OOTD {Week 9}

Happy Friday Friends! Today, I am linking up with OT&ET to keep me writing and reflecting. We have very little planned this weeeknd and I couldn’t be happier. I am thinking the chilly temps call for banana bread and soup on the stove and just some quiet time in at home.

Loving that the next two weekends will have a babysitter on Saturday night and get a chance to be adults. These past few weeks we haven’t had a lot of adult time and I think we need it.  Not to mention I am looking forward to a good meal or two and hopefully meeting one of my best friend’s new addition!

Listening to Cate and Brady bicker. They never really fight but when they do it usually results with both of them in tears. Brady is so so patient with Cate but there are days when he just wants her to leave him alone which I totally get. And when she doesn’t he usually pushes her away and then they both end up crying- him because he feels bad and wants to be left alone and her because “Bwady push me” with full water works. Today, the whole car ride to school, Cate kept repeating that he pushed her and Brady kept telling her that he needs to leave her alone. This is just the beginning I am guessing…

Worrying about what to do with Brady next year and knowing we will be faced with the same decision with Cate in two years.  With an October and September birthday respectively, we are not only faced with our kids being the oldest kids in their class but daycare becomes a big decision. Repeat preschool in the daycare we are currently in, move him to a parochial full day junior kindergarten for a year, or hire a nanny and a part time program… ack! The possibilities are endless and even with a spreadsheet detailing pros and cons of each I am convinced I will make the wrong decision.

Reading all the things in life right now.  Every single group, meeting, person I know has me reading something and yet I find myself craving some personal reading for fun.  For school I am reading Choke by Sian Beilock and Give and Take by Adam Grant. I have to tell you that Give and Take is really interesting to read.  You will silently add a label to every single person you talk to after reading it.  What I am dying to read is Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This is the final book in a trilogy that I am obsessed with. It will have to wait until I get these other two done for work.

Singing Christmas tunes in my head. Did you know that Christmas is only nine weeks away from this past Wednesday. It is and I know I need to respect the turkey but I love me some Christmas music and I can’t wait that is all we hear on the radio.


Have a great weekend! Hope you stay warm!



OOTD {Week 7}



Summer seems to be lingering farther in to fall than it usually does so that means that I am secretly thrilled to still be wearing sandals and dresses and short sleeves! Another five day week in the books and we have a BUSY weekend ahead of us filled with birthday parties, block parties and of course some football! Linking up with OT &ET this week.

learning how to be okay with change. Sometimes, I get so disappointed when something doesn’t go exactly how I want it to and I get insecure and self-conscious wondering if I am good enough and worthy enough and if I did something wrong to deserve change I am not particularly fond of happening. But I am learning that is how I grow and stretch and get to know who I am even more.

growing more confident in me. I have struggled with this for so so long. There you heard me say it. I may come off confident and sure of myself but down deep I struggle with who I am at my core and how much I care about how others do things, what others think of me and being accpeted.  I am finally realizing that as long as I am okay with who I am and that my family loves me that is enough.  At the end of every day, I ask myself am I okay with who I was today and are the people I love.  And as long as that answer is yes or maybe, then I am okay.

buying so much stuff right now! I just ordered a gallery grouping of frames from Etsy that will reside on the wall up our stairs. Our dining room table is in progress. We are waiting on swatches for our dining room chairs. And on top of it, we are buying a new bed. Glenn is a get things done kind of guy and he has had enough of our partially finished house. So, I am taking this attitude on decorating and making some decisions. We have so much we want to do but I keep thinking we can’t have nice things and that holds me back. I am even more excited to tackle the kids’ rooms this spring. I should probably get some pictures of the house up huh since I keep telling you about it.

loving all the new tv that is on. I am really not that in to tv but I have to tell you Homeland, Top Chef and the Amazing Race back all in one week is pretty darn great in my book. Add that to our HBO shows that come back in the winter and we are set.

wishing I could find a way to have a date once a month with each of my kids. Tonight, I took Brady to get his haircut while Cate was in the bath and my heart melted when he told me in the car that he liked me and walking in when he announced sometimes it is nice to not have Cate come with us to the haircut place. I think this is my almost 4 year old reminding his mama that he needs alone time with me. And so does Cate. So, I am going to try to sneak away on date with each of them this month. Maybe for ice cream or a to get a new toy or maybe just an errand. Regardless, I want to have time alone with each of my kids and I think that I can make it happen.


OOTD {Week 5}

I am sure you are as tired of my excuses as I am of giving them for why I haven’t posted since Monday. Well, I will just join one of my favorite link ups today with the hope that it counts for something. And yes, I have pictures from the week. Everyone loved my green dress Thursday. Guess what? It’s from Target like three years ago and all I did was add a belt from Loft and it was hit!



Changing all of our clothes, decorations and flowers to fall stuff. It’s coming slowly but surely here in Chicago and I think this is the most pleasant transition in to fall we have had in a really long time! The low 70’s every day, sunshine, cool breezes at night make me ready almost anxious for fall.  Crazy but I am dying to wear a sweater and jeans but feel like I should be happy I am still wearing some late summer stuff so I will patiently wait.

Remembering that I am only one person. This week is one of those weeks where I just  can’t shake the feeling that I am not doing everything well enough.  School for some reason has me totally overwhelmed and between meeting with contractors, trying to work out and have some me time and do all the other things working parents do I just feel like I am coming up short

Needing to really do some thinking about our home specifically our kitchen and make some decisions. I still owe you a home tour but our kitchen is a source of issues right now and I just need to do some sketching, some dreaming and some reality thinking over the next few weeks. If this is my forever home (i.e. the house we live in until our kids graduate high school) then I really want it to be a space and a place that I love and enjoy.  So, a kitchen renovation and outdoor patio space need to happen. We are working on it but so far I am disappointed.

Cleaning nothing. I admit it. We don’t clean. We clean up.  But the $95 that we spend bi-weekly to have our house cleaned from top to bottom is on the top of my things a working mom should have!

Feeling energized about teaching this year. This is the first year since I have had kids that I have really enjoyed teaching. Perfecting my craft. Thinking, reflecting, planning, and creating all words I would use to describe my work this year. The classroom is my home, my safe space and I just so excited about the school year. It probably helps that I really like my kids this year and only have one prep!

Happy Friday Friends!



Happy Friday Friends! Sorry it’s been a bit quiet this week. Life just got in the way and we have been having way to much fun! I will be back with a list update next week and some other posts but today I am linking up with one of my favorite weekly link-ups.  Currently I am…

Smelling the sweet and salty smell of the Neutrogena sunscreen my kids wear on a daily basis. I think that this smell will forever remind me of my kids and the summer weather because whether we are at the park, the pool or they are at daycare that I can smell their sunscreen anywhere.

Wishing we could get to the bottom of Cate’s situation. I was going to post about her skin issues but then they even took a bigger turn for the worse and now we aren’t really sure what is going on so until I know more I am going to hold off.  What I can tell you is that my poor sweet girl is so itchy and uncomfortable in her own skin that it is almost hard to watch. Every day when we take her clothes off to either get her dressed or give her a bath, I pray in that moment that it has all gone away.  So far, that has not been the case.

Loving these last few glorious days before I return to work next week.  I am in squeeze all things in and get all things done mode but it is good and fun and my kids are so content right now.  Mother Nature has blessed us with mild weather in the past few weeks to the point that it has been plain cold some nights.  The sunny days, cooler temps and less humidity have allowed for our windows to be open.  It has also meant we can enjoy our time outdoors instead of being sweaty all the time.  With no routine, I find myself saying yes more and accepting that my kids just want to be kids. The park, the pool and the beach all made their way into our week this week and we had fun. This is honestly the first summer I can truly say I am not ready to go back to school.

Pouring more water as I have gotten into a nice routine with exercise. I am a better person when I exercise and I feel better. Just happier, calmer and patient.    The more I exercise the more I feel myself wanting water instead of pop or lemonade.  I love adding fruit to my water just to give it a bit of flavor but to be honest there is nothing more refreshing to me than an ice cold glass of water.  A mason jar helps too right?

Talking to Cate before she goes to sleep.  Cate and I have this funny routine at night. She is a dictator about it.  She is our snuggle bed and will let you rock her all night if you want to and that part of the routine makes up for the other part.   It makes me think of that book “Love You Forever” because I honestly think I will be sneaking in to her room when she is older to rock her because she will let me and since she is my last baby I won’t say no to it.  However, when you rock her you have to sing to her. I don’t exactly have a singing voice and the only song she will stand for is the A-B-C song.  I swear if you recorded it you would laugh at my voice but the minute you start singing her breathing slows, her head settles in my shoulder and I usually tear up because I am full of  love that is greater than I thought capable.