final epcot day + princesses

My sister and I had a plan with this day. Early breakfast in Epcot before the park opens in the hopes that after we eat we can ride Frozen and Test Track, since we didn't get Fastpasses for them. It's back to that whole you can only pick one of these three and well, Soarin was the one we picked. Anyways that was the logic behind a breakfast buffet meal. With princesses! Lots of them! We ate at Akershus (gesundheit) Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion. I was a tad nervous about the food because well, Norway. But I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of options for us all! We met Belle right at the door in her pretty  yellow dress, as well as Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel! They also had a princess parade type thing and the kids all got up and joined in on that. It was such a magical breakfast for the kids! Well worth it! Today was also the day the kiddos wore their matching shirts that my parents got for them all! Love matching!

magic kingdom again + fireworks

Wild horses can't keep us away. We had dinner reservations at The Crystal Palace, which is a character dining experience plus also a buffet. My kids never really watched Winnie the Pooh which is a travesty in and of itself but they have however seen Christopher Robin. Which is just such a cute movie! So they were more excited this time around. Even if Letty was like ahem mom, the gray guy who is sad all the time should be on all fours and the pig is much much smaller than that. This is why I know they are humans in costumes. Yet she still lit up with each and every meet and greet so fine if she knows the truth.

magic kingdom + epcot

We got to Magic Kingdom a little bit earlier than we did earlier in the week in hopes to get some of the little kid rides taken care of before the crowds arrived. Tinkerbell claimed to have a 15 minute wait that may or may not have been longer... but we wanted to meet her so we waited just the same. She asked Dom about his Slug Slime that he uses for his hair, as she does the same. So now we call his hair gel Slug Slime. They also told her that their daddy has a Tinker Talent. But first are the sunrise run photos getting old? No, right?

epcot + mickey and friends


My sister was just on a mission this day. My kind of Beth! She saw the lines weren't so bad over at Epcot and well since we can just mosey on over there we should just go do that. This was Rob and Ashley's wedding anniversary so they wanted to do their own thing after dinner and my parents helped by watching the girls for them. So it was just the Sauders and Olsens. On. A. Mission!

hollywood studios + some pool time

Hollywood Studios has some of my favorite thrill rides! Tower of Terror and the Rock n' Rollercoaster are just where it's at! With the opening of Toy Story Land we were really hoping to get Fastpasses for one of those new rides but alas, it was not in the cards for us. Even if I gave up one of those aforementioned thrill rides, they were just that booked out. So. My sister was like, let's do this! Let's take the kids at rope drop and make a mad dash and do our best to get those triplets on the one ride they really just wanted, Slinky Dog Dash. And news flash: we made it. The line was completely out of the regular like line area and wrapped around the outside... it did not look good. But I think we only waited like 40 minutes maybe? Maybe even a half hour. The line behind us got up to over two hours so so fast so... We figured we were so lucky. Such a fun ride too! Definitely worth that wait I'd say. The line area is themed so fun and the kids just ate it all up!

epcot + fireworks

Hard to believe that we are still on the same day as yesterday but that is just how we rolled in Disney. Pack it all in and get it all done and all of it. All of the time. As I said after our early dinner we had some calories and time to burn so we Monorailed ourselves over to Epcot. Where there were flowers! Naturally. It being spring and all. All the flowers!

magic kingdom + o'hana

My dad gets us the Park Hopper passes and I mean, we've used them sure, going into two parks in a day here and there but this trip? Oh did we get the money's worth out that option. This day was the first example of such madness. We started our day at Magic Kingdom. But not before going out for a quick run and mailing postcards to the kid's classes and also homework. Journal it all kids! 

off to disney we go! first up: animal kingdom!

What's that saying about the rolling stone and moss? Well however it goes we are sure that rolling stone. We got up bright and early and loaded into the most packed MV I have ever seen and started our two plus hour trip to the great Walt Disney World!

our easter at the beach

This was our last day in West Palm Beach and as I'm sure you can imagine the day started with a run. My brother joined my sister and I for a sunrise run along the beach... with about a thousand other people in their Easter finest... .listening to a worship service. We saw the sun rise and then headed north for a quick run....

easter eve take two

I might just be over here reminiscing of our Floridian trip until school gets out. Would that be so bad? No I think not...

Once the epic egg hunt and all other festivities wrapped up we all got changed and headed to the club pool. I could just move in there if I'm being honest. Well that and if I won the lottery. The pineapple vodka drinks were flowing and there was family everywhere and the sun was out in full force! It was amazing. I'm pretty sure I only left the pool to get Chapstick and then back I went. We spent the entire afternoon hanging out and laughing and maybe some of us getting a little too much sun... 

As we were walking out to get ready for dinner my cousin Nick threw his mother in the pool which oh so gave me flashbacks of his own father and our other uncles chucking my grandma into her pool when I was a kid... That's a thing Trovato men do I guess... throw their mothers in the pool.

an easter egg hunt!

My aunt had quite the itinerary planned for our visit and first things first on our Saturday morning, an egg hunt! And not just an egg hunt, but a magic show and then and egg hunt! Plus much much more! The magician was a tad hokey but my kids were absolutely eating it up, the cornier the better! I'm pretty sure the joy and admiration on their faces never left. 

our good friday

I started my Good Friday off with a sunrise run with my sister.. which is the best way to start any day if you ask me. Coffee, cardio, and the sky. It wasn't the best sky I've ever seen but it still so pretty. Once everyone was up for the day we had breakfast at the hotel and then let the kids swim. It was overcast and it eventually started to rain but that doesn't stop these kiddos!

as we arrive in west palm beach

Now the reason for this destination is: family. My uncle has a house down there and his wife and their four kids and their people Easter there every year. We did this once before, but as tax season rarely falls before Easter (and my CPA sister is needed as are my mom and I and our childcare services) we haven't been there in quite some time. Since Dom was on the inside as a matter of fact.

There were a few bumps along the road for some of my extended family that left us down an uncle as well as later flights than they originally planned. So. The day we arrived we just relaxed by the pool because my kids are fishes and it was hot and there was sun and palm trees. Yes, West Palm Beach has palm trees! The pool also had a shelf that my kids found to be absolutely fantastic. I also got a quick run in as I tend to do. It's not our gym at home but it's something. Right?


and we are back!

From what felt like the longest vacation ever! What day is it? Does Matt even have a job? What does our house even look like? Twelve days is absolutely no joke. The planning. The packing. The sheer logistics of it can make one's head spin....

My five and my parents decided to drive down to Florida so that meant we left before the sun (as in 3:30 am) on a Wednesday and drove to Savannah, where we spent the night. We stop every three hours or so and stretch our legs and it just works out for us. The drive down is so much easier because well, there are palm trees to look forward to!

My father rented us this little beauty which we lovingly referred to as the Menno Van. It's a local thing, I am sure. The reason we did this is so that when everyone arrived at our first destination of West Palm Beach we would have transportation for them. And also for when we headed to Disney. So we had all of the car seats in all of the land. Just in case you were wondering why a family of five would need a fifteen passenger van.... My parents refuse to ride down with us and I'll let you imagine as to the why.

happy easter!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! Whatever you may be doing, whether it's laying in the sun soaking up all that vitamin d, staring at every palm tree with heart eyes, swimming... oh wait that's me.... 

However you celebrate, Happy Easter from my three bunnies!




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easter festivities at home

Last weekend we thought we would throw in all the festive Easter-ness before we headed south for the actual holiday! My niece Mikayla was recovering from being under the weather so it was just my sister and her family and me and mine and my parents. I made my Easter Sicilian soup and mom cooked and we did all the things. In all the lands.

a second grade field trip

Last Friday I had the pleasure of being a chaperone with Letty's class as they headed to The Hershey Story Museum thing and also Chocolate World. I told you I live in Hershey now. It was a full day affair, starting with that long and loud bus ride up there. Letty wanted to sit with her friends so I mean, rude. Guess that ship has sailed. Sniff. 

hersheypark in the spring!

Hersheypark opened their doors for the first time of the year the first weekend of this month and the weather could not have been kinder! Sunny and warm, almost 70 degrees! We all made it a point to get up there.... right after the bunny. 


We did something we have never done before, get the kids measured at the official measuring station. They were just really in to it. I think David was already a Hershey Bar but he seemed to think this was a new thing and was just so friggin excited about it. Mikayla bumped up herself which I mean, of the triplets she is the tallest. Lena and Dom are just hanging on to their Kiss status by a thread. This summer, for sure.
 Ashley and I took the Mikayla and the bigger kids on her first ever Comet ride. It's an old wooden rollercoaster that's been around forever and a day. She was not very impressed. She didn't cry, but love it she did not. The kids hit up a ton of the kiddie rides in between the thrill rides too of course. And David! He's the big man now! He actually went on the big scary tower with his Uncle Colton not once, but twice. He's going to love Disney this year I know it! No more crying on Spaceship Earth for him, no! This was such a good first trip to Hersheypark for the year!

the easter bunny, chocolate style!

This post could alternatively be titled with: I live in Hershey now. I went twice over the weekend and I go again tomorrow for a field trip... So. 

Last weekend we gathered up all the cousins and headed up to Chocolate World where they have a nice bunny set up and you can take all the photos with him that you want. Everyone did so well! Although I do love a good crying baby photo situation.... it just makes me giggle. Harrison did a little bit of that but then got it together for the photo.... And as always we got one of all seven kiddos with him!


disney memory lane

Disney Disney Disney is the name of the game around here these days and so what better way to further the excitement than to look back on past year's trips? I'll forego the ones from you know, my childhood. And I'll skip the trip Matt and I took as newlyweds before kids made us all old and haggard.... It's a big 'un, I'll warn you. And the more kids that join the group the more photos taken!

Starting with Letty's very first trip in 2011! She was the only child in the family and soaked up everyone's attention. Rob didn't join us this trip but we had John! It rained and my dad spent thousands on ponchos.

celebrating 100 years of magic!

With Disney on Ice of course. What a great way to gear up for Disney next week than with taking the kids to see this show, right? We get club seats which is just amazing. Cushier seats, more room, your very own Club bathrooms and Club bar and Club food. No waiting in long lines for us! This time we got six tickets and so we decided to take my niece Lena with us (next time, Mikayla!). The kids all donned their Disney wear.... that I had to unpack because well, whoops. We got ourselves settled with popcorn just in time for the show to start!

go team usa!

We feel very lucky to have the U.S. Women's National Field Hockey Team based out of our very own gym. That's right. Our gym. A friend of mine texted me two Sundays ago and asked if Letty and I wanted to join her and her daughter to watch a game that very same night. And we heartily agreed. Tickets were purchased. Red, white and blue was donned, and flags were found! Off we went!

a bit of a scroll through my camera roll

Here's a glimpse into what we have been up to lately, as told by my camera roll... Which desperately needs to be cleaned out before heading south here in a few days...

We have been getting outside every single chance we get! Must enjoy the sun while we can!

so what's new with you?

It's April!! We are almost to warmer weather please and thank you! It cannot come soon enough! We had ourselves a little bit of a tease this past Saturday and it was phenomenal! Please come back!

the kid's easter baskets, disney style

We are going to be celebrating Easter on our upcoming Floridian trip (we will be in West Palm Beach day of) which poses all sorts of difficulties when it comes to Mister E.B. himself... I pulled this off once before and it worked because well, childish innocence... I feel like the bigger two kids are on the brink of discovering that all of these characters are really just their parents pretending. David more so than Letty.  So. I really need to pull this off. Five of us in one hotel room? I may have to set an alarm and do it at like.... five am. Maybe four. 

But the super fun part of celebrating Easter whilst in Florida before one heads to Disney is that I can theme the baskets! I love a good theme! I really didn't want to get them a bunch of crap that they really don't need so I tried to stick to things that would be really great for them to have when they hit Disney the following day. And I did go to the Dollar Tree and get cheapo baskets that can easily fit into one another, saving me major space. Packing for ten days is a daunting task....

an update to the o

Just another little project of that Handy Matty...

I found this O on clearance like ages ago and it's held it's place of honor in our foyer ever since. But I just decided I wanted it to be more substantial. So I asked Matt to build a back for it and include three hooks so I could hang stuff off of said hooks. Yes I know, like I need more stuff. But the hanging planter from the Dollar Spot was just so cutte!

disney countdown chain. it's on.

The kids requested this, not I. We typically do some sort of countdown before each Disney trip... a chain like this, or a hidden Mickey with an activity... but something is done. As we are leaving here shortly for Walt Disney World (and West Palm Beach but let's not confuse them) I had to whip up a bunch of activities or what have you for each day of The Great Disney Countdown Chain (!). I think this will be much more fun now that the kids are older and can actually participate other than like "a baba a bee bee." Anyone been around here that long that you remember that was Letty's go to phrase? Still don't know what she was saying....

I digress.

some new (old) antique finds!

I'm just hopping on the antique hunting train these days! I have some things in mind I'd like to "collect" as it were and so some of this may not make much sense as I'm just getting started... But the hunt is so much of the fun! 

I love old chippy windows! I have one in my master bathroom and I mean, the more the merrier am I right? This one landed in my dining room.

spring decor

I actually debated even decorating for Easter this year. We won't even be home for the actual day which I'm sure is part of the reason... But then I was like well... Do it for the kids Vince. And their little squeals of happiness when they got off the bus as they tore around the house looking at all the decor made it worth it. I guess. I don't go big like I do for the other holidays. Or I should say as big. But there you have it... Easter decor!

have a nice st. patrick's day?

Did you all celebrate? We didn't do much other than don these here outfits for this here photo. But I hope if you did you had some good green beer or listened to some Dropkick Murphy's or some such thing. I went to Pints & Poses on Friday and Shipping Up To Boston was the first song they played and I was all like man. These are my people. But that's about all she wrote as far as our celebrations went.

So here are some cute kids in their festive wear! I realize squeezing David into a 4T is a bit extreme but the things I force him to do for a cute themed photo! On to the next Olsen! Will this be the last year? I don't know we will find outtttt!!!

the blue and gold banquet

As first timers to this whole Cub Scout thing, the Blue and Gold Banquet was just a total unknown for us. The boys were all encouraged to attend, as well as all siblings and parents, grandparents, whoever! They would provide pizza and people would bring sides and so forth (you know me and my love of any and all things potluck). 

new (old) dining room shelves

This whole thing started because as Matt and I were perusing my parent's stash of wood for another project entirely I saw this oh so pretty thick piece of old wood. And after asking if I could take it home with me my mother reminded me that she had a second piece that she wasn't really using in any major way and that I could have it too. Lucky me! So then I started wandering around the house trying to figure out where oh where I could have my Handy Matty hang up these gorgeous wood as shelves. I texted my mother many options because I bounce most decor choices off of her and we decided upon the dining room... We had to move some things around of course to make it happen but I'm so glad we chose this spot. I love it so! It brings me great joy! 

Also having a husband who just does whatever I want and whenever I want. That too.

And anyone who has ever commented on my decorating ability the real accolades go to my mother and the invention of photo messaging. I style it and then she does some "tweaking" as it were.

a girl scout build-a-bear party

Just a week late (and a dollar short or something?) but I wanted to make sure to document a fun little Friday evening that Letty had with her Girl Scout Troop, a Build-a-Bear party! As much as she is attached to her two prior Build-a-Bears (Tink Teddy from a gift card she got when she broke her arm and Rose, the one my parents got her on our Carnival Cruise and why yes, she named her after Rose DeWitt Bukater.) I just wasn't sure that she would be into the whole party and getting another one. .. Well no wronger could I have been. 

so what's new with you?

It's been a week since I've even posted anything here (gasp! and whoops!) so I guess it's the perfect time for one of these right?  And it's March! Glory glory hallelujah one month closer to warmth! And vacation!

hey mambo! mambo open that bottle night!

This is one of the very few nights a year that Matt and I have my parents watch the kids and we go out. Not just us two of course, but to a wine party! With other like-minded wine lovers! Now I know I don't drink as much wine as I used too, and I mourn the days of the good bottles of red that we used to enjoy. The tannin! The inevitable headaches! Getting older is fun people. 

living room shelves

It's the time of year where I have an itch and the only way to make it go away is make Matt do diy things. Lucky man. One such thing was adding shelves above our tv in the living room. We have the exact same ones in our master bathroom, just smaller than these, and even had leftover pipe from that project. 

I never really enjoyed this wall with the tv and I've tried a few different ways to fix that lack of enjoyment but it just wasn't working. I felt like before the room felt very weighted to the gallery wall side (which it was) so this I think helps remedy that. Of course I have an antiquing trip planned next month (you know, when it's not a no spend month) because those shelves are nowhere near where I want them to be decor wise. I just threw some things up there that I wasn't using anywhere else so they weren't nekkid. How cute is that tiny candle? It's from the Dollar Tree. I know! Same with the galvanized tub. A dollar!

I'll keep you posted on my antique finds, lest you fret.

the great pantry redo!

I'm not even the slightest bit embarrassed to show you this mess. You know why? Because it ain't my fault (did I do that?!). It's my chef's fault. But since he is the chef I don't really have a thing I can do about that now can I? I organize it. He messes it up. But! He agreed to redo the pantry for me just the same and even agreed to keeping it organized just the way I like it (aha aha). So this is the before, obviously. There was all this extra space between the shelves and soooo much room above the top shelf that is like, why are you there? Plus the walls were all scratched and marked up from all the things being thrown in there through the years. 

hopefully our last snow day

Please oh please let last week's storm be our last. Not only are we now working our way into the summer with make up days but I am just so over it. The kids haven't had a full week of school in forever. Maybe since December? I'm only slightly exaggerating. It's early dismissals and two hour delays and of course the closures. But as it so happens we cannot control the weather and a storm came and it dropped a whole lot of snow and then a whole lot of freezing rain that resulted in a day off of school.

Again.

skyzone!

I had taken Dom here in December and just felt really bad about the fact that the bigger kids were missing out because of that silly little thing known as school... And then for Christmas our Fitzs gave us a gift card for this place! So then it was just a matter of waiting for a day when I thought (based on my extensive SkyZone crowd knowledge) it wouldn't be that busy, which was this past Monday. Matt asked off work too so it was a family affair!

some valentine's celebrations 'round these parts

As a rule I don't really enjoy this Hallmark holiday. Romance is so not on my priority list (poor Matt). However, we do celebrate a little bit. Times three as it were, believe it or not. So I realize those sentences are conflicting but bear with me.

Traditionally, we get together with our old neighbors for Valentine's Day. If you've been around this blog since the beginning then you know that we started this tradition because we had little kids and didn't feel like going out and getting a sitter and wearing real pants all of that jazz. So Matt would cook something fancy and we would join forces and have quite the fun night. Last weekend we kept up with that tradition and had them over for dinner. Matt made the kids a heart shaped pizza, the adults had chicken parm and Steph brought her delicious heart shaped dessert. 

rollerskating night! with friends!

I am back from my little blogging break! Nothing intentional like, oh I need a break from the social media world or anything... just more like oh I don't really have anything to say so I'll say nothing type of deal. But I do love this little blog of mine so I am back. Like Arnold... With our church's rollerskating night!

Every Wednesday night I drive a bunch of neighborhood kids (and two of my own) to church. Think: youth group. They call it Quest and it used to be called Clubs but that's just all confusing to me. Anyways each year they take over the Mt. Gretna Roller Rink and have a family night. 

The past two years I skated as well but last year neither kid wanted to skate with me so I figured why bother? So I sat it out. And here David could have really used me. He didn't leave the wall for the first forty-five minutes or so and refused to even try and skate out into the rink. He got there though eventually, but it was painful to see. Letty of course took off with all of her girlfriends and had a blast. That girl just has the best group of friends! I know I've mentioned that before, but it's true. And David? He's got a good friend here or there but not like the tribe that Letty has. Maybe that's a boy thing? Is that a thing? He's the most social kid and knows everyone's names but it's just like oh everyone is my friend instead of oh this is my group. Maybe that's best? Too many sentences about your children's friends Laur, move on.

a david day date!

The Cub Scouts had an ice skating day up at the Hersheypark Arena last weekend and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with my middle child! Matt would have been the ideal candidate for this but he has bad feet. After returning from Mordor they can no longer ice skate. So it was me. Happily. David gets overlooked in a lot of ways.... All our focus is either on Letty's academics... or all her activities... or on Dominic because we are just with him so much during the week and well, the squeaky wheel gets the grease right? It's not intentional, and I used to think Middle Child Syndrome was a farce but it isn't people. He has his Cub Scouts though! And he started a baseball clinic thing this week! And whenever he reaches a milestone with something at school (so smart that kiddo) we sneak him out to get him ice cream and such. We try!

But back to skating. He was hedging leading up to this. Did he want to go? Did he not? He has never skated before and he didn't know of anyone else going.... But two minutes before we had to leave he decided yes, I want to go. Annnnnd about two minutes after I paid he said he wished he had decided to stay home. Can we leave? I want to go home. Which is probably a little bit of why he doesn't get to do certain things. Like brother is not allowed to go to a musical or the movies anymore. Unless it is like the three dollar movies. He is unpredictable in that way. But I reminded him that I paid money for this and he was staying. Tough it out kid. 

It took a good forty-five minutes till he could let go of the wall and move about on his own... a few falls of course but no tears. And then he loved it. He kept referring to the penalty box as the break center no matter how many times I corrected him. At one point he looked at me and said so mom, what you're saying is I'm a professional? Far from it kid but hey I dig your confidence!

so what's new with you?

One month down. We made it! These cold months can just breeze on by if you ask me. I mean obviously not really because time going so fast is always something I loathe but I also loathe being cold. So that's what.

but does it spark joy?

You may know what my post title is referring to and you may not... so for those of you who do not know there is a new show on Netflix (and a book, apparently) called Tidying Up. And in this show the most adorable woman helps people tidy. There are so many hilarious memes I’ve seen that do give me a good snicker... but the truth is Matt and I have been going through our house slowly, getting rid of things we don’t use or need for a few months now... right about the time when we closed the pool and were like oh where oh where can we store these things? Annnnnd sorry Marie but I have been folding clothes that way since Letty was born. Minus the gratitude. I don’t thank my leggings. Maybe I should? But I don’t. 

audrey turned one!

Which I mean, I rarely call my niece Audrey. I say Aud. Like with a heavy (in my opinion) New York accent ala my Uncle Glenn referring to my Grandma, the original Audrey. Aaaaaaaud. Anyways. Baby girl somehow is one! That was probably the fastest year yet. Her birth just happened am I right? Poor girl wasn't feeling quite herself the day of the party so she took it all very seriously, but at least there were no tears! She even took a nap and then came back to the party. It's her party and she'll nap if she wants to. Girlfriend likes her sleep.

My brother and sister-in-law moved the party to my parent's basement just to give all these people more room. It was fun to see how Ash had the basement all decorated! She's so good with all that stuff. It was a Winter Onederland theme so there were lots of trees scattered about everywhere. And lots of photos. A photographer's daughter's party must have a lot of photos!

There was appetizers and drinks before gift opening. There is never a lack of helpers when it comes to gift time at these parties. Like moths to a flame, these kiddos. The super cute cake was delicious. I may have found my replacement bakery now. Somehow Aud allowed me to cart her around from family to family to get photos because that is just what I do at these parties. 

the polar vortex

Are we tired of hearing about this? I am so glad that it's now warmed up to like, the 50's as opposed to say, two degrees. And yes yes I am well aware it was soooo much worse in a great portion of our nation. I just hate being cold. I want to pick up my entire family and move them to a warmer climate. Palm trees would be a necessity. But sadly some members of my family don't want to move. Cough. Mom. Cough.

Anyways last week we had snow, obviously. The kids had an early dismissal one day and then a two hour delay the next day and then school was closed completely the day after that. What lucky creatures to be home with us all that time! And how lucky was I that I got to help them get dressed and undressed nine thousand times. So lucky, I'll tell you what.

I personally just like to let them play in the backyard while I watch from warmer pastures inside. The fence and all of that. But we eventually headed across the street to the baseball diamond which sits high up on a hill and let the kids sled. Half the neighborhood was out as well and we had a drink to warm our bones. I have fond memories of being outside sledding until the sun set and that is just what we did that night.

a bookshelf update. again.

I'm reclaiming my playroom! Not completely, of course. But a little bit here and a little bit there. First order of business was pairing down all the toys! I was able to do enough of that that we could get rid of the Ikea storage unit that was once in front of the bookshelves. That cleared up some space in the room. I went through each and every box of Letty's crafts and put whatever I could into big Ziploc bags that then went into one of those canvas bins. Which I love! They are so sturdy and big. And they hide all the things.

Then I went through my books and got rid of ones I know I'll just never read again. By get rid of I mean take to my local library and donate. All 200 of them. What was left of my books I just spread out on the remaining open shelves and then it was time to shop my house! Find things to decorate! Without spending any money! So it's not perfect and it will most certainly change but for now it works just fine.

we joined a gym!

I have never ever belonged to a gym. I don't do machines. I don't do people looking at me. I don't wear fancy clothes when I run. But I do like to work out. We redid our basement gym recently and that is all well and good and was working out alright... But then my brother and his family joined this local massive gym... Followed shortly after by my sister and her family. Followed shortly after that by my father. Well, as you can imagine, we don't like to be left out of any family affairs. So we too joined.