09.24 :: book club book review

24 Sep

Tuesday, September 24: Review a book, place, or product.

A week ago today I went to my first Book Club meeting. It is my first ever book club. I feel like a real live adult.

I love reading. And since Avery was born, I have only had time to read a half of a book. Saaaaaad. Book Club gives me an excuse to demand time for reading.

There were 5 of us able to gather to review our first selection. Which was The Secret History by Donna Tartt.

Most of us had mixed feelings about the book. Such as, why don’t I like any of these characters? If I can’t relate to any of these people in any way, how do I enjoy the book? Where was the suspense? Build up to the big event? Why do I have to use the dictionary so much to understand this? Why does it have 4 stars on Amazon?

So, I didn’t like the book much. It was too long and most of the first half was very boring to me. Plus I can’t really get into a book unless I like or can relate to a character. There was nobody in this book that applied to. But it did make for some really great discussion. We didn’t even use a reader guide and had plenty to talk about/try to figure out. It was a really fun first Book Club meeting.

I get to host/choose the book for next month. My selection is Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. A.K.A. My blogging Idol. Read along if you’d like, then check back next month to see what I thought of it.

Do you have a book club? Any books you think would make for a good discussion?

09.23 :: blogtember // wonderfully weekend

23 Sep

Monday, September 23: A “life lately” post. What you’re up to, how you’re feeling, how you’re doing on your goals, etc. Bonus points for great photos!

Combo post!! Blogtember and weekend recap! Boom!


before she found the apples.




she wasn’t very willing to share with me.


they both ate their weight in apples.


that sky is so perfect. no filters, pinky promise.


still holding her beloved apple. she had a good day.

Confession: I was going to write a lovely recap of how much fun we had at the apple orchard this weekend. But I am beyond annoyed already this morning. So I feel like anything I write would just express annoyance, not fun fall times. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

09.20 :: comfort

20 Sep

Friday, September 20: React to this term: comfort.


  • yoga pants
  • big fluffy blankets
  • hugs
  • slippers
  • foods [like mac&cheese]
  • being around good friends
  • LucyCat napping on my lap
  • hot apple cider



09.19 :: very short story

19 Sep

Thursday, September 19: Creative writing day: write a (very short) fictional story that starts with this sentence: “To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century.”
The story does not necessarily need to have a conclusion – you can leave your readers wishing for more!

To say I was dreading the dinner party would be the understatement of the century. So I didn’t go. The end.

I’m not good/I don’t like creative writing. Which is why I blog about my real life. 🙂

Tomorrow’s topic is more up my alley. Hint: comfort.

See you tomorrow, Friends!

09.18 :: a photographic ode to autumn

18 Sep

Wednesday, September 18: Only photos.







09.17 :: reliving the big day

17 Sep

Tuesday, September 17: A memory you would love to relive.

Friday April 30, 2012
:: click to enlarge any of the photos ::

The Shoes


The Dress


Everyone We Love


Delicious Foods


Beautiful Scenery


Dancing the Night Away


Best. Wedding. Ever.

09.16 :: proclamation of lurve

16 Sep

Monday, September 16: Write a public love letter to someone in your life. (It doesn’t necessarily need to be romantic.)

Dear Friend,

I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. You are always there for me. You make me feel more myself, you bring me happiness, joy, and warmth. Everything a friend needs, you give. Without being asked.

You have been there for me during good times and bad. There was a time we drifted apart. When I was pregnant with Avery, we didn’t see each other as often as I wanted. But we did still see one another. It just didn’t feel the same. After she was born, we became closer than ever.

Thanks for everything you do for me.

Coffee, I love you.


wisconsin dells & wonderfully weekend

16 Sep

Before I recap anything, go to Lena B’s blog and enter this giveaway I am happy to be a part of! Okay back to business.

Another week[end] come and gone.

Jeremy had this past week off work. We took this opportunity to get out-of-town for a few days. So you, lucky reader, get a nearly full week recap. Whoop whoop!

Tuesday we headed to the Dells! I was a little nervous about Avery being in the car for so long. Last time we took a multi-hour car ride, she was 6 months old and slept the whole time. We stopped in some random town in Wisconsin, about halfway through our drive and wandered around the town until we found a park. We are our picnic lunch and let Avery run around for a bit. It was a long pit stop, but she had fun and got some energy out.


Avery loves dinosaurs!

We got to our resort a little before 4pm. Unloaded all of our crap. Did you know that 3 people going away for 4 days equals a bajillion trips back and forth from the car to get it all in the cabin? Well, it does.

Our resort gave us a bunch of travel guides and different papers at check in. One paper had all the local restaurants where they offered discounted gift cards. Reading the descriptions, I decided I wanted to try them all. Realistic, right? I did see from a fellow blogger who was just in the dells that they had a place that served your food on a train. I had to try that place!

Buffalo Phil’s was the perfect place to go on our first night. Avery loved watching the trains go by. And she was obsessed with her hat the train delivered to her.


Avery & her hat // the train with our drinks

The only problem was she wanted all the toys/stuffed animals that were on the trains. We had such a good time there.

Have I mentioned before my completely irrational fear/hatred of ceiling fans? So I was not too happy to have this looming over my head while I slept. Just waiting to fall on my face while I sleep.


I may or may not have stayed up thinking of all the evil this thing is capable of…

Wednesday started out with a flat tire on my car. Let me just tell you we have had to buy 4 new tires and now this patch all within a year. Not the best luck with tires over here. Thankfully they could just patch it this time and only put us out like 15 bucks.

After that got taken care of, we went to Mt Olympus water park. Their outdoor area closed the week before (boo!) but we got super cheap tickets. So we went to the indoor park. It was pretty fun. Avery wanted to go down all the slides. And she went down a couple with Jeremy. With not too great results. Jeremy ended the day with a completely skinned, bloody knee. Water park over.


happytimes before the crash at the end of the slide.

That night we stayed in for dinner and called it a night early.

Thursday we headed out and I had to stop at the DD! It has been forever since I have had one of their delicious iced coffees. It was just as heavenly as I remembered!


I miss this already…

After that necessary stop, we went to ride a Duck Boat. The first time for me and Avery! It was so much fun! She love the openness of the ride and the wind in her hair. She had a smile plastered on her face the whole ride.


She refused to take a good picture with me. But with Dad? Big smile.

The weather was in the mid 60s and everything was bright and crisp. A picture perfect fall day. Also, who knew Wisconsin could be so pretty?


Looking at the shore from the Duck Boat.

That night we went to the pool at the resort and played around before dinner.

Friday we had to pack up and head out. Sad day. I was having such a nice time away, I did not want to come home. But I did see some pretty clouds on the drive home.


There was one that looked like a whale, but I couldn’t get a good picture of it.

Saturday we had a family get together. Always fun to see the kiddos running around and having fun.


babies on swings

Just one question: How on earth did my niece get so big? She is almost like a grown up now. Stop it!


me and my favorite niece

Sunday was relaxed. And I got to close out the weekend with a coffee date and some girly times with my two BFFs. It was much-needed and the perfect way to end the weekend!

I hope you had a great weekend too! And on to another week of Blogtember!

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