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The Bad of Good Friday

May 1, 2017

Hello MAY! I am quite a few days late but I still would like to share with you our Good Friday adventure…

A few weeks before Easter, when I was in the narthex of our church, I signed our family up to be “greeters” for Good Friday. Usually on Good Friday, there isn’t a collection or offering so I thought being greeters was a manageable task for our little tribe.

6:00AM

Our day started at the crack of dawn when both boys decided to utilize all daylight hours of our day off from school.

9:00AM

We had a social work home visit, something we do monthly as foster parents. After our social worker departed, Jude was able to get in a two-hour nap, I squeezed in a run, and Jman helped Jared out in the yard. Our day was off to a great start!

1:00PM

Knowing we needed to be at the church early to greet everyone, we started getting ready quite early.

2:30PM

We showed up to the church and us greeters were greeted by an empty parking lot. I ran inside to check the bulletin and discovered that our Good Friday service was at 7:00PM …. NOT 3:00PM. We were 4.5 hours early.

I had never been to ANYTHING this early in my life so I had Jared take photos of me to celebrate this moment.

What to do with our extra time was the big question.


2:36PM

First, we headed to town. I was able to get some supplies from Target. Then, we stopped into our local restaurant to have our “big meal” of the day.

4:30PM

We still had two hours left so we went to the local school and played on the playground. I got a little bored but survived. The boys played hard at the playground and I was SURE Jude would end up sleeping through the entire service.


6:30PM

The fun began. Jman didn’t want to come inside the church so he greeted people from a landscape rock. Meanwhile, Jude made it his mission to shake everyone’s hand as they walked in the door. In fact, he would throw a fit if anyone tried to sneak by us without giving him a handshake.

7:00PM

When the service started, Jude did not want any of the books or silent toys that I brought for him. Instead, he spent 15 minutes taking hymnals out of the pews and stacking them. Once he started throwing them, we shut down that activity.

7:20PM

We were only twenty minutes into the service and Jude was NOT thrilled to be in the church. After trying many tricks and distractions, it was time for him to leave. Once we were back in the narthex, Jude wanted to make sure that everyone knew where he was. He kept running away from me and knocking on the glass that divided the narthex and the nave. (For the record, I had to “google” these terms.) When I would pull his hands back, he would squish his face against the glass and make funny noises. When I pulled him away from doing that, he had a (freaking) fit. Jude must have been crying for quite a long time because Jared sent Jman out with Jude’s sippy cup. Remembering I had snacks in the car, I sent Jman back in the nave of the church to ask Jared for the car keys.

This is where is gets even better…

Jman entered the church yelling, “Jared! Jared? Jared! Jared? Jess needs the car keys!”

I didn’t know this happened because I was outside at this point. Jared gave Jman the wipes and NOT the car keys. When Jman found me outside and handed me the wipes I followed him back into the church and asked him to go ask Jared for the car keys…NOT the wipes. He once again entered the church yelling for Jared. This time, I, along with everyone else, heard him yelling. The congregation completely lost it. I could hear the laughter from where I was standing.

Once both boys were under control, we entered back into the church to participate in part of the Good Friday service. As we were walking, Jman saw a mouse trap and yelled, “Woah! A mousetrap! I see a mousetrap!” Once again, people started laughing.

8:30PM (approx.)

We only had communion left and at this point, Jman was sitting with Jared and I was still with Jude in the back. I was the last person to go up to communion and Jude was loving that everyone was watching him. Just as I walked up to the priest, Jude chucked his cup four or five pews back. Once again, people started laughing. The kids in the front row, who acted out the Stations of the Cross, got the giggles and I booked it out of the church with Jude.

9:00PM? (Who even knows what time it is at this point? )

Finally, the service was over. I don’t think I have ever been so embarrassed in my life! I felt like those hours showed me how shitty of a job I am doing as a parent. Other kids were very well behaved and ours acted like wild animals. I was defeated. I felt guilty that our boys disrupted everyone’s’ time of worship. I wanted to cry and hide in the car BUT I couldn’t because the car keys were still missing.

As everyone was exiting and I was looking for the keys, I would cringe anytime someone came up to talk to us. I was expecting them to tell us to figure out how to control our kids. Maybe someone would ask us to sit in the back the whole entire service next time? I was expecting the worst.

Guess what? We received nothing but positive comments from people. Jman was complimented on what a great helper he was. Jude was told that he had a great arm! We were already struggling and it was appreciated that nobody added to that. The service was a disaster for our family but thankfully,
we have a supportive parish that welcomes all that enter.

 

Extreme North Dakota Racing – My first 25K

March 24, 2017

My last half marathon took place back in January so I figured it was time to register for another race. After searching around on the Internet, I realized that Extreme North Dakota (END) Racing was hosting a run south of Fargo, ND. When I registered for the 25K, I thought this would be just another race. One similar to all the others I do. I was wrong….very very wrong.

If you ever plan on doing an END race, I have a few tips for you:

1. Read, read, and read.

Read the e-mail from the race director. Read the blog post from the race director. Read the website. Read the suggested gear list. Read anything you can about the race. I have never been so unprepared for a race and that is 100% my fault.

The race director sent out informative e-mails prior to the race. I quickly skimmed through all of them. I remembered reading that racers should have a cell phone in case someone were to get lost along the way. Although I remember thinking that was a strange statement, I didn’t think much of it as I normally run with my phone anyway.

The morning of the race, I got into my car and hit the road. My GPS told me that I would arrive to my location at 2:00PM. This was a problem being the race started at 1:00PM. I called Jared, quickly vented about how I should have calculated the route ahead of time, and when he asked if I was going to turn around, I said “no” and kept driving. I don’t race for ribbons; I race for the thrill and for exercise. Even if I started late, I would still get the physical and mental benefits from the exercise I would be doing.


2. Arrive early.

Now reading the website (a few days late), I realize that END races are in unique locations.

I was able to magically make up time on the interstate and made it to my location at 12:50PM. Remember that e-mail I skimmed through from the race director? Well in it, there was an address of where we needed to be. However, when I took that address and put it into my own GPS, it brought me to the middle of a cow pasture. This cow pasture had limited cell phone service so I did my best to find my way to the correct location, which ended up being seven miles away. Uffff. (For the record, the address provided was correct. My app I just could not figure it out.)

By the time I unloaded Argo, got dressed, ran to the bathroom and got to the start line, I believe it was close to 1:10PM. The first few miles of the course were beautiful! The rolling hills were the perfect running terrain. At this point, Argo and I started catching other runners. I thought it was strange that they had water backpacks on but thought that they must just be really thirsty people!

Around mile six (of 15.5), I understood why everyone had waterpacks. There were not aid stations. Remember that e-mail I skimmed through from the race director? This was also clearly stated in there. I wasn’t worried about Argo hydrating because I would stop and let him drink from puddles and eat snow. However, I was getting pretty thirsty and desperate. I was so thirsty that I kept debating to myself, which would be the cleanest option: dusty snow or muddy water from the puddles?
I ended up eating the dusty snow.


At about this point, the terrain changed quite a bit. Instead of rolling hills, we had some (North Dakota) mountains. Looking at others’ shoes, I saw that I also made a HUGE mistake. I was wearing my Hoka One One shoes, which were NOT made for hiking and had zero support when it came to side-to-side stabilization. I could not get traction in the mud!

Around mile nine, I reached an aid station. While everyone filled up their waterpacks, I shyly asked if they had water bottles. The volunteers were able to find me one and Argo and I hit the road again. One of the many benefits of running with Argo is that he knew the correct path to run. There were a few times when I would stop to see which trail to follow and he was able to pull me the way of other runners before us.

3. Expect solitude.

If you want fans to cheer you on, you must bring your own.
There were many times when I didn’t see people for miles, which I actually prefer.

Approximately two hours and nine minutes after starting the race, Argo and I crossed the finish line. Even after qualifying for the Boston marathon, I have never felt more accomplished than I did finishing my first END race. This race pushed me physically and mentally. I wanted to quit when I realized I would end up being late. I wanted to quit when I arrived in a cow pasture. I wanted to quit when I had to hike up the North Dakota mountains (elevation 15 feet). However, I was able to get myself to keep going.

4. Plan for a grueling race.

The race challenged me mentally and physically. On paper, it didn’t look tough but as I was driving home, I swore I would never do another one of these END races again.


5. Prepare to be hooked.

Although I swore I would never do an END race again, the evening of my race I was already texting my brother about making a team for the next race in April. I drank the water (or ate the dirty snow) and now I am hooked!

Travel: punta cana, dominican republic recap

February 22, 2017

¡Hola!

Here is my Punta Cana, Dominican Republic recap:


!THE PROS¡

1. The Country
The Dominican Republic is a great place to visit in February. When our friends announced their destination wedding, we were thrilled! I love having a reason to exit the frozen tundra.

2. Resort

Our bride and groom did a phenomenal job picking our resort. We booked through delta vacations so airfare, airport/resort transportation, room, food, and drinks were covered when we purchased the vacation package. The free wifi throughout the resort was not reliable but was still accessible.


3. Tour

Our bride and groom also did extensive research and picked out a catamaran tour, which we had the opportunity to join them on. On the day of our tour, we woke up to rainclouds and a dreary forecast. However, all of the wedding guests made the best of the day and we all had a great time! The tour company snapped photos of us throughout the day, which was a nice perk… until I saw the photos of myself! (Rumor has it that we set the record for the most alcohol consumed during a tour! Oji Oji Oji.)


4. Working Out

I was able to run over 20 miles on the beautiful beach. We were next to many other resorts so I felt safe running on my own in the mornings. I forgot how hard it is to run on sand and I could only run ten-minute-miles. During the day (and after a few cocktails), I would also join the entertainment crew for Zumba.

5. The People

We were two of sixty guests attending the wedding and they were all great to be around! When Jared and I go on vacations alone, I end up sleeping half of the trip. However, the crew we were with kept the party going all day! I may even need a vacation to recover from the great vacation. The bride and the groom were amazing hosts (and even had gift bags for all of the guests upon arrival!)


¡THE CONS!

It was a challenge to think of things that were not absolutely perfect! 

1. Wifi
I teach courses online so I need to be accessible to my students during the semester. As I previously stated, the resort wifi wasn’t always reliable. This also forced me to “disconnect” from my phone and enjoy our vacation, which isn’t a bad thing at all!

2. The Food
When you go to an all-inclusive resort, you are going for the convenience, not for the gourmet food. This was our third all-inclusive resort and the food at all of the resorts was pretty similar. There are buffet options for breakfast and lunch. For supper, you can either go to a buffet or another restaurant that has a theme such as Asian, American, Seafood, or Mexican. I want to point out that the food wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t amazing either (except for the ice cream…eat all of the ice cream).

3. Missing Our Boys
The flight home from the Dominican seemed like it was twice as long as the flight there. Although I really needed a break from our day-to-day routines, I was ready to come home.

¡Adiós!

Lately… Laughing at myself is how I survive.

January 18, 2017

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Disclaimer: I love our little untraditional family. Being a wife and mom is very rewarding and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! Some days are more challenging than others and on those tough days, laughing at myself is how I survive.

Technical Difficulties 

I teach a few online courses and on Saturday, one of my students brought to my attention that my online classroom was having some technical difficulties. I skipped a hockey game we planned to attend with the boys, and I went into work to fix the issue. Once I left the office, I did a quick 2AM grocery run and headed home. I just crawled into bed when a little monster named Jude woke up and wanted to party…. At three in.the.morning!

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Even after our party in the middle of the night, the next day I was feeling guilty for not spending quality time with the boys. To combat the “mom guilt”, I decided to take the little ones on a date that afternoon. Two little stinkers, one Jess… what could go wrong?

Nude Jude

About a half-hour before we were set to leave the house, my brother and his girlfriend arrived for a quick visit. When they walked in the door, I looked up from the laundry I was folding on the floor and realized that Jude was naked! He was clothed just seconds before so I was a little confused as to why he was running around nude! It only took a few seconds to grasp that he took off his clothes and diaper because he pooped! We have a naked Jude and a poopy diaper on the white carpet. It gets better… I then discovered that he used the said white carpet to wipe himself. Either our child is a genius or a menace. I am thinking the latter of the two.

We finally got into the car and headed to an info meeting for a local running club I was interested in joining. After five minutes of being there, I was out of my favorite bribery tool (fruit snacks) and my boys were just warming up. Twenty minutes after arriving, I carried out a screaming Jude and away we went!

Crayons for Supper

At this point, it was a few minutes before 5PM and I knew the boys would need supper. Why I didn’t just drive home is something I am still questioning. Instead of effortlessly heading for home, I looked at my coupon book and realized that The Wild Hog had a coupon for a free kids meal with an adult entrée. When we arrived, the bar was full but the dining area was fairly empty. I specifically asked for a corner booth as far away from everyone as possible. The kind hostesses smiled and brought us to our corner.

As soon as we sat down, I should have just packed us back up and exited. Instead, a water and a chocolate milk were ordered. To speed things along, I even put in our food order with our drinks. When our sweet waitress arrived at our table with the drinks, Little Man (LM) said to her, “This isn’t very good. Can you try again but next time can you try harder? And can you make sure to try your best?” I wanted to crawl under the booth. She returned with a new chocolate milk which LM tried to send back a second time before I intervened and apologized. (For the record, I personally do not send back food or drink items. However, he did learn the pep-talk lingo from Jared and myself.)

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While we were waiting for our food, Jude entertained himself by eating pieces off of the crayons, spitting them out, and laughing. In addition, he would take the ice from my drink and throw it as far as he could. When anyone walked by our booth he made sure to let him or her know he had a belly button by lifting up his shirt and pointing. I tried my hardest to keep my cool and enjoy my time with the boys. When my side salad arrived, Jude took my leftover ranch, poured it out, and used the table as his personal canvas.

If you have read this far, you are probably wondering why I can’t control my one-year-old. I am also wondering the same thing.

Crayons have been eaten, ranch has been spilled, LM tried to send back his drink again, and to make things a little worse, everyone in Grand Forks decided to join us at this restaurant. Normally, when LM says he is full after a bite of food, I will make him take a few more bites. Tonight, when he said he was full, I asked for the check so we could get out of there as soon as (freaking) possible.

When we finally got up to leave, the building was packed and there were people standing in the entrance waiting for seats. Right on cue, Jude threw a fit because he didn’t want to wear a jacket in the middle of winter. I ended up carrying Jude out of the building, upside down, as I received sympathy smiles from anyone I accidently made eye contact with.

To ensure this doesn’t happen again, I have written myself a little reminder…

Dear Jess,
You can sometimes come up with great ideas. Being outnumbered and taking two boys out to eat is not one of them. If you ever feel the need to take your adorable little monsters into a nice establishment for supper, please reconsider. Go to McDonalds, order a happy meal, and just go home.

Sincerely,
Jess (Whose underwear is still soaked from chocolate milk that was accidently poured on her crotch by Jude.) 

Travel: A weekend in New York city

December 5, 2016

As a kid, I grew up watching hockey games at the University of North Dakota. One of my favorite memories was riding the zamboni during period breaks on the opening night of the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Although it would take a lot to top that experience, a weekend trip to New York City to cheer on our home team came awfully close!

Friday-3:45AM
I woke up and realized that we overslept. We hurried out of the house and we were on the road by 4:00 AM. We arrived to Fargo at 5:10 and squeezed through security with one minute to spare. You may think I am just being dramatic but we literally had ONE MINUTE before they were shutting the door. When we got to our seats, I turned around to see my shoeless mom walking down the isle. We were off to a wild start!

(Watching 13 Hours– I highly recommend it!)

After our layover in Chicago, we arrived in New York City. In looking for a taxi, Andres, a random man I met on the sidewalk, lined us up with a car service and to our hotel we went.

Tip: If you have a party larger than four, instead of getting two taxis, look into getting a private car service. It can be cheaper to have a car service provide you with a suburban (and driver), than flagging two taxis. In our case, that was true. 

Central Park
After lunch, we walked to Central Park to look at trees, rocks, and grass.

Jared asked me to Photoshop pigeons on his arm like in Home Alone, but I thought a random photo of him sticking his arm out was more entertaining.

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Lion King
We stayed at the Marriott Marquis and the Lion King broadway show happened to be a few feet from our hotel door. As someone that isn’t crazy about theater, I thought this production was outstanding. After the show, we were all raving about the play. My dad, however, was not as impressed. We later realized that the play didn’t make sense to him because he had never seen the movie… He always surprises me!

Tip: If you are going to go to the Lion King musical that follows the storyline of the movie, watch the movie. 

Night Caps
We went out for drinks after the Lion King and only walked a few feet before flagging down a few carriages. We pressured our bike driver to race the other driver and we lost. After a few drinking games and changes of scenery, we called it a night.

Hockey Hockey Hockey
On Saturday, we did some sightseeing, napping, and eating. My dad insisted that we all wore unflattering matching green jerseys on our Saturday adventures. Before the hockey game, we went to two receptions for UND fans. Both were completely full and we had to leave. That’s when I knew we had a wild night ahead of us. Upon arriving to the game, we met one of my college friends, Joe, and did our best to show him a true North Dakota hockey experience.

I think we succeeded.

(Keeping up with the UND football game.)

(Matching green tents courtesy of the man footing the bill.)

Sunday- 6:00AM
Bright and early we left to the airport. Once again, we used a car service and it ended up being the same price as a taxi fare. By 4:00 PM, we landed in our great state of North Dakota.

Las Vegas 2018
I am thankful we were blessed with such an amazing opportunity to travel to NYC and watch our hockey team dominate. I am already looking forward to the Las Vegas hockey game in 2018!

Gifts from people I don’t know 

November 30, 2016

For the last three years, I have been in Las Vegas when my birthday rolled around. (How great is that!?) This year, I was at home BUT I still figured out how to feel like a high roller on my special day.

…Discounts. Coupons. Free. Those words sure make me smile…

A few days before my birthday, I took to Facebook to find out which places in Grand Forks offered free birthday food. It turns out that I could only find THREE places in which you can get a free birthday meal with no strings attached. I discovered in most places, you needed a companion to  pay for a meal to get the free birthday entree …OR… you had to sign up for a rewards program.

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After realizing there were only three places with truly free birthday meals, I got two identical e-mails from Starbucks wishing me a happy birthday. Included in each email was a coupon for a free food or drink item.

How could this be?!

It turns out that I used to have an active Starbucks account with my maiden name. Now, I have one with my married name. Being both accounts have had activity, they sent a birthday surprise to each!

Starbucks allowed me a window of a few days to use up my birthday giftS. Trying to get the most out of my free food or drink item, I ordered a sandwich the night before my birthday because it costs more than my regular drink. It was so good that I forgot to take a picture before I ate it. Please enjoy the photo of my empty bag instead.

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My big day had arrived! I started the day off with a trip to Starbucks after school drop-off. A few seconds after taking the photo, I realized that I should have ordered a venti instead of a grande because a venti is larger AND still free. Next year I will remember!

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Mama Maria’s 

I finished up my duties at work around 1:00 and headed to Mama Maria’s for my free lunch. I forgot to bring cash for a tip so I ordered a glass of wine, which allowed me to add gratuity on my card.

After triple-checking with the waitress that my entree would be free, I placed my order, and hung out with all of my imaginary friends.

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Paradiso

Onward I went. My next stop was Paradiso. After once again confirming that my meal would be free, I ordered a glass of wine and my entree. After a few bites, I asked for a to-go box and the check. I was in and out before I could take more than a sip of my drink.

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Cherry Berry

After leaving Paradiso, my car smelled of leftovers and my belly was full. I ran a few errands and squeezed in a workout before picking up our son at school. Together, we traveled to Cherry Berry for a nice treat. Upon our arrival, I quizzed the kind employee as to how to redeem by birthday treat. At the Grand Forks location, I was able to get 10 ounces free with my ID. Being I was full, I let our son fill up the cup and added a few gummies for myself.

When there was one gummy left, he told me I could have it because it was my birthday! How sweet is that?!

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Overall

Growing up, my dad was always gone on my birthday because he would be hunting out of state. Now, every few years, my husband also goes on that trip. When I told Jared of my birthday plan, he mentioned it sounded a little depressing and apologized that he couldn’t come with me. He was right. In fact, I was a little hesitant to eat alone. Thankfully, it turned out to be a great experience! I am going to make this a new birthday tradition.

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Weekend Recap

November 7, 2016

FriYAY
After work, we packed up the kiddos and went to the big town of Forest River, North Dakota for supper. Being it was the first Friday of the month, they had a prime rib special. Jude made himself at home in the bar resturant and both boys put on the charm. Jude even got M&Ms from our waitress in return for smiles and kisses. For this mom, plain beer and great company were the highlights of the evening!

Saturday
On Saturday, our foster-child’s sibling came over for a play date. I was extremely excited to see that our local movie theater, River Cinema, had a sensory-friendly showing of the movie Trolls. To make it sensory friendly, they keep the lights on, the volume low, and allow you to walk around. At one point, I believe there were 5 of us parents standing so that we could wrangle the kids running around the theater. I was so appreciative of this sensory-friendly option. With it, I was able to take three kids to a movie without any added stress. I hope this option continues to be available in the future! The kids said they loved the movie. 

Attention Parents:  If you take kids to this movie, bring a book… unless trolls farting cupcakes is your forte.

Sunday
Sunday was another beautiful day outside! We went to my parents’ farm and my mom took some great family photos of all of us. Although we will not be able to use photos of our foster child in our Christmas card, I am so happy we will have the photos to remind us of our journey as a family of four.

Monday Morning
When I was in college, I loved daylight savings because when the bars close at 2:00 a.m., it is really 3:00 a.m.! As a parent, I despise it. A 5:00 a.m. human alarm clock named Jude made sure that we had PLENTY of time to play before school. Uffff.

Happy Monday! 

Jude Grey – Happy Birthday – Part 4

October 13, 2016

In honor of Jude’s birth week, I did my best to recall our pregnancy and his entrance into this world.

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

As promised, our doctor showed up at lunchtime to deliver. Being a teacher, I understand the importance of practical experience so I was open to having students watch the delivery. I must have been the only person that agreed to have students in the room because we had a full house! When it was time to deliver, we had the following lineup:

1 .Jess
2. Jared
3. Doctor
4. Resident
5. Student Nurse Practitioner
6. Nurse (Not Crazy Karla)
7. Nursing student 1
8. Nursing student 2
9. Nursing student 3
10. NICU team 1
11. NICU team 2
12. NICU team 3

We love our physician’s office nurse and tried to trade her for one of the nursing students but unfortunately she had to stay back at the office to hold down the fort.

A year ago today, at 1:10 in the afternoon, our little man arrived.

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Happy Birthday.

Spending Time on the Inside – Part 1 
April Fools – Part 2
Crazy Karla – Part 3
Happy Birthday – Part 4

Save $1 on your latte everyday – Weekday Recap

October 7, 2016

A weekday recap with subpar photos from google images:

1. I got done with my work early one afternoon so a girlfriend and I went to a matinee and watched Sully. Although I  probably should have done this first, I am thinking about ordering Captain Sully’s book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. This is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. When looking up the Parenting Preview, I was a little shocked at the PG-13 rating. It looks as though it received this score due to the profanity. I would personally rate it PG-10.

Sully

2. I have rediscovered my love for matinees. We may have been the youngest attendees at the movie but it was great having a mostly empty theater, no lines, AND I could stay awake for the entire movie! The great thing about movies is that I am forced to be away from my phone and relax for an hour or two. My vacation was short lived when I turned my phone back to find a voice message telling me we had a sick kid.

dog watching a movie with popcorn and coke

3. Oil changes…Oh so glamorous. Please do NOT EVER pay full price for an oil change. I got $15 off this morning with a coupon code I quickly found on my phone.

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4. With two little guys living in our house, I always try to come up with ways to make weekly tasks more efficient. I have used the “Club Pickup” option at Sam’s Club for two weeks now and it really helps save time and money. Due to the fact that I always find extra (unnecessary) items when I shop, this forces me to only get what I absolutely need!


5. After having Jude a year ago, lattes didn’t seem to give me enough of a caffeine boost. Once I did a little research, I changed up my Starbucks order. I know you are just DYING to know what I get. The wait is over. Here you go…

In my best Starbucks language: Grande Misto with Non-Fat Milk + Sugar-Free Vanilla + at children’s temperature.

Translation: An overpriced BUT convenient beverage in a medium cup that tastes like a vanilla latte but isn’t. It is filled with coffee, steamed milk, and sweetener. PLUS it is cool enough for me to drink immediately.

Why?
Caffeine: One 2 oz double espresso shot (which is in a latte) has about 80 milligrams of caffeine. Whereas a 12 oz brewed coffee has about 120 milligrams. So actually there is more caffeine in an average cup of drip coffee than in espresso.

Cost: I save just over one dollar each time I order a misto instead of a latte.

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5 ½ . I wasn’t impressed with my marathon time two weeks ago so I am going to try get my goal time again this weekend. Stay tuned.