5 on Friday


Do you ever have one of those days where your head is not attached to your body?  Oh, really? It’s just me.  Great.

We had the great family car swap on Wednesday because Ty is a DJ extraordinaire  and he needed my dad’s truck to transport his gear for multiple gigs this weekend.  So, I swapped with my parents and then swapped with Ty.  It was a well-executed plan that went so well until I got about a mile from my house.

Rewind 40 mins – when I switched cars with my mom, I gave her my entire key chain.

Back to present – thinking about getting K supper and how we would spend the evening since CHAD WAS AT WORK.  And, then I realize – I have no key.  I am locked out of our place.  Insert stupid feeling #1.

Call Chad – no answer.  Call home – no answer.  Call Dad – no answer.  Call mom – oh hey! she answered!!

Let’s get to the good stuff.  My parents decide to just bring my keys down that night.  Ko and I grab dinner at Panera (I’m not totally upset).  I have a small container of Haagen Dazs Salted Carmel Truffle (a neat surprise from a co-worker) on my passenger seat, along with leftovers from lunch.  The urgency to find a fridge/freezer is increasing.

Chad finally answers – he was busy ( I understand)  Ko and I waste time at Panera for a little over an hour.  Chad gets home 15 mins before my parents arrive.  I make supper for the crew – all is well.  Just a minor detour for my parents and I feel like a dork.


Realize a day later that my brother – who was at practice 15 mins away, with a cell phone that he would have answered, has a spare key that we gave him, if an emergency such as listed above were to ever happen.  Wow.


Baby K Kraziness.

On Wednesdays, when my mom gets her turn with K, she brings him by the office after work.  He immediately runs for the stack of High Plains Journals in the lobby.  He loves to look at every piece of equipment in there!  He got super-duper upset when it was time to leave this week – and I figured it would be ok if we took one along on the way home.


The best part – I thought I would tweet the pic to HPJ to see if they would get any response.  They responded and asked if they could post on their facebook as well.  In a savvy marketer moment, I said “Certainly! and btw I work for an Ag company – can you reference them as well?”  Yes! Free advertising for us 🙂


Thursday is Chad’s day with K.  And, this is what I find on the photo stream later that night:


I feel like someone may be encouraging K’s super explorer spirit.


Chad is a hard-core Chiefs fan.  I know, it’s a tough life.  But, we celebrate when things are good.

Since K went to bed shortly after the game started, I caught Chad fist pumping, celebrating, and doing his awesome cheering in a loud whisper and mime actions.

Such a good daddy!



Long holiday weekend ahead!  We will have no problem filling every inch of the weekend with FUN!

Maybe a little resting too 🙂





Tender Heart

It is so neat to see the personality of baby K develop.  To see how his mind works, what boundaries he tests, what makes him excited, what causes him fear.

I don’t know if it is strange – but K has always been sensitive to loud noises.  When he was a baby, sometimes even a loud sneeze would cause him to cry.  He would get scared if someone might have an overly excited expression when looking at him.  And, he would definitely cry when other kids were crying.

I would find it sometimes embarrassing when around others and couldn’t understand why those things would bother him, until I took a step back.  Why was I trying to force K into a mold that other “normal” children would be like (whatever that means)?  Why would I think that it was not how a boy should act?  Yeah, I had all kinds of weird feelings about it.  In the end, I wanted K to feel ok expressing his emotions.  Those noises were honestly upsetting to him, and I needed to be there to comfort him.

So, while it seemed like we stayed in that stage for an eternity ( a few months in actuality) we moved on to other things and K became acclimated to his surroundings and it seemed like a distant memory for the little lip to pout out and tears begin to well in his eyes at the sound of loud noises.

We had the opportunity to spend time with K’s cousins this weekend.  It was neat to see them all together, having fun and getting to play well with each other.  However, I did get a glimpse of K’s tender heart.  I feel like this is probably his “Tara genes” coming out.  {To be clear: Exploring up on to the kitchen table is most definitely the Chad gene}

K played with G who is a little over a year older – and they were just being kids – wanting the same toy – no matter which one it was.  And the other two cousins were running around being typical 6 and 8 year olds.  For Chad’s older brother and his wife, their house is full of noise, and I’m sure they are used to it.  It is mostly happy noises of kids playing, making up games, learning and growing.  I know that our house will {hopefully} at some point grow into those same noises, but for now K is used to a mostly quiet home – where the only noise is the noise that he is making.

So, anyway, K seemed to just be a little on edge and every loud{er} noise was upsetting to him.  It breaks my mommy heart to see him so upset about those things – but it is also neat to see his sensitive {not bad} personality develop and all the aspects that make K who he is – who God created him to be.

He is a little explorer, inquisitive, loves all things boy, wheels, tractors, trucks, school buses…but he has a sensitive side.  K has a tender heart that I know God will use in mighty ways as K grows up and relates in this big world.

5 on friday


Your baby K Kraziness for the week:


Chad was gone.  I was doing dishes and I turn around to this!  I freaked out, laughed, pulled out my phone, and then was actually a little impressed.  He acted like he was supposed to be up there.  Pray for me.


I bought two cans of pumpkin this week.  I know, it seems a little premature…but my mind is just going there.  Plus, I found a really great recipe for Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing.  My only complaint:  why do recipes only call for 1 cup of pumpkin when a small can has more like 1 1/2 – 2 cups in it?  If I put the pumpkin in the fridge to save, I barely have enough to do another recipe with – so it just molds and fabulous pumpkin goes to waste!  What do you all do with yours??


This fall trend has me super-duper excited for football season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, boots…yes it IS the most wonderful time.  Since the hubs is a HUGE Chiefs fan (even though they aren’t very good, we know, but he is loyal) I feel like I need want this sweatshirt.  Seriously, isn’t it so cute??



My big bro stopped by this week {to pick up some goodies that my mom sent with me after watching K} and it worked out for him to join for an impromptu dinner.  This is definitely one of the perks of living so close to him.  He even had time to show K a few basketball pointers. {Ty is a head bball coach at a local high school – Go Bulldogs!}



K and I are going to spend some QT with his lovely great gma this afternoon.  One of my MOST favorite people on this earth.  She is SO special and I’m so thankful that K gets to be so well-loved by her!


did you know?

Have you seen THE SWITCH?

I kinda like it, mainly cuz of the little kid.

He is one of a kind and totally makes me laugh!

Anyway, there is a point in the movie when Jason Bateman is talking with the kid and describing hypochondria…the little kid gets a serious look and says “oh my {i choose to say gosh}, I have that.”  Just watch it!

SO, today.  I was reading this article that I saw floating around twitter & facebook.  AND, I had a moment exactly like that.  Oh my goodness.  I HAVE THAT.

23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert 

Even though I totally don’t feel like it’s a secret.  Don’t get me wrong, I may have a few moments of extroversion…but let me highlight a few of my favorites.

 You go to parties -– but not to meet people.

If you’re an introvert, you may sometimes enjoy going to parties, but chances are, you’re not going because you’re excited to meet new people. At a party, most introverts would rather spend time with people they already know and feel comfortable around. If you happen to meet a new person that you connect with, great — but meeting people is rarely the goal. Yuppp.  It’s a really great thing I have Chad…but we will get more into detail on that later…

 Networking makes you feel like a phony.

Networking (read: small-talk with the end goal of advancing your career) can feel particularly disingenuous for introverts, who crave authenticity in their interactions.

“Networking is stressful if we do it in the ways that are stressful to us,” Dembling says, advising introverts to network in small, intimate groups rather than at large mixers.  This is why I always feel that I’ll be awful at selling things.  It’s just not in cards.

Downtime doesn’t feel unproductive to you.

One of the most fundamental characteristics of introverts is that they need time alone to recharge their batteries. Whereas an extrovert might get bored or antsy spending a day at home alone with tea and a stack of magazines, this sort of down time feels necessary and satisfying to an introvert.  It was one of the biggest hurdles we faced as a married couple.  I enjoyed sitting at home doing nothing night after night after night.  AND IT DROVE CHAD BONKERS!  

You’re in a relationship with an extrovert.

It’s true that opposites attract, and introverts frequently gravitate towards outgoing extroverts who encourage them to have fun and not take themselves too seriously.

“Introverts are sometimes drawn to extroverts because they like being able to ride their ‘fun bubble,'” Dembling says. Um, have you met Chad?

You actively avoid any shows that might involve audience participation.

Because really, is anything more terrifying?  Seriously.  Yes.  Sidenote:  Chad would be the guy that raises his hand and wants to go on stage while I’m just sitting there hoping no one sees him because I’m scared for him.  Naturally, he’d get picked and I’d sit in the seat sweating!!

You screen all your calls — even from friends.

You may not pick up your phone even from people you like, but you’ll call them back as soon as you’re mentally prepared and have gathered the energy for the conversation.

“To me, a ringing phone is like having somebody jump out of a closet and go ‘BOO!,'” says Dembling. “I do like having a long, nice phone call with a friend — as long as it’s not jumping out of the sky at me.” I’m sorry friends {and family} it happens.  And it happens more than I’d like to admit.  Again, this drives Chad crazy.  He doesn’t understand why I won’t answer the phone.  And you can bet your booty that I certainly don’t answer if I don’t recognize the phone number.  No way Jose!  They can leave a voicemail.

You notice details that others don’t.

The upside of being overwhelmed by too much stimuli is that introverts often have a keen eye for detail, noticing things that may escape others around them. Research has found that introverts exhibit increased brain activity when processing visual information, as compared to extroverts.  Again, happens all the time. I’m constantly pointing things out to Chad that he had no idea happened.  It’s especially a horrifying trait after you’ve gone to hair school and worked as a hairdresser for any amount of time.  I am constantly analyzing your hair.  Trying to assess how I would do the same cut, how you achieved your style, what you were thinking :), and plenty of other random thoughts!

You have low blood pressure.

A 2006 Japanese study found that introverts tend to have lower blood pressure than their extroverted counterparts.  Well, this may be true…but it is NOT true when I am anywhere near a Dr. office.  Let’s just say it’s a great thing that they don’t take MY BP at K’s appointments.  Check my chart…the nurse even told me in the hospital – it says “severe white coat syndrome”.  In case you didn’t know…they tend to freak out when pregnant ladies have high blood pressure.  I told them I was fine at every prenatal appointment.  It was just being INSIDE that dang office!  Sheesh!

You’ve been called an “old soul” -– since your 20s.

Introverts observe and take in a lot of information, and they think before they speak, leading them to appear wise to others.

“Introverts tend to think hard and be analytical,” says Dembling. “That can make them seem wise.”  I call it being emotionally aware.

You’re a writer.

Introverts are often better at communicating in writing than in person, and many are drawn to the solitary, creative profession of writing. Most introverts — like “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling — say that they feel most creatively charged when they have time to be alone with their thoughts. Guess this might be why I started a blog.

Check out the full article…it is so interesting.  It may help you understand yourself or all the introverts in your life!

I made Chad read it after work.  He had so much more understanding for me 🙂  I’m sure there’s an article out there on extroversion!  Cuz Chaddy-Boy fits that to a T!

a taste of what is to come

Ko was mister cranky pants after a long, fun day with Grandma & Paul.

I was cranky too, after an early morning and full day at the office.

Thankfully, supper was in the crockpot when we got home – breakfast casserole – it turned out well.

K and I snarfed it!

We were missing somebody at supper…

All part of the new job – and something we were expecting – Chad will be gone 1-2 nights a week.

It is a sorta rough transition…but we will settle in.

Ko went to bed early – it was just better for all of us.  

And now I get some me-time.

I’m sitting in the dark – it is my happy place.  Chad wouldn’t be impressed, BUT since he’s not here, there’s not much he can do about it!

I had a chance to catch up on all my blog reading and devour my Haagen Dazs Salted Caramel Gelato.   It’s delicious.  Trust me.  Maybe not quite as good as Mama Mary’s LP concoctions – or even as the REAL stuff from the quaint shops in Italy…but for August in Kansas – this gelato hit the spot!  Thank goodness for Dillons sales and digital coupons!  

And because every blog post is better with pictures…


K playing in daddy’s new training room.  Gotta stay hydrated!

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Happy Birthday to you!

I won’t blast your age like I did Chad’s a few weeks back. 🙂

But, I wanted to give you ample space here on this little thing I’ve started…

They say that your appreciation for your mother increases after you have children of your own. And for myself, this was/is so true. Never have I had more respect and love for my mom. The gal took a whole week off work {willingly :)} to come and hang with me during the days after K was born and Chad had to go back to work. It was so wonderful to just have somewhere to be there with me, someone I could ask questions, and someone to hold K while I had a few moments to myself. And, she has also become my go-to for any and all questions regarding the health/well-being of K. It also helps that she is a nurse! Double score.


Mom has been to more sporting events {mostly basketball} than one could even care to imagine. And all with a happy heart, there to support and love on my Dad and the kids {when we were playing}. When I was on the court, I never had to wonder IF my mom would be there, it was just a matter of where she would be sitting. She and my dad came to EVERY volleyball match my sophomore year of college. Most girls on the team were from out of state…it was SO special to have them there.



My mom and I are quite alike {in some ways}…and that is sometimes why we have had a harder time getting along. But, the good times definitely outweigh the bad. We are quite different too, but it makes for very interesting conversations where we can lovingly look at each other’s point of view.


I can ALWAYS count on her for a special shopping trip and a chance to eat at a place that the boys would normally not even touch with a ten foot pole! Hello Bella Luna!

Happy Birthday Mom. I hope you know how loved you are. K lights up when we talk about you – and I know you will enjoy your day together this week.

5 on Friday


A little bit of baby K Kraziness!!


This kid is dancin on tables, spotting every airplane in the sky (thank goodness we live so close to SO many airplanes!), and running everywhere!  I KNOW I say it all the time, but it seriously is a huge joy to be his momma.  Yes, there are definitely tough times, where I feel completely inadequate, but this guy flashes me one of these smiles…and I’m done.



Since I’m the only coffee drinker in the house – hubs made a deal with me.  We sold our Bunn (amazing) coffee pot and got a Keurig instead.  I know, it may sound like a downgrade, but it has definitely been a great thing for us.  You see, since I was the only coffee drinker, making a huge pot of coffee was pretty pointless (even though it was delicious).  I found myself making excuses to go get coffee from the coffee shop instead of having to make a pot at home.

The Keurig has been great!  The Caribou plain version is one of my favorites and I even have a selection of hot teas to drink in the evenings.  Even better, I used my old Lincoln Perk barista genius to create a nice little mock latte this morning.  Fridays call for something special, right?  I put some brown sugar, and a shake of cinnamon in the bottom of my mug.  Brewed the coffee as usual. Then, added a few splashes of milk.  Hello Cinnamon Roll latte (sorta)!

Chad is also excited about the Keurig.  Not for coffee of course.  They make a great apple cider (Chad goes bonkers for anything apple).


All week has just been kinda nuts.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just adjusting to the new schedules and the new normal.  Felt like Chad and I were just walking past each other, never really having time to talk.  Last night, we finally took time to sit on the couch and actually talk with each other.  It was wonderful and much-needed.  It was also thundering and lightening like crazy…and K baby slept through it all (YES!)


Also last night, I got a surprise call from one of my best friends from college.  We’ve been trying to connect lately and it just wasn’t working out.  Sometimes it works out the best when you don’t plan it.  It was wonderful to reconnect for a bit…catch up on life.  Thanks for calling, friend!  You made my evening extra special.


We have another fun weekend ahead.  Helping with the rehearsal dinner tonight and going to the wedding tomorrow.  The groom’s family is extra special to Chad and me.  Nancy (the groom’s mom) spent this last year meeting with me, mentoring me, and encouraging me.  So thankful for the way that God provided that friendship to sustain me and to allow her to speak some (older & wiser) truth in my life.  I think the plan is for K to meet his future wifey (Nancy’s granddaughter) at the wedding! 🙂