Monday, February 23, 2009
Getting his balance:
Lookin' good, nice form:
Fun times. His legs are going to be sore tomorrow!
Now Gabriel wants to take up skiing. Jim said it would be nice for our entire family to pick up the hobby. So I added it up, we can get everything we need (equipment etc) for only about $4-5,000! Ha ha. I laugh, but it's the truth. A great pastime but a bit too pricey for us. At least he was able to learn though, good job Gabe!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The biggest difference makers…
~ Do Something!!!!
The greatest lesson I’ve learned is that I cannot simply sit around and wait to become the best version of myself. I have to CHOOSE to be that person every single day. Which puts me in control of myself, and the impact I have on the people around me.
~ Yes you have to work at it
This transformation has been one of the most challenging times in my life. However, I learned that I don’t have to be perfect. I’m not perfect. Very relieving….Phew!
Progress not perfection! It’s okay to cut myself some slack, and to realize the enormous task it is to become a mother.
~ Food and Mood
I find that tweaking my diet has had a huge impact! Not just on how quickly my belly and body changed shape, but also my mood is. I no longer have the mood swings I used to!
~Working out 3 times a week is a must - resistance training followed by intervals.
The ONLY thing that can get me back in the saddle when I’ve fallen off, is the support from ClubFYM. I cannot stress enough the importance of having the group behind me.
These women pulled me through the toughest time of my life, struggling with sleepless nights, nursing, and keeping myself accountable. I love them for sticking with me, and dragging me along to the other side
I never imagined I could ever learn to ask for help, and to receive it as well.
Monday, February 16, 2009
When my mom was a teenager she became great friends with a young married couple, Dick and Carol. Over the decades their bond never waned, she has maintained a connection with them no matter where we lived. When they were newlyweds they had a little boy named Ricky. Ricky was not expected to live more than a few days. He had horrific birth defects but due to the love and fierce devotion of his mom, he survived much longer. Then after nine very difficult but beautiful years, he went to be with the Lord. They also had a little girl with health problems, but nowhere near anything like Ricky. A few years later Carol had a stroke (when she was only in her 30's). For as long as I've known her, she was paralyzed on one side of her body and had difficulties with her speech. Over the years she grew worse, and eventually had another stroke. Dick loved Carol like something you see out of a storybook. He was lonely but she kept him going. Then last year, she passed away. Dick also lost his only brother, his dad, and his mother. Now, fast-forward to the phone conversation with my mom today. It was my aunt, telling her that Dick's only daughter had been killed in a car accident today. My mom called him and he said: "I have no one left".
I can't stop weeping for him. Imagining the amount of loss he has endured is just too much. Please pray for Dick. Working at a Christian station, has allowed us to share in the grief of many people. The little girl who ran out the side garage door to say goodbye to her daddy and got run over by his car and killed (he never saw her). A woman whose husband was murdered in a robbery, the two teenagers who died in a car accident etc. etc. It's hard to understand. Sometimes when you hear one thing, the floodgates just open and it brings up all the old things too, thinking about Dick has done that.
I have been holding my boys like crazy tonight. Grateful for the abundant blessings of health, of laughter, of all we've been given TODAY. It's one of those moments where you become acutely aware of the preciousness of life. I couldn't help but think of the song "Held" by Natalie Grant. There are so many things that happen that are difficult to reconcile in our finite minds. How could one person be put through so much long-term, consistent suffering? This is a good version of that song. I know, it's very sad but it's also awesome at the same time. To trust that God consoles us, that he holds us in the midst of pain is a comforting promise.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Garrett Earnhardt Jr. racing (with mom at the pedal)!:)
Gabe and Daddy ready to shoot hoops!
Grant's favorite; he loves the "clock" ride!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
3 cutie pies willing to ham it up!:)
"Portrait Shot" of Molly Parton. What a looker!:)
Another photo of a few charming boys!
Testing out the Macro mode w/ our artificial flowers. Not too shabby!:)
That's about it for today. We are anticipating Grant's birthday on Saturday. My Valentine's birthday boy turns 5!! I can't get over how fast time flies. I know, I know I say it all the time but it's so true.:) It feels like just yesterday I was dressing my little cupid baby up in a gold diaper and taking him to get photographed. The day will be here, all too soon, when I use that same picture to embarrass him in front of a date. Lol.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
A few months ago I started a routine of going to Hartville Marketplace every week. It's worth the 15 minute drive because we save so much! My husband gave me $30 cash to pick up a few things and this is part what I brought home.
Not only did I NOT go over the limit, I also brought him back $5 in change! The prices are incredible! I was able to get 4 pounds of bananas for $1.50, a bag a salad lettuce for a dollar, and a bundle of asparagus for $1.50 , and 4 red peppers for $2.00 (WOW)!! They also have a place called "R Grocery" that is almost too good to tell anyone about (like it's my own secret). Ha. They get items from regular stores that have been slightly damaged (you can see the Juicy Juice lid is a little bent) or just recently expired items. If it's something like cereal, I don't mind if it's expired by a few weeks. I got a 5oz. bottle of Deslym (cough medicine) for $2.50 and we get pop tarts and cereal there for an avg. of $1.50. R Grocery was down the road from the Marketplace but they added a location inside the Marketplace so everything is in one spot...it's a frugal mom's dream come true!:)
Here is the website for Hartville Marketplace. P.S. I've discovered the best time to get the fruits/veggies is on a Friday evening or Saturday. Just my two cents!
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
I just added Josh Wilson's "Savior Please" to my iPod running mix. I love it!! It's my new favorite song and I can't get it out of my head. I thought it would be tough to keep my stride because the song starts slow, but something about it just works! The lyrics take on a new meaning when he says: "I can't do this alone, God I need you to hold on to me" (because I might pass out)!:) I have it as a buffer between "Single Ladies" and "Gotta Get Thru This" (what a combo)!:) I'm doing everything I can to try to keep it fresh and stay motivated during these treadmill months. I really struggle when I can't go outside and hit the pavement. I've even gotten to the point where I don't even use music in the summer because I'm so deep in mediation and taking in everything the Lord has to offer. Not so much in the winter!:) My all-time favorite running music is still Jim's Army Ranger Cadence cd, I have that mixed in with my other stuff, include "MMM Bop" by Hansen (I can't believe I just admitted that)! Hey, desperate times call for desperate songs!:)
Monday, February 02, 2009
I have more to update but it's nap time for the kiddos. I need to sit down and read this Prevention article sometime. It's about getting a flat tummy. Ha! I gave up on that along time ago b/c I'll never be showing it anyway, and I would rather have a little pooch and still enjoy my chocolate. Still, I know it's important with running so I'm going to give it a shot. At some point.:)
OH! I have to share this with you. It was posted on Twitter (I love Twitter). So cool, pass this along, it's "what really happened on flight 1549"....Click here.