Monday, July 16, 2012

My Two Year Old is THREE!

I cannot cannot cannot believe that my rascally two year old is now three. I could go on and on about how fast time flies, but you already know that. Elijah turned 3 on June 29th and we celebrated by making a trip down to visit my family in Wisconsin. It was so HOT that weekend, so we spent a lot of time outside in the little pool. I'm going to keep this short, since I have so so many pictures to share. Happy 3rd Birthday, my Elijah Bear. I love you deeply, and fiercely, forever and ever.

Monday, June 18, 2012


There's nothing quite so motivating as seeing a recent picture of yourself. Up until the moment you see yourself, you perceive yourself a certain way. And then, BAM, the picture sets the record straight (darn it.) But it's okay - as I just said above, there's nothing quite as motivating. Because a picture doesn't lie. It lets you see exactly what needs to be done. As a mother of two, and a caretaker of 3 (total) during the week, I find myself falling into the excuse "there is NO time", all the time. Uggh. The motivation to wake up at 5:30, before starting the day with the kids, is just non-existent. And I think that's okay. I need a little bit of sleep if I want to make it through the day with my little hooligans. So, what then? I need something quick, but yet effective. Something I can do here and there throughout my crazy days. And, as a nursing mother, I'm not quite ready to dive head first into a crazy, kick-my-butt, for-an-hour-a-day, workout. That can come later. So, I decided to turn to my friend "Pinterest." It has everything. EVERY-THING. I'm sure you all know that. And if you don't, please remedy that immediately. Anyway, of course there are plenty of pins that have different exercises you can do without machines or videos or a gym. So I found one that I think will work for me.

It's simple, self-explanatory, and effective. So this is my goal. To do this three times a day. I know it may sound trite to some, but a girl needs to start somewhere, right? So this is where I'm starting. I'm hoping that with doing this three times a day, it will burn around 300 hundred calories total, and get my heart rate up. And since it's fairly quick, I should have no problem squeezing this in during my day. (Here's hoping!) My second goal is to drink 10 (8oz) glasses of water a day. I'm thinking that can only help matters too, right? And my last goal is to be more aware of food choices. Choose fruits over sugar. Choose better grains and less salt. And of course, opt for less fat. So, why am I blogging about this? Why am I wasting your time with this seemingly unimportant stuff (to you)? BECAUSE. Because I'm a stay-at-home mom, and my kids aren't going to hold me accountable during the day. They aren't going to follow up with me to make sure I've done what I said I was going to do. If anything, they are going to try their hardest to distract me from getting done what I need and want to get done! So I'm putting it here. Where people can see it. And that is my accountability. I don't want to come day after day and admit that I've failed. I want to come day after day and say that I did it. And if I'm lucky, not only will I start feeling better, but when I see another picture, I might be pleasantly surprised with the truth I see there. So here's to my new journey...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sister Shower L.O.V.E.

Warning:  Right up front I'm going to let you know, this post is filled with pictures.  So if you don't want to deal with that, you'd better stop before we get started.  Those that are interested, please keep reading .My husband's sister, Bethy, is getting married next month.  We are all really excited and counting down the days until the wedding day. Melissa (my other sister-in-law) and I, got to throw Bethy her shower.  And it was SO MUCH FUN.  My husbands family is very large, and we planned the shower for about 30 ladies.  It was amazing to to have so many people come to honor Bethy on her special day!  The food was wonderful, the fellowship was great, and the bride-to-be was radiant!

Welcome Wreath

L.O.V.E Bunting

Beautiful Bride-to-Be

Table Decs

Roses from the garden

Melissa and  Me
Mini Pie Bites
Raspberry Heart Mini Cheesecakes

Mini Taco Dip Cups

Strawberry Bruschetta
Tomato Bruschetta

Tortellini Skewers with Pesto Sauce
Raspberry Mousse Trifle

Princess Punch

She Said, He Said Game
Bethany - we are so blessed to call you Sister, and we love you!  Congratulations to you-we are very excited to celebrate this time in your life!