Thursday, March 20, 2014

This & That

Adventure:
Aunt Heidi will be coming here on Saturday night with the three kids! We can't wait to see them! :)

Also, we got a foster pup on Tuesday (read more under zoo)

Bookmarking:

Crowley Party {she seems like so much fun and such such a joyous personality!}

Cooking:
Buffalo Ranch Chicken - Yums!! (The hubby actually made this and my mouth was watering!)

Discovered:
That this Lemon Pudding Pie recipe is on Pinterest (and I didn't put it on there - first of all, I don't even know how to, LOL). I am flattered, but if I would have known that, I would have taken a better image instead. Also, it makes me wonder how fast other things spread on the web without people knowing. Hmmm. Update: Kate told me about Pin Alerts, which I just registered for :)

Encouraging:

Getting text messages like this on your phone :) Sometimes, I don't know if I am doing a good job being a friend - but seeing this makes me feel so much better :) 

P.S. Kate: You are the most awesome person I know. Glad that you're my best friend - just wish we lived a lot closer. I love you. That is all :)

Friends/Family Updates:

Family is coming to town this week! We are so excited! :) Friends are coming in next week.

*Little Ayvah is going to be going to be going to see a specalist, as they think she might have sleep apnea, which disrupts her sleep. If she does have it, than she will have to have surgery. She is turning six this week.

Goal:
To workout every day M-F.

Happiness is:
Warmer days.

Intoxicating:
Beautiful sunsets

Jammin' to:
Christian radio. 

Kind-Hearted:
To be honest, one of the things I need to work on is judging. There is a guy that sits outside of his house almost every day. He is bald and has tattoos on his head - I just thought he was a little bit more on the rougher side.

The other day I was walking the dogs, and his grandchildren and daughter (in-law?) was outside playing. They started talking right away when they saw Tatum. They were some of the sweetest people I have ever met and I am so glad that they are neighbors!

AND, what does this grandpa do? He makes bird houses! That is the sweetest thing ever, isn't it? When I came by for a second time walking the dogs, he made sure to give me one. I can't wait for Travis to hang it on a tree! 

Again, being a Christian is hard, because I do sin. I judge people before I even speak a word to him. Jesus doesn't want us to judge.

Ashley, shame on you and I hope you learned from this.

Loving:
Having the babies curled up next to me :)

Motivation:
To get better at taking photos. After all, I just started booking appointments for this year!

News this Week:

*This thing with the missing plane just keeps getting more weird. Things are not adding up. Families are hurt - storming into buildings and demanding answers. The government is slow to come out with new things, as if they are hiding something.
*Indiana is yet supposed to get some more snow. It is almost April!

Obsessed with:
Trying to get little Gracie to come near me without being so fearful.

Prayer Requests:
*For those who are protecting our country, including my handsome cousin Matthew who is overseas.
*For Lyndie and her family as they are going through the adoption process. The adoption process isn't an easy one, but they are eager to be matched with a little boy.
*For Kate (Steven) and Emily (Michael) for peace and comfort.
*For baby S to continue to grow strong and healthy (and for him/her to show their parts in 3 weeks for the ultrasound to know if it is a boy or a girl!)
*For a friends family - trying to keep the pieces together.
*For me, on learning not to judge others because you never know what happened they are and you don't know what kind of people they are until you talk to them.

Quotes:

Reading:
I just finished Numbers in the Bible. What a read! There are so many things that I don't understand. What is crazy though is that at Trav's grandparents church and the pastor is preaching through Numbers 28 & 29. There are so many things that need to be followed, which if I lived in that day, I don't know if I would remember all of that. Also, there are so many burnt offerings. From gotquestions.org/ "Animal sacrifices have ended because Jesus Christ was the ultimate and perfect sacrifice." You can read more here if you are interested.

Soul Mate:
Trav is hoping he can get a hold of a CRNA in Phoenix. That way he can contact her and let her know that he is interested in a job there. We've been talking a lot about moving to either Phoenix or a place that is warm. We are wanting God to help us with this decision, but we will move wherever he wants us to go.

Trying:
Cleaning the mattress in the guestroom with doterra oils and baking soda.

(Not) Understanding:
Why people mistreat animals. It's so sad when they are scared of people, or don't even know what a good life is. All fur babies should be spoiled and know what love is.

Volunteering:
There is a dog that is waiting to get spayed, but she is getting adopted. Found it cute that her soon-to-be owner, has been coming by daily, and brings her food, treats, and plays with her. Talk about a match made in heaven!

I wish they all get great homes like that - because you know that baby is going to spoiled! I call her baby doll, and told her that I was going to miss her. She tapped her paws on me as saying she was going to miss me too.

The babies at the shelter are feeling better. They don't think it was so much as kennel cough, although they got medication for it, but a virus that must have started. Thankfully, they all are doing much better :)

Wellness:
I love the Doterra Peppermint Oil. It works so well when you have a headache or you are just achy. 

X {Random)
I really thought having Gracie in the home would be a lot easier, but it's so much more difficult. This is because she is scared of EVERYTHING - which includes me. She at least is curious about me, but if I am walking, she is walking backwards to get away from me, or trying to run away from me. However, she did try to jump on the end of the bed today as to say "Good morning" like the other babies do. So it will take some time, I know that, I just thought that she would bond quicker to us.

Youtube Videos that you Need to Watch:
Hope for Paws: These videos always seem to bring me to tears. I bet if you watch one more, you will watch more. Although they are heartbreaking, they always have a happy ending to them. 

(Our) Zoo:



We have a new fur foster baby, named Athena (but we call her Gracie because that's what she looks like). Her brother at the shelter got adopted, and that is the only thing she looked forward to was playing with him. When I tried getting her out to take a walk, she was terrified hiding in a corner. She wouldn't get near me. So I asked about her, she's been there about a year and was found at a dump site with her siblings when they were about 7 weeks old (from my understanding, but they also have so many dogs that their story can get mixed up). She has always been terrified of people, although her brother wasn't.

I saw her brother at work the other day, and he remembered me and gave me eyes like, "please watch over my sister". I know that sounds weird, but I feel like sometimes dogs can communicate with their eyes, or the way they act.

I picked her up on Tuesday. She was again, terrified and wouldn't move. I had to pick her up. I gave her a bath and she again just curled up in the corner. I put her in the kitchen and she pooped and peed out of fear.

I knew she wouldn't be around me, so I introduced her to Tatum and Trig. They all got along great and she follows them around like they are her protectors. I was able to get this picture of her smiling though as she laid by the fire, but I couldn't get close to her. She will come and sniff my hand, and then back away. Bless her heart.

I know the boys will take her under their wing. 


Jax is feeling a lot better, although he doesn't really want to eat his wet food, and rather have dry food. Payson would rather eat the wet food and turns his nose up to the dry food... of course, that's how it would be.

Trav found a basketball in the wood areas by our house. We put it in our backyard and I have found Trig trying to play with it like a soccer ball. What can I say? Trig loves balls! LOL.

Tatum is just being cute as always. It's been getting cold lately at night and he refuses to go to his bed without us tucking him in. He is beyond spoiled.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Little Bit of Hope


I've asked God to help me see the things he sees, hears the things he hears, and speak the way he would like to be spoken. 

In a day, I saw things in a different way at work. I felt like God really opened my eyes to see people in a more loving light.


*A father and daughter came up to the register to check out. She had  a piece of paper in her hands. As I looked down, I saw that she drew a map (like a treasure map) of places that they needed to go, and at each place, she wrote down what they needed. So clever. I told her how much I liked her map and told her father what a great idea it was while she crossed the store off of her list. He stated that this is one of the things they do on their "daddy-daughter" dates. My smile couldn't get any bigger because you don't often see this. I hope that we(and or Trav) can do this with our kids.


*There was a family that got checked out getting a hamster for their little boy's birthday. I told him "Happy Birthday" although he didn't say much. As they walked away, the mom came back up to my register and told me that, "They were adopting the little boy". She said he was in a foster home since he was just a baby. I hugged her and told her how proud I am of her for doing such a wonderful thing and how interested I am in our family doing it later on down the road. She told me further in detail how her own child is grown, and she owned her own shop, but God told her that she needed to close it. She didn't know what for, but after finding him, she knew God was right. I smiled and said, "That God's plans are bigger than our own." This story literally brought tears to my eyes.


*A little girl was sitting in her cart. It was her birthday as well and she wore a little tiara and a pink tutu dress. She was def. a little princess. But I love how special they made her feel for the day. They gave her a certain amount of money for her birthday and she was able to pick out whatever she wanted. This idea was genius. She got to be a princess for her big day, got to pick out what she wanted, AND, the smart parents gave her a certain amount of money she could spend. I love when parents teach their kids about money at a young age, teaching them responsibility at a young age.


*There was a family who was buying fish. When I told them the total, the almost teenager got money from her purse. When her father told her he could pay for it, she simply stated, "But dad, these are mine. I want to pay for them. You don't have to pay for my stuff." Awesome. This is how I want to teach my own kids. That's incredible.


These people gave me hope in the world. I know some of these things might be silly but they mean a lot to me.


I thank God for letting me see first hand reasons why his son died on the cross - for his people.






Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I Melt


These are the things that I want to remember and you can probably see why.

After I came home from a long day of working, I found this sweet note from the hubs. He even poured a lime-a-rita for me (my favorite drink lately). And to make things even better: the house was spotless.


I don't know how I got so incredibly blessed to be married to this man. He is the most amazing guy and he truly amazes me every day.


I love you babe.






Monday, March 17, 2014

Weekly Meal & Workout Plan

This week's weekly plan looks a little different. This is because although I plan for each day, I usually mix things around. Also, some of the plans that I have are sometimes repetitive. In a sad way, I think it's that way, because if I like something, I will eat it until I don't like it. Lately, it's been the egg and sausage sandwich - they were expensive and now I have to find something else  to eat in a quick fix.

Workouts:
Gym 
Lunges (do at gym)
Abs (Youtube Video)
Muffin Top (Youtube Video)
Walk Dogs
Basketball
Couples Yoga

Breakfast:
Panera Bread Bagel (split w/ hubby)
Eggs & Sausage
Oatmeal
Banana Quesadilla
(You pick Fri-Sun)

Lunch:
(Whatever you choose)

Dinner:
(You pick Fri-Sun)

Snack Ideas:
Banana
Peppers w/ Ranch
2 TBS of peanut butter
Graham Crackers
Apples with PB dip
(You pick Fri-Sun)

***See more weekly meal plans here***

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Like I said, I haven't been following my plan exactly and when I got on the scale, I was surprised to see that it said it was 138. That is -12 pounds from Jan 9th when I weighed in at 150. Wwwwhhaaattt???

I squealed with excitement. Trav is doing great too! He's at 200 pounds.


...And.. I can tell you, I feel sooooo much incredibly better. I have so much energy. I can walk around the neighborhood twice without feeling out of breath. That is a big accomplish because last summer I couldn't walk around once without getting out of breath.


I love that Trav pushes me. Today, he forced me to do squats, run, and lunges after our workout in the gym. Our legs will be killing these next couple days. And what did we do afterwards?


We went to Panera Bread and shared a bagel with cream cheese and a frozen carmel. You guys, it was sooo good. I miss Panera soooo much and could literally eat a bagel from there every morning (and lets be real - probably lunch and dinner as well).


I think the main reason I am loosing weight is because my lifestyle has changed. I don't eat cookies all day long. I try to eat more protein and stay away from the fast food (although it does happen). I am trying to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day. With the sun out more, it means more walks for the dogs and I. But if I actually ate healthy before this and exercised, I wouldn't be loosing this weight as fast as I am now (also, I probably wouldn't look the way as I do now).


I can tell mostly in my legs and stomach. I will have Trav take a picture later this week just so I can make comparisons. Trav says he mostly sees it in my face (thanks babe, thanks. If that doesn't make you feel good - I don't know what would). 





Sunday, March 16, 2014

Beatitude "Blessed are the Poor in Spirit"

via
At church, we are studying the Beatitudes using a the bible study of The Gospel of Matthew by William Barclay. The beautitudes are core teachings of Jesus that if you place them into your heart that will give you the kind of help you need to find balance. Barclay states, "the beatitudes are not simple statements; they are exclamations; it is a blessedness which exists here and now." (102). And as the pastor says, it does not mean that you will immediately have all these powerful, life-changing attitudes within you, but that you are NOW, RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, able to begin that journey with Christ. These attitudes are meant to be your attitudes, beginning today, and they will grow with within you for the rest of your life. And as Barclay states, "The greatness of these beatitudes is that they are the triumphant shouts of bliss for a permanent joy that nothing in the world can ever take away" (103-104).

This message was taken from Northside United Methodist Church. You can hear more podcasts here


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"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"

Some believe that being poor is a bad thing, and why bless the poor? It may be a little difficult to understand that this beatitude has nothing to do with how many possessions you may have. Barclay states, "Jesus would never have called blessed a state where people live in slums and do not have enough to eat, and where the health deteriorates because conditions are all against it. It is the aim of the Christian gospel to remove that kind of poverty" (106)  

Barclay defines the meaning of "poor" as used to describe the humble and helpless people who put their whole trust in God" (91).

This beatitude, is asking you to admit that you are helpless when it comes to controlling your world. Many of us believe that we are in control of many things. Things mean noting, God means everything. You cannot do it on your own. 

He is the source of the power for change. Get that and you are ready to do the work of living like Jesus lived. When you surrender yourself to Jesus and admit that you are helpless to change without him, you get the ability to begin living the promise of this beatitude. The most blessed are those who say, "Help me Jesus". When you state this, it will give your life back with meaning to rely on God, that we are poor in Spirit, and that his blessedness is what fills us.

Sometimes we think we do give God our problems, but if he doesn't answer/fix it right away, than you take it back and try to fix it yourself within your time frame, without allowing to trust in God. God may not fix a problem in five minutes, nor may he answer your prayer the way you want, but he knows the time when things are supposed to happen and the reasoning behind why certain things may happen.

However, the world tells us different things. And when you are broken, you either do two different things either 1.) run towards Him or 2.) Run away from Him.

So to be poor in spirit is to know your own brokenness. How else would you get that lesson? Adam didn't believe until he ate the apple.

And what some other things we took out of this beatitude was to thank Him when you're high point in your life, and when you're at your lowest. 

Give God your trust and faith. Barclay summarizes this beatitude as:

"O the bliss of those who have realized their own utter helplessness, and who have put their whole trust in God, for thus alone can they render to God that perfect obedience which will make them citizens of the Kingdom of God" (107).



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This & That

Adventure:
Kate and Steven came to visit this past week (of course we forgot to take a picture), BUT, it was great to see them! We went to a Mexican restaurant (which I haven't had in FOREVER, and I was out-eating the pregnant woman!)

We are also blessed to find out how busy we are some of these upcoming weekends. We have family and friends coming to visit us in the near future :)

Bookmarking:
Simply Taralynn {This girl is a true inspiration - can't wait to try out some of her recipes!}
Hello Gorgeous {I will take her clothing style any day}
Holistic Homemaking {There are so many things that I want to learn about and make my own!}

Cooking:
I'm honestly been craving Mexican since I've had it last, so turkey taco's you sound delish! You can check out my meal plan for this week here.

Discovered:
I am truly in love with Doterra Oils and fan of things that can help heal things naturally. See more under {wellness}. 

Encouraging:

I know people say to live in the moment, and trust me, I have been learning to. But, I think in two years, our live will be so much different. We will be in a different location. Trav will have a job.  We will be living a married couple instead of a wife married to a husband who is married to school. And in five years, we might {hopefully} will be parents. I think that's going to the biggest adventure of my life, and that will be the best time of my life.

Friends/Family Updates:
Did you catch that I am out-eating the pregnant woman??! 


I am so excited to announce that my best friend Kate is PREGNANT!! I have been holding this secret way too long. On April 7th, she is finding out if it is a boy or girl. I simply cannot wait to spoil this sweet little one!!!! This little baby is going to be a blessing to the world.

My friend, Lisa, signed up for her first 5k. I am so incredibly happy for her! Also, perhaps a tad jealous, because I so want to do that, but in no shape to. Maybe one day.

Little Megan turned 5! Celebrated at Chuck E Cheese's! Shelly's birthday was today as well (and I get to celebrate with her in a couple of weeks - it might be belated, but so worth it!)


A cutie patooty lost a tooth this week!

Ken got his cast on today after breaking his ankle. He also got to go out to eat for the first time in two weeks (he's been pretty much home bound since he can't put any weight on his foot). He is probably going stir-crazy, so this is a big step!

Goal:
Get back on track with my health and workout plan.

Happiness is:
Longer days (although it takes some adjusting to the time change!) I feel like I can accomplish so much more when there is daylight still coming into the windows/surrounding me.

Intoxicating:
Flowers are starting to bloom here! :) That can only mean one thing: Spring is on it's way!!

Jammin' to:
Cruise - Florida Georgia Line ft Nelly. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Last year it was the best, but when I heard it, I honestly rolled my windows down and turned the music enjoying the sun blaring. I don't think I could ever get sick of this song. Although, I'm not really a fan of the video, but it isn't it bad when you got Nelly in it :)

And.. I never thought I would say this, but Spears sister sings?
Jamie Lynn and to be honest, I really like it :) And never would I have guessed that she would be singing. And I feel as though she is more adult like in her videos than her own sister. I wish her all the best :)

Kind-Hearted:
When people are giving. There are many sweet people out there, although sometimes I have a hard time finding them. For example, someone asked about the charities at our work. They then said they would like to donate $100 to our charity because they love the idea behind it. Talk about awesome! One day, I hope to pay it forward like that to an awesome charity.

Loving:
Having my husband surprise me by coming home early. I cannot get enough of him.

Motivation:
Honestly, beautiful mornings and being waken up with wet sloppy kisses (from the fur balls of course). And getting up is so much better when they are ready to start the day. And of course, getting kisses from the husband (and they aren't sloppy) are just as sweet <3

News this Week:
*Indiana and the midwest is supposed to get yet another snow storm. Perhaps 4-8 inches. Mother Nature, aren't you tired of all this weather and people complaining? 
*There was a Malaysia jet that disappeared.
*Yatsenyuk demanded Russian President Vladimir Putin "tear down this wall — the wall of war, intimidation and military aggression. Let's stop. Let's calm down."

Obsessed with:
*Skinny Cow's Mint Sandwiches = oh.my.gosh. Travis and I got for last Sunday for our dessert, and let me tell you, put that sucker in the oven for a couple seconds and it will make your mouth water.

Prayer Requests:
*For Lyndie and her family as they are going through the adoption process. The adoption process isn't an easy one, but they are eager to be matched with a little boy.
*For Kate (Steven) and Emily (Michael) for peace and comfort.
*For baby S to continue to grow strong and healthy (and for him/her to show their parts in 3 weeks for the ultrasound to know if it is a boy or a girl!)
*For Kate's friends who were involved in a car accident - pray for their healing.
*For Mary Beth - guidance to direct her on where you want her to be, especially about her career.
*For Rebecca's grandma - who is showing some signs of improvement! :)

Quotes:
*"Do you know what it is like to have a Lilley on your back? It's rough" - Boss man referencing me, since I tell him things that need to be done at work. LOL. Trav would agree with this.

*"Does she make a list for everything?!" - Rob asking Trav while I was at work.
Yes, Rob, I do. You can quit making fun of me now. LOL.

Reading:
I am still in Numbers as I read the Bible. Not going to lie, some of it makes me really confused and I don't understand how the Bible goes from the Old Testament to the New Testament. I just read where they stoned some man to death. That makes me honestly confused.

Soul Mate:
Trav is doing well. He loves his clinical site - and from what I understand, they love him. He stayed late for the past couple days, and they LOVED that, letting him leave early today. Which equaled a nice surprise for me. 

Also, we realized that he is basically at his half way mark through school. This time next year, he will probably be interviewing, we will begin the process of putting the house on the market, and Spring will be in the air. Next year, may be our last spring here in Tennessee!

Trying:
I am loving the idea of trying home remedy's and more natural things. I plan on making this lip sugar scrub this week.

(Not) Understanding:

Why the world can be so cruel sometimes. It breaks my heart to watch the news and see all these stories of someone being killed, or some senseless act that someone committed. I don't know if I will ever understand it.

Volunteering:
The babies at the animal shelter aren't feeling good and have been given medication. So that means the doggies weren't able to go on a walk this week. I'm sad for them, but if it's for their own good, than I am for it. I gave them lots of homemade treats today and talked to them. They just need some love and attention. Also, someone dropped off 3 week old pit bull puppies because their mom got hit by a car. They weren't feeding well because they are confused being taken away from their momma. I am hoping that they will get better soon.

Wellness:
As I said, I am discovering more natural ways to cure things.

I burned myself the other day as I grabbed a really hot plate. I put doterra oil (lavender) on it, and the pain went away and the healing process took over. By later that day, I didn't even feel it and it my finger looked much better.

Also, I have been getting a rash on my stomach that appears once in a while (always in the same place). I believe it's because of the one belt I wear almost daily. I read somewhere that coconut oil does amazing things with skin issues. So I put it on and today it seems like it is almost already healed.

Jax looks like he has been fighting a UTI and although we've been fighting these for a while now, I decided to check online to see what's out there to see if there is a more natural remedy than having to see the vet every time for one of these. (Last time we took him, they told us that they would have to put him asleep to get some urine because he is strong willed. Then they wanted to know why he doesn't want to be touched and to do x-rays as well. After looking at the xrays they declared he needed his leg to be amputated. And after all that, they couldn't even get any urine). We had to get someone else to look at his xray and they said his leg is fine and that it is basically crazy that someone even recommended it in the first place. So... basically... finding a vet that isn't expensive AND does awesome work... isn't likely found here in town).  We are going to try the apple cider vinegar remedy. Also, it says  that it can also help relieve joint swelling and pain, so maybe that will help! I'll update you later to let you know how it is going.

X {Random)
I like big butts and I cannot lie. LMAO. Sorry.. at the moment, I am very tired and right now my brain is about to shut down because it needs 1.) a lime-a-rita or 2.) to go to bed. I am thinking the first choice might be the best one.

Youtube Videos that you Need to Watch:
Dannon {a makeup artist that I so wish I could look like}

Kid President {Oh my gosh, this kid is the cutest! And his videos are wonderfully funny. :) }

(Our) Zoo:
The dog fur babies are seeming to do well :) With Trig, I let him off leash to run around close by while we took a walk in the woods. He LOVES it. However, today, he decided to take off. Tatum and I frantically searched for him, thinking that maybe he got hurt, BUT... as soon as I headed back on the trail there he was in front of like "what are you doing?"

Jax has a UTI, so we are going to try to cure it with apple cider vinegar. Payson also hasn't been feeling well, but they are eating, and sometimes, everyone has a day where they don't feel good, but I'm sure they'll be back to normal in no time :)



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekly Meal & Workout Plan


MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
WorkoutZumba 
workout
Gym & 
Gym &
Muffin Top
Gym, Arms
&
Walk dogs
BreakBasketball,
Gym & Couples Yoga 
Walk dogs
BreakfastEgg SandwichWaffles & SausageEgg White Bites
Egg White
Bites Leftover
Egg White
Bites Leftover
You Pick
SnackBanana
Peppers with Ranch
2 TBS of peanut 
butter
Banana
Graham Crackers
2 TBS of peanut 
butter
You Pick
Lunch
Chinese takeout
LeftoversSaladHandful of pretzelsLeftoversLeftoversYou Pick
Snack
Apples
w/PB
Celery 
with
Ranch
Peppers
with
Ranch
BananaVanilla
Yogurt
You Pick
Dinner
Beer Can
Chicken
Turkey Taco's
Salmon
You Pick
Chicken 
Pot Pie (Leftovers)
You Pick
Snack
You Pick
You Pick
You Pick


***See more weekly meal plans here***


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Trav surprised me with this before work snack. Yum :)

So these two past weeks, has kept me completely off of schedule. I am excited to start again, hoping to follow this schedule.

One thing I realized that I really need to do is: prepare for the next meal the day before. Otherwise at work, I have to go out and get something to eat. It's not usually worth going out, so yes, I have been bad and been getting cookies out of the vending machine. Not good because I have been craving sugar so much lately.

Also I just discovered this blog:

Simply, Taralynn


She has a ton of recipes. One post that gave me a great idea was her:


Top 10 Favorite Youtube Workouts


Awesome, right?

Since I have been getting into the habit lately of not working out after an eight hour shift, I realized I can watch youtube and do a youtube workout. Incredible! Thanks Taralynn!


So I incorporated some different workouts using Youtube. (I haven't tried them yet). I especially miss Zumba and felt like that workout would make me feel the best overall. So I'm hoping the workouts this week will help me feel my need. If it works out, I will try to find better videos for the next week.

Here is a great start to this week.







Thursday, March 6, 2014

Finding a More Happier, Balanced Me :)


I have always found that I rely on others - usually a little too much. Since Travis has been in school, I just can't rely on him (that's not fair to him because he already has so much on his plate). While he is off studying, at his clinicals or in class, I am off to fend for myself. At first, I didn't know if I would be able to handle it very well - and some of the other wives I talk to aren't handling it well.

But as I look at it now, it gives me "me" time. It may sound selfish, but it gives me time to find things that I love to do to keep myself busy. These things that I am doing now, not only makes me happier, but they are also making me the person who I have always wanted to be.


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1.) We found a church that we both really love. We love everything about it and love that it has old traditions mixed in with new ones. We love to hear the pastor talk, it always seems to make you feel more in tune with our Father. We have some really awesome people that attend our church that will always go out of their way to find us and greet us. I have fallen in love with God.

Picture taken by SJ2 Photography
2.) I am married. Some of you may hate me for saying this, but I honestly fall in love more each day with Trav. When we were dating, I was scared that he didn't love me as much as I loved him because he was scared to get married. It's silly to think about now because that wasn't the case at all, but because of my doubting, it probably put a damper on our relationship at some point when we were dating. I am so glad that he is my best friend and I'm so glad that I get to learn something new about him each and every day for the rest of my life. Honestly, I can't imagine my life without him.

2.) I joined a Bible Study Group. I love this because I can talk openly to others about God. Sometimes, I feel like there it is frowned upon in today's society. But I also love having a study group because we can cheer each other on, pray with each other, and watch out for each other.


3.) I hang out with friends. I visit a couple of different friends every week. I feel like this is something you have to do when you don't have family close, or that your husband is always gone. To form strong relationships with friends is a must to keep you happy. And those friends and family that are too far, I try to stay in contact with them at least once a week to see how they are doing. Hearing their voices makes me feel so much better.


4.) I have a job that I LOVE. This was one requirement from Travis that I would have while he was at school. I am blessed enough that I only have to work part time. Otherwise, if I did work full time, I don't know how much I would be able to do the things I enjoyed as much as I do now. Having a job that you look forward to going to is a huge difference than counting down every minute before you can leave for work.


My grandma would be so proud of me reading the bible and that I am using a bookmark with her name on it :)
5.) I read the Bible. You guys, this is HUGE. I actually look forward to going to bed to read about our Father. It just amazes me. Even though most of the time, I end up being confused. I have found that during some of those confusing passages, to turn to another book, or online to get a better understanding of what I just read.

6.) I volunteer. I found myself making treats every week for the animals at the shelter because they are stuck at the shelter until they find their forever home. They seriously live in their lives in a kennel, using a bathroom in it (because there is no where else to go), usually having to eat next to it, and laying on the hard cement floor. They maybe are given a chance to get out for five minutes a day (that is only a maybe). Some of the animals have been there for literally years (one just got adopted there that has been there for 4 years!) and they don't even know what love is. The only thing I can do is to go and visit with them, bring treats, give them kisses, and let out some of them for a short walk. Even though it's not much, I feel as though they are forever thankful. Sadly, you don't get that feeling from people most of the time.


7.) I have a schedule. Travis and I walked into Goodwill and found a schedule that only goes up to June this year. Let me tell ya'll that this has honestly changed my life. I write down all the chores I need to do and cross them off the list when they get completed. So simple, but it makes such a huge difference.


8.) I work out. I hate working out and it is not anything that I consider to be fun, but if I miss out on a workout or two, I feel like I need it. I guess it's a feeling that gives me more of a sense of accomplishment. Oh, and watching Netflix while working out makes your time on machines go by so much faster.


9.) I eat healthier. Finding new things to eat makes you opt to try new things. Who would have guessed that I LOVE sweet potatoes or that an avocado egg salad is to die for? This girl! Plus, that means I get to cook more, which I never used to be a fan of, but when I get to make some things for my husband and to see his expression, makes me happy (even if the expression isn't as good as I hoped). 


10.) I walk the fur babies. It's a great form of exercise to spend quality time with the fur babies (if they aren't dragging you every which way). Plus, to see the beauty of nature and hear the birds chirping always makes me heart happy. Plus, to see them happy and worn out for the day, makes me happy that they got their exercise too.


11.) I keep the house tidy. Never have I been a person to care about our house being clean as so much as I do now. I am starting to become more anxious when I walk into our dirty house. It makes me cringe. Also, I hate doing laundry, but I feel as if I keep up with it more, it won't be so bad (plus, I found out that I don't mind folding laundry, as long as it is outside of our bedroom).


12.) I have monthly/weekly chores. Change the air filter, get the hot tub water tested, mow the yard, etc. Travis doesn't have time for all that, even though when we first moved here, I thought he would find the time. And although he will probably take over most of these chores once he graduates, I actually enjoy doing them knowing that he won't have to worry about it.


Some more things that I am looking forward to starting soon would be:


* Booking appointments for my photography business. I love meeting new people and adore capturing a part of their life.


* Running. Eekkksss! I can't believe I just said that, but you heard me correctly: I am excited about running. My goal is just to run a mile easily, without having to stop every couple of minutes and without me getting so out of breath that I am left gasping for air.


* I want to foster a fur ball. I put an application the other day. I know it would be much more added stress to my plate, but again, after seeing these poor babies in the shelter and how sad their lives are, bringing one home to show them what life is all about, would not only change them, but it would change me too :)


Life is good. 




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Perfect Day

There was a winter storm that came through Tennessee the other night. Sunday night, all we heard before going to bed was the freezing rain hitting the house. This is the worst storm I have seen here so far here. It's not so much the weather, but to be honest, since people don't see snow or ice here often, they can sometimes be  pretty scary drivers(don't worry - I'm including myself in this as well!).

Trav's school was cancelled on Monday, and we weren't surprised to see that it was cancelled again on Tuesday. Luckily, I had Tuesday off as well. 

We were able to sleep in (I almost slept in until 9 AM!) And the dogs didn't even wake me up. They may have tried, but I have been so tired lately, that I may have slept through it (even though that it is very unlikely since I am such a light sleeper).

After Travis and I got up, and got kisses from our babies, we jumped into the hot tub and just admired this view. 


We had to be careful though, because the hot tub steps were frozen (although when I took this picture, the ice was melting)


While we were in the hot tub, we always get kisses from our babies.



We then got out and got ready for the days (which consisted of taking a shower and putting our PJ's back on). We weren't going anywhere since we had the opportunity to spend a whole day together.

Afterwards, Travis made eggs with bacon. The other day I asked Travis if he wanted, "Breakfast - eggs and bacon" When he said yes, I then asked him, "Can you make the eggs?" Travis laughed saying, "And the bacon too?" Why yes, he knows me so well. Travis is the cook, not me. And for some reason I cannot cook eggs (quite pathetic I would say).

Trav usually makes some extra eggs and bacon to give to the dogs. They love it. Today, we decided to spoil the cats too. Jax hasn't been feeling well lately, we thought he would be really excited about the egg portion (Payson too - because, well, Payson eats anything!).


The cats weren't sure about the eggs, so the dogs ate them for them.

Travis did mention something that completely surprised me when we were about to sit down and eat. (We weren't even talking about anything like this - he just brought it up out of the blue).


"I've been thinking about getting your name tattooed on me. I mean I'm just thinking about it."


I honestly, didn't know what to say. People who get someone's name tattooed on them usually don't seem to work out. I think it's so sweet that he even thought about it, but I honestly don't think he's going to do it and I'm okay with that. I don't need him to tattoo my name on his body to know that he loves me. He shows me that every day. :)


After breakfast, we turned the fire place on, cuddled, and watched some episodes of Breaking Bad. Have you seen this show yet? Trav LOVES it! I wasn't really feeling it, but now we're on the last season - things are finally getting more intense and I'm actually excited to watch the next episode.

I was craving chocolate, so I made chocolate chip cookies (yes not on my healthy plan, but hey, I said I don't follow it exactly), and put them in a iron skillet. The cookie dough melted together and oh my gosh it was amazing! (Highly recommend cooking cookies in a iron skillet)

Then you might laugh. Trav looked up some ideas for winter dates. One thing that popped up on a website was couples yoga.

So you bet we tried it...

I couldn't help but laugh during the process, but Trav feels a lot better, and I do a little bit too. I think if I wasn't laughing every minute, it would feel more relaxing.

I don't know how much more of a perfect day this could get:

Kisses
Hot tub
Bacon & eggs
Cuddles
Fire
Breaking Bad
Yoga

...could it get any better? I think not.

I could def. use more days like this!