Friday, December 9, 2011
I can't WAIT to have enough snow to go outside and play in the snow - but I don't want any snow days before Christmas break! If we miss a day between now and next Friday, we have to come back the following week... and I want a super long Christmas break!
There's some flakes falling outside as I type this.... I'm hoping it doesn't stick to the roads, as my choir is supposed to perform at a Live Nativity tonight. But fresh falling snow while we sing would look pretty sweet!
Monday, December 5, 2011
I still haven't seen any movement on the scale - it pretended to drop 2 pounds after 2 days of a liquid diet (tooth problem, not a new diet technique!), but went right back to normal when I tried to eat solid foods again. I've decided to quit stressing - I would like to see my clothes fitting differently at last, but I have had multiple people tell me I look more toned. I'm hoping after the beginning of the year (when things go back to something resembling normal) that I will start seeing some changes. I would really like to be able to RUN a 5K the beginning of April - I need to start training for it though. I'm waiting for the results of an MRI on my back, hopefully I can get some answers and get it feeling better so that the idea of running doesn't sound like torture!
Sorry if this all sounds whiny - it's all quite frustrating. I've been at this since May, I'm making the goal that by this coming May I will see the difference others are telling me they do!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
November was the month of Erin's wedding. It was so much fun, and what a beautiful bride! Josh and I drove up that Thursday, so we had Brad and Erin to ourselves that night. It was a great opportunity to relax with them before everything got started.
Friday Josh was kind enough to tag along with us girls. First pedicures for both of us, I could get hooked on THAT habit very quickly! We met up with Erin's parents for lunch and to drop our dresses in their hotel room. Then it was time for the rehearsal. Josh was a dear and got almost the entire reception set up while we practiced - he's amazing! Somehow, I was so focused on getting everything ready, I never took pictures of the room. Trust me when I say it looked great! Dinner was at an awesome restaurant called Flanagan's in Fort Wayne. Dinner was both relaxing and delicious, although it was impossible to finish a dish. I highly recommend it if you are in the area.
Saturday was the big day! There were little snafus all day long, but nothing tragic. Josh was again a life saver, playing chauffeur to get us where we needed to be on time. We couldn't have made everything go as smoothly without him, plus he put up with me! Maid of Honor sure is a big job, but I was glad to make sure Erin's day went perfectly. There's even some great pictures from the day!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Sooo... someone finally did it. They have a contest for which is cuter - puppies or babies? No really, go look - Puppies vs. Babies online contest. See what I mean? You have until November 23 to vote. So, that means TODAY.
Personally, this is a hard decision. Some babies are absolutely adorable, and melt everyone's hearts. But puppies.... puppies are cute. And grow into dogs, which are cute too. I mean, Jager is still my puppy, and he's still cute. Even when he's in trouble, those big eyes can melt my heart. When a baby is crying.... not so cute. Really - a screaming child? There is nothing cute about that at all.
Who would you vote for? Could you choose between babies and puppies? I am interested to see these comments - how do you decide? If I had heard about this contest, this picture would have been entered immediately:
I mean really, how adorable is that? A baby would be all hidden in a car seat, unable to decide it was naptime. Jager just curled up on his way to see Santa.
I was undecided when I first saw this contest, but if I had to choose a group, it would be puppies. No matter how naughty they are, puppy dog eyes win out every time!
Don't forget to tell me in the comments who you are going to vote for! I want to see who you all think is cuter :)
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So, let's sum up October. I got sick with bronchitis, but got a Rx and got better pretty quick. I saw two good friends get married in the same day. Kristina, aka Kik, from Misters and Misses was an absolutely gorgeous bride! I was lucky enough to be able to attend her ceremony with friends from work, and then meet Josh to go to Abby and Bryan's reception. No pictures from Kik's ceremony - I wasn't in a good spot to pull out my camera. Some pictures from Abby's reception though, which was held at the beautiful Chateau Pomije, where we were definitely at the best table. Great company, great wine - it was a great way to celebrate Abby and Bryan's marriage!
Me and Josh (and you can see some of their beautiful decorations!
Me, Brie, and Andrea
Andrea and Abby, the bride :)
Her beautiful toss bouquet, which came home with me! ;)
The day after the weddings was my birthday. I got new hubcaps for the Mustang! I have to wait for the spring to put them on because she's in storage for the winter, but they will definitely help with sprucing her up.
The following weekend was Erin's shower and bachelorette party. Everything went off without a hitch, for which I am so grateful. It is definitely more difficult to plan things from 3 hours away, especially when you don't know the area.
Her wedding is next weekend, so I am super excited! The next two weeks are incredibly busy for me - speech team competition, some work time at the Slopes, her wedding, watching some of my students perform, and my own 5th grade performance. Here's hoping it all goes smoothly!
Friday, October 7, 2011
M Aug 29 - 50 laps in 31 minutes
T Aug 30 - weight room
W Aug 31 - 40 laps in 24 minutes
R Sept 1 - weight room
F Sept 2 - mile in 45 minutes
M Sept 5 (Labor Day) - Jillian
T Sept 6 - weight room, added weight
W Sept 7 - 12 minutes on elliptical, then 40 laps in 26 minutes
R Sept 8 - elliptical, ab work and machines, then 30 laps in 24 minutes
F Sept 9 - 40 laps in 25 minutes
Sat Sept 10 - ran/walked a 5K in 40:52
T Sept 13 - machines, ab work, swam 30 laps in 20 minutes
W Sept 14 - 50 laps in 30 minutes
R Sept 15 - weight room
F Sept 16 - 40 laps in 24 minutes, 44 in 26
T Sept 20 - weight room
W Sept 21 - mile in 45 minutes
R Sept 22 - weight room, upped level of elliptical
F Sept 23 - 50 laps in 34 minutes
Sat Sept 24 - walked over 5 miles
Sun Sept 25 - Jillian
M Sept 26 - 50 laps in 35 minutes
T Sept 27 - weight room
W Sept 28 - mile in 44 minutes
R Sept 29 - weight room
F Sept 30 - 40 laps in 27 minutes
M Oct 3 - mile in 44 minutes
T Oct 4 - weight room
W Oct 5 - swam 40 laps in 28 minutes
F Oct 7 - 40 laps in 25 minutes
If you're just joining in - I swim Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When I go to the weight room, we do an ab workout (crunches, side crunches, bicycle crunches, etc). Then I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical. Machines consist of assisted chin-ups and dips, an ab machine, press machine, curl machine, and two leg machines. I usually end up walking a few laps on the track as well.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
As a teacher who is also a coach and director, I become very close to some families in our school. One of these families was expecting baby #6, and their other children were ecstatic. The kindergartener was hoping for a girl, because they would have 3 girls AND 3 boys and it would be even again.
He got his wish - a baby girl born with an uncertain diagnosis. At first it was positive for Trisomy 18, then that was negative. This week they got a positive for Trisomy 13, but she seemed to be making progress. they had moved her out of NICU to a step down unit, and there were a lot of positives happening. The other children were so excited, even though her difficulties meant their parents were spending most of their time at the hospital. Throughout this whole ordeal, the father has found time to send email updates to a teacher who redistributed them, and then to update a "blog" provided through the hospital with daily updates and pictures.
This afternoon, I found out that this little girl was called to Heaven last night. After just 17 days here with her earthly family, she's home with the angels.
Yet her father's last post is extremely full of hope and thanksgiving. He knows his little girl is with God, and God's will had been the prayer from the beginning. It gives me such a wake up call. I take my faith for granted - I know God is there, and I know it is always HIS will that is done. Sometimes it is hard to understand why, but especially with the events of the last two years, I've accepted that we're not always supposed to know why. But do I pray continually for God to do things His way? Or do I selfishly pray for the results I want for myself and loved ones? I know it is the latter most of the time, even if that just means to wrap them in His love. The father mentioned things he is thankful - they never had to discipline or argue with their youngest daughter. Most importantly, her life was about love. Everyone who heard about her showed love - to her, her siblings, her parents, her faith community. He is thankful for all the people who have been praying for this daughter, and he is thankful for the people who were brought to prayer because of her life.
Over the past few weeks, all of this has made me stop and think.
- A lot of times I will compose a blog post in my head while driving, but then I'm too busy to type it out. How can I be too busy, when he was taking time away from his daughter or other children to type an update?
- Someday, I hope to be having children of my own. Could I place their lives into God's will so easily? Or would I fight to keep them with me, no matter His will?
- I offer my prayers to God, but I don't think I stop and talk to him. Maybe I need more of this in my life.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
If you know anything about my relationship with my dog, you know that he's like my child. So whenever I notice his energy is low or he seems to have problems moving, I start to worry. Since he has black lab in him, I know that joint issues could be a problem down the road.
Hill's Science Diet Healthy Mobility helps in just 30 days. One month, and your pet can be back on the road to playing and getting into everything. Jager's current trick has been to jump the baby gate to get where he's not supposed to. As much as it drives me crazy, I want to make sure that his diet helps him do it. That's why I looked at Hill's Pet Nutrition. Anything to help him keep moving comfortably!
What about cost you ask? Well, Hill's is offering Hill's Healthy Mobility Coupon. $30 in savings delivered right to your inbox! You can started on better mobility for your pet today. Registering for the coupons automatically registers you to win free pet food for a year! It's not a one in a million shot - 30 winners will get free pet food for a year! Registering is very easy and only takes a few minutes. I would spend a few minutes every day for free dog food - Jager likes to eat!
This is the age of technology, and you can find Hill's Pet Nutrition on Facebook. Why not check out what they have to offer? The mobility challenge is 30 days - what do you have to lose? Maybe your pet can be jumping over fences and getting into trouble again, just like my Jager.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Friday night was spent putting things away from the week. I've almost finished a very thorough cleaning of my house, and yet the clutter catches back up with me too quickly. My kitchen table isn't used for eating - it's used for holding everything that comes through my door :/ Yet another habit I need to break!
Saturday was date day! Not very often that I get to be selfish and claim Josh as my own, but it happened. We went to the Newport Aquarium, and had a blast! I absolutely love places like that, and Newport's is very nice. There was a good crowd there, but it didn't feel too bad. The Navy Divers were in town, so we watched the dive show with them. It was pretty interesting - I never thought about the fact that have to replace 800 pound propellers in the water!
After that, we walked up to Pompilios Restaurant. If you've ever seen Rain Man, you should recognize it. So much fun to walk through Hollywood in our own town! And their food is delicious! Josh had spaghetti and meatballs and ravioli in a huge bowl - I don't know how he ate it all. I had an Italian panini which I couldn't finish - came close, but it just wasn't worth feeling bad the rest of the afternoon! We walked to the Running Spot down there - Josh needed new shoes for the Chicago Marathon. I was looking at their sports bras, but they didn't have my size. The guy recommended going to their "main" store. It was only 10 or 15 minutes out of the way, so we went. Found exactly what I was looking for, we'll see how I like it!
Then it was nap time.... I don't know how, but I was so tired! It's like the week catches up to me on the weekends and all I want to do is sleep. We had an invite to go swimming and what not, but decided a night with Indiana Jones sounded better :)
Yesterday was a packed day. Church in the morning, then getting ready for everything else! Josh's family was celebrating his grandmother's birthday at his house, so that's where we started. Then we headed to one of his co-worker's house, who is also uncle to Josh's friends. Their food was amazing. Grilled porkchops that were absolutely incredible! We headed back to Josh's house for another hour or so, then on to the next gathering at one of his friend's house. Finally got home around midnight I think, I was so tired by then!
Josh is off running 17 miles right now - Jenna and Lori are with him. Glad they have a nice cool day for it! Me, I wimped out and did Jillian. Time to (finally) cut my grass. When Josh is finished, I finally get to watch last night's "True Blood" - the wait is driving me crazy!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday - swim 30 laps in 20 minutes. The pool was closed in the morning, so I had to go after school before our junior high open house. It really threw me off, and I was distracted by the swim lessons going on at the same time. Good to know for future reference though :)
Tuesday - weight room with Josh
Wednesday - 40 laps in 26 minutes. Not too disappointed considering how sore I was!
Thursday - weight room again. It was easier, but it HURT. I was still sore from Tuesday, and some of the reps made me want to cry.
And that's it. Slept in yesterday, and it felt wonderful! My Fitness Pal wasn't too happy with me on Thursday, because apparently I didn't eat enough calories. It's definitely making me more aware of what I put in my mouth, but I don't know if that's really helping. Instead, I feel guilty every time I grab a handful of M&Ms to get through the next class without a rumbling tummy!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
July 11: 50 laps in 34 minutes. The first 40 laps in 26 minutes.
July 12: 40 laps in 24 minutes
July 13: Yoga
July 14: 40 laps in 28 minutes, 50 in 34
July 15: 70 laps (one mile) in 45 minutes
July 18: Yoga
July 19: 52 laps, 32 minutes
July 20: one mile (70 laps) in 47 minutes, 80 laps in 54.
Pool closed, skipped yoga since I couldn't put pressure on my finger without wanting to scream
August 2: 40 laps in 26 minutes
August 5: 30 laps in 23 minutes
August 8: 40 laps in 26 minutes
August 9: pool temporarily closed, was up and ready to go though!
August 10 (first day of school): 40 laps in 24 minutes this morning, 50 in 32
August 11: 40 laps this morning in 25 minutes
August 15: 40 laps in 24 or 25 minutes
August 16: 40 laps in 23 minutes, and 50 in 30 minutes
August 17: 40 laps in 23 minutes, 70 (one mile) in 43.
August 18: 40 laps in 24 minutes
August 19: 40 laps in 27 minutes
There have been great days and slow days, but for the most part it's pretty consistent. I'm excited to keep it up through the school year. I never get the "runner's high" or a boost of energy, but mentally I know I'm doing something good for myself. Makes it worth getting up super early!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
We went to the Journey concert last Wednesday! Their openers were Night Ranger and Foreigner. Not bad, but definitely were there to see Journey. It was so much fun, especially since I haven't been to a concert since last August!
All of my furniture is finished and put back together.... I guess I forgot to take pictures though. Whoops. It definitely looks nicer than the flowers, but now I'm considering adding some shells instead.... we'll see what I can dig up.
This weekend a dear friend is getting married. Josh is in the wedding, so that means rehearsal Friday night and craziness Saturday! Should be a good time though, I'm pretty excited about it.
School starts tomorrow... and I'm not ready. I finally got my motivation to do home stuff, but apparently it doesn't spread over to doing school stuff. It seems like summer just got started, and it's at an end already. Sadness, but at least it means I get to see people like Staci and Kristina again!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
First up, no pictures - finally finished unpacking the guest/hobby room and office. Made it through the boxes in the garage. I'm so excited to see clean spaces!
It took a while, but I'm motivated to get things accomplished around the house. Well, I have been.... my Kindle came in this morning! (and I got it free, even better!) I might have to set limits on how long I can play with it....
Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm here to tell you - this is for real. They ask you to wait until you have $50 to withdraw (you can do less, but there is a fee). I waited until I had a little more than that, just because there were a few things close together that I wanted to be able to withdraw all at the same time. I'm here to tell you - the money was in my paypal account quickly after I withdrew from SocialSpark, and was in my bank account today. It really works!
They do have some restrictions - your blog has to have been active for so long, etc, but it's really easy to do. Just another way to earn a little extra money in your pocket!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
After a week like this, I just want to say "I quit!" It's so frustrating that I can't fix any of it without just throwing money at it. Hopefully things will turn around soon!
Thursday: 40 laps in 25 minutes - lost an earring back, spent one lap looking for it, which is why I slowed down.
Friday: 70 laps = 1 mile, and I did it in 45 minutes! It's 3 minutes faster than my last mile, so I'm very excited!
I also did yoga again on Friday - I am NOT flexible so I definitely work hard while we are there.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Tues, June 21: 40 laps in 24-25 minutes
Wed, June 22: 50 laps, 35 minutes
Thurs, June 23: Swam a mile (70 laps) in 46 minutes
Vacation week - June 30: 20 laps before the pool was too crowded. Lots of swimming in the ocean and walking during the week though.
Wed, July 6: 50 laps in 32 minutes. Made 40 laps in 24, so that compares pretty well. Also did a 30 minute yoga class with my mom.
I do pretty good the weeks I'm home. I just get up EARLY (5:10 this morning) instead of sleeping in like I want to. Sometimes the hardest part is just driving out to Batesville to get to the pool. I am not seeing a difference in numbers, but Josh says I look more toned. I'll take anyone seeing a difference!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday: 40 laps, 29 minutes, broke to take my inhaler and forgot to time it :/
Thursday: 40 laps, 25 minutes
Friday: ONE MILE! I'm very excited. Took me 49 minutes, which is probably a long time, but I'm so excited I did it!
I finally feel like I'm making progress - now to keep with it, even when I'm exhausted!
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
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Some other bloggers are having some giveaways. Who doesn't like free stuff?!?
Saturday, June 11, 2011
May 25: 30 laps in 22 minutes
May 26: 30 laps in 21 minutes
Then we had Memorial Day weekend.....
May 31: 20 laps, was so sore from tubing on the lake I couldn't handle anymore. Ended up being the only time I could make it to the pool that week :/
June 6: 40 laps
June 7: 40 laps in 26 minutes
June 8: 40 laps... 28 minutes?
June 9: 40 laps today 27 or 28 minutes
June 10: 40 laps in 26 minutes
I'm really excited how this week turned out! I'm not sure how good my times are or are not, but I'm glad I'm being consistent.