7QT: Flu, 10k, Gravendor, + Little Women

Here’s the bi-monthly blog post you all have been waiting for!

1. Stomach flu

We went out to breakfast for my grandmas’s birthday and Prim celebrated by barfing up all her chocolate pancake and hashbrown shreds all over herself, me, carseat, car while we were 1.5 hours from home! Atlas went down next (luckily at home) and Ollie, me, and Daniel all survived with only stomachaches. This photo was taken 5 minutes before she barfed…

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2. 10,000 steps to Mexico

… is the name I have given my very rigorous exercise plan I started a few weeks ago in hope of looking alright when we go to Mexico at the end of the month. I got a new Albion fit swimsuit that actually made me feel BETTER about myself after I put it on so it is definitely a keeper. My goal has been 10k steps every day M-F. I’m pretty sure my neverending laps around the house to hit 10k is kind of stressing Poppy out but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Pretty sure the only physical change has been my booty butt (as my kids call it) getting smaller… I should be happy but I would have preferred you know… like my thighs or waist or love handles. Why can’t you choose where you lose inches!?, but it feels good to doing something consistent everyday.

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7QT: Arrowhead, AncestryDNA, + Annoying Things

It’s not Friday but feels like it should be so why not jump into 7 quick takes a day early.

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1. Arrowhead

We had SO much fun in Lake Arrowhead. We went last year for New Years too, but this year was better because there was actually snow at the cabin so we didn’t have to drive even farther up the mountain to find some. Highlight was sledding. We brought a shovel and helped carve out a very intense sledding hill that probably wasn’t very suitable for little kids, but we dragged them on it anyway. Ollie said the sweetest thing to Daniel while sledding—

“I think Our Lady of Olives is having fun, too.”

“Is she watching you?”

“No, she’s right next to me.”

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Primrose was pretty much crying the entire time sledding because “snow in my eyes!” but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, we didn’t let it ruin us taking a cutesy photo together.

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2. AncestryDNA

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GUYS I AM SCANDINAVIAN. Dreams do come true. I feel like calling the blog Wilber Huset is now justified. Daniel got me AncestryDNA for Christmas and I made him give it to me early so I could send it in ASAP. I’m a little surprised by my breakdown because I thought I would be less British—still a lot, but not 55%, and more Italian (my olive skin and features) + Europe West (I’m French and first generation German). I had suspicions of being Spanish and Scandinavian so that’s cool to be validated. I want to have everyone do this. Have you done it?? Tell me about your results!

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2017 Reading List

Happy New Year! Last year I made my first ever 2016 reading list that ended up being mildly successful. I mean that it was successful in the sense that it actually helped guide me to carve out time to read, but I was too ambitious and thought I would be able to get around to more than I actually did. But! Here is was I was able to get through this past year:

 2016

The Way by Saint Josemaria Escriva

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Chiara Corbella Petrillo by Simone Troisi

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Throne, John Tiffany, and “JK Rowling”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling

The Temperament God Gave Your Spouse by Art Bennett

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife by Sigrid Undset

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (the tiny Hogwarts library one, not the screenplay)

 

It feels so impossible to say the best book I read this year because almost all of these were amazing. I found so much truth and beauty in Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife— like crying my eyes out worthy and One Hundred Years of Solitude was like nothing I have ever read before. All the Light We Cannot See was astounding. Pride and Prejudice was my first ever (I KNOW!) Jane Austen novel and I was blown away. The definite flop was Curse Child. Ugh, don’t get me started.

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Anywho, I am going to steer away from monthly goals because I realized I just bounce over to whichever book seems more appealing at the time so I’ll just keep it an undefined list. Here is what I am thinking for 2017:

 

2017

Little Women by Louise May Alcott (started in 2016)

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Cross by Sigrid Undset

Gunnar’s Daughter by Sigrid Undset

Catherine of Siena by Sigrid Undset

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Emma by Jane Austen

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Confessions by Saint Augustine

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling

 

 

Short and sweet, right? I didn’t want to be overly ambitious again because I wanted to leave room for my ever changing mind and not feel pressured to plow through a book in order to meet some goal. Just taking it easy breezy in 2017. I also stuck with many of the same authors because I guess when I know what I like, I stick with it but also I feel like before 2016, I had quite a lull in reading so I want to get many of these classics read. Excited to get going!

 

What’s on your list?

 

 

 

 

#2k16bigsur: part 2

Man, I am REALLY good at hammering out these trip recaps. Months back we took that trip to Big Sur? I even wrote out part 1 some odd ago? Anyway, let’s try to finish this out so you can watch the video (that’s all you came here for, right?)

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We left off with Prim barfing in the van. Luckily that didn’t last very long and her recovery was quick. We went to Mass at this little chapel a couple minute drive from the campground called St Francis of the Redwoods. They only have Mass there once a month and we happened to make it! We took up 50% of the room and 100% of the noise. It was so great.

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2016 Recap

2016 was a beautiful, but hard year of growth for me as a person. Plenty of hardship, but SO much goodness happened and here is a little (maybe not so little) monthly recap from this last year full of run on sentences and absolutely no fluidity.

 

January

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We also spent last New Years in Lake Arrowhead which was so amazing. The house was a masterpiece and the time to reconnect as a family was needed. I also got my dream hair via hair queen Shurie. I still can’t believe I went so short! We took Star Wars obsessed Ollie to see Force Awakens and it felt like something so special to take our kid to see a new Star Wars film. He said one of my favorite quotes he’s ever said ever right at the end of the film when the credits started rolling, “I still remember Jar Jar Binks”.

 

February

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Like practically every other family, Star Wars kind of took over. Some of Prim’s new words in her then small repertoire were “D2″ and “BB-8″. The top right is from a random day trip to LACMA which makes me feel a little bittersweet at how easy it was to just go wherever whenever before Ollie was in school full time. Plus look how cute 1 year old Primmy was. We went to Disneyland and the highlight by far was meeting Kylo Ren WHO WAS TERRIFYING. Just look at poor Ollie. Lastly, the great debate of 2016: Daniel’s possible RyGos spotting. If you witnessed the feud on Snapchat between us vs Blythe, then you know.

 

March

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1.5 year old Prim was just so funny. I think it was sometime around now when she started calling everyone “PooPooMan”. We took only the boys to California Adventure and it was AMAZING not having a napping baby with us. Radiator Springs Racers forever. Our Archdiocese acquired THE Bishop Barron over the past year-ish and attending Holy Thursday Mass with him as the presider was so beautiful and a highlight of the year. And Easter! Ended up being super hot and us having a swim party. Best.

 

April

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Atlas turned 3! He always has seemed older than he is, so 3 was a long time coming. Looking back at these photos from earlier this year reminded me of how much of a paci guy he was! Biggest change of the year was us getting Poppy! She was sooooo little and fluffy in comparison to the raggedy beast she is now, jk jk. It was so silly watching her tiny little body trying to herd the kids all day long.

 

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