Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Broken Treadmill

My treadmill broke yesterday.

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It didn’t break in the not usable sort of way.

Instead, I was about a mile into my run yesterday morning, and I felt a board? fall out of the middle of it.  I could still run, it was just bouncier.  Like nothing was underneath me anymore.

I had visions of my foot going through the belt and then my treadmill sucking me underneath itself - punishing me for the 5 years of torture I have caused it.  

So, I backed up (I am a front of the treadmill runner) and it felt much more sturdy, enough to finish my run.

This is obviously a problem that really isn’t a problem.  I have a gym membership.  My office has plenty of treadmills.  It is spring.  There is still something so nice about being able to go down to the basement and run. So, I might be in the market for a new treadmill.


What is more likely to happen is that I will keep trying to use it until I break it beyond use.  

Or my foot goes through the belt.

I feel so off today because Ina stayed at Dan’s parents house last night and she will again tonight.  Dan and I already started with the Ina impersonations, which is what we do when we miss her.  By tonight we will probably be at 100% Ina-talk.  

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I hope your day is covered with icing!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Small Group Service Project

Over the weekend we teamed up with two other families in our small group and drove down to Arkansas to help out a church camp.

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Woodland Acres Bible Camp is an absolutely beautiful camp located in Green Forrest, Arkansas, but is relatively close to Branson, MO.

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After driving into the wee morning hours, we woke up on Saturday morning, and got straight to work.  The woman who was directing us told us to start out by raking leaves.

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When I asked her what we were going to do next she just sort of smiled and didn’t answer.  

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As it turns out, Woodland Acres Camp is true to its name and has A LOT wood, and therefore, a lot of leaves.

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So many leaves in fact, that 6 of us raked straight for 1.5 days.

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We found out later that we were the 4th group to come and rake, and there is one more coming after us.  

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I must admit that at first I was a little hesitant about doing this type of work.  As I always tell Dan, I am not really built for manual labor.  I could surely have done something that I might have been a little better at.  

However, I quickly realized we weren’t just raking leaves.  

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We were listing to music together.  

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We were cooking together.  We were eating (like kings) together.  Seriously, the people in my small group can cook.  They are also super sweet about making me a GF dish.  

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We were serving God, together.  We were doing life together.  

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it was such a great weekend.  I haven’t worked like that in years, and going to bed completely exhausted felt great in the best possible way.  

Yesterday morning I transferred all of my “leaf pictures" from my SD card to my computer.  Then, Ina woke up, I left my computer for a few minutes, and when I came back it was frozen, which has never happened before.  I restarted it, only to find that the pictures I had just transferred weren’t on my hard drive OR my SD card. They were gone.

I went into full blown panic attack,  and downloaded (and paid for) not one, but two applications to recover deleted pictures. After many calming breaths and a few screams, it worked!  So, if you ever need help recovering deleted files, I’m your gal.  

When I thought those pictures were gone I was truly devastated.   Not getting them back was not an option to me.  My reaction kind of surprised me, but made me realize how much this weekend and our little small group means to me.  <3  

I feel like I got bit by the service project bug, and I am now trying to think of other cool things our group can do.  What ways do you serve?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hallaway's 2nd Birthday Party

Good morning!  How did your weekend treat you?

Ours was one we will remember for years to come.  We started with our niece Hallaway’s 2nd birthday party.

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She truly is a little angel.  

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We had a blast playing with the kids there (and stealing their Cheetos).  

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I love little kid birthday parties.  

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I think Ina and I might start stalking the park and crashing random parties this summer.

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After we kissed Hallaway goodbye, we packed up the car and drove to Arkansas.

And my computer just ate all of those pictures.  So, please pray for me today as I attempt to recover them and hopefully I will tell you all about that tomorrow.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan #35

Good morning!

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I hoe your weekend is going fantastic!  I started mine off on the right foot (feet?) by knocking out 8 miles.  

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Whew, that feels better.

Our family is off on a service project trip with our small group this weekend.  

I am super excited about this, because it is our first big project together and I just can’t wait to see what God is going to do through our little group.  

I will be back tomorrow morning to tell you all about it.  

For now, here is my food and fitness plan for the week.


  • Sunday: driving home - probably eating leftovers
  • Monday: one pot chili mac and cheese with broccoli
  • Tuesday: small group - so thankful for those who help me out with cooking dinner
  • Wednesday:  apple cheddar stuffed chicken with asparagus
  • Thursday: roast chicken with potatoes and carrots and whatever veggies we have in the fridge
  • Friday: celebrating my friend Meghan’s birthday
  • Saturday: VACATION


  • Sunday: rest
  • Monday: 3 to 4 mile run
  • Tuesday: spin class
  • Wednesday: 3 to 4 mile run
  • Thursday: 9 mile run
  • Friday: sprints 
  • Saturday: rest 
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What are you up to this week?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I was supposed to run 8 miles.  However, after putting it off for most of the day, when I finally buckled down to run, I could barely squeeze 3 miles out of my legs.  I tried every mind trick I could think of, but 3 miles was all I had in me yesterday.  


I figured if I share my running successes with you I should share my running disappointments too, ya know?  I do plan to get back on the horse and put in those 8 miles today.  Hopefully.

Ok, how about something more peppy - like some Friday favorites?

This video of this guy eating all kinds of dessert while working out at the gym. I laughed so hard I cried.

Does anyone else think that is as funny as I did?

Pumpkin run

Is there anything more fun than running through corn fields with pumpkins?  This 5K race is hosted at my favorite pumpkin patch, which is just a few miles away from my house.  (We went there when I was pregnant with Ina).   The Great Pumpkin Run was kind enough to give all Running with Racheal readers $5 off race entry fees using the code RWRKC5 at checkout.  Sign up early (before June) to get the cheapest price.  I will be there and I would love for you to join me!
-  Live a Big Life Ride -  two girls who are biking across the country for a good cause.


So impressive.  I can barely bike 10 miles without throwing a fit.  They are putting in 60 to 100 miles a day.  Wowza.  You better believe I am stalking them on Instagram now.  

- Tips for Prep Day.  I adore Kath and she has now inspired me to have a “prep day” on Sunday.  The only problem is that I will be MIA the next 3 Sundays, but after that you better watch out.  
- Enough.  <- Obligatory mom-hood struggles / happiness post
- My Misto.  If you don’t know, this is a pump spray bottle that you can pour your own oil into and it sprays it out. No more creepy Pam spray bottles with questionable ingredients for this girl.  Bonus - it is Ina’s favorite thing to play with in the kitchen.  It easily keeps her entertained for 5 minutes, which is a God-send in cooking-dinner-with-a-toddler world.
I think that is all I have for you today.  This weekend is going to be awesome - my niece Hallaway’s birthday party is tonight, and from there we pack up and drive to Arkansas for a little service project.  
I hope your weekend is incredibly blessed.  <3

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for the beautiful pink flowers on our tree outside - they are the first thing I see when I open the backdoor and I can’t help but smile every single time.

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I am thankful for the treadmills at work that make sprint workouts so much easier than my treadmill at home (because of the way the speed changes).

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I am thankful for time to roll around in the grass with Ina. 

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I am thankful for the ability to make her laugh and the ability to listen and really hear her laugh. 

I am thankful for my crockpot and rice cooker - steam some veg and you have an almost completely hands free meal.  

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[We had this Mediterranean chicken with wild rice and steamed veggies.]

I am thankful for early bedtimes, sleeping with the windows open, hearing the birds chirping in the morning, sandal weather, thunderstorms, seeds, Amazon 2 day shipping, 5 pound bags of brown rice, tiny bows, good advice, and Blue Bell ice cream. (How is that for random?)

Also, I am thankful for butterflies.  

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Thought for the day, “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies."

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It Seems So Small...

The amount of food that can fit on that Cinderella spoon seems so small, but let me tell you, it is a lot.

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A Cinderella-spoonful of banana oatmeals magically multiplies when it is all over my hands, Ina’s hands, my table, my floor, my shirt, etc.  

Breakfast is so fun.


A thirty minute spin class seems so small, but 30 minutes is a lllooooonnnggg time when your heart is beating out of your chest between hills and sprints, and then oh look!  another hill!  

My legs are sufficiently sore today.


Our little raised box garden seems so small, until it is time to pull the weeds.  

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I tried to recruit Ina’s help, but she was very concerned with some dirt in one spot that she was convinced needed to be moved to a different spot.  

We were both pretty wiped when our job was through.  

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[The kids likes dirt]


Ina’s new white t-shirt seems so small, until I try to get all the dirt off of it.  I have to keep telling myself that I bought it to be a play shirt.  Play shirts get dirty.  Get over it.  

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Ina’s teeth seem so small, until a new one is pushing through her gums.  Poor baby girl is in some serious pain, but nothing that some ibuprofen won’t fix.  


Ina seemed so small, my little baby, until one day she was running, jumping, laughing, talking, yelling, giggling, hitting(!), eating, kissing, hugging, and sleeping like a big kid.  

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Hey time, would you please slow down?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cultivate Kansas City's Farm to Table Dinner

Good morning!  

How did your Monday treat you? Mine was ok - much better after Ina and I put in 3 miles after work.  

Today I thought I would tell you about the farm to table dinner that Dan and I went to on Friday night.

The dinner was with Dr. Vandana Shiva, who was in town giving a talk about her passion for food and agriculture sustainability.  

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She is an heirloom seed collector (which piqued Dan’s interest) and a physicist and GOOD food promotor (which piqued my interest), so on a whim, we bought tickets and went.  

It started out with a social hour of appetizers and drinks.  Everyone there was very interesting and welcoming.  I think that they all knew each other, but were nice enough to make small talk with us.  

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When Dan saw Dr. Shiva he was very excited and bought her a beer and then kept on saying, “I bought her that beer she is drinking!”  [I took a picture of them together on Dan’s phone, which hates my phone and my computer, so I have no idea if I will ever actually get my hands on the picture.  But, just picture Dan with the biggest smile on his face next to a woman who is smiling, but kind of thinking, Who is this guy?]

This event was hosted by Cultivate Kansas City, and honestly, I cannot believe I haven’t been to an event with this organization before.  They are simply amazing and I want to be all of their friends.  They work in Kansas City to grow food, teach people how to grow food, and build a community around good food.  Yes, yes, and yes.

After the cocktail portion, we went into the dining room where we sat with a few interesting people.

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A woman who runs Lucky Star Farms.  She was really interesting - she used to be a physician’s assistant and quit that career to become a farmer.  Her farm makes it a very high priority to see only 100% grass fed beef.  Dan and I talked to her about buying some meat!

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There was a young guy who worked on a farm in Arizona through a program called Good Food Jobs.  From what I understand, you pretty much tell them you want to work with food and they find you a job. He previously went to Peurto Rico with a  similar program called GOOF.  

There was a girl who was a yoga instructor and a college student who was majoring in women’s studies.  There was a guy who had just planted a monarch garden in his backyard.  There were two people who acted like they didn’t want to talk to us at all.

Then there was Dan and me - pretty much completely out of the loop.  However, after that night, we want to be in the loop!

Dr. Shiva gave a little talk, and there were two things she said that stood out to me.  Just to be clear, I am largely paraphrasing here.  

1. Many people fret over what they eat down to the last detail.  How much protein does it have?  How many calories?  Is it balanced?  She said just ask yourself, “Does my food have 5 tastes?”  If it does, then you are good to go.

2. Good health comes from eating good food.  Bad health comes from eating bad food.  Period.

Dan and I left with a sense of power and initiative.  We can’t wait to plant our little garden!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrating Easter 2014

Good morning!  I hope you had a fantastically blessed Easter weekend!  

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We couldn’t have asked for a better one.  

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Saturday evening we went to my Grandma Beverly’s house for a delicious dinner.  

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Ina had fun playing with all of her cousins.  

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Too much fellowship meant not enough time to take many pictures, but we had fun and arrived home just in time for our heads to hit the pillow so we could start all over again the next day!

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We went to the early church service, and then had Big Dan, Stacie, Grandma Frankie, and family over for brunch.

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Stacie provided the food - which was fantastic - breakfast casserole and the best muffins.  

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It was such a beautiful day, I couldn’t help having a smile on my face.  


After they left, we packed up and drove to my Grandma June and Grandpa Ed’s house for lunch.  

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Ina slept most of the time we were there, 

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but I woke her up so she could see her cousins for at least a few minutes.  

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Sitting outside. soaking up the sun, looking at my grandparents’ beautiful backyard (which is my favorite place on Earth), spending time chatting with my family - I really couldn’t ask for anything more.  

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I want to put yesterday on repeat.  

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A few other happenings from the weekend:

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  1. Danielle sent me this picture of Ina and her son Gunner walking around the lake on Friday - got me through the work day!
  2. Ina being such a good girl reading her books at my feet while I was curling my hair Friday evening.  
  3. Me at the farm to table dinner - more on that tomorrow
  4. Dan and Ina eating my spinach pancakes for breakfast (topped with a lot of peanut butter and syrup)
  5. Ina being scared of the lawn mower
  6. Ina fell asleep on our almost 4 mile run on Saturday morning - that hasn’t happened in at least 6 months.
  7. Ina checking off my to-do list.  I was so thankful.  
  8. Ina and I at Old Navy - we bought them out during their 30% off sale.
  9. Starting Easter Sunday off with my bible study.

I hope you have an amazing week!

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