Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Awhile ago I saw a picture on Instagram of some runner's breakfast.  She has toast with peanut butter, sliced banana, honey, and cinnamon almost every day, I think.  It looked and sounded good and I've started eating it almost daily, sometimes twice a day.

I like to change it up though.  The first few times, I used sliced strawberries because I didn't have any bananas.  It was good, so I had it again the next day.  I ran out of strawberries, still didn't have bananas, so I used some frozen blueberries.  So far this is my favorite.  The warm toast and melty peanut butter is a good contrast to the thawing berries.  The honey gives just a little sweetness and the cinnamon is just really good flavor.  Oh and when I say cinnamon, I mean a lot of cinnamon.  The Instagram post was actually her friends poking fun at how much cinnamon she uses.  I thought if I was going to try it, I may as well go all out.  I really can't get enough of it.

I finally used bananas and it's not bad, but it's not as good as the blueberries.  If I'm really hungry or just finished a long run, I usually have eggs and hashbrowns as well.  And I don't love coffee.  I hated it for a long time, tried drinking it socially in college and adulthood, but in the past year I told myself if I don't love it or even like it, I should stop pretending.  So I have started making my own chai latte instead and it's just really good, too.  I used almond coconut milk recently and it's delicious.

I tend to go through phases with breakfast.  I'll eat the same thing for a month or so and then one day I'll suddenly need a change.  What should I eat next?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

bowling birthday

Friday we took the family to a birthday party and for two of our kids, it was their first time bowling.  This bowling alley has seriously updated the inside since the last time Corey and I were there.  The floors, tables, monitors, all of it was so nice and new.  But anyway...

We were greeted at the door and asked what size shoes we needed.  The kids loved them!  Logan thought she was getting a new pair of shoes and really dug the pink under the black lights.

Our kids were a little hesitant at first, but after the first frame, we had to make them let us help.  Oliver wasn't quite strong enough to hold the ball correctly, so we had him try to granny bowl, set it on the floor and push it hard, and then finally try the finger hold.  The ball didn't move fast, but it made it down the lane and he actually did well.

Clark had been bowling once before, but he didn't remember it.  He enjoyed chucking it as hard as he could into a bumper and watching it bounce back and forth to the pins.  Look at his form!

Logan needed little encouragement to take her turn.  What she really needed was someone telling her to WAIT her turn.  She could have bowled for everyone and it wouldn't have been enough.  We had her put it on the floor and push while we gave it an extra shove at the same time.

Corey and I played, too.  It has been a long time and I did horribly!  Normally I need half a game to warm up, but I never got into a groove.  Oh well.

The kids ate pizza and the most amazing Oreo cake ever.  I wasn't going to eat any, but the mom insisted she wasn't taking any of it home with her.  It wasn't too sweet, but also not too chocolaty.  I don't know how to explain it other than it was really good.

We finished up in the arcade where all the party-goers put like 100 tokens in all the machines in 30 minutes.  My boys were trying to get enough tickets to buy the most ridiculous junk ever, but we walked out with a little inflatable monkey, a whoopee cushion, some dolphin keychains, and a few other little random things.  The kids told us it was the most fun birthday ever.  Or at least in a while. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

friday favorites

This week I don't have much to share.  What I've come up with seems pretty cheesy, actually, but let's go with it anyway.

Adult coloring books are popular right now, for some crazy reason.  I've succumb to their pretty pages and gotten a few as gifts.  A couple of weeks ago Corey and I found this color by number book and the other night I finally completed one.  The boys really wanted to do one, so I picked a page with only five colors and the three of us worked on it for a few minutes.  Both boys were bored and said it was taking too long and began scribbling a bit.  I just told them it takes a long time and to be patient, their hard work would reveal a cool picture at the end.  But when I got home from small group, it was sitting on the table, not much more done than when I'd left.  I decided to color the rest and let them find it in the morning.

Quick shipping.  I've been super spoiled by Amazon's free 2-day shipping.  Who hasn't, right?  Last week I ordered a bunch of used DVDs and was patting myself on the back for the amazing prices I'd found.  Then the shipping, ugh.  It still wasn't bad, but I was so close to emptying the cart and giving up on finding these movies cheap.  And they've all arrived much quicker than I expected.  I don't know how often I'll buy from them, but it's called Alibris.  It's not Amazon, but finding newer movies for under $5 was a big plus; paying $3.99 for each one to be shipped...not so much.

Harry Potter.  After several weeks without luck in the book department, I decided to pick up where I last left off re-reading Harry Potter.  I'm done with the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It was nice to read a book in a week and know I would like the story and want to finish it.  Corey began reading the Sorcerer's Stone to Clark and Oliver and we found the first two movies in a $5 bin, so we plan to watch them as we read them with the kids.

Fabletics.  HA ha ha.  So I haven't actually ordered anything from Kate's website, but I have found some running shorts and tights used online.  I only wore the tights once before it warmed up, but they were pretty good, not see through, and the bright blue color was fun.  The shorts have quickly become my favorite though.  I wish she had the same fit shorts for sale because I would buy at least two more.

That's it.  We have what is shaping up to be a busy weekend ahead.  Bowling tonight, family fun night at church tomorrow, and an invitation to May Day at Serenbe Sunday (Corey says we are probably declining that one).  Hope your weekend doesn't go too quickly!

Monday, April 25, 2016

weekend of dates

Friday night Corey and I had a long overdue date thanks to the in-laws keeping our kids.  We debated where to go and what to do, but in the end we stuck close to home.  We tried sushi at a newish restaurant in town and then it was only 7:30 so we drove to Starbucks.  And then...we were boring and walked around an Apple store and a bookstore for half an hour.  I didn't want to spend a lot of money, so we decided to call it an evening and head home.  Corey wanted to watch a movie, so we browsed Netflix and HBO before I just turned to Pitch Perfect 2 already playing and we watched the rest of that.  Fun times on a Friday night.  Seriously, though, dinner was good, and our evening was relaxed.

The next morning I wanted to do a long run and he wanted to come with me, so I made the executive decision that we needed to be up and out of the house by 7:30.  Corey wanted to sleep in, but he also wanted to run, so he sacrificed a childless morning for me.  We ran 11 miles and even though it was about the pace I usually do it, it was harder for me.  Maybe mentally I was pushing it because I feel like I'm holding him back a little.

Anyway, we ate a leisurely breakfast, went to Home Depot for not fun stuff, and then got a pizza from Jet's to go before picking up the kids.  Totally casual weekend dates, but as we waited on our pizza, we discussed what our lives would look like without kids.  I know it's cliche and cheesy, but we wouldn't trade it.

That evening we had a family date after dinner.  Our kids have been asking to get sno-cones from this stand in our town ever since they opened, so we finally tried it.  Our mouths were happy and bright.