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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June 27, 2016 – July 3, 2016

Things to remember from this week:

  • Monday night activity – blow up a giant donut with just my lungs for 45 minutes.
  • My favorite time of day is talking and being silly with Dimitri at bed time
  • The new flooring was delivered! Still working on the part where it is installed
  • Silly chicken boys
  • I get to the end of the week completely exhausted – working hard + playing hard. But life is good, so no complaints
  • Mimi had one day this week where she dug holes and chewed on a video game. Then she crashed out on the couch after her annual visit to the vet for shots.
  • Do you ever feel like the last 2 hours of work before a long weekend or a trip is the longest 2 hours of your life?
  • Thursday night = sand volleyball.   We have a good game face, but not much actual game.
  • Summer bucket list! Go see Dave Matthew’s Band at an out-door venue. So we traveled all the way to Wisconsin to Alpine Valley to see him play.  It was amazing.
  • Of course there was the 8 hour trip there – which included being silly and a pit stop at the Field of Dreams (Is this Heaven? No it’s Iowa.) (If you build it they will come.) 
  • We also got to stop in the town Dimitri and I first lived in when we got married (also in Wisconsin).  I was very , very sad that our first house together was not looking so great and not being taken care of. I threatened to go knock on the door and let them have it, but no one would let me out of the car.
  • We did get to eat dinner and then breakfast with friends while in Wisconsin 🙂
  • Making the long drive back just in time to join my family at Saturday in the Park where we not only saw the Kongos and Kacey Musgraves but also Sir Mix-A-Lot sing “Baby Got Back”.  Um – it was kinda awesome.
  • Fireworks!
  • A lazy Sunday, catching up on sleep after several busy days.  Activities included laying in bed and watch Elf…because it’s July??!!!
  • Cuddling
  • Ripping out carpet and flooring so that the new floor can be installed (still waiting for that) The 1960/70 flooring that we discovered was truly amazing and disturbing.
  • Lots of time at my parents house, the kids love it when their cousins are in town. They had several very late, late nights – but that’s what summer is for, right ?

Happy Week!

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June 20, 2016 – June 26, 2016

Things to remember from the week:

  • I had my first Monday night in weeks and weeks and weeks FREE. I had no idea what to do with myself.
  • Dimitri started to remove carpet in our dining room. We had to replace some of the subfloor. All the carpet in our living room/dining room, hallway, entry way is going bye-bye. And the floor in the kitchen also (so it all matches).  Count this as home improvement project #546.  At this rate we might as well never move. #moneypit
  • Ethan playing blocks and legos at the table. He is looking so BIG to me these days. But I am glad he is not too big to still play with his toys.
  • Dimitri making fun of my selfies.  I laughed.
  • Ethan’s nose got hit by Owen’s seatbelt . Swollen and bruised nose!
  • I had a public input meeting at my office… attendance was low.
  • Lunch out with the kids and their summer nanny!  This is the first summer we haven’t put them in a summer program and they are at home for the summer. So far, so good!
  • The end of a long work day. Zooey giving me cuddles and kisses.  She has been great on the pep talks lately. My favorite one from this week is when she said this “It’s a big world out there Mom. Good thing I love you!”   Oh this kid cracks me up and tells me just exactly what I need to hear.
  • The boys have been spending a lot of time in the basement playing video games…maybe too much time. Owen came up looking like something from the movies.
  • Zooey was into telling ghost stories this week.  She had Papou, Yia Yia and I also telling ghost stories to her and she voted on who’s was the scariest   Flash light required.
  • Sand volley ball night for Dimitri and I means we come home on Thursday nights very stinky and sweaty.  I made him go to walmart after our last game and I think we stunk out the store.
  • Family camping trip to Okoboji this weekend! One of my happy places! I love being on the lake! Although I really need to convince Dimitri we need a boat 🙂
  • We were joined by two of our favorite families! All together there were 8 kids.  Ages 12 – 4.  7 boys, 1 girl.  They all did really great and we had a lot of fun hanging out at the campsite, checking out the lake, swimming, hanging out at Barefoot Bar (kid friendly), and mini golf!
  • Mimi also joined us camping and she did great! She loved getting in the water this year. There was minimal barking and when we need to, we could put her in the a/c camper in her kennel and she chilled out.
  • When we got home on Sunday – everyone crashed!

That’s it for this week! Have a great one!

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6.13.16 to 6.19.16

Things to remember from this week in June:

  • My flowers starting to finally open!
  • On the road for work 2 nights this week
  • Dimitri and Mimi Dirty Dancing
  • Evening cuddles
  • Mimi and her favorite pig toy
  • Zooey taking Ethan down in the kitchen
  • Pancake eyes
  • Sand Volley Ball night (it was SO HOT)
  • Out to lunch for work
  • Friday happy hour with Michael Ann on the patio
  • Zooey beating her in Candyland
  • Heading inside because I store started to blow in.
  • Lost power – went in basement
  • Woke up Saturday with still no power, we hung out at my parents and helped them clean up a tree they lost in the storm
  • We saw Finding Dory (two thumbs up!)
  • Waited nearly 24 hours for our power to come back on
  • Lazy Sunday morning
  • Afternoon at the pool for Father’s Day!

Have a great week!

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6.6.16 to 6.12.16

Here are some things to remember from the week!

  • Coming home from a night meeting to find Zooey, Dimitri and Owen lined up on the couch watching Spider-man
  • Owen saying “good morning” when it was not morning.  This seems to be a thing recently.
  • More kitchen table dancing…also a thing around here
  • Mimi chasing the droid around the living room
  • Dimitri and Mimi like to spoon
  • Good curl day!
  • Bike ride with Dimitri
  • Living room dance show by Ethan and Zooey
  • On the road this week – hotel life
  • Me finally admitting that I don’t feel well, having a major meltdown over not feeling well (tears) and going to the doctor to get medicine. #stubborn
  • Mimi and Zooey cuddles
  • Dimitri making funny videos to make me laugh when I am feeling sick
  • I spent a significant amount of time in my bed this weekend
  • And when I wasn’t in my bed I was at the pool
  • Summer evening discussions on the swing-set
  • Shopping with Zooey
  • Tricks of the board
  • An early Father’s Day gift for Dimitri!

Have a great week!

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5.31.16 to 6.05.16

Still catching up! Here are some thing to remember during this short but very long week!

  • Me feeling kinda terrible – which seems to be the theme the last two weeks.  *Note to self: Do not wait so long to go to the doctor
  • Mimi keeping me company
  • I came out of the shower to find 3 of them snuggled in my bed
  • dinner table dancing
  • Stage rehearsal for Zooey’s recital
  • Dimitri finally got a new bike!
  • Mindcraft convention on the couch
  • Us making fun of our kids who have really been into you tube videos that start out with “Hi Guys!”
  • Dog pile
  • Mimi – hours of entertainment
  • A little pre-recital photo session with Miss Z.   I haven’t touched my big camera in forever it seems and it was really fun to take her downtown and let her play while I shot. I was terrified she would fall and mess up her outfit or rip her tights, but it was all good!
  • I was a backstage mom at the recital..so keeping track of 12 little dancers for about 2 hours! It was highly entertaining!
  • Out to dinner after the recital. Ethan using chopsticks for the first time made me giggle.
  • A family bike ride.  We didn’t really check out the mileage on the trail when we headed out and Zooey kinda gave up so we had to turn back around. Eeek! Next time I will either make sure the mileage is appropriate for the kids’ age or I would put Zooey in the bike trailer! I was proud with how far the kids did make it.
  • Ice cream after the bike ride!

I will be back with another one soon! Happy Sunday!


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5.23.16 to 5.30.16

Catching up – because I am a week behind!  Things to remember from that last week of May:

  • The kids getting haircuts and being extremely crazy during it.
  • Getting ready for Zooey’s recital with the dress rehearsal
  • Dimitri and I took Mimi on a long walk one evening – even saw 4 deer!
  • Ethan graduates from 5th grade.  He is the last 5th grade class graduating from this class school, so it was a special time!
  • Last day of school photos and picnic
  • crazy antics and tricks at our house are common
  • Michael Ann and I being silly on the patio
  • Ethan’s kisses
  • Jenga!
  • Hanging out with Dimitri on the patio (lots of patio time these days)
  • Slow Saturday mornings with nothing on the agenda (love that!)
  • Checking out the farmer’s market
  • Baby Chicks (none came home)
  • Lots of bikes around here – Zooey really wants to go without training wheels
  • A night out with friends and everyone getting a big kick out of my new red pleather jacket!
  • Sunday getting things done around the house…like Dimitri  chopping wood???!!
  • Dinner at the in-laws with all the parents!
  • Fake mohawk
  • Dimitri shopping with Zooey
  • Manicure/Pedicures
  • Silly kids singing in the backseat
  • A trip to a nearby park with a small lake

I will be back with last week’s video soon! Have a great Monday!

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May 16, 2016 – May 22, 2016

Things to remember:

  • Zooey’s last dance class of the season
  • Ethan and those PJ pants that he puts on everyday when he gets home from school
  • Oh Miss Z – it’s crazy, fun being 5
  • The Cyclone Tailgate tour and my Dad always winning something!
  • Owen – crazy, Owen
  • The kids came home from their after school program with a massive amount of balloons one day!
  • Enjoying a beautiful night walking with Dimitri
  • Ally the turtle out on a “walk”
  • Playing with a new funny app on my iPhone
  • Zooey eating ice cream on the porch, being cute, and her Dad photo bombing her in the background
  • Ethan + Zooey hanging out
  • Owen’s day at the old school-house!
  • Mimi Dog – crazy and lazy
  • Zooey the rockstar
  • Bike-to-work day
  • Happy Hour
  • Dimitri has me dressing like him now
  • 2 soccer and 2 flag football games on Saturday!
  • Saturday night on the patio, being silly, making s’mores, Ethan was sad about a girl 🙁
  • Sunday celebrating the last day of Sunday school
  • Dimitri and I entertaining ourselves in the church basement with funny photos
  • Sunday errands – car wash and grocery store
  • Celebrating Rita’s birthday
  • Zooey and Art are BFFs
  • Me with a red nose…no idea why.
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May 8, 2016 – May 15, 2016

Considering how busy my week was with work, it’s very surprising that I ended up with any photos or videos!

Here is what I will remember from the week:

  • Mimi dog greeting after a late night getting home from work
  • Walking downtown to lunch with Dimitri – we had to find time to see each other this week, it was that crazy.
  • Talking to Zooey on facetime before she went to bed – another late night working
  • Finding her smiling face waiting for me when I walked in the door
  • Late night chat’s about her day in her bed
  • Ethan on the recorder
  • Hosting my first Annual Meeting/Banquet as ED – for the most part it went well!
  • Zooey’s TK music program at school
  • Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Jerry’s Pizza that I might have eaten while laying in bed on Friday night.
  • My entire family that joined me in my bed on Friday night and I couldn’t convince to leave – because they like me that much 🙂
  • My bed head that was so big, Dimitri tried to take a photo of it but I ran into the shower and covered my head with a towel
  • With Yia Yia and Grandma freezing at Zooey’s soccer game on Saturday
  • The boys at my office on Saturday while I worked on getting things organized
  • Christmas soap, St. Patrick’s Day shirt, 4th of July hat…it’s how I roll
  • S’more cookie!
  • Friends + wine + s’mores = fun
  • Mimi and I spending quality time together on Sunday morning
  • The Garden Fairy and Mimi watering the flowers
  • Mimi at the dog park!

Have a great week!

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