Love your people

Monday was C-R-A-Z-Y! Work was hard and I was there for almost 11 hours. I felt defeated and exhausted. When I got home, Ryan had cooked super and was there with a hug and a listening ear. I am thankful for him and the way he serves me. He is the best husband and I am so happy he is mine.
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Tuesday was sad. Not long after I got to work, I learned a coworker had drown in Gulf Shores after saving a young boy. The thing about working in the media business is that his death became a story. It was on the national news and it hit hard in our little Kentucky newsroom. My heart hurts for his family, friends and employees who got to know him during his 25+ years at our newspaper. I just talked to him Friday about his fall break plans and now he is gone forever.

Today started off with my scrolling through Facebook in bed. My heart sank as I learned that a friend from high school had lost her fiancee last night in a car accident. He was the same age as me and was on a road I travel every single day. They were getting married in a few months and now he is gone and she is left wondering, “Why God?”

My heart hurts for these people. For the ones I know and the ones I don’t. It’s crazy that your life can change in an instant. These things happen, but their not supposed to hit this close to home. Especially two days in a row.

I don’t know what the meaning of this post is, except love your people. Some days are hard and some days are worse. I’m extra thankful for my tribe this week.
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Shopping and game days

Happy Sunday! Popping in real fast for a quick weekend update.

While Ryan worked on Saturday I spent the entire day with my momma! We went to yard sales, out to lunch and had so much fun just having a girl’s day. We snagged lots of great deals and I finally found a pair of ankle boots for fall! I found mine at TJ Maxx and they are Dr. Scholls brand (random, but sooo comfy!) but I can’t find them online to link them for y’all.

Anyways, after lunch we met up with my best friend high school for some Goodwill adventures and I walked out with a shirt and some books all for less than $6!

Since it is supposed to rain ALL day on today, we decided to have a game day with my parents. We recently bought Ticket to Ride and thought it would be a good time to teach my parents how to play.
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I snacked on random fruit that was in my parent’s fridge. While I love fall, I am bummed for all this wonderful fresh fruit to go away. I could live off melons of all kinds. But since we have yet to have any fall weather yet, we have still had lots of “summer foods” in stock at the grocery!

*Note Murph in the corner always trying to sneak some people food.
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I work Monday – Wednesday this week and I am so excited to have a long weekend. I’m hoping these three days fly by! I have a whole slew of things planned for my days off, so I ready to get to them.

Final STL trip of 2017

I had most of this post typed up this morning, but as I went to finish this post, all I could think about was the people in Vegas and those are hurting and have lost loved ones.

I am sad for our country and this world, but I know this is not my permanent home. God has built a kingdom for me in heaven. My heart, thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone affected by this tragedy.

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Whew! I need another weekend to recover from this weekend! While it was so much fun to get away for a few days, I am wiped!

But let’s backup to Friday. I took the day off from work so I could clean the house, run some errands and pack for out trip to St. Louis. While I got everything done my to-do list, I was exhausted by the time Ryan got home from work. We decided to keep the evening low-key, so we took a new board game to my parent’s house and spent the evening with my mom and brother (who came home from college this weekendto watch Murphy while Ryan and I took our trip).

Saturday morning, me and Ryan and my mom and dad hit the road pretty early. The three-ish hour drive from Owensboro to STL went by pretty fast before I knew it we were at Busch Stadium in one of their clubhouses getting ready for the game!

The clubhouse seats are a little pricey, but are definitely the best deal. It opens about three hours before the game starts and has a buffet with all kinds of food and desserts and an unlimited open bar.

This was my parent’s first MLB game, so it was fun to introduce them to something that Ryan and I love so much! The cherry on top was that the Cardinals rallied on Saturday to win the game! 

The cards lost on Sunday, and they are out of the playoffs, so it was their last game of the year. Out of 162 games, Ryan and I got to attend five of them at Busch Stadium. We are already excited for the 2018 season! We can’t wait to be back at Busch. We also hoping to travel to other stadiums this year to watch the Cards play.

The drive back home was long and tiring and we were all more than ready to hit the hay when got home. I’m now about halfway through my work day and I am definitely ready for some more caffeine.

Friday Favorites v. 66

What a crazy week it has been! With Monday being the holiday and yesterday being a vacation day for me, this week has been all kinds of busy. But also so much fun.

Before we get into my usual Friday Favorites post, I just want to take a minute to remind you all of all the struggle so many people are going through right now. With so many people displaced from Hurricane Harvey and so many more trying to flee Florida, our country and its people need lots of prayers. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who are struggling during this difficult time.

All of these “favorites” seem so silly compared to the big picture. If I had to pack up my bags and flee my home, the only thing on this list that would come with me is Murphy. Material possessions can be replaced, people and pups can’t.

1. All of this Alabama apparel from Game Day Couture is super cute for fall football! We got a W last Saturday in the opening game, so I’m hoping that trend continues for the entire season. ROLL TIDE.
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2. A short work week! Yay for holidays and vacation days.

3. Spending lots of quality time with Ryan, Murphy and my parents. It does my soul good to be surrounded by those I love.

4. I got the chance to boulder some yesterday while rock climbing. My strength has improved so much over the last couple of months and while I didn’t last long, it was a great start!

5. I’m wrapping this post up with five items instead of eight. Other than my husband, this little pup is the most important thing in my home. Hug your loved ones this weekend. Call your mom. Give love and grace to others.
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Talk to you all Monday!

Yard work, river walks and mini golf

This weekend was crammed pack with work and play and it was awesome.

On Saturday while Ryan was at work, me, my brother and Murphy did a TON of yard work. I’m talking mowing, weed eating, pulling weeds, cleaning up the garage, etc. It took most of the afternoon, but the yard looked great afterward.

Murphy has also decided he’s a farm pup now.


Saturday night I met a friend in town for dinner. She leaves Kentucky this week for a new job in Utah, so I’m sad to see her go, but am so proud of her and her work ethic!

We ate a local Korean place and then walked all along the river after dinner. 


Saturday, Ryan and I, along with our friend Maddie made a two hour road trip down to Grand Rivers, KY., to eat at Patti’s 1880s Settlement! It’s a well known restaurant in western Kentucky and has so much great food. They are known for their 2 inch porkchops and mile high meringue pies. We ate until we were stuffed and then headed outside for two rounds of putt putt golf. 

All in all it was a great weekend with family, friends and food. To be honest, I didn’t get in a lot of running over the last three days, but spending time with these people is more important than any run or workout.

Weekend in the sun

Hi guys! Yesterday was so crazy, that I am just now getting to my weekend recap post today! I hope you all had a great Monday.

Now let’s recap the fun stuff.

Saturday was all about being outside! Murphy and I headed out early to get in a nice walk through the park. Granted, Murph wanted to chase all the squirrels and eat everything that was on the ground, it was nice and relaxing and I am so thankful to be off on weekends.
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After we ran some errands, we stopped by my parent’s house and got in a quick two mile run around their neighborhood with my little brother. He leaves for college this fall and I can’t believe it. I’m such a proud big sister.
After our run, we cooled off, headed home and got ready to mow the yard. Well, Murphy watched me out the living room window, while I was outside sweating buckets. Oddly enough, I really don’t mind yard work. I love being outside, plus I got to work on my tan.
Sunday, Ryan and I took our friend Maddie to Holiday World! It’s the best theme park in the world (in my opinion) and I was so excited my west coast friend a place that was such a staple in my childhood.
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We basically spent the entire day there riding rollercoasters, eating pizza and hanging out in the water park.
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By the end of the day, our feet hurt, we were exhausted and so sunburnt. I crashed on the couch not 10 minutes after getting out of the shower.
Stayed tuned on Wednesday for a fun Global Running Day post!

Three day weekends are my favorite

Happy Memorial Day to you all. I hope you all take a moment out of your day today to remember everyone who has fought for our great country and the freedoms that come with living here.
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This weekend I tried to be outside as much as possible. Since I work in an office setting and don’t get outside much, I love getting to soak up as much sunshine as possible on the weekends.

We kicked off the long with weekend by playing 100 games of fetch with Murphy.
The best picture I have taken in my entire life. Murphy is such a goofball and he LOVES his red ball.

Ryan had to work during the day, so I spent Saturday morning catching up on laundry (and hanging it out to dry on our clothesline – perks of country living) and getting in a run and a garage arms and abs workout.

For supper on Saturday we went to my parent’s house and grilled out all kinds of meat and veggies and then topped it all off some a delicious frozen chocolate cream pie. The best way to end the day.

My momma always has the best garden + flowers. I definitely get a green thumb from her.



Today Murphy and I have already tackled a two mile run at the park and the groomer so he could get his teeth brushed and nails trimmed. My plans for the rest of the day include mowing the yard, meal prepping and finishing up some future blog posts.

Have a great Monday, friends!

Mother’s Day Weekend

Our weekend started off nice and quiet and by the end of it, we were super busy! But it was a great weekend with family and I wouldn’t trade our time with them for anything in the world.

On Friday nights, Ryan and I prefer to stay at home with each other (and Murphy!). It’s our time to be with each other, unwind and hangout in our pjs. We ate tacos and watched a few episodes of The Office, before calling it a night and heading to bed.
Saturday while Ryan was at work, I was busy cleaning the house, buying grocers, taking Murph for lots of walks since it was gorgeous outside and finding time to get a run in myself.

Once Ryan got off work, we headed down to Tennessee to spend some time with his family for Mother’s Day weekend. We had lots of great food and a good time just lounging around the house enjoying each other’s company.

After a whirlwind visit we headed back home yesterday afternoon just in time to make a pizza for supper and get everything ready for another work week.

I hope you all got to shower your mom’s grandma’s and all the other women in your life with lots of love this weekend. I know I did and I am so thankful for all of the positive women role models in my life. 

Weekend Catch Up

Happy Monday, friends! This weekend was a busy one in the Richardson household, but it was filled with good food and drinks, sports and friends! This post is a little random, but here is a look into my weekend!

What did your weekend look like?

Friday night we celebrated Cinco de Mayo at home with lots of tacos and margaritas. Not that we need excuse to make tacos, but one always helps 😉

*Those plastic margarita glasses were only 99 cents at Kroger!

I mentioned on Friday in my Friday Favorites post that I was going to meet one of my best friend’s son for the first time! He is so handsome and I was so happy to get in lots of baby cuddles.

Ryan and I both drew Irish War Cry in our respective Derby pools at work, but alas, no win for us. Congrats to everyone who picked Always Dreaming to win the 143rd Kentucky Derby!

Chick-fil-A is always a good idea. I hate cooking on the weekends so getting CFA always feels like a treat!

I finally picked up a pair of calf sleeves yesterday from Academy Sports and I can’t wait to try them out! These are the ones I got if you’re curious.

The rest of this week should include lots of graduation-related projects at work, treadmill running and yard work.

Bring it on.

*T-minus two weeks until my birthday! Insert confetti emoji.

Christmas weekend recap

Welcome back to the work week! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

Ryan and I did lots of traveling in a short amount of time, but it was totally worth it to get some quality time with family and friends. 

This weekend I ate ALL THE SWEETS. Low quality picture, high quality sweets. The peanut butter fudge and the cookies with m&m’s and marshmallows were my favorite. 

Christmas Eve with Ryan’s parents and grandparents! ❤️

Murphy loved the new fuzzy blanket my parents got us. I love it when he is calm and snuggly. 
Now it’s back to work! Thankful for a short work week.