five on friday

I originally typed "friday on five" so that tells you my mental state at present...  This is definitely going to be a stellar post.

1.  After much stalling we couldn't avoid it anymore- Jilly earned her Elsa dress.  One day at Target we saw an Elsa dress and Jilly was just dying to have it.  She only needed one more sticker so I told her if she cleaned her room when we got home she could have it.  She raced out of the car and her room was clean in record time- I was shocked at how fast and what a good job she did.  It was worth the long wait to see how excited she was to finally have that dress.

2. When I was taking pictures of Jilly's dress Mattie ran over and said "cheee!"  I have a ridiculous amount of love for this tiny girl.  

3. My girls have discovered Claire's - heaven help me.  They could spend hours in there trying on every.single.thing.  We took poor Nana with us and this is how it went.
J- (holding a little makeup thing) "Mommy, I want this!"  
R- "Okay, we'll put it on your birthday list"
J- "Well, I'm going to show it to Nana"
Five minutes later we walk out with not one but two little makeup things.


4. Are you sick of me talking about Fall?  You should be.  But Maryland is killing it in the leaf department and I'm just so, so in love.

5.  I'm in charge of our Trunk-Or-Treat at church this weekend which means my dining room has been overtaken by orange and black decorations, I've been to six different grocery stores in the past four days, and I'm thoroughly sick of the holiday and it's still 8 days away.  What do you call the Grinch of Halloween? (Just kidding, it's been fun to plan the party and I'm sure I'll be back in the Halloween spirit when I'm no longer responsible for a party for 350 people!)


Nana's Visit Part Three - Halloween Dinner and Weber's Farm

On Sunday we had the traditional Martinez Halloween dinner of homemade corndogs
I made a few other Halloween-ish side dishes and decorated the table for a fun and festive meal

after 3.94 years of mothering I finally earned rockstar status with green food coloring in our water 

They don't look like much, but trust me, homemade corndogs >>>> storebought corndogs 

On Monday we went to Weber's Farm
It had everything we could have asked for-
hay maze, tractor ride, duck races, tire mountain, boo barn,
and our very favorite- the slides.
Also, apple cider donuts and the best cider I've ever tasted.
It was a perfect way to spend our last day with Nana.

 "I'm Queen of the Wooooorld" 

M's turn as queen 

Jilly kept yelling at me to put my hands up.  This was my best effort.

Come back soon Nana!!


Nana's Visit Part Dos - Harper's Ferry

On Saturday we spent the day in Harper's Ferry
We had a picnic lunch, walked along the river,
explored the museums, little shops & church, 
and hiked to see the view from Jefferson Rock
It was breathtakingly beautiful and perfect for us- 
a little outdoorsy for him and a little history for me

^ cobblestones + leaves, pinch me please

^ one of my favorite moments of the day - Jilly pretending to be a witch


When we got home that night Nana took the girls to Chick-fil-A
And Bryan and I went on a date - our first time out without the girls since June (!!!)
Much needed and much enjoyed.

Nana's Visit - Part One

We were so lucky to have Bryan's mom come visit.
We spent our first couple days meeting Bryan for lunch and getting our favorite donuts,
playing with toys, doing puzzles and coloring at home,
enjoying the Halloween goodies she brought,
and showing Nana how we do Target.
The girls were in heaven with all the extra love and fun 


the fun one

There's no doubt in this house who the fun parent is-

And now Jilly asks for a "potato dance party" every night after dinner.  


five on friday

1. Jilly stayed with my family for a few extra days after our trip this weekend.  While she was gone I couldn't believe how quiet it was at home, and I kept thinking how easy it was to just have one kid (something I would not have told you two years ago.)  In all honesty those days were quite nice, but we missed our chatty, happy girl and were so glad to have her home on Wednesday.  

2.  Mattie got a rotten stomach bug this week.  She didn't eat much over the weekend then on Monday she couldn't keep anything down at all.  It was kind of terrifying because we're already worried about her being underweight.  We were just a few hours away from having to take her to the ER but after a long nap she finally was able to drink and eat a little bit.  She's back to herself now, thank goodness!

3. I finished reading The Expats this week; it was so good that while I was reading at the gym I suddenly realized that I had been on the bike for over an hour after planning to only be there for 30 minutes.  My muscles paid for it the rest of the week.

4.  It's gotten a bit colder and I've discovered we are embarrassingly unprepared for the winter that is quickly coming our way.  I upgraded Jilly from a single pair of socks (that were Halloween socks) to a six pack and bought lots of leggings for her.  So, now maybe we'll make it through November. 

5.  Mattie is at a fun stage where she surprises me every day with new things she can understand and say.  The other day she found some deodorant and proceeded to lift up her shirt and rub some on her tummy.  While Jilly was gone we were heading out the door and Mattie suddenly ran over and turned off the tv- that is always Jilly's job before we go and I had no clue that Mattie had been watching her and knew how to turn it off.

Happy Weekend!!


Conference Weekend

Last weekend was General Conference- a chance to listen to our prophet and other leaders through broadcast.  We went down to Richmond to watch with my family.  On Saturday morning we went to Ashland Berry Farm, where my family goes almost every year but I hadn't been in 10 years!  It was just as great as I remembered- free hayride and all you can carry pumpkins for $20.  We found perfect pumpkins, loaded Bryan up, then Jilly and Ty went through the hay maze.  We got lunch and went to Tyler's soccer game (he won!) then spent the rest of the weekend watching Conference, playing outside, and eating lots of mom's delicious food.  The girls basked in all the extra attention from their grandparents and aunts and uncles, and we all loved the relaxing and uplifting weekend