04 October 2018

Life These Days: September 2018

One of the most thrilling events of the last month was: We went to the circus!

An actual, real-live circus. Trapeze and high-wire and jugglers and clowns, all that sort of thing.

It was quite fun to watch a live performance. I feel like you normally think of aerial artists as the kind of act you might randomly see on a TV show, but live, it's especially fun and especially awe-inspiring. Our family left the circus all promising to work out a little harder because we know we certainly do not have the muscles it would take to twirl ourselves around while hanging onto a silk mid-air, or else to hang upside down by the tops of our feet.

Angel's gotten more into the swing of things at work--grading tests, lesson planning, getting involved in extra-curriculars, etc. He's hosted special taco parties for all of his Spanish classes, courtesy of a wife who knows how to use the internet to learn how to make crockpot carnitas. We ended up buying ALL of the packages of flour tortillas (about 14 packages of 10 tortillas each) at a little shop that's known for selling western groceries, leaving the owner saying that he wasn't sure when or if he'd make another order for tortillas. Please. Just order the tortillas. Trust me. Adjusting to the new job and new schedule is a big part of life right now, but I absolutely love having Angel come home every day and asking how the day went and his answer being, "Perfect! I love my job!"

September brought the Lantern Festival--there's always a lantern walk and a party for kids in our apartment complex, so Cyrus got to go to his first Lantern Festival, although he did not particularly appreciate it that he was not allowed to touch paper lanterns that have lit candles inside them.

At some point in late September, Cyrus took off crawling, after about two weeks of puttering around crawling only a step or two at a time. This has opened up a whole new world for my life looks something like: I'm in the bathroom, putting my makeup on, and the baby crawls over from the living room and peeks his head around the door and grins at me. Or, I see Angel to the door and say goodbye as he heads off to work, and in that minute, Cyrus has crawled across the entire living room and halfway across the kitchen, aiming straight for the trash can, which is almost always his ultimate prize. Mostly, he crawls over to stuff and then tries to climb it. I can always hear when he's crawling because his little knees squeak across the tile floor, but as soon as the squeaking stops, I come running, because, odds are, he's decided to practice his mountain-climbing skills against the wall, couch, chair, table, stroller, high chair, bed, etc.

He's so much fun to play with! Most of the time he seems big, but when he's crawling and sitting and trying to climb on stuff, he looks so small to me! It's funny how such tiny humans can already have ideas about going off on big adventures to go and try to grab the trash can before being caught.

As for me, I haven't learned any amazing new skills recently, but I love my little routines. Keeping the house neat, spending afternoons with the kids at my learning center, talking lesson planning and big dreams with Angel, bringing baby everywhere I go--It's the best! And once in a while when I get a little more sleep than usual, I feel like I could legit take on the world. So many aspects of our lives and habits have changed since 2018 began--it almost feels like an entirely new season of life, and there are so many things I'm thankful for! One thing I'm not thankful for at the moment is elevators. We live on the fifth floor, and the elevator near our apartment and the parking lot has not been operating for about two weeks. Which is no big deal, 5 floors aren't too bad to walk up and down, and Angel usually takes that option rather than walking all the way around the building to the other elevator...but I usually leave the house by myself, carrying a 20 lb. baby, a diaper bag, purse, and likely something else, at which point, I fervently begin to hope that some very talented elevator technicians are able to solve the elevator problems in the near future. This is the point where my mom always says, "This is why I always want to live on the ground floor."

How was your September? Have you ever been to the circus?

Linking up!
Shooting Stars Mag said...

It sounds like you had a nice September. The circus is great - awe-inspiring indeed. I'm glad you were able to attend. And that's awesome Angel loves his job; that's always the big goal, right? Yay for Cyrus crawling all over the place but that definitely means you have to keep an eye on him more. LOL They get into all sorts of mischief. ;)


Rebecca Jo said...

I havent been to the circus in so long.... I cant even remember!!!!
I love routine myself. It just keeps me on track on what to do next :)

Midnight Cowgirl said...

The circus looks like a lot of fun!

Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... said...

Yes, I've been to a circus but it was a long, long, time ago.

You know, there is a lot to be said about the comfort of little routines. :)

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

oh wow, the circus looks so fun! i've not been in a long long time. love that you can hear his little knees squeaking on the floor, lets you know when he's about to be in trouble lol. oh man, 5 floors is nothing but with a baby and all the stuff, i wouldn't be taking the stairs! i can barely handle our 8 flights at work with my one handbag lol

Brita Long said...

Aw, Cyrus is getting so big! Dan and I were just in Ohio visiting family, and I can't believe how much our nephews have grown just since May when they came to Georgia. Watching babies (and toddlers) grow is just so much fun.

Lily Fang said...

Ooh, the circus sounds fun! I've never been since it's often expensive in the US, but I'm sure I'd also be impressed by all the performances. I chuckled at the part about buying all the tortillas--I hope the store owner does make another order haha.

Cyrus is looking so happy and is growing so fast! Have loved seeing photos of you both on insta :)