Stitch Fix #3 | September Review

It's that time of the month when a box of clothing arrives on my doorstep, and I take a ton of pictures and overanalyze them with you. Yes, my Stitch Fix box arrived one day early and I have until Sunday to decide what to keep. I *think* I have a 1/5 box this time but I'm a little wishy-washy about it all, as you'll see.
My Life in Transition: Stitch Fix 3

Quickly, if you haven't heard of Stitch Fix somehow: This is an online styling service of sorts. You fill out a style profile, pay a $20 styling fee once your fix ships, and then receive five items in the mail. You can link to Pinterest boards, you can provide lots of feedback when you return items (more on this in a bit), and you can make suggestions or write a note to your stylist before each fix. If you buy any item from the box, you can apply the $20 styling fee towards that purchase. If you buy nothing you lose the $20 fee. To return items you'll just put all of the no-gos in their pre-paid bag and send them right on back, taking online shopping up a notch. Especially since you get the surprise factor of having someone else pick out your clothing, AND the fun of receiving things in the mail.

My Life in Transition: SF 3

This month I asked my stylist to focus on pieces I could wear to work. It doesn't need to be especially 'business' like or really fancy, but my work clothes do need to be comfortable and able to bend, stretch, get down on the ground, and exercise with me. We can wear anything business casual to work, which usually means my one pair of black pants and one of my three work shirts I have for the summer. It's really pathetic, I know. But anyway, I requested lots of COLOR, length to my tops, work appropriate, and I asked for two specifics: their seemingly famous Margaret M Emer pants and the Market and Spruce hi-low top in green. I also sized down to a 'small' for my top choice in my style profile since the mediums always seem to be fairly big on me. I like flowy and have always just bought 'mediums' for my tops in hopes that it will give me extra length and not be too tight on m slightly-broad shoulders. But in reality, I think I'm a small and should probably start buying the correct size, letting go of the notion that a size bigger would be longer. If it's too big and wide then it's just not worth it!

I totally struck out with getting specific on my requests, as my stylist (another new one, making it three stylists in three fixes for me---not sure if that is normal or not) said they didn't have either for me in my size. But no biggie, she did seem to actually read my note when I requested long, colorful, work tops. She made no mention of my Pinterest board or my specific blog post all about my last fix. I did link to both in my note, hoping my stylist could look around and get a better feel for me. But actually, Jacklyn asked me to leave 'lots of great feedback' in order to help them tailor my Fixes to be more delightful. Hmph. I feel like I have been very detailed in my notes and check outs, so I'm not sure what that part of the discussion was all about. And really, of all of my fixes, even just keeping 1-2 items per box is fine by me. I'm not striving to get 5/5 boxes since I'd have a very difficult time justifying that expense each month. Getting one or two tops to add to my closet is fine by me and successful enough in my book!

My Life in Transition: SF3I cheated again and looked at the list of items that were shipped to me before they arrived. I was kind of 'meh' about most of them when I hunted around on Google but it was still really fun to un-box the goods and try them on. I did my little fashion show after school, when Truman and Cecelia had quiet time on their screens and Porter crawled around and destroyed various parts of the house. Hence the children in the background of my pictures today;)

 1. 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse: $58 41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse: $58
I've seen this top on the Stitch Fix Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group I love to stalk, and I was intrigued because I do love the studs. And yes, I like bright orange as the color but the print is just okay for me. It came with a camisole because it's quite sheer and I'm not a huge fan of sheer tops that require layers, at least not when it's 90 degrees outside. I may change my tune when Fall actually arrives.
41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse: $58
It fit alright I guess, but it's a total pet peeve to see where the bottom of the cami ends. I also think it's odd that the split in the sleeves is in the very back as opposed to the side of the sleeve. And the neckline isn't great on me, it kept flopping open.
41Hawthorn Moni Geo Print & Camisole Blouse: $58
I also think the poof of the sleeve combined with being not quite 3/4 length is just odd on my frame, too. So yeah, I like that it's a bold color and love the studs (or whatever they are called) but don't love this top.

VERDICT: returned

2. Collective Concepts Bradley V-Neck Blouse: $68
Collective Concepts Bradley V-Neck Blouse: $68
Love royal blue so much and the material on this is sort of a crepe-y, lightweight material. I like the rolled sleeves and the detailing around the neckline. BUT...



The definition of 'short and boxy' for me. I know that taking pictures with my arm raised up doesn't help but it really is pretty short in person, I swear. If it were longer and leaner I would be sold on this bad boy, but I'd probably still struggle with the price. Doesn't seem all that special to be nearly $70!
Collective Concepts Bradley V-Neck Blouse: $68
VERDICT: Returned

3. Skies are Blue Marquette Open Knit Cardigan: $68
Skies Are Blue Marquette Open Knit Cardigan: $68
I did request a short sleeved cardigan and normally love comfortable, sweater-y cardigans like none other. So I understand why Jacklyn sent this to me.
Skies Are Blue Marquette Open Knit Cardigan: $68
But it's not terribly long, it has SO much material I could probably wrap all three of my children up inside of it (alternative use?), and the dolman sleeves with such a chunky knit do not work for me. Love that it has pockets, the texture is cool, but the sleeve length is really bad on me. And the dolman combined with the massive amount of material in general looks strange. I don't know, it just felt very laughable to me when I had it on although it's not totally hideous in pictures.
Skies Are Blue Marquette Open Knit Cardigan: $68
VERDICT: returned

4. 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
This was the top that Jacklyn specifically referred to on the style card, saying it was a longer length. I liked it online when I saw it and hoped to get a really bold color like a royal purple I saw another girl receive on Facebook. So this red wine/mulberry color (no way is this 'light pink' like the receipt says) was a little bit of a bummer. Until I remembered that this is a good color on me in the fall and winter, it's a jewel tone and I do have a fleece that I've worn nearly 5 billion times that is this exact color. So I must actually like it even though it's hard to shift from Summer to Fall colors when the weather is not quite there yet.
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
Sleeves down and buttoned shown above. Sleeves rolled below.
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
I love the roll a lot, not a huge fan of them down with the gathers around the sleeve. And can we talk about the length? It really is long and is kind of my favorite length for me, wish every top hit me here instead of inches shorter. Maybe it's a 41Hawthorn thing, since two other tops I've kept from Stitch Fix have been from this brand? In fact the neckline and hem line remind me a lot of the green henley top I kept from my first fix, but obviously this is for cooler weather.
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
I like the side split although it does go up quite high on me, but I can overlook that because it's long enough in the back and front to maybe even work with leggings! Yesssss, although I suppose it's a nicer top that would be best with jeans or black pants. Definitely 'work appropriate' although I could see myself saving this for date nights or other non-work activities. I liked this top enough that I felt I should actually attempt to 'style' it, and Jacklyn suggested a statement necklace (plus the cardigan). I like long necklaces the best, something I've mentioned a few times to SF but haven't received any yet, so I paired one of mine with some black leggings and tall brown boots. I had Truman try to get a full length shot of me since my longest mirror is not the best for light, one sleeve was up and one down for some reason. And then Porter was d-o-n-e and wanted in on the action, too, my little muffin boy.
41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse: $48
But yes, I really do like this top a lot. It's not super special or mind blowing but it's very 'me' and I was happy to see it was the most inexpensive of the bunch, too!

VERDICT: Kept

5. Daniel Rainn Cecil Scoop Neck Top: $68
Daniel Rainn Cecil Scoop Neck Top: $68
It looks pretty short and boxy on the ground up there, huh? The print isn't my favorite, not a big paisley person, but I do like the colors and the fabric is silky and flowy.
Daniel Rainn Cecil Scoop Neck Top: $68
The sleeves are different, not quite capped but definitely a little more off the shoulder or something. I paired it with some of my lighter wash jeans since the navyish-purple color didn't look right with dark jeans or black pants.
Daniel Rainn Cecil Scoop Neck Top: $68
I could probably style this with a cute blazer or a fun pencil skirt (both things I don't own) to make it really cute, but by itself it's very 'meh' to me. I'm boring so if it's not awesome with a pair of jeans and a pony tail, it's really not worth it to me...especially with a $68 price tag.

VERDICT: Returning

So there you have it, a 1/5 box but still worth it since I got one long + work appropriate top for the Fall. Thoughts? Do you think I can be more specific with my feedback to get more tops like this since clearly I have a definitive style? Is it normal to get a different stylist every single time? I don't know, I just feel like they don't totally 'get' me yet but I know it can take time. I swear I'm telling them exactly what I want and like though, so who knows.

My referral link is here if you feel so inclined. And thanks to those who have already signed up through it, I hope you are having great luck with your boxes-o-clothes. ;)

Truman's First Day of Senior Kindergarten

I have a boy in Kindergarten today. All day school, you guys. How is this possible? Wasn't I just writing his birth story the other day, posting about my first day back to work after maternity leave with Truman? Man, they weren't kidding when they said that time passes in a blink, were they?

I don't want this post to be all melancholy and emotional and 'woe is me', because Truman is SO stinking excited for school and beyond ready for it. I'm taking his lead and focusing on the awesomeness of this milestone instead of being sad. And yet I have a lump in my throat after just typing these two little paragraphs. This one snuck up on me, I guess!

A little more info on the whole Kindergarten thing: we call it 'Senior Kindergarten' or 5K because last year was 'Junior Kindergarten', or 4K. Truman's elementary school shares a building with a charter school for the whole suburb, called STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Basically this charter school is totally separate from the neighborhood elementary school except that they share a building. There is a lottery for kids to get into the STEM program beginning at age 5 and it's really popular and therefore difficult to get into STEM. Truman was on number seven on the wait list this year, and there were twenty-two open slots for this new 5 year old class (also Kindergarten shares a classroom with First Grade in STEM; so confusing, I know). Anyway, out of the twenty-two open spots, eleven of those went to siblings who already had an upperclassman in the program. So there were eleven open spots for the rest of us lottery people and I am certain that over one hundred applied, maybe more. Being wait listed at number seven seemed pretty much unattainable but other moms told me in years past they had gotten through number eight. So there was hope! And then we heard that number five got accepted this year, which means we were SO CLOSE. I'm a little bummed because I think Truman would do phenomenal in that environment, with a heavy focus on hands-on activities, learning by doing instead of sitting and listening, lots of neat outside-of-classroom experiences, etc. BUT, I also believe Truman will be an excellent fit for the traditional elementary setting, too. The kid loves to learn and he'll do great even without STEM, I'm sure. We'll still apply for Cecelia and Porter to get in when their time comes, but for now Truman is at the elementary school he'll attend through fifth grade. We have a lot of years ahead of us at this school! Like, eleven more years or something until Porter is out of elementary and into middle school. FREAKY!

This year, Truman's class has twenty-three kids compared to last year's twenty-seven. Still a lot of kids but the classroom itself is twice as large (and super cool) and this teacher has been around for many years. I think she will be great for Truman and I hear that her specialty is getting the kids to be readers by the end of the year. It's just wild to me to know he will be in class every day for seven hours. And he'll eat lunch there, supposedly they have a 'nap time' there (hahahaha!), and he is going to be a real deal school kid now.

Last week we had the open house/meet and greet and Truman was a little shy when he met his teacher at first, but then he warmed up. Some of the other kids came while we were there and Truman got really excited to see them, saying, 'Mommy, I wish I could start school tomorrow.' I mean, talk about a relief to have a child love school and not dread it (ahem, Nate of yesteryear!).

Um, he is a whole head taller and I am a lot thinner. And not nursing, obviously, holy moly! These open houses are so much fun and obviously call for comparison pictures.
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Then this morning was the big day, and I had my worst night of sleep in a long time. I can't even blame the kids, it was all me and my stupid brain that wouldn't shut off. Porter woke up at 3 am and I didn't go in there, since we are sorta re-sleep training him, but it woke me up enough that I couldn't fall back to sleep at all. AT ALL. So when Nate's alarm went off at 5:15 I wanted to die but I actually didn't feel tired, more amped up than I thought for the first day of school. I basically just laid there for those two hours thinking about how fast time is going, reminding myself all that I wanted to do to prepare for the day, and just thinking way too darn much in general. Once Nate got up I did, too, and I went for a run to make the ridiculously early start time for this day somewhat worth it. I'm sure I will be paying for this anticipation later tonight but for now I feel alright. Afternoon coffee is happening, though. For sure.

I wasn't sure what to pack for his lunch, since I'm pretty sure they cannot have peanut butter in their classroom and Truman's fave is PBJ. So I packed some deli turkey, string cheese, a Go-gurt, a lemon Clif ZBar, a GoGo squeeze applesauce, some strawberries, and raisins. This seems like a lot and isn't exactly homemade goodness but oh well, I am curious to see how much he eats at this point!
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Little tag by Mabel's Labels, something about seeing it hang off his bag makes me teary. Because obviously I am insane.
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Oh, and we have a new rug in the Sunroom, must do a post on the updates soon!
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The big kids were talking in their room before 7, and Nate had to leave at 6:30. I wish we had the forethought to have him take off of work a bit this morning, but I figured I could just fill him in and take a million pictures instead. Truman and CC were both in pretty good moods this morning, I could tell he was really excited and not too nervous. He reminded me that today is also his half-birthday which might be even more of a big deal than the start of Kindergarten in a five year old's mind;) (I'm sorry, a five-and-a-half year old's mind). I fed them breakfast, they got dressed, Porter finally woke up and he ate his breakfast, too. Then we had about 20 minutes to spare so we took lots of pictures on the front porch. Brings back so many memories of last year when Truman started his JK year (which was just 2.5 hours each day, but still a big deal!). Porter was just a few weeks old, I was on maternity leave, and super emotional. Some things change and some things don't at all!

The kids? They are all changing and are disgustingly cute, if I do say so myself.
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Heartbreaker.
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I mean...
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This girl is going to miss her big brother so much.
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I admit that I asked him to do this for the camera, worth it!
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Mom, please, are we done yet?
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Gotta do a selfie stick shot first, buddy!
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The crew and I headed out the door at 8:00 and got to the playground pretty early, and the flurry of activity and electricity in the air on the first day of school is something I'll always love. We took more pictures, watched the kids line up with their teacher as the bell rang, and she had the parents come up with them for this first day. We helped them put away their backpacks in their cubby holes and organized some of the school supplies, but then she just wanted us to explore and walk around a bit. This is when I started to first feel a little teary, like it was getting so real that THIS IS OUR LIFE now, Truman is in school. The Principal came over the speaker system and we all said the Pledge of Allegiance. Then Truman's teacher had the kids come up to the front and 'find a square' on the big colorful rug, where they could sit. I gave Truman a big hug and kiss and had to turn my head so he wouldn't see my watery eyes. Porter and Cecelia were sort of wreaking havoc on the classroom toys which helped me stay somewhat distracted. Then the teacher asked the kids to blow the mommies and daddies kisses and wave goodbye. Cue another huge lump in my throat as I watched my brave boy smile the most genuine, proud smile ever as he waved and me and began his time in Kindergarten.

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Ugh, my boy is so big and it's so awesome/sad. Mostly awesome though, but woah.

Just having my two younger kids today has felt...weird, for a lack of a better word. We certainly miss Truman as the ringleader of the bunch but we've stayed busy enough by going to the pool for a few hours and enduring the ninety degree heat by splashing around. It was really fun to have just Cecelia and Porter to myself even though those two are my most challenging kids anyway, Truman is the easiest!

Needs a neck pillow in the car, duh.
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I've been looking for this hat all summer, glad I found it one week before the pool closes.
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Lolololz. These two!
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It's currently nap time so I'm spending it blogging and reflecting on this big day. I also got to spy on Truman at recess earlier, since we live so close to the school. I could watch out the window and see him running around with his buddies, seemingly loving his time outside. Oh, he is going to be beyond exhausted tonight though, I have a feeling this whole week will be full of brutal evenings. We will see.

I'll add a bit to this post once we pick up our school boy and get a full report. I hope he doesn't fall asleep at the dinner table after a big day like today, but hey---I might do the same, so whatever!

{UPDATE: he was full of energy, super happy to see his sister, and was talkative after his first day! I loved picking him up on the playground, seeing him run to me smiling a huge grin, and he almost chuckled a little bit as we hugged. His favorite part was recess and the fact that he somehow 'bought' a chocolate milk for lunch, even though I haven't loaded a penny onto his card since I want to provide his lunches. Also, day two was the same---sneaky chocolate milk somehow, maybe we will have a negative balance once I do upload money for him. We have since discussed that he can buy a chocolate milk ONLY on Fridays, since we do chocolate milk here maybe three times a year ever. Getting it two days in a row means Truman LOVES school, ha! He also ate a little over half of his lunches both days, which I guess is fine but he's definitely starving in the evenings after school so far.

His first day, Truman said they got to explore the Library and also the Music room a bit. They didn't actually nap, but they did lay down and read books during quiet time. On the second day he sang me a song they've already learned in Music class and has been super into sounding out words in random books in the evening. My little sponge---he really does love school. He even said something I'm not sure is true, but said, 'I even like it better than last year'. I thought Junior Kindergarten was a tough act to follow but for now, at least, while everything is still new and fun, Truman is a huge fan. Whew! }

New beginnings, a new chapter in life, and all of the corresponding emotions over here. I try not to get too far ahead of myself, but next year at this time Cecelia will be the one starting Junior Kindergarten. Talk about mind blowing!!

Okay, and then you would be super disappointed in me if I didn't do a lot of comparison photos, right??

Our crew, first day of school in 20014 and again in 2015:
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Truman's first day of JK versus SK
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Truman and CC at the end of last year (May) and today. Oops, I guess I like this dress a lot for her and she might have grown more this summer than T did! And Truman has worn those shorts for every one of these comparison days now;)
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Handsome, handsome boy at the first day of JK, last day of JK, and first day of SK
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Again... (favorite shorts are getting much shorter!)
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And again...
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I love him so much I could pop.

The end.


Colorado 2015 | Day Seven + Eight

Monday | August 4 

{A day of going to the pool, Old Town, O'Dell, and Culvers :) }

Is this vacation update over yet, geesh?!? Plowing through in the name of being finished...

Porter is up at 12:45 am and is soaking wet because diapers aren't working well at night lately. I give him a bottle and change his clothes. Then he's up again at 2:15am and I want to die. I really cannot believe how awful he has slept here. The big kids are talking loudly before 7 am, then they release themselves from their room right when the clock is yellow. Nate goes upstairs with them because Truman and Cecelia are already fighting about ridiculous kid-things and need adult interference. I lay in bed willing myself to wake up. Finally do that at 7:20 and Porter is awake 7:30. Yawn, sigh, etc.

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Pancakes!! Truman requested we make pancakes the other day so we had to make it happen on our last full day of vacation. Hang out, then the guys leave for golf at 8:15. Seriously, golfing four times during this trip is pretty incredible, no?

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I get some 1:1 time with Porter as the bigs do a science experiment with Gogo. Porter loves the windmill thingy next door so we spend some time inspecting it and playing on the ground. Cecelia fell down the stairs this morning and I was very thankful they were of the carpeted variety instead of our solid wood stairs at home. I make Ports a bottle and lay him down at 9:15. When he's still quiet at 9:30 I go for a 3 mile run and felt amazing! 

Kids are having snacks and watching Jake when I return.  Cecelia is getting a keen sense of smell apparently and tells me, "I can smell that you're sweaty". Not sure that is really true but hustle into the shower anyway. I get the kids and our lunches all ready to take with us to the pool. My mom has a few friends that go to her Bible Study group and these moms are my age with little kids. Mom has told them my family was coming to Colorado and they wanted to meet up, offering to take us to the local pool in the neighborhood. The kids are super excited about this activity and I think it will be fun to meet some new mom friends who are my mom's friends.

Porter wakes at 10:45. Lindsey comes to get us at 11:15 and she follows me on Instagram so she feels like she already knows me and the kids and gives me a big hug immediately. She is outgoing and talkative and her little girls are adorable, and Truman and I ride with them in their car while mom takes Cecelia and Porter. Always such an ordeal fitting all three kids into cars these days...long live the minivan! ;)

Pool time! We get there around 11:30 and let the kids play, and one of Lindsey's (and mom's) friends meet us there with her two little ones, too. It's fun to see my three play with the other four, I love how kids can be social and just jump right into interacting with new people, no problem. We eat our packed lunches there, mom helps out with entertaining Porter who is moderately fussy, and we pack up around 1:45. Nate and dad meet us at the pool on their way back home and apparently they had a nice round of golf. They help us cart the children home and then we immediately put CC and Porter down for naps.

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Once they are asleep, Nate and I head to Old Town for some shopping and more exploring.  We had been discussing a very important topic last night and most of the morning: where to get afternoon coffee? We decided on Starry Night, because it was one of our favorites during our last trip. The iced lattes did not disappoint.
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Also, in my day five post I said we bought fudge and spices and gifts for our parents but OOPS---that wasn't day five, it was this day instead. Easy to mix things up when we did walk around Old Town both days and then....wait for it...we decided to go back to O'Dell Brewery for a beer. Nate said I was being all wishy washy about what we should do, because I couldn't decide on having dessert or alcohol at this point in the day. Vacation = rough life, I know. When I said we should go back to O'Dell Nate was practically giddy because he loves that place so much.



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This time we got sampler platters and the patio was, yet again, packed and full of awesome atmosphere. We feft at 5:10, hit rush hour traffic, and didn't get home until 5:45. We quickly said hello to our children and then our whole group headed out for dinner at Culvers. Eating out with children is always a crap shoot but this time proved to be really fun. Maybe having four adults and three kids had something to do with this? Also, the children ate nearly all of their meals (chicken tenders) and then got custard after so they were basically in heaven.

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 We went back home and played with the new toy my dad got the kids at Culvers---some ball toss game thing that was a huge hit.  

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I wanted a family picture, Nate was behind the camera and got this one first. Love it.
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And the infamous porch shot. Porter's face is my favorite, along with his one knee sock.
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Porter went to bed at 8:15 and big kids were shortly after. Nate and I started packing up since we knew our morning would be really early the next day, and then we broke out the fudge for my parents and did a little taste testing. Verdict: all of the varieties were amazing but double chocolate was our favorite, followed closely by salted caramel, German chocolate, and turtle. Mmmmmmm.

Beer, HGTV with my parents, and bed at 10:40. Vacation, why do you  have to end? And yet, we were all kind of ready to get back into routine,  I guess. 

Tuesday | August 4

{Traveling Home}

Alarm goes off at 6 and everyone slept through the night, hallelujah!!! P-man is up 6:15 and gets his bottle, Nate and I are getting ready. We make time to eat breakfast outside one more time but in retrospect, we probably should have hustled butt a little more. But dude, coffee outside with the sunrising is the besssssst. 


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We woke the big kids up at 6:45 and left 7ish, sort of frazzled because I think we were trying to pull out of the driveway by 6:45 and that did not happen. Truman is crying about missing Margot the cat, which we think might be code for 'missing Colorado and grandparents'. Because really? The cat? I guess missing a cat is easier than encompassing his feelings of missing his grandparents. Truman rides with my dad and Nate, then Mom drives me and CC/Porter in her car. We wave goodbye to the mountains as we drive.

Horrible traffic on highway 25, like really really bad. Hear on the radio there is a major accident and I become slightly panicked that we will miss our flight. Stress-check my phone to see what other flights leave Denver and go to Milwaukee this date, and there are zero direct flights after ours and all of the later ones make us get in around 6-7pm. NOPE. Please let the traffic clear, Lord!

Arrive at the airport at 8:10 which isn't horrible, since our flight is scheduled to take off at 9:45. But we know that the Denver airport seems to be really horribly slow each time we are here, not sure why but it always takes us forever to get through lines and arrive at the proper gate. We say goodbye to my parents who illegally park in the loading zone to help us with our gigantic/numerous bags. We had such a wonderful time with them but it's easy to ignore the sadness of leaving when you are stressed out about flying with three small (exhausted) children.

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We eventually get to our gate at 9:10 and chaos ensues, all of the kids are thirsty/have to potty/are starving/are angry at life. We note our flight is delayed from 9:45 to now take off at 10:00, so I find my emergency candy in my bag and dish it out to the kids. I'm sure sugar makes bad moods better indefinitely, no crash allowed. Not sure what else we did while waiting for our flight, but I do recall Porter ingesting airport germs from every surface possible and being very sigh-y and anxious to get on with the flight.

Boarded the plane and we did end up sitting close together again, Porter on my lap and then Nate with the bigger kids across from us. P and I end up sitting on the aisle seat with a nice gentleman from Miller-Coors next to us. He says that his entire team is flying to Milwaukee and he's a CO native, stating that flying to Milwaukee is 'fine' in the summer but he is really upset about flying our way during our winters. Join the club, man. Winter blows and apparently even parts of Colorado have less snow that us somehow? It's definitely milder for my parents in Fort Collins than for us in Milwaukee, that is for sure. Not sure how that is possible but I will blame Lake Michigan.

Porter is alternating between being happy and playful to being PISSED as we prepare for take off. CC is constantly asking, 'when can I watch my show?" Finally took off and about 30 min later and Porter took part of a bottle, looking super tired. He fought it hard but did fall asleep on me for about 45 min. Heaven. 

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Then he awoke and immediately pointed to Cecelia's juice she got from the flight attendant, like 'you can't pull one over on me, lady, I know juice was handed out while I snoozed'. We managed the rest of the flight with snacks and letting him smack the back of the chair in front of me repeatedly (sorry, dude). He got a little antsy and I think we walked the aisles/hung in the back by the bathrooms but I can't be sure, I think I blocked a lot of this return flight from my memory.

Cecelia was singing 'bah bah black sheep' very loudly as we exited plane, and the flight attendant loved her. Tony met us at the airport, before we got to the baggage claim, and we are all excited to see him. We got our bags, found the van, and drove home. Sweet, glorious home. 

CC and Truman both slept for about15 minutes on the ride home, and we arrived at 2pm. Truman was wide awake when we got home and Cecelia, too, but I convinced her to keep sleeping in her own bed. We ended up having to wake her at 5 pm so she might have been a little tired. Porter and Truman ate lunch with us, Nate got Cousins and Colectivo before we unpacked because we were STARVING and it was 3pm. Porter went down after that, I went through work emails and phone calls, unpacked with Nate, cleaned up dishes, he watered outside and we all remarked it was amazing to be home. I liked getting back around 2 this day to have a bit of time to recollect before we returned to work the next day. I think Tony and Lois came over to our place that night and we all ate dinner together which was a perfect way to catch up on our trip away, and they brought Henry back to us after his fun week at grandma's. Super spoiled dog alert, and one that probably didn't want to come back home to us!

And that's a wrap! Such a great vacation, hope to make it annual or at least biannual!
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