last week in photos

Luisa
Monday morning pre-k pick up.

homework
after school homework on the stairs outside. enjoying the warmth while we can.

walking
Kelly was out of town for work so I walked the girls to school.

Ada
and she ate apples on the steps of the church while we waited for mass to start and she told me “that spot hurts” (pointing to the back of her head) “it hurts on my back chin” – I love when they come up with stuff like this.

toy
she found this toy at the mall and wouldn’t get off!

pie
our parish priest came over one night and I thought we needed pie for him coming. he didn’t want any.

rosary
Daddy’s home! and we had the rosary bag from school.

baby ipad
Kelly gave her the ipad to entertain herself while I dried my hair.

baby ipad
she was pretty happy about it.

fun
they were having so much fun!

His & Hers
Kelly ran Market to Market Saturday (almost 12 hours) and I got a babysitter and met them at the finish. we went to Mellow Mushroom after for some pizza and beer.

Ikea
and Sunday I went to Ikea with three girlfriends and it was very good!

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monday: best of last week

:: breast cancer risk factors and Fight Like a Girl & a Stella and Dot trunk show ::

:: living with kids ::

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last week in photos

cheer
last day of cheer.

Luisa
she saw herself in the camera. and she had to be on my lap (or held) all the day long.

hair
cookie & keurig while I wait for my hair to process? I’ll take that as ‘me time’.

St. T
St. Teresa feast day – the girls get to dress up as St. Teresa and sit in the front of the church. I’m pretty sure those costumes aren’t on correctly.

Luisa
new shirt from Grandma and the whole bar in her mouth. doesn’t stand still = all her pictures are blurry now.

dad
life is better with him here (he was sneaker shopping).

rain
super rainy and grey week. I was done with it.

friday off
Friday off of school = lazy morning.

pumpkin muffins
chocolate chip pumpkin muffins.

little red volleyball
Little Red! the husband took the older three girls to a UNL volleyball game Saturday night.

run
I ran a 5k Sunday morning in Omaha with my old running friends (and then got breakfast at Wheatfields).

run
run.

ada sleeps
Kelly took this picture of Ada after nap on Sunday. she rarely naps but once in awhile she needs it.

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monday: best of last week

:: living with kids ::

:: if my child marries yours. made me cry. (found it on facebook, don’t remember who posted it, but thanks) ::

:: thoughts on Italy with kids – I’m not traveling to Italy with our children but I like her general thoughts on traveling with kids. good reminders ::

:: resting in the run ::

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seven quick takes – October

linking up with Jen.

:: 1 ::

So it really is October and it really is going to be fall now. I can tell that the light has changed, it’s more golden. There is a chill to the air these days (the overnight low is 37!). I’m making this apple cake today yesterday (that cake is so good and so easy), the girls were off of school for conferences (we were going to go to the zoo but it’s cold), so we stayed home and took it easy.

:: 2 ::

Speaking about conferences. Everyone is doing well academically. Socially there is a problem in one of the grades with a lot of the girls. So my girl is part of the problem but not the only problem. I look around at all these other families and I think that they look like they have it all figured out. They look like they are making things work, their kids are awesome, their lives sparkle. I have to remind myself I’m not alone or I start to feel crazy.

:: 3 ::

I’m finding a lot of ideas for freezer crock pot meals on pinterest/blogs. Do you have any you like? Is this a terrible idea? I’m completely unmotivated to cook between our activities after school/early evening and the toddler who screams at my leg any time I’m in the kitchen.

:: 4 ::

Have you seen this travelogue for Tuscany? And she also has Italy. They always have the most beautiful pictures and they make me want to travel.

:: 5 ::

I bought this scarf Thursday. This cold weather has me absolutely freezing and I won’t warm back up until spring. I asked the husband what he thought of it and he said “it looks like a blanket” – ok then.

scarf

:: 6 ::

I’ve always dreamt of living in NYC after we first traveled there from CT (where we lived 2003-2004). We took the train in and we stepped out of Grand Central and my jaw must have just hit the floor. It was love at first sight. This blog makes living in NYC with kids look like fun (even though I know it’s outrageously expensive and our four kids are almost unheard of there).

:: 7 ::

happy weekend!

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last week in photos

grapes
she likes grapes! this is the pickiest eater we have had yet I believe.

waiting
waiting at the bank while they ran our coins through the machine to count them. $140!

nursing
nursing Luisa. tried weaning, didn’t work. she leaned her head on me and cried.

reading
I read this and really liked it. also I made an acai bowl that was delicious.

dinner
daddy out of town for work = dinner at Panera.

Ada
she wanted me to pin an invisible ribbon on her and give her an invisible trophy because she won a contest she was having with Luisa (and Lulu had no idea, obviously).

salad
I made this thai chicken salad a few times and it was really delicious.

lola
Lola (Luisa was helping me take pictures).

Luisa
and so blurry but she loved seeing herself in the camera!

time for beer
I took Cora to piano and waited in the car (and read a book). I got home and Kelly was worn out and said “I don’t know how you’ve done this all week, I need a drink!” and I agreed. Baby getting molars = need for a drink, often.

baby food
also baby getting molars = not wanting to eat. trying some baby food packets again.

cookies
I made chocolate chip cookies and the world just feels like a better place with cookies baking.

twins
Ada decided to dress like Luisa.

Henry's
Henry’s on South – so, so good.

Steinauer
some of my running group went to Steinauer for a mini retreat and this was the church. just gorgeous.

Steinauer
our breakfasts. the retreat was so nice.

Steinauer
the church.

swings
attempting to teach Ada how to pump her legs on the swing. fail.

cheerleading
YMCA cheerleading.

car
all of our kids have loved this car.

summer romper
maybe the last time for a romper?

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monday: best of last week

:: All In ::

:: living with kids ::

:: artificial sweeteners are not good ::

:: if I could offer only one piece of advice to young mothers ::

:: day in the life of a mother runner (love this series) ::

:: winter survival guide ::

:: “So, in my absence, please, please, enjoy life. Take it by both hands, grab it, shake it and believe in every second of it. Adore your children. You have literally no idea how blessed you are to shout at them in the morning to hurry up and clean their teeth.” from And So There Must Come an End (via) ::

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