Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Queens 5K Romp

On Sunday, Marlie and I participated in her first 5k!  There's no better first race for a little girl than one that involves tutus and tiaras.  Candle Queen is a gift boutique here in town and they host the Queen's 5K Romp to raise money for The Farmers House.  
Marlie's not much of a runner yet and didn't really understand how far three miles was.  A few weeks ago I took her out for a practice run of 2 miles because she insisted that she could run 5!  Of course about 1/4 of a mile in, she was begging to stop.  Once I got her calmed down, we tried running one minute then walking one minute.  That worked great for her!  She completed the two miles and had a better understanding of what to expect on race day.  

The night before the race, I gave Marlie her bib and showed her how runners like to lay all their clothes and gear out.  She thought that was fun and has continued doing it for school every day.

We had planned on meeting up with my friend and her daughter before the start of the race.  However, my friend got sick so her daughter went with us and Marlie enjoyed hanging out with a big girl.    

I was still a little sleepy eyed before the race but we were ready to run.  Most of the ladies wore tutus for the race.  I admit that I'm a slacker and never got around to getting some for us.  Marlie had her tiara on though so she didn't seem to mind.  

We did it!  Marlie was a rock star for her first 5k and I was a proud mama!  She had a great attitude the whole time and the 1 minute on/1 minute off worked well for her again.  Hopefully as she gets a little stronger, we can incorporate more running.  My goal for her this time was just to have a lot of FUN and enjoy her first race experience!  

Marlie was excited to get a medal of her own to hang with mine and Bryan's collection.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Redleg in Blues

Last weekend my parents came to visit and stay with the girls so that Bryan and I could attend a military ball.  The local field artillery association hosted a Saint Barbara's Ball for all the redlegs in the Kansas City area.  It was so nice to get away for a day and night without the kids.  It's somewhat of a tradition in the field artillery for the women to wear a red dress to St. Barbs.   For the second ball in a row, I rented a gown from Rent the Runway.  The zipper on the dress was a little wonky, but otherwise I was very pleased with it.    
The next morning we wanted to have a great breakfast so we went downtown to Succotash which is one of the best breakfast spots in KC!  Bryan ordered The Kitchen Sink and I had the Peachy Swedes.  I also enjoyed one of their fresh squeezed juices and got a piece of their 8 layer citrus cake to go.    

As soon as we got home on Sunday, Bryan had to clean up and put on his dress blues again.  He and Marlie had a date to attend a local Father-Daughter Banquet.  It is so sweet to see how excited she gets about dressing up to go on a special date with her daddy.  

She said "Take a picture of me doing a silly face!"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Restless by Jennie Allen

I was seeing some buzz online about Restless and Jennie Allen so I was very excited when BookLook gave me the opportunity to read this new book!

I believe so many people feel like they are going through the motions of life rather than really living out each day with a passion and a purpose.  Jennie Allen encourages and inspires you to find that purpose and pursue it.  If you're not sure what that is, Restless even provides "worksheets" to help you determine the gifts God has given you.

I am glad I read Restless and would definitely encourage others to read it - especially other ladies in the same season of life as myself.  I enjoyed Jennie's style of writing and could easily relate to her life as a wife and mom to young children.  Although the worksheets weren't something I would typically do, I think other readers would appreciate how the activities can help them figure out their gifts and calling.  The book did inspire and encourage me to continue to pursue what I feel God is calling me to do during this season of my life.  One of my favorite themes of the book was how Jennie Allen challenges us to act now rather than wait for a more convenient season of life.  I also like that Jennie recommended reading certain portions of the Bible and shared other scripture regularly throughout the book.    

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nana's Recipe Box: Bacon Potato Casserole

We're now 2 for 2 with good recipes from Nana's recipe box!  This casserole tastes like a loaded baked potato but even better since there's as much other good stuff as there is potatoes .  For our family of 4, I cut the recipe in half and it worked great.  

Bacon Potato Casserole

10 medium potatoes, boiled and diced
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups cheese, cubed
1 1/2 cups mayo
salt & pepper to taste

Cook bacon and drain (reserve 2 Tbsp drippings).
Saute onion in drippings.
Crumble bacon and add with onion, cheese, salt, pepper and mayo.
Mix with potatoes and bake at 325 degrees in greased casserole dish for 40-60 minutes

Yield: 8 servings