Day 154: Protection.


I ran to Target today to grab a few things and my card was declined. First came a moment of embarrassment and then immediately there was quite a bit of concern. Why would my card be declined? Oh my gosh, what happened to all of our money? I calmed myself down and remembered an email I got a while ago that my card had been involved in the big Target Fraud scandal around Thanksgiving. They said they’d be sending me a new card and I promptly forgot about it until that moment. I explained I needed to call my bank right away and they suspended the sale while I tried to find a quiet spot where we would be out of the way.

While not the absolute most annoying thing in this situation but realllllllly annoying was that my bank has the voice command feature when you call them. So if anyone is talking in the background it doesn’t know which voice to listen to. Super awesome in a busy store with 3 concerned children wondering why we didn’t take our sacks. I confirmed my account balance was more than enough to cover my purchase and asked five or six times to speak to a representative. I pushed zero to cut through the voice crap and then had to go through it another five or six times because it had to know why I was calling. OHMYGOSHI’MGOINGTOSCREAM!

I finally spoke with someone who said my card had been cancelled because of the Target Fraud situation and I should have received a new one a few months ago. A few months ago. A few months ago. Well… I obviously hadn’t received it and that was very concerning to both of us. As I was verifying my information with the bank someone came and asked me to come talk with them for a bit. Um. What? Sure let me just haul my 3 children off to be interrogated by someone while on the phone with my bank trying to make sure my identity hasn’t been stolen. That’s all awesome sauce.

It was pretty awesome trying to deal with them and the bank while Gus had a blowout all over himself and me. Solid morning. Thanks for the memories. And it didn’t escape my twisted sense of humor that this all started because I had to shop at Target during that stupid window of time that those card numbers were stolen.

We finally got it straightened out that I wasn’t in possession of stolen cards and it was just a simple mistake and all our cards attached to our checking account are now cancelled just in case. I was able to pay for my purchases with a credit card. It all worked out. Fraud protection will be watching our account, again just in case. I’m pretty thankful for that. Even with a really horrible experience, I’m glad they are on top of things.


What are you thankful for today?

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Day 153: Have I Mentioned?


Ok, I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned I have awesome friends. I also mentioned the off feeling I’ve been having lately. I can’t really explain it. I think it’s my anxiety coming back or maybe a little depression. It’s so hard to say with my history and my family history really. I just feel like things aren’t quite right. I feel like something bad is going to happen and I’ve been having nightmares again. Definitely something is up. Well after I mentioned it to my friend (and she most likely realized I’m seriously a crazy person) she brought dinner over to me today so I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking and I could take a little break. She’s kind of awesome. It was just what we needed and since I didn’t have to cook or clean anything up I was able to have a nice long bath and then watch a movie in my room. Seriously between her and Kai, I was super spoiled. Thanks friend!

What are you thankful for today?

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Day 152: No Judging.


I love having a friend that I know I could call up anytime for help or to talk or to watch the kids, whatever. My friend had an appointment so her youngest son, who is Dex and Veda’s age, came over to play for a couple of hours. Their family had come over on Saturday to help us with our yard work and my house was a mess then because I called spur of the moment. I knew they were coming over today and my house was still a mess. I also hadn’t been grocery shopping yet so we were pretty bare in the cupboards and fridge. I had both clean and dirty laundry piled up to deal with and dirty dishes in the sink. And I didn’t really care at all. Not in a “I don’t care about life” kind of way. In a “I’m totally comfortable with you seeing my real life” kind of way. It was definitely a first for me. I don’t think even our immediate family has ever seen our home not clean or at least picked up.

And there was no judgement. It was nice. My friend could tell I was feeling weird though and I was trying to explain this off feeling I’ve been having. Normally I’d just put on a smile and say everything was fine but I didn’t. And there still wasn’t judgement. Just understanding and hugs. I’m pretty thankful for friends that don’t care if my laundry is folded and put away immediately or if I’ve got exactly zero napkins or paper towels because we switched to cloth napkins and they are all dirty. I’m thankful they didn’t care that I threw together some spaghetti with bacon, butter, lemon juice, and parsley and called it lunch.

What are you thankful for today?


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Day 151: Zombie Apocalypse.


You know how much I love zombie movies and apocalypse, dystopian, etc. storylines. It’s a lot. Instead of ‘emergency preparedness kits’ we have zombie apocalypse kits. Not because we really believe it would happen but why not have a little fun with being prepared for an emergency situation, right?

I’ve been wanting to get back to exercising for a while. I know I’m not my healthiest right now and I want to feel good again. I don’t want to get sick all the time, I want to feel better emotionally and physically, I want my clothes to fit better. Kai and I had been talking all winter about doing Insanity again. Obviously we didn’t follow through. It just wasn’t a good fit for us right now like it has been previously. I was afraid it would be a little too intense right now since I’m so tired from breastfeeding all the time and we’ve been so sick again this winter. We both wanted to get outside into the fresh air and take that time for ourselves. 

Enter the zombies. Recently I heard about an app called Zombies, Run! that mixes a storyline with your own music to make running a little less boring for people like me who don’t really zone out.

“Run for your Life from the Zombie Hordes! Zombies, Run! works anywhere and at any speed. We immerse you in an action-packed game and story mixed with your own music, whether you’re jogging in a park, running along a trail, walking to work, or even running on treadmills. And if you want a serious workout, turn on thrilling zombie chases that force you to speed up to escape the hordes!”

My asthma really sucks lately so I’ve just been walking quickly from the zombie hordes but it has been really entertaining to follow along the story. “You are Runner 5. Hundreds of lives are counting on you. You’ve got to help your base rebuild from the ruins of civilization by collecting critical supplies while avoiding roving zombie hordes. Can you save them and learn the truth about the zombie apocalypse?”

Pretty fun. They’ve also got a 5K training app that continues the story line and I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing that when I run walk quickly through these first season missions.


*Zombies, Run! has no idea who I am and I’m not getting any compensation for talking about the app. I just thought it was really fun and wanted to share it for my thankful post today. :)

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Day 150: It’s a brand new day.


When we got out of church we all just wanted to get out of the house and be outside. We stopped at home quickly to change our clothes and make some sandwiches and then we booked it to the park to have a picnic and play. We stayed a couple of hours I think and it was just what we needed. When we got home I decided to take a long walk and when I came back Kai went out for a run. The kids played outside collecting fake bugs and making chalk pictures on our driveway. It was so relaxing and nice to spend almost the entire day outside.

What are you thankful for today?

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Day 149: Work It.


It’s been a seriously beautiful day and we decided to tackle some yard work. After living in apartments for so long it’s an incredibly wonderful feeling to have a yard to work in. To be able to share that work as a family. We were also able to share that work with our friends, haha. I asked them to come over and help us rake up all the leaves in our front yard and, wonderful people that they are, they came right over and went to work. The kids played and helped while my friend and I sat on the porch with Gus watching our husbands filled 10 lawn bags with leaves. Awesome job, guys! It looked like fun. ;) Thanks again!

What are you thankful for today?

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Day 148: Googly Eyes.


I’m really enjoying my Sunbeam class at church, it’s challenging. 3 and 4 year olds tend to be.. challenging. It’s really rewarding and fun too. It’s been interesting to go back to the very basics and kind of re-learn the gospel from the ground up. Some weeks it’s so nice to think and ponder on the things I’ll be teaching. And sometimes it’s really hard to give a lesson the attention and preparation I should. The last several weeks have been “I’m thankful for water.”, “I’m thankful for trees, plants, and flowers.”, “I’m thankful for fish.”. “I’m thankful for animals.”, and “I’m thankful for birds and insects.” Those are such incredibly simple things to base a lesson on and don’t seem to have much heft in the way of gospel principles. But when we talk about these things in class they are so amazed by the world around them. Everything is new and special. So I’m striving to see the world that way too.


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Day 147: Meals.


I dropped off a meal to someone from church today so I guess our random act of kindness for today wasn’t quite random. I love to feed people but I never know what to make. We didn’t have meals when Dex or Gus were born, we only had meals provided when Veda was born. We had 3 dinners brought and each one was a chicken and rice casserole that was delicious but definitely got old very quickly.

Since that was really my only experience receiving meals, I asked around one of my online mom groups and everyone was very split on what their favorite meals were. It didn’t seem to matter what the reason they were receiving meals was: death, illness, new baby, etc. The 3 most common meals were lasagna with salad, chicken and rice casserole, and meat loaf. Some really loved the comfort food while others really loved fresh fruits and vegetables and meals that were not so heavy like soup or snackable foods.

So I figured I’d go with a little of the comfort side and a little of the lighter side. I made homemade chicken noodle soup (I made a double batch and let the kids cut the noodles for our batch, which they love to help with), threw together some chicken salad on croissants, cut up fresh fruit, and added a bag of potato chips. Pretty simple stuff, hopefully they liked it and it helped them with their evening.

 I included the recipes in case you want to try them too! These are both huge favorites in our house.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade noodles.
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  1. 2 cups Flour
  2. 3/4 tsp Salt
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1/2 cup Milk
  5. 10 cups Chicken Broth (I use homemade usually, if you use store bought you may need to adjust the salt.)
  6. 1 tbs Olive Oil
  7. 1 Onion, diced
  8. 2 cloves Garlic, minced or Microplaned
  9. 4-5 Carrots, diced
  10. 3 stalks Celery, diced
  11. 1 Bay Leaf
  12. 1/2 tsp dried Thyme or 1 tbs fresh
  13. 1/2 tsp dried Dill or 1 tbs fresh
  14. 2 cups cooked Chicken, diced
  15. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  1. To make the noodles, mix flour, salt, egg, and milk (adding milk slowly) until a sticky ball of dough forms. Flour countertop and roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into thin strips, about 2 to 3 inches long. Let dry on counter for at least one hour.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven and add onions. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and celery and cook an addition 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaf, thyme, dill, and salt and pepper and cook about a minute.
  3. Add broth and chicken and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 1-2 hours.
  4. Add noodles 30 minutes before serving.
  1. I like to cook 2 chicken breasts, drizzled with a little olive oil, with lemon juice, salt, and pepper at 375 for about 25-30 minutes or when they reach at least 165*. Let cool and dice.
  2. A rotisserie chicken also works really well for this recipe.
Adapted from For The Love Of Cooking
So Says Kit
Rosemary Chicken Salad
A delicious chicken salad with fresh herbs, apples, pecans, and craisins.
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  1. 2 1/2 cups cooked Chicken, diced
  2. 1 small Apple, cored and diced
  3. 2 stalks Celery, diced
  4. 1/4 Red Onion, diced
  5. 1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
  6. 1/4 cup Craisins
  7. 3/4 cup Mayonnaisse
  8. 2-3 tbs Lemon Juice
  9. 2 tbs fresh Rosemary, chopped
  10. 1 tbs fresh Chives, chopped
  11. 1 tbs fresh Parsley, chopped
  12. Salt and Pepper, to taste
  13. Croissants
  14. Lettuce
  15. Tomato
  1. Mix mayonnaisse, lemon juice, rosemary, chives, parsley, salt, and pepper. Combine chicken, apple, celery, red onion, pecans, and craisins in a medium bowl. Pour dressing over mixture and stir well to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, ideally, but can serve immediately.
  2. Serve with lettuce and tomato on croissants.
  1. I like to roast 2 chicken breasts, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper. 375* for 25-30 minutes or until they reach at least 165*.
  2. Rotisserie chicken also works well for this recipe.
  3. You can mix up the herbs and other ingredients to suit your tastes or what you have on hand. I've used thyme and tarragon in different combinations as well as adding radishes, different nuts, dried cherries, etc.
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
So Says Kit


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Day 146: BF and BFFs.


In my online circles BF = breast feeding and BFF = well… it still equals best friends forever.

Today we had Gus’s 9 month well-check and big surprise, he’s still a peanut! He’s maintained a 3-5th percentile growth curve for his 9 months but he was slightly lower for weight this month. So, again, they want us back in a month to make sure his weight curve doesn’t drop any lower.

I’m all for making sure he is healthy and developing like he should. And even though Gus has always been on that 3-5th percentile curve which makes a lot of doctors freak, I’m thankful that we have a doctor who hasn’t suggested supplementing. Because she is looking at the big picture of Gus’s health which is exactly the best thing to look at. Gus may be a peanut but he’s eating well, peeing and pooping well, he’s meeting his developmental milestones on track. In short, he’s doing great. No worries.

Except… he’s a peanut and they want us to come in to check his weight. Even looking at the big picture there is that little voice that whispers what if? What if he’s not getting enough, what if something’s wrong? Oh, I hate that voice. Sometimes it’s hard to know which is your motherly instinct. Is it what’s telling you he’s fine or what’s telling you he might not be? Even after successfully breastfeeding 2.5 children it’s still there. And we are fast approaching the point when Dex and Veda each weaned and I will no longer have the benefit of experience for reassurance.

Lucky for me, I’ve got a BFF who is a lactation consultant and general awesome person and she helped remind me of all the reasons he seems to be doing just right. Which helps me feel more confident that I’m trusting my instincts to keep doing what we are doing and he is perfect as a sweet little peanut.

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Day 145: Racing for Pinks.


We paid off our car 6 months early! We are so grateful for the help we’ve received to make it possible. It is overwhelming to think of the love and generosity from our families that has made it possible for us to keep our debts low and be able to keep working towards our goals. It has been a tremendous blessing!

What are you thankful for today?

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