Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog for Real Mom Confessions.

I have dreams, lots of dreams, I am a
goal setter through and through. There was a day in which I wanted to do things such as: qualify and run the Boston Marathon (I now am MORE than content running half marathons and finishing solidly midpack), hike the entire Appalachian trail, backpack through South Africa, get a doctorate degree amidst lots and lots of other things. It isn't that I have given up on my dreams, they are just always in transition- always changing and morphing into something else - currently - my dreams include sleeping through the night, getting a shower, and having a clean house.
This week's real mom confessions all fall around superwoman.

Several things happened:

  • I got dessert made for a church potluck WHILE Lucy was awake. Okay seriously this doesn't seem like that big of a thing while I am typing it however, IT SERIOUSLY felt like I had just climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. #victory - now that she is moving around it seems like I some how get even less done than ever before because now instead of being able to lay her on the blanket where she would happily remain until I took her off said blanket - she is all over - into everything and anything 
  • At one point last week the ONLY DIRTY CLOTHES in my house were the ones on our bodies - I didn't even know that was humanly possible. Granted Lucy was happily entertained playing in the sorted laundry and we ate cereal for dinner that night - but the laundry was done (note: I am mentioning nothing about getting it put away)
  • 3 times this past week I managed to get up and out of bed thirty minutes prior to Lucy - usually when I attempt this she some how has psychic abilities and magically gets up ten minutes before my alarm goes off no matter what time it is set for - I love those moments when my house is still quiet - I get drink a cup of coffee by myself, read a bit, and even pack lunches without cheerios being flung in my sandwich or salad for the day - three times this past week I was up before her, had coffee, took a shower, read, ate breakfast, and got both my and my husbands lunch made and without a kid on my hip I had ZERO cheerios in our food (usually Lucy successfully launches cheerios into our food as I am attempting to keep her occupied - as I make lunch - bounce her on a hip - stuff her with cheerios to keep her happy -  who knows what else)
  • #workingmom
  • Daycare closed early this week and I had a ton of work to do so I brought Lucy to work with me, which is getting more and more difficult with her moving around now and sleeping less than her newborn days - anyways - I got Lucy to church and put her in the baby carrier (it was nap time for Pete's sake) and I made AT LEAST a dozen laps around the church in attempts to get her to sleep - attempting to avoid the narthex as that makes the perfect place to scream and it echoes, and she eventually fell asleep - for the next two hours she successfully slept on my chest while I got a TON done - which means I didn't stay up late working - sleep is sacred!

I continue to dream and hope - I also continue to learn and grow as to what it means to be raising a small child. I today, laugh at these victories, and rejoice in them at the same time. NEVER in my wildest imagination did I think that these things would be worth celebrating.

What things do you dream about?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 Race Schedule


{Don't get me wrong it was worth it being pregnant but is killed last race season}

April 25, 2015 - Run for the Lakes - Nisswa, Minnesota
July 11, 2015 - Graniteman Triathlon - Clearwater, Minnesota
August 29, 2015 - Women Rock - St. Paul, Minnesota
November 7, 2015 - Wine & Dine - Walt Disney World

{I am registered for these 4 events}

I am debating squeezing in a couple 10ks or 5ks somewhere. I would like to run one more with Marc {we are both running the Wine & Dine}. I also am semi tempted to sign up for the Fargo Mini Marathon, October 17, 2015. I am RIDICULOUSLY excited for this race season and can't hardly fathom that it is almost upon me. I am hoping to get better about writing race reports. At this rate I am currently on pace to earn 40 medals before I turn 40 {which I would love to do}.

Are you racing anything this year?
What races are you running?
What are your favorite races?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On Real Mom Confessions

I am linking up with Anna at Girl with Blog and her Mom Confessionals.

I have zero problems getting our laundry washed. In fact I actually like doing laundry and I love having clean laundry. But for one reason or another there is some type of great chasm between getting the laundry out of the basket and put away in it's proper drawer, this week, our clean laundry remained in our laundry basket in our closet while the dirty stuff piled up around it. So we pulled our clothes out of the basket in hopes it wasn't too wrinkly to wear and dumped our clothes at the end of each day in the middle of the floor - the baskets were occupied with the clean stuff.

Our kitchen space has looked like a disaster zone all week. The kitchen table is littered with the vcr and old vhs tapes (I am in the process of transferring all of my mom's old vhs tapes to dvds and digital files), our kitchen island is the catch all for everything, and the kitchen counters I am not even going to discuss. Traditionally, Saturday we opt to go through and clean these off and get them all cleared and ready to go - however this last Saturday we opted to clean out our space under the stairs (we did manage to get rid of 2/3 of our stuff under there) but the kitchen is a disaster as a result. There are only so many hours in the day and so many days. Someday our island, kitchen table, and kitchen counters will be cleaned off again and we won't have to press stuff to the side in order to eat dinner again. Under the steps looks AMAZING and it is totally freeing to have gotten rid of that stuff.

This week  I am embracing the victory of a clean storage room. Forget the rest of the house - some weeks only have time for one success but at least there is one. The baby is still getting up several times a night - some day we will sleep again, someday maybe I will have the energy to do more than just the space under the steps. Until then - I shall continue to take copious amounts of pictures and videos and eat oreos after Lucy goes to bed,  in hopes that I remember these days.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Things on my hook

This month with the weather FINALLY improving, I have spent a TON less time sitting inside crocheting and things however, I have actually still been working on things. Mom's blanket is coming along slowly but surely, I refuse to let this one fall to the wayside again. I want to be able to cross it off my to-do list and consider it done.

I also have been working a bit on a doll for Lucy's first birthday {July 2} however, I know that summer will be nuts and I won't have a ton of time to crochet once summer starts, so I wanted to get a good head start on it. It is turning out to be a bit bigger than I anticipated because I am using a cotton yarn and the pattern was written for a very thin yarn. I actually think it will be a fun size when it is finished.

I made another sunhat for a dear friend of mine's daughter. Since finding the pattern I have been aching to make a billion of these hats, not only are they easy but they are so fun to make. I love working with cotton yarn. I LOVE this pattern. It is the Easy Sunhat for Him or Her by Mamachee - I love how easy this hat is to make, how cute it turns out and how incredibly versatile it is. The hat really does look cute for a tiny baby (Lucy has one), a toddler, and even all the way up to an adult hat. This hat in my opinion, depending on what colors you choose, works for both males and females, there aren't a ton of hats that I think work so well for both genders and all ages.

off to a set of sisters

I think so far this month I have made 13 of these sunhats all with different color combinations and sizes. I am ready for another project. Time to test my skills with something completely different. I do have my eyes on a dress or a sweater for Lucy that I found ravelry. I love ravelry, I love free patterns. I love that my yarn stash is 100% under control (for now at least). I do also have another giraffe being worked up, both legs are done and now I am onto the body and arms. The giraffe pattern is so simple, I never thought I would enjoy doing this type of work but for one reason or anther once I started to figure out how to do it - I fell in love. 

We leave for vacation this coming week and it is the great debate as to which yarn projects I pack. I thought about not packing any but I know for sure I will regret that decision. I think it will be mom's blanket squares that comes along because that doesn't require multiple yarns or patterns.

Are you making anything fun currently?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

4 Years Old

Oh my dearest Dakota,
   I can't hardly believe that you are four years old! This year your world was ROCKED with the arrival of Lucy, who you love and adore. You still love to be right next to Lucy at every opportunity. You are SOOOOOOOOOO incredibly patient with Lucy as she gets right up next to you and gets right near you. You adore her too, you follow her around the house and lay right next to her when she is on the floor. You particularly love that she is beginning to eat food and in turn drop food on the floor which you quickly inhale.
The Morris Animal Foundation's Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is now full! You are one of the 3,000 dogs enrolled. I am thankful that you are playing your roll in the benefit of golden retrievers all around the world and for years to come. You LOVE going to the vet, I think because you like to see the other dogs and love your vet and vet techs. Thank you for giving of yourself for the sake of the golden retriever breed.
You continue to be a people lover. You love to be around people, to be pet by people and particularly LOVE kids. Your tail wags and wags and wags some more when we are around people. Your best friends are Duncan (another Lifetime study hero) and Echo (both golden retrievers), and Nala (your cousin if you could call it so).

  Your favorite humans are Marc, Lucy, me, KT, JT, and Vicki. You love to be with us and while you always start out the night sleeping on the floor - sometime early in the morning you always crawl up on Marc's side of the bed and snuggle in. Once we bring Lucy into bed before we get moving in the morning you crawl right up next to her and she rubs her hand all over your face and slightly tugs on your ears.

  You love to go on runs with Marc and I and you love to explore in the state park behind our house. In the summer months you love to swim in the lake and alongside our kayaks. If you can be outside that is definitely your favorite. You also do well when we go camping - you love the chance to just be outside as often as possible.
  You truly are a gift to our family and we wouldn't be the same without you. Love you!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Easter was SO MUCH FUN.
My mom came up Thursday.
Marc's mom and my dad came up Friday.
Lucy was in heaven.
SOOO many people to love on her.

Grandma, Lucy, & Grandpa
2nd Annual Easter hike through Crow Wing State Park
You can't go wrong with snuggles from Grandma while napping

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Marc and I have birthdays two days apart on the calendar - April 3 & 5. Further to be complicated by the fact that this year those dates fell on Good Friday and Easter. Which I suppose if you aren't working for a church, or your wife isn't working for a church it is probably pretty fun dates to have your birthday on. These days/weeks are pretty chaotic. However, for us not so much. We did manage to squeeze in a little bit of celebrating in the midst of the madness - here's to next year when our birthdays aren't during holy week.

Friday after worship we did go out for Marc's birthday, we went to a great wood fire pizza place here in town and then over to Cold Stone for ice cream. Marc's mom and my mom were both in town already and were able to join us for the fun. Marc picked both places to celebrate. Cold Stone even gave him free ice cream, technically I think you are suppose to print off a coupon online or something to get free ice cream but this woman was just nice and gave it to him.

My birthday I was at church from about 5:40 am till about 1:00pm and I was EXHAUSTED afterwards. Marc and my dad had picked up a Dairy Queen peanut butter cup blizzard cake for my birthday. After we had Easter dinner we had blizzard cake for dessert. YUM.

Marc did squeeze away Sunday night to go and see Fast and the Furious 7 with a couple friends - he was anxiously awaiting the movie but with the chaos of the weekend he wasn't able to escape until Sunday night.

We had fun. We celebrated a little bit and rejoiced that we survived Holy Week. Here's to another trip around the sun.

What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?