monday: best of last week

:: diy hot air balloons – I think these would be cute in a nursery ::

:: living with kids ::

:: chicken parm meatballs (and I pre-ordered this cookbook and I’m so glad I did!) ::

:: age appropriate goals for mass behavior ::

:: the well stocked pantry ::

:: giving our kids the {best} gift of each other left me in tears ::

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seven quick takes – Husker Catholic!

linking up with Jen!

:: 1 ::

We are on our way out of town today to go to “Bratfest”. Kelly’s brother puts it on every year (6th year) and there are 25ish different types of bratwursts and you can sample a lot of the flavors. Everyone brings a side to share. There is a bounce house and there are kids everywhere and lot’s of beer. And the kids love it and look forward to it all year. You can see a few pictures from when we went in 2012 here (and my old herringbone brick patio that I still miss so much (silly)). And from 2011 here. Last year I was having surgery and we went in October instead.

:: 2 ::

We are also going to the Mall of America while we are there and I thought that the shirts my friend Lynn ordered for me recently would be perfect to put on the girls while at the mall. They are bright red and matching and it will help us keep track of everyone I think.

husker catholic
huskercatholic & proud

:: 3 ::

Yesterday, in preparation for going out of town, I washed and folded (and put away/packed) three loads of laundry (there were already 4+ folded on the pool table, I’m drowning in laundry lately). I cleaned the three bathrooms. I made 5 dozen cookies (aren’t cookies necessary for travel?). And I cleaned up the house and packed for everyone except the husband. All while he didn’t come home for dinner since he had a work dinner.

:: 4 ::

I forgot to post that Luisa started walking! She started on Monday the 18th of August which means she was almost exactly 15 months old. Our latest walker by a few months but she is pretty laid back. I love watching her toddle all over the house. Not much cuter.

:: 5 ::

I follow my little sister’s chiropractor on instagram and she posted a picture of her outfit wearing the cutest belt. And it was from Target! I had to run out and get the belt, of course, right?

new belt

:: 6 ::

My online friend Rosie posted a link to this book club and they are starting with My Sisters the Saints which I already have and want to read. Join in?

:: 7 ::

Happy Labor Day and safe travels if you are doing so!

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last week in photos

Maine
“Maine” – couldn’t put this book down.

first day
first day of school! Third and First grades.

first day
And Ada had her open house, she started pre-k on Wednesday.

first day
walking to school.

headband
new Target headband.

from Cora
Cora made me the bracelet with the red/white twine and gave me her heart bracelet because she loves me so much. (her words).

working
it’s almost too quiet with just Luisa home on the mornings Ada is at pre-k.

cookies
I made cookies “for the kids” and then ate them. a bunch.

monkey
her pre-k teacher has a monkey theme and they made monkey tails and ears.

swim
swimming! our pool stays open until Labor Day. it’s been super hot so I’m glad.

pedicure
first pedicure since early in my pregnancy with Lulu.

the best cheese
the best cheese. I’m so glad Sam’s sells it.

Omaha
I was in Omaha Friday to pick up a bookcase and see friends and I was really struggling that it wasn’t home anymore. some days are like that.

lemon pound cake
Saturday morning (post-run) coffee and lemon pound cake. There is a Scooter’s in the hospital that I was stuck in for two weeks while pregnant with Luisa and I had this lemon pound cake almost every day.

St. Rose Feast Day!
St. Rose feast day for Cora Rose!

outlet mall day
I took Cora to the outlet mall, I had a return at the J. Crew store.

swim night
swimming!

pan dulce
Pan Dulce – a new (to use) bakery that has a ton of selection, this was half of what we got.

baby feet
baby feet – I love nursing her to sleep still, though she doesn’t nurse to sleep exactly.

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monday: best of last week

:: A Pep Talk for Your Inner 7th Grader “I encouraged them to go into these (often scary) situations with an others focus. When you train yourself to focus on other people, you don’t have time to worry about all your insecurities. They evaporate. They become shadows instead of giant obstacles between you and your neighbor.” ::

:: organic exercise ::

:: 5 Things I wish I would’ve Known as a First Time School Mom ::

:: The Case For Siblings ::

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Friday Seven

linking up with Jen!

:: 1 ::

I woke up super sore this morning and couldn’t figure out why. My ribs hurt, my thighs hurt. And then I remembered! I fell down on our run yesterday morning, in front of five other women I run with regularly. Humiliation set in again.

:: 2 ::

I’m thinking about signing Cora up for Girls On The Run at school. Any experience with the program? They practice twice a week and then run a 5k at the end of the series. Super fun!

:: 3 ::

The first week of school is done (well it will be at 12:30 when I pick up the girls, we have no air conditioning at school so heat dismissal). I’m one part elated (school means quiet around here! my house stays clean! I’m not feeding kids all day long!) and one part sad (the morning routine is hard. they leave the house at 7:45. all of the paperwork is starting. homework soon. I miss talking to big people.) – it all balances out though. Like all of life you take the good and bad.

:: 4 ::

Did you see all the free printables on Kendra’s blog? I mean, free! Super cute too, I want this one in the girls’ rooms:

hail mary

:: 5 ::

I had a pedicure last night for the first time since I was very early pregnant with Luisa. I told Kelly that it needs to be a monthly item on the budget spreadsheet he has been obsessing over. I’m not sure how he feels about that.

:: 6 ::

Did you see this post on Oh Happy Day? I definitely bought that bookcase after seeing it and I have to drive to Omaha to pick it up. Oh darn. ;) I’m finally motivated to paint Ada’s room and put this bookcase in there. Right now it’s wood paneling and a super ugly green color (similar to the ugly green on the outside of our house). This was the one that got me excited about finishing her room:

bookcase

:: 7 ::

Happy, happy weekend. Once school starts the weekend feels all the more sweet. No early mornings. What are you doing this weekend? I think we the husband will be painting. I will probably take the girls to the pool if it stays this hot and humid. Enjoy.

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last week in photos

helpers
Monday morning helpers.

bunny
working on my last Miss Maggie Bunny.

Luisa
in the swing with a graham cracker.

outside
and swinging and making mud pies. it’s been a beautiful August for being outside. not for swimming but nice for playing.

bunny
and finished.

bus
she is obsessed with pushing around this bus.

screwtape
reading.

flowers
my neighbor brought us some flowers from her yard. I took her a few cookies in exchange.

Luisa spoon
she thinks she needs a spoon like a big girl.

no thanks
“lose every bulge” – what if I don’t want to?

popsicle
popsicle on the porch without a shirt. then she went straight to the bath.

Ada
she lifted up her shirt after nap and said she had lots of “bosquito bites” on her back (mosquito bites) and then showed me the bumps on her spine. she thought they were all mosquito bites.

mass
asked on the ‘gram if a jean skirt is mass appropriate. the consensus was yes.

popcorn & St. Germain
popcorn & a St. Germain cocktail (that was entirely too delicious).

espresso
Sunday morning = espresso.

mahoney
spent the afternoon on Sunday at Mahoney water park/pool and the kids said it was amazing and awesome and basically the best day ever.

Luisa
and then we grilled with the friends and this girl had no nap but she did really well! she really is the sweetest baby.

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monday: best of last week

:: masters of love via Adele who wrote “always assume positive intent” as a way of interacting with your spouse, children, and the whole world. And I love that sentiment and I can’t get enough of it. Isn’t that how we should be living our whole lives? ::

:: living with kids ::

:: in which I reclaim the word naughty because I need it ::

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