Friday, May 23, 2014


This past weekend, we went on a really fun 5k walk with Team Target in honor of Cystic Fibrosis. The kids did really well (only Connor walked it) and were in great spirits. I think it helped that we promised them acai bowls (also known in our household as "icecream") when we were done! 
We were pet sitting for my brother and his fiance, so Nova came with us on the walk. She was NOT impressed with Target's Bullseye, but the kids definitely were! Isabella even gave him a high five - which was pretty miraculous! We probably got stopped 15 different times with people wanting to pet Nova or ask about her. Any of my single friends want to borrow her? I am pretty sure it's the perfect way to meet about half of the people in your town!
We have been really trying to go on more family walks at night. We haven't been super consistent during the work week because it's so hard to get dinner, baths, and everything done after preschool and before bed - but on the weekends, we've been pretty good at it!
I have been trying really hard to either work out by dvd or run several times a week. It isn't always easy - because I'm just so darn tired after working - but I'm determined.
Even on days when I'm exhausted, I just go do a little run. 1.5 miles is NOTHING for me anymore, but it's still better than sitting on the couch.
Isabella has been very into dress up lately. I came to pick her up from preschool to find her like this:
I am trying oh-so-very hard to model healthy eating for my family. If it were up to Mr. Howard, we'd eat bacon cheeseburgers and ice cream for every meal. So, he isn't always easy to please - but I'm trying. I found this recipe for paleo cookies that uses almond flour, coconut oil, and syrup. Mr. Howard, Connor, and I liked them (they're definitely more scone-like in flavor than cookie-like) - but the babies did not care for them AT ALL. So funny.
Hubby and I have started taking pictures, just so we can see what Connor does behind us. It's pretty darn funny. He's such an adorable little photobomber:
 Speaking of Connor, he rarely falls asleep in our bed - but when he does - Oh Goodness Gracious! My heart explodes! I cannot believe he is going to be five-years-old in six weeks. WHAT?!?
 The end of the school year is always SO stressful for me. I come home physically and mentally just exhausted after every day. I know the kids are even more sick of me than I am of the games they keep playing (like my favorite game, the "if-I-keep-asking-you-the-same-question-over-and-over-maybe-she'll-change-her-mind"). Not so much. Yesterday, I'm pretty sure steam was actually pouring out of my ears as I answered the same question 987 times. Needless to say, I have needed a little break to recharge and I've just been so tired at night (literally crawling in bed at 7:45pm one night); so hubby decided to make me a breakfast and coffee Thursday morning instead - as a little date. It lasted 15 minutes and the kids were running around like crazy people while we pretended we were in a cafe in Paris, France (ha!), but it was just what I needed. A small break.


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