Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Picnic in Bed

Oh my goodness! Oh my!

The Mr, Bean, and I had a picnic in bed. By the Mr's doing. 

Oh me, oh my! Look at how far he has come.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Cookies with Friends

Today we made Christmas cookies with our friend from Eritrea. It was her first time making sugar cookies. PJ and Bean ensured the experience was messy, loud, and wildly chaotic. 

So, fun. 

The final result was fabulous! Colorful iced cookies that were far too yummy for our own good. 

I'd share pictures but well, most of them are already gone. 


Monday, December 21, 2015

Jelly Bean is Two!

Our little lady is TWO years old! It was a wonderful day full of family, friends, surprises, Minnie Mouse, and "backe backe kuchen" (cake). 

This was the first time she got to help bake cupcakes. She did a good job and ate only twice as much as made it into the cupcake holders. 

After a morning of preparing the house and ourselves, Bean got to open the first of her gifts. 

PJ helped. A lot. 

After naptime we all got dressed into our party clothes. She got to wear a brand new "princess" dress. 

The dress didn't stay for long - not a big surprise - and she got to be quite the expert at present opening by the end of the day. A number of friends came as well as family. It was a relaxed atmosphere with good people and good food. 

As the evening came to a slow close, Bean finally got a quiet moment with Granny and Grandpa together. 

We have so many more pictures, even with us parents!, of our wonderful day together. 

Birthdays are special, an opportunity to celebrate the birthday kid as well as reflect on how lucky the rest of us are for that specific birthday kid. 

Bean, I love you and I'm so grateful you joined us. 


Special Family Time

Yesterday, without planning, the Mr and I ended up having special family time with each kid. 

First PJ went to a friend's house for a play date and Miss, the Mr, and I went to our local Christmas market together. 

When we got home, Miss crashed. 

So PJ, the Mr, and I got to watch a special Christmas movie together, all cuddled on the couch. 

I was reminded of how special these moments of attention and focus are for little and big ones. Life has be hectic and busy and fast. It doesn't have to be. 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Girls Shopping Trip

The girls popped out to do some Christmas shopping. 

The moving stairs were absolutely the first highlight for Bean. We rode them for a while and then she discovered a have-to-have headband. Girl has style. 

After all our shopping was done, she pointed out the "coffeelady!" And of course the CoffeeLady's massive cookies. 

I had a toffee nut latte and Ms. Proudly drank her water from a CoffeeLady cup. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Why I Run

Funny story, I accidentally signed up for a half-marathon in Portland, OR in August 2016. These are the awesome things that happen when I live my life by "yes!" 

That 'awesome' is genuine. 

Now that I'm back to training, I'm actively reminded of why I run. 

First there are these remarkable views during my early morning runs:

And the role modeling for my kids. 

Most powerfully, the attitude adjustment. For example: 



Why I Run.


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