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Quick Sensational Sunday With Pictures

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We had such a Sensational Sunday I barely have the energy to post about it. SO here’s the cliff notes version with pictures. :)

The morning started slow. I actually had a whole hour to myself before anyone got up. It was wonderful! I decided to get some writing done and posted about kid friendly iPad Games.

Once little man woke up we decided to make Banana Oatmeal Cups with Chocolate Chips which–shameless plug here–is a recipe in my new book!

As you can see we made them in our mess of a kitchen which was chock full of matchbox cars. Those cars amused the 5 year old for about an hour. It was amazing. The muffins baked and cooled. I emptied the dishwasher, enjoyed my daily grapefruit, and set up our new phones all while he stood at the end of the counter with the cars.

I’m simultaneously loving and hating 5. More on that later.

Afterwards we looked thru some new books we bought yesterday. The little guy is in the pre-reading stage so we got him the Scooby-Doo Phonics Box Set

We read one tonight. It’s amazing to watch someone learn to read. It’s totally something I think a lot of us take for advantage.

I finally purchased Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day based on a few recommendations from GreenLiteBites and the husband got some new Lego Mindstorm books….

Did I tell you we crossed the lined into total geek parents? That’s right we are learning to make robots…

Today the husband figured out how to control it via bluetooth with his phone. Both husband and child were running around the house shooting little color balls all over the place. It was hysterical!

Soon it was lunch time. The toddler had some leftover lo mein and I made myself a chicken cheesesteak wrap. It was delicious but none of my pictures came out so I can’t show you. :(

After lunch my friend and I took Little Guy to the Pet Expo at the fair grounds. We spent all afternoon walking around the vendors and hanging out with the animals.

Of course we got some snacks too. :)

When we got home it was time for dinner. We made tacos and then headed out for a family grocery trip. When we got back it was bath and bed for little guy which proved to be a test of wills. It’s hard to explain but I completely lost it with him. He’s been so argumentative lately and I simply won’t stand for a 5 year old talking back to me. Just thinking about it makes my blood boil.

After I cooled down we had a nice conversation and read a few books before bed. As I said, I’m simultaneously loving and hating 5. He’s fun and smart and just a joy to be around except for when he’s not. I’m sure other parents can relate.

After story I came down to a living room of laundry and a depressed cat…

Just look at her…

The snow and cold are totally crimping her style. She’s been moping around the house for weeks now.

Right now I’m still sitting in that room full of laundry about to fall asleep. It was an awesome day but now I must go to bed. Oh! but NOT before I brush my teeth! ;)

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    January 31, 2011

    hey roni. Love and Logic parenting series SAVED our family! i NEVER thought i needed parenting advice until my kiddo turned five! he is testing you, that’s all. Love and Logic is amazing…they have an audio series that makes it so easy and fun to listen to; might want to give it a gander before baby brother arrives. something so comforting for me to hear was that children act out all those “lovely” behaviors with those they love and trust the most :) good luck!


    January 31, 2011

    Roni girl, I feel you majorly on the 5 year old issue. I nanny 5 year-old TWIN boys, and they are just the greatest, like when they learn funny new jokes (which are in fact not new at all) and crack themselves up! But when they learn that attitude trick (one twin constantly wants to have a “discussion” when I put him in time out, which is actually him just whining about being there in the first place) I thank God I can always say “alright, see you guys tomorrow!” when their parents come home from work or an evening out :)


    January 31, 2011

    I love reading your Sensational Sunday posts… although sometimes I feel tired for you!!! :-) And today’s was extra cool cause there was a picture of Jen, who I haven’t seen in forever and miss dearly… :-( My whole weekend was sensational (and exhausting)– getting Lilly’s new big girl room ready so that we can start getting her “old”, smaller room ready for baby! TEN WEEKS and counting girl!


    January 31, 2011

    Poor Irish! ( she needs a buddy! ) My cats don’t understand why when the sun is out, the windows aren’t open. I mean, c’mon! It has to be at LEAST 70 if the sun is out!
    Here I’m bemoaning the Terrible Twos. If we can go to The Step with just a finger point, WHY oh WHY can’t we remember NOT to jump on the bed?! Now I get to look forward to 5?!


    January 31, 2011

    I have a 3 1/2 year old son who definitely thinks he rules the roost. It is SO hard! I have to be really careful because I can lose myself at times, and have been there! But I love my little guy and the good times are far and above the bad times!
    I’m glad you had such a great day. The animal expo sounds like a ton of fun!


    January 31, 2011

    did you get the first book or the second? …the second one is ‘healthier breads’ …whole grains and such and is awesome!!!!!


    January 31, 2011

    Just the first. I planned on making them all whole grain so I’m psyched to hear there is a second!


    January 31, 2011

    We are 10 days shy of 6 … and Good Lord have mercy do I hear you on the back talk! If I say the sky is blue – he’s going to tell me it’s green, he’s always right, I’m always wrong (5 going on 15 I think) … and yet … the love of a little boy … ugh … nothing sweeter.


    January 31, 2011

    I SO know what you mean!! I have a 6 1/2 year old and a soon to be 5 year old (in April) and to say I got nuts sometimes…….. almost an understatement!! Lord have mercy. The smaller one has taken to also just “not doing this or that”…….

    Most of the time I love – but there are moments……. Silly me thought the arguments would come later……..


    January 31, 2011

    Mine turns 5 on Valentine’s Day and has seen Mommy lose it a few times. I also have a 2 and a half year old so as soon as one calms down the next starts up. That’s usually when Mommy’s head explodes. We has a bad stretch but getting better. As one poster said they do it with the ones they trust the most, it makes me feel better as I was away for a week with my sis and her newborn and my boys were great with my parents and BIL! My big guy loves Scooby also so thanks for lettig us know about those phonic books. His birthday is right around the corner!


    February 1, 2011

    I am 20 and I have no children but I have talked to my mom ALOT about my brother and I as we were growing up and I just laugh now at how awful my brother and I could be. My parents had a rule that we had to make out bed, shower, get dressed, and have our school things ready before we sat down for breakfast (we had a ride to school as my parents both worked). I often wanted to rebel and I even once went back to bed after they had gotten me up once and both went to work. Lets just say I didnt make it to school on time that day and my parents made me write a note to the family I carpooled with to apologize for keeping them and then I had to explain to my principal why I had missed school that day. I never faught getting up after that day!


    February 1, 2011

    If your cat is depressed than my cats need some serious kitty prozac b/c they always look like that, and I assumed it was because they are lazy blobs of fluff. I love them to bits, but umm…motivated to do anything but sleep and eat, they are not.
    Are you a fan of It is like a geek parents/kids/everyone’s DREAM. My husband and I occasionally spend embarrassing amounts of money there. I can’t wait to geek out our future kids. It’s a great place to buy presents, t-shirts and a large variety of other awesome stuff.
    The animal expo looked like a ton of fun! How did you hear about it?