The Week in Rewind #3

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Life as a Stay at Home Mom sorta began this week.

I just had Hunter as Autumn was still enrolled as we neeeded to extend her another week since my mom’s surgery was pushed off a week.

I told myself that I was going to be so super productive this week! So much to do! And I was going to conquer it all!

 

I started things off by getting to the post office on Monday! Oh, what’s that you say? It’s MLK Jr Day and the post office is closed? Yep… I’m on my game!

My favorite thing about Tuesdays is Autumn’s gymnastics class.

She is so attentive to the teachers in class as they explain the activity they kids need to do. I love how she really likes to try everything and is so happy to do it all too.

My birthday was super cold! How dare Florida do this to me!!

 

At least I had a great breakfast at Panera with Hunter.

I enjoyed an egg sandwich and coffee and Hunter enjoyed some fruit. The perfect breakfast date.

Then I went out with my dad for lunch for my favorite Chinese food – Salt and Pepper Shrimp.

Then we did our traditional make pizza at home thing for my birthday.

Plus Autumn and I made a cake. Of course she didn’t want to eat the frosting on it, after we made the frosting together. Kids…

Price gave me a beautiful pearl necklace and set of earrings. I can’t wait to wear them on the cruise for our formal night.

It was a great birthday!!!!

And before I knew it, Friday was here!

I spent the morning running around like a crazy person packing up the car (I should have done it the night before with Price but I really just wanted to enjoy my birthday, but damn it! Everything was so much harder than expected and took me longer to do. That’s how things work.

But I finally made it out the door and I was on my way to go up to stay with my mom for her surgery.

She had to stay in recovery for a while as she felt so sick from the anesthesia.

Once she got home, her friend Karen and I, got her all set with ice and meds.

 

Saturday was pretty relaxing as the main focus was keeping my mom comfortable from her surgery. We watched The Kitchen and decided to have the Pantry Pasta that was featured on there. It was soooo good.

And I posted it on IG stories and GZ commented on it. OMG!!

Sunday was just was relaxing with long walks with the dog and Hunter to keep the dog exercised and the house quiet so my mom could rest.

Can’t wait for next week!

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The Week In Rewind #2

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Monday kicked off my first official day as a Stay at Home Mom!

And I didn’t have any kids! ha!

 

It was all planned that way so that I could have a few days to tackle some projects, get caught up on some house stuff, and what not. Then I could go to my mom’s on the 12th with Hunter to help her with her surgery. Then Autumn would continue with daycare, ending on the 19th.

I basically spend the day running errands. One thing I did was pick up some clothes from a neighbor that her son had out grown. It was so kind of her to pass that stuff on. I will take anything and everything, even off season Halloween PJ’s. I was sorting them later that night and Autumn saw them and decided she needed to match Hunter. Price found her old skeleton PJ’s… 18-24m. She squeezed into them and was so proud to match Hunter. ha!!

On Tuesday morning, I went for a walk with my friends.

 

It’s great getting to walk with them. Typically, I have the kids with me, but it was just a nice walk for me and the dogs. We even got to enjoy a rainbow!

Then I got Hunter at daycare for a Dr’s appointment to discuss the allergic reaction he had to the eggs over the weekend and his previously scheduled 2nd flu shoot.

And on Tuesday’s we have gymnastics!!!

I had forgotten to leave my laptop charger at work on my last day so I needed to bring that to work so I ran in there and then ran over to Tampa Bay K9 Solutions so I could take some pictures of the dogs there for their Instagram account that I manage. Then on to Ikea.

On Thursday, my mom’s surgery was changed with less than 24 hours notice. WHAT?!? At least daycare pulled through and saved the day so that we could keep Autumn enrolled an extra week so that I could take just Hunter up while I helped my mom. It really messed things up, but in the end worked out.

Kemper. Just being spoiled.

On Friday morning, we went back to the Dr for Hunter’s Flu shot, so that it could be monitored. No issues there, thankfully! But he was diagnosed with a minor double ear infection.  He sorta was playing with this ears throughout the week still but his personality, appetite, and sleeping habits were all  the same. He  just had some goopy eyes. Kid’s a champ!

We had a Friday night Pizza Date with our friends, Brittany, Jared, and daughter Hudson. Hudson and Hunter were only born a few days apart, so it was super cute getting to watch them play together. And any time to hang with friends is awesome.

 

Saturday was really cold (for Florida), but that didn’t keep us stick in the house. We aren’t afraid of some 40 degree temps. ha!

I took the dogs on a long walk in the morning, which they loved since these temps are really enjoyable for them.

Then I warmed up the house by making some brownies for a neighborhood block party. It was so great getting to hang out and to get to meet some neighbors. Plus Autumn, had a blast getting to play with a bunch of older girls in the neighborhood. She really was so brave talking to the older kids and playing with them since she just met them.

I was really excited when Keke’s Breakfast Cafe opened up a few months ago just a few miles away from us. We got the chance to go on Sunday morning and everything was awesome. Great service and a great waffle! After doing waffle recipes for a year I am not quite judgy and these passed the test. Also, I want to eat their potatoes every day with petal sauce.

Autumn was great at the restaurant and grocery shopping and then became possessed once we got home. We figured it was from being up later than normal on Friday and playing around so much on Saturday that she was just so over tired. Price managed to get her to nap, so I then was able to lay down with Hunter.

The weekend really wrapped up with a nice sit down dinner. I made chicken parm with pasta, roasted broccoli, garlic bread, and salad.

It was a great week.

 

The Week In Rewind #1

Years and years ago I started to do a weekend recap on my blog because I was listening to Martha Stewart Radio on Sirius and they used to have a Monday morning series where you could call in, email, or tweet them a weekend recap explaining “How Martha You Were”. The person who was most “Martha” won some prize.

I knew I was being an awesome weekend warrior and I could win, so I started to document these weekend wins on the blog. I would then email or tweet them the link.

Every damn Monday.

Did I ever win?

Nope.

There were some real legit winners who did super cool things in a weekend like  building a tree house, canning 300 jars of jam, knitting 15 hats for preemie babies, running a marathon, etc. BUT, some weeks. The lamest people would win and I’d call BS on some of the winners since they would report something like “I saw my grand-kids and I baked cookies with them,. Then we enjoyed them with hot chocolate” and I’d listen in going “WTF! I made marinara sauce with 50 pounds of tomatoes!!!” Or I would have thought “WHAT?! That is nothing! I built our raised beds this weekend and I split 8 hosta plants and planted 8 tomato plants, 3 pepper plants, etc, etc!!!”

Eventually, I gave up sharing my weekend warrior wins, but kept up the tradition of posting weekend recaps. I stopped last year as I was really feeling disconnected with blogging since we had so much going on- finish the construction of our house, moving into it, getting settled in it, having Hunter, etc.

 

I missed documenting all that fun stuff, so I’m back at it! However, I’m changing it up so instead of just talking about the weekend, I am going to do a recap for the whole week. I think this change up will be great to talk more about our day to day lives; which are pretty awesome. It is going to be fun to feature the fun and mundane things that Autumn, Hunter, and I are doing, now that I am staying home with them too.

Let’s kick things off with a little recap of what was happening the first week of 2018!

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We aren’t that big into New Year’s so the fact that we went out to our friend’s house for a party on NYE is a big deal. Granted, we wrapped things up before the ball dropped since Hunter wasn’t staying asleep at our friends house. We could have kept trying to get him settled but it didn’t feel very fair for him. Plus, I value sleep above all else and if the kids are sleeping, I am then sleeping!

Autumn sorta made it up for the ball drop since she dozed for a few but then work back up again for the countdown with Price. I didn’t care and I called it quits at 11.58. I’m a party pooper.

New Year’s Day was super chill. We slept in later than normal since everyone was up later than normal. We just hung around in PJ’s and just relaxed. The best way to kick off 2018.

The 2nd was our dating anniversary… 13 years!

We always recognize the importance of the day but we didn’t get a chance to do anything for it with the busyness of the holidays and the fact that was a Tuesday, and blah blah blah. We are old and lame.

But in reality, we are going to have a little solo date night to celebrate our anniversary and my upcoming birthday while we are on our cruise later this month. OMG I can’t wait for that cruise.

On the 2nd, I also went back to work for my last week of work. To say I was trilled, is an understatement. I’ve been looking forward for this change for a long time.

The rest of the week coasted by with us being super thankful that we were no longer in Boston. Every morning we enjoyed watching the news covering the Bombogenesis as we dealt with our old cold morning temps in the mid 30’s. ha!

 

My friend & coworker took me out to lunch on Wednesday. Everything was incredible.

Wednesday’s Orange Theory Fitness class kicked my butt. I’m loving it though. I’ve been having some issues with the heart beat monitor which stinks since my stats aren’t accurate, but I am just glad to be going.

 

Autumn and I went out to dinner with my dad and Aunt at a Chinese food restaurant in preparation for a memorial service that my Aunt was going to hold on Sunday for her best friend. I had salt and pepper shrimp which is my FAVORITE dish and I haven’t had it in years. Bliss.

I then had another Orange Theory Class. OMG, I am never eating before class again. That was so awful. Lesson learned.

Friday was my last day of work. It flew by since I was so busy wrapping things up, teaching people some things, saying bye to people, but I still managed to take a moment to enjoy some lunch with my coworkers.

The hardest part of the day was writing an email to my old office and current one saying bye. I’m glad to be staying home with the kids now, but it was tough thinking about where I started when I first started interning in Boston and everything that I learned and worked on over the years.

But spending my days with these 2 nuggets is going to be so awesome.

Even if they drive me to hide in the bathroom. ha!

I got in another OTF class in the morning on Saturday before Price went over our friend’s house to help them pack up to move.

They are building a house that is walking distance from our house, which is just so awesome. I can’t even being to imagine the trouble we are going to be into together.

 

The kids and I went over to our other friend’s house for a birthday party. At usual, it was great getting to hang out with all the moms, the kids had a blast making the school bus craft, and Hunter got to and with his future girlfriend, Mila.

Sunday was sorta insane but it all worked out.

Price did OTF in the morning and then I went out to brunch with my friends at The Hall on Franklin. But before that, Hunter had an allergic reaction to eggs. Fun!

So that Kentucky Champagne was very much needed.

I really value getting to hang with my awesome friends and enjoy our newly established monthly brunch outing.

After brunch, I raced home, got the kids, and then went to the Memorial Service. It was great to remember someone with a great appetite and a great appetite for life. And it didn’t hurt that the restaurant doubled the order( what?!?!) and I left with an insane amount of leftovers.

The rest of the day flew by as we got the kids ready for the week ahead.

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I’m looking forward documenting our busy, fun, crazy weeks in this series. Hope you enjoy these recaps too!

 

 

 

Happy Friendsgiving 2017

I love that we found such a great group of friends since moving to Florida.

We just clicked and it works so well with kids all around the same age (5 and under). The kids all play together and we get to hang and talk fun things like crappy sleep, endless weekend to do lists, and boob jobs we dream of. Ah mom life! ha!

Well, we divided up the holidays and hosting duties throughout the year.

Molly and Aaron got Friendsgiving, so we headed over to their house on Saturday with a giant tray of Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing and some booze in hand to hang out with friends while getting stuffed on some really awesome food!

 

They created really cute Thankful cards for each of the kids and gave them crayons to color in a big picture together. It was a good activity for the kids, besides the regular running around and screaming they always do.

Hunter’s future girlfriend Mila… so sweet and squishy. I love fresh babies.

Hunter was thrilled just to hang out with everyone. Also, nom on some blocks.

I did my typical Thanksgiving thing and not eat any turkey but just stuff myself on all the sides.

I realized that my sweet potatoes need work. The ones that Dolly brought were out of this world. They were so incredibly creamy, mine are never like that. But I did rock the stuffing that I brought so at least there is that! I am good with my stuffing skills, but I need to work on things for my sweet potatoes.

 

 

The kids finally wound down and watched a movie.

Ahh, so many girls. The few boys are going to be in trouble in this group!

The ladies stayed in and talked and talked and the guys went outside to build a fire n the fire pit and hang there.

Well, I’d say that the night was a big success!

Can’t wait for our next group party… Dolly & Rocky’s Ugly Sweater Party!!

 

Halloween 2017

Halloween is my favorite holiday.

I just love the fun festivities for the night. And the costumes are tons of fun.

I bought Autumn an Elena of Avalor costume early on from Costco since they have great costumes for awesome prices there. She wore this to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and loved it, but I made the unfortunate comment about it leaving glitter on everything. So that was no longer acceptable. Ugh. I kept telling her that it was no big deal and that last Halloween’s costume did the same. They basically all do. It’s a Halloween thing.

Still not cool.

 

So, then we got her a plain witch costume. Perfect! But she stole my broom.

Then she found out her friend, Kenzi, at school was going to be Elsa, so we had to go through the dress up bin and pull out an Anna costume for . The pair are so fun together.

So Autumn was 3 things for Halloween related festivities.

And Hunter was a cow. No complaints there!!!

Nor did he complain when we put him in a pumpkin that our neighbor had for her son, who is just 2 weeks older than Hunter.

I was a ‘Basic Witch’, which is just a play on ‘basic bitch’. I bought my shirt from the Everfitte shop  on Etsy, and paired it with a black tulle skirt. While at a Halloween Party, I carried around my “This Might Be Wine” mug from Brim Papery, which of course had wine in it. I just stuck with a travel mug for my roadie on Halloween so I didn’t run the risk of breaking my beloved mug.

Price was a grim reaper for a party we went to, but ditched the costume for taking the kids trick or treating.

Autumn scored tons of candy, and loved giving it out too. I made sure she said ‘thank you’ to everyone, so once I sent her back and they gave for more candy when she approached them again saying ‘thanks!!!”. ooph!

At least she had a blast with her friend Sophia and enjoyed her sugar high.

Loved every bit of this Halloween!!!!