Friends! I’m back, and it feels so good! Much love to those of you who emailed and tweeted to check up on me, and much love to those who still visited the site in my absence. Muah! Warm fuzzies.
I never intended to take this long of a break, but the days rolled into weeks which rolled into months…Yeah, I have a feeling you get where I’m going. And I feel so bad I didn’t even tell you what’s up. I should have. I totally should have. And I kept saying to myself, I’ll post an update this Friday. And then “this Friday” came and went, and I reset the goal. Wah. So, here I am finally giving you an update on my life. On a Monday. Go figure.
But first things first. My site design! Isn’t it completely and totally gorg? To say I love it is an understatement. Many thanks to Sara (Moonsteam Design) for using her talents to beautify my little space on the web. She has been so, so easy to communicate and work with, and I’d recommend her in a heartbeat. Also, many thanks to Natalie (Tastes Lovely) for recommending Sara. She was so right when she said Sara’s design would make me love my site even more. Sara and I have a few things here and there to tackle, like the Recipes page, but it will all be done soon.
Now for my update. May was one jam-packed month.
On New Year’s Day I signed up to run a half-marathon. I’d never run that long of a distance before, and I wanted to do it in my beloved college town Lincoln, Nebraska. On May 4, I achieved my goal when I crossed the finish line, which happened to be on the 50-yard line in Memorial Stadium. Go big red! Overall, I had a really great experience. For my first half, I couldn’t have asked for better weather and a better community to run in. I’m not even exaggerating when I say there were people cheering on runners the entire 13.1 miles. And the signs they made were hilarious. And I’m super grateful for the trays of orange slices, bananas, and Jelly Belly jelly beans they graciously shared with us. Amazing. My boys got to see me finish. And I chuuuuuuuuugged chocolate milk post-race like it was going out of style. And I’m not a chocolate milk drinker. But it tasted so good with the powdered sugar doughnut holes. And the banana. And the bagel…
The only downside to my run was that I was getting over a chest cold. I felt great the first 9 miles. The last 4.1 were rough on my lungs, but I made it. Would I run a half-marathon again? You bet. Have I signed up for another yet? Nope. I’m thinking about running a local one in early November, but I’m definitely planning to run Lincoln again next May.
My boys were super excited when a calf was born on their grandparents’ farm. My in-laws are dairy farmers. They don’t live on the dairy, it’s about a mile away from their place. But they do keep the pregnant heifers on their place. Just before the heifers are due to give birth, my in-laws transport them to the dairy. Well, it happened that one of the heifers just couldn’t wait to have her calf and we were there visiting. Talk about a fantastic life lesson. The boys named the calf Lucky, and she (yep, a she!) was taken over to the dairy to be cared for with the other calves while her mama embarked on her milking journey. Aren’t calves just the cutest? And they are so fun to bottle feed!
Mother’s Day. My boys’ daycare and preschool had this holiday covered. I got all sorts of cute, homemade, heartfelt stuff, and I loved every bit of it. This one from Garrison made me laugh. I’m 16 years old and 14 pounds! He gets that I like to cook. And he knows that jobs pay money. I had a good day with my boys.
Garrison had his last day of preschool for the year. Look how much he grew! Excuse me while I bury my face in a box of Kleenex.
After the South Dakota winter we had, tulips were a welcomed sight. At the beginning of the month, the boys were still leaving the house in the mornings in their winter coats. Woof. Thankfully, spring decided it would not be pushed around by winter, and it finally arrived. We planted several patches of tulips last fall, so it was fun to see them pop up from the ground.
The end of the month brought an exciting change for us. We moved to Nebraska! Home. Nathan accepted a new position, and the opportunity to be closer to our families was a total no-brainer. We were sad to leave Brookings. It was such a nice, clean town, and the people were so friendly. I can’t believe that I didn’t get any photos of the packing process. Not a single one. Amazingly, it went smoothly.
Closing on our house and preparing for the moving truck did not go as smoothly. There was some miscommunication with the sellers, and despite the fact they signed their paperwork early, they thought they owned the house until the beginning of June. The closing date was made very clear to us. They’re an older couple, and it may have been their ages and some health issues that caused the communication problems. Anyway, they left a TON of stuff at the house. It was stressful. Our realtor was angry. Their realtor felt terrible. We felt frustrated. The woman wouldn’t even come over to the house to get her things. Her husband did eventually come over, with the help of friends, to load up the stuff, but it took several loads. All we wanted to do was get the carpet replaced (which did happen), paint bedrooms, and deep clean.
On our second day in the house, I was following Nathan and Garrison into town (we were staying at my in-laws until the house was ready). Our youngest, Kase, decided to ride with Grandma who was running about 20 minutes behind, which was such a blessing. Nathan was stopped at a stoplight, and I was behind him, facing south. The light turned green, he waited a second to cross the intersection, and I followed at a distance behind. Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw a car–going about 45 mph–from the west driving towards the intersection with no indication it was going to stop. Nathan didn’t see the car, it was going too fast and was in his blind spot. The car totally t-boned him, causing him to do a 180. Of course, I saw everything. Every single thing. So scary and emotional. My child! My husband! Once I made sure they were ok (minor bumps, thank goodness for seat belts and child safety seats!), you can bet I went all Mama Bear on the driver of the other car. Don’t worry, I just gave her a piece of my mind. Sorry not sorry. Driving is privilege, not a right. It requires great responsibility. I’m just so thankful Kase wasn’t in the car because the car slammed into his side of the car.
So, the photo is the damage of the car. It was completely totaled. It all worked out. Leading up to the move Nathan and I talked on several occasions about what to do with the car. I’d bought it in college, so it was well used. We’d been wanting to get a truck for awhile, and we decided to move first and then figure out the car/truck situation. Well,the accident took care of it. We ended up getting a truck, and we’re so glad we did. We have used it so much that we wondered how we functioned without it.
So that was May. I’ll plan to share June, July, and August updates soon and maybe a recipe or two. I mean, this is a food blog and all…