If we were friends in real life, we could meet up over coffee and catch up about what is going on in our lives.  But like me, you are probably busy with work, kids, and a house to manage. Meeting for coffee is just another thing we don’t have time to fit in our schedules. So I created a monthly series of virtual coffee dates.  I’ll fill you in on what’s happened since we last met, then you can share something with me in the comments.

If we were catching up over coffee, this is what I would tell you…

Tallen’s 8th birthday is next week, so we are having his birthday party on Saturday. The party is at Altitude, the trampoline park in Grapevine. I hope that adults can jump too, because I want to play on the trampolines!  My friend Michelle with Mellow Treats is making him a Captain Underpants themed cake and cupcakes. She made the cute teacher appreciation cookies a few weeks ago, so I am excited to see how the cake turns out. Also, if you have small boys you probably already know this, but the . Captain Underpants movies comes out June 2nd.  Tallen is THRILLED!

Captain Underpants birthday party

I started taking yoga classes at CorePower Yoga. Although Core Power has taught yoga at several Dallas Fitness Ambassador events, I had never visited one of their studios. Before my first class, I quickly glanced at the schedule online and saw they offered CorePower Yoga 2 at 5:30 on weekdays.  After work I changed into yoga clothes and drove to the location closest to my office.  When I entered the studio, I was surprised to find out that the majority of the classes at CorePower are heated!

It was a sweaty first class but I survived. Classes range from 90-I04 degrees with added humidity. It takes awhile to acclimate and I took tons of breaks my first class. On my second week, I survived two Hot Power Fusion classes. The heat makes me focus on my breath, allows me to move deeper into stretches and I feel invigorated after a sweat filled class.  If you want to try CorePower for yourself, the first week is always free.

Yoga with CorePower Yoga in Dallas

We recently joined a home group with two couples from our church.  It’s not the first time we have been part of a home group. Before we had kids, we were in a small group with several couples.  At the time, most of us were newlyweds without kids. Our weekends would include cookouts, camping trips and bibles study.  As families grew with more and more babies being born, it became harder to get together and we stopped meeting. We tried again about five years ago, but the kids outnumbered the adults and again, it was hard to meet.

So when a mom of one of Tallen’s friends at school invited us to start a small group, I hesitated. Did we really want to agree to weekly meetings, trying to find time in our busy schedules for one other commitment?  However, we miss the community, discussions and relationships that develop in small groups.  So we are testing the waters, meeting every other week for the next two months. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I also joined a writers group hosted by Art House Dallas.  Last Saturday was our first meet-up at Mudsmith in Ft. Worth.  Six women are in the group and we have committed to meeting up monthly to discuss our writing goals, share our work and build community.

Last fall, I attended a writing workshop in Dallas that was sponsored by Art House Dallas (AHD). Since then I have attended a few other AHD events, a writers feedback session and For the Love of Words event.  When they offered me the chance to join a writers group, I knew it would help to have the support and encouragement from other writers.  After our first meeting, I am already happy I joined!

Art House Dallas

Trey and I celebrated our 13th anniversary with a Staycation in Dallas. On Saturday afternoon, we checked into our room at the Highland Dallas. The weather was gorgeous, so we quickly changed into swimsuits and headed out to the pool. Once we got settled in a private cabana, we ordered drinks and food to be delivered poolside. Both of us were so relaxed we ended up napping by the pool.

Later that evening we had reservations at Knife, a highly acclaimed steakhouse created by former Top Chef contestant John Tesar. Over a bottle of wine, we shared the bacon sampler, two different steaks, black truffle pasta and dessert. The next morning we drank coffee by the pool then went to brunch in downtown Dallas at Americano.

Bottle of red wine

I am so happy that homework is finished for the year and school is out in two weeks! My kids do most of their homework on their own. However, I am the parent designated to helping with school projects.  The last month has been project heavy for both kids. Tallen simply needed to create a poster for his giraffe projects. Sophia, on the other hand, needed more help with her living history project. I helped her with research, citing sources, creating a tri-fold presentation, finding a historical costume and writing a speech.

Over the summer, school projects will be replaced with swimming, sleeping late and playing soccer in the driveway. On Monday evenings, you will find us at the library for Monday Madness which are free, fun weekly events.  We are going on a cruise in July and celebrating Sophia’s 11th birthday in August. I will take her on a mother/daughter road trip to celebrate. We will order pizza, eat ice cream and watch movies on Friday nights then sleep late on Saturday mornings.

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My favorite things in May

Meditation Apps for my Phone – I already use Relax Melodies to play sounds that relax me to sleep at night.  You can choose a combination of sounds the relax you and it has a timer feature so it will turn off after a set period of time. The Calm app is new to me, I just downloaded it this week.  It provides sounds and scenes of nature, with options for guided or unguided meditation. These apps are helpful when I travel and have trouble falling asleep at night, or even on an airplane when I want to drown out the sounds around me.

Smallwood Home sign

Smallwood home – A few weeks ago, I saw an Instagram post from a local Texas company called Smallwood home.  The words of the “Darling” sign spoke to me and I knew I wanted it to hang above my bed. I held my breath as I clicked over to their website to check the price.  To my surprise, all of the products on their site were very reasonably priced! So I sent a link to Trey and told him it would make a wonderful anniversary gift (hint, hint).  Last Saturday, when I got back from my writers group, I walked into my bedroom and it was hanging above my bed!

Books I’ve Read

Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner
Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner

“In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband’s brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace.” – Amazon.com


Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

“Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.” – Amazon.com


Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest

“Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.” – Shauna Niequist via Amazon.com



If we were having coffee, what would you tell me is going on in your life? Do you have any vacation plans? Birthdays or big events to celebrate? Are you reading any good books? Share with me in the comments.


  1. Aww. Enjoy reading your blog. You’ve inspired me to find the time in the midst of craziness to “read”and “journal” again. They used to be my fav hobbies prior to kids and running. ?

    I am contemplating on taking Evan with me to the Lobster Festival in Maine this August (first weekend,) a mother/son trip. Join us if you guys want get away from the Texas summer heat and good lobster.

    • Reading, writing, journaling and running are how I manage to stay sane as a mom. I also love how blogging is a way to look back on our memories, especially as a family. The Lobster Festival sounds like fun, we will think about it!

  2. I love the natural flow and reality of your blog! I do not have children but find that I am insanely busy! Going to check out some of your book recommendations, thank you!

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