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…

You want to go where?

I have this friend. When we chat she’s always like “Have you been to so and so?”  My answer is always. “Um, no, what is that?” You need friends to push you out of your comfort zones. Bethany pushes me out of my comfort zone. She makes me try weird places to eat like “Lees…

Let’s catch up. Shall we?

Whew.  It’s  been awhile huh?  Things got a little crazy there for awhile.  So let’s catch up. So we moved.  I never want to see another cardboard box again.  And I never want to move again.  It’s been a summer of unsettledness but both are coming to a close.  We are getting settled and summer…

The best laid plans….

I am a planner.  I need to write things down.  And then I need to check them off as completed.  It’s how I roll.  We are in the process of moving.  And you know what that requires?  Multiple lists and planning.  I don’t sweat it because that’s my thing!  What isn’t my thing, is when…

Letting Karly be Karly

I’ve worked for some micromanagers in the corporate world.  And it’s miserable.  I’m fully capable of completing tasks without detailed direction and instruction.  I’ve silently, in my head, told them to step back (thats the nice internet version). So as a mom, I will be the first to say there are times for micromanagement.  And…

I’m a fan

I am a total dork when it comes to celebrities.  I know they put on their pants one leg at a time like I do but still.  I get star struck.  There are 2 sets of celebrity I am enamored with, musicians and food bloggers. I have a list way too long of musicians that…

Love is not Irritable

It all started with an insane Thursday schedule. The morning started with Karly waking up on the wrong side of the bed. And BONUS! It included an epic tantrum only 20 minutes after waking. The evening would entail an appointment and shuttling Carson to two practices. And we had to eat dinner in there somewhere…

Rookie Middle School Mom: Chapter 3

You just never thing it will happen to your sweet little boy.  You don’t think he could become someone with attitude, eyes that roll, and snarky comments flowing from his lips.  But I’m here to tell you – it does.  There wasn’t a little boy sweeter than my little Carson.  So fun loving and excited…