Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for Team Yeatman! I’m loving our Spring Break trips to the OR coast, and celebrating my birthday with my two favorite people! Nice and simple, but…I kinda get to call the shots all day long, so that’s a nice treat.


Sunset Bay, right across the road from Sunset Bay State Campground where we camp. Obviously sunset it was it’s known for. There are also some great tide pools at low tide.
I kid you not, a few hours after this picture was taken the dog and the kiddo were throwing up all over the backseat of Mark’s truck. At least we had hours of fun in the sun, on the beach before things took a sick turn. We spent all the next day lounging in the trailer playing games, cuddling, and watching DVD’s. 
Wine, a book, and the beach…my idea of relaxing!

Most of all I like that we have no service, so it really is a week of time with my babe and baby and no phones, internet, outside world intruding too much.


We took the truck out on the sand dunes, got stuck, got unstuck, had a blast, found a beach that we had all to ourselves, and Sky got to drive!
They both love the water and running free down the beach.


I love the focused together time, so thankful life allows us to sneak away for a week to relax and just be together.

So much fun, so worn out.




My Favorite Workout Partner

I can’t tell you how much I love hearing “Mommy can I do Pilates with you”, or “Can we do Yoga together”?


I hope the years she spent in the jogging stroller, while I was training for race after race, has instilled a desire to be active. We talk about how important being active is. It helps maintain a healthy body and mind, and enables participation in lot’s of outdoor activities/adventures.

Sky has really started see how Yoga in particular has helped with her flexibility in dance. When she has trouble with balance or flexibility related dance stuff she always asks if there is a Yoga video for that…and there usually is something that will help.

Crow…look at her fly!

My goal was to keep running so I could do races with her, and that hasn’t worked out…my knee just won’t support it sadly. But, we have found mat time to be a pretty great replacement. The best part is sometimes we just lay there at the end of a practice and have the best/silliest conversations.


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for all the moments that don’t have a picture to go with them.

Sometimes it’s ok to just be, in the moment, enjoying things, and not have a picture to prove it.

The quick hug and I love you as Sky walks past, Sky reading on the couch, resting her feet on Mark’s arms as he’s working on his laptop and I’m sitting on the other couch doing sudoku…a “nothing exciting” family moment. Except it is exciting to be there in that moment with the two people I love most in the world.

I’m thankful for the thousands of little moments that I get to live with my babe and baby…the moments that go undocumented, but when added up over time…there kinda what it’s all about.

What are you thankful for today?


Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for teachers who have faith in what our kiddos can accomplish when we as parents might not.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe Sky can do whatever she wants. Olympic Swimmer…yes! Win Chopped Jr…heck yeah! Be on Naked and Afraid…but of  course. However, when she came home from school on a Thursday saying she was going to sew a dress for her doll so it could be in the 2nd grade art show on Tuesday I had big doubts.


She informed me her teacher got her fabric, needle and thread and now she needed me to teach her how to use said needle and thread to sew a dress…umm I don’t sew. I mean basic needle and thread skills to sew on a button sure, but make a dress…not so much. To be clear Sky does not know how to sew either, or cut a pattern, or any of it really. Who decides to sew a dress when they don’t know how to sew and have it ready in four days…my kid that’s who! Lesson learned, it’s ok not to play it safe all the time.

Her latest kick is to be a fashion designer and I’m fine with that, but I was a little panicked thinking this dress wasn’t going to happen and if it did it would be a hot mess. Inside my head I was trying to think of a supportive way to redirect the project like do a mock-up or idea board with fabric and embellishment samples etc. But, Sky wasn’t having it, she wanted to sew a dress. So I teach her how to do a basic stitch and off she goes to school.

Turns out her classroom and art teacher had a plan, because her doll ended up fully clothed in a dress complete with sparkly glitter. Granted it’s held together with a lot of hot glue and fabric ties, but they heard her dream and found a way to make it happen.

I’d like to think I can give her all the support and encouragement she’ll ever need, but  that’s not reality. I’m always going to land on the side of practicality, and being realistic, I try to tamp it down and support her dreams, but sometimes I need help with that.

Sky loves her teacher this year and she has been so supportive of all Sky’s goals and ideas. We have been lucky to have the same art teacher for three years now and Sky truly has a heart for art. I’m so thankful she has these two amazing ladies in her life this year to support her and find ways to make things happen when I’m stuck in the reality of it all.

Thankful for awesome teacher and lessons learned from my kiddo.

What are you thankful for?





Love Your Stylist!

If you don’t love your stylist I have a good one for you! Sky loves her too! Once again Eleanor at Embellish Salon worked her magic on Sky’s hair.


Anyone who knows me knows I’m good about hair upkeep. I get the cuts and the colors regularly, and I keep heat styling to a minimum.

Oh you can tell she’s feeling it! 

You would think I would be better at maintaining Sky’s hair, but I kind fall down on the job with her. She has enough hair on her head for 3 people at least, and while it has beautiful brown curls, it does sometimes border on wild frizz. She’s just not there yet when it comes to taking care of it like it needs, and frankly I’m struggling to get out of the house for work on time, so she is left to her own devices when it comes to weekday hair.


Guys, it kinda got out of control, and I didn’t even realize how out of control it was until Sky asked Eleanor to cut it off. I feel bad now looking back, but am so thankful that Sky wanted to get it cut short. It looks so healthy and is an adorable style on Sky. Bonus, so much easier to get the tangles out which means way less mother/daughter heartache!

Thank you Eleanor for giving Sky’s hair new life, we adore you!


Spring – Where Are You?!

Spring, I’m here for you! I’m ready for longer days, more blue sky, and sun. Winter came on late and fierce and I’m kinda over it. But, I’m trying to have a good attitude and appreciate each season, that’s part of the beauty of living in the PNW…four distinct seasons.

Snow, snow, go away and please don’t come back another day!

In the meantime I’m doing a few things so we can hit the Spring ground running and enjoy it!

  1. Spring Cleaning is going to happen right now! Even if it’s cold and dreary outside, feeling Spring clean on the inside makes it easier to get through the last bit of winter.
  2. Garden planning. It’t too early to plant, but I’m putting together my plan and doing things a little different this year. It’s fun to look forward to fresh produce grown in my own yard!
  3. We cleared out some outgrown yard toys and I now have a lot more room for flowers! Again, a bit too early to plant but I’m expanding my usual flower game and branching out to plants and flowers that I haven’t done before!
  4. Trip planning! Spring Break is coming (and we don’t have a plan yet…yikes!) and right after that it’s Summer Break! Planning warmer weather trips during winter give me something to look forward to!
  5. Daily activity has been a lifesaver. Last winter hit me kind of hard, and that has never happened before. This time around I have been intentional about getting my daily activity in. It could be a HIIT workout, a long walk, or 10 minutes of stretching (I have 6 different physical activities I rotate through during the week) whatever it is it gives me at least 10 minutes, often more, of me time. And I feel so much more focused and calm. And, I’ve been feeling great this winter (so far…it’s not over yet).
  6. Embracing home. We don’t travel nearly as much to visit family, camp or vacation during the winter months. I LOVE being home, love, love, love it. While I love our adventures as well, spring and summer find us gone a lot. I’ve really made it a point to enjoy being cozy at home, soak up all the home time, so when the adventures kick back into high I’ll be ready to get away!
  7. Rain Boots – Spring in the PNW means rain and I’m on the lookout now for a wild, fun pair of rain boots to stomp through puddles in!
  8. Rose all day. Ok, well not all day, and not even every day. But there is something about drinking a “summer” wine that makes winter easier to deal with. I close my eyes and picture myself lakeside on a hot day in the sun! Which is more Summer than Spring, but Spring is the gateway to Summer!

I think we probably all have our coping tricks to get through seasons in life and Mother Nature. I really try not to wish time away, so I’m making the most of the current season while excitedly waiting for the next one!

Happy almost Spring!

Live for these blue sky winter days. It’s cold, but the sun feels so good! 


Getting outside for a little fun, even when it’s chilly, feels so refreshing, and makes me look forward to longer days and better weather so we can do this every day!