Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 16- My Dream House

I know... I'm a few days behind.  Bear with me while I attempt to catch up!  Here are a few things I'd love to have someday!
  Screened Porch where I can sip yummy coffee & snuggle up with a good book.
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  3 Car Garage... (the rest of this house would be okay too!)
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 Large Master Bathroom with white woodwork... isn't this beautiful!?
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  Beautiful Kitchen with white cabinets... it just might inspire me to cook!
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Ah... felt good to dream for a bit:)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

  1. I have spent 3 days on the couch with extreme back pain.  I've been on muscle relaxers, ice, advil... you name it, I've been using it!  I'm so mad about this because I can't workout, can't sit @ my desk @ work, can't do laundry.  Really, the only think I can do is lay here.  Uh!
  2. I finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo this weekend.  It was the kind of book that captured my attention within the first chapter.  It's very raw & violent... but, I did enjoy the book.  I'm already reading the 2nd book in the trilogy The Girl Who Played with Fire (Vintage).  If you haven't read them, you must!
  3. I can't wait for Book Club on Wednesday!
  4. We are going to a Halloween party on Saturday night, and have no idea what we are dressing up as.  Suggestions?
  5. My Goddaughter turns 4 this week... hard to believe she's grown up so fast!

Day 15- Favorite Bible Verse

I have a several bible verses I love, so I'm going to share a few.

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  ~ James 1:12, NLT

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. ~ Philippians 4:6, NLT
 
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  ~Jeremiah 29:11
 
Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~Matt. 11:28
 
For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.   ~Isaiah 41:13

Day 14 of 30 Day Blog Challenge- Picture I Love

This is one of my favorites of us.
We were in Cancun on our Honeymoon.
Loved him then, Love him even more today!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 13- Goals

I think goals are really important.  If you don't have goals what do you have to ever look forward to? I found an awesome list on Sunshine & Cool Breezes~ 30 b4 30.  I started my own 30 b4 30 List so I'll share some of it with you... keep in mind I only  have about 1.5 years to complete this list... so I'd better get to work!

30 b4 30
1. Learn to play guitar
2. Run a 10k
3. Have both vehicles paid off
4. Become a Mommy
5. Reach my goal weight
6. Have a girls getaway weekend
7. Play 18 holes of golf {I've only played 9}
8. Learn how to sew- even just a button
9. Scrapbook our wedding
10. Organize all my pictures
11. Go on a canoe trip
12. Give up pop
13. Read the bible
14. Read a Jane Austen book
15. Learn to cook- good healthy food
*There's the first 15 on my list.  I guess I should add "finish my 30 b4 30 list" :)
I obviously have goals that I want to acheive after I'm 30 too...here are a few.
  • Maintain a healthy weight- which means I will only have one size of clothing in my closet, and that is sufficient. 
  • Become a Photographer.
  • Trust where God wants us to go.  Don't question the opportunities that may arise, just "do" what we know He is calling us to do... no matter how scary it may be.
  • Be a stay at home Mommy who can use my health background and weight loss journey to inspire others to take control of their life.
  • Keep traveling.  There are so many beautiful places in the USA I want to see.  I'd also love to go to Canada, Australia & Paris.  I know Kevin and I will be going to Scotland someday to visit St. Andrews.
  • Fall more in love with my husband every single day until we are old and retired and living in California.  Or anywhere that it's always "golf weather".

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 12- What I Believe



I believe in miracles.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins.  I believe my faith makes me stronger, kinder, compassionate, humble, redeemed, forgiven- but it does not make me perfect.  I believe I am broken, & I'm ok with it because Jesus loves me anyways.  I believe everything happens for a reason.  I believe in love at first sightI believe our past has the ability to shape our future, if we learn the lessons we are supposed to from our experiences.  I believe I would be lost without my friends & family.  I believe laughter is the best medicine.  I believe a good workout is the perfect cure for a bad day.  I believe that our house is a home because of our dogs.  I believe there is therapy in blogging.  I believe in KU FootballI believe blondes do have more fun.  I believe Barnes & Noble is the best place to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I believe in getting up early.  I believe that music is what feelings sound like.  I belive there is nothing better than a weekend at the lake.  I believe in second chances.  I believe my husband is my better half.  I believe a good book allows me to escape reality for a while.  I believe in dreamingI believe in myself.

Check out Katie's blog more info on the 30 Day Blog Challenge!  I am loving it!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 11- Favorite TV Shows

What did I ever do before DVR?  I mean seriously.  Seriously?!?


I seriously love Grey's Anatomy.  Seriously.

I am the Biggest Loser because I couldn't live without my DVR.  Maybe if I had my own Private Practice like Brothers & Sisters and worked when I wanted to then I wouldn't be able to live without one.  I could actually watch the shows when they air.  I must say I love fast forwarding through the commercials though because it saves me time, which has been important since my Thintervention.  I can't let my TV shows get in the way of my workouts!  If I do then I'll struggle with my weight forever just like Oprah!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 10- Something You're Afraid Of

One of my greatest fears has always been pregnancy.  I hate hospitals.  I have zero pain tolerance.  I am afraid I'll gain a ton of weight & never get it off.  I am afraid of what happened to me just two months ago.
I can remember lying in the hospital waiting to hear if we had miscarried and saying to my husband "This is what I've been afraid of for so long.  Everything that is happening today is EVERYTHING I've been afraid of."
I will always be sad about losing our first baby.  I know not everyone understands, I didn't truly understand until it happened to me either but I have always tried to be compassionate to those I know who have experienced a miscarriage.  It doesn't matter if I was 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 30 weeks, etc.  A baby is a baby.  A loss is a loss.  And it hurts.  Still.  Always.
I am fighting through the fear and I know someday we'll try again.  I am doing everything I can to get more weight off, get more sleep, save more money, etc. etc. etc.  Our day will come.  We'll have babies someday, until then we trust that God keeps showing us the path to take and pray that we always always always trust in Him & the challenges He presents us.

Day 9- My Friends

I have been so excited to share this post about the amazing people I get to call friends.  I am so incredibly blessed to have amazing girlfriends that bless me with their friendship.  I can't possibly include all of my friends in this post, because I consider so many people friends to me, so I am going to post some of my favorite pictures over the years.
This post gives me the opportunity though to say thank you, to each and every one of you that I call a friend.  My life is blessed because you are my friend.
Friends since grade school! Love you girls lots!
My sister in laws Theresa & Dani are special friends.  I am so lucky to have SIL I love!

Kevin's cousin Holly has become a dear friend to me.  I married into such a special family because I love his family (everyone one of you)!
My favorite picture from college!
Love my Mommy friends Christa & Erin!
Erin & I took a girls trip to visit Meghann in NY!
College Besties @ Erin's Bachelorette Party @ the Lake
High School Buddies! Celebrating our 10 year class reunion!
Love our Little Black Book Club!
Celebrating my b-day w/ great friends in 2009
Special friends Becky & Tave
The good ol' days!  My ASA pledge class.
Payton is my best "little" friend... she's incredibly special to me and will forever be "Goober Girl"
My BFFL (and Payton's Mom).  I couldn't live without you Emily!
 Emily & her daughters Payton & Finley.  Finley is also my Goddaughter!
I am so grateful for the friendships in my life.  Every one of them.  My friends are more like family.  I think that's kinda special.

Of course Riley & Lucy are some of my best friends too!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I've been doing it the whole time...

I eat Jersey Mikes... often.  Like a few times a week.  The Sandwich Makers and I chat and they know what I'm ordering before I even have to say it.  I know, it's sad.  It means I spend way too much money, time... and calories in this sub shop!
The owner here is also a nutritionist so I asked him last week what I should get instead of mayo (knowing he was going to tell me oil & vinegar) and that's exactly what he did.  So, today at lunch I decided to try it out.  When I watch them put on the oil & vinegar it frightens me!  I have watched other people order it for such a long time and I think to myself "their sandwich must be dripping when they eat it. gross."  I made my Sandwich Maker friends aware that I did not want my sandwich dripping in oil so to only add a "touch".  I must say, it was pretty tasty.  And I feel alot better eating oil & vinegar vs. full fat mayo which has way more "bad" fat.
Since I changed my condiments I needed to figure up the new nutritional facts to put in my food journal.  That's when I find out the bad news.  I have been couting my normal #7 on Wheat totally wrong.  Like 250 calories wrong.  UH, rewind.  Go back to the top of this post where I told you that I eat this several times a week.  So, that means that I am mis-calculating 3-4 meals per week by 250 calories.  No stinkin' wonder the scale isn't moving!  I am so ticked!  I'm glad I figured this out, but you bet I am NOT going to be visiting my boys at Jersey Mikes as often anymore.  Just another reminder that I really really need to be a better meal planner, cook, etc.  If I cook my meals I am more aware of the calories and there won't be any surprises like this.  Oh well.  It could be worse.  I could have eaten a fast food cheeseburger. YUCK.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 8- A Place I've Been To

In 2008 I earned Arbonne's trip to the Bahamas and it is my favorite vacation to date!  We stayed at the Atlantis and it was amazing!  I can't wait to visit again someday.
We spent time on the beach.

First drink I've ever had out of a real coconut!

We played in the water park... and yes, I went down this slide!  Crazy!
We had a great time together and it will always be a trip to remember!


Miscellany Monday

Ran across this today on lowercase letters and thought it looked like fun.  And I'm exhausted and have some "random" thoughts going on so why not just share them.
{1} I want to change my blog design... but the thought of the work that is going to take is exhausting.  Especially today.
{2} This past weekend my great friend Taverli got married... FINALLY.  They've been together 8 years!  She was a gorgeous bride & I was so happy to see so many of my sorority sisters!  Made me miss college (except the homework part).
{3} I clean new construction homes part time to make extra money.  I hate doing the work but love the money.  Tonight I have to clean one.  NOT looking forward to it.  Thankfully I have a fun cleaning buddy.
{4} Is EVERYONE pregnant except me?  
{5} My Goddaughter turns 4 next week.  Seriously?  Where has the time gone?
{6} I wish I could spray tan once a week.  I love having a tan but have sworn off tanning beds since finding out about Heather's story.
{7} My husband found out last week we have grubs in our backyard so he is trying to kill them... do you know what a grub is?  Do you know how disgusting they are?  EW.  They seriously make me want to puke just thinking about it.
{8} I MUST workout today.  I MUST workout today.  No matter how exhausted I am.  I MUST workout today.
{9} My DVR is full.  I haven't watched Thintervention, Biggest Loser or Brothers & Sisters in 2 weeks.  And I see no time in the near future that I will get caught up.  That makes me a little sad.
{10} I would love to have 100 followers on my blog.  I have no idea why that is important to me, but it is... so spread the word bloggy friends!      

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day 7- Favorite Movies

This was one of my favorites as a kid!


This was a family favorite!

Who doesn't LOVE this movie?
I can still watch this movie over and over and over.

Still cry, every darn time I watch it.

I shouldn't love this movie because it's wrong on so many levels, but I do.

All time greatest Musical!

Loved this movie so much I even cut my hair like this in college.
One of my Aniston fave's.
Greatest movie of all time!

Another one of those movies I shouldn't like because it's wrong, but Diane Lane is amazing as is Richard Gere.

Charlize Theron AND Mark Wahlberg... & Mini Coopers?  This movie rocks!

There was always something about this movie I just loved

Most. Hilarious. Movie. Ever.
There are lots of other movies I love but I had to draw the line somewhere!  What are some of your favorite movies?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 5- My Siblings

It's already Day 5 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge.  I'm having lots of fun with these posts!

Today's post is about my siblings... which for me is one sister. 
I'm 3 years older than my sister & we are about as different as two sisters could be!  She's petite and  brunette, I'm "big-boned" and blonde.
 She doesn't share feelings, uh, obviously I do... I have a blog!  She keeps her life somewhat private and I tend to share more about my life, and sometimes too much.  She hates working out and I can't imagine my life without it.  She is always dress adorable and fashionable and I am either in workout pants or jeans (if I have it my way).  Most of the things she wears I couldn't walk out of the house in without having a panic attack cause I think I'd look so stupid, but she always pulls it off & looks so trendy & cute. 
This was before either of us had any fashion sense... obviously:)
Growing up it was just the two of us.  I used to be a bit of a bully, and probably could have treated her much better than I did.  Thankfully we can laugh about that now (can't we Ash?).  She's the only sister I'll ever have, and even though we don't always see eye to eye she is and will always be my ONLY sister.  No one can take her place, no one remembers the childhood memories the way she can because she's the only one who was by my side through it all.
My first day of Kindergarten.  You can tell she was excited for her big sister:)
(Is it just me or do I look like I'm dressed to go to work?  Guess it was probably cute back then!)
We used to play Barbies unlike any other girls I knew.  We'd transform our entire basement into "Barbieland"... and play for hours and hours.  We'd fight over who got to by Jordan's girlfriend (you know-Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block).  We'd play store and school and I remember my childhood dream of being a grocery store checker.  My oh my how my dreams have changed.  I can't believe how fast we've grown up.

My baby sister getting married in June 2010.
This winter she's making me an Aunt to a little girl.  I can't wait until we show her the ropes of Barbies, playing house, putting on makeup, dating boys, and all the drama that little girls experience growing up.
There is no bond like the one of two sisters.  We can hate each other one minute, and the next minute be talking about our plans for the weekend like nothing happened.  Forgiveness, understanding, compassion is crucial.  Girls can be cruel and downright nasty... that is no exception for sisters.  (Just ask our parents)  But when I look back on my childhood I see her, through the good, the bad and the ugly she's always been my sister.  That's a blessing I need to remind myself of a little more often.  We are far from perfect, but I've come to realize no relationship is.  So I love my sister for all we've been through, all we've overcome, and the years ahead of us that I know will present challenges.  She's the only sister I have, so I'm going to love her with all I can.