Life Lately

Happy Wednesday! Just a little post about life lately.

  • I’m one of those weirdos who loves the “fall back” daylight savings time. It’s always an adjustment for all of us even with the gaining an extra hour in our favor, but I like that evening time seems to start sooner and we get a bit of daylight in the morning to get everyone out the door.
  • I’ve made multiple batches of pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins from the Trader Joe’s mix…I’ve even frozen some of what I’ve baked….but on Sunday, I made my first pumpkin pie of the season. It was so good, and definitely is a family favorite.
  • Homer is a hot mess. I love him, but he’s like having ten toddlers sometimes. On Saturday, Hadley let Homer in from the backyard and asked me if I’d seen his collar. Well, I found it…in three pieces in the backyard. I’m assuming it was too loose (which makes me nervous as I hope he didn’t get stuck on something), but the three parts were also chewed on, so I’m assuming that was his doing. Later, when it was time to trick-or-treat, I put his harness on him and then the leash…only to realize he had chewed through his red nylon leash. Instead of my #WeHeartHomer hashtag, I feel like #HotMessHomer should be trending.
  • Hayden started his indoor soccer season on Sunday. They had an exciting victory over a really good team. I love watching indoor soccer since it’s fast paced and the clock doesn’t stop! haha.
  • We had a day off yesterday for Election Day. I love that the kids come with me to vote. I’m trying to instill in them the importance of exercising their civic duties.
  • I love a good cookie cake, so that’s what we usually get for birthdays (and Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc). I used to just get one from the grocery store, but a couple of years ago some friends mentioned the Great American Cookie cookie cakes, and I haven’t looked back. Monday night, the kids chose their cakes for their party this weekend.
  • Then…we stopped by Party City to pick out balloons and pick up party supplies. I lost Hadley for a minute…but then I found her!
She’s always up for a good party!
  • I started a new book on Sunday: The Affair by Colette Freedman, and I’m really enjoying it.
  • With barely a break in activities, basketball has started up for both kids and Hadley is doing club cross country. I really wish there was a safe Uber option for kids…oh wait–I think that’s me!

That’s just a little peek into our Life…Lately.

I hope you are having a great week.

Jen

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Life Lately

Where did September go? I think we are finally in the groove of school and activities while trying to find the balance of relaxation and productivity on the weekends.

I’m so happy that it’s finally October, and I think by the end of the week it may actually feel like it in our neck of the woods. October has always been my favorite month as it usually means cozy sweaters, apple cider, and pumpkin picking. I’ve always loved this quote by Anne of Green Gables.

On Friday night, we went out for a pizza dinner at a place we hadn’t tried before, and it was delish. Then, our niece was in town playing volleyball, so we watched her game! The kids are her biggest fans!

Homer is so funny. On Saturday morning, it was just the two of us at home. I was looking for him to put him in his kennel, and found him on Hadley’s bed snuggling her stuffed animals.

Hayden’s artistic mind has always amazed me…especially his attention to detail. Apparently, the art class assignment was to draw a mermaid of any kind. Well, Hayden focused on his love of the Kansas City Chiefs, and drew a Patrick Mahomes mermaid. Note the yard line markers, the receivers in the ocean with him, as well as the commentators on the top left of his painting. Ocean Chiefs Touuuucchhhdown!

Saturday afternoon was spent at the kids’ cross country meet. Dang, it was hot! They ran 2000m in the 95 degree heat. Their perseverance and focus always amaze me, and it’s so fun to see them cheer for each other! Both had top 10 finishes. Having happy and healthy kids is something I’m thankful for each and every day.

Sunday was exciting as we actually got the Chiefs game on TV. Hayden wears his Mahomes shirt(s) pretty consistently on Sundays. The Chiefs made it a nail biter of a game, but they came out on top with a W! (And, we watched the last Royals game of the season. Not their best year, but it’s always fun watching them as a team, and it was a bitter sweet ending with Ned Yost’s retirement…We are looking forward to the 2020 season!)

Another Tooth Fairy visit for Hadley! She probably only has a few more left to lose!

Homer is nervous that the TF is coming for him. 😂

Sharing a few of my Amazon Prime purchases because a couple of them are my faves. The Meyer’s dish soap and the OPI Funny Bunny nail polish are two of my must haves. A couple of years ago, someone gave us a house warming gift of lots of Meyer products, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Bubble Bath nail polish used to be my go to polish, but now it’s Funny Bunny. The leopard sweater arrived, and I was so pleasantly surprised. It’s thick, comfy, and cute!

The other items are kind of random. The single air mattress is because we need some extra bedding for our fall break trip. (I will let Hayden review it later as to if it actually stayed inflated or not 😉 ) Exciting stuff—new replacement toothbrush heads for my my Dazzle Pro sonic toothbrush. Lastly, the Bissell pet hair vacuum has been a life saver. A friend recently told us about it, so I purchased it to use on our couch (and other areas of the house). After having two Boxers who had short hair, Homer’s fluff is a major adjustment!

I always love seeing what others out there are purchasing with their Prime account, so I thought I’d share.

A little book update…

Real talk: I started Summer of 69 and couldn’t get into it. I read about 100 pages or so and kind of gave up. I’m not sure what I wasn’t loving about it, but I decided to put it aside.

I’ve been reading Ask Again, Yes and love it. I’m more than halfway through and can’t wait to finish it.

I’m also reading The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House and I’m enjoying. The historical perspective and information have peaked my interest.

That’s a little bit of our life lately. Today is our last day of school this week as we get a four day weekend fall break. I always wish we got a little more time off, but I will take what I can get. We are headed off on a little get away with our friends for most of the break. I can’t wait to share about it when we return.

I hope you are having a great week!

Jen

Instagram: @showmeandsweettea

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Life Lately

Just a little bit of this and that from the past few weeks…

Hadley was at a sleepover, so Hayden had some quality time with us 🙂 We went out to dinner at a local restaurant we love: The Bear and the Butcher…and then Hayden talked us into ice cream at Graeters.

We wrapped up summer with our church’s back to school picnic. The kids had a great time running around, eating (too many) desserts, playing on bounce houses, and even going on horse rides with friends.

Official big kid status—the kids have been riding their bikes to school once or twice a week. While I’m kind of bummed we aren’t walking together as much, I know they are excited to feel like big kids having a little more independence. My friend who is a teacher at their school (hi, Cari!) sent me this pic at the end of the school day because I was a bit nervous about them making the trek (.5 miles ;)) home. All was good.

GG (my mom) and Gma (my grandma) visited a couple of weekends ago. They always come bearing gifts. Hayden and Hadley were both excited about their new KC Chiefs shirts, but Hayden was extra excited for Mahomes Magic Crunch. He’s still torn on if he should eat it or not. 😉

Lots of Homer snuggles going on at our house. I’m losing the battle of ‘no Homer on the couch.” #TGHC (thank goodness he’s cute!)

Dressed in their Sunday best. I always love seeing what they pick out to wear to church. Hadley’s dress is courtesy of Gma…and super cute.

I attended Curriculum Night at the kids’ school. I always love going to this event at their school (I’m a teacher nerd, ok?!)…and hearing about what’s going on in the classroom. Hayden’s teacher included this handout in the packet…and I loved every word of it. Real talk. Truth.

Most Saturdays at the fall are spent at Kroger Field cheering on the CATS. I’ve said it before…I don’t bleed blue…but I’m not mad about it that my kids and husband do. While Hadley and I don’t always make it into the stadium, we did last weekend. Sometimes, we just let the guys go into the game and cheer for the CATS while we stay outside and socialize 🙂 (or when it’s less than 60 degrees, stay at home and watch the game on the couch!_ It was a super hot Saturday, but we made the most of it and had fun with friends…and the CATS won…so that’s always a good thing!

These girls have my heart. Hadley is so blessed to have such great friends…and even better, Travis and I are friends with their parents. It’s such a blessing. These ladies were super serious about their tailgating football game…but stopped and let me snap their photo…and then…

My friend Amy said we should recreate the same pic! #momlife #friends

Travis and I had an impromptu date night on Saturday. Both kids were invited to a birthday party, so we had a couple of hours free and no sitter to have to pay! 🙌🏻

I honestly wanted to stay home and get takeout (#homebodystatus), but glad Travis insisted on going out to one of our favorite places: OBC kitchen. (Bacon in a glass with peanut butter dipping sauce—best appetizer in town).

OBC Kitchen

That’s a little bit of our life lately. We are in the throes of back to school, sports, routines…but walking the fine line of not wanting summer to end but ready for all things fall.

Life lately, y’all.

Take care,

Jen

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