Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's official.

I'm definitely going to try the couch to 5k (c25k) running program. I've got a few friends in the area that want to do it and some that are just online. Either way we can encourage each other and finish together!

I have to admit that I am kind of nervous. It's been a loooong time since I have enjoyed running and I'm not so sure that I will ever like it again. I'm hoping that as I build endurance that I won't hate it so much. But I have to go for it all out now because I have told all of you that I am doing it and it would kill me to have to come on here someday and admit failure.

SO... this is the beginning of week one. I'm hoping to get my runs in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The workout for these days will go like this... Brisk five-minute warm up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

I can do that! At least I hope I can haha. I would look pathetic on the treadmill at the gym with all those skinny long distance runners if I couldn't handle a couple of minutes. Oh well. What do I care what they think about me anyways. They had to start at nothing with something at some point in their lives too.

Now I just need to convince myself to get out of bed tomorrow morning and go to the gym and actually do it. Ugh. That's the hard part right now. Thankfully I have a friend meeting me!

It's not too late to join in... we are just now starting. Click HERE for more info on c25k.


I need new running shoes!

Friday, February 26, 2010

I'm recruiting.

 Couch to 5k.

Have you heard of it? It's a running program to get you from sitting on the couch, being lazy and not running at all to being able to run a 5k. The program only takes 20-30 minutes, three times a week. Reasonable.

Why am I talking about this? Because I have recently been slacking like crazy when it comes to working out because I got tired of doing aerobics and I haven't found anything else that I want to do. So I am going to try running... even though I hate it. But I don't think I always hated it. Maybe if I could build up to being in shape I would like it.

SO... I would love to have some people join me in this. (Especially people that live in my town!) We could go through the program together and celebrate by running a 5K this spring or summer. Not to mention that it just might get us all reading for those swimsuits that seem to terrify and torment us every year.

Anyone interested? I'm not sure that I would even begin if I was going to be alone.

We could start next week??

Anyone? ANYONE????

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Two Years Old

This past Saturday was Jason's birthday. He turned TWO! Already. Geez.

We celebrated on Sunday. We invited some family over to shower some love on Jason and he had a great time.

He loved all his presents. He would have been fine playing with the first one he opened for the rest of the night so we had to keep redirecting him back to the pile.

 

Someone got him this flower headband... he opened it and said "pwetty fwower!" And then he wanted it on and wouldn't take it off.

 

He opened a hard hat and said "what's this?" I told him it was another hat and he should try it on.


Nope... he wanted to wear the "pwetty fwower."


Liza had a hard time letting Jason do the unwrapping of his own presents.


His Grandma made him a nice blanket and he LOVES it. Wants it on him every time he goes to bed.


After presents we had dinner. The menu was...
Slow cooked chicken and stuffing. (Except we used turkey.)

We served up a dish of apple crisp for Jason and stuck two candles in and placed it on the table in front of him.

He looked at it like "what is this and why are there those things sticking up out of it!?"


Then we started singing happy birthday and he looked a bit suspicious.


Then he blew out his candles and was very pleased with himself.


He ate it all up and then asked for another bowl of it... and since it was his birthday he got that second bowl. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dress as your favorite Bible character??

Liza's little school program often has a theme for the week. Usually it's pretty easy like wear red and green for Christmas or dress as a prince/princess day or crazy hair day. But today was much more difficult... Dress as your favorite Bible character day and they had their Bible Olympics.

This was my facebook status last night...

It's 10:30pm and I just remembered that tomorrow for Liza's school is dress as your favorite Bible character day. I've got nothing. Fail.

 

I mean... come on now... this isn't one that is really easy. First you have to come up with a Bible character that they could be. For a boy that might be easy... give him a staff and make him Moses. Throw on a colorful coat and make him Joseph. But what about a girl? Rahab the prostitute? 90 year old pregnant Sarah? Ugh.

My only thought was Queen Esther but I was pretty sure the only thing close to dresses that we have here are jean skirts. I went to bed.

I woke up determined not to be the only mom that didn't get her kid dressed up as a Bible character for the day and got a little creative. I found a summer dress for Liza and stuck a white long sleeved shirt under it. Pulled out her too big gray tights and put on her boots. She picked out a necklace to match and I put her princess crown on her head. Queen Esther it was...




Mike took Liza to school and I stayed home with Jason. They just got home about twenty minutes ago and guess what!! Liza was the ONLY ONE in her class to dress up! The ONLY ONE!!! Her teacher even forgot! Ugh. There is only twelve kids in her class but you would think that at least one other person would remember. Nope. Just me. I'm the only one who wasted her mind on it.

Oh well... at least Liza looked super cute.

Captivating.

I just need to tell you about Captivating and the wonderful group of girls I've met.

Have you read Captivating?


If you are a female and you haven't I highly recommend that you do. It's a life changing book. It's a healing book.

About a month ago I was sitting at Panera with my friend Rainey. She ended up knowing another girl there and they started talking and catching up. I was listening to the conversation and I just had to tell this girl about Captivating because it sounded like she was at a place in her life where she could really gain a lot from the book. Then for some reason I went on to tell them about how I had picked up the entire small group study pack... DVDs, leader guide, book, workbook... for only $30 over the summer and I was just waiting to have a group of girls to do it with some day.

They both were interested in doing the study. SO... we picked a day and time of the week to meet and started inviting friends. Less than two weeks later we sat in Rainey's living room, eight of us, ready to get started on this small group study of the book Captivating.

It was a God thing. And I'm LOVING IT!

I'm pretty sure that some of the sweetest girls I've ever met sit in that room with me every Tuesday night and share their hearts and their stories and their hurts. Last night was week three. It was a tough night as we all searched out hearts to find our deepest hurts and the things we believe about ourselves and our lives because of those hurts.

But we aren't stopping there... we are moving on to healing... to a better life... to overcoming and victory. I'm so excited about the journey that each of us is on and the freedom we will find as we let God heal out hearts.

Get the book! Read it! (I'm reading it for the third time... that's how good it is.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I have a habit...

...and I don't really think it's a bad one. But others probably do. And others probably think I am rude or mean or heartless.

I'm talking about facebook (again) and how often I delete people from my friend list.

I just don't think I need to be connected to everyone I ever knew. I get friend requests from people all the time. I add them. Then they never say hi or comment on a picture or... nothing. Nothing happens. You add me, you say hello. Don't leave it up to me. (I do admit that I have added people and then forgot to go say hello once the request was accepted. Oops. They can delete me if they want!)

If I delete someone it doesn't mean that I don't like them or don't want to be real life friends or acquaintances or whatever. It just means that I had too many people on my list and someone had to go.

You see... It's MY facebook page. I get to do with it what I want. I set the rules for my page. I run it how I want. I let those I want to see it in and keep those I don't want to see it out. It's MINE!

I hide people. I block people. I'm in control of it. I like it that way.

Have you taken control of your facebook or do you let it control you?


(PS... I am finding that I have to delete people two and three and four times because they realize they aren't friends with me so they send a request... so i add them again because maybe they wanted to talk about something. But then nothing happens again so I delete them again. Then a while later I get a friend request from them again. I don't understand. Can you help me understand??)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Eating out.

Mike and I had a babysitter Thursday evening so we decided to go out to eat. I enjoy going out to eat because that means I don't have to think about dinner, I don't have to cook, I don't have to clean up and I get to be served instead of doing the serving. It's a nice break for me.

However... there are some things about eating out that I DON'T enjoy.

Like tv's in restaurants. What's the deal with that? No matter where you sit you can see at least one tv... probably more like five though. A tv is one of those things that seems to suck you in without you even realizing it. So when you are eating out at a restaurant and there is a tv behind the person you are with you will find that you continuously have to fight to keep your attention on the person you are with because if you don't you will all of a sudden realize that you are watching something on the television that you don't even care about! Hate it. I just want to be able to relax. Tv's in restaurants are stressful.

And how about how they sing happy birthday to anyone having a birthday. And no matter where you go for dinner it seems that everyone in town with a birthday on that day seemed to make their way to the same restaurant as you. Ugh.

Let's break this down a bit. Have you ever watched the staff that has to stop what they are doing and come out walking around the restaurant clapping their hands just to sing happy birthday to you? Have you looked at their faces? They are not thrilled AT ALL to have to do this 3287236410 times a day. I'm pretty sure that they would feel like they won the lottery if they were told they would never have to sing a birthday song ever again.

I also find it very annoying that they yell to get the attention of the whole restaurant to let us all know that some special person is having a birthday "today" and we should all care. I don't. I didn't come out to eat for your birthday. I came out to eat because I wanted a nice date with my husband. However in the hour that I am there I have to be interrupted by the stupid sports people on the television and at a minimum five people that are having their birthday.

I think from now on I will go to the restaurants that have no tv's and don't sing happy birthday... if I can find one.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Yes I'm still alive...

...and no I haven't abandoned the blog world.

Not that anyone has been asking. I just thought I would let you know. :)

Life has been crazy busy lately. It seems to happen like that... everything is smooth sailing for a while and then BAM! One day you wake up and realize that your life is BUSY. It should slow down again though... maybe in a week or two.

I spent Friday and Saturday in Akron, Ohio. I used to work at a camp for children with special needs (or whatever they are calling it these days) and there are respite weekends once a month throughout the winter where the kids came to camp for some super fun camp stuff. I went back to volunteer for the weekend. I love that place!

I figured since I was driving two hours that I should make the most of the trip... so I got in touch with some friends that live in that area and planned some visits.

My first visit was with Mary... a super sweet girl that was a camper back in the days that I was a counselor. She's in college now and she found me on facebook a while ago. It's so fun to get to talk to her once in a while and see that she is becoming a beautiful, amazing person.

After my visit with Mary I stopped by to see my friend Amanda. She is from South Africa and we met while working at camp. She met an American (another friend of mine), they got married and one month ago they had their first child. A beautiful baby girl who is still smaller than either of my babies were at the time of their birth. I loooved getting to hold such a tiny baby. So precious. And no it didn't make me get a craving for another of my own. This baby manufacturer has gone out of business thankyouverymuch. (And hopefully we don't have any unexpected re-openings.)

I really enjoyed both visits and I am glad I went out early to make time for them. I finally made my way to camp around 4:00. Stuff starts to get going around 5:00. I spent that hour shoveling ice from the sidewalks. Good fun. :) I actually did enjoy it. I never have to shovel snow around here because Mike does it but it's great exercise!

Camp was a blast as always. I met some great people that are on staff and enjoyed my time with the kids. The theme for the weekend was Mad Scientists and we did all kinds of fun experiments... like making gak, airplanes, boats, ice cream, powering a lightbulb with lemons and wires. I felt like a kid all over again. Camp will always remain one of my favorite places and hold some of my favorite memories.

I got home last night around 9:00, hung out with Mike for a short time and then went to bed. This morning we were welcomed as new members at church and in about two hours family will start showing up to celebrate Jason's birthday. He turned two yesterday! So fun.

But so busy!! I can't wait till I have a day where I can fit a nap in!

(And can you believe that I didn't take one picture while I was in Ohio!?!?! I think something was wrong with me! Hopefully I remember to get the camera out tonight during Jason's little party!)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Photo tip... backdrops.

If you are like me then you have a somewhat messy house... because... well... the kids like to play and I hate to clean so there is always stuff laying around. It's normal. But all that STUFF (including things like furniture or the kitchen table or the stereo) does not look good in pictures.

Yesterday I posted some super cute pictures of Liza. My friend Kim left a comment saying "Did you get a dark curtain or something for a backdrop? It is pretty cool!"

It's not a dark curtain. Remember those wonderful fleece blankets from my favorite things post? I used one of those blankets hung over the back of a chair for a backdrop.

I do this ALL the time. I don't have a studio but I CAN eliminate the mess... as long as my kids will sit still. The daylight was gone yesterday when I decided to take pictures but if the sun is still shining move a chair by a window to get some natural light. Open the door (if it's not freezing out!) if you have to to let more light in. Then hang a blanket over the back of a chair. Or if it's a baby you can put the blanket on the chair so that baby can sit up.

I took a picture of my setup last night because I just knew I would want to show you...

 

Nothing fancy. But it makes the pictures better. And it just might give me a good excuse to go buy some more of those lovely fleece blankets. (I guess I would have to put it somewhere in the budget though.)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Love Bug. (photo overload)

Liza's little school program was canceled last week because of snow so they moved their Valentine's Day party to this week. She came home with a bag of candy and cards and some sunglasses and antennas. Looked like a good opportunity for a photo shoot to me!!

She wanted her "ollipops" sooo bad! But I had to make her wait till after nap time. I sent Mike and Jason to the store and Liza and I had us a fun little time.

Check out that cheesy fake smile!!

 


She was TOTALLY in to her ollipop and did whatever I told her to do. She sat where I wanted her to. She smiled when I asked her to. It was awesome.



 


Yep. She's pretty spectacular!




Of course... about five minutes after finishing up the pictures she left the headband laying on the floor and stepped on it and broke it. She was soooo sad. Devastated. She cried and cried. And I hugged her little head off and promised her we would go to the store tomorrow and look for a new one.

Then I showed her how to tap people with the hearts from it and say "I heart you" and she proceeded to SMACK ME with it while saying "I HEART YOU!" while giggling hysterically. It was much better than the crying.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

I just thought I would share with you some of the current things I love.

Super soft fleece blanket from Target
 
Mmmmm... I love these blankets! Two weeks ago I had about six bad nights of sleep in a row and something I noticed while tossing and turning was how rough my one blanket was. I didn't like it. So I told Mike we were buying new ones and I went to Target and came home with two of these fleece blankets. One for my bed and one for the living room to keep me warm since we are keeping the house around 62 degrees to try to save some money during this ridiculous winter. I LOVE having the blanket on my bed. I sleep so much better. It has changed the heaviness of my blankets and the fleece seems to grab the sheet and the comforter and hold them together so that my blankets aren't all over the place. AND it's super soft. :)
 


The Olympics
 
I've never watched much of the olympics before but we have been watching a TON this year. The winter olympics are pretty cool. I think it's the fact that I would never do the luge or would never be able to do a triple twirl thingy on ice skates or fly through the air on skis that has me coming back for more. It's interesting. Fascinating. Things you don't see every day. And I'm catching bits and pieces of people's stories and I find myself cheering them on. Even in the long distance cross country ski races I'm completely captivated and my heart pounds with excitement. It's been fun!


This is a blog that I discovered right after the Haiti earthquake because the blog author was keeping us all updated on the BRESMA orphanage and the fight to get those kids to the US by two sisters that are from Pittsburgh. After the kids were safe here she went back to her regular programming... and let's just say that I am fan and this is now my new favorite blog. If you are from the Pittsburgh area you should definitely check it out. She writes about all things Pittsburgh and she cracks. me. up. I'm pretty sure that 98% of her posts make me laugh out loud at least once... often more. Then I'm all "hey Mike! Come read this! It's hilarious!" And he does. And he laughs. And then we randomly crack up about it throughout the day. This post in particular... about the snow forecast... it's pretty much how 99.8% of people around here are feeling right now.



My new Jack Johnson CD
 
I first heard of Jack Johnson a few months ago while listening to pandora radio. I kept hearing songs I loved and noticed that they were all by the same person. So I finally just set my radio station to Jack Johnson. Mike got me this cd for Valentine's Day. It makes me happy. The music is mellow and laid back and puts me in a good, calm mood. But it is also something I would put in if I was getting all done up to go out. It's my favorite kind of music and I will probably have to save up my money and go buy another cd.


What are some of your current favorites? Just leave a comment or write your own post and let me know the link. I always love finding new finds. :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Total Money Makeover

Mike and I decided to read Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey by the end of February. It was one of our financial goals that we set for the year.

Right... so I know reading a book isn't making money... but you see... it kind of is.

A few years ago we took Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey and it changed out lives. Since then we have paid off all debt and never borrowed again. We bought a van and wrote out a check for $9000 and drove it off the lot paid in full. (That felt awesome!) We have had soooo many medical bills to pay (crappy insurance = HUGE deductible) but every time a bill came we just wrote a check and were done with it.

We have never had to wonder how we were going to pay for something since first hearing about Dave Ramsey. We've been completely debt free (we rent so don't think we've gone and paid off a house yet) for over a year now. We've just had a hard time getting ahead because of medical bills and other things that have come up along the way.

But this is the year that we are going to get ahead. We decided it would be smart to read Total Money Makeover just to get things fresh in our heads and make sure we were on the right "baby step."


Reading this book was the best idea I've had in a long time. It has kicked my butt back in to the money game. We are properly budgeting and we are serious about it. I love how straight forward Ramsey is. He tells it how it is. If you have a money problem it's no one else's fault but your own and until you change your ways you will ALWAYS have a money problem.

Ramsey says, "Having been a millionaire and gone broke, I dug my way out by making a decision about looking good versus being good. Looking good is when your broke friends are impressed by what you drive, and being good is having more money than they have." I was reminded that so many people that appear to be doing well and have everything are in fact broke, living paycheck to paycheck and don't have financial peace. I may not have the coolest car and I may not own a house yet but I am far from broke and I have financial peace. I decided a long time ago that I didn't care about the Jones's (Jones'? Joneses??) and what they have now because someday they will be wondering how I have everything I have and still have no debt. :)

In the words of Dave Ramsey... "IF YOU WILL LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE, LATER YOU CAN LIVE LIKE NO ONE ELSE. "

That's our plan. We are currently almost done with baby step three.

The steps...
1. Have $1000 in savings for an emergency fund.
2. Pay off all debt except the house using a debt snowball.
3. Build the emergency fund up so that it can cover 3-6 months of expenses should the worst happen.

We almost have 3-6 months expenses in savings. Then we will save up for a down payment on a house. It's a good plan. It works. And Dave Ramsey will motivate your socks off and make you actually WANT to budget and sell things and save money and do things that make other people think you are crazy.

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE! Actually if you have heard about this book and just simply won't read it you are an absolute fool and should never ever again cry about money problems because you have been introduced to a tool that can change your financial life. Borrow it! Buy it! Do whatever you have to to get this book in your hands (except for illegal things of course) and then sit down and READ IT!

Don't live in debt and financial bondage for the rest of your life. There is freedom and you can find it!

Kind of down.

I'm a bit down on life right now. Emotionally I feel like I fell in a ditch and can't get out. It sucks.

My heart is heavy for so many people. I wish I could snap my fingers and make life better for them but I can't. The only thing I can do is pray and be a good friend.

I didn't sleep well for a week for some reason and now I can't seem to catch up. I'm so tired. My brain doesn't seem to want to function properly and I just want to lay in bed all day every day and do nothing.

I would say I'm a bit depressed. I don't know how I got here and I'm not quite sure how to get out.

Part of my problem is that I have been eating horribly. I've been eating sugar again and that always has a negative affect on me. I need to quit but I can't. It's an addiction. I can't do moderation. Sugar and moderation can't exist together for me... kind of like alcohol and moderation can't exist for an alcoholic. I need help.

Sorry for the bum post but that's life. And that's what this blog is about... being honest in the ups AND downs.

I think a nice vacation to a warm beach somewhere would do wonders for me right now. Boo to budgeting! I'll be staying at home with our three feet of snow and more to come.

I think I'll go back to bed now.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Sleep

I was going to post about the second pillar in The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert last week but life happened and I never got around to it. I was thinking about just skipping it but Melissa said she was really looking forward to what it said about sleep so I decided to go back through and pick out some key points... because it was good.



Pillar #2... SLEEP.

Why is good sleep important??

1. Sleep regulates release of important hormones. When you sleep, growth hormone is secreted. This causes children to grow, and it regulates muscle mass and helps control fat in adults. When you don't sleep enough, this hormone's function is disrupted. Perhaps lack of sleep is partially to blame for the fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese.

2. Sleep slows the aging process. The term "beauty rest" is literally true.

3. Sleep boosts the immune system. People who sleep nine hours a night instead of seven hours have greater than normal "natural killer cell" activity. Natural killer cells destroy viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells.

4. Sleep improves brain function.

5. Sleep reduces cortisol levels. High cortisol levels are associated with many diseases, but the cure is as close as your pillow. Sufficient sleep helps to reduce cortisol levels. 

If that isn't enough to convince you to work harder at getting a good nigth's sleep every night then maybe this stuff will... When you don't sleep...

1. You increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. You become clumsy and "sleep drunk."
3. You jeopardize your job.
4. You endanger your life and the lives of others.
5. You reduce your sex drive.
6. You invite diseases.
7. You jeopardize your marriage. Studies show higher rates of divorce among people who don't get adequate sleep.

Colbert goes on to discuss all the things that could contribute to a bad night of sleep. He lists things like physical pain, caffeine, a snoring spouse, cigarettes and alcohol, exercise (at the wrong time), babies, environment, bad mattress or pillow. He also gives helpful suggestions on why these things may be keeping you up and what to do about them.

So how much sleep do you need? Colbert says, "Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night without interruption. Infants need more--about fourteen hours a day. A five-year-old needs twelve hours a day."

If you have been having trouble sleeping I highly recommend that you read pillar two in this book for helpful suggestions. There is a list of sleep aids that Colbert approves that do not cause daytime drowsiness. He also lists foods that are safe to eat at night and will not cause you to have a restless night of sleep.

I found the information to be very helpful and I have been making changes. :)
 

Favorite Pictures

Today's theme for the Valentine's Extravaganza going on over at My Little Life is favorite pictures. I went through the pictures I have on my computer and this is what I came up with...

Our first picture as Mr. and Mrs... 

I love this picture for it's simplicity. Just me and Mike in love...


We were in Texas for my brother's wedding. I was six months pregnant with Liza. I know Mike is squinting in the sun and I'm trying to keep my eyes open but I still love this picture...

This series of pictures was taken six months after Liza was born at my other brother's wedding...
I love him!

He loves me!

He makes me happy!


These next pictures come way later in time... some time after Jason was born and half grown.

I discovered how much fun smooshie face pictures are!


We like to be dorks...

And this one always, ALWAYS cracks me up. I was taking a self portrait of us and Mike went in for a kiss and I decided to be a huge dork. It turned out awesome!

And that's it. Some of my favorites. The pictures I always go back to. If you've been reading my blog for a while I'm sure you are thinking "I've seen these pictures" but I don't care. :) It's my blog and they are my favorites and I can post them as many times as I want! :)
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Friday, February 12, 2010

Living Foods

I just started pillar three in The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert.


Whenever I want to eat better and concentrate on being healthy I like to pick up a book by Colbert because he puts things in such a way that I WANT to make the right choices. He motivates me to be healthy like Dave Ramsey motivates me to be money smart.

The third pillar is living food. (The second was sleep. I may or may not write about that some day.)

I'm just going to quote some stuff from the book because Colbert will be able to say it better than I could. :)

Imagine you have two shelves in your pantry, one that says "dead food" and the other "living food."

On the "dead food" shelf is a little tag that reads: "These foods will make you disease-prone will cause degenerative diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis, and will make you overweight. They will also make you fatigued and prone to develop hypertension and high cholesterol."

But the "living food" shelf's tag reads: "These foods will protect your body from cancer, heart disease, all degenerative diseases, and obesity, and they will sharpen your mind, energize you, and enliven you."

There's your choice. As an average American, you may be consuming up to five pounds of food each day. Over your lifetime, that's around seventy tons of food that pass through your intestinal tract and are assimilated by your body.

Which shelf are you going to select food from?

Colbert reminds us that everything we put in our mouths has the potential to produce life or death. "Food is part of man's reward. But eating the wrong foods will bring curses of poor health."

I don't know about you... but that makes me want to eat living foods. Today was the first of several in this pillar so I am sure I will be learning plenty in the next few days about living foods. Some stuff I already know because I've read about it before but it never hurts to learn it again.

Another book by Don Colbert that I love is Eat This and Live. I still haven't finished it but there is a lot of really great information about the right and wrong foods to eat. I highly recommend it! I also recommend The Seven Pillars of Health even though I am only on the third pillar.

Five Questions

Sorry my blog has been lacking the past few days. I've been in a pretty bum mood and can't talk openly on here about things that are on my heart because it would hurt people that I deeply care about. Just know that I am ok. Just sad in the heart. Well that and I am extremely tired because I haven't slept well for a week... hard to think when you are so tired. I'll be back to being myself soon though.

Anyways...

It's another day of the Valentine's Day Extravaganza. Today it's Five Questions. :)

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1. What is the one thing that your love does that you can not live without?
Love me. All of me. My flaws and all. I think he is the only one who has ever truly taken the time to get to know me and he didn't run when he found out that I'm a little crazy. :) That's what I couldn't live without... his unconditional acceptance of me.

2. When did you know your love was "the one"?
Well... it was the summer after we had become really good friends. He was invited to a wedding and asked me to go with him so I did. I spent the weekend hanging out with him and when I went back to camp my friend said "so how was it?" and I just simply responded "I'm going to marry that boy someday." I had never really thought about it before. It just came out. That was when I was absolutely certain... months before we even started dating.

3. Does your love have a special ring tone on your cell?
What's a cell? ha. No really... we do have a cell but no one ever calls it because he just uses it to take to work so I can get a hold of him if I need to and I take it on trips so I can call home and say goodnight to my babies. So yeah... I guess he does have a special ring tone... it's all his since he's the only one that calls.

4. What are you attracted to most in your special someone?
His heart. It's beautiful.

5. Did you know when/where he was going to pop the question?
Nope. I knew it was coming. I just didn't know when. I actually had no idea he had already got the ring and kept telling him to just go buy it and ask me already. I was still surprised when he did ask!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wedding day memories

It's day 4 of Mama M.'s Valentine's Day extravaganza. Today is favorite wedding day memories.

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My wedding and reception were very non-traditional. We made it our own and left a lot of the typical stuff out. I like simple so we kept it simple. We planned it all in seven weeks and before we knew it the wedding day had arrived.

I wasn't nervous. At all. I remember being so confident of the decision I was making. I liked having that complete peace.

I will always remember the moment my dad and I stepped in through the back door of the sanctuary and every rose and started snapping pictures. It was crazy! All the attention felt a little strange. I wanted to just run down the isle and have it be over with.


Something that Mike and I always talk about when we remember our wedding day is the unity candle. I had a friend do my decorations and she just bought some cheap candles and glued some decorations on them... including some fake flowers. They were cute... but the flowers weren't such a good idea. At some point during the ceremony I noticed lots of black smoke going up from one of the candles. The flower had somehow caught fire haha. Something needed to be done. The Pastor didn't see it. He told everyone to bow their heads to pray and I looked at him and put my finger up to signal "hang on!" He looked at me really confused. I walked over to the candle, blew out the fire that wasn't supposed to be there while managing to keep the wick lit, then got back in place and the Pastor went on with his prayer. No one saw this happen except for some in the wedding party because everyone else was being good and following the Pastor's instructions to bow their heads for prayer.


When the ceremony was over we stood in the back of the church while every one waited in line to hug and congratulate us. We told them to go downstairs to the fellowship hall and get right in line for food. Don't wait for us. (That was a big hit!) Everything worked out so well and since we had covered the tables with white paper and put crayons out we had plenty of messages to read when it was all said and done.

 

If I had to do the day over again I wouldn't change one thing about it. However, if we ever renew our vows I will do it in the middle of summer instead of the middle of winter so I can make it super casual and have a big BBQ and get out some volleyball nets. That would have been the reception had we waited till summer. :)


Jason


I picked his name for it's meaning.




Jason means healer.




And healer he is....



Because he constantly heals my heart just by being my Jason.


I can be having the worst day ever and just one little smile from Jason makes it all seem better.



He's my baby and he has my heart. How could you not love a face like this!

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