Friday, February 28, 2014

Fill in the Sentence Friday.

button I thought I would try something new, so here goes my attempt at Fill in the Sentence Friday.

1. I always pick beer over wine. I don't know what happened to me, but I am all about a good IPA these days.

2. Look at the size of those winter weather advisories. What the hell Winter? Give up already!
3. I recently learned that potty training boys is gross. Like super gross. Like your bathroom will smell like a truck stop bathroom and no matter how much vinegar you spray, it will never leave. Also, take all of the rugs off of the bathroom floor. 

4. Only when no one is looking I pluck my eyebrows. I'm weirdly self conscious about the caterpillars on my face. 

5. I lost my mind when I thought Lizzie was about to smother Judith on The Walking Dead. I was literally panicking. 

6. I was certain i'd be a rock star traveling the country and being besties with Sherri Bemis. There's still time right?

7. There is not enough liquor in the world for me to ride a horse. Laugh all you want, they freak me out hardcore. 

8. I just finished changing a dirty diaper. I'll trade you?

9. Why does everyone have to be so ungrateful. Namely my toddler who is sitting on the couch screaming "MORE MILK!" at me repeatedly. I birthed you child, please check yourself. 

10. It's very rare when I don't burn whatever is in my oven. It runs 50 degrees hotter than the dial says and every suggested temperature is completely wrong for the depths of hell that is my oven. 

11. If i were a dog I would want to be a cat. The grass is always greener...

12. I don't believe that leggings are pants. Sorry I'm not sorry. 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

hangry is a real thing and healthy tacos.

So, remember that little performance for church that I told you about forever ago? Well it was postponed due to snow{shocking right?} and has been rescheduled for April 5th. Matt and I are back to practicing and I am pretty excited about the event. We have more time to practice, so I am less nervous this time around. 

Today was busy! I watched two of my friends daughters and the Littles had a blast today playing. While they played in Pickle's room, I organized and cleaned Buggy's room. I moved some of her furniture and put things away that had just been stacked up, all the while keeping one eye peeking into P's room to make sure everyone was behaving. Luckily, they were all pretty much angels. 
I also got some laundry put away, my dresser organized, kids fed and lunch cleaned up by 12PM. Not too shabby! I was feeling ambitious after I got the Littles down for their naps, so I hopped on the treadmill and ended up running another 4 miles. I watched some {classic} '90's and early '00's music videos while I ran, so that was pretty fantastic. Who doesn't run better while listening to Shaggy? AmIright? 

I had a snack after my run, but by the time Matt got home this evening, I was hangry. If you don't know what hangry is, it is when you are so hungry that you are annoyed or angry, thus hangry. Poor Matt didn't stand a chance this evening. I had dinner ready and waiting by 5:15PM and he didn't make it home until 5:50PM. The beast was unleashed and until I ate my tacos, I was annoyed by everything.
Turkey Tacos with lettuce shells. 

 Luckily, dinner was fantastic and after I had eaten I was back to my normal {awesome} self. 

This is the easiest, most deliciously healthy taco I have ever met. It's also easy peasy. It's just lean ground turkey, taco seasoning, tomatoes, red onion, 1Tbsp shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese, and romaine lettuce leaves. I also made a "sauce" that was equal parts plain Greek yogurt and salsa. Delish. The Littles ate it up too. I made theirs in bowls with finely chopped lettuce. 

Now I have a few episodes of Supernatural calling my name. 

All My Love, 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Conquering the plateau and crunchy roasted chickpeas

I am working on my Easter decorations for this year and I have never been so glad for Winter to be ending{despite the fact that there is snow in this weekends forecast...ugh}. This has been the longest, coldest Winter that I can ever remember and I will not be sad to say goodbye. 

Today was a really low key day at the Weber household. After breakfast, we lounged and played and didn't even change out of our jammies until right before lunch. Bugs is starting to talk so much. At lunch the Littles just talked and talked to each other about their mac and cheese and how much they love their cousin-friends. Adorable! 

After lunch I hopped on the treadmill and ran 3 miles. I was so into an episode of Buffy, that my run went by super fast. After my run I was absolutely starving. I made myself a quick snack of a low cal, whole wheat waffle, tablespoon of natural peanut butter and half of a sliced, frozen banana, sprinkled with cinnamon. It was fantastic. I am so used to keeping my snacks to 150 calories or less, but since I upped my calorie intake, my snacks have been around 250 calories. It makes me anxious, but I am learning to reevaluate the way I eat{again}.
I am a calorie counter and I will probably have to count my calories for the rest of my life. It helps keep me accountable and limits my grazing because I count everything that goes into my mouth. It also helps keep me from binge eating. That being said, I previously had a calorie limit of 1200 calories. That was fine while I was heavier and really needing to focus on correct portions and healthy choices. Now that I have mastered the art of cleaner eating, 1200 calories just wasn't cutting it for the amount of activity I do each day. My weight loss plateaued and I was bingeing more and more after months of  keeping my binge eating to a minimum. I upped my calorie intake to 1450 and I feel so much better. I broke through the weight loss plateau and I have much more energy throughout the day. I had such a mindset that more calories = fat. I know that isn't true, but as a former fat girl, being fat terrifies me. Luckily I know that I am eating healthy calories and not junk. I am fueling my body, not poisoning it and that eases my fears. 

Speaking of healthy,  have you seen the recipes floating around for roasted chickpeas? I have seen them everywhere lately and I read that they resembled healthier corn nuts. Hello, yes please!
After dinner this evening I cracked open can of chickpeas I had on hand and whipped up this simple recipe

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
110 calories per half cup

1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread out the chickpeas on the pan and spray with nonstick spray {I used Coconut Oil spray}. Sprinkle chickpeas with seasonings and toss together. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring chickpeas every ten minutes. Enjoy!

The chickpeas turned out amazing! They are crunchy, savory and low calorie, definitely one of my new favorite things. 

What is your favorite low calorie snack? 

All My Love, 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

pretty pretty print{cess}

I have {approximately} 950 chores I should be doing right this very moment, but alas, here I am internet land. You win again. 

I bought some frames a while back at Hobby Lobby that were half off and I have been hanging on to them not quite knowing where to put them(or what to frame). I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and I came across some great gallery wall ideas. I decided that we needed a gallery wall in our bedroom! Our bedroom is kind of a catch-all of Matt and I's personalities. It is mix and matched and nothing quite fits, but it is our space. I figured a fun gallery wall would be perfect. Now for my dilemma. What do I put in the frames? Obviously there will be a few photos of Matt and I together, but I really like prints, patterns and word art too. I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to make a few prints of my own. 

I just realized that these are all song lyrics. I suppose it will be The Smiths, The Beatles and Perma kind of wall. I am totally okay with that. 

At lunch today Pickle asked me for a cup of ice "wogger" {water} and I happily obliged. I have noticed our water has tasted off the past two days, but I didn't think much about it until P told me he didn't like the water I gave him. I became concerned that he noticed it as well, so I turned to my dear friend Google. Turns out all of the melting snow has caused the river to rapidly rise and changed the taste of our water! I had no idea that could happen. It is still safe to drink, it just tastes different. Luckily it is supposed to be back to normal in the next few days though. 

I got in 4 miles on the old treadmill today. I had to stop a mile in and help Pickle with a potty break and then put him back to bed, so my workout felt off. I think I might do a strength training session later this evening to get back on track. I am going to say this for the millionth time, I am ready for warmer weather. 
All My Love, 

Monday, February 24, 2014

love your enemies.

I can hold a grudge. I mean, like seriously hold a grudge. I am looking at you kid at the Taking Back Sunday concert in '04 who kept elbowing me in the head. I will never forget your face when I asked you to stop, twice. I will also never forget your face, when on the third time, I leaned in and bit you{calm down, it wasn't that hard} on your arm right above that stupid elbow you kept shoving into my head. I asked you nicely twice. When you couldn't respect me, I stopped respecting you. I can only take so many elbows to the head before I snap.
Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am opinionated and loud. They know that I would do just about anything for people I love. I am the best person to have in your corner. They also know that once I am broken, it is incredibly hard to put me back together enough to ever stand in your corner again.
So now that you know a little about me, let's talk about forgiveness. I am the worst at forgiveness. I cannot fathom how I am supposed to forgive someone not just seven times, but seventy times seven. Who screws up that much? And if they are messing up that often, why are you still hanging out with them?
The Lord, however, knows that forgiveness is not easy, but necessary. Forgiveness isn't even as much about the person you are forgiving, but your own heart. Forgiveness doesn't even mean that you have a relationship with the person you are forgiving. You can't have a relationship with a person who will not acknowledge their behavior and make changes, but you can let go of the anger. You can pray for them. You can ask the Lord to bless them anyway.
Is forgiveness easy? Absolutely not. It is like climbing Mount Everest barefoot. It is painful and unsteady. It can hurt worse than whatever transgression has a hold on your soul, but it is worth every step.
Will I ever receive an apology? Probably not. Does that bother me? Yes, but what am I going to do? Pout? No thank you. I will pray instead. Pray for the people who are walking a difficult path in life. Pray for the people who need to tear people down to raise themselves up. Pray that you realize how much it hurts to be talked about to other people you love. Pray that you look inward to find answers. I also hope you know that I apologize for my words to you. A person can only take so much "elbowing in the head" before they break, but I mean that as a matter of fact, not an excuse. I also pray that you find peace and security in your own heart.

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that spitefully use you and persecute you." Matthew 5:44

This is my Lenten journey this year, opening my stubborn heart to forgiveness. I will pray for you each day until the anger and resentment dissolves and instead there is only peace. Once more, with feeling- Let it Be.
All My Love(to my enemies as well)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

mirror mirror on the wall.

Now that Pickle is potty trained, he has discovered that he can get out of bed multiple times after bedtime and tell us he needs to potty. I just put him back into bed after trip number 3. Oh dear. We had his Potty Pizza Party tonight! He loved it. We had pizza, salad, chips{per his request} and ice cream sandwiches. It was so nice having everyone come to his party. I really love having company over to the house. 

This afternoon Matt picked up some things from his mom's house, like his college loft bed{which will go in Mason's room for his Birthday!} and his bike. Lucy and Mark are currently remodeling their bathrooms and had a few things that I gladly took off of their hands like two of these sweet mirrors.

I am working on finding some great vintage frames and some 1930's photos of Jefferson City to hang on the wall too. I am also looking for a sideboard to refinish. My dining room is almost my favorite room. The built-ins and chandelier are so much fun! 

I didn't get my run in today because I was busy with housework and pizza party chores. I am hoping to get at least 4 miles in tomorrow. I am so ready to run outside again. I really love having our treadmill, but I am aching for pavement under my feet and cold air in my lungs. I am tired of the moving black belt. I am pretty sure it is supposed to snow again this week though. Fiddlesticks. 
              All My Love, 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

busy weekend

My goodness we have been busy this weekend! I don't think that I have stopped moving since early yesterday morning. Remember all that laundry I was telling you about? There's more. It really never ends. 

Last night we celebrated Great Grandpa Boeckman's 85th Birthday at the American Legion. We had a really great time. The Littles cousin-friends were there, so they spent most of the evening chasing each other around the hall. Pickle got a big kick out of the live band that started to play as we were getting ready to leave. He danced and stomped his feet. The kid has got some rhythm. They also have good drinks at the American Legion in case you were wondering. 

Today I cleaned. Super exciting I know. I vacuumed all of the furniture, scrubbed the Kitchen and worked on that giant mound of laundry. I squeezed in a two mile run and finished up a sewing project for a friend. I also ordered 381 pictures from Walgreens{thank you 9 cent photo coupon!}. My grandma is a master scrapbooker, so half of them are going directly to her. I have a couple of shots from our last snow storm that I am going to frame. We have lived here for 6 months now and I am really trying to get things more in order and settled. We moved at the start of the busiest season! I am ready for a quiet Spring. 

Tonight we stopped by Grandma Lucy and Papa Mark's house for a while. The cousins were all spending the night, so we came by to let the Littles play. They both loved it. Bugs loved her new baby cousin and kept giving her the sweetest hugs! It almost made me ready for another one. Almost. 

Pickle's pizza party is tomorrow! He is pretty excited and I am so excited I can't stand it. I never thought that he would be potty trained. I always knew in the back of my mind that he would one day, I just can't believe that day is here. My sweet, stubborn boy is growing up! 
               All My Love, 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

yarn and boogers.

I have been working on an afghan for more than 2 years now. I started working on it as a wedding gift, but halfway through I changed my mind and gave the couple something else. For the last 2 years it has become my old standby project. I pick it up when I have some extra time and I am thinking about it. Today I picked it up again and I got so annoyed with myself. It is a beautiful blanket and it deserves to be used and loved. I have made it my goal to finish it by May. This is the year of following through after all. 

We have reached a pretty awesome milestone at the Weber House! Pickle is {mostly} potty trained! He has done so well all week. I am so stinking proud of him. We will be having a pizza party Sunday evening to celebrate. There will be well deserved balloons. And ice cream. Hell, if I could afford one, I'd buy him a pony if he wanted. I never thought we would see the end of diapers. Another perk is that Bugs is super interested in her potty seat now too. What an adventure these Littles give us.

I am a pretty blessed lady. There are rough days of course, but when they are done and over and I have consumed a fairly large amount of wine, I remember that they will not be little forever. Each day is a new experience. Each day my heart fills more with love for these creatures who were once growing so close to my heartbeat. They are now beautiful, thriving, strong minded children. When my gratitude runs thin, I remember that they will grow up one day, and suddenly, the boogers on my pants, the nail polish on the ottoman, the never ceasing whining, are all so insignificant. There will be many more boogers, many more spills, much more whining, but there will also be so much more love. Let it Be. 
                              All My Love, 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Skinny Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins and laundry.

The sheer amount of laundry you accrue while potty training is astronomical. There should have been a clause in the contract you sign when you get pregnant. "I, Meg, hereby swear to do my best in raising well rounded, polite, decent human beings, and not be surprised by the shockingly huge amount of laundry they produce during potty training." Except there is no parenting contract.
Pickle really is doing a fantastic job potty training. Yesterday we even went to the Library and grocery store with no accidents! He was really resistant for a long time, but I think he finally decided he was ready. Remind me to send a gigantic thank you letter to Sesame Street for the Elmo Potty Time video. Every time P succeeds he says "Just like Elmo mama!" {Cue melting mom puddle}

Since yesterday was B-E-A-Utiful, we went outside. OUTSIDE people! The Littles really wanted to go to the park, but everything was a melty, soupy, muddy mess. We got out their wagon and went for a long stroll around the neighborhood. We live a couple of blocks away from the house my family lived in when I was small, so we always walk by to be nosy. They are doing a bunch of work on it and I really want to ask to go inside, but that is super creepy. I think they are working towards selling, so maybe they'll have an open house and I can drag my mom with me to check it out. 

In honor of our fantastic weather I wanted to make a treat for the Littles snack. I decided on Skinny Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins. These are super easy, delicious and you can even eat them for breakfast!{They are really good warm with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a Gala apple on the side}

Skinny Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins
12 Servings - 135 calories per muffin

1 box sugar free Devil's Food cake mix
1 can of natural pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Mix two ingredients. Don't add any liquid, just keep stirring and I promise it will come together. The batter will be thick. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray(I used coconut oil). Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way with batter. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Facebook: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Like every piece of technology and social media, there was a time and place for Facebook, but is it still relevant today?
 I have had my Facebook since 2006. I joined when I started Benedictine College as a way to keep up with all of my high school friends. What a great way to stay in touch right? Absolutely! Facebook keeps me informed about all of the people I care about and even new people that I have just met. I have sparked friendships and grown much closer to acquaintances via Facebook by having similar life stories, interests and commonalities, that we never would have known about without this social media platform. I also use Facebook to keep everyone updated on this little blog of mine and I love getting feedback from you! These are all fantastic examples of the positive effects of social media.
Is there a line though? An invisible string in internet land that says "Do Not Cross" as a warning to unsuspecting wanderers? For the last 8 years, I have learned more about my Facebook friends lives than I would ever have been privileged to know in pre-Facebook times when you actually had to speak with people face to face. Has Facebook diminished our relationships with those that are truly closest to us? Why call people when you can just post on Facebook? Has Facebook also been a culprit in the rising truth that common courtesy is slowly being choked to death? How often have you had your feelings hurt by something that has been posted to Facebook? How often have you felt left out by your actual friends or family who post to Facebook, especially when Facebook is your main form of communication? I have been wounded more times than I care to admit. I mean for goodness sake, it is just a website right? 
Facebook projects a mirror image of who we are, but the image is edited and warped until we are satisfied by what we see. Our whole self is never truly represented. How self aggrandizing is it to hit a button and have 472 people immediately exposed to only the portion of yourself you want others to see? Let's be honest here, we compare ourselves to other people. We hate to admit it, but we are human after all. We can try to deny our feelings, but when you are having a craptastic week and all 472 of your "friends" seem to be excelling and thriving, it is damn depressing. The worst part about it, is that we are comparing our living, breathing reality to our 472 "friends" enhanced, inflated, and shiny internet reality. 
So why do I keep Facebook? There are people that I really do enjoy following, I love having an outlet to get my blog "out there" and it is an easy way for distant family to see my Littles on a semi regular basis. Are those good enough reasons though? I'm not so sure. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

5K race and a cabbage recipe{don't knock it til you try it}

I don't think I have ever been more cold in my life than I was at the Sweetheart Run this morning. I couldn't feel my toes after the first mile and I was absolutely positive that I was going to hurt myself and have no idea until I thawed out later. Luckily, my feet and I survived. I even set a new personal record! Since it was a Valentine's Day race Matt and I ran together and crossed the finish line at the exact same time. It was pretty cute. We had a really great time.

After the race we checked out a couple of Columbia's thrift stores.{It is Thrift Store Saturday after all} Matt found a fantastic pair of vintage dress shoes for $2 and I scored a new Pyrex casserole dish, with lid, for $5. It was fun to check out some new places. Post thrifting, we headed back to Jeff City for some well deserved Arris' Pizza{and Greek salad, which is the best} and then picked up the Littles from my Parent's house. They had so much fun with Grandma and Papa even though they weren't feeling the best. Pickle's cold has moved on to Buggy and they are snotty messes. As of now they are both medicated, smothered in Vick's Rub, tucked into elevated beds and will hopefully be feeling much better tomorrow.

Since we had pizza for lunch I wanted to make a light dinner, so I reached for one of my favorite recipes. If you don't like cabbage, try this recipe! It will change your mind forever!

Braised Cabbage and Kielbasa
makes 4,  hearty 1 cup servings at 257 calories each.

1 medium head of cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1pkg turkey kielbasa, no skin (I use Aldi's Fit and Active), sliced on the diagonal 
1 TBSP coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
1/4 cup chicken broth(again, I use Aldi's Fit and Active)
1 TBSP white vinegar

Melt the coconut oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the sliced onion and saute until translucent. Add cabbage and continue to saute about 5 minutes. Add Kielbasa, chicken broth and vinegar. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed and there is some color on the cabbage, about 30 minutes. 

I typically serve this with fresh fruit on the side. If you're looking for something heartier, this is great served on mashed potatoes or baked sweet potatoes too. Give it a try!

               All My Love,

Friday, February 14, 2014

mood music

On a day like today, it is easy to forget that love is not about cards, flowers, candy, jewelry or anything of monetary value at all. It is about two hearts that grow, love, learn and strengthen together.

And of course Weezer.

 Happy Valentine's and =W= Day. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

clever blog post titles are hard.

My dear sunshine, I have never been so happy to see you. Combine your presence with the arrival of 45 degree weather and I am in melting snow ecstasy. Shrink away fluffy white and bring back some color to our lives! 

Yesterday Pickle started showing symptoms of coming down with a cold and sure enough last night he spiked a small fever and was perturbed by a stuffy nose. Our luck is that his "cousin-friends" spent the day with us yesterday, so I hope Big C and Little C don't catch whatever bug P's got! The Little's had a really fun day though. Today he is still a little feverish and he tells me every 5 minutes "my nose running mama, I need a tiss-you". Poor boy! 

Today I have been "spring cleaning" {because 45 degrees = spring, right?} Our house has been a rental property almost entirely since 1938. No lie, I am a giant nerd and Google'd the 1940 census. I discovered that the people who owned this house rented it out as soon as it was built. The first renters were a Civil Engineer for the State and his wife. I don't believe in coincidence{Matt is a Civil Engineer and I am his wife}, so this tells me we were meant to live here and end its rental days! Anyway, the problem is that the house sat vacant after its last renters for over a year, so all their dirt that was never really cleaned up properly just sat and piled up. You should have seen the grease in my kitchen when we moved in! Also, I am about 95% sure that they smoked in the house. I have spent hours scrubbing baseboards, windows, doors and floors with vinegar trying to get all of the yellow nicotine residue out. Yuck. Today I tackled the shutters in our bedroom and all of the windows upstairs. They look so much better! I can't wait to throw open the windows and get some fresh air in this house again.

I wish I could have done my run outside today, but it just wasn't in the cards. Oh well, there will be more nice days.....I hope. I got in 2 miles on the treadmill and then did a circuit of core workouts. Have you ever tried peanut butter, greek yogurt and cinnamon mixed together? If not, do it, now. I'll wait. 1TBSP peanut butter, 2 TBSP greek yogurt and a heavy sprinkle of cinnamon. You can add honey if you'd like extra sweetness.
Seriously though, it's delish, good for you and perfect with apple slices. 
I think I will go make some.
                     All My Love, 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

imperfect soul

                                                                This morning it hit me.

I swear, I get angry, sometimes I am lazy. I hold grudges, I don't trust easily and I expect very little out of the majority of the population. I don't tell everyone I meet that I am a Christian. I don't always make the right
choices. I am awkward and anxious. I am selfish. I am irritable. I am imperfect in every way. But I believe in God, I believe in Jesus Christ and I believe in His Grace. I recognize my faults and I work on them daily. Through His Grace, I am whole and perfect, despite what anyone else believes. I don't have to pretend to be someone I am not for the benefit of the world. I do the best I can. I deal with each hand I am dealt with Faith and Hope. I am not better than anyone else and I don't want to be better than anyone else. People have an idea of "good Christians" and I am absolutely not one of them, but that doesn't mean I am not a Christian. It just means I recognize that I am an imperfect soul. Thank God for Grace. 

All My Love, 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day gift.

Valentine's Day is Friday already people! I can't get over how fast time goes these days. I am working on a project for Matt. I hope he likes what I am making, because he is impossible to give gifts too. Have I ever told you how apathetic he is? {I love you with my whole heart darling, but your lack of enthusiasm and emotion makes my brain explode occasionally}.
 He did seem to like last years gift though. I made a "date jar" with craft sticks, scrapbook paper and mod podge. I made a list of 30 dates with varying degrees of "difficulty" I suppose. One set were dates that we could do at home with the Littles, or after they went to bed, like a Chopped Challenge. The second set were dates that would require us to leave the house, but were minimal expenses like getting ice cream and feeding the ducks at the park. The third set took a little more planning and were more costly, like dinner and a movie or picking a piece of thrift store furniture to restore together. The sticks were grouped by scrapbook paper design and I made a handy "cheat sheet" and tied it around a mason jar. It gave us a lot of different options and it was fun to see which date night idea we'd get.
I also made these fantastic skinny meatballs with whole wheat spaghetti for dinner and this amazing skinny Strawberries Romanoff for dessert. I'm behind this year and don't even have dinner planned yet. This year we even have babysitters, but we are running a 5k at 9AM the next morning{the real reason , so we can't get too crazy. 

I am also working on my first embroidery project and I have to say, I really like how it is turning out so far. I will be posting a tutorial and LOTS of pictures once I get it finished. If I can do it, you can do it. 

Also, today is my Dad's Birthday! Happy Birthday Dad! 
                                           All My Love, 

Monday, February 10, 2014

sewing project and a little river dancing.

Have you ever burned popcorn so badly that for a fraction of a second you had a real concern that your entire house would also burst into flames? Oh... just me? Normally I prefer slightly burned popcorn. It is super weird, but I like it that way. Today I wasn't even making the popcorn for myself. I was popping it for the Little's afternoon snack and my mother-in-law called and I got distracted with the laundry and next thing I know my kitchen smells like death. I had to put the bag outside my back door even. Luckily we had more popcorn. 

Pickle had his very first Dentist visit this morning. He did SO GOOD! I don't think I have ever been more proud. He sat in the chair by himself and everything. He was so excited about his new toothbrush and floss. I really like the Littles Dentist's office. I wish Bugs would have had a better first visit instead of falling on her face, but all things considered I really like the doctors and nurses. 

I finally got around to making slipcovers for our old red throw pillows that used to be on our couch. We got new throw pillows when we moved and I just haven't had the heart to throw the red pillows away, plus pillows are stinking expensive! I found a great chevron fabric piece on clearance at Hobby Lobby and picked it up thinking I would have enough to at least cover one of the red pillows. I got the fabric home and I had plenty for both pillows and a little extra, so I was pretty excited. Here's how they turned out.
Not too shabby for $4.72! 
I used a really simple envelope pattern that I found here. 

This afternoon I was too lazy to walk upstairs to get the laptop to watch Buffy while I ran on the treadmill, so instead I watched music videos on the iPad. I started with some B*Witched, Aqua and SClub7 and then moved to some late 90's, early 00's pop punk. I really forgot how much I still love Blink 182. Three miles went by really quickly since I had so much variety in my visuals. I also decided that I am going to learn the choreography to C'est La Vie, including the step number they do. I mean what a great party trick to have up my sleeve! I also used to be able to do the worm... I wonder if I could still manage that?
All My Love, 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Thrift store Saturday

I have had some crummy luck lately, but today things were a little brighter. Matt went to help his dad at the meat shop and took Pickle with him, so Bugs and I decided to spend some girl time shopping. Let me just tell you that I love thrift stores. I always have. I can spend hours digging through every single rack{my mom can vouch for me, it drives her crazy!}. Today we went by The Salvation Army and Goodwill and found some super sweet items.

Check out that awesome denim jacket, mustard yellow flats, vintage brown ankle boots, rock star polka dot jeans and Pyrex mugs in a new pattern!
I am super obsessed with vintage Pyrex. I am always on the lookout for new pieces. These babies were .20 cents a piece! Yes please!
Thrifting takes time and patience, but sometimes you get lucky and find a whole bunch of great stuff.

I am also super excited about tomorrow. Church, pancake breakfast at the Lions Club, naps and The Walking Dead. The irony of Jesus and Zombies all in one day is not lost on me, but it is the best day of the week.
                  All My Love,

Friday, February 7, 2014

Bits and pieces.

This post is going to be short and sweet. 

Pickle has started snorting when he laughs and it's hilarious and obnoxious all at once.

My Littles would live at the library if I let them. 

Buggy LOVES Elmo. I never would have guessed she would be so infatuated with him. 

Pickle has his first dentist appointment Monday. He's currently excited, but that might change come Monday morning.

I bought some Tiger balm. I'm hoping it will help with my knee. I should probably go to the doctor and figure out the real problem but ain't nobody got time for that. 

I have the best friends in the history of friends. Thanks Whitney{and John} for helping with our dumb vacant house that will be the damn death of me. My dear friend/soulmate/sister I never had, I love you dearly. 

We ate pizza for dinner and I am not sorry. I still have a huge amount of calories left for today according to MyFitnessPal. 

Tomorrow is a new day and it will be better. 
               All My Love,

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ugly crying and Valentine's Day.

So remember those brownies I made? You should make them too. So good!

We are going to the library tomorrow even if I have to toboggan there. I don't think I can take one more second in my house. The Littles are going just as stir crazy as me. I also need to drop off Pickle's pre-school application. Yes, you read that correctly. Where did my tiny baby go?! We have a really great program for the kiddos at our church and it will only be Tuesday and Thursday mornings, but it makes me want to ugly cry when I think about it, so I will not.

I pushed myself a little too hard today with my treadmill workout. I decided to shake it up, so I jogged 3 minutes at 4 mph, kicked it up to 6.5mph for 90 seconds and sprinted at 9 mph for 30 seconds and repeated for a half an hour. My Buffy episode wasn't quite over after that, so I jogged for another 10 minutes. I will spend my evening icing my knee and smacking myself for pushing too hard. I might take a rest day tomorrow and do one of my workout videos instead. I half started the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred right after Christmas, but quickly slacked on that, so I am going to pick it up again. This knee pain has to go because we have our second 5k next weekend. Matt and I are running the Sweetheart Run in Columbia.

Speaking of next weekend, hello Valentine's Day! I am trying to get some fun ideas together for the Littles. Last year I kind of went overboard{who me? I know right}, so this year I want things to be pretty simple. What are YOU planning for Valentine's Day?
                       All My Love,

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

snow goblins and a brownie recipe.

Yesterday afternoon, when the snow finally stopped, Matt and I took the Littles outside to play. We dressed them both as warmly as possible, which included two pairs of pants. two long sleeved shirts, a jacket, a coat, a pair of gloves, a pair of mittens and plastic grocery sacks covering their shoes and held on with masking tape. Next year we will invest in some proper snow attire. The Littles had a blast, despite their winter apparel. The snow was too fluffy to make decent snowballs, but we did manage to make a snow goblin of sorts. The Littles took turns sitting on Matt's shovel and going for "snow rides". Pickle refused to come inside with Buggy and I. He insisted on helping Matt shovel the driveway, which was seven kinds of adorable. He had a big blue sand shovel that he scooped up the soft snow with and then he would dump it promptly into his orange, sandcastle shaped bucket and move it to Matt's pile of snow. He's growing up so fast.
Today since we still have a ton of snow, we didn't make it out to the library. Pickle was a little disappointed, but we played basketball in his room instead and he seemed okay with the substitution. I got in my run while the Littles napped this afternoon. My knee has been hurting, so I took it easy and only ran 2 miles. The treadmill gets easier each day though.
After dinner Matt hinted that he would really like some brownies for dessert. Since I am a human, I happily agreed. I really didn't want to ruin my day with an enormous amount of calories though, so I began a quest for the perfect recipe. I found these delicious creatures at Sally's Baking Addiction. I subbed granulated Splenda for the sugar and used an egg substitute. They are cooling on my counter as I type, so I will update you tomorrow {since I know all of you are anxiously awaiting the verdict}when I have eaten one....or three.
                       All My Love,

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Healing my soul.

When I was 220 pounds, I was broken. I was a shell.
When I decided to get healthy, that didn't just mean eating salad and buying cute running shoes. It meant working on my soul. I didn't want to just lose weight, I wanted to find myself. To be honest, losing the weight was the easy part. I didn't realize the amount of hurt I had been holding on to so tightly. It was almost as if I had come back to life and discovered that people I thought I could trust had perpetually let me down. Comfort and convenience were put ahead of friendship and family. This was a hard thing to realize. I almost let it break me again, but I knew in my heart that pretending things were fine would not heal my spirit. I also realized that I had meant very little to those people all along. Nothing had actually changed, I just wasn't convenient to them anymore. So I let go. I didn't need the heartache of being left out or an afterthought or run the risk of them ever treating my Littles that way. That's not how people you love should treat you. You should never have to fight to "get back in" with anyone. The ache in my heart dulled as I realized I have been so blessed. I have a handsome, caring husband, two sweet Littles, fantastic parents and parents-in-law, and beautiful, hilarious, soulmate friends who I can always count on no matter what and the ultimate blessing of finding out who cares and who doesn't. I don't have time for part time people in my life. You're either in, or you're not. It sounds so cynical, but really it is cynically optimistic. Despite being shown repeatedly that people are often not who they seem, I know that I have the strength to always be myself and to see the wonder in the world around me. It is a beautiful world we live in despite all of its faults. You just have to have the strength to live. 
                         All My Love,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Got to get the bread and milk.

It never fails that we run out of milk the day before a huge winter storm rolls into town. I was one of the crazies clogging up our grocery arteries this afternoon. Sorry friends and neighbors, but my Littles need their milk or I will be told repeatedly to just "go to the store and get some more mama" which sounds like a great plan, except for the snowpocalypse that is looming over our state waiting to explode. We had a follow up appointment for Buggy with her oral surgeon{everything looks great!}, so I ran over to Aldi when we finished. I bought one of the last gallons of skim milk and grabbed some essentials(sweet potatoes, lettuce, and blueberry muffin mix , because muffins). We made it out alive, so we stopped by Hobby Lobby. I could live in Hobby Lobby. I picked up some yarn for a very special project that I am getting ready to start for my best friend and I found some great clearance fabric to recover a few pillows for our bedroom. When we got home I made some spaghetti for dinner. I haven't made pasta, other than mac and cheese for the Littles, in 6 months or longer. We haven't been missing out on much. I guess my taste buds have changed quite a bit, but I would way rather eat my calories elsewhere. I did make garlic bread though. Hello garlicky, delicious carbs. You were worth every calorie. 
Since the Littles are soundly in bed, I am going to clean, or eat an 80 calorie popsicle and watch supernatural with my Matt. I bet you'll never guess which one I will choose. Safe travels for all who have to venture out tomorrow. 
                         All My Love, 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

We're not normal, but I like it.

So can I tell everyone a secret? I do not care one bit about the Super Bowl. I am strictly in it for the food, commercials and family time. We don't watch sports at our house. I really like to attend sporting events in person, but watching them on TV is just boring. We have other things we'd rather do with our time, like take the Littles outside to actually play football, soccer, or baseball. If there is a big game on, we'll turn it on, but usually we don't care. The Super Bowl is just an excuse for us to hang out together surrounded by fantastic snacks. Judge all you want, I'm okay with not watching sports except for once or twice a year. I am really lucky to have found a husband who would rather listen to music, play music or work with his hands than spend all of his free time watching various sporting events. {Love you Hubs!} So today we will sit together in front of a TV, surrounded by food in keeping with all of the traditions, but instead of football being our focus, it will be each other. I hope everyone enjoys the Super Bowl as much as we will.
                                    All My Love,

Saturday, February 1, 2014

I just felt like running.

Well thanks to the lovely weather we're having, our Acts and Snacks family event has been postponed. So instead of practicing our song, I ran three miles on the treadmill. Sounds like a fun trade huh? Actually running on the treadmill has gotten much easier, so I really can't complain. Matt and I are running a Valentine's Day sweethearts 5k and I am really hoping for a new PR. I am also starting my training for the Go Girl half marathon in May. I am super anxious about the half marathon. I never was a runner, ever. I hated running. I mostly hated it because I couldn't do it correctly. I didn't know how to pace myself or breathe in a way that didn't make my lungs feel like they would catch fire and come shooting out of my mouth as I gasped for air. I also didn't care to learn how to run. That's how it stayed for a long time. Last January we were blessed with freakishly nice weather and I decided that I needed to incorporate some exercise into my new healthy lifestyle, so I started taking long walks during the day with the Littles in their double stroller. In March, I decided that I was ready to step up my exercising and downloaded the Couch to 5k app. I hated every minute of the short 25 minute walk/run. I gasped for air and couldn't handle just one minute of running consistently. But I stuck with the damn thing and eventually I was able to run for 2,3,4 and even 5 WHOLE minutes. Now I can run for 6 miles and not even think twice about the distance. My long, drawn out point is dont give up on yourself. Ever. Don't let anyone make you feel less than you are worth. You are beautiful, smart, capable and worthy. Even if others can't see your beauty. Let it shine. 
                            All My Love