Sunday, May 20, 2018

April Phone Dump

Here is the belated April Phone dump!
Reading on the back deck with a toilet in my view means one thing...more remodeling hapenned this month. Brunch at Buttermilk. I fell asleep in Haven's bed playing with her one day and woke up to find she had crawled in my bed to take a nap on her own!
Library days. When you wanna wear a dress AND a skirt. Safe to say this book is probably not popular right now? When Liv handwashes dishes the drying pile gets very artistic.
Cuddly Haven. Sonic after school at the park.
Haven and one of Bo's kittens. He named one Monster Truck. Best buds having fun!
Work shots. The top right one is NOT from the house we've been working on but it is next to a sketchy place I got to visit to see bathroom stall partitions!
Mood. Reverse matching with the hubs. Liv was REAL obsessed with Settlers this month. We played in daily. Haven.
Basic decor at the podiatrist. Hilarious decor at the sketchiest pizza buffet place. Selfie. Kitties!
Mermaid day at the library! They are real!
Spending extra time together during teacher walk out.
Liv trying to sell random stuff on our curb. Friends lunch party. Sisters.
Visiting Seminole! Family morning selfie. Olivia set out this elaborate snack station for squirrels in our front yard, 5 min later.....
Checked out brunch at Neighborhood Jam one morning after swimming laps. The gym/brunch combo probably cancels each other out! Haven likes to sleep on her floor. Liv carrying her grandma purse into the mall.
Top Golf night with the OKC mom's blog. I'd never been before and had a fun time!

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Baby's First Bowling

The kids were out of school 2 days for the arts festival, but instead of taking them there, we went bowling! This was Haven's first time and luckily she had some great coaches in Jensen, Noah, and Liv! They were so skilled at coaching, she actually beat all 3 of them! 
No one cheers louder for kids getting spares with bumpers than MOMS!
Proof that the 3 year old won!
Then we had a picnic at the park outside and enjoyed the sunny day!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A Picnic with Daddy

We are enjoying this spring weather, and love it when daddy can join in too! We headed to Will Rogers on a sunny afternoon to take advantage of this new season. (Shhh, don't tell Liv we did something fun without her, she gets jealous!)
The squirrels are so brazen.
The tulips were so pretty!

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Book Review

I feel I might be forgetting some books I read but these are the ones I can remember as of late!

The Stranger Beside Me. Well we all know I like some true crime and I'd been meaning to read this one for awhile now. Ann Rule just happened to be a crime reporter and volunteered her time at a mental health crisis hotline with THE Ted Bundy. She was a former police officer too and had no idea that the friendly man she worked late nights with was a sociopath who was raping and murdering women all over the Northwest. I wasn't as much interested in the horrible crime as just in psychological aspect that she had no idea and had a hard time believing the truth for awhile. I recommend it if you like true crime and give it an 8.5.

The Secret Keeper (by Kate Morton) was the book club pick last month and was so intriguing but it was sooo long. It was very hard for me to rate because I loved the story line but it seriously needed some editing. They could have taken out a few of the twists and turns. It's the fictional story of a woman who is at her mother's death bed trying to find out the truth about a murder she witnessed as a young girl but was never brave enough to ask her mother about. I recommend it if you like WWII books or aren't intimidated by a lot of pages! Call me when you finish and we can talk! I give it a 7.5.

Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 hardest things I'm learning to say was a series of essays about the authors personal life and relationships. It's got a little bit of everything from the ups and downs of life and the lessons she has learned from them through the people in her life. I loved it and recommend it if you like memoirs. I really don't remember much else to say about it but I give it a 9!

How to be a Good Wife was my book club pick recently (as recommended to me by Jeri) and it was such a page turner I think it's the first book we've all actually read in a long time! I can't say much about it without ruining the plot but I thought it did a great job of putting you inside the mind of the main character as she's trying to figure out if her traumatic memories are real or if she's losing her mind. I can't say my beef with it without giving too much away but I give it an 8 and recommend it if you like psychological thrillers!

Books I'm reading with Liv:
Sideways Stories From Wayside School. I remember reading these with my teachers I believe in the 5th grade and thinking they were hysterical. Welp 25 years later I am still laughing out loud as I read them with my 8 year old. We are on book 2 and she loves them as much as me!

Books that didn't get finished....
A Wrinkle in Time. I"m kind of glad Liv thought it got scary and we had to quit because I thought it was just plain weird and not making any sense. So we did not go see the movie either. Oh well.

What are YOU reading?
Rules of rating seen here.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lego Table

The crib came down a few months ago so there was an empty wall in the girls room just begging to be used. Since Liv's legos were taking over the guest room we felt it was fitting to make a lego space in their bedroom and since we had a trip to TX planned we picked up some IKEA furniture that would be just perfect to create that! Liv and her friends spent time sorting the colors and sets.
I appreciate a good ROYGBIV moment.
Here is the BEFORE (well once the crib was down).....
And here is the AFTER!
I also got her some thrifted wall shelves to display her fav lego creations on.
We put two Trofast units together to create this. The left on holds all of Liv's legos and the right one holds other toys like duplo and barbies and shopkins. They both enjoy having the playspace there and I think it's a great fit!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Teacher Walkout

I think I explained this in the last post, but Liv was in school for 2 days after our spring break and then our state had a 2 week long teacher walkout. Then she just got out for two more days for the arts festival so I've been spending LOTS of extra time with my kiddos! Maybe that accounts for a lack of updates. Maybe not. Either way we 100% supported our teachers rallying at the capitol and were proud to show our support. We took them snacks and made signs one of the days. 
Some signs were more political than others. I love Jensen's dolphin sign most!
There was free bus transport from a school near our house so that made it easy not to deal with parking down there and Haven REALLY enjoyed the ride.
Liv with her John Rex teachers
It was only fitting for our nation to see where the importance in our state's budget lies when you can clearly see the millions of dollars of renovations currently covering the front of our state capitol building. 
Aaaaanyway, we enjoyed our time there and hope we spread some love and encouragement to our teachers!
Meanwhile Liv groaned anytime I asked her to do the 15 min of daily homework activities the teachers supplied them with. No matter how many time I tried to explain how her normal 7.5 hour school day was a LOT longer than a few minutes of clock practice on the home laptop, she still rolled her eyes at me. So delightful!
My last soap box sentence on this issue is if you care about Oklahoma's future you should vote!!

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