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LITTLE BITES: COPYCAT STARBUCKS BISTRO BOXES

Baseball season is in full swing for my oldest two boys and husband (who coaches). I’ve always had mixed feeling about this time of year. Johan is already gone several nights a week so when you add practices and games into the mix it feels like we’re never all together. Throw in the unpredictable spring weather and all the dirt (oh the dirt!) and you get one hot mess of an evening routine. But there is always a bright side! 1. I love watching my athletes play ball and interact with their teammates while the other kids run around with their friends. There is something so sweet about the baseball vibe and I really enjoy being around it. And 2. all the picnic style dinners we get to eat. Keeping our dinner mess confined to a tote bag and blanket is a total win. It also helps with picky eaters — This is what we have so if you are hungry, this is what you can eat — nothing to negotiate with. At least until they find a nicer team mom who brought a container of goldfish… :) HA!

Anyways, some game nights we’ll pickup our favorite sandwiches at Jersey Mikes, other nights I’ll go the crockpot route and we’ll eat a little before and then after the game but more often than not I’ll pack something from home. Problem is, it’s not long before I run completely out of ideas and by that point, slightly out of steam too. So, I’ve been looking for inspiration anywhere I can find it. One of those places has been Starbucks and their cooler of yummy and mostly healthy on the go foods. I love all of their salads and warm sandwiches, but the kids usually pick their bistro boxes so I put together a few copycat versions for Ozzie’s game last night and they went over really well with the kids!

(favorite meal containers, condiment cups, silicone muffin cups, candy eyes or these)

one | sandwich wrap (store-bought or homemade) with carrots, grapes, hummus (for the sandwich or chips if I threw them in the bag), and ranch.

two | protein pack with hardboiled egg, brie cheese (or whatever we have), cinnamon raisin bread (by mike’s killer bread), almond butter, pretzels, apples, and grapes.

three | pb&j with apples, cucumber, carrots, ranch, and dark chocolate raisins.

Of course all of the fruits and veggies can be switched out with whatever we have in the fridge and I’m sure the kids will want to customize some parts, but it’s appetizing enough for the adults and a great base to start with!

What do you guys make for dinner on busy nights and where do you find inspiration!? 

Pinterest is always a good place to troll for ideas but asking friends (you included) what they have been feeding their fam bams is always helpful and inspiring!

Happy almost Friday!

xo, Rae

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WORK + PLAY WITH RYAN AND WREN

Happy second day of SPRING friends! Anyone else getting the urge to spruce up everything in your home and wardrobes? The spring cleaning bug is real I tell ya.

To celebrate the fresh new season we put together a collection of 5 clips, perfect for spring, with ryan and wren (our fave hair clip co.) that will freshen up your little girl’s accessory stash and we’re giving away a set too!

To enter to win one set of my 5 clips (pictured below) from ryan and wren, head to Instagram, follow @raeannkelly and @ryanandwren and leave a comment on this post, letting me know one thing thats on your spring bucket list. Contest closes Friday, March 24th at 12pm PST. One (1) lucky winner will be picked later that night and notified by direct message on Instagram.

For all the boy mamas out there, these clips would make a great gift so I hope you’ll enter and share with friends :)

CLIPS INCLUDED | yellow, denim, purple, spotted, and floral

So hard to pick one color and design so we double up somedays!

Will model hair clips for cake pops, lemonade, and cheap sunglasses, ha!

This set of clips will be available for purchase later this week and you should also checkout Mary’s (the mama behind ryan and wren) Easter basket clips… so much cuteness on one Etsy shop!

XO, Rae

P.S. – they work great it Tilly’s hair too! To help keep them stay in place for long (and busy) school days when she doesn’t want to bother having to adjust them, I add a little  rubber band.

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5 THINGS + HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Last Tuesday we celebrated a break from the constant drizzle and rain with a walk outside and trip to Starbucks for lunch and a treat. So when the weather app on my phone called for sunshine yesterday we did a happy dance and then headed out the door to play at Volunteer Park (a new-to-us park) and our favorite ice cream shop, Molly Moon’s. I heard on the news a couple days ago that the Seattle area has only gotten 5 days of sunshine since January 1st. As my husband pointed out (he’s all numbers all the time), that’s only 1 in every 15 days!!! No wonder I’ve threatened to move us all to Palm Springs several times over the last month, LOL. Craving that sunshine and thankful to get a little fix yesterday.

Here’s a few other things I’ve been thankful for this week:

  1. Mama got a brand new…. car! A Honda Pilot to be exact and I’m totally smitten with it. We’ve been without a car payment (and loving it) for so long it was hard to agree to another bill but now that I’m driving carpool with warm buns (heated seats) and bluetooth, there is no turning back!
  2. We made a quick visit to Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill yesterday and had a blast. So much to do. Will definitely be going back soon.
  3. Afterwards we walked on a rainbow crosswalk on our way to get ice cream and decided that all crosswalks should be rainbow colored. Yes?
  4. Last night we started a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition when the kids insisted on making a leprechaun trap. One of the things I appreciate most about St. Patrick’s Day is how low-key it is. Other than making sure everyone has something green to wear, there isn’t much planning involved so was a little resistant to their idea but in the end we all had fun and listening to their sweet conversations about leprechauns and how to catch one was the absolute best entertainment. Worth the mess and late bedtime.
  5. Monday is the first day of… S P R I N G ( ! ! ! )

If looks could kill, #amiright? Poor girl hasn’t been acting like herself this week — mostly grumpy and really clingy with moments of cheerfulness. Planning on feeding her smoothies and probiotics all weekend in hopes that whatever is bugging her clears up because a clingy kid is one thing but a moody clingy kid is another and #imsotired.

Griffin, on the other hand, has no shortage of energy or joy! Constantly running at 100 this boy.

Literally. Ha!

(Can you spot where Griffin cut a chunk of his hair? Luckily he’s in need of a haircut anyways :)

We’ve started making our Spring bucket list this week. At the top is flying kites, a weekend getaway close to home, and trying new homemade ice cream recipes. I also wanted to add — clean out ever closet, drawer and cupboard in our house — but the kids argued that only fun things can be added to our list, LOL.

What’s on your Spring to do list!? We could use a few more ideas.

xo, Rae

PS – If you missed Monday’s meal plan, I recommend giving it a try next week. It was a good one and pretty easy to keep up with!

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY GOODIE BAGS + PRINTABLE

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and while you won’t find a ton of decorations around our home or corned beef in the crockpot, you can definitely count on us eating and wearing green or rainbows, dishing out pinches, and indulging in a yummy shamrock shake. This year Tilly also wanted to handout goodie bags to her school friends. Let’s just say she didn’t have to ask me twice! So we grabbed a few boxes of lucky charms and Trix (assuming the boys would want to make some too) and played with the designs from last years lunchbox notes to create some new goodie bag tags!

Click the link below to download:

You can find the “over the rainbow for you” flag tags HERE.

And a few other St. Patrick Day themed posts | ST. PATRICK’S DAY BITES + LUNCHBOX NOTES | GOLD + GREEN ICE CREAM SANDWICHES | SIMPLE GARLAND + PRINTABLE | KID’S CRAFTERNOON | I USED TO BE IRISH

Looking forward to seeing the kids with their finished goodie bags… and that shamrock shake! How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!?

XO, Rae

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CREAMY ROTISSERIE CHICKEN + CORN CHOWDER RECIPE + A MEAL PLAN

OMGee it was a good weekend, friends. Super low-key and just what we needed. Nothing but a couple baseball practices, church, a revolving door of kids and sleepovers (coming and going), laundry catch-up, and some car shopping. I also managed to make a meal plan and convince Ozzie to turn his culinary class assignment into our dinner. #momhack

I didn’t think dinnertime could get any better than when cooking while sipping on a glass of wine, until I experienced helping someone else make dinner while sipping on a glass of wine. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I’m going to be lobbying hard for it to be a new Sunday tradition. Wish me luck!

Oz did a great job making my favorite creamy corn chowder with rotisserie chicken. It tasted like spring and was hearty enough to serve as a main course with a couple garnishes and tortilla chips. The recipe and our meal plan for the week is below!

CREAMY CORN CHOWDER WITH ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

takes 45 minutes start to finish, serves 6

  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced (approx. 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (approx. 1-1/4 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced (approx. 3 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1-1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Cilantro and jalapeños seeded and finely chopped, for serving (optional)
  1. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add red bell pepper and onions and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Slowly pour in flour, and stir for additional 3 minutes. Slowly add in chicken broth. Stir or whisk until well blended.
  2. Add potatoes and season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil stirring frequently, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered for 10 minutes or just until potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in cooked chicken, corn and 1/2 and 1/2 and simmer, uncovered 10 – 15 minutes longer. Dish into bowls, top with bacon, cilantro, and jalapeño peppers, as desired.

MONDAY | chicken and corn chowder (using rotisserie chicken, recipe above)

TUESDAY | chicken enchiladas (using rotisserie chicken), scroll to part 2 of the post

WEDNESDAY | baked potato bar

THURSDAY | egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches

FRIDAY + ST. PATRICK’S DAY | wish I had an amazing holiday themed recipe to share but this will most likely be our takeout night… crossing my fingers it’s pizza for the kids and a sushi date night for the adults!

SATURDAY | teriyaki  rice bowls, made this for the first time last week and it was a big hit!

SUNDAY | stuffed bell peppers

BREAKKIE | smoothies, hard boiled eggs, energy bites (or these!), grapefruit

LUNCH | bagel sandwiches, diced mango or apples, baby carrots or cucumber, popcorn or kale chips

SNACK | bananas or apples and peanut butter, energy bites (or these!), ants on a log, pretzels, popcorn

What have you guys been eating/making/craving lately?

Hope your weekend was just what you needed and that your week if off to a great start!

XO, Rae

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5 THINGS: FAVORITE LIP STICK SHADES FOR SPRING

You guys! It’s Friday and I’m super excited to share my current rotation of lipstick shades with ya, yet slightly embarrassed of the montage of selfies above (and below). Unfortunately I couldn’t think of a more practical way of showing different lip colors, so lets just pretend that making silly faces in front of the camera is a normal adult thing to do (ha!) and skip to the good stuffs!

1. THIS IS THE BALM | agave lip balm by BITE that is! I know this isn’t technically a lipstick, but ever since finding it at Sephora about a month ago it’s become an everyday staple. I love that it leaves just a touch of glossy shine and has made my cracked wintery lips feel so much better. (Another example pic below.)

(I have the best little sidekick — Tilly!)

2. BARELY THERE PINKRunway Hit in Retro Matte Nudes by MAC adds just a hint of color that makes me feel/look refreshed without making much of a statement. Perfect for everyday. Tempted to buy a couple more shades in this collection! Pictured in the next image too…

3. I NUDE IT WAS YOU | Viva Glam II by MAC a pinky-brown-mauve color that reminds me of my Grandma’s old couch… in a good way. It’s also a new buy and quick favorite!

4. IN A MOODY | Growing up mostly in Seattle means I have a little grunge rocker in my blood and this Lolita liquid matte lipstick by Kat Von D is proof. I haven’t worn it all that much but it’s a fun one to have in my stash and not too loud for everyday wear.

5. LOVERS CORAL |  Tilt by Urban Decay at Sephora is a color I purchased last fall with the help of a friend and am always excited when my outfit or plans for the day call for a pop of color… just can’t quit this shade of coral!

Do you have a favorite brand or color lipstick!?

XO, Rae

P.S. – I’ve always wanted to be the person that comes up with names for lipstick and nail polish colors, can you tell? Ha!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE (WINTER EDITION)

Having lots of kids at different ages and a husband who’s career is firefighting means that our schedule is always changing. However, we seem to be in a pretty predictable rhythm these days and it’s such a good feeling. Since I know one day I’ll wonder what life was like way back in 2017 and because I’m always so curious what other people’s routines are I thought I would follow up this day in the (summer) life post with a winter edition!

As I mentioned, our schedules are kinda all over the place depending on the kids’ activities and commitments and Johan’s work, but for the most part our mornings are the same so I’ll start there.

Oh, but before I do, if you are pregnant or have a newborn, ignore my morning routine — it looked so much more haphazard during the baby growing and nursing seasons in my life. My advice for those of you that are in it? Do whatever you need to feel human. That might look like getting extra sleep, making it to the gym, taking a shower, planning date nights or working on a business. You will never regret taking care of yourself so you can give the best to your little (and big!) ones. Just one of the things I’ve learned the hard way.

MORNING ROUTINE | My goal is to be up at 5 for a garage workout with Johan (on mornings he is home) or to catch up/get ahead of work as well as a good 20 minutes or so of quiet time and a shower before the kids are up. Even as a non-morning person, this is my favorite and most productive time of day due to the lack of distraction and totally worth the early wakeup call. However, there are nights when kids are up sick or with bad dreams or Johan and I decide to catch up on a show, in which case,  getting an extra hour of sleep is way more valuable. When that happens, I’m up sometime between 6 and 6:30, hop in the shower and meet Ozzie downstairs for breakfast. The older he get’s, the fuller his calendar gets with homework, sports and friends so I cherish this time so much.

After he leaves around 7, I pour another cup of coffee and start round 2 with the other kids! I slowly wake them up and help pick out clothes, remind them to make their beds, etc., etc…. It’s usually a good time to throw in a load of laundry and maybe fold or put away a few things too, while they moan and groan, lol. Eventually we head downstairs for breakfast. They all eat and Espen and Tilly finish up their morning routine while I make lunches, empty the dishwasher and wipe spills and faces. Then around 8 it’s off to school for Espen and Tilly. Once they are gone Griffin, Poppy and I (but mostly I) tidy up the downstairs and kitchen… no matter how clean it is when we wake it’s always amazing to me how messy it gets by this time. Then I turn on a kid show for Griffin and Poppy while I do my hair and makeup. Somedays it holds their attention, other days they follow me into the bathroom to hang on me/rummage through bathroom drawers/drive me bonkers. #momlife

If Johan is getting off shift, then he arrives sometime around 8:30. We chat, hug and debrief about our last 24+ hours while Griffin and Poppy either climb all over us or get into mischief since mom + dad are preoccupied.

This is where things get less predictable, but for the most part our late morning and afternoons can be broken down into 3 parts — M+F, W, + TU+TH.

M +F | Griffin has Pre-K these mornings (and Wednesdays too). If Johan is home he usually takes drop-off duty while I squeeze in an hour of work. After that we either head out for an outing, run errands or work around the house until nap time.

W | Is a little crazy but also my absolute favorite. The three oldest kids have late start which means they get an extra hour and half before school starts. These mornings are more laid-back and conducive for a pancake breakfast. The kids do their normal routines and then we ALL :) leave the house around 9, drop Oz off first, then take Griffin to Pre-K, and finally zip through the Starbuck’s drive-thru on our way to drop Espen + Tilly off. It’s like a school carpool dream come true for me. I wish everyday was late start and what’s funny is I’m one of the only school age mom I know that likes Wednesdays… might have something to do with working from home instead of an office. Or maybe I just have a thing for lazier mornings.

T + TH | Are right up there with Wednesdays because Griffin is home! After the three big kids head off to school Griffin, Poppy and I (and Johan too when we are lucky!) find something fun to do until nap time. Sometimes we tryout a new coffee shop, or park. Other times we do something a little more familiar like meet up with friends, visit the children’s museum or wander around Target. Once Poppy is down, I tidy up again and then spend time with Griffin. It’s his last year home before starting Kindergarten (which is full-time here) so these days feel almost sacred and I do my best to keep this time work-free.  Every once in awhile tho, I spend an hour or less answering emails or taking pictures for a post while he plays legos.

Wow, that all feels like a lot of information and our afternoons are even more random so maybe I’ll stop there and cover our afternoon, evening and bedtime schedule in another post!? Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t answer in this post about our mornings or anything you would like to know in a follow up post.

Oh, and two things that are worth mentioning…

1.) Once a week our totally amazing family friend comes and cleans our home. It was something Johan and I decided to splurge on during the end of my pregnancy with Poppy and only intended on continuing for the first few months after she was born but couldn’t bring ourselves to give-up! It’s seriously life changing and allows me to focus on other things like the laundry, inviting people over, and of course the kids!

2.) One morning a week while Johan is on shift and Griffin is at school, I have hired a friend’s daughter who is homeschooled to come play with Poppy for a couple hours while I work in my office. She’s only come 3 or 4 times so far but Poppy loves the big kid attention and adding an extra 2 hours to my 12 hour workweek has been such a relief. It’s a win-win!

Obviously most days don’t run quite as smoothly as it might look on “paper”. Negotiations, tantrums, spills and scavenger hunts for lost shoes/homework/library books are also a part of our mornings. What keeps me sane in a house full of kids though is not doing it all, all the time and remembering that a little bit of help might not solve all my problems but it does go a long way.

So, now I’m curious… If you could get help on a daily or weekly basis would you hire a nanny, cook, chauffeur, or house cleaner?

Can’t wait to read your answers!

XO, Rae

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MOM + MINI: HOW WE HALF UP TOP KNOT

It’s Friday! Time to let your hair down… or at least half of it, ha! Next to beanies and hats, the half knot is my most worn hairstyle these days. It tends to work well on a bad hair day or days when I’m not quite sure dry shampoo is enough (i.e. day 2 or 3 of dry shampoo). And because I throw my hair up in a top knot by the end of each day (if not before), it’s feels fun and slightly more pulled together than having all my hairs up.

Not that this style is super new, but if you haven’t tried it yet, new styles can be intimidating and hard to know if you’re doing it ‘right’, so thought I would put together a tutorial. Since it’s easier to explain (and less embarrassing) on someone else’s hair I asked Tilly to play along and be my model. As usual, she did not disappoint…. there are no shortage of facial expressions below, LOL. Oh and, just a side note, I usually leave out a bit of the teasing when doing Tilly’s hair on a normal day.

If this is also one of your go-tos, I hope you still enjoy seeing how we DIY and share any changes or tips in the comments!

YOU’LL NEED: small elastic bands, standard bobbie pins (not pictured…oops.), teasing brush or rattail comb, clips — optional but we love the ones from ryan and wren (pictured)

STEP 1: Grab your supplies and section off hair from the top of your head.

STEP 2: Dividing into smaller sections and moving front to back, tease hair a little at the scalp.

STEP 3: Put in a pony with elastic band and then tease hair a little again to add volume to your bun.

STEP 4: Twist hair and wrap into a bun/knot. Fuss with it until you like how it looks.

STEP 5: Bobbie pin in place.

STEP 6: At the scalp, tease hair that is left down…

… Add a clip for extra flare and then pose for some really silly photos (optional, of course).

As I mentioned at the top, this is how I like to do mine and sometimes Tilly’s half-knots, but will often just pull up half of Tilly or Poppy’s hair into a half-pony and then only pull their hair halfway through… If that makes sense?

Have a fun weekend you guys… see you back here on Monday!

XO, Rae

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LITTLE BITES: TRAIL MIX + MATCH

Trail mix is full of healthy fats and good energy and is one of my go-to snacks for grabbing on the go or adding to school lunches. The only problem with store-bought versions is that certain little someones are always sneaking into the panty to pick out their favorite parts until there isn’t much mixed about it. Ha! Maybe you can relate? So lately we’ve been making individual, made to order batches so everyone can have a mix that is full of their favorites. The process is pretty painless and actually really fun… raid your pantry (and the store) for dried fruit, nuts, seeds, bite-sized sweets, and other snacks, set out in bowls and let everyone fill a container with their own combination.

Some ingredient ideas..

  • NUTS: raw almonds, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia, pistachios, cashews, and pine nuts
  • SEEDS: sunflower or pumpkin… sesame, flax and hemp seeds are also a good addition, but a little messy.
  • FRUITS: dried apricots, cranberries, bananas, mangos, goji, pineapple, blueberries, apples, coconut, and raisins
  • SWEETS: mini m&m’s, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, carob chips, peanut butter chips, cacao nibs, mini marshmallows, yogurt covered raisins, and chocolate covered almonds
  • SNACKS: pretzels, popcorn, cheerios or other cereal, and granola

What’s your default grab-and-go snack?

xo, Rae

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OUR EVERYDAY DINING ROOM REFRESH

Remember this post with all my dining room inspiration, ideas, and questions!? Well, we tackled the last of our to do list over the weekend and I’m excited to share the (almost) final product… because of course I have a couple more things on my wish list! Ha… my poor husband.

UPDATE: I added a few new pics that give you a better look at the full room. Take a peek and let me know what you think….  After going through all of our pics I realized that we didn’t get any of the full room from each side (oops, rookie move!) but I plan on shooting a few more once the sun is out and will add them to the post later.

I’m more of a plant killer than a plant lady, but you can’t deny the life they add to a room so I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive plants that are still cute. These both did the trick. The plant in the white planter is a Donkey Tail and the one in the copper planter is a Ponytail Palm.

Games and floor puzzles are often played in this space and I’ve found that if I leave a few out in plain sight the kids are more likely to play with them on a regular basis… Of course a stack of two quickly becomes 10 but every week or so it’s worth all the quality playtime!

I’ve been collecting art and frames to replace the three prints above with a gallery wall, but for now the “staying in is the new going out” will be well — staying. As nice as it is to switch things up, I’m happy with how it currently looks. Plus the saying is just so perfect when you have kids!

We painted our old hand-me-down dresser with a $5 “oops” can of green paint from Home Depot and then spray painted the knobs gold. Nothing fancy but it works so well as a buffet and storage.

       

(For perspective, my office is to the right of the palm tree and the kitchen is on the other side of the art print wall.)

It feels so good to gather in a room that has our vibe and meets our needs. Worth every second and dollar spent!

Thank you for your feedback on my last dining room post… reading your comments was a huge help!!! And because I lack so much confidence when decorating anything that isn’t a kid’s room or tiny nook, I called my friend Emily of JDC for her input too. She has a way of simplifying the process and make it easy to pull things together without stressing out. If you could use a design savvy friend like Em in your life, then you are in luck because she put together a class that is chockfull of ideas, tips, resources and design knowledge. You can find more info HERE.

What space have you been wanting to freshen up in your home?!?

Next up for us is turning my office into a shared playroom/office space and getting a head start on spring cleaning by going through the endless drawers in our house!

XO, Rae

DINING ROOM | wall color, simply white by Benjamin Moore | staying in prints (available in 6 different sizes. pictured are 20×30 printed at costco) | white eames chairs here + here (they are a pain to put together but so worth it!) | polka dot flatware | colorful cereal bowls (bought this set and then grab a new color to add each time I visit anthro) | pom-pom basket | wall hanging | white and copper hanging planters | round mirror | pom-pom trim curtains

P.S. – Let me know if I left out any details!

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ICE CREAM MAKES YOU HAPPY + 5 THINGS

These pics have zero to do with the context of this post but they do remind me that warmer, sun kissed, ice cream eating days are ahead. Not that we’re ever not eating ice cream but you get the idea.

In the meantime I’m going to try and be better about living in the in-between, i.e. the moments and seasons that are a not as easily enjoyed. I’ve had so many of them over the years  (like, every winter) and when the season passes I’m always wishing I would have squeezed a little more goodness out of it.

In an effort to live more in the in-between, here are a few things that I’ve loved this week!

  1. Tilly (8) shared, after 20 or so minutes of playing family (aka house) with her two younger siblings yesterday that, “Being a mom feels riiiily good.” (Girlfriend you have no idea the richness you kids bring to my life!) Then she continued, “But I still want to adopt!” She is terrified of pregnancy and childbirth and doesn’t even know all the details yet, ha! So curious to see what she ends up doing and being when she’s grown up! Side note, if you have a wide age range of kids I highly recommend encouraging playing house. Tilly ended up giving Poppy and Griffin their baths last night while playing the mom. I still had to check her work and wipe all the water off our bathroom floor, but checking tubbies off the bedtime to-do list at 5 o’clock felt oh so good.
  2. Poppy pronounces waffles, awwwwfuls and it’s about the cutest thing. It’s also been her reply for the last week when I ask her what she wants for breakkie.
  3. Johan and Espen had their first little league baseball practice last night. Seems a little premature seeing as how it snowed here yesterday but who am I to get in the way of boys and their baseball? Also makes me feel like we are one step closer to Spring!
  4. Johan and I have started doing garage workouts more regularly (at 5am — gah!) and I’m kinda proud of us for making the effort. It’s mostly circuit training using movements and simple equipment like burpees, mountain climbers, kettle bells, box jumps and a jumprope. I’d be happy to share a few of my favorite combos if anyone is interested?
  5. We are doing this study with a group of friends and so far it’s been life changing. Last week we discussed the things a soul needs to be healthy: rest, restriction, responsibility/work, and relationship. For anyone with kids I would add date night and wine (ha!), but that’s just me. What do you think of the list? Would you add or take anything away?

  

Big brothers that pinch you with their toes (3 pics up), pretend to eat your birthday cake (2 pics up), and then assume you’ll be okay about picking you up (1 pic up). I remember being so annoyed with Oz for pestering the little kids during the shoot, but am ironically so happy to have these real life kind of pictures in a staged setting.

Even after all that teasing Poppy still asks for her biggest brother about 5 times per day… “Where’s my Ozzie brover?”

    

Also completely unrelated to the pics above, the last few items for the dinning room came in the mail this week so I’m hoping to finish things up over the weekend for a reveal on Monday!!! A finished project is good for the soul too!

What are you up to this weekend?

xo, Rae

(Photos by Stacy Jacobsen to document Poppy’s 2nd Birthday last summer)

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