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Weekend Recap

November 7, 2016

After work, we packed up the kiddos and went to the big town of Forest River, North Dakota for supper. Being it was the first Friday of the month, they had a prime rib special. Jude made himself at home in the bar resturant and both boys put on the charm. Jude even got M&Ms from our waitress in return for smiles and kisses. For this mom, plain beer and great company were the highlights of the evening!

On Saturday, our foster-child’s sibling came over for a play date. I was extremely excited to see that our local movie theater, River Cinema, had a sensory-friendly showing of the movie Trolls. To make it sensory friendly, they keep the lights on, the volume low, and allow you to walk around. At one point, I believe there were 5 of us parents standing so that we could wrangle the kids running around the theater. I was so appreciative of this sensory-friendly option. With it, I was able to take three kids to a movie without any added stress. I hope this option continues to be available in the future! The kids said they loved the movie. 

Attention Parents:  If you take kids to this movie, bring a book… unless trolls farting cupcakes is your forte.

Sunday was another beautiful day outside! We went to my parents’ farm and my mom took some great family photos of all of us. Although we will not be able to use photos of our foster child in our Christmas card, I am so happy we will have the photos to remind us of our journey as a family of four.

Monday Morning
When I was in college, I loved daylight savings because when the bars close at 2:00 a.m., it is really 3:00 a.m.! As a parent, I despise it. A 5:00 a.m. human alarm clock named Jude made sure that we had PLENTY of time to play before school. Uffff.

Happy Monday! 

Save $1 on your latte everyday – Weekday Recap

October 7, 2016

A weekday recap with subpar photos from google images:

1. I got done with my work early one afternoon so a girlfriend and I went to a matinee and watched Sully. Although I  probably should have done this first, I am thinking about ordering Captain Sully’s book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. When looking up the Parenting Preview, I was a little shocked at the PG-13 rating. It looks as though it received this score due to the profanity. I would personally rate it PG-10.


2. I have rediscovered my love for matinees. We may have been the youngest attendees at the movie but it was great having a mostly empty theater, no lines, AND I could stay awake for the entire movie! The great thing about movies is that I am forced to be away from my phone and relax for an hour or two. My vacation was short lived when I turned my phone back to find a voice message telling me we had a sick kid.

dog watching a movie with popcorn and coke

3. Oil changes…Oh so glamorous. Please do NOT EVER pay full price for an oil change. I got $15 off this morning with a coupon code I quickly found on my phone.

15 off

4. With two little guys living in our house, I always try to come up with ways to make weekly tasks more efficient. I have used the “Club Pickup” option at Sam’s Club for two weeks now and it really helps save time and money. Due to the fact that I always find extra (unnecessary) items when I shop, this forces me to only get what I absolutely need!

5. After having Jude a year ago, lattes didn’t seem to give me enough of a caffeine boost. Once I did a little research, I changed up my Starbucks order. I know you are just DYING to know what I get. The wait is over. Here you go…

In my best Starbucks language: Grande Misto with Non-Fat Milk + Sugar-Free Vanilla + at children’s temperature.

Translation: An overpriced BUT convenient beverage in a medium cup that tastes like a vanilla latte but isn’t. It is filled with coffee, steamed milk, and sweetener. PLUS it is cool enough for me to drink immediately.

Caffeine: One 2 oz double espresso shot (which is in a latte) has about 80 milligrams of caffeine. Whereas a 12 oz brewed coffee has about 120 milligrams. So actually there is more caffeine in an average cup of drip coffee than in espresso.

Cost: I save just over one dollar each time I order a misto instead of a latte.


5 ½ . I wasn’t impressed with my marathon time two weeks ago so I am going to try get my goal time again this weekend. Stay tuned.