Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's called a FILTER Julianna!

Jules has been on a roll lately with her words of wisdom and embarrassing Julsieisms.

On Monday we ran to Hy-Vee to get a few groceries. We weren't even past the first aisle when her rants quickly turned to embarrassment for her poor mama.

At the deli counter as we are being waited on by a shorter gentleman:

Jules - "Mom, is that a man or a woman helping us?"

Me - completely ignored her

Jules "MOM! Is that a guy or a lady???"

Me - "Jules, that is a gentleman helping us, please be quiet"

Jules - "Well Mom, he sure looks like a lady to me!"

Me - Quickly grab my ham from this poor man and decide I can just get my turkey and cheese orders later....

So one would think that would be it. That is all this mom should have to handle in one night - Oh No!

We aren't even 2 aisles over and we are pushing our cart behind a man who must have just come from work at a restaurant. The onion, garlic, curry and who knows what else smell coming from him wasn't the most pleasant, but who would really say anything about it..... daughter that's who!

Jules - "Mom, what's that smell?"

Me - Again tried to ignore, but I did say "I am not sure honey, smells like spices to me"

Jules - (as she is pointing at the man in front of us) "Oh whew, Mom, that man's BUTT smells!"

Me - "Julianna!" I don't even know what to say or do at this point. I look at the lady coming at us, who is laughing uncontrollably and just turn my cart around and head in the other direction. I pulled Julianna aside and explained to her that she doesn't need to say everything that is on her mind and to be careful, because sometimes she can say things that hurt others feelings.

Jules - She just shrugged her shoulders and said so matter of factly" Well, Mom, his butt really smelled" Then she skipped along her merry way like it was nothing.

AHHHHHH!!!! I feel we are just a few shopping trips away from her flat out asking a pregnant woman why she is so fat.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Tuesday Thought to Ponder...

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like our Cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses of pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go…hmmm…where is my Bible?

We never have to worry about dropped calls, because Jesus is always there to listen AND we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill!
Kind of makes you stop and think “where are my priorities.”

When Jesus died on the cross – HE was thinking of you!

Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

The battle

O.k. blog followers, I slacked a little this week with my diet. I was doing so great on Monday and Tuesday and then Wednesday came. Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day. I came in to flowers on my desk (so nice), some other beautiful gifts and some chocolate. That was my downfall. Now, I don't even like chocolate, but I gave in and I think I ate 4 pieces before lunch. Then someone wanted to treat me to lunch at Palazzo's. So I had a chicken salad sandwich. Then for dinner Drew wanted to take us to Cracker Barrel. I ordered off of the low carb menu, but that doesn't do any good when you get steak fries as a side. Not too impressed with myself, but yesterday was a new day. Healthy breakfast, Subway for lunch and a sensible dinner.

So there you have it - holding myself accountable, though I am not necessarily proud of this week, I am still doing with out pop and down 12.5 pounds!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

What a week!

The weather has just been beautiful! We have really enjoyed being outside and taking in the sun!

Flowers are blooming outside our house! Can't wait for the lilac bush to bloom!

Jules busted out her car this week. She was a little nervous at first, but quickly got the hang of it and drove it around our driveway. We are hoping she is brave enough to ride it around the neighborhood this weekend!

Happy Spring (and grilling season) Everyone!!!

Good Quote

"You're gonna need help, so don't be shy getting it where you can. It's better that you sit down and spend time with your family than have all your hangers facing the same way in your closet. Let the unimportant stuff go." ~ Tina Fey on being asked for tips on multi-tasking.

You know, there are some days that I just say "forget the housework, organizing and laundry and let's just enjoy the day" I have worked very hard over the years to not feel guilty because there is laundry to be done, dishes in the sink or a bathroom to clean. They will get done, but I have found that being with Drew, Mary and Julianna are moments to be cherished and I am glad I am not alone.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Holding myself accountable... remember a couple of months ago I posted that I would be trying to lose 50 pounds this year? Well I am trying. It is hard, but so far I am down 11 pounds - woo hoo! However, there are days where I find it hard to hold myself accountable. I mean who would really know if I just popped into QT and bought a pop on the way to school? No one.

I have yet to do that, but there are days where it is so tempting.

So, I was thinking - how can I hold myself more accountable?

HELLO! - My blog!!

So, my loyal readers I am having you help hold me accountable. It is VERY hard for me to lie. Pretty much impossible. And I could definitely never write something that wasn't true. So there you have it. I will try and post daily about my journey. I am sure there will be days that I will falter, but readers I need your support and encouragement to keep me motivated and on track.

Here is what I have done so far:

~Cut out pop/soda completely. This has pretty much been the hardest thing I have ever done. I know seems silly to even type that, but I love me some pop! Last year I realized that aspartame was making me really sick, so I cut out Diet pop completely and started drinking regular - HOLY WEIGHT GAIN BATMAN! I think I currently have 20 pounds of Pepsi sitting on my hips! I have basically been drinking water and milk and the occassional glass of Simply Lemonade (have you had that stuff - seriously addicting and seriously loaded with sugar - not as much as pop, but I need to watch myself) . Not the same I will admit, but I do feel better and lighter.

~Walking. I try to walk as much as possible. This took a little detour last week when Drew forbid me to walk for a while because a woman was attacked 9 streets away from our house, but I am hoping I can sweet talk him into walking with me and letting me get back out there. But I walk here at school, sometimes on my lunch and I am parking as far away from a store entrance as possible. Have any of you been the the Hy-Vee in Windsor Heights? It is up hill. When you have a loaded cart of groceries you are pushing up hill to your car parked in Timbuktu - let me tell you it is quite the little work out!

~ We got a Wii. Enough said. That thing will kick my butt!

~ I am bringing my lunch to work every day. This will be my biggest accountability task. Mama loves to eat out and my lunch time would usually be my down fall. Not anymore. Lunch will come from home and that will hold me more accountable for what I am putting into my body.
Today I had a lean Cedarwood ham sandwich on 12 grain wheat bread. No mayo or mustard and it was still really good. A yogurt, veggies straws and a handful of almonds. All delish and completely satisfying.

Anyway - so there you have it. I feel better just typing out all of that. Thank you everyone for your encouragment and support over the past couple of months. 11 pounds down. Still have a long way to go, but I know I will get there! :)

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Made my whole day!

So...I just opened my lunch box and in it was a hand-written love note from Drew. SO SWEET! I love how something so simple and unexpected can make my whole day!

I LOVE you Drew Stinson!


So here it is....LAUREN IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could type exclamation points all. day.long!

Our whole family is just beyond thrilled!

Cody asked Lauren to marry him on Friday night! I was hoping to post the video, but these pics will have to do for now. It was so romantic and he is such a wonderful man and so perfect for her. (oh sheesh, here got the waterworks again) - I have prayed for this man for her for quite a while and I am just so happy that God gave him to her. Here is the awesome thing - they had only been dating for 18 days when he proposed!!! When you know, you know! You can read the whole story of their "courtship" on her blog Lauren Rene Bush .

The wedding date is set for October 16th and I have the honor of being Matron of Honor. Jules will be a flower girl and Mary is a junior bridesmaid.

The next 6 months will be so full of joy as we watch them prepare for the wedding and grow as a couple! I so wish I could be closer to her to help with everything, but Cody is a hands on groom, so she is in good hands! :)

Here are some pics of the lovely couple!
How cute are they?!

Her ring! B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!! Here they are on Easter Sunday. Little did she know how much her life would change in just a few short days!!! :)


Monday, April 12, 2010

Stay Tuned...

...I will be posting a SUPER COOL post tomorrow!! Tee hee! (that's my new favorite phrase in case you haven't noticed!)


Friday, April 9, 2010

Love It!!!

I came across this new website and I have been having a blast trying out new things with some of our photos.

Check it out. It is super easy to download your pictures and then start playing with them AND IT'S FREE!!!!!!!

Here are some of our Easter pics that I re-vamped for your viewing pleasure!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tee Hee.... I am wearing pants I have NEVER been able to wear before! God must have heard my self pity party yesterday and granted me some sort of miracle weight loss. :) I will take it!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt

I wasn't sure if we would be able to do our Easter Egg hunt this year, but Jules really wanted to and she was feeling so much better after lunch, that we indulged her. It was SO much fun! Grandma Bush, Aunt Courtney and Uncle Morgan helped Drew and I hide the eggs. Drew and Mo were pretty good at finding obscure places to hide Mary's eggs.

The girls had a blast and even found all of their eggs!

One of my favorite pics of the day!

This would be my favorite - Mary, thrilled to find one of her eggs on the car tire. This girl cracks me up!

We can thank Uncle Mo for this lovely hiding spot.....

Another good hiding spot.

What is that - a squirrel in our tree? No, it's just silly Uncle Morgan. What a nut!
Lots of treasures!

Easter Morning

Jules started feeling better by late Sunday morning. We were so disappointed that we couldn't attend our new church, but Jules still had a fever early in the morning and we didn't want to expose any of the children with whatever Julianna had. What is was, we don't know. She just had a fever for 3 days. Nothing else. We called the Blank ER nurse and she said that she could have just had a small virus. Regardless she was doing better by Sunday and her fever was down. We decided to go to lunch at Grandma and Grandpa's and we are so glad we did. Lunch was delicious as always and we all had a great time!

Here are some pics from Easter Morning - again these are mainly for Grandma Lili, Aunt La La and....Cody. :)

Mary's Basket
Julianna's Basket

The girls love being outside and exploring, so we got them bug catching kits, nets and other goodies!

The girls looked so beautiful in their new dresses.

Lovin' our girls!
Cutie Pie
Yes, Drew is well aware of how grown up and beautiful his oldest daughter is....I feel sorry for any boys that come across her path in the next few years. :)
Sisterly Love.
I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled Jules was that big sis Mary was with us on Easter!

"Mom, let's take one with my sweater off!"
"Me too"
"oh yeah, my favorite lunch!"