It has been a whirlwind summer, but today I am thankful AND grateful that we got to celebrate my dad’s birthday this morning, after a scare in June. Overall this whole year has been a medical nightmare for our family, and I am hopeful that we are out of the woods for now!
Hard to believe two and half months ago he was in the ICU waiting on a team of neurologists to decide how to operate on the cyst in his brain and drain the excess fluid!
My daughter seems to be better as well, back in February she collapsed at school and experienced temporary paralysis, which was made worse by the poor handling of the situation. We were forced to make some difficult decisions regarding schooling, and this past week was week 1 of a “new schedule” for my remaining school aged children. It’s more parental involvement, but I know my kids will be safe, well educated, and as a parent I couldn’t really ask for much more than that! One of many reasons my blog has been a place of neglect this year!
However I haven’t stopped shopping nor wearing dresses. Still a bit obsessed with Kate Spade (I post a lot on Instagram too). Some recent aquisitions:
This guy is quite a gem too:
The detail on this bag is amazing, I know I love my typewriter bag, but this one takes the cake! As a baker, well, I’m partial to anything with a French macaron on it.
I recently took a trip to Minesota to pick my oldest son up from summercamp, and had the misfortune of flying Spirit airlines. (Never again!) When you find out 48hrs before your trip that they charge for a carry-on, you get creative! I managed to pack for the whole weekend into one small “personal item”, including the cafe handbag. Some photos:
Just before we landed I unpacked into my handbag and switched my shoes:
I rolled all my clothes and put them in air-tight ziplock bags. In that bag was:
Two cardigans (I wore my big heavy one over my dress, looking very bag lady like!), jeans, sandals, pjs, one dress, one belt, two t-shirts, undergarments, sandals, toiletries, makeup, handbag, phone charger and my noise cancelling headphones. For me to pack that light is quite a miracle! But I just couldn’t justify paying $65 to bring a carryon with me. It became a bit of a challenge!
Here’s some photos, right across the lake is Canada. My son went to Camp Kooch-I-Ching in International Falls, MN. It’s a boys camp, but there is a girl’s sister came somewhere! (They never see each other)
The Coffee Landing, they roast their beans in their front window! They even have mail order. Mmmmmm.
Also hit the Mall of America:
I had last visited when it was 2 years old, and this month they celebrated 25 years! It seemed much bigger back then, I have to say! Lots of back to school shopping was going on when we were there.
Gearing up for the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. I hope to blog a bit more, once I get into the swing of life.
Until next time,