Sunday, October 23, 2016

My Plan for the Week

Hey there!

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(Grandma June came over on Friday to help with Cora while I worked.)

I hope your weekend has been fantastic so far. Our’s has been pretty low key. After the funeral on Thursday we were ready for some down time.

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(Kids playing after the funeral). 

Friday night we hung around the house and enjoyed an amazing meal that our friends made us. 

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(Chicken pot pie with homemade biscuits, apple butter, and homemade butter. It doesn’t get better than this.)

Saturday I went to gym class. 

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(The assault bike and I have a love/hate relationship.)

I worked for a few minutes and then got the girls cleaned up to go to Target for a few essentials that we ran completely out of. Ina had a particularly hard time understanding why we had to buy toilet paper instead of Craoyla’s emoji making kit, but we all survived.  

After a nap for Cora and a little quiet time for Ina we met up with Dan, his mom, and grandma to drive to Dan’s dad’s church for a hog roast/auction. 

We had no idea what to expect, but had a complete blast. The food was fantastic and after we ate we sat in the church pews and experienced a real live auction of homemade goods donated to the church. We are now the proud owners of a Frozen blanket and lovely fall decor center piece. On the way home Dan and I were talking about how fun it would be to come back again next year. 

Here is my meal plan for the week. 

I hope you have a great week! <3

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Hey there! 

I had every intention of taking a rest day today, but my eyes popped open at 4:39 and I couldn’t go back to sleep. After 5 minutes of laying in bed wondering what type of workout my gym would be doing, I finally decided to just get up and go find out. 

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Whew, it was a doozy.

We are attending services for Papa Gordon today, but before we leave I wanted to list out what I was thankful for this week:


  1. Granny texted us that Papa had a good day (I wrote this on Thursday, but am way more thankful for it now)
  2. Amazon Prime streaming videos. If you have kiddos, you need to watch Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo 
  3. Watching Ina recite The Pout Pout Fish while eating Pad Thai noodles (she held them up in the air and said, “…his tentacles were trailing in a gentle locomotion,” which of course made Cora attempt to do the same thing. 


  1. I survived a week of 5 am workouts.
  2. My cube moved to the 3rd floor, which means only three flights of stairs in the morning instead of four. It’s the little things.
  3. Friends/neighbors stopping by. 


  1. Dan allowed me to get in some good girl time. Wine Walk FTW.
  2. New earrings from a local artist. I am not super materialistic, but every once in a while, something new is nice. 
  3. My mom and Kim for taking shifts to watch Cora! We are so blessed by our support system.


  1. We were able to tell Papa Gordon how much we loved him.
  2. Help with the girls at the nursing home from family. 
  3. Car seat straps. Because after an incredibly emotional day and trying to keep two kids controlled at a nursing home for hours, sometimes they just need to be contained. IMG 6693


  1. Quiet morning time with Cora. We rarely get one-on-one time, so I have to take advantage of it when I can.
  2. Dan’s job flexibility that allowed him to help his mom this week.
  3. My mom made us dinner!


  1. Walks with the girls. Ina started jogging and said, “I need to do my exercises.” 
  2. I successfully gave both girls dinner, a bath, read books, and put them in their own beds ALL BY MYSELF. I don’t know how single moms do it.
  3. The show This is Us and all the feels it gives me.

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  1. Church cooked meals. Mmmm….so, so, so good.
  2. My friend Kathleen at work and her super coding skills. :)
  3. What people are willing to pay for used clothing on eBay. Seriously. 

I hope you have a fantastic day. <3

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Goodbye Papa Gordon

On our way to visit Gordon on Sunday we received a call from the nursing home and then a few minutes later from hospice saying that he was declining fast. A few hours later Papa Gordon was no longer stuck in his cancer filled body.

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I am so thankful that Dan was able to be by the side of a man that meant so much to him for his last few hours of life.


Describing how horrible it was to watch our family lose their husband, father, son, uncle, and papa is is not something I want to do. Instead, I am going to share some of my favorite Papa Gordon memories. 

- When I was pregnant with Ina, Dan and I took Teresa and Gordon to Hawaii. Preparing for the trip and the entire way there he talked about how excited he was that he would be able to try to "local cuisine". 

 However, after one taste of the “local cuisine” he ordered a cheeseburger everywhere we went. I wish I could relay how funny this was, but I guess you just had to be there.

- Teresa and Gordon used to watch Ina once a week. Every week. All but a few of those weeks Gordon drove to meet me half way to pick her up and drop her off. Many times he drove the entire way so I didn’t have to.

- Ina loved him. I mean, really loved him.


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- When I stopped eating gluten it was almost as if he made it his life’s mission to create as many delicious gluten free desserts as possible. He did a fantastic job.

- He loved finding the newest health food with me and would often bring me a 5 pound bag of whatever it was from Costco. 

- He was always telling me about the newest (or oldest?) natural remedy for whatever ailment the girls had and would often go buy it to help. (I politely declined his offer to buy me castor oil when I was past my due date with Cora. Ha!)

-He almost always walked into our house wearing sweatpants and a smile. He would place whatever treat he had made on the counter and ask, “What’s up? How’s Racheal?"

-He helped Dan and I through some tough parenting moments and some even more tough marriage moments. 

He was a fantastic man and he will be very missed. <3

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Wine Walk + My Meal Plan

Good morning. 

How has the weekend been treating you so far? 

Our’s has been so fun! Friday night we did the grocery shopping/pizza making/bath/going to bed at 9 thing. I was able to get enough rest to prepare for Saturday. 

It started with a 3 mile run with Danielle,

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shortly followed by my functional fitness class which was super fun because they pulled out the big toys and I finally had the chance to flip the tire.  


Who knew exercising could be this fun?

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After class Dan made breakfast while I read to the girls and we quickly got ready for Gibson’s second birthday party. 

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During the party the ladies were talking about their plan to do a wine walk downtown later that evening. It sounded like so much fun and like something I haven’t done in such a long time. I gave Dan the puppy dog look, quickly invited myself, and arranged for childcare for Cora (thanks Kim and Mom!!!). 

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It was a great night filled with tasty wine and fantastic company.

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After the walk we rode KC’s new street car, which was so fun, to grab some pizza at Grinder’s. 

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I had a blast, but my head was happy to hit the pillow at 11. Phew, it was a late one for this girl. 

Today we are going to church, visiting Papa at the nursing home, and then having small group at our house. 

Here is my meal plan for the week: 

Have a fantastic day! <3

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Good morning!


I am back from my gym class and ready to start the day, so let’s get to it. This week I was thankful for: 


  1. I am finally down to two cups of coffee per day. The third (and, ahem, sometimes fourth) were making me so jittery and causing low blood sugar in the afternoon. Even knowing this giving up my pre- and post-lunch cups of joe was hard.
  2. A beautiful fall mid-day run. 
  3. Finally cancelling my gym membership that I never, never used. (Motivated by Friday #1 below)


  1. Finding a new gym, right now the street, with nice people and fantastic workouts. Seriously, a dream come true. 
  2. Getting a good night’s sleep after weeks of tossing and turning. 
  3. Passing a test at work that I was dreading. I have to take it every 2 years and every 2 years I dread it. 


  1. Having so many family members who will help with the girls. I think Dan’s sister has a radar that tells her when I need a break. She just swoops in and saves the day.
  2. Dutch ovens and the amount of delicious food that can be cooked in them.
  3. The space heater inside the camper. It kept us nice and toasty.


  1. Cora slept through the night in the camper. Whew. I think she knew if she didn’t I would set her pack N play up on the roof, so she made a wise decision. 
  2. The beautiful fall weather. Have I mentioned that yet?
  3. Dan cooked dinner, which means I had the entire weekend off from preparing food. I love to cook, but having a break every once in a while is nice. 


  1. I followed a truck with a back full of Christmas trees on the way to work today. It put me in a good mood.
  2. My car was cleaned out by the wonderful workers at Water Way. Unfortunately, they didn’t find the cause of the dirty diaper smell, but did give us a lemon air freshener. When Ina got in the car she said, “Ewww…it smells like a rotten lemon in here.” I have to admit her assessment was on point, but there isn’t much I can do about it because I have no idea where the smell is coming from. 
  3. My mom watched the girls while Dan and I went to marriage counseling. 


  1. Having a few freezers stocked with food. 
  2. Etsy seamstresses and their talents that greatly outweigh mine.
  3. Ina’s love for puzzles and how they will entertain her for hours. Our kitchen table is currently covered in puzzles that she doesn’t want to take apart. It is so cute that I am letting it slide. 


  1. Ina making me coffee in the morning. Seriously, I have always said that all I want is for someone to make me coffee.
  2. A woman I work with is on Family Feud and we had a watch party at the office. So much fun!
  3. Having dinner ready and waiting in the slow cooker when I walk in the door. Fantastic. 

Have a great day! What are you thankful for? <3

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Update

Hey hey hey. 

I don’t have an organized post topic, so this is going to be in bullet format. 

 - Dan and I started watching This is Us last night. One episode in and I can say that this show is excellent. Like a cross between Parenthood and How I Met Your Mother. We both hysterically cried for a few minutes at the end and laughed in between. All the emotions. Hopefully I can convince him to watch another episode tonight. 

- I purchased the girls’ Halloween costumes yesterday. I had big plans in my head to make them and then the free space in my calendar between now and Halloween starting disappearing, so Amazon and Etsy for the win.

Ina told me she wanted to me a “Midnight Witch” (whatever that means?) and I had the bright idea of letting her look at the pictures on Amazon to pick out her own costume.

Never again.

As it turns out she is particular about these things. For example, she immediately threw the costume out of the running if it had a “crooked broom.” Twenty minutes and a lot of arguing later, we are the proud owner of the most expensive witch costume Amazon has to offer. Seriously, it has lights. 

- I am falling in love with my slow cooker again. Yesterday I made applesauce with some apples that were pre-sliced and pre-peeled in the freezer (thanks in-laws) and today I am slow cooking a turkey breast. Speaking of turkey, make these turkey Indian meatballs. You’re welcome.

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- I am still loving my functional fitness class down the street. I can’t wait to tell you more about it, but I leave every morning with my booty sufficiently kicked. I don’t even mind waking up at 4:40 to get there. Or at least this week I don’t. 

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- We put some more Star Wars tattoos on the girls yesterday. Cora couldn’t stop looking at her belly and giggling. 

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I hope you have an excellent hump day. See you tomorrow with some things to be thankful for!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Rendezvous 2016

Good morning and Happy Monday! 

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I hope you had a fantastic weekend. 

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We went camping with Dan’s dad and his friends. This is a yearly event and the 4th year we have been.

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(Dan’s sister Kotey and her fiancĂ© Garth. They are getting married next month and both girls are going to be flower girls!)

Let me tell you, these people know how to camp. 

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More specifically, they know how to cook. 

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The main meal is almost exclusively cooked with Dutch ovens and is hands down the best meal I eat each year. 

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(Dan’s step mom, the cutest sous chef. Dan was taking this picture and he was more than likely messing with her. Ha!)

Dan’s dad was also sweet enough to let us borrow one of his rental campers. The girls absolutely loved it.

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We had a few sleeping issues with Cora the first night, as she is used to sleeping in her crib by herself, but Dan took over Cora duty the second night and did much better than me at getting her to sleep. 

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Ina loved being the only kid with many adults to give her their undivided attention. She colored, told stories, and threw lots of leaves on her sister. Cora was a little fussy, but I am going to chalk that up to a lack of sleep and a different environment. 

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We got home Sunday afternoon and spent the rest of the day catching up for the week - lawn mowing, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. 

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I hope you have a great day! <3
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