Saturday, May 1, 2021

New Babies and Other Adventures

Hello! As I always seem to say, work and life have been SO busy. Being vaccinated and gently venturing out to things like masked yoga classes whenever I can possibly squeeze one in (group classes are filling my SOUL right now and I have missed them more than I ever even let myself imagine) means that for the 1-2 hours a day I manage to not be working, I'm making dinner, picking up a kid from school or football, or sneaking myself away to yoga.

Calzone night!

I also snuck in my first haircut since June 1st last year!
And then, this past Sunday, I snuck myself all the way away to Boulder to visit my sister on her maternity leave!
For 3 days I got to snuggle my sweet baby Sage, love on my other two nieces, sister, and brother-in-law, cook great food, watch musicals and chick flicks, and even do some yoga!
My sister's family has grown to include a small petting zoo of chickens, goats, and a large family of wild bunnies that live in her front yard (you can't actually pet the bunnies, but they really add to the ambience when you look out the window).
Our yoga turned into accidental goat yoga, and being in Boulder, it felt quite appropriate to be doing something so hipster-adjacent.
We made homemade pasties and pizzas, grilled chicken schwarma, and the most delicious fancy salad for lunch.
We even left the house for an hour to become temporary Ladies Who Brunch while Sage snoozed peacefully beside us.
It was the most wonderful few days of pretend maternity leave. These visits are so special to me - to get to spend time with my adult sister and her babies and family... I need her to have that baby #4 so I can do it one more time!
And while I was there Landon had his last football game! And after freezing my way through games in the stands where he had about 20 seconds of playing time (though he had fun and learned a lot about the game and we were super glad he left his comfort zone to try it!), he closed out his last game as the first string running back, carrying the ball many times for many yards and then SCORED A TOUCHDOWN!!
You guys. James sent me this video with "touchdown!" in the text. I assumed he just meant the team - which was exciting, we'd only scored 3 all season, but then I actually watched it (I hate watching videos, I don't know why; just send me something I can read without the sound on) and you guys, it was my #35 making that touchdown!!!

I was clapping and screaming in my sister's kitchen while our pizzas cooked and I fully felt like a football mom. And now it's on to track!
Maggie's ready. She can run very fast over short distances.
I missed her so much while I was gone. If only I could put her in the overhead bin...

Like when I fly to NYC for work next week. First work trip in FOREVER, I had to order a new dress because it's possible some of my old ones don't fit, but this one makes me feel powerful and I love it with my old black blazer and the black heels I hope I remember how to wear. Fingers crossed.
And finally, I'll close with a quick peak at a new baby of our own -- please meet Milo, the 8th member of the Lag Liv family!
Milo is a one-year old Siamese mix and he is as soft and snuggly as he is handsome.
We adopted him on Wednesday from the same sweet foster mama who fostered Moose. We didn't know we needed a second cat until she texted me out of the blue a few weeks ago with a picture of this handsome gentleman and a note that he was her favorite foster cat she'd ever had and she really thought he needed to live with us and she wouldn't adopt him to anyone else. Next thing you know I had named him Milo and was deep into "proper cat introduction" research.
Moose and Milo are already best friends, chasing each other around the house, standing up tall like big bears and then scampering off again. You can tell Moose had really been missing someone who could keep up with him.
And while Maggie has maybe not yet noticed another cat lives in this house, I have no doubt she'll be delighted to find herself the lowest ranking member of a resident cat pack.
I can't wait to tell you more of the adventures of Moose, Maggie, and Milo too.

Oh and one more thing! I'm going back to teaching!! I start back at the barre at Urban Yoga teaching each Sunday from 1:30-2:30 pm CT starting next Sunday, May 9. It will be a small in-studio class (currently limited to five) and a video streaming option. For those of you I got to teach in the early part of the pandemic, I absolutely loved meeting you and would love to see you again! You can sign up now through the website or Mind Body.
And if that's not your thing, I hope that you have found what makes you feel grounded and happy. Getting back to what works for me has made me realize how very much I missed it and how groundless I felt for portions of this year. I can't wait to be back in the studio. Have a wonderful week!


  1. This is a lovely happy post all around, but since I'm a crazy cat lady, I can only say: MILO!!!!! He's so adorable!

    1. Another crazy cat lady with exactly the same thoughts!

  2. Your dress looks great! I was just saying to my mom yesterday that my feet will not know what to do when I wear heels again.

    I have a niece who was born at the start of the pandemic and I just booked our tickets to go meet her in July. I missed the tiny newborn cuddles, but I'm still super excited to go meet her.

    Milo is adorable.

  3. Milo is just too cute (as is your niece)! You will find having two cats is so much easier than just one. They keep each other entertained all day and they are so fun to watch.

  4. We got our first cat about 4 years ago. He was a stray that a friend had been feeding occasionally and he showed up one day with some minor injuries, so she took him in and a vet friend patched him up. She knew we'd been debating getting a cat for a few years and she couldn't keep him, so we took the plunge. We had barely started discussing whether it might be nice for our cat to have a companion, when the same friend found an abandoned kitten last summer, sent us pics and within a few hours we had decided a 2nd cat made sense. Our older cat is all black with green eyes and our "baby" cat is all black with orange eyes- we couldn't resist.

    Now my husband says no more cats but I say... maybe? Both cats have had major health scares and I'm sure they are the most expensive "free" cats that anyone has ever had. But I'm also sure if someone finds another all black cat that needs a home- we'll find it hard to say no!

  5. Where is that dress from?? It's gorgeous!

    1. Amazon! I'm really trying to reduce my shopping on there, but I needed a dress that was easily returnable and that I could pick out from my desk and this fit the bill. I do really love it!