Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What I Wore Pentecost Sunday: Coral & Gingham

Happy Pentecost! 

Well, Pentecost Tuesday...  It's taken me a while to finish this post, so I'm just going to make it quick!

Here's what I wore. We had a fairly well-behaved Mass from the older two kids & Mary Claire while the others stayed home with Andrew. The major issue was Mary Claire's frequent LOUD and long kisses (which include mushing my cheeks together and forcing me to give her open-mouthed kisses - always fun when we're sitting front & center, but Father generally avoids looking at us so I'll pretend he didn't notice?).

Sadly, my only red items of clothing are only winter-appropriate, so I decided coral was close enough?

The kids DO have red, though!

I had good pictures of everybody else but my memory card keeps randomly deleting pictures, even when I've reformatted it recently... It's also kind of falling apart, so maybe it's time to get a new one? I *did* just get a credit from Amazon's affiliate program which will cover one, so I guess it's time to put blog earnings back into the blog!

Thanks for supporting this blog when you shop through my amazon links - maybe next time I won't lose those adorable pictures of Peter stuck under the couch!

Linking up to Fine Linen & Purple for What I Wore Sunday - Happy Tuesday!

Friday, May 22, 2015

What They Said, Volume 17

While I was prepping dinner:

Elizabeth: Mom, what are you makin'?

Me: Asparagus!
Elizabeth: JUNIOR Aspawagus???

While I was trying to listen to a podcast between Simcha Fisher and Jen Fulwiler...

Elizabeth: Mom! Is da yady talkin' about AngeYINA (ballerina)???


At the dinner table...

Elizabeth, angrily: May Cyaire, weMEMber??? You eated owegano fwom da GAHden!!!

Elizabeth brings a pot over to me...

Me: What did you make?

Elizabeth lifts the lid: I nunno...
Me, seeing two toy cakes: Is it... Cake soup?
Elizabeth, angry: NO! It's YEFTOVERS!!!

Overheard in the back yard...

Elizabeth: I'm big and you're yittle.
Mary Claire: No, I'M big and YOU'RE little.
Elizabeth: We're BOTH big!
Mary Claire: Ya! We're BOFE two and we're BOFE big!!!

Elizabeth: Do re mi...
Mary Claire: NO, do re Me!
Elizabeth: NO, do re MEEEEE!!!
Mary Claire: Do re EVEWYBODY!

Can you tell their parents are musicians?

At bedtime...

Me: Okay, Mary Claire, should we pray a Hail Holy Queen? Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy...
Mary Claire, angrily: Hail Holy Queen and Hail Mawwy are my BEST PWAYERS.
Me: Well I'm glad you like them... To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve...
Mary Claire, giggling: What's "AVEEVE?"
Me: Of. Eve. Like Adam and Eve.

Mary Claire finishes praying while doing some sort of macarena...

Mary Claire, trotting down the hall: I'm just goin' to da bafwoom... To turn on da light... To look at my eyebwows...

Aunt Sister: Mary Claire, who's your favorite sister?

Mary Claire: Cecilia!
Aunt Sister: And who's your favorite brother?
Mary Claire: Peter!
Aunt Sister: And who's your favorite Aunt?
Mary Claire: Um, a black ant!!!

I hear they're the tastiest...

Cecilia, cheerfully: Mom, which twin do you think will die first?


Cecilia: Mom, WHY is St. HELENA always holding the Cross in pictures? Why didn't she just MAKE her own cross so I could find the REAL cross???

Me: Wow John Paul, you must really love science!
John Paul: Yeah. ESPECIALLY hydrogen and oxygen.

Cecilia is holding her hands like a heart around her face...

John Paul: Are you doing that because you want me to be your valentine?

Cecilia: NO!!! I'm GOD'S valentine!

John Paul: I'll publish a book about President Gerald Ford and President Obama speaking... Speaking... Speaking about... I don't know!!!

I predict a best seller.

John Paul: Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh! Ooh OOH!!! Look what I found!!!

Me, thinking it must be candy or money: What?
John Paul: An Allen wrench!!!

To each his own?

And that's all she wrote.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Style Thoughts

Little by little, I'm packing away my winter clothes and figuring out what I need in order to fill out my spring wardrobe - I keep wondering why I don't actually *have* a complete spring/summer wardrobe, and then I remember that last summer I was pregnant, and the summer before that I was still working/almost never left the house (because twinfants), so seasonally appropriate was not really on the radar because of the air conditioned house!

We've got an Old Navy pretty close to our house, and the kids were all in bed so I headed out to check out some of their offerings that looked good online, and I figured I'd snag a few dressing room shots to share my thoughts with you:

I had high hopes for this linen-blend boyfriend tank, but the fabric was a little itchy and I clearly needed to size down from the small I tried. I didn't bother, since I wasn't sure I'd like the fabric better in a different size.

This navy eyelet skirt (in medium on me, only available in plus sizes online but only $18!) was basically perfect, but I already have a navy pencil skirt, so I couldn't justify getting another...

I was so excited for this eyelet yoke tank (also available in several other colors and in maternity), and the fit was good but as you can see below...

The pattern didn't match up symmetrically at the top! That drove me nuts, so I passed (and it's not available in a small online, so it has sadly eluded me...).

I liked the drape of this strappy-back top (only $15!), but I really need sleeveless tops right now because it gets so humid around here, so I passed.

I loved this lightweight plaid shirt, but the sleeves were just a little tight in the small (my arms are on the thicker side so most people wouldn't have this problem), and the striped linen-blend maxi skirt (only $20! Also available in tall and petite) doesn't look great in the picture, but I see great potential as a high-waisted maxi, so I got that one.

Last I tried on the fit-and-flare sundress, intending to style it as a skirt because the top's a little skimpy.  The good news is the ponte fabric offers a lot more coverage than your typical jersey, so it's more forgiving around the midsection than a normal jersey tress. And the bodice and straps are super-stretchy, which will make nursing a breeze! It's $26 right now, but this one looks exactly the same and is only $15 - just comes in different colors, and is also available in tall & petite. A button-down, knotted cropped tee like this one, or eyelet tee like this one would look great over it!

I think my skirt & dress needs might be totally covered for the season - I'm still on the hunt for some sleeveless shirts, and have requested some for my next Stitch Fix, but otherwise I'm happy with what I have.  
What are your staples this summer? What are you looking to purchase to round out your wardrobe?

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