Monday: best of last week

:: my favorite things at Trader Joe’s ::

:: the grace of a meal – there is talk of miscarriage in this article so avoid if you don’t want to read that. but it’s so good – “With the meal, came the tangible nourishment of both body and soul. With the real food, came the real gift. It was food that gave my soul sustenance to heal. She knew I needed to eat; she also knew that I needed her presence in my grief.” ::

:: how to thrive when your husband travels – the blog writer has a husband that travels much more than mine but I liked the post ::

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last week in photos

two blondes
sometimes I look at these two and wonder how I ended up with two blondes….

reading at the park
reading, instead of playing, at the park. I kind of love it – #booknerd

she sits at the top of the slide forever and ever. and I ask her if I can help and she yells “no!”

Cora and Lu
I’m seeing more and more how people can have more kids without losing their minds. Big kids are awesome.

I don’t remember why I took her picture. But frowning and sucking the thumb – pretty common.

we spend a lot of time here.

this was a productive morning – and then we sat and read books.

I made muffins from My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season (and strawberry chia seed “jam”)

she wore her sunglasses for about ten minutes, all through the eating of her pb toast.

a friend and I took some of our kids to Cinderella. I loved it and it was so fun watching 3 & 4 year olds in a movie theater.

someone left silly bands on the railing of the porch and she was pleased to find them.

Cora's flowers
Cora put these in a glass on the table.

9 miles
9 miles on Saturday. half marathon in two weeks.

husker catholic.

our lilacs are blooming! they smell so good. and it’s early. the year Luisa was born they bloomed right around the time she was born (May 17).

saturday night
Saturday night = Cali moscato, grilling burgers and hot dogs, fruit, chips, beans. It’s feeling like spring.

when you run 9 miles in the morning it’s easy to get 20k steps.

sunday morning
lazy Sunday morning before mass – Fixer Upper on hgtv.

sunday afternoon
and a lazy Sunday afternoon. it was raining and grey and cold. tea & reading.

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I keep thinking about writing about my friends here but I struggle to come up with the words. I have to write about it though, because it’s what I do, and because I want to remember so I never forget. That’s mostly why I write. I forget things easily. My husband has memories stored from when he was teeny and I can barely remember when I was a teenager. So I write to remember so I never forget.

But friends.

I have a very close girlfriend in Omaha that I miss dearly. We are traveling together in September. We see each other every month or two. It’s just easy, it always has been. We started running together in April of 2011 when both of our youngest were almost one. We ran together often, we ran races together. We lived just three blocks from each other. We had dinner together all the time. After those babies got bigger we each had one more baby and now we have seven girls between the two families. They all love each other like sisters. They are like family to us. It was hard to move away and let the everyday-ness of that relationship fade away.

It makes me think of that old, too often used quote? “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.”

I’ve made new friends and I cherish those friendships too.

One set of friends are my running friends. In the dark, pounding the pavement, sweating together, those friendships are special. We’ve done a “runner’s retreat”, we’ve ran races together. We meet for coffee most Saturdays. These women inspire me and help me to grow and make me a better person. I’m so thankful for their open arms and how welcoming they’ve been and how they love me even if I don’t deserve it always. These women step up and make things happen. These women parent 5, 6, 7, 8 children and still get more done in a day than I do. These women inspire me and make me feel normal and they are such blessings in my life.

And a second set of friends are like another family to me. They didn’t need another friend. They welcomed my family and shared their dinner tables. They initiated play dates and made me feel like part of the group. They love on my kids as much as I do. We are traveling together in May and I can’t wait. They are fun and they are joyful and they show me what a good life can look like. They love me even if I don’t deserve it always. They care, they give, they love and they welcome.

Women need women. Or I do at least. I love my husband and he is the best. But sometimes you need a girlfriend to talk to non-stop about girl things. I’m so grateful for the amazing women that God has put in my life.

This post sat unpublished for weeks. And then via Elizabeth I came across this postand quote today and I want to thank my friends for inconveniencing themselves for me:

“That’s the bottom line: You love as well as you are willing to be inconvenienced. 

 How well we inconvenience ourselves for each other is the real sinews of community, that binds friendships, that ties relationships — not how well we impress each other. Inconvenience is the DNA of healthy love.”

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monday: best of last week

:: why I will run today – this made me laugh out loud ::

:: the secret to happiness as a mom ::

:: shopping for tweens in three steps ::

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linking up with Kelly. because what is better than more Kellys?

:: 1 ::

I’m working on lining up my summer sitter. Once a week in the afternoon she comes and entertains my children and I get out of the house alone. It’s good for everyone. They adore her and they surely like a break from good old mom. And I get a few hours where no one is talking to me. And the babysitter earns a bit of money. Win. Win. Win.

:: 2 ::

Trying to decide if I need to buy anything with the Sephora VIB sale. There are a couple of hair products I use that I could use another because I’m almost out.

:: 3 ::

I’m wearing a new fitbit! I purchased the Fitbit Charge HR on Monday (happy birthday present/thanks mom) and it gave me all kinds of steps I wasn’t even taking. I would be sitting in the car or sitting in a chair and my steps would be adding up. So I returned and purchased the Fitbit One (it can clip on your pants or bra). It seems really much more accurate. I am finding that the days I wake up and run in the morning are easy to get 10,000 steps in. The days where I do not are much, much harder and I need to make more of an effort to get out and be active on those days – take a walk?

:: 4 ::

I read two books this week. We Were Liars – which has a crazy plot twist almost at the end and it was really surprising and not at all predictable. And also The Girl on The Train which kept me guessing throughout too. Both were hard to put down and I recommend. And I started another one (but I can’t remember the title).

:: 5 ::

Trying to decide if it’s worth it to buy gelatin to make healthy gummy snacks – just a passing fad? Worth purchasing? These are the (silly?) things I think about.

:: 6 ::

I really want a new pair of birkenstocks. I had tendonitis when I was pregnant with Luisa and the doctor suggested some shoes with better support after I was out of my boot. So I bought birkenstocks at that point and it was so good and I love them and wear them every day all summer long. But for the sake of mixing things up a bit I want another pair. My husband thinks I’m crazy and one pair is good enough. But then I remind him of his six pairs of running shoes he rotates through. I want these:

black birks.

:: 7 ::

TGIF. Can I just get an amen to that? I mean really. It’s been a crazy week around here. I’m feeling the stress big time. I’m hoping to get in a long run this weekend. Have some friends over for dinner. Go to mass. And that’s about it. We’re taking it super easy. Happy weekend to you!


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last week in

PB cup
she likes PB cups – she says “yummmmm”

three girls on swings.

wine delivery
wine delivery.

dad and Della reading a book.

watching Duke win – he’s been a Duke fan his whole life, he was pretty happy.

breakfast – trying to get back on track after eating all the Easter candy.

target with four
Target with 4 – kind of crazy.

she got a crucifix on a leather necklace in the resurrection eggs from school. she was pretty happy about it.

dance party
dance party – they were putting on music.

sick Ada
sick Ada. the stomach bug that keeps on giving.

bye bye
turning her head so far to yell ‘bye bye’ to her daddy as he walks out the door. sweetest baby voice.

lime refresher
lime refresher from Starbucks. because having a sick kid and not leaving the house for days gets old. starbucks drive through = winning.

feeling better.

going door to door and requesting money and prayers. the big school fundraiser is coming in a few weeks.

enjoying the sun. it was rainy and grey all week.

and swinging.

8 miles
and running 8 miles. half marathon is coming fast.


dad and daughter.

baby feet
baby feet under high chairs = love. (so what if she’s a toddler)

little girl dresses
little girl dresses forever.

orange cake
the girls made an orange cake. I helped a bit but they did most of it. trying to get them to be better in the kitchen by giving up my own control is harder than I thought.

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good to remember

I saw this on an instagram recently so I googled it and it’s something I want to remember:

“When you are exasperated by interruptions, try to remember that their very frequency may indicate the value of your life. Only people who are full of help and strength are burdened by other persons’ needs. The interruptions which we chafe at are the credentials of our indispensability. The greatest condemnation that anybody could incur – and it is a danger to guard against – is to be so independent, so unhelpful, that nobody ever interrupts us, and we are left comfortably alone.”


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