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February 24, 2017


today is the day. my farmer - the saint - said he'd take my two best gals for the day so i could get work done. yesssssssss. my work is probably going to include taking myself to lunch, maybe a movie, i might list a new birthday invitation on wink & ink, aaaaaand...i don't even know what else. but that's the beauty of having an entire day off to do "work"...and by work i mean i need a big fat day off.

if you had ALLLLLLL day off with zero kids...what would you do?


1 | grab this here snazzy kissy-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

1 | my most favorite thing about morning time
let's talk about morning time. i adore morning time. i adore my hot coffee. i adore writing my blog posts at 5:45 am. i adore the supreme quietness of the house. 

what i don't love? walking around like a freaking ninja. you should see me - i'm like in ultimate stealth mode because there's nothing worse than waking your kid up before the sun is up and you have nobody to blame but yourself.

but this morning...this morning both girls decided to wake up at 5am. nobody knows why? i promptly sent them back to bed even after they both told me it was morning time. 
i. don't. think. so.

2 | the very best surprise
so...ummm...i guess i haven't been exactly super tactful when it comes to my admiration of one mr. sam heughan...also known as jamie frasier in the series outlander. i mean...i have a huge crush on him. and i know i'm not alone! he's quite dreamy.

well...i guess i've been a little too forward in my expression of admiration for my favorite scot because i received something in the mail yesterday. 

no, it wasn't a cease and desist was a poster of sam heughan...signed by "sam heughan" saying he likes the texts i've been sending him.

guys...first of all - i haven't been sending texts to anyone. that's ridiculous. secondly - when i saw this poster i died! i laughed so hard i cried. 

i was like - who sent this? (i've shared my crush with several people and it could have been any of them.) luckily, the mystery was solved because i recognized my farmer's handwriting pretty immediately. 

which leads me to say - how lucky am i to have just about the funniest farmer in all the land? granted...he hasn't made me laugh this hard in awhile, but it was exactly what i needed after a hard week of sickness...

3 | speaking of sickness...
you guys - we are still sick. well, everyone except our farmer, who apparently has the immune system of an ox.

the worst part is i'm having the hardest time yelling at my children because i have no voice. i can only whisper-yell which is totally not effective. trust me.

this sickness also explains why i've not blogged all week. i'm not sleeping at night! not because the girls are up (like last week) but because i'm up all night coughing. not even nyquil touches this stuff. 
luckily - i have it on good authority that we're in the home stretch. we'll all be ship shape in a few days...right around the time my farmer comes down with it. 

4 | aaaand...this weather
i'm over it. i'm packing up the gals and we're going to...mexico? or maybe just california. regardless, this weather is for the birds. 

our house is on a hill, so when it's's super windy. as in...the wind blew at 30 mph ALL DAY YESTERDAY...not to mention it was about 23ยบ...not exactly super conducive for outside time. 

so what did i do? i put the girls in the bath. then we made banana bread. then we painted. then we did magnaformers. then we scootered. then we watched a show...and all of that took exactly one hour. ha.

do any of you feel like your day draaaaaaaaags? the saying is so true - the days are long but the years are short.

i can't wait for some sun shiny weather. 

5 | speaking of banana bread...

so...we had a bunch of bananas about to go bad. and by bad i mean my girls won't eat them if they are too ripe. and i agree. i prefer a greener banana. 

anyway...because they had some brown on them i knew they would be perfect for banana bread. at least that's what i hear, because did you know, the longer a banana sits the higher the sugar content? put that fun nutrition fact in your pocket.

anyway - so we made this banana bread recipe which claims to be a starbucks copycat. i have no clue if it is, but what i do know is it's delicious. i replaced the white flour with whole wheat and used olive oil instead of vegetable or canola...and it was perfection. 

so if you have some bananas about to turn...this is a good one!

okay! happiest weekend! link up below!
February 17, 2017


1 | grab this here snazzy kissy-themed button and link back to Sept. Farm.
2 | link up your post at the bottom of this post.
3 | tell all your friends + have a fantastic friday.

1 | the gals are STILL sick
oh mercy. lord help us. we are on day i don't know what of the girls being sick. we had like...a three day reprieve in between sicknesses, but they're back at it. this time it includes a barking cough, sneezing, and one hell of an ear infection for my sawyer-muff. and while i feel just absolutely terrible for my two best gals...i feel terrible for me too.

i wiped fu manchu snot (the kind of snot that gets double ejected out of both nostrils at the same time) off of sawyer's face, clothing, furniture, carpet, ipad over 20 times yesterday. maybe even 40 times. i had to stop the car three times on the way to boise to clean her up. absolutely exhausting. 
this barky cough is what nightmares are made of. it's loud. it's persistent. it happens all. night. long.
and poor sawyer - we made it to the doctor after she expressed to me that her ear hurt. the doctor took one quick look and told me her eardrum was about to burst. she also informed me that sawyer was probably in a lot of pain...which totally explains the waking up seven times a night. poor gal. 

2 | family hike
the weather - idaho can be the best...and the worst. the weather out here on the farm as of late is killing me. absolutely bone-chilling freezing. the wind won't quit. it's making it impossible to get outside...or better yet...send the girls outside. to play...all day long. we braved it for a few minutes the other day and i ended up with two girls crying because their hands were freezing. 
anyway - we did take advantage of some freezing sunshine a few days ago and went to the canyon near our home. yes - we have canyon...a giant one. with a river flowing through it. it truly is so beautiful. and even though our oldest had just about the worst attitude the entire time - so much so i carried her back to the car (because both of her legs are broke, obviously) and told her she could sit there until we were done with our photo opps.
in other news - sawyer was our little model in her princess dress - the dress she never lets leave her skin. i'm probably going to throw it away soon.

3 | outlander
i'm a huge fan of the outlander series. i'm on the seventh book in the series and it's just fantastic. i totally recommend. and if you'd rather watch the series - i fully recommend that too. yes yes yes. sam heughan. sam heughan + karli = heart eyes.
anyway - the next season was supposed to be released this spring (like previous seasons)...but i just learned it won't be coming out until september. SEPTEMBER. i know that my disappointment in a television show is absolutely me...i feel like an idiot...but i'm terribly disappointed. let's all feel bad for me.

4 | did you see that super sweet valentine's post all about my farmer?
if you didn't - that's okay. i don't think my farmer did either. you see that here.

5 | hasn't been all bad...
even though this week has been pretty rough...there have been great moments too. i got to take my best gals to lunch and they were really good. i was that mom sitting with a toddler and a four year old lunching away and i totally looked like i had it all together. winning. 
kaye and i made some delicious sugar cookies for valentine's day and then i proceeded to eat too many - gotta gain a few pounds so my farmer understands that i really do need a peloton. 

okay! happiest of weekends to you all! think happy thoughts for our health. #sendhelp
February 15, 2017


okay...spoiler alert - my farmer didn't get my anything for valentine's day.

sure sure sure - he totally set a precedent when he bought me diamond earrings two years ago (eh-hum), but it's cool. for real...i'm not mad or sad.

but what i am here to tell you about is why i still have all the heart eyes for my farmer and why he still makes my heart skip a beat...and it's because i think i finally figured out one of my love languages.

(remember that book? i don't because i never read it, but i definitely heard about it...i think it's called the five languages of love.) anyway...

here's a little fact about my farmer and then i swear i'll get to my point: he HATES to disappoint people. my farmer would rather tell someone, "yes. i can do that. i'll be there." and tell them later that it's not going to work because of x-y-z, than tell someone, "let's play it by ear," or "let me check the calendar..." he's also famous for not being on's been a common theme throughout our relationship. he's ALWAYS running 10 minutes late (or more sometimes) because he crams so much into a day. i'm pretty sure his motto in life is - just one more thing.

but farmer has been on time. EARLY, in fact. early. it's a beautiful word. not feeling rushed. not having to apologize for being tardy. not stressing about putting someone else out. early.

and that's my latest love language, even though i'm pretty sure it's not detailed in the book - timeliness. my farmer showing up on time to this or's better than any set of diamond earrings a gal could ask for. (kind of.)

my other love language is...tending to our children in the middle of the night. BOOM! mind explosion. lately...the gals have been sick. like sick then healthy then sick...and we're waiting on their health to return. ugh. and because they share a room, if one is up crying or whatever then the other one is probably going to get up...and cry.

well, my farmer has been jumping out of bed one, two, three or more times a night for the better part of two weeks to give them medicine. give them water. give them cuddles. i guess he figures since i have their sick selves all day he may as well take the night shift? i don't know...but i love that i'm getting good sleep...and i hope he finds time to take a 20 minute power nap in his office.

and my final love language - my farmer keeps me laughing. he's the funniest, smartest, kindest guy i know. seriously...he is. ask anyone.

i'll finish up with a quick story.

when my farmer and i finally got engaged (i say finally because it only took five years), i can't tell you how many people (including my own mom and dad) told me how lucky i was. how did you snag a guy like that, they'd say. (i'm paraphrasing.) but the message was always along those lines. my farmer was out of my league and if i'm truly being honest with myself...he is. i married up.

so...even though i didn't get another set of diamond earrings...i still feel like i have the very best valentine around.

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