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Friday, September 15, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. Our new niece, Mila Victoria arriving on Monday. My heart is already bursting with love for the little munchkin and I can't wait to meet her in October!

2. A fun girls night out on Tuesday - yummy dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant called Little Sister, followed by an Indigo Girls concert (random, I know!).

3. An amazing nights sleep on Monday, maybe the best I've had since Hayes was born (!!).

3 Lows this Week:

1. Our air conditioning crapping out on us and having to deal with some uncomfortably hot nights while we waited for it to get fixed.

2. Grant being gone all week in Germany. Between his boys' trip last weekend and his conference abroad, I've been on my own 6 of the last 7 nights and I'm ready for him to come home already!

3. How damn dark it is in the mornings now. Forcing myself out of bed to take a shower at 6:15a is monumentally more difficult when Mr. Golden Sun hasn't even come out yet.

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

The shaky shaky beef at Little Sister, melt-in-your-mouth tender meat accompanied by a watercress salad, baby tomatoes, burnt butter soy and tomato garlic fried rice. All of the dishes we had were excellent but this and the pan fried e-fu noodle were so  incredible, my mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Weekend Plans

Absolutely nothing. Grant gets back from Germany this afternoon so we are laying low tonight. Soccer game tomorrow and our favorite babysitters are coming up tomorrow night so we'll likely go somewhere local and easy for dinner since we have no reservations.


Friday, September 8, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. A really fun block party on Labor Day, which reminded me how lucky we are to have found such a gem in LA.

2. An impromptu outing to the park with all three kids on Tuesday afternoon. They all played so nicely and I'm loving the ages they're at right now.

3. A whole week of Hayes sleeping in his bed and not on our floor. We've been having some issues with that as of late and I think we've turned a corner!

3 Lows this Week:

1. Having to take Greyson to the doctor for some bum issues. I'll spare you the details but I felt so bad for the little guy!

2. A lingering headache that won't go away.

3. Hurricane Irma heading towards Florida. Of course, we don't know how catastrophic it'll be and luckily we aren't there anymore, but this one hits close to home and I just feel so helpless for all of our friends who are bracing for the worst.

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

A poke bowl from the new Poke/Ramen joint in our hood, Nishi.

Weekend Plans
Grant's heading to Arkansas this weekend on a boys trip so I'm laying low with the kiddos, We'll likely do a pizza/movie night tomorrow and have some soccer games and birthday parties, but other than that, no real plans!

Hope you all have a good one!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I scream, you scream...

...we all scream for ice cream!
We finally went to the Museum of Ice Cream this past weekend and it did not disappoint.
The museum, which is housed adjacent to a bright pepto bismal pink building in DTLA, consists of multiple rooms of yummy looking exhibits, all with one common theme: ice cream. Museum-goers make their way through each room, receiving treats along the way - the only rule is you can't go backwards (and while chasing three small children, that wasn't a problem!). The idea behind the whole thing is to feel like you're in the mind of an 8 year old boy and besides some instructions not to touch certain installations, you pretty much have free reign of the place to run around and take as many pictures as you'd like.
Bananas for days...
The Mint Room (side note, this one had the best treat, IMHO - a yummy mint chocolate chip mochi)
Because, let's be honest, that's what it really was: a giant excuse to take some fun photos for Instagram.
Kids had a ball (although Hayes says his favorite museum is still the police museum) and even though it was a little pricey and tickets weren't easy to come by, I'm really glad we went and saw what it was all about.
This one was NOT a fan of the sprinkle pool...
Caught these two holding hands while waiting for their last treat...
If you can't get into the one in LA, you might try your luck with the one in SF, especially if you have ice cream loving kiddos.

Friday, September 1, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

  Three Highs this Week...

Discovering (and being able to stay awake through!) a new show Grant and I are watching, Ozark.

Spending time with Grant's grandparents Sunday eve and Monday morning. So lucky to have them in our lives and my heart swells when I see the kids' relationships with them grow.

Henley's first day of school.

Three Lows this Week...

Finding out there was a lice outbreak in Greyson's classroom.

Some sleep issues with Henley. Girlfriend is protesting her afternoon nap and waking up throughout the night. In total denial that this most likely means we'll be dropping a nap soon...

Getting our supplemental property tax bill. Yikes.

Best Thing I Ate This Week...

Marcella Hazan's pomodoro sauce, which I made as part of our Sunday night dinner. I had been craving a simple spaghetti pomodoro and this hit the spot!

Weekend Plans...

Date night dinner at a yummy sushi spot tonight.
Museum of Ice Cream (finally!) tomorrow.
Our epic Labor Day block party on Sunday.
And enjoying the official last day of summer poolside on Monday.

Have a great long weekend!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mental Load...

The mental load...

To quote a Huff Post article, it's "the 'Knower of All The Things'", the person "who holds all the behind-the-scenes knowledge about the many things involved in raising a kid {and a household!}. The one who plans, who notices, who anticipates, who researches, who worries."

It's a real thing, people. And more often than not, it falls on one parent - usually the mother.

Don't get me wrong, Grant definitely carries his weight around here and pitches in more than I'm sure a lot of other dads do. And if you asked him, he'd tell you that I spend an unnecessary amount of time worrying about things - especially in the early morning hours of the day when I toss and turn in bed next to him.

Come see me at 9p and I'll be conked out on the couch. But at 4:45a, if I'm roused from my deep sleep for long enough for that one spark to enter my mind, it starts to race and I'll spend the next hour and a half until it's an appropriate time to wake up stressing about whether to order chocolate or vanilla kids toothpaste in my next Amazon subscribe and save order.
I know it's irrational, but I can't help it. I carry the mental load.

I read this article a few months ago and it hit the nail on the head.

Her description of clearing the table and getting so side tracked that next thing you know, it's two hours later and you're mind has gone to about 20 different places as you stumble upon things that need to be done, things that need to be added to your never-ending to do list... In her scenario, the table eventually gets cleared; in mine, it often doesn't (but I've fed the cat, folded the laundry, decanted the soap, organized the legos, made the kids' lunch...). 

Anyways, it isn't so much that my husband isn't willing to help. He is. But he's also gone a lot and has been juggling two jobs for as long as I can remember, so oftentimes it's easier for me to just do it. I'm also a control freak who likes things a certain way and to relinquish control of that... well it gives me anxiety just thinking about it!

The point of this post isn't to belittle my spouse. But I had a physical last week and I asked my doctor why she thought I was always so damn tired. I've always needed a lot of sleep, even before kids, and having three under six is definitely reason enough to look forward to crawling into bed at the end of the day. But I'm like super tired. Like, can't watch a half hour sitcom tired - which can be super annoying when you only get so much quality time to yourself and with your spouse. I love to sleep but I'd also like to be able to stay awake for a movie every once in awhile!

So my doctor told me she would check my thyroid and vitamin B levels (FYI for those who care, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D are essential for energy and overall wellness. I already take a Vitamin D supplement but might be adding the B into my repertoire), but she thought I had every reason to be tired and it was just my body's way of saying how important that shut eye was for me. 

Later that evening, my best friend sent me this article, which couldn't have been more timely. And this, my friends, is what I firmly believe is the correct diagnosis, the answer I was looking for from my doctor.

Now that I know this, will anything change? Probably not. Like I said, I kind of thrive on being the CEO of our household, the control freak who knows when we're about to run out of diaper cream or when we need to buy a gift for Teacher Appreciation Day. And I know it's a problem I could solve quite easily by just asking for help, but usually I think I can do things better than someone else. It's like training an assistant at work - you know once you teach them how to do it, your life will be easier, but who has time to teach them in the first place?!
The article just validated my tiredness and seemed to assign reason to it. The mental load is a real thing and I'm definitely struggling from it!

Friday, August 25, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

 Three Highs this Week...

Seeing a great movie, The Big Sick and checking out a new casual burger joint in Santa Monica with Grant.

Watching Hayes ride his bike sans training wheels to get after dinner ice cream with the fam. It brings me such satisfaction to see him able to do something that brought me so much joy as a kid and it's hard to believe he just learned how to do it a few weeks ago.

Squeezing in a good workout at the Culver City Stairs. They were hard, but it felt good to sweat a little bit and the views can't be beat!

Three Lows this Week...

A disappointing solar eclipse, mainly due to the fact that we didn't plan ahead and buy protective eyewear. Major FOMO about that one!

Discovering the spot we wanted to go to for ice cream after dinner was closed due to cockroaches... (As was the Thai place next door we get take-out from all the time!) Gross!

Having my blood drawn at my annual physical. Three kids later and I still hate having that done!

Best Thing I Ate This Week...

French fries at a BBQ joint Grant and I like to go to while getting our cars washed. They have the perfect amount of seasoning on them, a little salty with just a hint of sweetness - they may be my favorite in the city and were especially yummy after a week of eating relatively healthy boring food.

Weekend Plans...

Laying low tonight, a birthday party for a friend of Greyson's tomorrow afternoon and having some people over for grilled lobster for a little fight night party on Saturday night.

Hope you have a good one! I'll leave you with this:

Friday, August 18, 2017

3 Highs & 3 Lows...

3 Highs this Week:

1. Easy drop-offs at school for the boys. A happy goodbye sets the tone for the day and I'm so relieved they're liking school so far.

2. Getting my Nespresso back from being fixed. The milk frother had been on the fritz so while I sent it in to be repaired, Nespresso sent me a complimentary loaner machine to use in the interim. Talk about seriously amazing customer service!

3. A fun Saturday night out for a best friend's birthday. We went to EP/LP for a rooftop cocktail (and saw this Bachelor couple), followed by dinner at Rosaline, a new favorite.

3 Lows this Week:

1. Having to schlep down to IKEA in Carson to return a frame that arrived damaged, only to find out they didn't have any of said frame in stock.

2. A lonely work-week. Both my coworkers were traveling this week and the office seemed really dead.

3. Charlottesville and it's aftermath. I'm so horrified shit like this continues to happen in 2017 and even more horrified that our "leader" is the insensitive idiot he is. For the love of god, can we impeach him already??

Best Thing I Ate This Week:

The chaufa paella from Rosaline, peruvian fried rice with pancetta, sausage and prawns. I can't stop thinking about it!

Weekend Plans
Friday night movie night with the boys, watching Hayes' basketball game tomorrow and Saturday night date night at L'Assiette Steak Frites. Other than that, we have no plans, which I think is exactly what everyone needs after being thrown back into the routine of school this week.

Have a good one!