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A Pep Talk for Teachers and Students

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I know this is a day late for most of you, but here's an awesome pep talk for your first week of school.  Trust me, you need this.  I did and I'm not even in school.  You're welcome  ;)


"No matter who you are, somebody's learning from you.  Everybody's a teacher and everybody's a student."



Resolutions: June and July recap

Monday, August 18, 2014

I feel like every post I write here lately starts with an excuse as to why I haven't written in so long. It's getting old even for me so I'm just gonna ignore the fact that it's been two months and jump right in. Besides, those of you that read this blog "regularly" aren't even surprised by these absences, I know. ;)

June was the first month this year that I failed to meet one of my goals :/ I guess that disappointed me more than I realized seeing as how I completely skipped my monthly update (and am posting this one like two three weeks later than usual also...)  This is a combo post, I'll write down my stats for both June and July for you to laugh at and me to cry at. :p

Here we go...

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
June running was non-existant.  I'm pretty sure if you could run negative miles that's what we would have done in June.  We planned on running on our vacation to Canada - instead we lounged around and ate cookies.  We planned on running when Doad got better - instead I got sick and spent a whole week in bed.  And honestly, July wasn't much better.  We ran 2.86 miles.  Boo.  :(  Our total to-date is now 21.94 miles leaving 78.06 miles to go.  That means in order to meet this goal by the end of the year we need to run 4.34 miles each week.  Haha, better get going!!

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
June = nope!  We ate tons of junk food on vacation but that's kinda part of vacation, right?  July, however, was a different story.  We decided to do a Whole 30 diet/reset and it went really well.  We stuck to clean eating and it was delicious!  I started it for other reasons, not really thinking about weight loss, but it happened anyway! :)  The day the diet ended I weighed exactly what I weighed on my wedding day.  A couple days later, I lost another 1.5 pounds!  Yay! This goal is accomplished.  :) New goal = maintain! ;)

3. Read 12 books. 
June (book #6) = check!  I decided to read The Shack by William P. Young.  I read it in a couple of days on vacation and LOVED IT.  If you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend it.  Very interesting.  :)
July (book #7) = check!  This month I read It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.  This book kind of went along with the diet we did and it really helped to open my eyes to the "Why" behind all the stuff we were doing.  

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
We made headway in our Community book.  We read some on our drive to Canada and are very close to finishing.  Yay! :)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
So this isn't really cleaning, but I've been doing a lot better in the meal planning area of my life.  Consequently, I think it has helped me stay on top of dishes a *little* bit better, although I'd still be a hopeless mess without Doad.  He's just amazing and so wonderful about helping me keep the house clean.  Don't know what I did to deserve him.  <3

6. Get new items listed on my online shop.
Oops!  Still haven't done this... 

7. Go to a marriage conference.
Still looking :/

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
So here's the goal I missed for June.  I just ran out of time to go out with my sister J.  We were gone on vacation, and then I was sick, and then J was in training for the volunteer fire department.  *Side note: how awesome is my firefighter sister?!?*  
July's date was quite an adventure.  I was on my way to meet up with Jill when I got a flat tire.  Thankfully, she was nearby and came to rescue me.  Haha, never a dull moment!

9. Learn Spanish
Ugh, so for all of June I kept forgetting to grab the second set of discs to put in my car.   I did no Spanish in June.  :(  July was a little better, but then my car got rearranged for some things and the discs got put in the trunk.  So it was only a little better haha.  But we are still making slow progress.  

Ok, so there's June and July.  Pretty weak.  :(  But I'm still taking baby steps and that's what counts.  I'm still moving forward and that's what I'm trying to focus on.  Even if I don't complete my goals, I've accomplished a lot more in these areas than I would have without setting those goals.  Right?  ;)

How are you guys doing?  What are your goals for August?



Star Crossed: Episode 12 Recap

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Stupid.  That's basically how I felt about this whole episode.  I'm mad that everyone's stabbing everyone and I'm mad that Zoe's back.  Whattttt?!!!!  LOL... so this recap was a little bit of a venting sesh.  What did you guys think?




PS.  Sorry for the weirdness at the beginning.  I guess I started talking to early.  Womp womp!


2014 Resolutions: May Recap

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

So I've finally come to accept that no month really goes how I hope for it to go.  I thought we'd sort of picked up momentum and would have great stats for the month, but between Doad's surgery and one heck of a kidney infection (thank you, kidneys) our momentum has pretty much stopped.  :/  

It hasn't dampened my spirits though, so I am ever hopeful that June will be a better month.  

Baby steps, people.  One foot in front of the other.  That's my motto for the year. 

1. Run 100 miles this year. 
We only ran the first week in May.  But I'm not too mad cuz 3.49 miles in one week is still pretty awesome for us.  We are going on vacation to Canada soon and both of us are excited about taking some morning runs around the lake.  Hopefully I can figure out how to track the milage on my phone without roaming???  So our total to-date is 19.08 miles and we have 80.92 miles left.  Yikes!  We now need to run about 3 miles a week in order to meet our goal.  Possible, yes.  But we definitely need to buckle down!

2. Get back to my wedding weight. 
Ehhhh.... same as always. 

3. Read 12 books. 
Book #5 = Check!  I got thru a good chunk of this book while chilling with Doad at the hospital, but then it got lost in my purse and I didn't pick it up again til last week.  I'm officially done with the Narnia series.  Can't decide what book to bring on vaca.  :/  

4. Read through one book together with Doad.
We didn't touch our Community book all month long.  I'm bringing it on our road trip to Canada tho.  It's about a 9 hour drive so we should be able to squeeze in at least one chapter, right? :p  (I'll let you know...)

5. Find a cleaning routine that works. 
I'm thinking I need to change this goal to something a little more defined.  Like, "Do at least one load of laundry every week" or "run the dishwasher every other night"... I'm just not able to find a full routine that seems to stick, however, I do feel like we've made progress with our ability to keep the house cleaner.  I think I'm trying to change too much in this area and if I can just add one chore each month that I'm doing consistently maybe that will work better? 

6. Get new items listed on my online shop.
Ok, so I had every intention of listing these new items... and then I gave them away for Mother's Day instead.  Haha.  I do have more on my sewing table just waiting to be finished.  Hopefully THIS month I will get them lissted.

7. Go to a marriage conference.
These things are really expensive!  Still looking for one we can afford.  :/

8. Go on a date with one of my sisters each month.
Jadie and I did an ice cream date in early May.  So fun!  She is growing up into such a sweet, insightful young lady.   

9. Learn Spanish
I finished with the first set of cd's this month!  When we bought the program, it came with four cases of about 16 cd's in each case.  I'm super proud to have finally gotten through a whole case.  My goal for the second case is to do about 6 lessons (or 3 cd's) each month.  Hopefully, I can keep up!

So there's my May recap.  Not a fantastic month, but not a horrible one either.
Again, it's about the baby steps. :)
What are your baby steps for this month?



Star Crossed: Episode 11 Recap

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Ooookay,  we are moving slowly with getting these recaps back on track after our little hiatus.  Hopefully our rhythm will pick up soon.  ;)

I actually really liked this episode.  I thought there were lots of great little plot twists to move the story along without the show having to get too violent or sexual to "keep it interesting".  I still think Emery's the dumbest for joining the "new" Red Hawks and don't get Julia and Eric's relationship at all.  But I'm very interested to see what happens in the next episode.  


What did you think of this episode? :)

A Tale of Two Surgeries...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oh hey!  Remember that time when I used to blog regularly?

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Yea... that's right, I never do that.  Not even for Star Crossed Recaps... which we watch and tape once a week.  Except that we skipped it for like 3 weeks because Life.

For example, a couple weeks ago Life happened to us in the Tale of Two Surgeries.  Dun dun dun DUHN!

Once upon a time, on a Tuesday to be precise, Doad came home from work with a really bad stomachache.  I knew it was bad cuz he was already in bed in pj's by the time I got home from work.  We thought it was gas, but gas doesn't make you throw up for 4 minutes straight... So then we thought it was some sort of stomach bug.  I asked him a couple of times if he wanted to go to the doctors, but all you ladies with stubborn tough, handsome husbands know what his answer was.

Here's the thing: when I get sick, I get like medium sick for 5 days.  Its that sucky in between sick where you're not quite sick enough to justify calling out of work, but you feel like absolute crap all day and just wanna be horrible to everyone you talk to.  Or cry.  Or both.  When hubs gets sick, he gets like extreme sick for one day.  One day, people.  And I love it and hate it because I spend the whole time wondering if he's dying on me, but it only lasts for one night and then it's over and he's his wonderful, happy self again.

I thought this was his almost dying sick and that when I woke up he'd be all better, so I went to sleep.  I had to get up and take this cute thing to get spayed in the morning.


Obviously, she was thrilled...

Hubs tossed and turned all night, I know cuz I woke up to it every hour. :p  He was still in bed when I got up, so I assumed that he had taken the day off to get some sleep and hopefully he was on the up and up.  There's often not much I can do when he's feeling sick, I've learned to just let him rest and let his body do his thing.  Looking back now, I feel like I was neglecting him and should have known sooner that something more serious was going on, but at this point I thought he still just needed rest.  I left to take the dog to the vet and got home about an hour later.

When I walked in the bedroom he was sitting on the side of the bed sort of hunched over.  He said the pain had sort of moved to his right side and asked me what the symptoms of appendicitis were.  As soon as he said that I knew.  He was like 10 for 10 out of the symptoms and that convinced him that it was doctor time.  

Hello ER... Hello CT Scan... Hello surgery in a couple of hours!

Doad did great through surgery and is the Happiest, Nicest, Jolliest person you've EVER met on drugs.  Even the transport guy who's only interaction with Doad was wheeling him from the recovery room to his private room said, "He's just the nicest guy!" on his way out the door lol.  My baby was feeling GOOD!  

"Happy drugs"


But then it was night time, and night time at hospitals is a special sort of torture.  And then there were fevers.  And another night of special torture.  And then we finally came home on Friday, tired as the dickens and so, so excited to sleep more than an hour without something beeping or someone sticking a thermometer in your face.  

So over having his vitals taken. :(

Our family and friends were awesome and provided us with meals and visits/entertainment to get through the weekend and allow Doad to rest without dying of boredom.  My mom was an absolute angel and picked up the dog from her surgery and nursed her back to health with the help of my siblings while I stayed with Doad in the hospital.  She was very glad to see us on Friday and oh, how we missed her too.  My poor little baby girl.



So I somehow got my dog spayed and my husband an appendectomy on the same day and survived.  It was really hard and I definitely wouldn't recommend it and definitely couldn't have done it without family and friends who pitched in and helped so much.  Our neighbor even mowed our lawn and Doad's work buddies bought us groceries. What? So nice!

I'm so thankful to say that both my husband and my little pooch are healing well and we are so blessed by the way people rallied around us to not only pray for us and visit us, but help meet physical needs that we had as well.  It's humbling to admit that I don't know how to mow my own lawn, but also pretty cool to see others step in as the hands and feet of Christ to serve and love us.  I'm looking forward to finding ways to pay it forward to others and to bless them the way that I was.  :)


Star Crossed: Episode 10 Recap

Thursday, May 22, 2014
And we're back with Episode 10 recap!  :)


So what do you think? Is Drake on Team "yay" or "nay"? lol
Are you over Roman and Emery's cheesiness or do you wish they were back together already?
Is Greyson totally evil now or is there still hope for him?

These are the burning questions in our minds haha.  Stay tuned for Episode 11 Recap, coming soon! :)



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