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The Weekend Mommy #TBT

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If I were to write a new post right now, it would go something like this. Substitute lazy days of Summer for Fall fun and this is how I'm feeling...
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Some weeks I feel incredible satisfaction at work and in my profession. I feel like I am making a difference and accomplishing many things - things that matter. Some weeks I am inspired and excited about the work I do, the people I get to work with. There are times when I feel I have the world on a string.

Not this week.

Perhaps it's because our new house is feeling more and more like a home and I just want to spend more time there - with the kids. Perhaps it is because very soon I will be signing Charlie up for kindergarten, and the many years of school that will quickly follow frightens me. My babies aren't really babies and I'm missing so much. Perhaps it is the fun of Halloween and the desire to make ghosts and spiderwebs and carve pumpkins. Lately, the weekends just don&#…

Parks, bars and gardens

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It is finally Spring which means we are hitting the parks hard these days. Charlie loves to go to a park and play a game, any game. We take basketballs, tennis rackets, and baseball bats just about everywhere we go. He played tennis and then basketball at the park the other day until I thought he might fall over. Then he wanted to go home and play soccer in the yard.


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Check out this vertical! And with his tongue out...love it.


Izzy doesn't usually want to play sports with us and instead plays on the playground on her own very well. She loves to climb and she will attempt to climb just about anything - which means I have to keep a close watch on her.


I took this picture of Charlie and Ryan playing catch on the front lawn just after dinner the other night. I look forward to long summer days that end just like this.


Ryan and I had a lovely date night two weekends ago that was something of a Westport pub crawl. If you haven't been to this KC neighborhood in a w…

Happy Mother's Day Weekend!

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Mother's Day should be celebrated for the entire weekend, don't you think? One day is not nearly enough.

Happy Mother's Day to my incredible Mom - you are my role model and my inspiration.


Happy Mother's Day to my mother-in-law. I feel so lucky to have you in my corner and to call you family.


Motherhood is the toughest job I've had so far, and I've only just begun. But the rewards more than make up for the work and worry.


Sometimes I feel like I'm still adjusting to the title of 'Mom.' I spent 35 years figuring out who I am, what I love, what I value. Since becoming a parent five years ago, my life has been turned upside down in ways I could never have imagined. My needs and interests come second and I view the world through a different lens. I am more cautious than I ever was and I am in awe of my role as mother, teacher, and mentor. I feel the weight of their eyes always watching, observing, mimicking, and I try to be better, stronger. I try to g…

A (hectic) week in the life of a dual-career family

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Ever wonder what it takes to make a dual-career family work? Here is a glimpse into one very hectic week for our family.

Sunday April 27, 2014

Ryan leaves town for a short work trip. I decide to start a 3-day all juice reboot diet that leaves me dragging and tired for 2 days. Not my best decision.

Monday April 28

Months and months ago I was asked to participate in a ceremony for graduating KU athletes and help hand out their K Rings at a dinner on the Lawrence campus. With Ryan out of town, I recruited my Mom to meet me on the way to Lawrence and take the kids home with her for the night.

Tuesday April 29

My mom brought the kids to me in KC which was very helpful. Ryan returned that evening. My energy was restored on the juice reboot.  It was a quiet day - the calm before the storm.

Wednesday April 30

I left work a little early to go for a run and called my mom to wish her a happy birthday. Then, daycare called. Charlie fell on the playground and caught himself with his face. His poor fac…

Got juice?

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Do you juice? We do now. My wedding anniversary present from Ryan this year was a juicer - and I love it! Our inspiration came from the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. If you haven't seen it, put it on your Netflix list for this weekend. It is eye-opening and inspiring - and it will make you want to juice! I will write a full post on 'the juice' next week when my life (hopefully) slows down a bit. I will tell you all about my 3 day juice reboot - it left me feeling amazingly healthy and nothing short of fantastic.

May is Exercise is Medicine month and as I wrote about last week, we're kicking off the month with our conference and author event with Dr.Jordan Metzl. (If you missed that post, read about it here.) One more crazy story related to Jordan and his book. Around the time I was planning our Exercise is Medicine conference, we had my parents over for dinner and I had The Exercise Cure still sitting out on the kitchen counter. My Dad noticed the book and said, &q…