Five on Friday!

Surprise — a post! Things continue to be wild around here but should hopefully settle soon and regular posting will resume. In the meantime, a few (or five) things…

one. Last week McKinsey hosted Supper Club! She made the most incredible Jamaican Pork Tenderloin in the slow cooker and served it alongside roasted cauliflower, green beans and rolls! Two thumbs up!

two. My friend Mel had her baby — Madison Marie!!!! I’ve been over a couple times in the past few weeks to sneak in some itty bitty baby snuggles. She sleeps in this little basket all day! JK — newborn pictures in progress here. But my goodness, I blacked out through both of my kids’ newborn days and forgot how sweet and sleepy new babies are!

three. Last week we had another huge eye appointment and y’all (I’m already crying just writing this)…Thomas NAILED IT. Most of the time these appointments, which take around three hours to complete, are pure torture for us all. But Thomas was the biggest champ. He even had to get his eyes dilated twice (the first time wasn’t enough) and let Dr. D give the most thorough eye exam while he SAT STILL in the chair BY HIMSELF (sorry I’m screaming with all caps, I’m just so excited and proud). In the past it would take three of us to hold him down and pry his eye lids open for an exam. Because we were able to get such good measurements we are tweaking his contacts with a new prescription. Previously we were working on his long distance vision and now we are going to switch to his reading vision — and hopefully this will help us with things like STAIRS (our nightmare)!!! Without lenses in his eyes we can only pick one vision — near-sighted or far-sighted vision to work on at a time, so Thomas will always struggle a bit with whichever vision he isn’t working on over the next few years, until he gets a permanent lens implanted in his eye. Anyway, this little dude is SO DAMN AWESOME. I couldn’t be more proud of how he’s handled this journey with so much strength! Oh, and if you know us in real life, don’t be offended if Thomas gives you his confused stink-eye look if you’re interacting with him from too far away — you’re blurry!

four. In other exciting Thomas news — we finally got his summer shoes in! Poor guy had been wearing his sissy’s pink natives and pink tennis shoes for a bit while we waited on his new kicks to arrive. He and Caroline now wear the SAME size shoe. I’ve written about my love for Natives before but these shoes are absolutely our favorite summer shoes — they are durable, breathable and perfect for errands and trips to the splash pad.

five. Yep, still using HelloFresh, thank goodness. If I didn’t have these meals waiting on my doorstep there’s a good chance we’d be surviving off of cereal 7 days a week right now. But instead we’re only eating cereal 4 days a week and amazing things like pork chops with crispy chorizo Brussels sprouts smothered in balsamic glaze. 





  1. Emily Krause
    March 24, 2017 / 10:55 am

    My daughter had eye appointments when she was that little, too, and they were so hard! We are now patching one of her eyes, which is also not a picnic (bribes for days). Props to your little guy for being a champ! And props to you, too! Have a great weekend!

  2. Lizzie Simantz
    March 24, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Wow what a champ Thomas is! Seriously!! We love our natives around here too! Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Amanda Bullard
    March 24, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Way to go Thomas! You have total right to scream type the excitement!

  4. Katie
    March 24, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Way to go Thomas! Those eye appointments are rough!

  5. Monica
    March 24, 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Yay, Thomas! What a champ! I'm curious, do you have any tips for getting Natives on/off little feet? I tried them for my guy last summer, hoping they'd be his "go anywhere" shoes, but we always struggled to get them on/off, seemed like the rubbery material just stuck to his feet constantly! Made me wonder if I was missing some trick, ha!

  6. Colleen Sullivan
    March 24, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I just bought my son his first pair of Natives for the summer. Glad to hear you've liked them, because I wasn't so sure we should keep them!

  7. LHWinstead
    March 24, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I just love your supper club – one day Im going to start one with friends who live nearby, such a fun idea!! I am so glad to hear Thomas rocked his eye exam, that's fantastic!! Happy Friday!

  8. Danielle Siero
    March 24, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    Yay for Thomas rocking is eye exam!! We've been taking my daughter since she was 18 months, so I can somewhat understand the struggle! I hope things continue to improve.

  9. Mary Leigh
    March 24, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    What a little trooper! I know you were so proud of him at his appointment! He's come a long way!

  10. Liane
    March 25, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    Such great news! Go Thomas! 🙂

  11. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    March 27, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    So proud of Thomas, what a super star!!! And I am just soaking up all these newborn moments, you forget so quickly… x

  12. rox
    March 28, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Those pink shoes on Thomas…..LOOOOOOOOVE IT! So sad his new shoes came in. :/ Ha! We, too, love Natives. Conner is still in an itty bitty size 5. It's like his foot hasn't grown in a year. So weird. And YAY for the great eye appointment for Thomas! Hopefully they will all be like that moving forward!

  13. Unknown
    April 4, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    يمكنك الان التواصل مع شركة الحارس الخاص الان لعمل احدث تامين لشخصك ولاسرتك وممتلكاتك الشخصيه فليس من الضرورى البقاء بجانب ممتلكاتك لحميتها فقط تواصل مع شركة حراسات خاصة لضمان الامان لاسرتك ولمممتلكاتك

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