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Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

Healthy Kids In The Kitchen

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

My nephew is a pretty picky eater. If he had it his way, he would probably live off of waffles and Golden Oreos.

My sister has always offered fruit and vegetables at pretty much every meal, but one of the ways that has gotten him to eat a little bit healthier is to get him to help in the kitchen.

The other day, he told me he wanted to make fruit salad and he was super excited to pick off the strawberry stems, wash the blackberries, and serve it all by himself.

Millennium Memories

I found this pillow at my parents’ house the other day. Apparently my parents have been using it all these years, but it had been covered by a pillowcase, so I had no idea they’d kept it!

I used to be obsessed with Nsync and The Backstreet Boys. At least I had my best friend and my sister sign it too to prove that I liked real people in my life, too. 😉

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

Graduation Baklava

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

My cousin graduated last weekend, so Adam and I headed into the mountains with my dad for the graduation party on Saturday night.

My aunt is a phenomenal cook and she had made homemade baklava for the party. Apparently, they have a large Greek orthodox population in their town, so “graduation baklava” is a thing!

I love cake, but this was the best baklava I’d ever tasted. I can get on board with that.

It was wonderful to be able to spend some time with my aunt, uncle, and cousins because, even though they only live 5ish hours away, we don’t see them nearly as often as I’d like!

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.


Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

It was so fun walking through their house because they have family pictures everywhere.

This is a picture of my grandparents, aunt, and uncles, and that woman in the black jacket is my mom. I don’t remember her ever skiing in my lifetime (and, unfortunately, I’m a Coloradan who hates skiing), but apparently she used to be quite the skier!

A Mooseless Trip to The Moose Visitor Center

On our drive back from the graduation party, we stopped by the moose visitor center.

If you didn’t know, I’m a bit moose-obsessed. There’s no logical explanation, but I just love those big ol’ majestic creatures (which is why I have a house full of moose paraphernalia).

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.


Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

This was Adam’s first time there, so that was exciting.

They have a center full of things to help people learn all about moose and there is also a trail right outside of the center where moose are often spotted.

Last time I was here, my parents, Boots, and I were charged by a moose…twice.

No moose sightings this time, though! Just beautiful mountain scenery.

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

The Sweetest Thing You Can Do For A Friend Who Is Moving

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

The majority of my stuff has been in storage for about 2 years. When I left Tucson, my friends helped me pack.

Two years later, I was unpacking the other day and I kept finding these little notes that they had stuck into various boxes.

I had no idea they did this, so it was one of the most thoughtful, heartwarming surprises ever.

It also made me miss them terribly, so it’s a good thing they are going to be here soon for the wedding!

So, if you ever have good friends moving away…

#1 – Help them pack.

#2 – Sneak sweet notes into their boxes.

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

A Man Who Can Braid

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

Adam braided my hair the other night and I was super impressed!

I probably didn’t even know how to braid until I was in college.

I didn’t realize until I was writing this post that Adam had taken the picture of the actual braid on his phone so I don’t have it to share with you, but believe me, he did a good job.

So, instead, you’ll have to settle for a few ridiculous selfies that we took right after he braided my hair…that don’t actually show the braid at all.

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.


Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

My niece was sitting on my lap while Adam braided. I am going to miss all of these sweet little moments after I move out.

Healthy kids in the kitchen, a throwback to my millennium memories, graduation baklava, a mooseless trip to the moose visitor center, the sweetest thing you could ever do for friends who are moving, and a man who can braid.

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

How do you encourage your kids to eat healthy foods?

What was going on in your life in the year 2000?

Are you a baklava lover?

What’s your favorite animal?

What has kept you connected to friends after they move?

Do you know how to braid? (I so wish I could french braid!)