You guys, sorry.  I’ve not been around lately.  We have spent the last few weeks soaking up the last bit of summer, you know, now that we have actual summer weather!  We had to pack in the fun before my big girl started kindergarten! 

First Day of KindergartenYesterday was her first day of school and she was so excited!  She was counting down the days!  And then the minutes.  She woke up super early because she was just too excited to sleep any more!

First Day of Kindergarten dinosaur dressShe gobbled up her breakfast and begged to go upstairs to get dressed before anyone else had a chance to eat half their breakfast!  I think she was just super excited to put her new dinosaur dress on!

First Day of Kindergarten dinosaur dressI took a break from my usual sewing of knit fabric to make her the dinosaur dress of her dreams!  (not that she doesn’t already have a knit dinosaur dress………….or a cotton one……..)  She requested a new dinosaur dress for her first day of school and who am I to argue?  Especially when we found this super cute fabric and buttons at Hobby Lobby.  The pattern is Simplicity 1379 View C with sleeves.  Pockets.  Enough said.

First Day of KindergartenIt was a hazy morning and the bus comes early.  Almost 40 minutes earlier than we had to leave for preschool last year.  But we made the trek down the sidewalk with time to spare.  Technically the bus stop is our side yard so we didn’t have to go far.

First Day of KindergartenShe was getting so antsy waiting, but the big yellow bus finally showed up!  She hesitated at first and watched the older kids go ahead.  She said hello to the bus driver and climbed aboard.

First Day of KindergartenShe gave momma one last smile and wave and off she went.  And this momma barely held it together.  Thank goodness I had Pumpkin home with me to yell “Now let’s go pway!!!!!”  She was not nearly as emotional about Cupcake’s new adventure.

She was returned home to me a few hours later and she still had that big smile on her face.  She made two new friends and supposedly even has a boyfriend already!!!  Social butterfly.  Though she said the day was mostly boring because they had to do a bunch of first day stuff she is still excited to go back today. 

I hope she never loses that spunk.  Even when there are no new dinosaur dresses to wear, shiny shoes to skip in, a light backpack with no homework in it, or Chick-fil-A lunch dates when she gets home.  She has big dreams.  I hope it stays that way. 

Fall Fashion

Hey! Did you miss me?  We took a family vacation and I had planned to get some posts ready before we left, but decided to sew myself a new dress for our trip instead.  I’m just getting caught up and back into the regular routine, which is about to change again when school starts next week!  We’re heading into the end of summer so it’s time to start thinking about fall fashion.  Luckily for me some of the fabrics I received my July KnitFix bag were perfect for fall!

Fall Fashion #thirtyone #thirtyonegiftsI knew this gorgeous animal print would make a great tunic for fall!  I sewed it up in See Kate Sew’s City Girl Frock.  You may remember seeing this pattern sewn up before in a sweater knit.  I sized down this time since my fabric had a bit more stretch and I’m so glad I did.  The fit is great!

And then I paired it with my beautiful new Townsfair Reversible Tote from Thirty-One.  I’ve been carrying this bag for a few weeks now and I’m in love!  The color is great!  The size is perfect for my wallet and Mini Zipper Pouch for myself and a Zipper Pouch with diapers for Pumpkin.  I can also toss my camera in it, too! 

Fall Fashion #thirtyone #thirtyonegiftsIt has this great metallic trim and interior.  And the interior can become the exterior since it’s reversible!  Though I love the purple so I’ll probably carry it this way most of the time. 

The Townsfair Reversible Tote is available in the NEW fall catalog that went live August 1.  This might be my favorite catalog ever!  You should definitely check it out!

So, it seems a little silly to be talking fall when we just started feeling summer temperatures around here (hello, mild summer!).  But fall will be here before we know it and I’ll be prepared!


Are you gearing up for fall, too?  Or just trying to get through all the back to school chaos?

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Friday Fitness: Changing it Up

Now that I’m done with half marathon training (again) I don’t know that Friday Fitness will be a weekly thing.  It’s not that I’m giving up running now, but I’m not going to be logging lots of miles.  I’m going to be scaling it back and picking up the strength training.  The longest run I Have on my schedule the rest of the year is 10K.  Well, except the 10.9 miles I’ll be running at the Market to Market relay but that is over 3 legs. 

I’m focusing on strength, particularly leg strength.  My focus is no longer distance, so I’m looking for speed.  I’m hoping to get my 5K pace back under a consistent 9 min/mile.  And just work on strength in general.

Saturday – rest day (and by rest I mean spending the entire day walking around the zoo).

Sunday – 3.1 miles (9:15 min/mile) followed by plyo work

Monday – rest day (driving back from IN)

Tuesday – 3 stroller miles (9:39 min/mile) followed by plyo with my MRTT girlsHappy feet

 Wednesday – 21 Day Fix Upper Body Fix in the morning.  2.27 super muddy trail miles in the evening.

Muddy runThis was so fun!  A storm rolled through an hour before our run so the trail was completely soaked.  We splashed, we sank, we jumped the creek.  I loved it!

Thursday – stroller strength (upper body and 3.12 miles)

Friday – 21 Day Fix Lower Body Fix and 1.75 miles on the step machine.

So, yeah, more strength training, less miles.   That’s the plan.  And no more half marathons in the near future!  And a relaxing weekend.


What’s your plan?

Have a great weekend everyone!



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Ham and Cheese Quiche

Every week I make a menu and a grocery list.  I like to be prepared.  I write the menu on the chalkboard wall so I can remember what I’m making.  But sometimes you go to the grocery store and before you can even write the menu on the board you drop a carton of eggs and some of the eggs crack.  Then you decide you aren’t going to waste those eggs, which were supposed to be your breakfast for the week, so you have to veer from the path and make something else, like a ham and cheese quiche.  Luckily I had some leftover ham and cheese in the fridge!

Ham and cheese quiche #recipeLuckily I had everything else I needed and just enough time to get it done.  And it turned out really good!  I changed things up a bit and tried Havarti cheese in the quiche instead of your standard Swiss and it was so good!

I’m not a pro at making pretty pie crust, but I think this one turned out pretty good!  At least it’s my best to date.  Not that I’m making pie crusts on the regular or anything……

Do you want to know the best thing about making a quiche for dinner?  Having leftover quiche for breakfast the next morning!  I used those cracked eggs for breakfast after all!

Ham and cheese quiche #recipeSo when you go to make this quiche let me give you a little tip. Put the pie dish on a baking sheet.  That way if some of the egg spills over you don’t have a big mess to clean in your oven. 

Ham and Cheese Quiche
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For the crust
  1. 1 cup unbleached flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  4. 2 to 3 teaspoons cold water
For the quiche
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 2 cups whole milk
  3. 1 cup diced ham
  4. 4 oz Havarti cheese
  5. 1/3 cup diced onion
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For the crust
  1. Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until the crumbles are about the size of peas. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time mixing until all flour is moistened.
  2. Gather pastry into a ball and shape into a flattened round. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll onto a lightly floured surface into a circle 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Transfer to the pie plate and and press against the bottom and side of the pie plate being careful not to stretch the pastry.
For the quiche
  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Beat eggs slightly in a large bowl. Whisk in milk, salt and pepper. Fold in ham, cheese and onion. Pour into pastry lined pie pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 300. Bake 30 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
What Does She Do All Day?

Indianapolis Zoo

Hubby was traveling for work all last week, so the girls and I tried to keep really busy.  We went to the park, the fair, the museum, and we packed up and headed to Indiana for the weekend. Where we went to the Indianapolis Zoo.  They girls have been to the Cincinnati Zoo and the Akron Zoo, but this was the first time we went to Indy.  We had a blast!

Indianapolis ZooWe got up close and personal with the fishes, sharks and other ocean creatures.

Indianapolis ZooThey played hide and seek with the sea lions.

Indianapolis ZooWe spent a lot of time with the penguins, of course.

Indianapolis ZooThe girls were so excited to see dolphins for the first time.  And even more excited that we were going to watch the dolphin show.

Indianapolis ZooWe sat in the splash zone.  We got splashed.

Indianapolis ZooWe smashed pennies for a souvenir.  We always smash pennies for a souvenir. 

Indianapolis ZooThe tigers were feeling friendly.

Indianapolis ZooThe giraffes were on the move.  This giraffe picked up a branch off the ground and shared it with his friend.  It was the cutest thing!

Indianapolis ZooThe flamingos were pink. 

Indianapolis ZooI was happy to have brought the stroller, even if it wasn’t a double stroller.  We saw everything there was to see.  We wore ourselves out.  Though the girls somehow found the energy to splash.

Indianapolis ZooIt was a beautiful day.  Not too hot, but perfect splashing temperature!

Indianapolis ZooPumpkin almost fell asleep in the stroller on the way back to the car (even though she was sitting on the front footrest).  She was asleep before we got out of the parking lot.  Cupcake followed suit halfway home (it was a 20 minute drive from my mom’s house). 

It was a wonderful zoo!  Lots of animals to see, plenty of shade as you’re walking around, good food at the cafe and a splash pad!  The girls are still talking about the fun they had two days later. 

We’re just about to pack up the car and head back home, now.  We’re all excited to see daddy when we get home (or when he gets home from work) and I know I’ll be happy to sleep in my own bed (without a 5 year old sleeping sideways and kicking me in the side). 


What kind of fun did you get into this weekend?


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