Well it's been almost a month since our vacation and I am just now getting to editing our pictures. I took pictures with only my phone on our trip and it's such a pain to get them onto my computer, compared to sticking in my camera card. Plus days when we see one of the most beautiful landforms, I'm wishing I would've had my real camera. It's one of those things that is just crazy to even comprehend how God made something that big and loud and beautiful. It's breathtaking to watch it, and kind of scary to stand next to it.
August 31, 2014
August 27, 2014
August 26, 2014
Ruining a dessert. Like forgetting the flour in a whole batch of cookies.
When a customer service rep won't return or exchange something or understand the perfectly sensical thing I'm asking.
When Addilyn takes a 25 minute nap or wakes up at 6:00 for the day. Why does 6 seem worlds earlier than 6:30?
Ordering something online and it not fitting.
Taking out the laundry and finding a shirt that has shrunk or inherited a mysterious stain.
When our cat pees somewhere besides the litter box.
When I lose followers on social media.
Chris saying he is "so" sick.
Too bad I don't look nearly as cute when I cry. Now tell me things that make you irrational cry?
August 25, 2014
tee, vest & shorts: old navy necklace: groopdealz sandals: loft sunglasses: kohls
After my new found love for my denim vest, I've resorted to putting a vest over every outfit and immediately feeling like I'm wearing a "real" outfit. At least I have another vest to rotate. It's a shame I didn't figure this out earlier in the summer because I do feel like it makes my normal jean shorts and tee look much more put together. And still just as comfortable.
August 24, 2014
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Keeping track of your progress is so motivating. When I passed 100 miles, and then 200 miles it's a rewarding feeling. I've been logging my runs and following the hal higdon training program, but I recently was told about the new Walgreens phone app. First of all they have all kinds of sections, like shopping list, prescription refill app, coupons, scanner (my favorite) and even an pharmacy chat. Makes it pretty convenient to ask about dosage for over the counter medicine or other related questions. But they also have a place where you can log your daily physical activity. The healthy choices feature is part of the Balance Rewards program and app, where you can set your goals, track your progress and log your activities, which will be great once I'm done logging my runs in my training app.
August 20, 2014
August 19, 2014
shorts: loft tank top: old navy vest: justfab
I told you I wanted to wear this vest all the time and I think I wore it three days out of four last week.
Speaking of things I want, I wish the marathon was next week instead of two months from now.
I'd also like to buy at least one thing on groopdealz a day.
I wish a cold iced coffee would show up on my doorstep the minute after I put Addilyn down for her afternoon nap so I could drink it and watch another episode of Nashville on Netflix.
I'd like my vacation pictures to edit themselves and write a good post about how much fun it was and how much I miss spending all that time with my family.
I'd like these cookies to disappear from my kitchen so I wouldn't eat four a day until they were gone.
I also wish Chris would stop eating so ridiculously loud while sitting next to me right now. And that I could do a better job multitasking because I have no idea what is going on in the show that we are watching.
August 18, 2014
Addilyn's onesie: Courtney Bock Designs
56 days left until the big day. Part of me wishes it was next weekend, as at this point I know I could finish even if it meant I was more sore and slower than I'd be with two more months of training. But I know the training is a much bigger process and commitment than the race itself. Motivation is the biggest battle, as some days it takes a whole lot to get myself out on a run.
Here's few things that motivate me lately . . .
Breaking up my run into smaller chunks mentally. For my 15 mile run I tell myself I can do 5 miles. After that I get a drink of water and tell myself I can do five more. And then five more after that. It is seriously more a mental game than physical for much of the run. I'm well aware I'm running 15 miles, but by only thinking of five at a time, it feels much more attainable.
This adorable onesie is pretty good motivation too. If I'm going to dress Addilyn in it, I sure as better finish those 26.2 miles. Her onesie is from Courtney Block Designs, an adorable monogram shop that has all kinds of cute things from jewelry to kids backpacks and pjs and my favorite monogram lace sweatshirt (which is going on my birthday list). Courtney has been wonderful to work with and she's offering 15% your order using the code LAURENFORLAUREN15. If I could only make up my mind on a color, I would have already purchased this monogrammed baseball hat.
I can't wait to see her sweet face waiting for me at the finish line, wearing this onesie. Even more so, I can't wait for the day when Addilyn wants to go on a run with me or when we can cross a finish line together. She is pretty good motivation.
August 17, 2014
tee & sandals : old navy shorts: white plum
August 13, 2014
Don't mind the tongue. We make great first impressions. And if that didn't do it, maybe the fact that Addilyn and I both smelled like poop thanks to the worst diaper blow out in the car on the way, which resulted in some side of the road, two person clean up.
But thankfully Liz and Emma didn't seem to care. I've followed Liz and her blog since I started blogging. We got pregnant around the same time, although Liz's baby girl was born quite early and spent a long time in the NICU. I remember praying for Emma quite often, as I couldn't imagine going through that, especially after spending only one night home from the hospital without Addilyn. Liz is such an amazing example of trusting in God's protection and plan. Reading her posts and getting to know her has been an encouragement to me and my own walk with God.
(And p.s. I'm jealous of how cute she looks in hats.)
I had no plans of meeting Liz on our family vacation and didn't even know I'd be close to her until she messaged me when I posted a picture of us at the airport. So Chris, Addilyn and I drove back to Buffalo, NY during the week and I got to meet her and Emma (and Liz's sweet friend Brittany) for lunch.
And it was wonderful. When I got home my mom asked if it was awkward or if we ran out of things to talk about. Not at all. I'm pretty confident we could spend all day together and have plenty to talk about. I wish weren't so far away and am working on getting Liz and Emma to make a trip out to Chicago sometime!
Now I can't lie and tell you I didn't start thinking on the way home about what dumb things I might have said, or if I was a good listener or made a good impression. But Liz texted me and said she had a great time, so let's hope she wasn't lying.
Sharing your life on the internet is a little weird at times. Counting people you've never met as real friends seems strange. But what a blessing to connect with others that are in the same stage as you, to pray for and encourage each other and then to get to meet, hug and have your sweet girls meet too.
Thanks Liz for driving to meet us! We LOVED it.
August 12, 2014
tee: be still clothing company shorts: old navy sandals: discovery
It's rare for me to spend any significant money on a t-shirt. And by significant I mean more than $7. After wanting it for a long time, I finally bought this baseball tee and long for cooler weather so I can wear it. I got this tee when I purchased the other and I love it. My word for this year is rest and sadly I've let a good part of the year go bad without striving to work on it.
A lot of needing to rest requires being still in God's presence, resting in knowing that He is in control. Being still in more moments during the day and not trying to fill every second with noise and busyness. Besides being super comfy, I love the reminder that this shirt gives me to work on my goal for this year and to spend more time being quiet and still before the Lord.