7QT: Award, Faith, Tantrums, + all the reviews

Happy Friday!

1. Christian Leader

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Last week Ollie got his first award at school for being a Christian Leader…. I know I teared up, too. The description was all the nice things of putting others before themselves, being helpful and kind to all, etc etc, but funnily enough we have been having such hard days after pick up because he is exhausted?? upset?? angry?? all at once and takes it out on me and that day when we got into the car he was being such a stink and I know I shouldn’t have said it, but I said, “Ollie, you aren’t acting like a Christian leader right now” and he said, “Well, I’m a Christian leader at school… NOT at home.” Ollie 1, Mama 0.

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2. Have a Little Faith

Have you guys seen this video from 2 years ago making the rounds again?? I forgot about it! I still love it so much and think that Blythe totally nailed it. B, how’s it feel to be part of a series that Rafael Solano is also part of??

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Advent and Things

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Happy St Nicholas Day! The kids got the usual chocolate coins and this year they got medal necklaces! Oliver got Our Lady of Olives. She protects from lightning and helps protect pregnant women in the hour of delivery which fits his birth story and name completely.  I had the sweetest thought of him having this medal growing up and one day giving it to his future wife when she is pregnant. All the tears people.

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Atlas got the Holy family. It’s also a sweet story because he has been having a hard time at bedtime saying that he needs us to protect him. </3 We have tried all the angles of his brother and sister being in the room, us being so nearby, and his guardian angel PLUS the siblings guardian angels all being there with him but it hasn’t comforted him at all. One day I was looking at medals and he said he wanted a necklace too and we went through a few basic ones for him— Saint James, Guardian Angels, a Marian, but he said, “None of those church things make me feel protected” with a frown and almost tears. Then a minute later he said, “I know, I want Baby Jesus! Baby Jesus make me feel protected” so I showed him one of the holy family and he said he wanted that one. So today I put the necklace on him and he kissed it and said, “I feel so protected” </3 </3 </3 Protected! Who is he. (but about an hour later he wanted it off so…. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)

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Prim woke up a good 45 minutes after the boys and snoozed her way over to her shoes and ate some coins without the slightest reaction. She loved her necklace of Our Lady of Fatima (from this etsy shop!) and was starting to turn it into a lovey but then wanted it off as soon as Atlas said he wanted his off. Oh well!

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Advent has been going pretty well! We got our christmas tree early this year and realized with all of our rearranging that we didn’t have a spot for it. First we tried over in our dining room but it was too cramped (but the lighting!)

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So then we rearranged our living room AGAIN and found a spot for it cozily tucked in the corner.

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What else Advent-y…. the Jesse Tree! We have the beautiful Jesse Tree cards hanging from Blessed is She that Erica designed. I was part of a Jesse Tree ornament exchange last year so now we have a set that we paired with this ultra fancy Target gold tree (our advent wreath needs a serious redo next year).

The kids are loving it. Probably the part of getting to hang the ornament beats out the little prayer we say, but still. Love these traditions for us as newish Catholics.

 

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What else what else….

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Oh, we’ve been neglecting Poppy a bit and with her crazy shedding + rainy weather she’s been a mess so we splurged and got her to the groomer for the first time ever and I swear, my love for her doubled. She was so clean and polished that her puppy behavior was so much more tolerable because she looked more like a puppy again and not some haggard stray. So there is her Advent/Christmas present. She’s only 9 months and look how giant she is….

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Anyway, gotta go sneak some of those mini toblerones. Happy feast day!

7QT: October/November

Wow, I’ve been MIA on here for a little while. Anywho, lemme dump it all out!

1. Pumpkin Patch

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idk, we took the kids here like a month ago so let me try to remember how that went down….. oh yeah! We very quickly got lost in the corn maze and backtracked out of the entrance. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We actually didn’t end up getting any $pumpkins$, but the kids got to ride a horse for the first time! Primmy was on the tiniest pony and I think we all died a little bit with how cute she was.

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2. School y Fikes

I still feel a bit of nostalgia and longing to homeschool, but then Ollie’s school does something really awesome that reaffirms our decision to send him. Like having a dia de los muertos performance. Ollie had a few lines that he nailed and they all looked SO CUTE.

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Halloween + All Saints’ Day

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Happy All Saints’ day! We had so much fun yesterday. Ollie started out the day with a Halloween Parade at his school. He is so funny. When I ask him about school, he is so reserved and emotional about it but I got there at snack time and he was at the table with the 7/8th graders schmoozing around!? All these people kept passing him saying, “Awww Oliver you look so cute! You’re my best friend!”!?!?!?!? Taking after his dada.

Anyway! His class had to dress up as princes/princesses. There were 3 categories for prizes: most original, most holy, cutest. Can you guess which Ollie won over the 8th grade judges with? Who is this kid!?

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Atlas and Prim hated the entire thing and judged everybody.

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Chilling in my cart

I’m not the only one who puts a bunch of stuff in their carts online and just waits and waits for there to be a sale, right? I’m obsessed with my You Need a Budget because it allows me to feel a little less guilty when I buy myself clothes. I can shift money no problem to buy the kids another cute sweater from Zara no prob, but when it comes to me spending money on myself I clam up. SO. Long story short. I put away money in my clothing category in our budget so when Anthro finally has a decent sale, I can purchase without feeling like I’m the most selfish, wasteful person alive. But since I roughly capsule wardrobe, when something tears or needs to be replaced, it’s kind of essential. Like I only own 1 long sleeve shirt and now that Ventura is getting chilly, I think I may just have to bump my closet wildly up to 2 or maybe 3 long sleeves. -__-

I also know that black friday has the bombest deals, so I’ve been putting away some money to take advantage. By no means am I getting all of these, probably just a few items in the end, but still can’t help snooping and swooning over them. Here’s my haul of stuff just waiting around:

 

SHIRTS

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1. Plaid Tee from Madewell: okay, NOT long sleeve but it’s just so cute. Would be such a great addition to my fall capsule.

2. Mustard long sleeve from Anthropologie: I usually stick to more neutral colors now that I capsule, but I seem to always find ways to accent with a nice mustard. I love the length because it can easily be paired with leggings.

3. Blush Scoopback Tee from Madewell: Again, not long sleeve but I have a feeling this cut will be my go to year around. I love scoop neck and the not quite short, not quite 3/4 sleeves #fashionblogger. They also have this in black and grey so I may just need them all.

4. Charcoal long sleeve from Anthropologie: This is such a classic Jenna shirt. I love the scoop, I definitely would want to try this sucker on because I can see that top seam turning it into a maternity like shirt, especially on my body type. But still. So cute.

5. Black Turtleneck from Anthropologie: Okay, funnily enough I really don’t like the way crew neck shirts look on me that much, but somehow I feel like a turtleneck will be awesome. Idk. Gotta give it a go, but could be SO chill. What do you think?

6. Black Lace Tee from Anthropologie: I’ve realized that I don’t really have clothes that can be worn out on date nights outside of a couple dresses. This shirt might just be my middle ground for a day to night transition outfit.

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