Running :: Two Babies & A Few Croissants Later

This morning, yes, as in about an hour and a half ago, I went for a run. As many of you know, I have been a runner for some time now, but since getting pregnant with Branch, running has been put on the back burner. A few months after he passed away, I started running again. I was slower than I had been, and my body and bones were soft & fragile from pregnancy followed by surgery.  I did it, though, and it was empowering to some degree, as running often is.  As soon as I was getting more comfortable as a post-baby runner…..I found out I was pregnant with River.  I told myself, for about a millisecond, that I would run for months and months during this second pregnancy, but then I realized that was dumb and not at all what I wanted to do. So I hiked and walked and took a lot of naps and ate croissants, because naps and croissants are both delicious, and hikes and walks are much more fun when pregnant than running is.

I say all of this to help you understand exactly where I was at physically when I decided to download a “zero to 5k” app and go out for my first walk/run interval this morning. First off, this app is super cool. It’s called Fitness 22 5K Runner, and a couple of my friends have used it before so I knew what to expect. It has various “badges” you unlock by completing different runs, and the very first one is called the Lionheart Badge. Umm, hello.

Back to my morning run.  I drove the 5 minutes it takes to get to the coast (#humblebrag), loaded River into the stroller (#bob), started the app (#5krunner), did the warm-up and first walk/run interval (#ivegotthis), and then almost died (#seriouslyithoughtiwasgoingtopassout). PEOPLE. Running is hard!!!!!!!!!!


SOMEHOW I managed to scrape my motivation off the sidewalk and make it through the entire thing. And of course, when I was finished, I felt amazing and so proud of myself. This does not, however, change the fact that RUNNING IS HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least, it’s hard for me. River had a great time and giggled the faster I went.

Until the next one,


Isaiah 40:31  “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint.”

Lately : July 2015

Last weekend we celebrated Independence Day on both the 3rd and the 4th. Double celebration!! We had ribs and watched fireworks with some lovely family and friends on the 3rd, then spent all day Saturday at the beach with this fun crew. SUPER fun. It was overcast all day, which April didn’t like one bit, but I happened to love it. What’s better than being at the beach without any sun?!?! San Diego at its finest! 🙂



I have had a few ice cream cravings lately. Lucky for me, we had an ice cream social at work to celebrate the holiday weekend. A few days later, Glenn and I stopped by Baskin Robbins and I got a DOUBLE SCOOP. It was my 2nd time IN LIFE getting a double scoop. Glenn was shocked at that fact and promptly informed me that he “has been getting double scoops since he could walk.” Goofball. The double scoop was delicious, but it was a little intense. My body may or may not have had a negative reaction to all that lactose. Oopsie!




My beloved car, The Camry, hit 250,000 miles. I am pretty sure that in car years this is 250. Does that sound right? So my car is a dinosaur?


I LOVE my car. We have had some issues in the past, but we’ve worked through all of those and it has only cost a few limb’s worth of $$$ to get us to where we are today. I had the interior super-cleaned and Camry and I have made a commitment to stay together for at least another year, if not another 50, 000 miles. It’s going to be the perfect first car to take our baby around in, and I am so grateful to have it! 1999 Camry’s Forever!


Finally, HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?! I happened upon them while looking up prenatal yoga DVD’s on Amazon. You have got to be kidding me. There are not cuter shoes in this entire world. I just added them to my order.



Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope today brings a little rain, or sun, whatever you so desire. xoxo

Psalm 28:7
“The LORD is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”


My New House

Thank you all so much for reading my last post on the diagnosis, and for your kindness and support be it here, on Facebook, or in person. It is truly appreciated.

Last week, or at least I think it was last week… the weeks have been blurring together a bit lately… Glenn and three of our incredible friends {shout out to Ryan, Matt, and Jordan!!!} spent the day cleaning and organizing our house, giving me LITERALLY what feels like an entirely new home.


There are no words.

We had been wanting to clean out the office, move some furniture around, get blinds, swiffer the floors, etc. etc. but with the busyness of the past few weeks, it simply had not happened. I am beyond grateful to these four men for working so hard and giving me one of the best gifts I could imagine: a new house.

And now, for the tour.

Our front door. This is my summer wreath. I like it, mostly because it has beautiful pink flowers on it.


The first room in our house is our living room. We have two couches, both generously given or sold to us at a ridiculously low price by friends. The coffee table used to belong to Glenn’s parents and now belongs to his brother, but he doesn’t have a place for it at the moment so we are using it until he takes it back.

living room

The dining room is attached to the living room, as you can see, and features our lovely dining room table and china cabinet, both wedding gifts from Glenn’s Grandma Murdock.  One of my favorite parts of the room is our large windows, through which I can feel the ocean breeze and watch the hummingbirds and butterflies flutter around all day.

dining room

Walking through the dining room we come upon my favorite new feature: my very own office. It is attached to the kitchen {!!!} and I have a perfect view of the backyard from my desk.

K office

Kitchen. I think I have shown you our kitchen before, but I am not sure when. Please don’t mind the dirty dishes. They are all rinsed, don’t worry. No grody food particles here, just a bunch of dishes waiting to be washed.


On the other side of the house we have the bathroom {not pictured} and then the study. This was the room that took the most work. It was FILLED with unpacked boxes, and had no organization whatsoever. Thanks to some new {to us} furniture given by our friends the Dally’s, we now have a bookcase, a filing cabinet, AND a super comfortable love-seat so we can watch movies or shows on Hulu together.


Finally, our bedroom. Blinds in a bedroom really increase the privacy, if you were wondering. Especially when you are friends with your neighbors, and their front door is five feet from yours. We used to just “risk it” when running from the shower to the bedroom in nothing but a towel, but thanks to the blinds, long gone are those days.


There it is! My new house!  All we need is some more art on the walls, and everything will be perfect!

Words truly can not express how appreciative I am to the four gentlemen who did this for me. It has honestly been life changing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I love you four SO much. Three of you in a purely platonic way. One of you, well, you’re stuck with me for life so I love you in all ways. xoxo

Much love,


Dinner Date in Encinitas

Last weekend we had dinner in Encinitas.

We love our future home! Look… here is our future restaurant. Great foundation, wouldn’t you say?

Evenings have still been rather cool, so I decided to turn my maxi dress into a maxi skirt by wearing button-down over it.

Dress: H & M, Shirt: Gap, Necklace: Invisible Children, Handbag: Longchamp, Shoes: Frye.

Until next time,