4/8/15 – Day 437: My 15 Minute Workout

So for your birthday I bought you ‘www.realfitnessmoms.com’ because I think you have a ton to offer. You’ve been working out consistently for like 2-3 years. It’s impressive.

I asked you to put together a quick hit 15 minute workout for me.

You did. It probably took you all of 10 minutes. It took me a solid 15 minutes and a lot of sweat (and full disclosure, as I write this 2 days later –  my abs, butt, and legs are still hurting pretty bad).

You know your stuff and you should get certified and teach this stuff to real moms who want to get fit.

Plankety plank

Plankety plank

Your Workout Wisdom

Your Workout Wisdom

3.29.15 – Day 427: Chess games and sleepovers

Smart boys.

Social girls.

Of course, they are all sociable and they’re all smart, but given the choice, our boys would be doing math and tinkering with a science experiment while Maggie would be making a new friend on the playground.

I love how unique and awesome these kids are – these children that I’m blessed to have with you.

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3.28.15 – Day 426: Our Girl is Getting Older

Our little baby girl turned 8 today. She’s getting older. She’s also becoming sweeter and more talented and prettier and smarter everyday.

I’m so thankful for her soft heart and her courageous spirit.

And I’m thankful for her Mom who’s done so much to help develop those things inside of her.

2 Most Beautiful Girls I Know

2 Most Beautiful Girls I Know

She's growing up!

She’s growing up!

3/8/15 – Day 406: Sunday in the Park



It was 70 and sunny and one of the reasons we are blessed to live where we live:

  • Pretty early spring weather
  • School attached to our neighborhood
  • Safe

I’ve probably said it a billion times in this blog, but you are the reason I take the kids out to do stuff like this. It’s nearly always your idea. On behalf of our children, thank you.


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12/4/14: Day 312 – The Elf Loves some Jazz Piano – and Candy Canes

(Author’s Note: I’m behind. I admit it. But I don’t want to publish Christmas posts in March, so I’m going to catch up by writing current posts while I fill in the gaps of old – I’ve taken notes and pictures and have some drafts, but I’ve not posted all things because, well, life.)

So we adopted an elf this year, and as you know, the elf (lovingly named Jingles by our daughter who, in your words ’embodies the spirit and wonder of Christmas’) kind of freaks me out on a number of levels.

Jingles seems to be very kind and sweet and undestructive. Let’s hope he stays that way!

jingles the elf on the shelf loves snoopy

Jingles Loves Snoopy’s Piano Stylings


11.27.15 – Day 305: Happy Thanksgiving…

Even if we had some sickness flowing through the house.

We have a rough track record with holidays, but it’ll turn. Oh yes. It will turn.

And even if we couldn’t feast, I still want you to know that I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful for the kids. I’m thankful for our home and our bathrooms that need fixing and our garage that needs cleaning and our backyard that needs fixing.

I’m thankful that we struggle with not eating junk sometimes. I’m thankful that our kids are sometimes inconsolable.

I’m thankful for all of it. The rough stuff is really not that rough. It’s life and I love doing life with you.

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