Rosie's Ramblings

after the weekend: washer broken, pet mice, and beanboozled

What a weekend! On Saturday we took a trip to town, visited the pet store, got Chinese food for lunch, and went thrift store shopping. I scored some nice finds (this puzzle for $3.00!) and Adam stocked up on books (of course).

Yesterday it was so warm out we all bundled up and headed outside for a few hours. I held Piper while Adam and Adri made a snowman, and dug a snow tunnel. Adri wanted to turn the snowman into a unicorn (see above).

I've found a wonderful homeschooling resource that I think anyone starting out on that adventure might find interesting. Wild+Free is a homeschooling community that's full of  encouragement. I signed up for the free bundle (just to check out what the content was like) and was not disappointment. Things like this make it so I can hardly wait until Adri is "officially" being taught at home!

I finally grabbed some photo albums at the thrift store and started putting photos in a few. I'm super good about printing photos out, but not so good about actually putting them somewhere we can view them. The photo albums were/are a big hit though, and Adri and Adam have been pouring over them the last two days. Now I need to go print more photos out {for printing I always use Snapfish since their photo quality and deals are the best I've found}!

Saturday night, after pizza and a movie I broke out the Jelly Bean game (Beanboozled). You guys. We couldn't do it--it was so nasty. We tried about three rounds and after the second nasty one we called it quits. Adri was playing and she got SO grossed out. Now it's stitting safely on a shelf, waiting for the little siblings to come over and play ;)

At the pet store we grabbed three little white mice and set up one of the aquariums for them. Adri loves them and they've been a huge hit. However, I told Adam that this is it--no more pets for at least a few months. Rabbits in the laundry room, mice on the landing, a python in the "man cave", and a parakeet in the bathroom. I'm not sure where we'd put anybody (or anything) else!

The washer: on Saturday I went to pull out a load of laundry and found that the washer hadn't drained. After a few attempts it swiftly became clear that it wasn't going to drain. Of course that's when I called for Adam to get involved (does anyone else start to panic when the washer stops working?) and no success. So today we are going to venture out to buy a new one, as the laundry is swiftly piling up.

Happy Monday! 

winter wonderland



Happy Friday! This week was a busy one, starting on Monday with going to pick up a Ball Python (who's now living upstairs and goes by the name of Pokey), and ending today with trying on my bridesmaid's dress for my friend Alyson's wedding, and a MOPS meeting.
We still have lots of snow and cold, but instead of complaining about it I'm trying to take advantage of the lovely photos it makes. 

We actually don't really have any plans for the weekend. Maybe a trip to the pet store tomorrow and that's about it. With all this snow and cold we've basically been hibernating on the weekends, making it so I honestly can't wait for Spring. We are already planning gardens and pouring over seed catalogs-please tell me I'm not the only one?

January is such a long, cold month and I'm trying hard to stay busy, even though there is not really all that much to do. I went to the store with Adri the other day and we stocked up on art supplies. It seems that the top favorite inside activities around here are play doh, drawing/coloring, baths (sometimes three a day!), reading, and playing with these.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Words on Wednesday

“You wake up on a winter morning and pull up the shade, and what lay there the evening before is no longer there--the sodden gray yard, the dog droppings, the tire tracks in the frozen mud, the broken lawn chair you forgot to take in last fall. All this has disappeared overnight, and what you look out on is not the snow of Narnia but the snow of home, which is no less shimmering and white as it falls. The earth is covered with it, and it is falling still in silence so deep that you can hear its silence. 

It is snow to be shoveled, to make driving even worse than usual, snow to be joked about and cursed at, but unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. 

It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.” 

--Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

after the weekend: snowed in

Happy (cold) Monday! We are starting the week off with a freezing cold morning here. At least the sun is shining brightly, and that's plus.

Our weekend was full of snow, snow, snow. We ended up locking the keys in the car while it was running, when we were moving the vehicles around for our plow guy. And then, right after we got the car open, we got both the truck and car stuck in the snow. After working for a solid two hours we got them out. Yes, it was a great Saturday (not).


After all that we decided not to move from home and therefore spent two days in the house, reading, watching Riverdale, eating, and staying warm (really, there's not much else to do in winter). 
For the curious, I'm reading this, this, and this

We have a busy week ahead. Tomorrow we are taking Jack (the rabbit) to the vet to be nutered, Wednesday is work, Thursday is shopping (anyone wanna see a Aldi haul on Insta stories?), and new tires on the car, and Friday is MOPS. 

Is anyone else's child obsessed with P.J Masks? It's Adri's favorite show and she loves the toys as well.

I have some chicken cooking in the oven for chicken salad sandwiches later, laundry is washing, Piper is playing next to me, and Adri is in the livingroom playing in her dollhouse. Just a rather normal Monday morning.

Have a wonderful day!


It's a snowy Saturday morning here. I'm drinking my coffee and editing photos while my two girlies are playing with toys, the washer is running because someone (cough cough) had an accident in bed last night (#pottytrainingdrama) and in a few minutes I have to go start the breakfast of sausage, eggs, and cinnamon buns that I promised Adri.

I feel like it's been far too long since I sat down and just talked about life. Things have been busy here. Life with two is no joke you guys. Honestly, I was not ready for how big of a change it is from one. You mothers with more than two (that are all small) I don't know how you do it.

These days life is filled with coffee, games, washing laundry, reading books, making food, shoveling snow, and staying warm.
I am pretty excited about some new companies I'm working with in the next couple months, and I can't wait until I can share more with you guys! 
I'm putting together a new reading/book list and some of them are SO good. 
If you are not aware I also have a link in my Instagram profile with an ongoing list of childrens books that I recommend.

We are taking things easy this weekend (meaning I'll make Adam do the bulk of the cooking ;)). I'm not going to lie, being snowed in is probably going to help a lot with that. I have this book that I'm reviewing, and I'm also starting to re-read the Harry Potter books. I also have a new knitting project that I'm working on.

I'm off to make some breakfast now. I hope you are all having a lovely, snowy Saturday. Stay warm, cozy, and drink lots of warm drinks. 

Happy Weekend! 

p.s if you are not in the cold just know that I'm jealous.

Words on Wednesday

“Toad, with no one to check his statements or to criticize in an unfriendly spirit, rather let himself go. Indeed, much that he related belonged more properly to the category of what-might-have-happened-had-I-only-thought-of-it-in-time-instead-of-ten-minutes-afterwards. Those are always the best and raciest adventures; and why should they not be truly ours, as much as the somewhat inadequate things that really come off?” 

--Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

after the weekend: all the happenings

If you've been following along with me on Instagram you'll have already seen that it was far too cold last week.  The temperature barely went above 0 for well over three days, and both my MOPS group and a staff meeting at work were canceled due to the cold. On the bright side things are supposed to be much warmer this week (hello, 30's!) and we are pretty happy about that.

Besides the cold our week was full of visiting (the sisters were over here for a few days, and because of the snow/cold ended up crashing here a couple nights), a date night and trip to see Star Wars for Adam and me, and (for the munchkins and me) a visit to see my friend Alyson, yesterday.

I'm ready for this new week though. I might have only gotten a few hours of sleep, have a mountain of laundry to wash, and dishes in the sink, but still, bring it on Monday!

For the first time in a while I don't think I have anything on my calendar these next few days. No meetings, doctor's appointments, or places to be. After all the busyness of the holidays I have to admit,  that sounds pretty nice.

Have a wonderful Monday!