Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby (it really is) cold outside!

 

Britton’s soccer season is in full swing and suddenly I’m wondering if perhaps she should have considered basketball (indoors!) as a winter sport.  But Alas, soccer it is and we will just have to bundle up, purchase lots of hot cocoa from the concession stand, and cheer extra loud to keep warm.

Brrst Friends via grateful simplicity

 (This is from last week’s home game– today is another day, another game).

 

Raynes is a good sport and doesn’t seem to mind the frozen snot on his face nearly as much as his Mama does (the frozen face, not snot).

Brrst Friends via grateful simplicity

Go Marauders!

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Far[m] Outside the Ordinary

It was a Far[m] Outside the Ordinary party last night and good times were had by all!  Farewell Angelina played and proceeds benefited Fresh New Start.  ‘Twas a family affair (less our three year-old) and I, for one, think we should have a picnic-style concert every Sunday night.

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

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Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

 

 

Farm[m] Outside the Ordinary via grateful simplicity

(B and K a little star struck by screen writer Michael– especially when K knew all the movies he has written!)

Life Hack {for those school mornings}

I’ve heard it all now.  It’s called a life hack.

 

(We’ve all heard of an Ikea Hack, but a Life Hack? Really?)  Whatever you want to call it- it works.

School/work mornings can go one of two ways. Chaotic or slightly less chaotic.  Lately I’ve been on a quest to make it more of the latter.

 

life hack via grateful simplicity

 

Here’s what has been working for us:

 

1. Paper plates 

Thank you Susan! Why I never thought of using paper plates in the morning beats me.  But it’s a game changer. No more leaving a sink full of dirty breakfast dishes as we make a mad dash out the door in the morning.  It all goes in the trash- it may make the environmentally conscious cringe but it makes this mama rather happy.

 

2. Selective Menu

Which brings me to the second thing– which goes on on those paper plates.  Food.  No more making three different meals for three kids (plus feeding two animals and a Mr. Robinson). Everyone gets the same thing– cereal. Trader Joe’s pop tart or cheese toast – take it or leave it.  (On a paper plate preferably)

 

3. Make Ahead Cold Lunches

Like most “duh” ideas, this one was found on Pinterest (of course).  I put a week’s worth of cold lunch box items (ready to grab cheese sticks, Danimal yogurts, applesauce, 10 ziplock bags worth of grapes, etc). in a big Tupperware in my  fridge and grabbed what I needed in the morning and threw them in gently placed them in the girl’s lunchboxes.  (The same goes for pantry snacks but we’ve had a large basket specifically for snack-ish items for a while now).

 

4. Setting Out Clothes and Bags the Night Before

Now that we all ride into school AND work (they are one and the same) together in the mornings, as Britton recently pointed out “we usually get to school when the sun is rising and often times leave when it is setting.”  7:30 am departure time gets here quick, no matter how early I rise. My kiddos have always had to lay out their clothes the night before (as does Mama) and pack their PE bag, tennis bag, soccer clothes, etc.  The bag goes by the door and so far we’ve only left the PE bag in the car once (so close, yet so far away).

 

I’m sure there are many more (like setting coffee maker the night before– but really, who wouldn’t do that?) but these are the main ones that have a real impact.  That’s all I got.  What else can I be doing to help the morning chaos? Suggestions?

Texas Fun

It was time.  Past time.

 

A mother-daughter girls trip was in order- and Mom’s book tour was the perfect excuse reason to sneak away for a few days.  We were Dallas bound for some Texas fun.

Texas Fun

 

 

I felt like Mom was a “real” author with readers driving as far as three hours (with their 13 month old!) to come and meet her.

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Thursday evening was a private book signing in a beautiful old Dallas neighborhood. They could have left me there forever and I’d probably be happy (so long as my hubby and kids could be Fed Ex’d to me there).

 

Texas Fun via grateful simplicity

 

Champagne and desserts- who can resist that?

Texas Fun via grateful simplicity

 

 

Daniel has been traveling with us Kuersteiner girls for too many years to count. I can still remember him sitting on the bed in his plush white terry cloth hotel room, calling the hotel concierge to bring us aspirin. We didn’t even know that could be done.  Hang with this guy and you will learn all kinds of tricks! (“Daniel Elrod” makes the best restaurant selections and reservations and can accessorize better than any one I know– note the butterfly lapel)

Cutie patootie!

Cutie patootie!

Our new favorite friend, Mary. So genuine and sweet, felt like we've known her all our life.   (She lost her dear dad almost two years ago, didn't know that until we arrived at her home for the private book signing event. )

Our new favorite friend, Mary. So genuine and sweet, felt like we’ve known her all our life.
(She lost her dear dad almost two years ago, didn’t know that until we arrived at her home for the private book signing event. )

some much needed bangs-- thank you the oh-so-talented and super cute Daniel!!

some much needed bangs– thank you the oh-so-talented and super cute Daniel!!

Mom, SBKJ and 'Mama Mary' -- love her!! A girls trip is already in the talks with this sweet family

Mom, SBKJ and ‘Mama Mary’ — love her!! A girls trip is already in the talks with this sweet family

Green Peridot salon in Frisco, TX [swoon]

Green Peridot salon in Frisco, TX [swoon]

butterflies everywhere!

butterflies everywhere!

Texas Fun via grateful simplicity

It was a quick trip (I was there for less than 48 hours) but packed as fun, Starbucks, Off Fifth and visiting as we possibly could.  With the screen writer now working on taking Mom’s book to the big screen I am ready for our next trip. Perhaps Hollywood?

Repost: Our Storybook Halloween

This post by Kelle Hampton, of Enjoying the Small Things, is the best I’ve read in a while.  For any mama who celebrated Halloween with her babies last week, I’m sure you can relate.

 

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(Forgive the link, I’m in the Atlanta airport boarding a plan for Dallas now to join my mom and sister for mom’s book tour.  Coincidentally, we will also be celebrating my sister and Dad’s birthday!)

PS- yes, I realize Raynes is picking his nose in the photo. A new favorite for him.