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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vacation in Maine

Let me just say, I LOVE June.

Maine in June is amazing. It could compare to anywhere on earth. The coast, the flowers, the subtle scent of salt on the air...*sigh.... 

But Maine in winter is...just....COLD. Freezing cold. Just look at all that snow! I could take it for a day, and then I'd miss my beautiful NC 50 degree weather with brown grass and leafless trees. 

My husband and I spent the first Christmas after we were married in Maine, and we decided that we would never go there in winter EVER AGAIN! Since then, it is Summer/Autumn only vacations in Maine. And we love it!  This year we spent a week in Maine with my family and best friend. It was a wonderful vacation.

(including the 20 hour drive both ways with 3 young children and a teenager in the car!) 

We stayed the first part of the week with my sister and her lovely family. 

 The kids had a LOT of fun swimming, playing, and visiting the sea shore with their cousins. 

Then we went and stayed with my best friend from high school. We always have a blast at her house! Well, at least I do, and I'm pretty sure MeMe did....hehe. Here she is having her shoes tied by Kristy's youngest daughter. Can we say future diva? 

We spent a LOT of time outside. At the park......

And, of course, at the shore side...

The younger girls all got a long really well, when Harmy wasn't tearing into everyone's toys...

That would be my husband, photo bombing an otherwise adorable picture!

These two got along so well. Made my heart sing to see them playing like old friends!

Little Man didn't care much for the water, but he LOVED the rocks! 

What? Huh? Who snuck that one in there?!!! hehehehe. Hubby and I were supposed to get a date night for our anniversary but it didn't work out. So we settled for some smooching on the beach while the kids played. 

The above picture is a sad story. Just a few moments later, my unofficial adopted daughter, Mina (in the green shorts) fell in the water and drowned her smart phone. I wasn't that shaken up about it. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

And what better way to end a day of fun in the sun, but with the HUSBANDS getting supper ready and doing the dishes! WOOOHOO! Every wife's fantasy!

It was really a great trip, as always. Here I am with one of my best friends in the whole world. 

I love visiting my family and friends who have known me since I was a girl. But it was really nice to get home to what is familiar and comfortable. In the end, my favorite place is with the people I love most :-)  \

Coming soon: 
Little Man's first Birthday
Mom's Night Out!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Weigh in

Well hello all you Beauties! Well, any Beauties that still stroll through this empty hall. I know, I know...I am a horrible blogger! But, really, life is more than blogging, and we have been living a LOT lately.

But I had a weigh in today, and wanted to update on how things are going.

Little Man in June 2013

LittleMan is about to turn 1, and I can't believe this year has gone by so fast!

BabyDoll is now a three year old, blond-headed whirlwind! She is my little drama queen. My diva! She loves to sing and dance to any tune that comes within her hearing!

MuffinHead did K-4 at home this year. She is now 5 and her creativity is in full swing! She inherited mommy's melancholy personality (sorry love), and revels in the drama of sadness! She is my deep thinker, my artistic thoughtful fairy. She worries a lot about things, but we try to help her work through it all.

We also had another addition to our family. She is a beautiful teenager who came to live with us last July. She just finished her first year of homeschooling. It was tough, but she pressed on and persevered. We are so proud of her! This is our MinaGirl!

this photo courtesy of Christian Coley Photography 

And then there is this fella! In about a week Hubby and I will celbrate our 11th anniversary! We have had so much life together, I truly feel like we have become two parts of a whole.

This is my life, and I love it! We are always busy, but it is a good busy. Lately it seems like our routine has been put through the ringer! And it's only going to get more crazy next week. We are planning a trip to visit my family in Maine. I'm excited, but a 2 day trip with 4 kids? Intimidating!

Weight Loss: This week I only lost 1/2 a pound. Not really enough to record. I'm thankful though. Every loss is a small step in the right direction.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A journey

Sometimes I feel guilty because I am fat. Don't crucify me for using the F-word. I am exceedingly obese, and I will admit that. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels guilty, but because of my faith I feel like I should somehow be able to overcome this more easily. But if being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, right?

I truly believe that gluttony is a sin. Overindulgence in any area of your life shows a lack of control and order, and that is not Christ-like.

But recently a friend of mine reached the point of -100 pounds. Her maxim is this, "This is a journey." She says it all the time.

This is a journey. Many people, including many Christians, think that believers should be perfect. Newsflash, NO ONE IS PERFECT! Like the journey back to physical health, the journey to spiritual health is life long and the two go hand in hand for me. When I am feeling down on myself because of all my imperfections, I think back over the last 10 years. Through God's help I have learned to control many of my shortcomings. (I do not say overcome, because you never really overcome your vices, you learn methods and steps to control them) Addiction to pornography, a tendency to lie about EVERYTHING, explosive anger issues...all these are mountains that I have climbed with God's help.

Losing weight is another mountain. It is by far the biggest. Giving up pornography and learning to be honest were easy compared to this. And because it is my greatest struggle, it makes sense that it will take the longest to learn to control.

This is just my journey, and I'm still walking it. I don't have to be perfect, just keep on getting better.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Goals Evaluation

I've learned in the past that setting goals is a great incentive and a good way to stay focused. However, we should not get hung up on those goals, nor should we freak out when we fail to reach them. That leads to discouragement and usually cheating. That being said, I want to evaluate how I did on my goals, but please understand that if I fail to reach one, I'm not going to get hung up on it. I will simply strive to do better the next week. That is the road to success, and I wanna take it!

Short term goals: between now and the end of January

Work out 3x's a week: Did okay. I worked out 2 times because the holiday got busy. Really want to reach that 3 times mark this week

Stop snacking every evening: Again, did okay. I did snack last night, which I am kicking myself for. But mostly I stayed away from the snacks in the evening, especially Thursday before the weigh in. I think that's why it was such a good one.

NO fast food or soda: This was good! I stopped at chick fil A one evening to pick up some chicken fingers, but I didn't order a meal, and all I got to drink was unsweet tea! It was actually pretty good! I only allowed myself to do this because I did not have enough calories that day, and I was feeling faint. It's important not to eat to little, or your body will not burn what it should. I had no soda this week :-)

Go to bed at 10 and get up at 6 am for devotions: not so great. I hate going to bed early. I've been tossing and turning and having a hard time falling asleep. The baby still gets up once or twice a night, and Baby Doll (2 year old girl) usually wakes up once or twice and walks around the house. So, I haven't been getting up at 6. But I have still managed to have my devotions in the morning :-) That is the most important thing.

Weigh in: GREAT! I weighed in on time, and lost 3 pounds!

Call a friend: Nope. But I did discuss weight loss with a couple people.

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