Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snow Day!!!

Yesterday morning looked like this:


This morning looks like this:


It's beautiful, but I am enjoying it from the inside until I have to do this:


But, I already promised the fur babies yesterday that a full day of cuddling was in order: I think they are okay with the idea.


And Payson is happy to be chasing snow:


While, we watch Jax play with some hair ties:


Since moving back to the Midwest, we have been truly blessed. The winter has been fantastic! Since living in Arizona and Tennessee that we're not big winter people, so it has been really nice to have a light winter the year we moved back (because I am sure the other years won't be this nice again). What we need now is just Travis to come home and snuggle with us too. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Lets Try This Again

Eating healthy is hard for me. I don't like chicken. I don't like green stuff. 
My favorite is brownies with ice cream, cupcakes with lots of frosting, and freshly baked cookies. Those are the foods that if I ate them every day (which usually I do), I could never get sick of. 
So what's a girl to do? 
Sometimes you just have to get motivated. And I'm hoping this time around something somehow will change.

So to get motivated, I need more than a salad and chicken.
I've been trying more things at the gym.
My favorite class is Pilates. At first you feel like you're not really doing much, but days afterwards, your core is still in pain.
There is another class that should be called, "extreme pain" that I am thinking of trying.
I run on the treadmill (which I have never done too much before).

I went to Burlington Coat Factory (one of my most favorite stores ever) and found some cute workout clothes, and a mat on clearance.
I've also wanted to see what the big deal was with the Fitbit. I've heard good reviews and bad. I scored this fitbit for $60 at Dick's Sporting Goods. My favorite thing is that it tracks your sleep. That is pretty darn sweet if you ask me! 



I've also decided I'm going to start using My Fitness Pal account more. But my first login, after months of not using it, was a brownie for breakfast. And although I saw how many calories one brownie had, I just didn't login the batch of brownies I ate afterwards. (At least I have a friend who gets it). Haha.


And after all of this, all I want is chocolate because I will probably be



Lets see how this plays out. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 22, 2016

We've Been Baptized!

Trav and I have been waiting for this day for a long time. We were trying to figure out what day would be the "perfect" day, and although this week has been far from perfect, Feb. 21st finally arrived where we announced our faith in front of our church and family.  The best part was that we got to do this with each other.



This girl is my inspiration. She was the one who brought me closer to God. Not only is she my best friend, but she is my spiritual leader.  I wouldn't have wanted to do this without her.

We were so blessed to have our family near us, but we forgot to get a picture with everyone - probably because we were bombarded with hugs afterwards. :)

We came home for lunch and shared many laughs and stories.


We were surprised with the most beautiful flowers (as you can see, Jax, loves them too) and a couples devotional.




We couldn't have asked for a better day as we praised the Lord.

Galatians 3:27
for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.


Below, is the song I especially requested for our baptism. It is one of my favorite songs of all times and brings tears to my eyes. So powerful.




Sunday, February 14, 2016

Love Makes a Family

What to Expect as a Foster/Adoptive Family
Presented by 5 Kids 6 Months



I just adore this little family, they are so adorable! They made Travis and I laugh so much. But in all honestly, here is some really good advice.


Check out more on their blog to read more about their family.




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Make Sure to Take Your Ring Off Once in a While

I never take my wedding ring off. I get it dipped every six months to and get it inspected. Sometimes every month, or every other month I would go in and get it cleaned. This year has been so busy, that I simply forgot, and when I did remember, I was like, "Oh, I'm still in the process of painting, I can do it later."

Well later happened.

And it wouldn't come off. I tried all the tricks in the book: Windex, ice cubes, and even dental floss. It wouldn't budge. Then I finally went to my friend who is an ER nurse.

This was part of the process. My finger turned a slight shade of blue after this, but she managed to get it off.

Don't worry all is good now and my finger is still in tact :) Now it just needs to get cleaned and probably resized. LOL.

Ladies, make sure you take those rings off once in a while. I learned my lesson.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Wrestling Match

I found this clearance box at Petsmart the other day, and put it in the living room. The cats love boxes, so I figured that they would love this. After all, they can play wrestle :P



 

 

It's just another day in our zoo.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Snickers (or Twix) Apple Salad

Recipe by: Kelly B.
I made this Twix recipe the other day for the 50th Superbowl. It was a hit, and I got so many compliments, that I know this recipe is going to be made again.
I added more carmel topping afterwards,
because can you ever have too much
carmel topping?! I think not! :)
Ingredients 6 Snickers bars (or Twix) or 12 fun-sized bars (the more the better) 3-4 apples 1 (16 oz) cool whip 1 (5 oz) pkg vanilla instant pudding 1/4 c. milk caramel topping
Directions:
1.) Add 1/4 c. milk to pudding and whisk well, then fold in cool whip. 
2.) Chop apples and snickers (or twix) to bite-sized pieces; add to pudding mixture (leave a few pieces of snickers out for topping). 
3.) Chill for 1 hour
4.) Drizzle with caramel topping and top with snickers (or twix) pieces before serving.
P.S. Tatum really wanted to eat this. He LOVES apples!
P.S.S. Before we got to watch the Superbowl, we put on the Puppy Bowl on, and this is what happened. Hahahahaha.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Paperwork & Waiting


Paperwork.

I think that would pretty much describe what my life was surrounding for the last couple of months. I started the paperwork trail in October, but everything seemed to take forever.

There is fingerprints (which takes 4 weeks)
But for fingerprints you need to have your drivers license (they won't take an out of state license. So they say this takes 4 weeks.. thankfully, it didn't take as long as they said it would). Also, don't let me forget to tell you the story about this!
A physical was needed to be done. You have to book a physical a month at the earliest.
Then you have to do your training classes/paperwork.
And there is so much paperwork, where you share your entire life with complete strangers.


While we were waiting to have most of the stuff, I would probably say what took the longest was trying to get our house ready. One of the bedrooms no one could stay in because it was under construction (we bought it that way). We paid some wonderful guys to help us with our house. The only problem was that we had to work around their schedule. So this was probably a 2 month process to say the least. Thankfully, the house is ready.

It is child proof. Which is a little odd for us because we don't have kids. We're not used to this stuff. And it's weird to have people over and let them know to watch out for the baby gate! LOL.

Now, we are waiting for our licensor to start our paperwork. She stated that once it gets to a certain place, it usually takes 4 weeks. So with how things have been going, I'm assuming in 2 months we will have a child here.

So instead of preparing paperwork now, we are now preparing for children. 

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If you are wondering what was in the binder, the information is below. Our licensor was impressed stating she's never seen anything like this ;) And I was happy to hand it over so I didn't have to keep looking at it! LOL. 

(Things we turned in ahead of time: application, fingerprinting, clearances)

Personal
*Birth certificates
*Drivers Licenses
*Social Security cards
*Marriage license
Finances
*Proof of income
*Monthly Household Bills
*Budget
Insurance
*Auto & vehicle registration
*Health
*Home owners
Animals
*Up-to-date shot records
*Licenses
First Aid
*First Aid Certificate
Physicals
*Doctor physicals
Home Stuff
*Emergency Phone Numbers
*Evacuation Plan
*Home visit stuff
*If you have any guns, you need them licensed
Other
*Training Questions
*Personal
*Unrelated personal references
*Support person contract
*Other questionnaires