Catch the Moment: wk 47

Happy Thanksgiving, friends & family! I hope you’re surrounded by the people you care about the most. We will be spending time together with family and taking a much needed break from our ongoing kitchen remodeling project, which has been in high gear for the last few weeks. Initially the thought of being gone all weekend gave me anxiety. There’s a laundry list of things I want to get done before the end of the year but, at this point, it is what it is. What doesn’t get done in 2015 will get done…eventually. I’m looking forward to relaxing and laughing and eating and drinking and being merry for a few days.

323/365: Thursday, November 19th. Ryan has literally been spending all of his time at home working on our kitchen. I’ve been busy taking care of the boys – playing with them, feeding them, entertaining them, bathing them, and putting them to bed. They miss their daddy and vice versa but we’re all making sacrifices to get things done! Especially our good friends James & Erin who had been apart every night since James started the job. Luckily for James, he is done with this job but the work continues on for us around here! With all that being said, I’ve been super impressed at how well Theo is understanding games with complex instructions. Games for 8 year olds. I know I’ve said it since the day he was born, but I really feel like we are in such an enjoyable stage of parenting these boys. Every stage has been my favorite. So far. 🙂11-19-2015

324/365: Friday, November 20th. Speaking of Erin and James, Erin and the kids came along for a little play-date while Ryan and James worked last Friday night. We tossed our ideas about reasonable bedtimes out the window and had fun hanging out and catching up. What’s going on in this picture: Theo is not impressed that Kennedy tore a little piece of paper out of a coloring book and Dexter is investigating. I probably made some smart remark to Theo about it and Erin’s laughing at me. Love these people.11-20-2015

325/365: Saturday, November 21st. James and Ryan back at it…The boys and I ran errands and I tried to do some chores around the house. Theo and Dexter have really been playing well together lately. Saturday night they set up a huge Batman meets Rescue Bots meets Marvel meets Star Wars scene. Material for an epic movie right here. Have I mentioned this before? They’re cute. And awesome.11-21-2015

326/365: Sunday, November 22nd. Grouted and wiped down! BOOM! I’m falling in love with my kitchen that I once hated. Just a few more steps (new lighting, a custom-built booth, replacing all the baseboards, buying barstools, installing our little TV for the breakfast bar) and our kitchen will be complete. 11-22-2015

327/365: Monday, November 23rd. I decided to take some pictures of Sylvie because (A) I rarely ever do and because (B) I truly thought this might be our last night with her. She’s been throwing up a lot and pooping outside of her litter box on occasion. She barely eats and at barely 5 pounds, she’s lost weight consistently for the last 3 years. She’s 11 years old and although that’s not super old, she hasn’t seemed healthy for a long time. A trip to the vet a year or so ago told us nothing – that she was healthy, that all her problems were behavioral and related to our other cat, and that she would live a long time. Well…we love her and we have tried the vet’s suggestions but she continues to puke. We don’t love cleaning puke off of the TV cords or couch or carpet or behind the couch on a daily basis. Ryan took her to the vet on Tuesday and the vet gave us some medicine and more ideas to see if we can get her to gain some weight and get better hydration. Hoping things turn around and she feels better soon.11-23-2015

328/365: Tuesday, November 24th. A pretty sunrise on my drive to work.11-24-2015

329/365: Wednesday, November 25th. The boys were both out of school so I took the day off. We played at home, did a few chores, went out for lunch, and then painted some pottery. It was their first time and it went about like I expected. I was very busy squirting paint, switching brushes, touching up mistakes, and running from one side of the table to the other. It wasn’t quite as relaxing as I remembered it from the last time I went (definitely over 6 years ago) but it was a great time with my buddies and a new experience for them. 11-25-2015

This time next week we’ll be well into the push towards Christmas and everything that has to get done between now and then – shew lawdy.