Lazy Weekend Pics

 Casey got his 5th blue card for being a great student.
That's his "army" hat which he proudly wore all weekend.
 We celebrated by going to a new park. I love these kids.
 Hooray for Starbucks cups filled with water, Halloween socks and a Disney Princess castle tent thing I saw at a yard sale on the way home from work on Saturday morning.
 I thought this was a werewolf. Andrea informed me it is Big Foot. Either way, Halloween Lego Minifigures are SOMUCHFUN
 We found five caterpillars on our old dead milkweed in front so we got new milkweed, put it in the backyard and moved the caterpillars to happiness. I sure hope this works!
 Rainy days are boring so Christa harassed Betty.
 Then we all harassed Casey.
And our bad behavior was rewarded with a beautiful rainbow during a sun shower.


Hello October Haiku Friday

Can it be true, guys?
I felt cool air and a breeze
Has autumn arrived?
I love October
Halloween decorations
And pumpkin patches
It's time for costumes
 Hopefully hoodie weather
And Husband's birthday


A through Z

A- Age: 38
B- Biggest Fear: Birds
C- Current Time: Lunchtime
D- Drink you last had: Water, sadly.
E- Easiest Person To Talk to: Husband
F- Favorite Song: Currently Downtown by Macklemore is my favorite thing to listen to because I like the laugh but have you heard Hozier's Someone New? It's real good.
G- Ghosts, are they real: I feel like spirits are, connections between the living and the dead. For sure. Just have never seen a ghost.
H- Hometown: Oxnard, baby.
I- In love with: My children.
J- Jealous Of: People that don't have to struggle with anxiety and depression.
K- Killed Someone? With kindness! Holler!
L- Last time you cried?: Ugh at Disneyland because it was so good. Happy tears at least. I also cried last night watching Sing It On because one of the a capella kids killed themselves. SAD.
M- Middle Name... : Anne, after Granules.
N- Number of Siblings: Just my brother Curtis. Wait, but do I count my older brother that died? I don't know how to answer this.
O- One Wish... : That I die before my children.
P- Person who you last called: Otis at Georgia Pacific.
Q- Question you're always asked: Lately it's "Are you having another baby?" FAT TYMZ!
R- Reason to smile: Life is good. Honestly.
S- Song last sang: Oh.... I guess it's to that Hozier song but I sing all day long. Poor, my coworkers.
T- Time you woke up: 6:15 because my son needed a snuggle.
U- Underwear Color: Teal plaid Hanes. Secksy cotton numbers.
V- Vacation Destination: I'd love to do Disneyworld. Or a Disney cruise to a tropical island.
W- Worst Habit: Picking my nose.
X- X-Rays you've had: Just had to have one recently on my foot. Hooray for tendinitis and a bone spur!
Y- Your favorite food: Oh... well pizza probably. But it's hard to pick a favorite when your chubby ass loves eating all the things. Does a cookie count as food? Because that.
Z- Zodiac Sign: Taurus. To a stubborn ass T.


Mickey's Halloween Party

Last night I got to hang out with my family and BFF and her family and spend a bunch of time at the Happiest Place on Earth. It was so much fun. We got to enjoy short lines and an amazing firework show and a super fantastic parade. Also? So much candy! I keep gazing off into outer space just so I can think about how happy I am that we got to go and do such an amazing fun thing on a random Monday night. The album is here. Here are some pictures from my phone so I can look at them some more and smile some more.
 Taking the tram from the lot to Downtown Disney
 My family
 My extended family sans MIKE
 Tutti in her first set of mouse ears because it's her first time at Disneyland
 Me & BFF rockin' some ears in the Jungle Cruise line
This photo does no justice.
 They projected villains onto the castle and flames shot up in the air and the music was so loud and the fireworks were so amazing and I swear I have chills just thinking about it. It was absolutely stunning.
Halloweentime at Disneyland is the most fun thing EVER. Seriously. Go. Now.


Weekend Pics!

 Friday afternoon with Ethan.
 The kids love their big cousin.
 Seriously? Too much.
 The beautiful sky showing off.
 Christa reading with a boob out. HA!
Inside a hut in the village at the Chumash Indian Museum in Thousand Oaks.
 Super bright family selfie. It was so hot. So, so hot.
 Post pool nap. Look at those toes.
 And these toes! That daddy hurt right before Disneyland tonight. Awesome.
So basically from 7pm on Saturday night until I left for work this morning, all we did was rest. We didn't do hardly anything. It was amazing. Did I mention Disneyland tonight? It's literally all I can think about. I feel like I've been electrocuted.


Hug A Vegetarian Haiku Friday

Can I just tell you
How over this heat I am
Enough already
No lunchtime walking
I fear dying of heat stroke
Or drowning in sweat
Need to exercise
Being asked if I'm preggo
Nah, just real chubby


Mental Health Day

Some of you may have picked up on some stress on the old blog here. It's been a long time coming and I knew the answer to my problem was "me time" but I always feel a shit ton of guilt for actually giving into that need. On Monday I had kind of a rough day at work and the icing on the top of that cake was having to deal with Time Warner about reducing our services. Later that night, Husband spent an hour on the phone with a lovely lady from India who continually told him to unplug and plug things back in to get a modem to work. Clearly, that was not the answer so he threw up the white flag of surrender and told her to send a tech to the house on Tuesday morning.
Since I didn't want Husband to be late to work, I told him I'd call in late to work instead and walk Casey to school and handle Time Warner. By the time 8 a.m. rolled around, I decided to just call in sick because I figured I'd have to take back the equipment they changed out. Luckily for me, the tech took it all back when he left after effortlessly setting up our equipment so I ended up with a whole day to myself, sans responsibility. I had a nice leisurely breakfast, sipping coffee while I caught up on some reading. BFF sent me a picture of the baby and I told her I was playing hookie so she asked if I'd like to meet for lunch. I did. I did want to meet for lunch.
I got in the car and drove to Malibu alone with no weekend traffic to deal with. I watched the sunshine do a sparkling dance on the ocean on my right. I got to listen to Kanye West without fear of language or genre offending other passengers. I rapped right along with him and laughed at my white, suburban middle-aged, mother of two ass for being so gangster. I rested in the warmth of a beautiful day at a Starbucks table while waiting for my bestie and her new baby. We enjoyed a leisurely and delicious wet lunch at Marmalade Cafe. I held a baby because I wanted to. I changed that baby's diaper because I wanted to. Not because I had to. Most importantly, I was alone with my grown up friend without my own offspring or spouse to tend to.
The drive home was just as enjoyable as the trip down. I walked in the door and stripped down to no clothes and put myself to bed. I didn't sleep but I enjoyed silence. I got to enjoy the breeze blowing through the bedroom window. One should never underestimate the healing power of silence and solitude. When it was time, I went for the children and we spent a lot of time playing at the park and it was back to reality. Luckily for me, the reset button was pushed and I am getting closer to finding my way to Zen.
Me & Josephine, courtesy of BFF
 A selfie I sent to Husband captioned: BFF plus alone time equals this.
 Taken while driving past Pepperdine
Just before getting the kiddos. Relaxed? Yes.