Birthday Weekend.

If I had a dime for every time Holden reminded us it was her birthday weekend- I would be rich! Luckily, she picked some really fun things for her fifth birthday weekend. Saturday we went with Elsa and Kelley to the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America...

Davis was at Ski Jammers- he is not as into it as I had hoped he would be...but it's a long day and they are just getting started, so I hope it will get better! Then Sunday, because it was so warm- 40 degrees- we decided to go ice skating! I was supposed to go cross country skiing with some friends- but one of them cut her finger pretty badly so we couldn't go. We did a really fun brunch at one of my favorite restaurants instead- and Bennett took the kids to breakfast and to church.

Anyway- yesterday afternoon- we went ice skating. It was packed- we were not the only ones taking advantage of the weather!

Holden woke up in the middle of the night with a fever- this will be the third time she has been sick since we got back from Texas- and Davis has been sick once as well- so we have had a kid home sick each week since we have been back. Oy vey. I fly out to LA tomorrow for work, and Bennett has his whole team in town for meetings today and tomorrow- so I'm crossing my fingers she feels better or we figure something out.

Other than that- I'm happy to get out of dodge and into some truly warm weather for a few days. I haven't been on a shoot since October so it's been a while.

More later! Happy MLK day. What an amazing human!!

Holden Turns Five.

I cannot believe that five years ago, Holden came blissfully into this world just as silently and sweetly as she remains today! The best thing that has ever happened on Friday the 13th, for sure. 

Last night we blew up a bunch of pink balloons and put them on her floor, we wrapped presents, and we grocery shopped for her requested breakfast- eggs, bacon and waffles. And then as we all scrambled to celebrate, eat and get ready for work, she looked at us and said "Everyone has to sit at the family table (they usually sit at the bar for breakfast in the morning) and sing happy birthday to me..." and we did. And she shyly looked down like this was catching her by surprise. HA. She is such a ham. 

She opened some gifts (Nanny- I got her a really cute princess game and a sleeve of 12 different princess chap sticks, from you and grandpa, that she was super excited about), her dad and I got her a veterinarian barbie doll with a bunch of baby animals, my sister and mom got her the cutest FATBOY bean bag and some adorable little Dora the Explorer dolls (with Spanish DVDs) and little Davis got her a game called Pop the Pig. She was a happy little clam.

Today she will have cake at friends with her school, tonight we will go to her favorite pizza place with the Ohmes, and then tomorrow we are going with Elsa and Kelley to the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America. :-) Should be a very fun birthday- and I know she will make sure we spread it out all weekend long!

Then Sunday, my girlfriends Sofya, Jackie and I are going cross country skiing! None of us have been, and we are bringing flasks of booze, and it is going to be GREAT!

Here are some pictures of my sweet girl- the perfect blend of sweet and kind and sassy and driven. I cannot wait to see what she does in this world. She is the best.

And a picture of her out in the snow this week!

Savannah.

We had a blast in Savannah- I think the only people that might have had more fun were Davis and Holden, with Nikki. But I will save that for another post. Today- we review the shenanigans of the Austin clan. We definitely made our mark on Savannah. Lets just say that place will never be the same and it's a good thing we got out of there after four days. 

Honestly one of the VERY BEST things was getting to spend time with Courtney and B. We miss them so much, all of the time, so it was great to get a random weekend together.

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The boys acting cheesy at the bar. It was this AMAZING bar in the basement of "The Pink House" - where apparently slaves were held back in the day- which was totally creepy- but the bar and the house were absolutely fabulous looking. So much history- bad and good.

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And then we made friends with the lounge singer/piano player.

And then because one of our buddies plays the piano- and all of us love to perform- we ended up taking over the bar with a booze-infused renditions of "Tiny Dancer" and "Piano Man". They ended up telling us the bar was closing- and then I overheard the manager saying "Diane- I had to tell them we were closing. Those people would have NEVER left..." which is probably true. It was only 11. They would have had us for at least three more hours.

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The wedding itself was super formal. No cameras, no clapping, no nothing. It was a lovely church, very ornate and even austere. Then we headed to the reception- where we danced the night away.

AND the bride and groom singing karaoke. I did "Santa Baby" if you're curious- and it was a hit!

Oh Davis.

I will definitely write and post pictures about our weekend in Savannah- to sum it up until then- it was FUN and we had so much FUN we are still exhausted from it. 

Today, I have to capture a few things that Davis has said or thought that really tickle my funny bone or warm my heart. First...tonight we were lying in bed, talking, and I was asking him what he hoped Santa would bring him for Christmas...

He thought and then said "a karate chopper" and started doing silly karate moves, so I said "okay, okay, for real: what are you hoping santa brings you?" Again, he thought and said "Peppa Pig..." to which I said "No really, I'm wondering...what are you hoping Santa will bring you-" He interrupted me and said quite seriously "Peppa pig." So I paused for a minute and then said "You want a peppa pig for christmas? Okay, we'll tell him..."

Then he looked at me and said "No, I want it for my little friend..." and he paused, and I already knew exactly what he was going to say next. "My little friend, Freya...she loves Peppa Pig."

Have I talked about Freya here? I can't remember if I have mentioned her here, but she goes go school with Davis and I'm not sure if she is younger, or if she just looks younger and smaller, but she has down syndrome...so she is unique. And Davis is SO SWEET to her, it kills me. He asks her for high fives, he leans down to talk to her, he holds the door for her...it just kills me. And now he wants to get her a Peppa Pig.

So after I recovered from that moment- I then started talking about what we should do over Christmas break and I started talking about how fun it will be for Davis to play Uno with my grandpa. We grew up playing uno with my grandparents at their cabin...and it's so fun to see it all come full circle. Anyway- I was explaining my grandpa's history with Uno and how he would love to play with Davis and Holden and then...he paused, looked at me, and then said "Should I go easy on him? Or HARRRRD?" I died laughing.

So then we said our prayers and I said some things like "Thank you God for Davis' kind heart- how he cares about his friends and he looks out for those around him..." and then after the prayer was over, I said "Davis- you make me so proud. The way you treat people is so kind. And you know, there is nothing more important than how you treat people..." Insert silence (I was having a real heart-swelling mom moment just thinking about it) and then I said "You're going to do great things, Davis." And to my surprise, in a way that felt very sincere and wise beyond his years, he said "Yep, when I'm bigger mom, I'm going to do great things..."

And as tears welled in my eyes, he said: "WRESTLING FOR MONEY..."

BAHAHAHAHAHA. He kills me. 7 might be my favorite age.

Christmas Cheer.

We just booked our tickets to Texas and we are SOOOOO excited! We've been trying to do a little Christmas something each and every day...whether listening to holiday songs or making Christmas cookies or looking at lights or whatever...

Here are some pics from our last few days of fun!

The kids were SO excited to have hot cocoa- especially with multi-color marshmallows. But as you can see by their faces- they were a little underwhelmed after the first taste. Holden said "This tastes like rotten chocolate..."

So we moved on to cookies...

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And I tried to make some stew over the weekend. Looks like it will turn out amazing, right? But it's just okay...and I have a lot of it...I do this new thing and I make a soup or stew every sunday, almost. I love it. 

Also, Holden and I had a "Who Wore it Best?" showdown at one of our many visits to the doctor this weekend.

And Holden drew a pretty great Christmas picture, also while waiting at the doctor.

So we're just full of Christmas cheer. And it's 20 degrees here- coldest day of the year so far...and Nikki gets here tomorrow. We are all so excited. It's a tricky thing- while I'm dying to go to Savannah, I also hate missing my sister's visit. Just glad I will get to spend more time with her in a few weeks.

Holly Jolly!

 

Joy of My Heart.

Seeing Davis thriving, seeing him smile and giggle and feel calm and confident is truly the joy of my heart. And I get to see a lot of it lately- in fact, this weekend I took him to gymnastics Saturday and then we ran a few errands and I laughed so hard, so many times. He's funny. He makes jokes, he pulls pranks, he gets subtle nuances of funny human situations...he's really enjoyable to be around. 

I made him get his hair cut on Saturday- he was long overdue...and I asked him if I could take his picture afterwards...and he was SO hysterical. Kind of trying to do this eye roll, side eye, cool guy look. And as I tried to capture that, I laughed so hard, and then he laughed so hard, and this is what I got:

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And then the money shot- where he looks like a dang sixteen year old.

He's just the best.

Influenza.

Holden has been sick and home from school from last Wednesday. And when I took her in on Thursday to see the doctor, they gave her a strep test, and it came back negative. And that was that. But she seemed to get worse over the next few days...so I took her in again yesterday where she tested positive for influenza. Blech. So she has been sick and I can't help but think that it's going to be a domino effect from there- just because the flu is so contagious. But I've been popping airborne and drinking emergen-c like nobody's business to try to ward it off. 

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Doctor's visit one. Look at sweet Holden- even when she has the flu- she keeps a smile on her face and tries to have fun. She is such a little joy.

Chicken soup for the soul...

Doctor's visit #2. 

But don't feel too sad. We did have some fun this weekend too. We set up our manger that nanny and grandpa gave us. Holden calls it "God's Farm" which I LOVE. And she plays with it all the time and also adds characters like Rapunzel and Peppa Pig. Might be a little blasphemous, but how do you tell a four year old that? And it sort of makes me giggle to find a sparkly princess lady up in the manger scene with Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Kind of perfect, actually.

And on Saturday, I got to spend a lot of time with little D, who is just quite the comedian these days. I need to get him into acting. He's really funny. And that is what my post will be tomorrow. 

Gotta run! Hope all is well with you.

Global Warming.

Well it is strangely warm here in Minnesota. In fact, the weather guy said yesterday that the weather was typical of a day in mid-September. There is no snow on the ground, and my kids are running around without jackets.

And it makes it a bit hard to feel like it's almost Christmas. Reminds me of living in Texas where I would play Christmas carols non-stop the whole month of December to get myself in the mood for the holidays. 

Now I'm not complaining- because I realize it could be like -20 by now- but I'm just saying. If you don't think global warming is real- come visit Minnesota. Poor polar bears.

So anyway- we're starting to think about Christmas now- and because we've left it so late- tickets to go to TX are outrageous. So we're thinking of selling our plasma or possibly driving to Texas. I'm not sure which is crazier. (Not really thinking of selling plasma- don't panic).

While it sounds sort of fun- thinking about 18 hours in the car with our kids might be the recipe for a total family meltdown. Bennett was like "It will be great- we'll make memories..." and then I reminded him of the four person blow out on the drive home from St. Cloud a few weekends ago. The 1 hour drive home from St. Cloud. So we'll see. I really want to go home- I'm ready to get out of here for a bit. 

Tonight I have a workout. Thursday I'm helping celebrate my friend Ellie's birthday (whom i used to see all the time and whom i haven't seen since like july), and then Friday we are all going over to Krissy and Patrick's house for dinner. That will be fun- they are always a good time.

But Bennett and I are home all week together- so that is always nice. We are going to get a Christmas tree this weekend and then Bennett is going to take pictures of the kids for Christmas cards- hopefully I can get that together this year. We'll see.

Hope you are in the Christmas spirit!

Catching Up.

my grandparents sent Davis $50 via check for his birthday- so he felt quite rich and quite fancy with his check. he was very intrigued and curious about how that check turns into cash. and because I can deposit it into my bank from my phone- it really is sort of magical- to a kid anyway.

so he got to pick out whatever toy(s) he wanted to spend that money on- and he pulled out all the stops. introducing: the mega nerf gun shooter.

and yes, when you put it together, it's certainly the same size and height as he is. he loves it and we are being pelted with nerf bullets left and right. 

we also had our first snow! it has already melted, but it was fun and really got us into the christmas spirit. bennett went out the next day and hung lights on our house and front tree. we agreed this year that we would try to decorate earlier so it doesn't feel like we are taking it down right after we put it up.

last weekend we went to the minnesota wild hockey game- it was so fun. we drove around downtown st. paul first and admired all the lights and then we ate dinner and caught most of the game against the colorado avalanche. it was the first time we have gone as a family of four- and all in all- it was pretty successful.

a rare moment of love at dinner. so sweet.

and then we've also been working to get little D equipped and ready for his first season of ski jammers. starting in january, four eight saturdays, he'll travel with coaches and a busload of children to local ski hills to learn to ski and ski around all day. he and brooks are doing it together, so i think they'll have fun. he is pretty proud of his gear.

And of course we've done some mundane things like grocery shopping...

And Honey got here Wednesday! We have had the best time- I'll share more pictures later- but it's really been fun. In addition to the fun we've had together- I was able to go with my friend Jackie today to get some stuff for my planters in front of my house. She has a little side business called Bloom and she does this for people every season. It was so much fun and I think it looks GREAT!

And tomorrow, my mom is taking the kids to a hotel to swim and stay overnight! OH MY LORD I cannot wait. :-) She offered to do it for fun and to give Bennett and I a chance to have a break and be in our house by ourselves for a bit. Unfortunately, Bennett had to go back to Texas for a funeral for a high school friend of ours- so it will be just me...but I think I will figure out how to enjoy myself. :-)

Hope you have had a great Thanksgiving!

Golden Girl.

Holden was in Rachel's wedding just over a week ago- and she did a lovely job. She took it very seriously and was just such a doll. She led the little flower girl down the aisle and told me at one point "Mom, if she doesn't want to walk down the aisle, I will just pick her up..." which left me a little nervous picturing her trying to hoist a meaty little two year old in a fluffy dress up on her hip whilst throwing roses, smiling and waving. Luckily- of the four kids in the wedding- all four walked down without incident. 

We had a great time and man you should have seen little Davis dance at the reception. Everyone was taking pictures of him and he just felt like a million bucks. He danced SO hard he gave himself a cramp. HA. Wonder where he gets it. Holden kept insisting that he pick her up and spin her around and was quite angry when D started to get all the attention by going solo on the dance floor. There were certainly some impromptu break dancing moves that were a big hit.

I'm writing this from Denver where we are doing a shoot with Von Miller- the Denver Broncos guy. Flying back tonight and then my mom comes tomorrow! Yahoo!

These guys clean up pretty nice too. :-)

Packing Up and Going Home.

I'm on my way back to Minne from a day trip to New York. It had to be a day trip because Bennett is also traveling this week. Funny enough, I was sitting in the airport talking to him and I said "You know, the only thing I think Trump was right about is how shitty the La Guardia airport is..." and he said "Wait- you're in La Guardia? So am I..." So there you go, that's a look at our lives right now.

And most of the time I like that, being so busy, being challenged and working so hard that you feel completely spent at the end of each and every day. But today was the first day in a LONG time that I remember thinking "Man, I just want to pack it up and go home. I'm tired. This is hard. And I might be done with this." And by this, I certainly meant work, but I also meant more. For the first time in at least a year or so, I seriously thought and maybe even dreamed about just going home. To my friends. To my family. To warm weather. To everything I know, that is comfortable, and in many ways, easy. 

I'm tired. And that sounds a little bit heavenly today. 

The things I went on to think are what makes me realize that it's not so simple. I realize the going home that I think of really isn't there anymore. I'm not 30. I'm not at a place in my career where I just get to show up and have fun and do the basics at work. My friends aren't all going out every weekend and playing downtown. 

And even if I was 30, and my job was simple, and my friends were just having fun...knowing what I know now, seeing what I have seen, learning what i have learned, it wouldn't be the same. There is a quote about the hard thing about moving and trying new things and being different versions of yourself, and it captures so much of what I feel - and I don't remember exactly how the quote goes, but the point is this, the more you go, the more you grow, the more you change, the harder it is to feel at home...because you leave little pieces of you everywhere you've been. Man it makes me tear up just writing that. It's a beautiful thing, sure, but it's also a bittersweet thing.

Growing up is hard. Being an adult is even harder. 

I think I just need a break.

But that will have to wait because this weekend I'm going on an overnight with two girlfriends, then Monday I fly to Denver, then Tuesday I come back, then Wednesday I work, then my mom will be here Thursday for Thanksgiving. Gotta power through at least one more week until I have a little downtime. I need to figure out a way to recharge- at least to carry me a bit further until I figure out a new plan.

Maybe I'll go work on an elephant preserve.

 

Disappointment.

I haven't written much over the past two weeks- and it's really because I have been so incredibly disappointed in a few situations, and they've really sort of taken up my mental and emotional focus. The main thing, honestly, is the election. I almost can't even write about it, it feels so raw and honestly, so personal.

It's really the first time I have been disappointed in my country. And it really has nothing to do with parties. I've always had friends that are a mix of republicans and democrats, conservatives and liberals. I have voted republican, I have voted Democrat. But I have never, ever, in my life believed that the American people are so misinformed, so selfish, so hateful, that they would get behind someone like Donald Trump. It still feels like a joke that has gone incredibly bad. A joke that turned tragic, overnight. 

America is about hope, about acceptance, about opportunity. For all. The irony of how many Americans got behind the idea of shutting out all of those things for so many people is simply too rich, too thick, to even understand.

Who of you, did not come from immigrants? Who of you is superior in God's eyes? Who of you is defined by their body parts verses their hearts and minds? Who of you is superior to those next to you, simply based on the luck of where you were born and who you were born to? 

And don't even get me started on Christians that stand behind his ideas around deportation or building a wall or blocking refugees? Is there no room at the inn? Was your savior not dark skinned and from the middle east? 

If you picture Him as a blonde haired blue eyed American- then you are missing the boat by a longer shot than I imagined.

And what about your mothers, your sisters, your daughters, your wives? Can you look at them and say that you voted for a man who does not respect them as equals? Who will literally put more and more people in office that will resurface and strengthen the glass ceiling we are working so hard to break?

Some days I tell myself that people don't really understand what they voted for. Because if it was clear and intentional- I don't know how to rationalize such selfishness and hate. And it feels very heavy to wake up every day and think about a nation half-filled with such selfishness and hate. 

My heart is heavy and I honestly feel so angry- I don't even know how I will get through the next four years. This is not my president. This is not what I believe in.

Golden Birthday

Today is Davis' golden birthday- since he is turning 7 on the 7th. We basically celebrated all weekend...but the highlight was his party at SkyZone. Every single one of the friends he invited attended. They had a blast. He is a happy little boy and I am so thankful.

Stream of Consciousness.

Things that are on my mind...

1) TEEP is back. So Davis goes to Kids Club before and after school since his school starts at 9:10 and ends at 3:45. And he loves it. And his (and every other kid's) favorite person at kids club is a guy named Terrence Patrick, Teep for short. Picture a 35 year old guy in cargo pants, always with a soccer jersey on from another country, with the kindest, slowest speaking voice, who really pauses to hear every word that you are saying, and makes sure he is waiting for you to hear every word he is saying...and that is Teep. And Davis (again, among many kids I'm sure) built quite the relationship with Teep last year. We also built a relationship with Teep and during frustrating times at home, Bennett and I would joke about how we wished Teep could raise our children. So imagine our dismay this summer when we heard he wasn't coming back? I know it sounds ridiculous, but I was sad for days. Teep really understood Davis. And I would hear him handle challenges with Davis by saying things like "Listen Davis. I know it's hard. But if there is anyone that can do it- it's you. You are the hardest working kid I know. You have changed so much and I believe you can do this...I know you can do it." So I always knew that if something went wrong at Kids Club- Teep would be there. So again, cue the tears when I heard he was leaving for another job. We took a while to figure out how to tell Davis, and when we did, he was super disappointed. 

He's had some challenges at Kids Club this year - and each time I've wondered how things would have gone if Teep was still around. So. Monday am I took Davis to school and as we walked in, Davis shouted "TEEP! Teep is back!" I looked over and behind a swarm of small children, there he was, playing battleship with one lucky little girl. I went over to say hello- thinking that he was just visiting as he has done before- but when I asked him how his new job was going he said "No, I left. I'm back for good. It wasn't a good fit, and I just missed this place..." I was so excited. Everyone was so excited. Literally, as I left, nearly walking on air, I could hear all the children whispering and shouting "TEEP is back! He's back again! Teep is here to stay..."

Can you imagine having that impact on people? A good example of someone sharing their gifts and living their purpose. I love it.

2) Bennett and I went on a date a few weeks ago and pretended it was a first date. It started as a joke, but then we kept it up the whole meal. It was SO fun to ask questions and hear the answers fresh. To flirt or challenge each other like you just met. We laughed about it all night.

3) Halloween was great! Holden was Kylo Ren and Davis was a sword wielding skeleton.

Oh and then there was this guy- I'm not sure what he is calling this look...

4) On Tuesday nights Jenny picks the kids up and Bennett and I go to a 6:00 workout at Orange Theory together. It was so difficult last night, we felt like our arms were just going to give out. Afterwards we usually have a bite to eat somewhere. It's nice to have one night a week where you don't have to rush from work to get the kids, get home, do the routine, and then get back on your computer again. I'm super thankful for Jenny and Tuesday nights.

5) It's three weeks till Thanksgiving. And then it's a few more weeks until we go to Blake's wedding in Savannah. Oh and don't forget Murphy's wedding which is next weekend. I ran around the mall this weekend trying to find comfortable and wedding appropriate clothes for Davis. 

6) It's starting to get cold. The leaves are falling...and this year, we waited for all the leaves to fall in the back yard, which made for a really hard day on Sunday. Oy vey. The boys did most of it while Holden and I were at a birthday party, but we did help for a few hours when we got home.

7) Davis' birthday celebration starts Saturday. He invited about 10 friends to Skyzone- an indoor trampoline park for a few hours on Saturday afternoon to celebrate his birthday. Then Monday is his actual birthday- so we'll let him choose what we do for dinner, open gifts, and celebrate again. Lucky kid. Holden thinks he's going to give her some of his presents. 

Well- that's all I have for today. Hope you are having a good week!

 

Day Three.

My final post about Disney. And good thing because I have other things to talk about. :-)

PS Before I get into day three- I want to write this down because a) i don't want to forget it and b) it will make you laugh. So Holden calls her private parts her "pagina" - I think she got this from Penis having a "P" and I think it's so cute, I don't correct her. She doesn't say it that much, so it's sort of a non-issue. So imagine our surprise when the waiter at the nice seafood restaurant we dined in at Disney asked us if we would like to see a desert menu and Holden responded with: "THAT WOULD BE MUSIC TO MY PAGINA...!" with a giant grin. We all nearly spit out our drinks and the waiter blushed from ear to ear. I've never heard her say that phrase before- let alone pairing it the way she did. She is a hoot.

So anyway...here are pics from our day at the animal kingdom park.

This made me (and everyone around us) laugh so hard. And she was so embarrassed when she realized what had happened- she cried. But I couldn't stop laughing. Oops.

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Before the big Everest roller coaster ride. Bennett had to bribe him with three dollars to do it- and when they got started down the big drop, Davis looked at him and said "This is worth five, dad..." 

Holden was too short to ride- so I consoled her with an ice cream cone. Works every time.

Back at the hotel arcade later that night. Where Davis spent is hard earned $5.

Back at the animal kingdom lodge where we stayed- it was pretty cool that many of the employees there have come over from Africa- they've studied animals or environmental sciences and working at the animal kingdom afterwards is part of their internship program. Very authentic.

Thanks Disney. It was fun!

 

Day Two.

The kids were spent after the exciting day at the Magic Kingdom- so we were excited to sleep in and have a leisurely day by the pool. We also went to Disney Springs that night where we had a great seafood dinner and then walked around to the stores - including the mega Disney store and a Lego store. 

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Lego derby!

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It was a lovely day!

 

Disney Day One.

Well we're back from the magic kingdom and a good time was had by all. My mom was waiting for a play by play or probably like video slips of squealing and excitement from the kids- but to be honest- they thought Disney was fine and really enjoyed the hotel pool just as much, if not more than the parks. So there you go. Had I known, I would have taken them down the road to the Water Park of America hotel and spent the money on a new fall wardrobe instead. HA! But as I said- we really did have a blast- it just wasn't necessarily because we were at Disney. 

The lines are long, it was hot, and I think my kids are a bit more free range than amusement parks allow. Anyway- here are the highlights in pictures.

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It's Fall, Y'all.

And we had a great, low key (for us) weekend in Minneapolis to enjoy it. Friday night we had family dinner at Edina Grill...and then Saturday, we went to gymnastics, we did some things around the house, and we played Pokemon Go, walking around the neighborhood. It's a virtual reality game that you use on your phone and it's like a treasure hunt using Google Maps. Anyway- to a kid- it appears that Pokemon characters are hiding in your very neighborhood and then of course you have to find them and catch them.

Saturday night we went to dinner at this great restaurant, Tilia, and then we went to a housewarming party, and then out to the VFW for karaoke with Jenny, Ann Marie and Josh, whom we haven't seen in forever. 

Then today- we went to church, I planned Davis' birthday party (at Skyzone), read TIME magazine (I never get to read during the day!!!) and then we drove out to a pumpkin patch.

It was a really fun weekend. And I'm happy to be here- until Wednesday when we go to Disney!

Bi-Coastal.

I was in New York last week, spent the weekend in minne with Honey, and now I'm back in LA.

BUT, next week, when all this work is done...we are headed to DISNEY WORLD!!!

Sorry for being MIA- gotta push through this!

Love you all.

Sam

Ryder Cup.

So I guess the Ryder Cup is a pretty big deal. All of Minneapolis was abuzz about it. In fact, my office was incredibly quiet on Friday due to all the festivities. I guess it's pretty fun to have such a prestigious event take place here. Minneapolis is getting on the map. 

Anyway- Bennett was busy all weekend with the Ryder Cup. As you will see in pictures, he popped in occasionally, but mostly he was working (read: partying his brains out). 

So in the meantime, the kids and I made a few plans of our own.

Friday: B was in town for the Ryder Cup, so I left work early and met him and Davis for a quick drink at the Tavern. Then, I picked up the kids, and we went to Sarah's for a family sleepover. She has anxiety about staying by herself and I am sympathetic to that and usually get talked into staying over when she asks...but I think that was my last time. I'll stay late, but I want to sleep in my own home, in my bed, where my kids go to bed before 11:00 pm.

Saturday: In the morning, Jenny came to watch Davis and take him to gymnastics, while Holden and I drove to Blaine Minnesota for Rachel's bridal shower. I really had no idea what to expect- but it was so sweet that it was basically the bride and groom's family and Holden and I. They all oohed and aahed over Holden and talked about how much she looks like Ramona Quimby. "Acts like her too..." I would always add on.

Sunday: Kelley and I went to an early workout, then we met up with Krissy and her kids and went out to the orchard. It was unseasonably hot and incredibly packed- so it was just sort of okay- but it was a nice way to pass the time. Then in the afternoon, we met up with Kelley, Jack and Elsa at our neighborhood park, before going to go get groceries.

Late last night, B and Bennett got home, and OH the kids were so excited to see B. Davis was ecstatic! So the weekend is over, and I am tired. But I guess I tend to choose tired over bored. Bored will kill ya. Moss doesn't grow on a rolling stone...

So this week, Bennett leaves for Dallas Wednesday, Honey flies in on Wednesday, and I leave for New York on Thursday. ZOINKS. Maybe this next weekend will be a bit more relaxed. I hope so.

Here are some pictures of all the activities in the meantime.

SLEEPOVER FESTIVITIES:

Any time we have done this- Brooks and Holden bunk together- and Davis sleeps with me, while Brooks' brother, Bennett, sleeps with Sarah. Ha.

MURP DURP'S SHOWER:

QUICK VISITS FROM DAD:

Loving the gear from the Ryder Cup!

FALL FUN AT THE ORCHARD:

Bedtime snack with their best bud, B!

Hope you had a great weekend too! More to come.