Thursday, August 20, 2015

Week In The Life // Tuesday

I did not journal at all for Tuesday, except when my alarm went off and when Ian got home from work.
Tuesday was a doozy for me. Keeping it real.

After coming home from CrossFit and doing a few chores, I went on a walk.
It was probably the best thing I did because once I got home there was nothing but bickering going on. And it just went downhill from there.
Lots of talking. Lots of reminding how privileges are earned. Lots of tears.
Then after my shower I find a note slipped under the door. 
A two page apology.
Who says parenting is easy?
But there was also this too.
Them just being silly & goofy together.
Always this (laundry).
And some of this.
This boy LOVES art. Loves to draw, paint, create and just plain make stuff!
He's constantly making & creating.
Love this so very much.
There was also this.
I think she must be growing (which is causing the case of the grumpies).
And a trip here.
And prepping dinner hours before dinnertime.
Best idea ever.
And this texted me from Malia.
His and hers snow cones.
So cute ;)
This was also texted to me.
Ian's coaching Carson's tackle football team and they have practices 3 nights a week.
I requested a brings me so much joy to see it.
Ian was gone for so long a few years ago and one thing I remember him telling me was that he wanted so desperately to coach the kids' sports teams.
And here he is. I'm forever grateful to have him home.
And one day he'll be forever grateful he took the time to coach.
Feeding the beast.
Team uniforms are totally optional.
(He came home and just HAD to put everything on BEFORE he ate dinner).
Makayla and I ate dinner without the boys (practice ends late and we weren't waiting). 
Malia was having dinner with her boyfriend.

Hope your Tuesday was great!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Week In The Life 2015 // Monday photos

Monday photos for my Week In The Life project.
Not familiar with Week In The Life, go here
Photos are a mix of my iPhone 6+ and my Canon 6D (and sometimes they are photos other family members took and sent me)

4:20am my alarm goes off. I know, it's so crazy early, but I need an hour to wake up, drink coffee, start laundry or just browse the internet & check email (sometimes my only time I can do that) before Ian & I go to CrossFit.
Our CrossFit class starts at 5:30am every single weekday.

No photo at CrossFit, but this is our after photo. So glad we got up on a Monday which is super hard after a lovely weekend of "sleeping in". 
8am Ian leaves for work (with Duke).
8:05 I unload the dishwasher, make a breakfast protein smoothie & start a few other chores.
9am ish all the kids start coming downstairs.

Makayla & Carson are full of energy this morning. 
My morning is full of texts, emails and phone calls regarding the tent trailer we are selling.
It also includes showing a couple potential buyers the trailer.
It sells right away.

Remembering to water my plants is always hard for me. 

Around 11am I decide we all need to walk the river trail. Malia leaves to walk it ahead of us and texts me this photo.

Our view at the end of the trail. Lucky we live right here.

We run to Whole Foods afterwards (we need apples, our favorite chips for lunches at home, some body soap & Kombucha)

And somehow these two talk me into letting them pick out a chocolate bar. These are their choices.

Then we run to Barnes & Noble...mama needs some good magazines for escaping the summer madness. I pick out 4 magazines: Bella Grace, Real Simple, Food Network & Life : Beautiful and one book: Daring Greatly.

2:30pm we return home, kids eat lunch, I shower & get dressed and make a quick salad w/ shredded buffalo chicken on it.
3:30 Makayla & Carson had their (kids) CrossFit class for an hour. I wander at the Old Mill while they are there. 
4:40pm After I picked up the kids from CrossFit, we run into JoAnns to pick up a few things for a couple projects (for them) before going home. I can't believe all the fall stuff (and PUMPKINS!) at JoAnns. 

I was WORE OUT today. I didn't even want to make dinner at home, so we ordered Chinese food to be delivered!!
6pm dinner gets delivered and we eat.
My kids think it's their job to make faces at the camera. :)

6:50pm dinner is done and kitchen completely cleaned up. Everyone goes upstairs for the evening.
Kids usually watch shows on Netflix and Ian and I will watch TV for a little bit, but tonight I wanted to be asleep by 9pm.

And that's what our Monday looked like.

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 :)