I handed Josh a tank top to wear on one of the scorching days we've had lately and he said,...more

then and now

Then Now ...more

recipes i love

Summer just screams good food to me. Maybe it's because I'm off work and have the extra time and can put more thought into getting dinner on the table in more than twenty minutes. Also, all of the fresh fruits and veggies are delightful ....more

ziplining in north carolina

One of the things Julianna wanted to do for her birthday was go ziplining or to a ropes course. It was still a little cold around her birthday at the end of March so over Memorial Day weekend we went ziplining. ...more

how to make the most awesome afternoon snack

Get a plate and put some tortilla chips on it. It should be Tostitos Brand tortilla chips but of course that's just my preference.... Then shred some cheese ....more


"Dad, what happens to the clouds at night?" ----- "Dad, there are plants in this Biology book! Hahahaha isn't that funny?!" "Jules, that's because Biology is the study of living things." "It is?" "Yep, it is." "Ohhhhhhhhh" ----- Jonathan on the results of our recent Bath and Body Works shopping trip: "It smells like a pina colada in here." ----- The kids were having a conversation ...more

links i love

My name would be Mackenzie if I was born today. What would yours be? "Courtney" was the 68th most popular girl's name in 1978 ....more

reasons you should never marry a runner

My husband is a saint. When I started this running gig 3.5 years ago I never imagined that it would stick. I never imagined that I would run countless half marathons, 25k's, 30k's, and a few marathons ....more

dealing with depression and anxiety [part 3]

Alternate title: meme overload This is the third and final part in a series of posts I've written on depression and anxiety. Part 1 from last week is here and Part 2 was published earlier in the week and can be found here. I'd love to have your input either in the comments or via email ....more