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Can you tell we spend a lot of time by the water in the summer?

This is from Sunday morning’s early AM Wayzata Beach adventure. We love going there on the weekends because the city maintenance crews remove all of the seaweed with a Bobcat, there are ducks, there is sand, there is a park that is the right size for toddlers and there is a nearby train track, all which provide excellent amounts of entertainment.

As I am typing this I am realizing the train track would make this beach sound not so nice to those who are not from Minnesota and thus perhaps not familiar with the story of railroad tycoon James J. Hill.

Long story short James J. Hill was building the railroad out to Wayzata. The original depot was situated so that people would need to walk a distance to it and this was unacceptable to them. So instead he ran the railroad track down the lakeshore and placed the depot on the lake. This created probably the largest piece of open shoreline on Lake Minnetonka (which again for those of you not from MN is A Place To Be) and so we have this train situation but we are also able to enjoy the lake instead of having it blocked off by…estates.

He is celebrated each year.

And that brings all of our out of state readers up to speed.

If you did not sleep through that extremely abbreviated history lesson, let’s get back to some things.

This weekend was just wildly busy. I feel like we spent most of Sunday running around doing chores and errands because we spent the rest of our weekend with the following: Marcus visiting with an out of town friend, Marcus going to his brother’s housewarming party, a mother blessing, a mini-family reunion of all of my adult cousins at our house on Saturday afternoon, Sunday brunch at a neighbor’s. And I gave my mom a pedicure because she got her hip replaced on Thursday and what is the point of even having a daughter if they will not help you with your nails.

It was a lot?!

I mean honestly I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

In other news, Marcus and Critter built our kitchen table on Friday night. I ordered kitchen chairs today. Next on the list, bar stools for our island and a new light fixture. I’ll do a reveal after that.

Did I mention that we setup a hand-me-down sandbox from Uncle Adam and Auntie Whitney and Critter is just WILD about it? It looks like a turtle when the lid is on, we can bury things in it when the lid is off. That kid is just living The Life.

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We had such a lovely weekend.

Everyone was healthy, I got to observe belated mother’s day over brunch with Jillian at The Lynhall, we had a family outing to Wayzata Beach with Auntie Michelle and Jared.

Marcus and I enjoyed some quiet, nice meals at home which was just the most relaxing after his week away.

Mom and I went out to Gregor Farm and bought two hydrangea bushes and a peony plant for my birthday gift (thank you Mom and Dad!!!). I put them in the ground as fast as I could on Sunday which was also sort of laborious because the holes I had to dig were DEEP. I am so excited because the hydrangeas still have some blooms left in them for the season and next year they will contribute to a summer full of gorgeous flowers.

We ordered a kitchen table after eating at a card table for the last year. It arrives on Friday. I cannot wait to use it, I cannot wait to see how it changes the flow/feel of our main floor.

My mind is racing with to-dos for the week ahead, which is only ridiculous because I don’t think there is anything to be done. Does anyone else ever have that feeling?

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Lake Michigan. Photo credit: My iPhone or Beka’s – honestly I cannot remember because I have two very similar snaps on my phone.

Where to even begin this week.

We have lived in our house for a year now.

We celebrated by cleaning out Glitter’s closet, rotating out the kids’ clothing, me purging my size 8 pencil skirts (it’s just not a life I will ever live again), and taking five garbage bags of clothing (mostly mine) to the local charity shop. I also scrubbed out our kitchen sink and Marcus painted a piece of repaired siding.

Did I mention that we vacuumed? Everything feels so CLEAN now and it is just the best feeling.

And we have been living in our house for a year now.

Marcus and I also took some time on Saturday to make a to-do list of house projects we want to do over the next…10 years? It’s fun to think about the things we can and someday will get to do.

Over the weekend both of our children have had a mysterious viral plague, Critter on Friday and Glitter yesterday. While I was more than willing to be the Snuggler In Chief since these times are so few and far between now, I am praying to God a hand, foot and mouth style rash does not erupt in the next few days. I would also just like my happy, healthy children back.

On the other hand, Glitter and I watched (well she napped through) Part II of the Southern Charm Reunion so that was not a bad deal!

I have been binge listening to the Forever 35 Podcast. I listen on again off again but right now this is everything I need to go on. If you’re looking for a new podcast, recommend.

Final PSA: I bought this tank x2 in gray before my trip to Michigan. It is still on sale so I just bought two in white. It is drapey which is great for not completely toned tummies and/or people who are nursing. From Target. Not a referral link.

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Photo credit: Allison (and Allison’s iPhone)

I think I could summarize the last week in my brother’s words: Pretty much having as much fun as possible all the time.

But alas. I am home at last. My weeklong vacation (1/2 cabin, 1/2 girls’ weekend) has ended.

And when I came home from girls’ weekend, Marcus had run the dishwasher, done the kids’ laundry and actioned all of our grocery shopping. Everyone give him a shoutout in the comments because he is a hero husband.

I tried to do my part for the team by meal planning (I did it two weeks ago hence the grocery shopping success), sweeping out our mudroom and unpacking/doing laundry/putting all of it away.

I am ready for real life today but also I really am not? I can truly say last week was probably the most fun I have had since the kids were born and I am so glad for it.

Alas! It is time to get back into our routine. The hugs I got from Critter were just the sweetest and Glitter assumed her preferred state of being held on one hip. It is so good to be home with this family of mine.

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Recurring feature?

Yes.

Currently we are up at the cabin and I am enjoying the best cabin sleep I have had since…2014? A brief chronology: 2015 pregnancy insomnia, 2016 Critter doesn’t sleep through the night, 2017 pregnant and all sleep is bad, 2018 BOTH OF MY CHILDREN SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT SO I DO TOO NOW.

The weather is great, the wind coming off of the water is just a balm for my soul.

Otherwise literally living my best life right now. We come home tomorrow, on Wednesday I get to enjoy a day of self-care and getting our lives in order because on Thursday (!) I am going on a long girls’ weekend to Traverse City, MI.

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Hello my friends.

This is a snap from this morning’s park adventure. Usually we try to make it down to Wayzata Beach at least once per weekend but since we were there on Saturday morning, today I introduced Marcus and the kids to the park at Parkers Lake. Our life is so wild right now.

Am I the only one who feels like July is simultaneously starting and ending all at once? June seemed to take its time but here I am making plans to see friends and every single message at this point involves some variation of July is so busy what if we just do August?

I can see how as the children get bigger it would bee very easy to let our summer spiral completely out of control.

The Tour de France started on Saturday so I have been enjoying nightly replays while I read. My reading ebbs and flows – sometimes I read a lot, sometimes I don’t read enough. What I know to be true is that I am a much more pleasant person to be around when I am reading books. I also know that when I am on a non-fiction kick like I am right now, I really enjoy learning new things for no other reason than to know them.

We are now a week and a half into Glitter sleeping through the night and my friends. I simultaneously cannot sleep enough and have SO MUCH MORE ENERGY. And I feel like I should be using it productively but also I don’t know on what and frankly after three straight years of being pregnant or feeding babies I think it is okay to have no clue for the time being.

I have some indoors projects that I do really need to start working on in the interim. Doing the rest of my SHRM-SCP recertification credits. Re-sizing all of the photos on my blog from July 2017 to present (if anyone knows an easy way to do this, please fill me in). Ordering photos for our photo album. Purging things from the basement storage room (I just removed another grocery bag of clothes from my closet). Organizing the kids’ closets. So there is stuff to keep me occupied.

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Your girl Kat here.

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This is how I thought I would look when I was a Mom.

LOL NOT.

Actually me. All the time.

The landscapers are coming next week and our deck is being stained this week thank you God.

An animal met its demise in our front yard and I am not sure which kind but it is…problematic.

I am watching the World Cup every night and it is cutting into my BRAVO time and my Perch (our upper deck) time.

Our anniversary and Father’s Day happened and I didn’t do any social media posts so did it even count?

I have purchased so many pairs of these shorts and they are the best (not a referral link run don’t walk).