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I am many things with way more short comings then pluses.  Though I fall short I dust myself off, stand up and go at it again, eventually getting it right.  I am the blessed wife to my high school love and we have two amazing girls that are growing faster then I think my heart can take some days.  I try to learn from my mistakes, craft beyond my ability and have dreams of what my home will look like one day when one of those DIY Channel people decide to crash my house.  I believe my calling is to help woman have JOY right where God has them and to show them they are not alone.  I am entering into a place in my life that I have an amazing circle of friends that lean on me and allow me to lean back when I need to.  I am beyond thankful for all God has blessed me with and hope I am becoming all God knows I can be.  That's me in a nutshell :D

Monday, July 27, 2015

Winding Up July

Hello to all 4 of my followers and anyone else that stumbles across this post.  I felt that since it's been awhile since I posted I would go ahead and give a brief rundown of what the family's up to.  Since it's summertime the girls and I have a pretty laid back calendar and hubby is just as busy as always.

Starting with the hubs:  Between work being especially busy requiring overtime, condos that allow us to take fun vacations and Jujitsu that helps him de-stress and socialize.  He is one busy cookie.  I do not envy his schedule at all and I am thankful he's willing and eager to break from it so we can all go away together.

Now my turn:  I am recovering from ACL Surgery (Tore a tendon in my knee) and dreading looking forward to school starting.  When school starts we have to wake up at 5am so my 5 year old and 9 year old can be on their bus by 6:15ish.  I recently purchased a Erin Condren Planner (following the link will get you $10 off your first order) and admit I enjoy using it.  It has soooo much space and I have a justified reason to play with stickers.  It's even made meal planning feel like a more achievable goal.  I find I do much better and have much less anxiety with a physical planner that I can look at to see what's going on.

My Oldest Katie: She is going into 4th grade this year.  She has evolved over the summer and is more aware of how she looks.  She has to fru fru a bit just to take the dog on a walk("Really mom who knows who I might run into").  While it's neat to see her actually caring I am relieved that she also has no problems playing in the rain or catching frogs with her friend across the street.  She has a kind heart that immediately reaches out to someone she sees hurting or sad.  Her wit is going to get the better of her until she learns to switch from talking to my friends and talking to my mom.  She's my thinker, viewing her surroundings before she jumps in, not shy as much as cautious.  She is willing to be goofy and loves making others laugh. She's struggling to become a Big Kid and doesn't really even know what that means making it that much harder.  She only knows that's the next step and she's anxious to take it.  This year (bragging mama moment) she's been accepted to the gifted class, she's in the local community choir and wants to start more actively acting.  She wanted to do so professionally and after hubby and I talked to each other we told her that for now that was not an option.  There is a children's theater 45 minutes away that we may take a stab at though.

My Youngest Emily: She starts Kindergarten this year... my mommy heart aches for her.  She hasn't been away from me much in the 5 years she's been on this planet and 8 hours a day/ 5 days a week seems like so much!   While I know we'll both appreciate the break and probably appreciate each other more it's still daunting to me.  I went from work, to SAHM and now to SAHM with actual time on her hands.  Emily is my tester... It will be interesting to see how she reacts to the rules of school though she did excellent in preschool so we'll see.  She likes to go for it with 100% and suffer any consequences later.  Her imagination is awe-inspiring and knows no bounds.  For the 90% of the time she's awake she's laughing or talking.  She's an adorable sneak that will try to get forbidden food not realizing she's always being watched...  She's no longer allowed to just walk into the kitchen, she has to get permission.  It'll be interesting to see how she takes this bigger pond on.

 In a few days we will be going to see my dad and meet his new girlfriend and 2 of her kids.  It will be a quick trip and I'm looking forward to it.  Hubby's going with and all in all it should be a nice trip.

Off I go...I'll post again SOON!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I didn't wanna...but I did

At every age, we have that impertinent child inside that will stomp his/her little foot against what we should do versus what we really want to do or feel  capable of doing.  We can go days, weeks, months and not hear a peep from the impertinent child(we're just going to call mine Sam)...or I  can have a week that she's right at my ear screaming when I don't stop for ice cream or head to burn off the extremely yummy egg white omelet at Average Joe's Crossfit .

Now I would love to tell you that I flutter into Average Joe's Crossfit every day ready and willing to go.  I would love to tell you that but it would be a medium sized fib and the truth is always better.  In my 16 days of doing an actual workout - I've drug my feet a time or two but about 10 seconds after I'm there I'm getting my social on with some really amazing new friends and I'm happy that nerdy me is getting to hang out with such kewl folks. I see the WOD that is planned for the day and while I NEVER think easy, I do think possible.  My coaches insist that I can and surprise, surprise to me, they haven't been wrong yet.

Today, Sam was exceptionally grumpy. She wanted me laying down in bed not working out at Average Joe's Crossfit . She was especially irritated that I ignored her.  As I went through my workout I felt annoyed (not normal) and toward the end  of the WOD (workout of the day) 20 bar burpees, 20 thrusters, 20 bar burpees And then a thrilling 500m walk.  Instead of being happy I was annoyed, Sam was ticked and I was feeling nauseous. 

What was different about day #16 (and let's face it, most days before January 12, 2015-my first day at crossfit) is I didn't let the excuses stop me. I knew in the long run the exercise would be beneficial so I ignored that poking, annoyingly whiny voice and went. Where as the old me would've stayed under the covers. It turns out I was running a high temperature and actually ill but I didn't know that until after. Today I made a good choice for me. One more step to fully taking control of my life & ignoring Sam. Who knows she may not be so loud next time. 
What positive choices are you making and what do you do when your whiny kid is grumpy and insisting,"I donwanna?"

Thanks for reading,

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Crossfit Journey


On this final day of January (Only one more month of Winter!!). I wanted to share a slideshow with you that shows where I started and where I am after only 14 workout days at Average Joe's Crossfit.  Just follow the link to my google plus.  I couldn't get the slideshow to post directly here.

I hope you are inspired to make a change to healthier.  These pictures were taken over an 18 day period where I worked out at Average Joe's Crossfit every day I could.  Which made a total of 14 days.  My posting this is as much to inspire myself as to inspire you.  I need to remember where I was so I on my hard days I can remember where NOT exercising or eating healthier has gotten me.

Have a great day!