Coffee Date Friday

Coffee Date Friday {#38}

Come join me for a coffee date!

Sorry I missed our coffee date last week!  We arrived home from Florida on Thursday evening and it was almost 10:30 pm CDT by the time we got home.  The kids were troopers but they were so tired by that point.  N in particular had reached the end of her rope and was sobbing hysterically (to the point that we couldn’t understand what she was saying) as we were driving home.  We took the weekend to recuperate and everyone was very happy to go back to school/work on Monday.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you all about the excitement in Kansas City lately — the Royals, our major league baseball team, is in the American League Championship Series!  I’m sure that sounds like a total snoozefest to a lot of people, but we’re all pretty excited about it.  It’s been 29 years, when they won the 1985 World Series, since the Royals have made the playoffs.  That is the longest playoff drought in the history of American professional sports.  The ever-complaining Cubs and Red Sox fans have NOTHING on us Royals fans!

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Sewing with the boys in blue in the background. Doesn’t get much better than this!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that Baby J is on the verge of walking!  He’s getting really confident at standing without holding on to anything and has even taken a few wobbling steps by himself.  It’s so freaking adorable when he staggers over to me, falls in my arms and laughs hysterically at himself.

If we were having coffee today, I would also tell you that in addition to walking, Baby J is also getting distinctly closer to talking!  The other day he was passing a little basket back and forth with Baba and every time she told him “thank you,” he would repeat “tan too” back to her.  As the third child, Baby J gets the short end of the stick in many ways, but he certainly is communicating MUCH earlier than J or even N did.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’m very slowly getting back into my early-morning habit after vacation.  Before we left, I had been consistently getting up at 5:30 am for about 3 weeks.  I loved that I was able to get my workout done, make all the kids’ lunches, get myself ready and still have a few minutes to sneak in some knitting before J and N would get up.  Since we’ve been back, I’ve managed to get up early enough to squeeze in my workout, make lunches and get ready, but I haven’t had enough time to sit and knit while I drink my coffee.  I really miss that time.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I got on an apple kick this week.  Something about getting home and feeling the distinctly fall-like weather in the Midwest made me really hungry for apple everything!  So I made a big batch of homemade applesauce (which, if you’ve never had it, is about 100 times better than any storebought applesauce I’ve ever tasted) and an apple pie.  And since that apple pie was gone in 2 days, I made another one!

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Pie in the works!
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It was happy to be apple.

If we were having coffee, I’d also tell you that we managed to squeeze in a trip to the pumpkin patch last weekend.  Our October somehow got crazy busy so it was our only opportunity to go before Halloween.  We just ended up at the Deanna Rose Farmstead, which is a children’s educational farmstead in Overland Park, KS.  It was the perfect speed for us this year.  The kids got to play a bunch of games, eat ice cream and get a pumpkin but we didn’t have to tromp through an actual pumpkin patch.  And we finished with plenty of time for Albert to get out to the stadium for the Royals’ last playoff game against the Angels 🙂

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Me and Baby J headed to pick out a pumpkin.

Quote of the week:

Me: Ok guys, no toys at the breakfast table.
J & N: Ok, mommy, we won’t take any toys.
J (in his next breath): But can I take just one toy?

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

2 thoughts on “Coffee Date Friday {#38}

  1. I’d tell you that as spring pushes up the temperature gauge & the days lengthen, I feel more cheerful & inspired than ever.
    I’d tell you that I’m as proud of my youngest pulling on her Lycra for shotput & loving every minute of athletics as I am when I see my eldest fly across the stage as light as a feather in a flurry of tulle & ballet shoes.

    1. It’s so great that each of your girls have found something they love!

      The transitional seasons are usually my favorite. It’s fall here so our days are getting shorter and colder. I love being able to snuggle up in my sweaters and jeans and my knitting needles are calling my name more often than my sewing machine.

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