Oh my gluteus medius!

Several years ago (7 years to be exact) I injured my groin playing basketball. For the next 6 years, I had on and off pain in my right hip and groin area, easily managed with ice, Advil and rest. I chalked it up to getting older, less fit and becoming a bit more sedentary in…

Goals – Week 2/52

Here is the weekly round up of my goals: Goal #1 – Drink water. I’m doing surprisingly well at this goal…there is something to be said for setting the bar low!  But I find myself reaching for water more often than not. Goal #2 – Try a new recipe every week. I didn’t do this…

Week 1/52

Here’s the weekly round up for the goals: #1 – Nailed it. Except for one day where I guzzled a glass right before bed. Still not my favorite, but doing better. #2 – Wild rice, spinach and feta stuffed peppers. This was a combination of several recipes coupled with what I actually had in my…

A midday break.

When you start your work day at 6:30 am, a little pick me up at 1 pm is often needed.

The 2018 Goals.

There has been an ongoing debate in our house about New Year’s resolutions. Jeff is against the idea, KJ is intrigued, the Bear is ambivalent and I am trying a ‘goals’ focused year.  I will admit that I shamelessly ripped this idea off from a blog: One Hundred Dollars a Month. I like the idea…

Things I never thought I’d do.

I feel as though I should start a blog series on ‘things I’d never thought I’d do’. Case in point: Today I’m sitting at the mall because my youngest daughter and friend wanted to come here. The same mall where two days ago 1000 teens caused such an unsafe environment that everyone under the age…

The Christmas letter that never was…

This year was a complete and total write off in terms of getting our act together for Christmas cards and letters. It is not that we think folks are waiting with bated breath to read either one of those items, but it has served as a time for us to reflect on our past year…

Advent prep

For the 7th year in a row, I’m designing our family advent season. It was much easier when the girls were younger and we controlled their lives a lot more! This year, with one pre teen and one teen, it has become a bit more of a balancing act and a weeding out of ‘little…

His birthday, my gift.

This guy is celebrating #43 today. And every year after he opens his gifts from us I end up thinking how grateful I am that he was born. We should have never met. But, somehow we both ended up in Camden at the same time in 1996…the rest is history. Jeff is outrageously extroverted and…

Braving the Wilderness

This book arrived on my doorstep yesterday because I pre-ordered it the second I found out about it. I have mixed feelings about Brene Brown. She completely messes me up with her books.  I either feel like I should enter therapy immediately to deal with the fact I’m a hot mess or I take her…

Our family mantra

Yesterday I shared with the girls our prayer for them as they begin this next school year. Re-entry back into our life in New Jersey has been especially hard this year for many different reasons and we wanted to make an intentional family pledge that would guide us this year. Be brave. Be brave enough…

Holy Week

   A couple of weeks ago, in a fit of WestCoast optimism, I planted some seeds. They were fairly old, poorly stored seeds that I found at the bottem of my garden basket. I didn’t really hold much hope, but this week I spotted some signs of new life. I wasn’t able to attend a…