After our rafting trip last month with the kiddos, we were excited to do an adult-only trip with our friends again as well. It has been YEARS (seriously, like 6 years) since I’ve been on an adult trip, and as much fun as we have with the kids on the river, it’s also kind of […]


About a year and a half ago I wrote about our decision to have Harvey & Stella share a bedroom. So far I’d say our 5 main takeaways have held true. Kids sleep with Dad ears, not Mom ears. – CHECK Consistency is Important with Kids’ Sleep Routines, but Don’t Be Afraid to Switch it Up […]


DANG you guys. Last weekend I ran 13.1 miles (or per my app, 13.48). My goal was to do it in 2 hours and 20 minutes. I realized pretty quickly that my app was off by a bit (and every mile it got off a little more), so that was pretty frustrating. I took a […]


Last weekend we took the kids on their first overnight rafting/camping trip of the summer, and we had a total blast! There were a couple of overtired meltdowns and potty accidents and whining, but overall it really was a fantastic weekend with them! I even ran 10 miles before we left on Saturday morning, which […]


For most of my life, I’ve been a “guys’ girl.” I got along with women just fine, and I always had a couple of close girlfriends, but for the most part, I preferred guys as they seemed to encourage less drama and bullshit and just go with it. BUT…over the past few years I have […]


Summertime is full of fun and visitors and activities, and as much as I love it, I crashed into my bed absolutely exhausted at 8:30 last night (and it would have been earlier if we could have convinced the kids to do so). It was so awesome to have more family in town last weekend […]


The Fourth of July weekend was long and short, tiring and awesome. One of my ALI blog friends came with her three kids to visit (so much fun!) from Thursday-Saturday, and my in-laws and their kids were still in town until Sunday morning, so the first couple of days were filled with lots of running […]


Last night we went up to my in-laws’ house for dinner, and after a really nice meal together, we got together for a quick family selfie. It’s always bittersweet to take group photos that don’t include Jaime, but we have all realized that you never know when it will be your last chance to take […]


Last weekend was my in-law’s annual BBQ that is always held the weekend right around Jaime’s birthday. Charlie’s brother and his wife and their 3 kids drove in from Minnesota, and Charlie’s cousin (who has always lived in St. Louis but who recently moved to Colorado) made the 6 hour trek down to our house […]


Sunrise runs are the best…  …but 15 minutes later isn’t bad either. 


169# HFS. I’ve hit and have been hanging out at my line in the sand. My very first blog post here was written & posted in November of 2009, and I wrote about being up to 170# (the highest weight of my non-pregnant life, those are the big peaks above) and being freaked out about that. […]


Today would have been Jaime‘s 30th birthday. That’s hard to even imagine. One of the hardest parts of Jaime being gone is knowing that Charlie has lost that incredibly close friendship with his little sister and that our kids won’t get to grow up with her in their lives. We were at a birthday party last […]


(trigger warning) . . . My sister is married to a great guy who has 2 brothers and a sister. One of his brothers and his wife experienced infertility, and after a long journey and multiple IVF cycles, they now have boy/girl twins. The babies were born early (34 weeks I think?) and it was […]


Well, slowly but surely my ankle is starting to do better! Last night was our first softball game of the season, and I was definitely nervous about it (I play first base), but it actually went pretty well, even with my abysmal hitting. My ankle held out okay for running the bases (though the twisting […]


Well, I damn near broke my ankle last Tuesday night by twisting it (turning it over on the outside) while going up the stairs, so running and working out in general is completely on hold right now. I went from zero weight-bearing and crutches only last Wednesday to walking pretty well on it one week later, […]


A few months ago, my marriage was in a really bad spot. Honestly? It was at rock bottom. I wrote about it a little bit here and here and here. We got some great relationship books to read (which we honestly haven’t gotten all the way through yet, but so far we like them so thank you […]


So this spring we got the harebrained idea to build the kids bunk beds ourselves instead of paying thousands to get the built-in queen over queen style that we wanted. Well, the bunks are about 90% done (pics & big reveal to come when they’re complete!) and while we did that, we converted the rest […]


I feel like all my posts are about workouts lately, but that’s what I’ve really been focusing on in my life, so it is what it is.🙂 My friend Shannon bugged me this morning to do one of my old WWW posts, so here I am, capitulating to peer pressure. Ha! At this point, I […]


Oh my goodness, you guys. I meant to post about this a couple of days ago, but I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and tell you about how INCREDIBLY difficult and exhilarating and humbling and amazing the race was last weekend. Like I said, we decided last minute to do this challenge […]


An 8k run and 24 military inspired obstacles. That’s what I’m doing for fun this weekend. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, I’m feeling more than slightly intimidated right now, but I’m hoping that in the moment I just become a bad ass and crush this course with my friend! Pushing outside of my comfort zone, one physical challenge at […]

Off and on for the last couple of weeks I have gotten PUKING sick for a few hours – and then felt fine. The kids have been snotty/coughing messes, but not puking, so it’s really bizarre. I was telling my boss (a doctor) about it after work on Monday night, and he and his wife […]


Wow. I just went an entire month without posting in this space. That’s by far my longest break in nearly 7 years of blogging. Things were just such a mess for awhile, and I didn’t know what I wanted to share or keep private, and once I got out of the habit of posting, I […]


I posted the blurb below on my Facebook page yesterday, but thought I should post it here as well. I’ve been pretty slack in blogging lately, but I am here and reading as much as I can. Just working on my marriage and my family and my health. Hoping to get back to writing more […]


Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, and it was also the closing day for our local ski area. Charlie and I got a babysitter so that we could go up for the day with our friends, and it was a bluebird day full of skiing (and snowboarding), people watching, and drinks with friends. I am […]


So upon the recommendations of a couple of you, I purchased three different books last week for Charlie and I to read together to hopefully jump start some of the tough conversations we have in our future. For Women Only For Men Only The Introvert and Extrovert In Love: Making It Work When Opposites Attract […]


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