currently - Otto & Stitch - link up

The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host at Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: appreciating, feeling, looking, regretting, playing

I have been Appreciating my children's strengths and weaknesses. Loretta is so resilient and such a force of nature. She face planted into rocks (of course she did) at school last week and got the worst nose scrape and lip cut combo I've ever seen, plus gauged her forehead so badly she needed a stitch. My heart hasn't stood so still since she spent her initial days on this planet in NICU (scariest days of my life). One of our parent friends from school posted this on my FB:

H- has told me (more than once I might add) that "Etta fell down on the sidewalk and landed on her face and she didn't even cry and she is a really tough girl even though she's a little kid."

Meanwhile fail to give this girl a pee pee treat after using the toilet and she falls to pieces.

Otto has been Feeling very cool lately, round-the-clock wearing nerd glasses his Nana and Papa brought him. You guys, I can't. Where did Otto come from? He's like bio-engineered or something. He asked us what a "nerd" was and we were like, "someone who's really smart and so into being smart that it makes them cool." I love that nerd chic is a thing and my five year old is its poster child.

I have been Looking at the calendar and being like what in the what? How is it freaking mid-October already? Is nuts.

I am stumped on Regretting this week. I'm a little bit regretting that I didn't spend all summer visiting the gym and working on my skincare routine. Not regretting those things enough to wash my face before bed most nights or do sit-ups, mind you.

Image via Busted Tees. So! This past weekend we started Playing Settlers of Catan with Otto. On Sunday, we actually taught Otto, my mom, and my dad how to play and Otto hung in there as a team with Rob. Hurray Settlers! Otto rolls so many sevens! I'm tardy to the Settlers party, it's been a favorite of Rob's for years and years. But dudes, this game! I should say that it's still pretty involved for Ot. It's recommended for ages 10+. But playing on Rob's team he did super awesome and I'm such a board game geek it's like actually thrilling to me that this is something we do now. Settlers, Yes We Catan!

We have an open "CALL FOR THEMES" going on so please submit theme suggestions.
Next week's themes were submitted by the wonderful Caz who blogs over at Water Under It:
anticipating, contributing, discussing, listening, deciding 


currently - link up

The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host at Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: reading, thinking, feeling, eating, dreaming

At bedtime, I have been Reading the first Harry Potter book with Otto. It's some dark business: terrible adopted family, parents murdered by an evil wizard... that's about the harshest plot Otto's ever heard of but his imagination is just totally and completely captured by the magic of it all. He's over the moon. Where he usually dozes off about a chapter into our nightly books, now he's fighting sleep to listen for pages and pages and pages. Not sure what we'll do when the book ends. I feel like by book three this series gets a little off its rocker with the scary stuff.

I have been Thinking a lot lately about where I put my energy. I tend to do this thing where I take on way too much, freak out, kill myself making sure everything goes great, take about a second to feel good about jobs well done, and then take zero time to enjoy peace/relax before re-taking on way too much. I have this plan to not break this cycle (because I is who I is) but to change the usual course a little. I need to get pickier about just what I'm taking on exactly.

Loretta has been Feeling all the feelings like whoa. I think the top of her emotion pyramid is filled almost completely with independence and yelling. Yes, yelling is a feeling. So, OK... One time when Otto was about three he ran away from me at Target when it was time to check out and I was like, "Terrible twos? Terrible threes!" and then Loretta came along and it's like, "omg I had no concept."

Our Eating has been pretty lackluster around here lately. I did make a kick-ass chik'un (well Quorn) noodle soup last weekend that felt all fall-y and comfort-y. Rob's got some kind of stress ulcer going on so he's off coffee, beer, hot sauce. Basically we have nothing in common at this point.

I am Dreaming of a quiet night with the couch to myself, a hot cup of coffee, a pile of Hershey's candy cane kisses, and Love Actually on the tv. Oh I might as well go all crazy and add "in a new pair of sweatpants" to the dream. There, indulgence fantasy! We all have dream sweatpants, don't we?

That was this week and here are next week's themes:
TBD. Do you have any theme ideas? Suggestions welcome! 


House Rules

We are not the kind of house that operates under the structure of rules. I'll start with that. We remind each other to be polite and encourage the kids to pick up their messes. But there are no general regulations. Not usually. Routines, yes. Rules, not so much.

But last night Loretta inspired a set of house rules. Within the course of an hour. All the while smiling that head-tilted, cheeky little smile of hers that says to us, "Ain't I a stinker?" A smile Rob and I literally turn and run from because smiling back can only encourage her. Right?

She's a thrill chaser in a family of peaceful easies. Sometimes that's a delight. Sometimes it's like, "Why?! Are?! You?! Crazy?!" Anyways...

Rule 1. Be nice to each other. That's all. Let's all do this always. Politeness rules.

Rule 2. No pooping in your pants on purpose.

Rule 3. No bath tub sploshing of water onto the old, cracked-linoleum floor of our 101 year old rental. Sploshing is strictly forbidden and your washcloth and bath cups will be confiscated. No amount of histrionic crying, screaming, and arm waving into the eyes of your delighted-to-be-having-a-fit reflection on the wall mirror will change our minds. We are onto you.

Rule 4. No ruining. Books, games, flash cards, and other toys ruined on purpose will be immediately ejected from the premises. In fact, actually, ruin away. Tossing junk out of our chaos pile is super therapeutic for Mama.

I suppose to be proper I should couch these rules  in terms of, "Instead of..." And ps. who am I even kidding? There are no rules. This girl just tests my everything. She is the brightest little ball of sunshine and the biggest pain in the ass. And dudes, with the pooping. THAT IS A PHASE I WAS NOT EXPECTING.


currently - link up

The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you! Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host at Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: throwing, drinking, looking, loving, sharing

I have been Throwing the dinner plan out the window. Thank goodness for frozen sweet potato fries from Costco. (I'm going to needlepoint that on a pillow.) Between Otto's martial arts classes, Rob's semester kicking off this week, Loretta just omg where do I start, and my being a pathetic pile of tired crap everyday by the time I get home it's like, "What can I heat up in ten minutes while the sweet potato fries cook?"

This weekend we were Drinking in the last warmth and sunshine of post-summer niceness. A little daytrip to the coast on Sunday was about the most perfect day I could imagine.

Loretta doesn't know it but she is Looking forward to her ballet classes starting up again. There isn't a whole lot going on in Eugene for 2-year old ballerinas but the place where we took a summer class is having another session this month and I can't wait to get her back in her leotard. She's just into it and it makes me super happy to see, plus it's so stinking cute.

I have been Loving peacefulness and football. We are entering the time of the year where quiet days and crisp walks and Ducks football and baking bread and watching the pumpkins in our yard start to turn orange are all the things. Summer is great but it's hectic. Fall is peaceful and cuddly.

Otto has been Sharing all of his ideas for Halloween costumes. Nothing as inspired as last year's Kung Fu Werewolf but we are waiting for him to have another moment of inspiration. Our plan is to let him brainstorm and when he hits on gold, to ask him to "lock it in." We are devious parents. So far the winning idea has been Human Torch but he keeps changing his mind to Mario. Breath held! Oh and Loretta wants to be a cowboy. She will scowl you under the table if you say cowgirl. Cowboy! You got it, sweetheart.

That was this week and here are next week's themes:
reading, thinking, feeling, eating, dreaming