Happy Halloween

I will be back tomorrow with some cutie costumed kiddos! Until then, have a great night!



I am going to take the challenge.  BlogHer has put a challenge forth to all of us who blog to write a post everyday in November.  I am going to take that challenge.  Thankyouverymuch!  I have really been enjoying blogging and getting into the swing of things, but, of course, I have taken a few days off in the midst of it.  But, starting Thursday, I am going to make it a point to blog daily.

Melissa, who organizes the challenge, has put prompts up on BlogHer.  I need the prompts because my biggest beef with blogging is that sometimes I don’t know what to say or have anything to say for that matter.

To get myself going I am not going to write a post about our trip to see Disney on Ice, Misssionaries staying at our house, or Halloween festivities until Thursday!  HA!

This is going to be fun.  If you want to link up, go to  http://www.nablopomo.com and check it out!

Have a great day!

Roll With the Punches

Today has been interesting.  I just found out that my husband is starting another new shift at his job next week.  This will make about six shift changes in the last three months.  I have rolled with it, and for that, I am proud.  I do not like change, so something like this years ago would have thrown me into a complete anxiety-ridden spaz.  I have really been working in the last two years to roll with the punches, create a new reality based on circumstances, and not to sweat the small stuff.  I can honestly say I feel so much better about myself and my outlook on life.

Isn’t it funny how we spend at least 12 years in formal education, but it is the life lessons that really educate us most?


In other news…I am feeling great after my class yesterday.  My muscles are sore, but not unbearable.  I think I am going to join the class this Saturday.


I did it!!! Today was the day I decided to go ahead and try and exercise class. My gym offers a million (well, maybe not a million but a lot) free exercise classes each week, but I have been too intimidated to try one. But, today my friends, today was the day! I decided earlier in the week that I was going to join in on the fun of the muscle max class. It is sort of like body pump in that it is very interactive and you move from position to position very quickly. I was really, really, really, really nervous about going. As luck would have it, my friend Kim was on the treadmill when I got there. She said she was going to take the class so it made me feel so much more comfortable to have a friend with me.

I must say, I loved the class. It was super fast-paced, and I was never bored. Oh, and it was extremely difficult! I was sweating like a maniac and had to drink about a gallon of water during the class.

I am so proud of myself. I will give a re-cap of how I feel muscle-wise tomorrow. I have a feeling I am going to be in a lot of pain. Good pain.

Has anyone else tried something new recently?

O Happy Day


Eight years ago today I married the most awesome man. He loves me for me and has stood by my side during the best of times and the worst of times. I knew I was going to marry him the first day I met him.

Love you, Shawn.

True to form, we are not spending the evening together because Shawn has to work. So, I made him a delicious steak dinner to take to work and I am having salmon and a Brussels sprout combo that is delicious. Here is a picture for your enjoyment. It has a little bit of this and a little bit of that in it.

anything with goat cheese rocks!

Have a great evening!

A Weighty Issue

To say I have been in a bit of a funk would be an understatement.  I have been having a hard time with life. And I am over it.

This week I am going to get back into my groove.  I plan on working out every day…well, except for Thursday because I have after school conferences.  I also plan on eating really well this week.  I went to the grocery store yesterday and bought a bunch of good food including chicken tenderloins, spinach, celery, carrots, and baby corn.  These ingredients will, along with brown rice and eggs, make my not-so-famous chicken fried rice.  Which I love and it is very healthy and will be enough for dinner and several lunches.   I also made Caitlyn’s corn bread quiche this weekend.  I think she must use a Jiffy mix or something and I made homemade cornbread so the cornbread to other ingredients ratio was not right.  However, I just cut off the bottom and it is just fine.  Delicious, actually.  I will be bringing it for breakfast this week.

I also have to put life into perspective.  I really have a great life.  I have really been blessed with a lot of great people in my life.  I also have a job I love, a house, and food on the table.  Really, this funk is my own doing and I need to bring myself out of it.

The only thing in my life that is causing me much stress is trying to lose this weight.  I have to do it.  That is fact.  So, I just need to suck it up and do it.  I need to exercise, I need to count calories, and I just need to do it without complaint, or woe, or a defeatist attitude.  Someone once said that food does not taste as good as thin feels.  I am not so sure about that.  I love how food tastes and I love to eat.  I know what thin feels like, and sometimes it just does not compare to a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich on a cold October evening when I am all alone J  I jest.

As I type this I am so hungry.  REALLYHUNGRY!  No amount of water is going to make up for the food I want to eat.  I have tried it.  I just need to suck it up.  I can only eat what I can eat in a calorie-driven day.  And, that is it.  It is so annoying when people go on and on ad nauseum about stuff like this, but I just have to do it.  I have to keep talking it out to build myself up.  Oh, and this is my blog, so I can do what I want and talk about what I want and over-all just write posts on whatever topic moves me.  So there.

Loving Church

To say this has been a difficult week would be an understatement. It had its ups and downs but the downs were definitely very low. This is the lowest I have been in a long time. I have never formally suffered from mental illness, but I do have a touch of anxiety and depression runs in my family, so I have a heightened awareness of my feelings. If I did not have a reason to get out of bed I probably would have pulled the covers up to my chin and called it a week on Tuesday.

So, it was especially refreshing this morning when the theme of the homily turned out to be about The Year of Faith and how are we supposed to carve out time in our busy life the better our faith life. Our pastor spent a good amount of time asking us to reflect on this one questions, “why is it worth it to knock on the door of faith?” After the week I had, I really had a hard time answering that. Life is hard, busy, aggravating, full, crazy, tiring, exhausting…life just is. On any given day there are ups and downs, moments of pure happiness, and moments of when will this end?. Somedays I lay my head on the pillow and don’t even have the energy for an Amen let alone real prayer.

But, but, it is worth the knock…it is worth the extra time we need to carve out for our faith. Why? Because the person standing firmly on the other side of that door loves us beyond human understanding. He loves us so much that he gave his life for us. To me, that is totally worth it.

I will leave you with cuteness. Of, course, they would not stand still for a picture.

20121021-154957.jpg amazing how a $2 balloon will change their day!