Sunday, February 27, 2011

When Your Mind Won't Shut Off..

Well, It's almost 2:00am everyone is asleep, BUT me. Jeff and Olivia have been asleep for hours and for some reason my brain will not shut off. I don't know if it's the Nyquil I took to sleep last night and the sleep i got that was the deepest I've had in months or the fact I have a million things on my mind. (I want everyone to say a prayer for 3 of my favorite little girls. I pray that their mother finds peace in her heart and these girls get to be with their family. I got a phone call from them today that made my day. It breaks my heart to see such sweet pretty girls have to go through so much crap because of terrible decisions their mother makes for them. Lies to them that their family doesn't want to see them and keeps them from the people that love them most. They don't deserve it. God sees everything that is happening and I want him to make the judge rule for the girl's sake. I love you three girls VERY much and so does your family.) Please say a Prayer For Them!!
It's been a long weekend. We got a call that both of Jeff's grandmas were in the hospital, one getting a knee replacement and the other with heart problems. We decided Wednesday evening we were going to take a trip back home and see his grandmas along with ALL of our family.  Jeff's grandma will be taking a trip to San Antonio this weekend and living with her oldest daughter for awhile, we will def. miss her lots.
We came in Thursday evening and stayed with Jeff's parents and grandma. We share many laughs and of course Olivia was the center of attention.
Friday we went to my mom's house and visited. We took it easy and we stayed inside and Olivia played with all of Allison's old toys. She loves the sit and spin. I was feeling kind of sick so i took some meds, first time i've had nyquil since I got pregnant with Olivia. Talk about knocking me out. WoW. Won't be taking that for awhile. Today we hung out with my mom and then came to spend the night with my dad.
My sister came over and spent some time with us. It was actually really nice to see her and talk. It's been a LONG time and I've really missed the sisterly bonding. Sad that we live so far from each other and we have drifted apart, but i hope once she's out of school we will see more of her in our neck of the woods.
Olivia had a big day playing and eating all day. She crashed and i haven't heard a peep from her since she layed down.
Tomorrow we will be traveling back home and getting back to our routine. My Body For Life has been hard to stick with on this trip, but my overall success has been pretty good. I'm going to head to the gym when we get home tomorrow and get some cardio in, since it has been so cold it was hard to get any in while we were here. Week 3 was good, but I'm really looking forward to Week 4. I'm going to push myself extra hard and make this week the best one so far.
I'm looking forward to weigh in on Monday morning I sure hope the scale shows me some weight loss even if it's just a few ounces.
One last thing, I got to see my bestie while I was home and I was so happy. She looks so good and baby Eli will be here before we know it! Seeing her makes me so thankful for such an awesome friend someone I know I can count on when there is no one to turn to. Someone who will always be there and understand me. Crystal- I love your little family. You are going to be an AMAZING mother. I am SO happy and excited for you to start the journey of motherhood. It is one of the BEST journeys I've ever been on!!! I LOVE YOU CHICA!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mommy and Olivia's Weekend

Well this weekend Friday and Saturday were dedicated for Olivia and Mommy Day because Daddy worked the Chili Cook-Off (they got GRAND CHAMPIONS on their Chili). We were SO proud of Daddy!! While daddy had fun doing that..

We decided to have some fun. Friday when I got off I went and got Olivia we got home around 4pm so we had plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful weather. Olivia LOVES  being outside. She ran around the yard, played on her slide, and I pumped up the Jumpoline.

On her birthday she wasn't so sure about this, but a couple of months older now (17 months) she LOVES it. Lastly we took a wagon ride around the neighborhood, and seen a friend of mine and chatted with her and her kiddos. Olivia loves other kids!  After playing until dark we came in and she took a nap for about an hour while i made us some supper. Daddy got home around 8pm and we all hung out for the rest of the night.

Daddy left at 4am Saturday morning and Olivia and I slept in until 9am... SO nice to sleep in that late when during the
week I wake up at 4:45am!! HUGE difference and I was in a great mood. We were lazy all morning I cooked some breakfast (eggs and toast) and we played inside. We layed down for a morning nap and Olivia slept for about an hour and a half while i showered and got ready to go. When she woke up we had some lunch and headed off to have a fun afternoon. We went to Jump Mania first and she loved it, the kids were a little wild and one kicked her in the face (which didn't make me a happy momma). I dont understand why people let their 7 year old play in the 3 and under playhouse. SO dumb.

After she got tired of this we went to the park and played and seen the ducks. She loves just running and laughing. It's SUCH A blessing. I wish i could stop time and just watch her run and laugh she's so sweet. She was tired after this so she napped on our way to the shoe store to look for us some shoes, but no luck. then we went to Mardel and i got a couple of books while Olivia played in the cart. Finally it was supper time and my cheat meal for the week we decided on Pizza Inn. We ate lots of pizza and got very full. It was the PERFECT day.

We came home to daddy and he was so excited about the cook off. This weekend was awesome. I wish i was off tomorrow with Daddy and O, but tomorrow is "Daddy and O Day" I'm off on Friday and get off early on Thursday. I'm looking forward to hopefully warm weather so we can go out and enjoy a few days outside. 

     Life is PERFECT
     Life is GOOD
     God is GOOD.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Update Body For Life Day 10

Today was an upper body work out day. I pushed through and moved up my weights. My arms are feeling it and it's AMAZING. It's a good hurt. I'm into the swing of things and it's getting easier to get up at 4:45am and it's also easier to eat healthy. 6 meals a day, planned out = SUCCESS! I haven't had to cheat so far.. I had my one cheat MEAL last week and that's it. Water is consuming me! I'm LOVING it. I feel better physically and mentally. Yesterday was an emotional day for me for some reason and I had a "moment of frustration" with life... But I pulled through it and today i feel very blessed and great.
Tonight (after 2 weeks off because of snow) iMarriage will continue I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and being able to just relax and enjoy my husband. We get so busy and sometimes forget to love each other. I'm excited to hear the message God has planned to deliver to us tonight. God is GOOD!
I was very happy with progress i made in Week 1...  Bring on Week 2!!

Week 2- 144.6

Hope everyone is having

Monday, February 14, 2011

My Valentine, Best Friend, and Husband

My Valentine-
I am VERY blessed with an amazing husband we have been married for a little over 3 years and we have so much fun together. I mean look at him.. How lucky am I? He's attractive, sweet, caring, loving, thoughtful, and most of all he supports me. No matter what the problem is or what we go through he's always there as my support. I couldn't have ask for a better husband. He's one of the BEST men I've ever known and he is the BEST daddy in the WHOLE world.

Olivia and I both got such sweet gifts. He got me a necklace, ring, and earring set with my birthstone, Ruby. in it. I LOVE IT! Olivia got a necklace and earrings. Her necklace is a butterfly SO STINKIN CUTE!! He did an AWESOME job picking both of them out!! Thanks honey!!

Here is Olivia opening up her gift this morning. I got to open mine on Saturday because that is the night we celebrated and went out to our Valentine's banquet and had such a blast. Thanks you babe for giving me and Olivia a FANTASTIC Valentine's Day!! WE LOVE YOU!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Biggest Temptation Yet....

So today the 7th day of the 84 has been the hardest so far. Lunch was made by me. I made enchiladas, but ones i couldn't eat. So therefore I had to make myself a bean and cheese burrito... SO HARD. I LOVE my ENCHILADAS!! AHH!! Also another favorite ROTEL and CHIPS!! It was a rough one. It was so hard though that i'm still thinking about the food!! lol.
I decided to send the leftovers with my bro-n-law so he could share with the guys he lives with and they would be out of my sight. He also was kind enough to take the rotel dip and chips!!
My awesome amazing husband told me he was proud of me. That made me feel SO good. He's behind me 100% on this and it makes it A LOT easier!! I enjoyed sleeping in this weekend 8am.. But tomorrow morning it's back to the 5am workouts!!! I'm excited/nervous to get on the scale tomorrow and see just where i'm at. I just hope to start seeing results... it's been a week though.. by week 4. I'm really hoping they are there.
Hope everyone has a GREAT Valentine's tomorrow. I'll share my story tomorrow :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Back Where I Come From

I was listening to Pandora while I was working and this song stuck to me for some reason and got me to thinkin' about back in the day. I miss all my friends that I left behind and I REALLY miss all of our fun chats and riding with the windows down with our music so loud singing at the top of our lungs looking over the Mississippi River. It seems like it has been forever. It was so relaxing and so much fun to just ride and sing. I miss all the dirt roads and looking out over the cotton, corn, and FIELDS from my bedroom window. The bootheel is such a relaxing place, where life seems to not be so RUSHED. That's the one thing I do miss being there and young. Being able to feel like I have TIME and LIVE.
Here in the Springfield area life is fast. People are always in a hurry, traffic gets crazy and it takes me just as long to get through the city as it did sometimes to get from my house to school. It's crazy.
My dad and step dad being farmers throughout my life and my step dad still is was such a blessing. I used to get so frustrated at those tractors on the road, but man if i could go back and live that life just for awhile it would be such a life-changing thing. I miss it. I miss the smell of the fields burning, I miss seeing the tractors plowing the fields, and i miss the COTTON!!
I love the city for the fact there is so much more to do. There is never a time you should have to be bored. We have TONS of stores, restaurants, and parks (big parks) with nice trails, even my little town has these.

Back Where I Come From

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Day 4: Body For Life


So far Body for life has been going well. I'm VERY sore I can barely stand up after I've been sitting. My lower body work out has been the highlight of the week for me. Stacey and I worked SO hard and we are definately feeling it now. This is AWESOME. It's a GOOD hurt. Let's me know transformation is starting to take place in my body.
Planning has played a HUGE role in it. We plan our meals for the next day the nigth before. I have my lunch box full of all the things I need to take with me to work and we plan and get ready what we can of our dinner. It's actually been fun this week trying new things and staying outside the box.
I started planning my meals for next week and I plan to do some of the same snacks throughout the day, but want to change up some and get new ideas. It keeps me from getting bored.

This is a verse that explains where I'm at right now..
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Not only am I trying to transform on the outside, but on the inside TOO.  Eating healthier and reading God's word. I have noticed a change within me this past year. I've learned life is short and we need to live and live right. I have enjoyed life so much more and the negative people and places I used to put myself into our now gone. I've realized some friends come and go, but your true friends are with you no matter what.
Family is your main key and I spend many minutes and hours on the phone with my family. I love them all so very much and miss them when we dont see them for awhile.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Body For Life Challenge

Today I started a 12 Week Program called Body For Life. It is a working out and eating program. Monday-Friday I will be at the gym at 5am for the next 12 weeks. Monday, Wednesday, Friday are work out days. Upper and Lower Body work outs and Tuesday, Thursday, ans Saturday are Cardio days *20 Minutes of interval training*
The eating is going good for Day 1 and I hope this blog will keep me on track I plan to write twice a week about what i'm experiencing and if I lose weight and how I've feeling. Today I've pee'd like 6 times already. I feel like i'm preggers again. My goal is to drink 10-12 cups a water daily. I'm on 5 now. So I'd say I'm on track to reaching my goal today.
I feel really tired today, because i couldn't sleep very well last night. I was anxious about starting this program and also for my friends baby to enter the world. She had a little girl and I'm SO excited for her and her husband. Being a mom is one of the BEST things that has ever happened to me in my whole life. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the whole world. Olivia makes cloudy sad days, seems so happy and always puts a smile on my face. :)

Anyways, Body for Life Day 1- 149.4

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Blizzard 2011

Just wanted to post about the "Blizzard of 2011" in the Ozarks. I haven't ever seen so much snow in my whole life, it's actually pretty awesome. (Only when my work cancelled on Tuesday and I got to stay home with my little family and just cuddle up by the fireplace and stay warm. It's been a crazy week around here for sure. Monday was a normal day and everyone started talking about how we were going to get soo much snow. Jeff and I were like "We will believe it when we see it!" Well all night Monday I could hear the ice hitting the windows in our bedroom and sure enough when I woke up Tuesday the snow was coming down SUPER hard and the wind was blowing it everywhere. Work was cancelled for us both so we def. enjoyed that day. Wed. Jeff got another day off and I had to work just 12-5pm so it wasn't too bad. I was really nervous to drive into Springfield, but the jeep made it without any problems. Thursday Jeff and I both went to work, but only 9:30-4-4:30ish. We rode together and got to take O to school it was fun. Reality set back in today going to work, but school was out again so we had our snow day camp, which is usually fun but after 3 days you need a break :)

When we got home today we went out and shoveled the sidewalk and played in the snow. It was still snowing today and we got about 3 more inches. It was fun to act like a kid again and play in the snow with Olivia. She only liked it for a few minutes and then her and Tuck Tuck were ready to go in. I'm SO blessed I love the snow and I love all the laughter with my family. God is GOOD!

Here's a few pictures from Blizzard 2011:

Rawson's *Blizzard 2011*

Mommy and Daddy's Princess
SO much SNOW!! 
Our sidewalk