Friday Five – Halloween Edition

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We have a fairly busy weekend ahead of us with Trick or Treating tonight (yay!) and a birthday party this weekend. But here are some interesting things before we go:

1/  A couple weeks ago my husband caught me up on this whole GamerGate thing and ever since I feel like my eyes have been opened to the unfair judgements and expectations placed on women. Apparently, even our voices annoy others.

2/ Nobody who knows me would be surprised to learn that Christmas is already on my mind. I love seeing all the creative things parents do with Elf on a Shelf on other blogs and pinterest, but I have been weary of getting involved in it myself. You see, the idea that a little elf is spying on my children and reporting their behavior back to Santa as a means to determine what they receive for Christmas defeats the point of the holiday for me. Gift giving is about showing love, it is not about earning stuff through “being good”.  But I ran across this post on Kindness Elves and LOVE it! We might very well be doing this!!

3/ I am new to Scary Mommy, but I read about her Thanksgiving Project this week and wanted to share it. I will absolutely be donating this year.

4/ This was in my inbox this morning. It got me thinking about our schedules right now. Between the holidays and all our kids’ birthdays, these next few months are always packed and busy for us. I am often trying to think of ways to simplify, but sometimes it feels like all the opportunities this year are just too good to pass up.  And maybe they are.

5/ Ordered our new bed today! We went with west elm’s Morocco headboard in chocolate.It should be here by the end of November.  Next steps: purchasing sheets and other bedding.

I am so excited to see the kids all dressed up and excited for their treats! Hope you have a Happy Halloween.


WITL 2014 | Wednesday Photos

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Wednesday: No Boot Camp, though still up around 5:30. Taking care of Cora. Staring down the pile of dishes in the sink. But making coffee (coffee! coffee! coffee!) first.

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7:30 am | Ready to get out the door. Drop Henry and Cora off at school.

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Henry signing himself in. I came home, put Grey down for a nap and went at the garage for about an hour. Need to get things cleaned up for a little party we are having here in a couple weeks.

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Then email, blogs, tv and coffee.

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Grey woke up early. I have no idea why. I wanted to leave the house, but didn’t have anything that needed to be done other than sending our rent check. So we did that. And went to starbucks.  Then home to play.

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And eat lunch. and finish laundry.

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3:05 pm | Picking up the older kids. Cora was so happy.

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The home. Grey took another nap. I made pumpkin chocolate chip bread with the kids to take to the Pumpkin Carving event at the school the next night.

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The joy of daddy arriving home. Preparing the pumpkins to carve at school the next night.

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I honestly can’t even remember what else happened last night even though it was just last night. I had one of those long, exhausting, never ending days today. I do know I finished The Art of Fielding, though, and I am looking for a new book to start.

WITL 2014 | Tuesday Photos

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5 am | Up and straight to boot camp. Came home and was greeted at the door by Henry and Bryan.

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6:550 am | Grey’s chair after breakfast. I helped the kids get ready and they wrestled in the hallway.

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7:45 am | Ready to head out the door.

8:01 | Happy kids ready to head into school.

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8:05 am | Drop off.  I checked the kids folders, signed them in and headed home. A friend came over and we spent the entire day together. I completely forgot to take pictures during this time. We hung out on the couch while Grey slept and then headed to Hillsdale for lunch and shopping before picking up the kids from school. It was a really fun day.

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6:10 pm | Bryan stayed in the city late to rock climb so I was on my own for dinner and bed time. The kids had pizza for dinner (Grey had left over stir fry). Then we did baths (just for Grey and Cora) and got dressed in pajamas. Henry and Cora had some time on the iPads while I put Grey to bed. Then we hung out watching iPads, playing tea party and reading books until about 8 when the kids went to bed.

10 pm | Bryan got home. We had a brief conversation about how our days went and then I read in bed a little (The Art of Fielding) and went to sleep.

WITL 2014 | Monday Photos

WITL Monday

4:40 am | Woke up to Grey awake in the next room. I was in Cora’s bed, not unusual for me these days. Nursed Grey, put him down and got ready for Boot Camp.

5:30 am | Boot Camp. Lots of planks. I have been going regularly since the end of June. Nothing makes me feel stronger and better.

6:40 am | Return home to Henry and Cora opening the door to greet me. Made coffee. I have recently started putting this coconut creamer in my coffee. I switched from french vanilla to original in order to eliminate some of he sugar in my diet. Eliminating sugar is hard. Packed the kids lunches. Got them dressed. Insisted Cora wear pants, because it was cold outside that morning. She was not pleased.

7:20 am | Got in the shower while Bryan finished getting the kids ready for school. The weather has definitely taken a cooler turn in the last few days. I love it. Cozy sweater weather.

7:45 am | Got the kids in the car.  Said good bye to Bryan. Headed to school.

8:10 am | Drop Off. Cora and Henry put their own lunched and water bottles in there cubbies. Then hang up their own jackets. I sign in both kids, Cora heads to her classroom and Henry signs himself in. Give Henry a hug and kiss and drop him off in his class.

8:30 am | Return home. Play with Grey for a little. Start laundry. Change Grey and put him down for a nap. Go through party supplies for Cora & Grey’s party in a little over 2 weeks. Make a new pumpkin oatmeal recipe. Read blogs via feedly and catch up on email.

9:45 am | Grey is up. We have a snack and head out to run errands. First, check the SBMC’s P.O. Box. Then the dollar store and Target for party supplies.

12:00 pm | Home for lunch.  I have left over tacos. Grey has left over grilled cheese, berries and water. Goes down for a second nap around 12:45/1pm.

1 pm | Put together gift bags for Cora & Grey’s party, including watercolor paints. Watch How to get away with Murder on Hulu.

2:35 pm | Grab Grey from his crib and head out to pick Henry and Cora up from school. Sign the kids out, Gather their things and pick up the contents of their art cubbies. Henry has been really into his projects lately, especially enjoying Halloween themed activities and what he calls decorations.

3:20 pm | Return home. The older kids eat the left over contents of their school lunches. We work on more projects at home with paper, markers, and water colors. I am trying to get the kids to come home and play before dinner and the tv goes on. My goal is that the tv isn’t on until dinner is eaten and the kids are mostly read for bed.

The kids continue to play int he house. They shoot small foam rockets at each other with toys they received at Zander’s birthday party. They chase each other from room to room. Grey follows and tries to get in on the action.

I start getting dinner ready around 4:30. Tonight is stir fry with chicken, broccoli, carrots and cashews. I am also trying to get the kids to eat more variety (isn’t everybody?) and to only make one meal for dinner (not a different meal for each kid).

5 pm | I sit down with the kids to eat. Grey loves the carrots. Cora eats most of her rice but nothing else. Henry eats about 1.5 bites of rice and says he isn’t hungry. They decided to work on the Goldibloks toy instead of eat dinner.

5:30 pm | I put Grey in the bath. Cora and Henry join him for 5-10 minutes before getting out.  Cora gets into her new footie pajamas (a very new obsession) and Henry insists on wearing the same clothes. Grey is done, so I get him out and put a diaper and pajamas on him. The kids keep playing.

6 pm | Start getting Grey ready for bed and have him down by 6:15. He doesn’t even want to nurse. He has been sleeping so irregularly lately. I am not sure what is up with that.

6:20 pm | Bryan gets home. Henry and Cora rejoice! Bryan heats up his dinner. We watch the Toy STory Halloween special. I leave around 7 to go walk with a friend. We get hot chocolate after.

9 pm | Get home. Change for bed. Watch an episode with Bryan while we sort Legos.

10 pm | Bed time! In my bed 🙂

On Memory Keeping

Monday 9 92013 week in the life from monday, september 9.

I would say that outside of taking care of my family and home, I am most passionate about memory keeping. For me, this takes many forms.  I regularly update my Project Life photo albums (I have been doing it weekly since 2010) and try to make photo books for special events and vacations in our lives. Sometimes these are smaller project life albums, sometimes snap albums, sometimes photo books I create on Shutterfly or Artifact Uprising.  I also create a December Daily albums every year (since 2010).

Starting today, though, is Ali Edward’s annual Week in the Life challenge, which is basically just documenting your day, all day, every day, for seven consecutive days. It is fun and I love it, but after the excitement in the first few days wears off, it can become a lot of work. Yet, I always find myself drawn back, super excited and inspired. And I LOVE being able to look back at prior years (2013, 2012, 2011.)

Last year when we did thus, life was so different. I was pregnant, we were living in a much smaller place, and only Henry was in school. Things just looked a lot different. This year I want to focus more on the stories, instead of just the pictures that go with the schedule of our day. I have no idea how, or even if, that will happen. But, if you want to learn more, you can go to  Ali Edwards Week in the Life post.

My Little Ghouls & Goblins

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Last weekend we attended the San Bruno Mother’s Club Halloween Party.  We had it at the Beckner Shelter in San Bruno City Park and the day turned out pretty perfect. It was sunny and warm. The kids loved climbing the trees and running around the open space. We had For Goodness Snakes put on a program for the kids and they got to spend a lot of time playing with several different reptiles. Brian, the owner, was amazing with the age group of the kids and did a fantastic job. We wrapped up the party with a pinata (can you call it a party without one?). Thankfully, Bryan was able to use his made know typing skills to hang that thing up in a tree.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a member of this club and be involved in providing these types of experiences for members and their kids. It is a fun way to kick off the halloween, costume wearing season!

Friday Five

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last year at annual toddlerween party.


I am really looking forward to this weekend. I am planning to spend some time make multiple batches of potato and leek soup and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies so we can deliver some to friends. We are also going to annual Babyween/Toddlerween/Halloween party for the fifth year in a row! But here are some other things I’ve been enjoying this week:

1/ Do you read the Mom Edit? It’s one of my very favorite blogs. Shana is one of the most inspiring women on the internet. And while I would certainly never consider myself a fashionista (if that is even still a word) I do believe that reading her words and seeing her pictures has led me to uping my wardrobe game.  And I think that her store specific posts have been killing it lately. It makes me so much more excited to shop at Target (not that I get a lot of shopping in these days as it is).

2/ Baby G is nearing the one year mark! Ahh! It is thrilling to see our beautiful little boy growing and developing and being awesome. But I am feeling a little sad and nostalgic that we are out of the infant days. And we may not be revisiting those ever again. Plus, I am starting to wean which has led to an emotional low for me in the past. I came across this post, which helped to remind me to expect that again. And to be reminded it’s going to be ok.

3/ I kinda, sorta want to live in this house. The kitchen, the dining room, the upholstered bed frames!

4/ Pumpkin flavored things are on my mind. I want to try this cake, this coffee drink and these cookies!

5/ Do you have young children? Are they holding you hostage?