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Los Angeles
I'm Manda: 34 years old, wife to John and mama to three. Send coffee.
Interests: Jesus, running, stretchy pants, Apple products, spicy tuna rolls, Friday Night Lights, black nail polish, flip flops, Team World Vision, Texas.
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Posted Jun 30, 2015 at inside dog
After 8 years at Typepad, I am in the process of migrating my blog to a free site at ... this site will remain open while I fiddle around with the other one and learn a new platform. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at inside dog
So. As many of you know I'm a runner (well, most of the time I am unless I do stupid things like break my leg. Right now I'm an elliptical-HGTV watcher at the YMCA and I'm pleased to report that... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at inside dog
Today our friend Alexis would have been 40 years old. A few days after his April 21st death his wife Fiona - one of my dearest friends - and I sat at her dining room table and laughed and cried... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at inside dog
Alexis Gerard Henri Godschalk, 39, of Los Angeles, CA passed away suddenly on April 21, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents: beloved mother Bibiana Van Oosterhout Godschalk and father Hank Godschalk and infant brother Rudolf. He is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at inside dog
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." - C.S. Lewis This year I have been busy building relationships. Like ... "in real life" ones. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at inside dog
So ... funny story! My MRI results came back and I have a fractured tibia and a sprained ACL. Which, in a weird way, is good news! I cannot believe that having a broken leg is actually a "best-case" scenario... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at inside dog
A year after having my third (and most likely final) baby, my body is still kind of a mess ... and that's in addition to having a chair-jumping accident and hurting my knee. In April I started to suspect that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at inside dog
Some of you noticed the mention of crutches in my last post. Being hobbled does indeed suck, especially when the hobbled person in question has three children aged nearly 6, 3.5, and 1. I wish there was a good story... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at inside dog
Oh hello! Still alive! Remember how a year ago I had a third kid? And I'm not exaggerating ... she turns one on July 4. DUDE. Was that a whirlwind. Over the past few months I have been feeling really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at inside dog
This winter has been hard. I am fighting for a lot right now. I am fighting to be a better wife and mom. I am fighting to be a better version of myself. I am fighting against circumstances and variables.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at inside dog
I've been doing this stupid thing where I blow off running all week and then try to run a super long distance on Saturdays. It's when I have time! It's when my friends are training! So last Saturday I went... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at inside dog
About a year ago I sold my "good camera." It was an awesome DSLR. I scrimped and saved and researched and finally pulled the trigger and got The Big Camera. As a hobby blogger, I felt this was the next... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at inside dog
I am not a New Year's resolution type of person. The most I will ever commit to try to improve on in the vicinity of a new year is ... "floss more." And do I ever floss more? To the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at inside dog
Precocious Thoughtful Joysplosion Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at inside dog
So. Tomorrow Sydney turns 5. She's been in kindergarten for two weeks. Lucy is nearly 8 weeks old and is mostly sleeping through the night (KNOCK ON WOOD). On Sept. 9 Elijah starts preschool two days a week. I am... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at inside dog
It gives us great joy to introduce the newest member of our family, Lucy Carolina Huddle. She burst onto the scene on July 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches. We chose the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at inside dog
Men who subscribe to my feed? You might want to back away slowly from this post. It's lady talk time. Hi/bye Papa! Since I had the revelation that just because I don't want my tubes tied it doesn't mean I... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at inside dog
Before things got hairy in the world of pre-term labor scares, there has been a lot rolling around in my head about when this little lady will make her appearance. For a long time I thought her due date was... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2013 at inside dog
Continued from Tuesday. I woke up on the Wednesday following my little hospital adventure feeling ... all right. Not exactly well, but much better than I'd felt the day before. John was home, his mother had arrived to help me... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at inside dog
On last Tuesday I landed myself in the hospital. It seems I have a special knack for getting myself into trouble at the worst possible times: John was out of town at a funeral and his parents (who live nearby... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2013 at inside dog
So in the last month or so something has happened in my brain. I think ... I think this is my last pregnancy. (You'll remember on my post about getting my tubes tied that the jury was still out on... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at inside dog
On Monday I experienced the most terrifying moment I have had as an adult and as a parent. I have contemplated how to process through it, gone back and forth about whether I should write about it here. I thought... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at inside dog
Oh you guys. This dude. He's in a phase. What? An "Oh my goodness he is SO super cute!" phase? Well, yes. That too. But also? He's doing this thing where he WILL. NOT. EAT. Now wait, before you send... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at inside dog
When I visited the perinatologist last week he noticed my belly button ... it has come unattached and kind of teepees out in a weird outie. I used to have a pretty deep innie (and a six pack! But let's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at inside dog