I don’t need it….but I kinda do

You know those times when you see something….and you know that you don’t need it. You really really really know that you don’t need it. But……you also kinda do? Like, you actually might really really really need it? Yea.

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Yea.

But really…..necessary.

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Guilty Pleasures

Carbs. Carbs. More carbs. I know that I don’t need a giant bowl of carbs….but sometimes…..you just need a big pile of carbs, right?

My newest guilty pleasure…..waffle fries from Spud Heads with the Guns’ n Rosemary topping. I mean. Seriously.

Because sometimes when you’re spending way more time at the mall than you had planned on….and sometimes when you’re kids are going insane because they are tired/hungry/hangry…..and sometimes when you are getting frustrated because you just need to buy some shoes but can’t seem to find what you want…..sometimes you need a bowl of fries covered in yumminess.

What is your guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasure food? Carbs? Chocolate? Carbs and chocolate?

Big Steps in Parenthood

Last weekend, I experienced two new exciting steps on my journey through parenthood. First, I am beginning to feel like a real dance mom because I purchased a bun maker and, gee whiz, this thing actually really works! I had been struggling and getting frustrated trying to get big girl’s hair to stay in a bun. Her dance recital is coming up and she has to have it in a bun this year. Well, bun maker to the rescue! I bought mine at Target but I know that you can find then in other stores (in the hair accessory section).

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This looks pretty darn good if I do say so myself. And this is before pinning any of it so it’ll look even better on recital day.

Second big step? Apparently, big girl and I are now at the stage in which I can give her one of my least favorite chores (sorting socks) and she’ll take care of it without any guidance. Now, I love doing laundry. I love fresh laundry. I love the smell of clean clothes. But, I hate sorting socks. I have been known to put away several loads of laundry and leave all of the socks in the laundry basket. But…….

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The sock pairs aren’t stuck together at this point but at least they are sorted together. Important to note, this picture was taken right before little girl picked up all of the socks and put them back in the laundry basket thus undoing all of her big sister’s work.  But. Still. It’s a big step.

My little girls are growing up so quickly. But at least that means that I don’t have to sort socks anymore.

Keep Going…Just Keep Going

I have noticed in just a short amount of time that my runs are getting easier again. But, I know that there will be things that will make it harder to keep up with my training. Grad school has started up again and that sucks up a lot of time. (But graduation comes in May!!!!!!) And the weather is still, well, winter. And, it’s not out of ordinary to walk in and find several piles of cat barf on the treadmill. (Thanks, Buddy….) But, I am determined to keep this going.

It’s time to start registering for spring/summer races.

What races are your favorites?

Ink + Doll = Disaster

Big girl got a big present for Christmas. An American Girl doll! She already has a Bitty Baby but this was her first doll “that has hair that can be brushed.” It’s a big deal. She’s wanted one for awhile  so she was super excited when she opened her new baby.

Well, this was all great until I found the doll under a blanket and she looked like…..

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AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! She looked like she had had a run in with an evil tattoo artist! At some point, little girl had found a pen in their bedroom and had decided to decorate her big sister’s doll…….

Honestly, I thought that we were going to have to send baby doll off to the doll hospital and get her a new head. But, three days of light scrubbing with a paste made of baking soda and water and then letting her air dry lying face down (I was really paranoid that her eyes were going to get rusted or something) and she now looks like……

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She’s not perfect but big girl is just so excited that baby doll now looks much closer to normal.

What did we learn from this? Well, when mommy says things like “don’t leave pens or markers or crayons in your bedroom” it’s best to listen to mommy. And, American Girl has a very helpful site with care instructions in case your newest addition to the doll family is attacked by a pen.