Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday miles

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Miles in 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fawn Playground


Wednesday evening I caught a flash of something running past the window just before dusk. When I looked out, I saw two fawns, chasing each other around the swing set in the backyard.

Their mother, watching from underneath the apple trees, would nudge them if they go too close "Go play, just give me one minute to myself." is what I imagine her telling them.

Ellie and Josie were already asleep, but I knew they'd love to watch these two little ones enjoy our backyard. I was able to catch a little of it with the camera before the doe heard me and ended their fun. I'm impressed how at the end, when she stops suddenly, they stop. Hmm…if only my two little darlings were such good rule followers…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recipe: Low Country Boil Packets

We try a lot of new recipes around here. More often than not they're "good enough." Occasionally they're terrible, and once in a while you get one that after the first bite, makes its way into the family cookbook/binder. This is one of those recipes. So good!

Low Country Boil Packets from Katie Lee / Food Network

1) Load your foil with potatoes, corn, shrimp, sausage, corn, Old Bay and lemon. Don't skip the lemon, it gives everything such a bright flavor!

2) Wrap them up and throw them on the grill for 20 minutes or so.

3) Unwrap the seafood deliciousness. Crusty sourdough bread is the perfect accompaniment for dipping in the flavorful juices at the bottom.

4) Enjoy!!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday miles

Legs up with compression socks post long-run.
(Sweet bruises, right?)

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Swimming Lessons

Other than being rained out Monday afternoon, we've had an ideal week for swimming lessons. I was really pleased to see how much Eleanor and Josephine retained from last year. Ellie's upped her game to jumping off the diving board this year – go, Peanut!

Notice Josie in the background, ready to jump in?

Ellie and her friend Anna
Photo bomb!
(Anna's little brother…that's what brothers are for, right?)

Friday, June 26, 2015

All by myself…

My theme song for this morning. "All by Myself" by Eric Carmen.

Swim lessons and work schedules are making it a challenge for Amy and I to run our 14 miles this morning. Yes, we could have gotten up at 5:30am, but the damned Electric Forest that's two miles away makes sleep quality less than ideal. (Thumping techno music at 2am anyone?)

I've downloaded a bunch of podcasts, freshened up my playlist and picked a scenic route that will take me past Stony Lake and down a number of shaded dirt roads. I might be all by myself, but at least I'll have beautiful west Michigan scenery to look at while I run.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Last week was basketball camp. This week is swimming lessons. Next weekend, family time at the river. Summer seems so busy already.

Yesterday, a stop at my mom and dad's. While there, Josie found the perfect place to chill.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do "good"

Quite often I correct our girls' grammar. They know that if I give them "the look" after saying "Can Josie and me have a snack?" they need to ask using the proper words. "May Josie and I have a snack, please?" I am convinced that ½ of the population (at least around here) sounds as though they just rolled out of a cave. Too many "I seen" and "Me and him" to count.

Last night, Ellie sat down next to me. We had this conversation:

Ellie: "Mom? You know what makes me crazy? When during group prayer, kids say 'I hope my brother does good at soccer tomorrow.' Mom? Is that the right way to say that?"

Me: smiling "No. What is the correct way to say that, Peanut?"

Ellie: "They should ask that their brother does well…not good! Ugh. Seriously Mom, that drives me crazy." she shakes her head, stands up and walks away

Me: **Speechless** 

(That apple didn't fall far from the tree. That nine year old apple, by the way.)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday miles

A post-run selfie after Thursday night's 13 awesome miles. 

Miles last week

Miles in 2015

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