09 November 2018

Moments 11 18 :: Week 02

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The Betty Brinn Gala with Ali. (Scott was unfortunately sick.)

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Brian and me <3. Wearing my friend Carol's vintage Donna Karan dress. You guys, I ran into her at Trader Joes, and she insisted I try it on. I'm so glad I did. I typically don't love dressing up, but felt amazing.

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Last U15 Fall team soccer game. Our third trip to Green Bay. This team was such a blast and I know C is already missing it. They ended the season 7 wins, 1 loss.

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This was Monday. Can you tell we spent all day Saturday cleaning the leaves? Ugh. And now there's snow. And leaves.

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This old guy. He always sits with his rump roast elevated. It's so cute! Which is good. He's gotten into the garbage two more times this week! What is up?

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Don't leave me, Mom!

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Epic dodgeball tournament. The dream team here ended up losing their second game, and coming in third. C had been looking forward to this all week. And wearing his unicorn onesie (intended for Halloween, but he couldn't make it trick or treating this year -- glad he finally made good use of it).

02 November 2018

Moments 11 18 :: Week 01

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Day of the Dead bread. This is the “presentation” version. The “taste” version was a different recipe, and ended up coming in first place. Yep, we maybe spent all day making bread, but he came out with some extra credit AND a Qdoba gift card. Big win.

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Pumpkin carving night. This is one of Brian and my least favorite things to do. Isn't that terrible? But the boys love it, and every year still ask when we will be carving pumpkins. So as long as they keep asking, of course, we'll keep carving.

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The best was Brian contemplating over what he was going to do. At one point, he got super serious and said he needed a moment to sketch it out. I expected some grand plan, but he came back with this drawing. We were dying laughing. So ridiculous. And so funny.

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The finished product.

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Family portrait, Halloween edition.

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Welcome home, Mom! Ugh. Seriously, can you believe this old man? (Gretel is crated during the day so it most definitely was him.)

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Speaking of Gretel, it appears that someone has developed a fear of rain! Out of nowhere. Our critters are crazy.

26 October 2018

Moments 10 18 :: Week 04

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A brief snow shower came and these two were all about it. First of the season!

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C and I went to the Twenty One Pilots concert. I was excited to go with him of course, but was honestly blown away. I totally see them again. It was such a great night.

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These two. Always begging.

19 October 2018

Moments 10 18 :: Week 03

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Homecoming 2018. H went with a group of friends this year. Pizzas at our house and watching the Brewer game beforehand. He had a blast.

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Me and my guy. He decided to wait until 5 minutes before his friends came to actually try on his clothes. Nothing fit. Imagine that. So ended up a little casual IMO, but he said (and his friends agreed when I picked them up) that he was completely appropriately dressed. So fine.

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Last JV soccer game was on Monday.

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H ended up having the best game yet this season, with the first goal of the game and an assist. The score ended up 2-2.

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Such a pretty girl.

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This is freaking crazy, but the boys had off of school today so Brian took H on his first college visit. Here we go, I guess!

12 October 2018

Moments 10 18 :: Week 02

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C and I were in Schaumburg Saturday & Sunday for the Sockers Tournament. Their team had 2 wins, and a loss. C scored two amazing goals, one of which was a header that he said, rivaled Van Persie's 2014 goal. I was too busy watching in awe as it happened. It was incredible. Unfortunately, during the last few minutes, he fell on his head and really banged it. He was unable to play the second game, but came back the next day and was back on. Meanwhile, H refereed a bunch of games on Saturday, and Brian made it back from the Pablove ride. It's so nice to be back together.

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We had stopped at the Japanese grocery store on Saturday, but it's when C's head was throbbing and he didn't have much of an appetite. We had also introduced one of his teammates to it, so we both ended up back there for lunch after the game on Sunday for some ramen.

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And this amazing ice cream concoction.

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It's been a weird week. Super hot, and now super cold. And kind of rainy. It also brought some fog, however, which I absolutely love. So pretty.

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C had his last cross country meet -- probably ever -- on Wednesday. Again, it was raining non-stop the entire day and I fully expected it to be canceled. But no. He ran the course in 14:01, so about a 7 minute mile. Definitely not as fast as he used to be, but holy cow, I think that's amazing. Especially considering he only shows up for meets and doesn't train.

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These two kooks.

05 October 2018

Moments 10 18 :: Week 01

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C had a soccer game in Oregon, Wisconsin. I was kind of dreading the fall season. At U15, most of the kids are in high school, and some are in 8th grade so they form one team for fall. As it turns out, he's having an absolute blast.

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Brian left Saturday for Pablove Across America. Tomorrow (the following Saturday) they pull into Children's Hospital in LA and he comes home Sunday. Yay! It's been a busy few months, and we are looking forward to having him home. What an amazing accomplishment.

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The Nicolet JV team played Whitefish Bay on Tuesday. This is always a good game, and they ended up losing 1-2.

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Warm October days are the best! The screened-in area of house is one of my favorites.

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Taking of advantage of my favorite season with a walk with the dogs.

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Cross country meet. C had to miss the last one due to a migraine. Only one more left. Per usual, he hasn't made a single practice. It's so nice they let him do it.

28 September 2018

Moments 09 18 :: Week 04

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I just luv this old guy so much.

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Gretel vs. the turkeys. Proof that the invisible fence is working.

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She's so pretty! I love how my photos have turned to dogs all the time again. Guess that's what happens now that the kids are back in school.

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Visited my friend and her new, cute, chubby baby.

21 September 2018

Moments 09 18 :: Week 03

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Loved getting to watch #29 on the pitch and the NHS JV team’s second place finish at the tournament in Green Bay this past weekend.

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It wasn’t pretty, and it didn’t last but a few seconds, but I did a yoga headstand for the first time ever. Don’t ask what made me even want to attempt this in the first place. They are not easy!

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Brian was in Japan for work last week and brought home these caramels (and Kit Kits: green tea, sake and wasabi). What I cannot get over is the beautiful packaging I’m such a sucker for those kind of things.

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Make yourself comfortable, Storm! It's definitely getting to be Fall weather when this guy starts hopping in the bed. Not sure why he needs to sit right on my spot though.

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Came across this photo series from Malta this summer. Not sure what we were doing, but they make me 😀.

14 September 2018

Moments 09 18 :: Week 02

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The boys took me out for a birthday dinner celebration at Tre Rivali. I always forget how absolutely incredible it is. But first, we enjoyed cocktails on the rooftop of The Journeyman. It was such a great night.

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Time flies when you are having fun! Brian & I celebrated our 19th anniversary on Monday. Crazy. Unfortunately, he had to leave for Japan for work bright and early. But there will be time to celebrate.

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The boys were off of school on Monday for the Jewish holiday, and H finally got to take his discovery flight. He's looking at being a commercial pilot, and is hoping to start his private license in the next year.

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One of my favorites. The instructor took this.

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Middle school sports started up again. C had soccer on Tuesday, and Cross Country on Wednesday. Not sure what his time was, but he came in 20th overall, and 3rd for his school. Pretty good!