Posted in Controlling the Body, Life in Overdrive

The New and Improving ME!!

No, I’m not here to promise to blog more…we all know how that will turn out. I’m here to tell you (my endearing throng of reader…yes, singular) that I am making changes (yes, plural!)!!!

The ladies at work and I have been doing Weight Watchers together and really documenting what we’re eating and holding each other accountable…and let me tell you, accountability is awesome!! Who knew!?!?!? 🙂

So far I have only lost 5 pounds, but I’m not down about it! I’ve lost FIVE POUNDS IN THREE WEEKS!!!! I think that’s pretty awesome if you ask me 🙂

But the bigger changes I’ve seen this week is that I’m not only opting for the healthier choices, but I’m WANTING the healthier choices!! I’m working out every day and I really, REALLY want this!! About time right?

Right now I’m at my heaviest (non-pregnancy) weight. I’m so not happy about that. I mean, I could seriously care less what other people thing about me, but I DO care about how *I* feel about me. I care about being desirable for my husband (NOT that he’s ever complained mind you) and I care about being healthy for my kids.

I’m proud to say that I am actually grasping this whole change and running with it. Change has never been easy, but it’s always seemed to be a part of my life whether I’ve liked it or not. This time I’m grasping it and embracing it and never, ever going to let this go!!

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Posted in Life in Overdrive

I’m HERE! I’m ALIVE! I’m BUSSSSSY!!!!

*sigh*

How pitiful that it takes a comment from Bedky to make me realize that I haven’t updated my blog since before Christmas.  Sad. sad. sad.
BUT…I haven’t just been sitting around twiddling my thumbs.  Did you know I got a job in October of last year?  Of course you did.  I probably told you…that, or you heard me screaming from my roof how thankful I was 😉
I’m working for a promotional company in the Model & Talent department.  It’s a very stressful job, but also very fun work.  It makes me excited to go to work every morning which is very helpful considering I did NOT want to go back to work.  I would still rather be home and truly feel that’s where God will have me end up, but He’s got something in store for me at this company…there are just too many things that have happened to NOT be the case.
The family…yes…they’re still happy and healthy.  Mike turns 33 tomorrow.  Crazy.  It’s weird to think I’m married to someone who’s in their mid-thirties…heh.  But then again *I* will be 30 this year so I’m not teasing him…much.
Jackson is WALKING!!!  I’m so not dealing with this well either.  He’s into EVERYTHING 🙂
Blake is doing well in school and is learning how to read.
Ryley is reading like crazy and doing well in school.  If I could just keep him out of trouble we’d be doing well…heh
Did I mention that my MIL moved in?  She came up to live with us right before Christmas and has been here ever since.  Things are going really well and I couldn’t ask for a better person to watch my children for me during the day.
That’s about it…I’ll probably update again in about a month…or 6…heehee…
Posted in Life in Overdrive, Rantings

Christmas time is HERE!!

Does it seem to anyone else that Christmastime is just really short this year??

We actually put our tree up a week before Thanksgiving so it’s SEEMED Christmasy in our house, but I don’t think our hearts were really into it yet. Mike and I were talking about this last night as he was hanging Christmas Lights on the front of the house. He has been VERY anxious to get everything up and decorated this year. Don’t get me wrong, he USUALLY loves Christmas (as do I) and we often go over the top with decorating (3 years running as the winners of the decorating contests at FCC!!), but for some reason we just have this NEED to decorate this year.

We came to the conclusion that it is probably due to the fact that this has been one of the HARDEST years in our marriage that we’ve ever faced. Praise God we’ve grown closer during a time that would probably break up a lot of other marriages, but it’s almost like we’re trying to get this year over quickly. We need the refreshment of Christmas and then the cleansing of the new year…We NEED IT!

But is that how we should be going about this? I mean…shouldn’t the anticipation come from wanting to remember the anticipation people felt of meeting the Messiah? Even the eve of Christ’s birth was BUSY…it comes with the territory of the season I think (yes, I know that Christ was most likely born in the springtime…just hear me out). The night of Christ’s birth was busy due to people returning to their hometowns for the census. They were being reunited with families, I’m sure mom’s and grandma’s were preparing their homes for lots and lots of company. Meals were being cooked, bread baking, houses being cleaned. It’s really not much different from what we see now.

But…amidst all of the hullabaloo there was something so beautiful as a baby being born. Everyone was so busy that I’m sure they didn’t notice the poor woman who was forced to sleep in a barn and lay her baby in a feeding trough. I’m sure they didn’t notice the poor man who wanted nothing more than to offer his wife the best possible service and place to deliver her baby, and only be disappointed that he had to go with this alternative. I’m sure they didn’t notice the smiles as they looked down at this precious baby and no longer worried about where they were sleeping. From that point forward all they could see was his beautiful sleeping face.

Peace, Peace.

That is the true meaning of Christmas…it was before the shepherds came. Before the wise men visited with gifts. It was the peace and the love of this precious gift sent from heaven.

May you all have a blessed and PEACEFUL Christmas this year.

Posted in Life in Overdrive

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Today is my dad’s 60th birthday. He doesn’t know I’m posting this today and I’m not sure just how excited he’d be that I’m proclaiming to all blogdom that he is now in fact SIXTY years old. *insert a little giggle here*

We all went to dinner last night and totally sweat our butts off (literally) as we sat in an open air restaurant…in Florida…in August….yes…we’re a crazy bunch. He said that he wasn’t really celebrating anymore birthdays but of course WE wouldn’t allow that…heehee…

The truth is, my dad should be celebrating this milestone. Several times over the last 7 years he’s faced death head on. By the grace of God he has stared death in the face and laughed. A stroke that left him paralyzed on one whole side of his body, cancer that leaves anyone terrified just by the mere mention of the name, a heart attack that left us praying he’d make it through surgery, and finally a bacterial infection that turned out to be the greatest threat to his life yet.

For my whole life growing up my daddy was my hero. He could do no wrong and nothing could harm him. The older *I* get the more I realize how enthralled I was in my dream world…and really how much I wish I could stay in that dream world. But alas…I see that my daddy wasn’t perfect…I see how imperfect and flawed I am as a parent. I can only hope and pray that my kids can one day look back and think with fond memories on their childhood like I can mine.

I can stand here today and say that I am a proud daughter of a man who taught me right from wrong, who introduced me to Jesus, baptized me, and showed me the path in which to walk. I am one of VERY few of my friends who can proudly say that her parents are still married and still LIKE each other. I can also say that I am able to look upon my heavenly father with fondness b/c of my amazing relationship with my earthly father.

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Posted in Life in Overdrive, Rantings

One redeeming quality…

Last year we bought a dog. Yes, I gushed all the way through that post about how cute he was and how special he was. Now…the dog and I aren’t the best of friends…heh

He chews everything. Digs up our yard. Gets too rough (in MY opinion) with the boys (although they love it).

But last Saturday he may have redeemed himself. Well, a little bit anyway.

The boys came running in the house from the backyard yelling “Freddy caught a rat!!” Thank the LORD Mike was home. We went out back and Freddy didn’t have a rat in his mouth, but he was rooting in the grass trying to get SOMETHING.

Sure enough he pulls a MOLE OUT OF THE GROUND!! So, Mike then jumps into action and gets a shovel and tries to get the mole out of Freddy’s mouth. He eventually drops it and Mike takes care of the problem.

After talking to our neighbor we find that he put mole away in his yard. Great. Well, at least we have our own Mole Catcher now. 🙂

Posted in Life in Overdrive, Rantings, the chillens

Ramblings of my Overdriven Life…

Jackson is running a fever. Poor baby. He had his shots yesterday and was up ALL FREAKING NIGHT! I MAYBE got 2 hours TOPS…oh well…it’s not like it’s EVERY night. He’s a VERY good sleeper usually.

I’m about to take boy #2 to preschool and then swing by boy #1’s school to register boy #2 for Kindergarten. If I didn’t have the baby I’d probably be balling my eyes out today. Where did all of the time GO!?!?!?!?!?!? I’m not going to be able to handle this if the school years continue to fly by so quickly. UGH!

Boy #1 has been doing a BIT better in school lately. He’s still struggling with his behavior. I think a lot of the stress around here may be trickling down on to him and he doesn’t know how else to handle it…sigh. He’s doing GREAT academically and I’m considering having him tested for the gifted program. My only concern is that his teacher will nix it DUE to the fact he won’t stay on task. I believe he’s bored.

Boy #2 has been throwing temper tantrums lately. Who knew we’d bypass the toddler years with no problem only to have him pitch fits when he turned 5!?!?!? He’s still way too cute though. He had to have shots yesterday too. He was such a big strong boy and would NOT let the nurse see him cry. LOL. After he was done (he went first before the baby)he went and sat in a chair in the corner and teared up a bit, but he was VERY brave.

Boy #3 is growing like a weed…well, a slow growing weed I guess. They told me yesterday he’s not gaining weight fast enough. But all of my boys were that way. So I’m not really worried about it. Blake never outgrew it…Ryley did.

The man has a new job working at Lowe’s. He’s only part-time right now and he’s doing the construction stuff on the side when his boss has work for him. He’s such a hard worker and does such a good job trying to support his crazy family. Now, if we could do something about this crappy economy we’d be alright…heh

Me? I’m looking for a job still. I had to postpone an interview I had scheduled (due to afformentioned fever) for this morning. I’m meeting with a lady who would like to hire me to teach group piano lessons for preschoolers. It’s right up my alley and I really hope it is something that I can consider doing. The problem is it is 30 minutes away and I don’t know what the pay rate is yet. So pray that it will be enough to warrant me going back to work. My mil is kind enough to come up in May and stay through June to help us out so we don’t have to pay child care. This will help us catch up on bills and what not too.

Anyway…this is my crazy overdriven life. But I love it. I didn’t even mention church activities, T-ball games, spending time with my family. Oh the list goes on, but I won’t wear y’all out with it…that’s MY burden to bear 😉

Posted in Life in Overdrive

I’m HERE!!

OMIGOSH! Can you BELIEVE it!?!?!?!?!?

It’s my THIRD DAY of posting in a FOUR day period! I must be improving 😛

Mike is working all morning and then coming home to sleep b/c he’s got to do some tile work tonight at Bubba Gump’s. I’m PRAYING he’ll get to bring me home some coconut shrimp!! YUMMO! He’ll be there from 1am til around 5am and then he’ll go straight to Lowe’s to work until 10am. Then he’ll probably come home and crash…good luck with three kids in the house. LOL

Things are good here. Really, really good. I’ve decided that I will NOT be looking at my bank page every morning like I have been for the past month. I refuse to. God is bigger than my bank statement.

Today I plan on getting Jackson down for a nap (he’s usually asleep by now but is fighting tooth and nail) so I can run on the treadmill while I listen to some Francis Chan. My friends and I are doing a study on the Holy Spirit based around a sermon series he did last year. I’m too lazy to link it right now, but I WILL. It has been incredibly eye opening and I DO believe that God has me listening to this RIGHT NOW for a very specific purpose. I do not rely fully enough on Him. I am changing that. I have to.

Love you all. Have a wonderful and productive day!!!!!!!