A little Lexie update


Hard to believe she’s already 4! In-case you missed it, you can see more of her 4 year picture here.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Disney is known for creating amazing family movies, and the newest “ALEXANDER and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY” is no exception.  Releasing in theaters on October 10th, ALEXANDER is based off the best selling book (of the same name). 

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life – a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns he is not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette), and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

We’ve all had those days (heck, I seem to be having a few of them) but one things for sure; sometimes we need to keep things in perspective; “focus on the positive and good things will happen”

This is one of those movies that isn’t just for the kids, and can even get family conversations going.  Not sure where to start with the conversation? I can help with that, check out the ALEXANDER family study guide below.



**Disclaimer: I received a movie kit in exchange for this post, however; all opinions are my own**

5 on Friday

I can’t begin to tell you how crazy life has been.  Just when I thought life would be so much calmer after that crazy full time training; life decided it wasn’t done being crazy!

ONE – Cars

While working those crazy hours, and trying to manage being down a baby sitter, and GG traveling, Hubs jeep died. Not only did this mean borrowing vehicles (one which didn’t have a back seat, meaning no car seats), it meant car shopping. I feel the only thing that could possibly be worse than car shopping is house shopping, at least car shopping you just need to find a new vehicle vs a new house AND location. But I’m happy to say Hubs decided on a new jeep, if only it didn’t take us 5 weeks to settle on one!


stock picture

No lie, not a mile up the road from signing for the new Jeep and little car decides it’s going to light up like Christmas! More than half of the lights came on and after a week in the shop I’m hoping to get it back this weekend; thankfully Hubs and I were off this week for staycation.


TWO-  in a funk

This vacation, has been probably the worst one ever; and you know what? (aside from the car issues) nothing bad has happened, there’s just been too much going on and too much to do and no time; which seems to be the story of my life recently but I have to remember the big picture…

and if you didn’t go out and see “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” last week, why not go out and enjoy it this week; it definitely has kept me in perspective.



I’ve come to the conclusion I definitely have a coffee problem, I used to enjoy one or two cups a day – now it’s two to three min; but can I tell you? I’m obsessed with a cup of Dunkin’ Pumpkin in the afternoon! Do you drink flavored coffee?


FOUR- Christmas is coming!

It’s hard to believe Christmas is just over 2 months away! Are you ready for the holiday season? Would you hate me if I told you I was almost done Christmas shopping?


FIVE - Changes

I have a post coming up next week but I’m back on weight watchers, and purchases a fitbit so here goes!


Linking up for 5 on Friday, hope you enjoyed my randoms!


Is it bad to want your 4 year old to like you?

I know Lexie is Daddy’s girl and while I admire that and hope it never changes; I also wonder where I went wrong.

The older Lexie gets the more she resents me. I don’t mind her preferring Dada, but the now constant “where’s Dada?” “Why are you here to pick me up?” “Why can’t Nana drop me off?” “Can GG come get me instead?” is getting to be a bit much.

Most mornings I’m up before Hubs, thus it just makes more sense for me to go to Lexie when she wakes and let him sleep a little longer (even just a few minutes). It starts the moment the door opens and she sees it’s me. “I don’t want you I want dada!” “where’s dada?” “DADA, DADA, DADA” If I’m the one dropping her off to school or the sitters it’s “Why can’t Dada?” Depending on that answer it usually moves to “Is Nana Lynn home?”

I am the stricter parent, more often the disciplinarian at home; but it still makes it tough. Even if I bring home a new coloring book or a snack she immediately thinks it’s from Dada and wants him to play.

I’ve been trying to keep an open mind, trying to just think of it as a phase (that’s been going on for as long as I can remember, like more than 2 years) but there are days like today that it just gets to me.

When I picked her up from preschool to take her to gymnastics I was already in a foul mood and made sure I left that at the door. However, when I saw she hadn’t napped today and asked her about it, and she lied to my face as well as her teachers I felt that mood crawling back in. Then she threw a fit and said she wanted Dada. I explained he was home and that I would be picking her up and just her and I would be going to gymnastics so I could watch her 100% (normally I have Baby Brother with me); she threw a tantrum and replied “I don’t want you there, I want Dada, I don’t like you.” Wonderful, I thought. She then decided (for the first time since she started in April) that she was not going to leave; she was going to stay and play with her friends. After we (her teacher and I) explained that that was no longer an option and it was time to go, things seemed to be looking up. She then remembered that no nap means no gymnastics and she was back to miserable again.

On our short ride home she told me many times, “I don’t like you” I’d reply something to the point of “I’m sorry, I love you Lexie but you know choices have consequences”. She’d be silent for a few seconds and then would say “I really miss Dada, I wish Dada had picked me up not you.” I asked her why and she responded “because I don’t like you and I don’t like when you pick me up.” Honestly, I was waiting for “and I never ever ever want you to pick me up again” because after all; were at that age.  I finally asked her if we could just be quiet the rest of the way home and am typing this while she’s next door taking a bath and having dinner before an early bed.

I know as she gets older we would see this attitude and we would fight about school, homework, friends, etc, but I didn’t expect it so soon; or it to hurt so bad.

Maybe I need a thicker skin, maybe I’m trying too hard, but I really wish my daughter liked me…

our selfie

WW: Apple Picking

A few years ago we started Apple Picking on our annual cousins trip to a local fall festival. This year I was crushed when they posted they had closed you pick apples earlier than expected, after doing some research I learned of a little apple orchard not to far from home.

apple orchard



It was quickly apparent that Lexie preferred apple picking here being that she could reach them.

lexie picking



Plus, there were lots of little apples for baby brother too!

Jax's Apple





Lexie kept telling me how much fun she was having…our selfie



I think we have a new tradition.

PicMonkey Collage


What about you? What are your fall traditions? Do you go apple picking?