Mid-Week Glamour

I put together this outfit for a bachelorette party, but I think this would be a really cute date night look, too.

I love the mint green shorts - so fun for summer!

Cassi changes her outfit at least twice a day. I never know what she'll come up with next. She watched an episode of Magic School Bus on Netflix this morning about butterflies and insisted that she dress up like this for the rest of the day. Of course I'm not going to get in the way of her sartorial endeavors.

I've also worn this top with a pencil skirt and skinny jeans. I love how it glams anything up without making the look too dressy because of it's casual shape.

In other news, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we recently listed our house for sale. I kind of hope it doesn't sell. I love this house. It's just so large and needs a lot of upkeep. We're hoping that if it sells we can find something that is newer or smaller. Or maybe we'll just rent for a while. Either way, it's a lot to think about. I like change, though, so if a move is in our near future, I'll look forward to all the de-cluttering and organization that goes along with a move.

Top - Goodwill - $3
Shorts - Target - $5
Heels - Nine West via DSW - $20


Birthdays, Summer Fun, and National Ice Cream Day

This past weekend was as magical and wonderful as summer weekends get for me.

Friday, Capri turned 9 months old! We took her to the wooden train at a local park to celebrate.

Saturday started out with a Color Splash Run. 

Color Splash Run photos courtesy of Vicki Hesterman

After the race we met with friends for lunch and then my mom arrived for a quick visit before our trip out to Cleveland to watch my sister perform Haydn's Creation at Severance Hall.

The performance was magnificent. The Soloists were incredible. The company was so sweet, I wish the drive to Cleveland and back took much longer than it did!

Sunday after church we joined Chris's family for lunch. Fresh blueberry and raspberry pies were served after our sandwiches. Fruit pies are probably one of my top favorite things about summer. The raspberry pie was especially good.

Then after our ritual Sunday nap, I slipped out of the house in a coral dress with blue embroidery to join a friend for a concert on the river.

Such a beautiful day to be outside!

After the concert we took a walk out to the dam.

We found a restaurant in town by the river and enjoyed our savory sandwiches while we chatted the time away.

But the fun didn't stop there. It's National Ice Cream Day after all! We had to go get ice cream, too!

The back of the restaurant where we got our ice cream had the cutest little fairy gardens!

We admired the sunset as we walked through the gardens finishing our ice cream.

In case you were wondering, Capri did not get any ice cream and she was very upset about this. 

Coral dress is a Target clearance find ($8). Espadrilles are also Target clearance ($8), and calf hair flip flops are Gap clearance for ($6).

Happy Summer, Friends!


Moments Like These

In yesterday's post I mentioned taking the kids on a walk through the woods at a nearby park. Well we got to do just that, and I brought along the camera for good measure. Here are some adorable photos of our little outing.


Kimonos and Cuts

Today I went to the salon to get my haircut . . . with all three of my children. All three of whom sat very quietly and sweetly in the waiting area while I got my hairs did. I'm so proud of those munchkins and so grateful that I was able to get a trim without having to work my schedule around Chris being home to watch the kids!

This kimono is a hand-me-down that was given to me while I was pregnant with Capri. I don't think I ever ended up actually wearing it during the pregnancy, although I imagined I would have. I like the loose oversized look over this white tee. It was only 50 degrees this morning (I know right, this is JULY!) so I wanted a little something extra over my shoulders even though it's warming  up here quite nicely now. 

The kids and I are going to go for a 30-minute hike walk around a river in the woods at a nearby park just before heading to take CJ to karate this afternoon. I'm leaving the kimono behind, throwing my hair in a pony, and switching out the espadrilles for sneaks. Love versatile outfits like this.

I've been working a few hours here and there from home again for the company my husband works for. Just some data entry work, nothing special. I'm trying to get into the "3- hours-a-day-of-studying" rhythm for when law school starts in January. So far so good, but we aren't homeschooling right now so perhaps I'm being a little too optimistic.

I'm so excited about going back to school! I found my old syllabi for first and second year two nights ago. Pouring over those pages and all the memories came rushing back. Maybe not memories of the actual curriculum and vocabulary, but memories of those days, what life was like then, and the people in my life at that time. All good memories.

Speaking of school, we have only a couple of weeks left before I have to make sure my lesson plans are in order and my notification to homeschool is sent to our local superintendent. I don't plan to start school as early as we did last year since I don't have to worry about taking a week off for a baby or anything, but I still want to start a week earlier than the schools, which means we'll be going back pretty early in August. Maybe right after the Fair. Good times!

Kimono - hand-me-down
White tee - Everlane - $15
Jeans - Gap - $1.50 (because of rewards and coupons)
Espadrilles - Target - $8
Sunnies - Banana Republic - $17