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Associates & Associates (6.7.22)

As a mother or father, one in every of my biggest joys is seeing my children play collectively. However proper behind that’s seeing them play with their very own buddies!! Associates that they search out on their very own and luxuriate in laughing with. 

Subject Day

Yesterday I spent the day at Mazen’s faculty at Subject Day. I volunteered on the Dunk Tank as a number of lessons got here by means of to dunk the principal!! It was hilarious (and I’ve sunburn strains throughout my physique from standing within the solar!)

Greater than seeing Mazen dunk his principal, I cherished seeing him together with his instructor and sophistication! These guys spend a lot time in school, however we don’t get to really be there to see it occur! However I hear names of his buddies and classmates on a regular basis, in order the youngsters got here by means of the dunk tank and Dr. Ok was shouting them out I acknowledged so many names I’d heard on the dinner desk.  

Birch’s BFF

Birch has a buddy too! They discuss one another on a regular basis, and the report from their lecturers is that they’re inseparable. We invited Birch’s pal and his mother to the pool for a playdate and these two had the BEST TIME! 

Particularly as a result of Birch is a pandemic toddler, he hasn’t had as a lot interplay with friends as Mazen did when he was younger. So it’s been so nice to see him laughing with buddies!


Summer time Issues (5.24.22)

The Grownup Pool

Pool season arrived this weekend!! I feel our temps reached 95 levels. It was HOT! I took myself as much as the ACAC rooftop deck after class on Saturday and breathed in a lot happiness. I hadn’t been up there in YEARS and it’s such an ideal setting! 

The Household Pool

Later that day, we went to our summer season pool for a smooth opening and dwell music. The water wasn’t even chilly, and all of us bought in!

Our pool re-did its rickety play construction into this attractive tree home. We can be spending plenty of time there this 12 months!!

Splash Pad

We’ve additionally been hitting the splash pads earlier than the swimming pools open for good. Though B prefers the recent playground aspect!

Beautycounter’s Summer time Sale Is Virtually Over

The Beautycounter sale is ending quickly. If you wish to strive some reef-safe zinc-based sunscreen, brighten your pores and skin for summer season, or overhaul your complexion with the getting older line, Countertime, now could be the time to get 15-20% off your whole order! (There’s additionally an amazing journey set that’s inexpensive to make use of for summer season journey and check drive it out!)

Did you hear Madewell is 25% off all week/weekend too?! I may need to move over there!

Summer time Berries & Pastries 

Considered one of Thomas’s shoppers gifted us a field of Marie Bette pastries. We cherished all of them weekend!

Smoothie bowls are additionally on the summer season menu!

Summery Wines

My pal Erin owns Dogwood & Thistle along with her hubby the winemaker. The Sauv Blanc was wonderful on the Wool Manufacturing unit wine tasting final week!

Our solar is gone immediately, however I hope it’s again tomorrow!


Mom’s Day {5.10.22}

Hello!!!!!!!!!! We had a chilly and cloudy weekend right here that was brightened by Mom’s Day!! 

Mom’s Day Picnic

Birch’s faculty had its first in-person occasion (EVER for me!) with a Mom’s Day picnic! It was so candy to see him play together with his buddies and meet among the different moms. (I do know some buddies and a few moms from passing however not all!) 

Workforce Momentum!! 

Our staff received our division championship!! It was a little bit of a miracle provided that we needed to play lady down resulting from a final minute absence on our staff. However we pulled off a 3-0 win with numerous good passing! 

Mom’s Day at The Quirk Rooftop

At Mazen’s request, we went again to the Quirk Rooftop for dinner. It was too chilly and windy to sit down outdoors, however the ambiance on the within is tremendous good too! Nona and Grandpa joined us as nicely. 

Essentially the most scrumptious cocktail: The Driftwood. It had grilled pineapple, bourbon, bitters, and easy syrup. 

We shared a cheese board, shishito peppers, salad and pizzas. Plus apple crisp! Scrumptious! (Mazen was unhappy they took the nachos off the menu 🙁 ) 

Daddy’s New Toy

Father’s Day and Mom’s Day should have gotten combined up as a result of Thomas bought himself a brand new toy that the boys are very enthusiastic about! (Impressed by him watching the Method 1 present on Netflix….!) 


Life These days {5.3.22}

It’s been a minute since I did a Actual Discuss submit! 

I mentioned I wasn’t going to let these actual time posts drag me down when life was busy, and clearly issues have been busy. I’m nonetheless catching up from my journey to Washington with Beautycounter, and got here dwelling to a bunch of errands (2x dentist appts, haircuts, and so on.). I hate operating errands as a result of they make my day so inefficient! I feel batching them into one lengthy “errand day” is probably the most ideally suited. 

Rewinding again a couple of weeks….

Tom Tom Competition

A number of weeks in the past Charlottesville celebrated its founder with the Tom Tom Competition. For 2 days our downtown pedestrian mall became a block social gathering with occasions, dwell music, and open containers allowed (!) Having completed my 10 day quarantine, it was like a rebirth into the neighborhood I really like.

SO many individuals have been out and about!

Mugs + Smooves!

Sunny Days Forward

The boys picked the coldest day of spring to have a water balloon combat. 

Downtown Shenanigans

That is my new favourite nook of the mall! The hidden fountain is so cool, and each Farmacy and Ooey Gooey Crispy are so good!

Dad and mom Staycation

Nona and Grandpa hosted the boys for a sleepover final weekend and we had the WHOLE HOUSE TO OURSELVES! We went out for dinner at Tavola (long-time!!) after which got here dwelling to put in a brand new Simplisafe doorbell – lol. 

We spent the following morning brainstorming methods to alter our home. Extra to return on that quickly!

Walkathon

Cheers to Mazen for operating 27 laps in his faculty’s Walkathon!

Haircut Pleasure

I adore it when the boys get trims, and but with their faculty schedules it’s so onerous to search out the time. Therefore why Mazen’s hair regarded like this just lately:

Right here’s the throughout…our compromise was tremendous quick again and tremendous lengthy bangs! 

And the after! 

Birch is subsequent. 

Spring Procuring

I did some spring buying and am obsessive about these new Lou + Grey Poplin Pants!! Love the material and reduce. They’re additionally 30% off! I additionally purchased these related type pants from Madewell. These are each like a dressier model of the joggers I dwell in. 

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Birch On Birch


Pics from Easter {4.19.22}

We had an attractive Easter in Charlottesville! The climate was on level (regardless that it sleeted the following day!) and whereas we weren’t feeling all that nice, we did our greatest to rejoice. 

Should you missed it on Instagram, each boys got here down with covid signs. They’re each on the mend now, nevertheless it was a bit rocky for a couple of days there. Easter was Mazen’s worst day (he awakened with a fever) and he wasn’t very completely satisfied about it! 

Basket Hunt

The Easter Bunny wrote them a pleasant word and introduced them loads of cheery up goodies. Do you know the EB retailers native at Alakazam? Find it irresistible when toy shops are a one-stop store!

As per Youthful household custom, the EB hid their baskets so the boys needed to hunt for them within the morning. Birch’s was within the nook of the visitor room, and Mazen’s was nicely hidden behind a body within the basement fire! 

Egg Hunt

Thomas and I stuffed eggs the night time earlier than for an egg hunt in our yard. So unhappy to overlook all the general public ones this 12 months, particularly as a result of egg searching is Birch’s year-round favourite pastime! 

Costume is the Somerset by Anthro through my Nuuly subscription and I’m in love with how comfy it’s. Pockets too!

Gussie wished to indicate that he hunted for his bone and located it within the tall grass!

We ended the vacation with our favourite household dinner: taco night time! 

Hope you all had an attractive weekend! Can’t look ahead to extra heat ones to return. 


I’ve Waited A Lengthy Time For This {4.13.22}

What’s well worth the wait? A stunning day within the mid-80s!!! Lastly we will put on shorts and tanks with out feeling chilly. 

What’s not well worth the wait? 

Getting covid. 

Yep, it lastly reached our family. Do I appear to be I’ve a fever and physique aches on this pic? Most likely not as a result of sunshine and contemporary air actually helped. Birch and I ate our lunches outdoors, picnic type.  

To this point I’ve been the one one with signs, and it was only one dangerous day of feeling sick and has became a head chilly. TGF vaccines.

Actually the toughest half has been parenting by means of all of it. Want I may curl up and watch Netflix, however as a substitute I used to be pushing a scooter across the block : /  I’m attempting to smile by means of all of it, however not with the ability to relaxation a lot has been actually onerous.

I’m attempting to steer clear of Mazen and Thomas as a lot as I can, however you understand you possibly can’t separate a lot from a 3 12 months outdated : ) 

We do not know the place I bought it. Our greatest guess is consuming inside a restaurant on BHI, both from our server or a droplet within the air. This factor is SO contagious! 

Due to my wonderful mom in regulation for dropping off meals this week <3 Revolutionary Soup + the Adam’s Apple sandwich. 

Birch can be out of faculty for a looooong time since he’s not but vaccinated, so we did some portray classes yesterday. He’s very gifted! 

And that’s that.


I Am Ending The Weblog {4.1.22}

Associates, it’s been a very pretty 15 years. However the time has come to shut up store. 

April fools!! 

It’s fool-able as a result of it’s plausible, proper? 15 years!!

To not fear – I’m not going wherever besides… 

We’re heading to Bald Head Island for Spring Break! 

Thomas, Birch and I are heading down this morning for the week. Yep, which means Mazen is lacking, which is tremendous unhappy as a result of he LOVES BHI! 

Nonetheless he’s going to the one place that is perhaps extra thrilling for an almost-10-year-old: Disneyland! He’s in California with Matt and Katie for the week. 

I can’t wait to listen to what he thinks of my favourite journey there – Indiana Jones. I went with my California cousins proper after it opened within the 90s and it was tremendous cool. 

My First Go to To Disney

We went to Disney World for the primary time after I was in 4th grade. 

Someday round when the style regarded like this:

My favourite Disney World journey is (was) Alien Encounter. I’m devastated that I simply Googled it and it closed in 2003!! I cherished how scary it was to really feel the alien round you at the hours of darkness. I additionally love Area Mountain and the E.T. journey over at Common too. (I assume I actually like area issues!?) And Pirates and Small World. Classics

We went again to Disney after I was in center faculty. 

The style then was extra like this:

Disney Suggestions

We’d like to take each children to Disney World within the subsequent 12 months or so. I get so overwhelmed pondering of all the main points of planning and crowds and value, nevertheless it’s one thing that we undoubtedly wish to do. Thomas has by no means been! 

I can’t determine if we wish to do a shorter journey and simply skim the floor or go all in, see all of the parks, and keep for every week. I get exhausted simply occupied with theme parks for greater than two days in a row. Please share your suggestions!

Clearly we’ve got to take Birch to Pirates of the Caribbean! And I haven’t been to Common since Harry Potter World was constructed – is it as magical because it appears?

This week I’ll be on Island Time

However this 12 months, we’ll be stress-free by the marsh and hanging out with my dad and mom for the week. 

I’m planning on doing a mid-week weblog submit with some photographs, however in any other case can be taking the week off of normal posting. 

Have an amazing spring break!


Actual Discuss { 3.22.22 }

Spring Swing!

I’ve spring issues to share immediately!

First, my mother’s birthday was Sunday – the primary day of spring! HBD Mother! We’ve been having fun with numerous hotter climate, and I hope it’s right here to remain. 

My favourite days of the 12 months are heat (however not scorching or chilly) days the place we will throw open all of the home windows in the home. That’s till it’s so windy that vegetation are blowing over!! #fail

Irish Soda Bread

Additionally my favourite bread of the 12 months from Nice Harvest! I picked up two loaves earlier than St. Patty’s Day and frozen one to have it final past. SO GOOD toasted to a crisp with butter! 

Spring Sports activities

Mazen began golf classes yesterday! Thomas purchased him some new golf equipment to suit his peak since he’s older ones have been a couple of years outdated.

We aren’t certain if Birch will be capable of use all of Mazen’s outdated golf equipment as a result of Birch is left handed! (Like me!) Ought to we train him to golf rightie? Most lefties (like me) are pretty ambidextrous in terms of sports activities, so I feel he may simply be taught. However we clearly need him to be comfy! 

Porch Eating

With hotter climate comes eating outdoors and chilly smoothies! Love the Day by day Harvest Acai and Cherry (it’s my favourite taste) with granola on prime. Loved within the solar!

Caraway Residence + Asparagus

We wanted new sheet pans and I purchased us these baking sheets from Caraway Residence for Christmas. This isn’t sponsored! They’re the BEST SHEET PANS EVER. Caked on meals actually wipes off. I purchased one medium and one massive. The massive has handles on the aspect that I like for straightforward lifting. They’re critically superior. I hope they keep trying this good! 

The spring asparagus cooked with roasted potatoes, salmon and a tremendous ranchy bitter cream sauce. { All Blue Apron }

Our Little Blue Truck

Birch and I stroll previous our pal’s home each morning on the way in which to high school. He has a blue truck that he makes use of to ship Meals On Wheels. Birch all the time feedback that it’s THE Little Blue Truck. We took our pal Birch’s guide to learn, and that afternoon he had one thing for Birch – the springtime model of the guide! So candy of him, and Birch was thrilled. 


Actual Discuss { 3.16.22 }

I mentioned I wasn’t coming again this week, however I’m energized! Popping in to share some pics from our household fishing journey yesterday.

family fishing - Real Talk 3.16.22

I really feel so grateful that 1) We each have jobs that permit us to do issues with the youngsters within the afternoons and a pair of) the climate is lastly getting heat! 

Mazen and Thomas have been satisfied the fish have been nonetheless hibernating (do they do this??)

fishing with family - Real Talk 3.16.22

I used to be satisfied the snakes have been coming OUT of hibernation once we needed to stroll alongside the shoreline to get to the boat! YIKES. I had a very scary expertise at a summer season camp after I was younger have been supposedly innocent water snakes have been coming as much as my canoe and attacking it. It was very odd, and I do not know what prompted them to do that. So I made a decision to remain on the dock!

kath on the dock - Real Talk 3.16.22  

Birch was satisfied they’d catch a fish. He was proper! 

fishing with kids - Real Talk 3.16.22

We’re so fortunate to have fisherboys within the household.

dad and sons fishing - Real Talk 3.16.22

We fish on the pond subsequent to Thomas’s dad and mom’ home, so we introduced dinner to prepare dinner for them afterwards. I scooted as much as the home to make it whereas the boys completed up. This was a Blue Apron focaccia pizza with Italian sausage and salad on the aspect. It was completely delish!!

Blue Apron focaccia pizza with Italian sausage and salad

Hope you’re having fun with these fast posts!

Birch and dog


New Actual Discuss Collection { 3.15.22 }

I’ve been pondering of including a fourth submit every week the place I simply sit down to jot down what’s on my thoughts. Identical to within the olden days!

It’s so onerous to consider I used to publish TWENTY ONE weblog posts every week!

I all the time inform people who it was simple to do as a result of my content material (what I ate) auto generated and I simply wrote fluff round it. Seems folks used to essentially love fluff! Do you continue to? 

KERF can be 15 this 12 months!

Over the previous 12 months or so, I’ve gotten into a very fantastic movement of working forward. I LOVE working forward.

I feel I’ve shared earlier than that after I was in school I might ask for the studying listing over the summer season so I may get a head begin on the stack of books assigned for the course. This meant I had extra flexibility in my semester – principally for play! (nerd alert)

I completely hate procrastination, and I’ve all the time wanted flexibility to reduce anxiousness and strain on myself. I don’t work nicely underneath strain. 

The endless weblog calendar has all the time been and love-hate for me. I really like creating posts, however I don’t love the sensation of having to create posts perpetually. Working forward has taken a few of that stress away. 

Working forward on weblog posts has taken a lot of the strain off of my weeks.

My digital assistant, Hillary, and I’ve a content material planning system contained in the productiveness app Asana. We geek out over its group on a regular basis.

For the previous 12 months or so, I’ve been specializing in writing posts which can be search engine marketing optimized and extra “useful” and evergreen matters that I’m excited to jot down about don’t require me to jot down so in the intervening time.

It is a good factor. And the evergreen posts are doing nicely, too. 

I’m working a couple of weeks forward always. Meaning if Birch is dwelling from faculty, or I in any other case get an interruption in scheduling, or simply want a break day, that may occur worry-free. 

As you understand I’m nonetheless doing journey and currently recaps as journeys or photograph collections populate. However they appear to be fewer and much between. As a lot as I like working forward, I do miss being within the second. These posts are all the time the simplest and most enjoyable to kind up! 

Actual Discuss Collection

I began to assume that as well as (not as a substitute of) my common 3 posts every week I may sit down and simply kind up some ideas with a photograph or two and share the day with you all like I did when this weblog was younger. I’ve completely no thought if I’ll like this type or not or if I’ll do it greater than a couple of times a month. However it looks like bridge between evergreen posts and the outdated real-time weblog posts that so many cherished over a decade in the past. 

I all the time have one million concepts swirling round, so these posts may give attention to a subject of the day or be a spherical up of favorites – actually no matter feels good within the second. 

Toss in a pleasant photograph of breakfast and it’s a blast from the previous! 

I’m trying to do that with out strain. If I really feel like posting I’ll on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. And if not, that’s cool!

One Lengthy Put up

The final element of this information is that I feel I’m going to stack tidbits on prime of one another and republish the identical submit relatively than having actual discuss after actual discuss posts go up that is perhaps onerous to search out or litter up my again finish. I’d delete the oldest one as time passes so there are not more than 5-10 updates on one web page. I hope that is sensible!

There’s nothing notably juicy on this submit – simply wished to set the stage for subsequent time so it doesn’t appear so out of the blue!

Again to the longer term!

Greek yogurt bowl with granola, peanut butter, and pears! 

Greek yogurt bowl with granola, peanut butter, and pears! 

What do you consider this concept?



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