Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Good morning!

I broke my internet during small group last night, so I am keeping it real and blogging from my phone. 

Yesterday I did my first bike/run brick.  I had planned a bike/swim by biking to the gym, swimming there, then biking home.  However, I realized I haven't bought a bike lock and if someone stole my bike I would cry.  

So I decided to run instead of swim.  Over lunch.  When it was hot.   Without sunscreen. Clearly not one of my brightest moments. 

I thought the bike route I planned was 10 miles, but it ended up being 12.  Such an overachiever. 

The bike was great with the exception of my booty being so sore from the ride with my dad on Saturday.  Ouch.  

I even saw some buffalo! 

When I returned home I practically fell off my bike, chugged some water, adjusted my ponytail, and started to run. 

Running felt so, so weird.  My legs were very heavy and it was almost like I was using different muscles to run than I usually do.  I was so happy when I rounded the corner to my house.  

I didn't stop sweating the rest of the day.  

I am off to try to fix my internet.  I hope you have a great one!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey, I'm a Working Mom

Hey random co-worker in the elevator whose eyes are judging me.  Give me a break.  

I’m a working mom.

I know I am a few minutes late.  But, I am late because although I was awake, I just couldn’t get out of bed this morning.  

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I know I have hummus smeared on my dress and I smell like garlic.  But, my daughter requested hummus and carrots for breakfast, so that is what we had.

I know my lunch bag doesn’t scream “professional” 

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and I know the contents are a poor excuse for a lunch, but sometimes throwing a few items in a bag is all there is time for.  

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I know that my bulky gym bag is in your way and you can likely see my sports bra because I didn’t even take the time to zip it closed, but lunch time is the only time I have today to squeeze in a run and running keeps me sane.

I know I look frazzled and a mess now as I start to face the day.  But, meet me in the elevator this afternoon on the way down and you will see the biggest smile on my face as I practically run out the door because I get to come home to this. 

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So, judgey-eyed stranger, I am a working mom, and have obviously not found the perfect balance between work and home yet, but every day I get a little closer.  Meet me here in a year - I will probably still have hummus on my dress.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Four Birthdays - One Weekend

Good morning and Happy Monday!

This weekend was pretty much a whirlwind as we were so happy to celebrate the birth of not 1, not 2, not 3, but FOUR people.  

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However, before the birthday festivities started, we had a little sleepover at our house on Friday night with my sister’s family and my mom.

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Sleepovers always require breakfast.  

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The first birthday was Ina’s friend Gunner’s.  

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Ina really liked the idea of holding the present, until she realized it wasn’t for her. 

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The theme was TMNT.

Sometimes it is hard to be a turtle.  

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After the party on Saturday I rested up for my long bike ride with my dad, and then Dan made us dinner and we went to bed as soon as the last pitch of the Royal’s game was thrown.

Saturday was early church, a stop at Walgreen’s to pick up my new passport picture, and a slight detour to the pound, where Ina loved watching the kitties.

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We finally made it to our friends Brad and Chessa’s to celebrate the first year of their son Silo’s life.  The theme was monsters and their house was decorated so cute.  Chessa even made the kids little stuffed monsters and had little tails for the kids to wear.

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However, this was the only picture I took.  I think I reached picture fatigue this weekend.  

By the time we made it to the last birthday party - my brother’s and my nephew’s, we were wiped.

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Ina even slept at the restaurant, which pretty much never happens.  

As we didn’t get much rest this weekend, I am hoping we can fuel off all the energy from the parties!

Have a good week!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

My New Bike + My Food and Fitness Plan #50

You guys - I don’t think anyone could get this smile off my face.

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Friday, my dad took me to lunch and gave me my birthday present a little early - a new bike!  

I know almost nothing about bikes, except for how much I disliked the fact that my previous one did not work the way I wanted it to, so when we walked in the bike shop I was slightly overwhelmed.

Not to worry, my dad is an avid cyclist, so I answered a few questions and he and Charley (an amazing employee at Turner’s Cycling and Fitness ) decided on which bike would be the best for me. 

We (and by “we" I mean “they") decided on a x-road bike instead of strictly a road bike because I will likely ride some trails.  They settled on the Giant Rove 2.  



Isn’t it beautiful?  

What do you do after you get a new bike?  Two things:

1. Sign up for a triathlon 

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2. Go on a bike ride with the person who gave you the bike.

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When my dad told me he wanted to go over 20 miles I almost fell off my bike.  

"Um, Dad, you know the race I signed up for is only 10 miles of cycling. Let’s not get carried away here."

However, once I started riding my new bike I didn’t want to get off.  The gears!  They actually moved the way I wanted them to!  The seat!  It stayed in one spot!  

We made our way to some trails and they were absolutely beautiful.  We even saw a few groups of deer.  The fawns are my favorite. 

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I think I could get into this biking thing.

Running with Racheal


  • Sunday: out to eat for my brother and nephew’s birthday
  • Monday: grilled steaks (Dan went to the meat counter by himself again) with roasted green beans and beets
  • Tuesday: small group game night: I am making this dip and a veggie tray
  • Wednesday: stuffed pepper casserole with sautéed kale 
  • Thursday: homemade pizza with roasted okra
  • Friday: airport food
  • Saturday: rehearsal dinner 


  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 4 mile run
  • Tuesday: 10 mile bike + 500 m swim
  • Wednesday: 3 mile run + arms
  • Thursday: 
  • Friday: 15 mile bike 
  • Saturday: rest 
What are you up to this week?


Friday, August 22, 2014

Five x Five Things Friday

1. Five clean(ish) zucchini recipes to try with all that zucchini that is EVERYWHERE right now:

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  1. zucchini brownies  (made those babies yesterday after a very unexpected afternoon nap from Ina)
  2. zucchini pizza crust
  3. zucchini noodles
  4. taco stuffed zucchini boats
  5. zucchini fritter cups

2. Five things I am looking forward to over the next five weekends:

  1. This weekend: THREE birthday parties.  Does it get any better?
  2. Next weekend: Dan and I are going to North Carolina for a wedding of one of my dear friends
  3. Three weeks away: our small group is taking a trip to Branson!
  4. Four weeks away: my 30th birthday!
  5. Five weeks away: We are having dinner with some pretty cool cats I haven’t seen in a long time

3. Five things I did yesterday:

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  1. Swam 1000 meters
  2. Made brownies
  3. Went out to eat with an old WW buddy and his adorable family
  4. Painted my toes (a pretty big deal)
  5. Was challenged to do the ALS ice bucket challenge- I am already cold.

4. Five things left to do on my summer bucket list:

  1. Complete an open water swim (this might not happen until the race)
  2. Enroll Ina in swim lessons (likely not to happen, but I have taken her swimming a lot)
  3. Go to a drive-in movie (maybe this weekend?)
  4. Take Ina to the Kansas City zoo - she has gone, just not with me.  This might have to wait until fall.
  5. Clean out the garage.  Very. Heavy. Sigh.

5. Five things Ina has said lately:

  1. “No Mommy!  Milk Cold!” as she threw her sippy cup across the kitchen.  She doesn’t like cold milk.  So weird.
  2. “No! Elsa! No!  Elsa!” when I try to sing Let it Go in the car because I left my phone in the backseat and can’t play the Frozen soundtrack.  I understand, I am nothing close to the real thing, but I would like some credit for effort.
  3. “Aumlette HUSH!” while holding her finger to her lips when our dog makes even a whimper.  Then she immediately wants to read Goodnight Moon, because saying “hush” reminds her of the old lady who whispers hush.
  4. “WAKE-UP MAMMA!” after the room is dark and quiet for 5 minutes and I am positive she is finally asleep.
  5. “Mommy work.  Bye Bye.  Kisses.”  as I am running around the house trying to get everything ready to leave.  I always stop for kisses.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!

As always, there are so many things to be thankful for this week!

I am thankful that a gigantic children’s consignment sale just happened to occur in the building next to my office yesterday.

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Ina is not above used clothes.  Or sippy cups.  Don’t judge - we washed them.

I am thankful to have my Keurig back.

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When my cousin Abby was living with us and I was working from home often, a Keurig didn’t make sense and we loaned it out.  However, now I only drink one or two cups of coffee at home a day, and the convenience of a Keurig cannot be matched.  

I am thankful for leftovers.   I really do love to cook, but sometimes it is nice to come home and sit down with Ina and not worry about getting dinner on the table.

I am thankful that my in-laws spent the night last night and Ina slept with them which means I slept all night long.  Ahhh.

They also brought us some of their canned goodies.

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I don’t know exactly what is in there, but the surprise makes it even more fun, doesn’t it? 

I am thankful for Ina kisses, especially after a run.

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I am thankful for some much needed changes at Dan’s job.  

I am thankful for Jesus.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Not That Crazy

Yesterday was such a good day.  

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We started it out right by whipping up some applesauce-oatmeal-zucchini muffins.  Ina has reached the stage where she loves to help me cook.  I hope this stage lasts the rest of her life. 

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Right now, I mostly let her dump and stir, even though she sticks her hands out and screams, “Hold it!  Eggs!  Momma, hold it!” as soon as I bring out the egg carton, but-

I’m not that crazy.  

I did my first brick workout yesterday, which was about time, as the triathlon that I might sign up for is in 3 weeks.  

If I had run a 5K too, I would have completed the race distance, but-

I’m not that crazy.

This week is KC local week, and in honor of that, I decided to try something new and buy some ground lamb from the nice lamb guy at the farmers market who lets Ina pet his stuffed sheep. 

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I made skillet moussaka and as I was eating dinner (and discussing with my mom the correct pronouncination of “moussaka”) I noticed that almost everything on my plate was from Kansas City due to the farmer’s market, my CSA, and my little garden.

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All I need to do is find a place that makes brown rice pasta and mozzarella cheese, and I am set.  But, I’m not that crazy.


After dinner, Dan and Ina participated in their new post-dinner tradition.  Ina points to Dan’s plate, says, “Daddy - drink!” and she laps the juice leftover from the 3 tomatoes Dan has with dinner every night.  

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She learned this from Dan.  He does it.  She does it.  I don’t.

I’m not that crazy.

Have a good day!  

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