time MARCHes on

(Sorry... horrible pun!)

The days just keep getting away from me.
I'm getting my grove back at work, and it is busy. Time at home is no less busy. We've been looking at houses, doing chores around our own, and even when we don't have plans, there are legos to build and movies to watch. Plus, I'm back to yoga.

This past weekend was St. David's Day (Welsh version of St. Patrick's Day). We wore red and I donned my Welsh dragon to celebrate. 

Cymru am byth!

Even the French family got in the mood, sending me the cutest picture of them in red drinking a beer in honor!  :-)

Today I'm working from home with Gwen in tow, thanks to a snow day (really more of an ice day!), which means more screen time then I really like, but we're doing our best.

We've been looking ahead and finalizing plans. So much to look forward too... especially things like Cape Cod (warmmmm), and Wanderlust. A lot sooner is an Easter trip to DC.

But for now, we're just plugging through our days. I promise to try to come back and be interesting soon!


party, party, party

This weekend was a big party weekend. Gwen's co-birthday party with her classmate Colin (who shares her birthday) was Saturday, and another classmate had a bowling party on Sunday.

Gwen's cake

Colin's cake

Besides the parties, Saturday night we got a good amount of snow. But Sunday was so warm (in the 40s), so perfect for heading outside to play.

Gwen and Daisy were quite excited.

And it was great for getting out some of that energy!

This week is our first full week back since before Valentine's Day (and my first week back since before Christmas!). I'm also back to yoga tonight, which I'm excited for, but a little nervous about too! I'm going to be hurting tomorrow. Wish me luck!


return to "normal"

Yesterday was my first day back at work. I was so distracted with Gwen's birthday, and her being sick,* that I hardly thought about my return until the night before. I did decide on my clothes a week or so prior, but otherwise, nothing.

Then Tuesday night it hit me. "I go to work, TOMORROW!" Talk about an eye popping moment.

Thankfully the return itself was fine. We had talked out a new morning routine, which gives everyone a more relaxed time getting ready, and it worked perfectly, getting us all out the door early. That didn't stop my train from being late (or so full that I had to stand the whole ride in, in brand new boots, ouch), and it didn't stop Gwen from getting sick again, but the work day itself went well.

Last night it was still surreal that I would be repeating the whole process today, and then again and again and again indefinitely! Its amazing how quickly we get used to certain things, or get "un-used" to them.

I'm sure by next week this will be old hat again, and it will be surreal that I ever wasn't here. For now though, I am spending my days figuring out what happened in my absence and reacquainting myself with my documents and spreadsheets.

*After recovering on Friday and Saturday from her stomach troubles that developed on Thursday, she felt well on Sunday and Monday (her actual birthday). Monday the two of us went out to breakfast, then walked around a pet store looking at the animals, then to Chuck'E'Cheese (her choice), then home to watch a movie. Trav came home early, picking up Chinese food on the way (again, her choice for dinner!), after which she opened her birthday gift from us and we played with it for a bit before bed. Unfortunately (which she had off for a snow day), she started coming down with a cold, and Wednesday it hit her HARD. We got a call from daycare in the morning, and Trav picked her up and worked from home the rest of the day. His arrival found her sitting miserably holding tissues against her nose and feeling feverish.  :-(  My poor girl. He took today off and is home with her again. Hopefully she will be recovered enough to head back to school tomorrow, and *fingers crossed* be well enough to safely and happily enjoy her birthday party Saturday.


birthday interview: 5 years old

You can find the preview years here

Me: “Hey Gwenie, how old are you now?”

Gwen: Five.

Me: “Who’s your best friend?”

Gwen: Dominic and Jordan and Mason.

Me: “What is your favorite thing to do?”

Gwen: Color.

Me: “What is your favorite color?”

Gwen: Blue.

Me: “Do you have a favorite food?”

Gwen: French fries and popcorn chicken and junk! My favorite junk is lollipops.

Me: “What is your favorite thing to do with mommy and daddy?”

Gwen: Go out to eat. And play in the playground. And even go to the swimming pool.

Me: “What is your favorite toy?”

Gwen: Ninja turtles, but I don't have those.

Me: What's your favorite that you do have?

Gwen: The troll guys.

Me: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Gwen: I want to be a mommy.

Me: “What makes you happy?”

Gwen: Spending time with you, playing, and watching movies.

Me: “That makes me happy too! And what is something that makes you sad?”

Gwen: When Dominic and Romie are mean to me.

Me: “Do you have a favorite movie?”

Gwen: No.

Me: How about a favorite TV show?”

Gwen: Jake and the Neverland Pirate!

Me: “Do you have a favorite book?”

Gwen: The Harry Potter one that tells us all about the creatures [the Creature Vault].

Me: What do you like to learn about?”

Gwen: Animals, and what they do and stuff.

Me: “What are you excited about for your birthday party next week?”

Gwen:  Getting legos! And I'm trying to plan for everyone to have glowsticks!

Me: “Where’s your favorite place to go when we leave the house?”

Gwen: Wendy's! [the restaurant, oh boy...] And the buffet where I get to pick all my own food, and they had watermelon.

Me: “What are you teachers names?”

Gwen:  Miss Steph, Mr. Brendon, Miss Katie, Miss Danielle, Miss Makayla, Miss Georgie 

Me: “Do you have a favorite treat?”

Gwen:  Cotton-candy lollipops.

Me: “What’s your favorite animal?”

Gwen: Black labs! That's Daisy, our dog.

Me: “Do you have a favorite song?”

Gwen: No.

Me: “What’s your favorite thing to wear?”

Gwen: Everything except dresses.

Me: “What are you looking forward to this year?”

Gwen: Playing Ninja Turtles with Mommy!

Me: “Sounds like fun!”