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printed pictures

This afternoon we were looking through photo boxes jammed with pictures from when the kids were younger. The kids would find a photo and run over and show Josh or I. We’d share a memory, smile as we saw their personality coming through in the photo or miss those pictured who are no longer with us .

As this continued, box after photo box, I thought about how many photos I have stored on my phone and computer. Although I can hit the “slideshow” button on my computer or use my finger to flip through images on my phone, it’s not the same. I have put photos from trips or adventures into photo albums, but I haven’t printed the quick snaps, the random moments or silly faces lately. Time for that to change. Off to find a batch of photos to print!





Tools For My Fitness Plan

A few weeks ago, I finally decided that I needed to get back to a fitness plan. I have not been working out regularly in…years? And although short bursts are fine, I needed to get back to doing something regularly.

Taking a deep breath and looking at my running shoes, I reached past them and grabbed my swim suit, cap and goggles! I am able to get in the pool early in the morning up to two days per week so far. ¬†The goal of my fitness plan is to get up to 4 days per week of some kind of activity. Whether it’s a fitness class at the DLCCC, a hike on a local trail or playing basketball in the driveway, it feels good to be back at it again! What’s your fitness plan?


Suit and goggles

Stop and enjoy where the day takes you!

Saturday was the 1st Saturday in a while where we had no scheduled activities. I had a “could do/should do” list in my head but didn’t write a thing down and it was great! Between spring cleaning, a fun, filled trip to the Laker Elementary School Carnival, some baking and more spring cleaning it was exactly the kind of day that was needed!

Lists are fine and a schedule is okay too, but sometimes what is really needed is to enjoy where the day takes you. And the day ended up here (and yes…that is a brownie on the bottom)!





Inspired in March

March is the end of the madness and it begins the massive sparks of creativity. Whether it’s the longer hours of daylight, lighter schedule for the kids or something else, I have enjoyed flashes. My journals are filling, my note taking app is getting a workout and my children’s book and novel are coming to life! I have appreciated the moments and I can’t wait to see what makes the final drafts!

Feeling this inspired…I might even start working out regularly again.

My One Word: Create

Last year, I participated in the one word blog and chose “Embrace”. And I owned the word. I embraced experiences, opportunities and moments for myself and for/with my family. Although it made my introverted self cringe sometimes, I dove in.

This year my word is “Create”. I found that while I was busy embracing last year, it left me less down time to do things like write, idea dump and more! I am already off to a fun start (and thus the delay in posting). Not only am I excited to do some creating myself and with my family, but I am looking forward to helping create experiences and opportunities for others.


“It’s back!” is something I’ve heard often from people in and around Detroit Lakes the last couple weeks and is it ever! Detroit Mountain opened a couple weeks ago and the kids and I have had a chance to get out and enjoy it. With options for every level of skiers and boarders, there is something for each of us.


Not interested in downhill skiing, snowboarding, tubing and cross country skiing not for you? That’s okay, there is a wonderful lodge to sit and hang out in. It’s been in this lodge the last couple weekends, where I have overheard the excitement, been a part of conversations and witnessed familiar faces as people from Detroit Lakes area have confirmed: we have another great option to be active in Detroit Lakes.

Hope you get a chance to get out and check it out! I know I am looking forward to taking in more views from the mountain this winter!

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! As we move into the holiday season, I am reminding myself to acknowledge the moments. No matter how many lists I make or plans I have or schedules I make, there are little moments that pop up. These moments are meant as reminders or opportunities or times to pause and enjoy them. Embrace the experiences! You never know where they will take you!

Expressing Gratitude

November is a month that many people use their Facebook status posts to acknowledge what they are thankful for and I have been one of them. Although, I am posting daily there this month, I do try to express my thankfulness and gratitude all year.

Family, friends, little moments, large events and so much in between are reasons to pause and say thanks. Because as much as it’s about saying or typing the words, it’s also about pausing and acknowledging in your head and your heart.

Today, I am thankful for this necklace I put together at Patina White last year and what it means to me. I don’t wear it everyday but I wear it often. My kids, my husband and my family…thank you.


Fall Sunsets in Minnesota

I have been fascinated with the sunsets this fall in N. Minnesota. They have been beautiful. Orange, purple, pink and red are just some of the colors used to paint them.

The sunsets have been great backdrops for taking a ride on the 4wheeler, hiking around with the crew and watching local sporting events. They have also been wonderful writing inspirations, fun visuals while the sun creates shadows and beautiful pictures by some of our wonderful local photographers I am sure. I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the sunsets this fall (because winter isn’t far away).

Fall in a Small Town

Living in a small town during the fall means and meant so many great options to support¬†the kids in sports and activities in your community. (And the weather didn’t hurt either.)

Cross country, soccer, football, fall musical, robotics, homecoming, volleyball, swimming, diving, cheerleaders, tennis and so much more! What are you looking forward to watching and supporting this winter?