Birthdays, Babysitters, and Brews

March has been quite the social month for us! We kicked off the first sunny spring day we’ve had in weeks with a epic trip to the park with a bunch of Piglet’s friends. It was like the most adorable biker gang ever!

We have had a couple of fun date nights now that we have a couple of regular babysitters. The first was in Portland, going to visit some high school friends of mine. She took us around town to different breweries to sample their brews. We will definitely be going back!

We also had a fun date night with Fliz, playing Cards Against Humanity, and then yesterday we had a working date day, helping her dismantle her deck.

Here’s Match pretending he was ordering me around while I worked. Truth is he worked his booty off too! I am excited for Fliz and her house addition project this spring.

Now that Piglet is in Preschool, I swear we have a birthday party to go to at least once every 2 weeks. Not that I’m complaining, because he loves them! But it does seem to busy up our weekends here lately. We had a birthday party at the local play house in town last weekend, a party today at the bowling and another birthday party this coming weekend.

We also just celebrated my oldest nephews birthday on Tuesday. This was even more special because it marked the first time I was able to see my niece, nephew and brother in 3 months. He finally broke up with his psycho fiancee. Get this readers, ol’ Turkey Penis is in JAIL! I knew she was bad news. My brother and I had a long talk and patched things up. He knew I was concerned for him, and coming from a place of love, he just didn’t want to see it at the time. Very grateful to have him back!

This coming weekend we have another birthday party to go to! Then, on April 8th, GEEKY IS COMING!!! OMG, OMG I’m so excited to have her and her family visit. It has been over a year since I last saw her. I could not be more excited. I just hope we get a break from all this rain so we can have a proper visit.

In the mist of all the excitement, work has been full on crazy pants. We are moving our office, and there’s tons of construction going on in the district. My poor boss seems to be a total stress case, and I for one just cannot wait til it’s summer. We’ll get a break from some of the drama, and more importantly, I’ll be up for that big promotion. Fingers crossed it happens!

Match also interviewed with a potential closer to home apprenticeship. I’ve got fingers, toes, arms, everything crossed that he gets it. His hour long commute is driving us all crazy, and I know he’s miserable. At least he loves the work, but it’d be so nice having him home more!

What’s new in your world, readers? How have you been?

Friday Five: King Rat

5 Thoughts

1. We have been battling with a really disgusting issue at our rental home: RATS. Ew, ew, ew! We are clean people, and I’m so mortified that they came into our home. They tunneled under the house and then found a way into the garage. We ended up killing five in the garage, called the landlord repeatedly, told him we were sure they’d end up in the house. Slumlord did NOTHING. Eventually they found their way under our dishwasher. ACK! We ended up killing one we nicknamed “King rat”. It was so, so, so gross. We think there still might be another one. The landlord finally came back out and proofed the house better, and we haven’t heard any activity lately. Still, I cannot wait to leave this place and get our own!!

2. This warm weather has made it feel like it’s already summer. Kinder Friend and her kids, along with Fliz, came out for a fun afternoon adventure by the river. It was such a nice afternoon, and it made me excited for summer fun!

3. Baby Animal day last weekend was a hit. Piglet loved all the animals, and he got to build another planter box, this time with Daddy! I was glad we got there early, as it was jam packed within the hour. My favorite part was watching Piglet’s face light up when he got to hold a baby guinea pig.

4. We are closing early on the house! I’m so so excited. We sign papers Monday, and then we should be getting the keys by Wednesday or Thursday.

5. My Pinterest has been blowing up with all of my ideas for the new home. I cannot wait to get in there and get started! First thing is going to be painting every single wall. I’m tired just thinking about it!

5 Pictures

1. King Rat-so gross, but seriously you guys, this was IN MY HOUSE!

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2. River fun

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3. Baby animal day

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4. Pizza parlor after the river with his best buddie
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5. Our new house-as of next week!!

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Piglet’s First Snow Day

The day before I went back to work after Christmas Break, we woke up to a winter wonderland. It had snowed in the night, and it covered everything like a beautiful white blanket.

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We had so much fun playing! I think Match and I had more fun than Piglet did. He liked the snow, but he had a hard time with his gloves. I can’t wait for it to snow again so we can play again!

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Christmas Break Recap

Where to begin? Christmas break was such a busy time, and the 2 weeks flew by. It was a whirlwind of visiting families, and then Piglet and I having adventures before I had to go back to work.

We spent Christmas in my home town once again. My in-laws made the trip up north and rented a house on the beach, so we had both sets of parents to visit. It was nice, but I also felt completely split between the two houses. It was hard on Piglet too, who just wanted to play with his cousins the whole time. Part of me wonders if it would have been easier to just visit one family at a time. I also dealt with some frustrations with the SIL and MIL, but that’s to be expected during any family visit isn’t it? Still, it was nice to see all of the family, and for Piglet to have time with two sets of his grandparents.

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The visit ended on a bad note when Match’s parents’ dog was hit by a car. Luckily he pulled through, but it was pretty touch and go for awhile. We are so grateful he’s going to make it.

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The week after Christmas, Piglet and I went on an adventure in Portland. We got to ride the max with Old Married Wife, and we visited Old Married Hubby at his work as a Cider Master.

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We also went on a hike in Portland’s nature preserve with Fliz, her mom, and her nephew. Piglet had such a blast running along the path with his buddy.

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New Year’s Eve brought more sadness to my family. My Granny, who has been struggling with Parkinson’s, passed away on New Year’s Eve, just before the New Year. I am glad she is no longer suffering, but my heart is sad that she’s no longer with us.

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Thanksgiving By the Sea

Is it seriously almost Christmas? Holy cow I am behind on my blog posts! I will do a quick recap of Thanksgiving, and then it’s on to the holiday posts!

We made the 4 hour trek down to my Mom and Pops’ house for Thanksgiving, even though we’re also visiting for Christmas. My brother, his girlfriend, and their kids will be there for Christmas, as well as my inlaws! It’s going to make for a very busy holiday. So we decided we wanted a visit where we got my parents to ourselves, and time for Piglet to get some one on one time with his grandparents.

It was such a quiet and relaxing stay. I love that we always get a date night whenever we visit, guaranteed. It felt great to get out of the house again with Match! I always fall a little more in love with him when we get those moments together.walksdatenight

Piglet had a blast on the farm.

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We visited with the goats, and went riding on the four wheeler. Don’t let his little serious face fool you. He LOVED riding the four wheeler with PopPop.

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I even managed to bribe my parents into taking some great family photos with us. Usually they whine and complain about it, but this time they were game. I set up the tripod and somehow we even got Piglet to smile for the camera without anyone on the other side making funny faces!

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This one is going on our Christmas card. I adore this picture of us. I can’t believe how big our little boy is getting!

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We also caught up with MissPhD and her fiance (yay! that’s right she’s engaged! Oh, and she met him on Match, just like us!) We hadn’t met her fiance before, and we instantly liked him. We’re so excited for MissPhD finally getting her happy ending.

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The day before we left, we made a trip over to the train museum. Piglet loved getting to check out all the choo-choos.

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Our visit would not have been complete without a trip to the beach. Piglet loved playing in the sand.

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It was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and I’m so thankful that we live close enough to make the drive for a long weekend. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!