16 March 2018

Moments 03 18 - Week 03

C had his very first Bar Mitzvah to attend on Saturday night. Of course I had to take a photograph! Handsome guy. He had SUCH a blast.
On Wednesday, there was a National School Walk-Out -- the mass protest calling for tighter gun control. I'm so proud of my boys and all the kids who participated. It's been a month since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I honestly don't know what this country is thinking. If our kids can't even feel safe in their schools, shame, shame on us. Seriously. How many times is this going to happen? It just doesn't make sense.

09 March 2018

Moments 03 18 - Week 02

C was in an indoor soccer tournament last weekend. Their team lost their first game, but ended up coming back and winning the next three for the Championship. Good stuff.

On Monday, along with some other Beautycounter educators, I met with a member of Senator Tammy Baldwin’s office. It was such an incredible experience and I am SO excited! The biggest takeaway I got is how absolutely important it is to make your voice heard. She told us that at Senator Baldwin’s office, every single piece of correspondence is read, every call is listened to, and if you want a response you’ll get it. So speak up! Such an awesome privilege to get to do what I do.

I'm participating in the CrossFit Open this year. It's not something I always do -- in fact, this is only my second time. A couple of years ago, I got my first toes-to-bar during the open. I have many things to master yet, but it's crazy how far I've come along. Today was workout 18.3. I knew I could do the first three parts of this workout so decided to just get as far as I could. First round of 100 double-unders went well. Then it was time for 20 80# overhead squats, which I knew would be a struggle considering that's near my max weight. Next was 100 double-unders again, then ring muscle ups which is where 18.3 technically ended for me considering ring muscle ups happen only in my dreams. In spirit of the Open, I swung around a couple times in a lame attempt to actually get one before I finally moved on to pull-ups and modifying the rest of the workout. All I’ve got to say is thank goodness for time caps. Afterwards, I made sure to take a few minutes to stretch, which always feels awesome. Look what I was able to do for the first time ever! A full saddle. So there’s that! I’ll take it.

02 March 2018

Moments 03 18 - Week 01

H vs. spider. I had to swoop in and save the day.

Since the beginning of the school year, H has been working hard on a science project in one of his classes. Saturday was the fair. He ended up moving on to State and came in 1st place for his category, which means he got a $35 amazon gift card. Sweet!

This is my buddy Brews. It was 40 degrees outside, yet, he couldn't get close enough to his space heater. Yes, it basically is his. Maybe once in awhile his owner will share it, but for the most part, it's always set up by his bed. He wouldn't do well in the wilderness either.

23 February 2018

Moments 02 18 - Week 04

Had such a blast cheering on some of my fellow athletes at the Granite Games last weekend.

Made this Almond Sugar Cookies over the weekend. I've got to stop torturing myself like this! The boys and Brian really liked them though.

A gym friend brought his 8-week old bulldog, Diesel, to the gym on Monday. Since the boys were off of school, C came with me to meet him. Can you even?

#13 is back at it again -- this time on the volleyball court.

Me in my Beautycounter Red.

16 February 2018

Moments 02 18 - Week 03

Mornings with my guy.

Popcorn. The key to being man's best friend.

H started CrossFit Elements this week and I'm so excited. Hope he loves it.

She's definitely a domesticated animal.

14 February 2018

Early Valentine's Day Dinner


Brian surprised us and took us out for an early Valentine's Day dinner since C has soccer practice until late on the actual day. We went to Birch + Butcher, which I've been wanting to try out for awhile. I love taking our kids out to dinner. Seriously, they love trying new things, and are just so fun to experience it all with. It was such a great night.

Here's what we ate:
Charcuterie + Cheese
Kale Caesar + Crispy Anchovy
BBQ Parsnips Chili + Yogurt
Roast Meatballs, Yellow Corn Grits + Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Crawfish + Grits, Kimchi + Consomme
Butter Poached Steelhead Trout, Smoked Lardo, Roast Broccoli + Salsa Verde
Coconut Semifreddo with Lime
Chocolate Semifreddo, Toasted Marshmallow + Graham Cracker

09 February 2018

Moments 02 18 - Week 02

Friday feels.

The JV Conference meet was last Friday night at Homestead High School. Grandma came up for it, which was so great. H was in 4 events -- 400 Relay Medley, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle Relay and 200 Breaststroke -- and placed in every single event! Their Relay Medley team squeaked out a 1st place victory while the Freestyle Relay came in second. The Relays are always so fun to watch, but H blew us away with his individual races. He got 2nd out of 10 in the IM and it's only the 2nd time he did that race. The most exciting was the Breaststroke, where he missed 1st place (out of 22) by .05 second. He was sad to see the season come to an end, for sure. It was a really great one.

Grandma was a trooper and went with Brian to C's soccer practice. Then we went to Ruckus for lunch before she had to head back.

The week flew by, with C finishing up his basketball season, soccer practice, etc. H enjoyed having a little extra free time since the beginning of the school year, now that swim is over for him. The icing on the cake? A Friday snow day!!!! I've been hiring H to snow blow. He took some time out to play with Gretel, who is just in heaven. She definitely needs some help on her catch game. Whether it's a snowball or a tennis ball, she always lets it hit her head. Hilarious.

This is from my other Instagram site @conscious_consequences. Did you know I had that? It's my business account for Beautycounter. But I also put a lot of other stuff on there too. Usually healthy things, which this clearly isn't. However, a snow day certainly calls for cookies, and these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies by Smitten Kitchen turned out quite delicious.

02 February 2018

Moments 02 18 - Week 01

We ordered fish, which came shipped in dry ice. It sure is fun!

My Wednesday night view. After missing last week due to his overnight field trip, #76 was so excited to be back at his happy place.
These photos may not show it, but we've been so busy this week! C had a basketball game every single day. H has been busy with school and his last week of swim practice. The final JV meet is tonight, as a matter of fact. Two nights in a row, I fell asleep watching The Crown. I'm really looking forward to the weekend.

26 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 04

After a long week of exams, it was Parent Night at the swim meet tonight. He’s having such a great year in school and in swim, and we are so incredibly proud of this guy.

Ok, fine. It's pretty.

It's got to be really rough being this handsome.

Reunited! C was on a 3-day, 2-night school trip this week. They came back Friday afternoon. He said he didn't even miss me. Can you believe it? (He actually was surprised about that, which was kind of sweet. I guess. My baby is growing up.)

19 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 03

About six weeks ago, my mom sent a link to photos she scanned and uploaded. I finally got around to checking them out and realized, that in almost every single photo of my childhood, my eyes are closed. Or, I’ve got a totally annoyed look. Classic. There were some good ones though, including this gem. Enjoy!

Cold but sunny. A great day to watch our friend Aaron do a little ice racing.

I'm pretty sure she would not survive in the wild.

12 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 02

On Sunday, Brian took the boys skiing. I stayed behind -- I just wanted a day to be able to do things at a slower pace, and it felt great. I also took the dogs out on a celebratory walk since the temperatures hit 30 degrees outside. We all needed the fresh air.

Now, I know Brian and I do not have big kids. But I thought this photograph from C's basketball game was hilarious.

05 January 2018

Moments 01 18 - Week 01

This never happens. But it's been so unbelievably cold. And there was a fire going. Cuteness overload.

Ringing in the New Year.

The morning after at Fuel Cafe.

The boys went back to school on Tuesday, so we had a day to explore. Loved spending time at my happy place with them.

We even got to celebrate this guy's birthday since it was the day they left.

We have a basketball player! My mom's dreams are finally coming true with the youngest grandchild. He absolutely loved it.

03 January 2018

Other Highlights from Recent Days


The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of fun. We've been able to spend time with so many people and it's been completely awesome. The last of our guests left this morning, and I'm so sad about it. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people who are fun, kind, motivating and inspiring. When Yvonne (and Greg) leaves, I always feel so refreshed and alive. It's the only way to explain it.

We met Bill & Raluca at Fuel for brunch on New Year's Day. Afterwards, we came back home and Greg made pork and sauerkraut -- a tradition of Yvonne's to bring good luck in the new year. Bill brought a couple growlers which we enjoyed with it. Sadly, we had to say good-bye to them that night as they headed back to Chicago. We were all exhausted from our late night so hunkered down and watch Why Him. Hilarious.

The next day, the boys had to go back to school already! Yuck. It's been so brutal cold out, so you don't want to spend much time outside. We had a delicious, relaxing lunch at Bavette, then went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. (The crazy tapestries and sculptures are an exhibit by Jaime Hayon.) Later, we had dinner at Wolf Peach with the boys, then watched another movie -- Ingrid Goes West.  Today was back to normal. Brian went back to work. He dropped Greg & Yvonne off on the way. It's been a great holiday season, for sure.