Snapshot #7 : Fall Back

I feel like I've been in a fog for the past two weeks. Between a huge project taking some unexpected twists and turns... and some unexpected {nuclear} family drama... life has been interesting. And exhausting. I've been working until sometime after 1am regularly and it's taken a toll. But, I feel like I'm starting to find my footing... so I'm polishing up some posts. Hopefully you will see me here a little more often now. 

Also, I've gotten several emails on the ability to comment on the new blog. I believe that you need to have ccokies enabled to do so. (I know, I know. I am on the squarespace platform though... so it's a legit site!) Let me know if you are having trouble though and I will look into it some more! 

Now onto the good stuff...

Outside my window: It's SNOWING. What?! Completely and totally bonkers. Big, fat fluffy flakes have been falling all morning long. I want to go take a nap! 

I am thinking: About Christmas! Now that Halloween is officially over... I'm moving on! I've got some gifts already started... and I'm starting to finalize my "want to" lists. Last year was a complete bust because of the craziness surrounding our court date, so I really want to make this one extra special. I think we deserve it! 

I'm also thinking I need to loop back with some potential babysitters. Remember how I mentioned that we had a sitter for Milo and I was still trying to get used to it?! Well, three weeks into the new arrangement, she found out that she needed surgery and I've been sitter-free since. Unfortunately, this is paired with the fact that I took on a lot of work to fill my time and pay for the sitter... Oops. We have several options, but finding the time to set up trials is just one more thing I can't swing right now.

On the flip side, I'm trying NOT to think about all the work I have waiting for me tomorrow. 

I am thankful for: Lazy Sundays after two grueling weeks.

I am wondering: How to approach teasing. Long story short... Spencer was maliciously teased about his costume choice at school on Friday. He got in the car and announced, "I'm not going trick-or-treating." Which is saying something. After talking with him, we discovered that some of the older boys had teased him for choosing a "girl's costume." He had no idea why it mattered (and it shouldn't... it's halloween!) and what he had done wrong. We were able to talk him into being the bigger person and going out anyway since he would regret it otherwise. In the end, he went... but he also came home and stripped off his costume and stuffed it in a corner. So, I'm not really sure what the final result was?

What was the costume?! Maleficent. Now, I know that is a non-typical choice for a boy. But, she's one strong character... who—if you watch the new movie—is misunderstood. I think Spencer relates to that. He chose this costume in August and has been set on it ever since. He was sooooo excited when we pulled it all together. He's tried it on more times than I can count. He's had valid reasons for wanting to be her, and we supported those. Plus, he's six. Waaaayyy to young to be concerned about gender issues. He actually has the character nailed, so I'm sad that a few mean boys shook his confidence that much. I know teasing comes with childhood... but it still hurts my heart! 

{And I don't know what I would have done differently. As my sister said... It's a fine line. Either we don't support him and his choices... which I never want to do... or we feed him to the wolves. Ugh.}  

Last 3 purchases: Jackets for the boys, a new board game, and some books for Spencer and I. Moms of boys... I'd really appreciate some early chapter book suggestions that aren't the Magic Treehouse series. The newest ones we are trying are the Jack Stalwart books... but with an hour of reading time a day, he may clip through those quickly!  

Dinner plans: Gochujang Sloppy Joes. They are always a hit here. And in case you were wondering, our lunch plans was trying out this Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons recipe. It was delicious! A perfect meal for a cold, snowy day. We're definitely adding this into the winter rotation!

Future plans I'm looking forward to: Uhm, Christmas?! With trying to get my head above water work-wise, I can't actually think more than a couple of days out. So, for now, this. 

Kid funny: This is one of the posts I'm finishing up... and there has been so much drama the past few weeks that there hasn't been much funny going on. 

I am reading: Nothing. Again, work. Boo. 

In the kitchen: The remnants of lunch prep, and the makings of some homemade freezer breakfast sandwiches. Halloween candy and lots of healthy snacks to counteract all. that. sugar. 

Watching: I'm binging on "Gilmore Girls" when I have some free time. 

On my frequent playlist: Well, since Halloween is over... 'Tis the season to be jolly!!! {Fa la la la la la la la!}

Snacking on: Sourdough pretzels and Halloween candy.

Rest-of-the-day-plans: Finishing some laundry, doing another round of dishes, vacuuming, and some food prep for the week. And hopefully... some fabric loveliness will play into my evening! 

I'll leave you with my two favorite pics from Halloween:

{Note: I had nothing to do with this costume. I tried to get him in at least EIGHT other—cute and adorable—costumes and he wanted nothing to do with it! He came home with some Power Ranger goodies from Korea... so I think this is truly a costume that makes him happy. He saw it in the store, screamed and clapped, and hugged it tight once it was in his hands. He hasn't let go since. So, Silver Power Ranger it is...}

{Note: I had nothing to do with this costume. I tried to get him in at least EIGHT other—cute and adorable—costumes and he wanted nothing to do with it! He came home with some Power Ranger goodies from Korea... so I think this is truly a costume that makes him happy. He saw it in the store, screamed and clapped, and hugged it tight once it was in his hands. He hasn't let go since. So, Silver Power Ranger it is...}