Friday, November 13, 2020

One Clicker Shoe

Last night I took Mira to Aldi with me while the older girls were enjoying dance class. When she found out about her opportunity to go out in public, she ran upstairs to get dressed and came down a few minutes later wearing the one "clicker shoe" she could find. Its mate has been lost for weeks now, but that doesn't stop her from wearing at least one...on the wrong foot. Along with her uniform of princess pajamas and accessories, she was quite the vision to behold. 

She patiently sat in the cart for most of the store, but when she eventually wanted to walk next to me, she entertained the whole store with her clicking of one shoe as she walked down the aisle. 

Yesterday started off with me finding the sweetest lost dog in our driveway at 4:30 am. Due to the power of social media, we found his owner in a matter of hours. Then, I dropped Nonnie at the hospital to have surgery for some stomach issues that have been bothering her for years. With the COVID restrictions, I wasn't allowed inside, and it felt so strange to just sit in my car as she walked into the hospital by herself. 

The surgery went well. The doctors and nurses called me throughout the day with updates and we FaceTimed her last night. Grandma Frankie came over to stay with the girls. We are so thankful for her!

The rest of the week was full of work, school, laundry and small group/dance/basketball.  I honestly feel like I have blinked and Friday is here again. Speaking of blinking, I swear that Cora grew up in the hour she was at dance class. When I dropped her off I could still see a hint of toddler lingering and when I picked up her up, her long and lean body walked out the door with her top knot and smile and she looked like a full on big kid. 

And while we are digressing - a conversation I overheard while I was working in my office upstairs:
Cora: Daddy, what is a conscience?
Dan: It is something in your head that tells you the difference between right and wrong.
Cora: Don't you mean the difference between right and left? 

A few links to share: 

I started a new book - The Stationary Shop. Good so far!

Need an easy weekend recipe? This skillet sausage and brussels sprouts and pickled red onion is delicious paired with air fryer potatoes and makes a great breakfast the next day. 

Very interesting article: The Economics of Leaning In and Out

My sister gave me these joggers for my birthday and I love them. The material is similar to leggings, but without all of the constriction. Ha!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mom was Confused

 Good morning and Happy Monday! 

Sorry to disappear on you last week, but every week night can be summed up like this: it was dark and I went to bed. 

Just kidding, an early bedtime wasn't possible because apparently daylight savings time doesn't suck the energy from my children like it does me. Ha!

Ina started basketball practice on Wednesday and true to her personality showed me how she played defense, which looked very similar to a dance move she had learned, moving her arms around her like a ticking clock with a beat. 

Friday we went to our friends The Dowdys' house for dinner and really enjoyed chatting with them while the kids played. 

Saturday morning started with a long walk, then work, then taking Ina to dance and Cora to basketball...except Cora's basketball doesn't start for a few more weeks. She was slightly disappointed until I told her we could play at the park until Ina's dance was over. 

Later, when Dan asked Cora how basketball was, she simply shook her head and answered, "Mom was confused."

I spent the rest of the day clearing out the storage area in the basement and made a lot of progress! We still have a long way to go to clear everything out, and even longer in the way of getting Nonnie moved in and the basement done, but....a little less than we did before. 

I tried to keep the kids outside most of the day to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The leaves were pure entertainment. Brooke came over to chat while I made dinner (veggie sloppy joes on tater tots!). I took a bath and was in bed before 9 PM.

Sunday started with another beautiful fall walk and then I headed to my dear friend Sarah's baby shower.

The decorations were beautiful and the food was amazing, but the best part was seeing some of my favorite people that I rarely get to see. I even won one of the games!

I left there with a full heart, drove to pick up my family from church, and then went to my nephew Bauer's birthday party. 

The kids played with their cousins well after the sun went down and Dan and I loved talking with Jessie and Cody. We drove home and did something we almost never do - picked up dinner from a drive through (Hawaiian Brothers- it was delicious!). 

We have a busy week ahead, so I am shutting down to get a good start. Have a great week. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November Goals

Good morning!

Now that I am done with my bible study, prayer time, and daily online browsing but not actually purchasing, I can talk to you wonderful people. 

Last night Ina came home from school with her front tooth literally dangling from her mouth. Although she refused to pull it out, all it took was eating a few goldfish before she nearly swallowed the thing. I am a sucker for kids missing their front teeth.

When did she turn 16?

I am excited for November and everything that comes with it. I had 10 goals in October and I met 7 of them (<- I updated the post if anyone is interested in my follow-up commentary). 

Here are some goals for November. Adding a holiday section to lessen the required attention in December.


  • Drink 100 oz of water per day. Be creative in ways to make this happen. This is the one habit I am going to track this month. I will report back.
  • Close all of my rings this month. Last month I was so close! On a related note, I want to post pictures after my workout with LJW. Lexi has a jumpstart challenge to last us through the holidays and while I complete almost all of the workouts (except for Saturday abs - I need to get in this habit!), I rarely post in the group to say that I did, which is how I earn credit in the challenge. The extra accountability over the next few months will help for sure. Ina and I remembered yesterday!
  • Read 6 books, one of which is non-fiction. I originally had that at 4, but just counted my October reading and realized I read 8 books last month! I will admit that most of them were pure fluff/entertainment, so I would like to add at least one non-fiction in there to even it out. 


  • Finish listening to our book and have our next Harry Potter watch party with warm butter beer and possibly pumpkin pasties. It is ridiculous how much we all look forward to this.
  • Visit my grandparents. 
  • Clean out the storage room in the basement. This is the room we have dumped everything in for the past 10 years and will soon be turned into a kitchen for Nonnie, so it needs to be completely emptied. I think this can be done in 3 to 4 hour chunks here and there, but I would like to get most of it done before December. 


  • Complete 15 exercises in my R book
  • Meet one new person a week (last month's goal of two per week was a little ambitious considering my current work load)
  • Be at least 60% billable. I think I can make this happen with my current workload, but I need to take the Thanksgiving holiday and the last few weeks into account and might have to go looking for a little extra work...which would help with bullet number two. 


  • Order Christmas cards
  • Put up outdoor Christmas lights
  • Finish 50% of Christmas shopping
  • Make a few homemade gifts

Thought for the month

Every Thursday I receive an email blast from James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits. While I am generally not a fan of blasted emails, I genuinely look forward to his weekly 3-2-1 content (3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question). One of last week's quotes really stuck with me, so I am sharing it here. I too want to be "throughly used up" and "burn as brightly as possible."

Writer George Bernard Shaw on living a life that burns bright:

"This is the true joy in life:

being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one;

being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.

I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."

Source: Epistle Dedicatory from Man and Superman via James Clear

Monday, November 2, 2020

Halloween 2020

Good morning and Happy Daylight Savings Time Monday!

Like most parents, I am not a huge fan of the time change, but I have to admit I love naturally waking up before my alarm for a few weeks. Our Halloween weekend was a good one. 

Friday night we regretfully declined three different invitations to do something fun and instead brought all the toys up from the basement (to make room for Nonnie's things) pulled all of the toys out of the toy room, and sorted through them to decide what was staying and what was going. 

This massive chore stuck around for most of the weekend, but I am happy to report that by Sunday afternoon all of the remaining toys were tucked in their new home and my living room floor was visible once again. 

Saturday morning I worked and then took Lola on a beautiful and sunny run + walk while the girls and Dan went to dance class and then a parade.

We then packed up our things and headed to watch my nephew Kauffman win his superbowl football game. After the game we quickly changed into costumes and headed out to trick or treat around their neighborhood.

Ina was Hermione from Harry Potter and, as Hermione is my favorite character of all time, I don't think I could have been more excited.

Cora was a fox and rocked her bushy tail as it swayed from side to side as she walked.

(PSA: Easter baskets also work as Halloween buckets)

Mira wanted to be a princess, and then a spider (Spider girl or a girl spider? We never figured that one out.), and then a puppy, and after purchasing and returning two different costumes I told her if she wanted to get candy she couldn't change her mind again.

When that didn't convince her, I told her I would pretend to be a mommy puppy if she would be a baby puppy and that sealed the deal.

After the first round of houses Jessie and I dropped the dads and the kids 5 years and younger off at at the house and walked for another hour around with the older kids. Jess and I agreed that their ages of 7 to 10 were the perfect trick or treating ages. They require very little herding but still are so excited to receive their treats (full size Snickers! A box of Skittles! A package of Ramen noodles!).

We came back to Jessie and Cody's house for soup and a fire, while the kids enjoyed unmonitored access to their candy buckets. 

I enjoyed an early morning walk on Sunday, where Lola and I came as close to a coyote as I would ever like to be in my life. Then we had church and serving and watching the Chiefs win and laundry and driving to pick up Ina and Cora who had stayed the night with their cousins.

We ended the night with Ina showing off some of her new skills she is learning at acro class and teaching Cora how to make a human square.

After a chapter of Harry Potter it was lights out and we are ready to tackle this week.

I hope it is a good one! <3

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