Monday, June 26, 2017

7 quick takes, three days late edition

Guys, Summer!!!

We have been doing it right, if I do say so myself. Aside from les miserables Magic Mountain day, we have hit the beach multiple times, my parents pool a jillion times, been sunburned, lived off of popsicles, had a lot of BBQ, and fun family movie nights while the sun goes down and the raccoons sniff around our patio for leftovers.

If you are interested in the status of my comments section, let me tell you it is still as terrible as ever. STD's, witchcraft, and getting husbands back are the bulk of my never-ending stream of comments and I rarely get a comment from you! Are you terrified?? I will post it! Don't stop talking to me because I am haunted by DR. OWWNEDNEFA QURASTA.

This post is just a quick nod to my BF, Jeff Bezos. Now that it's summertime and my children are all around me, a trip to the store for any and all essentials just kills me dead. I'm increasingly grateful for my "subscribe and save" items and I thought they would be fun to share. Obviously because I don't know what *fun* is.

1. sponges

(lol this post is already making me laugh)

2. Method Smarty Dish Tabs - I feel like I've really done my research on this and this, by far, is the best bang for my buck when it comes to eco-happy, cheap, user-friendly dishwasher soap.

3. Toothbrushes... makes me feel so much better about my children's health in general to have a frequent rotation of toothbrushes that just arrive in my mailbox without my brain having to consider the where, why, how's of XL family dental care.

4. Dish soap - This is crazy cheap for Mrs. Meyers!! I have no idea why. This smell makes me happy.

5. Toothpaste (for us)

6. Toothpaste (for them)

7. Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo - This makes my children smell good for about 45 minutes and for that I am grateful.

Is there anything better than things you need that just COME to you?? Not a lot.

((spam zone))








Linking up with Kelly...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Head to toe

I gotta be quick today because I made the v v wise and genius decision today to go to Magic Mountain in 100 degree heat with kid that turned up sick and not enough food/water/positivity and we will probably be recovering for at least 6 movies.

I've got a few where is that from questions as of late so I'm just gonna give you the quick rundown of what's working for me this summer (if in fact it may work for U 2). Everything below I am wearing obnoxiously often which equals I love it.

I love these sunglasses (on sale, too!)

Thanks to all those Instagram ads I jumped on the Glossier train and I am INTO boy brow and the stretch concealer. Two thumbs up! Has anyone tried cloud paint? That's next on my list...

I just got this linen boyfriend shirt in white and I loooove it. It perfectly flouncy and crisp and lightweight. ok emoji ok emoji ok emoji cool sunglass guy emoji.

My fave accessory that I'm surely over-wearing but I don't care. (I have it in silver)

I went for these wide-leg crop jeans because I was feeling brave and I LOVE them (I love a lot of things, did you realize?) Especially with the linen boyfriend button down hellooooo

And these sandals. Errday.

Bye (lololollllcry)


Monday, June 12, 2017

And now we are two

In many ways, the past two years have felt like a blur. Back to back pregnancies fuzzed my vision and made the details hazy in a lot of ways. But in other ways, I look at my two little babies with an affection that feels clarified. I didn't think I was all the way ready, yet here you are, and it's so damn good. My little blue eyes.

Today the first of the them is 2. He is a total joy and I feel like the luckiest to have him in our world.

Now that we have bigger kids, most of our activities are oriented to them. The little kids just kinda go with it. When Hero was two, I would have never put her through a big kid movie, or a game, or whatever; and I would have felt a little sorry for any little kid that lived in a big kid world. But that world's not ours anymore. Last night, Joe whined to cuddle as we watched Rookie of the Year as a family. He paid attention and made goofy commentary and I totally adored that he was the kid having to sit through a weird 90's live action baseball movie. I feels right that he is our little sidekick. Sitting on the sidelines in the dirt as the kids play tag, jumping onto Peter's back when he's crouched too low, following someone around somewhere, all the time. I realize now what a sweet life it must be to be the little guy in an alive, opinionated, happy crew. Adoring, all the time. Swallowed up in action, all the time. What a fun, fun life. He is our best little guy.

Happy day, my baby.













More Joe fest with the birth story in all it's parts and here.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

School's out

For summa. How does one summer? Give me your ideas.

Kirby wins for the cutest tradition starting ever. After school he took the kids out for ice cream, then set up a campout in the yard. He also played capture the flag, cops and robbers, made a scavenger hunt for the little guys that led to hot wheels he bought them, flicked glow stick juice all over the trees to create a fairy land for them, all while making me and everyone else look like the totally subpar parents we actually are. I'm hoping that my generosity when it comes to little kids sneaking into my bed somehow pays off. (all of it on Instastories, btw)

Anyway, I'm joking bc he is really the best and the kids had so much fun. I did wake up at like 9 am to make them all apple pancake and I'm sure they'll NEVER FORGET IT.

And Hero got on honor roll. Go, girl.

And I'm now officially the mother of a soon to be kindergartener, second, third, and fifth grader. How?

The other day I asked Clem what I would do without her home with me next year and without skipping a beat she replied, "You'll have Pete." Breaking my heart, Clemmy!

I looked over the Kinder standards and Clem has flying colors in anything social or motor skillish but whether or not she can identify a single letter or number, I know not. My summer goals, if you were wondering.





As for the bigs kids, I'm giving everyone a week to do nothing and then we hit the summer schedule hard. I mentioned things feeling a little no one does the things I need them to do over here, so summer is going to be prime time habit building season. I mostly want to get the kids to tackle their individual laundry days and get good at making beds and keeping their space clean and not leaving their shoes out to be eaten by racoons. And also read and write a bit everyday. SO THERE, KIDS.

For now, we chill and I plot.

How do you guys do summer? As usual, I need you all to tell me wassup.

Also, look at how sad Joe's birthday present ended up being. I was a click away from this cutie sweatshirt but I didn't get it. And now I regret it. Good thing you're only two, Joe. You won't get sympathy presents much longer, bb.


(Legit and beloved gift, courtesy of his godmother)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bb b a Sprout

My babay be eating. A lot. Like, a lot a lot. I love when brands reach out to me and offer to send me goodies to try, especially when they are relevant to my life and most especially when they are good (HINT HINT ALL YOU BRANDS). Mostly when I feed Francis he gets what we are eating but I admit that sometimes that's a random sandwich crust and I'm not an expert but I think I'm pretty sure the nutritional content of a crust is basically... zero? I do try to have little good for you snacky bits around for him to fill in the gaps of my exceptional parenting and feeding skills.

Sprout is a super awesome brand that gives you all the pouches and all the puffy things that you want to toss at your baby while you are doing everything else you do. You guys should check them out here because couponsssss (whatelsedoyouneed). But also because all their product is organic, non-gmo, gluten free, and ONLY plant-based (chia, dates, chickpeas, pumpkin, lentils, coconut milk, etc). And I'm still no expert but I know all that is GOOD.

Oh and I actually really appreciate the clear pouches because of all those super sketchy mold-in-pouches stories. Right? Ew!

Evidence don't lie.










What a lush.

Go check out Sprout for coupons and where to buy!

Thanks to Sprout for hosting this post and giving me your awesome product and for the excuse to take photos of my baby being cute. Full disclosure, I ate all the White Cheddar Curlz O_O.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

7 QT Busy life/busy wife edition

Guys, I can't catch a breather! Except for when I'm totally relaxing in either Las Vegas or on retreat. BUT IN TERMS OF REGULAR LIFE. Phew.

Here are my school is almost done, we are all haulin' ass quick takes, two days late.

1. Vegassss was so fun. We panicked our first morning there and booked a third night. Best choice eva. We logged many poolside hours, after having found the quietest chillest pool at the Venetian; and spent quality time with some of our best friends. My perfect Vegas day consisted of an 8ish rise time, immediately rolling out of bed and into a swimming suit, grabbing coffee, finding the best lounge chairs by the pool and enjoying a quiet hour or two before people start pouring in (morning poolside with coffee is my FAVE). Around 1 or 2 (read: noon), cocktails (pool area cocktail servers = queens), more pool, more cocktails, reading, reading, reading, 5 o'clock mass, cocktails, dinner repeat repeat repeat. We really perfected this system by day 3 which was sad because... then you leave. But I really feel like I've got our strategy locked. Lay by the pool reading alllll day > get ready and advance to nighttime fun. It's the ultimate.






2. As are retreats! I try and go on this specific retreat every year (just so happened to line up back to back with our trip but you don't see me complaining about it). Three days alone to pray and think through your life is pretty incredible. This retreat in particular is silent (or rather, silence is encouraged) so I found myself with ample time to wander alone thinking hard about my life and the life of our family, what changes I want to make and the areas I hope to grow in, alone and together. Coming home felt super refreshing and I'm excited to start the summer with some new habits in place.

3. Speaking of summer AND habits, gracious do we need some new habits. Last week I was starting to lose my freaking mind with my children and their inability to do.... everything. Where are my shoes? Where is my homework? Where are my clothes? On and on and on and on. I really want this summer to be dedicated kinda in part to fun and largely in part to figuring our shit out before we start another school year. I plan to devote some serious time to room organization and XL family survival strategies. Maybe I'll finally buy a few of these books I'm always talking about getting...

Any ideas for me? How do you prep for school year organization? Tell me the secrets.

4. While the Wilber's are living it up in Paris and London, Erica brought the kids over to play for the morning a few days ago.

When I asked Prim where her mommy was she said "She's on her field trip."


Too true, baby.

But have you been following the trip via IG? How many of you have booked flights to Paris bc of it? Be honest.

5. I've been setting small goals of things to tackle around the house as summer approaches. When we moved, we had so much new storage space that I quickly unpacked most boxes in not the most calculated, organized manner. I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out time to start organizing when I realized hellllo high school girls!! One of our local sitter extraordinaires loves to organize so I've lined her up to come for a few days next week to get my act together. GUYS, WHY DON'T WE ASK HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TO HELP US WITH MORE THINGS? We r dumb, that's why. She even made a Pinterest board for me... I mean...

6. Got new chairs!! Remember me complaining about not having chairs that matched at our kitchen table or were even dining chairs at all (step-stool... swiveling office chair, etc). I found a local Craigslist vintage knock-off warehouse sale nearby and holla! They were suuuuper cheap. Cheap and cute and a table that looks like it belongs to an adult. Checking all my boxes.


7. Joe. Joe is the cute, cutest lately. He will be 2 next week and I'm feeling so excited to celebrate him. We moved the day before his first birthday last year, and I know it doesn't matter and he didn't care, but he spent his first birthday crawling around in the dust of our new house. The two things he loves the most are playing air-guitar and Mickey mouse (bub-house). Thinking of maybe getting him this hoodie  because (((how cute))).


Happy weekending!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guys...

GUYS!!

I have so much to say. I mean, it's been a time. I don't know why/have no excuses/no answers/per usual. A sampling of the things I've got on my mind are: how much I hate NFP, Tracy Anderson, do I need surgery on my belly button, how much I hate NFP, what are we going to do in Vegas next weekend, etc. Boy, just you wait...

For now, can we just talk about the weird spam I am getting in my comments NON-STOP? A sampling...






Ummm, what? Jelqing?

Seriously, a few weeks back I had like 100 spam comments a single post and I had to go dark and start monitoring comments. Sorry if that annoys anyone but this annoys me more. Also, I realize my battery situation might make most people anxious but this is the reality of my life. #mybestself

What else have we missed? Mary turned 9! Francis starting taking the bottle like a profesh which immediately sent Kirby to bookmyvacaystat.com and we leave for Las Vegas on Thursday. A few friends were like Vegas? What? and while I admit it is mostly 97% trash we have so much fun there. We just hide in our hotel, and sleep, and eat delicious food, and migrate from pool to restaurant to room to restaurant and it's the best. Plus, Britney Spears may or may not be on my personal agenda. 

Anyway, I will have a drink in all ya'lls honor.

Oh, and Jenny Uebbing is coming over to my house Friday. Sha-wing!

MORE IMPORTANT THINGS: 

May is a big month in my blogging periphery when it comes to little tiny sick hearts. Please, please keep sweet tiny Regina in your prayers and she will undergo open heart surgery later this month. And pray for Bonnie's daughter Lydia, who goes in tomorrow for open heart bypass surgery. Sylvia and Bonnie- we love you guys!

What's new with you guys? Besides spells that reunited you with your wife? -_- More soon xoxo