Friday, September 19, 2014

All the Things

Thursdays are my telecommuting days, and it is always my favorite day of the week. My bosses sure knew what they were doing by giving me a day to work from home! I feel more relaxed and rejuvenated as a person, and that makes me a better employee while I am in the office the other 4 days of the week. However, I think the most important benefit of being flexible with employees is that I now have a lot of loyalty toward my employer. I am not always on the lookout for another job, and I am not so stressed that I am unable to do my work effectively. Everyone is winning! In conclusion, I am pretty happy at my job, despite the fact that I have mommy guilt every time I walk out the door. BUT can it really get much better than this for a Thursday?


After I finished my work at home, Everett and I ran some errands. I picked up a few things I had been meaning to get for a while, and wanted to share our recent purchases.

Michael's was our first stop. I am working on a framing project (deets to come!) for which I had to pick up a few supplies. They have super cute Halloween craft kits for me kids right now, and with a 50% off coupon how could I resist? They do not sell the kit online so I can't share the exact stuff that is included, but Everett and I will be making cute spiders in the next few days. I'll probably Instagram after, so you may be seeing the finished product there. And yes, I am cheap enough to walk around the store and price buying the supplies separate from the kit. I am pleased to report that it is cheaper buying the kit than it is to buy in bulk...not to mention the fact that I won't have to store a million extra pompoms, beads, pipe cleaners, and eyes. I think is costs around $8.99 (before coupons).   

New bath toys: This was a total impulse buy. We were standing in line at Babies R Us when I saw these foam letters and numbers. I thought they would make fun bath toys for Everett, and they were reasonably priced, so I threw them in the cart. Everett is obsessed. Bath time last night was incredibly easy with these toys, and he even wanted to go to bed with the number 2. He is super interested in letters and numbers, so these make a perfect toy for him at this age. 

New toothbrush: Everett has always liked the idea of brushing his teeth, but he is mostly interested in chewing the brush and sucking off the toothpaste - not brushing. I got him this spin brush because he always sees me brush with a Sonicare, and loves pushing the button when he is able to snatch it off the counter. To make him feel more grown up, and to encourage actual cleaning, we decided to try out this cool new spinning toothbrush. Last night's results were mixed: he liked chewing on it and pressing the button, but he did not like it spinning in his mouth. Wah waaaah. Baby steps...

Baby Bjorn potty chair: We have been using this seat (which my mom found at a garage sale and soaked in bleach, even though the lady swore her child never used it) for light potty training. We are not anywhere near ready to ditch the diapers, but we decided to introduce the concept early to minimize stress. Everett likes the adventure of climbing on this chair, and he can now set it on the toilet by himself. However, he would only go #2 on it, and as often as he pees, he was never comfortable enough to go #1. Last night, I set the Baby Bjorn chair in the living room for him to get used to it. He kept playing with it and was showing interest, so I took off the diaper and set him down. He immediately peed. I didn't even know what to do. I was NOT prepared for the moment, so then Everett grabbed the pee-filled bucket and started running around the house. Oh toddlers!

Melissa and Doug Magnetic Chalkboard: Again, with the letters and numbers interest. Everett played with this thing for about a half hour. He kept calling it a puzzle, so we are going with that for now. I think it will be a fun toy for when he is older, because the other side has a dry erase board. Yay to crafting and learning at the same time!

My pocketbook is lighter, but I think we made some great investments yesterday. I hope you all have a great Friday!

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