My sister-in-law got married, the weekend was beautiful, the children performed their roles as flower girl and ring bearer beautifully, we are all extremely tired. Future Kat is appreciative of Past Kat who went on a cleaning spree on Thursday, it is so nice to be unwinding in a clean house.
As the grand finale to the weekend, yesterday we hosted some out of town friends for a play date/pizza feast and it was the best way to wrap things up. When I was telling someone about this plan, they were like seriously you are hosting a party? I was like No no, you don’t understand we are just eating pizza and being ourselves!!!
Now I need to get serious about hitting the reset button – between the carbs, wine, and caffeine, my body is just confused and I get it! I have also contracted my first cold of the season – as Glitter would say, Not!!!
Winter has set in quite quickly here. I ordered some Calcium+Vitamin D supplements last night because I think I need to get intentional about making that a part of my routine again. Things that finally are a part of my regular routine again? Retinols. It is good to be back. Related/unrelated, now that it is dark all the time, we are really appreciating how well lit our house is. It only took two years to get here but we did it.
I ordered a few staples from the J.Crew Factory outlet – a leopard cardigan, a forest green cardigan, a velvet bow and a chambray shirt. I have been looking for a replacement for the chambray shirt that disintegrated 1.5 years ago and still have not found one. I am hoping this is it! The amount of leopard print I have in my closet is probably another line of discussion but we will save that for another day.
Go forth, everybody.
Marcus was on a business trip this week so that was a fun intermission between his cousin’s wedding and his sister’s wedding. But here we all are! And truly, I will say, his trips have just gotten easier because the kids are bigger. Did Critter wake up at midnight on Tuesday because he wanted to eat four goldfish? And at 3:00 AM on Wednesday just because? Yes. But easier. I am telling you. I am still celebrating his return with a (big) glass of wine.
Netflix has blessed us with another great movie, Holiday in the Wild with Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe. It is like 80 minutes, incredibly unsatisfying and yet impossible to look away!!! Currently watching A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.
I got a new iPhone because it has been a few years. Besides the part where it took almost a full day to backup my old phone, the actual setup was truly something out of a future time. Apple if you are wondering if a mom can set up an entirely new phone (1) easily and (2) in the space of a Paw Patrol episode, the answer is YES. Also I am ready to take so many photos now!!!
Back at it with Honey & Rye’s Maple Latte.
…THE PRINCESS SWITCH IS BACK ON NETFLIX. I WATCHED IT TWICE IN OCTOBER WHO CARES.
ALSO APPARENTLY THEY ARE MAKING A SECOND ONE I CANNOT EVEN WAIT.
PSA: Mercury Retrograde started yesterday. It ends on the 20th.
American Girls Podcast. It is great. Listen.
I got allergy tested for penicillin and amoxicillin and I passed! No more medication allergies for me! I probably should have done this a long time ago but didn’t even know it was an option until two years ago.
Halloween was a hoot. Our neighborhood is one with tons of driveway bonfires and even the adults dress up in costumes. The kids had a blast, Glitter was amazed I was a bunny. We came home, declared things to be “spooky” and ate our candy.
More books. If you’ve read anything you have loved lately feel free to share in the comments.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
The children and I hiding during hide and seek. They are convinced we are truly invisible. Everything about this is precious and great.
I have not given a dedicated update to parenting/the children in quite some time.
Halloween approaches, at their request, they are both going to be pink sprinkles. They do all of the sprinkle shapes (ball, star, stick) and then do jumping jacks and laugh and it is all hilarious and adorable. This is probably the only year they will ever match.
Glitter is potty training (she showed us she knew when and how to change her own diaper, we immediately knew it was time), we are done with diaper pails and diapers, changing pads and diaper tables in general and it is beautiful.
Last week we kicked off the six month period of sickness spanning fall, winter, and spring with a family trip to urgent care. Critter had an inner and outer ear infection in one ear. Glitter had a fever that was mysterious and variable and seems to have finally resolved completely.
And so it begins.
This week skipping the bulleted list because we all know that formatting is not working right now.
Maple coffee note. Starbucks and Caribou are slacking heavily on maple flavored seasonal drinks, much to my disappointment. BUT. Trader Joe’s and ALDI are both selling maple flavored coffee so that is a WIN.
I feel borderline ashamed but after a year I finally ordered Bombas socks because my second set of Target socks started to fall apart and I was going to have to buy set three. They are amazing, I don’t know why I didn’t buy them sooner. Referral link HERE if you are interested. You get 25% off your order, I get $20, we all get socks.
I watched the documentary Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary, which is about an elementary school in North Minneapolis produced by our local news station KARE 11. They put it on YouTube, I would tell anyone to watch it. To watch, click HERE.
ThredUp update. It took about 6-8 weeks to get a clean out kit, and to have it processed once I shipped it. So, not super fast, but still very easy for what it is. Some of my items have sold, I have made about $11, so worth the effort? The rest of my items have about two months left to sell before they’ll get removed from the listing. If you haven’t used ThredUp before to buy secondhand clothes online, click HERE. It’s a referral link, we both get $10 to spend if you use it.
Lindsey and Mike’s wedding was yesterday, today my body hurt from a day of heels and dancing and I am seriously wondering why I did not take the day off from work! There is not enough coffee in the world!!!
Related: Today I learned that the Caribou closest to me finally added nitro cold brew taps. This is a joy.
Back to yesterday. It was the most wonderful best day ever. I wore full eye makeup this weekend for the first time in a month and felt like a real beauty queen. My heart is filled with happiness to see my best friend’s ever after!
It is time for us to get into a routine now. The kids have some weird daycare closures in the next few weeks but otherwise our lives are going to start to look very normal/typical effective immediately. I have been waiting for this. Based on the children’s reaction to packing up for Auntie Lisa’s house this morning (they thought it was going to be a sleepover) they have been waiting for this too. I think I can also (safely) say at this point that I am just tired.