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This Week at the Brennan’s

This Week at the Brennan’s

This past week has been great!! Back to school is HERE! Yes!

Here’s what happened this week:

My biggest news to share is Brooke and Blake started school this past week and we are so excited about it! Well, I’m probably most excited about it, then Blake, then Brooke. Haha! I’ve had my kids with me 24/7 since June 1st when we were rolling out of Idaho on our way to NYC. So yeah, this day couldn’t come fast enough for me. We all thrive off of schedules, proper bedtimes and the same daily patterns so we are thriving now that school has started.

Blake got seriously lucky by getting admission to the same school Brooke got into and his teacher is amazing! I couldn’t be happier. It is such a huge blessing to have them at the same school, not just because it makes my life so easy (I drop them off and pick them both up at the same time in the same place), but because their elementary school is considered to be a very good public school. I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to figure out the school system because its so different in the city, but after making lots of calls and getting our apartment, it was much easier than anticipated. So hooray!


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This week was filled with lots of food and business, as per usual!

Here’s what happened this week:

Well, I’m working on a wee little Christmas project which involves lots of recipe testing and lots of picture taking. This week, I’ve been doing a TON of testing…meaning no gym time and lots of eating. So I’ve been picking up some poundage. GO ME! More details of this project to come in November and December 😉

Brooke had volleyball this week and is starting to enjoy it a little more! Her first week was kind of a bust because she felt unprepared, like the game of volleyball had changed once we crossed state lines and it was foreign to her. But this week was totally different! They were working on a different skill, and she got partnered with a girl coach which made all the difference (in my opinion). So, yay! She’s back to liking it again.

Blake also started Soccer this week and so far loves it. But, it’s mostly just running at this point, so we’ll see how he progresses. That boy is such a goofball and a ray of sunshine wherever he goes. I love him so so much.

I’ve noticed my eyes getting worse and worse and one of my teeth starting to hurt. So I’ve been wearing my glasses and amping up my flossing game. I know I should floss a lot more than I do, but MAMA TIRED.

Gordon came back this weekend and we really didn’t get to spend a whole lot of alone time together because of our kids sports and general attention they need. I saw a lot of him in passing. So, better luck next weekend? 7 more weeks to go until he works out of NYC!! Not that I’m counting or anything.


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I really didn’t want to post this recipe. Like really really didn’t want to because these aren’t the prettiest photos in the world. Like these cookies are gorgeous. These ones are also pretty pretty. But these? Notsomuch.

However after eating NINE of these over the course of 8 hours, I decided it would be in my best interest to post the recipe because they were that good. I needed to share the glory.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.

Mashed sweet potato in cookies? Gross.

But believe me when I say you are wrong!! Vegetables in cookies is actually good! I don’t eat nine cookies just for the fun of it. Usually. I need a treat that is calorically worthy enough to keep my thighs at their current size and this dessert fits the bill a little too well 😉


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