Monday, October 23, 2017

Recent Netflix Faves

We are big Netflix people in this house. Sometimes I find it hard to find really good things to watch on streaming, so I thought I'd share some of our recent favorite Netflix shows/movies. 

Blacklist There are a lot of episodes and we haven't gotten through them all (this is a show that we binge watch for awhile and then take a break from....) but it is one that you can't.stop.watching.

The Office We just recently re-watched the entire series and loved it just as much as the first time(s). 

Friends Again, a re-watch. I have always loved Friends and have seen every episode many times. Sometimes I just really need something lighthearted to watch and not have to think too hard about! 

Black Mirror I will say some of the episodes (we haven't seen them all) are completely weird and/or inappropriate. But some of them are just mind blowing and so, so good. Every episode is individual so you can start anywhere. None of the same characters or story line or anything. My favorite episodes are: Nosedive (I'm seriously afraid that this is our future...) Shut up and Dance (Did not see the ending coming and it ruined/infuriated/crushed me. This one does have an adult scene toward the beginning you may want to skip over.) White Bear (Probably my favorite episode. I could not figure out what was going on and it was just so good) The Entire History of You (also terrified this is our future) White Christmas (this one messed with my mind a little bit).

Person of Interest This is another one like Blacklist that we binge for awhile and then take a break from, but it is really awesome. It is one of those shows where there is an ongoing storyline with the few main characters, but each episode has some type of individual situation going on with other people. Not sure if that type of show has a name, but I really like that kind!

Shooter We started this one on a whim one night and could NOT stop watching it! My husband says he thinks it's based on a movie and they turned it into a show, so that's kind of cool.

Lion This movie was heart wrenching (but so good). It is about an international adoptee who gets separated from his birth family at age 5 and placed for adoption, then tries to find his birth family as an adult. I think it is an incredibly important movie because too often our culture expects adoptees to be so grateful for the life they've been given, without thinking of everything they have lost. 

Minimalism In general, minimalism fascinates me so I really enjoyed this documentary. It gave me a lot to ponder. 

What Happened to Monday This Netflix original kept us both on our toes! A forewarning that there is an adult scene that took us by surprise and we quickly skipped over. The storyline was really interesting--in the future the whole world is living with a one child per family rule and it is strictly enforced, so when a mother gives birth to septuplets and then dies, what is their grandfather to do? 

I can't wait for Christmas movies to start rolling out! What are some of your favorite Netflix shows/movies lately? 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


We had an insanely busy weekend and I'm bummed I missed a day of blogging! I made it 20 days! It never even crossed my mind yesterday and it wasn't until I woke up this morning that I realized I forgot to blog yesterday. Oh well. Onward we go! 
I'm exhausted from our weekend, so I'm just going to do a phone picture dump of some of the things we've been up to lately!

First "official" fieldtrip. Pumpkin patch with the whole family! 

He is a wild, climb everything boy through and through.

Daddy is the best park playmate.

Busted climbing out of bed... (sorry its sideways)
...To get in with brother

Little man got a haircut that broke mommy's heart :( The haircut itself is cute, but it wasn't what I wanted and because of how curly his hair is, it'll take about a year to grow back...wahhhh! But it's growing on me and he looks SUPER grown up with it. 

Distracted driver...

Enjoying the fall colors, weather, and Saturday mornings together.

They think they're really big when they sit at their table during sisters' school time. 

My oldest had a few sweet friends over for a "slumber" party (without the actual slumbering). I told her she could invite a few girls and she wanted to do a movie night, so we did pizza, popcorn and a movie, then made milkshakes afterwards while they played. It was the easiest lowest prep party I've done and I loved that! The kids all absolutely loved it because they got to eat in the living room and watch a movie with their friends in pajamas.

Exploring our library's rooftop.

Obsessed with his daddy.

That's pretty much been life lately! We have another crazy busy week coming up, so hopefully I can keep up on the final few days of blogtober!! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

6th Birthday Festivities

My oldest turned 6 last month. So hard to believe, as it is every year! I still need to get a post up about her at age 6, but I wanted to get a post done about what we did on her actual birthday before I forget all of the details. 

The girls have started a tradition of sleeping on our floor the night before their birthday so they wake up in our room on their birthday. I have no idea why they love this, but it is so precious and I love that they do it. 
We had French Toast for breakfast. This was a fail on my part because she had asked for a specific kind of pancake and I forgot to get the stuff from the store :( I was going to run to the store in the morning, but she said she was happy to have her dad's french toast, so we did that instead.

Little brother's had school that morning, so we dropped them off and then headed down to the big mall to Build A Bear. Brothers and sister did BAB this year on their birthdays so she felt like she really needed to do that, too ;) She was disappointed they discontinued their ninja turtles, but she chose a green (camo) bear that she named Cam and really liked him. 

After Build A Bear, we let the girls do those riding animals. I honestly couldn't believe it, but she ended up hating it. She is a daredevil and I thought she would be flying all over the mall on it, but she really didn't like it at all, quickly got off and her sister did it for awhile. 
We headed down the mall to the ice rink. She took ice skating lessons for multiple sessions this year, but we stopped around summer and haven't started up again, so it's been awhile since she has been on the ice. Little sis had never been before. We had the rink to ourselves for about an hour and it was SO much fun! It had been years since I'd been skating and I loved skating around the rink just chatting with her. She is so grown up. We talked about all the things she learned this year, and what she wants to learn in the coming year. She is so precious. 

We grabbed a quick pizza lunch at the mall and then headed back to town to pick up the boys from school. While the boys napped, the girls and I ran to the store to get things for a spaghetti dinner (her pick) and so she could pick out her cake, and something to pass out at her homeschool classes the next day. 
After dinner, we did cake and gifts (it was a very ninja turtle birthday-she is still obsessed). 

We went to play outside for a little while after dinner. 

and she had been asking me for days to go on a bike ride with her. Her big gift from us was a new bike, and she had never been on a ride with just me. Sometimes her dad will jog and she'll ride next to him, but we've never done both of us on separate bikes before. I had been putting it off for a few days because it was SO HOT, but we finally went that evening! We got a little ways up the road and her Grandma drove by, so we decided to turn around and go home so she could open her gifts from them (which was totally fine with me--it was hot and humid)! 
She's been asking for a skateboard for a long time, which her dad (and mom) says a big fat NO to, so she and Grandma compromised with roller skates and she has been waiting patiently for a long time! She put those suckers on and was cruising all over the place-it was wild. Of course, she had to have a skateboarding Mikey, too ;) 
She had a great birthday filled with lots and lots of love! It is so fun to celebrate with her the older and more excited she gets about her big day! 
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