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The Snowy One & Look Ahead

Oh my,where do I even start!?

You know how your kids get overwhelmed with glee about things and string incoherent sentences about various elements regarding each excitable topic!?

Yeah, that’s me.

Sure, it’s Monday, but next week is Thanksgiving!

We just have to tackle this giant and challenging week ahead of us to get to a short week of family, relaxation, ridiculously delicious food, and sweet bliss.


Can we please get excited!?


Sooo I want to tell you about how much it snowed.

In Oklahoma.

In November (because it never happens).

However I think we should start with Friday and lead up to the white stuff.


Oh my stars.

So, Will is a huge Garth Brooks fan.

Like super big man crush.

Back in the 90s my guy had boots, tight jeans, and a fancy cowboy hat.

Um he even had a license plate cover that said “Kountry.”

With a K.

Real life.

Thank God the good Lord intercepted our paths after this phase.

Anyway, while the boots and hat have been retired, his life for Garth stuck.

You may know he is touring again. He will be in Tulsa in January, and tickets went on sale Friday morning.

They sold out in minutes, but Will managed to score tickets.

Incase your wondering, he’s happy in a scary way right now.

Like, I want him to dial it back a little.

Anyway, that’s how Friday started.

Friday night was busy. We got our cars detailed last week, so we had to rush to the shop to pick them up before they closed. Then it was off to run a few more errands.

The rest of the evening was quiet and relaxing.

Saturday was tons o fun! Will and his friends scheduled a big paintball outing weeks ago, so that’s what he did almost all day.

Check out this mean mug.

Paintball face

I had big plans for the day, too.

I did a crazy leg circuit complete with cardio, too.

After getting cleaned up, I headed to my sister’s house to make chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes with her and Layla!

Only… I mis-measured one of the ingredients, which led to super thick pancakes that didn’t flip easily.

Pumpkin pancake massacre

Or at all.

Sooo we made delicious muffins instead!

So so so good.

The save: delicious pumpkin muffins

I spent the rest of the morning hanging out there and enjoying time with the girls I love.

Beyond blessed by this smiley gal

I came home early that afternoon and did laundry and a few other not so exciting chores.

Will got home, grinning from ear to ear. It’s an understatement to say he had a good time. He had a blast!

He was tired from his strenuous day dodging paintballs, so we stayed in and watched some college football.

We watched the news and knew snow was in the forecast, so we decided to sleep in and go to a later church service, or do church online if it looked like it was going to be slick.

I set my alarm for 6:30 to get up and workout.

Yeah… I didn’t get up until 8:30!

It’s been a long time since I’ve slept so late, but it felt wonderful.

We tuned on the TV to catch the weather and decided to stay in for the day.

Oh my, it was fantastic.

Snow day! ❄️

Sure, I’d get stir crazy if I had to do it for several days, but snow days are the bees knees in my book.

The only thing better would have been if work was cancelled today smile

We watched church service online and spent the rest of the day completely nesting. I made a giant lot of soup for the week, and we just hung out and were “forced” to relax. I’ll take it!

I even sneaked in a workout at home, leaving me feeling quite accomplished. Haha

So now we are back to Monday. A long week, and I have a full plate.

The good news is that I’ve got some fun stuff lined up.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead this week:

Tuesday Things
Thanksgiving Prep Workout
November Ipsy
Ezra Ten (the last chapter!)

Here’s to a good day and happy thoughts for next week! 

The One with the Birthday Party & Look Ahead

Happy November, sweets!


How can it already be!?

I sure hope you had a wonderful weekend full of warmth and fun. Tell me tell me!

Overall, mine was pretty delightful.

Friday was busy with Will’s mom’s birthday party prep, and Will and I didn’t get home until late. We missed all the Elsas and Lego men.

After my errands that evening, I made a salad and my favorite homemade dressing for Saturday.

Thankfully Will helped me out and picked up the pretty cake we ordered.

Only, we got home and they completely used the wrong frosting. :(

Will didn’t realize what I ordered, so he obviously didn’t say anything when he picked it up. I was kind of bummed about it, but decided to make lemonade (it was still delicious).

Saturday came early, as I decided to hit the gym before the day was underway. I did my weak in the knees workout, and also made some time to hit the elliptical.

Afterward I got ready, and it was off to grandmother’s house we went!

To grandmothers house we go!

We enjoyed the road trip and even caught some of the Sooner game on the radio before arriving. Birthday girl

The party was wonderful. It’s always nice to see Will’s family. I am very blessed to have married into such a good family.

We ate, caught up, and enjoyed a DVD Will’s dad had put together for the birthday girl. It was fun to see all her old pictures over the years.

We enjoyed birthday cake, college football, and more visiting with one another.

We headed out late that afternoon, knowing we would see them again soon with the upcoming holidays on the horizon!

Saturday evening we watched some more football and caught up on a couple shows.

Aaaand ate more cake.
The after party
Real life. 

We went to bed around 9:30, but with the time change it was really like we went to bed at 8:30. Wonderful. smile

We went to church Sunday and spent a lot of time with the Bigs the rest of the morning. It was pretty chilly yesterday, and they loved the cooler temps and we’re all energy!

Afterward, I planned to get some food prep done, only I noticed the stuff in our freezer wasn’t very cold.

Aaaand sure enough, I was right.

When it rains, it pours, right?

We kept the fridge and freezer closed for the rest of the day.

What is it about a refrigerator that’s off limits that gives you the insatiable urge to want to eat everything that’s inside!?

Everything. Even condiments seemed appealing! Haha

I got a tad stressed out, because I just bought $100 worth of groceries sitting within, and I was going to be really bummed if things spoiled.

I’m so thankful for my parents and being able to stash our stuff there. Thankfully the fridge is holding by a thread and we kept everything at home, but are having someone come out to take a look today.

Saying a prayer it’s benign and easy to fix! The fun of adulthood.

I was so blessed to get to chat with a friend yesterday, oh how I needed it! It felt good to share my heart and hear what was on hers. We prayed together, and I felt so strengthened by our talk.

So there you have it!

Now onto the week ahead.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Homemade Granola
-Candy Coma Workout
-Thursday Things
-Ezra Eight

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and start this week strong! 

50 things I did on my day off

Here’s an ever so thrilling look at my day off last Friday. smile

1. Got up early
2. Debated whether or not I wanted to run.
3. Decided I didn’t want to run
4. Ran anyway.
5. Cried.
6. Got home, made a shake. Girls, I make a mean shake.
7. Realized my license expires this month.
8. Thought about how much I really didn’t want to get a new license.
9. Decided I really didn’t have a choice.
10. Contemplated how ready I needed to get in order to get a picture taken.
11. Decided to get semi-ready.
12. Realized that was ridiculous. I’m getting a license picture! Decided to actually get ready.
13. Decided all license pictures look bad no matter how ready one gets, decided to go halfway.
14. Got my new license. The picture turned out fair. Surprisingly, I look way darker than I really am. I’ll take it.
15. Went to Zam Zams for lunch with P!
16. Missed Kuwait. That place always makes me nostalgic.
17. Mulled over the menu. Too many choices.
18. Settled on the veggie platter. They use “veggie platter” very loosely.
19. Enjoyed P’s company. Talked tons.
20. Ate almost my entire “veggie” platter. Gosh I love hummus and baba ghanoush (Told you they used the word veggie loosely).
21. Said goodbye and headed to the grocery store.
22. Tried to find a decent parking space
23. Gave up and parked in the back.
24. Got a cart.
25. It proceeded to lock up and squeal like nails on a chalkboard.
26. Got another cart. It didn’t squeak as bad… I’m destined to get every bad cart.
27. Contemplated breakfast foods.
28. Settled on oats, as usual. I’m so old boring. One day I’m going to get totally wild snd come home with some bold and exciting. Like Grapenuts. (HELP ME)
29. Finished up, paid, and even saved a couple dollars in coupons. Woo hoo!
30. Unloaded groceries, made a special dessert for Will.
31. Cried because it smelled so good.
32. “Evened out the frosting” by eating it.
33. Went and saw my mom and Layla.
34. Played barbies
35. Talked about all that was going on (with my mom mostly… A little with Layla too. smile )
36. Initiated some deep and meaningful artwork from the Olivia coloring book.
37. Got slightly annoyed that Layla kept taking all the colors I wanted and wouldn’t let me finish my masterpiece.
38. Realized how ridiculous I was being.
39. Decided to give myself a pass. I mean, how often do I get to color!?
40. Went home, spent some time reading Isaiah and in prayer.
41. Woo hoo! Will came home. Greeted Will.
42. Scolded the dogs for being way to loud and rambunctious for his arrival. But seriously- dog greetings are the best.
43. Drove to the Honda shop to pick up our beloved oldie Honda.
44. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Awesome.
45. Made a giant plate of roasted vegetables for dinner. Was in heaven. Will, not so much.
46. Served Will his dessert.
47. Evened out the piece a little by eating some off the edge. You know, to help make it look prettier.
48. Had a rice cake. Totally the same as Will’s dessert. Except not at all the same as Will’s dessert.
49. Watched a show on the couch with Will and the pups.
50. Washed my face, flossed, brushed my teeth, took my vitamins and called it a night. I needed my rest for the OU-TCU road trip Saturday!

Whew. So you now know all the exciting events of my most recent day off. smile What are you up to today?

Check in tomorrow for Ezra chapter four! 

The Sneezy One & Look Ahead

This past weekend was dictated by allergies.

Is anyone else completely mouth breathing and nose blowing every twelve minutes?


Halfway through the weekend I ran out of tissues and just started carrying around a roll of toilet paper.

Halfway through the weekend I ran out of tissues and just gave up altogether. #allergies


Oh, and hi.

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday. Heh heh

Anyway, hopefully you had a healthful weekend full of fun fall activities.

OU was on a bye, so we got a small break before hitting it hard again. I’ll take it!

As we head into the weekend recap, I have to lead with how much my dogs hate by brother in law.

It’s so strange!

We first got the pups while home on vacation from Kuwait way back in 2006 (so long ago!).

the babies

My BIL was still a young vet student, and I remember him goofing around and giving our little teeny pups a big scare by barking menacingly.

They hated him from the start. He never had a chance.

What’s weird, is that he’s only seen them a small handful of times since the 2006 incident.

Let’s be real here.

While I love my Boz and Lucy, Maltese are not exactly the most intelligent breeds when stacked up against the others.

But they sure are cute!

Anyway, it’s hilarious that my goofy airhead dogs can still remember their hatred for him after all these years and such infrequent encounters.

Or maybe it’s that they know he’s a vet?

I have no idea.

Anyway, when he stayed with us last week, they went absolutely bananas.

Good times.

Anyway, the weekend was sneezy but restful. I was off Friday and started the day working my back, biceps, and shoulders.

I even did some cardio. Woo hoo! smile

I spent the entire morning cleaning house, and the afternoon hanging out with my mom and Layla.

The afternoon was much better than the morning!

Will got home earlier than expected, which made me happy!

Soon after, we set out to pick up our car from the shop. Will and I had to get some work done on the old ‘98 Honda, and it was ex-pen-sive.

The fun of being an adult. Ha!

Will went to the OSU game with his brother the night before and got home super late, so Friday night was low key and ended early!

Saturday morning started early.

No rest for the weary.

Will worked the morning, and I headed to the gym.

My legs are still paying for that session!

I didn’t do any new exercises but just completely reversed the order, and it made a difference!

I hobbled my tired legs to the treadmill and also managed to do 30 minutes of cardio, too. I’m committed to these fall goals!

The highlight was when me, my mom, and my dad were all in a line running on the treadmills. Family affair at the gym y’all!

Then if was on to tea and coffee with P and Layla! It was a beautiful morning and perfect for sitting outside.

I even spent half an hour reaping the benefits of my dad’s hard labor. He went crawling in the attic to retrieve some of the ancient Barbie stuff they kept from our childhood.

Oh my goodness. Fun times. I meant to take a picture but totally forgot.

I’m pretty sure P and I were even more excited than Layla. Haha

After that, it was boring errands and such.

Soooo, with Will’s recent schedule, he’s had a Saturday afternoon ritual of coming home from work and taking a nap.

Will, bless his heart, likes me to rest with him.

And guys, I try, I really do.

I just can’t.

I can’t take a nap smack dab in the middle of a Saturday afternoon with things to do or enjoy.

Nonetheless I still try, but I’m terrible. I’m like a 5 year old boy who just loaded himself up on an entire box of fruit snacks.

I try to quietly multitask on my phone, but inevitably I accidentally push the home button too hard and inquiry Siri, which wakes Will.

Or I’ll try and quietly sneak out, which wakes Will.

Or I’ll even do nothing and really try hard to go to sleep. I’ll doze for about 15 minutes, and then wake up, and try to position myself somehow in a way that will allow me to fall asleep again.

Which inevitably wakes Will.

You get the picture.

We are getting off track, and taking forever to recap a rather quiet weekend.

In fact, let’s get fast forward a bit and take a look at what’s coming up this week!

-Tuesday Things
-Why I love working out part two
-The art of female face shaving (not kidding!)
-Ezra chapter three

I have lots of fun things planned this week, and I hope you’ll stop by.

Now off to blow my nose A-GAIN. Here’s to a day full of blessings, mouth breathing and all. smile

September Ipsy Review!

It’s September Ipsy time!

As usual, Ipsy didn’t disappoint.

This month’s theme was Street Style, which naturally left me feeling all urban and hip.

Except not really, because I’m neither. smile

Anyway, here’s the cute bag everything came in.

Sept ipsy

Super cute and very urban chic. smile

Let’s discuss the goodies inside!

Here’s a look at the Crown Brush Infinity shadow and crease brush.

Sept ipsy

I’ve gotten a couple brushes from Ipsy and appreciate the length of time between. While they’re great and will definitely be used, who needs a new brush every few months?

Anyway, glad to have this one.

I also got this Pacifica eyeliner in gun metal.


I have really liked every single Pacifica item I’ve gotten through Ipsy. Their stuff is great.

As mentioned before, I’m not the biggest fan of pencils.

It’s not the pencil.

It’s me.

Totally me.

Still, this eyeliner is very pretty. It goes on easily, smoothly, and lasts all day.

I got this Cailyn tinted tip gloss in love affair

Sept ipsy

Girls, it’s a deep beautiful red.

Sept ipsy

Can we discuss?

Will loathes bright lipstick, which is a shame, really, because- hello! Bright lipstick!

Anyway, I get to indulge my love of bright and deep reds during OU football season.

Will, God love him. I know he thinks it’s ridiculous, but he doesn’t say a word.

Plus, I’m painted up with thousands of other ladies across the stadium.

I’m in good company.

Anyway, this deep red color is beautiful and definitely noticeable for a gloss. It’s going to get plenty of use during football season. smile

Check out this mini Mitchell and Peach luxury hand creme


The tube looks luxurious, but to be honest, I felt the lotion left something to be desired.

When I think of “luxury hand cream,” I’m thinking complex, rich scents with different layers. Unfortunately, this cream was pretty wimpy.

The scent is nice, very light, but not exactly “luxurious,” in my opinion.

The good news is that it made my hands soft and felt wonderful going on, so I suppose that’s part of the luxurious experience?

Anyway, it’s perfect for my purse and will get plenty of use.

Finally, I got this mini Nourish Organic moisturizing cream face wash.

Sept ipsy

This was something unexpected, and I was happy to see it!

It foams nicely, and definitely left my skin feeling nice and clean. When it came to it’s moisturizing capabilities, I also felt like it was true to its claim.

I like that it’s travel size, and I will definitely be toting it along on my next overnight trip.

Here’s a look at the price breakout:

Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eyeliner: $5.50. 

Crown Brush C475 Crease Shadow $17.99

Cailyn Cosmetics Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss Stick $19.00

Mitchell and Peach luxury hand creme- $8.50

Nourish Organic Face Cleanser- $3(?)

So there you have it! The September Ipsy. It was definitely a winner.

Check in tomorrow for our Ezra study!

posted in PDub bullet permalink bullet 9.25.2014

The Sleepover One & Look Ahead

Hey sweets!

How is it already Monday?!


This weekend flew by, and I’m beginning today wondering just where the heck it went!

Before we get to Friday night, can we please laugh at how many beverages I have handy on any given Friday!?

Drinking problem


I think there’s literally about 100 ounces of liquid between all these cups.

Moving on…

Friday night Will’s dad came to stay with us! He and Will went to the OU-Tulsa game Saturday, so he stayed with us so they could leave out together early the next morning.

We ate dinner and talked about his days growing up in Tulsa. He has lots of good stories.

Saturday morning started early. I hit the gym while Will and his dad headed to Tulsa.

Later that morning I went to Life Church to gather together with hundreds of other women for SISTERS! It’s a yearly event where women gather together for a time of worship and teaching.

This year Amy Groeschel spoke, and I was so blessed. She had such a gentle demeanor, yet is still able to command a crowd. I love her and I love her heart!

She spoke about standing firm in this day and time. To yield to God daily, and resist the devil.

Afterward I came home and got some stuff done and then headed to P’s for a sleepover party! Woo hoo!

We had such a fun time. We didn’t so anything exciting but it was just fun hanging out and not having anywhere to be afterward.

We are pizza, watched The Wiggles, contemplated the YouTuber “Disney Collector” (who is this chick and is anyone else creeped out?), and explored bizarre beauty rituals. Real life.

Girls night

Far different than our Chicago sleepovers, but still so fun in their own right.

Oh- and we had the most delicious pie EVER for breakfast. It was like a team of grandmas got together and created the most heavenly version of every berry pie imaginable, combined it, and tripled the butter and sugar.



Thankfully (?) we shared the piece so I didn’t feel as terribly afterward.

I am so glad we hung out and I can’t wait until we can again!

I came home to a house full of men. Will’s dad stayed Saturday night too, and wasn’t feeling the greatest so he ended up sleeping a little longer and having breakfast with us.

He got on the road late morning and Will and I kicked off the afternoon watching football and prepping for the week ahead.

I also managed to do Insanity. I will say pie isn’t the best pre-workout fuel. smile

Another long week ahead, but thankfully I have some fun stuff coming up!

Let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

-Tuesday Things
-Everything Works, Nothing Works Forever
-Things I’m Loving Thursday
-An intro to Ezra

That’s all my friends! Check in tomorrow! 

Thursday Confessions: 26 June 2014

Soooo, today’s post is a confessional of sorts.

Just a few random facts or things you should probably know as we continue to be internet friends.

For example, I am seriously sensitive to heat.

(Read: I rain from my head.)

I totally wilt.

I sweat buckets.

It’s embarrassing!

Softball games should be a blast this summer.

I get kind of stressed out about outdoor functions during the summer. So, if you want to invite me to one, please make sure we can mingle outdoors or indoors so I don’t faint and totally ruin your party vibe.

Or you could have them at like 9:30 at night when it drops to 90 instead of 120.

Although, that’s sort of near my bedtime so…

I kind of totally hate parking garages.

Mainly because:

1. I’m kind of terrible at driving and parking. “Oh hey, I know! Let’s put Brittny in a confined, dark, crowded space and make her do both!”


2. I’ve watched way too much TV. Seriously- we all know no good comes from these places.

It drives me batty when Will leaves a tiny single shred of toilet paper instead of simply changing out the roll like every adult in the world knows to do.

Seriously, what am I supposed to do with that thin piece of nothingness? Sheesh.

One of my favorite movies is Ever After.

I think Drew Barrymore is stunning in it, and I fall in love with the good guys in the movie every time I watch it.

I heart the Jose Gonzalez Pandora station at night as I get ready for bed, contemplative days, when I’m doing mundane chores, or during rainy weather.

To this day, I still love the King of Queens.

If you read my blog during the Kuwait days, you know Will and binge watched the box sets. Every now and then I’ll catch it on Nick at Nite and have to watch.

I am also a big fan of Top Gear.

Not the US Knockoff.

The original, British-based show that’s been on for-ev-er. Even if you’re not a big car person (I’m not), the show is still pretty great.

I was an only child for seven years before P came along, and I was boss-sy.

Britt-5 yrs old & ready for school

Like super duper bossy.

Hearing stories about myself back then crack me up because I don’t think I have a single bossy bone in my body.

Where did that girl go? I could probably use a little of her spunk.

Oh, and I realize the “B” word is a little controversial these days.

Don’t worry. I wasn’t saying bossy and meaning I had great leadership skills.

I was straight bossy. B-O-S-S-Y.

There’s a difference.

Maybe having a little sister changed me a bit?

My face in this pic. Ahahahaha

Brittny & Carissa-2 weeks old

I pretty much love the 80s.

I was born just a tad too late to really have enjoyed it in all it’s acid washed, Goonies, Nintendo glory, though. smile

When I was 19, Will made me get my first “real” job.

Will & Brittny-Feb 2003

Okay, he didn’t make me, but I always like to tell him he did.

After all, I was 19. It was about darn time.

I laugh because at the time, I was working as a nanny and also helping my Mary Kay director fill orders and keep up with her books. They were both very fluid jobs, not “real” ones with a hard set schedule and a monthly paycheck with taxes and all that grown up crap.

I totally argued that I already had a “real” job. In fact I was working two “real” jobs. Haha

The truth is, though, having a “real” job came in handy as we prepared to get married.

Not a confession, but still worth saying- I love Jesus so very much.

There was a long time on this blog when I kept my faith separate from my posts, and it was wrong for me to do so. I can’t keep it separate anymore because my life isn’t segmented from Him anymore. He is my life, and I can’t help but have Him come out in all facets now.

Just some fun facts to share today. Any of your own fun facts you care to share?

The One with Sushi & Look Ahead

Hi friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of relaxation so we’re ready to tackle the week ahead.

Mine was great, and I’ll hit the highlights!

I have to backtrack to Thursday because we were able to get a sneak peek to see the Son of God movie!


The movie was beautiful, and I definitely encourage anyone to see it. Will and I go to bed super early, so it was a late night for us! smile

Friday morning came early. I was up at 4 that morning worrying about things, which left me feeling exhausted. More to come on all that that soon, though. (Teaser haha)

The rest of the day, however was wonderful. I had a belated birthday celebration for my sister on Friday night! Here’s a pic before we headed out.

Sushi Outing!

(Aside from the fact that I look exhausted from no sleep!) I look like I’m towering over my sister in this picture. haha I’m a few inches taller than her, but I was also wearing boots so I guess it added some more height. I look like a giant! haha

We enjoyed a boatload of sushi.


Like, it comes in a boat and everything. It was absolutely delicious. It was so nice to get to spend time together. I love that we can talk about anything and everything and not be afraid of how the other person will take it. It was a great time.

Afterward, I spent a few minutes playing with Layla. Check out my fancy hair headband. haha

Layla's hair headbands. Very fancy

Friday night confirmed I am an old woman because after a big dinner and a little wine, I was exhausted. In bed before 10.


Saturday was full of busyness. I got up early and hit the gym. Because of my schedule this week, I did at home workouts all week. Saturday was the first time I went to the gym all week, so I did a full body weight lifting workout. I kept it short and sweaty and was done in about an hour.

Afterward, Will and I got out and about and ran lots of errands. It was a busy day, full of crowds. Blah.

Thankfully, though, the evening was much low key. I even got some fun work done!


I can’t wait to tell you about it soon.

Yesterday I woke up to this!


Snow and sleet. It made for a quiet day in, which was a nice break after yesterday. I prepped food, did laundry, blogged, and spent some time with Will which was nice.

It was frigid out, so the bigs got to spend the day in their kennels and inside. We bought fluffy beds for them and, um, they were in doggie heaven. Look how happy Teddy is!

Happy Teddy

Pretty cute.

Let’s move on to meals and workouts for this week.

This week we’re having:

-Vegetable lasagna
-Stuffed sweet potatoes
-Fried rice

As for workouts this week:

Mon-Full body weight circuit
W- Cardio
F-Back, Biceps, & Shoulders
Sa- Legs
Su-Chest, Triceps, Shoulders

Now onto posts!

-Mastering the 3 Minute Breakfast


-Thursday Confessions

-Something you might want to try

I’d love for you to check in this week! Now off to conquer Monday! 

The One with the IF Conference & Look Ahead

Hi friends!

I have to start today’s post by wishing P a very special and happy 24th birthday.


I can’t believe she’s already 24. It makes me feel really old. smile

We’re celebrating with a sushi date this weekend and I can’t wait!

But let’s stay on target with this weekend. smile

The weekend was full of lots of action, thanks to an amazing IF conference. I can’t wait to share everything with you, girls. Instead of doing a recap today, I wanted to keep this post succinct and informative.

Though, we all know by now there’s still a chance I may veer off a bit. smile

I plan to share more of this past weekend with you on Friday, however I want to do the post justice.

For that reason, I didn’t want to rush to get it ready for today when there are a lot of things I’m still processing!

Plus, since I had the conference Friday and all day Saturday, I got absolutely none of my normal weekend stuff done, so I need to spend some time the next few days doing those things!

My poor laundry pile…

For that reason, let’s dive into food, workouts, and upcoming posts!

This week we’re having Skinny Taste’s crockpot sesame chicken (I’m having tofu). I like to serve it in a bowl with rice and broccoli.

We’re also having pasta arabiata with whole wheat penne this week, as well as and brisket, potatoes, squash, and (unhealthy!) cheddar bay biscuits. I’m having fish instead brisket that night.

As for workouts, they’re going to be a little different this week.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek into the new Son of God movie one night this week (so so excited!), so we will be getting home late. I hope to do my cardio sessions at the start of the week, and finish with back and biceps at the gym on Thursday, and then finish the week with my usual weight lifting sessions.

That’s the plan, so here’s to sticking to it!

Here’s a look at this week’s posts!

-How to combat nighttime craving

-Getting a grip on your workout

-February Ipsy

-IF Conference Recap

-and a blog birthday!

Check in this week, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

posted in Annoying Weekly Updates,PDub bullet permalink bullet 2.24.2014

Christmastime Memories (in very random order)

Hi friends!

Christmas Eve, one of my favorite days.

I took off, and am so glad I did. There’s lots to do! We’re having Christmas with my family today, and I’m looking forward to it.

Since I know today is usually a pretty busy day for everyone, I thought it might be fun just to highlight some of the favorite Christmas memories over the years.

I have been blessed to have a lot of good Christmas memories, so here are just some random ones that came to mind, in absolutely no order.

I remember Christmas when I was like 6 or 7 my mom had someone in her hometown make me my very own Barbie dream house.

It was HUGE and amazing. It had real carpet (like real as in the kind you have in your house) on the floors, super cool stairs, wallpaper and everything. It was impressive. It’s like the guy took his own house and just small scaled it.

Um, I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to dig a picture out so you guys can see this place.

I want to live inside it.

I also remember one special Christmas when my parents took me and P to Disney World as our present that year.

It was such a fun trip and I have such wonderful memories from being there…aside from the fact that I was totally sick most of the time and instead of looking for rides on the Magic Kingdom guide maps we sought out bathrooms.

I remember a lot of late night fun times over the Christmas break in general just watching some of my favorite 80s movies like Uncle Buck, Adventures in Babysitting, Blues Brothers (and tons more)… lots of good times over the years. In fact, I think I need to revive this tradition.

I remember being pretty young and my dad being in the field one year around Christmastime (he was in the army) and my mom and I singing Christmas carols around beautiful candlelight. Funny what you remember when you’re young! But that was a good memory, too.

Then there were the multiple trips to Colorado and Iowa to spend Christmases with family over the years. Lots of funny memories with my cousins. It’s been decades since we’ve had the entire family together for Christmases like that, since everyone has their own families now, but as a kid those trips were so fun.

Christmases before cellphones. Did they even exist? wink I remember getting the coolest phone ever to go in my room so I could chat with my friends in peace. It lit up with these super cool neon lights.

Those were the days. Remember when we discovered three way and we could call another friend so we could all talk at the same time?


While we were in Kuwait, we came home two out of the three Christmases.

If you ever read my blog back then, you know I lived for that time. My heart ached for that vacation, and it was always so special! Will and I did a lot of fun things over those Christmas vacations.

From going to a Vikings game to see Adrian Peterson, shopping at the Mall of America a couple times, eating ridiculous amounts of Perkins muffins, going to Arizona for the Fiesta bowl, to lots of good relaxing days at home with his family. We always had a wonderful time. 

happy sooner couple- pre-loss

I remember our first married Christmas, totally poor. smile

I was still in school that year, and I had a part time job at the university transcripts office (baller).

I remember coming home one Friday, opening the door, and seeing the most majestic tree in our living room! It was such a wonderful surprise, and such a good memory. It was so thoughtful of Will to surprise me with a Christmas tree that year, which is yet another reason why I’m glad we dragged the dang thing out.

2004 first married Christmas

Our first Christmas as a couple was just as special. We were only dating for about a month, but it was already serious by then if you can believe it. Did I ever tell you guys what he did for Christmas that year?

It breaks my heart every time I think about it.

For Christmas that year he told his family that he wanted nothing but money so he could buy me a necklace he wanted me to have.


What a sacrificial gift, and one of the reasons I Iove him so very much.  I definitely got far better than I deserved.

And incase you’re wondering, I still wear the necklace all the time.

OU-ND pre game

Here’s a pic of our first Christmas together and the first time I met Will’s extended family. We are such babies!

Aw, those cute kids look so young and in love and dumb. ha ha

The Christmas before Will and I got married, my parents wanted to take one last “family” trip before I got hitched, so we went on a cruise to Cozumel.

It was such a good time, and I can’t believe it was 11 years ago. It makes me feel so old!

Check out my super cool hair that I got done while in Mexico.

2003 Cozumel cruise and questionable hair decisions in Mexico

Please NEVER let me do that again.

Just a few years ago Will and I spent Christmas day in the Frozen Tundra to cheer on the Packers.

We went to a game back in 2005 and froze our fannies!

at the game

We definitely came prepared on the next trip.

Go Pack Go

In addition to Christmas Day in Green Bay, we also spent some time in Minneapolis Christmas shopping at the Mall of America.

I remember the one Christmas we celebrated in Kuwait.

It was a little depressing since we were in a country that didn’t celebrate the holiday, but we still made the most of it. In fact, the Sultan Center (comparable to Walmart) had lots of Christmas decorations.

We also had Christmas eve at the Terrace Grill, which was one of our favorite places to eat. It was decorated so beautifully, and it helped to really make that Christmas special even though we were so far from our usual traditions. Plus, my parents did not go back to the states that year either, which made it even better.


Then there’s so many of the usual traditions, like looking over your new loot and assembling your toys that morning, eating tons of Christmas goodies, candelight services, and baking Jesus a birthday cake.

You get the drift.

This Christmas will be like so many others.

We will spend Christmas eve day with my family, opening gifts and having a late lunch. Christmas day will be spent travelling to Will’s grandparent’s house for brunch with the whole family.

Unfortunately, we have to work the following day but let’s not think about that.

I’m looking forward to these days.

Now that I’ve inundated you with some of my good Christmas memories, what are some of yours? Ready? Go!

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