We've been getting through these last few weeks since getting back from Santa Barbara by doing the best we can to spend as much quality time together as possible. Jon's been working crazy hours that seem to change from week to week and sometimes day to day, not to mention the pressure he's been under and the stress as he finishes up his program at work. A lot of the quality time we all spend together is watching a movie at home or play video games. The biggest treat is to do this in our bedroom. As with any marriage, both people bring something to contribute to the marriage. In our case, Jon brought his sweetness, sense of humor, and a very big T.V. with a game system and lots of cool games. And lots of Blu-rays. One day we were having one of these days, just chillin' in the room, and Grant got cozy in Jon's lap and fell asleep. He's such a sweet little boy. I just wanted to remember these times. They are some of the best.
A week or so ago, my oven shorted out and I had nothing to cook with. It was Sunday, we needed cookies, so I decided to look into making a solar oven. After realizing I had two pizza boxes on the front porch waiting to go out with the trash, I decided to try it. It was kind of a pain, but once I got them done and set out in the sun, I was pleasantly surprised at how they worked. The cookies didn't get browned or even smoosh down much since there wasn't quite enough heat, but they were cooked through. It took longer, too, of course, but I was impressed. I keep meaning to use them again, but now that the oven is up and running, I've lost my motivation. I just need a really good idea of what to cook that won't take so long. I recommend this as a cool home-school/science project, though.
One lazy morning (Jon was home!), Craig was playing with my phone and wandering around the house, taking pictures. Here we were, just talking and enjoying time with our new kitten. You can't see her in this pic, but she's in some later on. That pink thing on the bed is her little kitten house.
And here she is. Her name is Khaleesi (from a book Jon read--the woman in the book was also known as the Silver Queen and since the kitten is considered silver colored...) and she's a Maine Coon. She is so mellow and sweet but playful when you want her to be. She is adapting very well.
I have had some trouble with the boys not staying in bed at night (who hasn't). They would get up, play in the water in their bathroom, make messes, fight, and it was never ending. So I decided to use a behavior chart. Basically, if they could stay in bed, they would stay at the top of the behavior chart. If they were at the top five nights in a row, they would earn their OWN milkshakes. That is huge since if we ever go out and get ice cream or any treat, I usually get one for them all the split. But, they did it (after two other attempts failed to get them through the fifth consecutive day) and they earned them. I am also pleased to say that I haven't had much trouble with them going to bed since (knock on wood).
There's a little park close to our apartment, down a little pathway, that the boys and I walk to now and then. Grant usually rides in the stroller but this time he wanted to walk, Ethan wanted to ride, and Grant wanted to push Ethan. I thought they were stinking cute. :)
And another one of the kitty. When she gets sleepy, she is like play-do. I posed her like this.
Well, I'm off to bed. Today was Jon's last day of his two days off (the first two days he's had off in awhile) and we've had a fun time. Yesterday we went to the beach (Long Beach--ugh--dogs, irresponsible owners, and very windy and chilly--but the kids had fun) and today we flew a kite at the park, got ice cream, and went swimming. To finish it off, we had movie night in our room, watching Wreck It Ralph. I loved it. The kids seemed to also. I was very pleasantly surprised at it's cuteness and twist in the plot. I highly recommend it. Welp, tomorrow back to the old routine. Which is good...lots to do. Life is busy, but just busy enough. It's a good busy.