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Pics from Easter {4.19.22}

We had a wonderful 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 have fun. 

In case you missed it on Instagram, each boys got here down with covid signs. They’re each on the mend now, but it surely was a bit rocky for a couple of days there. Easter was Mazen’s worst day (he wakened with a fever) and he wasn’t very glad 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 outlets native at Alakazam? Adore it 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 properly hidden behind a body within the basement hearth! 

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! 

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

Gussie needed 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 a wonderful weekend! Can’t anticipate extra heat ones to come back. 


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

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

What’s not definitely worth the wait? 

Getting covid. 

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

Thus far I’ve been the one one with signs, and it was only one unhealthy day of feeling sick and has changed into a head chilly. TGF vaccines.

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

I’m making an attempt to avoid Mazen and Thomas as a lot as I can, however you recognize you possibly can’t separate a lot from a 3 12 months previous : ) 

We do not know the place I acquired 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! 

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

Birch shall be out of faculty for a looooong time since he isn’t but vaccinated, so we did some portray classes yesterday. He’s very proficient! 

And that’s that.


I Am Ending The Weblog {4.1.22}

Pals, it’s been a very beautiful 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 anyplace besides… 

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

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

Nonetheless he’s going to the one place that is likely to be 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 trip 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 once I was in 4th grade. 

Someday round when the style regarded like this:

My favourite Disney World trip 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 nighttime. I additionally love Area Mountain and the E.T. trip over at Common too. (I assume I actually like house issues!?) And Pirates and Small World. Classics

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

The style then was extra like this:

Disney Suggestions

We might like to take each youngsters to Disney World within the subsequent 12 months or so. I get so overwhelmed considering of all the small print of planning and crowds and value, but it surely’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 serious about theme parks for greater than two days in a row. Please share your suggestions!

Clearly we now have 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 mother and father for the week. 

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

Have an incredible spring break!


Actual Speak { 3.22.22 }

Spring Swing!

I’ve spring issues to share as we speak!

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

My favourite days of the 12 months are heat (however not sizzling or chilly) days the place we are able to 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 top since he’s older ones have been a couple of years previous.

We aren’t positive if Birch will be capable to use all of Mazen’s previous 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 on the subject of sports activities, so I feel he may simply be taught. However we clearly need him to be snug! 

Porch Eating

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

Caraway Dwelling + Asparagus

We would have liked new sheet pans and I purchased us these baking sheets from Caraway Dwelling 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 giant. The big has handles on the facet that I like for simple lifting. They’re critically superior. I hope they keep trying this good! 

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

Our Little Blue Truck

Birch and I stroll previous our good friend’s home each morning on the best way to highschool. 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 good friend Birch’s ebook to learn, and that afternoon he had one thing for Birch – the springtime model of the ebook! So candy of him, and Birch was thrilled. 


Actual Speak { 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 couple 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 after we needed to stroll alongside the shoreline to get to the boat! YIKES. I had a very scary expertise at a summer time camp once 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 mother and father’ 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 facet. 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 Speak Collection { 3.15.22 }

I’ve been considering of including a fourth submit every week the place I simply sit down to put in writing what’s on my thoughts. Similar to within the olden days!

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

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

KERF shall be 15 this 12 months!

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

I feel I’ve shared earlier than that once I was in faculty I might ask for the studying checklist over the summer time 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 – largely for play! (nerd alert)

I completely hate procrastination, and I’ve all the time wanted flexibility to attenuate nervousness and strain on myself. I don’t work properly 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 ceaselessly. 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 are website positioning optimized and extra “useful” and evergreen matters that I’m excited to put in writing about don’t require me to put in writing so in the mean time.

This can be a good factor. And the evergreen posts are doing properly, too. 

I’m working a couple of weeks forward always. Meaning if Birch is house from faculty, or I in any other case get an interruption in scheduling, or simply want a day without work, that may occur worry-free. 

As you recognize I’m nonetheless doing journey and these days 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 best and most enjoyable to kind up! 

Actual Speak Collection

I began to suppose that as well as (not as an alternative 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 concept if I’ll like this fashion or not or if I’ll do it greater than a couple of times a month. However it looks as if a very good bridge between evergreen posts and the previous real-time weblog posts that so many cherished over a decade in the past. 

I all the time have 1,000,000 concepts swirling round, so these posts may deal with 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 making an attempt 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 Submit

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 reasonably than having actual speak after actual speak posts go up that is likely to be onerous to search out or muddle up my again finish. I would delete the oldest one as time passes so there are not more than 5-10 updates on one web page. I hope that is smart!

There’s nothing notably juicy on this submit – simply needed 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 concentrate on this concept?



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