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Around Here

Hi Blog!

I’m getting bored with these trip posts, so today let’s take a break to talk about what’s been going on around here lately.

Are you as happy as I am that Fall has arrived? It’s still hot in Pennsylvania, but there’s that bit of crispness in the air to show that the seasons are changing. Yay!

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I am feeling especially thankful these days to be back into our school and home routines. I do love me some routines! Taurus much?

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Soccer season is in full swing so our Saturday mornings are spent on the field. The weather has been perfect for this so I can’t complain. The boys have been playing hard and I love to watch them.

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In addition to Soccer, they both signed up for a running program that culminates in a 5k. Littlest said that he wanted us to run the 5k as a family. I foolishly agreed. This week, I broke out my super fashionable knee brace and 80s music mix and restarted the Couch to 5k training. Mom guilt sure makes you do some crazy things!

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I really fell off the gluten free train while we were away and it’s been soooooooo hard to get back on. Every day I start strong, then stuff like this happens…

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I know at some point I really need to commit to the diet again, but WHY IS GLUTEN SO DELICIOUS?!?!!!

Speaking of delicious, the boys and I continued our Saturday dinner tradition with an Asian inspired evening of Dumplings, Soy & Ginger Glazed Cornish Game Hen with Bok Choy and Shitake Mushrooms, and Mango Sorbet. Yum. They are seriously upping their game.

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And in stitching news… I’m discussing Halloween stitching in the October issue of CrossStitcher magazine, available on newsstands now (Haha. I’ve always wanted to say that)! It feels these days like I write about cross stitching more than I actually cross stitch, but blergh… such is the life of a working mother.

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Behind the Scenes

We currently have house guests and hosted a family dinner party for 17 last weekend. I am so frazzled and have been averaging 2-3 hours of sleep per night for the past few days. If I can just make it though this week (which includes two work trips) and Littlest’s birthday sleepover on Friday, it will be time for me and Tom to jet away to gay Par-ee! Keeping my eye on the prize!

Tom snapped some photos of me taking photos for my next CrossStitcher article. Lest you think I know anything about photography, I’m keeping it real here on le blog by showing these behind-the-scenes pics.

How you do it when you’re a shorty and use a door mat as a fancy backdrop. Paula, can you spot the cute polka dot bag that you sent to me?

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Sometimes getting a good shot means that you have to sit in the bushes. This is hardcore photojournalism in action!

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In other news…

Charlie routinely turns his nose up at his fancy cat beds, but has claimed an old potato chip box as his favorite hangout.

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Me and Littlest eye-balling the Carrot cake even though we have a perfectly good Chocolate cake in front of us.

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Parent-types yucking it up in front of my cross stitch wall.

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Happy Monday, stitchy friends!

The Scoop

Hi Blog!

It is a busy time around here. We are getting ready to end Summer with a bang! My parents arrive this week for a long visit, we are gearing up for Littlest’s 10th (OMG!) birthday festivities, and Tom and I are preparing to leave for a trip to Paris! All fun things, but lots of prep involved for each. You know the drill!

Around here:

I have now been gluten free for over 3 months! Yay! Last week, I attempted making gluten free pizza at home. It got the thumbs up!

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Instead of party planning and packing and all of the other stuff that needs to be done, I’ve been obsessively KonMari-ing the house. Have any of you tried the KonMari Method? It is strangely satisfying to fold underwear into cute little rectangles. Sometimes I open drawers just to admire them.

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In stitching related news, I’ll be in the September issue of CrossStitcher magazine. It will hit newsstands this Friday! It’s been really fun to write these little articles.

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That’s the scoop. What’s new with you?

Summer weekend

Hi Friends!

This weekend, we…

Went to a neighborhood ice cream social

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Built a long straw

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Caught minnows

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Learned to moonwalk

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Ate Doritos

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Cross stitched

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Cooked our fancy Saturday dinner in the rain

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Explored a retro video game store

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Looked fashionable

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Grilled a turkey for the first time. (It was so easy and turned out perfect!)

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Did you have a good weekend?

Simple Joys

Today I am happy because:

It’s Friday!

It’s rainy, which means that my feet got all wet walking from the car into the office, but it’s not as hot and it’s kinda cozy and grey.

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I came to terms with not being able to keep everything together on my own and asked our housekeeper to come back. I mean, who doesn’t love coming home to toilet paper roses?

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My ultra food planning was a success. I packed lunches for the boys and Tom and me every single day this week. I love putting an extra treat in there for them, although yesterday I forgot Tom’s ice pack and his chocolate cookies melted into a big gooey mess.

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I finally got a new fitbit and have met the 10,000 step goal every day except yesterday. One night, Tom and Littlest made some kind of deal before our evening walk about having to wear their clothes backwards. Don’t ask.

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I haven’t been on Facebook since Monday! And I don’t miss it! And I feel better! There’s a lot to be said for blissful ignorance.

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I got together with a friend in NY after a meeting on Wednesday. Usually I make plans and then cancel when my anxiety sets in (secret shame) but this time I stuck with it and we had a lovely visit.

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What’s making you happy this week?

Hope

Here we are at the end of July already. I’ve been struggling with anxiety these days. It’s hard to avoid the bad news around us. Between the election drama and shootings and acts of terror, I worry all the time about the state of our world. Add to that the unrelenting noise of social media and the internet and negative opinions from angry people, I just can’t take it.

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Times like this, I find myself retreating to home and simple tasks. I got so much done over the weekend. I made broth, soup, squash bread, enchiladas, and grilled chicken so we have a full fridge and easy lunches for the week. I laundered and shopped and organized cabinets and closets. There’s nothing quite like good old fashioned hard work and a sense of accomplishment. Being productive is so satisfying!

And best of all, I finally picked my long neglected stitching.

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I’m working my way in from the right hand side now. Fingers crossed that the two sides will match up. You all know that moment when you hold your breath, right?

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We got a new board game called Googly Eyes. You have to draw things while wearing vision distorting glasses while your teammate tries to guess what you’re drawing. It is pretty fun (and funny looking).

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Tom assembled Littlest’s new bike. Littlest isn’t so little anymore. Time is moving fast.

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I guess we can’t control all of the craziness that’s going on out there, but we can choose to focus on the good and reflect happiness and change into our small part of the world. It’s not much, but maybe it makes a difference. We can only hope.

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Happy Tuesday, Friends

Model Behavior

I have been a little neglectful of my blog lately. I miss you so! It’s been a whirlwind since returning from vacation.

I got a promotion at work! It is all very exciting (and a little overwhelming).

The boys started camp and come home sweaty and pooped each day.

Littlest and I got into the Pokemon Go craze. He’s interested in finding Pokemon and I’m more interested in posing with them for funny pictures.

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I have now been gluten free for 2 months! It feels pretty good!

I worked on my second little article for CrossStitcher magazine. I wanted to take some photos to go with it and asked Tom to be a stand-in while I set up the camera. Here are my favorite out-takes.

Of course, Charlie had to get in on the action.

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This model gets paid in tummy rubs.

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Blue Steel…

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I think he could have a successful career as a cross stitch model! (Thanks for being such a good sport, QT!)

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Happy Thursday!

Summer!

Hi Blog!

Hope that you had a nice weekend celebrating all of the special men out there. I feel very blessed when I think about the loving, kind, and strong fathers and father figures that the boys and I have in our lives. I am so thankful for all of them.

The weekend felt like it went very fast. Biggest and I cooked another meal together and this time, Littlest joined in too. He was in charge of mashed potatoes and serving the food. We are all loving this new Saturday tradition.

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The rest of the weekend was filled with:

Trampoline jumping
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Battlebot building
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Snapchatting
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Bubble bathing (Littlest ran me a surprise bath and left this note!)
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Laughing
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Oh! And Ginger Beer making! It’s in a dark, cool corner of the pantry fermenting now but I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’m so excited to try it!

Happy Summer Solstice!

Fancy Blog Stuff

Hi Blog!

Do you notice something different at the top there? I have my own domain!

Hopefully you were seamlessly redirected here to the sparkly new stitch-therapy.com but if you use bookmarks or a blog reader, they will need to be updated. WordPress followers and email subscribers are supposed to transfer automatically to the new site (fingers crossed), but it might not be a bad idea to add yourself as a follower to the new blog because I’m not sure how long you’ll get transferred (technologically challenged). Please let me know if you run into any problems. Sorry!

OK, enough housekeeping. How are you? What’s new?

The boys are very excited to be finishing up their last week of school. I can’t believe that another year has come and gone. Good-bye 3rd and 5th grades!

This weekend…

Littlest played his final roller hockey game of the season. He really loved his first hockey experience and is already talking about trying ice hockey. I am happy to be hanging up my skates for the time being.

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We discovered an amazing gluten free pizza place. It was so good!

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I have officially been off of gluten now for over 4 weeks! I can’t say that there has been a radical change in my health or that all of my problems have gone away, but I do feel somewhat better and plan to stick with it longer to see how things go. Giving up gluten has surprisingly not been too hard, but it WAS pretty exciting to eat pizza again.

We enjoyed our first meal outside. We are in that weather sweet spot where it’s no longer rainy (but not too sunny) and it’s warm (but not too hot) and the mosquitos aren’t out yet (but the lightening bugs are).

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No stitching to tell you about because this website stuff has been consuming my free time (Ick!). Hopefully we are in the home stretch and stitching will resume PRONTO!

Happy Thursday, Friends!

Junior Chef

Hi Blog!

Here we are at Friday again and I never got to tell you about LAST weekend!

Biggest has been obsessed with cooking shows so we decided to plan a menu, shop, and cook an entire meal together. It was so much fun!

Tom helped Biggest type up the menu.

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He worked hard on his knife skills.

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And took great pride in presentation.

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He made the Avocado sauce on his own. It was delicious!

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We were really proud of him.

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There was chocolate fondue for dessert. We don’t have a fondue pot so made one out of an oil diffuser and a bowl.

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Our resident food critic says “Keep it!”

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It was such a fun activity to do together and we are already planning our next menu!

I spent Sunday in the kitchen too… Making yogurt for the first time. I felt very scientific with my thermometer.

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10 hours later, we had cute little cups of yogurt!!!

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It was really good!!! I can’t wait to experiment with other recipes.

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Lest you think that all we did was eat last weekend, we also drank the best Sangria. (Sangria = Summer)

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I got this book from the library and was excited to show Tom. It turned out he had already read it! We are a perfect match. By the way… I am now obsessed with George and Martha Washington, think that John Adams is a total nerd, and greatly admire Thomas Jefferson.

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We went bike riding.

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There was a neighborhood yard sale. One lady was selling 5(!) spinning wheels! I was incredulous that someone living so close to me owned 5 spinning wheels and that we weren’t best friends. I don’t think I need to tell you how hard it was to walk away without bringing one home.

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I did bring this home though. Isn’t it cute?

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Speaking of cute, this is how I found him “working.”

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And him “not working.” (He sleeps in the weirdest positions.)

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What’s new in your world? Have a great weekend!

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