The Quirks That Bind

Last night I asked on Facebook what some of your quirks were.

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You guys. YOU GUYS. I don’t think I have ever laughed this hard. I was literally crying. I read so many of them to Sam this morning and he was shaking his head as tears rolled down my cheeks.

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Lady of the Flies

Usually I post little bits of life on Twitter/Instagram/FB so I thought I’d do that here instead. 

This afternoon I went to Crossfit. It was 98* and that place only has fans so 20 minutes in I thought for sure I was going to pass out on the floor in a heap of sweaty blob. They’d just have to mop me up.

Obviously I made it through.

After, I needed to head to the grocery store for food. We’d had Bella’s play therapy this morning so there hadn’t been a chance, and Sam is coming home tonight instead of Friday – which I didn’t know until a few hours ago. As we headed there, I decided I was too exhausted to shop and then cook as it was already after 5, and I didn’t have a store list. I drove home to order Chinese.

As soon as we got in the door, the flies hit. Everywhere. Like some sort of freak fly storm. I was so grossed out. Windows, counters, we just kept finding them. I gave up whacking them and started sucking flies up in droves through the hand vac.

::shudders::

I finally figured out they were coming in from the garage (waiting till Sam gets home to find out why) and the door was cracked. Pushed the garage door opener to get them moving out, shut the inner door, and in my hurry knocked over Bella who began to bawl that I’d pushed her over.

I’m comforting her, batting off flies, still all sweaty, and downloading the Urbanspoon app on my phone so for-the-love-of-all-things-holy we can just have dinner delivered and I can sit down.

Finally we got rid of nearly all the flies and calmed down. She’s playing now, I’m writing, Sam’s on his way home. Charlie’s barking at invisible people.

Sometimes I wonder if other grownups have these insane kinds of moments. Or just me. In my house of flies.

Yesterday was a Disaster and My Friends are Amazing.

Oh yesterday.

Where do I begin?

Yesterday we went to the zoo with Laura and her kids. While there, I left my phone sitting on the restroom counter. I realized it as soon as I walked out and turned around to head back. One other woman had gone in, and I passed her as she came out. She smiled at me and walked off.

When I went back in, my phone was gone. Not just that – I have a phone that holds all my credit cards, military ID, drivers license. Like – my whole life in cards was in it. I was sick, knowing what a mess this was going to be. And at myself – because I forget big things constantly since Kaden died. All.the.time. This happened to be the biggest forgetful thing so far.

I quickly searched my purse to make sure I hadn’t stuffed it in there by accident, and then ran after the lady to see if she’d found it. She’d disappeared in less than a minute – gone. It’s a small zoo with only one way out and an open walking plan, so I was incredibly surprised not to see her.

I checked with lost and found, then security. Nothing. Ran back to Laura who called it, and after two rings it was hung up on. Then again.

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Themed Lunches for Kids at Home with Fruit Shoot

As a homeschooling family, Bella and I don’t have the chance to pack a lunch too often. Maybe for the zoo or museum, but often those are just grab and go in the rush of the morning. I remember school lunches fondly when I was little – napkin notes, special sandwiches – so once in a while it’s fun to recreate that at home for her.

Since she is completely obsessed with all things dinosaur, I thought I’d make her a dino lunch with a new berry Fruit Shoot:

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It was a hit.

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These are fun moments we get to have, sometimes in the middle of long days. I want her to look back on our days together fondly, and some of my best childhood memories are small, short little moments that someone went out of their way to create for me.

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I don’t do this every day, but it didn’t take too long. The baby dinos played on cheese, the sandwiches were cut with her dino shapes, the egg is hardboiled and on a bed of green onions (which no, she in no way wanted to eat). Triceratops took a look into yogurt that looked like mud with cinnamon and wheat germ.

Fruit Shoot was a treat for her. Fruit Shoot also features an innovative no-spill cap (no more juice stains in the car!) making it easy for kids to be independent and on the go. These vibrant fun colored bottles come in tasty flavors of Orange, Apple, Berry Burst, and Strawberry/Raspberry.

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The cookie is a peanut butter/banana/oat recie from SkinnyTaste. We turned them into little volcanoes.

If you have a bit of extra time one day, (distract the kids with the new free Angry Birds game that comes on each Fruit Shoot) make a meal a little different once in a while. It’s so fun to watch their faces as they see something besides the same old boring lunch (guilty here of that).

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Find more ideas for lunches at home and on the go on Fruit Shoot’s Facebook page, and enter for a chance to win a trip to the Kennedy Space Center!

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With purchase of Fruitshoot, there is the option for a free download of an Angry Birds game, perfect for parents to play with their kids. Download the Angry Birds game and enter the code on the back of your Fruitshoot bottle to play!

Fruit Shoot sponsored this post, but the ideas and opinions are my own. 

Brain Dump

You know, there are weeks around here that nothing happens. We get into this lull and I almost start to wonder, “Is this it? Nothing exciting will ever happen again?”

I tend to be very realistic in my thinking – obviously.

Then weeks happen like these past 2ish – where all the things happen at one time and I’m left thinking, “I haven’t blogged in a week and now I have so much to write about and WHERE DO I BEGIN?”

So I’ll just begin:

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