Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Due to some complications Jolea is heading back into to surgery Wednesday morning.  She has developed an infection that the antibiotics can't clear up.  She has some resistance to antibiotics for some reason.  Since we brought her home she's always had a tough time getting rid of ear infections, strep throat, sinus infections, etc... So I'm not real surprised that the antibiotics aren't working.  Lets just hope they get this thing cleared up! Very soon!

The surgery should be fairly short, and we will take her home right after.  Then we'll be rushing back to Arlington to watch the Rangers.  Sadly, Jolea is going to be missing the game, but instead she's having a movie night with her MawMaw.  She seems to be ok with that. 

So here we go back for another surgery!  So frustrating!  Can anything ever go our way...really?  I guess seconds times the charm these days!  Grrrrr

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Good deal of the day

If you're a fan of shutterfly, don't forget to check your email!  I had a reminder about a $10 credit to any order of $10 or more.  I used it to order a really cute Christmas ornament, and also some prints.  I love shutterfly!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

She's Home

My girl has made it home from the reservation with a case of what looks like poison ivy and a lot of awesome stories to tell! I was so happy to see her.  :)  This was such a life changing experience for her.  You can check out the updates from the mission team at http://www.fbccm.com.  Part of the team is still there. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Does anyone else crack up at the photos you find on your phone after your kids have played on them?

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  It's been a nice, nice week here in Texas. The days have been cooler and nights have been extra nice. It's been especially cool on my evening runs. I've even broke my one mile record, and lost a couple extra pounds this week! Total weight loss is almost 20 pounds! I'm beyond excited. It's almost time to clean out my closet again except this time I may not have anything left. I think I need to do some shopping. Did I mention the last time I cleaned out my closet I cleaned out not one, but three 30 gallon trash bags of clothes that no longer fit. I ended up donating those to a local church.
So Bre and I have our first race together coming up in August. I'm super excited and I think she is too. This whole race thing is such a new territory for me, but I'm really enjoying it and especially enjoying the training and the benefits that come with it! I'm pretty much doing some kind of workout at least 6 days a week whether it be running, cycling, cardio/aerobics, or strength training. It definitely has made a difference in how in feel. Just simple things like working in the flower beds and outside are much more enjoyable. I can actually do things without wearing out so fast, and being so sore the next day I can't walk.

With the exercise has also came a diet change. Let me just say that I do not diet, I just eat well. I have cut way down on eating fast food and processed foods. I won't say I've completely cut it out, because sometimes we are just out and about and grabbing something quick is too easy. I do however make better choices of what I order and how much I eat. I usually stick to a strict 1200 calorie diet. I log everything I eat, and I usually give myself one day a week where I don't log and enjoy a few extra calories on that day. I've definitely seen what a lifestyle change can do for you and also for the people you love!

One of my favorite new finds is shakeology. I started drinking shakeology as a meal replacement for breakfast several months ago and what a difference in my day it makes. It gives me energy, keeps me full, and it's packed with superfoods! I usually drink it for breakfast or dinner, or as just a recovery drink after a good workout. I love it so much and stand behind it that I am now an independent beachbody coach. I signed up to get a discount off of my order every month, but I've made a few sales in the process too!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Nothing better...

There's nothing better than getting up early and having some quiet time before the kids get up.  It's just me, my beverage, and my bible.  This morning my thoughts and prayers are with my daughter and the rest of the mission team out in Arizona where they are preparing for bible clubs today with the Navajo children. 

Bre left Thursday to head to Arizona for 10 days. I'm counting the days until she gets home, but I'm so proud of her.  This is no vacation for her.  They are in dangerous territory spreading the gospel to people who desperately need it.  Each night they are sleeping in tents enclosed by high fence and barbed wire for their safety.  Please keep her and the rest of her team in your prayers this week.  Pray for the Navajo people and also for the safety of the team. 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Destination Disney in Color....Silver

Yeah!! It's Destination Disney in Color once again, and todays color is silver.  Doing this link up is definitely going to make me color conscience while I'm taking photos on our next trip!  I'm having so much fun going back through all our vacation photos on the computer.

During the Christmas season you can find many of the costumes, and floats adorned with silver accents.  Like the float above and Cinderella's gown below.

And at one of our most favorite parks you'll find this huge silver ball!  Which is, of course, spaceship earth!

Hope you enjoyed todays Destination Disney in Color!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Greatness is earned, never awarded

I've recently taken on a love of running and working out.  Working out and getting healthy have never been a top priority for me, and I often used the "no time" as and excuse.  I started working out with a group of ladies at church and it has now become a passion for me.  Not only do I love getting healthy, but I also enjoy encouraging and pushing others to do the same.  I love the turbo fire workout by beachbody, and also the shakeology drinks.  I started around February and have since dropped 16 pounds.  I'm in the best shape I've been in since I had my first child 14 years ago!  My diet has changed tremendously and I log everything I eat.  Keeping up with my food intake makes a big difference. 

I will say that staying healthy and fit has been quite a challenge.  It's not easy, but does get easier as you habits and lifestyle begin to change.  It not only improves you physically, but also mentally.  I never knew how emotionally healthy exercising could be until now.  I just encourage you to keep it up, and make time.  Even a short 15 minute workout is better than nothing!

 My goal is to train and run in the Walt Disney World marathon.  I've actually got my first mile down to 8:22, and have signed up for my first race in August.  It's a 5k obstacle course, and involves a lot of mud!  This race is mostly just for fun, but my goal is to simply finish it!  I have a long journey ahead before I reach my goal, but I'm so determined to get there! I can do this!  I'll be keeping you all posted!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Ready to get our celebrating on!  I'm preparing lots of goodies today for a 4th of July celebration like no other! 

Thank you to all the soldiers and the families they leave behind.  Thank you for serving our country!  Happy 4th of July!


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