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This week I’m participating in Ali Edward’s Week in the Life. You can read about my plan for this year and how I’ve tackled this project in the past here.

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In the morning, I met Serena of That’s What She Read podcast fame for coffee at City Market Coffeehouse. We talked about dams, her work travels, kids v. no kids, and (of course) books. I’m so happy she made a pit stop in Kansas City on her work trip! I had such a great time hanging out with her.

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I rushed through the farmer’s market after coffee, because I had to be back home in a flash for Eliza’s soccer game. Fall produce is my favorite, but a lot of the farmers have hot houses, so I grabbed some extended season things too.

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I ended up with spinach, Jonathan apples for pie, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, and strawberries. (I also bought coffee at City Market Coffeehouse.)

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Walking through our old neighborhood makes me nostalgic every time.

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I came home to a house in chaos. Jake and the kids were trying to find Eliza’s jersey… which, as it turns out, was in the car with me the whole time. Ooops. Jake didn’t have time to get Jonas ready because of the jersey set-back, so Jake and Jonas stayed home while I took Eliza to her game. She played forward for a bit, but got to play her favorite defender position most of the time she was in. That’s her stopping the ball (good ‘ole Stonewall). I had a great time talking with the other parents about parent teacher conferences (all the girls on her team go to her school), how many extracurriculars are the right fit, and how Halloween went.

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Back at home, I did a bit of work / played Farmville on Facebook (don’t judge), Eliza looked through the November Oh Deer Me kit with me and gave me ideas (some good ones I’ll be implementing, actually), and then took a post-game shower (with special attention to the marker still on her face.

Jake and Jonas made a blanket fort on his bed, then Jake ran to the grocery store to buy heavy cream so we can try our hands at making butter. He also grabbed a frozen pizza for lunch. We all watched The Flash and ate strawberries and pizza before heading to Jake’s parents’.

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We had a nice little family party for Jake’s and Nick’s birthday (Jake shares a birthday with his older brother). Jake’s dad and Rita made us all a wonderful dinner (actually two, so that Jake and Nick could both have favorites!) and Rita made a fancy layer cake. The night was full of conversation, watching the Oregon v. Stanford game (Nick is a big Ducks fan), video games (Jake and his little brother Corbin played Destiny, Jake played Farmville on the iPad), little kids running around (how cute is my niece Avery?), good food, and foosball. I did some knitting too.

I love getting to spend long days with family and I’m so thankful for the hospitality of Jake’s parents. Our kids and Avery spent the night, which means a date morning the next day for Jake and I (love that). We didn’t leave until after 11:00 PM. It was a pretty wonderful day and a good finisher for Week in the Life!