Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thankful 1.11.18

Thursday:
  1. A successful first fellowship interview.
  2. Ina staying the night at Granny's. Although she was missed, I was sick and one less kid to care for did help this night.
  3. Watching Ina and Cora successfully play together without fighting. It sounds and looks so nice. 

Friday:
  1. My cousin came in town to see the Chiefs playoff game. Ina had all but threatened her life to convince her to stay at our house if the Chiefs made it to the playoffs. Since then we have been "voting for" the Chiefs to win so BubBub can come for a sleepover. I don't think Ina let go of her the first five minutes she saw her. 
  2. I finally started to feel a little better - no aches and chills at night, but my throat is raw and I lose my voice at times. I find it is much easier to whisper than actually try to talk. Dan thinks it is funny to ask me to repeat everything. I never realized how much I raise my voice to talk to someone in another room...until I couldn't. 
  3. Wal-Mart grocery pick up. This might be on my list every week. 
Saturday:
  1. Selling a large item on FB MarketPlace. I am less excited about the extra cash than I am the extra room. Ha!
  2. Throat Coat tea. It makes being sick a little more bearable. 
  3. Even though the Chiefs lost in the playoffs, the game was close, which gave us hope until the end. I like having hope. 
Sunday:
  1. Our friends Brand and Chessa made us a delicious and comforting lunch of black bean soup. The kids played, the adults talked. It was great. 
  2. Small group started again after the holiday break. We are doing The Daniel Plan study, which I have done several times, just never with my own small group. I am excited, but I think it will be challenging. 
  3. Watching Cora eat a zoodle (zucchini noodles). This made my heart sing. She would hold the zoodle up as high as she could, tip her head back and lower it in. This worked until she found a zoodle twice the length of her arm, which despite much effort, landed on her face. 

Monday:
  1. Driving home from Granny's house the mini-van was full of noises. I had a headache and was trying to block it out, but then realized I shouldn't. Ina was explaining to me her algorithm for when to say the day after tomorrow is one day away and when to say it is two days away (apparently I was incorrect when I informed her that her dance lessons on Wednesday were two days away), Cora was screaming "Watch out for that car!" whenever we passed a car parked or otherwise, and Mira was singing her own song, determined not to be left out. One day I will miss that. 
  2. Everyone ate their dinner (see avgolemeno below). Everyone. This almost never happens, even when we have pizza. 
  3. After dinner clean up and baths are usually the craziest part of my day and everything is done a little haphazardly. For some reason, today's went so smoothly. Cora and Ina colored at the table while I did the dishes and cleaned up. Mira sat in her bouncer, happy to be next to me in the kitchen, and time just seemed to slow down. 

Tuesday:
  1. Even on days when Granny takes the girls to her house, she drives over to our house in the morning to pick them up and help me get them ready. Yes, I know, I won the mother-in-law lottery.
  2. Our Parents as Teachers teacher...the more I get to know her the more I love her. She is such a jewel in our community. Somehow while teaching Cora how to count and satisfying Ina's desire to complete every activity under the sun, she simultaneously explained to Dan and me how she volunteers to help the teen moms in the school district. Would it be weird to meet her without my children? Maybe for coffee? 
  3. Kale. It might be the placebo effect, but I seriously feel better (more energy, stronger, like I have super powers...) after I eat it. 
Wednesday:


  1. After a horrible, fussy, sleepless night, the thought finally occurred to my sleep-deprived self that I should give Mira some Tylenol. It worked and she finally calmed down. Poor baby is sick for the first time. Even though this is my third baby, it isn't any easier than seeing Ina sick for the first time. 
  2. Ina had her first dance lessons. She said she loved it and asked if she could go again tomorrow. 
  3. Cora and baby time. I stayed home with them while Dan and Ina were at dance and it was nice to have some time with just us. Cora loves singing songs to and cuddling with Mira. 
Lots of good recipes from the week:

Burger salad - seared up some pre-formed pattys and served on top of baby spinach mixed with onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lots of mustard. This was much better than I expected. 

Slow cooker pernil with cilantro lime rice and cabbage slaw. An old favorite.

Thai Crunch salad: we took this to the Nyberg's house to go with the soup. It was great. Will make again.

Asian turkey meatballs with a sesame lime sauce with zoodles, roasted broccoli, and brown rice. The Champs shared this meal with us and even with a doubled recipe, there were zero leftovers.

Avgolemeno (aka Greek chicken soup) with salad greens. Everyone LOVED that soup. I made it with rice instead of orzo and our homemade chicken broth. It's a keeper for sure.

Beef ragu with polenta and kale. Everyone loved the ragu - we had it for two nights in a row. The girls didn't love the polenta. Dan tolerated it the first night, but the second night he seared it up in a pan with some olive oil and liked it much better. We have plans to try it again with some type of Mexican flavored pork.

Have a great week! <3

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Thankful 1.4.18


Thursday:
  1. Cora singing Jingle Bells. Her voice is just so sweet, and while she gets most of the song correct, she makes "one horse open sleigh" all one word and then ends with an enthusiastic, "hey!"
  2. A work break between Christmas and New Year's. While I technically had some work to do, it was way less that usual, and I am working at home. It was almost like a second mini maternity leave. 
  3. The Logic Puzzles book we got Ina for Christmas, which is unfortunately way over her age level. However, she still loves to do them and Dan and I are having fun with them after dinner. And by "having fun" I mean Dan sighing after reading half of them and my eyes lighting up. We have different ideas of "fun."
Friday:
  1. My mom graciously came over and hung out with the girls while I went grocery shopping. While I have taken all 3 to Aldi, it isn't my absolute favorite thing to do.
  2. All the Christmas decorations are put away. That automatically makes my house feel cleaner.
  3. Granny brought over the girls' cousins for a visit. It was great to see them and I loved how quickly they get used to each other and sneak off to Ina's room to play.
Saturday:
  1. Ina's freshly organized activity cabinet. It makes us both happy.
  2. My family still loves me even when I bring gift exchange presents freshly purchased and beautifully wrapped in plastic Target bags. And when my child spits out a fully chewed spinach leaf on their white carpet. Ugh. 
  3. Making it to Costco just before they close and listening to Ina and Cora sing as we hurridly pushed the cart through the store for olive oil, diapers, and allergy medicine. #momlife
Sunday:
  1. Crab legs. Happy New Year!
  2. EveryDollar. After years of using my spreadsheet for budgeting, I want something a little more automatic, that Dan can also contribute to. I will report back after a few months. 
  3. The movie Hidden Figures. It was fantastic. 
Monday:
  1. Having an extra day to get caught up on life was clutch. I feel like I got so much done in just a few hours and I can finally stop saying, "No, I am cleaning" when Ina asks if I can help her with something. Until next week. Not that I have high standards for clean. I am happy if my house is slightly above junk yard.
  2. A fresh new planner. Love, love, love, Happy 2018. 
  3. Granny asked to have the older girls stay the night, so Dan and I had a relaxing quiet night missing the girls but enjoying some one on one time with Mira. 
Tuesday:
  1. Dan hanging up bikes in the garage to give us room for more...stuff...
  2. Ina and Cora have both been sickly, nothing major, just icky feeling, and today I started to feel chilly, achy, and a tickle in my throat. I immediately chewed on a raw whole garlic clove, which I have heard helps with these sorts of things. If it works, I am thankful. (Edited to add that it did not. I think I needed to eat a lot more garlic. Ha!)
  3. Mira made a smooth transition back to taking a bottle after having over a week of me being on vacation / working from home. 
Wednesday:

  1. The way Mira smiles at me when she first sees me. I seriously could write an entire book about that type of unconditional love and how amazing it made/ makes me feel. Ina and Cora also looked at me like that...until one day they didn't. Of course, they still show their love for me in so many ways, but that baby smile just melts my heart. I keep trying to capture it on video...but every time Mira notices my phone and gets distracted.
  2. The Roku and Amazon Fire Stick remote apps on my phone. For some reason we can never find the remove, or "mote," as Cora calls it. 
  3. After work I felt achy and had chills and my head was pounding. Dan let me go to bed at 6 (without dinner - this is very very rare for me!) and took charge of all the nightly activities. The girls had ramen for dinner, watched TV, and didn't have to take a bath. I think it is safe to say they didn't miss me. 

Recipes from this week:

Artichoke mustard chicken: I loved this recipe and wanted to drink the sauce. Dan loved the sauce and veggies, but said the chicken thighs had a weird texture. The girls didn't touch it, but that might have something to do with the pre-dinner pizza that was consumed.

I brought a copy-cat version of my favorite salad from The Mixx: insalata brasica to our last family gathering. I shredded a bag of brussels sprouts and mixed it with two containers of arugula. I topped it with a bag of dried cranberries, about a cup of almond slivers, 6 slices of bacon cooked and chopped, a cup of shredded parmesan cheese, and topped with this maple dijon vinaigrette just before serving.

While grocery shopping on Friday I realized that Aldi doesn't carry a chicken broth without added sugar. I am trying not to eat added sugars. Instead I bought a 5 lb roasting chicken and made my own broth after roasting it. It wasn't hard at all, it was cheaper than buying the chicken broth alone, and the chicken plus the broth made my house smell fantastic all day long. Win, win, win!

Magic green sauce That sauce is magic, because when put on top of quinioa, chicken (cooked together in the pressure cooker!), and green beans it keeps me full until dinner.

Sweet potato yellow curry with brown rice - delicious, healthy, and filling.

Eggs in a basket - one of my favorite healthy breakfasts that keeps me full until lunch. I shred a few sweet potatoes and slice a whole bag of brussels sprouts on Sunday, so making it before work takes almost no time at all. The key, however, is making sure not to burn the veggies while running around getting everyone ready for the day.

Sweet potato banana bars for snacks.

Easy chicken and bean bake: love that it comes together in 5 minutes and everyone in my family will eat it.

Have a great end to your week and weekend! <3

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thankful 12.29.17

Thursday:

  1. Granny wrapped every. single. present. we have and put them under the tree. She is fantastic.
  2. I was able to take a steaming skin burning shower when all my kids were awake without rushing. I was even able to dry off completely and put lotion on before I heard one of them crying. It was everything.
  3. A last minute decision to make an hour round trip to the international grocery store (for the second time this week) because my entire family is on a serious ramen kick right now, and apparently the ramen noodles at Aldi aren't good enough.
Friday:
  1. Getting our grocery shopping done before the craziness of the weekend. Also, finishing up the last Christmas gift. Whew, that was close.
  2. Danielle's neighbor Jan gave me another kombucha start. I am starting out the new year with a better gut health. Ha! The last time I made kombucha, things were going well until I thought it would be a good idea to double my production. Like so many other things in life, more is not always better and I quickly became too overwhelmed to maintain the work. This time, less is more.
  3. Our friends TheDavidNashes (Ina's name for them) came over for dinner bearing gifts for the girls. They are just the sweetest - and quite the baby whispers. 

Saturday:


  1. The lovely people sitting around us in the movie theater that didn't try to kick us out when Mira and Cora were crying at the same exact time. It only lasted for about a minute, but it seemed like an important part of the movie. I think. I wouldn't know for sure. I was a little distracted.
  2. Everyone else that puts up Christmas lights on their houses. The girls just love looking at them and anytime we are outside after dark, which I admit is rare, Cora yells, "I see them! Christmas lights! Up ahead!" and I vow that next year we will put up lights outside.
  3. Eggnog and coffee mixed together. You are welcome.

Sunday:
  1. A White Christmas. I woke up, looked outside, and immediately logged into Netflix to watch the movie. 
  2. Granny brought over the mother load of treats for us! 
  3. Grandma Frankie continues to be an awesome grandma to us and the girls and constantly welcomes us into her family, even though we aren't "technically" blood related. She is fantastic. 
Monday:


(Ina's new face)
  1. The birth of Jesus.
  2. Christmas presents. Between my mom and grandma and family from Texas and my dad, the girls were so, so, so spoiled. We are beyond blessed.
  3. Family game night. Sitting around the table and laughing uncontrollably to where I didn't know if I was going to catch my breath. It was fantastic. 

Tuesday:


  1. Cora sat on the potty for an hour. Nothing happened, but she did sit there, which is an improvement. 
  2. I didn't hurt myself too much when I wiped out skating with Ina. I haven't fell the last few times I skated, so I was pretty surprised to be holding Ina's hand skating one second and flat on my back the next. Ina fell plenty of times, but generally appeared to enjoy herself. Maybe by next winter she will be able to fully skate by herself.
  3. Rest.

Wednesday:

  1. Granny doing Ina's new science kit with the girls while I was working upstairs. (Also my cousin for gifting it to Ina!) Ina is learning so much and she absolutely loves it. 
  2. Dan was able to visit his favorite Fun House Pizza before they close at the end of the year. He said he cried for 30 minutes and I believe him - he is such a tender heart.
  3. Getting most of the Christmas decorations put away and most of the gifts in their new spots. The house doesn't feel near as cluttered, which is lovely.
I only cooked one healthy meal this week, but because of how delicious and quick and healthy it was, I feel the need to share it - pork chops and kale. Although the girls didn't touch the kale, they loved the pork chops and Dan loved the kale. 

Looking for something to make for NYE? This hoagie dip is always a hit. 

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017


On Christmas Eve Eve slept in and then made breakfast sandwiches for breakfast and ate them while trying to finish up watching the previous Star Wars movies. We eventually packed up and headed to the theater, making a quick stop to buy some candy.



Some might say that taking a loudly questioning five year old, a clingy, missed her nap, two year old, and an infant to a 2.5 hour movie is crazy. I am sure most of the people who gave us wide eyed stares around us would agree. However, thanks to popcorn, candy, my nursing cover, and room on my lap for two kids, we were able to (mostly) enjoy the movie.

After the movie we went home for a little bit before venturing out again to Deanna Rose for their Christmas light barn show, which we enjoyed for about 4 songs before Ina announced that she needed to use a bathroom. Immediately.


After a gas station stop we started to drive around to look at Christmas lights, but the girls all fell asleep before we reached the first house.

We woke up Christmas Eve to SNOW! I didn't know this was even a possibility, so what a surprise it was. As soon as the girls woke up, they donned layers upon layers to go play.

Ina, who unfortunately had the thinner gloves, was ready to go inside for hot chocolate after approximately 2.5 snow angels.


Cora, on the other hand, decided she loved snow more than life itself and refused to come inside despite offers of cartoons, chocolate, and warmth.


She kept on telling me to "play in the snowing!" She would run around to find a fresh pile of un-tainted snow, give me an innocent look and ask, "Can I?" and after my permission would shove both hands in and scatter it around.

She also loved going down the slide, or at least I think she did, because every time she flat out landed at the bottom pile of snow she would ask, "Was that fun?!?"

We eventually drug her inside to get ready for church, where we listened to a great sermon on Help from Heaven and sang some beautiful worship songs.

After church we came back home to lounge, watch the Chiefs game, make jalapeno poppers and chicken wings, and enjoy some time as a family.


After the last present was wrapped and Cora finished her nap, we loaded up and headed to Grandma Frankie's house where we Dan and I feasted, the older girls played with the boys, and Mira was passed around like a baby doll.


We came home just in time to lay out cookies (and chapstick, on Ina's request) for Santa, who left the girls a scavenger hunt with clues that led them to a plasma car and a scooter. (Partially assembled, because Santa was tired and couldn't find a 17 mm socket wrench.)


Granny came over before the girls woke up and was so excited to run upstairs and tell them that Santa came!


After opening presents and stockings at our house on Christmas morning, we headed to my Grandma Beverly's house to celebrate Christmas with my mom, grandma, and aunt. We ate a delicious brunch and were all spoiled, especially the girls. Ina even received her beloved Hatchimal.


After my kids had sufficiently destroyed my grandma's house, we left and went to my other grandparents' house where we celebrated with my dad, my family from Texas, and my grandparents. The children were once again spoiled and the adults had fun playing games. We played some new to me games that I loved. (Anoimia was so fun! What do you Meme? was also fun, but best played when children aren't listening).


Ina stayed the night with everyone staying at my grandparents' house while Dan and I drove the younger girls home.

I am now typing this to void the disaster that is my house. I mean, disaster. Memories take precedence, right?

I hope your holiday was just as fantastic. <3

Friday, December 22, 2017

Thankful 12.21.17


Thursday:
  1. Clean teeth at the dentist. Nice and fresh.
  2. My new planner came in the mail! This is actually my second 2018 planner. I ordered a different one, started to fill it out, and realized it wasn't going to work exactly like I wanted it to, so I did something completely out of character and bought the one I decided I wanted, instead of dealing with my bad decision for an entire year. 
  3. Tacos carne asada. Do they ever get old? 
Friday:
  1. Grandma Frankie came to the rescue to watch the girls last minute when Danielle couldn't because Gunner was sick.
  2. Finishing up fellowship phone interviews. The first step is complete!
  3. Getting legal license plates. I recently discovered I was unknowingly driving a van with the old owner's license plates still attached. Right after we bought the van I went to the DMV and licensed the vehicle, came home, and thought Dan switched the plates. Turns out, he didn't. Once we discovered the misunderstanding we had no idea where the new plates were..so I had to go and get new ones. Irresponsible, party of one.

Saturday:
  1. Mira slept the entire 2.5 hours we were in IKEA. She is a golden baby.
  2. One of my gym mates generously covered the tab at our Christmas party. We had such a good time, like we always do when we get together.
  3. My dad and his girlfriend watched the girls, brought dinner, played games, did laundry and put them to sleep. We couldn't get more spoiled.
Sunday:
  1. Watching people get baptized. I just can't help but cry.
  2. Having time to food prep to my heart's desire...which resulted in my cleaning the kitchen 3 times and still going to bed with dishes in the sink. 
  3. Matching Christmas jammies (pictures to come)
Monday:
  1. My mother in law offered to help me wrap Christmas gifts. I think she noticed the space under our tree was completely empty and was slightly concerned, as I usually have all of my shopping done and gifts wrapped the week before Christmas. This year, well, I think everyone has a gift...somewhere in the house...in one of the 30 Amazon boxes sitting in my office that I don't have the time/energy/will to open.
  2. I was finally able to stop my thumb from bleeding after slicing the top of it off while trying to make a cucumber salad with the mandolin. Right before dinner the salad was still warm, so I put it in the freezer...and left it there. 
  3. Opening Christmas cards. I know some people think they are a waste of time, but I have to respectfully disagree. I love hearing from people that we don't see very often and reading how their family is growing. 

Tuesday:
  1. Mira ate 12 oz. while I was at work, which is great because she has only been eating 4 oz. However, I only pump about 9 oz. a day....so we are going to have to get strategic if her appetite continues to increase.
  2. One of my gym mates made us chicken pot pie for dinner. It was everything. Cora skipped the chicken pot pie (more for me) and ate the majority of a carton of baby spinach and arugula. Go figure.
  3. Clean babies. The smell is straight from heaven.
Wednesday:

  1. Granny was sick, so Dan stayed home with all three girls by himself and they all survived! He actually looked significantly more together than I did the first day I had all three of them by myself.
  2. Past-me that made extra pizza dough and froze it. I never regret that decision.
  3. Mira's new obsession with sticking out her tongue. It is hilarious.

Recipes from this week:


Lunch prep: pressure cooker quinoa/rice/chicken breast topped with kale pesto

Yellow curry paste: I froze it to make curry after the first of the year.


Spiced shrimp - seriously, one of my favorite "recipes" of all time because it takes like 5 minutes to make and the flavor is out of this world. I wish my girls liked it, but it isn't so bad, because that means more shrimp for me.

Artichoke dip pizza - oh man, I wanted to swim in it. I added half a bag of fresh spinach to make it "nutritious." 

Buckeye brownies: these might be the unhealthiest treat in history, but they are worth it.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas weekend! <3

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thankful 12.14.17

Thursday:
  1. Ina didn't have a fever today...but Cora woke up from her nap with a fever and a barky cough. Whomp whomp.
  2. Our parents as teachers teacher is fantastic. My kids love her and I want to be her best friend. She came armed with Christmas crafts even after I told her my house was a contagious zone.
  3. Leftovers for dinner plus an early bedtime make for a relaxing evening.
Friday:
  1. Starting out a day that I know will be hard with a workout. Really, I don't know why I sometimes dread working out...I love going to the gym and I feel so good afterwards. Sometimes the mind can be a little silly. 
  2. Cora was such a good girl staying home with me all day while I worked. She quietly watched a movie, played in the toy room, and then took an epic nap. 
  3. King crab legs. It is exciting to know that heaven will be even better than eating crab legs. 
Saturday:
  1. The ability to push my pride to the side, say "I'm sorry" and move on. I need to learn to do that more often.
  2. Getting our Christmas cards sent out. There are still lots of things on the Christmas to do list, but that one is done. The rest will fall into place. I am determined to not stress...which has resulted in a lot of shopping left to do.
  3. The great and brave volunteers of the live nativity scene we visited - it was cold outside that night.

Sunday:
  1. Parchment paper. How did I ever put anything in the oven without it?
  2. Convicting sermons and the fact that I can listen to them over and over (and over) again.
  3. Our small group. They are just the best.
Monday:
  1. Heated seats on a super cold morning. 
  2. Mira FINALLY took a bottle. Praise God! My momma heart was about to burst thinking of her crying and hungry all day. The munchkin latch was the winner. 
  3. Starting fellowship interviews. Even though they take a lot of time and energy and sometimes make me nervous, I like how they remind me of my own career goals and aspirations. If you need some inspiration, listen to the drive and enthusiasm of someone interviewing for a job she really wants. 

Tuesday:
  1. Everyone is finally healthy, which means I get my bed back (mostly) to myself, with occasional visits from Mira. 
  2. A delicious carb heavy Italian Christmas lunch at work.
  3. Listening to my kids laugh hysterically at the same parts of Home Alone that I found hilarious as a kid (and still do). 

Wednesday:
  1. An unexpected bonus at work.
  2. My department did a white elephant gift exchange, where everyone brought something from home they no longer wanted. It was hilarious and fantastic. I also ended up with a veggie spiralizer, which I am super pumped about.
  3. Just how excited the girls were to see the lights of Christmas in the Park. They squealed their hearts out. It was one of those moments when Dan and I looked at each other and honestly couldn't believe we get to be a part of this. 
I haven't cooked a lot of recipes this week, but did make our fave cheeseburger soup and some white chicken chili

Have a great rest of your week!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekend Review

Good Monday morning!


I am determined for this week to start out better than last week, and it already is because none of my children up-chucked in my bed while coughing their lungs out with a fever.

The weekend was a great one - filled with too many celebrations to count, but try to document I must.

I picked Mira and Ina up from Danielle's Friday afternoon (Cora stayed home with me because she had a fever Thursday), quickly fed Mira at home, and then took the older girls to Ina's school for  Winter Wonderland.

Ina's school knows how to put on a party. We excavated icebergs, shoveled fake snow, built snowmen, decorated gingerbread men, ate marshmallows, and, of course, saw Santa.


Cora walked up to him long enough to get a candy cane and then immediately reversed towards me after telling him she wanted a door for Christmas.


A door.


Ina, who has been adamantly telling everyone she was asking Santa for a Hatchimal, told him she didn't know what she wanted. That sure makes things easy for Santa.



We came home just in time to celebrate Granny's birthday with a meal Dan and Mira had been preparing. King crab legs (with the finest cracking apparatuses money could buy), scalloped potatoes (this is a deliciously decadent recipe), and green beans.


We called it a night after opening up one of Mira's Christmas presents early. You can never have too many humidifiers when coughing children are involved.

Saturday morning I woke up early and finished addressing Christmas cards, prepped and baked a few desserts, and then had to work for a few hours.

After showers and getting ready, Ina and I headed to Target to buy an assortment of bottles. Mira still isn't taking a bottle (from anyone now), so we are trying out a few new ones.



From Target we dropped our cards off at the post office, and then headed home to pick up the rest of the family for my niece Hallaway's Christmas dance recital.




The dances were so cute, Hallaway rocked her one handed cart-wheels, splits, and backbends, and both Cora and Ina were throughly entertained for the first 45ish minutes.


Then Mira started crying, Cora kept asking for water, and Ina couldn't keep from chatting with her cousin Kauffman who was sitting next to her. Therefore, we took the opportunity given at intermission to congratulate Hal and then gracefully leave on our own free will.


After a quick car nursing session, we drove to The Nybergs', where we met them to go to a drive thru live nativity scene at a church near their house. It was so charming, educational, and even had live animals. We returned to their house for dinner and dessert. I brought these buckeye brownies which were amazing, but these pecan pie bars were a close second choice.


Sunday started with more baking for our small group Christmas cookie exchange. Last year Danielle made the best gingerbread men, so I asked her for the recipe and thought nothing of it until Sunday morning when I realized I actually had to roll out, cut, and decorate the darn things.

Note to self - next year, pick a cookie you take a spoonful of and drop on the pan. I finally got the hang of the rolling and cutting, but the icing was a miserable failure. I can only hope the people we give them to assume that a child decorated them.



Once the last cookie was iced we rounded up the troops and headed to church where I listened to an absolutely amazing sermon on anger. I really think I need to re-listen to it every week.

From church we went to my nephew Jake's birthday party at our favorite pizza place where Grandma Frankie picked up Ina to take her to see The Nutcracker.


The younger two girls and I hurried home to help Dan clean the house and an hour later our small group arrived, loaded down with cookies and snacks. We had such a good time filling the boxes, chatting, relaxing, and watching the kids play. I love those people with my whole heart.


After everyone left our house I forced slippers on my feet and met Dan's grandma to pick up Ina, who had a fantastic time at the ballet.

We all slept all night long. I didn't even set my alarm for the gym, but Mira woke me up right on time.

I hope you have a fantastic week! <3
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