Friday, March 25, 2011

10 Foods I Cannot Be Trusted With...

1) Snack size Snickers bars (or any size Snicker bars for that matter)

2) Coca-Cola (don't have to read far in this blog to figure that one out)

3) Reese's Easter Eggs (and now they make them for every season?!)

4) Starbuck's Java Chip Ice Cream (must keep a ten foot pole between me and this ice cream)

5) Mashed Potatoes (clearly if I feel the need to mention them in the "about me" section of my profile, I have a problem!)

6) Iced Sugar Cookies (oh the yummy sugary goodness, no amount is too many)

7) Yellow Cake (I know it sounds weird, but I don't even need the icing...just give me some CAKE!)

8) Fruit Roll-Ups (this one clearly goes back to childhood)

9) Coke (I know I already mentioned this one, but the addiction is so bad it bears repeating)

10) Doritoes (pair these with the Coke and well, I'm sort of unstoppable)

Coming soon...12 step program for junk food?!?!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hallmark, Eat Your Heart Out!

I have been meaning to share this for awhile. Both boys made me homemade cards for Valentine's Day. Rich does a great job of getting them to do this for me on birthdays and special holidays. I love these homemade cards SO much! Remember the one William made featuring my favorite soft drink? Well, I just had to share the one Richie made this year because it features another favorite of mine...


This is me doing yoga with (apparently) REALLY large hands! I especially like the attached lollipop, a must have after a nice cleansing yoga session! :-)


It says, "Happy Valintines Day and a Happy Yoga time"! And then on the right hand side he drew the logo for "Vessels of Clay Yoga" where I take Christ Centered yoga classes.

I could not love this more.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

My Cardboard Testimony

I shared a raw and vulnerable piece of my heart last night. I was not alone. Last night I had the privilege of walking in a long line of women who shared their "stories" or testimonies on a simple piece of cardboard at an event called Pure Joy. I have many stories that I could share about what God has done in my life, but this is the one that is dearest to my heart.

This was my "cardboard testimony"...

Side 1 (Before)

 Side 2 (After)

I shared this "story" a lot more in depth in a post that I wrote last spring, you can read it HERE.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

On Parenting, Running (aka dying), Macs, And Being "Miss Alana"

I hate that I left you with that last post for so long. Can you say downer? Things are definitely looking brighter around here. Both of the situations seemed to work themselves out shortly after my last post. Of course, I am sure there are more on the horizon, but for now all is well. Parenting (and life) is just HARD, there is no way around it. Can I get an amen?

On a more chipper note, I have bad news. Wait, that is not so chipper, is it? Oh well, I promise that the bad news will be over after this. My beloved notebook Mac computer has passed away. It lasted several years and served me well, but it seems to have really said it's final farewell. It appropriately left me in a very poetic way with just a blank white screen and the Apple logo. Sad. Unfortunately that means that I will only be able to use the computer when Rich brings his laptop home from work and I am afraid that is going to seriously damage my blogging capabilities. I will have my phone, but I don't think writing blog posts from the keyboard of my iPhone is entirely advisable. I guess if I get desperate, that would be an option, though! Let's all have a moment of silence for dear old Mac.


So, speaking of dying...that is exactly what I wanted to do during my last walk/run of the Couch to 5K program I am doing. I not only wanted to die, I actually thought I was going to! Did I really run 2 5K's a couple of summers ago? Clearly I have fallen far FAR FAR from that place. I am also a little behind on my running assignments. I intended from the start to only do it two days a week (it is meant to be done 3 days a week), but I have had a week or two when I only got to do it once and one week when I didn't do it at all (snowed in and no working treadmill). So it seems I am on track to finish this nine week program in about, oh...18 weeks? It could be worse, right? But hey, I am confident that I will finish...eventually.

So, just in case you are waiting around for the point of this post, I will go ahead and tell you there really isn't one. However, there is one more thing I'd like to share. I forgot how wonderful it is to be "Miss Alana"! That is what my Kindermusik kids call me and they truly make me feel like a rock star. It is so fun to be in a store and hear a Mom say, "Look, there's Miss Alana!" and see little faces light up as a result. One of my other favorite things about being "Miss Alana" is when a Mom comes up to me to tell me how much their kids love Kindermusik and that they ask them everyday to come to music class. What is there not to love about that?! So, all that to say I am really loving my new (old) job...again!

Okay, I guess that about wraps it up for now. What is new with you? Oh, I guess maybe if I stopped by some of your blogs or Facebook pages, I might find out. I will. I promise. SOON.