Back to school.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to school we go, in a few short days.  For Steve, Nathaniel, and Jordan, that day is actually today.  It sort of shocks me, because in a lot of ways, this feels like the summer that never was.  Like it should be closer to... oh, July 12th right now.  This last spring will be called The Spring of Open Houses, the early summer will forever be referred to as The Summer of the Move, and the last two weeks, at best, will be called the time of Get It All In While You Can.  (We still haven't, though.)  We've been spoiled, having Steve for a couple months every summer, so this is just a little taste of what most American families deal with.  A short break, and then back to the daily grind.  It's not for the faint of heart, I tell you what.  Kudos to you.

Parker and I will go back to daily life as we knew it before mid-June.  But, in a new town and a new home, of course.  Some of our old mainstays, and some new.  I will definitely get the crock pot out soon, as soon as the weather turns anyway.  I've already told two people, in just the last week, about bone broth.  What was the occasion for it?  It actually did fit into the conversation.  Is fall really so close?  The benefit to fall, aside from the obvious (apple cider and pulling out the winter beanies, of course) is the food.  I am such a better cook in the colder months.  My family would agree.  Sweet potato soup with black beans, chicken noodle soup, beef stew with big chunks of carrots and potatoes.  I lack motivation and energy and creativity in the summer.  

Steve and I are desperately hoping the transition to new schools goes well for William and Lindsey.  I think it will.  I'm optimistic.  But, it'll be a change.  New people, a new place.  They've had late night after late night, and sleeping in in the mornings.  Sometimes they're not trudging down the stairs, zombie-like, until 10:00 or later.  I'm starting to call them to bed closer to 10:30 now so it doesn't feel like such a shock to the system in a few days when they're needing to sleep by 10 and get out the door at 7 am.  The lazy days of summer, when we've had them anyway, will be missed.  The meandering coffee hour where it's just Steve, myself, Parker and his cars, and mostly quiet, rest in peace.  The frenzied search for the right shirt, the slapping of peanut butter and jelly on some bread, and the exodus of kids from front doors everywhere are upon us.

My sister is sending her first to preschool this year.  She doesn't want to talk about it, you can hear it catch in her voice as she quickly changes the subject.  I can empathize.  I remember sending William to school years ago, after he'd been homeschooled as long as I'd known him.  He was so worried, it was written all over his face.  I cried.  And Parker?  People ask me, like it's so run-of-the-mill, "so, is he going to preschool this year?"  The look I return must be like they just kicked my puppy dog in the stomach.  "What?!  He was just born, like yesterday!"  I promise I don't actually say that and I also promise that, if the time is right and the desire is there, he will go to school.  But right now, I am not ready, he is not ready, and I'm shocked that he has the "look" of a kid who could be ready.  Isn't he a baby still?  Aren't I still an absolute necessity in every waking moment of his life?  I will cry when the time comes.

Let's not cut that umbilical cord just yet, ok?

How's the back-to-school going in your neck of the woods?  How's the weather?  How was your summer?  Did you savor it?  Did it rush by?  Are you excited for fall?  Are you making soups yet?  Is it still 100 degrees where you are?  Are you sending a child to school for the first time?  For the last?

giveaway: white plum!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

white plum is a sort of new-to-me (have i been living under a rock?) online store with tons of really cute and inexpensive clothing.  here i'm wearing the xander dress and i love it.  it's one of those soft and easy to throw on dresses for virtually any occasion.  i received it the other day, and have already worn it twice.  they also have tons of really cool palazzo pants and this kimono sweater which i think i'd really like for fall.

they're giving a $75 credit to one winner!  browse their store and enter below!
and use the code BRIDGET20 for 20% now through september 5th!

this post is sponsored by white plum.

taking stock / 03

Monday, August 25, 2014

Making: chicken caesar salad and corn on the cob for dinner, a few times recently
Drinking: Newman's Lemonade mixed with seltzer
Reading: Real Simple magazine
Wanting: to go on a date with Steve--to have some appetizers and then see Magic in the Moonlight; it'll happen.
Watching: Masters of Sex--really good, you?
Eating: steak tips.  Good steak tips are soooooo good.
Smelling: this lotion that I use before bed
Wishing: there was a little more summer left.  Ours went too fast and was full of too much non-summer things (looking at you, moving!)
Enjoying: Taylor Swift's new song, more than Lindsey is I think.
Loving: having Parker read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to me.  Not a whole lot cuter than him telling me, "The caterpillar has a bellyache!"  And then confusing butterfly with helicopter on the last page.
Hoping: that back-to-school goes well for William and Lindsey
Needing: some rug pads.  Yep.  Rug pads are on my "need" list.  Live it up.
Feeling: soooo much baby kicking and loving it
Wearing: these shorts a lot, maybe too much?
Following: the news, a little bit, and even that feels like too much.
Noticing: the cooler weather.  I'm both ready and not ready for fall.
Bookmarking: this outfit.  I just really like every single bit of it (third picture over).

savoring the rest of summer with another day on the lake.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

friends of ours have a home on lake ossipee and were nice enough to invite our gang to spend the night.  they're the type of friends who are perpetually feeding you and giving you drink so... we accepted their invitation without question.  (we accept invitations even if that's not the case, however.)  they're also so fun and we laugh a lot with them.  bonus.

we brought the most delicious steak tips and drank beer (them) and lemonade (me and the kids--party animals!) and ate appetizers and burgers and hot dogs and eggs and bacon the next morning while we watched the kids run around the beach and attempt fishing on the dock.  parker kept exclaiming, "i got one!  i got one!" actually satisfied with the red plastic one at the end of his which was adorable.  william caught at least three and lindsey got one.  it was really fun.  the weather was cool so it was never really swimming weather but who cares when you're on a lake.  the kids swam, but i'm pretty sure they don't have internal thermometers?  i'm forever chasing parker around with a sweatshirt while he tries to flee, happy to have constant chills and be with the big kids.  we also paddle-boated and went around on the pontoon and jet ski and... it was just really lovely.

the idea that summer is nearing its end is a little shocking.  steve goes back to school on wednesday, and the kids shortly thereafter.  where'd it all go?  we're going to savor the rest of it, i tell you.  i'm going to eat a steady diet of cheeseburgers and watermelon from here on out.  

giveaway: sunava swimwear! :: CLOSED

Thursday, August 21, 2014

today's giveaway is from sunuva swimwear!  they're giving a $150 credit to spend on any full priced swimwear or beachwear.  open worldwide!  might i suggest the shirt and shorts that parker is sporting above looking particularly dapper in?  or maybe one of their adorable bikinis?  do they make this dress in my size?  sunava clothing is really well made.  this is definitely one of parker's nicer outfits, but still totally jumping-on-the-couch friendly.  see?!  i love it.

this post is sponsored by sunuva swimwear.

the beach complete with captions.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

these two, at each other's throats much of the summer, get along well (uuuuusually) when 
we swoop them out of the house and force them to enjoy a common activity such as... 
boogie boarding.  thank the heavens for boogie boarding!!!
and for hole digging!! 

 a picture to mark the last day of my 23rd week of pregnancy.  vain!  
but somehow more acceptable when pregnant?
"um, excuse me?  did i agree to this?  is the tide coming in?"

 creating mini construction scenes on the beach... hours of fun.
"hey guys!  wait up!"

first day up on the boat.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

we finally got up on the boat last week.  the forecast called for a clear sunny day though not super hot (which has been almost every day this august, what's going on?).  it didn't matter.  we were desperate.  steve goes back to school in about a week, as well as jordan and nathaniel (who was still in hong kong when we went up), and william and lindsey shortly thereafter.  we're usually at the lake long before mid august but this summer, well, it just wasn't in the cards.  so, as soon as we were able, we got up there asap.  even though blankets and sweatshirts were necessary at certain points (which i sort of love needing on the boat).  
we stopped in wolfeboro where i made the happy discovery that a spot right on the water sells annabelle's ice cream.  how did i only just discover this?  i'm kind of an ice cream snob but annabelle's hits the spot.  parker and i shared a waffle cone with vanilla chocolate chip.  it was delicious and looked enormous when he held it.  this was after he woke up, having taken an hour plus nap on me.  which was totally delightful except when my butt had completely lost all its sensation.  the sacrifices we make when there are sleeping children on us.
that above abstract is my 23-week belly in case it wasn't clear.  anyway, the kids and steve all jumped in the water while i was a little too wussy this trip (i like to be really hot before i go in aka wussy).  next time.  and next time we also must get william and lindsey up on skis.  it's my goal this summer, maybe more than it is theirs.  hopefully we get up there again soon.  no time to waste!

hope you guys are having good summers.  i can't believe it's already mid-august.  i probably say that every single mid-august though.

The Hundred, day by day, moment by moment: an essay that is very, very, long.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I've let it marinate a few days and even had a day up at the lake so now I think I'm ready to dive into all that was THE HUNDRED EVENT.  Again, unnecessary drama.  (Like the other day.)

And this is long, quite long, but as always I'm interspersing all the jokes so as not to bore you.

Leaving, for me anyway, was suuuuper emotional.  A little, "get ahold of yourself Bridget" as I wiped the tears from my face.  But, you know, I've learned to own it.  I'm the emotional mother type.  A homebody who also loves to travel, and I'm not making apologies for it anymore!  I cried!  Yes I did!  More than once!  I woke up at 2:30 am after going to sleep at 12:30 (no matter how many times I tell myself, "I'll pack before the last minute" it never happens.  Ever.  Ever.  Ever.) to get on a bus to Boston by 3:15 am and then onto a 5:45 flight.  I managed to hold back the tears once at the bus stop and then had the happy discovery that Megan was up with pregnancy insomnia or nausea or something at 3 am while I was on the bus.  Her puking, my blessing.  We texted much of my way to Boston.

Lauren and Grace picked me up at the airport and meeting them was soooo great.  I'm sure you've read this ad nauseum and you're like, "Girls, stop fawning over each other," but it felt like old friends hanging out and not at all like we were seeing each other for the first time.  I guess that's what reading one another's blogs and a few thousand texts and emails sprinkled in will do.  Carrying on.
{Myself, Jenni, Megan}

Back at the ranch (hotel) we switched it into high gear pretty quickly and started setting up.  I was all, "I'll just nap a little once I get there and before things begin."  NO.  This blogger's conference life is not for the faint of heart.  Or the weak.  I'm both.

I'm gonna give this one a "click to read more" option cause it be long.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

really delicious tacos we got out at a waterfront concert with friends - and from a food truck no less!  
digging on the jersey shore (we're going way back here)...

family walk time.  william and lindsey aren't yet too cool to go walking with us, which is really nice.  i hope it stays that way.
a pretty backyard dinner at my sister's.  she knows how to throw a party.
out for our favorite pizza with steve's mom and dad (early july!  before the move which feels like ages ago!)
i want this car.
he likes to accessorize.
and more pizza.  we like pizza.
william and lindsey ran a mile last week and it was SO MUCH FUN to stand at the finish and watch for them.  seriously.  brought me back.  i love running.  (i mean, in theory.)
parker and one of his oldest friends lux.
this fabulous 'maman poule' sweatshirt c/o emoi emoi is my favorite right now.

i feel like i'm trying to cover way too much ground with this lately post.  there's just too much to share (that i haven't shared) over the last month before our heads were out of the clouds so, i'm throwing it all into this here post.  bear with me.

today it's pouring rain and has been since the moment i woke up.  which is actually kind of nice--keeps us all inside and cozy (lindsey's making us tea right now!).  i'm going to read some stories to parker as soon as i'm done here and under a big blanket too.  i took william, lindsey, and parker to a movie today (his first!).  planes 2.  it was pretty cute and not too scary for the timid guy he is.  william and lindsey liked it too and were excited to go which is a double (triple?) bonus.  we shared a bucket of popcorn.  i cannot go to the theatre and not get popcorn.  literally.  a place where i actually mean literally when i say it.

i spoke of today and being cozy and it was until our friends' ryan and caroline challenged us in the ALS ice bucket thing (i am pretty sure it happened because of this tweet yesterday--even though ryan and caroline aren't on twitter.  this is suspect.).  never one to turn down a challenge (jk, i'm not that person at all), steve and i did it while william taped.  raining and 60 already, it was ideal to throw a bucket of ice water over your head.  being pregnant should automatically disqualify you from such things.  i kid.  it was fun.  have you done it?

we have been going for bike rides almost daily.  while i was in dallas, steve rode my bike a few times and was like "this bike is crap.  we need a new bike and a new seat for parker."  you know why?  because it's a cruiser and yes, it is old (i bought it with my own money in 8th grade.  i'm almost 30.  so, the rusty gal is old.  it was one of my proudest moments aside from the doc martens i bought myself in 6th grade.) and doesn't have gears so it's especially hard to bike up any inclines with parker on the back.  but yet!  i've been doing it a lot this summer and while pregnant so steve's a fool and i am clearly the tougher of the two of us.  so with that said, he went out and got one of these (i've been wanting one since our vail bike ride and scouring craigslist for them) and i must say, i do love it.  it's so, so fun and i envision packing it with picnic stuff and groceries and the list goes on.  i haven't replaced my bike yet (he just replaced his of 24 years... we like our bikes vintage) so one of these days, i might retire the 'ol cruiser.

what else?  oh, i started a facebook page for the blog.  was that necessary?  i don't know.  i've always thought NO and that it's JUST ONE MORE THING but i went and did it.  i heard a lot of people say they prefer it to twitter.  do you?  i'll probably share things there from time to time that don't make it here, so maybe it's a nice little outlet (cause i reaaaaaaally need another one).  i don't know.  we'll see.  but if you'd be so kind as to like me there so that my self-esteem doesn't plummet, i'd be grateful.

and that's all for now.

giveaway: jonas paul eyewear! :: CLOSED

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

these two are sporting the cool shades of the jonas paul eyewear people.  do you see the kids on that opening page of their site?  could they be any more chic?  they put me to shame.

anyhow, jonas paul eyewear has both sunglasses (100% UV!) and optical glasses that are actually pretty cool looking and also for kids (generally ages 4-12!).  i remember when lindsey needed glasses early on, the slim pickings at lenscrafters left much to be desired for a gal her age... enter, jonas paul eyewear.

plus!  for every pair purchased, they support cbm international by giving people sight whether it be through glasses or corrective surgery.  love that.  buy sight, give sight.

so, let's have at it?  two frames are up for grabs -- that means two winners!  open to any and all!  for one week!

Maria & Liz are the two winners!  We'll be contacting you shortly!

this post is sponsored by the nice folks at jonas paul eyewear.

life after the hundred.

Monday, August 11, 2014

ha, jk.  that post title is so dramatic.  toning it down riiiiiight now.

it's late monday night and i'm showered and got the kiddos off to bed and am sitting quietly and thinking about how great this weekend was so... why not shoot off a little blog post while it's fresh on the brain?  (but... more to come soon because... it's like a high i'm still coming off of, you know?)

as someone who's never been to a blog conference or even a blogger meet up (wait!  that's not true.  i went to one when i was pregnant with parker so... a long time ago.) i had no idea what to expect.  was it going to be like... really, really weird?  guess what!  it wasn't!  i mean, it was... cause, here we all are meeting people we soooort of know?  (i want to say here "like a big voyeuristic convention" but this is me not saying that because the sexual connotation with that word is real, people.  so, there's really no word to convey what i'm trying to say so we'll just go with... bloggers' conference.)  but how often are you around people who know blogs, have a blog, understand blogging, can talk about blogging without their eyes rolling out of their heads?  never.  at least for me, i have friends who i'm pretty sure at this point still don't know i have a blog because unless you're in that world or an avid reader of them, they're just sort of huh?

so, anyway, it was nice to be with a bunch of really cool women who are in that world, dabbling or seriously invested, and who throw words around like "google analytics" and "seo" like it ain't no thing (though if i'm perfectly honest, the two still leave me scratching my head most days).  and these women!  they're so fun, so cool.  blogging is usually me behind my computer so to bring it out into the real world was a really cool opportunity and so much fun.  so glad i did it.  you women rule.  thanks so much for coming so it wasn't just me, lauren, megan, and grace looking at each other and eating way more cake than we should for three days straight.

thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

more to come when i get all my real pictures on the 'ol computer.  you know.

now off i go to stalk all my new blog friends' blogs.  say that five times fast.

(above clothes provided by our top sponsor joules.  who also gave out a ton of other free swag including wellies (aka rain boots) for each and every attendee so maybe you should all come next year.  except you southern californians because it never rains there.  and finally, i know, i'm not in florals.  but when one is nearly six months pregnant, you gotta work with what the belly will allow.)

pictured: lauren, megan, & grace

a trip to the park that got rained out + a naturebox giveaway! :: CLOSED

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

the weather was perfect the other night.  low 70s, clear.  we took ourselves and a blanket to the park for a little evening fun.  some playground, running around to get out the end-of-the-day jitters (that applies mostly to parker), some feeding of the ducks, and maybe we'd even catch a little sunset from the water.  and lovely it was!  until... the weather had different plans and out of absolutely nowhere it started to pour.  the sun stayed out the whole time and those sunny rainstorms are sort of my favorite, but it's not totally conducive to the little sunset viewing and blanket relaxing i had planned.  oh well, parker and lindsey ran around in it while steve, william, and i ducked for cover under a nearby tree.


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