what I’ve learned in June 2015

I discovered a new link up today (here) and it seemed like fun and I’m all about joining so I’m doing it. What I learned in June 2015:

1 : It’s fun saying yes. We had ice cream for dinner once in June and frozen yogurt for dinner once too. Want to go to the pool? Yes! Want to make a project? Yes! I am slowly (mostly) becoming more laid back and less afraid of keeping everything in my own perceived best way.

2 : This No Frizz Humidity Shield really works but has a very strong scent. I’m not bothered by it because it performs so well.

3 : That sunshine makes me happy. The extra vitamin D? I don’t know. This is such an easy time of year.

4 : My children talk a lot. A lot a lot. Having everyone home for summer has been great but the talking is making this introvert a little worn out.

5 : That summers in Nebraska = humidity (no matter the temperature) and mosquitos but also so much fun.

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last week in photos

happy sisters
all four happy together. for a brief period. summer adjustments going on here.

we went to the zoo one morning when it was cool and nice out.


I think the butterfly house is the girls favorite.




lulu and lulu


Luisa loves flowers. this was at swim practice.

we went to the playground at the school while their sisters were at piano.

going to the pool
on our way to the pool. she was so excited! naked bath baby, super hot outside, and swimsuits and swimming. the good life.

beer tasting
beer tasting dinner at The Venue.

Della reading to Luisa. big kids rule.

on Friday the husband had a work meeting at the golf course and then they golfed all day and then I was invited to the dinner in the evening. after the dinner we went to Carmela’s for dessert and split a glass of wine.

swim meet
Luisa at the swim meet.

sunday morning bath
Sunday morning bath.

sunday morning 6-28-15
one child did not want her picture taken and frowned through all of the pictures.

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monday: best of last week

:: love through the motions – I loved this and had never thought about it in this sort of way before ::

:: lovingly parenting a sensitive three year old – just lots of good tips here. three year olds can be tough sometimes ::

:: $30 diy sofa table tutorial ::

:: eight favorite outfits for summer ::

:: “Some how, some where, new mothers got the message that the gap between when a baby stops a breastfeed and the time they start to need another one matters a very very great deal. 24 hours a day.

It seems to matter beyond all logic and reason. They see this magic number – 90 minutes, 2 hours, 3 hours – as a measure of something sacred.

And it’s crap.” from here ::

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answer me this

Since I woke up at 5:30 on a Sunday morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, I thought I would participate in Answer Me This. You’re super excited, I can tell.

1. How long have you lived in your current home?

We moved in December 2012 so about 2.5 years. We like it for the most part.

2. How do you find out about news and current events?

Facebook though is it bad to admit that? I don’t watch the news. We get a newspaper but I don’t read it. I will google stories I hear about and read about it on a reputable website. But mostly I don’t like that information in my head.

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

Nope, neither. I didn’t get cash out this week for our ‘cash budget system’ so I don’t have any on me. I did have $5 but it went towards the babysitter Friday night.

4. What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?

I can’t think of anything crazy that I eat. I like a lot of flavors and a lot of different food items though.

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

Just wisdom teeth have been removed.

6. What’s your favorite sport to watch on TV?

Football and college football pretty much only. Though I’ll watch the Bears with Kelly. There aren’t any other sports that I will sit and watch.

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last week in photos

daddy's home
snuggles with daddy after he is out of town. she was so excited to see him.

slow mornings
my slowest child to get going every morning…….

sidewalk chalk
we found some sidewalk chalk and it stopped raining for a little bit so we found a dry spot outside and enjoyed the sun.

date night
date night at Leadbelly.

walked to the playground.

baking cookies & she figured it out without me telling her. “want more cookies” was what she was saying over and over.

frozen yogurt
frozen yogurt for dinner.

helping dad in the yard
helping daddy in the yard.

sun & sand
sun & sand.

dancing at VBS
dancing at VBS.

post nap reading
post-nap reading daddy’s magazine in bed.

swim meet saturday
swim meet Saturday – it was hot!

daddy snuggles
daddy snuggles.

goats at the cabin
my parents neighbors at their cabin got goats and we went to see them.

goats at the cabin

golf cart rides
golf cart rides.

ice cream for father's day
we all ate a large lunch so we had ice cream for dinner.

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monday: best of last week

:: one thing every parent needs to stop doing – good (hard) advice ::

:: an unexpected lesson when I went out for a jog ::

:: I love this new to me blog – Jenna Sue Design ::

:: what makes relationships work ::

:: living with kids ::

:: how to let your husband be a great dad ::

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last week in photos

painting. for a few minutes anyway.

ring around the rosie
ring around the rosie.

first pigtails. she kept touching them and saying “pretty!”

I made these Barre3 salads to eat. Not enough food for lunch by itself but yummy.

she figured out how to move the stool to various places throughout the house and get places she couldn’t get to before – like our bed.

every so often I can get her in this swing but not a lot anymore. she prefers the big girl swings out back.

mornings with Della
she is always up first, usually 6:30/6:45 (so I’m not complaining) but she comes running down the stairs asking for breakfast and then starts in on her chores.

sesame street
sesame street house. I only posted one picture on instagram and it wasn’t this one but I love her little arm here.

sesame street
she was putting big bird through the door.

sesame street

swim meet Della
Della at the swim meet on Saturday. I think she was a bit nervous but she did great! finished the whole race each time.

swim meet Della
I’m so proud of them. I don’t think I had any of Cora swimming, or before she was swimming. I was trying to keep track of the little two alone and that was…. interesting.

we got this little mower at a garage sale driveway boutique and she loves it. won’t stop playing with it. but she also yells “MINE!” when anyone comes close.

June 14, 2015
Sunday morning before mass. bags of mulch that still need to go out.

Ada and Luisa
playing nicely. for a few minutes.

cherry galette
cherry galette = stress baking. we got 10 lbs of cherries in a fruit club thing we are doing and we love cherries but that’s a lot. so I’m baking too.

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