Friday, February 13, 2015

Life Happens

One of the things that I have had to force myself to realize over the last few weeks is that life happens. And there is not much that anyone can really do about that fact.

They say that life is what happens when you are busy making plans. So let me share a bit of how life has happened for us this week.

I had every intention of writing my post about a fabulous brand new crock pot meal that I had found on Monday evening. However, when I walked out of the house at 11:15 to get the kids their lunch and take them to the sitter I realized I had: 1) forgotten to brush my teeth, 2) forgotten to put on deodorant, and 3) forgotten to start dinner in said crock pot. This meant that I would have to scramble to figure out something for dinner when I got home from my meeting at about 6:45. Luckily, by the time I got home Dusty had already come up with a plan and I was just left to implement it while he took some time to focus on his homework.

Tuesday met me with a baby girl that was snot nosed, coughing, and only had the tiniest squeak of a voice. That meant no trips to campus for the weekly food ministry, and very little time off the couch since she wanted me to be right next to her at all times. I did manage to get the majority of a book read that I had to write a book review on (more on that subject to come later.)

Wednesday looked much like Tuesday except by the time Dusty got home I was drained. Between dealing with my homework and a sick child food was the last thing on my mind. This lead to us going to Wendy's for dinner. That in turn lead to me feeling guilty for eating junk food and for spending money we shouldn't have been spending. Oh well, such is life right. Things will work out one way or the other...

Thursday baby girl was feeling a bit better but her voice was still coming and going. I had a paper due that I scrambled to get finished. I am not thrilled with how it turned out but, frankly, I don't think I was going to like it no matter how much time I had to get it done. It was one of those assignments that was just hard to complete. Its amazing how when I write here or in a journal the words seem to come flowing out, but when I have to write a research paper or a book review (anything that counts as homework really) I just can't seem to get anything down on paper.

That leads us to today. So far today has been great. I ran a few errands, spent some great time with a friend while our kids were able to play together and I have my second load of laundry going in the washing machine.

This is what life had in store for me this week. If you look in my well thought out and beautifully decorated planner, none of what I described above was penciled in there (except maybe the assignments and the playdate).

Life was happening while I was trying to make other plans. I am constantly being told to enjoy these days while my kids are young. They will only be little for such a short time. And I know that. And I do love and enjoy these days. I am looking forward to the fuure as well. I look forward to knowing who my kids will become and having the opportunity to be not just their mom, but their friend.

But for now, I will continue to keep things as scheduled and organized as I can (since that is just who I am), but I will also try to remember that sometimes life happens in spite of my planning. And sometimes it is in that chaos that the best moments will happen.

What do you do when "life happens"? Are you a planner and a schedule type person? Or do you like to just let things fall where they may?

Friday, February 6, 2015

Fitness Friday:Housewalking and Fitness Trackers

There has been a post floating around Facebook lately that talks about a woman's plan to get in her daily recommended number of steps by simply walking around her house. While she is folding the laundry, chatting on the phone, or simply watching T.V. she is walking (even if it is just in place).

While "walking at home" isn't a new concept it is one that I had never really considered too seriously. That was until I read her post. Then I got to thinking. I have a lot of reading that I have to get done each day for school. And most of the time I get it done while sitting in very comfy chair in the livingroom. This way I can get my reading done and I can still keep an eye on my crazy kids. 

However, I think I have decided to make a new plan to walk the kitchen and maybe even up and down the stairs as I try to get my reading done. That way I can try to get some exercise in during the day and still get my work done. If I manage to have time for a full intense workout I will. 

One of the ways people choose to keep track of these types of things is through the use of fitness trackers. Recently the most popular device for tracking their fitness goals is the Fitbit. This handy little watch tracks calorie out put, steps taken, and you can even track sleeping patterns. It connects to your computer as well.
At some point I would like to get myself one of these types of trackers, however, for the moment I am using a Sportline Heart Rate Monitor watch. It keeps track of my steps and I can also keep track of my heart rate when I am really working out.

What do you think about the housewalking craze? How do you track your steps?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Meal Monday post (on a Wednesday) and my newest obsession

One of the things that the Seminary does during the spring semester is a program called Revive the Nation. This is  a program that allows churches all over the country to invite SWBTS students to come and preach a 4 day revival.

This year Dusty finally has the ability to go participate in this event. He will be visiting Hartwell, Georgia. We are both pretty excited about this opportunity.

However, it also means that he has to dust off all his old suits. And that also means that he is wanting to lose a few pounds to make those suits feel a bit more comfortable.

I bought "The Daniel Plan" book on sale a while back and we decided to try out the meal plan, with a  few modifications due to our schedule and budget restrictions.

I tried the first recipe out of the book last night and it was really good. Even the kids like it.

The recipe was Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ground Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers
3 large red bell peppers
3/4 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375*.
 Cut bell peppers in half length-wise. Chop onion, tomatoes, and parsley. Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add turkey and cook until golden brown.
 Add onions, salt, and pepper to turkey. Cook until onion is translucent. Add diced tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft and incorporated into dish. Add parsley. Stuff bell pepper halves with turkey mixture. Place stuffed peppers in a shallow nonstick pan lined with foil. Cook for 30 minutes until pepper is tender.

This recipe can be found on page 232 in the Daniel Plan book.

Now on to my "newest" obsession.

I have always loved planners and calendars and schedules. I am a very schedule oriented person. I don't handle being spontaneous very well at all.

In May of 2014 I joined Thirty One gifts and I realized I needed a planner even more. I had a small one that I was using for school and family related things but I needed something that I could incorporate everything that goes on my life into.

In July I discovered Erin Condren Life Planners. I am not entirely sure how I came across them but I did and I fell in LOVE. It has a monthly spread and a weekly spread, lots of notes pages in the back and room to write. The covers are customizable and interchangeable.

I ordered my planner in July and it was in my hands early August. I quickly discovered that the Morning/Day/Night set up was not working out for me. And then I discovered several groups on Facebook that are dedicated to the love of Erin Condren. I noticed that almost everyone changes up those boxes to fit their own needs. I also discovered the joy of decorating my planner.

AND then I discovered WASHI TAPE!! Heaven...crafting heaven.

I love all things crafty and I really love scrap-booking and journaling. This planner allows me to keep a schedule and plan for my family while also being crafty. Its also a great way to keep track of major events in our lives.

Here is my current cover of my Planner

I carry my planner in a Thirty One Zipper Pouch

This it the how I like to decorate the inside!

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What do you like to do to stay organized?