Friday, August 31, 2012

August's Favorite Things

 Happy Church cousins

 August GlamBag

 family date nights

my girl's painted nails


 wine o'clock

 not washing my hair for days

 finding Narls' church camp journal

 fresh eggs given to me from a favorite co-worker

 chilly nights

my girl and her girl ♥

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good-byes are Hard

Today is Narls' last day at his home-away-from-home, 
the daycare center he's been attending since he was a baby.  
(And it was all pajama day, hence the jammies.)
He brought in timbits to share with his friends. His idea. I happily obliged.

This is the place where Narls has attended preschool and pre-k, where he's met great friends, where I've met great friends, where the caregivers and teachers have become our extended family...

I'm sad. 

But these boys? They're thrilled at the thought of attending kindergarten and meeting new friends and taking on this next big adventure. 

And they couldn't be better prepared.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Scaredy Cat

Rented Narls Coraline today, per his insistence. 

Only made it halfway before he begged me to shut it off; hasn't left my side since. When I have managed to get a minute to myself, to maybe foolishly attempt peeing in private, I'm met with a "Mumma? MUMMA!" 

Heaven help us both.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Heavy Hearted

Heart broken.

The world lost a damn good man.

Monday, August 20, 2012


It's been a rough week. 

Narls spilt Clay's wine all over our living room rug; Em knocked over the floorlamp and shattered the globe; Lainey chewed the leg of the coffee table. 

 I know, I know: nice things, you can't have them with kids & puppies. And even though I know this, I still want to cry.  Ok, I did cry.

 And then I facebooked it because I was still wound up and wanted to vent.

It was only then, after getting a ton of responses from some amazing women who are good friends and amazing mothers, that I started feeling better.  

They reminded me that this is life and those are only things and I'm not alone.  

Personally I know I put a lot of pressure on myself to manage it all: raise happy kids, sustain a satisfying marriage, keep a perfect house, live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a fulfilling career...

It's a lot. Maybe too much. I fully believe a person can have it all, but maybe just not at the same time. Give and take. Balance.  Perspective.

Otherwise, I'm just going to find myself in corner, clutching pieces of broken glass, crying over spilled wine. And I can tell you from experience, that's no fun.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scavenger Huntin'

Such a gorgeous day!

So we whipped up a homemade scavenger hunt and headed to the park.

Both Narls and Em were super aprehensive about having to find a spider web, even after I reassured them that we wouldn't have to actually touch it or put it in the pails - we only had to find one. So what a surprise when we found a totally non-creepy "spider web" at the park!

I love when life works out like that.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thrifty Princesses

A couple days ago, my coworker and I went thrifting on our lunch. She spotted this princess lamp and it was decided that Em had to have it. It was $15, and in perfect shape.

I finally got it cleaned up and in her room and surprise! the princesses' skirts light up into a nightlight. Fun! And Em is obsessed. You can bet I'm totally working this into an incentive to get this girl sleeping in her own bed at night, but that's a whole 'nother post.

A little side note, we're still very much into our Sunday princess ladydates; tonight is Pocahontas, which I've never seen. It's gonna be hard to top Jasmine though, the best princess. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Playing Hooky

This morning I woke up to a delightful thunderstorm and these three smiling, happy faces.
In fact, I cant stand the thought of leaving them (or the house, to be completely honest). 
If there ever was a reason for calling off and staying home, I'd say this is it.
I forsee staying in our jammies, eating pancakes, and watching movies all day :)
Happy Friday, Friends!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

More Blueberries? Don't Mind If I Do.

My obsession with fresh blueberries knows no bounds. 

Whole-wheat blueberry pancakes? Yes, please.

Blueberry oatmeal cookies? I'll take two (ok, three).

Angel food cake with pureed blueberry sauce? OHMAHGAWD YES YES YES.
(seriously. it was that good.)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tiny Dancers

Em just completed her first season of dance.
Have I mentioned how she came to be in this dance class?
It's a funny story.

See these three young ladies here? They're best friends.  Charlotte, Em, and Paige.  
They try and arrange sleepovers & playdates (parental approval is overrated), they comment on what the other is wearing, they talk about each other while they're apart. Oh, and have I mentioned that each is ONLY THREE? (I don't even want to imagine them at thirteen. Heaven help us.)


Charlotte's mom signed her for poms and she was so excited that she managed to talk both Em and Paige into taking it with her.  They even had it planned how Charlotte's mimi would pick up all three of them from their early preschool class and drive them to poms together.  

Luckily the first day of poms fell on Tuesday, when I pick up the kids*. I walk into Em's class and she immediately shouts "MUMMA I'M GOING TO CHEERWEEDING!"  I side-eye the teacher, she explains the whole story, I look back and my daughter's pleading face, and off we rush to the dance school, arriving 15 minutes late.  

*Clay golfs on Tuesdays and if he would of picked up the kids like he does every other day of the week, then this never would of happened. 

He doesn't consider cheerleading a sport.
(Let me know if you'd like his email address for much-deserved hatemail.)

I think these tiny dancers would beg to differ.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Already August and a Blueberry Mojito

It's already August, can you believe that?

Clich├ęd, I know, but this summer is flying by.  

I put our fresh blueberries to good use and made a blueberry mojito.

Seemed a fitting way to welcome in summer's final month.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to make one. 
 Feel free to download the recipe card; it's perfect for printing.