Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thankful 2.22.18

  1. We had a special visit from Uncle John John. The girls were so excited to see him. I particularly loved listening to the on-point voices while reading The Pout Pout Fish and him quizzing Gunner on the state capitals. 
  2. Ina's school for not shaming me for sending a kid with pink eye in the classroom. I thought it was more of a "cold in her eye" but apparently two other kids in her class had it, so it would appear to be the infectious type. 
  3. Although both of my grandmas were in the hospital, they seem to be doing better when I visited them. My mom's mom Grandma Beverly thought she had a stroke, but instead had a few bad infections. My dad's mom Grandma June had a planned shoulder surgery. They were in the same hospital, so Mira and I paid them a visit and walked back and forth to the rooms. Babies are the best medicine.
  1. Being able to work from home with Mira while she is sick. She had a fever for three days, and I almost took her to urgent care, but then it was better. Whew. 
  2. The abundance of clean panties that fit Cora. We needed ALL of them.

  1. Big Daddy's Donuts for breakfast. Our house on been eating pretty clean, so it was a fun treat for everyone. 
  2. After 2 full days of attempting to potty train Cora with zero successes (despite the glitter) and both of us getting more frustrated by the second, we made the decision that she just wasn't ready and put it on hold for a few more weeks. I honestly forgot how hard potty training is. As Cora has told me a few times, "Mommy, you need to be patient." 
  3. Dan continues to perfect his steak grilling skills. We added beets, roasted green beans, and salad after cleaning her plate Ina declared, "This is the best meal I have eaten in my life."


  1. Our church and their amazing plan of action when things don't go as planned. I don't do well during times of high stress, but they stayed calm, cool, and collected. 
  2. My small group for understanding when we had to cancel because I just had too many things to do in one day...and went a little crazy trying to do them. I may have kicked a trash can when something fell out of the pantry. 
  3. Getting to film a project for our church. It was so fun and I had the extra perk of meeting one of the main Daniel Plan people - Dee Eastman. I was more than a little star struck, and she was more wonderful in person. You couldn't wipe the smile off my face when I left. 


  1. An extra holiday off work. My company merged with a new company and President's Day of work was one of the changes. I'll take it.
  2. The weather was so nice that Danielle and I decided to take all five kids on a walk. The older kids rode their bikes, Danielle pushed the two middles in the stroller, and I wore Mira. All was fantastic until Ina went a little rogue on the bike which resulted in me running down the street while wearing a baby yelling like a maniac. I am hoping that everyone else in my neighborhood was at work and didn't witness it.
  3. My aunt, uncle, and cousin were in town to watch my sister's kids and we had the chance to meet up with them at the bounce house. After 1.5 hours of bouncing their hearts out, those kids were ready for some lunch. Steak N' Shake could not boil the macaroni fast enough. Ina said, "Mom, you make mac n cheese faster than this." Patience child.


  1. No school for Ina due to an ice storm. The girls all went to Granny's for the day. 
  2. After some rough news from my company and hearing that many jobs will no longer exist, I am oh so thankful to still have my job. 
  3. Mira has been constipated and fussy and now, well, now she isn't. 

  1. With all of these snow days I am more than thankful to 
  2. I got my hair cut! Of course, I didn't take a picture, but I am approximately 7 inches lighter and it feels fantastic. Also, with all these snow days it was nice to have a reason to put real clothes on. 
  3. Dan has stayed safe while salting the streets over night. 

Pakistani Kima: the adults loved it, but the only kid that ate it was Ina. Whomp whomp. Oh well, more leftovers for me.

Ramen - this needed "something" more. I might play a little more with the spices next time.

Cheeseburger soup with our favorite bread.

Bibimbap- loved it. (subbed brown rice, turkey, tamari, and honey)

Homemade peanut butter cups- a perfectly clean treat

Green lemonade smoothie- Gibson says that I put grass in my smoothies. He isn't far off.

Workouts: I have been sleeping through the gym, which stinks, but Mira is on a sleep strike right now. A few workouts I liked:

  • Random push-ups. I try to do 10 at a time.
  • Treadmill 2 minute walk / 1 minute run for 25 minutes
  • This total body HIIT 

Have a great end to your week! <3

Friday, February 16, 2018

Thankful 2.8.18 AND 2.15.18

That's right...two weeks in one post. Man, my brain, arms, thoughts, calendar, and laundry baskets are just so, so full right now. Somehow I managed to remember and/or write a few things from every day.

Week 1
  1. Granny remains such a blessing to our family in this crazy season of our lives. She comes over in the morning, helps get the girls dressed, makes their lunches, helps with laundry, sweeps the floor, wipes down the counters, and more. I literally don't know if we (I) would make it without her. 
  2. Having Danielle's friend Kelly over for dinner. It was almost like a mini-girls' night, but with kids running around.
  3. Being blessed with so many friends who will give me their opinion on which formal gown I should wear to an upcoming wedding. I just wish all of their opinions were the same, because less than a week out I am still undecided. I think I will just take them both and decide that morning.
  1. One heck of an endurance workout at the gym. Wowwee. 
  2. Dan for loving me after I had a ridiculous freak out over nothing and making me leave the house and go shopping for a few hours. I bought a shirt with birds on it, a jumpsuit, and some plastic bags. 
  3. Tamales. I am now very interested in a tamale making class. Are those a thing?

  1. Danielle for motivating me to exercise on a Saturday morning. Without her, I would have been lounge city all the way.
  2. The Johnson County museum, specially the kidscape. We were so happy to go to a friends' birthday party there. 
  3. In the winter, we usually hunker down on the weekends, but tonight we were invited to Tara's birthday party at an arcade in town. We told them to count on all five of us for the dinner reservation. However, as we were driving there, in the dark, with minimal naps for the day, Dan and I started questioning our thought process. We realized we hadn't even gone out to eat as a family of five by ourselves, let alone with a whole table full of other innocent people. We almost turned around, but I am so glad we didn't. The girls were all fantastic at dinner, even when we waited over an hour for our food. Then, we had the most fun $15 worth of tokens can get your at an arcade. Watching Dan and the girls run from game to game and hearing them all laugh and squeal together, while I was holding a (mostly) sleeping baby on my chest - these are the moments that my heart is full. 

  1. Proof that I shouldn't do anything before coffee: I poured the coffee on my upside down coffee cup this morning. It splattered all over the counter, including my phone. Thankfully, my phone is working.
  2. A lunch date with our friends the Nybergs and the fact that they didn't leave when we held them hostage for 2+ hours while Dan was grilling.
  3. Dates wrapped with bacon and stuffed with almonds and goat cheese. Make these immediately.
  1. Getting the opportunity to cover for my boss while she is out of town. I love getting to learn new stuff and have more responsibility, but whoa, I was slightly overwhelmed. I am an inbox zero type person and every night, so matter how late I worked, my inbox was... far from zero.
  2. A new client with a very interesting drug with lots of work coming my way.
  3. Having the chance to chat with the moms in Ina's new dance class. 
  1. A great fellowship interview that I think might be the perfect fit (edited to add, yes it was! yay!)
  2. The weather was supposed to be really bad and snowy...and it wasn't. Terrific.
  3. The smell of broth simmering and bread baking. I really didn't want to leave the kitchen all day.

  1. I thought I was making dinner and I came home to it already ready in the crock pot, thanks to my amazingly fantastic sister wife. 
  2. An (even more so) fun mid-week small group meeting. I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt.
  3. The technology of using Skype for interviewing.
Week 2:
  1. A clean garage to park in!
  2. Finishing a long report...just in time to go on vacation!
  3. Leaving the craziness of our house and getting a pedicure AND a manicure. I can't think of anything that brings me more random bursts of joy that having my nails done.

  1. My dad getting us our (super nice) hotel room in DC for FREE. Combined with our free flights and a borrowed dress, this trip to see my friend (from middle school and beyond) Sarah's wedding was pretty affordable.
  2. Having the opportunity to meet my friends in a new city and explore sights and food together, without children.
  3. Getting the chance to meet Sarah's new family she married into and seeing how lovely they are.


  1. Uber. What a fantastic invention.
  2. The fact that there are people on this Earth who know how to do hair and makeup, because, I only know how to make my eyebrows uneven and create curls that last for 30 minutes. 
  3. Enjoying the full experience that is a Greek wedding. From the chanting and the sacrament in the ceremony, to the food (THE FOOD), to the fun dancing, it was an experience I will not soon forget. 

  1. Sushi in Chinatown! Man it has been a looonnng time.
  2. Grandma Frankie for watching Ina and Cora. She even made Ina's Valentine's box for school, just like she knew that I wasn't looking forward to adding that task to my to-do list.
  3. My sister, for keeping Mira. It was absolutely amazing to be able to leave a 5 month old in the hands of someone I completely trust. Oh, and she discovered a rubber band does stay in her hair, which is just about the cutest thing ever.
  1. Slept through my workout alarm, but I did make time to do tabata burpees and push-ups. Even with only 8 minutes of activity, my arms are sore today and I was certainly out of breath at the end.
  2. Watching Mira eat her first bites of cereal. Yes, she is only 5 months, but she is a big 5 month old and her doctor actually said we could start cereal at 4 months, because she was over 16 pounds. She really liked being able to eat something, but I don't think she enjoyed the taste of the cereal per se. She made a face that said, "I really want to enjoy this, but I just can't." Next stop, sweet potatoes, which all of the Kendrick babies love.
  3. I am loving the book, Red Rising. I just don't think I can finish it before my ebook loan expires. The Kindle app says I have 8 hours and 50 minutes left of reading. Challenge accepted.

  1. The extra package of wipes in my car and their effectiveness in removing coffee stains from my white shirt. What was I thinking wearing a white shirt?
  2. A friend saying some really nice things about me
  3. Cora went in the pool by herself no problem at swim lessons. Up until then, either Dan or I were in with her, but she is a big girl now. Before I know it, she will be swimming like Ina!


  1. Our credit card company waved the late fee and interest fee that resulted from me forgetting to pay the bill for the first time...ever...I told you, my life is full right now. 
  2. My little Valentines
  3. Extra chocolate icing on the counter - the perfect Valentine's Day present. 


Vegetable meatloaf with roasted brussels sprouts, green beans, and mashed cauliflower.

Jerk chicken tacos with Caribbean salsa with black bean soup - so good, I overate this meal.

Chicken and rice soup with kale salad and homemade bread - mmm, mmm, mmm....

Veggie Ragu with brown rice noodles and Italian salad

Korean lettuce wraps with roasted green beans - loved that recipe and will repeat soon.

Enchiladas with slaw and, you guessed it, tamales.

Have a great weekend! <3

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thankful 2.1.18

  1. My friend/co-worker who just had her beautiful baby worked up until delivery and did almost all of the work on the projects I inherited from her. She is such a gem.
  2. Another absolutely beautiful afternoon for the kids to play outside, even if it was for just 30 minutes, which gave Danielle and I the perfect mocktail drinking opportunity. 
  3. A clean toy room. 

  1. For the LoveSuch a good book. Also, the library for letting me read it for free. 
  2. My FitBit Charge, which had been dead and un-chargeable for a month, suddenly felt like turning back on. Yay! I love looking at all of my data, specifically my heart rate during workouts, number of steps I get before 9 am, and how much (little?) sleep I get. 
  3. Dan ate a vegetarian meal and loved it (see dal below). 

  1. We had the chance to go to the funeral of a wonderful woman from my childhood. I tried to listen to all the great things people were saying about her, but Mira had other plans and talked/made noise the entire time, forcing me to stand in the back room with her while Dan was wrangling Cora and Ina had somehow convinced her librarian from school (who she was so excited to see outside of school) to HOLD all 48 pounds of her while STANDING for the entire service. Lesson learned, next time, we are getting a babysitter. 
  2. Ina's new friend from dance class had an indoor pool birthday party. It was a great opportunity for me to chat with a few of the moms and also for Ina to get some extra energy out. Also, troll headbands. 
  3. Danielle's mom came over for dinner that Dan and Danielle made. After we cleaned up we turned on a movie for the kids and PLAYED CARDS. I can't tell you how much of a dream come true this was for me. 

  1. Mira slept in her crib for 3 hours. We were using the Rock N' Play before, but she is growing out of it. Progress. 
  2. Positive outcomes of hard conversations.
  3. My friend Hannah. She is such a good friend and a great supporter of my life and family. Everyone needs a Hannah.
  1. My rescuer
  2. Meeting a new mom in Ina's dance class. 
  3. Coming home to everyone waiting on us for dinner, even though they really didn't have to.

  1. Ina was a perfect doll during her dentist appointment. Cora greatly improved from the last appointment, but still wanted nothing to do with the dentist touching her mouth in any way. Both of them had zero cavities. Yay.
  2. My new treadmill! Although I don't think I will ever go back to the days of strictly running for exercise, I can't describe how good it felt to get those endorphins flowing. 
  3. Watching Ina carry Cora. I know this isn't exactly safe, but I always allow a few seconds before I tell her to stop to soak in the cuteness of Cora clinging on to Ina like a baby monkey, completely trusting in her big sister to carry half her weight. 


  1. Merlin's magic sleep suit + a white noise machine. How did I make it to the third baby before trying either one of these?!? I put Mira in her crib awake, and she slept there the whole night, with the exception of two feedings, which typically happen anyways, without so much as a whimper. 
  2. We celebrated a co-worker's 35th work anniversary with our company. Thirty five years! It was fun to listen to all the stories of the way things used to be done and afterwards I was feeling even more grateful for the technology of computers, the internet, and conference calls. 
  3. A fun opportunity for a little project our church is taking on. 

Recipes from the week:

Pad Thai- fantastic, although I will say the girls weren't all to interested in it. Ina is on a peanut butter strike.

8 minute dal - a keeper recipe for sure! We used zucchini and mushrooms, because those were the vegetables that needs to be used in the fridge. The girls weren't huge fans, but Dan loved it and I really like how versatile/quick/healthy the recipe is.

Meatballs (made my Dan) and sauce with brown rice noodles, salad (all made by Danielle), and roasted green beans (my only contribution).

Carnitas with cabbage slaw and cilantro lime rice. Oh and tamales. Because every time Danielle and I plan Mexican food, one of the boys "disappears" and returns a few minutes later with tamales from the local taqueria. I can't say it makes me mad.

Danielle made beef and vegetable soup with homemade gluten free bread. Mmm....

Smoked chicken legs, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes. Such an easy meal and it never gets old.

Dan made chicken fried rice with lots of veggies. Yum.

Paleo mayo (word to the wise - listen when she says not to use extra virgin olive oil)

My new favorite snack: sticking a few almonds in a date.

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