Sunday, August 31, 2008


Sometimes kids are just too funny. Jed has become so funny lately. First, Justin and I thought it was nerdy homeschool boy...but he really is funny.

Tonight we took a movie back that we had rented for the girls, then on to Braum's for the kids to use their "free ice cream" coupons for memorizing their verses in Sunday School. The following are bits and pieces of the car ride:

1. Jed talking on the phone to Papa..."What? Papa I can't hear you..." "mom, something is wrong, I can't hear pa...oh, maybe it's because I have the phone upside down" (he was not even trying to be funny which makes it more funny to me)

2. On our way home from Braum's had top 40 songs on from 2006. Number 1 song comes on...Sexyback by Justin Timberlake. Judson starts dancing and me and Justin start singing (even though I really don't know the words) Jed goes, "Hey, I LIKE this song!"..."I wish I could snap"
at the end of the song JT says "are you ready" Jed enthusiastically replies, "YEAH, I'm ready!"

He said a lot more funny things today--on our way to church, but I can't remember them now, I guess I was still thinking about those 10 pounds and how I couldn't breathe in my pants!


Ok, so there is a reason I am not a nutritionist....After a week of my yummy spinach, peanut butter shakes....I weighed this morning....gained 10 pounds...yes, 10...couldn't find a thing to wear to church...

I have numerous theories about why, but probably the most important one is the fact that I failed to take in to consideration the amount of calories. I added them up this morning and one of my shakes was roughly 500 calories. Eaten 2 times a at least one meal...yup, folks..adds up quick. I was only looking at all the health benfits, not the calories. AND as Jillian and Bob say, "It all comes down to calories in and calories out."

I think Bob and Jillian should just move in with us!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Starbucks and Me

I have no idea if the title is giong to have anything to do with what I'm about to write...but oh well. I've been back in the workout groove for a few weeks now, and can honestly say that it's kinda frusterating when you work your tail off (believe me, my friend Lindsay works our tail off in BodyBlaster class 3 times a week--I mean think about it, the class is called Body Blaster for a reason). My body has not changed in any way shape or form. I have kept within my weight watcher points for 6 weeks straight and nothin' (except the 6 pounds that came off immediately when I had my IUD taken out--that's another post all together.)So, two weeks ago, during class, Lindsay was talking about a new drink at Starbucks, the Vivano has 21 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and it is chocolate and banana. Me, being the loyal friend I am head straight to Starbucks after class and get me one of these...YUMM-O! During class she was also talking about how she had been dragging lately, so she set up some appt. to talk with a girl who does nutrition classes at our gym. She said that she was amazed at how much she didn't know about nutrtion and folks, she has been studying nutrition for the last 10 years! She is so fit and I know eats so healthy. So, as my mind is pondering all if she needs to change her eating habits, then my eating habits need to be thrown out the window! So, I go through my Weight Watcher Journal and (ya'll this is embrrassing) I had not eaten a fruit or a vegetable in 3 weeks!!!! YIKES! That means my kiddos haven't eaten veggies in 3 weeks either--they love fruit and have it everyday. So, even though I was staying in my points, it was all processed Weight Watcher food--nothing natural, from the ground, grown fresh--the way we are supposed to eat. So, (I know this is a rambling entry)So, this week I've started an experiment. I'm eating a ton of fruits and veggies. I found a nutrition blog and the writer posted about shakes she makes. She said that spinach added to any shake will not alter the taste....hmmm--SPINACH??? So, I made up a shake, and I love it! It has a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetable in it, I also added a bunch of other healthy stuff. I am also drinking V8 Fusion--vegetable and fruit juice (which my kids like a lot). So, added to what little veggies I make, I'm getting a ton more than what my body has been used to. We'll see how this experiment goes. I eat 2 of these shakes a day--one for breakfast and one mid afternoon or for supper...I'm also doing BodyBlast 3 times a week and tonight am going to do a yoga class a couple of times a week off of FIT TV.
Here's my recipe if any of you dare want to try a spinach shake (I promise it's pretty good, and if you think about how healthy spinach is for you --it is labeled a "super food") it tastes all that much better! :)

Spinach, PB, Banana Shake

*1/2 cup or so of crushed ice
*1 cup of fat free milk (I have to use lactose free)
*1 banana
*1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
*1 tablespoon of Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
*1 tablespoon Hershey's Cocoa (naturally unsweetened, has antioxidents)
*2 tablespoons ground flax seed (has fiber, ALA, Omega-3's, good for heart health,beautiful hair, skin, and nails, and phytonutrients--which can have a balancing effect on your hormones--this will make hubs happy!)
*large handful of spinach leaves

Blend in a blender and enjoy! :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Some Days...

Well, I was literally in the midst of writing a post titled: "Crypto...the Super Bug" because my kiddos have come down with this parasite that has taken over the DFW area pools the past 6 weeks...BUT THEN...

Jadyn was working on her art project (hand flowers) when she announces, "Mom, I'll be right back, I have to throw something away."

I thought nothing of it...except I was proud that she was cleaning up her messes before I had to ask her to....

THEN....I throw something away and find this:

hmmm, "Jadyn, come here please"
"No thanks"
"Jadyn, what did you do?"
"Well, WHY is it your hair?"

About 15 minutes later, "Jadyn, come here for a minute I want to hold you."
"no mom, see I don't look like a boy"
"That's fine, I just want to look at it and see where it came from."

In all reality, this is the first haircutting incident..not too bad! Maybe she can cut my hair!

Happy Friday ya'll!

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Straw and A Kiss...

So, we are driving home from the Chic-Fil-A drive thru. Jed (who now sits in the front seat with me because the air bag turns off) takes a long drink of his soda and then very excitedly exclaims, "Hey! I get it. Straws are to help you practice your kissing!"
I asked, "How so?"
"Well, see how I have to put my lips."
"Ahh, interesting."
I think I will be monitoring how often he "practices"! :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Dream I Once Had...

There were many things I wanted to be while growing up...a veternarian, Rodeo Queen, and in the 80's a gymnist. If you knew me or have seen pics of me growing up, this should cause your side to hurt from laughter. God did not bless me with a gymnists body! I remember Mom buying me a pair of Mary Lou Retton High-Top Sneakers at Ross after the Olympics. I was sure these would magically cause me to finally be able to do a cartwheel....nope, still have never done a cartwheel to this day. Then for a birthday present I received an exercise mat that included a baton with "streamer" (sorry I don't know the 'lingo') for a "Rhythmics" routing. My aspirations of being a "Mary Lou" shriveled up and died, however watching gymnastics this year has brought up those old feelings of wanting to fly through the air with impressive twists, turns, flips, and "sticking it" at the end. So, here I am living out this dream...enjoy! :)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lessons I'm Learning

I daily read "Girl Talk" a blog by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters, focused on Biblical Womanhood, being a Godly wife and mother--what that looks like and how to live it out day to day. This past week I have been gearing up for homeschooling. I am honestly, truly excited to be doing this. However, sometimes in the back of my mind a little voice creeps in telling me how much easier it would be to send them off to school, I'd have free time on my hands, I will go crazy with 4 kids 24/ know all the things people say to me when we tell them we are a homeschooling family. But then, reality comes back, I remember why we first chose this path--time and influence. Where are my children spending most of their time and who/what is influencing their lives. Will it be in a desk for 7-8 hours with a teacher who may or may not like her job, who may or probably not know Jesus, who typically won't give them the individual attention they need to do and learn the best they can. Will they spend their day in a room full of children who will influence them to talk a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way--absolutely. Will that time and influence be a solid foundation built on Jesus and the gospel? Not if I'm sending them to a public school. Therefore, if Justin and I desire our children's lives to be based on Christ, then who better to lay that foundation for them? Afterall, my children were specifically chosen for love, care, nurture, and teach. Which brings me to today's "Girltalk" blog entry. It hit home with me, because I know that "my heart is easily captivated by the hollow and deceptive philosophies of a godless culture. (Col.2:8)" Here's the entry...enjoy :)

August 13, 2008
A Daughter's Heart for the Home
As we talk about training future homemakers, I must clarify that this isn’t all we are training our daughters to do. There are many vital aspects of our daughters’ education and character development that are important for their future. But we’re focusing exclusively on homemaking this week for two reasons: 1. It should be a priority in every daughter’s training (because it is a biblical priority) and 2. Sadly, it is an oft-neglected priority in the church today. Oh, and I almost forgot a third reason we picked this topic to discuss—because so many of you humble moms asked us to!

These thoughts from Tedd and Margy Tripp put the importance of our homemaking training in perspective:

“Life is a classroom. It truly is. Teaching and learning are in process twenty-four hours a day. Here's the danger! In the absence of biblical formative instruction, secular formative instructors take over. Our hearts are easily captivated by the hollow and deceptive philosophies of a godless culture (Col.2:8). The majority culture interprets life through unregenerate eyes and promotes its conclusions through various means, from advertising to education. It is like the air you breathe; you breathe it in without noticing it! So do our children! The formative instruction of our secular culture is a frightening reality. How can parents compete with the world for the minds and hearts of their children?” (Instructing a Child's Heart)

What an urgent question! How can we as mothers compete for the minds and hearts of our daughters with a world that shows (as one author put it) “a disdain of domesticity and a contempt for housewives”?

The answer: We must pay close attention to what captures our daughter’s heart. For, as it says in Proverbs 4:23, “from [the heart] flow the springs of life.”

We must ask “What is my daughter most excited about? What captures her imagination? What are her desires and dreams for her future? Is she more eager to be with friends than to be with family? Would she rather pursue activities outside of the home rather than endeavors in the home? Who does she admire more—faithful homemakers or worldly women?”

As moms it is our job to carefully monitor our daughters’ hearts. If we sense their enthusiasm for family and home waning, we must skillfully reorient their affections back toward family and home.

There were certain seasons I observed this happening with each of my daughters during the teen years. So we talked about it. In fact we had many conversations about this topic. Long conversations.

I asked my daughters questions (like those listed above) about their hearts. Then we looked at what Scripture had to say about the importance of the home. (Books and resources were very helpful here.). Then there were more loving yet probing questions about what they learned from Scripture and how it applied to their own hearts.

Over time, with much talking, I saw each of my daughter’s heart for the home and desire to be with our family grow and flourish. But it took more than just talking. Tomorrow we’ll consider some practical steps to train our daughters to be homemakers.

Posted by Carolyn Mahaney on August 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM in Homemaking | Permalink

Monday, August 11, 2008

13 Years

Hey Babe! Hopefully you'll get this as soon as you get off the mountain. Happy 13th Anniversary! It's been an incredible 13 years, I wouldn't change a single thing, I love you with my whole heart.

Jadyn wants to watch our wedding video and see us kiss. Jed responded with "gross" and said, "the only good thing about weddings is the cake". I said," Well, I smeared cake all over your Daddy's face" in which Jed responded, "COOL!" I told him that you did not think it was very cool, especially 3 days later when you still had cake in your eye...sorry about that (again).

I love you!