trying out our new galoshes
newport food truck festival (we saw richard hatch there…uh.random)
working on my december daily
slowly working our way down the list
hope your weekend was wonderful!
and that your monday is beautiful and blessed.
yeah…so it's that time of year. where i feel like i'm on a treadmill but i can't ever quite run fast enough.that's how fall is every year. getting used to a new school schedule always makes me extra scatterbrained.
but add new town,new house,new everything into the mix…and wow. extra scatter. :)j has been out of town and it's funny…i'm used to him being gone days,weeks,months,YEARS at a time. literally.
we are really missing him. turns out we kind of like having him around every day. who knew?? ;)but it's all good. life is good. and happy. i am really happy right now. for the first time in years i am not stressed.
even more importantly, i'm not worried. and i haven't been able to say that for a long,long,long time. i actually don't remember the last time i could say that.
are any of you in the connecticut area? it looks like i'll probably be attending CKU stamford (as a TA to a dear friend-i'll tell you more if it works out)and i would love to meet any of you who might be there!
i'll also definitely be attending cha in anaheim this january and working at the MME booth.i have to tell you i'm so excited to do a little bit of travel this year. this job has been such a blessing for me.
it has fulfilled me so much. not only creatively, but intellectually. it's refreshing to use my brain for something other than my children.
does that make sense?
um, could this post be more random? yes. yes it could.
here are some pictures from this weekend:
we had pizza/movie night and beauty shop morning:
lots of outside play time:
dress up. please do NOT even ask what they are wearing. they are crazy.
they just kept bringing me stuff and i put it on.
jimmy saw this on instagram and asked if they were wrestling outfits b/c lucy looked like she was about to body slam cate. HA!:
and minestrone making. by the way, this was DELICIOUS.
sidenote: i added some sausage.
did anyone even read this post? this is the kind of post that i'd probably just skim for photos if i was reading it. it's weird and random. haha! happy monday,loves!
Friday afternoon=first day of gymnastics. No, they were not excited whatsoever. Nope.
Afterward we took the kiddos to the playground.
Can we discuss how AWESOME this seesaw for four is? I need one at home.
And there is a story that goes with the photo on the right.
So I decided to challenge J to a game of HORSE. On the preschool playground. On a goal that was uhh…maybe 6 1/2 feet high?
And it took us like 40 minutes to finish. Because of our awesome basketball skillz.
It was maybe the world's worst game of horse ever played. Yet I was laughing so hard I was crying. Good times.
Saturday we had our first family pancake breakfast. We are really wanting to start a lot of new traditions this year. Jimmy hasn't been around much so we don't have many. And we want to remedy that this year.
Daddy pancakes? Are the BEST.
Then I was treated to an 80 minute Balinese massage at the Viking Hotel. Can you say BEST birthday gift ever? The massage is specifically to relieve stress…and wow,did it work. I may or may not have been drooling.
When the masseuse got to my neck he said "HOLY SMOKES there is some tension here!". And I said…"you.have.no.idea." Bahahaha.
Jimmy told me to take my time coming home so I tried a French bakery (best scone I've ever tasted) and then hit up the sale at JCrew. Which is really good right now, by the way. This southern girl needs LOTS of sweaters and there are so many cute ones on sale.
The rest of the day consisted of autumn beer (my favorite) and snuggles. Not a bad Saturday. 🙂
The black and white photo is blurry, but the way J is looking at Lucy melts my heart.
Sunday I did something that makes me really,really happy. I picked up again with project life. And I was HAPPY the entire time I worked on it.Just full of joy.
I tried a new recipe for dinner. I've been making a ridiculous amount of skinnytaste meals. This one is Cajun Chicken Pasta and every single person in my family inhaled it. True story. I have not tried a single skinnytaste recipe that is not delicious.
Another new tradition is Sunday night family dinners with discussion questions. I made an effort to really set the table.Place mats, cloth napkins, a candle lit. This might not sound like a big deal to you, but I don't ever have time (or maybe energy) to do this.
I printed questions and we all took turns answering them.
I found and downloaded Set One HERE and plan on doing these every week. The questions were a big hit.
Some of the answers made me teary.
Q: If you were granted 3 wishes from a genie, what would you wish?
A (Sadie): 1. To see BB 2. To have family suppers every day 3.Family movies every day
And some made me cry…
Q: What do you think is beyond the stars?
Sadie: Oh, I love Jesus. I wish I could kiss him right on the mouth and hug him.
Sunday night Sadie decided her daddy needed a pedicure. And when she showed him the sparkly polish, he said yes. without hesitation.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is reason 93840284308 I love James Howell. Because he is a real life action hero who has pink sparkly toenails under his combat boots.
Happy Monday,sweet friends.