Put the girlies to bed: Becks goes down around 7PM, and AJ ‘helped’ with that by playing quietly while I fed and sang to Rebekah. AJ and I then read about 30-40 minutes of Bible stories and she went down without a fight :)
Took AJ to one last bathroom trip approximately 15 minutes after she went to bed (incredibly, sometimes mind-numbingly typical)
Prepped breakfast for this morning for the kiddos (including a cup ready for hot tea for me!)
Put away laundry
Cleaned up the garage, not in its final state, but good enough for now. I essentially need to go to the hardware store to get some more organizing goodies for that space, but I currently have all the random hooks off the walls, piles for various types of items (donate, trash, sort through, etc.). I was able to pull the car into the garage last night for the first time in weeks. And just in time for the first freeze of the year - yippee!!
Moved the dogs into the office (I like for them to sleep there when Amar is gone - less work for me in the morning with the letting them out, feeding them, etc.).
Cleaned up my closet: started 2 donate piles (maternity and regular, since I hope to resell some maternity items). Really, this was just 10 minutes of me folding stuff and picking stuff up from the floor. It’s amazing how trashed a 4’ x 6’ space can look after just a few days of not picking up clothes/shoes/etc. Victory!
And while we’re on the subject of TV, a few thoughts on what we’re (ok, I’m) currently watching:
We’re only on season 3 of Burn Notice, so no spoilers please! We started this on the recommendation of a friend and are relatively pleased with it so far (although I could do with less of the Miami beach body scene, thanks). This is one that both Amar and I watch.
New Girl: another friend recommendation that’s turned out well. Good cast dynamics and it’s pretty entertaining without straying too far into shady territory.
Amar is traveling, and for some reason I become super productive when I’m a single parent (as daunting as I always feel these weeks are…). So here’s my wish list of things I’d like to accomplish. Sharing with you, oh great internet, in hopes of some accountability:
Finish (continue?) cleaning out the garage
Hang pegboard in the garage
Hang pegboard in the office
Clean up the office (will this EVER be done? Short answer: No.)
Cook one night for dinner sharing*
Grow 4 front teeth. Oh wait, that’s Rebekah and for the LOVE!? Will these teeth please come out already? We (yes, WE) are tired of this round so just getonwithitalready!!!
Finish editing and publishing my pictures that are still on my camera from: Lake Tahoe, Christmas Tree Farm field trip, Pumpkin Patch day and others…
Hang pictures that fell off the wall. No one was injured, but I need to re-think the decor situation in the play room.
Try my hand at this artisan bread in 5 minutes a day thing. Currently inspired by a book that a friend loaned me. Just need to overcome my intense fear of failure and try it.
Homework for church. Yes, we have homework thanks to the super amazing Dr. Chris Thurman, we are delving deep into our crazy psyche and doing some heavy lifting. Also, I’m realizing there’s a lot of personal maturing that needs to be happening…oy.
*Dinner sharing: me and two friends each cook 1 night a week, but cook enough for meals for 2 families (one dinner + leftovers). This is rockin’ my socks off, and making me more prone to try new recipes. I’m actually enjoying cooking…heh, well, sort of.
Amar and I were both feeling totally spent by the time dinner rolled around, so we loaded up the girls and headed to a local pizza place.
About 15 minutes into dinner, Anjali looks at Amar’s drink (an iced tea with a lime on the glass), points to the lime, and says, “Daddy, eat it!”
I explained to her that the lime was a “garnish” and the daddy wasn’t supposed to eat it.
She took her time, thought it over and then (loudly) said, “Suck it!”
Amar and I glanced at each other, trying not to panic and trying not to laugh.
"Suck it! Suck it! Suck it!"
Her refrain continued.
I tried to intervene.
Louder she continued, “Suck it! Suck it!”
Looking for anything to 1) divert her attention and 2) keep me and Amar from totally cracking up and thus rewarding Anjali for her behavior, I started to suggest that we count her pieces of pizza. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on…
Praise the Good Lord that this worked. She started counting her pizza while Amar and I covered our faces in our napkins, dying with laughter.