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All sorts of crazy

This week is one of those weeks when there is so much going on that if I stop to think about it I freak out.

Movers are coming on Friday. We are moving into a hotel. And the dogs can’t come. They have to go to the farm. Three hours away. And Blake has a lax tourney in Detroit this weekend. Three hours away.

I am taking pics of the end of year 8th grade dance tomorrow night. After Blake’s lax practice. But I need to be packing and haven’t planned anything for the pics at all.

Because we have to be out. That’s all I can think about.

It sorta sucks.

So two weeks in a hotel and then a week at the beach and then we move into the basement of our house. How do you pack for that? With no laundry? I have no idea.

The girly put this crown on my head and said that I get whatever I wish for- my wish was 10 minutes without the youngers fighting. That’s it


Shiloh in my car- loves going back home to 470. She misses her big yard and jumps in my car every time I leave the rental.


The boys had a hard one hour practice last week- one hour. Seriously. They acted like it was five.


The 8th grade boys played two great games in a tourney and we celebrated at Deweys Pizza


Austin got a Varsity letter (as a 10th grader) for running a mile in 4 minutes and 45 seconds.


A bunch of 10th graders hanging out


Life with boys- a magnet of Blake on the fridge gets defaced (or de-balled) by Cole


Time at Cosi at the water table. I have spent time there for the last 14 years.


These two have a love-hate relationship. Like an old married couple. They will probably get married some day.


In front of me at Starbucks. Um yeah. Sigh.


When you bring middle schoolers back to work the E street carnival snow cone machine it can get kinda crazy


Tired baby after the e street carnival


When your landlords live behind you and spy on you constantly your life can kinda suck


Cole getting well-fed at Nate’s house


Memorial Day parade in Wo-town. It was a good one.


So when you forget to wash the lax jersies that were supposed to be turned in that night and you do a last minute speed wash with a big dose of frebreeze and hang them out the window to dry on your way to the banquet chances are if you live in a small town someone you know will see you and take a pic and bust you.


But that’s the way we roll in Wo-town.

Seriously looking forward to the end of the year, to summer, to getting back into our house. Blake is being heavily recruited by the rowing team. He seems interested. But really wants to still play lacrosse. Who knows, not sure how I feel at this point. I love a sport with a good community- rowing might be that way. I am ready to leave this year behind.

Gretchen P - sorry you have so much craziness! after the comments from the landlord, I can understand moving, but it just makes things more difficult! Hope you can get to relax when you hit the beach in a few weeks. At least the school craziness is coming to an end, one less thing.

lisa - i have loved reading your blog over the yrs..and girllll i dont know how you are doing it w/o drinking a ton! lol

anyway a friend is moving to ohio..hubby got teaching position at OSU…she is looking at homes soon..i have told her how fun where you live looks..she would fit in with you and all ur friends..
any areas you can suggest?

Julie - I think the magnet of Blake was actually “balled” by Cole, not “deballed” :)

I had a dream last night that plane tickets to Columbus from NJ were only $70 so we were all going to have Cousin Camp there – maybe I should go check, but only if travel would be more than 4 weeks from now. Hang in there!

Tiffany - Hang in there girl…at least the beach is only a few weeks away!


hannah - Your landlord is a freak. Just saying.

I hate that you have to leave the doggies…but at least they will have some fun chasing rabbits and digging holes at the farm :)

The magnets are killing me. Boys are just flat out strange.

Asparagus Penne Pasta

This dish is a staple at our house.  I usually make it without the chicken but it’s good either way.  Only 1 our of 4 kids will eat asparagus though.  I use big shaved parmesan and lots of red pepper flakes.




1 (16 ounce) package dry penne pasta (I use whole wheat)

2 tablespoons of olive oil

3/4 lb. chicken cut into bite sized pieces

4 garlic gloves minced

12 ounces asparagus- cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 cup shaved parmesan

salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute chicken until firm and lightly browned; remove from pan. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet. Cook and stir garlic, asparagus, and red pepper flakes in oil until asparagus is tender. Stir in chicken, and cook for 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Toss pasta with chicken and asparagus mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Laura H - Made this tonight! It was delicious! I am a vegetarian, so I made mine with fake chicken…yumm
In a totally unrelated comment…has anyone ever told you that you look like the lead singer from “Of Monsters and Men?” I was watching them sing “little talks” and thought she looked like you! Very down to earth!
Love your blog!

iphone style

A cookout with friends- and a little music


Blake and Kyle got their hair done

Backyard lax

EvQ was here

Headed to Savvy Workshop and the plane had plugs- bonus

Some of my housemates


I so want a Jimmy like this

The chefs were awesome

One of our photoshoots

I missed them

Came home to find the lax team airsofting in the backyard

We got drywall upstairs


I want this painting

soaking up the sun

Hanging at 470

wiring for front porch speakers

The girlie is ready for our house to be done

When you have a million 8th grade boys running around your construction site and then a million 10th graders show up too sometimes the WoPo show up to make sure they aren’t getting into trouble.

And sometimes one of them gets into trouble. Just kidding- this was totally staged. When you live in a small town it turns out the cops coached some of the kids in lax when they were younger and volunteer to do selfies with them.

Love these two

My car is in the shop so we have this Dodge Charger for a few days- Austin was all over it.

And that’s a wrap

Savvy Workshop

I have been home for well over and week and I still haven’t been able to go through my images.

End of the year craziness and our landlords deciding to put the house we are renting on the market (so therefore we have to put the stuff in this house in storage and move into a hotel for the next few weeks) has made me a bit crazy.

I just want my house.

I thought I would throw up some images from the workshop- I haven’t done any editing but honestly this chick didn’t need much editing!


Her name is Emme and she is awesome


And she’s only 15


I chatted with her mom for a bit about their decision to move the fam to 30A- something we would love to do!!


She was such a sweet girl- beautiful and living an awesome life at the beach


So many more pics to go through…..

Elizabeths - 15???!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! And lives at the beach too?? Ugh don’t like her already LOL

Monday evening lacrosse


Blake is #62 on the right with the long pole. He plays defense so he stays by the goalie.


I realized that I had no pictures of him playing for probably the last couple of years so it was time to grab a few.


I love this one of his bud Brendon- he plays attack and scores the goals.



This one cracks me up. Just a bit of a size difference


And for the grandparents if you want to see him play- here is part of a game from last week that one of the dads recorded. You can see him on the left side about 50 some seconds into it. Once you find him he is easy to follow. We won:)

Hannah - He’s a giant! You did a great job catching action shots. I try to with the kids soccer, at least one game a year i’ll take my camera and the 70-200, but mine always look like the kids are having seizures or something.

Susan/Gramma - Thanks for the game shots. This is a strange sport in Texas tho starting to catch on in spots. Andy gave me a good recap of how they play during a visit last year – and we love to see Blake in action.

Elizabeth - he’s a big kid! Hope all is going well for you and your having a wonderful week Elisa!!