i have not been running but tomorrow is the day to start back up. it is TIME.
we went to lunch after church and it was the best lunch the seven of us have had in a VERY long time. the food was good but it was the first time in a loooong time that there was no fighting, whining or complaining from anyone.
it. was. BEAUTIFUL.
it was the kind of hour that can pull you through months of disappointments. a shimmering glimmer of hope. ahhhhh.
thank you lord for that lunch!
my little girls have been playing upstairs now for several hours together and it is so nice. i love when they get lost in their make believe world together.
i am going to create this week.... i miss making things. so i am doing it.
i am going to make something everyday this week.
i don't know what just yet but.... SOMETHING.
monday - friday.
you should too! you and i will both feel awesome by saturday.
my kids are off school today. and monday. today we are cleaning the house (not that it shows...) because it's a wreck.
these are some of my instagrams from the past week or so. you can follow me on IG if you'd like.... i am Meg Duerksen.
have you ever made this Oreo pie? my family LOVES it and it's soooo easy! it's oreo brand pie crust, oreo pudding and cool whip. and it looks fancy and your kids will gobble it up. the recipe is ON the pie crust....yeah that simple.
(not working for oreo....i just LOVE oreos)
sewing is great for stress relief. i am not sure WHY. but it is.
this black feather was in my sheets as i was crawling into bed last week. i screamed SO LOUD FULL ON TERROR because i thought it was a big spider. i woke up the dog. i was all shakey.... i have a fear of spiders. did you guess that?
annie whispered this to me during communion last week. i wrote it down immediately and passed it over to craig.
but how awesome would that be???
i love getting my hair done. i feel so sassy when i leave the salon.
our high school has a fundraiser during half time of the basketball games called Pop-A-Shot kids pay $1 to shoot a free throw and if they make it they get a 2 liter of POP. (i am guessing the pop is donated) TONS of kids run out there to try and it's no big deal if they miss. they can shoot as many times as you have dollars. it is awesome. if your school doesn't do this.... they should. talby made her shot. :)
brad paisley helped me make it through my miles last week. this week i am so tired. but i can't stop. i do get quite tempted to quit very often.
five hours after craft weekend was over my entire family on my dad's side showed up to stay for a few days. my grandmother passed away last week and everyone came together to celebrate her beautiful life. (more on that later)
she would have LOVED to see us all together in one place.
with her cousins at the craft house, annie started to make a flag with my scraps. she reeeeeeally wanted to hot glue it all together. i really didn't want her to but knew i should be encouraging her creativity. she said to me "MOM....when i grow up i am going to be the president and i am going ot make our flag look just like this!" my heart melted.
these are the women in my family on my dad's side. we each chose pieces of grandma's jewelry until it was all divided. my dad made the rule we had to wear what we chose all evening. it was fun. my grandma had a lot of unique and special jewelry. she would have gotten a big kick of the girls wearing it all at once.
kansas sunsets are peaceful.
we don't do valentine's day at our house. we just don't. and i am ok with that. but then it does begin to feel like i am the ONLY ONE in the whole world who doesn't do it. i got bugged about it so i took myself for a massage. it was pretty rad.
i love the relaxation room after the massage. but yesterday it was filled with couples.... and me... and an older lady eating a smelly salad. one couple was kissing and had a bottle of wine. gag. the other two couples had clearly never been there & didn't know it was the RELAXation room and they should be quiet. i kept my book up high to block them all from vision but i could hear them. i finally just went to the steam room to be alone.
i sound like an old lady. i know. i am happy they were going to go get their romance on... i just didn't want to see it.
but the masage and steam were fabulous.... yay.
happy valentine's(that i don't celebrate) to me!
i had five minutes at barnes & noble and i spent 4.5 of them in the line. i wished i had bought the Travel Africa magazine because it looked cool! i don't want to cycle in africa... but i do want to Travel Africa.
i meant to have my craft weekend post up and ready today. but it's not gonna happen. i have been so busy....very happily busy... all good stuff.
how about some instagrams from the past week-ish?
annie loves to go to the thrift store with me. i told her she could pick one thing only..... i wish she would have chosen that couch! instead we came home with that valentines bear from 2006. i know it's 2006 because that is what is on the bear's foot.
my favorite mug.
kimberlee's coffee cake....it was totally delicious.
many monrings look like this over here.
i went back to the mall last week and the gold shoes that were completely covered in gold glitter were 70% off! score.
annie shouted "MOM pleeeeeease can i get one of these?! They are only $39.99!!"
ran five miles by myself.... well, me and the avett brothers and mumford & sons.
tulips. they are so nice on the eyes.
talby found these in the bathroom and wanted to know WHY? Why do we have them? Whose are they? What are they for? Where did they come from?
(they are a mold of craig's teeth...fascinating right?)
a vase of dr.seussy flowers were sunny and nice during this FREEZING week we have had.
so cold. going running in this cold weather is quite something. frozen thighs no matter how far we go. but the reward will be endurance when the weather improves.... right? i hope so.
i love this breakfast. cutie...greek yogurt... granola... coffee with LOTS of half & half.
cleaning at the craft house is always pretty decent because it's all so pretty to see.
i steal my husband's socks for cold running.... they are just better.
on friday we did our run and then gathered at my friend's house and helped her prepare 25 meals for her freezer as a birthday gift to her. :) the gift was helping it get accomplished. she is super organized so we did what we were told and it all worked out great! that is my favorite way to cook... "just tell me what to do"
i chopped and chopped and chopped.
then i put together calzones. it was a lot of work but so worth it! it's a GENIUS way to cook meals.
saturday morning i snuck in some time under a blanket with coffee and my book. the sun came up and became too much for me sit there anymore. but i will take that sunshine anytime! i took sean to his basketball tournament for the day... just the two of us. he had three games and i really enjoyed it all. it has been SO MUCH fun to watch my kids improve in their sports this year.
after sean's three games we went to scott's game at our old high school gym! it was very surreal to be there as a grown up... as a parent... of a HIGH SCHOOLER?! so weird. and lots of the same people sitting or standing in the same place they did when i was in high school?!!
i made pumpkin donuts with my new donut pan. i will share a recipe blog post soon.
my friend gave me this big jar of bath salts for christmas... SCORE!
coffee. one of my favorites of everyday.
working with her right hand again... not easy.
we went swimming on new year's day. i stayed in the hot tub.
i started this book that santa got for lauren. and i laughed so hard on every page. it was an awesome book... i was a huge fan before and now i think she is absolutely A W E S O M E!! i read the entire thing in 24 hours. i have NEVER ever ever done that with any book in my life.
frosty frost at sunrise means it's time to go running. unfortunately.
i made it out three times this week...but i had to go alone each time. i am training for a half marathon in april so i have to go even when it's 20 degrees. boo. i can only smile when i am done.
annie started physical therapy. it was not too bad.
kansas is so darn pretty.
i hate when i do this. i really hate when i am between towns when this happens. i made it...barely i am sure.
I would love this! I can't wait to see the day when my son can be completely off ALL of his medications and the dreaded ketogenic diet. It may be this year! I'd love to be able to count down and keep having hope for all that 2013 will bring and a calendar like this would help me keep it all straight! www.ourjourneywithdoose.blogspot.com
I dont have any particular MAJOR event planned this year. BUT I do need to get organized! My MAJOR goal for the year is to meal plan better and to organize my "to do" list better. I fail miserably when I try to do it on my phone and I end up with scrap paper lists of things to do all over the place. This planner would be so awesome for me!
Oh my gosh, these planners are adorable! I can't wait to write in PEN the day we finally plan our family vacation...it's been a long time coming!!
EMAIL ME WITH YOUR DETAILS GIRLS!! i am excited for you.
11. new pants in my closet...annie & i will be twinsies. 12. playing with my globe collection at the Craft House
13. my new stern notes i wrote on the washer and dryer. my kids do their own laundry and i am so tired of the laziness that has taken over in the laundry room. i also taped the the laundry chute closed... out of order children! 15. ten baskets AND a mountain of bedding... REDONK. 16. got my hair did...love sitting under the dryer.
17. pumpkin waffles for thanksgiving breakfast! 18. strengthening her bones... GO ANNIE! 19. craig's uncle & aunt got a new puppy... we were smitten. 20. my sean is... awesome. :)
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are you going out black friday shopping? i am in the morning...starbies first....then all my favorite shops but it won't be the same without you mom & lorel!
i actually LOVE black friday. it's not as crowded as you think.