Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thankful 4.12.18


1. The gym for an almost-vomit-inducing workout. Holy moly, my legs and my lungs were done. I was also partners with one of the guys and I think that change in pace really pushed me out of my comfort zone.

2. Cleeeaaaannnn carpets! This company seriously worked miracles. I no longer sit on my couch and want to cringe at all the coffee/wine/food/jello/mystery stains.

3. The Champs for giving Dan a birthday gift to be extra excited about. Yes, this is what thirty-three looks like: seeing who can eat the most extra spicy horseradish. I love it.


1.Liz from my gym made Dan the most amazing chocolate peanut butter cake. I would show you a disappeared before I could take one.

2. Ghostbusters. Why are we just now discovering this?

3. A few extended Champ family members came over for dinner. You know I just love having our dinner table full. Hosting is particularly easy when you have another mom to help/do most of the work!


1. Danielle and I did our nails (using this gel dip kit), waxed our eyebrows (half way off, in my case - also thankful for brow pencils), and did a yoga video. It was an incredibly productive morning.

2. We went out to eat to celebrate Dan's birthday on the plaza with the Champs. After a delicious lunch, we walked around the stores, walked in a few (and quickly exited because of all the tiny grabby hands) and then spent some time at the book store. My desire to read all the books to my kids was re-ignited.

3. Frozen margaritas while watching Roseanne. Living the good life.

1. A couple from our small group started their own financial journey vlog! Aren't they beyond adorable? Watching their first video made so proud of them and so motivated to get to our next step. I really look forward to watching their videos and use them as my motivation.

2. Our friends the Nybergs came over for lunch. We always love catching up with them.

3. Snow in April. I am convincing myself to not complain about the weather and instead appreciate the huge, fluffy snowflakes. (I had to repeat this multiple times. Out loud.)


1. A fresh loaf of sourdough.

2. For the first time since I have enrolled my children in any activity, I dropped Ina off at dance lessons and ran a few errands before returning to pick her up an hour later. Wow, that is a working-mom game changer, particularly when Dan is home with the other two.

3. The book The One and Only Ivan that I picked up from the library. We are reading it to the girls (Cora sort of pays attention) and it is very cute (but a little sad), has occasional pictures, and very short "chapters." An all-around win if you are looking for a read aloud book to younger children.

1.  JM's yoga meltdown - sometimes you just need some yoga.

2. Dan had to work later so Danielle kept baby Mira while I took the older girls to swim lessons. I am technically able to juggle all three of them at once...but after squeezing two pairs of leggings on wet legs I am not the best at it.

3. Early bedtime plus lots of reading.

1. Walking out of work with the sun shining on my face. I distinctly remember this day every spring.

2. I walked into the house with dinner already prepped - build your own naan pizzas! Having pesto, artichokes, chicken, and spinach ready to go is amazing.

3. Granny is having the girls help her plant some things outside. I just love that they are getting their hands in the dirt.

Recipes:  - wow, we have eaten really well this week:

Pork Ragu with roasted broccoli and asparagus- I forgot how much I absolutely love that recipe. It is just as delicious and it is easy.

Enchiladas, slaw, rice. You can't lose with that combo of recipes - plus the traditional "we're having Mexican" tamale run.

Greek chicken burritos - we did this for after church lunch as more of a "build your own pita/bowl." We also added brown rice, kalamata olives, feta cheese, hummus, lettuce, and good ol' ranch dressing to the mix and everyone (kids and adults alike) loved it.

Korean Style chicken lettuce wraps with roasted broccoli and green beans. I am obsessed with the crunch of the lettuce. So good - another all around winner on time and ease of preparation as well as taste.

Thankful 4.5.18

(I am an entire week behind over here...)


One: The girls and I ventured out for a walk around the lake. The paths were muddy and the air was cold, but the sun occasionally peeked out and the insects sang us lots of songs as I pushed the younger girls in the stroller and Ina rode her bike.

I specifically enjoyed watching Ina ride her bike through a huge puddle, stop, smile bigger than Texas, giggle, then turn around and do it again...and again...and again. I have so many memories of Dan driving through puddles with the exact same giggle and grin.

Lord help me.

Two: The second book in the Red Rising series was available from my library for download. Fact: I will be getting much less sleep this week.

ThreeI had  the joy of meeting our new financial planner face to face for the first time. Sometimes being an adult and making responsible adult decisions about what to do with tax return money isn't fun. BUT it is nice to have someone encouraging us with potential retirement ages less than 70 years old.


One: One of Ina's friends from school came over for a play date, along with his mom and little brother. This was the first time that we had a play date with one of Ina's friends whose parents weren't my friends. Of course we were a little nervous, but we made muffins and everything went perfectly! I really enjoyed chatting with his mom and think we could have talked for hours without the kids even there.

Two: On the last day of spring break, the sun finally decided to come out. We played outside and enjoyed every second of it. Gibbo took Cora for a ride in the power wheels and there is now a deep dirt circle in our back yard.

Three: The Greatest Showman. I predict that movie will be on repeat at our house.

One: I wasn't feeling a run, so Danielle and I went on a 2.5 mile walk. The weather was beautiful and the change of pace was great.

Two: My mom's side of the family met at the park for a pre-Easter celebration. I met my cream cheese and powdered sugar quota for the year and made carrot cake and dirt cake. Ina and Cora just loved playing with their cousins and Mira mostly slept, but was passed around a few times before we left.

Three: As he knew the forecast for Easter, the Easter Bunny decided to drop off eggs the day before. Watching the kids run around the back yard and search for eggs was so fun.

One: Our church and the amazing worship they put together for Easter. Wow. Just wow. Now that one of the band members lives with us, I see first hand the amount of work that goes into creating each weekend's services, and I am so thankful for them.

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Two: Dan's grandma invited us to her house for Easter lunch. Unfortunately Dan had to work on the salt truck to treat the ice/snow that was falling from the sky on Easter. Although we missed him, everyone at Grandma Frankie's helped with getting the girls food, entertaining them, holding the baby, etc.

On the way home we passed car wreck after car wreck, so I was incredibly grateful to pull into the warm and dry garage with all of my babies safe.

Three: Although nontraditional for Easter, we had chili for dinner and it was perfect. Mira absolutely loved the beans and tomatoes and at one point I thought I might die sitting there putting half a bean after half a bean in her mouth and watching her gum them to smithereens. She grunted/whined at me if I didn't get another one in there soon enough. This reminded me of when Ina smuggled chili beans in her leg rolls. 

One: I started a habit tracker. I need something to keep me accountable to a few things. Nothing fancy, just a notes page in my planner tracking bible reading, water intake, exercise, and joy. The last is kind of hard to measure, but I basically think back on the day and assess my grouchiness. Tracking this has been a huge game changer and Dan has actually commented multiple times about how much better of a mood I am in.

Two: Dan took Ina to dance and the house was empty with just the two babies. I technically usually label Cora as one of the "big girls", but she would gladly be a baby for at least the next five years.

Three: My friend Hannah came to the rescue when we needed a last minute notary. She is the best.

One: Being able to work from home and witness Cora coming down the stairs from waking up in full spider man garb. That girl makes me laugh so much.

Two: Surviving taking all three kids to swim lessons by myself. Dan usually accompanies me in the interest of safety alone, but I successfully changed both girls into their swimsuits, carried Mira in her car seat in one hand and Cora in the other around the outside of the pool without knocking anyone over or dropping Mira in the pool, walked back and forth to both classes, changed them back into their clothes despite their leggings' general refusal to go on wet skin, and buckled them all back into the car without even once yelling, which is pretty big for me.

One: After getting ready for the day, I walked downstairs to my mother-in-law putting my kale on the stove. Not only does she care for my children, do 70%+ of my laundry, and sweep my floors, she also makes me breakfast. I can't even.

Two: I came home to the living room and toy room cleared out in preparation for having my carpets cleaned. Yes, I am as far into suburban motherhood as one can be, because having my carpets cleaned just might be the highlight of my year.

Three:  Celebrating Dan's birthday with his favorite food - chicken and noodles. I picked up the groceries on the way home, and started it, but his chicken and noodles have to be completed by him. I felt bad that he had to cook his own birthday dinner, but promised a dinner out over the weekend.


Slow cooker lentils and rice - I love this recipe because the caramelized onions are my favorite, it is super cheaper, and can be made with things I already have on hand. The kids weren't huge fans, which I understand, because I admit the dish looks less than appetizing. More leftovers for me.

Pad Thai - I still firmly believe that meals like that are proof that God loves us.

Dan's spinach and feta turkey burgers (<-- throwback post) using homemade Greek seasoning with broccoli salad and tater tots.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thankful 3.29.18


One: Freckles across the top of Ina's nose. Love, love love.

Two: Playing basketball with the kids. We played knockout and not only did I win a game (I think it was a pure miracle), but my heart rate was higher than the morning's workout and I was having a blast with my husband, kids, and friends. Oh, and a few neighbor kids came to play too.

The basketball goal is hands down the best thing (from a loooonnnggg list of things) that Dan has randomly brought home.

Three: Ridding Mira's closet of the clothes that don't fit her. I forget how often this has to be done in the wee baby stages. Anything less than six months was either put in the "to sell" or "to give back to Aunt Jessie" piles. I am now significantly less overwhelmed when I try to get her something to wear.


One: Lunch with Kathleen, my friend from work at a Greek restaurant, where I ordered two of my favorite foods (gyro meet and baklava). She also gave the girls the sweetest books. They were so excited.

Two: Our neighbor/friend Kim crocheted Ina a Nemo purse and Cora a little "piggy" purse and has volunteered to teach Ina to crochet. She is a brave soul.

Three: Watching Dan use LinkedIn. He is not the biggest fan of social media, but wants to network with people he has worked with in the past. It cracks me up when he finds someone he hasn't talked to in a few years and the joy he gets when he reconnects.

One: Grandma Frankie picked up the big girls in the morning for a day full of Easter fun. They went to an Easter egg hunt and dyed eggs. When we picked them up that night, Cora had a new stuffed bunny in each hand, Ina had multiple bunnies painted on her face, and they both had baskets overflowing with candy.

Two: My gym had a little get together at an ax throwing place downtown. Although I wasn't the best (anyone surprised?), I did manage to hit one bulls eye. The majority of my throws bounced off and hit the pile of wood shavings on the ground. Dan, of course, was naturally fantastic and hit many, many of his throws.

Three: After ax throwing Dan and I went on a date to a Cooper's Hawk Winery. The wine was good, the food was better, and being on a date with my husband was the best.

One: The girls each sang a song with their class at "big church." Cora was first and was just as cute as she could be making the animal sounds to the song and bouncing her body up and down. However, she was easily distracted by the screen behind her and kept turning around, so we mostly saw her back.

Ina was next and took her role incredibly seriously. I was slightly concerned for the safety of the kids next to her as she swung her arms up and down and side to side like her life depended on it. I just love the intensity of that child.

Two: Some of our family came to church to watch the girls and then came over to the house for lunch after. The kids played and the adults talked. The dark months between Christmas and Easter are over and we can now be social again.

Three: I had the opportunity to drive my grandparents home after lunch. As I am usually mom-ing when I am around them, we don't get a lot of time to chat. The 40 minute drive home was the perfect opportunity to catch up with them on a few things. Then I listened to my favorite podcast on the way home.

One: Day 1 of Spring Break. We dyed Easter eggs with the kids, which is one of Ina's most anticipated events of the year. We even had little mini-eggs, but the shells on those were a little more fragile, and not as resistant to Cora's squeezing fingers.

Two: Cora used the potty! Twice! I tried the "no diaper or panties" method (combined with the lots of candy rewarding method) and she did it. However, I think we are still a long, long way from being completely there. It is a power struggle for sure.

One: I slept more than a mom of three should be allowed to in one night. I think it was at least 9 hours. God bless spring break.

Two: My closet is now cleaned out and ascetically pleasing for my spring wardrobe. I am still in the in between not pregnant, but still nursing, but not back to my pre-pregannacy clothes size, so what I wear is kind of a mash-up. But, this too shall pass.

Three: Granny went to swim lessons with us. It is fun seeing her watch the girls.

One: We finally made it to the zoo after poor Gibbo was sick on the way to the zoo, resulting in both mini-vans turning around to head back for home, clean up, re-group, and head out again. As soon as Danielle called to tell me we had to turn around, Ina started crying and Cora told me that if we didn't go to the zoo "Daddy is going to give you a BIG spanking and you have to sit in the red chair."

Whew, glad I shaped up.

Two: All the kids were great at the zoo, but Mira was amazing. She stayed in the stroller the entire time, except when we ate lunch and kicked my food all over the floor. She didn't cry and instead chose to either sleep or take in all the sights around her with wide open eyes. God just knew I needed her as my third baby.

Three:  The zoo had a lot of animals out. I think the favorites consisted of all the Lion Guard characters and feeding the goats. I liked getting out of the house and walking around, even if it was cold and drizzly. (Not the best week to go on spring break.)


Veggie Turkey Meatloaf- we love this stuff.

Sourdough pizza crust - something to do with the leftover start! Other than give it away, which I am not against, so let me know if you too want to start making your own delicious sourdough bread to eat avocado toast with every morning.

Chicken Parmesan casserole with salad, green beans, and pasta. Everyone loved it!

Monterrey chicken with roasted veggies and brown rice-  make it now.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Thankful 3.22.18

  1. My friend Brandi from the gym brought us some freshly laid eggs from her chickens. I already get more joy out of breakfast than a person should, so adding 2 fresh eggs to my sauteed kale and avocado toast (made with homemade sourdough!; topped with crushed red pepper!), seriously took my joy to the next level. I would love to have chickens, but I also know that my patience/energy could not bear the weight of a single additional life depending on me (seriously, I don't let plants in the door unless someone else agreed to water them), so I will have to reap the benefits of someone else's hard work. BUT, when these children of mine can start earning their keep, bring me all the chickens. 
  2. Mira's 6 month check up was great. Her doctor had some real talk with me about sleeping, nursing, being a human pacifier, etc. At one point she put her arm on me and said, "I hope you know you are a really good mom, but you also need to take care of yourself." She might not have known that I was tearomg up a little because my pink eye is still raging. Ha! 
  3. The birds were singing in the morning and the sun was out to play all afternoon. This of course required sunglasses for all. We all sat outside on the back patio, I enjoyed a cold drink, and Mr. Kyle grilled up a feast while the kids ran around the back yard playing. When the Champs told us they were moving in, this was the night I envisioned on repeat. It was amazing. 

  1. We put Mira's newly recommended sleeping/eating strategy into effect and I slept all. night. long. I can't say that the strategy was perfectly implemented...we had a comfort feedings right before I went to sleep, but once I was out, that was it. Yay! Getting six hours of uninterrupted sleep is a game changer in the mothering world. (I might add more details about this later, but basically she was nursing almost three times as many times a day/night as a 6 month old needs to. This was okay when she was younger because she needed to stimulate my supply, but now that we are introducing other foods, we can put her on more of a "regimen." I remember hearing this advice with Ina and Cora and not really listening...but this time I was desperate.)
  2. My pink eye finally started to improve. Thursday and Friday were a little rough. 
  3. The Bible series on Netflix. I don't know why it took us this long to join the party, but we are loving watching an episode or two here and there. Ina even loves it, but (willingly) covers her head under a blanket during the more intense parts. 

  1. Danielle and I went shopping for Easter baskets for the kids while the dads stayed home with the kids. We came home to an interesting scene that included a gigantic fort and the two younger children's faces, arms, legs, feet, and ear insides covered in green marker. Coincidentally, it was St. Patrick's day, so it ended up working out. 
  2. We had a blast at our town's little St. Patrick's Day parade on Main Street. The kids caught candy, saw lots of loud vehicles, Irish Dancers, politicians, etc. I love doing stuff in our town! I was reminded that we actually have businesses that we should support just a few miles away.
  3. Our friends Justin and Angela made us the most amazing fajitas and guacamole at their house. They have an older daughter, so of course Ina was mesmerized by her bedroom, loft bunk bed, foot spa, sparkly pillow, and desk. 

  1. Dan took Ina with him to serve at our church's growth track in the afternoon and I successfully laid down both Cora and Mira in their respective rooms for a much needed nap. After I vacuumed, swept, lightly cleaned the kitchen, and folded laundry, Danielle and I sat down for a little pre-bible study. This was really nice and even though our Sunday seemed full schedule-wise, having this little time for quiet made all the difference.
  2. Our small group stayed after bible study for dinner. At one point I had to go upstairs to feed Mira, and hearing the conversation, laughter, and merriment coming up the stairs made me so, so happy. The conversations ranged from sports to parenting tactics to travel to food (always food). This is what doing life together feels like. 
  3. River Monsters is on Amazon Prime. When we gave up satellite, missing out on River Monsters was one of Dan's biggest concerns. But not any more! My fears of swimming in any lake/river/ocean can now be re-born. 

  1. Birthday cake at the gym. Liz's carrot cake is oh so good.
  2. Mira has finally started eating food. A few tricks - putting peanut butter in her cereal and not pureeing her food. She doesn't prefer to eat off the spoon and purses her lips together when I try to feed her, but hold a piece of zucchini or tomato in front of her face and her mouth opens wide. 
  3. Cora said the prayer at dinner, and it was just about the cutest thing I have ever heard. She balled up in hands and held them close to her mouth with her eyes squeezed shut and in her little voice said, "Dear God (pause), thank you for this dinner. (pause) Thank you for my daddy. Thank you for my sissy." (at this point Ina hugged her and made her mad, so she had to start over.) Dear God, thank you for lunch. Thank you for my mommy. Thank you for The Champs being here. Amen." I might have cried. 


  1. Listening to Cora scream/sing to Down to the River while I am upstairs in my office working. I can't help but smile.
  2. Stitch Fix (<--referral link; use it and your $20 styling fee will be waived) has exchanges now! My most recent fix had the perfect Easter dress, but it was a little too big. I unsuccessfully tried to find a bigger size online and was so bummed. But, then I checked out and realized I could go a size down for free. Yay!
  3. Self love. A constant work in progress. 


  1. This idea of leveraging time constraints to get more done. (I am absolutely mesmerized with The Frugalwoods blog, but the way. I am finding myself spending my free time reading old case studies on how to live as frugally as possible. When I am not reading it, I am daydreaming about what Dan and I could do with our lives in 10 years if we started living extremely frugally today. But, honestly, I also daydream about the new FitBit, Kate Spade sunglasses, and grocery shopping exclusively at Whole Foods, so there's that.)
  2. A new (to us) basketball goal. I see lots of time spent in the front yard and driveway this spring.
  3. An honest, real conversation with Dan while the girls were watching a movie. 
Recipes- just a few:

I love this kale salad. The few extra steps make it feel special. It was my contribution to our pot-luck dinner for small group.

Zucchini lasagna with roasted brussels sprouts and green beans- amazing. Danielle just peeled and chopped the zucchini and we made it more like a "casserole" than lasagna. Regardless, I loved, loved, loved it and honestly didn't miss the noodles one single bit.

Honey glazed chicken with steamed (buttered/and lightly brown sugared) carrots, roasted asparagus, and brown rice- a favorite in our house, but I always forget how long it takes to make.

Have a great end to your week/weekend! We are on spring break next week and I have a nice little staycation planned. Yay!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Mira Belle 6 Months

At six months Mira is a delight.

She simply wants to smile and laugh and giggle. Her toothless grin forms so easy. Any time her eyes meet mine, she almost dares me to do something silly.

She is good sized (93 percentile for length and 83 percentile for weight) has rolls on rolls (the wrist roll is my favorite), a decent amount of hair, and some killer abdominal muscles from the constant v-up she holds while observing the craziness around her.

Mira can roll over, but doesn't very often. She has tried a few foods, but isn't too interested in them. She can sleep for long stretches of time, but usually doesn't.

She often squawks like a bird or squeals to get our attention. She rarely cries, unless she is hungry or wants to be held. Unlike her older sisters, she is happy to be held by anyone, and only has a slight preference for me.

She sings herself to sleep, unless she nurses herself to sleep, which of course is her preference.

When I hold her on my hip, she lounges back and lets her arms fall to maximum relaxation.

She loves when I kiss her neck, belly, or cheeks.

She loves her older sisters and is usually happy if I tell Ina or Cora to go sing her a song. She tolerates their faces very close to her's, the pushing, prodding, and yelling very, very well.

If she slept through the night she would undoubtedly be the perfect baby.

Can you tell that I fall more in love with her every day?

The physics of the heart continues to baffle me. When Ina was born, I had no idea my heart was capable of that much love. (I literally dedicated love songs to her.) When I became pregnant with Cora, I honestly felt guilty because I just knew I wouldn't like her as much. Then I met her and couldn't help but adore her fiery soul just as much.

It is no secret that Mira's pregnancy wasn't planned, so I was too busy freaking out to think about how much I would love her. But oh man, love her I do. So much, in fact, that the surge of affection I feel when I see her often surprises me.

I know that life is crazy right now, and I know that I didn't plan our current circumstances. But I am oh so grateful for God's plan to trust me with these three little girls.

Just for fun: Ina at 6 months; Cora at 6 months.

Have a great weekend! <3

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thankful 3.15.18

  1. Ina's teachers are helping her with a project. One day she asked her teacher what the most popular color in the school was, and that led to her surveying every kid in the school, asking each one his or her favorite color, and tallying up the results. I cannot tell you how much my heart soared when I saw that they were fueling her curious heart and showing her how to conduct research. Her last day is in May and I don't want her to leave that place. 
  2. Our taxes are done, even after the initial rejection because I miss-typed Ina's SSN. I am so excited to get that checked off my to-do list.
  3. Getting started on Cora's big girl bed! The crib is disassembled, but we hit a few kinks in getting the full bed put together. Who knew that this would take more than a few hours? Dan. Dan knew and protested when I suggested that we make it a week night project. Sorry Honey.


  1. Ina and Cora slept in Ina's twin bed all night long. Waking up to them cuddling together is one of my favorite things ever. My sister and I shared a room until I was around 10 and we moved to a house that allowed each of us to have our own room. However, we still slept in each others' rooms, because we were so used to that set-up. I hope Ina and Cora (and Mira!) are that close.
  2. Facebook Marketplace is awesome yet again. In two days I sold 3 different things and didn't even have to go out of my way to meet up with any of the buyers. 
  3. We met our friends the Bartletts at the fish fry down the street (YUM) and then they came over to hang out afterwards. They just had a beautiful baby girl that I was so excited to snuggle.

(Mira brought her own hot sauce to the fish fry)

  1. Cora's big girl bed is finally put together! This has been on my weekend to-do list for about a month. Now Dan can lie down with her on a bed while putting her to sleep instead of making a blanket pallet on the floor in her room that I constantly feel the need to clean. 
  2. The thoughtful and challenging questions that Ina asks. Man, she has come up with some doozies lately. On Saturday she asked me if humans will ever be extinct AND if the devil could be saved by Jesus. Someone should have told me that parenting involves lots and lots of pop quizzes. 
  3. Resisting the urge to clean the toy room and instead sitting down and enjoying some family time. 

  1. Eating lunch and chatting at the Nybergs' house while the kids play together. I love bouncing our thoughts on family dynamics and how to raise our children off of them. 
  2. Daylight savings time is hard in the morning...but I do love how much later it stays light outside. I am saying goodbye to SAD this year. 
  3. Cora in Gibson's spider man costume. She won't stop flexing her muscles and "spraying webbing" at me. She is so cute that I seriously have to resist the urge to purchase every costume that Marvel makes.


  1. Logic tests. I just love them.
  2. Antibiotic eye drops, and my sister for calling them in for me. Pink eye will not stop attacking our house. 
  3. The beautiful weather and Ina wanting to get outside and play and ride. Now if we could just convince her she doesn't need training wheels on her bike. 


  1. Danielle for having a birthday that gave us a reason for mid-week pizza and hot fudge sundaes. Ina sang happy birthday to her at least five times. 
  2. Cora was the only kid in her swim lesson class. She soaked up the private lesson and the one on one attention. That girl loves nothing more than swim lessons and literally starts begging to go again when I am changing her out of her swimsuit. 
  3. New sunglasses. I really want these...but I know the fastest way to lose a pair of sunglasses is to spend more than $15 on them.

  1. Dan's cousin Kiley is here helping Granny watch the girls over her spring break and Ina is loving having her here. I think she is a 30 year old at heart.  
  2. Cora's mattress came in. Sorry, I know this single thing is taking over this blog post, but it is my life right now. We tried out one of those box mattresses and are still waiting for it to expand all the way. We will report back. 
  3. Mira only ate 2 more oz. than I pumped. That might sound bad, but it is coming back from an 8 oz. deficit. I'll take it!
Recipes - not much, as we have eaten leftovers three times and went out to eat twice - very rare in our family! 

Smoked corned beef with roasted potatoes and roasted cabbage. Have you tried smoked corn beef yet? It is next level.

Veggie sloppy joes on top of sweet potatoes with roasted broccoli. Everyone loves these except for my two girls. They are ornery.

Oh, and just because I love you, if you also have something to celebrate - make these epic brownies.

Have a good end to your week! <3

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thankful 3.8.18

  1. I worked from home with the girls (because I gave their caregiver strep). After dropping Ina off at preschool I tried to put the other two girls to sleep, but neither of them was cooperating and I had work to do and lunch to eat. So, I did the unusual and put them both in their cribs while they were still awake and went downstairs to eat. I checked on them once I was finished and they were both asleep. (!!!) That was mom magic right there! (This is mostly why I only write once a week. If I wrote daily, the only thing I would write about is how my children slept the night before...because...well...that is all that really matters to me right now. Ha! I need my sleep.)
  2. The treat of going out to eat with one of Dan's cousins and his family who we very rarely get to see. Ina was pumped to learn all the tricks that can be played on your parents with straws and their wrappers. Let's all hope she forgets those tricks the next time we visit a restaurant.
  1. A full to-do list at work with lots of checks by the end of the day.
  2. We had some mentor/coaches from our church over for dinner. They took the craziness of our family in stride and gave us so much wisdom over a few hours' time. We are so thankful for their influence on our lives. 
  3. Cowboy cookies. Oh man. I will need to have Danielle share the recipe. 
  1. A beautiful and refreshing run/walk with Danielle. After a week off from exercise due to being sick, I was happy to get my legs moving again.
  2. Dan cut his hair and saved his beard! Our opinions on facial hair differ greatly, but he mostly wants to keep his beard to not look like a 13 year old. I told him lots of people want to look like a teenager again. Ha!
  3. Every single article of Kendrick clothing was clean and put away for a few hours. I told the girls they weren't allowed to take their clothes off. 

  1. Dan's dad, step-mom, sister, and brother-in-law came over for a visit. We were all so excited to see them (Ina particularly), but I have to admit that I was just as excited that they were taking a boat of a car out of my garage. Now the challenge will be to prevent something else other than Danielle's van from filling that space. I am just ignoring how often Dan has been perusing Craig's List.
  2. My living room full of people reading The Word out loud together. The power of that simple act surprises me every single time.
  3. Even though my day was pretty full, I didn't feel rushed or stressed. This had some to do with the day at home on Saturday, but also to do with my new determination to not feel that way anymore. 

  1. Back at the gym after a week off. I love those people.
  2. Mira smiles. She is just the sweetest baby.

  1. Danielle's old neighbor gave us a sourdough start. Danielle fed it overnight, so I am looking forward to some freshly baked bread around here. (Edited to add that it is ah-mazing, specifically as avocado toast in the morning. 
  2. Ina's swim teacher's patience with her spending more time under water than above it. I know that not swimming while in a pool is pure torture for a kid, but she still needs to pay attention and listen. 


  1. Mid week morning coffee talk with Hannah and Danielle. There is just something about sitting around drinking coffee and talking to loved ones early in the morning. It is amazing. 
  2. Bonus day at work. Always a good day. I tell myself that I am so blessed to have a job and anything on top is really great icing on the cake. 
  3. Granny stayed for dinner! She usually leaves when I get home from work, but it was lovely to have her there. Of course she also did the dishes and extra laundry. 

Monterey Chicken (again- even better the second time because I let the chicken marinate for close to 24 hours) with Mexican brown rice, roasted green beans, broccoli, and salad

Carnitas with cabbage slaw and "refried" beans. I love those carnitas and the leftovers make a great salad with the slaw and bottom of the tortilla chip bag for lunch. The kids ate them quesadilla-style. Tamales may have been involved.

Coconut curry chicken with brown rice, broccoli, and naan. I only had one can of coconut milk and couldn't double the recipe, so I improvised and combined a few different recipes. However, the one linked is great.

Asian glazed chicken legs with veggie/egg fried rice (made by Dan) and roasted green beans. I always forget that the glaze takes a lot longer to boil down than the recipe indicates, but it is so worth the wait.

No bake energy balls: trying to increase my milk supply with the healthy fats, oatmeal, and seeds. Mira eats quite a bit more (like double!) than I pump on the days that I go in the office. I find this interesting, because she doesn't act hungry on the days I work from home and the weekend and obviously my body makes the same every day. My frozen supply is almost I have to do something. I never had this problem with Ina or Cora, so I am hoping it will work itself out eventually. I added an extra pumping session to my calendar at work and am chugging water like crazy.

Have a good end to your week! <3

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