Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Frenzy and Stuff...

So.. I've decided, although I am sure I was already certain of this, I LOVE FALL.
It is seriously my favorite season. The leaves, red, orange, yellow.. crisp days.
Its beautiful.

Yesterday, I decided I love kids and I can't wait to be a mommy of my own.
I think a combination of seeing all my friends becoming mommies, and spending
time taking care of my cousins has really got me on this mommy kick. Yesterday
was as good day with my cousins kids.. we did arts and crafts in the afternoon... they helped cook dinner... we went for a walk after dinner with the red wagon and our bikes and collected leaves.
We had bath time.. then story time.. then I had to lay down with Seth and cuddle him until he fell asleep. He snuggled right in beside me and started snoozing. It was so cute. I can't wait to cuddle my own...

here are some fun fall frenzy pics.. and some of the kids that take up all
my time!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Weight Loss and Stuff....

This week has been really good in so many aspects. I have been encouraged more ways than I can count.. and its awesome. Let me break it down for you.

Encouragement One: Lifestyle Change.

  • So I started my lifestyle change this week right? Okay. So, for the first week it wasn't so bad. I changed how I ate, worked out, and it was great. It wasn't the most perfect crossover week, with a new change and all, but I felt more conscious about all of my behaviors. I felt good when I worked out, I had lots of energy. I felt satisfied with the food I had. It wasn't too incredibly hard for me to eat breakfast every morning. It was the first week.. just the beginning, some say people the beginning is the hardest. I don't have a fancy "body bug" like my friend Tiffany, and I didn't go to a nutritionist to find my body fat break down, etc.... but (drum roll).. with my first week attempt, I lost 5lbs. I'm encouraged.. and excited. Just wanted to share the news with all my friends along for the ride.
Encouragement Two: Trip to Monmouth.

  • So, I had two days off, and on a whim I got to go to Monmouth to visit some old friends. Some, I haven't seen in several weeks, some, several months. It was great, I drove to M-town, just in time to make a cameo at the Campus Crusade weekly meeting. The leaders were all linked up for prayer, and when they opened up, there I was. Smiling and gleaming, mostly from my own excitement. I heard a good talk on dating.. hung out with the sophomore girls, made a surprise visit to my friend Karin's slash Greg and Lauren's for some Mario Kart, saw my friend Kristen and her beautiful little girl Maddy, spent a day with Michelle Mckinney, had dinner with the whole fam, saw my Randi Jo, went to watch my friend Laura Mackie coach Lebanon soccer at Dallas (Lebanon one 3-2), had dinner with Mackie and one of my favorites Megumi, participated in some discipleship activities for old time sake, and then this morning made a quick stop in Lebanon to visit my friend Jessica, and her beautiful new baby girl Ruby. Gosh. I'm tired.. but it was worth it!
Now. Its back to the grindstone. Waiting to hear from Costco, filling out some other applications online today too.. just for fun.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Inside Brookhaven....

So, I watched this documentary the other day.. it was the scariest thing I have ever seen. It was on TLC (which happens to be one of my favorite channels) and it was called, "Inside Brookhaven." It was a documentary of 3 individuals at an obesity clinic in New York.

I know that in the years after high school I have put on more than my freshmen 15, and each time I want to "get healthy," I go on a health food kick, or run a few miles, but then sooner than later, I am back to my old routine... one of random exercise... and eating whatever I want. I peered in to the lives of these 3 individuals.. I was sad, scared, and hopeful that my life might have a different outcome, if I was serious about changing now.

The sad thing.. is these people never had the desire to be monstrously obese, and it wasn't like they wanted to wake up and way over 700 pounds, but a series of lifestyle choices led them to their current condition. I cried nearly the entire time through the hour long segment. I thought to myself, I don't want to wake up one morning, realize I am prisoner to my bed, and prisoner to my lack of self-control.

These are the things I desire for my life. I desire to be young and vigorous. I desire to be a desirable bride. I desire to be a healthy mommy with lots of energy. I desire to see my grand-children grow up. I desire to feel good, with little limitations. I desire to live the days the Lord has for me knowing I am at my full capability of performing all He has in store for me.

I know the people that care about me have urged me to take steps to maintain a healthy life-style. But, I think in the last few months, as the thought of a real possibility of growing old with someone has given itself, I really do want the opportunity to grow old with that person. I just want life.

I talked about my plan with a man, that I am pretty sure I love already. He has been the most supportive person in every aspect in my life.. its no surprise to me now that he would join in this journey with me as well. The amazing part about it, is he has already made me feel like the most beautiful woman alive. He has already affirmed to me his love, a pure one. He has already established who I am to him. He is wonderful.

So, I am starting the "Body for Life" challenge. Your prayers and encouragement are much needed.. this is going to be a dynamic change, but one that will not come with little effort or challenge. I'm scared... and excited. Seeking the Lord for his encouragement and strength because I know its something I cannot do on my own.

"Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn't get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan's angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn't think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it's all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ's strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:6-8 (the Message)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sports.. and sports apparel.

Last night I went to see my old volleyball coach, and her team.
She coaches for Cottage Grove now, and they did alright. There
ranked about fourth or fifth in league right now. They gotta little
shaken last night, after a couple of horrible calls, not too mention
the official allowed the line judge to switch out mid-match, which
is completely illegal. Anyways.. they lost in 4 games. I have to tell
ya, all these new rules are crazy. Rally scoring, net serves.. weird.

I went to the game with my brother, and his girlfriend Kaylie, and
they were a lot of fun to watch the game with. Also, my brother
had a business venture with a guy he knows and some of the UofO
football players. They are making t-shirts for them, I'm sporting mine
"Killa Cam." I'm sure most of you who will read this are beaver fans,
so you won't want one.. but if you do.. let me know.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Always a bridesmaid.. or coordinator.. or wedding stylist.. etc.

So I had a great weekend. My good friend Maria was home from TN.
Her baby brother got married this weekend, and I had the job of doing her hair and make-up.
That turned in to doing her mom's hair... the the bride's make-up! It was amazing.
I was a little nervous at the task of doing the Bride's make-up... who knew that short stint in
Mary Kay would pay off! It was amazing. I showed up to the place of the ceremony, receiving
a call from Maria while pulling in to the parking lot. "Are you here?! Hurry up and come up stairs,
you need to do the bride's make-up!" Crazy. Once I got all the styling done my new job of photographer took over. There was professional photographer there, but I took some snapshots
for the groom's parents, with their camera. It was amazing.. and then, to top it all off, I helped to
finish the evening by decorating the departure vehicle.

I've decided I should be a wedding coordinator. That would be awesome. I'm sure my psychology degree would fit in there somewhere, right? Haha. Well, I don't know about the coordinator part, but I did decide I sure am ready to get married. Just watching their joy, sharing that day together.. made my heart long for the same thing. *sigh*

I'll include some pictures from the evening... just a few.

Maria and her family.

Maria.. and I.

Us.. again. Nice make-up, eh?