Pecans, optional

You only have to land on this blog for 2.5 seconds and see that I have a love of cooking. And it’s not just cooking. It’s cooking really tasty things. And I’m not ashamed to admit I’m that nerd who reads cookbooks – for fun. I love imagining what that list of ingredients will produce…

The Great Tech Detox of 2017

It’s been 18 hours since we did the unthinkable.  Since we took away our kids technology.  And we told them we don’t know when they will get it back.  It wasn’t just one thing that led to the decision.  It’s been brewing for a while.  My husband, Andy and I have had multiple conversations about…

In Defense of the Mom Blogger

I accompanied the owner of OKC Moms Blog to an  OKC Influencer “networking breakfast” today.  And it was your typical corporate breakfast.  A lot of suits around, a lot of card swapping and a lot of industry talk going on.  It took me back to my corporate years.  Some people love corporate life.  I did…

Things I learned at the middle school banquet

Let’s see, Carson is 14 and this is the fist time I’ve helped at an extra curricular event for school in maybe, 8 years?  It was time to pay my dues, I know.  #Momfessional.  I don’t love helping at school events.  Some people are cut out for that stuff.  They are gifted.  Me – I’m…

Double Digits

  It’s official as of today.  I no longer have any children the age of single digits.  Today Karly hits the milestone.  I don’t know if I’ve told this story here but when I figured out I was pregnant with Karly it was the day of Neely’s first birthday party.  And I cried.  And they…

Love

It’s love month!  Do you care?  Do you not care?  People’s feelings are all over the board this month.  I like Valentine’s day.  I’m not one who requires a lot of celebrating.  I did in my early years.  I thought Andy needed to go big or go home.  But now its like I don’t want…

A quick trip to Virginia

We just got back from a quick trip to Virginia.  I had an event I was hosting in Washington D.C. and Andy tagged a long for a weekend away.  My sis lives in Virginia so we mini vacayed it. It started off rough with a 5 hour delay before we even left.  It cut a…

Back in the running saddle

What do you think of the blog redesign????  Take note of the new address – http://www.justfinishstrong.com. It’s January.  January means a lot of things to me. We celebrate this guy’s birthday! (Cake cred Neely and Karly)(Should I paint that dining room wall?  If so, what color? I’m taking a poll) The fireplace is burning every…

Saying Goodbye

I don’t have a lot of experience when it comes to death.  The only personal experience I really have is my grandfather who passed away after a heart attack when I was in high school.  I have a horrible memory so I don’t remember much more than kissing his bald head for the last time…

On Rollerskating and being over 40

Our family got invited to a friend’s 40th birthday party at a skating rink…80’s themed.  Now I don’t know about you but those 2 things bring the memories back.  Phrases like shoot the duck, couples skate, and bathroom stalls etched with bad words fill my memory.  My mom may have even dropped me off at…

You gotta try this – Indoor Skydiving with IFly

So some people like adventure.  And some don’t.  I feel like I am someone who hasn’t quite tapped into my adventure capability.  Neely got the adventure gene too.  We’ve talked about how we are going to go skydiving once she is old enough. I can’t wait. So when I had the chance to go try…

The Pioneer Woman, her store and two super fans.

About 10 years ago I stumbled upon this food blog called “The Pioneer Woman”.  It just might be where my interest in blogging was peaked.  The author, Ree, lived on a ranch in rural Oklahoma and cooked food I wanted to cook. I had my hands full with 3 kids under the age of 5…