This was one of those weeks when we had something to do every day and every night. I am sitting on my couch, watching Saturday morning cooking shows on the Food Network, and couldn’t be happier. It is almost 11am, we didn’t get up until almost 9, we had all of the kids in bed with us, and it was perfect. We all need mornings like this with no place to go and time to relax and re-energize.
Today is also the end of spring sports. I have to be honest and say that I am ready to have our weekends back. I know that sports are important for my kids, they love them and I know that it is good for them. I didn’t play sports growing up (I am not exactly what you would call coordinated) so I am not used to be being on a field of some sort every weekend. I miss the freedom of being able to hop in the car on a Saturday and go on an adventure. We have a few weeks before summer sports start, so I see adventures in our future.
1. I made these cupcakes yesterday to celebrate the Sharks last game. Wes was the coach, and he (and most of the players) had never touched a stick before in his life before the first practice. He did such a great job with the boys, by the end of the season, they were playing like a team. It was amazing to watch the progress from the first game to the last.
On a side note, I bought this cool dual piping bag kit when I was at Sur la Table for the macaron class. I made one batch of cream cheese frosting, divided it in two, made it into our team colors. Will was impressed by these, and he is hard to impress these days.
2. I am in love with this picture. What are the chances of getting four children looking so cute and happy at the same time? Pretty slim, let me tell you. The baby is my nephew, and this was taken on Mother’s Day.
3. Lensbaby sent me a new lens to play with and I cannot wait to get to know it. I have been working on a personal photography project for awhile now, and this new lens is perfect for it. I get bored with my work, and it is so fulfilling to push yourself creatively. I need to do it more often. No matter where you are in your photography journey, you are never done learning.
4. There has been a lot of talk this week after Angelina Jolie announced that she had a double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation. I am inspired by this story from Heather of Farmgirl Gourmet. Sharing her story was brave, and I am so grateful for women that are willing to take their health into their own hands and share their stories.
5. With Google Reader saying goodbye, it is time to find a new reader. I have been using Feedly for a few months, but this post from Tsh of Simple Mom introduced me to what feedly can really do. After reading her post and about 10 minutes, all of my feeds are now organized and I love it. I love this modern looking and simple interface.
6. I have been doing Sarah Jenk’s Live More Weigh Less and it has really changed my life. I am about to send my youngest child to kindergarten next year, and I have been warned by many, many, friends that is a difficult time for a stay-at-home mom. It is a huge transition for me, I have spent the last 9 years being a mom to little ones and I just felt like this was the perfect time for me to make some changes in my life. For the first time, my days will be mine and not shuttling kids back and forth to preschool. Part of the program is moving your body every day, yesterday I was on a walk and this was my view. How can you not be inspired when this is what you have to look at?
7. I like to cook with alcohol, and I understand that many people do not. I get asked about substitutions all the time and found this great chart. A great reference to bookmark for when you are cooking and baking and either don’t want to use alcohol or don’t have any.
8. Favorite Instagram of the week – this morning Will was in bed with us, huddled under the cover watching lacrosse videos.