10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 10

Today was one of those days where I truly enjoyed the time I spent with my little Charlie R. He has had a bit of a runny nose this week so has been a little out of sorts but nothing horrible with which to deal. He took a three hour nap today so I am figuring that he is on the mend. 

We ran an errand today. We went to Walmart to see if we could find him a “blue monie.” We looked all around and could not find one. So we left empty handed.

A monie is what he refers to as his blanket. I bought him one when he was born. It has a little whale on it. It is a very silky, blue blanket and it is Charlie R.’s favorite. He seriously  l o v e s  that monie. Never mind he has a gray one his parents bought him and it stays in his crib at his house, and never mind I bought a similar one to keep here so he had something to remind him of home, and never mind I have a second gray one in my car so we do not have to haul the crib monie back and forth as we go gallivanting about town.

So for now, no new blue monie to help take the edge off the single monie blues. 

#SimpleJoys #FindingJoy

 

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10 Day Social Media Fast: Day 4

It was a zoo day. Little Charlie R. and I went to the zoo. The weather could not have been more lovely with the passing of Hurricane Michael. The temperatures and humidity seemed to sort themselves out as a lovely breeze flowed through the partly cloudy day. It was simply lovely weather for this time of year.

I watched Jeffy on The Blaze this morning for a bit. Love that Kris Cruz. Other than that no news for me today. Just my little 2 year old and the zoo and the things that make a 2 year old’s life turn through the day.

Charlie R. fed the giraffes. He fed the ducks and the carp. And best of all he fed himself at lunch time. 

Simple joys.

My favorite part of the day was nap time once we got home from the zoo. He was singing the chorus to The Family is of God in that sweet little voice of his, as he drifted off to sleep. 

“…This is how He shares His love, for the fam’ly is of God.” 

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Time for Teething!

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Little Charlie R.

My poor, little Charlie R. is truly suffering through the teething process today. His little rosy red cheeks, his teary eyes. It is just so terribly sad to see him feel badly.  

He did not want to play. He did not want to be put down to walk around. He simply wanted to be held until it was lunchtime. 

He managed to sit in his highchair nibbling on a couple of pita crackers while I fixed him some lunch. Must have felt good on those gums. He did well eating chopped up chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and green beans with carrots, and a cup of milk.  But the moment he was full, he immediately wanted to be held.

Like a little monkey, clinging around my neck, that is all he wanted to be. To be held.

So I cleaned him up and we went back to his room. I grabbed his blankey and held him while he figured out what he wanted to have happen next. 

He was not necessarily cranky. He just sat on my lap chatting in his Charlie R. language about whatever it was he was talking about until twenty minutes passed and he fell asleep, clinging to me like the cheeky little monkey he is.

Gosh I love this little guy. Even on days like today. 

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Yawn… this time change

My little Charlie R. was so cute yesterday and especially today as he adjusts to the time change. He has been dragging his blankey around the house as early as 2 p.m. Then at 4 p.m. he just wants me to hold him and cuddle him as he fights sleep that one last hour before it is time for him to go home. 

My sweet, little Wall Ball! 

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Friday the 13th: My lucky day

Not being a superstitious person, I claim Friday the 13th as my lucky day. Nevermind I forgot to post about it in my 365 writing challenge yesterday. 

My lucky day included:

  1. Some extra free time to run a couple of errands. 
  2. My PIANO GUYS order came! 
  3. My charming, little Charlie R. and I got to have lunch and spend the afternoon together. 

It was a great morning to get several things done, a delicious lunch and a fantastic afternoon with my Little Guy, and an evening filled with uplifting music, music that I have imported to make playlists for rowing and jump roping and crossfiting.

It was more than okay on the lucky-me day.

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Love Sir Cliff Richards! He sounds fabulous!  The cd version is the second video below.

Snuggle fabric softener and a song in my head

Stopping at Walmart on the way home to purchase some bleach, I spied the Snuggle fabric softener across the aisle. My favorite is the Lavender & Sandalwood scent. But I have not been able to find any in Montgomery. All I have seen here is Lavendar & White Orchid and it was the same at the Walmart tonight. 

Yeah. That was a bummer. Sandalwood is my thing. 

The other day I came across a show on Feeln. It is a series titled LEGACY staring Brett Cullen so I had to check it out. The series, apparently, was not picked up. It ends a bit abruptly at the end of Season 1. 

Yeah. That was a bummer. Unresolved issues are so irritating.

Below is the theme song, by Loreena McKennitt, that is now stuck in my brain. 

Yeah. That is a bummer when only a section of the song, the theme of the unfinished saga, plays repeatedly as a reminder you are left hanging.

Other than that my day has been pretty great. It started off with me pushing my little Wall Ball, Charlie R., in his stroller for a 1.4 mile walk/Granny Shuffle run. I walked 500 meters to warm-up then shuffled 100m then walked 100m cycles until the last 90m when I walked it out. 

Yeah baby. Granny’s got a great pair of shoes. Missing my Brooks but loving my Altras. 

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Oh what a night

After dinner with my little Charlie R. it was time for his bath. He really enjoyed his dinner of turkey with green beans, squash, and rice followed with strawberry applesauce and a glass of milk. He had rice stuck to himself, everywhere. 

On the way to the tub I smelled a little something. Yes. The diaper of roses. (Not!) 

Standing him up on the vanity to strip him down made the clean up for bath prep easy. And then, as I was cleaning up one side……. Well, you know what little boys do and it went all over the sink and counter. 

The next phase was bath time. But, oh, that warm water created another stream of consciousness. Yes, the tub had to be drained and water refreshed and finally it was bathtime again. 

Fresh and cle52877099616__6E15A29F-C6E4-4EDF-9778-50F567CD76B0.JPGan and ready to dry off it was then time to diaper up and get ready for bed. Not a moment to too soon for just as soon as I pulled that second tab over to close up the diaper…… 

It was the end of a wonderful day with my little Charlie R. And yes, I changed him one more time before it was time for him to go home.

It is all about building memories one diaper at a time.

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Terrific Toddler: Best Day Ever

Today is day two of Charlie R. coming to my home to hangout this week. We had so much fun. It was one of those best day ever kind of days.

For lunch I made salmon. Charlie R. ate a few bites but he really was not in the mood for it. Next we went to a baby food pouch and a peanut butter sandwich, no crust. That went over much better with some milk to drink.

We had some playtime with measuring cups and a spatula scraper. That lasted about an hour as he walked around tossing the items and picking them over and over again. Once in a while he was distracted by a little musical truck but he loved those measuring cups and spatula more, returning to them quickly. IMG_8461

When Charlie R. gets tired he climbs into my lap. Well, in and out of my lap, over to the right side and back to the left, finally settling in to being sung to until eventually falling asleep. And today, he took his best nap ever. Two hours and about twenty minutes of a nap made him the happiest boy ever.

My happy boy woke up ever so gently. He greeted me with the biggest smile on his face. He cuddled for a few minutes in the big chair as Janie Belle, the big black Labrador, came round to check on him, sniffing toes and nudging his little legs to get down and play.

A diaper change, a drink of water followed by taking the doggies outside to romp in the wet grass, Charlie R. and I sat in the chair to watch them play while he ate his snack. 

When his hands were free and his mouth satisfied, Charlie R. turned to the puddles of water that had formed on the table from the earlier rainfall. Sitting there for a few minutes, he splashed and wiped the water around with his hands and that great big smile. He swished through the water until it was all but evaporated. Just a couple of light streaks were left from the larger spots from which he began. FullSizeRender

Time was up. We had to move on. Charlie R.’s mommy and daddy were waiting. And Charlie R. needed to go meet and greet some of his biggest fans. 

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We are getting ready for Sunday

It has been a great week. My little Charlie R. is back in town. After spending three weeks with his family on holiday to France he was a little sad to have to be watched by the Granny Nanny. But it only took one day and we got back into a groove even though he is really walking around now, feeling much more independent as a one year old.

His brother is also grown much since his first European holiday. He seemed happy to know I had been watching out for him in the family photos that were posted online. He begins school next week so these last few days with the brothers together are truly precious. 

Today the Honey-do has been a huge help in getting the spare room reorganized. We had a few things to finish moving around to make way a special visitor. Honey-do also gassed up the vehicles and took our elliptical down to the box while I listed it for sale on CraigsList.com. (Thank you Coach Ryan for helping unload it! Thank you Coach Charles for letting me stash it at Guns Out CrossFit until it sells.) That was the last big thing to move out of the way.

Honey-do ran to pick up the few fresh things we need to get through the weekend after helping with the meal planning. Now the weekend meals are prepped with extra to last us through Tuesday.

All that is left is to finish is a load of laundry and fold the clothes so they can be put away. 

And there you have it. Saturday is a special day. It’s the day we get ready for Sunday. 

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