Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Jadon Turned Nine

On Monday we celebrated Jadon, our wonderful miracle boy! I can't believe my sweet baby boy is now a big nine year old. How I love this little, big guy!

 We went to a beautiful beach to explore the tide pools. 
I love you Jadon Richard, your the reasons I believe in miracles!

All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.
Isaiah 54:13

Monday, February 24, 2014

Shayla's Baby

Lately Shayla has not been playing much with her baby dolls. She has a real life baby that she adores! Throughout the day she must ask to hold Julian 20 times. I usually let her, I just love to see her eyes sparkle with delight s she cuddles her baby brother:)
She is very confident holding him and surprisingly very careful. One day she just couldn't resist putting him in her doll stroller. Jewels actually liked it but I explained to Shayla why it was not safe for him. She said..."Mommy I understand but he is the BESSSST baby doll ever!
Yes I agree he is indeed is a sweet baby doll, we are so blessed!
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 1 Thessalonians 3:9

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Enjoy! Every! Moment!

even the hard ones...
the tears 
the clinginess
 the diapers
the mess
 the noise
the toys out
the laundry
the questions
the baths
the spit up 
the tiny handprints
the books read 
the prayers said
the cuddles
the kisses

Relax!     Enjoy!     Smile!     Breath!     Laugh! 

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be. David Bly

And Sarah declared, "God has brought me laughter"
Genesis 21:6 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Year, Heathy New Me

I am Loving my new healthy lifestyle changes since New Years! I made small changes at first like jumping on our awesome new trampoline! Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever!

I knew that all the exercise in the world would not help me if I kept eating so much junk. So I got a couple of books for inspiration and started my healthy living diet. I did not love "Lean for Life" because it uses ketosis for weight loss and that is not safe for breastfeeding. However I did find some cool tips and facts in it! The Bragg's book was a cheap read I picked up at the grocery store that turned out to be pretty inspiring.

First off I have to say it was really difficult to get started. I was seriously addicted to large amounts of sugar...shamelessly even eating cookies for breakfast. I reasoned they were oatmeal and homemade. I tried to go cold turkey but it was so hard, I kind of weened myself off of sweets over the coarse of a week. I started adding lots of protein and veggies to my daily meals and healthy fats.

For example 
(a perfect, no cheat day)

egg whites scramble (6 egg whites, olives, bell pepper, spinach) 
5 pieces of turkey bacon 
spicy mustard

Salmon salad
I use canned salmon for this
lots of spring mix
cucumber, tomatoes
homemade Dijon mustard dressing

Fish or chicken cooked in olive oil and lemon
Lots of veggies usually steamed or roasted
brown rice

some snacks options
low fat string cheese
apple and carrots
raw almonds
high fiber cereal
low fat cottage cheese
Greek yogurt

It took  awhile to adjust to less calories and not feel hungry, maybe two weeks. I got an awesome app called (get fit) it is a daily calorie log. It has almost any food you can imagine and you can scan any bar code with your phone for nutritional info! I set up a plan to lose 10lbs and it put me at 1,480 I decide this was to low for nursing so I upped it some. I do not stress about the scale to much, I just like my pants to fit...they don't. Still I do not feel pressure because I am first and foremost a nursing mommy that just had a baby, so I give myself lots of grace:)!

 I live by a 80/20 approach so that gives me about four cheat meals a week. They are usually on the weekend, if we go out, have company or date night! Knowing I have cheat meals keeps me from ever feeling deprived. Also I am relaxed when it comes to something I want. If I want a cookie I have one and don't feel guilt. I know good health is a lifestyle over the long haul and my long haul must include cookies:) 

For Valentines my Love got me a new love!
a Blendtec

It is amazing! We got it a couple of weeks ago and I have used it everyday for a meal replacement and snacks. I am in love with green healthy smoothies! I have also made soup and the kids love fresh soft serve ice cream and milkshakes. 

3's loud:)
Some of our Costco loot...fruit loot, ha. We also got frozen cherries and blueberries at Costco for a good price.

My girlfriend turned me on to the detoxinist, I just LOVE her site. I have tried lots of the dressing recipes and some smoothies. She has great tips! I will never throw away produce again, I will just freeze and juice it!

Fitness Fun
 I started working out again. I decided to jog because I can not go to the gym consistently until Julian is six months. Not to mention we live in one of the most beautiful climates on earth and to not take advantage of that seems silly. So I have been hitting the road with lots of help. Little Jimmy started running with me and was so patient when I was so slow and could only do two miles. Our regular neighborhood route is now 4 miles and includes some gnarly hills, it is defiantly interval training. We also do some local stairs four times. I think I have caught the running bug because he does not want to go near as much as I do, which is about every other day.

We have done a few night runs.

Jesse and daddy ride their bikes with me. 

Most recently Daddy and I have turned my run into a date. He bikes next to me with music playing. We found a great route to the beach and seeing the sunset is such a lovely run reward! It is just over two miles to the beach from my house so I am jogging just under 5 miles on this route. That distance takes me an hour and eight minuets (so I am not running that fast). That reminds me of my other AWESOME app, Runtastic it keeps track of everything, calories, speed, elevation, map via satellite, it's pretty cool!

Trust me, I know how blessed I am to enjoy this beauty everyday when most of the country is below freezing!

Someone recently asked how I have energy with a new baby? My first thought was, what energy? But in truth I do feel good! I think the key for me is-- a body in motion stays in motion! One of my father-in-loves favorite saying was "He who rest rots" That is certainly true in my life when I am working out I have more energy for everything, when I am not I often feel tiered. Endorphin's are very real and I feel much happier when I get them on a consistent basis!

So how much weight have I lost from my efforts?...nothing. Seriously, maybe a couple of pounds, but I don't care I feel good and that's what matters most!

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Monday, February 17, 2014

how sweet it is to be loved by you!

We had a seriously sweeeet Valentines! We spent one night away at our church marriage retreat enjoying each other, Julian and some special friends. God is so good, we are so blessed!
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1 John 4:7-10

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

These Days

These past weeks have been busy and full so this is just a mixed salad of recent stuff:)

  • I have been fulfilling my goals for the New Year so I have less computer time. My phone really helps because I can access what I need on the web without having to turn on the computer and face distractions. Plus one of our family goals was to be more unplugged. That one is going really well and we have cut out all movies and videos for the kids, except for our date night or when they have a babysitter. They went through some serious movie withdrawals, LOL, Asking ALL the time when they could have one. Thankfully the change has now sunk in and they are not asking nearly as much.

  • My fitness and healthy eating goals are going great!! Ok except for the amazing homemade cookie I am eating right now! I have written 10 post in my head about this one but I have not to found the time to actually get it down:) 

  • Little Jimmy took his highschool exit exam last week! I am so sad how time is flying by...well he still has two years to go but they encourage the testing to start in 10th grade. I can not imagine my baby boy graduating from highschool! Which reminds me of another goal that I have not budged on...our family pictures. I really need to carve out some time for that one.

  • I am already feeling a little homeschool burnout so I know it's time to read a parenting or homeschooling book. When I recently confessed my discouragement to my husband he said, "What are you talking about LOOK at our amazing kids and think of all we would miss out on if we did not homeschool." So true! I love how he is always the voice of truth and reason in my life!

  • I am missing my Mamaw something fierce and praying for a way to get to Tenn soon to visit her. How I want her to meet sweet Julian.

  • We had a bunch of people from church over Sunday and enjoyed lunch together. Then we headed out for a pretty gnarly hike. It was fun and memorable, thankfully no one got hurt! Although Little Jimmy took a trip to the ER last night for a shot, he has awful poison ivy .

I am so excited for our church it just seems like we are on the verge of a breakthrough. People are really loving and supporting each other. My husband is starting a series on the New Testament Church and how we can live it out today. I am looking forward to lots of fellowships and time spent with the people God is bringing in!

They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. 
Acts 2 :46-47
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