Life Lately

It's been a while since I talked about myself and my life around here, so let's get personal.

I haven't really told anyone, because it's a little weird, but my parents are back together after being separated for fourteen months. Of course I'm happy about it, it's just also so strange. They fell right back into their old life and my siblings and I are still like, "Um, what?" But we don't see what goes on behind the scenes, so as long as they're happy, we're happy.

We're going to try growing a little vegetable garden this year. Jacob built a raised garden box/table and we bought a big pack of seeds from Costco. I should probably do some research, but that's not my style. We're just diving right in, expecting to have a bountiful harvest. Yeah, I should probably read a book about it. Snore.

Since I'm too impatient for Garth Brooks to leisurely announce more tour dates, Carrie and I snagged tickets to his Portland show in a few weeks. I saw him once before, during his Wynn residency, but that was so different; just Garth and his guitar, singing a few hits and covers of songs that inspired him over the years. I can't wait for his full blown concert!

Our next family vacation is to Disneyland, but not until February, when Milo turns five. Jacob and I have been to Disneyland at least ten times and we went as a family when Nolan turned five. But we've only ever gone for two days stayed in a hotel across the street from the parks. This time we're doing it right, and plan to stay five days at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. HOLY EXPENSIVE. My March spending freeze is going to have to last about six more months!

Nolan is so sweet, so smart, and convinced that he's going to resurrect dinosaurs and run a dinosaur zoo when he grows up. We just went to his parent/teacher conference and found out he's on the cusp of a second grade reading level! He also recently tested into an enrichment program for kindergarten through second grade. The highly capable program doesn't start until third grade, so this will pull him out of class a few times a week for some math, reading, and science challenges. He's one of eight kindergartners, so time with like-minded kids in small group will be awesome for him. His little big brain fascinates me.

Milo is a Sour Patch Kid. You've seen the commercials, right? He's the sweetest little guy you'll ever meet, with kind words and tons of hugs. Sometimes he tells me I have to pay him in kisses before he does his chores. Awww... But then he's a sassy terror with huge tantrums and mean words the next minute. When he's really mad, he tells me he's going to throw me in the garbage. Thanks, dude. He also calls us Christina and Jacob instead of mom and dad. How did I give birth to a teenager? The fun thing is, I'm really the only one who gets the bad side; he doesn't pull his crap with Jacob and rarely does it in public. He must love me most of all. And I can't exactly shrug my shoulders and claim "terrible twos" anymore. I'm afraid he inherited my personality.

The kids are on spring break next week and while I'd love to just lie around and put on movies, we're going to get out of the house to do something fun each day. We're planning to explore an old military fort, paint pottery, touch some sea life at the local aquarium, jump at the bounce house place, and go to bug and glass museums. We also have a few egg hunts to attend and Easter dinner at my parents house. Should be fun!

Jacob and I haven't had a proper date since January, when we saw John Mulaney. We try to go out at least once a month, but with my parents back together, we've gone from two babysitters to one. (Jacob's parents only watch the boys for short periods of time, like when we go to the movies or out to dinner nearby.) We're finally going out Friday night to see our favorite (WHL) hockey team's first playoff game! Go Silvertips!


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Parent things are weird when you're an adult. It's so different than when you were a kid...they're individuals with many more roles than parent. I hope they're happy! Godspeed to them.

I always laugh so hard when kids call their parents by their names.

And Nolan! You go, resurrecting dinos. I think that's pretty cool.

Jen K said...

Milo cracks me up! I'm so proud of Nolan! We are having Nathan tested to see where his IQ is. His teacher wrote on his last report card that she is thinking of holding him back for his writing. WTF? So I'm having him tested.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

He calls you Christina and Jacob? This cracks me up!

We definitely want to do Disney sooner rather than later. I'm hoping for 2016. Things are starting to majorly turn around at work for the better. $$$ :)

Allison said...

I love my parents, but still refer to them by their first names. I guess I never outgrew that bitchy teenager-ness.
I give you guys lots of props for budgeting for Disney - I can't even IMAGINE, I keep reading articles about their prices inflating constantly.
I'm happy for your parents - I can't imagine how different it for you and your siblings, but it sounds like they're happy. Space is never a bad thing!
Love this post, lady! xo

Allison said...

Also, if Nolan watches Jurassic Park, he may think twice... ;)
So cute though!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

That's awesome that your parents are working it out!

Ugh Disney. I've been debating getting a season pass but it's so expensive!! And you have to get the most expensive one to get a parking pass. Such bs. I want to go but I'm also so mad that they rip people off. If I do get a pass I'll have to meet you guy for a bit :)

Karen M. Peterson said...

That's awesome news about your parents, but I can totally see how it would be weird.

Garth Brooks puts on an AWESOME show. He was the first concert I ever went to, back in 1992. Crazy it's been that long!

And yay for Disney! But yeah, totally expensive. You're gonna love Paradise Pier, though. It's an awesome hotel.

Kristine said...

I couldn't wait for him to announce his show in Seattle (which I will be attending) so we got tickets to the Sunday night show in Portland!! :) checking it off my bucket list!

Susan S. said...

I agree with Steph- parents are so different when you're an adult. But I'm glad they're happy.

Enjoy your spring break with your guys! I had planned to do some activities over spring break with my Nick, but it didn't happen for obvious reasons. :)

Your boys are too cute! Nick pulls his less than sweet behavior mostly with me too, not really with Spencer. His teacher told me that's often the case. WHYYYYY.

I want to go to Disney this fall. We'll see!

Enjoy your date- so important.