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Thursday, January 28, 2016


Happy Thursday!  

Another week is nearing an end and I'm still not caught up on my to do list!  I'm assuming that I never will catch up on that list. There just simply isn't enough time in the day!

Here's a little glimpse at life lately...


WATCHING:  We just finished watching Boardwalk Empire.  I was skeptical, but it was AMAZING! We also caught up on season four of New Girl on Netflix.  I love the show, but we never manage to watch it when it's on TV. Switched at Birth is my guilty pleasure when I get the chance.  Which is maybe once a week.  It's going to take me forever to finish the series! We're also joining the rest of the world and getting drawn into Making a Murderer and eagerly awaiting the return of The Walking Dead (AKA my weekly dose of anxiety).  We usually throw in a few episodes of our trusty favorites, Gilmore Girls and Frasier, into our weekly rotation, too!


LISTENING TO:   Can I be honest?  Silence. 4 kids create an abundance of noise.  I often strap my kids into their car seats and turn the air on as high as it will go so it drowns out everything else.  It's just for a few minutes and it seems to calm me!  After that, it's today's hottest music by request of my children. When I get my way, it's musicals, soundtracks, and Josh Groban!

READING:  The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome written by my amazing friend, Jen Jacob, and Mardra Sikora. Review coming soon! Also, Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. It's an easy read that my mom gave me years ago!

COOKING: I make a meal plan every week.  This week's plan was (Sunday-Tacos) (Monday-Chicken Pot Pie) (Tuesday-Pot Roast and Mashed Potatoes) (Wednesday-Fish, Macaroni and Cheese and Stewed Tomatoes) (Thursday-Tuna Noodle Casserole) (Friday-Dinner at my parent's house) (Saturday-Grilled Pork Chops and Pierogies). I try to introduce a few new recipes each month.  We recently tried this Creamy Potato Soup and it was a hit!

EATING:  I'm on an English Muffin kick lately. I top it with butter and jam...yum!  And, well, chocolate. I have to have just a little bit of chocolate every single day!

DRINKING:  Hot Tea morning, Iced Tea in the afternoon, and Hot Tea at night.  I drink water throughout the day and that's about it, other than an occasional glass of orange juice.

BUYING:  Grant's getting a new car tonight.  That's major!  Next on the list is a new car seat for Liam.  The safest convertible seats are the Britax Clicktight, the Chicco NextFit, and the Graco seat that Lily has.  I love Lily's seat so much, but I wanted to try out the other two models. People get very pushy about which seat is the ultimate seat, so I wanted to try before I buy. All 3 seats are great, but I'm leaning toward the Chicco NextFit.  Liam's tiny body fit so well in the seat and the mechanics were very similar to Lily's seat. No matter what I choose, this article is a great reminder about how a PROPERLY installed seat is the safest seat, no matter which brand it is! Oh, and I bought Liam a few adorable sweater rompers on super clearance at Babies R Us. I couldn't resist the one with the bow tie!

Deal of the week: 3 sweater rompers for $16. SOLD! I couldn't pass up the one with a bow tie! ❤

PINNING:  Lots of organization ideas, recipes, Valentine's Day ideas, clever hacks, and activities for kids.  You can see them HERE! This DIY storage unit with window seat is AWESOME, my kids would love this Dinosaur Egg Melting Activity, and and I'm thinking about making these adorable valentines.

PLANNING: Lexie's 9th Birthday Party.  HOW is she turning 9 already?!? We're also starting to discuss our beach vacation this summer!

WORRYING: Oh, just about making the right decision regarding Liam and preschool.  I also have a meeting on Monday morning that I'm not too thrilled about!

THINKING: That I need to go to bed.  It's almost 2 AM!

CELEBRATING: The fact that the temperature isn't in the single digits or teens right now.  That's pretty sad, isn't it?!? 

LOOKING FORWARD TO:  Finishing our tax return!  (It's on the agenda for this afternoon.)  Celebrating our a "framily" member's 14th birthday on Sunday!  And just to keep it real, sleeping in over the weekend!!!

LOVING:  My cozy pajamas from Target.  My fuzzy bootie slippers. Boot socks. Cake batter Chapstick. Cuddling with my kids by the fire.

WEARING: My winter attire consists of skinny jeans, sweaters, boot socks, and boots.  Every single day.  And kids in my arms.  That's a given!


That sums up life lately!  I can't believe January is coming to an end this weekend! 

What are you loving right now?



  1. I give you so much credit for planning a meal six days per week! Just like you, I need to indulge in chocolate at least once per day, and silence has become my best friend too. The only time I can enjoy quiet time is during my rides back and forth to work. (Living in a house with two extraverts and working with multiple extraverts makes me crave the time that I can simply listen to my own thoughts in my head.) Oh, and I'm pretty happy we're having a mild winter this year too. I absolutely HATE driving in the snow--it makes me too nervous. Enjoy your last few days of January!

    1. I don't blame you for craving quiet time!!! I feel exactly the same way.
      I hate driving in the snow, too. It hasn't snowed often this year, but it always seems to happen when I have to go somewhere!
      Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. Why the new carseat, did he outgrow his?

    1. He's actually so small that he still fits into his infant car seat. His head is now 2 inches from the top of the seat and once it reaches one inch away, he will have to move up. We're going to take advantage of the baby gear trade in at Babies R Us and upgrade now!

  3. Both of my boys ride in the Chicco Nextfit!

  4. A new car?! That's exciting. So much fun, I love looking at other peoples menus. It is always a good way to get some much needed dinner inspiration. Happy Friday eve!

    1. Yeah, it was time for my husband to get a new one. The one he had was very small and it made both of us nervous on his long commute! This one is so much better! I hope you had a great weekend!

  5. You guys sound even busier than we are. Congrats on the new car! I'm totally having preschool anxiety and problems with the twins over here. I took them to a developmental analysis today, and they were of no help. They need OT, but the school won't provide services. Ugh. I hope your meeting on Monday goes OK.

    1. Life never slows down!
      I'm so sorry you're dealing with some frustrations regarding preschool, too. I hope you find a solution!


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