enjoying: the feeling that comes as fall has rushed it’s way in to our house. The decorations, smells, excitement over Halloween and the comfort that lazy mornings in bed with hot coffee bring to our routine. As much as I love Christmas, something about fall screams family to me and quiet memories.

dreaming: about the day that I feel like I have been enough to everyone and have a tank left to nurture myself.  Seriously, the quest to be it all is not easy and a consistent battle in my head.

loving: the series on A Bowl Full of Lemons which is 31 Days of Purging in October. 2 days in I was in good shape. Not so much anymore but I that hasn’t stopped me from saving a list of her purge day tasks in my feedly so I can complete each of them. Today, it is all about dresser drawers which may have to be tackled this weekend but I feel lighter already and know I need to do this.

 watching: leaves fall off the trees as fall has quickly arrived.  Cate declares that it is raining leaves and I watch my little girl in amazement of the crisp leaves fall off the trees on the street. Three is magical and monsterful all at once.

reading: any magazine that is getting delivered to my house. I am obsessed with Food and Wine and the minute my HGTV magazine shows up I am reading it.  I love Women’s Health, Real Simple, Rachel Ray, Cooking Light and Self. Tell me that I am not the only one that doesn’t love a new magazine curled up on the couch.

quoting:  nothing but Brady on repeat is quoting the guys from Monday night football who says “Come On Man” when going over the weekend lows from the NFL. The best part is that he says the statement in the right context every single time which is ever funnier.

thinking: about trying to carve out some time with people that mean a lot to me.  From my kids, to my husband, my mom and my friends I’m really evaluating how I spend my time and with who and hoping to be more intentional with my time.  Life seems to be at NASCAR race pace and since I don’t think it will let up I want to do what’s in my power to make sure that I spending my time with intention and purpose.

 drinking: lots of water including La Croix which is starting to win me over. It’s an acquired taste but I do like it to break up the monotony of the water I drink on a daily basis.

craving: my mama’s fresh, piping hot vegetable soup with crusty bread that just came out of the oven. Fall signals soups for days in my mind and I’m not picky about what kind.  We’re having homemade chicken noodle last nightt which is good start to soup season in my opinion.

listening to: anything that Sam Smith sings. Not surprising since I love Adele and some claim he is the male version of her. “Make it to Me” is constantly on repeat in my brain.



14 in 2014 Update January

The first month of 2014 is up so it’s time for an update on those 14 things I said I would do in 14.  This should keep me accountable especially for the short term things I am working on right?

1. Participate in either a sprint triathlon or a race that is 10K or longer.

Hmm…with a torn tendon running is on the back burner for now. So, I am working on strength and some light cardio.  I am really hoping if I do some strength exercises and physical therapy on my own, I will be back running soon!

2. Research, try and make a new recipe once a month.  So frequently we end up in a food rut in our house and I think with a little bit of effort we could try some new things.  And maybe, I could even share them here on this little blog.

Yes, we tried a new one early on in the month and it was terrible.  And I know some of you will disagree with me because it is one of the most pinned recipes on pinterest.  It wasn’t good.  I thought the chicken, bacon, broccoli and rice combo sounded good but it was heavy and took a lot of time to prep and we just didn’t think it was great.  To be honest, we hated it.    But, hey at least we made a new one!   So, then at the end of the month (Polar Vortex Round 2) we tried another Pinterest recipe for philly chesse sandwiches and it was a fail.  It tasted nothing like a philly cheese streak.  So, I am starting to lose faith in the reliability of the recipes on there. 

3. Teach Brady (with Glenn’s help) to ride a bike. Our strider bike attempt was a bust so with some new Big Wheels for Christmas we are hoping that a bike is in his future.

4. Begin a scrapbook project for our family that forces me to pick up my camera weekly.

Update (1/15) I have joined this 12 month photography group and I can tell you that I am already picking up my camera more.  Working on little things that I can learn and accepting I won’t be good anytime soon.  I am going to start organizing all my pictures from January and I have been writing little notes about the month so I can remember what we have done.

Update (1/27) I ordered a scrapbook from Artifact Uprising of our Life via Instagram 2013 and can’t wait for it to be delivered. I will be sure to share once I get it.  But at least we are printing pictures. 

5. Read at least one classic. I am a voracious reader but I have never read a classic.

6. Find a spiritual place that works for our family. My faith has been on the back burner since we had kids and it is time to explore and nurture that part of me.

7. Learn Adobe Photoshop once and for all.

8. Set a goal when it comes to weight loss and hit it.  No, I will not be sharing this one.  This has been a recent struggle for me privately and now you know so maybe it will hold me accountable.

I wrote about this here and I am pleased to tell you I am committed but my foot injury is not helping.  I have some time but I need to get moving. I hit my first goal so I am the proud new owner of a FitBit Force.  It’s amazing how much seeing the scale moves motivates me.  I am so close to my second goal and can test a trip to Athleta and Lululemon. 

9. For the rest of the school year, pack my lunch at least three times a week. No excuses.

So far, so good. I am on a tear with this one.  Not because I want to but because I am busy at work right now, so taking time for lunch is just not an option. This has been an easy one with a little pre-planning and I am learning that since I love to pick or graze small snacks/meals are the best option for me.   This first week of February will be a HUGE test for me with some work commitments. 

10. Watch the entire Breaking Bad series. Glenn and I keep talking about it and we need to start watching now. (This will require me not to go to bed at 8:30 every night).

11. Get Cate involved or signed up for something. Poor second child has been neglected and it’s her turn to do something… anything.

12. Call or send snail mail to my grandma once a month.

I did send her a birthday card in January for her February 1st birthday. That might be cheating but I got something in the mail. 

13. Finish decorating our main floor with the little things and big things. Shelves need to be filled and there are some walls that need love and at least one TV that needs to be mounted.

14. Have a quarterly meeting with my two best friends. I miss them.  Too often I find excuses about why I can’t so this year, I will organize and I say I can.  We text and talk but every single time I see them I miss them more and find myself wanting to do more, see them more and connect more often.

Well, we tried.  And the stomach flu hit two of our houses the week before we were supposed to meet a newborn. So, no it has not happened yet.  But we are trying. And have another date set just before Q1 of 2014 ends. 



Make It Work

As a mom of two young kids and a full time job getting to the gym is hard to do consistently.  Some weeks I get there more than others.  There are some weeks I just can’t find the time.  I have tried everything from scheduling it in my calendar to going there after Cate goes to bed to getting up at 5am to get a workout in.  And it usually week over week it ends up working out okay.  Then there are  weeks like this last one, where because of sickness and work schedules and evening commitments I just couldn’t get to the gym.  But I wanted to.

So, I decided to give some things on Pinterest a try.

Insert this FitSugar video.

Here’s the thing. I think the girls are kind of annoying but their honesty about what hurts as a result of certain things makes me laugh.  40 minutes in my kitchen and you know what. I was sweating. My heart rate was up and I felt like I got some type of workout in with a sick kid on the couch.  And the next day, I still felt it in my calves of all places.

This is not a sponsored post. This is just me telling one working mom to another that there are solutions. Maybe not the best workout you ever have but good enough to feel like you at least got moving when you thought you wouldn’t be able to.

And no, I didn’t wear my Fitbit Force until this week.  I am still confused and haven’t callibrated it yet.  So, more to come on this one.