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The weekend report


Do Fridays count as part of the weekend?

I'm going to count Friday because Russ was home from hunting and didn't have to go work so we took the kids to school then went out to breakfast and coffee together and got caught up on ALL THE THINGS.

Also, we took a selfie. Unashamedly.

That evening we were invited to a no-kids dinner party at some new friends and boy oh boy, was that ever lovely! There were six couples there and topics ranged from most embarrassing moments (my favorite kind of stories), to our secret inner-issues, to personality traits, to why you should not feel guilty about not being able to do it all.

(Not the boys. The boys talked about sports.)

Saturday morning Blake had a soccer game, and as it was cold and misty with showers forecast, I broke in my birthday rainboots.
(I was pretty excited about this. The game? Meh. Now that it's rainy season I'm over soccer. Bring on basketball season which is played INDOORS!)

After the game I decided I better get around to grocery shopping and took Blake with me to town for a Costco and Winco run. In my rainboots with the warm toasty fur lining. This was a mistake. 

When I came out of Costco, it was 72 degrees and I was a hot, sweaty mess, and the Saturday shopping crowds had done me in, not to mention, the angry fella who I witnessed ram a car with his full cart and then kick it for good measure, all because it was in his way.

Saturday shoppers BE CRAZY!
{Also crazy: this giant teddy bear for sale at Costco. Sorry Blake, that's a big fat No Go.}
So I skipped Winco and the rest of my shopping and came home for a nap, as God intended Saturday afternoons be spent. We had a nice family evening, watched a movie with the kids, and then Russ and I caught up on the The Blacklist.

Sunday after church we went to my parents for my dad's awesome smoked pulled pork with the rest of my side of the family, made fools of ourselves cooing and giggling over my nephew Lincoln who is adorable, and then came home to clean house, do Sunday night chores, and watch August Rush, one of my very favorite movies. (Russell was crying by 5 minutes in... always a good sign of a winner.)

And that was our lovely weekend! A perfect blend of friends and family time, getting out of the house and staying home, relaxing and checking off the to-do list, sunny weather and cool cozy weather.

(Fall is finally growing on me.)

Hope your weekend was splendid too.

Awkward & Awesome Thursday - the hunting edition


Awesome: When your husband gets to go on his dream elk hunt on a private ranch in Wyoming.

Awkward: When you go around telling people he's in Montana all week because, you don't know why. Apparently you are very confused.

Awesome: When your husband texts after being gone a week to say he's on his way home... a day early! Happy hearts and rainbows & sunshine!

Awkward: when you get on facebook and see the picture of your husband on his way home, posted by his hunting buddy who's with him, that shows the elk your husband shot... in the back seat.

This is disturbing on so, sooooo many levels. (There is a tarp underneath. BUT STILL.)

Awesome: When you can finally stay home alone for a whole week when your husband is gone without having to go sleep at your parents.

Awkward: When the reason is because you have children who are no longer babies and who will take turns sleeping in your bed with you. Obviously that can't last forever. Which means they need to stop growing and never move out.

Sorry children, but your mother has spoken.

What I Wore Wednesday


No. 1
Old Navy jacket, clothes swap navy blue top, Target jeans, DSW boots, Plato's Closet necklace

No. 2 
Ross sweater, TJ Maxx top, Big Star jeans, Rue 21 sandals

No. 3 
Target sweatshirt, Silver jeans, Converse tennies

No. 4
(camera went missing) 
Thrifted top & bracelet, American Eagle jeans, Payless sandals

I'm surprised at how neutral all my outfits were for the week, compared to normal. Of course there's that bright pop of hot pink there at the end... ahhh, that's more like it ;)
pleated poppy

A Tuesday List


I don't know what it is about Tuesdays, but they seem like a good day for a list. 

1. I finally bought myself a stylus for my iphone. GAMECHANGER.

2. I've always loved springtime because: Cadbury cream eggs. But now there's the Cadbury SCREAM egg (ignore the green. you can do it.) October just upped the bar!

3. Speaking of delicious treats, I don't know how this has happened but I have yet to enjoy a pumpkin spice latte this Fall. Maybe because I'm afraid once I get my first one I won't be able to stop?

4. Blake has taken to climbing up the inside of our doorframes like a monkey, until he's at the top and his legs are almost in the splits, and then jumping down with a loud crash, and finishing it off with an olympic dismount salute (or whatever you call that arms-up-in-the-air-in-a-big-V-with-your-chest-stuck-out thing.) I finally had to put an end to it last week when he came limping towards me while holding his upper thigh, and told me that "his palm hurt". 

Courageous lad, but confused. 

5. If you are watching this season's Amazing Race, and aren't rooting for Bethany Hamilton (aka girl the movie Soul Surfer is about), then you are dead to me. She is, well, amazing.

And that's all I've got for ya. Happy Tuesday!

Jodi's "Moments of the week"


Let's take a look at last week, shall we?
Sweetest moment: 
Capturing Kendall and Cooper squeezed into a chair together while Cooper read out-loud to his sister before she had to leave for a volleyball game. 


Most productive moment: 
This year I made more grape juice from the grapes on our property then I ever have before, and made grape jelly for the first time! And I loved, loved, loved doing it.

Funniest moment: 
Blake coming out of his sister's room looking like this after a "makeover session" with his cousin Debby who was over visiting. HA!

Most awkward moment:
Umm, that would be when the utility workers installing our fiber optic cable had to go in my bedroom closet to check out the attic access in case they needed to use it, and low and behold, there was my bra laying all spread-eagle across the floor. No, NOT the pretty one.

Proudest moment: 
Running another uber-successful Scrap Around the Clock at our church this past weekend, and actually getting quite a bit of scrapbooking done myself! We had 61 attendees, 7 vendors, top-notch catering, our favorite massage therapist and coffee cart ladies on-site, and our very own bell-hop crew! You guys, our event is AWESOME. 

Pinkest moment:
Our scrap crew... I love our team! (clockwise from top left: Karyn, Linley, Gaylen, Jana, Kelly, and myself.)

Most exciting moment: 
Getting a new Project Life scrapbooking core kit and album for 50% off at Michael's - for a grand total of $25.00! As it was a super lucky find and a spontaneous purchase, I didn't' actually have $25.00 budgeted to spend, but that's what the Christmas savings account is for! I came home with them and announced that Russell now had the perfect Christmas gift for me and I was going to be ever so grateful and excited to receive it ;) His response? A high-five and a, "You better wrap it up nice then!"