Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I See What You're Saying

Lidna at Second Cup of Coffee is doing a video meme. When she first wrote about it, for some strange reason, I commented on her blog and said I would do it. Even though I look really silly on video, and my voice sounds funny. I decided I better stick by what I said I'd do, but my video is only 1 minute long (which felt like forever). But you'll thank me for it, believe me (and I do mean the 1 minute long, not the fact that I did a video)!

Obviously I hate how it looks, but I could re-do it a hundred times, and still feel the same. So we're just going to stick with this first take. My face could not look any stupider here in this opening picture, so please click play as fast as you can. Thank you.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall Into Reading

I would really like to focus more on my reading this fall, so when I saw this Fall Into Reading challenge at Callapidder Days I decided to go ahead and do it. I'd really like to get some of my non-fiction books read, as well as a bunch of other books I've got on my shelf. Maybe if I have some inspiration, I'll start reading more again. I used to read about 10-15 books a month, and now I'm reading only about 5.

So here's my list of books I'd like to read this Fall:

  1. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  2. What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey
  3. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  4. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  5. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  6. Enjoying Where You Are on the Way to Where You Are Going by Joyce Meyer
  7. Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado
  8. Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Chancey & McDonald
  9. Jesus the One and Only by Beth Moore
  10. Red Letters by Tom Davis
  1. Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker
  2. The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
  3. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
  4. Dragonfire by Donita K. Paul
  5. Dragonlight by Donita K. Paul
  6. Daughter of Prophecy by Miles Owens
  7. Mozart's Sister by Nancy Moser
  8. Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead
  9. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
  10. The Edge of Recall by Kristen Heitzmann
  11. Ryann Watters and the King's Sword by Eric Reinhold
I may add more to the list later, depending on what books I have coming to me from paperbackswap.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Two new words

Ethan has been sick for a couple of weeks, and besides a cold and ear infection, he's had really bad sores on his mouth. They are just now healing. During that time, he learned to ask for two things: chapstick and medicine. He says them so funny that I wanted to get it on video. We had a bit of a rough time (with him saying his favorite word quite a bit), and then I finally got it.

On another note, chocolate is goooooooooood!


The kids were eating lunch, and Ethan wanted more lunchmeat. So I told him there was no more ham, but he could have chicken. Kevin said, "I like chicken!" And then when I brought the package over to give some to Ethan, he pointed at Kevin and said, "No chick, beebee". (beebee is how he says baby)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Woo hoo

After one week of my getting in shape journey, I lost 2.5 pounds. :D I've worked out every day since last Tuesday, and I'm eating a lot better. I've realized a few things in the past week, though. Getting in shape is not about how thin you are or how little you eat. It's about exercising and getting your body strong. It's also about eating balanced meals, and eating enough food, so your body is healthy.

One of my favorite websites I've found is sparkpeople. They have a meal planner there that I love. We have been eating so good this week, and it doesn't feel like I'm on a diet. That's because I'm really not. It's yummy, fresh, healthy food (and an occasional dessert, even). I also can track my workouts. It's a fun site!
Another website I found just a few days ago is http://exercise.lbl.gov/. If you like to run, walk, or bike you can keep track of your distance in a virtual cross country trip. I do my stationary bike almost every day, and in the two days I've been doing it, I've traveled 22.4 miles. So, virtually, I am in Chickahominy River, VA:

What a beautiful place! I can feel the wind blowing through my hair as I bike past all these lovely trees. I think I started off in Yorktown, VA or something like that. I'm definitely having fun with it!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I may have already gone crazy

Which of these things can make you go crazy? Pick one.

  • Not having even 30 seconds of time to yourself in a day.
  • Having to hold someone on your lap while you go to the bathroom.
  • Having someone cry in your ear constantly because they don't feel good.
  • Getting a migraine from the crying.
  • Having your husband not get home from work until 11 or so every night.
  • All of the above.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Not tomorrow, today!

I can't even tell you how many times I've told myself that I'll start eating better tomorrow. Or that I'll start an exercise program tomorrow. But then tomorrow never comes, because it's always gonna be tomorrow. No more of that! Tomorrow is today! I'm going to start making the changes today. I've got about 20 pounds that I'd like to lose, and I think I can do it, if I quit saying I'll start tomorrow.

Here's my little weight tracker ticker thingy:

Friday, September 12, 2008

Of all the times to forget my camera

We had our 10th anniversary celebration for South Mountain Community Church tonight. Just after we left, I realized I forgot my camera, but we were already running a little bit late, so we didn't go back to get it. I so wish I would have. How many chances do you get to sit six rows back at a Lincoln Brewster concert? Well, not very many for me, anyway. We had a few other things, but the main event there was Lincoln Brewster. And how awesome that they were able to get him to come? So, let's pretend I took these pictures, and am not a total nincompoop who forgets her camera all the time.

And this is what we heard:

Let The Praises Ring - Lincoln Brewster

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Calming. . . Down

Looky here. I am very calm and collected. Not stressed or frazzled one bit. That's because I've decided not to let things worry me. So, I downloaded a couple thousand songs off the internet. Who hasn't? WHO HASN'T? (Sorry, we've watched Transformers a few too many times recently) I don't think I'm getting enough sleep lately. My brain isn't focusing like it should. Like when I went to help set up for MOPS this morning. I walked right on by the cart, and went to the closet to get that same cart out. I also put away a toy tote that was sitting outside a classroom, then went back to that classroom and asked where their tote was.
But like I said, I am calm and not stressed out. I might be losing brain cells by the minute, but I probably had too many to begin with anyway.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

This is not exciting

I changed three poopy diapers within five minutes time. That was not one of my goals for the day. I'm glad I'm not the mother of triplets.

When is break time?

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post. I've taken on quite a few things, so I'm not sitting around all day, thinking of things to post in my blog. I kind of liked the sitting around all day thing.

I said yes to being the MOPPETS leader for the MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) group I'm in. The job is basically being in charge of the whole children's program. I've had to decide which kids go in which classrooms, and come up with curriculum. It doesn't sound like much, but after the first day of MOPS I just wanted to hide in a corner somewhere and maybe cry a little bit. It was crazy!

I'm babysitting a cute little boy named Lincoln for three weeks. It's only my second day, but he it hasn't been difficult at all. He's a good kid, and he sleeps a lot. Sleeping a lot is always good. I like to sleep a lot. It's something we have in common, so we get along pretty well.

I'm also watching Allston (my nephew) for Geoff and Felicia for a few afternoons and nights while they do their booth at the fair. Allston and I also have something in common. He gets overwhelmed when there's lots of kids around. I really do too.

Last Sunday at church the music during worship was awesome. I got a little choked up, even. We sang "Surrender", and during one part of the song, you could hear the junior high kids (who come in the service just for the worship portion) really singing out. I just thought it was great that they were so into it. At the end of the service we sang "God of this City", which I really love. Some of the words are great:

Greater things have yet to come
Greater things are still to be done
In this city
Greater things are still to come
And greater things are still to be done here
It just reminded me how much God has done, not only in my life, but everywhere I look. My heart felt so overwhelmed, and I couldn't even sing. I love Sundays like that, where I feel the presence of God so much.