Monday, November 20, 2017

Summer 2017

This post is a little overdue and was actually started mid-August, but oh well......

We had a really fun Summer 2017! This was the first summer since graduating college that really felt like summer vacation to me. Since I haven't had a last day of school and first day of school to mark summer vacation, summertime has just felt like any other time to me, not summer vacation like when I was a kid. Lucy was in preschool last year and now this year, so we had a definite summer vacation.

We still went to the gym every MWF morning from 9-10 for my class, but Tuesdays and Thursdays were completely open for us to do fun activities and relax. And I made sure we soaked up those sleep-in mornings and relaxed, too! After having to get up and be somewhere at a certain time Monday-Friday mornings during the school year, it was nice to have those lazy mornings. Sometime in June, Lucy started coming in our room and crawling in bed with me around 5:30-6am. I think she could see the sun coming in her room (even though the shade was pulled) and woke up a little. I didn't mind her coming in with me, especially since she would fall back asleep right away. We became "snuggle buggles" during the summer and still are today. :) Ross would often wake Molly up and bring her into bed, too, when he went downstairs to start work, so many mornings started off in our bed together.

We did lots of fun things like swimming in our neighborhood pool, at Gumma and Poppy's pool, toddler splash time at local city pool, vacation to Florida, Vacation Bible School for Lucy, spending the night with Gumma and Poppy, story time at the library, playing outside, riding bikes, going to Gramma and Grampas, going to Omaha, going to the zoo, playing with Aunt Stephanie, Uncle Nathan, Trevor, and Cody, and lots and lots of other fun things. It was a great summer!

Ross took this picture one morning without me knowing it and I'm so glad he did! We were all three asleep in this picture and I think it will be one of my all-time favorites!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A New Way To Grocery Shop

Last month I received a coupon in the mail for $10 off a $30 purchase of groceries from Walmart using their online ordering process. I decided to give it a try and I LOVE IT! It's so easy! You order your groceries online and choose a time to pick them up at the store. You receive an email letting you know your order is ready and then just check in on the Grocery App when you're on your way to the store and when you arrive, someone will bring your order our to your car and load it for you.

I love this process! It saves time and I think it saves money, too, because I see the total in my shopping cart as I'm adding groceries to my online order. When shopping in the store, I don't keep a running tally of how much I'm spending. Seeing it as I shop makes a difference! And not seeing all the items like you do in the store makes it easier to not impulse shop. I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


My Mom gave these to us last month and when looking at them it hit me how good she is at paying attention to details and making things extra special. The first is a cinnamon roll for Ross to have for breakfast on his first day of work at his new job. The next container has cookies that she made with the girls one day when they spend the day with her.

She could have just sent both items in a container with no note and now fun decorations, but she didn't and that's some of what makes my Mom, my Mom. She's very good at going the extra mile and doing things like this to make people fell special. :)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Top of the Rock

In October Larry and Wanda, along with two of Wanda's sisters, were vacationing for the week in Branson. They invited us down to visit and go to Top of the Rock with them. It wast  a beautiful day and a really fun time. We had a great lunch at a Mexican restaurant and took in the pretty scenery via a golf cart tour. The trees had just started to change colors for the fall, perfect timing for us to be there. I had wanted to go to Top of the Rock for quite a while and am so glad I got a chance to. Ross and I plan to go back in the spring, sans kids, to enjoy it a little more!

From left to right:
Walt and Marilyn (Wanda's sister), Connie (Wanda's sister), Ross, Lucy, Molly, Libby, Wanda, Larry

This is a sinkhole that opened up on the golf course.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Lingo From A Lifetime Ago

This past summer I saw a friend who I had not seen in quite a while. Her name is Kris and I first met her in 2001 when I started teaching step classes at a local gym. We became pretty good friends, seeing each other during class and hanging out together outside of class. We both got into running at the same time and wound up doing the 2006 Chicago Marathon together. After that, we kind of drifted apart and weren't as close as we'd been before. We saw each other every now and then and got reconnected via Facebook a few years back.

Well, Kris stopped by my garage sale this past June and we talked for probably 45 minutes. We filled each other in on our lives, but probably the most of our conversation was spent talking about running. She is still running regularly and loves it very much. She's done a few more marathons after the one we did together, and has now gotten into trail running, and running l-o-n-g distance races. As we were talking, she kept using running terms that, back in the day, would have flowed out of my mouth as easily as they did hers...road race, getting my miles in, did ___ (insert a specific race name), trail running, and several other terms that have slipped my mind now. Most of those terms would make sense only to someone who is in the running culture. I was listening to her just nodding my head and asking questions or commenting on what she was saying and at the same time thinking about how different my life was now compared to then when I was living her world, so to say.

It seems like I'm fighting an uphill battle trying to get back into running! I haven't run regularly since I was pregnant with Lucy, so over five years now. I've gone through spurts where I've started a running schedule (like 2-3 days a week) but it hasn't stuck. I've either been too lazy to get out of bed early (5:30am) and run, a kid has been sick and kept me up overnight, I've been sick, or I just haven't wanted to! Some day maybe I'll get back into a good running routine and that lingo will be like second nature to me, but for now I'll take the running days that I can get and the lingo of my life you have to go potty, let's go to preschool, pick up your toys.......