Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crazy hunger dreams...

Never in my life, have I ever dreamt about food. Until about oh...five months ago. Since I was newly pregnant, I started having weird dreams occurring all around food! Ha! I don't really even wake up hungry, but have in the middle of the night. Which I always ignore (except that one time!)

I can't remember all of them. Usually I am very perturbed during the dream, because I can't get my food the way I want it. One was where I was standing in line at a Whataburger trying to order a burger. Which I am not a typical fast food burger eater. Unless it's Sonic. I don't know what it is about that place, but I love them. In my dream I remember getting mad, because they couldn't get my order right- go figure.

Last night was by far the weirdest. I woke up around 4am and just tossed and turned drifting on and off dreaming until this morning. But, seriously I dreamt about... get ready for it...cake batter. Yep, that is right. I wanted nothing but cake batter in my dream and was thoroughly enjoying myself. Hahaha! Weird right?

Not the most interesting post, but worthy for posting in my eyes so I don't forget the randomness of this pregnancy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reality check...

I was watching my adorable, squishy sweet nephew the other day for my sister when she took one of her daughters to the doctors. He is 5 months and seriously makes me not mind having a boy if we do. So sweet.

This wasn't the first time I have watched him for her. Or any baby for that matter. But, this time around, I had a BIG reality check. Or, I guess you could say, all of my insecurities about being a mom were raised to an all time high.

You see, I have always known that I wanted to be a mommy one day. The thought, has always excited me. I was never however, one of those girls who just- "wanted a baby." I am a girly girl, who yes, gets excited about decorating the baby's nursery, and can't wait to hold to my baby, and squeals with delight at teeny tiny outfits. But, I have always also known that a baby meant BIG things! Responsibilities. Selflessness. Guidance. Not just sweet smells and cute outfits. Those are all pluses by far, but there is so much more. More than I even know.

So, here I am with little Daven. He had just woken up from a nap, and was full of smiles. Amazed with Maggie, wondering what the heck she was. Maggie wanting SOO badly to see him up close, and give him her claustrophobic kisses. We played and giggled. He reached for my face and grabbed anything he could touch. Including my earrings! Ouch! (Note to self: NEVER wear big earrings with baby near! And always pull your hair completely back! ha!)

We played for what felt like a long time. Really, it had only been twenty minutes! Say, what? We were at my house, which has nothing for a young baby to really play with as of yet. No jumperoo, or bumbo chair, baby einstein..nothing. Needless to say, we were each others entertainment. I layed him on the floor with a few toys and he was thoroughly enjoying himself, while I was wrapping some Christmas gifts. I felt so proud of the multi-tasking that was taking place! 

Then it hit me. I am not talking to him. He needs to be talked to. Like, now. Babies need to hear conversation. They need interaction! I could be messing up his developing motor skills!! Should I be doing some sort of baby exercises?! How do moms entertain their babies all day? How do you get them on schedules? As you can see, all of these thoughts came rushing in. So, I did what any normal person would do...carried on a conversation with a 5 month old! Hey, he needed to hear something! We even danced to Christmas music! ha!

Oh my, I know that I looked ridiculous. But it just made me think. My husband and I are having a baby! A child! Someone who will need to be raised with good morals and manners and you name it. Talk about reality. Not that I didn't already know this. But, now it is really happening! I know I am not the only new mom to be out there who has had these freak out moments! I guess it's just part of the process.

There will definitely be many prayers said, cried and repeated. With all of this, I am so thankful to be able to experience such a blessing. I know that God will show me the way. I am sure that I will make some mistakes, but one thing is for sure, this kid will be loved to the extent that I didn't even know was possible. :)

If you actually read this..bless you. :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Almost half way there...

to 20 weeks pregnant that is! I'll be 19 weeks tomorrow! Can I hear a Wa-hoo?! It has gone by sort of fast. I have heard once you make it to twenty, time flies, so we will see. Although I have taken belly pictures for my own memory sake, I will spare the good ole' blog from those. ;) Not sure if I want my belly on the web.

I think I am actually starting to show some baby roundness. Finally! Instead of looking like I enjoyed Thanksgiving a little too much. ha!

We have exactly 10 days until we find out what the little one is! I cannot wait! Many are saying girl. I have not a clue as to what we are having. I once had a dream that it was a boy, so I am kind of leaning towards that. But, totally really don't know. I am just looking forward to getting some new pics of the little one, and making sure its growing and healthy!

Funny thing...At our last doctors appt, we got to listen to the babes heart beat and the baby was moving and kicking up a storm, which made me start laughing. I was just so happy to hear it and all. It was kind of embarrassing, because there I was laying on the bed with my pants pulled down, belly to the laughing. Lets just say.. with a new big belly and laughing, it felt awkward! Ha! Then I thought, "Oh, man is this how it is going to be every time??!! I hear the heart beat or see it on the screen and then start laughing out of pure giddiness? Funny sight for sure!

I am super excited to see him or her next week! Then I can FINALLY start thinking about nursery colors. I was considering doing neutrals and a very calm, serene room, but I would love to do some color so we will have to wait and see! Baby C needs to cooperate for their momma! Or not. I won't be mad. ;)

Monday, November 22, 2010

I am Thankful for...

the internet, for without, I would seriously need to find new entertainment.heh, we all would..sad but, oh so very true.
friends who make me laugh.
my husband playing his piano when he is trying to unwind. I get the benefits of
Salted Caramel Hot chocolates from Starbucks..mmm. warm goodness in a cup.
Quiznos and their tuna sandwiches. Seriously so good. I can only have them once a week. boo.
my Maggie for being so excited everytime she sees me.
my sister. I love her company.
our christmas tree being makes our house feel so cozy. love christmas!
that Thanksgiving is this weekend and that means punkin' pie! just realized a lot of these are food. so sad.
for the way that God is faithful in all things.
last but not least...for hearing our baby's heartbeat today. little bean was kicking up a storm. totally cute.favorite part of my day by far.

Monday, November 8, 2010

In everything..

God is there. He is truly everywhere. His beauty in everything. I love that even while driving in my car just as the sun is going down, He shows me the all of the beauty that He holds in  His hands through the colors in the sky.

I love that I can see His beauty when the cold air (Yay to the Yay!) hits me in my face and I am reminded that just as quick as the coldness is quick to greet me, so is He. Right when I call on Him. His love never fails me. His presence is always near me.

God is here as I am listening to my husband play the piano. Even in simple moments like these. I am reminded just how near He is.

God is in our troubles. He already knows what we are going through. When we ask, He takes them away. Not always at the exact moment we want Him to, but in His perfect time. When He does, all Glory goes right back to Him. Where it belongs.

Psalm 46: " God is our refuge and strength, a very  present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad  the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baby Love...

I am so excited to say that we are expecting our first little babe in May of next year! It is truly a blessing. I love thinking that this time next year, I will have a squishy baby to kiss all over!

Despite the fact that I am 13 weeks pregnant today, I am not too sure that it has really hit me. I know that seems crazy. Seriously though, I have been pretty darn blessed by not having the symptoms that I know many women out there are far too familiar with.

Nausea not so much. Occasional heart burn- yes. Bloating- yup. Sleepiness-sometimes. Insomnia-unfortunately. Although last night I only got up once the whole night, that seriously calls for some celebration. Bloody noses, totally had that in the beginning-something no one tells you about!

We have had two appointments so far. We got to see the little bean back at 8wks. Which was so sweet. All I cared about was seeing the little heart beat. Once I saw it, I felt more pregnant and so thankful. Our last appt, we got to hear it, and can I just say that my husband is too cute! As soon as my doctor put on the doppler and found it, my husband had the biggest, cheesiest grin on his face. I fell in love, all over with him again at that moment.  I love being able to see him get so excited about becoming a father. I can't wait to see him hold the baby for the first time. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

For now...I am looking forward to our next appointment and for the big ultrasound (2 appts. away, argh!) that will hopefully show us whether we are having a boy or a girl! I am soo looking forward to finding out what we are having! I commend those who can wait, but I know that we can't!

I am excited, can you tell?!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rare and Special...

Friendship that is. Finding a friend who you can completely let loose and be yourself with is such a blessing. I have been thinking a lot about this lately. I have this really crazy, sweet, beautiful mommy of a best friend who I have known since the 2nd grade. We have been through so much together. Memories that I wouldn't trade for anything.

She is my best friend. We can be in the same room, hear something..look at each other and just start cracking up! Nobody of course understanding why exactly we are laughing, I love that! We get together, talk and if there is a bit of silence, (haha, who am I kidding!) it isn't awkward. I don't stress..."what can I say next?" "what question can I ask?" None of that, it just flows! Phew! I am not the most outgoing girl, you know? Thankfully she is! As weird as it seems, I think that is why we have been so close for so long!

We each have grown up, gone through our awkward teenage years, and gotten married.Sure, there have been times when we would get angry with each other, disagreed, refused to talk to each other to prove a point..that we thought was important to make. Looking back..totally silly. Then we would end up crying and hugging each other and apologize for being so stupid or selfish.

 I am so thankful for those tears. Without them, our friendship would have fizzled away to nothing. We would have stayed angry or bitter. Never giving our friendship the opportunity to grow. I can remember when she had her first little girl Ally. I was so happy for her! But, also scared that because I didn't have any babies..our lives would be so different. I was afraid that she would feel, that she no longer had anything in common with me. Then soon our friendship would just slowly fade.

You know what, never once did she make me feel left out of her life. In fact, I have come to love her little girls (all 4 of them!) so much! She is such a good mother! I look up to her in the way that she and her husband have started to raise them. They are still so little and yet they do an amazing job! I love that I am "Aunt Melalee". I know that she will be one of my greatest sources, once we are blessed with some munchkins of our own!

We have both been through hard times. Our own personal losses. Either of us not sure how to comfort the other. But, just being there was more than enough.

I am so thankful that I have been blessed with such a great close friend. One that I have known most of my life. She is the person, that no matter if life ever seems to seperate and we don't live as close as we do now, I will always need to talk to her. I'll need to have and hear laughs. Family vacations would have to be together, ha! (No, don't worry we aren't moving..don't freak out!)

She is my red headed, goofy, loving, gracious, godly best friend. She is Christina. Thank you for putting up with me..and for being there for me, all these years! I love you!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rainy Weather & Homemade Goodies...

It's been pretty rainy here lately. When the weather is like this I like to do nothing more than get all cozy,  catch up on laundry, make everything all tidy, light some candles and think of something yummy to make for dinner!

I was feeling some what domestic and adventurous today. I made homemade French bread! Yeppers, I sure did too! It was pretty easy, I don't usually eat white bread but I didn't have any wheat flour and it turned out dern good, if I don't say so myself!

In all of my cooking glory, wooden spoon, lazy eye and all..

Ok, so it may not look too much like French bread, but it sure tasted good!

The recipe made two loaves, I just froze the other one. That would be too many carbs for just the two of us! ;) I also made homemade Lasagna for dinner. Yikes..Oh well I am sure my husband is loving this. Normally it's just chicken and a veggie. I blame it on the weather. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

So Its been a while...

I took a little while off from my blogging. I still kept up with all of the other lovely blog ladies that I read. Not that I have many readers, but I truly love to blog. It's a place where I can see my thoughts, because sometimes my thoughts are just jumbled all up in me. Blogging is a great way for me to just release. Take a breath...Ahh, that is better!

 So, to be honest with ahem..myself. These past few months has been a time of growing. Finding who I am. The kind of Woman that God wants me to be. My trust in Him, was tested. I am proud to say that I never once didn't feel the faithfulness of God. Even through all of it, He was so near. Through all of my tears and crying out to God for Him to change me and heal me. He heard every cry. He saw every tear.

To withhold this post from being or sounding sad. All of this to say, that God is so good! Whatever the situation or circumstance that we go through. He is and always will be God. God who comforts, who heals (thank you Jesus!), who loves. God who is greater than anything! God who, nothing even comes close to being impossible for. Remember the old song: "Our God is an Awesome God"- It's true! He is.

So there is my post, that in a nutshell, is where my heart has been hanging out these past few months. It feels good to be back.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Blessings

Easter is this weekend, I truly am so excited for it! Easter is so special to me. As a kid I took the holiday for...a day off from school..bunnies...eggs, (by the way-who in the world came up with these things?? Bunnies for Easter? What do eggs have to do with bunnies? ha!) Anywhooly, I seriously used to get so excited for the holiday and my little basket that my mom would give us kids. Yes, she would even give us a little something like a new cd or something when we were even in highschool! Ha! I grew up in church and knew the story. Just never gave it too much thought.

I am so thankful for the Lord. The past few years, He has opened my heart, mind, and eyes to all that He is. There is still so much more that I know He wants to share with me. I am blessed this Easter, by Him. His son. His sacrifice, for me..and for you. Some say you never fully understand the love of the Father, until you have a child of your own. I believe this, and look forward to the day that I can fully understand.

I know how loving Jesus himself really was, through what was displayed on the cross. No one could ever go through what He did, without the love that He had for us. Jesus represents all that love consists of.

For this I am thankful, this Easter and every Easter for the rest of my life.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into to the world to condemn it, but in order that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17

Monday, March 22, 2010

Free to Be Me

It has been a while, me not really feeling "my blog." I really want this NOT to be the place where I try to impress people who are reading, not like there actually are! Ha! That's ok. I want this to be an open journal, for me. I want to be able to look back a year from now and see how things have changed. I love looking back and seeing what was important to me then and how things have changed now. The posts will continue to be random, kind of like me. My passions in life are: my relationship with the one whom I will spend eternity, God. My marriage. I want to keep learning how to be a better wife. I want to love my husband the way that he deserves. My need for a creative outlet, decorating my home. I love to decorate and do DIY projects around the house! It may not be magazine worthy, but it's Melanie worthy. Ha! I work with what I got!

That's me. I will write whatever I feel like at the moment. :)

We have been cat free for a week now and I am still doing a happy dance! She is living with my mother in law, very happily. I am so glad. I love animals. Cats too, I just don't like living with them. I am more of a dog person. My Maggie, I love her...she was just not being too nice to the kitty. So no more litter box for me! Which is the way that life should be lived as far as I am concerned!

We just started a new series in church about the second coming. I love it! I have always found this topic so interesting. As a kid, Revelations was like the one book that I would read in the Bible over and over. Scared to death after reading it, each time! I love that our pastor is teaching on this. This life is just a short path that gets us to be closer with Him. The Bible says that we will work beside Him! We will see him face to face!  I want to live this life only in a way that Glorifies Him. That is why we are here. My life I give to you God. I am open. Have your way, Lord.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Why do I love Spring?

I am so ready for Spring! As I get older, I notice that I am becoming more aware of the seasons, becoming more appreciative of them. Most people around here can't wait for the cold weather. I on the other hand, love and adore Spring! A time when new life is evident, when all of the ugly trees start budding again, grass is actually green, and the weather is perfect to take a picnic on. Yes, I do love Spring! Here are some other reasons why I love Spring time...

I want to start wearing more dresses..I love this one from Mod Cloth..Super Cute!

Some say I have an obsession with bags/purses...Look at it though???
I wants to have it...from Anthropologie..

Spring, you can come super fast, if you'd like!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sock Hoppin'

This past weekend a good friend of ours celebrated a birthday. Instead of a traditional party she had a costume party. I love this idea! What a great excuse to have a ton of fun and dress up! You could pick any era, and because I love the whole "sock hop" days, it was easy for me to get excited! So I don't forget what we both looked

I don't think I could have put anymore makeup on! ;)

The hubs was such a good well as the most handsome Greaser! This picture makes me look like I am missing an arm.

I had to throw in a pic of Maggie. Love those ears!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Furniture Therapy...

Lately, I have been itching for change, like most days when I look around my house. What can I change, move, rearrange, paint, you know the normal stuff you ask yourself if you are a house enthusiast. Then it hits you, you can paint that bombay chest that your mom gave you, (that's covered in antiquey looking flowers that you were never crazy about,) when you were newly married and had nothing to furnish your home with! Where to start?...

I got a little excited and remembered to do a before pic after I already took the drawers out and was too lazy to put them back in...

All primed up! As always make sure animals are out during the process of this makeover, or you might have a puppy like I did,  who decides to oddly rub up against it, while it's wet...ugh. She's a goof!

One coat, almost there...


Two coats, lookin' good!

Ahhh, that's much better!

In action in the master & loving it!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I am so sure..

Have you ever been so sure of something? Like you know without a doubt that what you were doing or were about to do or you were plan on doing, was exactly what you are supposed to be doing? Like nothing can ruin or take away from your sureness. This moment, this very feeling, instant-is exactly where you are destined to be. This was a part of the plan. All along, this is where you were meant to end up.

I feel like I have just had a comlete revelation. A breath of fresh, clean, crisp air has pushed its way right to me. I am thankful for this feeling. It doesn't happen too often. Five years ago, I was a young girl searching for what I knew was mine. I just didn't know where to find or to go looking. What was I looking for you ask? What was I on a search for?

The place that God wanted me to find Him in, that's where. The place that He knew He created me to find. The place where all worries, doubts, fears and dreams were placed in His hands. The place where I would meet some of the most dear and precious people to me. People who may not even know the impact that they have made in my life. A place where I feel I experienced the fullness of loving, accepting and worshipping Christ. This place I hold so dear. My home church Hosanna.

This church is a safe haven. A place of joy and love. A place where each week I look forward to going and seeing familiar faces of the people that I have grown to love. My family. I can't express enough how thankful I am for having a church that I can call my "Home." People who know and love you, despite your flaws, or missed glances in the halls, because your mind is somewhere else, and they don't judge you. People who are there for you no matter what. Who will show up for you in a moments notice, even if they don't even know you very well. Because they love. They Love. With the Love that God has given them, they give it freely back.

Now I know that finding a home church that you can call a "home" sometimes doesn't come easy. Sometimes it takes a few visits, but you will know the one you are meant to be at. God will show you where He wants you to be and He will bring peace. If you still haven't found it, keep searching. That is what God wants you to do. He wants you to be in His church. We were meant to gather together and love each other, encourage, lift up and worship together in His place, His kingdom, His church. Thank you God, for sending me Hosanna. Thank you Hosanna for being the place where His love is found.

Monday, February 8, 2010

No More...

I have given this up. Probably and sadly one of THE hardest things I have had to do! I realized one day that I had drank nothing but the chemical infused beverage. No water..only coffee and DC. That is just plain awful! My car had gotten bombarded with little peppermints from my daily visit to Sonic's Happy Hour...the car hop even knew me! I am not even joking when I say that a day could NOT go by without me having one. If for some reason I didn't make Happy Hour, my husband would be sweet and go get me one. It had to be a fountain, not a can or a bottle. Only a fountain Diet Coke would make my day seem complete. I noticed that if I didn't recieve my bubbly beverage that burned my throat on its way down and give me sheer pleasure, hasn't happened... I would get somehow angry and bitter and down right ridiculous that I would try to find some excuse to go get one, find it and slurp it down.

Yes, I know this is sad, ridiculous and silly. That is why I have to come to terms that I was addicted to Diet Coke, and that Coca-Cola was a company that preyed off of people like me. Ha! It worked for a very long time...But, now I am proud to say that it has been a week since I have enjoyed its goodness! I have made myself drink only water in its place! High Five to me! Woohoo! I am patting myself on the back for this great accomplishment! If you are a Diet Coke addict like I was, you will realize what kind of feat this truly is! It is like giving up toilet paper or something people! HARD STUFF!

I am now loving my new friend water! Water, how I love you! You make me feel full and you are supposed to make me have pretty skin and even burn calories so they say...I hope that you live up to that! So, cheers to water and a million trips to the ladies room! Ha!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Loving Life's Simple Pleasures.....

There are so many things in life that sometimes get merely overlooked or forgotten. When I think of life's simple pleasures, these things come to mind...

Sweet notes from my husband

Spending hours reading and sipping coffee at Barnes & Noble

The smell of clean clothes

Long talks with my husband over dinner

Coming home and having Maggie greet me with excitement

A clean house

Walking into a HomeGoods-sheer joy! Ha!

Clean hair & the way you feel after you get a new hair cut!

Laughing so hard that you can't breath

Worship practice, yes I love it! One day I will look back on these times and smile!

Sitting under the sun during the summertime

There is litterally so many more, the more I think about it! I am thankful for the small things in life and for  life's sweet moments that I don't want to take for granted!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

26 on the 26th!

Today my birthday. I have had such a great day! So many sweet birthday wishes and a whole day to spend with my sister and beautiful niece shopping! Just what the doctor ordered! I have been needing some girl time, thank you so much Danielle! =)

After our day of shopping, I came home to a scavanger hunt! How cool is my husband-seriously! He is so creative and soo loving! He had all sorts of clues scattered randomly through out the house ending up in our guest bath! Ha ha! When I threw back the curtain there stood this ridiculously huge bear, (not sure where in the world I am going to put this thing) and my new obsession favorite perfume Viva La Juicy!

Over the weekend the hubs took me out for a pre-birthday dinner at Buca Di Beppo...seriously might be a new favorite! I had never been but it was ridiculously good!

Thank you to my sweet and thoughtful husband for making this birthday such a memorable one! I love you!

Viva La Juicy absolutely lov-e-ly

At Buca Di Beppo with my birthday cupcake before we attacked it!

After.. in our bellies and boy was it good! ;)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Inspiration Needed!

We have been in our house for almost a year now and it has slowly started to feel like home. When we bought it, one of the good things was that it had never really been "touched." Meaning NOTHING had ever been updated...original appliances circa 1991, linoleum flooring in the utility room and horrible country blue ceramic tile in the kitchen. Being that it had never been updated meant that we could then make our cute little house what we wanted. The bad thing...we have to spend the money to do it! Bummer!

Our future hopes are to put wood flooring through out, new ceramic tile in the kitchens and bathrooms. Of course who knows how long we will be in this house so we aren't going to crazy! But, I really want to change a few things...Like my uber looking country kitchen! I sit and stare at it, lost at what to do. I love to decorate things but when it comes to picking out paint, or a certain look...I am lost! I don't know about some people, but I like a  lot of different looks. Sometimes contemporary, sometimes traditional. I don't know! Ahhh! I like the color brown?!?! Ha ha, that is about all I know, but my whole house is turning brown! So I need to stay away from the BROWN!

I need some inspiration! Ideas, anything! This is our kitchen now.....

My dream kitchen would include granite counter tops, as I was spoiled from our previous apartments, stainless steel appliances or at least some updated ones! ;)

So...In my need for change...I went to Home Depot and found some paint that I fell in love with.Really I can use it anywhere, spare bedroom, inside a closet or the pantry! But then I thought, what if......the kitchen!!!!

This picture isn't the greatest, but the color is a really soft green. Almost like a creamy green. It makes me kind of want some lime sherbert! Ha ha, it's not that green though. My thought was how pretty a kitchen would look with this soft breezy green, with white cabinets. I really want to paint the cabinets, but I am completely chicken, because that I don't want to mess it up and make matters worse. I am the type of person who reacts on a whim...I get the idea then with no thought really, I act! This can be bad sometimes! ;)

As you can see, I am at a loss...My sweet five loyal readers...any ideas? Should I use this paint in the kitchen? Paint the cabinets white? Any advice would be so awesome!

Boys will be Boys

My husband is Mr.Frugal Frugalson! So, I was rather surprised when he asked me to go and buy a basket ball hoop! He was all "sweetie can I go buy one?...It will help me excercise." Ha ha..I was all "I don't care, but my birthday better be a good one!" (my birthday is coming up soon and those things aren't cheap!)

He giddily hops in the car like a little boy to go get his new toy! Here he is picking it out at the store..

He is so cute...We will see how much excercise he gets! He he ;)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Losing it for good!

I am joining in this weeks Show Us Your Life, excercise/weight loss tips! I tend to be a little passionate in this area, not because I am an expert, far from it. Mainly because I have spent my entire life battling with it and the last five years maintaining it! Around five years ago I was about sixty pounds heavier! I still don't like to think about it! I was such an insecure girl who was told that I had such a pretty face....ugh! If you have battled with your weight, this is like the number one compliment that people tend to give that you tend to despise hearing!

Anyways with much prayer and more prayer...I changed my diet by actually eating more healthy choices, instead of gorging on horrible foods. Four years ago I married my hottie of a husband, and sadly put on about ten pounds from eating lots of Mexican which I love! So, I have managed to take those off can I say slooooowwwwly! Whew! Being married and having a skinny winny husband who can eat whatever, can make things so difficult! Now I am currently on a mission to lose at least 10 more pounds. I want to be in the best shape that I can get before we decide to start trying for children. It's hard. But that is my goal!

Here are some of the things that I did, that helped me originally lose the weight. Hopefully they can help, inspire and motivate! I am loving reading everyones else's ideas and tips too! =)

* stopped eating white starchy foods-stuck to whole grain only
* limited carb consumption
* tried to eat at least a piece of fruit with every meal
* gave up all things with sugar in them (unless natural sugars like fruits)
* ate only God made things and tried to stay away from processed foods whenever possible
* fell in love with anything and everything Organic!
* tried to drink at least 64oz of water everyday (so hard for me!)
* made myself eat breakfast, which is still hard for me, but I make myself
* excercised on a treadmill for at least 30 min everyday. I mainly walked at a really fast pace,   walking works!
* only ate when I was hungry and watched portion sizes
* prayed really hard for God to give me strength, dedication and will power to treat my body as a temple for Him to use!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Just another Manic Monday...

I am having kind of a weird day today. I woke up completely disheveled and emotional. I could seriously cry at the tip of a hat! I spilt my coffee! Whaaa! My jeans feel tight! Whaaa! That one crazy hair is sticking straight up! Whaaa!  I will be turning 26 in fifteen days and I will officially be on the down slope to 30! WHAAAAA! In fact I might just let myself, I know that I will feel better. Ha! I am an advocate of crying, sometimes us girls need that release! Can I hear an amen?! It's just been one of those days!

On a much brighter and happier note! Enough about me, my sweet and beautiful best friend Christina just found out today that she is having baby girl number 4! Yowza! Four girls! I just love it, they will be so close and their house will NEVER have a dull moment! I am so happy for them! Four weddings to look forward to in the future! Ha!

Monday, January 4, 2010

365 truth

This year I am going to dedicate more of my time reading and meditating on the word. I know that I am bad in this area, there is always something that seems to come up. Time is a frequent excuse, which is rubbish. God never runs out of time when it comes to us. He is always there to hear us. He is always there no matter what, He doesn't forsake.! Another blogger came up with this idea and I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about it! It's called 365 truth, you can check it out here.

I am really pumped about it, because sometimes it's really hard to dedicate myself to reading my bible. There is accountability and it's great to hear other peoples comments on the verses that we are reading. Within the year, we will have read the whole Bible! I know that it's going to be great and I am looking forward to all of the change that will take place!

Party Time!

Vacation is over...boohoo! I have been so spoiled to having Joey with me all day for a whole week! It was so nice, we did lots of shopping, movie watching and eating probably not the best food for us! So seriously, vacation is over! Now on to eating more healthy! The pants are a gettin' tight, yikes!

On Saturday one of my sweet adorable nieces had her third birthday party. I cannot believe she is three! My best friend of like a billion years, who I have known since the 2nd grade came with her adorable three girls (baby number 4 is on the way!!).

The birthday girl is the one in the pink. She had the cutest little shirt that said Birthday girl on it! She is such a sweetheart! Those kids were so darn cute! The house was full of screaming little girls and booty dancing?

This picture cracks me up! Too funny! Not sure what their mommas are teaching them! Haha!

My sister and I. (She's expecting her 3rd baby in June!)

Ok, so I was around a whole bunch of pregnant girls this weekend! They both don't know what they are having yet. Soon though. I hope they both are having boys!! So exciting!