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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Run, Forest, Run

Rory has been obsessed with exercise this past week, specifically running. Last Friday night (after completing our first week back to work and school) about 6:30 she asked if I'd go outside and run laps with her. Considering it was the end of the week and about 93 degrees outside, that answer was a resounding no. In hindsight, I probably should have tried to compromise with a walk instead. (If you're feeling particularly sentimental, read this post and then come back and tell me I should have made the effort!)

When we got home yesterday afternoon, she changed into her "running" clothes, asked if she could use my earbuds and iPhone to listen to music (that was a solid no), told me she was going to run 16 laps, take a break and then run 16 more. And that's pretty much what she did.




We've made it to the end of week #2, and I have to say that I'm pretty happy with where we are. After a rough Monday, I'm getting the hang of things at work. Brian is still having some very early mornings, but he's feeling pretty good about his class at the end of the day. Kids are making a few adjustments, but it's mostly good. Rory is having to manage some pretty high-drama friendships right now, and I have to say that I'm very proud of the way she's handled it so far. How do girl issues start so early? Camden is learning that 5th grade just might require a little more actual studying than he's had to do so far, and he's not exactly thrilled about it.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. It's going to involve maybe a little more housework and laundry than I'd like to do, but we're going to all be together with few plans. I made a monster grocery run this morning; headed out for a haircut in a bit. Frozen yogurt with the kids tonight, maybe a park trip tomorrow, then a full day of church Sunday.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

These were taken on a very hot Sunday back in July. You can see Rory's red face and sweaty hair. :)








Tuesday Tidbits

Let's just go on and assume that I wrote this Tuesday instead of Wednesday morning. Clearly, working is kind of kicking my tail.

Considering BRian has gotten up at 3:00 a.m. the last 4 days, I'd say it's kind of getting the best of him as well.

I've been doing some big batch editing projects (free-lance) and it is messing with my head big time. I find myself watching TV and trying to straighten lines, add some exposure, etc.

I wore white cropped pants to work yesterday - first time wearing white on the bottom. Yes, I know I'm years behind on that trend. I spent the day terrified I was going to have a spill, but they managed to stay white all day long.

Camden after his first day of school - "I want to stay 11 forever. It's old, but not OLD."

Rory followed with this, "And I wish I could be younger so I could do all the things I used to do . . . . like take a nap."

Rory came home yesterday bragging that she learned the names of all 7 consonants (a.k.a. continents) in her very first history class.

And one more Rory-ism. I love how at the beginning of the school year, her teacher is just her hero. All she can do is tell me stories about Ms. H this and Ms. H that. It's so cute.

I forget how much of a transition it is to get back into the school routine. They both love school, but the afternoons/evenings are always a little rough.

We made a very fast trip to Missouri Saturday - lots of our family was able to be gathered for the afternoon. It made for a crazy finish to a crazy week, but there is nothing better than gathering around the table chatting with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins for a couple of hours. The kids were so happy playing nerf gun wars that we didn't even stop and take one single picture of them. We did gather for a group photo right at the end of our stay.


And I may not have taken back-to-school pics this year, but Brian would really like you to know that he did take this picture so the event is documented.


Working from home today so I may be back at lunchtime to post pictures for Wordless Wednesday.

Friday, August 08, 2014



It has been one busy week.

I started my new job Monday; the kids went to a paid babysitter for the first time; Brian's first year with the new county officially started Monday (even though he's been working off and on with them all summer); and the kids started 2nd and 5th grade yesterday. I missed their first day of school for the first time.

It's been a little nuts.

Barring some catastrophe this afternoon, however, we will have all survived the week. My first week back to work after 6.5 years has been both exhilarating and exhausting. It's fun to be challenged in this way and to remember that I used to be good at something, but, oh, is it exhausting as well! I've never been a working mother of 2 before, and it is certainly a different kind of juggling act than staying at home.

The kids were a little more tired and grouchy in the evenings than I was expecting, but I think that getting back into school and in a routine will help them deal with the transition. Brian has had an even crazier week. While I described my week as exhilarating/exhausting, I'm guessing his definition would just be exhausting. For a teacher, getting back to school is always so much harder than it seems, and he has had some very late nights and very early mornings in a row. I feel so bad for him because I can just see the stress settle over him.

We've all 4 agreed to give ourselves and each other a little grace for the next couple of weeks as we find our groove. The house is a little (or a lot) messier than I like, and it's been cereal for breakfast all week.

It is August 8 and I don't even have a file for August photos yet (if that gives you any indication of how busy we've been), but here are just a couple from the week.

My office

This picture completely cracks me up because it is just so representative of their personalities right now. She is a hot mess, and he is kind of disgusted with her in general.

I worked from home on Wednesday (the kids will typically be in school so, in theory, this should be very doable), and Rory sat right next to me "working" as well.

I was so busy this week I didn't even have time to eat half the time so I survived on coffee. Way too much coffee.

It's possible I bought a few pairs of shoes.

This one is from last week. She's got a dress on, the stroller at her feet, baby on her lap, purse next to her, reading Fancy Nancy.

Happy Friday!