Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas Gifts for $5 or less

Here is a note to myself (and you) so I can get Christmas spending waaaaay down this year:

colored pencils
coloring books
paint with water books
note cards
food - make granola, banana bread, etc
favorite candies
TicTacs (stocking stuffer hit in my house!)
Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars for boys
used books in persons favorite genre
craft supplies (who can't use more yarn?!)
card games

I will update this post as more things occur to me...

Thursday, September 17, 2015


So, back in July, I posted about working out, and my goals.  Here's the end result:

I'm down 3 pounds - but that's because I have no self control with eating.  I love food.  Working on this...

Also, the goal of 21 days a month isn't working.  Life happens.  I seem to be consistent at 16 days a month. Don't do Thursdays or weekends.

But fitting a workout into the normal routine wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.  After a good week adjusting, it went fine.

So I didn't make it to my goal weight, but I did make progress.  Based on how I seem to lose, my new goal is 140 by November 1st.  Using My Fitness Pal to track my food has made me more aware of what I eat and I seem to be able to be better.

So, in the end, I'm liking this new thing. The Daily Burn site has several different kinds of workouts and I'm changing those around a bit.  I did the Black Fire stuff exclusively since July, but have done each workout 4 or more time and am getting bored.  Did a Core workout yesterday, and now it hurts when I sneeze.

Sunday, July 12, 2015


So seeing this guy up close and personal was pretty cool...

Hannah cracks up at this picture and talks about how they have a huge head, and a teeny, tiny bottom!

Working on myself...

So, I've been doing this new workout thing.  It's called DailyBurn (dailyburn.com).  I've done 6 workouts now and I can really feel a difference.  The scale hasn't budged yet, but I'm not nearly as sore, and I'm doing a few more reps.

I really like that this...system? charts your scores so you can see how you're progressing. You can follow the recommended workouts for each day, or pick your own based on what body part you want to focus on, or even just workouts with a particular trainer.

The workouts are really hard.  But I like them because they move really, really quickly.  Generally, there is 20 or 30 seconds of work, with a 10 to 20 second rest, then on to the next move.  By the time I feel like I'm going to die, there's only 5 minutes to go.  And they show onscreen how long you've been working, and how long to go you have.

So here's my goals: I currently weigh 146 pounds (yikes!).  I want to be down to 140 by Sept 4th (my anniversary - 22yrs!).  That's 7 weeks. I'm not really sure if that's realistic, but I'm going to work hard for it anyway.  It'll be close, I think. My plan is to work out a minimum of 21 days a month.  I've done 6 days so far this month.

I also plan to post here once a week or so, just for accountability. I'll occasionally post a workout score on FB if I get a good one!

There is another thing to this.  I haven't really worked out regularly for at least 4 years.  Children, school, home, etc suck up every spare second.  I finally decided to take someone's advice, and put on my own oxygen mask first.  I WILL do my Bible study and my workout Every.Single.Day before I do anything else.  For 2 months.  At the end of that, I will assess if the 'take care of yourself first' principle really works.  So far, everyone seems okay.  School is still getting done, everyone is fed, housework is fine.  I'll keep you all posted on this aspect too.

I'm kinda excited.  I think this could really work.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Some goals

I've been working through figuring out my priorities for this season of life, and deciding how to be most productive.  So for now, here is my morning routine.

6am - get up and get dressed.  I'm usually up, but the getting dressed part gets put off.  I love jammies!

6:10 - get coffee, check email/blogs

6:30 - bible & prayer

6:50 - exersize, shower

7:30 - start breakfast

This is the goal anyway.  The last few days, Seth has been waking up at 5:20 or so. And with my eye surgery last week, exersize was banned.  I can do it now, but now it's already 86 degrees and we have no AC yet.  It was 108 degrees yesterday.  Inside the house got up to 86.

Well, the natives are getting restless.  Off to make breakfast.

Friday, May 29, 2015

April trip to the zoo...

We took the family to the zoo last month.  Here are a few pictures of the cuter animals!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nothing new here...

All is well here, my friends.  Still plodding through school, trying to keep all the books on the shelves, and figuring out why the floor is sticky.

We have a family vacation coming up soon, a tour of the NorthWest corner of the US.  We've even got next years vacation planned- touring the southwest corner of the US with a big emphasis on Texas. Seriously, the state is huge and there are a bazillion things to see and do.

I finally caved and logged back in to FaceBook after ignoring it for a year and a half.  Looks the same.  I see I didn't miss anything.

Ok, it's nearly time to make breakfast.  Have a great day!