Nieces and nephew are the best.  You get to spoil them and get them wild and as soon as they are smelly or crying you can give them back to their parents.  Can you believe her hair, she is four years old!  Don’t mind the holes in my socks.


Somebody liked their rolls.


The soup was a success.  Everybody really liked it.  Probably not the most healthy dish but it was high in fiber and protein. Everything in moderation.


Soup, veggies and dip, and whole grain bread with strawberry preserves.  I went back for more soup.  I promise I am going to start being creative and eat something other than soup.


I can’t think of anything I would want to do more than spend my Sunday nights beating little kids at Monopoly.


Last but not least…… Dessert.  Gooey brownies (no nuts thank you very much) with ice cream and a glass of milk.  Got to get that calcium in!

IMG_1603.JPGAt about 8 o’clock on Sunday nights I start to get sad.  I love my job but I love the weekends so much more.  Today I am changing my PERSPECTIVE.  I am going to look forward to my early morning workout and getting to go to a job I love.  Just like with running or anything else in life your thinking can make anything a good or a bad thing.

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”


How do you talk yourself into loving Monday?

One Pot Bean Meal

1 lb. hamburger

1 C catsup

3/4 lb. bacon

1/4 C brown sugar

1 large onion chopped fine

1 T liquid smoke

2 cans (16 oz) pork and beans

3 T balsamic Vinegar

1 can butter beans

2-3 cloves garlic chopped fine

Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown hamburger, drain and put in crock pot.  Brown bacon and onions. Drain. Add to crock pot with remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.


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Ha! Now that my kids are older I'm agreeing that my nieces and nephews are the best! Out of the smelly crying stage! I just found your blog earlier tonight. Thankyou for the comment on mine. I've only run one winter ever and that was last winter training for Boston. About 75% of it was outside, the rest on the treadmill. I had thought I would cut back this winter but coming off an injury that sidelined me for 4 months I'm just getting back into it and ready to go again! My word-you are SMOKING fast! Nothing wrong with soup:)


Wow! She has got some gorgeous hair. And my sister LOVES being an aunt for those exact reasons. Your niece does have gorgeous hair.


I am amazed they could play Monoply, only because every game I ever play takes 3+ hours!
My kids love Pit, Pig Mania, Boggle and Yahtzee. Oh, and Chinese Checkers. Its more fun now that they are old enough to actually be competitive!

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