what a week {seven quick takes}

Did I just have a post everyday this week?
oh yes, I did!

1. Been lucky to have some time last week  that I was able to schedule blog posts. One was easy – photos of my hubs and his twin. I enjoyed going through his scanned photos just to find the right ones! And then another reason to look at our wedding photos again. I told my children – do you guys want to see a princess? …. I am talking about me!

2. It’s NFP awareness week. {and just to clear things up now: NFP is not the rhythm method... not all women ovulate on day 14}...    I attempted to write a post, but decided to share posts and articles I have read instead.  I think it's so cool that hubs' birthday is during NFP awareness week (sign? yeah? yeah?) as usual I try to connect the dots when there are no dots to connect. 

If you'd like more, let me give you Blog posts around the web worth clicking:
NFP FAQs - Spoken Bride Assoc Editor ~ Christina of The Evangelista
lovely series on Women speak on NFP by Haley
NFP and genetic disorder ~ by Kelly
an all time fave of mine ~ no H8, educate by Carolyn {i do love breastfeeding because it helps my children and it helps delay the return of fertility... there you have it!}

or if you'd rather listen to a podcast~
here ya go!

3.  work stuff ~ back to this typing notes thing instead of dictating -- do wrist pads work? anything you'd recommend, my daily-typer friends? how about a foot rest? I already raise the chair up so I am not reaching up to my desk and keyboard. I am short, short, short.

I put the time making templates and saving my own autophrases.  I hope to be more efficient with my typing.

Any physicians out there who use the dragon software? Should I even try it? Our department is new to this dragon thing. One likes it a lot. One just started and was having issues with it.. because apparently for it to be user-friendly, you'll have to train it. use it. get it to know your voice. add terms in the dictionary.

Training the dragon is not the same as the movie, How to train your dragon.

fascinating tidbit (which is true in my case) ~doctors can dictate 150 words per minute, three times faster than using a keyboard. -source


floral leggings + grocery shopping with children

//shop yellow tops and dresses//

affiliate links are used.

Top, ASOS exact one
FLoral leggings ~ gift, LuLaRoe
Wedges Marc Fisher, gift from my inlaws
Givenchy antigona
necklace, BR
aviators, QUAY via ebay


nfp is not the rhythm method {nfp awareness week}

reef flipflops
aviators, dottie couture boutique
earrings, from the Philippines

Girls dresses ~ Gymboree


new creation & clothed in Christ {Lucas' baptism}

Lucas' vintage gown, via BettysHeartCo 
Romper, Janie and Jack

on the boys ~ SJ, Janie and Jack linen button down shirt; Daniel, JCP
on the girls ~ matching dresses from NordstromRack. you won't believe the price I got them for!

on me ~
dress, Dottie Couture Boutique


happy birthday to my favorite twins

You two sure know how to party! So blessed to be part of the family. Love you two very much!
Have a great birthday.

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summer tops and ripped shorts

Crochet top, old
ripped shorts, similar on FashionMia
saltwater sandals
LV Neo Noe (the new bucket bag released earlier this spring)


let's do this {seven quick takes}

1. For my first week back at work ~ people have been asking: How are you doing?
As best as it can be for a mom of 5. We are trying to get into a routine. But this routine will change once the children are back in school. Mornings are usually the most stressful. Kids are staying at home right now while I am at work but that will change once hubs drops them off before going to work... and when I have to drop the older 3 to school.

I like my job. I like seeing patients. I am thankful I have a supportive staff and amazing colleagues. It makes missing the babies worth it.

I also like it that I am home part of the time. I get to be a doctor some days of the week. Then some days, I am home changing diapers, sweeping the floor, feeding hungry children, clothing and chasing children who don't want to be clothed.

2. Lucas is not loving the bottle. He made it to 9 hours of crying until he gave in and took 5 oz. The successful person who gave him the bottle was ---------> ate Isabel. She felt so empowered and happy that she was a big helper!

3. Boy scouts camp ~ my eldest enjoyed his week at BSA camp. He hit a bullseye during archery and the BB gun station. They created a toolbox, made candles, cooked pigs in a blanket. They kayaked. They also swam everyday.


i have an eight year old

Click the photos to direct you to the birthday parties (if I blogged them!)


two month old Lucas

2 month stats ~
weight 12 lbs 12 oz  -- 75th percentile
length 22.5 inches -- 25th -50th percentile


sadly, not from the nordstrom sale {Sunday best}

//shop the look//

Skirt, NordstromRack
Jimmy Choo Flats
Burberry bowler bag
MK watch
Bracelet zulily


seven quick takes from our weekend getaway with iphone photos to prove it

1. There were no big week-long beach vacations this year. We have a new baby. Traveling all-day is stressful just thinking about it. Our first beach trip of the year happened last week when we went to Lake Michigan/South West Michigan. Thanks to the bypass and construction of US-31, the drive took us less than 3 hours!

our first stop was in the small town of Three Oaks at a small cafe. I gave the kids a B on their behavior. Not too bad but they were still up and about. What else to expect on a 4 and 2 year old right? But our nice server praised our children, per hubs. I did not hear their conversation since I already took the older children outside. They were ready to move around again.

2. Warren Dunes state park

This state park is north of Union Pier. We arrived there before the crowds came. Three hours there and the beach was packed. The waves were huge. The "red flag" was flying high letting the beach-goers know swimming is not recommended. There was a small tide pool  but the water is pretty muddy and dark. Daniel complained of the "dirty water." He's used to the sea water. He does not remember his time at the lake when he was 2-3years old. So this was like his first time swimming in the freshwater Lake Michigan.

My bathing suit looks ridiculous with the cutout and the shorts combo :( or let's just blame the postpartum poochy belly. #thisisreallife  no photoshop. nothing flattering.


birthday dinner

//thumbnails below are links ~~ straight to shopping//  thanks for your support

dress, Nordstrom ~ mine is sold out: some options here.... also here {i love this!}
heels, LK Bennett exact ones.... but here's another pair for less {$99 or $79
Chanel jumbo in caviar leather, preloved
gold earrings, similar here
necklaces, BR and KSNY, similar


our Sunday best in New Buffalo

^my boys

//outfit details//
Top, BR, old. similar here and also here
skirt, Nordstrom Rack in shocking fuschia, similar here
LK Bennett Sandals, my bday gift from hubs
LV crossbody
sunglasses, dottie couture boutique

//on my girls//
matching Gymboree dresses, similar here and also here
Saltwater Sandals for Lucy
Pink mary Janes for Isabel

//on my boys//
polo shirt, Daniel, JCP
polo shirt, Bastian, Janie and Jack
older boys matching shorts, nordstrom rack, similar
polo shirt, Lucas Janie and Jack
shorts, carter's


recommended by friends and other quick takes

1. Thank you Laura for the recommendation. My canvases came and I LOVE how they turned out. I ordered 11 x 14 prints of the older 4 and another one of hubs and me from our 10 year anniv photos. Easy Canvas Prints is having a major sale right now.  With eBates, you can get 1.5% cashback.

I love the products so much that I ordered scripture printables  and all saints printable and had them printed on 8 x 10 canvases.

2. I don't want to keep watching BONES. why? Because I am down to the last 2 episodes of the series. I always feel like this specially when reading a good book. When I am at the very last chapter, I dread reading the last page because then I know I am done with the book... I am sure I am not the only one who feels this way when reading or enjoying a good book or TV series. Who's with me?


athleisure to combat being outnumbered

My athleisure outfit
Floral tunic, Old Navy
Sunglasses, Nordstrom
Reef flipflops
Capri leggings, Bally total fitness
Chanel wallet on chain, preloved.. here's one in pink patent leather
lipstick, Tempt


happy fourth!

Topshop blouse, nordstrom, mine is sold out ~ similar here
STS frayed hem shorts
Prada purse
aviators, dottie couture boutique
red necklace and earrings, from the Phils
MAC lipstick, huggable lip color in cantonese carnation

//shop the look//


july 4th weekend sales

Sharing some awesome sales from places that I usually shop.  please share on the comments what deals you got from this weekend's sales!

Top Urban outfitters
Tights, Nordstromrack
LK Bennett Sandals
Burberry bowler or doctor bag


cold shoulder dresses {my Sunday best}

outfit deets ~ affiliate links used, thanks!

Dress, old navy
LV Neo Noe, pink straps and interior, new in 2017
Chloe sandals
Kiss me on my tulips, OPI nail polish
MAC lipstick, huggable lip color
Quay sunglasses
MK watch

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