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Weber Week + Detoxing

So I really didn’t mean to let this space go, but last week we were on vacation, and this week we’ve been hurled right back into regular life.

First, vacation. We spent a week with Joe’s parents and siblings, the first time in a few years that all of us have been together. We rented a big house in the Minneapolis area and had fun exploring, playing games, and just hanging out. Joe and I introduced his family to Spaceteam (a fun chaotic app game), the girls coaxed his mom into her first-ever pedicure, we took the girls to the zoo for the first time (thanks for the tip, Jenna), hit up the Mall of America, and the kids loved all the extra attention from everyone. Grace was Grandma’s little shadow all week, and I’m pretty sure Sophie thinks that Aunt Marian’s name is Bubbles, because of all the time (and patience!) Marian spent blowing bubbles with the kid.

Dear Old Navy, thanks for the free balloons. You made the day go so much better and gave us a very content toddler. Love, Francine

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full disclosure: most of the photos I stole from family because I was terrible about taking any)

Before I forget, another reason I didn’t blog while we were away was that Joe was putting the finishing touches on his studio’s website, which has been many months in the making. It turned out pretty awesome, so you should really check it out.

And I guess that brings me to this week. Vacation detox hasn’t been as bad as it was after NY, but Joe has been working day and night, since last Sunday, thanks to an annual event that’s really pretty cool but means lots of nighttime hours. Tonight’s his last night (yay!) and I really hope I’m not jinxing it, but thus far, we’ve survived pretty well.

Granted, I’m tired all the time so our bathroom is still grody and there’s been days where we haven’t gotten dressed, but for the moment, the dishes are all! washed! and nobody is crying in protest of bedtime, so I’ll take it. While in Minnesota, Sophie discovered crayons and Grace discovered tearing pages out of the coloring books, so at any given moment the house is littered with coloring book pages and Sophie is asking one of us to draw Elmo faces on the pages she’s not scribbling. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that the new little Picasso has been trying out other mediums:
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So This is Advent…

and what have we done?


Sophie is enjoying scrounging for bits of dried up frosting and sprinkles that Grace leaves on the floor… Merry Christmas, kid.

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Seven Quick Takes

Linking up with Jen and Co. for takes in multiples of seven

1. Checking in from the frozen tundra. Okay, so Christy may have bragging rights as far as the whole coldness thing goes, but 3 degrees (feels like -15) isn’t exactly running weather, no matter what the instaweather app says. Continue reading


We’re not sending Grace to preschool this year, even though we’ve been asked more and more recently. I want another year with her home, and the whole not-potty-trained yet thing is another factor. I did acquire some little preschoolish workbooks and activity ideas that I plan on using with her over the next year though. She loves doing little projects and needs a bit more structure. Plus, she seems to behave a bit better if I give her some undivided attention for awhile, so during a lot of Sophie’s morning naps, I suppose that is what we’ll be doing.

You know that thing where you read a children’s book together, then do an activity or have a snack that goes with it? Like, you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then eat a bunch of fruit or leaves or whatever that worm eats? Well, I always thought that it would be a cute idea, but usually don’t plan very far ahead, so it never happens. And then, Grace received a book for her birthday that I knew I could make work.
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