Monthly Archives: May 2018

Up North at the Cabin (with two!)

Critter’s daycare was closed this week and it was my turn to take time off from work (Marcus and I try to share time-off between holidays and sicknesses) so we packed up the kids and headed up north to join the rest of my family.

A brief summary: Glitter HATED the pack and play and we are deep into the eight month sleep regression so I mostly did not do a lot of sleeping (God bless my Mom for helping me to get afternoon naps in because I needed them). Critter is now an expert at riding on the pontoon and is probably turning into a human sprinkle because between donuts and ice cream he ate ALL of them.

We caught some fish.

Uncle Billy leveled up his Uncle-ing game.

We saw where the beavers live. We learned about moss. We walked in the “forest” (on a paved path with tall trees).

We played outside a lot. Since we were having such a heat wave in the cities, even a five degree temperature change was WELCOME.

I will also say that vacationing with kids is WORK y’all. Marcus went home after the first night so it is safe to say that once our merry little band (all of us in serious need of a bath) gets home, I will need some time to myself to recover.

That isn’t to say that we didn’t have a wonderful time. It is so special to bring the littles to the exact same place I have been coming since I was their age.


MN Lake Life (tiny tots edition)

Memorial Day weekend hey.

We went to Bellecour + Wayzata Beach on Saturday and Sunday. God it is just so good to be back into this weekend routine again. Once the farmers’ markets get a little more energetic (…July?) we’ll do that one morning/weekend. Also we have been having an incredible May heat wave (hello, 90s) so going to a beach at 7:30 AM was the only logical response. Truly.

Today we are headed up to the cabin. Critter’s daycare is closed this week, so I will be Up North with the kids, Marcus (for one night) and Billy and Mom until Thursday.

People heading west on the Oregon Trail probably packed less than we have. I will also note that in the old times I used to have a well stocked toiletry kit because we were going to the cabin tons in the summer or traveling every few months throughout the remainder of the year. Today as I was packing, I realized that the last time I used my toiletry kit is when I was in the hospital birthing Glitter and then I threw a bunch of stuff away.

Marcus asked me if I had any particular goals for this cabin trip. I was like uh…everyone sleeps reasonably well? We ride on the boat at least one time? In some ways this trip seems easier than the ones we have taken over the past two summers and in other ways I want to run around the house screaming HELP US GOD WE ARE TAKING TWO KIDS ON “VACATION” WHAT HAS GOTTEN INTO US.

Honestly, I don’t know.

Friday Food Round-Up!

How do we know that we turned a corner this week?



Which means probably it is summer now and also we are probably into a really good routine with two kids now.

All I want to eat are grill things and tacos. The only carb I have time to deal with are tiny potatoes that get roasted.

Friday – Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Sausages with Coleslaw and Roasted Potatoes

Welcome to the summer of tiny potatoes.

Sunday – Burgers with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus

We haven’t made beef burgers in FOREVER. These were rad.

Monday – 90’s Taco Salad

Always the best.

Wednesday – Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Sausages with Garlicky Wilted Spinach and Roasted Potatoes

Sort of a repeat.

Thursday – Turkey Tacos

I am obsessed with these right now.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

I made these with Critter for playgroup.

Home Sweet Home

For the past month, I have been trying to do one fun Critter and Mama adventure each Friday after I pick him up from daycare. Marcus has Glitter on those days so I have the extra time. Last Friday, he and I visited the “jungle” (garden center) at Lowe’s to buy some hanging baskets and some simple plants for our planters.

Critter loves visiting the “jungle” (lol seriously) and it is such a hoot to wheel around the aisles with him while we look at the fwowers. However, there is only so much gardening to be done. The Irises have yet to show me any flowers and the Peonies are getting closer to blooming but we are not quite there yet.


We are finally making some landscaping decisions (more on that in another post) and little by little we are spiffing up the exterior of the house. It’s crazy to think that at this time last year, we still had not seen our house and were wrapping up our third month on the multi-generational compound.

We are also starting to move into a whole new rhythm of summer life. ECFE ended last week. Library story time will be sporadic throughout the summer. Glitter has turned into a two nap baby which is fantastic because she is pretty predictable and it means that now I get at least 30 minutes of solo time in the AM with Critter and usually at least 30 minutes of time to myself in the afternoon when their naps overlap.

He has also taken to calling our house “home sweet home” from time to time and it is the sweetest, most hilarious thing. I have no idea where he got it from but he is right. It is our home sweet home!

Friday Food Round-Up

I cooked a decent amount this week but (1) forgot to take a picture of Saturday’s dinner, (2) made a crockpot full of this soup to see us through the dinners apart and workday lunches in the first part of the week and (3) made a 11/10 dessert for a work potluck that I need to write down the recipe for SINCE I MADE IT UP AS I WENT.

Friday – One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Roasted Potatoes

This dinner is the best 100% of the time.

Wednesday – Tacos

I made the meat in the crockpot on Tuesday so all we had to do was assemble.

To Do List Nation

I don’t know about you guys, but the moment we got to May, suddenly there was this ongoing (and lengthy!) list of things to do?

Like honestly every time I complete a post-it note worth of tasks, another springs up in its place with a completely bizarre and arbitrary list of activities to complete. And yet, I Keep Doing Them!

Just this morning I ordered Critter a pile of summer play clothes from Target because for the summer, his daycare turns into a “camp.” Which is great. I love that they make the effort to spend so much time outdoors with the children. But I need to send him to daycare in swim clothes, he will need a dry outfit to change into and he needs to keep extra clothes at school. Also, he needs clothes to wear at home?! We have been so blessed to receive a PILE of hand-me-downs from friends and family, and “thrift shop” has been on my to do list for two weeks but frankly, we’re at the point where if it doesn’t happen, we need a backup plan (AKA more clothes).

Meanwhile, I briefly contemplated the possibility of us needing to build a shed because it seems like there is not a lot of space in our garage? Like, we can park the cars in there just fine but between strollers/lawn mowers/snow blowers/stuff it is tight.

THEN I REALIZED WE WERE STORING WEDDING GIFTS WE HAVE NOT TOUCHED IN THE SEVEN YEARS SINCE WE GOT MARRIED. And not like This Is Special China For Special Occasions, but like Things We Never Asked For In The First Place.

This is what happens when you move while pregnant. Things just come along for the ride.

Anyway, we do not own any of those things anymore and now there is more storage space in our garage. Basement bedroom/storage room, I am coming for you next.

Meanwhile, Marcus is replacing all of the outlet and switch plate covers on 1/2 of our main floor that we bought LAST AUGUST so you know, we are just chipping away at projects like no one’s business.

We are still sourcing landscaping quotes for our yard because they range from Exorbitant to More Exorbitant and frankly for the amount they are asking so far, we can actually find the time and energy to do the project ourselves. I will look forward to providing an update once I actually know what is going to happen here. Plus, I bet y’all would love a summer full of updates about shoveling medium-sized gravel out of our yard (lol not).

If anyone has any laughable tales they would like to share, please do, we would like to hear them. Otherwise stay tuned for more of mine.

What I’ve Been Reading


In the spirit of learning for learning’s sake, I read East of Eden and when I finished it, I thought Man…That John Steinbeck Can Write. HIGHLY recommend. It was The Longest Book Ever but I would read it again. I also read some other things.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman

Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves