Monday, January 26, 2015

Marvelous Weekend Snapshots

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend?

This morning I am linking up with Katie to share some marvelous snapshots we got of our family time. 

Friday night was Rylee's movie pick. She chose 101 Dalmations. We weren't sure if we had seen the one with real people in it or not. The kids hadn't but for some reason I think I have. They loved it!

The kids sat on the floor for a lot of the movie and dug into the huge box of stickers one of our friends had brought over for them the day before. I had a sticker collection when I was younger, which Joe laughed at me about... pretty much saying I was a nerd, but when he saw the cool pictures Rylee was making with her's, he took it back. ;) 

How cute is Leland sitting there cross-legged working on his book? 
{You can click on the picture to enlarge.}

Saturday we had talked about going to the boat show here in town, but then Joe made the decision Friday night that we were going to spend the morning purging. We have WAY too much, and he knows how overwhelmed I get with clutter and things not being organized, so he was on a mission to help save my sanity.!

Our goal was to get rid of one {heaping} truck bed full.
It wasn't heaping, but the entire bed was filled, so I would say we did well for two hours spent on the project.
It all went to donation that afternoon.

A couple pictures from after bath time Saturday evening:

Sunday morning Joe and Rylee got up before first light and went out ice fishing.

They had the best morning and caught their limit and were back home before 11 a.m.
I was working on our meal plan for the week. Supper for Sunday was planned! Easy on my end!!!

On Instagram I had joked that they went to the grocery store for me. :)

These two have so much fun together.
I love it!

This is what it looked like here at home while they were out fishing.
Coffee and Curious George.
We were lazy.

It literally was a full-day's work for Joe to prepare our supper last night. They were fishing the morning away, he sat at the table cleaning all afternoon into the evening...

and then he cooked supper all up for us.
What a guy! I think I will keep him. ;)

The girls had AWANA last night, and I was able to run and get groceries by myself while they were there. Man, it's amazing how fast you can get your shopping done without kids in tow! I don't remember the last time I went without them. Thanks to Joe for being home and keeping Leland! I seriously love having My Hunter around!

Hope you all had such a nice weekend too. 
Comment below and share one {or more!} highlight{s} from it. 
I would really love to hear!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Meal & Workout Plan for 1/25 - 2/1

Happy Sunday, friends! How has your weekend been? 

We have been enjoying the spring-like weather that has been going on over here. I plan to post tomorrow with pictures from our weekend.

Today I sat down to get our meal plan hashed out, and I thought I would post over here to share what we have on our menu for the week.

Joe and Rylee went ice fishing early this morning, so tonight we will be having that for supper. Easy peasy on my end. ;)

As far as workouts go, Joe and I finished day 16 of INSANITY this afternoon.

Our schedule for the rest of the week looks like this:

Monday - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Tuesday - Cardio Recovery
Wednesday - Cardio Power & Resistance
Thursday - Plyometric Cardio Circuit
Friday - OFF
Saturday - Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs
Sunday - Cardio Power & Resistance

Okay, I need to go and make the list of what we don't have in the house so that when I take the girls in for AWANA tonight I can pick those things up at the grocery store.

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

Questions for you:
What's on your meal plan for the upcoming week?
What's your favorite go-to recipe?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

INSANITY Progress Report

This afternoon Joe and I started week three of INSANITY. There are 60 days in this program, and we are on day 15 and feeling great! I put on 14 pounds over the holidays {NOT cool!}, so I have some to lose, but my main focus is to build and strengthen my body.

This past week I have started having more energy, my skin has cleared up, my abs are stronger, and although I haven't weighed or measured myself since day one, I do feel like I have lost some inches.

Back on day 1 we started with a fit test. There are eight moves that we have to perform in the test. The goal is to do as many reps as we can in 1 minute. We record our results, and then we will do four more throughout the program.

Today was our second fit test, so I wanted to share our numbers from both to show the comparison.

1. Switch Kicks - Joe: 48/50; Me: 50/52
2. Power Jacks - Joe: 55/58; Me: 55/58
3. Power Knees - Joe: 70/78; Me: 94/105
4. Power Jumps - Joe: 30/32; Me: 21/22
5. Globe Jumps - Joe: 9/12; Me: 9/12
6. Suicide Jumps - Joe: 15/18; Me: 19/22
7. Push-up Jacks - Joe: 23/28; Me: 15/16
8. Low-Plank Oblique - 52/64; Me: 32/42

We improved on all moves, some a little more than others. The two toughest moves for me are the power jumps and push-up jacks.

As far as nutrition goes, I am doing a pretty good job. Thursday night we had some friends over, which wasn't in the plan {but was so fun!}, so I ended up having the same supper as all of them, and it's not normally what I would have chosen. I let that throw me off on Friday, which was our rest day, and I caved and didn't eat as well, having a few Oreos. However, I am back on track now! That's the important thing.

If you want to follow along our INSANITY journey, be sure to follow us on Facebook here and I will post updates now and again on the blog here as well.

Have a great Saturday night!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Hey friends! Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a great week.

This afternoon I wanted to link up with Erika and share some favorites of mine.

First up, this Gold Canyon candle my sister, Katie sent Joe and I. Isn't it perfect?! The scent... CANDY CORN! Does she know me or what?! Did you know you can customize candles now with Gold Canyon. She did well!

For all you toddler mamas out there, this Lucky Ducks game is such a fun way to teach them their colors while playing. After a few minutes, Leland did get frustrated that the color cards were attached to the game and started yanking those off, but other than that, he loves it, haha. #totalboy

Last night, my bestie put on a Perfectly Posh Facebook Party for my friends and family. It was a ton of fun!!! Have you heard of this company? I hadn't until she became involved. Since then I have tried out some of their products and I am in love! The smells are so light and refreshing, and best of all {besides that they are made here in the U.S. and are chemical free} is the PRICE! So, SO reasonable!!! My party is open through tomorrow at 2 p.m. CST, so if you want to check the products out and place an order under my event, I would love that!

My boy... I just wish he would hold still longer for me to love on him more.

Working out with Joe every morning is such a favorite of mine! Today is day 14 of 60. We are doing the INSANITY program. Love it and love Shaun T!

My family is my all-time favorite. Love them to pieces!! {Leland was napping during this pic.}

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you back here Monday!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homemade Energy Bars

Yesterday I was sharing some tools with my challengers that would help give them an edge in reaching their goals, losing weight, and feeling their best. 
One thing I strongly encourage them to keep on hand is a back-up food plan, especially when it comes to healthy eating. I always have a bag of almonds and raisins with me (in my purse, in the pantry, in the car, etc.) just in case I'm out and can't eat anything. I also carry a packet of Shakeology with me as well. And, I also like to have homemade protein bars in my pantry for when I have to eat on the go.
A few of my challengers have asked me for the recipe, and I realized I haven't ever posted it over here on the blog! 
So here is the recipe I got from the Beachbody Blog if you want to try making your own fruit and nut-based snack bar. The best part is you can customize^ them to your liking. Enjoy!!
Total Time: 1 hr. 10 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 0 min.
Yield: 12 servings, 1 bar each
1 cup whole pitted dates (or prunes)
1 cup dried fruit (like apricots, prunes, figs, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, or cherries)
1 cup chopped nuts (or seeds) (like almonds, walnuts, cashews, sesame seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds)
2 scoops Shakeology, any flavor
1. Place dates, fruit, and nuts in a food processor. Pulse for 1 to 2 minutes; scrape sides of bowl.
2. Add Shakeology; process for 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture becomes tiny crumbs that can come together to form a loose ball.
3. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with cellophane. Press mixture into pan until flat. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour.
4. Cut into 12 bars. Store in refrigerator.
^Tip: For additional flair add one or more of the following: ½ tsp. rum extract, ½ tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. raw honey, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1–2 oz dark chocolate chips, or 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger. Adding any of these items may change the nutritional information.
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 148
Total Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 1 mg
Sodium 35 mg
Total Carbs 20 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars 15 g
Protein 6 g

Tuesday Truths

1. Life is better with stickers. It's true. Just ask Rylee and Willow; they were just telling Leland about it the other day.

2. Even though they may cover him head to toe in stickers, Leland really does have the best big sisters. They read, play, and cuddle with him all day.

3. Gymnastics is happening tonight. I haven't been getting pictures of the girls because Leland and I usually go run errands while they are there. Tonight we will probably swing by Joe's store and help him with any work he can find for us.

4. Joe and I are going strong on INSANITY. We just finished day 11 of 60 this morning. Our alarm goes off at 4:30 each morning and we are usually ready to go. {I am finding Tuesday mornings are the mornings I am the most tired for some reason. I have the hardest time getting out of bed.}

5. Did I mention that I love having my husband around more?! Oh yeah, I think just yesterday. ;)

Have a great Tuesday, friends!

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Most Marvelous News

Good afternoon! For those of you that have the day off, I hope you are enjoying your extended weekend!

Joe headed back to work this morning, and the kids and I started our school week. Our weekend was nice and relaxing though, so I was okay with getting back at it.

I wanted to link up with Katie today for her Marvelous in My Monday party, because I realized I have the most marvelous news that I have not shared with you all yet. :)

The news has to do with this guy right here, my #mcm, My Hunter, my hubby of 9 years.

Let me back up a little before I share the exciting news. 

Three years ago, Joe received a well-deserved promotion from his company to move up from Manager to District Manager. This promotion involved a big move across the U.S. for our family. We left behind all we knew in Wisconsin and took a leap of faith setting up our home in Montana. We love it here and feel so at home, but there have been so many adventures since arriving. 

Shortly after getting here, like less than a month, I was put in the hospital on bed rest with baby #3. I was there the rest of the summer, delivering him early and him staying in the NICU for awhile. 

Fast forward to this past fall, skipping some of the other adventures, and moving to another big one, our son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. If I had to say which of those two huge hurdles hit me harder, it was this last one. I don't know why. I really can't answer that, but I do remember laying in the hospital day-after-day feeling completely at peace about where I was, with all my trust in God's hands. {Maybe that is my answer?! ;) }

With Joe's job, he travels around the state, because he oversees 11 stores. And, for those of you that know Montana, you know it is pretty spread out. This means he has to really travel to get to each of his stores. So for the past three years he has left our house Monday morning {some weeks on Sunday night} and we wouldn't see him again until Friday night when he got back home. That's a long time. We spent more time apart than we did together.

We missed him. He missed us. The kids are growing so fast. Life continues on, and he wants to be here for it all and he wants to be here to help me. 

He talked with his boss and told him what he wants and where he wants to be. 

This all leads to the news of my post...

On Friday, January 9th, My Hunter walked through our front door carrying his luggage up the stairs... for.the.last.time!

No more packing up a suitcase on Sunday nights. No more long good-byes on Monday mornings. No more saying good night over the telephone each evening.

Clothes are hung back in his closet. His shower bag is fully unpacked and put away in the drawers of his bathroom for the first time in three years, and we get to hug him every single night of the week! He drives to his store here in town and gets to drive right back home each evening.

I truly believe God knows how much a person can handle, which is probably why He told us it was time for Joe to come home. 

I feel like He brought Joe home just in time to catch me from going under.

I don't even have words to describe what it has been like having Joe home every single night the past week. He has been so incredibly helpful with the kids, the house, and me. I honestly could not have asked for a more loving, caring, man.

And that is just about the most marvelous way I can think of to start our new year here in the Runde house! :)