Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What's Up Wednesday...on Tuesday (Tuesday Talk #30)

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So for this Tuesday Talk, I thought I'd jump in for Mel, Sheaffer, and Shay's What's Up Wednesday a day early...so here I go!  This is what I/we have been...

A Sleeping Beauty birthday for our 4 year old princess

Up to:
Earlier in the month, we celebrated L's Baptism and J's 4th birthday!  We had such a blast at both celebrations.  I can't wait to post the details about their parties/decor soon!

Cousin love!

He's here - our new nephew/cousin Ezra!  It is so awesome to see my brother Matt and his wife Karissa as parents - they are doing a wonderful job.  Ezra is such a handsome and sweet little one.  We love him so much! 

Just say no to PSL, scarves, pumpkins, long sleeves, and cooler weather!

Fall.  Usually, I love the Fall.  But I'm not looking forward to it this year.  No, no, no.

It rained and was in the 50s nearly everyday for the first half of the summer.  So we were stuck inside...like we were alllllllll winter long since it was below freezing almost everyday (which is not typical here).

So I think we deserve an extra few months of good weather since we were trapped inside from November last year through mid-July this year!

Long live Summer!!! 

I've been eating this amazing Caesar salad combo almost everyday this summer.  Plus, we've been grilling out a lot (for real and pretend).  Delicious!

I'm looking forward to making my homemade garden salsa and dill cucumber dip too! 

But we'll be getting our veggies from someone else's garden this year.  All of the rain we got the first half of the summer drowned all of our plants.  How did your garden fare this year?  What are your fave garden recipes?

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord...

Reminiscing about:
My Grandparents.  They both passed away in the last 9 months.  They are incredibly special to me, and I miss them so much.  But at the same time, I am comforted when I think they are no longer suffering and that they are together again in Heaven.  It is truly bittersweet.

An engagement at Notre Dame...how romantic!

Excited about:
Our sister Kelly is marrying Paul in September!  Will you please keep them both in prayer as they prepare for their wedding and marriage?  We're so excited for them! 


I've been reading this wonderful book Rosaries Aren't {Just} For Teething which is full of reflections on Jesus's mother Mary, motherhood, and the mysteries of the Rosary.  It has been exactly what I needed to hear as a mom of little ones.  So if you're a mom in need of a great spiritual read about motherhood, this book is perfect!

Some other books on my "want to read soon" list are:

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (again!)
Regina Doman's Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold

What's on your list?  Any good books you'd recommend (spiritual, classics, etc.)?

Listening to: 
Jon Foreman's (of Switchfoot) The Wonderlands...24 songs for 24 hours.  Just the first 12 are out now (6 on Sunlight and 6 on Shadows).  Twelve more songs on Darkness and Dawn will come out over the next few months.  I love everything Switchfoot so, of course, I love Jon's creations!  Anyone else a Switchfoot fan?

Babywearing - like mother, like daughter ;)

J and I have been wearing our babies everywhere!  I made her a sling for her birthday per her request - she wanted to wear her baby in a "pouch" too!  Now, we can wear our babies together.  Seriously, it's the cutest thing ever!

(P.S.  There's still time to enter our water sling giveaway - enter here!  This contest ends Friday, July 30 and is for US residents only.)

Can't wait to take the kids (L's first time!) to Notre Dame for a game day this year!

Looking forward to next month: 
Birthdays galore...
The start of college football (Go Irish!!!!)....
A mini-vacation...
And Switchfoot in concert...
...Life is good.

What are you looking forward to in August?

I really love Switchfoot in case you didn't catch that yet

So what have you been up to lately, friend?  

I can't believe August starts this weekend.  Wow, this summer is flying by.  I hope you've had a wonderful July! 


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