What an amazing week it has been. Spring has sprung, KU is going to the final 4, I got to spend an evening in Lawrence with friends, and one of my favorite holidays is this weekend. I am feeling full of gratitude.
Here are some of my favorite moments from this week:
Y’all I am so excited for this!
Every couple weeks or so my daughter and I will pick a book to read together at bedtime. We usually only read a couple chapters or a couple pages each night, depending on how long the day has been.
The next book we decided to read over the summer is ….drumroll please……The Little House on the Prairie series. EEEEKKKK!!! I am BUSTING!!! I think I might be more excited than Maddie!
It was #lifegoals when I was little to live a life like Laura Ingalls Wilder. I would imagine myself carrying my lunch to school in a tin bucket, wearing a bonnet, and sleeping in beds made of straw . #Dreamy
You better believe any imaginary playing I did included living a “hard life” in the country doing “chores”. I would pretend that I lived in a log cabin with no running water or electricity and that horse and wagon (my bike) was my only mode of transportation. I even remember making a blanket out of big Sycamore leaves and pine needles…I literally pinned the leaves together in a blanket pattern with the pine needles.
My daughter laughs and says this sounds like her worst nightmare. I hope after we start the first book “Little House in the Big Woods” she will see the glamour of prairie days. HA! (doubt it!)
I am so grateful for the little moments at the end of the day to read with my daughter, especially when we read books I’m excited about.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk
This game had me biting my nails and sitting on the edge of my seat!
KU vs. Duke
- KU 85
- Duke 81
I LOVE watching KU play in the NCAA tournament… especially when they win!!! Final Four Baby!
A Night in Lawrence
I consider myself a lucky girl to still keep in touch with some pretty amazing friends from college. Every few years or so we try to all get together. I love that we all fall right back into the swing of things, like no time has past at all. I treasure these friendships, they fill me with ALL SORTS of gratitude.
This past week one of my college friends returned to our old stomping grounds to take her daughter on a campus tour of KU. I was so excited for the chance to 1. meet her beautiful and amazing 16 YEAR OLD daughter (I hope Maddie is just as wonderful as she is at 16!!!), and 2. spend some time with old friends.
We met at the beautiful new hotel right off of the KU campus called “The Oread”. What we really love about this hotel is that it sits on the land that, back in our college days, held the best, dirtiest, most run down, shack-of-a-bar called “The Crossing”. If you spent any time at KU in the 90’s, then you know what I’m talking about!
It was the meeting place for all my friends on EVERY warm Friday afternoon. You would finish class and then stroll to The Crossing for a cold pitcher of beer, a few games of pool, lots of Dave Matthews, and laughs with friends. Good Times!
Then, The Crossing
Now, The Oread
You better believe we talked through all sorts of memories on Monday night. It was great sharing (the appropriate) stories with my friends daughter. Of course, in hopes that she will eventually choose KU and experience the amazing-ness that it is to be a Jayhawk!!!!!!!!
The thought of my friend touring KU with her daughter also had me feeling all the feels. I started to think about the day that John and I will take Maddie to tour KU and how excited and sad I will be. I thought about all the stories and memories I will want to share with her. I’m excited for that day… but also hoping that day never comes.
I was so grateful I had the chance to spend some time with old college friends this week, catching up and reminiscing. It filled my heart.
When I started Mom’s Dinner a huge inspiration for me was Buzzfeed Tasty. I loved watching the quick cooking videos, reading recipe roundups, and using their posted recipes.
This week one of MY recipes was chosen by a fellow blogger to be included in an Easter Recipe Roundup. That post was published on the Buzzfeed Community Website. I AM ON BUZZFEED!!!!
I was so excited and proud! It is just another confirmation that I am making progress. That my recipes are delish and that my photography is good enough to stand next to some really seasoned food bloggers.
I am SO grateful that I am starting to see progress with Mom’s Dinner. My hard work is paying off!