday extravaganza 2014 that started out as a small get together at the pool and exploded into a totally interactive padawan jedi training food fest!

birthdays are exhausting. i don't even fancy myself as someone who has to put together a big to do, but somehow it always seems to turn out that way. 

breakfast waffles a la thomas with a side of pancakes.

gift giving.

scarlett is a pretty big star wars fan. it's one of the few parental things that i feel i am acutally doing right. she especially loves princess leia so we rolled with that in any way we could.

i spent a good amount of time stealing stars wars party ideas from other people's blogs. not an original thought in this head, thank you very much!!!
plus, scarlett really wanted to have a lot of decor input, so some things look weird and i blame her. she loved her black, gold and hot pink balloons so i was happy she was happy. 

food signage:

always FUNNY! every. single. time. NATALIE!

dollar store chic lives here.
my version of going all out on decorations. the paper lanterns are supposed to be planets. the gold stars on the black plastic sheeting are supposed to be outer space. the giant silver stars pulled double duty a week later for the fourth of july. i hate spending money on decorations. i did like writing with the brand new jumbo sharpie pack i splurged on. now all our underwear is labeled too. 
the little food tents were also purchased at the dollar store and i was over the moon about that.

the best shot of the death star that i spent way too much time drawing. as in 10 minutes was way too much time to devote to something that most people didn't even glance at. i made scarlett put it on the door to her room when we got home. 

scarlett was not interested in having her hair braided into princess leia buns because she still does not appreciate my skill and she's just a wimp when it comes to hair pulling, er braiding. we compromised with pigtail braids and i did the princess leia cinnamon buns on myself, which would have looked so much cooler had i waited to cut 10 inches off my hair until after this party. my cinnamon buns were more akin to the gross little debbie cinnamon buns that you get a the gas station. gas station princess leia. 

then the main event, genuine jedi training courtesy of me. most of these kids had no idea what i was talking about but i had so much fun. mostly because i love being in command of an audience who believes every word i say. 

once the padawans had completed their training, we had a completely expected visitor.

reagan- "darth vader! why are you wearing your church shoes?"

i think i was into this more than anyone else.

love. love changes everything. this made me so happy. i was over the moon! i was over alderaan! i was over the death star!
 i'm not pregnant here. my shirt is giving birth to my swimsuit. note to self, "suck it in!"

speaking of sucking it in, we sang and had cake. 

blythe spent a lot of time like this:
every party needs a pooper.

finally, later that night. we painted and put stickers on our toenails. and i settled down for a long summer's nap.

scarlett is the most fun, curious, kind, smart beautiful girl in all the galaxy. and i'm her mom.