Thursday, August 29, 2013

What Carmen Said

When I was in the hospital after Nicholas was born, I had a nurse named Carmen.  I still thank God every day for Carmen and ask Him to bless her and take care of her.  Not that He hasn't and doesn't but I'm just not sure what else I can say or do on her behalf.  She was an absolute blessing to me and by extension to our whole family.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hate Cooking, Love Cleaning (WWRW) (5Faves)


Hey remember my super scintillating vacuum cleaner "situation" a few months ago?  Welp, we've been using our new Hoover ever since then and ehrmagherd, we are in love.  They didn't give me this for free or anything, by the way.  I paid for 'em with my own American doll-hairs.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Beach Birthday Photo Fest

Apparently I took 215 photos on Saturday.  One birthday, five children, two hundred fifteen photos.  Intervention time.

Paul turned 6 on the 24th and I's amazing.  If you have a boy, or any child for that matter, who will neither sleep nor eat despite the experts telling you that babies will sleep when they're tired and/or eat when they're hungry and you feel that you will forever live in a vortex of tsk-ing pediatricians treating you like you are an incompetent ninny,

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Food (Theme Thursday)

One of the great things about living in a place with seasons and plentiful rain is the push to grow your garden during the limited time you can.  Or achieve anything in the limited time you can.  I'm a procrastinator, you know.  I work well under pressure.  Scratch that.  I ONLY work under pressure.  And a Michigan summer is the ultimate pressure.  Warm enough, rainy enough, and blessedly very short.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Books and Other Favorite Things

Katie Morag

I know I've mentioned this book before, but we just had to order a new copy because our old one was literally falling apart at the seams (the binding can be called a seam, yes?) so I'm sharing it again.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Former Runner Whines

Yesterday, after complaining and shuffling and moping about for an obscene amount of time, I fiiiiiiiiiiinally dug out my musty, dusty, trusty running shorts and ever so slowly tied my little running shoesies.  Neither has seen the light of day for almost 15 months. And then realized that there is no music on my ipod so I would have to go out and ***horror of horrors*** listen to the sound of my own terrible, ragged breathing.

Is there anything worse?  That's what I thought.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Zoolander reference and other things (7QT)

Wow.  Two numbered list posts in a row.  Pretty high-falutin' bloggin' goin' on up in here (oooh, three words in a row with an apostrophe instead of a "g."  Super fanciness comin' [there's another one!] at you straight from Chez Berberbera [the girls had a ballet teacher who said our last name like that]), I tell ya what.

Anyway, I think we've been milking this last month of summer for all it's worth or something because I feel like...freeze!  Announcement!  Tommy is doing the dishes while I write this extremely worthy tome of epic proportions.  Pretty fair division of labor if you ask me.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Five Favorites

Should I be embarrassed to lead with a cleaning product?  Have I already told you about this before?  You know what, I love this so much that I don't even care.  Srsly.  It is absolute magic.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Blueberry Breakfast Cornbread Recipe (MIM)

My friend Jessica has been co-hosting this Mystery Ingredient Monday link-up for approximately seven decades now but I have yet to participate because at best I am an absolute bore in the kitchen and at worst I am a complete travesty.  Luckily for y'all at least one of my kids has inherited her father's uncanny ability to turn all things into delicious (children under the age of 8 are still open for deliberation although Cecilia does make a mean plastic food sandwich pizza.  It's a thing.) so I've taken complete advantage of her skillz so as to finally share some yumminess up in here.

Alright, no more yammering.  Break it down, Lizzy time:

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Laundry Room Reveal Part 1! Exclamation Point!

Remember that one time, long ago and far away, when our laundry room was a haven for rodents and threatened to electrocute us and there were holes that led straight to the basement for maximum death potential?

*Sigh*....I remember those days notfondly...

Well guess what?  Just today, a mere two hours ago (on a Saturday, my friends), the contractors finished the contractor work and it is just so beautiful I can't help but show you some details rightthisverysecond even though we haven't put any shelves in or cabinets up or hung window treatments or applied pithy decals to ironing board holders.  YET.  Wanna see, wanna see, wanna see????

Friday, August 09, 2013

7 Quick Takes

Results of BlueberryFest 2013?  Well, for the piece de resistance (blogger thinks two of those words are in English, but I'm counting on you to imagine the little slashy marks wherever they're supposed to be.) y'all are gonna have to wait until Monday for the Mystery Ingredient Monday link-up, but I'll happily share with you the runner-up specimen:

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

What We're Reading Wednesday

I am all about keeping up on posting this week.  Because I like it but also because it's a great distraction from the fact that Mt. Laundry-manjaro is about to topple over in the bathroom if this project doesn't get wrapped up ASAfrigginP.  Ohmygosh.  It is crazy.  And right now the water is turned off because they're doing the plumbing (woo hoo!) so I cant, like, clean anything else in the house either.  Or go potty.  Sweetness.

So: blogging distraction at you're service, linking up for the first time with Housewifespice's What We're Reading Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Mom Fails

Yesterday after Blueberry-palooza, a sweet reader and bloggy friend sent me a message complimenting me and encouraging me in my fun mothering-ness.  And I was all "That is so kind!  But oh dear.  Now I'm going to have to have to drop some truth bombs to make sure everyone understands what really goes on 'round these parts."  You see, I'm willing to be fun when I have other moms around to pick up my slack (yes at swim lessons and while picking blueberries and while going to the lake and while all the things.  I tag along or we don't go), but I'm also a foolish stumbler.  Still.  Even after wrangling chil'rens for almost 13 years.

Let's just take today, shall we?

Monday, August 05, 2013

Blueberry Picking Photo Dump

In honor of Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things, who I've been praying for all day today (how does one manage newborn twins when you already have four kids running around the house? Hopefully she'll let us in on her secret someday), some photos shot in manual mode today for her not-right-now Manual Mode Monday link-up.

Friday, August 02, 2013

A jump, a floor, a happy girl- 7 Quick Takes

One thing that's a little tricky about redoing the laundry room is that, like, you have no laundry room.  This is one tiny detail I hadn't really considered before we hauled the washing machine out of the workshop and ceremoniously pushed it over a cliff.

Not really.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Beach Babies and Other Things (phfr) (TT)

Maybe I should give myself a dang blogging challenge every week, huh? Because last week: so much. This week: so nothing.  Until today, my friends.  Until. Today.

The pretense for posting is going to be linking up with Cari's Theme Thursday, which is "knots" this week and adding a little PHFR from Like Mother, Like Daughter.  First I was like "Oooooh, like knots in your life and you're trying to undo them and then Mary Undoer of Knots comes along and...." And then I slapped myself and grabbed the first thing I could find that's in an actual knot and took a picture of it.
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