Monday, September 28, 2015


Hello and Happy Monday!

This week is extra exciting because the girls and I leave tomorrow on a plane to visit family in Houston. 

Yes, you read that right, Dan is staying home and I am taking a 2 year old and an infant on a plane by myself. If you remember, I would appreciate any extra prayers around 11 AM. 


Don’t get to feeling too sorry for Dan. He will be enjoying a few quiet days in the house by himself with a few meals and treats that I prepped for him and his brand new toy.

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I should say brand new to him. It is a 1979 Artistocraft and he couldn’t be more in love. The girls and I joined him on a trip to pick it up on Thursday.

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It requires a lot of work, so I estimate it will be lake ready for Summer 2020.

Other than that, things have been pretty chill around here because this was a work weekend for Dan. Lots of play dates both for Ina and myself.

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Saturday Cora and I met some of my friends at the plaza art fair, while Ina hung out with my dad. We had a good time (until Cora decided it was time to leave), 

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but it just wasn’t the same without Dan begging for another piece of art that I would label as a Halloween decoration (Exhibit A). Dan loves the plaza art fair, so hopefully he will be back in the game next year. 

Sunday we went to church, grocery shopped, ate lunch, napped, and had small group. Oh, and I chopped off my hair. Maybe I will post a picture when I am not wearing pajamas.

Have a good week!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday-Family Style

Good morning from the road!

We are on a family adventure to pick up a Dan Craig's List find. In true Kendrick fashion, we are an hour and a half late. 

Since we have some time to kill, here are some things we are all thankful for:

-My mommy and daddy and Cora
-Let's buy a camper! (Not what we are picking up today)
-A boat! (Maybe what we are picking up today)

-Presient Obama 
-The Iran Nuclear deal
(I told Dan I didn't want toM. E get political on my blog, so...)
-Ranch Pringles

-No more fever (she had one after her vaccines and didn't feel too hot yesterday)
-The baby swing that we borrowed from a friend (seriously a life saver)

-3.5 more weeks of maternity leave
-a healthy family 
-our small group- so excited it started again!

Have a great day! 
What are you thankful for? 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Groundhog's Day


How are things going? Things are pretty much the same over here. I feel like during my maternity leave all my posts will be the same. 

I played with the kids,

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made dinner,

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(BBQ, goat cheese, brussels sprout, and smoked chicken nachos - so, so, so good)


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and woke up the next morning to do it all over again. My friend who is also on maternity leave with a toddler and an infant and isn’t used to the SAHM life, much like me, told me she felt like she was living the same day over and over again - like Groundhog’s Day.

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Today was a little different because Cora had her 2 month check-up.

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She is long and lean at 11 pounds and 3 oz. and 24 inches long!

A few other updates: 

  • She has a head tilt, so I need to work on making her look to her left
  • She still has a clogged tear duct - more massaging
  • She has cradle cap, which apparently can be treated with dandruff shampoo
  • I need to continue to not eat dairy for a few more weeks, if not longer

Cora also had to get three shots, which weren’t fun at all, but she handled them like a champ. Three band-aides and one sticker for Ina later, we were out the door just in time to greet my friends who came over for lunch with Chipotle.

After some much needed catch up time and watching the kids play, we said goodbye and both girls are now taking a nap.

I prepped dinner for tonight and then stared at my silent, (mostly) picked up house wondering what I should do. I don’t handle free time well. Maybe I will balance my budget or something.

Have a good day!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

My Meal and Exercise Plan [9/20]

Good Sunday Morning to you!

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I hope you had an excellent weekend. Our’s has been great so far. Friday night Ina, Cora, and I went to my grandparents’ house and played Go Fish.

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Needless to say, despite Ina’s excellent show-your-cards-strategy, she did not win. 

Saturday Dan and I prepared our house for having 15 people over for dinner. And by prepared, I mean Dan smoked a lot of meat. 

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Ina woke up from her nap to find her sand box full of sand and cousins. 

We lit a fire, watched the Royals game, and made s’mores. 

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It was such a good night. 

Today our church small group starts again! Yay! We decided not to do dinners this semester, but I am making this black bean dip and having apples and caramel out for snacks.

We have a lot of leftover meat from yesterday, so I am going to try to incorporate that into our meals this week. Also, thanks to those of you who let me know that I need to eliminate dairy for at least 2, if not 3, weeks before it will completely leave my and Cora’s system. So, I am still on the no-dairy train. It is hard to tell if it is improving Cora’s mood (she still cries the majority of the time she is awake and not eating), but her skin has cleared up drastically. I am hoping that was just a coincidence? 

  • Sunday: leftovers
  • Monday: chicken fried rice with lots of veggies added in
  • Tuesday: pesto chicken pizza (with goat cheese for my pieces) with roasted brussels sprouts
  • Wednesday: shrimp pad thai
  • Thursday: Asian turkey meatballs with brown rice and roasted broccoli
  • Friday: out to eat
  • Saturday: Plaza art fair! Will likely eat something there

Snacks/breakfast: overnight apple pie slow cooker oatmeal, coconut oil chocolate, strawberry basil popsicles, pumpkin bars

I am in the middle of T25 week 2 and while I am not exactly rocking the moves, I am doing better. I signed up for a 5K in a month and I am hoping that T25 gives me the cardio endurance I need to finish it. Ha!

I hope you have an excellent week!


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thankful Thursday

- I am thankful Cora has learned to nurse laying down. Now I only wake up once or twice a night, scoop her out of her rocker, nurse her, and then place her back, all without having to get out of bed. This is great, but will only work for a few more months. Once she outgrows her rocker we will have to come up with a different plan. But, she will be sleeping through the night by then, right? 

- I am thankful T25 videos are only 25 minutes long. One more minute and my heart might literally beat out of my chest.

- I am thankful for leftovers, because there was no way I was cooking dinner last night. Speaking of not cooking, our friends are having us over for dinner tonight. I am especially thankful for that, because cooking for me has become somewhat of a culinary challenge, as I can’t eat dairy or gluten.

- I am thankful for Amazon prime video, which provides some entertainment when my entire day looks like this:

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Cora must be going through a growth spurt, because she wanted to eat about every hour yesterday and then sleep in between.

- I am thankful our church small group starts up this weekend. I can’t wait. 

- I am thankful we finally sold the couch in the toy room on Craig’s List last night and the people who came to pick it up were very pleasant and efficient. Let the organizing begin!

What are you thankful for? 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Good morning!

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How are things going? We have been great over here and really enjoying this beautiful weather

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and playing with friends.

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On Monday afternoon Dan acquired a smoker.

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It is so funny how he has friends in the right place at the right time. That very morning we were browsing smokers on Craig’s List and then a few hours later he saw a friend who had one in the back of his truck he wasn’t using. Dan traded him a golf club he wasn’t using and we were in business. 

Of course, he hasn’t really moved from that spot since and is trying to throw everything in the smoker.

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As managing a smoker requires a lot of time outside, we have also been doing some work on the back yard (which desperately needed it). 

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We pulled weeds,

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put in a fire pit,

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and I even pruned my basil plants. 

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Nap time pesto making for the win. 

Something else that is on fire - my legs. I did the lower focus T25 workout yesterday and I cry every time I have to go up a flight of stairs. 

I hear someone calling my name, so I am out before she wakes up her sister. 

Have a great day!

Monday, September 14, 2015

31 Things in My 31st Year

Google knew it was my birthday. Seriously, they never stop blowing my mind.

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Yesterday was a pretty good day - I was spoiled with a marker manicure by Ina, went to church, watched some football, and then met my family at a Japanese steakhouse.

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Seriously, the perfect place to take kids. They cook the food fast and in front on you, so there is minimal running around the table.

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In true birthday fashion, here is a list of stuff I want to do before I turn 32. 

  1. Go on a family beach vacation. I really want to go to Hilton Head, but Dan is leaning towards a more remote island. Either way, I want to teach Ina to love the ocean waves as much as we do. 
  2. Try a new food from each food group. The rabbit in my freezer is calling my name and there are a few grains I have never tried. 
  3. Change my hair. The long do’s days are numbered, mostly because Cora grabs it and pulls. Hard.
  4. Buy a capsule wardrobe for fall / winter. I have some birthday money that is burning a hole in my pocket and I can’t wait to go shopping.
  5. Declutter my life. Every year I say this, but I really want to become a Craig’s List master. Maybe listing 3 things a week on CL or eBay would be a good goal?
  6. Stay at a bed and breakfast. Dan and I LOVE B&Bs. We will likely have to take the girls, but they would love it too!
  7. Organize, paint, decorate the toy room. Right now that room is a free for all, and I want to make it a place that the girls love to go to. I am thinking a “map” theme would be cool. 
  8. Volunteer as a family for something. Teaching Ina to serve is really important to us. 
  9. Top off our family emergency fund. We are about half way there, and assuming no unexpected expenses, we should be able to meet our goal amount by early 2016
  10. Create a Roth IRA for both Dan and myself. I feel so old and responsible typing that, but retirement is important people.
  11. Start a 529 college savings account for Ina and Cora. This might not happen until later in the year, because it is Baby Step #5, but I think that once we have an emergency fund, the retirement and college savings will easily fall into place.
  12. Get back to my pre-pregnancy size. Notice I said size, not weight. This might take all year and I am not in any hurry. I am trying to eat nutritiously, but the last thing I want to do is go back to work hungry all the time. 
  13. Take the family to a movie theater. Ina loved when we went on a family date and I want to do it again. Hopefully Cora won’t get us kicked out.
  14. Get family pictures taken and put them up on the wall in a timely manner. I am so bad at this. 
  15. Finish reading the entire bible. I am a little behind, but I hope to catch up soon.
  16. Take Ina to the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. We have been reading books about museums and she seems interested in them. 
  17. Complete T25 - alpha, beta, and gama. Each segment is 5 weeks, so this will take my workouts into the beginning of 2016. 
  18. Plant flowers. We have some bulbs I would like to put out and I also want to get some mums for our pots. 
  19. Teach Ina to swim. I keep having nightmares of her jumping in water without being able to swim, so this needs to change immediately. 
  20. Start saving for a boat. We sold the boat we had because I didn’t think owning one with little kids really worked. However, with Dan’s new work schedule, I think we would use a boat a lot more now. Also, we had the time of our life in Branson. 
  21. Go sledding. We have a huge hill in town that I haven’t been to in years.
  22. Make a photo book for Ina and Cora. I love the books I have made for Ina so far, but now I have double the work. It is nice that their birthdays are evenly spaced apart. 
  23. Go apple picking. Then make applesauce. 
  24. Move my herb pot inside and keep it alive. I have an herb pot that I absolutely love. Seriously, going outside and picking some fresh herbs to throw in whatever I am making for dinner brings me so much joy. I am hoping that I can keep them alive all winter long.
  25. Plant a garden that doesn’t grown more weeds than vegetables. For years Dan has been insisting we put newspaper down around the plants to keep the weeds away and I have resisted for aesthetic reasons, but after seeing the weeds this year I am giving in. Newspaper away babe.
  26. Teach Ina to play a few card games. She could probably handle Go Fish and War, right? 
  27. Make and freeze to-go breakfasts. My mornings are about to get crazy, so on Sundays I want to make our breakfasts for the week. I am thinking burritos, muffins, and healthy cookies.
  28. Go camping. Let’s be real, it will be more like glamping, because I am over the phase in my life when I sleep on the ground, but there will likely be s’mores involved. 
  29. Stop looking at my phone in the middle of the night. I am the worst at this, because we don’t have a clock in our room. The light really effects me and I can’t go back to sleep. So I suppose this should say, get a clock for our room.
  30. Recycle more. I really need to improve in this department.
  31. Keep doing what I am doing. Life is pretty good right now and I don’t want it to change too much.

Pasts lists:

30 Things in My Next 30 Years

29 Things in My 29th Year

28 Things in My 28th Year

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