The importance of time without the kids

Kinston, NC

Do you see this man? We’ve been together for over 19 years. We were on the cusp of adulthood when we met and here we are, old married folks with two kids. As our thirteenth wedding annivesary quickly approached, I knew I wanted us to get away to celebrate. We were planning to have a… [Read More]

What I learned from my Slow Carb Challenge

The gist of the slow carb diet

Late September, my bootcamp trainer mentioned we would be doing a 30 Day Challenge at the gym in October. The nutrition component was the most important and it would be centered around Slow Carbs. I had NO idea what that meant (other than giving up a lot of good stuff) but after consuming way more… [Read More]

“But how can you love me?”

My sweet firstborn child… You about broke my heart last night. We had a disagreement. I made a suggestion for bedtime that you found particulary offensive. You were rude. I got mad. There were tears. There was yelling. And then you went to bed. When I came in to go through our regular routine (talk… [Read More]

5 things that make being a mom crazy awesome

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I’m gearing up to go out of town, which is always stressful. The kids hate it when I’m gone and we’ve already had tears over me telling them that no, they can’t actually come with me. Luckily, I’m back in time for Mother’s Day so we’ll have a nice time celebrating together upon my return…. [Read More]

My kids gave me a reminder today

all about perspective and looking up

I’m driving a Toyota Sienna this week and the kids are in awe of the double sunroofs. We had them in our old Acura but not in our current Nissan. Apparently, they miss it. Who knew? I’ve been sort of cranky these past few days. I’m not sure if it’s the let down after all… [Read More]

Burn Boot Camp Update: One Month In

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Y’all, it’s happening. I’m turning into one of those crazy work-out people. I’ve never been a huge exercise person. Yes, I do it because I want to stay healthy, but I’ve never been super regimented about it. I worked out in college…sometimes. I used to walk a lot at night. After kids, I joined the… [Read More]

5 reasons I’ll never give up coffee

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I started drinking coffee in high school. There was a Caribou Coffee that was the perfect hangout for me and my girlfriends. We’d get a frozen coffee or a fancy latte and relished in our newfound independence. When I started working full-time, my love of coffee was truly solidified. My day didn’t truly start until… [Read More]

I’ll always wonder, won’t I?

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It’s weird how things sneak up on you. I was laying in bed with Miss E last night, talking about our cats. Schubert jumped up to cuddle with us and she asked me how old he was. I had to think a moment to remember that he’s 10…and then it hit me, like a brick… [Read More]

OMG, I joined a boot camp

Legs Like Jello

Jello. My legs currently feel like Jello. Yesterday, I squatted them into obliteration. Then this morning we ran, kicked, squatted, jumped and ran some more. Thank the heavenly father for the grocery cart. If not for that, I would have had to to crawl out of the grocery store after making a quick stop for… [Read More]