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Surprise Wifey!

This week, Arthur had planned quite the surprise for me. I’m not on that can be surprised ever. OK maybe sometime, but most of the time I find out there’s a surprise and push for hints til eventually I find out. Yea, I’m that person who hates surprises.

So last week, Arthur told me Monday morning he had to be at the shop at 7 am, he goes to work any noon, to help take some stuff down and redo the front area. I really believed it because he was so convincing. 

Monday morning comes, the loudest alarm going off at 6:45, and he heads to the shop. London and I get up a little earlier than usual and start our day. Being super slow motion because I don’t have a coffee. Yes, I’m also that wife who has a Starbucks every morning because my husband gets one for me. I texted Arthur to find out if he’s coming back home before his shift, and he tells me he is but also someone from the shop is bringing me coffee because he felt bad for having to leave so early. About 20 minutes later I hear a pounding on my front door, thinking it was my Starbucks delivery. I open the door..and one of besties from Chicago is standing at my door. And there I am confused as confused can be. 

My husband decided to fly in a friend because he knew how much I missed seeing my friends. It was a 24 hour visit because she had to get back to work, but we made the best of the 24 hours by going to the Mall of America and the aquarium. Part of the purpose for the surprise visit was for me to able to go out that night for a couple of drinks. Unfortunately, we’re not 22 anymore and decided to stay in with some beers and games. And I’m not complaining at all. 

I can’t remember the last time I was ever that surprised, and it came at the most perfect time ever. 

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Spring Fever in February.

Winter sucks, minus December. We all know it. Once it’s January and it’s nothing but blah and cold weather we’re all counting down til March, at least I am. The only thing I wasn’t excited about moving to Minnesota, was the cold and snow. We got pretty lucky so far and have only had a mild winter. Until this weekend…when we had spring weather. When it’s 60 degrees and sunny, of course we weren’t going to be in the house. 

We’ve had three months of finding new places of indoor activities. The Mall of America,  the musuem, Target. But this weekend we were able to hit up some local parks and get a taste of Minnesota Spring.


I found a huge park about half a mile from our house that London just couldn’t believe it was time to play on the swings and slides again. Plus having a huge walking path, it made for an entire afternoon to burn off energy and get some sun. 


While I’ve been waiting for the sunshine to be able to have the natural light in the house, this weekend was the perfect time to start shopping for new spring decor for inside..and our backyard. Thanks Hobby Lobby for 40%. Throw in some spring scented wax melts and opening up the sunroom doors, this weekend was absolutely perfect.
Until it snows next weekend…like the weather app says. 

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Adventure to the Science Musuem of Minnesota. 

One of my favorite memories of Chicago growing up, as an adult and taking London, was going to the Musuem of Science and Industry. From watching the baby chick’s hatch, the Giant Doll house, and all the new exhibits that came in and out. My favorite was the Titanic and the Walt Disney exhibits. 

I recently found of that there is a science musuem located in St. Paul only 20 minutes away. With the weather still being up and down here, seriously it was spring like a few days ago and 30 degrees yesterday, I figured a musuem adventure was the perfect way to get out of the house and burn off some energy. And of course, discover our new city.

Walking in, the first thing we noticed was a giant t-rex, not as big as Sue at the Field Musuem, but still big enough to catch London’s attention. I must have missed the memo it was also field trip day for almost every middle school in the area, making it incredibly difficult to allow London to run free and explore. 


Unfortunately, I found there wasn’t a lot of actual exhibits, really only one. Most of the musuem was hands on, which is really cool for older kids. 


Their current exhibit was about Mythical creatures, Dragons, Mermaids and Unicorns. For not having any other exhibits,it was nice to have a little area of a few cool displays. 


Did I mention our favorite thing was the Giant astronaut? I mean, you can’t miss it. 


I may not have been a huge fan of the musuem, maybe I was expecting a Musuem of Science and Industry, but I do know I will be taking London back when she’s a little bit older to really understand a few of the hands on areas and we can both fully explore and enjoy our new museum.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day has always been another day, boyfriend or not. Even after Arthur and I got married. We always did a card, maybe a fancy dinner, but it was never necessary to go all out on a day that reminds you to remember your loved one. We love each other everyday. 

Valentine’s Day became more special to us in 2014 when we had our baby shower on Valentine’s Day. The month before was incredibly difficult and stressful and this made me remember what we had coming to be thankful for. 


Last year, London was only 10 months old and obviously didn’t understand, not that she does today, but we still made it special for her.

With coming up on two, we’re able to somewhat explain that today is Love Day but it’s also London’s Celebration Day. And it just happened to have worked out to be on Tuesday so Arthur was off from work. 

We spent the last week making different heart crafts, and a special Valentine for her daddy. Homemade of course. 

We started today with pink scrambled eggs, and a surprise for Mama from her man. Can’t go wrong with roses and a gift card to my favorite book store. 


I’ve mentioned before how great the Mall of America is on Tuesdays because it’s Toddler Tuesday’s. London got to spend the afternoon riding rides and her first Rollercoaster. 


Capping off our afternoon with lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe and seeing a few outfits worn by Prince. 


I love our family days, but I love even more that Valentine’s Day is special for us because it was a day we celebrated London before she arrived. 


However, I’m excited for my sushi tonight and a binge marathon of Twilight. My man really does love me.

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Being a Lonely Mama. 

I’m never alone. Literally. From the time London wakes up to the time she goes to bed, she’s with me every hour, minute and second. I would never complain or be ungrateful for that. Being blessed to stay home with her has been what I’ve always wanted.

Do I miss the adult interaction from working? Sometimes. But no one works 24/7, so my adult interaction always came after 5 or on the weekends. Even the chances of being with other moms was great because it got me and London out of the house. There was always something to do and someone to hang out with. 

Fast forward to today, in a different state and not knowing anyone or anything. It’s incredibly lonely. And I’m sure almost boring for London, only being around me all the time. As wonderful as it is to stay in contact through social media and texts, it sucks having to miss out on things that are happening back home. Birthdays, play dates, baby showers, even just random mid day hang outs. 

Knowing the next time you’ll be in town and can make plans to see friends is sad knowing that won’t happen for at least a month or two. 

It’s hard making friends in grade school. It’s even harder making new friends when you’re a stay home mom living in a brand new town in a brand new state. No one knows me, my past, nothing about me.

I thought the hardest part of moving was going to be decorating and furnishing and making our house a home. While that’s hard and taking longer than I thought, it’s being alone and keeping a smile on my face and making sure London has a fun day, everyday.

So no, my life is far from perfect and just like everyone else I have my down days. I don’t regret moving out of state. We have so much to explore here and really see what Minnesota has to offer. 

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Paint Day.

London loves everything artsy that we put in front of her. Crayons, colored pencils, markers, stickers, everything and anything. Painting has been her favorite lately. While she’s not a fan of finger painting, I’m not complaining, she loves the idea of paintbrushes and dipping into all the colors of paint in front of her.

I originally had purchased a Paint Your Own Mickey bank for her, and after watching her creative mind work, I purchased a giant roll of canvas paper and a few boxes of Crayola’s Washable Paint. 

I decided on buying a roll of paper as opposed to giving her computer paper because it allowed me to control somewhat of a mess. All I had to do was tape the paper down on the hardwood floor and pour out some paint and let her go to town. 

Finding the Crayola smock was a great find since I normally just put one of my old t-shirts on her. When Crayola says washable, they mean washable.

By the time we were done, London’s hand and feet were covered in her artwork, which came off in seconds in a quick bath. 

As we near Spring, I can’t help but to get excited to finally be able to head out on new adventures without having to warm up the car or wear our heavy winter coats. This winter was not only a challenge on living in a new state, but it’s the first winter where I actually had to keep a toddler entertained. It’s very easy to turn the TV on and keep Mickey on repeat, but I want London’s creative brain to be on all the time. 

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Valentine’s Day Crafts, PT. 1.

Glitter, glue, colored paper..and less TV time? Count me in. I can only watch the Aristocats so many times. Expanding London’s creativity and imagination is something done daily with me. It doesn’t matter of it’s being at a museum, playing with dolls, or crafting. With it being February now it’s the perfect time to start making some love month crafts. 

Here’s a few we’ve made the last couple of days. 

Watching the excitement and wonder on her face while tracing her hand is always a hit because it teaches her patience to sit still with her hand on the paper, and then the amazement of seeing the outline of her hand. ” How did my hand get there mama? 

And of course, the fun of putting all the hearts on! 

You don’t need to be an artist to come up with a few fun themed crafts. Shout out to Pinterest for a few ideas. And Hobby Lobby. 

Next week, we’re getting messy and including finger paints and canvas. 

Wife Tales

Date Nights, That Don’t Involve Dinner and A Movie.

Date Nights are rare for Arthur and I, but when we do get them we like to do something different each time. Dinner and a movie is great, especially if there’s a new movie we’re dieing to see. Lately our last two date nights were concerts.

 

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought this was the perfect time to share a list of date night options with you. 

Zoo date- Most of the time our zoo days include taking London to the zoo, but our local zoo does adult nights with drinks and music.

Karaoke Night

-Museum/ art gallery

-Binge your favorite TV show at home.- bonus fun if you build a Fort to watch it in.

-Recreate your 1st date-  the only exception if your first date was dinner and a movie.

 Wine tasting

– Camp out in the backyard

– board game night- we do this at least once a week after London goes to sleep. It’s our way to spend time together and not talk about bills or stuff that needs to get done.

 people watch- yes we’re those people.

Paint ball

ice skating

– Hit up an indoor water park

–  Visit a local bookstore

– Get a couples massage- Groupon is great for finding good deals.

– Bowling- a favorite for Arthur

Night of video games- hook up your old Nintendo or Sega if you have one.

Arcade- We love Dave and Busters

Have a picnic- pack a big picnic basket and go to a park, your backyard or even your bedroom floor.

Drive around with no destination in mind- flip a coin each time you get to a light. Turn left for heads, turn right for tails. See where you end up.

Find a local festival

– Flea market

– Mini golf

– Sporting event

– Paint war- fill balloons with paint, take your posts in the backyard. Or water balloons if you don’t want to get messy

 Bike rides

– Cook a meal together. 

– Get a tattoo together

– Concert

– Windows shopping

– Park and talk in the car with your favorite meal or snack

– Jump on a trampoline 

– Star gaze

– Watch the sunset or rise

– Play would you rather?


What else makes for a great date night,that’s not dinner and a movie?