Happy Friday y’all! What a week. A good week, but a crazy week as we stumbled through our new normal and kept an eye on all these natural disasters.
Currently Watching: Irma.
I follow several blogs from the islands and the devastation they are showing is truly mind-boggling. Windtraveler is unable to locate their boat at all, meaning it probably sunk completely. I’m sitting here in North Carolina, watching until I see a way our family can be most helpful to the recovery effort. We are praying for our Floridian friends and even grabbing a few extra bottles of water ourselves. Yesterday the stores where we live (3 1/2 hours inland) were wiped out of bread, milk, and water. It’s crazy.
Her path keeps seeming to change so it feels like a quarter of the country is just waiting.
Such a bizarre thing to see such gorgeous weather outside and knowing something terrific is on its way. Stay safe friends!
Currently Eating: Everything.
Anyone else go through different phases with food? I know that my body craves different foods as the seasons change. On warm days I’ve been all about salads. Trying to fit in that last of summer freshness I suppose.
Other days bring cool mornings and leave me craving the coziness of fall dishes, like ricotta and spinach stuffed shells. They’ve also been a lifesaver as we adjust to evening soccer practices because they are a dinner both girls gobble up quickly.
Another time saver this week? Frozen tater tots! Since these veggie burgers took quite a while to prep, I was grateful for the quick and easy side. You guys were right though: the burgers are worth the prep, as they are packed with flavor and make about 11 patties, so I had leftovers for the next day!
Currently Kicking Myself For: Poisonous Caterpillars
Trying not to pass on my own personal distaste for creepy crawlers to the girls, I was super adventurous mom yesterday and cheered them on as they played with a fun and fuzzy caterpillar.
10 minutes after we left my friend called me and blurted into the phone, THEY’RE POISONOUS! We scrubbed up right away and when I posted this tale on instagram I was informed that YIKES, they do indeed sting and apparently can hurt like hell. Total mom fail on my part, so consider this your PSA.
Currently Wearing: Real Clothes
Morning workouts are cool, guys. Being showered and in real clothes during the day makes me feel like an adult. Yes even jeans, my favorite boyfriend tee, and converse make me feel a million times more put together than wearing workout clothes with dried sweat (imagine that).
My new dress also came in and it feels just like fall and makes me so happy! I’m wearing a small and I feel like it runs a little big, in case you’re in the market for a transitional fall dress too.
That pose? The fashion bloggers made me do it. I’m not too proud to copycat! Now talk to me about accessories. Is there one necklace I can buy and just wear with everything all fall long? Send it to me please!
Also, the Nordstrom Summer Sale is going on through Monday. They have deals up to 40% off and it’s worth checking out! I snagged this romper for 40% off– very flattering for shorties like me that need things to have structure.
Currently Listening to: Brene Brown
Again. I’m on my second run through listening to the Power of Vulnerability. Are any of you self-improvement junkies too? Would you be interested in my favorite takeaways from her teachings? I’m really working on implementing my favorite phrase of hers in my own life: “Don’t shrink; don’t puff up; just stand your sacred ground” and would love to blab on and on about it in a full on blog post.
Currently Adulting: Haircuts for the Kids
Kaitlyn has needed a haircut for months. Months!
Yesterday we finally made our way to Birkdale for haircuts (kids get a birthday coupon for 20% off at Snip-Its which was probably my main motivation for making it there). Afterwards I was kicking myself for waiting so long because it probably should have been done before the first day of school and all, but oh well. At least I can check it off the list now.
Currently Giving Myself Grace with: Homeschool
We’re doing it but that doesn’t mean we have it down yet. The support I’ve received and your encouraging words have been more helpful than you guys know! I’ve doubted myself a million times but believe comfort in the process will come with time. The good news is that Hailey seems to love it and doesn’t notice that I’m completely winging it right now.
I’m looking forward to getting further along with math because it’s pretty dull at the moment as we move through the basics. However, it’s a blast being able to do 20 minutes of math, followed by reading and mind games, followed by “home ec” in the kitchen (I use this sourdough step by step).
I think it’s easy to forget as parents how much our children are learning from us at all times, not just in an official school/learning environment. Life skills are hugely important and math can be taught with baking. It’s pretty amazing.
Today is FIELD-TRIP FRIDAY and we are heading to an apple orchard. We’ve read Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie and Hailey is set on baking the same pie as Amelia Bedelia (the recipe is in the back of the book). I hope the orchard has granny smiths!
The girls have a gymnastics party this weekend and we have a Panther’s Kick-off party with friends. Kaitlyn also has her first soccer practice and game on her team of ALL BOYS, so it ought to be highly entertaining. I hope you all have a great weekend stay safe! <3
Pick a “currently” and play along- I’d love to hear what is happening in your neck of the woods!