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Jersey Knit Swing Dress - Old Navy (Here) // Suede Ankle Booties - Old Navy (Here) // Blanket Scarf - Riley Grace Boutique (Similar here)

Our first weekend back as a family of four didn't quite go as planned, but it sure was good to have the gang back together again! Sadly, all the excitement and festivities (and travel for Ryan) took its toll on the Moore family, and we all managed to get sick - just in time to spend 4+ days together during the rainy, wet, and damp fall weekend we had.

We ended up going to Urgent Care together as a family yesterday for the boys, since they both seemed to be nursing coughs, and Porter developed a weird rash on his face and hands, leading me to think he had hand, foot and mouth. Luckily, he didn't have the latter, but both boys do have strep throat (again), and Porter's rash is impetigo, likely due to his weakened immune system. As an aside, this is the 4th time in the last few months we've had strep in our house. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to help boost my boys' immune systems or keep us healthier?! It's insane!

Boys' Jackets c/o Old Navy // here 

Reintegration is hard, folks. It's magical having our soldiers come home, but there's a whole separate level of reality here, as well. The fact of the matter is that we've learned to live without Daddy for nine months and yes, that sounds awful, but that's how we survived. Now we've had to begin the process of piecing our lives back together again - as a family - and that's equally as hard. 

Ryan had to go to work today before the boys woke up because he has reintegration training all week. I didn't know how it would affect the boys, but it definitely did. Spencer was devastated that Daddy wasn't there this morning, and I had to promise that Daddy would be home tonight, which just barely held back his tears at daycare. I can't imagine what's going through his little mind right now, and I just want to help him better understand.

So, the fact of the matter is that our first weekend back together wasn't as magical as we'd hoped, but it was together, and that alone was wonderful. Ryan and I binge-watched Stranger Things season two, and I can't believe we already finished it last night, and we have to move onto The Americans next! We got Porter's passport application done, and can we just take a moment to appreciate his passport photo?

That's literally the best we could get after 30  minutes of trying. Fingers crossed the passport agency takes pity on us! We also managed a few slow and cold walks down to the river (above), and that was the extent of what we accomplished this weekend. Sigh.

I'm linking up today with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


  1. OMG so sorry you guys have been dealing with so much sickness!! Last year my son had back to back strep 6 times in a row!! This year the 2 bigs have already had it and I've been fighting something nasty for a month! I'm right there with ya needing some tips to help boost our immune systems! I workout/eat healthy yet I'm always the one to get sick, doesn't make sense LOL

  2. Aw being sick is so not fun--especially for kiddos. Porter's passport photo is adorable in all of its little boy sadness. Also, you guys have the cutest homecoming photos!!

  3. Ugh I'm so sorry that so much sickness has struck your house. You are so right when you say that reintegration is hard, it's much harder than anyone anticipates it to be. Sending lots of hugs!

  4. Oh my goodness! You have so much on your plate right now! I know how stressful it is when our children are sick, but can not even imagine what you go through as an army wife. Thank you for sharing your husband as he serves our country. I am so thankful for the men and women that do.

  5. it sucks when your kiddos are sick! here's what I do to keep DD's immune system in tip-top shape (as much as I can):

    -strict sleep schedule. My dd has a solid and age appropriate bedtime. Your boys look to be around 3 or 4? and at that age, dd was going to sleep for the night around 7pm or so; she'd sleep until 630am. She rarely went to bed later; the more sleep they get on a regular basis, the better their immune system.

    -dd eats lots of immune boosting foods like blueberries, blackberries etc. she doesn't eat any junk/processed stuff; only healthy foods that I cook - leafy green veggies, lean proteins etc.

    - during cold and flu season - i make her a daily 'brew' of honey, ginger, lemon tea. she'll drink about 1/2cup each day whether that's taken before school and after or taken all in one shot after school. either way, the honey, ginger and lemon are great immune boosters/anti-bacterial supplements.

    - proper hygiene has been drilled into dd from an early age so she always washes her hands before she eats, after she comes home from being out and i've taught her to not put her hands in her mouth/eyes/nose if she's at school.

    other than all these things, it's really up to their little bodies to develop their immune system but sleep and a heathly diet are my weapons of choice against illness.

    1. Thank you SO much! We definitely have the solid bedtime routine down. They go to sleep at 7 are up at 7 - both are great sleepers. I think we need to up the immune-boosting foods that you mentioned though, as well as the daily brew. Thank you again!

  6. Oh sweetie, I wish I could come visit and alleviate some of your stress! Sweet sweet homecoming tho!

  7. porter's passport photo is hilarious. hope the passport office takes pity on you lol. sorry your first days together weren't exactly magical, but like you said, together, yay! i can't imagine how hard reintegrating is, on everyone.

  8. That is the cutest and saddest picture. Poor little guy. I bet it is hard for reintegration. It was hard when my dad came home from his deployment.

  9. Oh no!!! Hopefully this next weekend is a billion times better and the boys are well and truly on the mend now!