Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Spirit Week + Rendezvous

Hey! I hope you are enjoying every ounce of fun that October has to offer!

(Aren't they just they absolute sweetest?)

Monday we had our dance/voice lesson 2.25 hour marathon (45 minute dance for Cora, 30 minute voice for both, and then an hour dance for Ina) and then came home to Monday night football and chili mac for dinner. I have to admit, I was in a funk of Monday. Some days are just hard.

Tuesday after work I picked the girls up from school/Granny's and took them for a walk around the lake. Why don't I do this more often? We all had a great time climbing hills and riding the scooter, saw lots of nature (frogs, ducks, caterpillars, and butterflies), threw rocks in the lake, and left with a few new bruises and scrapes. I am putting this on my weekly to-do list until snow.

(Mis-match day at school)

Wednesday we hung around the house after Ina's swim lessons were cancelled, ate leftovers for dinner, cleaned up a bit, and watched a movie together. Nothing wrong with a low key evening.

This week was homecoming/spirit week at school and every day had a theme. I loved these when I was in school, so I made sure to lay everything out for Ina on Sunday.

Princess Day:

Crazy hair day:

Thursday was our home town's homecoming parade. Dan was still working, so I loaded up the double jogging stroller, threatened Ina to stay close to me, and walked down Main Street by myself with three children. Other than one of the stroller wheels rolling off (thankfully, a nice man from my church just happened to be walking down the street to help me fix it), things went great!

We set up shop next to Courtney and a few high school friends and caught a bunch of candy (to Cora's absolute delight). We saw the band, many Wizard of Oz Floats, firemen, and the homecoming court.

Ina knew more people than me at the parade (it is important to note that I have lived in this town since I was in 4th grade and was/am pretty involved in a variety of things), and stopped multiple times to hug kids from her class, church, recess, etc. and continued to introduce me to their moms.

We came home to belly-warming soup for dinner and a very early bath and bedtime.

Friday was more of the same, with early bedtime and reading (gotta meet those October goals!).

Saturday started with a whole lot of rain (that really hasn't ended) making a walk impossible, so Danielle and I did the 21 Day Fix cardio instead. I am still sore.

After I worked for a few hours, Dan and I packed up the girls, camping chairs, and bikes and headed to Knob Knoster State Park for Papa Dana and Gigi Sherri's annual Rendezvous eating extravaganza. I wish I could put into words how amazing the food was, but it is hands down my favorite eating day of the year.

Having three fussy kids in a muddy camp site can be challenging, but we had a great time. Ina and Cora rode the scooter and balance bike back and forth until they could barely stand and then played with rocks to their hearts' content (thanks to Sherri's genius idea of giving them a plastic bag to put rocks in). I am already looking forward to next year.

We were hoping to stop by Dan's uncle's housewarming party on the way home, but all three girls were exhausted and fast asleep by 7:30 and the thought of waking them up and taking them into a party sounded just cruel.

Sunday we did a little house cleaning and bread making, went to church, then to the Nybergs' for lunch and the beginning of the Chiefs game and then drove home for the end of the game and small group.

Food from the Week
Monday: Chili mac with roasted brussels sprouts, all cooked by Danielle. The perfect Monday night football food.

Tuesday: Korean-style chicken lettuce wraps (used ground turkey instead of chicken and pure maple syrup instead of brown sugar) with roasted zucchini and broccoli - with the lettuce, zucchini, broccoli, cilantro, and green onions on my plate, I felt very healthy and had no reservations about grabbing seconds.

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: butternut squash soup, insalta brassica copy cat (arugula, shredded brussels sprouts, bacon, cranberries, Parmesan cheese, almonds, and a maple Dijon vinaigrette), and grilled sandwiches for the kids/men.

Friday: Sheet pan totchos  - I changed the recipe a lot...next time I will stick with the original suggestions.

Saturday: no cooking on my end, just lots of eating at Dan's dad's annual Rendez Vous. I wish I could describe and/or photograph this event in a way to do it justice, but the best I can say is to imagine Thanksgiving dinner on steroids. My favorite meal of the year.

Sunday: leftovers

Lunch: my favorite broccoli tuna salad with Simple Mills almond flour crackers.

Also, if you are looking for something else to read - A very interesting read about self care. I am an "obliger", and I can verify that the absolute easiest way for me to exercise is to meet someone else to do it. Perhaps I need to create this in other areas of my life. Anyone want to join a book club?

Have a great week! <3

Friday, October 5, 2018

Three October Goals

1. Making moving as a family a priority. During the summer, with the pool open and the sun constantly up, ensuring the kids move enough is effortless. However, I have noticed that during the fall we become significantly more inactive.

Actionable steps:

  • Attempt to teach Ina to ride her bike. She doesn't really seem to care that she still requires training wheels, so I told her she could ride her bike to school (with me running next to her) once in a while if she learned. Hopefully that is good motivation.
  • Weekly dance parties. Trying to follow Let's Dance videos on YouTube is a legit workout.
  • After dinner walks - not long, even 10 minutes helps!
  • Outings that involve hiking, exploring, or moving. I am thinking the park, Longview Lake, pumpkin patch, etc.
  • Nature scavenger hunts

2. Read more books. More books for myself and more books for the girls. The other day I realized that Mira is being read to significantly less than Ina was at her age (around 5 books a week versus 5 books a day), as we do most of our reading after she is asleep. Ina is also reading out loud really well, but I am not doing a great job of sitting down and listening to her read, which is something I would like to change.

Actionable steps:

  • Weekly library trips
  • Read at least one book to Mira daily
  • Read four books (for me) in October. I am already half way through one, and have three more checked out from the library, so the hardest part is done.
  • Have Ina read out loud to Mira. Genius.

3. Lose five pounds. Ugh, I hate to be so specific/public/body shaming-esque. I wanted so badly to effortlessly "clean up my eating" and exercise more and have the last 5 to 10 pounds of baby weight just fall away. It turns out that (for me, at least) mostly eating clean and consistently exercising is a great strategy for weight maintenance, not weight loss. So, if I really want this to happen I need to be specific and intentional while also enjoying life.

Actionable steps:
  • Track food on My Fitness Pal and make a decent effort to stay within the calorie limit most days of the week.
  • Exercise every day (gym on weekdays, morning walks on the weekends)
  • Drink 80 oz of water per day.
And other things to do/look forward to in October:
  • Order 2019 planner (ridiculously excited).
  • Buy a new coat. My current one pre-dates my six year old daughter, so I think it is time for an upgrade.
  • Get my eyebrows waxed. I always put this off and then think, I can do this myself, and then accidentally wax off half my eyebrow. Plus, going to the salon feels like such a treat, even if it is only for 15 minutes. 
  • Take the girls to a pumpkin patch. I can't wait to see Cora's face light up as the corn pit was her absolute favorite thing of 2017.
  • Get flu shots for the family. Necessary.
  • Dan's dad's Rendezvous meal (favorite meal of the year)
  • Our church's Dream Team Appreciation night. Always so fun.
  • So many birthday parties
  • A friend's wedding - built in date night!
  • Ina's parent teacher conferences-looking forward to hearing how the year is going!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Currently: October

Happy October!

At 6:59 am I have already been to the gym, read my bible, packed lunches, showered, dressed, and put make-up on and all THREE of the girls are still asleep. I considered it a sign it was about time to write a blog post.

Here is what has been happening around here lately:


  • The words "butt cheeks" are said in my house (and in public places) way more than I would like to admit, but darn, I can't help but giggle right along with them.
  • Watching Mira and all of her adorable quirks. Gosh I forgot how lovable a one year old can be. If music comes on she pumps her right arm and puts her head down before she starts to bob up and down dancing, she constantly points to things and says, "dat", she practically begs you to make her let our a deep belly laugh, she spontaneously gives the sweetest open mouth kisses, she sweetly lays her head on my chest and silently, willingly, lets me rock her to sleep every night and every night I try to savor the moment as much as I can, thinking she couldn't possibly let me do this one more night...and then she does. 


  • Football - loving some Kansas City wins! I stayed up waaayyy past my bedtime and watched the end of the Monday night football game in bed without my contacts in.
  • Solo - well, the first hour before I couldn't possibly keep my eyes open past 9:20
  • The Art of Parenting - our current small group study that is free to anyone! I am loving the conversations these little videos are starting with some of my favorite people.

Reading (my library card is getting a workout lately):


*cooked by Danielle - noted just to point out that no one can do everything. <3



  • Our neighbor Kim invited Ina over to knit a scarf. Ina craves these activities more than anything, and I rarely put priority on the time and patience they require, so we were both so thankful for Kim. Ina couldn't stop smiling when she came home.
  • My friend from the gym Liz made me a belated birthday carrot cake with candied pecans and a caramel drizzle. It tasted even better than it looked.
  • One Saturday a few of my friends had a mom's day/night. We had brunch, went to a winery, chatted, walked, shopped, and ate dinner. It may have been the fastest day of my life and was exactly what I needed.

My dream meal - kale salad and french fries at The West Side Local

Brunch at Blue Bird Bistro - delicious!


  • MCT oil and collagen - I fell on the bulletproof coffee train.
  • PlanetBox Rover Lunch Box. I spent hours looking at these things, putting them in and out of my cart, convincing myself that I should or should not spend that amount of money on a lunch box, searching used options on Ebay, looking at Amazon for knock off versions, etc. and then finally decided I needed to go ahead and buy one for the time saving advantages alone. Since then I have loved packing Ina's lunch. No regrets. 


  • The gym! Dan's new work schedule allows me to return, which is super exciting. I missed everyone there and getting my workout done and over with by 6 am leaves room for lots of other stuff. 
  • Closets - everyone got a fall revamp. Now poor Cora doesn't have to wear jeans that come up to the middle of her shin.


  • Out to eat with the family! Dan and I have taken the girls to a sit down restaurant two weeks in a row, which is a pretty big deal for our family. We took them to a new pho place in town and had so much fun.
  • To Girl Scouts. Maybe. If it fits in our schedule.

Now that we are all caught up, I am hoping to be back every week! Have a good October! <3

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