Friday, June 26, 2015

Jason's New Blog - Captain's Log, Week 270

What the girls said this week

Zelda: Holds a picture of an orangutan out to me. "Wook! A wabbat! A wabbat!"
Me: "A rabbit?"
Zelda: "No! A wabbat! A wabbat!"
Me: "A wabbat?"
Zelda: "U-huh."

Ellie, coloring: "This is me as a baby. And I didn't hatch out of your tummy because I'm too big, see? Hahaha. I hatched out of the egg in a bird's nest."

What we did this week

We're coming up on our year anniversary of living here in North Carolina, so this week I've been kind of doing a deep clean of the house and purging stuff we don't need. I've also been planning more for our Spain trip and listening to Don Quixote via Librivox. Jason's had various school things (a site visit, an OSCE, a test, a sim, a guest speaker, etc). And the girls have played a lot!

One cool thing Jason did this week was start a new blog to feature the girls' art work and stories, called The Many Adventures of Ellie and Zelda. He's going to post all of their stories and art work there. I'll probably do a monthly post on this blog featuring highlights from what he's posted there.

On Monday Zelda helped me do this dishes:

She also requested to wear the "Snow White" tutu, and we couldn't resist putting on the cape too and giving her an apple.

On Tuesday Ellie put all of the couch and bed pillows on the family room floor, and told me that she made "the biggest sleepover ever!"

Jason got home from school really early that day, so we took the girls up to the kids museum in Raleigh. Ever since we went with my dad and stepmom when they were in town, Ellie's been asking me to go again. And we did, and they had so much fun.

They had some kinetic sand out this time, which was really fun to play with. I definitely got my own tray and was playing with it. Ellie and Zelda put a bunch of animals in theirs and used the little stamps on the table to make animal tracks.

When we got home later that day, they took pictures together using the camera on my mac.

They've been pulling the couch cushions off a lot this week and making towers. It's been okay, mostly, but Ellie fell off one time and yet hasn't seemed to learn from that experience. Most of the time they have pretty good balance.

Yesterday the weather finally cooled off a little (thanks to a morning thunderstorm), so the girls and I went on a walk and Jason went on a run. We had a big electrical storm last night (lots of lightning and flashes and rolling thunder) and even some hail. The weather's supposed to dip back down into the high 80's in the next couple of days, and we're excited about that.

And that was our week!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Later this summer Jason and I have the awesome opportunity of being able to go to Spain. My dad is taking us, along with my brother and sister and their spouses (and my brother's children).

We are so excited. We're going to visit Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Gibraltar, and more, and even swing over to Lisbon, Portugal. We'll be going right after Jason's summer semester ends at the end of July, and coming back before his clinicals begin the second week of August.

My mom is going to fly out to North Carolina before we leave, to stay with and watch the girls while we're gone.

aljaferia9 by Angel on Flickr

I know I already said this, but WE ARE SO EXCITED!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Endless loads of laundry - Captain's Log, Week 269

What the girls said this week

The day after I broke the bookshelf in me and Jason's bedroom and gashed my ankle (see story below), I showed Ellie and told her I accidentally broke the bookshelf. She stared at it for a minute, then turned to me and said seriously, "I forgive you."

Ellie: "Mom, I'm feeling crapitooded. Crapitooded means the opposite of frustrated."

What we did this week

Last Saturday (the 13th) we drove down to Campbell campus to play frisbee golf on their course. Jason discovered the frisbee golf course a little while ago when he was running around their cross-country paths, and we've been wanting to go ever since. The weather this week has been super hot, but the whole course is in the woods so it's nice and shaded. That helped a lot when we were playing, although we were all pretty hot and sweaty by the end.

The girls both had so much fun. Ellie was really into it; some of her throws were really good frisbee form, but most of them were kind of chucking the frisbee forward. Either way, she had a great time.

Zelda walked right up to each of the baskets and plunked her frisbee down inside. She found the easy way to get a good score. :)

We skipped a couple baskets because it was so hot, so we ended up playing like twelve holes. Jason definitely won.

Later that night, I gashed my ankle open. Jason and I had been watching Property Brothers, and on the show they talked about smoke detectors. Which reminded us that we needed to replace two of our smoke detectors, and we decided to just order them off Amazon real quick. Jason asked if I could see the brand name on our detectors, and I hopped up on a bookshelf to get a better look at the one in our bedroom. The bookshelf was one of the kind made out of particle board, and as I put my weight on the top shelf, it broke. I came falling down, and as I did so, a screw sticking out of the broken top shelf gashed my ankle in an arc.  

Jason and I looked at it and decided I should go in to see if it needed to be stitched up. So 11 o'clock on Saturday night I drove myself down to the ER and got 13 stitches. It wasn't too bad; I got to watch The Hunger Games while I waited, and the nurse assistant guy was funny. 

It's been healing well all week; I had Jason take out a couple stitches a few days ago because they were too tight at one end, and then he took out the rest of them yesterday. 

A few more pictures from this week:

Ellie put on this hat when we were getting ready to go to the library, and told me she was "all ready to go."

Zelda painting one day: 

And here are a couple videos (mostly for the grandparents, but the first one is really funny):

I'm struggling to remember what else we did this week. Jason's been going on "site visits" this semester, which means that once a week he goes to some real medical place and helps out. Last week his visit was up in Apex. Then on Saturday he had a "mass casualty drill" up at school. They practiced what they would do if they were somewhere where there was a sudden emergency with a lot of people injured.

Zelda's two favorite shows are Daniel Tiger and Team Umizoomi; if she ever wants to watch them she'll ask for "Danieuw" or "Sumi." When watching Umizoomi, if they ask questions (like, "Do you see the rabbit over here?") she'll answer. It's been fun to see her suddenly become interactive with the questions they're asking. She's also still really into the potty and has actually tried to go in it a couple times.

The weather this last week was brutal, and we pretty much hid inside all week because of it. We're talking high 90's and low 100's with very high humidity. 

Oh! One fun thing we did was go to Ellie's friend Mark's house (their whole family are our friends from church) for a summer water party. They had some little pools set up and a sprinkler and a trampoline and a sand box, and the girls played with their friends and had a good time. Later that same day, Ellie had a dentist appointment. Her teeth look great! She's got that same one that's a little off-color from some kind of trauma, but it hasn't changed (for better or worse) since last time, so at least it's stable.

We also made playdough twice this week (thrilling, I know), and I made like three batches of blueberry muffins (I had a craving. A big craving.).

Ohhhhh, I just remembered what I was doing all week. Laundry. Lots and lots of laundry. Ellie's made the switch to underwear at night time, and while some mornings she's woken up dry, most mornings result in a lot of laundry just waiting for me to tackle. It's been kind of exhausting, actually. The most time consuming part of it is washing the waterproof pad that protects her mattress; I have to dry it on "air fluff" (no heat) or it will lose its absorbent properties, and that takes forever. 

And yesterday was Father's Day! I am so lucky both to have a wonderful father and a husband who is a wonderful father to our girls. I love them both so much. Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Spaghetti Face - Captain's Log, Week 268

What the girls said this week:

Ellie, in a different room trying to get my attention: "Mom! Mom, I'm freaking out. Mom, I'm freaking out at you. Mom, I'm almost all the way freaked out."

Ellie: "If Zelda poops in her diaper, then she'll be zero years old. Then she won't be here. Then she'll hatch out of the egg again."

(Ellie thinks babies hatch out of eggs. I tried to tell her this week that she was once really little and in my tummy, and I squeezed her out, and she thought that was hilarious. "Like poop?" she said, laughing. Me: "Um, no." Ellie: "No mom, I hatched out of the egg." Eh...I'll try that conversation again in a little while.)

I was on my bed on day in the afternoon, falling asleep, when Ellie came in. Ellie: "Mom, I have a requirement for you. The requirement is for you not to go to sleep."

What we did this week:

Last Friday for date night, we went out and ate at this great Puerto Rican place in Fuquay Varina. It's called The Meeting Corner, and it's got a great, friendly atmosphere and the food is really yummy.

Before we went, I couldn't resist taking a couple pictures in the car.

I noticed I've been taking a lot of selfies lately. I think it's because I really like my haircut.
Afterwards, we walked over to the little park by the library. Both girls had fun and were brave and slid down (and climbed up) the slides (even the big one) all by themselves multiple times. And that sentence felt kind of run-on-y but I don't know what to do about it.

Checking out the construction next to the playground.

Another selfie. This is getting out of control.
Zelda got her first bee sting this week. :( It was inevitably going to happen very soon, since she always tries to grab the bees. We kept warning her not to, but she would try over and over again. And she must have succeeded, because when we were out in the backyard this week she started crying and Ellie told us a bee stung her, and then two of her fingers swelled up. :(

Other things the girls have done this week is make their own trampoline park using couch cushions and pillows:


And eat sprinkles:

Ellie can read the names of the colors; she has a coloring/activity book that this week she's been reading to me everywhere it says "red," "blue," "yellow," "brown," etc.

Zelda has become really interested in the potty lately. She wants to read potty books all the time, and she wants to go sit on the little potty (that we've put next to Ellie's bed for nighttime use).

The next pictures are from yesterday at dinner time. Jason has classes late on Thursdays (because he's taking an extra "Medical Spanish" class that happens after his usual classes), and so it was just me at dinnertime with the girls. I wasn't hungry, so I made them noodles and left them to their own devices. I came back after like ten minutes to find Zelda completely covered in spaghetti sauce - on her shirt, hands, alllll over her face, and in her hair like sticky, tomato-y gel.

She kept rubbing it all over her face and up into her hair. She'd cover her eyes like this, then slide her hands and the spaghetti sauce up into her hair. It's why her hair was so crazy and sticking up all over. 

She's such a funny kid. :)

And this last picture comes with a little story about Ellie. See the tape on the handle of this mug? Well, two days ago I was carrying some dishes to the kitchen sink, and I tripped. The mug I was holding in one of my hands hit the counter and broke. It wasn't a big deal; we have like ten of the same mug so I just threw it away. But Ellie heard the crash and ran into the kitchen asking what happened.

When I told her that I broke a mug, she got all sad and started to cry and I had to comfort her. She felt better after a couple minutes. Then a little while later she came into the kitchen with some tape and put it on Jason's mug sitting on the counter, saying something to the effect of she was going to make sure that this mug was safe.

Other things from this week: I pulled out an old, big cross-stitch that I have that I haven't worked on in years. I don't know if the last time I worked on it was in college (before Jason and I got married) or possibly even high school. But I started working on it again this week and it's been really fun. It's of a dragon and a castle; here's someone's picture of the kit if you want to see what it looks like.

I've also started to listen to Don Quixote, to try to read it before we go to Spain. We're going to Spain. I don't think I've mentioned it on the blog yet; I'll have to do a blog post next week with more details, but we're going at the end of July. :D That's another thing I did this week - read the Spain guidebooks I got from the library thoroughly to familiarize myself with the places that we're going.

 Jason has today off (woohoo!!!!) so we have a three day weekend! I hope your weekend is good! :)