life right now...
life right now is kind of hard to sum up. but i'll try. for one, it's been rad. because when is time spent with my favorite people not rad? exactly. secondly, it's been a time for milestones in the cheek household. josh and i celebrated our 5-year wedding anniversary, maxwell started preschool and knox is about to turn two THIS FRIDAY. and while i can't believe we are already at this memorable time in each of our lives, i'm not all that shocked either. life just moves fast. period. and the busier you are, the quicker it seems to go by. also, knox has been acting very much the two-year-old for some time now!
the weather has been very non-summer like lately (boo!), forcing us to change our plans here and there. but we've still been doing stuff! best believe.
a few photos from life right about now...
max's first day of preschool. i had been dreading it for weeks, nervous about the transition and had all the mama worries. would he cry when we left? would the other kids be nice to him? would he be sad without his little brother nearby. i totally lost it as i zipped his hoodie and helped him into his shoes for the day. i looked up at josh with tears falling down my cheeks. max had no idea that he wouldn't be going to the same daycare he had been going to for the past two years. i felt bad. no horrible. it was one of those mom moments. we took photos anyway, because you know he was FINE. and knox will be joining him in just a few weeks!
the mom guilt still made me go out of my way to make the boys very happy. this of course meant lots of faux chicken nuggets, batman cartoons and trips to the park. not that i minded at all. also, knox nailed the balance beam for the first time!
we took advantage of one warm day to visit our favorite splash pad. that's it. just some fun in the sun, getting super wet.
now aren't you glad i didn't make an entire post on this visit? well, don't get too excited! give it a couple of weeks.
PS these two pals continue to take the cutest photos of all time.
and somewhere in between all of this amazing parenting (!), josh and i managed to properly celebrate our anniversary!
and what better way to celebrate than with beer?!
... and a big 'ol grapefruit, which i made into a smoothie a week later :-/ we also had a full 24 hours sans kids that i will share more of later. but let me tell you right now it was pretty epic.
and now. back to parenting. and pizza.
like most mamas and papas, we are trying to get the kids involved in anything we think may benefit them. one way we try accomplish this is by having them help us prep our meals. cereal is the easiest. anything involving a knife is just dumb. we recently had moderate success with pizza. we just had to keep reminding ourselves that it's totally worth it despite the complete mess they make. and at least at the end there's pizza!
one thing i had calendared for us and actually got to do was go to the grove last saturday so i could creep on mindy kaling. creeping is not something i take lightly. i don't have many celebrity crushes or follow any of them on instagram, except mindy and a handful of other comediennes. so when she posted that the the grove was hosting the mindy project style event, a fashion show featuring looks from her show, well of course i had to make a cameo.
sadly, i don't get out much and didn't realize people might actually pay to see this thing. and no way was that happening with a napping knox in the stroller, a bored josh at the helm and an in your face max at my hip. but i did get to creep on mindy from the sidelines as she gave press interviews while i had the dude on my back. i also ran into my homegirl, corinn, who was there covering the event. and that was good enough for me:-)
you still with me? oh good! so because the weather was soooooo glorious the next day we went to the rose bowl flea market. that part was sarcasm btw. but seriously, the weather sucked. hated my outfit. hair had frizzed up into a nicely sized rat nest. yea.
there was so much stuff. rows and rows of stuff. some of it awesome. some of it weird. like really weird.
and some of it we paid for and took home with us. like two vintage fiberglass school chairs!
and i almost bought this hat. waaaaay to big for my little noggin'. but i contemplated it pretty hard in front of the mirror for a solid minute. mainly because josh said i looked cute in it.
oh love, can you stay blind forever? because it feels good. right now. right now i feel a rant coming on. one i have been fighting since sunday morning. right now, life feels good. and no matter what happens, good, bad, uncontrollable, happy or sad, i will keep living my colorful life filled with love and OPEN ARMS... NOT FIREARMS. because right about now our country is mourning the deadliest mass shooting in modern u.s. history. i am so sick of this happening. i don't want to have to explain this to my kids. how can i even explain something i don't understand. i hope i don't have to.
for now, all i can do is continue to live a colorful life, and share it with the world. my people. one planet. one people. PLEASE.