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Summer, Officially

2014 June 26
by Wendy

School ended yesterday, my consulting gig ended last Friday, and we are now officially enjoying summer! We are planning some very important things for Thursday, including:

-watching soccer
-creating our summer bucket list
-washing the car
-baseball practice x 2

Now that’s the kind of to-do list I’ve been looking forward to for a few months now!

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Garden Delights

2014 June 17
by Mia

I’ve always wanted to have one of those gardens that you can just snip a few blooms of  roses, peonies, and foxglovev and assemble in a mason jar.  Thanks to a cold spring combined with a wet start to summer, I now have one of those gardens.

This was my first bouquets of the summer, created for a Father’s Day brunch.  The roses are so fragrant now and add to the magical garden feel.2014-06-16 09.05.03

 

And check out my rose bush! We have 5 rose bushes by our backdoor and I can just easily snip-snip from my back steps.  2014-06-15 10.07.59Eight hydrangea bushes  are soon to bloom in early July– my favorite!  When we first moved to New England, our landscaper refused to plant hydrangeas and called them a “Yankee weed”.  I could not disagree more….my favorite flowers are big and colorful and hydrangeas add such a punch to my garden.

What’s growing in your garden?

 

 

The Countdown

2014 June 12
by Wendy

Here’s what we have left as we count down to summer:

  • Nine more days of school
  • Six more days of work
  • Two more field trips
  • Two more days of lunch duty
  • One more end-of-season baseball party
  • One school concert
  • One school musical
  • One 4th grade artist wax museum project
  • One haircut, one dentist appointment, one facial – all squeezed in while I can go alone

And…

  • One very tired household

Here’s what my house looked like this morning at 7:15 a.m.; I couldn’t even get the dog up, let alone my boys! Looking forward to the summer slowdown, and happy I can really appreciate it after the craziness of this year.

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Sisters Who Entertain Themselves

2014 June 11
by Mia

I was reading a book on Sunday late afternoon and looked up to see two sisters singing:

Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back
She asked her mother, mother, mother for fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump over the fence

Every few months, a new one enters the rotation. I keep reminding the Sisters how lucky they are to have one another — I can’t imagine too many brothers who’d be this easily entertained!

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Clean

2014 June 10
by Wendy

Do you have any household chores you absolutely loathe? I have a few, with ironing and window washing being at the top of that list. Since I love things crisply pressed, I am pretty motivated to iron despite my hate of it. Window washing, on the other hand, is something I will procrastinate on for months and months. (And, sometimes, years…).

For my birthday this year, I treated myself…  to a window washing service! James, my new window-washing BFF, came Monday. Gone is the muddy Nerf football splotch from January 2013, gone are the hand prints, gone are the dog nose imprints. I’m giddy.

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What’s Up in Photos

2014 June 3
by Mia

I have no excuse.  Life has been busy and I’ve been prioritizing sleep and family over this blog.  Apologies for any of you who are still out there!  And life will continue to be full speed ahead until school is out, so for now…a quick and dirty snapshot of what’s happening around here.

I shared my orthotic journey towards birkenstocks and these are the lovelies that are now glued to my feet.

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The pool opened over Memorial Day and we have been almost every day.  Swim, dive, rest, repeat.

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Found these great planters from Crate and Barrel and now I just need to find some time to plant!

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The Mister has insisted the girls take golf lessons this summer.  There were some frowny faces at this proposal, but after an afternoon with Daddy on the golf course, the girls are sold.

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Summer means we are back on the fair circuit!   We’ve decided you can never be too old for a bouncy house and snow cone.

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The most favorite picture of all was saved for last.  Little Sister skinned her knee and after some tears, hugs and a band-aid, she insisted that only Big Sister could walk her to the car.  My heart just melts when I see sisterly love in action.

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June Priorities

2014 June 3
by Wendy

Hello….  you all still out there?  Phew, what a crazy few weeks. End of school, wrapping up work projects, birthdays, sports, and just life have all made life quite full and sometimes unpredictable lately. Given that things are starting to wind down, I wanted to capture my priorities for this month; I am hoping I can gracefully wrap up work and be ready to embrace summer when it finally comes.

I have 14 days of work left and the boys have 17 days of school left. Here’s what I hope to accomplish while we are still tied to a schedule:

  • Recommit to clean eating. With busyness often – for me, at least – comes lazy/ quick/ careless eating. Time to get back on track, as I really don’t like it when my pants are a smidge too tight (like the are right now!).
  • Be present – physically and mentally – for the end of school festivities. I’ve had my nose in my phone too much this year, and since work is winding down I really need to put my phone and work email away when it is not “work time”.

June 25 at 12:20 our summer officially begins. We can all hardly wait. While there will be plenty of baseball and visitors, and other things going on, I really want to embrace the carefree days of summer as much as I can. As well, I want to balance it with some thoughtful organizing of the boys school work and toys. Here’s what I hope to accomplish in week 1 of summer:

  • Lazy mornings.
  • Time at the pool.
  • Organize the boys school projects from this past year (hello, Container Store!).
  • Sort through old toys and books in each one of my boy’s rooms and donate what we don’t need.

I recognize these second two priorities seem a little ambitious for just one week. However, I figure if we can tackle those projects straight-away, it will leave us more time for having fun later.

 

Memorial Day

2014 May 22
by Wendy

Happy Memorial Day, dear friends! Time to take a deep breath, get ready for the final sprint to the end-of-school finish line, and break out the white jeans. And, pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have. Enjoy the long weekend!

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This is 40

2014 May 21
by Mia

Since celebrating 40 over a year ago, some new dates popped up on my calendar. The annual mammogram, the optometrist visit…..and now the podiatrist!  According to my new foot doctor, 40 is pretty common for foot problems.  Lovely.

I have had some inner ankle issues since last August. Usually a wrap, ice and few weeks hiatus from running would calm the throb and pain. Yet this pattern has continued for nine months and it was time to visit the experts.

Consensus? Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction.  One of the many recommendations?  Kiss my flip flops goodbye and hello to Birkenstocks this summer.

So my big decision is which pair…which ugly pair of hippie shoes should don my feet?  Help a gal out and share your fashion opinions!

 

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Decided.

2014 May 20
by Wendy

I made a decision recently, a pretty big one. Or, at least it seemed big as I was making the decision.

I decided to end my consulting gig the week before the boys get out of school. Yep, that same consulting gig I was so excited to get back in December, the one that is really meaty and exciting and makes me feel like I know what I am talking about, and the same one that keeps me up many nights worrying and puts considerable stress on my family.

It was a hard decision, and on one hand I had Sheryl Sandberg’s voice in my ear telling me to “lean in, way in.” On the other hand, there were all the other voices in my ear – the ones that really matter; my boys, my husband, my dog, and my own – telling me that it doesn’t really fit into our lives right now. So after a few more of my sleepless nights and worrying about letting this company down, and wondering if I would ever get another opportunity like this, and worrying a ton  about what my boys would do all summer, and panicking about what we were going to eat for dinner the next night since I didn’t have time to go to the grocery store, I realized it had to end; if I barely manage the gig while the boys were in school, I most certainly can’t manage it while they are out of school.

Phew. I can’t tell you the relief I feel knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and knowing that our summer is set up to be more relaxed, more spontaneous, and more FUN than it would have been otherwise. I’m looking forward to rediscovering the big smiles from last summer, and remembering “fun mommy,” who has been absent for the last six months. summer 2013