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This Week at the Brennan’s

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Lauren and Brooke

Here we go again! Another crazy week gone by 🙂

Here’s what happened this week:

Eddie starting showing interest in helping out with chores! I’ll TAKE IT. His favorite job is unloading the dishwasher. Mostly just the silverware since he can reach the drawer with a little step stool. He is the cutest!! Also, it’s a nice perk that he started earning his keep.

Brooke got bangs!! I was so hesitant because you get them once and a few days later, you’re annoyed. At least that’s how it works for me. But she was adamant, so away we went to the hairdressers. I got about two inches cut off and she got a little mini trim and some serious bangs that turned out SO CUTE! We both love them, and I think it helps that her hair is stick straight. (Clearly not from my side of the family!) Her new bangs lay so flat and perfect that she is probably going to have zero issues with them. I’d love bangs too but mine would curl up on themselves all the time! REAL ATTRACTIVE.

I FINALLY finished my brownie recipe which I will be posting this week!! I’ve been on a steady diet of brownies and diet coke this week, so it’ll be nice to eat something else this coming week. Haha!

Eddie on a bike

Eddie is making leaps and bounds in speech therapy this week. It was the first week I saw a glimmer of hope where things seem to be headed in the right direction! We’ve been going twice a week for over a month and I had hoped that things were on the right track, but nothing seemed to really change much, at least not very quickly. We’d get the occasional new sound here or there, but on Wednesday morning, he actually started repeating sounds and a few words when the therapist would encourage him to! I couldn’t believe it and actually, neither could she! We both were like “ohmygosh! YES EDDIE!”

My nanny took him to his Friday appointment and sent me a video and said the same thing! We’re noticing those words and harder word sounds find their place in his vocabulary. So proud of my little boy!

We have had some nice, sunny and warm weather this week (high 50’s and low 60’s). It’s basically what my dreams are made of. I walked to the grocery store without a coat TWICE this past week. Good weather has a serious impact on my attitude, especially at the end of winter and start of spring when you just want to put all that snow gear away because the tiny shoe closet is already so darn full! Come on spring, you can do it!!

We went to several parks with our stroller and our kids scooters. We even hung out on the roof of our building one afternoon after school. It’s windy up there, but nice views! (Did I mention there’s a hammock on our roof too? Can’t wait until summer!!)

On Monday evening, I did a ‘salad bar’ for dinner and would highly recommend trying it in your families. Basically, I chop up a bunch of veggies and fruit, with some lunch meats, bacon bits, cheeses, nuts, salad dressings, pickles, olives, cottage cheese, etc.. Anything that was in my fridge that sounded remotely good on a salad, I had it on our table. Then we let the children pick and choose what goes on their ‘salads’. Brooke chooses just about everything, but Blake and Edward don’t eat any type of lettuce or ‘green’. So, their version of salad is just a bunch of lunchmeat and vegetables with a side of cottage cheese. Everything on the table is so healthy that we don’t really have to police their plates. I’ve tried to incorporate this into our meal rotations at least 3 times a month.

Gordon Blake and Eddie in a hammock

Coming up this week:

I’ll be working and prepping as many posts as I can because Gordon and I are leaving this Saturday for Aruba! This trip has been a long time coming and I’m so excited to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary together somewhere warm and sunny. (Recommend reading this post.) If you have any recommendations for us, please leave a comment. Also looking for easy, fun, happy, romantic-ish reads for the beach!

I also want to make some dinner recipes to have ready and waiting for my parents since they will be here in NYC watching my kids while we are gone. I tell ya, they are SAINTS. They watched them two weeks ago and are coming back for more. We did pay for their flights though, so I mean, that’s one perk instead of driving all the way here. Ha! It’s only a 45-minute flight for them. So awesome!!

I really want to get a spray tan before we go to Aruba because then I can sit in the shade and not have to worry about coming back all tan and glowy. Except I’ve never gotten one before, so I’m hesitant about the whole thing. Any spray tan experts out there who can walk me through the process? I’d like to walk out not looking like an oompa loompa….or Ross from Friends. (“I’m an EIGHT!”) #goals

We’ll take Eddie to more speech and he needs to get a little blood work done this week as well. I guess NYC checks infant and toddler blood levels for lead. The pediatrician has been really up in my business about it, so I might as well get it done, right?!

Anyways, thanks for reading! We sure do love and appreciate all you lovely readers. Hope you all have a great week! xo

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23 Responses
  1. Amanda

    Brooke’s bangs look so cute!!!! Yay for Eddie’s speech therapy progress. Gosh, he’s the cutest little thing. I have to admit that on the days I don’t have time to catch up on my IG stories and timeline I try to at least check yours to see how everyone is doing. I have second hand excitement for you and your trip to Aruba. I’m in Alabama and it’s been unseasonably cold this winter. Only recently have we had some warmer days. In the month of February we only had seven days when it didn’t rain. It’s been a rough one. I’m ready for sunshine and warm weather! Love your salad bar idea. What a fun, creative way to get some veggies in. I love a good salad and always look forward to all of the fresh veggies once our summer garden starts producing.

  2. Carolyn

    Yay for Eddie! And I love Brooke’s bangs!

    Chicago tests all kids for lead too. It’s annoying, but it’s quick!


  3. carol windsor

    Yes Lauren, the stick straight hair comes from the Brennan family. haha! And Brooke’s bangs are adorable. Glad you like them, and of course Brooke also! Have a wonderful time in Aruba, you both deserve the time off. And happy your folks will be with the kidlets. Love you all, Aunt Carol

  4. Lauren J.

    Her bangs look great on her-she is a beautiful girl. I know what you mean about the bangs, they are cute but definitely get annoying and in the way. They work well for her!

  5. Cheryl Newton

    My older son is 18 now, but I can still remember when he had to get blood drawn. NC tests for lead in kids also. (Or did at the time anyway.) He was 1, and seeing his little arm with that little tourniquet around it …. *shudder*. Even now! Don’t envy you.!

  6. Lynne Thomas

    Hi Lauren: I have been following you for a while. I live in NH on the seacoast. Your children are so cute!! So happy for you getting to escape winter and celebrate with no children. I highly recommend the fake tan as I was away in Florida last week and I am fair skinned and I ended up getting sun poison rash on the back of my legs and hands. Enjoy the time with your man. Have awesome time. Lynne Thomas

  7. Donna Brennan

    So happy for you that Eddie is catching on!!! It will start getting better!! Have a wonderful and relaxing vaca, A beach on Aruba is my dream!! I love the “warm” vacations! Brooke is darling with bangs. Again, kudos to your parents and you and Gordon have the ‘time of your life”–Happy Anniversary! Also I am using my gmail accct as much as possible!

  8. Shannon

    Nothing to worry about they check lead levels here in midwest too. Have fun in Aruba, did you find any good books you were looking for?

  9. Cori R

    A book recommendation.: By the Book by Julia Sonnenborn. A little romance in a college town and a narrator that I could totally imagine as one if my friends. Larry (who should win, best supporting character) is a great friend throughout the book and made me laugh. It’s an all around fun book. The cover with a bike and red door totally drew me in too!

  10. Sarah P.

    Hi, Lauren! My husband and I went to Aruba for our honeymoon 17 years ago (OMG, can’t believe it has been that long!). We enjoyed the Red Parrot and Tango for dinner. Not sure if they are still there, but both were highlights. Have you read Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner? Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik and The Island by Elin Hilderbrand are also good beach reads. Enjoy your trip! Stay in the shade!

  11. Lena Boyd

    So wonderful about Eddie, so exciting. Brooks hair with bangs makes her so grown up, she is a lovely young lady. Happy anniversary trip, have a wonderful time. Hubs and I have learned to just be adventurous, doing whatever the day brings, according to our moods. Have a wonderful trip , I am sure you both need it. Expecting to hear all about your adventures. Lena

  12. Judy

    Love reading about you and family. That lil’ Eddie is sooo cute! Wiish I had his eyes.
    You will enjoy Aruba;. We were there in mid-90’s so can’t recommend any places. We stayed at the Sonesta – had a small boat come thru under the hotel to take us to the beach – was a nice place and fun boat.. Enjoy the warm sunshine and #10 celebration. Here’s to your vacation, Grandma/Grandpa’s fun with the kids, and the kids’ “vacation” from Mom/Dad. ha!
    Can’t wait for your brownies and photo’s of Aruba!

  13. Mary

    Have you read Emily Giffin? My favorite author. She is a fabulous storyteller! Follow her on insta too! I hope you have an amazing trip!

  14. Marilyn Brennan

    Totally awesome on the speech therapy progress! I’d like to see more pics of brooke with the bangs. Yes they are really nice on her. So great to get a good hairdresser! Goodness I wonder if the kids will be in school or not when your parents come. So I have to tell you I discovered a three book series called Diamond of the Rockies by Kristen Heitzmann. I read them recently and was so fed in my soul with layers of people’s intrinsic characteristics, adventure in mining town in Colorado during mid -1800’s. It was full of soul stretching challenges and you can see the characters changing. A story of faith and redemption with a lovely love story. I just finished yesterday and want to start on them again today. A real TEN.

    1. Jeanette Brown

      I sent that comment in too quick, it’s Eddie’s fault, LOL Just kidding. My grandkids are just about the same ages as your kids, and I found that when I make me a salad, they want it just the way I have it. All of them So, I make a big one, the way I like to eat it and then give them portions of it. It makes me happy, and they always want seconds. Always.