Saturday, December 31, 2011
Last year, we tried something different - the Running of the Lights. It's a local 5K (this year it's changed to 5.5K) combined with a 1.75 mile walk/fun run. We had a blast despite the fact it was close to single digit temperatures by midnight. Personally, I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the New Year this year. I've tried really hard to embark on a healthy lifestyle over the past 12-15 months and this helps with that! Super-husband and super-son will be doing the walk and I will be attempting the 5.5K run. I'm hoping to push myself a little harder than the Thanksgiving Turkey Strut.
Try as I might - I could not convince our friends to join us this year! However, my friend, Sally, will be doing the race with me via her treadmill. What are your plans for the New Year?
Friday, December 23, 2011
With the holidays, people are busy with out of town visitors, shopping, baking, cooking and cleaning up the chaos. Sometimes, we allow the entire month of December to be an excuse to over indulge or break from our exercise routine. I want to encourage you to stick with the program! Our boot camp was cancelled for today & Monday (since our instructor has out of town guests) -- but she emailed us a workout to do on our own. I looked at the workout and thought it would be difficult for me to watch the clock for intervals & pay attention to the workout! I had settled into the comfort of my couch when a friend of mine posted she was heading out for a run. *ding, ding, ding* Just because I had chosen not to do the boot camp routine - did not mean today was a "free pass". So I laced up the tennis shoes & grabbed my iPod.
I can definitely tell boot camp is making me stronger. I am definitely still slow, but I'm reminded of this quote I found on Pinterest. "It doesn't matter how slow you are, you are still lapping the people on the couch." (AMEN!) My comfort zone tends to put into a brisk walker or an interval girl - but as I've posted before I really want to be a runner. I decided I would run one mile and then walk one mile back home. (By the way, it's 60 degrees here today & I went in shorts!!!). Did I want to stop short of the mile and switch to intervals or walking? Yes - but I kept telling myself - push to the next street sign; the next stop sign; around the corner to the next street - before I knew it one mile was DONE! It was slow - 12 minutes - but faster than the 14 minute mile I did Thanksgiving. On the walk back home, I enjoyed looking at the neighborhood houses decorated for Christmas & patting myself on the back for a job well done.
So today I celebrate --
- getting off the couch
- pushing myself a little further
- believing I'm stronger than I think I am
- 12 minutes is faster than 14 minutes
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
If the answer to any of those questions is "no", the good news is you have 3 more days until Christmas! :) I'm not sure why, but I tend to wrap my gifts on Christmas Eve, so our tree is bare underneath. We've hosted my husband's family the past several years on Christmas Eve, but this year his parents are hosting again. I'll probably take a dish or two, but I won't spend alot of time in the kitchen.
Overall, I'm choosing to minimize the stress & simply enjoy the time with my family. I haven't done any baking this year, and I'm ok with that. Food can be a weakness for me, and so far I'm pleased with how I have handled the holiday gatherings.
I realize I'm rambling but my point is to enjoy the PEOPLE over the holidays and focus less on the hustle & bustle, gift-giving or the ridiculous amount of food before us. It's the people and relationships we should be celebrating!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Here are a few of my favorites...
- Sausage Balls - quick & easy... the trick -- letting all the ingredients come to room temperature before trying to make them into balls...
- Butterscotch Haystacks - again, quick & easy... some people like to add peanuts, but I prefer the noodle & butterscotch only version (yes, I even omit the peanut butter & marshmallows)
- Chocolate Pretzels - am I repeating myself - another quick & easy recipe... this is a great one to let kids help with ... they can unwrap the hershey kisses or places the M&M's on the finished treat!
- Fudge - For as long as I can remember, our family has always used the recipe on the Kraft marshmallow creme jar.
- Spinach Artichoke Dip - my favorite appetizer & snack!
- Queso Dip - again, right off the back of the Rotel label
Monday, December 19, 2011
- Moving Comfort Sports Bra - It's possible I'm crazy for listing this as number one on my list, but I desperately need a new one! This particular brand is rather pricey - but having had two in this brand for the past 3 years - I can honestly say hands-down they are the BEST. They keep the "girls" in their place better than any other sports bra I've worn -- especially for running and high impact activities.
- Super Thick Yoga Mat - The end of October, I switched from running M-W-F to Boot Camp. I've been using the yoga mat that came with our Wii and let's just say I have battle wounds. The boot camp is outside and we do lots of planks, push-ups, and other crazy ab work & I'd like to believe a super-thick yoga mat would help make it more bearable. :)
- Saucony Ride 4 - new shoes! - It's that time of year when I need some new tread. The Ride4 has been my go-to shoe for the past three years. If you've never been professionally fitted for shoes, I highly recommend it. Since wearing the appropriate shoe for my foot, I have not experience any shin splints!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
|Super-son (10 y/o old); Wei-Zei (black) and Heidi (gray)|
I finished classes for the semester on December 12th and I've been enjoying some relaxing evenings. However, I do have plenty I should be doing! We had a busy & lazy weekend - hosting some of super-husband's coworkers for lunch on Saturday and today (Sunday) we've been rather lazy.
I'm looking forward to Christmas and enjoying some time with family! Are you ready for Christmas?
Friday, December 9, 2011
|I love this picture of young & old working together on the Beeswax candles.|
Do you have any holiday traditions?
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Monday - Chicken Broccoli Bake with brown rice
Tuesday - 93/7 hamburgers and baked tater tots
Wednesday - late school night for me - sandwiches (or quiche and fruit)
Thursday - Salmon Patties, sweet peas, instant potatoes
Friday - work Christmas Party
Saturday - chili
As usual, the days may switch around depending on how our week unfolds :)
Friday, November 25, 2011
Do you have a holiday tradition?
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Super easy & yummy! We enjoy the leftovers for breakfast!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday was pretty typical for us. We headed to church this AM and came home for lunch. A local women's gym offers a free class on Sunday afternoons called "Fit Praise". For the most part, it consist of low impact aerobics. I went a few times last winter & decided to try it again last week. I really enjoyed it last week - it was alot of toning and sculpting work (a lot of burn baby burn!). This week, it was Pilates. I was really excited because I have always wanted to try Pilates, but never had the opportunity. While it's not the cardio workout I'm accustomed to - it was a GREAT workout. I was excited to hear it would be Pilates again next week, so I will have the opportunity to try it again. For dinner, I tried a new recipe for roasted asparagus - I've made similar before - but I really like this recipe best.
What did you do this weekend?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We have a small family, so our plans are usually low-key. Super-son is out of school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - so I will be taking a half-day vacation on Wednesday. Thursday, we are planning to do the local Turkey Strut 5K. Last year, super-husband and I rocked it out & had so much fun! It seemed like the perfect way to start the holiday season. If there is something similar in your area, I would highly recommend it. Additionally, hop on over to A Journey to Thin and enter her great give-away for the 2nd Annual Thankful Healthy Blogger 5K.
We'll probably finish the morning cooking a nice breakfast & then we are having Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws at Cracker Barrel. It will definitely be nice to have some activity to offset the dinner calories. I will miss being in the kitchen and cooking healthy options, but I appreciate the break as well. Saturday evening, we'll celebrate with my family.
Are you planning ahead for Thankgiving?
Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday - Crispy Baked Pork; Brown Rice; Sweet Peas
Tuesday - Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas; Chips & Salsa
Wednesday - Spinach & Artichoke Bow Tie Pasta; Fruit
Thursday - Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche; Fruit
Friday - Palmero Thin Crust Pizza - Chicken Caesar
Have a great week!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Over the past year, I've been walking with one friend who then became two friends. We started out with 2 miles / 2 days per week and then we went to 3 miles / 3 days per week. It's been AWESOME to have the accountability otherwise it would be really easy to hit snooze at 5am. Lately, I've felt like I needed more than 3 miles, because it's not as challenging any more. I had hoped to move into intervals, but some days I'm motivated to run/walk and others I'm not.
For several months, I've noticed a boot camp near where we walk and it's going on at the same time we are walking. On Monday, we stopped by and asked some questions & the instructor invited us to give it a try on Wednesday. Wednesday brought rain - BOO! On Friday, I was ready to go! Unfortunately, neither of my exercise buddies made it, but I went and I was so glad I did.
It was hands-down one of the hardest workouts I've had in months (possibly years). It challenged me not only physically but mentally as well. There was no one yelling in my face trying to break me down, but someone encouraging me and telling me I can do this - keep pushing - you're doing awesome! Even though I have been cardio - this pushed me so much further on many levels. I'm so glad I went and I can't wait to go back on Monday!
Are you in a rut with your current fitness routine? If so, I would encourage you to try something out of your comfort zone? You'll be glad you did. :)
Friday, October 21, 2011
Well, y'all what can I say... school is back in session for me and super-son, so life is crazy busy. It's a challenge to keep my head above water. On a good note, after this semester I will have 2.66 (yes .66 classes) remaining which *cross my fingers* means I will graduate in the Spring. Woohoo!
So what's new?
- All house projects (painting, organizing) are on hold until the semester is over. It's too much stress to have another ball in the air right now.
- I had my yearly physical with my primary care physician this week. All of my bloodwork is excellent & I had lost 14 lbs since last year's visit. She gave me an A++.
- I'm still exercising M-W-F at the crack of dawn 530am to be exact. I'll try to post something on my new venture over the weekend.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
- Made a day trip to Boone/Blowing Rock to visit Tweetsie Railroad
- Cookout & fireworks with friends for the 4th of July
- Submitted my scholarship application for fall (fingers crossed)
- Registered for two CLEP exams which I will take this Saturday (prayers needed!)
- Took some clothes to the consignment shop
and August is already cooking up to be another busy month! Stay tuned.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
What are you doing this weekend?
Friday, July 22, 2011
I seem to be talking alot about summer lately! Despite the heat here in the South, I LOVE summer. Life (while busier) seems so much more relaxed. No rushing to get home, fix dinner, do homework, get showers and get in the bed -- just a much slower pace. However as a sit here, I'm suddenly thinking of all the things I must do before summer is over -- organizing/decluttering closets & reading "ahead" for fall semester floated to the top of the list. Quite frankly, I'm not sure if either of those will get done. I'm enjoying this period of rest. If you've ever taken a Metabolic Effect classes, you know they emphasize - "I wanna see you rest". I think a season of rest is good for all of us -- to reflect, to refocus, and renewal.
Are you stopping to smell the roses?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Of course, the work wasn't over when we harvested -- it was cleaning & snapping green beans; shucking corn on the front porch; cleaning cucumbers to make pickles and the list goes on and on and on. Sometimes, it seems like gardening & canning is a lost art today. I wish I had paid more attention to growing up & embraced the concept more and whined about the chore less. One day... maybe I'll have my own small plot of land back in the country again.... a girl can dream right?
Enough reminiscing :) Here are some great links to recipes for your harvest or your treasures from the local farmer's market --
Tomato Sandwich - It's a southern thing, but I could eat a tomato sandwich EVERY DAY when they are vine fresh! Two pieces of white bread - spread with Duke's mayonnaise - topped with sliced tomatos & a dash of salt and pepper ---- that folks is pure HEAVEN!
Cucumber Salad - Cool & light. It makes a great side dish.
Squash Dressing - You can lighten up this recipe.
Tomato Pie - Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it.
Refrigerator Pickles - I like to add cloves of garlic to ours!
What's your favorite farm fresh recipe?
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Yesterday, I took a short road trip with a friend to the Christmas in July festival. It was north of where we live, but do not be fooled - the mountains are not cooler in July. I love festivals - drooling over the arts & crafts - wishing I had an ounce of their wonderful talent. Fall festivals are my favorite, but I'd been disappointed with "made in China items" showing up at some of the local festivals. I want TRUE hand-made and heart-felt pieces. The festival yesterday did not disappoint, and an added bonus Santa himself was strolling around. We had a great time!
What screams summer to you?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- Finished two online summer school classes in session one! YEAH
- Took a short trip to the beach with my mom & superson.
- Had handy-dandy neighbor install ceiling fans/lights in our two spare bedrooms. Normally, this is something we would tackle ourselves but there was NO overhead lighting in either room. Funny the things you don't pay attention to when house-hunting.
Now, we are looking forward to a relaxing July & hopefully more items off the to-do list will be completed!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Meanwhile, check out these blogs...
Muffin-Tin Mom - love the creativity in her "muffin meals"
Love of Home & Family - lots of great DIY ideas for decorating and gifts - I've linked my lastest favorite
She's Kinda Crafty - more great craft ideas, for the crafter wanna-be in me
I Heart Organizing - lots of organizing ideas - makes me realize how unorganized I really am :(
See you soon!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
- Soak up some rays.
- Read a good book.
- Grill Out
- Repeat starting at Step #1.
- Declutter spare bedroom.
- Pick out ceiling fans for super-son's bedroom & spare bedroom.
- Get paint sample for kitchen. Right now, I'm leaning toward Jekyll Grand Dining Sea Mist by Valspar.
- Dare I attempt to start scraping the popcorn ceiling in the kitchen/dining area??
- Invite some friends over for a cookout!
What are your weekend plans?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday - We had family pictures made, so we grab a bite to eat afterwards at K&W. :)
Sunday - grilled hot dogs, chips and homemade brownie sundaes
Monday - salmon patties, mashed potatoes, sweet peas
Tuesday - Sour Cream Noodle Bake
Wednesday - Chicken Pie, green beans, corn on the cob
Thursday - slow cooker Asian Chicken and mixed veggies with brown rice
Friday - leftovers or sandwiches
What are you having this week?
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I don't have a lot of riches in the bank, but I'd much rather have the richness of love that I share with him!
Happy 18th Anniversary E! I love you forever!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Perhaps you are wondering why I am talking about Crayons. Yesterday, I received a very heartfelt email in response to my friend post. It was such a great email... very real and very genuine that it brought tears to my eyes. One of my favorite quotes is --
What is your favorite color???
Thursday, May 19, 2011
a : one attached to another by affection or esteem b : acquaintance
a : one that is not hostile b : one that is of the same nation, party, or group
: one that favors or promotes something (as a charity)
: a favored companion
I'm facebooker... For someone whose fairly introverted it's a nice social outlet for me. I've contemplated deactivating my account several times, but for whatever reason I can't bring myself to do it. The one problem I have over and over again is the "friend" on Facebook. By Facebook numbers, I have 394 friends. Really? I don't think that could be further from the truth. Out of the 394 (excluding the ones that are family - and those are few) -- I don't think I could count 10 friends on one hand. Is that sad? Or is that just because I have a high definition and strong sense of what I consider a "friend"? I certainly hope it is that latter of the two.
Friendship is something I take seriously... I tend to give alot, but I expect the same investment in return. I don't like one-sided relationships. I like partnerships. Friendships of give and take -- where relationships complement each other's strengths & weaknesses. Friends that help, cry, laugh, and vent with you. Friends who could care less if your house is clean when they drop in.
I have some former co-workers in another department but in the same facility of which I now work. We were quite close friends before I left the department --- let's "keep in touch" they said... we'll "get-together for lunch" they mentioned. Can I tell you how many times they've dropped by my office? ZERO Can I tell you how many times they've called or met for lunch? ZERO I try to drop by their office once every 3-4 months or so. And, I hear the same thing everytime -- "we need to get-together". Perhaps, I'm sounding juvenile -- but it's gets OLD people. Maybe I'm not a good friend? Maybe I expect too much?
What does friend mean to you?
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Sometimes as a parent, I feel like I need a pair of those rough-n-tough jeans. Being a parent is hard yet so rewarding. I go through phases where I feel like I totally suck at being a mom, superhusband always reminds that I'm a wonderful mom. But there are some days I sure don't feel like it. You know the days were you repeat yourself over & over because you are pretty sure they didn't get the message the first time. Or, the days were they look like you like you have three heads instead of one -- c'mon folks, we parents know NOTHING. :) It seems to get harder the older they get as well. Superson recently turned 10, so we still have a long road ahead. However, I remember some of the things I cried over, stressed over in earlier years & they seem so silly now. I'm hoping the things I cry and stress over today will seem just as silly a few years from now.
Depsite the frustrations and unknowns of parenting, the times they make it worth it are priceless. The time you see him "live out" a lesson you've been trying so hard to teach; the "thanks mom" -- that is genuine; the "I love you"from out of nowhere. The reality is as much as I want to teach him lessons about life -- he is teaching me so much more.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday - We ate out after a busy day of errands and chores!
Sunday - Grilled burgers/hot dogs, baked beans, chips
Monday - Baked chicken tenders (5 dinners recipe); leftover baked beans, fruit
Tuesday - Spaghetti with meat sauce
Wednesday - Broccoli & Chicken Bake (5 dinners recipe) and brown rice
Thursday - TexMex Rolls (5 dinners recipe) and chips & salsa
Friday - leftovers or sandwiches
Want more ideas and inspiration -- follow my link up to Org Junkie menus. What are you eating this week?
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The KITCHEN!! It is the room I fell in love with when we looked at the house 9 years ago! I love how large it was and that it was eat-in. I don't know about you, but I know very few people who use their formal dining room on a regular basis. Personally, I'd rather have comfortable, livable space that I use regularly.
The previous owner was a school teacher & used the blackboard for tutoring students. We use for grocery list, important phone numbers, etc! The only change we made was the flooring -- I loved the white/green tiles (vinyl flooring), but they were yellowed. We replaced with something similar and within 6 months had the same problem. Apparently, it had to do with the type glue that is used and the fact we are on a concrete slab. Fortunately, the folks at Lowes Hardware were very accommodating and let us pick out another floor (light brown/pebble look) and we only had to pay a small amount to have it replaced. The other change was the dishwasher -- NO, we didn't replace it - but it was black on the front and stuck out like a sore thumb. On the panels of the dishwasher were different "inserts" -- we chose to go with the white one instead. The backsplash is white tile with various fruit tiles mixed in.
Here are some pictures, I took today...
- Remove the popcorn ceiling! It looks terrible mainly because it is cracking and in a couple areas I've tried to see how easily it would come down, so there's a patch missing here and there. :) I would like the ceiling painted flat (no more popcorn!).
- Since we do have an eat-in kitchen, I would like to have the dining area "set apart". My thoughts.... place beadboard below the chair rail and paint it white. Hang curtains over the outer two windows -- this would help block the heat in the summer as well.
- As mentioned in another post, get a smaller table. A table with a leaf that will allow us to seat 4 the majority of the time - but have the option to add the leaf for additional seating for family get-togethers. Preferably in an oak tone. :)
- Paint -- walls, cabinets and trim. It's very likely I will go with a color very close to what the walls are now -- it's a beige/khaki/light brown. I don't know the exact color because it was already painted when we moved here. Cabinets would remain white as well.
- Replace cabinet hardware. When we moved in 9 years ago, the cabinets got a fresh coat of paint. The hardware is brass (knobs, hinges) and the drawer pulls are white/brass. At that time, we attempted to clean them with brass cleaner -- could not tell a significant different though. I'd love suggestions on what you would choose :) Brushed nickel, black, rubbed bronze?
- Lighting. I actually like the fixture above the table. It has a wrought iron look to it. Remember Vern Yip -- he used a very similar fixture on his room makeovers. :) We have a problem with a couple of the lights. Our handy-dandy electrician neighbor has looked at it a couple of times, but it may need to be replaced. If so, I will go with something similar. OR, would you move the ceiling fan to the dining area? Again, I'd go with something similar (I like the wrought iron mixed in). If I stick to a similar light fixture, I'd like to have the little lampshades for the bulbs too. Walmart doesn't carry anymore and I forget to look at Michael's. The other lighting in the kitchen is just a fluorescent over the sink -- would you opt for a pendant light or keep as is? Additionally, I had considered a pot rack with lights to replace the ceiling fan with a small butcher block underneath. However, the more I think about it -- I lean toward replacing the ceiling fan with one with a light kit. The kitchen can get really hot in the summer from the sun coming in the front. Or, would you ditch the fan and go with some track lighting?
- Counterops. I'd love to have Corian or something along those lines, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. It's really hard to describe the color -- it's like a hunter green, but sometimes it looks a little blueish too. It's weird. Has anyone ever tried this -- Countertop Transformations? At lowes.com/videos -- they have three "how-to" videos... It's a thought.
Now what are your thoughts? :)
Friday, May 13, 2011
It's a beautiful oak dining table with 6 chairs -- totally my style. We currently have a table but the top of it is in rough condition -- we've tried numerous techniques with no luck. I suppose we can't expect too much - we got for $40 at an auction -- it has beautiful harp style legs. ANYWAY, back to the picture -- I've been eyeing this week for a couple of days. I like that it has a leaf -- so we can have a "smaller table" the majority of the time and then use the leaf for family get-togethers. Not sure if we will look at this one or not.
I had two other items to show, BUT I saved the link but not the pictures & now they are sold! One was a Pottery Barn style coffee table for $45 dollars and the other was a colonial style dining room set for $125. Both were ADORABLE, so I'm not surprised they are gone! :)
What are you best finds on Craigslist?
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
1. The flower pots by the front porch have been spray-painted black. LOVE THEM! The design/texture on the pot still shows through for added dimension. My sweet nana came and updated the pots with flowers -- the best part she used cuttings and plants from her own garden (LOVE IT!).
2. The white chair is gone. The chair with the pots was just too much for the tiny space. A hanging fern has been added for height. The pots are positioned well underneath the fern to get any run-off water. I've added a multi-color welcome mat in bright colors -- I found a Target giftcard that still had some $$ on it, so it was my deal at $1.98 out of pocket. :)
3. The single pot approaching the door on the left -- I wasn't going to put anything there, but Nana brought a HUGE geranium that she has kept indoors for there. I can't wait for it to bloom - it's RED!
4. Move your attention toward the rockers -- they have a fresh coat of red paint. The small table I thought I had thrown away - I found :) It was not completely destroyed by the incident with superson and I managed to get it back together. It is home to a HUGE impatient with varigated leaves & sweet potato vine that I got for Mother's Day.
Still to do:
- find a welcome sign to go by the front door -- probably something seasonal
- get some flowers for the double-shepherd's hook on the other end of the house
- focus on the flower beds behind the rockers & on the left as your approach the door
So far, I've spent -
$7.50 - fern
$16.00 - paint for pots & rockers
$1.98 - welcome mat
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Who needs Orville and think of all the money you'll save!
Monday, May 9, 2011
- Complete at least one 5K in June, July or August.
- Read at least 5 books for pleasure.
- Succesfully complete summer school!!
- Take and pass 3 CLEP exams.
- Have a game night or get-together with friends once a month.
- Complete one task on my house wish list -- organize spare bedroom; repaint kitchen; declutter pantry... etc, etc! Trust me the list is long!
- Enjoy short get-aways with my family.
- Take more pictures of life happenings.
- Stay active -- continue to walk 3 miles on Mon, Wed, Fri. Aim to go to Zumba on Monday nights at least once a month.
Saturday - dinner with my family to celebrate Mother's Day and my brother & sister-in-law's birthdays - salad, baked spaghetti, and homemade bread by Nana!
Sunday - Subway (momma ain't cookin' & I am perfectly HAPPY with Subway!)
Monday - salad & baked potatoes
Tuesday - baked chicken tenders; corn on the cob and fruit (we didn't have this last week)
Wednesday - Tex-Mex Roll-Ups (5 Dinners)
Thursday - Chicken & Broccoli Bake (5 Dinners)
Friday - leftovers or homemade pizza
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Motherhood did not come easy for me. It took three years of trying and waiting, but finally our bundle of joy was on the way. April 4, 2001 is a day I will never forget -- each detail of the day etched in my mind forever. I don't think anyone could have ever prepared me for the wealth of emotions that came with motherhood. I truly understand what it means to wear your heart outside of your body. Mine walks around as a brown-eyed; brown-headed young boy. :)
The hardest part of being a mom -- life lessons. On Friday, super-son learned one of many life lessons. Without question, I do believe this is the hardest lesson he's learned so far (for all of us actually). I was mad and then upset and then mad. He has consequences associated with this lesson. He's been grounded from all electronics until Wednesday. (if you don't have a 10 year old, it's pretty big stuff to go without your tv, video games, computer, and tunes). Super-husband and I are pretty sure he has learned a valuable lesson; however, it's been extremely difficult for me NOT to bring up the situation (again and again). We told him once it was a discussed as a family on Friday night - we would not talk about it again. I've had to bite my tongue a couple of time as a I started to say... "are you sure you understand?"
Anyway, this morning I was reminded --- Jesus forgives us as soon as we ask... He doesn't bring the situation up over and over and over... If we want to talk to Him about our problems, He will listen - but He's not going to beat us over the head... So, I'm going to be more like Jesus... Show super-son unconditional love and let the consequences speak for themselves...
Sunday, May 1, 2011
On Friday afternoon, I attended the scholarship luncheon at college. I was fortunate enough to receive the Elberson scholarship for spring semester (every little bit helps!) It was great to see Mrs. P, a fellow recipent. She and I met during summer school last year. She and I were both going through a difficult time (health issues with family members), and I have no doubt God placed us in those classes to minister to each other! Friday evening, I decided to dive head first into my history research paper. I worked on it for four hours and was able to get 4 pages done -- added to the 2 pages already done -- I was a little over half-way done! Woo!
Saturday - We slept late & super-son had a soccer game at 1230p - they won! I had multiple errands to run, but failed to make a list. Unfortunately, it was one of those days - ran some errands - come home remember something else I was supposed to do & head out again! After dinner, I decided to finish up my paper, so we could enjoy Sunday! *Sigh* I could not find the file anywhere on my computer. I was so upset. Super-husband worked for at least an hour to recover the file with no luck. I did have the original two pages still on-hand, so it wasn't a complete loss. I was upset... I cried... I don't know what happened, and pretty sure I don't want it to happen again. I let my tears fall into a yummy Banana Pudding Milkshake from Chick-fil-A... did I mention it's 9pm at this point??? Anyway, the milkshake upset my tummy. :( I spent the remainder of the evening trying to rewrite my paper and running to the bathroom. UGH! Shortly after midnight with little progress - I threw in the towel and headed to bed.
Sunday - We slept in and skipped church :( About 9am, I got up and started on the paper again. By noon, I had it almost ready. Super-son had a birthday party to attend from 2-4pm, so I finished it up after dinner. I gave the wooden rockers a fresh coat of paint & spray-painted 2 of my 3 flower pots by the front door black (one to go!). We still had some daylight, so we played a game of "Around the World" in basketball.
The paper has proven to make the weekend mentally exhausting. In the big scheme of life, I realize this is NOTHING. There are people suffering from hunger, heartache, and without hope. I'm fortunate I had the opportunity to rewrite those four pages. I've decided to take a day off work tomorrow. I have an appointment at 9am and plan to play catch up around the house afterwards.
How was your weekend?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Saturday - steak kabobs; tossed salad; and sauteed mushrooms
Sunday - low fat turkey burgers (we splurge on this every now & again from Fresh Market); pasta salad; and corn on the cob
Monday - baked chicken tenders; Asian cabbage salad; and fruit
Tuesday - mini-honey mustard loaves (5 dinners); mashed potatoes; and corn
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Asian Chicken & vegetables (5 dinners)
Thursday - Turkey & Swiss sandwiches, chips, and fruit
Friday - leftovers
What are you having this week?
Friday, April 29, 2011
Anyway, the weather here has been GORGEOUS the past couple of days which has ideas twirling about the outdoors. I don't mind digging in the dirt in sprucing up the outside. There is the WISH LIST of "to-do's" and the reality list of "to-do's" as well. :)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Have you tried couponing? Are you a seasoned pro? I have tried before (10+ years ago) and failed miserably. Frankly, I think I had no clue what I was doing! I've been reading alot on blogs recently about huge savings from couponing. I would love to get our weekly budget for groceries down to $50 per week. In order to make this a reality, I know I need to invest some time and energy into couponing. I do have a few criteria...
- I will not buy something just because I have a coupon for it - IF it is not something I normally use, I won't but it.
- I will continue to prepare healthy meals for my family. In other words, I'm not stocking up on Totino's pizza because they are on sale and I can get them free.
- I will try to make couponing a game vs. a chore. How much can I save this week?
Here are a couple of websites I have enjoyed browsing...Homemaking Mom -- One of the reasons , I like this website is because she doesn't stock up on "junk". You can tell she trys to buy healthy!
Total Kitchen Makeover -- Again, she shops reasonably & offers great tips for produce, etc.
Southern Savers -- This is the "big daddy" of them all -- helpful hints, gettings started and a coupon database
Do you have any tips or advice to share?
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
As I sit in church on Sunday, it's hard not to notice some of the distractions. I try very hard to stay focused on our Pastor who has a specific purpose -- to deliver the Message that God has laid on his heart for us to receive. However, some Sundays it is harder than others -- paper rattling; people in front of you whispering; children crying; people looking around and you can "feel" they are looking in your direction; candy wrappers being opened; people yawning (or some snoring!).... you get the picture I think! There are SO MANY things that can distract us away from the Message. However, I think we need to try as hard as we can to put blinders on (as the picture above) and really focus our mind & heart on what we need to hear.