OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE. {DECEMBER 2-5}

img_0371We’re home after a whirlwind of a week in Indiana. Our parents’ houses were both packed with food, family, laughter and wine which is just how we like it. Days passed by in that busy mode of doing everything and nothing all at the same time. A walk down the street felt like  true achievement. Now that we’re home, we’re in vacation recovery mode, practically buried under piles of laundry and half empty bags with fingers crossed that our house doesn’t succumb to the flu bug that’s been going around the rest of the family.

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This week looks to be pretty quiet. I’d like to get the Christmas decorations out, but have low expectations of getting anything up. The weather was so beautiful today that I took the boys to the park after school. Dinner, we pulled out that half gallon of mommy soup from a few weeks back and just had to heat it up and make a few peanut butter sandwiches to go with. Taco Tuesday follows, then sheet pan chicken with broccoli and potatoes on Wednesday. Thursday is a night without Mike, so I’ll heat up tacos for Charlie and I, and then Friday is, of course, pizza night. I also pulled out some frozen pumpkin muffins that I made a few weeks ago, there’s cheesecake ice cream in the freezer and Mike’s making popcorn for our snack tonight as we speak, and hot chocolate is in the pantry for another night, so those are some treats to look forward to this week.

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I’m hoping to get a couple runs (honestly, walk/runs) in during the week and then one night of yoga (I’ve been so stiff lately!), and this weekend we’ll get another couple runs in together if the boys allow it. Other than that, I started a new book today from school, and I can already tell it’s going to be so cute. We’ve got a hallmark Christmas movie on, and it’s supposed to get down into the 40’s tonight! Brr! We put the boys to bed in their flannels, and sweatshirts and long pants are laid out for the morning. I can’t wait to hear Charlie say “Brrrrr. Told.”

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LITTLE THINGS THIS WEEK.

1. this oversized suitcase…

because it’s borrowed from a friend and fingers crossed, big enough for four.

2. this tiny sound machine…for the (hopefully) extra sleep everyone will get whilst room sharing on our holiday travels.

3. these sweet family stripes from a fairy godmother…

because come December you’ll find us wearing them nightly (I’ve already been cheating by wearing my leggings).

4. this pan of homemade granola bars…

for being ready to wrap up and tuck away for a long day of travel tomorrow.

5. this stack of tiny warm hand-me-down clothes…

for two little boys headed to winter!

in other news:

we’re on vacation!! i’m scurrying around cleaning and throwing things into suitcases haphazardly, consulting my packing lists and intermittent breaks for side-clenchingly funny videos that mike finds on instagram. our flight leaves for indiana at five pm tomorrow and i’m relying on a combination of preparedness by trying to think of all possible scenarios and also prayer. it’s our first flight with both (very mobile) boys, right around bedtime! 😬 i am sure we will come away from it so much wiser than we are now. we are so excited for a whole week with family! what are you up to this weekend, reader? something good, i hope.

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE. {NOVEMBER 17-23}

img_3130The final week. The week before Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s here. This weekend was such a sweet one. The boys are feeling better, everyone was well enough for outings, playtime, normal sleep and mealtimes. We tried out a local diner for breakfast on Saturday and it did not disappoint. Disney+ was also on high usage during Ben’s nap times for Charlie (need to keep him quiet so Ben can sleep!). Charlie was kind of scared during Aladdin and loved The Jungle Book. He was giggling SO hard. Hilarious. Anyway our weekend has come to a close and, we fly out next Saturday evening, so our whole week revolves around getting ready to go home to Indiana!week at a glance-2I was out of school almost all last week with Ben (who has RSV), so I’m looking forward to having a “regular” week with all my classes and really getting some good library activities in there, and making sure that all my students have a book to read over Thanksgiving break! img_3213We’re keeping it simple this week for meals. Mike made a giant batch of “Mommy Soup” (beef stew with barley) today. It’s finally in the 60’s here! Soup weather! We had it for dinner tonight with sourdough toast. We’ll have it for one other dinner this week, and we put a full half gallon mason jar in the freezer for another meal in a couple weeks. We’re having meatloaf tomorrow from the freezer that I had made a few weeks ago. Love doing big batches of meals and freezing for meals later in the month when I don’t have time (or energy!) to cook at the end of a long day. img_3138When we go on trips (especially weeklong trips) we like to empty out the fridge as much as we possibly can. No one likes to come home to slimy veggies, or moldy leftovers. Yuck. So we’re just going to demolish everything in there. I have two nights of leftovers planned this week. Luckily, our kids are young enough that they can’t complain about leftovers! img_2896I’m also planning to make these date bars that I make every time we travel. I just feel so irrationally smug about having a homemade something in my bag instead of buying a ten dollar cookie from a store at the airport. img_3038I started re-doing the boys bathroom last week, and made lots of progress this weekend too. It’s my goal to get it done before we leave. I just have a little bit of sanding, a last coat of paint, and then put up the floating shelves and a new mirror. Easy peasy, right? Hehe.

LITTLE THINGS THIS WEEK.

1. this collection of medicines…img_2670the signs of a sickness making its’ way through the house and for making my boy moderately more comfortable amidst coughing fits.

2. this teeny tiny tree with twinkling lights…img_2825for adding just the right amount of cheer.

3. this pre-bedtime cookieand the rest tucked away in the freezer to bake at the drop of a hat.

4. this dress found on clearance…and the many many wears she will get the rest of the school year.

5. this project paint…for being the start of a house project that isn’t quite the right shade yet. Back to the drawing board.

in other news:

mike’s taking a turn at home with ben today, and we’re hopeful that he’s going to be back to school on monday. i feel like i’ve cheated the week a little bit by leaving early on tuesday, home wednesday and thursday, and then back to school on friday, which in the elementary school is a weekly holiday. we’re going to take it easy this weekend and hang around home. charlie was coughing more than i like this morning, so i hope the sickness isn’t getting to him now too. fingers crossed, friends.

what are you up to this weekend, reader? whatever it is, i hope you kick your feet up and enjoy it.

from the land of turkey headbands, tylenol and cookie crumbs, love, em

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE. {NOVEMBER 10-16}

I’ve been looking forward to this week for weeks. Teacher work day on Monday!! The best of all days. I am going to get so. Much. Done. Big plans. Lesson plans in the short term, overarching themes for the long term and cleaning cleaning cleaning my office. This weekend was full of rest and recharging. We have a clean house, meals planned and a game plan to go for the week.

Not too many extras this week thank goodness! I think it’s going to fly by and then it’s only one week until our weeklong holiday break!! I have many things to do, but I think I’ll have a little extra time here and there this week to cross some things off my to do list.

I already made our lasagna for dinner tomorrow, and I’m excited to try one new recipe in the crock pot this week. I’ll probably add some crusty bread and a salad on the side to make it a full meal. Sheet pan chicken is a great weeknight go to for us. I love that I can chop everything the night before and just slide it all into the oven at once. I tried a new pizza dough recipe last week and wasn’t impressed. Testing out a new one this week!

I’m going to try to be really present with my boys this week and turn off all my outer distractions when we have our time together after school. They’re growing so fast it’s crazy. I feel like we hit a lull where I know every little thing about them and then all of a sudden the next day they’re doing all these new things that they weren’t the day before.

Ben had a little fever last night and did not sleep well at all, but seemed to be on the up and up today. I’m afraid he’s getting my cold which I think I can officially say that I’m almost recovered from. New week, new goals, new opportunities!!

LITTLE THINGS THIS WEEK.

1. these clothespins (and the multitude of others out of frame)…for keeping my boys entertained not one, not two, but three nights in a row.

2. these personalized colored pencils…a birthday gift used for writing and (violently) decorating sweet thank you notes from a two year old.

3. these blueberry puffs…for getting us to dinner time.

4. this soft hankie…for the tender care of a cold that i haven’t yet kicked.

5. this creaky old weathered pot…for being the bearer of the corn chowder (with mirepoix!) that we had for dinner two nights this week, and I could’ve had every night. A cold front is coming our way and i am here. for. it.

in other news:

it’s been a long week. my car was broken into at daycare drop-off (if i can even say broken into, it was unlocked) and my wallet and my school laptop were stolen. i feel very foolish for being so trusting of people that i would leave it unlocked. learned my lesson the hard way.

one of my students told me a long story during class the other day about his little brother going missing and then i heard about it on the news and read the story in the paper and let me just say my heart seized up with the fear of it all.

another student has come into school screaming like i’ve never heard a child scream every single day this week, practically manhandled into his classroom and it makes me worry about what that kind of stress does to a child in their little five year old life. another student had emergency surgery for her appendix, more are in crisis of other sorts, and my gratitude chain, while beautiful and inspiring and so worth the time spent doing it also has brought up some hard conversations about what some of my students really do have to be thankful for. turns out, school might be the number one thing on their list. talk about pressure.

it’s a hard, tough world out there that, at 31, my eyes are just beginning to be opened to, readers. sorry for bringing the moods down a notch, and it should be noted that my week was not without plenty of joyful moments. it just seemed like there were a few too many downs this round.

in more personal news though, i’m starting to feel a little like meg ryan in you’ve got mail when tom hanks brings her daisies for her terrible cold, but you know, less glamorous. i could use some daisies. or just a day to hole up in my house under the comforter and blow my nose all day with a good book. i might do just that this weekend, but with a toddler and a baby crawling all over me in place of the book. we’re supposed to have cooler weather coming in this weekend with a high of 80 (practically frigid!) so a bit of sunshine and a walk down the street to the park will do us some good too. we have a trip to the store, to church, to the gas station for putting some air in my tires on the list, and all the other joys that the weekend brings.

what are you up to this weekend, reader? whatever it is, i hope you kick your feet up and enjoy it. aren’t we lucky to have that as an option?

love, em

DREAMING ABOUT: A COZY BEDROOM READING NOOK.

img_1481We moved into our new house almost two months ago and while it’s bigger! better! and all the other adjectives that mean it’s amazing, it’s also bigger! emptier! blanker! It’s been no rush as building a home is a marathon not a race, but we’ve filled in some of the spaces with lucky finds from the side of the road and some painstakingly sourced items off of facebook marketplace. After a rush of decorating in the first month, I’ve hit a real standstill with my efforts.

When we bought our home, we knew that we wanted to re-do the kitchen within the first year, and a lot of other little projects are on the list (laundry room, bathroom, general painting, gardening, etc), but our bedroom didn’t make the list. It turns out though, that as our place is a lot bigger than our old one, our bedroom furniture is dwarfed by the size of the room. We have room for more than just the bed and dresser of our old house.

I’ve been browsing pinterest and dreaming of bermuda shutters, a plant, a new lamp, frames for the walls, a little writing desk and a cozy reading nook. First on my list is the chair for next to the built in bookcase. A desk, I would prefer being used, so it’s just a matter of happening upon the right one. An upholstered chair on the other hand, I want to be fresh and clean and new. I’m thinking I smell a Christmas gift to ourselves. Here’s a few that I’ve found in the hunt so far!

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Shop the chairs:

  1. The Lillith  // Home Depot // $210
  2. Cancome Armchair // Wayfair // $204
  3. Brynn // World Market // $240 // (the current forerunner)
  4. Lohoms // Amazon // $146
  5. Ethan Mid Century Modern Linen Chair // Sofa Mania // $130
  6. Neva // Sixpenny //$1100 (absolutely a splurge. I can’t believe chairs can even cost that much!!)

Which one is your favorite? #3 is winning right now for me, but I’ll keep looking around until I find just the right one. No rush, right? 🙂

OUR WEEK AT A GLANCE. {NOVEMBER 3 – 9}

I’ve been nursing a cold this weekend. The kind of cold that leaves food tasteless and makes you think you’re never going to be able to breathe out of your nose again. I’ve been pretty pitiful about it too. I rarely get sick, so I lounged around limply asking mike to give me sympathy. But I’m ready to take this week on after a weekend of early to bed and early to rise days. Laundry is done, clothes are laid out, floors are swept, the coffee is waiting to be made and my kids are probably going to wake up at 4am (again) thanks to daylight savings.

One day in and the time change has been so upsetting to me already. I looked up at the clock tonight and realized it was nearly pitch black outside at 5:30. “This is what time you get get home!” I said to Mike in horror. So long after dinner walks. So long evening yard romps and driveway play. It was also a so long to happy baby Ben as he was up at 5, skipped his afternoon nap and was ready for bed at 5, I mean 6 (yes, totally one of those people who say the real time for like two weeks after the time change).

The weather says that this week will be cooler than the 90 degree temperatures of the last few weeks. So maybe this is the time to slow down, cozy up, light candles at night and sleep under the covers with the windows cracked. Nights of cards on the porch with the twinkle lights on and hot chocolate before bed. This is the start of the season where we’re so heart-burstingly happy to live in Florida. Light sweaters are needed but no need for coats. The best. I’m hopeful. Very hopeful. Too hopeful.

Anyway, my week has a few extras this week. Literacy night one evening at school and our faculty meeting another day. This means I’m keeping things simple at home. Easy meals with lots of leftovers for lunches and two nights of leftovers for dinner. I’m going to try to stay on top of laundry, work out, drink water, start planning for the holidays, and do a few other little things to keep life in order.

What does your week have in store?

LITTLE THINGS THIS WEEK.

1. these strewn about costumes…

{for still being loved even after the holiday has passed.}

2. this box…

{for providing more entertainment than the gift inside. keep it simple and all that.}

3. this pint sized table…

{and the newly minted 2 year old who sits there.}

4. this dinner made by a little boy for his brother…

{because his sweet spirit warms up my heart.}

5. this perky bloom…

{and the husband who brought it home after working late. ah, romance and somehow having been lucky enough to catch a good one.}

in other news:

breakfast potatoes on saturday (a weekly tradition), church on sunday (a weekly choice), and grocery shopping (a necessity) somewhere in between there are the only things planned for our weekend. crossing my fingers for deep cleaning and long naps, but those aren’t promised. what are you all up to this weekend? whatever it is, i hope you at least kick your feet up for a bit and enjoy it.

love, em