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This Week at the Brennans

June 18, 2018
Lauren and Eddie walking on the sidewalk

Lauren and Eddie walking on the sidewalk

(For those who will ask, the dress I’m wearing is a maternity dress and it is so darn dreamy. I wore it when I was pregnant with Eddie and refuse to get rid of it. I tried to find it online at Target, but they aren’t selling it anymore BUT I did find a really similar style here. My shoes are the tried and true always comfortable Converse Chuck Taylors which I’ve had forever and a vest from Stitch Fix, similar here.)

A busy week for us!!

Here’s what happened this past week:

Eddie has started giving us all heart attacks, especially Blake, by climbing from his bottom bunk onto the air conditioning unit in the window and up onto Blake’s bunk. The boys share a room and their bunk beds fits perfectly in this little rectangular space in their bedroom that happens to block the entrance and exit for Eddie’s bed but also happens to be by the window. The past few times he’s done this, Blake has called out in horror because that poor boy just wants to go to bed. But the last few times, Blake has been asleep when Eddie has made the switch. He has even started bringing stuffed animals and his two blankies WITH HIM as he’s climbing. I have no idea how he is able to do this, but man oh man is it freaky. Normally we hear nothing, but will see Blake’s flashlight shining through the small rectangular window above their door. At first we were like “that’s weird” but now it’s like “oh no, Eddie is back in Blake’s bunk again.” What are we going to do with this kid?

I went on a 3 mile run this week and that was a bit of a bust. My knees now hurt and I have no motivation to do any more exercise ever. Still trying to figure out when to schedule it into my schedule. Why does it have to be so hard?

I found the library and took the boys to read one morning and then got caught in the stupid rain. So we popped into a nearby cafe/deli for some lunch and tried to wait out the rain. We lasted about 45 minutes before the boys were too rambunctious for my liking so we ran the few blocks home in the rain and I was reminded why I don’t usually style my hair anymore.Β 

There was no school Friday, (yes, we’re still in school over here!) and so I took all three of my kids, plus one of Brooke’s friends to see The Incredibles 2 which was so good! Lots of twists and turns my kids didn’t see coming. I totally guessed who the villain was, but they were so surprised and thrilled with the movie. Eddie fell asleep in the last 30 minutes so it was so sweet being able to snuggle a baby. Havent been able to do that for years πŸ™‚

Saturday night, I went out with some girlfriends to Trattoria Dell’Arte (across the street from Carnegie Hall) for some amazing food! I’d highly recommend the Watermelon Carpaccio Salad, the Chicken Pepperoni Parmesan and the Lemon Pie. I’m going to try and recreate the lemon pie soon, though I fear I’ll eat it all. All the food was quite tasty, but would only recommend those three dishes. I’m also going to try and make that watermelon salad better than they made it. It was quite delicious, but think I could make it more to my taste….and I’d assume your taste since you continue to use my recipes. After dinner, we went to see Oceans 8 and it was pretty good too! I was pleasantly surprised.

Father’s Day was this weekend and since Gordon bought his gifts a few weeks prior, we made him breakfast in bed and some cute cards from all of us. The kids wrote out reasons they loved him and mine started out with “roses are red, violets are blue, you’re my favorite person, and you have big guns too.” Totally nailing this romance stuff. HAHA! I love you Gordon!

Eddie on the top bunk

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

I’m getting my hair cut and colored! FINALLY! I’m thinking something like thisΒ – shorter and blonder than my current situation. Thoughts?

Also trying to squeak a visit into my dermatologists office. Cross your fingers!

This week is the last full week of school. Brooke is done next Tuesday. WILL IT EVER END?

I’m looking into little sports camps and swim lessons for the kids, but haven’t decided on anything yet. If you live in the city, where do your kids go to camp?

That’s it πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day!

And don’t forget to find me on Instagram Stories for more NYC fun in real time.

A close up of a plate of pizza

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    Holly T
    June 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I left a comment and liked the peanut butter brownie cake…it’s amazing πŸ˜ƒ

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    Amy Martin
    June 18, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I left a comment on Cooking with Kids! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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    Amy
    June 18, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    I enjoy your weekly family updates and commented on This week at the Brennan’s from May 18th!

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    Kathryn Johnson
    June 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Left a comment and heart on the pasta e fagiola. My little guy (uuuummm somehow he’s 10 now!!??) climbed everything!! Before he could walk he was climbing up cabinets! We had a tetherball pole and he would climb all the way up that too. We had to constantly watch that crazy baby! πŸ˜‚ Good luck with Eddie!

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    Elaine Babbitt
    June 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I left a comment that I loved the Paris Crepes πŸ˜€

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    Anne
    June 18, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I left a comment under the skinny baked 🍝I’m also cutting my hair this week and going shorter. I’m thinking an Aline bobπŸ€”

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    Marcia S.
    June 18, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I commented on your rice pudding post. It looks so good!

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    Vicki Mednick
    June 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Commented on your pasta e fagioli recipeπŸ₯£

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    Danielle
    June 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I left a comment on your post about your new apartment and moving again. πŸ™‚

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    Kathleen
    June 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Left a comment on the Apple bacon pecan salad recipe. Sounds delish

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    Paige
    June 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Left a comment on creamy cajun pasta. Added it to my weekly meal plan πŸ™‚ Sounds delicious.

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    Kari Jensen
    June 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Left a love and a comment on the fruit flan! Yummy!

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    Natalie Minnick
    June 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    HI, I left a comment on your Healthy Crockpot Enchilada Casserole recipe. It looks delicacies, I’ll have to given it a try! πŸ™‚

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    Jaime
    June 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Left a comment for guilt free fried rice. I have made it several times and it’s delicious!

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    Jena K
    June 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Left a comment on the guacamole recipe.

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    Heather Snell
    June 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Left a comment on Guac for a Crowd. I’m truly excited about trying it soon! Thanks for all you do, for sharing your family stories, NYC life, and fabulous recipes with us!

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    Kathleen Turner
    June 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Done. Aruba Jamaica oh I wanna take ya….🎢

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    Stacy
    June 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Commented on another post! πŸ˜„

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    Amanda
    June 18, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    I left a comment on the pasta e fagioli post! I didn’t, however, see an option to pin that link? I’m assuming because it was through Instagram? Anyways, thanks for sharing about your week! Getting caught in the rain is legit the worrssttt. And I LOVE how Eddie is sneaking into bed with Blake. How adorable is that?! (Poor Blake though, maybe he’ll get used to it)

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    Wendy
    June 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Your little Eddie is such a cute little scamp! I left a heart and a comment on your cinnamon swirl donut bread recipe. I’m hoping to make it this weekend 😊

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    Farzana
    June 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    I left a comment on cooking with kids.

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    Tyler Rogero
    June 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I left a comment on the enchilada stuffed mushrooms and I’m going to try them immediately. Thank you!!

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    Stephanie
    June 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I commented on the pasta e Fagioli recipe.
    And I just chopped my hair off and it feels so great! So obviously you should too πŸ˜‰

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    Jen Taberski
    June 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Left a well deserved comment on your 1 hour cinnamon rolls 😍

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    Rebecca Shields
    June 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Left a heart and comment on A Long Time Coming!

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    Allie
    June 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Eddie stories are literally the best! However your rat story was pretty epic! I commented on the tips for cooking with kids and how to get them involved! I took your tips and brought them to work (I am a nanny) and really impressed the parents with how excited the kids were to eat carrots!
    P.S. I think blonder will look great on you! Also I dream of having shorter hair but my hair is WAY too crazy for that!

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    Bethany
    June 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Commented on cinnamon roll cookies post. LOVE these. 😊❀️

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    Jayne boutilier
    June 18, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Left heart and comment on the mouse in the apartment post ❀️

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    Marilee Blendowski
    June 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Left a comment on your pizza dough!!!❀️

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    Lyn Mackay
    June 18, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I clicked the heart and left a comment on your pumpkin sugar cookie recipe. Still one of my favorites and currently craving them even though it’s summer lol.

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    Bryn
    June 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Left a comment on Mexican street corn guacamole. Delicious

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    Molly
    June 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Left a heart and comment on last week’s “This week at the Brennans” (6/11).
    Made your easy oven baked ribs tonight. Again.
    SOOOO good!!!

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      Stephanie
      June 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

      Left a comment on last weeks, I am still squeemish just thinking about a mouse on my boys bed!!

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    Megan
    June 18, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Left a comment on your new guac!! 😍😍

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    Anna Thornton
    June 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    I commented on the chocolate chip granola bars!

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    Tisha H
    June 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Loved and left a comment on your slow cooker tri tips. One of our faves!!!

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    Susan Olthof
    June 18, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    I commented on your Aruba blog! May be my favorite ever!

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    Jen R.
    June 18, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I left a comment on your homemade ice cream cake.

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    Rebecca S.
    June 18, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I left a comment on your 1 hour cinnamon rolls. Thanks!

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    Amy
    June 18, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the gc opportunity! I posted a comment on Crockpot Chicken Nachos Dip! Uh, YUM!

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    Brittany Gilson
    June 18, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Left a comment on your rice pudding post! ❀️

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    Michelle H.
    June 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Left a comment and a heart on your EASY RED COCONUT CURRY recipe. It is off the charts!

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    Sheryl
    June 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Left a heart on the Mother’s Day post…I love the NYC pic!! The way I remember it!

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    Debbie
    June 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Commented on the pasta e Fagioli recipe, it just looks so good, I had already pinned it yesterday. πŸ™‚

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    Wendy Jacobs
    June 18, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Left a comment on the hot pot cookies πŸ˜‚ love the blog!

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    Kim palmer
    June 18, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Posted a comment on your mug brownies.. love your blog..

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    Niki Baker
    June 18, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Left a heart and comment on your pressure cooker cajun pasta. Yummm!

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    Leslie Harris
    June 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Left a heart and a comment on family September 24th……update about Eddie and pictures of your apartment πŸ™‚

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    Lisa Marcus
    June 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Left a comment on Pasta Fagioli. Also I love the Tattori you talk about. Our place is right there, (W 56th and 7th Ave). Our go to spot. Will be back the 1st of Dec. Summers are nicer in San Clemente…πŸ’•

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    Stephanie M
    June 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Left a comment on the rice pudding recipe. It was awesome!!

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    Cindy Denison
    June 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Left a comment on the recipe for rice pudding.

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