Trail Run

I did my first trail run of the year. It was muddy and cold but it felt awesome to be out there. 

I had what I suppose was a type of Charlie horse in my right calf but it worked itself out during my slow down. A lot of spots called for careful footing so I had a chance for the kink to subside.

I finished strong and was proud of my time. 2.69 miles in 39min. Slow but good considering I haven’t run in a year. Plus the mud was a big factor in slowing things down.  

My goal is 75 trail run miles. This is in addition to the 100 hiking miles I want to complete before the year is out. I think both are attainable.  

I’m grateful to have such a great trail close to our house. Ft. Ben is a great place to run. 

My mom and grandmother gave me a portable fire pit for Christmas. I had forgotten I had it on my amazon wish list so when I opened it, it was a nice surprise. 

I knew the first thing in the pit would be our super crispy Christmas tree. He was beautiful in the beginning but by Christmas Day he was done. 


So I’m the early morning hours Thursday I took it down and drug it to the back yard. Leaving a trail pine needles in my wake. Then yesterday I cut it to pieces with my hack saw. I had a hand saw but it was pretty much worthless. My friend Pam saved the day when she brought over an ax so I could cut the trunk into smaller pieces. Lots of stress relief in chopping wood! 


Supper happened between fire prep and the actual fire. It’s been a minute since I made a meal that didn’t feel rushed. My assistant for the night was Ashlyn. She was all about peeling the carrots in record time. 



We tried a new soup recipe…Creamy Chicken Tortellini. Drop biscuits were a must and at the last minute I threw together an apple crisp. The meal was a hit! 


The fire took a bit to really get some good coals but we persevered and at the end of the night I would say we enjoyed a nice, albeit smokey, fire. Looking forward to more time around the fire pit with the girls and with friends!

Long time no see

So much has happened since I last posted. This blog is now about a family of 6 instead of 7. My now ex-husband filed for divorce earlier this year. 

I have been helping my kids navigate the changes which have been huge and some that have been far too rapid for them. 

I now have two in a wonderful Montessori public school, one in a private home school, and one that is finishing up her senior year at home. 

I have a fantastic job that I love. I work with a great group of people and am thankful everyday for this job being available right when I needed it. 

Through out all of the ups and downs I have had a fantastic support team both near and far. I am forever grateful for each and everyone of them. 

So, let’s see. Being single has given me the freedom to unearth myself from years of what I thought it meant to be the ideal mom and wife. I am physically in the best shape of my life. I get to come and go as I please when I am kid free. Decorate how I want, watch what I want, cook what I like,when I want….you get the idea. 

I’m definitely ready to see 2016 go.  But for all the stress and sadness there was a lot of joy. It’s about to get pic heavy so my apologies. 

This is just a glimpse of some of the amazing people in my life and a bit of the fun I have had with them and my girls. 10 mile solo hike, sunrise workouts on the beach in Destin, birthday celebrations, day trips, fun times at home. There have been plenty of tears but through it all there has been a lot of joy. 












Thankful Day 20…yep still behind.

This is very challenging for me to keep up with. It’s also getting rather hard to list ten things everyday.Oy!

So, for yesterday……..

1. Completing two hand made Christmas gifts

2. Getting a book from paperback swap. Love getting books for next to nothing!

3. A clean playroom.

4. The little girls’ room is clean.

5. Peppermint Mocha creamer.

6. Scoring an in perfect condition corkboard I needed at Goodwill. It will be decorated and given as a Christmas gift.

7. The delete button on Facebook.

8. My sister in law Kim. She is super sweet, very giving, and loves, loves my girls. I’m glad she is part of our lives.

9. My brother in law Jerrid, who married Kim. I’m not sure he would have made the list if he hadn’t. 😉 He is way laid back, funny, and he says I’m his favorite sister in law so he rocks.

10. Another day.

Thankful day 19

I did try to post on time last night but our internet was misbehaving so it was a no go. This is yesterday’s list.

1. Mom’s night out. A quiet meal and time to sit a knit

2. The work truck being fixed. Now I have my van back.

3. A new series on Netflix. Currently watching Zen.

4. Nancy Drew books. They sparked my love of mysteries.

5. Pumpkin scented candles

6. First snowmen of the year. Even though the building process sparked a big meltdown for one kid.

7. Time to help the aforementioned kid settle down and to talk her though her big emotions.

8. Being able to bring home Wendy’s to a teen in order to make a bad night better. It isn’t always that simple.

9. Having time to be with my kids.

10. Another day.

Soup! It’s what’s for lunch AND supper!

I love soup. Love, love, love soup. Soup does a really good job of making the cold days around these parts easier to handle. There is something lovely about wrapping my hands around a mug or bowl warmed by something that I made. I love the smell of soup cooking and how it fills the entire house. Unless of course I burn the garlic, then it’s not as lovely and romantic as I would like it to be. Then it just stinks.

Luckily for me, and all other residents of our home, I did NOT burn the garlic today. Today I made a super simple dairy free potato soup for myself and the youngest three for lunch. It was this recipe from Peaceful Mom. Super simple and quick and great flavor.  Then for supper I decided that a day could never have too much soup in it so I made our favorite tomato soup. The recipe can be found here. It is amazing! It does involve cooking garlic which I recommend you not burn. 😉 If you make it past step one without causing the house to stink the rest is cake! It is oh so yummy and a huge hit in our house. I had a grilled cheese with mine. I think everyone else just had multiple bowls. Of course we have left overs so lunch tomorrow is taken care of! Yay soup!

Now I am off to finish my second cup of coffee that is heavily loaded with peppermint mocha creamer. Yes, I know it is 8pm but this girl has a lot of Christmas presents to work on and get sent off to family in Mississippi. It’s going to be a late night folks!

Thankful post day 17 and 18

With my track record I am going to go ahead and knock out today’s thankful list as well as yesterday’s.

1.Sunshine on a bitter cold day.

2. Leftover turkey sausage.

3. Waffle maker.

4. Wind chimes.

5. Amazon prime.

6. Warm pajamas

7. Potato soup

8. Contact lenses. I don’t enjoy wearing my glasses.

9. The Greencards

10. Another day.

1. Kids that sleep in.

2. Not having to leave my house.  It’s very cold outside.

3. A 9yo that likes to help me cook.

4. My printer.

5. The time hop app.

6. The Blacklist.

7. Word games.

8. Journals

9. Clean laundry.

10. Another day.