Worth A Thousand Words

Since I started participating in races a few years ago, I’ve always tried to manage a smile at event photographers at different points along the course. However, given what I know I look like when I run (red-faced, sweaty and not even remotely cute), I’ve never really felt the need to own any of the Kodak…

Tell Me Again. How…?

So my eldest has finished college. There. I said it. All that remains is the ceremony to make it official. Next year at this time, it will be my youngest’s turn. How weird is that?? Accordingly, I’ve settled into a strange, weepy, sentimental fog of love, gratitude, pride, and bewilderment. How on earth did we…

It Will Be Okay.

This week brought a quick road trip with my son…but not the kind of adventure road trip we’re used to. This was a trip to his first “real” interview for a position within his field of study. Given that I was well into the second week of this lovely illness that has been rocking my…

Throwback Thursday

I’m pretty sure I’ve posted these photos out here before, but I don’t care. It’s almost Halloween and this is my favorite set of Throwback photos of all time. Love these faces, love these boys.  

Perfect. Just Perfect.

Friday marked the ten-year anniversary of my kids and I calling St. Louis home. And I cannot think of a more perfect way to celebrate than taking in the best of this city with my lifelong best friend and her wonderful family, who made the trek from Kansas City for this visit. What a blast….

Sunday Session

For awhile now, Drew and I have been talking about taking some “Senior Photos” of him before his last year of college kicks off. So this morning, we decided to set out. Destinations: Laumeier Sculpture Park and Citygarden. Perfect morning, perfect locations. And perfect company. Loved the late summer blooms. St. Louis, I love you…

Not My Kids’ Legos

When the kids were growing up, I learned quickly that the bottoms of adult feet have some strange magnetic pull specific to stray Legos left on the floor. Especially in the middle of the night. I became quite familiar with that feeling of cut glass underfoot. Thanks to an afternoon trip to the Botanical Garden, it…

We’re not in Kansas anymore…or Colorado

We reluctantly packed up at the crack of dawn this morning and headed home, putting Colorado and the Rockies in our rear view mirrors. But not before a fun send off from a few rather large visitors. One elk stood right outside our back door, while two others mulled around in the neighboring yard. They…

The Adventure Continues

 Back to Rocky Mountain National Park this morning. First stop: Sprague Lake. This has to be one of my favorite spots of the day. Below is a fly fishing lesson. Can you imagine learning a new skill with THIS as your backdrop? Check out this brazen little chipmunk. We were within just a foot or…

Enjoying the Views

After a loooong drive through the monotonous landscape of Kansas, which my youngest son likened to running on a treadmill, we finally reached the gorgeousness of Colorado. Per usual, we’ve had a very loose agenda. A few non-negotiables are on the itinerary, but we mostly just go with the flow. As a family with two males, one…

Happy Day

“Making Tracks for the Zoo” with the boys at an early morning 5K. The finish was a personal best for both of the boys — and Drew finished 2nd in his age group, Tanner finished 14th. It wasn’t a personal best for me in terms of time, but I finished in the top 35% of women…

Time to GO!

Today was a very good day. For several reasons. After several months of training, Drew and I got to run the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon! This was Drew’s first half and my third. And boy, did he smoke that course. Initial race results had him finishing 100th out of more than 6,000 runners, but…

Hike in the 100 Acre Wood

  “Hey Mom, let’s take a hike.” Sunshine…Saturday…time spent with my son in the great outdoors… Gee, twist my arm. It’s amazing how much scenery can be packed into a relatively short trek. Along the way, I’m pretty sure we found Piglet’s house in the 100 Acre Wood. If this thing had a door… Don’t…

Top O’ the Weekend to Ya

Lemme start this by saying it: this has been a very, very good weekend so far. While there’s good in every day if you look around hard enough, this is the kind of good that hands itself to you in a colorful package with a big, sparkly bow. A Pharrell-Williams’-“Happy”-playing-in-your-head kind of weekend. It started…

“Adventurous”

Adventurous (adjective): willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas or experiences. “Let’s be adventurous.” When I jokingly said that I was itching to go for a walk in the middle of our ongoing snowstorm, Drew said, “I’ll go with you! C’mon. It’ll make us adventurous!” When I started to protest, he…

Sunday

A super cold race…Drew’s first (and FAST) 15k…to start the morning and a Christmas concert at the Fox to close a late evening. And a super long nap in between. I loved this day.

Grateful

“There’s that moment every year. We sit down to a much-awaited table – the sum of the attention of to-do lists across town. Not a detail missed. Yet no matter how perfect the setting, it is something else for which we are grateful: the simple pause that comes from the gathering. That’s it. The reflection…

You’ve Got This!

After my less-than-productive run yesterday, I went for a three mile hike with Drew. Gotta say, he’s turned into a bit of a running buff and fitness freak. He’s dropped at least 30 pounds since his chemo ended a year ago. He works out religiously and eats very healthy. It’s been fun to watch his…

Dear So-and-So…

Well, my firstborn is 21. We celebrated with a Veteran’s Day road trip to see the Chicago Bulls play. While there, we were formally introduced to Sprinkles Cupcakes and experienced Chicago’s first snow of the season. But people-watching along the way has reminded me that I haven’t done a Dear So-and-So post in a very,…

From Where I Sit…

An uncharacteristically disorganized and irritating follow-up visit with the neurosurgeon for the boys made for a very cranky mother today. Misplaced discs with MRI scans, missing physician orders for lab draws, and startlingly stupid questions from a social worker are just a few of the things that pushed my patience to (over) the brink. These…

Fall Sunday Fun Day

  …And they’re off!! See Batman and the Riddler at the front of the starting line? Those are my guys, barreling out of the gate and running their first 5K race with reckless abandon. Pre-race silliness. I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked to pose for photos with them. It was hilarious….

Geeez …

Just a small glimpse into what happens when we shop for socks and boxers in our house. Gotta say, my kids are funny and fearless. Not shown: my hot pink compression socks for running. They’re supposed to help prevent further injuries. Given that my single pair of running socks cost as much as nine pairs…

Leadership…as defined by Drew

When my older son was asked to submit an application for a school leadership award of some sort, he shared with me a few of his essay answers. I’m usually a pretty critical editor, but I was so moved by what he wrote, I couldn’t change a thing. For fun, I’ll share one of his…

A Long List

These came home with me today from a local candy store. Gifts for my boys. There are so many things that I love about my boys, but the fact that they still love toys ranks right up there at the top. Even Batman Uglydolls. (I found these while searching for Hello Kitty Uglydolls. Go figure.)…

Road Trip

First road trip of 2013 is in the books! Oklahoma City and back…in two days. We got to see our favorite ballers up close. And I mean really close. Above were our actual seats, but during the pre-game warmup, an unbelievably obliging customer service woman arranged for the kids to sit in the owner’s seats…shown…