Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Two Weeks

Two weeks from today I go back to work after a wonderful summer of travel, swim lessons and having lots of fun in general. (Oh, and I learned to love coffee!) I appreciate summers more now than I did last year. It's such a nice time to get caught up on appointments, projects around the house (which we still haven't moved in to) and sleep really late..like 7:30 a.m.!

But still, I'm excited. I love the beginning of a new school year. It's such an amazing opportunity every August to start over. No matter how good or bad the previous year turned out, you get a chance to change it all three months later. It's the same thing I love about each new day. Even if the girls and I had a BAD day before, we can all wake up with new attitudes and decide to have a day filled with joy instead of angst, love instead of torturing your older sister....ahh I hear the screams of frustration coming from the other side of the apartment. Only 23 hours until the next new day starts. Thank the Lord.

Monday, July 30, 2007

It's Offical

Thanks to shark week on Discovery, I will never ever never ever never ever get into a body of water where anything but humans swim.

Did I say NEVER EVER? Just wanted to be clear.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Menu Planning Blog

So, I am going to give this a shot and hope I don't crash and burn(out)! I have started a new blog with my menus, shopping lists and recipes. I will be tweaking it for sure over the next few months or so as I see what works and does not.

This is something I do anyway, and I know people who don't have time. The menu is totally geared to my family, so if it doesn't work for you, that's ok. If I find people are actually using it, I'll keep it up; if not I'll just delete it. My feelings won't be hurt--promise!

You can check it out here.

Monday, July 23, 2007

For My Mom and Mothers In Law (More Pics)

Yes, I know, I've been a little picture happy lately, but I just cannot help myself. We've been having an eventful summer (while still laid back at the same time) and I just have to show you guys--and my mom.

We went to Dallas this weekend to go to Reia's friend's birthday party. Yes, we love her THAT much. We stayed with another fab friend since the birthday girl already had a house full of company. These pictures are posted in the opposite order of our trip. (A homage if you will to the Seinfeld episode where they go on a trip to India...) So, without further ado...

We got Reia's hair cut super cute at Sweet n Sassy. If I thought for even one minute that I would look as cute as she does in this cut, I'd be at the stylist before you could say Posh Spice.

We had to have the girl cut it twice as it wasn't short enough the first time. God bless her, she sat in that chair for over an hour. But a great cut is worth the wait!

Outside the salon.

This was at the birthday party. We got to see our friends the McMaster's while there which was a special treat since we don't get to see them every time we are in Dallas.

Could you just faint over this cake or what? Sweet Diva rides again.

We started the trip with a visit with my friend Holly. I didn't get any good pics of her boys. They're too little to know how to totally show off for the camera yet. Or maybe that is a girl thing?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

WFMW: Holy Cow; Two in a Row!

Ok, so I've only had two original WFMW ideas in the past several years..or however long Shannon has been hosting this little shin-dig. One was posted last week, and here's my other. Naturally, you won't see me now on WFMW for several more years.

While we have been potty training Mini-T, she's been getting the super special M&M for a prize. And naturally, Mini-me wants one as well. Instead of just giving them to her, I've opted to have her recite her scripture memory. They both get a treat, I get ride of pull-ups and poopy pants, and Mini-Me gets a heart full of God's word. What could be better???

Need more tips? Go here!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

To Blog or Not to Blog...

That is the question I think I hear most of all from moms who blog and really don't want it to take over their lives. Some of us are better at moderation than others. I'm on the side of not being so good at it, but recent events like moving and going back for work have forced me to put my blog and reading blogs on the back burner. That's when I realized how much time I spent blogging. And frankly, there are a lot of more productive things I could be doing other than blogging. (Please note, I'm not saying you shouldn't blog or you are wasting your time.)

But then I go back to my archives every once in a while. And I read a post, and I remember. What my life was like or how I was feeling. With particularly trying posts, you are there. .. encouraging me, praying for me, making me smile. I couldn't be more grateful.

So, I will continue to blog. I may not get a bazillion comments on every post, but like a much needed support system when I pour my heart out--you are up to the challenge.

**Trivial prayer request: could you guys please pray that the house we are building is finished miraculously soon? I'm a little stir crazy here.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

The Blogging Addiction

55%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

A year ago this number would have been a lot higher!!

Thanks Anne for the link!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Operation Italy

The last time I was really confident in the way I looked, Reia was 18 months old. We went to Hawaii, and I looked better than I did when I got married. Fast forward 4 years and one more pregnancy, and lets just say I would not only give my left leg to have my old body back, but it would take me loosing my left leg's worth of weight to get there!

Terry and I are planning a trip to Italy next year with Theresa and her hubs in honor of our ten year anniversary, and suddenly I'm feeling that itch to get it together in regard to my physical appearance. I'm not fat or even overweight, but I could just use some serious toning and some moderate weight loss. I'm debating whether or not to post my stats, but it would be for the sole purpose of holding myself accountable to a bunch of people I know and a bunch of people I don't. I've never been terribly disciplined, you see. So I'm kind of hoping to embarrass myself into it.

So, Phase I of "Operation Italy" is the following:
No more fried foods. (That's all I 'm cutting out for now. Baby steps people; baby steps.)

Shape Magazine's "Calorie Blasting Walk" 5 times per week.

A 20 min weighted workout I found in Cooking Light of all places, 5 x per week.

That's it for now. I'm not planning Phase II until I see how Phase I goes. And, after a week or so I will check in. You probably couldn't care less about my weight loss/inch loss goals, but that's ok. I need a forum, and what better place than my own blog!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

WFMW: Play-Doh Cup Uses

Wow! I haven't done this in a looooooong time. None the less, here is my little tip: my kids go through lots of cups. They take them outside to play with or use them in the tub or you know, actually drink out of them. So, I started washing out the Play-doh containers for just such various uses. They're small enough for little hands, I can save the lid and cut a small "x" in the top for straws, and I don't care if they get lost. We've even had the occasion where I am feeling brave enough to let them decorate their cups with markers.

Here's my little bits with a bit o' breakfast and her Play-doh cup. It's like the kiddie version of drinking out of a mason jar!

For other WFMW tips, please visit Shannon.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

A Few of My New Favorite Things

First of all is this little duo (with Mini-T really trying to get in the background of the shot). I bought both pieces at Pier 1 clearance while on vacation. I cannot tell you how much I have already used that platter and bowl. Their versatility is only enhanced by the little amount of money I paid for them.

Secondly, is this morsel of perfection. The roasted red pepper and Gouda soup from Inspirations Tea Room here in Edmond. If you're looking at the name and thinking, gross, I promise I would have never ordered it for myself either. However, it came with my meal for a get together I went to at the end of the school year, and I've been hooked ever since.

Ok, just thought I'd share.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

It's a Mad, Mad World

I have recently met up with a great blogging friend in Dallas. (See below post.) She's a very talented writer who God has allowed to grow up with a father in the ministry, and she's seen the good, bad and the ugly. And, after a period of time away from the church she went into the ministry herself and saw a little more good, really really bad and pretty darn ugly.

During that time a seed was planted for a book regarding burnout in the ministry on all levels, from staff to volunteers that is currently titled Mad Church Disease. I know that many of you who read my blog are involved in a church in some way whether it be staff, staff wives or 40 hour volunteers. If you could please do me a favor and go take her survey, it would help this under-discussed topic be opened as it should be.

Here is the link to the surveys. It will lead you to which one you need to take.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Vacation--Another Photo Essay

The only way I can recap the last two weeks without a blovel of a post is in pics, so here goes. Also, this is not in order as that would have taken too much brain power on my part; and I'm nothing if not efficient!

Reese in the ER after a six foot fall from bunk beds onto a concrete floor. She's fine; completely a spider monkey again. I, however, can't get rid of the twitch in my left eye.

The girls with during a visit with Sarah and her kids. We didn't always get to spend time together while we lived in Dallas, but we sure do miss them!

Girls Night Out at Outback Steakhouse. These women have been much of my support group over the last 6 years. We used to all live within 2 or 3 miles of each other. Now, we're spread all over. (I really want to make a funny on how my "spread" has been in more ways than one, but I won't. Hee hee!)

A day at Kohl's! Have to try things on of course. Naturally, she doesn't want to take them off so I just rip them from her white knuckled grip and throw them at the sales clerk while simultaneously darting for the door to keep the whole store from hearing her shrieks of torture.

I finally got to MIRL Anne. We ate at Taco Diner (Yum-O) in Uptown Dallas. I did briefly fall to my knees and beg God to let us move back. Oddly, I didn't get all that many strange looks.

Family photo time at Gran's!

Must. Have. These. Dishes.

We ended our little vacation at Theresa's. The girls sure do miss each other. Glad it's only 3 hours and not half a world away!

It It Rocks (and apparenlty rains a lot) in Oklahoma!

Awww, you guys! I received a Rockin' Blogger Award from Barbie and Girl Gone Wild while I was gone on my "vacation" (a huge post on it's own) for two weeks. Now, Ms. Girl Gone Wild, you will notice that you are not linked. It is because I cannot get to your blog from "clicking" on your name in the comments. So do me a favor and send me the URL so I can just add you to my sidebar when I update soon.

Secondly, I don't know how to get the uber cute pink rocker button. As soon as I do, I'll add it! But until then, I wanted to say THANKS!!!