March 29, 30, 2016

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March 29 – took the boys to Juan’s for lunch. They ate tacos! It was v exciting.

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March 30 – I have a guest photographer today. This photo is courtesy of Linus. The hair on the sofa is courtesy of Ziggy.

We got the boys a point and shoot camera for Easter, which turned out to be a big hit! And now I can outsource my daily  photos. Win-win!

March 28, 2016 {little boy blue}

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Yesterday, Oliver asked if he could have blue hair. It would be hypocritical of me to say no, so I said, okay. (Only temporary dye, though.) So today we went to Sally’s and got some Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise, which just feels right, since that’s what I used back in the 1990s.

Look, it turned out to be almost the exact same shade as his eyes. Can’t really say it’s not a good color for him, eh?

March 21-27, 2016

I’ve been taking pics on my walks around the neighborhood, just to record some of the little details that I love.

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March 21 – a fish.

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March 22 – a dog.

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March 23 – and another fish. Okay, apparently animal details are my thing.

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March 24 – a swirly thing that holds back shutters. I assume it has a more technical name.

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March 25 – A bored and jaded Miles while he waits to be called to play his part.

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March 26 – Ziggy. Before he chewed up an entire brand new bottle of Children’s Tylenol. Which, presumably, he didn’t actually ingest because he’s still with us.

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March 27 – sneak peek of next week’s 100th monthly pic!

Miles is a movie star, part 1

IMG_9887Today Miles and I went to Baton Rouge so he could be in a movie!

A while back, Miles said he wanted to be an actor. So I added him to an extras casting website, and every so often, if I saw something he was qualified for, I’d submit him. Recently one came up for kids in a pool scene, and it was for today, which is a school holiday, so I figured, why not?

Lo and behold, I got a call on Wednesday saying the director wanted him to be a featured extra! Which, I don’t know, means he was just a little bit more of a special extra.

When the casting person said, “he’ll be playing a drowned child. Is that okay with you?” the amazing mother that I am said, “SUUUURE of course that’s cool!” I didn’t actually tell Miles he’d be playing a dead kid until we were on our way today.

We got to the set at about 9 this morning. I was doing everything I could to pretend I knew what I was doing, but I did not. I think I managed not to look like a complete idiot, at least.

When we arrived, the makeup person said they were going to cover his body in blue dead-looking paint, but in the end, since he was freshly drowned, it wasn’t necessary. Bummer. That would’ve been even cooler. Miles was v jealous of the other kid who got to be covered in blood. Maybe next time.

IMG_9725Anyway, after much waiting and watching them film some scenes by the pool, it was Miles’s turn! The director said, “okay, just get in the pool and hold your breath and float face down.”

I was skeptical. It was 56 degrees when we got there, so I’m sure the water was frigid. But Miles was game. He got in the pool, and turns out, while he can swim, he can’t really do the dead man’s float. After a bit of sputtering, the director was like, “oh hey, that’s fine, Miles, we’ll just have you dead on the side of the pool.”

(Everyone was v nice.)

So Miles climbed out, laid on the ground, and they took a bunch of pics. (He’s only dead in a photograph in the movie, in this scene.)

After that was done, he was in the background of some scenes, playing by the pool, apparently freaking out the main character, who I guess is thinking he’s seeing a dead kid? I’m not completely clear on the plot of this movie. I suspect it’s a thriller or a horror movie or something. It’s not in IMDb yet.

So after they did a zillion takes of that scene, from different angles, Miles was done! Except we didn’t find out we were done for about three hours, wherein Miles got very bored. Eventually, we were told we could leave.

But we’ll be going back in a few weeks to film another creepy scene (the casting people sent me that part of the script.) Should be interesting!

March 16-20, 2016

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March 16 – I took the boys to the library near our house, and they asked how old it was. I looked at the sign and realized it was dedicated exactly 100 years to the day before Millie was born! (I think. I’m terrible with birthdays.) (That aren’t mine.)

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March 17 -Ziggy on our gray couch with the gray walls and the gray curtains and the gray side table. I’m in a gray phase. Note: this picture was before Ziggy decided he really needed to see how the stuffing in the cushions tastes. Grr.

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March 18 – Took the kids for donuts before school. I’m sure their teachers loved me for that.

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March 19 – Miles came home in his jammies from his first slumber party. He had such a great time, and now the boys want to have one. (He’d been to a sleepover before, but never a full fledged slumber party.)

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March 20 – Miles had to do a timeline project for school. While it was a pain in the butt to get the photos printed (nothing like waiting til the last minute) I’m really proud of his work. He picked the photos and wrote the descriptions (all in French, of course.)

March 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 2016

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March 10 – Watching the LPO play “The Ants Go Marching 2 by 2” or whatever it’s called.

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March 11 – School was cancelled on Friday because of weather that never happened here, luckily. I took Miles and Oliver to IHOP for dinner because they wanted to get out of the house and eat their weight in carbs. I love when they giggle together instead of fight.

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March 12 – It’s hard to show in photos the scale of Saturday’s Easter Egg hunt. I remember the first one we put on – it was just in a field that we prayed wouldn’t be used by someone else, with a few hundred eggs that we scattered around. Four years later, we sold 1000 tickets, had more than enough eggs for everyone, and we had dozens of food vendors and activities for the kids. Amazing. And it didn’t rain! A real miracle. Because the whole team went out and bought rain boots if they didn’t have any already.

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March 13 – The scale was a bit smaller at the neighborhood egg hunt on Sunday. But it was really cute and the weather was gorgeous. The fourth triplet here is their friend Ethan.

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March 14 – There’s this big vacant lot that’s usually littered with trash that I walk Ziggy by every day, and suddenly Spring has sprung because it had exploded in these purple wildflowers. As you can see, my attempts to get a nice picture of Ziggy with the flowers in the background was a giant fail. He’s about as cooperative for photos as the boys are.

 

 

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I just haven’t posted anything of substance in a while. Let’s see, what’s been going on?

Well, Ziggy has developed a taste for my shoes. Yesterday I found one of my new $$$ running shoes in the backyard, sans an insole, and chewed up. Sigh. I guess I need to spray that bitter stuff on everything. Ugh. He spent the afternoon at the vet the other day while the living room got painted. It was so cheap, I’m glad to know it’s an option for when I have to be out of the house all day, so he’s not too bored.

Speaking of getting the living room painted…it’s almost done! Bye-bye yellow, hello, soothing gray. I love it.

Before:

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Now:

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Better, yes? I love it.

I also gave my blog a makeover. New theme! Always fun.

I went on a field trip with Miles the other day. It was pretty cool. They got to learn about a bunch of instruments, then hear the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra play some kid-friendly tunes. Now the boys want to be in a band. YESSSSS! My boy band ambitions for them are coming to fruition at last! Except Oliver said he wants to play the flute. But that’s cool, no reason a boy band can’t have a flute in it.

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Learning about the clarinet

This past weekend I attended two Easter Egg hunts. The first was Saturday morning, and it was the NOMB one. It was huge and awesome. It was a miracle that it didn’t rain. So crazy. The weather was supposed to be terrible all week, school was even cancelled on Friday. But it barely even rained. (We were extremely lucky compared to our neighbors on the north shore who got a lot of bad flooding.)

I took a short time-lapse of part of the hunt. I was in the under-1 area, so lots of babies.

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Me and Megan. Ziggy ate my ears later. Sigh.

And then yesterday, I took the boys to the neighborhood one. It was at this really cute events place. I’d love to see it all lit up at night!

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Last night was the boys’ school fundraiser. I got this in the wine pull. Better than my friend who got a bottle of Yellow Tail. Heh.

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So that’s what has been going on. Coming up is a bunch of travel that I’m excited about. A week in Austin next month to meet with one of my teams, and then a longer trip in June to do some recruiting in Spain and volunteering at WordCamp Europe. In August, I’m taking the boys to visit my brother and his family in California, which we’re all really excited about.