The next day.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day, obviously, and I heard from all three of my kids and that’s a win in any book  because I love them and they are all adorable.
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MT (thekidnotthestate) called first to say for Mother’s Day he was not going to ask me for money. After I laughed I asked, “why would you?”..MT never asks for money. When he went to VA he was supposed to start or “pick up” class right away. Instead there was a glitch so he has been hanging out for 8 months waiting for the next class cycle. He just picked up class this month. But the Marines think he graduated per his previous “pick up” date and is now a reservist and thus…no longer active duty. So no more pay for you, Sir. They did figure it out and started the process to fix it but meanwhile…it’s gonna be a light month. The wheels of the military grind slowly.
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I googled ~hurry up and wait gif~ and I got Cookie Monster. Not sure how I feel about that. #conflicted

Alex Michael came over and built me the most amazing table for my garage in a ridiculously short time…

That sucker is six feet long. He was going to make it eight feet but I ran out of garage.
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yep. Yes, now that you ask, that IS the only photo I got yesterday. I don’t ask the kids for pictures anymore and I totally forgot theboy. More on that later, I bet you could guess though…

In case you’re wondering, that splotch is paint from 1999 thereabouts. Yes I’m that old. Shut up. Just one of many. This garage tells stories…

Shaughnessy and Adam and theboy came over and brought me flowers (gorgeous flowers!) and hung around and chatted for a few hours and then they escaped to their own house. Sean had something to do very late last night out of town and I didn’t want him going alone, it was a long drive. So I went with him. Don’t worry, it wasn’t illegal. Probably.
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I’ve been battling a migraine for a week and I’m pretty over it (hence no photos…). Today is eat what I want. Do what I want. Sleep when I want. Usually this works itself out fairly quick I just have to shut out the world and take care of me so that’s what I’m doing.

I love my kids so much and I LOVED seeing them yesterday. However, the highlight of the day had to be realizing our neighbors had moved after ten years. They had two of the worst small dogs ever and they barked nonstop. I’ve had people over that love dogs WAY more than people and by the time they leave they are spent. Exhausted. Weary from the noise and considering canine murder (just kidding…mostly). We did try and deal with it and it was not as successful as we would like. I cannot tell you how bad the noise was. Barbecues, backyard events, anything we would want to do, those dogs barked the entire time. You could hear it with our doors closed or open. It was awful. We had one neighbor on our side, we’re thinking we’re going to take her a celebratory pie later. Party on.  I cannot explain to you the peace that is taking over my soul in the quiet of my life right now. It’s so silent we heard a bird. I nearly cried this morning just thinking about it. I am not exaggerating in the slightest. #itsthelittlethings #thiswasabigthing

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Don’t talk to me right now…I’m busy dancing…
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Explore the world and love your family.  As Shaughnessy said yesterday, holidays should definitely be celebrated and with so much joy!

I’m running today. I’m also doing some strength and I’ll tell you what I did tomorrow when I figure it out. ha.

Run on…

the cliche of life.

I first have to send love to my friend. She knows who she is. She lost her significant other two days ago and though they weren’t married they were as close as they could have been…living together, having a child together and being a family. He was young and she is broken. I am broken for her. His parents lost their son…such a loss.
I went to see her and I found myself flitting back and forth between practical mode ~looking absentmindedly for the hairbrush for the baby’s hair ~ and hugging her because that’s really all I want to do. I want to sit on the couch and hug her and let her cry as long as she wants to. The practical in me totally takes over and I don’t know how to turn it off. But the house filled up and she had things to do so I left because at that point I was just in the way. I’m good when no one else is there I think…

I hope she’s okay. She has a big job ahead of her but a lovely support system from what I saw today and of course, she knows I’m a message or a text away any time. My phone is always on. As long as she forgives me my verbal gaffes. I’m sure there are many.
I love you, Friend. Hope you’re okay today.
I bought one of those stability balls and I got my workout in just blowing the damn thing up. I was exhausted and by the time I was done I didn’t have the energy to workout. I read the instructions (I know, right? Instructions? To blow up a ball? This should not require instructions…I was seriously doubting my ability to function as a human being if I needed help with this) and it told me it wouldn’t be fully inflated until tomorrow. I don’t know why. Today it would only partially inflate. Tomorrow it would inflate the rest of the way. This seems like a lot of work for a workout I’m not even sure I’ll like.
I had one of these before but I had kids at home then and I don’t workout with kids so I ended up donating it because I never used it. Trying again now. It’s supposed to be great for your abs. My abs need all the help they can get.
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you know some men retire...”~ Emily
yes, and some men tattoo their mother’s names on their biceps...” ~ Richard, Emily’s husband, a line I appreciate and smile at as I fondly think of my son…with “Mom” tattooed on his bicep. LOL (shout out to Alex Michael)

I think it is really important to take a moment to recognize what you have. Appreciate it and thank the universe.

We can’t always “appreciate every moment”. It’s incredibly unrealistic and I don’t like cleaning the toilet, talking to the car mechanic, having the flu and I really really don’t like pulling weeds…sorry Mom. Never have and I’m a little bitter about the memories. Bugs. But I am a HUGE lover of life and all the little things. I am the person that appreciates life for all those stupid little things that people make fun of me for.

  • I love the plant I haven’t killed yet that’s still sitting on my counter (Megan asked if it was real..she obviously knows me…LOL)
  • I love that my husband is ridiculously happy playing this game (he just left again tonight…he’s so happy…my husband is happy..he’s a very subdued introvert, that’s a big deal)
  • I love Netflix. What a brilliant idea Netflix was
  • I love strength training…I KNOW> can you BELIEVE IT???  Yep. That happened after my surgery kept me from it
  • I love great restaurants that are gluten free (so much)
  • Podcasts. joy.
  • I love running so SO much. I can’t wait until it’s not so much work. SOON. I’m holding my breath. Not really I would totally be dead.
    Can you imagine if I actually put real thought into this list? This took me like 4. 6 seconds.
  • The gist is…life gives us surprises every single day. kiss your family. 


Today I did a half ass workout due to my day being out of whack. Friday is supposed to be a rest day so I’m swapping and doing Thursdays workout on Friday.

I’m going to run and I have a strength training workout that includes the stability ball. I know you’re shocked.

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Run on…

Sweet List <3

  1. I found a site that lets me post little 💕 and teaches me shortcuts. I’m keyboard illiterate so it’s right up my alley. Prepare for emoji craziness.
  2. Cheesecake. Because why not. Yumbana Shoppe based here in Colorado is full of amazing deliciousness. Their cheesecakes are melt-in-your-mouth. I do not recommend their carrot cake as it taste rather like crumbly dirt…
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    but we don’t have to talk about that.
  3. Choosing new wallpaper and ringtones for my cellphone. #itsthelittlethings
  4. I just finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Audible.  It’s a YA book but the age and content are totally relevant and I was glued to my Nano until I finished it. It was really good and yes, I still own an iPod Nano and I still use it exclusively for my music and my podcasts. Don’t judge me.
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  5. Finishing up my scrapping projects. So close. I mean, not the whole thing but this one set. Hey now… 🙂
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  6. I bought an actual real live plant that I’m in charge of keeping alive. I KNOW> Pretty crazy. Anyone that actually knows me knows that is a big deal because I do not have success with real live things. Except children. I managed to not screw that up. Thanks be to God.
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  7. Ted Talks. Anyone else watch Ted Talks and get sucked in to the next one and the next one and the next one? It’s the only thing I will do that with on the computer. It’s so wrong and yet it’s so good.
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  8. Little pink bowl…how cute is this? Shaughnessy found it at a second hand store and she clearly knows me.
  9. Aura Cacia Nurturing Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil. Which is a mouthful for sure but it’s lovely stuff. My skin is so dry I am always reaching for some kind of moisturizer for my skin (welcome to Colorado and the land of no moisture) but oil is always a plus and almond oil is a bonus. Delicious. It’s so very light you don’t have an oily feeling, the scent is barely there. and it just feels amazing. Highly recommend.
  10. Challenging myself on those crazy hiking trails. That was just the best part of my week. It might also have been the worst part but we won’t talk about that.
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  11. These cute picture frames from Shaped Expressions. I bought them for my kids bedroom doors, it’s a project I’m working on but I really love their options and that they’re small business on Etsy. Side note to small businesses, I didn’t love that they had really cute  items but I didn’t find them anywhere on Etsy which means they had to be buried deep and I never saw their website listed which means it also was not featured very prominently. Work harder, People. Show your work.
  12. Fairmount Cemetery in Denver. This is an old cemetery with beautiful grounds and when we drive past it we are reminded of how tempting it is to want to run or bike through it but there remains the age old questions…how respectful (or disrespectful) IS that? Well I popped onto the website and they say right on there please…enjoy our grounds.  Also, take one of our tours! They have tours and they are awesome. Also, you can take them at twilight. How great is that? You can make up your own kind of tour and ask them to create that. I love it. What a great experience. I’m totally going to check it out.
  13. I’m off to see Michelle this morning so that has to be on the Sweet List. I’m assuming it’s going to be injury free. We’re maybe climbin’ those stairs. Wish us luck.

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Appreciating life all the time but we can’t close our eyes for one minute.

  • I feel like I had a “while you were sleeping” moment.  My phone died and while it was charging I ran a few errands. When I got my phone back we’d bombed Syria. What the hell? Now I’m clutching it to me like my Daddy’s Bible. Lord knows what will happen if I put it down.
  • I’m having an “I’m pretty over Trump” day week.
  • We picked up theboy from school today and to placate him because he couldn’t go to Babe’s house we took him to ice cream. He was happy and delightful and funny and smart and he worked on a computer game on Papa Sean’s phone while I took pictures of him and admired him because good heavens he really is nearly perfect. How did we get so lucky. #afterschoolicecreamspecial #hesallmine #sweetestboy
    They were learning games…pretty intense studying going on.
  • I was talking to my friend Dana today on the phone and we were discussing how my blood work had turned out after surgery. Without going into too many details (not important right now) she asked how I’m generally feeling and what if any symptoms I have and I had no problem telling her I feel really kind of amazing. Seriously I feel great (leg notwithstanding). I am incredibly happy it.
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  • Years ago Alex came home with a friend from the neighborhood and I knew immediately they’d be best friends. I marched my ass right on over to his mom’s house and insinuated myself into her life. I insisted we be best friends, she really had no choice. Here it is 18+ years later (I am really not sure how long it’s been)and she really is like my sister. She’s this amazing person who has seen more tragedy in her life than a person should have to and insists on being happy and loving life and this, People, is why I love her. She is that kind of person that finds joy in everything….the little things, the big things, the ridiculous things. I feel the same way and most of the time people just shake their head at me but Andrea appreciates my whacked out perspective. She appreciates and loves life and this is why I can talk to her in the car for fives hours. Life is ridiculously beautiful and she knows this, too. Please please PLEASE appreciate all the little things that make life beautiful.
  • Stephen Takes On Kendall Jenner’s ‘Attractive Lives Matter’ Pepsi Ad– I can’t seem to post the video, you’ll have to just follow the link. Sad day! It’s totally worth it anyway.
  • I went to Shaughnessy’s house the other day and after I left, Adam texted me and told me thank you for cleaning Theboy’s room. He said I absolutely didn’t have to do that. I told him it was no problem and not to worry about it. In relaying this story to my mom I told her he doesn’t understand, I have friends who leave their kitchens messy so I CAN clean them. I LIKE that. She said to tell him I’m Monica. That should help explain. I’m the person you WANT to have at a party….the clean up is my favorite part! I need to explain that to him.
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It’s the Prettiest Little Thing and Craigslist is My Friend.

So yesterday, after being released from the prison of my own mind, also known as the house I was trapped in while my husband felt the need to go to work and be completely unable to leave while I had no vehicular structure (bitter much? yes please) for a few days,  I bought this adorable cabinet on Craigslist from this darling girl in theneighboring town of Lafayette.

It’s very very very far away.

Okay, it’s not so far I have to go to Boulder but it’s far enough I might as well have gone to Boulder AND…(long drawn out AND…) I had to drive on the NEW toll road and I don’t have the NEW toll pass I only have a toll pass for the regular toll road.

What’s that you say? Why do we have two different toll roads? Because I’m pretty certain the people that build and sell the rights to our roads are thieving drunkards. That’s the answer.

I digress.


Isn’t it seriously the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  Yup. I love it.


I put it in my bathroom and it’s SO adorable (and here it is in my bathroom) but all you can really see is storage and toilet paper. Still cute though!!!



What a great video! Check out this golf video (I know, golf, but trust me, it’s worth it. So much better than watching people punch each other. This was just great. It’s the little things.


Usain Bolt is still the most awesome person. Best video ever. Hilarious.


I’m off to walk, run and maybe bike today. Who knows. Gotta move, right?

Oh and of course…laundry.

Cause that’s my life.

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I have a few friends that have the MOST amazing Instagram photos of their daily rides, runs and daily walks that keep them fit and beautiful.

This is not my life. WHERE DO THEY LIVE?

I mean…come ON. I live in Colorado.


We live in one of the most beautiful states in the country and my runs do not look like that.

I’m here to protest.

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Why don’t I live on the West side of Colorado? *add to my list: move


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Do what you love.

I had this incredible epiphany today when I watched a commercial.


All while watching a commercial.

That is crazy…

and my husband fast forwards through commercials because they have no value …whatever

I don’t even remember the commercial. And I didn’t even see the whole thing. I saw the tail end of it. They were talking about really living and going out and spending your life doing things and they showed couples eating at beautiful restaurants and there it was…

my epiphany.

I do not enjoy that.

I didn’t really even before Celiac though I DO love going out with my whole family that is a blast. I love that.

But day to day…there is nothing I love more than just sitting with Sean while we each have our computers and we’re watching our shows and hanging together. It’s our favorite thing.

Why is this an epiphany? Because I am a dreamer. A HUGE dreamer. I want adventure and travel and to do things and to see things and to experience life and I am constantly telling my poor husband “I am going to die on the couch”. In other words I have no life. But I do have a life. I do. It’s small and simple and nothing grand at all. And I love it. I truly do love it. I’d take it over the fancy restaurant in a heartbeat.

I madly love to travel. MADLY. And when we travel we are far more comfortable grabbing takeout and hanging out in the hotel room watching our favorite show while we eat in our jammies on the bed. It’s ridiculous and we love it. No shame. None.

It’s the little things…

My allergies have been going nuts and I can’t take it. I live on Claritin and I finally felt so allergy filled (among other things) that I started googling and check this out.

According to The Patient Celiac there are certain foods that are Histamine releasing and Histamine Rich.  Surprise …the foods I’m living on are all on the list. What a shock. Bananas, avocados, tomatoes, eggs, strawberries, pineapple, and raisins.

Crazy. Of course, it could just be a cold. ha. What are the odds. Either way…lots of Claritin.


Friday is supposed to be my rest day but I’m meeting Miss G for a quick 3 miles  …. I don’t plan on actually working hard at it. It’s going to be the actual dictionary definition of “easy run”. It might be the definition of ~huh…let’s walk and hey…there’s an ice cream shop~. I wish. And in the evening this time. I will actually  get to sleep a bit. I’m beyond excited at the sleeping possibilities and my head is cooperating beautifully.



Run on…do the things that make you happy.

Sweet List <3

  1. My next door neighbors tree, which currently has no leaves on it due to the bitter cold  of winter, winks and glitters with white Christmas lights every night at sunset. It’s the shortest light show but it may be the most magical.
  2.  I got a response to an ad about some dishes I was selling. Years ago, when I lived in Germany, Sean and I bought our first real set of dishes. They were beautiful. We used them for years and I’ve always loved them. But being practical, I knew I had to let them go. I put up the ad and no one has looked until now. I only wanted a little bit because it’s a bit mismatched and it’s a floral set so a bit old fashioned. I met Helen to give her the dishes and after laughing with her because we kept missing each other she told me she’s from Africa. She buys dishes and kitchen things from Craigslist and sends them to Africa. Because people in Africa appreciate beautiful things and they are such good people they deserve these simple things. She does this small thing because, she says, it makes her important. She said this very humbly in that way that we all want to be important and she knows it’s not much but she says… to them, it is not small.  I never stress about getting rid of things but these dishes really held my heart. Silly, I know. I was sad to let them go. Helen helped me not be sad.
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  3. I went to church on Sunday and sneaked into one of the rear pews right in front of a couple with a baby about nine months. I then drove them crazy for the next hour. That child was darling. She cooed and talked and was sweet and polite and seriously a pure delight. Her two year old brother joined them about halfway through and he was a bundle of energy. He’d get worked up and start a full on crying session and they’d say something and he’d stop. I thought..what is this magic you carry with you that calms crying children? I’ve never heard of such potions.  A favorite way to spend Sunday.
  4. I stopped in the bookstore to pick up a party workbook for my baby shower for a billion people and left without said workbook but successfully having spent $51 and purchased three other books. As happy as I was, I was also sorry I didn’t just run to the library. Visit your library. They are awesome. #addict #Ihaveaproblem #booklover #loveyourlibrary
  5. Stopped at Ross and found these.   They are Seven7 Black Burnout Sweatpants. I had to do a lot of Googling to find that information as I bought the one and only pair but let me tell you…if I could buy every woman I know a pair of these (after I’ve bought myself three more) this would be the gift I would buy. My life has changed with these pants. And if Seven7 is all quality like this…I’m all in. I will totally give it my attention. Amazing. The other pants I bought? Donation please. They are not.great. By the way, these cost me $9.99 at Ross. That’s right Folks. For under $10 you, too can change your life.
  6. My new running shoes showed up...the level of love I have for them is still to be determined but who doesn’t love new shoes?

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  7. I was up until 4am working on my resume and applying for a job. I have zero expectations for it but the point was…I got it done. I dipped my toe. Still so much to do but I feel better for it. Putting yourself out there is scary. Especially when you’re not really qualified for much. Except asking how to help someone in Korean. Don’t get excited. That’s about all I can say. Oh, I can count large sums of money. I really really like doing that. It’s a sickness actually.
  8. My training is totally and completely not on track. Nope. Not at all. But hey…I can run. I could go out the front door right now and run. Because I’m not injured. Just not motivated apparently. LOL Somebody motivate me. What the hell??  I think fear is holding me back…
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  9. Today we are cleaning the garage out and Alex Michael is taking a giant load of stuff to the dump. I used to be able to park two cars in my garage. Then my Marine came home. And you know what? Still worth it. But I would really like some organization in my life please. I think it’s contributing to my not sleeping. No, I’m not kidding. But today I get to think a little clearer…and see AM. That’s a happy thing.
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    so there you go…and just substitute garage for house and you have the situation. sad face.
  10. This is day 20 of the Whole30Things are still going along as normal. I’ve had two to three days of total Celiac ugliness with no explanation. No food changes, no nothing. Reason is…I’m Celiac. Probably just happened. Maybe I got crumbs or something. Who knows. I deal with it and  move on.
  11.  I got a call that says…dishwasher comes tomorrow!
    Now we all know that up to now I’ve felt like this:

    So when they called me I thought…

    And they said no…it’s true. Just stay home tomorrow for like…five hours and we’ll probably call you and say we’re coming. Unless there’s a natural disaster or like we decide to take a lunch that lasts until Wednesday or something we’re definitely probably coming! And I said…

    and they said…


    drama much???
  12. Chris Rock’s monologue at the Oscars. I thought it was great. I actually didn’t love the Oscars, I was bored. But the monologue was good.
  13. Feb 29th. An extra day. Just for fun. Go for a walk. Spent an hour with your significant other. Watch a show you both love. Eat a cookie. Laugh at a great joke. Read.

Run on…this day is yours to make what you want it. Motivated or not. It’s still a beautiful day. Damn the wind. 

The treadmill is not a closet…

  • I started Monday with the most beautiful run and I got to watch the sunrise with its Rainbow  Sherbet colors just as I came around my favorite corner that brings me home. What a fantastic way to start the day. Since I woke up at oh dark thirty my body said it was bedtime at like…3pm. How really unfriendly.Truth be told it only needs me to head upstairs for laundry or something and I start to yawn. I figure I must be in a cycle or something that makes me sleep. I really do go in waves. I’m waving now for sure. Ha. #itsthelittlethings
  • I’ve always had a very strict rule about hanging wet laundry on my beloved treadmill to dry. It’s not a closet! I would declare indignantly to my children that would blow off my rule to hang dry their laundry. But last night I put my running jacket and capris on there for lack of room anywhere else. Do you suppose it’s okay because they’re in their natural habitat?  The running clothes that is. Not the children.
  • So remember the other day I told you about my cheesecake situation? I needed to measure the actual size of the cheesecake because that was a fairly important part of the story. So I got my sewing tape and measured the cheesecake with that.  That was Saturday, right? So today I open the fridge and sitting right there is my tape measure. Yep. A big ball of yellow tape measure jumbled in a ball. What the hell? My brain is so whack I apparently decided it belonged in the fridge. Now here’s the interesting thing…(I know you’re thinking that WAS the interesting thing but no) it’s been there for two days and not one of the three men I live with thought to ask…why is there a tape measure in the fridge? I’m thinking they’ve decided she’s lost her female mind and there’s no figuring how women think. Well take heart Gentlemen…I don’t get it either.

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  • Miss Hollie walked tonight…our usual four miles. I would like to bump it to five but it’s so blessed cold by the time we get out there at 7pm we’re lucky to get our four in. And I start our walk/run with the first mile being a warm up walk and let me tell you it’s hard. Because I’m so cold I want it to be a run right away. I’m COLD. She’s always like…seriously? We’re running already? When I run her at mile two. LOL…I’m easing her in…Chick…come ON. We’re going to be so much warmer I promise. It doesn’t appear to phase her. She comes pretty bundled. I do not because I know we’re running. Hmm. Maybe that’s the key…the girl needs to be cold…
  • I didn’t do any strength today because we’re walking so tomorrow I plan to run and do strength and I’m going to attempt a few different squats. What is it they say??

    It takes 4 weeks for you to notice a difference, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 for the rest of the world! Keep Going! #motivation #fitness:

I notice a difference just because I feel better, I feel stronger, I’m running stronger and I’m sore the next day. That’s worth it every time.


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These motivational posters can seem very big and out of reach…like Everest. But really they’re just putting one foot in front of the other.

Run on…

If I could go back…oh the places I’d go and the choices I’d make.

First, typed at home…published from work so I don’t know what will come through or not…if it’s bad I’ll fix it when I get home. Sorry!
I was at King Sooper the other day and I stopped in the candy aisle to grab some gummies.

yep. I know. I do eat a lot of gummies.  Moving along…

As I turn to leave the aisle I see a man and his son leaving the aisle.

The kid is probably about 8 years old…

The dad has a giant bag of sour gummies in his hand.

The kid has finally decided and has a giant bag of Mike n Ike’s in his hand.

Both dad and son are very overweight. 

It was a sad moment.

Did I rethink my gummy choice?

No. Why not?

Because 90% of what I eat is healthy. 90%
I am by no means perfect.

And I am by no means a great example.

But I did try to show my kids there was a right way and a wrong way.

I also tried to show them you could have a great time AND you could follow the rules.

We tried very hard to keep as much healthy stuff in the house, it was available to them. And even though I wasn’t very good at that, as I learned I tried to teach them, too. I was always learning.

But we LOVED “random cake day“.  I would buy a random cake, no matter what it said, and we would eat that all day no matter what. It wasn’t every day. It was once in a while. But it was fun. Oh hell yes. It was a good time. 

We’d just walk into the kitchen and grab a slice of cake.

Was it a lot of sugar? well, yes it was.

Was it processed? well, yes it was

Was it bad for them? well, yes it was

would I do it again? in a heartbeat. Because it was fun. And you have to let your hair down sometimes.

But it’s so important to remember a healthy balance. 

That good clean food has to come first.

My kids really struggled with that and some still do.

They come by it honestly.

They weren’t “picky” (though I do say that, it’s wrong).

It is a legitimate and deep dislike for a majority of foods and I will be honest, it is a painful way to live. I started it and Shaughnessy and MT followed.

No, they didn’t learn from me. They were given all kinds of choices when they were babies and little. We didn’t want them to have these difficulties. We wanted them to have every experience.

It was clear early on they would have none of it.

When you have an immediate dislike for a vegetable or a fruit or a meal or anything, it’s there. It’s the smell or the texture or the sight or the combination of anything.

Biggest piece of advice as a parent of someone who has difficulty eating and being someone who has difficulty eating:

Don’t force them to eat it. The three bite rule…kind of sucks. I tried it. I gave it my best shot.

My mom made me eat liver. I politely gave it right back to her at the table. There’s a memory for you. She never made me eat anything again.

Did I learn from that?

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or…you don’t.

No. We made dinner for the kids. It had beans in it. I told Shaughnessy three bites and she could be done.

She gave it right back to me.

That’s the last time I ever made any of my kids eat anything. If they don’t want to eat, they don’t have to.

It’s frustrating. It’s led to fights. Tears.

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MT really struggles to find something to eat. But he’s eighteen, he’ll find his way just like Shaughnessy and I did. I gave it up to God to worry about. It was making me insane.


Shaughnessy and I were just talking to Alex the other day about why we should like cottage cheese (gross). At the end of the conversation and after googling extensively…we have decided we’re okay without it. Neither of us has ever tasted it and I for one never will. That is a texture and a sight I want no part of. Though we did discuss putting it in pancakes there are so many other options why bother?

Beets. Like really? ::shudder::

I personally don’t do mushrooms. (I don’t do slimy anything)

MT doesn’t like meat and had to be convinced to eat it. He just really started eating meat about…two years ago?  He’s eighteen. Did he eat beans to get his good protein?

Neither of my kids eat beans. No no no on the beans.

He didn’t like potatoes either. Alex had vanilla ice cream once and MT wanted it, Alex told him it was mashed potatoes. Interest gone.

It was always a balancing act trying to find something everyone liked. This was a job I failed at miserably and thus cooking was not something I really wanted to do. But it’s so important to give your kids a great foundation of healthy eating and taking good care of yourself.

It’s also important to honor everyone’s issue’s and not introduce unnecessary emotions into the scenario. There’s so much stress involved in this…food involved survival…there’s no place for anger or frustration.  I pretty much failed at that, too. Finding the best way to make sure your family gets the healthiest food is really the goal.

And supplement. Good quality supplement.

And now I’ll remind everyone children are resilient. Let nature kick in. And don’t stress. If a kid wants chicken nuggets every day for a year…they won’t die. I promise.

I ate scrambled eggs for lunch every day for a year. I’m pretty healthy.

Take care of you and don’t stress the small stuff.

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But also…make good choices. So maybe look at what your child is eating before allowing a bag of Mike n Ike’s or Sour Gummies.

Parenting is a learning curve.

If I had it to do again I’d make a million different choices.

Would they eat the same way?

probably. Because they didn’t eat that way because of my choices. Those were their natural tastes.

Would they still get random cake day?


Would they still get sour gummies?


I felt sad for the little kid. He’s getting the worst start ever. What a terrible foundation into the world.


I loaded the old deck into the dumpster and I’m pretty bummed I’m not sore. I think I did at least half of it, maybe a little more and hello…not sore at all.

I feel a little ripped off. I didn’t work out that day because I wanted to call that cross training!


Yesterday Sean worked on the deck so I hung out with him and gave him much needed moral support, by stealing his hammer and level multiple times.

It’s keeping him on his toes, right?


So today I’m going to throw out some miles later after I get a haircut.

The weather report just told  me it’s going to rain on Sunday just in time for Colfax.

pretty excited right there.

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I can’t motivate you from work. My computer blocks it.
Sad day.

A day without motivation is indeed sad.


Strawberries in my oatmeal this morning.

It’s the little things…