Friday, January 29, 2010
I hated to go to work. My mommy senses were so sad to leave her, but I knew she'd be in good hands with Patrick. He's an excellent and sensitive care-giver. I told him to be a good mama, and went off to work. I called to check on her at 10 am, and she was sleeping. He called me at 11 am and said "guess who's throwing up?" I said "Shannon?" and he said "No. I am." Oh geez.
At this point I considered going home with one of my co-workers for the weekend. When school was over, I ran to Kroger and bought all the good sickie foods...ginger ale, jello, applesauce, bananas, bread (because we were running low), and gatorade. I didn't buy saltines because we already had lots. I bought myself a bag of Doritos, because I know at some point during all of this I am going to want a fun food, lol.
I got home to two pitiful people...fevers over 101 and still sick as dogs. For now (10 pm) the barfing has stopped...but they both are still feverish and feeling yucky.
I am sympathetic and taking good care of them...but please God, oh please don't let me get it!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
He said "Babe, instead of feeling bad about "quitting," why not feel GREAT that you've exercised 4-5 times a week for the last 3 weeks? That's fantastic!"
Um. Wow. Yeah, why DON'T I do that? He's so smart.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I am going to work on building my fitness level and stamina by doing my elliptical machine and walking. I think I may even throw in some Shred workouts once or twice a week, because I really do love them.
I am wanting to continue to work out and get healthier...but trying to force myself to Shred EVERY day is actually having the opposite effect!
I hope you all will continue to support me...but I'm sorry to drop out of the 30 Day Challenge.
Outside my window...it is dark and windy. Earlier, we had a teeny flurry of snow.
I am thinking....that I need to be more forgiving to myself. I am not perfect, and I don't expect that of anyone but myself!
I am thankful...that Patrick and I are moving toward accomplishing some of our goals.
I am praying..."The Finger Prayer"...in a nutshell:
- My thumb is closest to my heart – pray for my family.
- My index finger points out things we don’t always see; it instructs me – pray for teachers.
- My middle finger stands taller than the rest – remember to pray for the president and leaders around the world.
- My ring finger is weak and cannot stand alone well – pray for the weak and the sick.
- My pinkie finger is the smallest – remember to pray for myself.
I am creating...a cleaner, simpler, more organized home.
From the kitchen...Nice and tidy. Hubby made dinner tonight!
Around the house...All are quiet and sleeping...except me!
One of my favorite things...Snuggling up with Patrick and my two littlest dogs and going to sleep for the night.
A few plans for the rest of the week...do preschool prep for February (calendars, newsletters, progress reports), appointment with Patrick on Wednesday afternoon, awards breakfast at Shan's school on Friday. Babysitting each afternoon except Wednesday. Blood drive on Friday afternoon.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We got to the High School, and Shannon got all registered. She drew her number...16...and then was given a trophy for winning at the school level.
Then, it was time for the Bee:
It was a really good Bee...lots of good words. This was Shannon's 3rd year at the county level; up til this year she has placed 8th in the county. As soon as she was guaranteed to be at least 7th, she shot us this huge smile. Well, pretty soon, she was in the top 4. The top 3 go to the district bee, plus there's an alternate…so that was exciting! And just a minute later, she was top 3...then two!
These two girls were a perfect match for each other. They went 16 rounds back and forth before Shannon missed a word (acumen). (I was CERTAIN Shannon knew that word, but she told me afterward that she didn't. She assumed it had the same root as "accurate" and spelled it "accumen." Oh well.) The other girl spelled it correctly, and then spelled her own word (ardency) correctly...so she was the winner! Shannon was SO thrilled to earn 2nd place!Shannon won a $150 Visa gift card, a trophy, and will get to go to the District Bee in late February!
So proud of this girl!
Keely over at MannLand5 does something called Getting to know you on Sundays. So, here are my answers! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's answers!
Yes, please! Seriously, I love them all. I grew up with my dad being the family waffle-master...so waffles have a special place in my heart. I am the pancake queen of the family...so I CAN'T leave them out. And then, my home-made french toast is never quite the way I want it...so it's the one I'm most apt to order when we go out for breakfast. So...I'll just answer YES!
Mmm...An older, yet well maintained farm house with a large porch. Located in rustic surroundings...pasture land, large trees, barn, workshop, etc. Hardwood floors, beadboard walls, tons of charm and character!
Oooh, there are so many! I'm an Olympics JUNKIE!!! I love everything from alpine skiing, to pairs figure skating, to ski jumping, to luge, etc. I just love it all!
7. Beach or Mountains..which do you prefer? I grew up in California, so I do love the beach. But I also love the mountains. I think I prefer the mountains. The crisp air, green trees, brilliant blue skies...ahhhhh. Yes, please.
Coming up later...The Shred, Day 14.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Truth #1: I didn't work out yesterday or the day before. I had hit the wall. Seriously. I am still dealing with this issue at work, and I think I'm going through the grief process. I've been having disbelief, sadness, shock, anger, etc. It's grueling. Then, I got my period, and anyone that knows me, knows they tend to knock me out. I just had NOTHING left to give. I know that's "technically" not the right answer, but it is what it is. I am trying to make a life-long change here, and in reality, I'm just not going to be able to work out every single day.
The good news is: I got back on the horse today. Day 13 is done and in the bag. The other good news is that Level 2 is getting much more manageable for me. It's soooo hard, and I think I'm going to die while I'm doing it, but I AM DOING IT.
Doing the Shred is so hard. I really think that gearing myself up mentally to work THAT HARD physically is part of the problem. At least for me. I suppose in reality it's just as easy as "pushing play" and getting started. But to know how hard I'm about to have to work, and how deeply I have to pull to get through it...it's tiring! When this 30 days is over, I really feel like I will have accomplished something.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today was nice. E and E were here all day. We played barbies, horses, Lego Batman for Wii, built a huge fort, had a pampas grass battle in the front yard, colored with sidewalk chalk, and read books! Phew!
I am one of five girls supplying lunch for our preschool staff meeting tomorrow, so after they left, Patrick and I made 15 POUNDS of taco meat and two dozen chocolate cupcakes. We grocery shopped and worked out, too! No wonder I'm tired!!!
Today's Shred (Day 12) was hard, but manageable! Yay! I was planning to go back to Level 1 today, but I decided at the last minute to push through and stick with Level 2...and surprisingly, I was better able to keep up! No cursing, and no crying! Woot!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
It makes my heart full to see things like De-Lurk for Haiti and Helping Haiti in the blogosphere. I don't have much money to help out, but generous people like this, help me make it do more. Thank you!!! Even if you've donated...but especially if you haven't, please check out these blogs (and the McLinky on De-Lurk for Haiti) to comment, etc. which will raise funds to be donated to Haitian relief efforts.
We have the day off tomorrow for MLK Day, but I'm watching E and her brother (also E) from 8:15 to 3. Gotta think of some fun stuff to do. Will go donate blood after that.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Level 2 is INTENSE, but I liked the workout better. Well, all except those alternating lunge/pendulum lift things. I actually cursed out loud during those! LOL!
I have to say, I don't see any difference in my body, looking at my Day 1 and Day 10 pictures, and I've only lost 1 pound...but I feel different. Inside my flab, I feel my muscles are tighter and definitely stronger. My goal for the next 10 days is to do better with my eating/snacking, and to consistently drink more water. (I did pretty well with my water intake, but I could do better.) In my defense, my eating wasn't horrible either, in fact it was OK. But there is definite room for improvement.
My weight this morning was 207, which is -4 from New Year's Eve. I didn't take measurements when I started, so I didn't today either. LOL. The pictures are shown before, then after...before, then after.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
And then, Patrick and I had our appointment this afternoon, and things are OK...but we have some big decisions to make. I know I'm being cryptic here too, and I know it's my blog, and if I can't let my feelings out on my own blog, where can I? But again, this is just something I don't feel like I can broadcast freely. We're OK...just in the deep thoughts, and big decisions mode.
So, it's just been a heavy sort of day. Blarg.
I did my Day 9 Shred tonight, and it was easier than the past two nights. I'm actually looking forward to moving on to Level 2 on Saturday, because I HATE those lunge/bicep curls. It's not because they're hard (which they are), but I just don't feel like I'm doing them right! It's annoying! LOL! I checked my weight this morning, and it was UP 2 lbs, which was kind of a bummer, but I think I know why...and there's not much I can do about THAT, lol.
I need to get up and tidy up around here a bit. I am watching E after school tomorrow. Shannon's got pep band after school, and then a sleep-over...so it should be a nice relaxing night at least!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Patrick attempted to Shred again, although he had to stop in the middle. Tonight was a tough one. I don't know if it's because I was sick yesterday, or if I exercised too late in the evening again, but I just didn't have as much energy. I had to really push to get through it. But I did it!
I think I need to really focus on getting my workout in before dinner time. If I wait until after dinner, I'm just too worn out to exercise that intensely. Tomorrow, Patrick and I have an appointment at 3, so I need to work-out right when I get home from work. Well, actually...I'm not sure how that will work. I tend to get home around 1:30 and we'll need to leave around 2:15. That's not enough time to work-out, and get cleaned up again. I'll figure it out, lol.
I'm gonna go hit the shower and head to bed.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I still had it in my mind that I would Shred tonight, but Patrick said "No way." So, I will hope for tomorrow.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I shredded tonight, and it was better than last night. Today is Day 7...so I've been at this a week! I know it's too soon, but I wish I could see a difference somewhere. That's what REALLY motivates me. I'll take some pictures on Day 10. I wonder if I'll see any changes. I still really have a hard time with that set of jumping jacks / jump rope. I have NO idea why it's' so hard for me, but it's like my quads (the part directly above my knee...not further up my thigh) just seize up. So strange! I can do the jumping jacks early in the work-out, and I can do the full 2 minutes of cardio at the end...it's just the middle section that gives me fits. Definitely odd.
I had an interesting revelation last night at Bible Study...I think it's probably a "touchy" subject, and I absolutely mean no disrespect or to make sweeping generalizations...it's just what I've experienced.
So, our Bible Study is merging with another...and the pastor of the church we'll be merging with came to meet with us afterward. After the meeting-talk, things just kind of shifted into chit-chat. He (an older man...in his 70's) was talking about how conservative he is, and how "the church" needs to be that way, and how "we" need to be careful not to become complacent (liberal). Now, out of respect, I kept my mouth shut, but let me just share that I was born and raised in California. I am becoming more conservative as I age, plus living here in the South is taking it's "toll" (haha) on me as well. But suffice it to say, I'm still quite liberal in many ways.
And now, for a little background story. I grew up in the United Methodist Church. I was active in church activities through my childhood and high school. During my college years I slacked off, but began attending again after college, and especially after Shannon was born. I grew up with the notion of Hell being "where you go if you're evil," and really the only idea of Satan/The Devil I had was that silly saying "the devil made me do it." In middle school, I went through confirmation, and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Here in GA, we are members of and regularly attend a United Methodist Church.
Now, about a 10 months ago, I started really going through a spiritual change. After Patrick's accident, my life just changed a lot, and through no conscious decision, I just sort of started slipping away. I was so devoted to taking care of Shannon, Patrick, our home, my job, our pets, etc...that I forgot to take care of me. A dear family friend (DM) reached out to me, and basically offered me a life line. He is a wonderful (and extremely educated) Christian mentor to me. In some of our talks/studies he would talk about "the enemy" and finally I had to ask him straight out...because I didn't know what he was talking about, lol. We had to have a couple very serious talks about Satan/Hell.
So...on to my "revelation." Listening to this pastor talk and share a story last night, it finally dawned on me. I was brought up in a very liberal state, and in my experience you "accept Jesus as your Lord" and follow him...and live a good life. Here in the South, you are "saved." But being saved connotes being saved FROM something...ie: Satan or Hell. This had never occurred to me that my physical, geographical upbringing would have anything (or so MUCH) to do with my evolving religious/spiritual beliefs. I mean...I've been in the United Methodist Church basically my entire life...and yet from coast to coast, from liberal to conservative...the methods of "religious education" are vastly different.
Let me just say again, I hope this doesn't offend anyone. It was not my intention to make sweeping generalizations of "liberal Californians" or "conservative Southerners"...more just to note this observation I had.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Keely over at MannLand5 does something called Getting to know you on Sundays. So, here are my answers! Have a good night all...hope more people do this too!
I would choose my very best friend, Vickie. Both of us know a fair amount of outdoorsy stuff...but beyond that, we'd laugh the entire time.
Beyond what's forced upon me at the check out stands, no.
I don't watch a lot of TV...but I never ever miss The Biggest Loser, so I guess that would be it!
I'm not, lol. If I stand up straight, I'm 5'4".
"My Life in France," by Julia Child. It was FASCINATING.
Definitely flats. I used to be a heels person, and I'm not sure what happened, but I'm totally a flats girl now.
I guess I'd choose earthquake because I've already done that. I lived in the SF Bay Area when the 1989 Loma Prieta Quake hit. (So, does that mean I'm off the hook to go through any others? lol) Living near Atlanta now, we have a couple close-calls with tornados each year, and that's no fun either.
Just plain ole panties. Y'know...Hanes Her Way or something *fancy* like that.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Slept in, and Patrick took Shannon to Girl Scouts. (It's officially cookie time! Aaaack!) While she was gone, I did my prep for Bible Study tomorrow night. The snow is melting outside in the sunshine, but it's still chilly (33 degrees) outside.
Patrick came home and laid down to rest his poor head. He napped for a bit, while I tidied up the kitchen. I was going to wake him up when it was time to go get Shan, but his Dad called about 45 minutes before that time. They talked for a few minutes, and then P said "Well...so much for my nap. Let's go Shred." Whoa. And so, we shredded!
Now, Shan is home, and the two of them are working on dinner. We're having a beef roast with potatoes and mushrooms.
Today is officially "Let's Take Down Christmas" day. As soon as dinner's in the oven, we're hitting the attic.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Patrick and I got up today, and once the sun came out and started to dry a bit of the roads, we went for a drive. We've always loved to go for rides in the car together, so this has become something of a tradition for us. (I'll also give a little more background here...since I have some new readers. Patrick and I dated in high school, and married one year after I graduated. This July will mark our 20th wedding anniversary. Three years ago, Patrick was injured in a car accident was is now considered permanently disabled. He deals with terrible daily pain. The past few years, in addition to trying to find relief for him, have been a tremendous journey in redefining who he is, what our roles are, etc.)
As we were heading out, we were going to stop for lunch. I said "There's Arby's, Chick-Fil-A, and Sonic...which do you want?" And he said "Which one is healthier?" My downfall is that I wasn't even THINKING healthy food...I was thinking "FUN! Snow Day Food!" So I said "Well, Chick-Fil-A has good char-grilled sandwiches. We could have that." And so we did! I thanked him for encouraging us to make a good choice.
Anyway. We picked up Shan on the way home, and then P and I took a nap. LOL! Again...gotta love a snow day. When we got up, I knew it was time to Shred. I encouraged Patrick to do it with me. (More background: Due to his disability, he's gained a lot of weight over the past three years. Probably about 80-ish pounds. It's very hard for him to do physical things, plus he spends a lot of time lying down, just trying to deal with his pain.) He said he would try it!
For me, Day 4 was a mixed bag. My legs felt really heavy, but I had more energy to push through the cardio. It's neat to feel my endurance increasing. Like I said yesterday, I can also feel that my muscles are getting stronger, it's just still hiding under the jiggle.
Patrick did great for his first try! He had to take a lot of breaks, but he kept getting up and trying again. The last 2 minute cardio bit, he had to just march in place...but I am so proud of him for doing it!!!
Bring on Day 5.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
While Patrick went to pick up Shannon from school I did day 3 of The Shred. I felt sluggish getting started, but found that I had a bit more endurance, and didn't have to stop and gasp at all. I was definitely panting...but I didn't have to stop to catch my breath. I did have to do that quick knee raise thing a few times during jump rope, but I really think that is due to muscle fatigue, and just a quick stretch gives me more circulation there.
So now, my hard work is done...and I get to just sit and watch it snow.
Now that January 6th has come and gone, I *could* take down my Christmas tree, but I think I might wait til this weekend. It snows so rarely here, I just want to enjoy it!
Oh, oh, oh! I weighed in at 208 today! That's 3 pounds gone in a week.
I was thinking about it this morning, and with the exception of 4th grade when she was absent with scarlet fever...she has been in the school bee every year, and won every year! She is quite a kid. (For those of you who are new to reading my blog...Shannon is newly 13, and in 7th grade.)
I thought the words were hard this year. Here are the words Shannon spelled:
*hazmat (which I didn't realize was actually a "word")
This is when it got down to two spellers, and then Shannon's words were:
*unsentimental (the other speller missed this, so Shan did it, and then won with....)
The "poetic justice" for today was that there was this kid in there that was just a total showoff and acting like an ass. Seriously, he was so annoying. He got out in round 2, on the word "immature." Ha! So then, to have Shannon win with "humility" was sweet.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I think the hardest thing for me is all the stuff where I have to propel myself off the floor. I'm fine with them at first, but very quickly my quads feel like they're just not going to hold me up. I found that when I get that feeling, if I pull each knee up to my chest, I'm then able to continue with the exercise. I don't know if they're just overworked, or if it's a kind of cramp? Or if I'm just a wuss. But I was able to do a lot more today.
I don't have to go to work tomorrow, and I'm pretty excited about it for a couple reasons. 1) I get to sleep in. I LOVE SLEEP. I could marry sleep. 2) I called in a sub to teach for me because my daughter is in her school spelling bee....very cool. 3) It's supposed to snow tomorrow! I have a lot of new readers, so you probably don't know...but I am THE BIGGEST weather dork alive. I think I'm 8 years old inside.
Anyway, tomorrow's gonna rock, and I can't wait!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
An interesting thing happened afterward though. One of the things that I feel remorse about is that I haven't been a better example for my daughter, as it relates to diet and fitness. I know I need to model the behavior I hope her to copy, but more often than not...I don't. And she is following in my footsteps...in ways I regret. Anyway, I was all hot and sweaty when she got home from school. (Usually I'm sitting on my bed or the couch, using my computer.) She asked what I had done and I told her about The Shred. She said "I wish it wasn't too cold to go for a bike ride." I told her that she could wear a coat and gloves (it's about 30 out) and ride, ride, ride! I am 100% positive that if I had been sitting on my bed like normal, that is NOT what she would have said. She would have gotten HER laptop and joined me. But, I was sitting there, sweaty from working out...and she had the idea to go ride her bike.
It's amazing when life's lessons are so evident.
Monday, January 4, 2010
The good news is, Shannon and I took E up to preschool and got a bunch of prepwork done. I feel pretty darn ready for the kids to come tomorrow! Woot! Oh! And Patrick mailed my sister's surprise this morning. I can't wait for her to get it!
And now...the not so pretty. I may not have exercised, but I had Patrick take my before pictures. This is NOT easy for me. At. All. In fact, I'd really rather post anything BUT my pictures and weight, but I'm serious about making a change this year, and so I'm going to post them. I'm going to post pictures along the way too, but I can't decide if I should do it at certain pound increments (like 10 pounds lost, 20 pounds lost, etc.) or like...monthly? Thoughts?
OK. My starting weight is 211 lbs. I'm only 5'4", so that's WAY too much. The lowest I've EVER weighed as an "adult" was 128, and I was 18 years old. It was actually too thin for my build. Now that I'm 20 years older, and have had a child, I would be deliriously happy to weigh 145. I guess that means I need to lose 66 lbs. Ouch. The way I'm choosing to look at this is: the is the most I will EVER weigh again.
I pretty much hate looking at those pictures. I'm embarrassed and ashamed. But it is what it is...and all I can do is start fixing it. And so, off I go.
Also, the other night I signed up with The BlogFrog, and I have to say it's a pretty fun, easy way to see and follow who is visiting your blog. If you don't have it, I'd recommend it! Thumbs up from me!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
My sister's surprise is all ready to go. I'll drop it off tomorrow on the way to preschool. I'm watching E tomorrow, and we're going up to school to take down December stuff and put up January. I'll do a bit of prepwork too. Shannon doesn't go back to school until Tuesday, so I'm enlisting her help as well.
Bible study went great tonight. We had a little group, so the big kids came in with my little guys and we did Romans 12 together. We were talking about gratitude and God's grace. Very nice.
Today we didn't go to church. This is a problem for me. I struggle with the motivation to go, and I know how horrible that sounds. I'm not sure what the hold up is. Shannon is going through Confirmation this year, and we're committed to making sure that SHE gets there, and I KNOW that we need to be going too...but somewhere there is a disconnect. Working on it.
While at Bible Study, one of the bigger girls was telling about some cookies she ate today. It was those Heath Bar Cookies that you make with saltine crackers, etc. I ADORE those, and I'd forgotten all about them. Usually I make a batch over Christmas break, and somehow it just totally escaped me this year. I stopped on the way home, bought the ingredients and made them with Shan tonight. So yeah, we didn't exercise tonight. We ate cookies. Back on track tomorrow. That's what it's all about right? You just keep trying.
And now for some cute! The other night...let's see, New Year's Eve Eve...it snowed here! SO exciting! We live outside Atlanta, so while we get *a little* snow each year, it hardly EVER amounts to anything. We get SO tickled every time we see it. Shannon brought Rosie (our chihuahua) out into the snow...aren't they sweet?
I stumbled upon a cute/fun blog carnival today. Keely over at MannLand5 does something called Getting to know you on Sundays. So, here are my answers! Have a good night all...hope more people do this too!
1. Where were you born?
I was born in Oakland, CA
2. Toilet paper..do you crinkle/crumple or fold it?
I guess I'm a crumpler...I tend to make a snowball of sorts. (Is that TMI?)
3. What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
We saw Avatar in 3D and LOVED it!
4. What room to you spend the most time in besides your bedroom?
Mmm, probably the kitchen.
5. Would you be grossed out if you found out your husband/boyfriend/significant other hadn't brushed their teeth for 4 days and you had been snogging (kissing) them?
Um, YES! Ew.
6. Do you fold your underwear?
7. What is one goal you would like to achieve this year?
I'd like to run a 5K.
8. What is your favorite month/least favorite month?
I think my favorite month is December...cold weather, Christmas, time with family, a break from work, etc. Probably my least favorite is August...no big holidays, and just plain hot and humid.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I got back into my Wii Active 30 day Challenge today. On the days it gives me "off," I'll either do our elliptical, yoga, or pilates. I keep hearing about the 30 Day Shred, and would love to try it...but I don't have it...so, this will have to do, lol! The Wii Active lady kept pissing me off tonight though. I would be doing exactly the right thing and it'd say I was going too slow, or something. I was like "what the heck?!?" Maybe my sensor was in the wrong place or something. But geez...don't yell at me when I'm finally trying to do the right thing! ;-)
I have been sleeping SO terribly the past few days. Literally, lying awake ALL night, and then wanting to sleep all morning. Finally yesterday and today, I'm forcing myself back into a normal schedule. The good news? Tonight, I'm tired! Hopefully this will be the night that I sleep all night, and wake up raring to go. If nothing else, I will be watching E on Monday and then go back to work on Tuesday. That will get me back on track.
It was super freezing today. (Well, for Atlanta, lol.) The warmest I ever saw it was 34 degrees, and it was WINDY. Brrrr! I actually saw a chance of snow in our forecast later this week. Please, oh please, oh please! Let it snow!
OK. I'm gonna go snuggle up with Patrick and finish this movie and then try to SLEEP! More tomorrow.
I've gotten my calendar and newsletter done for one of my classes, and am about to start on them for class #2.
I'm on my second load of laundry.
Shannon and I are going to run out in a bit to work on a surprise for my sister. As part of my quest of "being a better friend," I have realized that I can also be a better sister. We are putting a little sumpin'-sumpin' together for her and her partner. I don't *think* she reads my blog, but I'm going to be a little secretive about it until I know she's received it. (Oh! mental note...I need to get a bag of dog food while we're out.)
There will also be some form of exercise today too...I think it'll either be elliptical machine, or Shan's new Wii game called "Just Dance!"
I think I'm prepared for Bible Study tomorrow night, but I should probably look over my lesson plan to be sure. The adults spend many weeks on the same chapter, so as the children's teacher, my lessons follow in that chapter as well. We've been on the same chapter (Romans 12) for about a month...but we missed a week of class, so I am pretty sure I have a lesson plan all ready to go! Yay!
I'm getting just about ready to take down our Christmas decorations too, although...the problem with establishing family traditions is that sometimes they end up dictating HOW and WHEN things can happen. We've always left our decor up until Epiphany...and Shannon knows this. I mentioned that I was pretty much ready to reclaim the house, and she about had a hissy fit, lol. "Mom! It's not January 6th!" So yeah. Maybe we'll leave it up a few more days.
Last week I saw this cute idea on Make and Takes to make 2010 glasses out of pipe cleaners (what's the politically correct name for those now? I can't remember... a-ha! chenille stems!). I know it's probably meant for younger kids, but I decided to make them with Shannon...and it turns out we had a lot of fun. She thinks I'm nuts, but that's OK. Here is my cute family on New Year's Eve!
Friday, January 1, 2010
For my New Year's resolution last year, I resolved to trust more and worry less. By and large, I succeeded by leaps and bounds in this area. With the help of a good friend (DM), I brought my life back on track. I am working on "finding myself," and being authentic with my thoughts and actions. I am reading scripture on a daily basis now, and I find that my mindset is much more positive.
This year, my resolutions can be summed up with one word: SIMPLIFY. Generally speaking, I feel like my life is just too complicated. It is these complications that keep trying to pull me off course. To throw me back into anxiety and side-track me with human desires.
Last night, Patrick, Shannon and I sat around the kitchen table and made a list of our resolutions. Here are mine:
- Simplify eating / food choices
- Simplify spending
- Continue to simplify thought processes from worry, fear, and doubt...to faith and gratitude
- Be a better friend (keep in contact, and send notes & gifts)
- Exercise 5x per week
Next, Patrick had us turn our papers over, and divide them in half vertically. One one side, he asked us to write characteristics we see in ourselves (and are unhappy with) now, and then on the other side to write the characteristic we're striving for. Again, here are mine: (format: Now/Future)
- sidetracked / focused
- procrastinator / prepared
- worried...obsessive / faithful
- lazy...tired...weary / energetic...dutiful
- self focused / selfless (and acting on it!)
I love that our family is taking these steps together.