weekly mid-week mantra //

October 22, 2014 in mantra

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Because Wednesdays are like Mondays because they aren’t Fridays.
And #Moosh & family are forever. The rest is just noise.


Truthfully, I’m a little behind with life right now. We’re a full week out after my sisters wedding, and life is just starting to return to normal. Our house still isn’t organized yet, but I’m working at it little by little. Moosh has been sleeping for 13-hours a night AND napping for 3 hours each day. It’s safe to say that last weekend totally wore us all out.

Truly, however, the wedding festivities started about a month ago — at my sister, Shauna’s, Bachelorette Party. We planned a fairly low-key Bach party in Columbus. We started out the day at The Candle Lab on the Short North, for some candle-making.


After our candle-making, we made our way over to a restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. There were a LOT of us all packed at the world’s longest table. Ha! It was fun, though. And, as normal, the two sisters ordered the exact same meal (grilled cheese — we are so predictable!)

bachparty1I love that the restaurant brought her out a giant piece of chocolate cake (like that’s what a soon-to-be bride wants! Ha!!). But we all stepped up and helped her out with it. ;)

After dinner we snapped a couple of pre-drinks pictures of the whole group (not everyone was going to head out for the bar crawl). Looking at the picture in the upper lefthand corner it’s now incredibly clear — there were a LOT of us! :) Thanks for showing up, ladies!! The rest of the night was full of fairly lame, and equally awesome, mid-to-late twenties nonsense! That’s right — we’re OLD and we’re OK with that! :) That means we were eating Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and street pizza by 11 PM and in bed by 11:30! Don’t worry – we still had fun. Just old lady fun. Which is the best kind of fun — and the only kind of fun I know these days! LOL!

Fast forward a couple of weeks later… And it’s already time for the wedding! The rehearsal? Easy-peasy! The rehearsal dinner? Not-so-easy-peasy. Because Mister-toddler-in-tow is difficult when he doesn’t nap. However, the rehearsal dinner was nothing short of amazing! Dinner was at Barley’s Brewing Company in Columbus. Hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, and the worlds largest cheese plate!? [It should be noted that our family LOVES soul food/ PLUS house-made IPAs!]

Ya know what’s fun about weddings?? Crazy things happen. Like making your dad drive you to the only 24-hour Kroger in Downtown Columbus for a giant bottle of champagne and orange juice (because you were a horrible matron of honor and forgot to get mimosa fixins’ for your sisters big day!).

Chad, Moosh & I ended up getting a little bit of sleep the night before the big day, but hotel sleeping with a toddler is the worst thing on the planet. In fact, Moosh slept for about 3 hours in his pack-n-play before crawling into bed with us. Which means we didn’t sleep much at all.

Coffee was a MUST the day of a wedding. Wedding days (whomevers it is) are L-O-N-G! So I marched right into my sissy’s hotel room armed with coffee and a giant (like seriously giant) bottle of champagne and OJ!

The part of the bride getting ready? Easy. The part of getting myself ready AND making sure Moosh and the mister were ready?? StressFUL. Worst. But let’s not focus on that. Let’s focus on the pretty robes and pretty hair, shall we??

I’m still recovering from this part of the wedding weekend. So much running around and so much fun; I haven’t even had the energy to begin writing about the ceremony! That will be next!


Life since my little sisters wedding a couple of weeks ago (and my 30th birthday the day after) have been craaaa-zeeeee! I’ve had several blog posts about her wedding festivities half-written in draft form. But I just haven’t had the energy to finish them.

Life over the last week alone has been exhausting! Illness after illness after illness has hit our family in one way, shape, or form. If it isn’t us, it’s our sitters family. But this week I really took things in stride. There are things that happen that are beyond our control (ie: everything).

For instance, Moosh started coughing like crazy late Sunday afternoon. It came out of nowhere. Like, really, no where. He was fine. And then he wasn’t. He was coughing up a storm and screaming bloody murder. He was so inconsolable and I was so worried that I called my neighbor to come check on us. Chad wasn’t home and I didn’t know if I was freaking out for nothing. It turns out they did think there was reason for concern, but nothing that couldn’t wait until the morning. So first thing Monday morning our pediatrician got a call. And we had an immediate appointment. Followed up by a nebulizer for daily breathing treatments. :( Bummer? Yes. But it totally helped him. Even if we did spend 2.5 plus hours waiting for the nebulizer prescription to be filled. (PS. Cranky, sick baby + 2.5 hours in a waiting room full of old people and medical equipment = almost my worst nightmare — it could have been worse, y’all. He could have been throwing up.).

The rest of the week was just normal. Prepping for Ari’s big 2nd birthday, which was Thursday. And then, like clockwork, I got a call while getting ready for work Thursday morning. Our sitters 2 year old son was throwing up. :( Bummer? Yes. But? That meant that I spent his whole birthday with him!

By the time the mister got home from work, the presents were wrapped and the festivities were set to begin! He loved his cake and his presents, but I’m not 100% certain he knew what was going on. But he DID know what to do with wrapped presents!! Finally!!

The next day was my normal day off from work. So Moosh and I slept in and then went to a local pumpkin patch for a hayride and pumpkin picking. It was hard to get him away from the other activities to actually pick out a pumpkin.

And when we finally did, he picked out a pumpkin that the dude decided not to even charge us for — he said it would rot within a week. Ha!

Oh well. We had fun.

Other notes from the weekend include a Moosh & Mommy hike at our local Metroparks. He was super excited to pick out lots of acorns and rocks to bring home to show daddy (yep – definitely a boy).

Oh – and a notable 8-mile run. My first long run since the half marathon. It was rough. But I made it! The beautiful fall morning scenery definitely helped (and so did my running partner!).

And right after I completed my run, I registered for the Pittsburgh Marathon 2015!! A FULL marathon! AM I INSANE!?! I guess so!

So yeah. It’s been a heck of a week! Ups, downs, and craziness for sure. But such is life, am I right!?


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