1.27.2016

PIZZA, PUZZLES, PAINTING + PENGUINS


NEW YEAR RESOLUTION NO. 005: MORE FAMILY ACTIVITY TIME.

First of all can you get over this mess in here!?! I'm just really enjoying that random garbage can that Brandon brought in from the bathroom at one point so he could sit on it.



The problem with the Holbrooks is we have yet to find our family THING. Yes we are talking about family activities today! Because that is one of my resolutions this year, and one that I'm giving particular effort to, because it turns out that being the only member of the family with fulfilling yet ultimately stupid hobbies gets boring for all parties involved. 

How many granny squares can our gingerbrandon watch me make before he starts to feel inadequate? No I'm just kidding. So we're bringing the whole troupe in on our various nerdsville hobbies and we are going to make this happen!! Family activities! Things we all do together!! Oh my gosh I can't wait till it's warm out again!!!

(Last weekend we all adopted B's nerdsville hobbies and did some glow in the dark mini golf + laser tag with some of his accounting students. It was actually THE most fun.)


Back to family dynamics, it's a funny dynamic, a family of three. Huck is not the first only child in the Holbrook family tradition, and if any of the others are any indication . . . no I'm kidding. We'll be fine. But it's a funny dynamic, because ask Huck, he'll tell you his opinion counts every bit as much as a member of this trio as our two grown ups' opinions count, even though we both count way more than Huck does, on account of . . . we're grown ups. Because I Said So! And so, that gets complicated.

He calls us "guys."

"Hey guys, what's up?"

Typically, we talk mostly about Zords. We line up our rescue bots according to speed and personal preference. Chase! You guys. One time I had a dream that Heat Wave kissed me. We'll not go into specifics. But the trouble with this is that Huck starts to think we like to do kid stuff because we like to do kid stuff, and getting him to go along with anything else can start to seem totally unnecessary to him. Mom but you LOOOOOVE Pokémon, don't you? Mmmmm, nah. Actually, I don't! Kid needs to learn his place in this Holbrook family food chain! So, here we are. Puzzles and paintbrushes. And penguins. Things which Huck also likes, now I mention it, but mostly it's us adults that like the puzzles, and so . . . See there are holes in this logic but we are getting places with it anyway.

My favorite part of this experiment has been realizing how much we all enjoy the dumbest things. Is it dumb? The Holbrooks like it! Mostly the same dumb things, too, but it's hard getting us all on the same page with each other at the same time. So I suppose that is the point of this blog post? Is that we did it once and hopefully we'll do it again and as it is my New Year Resolution I should hopefully be able to make that happen? 

See? This is promising.


Well anyway this has gone on long enough. Nat the Rat, Over + Out

12 comments :

  1. I would like to suggest some kid-friendly but not awful-like-Candy-Land board games. Zombie dice, Tsuro, Catan Junior, Carcassonne, and Sushi Go are great for non-readers. Little kids usually need some guidance when it comes to strategy, but they do pick it up. Eventually they get really good... Too good. It's a lot of fun.

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  2. You've mentioned your resolutions here and there, but I would totally love if you did one of your annual New Year Essay posts. I still re-read the one about letting your heart be light! It's still January. Not too late ;)

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  3. Of all the posts about New Years resolutions this has been my favorite:)

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  4. It takes a while to find a groove. I think our family thing is that we all love to swim. My husband was hoping our thing would be skiing but my 3 year old isn't quite into it yet, but swimming, we all love swimming! I love your cardigan, looks cozy. Pizza nights are the best x

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  5. A little note- Goodwill is a FANTASTIC place to get puzzles. So cheap! And then you don't even feel bad re-donating them when you've completed them!

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  6. I love the family chain narrative. You got to earn it son!

    I think once you hit 30, its automatically assumed that there will be puzzles. We're on our second one this year.
    Also, keep Huck away from "Big Boy Transformers" - it's just a whole new level of chaos you won't be prepared for. Regrets.

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  7. Natalie, your sweater is making me drool. I take it it's not for sale anymore? I am really loving your penguin painting! Nice job, mama. 😍🐧

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  8. We just discovered puzzles at our house! It's weird the nerdery you get up to once you have kids. Loved this post!

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  9. Hey Natalie, each time I view your Instagram account making my phone says that I have a virus or that I won some sort of prize but seriously every time I click on your Instagram it says my phone is infected with a virus just thought you should know in case other people are having the same problem

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  10. Hey Natalie, each time I view your Instagram account making my phone says that I have a virus or that I won some sort of prize but seriously every time I click on your Instagram it says my phone is infected with a virus just thought you should know in case other people are having the same problem

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  11. It would of been really entertaining for me if in the shop the post section of this you put the pizza hut pizza bahaha :)

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  12. The Ultimate Puzzle Site: Lots of challenging puzzles and riddles in various categories and exciting interactive quizzes and tests! Online Aptitude Test

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