Sunday, May 1, 2016

Forward and Back

This weekend has been unusual in that we've had NOTHING ON THE CALENDAR. Honestly, I think we all needed a bit of downtime. It's been quite a week. On Monday I went to a luncheon with my HR Team from LIVESTRONG circa 5 years back. It was great to see Mona & Bailey!

On Thursday my manager from Travis County took me out to lunch. It was my last full day in the office. I have sincerely enjoyed working with Dianna and didn't intend to be such a short-timer.

Friday morning I took a 5-mile run, then used the locker facilities one last time, said my goodbyes to the team at Travis County, and headed to LIVESTRONG for my first day back as Director of People Programs. It was a week filled with a LOT of hugs (and lunches!).

The minute I arrived at the Foundation I felt right at home. I have a new desk, a new title, some new responsibilities, and a whole new outlook moving forward - but was glad to see so many old friends. I was afraid I might feel uncomfortable or regret the decision, but honestly I'm more excited about my work and career than I have been for a long time. 

As for this weekend, I've been reading, prepping meals for the week, doing laundry, caring for a 3-year old boy with pinkeye, and watching Aurora apply the makeup she got for her birthday. When she's ready, I'll give her some pointers. Until then...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Big Spender

This week Chuck traveled to California for work. Luckily, we were able to spend the evenings with my parents and Finley before they headed back to Florida, which was great - but our bedtime routine was all off. The kids coped by having sleepovers in Aurora's room.

This weekend we didn't have any plans so we took Aurora to use her birthday gift cards. She had gift cards for Claire's and Amy's Ice Cream and felt like such a big spender!

It is clear that our big spender would rather spend time with her family than any amount of money. Chuck and I are both going through job transitions this week and randomly, it looks like we're both going to be working for our previous employers again! The kids are big enough now that if either of us has the opportunity to travel for work in this next phase of our careers, we can do it. I'm sure it won't happen often, but if it does, these two will cope just fine...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I know I said I would only be posting on Sundays, but the kids recently brought home their SCHOOL PICTURES and I say that calls for an extra post! Aurora is just as sweet as ever - and Clark, well, let's just say the kid knows how to pose for a group photo.

This week Aurora also submitted a poster for Travis County's Healthy People, Healthy Planet fair. It was a fun event and I was so excited to see her art on display! It's been a completely crazy week on the job-front for both me and Chuck, but I think I'll save that for another post. Perhaps even another mid-week post. We'll see!

Sunday, April 17, 2016


I must be in denial about my little girl getting so big, because when I went to put candles on this awesome stack of cake donuts, I stopped at 7 and it took me awhile to figure out I had it wrong! We've been planning this beautiful donut cake and party for MONTHS. Aurora always plans her birthday way in advance and amazingly, she never changes her mind. I think her Build-a-Bear (er... Build-a-Bunny) party was totally worth the wait.

After a few rounds of BINGO and donuts in the food court, the kids picked out adorable bunnies, bears and puppies, found cute outfits, then sang Happy Birthday to our sweet girl. She heard that song several times this weekend, including during her family birthday dinner at Mesa Rosa.

Tomorrow's her actual birthday so I'm sure she'll be treated to an extra special day at school, but as far as I'm concerned this eighth birthday is in the books and I'm pretty sure Aurora thought it was the best birthday weekend EVER!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hey Hey!

Last year Aurora's Girl Scout troop went on a weekend camping trip to Inks Lake. Our family had camped at Inks Lake the year before, but Clark and I weren't quite ready for a weekend apart. We ended up going on another little family camping trip to Jellystone Park instead. This year's Girl Scout camping trip ended up being at Jellystone Park! And this year, we were ready. Aurora and I packed our bags after school on Friday and carpooled over with Presley and her mom. We spent 2 nights camping in cabins with 12 other families, and it really could not have gone any better. Our troop leader did an amazing job planning group meals and activities, and one of the dads kept the camp fire going just right for every cookout. I even found another mom to go on a 6-mile run with and we had a chance to explore Canyon Lake while the girls were on a nature scavenger hunt.

The girls helped with meal prep and cleanup. They did arts & crafts, jumped on the huge bouncy pillow, took a Hey Hey Ride, and told scary stories after dark. We didn't get a ton of sleep, but it was an awesome weekend and the troop earned "Camp like a Girl" badges. Aurora cried when it was time to leave, but we were both happy to get home and see our boys.

Sunday, April 3, 2016


This weekend ended the way it started - with a lively game of Apples to Apples. Julian, Hansen and Lillie are visiting from Seattle and we've really enjoyed hanging out and exploring Austin together. The weather has been perfect for a boat tour of Townlake, an outdoor concert at the Hill Country Galleria, and several leisurely walks with Finley. We've had pizza, burgers, Tex-Mex, and Amy's Ice Cream. They've been to Half Price Books (twice), visited the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, and we even had time to do nails and bake cookies!

Aurora absolutely adores having her grandparents, uncle and cousins around. The last time we saw the Slane family, Lillian was closer to Aurora's age, Aurora was Clark's age, Clark wasn't even a twink, and well... I don't think we saw Preston on that trip either. It's a bummer that the time and expense of travel make trips like this so rare.

Julian, Hansen and Lillie are on Spring Break and will be here through Thursday morning. I'm not sure if this will call for a mid-week post or if you'll just have to check Julian's blog once he's home for the full scoop, but there is definitely more in store.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Weekend

When I first started this blog, it was simply meant as a way to chronicle my personal thoughts and adventures into motherhood. It quickly became a place for family and friends in every corner of the country to watch Aurora grow, and now that I've been at it for 8 years (!!!) I feel like it's sort of morphed into something else; a family blog where nearly almost every post starts with "This weekend..." So, this weekend I'm changing the name of the blog. My intention is to post every Sunday night, but I may sneak in a mid-week entry here and there where birthdays, holidays and vacations are concerned. I realize readership has declined in recent years, but I hope my loyal readers like the new concept! On to this weekend with the Wadeys...

Aurora's been having sleepovers for years, but Friday night she went to her first slumber party. I don't have a ton of awesome memories from slumber parties when I was younger (aside from Katie's house, where they'd make homemade donuts in the mornings), but it sounds like this one was a huge success! I'd say her friend Melody has very brave parents.

The rest of the weekend was all about Easter (well, and taxes, laundry, running, shopping... eh, let's just call it all Easter). The kids got awesome baskets from their Grandma & Grandpa, we dyed eggs, made cute cupcakes, and were thrilled to discover that the EB made a stop at our house! We also enjoyed a petting zoo (REAL BUNNIES!!!) and another egg hunt at a friend's house.

Aurora says Easter is her favorite holiday because she loves the colors and bunnies and candy and, well let's face it... because it means it's almost her birthday. We have a few more awesome weekend adventures planned before we get to that. See you next weekend!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring Break Part II

I am a planner. I enjoy planning all of our activities and meals each day at work, home, and over weekends and holidays. This weekend most of my plans seemed destined to fail, but of course, I always have a contingency plan. Friday morning as we headed down to San Antonio for the Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon, I was recovering from a fever and sore throat and wasn't sure if I could run. When we got to SA our plan was to head directly to the zoo before checking in to the hotel, but the zoo was so crowded that all the parking lots were full! After weighing our options, we turned around and headed to Kiddie Park, a place we'd heard about but had never been, and it was clear from the moment we arrived that we'd made the right choice. It wasn't crowded at all so we bought the kids unlimited ride wristbands and they just ran from ride to ride together! Chuck said they probably enjoyed it more than Disneyland because they didn't have to wait in lines and the rides were all made for them.

We grabbed a quick lunch then headed to our hotel. I realize this is probably way too many photos for a normal blog post, but how cute are my little travelers?

As soon as we were in our room, Aurora started exploring every corner and must have told us at least a dozen times how much she loved it. At one point she mumbled under her breath "I'm going to do very well here." Ha! The kids turned on the TV and we relaxed and settled in before heading out to enjoy the hot tub. They both slept great.

The next morning we considered trying the zoo again, but it was cold and I still wasn't feeling great, so we decided to take a driving tour of the San Antonio Missions. It's something I've always wanted to do but has never made it on to our itinerary.

Aurora pretended that she'd built the Missions in Minecraft using the Greek Mythology texture pack. At one point Chuck warned her to watch out for a slippery mud puddle, and without hesitation she said "I know, I put it there." Clark mostly just shouted "NO! NO MORE MISSIONS!"

Later we headed out to the Riverwalk. We were planning on taking the boat tour, but honestly - in all our years of visiting SA I have NEVER seen the Riverwalk as crowded as it was this weekend. The lines for the boat tour were ridiculous and just walking was nearly impossible. We headed up to street level and went out of our way to find a less crowded path to the Rainforest Cafe. They said it would be an hour and a half wait, but they called us after 30 minutes and we had a great time. The last time we ate at the Rainforest Cafe, Aurora was about Clark's age and the tiger scared the living daylights out her. Chuck tried to recreate the scene with Clark, but the kid just sat back and enjoyed the show.

I was exhausted and my throat was still hurting when I went to bed that night. I didn't sleep well at all, so it was some sort of miracle when I woke up feeling fine! I brewed some coffee, hugged the kids and headed out into the cold dark morning to join a few thousand runners at the Alamo. Honestly, the weather was perfect and the miles just ticked away almost effortlessly. The flu was no match for my training! I finished in 2:07, just a couple minutes shy of my PR from the 3M.

All in all, I'd say the weekend went better than I could've planned!