Our return to office is approaching… that means the return of my (10+ year old, purple, bedazzled) flat iron is also approaching. I’ve been wearing my hair tied back in a low bun for longer than I can remember. Blame kids. Blame time management. Blame the half-curl, half-frizz combo I’ve inherited but this mop isn’t doing me any favors these days. Perhaps I need to give a beautiful, simple hair pin a try. Adding to my Christmas list.
Somehow I blinked and it had been five weeks since I last visited this little slice of the interweb. Thankfully, that time away has been a sign of all good things off-screen. Things that included a very fun and complete (!!) summer bucket list, a trip to Chicago to cheer on my sister during her second marathon (incredible!), photos of our growing family, a quick trip to Iowa, and lots of Fall prep. This coming weekend is the first weekend in quite some time we’ll all be home and staring at a wide open calendar. Hoping to work on Halloween costumes, make some pumpkin bread, and… sit. What a concept: sitting. Hope you have some sitting on the agenda this weekend too!
These colors. All day. Please and thank you.
I’ve been working (behind the scenes, mostly) with the folks at faucethead since 2009. That makes me two things: very old and very lucky. Pop on over to the faucethead Instagram page and check out a fun giveaway that we’re doing to celebrate TWENTY years of faucethead goodness. And be sure to like/subscribe/all that stuff for the next twenty years, while you’re at it.
Traveling with three kids under the age of four should be an Olympic sport. At least, packing for three kids under the age of four should be! After many days (weeks?) of planning, prepping, packing and only mild panic, we made it up to Door County last week for the annual Braun getaway. Four days of staying up too late, drinking too much wine, eating too much cheese and hanging with so much family we hadn’t seen in a long time was worth all the stress. Here’s hoping that next year the girls decide the water isn’t ‘too cold’ to enjoy!
My co-worker was wearing these overalls the other day and, even over Teams/Zoom/Skype/whatever, they looked reallllly cute. Could my long limbs pull them off? Just might have to give them a try.
If I had a ‘summer vibe’ goal… this would be it. Barefoot, near water (I’m assuming), sun-kissed skin, top flowing in the wind. Sign me up.
We did it! The Red Head left for Fort Jackson Basic Training November 3, crushed Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning and is now back home in Minnesota as of May 28.
What. A. Journey.
This photo, taken a couple weeks ago already, is my current favorite. Is a 24×36 for above the fireplace too much, ha! Welcome home, Red.
This past weekend, I loaded up the minivan and made the journey to Chicago solo with three (!!) kids. Armed with a console full of Diet Coke, many a’podcast, two fully charged iPads and lots of enthusiasm we made it! And it was so worth it. We saw (fully vaccinated) family and friends that hadn’t even met Oliver, visited parks I grew up with, ventured to the city, and had minimal tears on the way to and from. Gold stars to my road trip warriors and gold stars to hugging family (and that’s all coming from someone who’s not much of a toucher!). Can’t wait to all be together again this summer!
In the most exciting news around here in quite some time, I booked a plane ticket last weekend to pick up the Red Head from Officer School at the end of May! Kid-free and vaccinated, it’ll feel like a whole new world. The countdown is on!