New challenge

Happy cold, icy, snowy Friday, y’all!!! Excited to take the boys out to play in the snow one last time in hopes to get in a photoshoot that I promised to get done ASAP. I have been horrible this year with these photoshoots but because my kids have been sick…all year LONG. Jeez! Poor babies. 

Moving on…

So earlier this week I posted that I wanted to start a personal challenge but wasn’t sure what. After an extensive conversation with my sweet friend, I decided that my 1st personal challenge will be a WATER challenge. Good ole H2O. I am HORRIBLE about drinking water. Horrible! 

I’m only assuming that drinking 64 oz of water a day is expected, right?

Well, It will take me at least all day long to get 64 oz down. At least.

I know as I have done it but I didn’t stick to it.

Truth is, when you are consuming that much water in a day, there is no room in your belly to cheat. I just don’t get hungry. But then you have a crazy weekend in which you stop watching what you eat and you go to the Vortex and eat fried pickles, bacon cheese fries with TONS of ranch, then a big A hamburger. Then the next day, you are out and about with the family and so you again, don’t watch what you eat. Then it’s 10:30 on Saturday night and you are at your friend’s house and you realize you haven’t eaten dinner so what would any person do? We order pizza… you get the picture. Great weekend but horrible food weekend…

I will guarantee that I was not drinking 64 oz of water that weekend.

So my 1st personal challenge, start tomorrow is to drink 64 oz of water a day. 

And I won’t have a stopping date. If anything, I will try and make it until *AT LEAST* the 14th and my hope and PRAYER is to keep going. 

YES, I want to lose weight. Duh!!

But ultimately, I want to be healthy. 

I want more babies but I don’t want another overweight pregnancy.

I want to RUN but I will not do that to my body until I have lost a significant amount of weight as I believe my weight is what plays apart in why my knee keeps acting up.

You should do this with me.

Please pray for me as I will need it. 😉


Trying to get over this hurdle…

I am back to where I was 2 years ago, before I got pregnant with Noah. I have started over. My weight is 15 lbs heavier then I was when I got pregnant which means I have gained 15 lbs this past year. I am not back to my heaviest ever weight and I never intend on getting there ever again. I gave all of those clothes away.


I will never buy that size again. I refuse.

This past weekend was HORRIBLE when it comes to what I ate. But in reality, it was a pretty awesome weekend. But let’s stay on track…

So I have snapped back today. I want to make personal challenges with myself.

I have so much inspiration with this. People who don’t even know they inspire me, do. I have a workout buddy this time and we motivate each other.

So with all that above said, I am starting a personal challenge for myself…

I just have to be realistic and figure out what will be most rewarding. My body is different than 2 years ago. I have knee problems now. This isn’t an excuse by any means but I have to take it in consideration as I do not want to have yet, another set back.

I ran at the gym the other day and while I feel that I did great considering I have barely ran in 2 years, I am having slight fare ups in my knees again. It’s rather annoying. So take it from me…TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY and do it before it gets bad. 

This concludes my health post for right now. I will be posting again once I figure out the challenge.

Life’s a dance, you learn as you go…

So I have been working hard for the past few days, trying to learn how to make patterns and backgrounds via Photoshop. I absolutely love it. It’s hard. But I think that all of this time invested will one day be worth it. I just have to get my creative juices flowing.

I have hit a wall.

So I am now working on a different project.

I am just impatient but practice makes perfect. 

My time is too precious right now as I have a 4 and 1 year old to tend to. I refuse to let this interfere with my time with them so I am hoping that this will become easier and like second nature to me. Quickly.

I love having dreams and goals but I want to reach them NOW! I have so many ideas floating around in my head. I just have to figure out how to get them on paper. Err…photoshop…

Have a fabulous week, y’all! 

Be Awesome! Now… not later. 😉

It’s never too early…

I have *NEW* plans. I have *NEW* goals and *NEW* dreams. I want to Be AWESOME and I want to start being awesome NOW! Thank you, Jon Acuff! I don’t know what my future holds or what next week will hold.But I know that in order for it to be even remotely awesome, I have to start NOW! 

So I did what anyone with dreams would do. I set my 6AM alarm to Be Awesome! No, really. I did! 

And so I will do just that! 

I have written before about being the best YOU that you can be. Well, It’s still a daily struggle for me. I don’t want to live my whole life just being content with average. I want to continue to strive for better. For myself, for God, for my husband, and for my kids. My family and friends also deserve a better Jonie. 😉

I have fallen off the “better you” bandwagon and I am ready to hop back on. I need PRAYER, y’all!!!

The only one who will make my dreams happen is ME. I want to turn my hobbies and passions into a career and I’m not gonna get there by sleeping til 8 every morning. 

Or by sitting here writing this blog post. 

So i will leave you with this though…BE AWESOME!!! It’s never too late to start. It’s never too EARLY to start!!! Just Be Awesome!!! in anything that you do.


My love for shutterfly continues…

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Just the way it is…

My word! It never fails. My wheels only ever start turning when it’s bed time. During the day, I’m in “Mommy mode” and my days revolve around my boys but once they are in bed, it’s my time to relax and be creative. I went to Hobby Lobby earlier today and got a lil inspiration on decor for the boy’s room and I just spent the last 2 hrs on Pinterest and etsy and have tons of inspiration just to have to store it all til the next time I have time to sit down like this…which will most likely be a while from now. I just know that the minute I pick up my laptop, my husband will be ready for bed. It’s just the way it is. 😉

Sweet wishes



I love this little boy with all that I am. He has my whole heart and so does his brother. I’ve wondered, before being a mom, how in the world it’s possible for more than one person to have your whole heart but there is something about hearing that little heart beat for the first time that puts everything in perspective for you.

M will be going to Kindergarten in just a few short months and that’s when his life begins, so to speak. That’s when he will start to shine more so than he has already. And I just pray that the impact that he makes on each person that he meets is a wonderful one and that his little personality will take him to so many wonderful places. I pray that he makes friendships that will last a lifetime. People that will encourage and inspire him. People that will help him make GOOD decisions and that will not tempt him into peer pressure. People that have a mutual love for God and who he will be able to worship with. I pray that when he gets his heart broken that he will turn to the arms of God for comfort (as well as his mama ;-)). I pray that his friends will lift him up instead of bring him down. It’s so hard to let this little boy go (he’s only going to school, jeez) but I have to also turn to God to help keep my strong. I just don’t ever want him to get his feelings hurt or get made fun of. Or lose a friend. Or get bullied or be the bully himself. I pray that he loves others as Jesus loves him and that he will share the love of God with others.  I just pray for the best for this little boy. He is my heart and soul. That is something that my mom has always told us…that we are her heart and soul. And now, I find myself feeling the exact same way about my boys. But until that fast approaching month of August 2014, I will soak up all the time I can with this baby boy and hold him ever so tightly and pray harder and harder that he will have a wonderful first year of school.