Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ten on Wednesday

1.  I am trying diligently to just play with these cool kids in the morning even though my work life is very busy and there's a lot on our plate on the home front too.  They are amazingly fun to watch and I'm trying to just to that.  Just be with them, but not always succeeding.

2.  Our Sunday school experience continues.  So far, I think the doughnuts between Mass and Sunday School are the favorite (Obviously), but having M's buddy Ashtyn join her class was also a great treat.  They are learning the Guardian Angel prayer I learned as a kid.  Very much de ja vu.

3. This photo is from Lady M and my trip to the mall on Saturday while the boys were at baseball practice.  She got two new pairs of shoes.  One of which was black patent leather with a heel, which she wore to church and immediately declared uncomfortable..... We found another suit for B to try, which was ultimately too small, but did teach us that suits his size weren't really available at the mall (at least not for a price I was willing to pay).  I ordered two more from Amazon.  One fit and has since been hemmed.  The other is being sent back with free shipping (hooray). Believe it or not, Lady M is wearing a dress she already owned, which is surprising, but lovely.  This also means that with a few days to go before the wedding every member of my family has an outfit in mind, pants are hemmed, dress shoes and socks are here, and small boy shirts are ironed. I suspect my dress needs ironing, but we're very close.

4.  Speaking of wedding prep -- One of my tasks is making chex mix.  Batches 7 & 8 are in the oven.  I think I'll end up making 10 total, but how much chex mix really is the right amount for 200 people?  No clue.  Glad to help though.

5. I went to DC last week for trustee orientation and to give another presentation.  The trip went well and was much less intense than October's trip will be.  It was lovely to spend each evening with just one or two friends and talk with them and enjoy good meals.  The "at home" piece may have been slightly harder as Brent was sick and B got sick while I was away.  Luckily, our fabulous team pitched in throughout the week and it sounds like everyone had a great time.  Hooray!

6.  It is busy season for me.  Have I mentioned that?   (Why yes, every single September/October ever).  Every year I know it is coming.  Every year I somehow think our system is better and it won't be insane and I won't be up working every night.  Every year, I'm wrong.  The good news is that I know when Halloween arrives things will calm dramatically on the work front and hey, that's only a month away!  Sigh.

7.  B continues to love baseball.  While I was in DC, he scored his first two runs, stole 4 bases, and his team moved to winning 5-3 record.  Then they haven't played since.  Tomorrow they will have a game though and in theory a tournament this weekend, but I'm doubtful that he'll be able to play in that with all the other family adventures planned around the wedding on Saturday.

8.  E's new phrase is "no way." I'm doubtful that he knows what it means.  If you ask him, did you play with X at school today? He'll say "no way" but if you ask who did you play with at school today, he will also respond X.  I promise it really doesn't have to make sense.  He also went through 3.5 outfits today, which also doesn't make sense.  I still think he is awesome beyond reason.

9. I'm still exercising daily and past the 6 month mark.  I feel like I'm not exercising as intensely as I have at some points in this project, but am earnestly doing some exercise at least 30 minutes a day, every single day.  Which is good, right?

10.  We are all so excited for the wedding weekend. It has been 8 years since my sister got married and more than 13 since we got married.  It is exciting to do it all again and to watch my brother be so very happy with the love of his life.  We truly wish them an amazing marriage and great joy for the many years to come.

Happy thoughts to all of you.  I'll try to return next week, but we shall see how all my ball juggling is going at that point. 

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?


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