Oct 30, 2014

A Reminder

I was a bit cranky last week.  Cranky that I didn't get my mileage in for the week, which made me completely doubt that I will ever be able to successfully finish a marathon in 6 months.  Funny how warped our minds are...
I was seriously having a super fun pity party for myself which may have included chocolate, when I walked out back to sit on the patio and sulk.  That's when I saw this:


A perfectly beautiful purple petunia growing from our brick patio.  This was like a face smack from God.  Seeing this flower reminded me how something beautiful can come from the most unlikely places.  It *shouldn't* be growing from the patio, but because of perfect circumstances ( and hard work on the petunias end...I mean really!), it did.

This was enough for me to suck it up and quit my pity party.  I CAN and WILL finish the marathon.  Will it be easy?  Hell no.  The training is going to be hell, I might get injured, I might have to take time off of running for whatever reason.  But I CAN do this.  Amen.

One of my favorite quotes is: "Forget the reasons why it won't work, and believe the one reason why it will."

Linking to Fitness Blondie

Oct 24, 2014

Friday Randoms

It's Friday, it's FRIDAY!!!  Amazing how quickly these weeks fly by....
We've been doing our normal things, but wanted to share some pics from the last 2 weeks...

If you look reeaaallll close you will see our cat Maci on top of the wood pile (don't worry, that nasty looking shed will be coming down shortly), this cat CRACKS me up.  She is damn near human.  Yes, I may be a crazy cat lady, but she is my fourth kid.

Last weekend mousey and I made an apple pie with the pie filling I canned this year.  Complete yumminess.

Alayna made a toilet paper roll monster.  Scary.

And NO, this is not a Christmas tree, silly, it's a Halloween tree!  Brad had a minor flip out thinking I was putting up a Christmas tree....silly boy, doesn't he know that I wait until the week before Thanksgiving to put our Christmas stuff up...

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Oct 9, 2014

The "M" Word

Oh yes, the M word.  I almost don't want to say it out loud, for fear of jinxing myself, but here goes....
My goal is to run the Fargo Marathon in May of 2015.

I just started sweating after reading that...
It's a big goal, peeps.  One that is going to take up a LOT of my time (and money, haha).  But the good thing is that I have 7 months to prepare, which I feel very good about.  I have a book called "The Women's Running Book" ( and yes, Emma did actually ask what the book was about...) and have read it cover to cover.  It's my running bible!  I am following their training plan for now, which focuses on how long you run, not the mileage.  Right now my long run is an hour and a half, which is 8 miles for me.  It's so much easier mentally to look at my time instead of miles!   And after my long run, I enjoy a big ole salad.  This is in a mixing bowl, if you can't tell.  I told ya it's big.

In January I am going to hire a running coach to give me more of a personalized running schedule.  By then I will be ready to amp up my training.  She can also help me with my nutrition.  Honestly, that is where I struggle right now.  I eat very healthy, and I know what types of foods to eat to stay healthy.  However, adding in all those miles means you need more protein/fats, carbs and calories.  That is where I'm not sure....do I eat 60 grams of protein/day, or 120?  Carb load before a run or not?  Salt tablets?  
I look forward to learning a lot from her.

Right now I run a total of 4 days/week and then mix in either a walk, bike ride or a pilates video on one of my off days.  I am really trying to incorporate strength training into my weeks too, need to beef these legs up if I'm going to run 26.2 miles.

So there's my life for the next 7 months.  Yowsa.  Pray for me.


Oct 7, 2014


We had a really great, but BUSY weekend!  It started off with a volleyball tournament for Rachel, they played ok, ended up coming in 3rd place overall.  They didn't seem to have their "groove" though.  Alayna had a birthday party at 11 and thankfully she stayed there until the tournament was over with.  I may have pulled every piece of my hair out if she had to stay all day.  She was complaining after sitting for half an hour...

This is their game face.  Or maybe it was because they were pissed at how bad they had just played, haha...

After the tournament, Rachel asked if some of the girls could spend the night.  Why not?  Emma had a friend over too, so I had 8 girls spend the night.  What was I thinking??
In all honesty, the girls had a blast and they were so fun to listen to!
And if the girls were coming over, why not invite the parents to come over for supper, right??!!  I had 15 extra guests for supper.  I made a big batch of tacos, because it was taco day, of course!

Sunday we decided to hit up the nearby apple orchards where the fall festivals were happening.  It was cold and blustery, but we survived.  I was exhausted.  Not from having so many kids over, but from getting the crap beat out of me by Alayna.  She decided she needed to sleep with me since everyone else had friends over.  That kid is VIOLENT when she sleeps.  Not kidding.  I really thought my nose would be bruised...

Apple orchard fun!

Alayna got to do some pumpkin painting...

And she got to help lead the horses on the carriage ride...

We came home and all enjoyed a nap...but just know that Alayna was NOT tired and was NOT crabby...

Even Maci was exhausted.  I think the noise from the night before was too much...

Oct 3, 2014

Fleetwood Mac!

Tuesday night I got to rock out with my ALL TIME FAVE BAND!  We went with my mom and her husband to see Fleetwood Mac at Target Center and had a blast!  

Our seats were less than desirable....we were literally the LAST row on top!  The upside was that I didn't have to worry about people getting pissy because I am standing up dancing, haha!  IT'S A CONCERT PEOPLE!!
This is the 3rd time I've seen them, the other two times we had phenomenal seats, so I can't really complain too much...
This was the first time since 1998 that they were all together, and they were of course incredible!  
Can you seem them???  Ya, neither could I...


I did get a titch emotional at the end, thinking this is probably the last time I will see them.  I grew up listening to them, I have memories of listening to certain Fleetwood Mac songs while playing my toys in our living room when I was little.  I played their greatest hits album NONSTOP in high school.  I can recite word for word just about every song they have and have seen all the documentaries and specials about them and their history.

So ya, I kinda like em.  I even have a letter from Stevie Nicks fan club.  Just sayin.

Sep 29, 2014

The Weekend

Another GORGEOUS weekend is over with, and it flew by!  Saturday morning Brad and Rachel woke up at 3 am for duck opener.  I hate the fact that I wake up too, but love knowing I get to sleep in...:)
It was a successful hunt with 28 birds shot.  Love having my fridge full of duck breasts....not.  We did make duck sausage this year with all the ducks from last year, and it actually turned out pretty good!


 I got a quick 2 mile run in Saturday morning, the other two girls were at friends overnight, so I was home alone!  I went for speed, instead of mileage and did 2 miles in 19 minutes, pretty stoked about that, since I'm such a slow runner:).

Saturday afternoon we headed down to the cities to watch the Minnesota Gopher women's volleyball team play Penn State.  These girls are AMAZING to watch!  It was a ton of fun hanging out with these girls and their parents, despite the fact it was like 90 degrees in the building...uff da.

Sunday morning it was just Rachel and I again (the other two were at a different friends house overnight...these kids are more social than us...) and it was nice to hang out with her.  Some of our best talks are in the car.  We talked about everything from church to school to friends to alcohol.  We covered a lot!  We ran a bunch of errands and then picked the other two up and brought an extra one home with us.

We went to the Millstream Arts Festival in town, it was gorgeous and HOT!  Within 2 minutes I had two of my kids whining about the heat and needing water.  Almost lost my shit.  Needless to say we didn't stay too long and then headed over to friends to watch the Viking's game.

We got home around 7:00 and about 15 minutes after we got home, I seriously thought we had left Alayna, because she was no where to be found...


Yup, that's the kind of weekend she had!

Sep 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

It's Friday peeps!  This week FLEW by....holy cow.  The weather here in Mn. is absolutely gorgeous and I am sooooooo wishing we were headed to Duluth for an impromptu vacation...wishful thinking...

Tomorrow is duck opener...*crickets*....I know, I feel the same way.  Brad and Rachel are heading out around, oooh, 3:30 AM.  Not sure how good the bigs will be getting up, we shall see.  I am hoping to whip up something yummy for them to bring along.

Other than that, we've been enjoying a lot of this:


And I am happy to report that Rachel made the A team, after playing on the B team for one game.  And not only did she make the A team, but she has been starting too!  Her coach pulled her aside after playing on the B team and told what a great job she did and what a a great team player she was, yes!  

And check out that serving arm,  cah-reepy!

 And this is what happens when you leave your phone for 4.5 seconds...mousey and her cousin Will.  Those two are trouble, I tell ya!  They're like Thelma and Louise...except not really.

Happy Friday!