What I’m Into: July 2016


It’s hard to believe June is nearly over and yet June was so massively packed with memories and milestones and some other ‘m’ word that I’ll think of in twelve minutes that really June has had its time. Its ‘moment’ (haha I’m early) so to speak. I thought I’d link up with Leigh Kramer and share what I’ve been into this month so I can reflect on all this Juneishness before it’s gone.

Family Life in June

We had a mini spree of out of town visitors this month. Grandparents and aunts and beloved friends who sort of live here in town but sort of live out of the country, too. We’ve been savoring minutes with these loved ones while we can.

13428372_1222365251142043_7693615346012812468_nThe kids tried to put the Tooth Fairy out of business by losing like all of their teeth or like half a dozen between the two of them. Somehow my six year old still managed to have baby teeth dangling by a thread for long enough time spans that we almost went insane trying to get them out of her mouth without being arrested for child abuse.

We went camping for 5 nights and somehow I didn’t literally die of boredom and mosquito bites. (Also, the ten year old camped without us at cub scout camp for 3 days and everybody LIVED! Yay!) Three cheers for survival!

13522002_1238376852874216_6931038901941446514_nThe kids started swim lessons again this week and they are back with a vengeance this year. Both kids are totally dominating their lessons so far, especially BB who is making major strides finally when it comes to putting her head all the way under water and not clinging to people’s legs and making bunny faces instead of swimming.

Eating Delicious Things

I found a new favorite restaurant and went there like 5 times in nearly a month. Cafe Hollander is rocking my socks off, especially their breakfast menu. Yummmmmmm.

We crammed in a couple of date nights while my dad was in town and I had dim sum for the first time and was kind of in my glory. I didn’t like everything I tried but it really didn’t matter because it was just all about the experience and the company. And the little coconut dessert thingies.

I made one of my fave recipes this month, Korean Beef Bowls from Damn Delicious, but this time I mixed in some sauteed chopped Brussels sprouts and it was everything. I cooked them on the other burner while my meat was cooking and then mixed it all together in the end. ❤

We Watched Some Stuff

We saw a ton of movies this month! Between date nights, DVDs at home and family outings we saw X-Men: Apocalypse, Captain America: Civil War, Aladdin, Zoolander 2, Love & Friendship, Popstar, Me Before You, Finding Dory and Antman! Faves were probably X-Men, Me Before You and Finding Dory but all were great.

On the small screen, we’ve been catching up on our favorite Late Night shows (Colbert and Cordon), checking out the new Top Gear crew, and I’ve been watching this season’s Food Network Star. Plus a handful of the usual sitcoms.

Also, Game of Thrones is over for the year and I’m in mourning along with the rest of the world. We fell fast and hard for this show last year and now we’re all caught up and I’m not sure what to do with my Sundays now.

I’ve Been Reading Stuff, Too

13557661_1236868159691752_496203318574908783_nWhen I’m not taking pictures of like every book I own for instagram challenges, I read some of the books, too! This month I read:


  • REALLY LIKED Eligible by Curtis SittenfeldFinished June 7thI’m a sucker for Pride and Prejudice adaptations and thoroughly enjoyed this one. Sittenfeld took some interesting departures from the original but overall I think it was an excellent modernization. I would imagine some people might not enjoy a few liberties taken, especially P & P purists, but I thought it was a lot of fun.
  • REALLY LIKED Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst Finished June 24th – I live in Wisconsin so it was a lot of fun reading a murder mystery that takes place in my state. Lots of local references to enjoy. Additionally, it’s a good and compelling story that took awhile to build but kept my interest and then consumed my interest in the second half. It ends on a cliff hanger that led to me immediately downloading the next book.
  • LIKED The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterFinished June 29th – I’ll be honest, I didn’t love this as much as I was hoping too. I think the hype got the better of me. Something about the book kept me at arm’s length and I wasn’t able to really lose myself to the story. But it ended with a lot of questions still unanswered that have me considering reading the next book at some point. I liked a lot of aspects of this book, I just didn’t quite love it.

Right now I’m reading The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett which my book club will be discussing in July as well as A Circle of Quiet by Madeline L’Engle when I’m sitting by the pool at swim lessons and You’re Never Weird on the Internet (mostly) by Felicia Day because I’m impatient.

That’s about it for now – until July lovelies!


3 responses to “What I’m Into: July 2016”

  1. Michele Morin Avatar

    What a treat to find your blog! Your family and you sound like such great people doing such interesting things together — and I love Madeleine L’Engle.


  2. yettie Avatar

    I found Aladdin for sale at Walmart last week and made my kids watch it. They loved it and it brought back such good memories for me. The first time I watched it was in high school and I missed a lot of nuances.

    I think I’m about to jump on the Game of Thrones train (finally!)


    1. Jen E @ mommablogsalot Avatar

      Aladdin is my husband’s favorite Disney movie so he was pretty stoked when I bought it for Father’s Day. The whole family loved it. Hope you enjoy Game of Thrones – it took me a couple of episodes to really get into it. The first few were a little shocking to the senses lol