Saturday, January 24, 2015


Snowy eylelashes – fashionable?
Yes…still running!

Miles for 2014 = 853.5

Goal for 2015 = 900

24 days in and only 837.75 miles to go!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Recipe redux

A couple of weeks ago my mom stopped by for a recipe. When I pulled out my recipe binder, she was horrified. What used to be a neat-as-a-pin, perfectly organized collection of our Kirker family favorites had morphed into a serious paper-bomb of recipes printed from the internet and torn from magazines. Long gone were the sections for "main dish" or "dessert". In their place were hundreds of loose pages shoved together in sections for "stuff we want to try" and "stuff we make quite often." She told me the mess reminded her of my Grandma Payne's drawer and cupboard full of miscellaneous note papers and magazine clippings. (I smiled inside thinking that she and I share that style of recipe collecting.)

Long story short I couldn't find what she needed and realized my "method" may need to be adjusted. So…two binders and a giant box of sheet protectors later, the Kirker family recipes are all back in their perfect little sections. Plus, the binders each have a clip at the front – perfect for those "stuff we want to try" pages.

I have to admit, despite the piles of paper I was buried in for a few hours last Sunday, the entire process was quite therapeutic.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Some sunshine

I've been in a work-induced fog this past week. When we scheduled our vacation, the beginning of February seemed like a great time (work-wise) to head out of town. My #1 I'll do anything they ask since they pay my bills client thought this would be a great time to schedule two grand opening ads, a spring brochure, and a number of new-store related promotional pieces. I agree…fantastic for my checkbook. However, a tad rough on the work (read: sleep) schedule. Nothing I can't handle though. (Lots of people start work at 4:30am…right!)

So…since I'm sure my in-laws are afraid I'll never share about their little darlings again, I thought I'd take a minute and post a few random bits about our life the past seven days. (And I promise I'll try to find time within the next seven days to do the same.)


:: Last Friday was the Dad/Student Camp-in at school. (I was the parent in charge of the event. No biggie…just throw organizing and cooking for 60 people onto my to-do list!) The girls had a WONDERFUL time! (And I think most of the dads had fun too.)

:: Since our snow is more ice than fluff these days, and not much to play in, the girls have been using the basement as a chalk-art canvas. It's beautiful down there! (Silly we never thought of doing that before!)

:: I've been able to sneak out for a couple quick runs in the sunshine this week. Nothing long, but enough to run off some stress and soak up some vitamin D. Heavenly.

:: Kyle installed a pull-up bar for me in the basement. One of my goals before my *gulp* 40th birthday in August is to be able to do a pull-up. Yikes!

:: My mother received the rest of her cochlear implant last Wednesday. One week in, she's doing fantastic. I was so worried that the transition period would be frustrating, but according to my dad, she's ready to do the other ear. Prayers were answered here, that's for sure.

:: Two weeks from today we'll be enjoying dinner at The Beast's Castle in The Magic Kingdom. The countdown is on. We can't wait!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Best friends

Sister snowgirls – made my Eleanor

Our girls have been home together for 22 days (Christmas break and snow days combined) and even after all that time, they play so well together. They've had "sleepovers" in each others bedrooms, spent hours outside playing (weather permitting) and have imagined numerous adventures the past few weeks.

Despite the occasional bicker-fest (and more to come as they become teenagers) they are best friends. I love watching them together and feel so blessed to have these two little people in my life!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Snow days!

This keeps happening. Last night, before bed, Eleanor asked that I let her "sleep in" if there's no school again. We came up with a secret code. If there is school, I'll open her door. If there is not school I'd keep it shut. She likes her sleep…just like her father.

Josephine, on the other hand, was already making her bed when I walked down the hall at 6:10am. She likes to greet the sunrise…just like her mother.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Recipe: Brussles Sprouts Salad

Salmon cake with Brussles Sprouts Salad – delicious!
My mother-in-law shared this recipe with us. We've enjoyed it twice this week. So good!

The original recipe link is here.

RECIPE: Brussles Sprouts Salad

1 lb. bag of Brussles Sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup pistachios, chop them after measuring
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 freshly grated parmesean cheese
salt and pepper

This is one of those meals where you want to make sure you have all the ingredients prepped before getting started!

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onion until soft. Add the Brussles Sprouts and a few pinches of salt, and sauté for about two minutes. You want them to be lightly cooked, but still crunchy. Stir in the pistachios, cranberries and cheese. Season with more salt and some freshly cracked pepper to taste. Pile your plate high and enjoy!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Back to school! (I hope.)

It's 7:00am, and as of right now the girls have school today. Yesterday was supposed the be the first day back, but winter decided to show up over the weekend. School was canceled. (Déjà vu. Remember last year?)

Unless I get a text from school in the next 5 minutes, I'm going to pack lunches, shake the dust off backpacks and wake my girls up with a smile.

Hooray for the first day after Christmas break…the silence in this house will be heavenly. (Until 2:30pm when I realize I miss my girls and wish it was 3:00pm so I could pick them up from school. Yes, that will happen.)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Quiet time

Saturday, after working most of the day, Kyle and I loaded the girls into the back of his Jeep and took a quiet tour around Oceana county. We all needed a couple hours away from home, enjoying the peaceful scenery. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of Christmas celebrating, family time and company. Family is a blessing, of course, but this happy little family needed some quiet time together.

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