the friday post – vol. 16

Hi friends! There has never been such a glorious Friday! I feel like the fog of the first phase of newborn life is lifting, and I’m starting to act like a functioning human again. I actually made dinner all week instead of just pulling things out of the freezer (praise Jesus for all those frozen meals that got us here). I’ve started putting Ben down sometimes, and I showered most days! I still feel overwhelmed when both boys are crying for me, Charlie was home sick yesterday, Ben still screams through most car rides and he slept terribly last night, but we are figuring things out! The days are long, but the years are short, right?

I even started running again this week. Whoa. I know. Even I’m impressed with myself. Ok ok, it’s a run/walk. But it still counts. Exercise is exercise. I’ve used the couch to 5k app before to get back into running shape and it worked really well for me. I’m using it again, starting at the very beginning and working my way to 30 minutes of running. The first week it has you run just one minute and walk a minute and a half and then you repeat the cycle to get to 30 minutes. I finished week one and am on to week two tomorrow! Mike and I will run together with the boys in their joggers once on the weekend and then I’m planning to run two nights a week after Charlie goes to bed and after handing off Ben to the sweetest husband in the world. 30 minutes alone on the road! Glorious!!

It’s still feeling an awful lot like summer out there. The air conditioning has been kicking on endlessly, our little mangos are starting to hang heavier on the tree and my flowers on the porch have ended up wilted at the end of every day. Nothing a gallon of water won’t fix though. They perk right back up.

I’ve been spending lots of time outside lately, not just on our weekend excursions and my freckles are out in full force. I usually take Ben on a walk in the morning, we take Charlie outside after we get home from pick up and runs around for an hour (mostly picking up tiny fallen green mangos and throwing them at the tree these days), and then Mike and I will take both boys on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner (usually with a cocktail in hand!).

I did have both boys home with me yesterday. Charlie was a pitiful little thing with some kind of 24 hour bug. He would play a little then lay down on the ground like the world just too much. It was a day filled with lots of pacifiers (he usually only gets them at sleep time) and Sesame Street. He woke up this morning happy as a lark though so I’m just grateful that it was brief. Fingers crossed that I pick him up healthy and happy later this afternoon from daycare. I just want to say though that having two in diapers is a lot of diapers. 😂 It’s a good thing they’re both cute.

We’re having friends over for pizza night tonight, so I’m going to do my best to get this house clean(er) between diapers, nursing and naps. Tomorrow, we’re debating between strawberry picking (my choice) or a polo match (Mike’s). Maybe we’ll get to both! Maybe we’ll get to neither! With two babies, it’s always a matter of everyone’s extremely variable moods. 😂 whatever you’re doing this weekend, I hope you kick up your feet and relax!!

xx, em

the friday post – vol. 15

It’s December! Finally, or already? I can’t decide. Either way I’ve been looking forward to this month for weeks and I’m so happy it’s finally here. Days of decorating, hot chocolate, cookies, and cheery music are here! We opened the first of our advent calendar boxes this morning and are headed downtown tonight for dinner and the Christmas tree lighting!

I was not ready to go back to school this week after our weeklong thanksgiving break. Charlie is going through a traumatic transition to the toddler room at daycare so nights have been touchy and mornings reluctant. He’ll get used to it all in good time, but the extra tears have been pulling at my heartstrings.

Our house is feeling awfully cramped lately with Charlie’s toys everywhere and only more to come. I feel like my nesting is kicking in hard this weekend. I’ve already cleaned the bathroom and have plans to rearrange bookshelves to accommodate some toy baskets. It’s been driving me batty to have everything out! Updates to come.

I made Chex mix last weekend which always makes it feel like the holiday season to me. My mom always had a tin of Chex around for holiday munching and I’m loving the salty snack at home and taking in a baggie for school. We have tons of Chex leftover so I’m making mike’s holiday favorite next – puppy chow.

And the weather has been perfect lately. Charlie only wants to be outside after school and has figured out how to open the door. Good thing we keep it locked!

What are you up to this weekend? Something nice I hope. Make some sweet memories this weekend friends!

the friday post – vol. 14

It was an eventful week at our house. Charlie’s birthday, a dinner out for Mike’s work last night, the Halloween dance at school for me another night, and Charlie’s one year check up complete with shots. Phew.

I’m also starting to feel very pregnant this week at 25 weeks. We go in on Monday morning for our anatomy ultrasound, so we’ll find out if this baby is a boy or a girl! I remember feeling like Christmas was coming early when we had our ultrasound with Charlie, and I’m starting to feel that tingle of anticipation that I had last year.

I can’t believe it’s Halloween next week!! We still haven’t gotten Charlie a Halloween costume, but he’s been wearing his little pumpkin outfit nonstop. Such a crowd-pleaser when we go out and about. This weekend we must get him something, or else he may have to be the paper bag prince.

In our entertainment news, I’ve been obsessed with listening to this podcast called Homecoming. It’s a fiction podcast, so it’s kind of a combination of feeling like you’re listening to an audio book and a tv show. So good. I’m saving the last episode for my drive home today after school.

Plans this weekend include the beach, laundry, a clean house and long walks around the neighborhood to check out everyone’s Halloween decorations.

the friday post – vol. 12

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Ahhhhh Friday! And ONE WEEK LEFT OF SCHOOL! I could not be more thrilled. I had my last classes in the library today (movie week!), and it feels good. Even if you work a “regular” job, I’m sure you’re celebrating this Friday especially because hello long weekend! We don’t have anything special planned which will make it feel even more relaxing.

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It’s been so rainy lately that we have these sweet little mushrooms popping up all over the garden! The rain has been fantastic for my herbs and the grass, but not great for our enjoyment of the great outdoors. It’s raining as I write this and I’m feeling like this weekend may be a cozy and peaceful one with pitter pattering on our rooftop.

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I made Ina’s chicken parmesan this week with a side of garlic bread from my loaf of no-knead bread. It was especially good. Mike emphatically stands that it’s not really chicken parmesan because it doesn’t have a red sauce. He thinks it’s really just a salad with breaded chicken which is totally fair. But still delicious. I had this recipe on the menu this week for my *new* recipe, but we didn’t get around to it because of a few extra after school events! It’s getting shifted to next week and I’m still excited about it.

It’s officially rosé wine season, and I have jumped right on the bandwagon with my whole heart. So refreshing! Such an easy summer bevvie! I want to try this recipe for rosé sangria which sounds amazing. I may just have to host a happy hour so I can try it. 🙂

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Everything is blooming around us right now! Trees, flowers, bushes! I don’t know why, but I feel like I’m noticing all of it especially much this year. We had our jasmine vine on the front porch in bloom a couple weeks ago, and now it’s the roses. What’s next, I don’t know!

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I’m so looking forward to a quiet weekend at home with my two boys (plus Wendy) , lots of snuggling, too many belly laughs, and happy hours every night. 🙂 What are you looking forward to this weekend? Something wonderful, I hope!

xx, em

the friday post – vol. 11

Oops. It’s a Saturday post again, isn’t it? Oh well! I was enjoying my post work cocktails too much to muster up the energy to post last night. I made a blueberry simple syrup from Charlie’s leftover baby food and mixed that with torn basil, a wedge of lemon, vodka and soda water. It gave me new life. Happy Mother’s Day weekend you guys! Godmothers, Mothers, Grandmothers, etc. you all rock! Mikey (sweetest man alive, have I mentioned that?) made me an appointment to have my toes done today. I feel like a new woman! It’s been such a good weekend already.

Charlie is seriously on the move now. His scoot has turned into this little crawl with kind of a bum leg that kind of scoots along with him. He’s all over the house! We really have to keep our eye on him – especially because he has an endless fascination with electrical cords and all things Wendy (her food, her toys, her tail). Three weeks left of school! Next week is book fair so it’s going to be a little crazy in the library. The kids love book fair so so much though so it’ll be fun. I put up little string ball lights on the front porch this morning and am just tickled by them. They’re so festive. I tried to capture a picture but it just doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to try again at dusk. Have an amazing Mother’s Day weekend all! I only wish I could be with my own mom this weekend for Mother’s Day. Then it would be complete. But a FaceTime will have to make do this year.

the friday post – vol. 8

Hi friends! Is it just me or has a week has never gone by so fast? I can’t tell you how happy I am that it’s the weekend again. I know I know – it’s not Friday. But I just couldn’t quite get it together enough to post this last night. Last night we were busy throwing together our traditional Friday pizza and fell asleep on the couch watching Netflix at like 9:30pm. haha. We’re planning a dinner out at a hipster little taco place tonight so I’m looking forward to a casual date night…with Charlie. (Really need to find a sitter still)

I do just think that this week really flew by. I feel like while having classes in the library has made me feel a whole lot more busy and a tad bit overbooked – it’s also given me a rush of inspiration and reignited my passion for making the library a welcoming place for kids to learn to love reading. Yesterday I sat on a table in the library reading aloud A Wrinkle in Time with fifth graders scattered around me at other tables, in bean bags and sprawled on the carpet. (One even sitting in my storytime rocking chair) You could hear a pin drop. By Friday, I had read the same parts of the story aloud to four other fifth grade classes so I had my Mrs. Whatsit creaky old voice down and practically had the passages memorized so I could make a premium amount of eye contact. It was like it hit me, “Oh. Okay. This is pretty alright for a job.”

Charlie started sitting on his own this week and slept through the night once more! Little by little were getting to the point where Charlie seems like a real little kid and then the next he’s still this tiny baby so new to the world. It’s a nice combination.

I told Mike that I wanted to start trying one new meal every week (when inspiration hits) and he hesitantly agreed. Sweet potato tacos this week were a hit! Charlie’s been loooooving sweet potatoes so we already had some laying around. Pickled onions, heavily seasoned sweet potatoes roasted in the oven, black beans and a few slices of avocado made for an easy weeknight meal that I could totally see us making again. This week I’m trying melting potatoes which I’ve heard are amazing.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, I hope you kick your feet up and enjoy!! Xx, em.

the friday post – vol. 6

My spring break with Charlie went by far too fast. Between naps, feedings, garden projects and the hunt for a new couch I feel like it just slipped right through my fingers. Now Monday is staring me in the face by the distance of just a couple days. I feel like mike worked extra long and hard this week so I’m at least looking forward to a sweet weekend with my favorite man.

The week marked the first of spring although it’s felt like spring all winter here. Spring to us in Florida just means that the unbearably hot, “must be at the beach or in a/c, eating watermelon and burgers every day while swatting mosquitos” kind of weather is almost upon us. Last summer, while growing bigger by the day in pregnancy, I spent lots of daytime hours on the couch in the air conditioning. I think that having Charlie around will get us outdoors to the park, to the beach and to our yard way more. I’m on the hunt for some new breezy outfits to get me through the summer months.

I just started listening to The Shack on audiobook this week. It feels like an appropriate listen as lent comes to an end. It’s about a man whose young daughter was abducted and years later he spends a weekend at a shack with God. I’m only in the first parts so far but it’s making me think a lot.

Mike’s parents are set to arrive next week for their spring break so I’m in a flurry of cleanup this weekend. Dusting, mopping, sweeping, sheet washing, weeding, cookie baking, etc. It’s such a refreshing feeling when it’s all done. My garden project turned out beautifully this week. Making the front look so nice makes the rest of the yard look like it’s needs a good once over now too. Never ending projects!

What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun? Happy Friday all! Enjoy your weekends!!

the friday post – vol. 5

c5113b95-942c-427b-b933-8a54cea82d86Oh me, oh my! It’s Friday! Hooray! It’s a very special Friday for me because it’s the Friday that officially begins SPRING BREAK! We’ve had a whirlwind of a few weeks with an unexpected trip to Pittsburgh for a funeral (Mike’s grandpa), the stomach flu for Charlie, and I don’t even know what else. So I’m playing a little bit of catch up here on this little old spot on the inter webs .

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Our weather has been absolutely divine the last few weeks. The air is crisp in the morning and in the evenings, but still warm enough to hit the beach during the day. We have been loving it. Spending as much time outside as we can. The trip up to Pittsburgh (brr) made us a little more thankful for our weather, so we’ve been taking serious advantage. Not to mention daylight savings! That extra bit of sun just really makes a difference for walks after dinner and back porch hangs.

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Charlie’s going to be 5 months old next week which is hard to believe. He has such a fun little smiley personality. We lucked out. He’s started solids now (loves avocado, isn’t sure about sweet potato) which is such a fun adventure. Still going strong on nursing too! I’m making all our baby food which I LOVE. Totally my kind of thing.

March madness has started so I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of reading the next few weeks. I’ve started getting ebooks on my phone which has really upped my book intake! I can read a book on my phone while nursing, pumping, holding Charlie much easier than a real book. I’ll always prefer the print version, but these days it’s just nice to be able to read one way or another.

We don’t have any concrete plans for spring break! I’m taking a test for my teacher certification on Wednesday, planning on deep cleaning a few rooms in the house, a couple beach trips, getting a passport for Charlie, and a whole lot of happy hours. Perfection. Why go anywhere when we live in a spring break destination anyway? Happy Friday all! Enjoy your weekends!

the friday post – vol. 4

Happy Friday, friends! This week was a short one for us. Last night we drove over to Bradenton on the gulf side to visit friends from college for the weekend. Their baby is two months older than Charlie, so we had a meeting of the babies this morning when they both got up. It’s been such a fun weekend to look forward to, and I love thinking about raising these boys at the same time. Two months is such a big difference when they’re this little! Next year no one will even be able to tell who is older. Little friends from bump to birth! Mike has a few meetings over here today which is the real reason for our visit. We’re heading home on Saturday, so we’ll still have time to do all those weekend essentials on Sunday before the week begins again.

This week flew by. Valentine’s Day came and went with a bang. I swear it seems like Valentine’s Day is a bigger deal than Christmas at my elementary school. So many cupcakes, chocolate and talk of crushes and notes of friendship passed between boys and girls. There was even a plot for a fifth grade boy and girl to hold hands in gym class, but those plans were intercepted before they happened, thank goodness! We made a pasta bake at home on Tuesday paired it with a little glass of wine, Samoas, and the newest episode of The Bachelor. Call me simple, but nothing could beat that in my book.

Charlie’s started blowing raspberries like crazy this week. He’s like a constantly running open faucet now. He goes through a couple outfits a day now from being soaked through with saliva. In rolling news – When we lay him on his back on the ground now, he almost immediately flips to his tummy but hasn’t quite figured out how to get back to his back. When he gets tired he just puts his head down and sucks on his hand.

There’s a new girl at daycare this week who is a week younger than Charlie. The daycare ladies are so funny about it. They’ve made up this whole story about Charlie and Lucia being boyfriend and girlfriend. One lady told me when I picked him up yesterday that Charlie was trying to hold Lucia’s hand, but she wasn’t interested and that the day before that she was trying to hold his hand but he wasn’t interested. Hilarious. I told them Charlie’s not allowed to have a girlfriend until he’s 18.

I’m sitting here holding my napping baby on a comfortable couch with a mug of coffee next to me feeling so grateful today for this life. I’ve been holding Charlie a little bit tighter every day after the terrible school shooting this week. The high school is about thirty minutes from our house so it has hit way too close to home. I have so many fears and what- if questions swirling around my head, especially working at a school and as a mother. I can’t even imagine what those families and kids are going through and am praying so hard that these fears can somehow be eased over the next few years. I don’t have any solutions, just the feeling that enough is enough. I just want to leave you with this quote from Mother Theresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”

On that note, I’m going to enjoy the heck out of my long weekend with my family and friends. Counting my blessings over and over after this week of both love and the worse kind of hate. I hope you enjoy your weekend too!

the friday post – vol. 3

Well friends, we made it back to Friday again. And for us, pizza night. Our pizza has already been devoured, the baby is in bed and the olympics are on. Mike has been so sick this week (strep) which truly never happens, so we’re rejoicing this weekend because his health is on the mend. Nothing like a sickness to show you how much your partner really is your partner in all things. Doing life is just so much better with him.

This week was honestly kind of a blur. Did anything even happen?? Now that we’re at the end I feel like I don’t have anything noteworthy to share. Charlie did roll from his back to his belly for us last weekend and lots more through the week which is so fun. I think he also pooped or spit up on every single item of clothing he owns. So much laundry!

We’ve been toying this week with the idea of transitioning to the crib soon. We’re thinking about putting him to bed in the crib and then when he wakes up to eat, (usually around 1-2am) I can feed him and move him into the bassinet for the rest of the night. Might as well give it a shot to see how it goes! Winging it here.

I tried a new pizza dough recipe tonight that I probably wouldn’t do again. I’ve been using this Epicurious recipe for a couple years now which I love. It comes together in a food processor which makes it so easy and fast. But sad story – our food processor broke this past week in an unfortunate stove incident. For a few years before that I used Bobby Flay’s recipe which was good, but was a little bit chewier than we like. I’m on the hunt for a new recipe until we get a new food processor. Anyone have a good one?

We made it just under our $25 goal for groceries last week. I’ll share details in a couple weeks! First week was easy because we already had most of our pantry staples. This week may be harder as we need a few more things. Especially snacks!

We finished The Killing this week and will probably be glued to the Olympics as long as they’re on. I love figure skating and Mike’s favorite is short track speed skating. We’ll watch any of it though. We’re watching the opening ceremonies right now, although I have to say it’s probably the worst part of the Olympics. Just me?

It’s supposed to be in the 80s all weekend here, so we’re making tomorrow a vacation day. Hitting the beach, grilling out, drinks on the back porch, and putting off all our chores until Sunday. Whatever your plans are this weekend, I hope you kick your feet up and enjoy! xx, em