September 5, 2016 to September 11, 2016

September 4,2016 to September 11, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from the week.*

*Note: Please ignore the September 4 date on the video – I forgot about Labor Day! So really this is photos and videos from September 5 to September 11.

Things to remember from the week:

  • Owen had a huge melt down about going to football practice on Tuesday.  But he did get his jersey with his name on it – so that is cool!
  • Zooey’s new My Little Pony dress, which is the cutest (find it at TARGET!)
  • I was on the road a lot last week for work.  I logged a total of 980 miles! Thank goodness for Facetime and being able to chat when I am gone.
  • Hotel life meant sitting in bed, watching TV and responding to emails at 9 pm
  • Zooey thinks it’s funny to sleep in my spot when I am gone from home.
  • Thursday night we saw a different side of Owen at practice – he was smiling and having fun!
  • I made a pit stop home on Thursday, enough time to unpack my bag, only to head back on the road super early on Friday morning.
  • Zooey with inflatable feet for Fashion Friday. HA!
  • Friday night I crashed on the couch and vegged out to movies.
  • Zooey started soccer this week! Friday practice and her first game on Saturday. She scored two goals at the game!
  • Owen had his first football game on Saturday as well. He did awesome!
  • Saturday was the Iowa vs Iowa State game.  If you have hung around this blog long enough you will know that we are a divided house. Well actually, everyone in my house cheers for ISU and I am the black and gold sheep of the family!
  • Sunday school started this week for the kiddos!
  • And Dimitri and I spent the afternoon in the yard working on our landscaping which needs lots of help!
  • A weekend wouldn’t be complete with a trip to the Home Depot.  I keep buying mums. Can’t get enough of them this season!

That’s all for this week! Have a good one!


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August 22, 2016 to September 5, 2016

August 22, 2016 to August 28, 2016

(Push play above to see photos and video from the week of August 22, 2016 to August 28, 2016 )

Things to remember:

  • Back to School Night!  The night before the first day of school; a chance to meet the teachers, find lockers, go over schedules and drop of school supplies.  This year was different from the last, instead of one school to visit we now had 3 and 2 hours to get it all done! Challenge accepted!
  • After back to school night (which went well) the anxiety in the house was thick. Both boys were in tears, anxious about both starting at new schools, without each other.  There was a lot of reassuring and telling them that everything was going to be fine. So many people asked me if I was upset about Zooey starting kindergarten!!??  No way! Zooey was at her school from last year,  it did have a little facelift this year, but it still feels very familiar.  And if you met Zooey you would know, the girl is not lacking confidence.
  • The first day of school went great.  Ethan starts school earlier than the other two, so he was out the door before them – but not without some first day of school photos!
  • Both boys love their new school and all those nervous feelings were gone for the 2nd day of school.
  • At home…making slime, silly games withe Mimi, scenes from the dinner table with little boys who never wear shirts.
  • Football practice for Owen this week. He is pumped to have his pads and helmet!
  • Last sand volleyball game! The tournament, we lost! But we had FUN. So that all that matters.
  • Aunt Cindy was in town from Arizona! Cindy and Ethan share the same birthday, so we celebrated a few days early!
  • A trip to Home Depot. Do the home improvement projects ever stop around here?
  • A night out with friends! We saw the band Mallrats! It’s a 90s cover band, which was so much fun. What can I say , I am a 90’s girl! Pearl Jam cover songs? Yes, please!
  • Little Miss Z and her videos – she cracks me up

August 29, 2016 to September 5, 2016

(Push play above to see photos and videos from August 29, 2016 to September 5, 2016)

Things to Remember:

  • Zooey recieved a birthday gift from her Nouno and Nouna (God parents) delivered to the door. She was very excited!
  • Since school started, our evenings are so busy! Football practice for Owen and dance class for Miss Z. Throw some night meetings for work  and book club in there for me – and we have entered crazy, run around town USA.
  • Back to the Hard Rock this week – we seem to be regulars around there (not sure that is a good thing!!???) But there was a funny comedian we wanted to see so we grabbed some friends for dinner before the show and made a night out of it.  It was so funny! Very much worth going out on a Wednesday night. I still have yet to win the jackpot at the casino, but that might be because I hang out a the penny slots. HA!
  • Ethan came to visit me at work this week after he got out of school. I love visitors! I also accidentally took his tablet with me to work, and it was in my purse (oops!). Ah – the real reason for his visit!  I don’t care, maybe I should take more things of his to work with me to ensure more visits?? 🙂
  • I purchased myself a new Hawkeye shirt – so I wore it for the rest of the week just for good measure.  I am pretty sure it was good luck and that is why the Hawkeys won the game on Saturday. At least that is what I am telling myself.
  • Ethan’s actual birthday was on Saturday.  Per his request we had the Grandparents over for lunch and he opened some gifts.  He is very into the Halo Megablocks sets. He received enough sets as gifts to keep him busy building all weekend! One set has over 2000 pieces and with Dimitri, it took them 3 days to complete it!
  • The rest of Saturday included sitting on the couch watching football until nearly 11 pm. I needed a day like that!
  • Saturday football also included a t-shirt change from me. I had to switch over to my Cyclone shirt to watch ISU . In hindsight, maybe I should have kept that lucky Hawkeye shirt on! Eeek ISU! What happened??!!
  • Mimi the sleepy dog – crashed out from all the excitement of football watching.
  • On Sunday there were mums on my front porch and pumpkin spice in my cup. Although I am sad to see summer coming to and end, I love the feeling of fall creeping in.
  • Sunday was Ethan’s birthday party with his friends.  He had a swimming party. Too bad the weather wasn’t so great – but the kids didn’t care and we had the pool to ourselves!
  • Zooey told me that she was 1/2 monster and 1/2 princess.   I think she might be correct on that one.
  • On Monday, Ethan finished up his building sets and was ready to spend some birthday cash and gift cards at Target.  We spent the morning doing errands around town including to Lowe’s to buy more mums and the furniture store – because thats fun to do on Labor Day, right?
  • We spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool for one last dip. The last day the pool was open for the summer (sigh). It was warm but that sun did not want to come out! We made the best out of it anyway. And with a few final jumps off the diving board we official said goodbye to summer 2016 – it was a good one.

Hello Fall 2016, can’t wait for all the fun to begin!




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August 15 , 2016 to August 21, 2016

August 15, 2016 to August 21, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from the week of August 15, 2016  to August 21, 2016.

Things to remember from the week:

  • Owen is playing tackle football this year, the first few practices he wasn’t sure. But this week he had great time! I think he likes spending time with his friends more than anything.
  • Zooey managed to sneak into our bed twice this week!  I don’t sleep so well when kids (and dog!) are in the bed.
  • Zooey and Yia Yia selfie
  • Ethan and Ally turtle – he loves that turtle
  • Dimitri and I celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary!  It was on a Wednesday night, so nothing too exciting. We went to dinner and then saw Pete’s Dragon.  We did have the theater all to ourselves, not one other person in the entire theater but us! So we made-out in the front row.  And then talked really loud.  And I used my phone.  We broke all the movie theater etiquette rules.  Because we could. HA!   We ended our date at Walmart.  That’s what happens when you are married for 14 years.
  • Thursday night was sand volleyball night.   It’s tournament time, we lost…. losers bracket game this week.
  • Friday Dimitri I had a lunch date at Food Truck Friday downtown
  • Friday night I went out with friends for pizza and then to see Bad Moms.  Which was SO FUNNY! Have you seen this?  It’s a must see!
  • Saturday was errands with Princess Zooey.  Then Zooey and I hit the party scene. First a baby shower and then my Mom’s birthday! Two parties = two cakes. Score!
  • After leaving her front tooth dangle for more than a week, Zooey finally let Dimitri pull it out.  She looks so cute with no front teeth!
  • We ended our weekend with a pool day! The weather was perfect! I have to soak up these summer days!  Tonight I’ve been busy packing backpacks full of school supplies as school open houses are tomorrow night and school starts on Tuesday!

That’s it for this week!

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14 Years Married

Push play above to see photos and a few videos from the past year.

Today marks 14 years married! It’s hard to believe that much time as gone by! This year I learned that marriage is hard, that communication is key, and to never stop having fun.  There is no other man who I would want to share this crazy life adventure with. I am so glad you are mine.  

Happy 14 years Mr. Bostinelos!  I can’t wait for the rest of forever!

love, love, love,


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August 8, 2016 – August 14, 2016


Push play above to see videos and photos from the week of August 8 to August 14, 2016

Things to remember from this week:

  • Mimi celebrated her 1 year anniversary of being adopted by us!
  • The kids being crazy as always. I don’t want the summer to end, but yet I am getting ready for them to be in a routine!
  • Zooey has another loose tooth. Top front – she won’t take it out and it is just dangling there!
  • I worked a lot this week (no photos of that). But I put in 10 to 12 hour days the entire week.  Being on vacation is good, catching up is hard.
  • We were supposed to play volleyball on Thursday night but it got rained out, I wasn’t to upset to have an evening with no plans.
  • We are loving our new floors!
  • Friday night I tried to crash in my bed with a glass of wine and Netflix, but my family was determined to spend time with me! First Dimitri laid next to me and made me laugh. Then Owen decided that I must get out of bed and play old school Nintendo with him. Which I did – and it was fun!  They let me crash later.
  • Saturday was all about catching up on 3 weeks worth of laundry and sorting through school supplies!
  • We ended Saturday with an outing for frozen yogurt (froyo!) and a trip to Home Depot with the kids, which is an adventure in itself!
  • Sunday, I declared a pool day. Got to soak in these last days of summer!

Have a great week!


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July 31, 2016 – August 7, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from the week of July 31 – August 7, 2016 (eek! Please ignore typo on the date in the video – unless it is indeed 2106!!)

Looking back at the last few week’s photos and videos, I can see why I am exhausted and behind! We’ve been busy! Here is what I want to remember from this week in 2016.

  • We came home for 24 hours in between our trip to Minnesota and flying out to Denver.  Just enough time to pack and unpack and catch a plane.
  • I was going to Denver for a work conference. Dimitri tagged along for fun!
  • I accidentally booked our tickets wrong and he was in the seat behind me on the plane! LOL!
  • We stayed in downtown Denver, which I don’t think I’ve ever been.
  • After a week of flip flops, swim suits and lake hair – it was kinda nice to get dressed up again!
  • We got to see our good friends Anne & Josh with Uncle Tony one night for dinner. We ate at this great taco place across from Union Station. Tacos are always good!
  • I was at the conference during the day, Dimitri was able to work remotely from the hotel room.  There was more working than not working on this trip, especially considering we were coming off a week’s vacation. But that’s OK – it was nice to spend some alone time with Mr. Bostinelos!
  • We went to dinner one of the nights with my friends Michael Ann (+ Adam) and Trisha. It was a great Italian place that I highly recommend if you are ever in Denver.
  • I came home to find Harry Potter and the Cursed child on my doorstep!
  • Poor Mimi was at the kennel for almost 2 weeks. It was good to get her home!
  • Miss Zooey turned 6 this week! We celebrated with a birthday donut the morning of her birthday, went to Chuck E. Cheese the night of her birthday followed by cake and presents with the grandparents.  On Sunday Zooey had a pool party with her friends. It was a birthday extravaganza!
  • Speaking of birthdays, Owen cashed in his birthday money to buy a Gecko, named Treko. Yes another living thing has entered this house. Wish us luck!
  • Ethan lost his very first baby tooth! The tooth fairy realizing this was the last one, up the trade to $5!
  • Zooey lost a tooth also! Top front, she looks adorable without teeth.
  •  We got a new washing machine. Unplanned (boo!).   The day before we left for Minnesota we knew the washer was on its last leg. We somehow managed to get it to run a few more loads and it got us through from one trip to the next. But the cost to repair it wasn’t worth the value, so hello new appliance.  I was so excited to do laundry (I know, crazy)!  I had a week worth’s of lake clothes x 5 people and laundry from our trip to Denver. The guys came to hook up the new machine last Saturday, and…. the pipe was leaky and we had to call a plumber, who couldn’t come until Monday (sigh).  #laundrydrama
  • The kids had been begging us to see Life with Pets, so we finally had the chance to take them last Saturday night.  We all loved it!
  • Otherwise, we are just living life, and happy to be home! We are trying to soak up the rest of summer, get ready for school to start and doing a major catch-up at home and at work!

More later!


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July 23, 2016 – July 30, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from our week at the lake!

There is something about this time of year that is SO busy! In a wonderful, got to cram it all in before the end of summer type of way.  But I am more likely to get behind because of all fun we are having!  So in an effort to catch up,  above are the photos and videos from our week at the lake in Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Things to remember from the week:

  • The road trip up to Minnesota, seemed quiet since we put the boys in Grandma and Papa’s car.  But then 20 minutes from our destination, Zooey got car sick and tossed her cookies.  (gross!)
  • Our cabin was the old Edgewood resort.  This is a place my parents went to before I was even born and I spent childhood summers visiting.  The resort has since been sold off and individuals own the cabins with a home owners association.  I hadn’t been here since 1991! And the cabin we stayed in was the same cabin my parents stayed at in 1973 (before me!)
  • It only took a matter of minutes after arrival for the kids to be in their swimsuits and in the lake
  • Dimitri and I were excited for a week of relaxation, this last year has been a hard one! We needed downtime!
  • A stop to Zorba’s on the Lake was first on our list!
  • Our cabin came with a boat #win
  • Morning on the porch with coffee
  • Everyone waking up and making their way down to the water
  • Lots of boat time
  • Paddle boards
  • sandcastle
  • Our entire family on the lily pad!
  • Fishing, fishing and more fishing
  • Sunsets on the lake are the best
  • Crossing the headwaters of the Mississippi with my kids. The same thing I used to do as a kid!
  • Rain in the mornings, and then sun in the afternoon
  • Downton Park Rapids
  • Tubing!
  • S’mores!
  • Ice Cream!
  • Breakfast at the lumber jack camp
  • The family fun center which included rock climbing, bumper boats and go carts!
  • paddle boat rides
  • Robert,  Keri and Dimitri making egg rolls
  • Swim suits, flip-flops, tan lines, freckles, bug bites and lake hair
  • Evening lake rides
  • I want to go back.

More catching up soon!

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July 18 , 2016 – July 22, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from the week.

Things are moving so fast around here – I am catching up with photos and videos from July!

Things to remember:

  • The house still under construction this week! Moving out all the furniture so that the new flooring could be installed
  • Lunch with the kiddos at the hot dog shoppe!
  • Getting involved in a new group!
  • The floor installation day was kinda rough. The contractors started at 9 am and they left our house around 11 pm.  The kids were banished to the basement, but it got crazy down there when cabin fever set in.  Also – our front doors weren’t working out with the new flooring, and Dimitri removed them to fix the issue …after 11 pm at night!  I was so happy when it was all done.  And technically it isn’t done. We still need baseboard in the dining room!
  • Watching Stranger Things on Netflix.  Have you watched this?
  • Between the floor craziness and leaving for vacation we celebrated Dimitri’s birthday! The day before his actual birthday with pie, presents and our family.  On his actual birthday we had a sand volleyball game. The heat index was 106 F.  It was crazy hot.  At one point I started seeing black spots and thought I was going to pass out. We probably should have been drinking water instead of that bucket of birthday beer! eek!
  • Dimitri pulled his back and had a few appointments with a chiropractor who apparently likes the Hawkeyes.  I guess Dimitri needs to screen his doctors on their University affiliation before he makes an appointment!
  • It was SO HOT this week that McDonald’s Large Iced Coffee was my morning drink – not once but twice.
  • Lunch with the birthday boy!
  • Ethan was excited to go a pool party with his friends! Soon they will all be heading to middle school!
  • And I did a little last-minute shopping before our vacation with Ethan. He has grown so much this summer and nothing is fitting! We will need to do some back to school shopping soon!

I have another video of our vacation to the lake…stay tuned!


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July 12, 2016 – July 17, 2016

Push play above to see photos and videos from the week!

Things to remember:

  • Mornings are a lot easier around here since the kids have been staying home and sleeping in.  I actually have time to sit and eat breakfast – which my dear Husband decided to document on Monday (lucky me).
  • We are still rocking the subfloor and 1970 vinyl in our kitchen. Tuesday is the big day for the new flooring to be installed, it can’t come soon enough!
  • I made a video of Zooey making a video – it blew her mind!
  • Always cuddles, always .
  • Owen getting his weight training in…50 reps of lifting Mimi up by a toy.
  • We jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon this week and out looking for Pokemon in our neighborhood.
  •  I have flowers! I have also killed flowers this year. But some of my pots are doing great!
  • Lunch with Dimitri, he loves it when I snap his photo while we are talking (not really).
  • He makes up for his lack of cooperation at lunch by sending me funny selfies that brighten my day.
  • Owen’s Birthday! We actually celebrated his birthday with family one day early because we had a volleyball game on his actual birthday.  Dinner, presents, and cake one day early? I don’t think the kid minded.  Plus he still got spoiled on his actual birthday spending the day with his Grandparents! Turning 10 is good.
  • Mimi is fully of cuddles in my bed – I kinda like it.
  • Dimitri entertaining me during sand volleyball pre-game warm up.
  • I was solo with the kids this weekend as Dimitri was on his annual guy camping weekend.
  • We hung around the house on Friday night and Zooey showed me her cool dance moves wearing my heels. She is a superstar.
  • Saturday morning the kids slept in – and Mimi and I enjoyed some quiet cuddle time.
  • That afternoon, we hit the pool. Which is always full of funny things my kids do. I attempt to sit on my chair and ignore them all while I catch some rays and read a book. But they are too cute, too creative and too funny to ignore. Why do I have such entertaining children?
  • After swimming we decided to go through the McDonald’s drive thru with the giant donut in the back – we got a lot of people looking at us and the McDonald’s people laughing at us!
  • Saturday night was more hanging out at home…Zooey, Mimi and I had a slumber party in my room.  I fell asleep watching a movie, and Zooey woke me up at 11:30 pm to inform me it was over! eek! (not to self : going to have to work on bedtime before school starts again) 
  • Sunday morning Zooey and I hung out while the boys slept in.  She had an iPad. I had coffee. The world was at peace.
  • Later I had to return the favor of Dimitri send me a selfie with one of my own. (ooh la, la)
  • Late Sunday morning meant a large fort was made in my dining room, which is acting as my living room, because my living room is piled high with stacks of flooring. ( Ug, can’t wait to have my floors in! I can’t live like this much longer. Can you hear my frustration?)
  • Sunday afternoon meant me cleaning out my sock drawer (It really can’t get that much more exciting in my life. And I can’t believe I not only took a photo of my sock drawer cleanup but I find it noteworthy enough to blog about it).   It turns out I have a ridiculous number of socks. Way too many. Who knew??
  • Zooey and I had a few errands to attend to on Sunday afternoon. Somehow Zooey talked me into buying her a whoopee cushion.  I got a new sparkly headband, so it’s all good.
  • Dinner at my parents house on Sunday evening, and back home to get ready to start it all over again with a fresh new week!

Have a great one!

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July 4, 2016 – July 10, 2016

Things to remember from the week (Push Play above to watch the video of clips and photos):

  • Mornings with Mimi Dog. She likes to wake me up at 6:30 am. And then she barks at me until I either play fetch with her or feed her treats
  • 4th of July!  One of my favorite holidays of the year! We spend all day at the pool. Have dinner with the family, kids running around and watch fireworks.  There are always family and friends around and it’s just a great time.
  • This year it took until late afternoon until that sun came out, so it was a little chilly at first, but ended up being a great day!
  • I took the 5th of July off work as well – I needed a day to re-group after all the craziness.  Laundry was on top of that list!  Our house is still turned upside down as we are removing all the old flooring in our entryway, living room, dining room, kitchen and hallway and getting ready to put in a wood laminate floor.  The good news is that the old stuff is all up, the bad news is we are still 1 1/2 weeks until the new stuff gets installed.
  • On my day off, I took the kids to Target.  Of course they wanted to check out the toy section, but they were in shock when we walked past the school supply section! Yes, back to school is just around the corner. Thank you Target for the reminder.
  • The kids felt so bad that their summer was already coming to a close that I took them to Happy Hour at Sonic for slushies
  • My wonderful husband had flowers and cookies delivered too me at work on Wednesday. I think that he felt bad because on Wednesday morning I had 340 emails sitting in my inbox – and that was just from 5 days of not being at work.
  • I took a photo of me and my new dress from White House Black Market (on sale right now!)  I decided to give Stitch Fix a little break.  I’ve had over a dozen fixes (maybe even close to 20!), but I just needed something different.
  • Sand volleyball night! We ended up playing for our team and then subbing for a friend’s team.  Dimitri scored the nickname “Super Nacho” after our pre-game warm up.
  • Zooey being cute and trying to avoid going to bed – it was working
  • My latest summer hair obsession, braids and messy bun.  Which works great for us curly hair girls and high humidity!
  • Saturday we spent the day getting ready for Owen’s 10th Birthday/Sleepover party.  We had it at our crazy under construction house.  14 boys total, 11 slept over. I was kinda OK with not having the new floors in yet! No need to worry about spills!
  • We went to Home Depot on Saturday as well.  Zooey told me that she wanted a giant roll of bubble packing for her upcoming birthday.  Silly girl.
  • Owen’s birthday was like many before. He wanted water games including, a water balloon fight, a slip and slide and water guns!  He also asked that we do the coke and mentos experiment. Cake, ice cream and presents – Owen declared it the best birthday party yet!
  • His actual birthday is on Thursday – but we had the party a few days early.  Dimitri’s is coming up too, then Zooey’s, and then my Mom’s and then Ethan’s and then Yia Yia’s.  Welcome to Birthday season – it has just begun.
  • Sunday sillies with Dimitri and Ethan as they went to get some donuts for the birthday crew.
  • I was caught napping on the couch with Mimi. I had to shut down a 2 am air hockey game – so to say the least I was a little tired.
  • I then declared it another pool day – and that is where we spent the afternoon.
  • Then we all came home and almost everyone in the house sat on the same couch – which is placed in our dining room, on top of our sub-floors, because that is how we roll around here.  And we are tire, a little sunburned, a lot happy and together.

Have a great week!

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