Remembering + Belated Weekend Recap + This Week's Menu

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

I had a few questions about these sweatshirts (I die) from my Instagram post -- they're from Old Navy and the coziest things ever. C is in a girl's Small and H is in a girl's XS (eek!). I am in girl momma heaven.

I guess I'm pretending this weekend was a long one, as well! I meant to post yesterday but we had a pretty busy day of play dates, some work, and C's first day of lacrosse (only a few tears!). ;) How was your weekend? Hope your week is off to a great start.

Saturday we had swim lessons and mostly played inside since the weather wasn't nice. In the evening I met my girlfriend (hi, Sarah!) locally for dinner and a movie! Such a treat. We saw the movie Searching, which I thought was pretty good. Kiiiind of slow, but the end made up for it. Have you seen it?

Sunday we hit the road at nap time to drive to my cousin's house in North Jersey. They were having a 30th birthday/housewarming celebration -- lots of fun! Again, the weather was gross, but it didn't matter since we spent most of the day inside hanging with family.

Yesterday was the 25 year anniversary of losing my dad. It's hard to believe, and even harder to put into words. I have grown up almost entirely without a father, but thanks to my mom and our loved ones keeping his memory so very much alive and to the personal memories I do have, I have always felt his presence. He was handsome, smart, fun, loving, caring, hardworking, loved to play guitar and tennis, was fascinated by the latest technology and cars. I took some time yesterday to revel in his memory and even talked to C about him a bit, and it felt good.

Speaking of remembering, of course, today is the 17th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. Again, the number of years that have passed is difficult to fathom. I think we all remember exactly where we were when we found out what was happening. I was in 9th grade -- first some whisperings in math class, and then we watched TV live in my English class. My teacher cried. We were dismissed from school early. I remember watching President Bush address our country that night at my next door neighbor's house. Even at 14, the gravity of what had happened was evident. I'm remembering all who were affected, and especially those who lost their lives and lost loved ones.


A day late, but here's our menu for the week:

Monday - Kielbasa, mac & cheese, broccoli

Tuesday - Chicken stir-fry with Asian veggie blend & rice

Wednesday - Crockpot cheesesteaks with fries

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Pesto raviolis with peas

Saturday - Out

PS - On the topic of food, I tried this tomato cream sauce recipe last week and it was everything I dreamed (plus a hit with the kids). Let me know if you try it!


  1. Your Dad sounds like an incredible guy - so handsome. I hope you are ok after this recent anniversary - it is wonderful that your family is so supportive and keeps him a part of your life through the memories x 9-11 was just hideous - as a nation that has suffered terrorism too we really felt it for you, so sad. J xx

    1. Thank you, Joanne! That means a lot. It's a week of remembrance around here, for sure. xo

  2. Those sweatshirts are adorable!! Your dad sounds like he was an amazing man. I can't believe how long it's been since 9/11. I remember exactly where I was too. I was in class that happened to have a tv so we pretty much watched everything from the beginning. One of the girls in our class went screaming out of the room because her mom worked there. Thankfully she was able to get out and everything was ok. Sierra Beautifully Candid

    1. Oh wow, that must have been so intense and terrifying! Half of my family lives in NY and many of them work in NYC so I remember how scary it was trying to get a hold of everyone. People were trapped there. It's hard to believe it's been almost two decades, isn't it?

  3. Those sweatshirts are the cutest EVER. Dear God, please give me all girls one day ;)

    Thinking of you and your family around the anniversary of the passing of your Father. I'm so sorry. I'm sure he was an amazing man! I, too, can't believe how long it's been since 9/11. I was in fifth grade and all I remember is not being able to grasp what happened. I didn't understand why it was SO bad and why people would do that. I couldn't even wrap my mind around terrorists. I've been praying for the families who lost loved ones this week. I can't imagine!

    1. Aw, thank you Michaela! I must say -- being a girl mom is so FUN! Especially when it comes to the clothes. ;) Thanks, also, for your sweet words about my dad. I agree wholeheartedly about 9/11. I was pretty young, too, and I think it's virtually impossible to understand it as a kid/young teenager. It seems pretty impossible even as an adult. I can't believe so much time has passed.


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