Friday, November 24, 2017

72 Months (6 years) with Molly Pop!

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Dear Molly,

Today you are 6 years old and I want to know where the time has gone. They are serious when they say, "the days are long but the years are short." I could have sworn it was just a few months ago that you were a tiny baby who depended on me for everything. Now you confidently march down the street to see if the neighbors are home and beg for me to let you walk to school alone (not yet, lady!).  You've also lost so many teeth this year. You are seriously a bit of a Jack-o-Lantern.

YOC - February Love

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I haven't written one of these letters in a very long time but I'm glad to be doing so now. You started kindergarten this year and are just thriving. You really do dislike the early start and getting you out of bed is such a struggle but once you are at school, your eyes light up and you are in heaven! You also started Girl Scouts and are a Daisy. You ask me almost every day if it is a Girl Scout day and even though Wednesdays are long with swimming, you love it. You are also in ballet again at Level 1 and really working hard. You say it tires you out. You also got a kitten this year. His name is Lewis and he is such a wild guy.

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You are not quite reading yet but oh you are so close. We practice your sight words and you practice reading books with us. We fill in the words you don't know and you read the words you do know. You love counting to 100 as we walk places. You also learned to ride a two-wheel bike this summer and were so proud of your accomplishment. It's so awesome watching you grow and learn.

Project 52 - Week 44

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We've done a lot of traveling this year - we went to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons along with visiting San Jose, CA, the San Juan Islands, Long Beach, Spokane, Portland and going to Disneyland. You LOVED Disneyland and really want to go back. Your favorite thing to do is stay in hotels, play on the luggage carts and swim in the hotel pools.

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Your birthday party is tomorrow and you were so clear on what you wanted - a Moana Pool Party at the local pool. You told me what to order and who to invite. I'm looking forward to the fun!

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This year you'll grow more self-sufficient but I do love it when you ask for cuddle time with me. Hopefully you'll always ask and I'll always give them to you. It's so much fun being your Mom and watching you grow. Happy Birthday Molly-Pop!

xoxo,

Mom (and Dad and Maggie)

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

May your blessings be grand and your hearts full today. I'm busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen and running around cleaning for our guests. I'm grateful for another fabulous year with my family and for all the opportunities I've had. May you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! 
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week in Review 11.18.17

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The girls and I started the week in Portland and had a grand time! I'll be sharing those adventures soon. It was another busy week with lots and lots of illness. I had a head cold and the girls got some stomach virus which was brutal. In between I was in major prep mode and today I'm in major cleaning mode. Lots to do! 

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Exercise


I got in 4 
workouts this week-  two boot camp classes and two barre3 classes. I feel like I was making up for not moving at all last week! It felt really good to get out there and move. I'm also thinking about my ClassPass and trying to decide if I want to keep that up or just buy barre3 passes. I feel like ClassPass helps me mix up my workouts which is a good thing. I need to make some decisions! Also paying for 5 classes a month means that I use them all where as a pass has a longer expiration period. 


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Food

My Imperfect Produce order came and I laughed so hard when I opened it. I didn't realize that I had ordered so many oranges and apples! They were all great though. Use this referral link to try out Imperfect Produce - https://www.imperfectproduce.com/register.php?referral=221092 and get $10 off your first order. 

I've been in Thanksgiving Planning mode this week and made my monthly trip to Costco. I was able to snag a great turkey for a great price and stocked up on cranberries and other Thanksgiving necessities. I pre-ordered my groceries from Amazon Fresh and am ready to get cooking. 


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I made Bon Appetit's Winter Squash Carbonara for lunch today and it was so good! I would have saved it for dinner but my family doesn't love squash in the same way I do. MORE FOR ME THEN! 

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The Girls


It was a week of sick for the girls around here. Maggie was felled on Wednesday while the sickness came for Molly on Thursday night. Molly's teacher said 7 kids were out on Thursday. It is going around. Unfortunately while some parents can handle vomit, I can not which led to me standing on the side of the road throwing up while Molly threw up. It was a super classy scene! I hope people didn't think I was drunk or something! 

Scott volunteered at Molly's school on Monday and she was so excited. He said he really liked seeing what her day was like and was amazed at how packed full it was. She loved having her Dad with her at lunch and throughout her day. 

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Other Goings On


I visited the flooring store to pick up materials for our basement remodel this week and really connected with the sales guy. I felt like he understood our plans for the basement and what our ultimate desires were. I also connected with the contractor and had a really good chat with him. I'm feeling good about this. I'm not feeling good about my progress on cleaning out the basement. The guest room area did receive some major clearing out this week so I guess there is progress. Just not at the rate I need there to be progress. 


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I also painted the kitchen this past week. I realized Thanksgiving was coming and I needed the boxes of kitchen stuff back in their proper locations. I did most of the work on Sunday and then have spent the rest of the week trying to paint the back door but kids + sickness have gotten in my way. 




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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Week(s) in Review 11.4.17 & 11.11.17


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Anyone know what happened to the last two weeks? Seriously life has been ramping up here and I feel like I'm flying through my ever-growing to-do list which seems to grows at a rapid pace! And now i need to plan for Thanksgiving, get Molly and Maggie's birthday parties going while also getting that Christmas list taken care of. WHEW!

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Exercise


I got in 5 
workouts last week - three boot camp classes and two barre3 classes. I cheated on 
barre3 by going to another barre class and I hated it. I just love barre3 and that is that. This week has been less than stellar in the workout department. I went to ONE crossfit class and I only did that one because it is for a story I'm doing. I finished up my TBT program with Sync and Scott headed out of town. Then life happened and I'm starting back on Monday. Sometimes you need (are forced) to take a break and that is ok. 



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Food

Food last week was stellar! I had lots of vegetables and felt great. This week has been the opposite. I have felt rushed and did not do my weekly prep. It turns out eating well is easier when my weekly prep is done. Acme Food + Farms was a lifesaver last week. Scott was gone and I did not have the energy to keep us on a healthy diet. Acme's Ready Made plan helped us eat better. 

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The Girls


The girls have been busy. They re-started swim lessons and are thrilled. Molly started Girl Scouts as a Daisy and LOVES it. Really loves it. Girl Scouts and swim lessons make for a jam-packed Wednesday but Molly keeps telling me how happy she is about both activities. 


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Maggie's class went to the Seattle Art Museum and I think she really enjoyed it. She told her Dad it was AMAZING. She did have a hard time not touching the art or being quiet though. 

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Other Goings On


We are starting our basement remodel which means picking out tiles, flooring and clearing the basement. It's a lot of work and we haven't even really started yet! I'm trying to make ALL my decisions before work starts though so that I'm not the cause of any delays, because there will be delays. 
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Monthly Goal Check-In (October)

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Whoa. Whoa. Whoa! How is it already November? I have so much to do in the next two months! I'm already thinking about my goals for next year. I love, love, love goals. 

2017 Goals

1. Workout 217 times in 2017 - I worked out 19 times in October. I'm at 196 workouts with 21 more workouts to complete this year. I'll need to complete 2.6 workouts a week for the rest of the year to complete this goal. I'm in it to win it!


2. Participate in the Year of Creativity -  This month was all about Trust - learning to trust ourselves, learning to trust the process. There is a lot of trust when one goes into writing. I've been falling behind on the prompts and resources but loving the community. I got a little jaded after the September course was so religious but this lesson was so good and really spoke to me. I still need to go back and explore more of the exercises. One exercise was a core values and I could see a great divide between the group's other members and me at times. This exercise showed it a bit more. One of my core values is not faith. While I believe in God, I do not believe that he guides my life. I do not look to scripture for guidance. My core values are much more pragmatic - efficiency, family, trust. I believe differently than the group and yet I have learned so much from them this year. All in all, it has been a huge win! 


3. Shoot one roll of film a month - Oops! I completely forgot to do this. I want to shoot more film but I need to find a better way to process the film. There is a great lab on Queen Anne but getting there is just so hard for me. 

4. Complete TKGA Master Knitting Level I - I have buckled down and am making great progress on this! My goal is to mail this off by 12/31. I'm a swatching and question answering machine. I'm digging deep into knitting. 


5. Finish my Miter Square Blanket - I may be deep into knitting swatches but not so deep into knitting miter squares. 

6. Read 52 books. - I read 4 books this month. This means I have 8 books to read this year and 43 under my belt. I loved all the books I read this month and can't wait to recap them soon. 

7. Finish up various House Projects - We are starting to dig deep into the basement remodel. I've been meeting with our architect and visiting too many tile stores. If Scott hears another discourse on lighting fixtures or door placement, he might roll his eyes into the back of his head. I am narrowing down my choices but quickly realizing that this remodel is going to take a lot of my time and mental energy. 

8. Catch up on my yearly photo books of the girls - Wha! I'm dreadfully behind on this project and foresee it becoming a goal for next year. 

9. Become more politically active and work to be the change in my community. - Our school district is re-doing the high school boundaries so I attended the community meeting, emailed the district and helped start a petition on the changes. Hopefully it will all work out. 

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. 
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Week in Review 10.28.17

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Scott was in California most of the week so a lot of my routines were disrupted. The girls and I did fine as usual. I just had to workout later in the day and figure out when to get my writing done. It was a pretty great week in the end though we did miss Scott. The end of the week brought the start of Halloween which is always fun! 

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Exercise


I got in 5 
workouts this week - four boot camp classes and one barre3 class. I did some seriously hard work this week in boot camp and barre3 almost did me in. I lifted the heaviest weights I could and jumped the highest I could. I am so exhausted in a good way. I did get a little giddy in one boot camp class because I got to lift really heavy weights. We carried one dumbbell on our shoulder and one in our hand by our hips while walking across the room. It felt so powerful and I LOVED it. I really, really love working out. 


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Food

I got my first Imperfect Produce order this week and it was AMAZING! The fruits and vegetables looked and tasted awesome. Maggie chomped into the apples right away and was so excited to try them.


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My big problem this week was I got too much produce! I forgot I was getting the Imperfect Produce order so I still got my regular Full Circle and New Roots order. We have a lot of fruits and vegetables to eat right now. Luckily a lot is squash which tends to keep for awhile. I have plans to make a huge batch of squash soup for lunches next week to use some of them up!


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The Girls

I finished getting the girls set up for ski season. This is their first year taking lessons and trying out the sport. We rented skis, got helmets, arranged lift passes and figured out their clothing. I forgot how much gear is involved in skiing. I also hope to get on the slopes myself! 


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We went to a Sounders Match on Sunday. The girls had a really good time and while we didn't stay until the very end, it was a lot of fun. We had pretty good seats and found an elevator when it was time to leave. We originally took the ramp to the 300th levels which was quite a lot of ramp. 


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Other Goings On

I spent a lot of time this week writing, knitting and reading - my three favorite activities. I'm making progress on my Master Knitting 1 certification and really buckling down. I finished a book and am halfway through another. It's the cozy time of the year where I love getting into my bed early and reading for hours. 


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On Tuesday, I randomly saw a deer on my street which is in the middle of the city. I've seen plenty of raccoons, a few rats and some coyotes but never a deer. Sorry for the crappy photo but I was so excited, I could barely grab my phone. 


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Seattle Refined: Ugly fruits & veggies are still delicious! Save 'different-looking' foods from landfills
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week in Review 10.21.17


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The Big Dark arrived this week with a multitude of storms. It was wild and windy around here but life kept on with a school field trip to pumpkin patches, planning for our basement remodel and the continuation of my Fall Transformation Program with Sync

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Exercise


I got in 5 
workouts this week - four boot camp classes and one barre3 class. I boot camped a lot and am feeling good about that! Exercise has been a bit harder to fit in lately due to life getting busier. I'm making it happen though! 


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Food

Food was hit and miss this week. I'm at the point in my Fall Transformation Program where I don't want to track my food and I just don't to eat because it feels like a burden. Also I'm really finding that lunch is my sore spot. I am usually busy doing something with the kids and can't sit down for a Big Ass Salad. I'm trying to figure out how to re-work that problem because I'm happiest when I sit down and enjoy a hearty salad. 


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It was also a week of food gathering (or felt like it). I did our monthly Costco trip alone and got so much good stuff. I'm planning on doing a post on how I grocery shop soon. It is not perfect but it works pretty well for us. 


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The Girls

I went on a field trip with Molly's class to the pumpkin patch and I'm still exhausted. I do not know how the kindergarten teachers do it. They are my heroes! The trip was fun, rainy and muddy. I had to drive separately which allowed me time to listen to my audio book. WIN! Molly loved running around the field with her classmates. She also had a fun after-school playdate earlier in the week. 


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On Friday, I took Maggie to the West Seattle Art Nest for a story I'm doing. I had to drag her out after two hours. It is an awesome space and I know we'll be back! They had so many crafts and it was all neatly organized. 


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Other Goings On

I had my eyes checked on Tuesday and then headed to the coffee shop to get some work done while the house was being cleaned. It was a delightful day for me as I got to hang at the coffee shop and come home to a clean house. I had fallen behind in keeping it up and needed a fresh start. 


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I have also been working hard on my Master Knitting 1 certification. It is a ton of work and I question my abilities the entire time. My goal is to get it submitted by the end of the year and then work on any resubmittals in 2018. I just want to get this done and I enjoy all that I've been learning but it requires time and concentration, things I am lacking. 
 
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