Archive for April, 2008

I Need a “Title”

April 29, 2008

I have a fun question to pose for you all? I have just been contracted to be the shopping reviewer for a newer website here in my part of town. This website is really starting to take off and I have been asked to write reviews of my personal shopping experiences. It will be sort of like a blog post. I will be able to put any great stuff I hear or learn about, as well as share shopping experiences, with the hopes that people will check out some of the great shopping in Sumner County. It will cover ALL shopping. . . it can be grocery, boutique, children’s clothes, sports, whatever. It is really a PHENOMENAL opportunity and I am so excited about it.

Anyway. . . onto my request from you, my readers. The website CEO wants to print business cards and asked me what I wanted my title to be. I have no idea. . . well, I have a couple of ideas. But I want to know what you think? I’d like it to be a little creative. . . you know. . . fun, that shows just a touch of my personality! So, please leave a comment and share with me any “titles” that you think would work for someone who is going to write reviews for all kinds of shopping experiences! I can’t wait to see what you think!  I’ll let you know the winning selection!

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Weekend Wrap-up (a little late)

April 29, 2008

I hate to be late about a weekend wrap-up, but our weekend wasn’t too very exciting.  I don’t even remember what we did on Friday night.  Probably because I got some terrible news on Friday afternoon.  A mom in my MOPS group lost her husband, Chris,  Friday morning.  He took his own life after a battle with bipolar disorder.  It was such a tragedy.  I graduated from high school with Chris, so Rick and I have known him for years.  Every time I woke up Friday night/Sat. morning, I kept thinking of my friend and how her life will be forever changed.  I also spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about how grateful I am for my husband.  And how I cannot imagine life without him.  It was all very sombering.

Saturday morning we all got up and Rick decided to take us to get donuts for breakfast.  We haven’t done this in a long time and the girls were soooo excited.  We went to Shipleys and spent the rest of the morning running to a couple of stores, driving by our house – still foundation only, no framing yet, and then back home for lunch and rest time.  We picked up the apartment a little on Saturday afternoon and then ordered some Chili’s To Go!  It was a yummy stay-at-home dinner.  The girls got a bath and then we all watched Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium together.  Silly movie, but my girls were fascinated with the toys and the magical-ness about it!  We’ve seen it before!  After we put them down, I popped in Juno, which I had rented.  I really like it.  I had no idea what it was about, but I liked it.  I laughed at some funny parts.  Rick didn’t see as much of the humor, so he up and left in the middle of it.  That was fine, b/c I cried at the end.  Partly because it made me happy and sad, and partly because the flood of emotion I had been feeling about  the death of Chris and what Kayse must be going through and how would I deal with that, etc. became overwhelming.  So, I just sat on the couch and cried for a while.  No big deal.  Rick was already asleep.  Then I got on my knees and started talking to God about all that I was thinking and feeling.  I love when I can do that – just talk to him like he is right here beside me, and like he is my friend.  It was refreshing and I got a great night’s sleep.

Sunday we went to church and had our little 3 year olds again.  I could have sworn there was a full moon b/c they were WILD!  My child, included.  Rick and I just looked at each other a couple of times and shook our heads and started to laugh.  The worship service was good.  As we started home, I began getting a pit in my stomach.  I knew that we were going to the funeral home after lunch.  We had lunch and just as we started to leave it began to rain.  The rain did not deter anyone from coming.  We arrived early and tried to talk to our girls about what was happening and how we needed them to be quiet and not make a peep inside.  Ava Jane said, “You mean we can’t say anything at all?  Like, no talking – AT ALL?”  Yes, she is for real my child.  Such a talker.  I wasn’t sure what I would say when I saw Kayse.  I saw some friends from high school and it was good to see them, though not under the circumstances.  There were gorgeous flowers everywhere and beautiful plants.  There was a great video playing with pictures of Chris and Kayse and the boys.  Kayse was holding up well.  I just hugged her tight for a few seconds.  There are no words really that you can speak to someone to make them feel better.  I think just being there and hugs and tears and prayers are the best that I could do.  As we left, the visitation line was out the door.  I saw several of our MOPS moms, bringing food and waiting to speak to Kayse.

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE my MOPS group.  You just can’t imagine being part of a group where all the women are in your stage of life, living and experiencing what you are and yet still have so much to give one another.  We are moms of preschoolers for heaven’s sake!  It is such a refreshing group of ladies.  It is a privilege to be part of that group.  We have walked through some very difficult tragedies with one another this year (loss of a child, divorces due to infidelity and the loss of a spouse).  These things have brought us closer to one another and so much closer to Jesus.  At least they have for me.

To conclude my weekend, I was able to go to dinner with some friends.  I felt guilty going out to eat and talking and having fun.  It just didn’t seem fair that my life gets to go on as normal and Kayse’s life will forever be changed.  She is grieving and mourning and I am out to eat.  It just seemed so unfair.  But we all had a pleasant time and I enjoyed the company of friends that I don’t get to see and spend time with very often.

That was our weekend.  Nothing very exciting.  But I am grateful that I have my husband and my children.  Sometimes I really take them for granted.  May I always know and be grateful for the blessing God gave me when he gave me Rick, Addison and Ava Jane!

A Little Bit of Fear, A Whole Lot of Fun

April 25, 2008

Today we registered for kindergarten. Here is Addison before we left. She was all smiles!

Our elementary school is brand new and not completed just yet. So we registered at the high school next door. We drove around to the back and saw other moms and little ones walking in. As I turned off the car, I took a deep breath so I didn’t think about what I was doing. Yes, this is such an exciting time. But Addison is my baby and I am getting ready to begin the process of letting her go. Sniff, Sniff, Sniff. I held it together and proceeded to go inside with the girls. Teenagers were coming out of the doors as we approached and I heard one say, “D____! There are lots of little people out here.” Are you serious? Did I just hear cussing as I am bringing in my baby to sign up for school?? Then I saw a pregnant teenage girl. This was almost too much to bear. Fear began creeping into the momma and I was ready to attempt homeschooling! But I realized that we had MANY years until high school and prayerfully my sweet child will know that cussing and sex are NOT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS!!!

On we go to fill out paperwork. Copies of important forms were made and I went to stand in line for our name. I found myself reciting the alphabet to make sure we were standing in the correct line. Our letters were K-Q (where exactly is L in the alphabet??) As we are waiting, Addison leans over and says with a pitiful look on her face, “I don’t want to go to kindergarten.” Oh, no. Fear is creeping in Addison. I tell her that we are not going to kindergarten today and that seemed to suffice.

Then we met the principal, Mrs. Cash. I introduced myself and Addison. She shook Addison’s hand and Addison just sort of gave her a blank stare. Nice. Then Mrs. Cash looked at Ava Jane (who cocked her head to the side and gave a cutsie wave with her hand up by her face). Immediately Mrs. Cash said, “She’s a hand full.” How could she tell in just 2 seconds? It was the wave, the smirky smile and the cocked head. Mrs. Cash has seen that type child too many times in her years as a principal. I informed her that she had a whole other year before Ava Jane came her way. 🙂

We ended the morning at the new Streets of Indian Lake. We ran into a store for a couple of things and then to Barnes and Noble for the kids to enjoy the books. Which they did. As we left, we saw the new fountains in the middle of the nice grassy common area. We also saw our friend Jack, who had been sick earlier in the week. So, we went over to say hello and to look at the fun shooting water from the ground. You can see where this is going. The kids get ever so close to the water as I am telling them repeatedly to stay away from the water. Jack asks to take his shoes off (as do my kids) and then they are all bare-footed. What started as wet toes, led to wet feet, wet shorts, wet shirts and even wet hair. Yes, by the end, all three kids were merrily dancing through the fountains of spraying water laughing and having a great time. The hair-bows saved me from looking like I had a couple of drowned rats for kids. You know my theory. . . hair-bows make EVERYTHING cuter! My friend, Julie, and I were laughing so hysterically both at the kids and at the fact that normally neither of us would ever allow our children to do this. . . but today it somehow was a moment in time that we all enjoyed. The smiles and laughter amidst the sopping wet little bodies was priceless! And I am glad that Julie was there to help me see the humor in it. I actually enjoyed myself. I didn’t stress over my kids not acting like miniature adults, Instead, I enjoyed letting them be kids! What a lot of fun we had.

What’s the last thing you let your kids do and enjoyed just watching them be kids?

Childhood Wonder

April 21, 2008

I love spring and summer when the kids can be outside.  There is always a sense of wonder and amazement with little ones.  Yesterday Addison successfully made it across the monkey bars!  Whoo-hoo!  That was a huge accomplishment that we have been working on for several weeks.  She was beaming with pride as she came in to tell me all about it.  Today she wanted me to see, so after lunch we headed to the playground where she went all the way down and then back!   She was sooo excited.   And you could see in her a sense of pride for her accomplishment.  I was ready to cry – over the monkey bars.  Well, that, and maybe the fact that we are registering for kindergarten on Friday.  But I’ll have to cover all that on another post.

The second highlight of my day was the snail that Addison found on the patio.  She was all excited and couldn’t wait to show Ava Jane, who was napping.  When Ava finally woke up and was ready to play, she too, was excited about the snail.  While I was cooking dinner she popped in and said, “Mom, can we please keep this as our pet in the apartment?  Pleeeaaasssee.”  I told her that we can’t have snails in the apartment and she looked so sad.  But then I remembered that she got a bug catcher for her birthday.  So I said, “Ava Jane, you can keep the snail for a pet if you keep him in your bug catcher.” Her face lit up!  “Oh, mommy, thank you.  I can’t wait for you to see him.”  She took me outside and introduced me to “Spike.”  She was proud because he had his head sticking out. . . I don’ t  know how that happened . . . poor fella is probably scared to death.  What I love about this is how excited they get over the smallest things.  And how happy I tend to get over the seemingly small things too!  It’s been a long time since I was excited about monkey bars and snails.  But today my heart was joyful as I watched my kids enjoy the things they were meant to enjoy.  I am so thankful that God chose me to be their mom and be part of all these daily happenings!

By the way. . . I did go exercise this morning.  It was hellacious.  That doesn’t count as a cuss word does it?  I don’t want to use expletives on my blog, but seriously people. . . it was a torture session.  And I signed up for it!  Sadly, Susie won’t be with us much longer. . . changing schedules. . . that makes me sad.  Dude wasn’t there, nor was belly bling or outfit lady. . . man, I need someone back to make me smile during this stuff.  Oh, and one time we were doing wall sits and while we were sitting on the wall, we had to do arm stuff to with weights – it was awful.  Well, I was talking about how horrible it was and next thing I know, the teacher is sitting by me on the wall.  Ooopps.  Guess I shouldn’t have been talking so loud.

One last thing. . . Ava Jane just pranced in here with her bug catcher.  Apparently she has changed the snail’s name to “Spots.”  Makes sense huh?  She informed me that she gave him some grass to eat and some rocks for him to sit on.  She says all this as she is shaking around Spots’ house.  I laughed as I realized that Spots was about ready to see his last few minutes of life.  The rocks Ava gave him are large enough to crush him into a million pieces.  Not to mention that she just gave him a bath with soap and water.  Asta La Vista Spots!

2nd Weekend Wrap-Up

April 20, 2008

I know that Friday is a weekday, but the girls and I had the best time that I have to share. On Friday we went on a MOPS playdate to Honeysuckle Hill Farm. It was about 45 minutes away. Gratefully, we rode with a friend which made the time fly by. The girls had a blast at the farm. We went on a tractor ride – well, we were pulled behind a tractor, around the farm. We got to see some animals in the petting area like baby cows, rabbits, goats, and a few others that I can’t remember. The girls got to “milk” a fake cow. It was really cool. It is just a wooden cow but with these neat udders that really have water in them. So, you are really milking into a bucket. We also found out some interesting info on cows. . . one cow can give you 10 gallons of milk a day. It takes about 320 squirts from the udders to make a gallon of milk. Slit my wrists. I would not like someone squeezing my teets 3200 times a day (that is 320 times the 10 gallons from one cow)! Of course, I am not a cow. . . at least not the black and white spotted kind that live on a farm. hahaha! We had a picnic lunch and the girls and all the other kids played and played and played. . .neat slide, fun swings and great sand pit (which my girlie girls spent the most time in). Addison also was able to smother herself in a haystack – I mean, playing in the hay, jumping off of it, throwing it, etc. By the time we got home, her poor body looked like she had rubbed it all over her. She had scratches EVERYWHERE!! Yikes. So, she has been itching all weekend and now has a terrible rash – we won’t be playing in hay ever again. Can you say ALLERGIES??

On to Friday night. . . the girls went to the grandparents. . . Rick and I went to a little gathering of “new neighbors” that are already living in the neighborhood where we will be moving this summer. (Oh, and our house FINALLY had the foundation poured. . . so we are ready to rock and roll and get on with the building!) We had such a good time getting to know some of the couples that will soon be our neighbors. It is going to be a great neighborhood with lots of families and full of kids. That is soooo what we have been wanting for our girls to grow up around!

Saturday – I was excited because I knew that no kids would be coming in at 6 a.m. and waking me up. . .but there I was at 6:15 – wide awake! Habit, I guess. Saturday morning the girls came home early and we just piddled around. After lunch, my sister, Katie and her hubby, Taylor, came for a visit. They had been in town for the Mercy Ministries 25th Anniversary celebration! The girls loved seeing Aunt Kate and Uncle Taylor. Aunt Kate played with them non-stop. They LOVED it! They left before dinner and the four of us headed to Saylors for a yummy pizza dinner. On the way home, I wanted to go by McD’s and rent a movie from the redbox. The line was insane. I waited for 20 minutes!!! Rick was in the car with the girls and ready to snap when I got back to the car. Ooopps. Sorry, honey. We came home and the girls got a bath and went to bed early at 7:30 (b/c they had no naps). Rick retreated to the bedroom to watch tv, while I watched my redbox flick, August Rush. I really liked it. I didn’t know much about it. But it was a great movie – probably because I LOVE LOVE LOVE music so much. It was over by 9:30, and I headed to bed shortly thereafter. So, early night for all of us!

Today we went to the 8:00 service and had a guest speaker, Tony Nolan. He did a fantastic job presenting the gospel and there were quite a few people in our service who accepted Jesus! Whoo-hoo! Church was followed by our 3 year old class again. They really are precious. We played with playdough and talked about how God created the animals. We made lots of fun animal sounds together. On the way home from church, we stopped by the grocery for as much as I could remember from my list for the week. I was grateful to go then, rather than during nap time. Lunch was leftover pizza and then Rick went out for a motorcycle ride. It was a beautiful day for riding. The girls went onto our patio – well – if you can really call it that. It is maybe 6 feet long and 3 feet wide and it has a barbie jeep, two bicycles and two scooters out there, so there is hardly a place to stand. But they had a blast and pretended they were going to Disneyworld in the Barbie Jeep. It was so cute to listen to them as they made a “roadtrip” to Florida together. Naptime was just that – a nap for all the girls (me included). We made a Target run later in the afternoon for a few things and just to get out of the house once again.

We just finished dinner and bathtime and now we are going to watch the Bee Movie. Ava Jane bought it today at Target with her birthday money. She wants the family to watch it together. So, we are going to finish out our weekend with some great family time watching a movie! I’m sure we’ll squeeze in time for laughing and wrestling on the floor. That always happens when we are all together before bedtime. Such sweet times. I hope your weekend was great too.

Pope Benedict

April 16, 2008

Have you seen the news this week?  Apparently the Pope is coming to America today (on his 81st birthday).  And it is all people can talk about.  I just caught a few minutes of the Today Show and Matt was interviewing a Cardinal from the Vatican.  Matt asked him about Pope Benedict and what people should know about him.  He responded by saying that the Pope would want us to know that religion is a great source of peace, happiness, contentment and a few other things.  I was so sad.  And I wanted to scream, “IT’S NOT ABOUT RELIGION.  IT’S ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS!!!”  I don’t know much about Catholicism.  But I do know that the act of having to go through a priest to confess your sins makes it seem like there is no way to have a relationship with God and his son, Jesus.  It just saddens me so much to know that people really are missing it.

In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  It is just so clear!  The way to God the Father is through Jesus the Son!  Not through a priest.  I appreciate that the Catholic church takes a stand on issues like divorce and abortion.  Those are very important moral issues.  But those that will spend an eternity in heaven with our Creator are those who have a personal relationship with him.  Not those that take a positive stand on moral issues.  I am so grateful that God adopted me into his family.  He chose me to be his daughter.  He made a way, through Jesus, for me to know him.  Oh, I feel so blessed to know Him.  I don’t just know someone who knows him.  I KNOW HIM, MYSELF!!  And we have the most wonderful relationship.

If you are reading this and you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, please read these words of Paul from Romans.

1.  Romans 3:23 – “. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  We are ALL sinners and therefore separated from God.

2.  Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

3.  Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

4.  Romans 10:9-10 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Being a “Christian” is more than just going to church or even believing that God is real.  It is realizing that you are a sinner in need of a Savior.  It is acknowledging that that you are sinful.  It is understanding that the payment for your sin is that you will be separated forever from God (hell).  It is believing that God gave his son, Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again.  It is understanding that when Jesus died on the cross, he paid the debt for us so that we could know God and spend eternity with Him.  It is knowing that God desires to know you and for you to know him PERSONALLY.  Oh, how I pray that people would come to know God through Jesus.   That you could experience what it is like to know the Creator of the universe.  And that He would change your life in ways that you could never imagine!

God, open our eyes that we may see you.  Please help us live our lives so that others will look at us and want to know what is different.  Please help us to show your love to others that they may desire to know the One who loves us so much!  Amen.

Addiction

April 16, 2008

I just got home from exercising. I know what you are thinking (based on the title of my blog). . . “She is going to tell us that she is addicted to exercise.” NO WAY!!! I wish! Anyway. . . Susie was back today. Yeah! Class today was six stations each for 45 seconds. Move immediately to the next station. Repeat the set of six stations three times. Then new exercises for each station, repeat the set of six stations three times. And then one last set of new exercises for each station. . . you get the picture. None of the exercises were easy. Susie is a great encourager to keep going and she tells us we are doing great. For some reason when she gives us the “only ten seconds left. . . you can do it” pep talk, I feel the need to go ahead and quit! Odd huh?? We should be motivated to make the last ten seconds really count and instead I think, “whew – almost done – thank heavens.” I gotta work on that one. Let me say that I didn’t really quit early, but I WANTED to! Easy to see that I am not addicted to exercise.

Okay. . . Overachiever was not there today, but dude was there. His wife was upstairs working out. And I have to say that I feel bad. I talked to him today. We were at the same station at the same time. I asked him how he like Amy’s class on Monday and he said he really liked it. He mentioned that he got sick after the first class (which isn’t all that unusual). When I very first started in Jan ’07, I felt sick the entire first week after I went to class and I know several ladies who did throw up after that kind of intense workout. Anyway, he told me that he was a smoker and that the breathing was really hard for him. OOOOHHHHH – it was all making sense now. . . breathing hard, couldn’t finish rounds of 60 seconds. . . seemed exhausted. . . looking around all the time (which I took as “being there for the ladies”). I was really wrong about this guy. He’s not there for the ladies, which I am glad about, cause we are not the group of young, athletic hard bodied gals you might see at the Y at 5 a.m.

So, I said to him, “Dude. . . you gotta give up the smoking.” (yes-I called him “dude”) He said that he feels better after he works out and that it last about 3 hours and then he has a cup of coffee and just needs that cigarette. So, I challenged him today to try to make it 3 1/2 hours before he has one. He chuckled and said, “I’ll try that.” So, hopefully that encouraged him. Maybe he will start feeling so much better after exercising that he will give it up completely.

This brings me to two points. First, I’m sorry for poking fun at him. He really is trying. I assumed things (and you know what happens when you assume) that were not true. Now, I don’t know everything about dude, but I know enough. And oddly, I really feel like I need to pray for him. . . that he will be able to kick his nicotine addiction. Normally I don’t feel the need to pray for random people, so since I have a little urging to do so, I am going to. This is one of those little things in life where God might be telling us something and sometimes we just dismiss it, but because I am really trying to listen to God, I am going to choose to be obedient in this very small thing.

Second, let me speak just a moment to addictions. Addictions are VERY powerful. Especially chemical dependency – smoking, alcohol, drug – addictions. I have worked in the prevention field for 10 years. Trying to prevent kids from ever beginning to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs of any kind. When I see someone like “dude” who really wants to try and be healthy, even starts working out, but just can’t kick the habit of smoking, I am reminded that it is not just a bad habit, but dependency on a chemical to make him feel okay. I am so thankful that I am not addicted to any chemical substances. Many of us have “addictive” personalities. We know that we could very well be addicted to something if we let ourselves go there. Many addictions begin when teenagers begin using. You see, the brain is not fully developed until somewhere around the age of 20. The final one pound of our three pound brain develops during the teenage years (13-19). When someone puts highly addictive chemicals (nicotine, alcohol, any drug) into their body on a regular basis (daily or multiple times per day), especially at a young age, an addiction is formed to that substance. And oh, the battle to beat the addiction.

So, maybe you can join me in praying for “dude” that he will be able to kick his nicotine addiction. Or pray for someone you know that is struggling with addiction. It is a very real struggle. I’m hoping that I will be able to ask him next time how the smoking thing is going. When he left today, I pointed at him and said, “3 1/2 hours.” He said he’d work on it ! I’ll keep you posted! Happy Wednesday.

Prime Time Love

April 14, 2008

I’m not a huge reality TV fan, but I just heard about a new reality TV show that I am interested in. Prime Time Love premieres tomorrow night at 9:30 p.m. central time on Oxygen (yes, that is Oprah’s channel). It is a reality show with Deion and Pilar Sanders and their five children. He is now a born-again christian. Wow! I want to watch and see what their home life is like. I saw a hilarious clip of a the teenage daughter’s boyfriend coming over and Deion answers the door with a bat in his hand. The poor kid looks scared to death. And then Deion’s daughter comes downstairs (looking great) and he prays before she leaves while swinging the bat around. It was funny. I bet it will be a cute show. I should be able to stay awake to see it tomorrow night. And NO, I can’t TIVO it. . . my TIVO is called a VCR and I haven’t been able to set it to record since we have been in the apartment. 🙂

It’s Monday

April 14, 2008

I like Mondays, actually. It starts with the worst part – exercise – and ends with Bible Study. I love having Bible Study and then coming home and going to bed. I go to bed with my thoughts on spiritual matters and not on trying to solve a crime on CSI. We are finishing up our “Stepping Up” Bible Study which I have absolutely loved. More than the study itself, I have loved what God has been teaching me continually over the past 8-9 months. I keep thinking that I am going to write a page (too long for a post) about my journey with God. I shared at our MOPS tea and testimony last week some of my story, in particular, what God has been doing in my life recently. My good friend said, “You never told me about . . . ” Think about it. We don’t often share what God is doing and what he is teaching us. But I always want to. So, start thinking about what God is doing in your life and get ready to share it. . . here . . . on my blog. . . I am going to work sharing what God is teaching me and have you share too!

Oh how I did NOT want to get up this morning. But since I blogged about my weekend and said that I was going to exercise, I didn’t have much of a choice. I didn’t sleep good, but still managed to get up and go workout. We did an interesting circuit today. 25 stations – each station for one minute – go around twice. I really liked it b/c it made the time go by much faster and I like only doing something for one minute at a time and not 5 minutes of squats, 5 minutes of lunges, etc.

Dude was there! No wife today. And I am beginning to believe he is there for the ladies. Now, I may be wrong. But seriously, he didn’t hardly finish any of the one minute rounds – as if one minute was just too much. Now, don’t get me wrong. Some of the stations were really hard, but at least improvise and make something up, don’t just stand there. And he was looking around the entire time. Around the circle filled with ladies!!! I laughed.

And we had a newbie today – I’ll call her “Overachiever.” Overachiever started out the class doing what we were doing. But apparently we were not doing enough for her. So she scurried to the weight room and grabbed herself two 20 pound dumbbells. Is she serious?? And when she was done with them, she would carry them to the next station (usually two down) where we had to use weights. The person at that station would just sort of look at her like, “Sister, what are you doing??” AND, when we had to jump rope, she did some crazy Rocky Balboa moves. Come on. The Y is just across the street and I am pretty sure that people in that 5 am class try to show each other up, but NOT where we are working out. We all got a kick out of watching her though. Fun people always make the class go by a little faster and give me something to think about other than my burning muscles and how hot I am. Not like a hottie hot, but sweat-hot! Well, the worst part of my day is over. I hope your day is great!

Weekend Wrap-up

April 13, 2008

I like it when people do a recap or wrap up of their weekend.  It just seems fun to see and hear what people do.  So, here is how the Lafayette’s spent the weekend.

Friday night was spent at home eating a yummy crock pot taco casserole (thanks to Amy S for the recipe).  Then we all curled up on the couch to watch Alvin and the Chipmunks.  The girls have been begging to watch it for a while.  They belly laughed several times which Rick and I just love to hear.  They think the sound of the chipmunks singing is a riot!  Silly movie, but they thought it was funny.  I took two Tylenol pm’s and was asleep by 9:30.

Saturday we headed out for a little “freebie” action in Hendersonville.  The new Sumner Station fitness center was open and they had a grand opening celebration day.  We went in and took a tour of the magnificent facility.  It is huge and really makes you want to work out.  They have two Pilate’s reformer machines.  Whoa!  You could sign up for a 20 minute free workout with a trainer (just to see if you liked it).  I signed up to come back later in the afternoon – you had to have on workout pants and I had on jeans.

Then on to the YMCA for Healthy Kids Day.  We are not members at the Y, but this was open to the community.  They gave the girls t-shirts and goody bags.  They got to stop at different booths and get a bunch of junk that I will end up selling in a garage sale for 10 cents.  Water bottles, coloring books, etc.  Then we went outside to exercise with the ROTC.  All the kids got to put on these army-looking head wraps and get a little marine paint on their face.  Ava Jane thought this was awesome.  Addison wanted nothing to do with it.  The kids had to do jumping jacks and push ups to the count of the drill sergeant.  I wish I had a video of Ava Jane attempting the exercises.  It was hysterical.

We came home for lunch and naptime.  Rick and the girls all napped while I made a menu for the week, wrote out the grocery list and headed out the door.  I went back to do my pilates demo. . .

Okay, so this isn’t me. . . but try to picture a much fluffier person doing some of that stuff.  I didn’t do anything past what you see at about 2 minutes on the video!  🙂  It was crazy hard.  And she kept telling me to hold in my transverse abdominals.  I was thinking, “Lady. . . my abdominals are so buried on my body that I don’t know if I even have the transverse ones.”  But I can tell you today that I know EXACTLY where they are.  Here is the kicker – if you join Sumner Station, you still have to pay a wad of cash to workout with a trainer on this equipment.  Crazy!  But I know why people do it – great core strength training.

Okay. . . so after my 20 minute workout I did the grocery shopping for the week.  Rick took the kids to his parents and we went out to eat at Bosco’s in Hillsboro Village.  I loved getting out of Hville with Rick and enjoying some grown-up time!  But we brought the kids back home for bed and I couldn’t even stay awake to watch Saturday Night Live.  Pitiful!

Sunday (today) we went to church and taught our three-year old Sunday School class.  Today “Mr. Rick” did a group activity and told the Bible story while I sat back and watched (well, really I laughed).  No one wanted to listen.  They were all in their own little world’s.  The Bible story was from Genesis about God making the land and the plants.  Rick named some plants and then named some fruits and vegetables that grow on the land.  That led to a barrage of stories about “when I ate carrots. . . I love watermelon. . . my dad hates green beans.”  Rick never got control back after that!  Adorable.  Church was good – a good message about the importance of always reaching out to those who don’t know Jesus.  But get this. . .

There is a man sitting in front of me. . . clipping his nails.  Yes, big silver nail clippers. . . then he begins to chew on a callous or something on the side of his finger.  GROSS!  Christy B was sitting beside me and I just looked at her and then I got the shoulder shaking laugh. . . you know. . . where you aren’t making any sounds, but your shoulders are shaking up and down and you think you might bust out at any second.  I regained composure, only to see him a few minutes later, reach down and put his shoes on!  Yes, people, he apparently thought he was in his lazy-boy chair at home watching a sermon on television.  He ties up his shoes and pulls back out the clippers again and goes to town!  For real!  You can’t make this stuff up!

I tried to nap this afternoon, but my girls were having a slumber party in their room, so NO ONE napped today.  I made a yummy soup for dinner (great on this insanely chilly night in April) and then we did a “family clean up” which led to me yelling at everyone that I do all the work (which is totally NOT true) and then Rick calmly reminded me that our girls were right there and that they had, in fact, been helping to clean.  I apologized, felt terrible, and then finished doing the same things I do a fifty times a week.  Loading the dishwasher, folding laundry, picking up the same stuff off the floor and wiping down the sinks.  Whew!  So, that brings me to my computer to check in with cyber-world.  I plan to exercise in the morning. . . hopefully there will be something GREAT to blog about.  Especially after reading about my not-so-exciting weekend.  But I enjoyed it all!  I love hanging out with my husband and girls, especially when we don’t have anything we HAVE to do.  Hope you all have a great week!