Comfort and Joy

I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will
give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Jeremiah 31:13

Friday, February 3, 2012

Five for Friday

Trying to bring Five for Friday back...

1.  I am still running.  I ran 8.5 miles last weekend and plan on running 8-9 tomorrow.  The unfortunate thing is I have gained weight running.  Are you kidding?!?  Aren't you supposed to lose weight?  I think its because I eat like a cow when I come home from these long runs so I am trying to eat better now as well. The quote below has helped me continue on this running journey even though I currently do not see a change.

The picture below is what I see at the end of my run.  One way I get the boys to cooperate during my runs is by letting them "run" at the end.  Yesterday Austin stopped to stretch before he ran.  I was literally laughing out loud.
Ending our run
2.  I love the relationship my 2 boys share.  There are definite fights, tears, and some hitting (mainly by Miller...we are working on this) but overall they adore each other.  Miller does everything his big brother does.  I mean everything.  He wants to be just like him.  I found them the other day just playing in the hall next to each other.  It made my heart smile.
Precious brothers
3. I think I have lost some brain cells. I had a lunch date planned this past Tuesday that I literally just forgot. Like it didn't cross my mind. I was across the street at Starbucks working on some stuff when an email from my friend popped up asking if everything was ok. By this point she was already home from eating by herself across the street. I feel terrible. I think I need a new system to remember things.

4. On my quest to eat healthier I made this granola I ate at my friend Candace's house. It is delicious. Yummy granola
Top off your Fat Free Greek yogurt with some of this and you will thank me.  Here is Candace's recipe below (I think it came from Katie Harris).
Katie Harris' granola 
***Set the oven at 350 degrees

4 c. rolled old-fashioned oats 
2 c. sweetened, shredded coconut
2 c. Sliced almonds
1 1/2 c. dried cherries sliced 
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/3 c. honey 
2 tsp. ground cinnamon 
(my additions)
A good splash of vanilla extract (about a tsp.) & even a little more almond extract (1 1/2 tsp), a dash of apple pie spice and a dash of nutmeg. 

I just mix it all up and pour it on 2 lightly oiled sheet make sure it doesn't stick and cooks evenly. I let it bake for 10 minutes, turn it and then watch it for about 5-8 minutes. It's a fine line between lightly browned and burnt because of the honey and cherries (both taste burnt, if it bakes too long), so I wouldn't cook it another full 10 minutes after flipping it. 
(FYI: I didn't have apple pie spice or almond extract so I didn't add those and mine was still good).

5.  We watched the Help last weekend.  I know...we are way behind but I did read the book so I knew what everyone was buzzing about.  I just loved it.  Even David thought it was good.  I love this quote!

I also thought this was hilarious. I totally believe it. I know Austin asks at least that many.

Happy Friday! Enjoy your day and weekend!


Emilee Odette Garrett said...

Brothers are so fantastic! (I'm assuming this because the sisters are awesome together!) At my house 400 of the questions are, "Why?" and the other 37 are, "Where's Daddy?" Have a great weekend!

jennie brooks said...

I cry "bull" on that first post... I've been back in the exercise thing for 5 weeks and can't tell 1 bit of difference!!! Argh.

Love that A stretches... that's hysterical. At first I thought he was trying to karate chop Miller.

Granola looks yummy and better for you than the recipe I have!

EBW said...

Wait. You ran 8.5 miles...with a stroller?! It's one thing to run that far by yourself, but pushing nearly 100 pounds. What a woman!

The Rohman Family said...

We always gain weight when we train for half marathons...that's why Grant says only 1 per year!
We are working on hitting with Ben, too :(

Lauren said...

that would not be weight you're gaining. that would be muscle - especially if you are pushing 2 small boys on an 8.5 mile jog. that is amazing!!! langston and edward are lucky to get past 3 (or 1/2 mile these days).
forget training for a 1/2. you're ready for a full!