Friday Things, Parenting Gems

Lordy, it's been awhile since I've done a Friday Things post and there's so many things goin' on it's hard to whittle down all the fun stuff I've encountered on the internet over the last couple of weeks.  I've also been overwhelmed and busy getting to know all the new Oiselle Volée (French for flock) members!  So very exciting that we're going from a group of 150 to 250!!  My Twitter is blowing up and I'm so grateful to be a part of the story for another year.  Stay tuned to the Oiselle blog for the full list of the team soon.  Check out this post to meet all of the Haute Volée team (French for High Flyer, what was formerly the 'Elite' team) - exciting stuff.

OK, to narrow things down, I'm going with a parenting theme for Friday Things.  Here are some great tidbits on the internet that have made me smile lately...

That's right!
via pinterest
I loved this well thought out response that Miranda (Sweet Mother of Blog) gives to the question we often get, "So, do you love being a mom?" via Mamapedia Voices.  You can read her full post here.

Funny Family Ecard: Let's drive Mom bat-shit crazy. That way, she'll let us watch TV just to get a moment's peace.
That's my son on the right, talking to my daughter on the left.

This Huffington Post Parents blog post, from the always awesome Rants From Mommyland, is not only validating, but makes me hopeful for this 'Sweet Spot' which I can already catch glimpses of in our family.  

And, last but not least, the latest The Fast Life column by my running BFF Lauren Fleshman is hella awesome - they all are.

Before a lovely dinner of burgers and poutine, learning all sorts of crazy amazing things about the life of a professional runner. (Okay, I'm more like a superfan teammate than BFF...)
Also, what's up mailman - I've yet to receive my copy of Runners World!  Rumor has it that Lauren's got another great column in this month's issue, encapsulating the amazing talk she gave at the Eugene Marathon expo that I was so fortunate to hear in person.

Coffee post expo.  Awe, and many of my Ragnar peeps in this photo, too!

OK, on to music; this song has been on my playlist for awhile and I just realized I haven't shared it here: We Come Running by Youngblood Hawke is an awesome song, and it's got the word 'running' right there in the title - perfect.

Happy weekend!

PS - Don't forget to enter the Spartan Race Giveaway - it ends on Tuesday.  Odds are good folks, and I'd love to see some guuurl power entries!

2013 Playlist
Take You Higher by Goodwill and Hook N Sling
Justice and Independence by John Mellencamp
Glowing by Nikki Williams
Easy  by Porter Robinson (and Matt Zo).
I Could be the One by Avicii featuring Nicky Romero
Pair of Dice by Tiesto
Ain't No Stoppin' by Ferry Corsten (featuring Ben Hague)
Come and Get It by Selena Gomez
Apollo by Hardwell featuring Amba Shepherd
This Head I Hold by Electric Guest
Castles in the Sky by Ian Van Dahl
Feel this Moment by Pitbull, featuring Christina Aguilera
Into Your Arms by the Lemonheads
Just Give me a Reason by Pink
I Love It by Icona Pop
Little Secrets Passion Pit
Sovereign Light Cafe by Keane, remixed by Afrojack
Clarity by Zedd
Years by Alesso
Something Good Can Work by Two Door Cinema Club
She Wolf by David Guetta, featuring Sia
Alive by Krewella
Illmerica by Wolfgang Garnter
Drowning by Armin van Buren
Give Me Your Hand by The Ready Set
Language by Porter Robinson
Cry for You by September
You Are My Diamond by Tiesto - featuring Kianna
Arguru - Deadmau5
We Are by Jus Jack & Oza, featuring Aeone


  1. Lauren Fleshman is my absolute favorite pro athlete! And Jude is soooo cute. I kind of want to be best friends with her family.

    1. I think that it sums her up perfectly - she's every girl's dream BFF.

  2. I loved that article from the Huffington Post. I have a 7 + 9 year old and it is definitely a sweet spot. We had dinner last night with my bro + sis in law + their 1 + 3 year old. Oh man! I realized how easy we have it now and I can't believe we made it through those days!

  3. I loved running with and meeting Lauren in Eugene last year. She is so down to earth and sincere. :-)

    1. TOTALLY! That is why we all love her so :)

  4. I have to tell you I have followed your blog for awhile and I always think we must be kindred spirits because our musical tastes our spot on. I get to venture out on my first trip to Seattle in two weeks because I am running Hood To Coast for Nuun. So excited. Have wanted to go to Seattle since childhood when my mom read me The Weedle on the Needle all of the time. We get to head to Oiselle HQ too and I hope to meet Lauren. Her column is AWESOME!!