Talk to Us Tuesday-Of Mice and a Potluck

Jay: What does that look like to you?
Michael: I’ll say it’s chocolate-covered raisins.
Jay: No, it looks like mouse droppings.
Michael: There’s only one way to find out. Junior, come taste one of these. –My Wife and Kids

 with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn.

  • We had a great time at our potluck on Sunday. In the middle of my cleaning frenzy on Saturday, I noticed to my horror that there were mice droppings under our kitchen sink. So we ran to the store and got a couple of no kill traps.
  • Sunday morning, we checked the traps first thing. And we caught the little bugger!

  • Match was thrilled at his trapping skills. You would think he put on his Suplay wrestling shoes and wrestled a bear, the way he was bragging. 😉 I was just excited to get the little guy out of our house.
  • We walked across to the park to let him go in the grass. I got the bright idea to film it, so we could see what kind of mouse it was. I thought I could handle it. Turns out I’m quite the chicken. Here’s my awesome footage.
  • The potluck was a success! Match helped me out in the kitchen by making this watermelon pig. Isn’t it adorable?

  • Monkey dressed up for the occasion

  • The kids had fun running around the house. Mrs. Makeup’s daughter got a kick out of the stairs.

  • She’s the first little one to ever hang out in the nursery. It made my heart happy to see her on the window seat. Someday our little one will sit there.

  • Even though it was hot outside, most of our guests preferred to hang out on the patio and the washers game was a huge hit!

  • We had a great time, and we were left with a lot of yummy leftovers. I can’t wait to host another backyard party. Hopefully we’ll have more projects done around the house by then.

Trying to Find My Routine

Peace isn’t a permanent state. It exists in moments. Fleeting. Gone before we knew it was there. We can experience it at any time, in a stranger’s act of kindness, a task that requires complete focus or simply the comfort of an old routine. Everyday we all experience these moments of peace. The trick is to know when they’re happening so that we can embrace them, live in them. –Grey’s Anatomy

This week I feel like I’m running on auto pilot. Now that we’ve moved further from work I now have to get up at 545AM instead of 630. I know it’s not that much earlier, but a before 6AM wakeup time just isn’t natural. I shouldn’t complain because Match will be having to get up around 4 something to get ready for academy starting next week.

I’m still getting used to the house so inevitably I run into the walls or trip over things as I get ready in the dark while trying not to wake up Match. That’s going to be one positive about him starting academy so early-he’ll be up before me so I won’t have to tiptoe in the dark.

The commute time has gone from about 20 minutes each way to almost an hour. The good news is I love me some books on CD so I catch up on my “reading” while I cuss out the driver who cut me off. I have a sailor’s mouth in traffic, I just can’t help it!

When I get home, I have been immediately tackling the daunting task that is unpacking. We gained a house and some square footage but we also lost a lot of closet storage. We used to have a walk in closet at the duplex (sigh, how I miss thee!) and now we just have two standard closets, one in each room. We have more garage space so if I get creative I’m sure I’ll come up with a storage technique for Match’s 80 million grandpa sweaters. Seriously, that boy has a LOT of sweaters. You’re sure to see pictures of them when winter approaches. I love them, but I also love to tease Match when he wears them. They’re knit and he really does kind of look like a grandpa in them. 😉
His uniforms are also taking up half of the spare room closet which is prime real estate.

While I’m in my unpacking frenzy, Match has been playing the dutiful house husband and making me dinner every night. I’m really going to miss that when he starts academy next week!! Not only does he cook for me most of the time, but he does it really well. I love to cook the fancy meals but I’m terrible with the day to day stuff. I get in a food rut and just cook the same thing every night.

I can’t wait to be done unpacking and back to a sense of some routine. I haven’t worked out in weeks and it’s driving me crazy. A combination of the move, the daily commute and this awful heat wave we’re having has drained me of any exercise motivation. I’m hoping to find it again soon because the holiday season is sneaking up on us. Speaking of the holidays, I’m so excited for Halloween. We’re in a prime neighborhood for trick or treaters. I’m trying to decide what I want to do for Halloween and I’m not sure if Match will even be around. I plan to dress up even if it’s just to pass out candy. Do any of you know what you’re going to be for Halloween? Are you starting to get back into the fall routine or are you struggling to find your rhythm like me?