The Sims Family And Our Geekery
After a massive break, in which I completely forgot to blog, our geeky family returns!!!!!!!!! (insert trumpet fanfare). There has been much going on, with starting school, Penny saying "dada", Eureka getting cancelled (booooo!), new episodes of The Guild (yay!!!), and random illnesses.  Right now, I finally have Penny napping after an epic 2 day battle with a boogy-filled nose and very little sleep. She is beautiful and growing so fast.

Just a few updates:
-James and I are both taking classes this fall, and it is just as busy as you might imagine. I somehow tested my way into pre-calculus (yay?), and I am also taking stats and physics. I swear, I'm not a math/science geek. but I'm totally posing as one for this semester. James is taking a speech class and an intro to Word. Lucky man, that James. I offered to swap classes with him, but he gave me a look like I was out of my mind, so I took that as a no. 
-I finally saw Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and I love it more than I should, I think. I didn't want the movie to end, it was that awesome. For serious. James also got me to watch Willow. Yeah. I love Warwick Davis and all, but can't say I love this movie. I think I should've watched it when I was a kid for the full effect.
-Reading for fun has pretty much gone away for the time, but I fully intend to carve out some reading time whem "Son of Neptune" finally comes out. I never read much young adult fiction as a kid, but I'm loving it now. If you haven't read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, I highly recommend it. It's one of the few series I own. Well, that and Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Hitchhiker's Guide and L'engle's "Wrinkle in Time" series. Books! Check 'em out!
-Lastly, Penny has said her first word. She's still  not super consistent with it, but she now calls James "dada" and says it when he comes home. She also calls the cat and me "dada", but we're letting James have this one ;)

Next time, I will blog something less fragmented, I promise. Update posts are always messy. Later people!
As a cloth diapering family, laundry is a big part of our lives, and sometimes, we find ourselves planning around laundry day.  Right now, we live in an apartment complex with shared laundry rooms, so there is no tossing a load in to wash and coming back later. While this may seem like a pain, most of the time, it gives me or James the chance for some me-time.  We take a book, DS or iPod, and enjoy an hour or two alone with our book or game while the other hangs out with Penny.  Today was a laundry day, which, oddly, rarely lands on a Saturday. Most of the time we have to maneuver around work, naps, visitors and church to find time, but not today. Today was a family day, just us, which was wonderful.
    Before laundry, we headed to the library, a necessary part of Penny's geek-in-training status, plus I had some books on hold.  Other than baths and her felt vegetables, there isn't much Penny loves more than story time, especially with Daddy. The words, the voices, the bright pictures, snuggling with her favorite people, it can't get much better, you know?  So, before hunkering down for laundry day, we put her hat on and strapped her into her car seat and headed for Burton Barr Central Library. Once there, we picked up her reading card and began the search for books to read to her. I love all the options, and seeing all the kids with their stacks of books and remembering all the reading I did as a kid. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, often opting for reading over any other activity.  I hope Penny loves reading at least half as much as her mommy and daddy do.
    We came home, bringing takeout to enjoy as we gathered up the diapers and other laundry, Penny babbled away, sometimes at the top of her lungs.  The amount of laughter in this household is wonderful, teasing, joking, and the joy we get watching our little girl grow. There are days I marvel at the fact that I have a little human in my charge, a little one so joyful and unique.  We are a blessed family, and sometimes, it takes a simple day, nothing special, to realize that. The library, laundry, and so much laughter.