all day breakfast is becoming the theme of the week

Thank you so, so, so much for the prayers last week. Some dark times followed that post, but I woke up a few mornings later doing drastically better. I fully believe in the power of prayer, and I know that's what healed me so suddenly.

I had to delay my trip due to an untimely cold, but I drove to visit my parents on Monday. I drove with a tissue box next to me and blew my nose the entire way, but overall this drive was the smoothest yet. We made record time and Gracie did SO well other than getting annoyed with her confinement and getting dangerously close to unbuckling herself.

She spent a good chunk of the trip making up games with her toes. She would put a baby wipe over one foot and say "night night toes!" and then those toes would ask about the toes on her other foot, and she'd say "they're going potty, they'll be right back." Then she'd take the wipe off her foot and say  "good morning, toes!" This is probably one of those stories that is only funny to me, but it kept me laughing for a good 20 minutes.

I doubt I'll ever be a road trip person, but there are two things that are making these drives almost tolerable: nausea medicine for Gracie, and McDonald's all day breakfast. I had no idea how life-giving a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit could be 2pm after a long drive through the endless expanse known as Illinois.

When I got to my parents' house, I was greeted with a mug of coffee and a warm donut from my mom. I nearly wept. She also told me she had scheduled a pedicure and haircut for me since I've been going through so much lately. I think I did weep.

I had my pedicure the next afternoon. Other than the one I had a few months ago, these are an extremely rare treat for me. I've only had 4 in my life, I love them, but I can never bring myself to pay for one. It was just as relaxing as I thought it would be and I almost dozed off in the chair. It was practically a religious experience. The last time I got a pedicure, Gracie stepped on my foot immediately after and ruined it, so this time I was extra careful.

And then I hit my foot on the car door as I was leaving. And I ruined it.

Thankfully my haircut was the next morning at the same place. I swiped the bottle and quickly fixed it.

We went to a coffeeshop after my hair appointment. Their fall latte was a pumpkin and butternut squash latte with cinnamon and cardamom. Never in a million years would I have thought to put a butternut squash in coffee, but I am a changed woman.

There was a little a boy a few years older than Gracie. They were smiling at each other for awhile, and he pulled out a little matchbox car and was flipping it around in his hands while Gracie giggled and smiled. She's only two years old, and already a boy is trying to impress her with his car!

Thanks to Facebook memories, I realized we were at that coffeeshop exactly one year ago to the day and sitting in the exact same spot, so we had to recreate one of my favorite pictures of all time:

My hair is even the exact same length and I'm wearing the same style shirt.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.

This coffeeshop serves amazing food, so we took home breakfast burritos for lunch. There is not much in this world I love more than a good breakfast burrito, and these are the best I've ever had. I would say I almost wept, but you probably guessed that already. Good food makes me emotional.

After a few hours of discussing dinner options, we wound up at Village Inn, and we all ate pancakes for dinner. We were the youngest people in the restaurant by decades, and all the senior citizens were fussing over Gracie and her red hat. The woman next to us told us about growing up as one of 17 kids. If TLC had been around back then, she could've as famous as the Duggars! Though, I know, large families were more common back then. She said her mother made a huge dinner of beef or chicken, mashed potatoes, veggies, and all the fixings every single night of her life. And here she was eating out because she couldn't handle cooking that way every night like her mother.

 Hear, hear.

That poor woman should've tried eating breakfast for every meal. It's a game changer.

Gracie was very excited to see the Mississippi River again. Or as she calls it, the Sippy Cup River. We figured this trip was good timing since James had to take a quick work trip to Colorado. Or as Gracie calls it, Avocado.

We all must have food on our minds these days.


  1. How do you find all these interesting drinks? Now I need to find a butternut squash latte!

  2. I’m so happy you gals are having such a good trip! That is too cute about Gracie’s toe game 😂
    Every time I read your posts about visiting your parents, I wish I could be there with you!
    Love you, lovely ladies <3

    1. You are MORE than welcome to come with us anytime! We all love you so much!

  3. I'm so glad things improved!

    And, even though I just had lunch, all this talk of food has me famished. Time for a snack!

  4. That story about Gracie in the car is too funny! Toddlers can be so adorable :) I'm glad that you had a good trip! That sounds like such a delightful time, and the food sounds amazing (thankfully, I'm making dinner while reading this, so even though this made me hungry, I'll have an excuse to eat soon). That latte sounds really intriguing! I try to pretend like I don't care about the societal obsession with pumpkin everything in the falltime, but really, I do like to sneak pumpkin-inspired drinks here and there. Maybe I'll try to make that latte sometime!

  5. Breakfast all day forever. We make Egg McMuffin-like sandwiches at home for lunch practically every other day around here.

  6. I'd like to start renaming places and landmarks on my maps as Gracie terms. I think it'd be so much cooler to say I've visiting Avocado. Hahaha!

  7. Aww, glad you had such a good trip to see them! Pedicures are awesome. I got them once a month in China because they were so cheap (like, on the level of $7) but prices here are more like America o I haven't had one since we moved. I love meeting old people with their interesting stories. I once met a lady who was 84 and had been married for 70 years--she got married at 14! For some reason she's always stuck in my mind.

  8. Your mom sounds like the greatest! How thoughtful of her! Glad you're having fun! I need to find a similar coffee drink around here!

  9. I think every single time I have ever paid to have my nails done, I ruin them AS I'm leaving. Every time.


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