Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Thanksgiving Break

So, we had our first major holiday as a two household family. The monkeys had a cousin sleepover at Gigi's Wednesday night and got an early start on the festivities.

Left to my own devices, it soon became clear that I am an extrovert.

I started Thursday day off with my running buddies.

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Then I went to an early morning party with my buddy, Ross (who has escaped my lens), where I made new friends like Sheri. Sheri makes Kool-aid pies for awesome hosts like Michael & Kelly. (I love that they had a party that started at 10am!)

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Ross had to leave early to help his dad cook a turkey so I caught a ride with Brantley & Jim. It was a close call as to whether to have them drop me at Warren's house or take me to New Orleans.

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Warren and I drove out to my mom's to meet up with the rest of the family. We were late. Tracey was mad. Thankfully she had vodka.

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Warren's penance was carving the turkey.

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Satchel & Scarlett nabbed the wishbone.

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Food was eaten. Naps were taken. Games were played.

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Satsuki was also in attendance. We had just gotten her this time last year, so we brought her to Thanksgiving. Now we just bring her every time.

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We left around 7:00pm and headed back to Midtown. The boys went with Warren since they planned to go camping on Friday and I went home. Alone. It was a little sad. I was asleep by 9:00pm.

Friday I stayed busy. I had lunch at Dan & Ashley's and then we took their dogs to Shelby Forest.

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It was a perfect day for a hike.

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We saw lots of cool stuff and stayed far, far away from the shoppers. We joked that we'd rather get shot on accident in the forest than at a Wal-mart.

After the hike, I met up with my friend, Colleen, at the Memphis Made taproom. There were lots of people there and it was fun to check it out. Then Ross picked me up and we had dinner at The Second Line. It just happened to be the one year anniversary, so that was super fun--especially when the owner sent bourbon shots all around.

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Saturday, Ashley, Katie, Elizabeth and I drove out to Shelby Farms Park to run the Yellow Trail. I freaking love the Yellow Trail. We had a great run.

Then of course we rewarded ourselves at Tart.

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I did some housework and then went to see "The Theory of Everything" where I ran into my buddies, Margot and Gary. Margot and I giggled through the whole movie. It was fun. And the movie is awesome, p.s.

Then I met Seamus at the Growler to talk soccer and wait for my babies to return.

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They got back around 7:00pm and we had a quick family dinner so I could hear about the camping trip. They were not very full of details, but judging from the two photos I have seen, looks like they had a fun time.

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I'm glad Warren got them out of the house and that they got to get their nature on.

But I was really glad to have them back home and all to myself. Saturday night and all day Sunday we pretty much holed up in the apartment and recharged for the week ahead.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Four Eyes

Jiro told me he was having trouble seeing the board at school, and asked if he could have his eyes checked. (He then admitted he never turned in the paper work to have them checked at school.) Of course, I said yes.

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Turns out he was indeed a bit nearsighted. So he has joined the ranks of those of us who need a little help seeing things clearly. Just when I thought he couldn't get any cuter...

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And yes, I helped him pick out those frames.

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Satchel is the last man standing.

Ravioli Day

This was our NINTH year making ravioli with the Alleys. Ravioli Day is my favorite day of the year! The Alleys have moved into a smaller house and they don't need as much ravioli as they used to and they tried to not have ravioli day this year, but I insisted! (Like I do.) And we had a grand time as usual.

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Honestly, you would have thought I was dragging Satchel to his death with the emo show he put on prior to our arrival. He thinks he can break me with his dramatics, but he is wrong! I am happy to report that after approximately two minutes inside he was having a grand time. Without his XBOX. It's true!

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It was a much smaller group this year--of adults anyway. There seemed to be children everywhere! The children made Elizabeth nervous.

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(But she totally trusts me 100% now.) Look at my focus!

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(Photo by Chip.)

I know how to make Elizabeth smile!

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Once she was relaxed, I let Jiro take a turn. He is also a very good student.

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Richard kept trying to hurry everyone up, but I was all, "Let's drag this out as long as possible because I love it so much." Like really, Kristy, no hurry on the second batch of dough!

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Richard let me have the very last piece of dough to fill because he is awesome.

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My second favorite thing is dipping bread in the gravy while we wait for it to cook.


Once the ravioli was made, it was time to cook it and eat it which is almost as fun as making it.

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Ok, I need to stop lying and just admit I love it all. I love going to the Alleys' house and bringing the kids whether they like it or not. I love seeing these people all in one place and having us all focused on the same task. I love daydrinking and cracking jokes and laughing and trying to figure out of Richard is being serious. The delicious food is just a major bonus.

Long live Ravioli Day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Bag

Four months into our new living arrangements, things appear to be going fairly smoothly. The kids alternate between the house and my apartment on a pretty regular schedule, and even though they stay with me four out of seven nights, Warren and I both see them everyday. I take them to school regardless of where they sleep, and he picks them up each day. There is a routine in place and everyone knows what to expect.

Whether or not things go smoothly seems to depend on the bag that we carry back and forth between abodes. I try and keep all of the school clothes in my possession so that they are regularly laundered. I also try and think ahead to soccer practice and consider the weather and whatever else might affect what needs to go in the bag. The kids are primarily concerned about whether or not their phones and chargers make it in the bag.

Sometimes we drop the bag off before school, sometimes I bring it at evening pick up depending on its contents and their importance.

There are many conversations that begin with, "WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT X IN THE BAG?!" Satchel normally starts these conversations. I firmly state that my filling of the bag is a favor and that ultimately it is up to him and his brother to consider what they need and make sure everything gets transported.

He loves it when I tell him this. As much as I love getting texts that plead, "Can you go by the apartment and get my X?"

This morning he was all emo about my failure to put his hat and gloves in the bag. Apparently, it was a statement on my love, or lack of love, for him.

When we stopped at the house to drop the bag off, we were running pretty close to bell time. I told Jiro to hurry hurry and get the bag inside. He ran in and ran out and despite being very concerned about being late, he presented his brother with the missing hat and gloves that sh etook the time to find.

Of course Satchel, emo to the core, was all, "I don't even want them now." But I could see him smiling and we both know that there is no question that Jiro loves his big brother and that he is the best little brother EVER.

I so hope Jiro stays this sweet once puberty hits.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amy's Visit

Our friend, Amy, has been threatening to visit us in Memphis for the past several years. I am a regular visitor at her house in Nola, so it only seemed fitting that she let me play host for a change. She decided to come with her husband, her son, and her two dogs, so technically Warren got to play host as I couldn't house them all at the loft.

He's did some decorating in anticipation of their visit. The porch is all spiffed up and now there's a punching bag in what used to be the dining room.

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They arrived on Warren's birthday, which was a crazy day. He and I spent the afternoon at the Cooper Young Regional Beerfest.

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They should just go ahead and call it the Cooper Young Drunkfest. Oh my!

Also, Jiro was coming back in town after being at the beach all week with his buddy, Ray.

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(How grown up is he??)

Speaking of grown up, look at this picture Amy took of me and Satch. His feet are the size of Warren's already and it won't be long before he is taller than us both!

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Anyways, Amy and family arrived in the evening, and once Jiro returned, we had a late night birthday dinner at Huey's. Then on Sunday, we went downtown for breakfast and Beale Street Landing.

We had a very nice experience at the Arcade. I should probably do a full on review.

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It is definitely a good choice for feeding hungry boys.

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Look at the size of these plates!

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After breakfast, we went over to check out the new playground at Beale Street Landing. The monkeys were cute about acting excited about a playground and playing with Leo. There was a time when playgrounds were vital to our existence.

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After some more exploring, we split up for a bit. Amy and family went to the Zoo and I went to play soccer. Then we met up later at the Cove. (The boys had a pizza party and babysitter at Warren's house.)

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Then, before they split town on Monday, I got them all to myself for a little bit. They came to see my loft, which Leo never wanted to leave mainly due to the long hallways and fun stairs. Then we had a nice chat replete with coffee and quiche at Tart.

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It was good to see them, and nice to know that Team Oster could still come together to show everyone a good time.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Shelby Farms Park

When the kids were out of school a while back, I decided to take the day off too. It had been awhile since I got to spend the whole day with them, and they were desperately in need of some outdoor activity. I had been wanting to take Satsuki to the Shelby Farms dog park, so I thought adding in a little hike would make for a perfect morning.

Shannon and I ran the Wolf River Trail several times in preparation for Sylamore earlier this year and I thought I was pretty familiar with it. In my mind, the dog area was pretty close to where we started our runs.

There is a lot of construction going at the park, especially near Patriot Lake. It was very disorienting! The monkeys and I had to do a little unexpected loop to find the trail head, and by the time we were there, they were already kind of over the hiking portion of our day. But I kept them going!

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I did allow a few breaks.

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After a mile or so, we still hadn't found the dog park. We did find a ranger, though. He pretty much said we were nowhere near it. (Note to self, a six mile run with a friend is not at all like hiking with kids.) Since it was super hot, we decided to double back to the car. Then we drove around the perimeter of the park to the off leash area.

It was well worth the wait. Satsuki was stoked.

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She didn't swim so much, but she ran around and around and had the best time ever.

The off leash area is super pretty and it was nice to just hang out for a bit.

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We definitely have to go back.
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