Friday, September 12, 2014

5 on Friday - Dress Shopping

Audra and I have been searching for dresses for Able and Kari's wedding.  After many hours of shopping here are some of our favorite sites just in case you are looking too:

1.  Modcloth -Hundreds, seriously hundreds of dresses of all shapes and sizes.  Almost too many, actually, but lots of fun to look.

2.  Ruche - I've tried two dresses from there over time and I really love the materials they use and the drape of the dresses.  Quick turn around too!

3.  Garnet Hill - This was my first time ordering and the dress hasn't arrived, but I seem to keep pinning them so clearly I like the look.

4.  Macy's/Dillards - A lot of options, and the ability to see dresses in person.  This time we didn't pick one of these, but did enjoy being able to touch, try on, and twirl in the dresses.

5.  Matilda Jane -- OK, this is really mostly for little girls, but M loves hers and wears a Matilda Jane dresses/skirts at least two days a week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ten on Wednesday

 1.  Baseball season continues and with it a lot of backyard practice.  Earlier this week, the littles set up a concession stand/restaurant in the far corner (safe area) of the yard and provided treats to all the attendees.  Very entrepreneurial.  Also, in a miracle for days.  They picked up every piece when they were done and promptly brought them inside!
 2.  M's fun year continues with more hair experiments, more french lessons, and more reading with Daddy.  Of the three, the hair is probably having the most success, but everyone learned their colors in French last week.  This week, we're learning letter "A" words, which is quite a bit trickier, and reinforcing last week's color lessons.

3.  You didn't think I'd leave out the post- curler photos, did you? Here she is all her curly glory.  The front (small) curles stayed rather well, but the back side needs more work + products next time.  

4.  A picture of me! Red letter day-- mostly, I just love that I randomly came up with this side-braid/bun one day last week. The above is after my run, which it gloriously survived.  I loved it!

OKC MOA - Looking up and drawing the glass ceiling

Boats full of glass
 Yes, it is true, we finally took the littles to the OKC MOA.  B has been a couple times now, but I hadn't been brave enough for the glass + a 2 yo.  He did fine, of course.
Another picture of me? Wow.  Meanwhile, cool light art.

 5.  I positively adore that our kids' immediate reaction to art museums is to feverishly begin drawing whatever they see.  It is a compulsion that makes seeing more than a few rooms a bit tricky, but is simultaneously wonderful.  We checked out the little kid art backpack so there was plenty of paper and colored pencils to go around and they just drew everything.  I have a large collection of small drawings that I can't quite part with yet.  I love how they experience and enjoy art and am promising myself to include art museum excursions in our adventures more often.

 6.  Lady M planned Uncle Zach a book-themed birthday party for this weekend.  She put great thought and detail into the plan and ensured that we fully executed it.  My favorites were her insisting on doing the writing on his book cake herself and the glorious streamer tree in the back yard. (You can read more about the party here).
 7.  The Able & Kari Wedding is only 17 days away. Preparations at our house are lagging far behind the always organized Korenak casa.  That said, E's suit arrived.  It is fair to say he doesn't like it, but is also completely adorable.  Next up, Grandma may need to take in his pants a little bit...

 8.  Yesterday, we went to the Neighborhod Night Out.  It had been billed as having a pretzel and a snow cone truck, but one broke down and the other was disappointing.  It was also really hot and we were rushing the whole time to also make it to baseball on time.  The games were pretty fun though :)

Just before the neighborhood adventure I'd had the pleasure of an hour or so spent with my dear friend Mary who is grieving for her Grandma.  She is amazing and I feel so luck to share life's journey with her in the midst of all the crazy, it was especially wonderful.
 9.  This guy likes to hang out and watch the clock in the mornings to make sure he leaves for the bus on time.... The upside is that we get extra morning talking time, which I adore.  He's a cool cat. In the evenings, if he doesn't have baseball he has been running down the street to a friend's house.  I'm happy for him, but kinda missing him too so the morning chats are especially good.
10.  Today, E, M, & I went on a walk/run down the block in the cool afternoon just before the rain while B was at his friend's house.  M can run pretty much the whole way, but E needs to stop and rest a little or walk and investigate before his next sprint.  It was lovely and we made it home just before the sprinkles started.

PS.  Saturday is the OKC Spice Shop's 2nd Anniversary Celebration and Pie Contest.  If you are entering a pie bring it by 11:30 or just drop by anytime during the day to enjoy free pie, punch, and spice shop fun as we celebrate a wonderful year together!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

B plays Baseball

 This week was B's very first baseball game.  Complete with a new jersey and new ball cap.

 He had a great cheering section.  This was the crew in the stands and Daddy and Granddaddy mostly hung out by the dugout. The game didn't start til shortly after 7:30 so it was actually quite lovely weather for a baseball game.
He was excited and just a little nervous. 

Love this. 

The first inning, he was planning left field.  The first hit went out his way.  He went after it and then threw it to second.  Well-played!  It was so neat that he got to field from the very beginning. 

Here he is with Noah, his buddy from Kindergarten, who helped us join his baseball team.  He has one other teammate in his class at school - Adam. 
For the remainder of the game he played right field.  I loved how well he focused and paid attention to the field.  He crouched and was ready for each play, even though not much came his way. 

B was the next to last batter of the evening with two teammates on base.  He hit the first pitch.  It looked initially like it was foul, but apparently it ended up being fair.  He thought it was foul as he didn't notice any other signal, and didn't run, and was tagged out, but not before his teammate scored the team's only run of the game.  He had the first RBI of the season! I was so proud of him standing their waiting for some ensuing confusion about whether he was out and how many outs there were so far to be resolved.  There was only one more batter before the game ended.

He was very happy and so was everyone else.  The game was fun and it was neat to see him out there playing for the very first time.  Noah's dad was so kind and excited with him after the game. I think it will be a good season and I'm glad he's having this new experience. Hooray for new adventures and baseball too!

I just keep thinking how much my Dad would love this...

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five on Friday

1.  Pure Happiness Polka Dot Tights - for whatever reason, these yellow polka dot tights just make me  happy.

2. Onyx Shadows Jacket - I really like this jacket too.  I'm not sure how it would work for me, but in concept it seems perfectly lovely.  Warm, feminine, but structured too.

3. Dirty Dozen Circuit -- in fairness, while I do this often, it is really the Dirty Eleven as I really never manage 12 burpees. I do feel like it is a great mix to strengthen  your body.

4. Crockpot Thai Beef Stew - We made this last week and it was amazing.  I used Red Thai Curry Powder from the spice shop mixed with water and oil in place of the Curry Paste (essentially made my own with the powder).  Really so good, and our kids loved the jicama!

5. Phineas and Ferb: The Move - Across the 2D Dimension. - A great find for Phineas and Ferb fans -- free streaming on Amazon Prime and lots of fun songs included!  (Yes, we also got the soundtrack).

What's making you happy this week?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1.  You may recall Ms. M has had a very hard time settling on what sort of extra curricular activity she wanted to try for the fall.  One day this weekend she said she wanted french lessons and we immediately emailed her best buddy Kyle's mom and set them up.  She was so excited this morning that she could barely stand the wait.  She colored this picture for Ms. Elke for her first day of class.  It was just the two of them (which I would never have done if Elke wasn't a friend of ours).  I am told it went well and they worked on colors.  The result is that everyone is learning more french.  When I know a phrase in both languages I say it in both (well, often at least).  I ask them how they are in French in the morning and M and I identify what color things are in French too.  That said, she sometimes disagrees with me and we have to resort to google.  Oh, and mom, remember how they keep making us learn the word for shark in duolingo... that came up today.  Crazy. 
 2.  I did get to have dinner with Able and Kari during the soft opening of the new Tuckers near my house.  It was SO good.  I love the burgers, but it is really the shakes that are just essentially phenomenal.  Having it nearby is going to be way too tempting.

3.  Our Labor Day weekend plan was, as it is most years, to go to Dallas to visit Brent's sister and her family.  This year was to be special as we were going to meet Grayson, our newest nephew.  Sadly, Jamie was too sick for it to be a good idea for us to visit.  So we reworked our weekend and had lots of fun, but really missed this guy.  Brent went to the football game Saturday evening with his Dad so he did get a bit of family time as well as some OU time :)

 4.  Then the Palfreymans invited us to a small end of summer fun afternoon.  We played at the splash pad, watched Lady and the Tramp, had dinner together, and then celebrated/mourned as they announced they are moving to Florida.... I am not good at change, but you knew that.

 5.  We're trying to experiment more with Lady M's hair this week. We haven't tried anything crazy, but are trying to have more fun with it than just her usual headbands.  This braid was very fun and she added lots of bows so it would be extra fancy.  She then informed me that my attire was not fancy enough for the farmer's market so I put on a dress too and braided my hair.  She provided a bow for my braid as well that was happily a bit more subtle than hers.

 6.  Lady M has been in crafting mode. I love how she dives right in to whatever supplies are around and makes something beautiful and happy. We had a great time crafting together and I love to see what she creates.

7.  Able & Kari gave us the treat of a date night while they watched our kids. Friday evening's adventure was the OU Women's Gymnastics 2014 National Championship Banquet.  There was good food and lots of fun things for a gymnastics nerd like me. I think Brent has slightly less fun, but was an excellent sport and asked good questions.  He was maybe a little surprised at the random stuff I knew.  We sat just next to Jake and Kyla Dalton which was kinda neat.  (Yes, for those keeping track Brent went to Norman three days in a row, and again twice today.  He is a bit tired of that drive). 

8.  We needed a small, but necessary project for a very lazy Monday.  The easiest on the list was switching E in to a "bigger boy" bed by taking off the front of the crib.  There is actually a small rail along most of the side, but this photo was mid construction.  I was pretty sad to let go this last baby phase, but E loves it.  Recently, he has been attempting to climb out when we're playing so it seemed like it was time before our little tumbler hurt himself.  Have I mentioned he spends large portions of the day doing somersaults and being upside down on the couch?  I have? OK, but seriously, it is a big portion of his life right now. 
9.  Not quite as much about B this week, it seems.  He got 100% on his first spelling test. (Yes, I've already scrapbooked it).  He is still loving baseball and practicing most days.  He is nervous about the team's first game on Thursday, which is apparently against a talented opponent (team got maybe 2nd in the spring season?)  We got the season schedule today and it is going to be crazy.  There are games two nights a week most weeks and often not starting until 7 or later.  The better news is that the season ends by Oct. 14.  Overall, there are about the same number of games as in soccer season, just crammed in to a shorter span. All this is good and bad and we'll just see.  I'll be gone for a few of the games, which is sad.  We are all excited for it to just start! (He has been practicing 3+ hours with his team a week for a couple weeks).

10.  Exercising still happens every day.  Most days I still don't want to.  I'm not really sure it makes much of a difference, but sometimes I think it does.  It is nice that even though I'm running less I'm usually able to run more easily due to all the cross-training (or so I'm telling myself).  I continue to mix up the rotation a lot to keep things interesting.  Most weeks include 2 yoga sessions, 2 runs, 2 strength days ( abs, arms, and feet work).  The seventh day varies.  Today it was a zumba video, but sometimes it is Tae Bo, stationary bike or something else.  If I miss a running day I add another cardio day, etc.  I try to keep the cardio days around 3 per week.  I am still shooting for 10K steps a day too and most days I make it, but wasn't quite as successful over the holiday weekend.

The coming week includes: B's first baseball game, M's 2nd French lesson, Baseball practice, Sunday School & Church, Zach's Birthday party at our house, a visit from Grandma, school, and probably lots of other fun stuff!


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