Friday, June 6, 2014

Pizza Cupcakes

We are going to try this for dinner...what could go wrong? I will let you know later!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Summertime is not only a time to get a bit nostalgic for days gone by, but also a time to remember - I really like being fit and in shape. Running in nice weather, going to the pool, walking with the kids, and just being active in general.

So, I started running again. Five days in a row. I know…some of you are training for marathons, but I haven't run five times in a row in seven or eight years. So…I am proud that I am deciding to be active and show my daughter that our goal is to be strong.

In fact, I am proud of that. My husband and I talk about eating and working out in terms of being strong. She loves it and believes that many of the things we eat and do are because we want to be strong. This is true, but to be completely honest, we also want to look good. I just hope to keep that from my daughter for as long as possible because she is beautiful the way she is! So…right now I am proud of how we are handling that!

Hmmm…seems like a short little list right now. Certainly more to come! I would love to hear about your summer proud moments!

Monday, June 2, 2014


Summertime is a powerful time, but also a time to relax. So…here is the question…how do I keep up with the house work and regular chores while spending extra time at the pool, park, and other fun activities? Because, while the kids are relaxing, and I am spending more time with them - relaxing - my home still needs attention. Right now it looks like the laundry exploded, the pets run the place, and toys are supposed to cover every inch of the home!

Oh wait…I started this with a statement about relaxing…there isn't any relaxing in the summer… as parents we run around like crazy people trying to make sure our kids get to do all kinds of things and wondering why summer used to be awesome. Then we sit outside and have a drink chatting until way too late so we are exhausted when our small children rise with the sun!

However, referring to an earlier post I made, I think I should be purposeful about some of the things I love!
1) My kids are amazing and I love to watch them learn and grow.
2) While we will never be able to do all the things I WANT to do…I get to do many of the things I want my kids to do!
3) My husband is amazing…even if it includes and irritation now and then :)
4) I am healthy and lucky to have great friends. :)

I hope you are all having a fantastic June so far! I am looking forward to many sunny and hot days to go swim with my kids at the pool! Okay…I am looking forward to it, but the constant pleadings for nachos will be a bit irritating!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Summertime Nostalgia

As the last day of school arrives, there is a crazy excitement of what is to come. I think at this time we are all reliving our glorious summer days of youth.

I don't mean to burst your bubble, people, but, as Billy Joel said, "The good ole days weren't always good." Our hopes will never live up to the expectations we set forth for summer.

Am I being pessimistic? Maybe. I might still wish for the days of no stress and someone else paying the mortgage, yet I know they weren't as awesome as I remember them. Nostalgia is a tricky thing.

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE summer. I look forward to it, get excited for it, and have high hopes. I want to live in the moment and not just survive the summer, but I want to being able to look enjoy every moment. Not just for summer, but for everything.

I struggle not dwelling on the past. Wishing I had enjoyed some particular event more than I did. Wishing I had appreciated someone more than I did. Wishing I had made a different choice.

My point is...I struggle living in the moment and really LIVING. I struggle not beating myself up over the mistakes I have made or the failures that have occurred due to my poor decision making. I wish I could live more happy and thankful every day. I want to do that, but find that my mind always goes to some alternative.


Here is my pledge as the last day of school concludes:
*I will live this summer in the moment and appreciate and be thankful for all I have.
*I will try to erase the negativity and stay positive regardless of the situation.
*I will accept the decisions I make because at the time, I am making the best possible decision I can.
*I will stop beating myself up on the inevitable imperfection I embody.

Simply put:
I will be happy being me!