Friday, June 20, 2014

Why Not Confess Some More?

I've already done a little confessing earlier this week, so why not confess a little more?  I'm linking up with Leslie over at A Blonde Ambition.

{1} I confess my sweet baby girl is sick today and even though I HATE seeing her sick, i'm so thankful to be spending my Friday with her rather than at work.  Bless her!



{2} I confess that even though I have done really well on my diet/exercising this week, that I slowly browsed the ice cream section at Publix yesterday and even contemplated buying and eating the entire pint of my favorite Haagan Dazs Sea Salt Caramel Gelato.  Do not try this stuff unless you want to keep going back for more!


{3} I confess that it has been a little while since I have had a true quality quiet time with God and I finally got back to it this week.  I have been getting up at 5:00 AM each morning to do my exercising and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to open up my bible.  I love how God has already starting speaking to me through this.  I can't think of a better way to start my day than in God's Word!

{4} I confess that I got a new (to me) car the other day and it's smarter than I am.  Seriously.  Any car that you just push a button to start is way to fancy for this girl.  I spent half of my drive home with the air conditioner on full blast because I couldn't figure out how to turn it down. Ha! Since I drive 40 miles each way to work, I needed something that would get better gas mileage. Hopefully I will be making less gas station stops each week (and save some moolah!)

{5} I confess bananas + almond butter + dark chocolate chips = AMAZING!  this is my new go to snack when I want something sweet.  Yum.  Just thinking about it makes me want to go fix some for breakfast :)

{6} I confess that I could just eat this little man up.  He's the cutest little thing ever!


That's all I have - be sure to go to Leslie's blog and link up too!




Wednesday, June 18, 2014

If I'm Being Honest

We all have struggles. Some more than others, but we ALL have them. Most of us want to keep the things we are dealing with under wraps and dare not let anyone know what we are going through. I have several posts that I have written but never published because then you would know the “real” me. So, instead, I just keep them behind closed doors and write about happy, cute things such as my kids and our weekends. I started this blog to keep as kind of a scrapbook for myself, but I also want to use it to not only glorify God, but to reach out/relate to others that might be going through the same things I am. So, here goes nothing…




You know how I just said I like to keep things I’m dealing with behind closed doors and not let anyone peak in? You know why? Because I care too much about what people think about me. I wish I didn’t, but I do. It’s a daily struggle, but I’m working on it. We (when I say “we” I really mean “I”, but it makes me feel better to pretend I’m not the only one dealing with this – haha) always have to have the nicest, newest, brand name things. We want to fit in. We want people to think we have it all together. We want to be LIKED. I mean who doesn’t want to be liked?



Some of this I blame on social media. You look on Facebook or Instagram and see how cute everyone looks in their pretty new clothes, brand new cars, and huge houses. Then you start comparing your life to theirs. Then jealousy kicks in and you feel like you have to have those things as well. We look at these images and feel like we have to be like them or live up to their standards. But, you know what? They are just images we are seeing. We don’t see the real, true life stuff these people are dealing with. Yes, they might look PERFECT on the outside and like they have everything all together, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say these people have the same struggles we do. They could be dealing with heartache, a failing marriage, debt, jealousy, and the list could go on and on.



I'm embarrassed each month at how much money I spend on STUFF and to "keep up with the Jonses". I feel like a failure when it comes to spending the resources God has provided us with. I'm definitely going to start being more intentional with how our money is being spent (brad will be happy to hear this haha). Our closets are full, but yet I still go shopping weekly. I want to GIVE more.



We have to stop comparing our lives to others. God made us each differently. This world would be a pretty boring place if we were all the same, wouldn’t it? We all have different purposes in this life, but yet we are wasting our time and money trying to be like everyone else.



“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14



Not sure if anyone else deals with this, but if you do, I’m praying for you today

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Weekend

I'm not sure about yours, but our weekend has been super busy! Friday, Jack's class had their water day at school.  The bigger kids have a splash pad to play on, but the babies get to play in a little blow up pool.  I think he had a great time, except his teacher said none of them liked the water that sprayed out of the pool :)


 Our weekend really started Friday night with going out for some Mexican food.  Jack had his first Mexican food experience.  He ate part of a cheese quesadilla, rice and beans.  He loved it!  We then made a quick trip to Sam's and came home.  It was a real exciting Friday night!

This little man gets up at 5:30 EVERYday.  He doesn't care if it's the weekend or not, he's getting up at 5:30.  I love the little quiet time we have together before everyone else wakes up.


After the others woke up Saturday morning, Brad requested we go eat breakfast at his favorite place, Waffle House.  After breakfast, we ran a few errands and then came home to rest and clean up around the house.  Addi was apparently worn out.  She was in her room playing and watching a movie and when I came in there to check on her, I saw this...


Brad's parents kept the kids Saturday night so we could go celebrate some of our good friends, Brody and Amy.  After we dropped the kids off, we realized that we were going to be really early to the wedding, so we stopped for popsicles.  There is a new popsicle place that just opened up near our house and it is SO good!  We have already hit it up 3 times in last week.  Brad even likes it...


Brody and Amy had such a beautiful little country wedding.  We were so happy we could be there to celebrate with them!  Even though we were exhausted and our bedtime is usually 9:00, we decided to make most of our night without the kids and we went out with some friends afterwards.  It was a great night with lots of laughs with good friends!


Brad and I were able to sleep in until 8:00 this morning which was wonderful!  Every Father's Day, Brad takes the kids and goes to church with his parents and I go to lunch with my mom.  I am so thankful for Brad - he is an amazing dad to Addi and Jack.  God really blessed us with putting him in our lives.


Tomorrow, I start back on my "diet" and begin exercising again.  I'm really looking forward to it.  This afternoon I was able to prep a lot of my meals for the week.  Planning and preparing what I'm going to eat for the week is really the only way i'm able to stay on track.  I have eaten everything under the sun today.  I had to make most of my last cheat day for a while.  I made sure to eat plenty of carbs...


They were really good too!  I hope everyone has a great week!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Frozen Family Night



It’s no secret that little girls (and boys) everywhere have become obsessed with the movie Frozen over the past few months. When I found out Chick-fil-a was having a Family Date Night that was Frozen themed and Princess Elsa herself would be there, I knew we had to go!  Not exactly sure how I did it, but I managed to talk Brad into tagging along with us.  I mean it was FAMILY date night after all, right?  Of course, as soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed the crowd and began searching for a spot to park, Brad started saying he would never come to anything like that again haha! 

 

Once we finally parked the truck, we began squeezing our way through the crowd to see Princess Elsa.  Addi wasn’t sure what to think at first and just ducked her head. We asked her if she wanted her pic made with her and she immediately said, “Yes” and put on a huge smile!  We then ordered and sat down while “Let it Go” was being played through the speakers while all of the kids sang along.  It wasn’t a nice, peaceful meal, but Addi had fun and that’s all that mattered to us!


Back on Track

I’m not gonna lie, I have been really struggling lately when it comes to sticking to my diet and exercising.  I got off track and have had a really hard time getting back to it.  I forgot how hard it is to take that first step.  It’s not so bad once I get started and turn it into a habit.  I lost a total of 66 lbs and have gained back 6 of them since getting off track.  I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel and how sluggish I am during the day. 

 

Last Saturday, our church started a ministry where we hand out water/fruit to runners in our area.  I went to help out and ended up running/walking for a little bit while I was there.   That was the first time in about a month that I have ran and it felt good and bad all at the same time (if that makes any sense haha).  Monday night, I went out for my second run of the week and it was tough and HOT.  I love running outside, but this Alabama heat/humidity is killing me so I might have to stick to the treadmill.  Brad is going out with some friends tonight, so I will have to pick back up my running tomorrow night. 

 

I have also started trying to buy more organic produce and grass fed meats.  I wish it wasn’t so expensive, but I have been catching sales at EarthFare for the meat and shopping Aldi for the rest.  Who knew I would like Aldi so much?  I’m kind of obsessed  haha!  I’m just kind of in a rut when it comes to preparing meals that are healthy.  The main reason is because Brad won’t eat anything that’s good for him and Addi eats horribly.  If it’s not a lunchable or sandwich, she doesn’t want it.  I signed up for the Bikini Body Mommy meal plan, so I’m anxious to get my first week of recipes to try out!

 

Any other ideas on healthy meals that my entire family will eat?  I always start looking on Pinterest, but then I get sucked into all of the YUMMY not good for you food and it makes me crave the bad stuff – haha!

10 Months



Little man turned 10 months old last weekend.  TEN MONTHS – as in only TWO more months until he is ONE. I can’t even handle it.  He is into everything.  All. The. Time.  Doors have to be kept closed, cabinets locked, anything small has to be put up or it will end up in his mouth.  Even though he started walking at 9 ½ months, he still chooses to crawl most everywhere because it’s faster.  In August he moves up to the younger toddlers class at school. This means he will be sleeping on a cot, sitting up at a table and chairs and will have to give up the paci.  He only wants the paci when he’s asleep anyways, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal (fingers crossed).

 

Addi loves her brother SO much.  It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Mom and I were talking this morning about how Addi has never been really jealous of him.  She will, however, take a toy out of his hand in a heartbeat.  Jack’s teacher told me last week that both their class and Addi’s class were outside at the same time (Jack’s class plays on the little toddler playground that has a separate fence around it) and Jack saw Addi and started crying for her.  Addi saw her brother upset and she got upset because she couldn’t get to him.  I hope their love for each other never changes.

 

I’m skipping the monthly weight/height questions b/c I have no idea!

 

Eating:  He’s eating big people food now! We have almost stopped with the baby food.  As long as our food can be cut/torn up small enough, he will eat what we eat. He still has a horrible gag reflex, but he’s getting the hang of it.  He’s also started drinking exclusively from a sippy cup (except his night time bottle).  Through trial and error we finally found the cup that works best for him and he’s done great so far!

 

Sleeping:  He sleeps from 6:30/7:00 ish to 5:30.  During the weekends, he takes a morning and an afternoon nap.  At school, they skip the morning nap, so he sleeps about 2 hours in the afternoon.

 

Likes:  His sister, cheerios, goldfish (well, any food really), WATER – this kid loves bath time!

 

Dislikes:  Staying still.