Dear Graham – Age 5

Dear Graham – Age 5

I thought it would be fun to look back on a letter I wrote Graham on his 5th birthday, as he just turned 5 1/2 last week.  Amazing the difference 6 months makes! July 10, 2016 Dear Graham, Wow, we now have a 5-year old!  Amazing how quickly times goes by.  I can still vividly remember the day you entered this world 5 years ago, and the instant love Mommy and Daddy felt for you.  We never imagined that love…

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Our first family ski trip

Our first family ski trip

This past weekend the McLeans hit the slopes for the first time as a family!  We took Graham skiing 2 years ago, but Reagan wasn’t old enough at that age to ski. Last year was a wash between bad weather and us trying to get settled into our new house.  This year it was all systems go!  We decided to take the kids to a small resort in the Catskills, NY called Villa Roma.  It is a small hill (just…

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Scenes from my iPhone

Scenes from my iPhone

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  It’s Friday!!  To keep things light on here today, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my latest iPhone pics to see what I am taking pictures of.  It’s actually kind of funny to see the randomness  Last weekend Graham proclaimed that he “wasn’t tired” and was definitely not taking a nap.  I told him to just read quietly in his room.  I came upstairs 15 minutes later…

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Day in the Life – Ages 5.5 and 3.5

Day in the Life – Ages 5.5 and 3.5

I wrote a “day in the life” post when I first started my blog, as I find it interesting (and maybe a bit creepy) to read how other moms spend their days.  Plus I like having the ability to look back and remember this phase of life.  So I am doing another one to see how things have changed over the past 4 months.  This was from last Wednesday. 6am – alarm goes off and I hit snooze while simultaneously…

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Running vs. Weight Training

Running vs. Weight Training

I know I’ve mentioned it on here before, but I’m in a kind of strange place right now in regards to exercise.  Normally this time of year I am ramping up to start training for a spring half marathon.  I am pouring over training plans, locating all of my winter running gear, and overall getting excited about having a goal to work towards.  This year is different.  I’m not running a spring half marathon – actually I’m not even running…

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2017 New Year Goals

2017 New Year Goals

I’ve never been one to make official New Year’s goals.  In fact, I’ve never been one to even celebrate New Year’s too much.  Funny thing, because Nathan and I actually got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2004.  We were lame and even fell asleep before the ball dropped (although in my defense, I had just flown from NJ to CO that morning and we had spent the afternoon skiing, so midnight actually felt like 2am).  But for some reason this…

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How Applied Kinesiology has helped our kids

How Applied Kinesiology has helped our kids

Nathan and I were raised very differently in regards to doctors and medicine.  Whenever my brother, sister, or I got sick my mom took us to the doctor and got us medicine.  A sprained ankle meant x-rays and an air cast.  It worked for us, and is all we knew.  On the flip side, Nathan’s mom usually waited a day or 2 to see if the symptoms improved (and used antibiotics as a last resort).  She used diet as a way…

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Happy New Year from our crazy family

Happy New Year from our crazy family

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year from our family to yours!  After a much needed break, I will be back to my regular posting schedule tomorrow.  I’ve got lots of great post ideas.  And as always, please feel free to send any ideas you have my way.

Top 10 Moments From 2016

Top 10 Moments From 2016

I have started a nightly routine where I think back on the day and give thanks for the positive things that happened.  So many times I spend the time right before drifting off to sleep worrying/stressing about things that are out of my control (at least at that moment).  So I shifted that thinking this year, and I have to say I’ve been sleeping much better.  And I’m so exhausted by the end of the day I generally only make…

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Feeling a bit introspective

Feeling a bit introspective

I recently received an email from one of the coaches at Newell Strength asking for my input on a few topics.  They are putting together a Fit Moms program, and are looking for feedback from various moms to get ideas on the best way to structure the program.  I read the email right before I left work on Tuesday, and spent that evening really thinking about my answers.  Once I started typing out my reply I went into autopilot, just letting…

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