Getting there

It's so odd these little memories that pop into your head as you get older.  For me especially, I have a lot of nostalgia about my time in college.  Although it had many growing pains, it was the first time outside of childhood I can remember being happy.  Anyways, although I still listen to a lot of similar things as college a lot of the specific music I listened to back then (death cab for cutie, Damien rice, iron and wine, sufjan stevens) I haven't listened to in a while.

Well, I've been rediscovering a lot of these old music faves and it's been a nice little jog down memory lane while still remaining in the present.  Sufjan just released an album that came out of his mothers death and it is the most raw and touching piece of work I have heard in years.  Losing someone profound in your life changes you forever.  It's like this unspoken language- an unspoken heartache- hearing someone put it to words was so incredibly helpful for me.  Highly highly recommend.

Another little gem that popped into my head was Coconut Records.  Did you listen to him? It was Jason Schwartans solo project.  Just catchy little poppy indie tunes.  "West Coast" remains my personal favorite but they are honestly all solid.

Time is a tricky mistress, is it not.  As I near thirty, I am becoming aware of my own mortality in a new way.  Just, you know settling into the beginning of the middle of my life.  It's an odd feeling.  I just try to remind myself- there's always room to start over before I feel too melancholy and pathetic (not that I am unhappy it just feels weird to be at the end of beginnings).

Ok go enjoy the weekend and hopefully the sun!!

Holy cannoli

Addy and I have this thing whenever she finishes something she always wants me to say "holy cannoli you ate all your(fill in the blank) green beans, peaches, etc.  I am 100% positive this is only funny to me as her mother but her face is priceless.

Almost three is starting to get really good, she makes jokes and is getting that little kid kookiness to her.  I mean, honestly guys, kids are just weird- they are!  Today we were cuddling and she goes "when boys chase girls, they grunt" I said "who told you that" and she goes "noooo, I told you that!"

Also today "Laney will be the prince and I'll be the princess"
"Who's mommy?"
"The queen"
"Who's daddy?"
"The fairy"

Things are good.  We are settling into our house and while there are a million projects to do, shit gets expensive quickly- so most are on the back burner indefinitely.  The two major things I am hoping for by next year are a new dishwasher and a fence.  My biggest pet peeve is our floors, comprised mainly of old carpeting and ceramic tile.  You guys- I looooathe tile.  I think it is impossible to keep clean with kids and dogs and the grout always looks gross and they didn't seal it properly.  Ugh, shudder.

Have you guys used ThredUp? I just threw my hat in the ring with them the other day.  While I think their normal prices are a bit steep for used clothing, a 40% coupon helped take the sting out a bit.  I dont think I would shop their normal prices though because honestly when the stores are running really good sales (gap just did a crazy one) the prices are almost equal.  I'll let you know what I think when I get my stuff.

I don't really have a way to wind this up.  I am still fully entrenched in summer so I refuse to write about anything coming up in the fall yet.

July July

July is a somewhat busy month for us and while I have lots swirling around, these are things that are on my mind or that I am loving right now.

THESE sippy cups.  magic, pure magic, Lane can drink out of one at nine months, they are easy to wash, and just function better.  A never really got the typical sippy cups (I think because she didn't take a bottle) she only learned straws.  Anyways, I love these, they are great for juices in the family room, etc. and I really feel they help speed the development of drinking from "normal" cups

Marathon training- guys, it's tiring and long.  I did one 14.25 mile run which broke my record for longest run.  but two kids, running the house, training - it's a lot.  I am averaging 2-3 week runs and a long Saturday run.  I feel like I am staying on top of it for the most part but, some days I am tired.  Also runners- shoe suggestions?  I want to try the Nike Flyknit.  Here are my issues - the top half of my foot will go numb a couple miles in wearing the wrong shoe but I am also having heel pain so I need more cushion than before.  I have tried so so so many different pairs of shoes.... so anyways, let me know if there was a magic pair for you guys out there.

Potty training- blow me.

It hasn't really felt like summer yet, we've basically had rain and have been struggling to reach 70 so I am ready for warmer weather and all that jazz, I am hoping the fourth of July brings the heat.

okay, my floors are filthy, literally, so I am gonna go wash them with the precious few seconds of naptime I have left.