It seems I can't get lots of time at the computer these days so this post will have to cover a lot, aka be random.  Here's what's up!

  • Last weekend was great!  We went to a friend's birthday party, I shot some family pictures for a good friend (so fun!), and then we got our Christmas tree.  Here she is!  And thank you to the kind lady who offered to take our picture, I'm finally in one, yay!

  • Thank you to my sweet blog friend Sara who sent me the prettiest notecards (that she made) --  gorgeous! 

  • Today I have an appointment with my orthopedic Dr. to go over the results of my MRI.  You know what? I'm not even nervous.  I know my knee is fine.  I just know.  Yesterday I ran the fastest mile of my life, a 7:19 (woohoo!).  I know that's not fast for many, but I ran 12 minute miles in high school (not a fast girl here!) so that's an improvement.  I have had great runs lately and finished a 6 miler on Sunday with almost no pain.  I felt like doing cartwheels!  I reeeeaaally want to run another half.  The next one planned is in April, the St. Jude Country Music Half, and I'm planning to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington next fall (the WHOLE 26.2, eek!). I had hopes of running New York but I'm not likely to get in.  But that's okay! I'm excited to get past this injury and train.  It has become such an important part of my life and brings me so much joy.  Plus it makes my jeans fit better.  And workout clothes are comfy.

  • I'm trying a new face cream, Korres wild rose.  It has no chemicals, gets great reviews, and I hope I love it. I'll let you know!

  • My Christmas cards are done and on their way--thank you to Sweet Birdie's Nest for creating my favorite card to date!  Love.these.cards.  Love!
  • Did you see the thing on Pinterest about stringing your Christmas lights up and down the tree instead of all around?  Since I'm the light hanger in my house I decided to try it and it worked so well!  I finished in 3 seconds and wasn't covered in sap with pine needles in my pants.  Thank you Pinterest. The boys selected colorful lights for the second year in a row.  I prefer white, but it's not about me;)

  • So excited for Christmas this year, the boys are so darling and it's funny to hear their little conversations about it.  I need to start recording some of them!

  • I want to spend a million dollars at JCrew.  I can normally keep myself out of trouble by not going into the store but I stopped in last week and just wandered around daydreaming.  I want to hug and kiss this plaid shirt.  I did not leave with it, but I wanted to.

And this plaid skirt.  Adorable.

Happy day friends!  Linking with Shanna for Random Wednesday!


  1. congrats on your running!! I know first hand what a great feeling it is to beat your own record!!

    I am so mad at myself, I pinned that article about stringing lights but did not actually look at it until 2 days after I put my lights on going around. I need to remember this for next year

  2. LOVE that sweet picture of your family with the tree. I don't have kids of my own yet but my mom said the biggest piece of advice she can give me is to ask someone to take pictures and jump in so that when we all look back at those memories, I'm in the pictures too. She has 3 kids so I'm sure you can relate to that being pretty difficult!

    Best of luck with your MRI and knee! A 7:19 minute mile??? That's SUPER fast. I'm training for a half marathon over here and riding it out at about 10 minutes a mile ha. Not to mention, right now running for 2 hours sounds pretty miserable BUT hopefully that will change.

    J Crew and Target are both goldmines right now that I need to stay out of! Love that plaid skirt!

    Hope you have a great rest of the week!

    It's an Easy Life

    1. Thanks Amanda! Good luck with your half marathon!!

  3. Your knee is going to be just fine! Your doctor's appointment will be fine too! I love the black & white photo of the boys. :)

  4. Awww, it's always nice to get in a picture once in awhile!! Great pics of the boys!

  5. yay for running! i just recently got into running this year and nothing feels better than getting a fast time! and LOVE the j crew stuff. i need to get out to opry and do some shopping. that plaid skirt looks perfect for christmas!

  6. LOVE the pictures of the boys with the lights. What camera do you use? I'm asking for one for Christmas and I can hardly wait. eek! Good luck at your appointment today! Sounds like everything is going to go just fine!

  7. You are the cutest family around. Please feel free to send me any of your boys' hand me down, they always look so stinking cute! Love the pics with the lights and I hope your MRI goes well!

  8. Congrats on your pain free runs! I just know your appt is going to go well too! Keep me posted! I have been staring at my bare tree all week because putting lights on it is my least favorite thing to do, but I need to check out the pin you mentioned, that could make me very happy! I love the b&w pic of the boys, precious! Is it wrong that I want to take one of my dogs like that? :) love the stationary too, Sara does such a great job!! BTW, if you keep up these crazy fast times there is no way I will be able to keep up with you! ;) have a great day!

  9. That plaid shirt with JCrew's off black sparkle mini skirt... just yesterday I was there and vowed that that would be my next outfit purchase (must plan JCrew purchases in advance or else like you, I'd buy the store). Great pick and great pics :)

  10. you are rocking the running!!!! I really want to do the Derby Festival Half in Louisville this year! Maybe we can inspire each other. I have been bad this week, I have not ran since Saturday!!! :( Also I love that picture of the boys!!1 I have seen that on pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing ever!!! and Yes I did my lights up and down too, worked great!

  11. I have Korres lip butter and I'm obsessed with it, can't wait to hear what you think of the face cream!

  12. Love the pictures of the boys! They are absolutely adorable!

  13. your family is adorable! Love the christmas lights around the boys!! so precious!
    Helene in Between

  14. I have seriously been missing you! I feel so out of the loop!!! Thanks for catching me up. LOVE the family pic...you guys are too precious...and SHUT UP with those outfits!! Adorable. Sara rocked those cards!! I want some! And your knee is going to pass with flying colors!!! Annnnnnnd...OMG, the pics of the boys with the lights....another framer!!! I want to do this with my girls!! Love ya!

  15. Those pictures with the boys in lights are too cute. Your tree looks awesome with the lights up and down.

  16. Yay for a family photo with YOU in it!!! I always feel like when we are older and looking back at fam photos, my kids will wonder where I am. Ha! I am always taking the pictures. I think in my last blog there is one pic of Cooper and I because I made Mike take it :)

  17. We had so much fun creating your cards and just love the sweet pictures of your boys that you took :)

    Yay for pain-free running! I'm SO ready to get this baby out of me and start running again. Or at least I *think* I am. Getting pregnant while on an injury-induced hiatus puts me way behind. I'm definitely ready for fun new running clothes, regardless!

  18. I LOVE that photo of the boys covered in the lights - so so cute! And I love that yellow sweater on you :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  19. Courtney,
    What a sweet pic of your family! And the pics of the boys...so sweet! Just adorable! Please frame them all! You will love Korres. It's one of my favorite brands of all time. Thanks for the shout out about the cards! I'm so glad you like them. Seriously warms my heart. :) Keep us posted about your knee. I know it will be just fine. Hope you had a great weekend!