Oooops, I did it again!

I totally spent the past couple of hours (on and off) looking Β at pictures to order on Shutterfly…AGAIN. I am obsessed. But a good deal is a good deal. I never said I wasn’t an impulse shopper so don’t judge. πŸ˜‰

I just bought a notebook…with our pictures on it. How cool?!

What am I gonna do with it? Who knows. I might even frame it…cause that’s just how I roll.

I also bought another magnet. Everyone needs more magnets. πŸ˜‰

Shutterfly.com is having an awesome sale that ends today. It’s called their “Christmas in July” sale. =) So head on over there. I absolutely love them. I have never had any problems with their products. But I have absolute confidence that if a problem ever occurred that they will take 100% care of me.

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4 year well check recap and kit kats

TWENTY FOLLOWERS on my lil ole blog!!! YAY! This is exiting for me. =) Thank you all.

Kit Kat miniatures are the most awesomest candies in the whole wide world. Not sayin’ I ate any yesterday…not sayin’ I didn’t. I’m just sayin…

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So M’s 4 yr check up was today and his height, weight, and BMI are all normal. He passed both, his hearing and vision tests. Thank God! Dr. said he is “a very smart little boy”. But we do need to work on pronouncing words…just a few… and she was very encouraging when I told her that we were doing Pre-K at home. So thankful for my smart and healthy lil 4 year old. He didn’t, however, take too well to his shots… But what kid does?! Well, a lot of kids, I’m sure. But not mine. Oh well, he is fine now. =)

For anyone asking and wondering how much my 7 month old baby weighs, he weighs nearly 23 lbs. I weighed him today at the Drs office. We will most likely have to buy him a new car seat pretty soon.

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That is all for today.

What in the world am I doing wrong?!

I don’t understand why it seems like everyone else in the world can run and workout except for me. Seriously! Every. Single. Time. I start on my healthy trip, something stalls it. At one point, it was a cold, then shin splints, then I got pregnant (very thankful for this blessed hiccup in my road to healthy), then I lose my personal health coach, no longer have a baby sitter. FINALLY STOPPED MAKING EXCUSES… Started running again when my husband got home…in the daylight…around lots of people where it’s safe. Then I develop tendinitis and bursitis in my dang knee. I’ve been out since basically last Friday.

What am I doing wrong? There HAS to be something I’m doing wrong that others are doing right. I got great running shoes that are highly recommended. I stretch, I’m hydrated, I eat light. I walk before I run so I don’t over do it. I mean, what in the world is it?!?!?!

I just get so frustrated. Running is something I never knew I’d be able to do and is something I fell in love with but I just can’t seem to do it. lol

Sorry bout the vent, guys. Havin’ a rough time tonight.

On another note…one of the worst feelings in the world is needing to vent but you really don’t know who you can vent to. Who would care…who could you trust…I just absolutely don’t understand how people keep things bottled inside themselves. I mean, I was born to talk, I guess. I just don’t really know who to talk to…at nearly 3 in the morning. So this is one reason it’s good to blog.

Which brings me to another point…I want to be uplifting and encouraging and this post is far from it. Sorry guys!

Anyway, I’ve just got a lot goin’ on right now if you would so kindly say a quick prayer for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart in advance. πŸ™‚

Moments that turn into memories

So I asked my SIL back when she was here for her summer vacation, last month, what I could do to make my tiny house look cleaner. Mind you, my house was the way I’d keep it everyday if I had that option…clean. No clutter, freshly vacuumed, fresh clean floors and bathrooms…the way I’ve finally been keeping it for several months now. Minus the times Matthew and Noah drags out every toy in the house. πŸ˜‰ And her answer was: “Maybe if you had less pictures. Less in more.
My unspoken thoughts: “WHAT?!?!?! NOT my pictures.”

My pictures are what defines me. It’s a story of my life. They are my timeline, if you will. I finally know what defines me. Not Facebook, not my husband or kids (even though they ARE the most important people in my life and I would move mountains for them), not my friends, or my occupation (SAHM + housewife)…it is that in which I capture in a picture.

I read a quote a while ago that said something in the nature of “if you want to know what a person loves the most, look at what she photographs”. Ok…so maybe I shouldn’t have quoted that because I don’t think I’m even slightly close to the right wording…but you get the picture. {no pun intended}. πŸ˜‰

I absolutely want to capture every moment of this precious life of mine. My husband, my boys, my husband with my boys, my friends, family, people who come into my life, even if it’s for a little while. All of these people play apart of molding me into this person I am. This picture loving mama of a person. πŸ˜‰

All of my pictures don’t look great. I am by no means a professional but I absolutely love capturing moments that will eventually turn into memories.

Not that you asked but…

So I’m thinking about changing the name of my blog to “Not that you asked but…” Cause I really feel like people just want to say shuuuuuut uuuuuuuup already! lol It’s ok. I say that to myself a lot, too! πŸ˜‰

So…not that you asked but I’ve had a knee problem since Thursday of last week. Went to the dr yesterday to find out it’s nothing too serious and I walked out of that office thanking God because my biggest fear was not being able to keep up with my boys but it’s only tendinitis and bursitis and can be fixed with steroids! Another pill I have to take at very specific times. Oh crap!!!

I know, I know…shut up already. πŸ˜‰

My most favorite time of day is snuggle time in my bed with my boys which is over now that we have to get our day started! πŸ˜‰ So have a great day everyone!

If I was the person I am today, back then…

So now I have a knee problem. Typical when I want to work out and start gettin’ healthy again. Every. Single. Time. It never fails, every time I start working out again, SOMETHING happens that hinders my progress. But I’m scrappy so it never keeps me down for long. But my knee kinda scares me this time. Not exactly sure what’s going on with it so please help me pray over it. No, I have not prayed over it yet (to be honest) but I will definitely include it in my daily prayers. πŸ˜‰

We spent the weekend with David’s Mema and took her to the Drive In on Saturday night. It was a neat experience. It was M & N’s 1st Drive In experience. I can honestly say that N didn’t really care too much but M loved it! Turbo & Grown Ups 2 were great movies. Grown ups 2 was actually “stupid funny” in my words… Two movies for 5 people for $15 ain’t bad at all!

So I had a dream over the weekend that got me thinking and brought back old feelings and what not. While I won’t disclose the contents of my dream, I WILL tell you what I got out of it. This may come out a lil choppy yet raw but some of you will know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not sharing this for any reason other than trying to make sense of it and to help…myself…

If only 3-4 years ago I was the person I am now…As strong minded, smart, assertive, non passive, real, not naive, and the list just goes on…I would have been a better friend, daughter, wife, and in some cases, mother. Or not have been as jealous or territorial as I was. And possibly, I would not have lost certain relationships or hurt a few of them that I still have.

I look at my friendships now and see how much different they are to ones I’ve had and lost in the past. There could be a number of reasons. But one reason that I’m taking out of it is, for the most part, they are centered around God. I don’t believe that these *new* friendships just happened into my life. I believe that they were developed because I prayed that God would put people that I needed in my life. I am just so thankful to have these people in my life that I’m not focused on having that one person to call my best friend. I’m just having fun and thanking God and basking in His glory. And in any moment, He can take them back. I’m have a little bit of a spiritual battle again but I know if I keep leaning on God, He will pull me out. Because like the song says, I’ve come too far to look back. πŸ™‚

While I said the above and it does hold true, I’d also like to say something else… Sometimes I WISH I was the person I am today, 4 years ago. Because my new friendships that started back then and have since taken a couple turns for the worse could have survived. But I can’t keep playing the what-if game. If you ever meant ANYTHING to me or if you’ve ever gotten under my skin, you will always be in my heart. I will always love you and some of you will never be replaced. And I DO wish that I would have been the person I am now, back then. And this goes for anyone I’ve ever hurt or pushed to the side or made them feel less important to me. Because you all are very important to me and I thank God for you.

I knew this would be choppy and I *thought* certain people would know exactly what I’m talking about but now that I am done writing, I’m not so sure it even makes sense… This is also very personal (more personal than I’ve been in a long time) and its definitely a lil raw. Hope this doesn’t hurt anyone and I surely hope it helps you! Love you all!

I can’t wait til I look good in the gym mirrors again…

First, I can’t believe it’s about to storm AGAIN. This weather has been going on for a whole stinkin’ month now and frankly, I’m tired of listening to it thunder.

2ndly, my heart is heavy for a certain family and I just PRAY that The Lord will shower them with blessings.

Apparently I’m numbering these…

3rdly…My 1st born is 4 and I still hate it when he cries. Even when he is sad that I got on to him for something. I wonder if I’ll ever get past that.

I can’t wait to look good in the mirrors at the gym…

So I’ve been working out and eating light all week long and I’m feeling great! I am very shocked that I haven’t lost much ground in the year that I haven’t been in the gym. I’ve ran outside (with my workout buddy of course)…at the gym…and today I even did legs. I’m also participating in an arm challenge with a friend.

That reminds me…I must do my arms before I take another step (after this blog post, of course).

My husband’s 10 year HS reunion is coming up and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since high school. And I can’t help but to think of that movie Romey and Michelle’s high school reunion. And this is what I have to say about people being sucessfull (since we were on that subject and everything…

I feel that if you have accomplished what you have set out to do…no matter what it is or how much money you make. No matter how big or small…that you are successful in my book. πŸ˜‰

Thanks, again, for reading.

TIME :-)

So today I realized that I can’t, in fact give the world to Matthew. He told me today that he wishes that Woody, Jessie, and Buzz were real. It kinda made me sad knowing that he probably just wants friends to play with. And how I wished just for that one moment that Noah was big enough to play with him.

Noah is now strictly a bottle fed 7 month old. It’s a blessing in some ways but in some ways, I am sad. Sad that the ONE thing that only I could give him has been taken away. I didn’t do this…my body did it. But I am trying hard to look at the bright side of this. And that is… this gives me a little more time in my day. Of course nothing compares to bonding with your infant…but we are thinking positive. πŸ™‚ So I will consider this a blessing of time and time is awesome when you have 2 kiddos and doing the SAHM thing.

Speaking of time…I am VERY thankful for the man I married as right now he has made it possible for this blog post to happen. I am currently sitting in a spa chair with my feet propped up and getting pampered with a frappe in my hand. πŸ™‚

I feel kinda high maintenance because I always want a design other than what they offer. And today, this poor girl doesn’t have a lick of confidence in herself to create the designs I have asked. So we stuck with simple chevron and I think we both will be satisfied. πŸ™‚ We shall see.

UPDATE: Chevron didn’t go too well but my purdy polka dots are ok. πŸ™‚

Last week, I had set out to accomplish 2 goals and let’s just say that this week, we will try again… We won’t even talk about how bad last week was with trying to hop back on track after one week of beig sick and the next week of my husband being on vacation. So now, 3 weeks later, I have GOT to get back on my cleaning schedule and getting up before 10 again. πŸ˜‰

On a different note, I have a few people on my heart. One of which is the Tripp Halstead boy. I don’t know him personally, just through the posts I read on Facebook. I don’t have time every day to read them all the way through but I do keep up with high lights and such. But today, I happened on the video that was made of them going through their new home that was renovated so that it was Tripp accessible. And I took notice of that sweet boy. I have seen pictures but I guess I just never realized the extent of his injury until I saw him today, in action. And I just know that his parents would give back that brand new house, all the money that was raised for him, ad all of their opportunities they have had just to have their baby back the way he was…a growing, happy little boy. And my heart just breaks for them. I am almost in tears right now as I type. God has brought him this far and the God I serve can do so much more.

But just having thing put in perspective today with this sweet boys has made me hug my boys even tighter. I hope that I NEVER take for granted all of the blessings God has given my boys. And I am, for the most part, at a loss for words. People, lets remember that our situation that we are in at this very moment can change at any second…within a blink of a eye. For the better or even for the worse. So please let’s not take for granted all that God has done for us!

Thank you for reading! πŸ™‚

Almost 30…OMG!

30 is fast approaching and seems to be coming faster now since life stays busier for me these days. 29 has been a fabulous year but I realized just the other day that I have never made a “Before 30” list. I mean I have thought about doing one but just never followed through with it. At times, I even thought to myself that I’ll just do a “Before 30” list.

Well, with as far as I have come as a person since I entered my 20’s, it wouldn’t be right unless I made a list. There ARE a few things I want to accomplish before entering this new “decade” as I like to call it. Some do 30 before 30. I haven’t numbered my things so I’m not sure how many things will be listed. I’ve discussed these things with my husband and he is on board! πŸ™‚

The list is as follows…

*Run 2 5Ks
*Be healthier than EVER before. Not just skinny but healthy
*run a successful blog
*have my home decluttered

Jeez! I am stating all of these out of memory because I never wrote an actual list. But you get the gist of a few things. I had a whole slew of them the other night. So what I need to do it sit down and think HARD about what I honestly want to accomplish within the next 5 1/2 months and then make it happen. πŸ™‚

Back to the grind

Back to the grind in the morning. My husband has been on vacation for the past week in which we did nothing to speak of besides spending some awesome quality family time.

We celebrated my 1st born’s birthday this weekend and he will be 4 on Wednesday. These past 4 years have just flown by, I’m tellin’ you. Don’t blink. Still my motto. But somehow, I blinked.

So much to talk about. God is GOOD. More than good. He is one awesome God!

An old *but awesome* friend from middle school and I have decided to start a Mommy blog together. We have to get the page all set up and then we will share it and then start posting in it. I am excited! I am finally finding my place in this little world God has chosen for me and I believe that I am being led to do this. To encourage other mommy’s out there, near and far. To lead other people to Jesus through my writing. I enjoy blogging, writing, and talking…especially about my own life experiences (good and bad) and sharing all that God has done in my life. Good thing I’m not a private person. πŸ™‚ So when Rondra called me and brought up the Mommy Blog idea, I just knew it was for me and I’m thankful that God has placed her in my life.

My Bible study partner and I have started a new series with Beth Moore except with this series, it’s not done by watching a video and taking notes. It’s with doing a work book and doing some intense studying in my Bible. I’m excited about this. This series is on the Fruit of the Spirit so in order to get as much out of it as possible, I have to put into it as much as I want to get out of it. And I have to put in more time than just a once per week Bible study date. And with 2 kids, a husband, and a house that needs my attention (post on house progress coming soon. I promise), it SOOOO hard to do. It’s a challenge. But I think that’s the beauty of it. This is one of God’s amazing tests…plans…or what have you. I HAVE to be disciplined to do this and so with sincere prayer and determination, and with my hunger to get closer to God, I can do it. I WILL do it. πŸ™‚ So my goal for this week is to make sure I make my one on one time with God each morning before my family gets out of bed.

On top of the one on one time with God, another goal I am going to attempt to achieve this week is starting back with my running and getting fit. I can do this. I have put off so many 5K runs and so this one we are planning is going to happen…with effort and prayer. πŸ™‚

Thank you for reading.