Motherhood

I struggle with infertility for five years prior to becoming pregnant with Megan. The first three years I just thought it was normal and we weren’t ready for children. Year four was the rough one. Many of my closest friends had their first and were working on #2 while we still waited. It was a lonely time for me. As many people who struggle with getting pregnant know, those pregnancy announcements bring so much joy but also a ton of sadness and , for me, worry that I would never have one of those announcements to share. It was a terrible space to live in.

Then, by God’s grace, I saw those two fateful pink lines on January 1, 2009.  And here I am eight years later with three of the most precious gifts I have ever been given.


I always say to Megan that she made me a mother and to her I am forever grateful. And Tyler and Ryan made me a better mother which was icing on the sweetest cake ever.


Mother’s Day always is a touchy one for me. I am so happy to celebrate my own family, but I feel a great heaviness on my heart for those who want so desperately to start their family or grow their family. This pain is not lost on me, even 8 years later.


My kids are my greatest accomplishments and will continue to be for the rest of my life. My cup was overflowing yesterday as they presented me with hand-made gifts and cards and the sweetest picture collage. But the best gifts are the ones that I experience on the daily…their laughter, their hugs, the sweet little voices they have. I am so thankful for Megan, Tyler, and Ryan. I love them so much it sometimes hurts.


And in the day to day, when life seems so chaotic and unorganized, and messy it is important to look around and realize that within the chaos is the never-ending love that I have for my little ones.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Meal Prepping

We had the most fabulous weekend. It felt like we got so much accomplished but we’re also able to relax and have some fun. I love that.

Games were canceled because we had so much rain on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday turned out to be the most beautiful spring day. We spent the morning getting caught up on life and the afternoon and evening celebrating our cousins First Communion with church and a very fun party.

Sunday was amazing. Another beautiful day. We already went to church Saturday afternoon so it was like we had the day to ourselves. Shawn took Megan for softball pictures and then to play at a friend’s house and I spent the afternoon meal Prepping while Ryan napped and Tyler played in the yard (okay, I played for a while too!).

Meal Prepping is such a pain but totally worth it. I love spending time cooking once and then having tons of good choices for the week. It makes making lunches and dinners a breeze. Here is what I did:

Ground taco beef. One for us, one for a friend who just had a baby. Making tacos on Monday and a zoodle-beef casserole type thing Wednesday.


Roasted sweet potatoes. Some for breakfasts in the morning and some for our Sunday dinner which was steak and corn with these potatoes on the side.


Stewed black beans and tomatoes. To have on the side with the tacos, to mix in with eggs for breakfast, and to eat with cheese and sour cream (like a soup) for lunches.


Brownie for my friend who had the baby and a few for our family for after Sunday dinner.


Bento box lunches for Megan. PB & J, grapes, carrots, and Colby-jack cheese. Any mom’s out there tired of making lunches??? My kids used to be fine with anything but as the year has gone on they have become super picky. Tyler has decided his wants to buy daily which is fine by me, a waste of money, but fine.

Do you meal prep? 

What are your go-to dinners for busy week nights?

Random 

Man, life is so busy right now. As a teacher I fee like May is the busiest month of the year. So much to cover, so many special things going on. It takes it out of me!

This is also the first year both kids are playing a different sport. It is crazy and has me running myself ragged! So much fun, but so much work (especially with a 2 year old in tow!).


Last weekend was Shawn’s birthday. We had a great date night. We went to Tony’s in Lexington, KY and it felt so special. We really talked about a lot of things and it was so nice. 


I had the BEST manicure a couple of weeks ago at my girls weekend. I am going on three weeks and it is amazing how well my nails have held up.


This weekend is going to be busy as well. Lots of games and. Family first communion and a bunch of other stuff. 

Man, I am ready for summer.

Unrecognizable

I went to an educators reception last night at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  This sounds like something very fancy (it kind of was) but really you have to go if you want to be guaranteed tickets for your students to see “A Christmas Carol” in December.  We have been taking our 8th graders to see this play for years and have to go through this formality every year to secure the tickets.  It is a nice afternoon out.  They served a beautiful display of heavy appetizers, but they had a gourmet popcorn that totally stole the show.  I could have bathed in it.  Yum.

That was a long introduction to a very short story…

When we got there (I went with a co-worker) I saw an old friend whom I have not seen for years.  We worked together when I first moved to Cincinnati and stayed in contact for a while but kind of lost touch since I had kids.  Anyway, I went up to her and she had no idea who I was.  Even after I re-introduced myself and asked her how my former place of employment was.  She was literally looking at me like we had never met.  Ten years ago we chaperoned a service trip and share the same room for six days!

I have never experienced anything like that in my life.

I am not sure if it is because of the weight loss or maybe she has a failing memory.  I don’t know.  But it was so odd.

And that is all I have for today.

#yourewelcome

Active Break

This past week was Spring Break for us. We hit the jackpot in that the weather was absolutely amazing! We could not have hand picked a better week.

And what a difference a year makes. This break was spent mostly outside and moving. What I lacked in formal workouts I made up in running, jumping, skipping, and chasing with my kids. It was an example of exactly why I have chosen to get my health in check. I want my kids to see me participating instead of sitting on the sidelines! 

Monday we mulched all day and the boys hung right there with us. It was not the most fun activity, but it needed to get done.

Tuesday started our week-long “Tour of Parks” which turned out to be a complete blast.

Why does Ryan get to eat a pretzel he found on the ground??

Legs for days

I hope they are always best buds

We picked up Megan in Columbus on Wednesday and managed a park before we took the two hour trip.


On Thursday we had a full day of different parks and it was amazing!

We ended the week at Kings Island (our happy place) to which I got zero pictures (big fail!). But we had an absolute blast. I noticed how much better I fit in all of the rides. For a moment I had an “oh, shit, am I going to fit” moment, but I didn’t need to worry at all!

We ended the week with Ty’s first baseball game. As expected he played like the champ he is!


And now we are back to school for five very over-booked weeks. 

Can’t wait for summer!

A Day in the Life in Food

Today started at 7:00. It was a dream to sleep that late. We are on spring break and Ryan decided to snooze a little later than normal. I woke up and changed into my workout clothes to get ready for the day.

We went downstairs and the boys were hungry. Megan is staying with her Grammy for a few days so she was not around. I made the boys waffles and scrambled eggs and made myself huevos rancheros. 

After a few bites it grossed me out a little. I have been struggling with eggs lately. Sometime I love them sometimes I hate them.

Before heading to the gym I had a Boost because I was running in empty.


After an hour sweat session (weights and cardio) I grabbed my guys from child-watch and we headed to the park. But first, coffee.


Iced decaf with coconut cream swirl and a bit of milk. It was delicious and the three of us split it.

We played for about three hours (it was so nice there and Tyler found friends from school to keep him occupied). By the time we left it was well past lunchtime and everyone was starving. The boys had leftover pizza and I had these…

Not the most substantial lunch in the world but they got the spot. Full disclosure: I also had a couple bits of pizza!

After lunch we went to our neighborhood park for more playing. It was just us as most kids are back at school this week. Now we are all sun kissed and tired!

Dinner happen shortly after lunch 😀. I had salmon with sautéed veggies and cabbage. And a few egg noodles on the bottom. 

I also ate out of a Peter Rabbit bowl. #dontjudge

For dessert I had a few white chocolate M&Ms. Thank God those are now gone. I have no restraint with those bad boys.

I am now sipping on iced tea and contemplating having a few cashews before I call it a night. 

Hope your Tuesday is a good one!

Spring Breaking

He is risen. Alleluia!

Easter weekend was one for the books. I had so much fun getting together with some of my girls on Friday night. It was relaxing and joyous and hilarious and I get all the good feels. My friends are truely a special lot! I love them so much and I missed the ones who were not able to join us.


I wore my new dress and I felt amazing in it. I also bought new shoes (wedges) that I was super happy with.  In fact, I did a lot of shopping over the weekend and am really pleased with all of my new goods.


Easter Sunday found our family separated. Shawn and Tyler went to Michigan for the spring game. They attended church there.


Megan, Ryan, and I went to church with my mom in Columbus.


Ryan was awful in church. But he looked cute.


We all met up at my in-laws house later in the day.


This is spring break week and we are going to P-A-R-T-Y!!! And by party, I mean landscape the yard and deep clean the house. 

I will be back sometime this week with an update of what I eat. Until then, have a great week!