remembering grandma

Two years ago today, my wonderful Grandma Alice took her last breath here on earth and entered the presence of her Savior. A lot has changed in the past two years. Jackson joined our family (oh how I wanted her to meet him!), Nate was deployed, we celebrated many birthdays and two Christmases without her, and now another baby will be added to our family. Another baby that won’t get snobble-gobbled by its great-grandma. :sniff:

But I am thankful for every single day I did know her and love her. I am so glad we have pictures and videos and happy memories of the many wonderful times we spent together. And I sure look forward to the day when I will join her in heaven and see my Savior’s face.

Grandma would be so proud of the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren over the past two years. High school graduations, college graduations, marriages, births, new adventures…she would have been so excited for every one of them.Β I think today I’ll make a mess in the kitchen in her memory – she always encouraged my delight of cooking and baking. And I really need to compile her recipes for the rest of the family – I’ve had them sitting in her recipe box since she died and they were given to me.

I miss you and love you, Grandma. Give Grandpa a hug for me and tell Jesus I can’t wait to see Him.

foto friday: say cheese!

this photo is a little out of focus, but I just love Jack’s hilarious “cheese” face. He has become so talkative, expressive and interactive lately. Daily I hear, “mom, mom, mom, mom!” about something…it usually means he wants something, but sometimes he just wants to say my name over and over because I’ll say, “What, Jack?” and he keeps on with his mantra, “Mom, mom, mom”. One of these days I should get it on video because it really is hilarious.

say "cheese"!


one of my jack boy and I on a lovely spring day. i sure love this kid. Being a mom has been way more amazing and wonderful, and pretty much as challenging as I thought it would be. The thought of having TWO of these little people in our house overwhelms me on occasion, but I know it will work out alright and hopefully my kids will always know that I love. being. their. mommy. my other thought when seeing this photo – gosh I need to do something to my hairs! lol.

the best hugs in the world

favorite recipes of the week

this week I just have one recipe to share…a delicious and simple coleslaw recipe from my friend Stephanie. This week I also made these cookies, but they turned out a little dry (I probably added too much flour) and they were a bit too sweet for my taste, but they were devoured nevertheless. πŸ™‚ Stephanie’s Coleslaw (with a kick!) 1 green onion, chopped 1 large carrot, shredded 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves 1/2 cabbage head Dressing: 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning ΒΌ tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Instructions Cut the cabbage into chunks and using a food processor, gently process the onion, parsley and cabbage. Process lightly, making sure the cabbage doesn’t become mushy. I like to process half of the cabbage and then the other half, just to make sure it’s all even. Mix the cabbage mixture together with the shredded carrots. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together and allow to stand for a few minutes. Combine the dressing with the vegetables and toss. Chill for 1 hour. Yum!

you’re gonna miss this

this morning at approximately 6:52am, as I laid in bed contemplating how rough a night’s sleep I had, I was shaken from my reverie by a firm KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK on my wall. Jackson occasionally employs this technique to inform me of his state of wakefulness. It’s endearingly annoying.

then, at approximately 7:28am, as he was devouring his toast with jam and his plate of eggs was already emptied, I heard “Mom, mom, mom – biiiite?” That’s Jack speak for “what you have on your plate looks way better than what I had or in addition to what I had I would like some of yours, thankyouverymuch”. πŸ™‚ Again – so cute, but really I just want to eat my fried egg…ALL the bites of it.

these two events of the morning made me think of the country song, “You’re Gonna Miss This” because I’m sure one day I’ll wish for a chubby hand to knock on my wall with a cheerful cry of “Mom!” when the house is quiet because my kids are all grown up and gone. I’m sure one day (a long time from now) I’ll remember with more fondness how I couldn’t get through a whole meal or eat anything in his presence without sharing just a “biiiite”.

it also made me think, “What else will I miss someday that currently drives me bananas?” I came up with this list:

  • changing poopy diapers three times in a row (okay maybe I REALLY won’t miss this!)
  • constant requests to go “a’side, Mom?”
  • a little “helper” during meal prep, who wants to taste everything and gets too close to the stove
  • the very. slow. pace. of walks when Jack wants to get down and walk next to me
  • hearing him say “noo” in response to almost everything, even if he really means “yes”
  • cleaning up toys and blowing bubbles endlessly
  • hardly ever eating a meal when its hot or uninterrupted by something a little person needs

yes, these are the good times. πŸ™‚ I’m trying to take a good look around and remember these moments that will so quickly fade. Someday I will miss motherhood and the trivial trials that come along for the ride. For now, I’ll ask God for grace to live in the moment and embrace it. Poopy diapers and all.

what are you going to miss?

foto friday +2 days

oops! I wasn’t really around on Friday to post a picture, but here’s one that I actually TOOK on Friday. πŸ™‚ Kyle, Jack, Nikon and I walked around a park in Edina Friday afternoon while we killed some time before Jack went on a date with his Aunt Sarah and Ryan, and Kyle and I went on a date with each other, courtesy of Sarah. πŸ™‚ Jack decided he wanted to “walk” Nikon, so we let him “help”. He is getting so big, I can’t even stand it!

I am so glad Nikon tolerates Jack’s endless and bountiful love and that Jack adores Nikon. He even has to tell the dog “nigh-night” before he goes to bed. awwww. I love my boys.


yesterday I went for my first run of 2011. It was slow, but glorious. πŸ™‚ With a high of 57 degrees forecasted for today, I knew I had to get out and enjoy it…and my poor neglected butt and thighs thank me in advance.

I promise I didn’t mean to cut off my head, but I thought it was cute and different to leave it that way. Not to mention my head looked like this: no makeup, dirty hair and tomato red cheeks to match my shirt. πŸ™‚ You can see evidence of a little baby bump under that shirt too…just a smidgen.

I love my new running shoes, thanks to my REI dividend and 20% off coupon. I was in major need of new shoes and like them so much I might just wear them otherwise. Okay, never mind. It would break my own personal fashion rule of no athletic tennis shoes outside of athletic events.

runners high

here’s to many more happy and faster runs in 2011!