34 years

I do this every year, there are links on this post to see all of my others years. I can’t believe I’ve been doing it since I was 28! Hard to believe. So to help me get out of my February and March winter funk, I’m going to do this again. Some things will carry over, that’s always how it seems to work. But it has some new things too.

1 : Run a half marathon.

2 : Go to Palm Springs with my husband. No kids. (already scheduled, in fact we are already there! it’s a work trip for the husband that I got invited to go on as well).

3 : Grill a pizza.

4 : Read “Mere Christianity”

5 : Sew a Wiksten Tank.

6 : Sew a Wiksten Tova.

7 : Either move the light fixture that is over our dining room table or change it out to be 2 or 3 separate light fixtures instead of the one. I don’t like the one we have and it isn’t centered over the dining room table and it really bothers me that it isn’t centered.

8 : Go to Lake McConaughy in May with four other families and rent a big house. This has been on the schedule since last summer (or fall?) but we are really looking forward to it!

9 : Go to the Midwest Catholic Family Conference.

10 : Pick strawberries.

11 : Take the girls to Nebraska City for the apple festival and pick our own apples.

12 : Pick hydrangeas and peonies out of my yard.

13 : Go to Bratfest in Minneapolis (at the husband’s brother’s house).

14 : Start a holy hour. Split it with the husband or with a friend.

15 : Bake and give away 12 pies. One a month.

16 : Knit four cowls and give them away. Do you want one? Let me know!

17 : Take a trip with a girlfriend to run a race together and hang out. We’ve been saying we would do it for the last two years and we haven’t done it yet and we need to just get to it.

18 : Learn to make creme brûlée (any recipes/tips for me?).

19 : Learn to make crepes.

20 : Read 25 books (I’m starting small).

21 : Invite a family over for dinner every month – loved this one from last year.

22 : See a ballet with my husband.

23 : Go to confession once every month.

24 : I’m going to put it on the list even though it isn’t likely – paint the house. The green. I dislike it so much. I’m going to remain hopeful that it will go away.

25 : Finish the girls’ bunk room that the husband started and move all of the girls into the bunk room. Or the big three at least.

26 : Grill peaches.

27 : Make strawberry shortcake.

28 : Start college accounts for all the girls. Are we behind or what on this? They’ve had savings accounts since they were born but we are going to close those and switch to college savings because it’s more important.

29 : Open a Roth IRA. Boring adult stuff.

30 : Get a will and decide on all of that fun (not) stuff that we’ve been avoiding for years.

31 : Stick to our cash budget more often than not.

32 : Work on fearing less and trusting more.

33 : Go to Pure Barre in Omaha.

34 : Enjoy it! And then turn 35. ;)

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last week in photos

Ada being Ada – she puts on leggings in the morning because she is cold and then she rolls them up in the afternoon because she gets hot.

Della loves to help push.


Cora working on school work and Luisa sticks close making a mess out of everything.

delicious chicken lettuce wraps.

cookie monster
we were picking up cookies for the teachers and she saw the cookie monsters on the shelf.

Ada working
Ada working on a birthday card for her Aunt Mimi (my sister).

my doterra order came!

stuffed envelopes
142 envelopes stuffed to go home in the communication envelopes at school this week.

pushing lulu
Ada’s turn to push Lulu.

8 miles
Saturday = 8 miles!


Saturday sunshine.


sisters sandbox
they barely fit in the sandbox.

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monday: best of last week

:: my real food philosophy – what I eat, what I don’t, and why – I love this level headed approach. I’m always trying to find balance ::

:: Being a Catholic convert I am always learning – solemnities are not for being solemn ::

:: mocktail recipe – I have no personal need for this but I like how it looks! ::

:: creamy curried lentils ::

:: “But all of that whining comes with a cost. When we complain, our brains release stress hormones that harm neural connections in areas used for problem solving and other cognitive functions. This also happens when we listen to someone else moan and groan.” from here ::

:: here we are again – this post made me cry. ::

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last week in photos

the time change and she takes a nap (Ada in our bed).

the weather warmed up and I got all the sandals out!

Lulu thinks she runs this house (and she does more often than she should).


beautiful new book.

we spent three hours at the park with friends and she fell asleep on the way home.

great grandma
we took my grandma grocery shopping.

big girl
I had to pull out her size two clothes to get some spring stuff since it’s been so warm. I put this dress on her and she smiled so big and smoothed her hands over it. She seems so big!

flower delivery
delivering birthday flowers to my (other) grandma.

7 miles – slow miles. my goal is to keep my average heart rate under 150 for these long runs.

sidewalk chalk
sidewalk chalk.

Della – a new girl scout! The new girl scout group handed out donuts at mass and sold cookies. She is so thrilled.

five guys
after donuts we went to Five Guys.

little purple flowers (crocus?) – spring!

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monday: best of last week

:: a fitness & health link list ::

:: quick & easy homemade pita – I love the fresh pita at a local Greek place here, The Parthenon ::

:: Fear is joys kryptonite ::

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last week in photos

they’ve been asking to watch Ina Garten after school while they have their snack.

We have a chalkboard in our kitchen with the weekly schedule on it and the girls wrote “Daddy Home!” on it themselves.

Finished this and really liked it.

Watching something outside. Guys working I think.

She insisted on wearing the girls jumper.

My chloe + isabel necklace came and I love it!

wrap bracelet
And my bracelet too.

A trip to the dentist for the older three.

food on the floor
She throws her food on the floor.


Her turn for the jumper and working on a project.

We’ve had so much sunlight lately and I’m so happy for that.

In the swing.

At the playground at the school/church we went to for a fish fry Friday night.

shellac removal
Removed my shellac myself.

In the swing again. She had a low fever Saturday and just wasn’t herself for a few days.

church family portrait
Our picture for the church directory.

Say what you want about DST but I love the extra light in the evenings.

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monday: best of last week

:: the motherhood days we don’t talk about that much but should – I saw this on FB from a few different people and it’s so very good ::

:: brooklyn apartment tour – so good ::

:: what’s in your makeup bag ::

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