Monday, March 31, 2014


I've got a lot of pictures and such to catch up on, but for now I'd just like to say I'm so happy to be back with this guy.  A week away from each other is just too long!!  He is my heart and belongs walking beside me.  
Happy to be home.  : )

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring Break

 So far we have really been enjoying our Spring Break! 
 We've been at the beach since Sunday and we've had lots of wonderful friends come join us.
 First round was Ashlie, Jack, Hannah & Ryan.  
 All day Norah had been begging to go camping, it was bugging me, why can't she just be content with the fun we were having??  Turns out, by "camping" she meant go make s'mores!  So funny!

 We had such a great time with the Elstads!!  The weather was crazy stormy, but that was just one more part of the fun!
Here's a little video of how crazy windy it was on the beach, it was awesome!!
 Next our friends Valerie, Jasmine & Haley all came to play.  
 Sister love!
 We kept getting little breaks in the weather which was so great since it was supposed to rain the entire week. 

 After our friends headed home I decided to take my kiddos out for a special night on the town.
 We drove down to Newport and had dinner with Matt, Rhi, Tyler & Seren, so fun!
 I love this shot of them having their little conversation.
 Forever friends!
 Little Seren
 We went to Cafe Mungo in Newport, it was awesome!  The food was healthy, fresh and delicious.  There was also a ton for the kids to do & see, including a band playing!  
 They loved the chalk walls!
 Love our little friends!!
More fun to be had tomorrow, such a wonderful Spring Break so far!!

The only thing missing is John, we can't wait to see him Saturday.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fashion, gone wrong.

Can someone please explain to her the problem with this outfit?  

Bless her heart.  

Oh well, she's rocking it, right??? 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Painting over stories...

The girls love to paint, and in an effort to have them do more projects, I have to say yes to them when they ask... : )
 I even saved the bottom part of some bok choy so they could use it as a stamp to make flowers with.  Fun!

This little video cracks me up.  I love Norah's imagination right now, it is so fun to listen to all the ideas she comes up with.  Here she was telling me about how the tooth fairy comes and takes your teeth out.  Although she changed it when I asked her to repeat it....
 There, she fixed it, no one will ever know...

 Silly faces!!
 Such funny little girls!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Checking in on past resolutions....

I just came across this list of my resolutions written in January of 2013, let's see where we are at with all this.

First up was to keep up with:

Hot Yoga.


Eating Healthy.

Check. Check. Check.

At that point I was 3 lbs from my goal weight, which was 125, I am 120 now. (Yay!)

Here are the things I wanted to work on:

Being stronger.  
I have to say I am way stronger now.  My focus has shifted to more weights and strength training.  I still have a long ways to go to get my problem areas happier but these things take time...

Gaining a healthier body image.
I think I am doing MUCH better in this area, still have a ways to go, but there has been definite progress.  I am learning to love myself more and forgive myself for my flaws more.  Self love is such an important thing!  Repairing an unhealthy body is one thing, rewiring an unhealthy brain is a whole other.  I am very grateful for this body, it is strong and capable and  responds well to me treating it well.

Being more patient (I've been doing so 
much better with this but it's a constant
I still have my moments but this has improved too.  My faith has done a complete overhaul in my life, it really has helped me be a more understanding, more forgiving, more accepting, happier person, which all increase patience immensely.

Drink more water.
I am drinking much more water.  And tea.  Well and coffee, at least it's black coffee, mostly.  And only very rarely wine or cocktails, which I still love, but they have their celebratory place.

Go on more date nights with John.
We have actually been on a lot more dates lately!  It's been great!  We even recently went on a whole weekend away together!  It seems like these come in waves, but we are for sure trying our best to nurture that part of our relationship.

Get more organized with my photos
(like get them into books).
I DID get them in books!!  What a huge relief!! Now I am just normal behind, not years and years!! YAY!!!

More de-cluttering.  It never ends, ever.
Oh yes, this needs to be re-addressed.  I've been eyeing that old 21 days of Organization list...

Be more on top of meal planning.
Nope.  I am failing miserably at this.  My desire to cook has decreased quite a bit, I still love it but it's tricky.  The little mini-senior citizens want to eat dinner at 5:01, I just want something healthy and simple, and I want to make John a nice meal.  None of these things really work great together.  If I'm doing yoga that night I can't eat for a few hours before I go, so that makes the whole process more complicated.  The kids are rarely eating what we are eating and even John and I aren't always eating the same thing.  I'm trying to phase us into a better system with this.

Get the kids to eat more of what we are eating.
Oh yes, that.  Wasn't I just saying how that wasn't working?  I do often try to give them some of what we have and several other veggies & healthy things they can eat with it, but the timing is off from when they want to eat, plus I love spicy things, them, not so much.

Create a cleaning schedule.
Nope.  I try to do a little each day, and that seems to be working.  I'm still hoping a maid will sweep through here one day and deep clean the place, but it looks pretty good to the common eye... : )

Do more crafty things with the kids.
No again, I suck at this.  When ever any of my friends want to do a craft project I am sure to invite myself over, this is not my strong suit.  Honestly I forget about it, the kids would love it if I took time for this.

Spend more time with family & friends.
I'm a little surprised this even made the list, I think we do a pretty good job of this.  I would like to make sure we have more BBQ's this year and more people over, our dinner parties have fallen off quite a bit.

Run more with other people.
Um, nope.  Very rarely does that seem to work out, sadly.

Try some new exercise classes.
Nope, I had the perfect opportunity, but still didn't do it, twice.  I think I have a fear of exercise classes, or trying new things, right at first.

Have more FUN!  (I'm already really good 
at this, I just want to keep that up too!)
Yes, still doing well in this area, I love our life!

So all in all, not too shabby, half good, half not so much.  Life is always a work in progress, it's nice to look back and check in to how you are doing with your goals.  I think I need to work on my next list, never really did that for 2014.

An added bonus of leading a healthier lifestyle is how it has affected the kiddos, they always talk about working out, eating healthy, getting exercise, and what is good for their bodies. It's pretty awesome!  Here are the girls doing sit-ups with me, Ava can do more than 20 and hold a plank for a whole minute!

 Today is the first day of our 10 day Spring Break, YAY!
Have a great weekend everyone!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Silly Little Norah

Norah has been so funny lately.  And even though this movie is oh so pathetically sad, I can't help but laugh.  She is so dramatic!
The reason she was upset this time was that she thought I should go to the store that very moment to buy her mangoes, apparently she believes grandma would be more accommodating to her needs.

The other day she was sitting on the couch I had just vacuumed, eating a muffin.  I looked over at her and she is just surrounded by crumbs (She often can eat them without making a mess at all) I say to her "Norah!! I just cleaned the whole house, I just vacuumed these couches!  Look at the mess you have made!!"  She looks to her left, then to her right, then says "Mom, I think you are going to need to vacuum this one again." hahahaha

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Norah's first date...

 This is the girls Saturday morning, all ready for their date with daddy. 
 It was supposed to be just Norah and John, their first daddy/daughter date, as Ava has had many. 
Every time John talked to Norah about it she would get all excited about going, and then she would say "Can we bring Ava too?"
 He explained to her that it was a special thing for just the two of them and she said "That's great, but I want Ava to come with us."
 Her hair is so long!
 Ava pretty much thought this was the best news ever.  She loved the idea that Norah couldn't stand to go have fun without her. 
Happier together, love them so much.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Daddy's Birthday.

 We had a really fun day celebrating John's birthday.

When John was on the phone with Grandma Barby and Grandpa Bob they asked the kids how old John had turned, Norah said 4 and Ava guessed 61.  hahaha
Tiffani's phone takes great photos!  This is mid Cards Against Humanity, such a funny, yet so very WRONG game. 
We had Erik, Tiffani & Colton over for dinner.  We had turkey burgers with creamy feta & garic chili slaw along side roasted broccoli with a curry peanut sauce.  Yum!
The kids dinner was slightly less gourmet, cauliflower mac & cheese with peas, carrots and apples.  
 They all look pretty happy, that's what counts right?

 I love the way Norah is looking at John in this picture.

At one point the girls and I had been discussing what "we" had gotten John for his present.  John was in the garage at the time as I told them, stressing how it was a secret and we can't tell him.
 Norah jumps down from her bar stool, marches out to the garage and says "Dad, we got you a suitcase for your birthday, it is black and red."
 I had been holding the door open for her, not suspecting at all that she was going to say that, so I just let go of the door and let it slam, leaving the little deliberate secret-teller out in the garage, with her dad, that thought it was much funnier then I did...
Needless to say, he wasn't very surprised at his gift.
  I see no reason to pay for plane tickets for these kids ever again...

 They both love it in there!
What a fun day celebrating John!  We are all so blessed to have him, couldn't love or appreciate him more!! 

Happy Birthday Love!!