Week in Review #12

Hello all!

It feels like I was just writing last week’s WiR, and here we are again, another Tuesday. I just can’t believe how quickly this summer has gone. I start student teaching in exactly three weeks (EEK), and pretty soon, it will be fall. I’m SO not ready to let go of summer yet.

The good news is, though, that I spent much of this last week enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having!

Week in Review

Thanks for hosting, Meghan!

This past week…

  • I took my car to the shop to get an oil change and have them check it out. Turns out the battery needed to be replaced. $245 later, here I am. Stinkin’ money.
  • I finally snapped a picture of Ella doing her “Namaste” pose! The first time she did this when she was a wee pup, I thought it looked like the yoga pose, so that’s what we’ve been calling it ever since. It cracks me up.


  • For our Friday “field trip” day, the kids and I went to a local Scholastic book fair. I didn’t plan on getting anything, but at one point I passed a Good Housekeeping cookbook that was marked down to $5 from $15. When I went to the register, it rang up as only $2.50! Talk about a good deal!
  • Also on Friday, the kids and I performed a rescue. We were swimming in the neighbors’ pool when I noticed a small frog at the bottom. We thought he was moving, so we wanted to save him. None of the kids wanted to touch it (I was so surprised), so I eventually bribed one of them with a dollar to scoop it up. Lots of attempts and screaming later, we discovered he had been dead the whole time. Boo.
  • On Saturday, Dan and I drove to the Lansing area to get out and enjoy the weather. We stopped in Central Park in Okemos, which actually ended up being a very nice place, complete with a farmer’s market and a little historical village.






  • After touring those, we continued on into the park. And I got eaten alive by mosquitos, again, despite putting on bug spray. It was very pretty, though, and definitely a nice way to spend a beautiful summer day.






  • That night, we headed even more east to my grandma’s house. We spent that night and the following morning playing cards and being stuffed to our gills, courtesy of my grandma. She’s a good cook, suffice it to say.
  • I made a couple of quarts of homemade chicken stock using Ina Garten’s recipe! (I cut it down to a third of what hers calls for.) I’m super excited to try it out!
  • All day yesterday, with the exception of an hour-long workout in the morning, I spent laying around being a lazy bum.


  • It did not stop pouring rain the entire morning and afternoon, and it was so relaxing. I love thunderstorms – when I don’t have anything to do.
  • Finally, if you missed it, I also posted a new Meat Free Monday recipe: Mexican Stuffed Peppers. It’s a good one, if I do say so myself. šŸ™‚

I’m actually going to be productive today, so I’m off. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

Questions for the day:

What funny things does your pet do?

Are there any nice parks in your area?

What’s your favorite way to make the most of the beautiful summer weather?


  1. I feel like that always happens when we take our cars in for something… they find five other things that need to be fixed, and it ends up costing a fortune!
    I LOVE historical villages/towns!! I especially love the “living” ones where people dress up and cook stuff in the houses and such. So much fun! And feel free to call me a nerd šŸ˜‰
    My border collie mix does the strangest/cutest things! She crosses her paws when she lays down, yips and moves her paws like she’s running when she’s asleep (we always joke that she’s chasing bunnies in her dreams šŸ˜‰ ), and rolls around on her back while making the strangest noises with her mouth haha. She sure does some interesting things, but I love her to death because of them! šŸ˜€

  2. This summer is going by way toooo fast. I want time to slow down, but alas it waits for no man (or woman). My youngest feline sits yoga style like Elle. I think it’s one of the cutest things.
    The historical town looks absolutely picturesque. Beautiful photos. I’d love to go there one day and alk around, sans mosquitoes though. I can’t wait to hear what you do with the chicken stock. You know I’m a big Ina fan.

  3. Omg Ella’s pose!! HAHAHA

  4. Ella’s Namaste pose is too cute!

    We have a bunch of mostly neglected parks in our small city, but we keep hearing whisperings of revitalization plans, so we’re hopeful! There are so many other beautiful spots to drive to within half an hour; I love that we have hiking trails and waterfalls so close!

  5. That little village looks so cute! Almost fake it’s so adorable! As is Ella’s Namaste pose šŸ™‚ Our doggie sleeps on his back sometimes, all legs up!

  6. I’ve been meaning to tell you, I tried the meatless mexican stuffed pepper dish Monday night… um girl, you weren’t kidding when you said it was a good one. It was absolutely delicious!

  7. Looks like you’re having such a nice summer!

  8. The village looks so cute! I love discovering small towns that I really never knew existed! My old dog used to dream about running, because when she was sleeping, her legs would be going a mile a minute like she was actually running! It was too funny!

  9. Namaste! haha That is an adorable village. Great pics!

  10. Central Park looks ADORABLE!! And my Daisy always walks around licking peoples’ feet when my family and I are watching TV. šŸ˜›

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