Okay folks, if you follow me on MyFitnessPal, then you’ve seen that I’m working on getting back into logging my calories and toeing the line for my nutrition. I really like the 21 Day Fix containers because they have taught me a lot about how to get in the right ballpark of macros and calories […]


First off, Stella is okay, but…  ***** Those are definitely six words you don’t want to hear at the start of a phone call from the school nurse. A good URL turned IRL friend of mine wrote this post on Monday about one of the horrible games she remembered being forced to be a part of […]


More often than not, I feel like I’m not doing “enough” as a parent. I suppose that is a highly subjective statement, but there are many times I put another show on for the kids so I can finish that last bit of work, or I “mmmhmmm” my way through another story because I’m finishing […]


I’m sure this is probably a common theme in the life of parents with small children, but DAMN you guys, daily life is so busy, and I keep thinking it will slow down but it never does. I’m slowly (very, very slowly) realizing that I simply have to figure out how to manage my life […]


Last weekend was a busy one with friends in town and lots of holiday events going on, but one of my favorite parts was a quick hike I did with my girlfriend on Sunday morning since we were both kid-free for the day. We had gone out the night before, and we both decided that […]


For the last two months I have been struggling with the worst acne of my life. I never had it this bad as a teenager or during pregnancy with all of those hormonal shifts, and it is driving me absolutely insane! I’ve also been gaining weight instead of losing (and working out like 6 days […]


It’s amazing what a difference a year makes! She told me the night before school started that last year she was “really really nervous” but that this year she was “just a little nervous.”🙂 My little girl is getting so grown up!❤ First day of her second year of pre-school…


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 […]