In no particular order, for your entertainment... (or, really, for my own recollection)
We bought a new, smaller (cheap!) table. We started to assemble it and it was missing so. many. pieces. Took it back and splurged on a new, smaller (expensive!) table and some new (non-fabric -hooray for easy clean up!) chairs. We're continuing the Great Purge of 2013 (we even rented a storage unit and filled it) in anticipation of (maybe?) selling our house. Really, we have no idea. We continue to look but nothing seems to fit.
Arlo (yes, we still have the dogs) continues to escape out of our backyard once a week or so despite our best efforts at repairing the fence OVER AND OVER AND OVER (and putting additional fencing inside the fencing). Our neighbors (miraculously) continue to bring him home (though he just sits in the carport when he gets out so I don't know why they bother).
I was out of work for the break and yesterday my boss welcomed me back from 'vacation.' HA! Seeing as someone in our house was ill (I STILL feel subpar) or without power for the duration of the holidays, I had to laugh at her usage of the word vacation. (Dear God, when can I have a vacation!?!)
Nora just got two new teeth (the vampire ones!) which explains her recent night-wakings and crankiness. Remember how I said she was SUCH AN easy baby? I TAKE IT ALL BACK. She's like a little teenager in a 15 month old body! She's obsessed with shoes and coats and clothes (but still straight up refuses bows and headbands). I need to dedicate a post to her - her antics are HIGHLY entertaining as of late.
Nate continues his football obsession, though, recently, he has also been obsessed with pretend cooking. I give him flour, sprinkles and various other ingredients from the fridge. It's SERIOUSLY messy and SERIOUSLY disgusting (think sandwich meat meets orange juice meets water meets christmas sprinkles meets shredded cheese meets chile seasoning) but HIGHLY entertaining to watch. I make Karl dispose of these little projects as I fear my gag reflex could not handle cleaning out some of the pans (they always go in the fridge to 'cook' when they are mixed). I like to think it's a BONUS for when he arrives home after a long day at work.
Karl and I tried to go on a one hour sushi date while our 16 year old (boy) neighbor watched the kids. Nora was already asleep and we set him and Nate up with some video games. 45 minutes and three phone calls later, we threw in the towel. (Picture me wine-gulping at the table - HA). We did have several follow up drinks upon return (once Nate cried himself to sleep and we cleaned Nora's soaking wet (& later vomit-covered) sheets!). GOOD TIMES!
We caught someone (a kid - seriously) trying to break into Karl's truck at 6:15 on Sunday morning. The driver's side door lock is jacked up and it looks unlocked - clearly tricked this kid who set off the alarm and furiously pedaled away on his bike when the alarm went off. Little did he know we'd be awake at 6:15 in the AM - though I'm not sure what good it did as he was halfway down the street on his bike by the time Karl got out the door. MORE GOOD TIMES!
We did NOT go to Tulsa for New Years as planned (See all above bullet points - you get the idea of the atmosphere around our house lately! SURVIVAL MODE PEOPLE.) But I did make Karl go get some champagne (actually it was something extra FANCY called Chardonnay Champagne because real champagne makes my head hurt simply by looking at the bottle). We made it to midnight and played our favorite NYE in the City Game - Gunshots or Fireworks!?!?
I have so many things I want to do in 2013. My friend Amanda and I are working on a new little project/venture (in my spare time, right!?) and I can't wait to share all the details with you guys! We're having a photo shoot this weekend so details will definitely be sooner rather than later!! Eeek!