Wednesday, October 1, 2014

31 Days to a clutter free life

Earlier today I mentioned that I was going to be doing less in my weight loss challenge. I was going to simplify the month of October and focus only on moving for 20 minutes each day to make it into a habit. This is off shoot of another area in my life that I would like to simplify....our stuff!

http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/clutterfreelife/

I have decided to take part in the "31 Days to a Clutter Free Life" challenge over at "Living Well Spending Less."

I am doing this for several reasons. First, I am not sure what our future holds. We could be moving next summer. We could still be here in our town. Either my husband and/or I could have new jobs in the next year. As the kids are getting older their schedules are becoming busier. I think that having less stuff will be helpful for all those situations, because it would mean we would be moving less stuff if we have to move. We would have less things to clean and to clutter up the house if we are still here, which would give more time for activities, etc.

Secondly, I am currently overwhelmed with stuff. The kids have so much stuff.  I have a ton of stuff. Bill has a ton of stuff. Christmas and 2 birthdays are coming up (Jacob's in 2 weeks, Rebecca's in November) and if we can get rid of stuff now, we can be more grateful for the things that we are given. Out with the old, in with the new things they can use/wear.

Third, we are implementing a no spend month. I would like to counter that with selling some of the items that we no longer need/ want.

Today is Day 1 of the challenge. As part of the challenge we had to sign a ground rules paper....Which I did....I am all set to do this thing.


Are you doing any decluttering and/or simplifying? I can't wait to get started!

Weigh in Wednesday #10

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 230.6 lbs
My weight this week is::: 230.2 lbs. I am down 0.4lbs. :) 


Not a huge loss, but it is a loss! I will take it. Now that it is October I have decided to give myself a challenge for this month. I am going to focus on doing some physical activity for at least 20 minutes every day! They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, so I will be trying this out. I think if I focus on that ONE goal, then maybe I can see some success. The past few weeks I have done horribly on setting and following through on food goals and workout goals and I think that it is because I have spread myself too thin. I will made October 1 focus! I will exercise or do some sort of physical activity for at least 20 minutes every day....I have Wii workouts I could do. I have exercise dvds.  I have a complete yoga set that my dear hubby gave me for my birthday. I have options. I need to do this for both my physical goal of losing weight and for my mental health. It is time to take care of me.    



Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books that I read for fun in September

Not all the books that I have been reading have been for review. I have made several trips to our local library to check out some books to read just because.....

Here are a few that I read in September....(Disclaimer: if you click on the book pictures they will take you to the page on Amazon.com). 

I will say that Promises to Keep by Jane Green made me sob toward the end, it was that good! 



Other books that I have read for fun can be found here....
August 2014
July 2014 Part 2
July 2014 Part 1

Have you read any good books lately?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Softball Runner-ups!

This past weekend was CRAZY busy with softball tournament games for Rebecca. It was a double elimination tournament, meaning if they lost twice then they were done.



Rebecca's team entered the tournament as the number 2 team in the league and they got a first round bye. She had to play her first game at 2:30. They lost the first game, so then they had to come back and play at 5:30. The 5:30 game they won, so they had to play again on Sunday.

Sunday morning she had to be at the ball field at 10:30 for warm ups for an 11:30 game start time. If her team kept winning there was the possibility that she would be playing in at least 3 games back to back. Because of this I asked a friend of mine and her husband to come and babysit Jacob and Benjamin as I know they would not want to be out in the sun at the ball field all day long.

The first game went well. Rebecca's team won by a landslide. The other team only had 8 players, out of their 12, show up and although they tried hard, Rebecca's team was just better (and we were only missing 1 girl). That game lasted 1 hour 20 minutes. The girls got a 10 minute break to eat and go to the bathroom before the second game as to start. A parent went and got cheeseburgers from McDonald's for all the girls and coaches so they could eat, which I thought was really nice.

The second game, in which the winner would go to the championship game and the loser would be in 3rd place,  was a nail-biter. We were playing the team that had beaten us in the first game the day before. The score kept going back and forth, and the game went to extra innings. The game took over 2 hours to play, but in the end Rebecca's team was able to pull off the victory! It was a great game though! (In Rebecca's league the 8 and under teams are supposed to play 5 innings or 1.5 hours whichever comes first. In the regular season, they could end in a tie, however in the tournament they had to keep playing).



The Championship game was supposed to start right after but the umps had the grounds crew come out and fix home plate and grate the field down, I think so they could rest too. It gave our girls time to rest for a few minutes, get sprayed down with a hose as they were HOT and enjoy Popsicles from another parent.

The Championship game was against a team which was unbeaten all season. When Rebecca's team played them in the regular season, Rebecca's team got beat by at least 7-8 runs each time. We were just thrilled to be in the Championship, but deep down we were afraid our girls were going to be too tired after playing all day to get there. Let me tell you, it was another GREAT game! We were actually up by one run going into the bottom of the fifth, but the other team just got 3 extra base hits in a row that allowed them to win by 1 run!



Rebecca's team came in 2nd which I think is AWESOME! For fall ball, the first and second place teams get t-shirts. Also after they got shirts, her coach had all the girls come to the dugout and he said the umpire had given him a game ball to give to whomever he thought was the most valuable player. Well, he said he couldn't do that because they all had played their best and were all most valuable. He proceeded to give each girl a softball! I thought that was really great of the coach.

The team Rebecca played on did really well, and individually Rebecca did too! Rebecca had several hits on Sunday and a couple RBIs! She also did really well playing in the outfield. I am so proud of my little softball girl!!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #9

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 229.8 lbs
My weight this week is::: 230.6 lbs! I gained back the 0.8  lbs that I lost the week before. :(  
  


My food goal for last week was:::   Drink more water...I am going to aim for 4 glasses of water a day and build from there.

My fitness goal for last week was:::  Let's try this again... Walk 1 day to get Jacob from school! (start small and maybe I will build from there!) 

Yep, this past week was a big disaster. Didn't drink more water. Didn't exercise. My only excuse is that I have been battling depression this week and there have been issues with Hubby and his depression issues. It is not something I am proud of, but it has been a long week. 







So, my food goal for this week is:::  Let's try this again....Drink more water...I am going to aim for 4 glasses of water a day and build from there. 

And my fitness goal for this week is:::  Do at least 2 days of Wii workouts.  



Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 



Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday (9/22/14)

Happy Monday! 

Wow, what a busy weekend. Saturday, Rebecca had an early softball game, and I spent the afternoon cleaning out our mudroom and organizing the freezers. Yesterday, was a hard day emotionally. Last night, I had to take Rebecca to our American Heritage Girl day of service meeting and take the cake that I decorated. We had 16 girls show up so that was awesome! They created "socks of love" for one of the shelters here in town. Socks of Love are basically socks filled with travel size items--gum, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. The girls had a blast and really enjoyed making them. Today, I am off work as the teachers had a meeting they had to go to....I just got back home from taking Benjamin to speech and so now I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme! 




Breakfast time, what is on the plate this morning:::: I had a bowl of multigrain cheerios. 

On this week's to do list:::: I have decided to change this to a weekly to do list because it makes more sense to me... So this week we have: work for me, work for Bill, softball for Rebecca (this is her last week!), laundry, Jacob school, school for Rebecca, Benjamin has speech therapy, Ben has a WIC appointment, and then there is the everyday things like cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, etc. 

Currently reading::

   

On the TV this week::::  19 Kids and Counting, football (I will probably watch college mostly, as the NFL is almost becoming unwatchable), baseball (playoffs are coming!), and tomorrow night is the season premiere of the new season of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD". 


The weather outside is::: Supposed to be in the 70s all week. I will take it. 


On the menu this week:::: I have decided to have a mini freezer challenge, as I want/need to use up what we have in our freezer so that I can defrost it before winter sets in. So this week are meals will be using what we have. On our list this week is: 


Monday: Eggs, sausage patties, hash browns, english muffins and fruit
Tuesday: Sandwiches/ fend for your self (Rebecca has softball)
Wednesday: Soft tacos, corn, green beans
Thursday: meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, broccoli rice augratin, broccoli
Friday: pizza and fruit
Saturday and Sunday are up in the air because of softball tournament times...

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:::: decide on cake designs for cakes I need to make in the next few weeks. 


Favorite photo from the camera::::




Praying for:::: My husband as he is dealing with some health/ depression issues.  

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating me with at the moment:::: 


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Thanks Sandra for hosting! Hope everyone has a great week! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

6 years ago today

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6 years ago today, we lost our first son. In the early morning hours of September 21, 2008, our son Travis Omar was born silently into Heaven. I remember that day in such vivid detail, almost as if it was in slow motion. I felt like I was in a really bad dream and it was really bad, but it was reality.

At the time, the doctors did not know what had caused Travis to die in my womb. When I passed the placenta after I gave birth to Travis, the doctor said there looked to be a blood clot behind the placenta. Fast forward to when I was pregnant with Benjamin, I had to be monitored extra closely because the placenta had implanted right next to a rather large fibroid. My OB/GYN said that that may have been what happened with Travis--that the placenta attached partially to a fibroid, cutting off nutrition and eventually separating. As soon as she said those words to me, I knew in my heart that that is what had happened. Don't ask me how I know, but I know.
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I still don't know why. I still question and have a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I wouldn't wish what we went through on anyone, not even my worst enemy. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Travis. Rebecca knows that she has a brother in Heaven. I remember the first year after, there were several times that she would point or look at the ceiling and make some reference to her brother. I truly believe that he is the guardian angel to Rebecca, Jacob and Benjamin.

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In loving memory of Travis Omar, born silently into Heaven September 21, 2008.