Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017

Pumpkins

We may not have accomplished everything on our Summer Bucket List but hey #goals. Fall is my favorite season and I decided it would be fun to make a Fall Bucket List. We may not finish this list either but it is fun creating it and dreaming about all the fun adventures we might have. 



  1. Go apple picking
  2. Carve/ Decorate pumpkins
  3. Visit Swanson's Harvest Festival 
  4. Splash in the Rain
  5. Do the Pumpkin Bash at the Woodland Park Zoo
  6. Start a knitting project
  7. Create a cold weather reading nook
  8. Buy some new candles
  9. Watch a fall movie
  10. Go on a hike
  11. Go on a leaf hunt with the kids and do art
  12. Fly a kite
  13. Paint gourds
  14. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  15. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade (on tv)
  16. Take a Ferry trip
  17. Go to Olympia and visit the Children's Museum
  18. Head to Suncadia for the weekend
  19. Make soup
  20. Get a new plant
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week in Review 9.16.17

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Molly started Kindergarten on Monday and then that afternoon, Scott left for India. It was a busy and emotional week but we powered through and did quite well. I am really enjoying the walk to and from Molly's school. I have a feeling I am going to really like it when I can leave Maggie at home in the morning with Scott and walk Molly alone. 


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Exercise

I got in 4 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes, a barre3 class at the new West Seattle location, and a barre/cycle class at Community Fitness. My hip was really hurting me on Tuesday so I've been trying to take it gentle this week. I told the instructor at the barre/cycle class about my leg and hip area hurting and she suggested that ride slower at a higher gear. It felt pretty good.  I also took a few epsom salt baths to loosen up the muscles. My gym also had a surprise flood but the pro trainers were able to adjust the workouts and keep everything running smoothly as the owner worked to get everything back in place. I also started walking Molly to school everyday. It's about a block and a half away so I've added 6 blocks to my walking everyday which is bumping up to my 12,000 steps goal. I've really enjoyed it. 


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Food


Food this week has been all about school lunches. I honestly LOVE making lunch and putting it in a cute box. I have been keeping them fairly simple so Molly can just dive in and eat. She has already complained about not having enough time to eat. She also said the chocolate pieces I've put in her lunch are her favorite part. Ha! The lunches are coming back mostly eaten so I feel good about what I'm packing. All veggies continue to be rejected. I'll keep packing them. 


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The Girls

Molly started her first day of Kindergarten and has already been enforcing the classroom rules at home. She got nervous on her second day heading into class so I followed her in and then gently shoved her into the room. The rest of the week went just fine. Maggie and I surprised her at lunch on Friday which was great. We had a really rough Friday morning and she looked so sad when we first saw her and brightened right up when she spotted us. 


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I re-started the Peaceful Preschool with Maggie. It gives us a good activity between preschool pick-up and elementary school pick-up where I can focus Maggie and help her learn. Otherwise, she just watches tv or trashes the house. Neither of which excite me. Also Maggie loves glitter glue and even though she isn't quite using it in the way I imagined, it is making her very happy. 


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The girls also started ballet again. Maggie is doing pre-ballet/tap again this year and Molly has moved up to Ballet 1. They are with their favorite teacher, Ms. Holly and I have high expectations for this year. 


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Other Goings On

Last Saturday, Maggie's preschool class (the Kangaroo class) headed up to the Outback Kangaroo farm to check out the kangaroos and other animals. It was so much fun even with LuLu, the angry kangaroo attacking kids. 


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

August Book Report

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I worked hard to get through the 2017 Summer Book Bingo but missed it by a few books. OK I missed it by 6 books but I'm still planning to read them. I had a month of books that I didn't really love except the first one I read. However, I've already turned that around in September which thrills me to no end. 

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I read "1984" by George Orwell for the "Published the year one of your parents was born" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. 1984 is an amazing book. This book was simply amazing even though it took me longer to finish than it should have. One line hit too close to current events and summed up the book so well - "Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship." I know why 1984 is a classic. 

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I read "You are a Badass" by Jen Sinciero for the "You've been meaning to read" category. I was so excited to read this book. It honestly it was a slog to get through. I've been reading it since the beginning of July and just did not connect with her message. All of it sounded like something I've heard before and things I actually say. I could see where this could be a message for others but for me, there wasn't a connection. 

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I read "Goodbye Vitamin" by Rachel Khong for the "Finish in a day" category. Another book I just felt meh about. I enjoyed the writing and the subject matter was interesting but somewhere along the way I didn't love it but I still finished it in a day! It was a Seattle Refined book club pick and the discussion about it was amazing! I love our book club. You can watch our discussion on SeattleRefined.com.
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I read "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield for the "About art or an artist" category. Another book I just felt meh about. It felt a bit too preach to me but I'm still glad I read it since it has been in my list for ages. I think I had too many "self-help" books this month and I was not in a "self-help" mood. 

Yearly Book Total: 31/52

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Molly on Your First Day of Kindergarten

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Dear Molly,

This morning you headed off to your first day of kindergarten. It feels like just yesterday, you were a tiny baby wrapped up in my arms. This morning, you confidently marched to school, commanding us to follow. There was hesitation in your body, at the last minute where you told me, you did not want to go but with a gentle push, you were on your way.

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I'm so excited for you to start this journey. You had an amazing time at Small Faces but this is the school you will remember. These are the teachers who will shape you. Your preschool teachers gave you a great start and for that we can always be grateful.

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This year I hope you learn to love school. I hope you learn to count to 500. I hope you keep calling numbers letters and letters numbers. I can't wait to watch you really learn how to read. It's going to be an amazing year of growth.

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In a few short hours, I'll head back to the school to pick you up. I can't wait to hear about your day. I'm sure you'll just tell me it was good but I'm going to try to gently prod some information out of you. I also can't wait to see how little of your lunch you ate. The lunch I lovingly packed last night.

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I love you, Molly Pop! We are all so proud of you and can't wait to hear how your first day of Kindergarten went!

xoxo,

Mom and Dad (and Maggie too)

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Week in Review 9.10.17


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Maggie started back at preschool this week while Molly had to wait for Kindergarten to start. Molly and I spent the week having fun with hair cuts, pedicures and a playdate to the Zoo. We are so ready for school to start tomorrow. 


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Exercise

I got in 5 workouts this week - three boot camp classes, a barre3 class, and a CorePower Yoga Sculpt class. I really enjoyed my barre3 class and the CorePower was so sweaty! My rear-end has been sore all weekend from boot camp. Seriously sore! 



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Food

Our CSA had huckleberries this week which I greatly enjoyed with my homemade yogurt and some honey. DELICIOUS! 


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I received a Brandless delivery this week. Everything was $3 and it was ok. I'm not sure I'd go through the effort again to get a delivery though things tasted good.  


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The Girls

Maggie had her first day of school back at preschool. She went there all summer and is in the same classroom so there was little adjustment. She loves the room and her teachers but is adjusting to not having Molly in the same school. They really love hanging out together and played together on the playground a lot.  



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Emotions were high this week. We had a horrible trip to Costco where Molly just lost it. Afterwards (always afterwards), I figured out that she is nervous about Kindergarten and I kept asking her what foods she wanted in her lunch and for classroom snack. Yeah, not helpful, Mom! 

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Maggie keeps torturing Lewis. Lewis keeps liking it. Mel-b and Lewis are slowly working to make this arrangement work. It's slow days. 

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Other Goings On

There weren't much other goings on this week. We had a holiday weekend and got a bunch of outside stuff taken care of. I still need to pressure wash the patio but the pressure washer is being a pill. I did however get the banisters stained and sealed. Repainted the threshold. Cleaned up the yard and garden. Bought paint for the inside painting I'll be doing this fall, etc. I also bought a new plant and have been fighting Lewis on not attacking my beautiful plants. I'm going to win this one! 


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Photo Credit: Jonathan Rosenberry/November Project Facebook Page)

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Monthly Goal Check-in (August)

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August was the month of Lewis the Kitten, Swimming and soaking up all Summer had to offer us! 

2017 Goals

1. Workout 217 times in 2017 - I worked out 20 times in August. I'm at 158 workouts with 59 more workouts to complete this year. I'll need to complete 3.6 workouts a week for the rest of the year to complete this goal. Totally do-able! 


2. Participate in the Year of Creativity -  This month was all about slow! We were assigned the task of working on an essay for the entire month. One of my goals was to submit an essay to Coffee + Crumbs and I used this assignment to get that essay done. I worked on it until the last minute of August 31st before submitting it. 


3. Shoot one roll of film a month - I shot film with my Instax camera this month and had so much fun doing so. You can see my August Film here.


4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I made up my plan for the coming months and worked on some research. I plan to really tackle this once the girls are in more school in a few weeks. 


5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket - I neglected to work on my blanket this month as seriously it was too hot to knit. I hope the cooling fall can inspire me to knit more. 

6. Read 52 books. - I read 4 books this month. This means I have 16 books to read this year and 36 under my belt. I did not complete Book Bingo but plan to finish the remaining 6 on my list. I just couldn't get myself to read faster and kinda hated all the books I read this month. 

7. Finish up various House Projects - I tackled a lot of home projects this month! I planned out my painting projects and painted the back patio and re-did both entry banisters. I also cleared out a bunch of clutter with The Minimalist Game. I also cleaned out the linen closet and pantry. I feel like I made a lot of progress on this front. 

8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - I'm almost done gathering the images and then plan to make the books. I'm not sure if I should use chatbooks or shutterfly or something else. I need to make a decision here. 

9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community. 

10. Learn how to make a really good stock 

Bonus Goal: Grow two new crops in my garden and add some chickens to my flock. 
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Week in Review 9.2.17

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It was a busy and hectic week which meant little got done but a lot got done. The girl's had their last rock climbing class and they told me they didn't want to do it again. But we tried so that is all that matters. Scott traveled for business and I had two book events with Seattle Refined which meant I put on make-up twice this week. That is serious, people! 

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Exercise

I got in 4 workouts this week - three boot camp classes and one barre3 class. After feeling run-down last week, I decided to take a step back in the exercise department. I think it was a good decision. I was able to tackle my boot camp classes with a lot of energy and brought my all to the barre3 class. It felt really good. 



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Food

I ordered a Gobble meal this week and I think I am doomed when it comes to meal services. My order came but was missing a ton of ingredients. Luckily the customer service guy was hilarious and kept saying, "That is terrible" as I told him my story of woe. He also refunded my order. 


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I did get my September Meal Plan done and even put in grocery lists. I'm on fire! With the start of school for Molly and Scott traveling a bunch this month, I wanted to get ahead of food this month. I'll be packing lunches for the first time on a daily basis and made a list for our Costco run later this week. I'll be stocking up on lunchbox essentials! 


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The Girls

Molly had her very last day at preschool on Friday. It was quite emotional for all of us. She's only been there two years but they were two amazing years of growth. Maggie still has two more years so we'll still be at the preschool and Molly says she wants to go to Parent's Night Out still which is awesome for me! 


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I switched Maggie's speech therapist this week. Her old therapist was fantastic but Maggie wasn't working well with him. We had a sub last week and a mix-up this week so had the same therapist again. After watching Maggie with her, I decided it would be better for her to switch. I had this angst about upsetting the therapist but it wasn't him at all, it was Maggie. 


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Other Goings On

This week I got to meet Louise Penny which was such a thrill for me. I've been a fan of her books for years and she was amazing. She HUGGED me! Seriously, it was awesome. Because I work with Seattle Refined and am part of their book club and the producer is a friend of mine, I was able to watch the interview and then do a little meet and greet with her. I brought my friend, Laurie along and it was a great night for both of us. 


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I'm quit The Minimalist Game this week. I had a busy week and the game started to feel like a burden. It's funny though, my donation pile still grew and I am thrilled with how much stuff I moved out of the house. I suspect I'll have more to donate as I pack up the basement for our upcoming remodel. I also spent some time at Molly's new elementary school this week blowing up balls for the playground and stocking the carts with jump ropes and hula hoops. The PTA president was quite excited that I was willing to do it but honestly it was the easiest job. Maggie ran around while I used an air compressor to blow up the balls and 45 minutes later we were on our way home. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Week in Review 8. 26.17

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The eclipse at the start of the week was pure magic. Molly was at Jump Start (a practice week of Kindergarten) and we happened to be finishing up our parent tour when the eclipse happened. I pulled her out for 5 minutes and we watched it together on the playground. It was amazing. Then Scott and I walked home in the eerily quiet with darkening skies. No birds were making noise, no cars were driving and the shadows were simply amazing. 


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Exercise

I got in 5 workouts this week - one boot camp classes, a barre3 class, a November Project (their 2nd Birthday bash) workout, a City Cycle session and a Greenlake walk. It's funny that I worked out so much because I didn't want to work out at all. I was excited to see City Cycle on Classpass because I've been looking for a cycle class closer to the house but didn't want to shell out the big bucks. Win-Win! 



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Food

In a hilarious twist of fate, we received a One Potato box this week. I had decided to cancel the service and went in and skipped all deliveries. Then I went and cancelled the service. Somehow a box was still delivered to us. I have to say the food is amazing and delicious but the inconsistencies of the service makes it a no-go for me. Maybe I'll try them again in a few months to see if they've worked out the kinks.


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In other food news, we had three potlucks this week which honestly was a lot of potlucks. I'm not that big of a fan of potlucks. The food is always lukewarm and I feel like you either get too much or not enough. 


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The Girls

This week, Molly did Jump Start with her new school. Jump Start is a week-long, half-day program for kindergarteners to learn about their new school and for their teachers to learn about them. She loved it and was a bit confused since after Jump Start, I took her back to her preschool. She told me she was both a preschooler and a kindergartener and I said for this week that was true. 



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Molly also had her preschool graduation and it was so wonderful. They gave them certificates after they slid down the slide and served cake. They also had a photo opp area with balloons. The kids were thrilled. 


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Maggie got a new bed this week and there was mass excitement. We had to rearrange some other furniture in the room and it is a bit cozier now. I, however, love that we can lie down in Maggie's bed with her. The converted crib made it hard to lie next to Maggie. The first night, Maggie and Molly slept together in the new bed. It was pretty adorable. 


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Other Goings On

I finished up the porch project this week and got my brooms and mops organized. There really isn't a great place to store them so the back deck is the right place. Hanging them up means they stay cleaner and neater. 

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I'm still working along on The Minimalist Game. It has gotten harder as the dates have gotten higher. However my pantry is now clean, the bathroom drawers are neat and my closet is looking so much lighter. I'm hoping to tackle my yarn stash this coming week. 

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