Saturday, May 23, 2015

Gymnastics Spring Fling

Two weeks ago now, the girls had their "Spring Fling" gymnastics performance. 

Unfortunately, Little Man was sick and I wasn't feeling the best, so he and I had to miss. :(

Joe took the girls, and thankfully he took lots of pictures and even a few videos.

If you want to see any of the photos larger, just click on them.

First up was the vault.

Next was the beam. We have a video of them on here too. Poor Rylee girl ended up falling off. :(

Ta-da! All done!

Medals earned, and two happy girls!

They were so excited to get home and tell me all about it. :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thinking Out Loud #9

Good morning!

I was up and at it when the alarm went off at 5:30. Well... I don't know if "at it" is fair to say. I definitely would have preferred to sleep in. More on that in a minute.

I was thinking this morning would be perfect for some Thinking Out Loud.
1. My son is waking up in the middle of the night. 

At 2:00 a.m, Willow came and woke me up to tell me he was keeping her up. I went to her room, and he had the light on and was in there playing with her Furby.

I figured he had to be high, which causes him to be super thirsty. This has been the cause other times, but nope, he was around 200, which is pretty close to perfect. 

I got him a little water and put him back to bed.

He was up again at 4:00 a.m. This time he had a reason, so we dealt with that and I put him back in bed again. 

Needless to say, there have been many nights where I am not getting that full, uninterrupted amount of sleep a person needs. 

It's actually kind of comical, because before Leland was diagnosed with diabetes, I was telling people that I am so thankful we are beyond the newborn stage, because I love my sleep. 

Go figure I now have to get up to do middle-of-the-night checks and such on him, haha! A normal night's sleep and diabetes don't go together. ;)

2. Willow was up at 5:45 a.m. 

This is so unusual for her {or any of my kids for that matter}. I had to adjust my normal routine, but I love the fact that I got to spend some one-on-one time with her before the other two were up. She was eating it up too. ;)

She was anxious to get a jump-start on her school day, so we did some of that, and she even headed outside to ride her bike.

3. Workout time after I am done posting here. 

Normally working out is one of the first things I do in the morning, but as I just said, I had to do a little rearranging today.

Tabata Strength with Shaun T today. There is nothing better than that after-workout high to start the day!

4. I mentioned the other day that I was tuning into The Bachelorette, a show I haven't watched in ages, because I was curious how they were doing the show with two ladies. 

I watched the two-hour premiere on Monday, but I missed Tuesday's episode. 

Now I am trying to decide, do I even try to watch or do I already give up on it? {I know, I know, this show is so ridiculous and probably not the best to watch, but I have always been a sucker for some reality TV.}  

SOOO... I was leaning towards Kaitlyn as the one that would be chosen. Pretty sure I am right, especially since I just went over to the FB page to find a picture to put with this and saw her on the header. Why did I just do that?! Ugh! I hate spoilers, and even told myself not to go searching for a picture, haha!

Have you seen Shaeffer's blog? She recaps all Bachelor and Bachelorette episodes. I haven't read her recent recap but I plan to if/once I watch episode two.

5. Last night, My Hunter and I did have a "date night" so to speak. 

We cuddled up and watched the season finale of Modern Family

The other part of his birthday present showed up yesterday afternoon, so I was looking forward to giving him that.

I had him close his eyes and told him to act really excited when he opened them. He told me he is not like me in that way, but I think he did a pretty good imitation here. :)

6. Speaking of My Hunter, check out the amount of toilet paper he brought home the other night! 

I guess this is what happens when you ask your hubby too many times in the same month. 

7. Yesterday the sun came back for a visit. 

Such a welcome guest after the many cloudy/rainy days we have had. Obviously the kids missed it, because it was only 60-some but they insisted on putting their suits on and playing in the sprinkler.

8. With it being so gorgeous yesterday, the kids spent a lot of time outdoors playing. 

I love this time of year. 

While I was making supper, I heard the girls screaming! I ran outside expecting to find someone hurt but instead found out their brother had picked all of the neighbor's tulips!!! {Sigh} 

I should have thought sooner to talk to him about the difference between picking dandelions and actual planted flowers, especially the neighbor's planted flowers!

I guess that's all I have this morning. As much as I love sitting here catching you all up on our lives and randomness going through my head, I really need to get going so we can move on with our day. 

I hope today is an absolutely happy day for you! :)

Bye friends!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

3-Day Refresh Overview & Day 1

Hey guys! 

This afternoon I wanted to share about the 3-Day Refresh I started yesterday and will continue with until the end of the day tomorrow. Some of you may have no idea what this is, so I am explaining all of the details below. At the very end, I am sharing a video that overviews it briefly and shares how day one went for me. 

I will try and stop back tomorrow to share how day two turned out, and then again on Thursday to share my end results. 


The 3-Day Refresh is a scientifically designed program that helps you fast-track your weight loss, kick-start healthy eating, and get a clean break from bad nutrition habits. 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel— without starving yourself. Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry, and sluggish), this easy-to-follow program helps support your metabolism while nourishing your vital organs.

For 3 days you’ll follow a program of 3 shakes a day, a fiber drink, plenty of filtered water, plus a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats throughout the day to keep your energy and metabolism going. 

Maybe you pigged out over the weekend, and want to get back on track. Maybe you just want to lose that last bit of annoying pudge. Maybe you used to eat healthy but little by little you fell off the wagon and now are ready to climb back on. It’s also possible you’ve never had a healthy diet but you’re finally ready to start. Sometimes you want to quickly drop a few pounds for an upcoming social event. Or perhaps you’re kick-starting a new workout program and want to shift into high gear right away. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re ready for a few days of clean eating just because it’s the right thing to do.

Whatever your “maybe” may be, we all have those times when we want to get our nutrition on track—and that’s what the 3-Day Refresh is all about. This program is the easiest way to break the cycle of bad eating habits while creating new ones, conquer your cravings, flatten your stomach, feel lighter and more energized, sleep more soundly, detoxify your body, and dramatically improve the way you feel—ALL WITHOUT STARVING! 

For 3 days you’ll have Shakeology for breakfast along with a fruit option; a Fiber Sweep digestive health drink later in the morning; a satisfying, high-protein Vanilla Fresh shake for lunch, accompanied by fresh fruit, vegetables, and healthy fat options throughout the afternoon. For dinner, you’ll have another Vanilla Fresh shake along with your choice from a list of delicious, easy-to-prepare dinner recipes. You can also have tea twice a day and as much filtered water as you like (I always suggest you drink AT LEAST half your body weight in ounces per day). 

Juice cleanses and other popular short-term cleanses provide incomplete nutrition promoting muscle loss instead of fat loss and can cause a rebound due to the lack of adequate protein, low fiber, and/or high sugar levels. Many juice cleanses range from $50–$70 per day, while this 3-day program is only $23 per day for the Complete Kit.

The 3-Day Refresh is a low-calorie program (about 900 calories a day) but because the shakes and food selections are high in protein and fiber, they will help keep you satiated throughout the day. 

Because this program is packed with fiber, if you don’t already have a diet that’s high in fruits, veggies, and whole grains, it’s a good idea to prepare for the 3-Day Refresh by eating a large salad and/or a few servings of fresh veggies throughout the week leading up to it.

If you get a little gas or bloating, this is a sign that you need to up your fiber levels in general. Fiber promotes satiety, balances blood sugar, promotes cardiovascular health, and keeps your digestive tract functioning. If gas is an issue, there are some “low gas-producing” options in the veggie list and dinner recipes in the menu guide.

It’s also incredibly important to stay hydrated during the 3-Day Refresh. Water is the body’s lubricant and is required for every major process. It keeps your digestion flowing, flushes out toxins, keeps your system balanced, and helps control hunger. 

Tuesday Truths

Hey guys!

Happy, happy Tuesday!

This morning the kids and I are off to Bible study; only one week left after today. The spring session went fast, and I think I will have to talk my girlfriends into getting together a few times this summer to dig into the Word some.

So how do you feel about me sharing some truths with ya today? Perfect! Hang on... I am all over the place here with these. ;)

Truth: Today is my big brother's birthday! Happy birthday, Erin! Wish we were close by so we could bring some cake and kids by tonight!!

Truth: Speaking of birthdays, this little pumpkin niece of mine turned 6 months old yesterday! She is getting so big so fast!

Truth: I am back in the 5 a.m. workout club after sleeping in and trying to get life back to normal around here from that sick bug that went around our house. Feels good!

Truth: Last week my friend and I made our own deodorant. I will have to let you know what I think once I use up my current bottle and am able to start using it. I am hoping it turns out, because it would be so nice to start my girls on chemical-free stuff right from the beginning!

Truth: Joe and I cuddled up Sunday night and watched the Billboard Music Awards. Taylor Swift rocked the night! And, seriously, that girl has legs for days!!!

Truth: I haven't watched a season in awhile, but with this one where they started out with two bachelorettes, I had to tune in! Did you watch?? What did you think?? And now I have to watch again tonight, because I need to know who is staying... Britt or Kaitlyn! 

Truth: My son could live outside. I think he is going to be :) Love this kid to pieces!

Truth: She was born to be wild! My oldest baby... she is growing up way too quickly for my liking.

Truth: This middle child of mine is full of spunk and sweetness. She makes everyday fun!

Truth: Today I am on day 2 of the 3-Day Refresh. Can someone please keep the chocolate away from me?! ;)

There we have it. I told you I was going to be all over the place with these truths today. ;) Time for me to go wake some little munchkins up and get them breakfast.

I hope you all have an amazing day!!

Questions for you:

  • Have you ever tried making your own deodorant?
  • "The Bachelorette"... are you watching?? If so, which of the women are you hoping stays tonight, Britt or Kaitlyn?
  • What is one random truth you can share with me today?

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Marvelous Man's Birthday

Hey! Happy Monday! 

How was your weekend? 

I think I mentioned that we were going to be having rainy, cloudy weather. It's still going on today and through most of this week. I am ready for the sun to pop back out!

We still had a nice weekend regardless. One of the most marvelous things was getting to celebrate My Hunter and his birthday!

Rylee wrote the sweetest little note to him.

On Saturday while Joe was out hunting, I took the kids shopping to buy his present. They picked the store, and they picked the gift.

I have to say, I LOVE what they chose! This painting is absolutely breathtaking with the mountains and the old barn in front. 

Joe and I were saying we wish we knew more about it. He knows a lot of places around MT, but he doesn't know where this was taken from.

Joe went out shed hunting on his actual birthday. Turned out to be an awesome day for him.

And here are some silly pictures from the sheds he brought home. :)

Wishing you all a great week! 
I need to go get the supper table set and a family fed!! ;)

Thanks for hosting the link-up, Katie!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites

Hey! Happy Friday to you all! I am so excited that the weekend is here! We don't have much planned, and the past couple days have been cloudy, but the fact that everyone here is feeling 100% again calls for an awesome weekend!

This afternoon I wanted to share some favorites of mine. Enjoy!

Favorite Show... Flip or Flop... I found it on Netflix and quickly loved it! In fact I told Joe I now want to look for a house we can buy and flip for ourselves. ;) The one bummer about Netflix is that it takes longer than I have patience for for the other seasons to get on there. I finished up season one rather quickly and now I just have to wait.

Favorite Pin... This DIY plank wall is gorgeous. I love the decor she has all around it too. So cozy!

Favorite Laugh...

Favorite Comment... Rylee was waiting for her aunt Jessica to text her back the other night, and she said to me, "She's probably putting the baby down. Or she's milking her." 

Favorite Blog Post... This momma wrote her season of life from such a great perspective in this post. Just what I needed to read Monday morning as I was feeling like I was drowning in the sickness that is going around our house for almost a week. They grow up fast, and I will want to remember all of these moments someday.

Favorite Book... Oceans Apart by Karen Kingsbury. She is one of my favorite authors, and with the family being sick last weekend, I was able to finish this in just a few days.

Favorite Dessert... On Mother's Day, when we were all sick, my sweet and thoughtful friend, Becky, brought this yummy dessert over for us. You are never too sick for pie!

Favorite Baby Smiles... This sweet girl was full of them on Tuesday! <3

Favorite Workout... I am still loving INSANITY MAX:30! There is something about Shaun T and how he pushes me that keeps me motivated!

Favorite Family Time... Roasting supper over the fire.

Favorite Outing... I went to get my hair trimmed. I will embarrassingly admit it has been a year since I have gone to get my hair cut, so this was *much* needed.

Favorite Moment... My big girl taking care of this little girl. Jenny and I both got our hair done, so Rylee was the best babysitter!

Favorite Super Heroes... Batgirl...

and Ironman with the Hulk!
Joziah & Willow ;)
Favorite Cuddly Bear... 

Favorite Birthday Boy... My Hunter is celebrating turning 31 today out in the mountains. Family party coming soon!!

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend! More cloudy weather and rain to come for us, so we will be inside most of the time.

I am hoping to pop back in tomorrow to share the girls gymnastic performance pictures, so I may see you then! :)

Questions for you:
Any fun plans for you?
Are you getting rain this weekend too?
What has been your favorite book read lately?

Linking up with Erika and Heather.