Monday, June 1, 2015

Longest Game in Miller Park History

One great thing about living in Milwaukee is that it isn't a huge city but it still has many things that really big cities have, like major league baseball.  Granted, this year it has been a hard year to be a Brewers fan as they have just been horrible. Horrible.  Despite that, it's still fun to get out to the ballpark and see a game.  A few weeks ago I was able to take Shannon to a night game and Sully was so disappointed that he couldn't come along.  I promised him that he would get his chance and that chance came yesterday.  Sully dressed in his team gear and spent the morning contemplating the odds of the Brewers winning.

Once at the stadium he was pretty excited and really enjoyed watching the game.

Little did we know at the time that the game would end up being the longest in Miller Park history - 17 innings in all!  Needless to say, by about the 14th inning there weren't many fans left.

We got to the see the sausages race twice and do a second 7th/14th inning stretch.  We also got to see Martin Maldonado hit a walk-off home run to win the game and, best of all, we got to see Sully run the bases after the game.  He was super careful to touch each base and was so proud of himself as he crossed home plate.  I honestly don't think he could get any cuter.  I am so happy I got to spend the day with him.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Afternoon Off

I finally had an appointment to get my hair colored yesterday afternoon so I took that as an opportunity to treat myself to an afternoon off.  The hair salon I go to is right in the heart of Milwaukee's Third Ward, a great downtown neighborhood made up mostly of lofts and condos, tons of restaurants, little shops, art galleries and home to the Milwaukee Public Market.  So, I hit up the build your own pita place in the market and then headed back outside to enjoy my Mighty Goat pita, (spinach spread, goat cheese, red onions and tomato) a good book and some sunshine.

I fell in love with Margaret Atwood after reading the Handmaid's Tale and have in the years since read almost all of her books.  Right now I'm reading Wilderness Tips which is a collection of short stories. 

Unfortunately, even before I could finish my pita, rain clouds rolled in and so I had to head back inside.  I choose to console myself with coffee and a tiramisu cup.  

Although it was a wonderful treat, it's something I seriously need to start cutting back on.  The treats, not the afternoons off.  Since having Sean Patrick, I've lost all my baby weight and started gaining it all right back, except this time, without having a pregnancy to blame it on.  If I don't get things under control real soon I won't be able to fit into any of my clothes when it's time to head back to the office!  What's that saying, I'll start Monday?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Long Weekends

It was nice to get an extra day off from work yesterday to celebrate Memorial Day.  Quinn and I bought a flag on Sunday while running errands and she was so proud to display it in the yard yesterday.

Although the weather wasn't great, I did get the chance to at least get outside a little bit and smell the flowers.  The lilac bushes I planted in the backyard are blooming.  The smell of lilacs is my favorite part of spring.  I just wish they bloomed a little longer.

Quinn and Maren slept over at grandma's house Saturday night and returned with some beautiful Lilies of the Valley for me.

Yesterday, Chris took the four older kids out to his parents' house while I stayed home with Sean Patrick and continued to work on my sorting clothes project.  I managed to get through all of Shannon's clothes and packed away everything that he's outgrown.  Every time I do this it makes me a little sad because the time is just passing too quickly.  I've now gotten through Shannon's, Quinn's, Sully's and Maren's clothes but I still need to get Maren's summer clothes out of storage.  There's just so much of it!

While working on sorting through Shannon's clothes I also did some laundry.  After one load, I opened the dryer to this:

One of the kids had left a purple crayon in their pocket and it melted all over their school uniforms.  I tried washing it all again after stain treating everything, adding spot remover boosting pods to the washer and picking the hottest water and longest soak and stain cycle possible and it barely made a dent in the stains.  So, now I'm trying a long, long soak in the sink with oxi-clean.

I guess the bright side is that it's very near the end of the school year so even if I never get the stains out these aren't clothes they will be wearing over the summer.  The downside is that I bought everything big so that they could hopefully get two years of of everything.

As the laundry soaked, Sean Patrick and I hung out and watched some movies before the rest of the family got home.  It made for a relaxing afternoon.

This morning it's back to work.  Chris is fishing this morning so I was on my own with the kids.  I think I did a pretty good job of getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door on time for Quinn and Shannon to make it to school.