Birthdays Galore….

August is a crazy Birthday month for us.

Aug. 1 KP the mostest rad girl  😉

Aug. 3 sister in law & one and only neighbor

Aug. 9 Jeff  (the bff’s husband) but it’s a whole week..or month or year birthday at this point!  (some people really like to milk their birthdays)

Aug. 10 my little Bear

Aug. 11 my Wild Nephew

Aug. 12 My bro

Aug. 14 my loving Sunshine

Aug. 15 awesome two-some in-law twins

Aug. 16 Cousin Chris

Aug. 23 Cousin Beau

Aug. 31 my late Grandma Rita.  I always think of her on her birthday!  I bet she’s celebrating big time!

So for my peeps: you pick what or where to eat the homemade cake of your choosing!

Bear:

Dinner: Thai Spice

Flourless Cake

 

Gateau au Chocolat Fondant/Flourless Cake

Gateau au Chocolat Fondant/Flourless Cake

Sunshine  AKA Big G:

Dinner: Ichiban (sushi and Japanese)

Black Tie Mousse Cake

(this isn’t my cake recipe….found it on Pinterest, turned out pretty decent…especially since decorating cakes ISN’T my thing….my thing is: EATING CAKE!)

Black Tie Mousse Cake

Black Tie Mousse Cake

delicious but a bit time consuming to make...it's all for my Sunshine!

delicious but a bit time consuming to make…it’s all for my Sunshine!

yum!  <3

yum! ❤

So with all this in mind….I CAN’T wait for September….because it’s MY birthday month!!!  😉

Peace and Have Some Cake on this Fantastic Friday!

Isabelle

Waiting….

waiting

waiting

Yes…waiting that’s what our little Cooper has been doing, waiting for his big brother Riley.  I see him wondering where the big guy is.  It is heartbreaking to see him go out first thing in the morning and sit or lay on the patio waiting for his brother to finish his breakfast….but Riley isn’t eating his breakfast, he isn’t coming out, he isn’t home anymore and I don’t know how you tell a dog that his alpha brother is no longer part of his world.

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

This is harder than I thought it would ever be.

I’ll be back next week I promise.

I’ll be back with delicious recipes.

I’ll be back with a smile.

I’ll be back.

Riley won’t and we are all wondering and waiting…..

Peace and Love

Isabelle

Lessons I Learned About Running

Running...love it or hate it I am making it this Fantastic Friday's topic ;)

Running…love it or hate it… I am making it this Fantastic Friday’s topic 😉

All this started after I read my friend HaeWon’s post  about the start of her experience while helping her friend John do an Ultra…as in Ultra Marathon = 100 miles….yep.  100 long crazy fool miles!  Luckily HaeWon is only running the last 20 miles with him….hmmmm hahaha last 20 miles…that’s more than a MINI!

But I don’t judge.  Some think I am crazy just to run 5-6 miles per day so whatever rocks  their socks.

I encourage you to read HaeWon’s post.  She is a doctor and she could have easily talked all fancy schmancy but she explained some medical stuff about Ultras that even I (the non-medical goofball) could understand.

One thing in particular got me thinking: the runner’s stride.  Don’t change it.  I got it!  It’s been an on-going battle for me.  First off “they” tell you not to be a heel striker…bad running….but it seems most people are.  Also I tend to drag my feet.  I think I do that because I am constantly looking at the ground for fear of falling, which means I wear out my shoes in the back outside heel.  Which means I need new shoes….a lot…or so it seems.  I got new shoes last week and I have been fighting with myself to change my stride so I don’t drag anymore.  I am hurting everywhere and I hate it.

While I ran this morning I decided to just run.  Forget how I hit the ground, heel or toes first.  Just RUN.

And I did!  7 wonderful miles.  Best run I had in weeks.  The bonus is; I thought of this post while I was running (lucky you!)

this watch is at times the best invention or my worst enemy!

this watch is at times the best invention or my worst enemy!

SO here’s goes my list of things/lessons I have learned about running.  Keep in mind this is MY unprofessional and somewhat funny list.  I am not a doctor or even a running specialist, I just like to run…like Forrest Gump.

I learned:

~ to wear my sunglasses even when cloudy.  Bugs are idiots and have no clue where they are going; eyes and mouth are usually a favorite target!

~ to accept that car drivers won’t let me go even if I have the right of way, often saluting me with a one finger wave when they cut me off.  So nice and friendly!  NOT!

~ not take a deep breath while I run past the golf course because it seems most golfers are smokers…and it’s a sport??? WTH?  (don’t send hate mail about my opinion on golfers…it’s MY opinion only and I am not a golfer)

~ same goes for construction zones = smokers.

~ that I don’t like races.  I actually have zero desire to run a marathon or another mini.  Been there, done that and it’s just not for me.  I am too neurotic and the crowds freak me out.  I do small 5ks here and there for fun and even that is torture in itself.

~ that I am not big on running with other people.  I get serious anxieties about it.  Am I too fast, too slow?  How far will they want to go?  What if I crash during the run?  What if I have a bathroom emergency?  What if they think I am not a good running partner? and on and on…. (yes I am crazy)

~ that some days my body will not cooperate and I can’t put one foot in front of the other.  I just can’t run.

~ that I need to know where I am going.  I actually visualize my run before I go.  I am NOT a freelance runner.  I am way too OCD to let loose and just run amuck!

~ that some days are too hot or too cold to run outside.  Let’s be honest, you know me, too cold is never been a huge problem since I HATE cold weather.  But I have had heat exhaustion pretty much every summer since I can remember because I LOVE hot weather and I am a stubborn fool.

~ that I am not running to be in the Olympics but simply running to be healthy and it makes me happy.

~ that about 99% of land care company workers are super nice guys that will stop mowing or hedging while you run by them so you don’t end up covered in grass clippings!  thanks guys!

~ that new shoes and new socks actually make me feel like running even more!

new socks and shoes...isn't that exciting!

new socks and shoes…isn’t that exciting!

~ that I don’t need to change my stride after all.  I just need to run (or walk) the way my body wants to do it.  We don’t always have to fight what mother nature intended!

As always, I encourage you to just move.  I know running is not for everyone.  But being active should be.  Just do something.

Peace and Love,

Isabelle

Here is more from HaeWon’s experience (it is mind blowing to me to run 100 miles….)

Day 1 and 2

Day 3

Day 4 and 5

Can’t wait to hear how they do! 🙂

 

Full Circle

Sometime last year I went for a run and found a wrench on the ground.  I shared my thoughts with you in this post (Found).  A few days ago I went for a run and found this:

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

I know everything happens for a reason.  I know things come full circle (yup…it’s a ball!).  I know that what you put out there comes back to you.  Isn’t it great that in an unplanned moment you are reminded that your heart is full?

The past 1 1/2 week has been full of emotions: our oldest got hurt playing Lacrosse, then she had a minor car accident, then our youngest learned a “protect your phone” lesson the hard way.  My parents came and went, now I won’t see them until fall.  Our older dog Riley is….well he is old, he is deaf, he is trying so hard to keep up, and it is part of life.

So when I look at this silly Lacrosse ball I need to remind myself about my wonderful Grandpa, the original finder of all things.  A man with a lot of health problems yet who smiled and laughed (often at himself) everyday of his life.

Yes, today it is that simple.  Smile, laugh, and choose to be HAPPY!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Peace and Hope your heart is full,

Isabelle

 

I talk too much about the weather….

I know.  I definitely express my dislike of cold weather on a regular basis.  It’s getting old.  I just can’t help myself.  I need sunshine!

AND WARMTH…..

How can we go from this:

Mr Man and I last Thursday night at the FDIC 5K run <3

Mr Man and I last Thursday night at the FDIC 5K run ❤

To this:

Snow......SNOW IN APRIL this past Tuesday! Seriously?!!!!

Snow……SNOW IN APRIL this past Tuesday! Seriously?!!!!

Let me re-state my usual plea:

Dear Mother Nature,

We are not always the best citizens of our lovely earth.  We apologize.  This unpleasant and unseasonal weather is somewhat cruel and hurtful.  We can be good citizens.  Please pretty please give us some signs of Spring….that is all.  We will treat it well.

Your faithful and loving friend,
Isabelle

Peace out and have a Fantastic Friday what ever the weather may be in your corner of the world!

Feeling The Sun

Back from Florida….1 week already.  Where does time go?

I miss it all….already.

One of  my favorite pictures of the whole trip?  One I didn’t even take or knew was being taken:

photo credits go to my lovely husband :)  what a great day it was to run!

photo credits go to my lovely husband 🙂 what a great day it was to run!

The picture has so much that I love: my sister-in-law Dee (who makes my heart sing, loves my little bro to no end and made two perfect boys I wish I could see everyday), running ( ‘nuf said ) and the Florida SUN!!!!  😉

Have a fantastic Friday my sweet friends,

Peace and Love,

Isabelle

Don’t Run With Scissors!

HA……don’t run with scissors!  It shouldn’t be legal for me to operate scissors!

Last week I poked myself in the eye with scissors.

Yup….I can’t even make that stuff up!

Suffice to say I am a giant moron!

Long story Long (HA!) I decided it would be a swell idea to cut my own hair (I know….I know….problem #1) I was “carefully” trying to simply trim my hair.  Everything was going along fine (it’s all in how you see it I guess) and then I thought (other problem…I shouldn’t be allowed to think) I should put my head upside down (WHAT THE HECK!) and start trimming this way.  Trim a little here, trim a little there and wham bam thank you ma’am stab myself right into my left eye.  LUCKILY I didn’t do any permanent damage.  But it brought me to my knees and I almost vomited (sorry TMI).  The shock of the pain was so sudden and excruciating.  I got light-headed and wanted to scream for my life.

After a few tears….only from my right eye (hahaha), I was able to gather my thoughts and stand up.  Guess what I decided would be an awesome idea?

Keep on trimming my hair….

If you need me, I might at this point check myself into a mental ward.

On another note….remember my New Year’s Resolution to sew more: Reconnecting

yup I made that dress!!!!! So proud of myself!

yup I made that dress!!!!! So proud of myself!

Note: please be kind…I am not a model and this was painful!  This dress is made with 4 old tees!!!! Isn’t that cool?

Here’s where I found the idea (I didn’t follow her plans exactly but you’ll understand): Colorblock dress from old tees

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Peace out!

Isabelle

Don’t Be So Serious!

On Monday, I subbed at one of our local schools.  After the second class I can honestly say that I thought I should have stayed in bed that day….my mood was less than stellar!

BUT….it all changed when I went to pick up my oldest Sunshine at her lacrosse practice.  I had my youngest Bear with me since we were all going to the local yogurt shop for a lacrosse fundraiser (nothing like eating frozen yogurt in February!)  I was parked next to a white pick up truck similar to my husband’s.  I told Bear to watch out for her sister because I was writing my grocery list.

Then Bear said (or yelled): “MOM, I think she’s trying to get into that truck!!!!”

So I looked and I see my kid sort of walk away from the truck then go back to the truck.

Then she comes back again towards us.

She gets in the car, laughing so hard we could barely understand her.

She says: “oh my goodness mom, did you see me try to get into that truck?”

Me: “ummmm yes, your sister was mortified.  What happened?  Why did you go back?”

She: “well, the thing is; I opened his door the first time and screamed: YOU’RE NOT MY DAD!!!!  And I quickly shut his door and walked away!”

Me: “and….”

She: “then I realized that I was somewhat rude to the man so I turned around, opened his door again and explained to him that; he is bald like my dad, has a similar truck, wears a sweatshirt my dad wears and that my dad also likes to put his sunglasses on his head!”

Me: “and…?”  (now I am laughing and so is Bear)

She: “well, the man was laughing pretty hard and said: it’s OK honey, don’t worry about it!”

She paused then says:  “you know Mom I didn’t want to be rude and not explain myself.”

AND that is why I love my kids so much: their hearts.  After that I thought it doesn’t matter I had such a rough day at work.  I get to come home to this.  Laughter can really be the best medicine!

Here's to Frozen Yogurt in the middle of winter!

Here’s to Frozen Yogurt in the middle of winter!

Peace and Love

Isabelle

The Little Tree That Could

oooopppppsssssss……

Yep I skipped last Friday’s Fantastic Friday.

So sorry.  I am certain you guys were all tore up about it!  :/

To brighten this suck it fabulous winter, here is a little ray of sunshine from my little Meyer Lemon Tree.  This little tree has been surviving thriving for the past 5 years.  THIS is the first and so far only fruit that it has given us.  Matt says I baby this tree.  Yup, he is correct.  This tree definitely needs love and babying.  Poor little guy wishes he was in hot Cali or Florida….not Alaska…ummmm I mean Indiana!

lovely isn't it?  And yes there is a "potentially" perfectly delicious other lemon...but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet!

lovely isn’t it? And yes there is a “potentially” perfectly delicious other lemon…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet!

Peace Out,

Isabelle

Note: oh and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ❤

Girls Night Out: the cliche

With all the “reality” T.V. shows we are bombarded blessed with on a daily basis it is difficult to think positive thoughts about girls night out.  But in fact, the idea stems from a simple truth: you need girls time when you are a mom, a wife, a daughter and even a sister.  You need to connect or re-connect with people who feel your pain….hmmm I mean understand your daily life!

Cheers to you!

Cheers to you!

I met up with my friends the other night and it was just the remedy I needed to get through this lovely cold spell we have been dealing with.  A glass of wine (or two) and some delicious duck tacos, it was a good evening with two of my favorite ladies!

Take a moment to enjoy your friends.

Peace and GNO,

Isabelle

note: the pic wasn’t taken the other night (I was enjoying my friends’ company therefore NOT taking pictures!) This was from a lovely date I had with my hubby in Michigan last fall 🙂