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Welcome to 2016!  I hope that you all enjoyed plenty of time soaking up good food, family and downtime over the holiday season.

I’m not sure if it’s the let down of the holidays, winter, or the start of a fresh year, but January usually leaves me with the urge to hibernate and be introspective.  This year has proven to be no different.  While I’m not much on resolutions, I do believe in taking inventory of the past year.

What did I learn?

How did I challenge myself?

What can I do better?

What do I need to let go?

What brought me joy or sadness?


In the calamity of my household, it’s often hard to sit and process these types of questions.  Three boys are a glorious cyclone of conversation and energy, but they leave you little time to mull over such introspective thoughts.


So, as always, I saved them for a run.  I’m not sure if it’s the endorphins, or whatever kind of auto-pilot that takes over, but I can almost always count on clarity to show up.

It was during a run on a particularly cold,  gray afternoon.  A few miles in, it began to snow.  The type of snow that falls once, maybe twice a season.  Big, fluffy flakes peacefully descending from a white sky, no wind.  Quiet.  As I ran past a row of evergreens, I paused to watch.  The beautiful silence, was palpable.  Snow appeared to be falling in slow motion.  In turn, everything around me felt that way too.  Soaking this in, after miles of tossing and turning the above questions in my mind, it was suddenly clear.


I want more of this.

More slow motion, more beauty, more moments of quiet, more joy.


Of course you might be thinking, ‘don’t we all want more slowness, quiet and joy.’  I’m not naïve enough to believe  this is what my life will be everyday, but that’s not the point.  The point is taking the time to make it happen, to notice the moments where opportunity for this fulfillment lies, and step into them.  If we make this a practice, watching for these chances, challenging ourselves to create them, won’t we become better at noticing them?

I hope so.


Growing up, it’s safe to say I was the quiet girl.  Not necessarily funny or clever, (except for maybe in my head) a true behind the scenes girl.  As a natural redhead, with a lower rating on the confidence scale, I learned quickly not to intentionally draw too much attention to myself.  The hair and freckles did enough of that on their own.  The only folks that might disagree with that statement would be my parents.  In the comfort of my home, I was a bit more lively.  I do believe ‘spunky’ is the word my mom has used to describe it.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar

My comfort zone has always been in creating and observing.  This lead to much time spent in the art department during high school both drawing and painting, people watching during the wee hours in my college library, and finally behind the camera. I found no fault in being this person, up until a few years ago.  I’m not sure if motherhood tripped the trigger, or just the benefit of getting older, but somewhere along the line whispers of more began.

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Hello…and welcome to Spring!

This small space has been in a hibernation of its own the last month.  Winter is a funny thing for me, as it rolls in I feel the need to draw in, cozy up, and actually enjoy the comfort of our home.  By February, I’m over it, and the heavy funk sets in, despite my best efforts.  I long for color and warmth.  Gray and brown blanket the skies and fields.  March and April become glimmering beacons of hope that Spring is near.


Now, here we are, past March and already into April, a month that promises color and warmth.  Birds have been singing the praises of Spring in the early mornings, just outside my window, for the past few weeks.  As I awaken, a smile creeps across my face listening to their carefree songs.  It brings back memories of my childhood bedroom, waking to the view of a blue sky out my window, and birds singing from their perches in the cottonwoods just outside.  In my mind, spring not only brings warmth, but an awakening of the senses and the desire to create.  I’ve found myself composing blog posts in my head as I go about my day.  Yes, the creative juices are most definitely flowing again.


So, let’s catch up, shall we?  As March rolled in, followed by daylight savings, and then April, our time outside has grown exponentially.  Soccer is in full swing times three (!) and after a few weeks of muddy thaw, the running trails are ready to go.  The countdown is on for April birthdays, a trip to Chicago, opening day of the farmers market and a spring half marathon.


Signs of life after winter’s hibernation.  I couldn’t be more excited.

No recipe to share for today, just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying most.  If you care to share what you’ve been up to and loving, of  course I want to hear about that too!


Tales of Another Mother Runner

Gifted Hands–this was a recommendation from my mom.  Inspiring story about one of the top neurosurgeons in the country and his humble beginnings.

Me Before You


Running Gear

Fast Track tops from Athleta

Salomon Speedcross

Mizuno Ascend



*Spring always has me in full cravings for salad greens.  Shaved brussels sprouts and kale have been the base for many creations.

Sprouted Kitchen is always my favorite place to search for inspired flavor combinations, especially when it comes to greens and vinaigrettes.  I recently picked up their new book, and can’t help feel drawn into their world of beautiful food and photography.

*this one is particularly amazing

I’m not a brownie fan, but these could definitely convert me.

Caramel Almond & Sea Salt KIND Bars?  Yes!

Whole milk vanilla bean and lemon yogurt from this local farm.  Amazing.

I’ll wrap it up with these words from Kristen Armstrong.  She’s one of my favorite writers, and has an essay in the above mentioned Tales from Another Mother Runner (originally posted on their site).

Until next time…hopefully sooner than later…follow our adventures on IG…get outside and enjoy the season!





It’s hard to believe we are finally here at Christmas Eve.  The last year has been a whirlwind of adventure.  I’m so thankful for this small space and those of you that visit.  While I know it’s been a little quieter here the last month that only proves how much we’ve truly been filling our days.  With each year that passes, I believe more and more, life is fuller away from the screen than in front of it.  Not to worry, I’ll be sharing our stories in pictures here as always.  Everything feels a little more balanced when I can see the world through my lens.

Merry Christmas, and here’s to wrapping up 2014, wishing you many adventures in the new year to come.

Hot Cocoa Stand


*images from our 4th Annual Neighborhood Hot Cocoa Stand, by far one of our favorite December traditions


There is a big cold front that is supposed to drop into my neck of the woods today.  It appears that our beautiful fall is coming to a chilly end.  As seasons go, fall is usually my favorite, followed closely by summer.  While the colors of autumn have my heart, there is nothing I love quite as much as the warm sun shining on my face.  I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to cold temperatures.  From today until April I’ll wear no less than 2-3 layers.

Maple Almond Butter Apple Crisp

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