Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Bucket List 2017

Pumpkins

We may not have accomplished everything on our Summer Bucket List but hey #goals. Fall is my favorite season and I decided it would be fun to make a Fall Bucket List. We may not finish this list either but it is fun creating it and dreaming about all the fun adventures we might have. 



  1. Go apple picking
  2. Carve/ Decorate pumpkins
  3. Visit Swanson's Harvest Festival 
  4. Splash in the Rain
  5. Do the Pumpkin Bash at the Woodland Park Zoo
  6. Start a knitting project
  7. Create a cold weather reading nook
  8. Buy some new candles
  9. Watch a fall movie
  10. Go on a hike
  11. Go on a leaf hunt with the kids and do art
  12. Fly a kite
  13. Paint gourds
  14. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  15. Watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade (on tv)
  16. Take a Ferry trip
  17. Go to Olympia and visit the Children's Museum
  18. Head to Suncadia for the weekend
  19. Make soup
  20. Get a new plant
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week in Review 9.16.17

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Molly started Kindergarten on Monday and then that afternoon, Scott left for India. It was a busy and emotional week but we powered through and did quite well. I am really enjoying the walk to and from Molly's school. I have a feeling I am going to really like it when I can leave Maggie at home in the morning with Scott and walk Molly alone. 


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Exercise

I got in 4 
workouts this week - two boot camp classes, a barre3 class at the new West Seattle location, and a barre/cycle class at Community Fitness. My hip was really hurting me on Tuesday so I've been trying to take it gentle this week. I told the instructor at the barre/cycle class about my leg and hip area hurting and she suggested that ride slower at a higher gear. It felt pretty good.  I also took a few epsom salt baths to loosen up the muscles. My gym also had a surprise flood but the pro trainers were able to adjust the workouts and keep everything running smoothly as the owner worked to get everything back in place. I also started walking Molly to school everyday. It's about a block and a half away so I've added 6 blocks to my walking everyday which is bumping up to my 12,000 steps goal. I've really enjoyed it. 


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Food


Food this week has been all about school lunches. I honestly LOVE making lunch and putting it in a cute box. I have been keeping them fairly simple so Molly can just dive in and eat. She has already complained about not having enough time to eat. She also said the chocolate pieces I've put in her lunch are her favorite part. Ha! The lunches are coming back mostly eaten so I feel good about what I'm packing. All veggies continue to be rejected. I'll keep packing them. 


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The Girls

Molly started her first day of Kindergarten and has already been enforcing the classroom rules at home. She got nervous on her second day heading into class so I followed her in and then gently shoved her into the room. The rest of the week went just fine. Maggie and I surprised her at lunch on Friday which was great. We had a really rough Friday morning and she looked so sad when we first saw her and brightened right up when she spotted us. 


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I re-started the Peaceful Preschool with Maggie. It gives us a good activity between preschool pick-up and elementary school pick-up where I can focus Maggie and help her learn. Otherwise, she just watches tv or trashes the house. Neither of which excite me. Also Maggie loves glitter glue and even though she isn't quite using it in the way I imagined, it is making her very happy. 


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The girls also started ballet again. Maggie is doing pre-ballet/tap again this year and Molly has moved up to Ballet 1. They are with their favorite teacher, Ms. Holly and I have high expectations for this year. 


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Other Goings On

Last Saturday, Maggie's preschool class (the Kangaroo class) headed up to the Outback Kangaroo farm to check out the kangaroos and other animals. It was so much fun even with LuLu, the angry kangaroo attacking kids. 


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

August Book Report

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I worked hard to get through the 2017 Summer Book Bingo but missed it by a few books. OK I missed it by 6 books but I'm still planning to read them. I had a month of books that I didn't really love except the first one I read. However, I've already turned that around in September which thrills me to no end. 

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I read "1984" by George Orwell for the "Published the year one of your parents was born" category in the 2017 Summer Book Bingo. 1984 is an amazing book. This book was simply amazing even though it took me longer to finish than it should have. One line hit too close to current events and summed up the book so well - "Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship." I know why 1984 is a classic. 

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I read "You are a Badass" by Jen Sinciero for the "You've been meaning to read" category. I was so excited to read this book. It honestly it was a slog to get through. I've been reading it since the beginning of July and just did not connect with her message. All of it sounded like something I've heard before and things I actually say. I could see where this could be a message for others but for me, there wasn't a connection. 

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I read "Goodbye Vitamin" by Rachel Khong for the "Finish in a day" category. Another book I just felt meh about. I enjoyed the writing and the subject matter was interesting but somewhere along the way I didn't love it but I still finished it in a day! It was a Seattle Refined book club pick and the discussion about it was amazing! I love our book club. You can watch our discussion on SeattleRefined.com.
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I read "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield for the "About art or an artist" category. Another book I just felt meh about. It felt a bit too preach to me but I'm still glad I read it since it has been in my list for ages. I think I had too many "self-help" books this month and I was not in a "self-help" mood. 

Yearly Book Total: 31/52

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