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Proof they can be really sweet. 

Sophia knew Katie was getting shots this morning so showed up with this. Awwwww.


The first true fall morning!

Jean jacket, jeans, and boots!


I got a puzzle from Papa!

Papa sent Katie a letter and it was a word search! She was very excited and ran to the table to do it immediately.


Jelly Belly Factory Tour

We surprised the kids with a mini road trip to the Jelly Belly factory which is right up the road…And also surprised them with who was also there!

Getting ready for a train ride around the factory floor. It’s really just a warehouse.

Since it is a working factory we had to wear hats—they are very cheap plus I have a big head so it didn’t last long…but I had to keep it on. :lol:


We were able to try whatever flavors we wanted. I tried margarita and pancakes and maple syrup. They were both tasty. 

We spent about $50 on stupid jelly beans but we had fun. And I can honestly say I don’t need to buy Jelly Belly fudge again (it’s in the freezer so others can try it). :)

They get such a kick out of using chalk on the tires. 


Katie’s princess hair!

Our friend Heidi (our neighbor’s nanny) watched the kids while we were at the concert and I came in to see this amazing hairdo! I asked how she could possibly manage with Katie’s super fine hair (I’ve tried and failed) and she reminded me she had two girls. :)


It was misting so of course they needed an umbrella. 


My first birthday fish sage!

I was originally planning on meeting a girlfriend halfway for a girls night out and we would do a joint live Facebook LipSense sale while having a few adult beverages in the hotel. She had to bow out due to work commitments, but I still wanted to try the sale myself so that’s just what I did! Of course, I kept with the adult beverages because, hey, that’s who I am and it was my birthday after all. :p

So why did I call it a fish sage? Well, in the initial planning stages with my friend over text, my phone autocorrected bad typing of live sale to fish sage and the rest is history. We both thought it was hilarious and I thought it might draw in more people’s attention if I was advertising a FISH SAGE. The result was…meh. A few people were intrigued, but it didn’t have the rousing success I had envisioned. (The fish sage joke only lasted for the first two days of the advertising. I quickly let people in on the joke.) The advertising was also proof you can pretty much google any two words and find appropriate pictures!

I was a bit nervous but once I got started it went well enough. I had about 4-7 people watching for the hour and a half I was on (I didn’t plan for it to go that long but oh well!) and although I didn’t sell anything during the sale as I had imagined, I sold quite a bit afterwards! So it was a success!

Here are some screenshots of the live video just because. There were some hilarious parts where I really didn’t know what I was doing with some of the makeup but I rolled with it and it was all good. (Keep in mind before this gig, I really didn’t wear lipstick or makeup more than a few times a year. I mean, ever since I stopped working nine years ago—and even back then I had no idea how to apply makeup—I just winged it. So I’ve worn makeup and eye shadow more in the past month than I have the past five years. And I’m still learning.)

And this was the full end result of the makeup demo. It was only a semi hot mess. And yes, the two different color lips were on purpose. 💕

It was definitely an interesting way to spend my birthday!!

I was warned to stay out of the kitchen. 

The kids helped make my surprise birthday cake!


The kids wanted to go out for a birthday lunch!


The restaurant didn’t do anything for birthdays so we went to Culvers. Owen let me play with his hair as a birthday treat.


Owen’s last archery session of his beginner class!

Papa and Grannie really wanted to see Owen shoot, so we were happy they were here for his last class. (They are so proud of him that they actually paid for his next level class!) We all got to soot, as well! Papa was the best of the three of us and we got to hear all about his very dangerous bow and arrow escapades when he was a kid! :)

I’m a maiden!

Thanks to my awesome Lippy Ladies team for the great birthday present! Even though they all just signed up for the discount, they’re killing it. This was the announcement from my direct upline!

And then of course I did a lipstick selfie today and thought it was hilarious that I happened to find a font that gave me a crown!!

My early birthday night.

Since I had plans for a live LipSense demo and sale on my birthday, we went out tonight instead.

Of course my dinner choice was sushi.

Bulgogi egg rolls

A Volcano and Black Widow

And then since it was still way early…we did what we always do and went to Costco. :)

We were home by 8:30. LOL

Our first successful Roar Run!

The Roar Run is a PTA-Sponsored fundraising event in its sixth year. We are hoping it’s on a weekend next year—it’s a bit difficult getting there to enjoy the other events when the kids don’t get home until 4.

Katie is becoming a master hula hooper!

Stretching before the race!

We were watching the relay races and Katie wanted to try the wheelbarrow.


Nine minutes until race time!

The group of neighbor kids running together! (Tom was taking the pic down at the fun run starting line.)

Katie came in a minute or so behind Sophia—but we had seen her on daddy’s shoulders for a bit!!

And the same pic close up as she crossed the finish line!

More neighbors!

Love a family photo!

Stacey and Lorenzo, Sophia and Enzo

And I had to try a selfie. It’s a bit more difficult with six people!

We had the results as they were happening and these were the finals (Katie missed a medal by one place—Sophia came in #3):

Papa had the camera at the bus stop today!

It’s not driveway drinking but it’s close enough.

In the backyard watching the kids play.  


If there’s a new shelf, of course there’s a cat. 

Grannie was helping organize the basement and we put up a new shelf in the litter room. There was a cat on it shortly thereafter. 


The way little kids think.

Sophia put this sign up at the bus stop:


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Sophia thought people would drop off their fidget spinners which they could then sell to make money. :lol:

Helping Grannie in the kitchen


Coloring with Grannie