Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Night Chit Chat: Happy Anniversary To Us!

Howdy Humble Readers...

At the time of this writing, my Beloved and I have been married for six years and two hours.  :)  The best six years and two hours of my life.  He is my soulmate, my best friend, and my biggest support.  Things haven't always been easy for us, but our challenges have brought us closer than I could have thought possible.  I can honestly, and without feeling the least bit cheesy, say that I love him more today than I did when we said our vows. 

Yet again, the weekend has been dominated by the weather.  Snow.  SNOW!  Again.  And it's that really heavy wet spring snow.  Ugh!  I'm so sick of this crap.

And Ginny... oh Ginny.  As I've said before, I'm not a fan of the phrase "the terrible twos" because I think that can be self-fulfilling, but I can certainly see where it came from.  She's pushing so many boundaries and just being all around challenging.  Today has been particularly difficult, resulting in us having to leave church early because she was just so naughty.  I try to stay mellow in those moments... I really do.  But it's hard not to lose my cool.  Oh, and she climbed out of her crib for the first time today.  *sigh*  I love her so much.  I hope she gets through this phase soon. 
Out-takes from Pip's photo shoot yesterday.

On to the Chit Chat...

Reading - I finished Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner a couple of days ago, and as I said last week, I'm pretty certain I had read it before, or at least parts of it (occupational hazard of working in bookstores for so many years.  I would often read bits and pieces of different books while on breaks just so I could better sell it).  Now I'm re-reading Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead.  If you like historical/fantasy, you should really check the Pendragon Cycle out (or at least the first three books - Taliesin, Merlin, and Arthur).  I'm only a few chapters in, but it's a brilliant retelling of the Arthur legends, starting in Atlantis with the girl who would one day become the mother of Merlin.  I haven't read this series in a few years, so I'm excited to delve back into it.

Watching - I'm recording my usual Sunday night shows tonight because my Beloved and I are going out!  Nothing big, just dinner at a fun restaurant and a movie.  But it's out!  We're either going to go see The Host or 42 (the one about Jackie Robinson). 

Listening to - Pippin is 'resting' in the playpen, chatting in a tired sort of way with his stuffies.

Baking/Cooking - Like I said, we're going out tonight.  Tomorrow night I'm cooking our 'at home' anniversary dinner.  Greek inspired salmon, lemony rice pilaf, and sautéed kale and tomatoes.

Happy you accomplished this week - Got Pip's 1st birthday portraits done.  Went through the kid's clothes and sorted out what's too small (going to the thrift store later today).  Packed up the baby bottles and the food mill. 

Looking forward to next week -  Using my new Panini grill (my Beloved's gift to me).

Thankful for today -  For my Beloved, for our extended family who called to wish us a happy anniversary, and for our challenging children. 

****Bonus Question**** What is your *ideal* wake up time and what time do you usually wake up?  I am happiest and most productive when I get 8-9 hours of sleep (yes, I need 8-9 hours), so on a good day I'm waking up at around 7am.  But usually I don't get that much, for all sorts of reasons... the wee-lings have a rough night, I have a rough night, I read too long at night, etc.  I wish I could get by on 6 hours...

This is posted as a part of Carla's Sunday Night Chit-Chat.  Pop on over and check out what others are chatting about tonight. 


  1. Happy Anniversary!! I hope you have a wonderful night! :)

    Love the outtake.. rotfl!! Awesomeness!!

    Panini Grill! Lucky girl! Enjoy it!

  2. Happy Anniversary my dear friend!!! I hope you have an amazing night out.

    While we haven't hit the official "terrible twos" yet, I can certainly see glimpses, and it's not fun! I am sending you lots of calming, peaceful thoughts!!

    And send that snow my way, will you?? I'm tired of 75F and it's only April (this doesn't bode well for summer).

  3. I am sick of snow too and we are suppose to get more this week!! (Colorado). I thought the threes were worse than the twos, so hang on!!!
    I am a night person so I mostly work night shift. My ideal time waking up is 3 in the afternoon! Love night shift were I can wake up leisurely and take my time until I leave for work at 5:45 pm. Plus I work 12 hour shifts so I only work 2 or 3 shifts a week!!

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    I'm sorry you're dealing with more snow.

    Right now, being pregnant, even twelve hours doesn't seem like enough sleep. Not pregnant, though, 7-8 hours is good for me. My husband and I are late night people, due to years of dance lessons not starting until 10 pm, so we tend to "get up late" at around 9:30 or 10, when in reality, we also stay up late. (1:30 or 2 am.)

  5. Happy anniversary!

    Sorry to hear about the snow. Then again... it is the frozen flatland :) (Feel free to imagine yourself punching me in the throat for that one! LOL) We have had just enough warm days that I think more snow at this point would be my undoing. (Just enough = like 5)

    Oh, the boundary pushing! The phrase "You're being a terrible listener right now" seems to be on repeat around here. I hope Ginny snaps out of it soon for you :)

  6. I also need around 8-9 hours...But I'd prefer 10! I really enjoy sleeping.

    I hope you had a wonderful evening out!

  7. Happy anniversary! Hope you enjoyed your night out. I love historical/fantasy so I'll be checking out your book recommendations.

  8. Awwww happy anniversary to you lovebirds! :) did you enjoy your dinner out?? Not looking forward to the twos but I've had several people tell me the threes are worse.....?! Sorry, that probably doesn't help lol! Love Pip's pic, he looks just thrilled lol! His hat is adorable!
    The monster would just yank it off! Happy almost weekend to you! xoxo


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