Currently March


wearingthese sneakers that Rachel blogged about (see: above). They are, in fact, as comfortable as she claimed and a rather amazing dupe of these Steve Madden sneakers. I sized up half a size and they fit perfectly, FYI. Also, ignore the fact that I am in H&M pretending that anything in there will a) fit me and b) not look ridiculous on me. 

Dear H&M,
Crop tops* = death

p.s. *Also, animal prints. No.

seeing: my family this weekend and next weekend! It's that season of showers, and I have my cousin's bridal shower and my sister-in-law's baby shower coming up, plus my cousin's wedding this summer and the arrival of my niece! I'll be driving by myself with the kids this weekend while Jordan stays home. I've made the solo 3-hour drive a few times now, and it's gone mostly well. Praying they both just fall asleep!

planning: a trip to England in the fall! Jordan and I are both completely over-the-moon ecstatic about this. Four years ago we got a pretty good tax return and decided to open up a specific savings account for a trip to Europe. We put a little bit away here and there over the years, but it's basically just been sitting there. No matter what happens, we've both been like don't touch the Europe money, and we've been talking about going for what seems like forever.

We thought about our schedules and the ages of the kids and when we might want to start trying for baby #3 (spoiler alert: not this year), and we decided that this fall would be the perfect time to go! I CANNOT WAIT. Two weekends ago I booked our flights to London. 


Can I be totally honest for a minute, though? I know some people have a perception of dual-income families that they have all this extra money floating around for presents and fancy vacations. I feel a little self-conscious talking about this trip and always want to explain that we really have been saving up for a while and have never done anything like this before. I know it's not anyone's business, but I feel better putting it out there :)

We don't have anything else booked or planned yet, but at least we have tickets to get over there! Have I mentioned I'm super totally excited about this?

pretending: that I'm not anxious about my upcoming half marathon or semi-depressed about the state of my fitness and post-baby body. I'm not comparing myself to anyone else. I'm comparing myself to myself, and I've been feeling emotional and grouchy about all of it lately. I know all the inspiring and true things I could and should be saying to myself, and yes my babies are SO worth it. I'm not fishing for compliments. But sometimes it just straight up is a bummer to think about how fast I used to be and how flat I used to be and how... just, how everything. I also hurt my back last week and I haven't been able to do anything at all in a week, so that is helping my mood immensely.

Basically I'm just having all the feelings right now. Hold me.

making: a few things out of the new Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I tried some cookies earlier this week, and she has a recipe for a sweet potato side that was super easy and delicious. I have a few other things I want to try out of it too! At one point in my life, I would love to cook through one entire cookbook. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I think it would be fun. I like trying new things out in the kitchen.

Tell me, what are you planning? What are you making?

Recent Reads


The Parables of Jesus by John MacArthur // 5 stars
We read through this book in our couple's class at church and did the workbook that goes with it over the course of 10 weeks. John MacArthur is such a great Bible teacher, and I loved reading about the parables of Jesus. Some of them had always kind of confused me, and this helped clear that up! Each chapter takes one parable and explains it in depth.

Should you read it? Yes
For fans of: Jesus, the Bible, understanding things Jesus said that previously confused you

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter // 4 stars
Based on real events from the author's own family history, this story follows the members of one Jewish family during WWII. It actually wasn't as horribly depressing as many books set in this period are (although this time period is usually depressing for good reason, obviously); the ending was uplifting and beautiful. I cried reading the last couple of chapters. It's wonderfully written.

There were a few issues that kept this from a 5-star rating: 1) There are a lot of characters to keep track of, and although I mostly had it down by the end, I had to continue to reference the family tree the author provides on the first page. 2) The timeline. Due to the fact that the author has to follow so many different characters across a span of nearly a decade, the chapters skip sometimes rather large chunks of time, and the author is forced to summarize the second half of a story she started in a previous chapter. I honestly can't think of a better way to have done it if you don't want a book that is either 1,000 pages long or that doesn't include the stories of all the siblings. That said, it was somewhat frustrating in places and made it difficult (along with the aforementioned number of characters problem) to follow the story as it moved along. I still loved the book, but those two things lowered the rating for me a bit.

Should you read it? Yes
For fans of: true stories, sibling love, surviving against all odds, crying, more crying

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // 3.5 stars
Eleanor Oliphant is a 30-something single woman who leads a generally mundane, ordinary life. As the book goes on, you uncover parts of her story and realize she's dealing with some pretty serious issues from something that happened to her when she was 10 years old. This book seems like in many ways it would have been a lot of fun to write because Eleanor's narration is so clever and unique (and a little weird too). This was a sad story, but there was a lot of hope and wonderful characters. At first I found Eleanor hard to relate to, but as I continued reading I liked the book more and more!

Should you read it? Yes
For fans of: oddity, people who say exactly what they are thinking, narrators with mommy issues, hopeful endings, endearing characters

String Theory: David Foster Wallace on Tennis by David Foster Wallace // 3.5 stars
This is a book of 5 nonfiction essays on tennis. I really liked 3 of them, wasn't a huge fan of one, and was okay on the other. Definitely not a book for anyone who doesn't like tennis, but I found it interesting and enjoyed reading it! I will add a few of the essays had a lot of footnotes, which got a little annoying and ended up with me giving this a lower rating that I was prepared to from reading the first few essays.

Should you read it? If you really like tennis then yes; otherwise, no
For fans of: tennis musings, making fun of celebrity memoirs, Roger Federer's hair, excessive footnotes that sometimes don't have to do with anything in the essay

Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission by Bob Drury // 3.25 stars

This book tells the true story of a bomber pilot and his crew during the War in the Pacific in 1943. I picked it up at the library based on the cover alone, because it looked like something Jordan would love. He loves history and he loves airplanes! It was extremely well written, and I loved the people and the story. For me, it was a bit heavy on airplane mechanics and historical details for specific routes, people, etc. The mission referenced in the title of the book and the prologue doesn't happen until the last few chapters, which was a little misleading, but I suppose without all the background info on the war in the Pacific, the airplanes, and the crew, the final mission wouldn't mean as much. Someone who loves history, specifically WWII history and airplanes, would enjoy this book (i.e., my husband). For a relative novice like myself, it was a fascinating read but went a little over my head in some parts. Still, I did learn a lot about the Pacific front that I didn't know and enjoyed reading about WWII from that part of the world.

Should you read it? Unless you just completely love airplanes and WWII, skip it
For fans of: WWII history, heroes, true stories, old timey airplanes and all their parts, not getting to the story promised in the title until the last few chapters

Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard by Jennie Allen // 3 stars
This book is written by the founder of the IF: Gathering, which I've never watched or been to, but I've heard about them. The author writes about how she struggles/struggled with never feeling "good enough" and how she always felt like she needed to just work harder to prove herself to others, to God, and to herself. It's written in a very conversational tone, and I think the author has some useful and encouraging points to share. The book started to feel repetitive after a while, but it would be worth a read if you're needing some encouragement in this area (which, I mean, aren't we all?). *I received this book for free in exchange for a review from Blogging for Books!

Should you read it? Maybe if you're feeling in the mood
For fans of: being encouraged, Christian self-help, occasional cheesiness

Confession Session vol. 10


You know how sometimes you're totally chill and just whatever about things, and sometimes you get ragey about stuff you know is ridiculous but you can't help yourself? That is me right now. Perfect time for a confession post where I can release my angst while also offending half of you.

Linking your Instagram and your Facebook/Twitter so the posts show up on each platform. First-world problem? Yes, but let's talk about it. I've questioned this practice for years and continue to find it annoying. If I like what you're about, I follow you on both platforms, and then you go and link your posts so I see double every time! How about some originality between platforms? And yes, I get that if someone doesn't have Instagram they can't see Instagram posts, but isn't that the point? If they wanted to see posts from Instagram, they would sign up for Instagram! All you're doing is annoying your actual followers who are now seeing everything twice.

I promise this is not directed at one specific person; this is a general comment about people online who are trying to protect their baby's privacy and post photos of their baby with just the eyes marked out. How does this make your baby unrecognizable? It's like in A Cinderella Story when Hillary Duff meets Chad Michael Murray at the party while wearing a mask and we're supposed to believe that he doesn't recognize her when they meet the next day without the mask? Nice try, but no. Also, it needs to be mentioned that pictures of babies with a giant scribble or box over their eyes is creepy as all heck.

The Fifty Shades movies make no sense to me, and I think it's shameful of our culture that people are packing into the theater to watch these types of things. If you went to see it, that's fine. I'm not trying to hate on you, but I won't be going to see it. ALSO. It's ridiculous that they show commercials for it during regular television time. My 2-year-old wanted to watch ice skating at the Olympics, and she didn't need to see clips of people being all hot and bothered with a tagline in all caps about not missing the climax. I'll admit that's clever, but also NO.

Speaking of movies, I found Bring it On on Netflix a few weeks ago and I was giddy. GIDDY. That movie is terrible, and I love it so much. But not as much as I love Armageddon, which I talked about in an earlier confession post.

Momiform. I've seen this word pop up a lot lately, and, like, what does it even mean???? All I know is that I see it in context of bloggers who stay at home talking about jeans and t-shirts and hoodies and top knots, but I really have no idea. Maybe I'm just being editorial and grouchy, but why do we have to keep making up words for things? What's wrong with the word, wait for it, outfit? I've been getting majorly eye-rolly when I see another mention of the "perfect momiform" including sneakers and a casual t-shirt. That is something any person can wear any time, mom or no. Also, sometimes moms work in an office and does that make me less of a mom because I'm not wearing leggings all day? [See also: Things I Probably Shouldn't Be Sensitive About But I Can't Help It.]

Babies in baskets. WHAT ON EARTH. What is this new thing where all the cool bloggers take pictures of their babies sleeping in baskets? Is it a bassinet that looks like a basket? Is it a giant basket that people are forcing into the role of bassinet? Someone explain this, because personally I don't get why you would want to put your baby in something that might easily be mistaken for a place to store blankets or clean laundry.

Finally, I know it's March, but I bought this Santa sweatshirt yesterday, and I'm already excited to wear it next year. I was eyeing it all December, and it finally went on sale so I snatched it up while they were offering an additional 30% off. Jordan came home and was like, why are you wearing a Santa sweatshirt? And R was confused and kept asking where Santa was. Um, he went home?

p.s. Speaking of Christmas, if I didn't feel like it was just slightly too scandalous for me, I kind  think this sweatshirt is hilarious.

Okay your turn! Confess something.

Fun Weekends + Our First Family Fun Run!


We have had two fantastic weekends the last two weeks! It's been full of family time and playtime with the kids. Plus, this past weekend it was so nice outside and I got in a 7-mile run on Saturday! That's the longest I've run in over a year and a half, and it felt really good (I also felt like I might die, but I suppose that's to be expected). I started off feeling like I was running through sand, and my Garmin told me my first two miles were 10:42 and 10:38, so that sounds about right. But every single mile was faster, and I ran my last mile in 8:20! My half marathon in at the end of April, and I'm hoping to get up to at least one 10-mile run before then.

Two weekends ago, we packed up both kids and walk/ran downtown Oklahoma City in a family 1-mile fun run. It took us a whopping 21 minutes to finish, but amazingly we weren't last! We were second to last ;) I convinced Jordan to sign up for the race a month or so ago. I thought R would like it, and even though we can walk a mile around our neighborhood for free, we got t-shirts and medals (!), and it seemed like a fun family outing--the first of many family runs, I hope! I'm excited for R to get big enough to do a 5k with me, but I know that is a few years down the road yet.
^^^ I think this picture is so adorable, but also it's $12 for a low-res digital file. Why you gotta be like that, race photography people?

The morning of the race it was pouring rain outside, and we spent an hour debating whether or not we should even attempt to head downtown on the chance the rain would stop by the time the race started. We finally decided to just forget it and go to breakfast, so we changed out of our running stuff, packed the kids in the car, and were halfway to Jimmy's Egg before deciding we should at least try to go downtown. We turned around, went back home to change back into what we were wearing before, packed up the kids again, and rushed downtown to meet up with a friend and her daughter, who were already there.

The rain had let up, but just as the race started it began sprinkling. We arrived at the start line and met my friend literally right as the announcer who was counting down said, "one," and the gun went off.

I'll be honest: it was cold, and it rained on us the whole time, but R had an absolute blast. A week later, she is still talking about "going downtown and seeing the race." She loved running in the rain, and J was in the Ergo all bundled up, so he stayed toasty warm.

The race ended at half court of the basketball court where the OKC Thunder play. R was running down a small hill to go into the finishing chute when she tripped on the cement and flipped over herself right into a giant puddle. She was completely soaked from head to toe, and she hopped up and said, "Oh no! I fall down!" and kept running.

Please note our blistering one-mile speed of 20:20. Sign us up for the next Olympics!

It was kind of everything I had hoped it would be, and I'm so glad we did it even though it was rainy! Of course, an hour later the sun came out and it ended up being a beautiful day. I took the kids to the park, and J sat in a swing for the first time like a big boy. He wasn't so sure at first, but I think he liked it.
This past weekend was really fun too. On Saturday we played a lot outside, and then in the evening we went out to eat just the four of us. We've been out to eat with the kids before, but we have never gone just as a family. We went to a burger place, and Jordan and I ordered for ourselves and then handed the waitress our menus. Ten minutes later, we realized that we had completely forgotten to order R any food, and we had to flag down our waitress and put in an order for her! That shows you how often we eat out! 

She eats a full serving herself and can't eat off our plates anymore. I have a feeling J is not far behind. That boy loves food and gets so excited when I put him in his chair at the table. He had eggs and oranges for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it. I also gave him a waffle with peanut butter on it, and he ate almost an entire waffle himself along with half a clementine. I'm in denial that he will be 9 months old this month. That means I need to start thinking about his first birthday!

I love being a mom to these two so much and truly thank God for my little family every day. It's been nice to be able to spend lots of time together (and outside!). I hope you had a good weekend and have a great start to this week. I actually don't mind Mondays at all and enjoy the fresh start and energy I feel (because by Friday I am dead. DEAD. This past Friday I went to bed at 8:00 right after putting the kids down). Plus, I finally went grocery shopping, so I won't have to eat oatmeal for lunch this week like I did last week! Thank goodness.