Friday, September 12, 2014


Not only is it Friday, but the temps were in the low 60's when we left for school this morning. I do love when fall starts sneaking its way into our lives. I'm currently sitting upstairs at my desk wrapped in a blanket drinking an iced coffee enjoying some computer time . . . none of which seems to come my way quite often enough these days. Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty good!

The rest of Friday includes a chiro appointment, grocery shopping, haircut, surprising the kids with a trip to the theater to see Dolphin Tale 2. Brian and Camden are helping some friends move tomorrow while I work on some photography edits (a.k.a. my second job), then we're going to take advantage of the gorgeous weather with a trip to the park or an afternoon hike. Brian is still swamped at school, but since this is the first weekend in forever with no official church activities outside of the actual services, we're taking advantage of it and planning to cram in as much togetherness as we can.

I have been extremely lax in the picture taking department, but here are just a few from the last week or so.

I haven't tried this yet, but couldn't help myself from purchasing when I made a trip to Trader Joe's last week (my first in something like 5 months!). Incidentally - and I'm not sure I should be admitting this - but we somehow have like 4 cartons of ice cream in the freezer right now. All of them unopened, so apparently I've been hoarding.

Last weekend was Riverfest and our church had booth (we do this twice a year). Our sweet Korean friend J has been coming to our church for the last few months (her little mama who comes with her as well is SO cute), and she painted faces for the booth. She practiced on Camden and Rory before we got started, and then I asked if I could snap a picture of the three of them. It tickled me to no end when she threw up the peace sign.

Poor Brian has been having some back issues (happens nearly every year at the start) and Riverfest about did him in. After teaching and early mornings all week, he spent about 15 hours making balloon animals Friday/Saturday.

I kept Addison one evening this week. Not sure what possessed me to run actual errands with 3 children, but I did. And they were all cute. When we got home, they all 3 proceeded to participate in an all-out nerf gun war. It was hilarious. And loud. And I might have been ready for some peace and quiet by bedtime.

We're really struggling with balance between work and family right now. Trying to remind ourselves it's just a season and make the best of it. Last night was game night, something we've neglected for months now. The kids are at a pretty fun age - old enough to play and interact, not just be entertained. In fact, Camden won all 3 rounds of Mexican Train Dominos. I'm not sure I'm ready to give up being the game-winner in the family.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I cannot get on top of the blogging thing now that my days are spent away from home. I have a plan to get back on track, but it's going to have to wait a few weeks. For now, how about a few belated Labor Day pics? They are completely random and do not really document our day, but that's just how it goes!











Friday, September 05, 2014

National Wear Teal Day


It's National Wear Teal Day, and I don't really know how I feel about it. Surprisingly enough, I don't even own anything teal at this point. Except for my toes, of course.

As you may (or may not) know, September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day. And just like all the crazy breast cancer awareness gimmicks, ovarian has its own set, although not nearly as many as the big pink! If I'm honest, I'm feeling a little hyper aware of the attention for a couple of reasons.

First, maybe a little survivor's guilt? Never really thought of myself in those terms, mostly because there is still cancer present in my body but the reality is that our lives are moving forward in a great trajectory right now.  I know of several families dealing with hard things right now, some related to cancer and some not. Makes our worries about very long work hours for Brian, stress over little sleep and reduced family time seem petty.

Second, all the awareness is making me hyper sensitive to my own symptoms or non-symptoms. When you've had cancer, everything makes you think it's back and I've been dealing with some pretty strong anxiety over the last week or so.

Third, I just want to forget about it. I try to spend the 3 months in between oncology visits ignoring cancer in as big a way as possible. It's hard to do that with teal and pink (even though October is still 25 days away) flashing everywhere.

It was appropriate to read this blog post last night. I don't know this family. It was one of those links on Facebook that I rarely click through to see, but I was so glad I did. I'm not sure I've ever read a better explanation of why we can rejoice even when the news is bad. 

Because this post feels heavy, how about something fun?

Jean day at school this morning. Now that school is back in session, I'm so tired of polos and khakis (their uniform). It was fun to see them in something slightly different. And the best part of jean day? The school uses the money raised from paying for jean day to sponsor a missionary (a different one each semester).

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day

So the weekend didn't go quite as well as I had hoped - had to cancel a few things on the agenda and I literally spent nearly 24 hours in bed. I'm choosing to look at that as a positive - I had the time to do it and I apparently needed it.

Also. I still have a day left of the 3-day weekend and I've already scrapped for fun so that's a big fat win!
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My view Friday morning - I took a different way home because of some traffic issues and it paid off in an unexpected way.

She's so precious I can't stand it sometimes.

A rare nap on a Saturday afternoon for Camden - love the daddy-sized slippers peeking out from under his blanket. That blanket, by the way, was made for him when he first came home from Korea by a dear friend's mom. And he's still sleeping with it 11 years later.

Ready for our dinner guests. I should have snapped it with friends and family gathered around.

Brian is celebrating Labor Day in true fashion - by working . . . but only part of the day. We're headed to Michael and Liz's house for a cookout a little later. And I'm wondering if I can convince Brian to let us take a Hobby Lobby detour. I'm feeling the need to browse/shop/decorate.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday already?




The weeks are just flying by. I can hardly believe that I've completed my first month back to work and the kids have been in school 3.5 weeks. I've even noticed that it's just about dark at 8:00 this week, which is a good step toward fall weather. Our temps this week have hovered in the 93-96 range so fall will be a welcome change.

This week was fairly uneventful. I worked at the office two days; at home two days. Brian started off the week with a 2 a.m. wake-up Monday, but moved it to 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 on consecutive days so that's certainly progress. He even made it home a few minutes before 5:00 last night, which is most definitely a first for the school year. Unfortunately, there is a shake-up at school and teachers are being shuffled to new positions. He is not one of them (thank goodness) but his partner is being replaced. He was home by 5:00 because he left in order to avoid all the crying, cursing, and shouting. Good times!

Rory has spent the week sniffling and coughing. She has her standard start-of-the-year cold which quickly morphs into a crazy asthma thing that requires round the clock inhaler puffs. I'm hopeful she is on the downhill slide.

Our weekend is full of all kinds of good things. I managed to swap kids with Aunt Liz so they're staying with her between school and a Parent's Night Out hosted at school. I'll take Addison tomorrow night in exchange. As a result, Brian and I have an unexpected date night. Woohoo! It has been a stressful few weeks, and we are both in need of a little drama-free adult conversation. Tomorrow I'm meeting a friend for brunch and then we have family and friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night. Monday is Labor Day, which means no work or school and the annual Labor Day cookout at Michael and Liz's house. I'm also determined to scrap a layout just for fun.

Bring on the weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jumping Back In

I am hopelessly behind on Project Life, but one of my best tips when you're behind is just to jump back in - so here's last week. Let's ignore the fact that I'm missing the last 6-8 weeks of 2014.




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Friday, August 22, 2014

Snapshot #16

Outside: Oh, it's hot, hot, hot! I knew we'd have to pay for all those unnaturally cool days in July.

I am thinking: that I have got to send my computer to the computer doctor again. I picked up a virus a couple of months ago, and the popups are getting out of control.

I am thankful for: my job. Seriously, until I started working again I did not realize how much I had missed the adult interaction. Is it an adjustment? Sure. But totally worth it. Rory seems to be affected the most; she keeps saying she wishes I didn't rush so much. I'm working on it.

Last 3 purchases: (1) A coupon and free shipping sucked me into buying this jar of cracked nut butter, and it. is. delicious. (2) Tarte Rainforest After Dark collection (again coupon and free shipping) and I love it. (3) How about what I'd like to purchase? I've been dreaming of a Patricia Nash purse ever since I bought a PN wallet after Christmas - I think this one is so pretty.
Dinner plans: homemade pizza using Pioneer Woman's dough recipe.

 Future plans I'm looking forward to: Birthday trip with Becky! Plans still to be determined.

In the kitchen: Hmmm, I grocery shopped last week so we're running on empty.

Reading: After checking it out literally 5 times, I finally read The Fault in Our Stars in just two sittings. I sobbed through about a third of it. Never in my life has a piece of literature/entertainment made me so emotional. I'm picking up One Plus One by Jo Jo Moyes and Landline by Rainbow Rowell at the library today and hoping there are fewer tears with these 2 books.

Watching: Season 2 of Suits on Amazon prime and rewatching The Office (currently on season 3) on Netflix.

Listening to: mostly podcasts these days; I need some new music recommendations. 

Snacking on: Oh, I've got a good snack! Okay, two. And their healthiness is kind of up for discussion, but whatever.

tomatoes, mozarella, and a dollop of pesto - I've had this for lunch the last 3 days.


And this as a pretzel dip

Rest-of-the-day-plans: Working on editing a batch of wedding photos today, taking the kids to the library, then it's pizza and family movie night in the Lewis household.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday

From August 2013.

We made the choice to skip sports for 2014, and I know it was the right one regarding our schedule and where our attention needs to be right now. I do miss those nights at the ballfield, though.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

a group picture

a little soccer

a little basketball


a few expressions at the kitchen table







And the love for the Frozen soundtrack continues.





They may have been loud, but they were so cute Monday afternoon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits

Did you know that there is an entire blog dedicated to Trader Joe food reviews? So. Fun. I want that writing job!

I'm working at home this week (except for Monday), and I thought it would be great. And it is great, but I find myself kind of missing being around people. Oh, how quickly times change.

Rory is just FULL of funny quotes these days. Here is a smattering:
  1. I feel more mature. And I mean that in a good way. - wearing her new dress to church (which, I can assure you, was childlike and appropriate)
  2. "Love y'all" Apparently her years in the south are finally catching up to her.
  3. "Well. This is stunningly amazing." - after taking her first bite of a blueberry Trader Joe frozen waffle.
  4. "I love you from front to back." Pretty sure she meant head to toe.
I got this information from my youngest sister (who happens to work at the kid's school). Camden filled out an information sheet. His response to the question what do you like about yourself? "Everything. Why? I just do."

I'm completely backlogged on photos from my big camera, but here are a couple from my phone.

She is into purses, lipgloss, tucking her shirt in (whyyyyyyyy??) these days. All for a little trip to Sam's and frozen yogurt.

Selfies. I don't even know what to do with this.

Farmer's market on Saturday morning. We made it home with tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, corn, peas, peaches, and cantaloupe for $19. Not bad!

After our trip to the farmer's market, we had some serious bean snapping, pea hulling to do. Plus I decided it would be great to put all snack foods into snack bags so the kids can just grab and go when they're making their lunches.

Family selfie