Things are changing....


We are getting ready for Kindergarten around here...little C is ready to go to a "big" school and I am quietly coaching myself through the process of letting go a little. I have a hard time thinking about my baby being away from me for 8 hours a day, in others' care, around lots of (great folks I'm sure) but frankly, strangers to me.  I wanted to be brave and "together" through this process but instead, when I think about it, my heart jumps into my throat and I want to cry! I need to get a grip.

We went to Potterybarn Kids the other day and I let him choose a backpack.  Normally I keep the choices carefully paired down but this time I only had one rule.  "No faces please." In other words, I am not buying a backpack with Darth Vader on it. Is that bad?! He's only 6!  I'm just not that into you, Darth Vader.  As I figured, his choice and my choice were a little off. I loved the navy and red nautical stripe (I even told him he could put the scary pirate patch on it!) and while he did point out the Darth Vader one, he chose blue skateboard camo.

I guess it could've been worse -- for some reason PBK put snakes and spiders on many of the backpacks this year (gee thanks!). What's next, a machete and a Budlight? How about a soccer ball or some cars and trucks?

Yesterday, on our way home from school, he says,  "Mom, I don't want to wear these CUTE shirts anymore." Oh no, my heart is sinking.

"Well, what do you want to wear?" I say.

"COOL shirts", he replies. "My friend had on a shirt with a giant squid wrapped around a building."

Oh dear. I'm just not that into giant squids wrapped around buildings... I'm carefully choosing my wording these days and have eliminated 'cute' from my vocabulary. I'm hoping I can still sneak in a few *cool, awesome, manly* appliques without too much opposition. We shall see:)

In the meantime, let me also say I'm counting blessings. I'm thankful they are healthy, happy, and spunky with their little opinions.  I'm thankful for these conversations we have together, because I still see them as the teeny tiny little babies I brought home from the hospital (and I remember dreaming of the days we'd have conversations and they could tell me what they want!). But they grow up way too fast y'all.

5 on Friday


1~ We've been at the pool 4 days this week and the boys are doing amazing with swimming. They are now running and jumping into the pool, fearless (which means I have heart attacks daily). This has been such a fun summer. I squeeze them tight every chance I get because just look how big they are!

2~ Shopping for back to school shirts. I'm picking up a few cute heat press shirts and these are on my list. The first is by Preppy By Design on Etsy and the second is A Simple Stitch on FB. So stinkin' cute!

3~ I went back to Mizuno sneakers after developing heel pain in my Brooks. I'm in the Wave Inspire 9's and so happy with them. It took a few tries to find the shoe for me.  I have the orange pair and am going to pick up the turquoise pair this week since my running friend says I need 2 pair for marathon training (twist my arm;).

Also loving.loving.loving the Lululemon Track Attack shorts. The waistband is SO comfy and they are looser in the leg than both the Groovy and Speed short. I'm a fan of all but I'm living in these right now. 

4~ I'm still pining over a monogram necklace...need something cute for everyday and this is it. This one is on sale (Etsy), it may jump into my jewelry box! 

5~ I'm fiiiinaaaally getting around to having some of my photos printed. I think this is going to be a monstrous size canvas:)

although I was tempted to go with something more casual...

Which would y'all go with?

Or maybe this one?

Happy Friday!


This week's meal plan


I've missed y'all! I have no excuses, just trying to keep up with a busy summer routine which means my poor blog gets neglected.

After doing a terrible job getting dinners on the table last week, I sat down this morning and actually looked at a few of the thousands of recipes I've pinned and never made.  I'm vowing to get some good meals on the table this week.

The plan:

Monday: Cheddar jalapeno chicken burgers (via What's Gaby Cooking) and oven baked fries

Tuesday: Greek chicken (via Savoring the Thyme) and roasted potatoes

Wednesday: Miso salmon and corn on the cob via Elise Bauer on Simply Recipes
This is an easy recipe with 4 ingredients: 2 tablespoons each of red miso, sake, sugar, and soy sauce. We never have sake and substitute either white wine or mirin (which I've read is too sweet as a substitute but it works for us).

Thursday: Chipotle grilled chicken tacos found via The Pioneer Woman's blog

Friday: Pasta and potatoes for some carb loading fun, marathon training on Saturday;)

This is ambitious since hot dogs and scrambled eggs have been happening lately so wish me luck!



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