Friday Randoms V.4

­­­­­­­Happy Friday! Oh my gosh this week has just been brutal. I don’t know what it is but I have to tell you I feel like I am just off. I am just not feeling it. I’m tired, grumpy and just feeling funny.  Maybe it’s been the start of a new semester, the weird schedules, and Cate being up a lot of nights this week.  I started to wonder if I was even getting sick maybe but I think I am just in a funk right now. Wah… I don’t know what it is but as I told Glenn I feel like I could complain for hours but I really have nothing to complain about.  Ugh…

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this. There is something so special about my Brady James.  Unprompted he showed this to his teacher and said it was a note for me.


We have a lot going on this weekend but it should be fun stuff which makes me happy. Glenn and I are going to see American Sniper tonight and tomorrow he and I have date with our sweet girl while Brady is at a birthday party extravaganza. And then of course there is the Super Bowl. I am dying to make this Supreme Pizza Dip. I have a feeling it will be a hit!

I shared this article on my facebook page.  As an educator, I just don’t agree with PARCC testing.  As a parent I am teriffied.   I am soon going to become the mom of a kindergartner and the standardized testing world is problem my biggest worry if we navigate the public education system.  The only hope I have is this our school district.  This letter gives me some confidence that public school systems will join forces in eliminating our testing system.

Food for the Week

Monday- Spaghetti Squash Pizza Bake (it was delicious and even better as leftovers)

Tuesday- Sushi (Our cleaning ladies come and I refuse to cook in a sparkling kitchen)

Wednesday-  Skinnytaste CookbookSanta Fe Crockpot Chicken  over Rice

Thursday- Glenn was working late  so the kids had breakfast for dinner since they beg for Paw Paw’s pancakes and loved this new gadget!

Friday- Hmmmm…

Have a great weekend!



Friday Randoms v.2

Happy Friday friends! Another week in the books and honestly, I don’t mind that January is moving fast because it is cold and wet  with a lot more to come I am sure.  It’s really hard to be happy when every day is gray and slushy but the countdown to spring break is on- 10 weeks.  If we could just see the sun, I would be thrilled at this point.

Brady has a rash that has put us both in prompt care and in our pediatrician’s office this week. Our pediatrician is convinced it is viral but Brady is healthy as can be albeit itchy…really itchy.  Poor kid. On top of it, Brady was just referred to ENT for his darn tonsils and adenoids. That makes a tad nervous.

What I’m Reading: Why US Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind  Such an interesting read about what the US is doing wrong with maternity leaves. I am not sure if I have a strong opinion either way but I get the point the article is making especially after getting the summary of our daycare costs this week.

Dinner- We had a couple of really great meals this week. I have fallen in love with the Skinny Taste Cookbook. I feel like the recipes are not only healthy but easy to follow for someone like me who is not a great cook.

Sunday- Kale and Chicken Sausage Pasta (via Skinnytaste cookbook)

Monday- Wildfire Salads

Tuesday- Chili

Wednesday- Bertolli (NEVER AGAIN)

Thursday- Open Faced Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (via Skinnytaste cookbook)

And tonight I am so excited to be going out my girls! I could care less what we eat or drink- I am just grateful for a night with the two women that I can kick my shoes off and be myself with even if the week has been long! This weekend is going to be filled with adventures in sledding for the first time this winter season and a night out with friends at The Social Table to celebrate a birthday! Cooking, eating and drinking with friends sounds like a perfect Saturday night to me!



Make It Work

As a mom of two young kids and a full time job getting to the gym is hard to do consistently.  Some weeks I get there more than others.  There are some weeks I just can’t find the time.  I have tried everything from scheduling it in my calendar to going there after Cate goes to bed to getting up at 5am to get a workout in.  And it usually week over week it ends up working out okay.  Then there are  weeks like this last one, where because of sickness and work schedules and evening commitments I just couldn’t get to the gym.  But I wanted to.

So, I decided to give some things on Pinterest a try.

Insert this FitSugar video.

Here’s the thing. I think the girls are kind of annoying but their honesty about what hurts as a result of certain things makes me laugh.  40 minutes in my kitchen and you know what. I was sweating. My heart rate was up and I felt like I got some type of workout in with a sick kid on the couch.  And the next day, I still felt it in my calves of all places.

This is not a sponsored post. This is just me telling one working mom to another that there are solutions. Maybe not the best workout you ever have but good enough to feel like you at least got moving when you thought you wouldn’t be able to.

And no, I didn’t wear my Fitbit Force until this week.  I am still confused and haven’t callibrated it yet.  So, more to come on this one.


Monday Memo 1/5/14

It’s the first Monday in January which tells me you need an update on life here in our parts.  I think I have a lot to share so let’s get started shall we?

~ The kids have started sleeping later and we are all better for it. There is something so therapeutic about getting out of bed when there is a 7 on the clock.  The mornings have become lazy and lovely.  Am I right? Just in time to go back to the school routine I know.

~ We went sledding at Flick Park in Glenview on Saturday. First of all, there are actual steps up to the top of the hill which was amazing.  It was a bit icy and got crowded but boy did we have fun! Brady had this look of pure joy on his face every single time he came down the hill and even went down by himself.


~ Our kitchen renovation is becoming real. We bought all new appliances are looking at lighting and seem to be waiting for March when the demo begins.  This reminds me I need to show you some other spaces in our home.  I wish I could show you the drawings but I think the before and after will be pretty exciting.

~I have seen more snow fall over Winter Break than I ever want to see again.  It was pretty for a few hours but after the constant need to keep up with the removal and the bitter cold temps I am over it.  I know we live in the Midwest but the extremes lately have been a lot to handle.  Glenn has carried the majority of this burden, but I am tired of cold mud room floors, slushy gross feet and constant monitoring of  No school Monday might just send me over the edge.  I am all for a snow day but not after a two week break.

~ We played Cards Against Humanity on NYE with good friends. Have you played? Holy cow is it funny. And so not appropriate.  But dang did we laugh a lot.

~ This week is nuts. During and after school.   I have to work late Tuesday but get to hear an awesome speaker named Adam Grant.  His book is so interesting and I am really excited to hear him talk.  Wednesday and Thursday nights we have Academic Life which is hard on me and my kids and my husband.  Luckily, the rest of the month is pretty quiet and thank goodness I live so close!

Hope you have a great week! I will be back with a heavier post later this week. Happy Monday! Did you survive the snow? Have you dug out? Thawed out? Enjoy your week!


Catching Up and Settling In

The lack of writing on this blog would tell you I have writer’s block. I don’t really if I am being honest. I actually have a lot to say and so many things I want to tell you about but for one reason or another I just haven’t had a chance to do just that. So, instead I am going to brain dump some things and then hopefully I will get moving on some other posts for you. And yes, I still have been getting dressed every day. I just haven’t remembered to take a photograph and blog about it. Life is just messy and good busy and I am content with that being the priority for now.

I put my camera down for a long time and now for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to get back in the swing of things. I feel like I am starting over. I am frustrated with focus issues and just basics when you shoot in manual. So, I can’t decide if I should toss in the towel or try to teach myself all over again.

I went to yoga sculpt a couple of weeks ago and one of my closest girlfriends said it best when she said, “It just felt good to sweat it out”. I don’t buy in to the breathing and quiet and ohm stuff but I sure do appreciate the fact that for one hour I was unplugged, focused on me and sweating at the same time.

The week of Thanksgiving was short so I knew we didn’t need a major grocery store run. So we went to Trader Joe’s. I am still not sure I totally get the love affair but I am starting to understand it. We had some good au gratin potatoes and some type of chicken stir fry that was okay too. I get it. It’s easy to prepare food and as a working mom I appreciate that.

The countdown to Christmas is on. And as much as it killed me, we  waited to decorate to “respect the bird”. I know my dad would be proud and I love the way our home looks!

Brady and Cate are emotional, playful, hilarous, mischevious, lovely and I am totally smitten with them. I can’t remember a time I have been so content in motherhood as I am now. Doesn’t hurt that Glenn is good at laughing with me when one throws an epic tantrum or yogurt is flying at the dinner table.

Are you ready to see our Christmas card tomorrow?


OOTD {Week 8}

Happy Friday Friends!  Yesterday was my Friday. We have a four day weekend for our seniors to visit colleges! How nice is that? So, I hopped a flight last night to Washington, D.C. to visit my brother and sister in law and their new addition Reese. Yes, I am leaving my kids for two nights alone. For the first time ever since they were born.  And I cried when my car service showed up to take me to the airport.  I cried until Brady hugged me for the fourth time and told me he was going to miss me and I was worried he was going to start crying so I pulled it together. I know my kids are in good hands and my sweet husband called me on Facetime right before I got on the plane.

This week was pretty mild again. The temperatures were in the low 70’s every single day and the sunshine was abundant.  This is making dressing tricky.  With the mornings being down right chilly but afternoons being warm I found myself wearing these in between pieces this week.


I am looking forward to snuggling my niece the next two days and then still having two days with my own two kids! Happy Weekend Friends!


Monday Memo

~Kids. School. Daycare. Sickness already.  All words that are back in my vocabulary and making life really challenging right now.  I love being a teacher but I am really struggling with finding my stride as a working mom again. It is my choice to work- Glenn is indifferent and for the first time ever in my entire life I am asking myself the question why? And to be honest, I don’t have a good answer. I miss my kids. And usually that gets easier. But it hasn’t. So, I keep asking myself why do I work? I feel this whisper in my head saying, “You will never get these years back”.  So I just keep asking why?

missing her like whoa

~Hot. Summer just showed up and it is almost September. It has been the most mild summer with a rainy June and then a chilly, like sweatshirt chilly July.  And here I am back to work and can’t enjoy of the beaches daily with my kids and the weather finally gives us a reason to go there daily. Sigh…

~Ravinia. I am a Ravinia virgin but this Friday that all changes as we head there to see Alabama.  Country music, outdoor venue and some of my very best friends? Can you ask for much more to start Labor Day weekend? I don’t think so.

~I will have a two year this time next week. Please just make time stop

~Dinner Conversation that made my mama heart swell big and proud.

Brady: Dad how does the song go in the Wizard of Oz.

Glenn: (starts to sing)

Brady: In the Wizard of Oz, the scarecrow didn’t have a brain right?

Glenn and I: Right. What did the Tin Man have missing buddy? Do you remember?

Brady: A heart. What about the lion? What was he missing again?

Glenn: Courage. He was scared a lot.

Brady: But that’s okay as long as he is nice right? Nice to everyone.

Me: That’s right buddy. Being kind is the most important thing.

Happy Monday Friends! Sorry there are no pics. Adjusting to real life has made picking up my camera really really hard lately….sigh!  Five day week and then a three day weekend and three day week. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.