Note: This is NOT an actual depiction of me. I am being portrayed by an actor.
From Wikipedia: Muffin-top (or muffin-top girl) is a generally pejorative, slang term used for a person, usually female, whose flabby midsection spills over the waistline of his or her pants in a manner that resembles the top of a muffin spilling over its paper casing. Something clicked for me yesterday...I am SO ready to exercise and workout to lose weight and get healthy! I watch The Biggest Loser and it really encourages me, even when I'm sitting on my couch eating cake while watching. My weakness is sweets, they always have been. I worked at Lollipops for three years after high school and at the time that was my 'dream job'! Ha! The biggest obstacle I face is patience. When I don't see results quickly I give up but I just have to keep remembering this is a life change...not just a quick fix. I took Parker to practice last night and there is a track that's over 3 miles; I walked the entire track, plus some! It felt so good and after the first mile all my ailments disappeared. I've also figured out that I get a second wind after work if I don't sit down for too long. I love my naps and that can easily take over. I know I can't do this without strength from God. I am looking to Him for will power and strength to do what I need. I'm also putting this on my blog as a way for accountability. It's a hard thing to admit I need to lose weight and even harder to share that publicly! I'll try to post my successes and failures in hopes to encourage others to "GET HEALTHY"!!! If anyone has any healthy recipes or workout ideas I'd love to hear them.
Spring is HERE!! Can ya feel it? I sure can and I can tell my kiddos do too! The sneezes and itchy throats and noses are in full force. Ugh!! I just hope since we had such an eventful winter that it killed off a lot of the allergens. Good luck this spring if you're an allergy sufferer like we are!!
Our church is finally offering Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University and Phil and I went to our first class last night! I REALLY am looking forward to getting rid of our debt, but I'll admit I was a little bitter last night about the realization that we are going to have to buckle down. Ugh!! All I could think about were the things we really need to buy before we dive head first into this. What I'm most impressed with so far is that when we go to figure our debt we take our contribution and savings off the top, it's not even counted as part of our income. I LOVE that, just wish we would have started it years ago. Something Dave talked about in his video, which was very good btw, was an example of a 19 yr-old saving $2,000 annually into an account that earns him 12% interest. After only 8 years, age 26, he wouldn't have to put anymore money in that account and by the time he turned 65 he would have over $2.2 million dollars saved. That just blows my mind. We talked to Parker about this last night and I think he's going to start putting money towards his savings. He's always had good money sense. Dave also quoted several scriptures in his video, another thing I really appreciated. One that really spoke to me was from Psalm 62:10, "If riches increase, do not set your heart on them." I know I have a tendency to look at what we'll 'possibly' have in the future and start spending it, in my head anyway, before we actually have it. I know this is a bad trait and I hope this class will help me train myself not to be like that anymore. I'll try to keep you updated on our progress. I WON'T be sharing our debt, it would probably blow you away! Ha!! Our homework for this week is to go through our budget, something Phil has wanted to do for a long time and I've successfully avoided! Not anymore!! Sheesh! Pray for us that we don't get into any knock-down-drag-outs...SERIOUSLY!!! Step 1: As quickly as we can we have to put back $1,000 in savings.
I think it's fun that the schools celebrate an icon in children's literature. I'm sure we've all tried to make up our own little rhymes to One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish or Hop on Pop. This is a little 'belated' birthday tribute to the master of tongue twisters himself.
Liv's class had a Dr. Suess carnival and I was able to attend with her. I surprised her by being there, she was so excited. We had a really good time hanging out.
Here are some pics... Livie with "The Cat in the Hat" She got to make a hat! She wanted hers to match the Cat's hat! Playing the carnival games... Livie and Mrs. Dorran Livie and Mommy
Okay, let me preface this post with, "We are a Ford family." There is a new trend coming around in cars and I know it's hard for some people to take hold of, but if you look at every car manufacturer they almost all have a similiar style. I'm talking about the Nissan Cube...I think this is the cutest little car. And if I didn't have 3 kiddoes to haul around, with an occasional friend, I'd jump on board for one. On my way to work this morning I saw one and it just reminded me how cute I think they are.
I am a HUGE Christian Music fan. I listen to Air1 radio all the time and if I don't get to for a day or so I really start missing it! It's so encouraging and a great outlet away from the negative drama mainstream radio stations typically play. It truly gives me the desire to live a better life.
On my way to work this morning they played a brand new Santus Real song called "Lead Me" from their new album that just came out. The song is AMAZING and made me tear up. You can click here to check out the story behind the song. I think so many people today can relate to this song. Make sure you check out the link and watch the 'in-studio' video below.
I made my first 'Irish' dinner this year for St. Patrick's day. I'm not even sure there was anything Irish about it but it was fun and really yummy!! I made Mini Shepherd's Pies and green leaf lettuce with green cupcakes for dessert.
I actually adapted the Shephard's Pie recipe from several recipes I found. I've never made Shepherds Pie and never thought I would. Here's the recipe... 2 cans refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls 1 lb ground beef, browned 1 pkg frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, corn & green beans) I took out the green beans 1 pkg brown gravy mix (beef flavor), prepared chopped onions salt and pepper 2 med potatoes, boiled 2 tablespoons butter 3 oz cream cheese 1/3 cup milk
Brown the hamburger meat and add onions. Mix brown gravy according to directions. Cook frozen vegetables according to directions but for only half the time. Combine beef, vegetables, gravy and salt & pepper. For the potatoes, combine potatoes, butter, cream cheese, milk and salt & pepper; mash together. Put the dinner rolls in the bottom of a muffin pan pressing down to make flat. Add the hamburger mixture followed by the potatoes. Cook at 350 degrees for about 25 min, or until rolls are browned.
This was really simple to make and my kiddos seemed to even like it!! WE HAVE A WINNER!!! Sorry my pictures are bad quality!! :(
One of my blogger friends, Amy, posted a link about the Pioneer Woman. Ironically Ellen and I met Amy while in line at the PW's book signing in OKC. Anyway, the post was about a movie being made on the Pioneer Woman's life. Her story will make a great movie which will be based on her upcoming book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. You heard right my fellow readers!! Boo-yaw!!!
Lateral Epicondylitis is the medical term for "tennis elbow". I went to the doctor this morning after about of month of pain in my elbow and this is what I was diagnosed with. Now I have to wear a geeky wrist brace for a month and I have to be careful lifting things with my right arm. If I could only get a massage...
Here is what webmd.com says about tennis elbow: Tennis elbow is caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. Overuse injury can also affect the back or posterior part of the elbow as well.
The pain has started to run down my arm and up my shoulder! :( The doc said if the wrist band and ibuprofen for a month doesn't help we'll move on to a different treatment, shots! I have no idea what I did that caused this but it's annoying! Sheesh!!
Here's a holiday that most of us know only for wearing green so you won't get pinched. I decided to look up the true meaning of St.Paddy's day and why we, Americans, even celebrate an Irish holiday. I looked up History.com and found some facts about St. Paddy's day... St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
You might even be surprised to know that an Oklahoma town was named after this holiday... There are four places in the United States named after the shamrock, the floral emblem of Ireland: Mount Gay-Shamrock, WV; Shamrock, TX; Shamrock Lakes, IN; and Shamrock, OK. Nine U.S. towns share the name of Ireland's capital, Dublin. With 39,328 residents in 2005, Dublin, CA, is the most populous, followed by Dublin, OH.
How was St. Patrick's day introduced into the US... The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States on March 17, 1762, when Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City.
Why is the shamrock significant... The shamrock, which was also called the "seamroy" by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.
I think I might 'go green' for dinner tonight! Let me know if you have any dish ideas. I'll post my meal tomorrow! In the mean time, I hope you don't get pinched today!!!
Easton is back in baseball for the spring and he is really enjoying it! I think the "I wanna be good at this" bug has finally bitten. Wawhoo! He's been going to hit with his Papa G and dad and sometimes we can even get him out to play catch! He is really a good little ball player and it helps that he's on a rockin' team. They had their pre-season tournament the first weekend of March and they won their league. E has many fans and we all have a great time watching him. YAY Oklahoma Cubs!!
My friend, Becky, turned me on to the coolest website. If you're a saver or thrifty, or if you're like me and just want the savings to come easy, then you're gonna love this website. The Coupon Divas are AMAZING! I've only been able to make my way through part of the website, but I LOVE IT. I've printed off so many coupons for great deals. Easton needs new shoes and I found a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase at Famous Footwear. I've also printed coupons for: Target Old Navy Justice Just for Girls And there are so many more.
I'm about to share with you a few of my weaknesses, not EVER to be used as blackmail, coercion or ridicule. When I was a little girl I can remember my Uncle Clint leaving shopping money for me and my sister before one of his many early Saturday golf games. Sissy, my aunt, would take us shopping every, and I do mean every, weekend. It's really one of my biggest memories as a child. Anyway, I would undoubtedly use my money for paper, crayons, markers, coloring books...pretty much any kind of pens and paper (weakness #1)!
Well, this little hobby has spilled over into my adulthood. I'm a big crafter (weakness #2), stamper, scrapbooker, and with all these hobbies comes more pens and paper. For me, going into any kind of store that sells this is like Heaven on Earth...I could linger for hours, and spend a little too ;). Unfortunately, all of these little hobbies are catching up with me or maybe I should say taking over!!
When Phil and I built our house in 2000, we had them convert what was supposed to be the back porch into an office. Phil has always done a lot of work from home and I, well, like to craft. We thought we had the perfect plan. Like I said earlier, my hobby started to overtake me...and the office. Well, I have officially had enough!!! I'm so tired of the mess we call an office. We've had plans to move all my stuff into the little nook in our room but that just hasn't happened yet. Cleaning out our office is going to be a major undertaking and cleaning is not my forte (weakness #3). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house but not if I'm the one who has to do it...let's just say a house of five is not easily maintained.
So, here is my dilemma...please don't shudder as you take a look at the following pictures. Note: this is only my half of the office, I didn't take pics of the other side. I wanted to spare you some of the chaos. You might be wondering why I'm posting this. I'm hoping this will give me motivation and accountability. I am also looking for organizing suggestions. Please send me what ya got!! Donations accepted, LOL!!
Olivia and I decided on a whim to have her ears pierced a second time. She was so pumped! So we went a couple of weeks ago to Walmart and had it done. She did much better then I thought she would; she didn't even cry! My little girl is getting so big! Check out the pics and notice NO tears! I love my little girlie-girl!! So fun!! Look at that excitement... She's being very brave!! A slight grimace All smiles...BEAUTIFUL!!
Well, I'm just SO proud to say that Easton has also made the Principal's 200 Club! He was helpful to another student at his school! His teacher told me he was so sweet! Easton can be the sweetest little thing, you just never know with him what you're gonna get! But we sure love him!
You can click here to check out the post about Parker making the Principal's 200 and find out what it's all about.
Looks like Livie is the next one to make this honor...but I have no doubt she will.
Easton we are SO proud of you! Keep loving and doing good for others!!