September 16, 2014

Currently {Vol 2}

Obsessing about: Running. It's become like free therapy. When I'm having a stressful day with the kiddos or under a tight writing deadline, hitting the pavement for a few miles makes me feel better. Morning runs are energizing, but night runs are purifying. And they do the body good!

Working on: Being more patient with Landon. We've been butting heads a lot recently, me and my threenager. His attitude is out of this world, but we're working on it. Or through it? I'm drinking my weight in wine. kidding! (sort of)

Thinking about: What am I not thinking about? Campaigns, deadlines, preschool, home renovation projects, how the fall calendar is filling up so fast already, our MEXICO trip in a few weeks, whether I should get a new tattoo, grilled pizza (actually, i spend way too much time drooling about grilled pizza), what new books I need to check out at the library, the meaning of life, my travel bucket list, where waldo ended up... I mean, the list goes on. But, ain't nobody got time for that! 

Anticipating: Our Mexico trip! Honestly, I'm half excited and half terrified. This will be the longest we've ever left the boys. Come to think of it, it will also be the very first time we've ever left them somewhere overnight! I know it'll be fine and I'll be fine.

Listening to: LOVED Fault in Our Stars and also love this song. So good!

Eating: Not grilled pizza. And yes, I'm a little bitter that I can't have it every day. I've been trying to stick to my usual rotation, but have definitely been craving some heartier foods since the weather's gotten a little cooler. Biological, maybe?

Wishing: That the sun wouldn't go down so early. In another month, it'll be pitch black by 6:30. Not looking forward to that.

What are your currently's??

September 7, 2014

Ryland turns 2! (And Other Bosse Adventures)

It was a good weekend guys, let me tell you. You know, there are those weekends where you really don't do much of anything and sometimes that's fine and sometimes you wish you had done more. BUT then there are those weekends where the stars seem to align just right and BAM! Weekend magic. The perfect combination of laziness and productiveness and laughs. 

Ryland turned 2 today. It might have felt like a knife to the chest for me at first, but truly, this is what I wanted. I wanted for him to grow. To be healthy and happy and have fun doing it. And he really, really has. He's that kind of kid. 

I mean, look at this little face:

And now:


To this- the kind of kid that wears safety goggles 24/7 for fun!

Now, please to be excusing these phone pics:

We visited the Apple Orchard. This is my second year doing it and it's something I've been looking forward to. I feel almost as if I have one foot still planted in Summer and the other slowly stepping over into Fall, but September is clearly for orchards.

No trip to the orchard is complete without apple doughnuts and fresh apple cider, am I right?? Be jealous. It was delicious!

And the kids were so hopped up on doughnuts and cider, that they pretty much refused to pose for photos. Moms take what we can get though. ;)

We visited the Farm earlier today. The weather was ridiculously nice. 

More attempted forced posing, this time with Memere and Pepere

Annnnddd, let's finish with a shot of the birthday boy. The most handsome little two year old, I know!

Hoping your weekend was filled with smiles, sleep and cupcakes.

September 2, 2014

A Blurb about Censoring

september is upon us. one of my favorite months, for the weather begins to cool, the leaves begin to rust and a crispness fills the air that is so pure. transformative, really. new years is the official beginning of beginnings, but a season change? it's a quiet slide in. a beautiful reckoning all its own.

this year has been a formative one. or as my friend ashli would say, a twist in the kaleidoscope. i am acutely aware of each tiny fleck tumbling to and fro, shaping me. 

a close friend asked me for love advice the other day. she had been on several dates with a man, had become intimate with him. but they hadn't put an official title to the dates and the intimacy and so she was left pondering on a lonely tuesday night, whether it was okay to tell him that she missed him. and my reply was immediate and clear- yes. if you feel it, then it is always a resounding yes. she was fearful that he'd begin to distance himself if she revealed any serious emotions. and i thought to myself, this. this is the problem we face every day, all of us. the choice between opening up, leaving ourselves vulnerable and keeping guard so as not to scare others away. 

the moment you begin to censor yourself with anyone, especially one that you're interested in, is the very moment that you should turn around and walk away. because they don't deserve you. you are worth so much more. 

human interaction is strange to me. the need to walk around pretending that we're not experiencing all of the same human emotions as everyone else. the fear that exposing ourselves for what we are-human-will make us seem less than to someone. why would you want to waste even a nanosecond of your one precious life on someone like that? 

i spent far too much time and energy several years ago doing just that-hiding. fearing what anyone would think of my truest self, the side that wasn't always smiling, that didn't want to be subservient. the parts of me that were still healing from a difficult childhood and an absent father. the sum total of pieces that weren't shiny and smooth and perfect. 

over the past few years, that's begun to shift. this year, more than ever. the truth is, i'm happy with me. i'm proud of me. every day, i make the choice to be brave, to live as unedited as i can. because i'm looking for real connections with the small amount of time i'm granted here on earth. because i'm tired of hiding. because i'd rather not have another surface conversation. because, "i'm fine," isn't always the answer when someone asks how i am. because i'd rather say, "today hasn't been that great and here's why." 

i'm okay with being beautifully flawed. my kaleidoscope is still twisting, after all. how about you?

August 27, 2014

Landon Goes to Preschool

It seems like just yesterday that I heard him cry out for the first time in the operating room. 11:43 pm on Valentines Day. His voice sonorous and slightly frustrated. A few days late and still not in a hurry to greet the world; at least that's how I thought of it back then. He was the beginning of the end for me. My life, forever changed by the bundle snuggled in my arms day in and day out. 

Always the go-getter, accomplishing milestones ahead of the curve. Always racing towards the invisible finish line. 

How did we get here so fast? Once, tiny enough to rock to sleep in my arms while singing sweet lullabies and now, this sweet boy of mine hardly fits in my lap. 

Yesterday, he picked out his outfit and dressed himself. He brushed his teeth and put on his sneakers. He slid his backpack-the Spiderman one that he had to have- onto his shoulders and I laughed because it was almost as big as him. And he turned around and smiled wide and said, "Okay, I'm ready to go." And I smiled back, but thought to myself, "I'm not." I didn't want to move even an inch from that spot, because I knew that when I did, we'd be stepping into a new phase of our lives together. School fast tracks our babies somehow. Before I know it, he'll be in first grade and then fifth grade and then high school. And there's nothing I can do about it. 

When we got to the school, he hung his backpack on his special hook and went to sit down in his special seat and the teacher gave him some play dough to work with while the other kids got settled in. I squatted down beside him and he said, "Okay mom, you can leave now." Typical, independent Landon. He was happy. He was ready.

But I wasn't.

I walked out of the building and got into my car and I tried to be really brave. I thought about all of the wonderful things he will learn and the friends he will make and how happy I was that he was so happy. I didn't want him to cry or scream or beg me to stay. I wanted it to be easy, for both of us. 

The tears began to flow before I could stop them.  Something he tells me now on a regular basis: "I'm a big boy now, Mom." 

I know, baby. You go on ahead. Eventually, I'll be ready too.

August 25, 2014

Football & Family Fun

Football season is officially upon us!! How excited are you? Mr. B is over the moon, if you want to know the truth. He prepares for a new season the way I imagine most men do: by loading up on team jerseys, religiously checking play schedules and of course, stocking up on snacks and beer. (The last part being most important, obviously)


But the best part is that the boys are finally getting old enough to participate in game day festivities! They really enjoy getting caught up in the excitement when our team scores a touchdown and it's something that we can do together as a family. 

Just like most states, Kansas has some pretty big team rivalries. The University of Kansas Jayhawks are one of the top teams here. The fan spirit at these games is palpable. You can't help but get hyped up too, when surrounded with so much pride. Join in the tradition of tailgating and then head over to the Hy-Vee Hawk Zone before kick-off to take part in tackling station/drills, face painting, a fan photo booth, autograph signing from KU student-athletes, inflatable games and more! There's even a "Bark at the Park" day coming up where you can bring your furry friends for free. And they even have a really cool program for kids 13 & under called the Junior Jayhawks. It's all included here!

You might be saying, Jen, why is this program so cool? Well, it comes with some awesome fan gear for the kiddos and savings on tickets for you! I call that a win-win. 

 Membership benefits include:
  • T-shirt or Baby Bib
  • Membership Card and Adidas Lanyard (used for access to free tickets)
  • Birthday Card from Big and Baby Jay
  • Jayhawk Coin Pouch
  • FREE Admission to 2 Football games (9/6 vs. SE Missouri St., 9/20 vs. Central Michigan).
  • FREE Admission to 1 Men's Basketball game. Game will be decided in late Oct./early Nov. *
  • FREE Admission to: All home Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, and Softball games.
  • E-mails about special ticket promotions and events exclusively for club members and their parents/guardians only

Junior Jayhawks also get some exclusive perks like cheering with the spirit squad and invitations to watch the team practice. 


I think the biggest perk however, is that it encourages them to become vested in a fun family outing. It makes them feel special and gets them excited and revved up to do it again. I don't know about you, but I sincerely hope the boys will always be up for family activities-even when they're older and we become a little less cool in their book. This is just one of many ways to do that. 


Football season is really the Bosse Family's time to shine. We live for it! How about you?

Now for the best news! Courtesy of the University of Kansas Athletics, I'm giving away a Jayhawk prize pack, including a 4-pack of family tickets to a KU game of your choice, one gift card to Downtown Lawrence and one Junior Jayhawk Kids Club Membership!

May the odds be ever in your favor and I hope to see you at the next game!

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*This post and giveaway is sponsored by Kansas Athletics. All opinions are my own.*


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