Go Lucy Go 5k Shirts

**Out of town friends...don't forget to register as a Spirit Runner!  You get the shirt for the price of registration!  Just follow the same links below or on the side of my blog**

The company that is doing our Go Lucy Go shirts did a couple of mock ups for us to choose between.  Here is the style of shirt we are going with.  It is a super soft, barely-fitted tee.  It is a little more stylish than your regular ol' t-shirt and I think you are going to LOVE it!  I know we do.  We did decide to go with a heather grey color and the design just pops.  The back is super cool, too!



If you want to be guaranteed your shirt by race day, you MUST register by TONIGHT!  All registrations received after tomorrow, May 1st, will be guaranteed a shirt but it might not be on race day.  Because we are ordering a little higher quality shirt the stock runs a but lower in these.  We have to act fast to make sure we get this awesome shirt. 


We can't wait to see you there!

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Mother's Day: 4 gifts for new moms

Last week, I featured a Mother's Day gift guide with gift ideas for our own mothers. But I've gotten emails from husbands asking for gift ideas for their wives, since they want to honor the mothers of their own children. How sweet is that sentiment? So, here are four Mother's Day ideas for new mothers...
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About a Little Mole Who Wants to Know Who It Was that Pooped on its Head. (Seriously.)

The funniest thing we discovered in Amsterdam was definitely this classic children's book. The title? "About a Little Mole Who Wants to Know Who It Was that Pooped on its Head." Look inside...Read More >

Motherhood Mondays: Biking in Amsterdam

I'd love to share our Amsterdam photos later this week, but in the meantime, want to see some crazy photos of bikes in Amsterdam? Here goes...
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Now more than ever

Tonight I lay watching my baby girl rest peacefully in her hospital bed at Lebonheur Childrens Hospital. After emergency surgery to repair a broken shunt I am reminded how many needs are not Being met for the families on the neurology floor. So many broken hearts and spirits The Go Lucy Go 5k is so important for these reasons. If you haven't registered yet, please do so!! Go to www.erikandkatekrull.blogspot.com. click on the race button for race registration. Run, walk, push a stroller! Just participate!!

Feeling good!!

Someone is feeling better after the fluid pressure in her brain is gone! Thank God for modern medicine, a wonderful surgeon and answered prayers.

Surgery Update

Boop just came out to talk with us When he went in to dissect the shunt it appeared to have started working. Probably a delayed reaction to the tap. Either way, debris is dislodged and shunt is working We are thrilled. However, they did have to open her head and she will have stitches. We will stay for 24 hours of observation. If all goes well we will be home tomorrow afternoon!!

Surgery

Lucy is in surgery now to repair her shunt.

Our Crazy Life

This is why you don't ever plan on getting off the roller coaster. This is why you don't stay on the mountain top too long.

We are back at St. Jude tonight. Since Thursday Lucy has been complaining of a bad headache, been lethargic and started vomiting. Thankfully we can say we know there is no worry about tumors. However, with her shunt you never know. We knew that our lives would forever be different once Lucy got the shunt. A shunt issue can mimic many other illnesses (and vice versa) and you can never take chances.

So we are here. She's had X-rays and a CT scan. She's gotten a bolis of fluid and we are awaiting results. We are very anxious about a possible shunt malfunction. I feel sick to my stomach. I know they are very common, but they are not common for us! And the worst part is that sweet Lucy is one sick little
girl tonight.

Have a relaxing weekend.

My darlings, what are you up to this weekend? Alex and I just got back from Amsterdam, where we had an amazing time (I'm excited to share photos next week), although now that we're back, we've been smooching on Toby non-stop this morning. We missed him so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few fun posts, if you find yourself in a blog-reading mood...xoxo

Our friends in Austin took family portraits. Adorable!

Fascinating piece about marriage and sex.

Such a gorgeous haircut.

Alternative to flip flops.

Lion tattoo. Rawr!

Great round mirror.

Fourteen City Hall weddings.

This white cotton dress would be perfect for City Hall.

Make a taco box for new parents!

And these taco holders are a great idea.

Painted glass tumblers.

What an awesome neon clutch.

Have you seen this baby elephant on a beach?

Surprising safety tip: Don't go down slides with toddlers in your lap.

Domino Magazine's special issue is on newsstands now. Excited to nab one today! xo
(Top photo of the Green Tunnel, Castle Garden, United Kingdom)

Agony and Victory

Good morning to the wonderful prayer warriors that held us up yesterday.  It was a long day and even longer night.  The latest we have ever gotten results from Lucy's scans was 7:30pm.  At 11:30 last night we reluctantly went to bed with sick stomachs and minds filled with doubt and fear.  Apparently at 2:30am, Dr. W texted me with the results (she was on call and had gotten very busy with sick patients).  We did not receive them until 7:00 this morning.

Lucy's scans were CLEAR and her spinal fluid contained NO cancer cell.  Praise God!  He has answered our prayers one more time.
Lucy celebrating with new shoes!

We are so excited around our house about Lucy's great news today that dancing was the first thing Jack thought about!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxBT27C0d_I&feature=youtu.be

Look, Lucy even got in on the action.  Look at her lifting one foot at a time and balancing.  Amazing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9AY56SDDEM&feature=youtu.be

Oh, and Ella.  Well, she has just "flipped" over the news!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV4Z3T7XolE&feature=youtu.be

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Friday giveaway!

Today's giveaway is from Paper & Chain, a beautiful jewelry line designed by two British friends. I'm completely over the moon about their geometric designs, especially the leather bracelets and triangle studs. Today they're letting one lucky winner choose her favorite piece. Which would you choose?

For a chance to win, please visit Paper & Chain and leave a comment below with your favorite piece. A winner will be selected on Monday, so you have three days! Good luck! xoxo Update: Amanda W. is our lucky winner. Thanks for playing.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13th--about two weeks away! Here are 10 gifts she'll love...
A bouquet of peonies, above, since they're pretty much every woman's favorite flower. $93.
A mug to make her laugh, $14.
Brunch cooking class in Brooklyn, celebrated on Mother's Day. $125/person.
Plant topper, to fill her bedroom with light and rainbows, $140.
Morse code bracelet that spells out "mom," $40.
Fondue pot filled with chocolate, $20, plus a basket of strawberries. Made in Paris, naturellement.
Your favorite childhood photo sent to her in a silver frame, $28, to remind her that you'll always be her baby. (Get 10% off any Pinhole Press order with the code CUPOFJO.) P.S. That's my mom, my twin sister and me above:)
Friendship earrings--one for you and one for her. $55.
Field of Grass soy candle, to transport her to freshly cut grass in the countryside, among daisies, beneath the sun. $20.
An astrology reading, because how fun is that?! And lunch afterward to talk about it all.

P.S. More great gifts for women...

Tired



Honestly, I am so tired right now I can't even think of a title for this blog post.  How sad is that?  I got home from the hospital around 2:15 this morning and was up again by 6:00.  Let's just say that 3.5 hours of sleep does not make for a very patient or cheery mom.

My grandfather is doing better.  If there was ever a human with 9 lives it must be him.  He still has a ways to go, but he is better.  Tonight we took the girls down to visit him and when we arrived at the ICU they said you had to be 12 to go back.  With as much time as we've spent in hospitals you would think I would have thought of that.  I knew the girls would be devastated if they didn't get to see him, so I did what any good mother would do.  I begged and pleaded until the nurse finally agreed.  They were able to see him, love on him and give him the sweet pictures they had created for him.  They love their great-grandfather and they were so worried about him.  Especially Ella.  She cried herself to sleep last night.  This morning before she left for school she looked at me with that bottom lip quivering and started crying.  She said "Mommy, I don't want Paw Paw to leave us yet."  I don't either.


But as I held his hand tonight and we spoke, he bravely told me (through tears) that he never once prayed for healing.  He has prayed for God's will to be done.  My grandmother will tell you she has prayed for healing and I'm sure the rest of us have, too.  But not him.  He is a good man.  He is a Godly man.  I am thankful for the life he has lived.  I am proud he is my grandfather.  He is a strong man.  He is brave.  But he has a nasty cancer that is going to take his life sooner or later.

Tonight I am so thankful for the assurance we have through Jesus Christ that my grandfather will be embraced in the arms of heaven when he does leave this earth.  None of us are ready for that day.  I selfishly pray he has a few more years.  But if he doesn't, in his words, he has lived a wonderful 79 years and has so much to show for his time here on earth.  Most important to him is his relationship with Christ, his wife of 63 years and his family.  Our family is blessed in so many ways.  A Bible believing, God fearing patriarch and matriarch have been the foundation.

My grandfather is a good, honorable man.  I love him dearly.


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Wednesday giveaway!

Today's giveaway is from Pyrrha, a handcrafted jewelry collection based in Vancouver. Worn by celebrities like Katie Holmes and Reese Witherspoon, the personal talisman necklaces symbolize what you are and what you believe in. For example, the anchor above symbolizes hope and optimism, and the bee stands for creativity. (My favorite might be this mother bear, which symbolizes strength, ferocity and the protection of one's children.) How incredible and empowering to wear one everyday.

One lucky winner will get to choose her favorite piece from the shop (up to $200). Which would you choose? See them all here.

For a chance to win, please visit Pyrrha's online shop, and leave a comment below with your favorite piece. A winner will be chosen at random tomorrow. Good luck! xoxo Update: Aubrey B. is our lucky winner. Thanks for playing. xo

Fridge Makeover: Photo magnets

Our apartment has a plain old white fridge. So, to jazz it up a bit, I made some Pinhole Press photo magnets. Our gallery display makes our whole kitchen feel so much cozier, and Toby loves pointing himself out. For Mother's Day, I'm going to send my mom a package of family magnets:)

What's on your fridge?

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies You'll Ever Have

Peanut butter cookies with a glass of milk. Can't you conjure up exactly what it tastes like? One of life's great pleasures. Here, Jennifer from Bake or Break shares her recipe for the most mouthwatering version ever (which would be perfect to take to a dinner party!)...
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Tonight

Tonight I sit in the ICU waiting room wondering if my grandfather will make it through the night.

It's been a long day and he is very sick. All the family has come in and now all we can do is wait and pray.

Summer Essential #2: FANTASTIC natural sunscreen

After literally years of searching, I've finally found the best sunscreen. And here's why:

1. Regular sunscreen can be dangerous. Three years ago, before our honeymoon, my friend Jessa Blades, a natural beauty consultant and makeup artist, warned me that regular sunscreen often contains dangerous chemicals and harmful toxins that may actually cause cancer. (This article, most recently, made my knees wobble!) Ever since then, Alex and I have worn natural mineral sunscreen, which feel so important, especially since you slather it all over your body (and your children's bodies) everyday.

2. But natural sunscreens look bad. Yes, here's the catch: Natural sunscreens don't really absorb into your skin. You end up covered in sticky lotion, looking white as a ghost; and sunscreen can have flaky residue, which is, needless to say...not attractive. I secretly hate using it, but know it's worth it.

3. And here's the solution! I had almost given up on finding a natural sunscreen that doesn't look terrible, but now I'm thrilled to say I've finally found one!! Josie Maran's Daily Sun Protection is both natural and absorbs beautifully. The lightweight sunscreen also contains argan oil, which makes you look young and glow-y. Alex and Toby will be wearing it this summer, too. I highly, highly, highly recommend it. Find it here.
Here's to a happy, healthy summer! (More summer essentials to come...)

(Top photo by Garance Dore)

Summer Essential #1: Water bottle

I'm excited to announce a new series on Cup of Jo: Summer Essentials, where I'll be sharing some awesome things (beach towels, swimsuits, peach lipstick) that you might like this summer. Hope you enjoy it!

First up: Water bottles. BKR bottles, made in San Francisco, are bright and modern. The bottles are glass but have a silicone sleeve, so they won't break; and water tastes so good from a glass bottle, versus plastic or stainless-steel (which can cause that metallic flavor). At $28, it's not cheap, but will end up being less expensive--and better for the planet--than buying one-use bottles of water all summer. Plus, they're so beautiful to carrry around; I have the red one!

Thoughts? Do you have a water bottle?

P.S. Alex actually wrote this article back in 2007.

(Via Momfilter)

Museum touch tours

Did you know that many museums--including the Met, MoMA and Whitney--will allow blind or partially sighted people to come on private tours so they can touch and experience the artwork? How amazing. Photographer Matt Ducklo took photos of these "touch tours." I find them so moving.
(Via Rion)

Whew


To say that things have been a little hectic around here would be an understatement.  Hectic, but wonderful.  Lucy is doing better than ever, Ella is awesome and Jack...well, he has more energy than I can begin to explain.  I am about 4 posts behind but thought I would just let you know we are still here and doing great.


If you haven't registered for the Go Lucy Go 5k PLEASE do so now.  May 5th is rapidly approaching and we still need more runner and walkers.  That's right.  We welcome walkers and strollers!

Go here to register:



I have some hilarious videos and great stories to share from the weekend.  But it's 11:13pm and we just finished up a race meeting.  I've got to catch some zzz's and then I hope to hit the blog hard tomorrow!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It's not too soon to start asking for prayer as Lucy has her next set of 3 months scans this Thursday.  Luckily the race has me so stressed out I haven't even had time to sit and worry about the scans.  Our prayer is No Evidence of Disease!  Lord, may your will be done. 


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Motherhood Mondays: Summer kids clothes

Crewcuts summer clothes are totally adorable. These little prints are giving me baby fever, and we ended up ordering this car tee for Toby's birthday. Take a look at the full collection here, if you'd like.

P.S. Don't you wish the clothes came in grown-up sizes? Especially that colorblock dress:)

(Graphic design by Rachel for Cup of Jo; thanks to Crewcuts for being one of my April sponsors)

Lemonade-stand season

A few years ago, for New York Magazine, I interviewed kids about having lemonade stands in New York City. They were so hilarious and crafty! Their tricks to increase sales included purposefully misspelling "lemonade" on their signs and telling people's fortunes. One brother-sister team made $240! Read the story here, if you'd like.
And these photos by photographer Joanna Ebenstein made me laugh. She passed two boys in Park Slope, Brooklyn, selling bacon panini, of all things! And at $3 a pop. Haha, only in NYC.

Have a great weekend.

What are you doing this weekend? As I mentioned earlier, we're taking a quick trip to Amsterdam! The weather reports predict rain every single day (that's why it's off season:), but Alex got us rain pants, and I'm bringing these rain boots, so hopefully we'll be able to stay dry with the Dutch. Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few great posts from around the web...

Good news! If you want to watch the new show Girls, but don't have HBO, you can see the full episode on Youtube.

Cheese paintings.

Paris in color.

Thoughtful response to the controversial Vogue article about the mom who put her seven-year-old daughter on a diet.

Avocado + egg = breakfast pizza.

This tote made me laugh.

What a beautiful room.

Would you wear a pink wedding dress? Or blue?

Have you seen the British documentary series Up? The next one is coming out...

Orange ginger fizz would hit the spot.

Stalagmites, stalactites.

1950s pin-up girls: before and after.

Did you read this book when you were little?

Hope to see you at this bike show next weekend! xo

Crazy news: We're going to Amsterdam!

So, I have some crazy news: We're taking a (very) spontaneous quick trip to Amsterdam! Leaving tomorrow!! Here's the story: We were planning to take Toby to Europe this summer, but we priced out the flights, and it was prohibitively expensive. (Summer flights to most major European cities started at $1400; and we'd need to buy three.) We figured our Europe dreams were dashed, until we realized that if we squeezed a trip in April, the flights were much less expensive—and the overall trip would be doable if we stayed for just a handful of days.

So! We decided to plan a less expensive family vacation this summer in the midwest, but to scratch our Europe itch, Alex and I are taking a quick trip to Amsterdam this weekend! We're going for just four days, while Toby stays home with his beloved babysitters (since a weekend trip to Europe—with long flights + jetlag—would be no fun for a two-year-old). I'm so excited to visit Amsterdam: I've always wanted to see the cool houseboats and even cooler bikers. Also, one of my best friends from college—Penny—is living there right now, and we can't wait to see her.

This is all so exciting and heady—I'm the least spontaneous person ever, so it's funny/thrilling to be heading to a big city without any planning. If you have any Amsterdam tips, we'd LOVE to hear them! Have you ever been?

Weekend round-up coming up, and sending you a big kiss! Eeks!
P.S. I've written a bunch of posts for next week that I hope you enjoy.
(We'll miss this little dude)

These Are the Days

I've thought a good bit about Lucy's upcoming scans this week.  They are next Thursday, the 26th.  I've thought about them, but I, thankfully, am not dwelling on them.  What good would that do?  I'm sure as next week inches closer the scanxiety will begin to settle in in a major way.  All I can do is pray.  I ask you to do the same, please.

One thing keeping my mind preoccupied this week is our schedule.  We are busy.  Very busy.  Just like any family with 3 kids and 2 society-contributing adults.  I'm not complaining.  I actually like staying busy for several reasons.  One, it keeps my mind off of the bad (scary) thoughts that can easily creep in every hour.  Two, it means that we are healthy enough to be busy!  So, that being said I'm trying to figure out some things to implement into our daily lives that will help us stay focused and on task.  Nights are particularly hard as we have a lot of medical prep for Lucy.

In the fall I purchased a new planner from erincondren.com.  This is the print I got and I just love it.  I have a thing for planners and this one is by far my favorite.  It has a spot for everything!  I have it by my side every day of the week.  Right now you can get a 2012 planner 40% off.  Just thought I would throw that out there.
erincondren.com


I also found these printables from Pinterest.  I LOVE Pinterest and adore the mobile app.  I will be the first to admit that my kids have been "loved" (not spoiled) a little too much.  Erik and I agree that its time Ella starts contributing to our family.  I don't want her to see this as a punishment, but rather to teach her that everyone has to do their part to make our family work.  We also want to give Lucy some jobs so that she feels as much a part of the family as Ella.  We haven't figured out what everyone's jobs will be but they will obviously be age appropriate.

http://thebursettfamily.blogspot.com/2010/07/free-digital-download-chore-charts.html via Pinterest
Out of necessity I have become much more effective with my night time activities.  Every night I always do a load of laundry, make sure the dishes are done and prepare the girls backpacks for school the next day.  I try really hard to make sure the playroom is clean before I retire as well.  Last night I was beat and just didn't do it.  I regretted it when I woke up to a huge mess this morning.  Oh, well.  Today was a new day.
I make sure to lay out clothes for the next day and prepare lunches as much as possible.  I got these two items from Potterybarnkids.com this school year.  Ella absolutely loves getting notes from me in her lunch.  I also like being able to send her chips and hummus or veggies and ranch in this container.


potterybarnkids.com

The biggest thing I am working on is getting back on track with my meal planning.  I used to be very diligent about planning each and every meal and was able to make one trip a week to the grocery. Now I find myself at 5:00 in a panic because I haven't even had time to think about dinner, much less plan a healthy meal for my family!  As a stay at home mom I feel that this is one of my major job duties and I take pride in providing a hot and nutritious meal for my family.  It might sound old fashioned, but that doesn't bother me.  Again, I'm loving Pinterest and the new recipes I am trying to incorporate into my meal planning, especially the gluten free recipes.

I have a recipe journal that I copy success recipes into after my guinea pigs give it a thumbs up.  Last night I made this recipe for Parmesan Tilapia and it will definitely be going into the journal.  I don't even like fish and I thought it was really good.

http://www.food.com/recipe/mamas-supper-club-tilapia-parmesan-53914

So, that's what's been on my mind this week.  Trying to make it all work.  Trying to keep this family afloat.  If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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