Wednesday, March 18, 2015

my 2014 goal // a year later

In January 2014 I wrote out a few goals I wanted to accomplish that year (we all did and saved them in envelopes to open the next New Year's Day).
In years prior I had never been much of a goal setting person, I had always felt like the moment I set a goal for myself I was already failing at it a day later. Way to be positive, right?

Well anyway my main goal for 2014 was to finally (and I mean FINALLY) get stronger.
I wanted to build and SEE some muscle tone.
I had been running the year before and in 2013 my goal was to run a 10K (which I did), but running just is not my thing. It's really hard on my body, especially my back and my lungs really struggle no matter how much I would run, they just didn't improve a whole lot.

I started 2014 off with doing Insanity diligently and by February I was not loving it.
For me it was just way too easy to push "pause" on the remote to go change the laundry or take a longer break.
I needed someone in person to kick my butt and to push me to my limits.

CrossFit had been on my mind for a couple of years. It was something I saw that was HARD and (to me) kinda badass :)
The beginning of March rolled around and I took a giant scary leap and attended my first class.
I thought for sure an ambulance would have to be called.
Immediately I hooked and no ambulance was called.

I spent the next two months in Basics class learning all about olympic lifts and how to do them properly and nearly every other movement CrossFit does.
It was HARD.
But I was loving every single minute of HARD, even if I wanted to say naughty words while doing HARD things.
And that was just Basics class. How was I suppose to "graduate" and attend a REAL CrossFit class and make it through it? That scared me. But I was already doing CrossFit, which scared me for 2 years before I actually tried it.
But my 2 months of Basics, I was ready to be catapulted into the next level of hard.
I was ready for SCARY HARD!

It's been 12 1/2 months since I started my first CrossFit class.
I'm still addicted.
I still love it.
It's still HARD!
And sometimes SCARY to look at the WOD for the day and wonder if you're going to make it through it. Alive.

CrossFit has been the best thing for me (I know it's not for everyone, nor am I saying everyone must try it), but for me it was about doing something that would push me to my limits everyday, challenge me in ways I didn't or couldn't do myself and to do something that is hard (and scary!). I can do HARD & SCARY things.
Because pushing through hard and scary things has made me STRONGER.
I might not be the fastest or the strongest and I might come in last a lot of the time, but I know I'm doing something hard and hard things makes you stronger!!
I have so much more muscle than I have ever had and I've lost a lot of fat (I'm down 12-15 lbs since starting...and that's with muscle gain) and am 6+ inches smaller in just 3 areas that I measured.
From month 6-9 I lost a total of 4 1/2 % body fat as well.
These were not part of my goal, so it's a nice added bonus to getting stronger :)

This photo probably doesn't do it justice, but I was working on my double unders today....looks like the jump rope won :)
Both arms are sporting whip marks.....I'm going to get some strange looks today! Ha!!

And apparently I talked so much hype about CrossFit, that my entire family signed up last year!
Yes, all 3 kids and Ian!

Sometimes we make them go with us on the weekends :)
Awesome parenting!

Ian & I both signed up for the CrossFit Open this year.
They have a scaled division this year, so we are participating in that.
It's kinda fun to see where you rank worldwide (or in my case it's not fun, I also forgot to submit one of my scores, so I"m not even ranking right now).

My whole point wasn't to get anyone hooked or even interested in CrossFit,
but to write about goal setting and where I am at a year later.
I am proud of myself for setting a goal (that's obtainable!) and taking steps to face a fear I had had (trying CrossFit) and to push through the hard parts.
My results have been slow to see and my weight took forever to even drop 1 pound, but it's one day at a time and not giving up even when I'm frustrated!
It's pushing myself every morning at 5:30.
It's not easy, but then again easy things don't make you stronger.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Makayla's 1st dance {2.13.15}

Our little girl, who seems to have grown up overnight,
attended her FIRST middle school dance last month (the Friday before Valentine's Day).
It was alllllllll the rage & gossip at school the week leading up to it.
The girls were absolutely giddy excited about it.....
in fact the 5th grade girls (it's a middle schooler only dance, but since the middle school is part of the elementary school - one big school-the other grade levels were fully aware of the upcoming dance)
where even talking about who they would be "going with" next year! -- watch out Carson! :)
This sweet girl has really grown up in the last year!
She adds such a spark to our life and to our family and has a heart of gold with a splash of sass and 'tude, but that's Makayla & we love her like crazy cakes!!!
Makayla insisted on wearing a necklace she has just made that day in one of her elective classes....isn't it gorgeous?! The owner of Nashelle here in Bend graciously donates her time to teach children in our community how to make jewelry & Makayla gets to take her class every Friday! I love it!!
But seriously....were has time gone?
Makayla is t w e l v e ......12!!
Malia is 17 (not joking...I must have had her when I was like 5)
and our baby bear....
has grown into a "super cool" & tall bear that is just two months shy of 11.

These sweet kiddos of ours are not slowing down one teeny tiny bit & we feel like life has really accelerated lately.
(we just won't mention the grey hair or wrinkles or an upcoming 4-0 birthday later this year)
I'm trying hard to savor it one day at a time and to really cherish all these moments with these 3 wildly crazy kiddos.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

school themed luncheon

Last week the 5th graders at my kids' school hosted the staff luncheon.
Each month a grade level is in charge of hosting a luncheon for the wonderful staff at the school. Since I have a 5th grader and am the co-room rep for the 5th grade AND I have a just-as-crazy-as-I-am co-room rep partner, we met up a few months ago, came up with an idea and concept and sorta ran with it.

Given that the month we were assigned to (December) and the fact that it was scheduled for the first week back after Thanksgiving break and since December is already filled with lots of delicious, but heavy foods, we wanted to go light and a bit good-for-you on the food side. We decided to do a sandwich bar with salads. We also decided against doing a "holiday" or "winter" theme and wanted to do something a bit more fun and unexpected!

We found a school theme online and fell in love with it. We loved that the color theme was red, green, white and black and included chalkboard, but wasn't too Christmasy.

Here is what almost 2 months of planning, sewing, creating, making, organizing and sneaking around looked like....

The backdrop to the goodies table, we created a "chalkboard" backdrop using black butcher paper and cut out a white tree with white butcher paper. There are 7 main branches (done on purpose) to represent the 7 pinnacles of educational excellence that our school stands by. (we wrote those 7 pinnacles on each branch) Also I cut out an apple card with my Silhouette Cameo, one for each staff member, wrote each staff members name on the front and "snuck" the cards into the school and had various kids write a note to each staff member. We taped the apples to the tree.
Aaron (my co-room rep) made the apple shaped cake pops and we added those as the centerpieces to the table where the staff sat to eat.

I happened to have that "report card" tray, which I added chalk too on top of a stack of old books I brought from home.

Aaron also made these to-die-for and oh so CUTE mini cakes for each staff member who had a December birthday. 

The December birthdays also received a little goodie back with apple scented hand soap and an apple scented candle.

We bagged chips into notebook mini bags and added a cute label. 

Since it's December and it's cold and it just so happen to be a very cold day, the Hot Chocolate Bar was very popular. We also had apple cider too.

The main course was a Sandwich Bar where there were a few selections of different breads, meats, cheeses and veggies.  We also had potato salad and fruit salad.

We purchased the utensils in bulk online and hand stamped each one with cute little notes like "celebrate" and "thank you so much". I had found apple napkins at IKEA that went perfectly with our theme which we wrapped one around each set of utensils with bakers twine.

Not pictured is the cucumber infused water in a large glass beverage container. 

The pendant banner pictured above is one we both spent time sewing and had it strung in a zig zag pattern across the room.

A pulled back shot of the room. We took a very cluttered and messy staff lounge and created a very nice space for them to sit down and enjoy their lunch. They LOVED it!! In fact a few of them came back for seconds :) 

Monday, September 2, 2013

a day in the life of a teenager // Summer Edition 2013

A few weeks ago I walked upstairs and past Malia's room when I saw this going on.....

I think they are taking summer way too literally!
Laptop with Grey's Anatomy playing, iPhone texting, the passed out cat (who obviously loves the teenage life) on a perfectly sunny warm day.
This is (was) the scene nearly everyday....
unless she was outside "working on her tan".

Or if mean mom made her do something 

p r o d u c t i v e

So there you have it....
a day in the life of a teenager
Summer Edition 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

sunday best

The best of our past Sunday looked like this....

After church shenanigans 

with cousin Robby too!

I opened a really good bottle of wine and thought I would be funny and write this....
it's been a whopper of a time for us.

We've harvested a couple of tomatoes....a HUGE accomplishment here in Central Oregon since our growing season is short and growing a tomato is practically a miracle. :)
They went really well with our spaghetti dinner that night.

Goofiness before's my favorite time to snuggle in with these sweeties.

The best of Sunday......
thankful for all the good stuff!

misery ridge trail

A couple weekends ago I took Malia & Carson to Smith Rock (Makayla was out of town) for a hike.
I had been wanting to do the hard trail up there for some time now, so after church we went home and changed into hiking clothes. 
(I didn't mention doing the harder trail to the kids)

We started our walk down and across the river to the trail head and after viewing the sign....
I wasn't quite sure if we were cut out for it. 
But we started to go up and both kids grumbled
"WHAT? Why are we doing THIS trail???! It's the most difficult one!!"
10 steps up and then back down....I was honestly irritated that they were complaining about an activity I wanted to do considering they get do to whatever they like most days.
So we started along the river trail...a mostly flat trail and I got to thinking.....
life isn't always the "easy trail", sometimes we are faced with the most difficult trails (trials) and we must learn to endure & conquered them.
We need to know how it feels to do hard things and how it feels when you've endured them.

 I turned around and said
"We ARE doing the difficult trail!"

So up we went...

It required a lot of breaks....lots of drinks of water.

The terrain is steep and it was hot.

There was a lot of 
"I can't do this anymore" from my teenager. She swore she was going to throw up. She wanted to give up and quit. She just knew she was going to DIE!
I finally told her...
"There is nothing physically wrong with you, you CAN do this! You just aren't use to it since you are usually at home on your bed watching Grey's Anatomy with your cat. This is HARD, but you can do it. You have 3 choices, you can quit and wait here for us OR you can quit and go back down and wait for us OR you can come with us, but I'm not quitting."

Then I proceed along the trail.
And eventually she would catch up, then tell me again she can't go on and I just kept telling her,
"You CAN do this! Look (I pointed to below us) how are you've come, you've accomplished so much already and it's going to be really amazing at the top."

Since there were many breaks to catch our breath and the views were just so breathtaking, we took a lot of photos along the way.

we made it to the top!

And it was so, so amazing!!
And guess what?
My teenager DID NOT DIE! I swear to you...she lived. 
She didn't even throw was a miracle and I'm pretty sure I saw a glimmer of a smile on her hot & tired face.


After talking to another hiker, we decided to go down the back side and see Monkey Face rather than go back down the way we came.

That blur at the bottom right is Carson as he was walking through the photo as I was shooting in panorama mode. :)

Monkey Face from the top and the views.....spectacular!

I took along my telephoto lens for my iPhone (so glad I did). These are rock climbers on Monkey Face.

Little did we know the "back side" trail would be looooong and one kid would be out of water and the second one almost out and we would be SO hot and tired.

This is below Monkey Face looking up.

You know things can get serious when you see things like this along the trail.

Looking back at Monkey Face...this is where you can really see the "face".

We eventually made it back and the view of the bridge was such a glorious sight to all of us...we were nearing the end and could get water from the water fountain!

Once we made it back to the top where the parking lot is, the kids took a break and sat down for a minute and I told them,
"Look at what you just did!" and pointed to all of what they just accomplished and told them I was so very proud of them!
I also told them that now we can really appreciate a drink of water and AC in our car and a place to rest our feet because we just did something really, really hard! And if we had stayed home watching shows on the laptop or playing Legos or whatever, then we wouldn't really truly appreciate that cold glass of water or just how good it feels to lay on our bed or sit in a chair. We don't appreciate those luxuries when we don't experience hard things.

Life is going to have hard trials and if we don't experience those hard trials and everything is always so easy, then I think we loose appreciation for all the good, easy stuff in our life.

I couldn't be more proud of them....
and I can't wait to go back up there
(with more water!)