While in North Carolina on our weekend visit, we were lucky to spend a few hours outside on a nice long walk around the neighborhood and some playtime in the yard. Gosh, the sunshine on our faces and the grown up chatting with my best friends (and snacking on Girl Scout cookies!) did some serious cup filling to my soul. Also, my half marathon training began this week with three miles on Tuesday and Thursday with some yard laps. Thanks to the Running Gods, both days were pleasant running weather in the high 40s & low 50's! The training is going okay, but three miles is about my max at this point (I think I could probably crank out four if I had to right now), and honestly the thought of all thirteen miles in only three months is still quite terrifying (life threatening?! ha). I'll get there, little at a time.
Reading nothing this week! As my first week back to the sahm groove, I took it easy and slow. I saw that Hulu has a The Handmaid's Tale coming out and thinking about re-reading that great book again. I also got my books from my friend Shelly that I get to benefit from as she does a book clear out:) And I watched the Netflix series The OA while getting through so much laundry and found it really interesting and intriguing.
Finishing my last day as a substitute Spanish teacher to close out the first semester. It was very bittersweet and some of the students were so very kind with notes and even surprising me with a bouquet of flowers!
Traveling to North Carolina with Rusty and best friend Kate to visit our other best friend Karpy and her two babes for an AKT weekend. What a weekend with girlfriends can do to my soul is incredible and I'm so grateful that we were able to all get together with the youngest boy babies. We spent the weekend hanging out, chatting, and making our babies smile. Gosh, what a great weekend. Bud held down the fort with the other three back at home and the two big kids had their first soccer practice for the season!
Stepping back into the swing of fulltime sahmhood. It feels good to get back into the rough work of raising babies. I've been working slowly chipping away at chores that have been piling up, grocery shopping (with all four kids in tow!), meal planning, and mostly taking it slowly with lots of kisses and focus on making time in the day to just play. I've been feeling really grateful to be back home again with these little babies of ours.
Trying to do the parent do-not-laugh-but-seriously-that's-hilarious lip squeeze with Violet as it is clear she is making her ascent into the wacky of the 2.5 and 3 year old stage. She's been mouthing back with a lot of "No!" to requests and throwing some mean tantrums. She was especially ridiculous during this conversation -
Violet: Is Rusty sleeping?
Violet: That's stupid
Me: Violet Mary!! We don't say stupid!
Violet: Ummmm.......Goo Goo Gaga?
I just have no words for this child sometimes.
Feeling like the worst Coach Daddy fans ever as we have not been making it to many basketball games this year! But by the time we need to head out to the game, Rusty is ready for bed and homework needs done and I just can't seem to justify hauling everyone out of the house. ugh. We were able to make it to the home game last night and it's always comforting to be with our basketball season family again and makes the kids so happy and proud of their Coach Daddy.
Making chicken spaghetti, Grey & Gem put together these chicken & cheese crescent rolls, and the girls helped back these cream cheese chocolate chip cookies for our What's Cooking Wednesday activity. I started back on the 21 day fix diet (to support my half marathon training) and so it was a lot of salads, portion control, and so much water for me which makes me feel energized.
Sending love and peace and kindness and goodness out into the world today and everyday moving forward. my dear friends, can we all be the kind of people we hope others will be. In that spirit, I love this quote from Mother Teresa and I've been personally working toward living this out in my own life in the past year and continuing so today and onward,
“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I'm supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I'm praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” - Mother Teresa