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Thursday Things, 16 Jan 14

1. Sooo, I gave a new recipe a try last weekend.

It was supposed to be easy and delicious.

And it was…

Sort of.

Halfway through baking I realized I had a problem.

Recipe fail

Fail.

The dough you see curved around like a winding river was supposed to be folded and encompassing the inside goodness.

Like a pocket.

Eh, only not so much.

Recipe fail

Yummy, not pretty.

2. Last week our Life Group went bowling, and look what happened.

Actually happened

Yes, it’s true.

How it did, I have no idea, but it makes me laugh.

3. I’ve gotta get organized ya’ll!

It’s ridiculous. Will continues to own the office (for now). I need to find a shoe rack for our closet to help free up some extra space so he can move his gigantic paintball duffle bags into our closet, which sounds easy right?

Eh, not really.

There are like a billion different kinds of shoe racks. Who knew?

4. Have you guys started thinking about Super Bowl food yet?

I know- it’s early.
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I’m crazy.

But yeah, totally thinking about it.

5. Sooo..  I was thinking about sending out weekly emails with happy thoughts, inspiration, and scripture to some of my girlfriends.

Nothing spam-y, nothing that needs a response, and nothing annoying. Would you be interested in getting them? Comment below or shoot me a note and I would absolutely love to add you.

That’s all for now friends! Happy, healthy, Thursday. Check in tomorrow!

The One Where the Tree Stayed Up & Look Ahead

Aaand, now we’re back to the totally predictable Monday updates.

I bet I don’t even need to give you guys one, right? In fact, I bet you could probably write these for me!.

But since we’re here, why mess with tradition?

Weekend update it is.

Friday was pretty boring. We had a late night Thursday because of the OU Sugar Bowl victory (and I’m still pretty pumped about it), which naturally meant we oldies were tired all day Friday.

That meant an early night! Seriously- a really early one. Like before 9.

I’m so old.

Saturday came early, since Will put in a few hours. That usually means I hit the gym and clean the house before he gets home. However, this week was a little unique compared to most (and I plan on sharing sometime soon), so no workout that day.

I actually ended up going back to sleep all the way until 8! It felt really good. I was pretty wiped and needed the rest.

I got up and managed to vacuum, dust a couple things, and get a load of laundry started.

Afterward, I got around and headed to the salon to get my hair done.

I love these days, aside from the time it takes. I prefer to go on a weeknight, but my stylist is having a baby this week so I was glad she could fit me in!

Same color as last time, a little on the darker side compared to the blonde-blonde I sported most of last year. It felt so good to get fresh brows, too! They needed a wax.

Red just waxed eyebrows and all.

New hair

By the time I got done, I was well into my Saturday.

I came home and watched the Army All American Game to see if OU picked up any recruits. There was one kid in particular they wanted (as well as 50 other schools!), so Will was glued to the TV.

I think we were both pretty surprised when he put on an OU hat! So exciting for the program. Between that and the Sugar Bowl, it was a good week to be an OU fan. smile

Afterward, we went straight into the Colts playoff game, which was a bit of a nail-biter! So glad they squeaked by.

After the Colts, it was the Eagles and Saints. Saturday should just be labeled, “Football Saturday.” Because really, that’s pretty much all we did. I managed to get a little multitasking accomplished and posted on Saturday too. What?

I know, right?

What I didn’t do, however was this:

Defluffed, but still out. Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year

Pathetic.

Good thing I decided not to stop procrastinating in the new year.

As you can see, I did manage to de-fluff and get it ready for dismantlement.

But that was it.

One more week is okay, right?

Don’t answer that.

We woke up to a light dusting of snow yesterday!

Snow! And dogs

Because of the late football game, we missed Saturday night church, which meant Sunday instead.

We made a quick trip downtown, placed a deposit down on the couch we want to reserve it when it finally comes in, and had lunch at Ted’s.

Pretty productive I’d say, despite the whole leaving the tree up part, of course. 

The rest of Sunday was devoted to prepping meals, laundry, and blogging.

We’re very exciting.

Meals this week are finally totally back to normal now that we’re past New Year’s week.

This week we’re having:

-Eggplant parmigan

-Jambalaya

-Chicken fried rice (we have that a lot around here. smile)

Workouts are the same as usual, and it feels good to hit all the muscle groups this week!

-Monday-Off

-Tuesday- Boot camp cardio

-Wednesday- One of my at-home workouts

-Thursday- Off

-Friday- Back, Biceps, Shoulder Abs

-Saturday- Legs & Abs

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders

And posts? I didn’t forget about those.

This week we’ll be talking about

-Sweet treats

-Getting out of our fitness comfort zones in the New Year

-Managing our pies

and more!

So check in tomorrow. Until then? Let’s tackle this first week we have without a holiday.

Beating the January Blues

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Well my friends, it’s January 2nd.

The vacation days are done, the gatherings are over, and the decorations are put up (um or about to be).

It’s official, I have a case of the January Blues.

I experience this every year, and perhaps you do a little too? The days are short, the anticipation of Christmas and New Years is a whole year away, it’s cold as crap,no OU football, and no major holiday in sight.

Sigh…

Will and I spent a good portion of yesterday totally relaxing and being lazy, and gearing up for the work day ahead. We also talked about the January Blues and the importance of staying focused and having things to look forward to during the morose winter months.

I think that’s key in getting over the January Blues. Having things to look forward to, even if t’s something as small as having a weekly date with yourself, friends, or significant other.

We took a look at our calendars and planned a few days off- even ones way late in the year. We also talked about a vacation this year, which has me upbeat too! We decided to postpone my 30th birthday trip to this year instead of last year, and I really need to buckle down and decide what the heck we’re going to do!

Definitely something to get excited about.

Another way I get through the January Blues is keeping consistent.

And I don’t mean consistently keeping the blues. smile

I mean, sticking to your usual routine (assuming it’s a healthy one!). These cold winter days can make it hard to get up in the mornings.

Um, warm bed or frigid cold car on the way to the gym?

See what I mean?

Getting up is the entire battle, but once I do, I’m glad I did.

Keeping consistent with my usual workout regimen goes a long way to keeping me focused on my ongoing goals. Consistency is key!

Finally, I keep my mind on what’s important.

Prayer, positive messages, and scripture, are such valuable tools in helping to beat January blues. Psalms offer praise, and are a great place to start. I find in being positive and counting blessings I have more joy during these January days.

I like to keep short one page devotional and inspirational message books in my desk to keep me grounded throughout the day. Taking 15 seconds to read verses can go a long way in making the next 8 hours easier.

So that’s my plan of action. What do you do to beat the January Blues?

2013 Year in Review

I did this last year, and thought it would be good to do it again this year.

If anything, because I’m 30 now and old and can barely remember which fibrous cereal I had for breakfast let alone 12 months ago. smile

Without further ado, my 2013 year in review!

January
Saw the cowboy ride away (George Strait’s last concert tour)

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

Feb
Went to Boston for work

Surprised Will with a small V-Day basket

My valentine

Celebrated P’s 23rd at Bolero

Ps bday

Fed my phone to Rocky

Broken phone

March
Celebrated 9 years of marriage

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Took P and Layla to Zam Zams to enjoy some of our favorite Middle Eastern cuisine

Zam zams!

April
Got a promotion at work!

Traveled to Boston for work
Beautiful blooms!

Turned 30 (and didn’t cry or die like I thought I would smile)!!

One of my fun cards

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Had sushi with P
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Had so much fun touring the OU football facilities

The Bell Dozer

From the press box

Play like a champion today

Went to the Arts Festival

The girls

Went to the Red & White game over my birthday weekend.
Red and white 2013

Started Ipsy subscriptions!

Got a spray tanner for my birthday, and (sort of...) mastered it.

tan!

May
Went to Boston for work…again

Boston

Was rocked by the Moore tornado. Thankfully safe , but knew so many affected. It still hurts when I think about it.

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We bought a motorcycle.

The bike!

June
Spent a weekend in a beautiful remote cabin with my family (part of May too… over Memorial Day!)

Beautiful

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Playing with pups

Learned how to roast garlic.

July
Celebrated Layla’s 1st birthday!
Layla turns one!

Went to the Toby Keith Moore Tornado Relief Concert (and sweat like pigs!)

Toby Keith Moore relief concert

Visited Will’s family & shot some paint balls.

Shooting paintballs

Celebrated Will’s 33rd
Will's Birthday!

Started looking for a life group

August
Babysat Layla

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Got my first ever speeding ticket

Bought a dining room table

My new dining set

Kicked off another OU football season

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September
Lots and lots of OU football

Stripe the stadium  OU-West VA

Went to dinner with my LG girls
Life group girls!

Went to breakfast with P

Coffee slingers

October
Traveled to south bend for the OU-ND game!

BnW OU-Notre Dame

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And made a pit stop in Indy!

Watching the colts game

Got all dressed up and went to a wedding.

Who are these dressed up kids!?

Went to OU-Texas

OU-Texas 2013

Took Layla to a pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch!  In front of the creepy scarecrow dude

Went to DC for work, got to see Theresa!

A great evening at home with Terry.

November

Went home to cheer on Will’s high school football team
High school football

Shot paint balls
Paintball

Went to our last OU game for the season

OU-IA state  Windy Saturday

Celebrated Thanksgiving in Colorado

The girls

Face timing with my Will

December
Paid off our credit card!!!

Put up the tree!

Beautiful

Battled bad weather

Helped P move into her house

Professionals at work

Had our LG Christmas party, danced the night away!

Celebrated Christmas Eve with my parents

& Christmas Day with Will’s family

Christmas 2013!

It was a wonderful year, full of so many blessings.

I never really set resolutions, but I had a few things I wanted to focus on during 2013.

I wanted to know God more. That’s an ongoing desire, but this year I made such strides in drawing near to God. His grace is so real, and I am so excited about knowing him more in 2014.

I also wanted to be a better wife, family member, and friend. Same thing for 2014. As silly as it sounds, when I turned 30 it was like a switch went off (um, did this switch go off for any of you guys?). I want to focus on loving my husband, family, and friends even more, and blessing them like they bless me.

Just like last year, I want to be healthy. I also want to evaluate whether or not I might need to make some changes to help with my iron and B-12 levels.

I also wanted to give myself more credit in my job. I’m not that mousy 22 year old girl anymore. My second promotion at this company was a great re-validation. I want to continue to evaluate my career this year. There’s tons of changes looming all around me, and I want to really do a gut check and pray about what 2014 holds.

So what about you? Give me your 2013 year in review. Do you make resolutions? If so, share!

The One Where I Got a New Purse & Look Ahead

It’s Monday, but my days feel completely thrown off between last week’s holiday and this one.

I came into work last Thursday and Friday, which was a bit of a joke since the entire world took off those days.  Do you know who works the day after Christmas?

Schmucks.

Schmucks work the day after Christmas.

Or people like me who took the first part of the week off and had to cover for others taking the second half off since they covered to me (which makes perfect sense and is not Schmuck-y at all smile ).

I’m working half a day today, off tomorrow and Wednesday, and then coming in Thursday and Friday.

These middle of the week holidays really confuse everything.

Or just me.

They confuse me.

It feels funny doing a weekend recap today, because I feel like, aside from this half day work interruption, I’m only midway through my weekend. 

Plus, I feel like I’ve been posting nothing BUT weekly updates.

Enough already!

Well…enough starting after this one.

And tomorrow’s post.

But after that, I promise no more boring weekly updates.

Sheesh, who do I think I am!?

My Friday work day was long and slow (see above). 

After work, I went to Dustee’s to spend a gift card I got for Christmas. I like that place SO much, but rarely shop there.

If you’re not familiar, Dustee’s is a giant jewelry/accessory store. I guess you could compare it to a slightly grown-up version of Claire’s. it’s also very overwhelming! So many choices. It’s like a mini crisis trying to shop there and just make a decision already!

I ended up with a pair of earrings and two necklace/earring sets. Everything was 20% off, so that was even better!

Earrings

New necklace!

New necklace!

The night was pretty standard. Will actually ended up working a little Saturday morning, so we just continued to clean out the fridge to finish up more Christmas leftovers and junk while catching up on some of our shows.

We’re very exciting people.

After Will went to work on Saturday, I hit the gym. I go early and always have it to myself, except I didn’t. Close to ten people were in and out while I was there. Crazy!

I usually like to fan out and do a leg circuit- totally taking full ownership of almost every lower body piece of equipment in the gym. Only, yeah, that’s not exactly the best gym etiquette, right? smile So, instead I totally changed it up.

And can barely walk today.

I’m doing a cycle of creatine this winter, and I cannot convey to you how super the results have been just after these last two weeks. I noticed huge changes in my strength and endurance Saturday. I focused on lifting heavy and really feeling each and every repetition. It was a great workout.

The rest of the morning was a much needed cleaning day. I hadn’t cleaned in like three weeks, so I was overdue. My in-laws are coming to stay with us tonight, so I had to scour from top to bottom!

That took all morning! Once Will got home, I got around and we went to the unhappiest place on earth.

The mall.

Have I ever told you guys that I’m not a huge fan of going to the mall?

I know, I know, what kind of woman says that?

I do.

Perhaps I will devote an entire post to why I hate going to the mall, but since this is a recap, I’ll just leave it be.

As anticipated, it was an absolute zoo with post-Christmas shoppers.

I had to exchange the purse my parents got me for something a little less purple. Bless her heart, when my mom bought it, it looked pink on the screen. However, when it came in, it was pretty wild looking!

So, I battled the crowd in hopes of finding the perfect purse and exchanging it.

Only… shopping for a purse is like a major commitment. At least for me it is. I buy a purse, run it into the ground, and never change it out for the entire time I own it.

And eventually people have to have an intervention so I throw it away and get a new one.

That’s sort of how the cycle goes.

I’m so grown up.

Anyway, it was an absolutely overwhelming process. By the time I got to one end of the store, I totally forgot about the purses I did or didn’t like on the other side.

Madness.

Will followed me around like a puppy the whole time, trying his best to help me along the way.

But really? God love him, I really just wanted to tape his mouth shut.

A woman should never go purse shopping with her husband. It just adds to the stress.

The mall was packed, I had far too many choices, I was hungry, and irritable.

The perfect storm.

Soooo, like six years ago my mom bought me gorgeous and very expensive Gucci purse as part of yet another purse intervention.

Only, it just felt “wrong” using it. One, it seems way too fancy for the abuse I put my bags through, and two, it’s sort of small.

Um, well small for me. Not for a normal person.

I like a freaking suitcase.

You never know when you’re going to need a whistle, plastic spoon, full size umbrella, or copy of the Constitution.

(Yes, all real things that have taken up residence in my purse at one point or another… Just call me Mary Poppins. Sheesh!)

Anyway…after walking around and around for half an hour I realized I could stay there another three hours and probably never make a decision.

So I finally decided to just get a new wallet and give the Gucci one a go.

Besides, I’m 30 now.

I’m way more grown up and organized and can totally handle a teeny tiny grown up purse, right?

Anyway…

I picked out this Jessica Simpson wallet and definitely feel like it was a good buy. It has two separate compartments. One for cards, and one for money. Lots of space and very functional. Win! And, it was 20% off. Double win!

New wallet

The rest of Saturday was a bit of a blur after that…

It was late afternoon, so we ran a few errands and came home!

Before long, it was time for dinner. I made a quick trip to pick up Buffalo Wild Wings for Will and Panera Bread for me. When I got home, it was time to watch the UFC fights!

I cannot believe I just said that, and I cannot believe that an exclamation point followed the statement.

We got sucked in a little last year when Fox showed some free fights, and then we ended up watching the Ultimate Fighter this season. The whole Rousey/Tate rivalry was really intense, so we knew we would probably end up watching their fight to see what happened.

The fights did not disappoint! Did I really just say that?

Sunday ended up being a church online day, for no good reason really. The rest of the day was equally lazy.

I usually do all my prep for the week and finish doing laundry and chores, but with the holidays my whole schedule has been thrown off! I didn’t do any food prep this week since we still have so much crap to get rid of, but I did manage to do some laundry and dishes. Will watched football while I got some of my posts ready for the week, and that was about it! Very exciting. smile

I did manage to get to the gym to hit back, biceps, and shoulders. Just like Saturday, my workout was super. I love being able to see my strength gains and really feel a difference in how my body responds.

Oh I do actually have exciting news! I did change out my purse today.

Check out how terrible the handles on mine were:

Time to throw this old hag bag away

Really!?! time to throw this old hag bag away

In my defense, the purse part was still in great shape.

I sound like such an addict.

The change out was really intense. I stood over the counter trying to determine what was going to make the cut and what wasn’t (and no, the whistle, Constitution, and umbrella did not make the cut. smile)

I can no longer tote my 27 lipsticks and glosses, but hey, I guess now that I’m old and mature I should be able to nail down a color each morning, bring that one and only one with me, and commit.

Duh.

new purse

For some reason, it looks blue but it’s not. It’s black.

And now back to work today…sort of. Half a day today, and then off Tuesday and Wednesday. The recent ice storm hurt our poor tree, so Will’s parents are coming up tonight to stay with us so the guys can do some surgery.

We’re going to Eischen’s tonight for dinner. It’s sort of famous in the OKC area for having amazing chicken. The only problem is that there’s only like 5 things on the menu…and none of them are healthy let alone vegan friendly. Awesome! I’m going to be a trooper and positive, but I have no idea what I’m going to do other than eating real food before and then maybe getting some okra when I’m there.

No real meals to share this week since we’re having company tonight and NYE and Day this week. I do, however, plan on keeping my food way cleaner and healthier than the last seven days. I have a freezer full of veggies that I am going to load on my plate throughout the week.

As for workouts, I did cardio today and will also do the following:

Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps & Cardio
Thursday: Off
Saturday: Legs & Cardio
Sunday: Back, Biceps, & Shoulders

Now for posts.

Here’s a look at what we’ll be chatting about this week!

-2013 in Review
-New Year’s Make a Change Workout
-Favorites
And more!

Check in this week! Hope you had a great last weekend of 2013!

Christmas Recap

I realize I have inundated you with Christmas memories, pictures, and stuff ALL WEEK LONG, and I am here to tell you today is no different.

I’m sorry, I’m sorry!

Please indulge me just one last time this year so I can make sure to recap some of the highlights.

This was my 12th Christmas with Will and, well, they all sort of blur together after awhile, so it is important to recap!

Alright, here are some of the highlights over our extended weekend.

Will won second place in his Fantasy Football league, which means prize money!

We saw the Hunger Games on “Christmas Eve Eve.” We also bought a sixth dining room chair that will probably end up in the office.

New chairs!

It’s just nice to have it if we need it, and the fabric patterns change so much we figured we better buy it while we still could. Merry Christmas to us!

Afterward, we had a nice dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with my family.

Cheesecake Factory!

Christmas Eve brought more time with my family.

We went over mid-morning and exchanged gifts. This year we decided to focus more on stockings, which ended up being so much fun! Will and I made out very well.

My sister and I unknowingly got each other very complimentary gifts, too! Since I am a vegan “hippie,” as she likes to tease, she got me a variety of cool tooth powders homemade on Etsy. It’s something I’ve been curious about, but would probably have never tried it myself. They’re surprisingly great! I might have to do a review sometime soon.

I got her a gift card so she could get stuff for the house, and then these super wonderful ultra-strength teeth whitening trays I bought from my dentist! THEY ARE SO GREAT. I had a four extra, so Will is going to use two, and I will have two. I am definitely going to post about these soon.

We got my mom a Keurig, she loved it.

Keurig!

Layla was very distracted by all the gifts and didn’t open all of them until days later, which I think drove her mom crazy. smile

Christmas Eve

They held a purse intervention for me. Mine is, um, hideous, embarrassing, and about to fall apart, slightly worn so my mom and sister picked out a new one for me. Yeah, I should probably act 30 now, right?


We ate.

A ton.

Such a good day!

Christmas Day was nice too!

Most of the time, Will and I spend our Christmas money on a collective item. For example, we got our dining room chair, we need a new mower (thrilling haha), and are also looking to upgrade our “fleet” this coming year (ie buy a new car). We also want this couch super badly. How beautiful, right?

So, that’s what we have our eye on as a slightly belated Christmas gift to each other.

We spent the day with Will’s family, which started off with a big brunch full of deliciousness.

Afterward, we exchanged gifts. Will’s grandparents always get all the grand kids stockings, but this year there were NO fuzzy socks!

I almost cried.

Thankfully, my mom had me covered and got me some the day before.

I’m such a grandma.

We chatted and had a wonderful time, and before we knew it , it was time to head home.

The night was full of putting stuff away and getting ready for work the next day. What a drag, right?

Nonetheless, my five days off were wonderful. Absolutely wonderful, and just what I needed.

I hope you guys had a great Christmas too! Enough of my boring recaps… well except Monday which is usually a recap… but hey- that’s standard. smile Enough of these EXTRA recaps.

More to come.

Christmas 2013! The tree

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?

Genius.

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.

Bozworth

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!

The Extra Long One Where I Danced The Night Away & Look Ahead

My weekend continues today!

The gift that keeps on giving.

Will gets Christmas Eve and Day off (I only get Christmas Day), so we opted to take some vacation and wrap the holiday around a weekend.

Such a good decision.

I rarely take vacation these days, and it feels so good to have some time off.

Guys, I had such a splendid weekend!

I don’t even know where to begin.

My work day was pretty quiet, which was so nice. Afterward I made a trip to the grocery store alongside heaps of other Oklahomans.

An ice storm threatened to snap power lines and kill everyone’s holiday plans- so off to the store the world went.

Hey, I was just going to the store like I usually do. I did not want to get caught up in all the chaos, but I didn’t have much of a choice!

Friday night was busy with stuff around the house, getting stuff ready for Christmas with the families, laundry, and making dinner. We caught up on some of our shows and called it an early night. By the time we went to bed, the rain was steady, so we knew we would wake to ice!

As anticipated, we woke early to ice covered everything!

Ice!

Ice

I skipped the gym and did a Max Interval Insanity workout at home to play it safe. I did some stuff around the house, and then Will and I ventured out to do a little last minute shopping. We had one gift card to get before we were all done.

Thankfully, although everything around us with enclosed in ice (like Will’s truck), the roads were clear.

We got the gift card and enjoyed lunch at On the Border. We went home, and before long it was time to get ready for our Life Group Christmas party!

I have been looking forward to getting together all week, and it didn’t disappoint.

It was a casual party, but we all still sort of glammed it up more than normal. I wore a ridiculous amount of makeup and had so much fun getting ready. I suppose I could experiment with different colors and layers every day, but I don’t, so things like Christmas parties are all the more fun.

Lots of eye shadow. smile

Makeup

Before the party, we invited another couple from the group out for coffee.

Way too long of a story to get into in a weekend recap. However, to sum it up we thought Will might be taking the group over as the leader but after some time and prayer we both felt like the original leaders should keep ownership and that perhaps down the road God might be calling us to start our own.

Anyway, we met for coffee to share our hearts and thoughts and it ended up being a great conversation and I think we all left feeling encouraged.

Then it was off to the party!

Everyone brought delicious goodies to share. I made this fruit salsa with stevia instead of sugar. So very a good. In fact, I’m going to bring it to our Christmas brunch with Will’s family too!

After snacking, we played a lively game of Dirty Santa.

Will was so sweet and stole the gift I brought because he knew I wanted it. We ended up doing pretty well for ourselves. We went home with Godiva chocolate and then my gift, which was a pretty pink Essie nail polish, my favorite pink fuzzy socks, a pumice, and my super wonderful homemade foot/body scrub.

We had a great time, and enjoyed good company. after the party, a group of us went dancing to celebrate one of our girl’s 40th birthday!

Oh my goodness friends, we had such a wonderful time!

We went to a place that’s known for having a little older crowd, and it was the best decision ever. No half naked young girls or greasy guys, just a mature crowd of people that wanted to enjoy a nice night out.

After party

(sorry for the terrible blur, but it’s the only pic we took together Saturday!)

After party

Ah guys it was such a blast! We danced our hearts out. Will was such a good sport. He didn’t dance (most of the guys that went didn’t), but he hung out and let us girls dance the night away. Before I knew it, he told me it was 1:00! I could tell he was ready to go (um, it was 1:00! We are usually asleep by 9 haha), so we called it a night, as did most everyone else.

Such, such a great night. I am so thankful for our group! For anyone that says Christians don’t have fun or know how to have a good time- come hang with us and we will prove you wrong.

By the time we got home, and I wiped off all the layers of makeup and got ready for bed, it was nearly 2:00! Surprisingly, we didn’t sleep as late as I thought. I got up a little before 9 and started the day.

Our church has a million Christmas services this week, so we opted to go to one tonight instead of yesterday. Definitely check out the times, I would love for you to attend our online service!

After my workout, today was all about football. Will was in his fantasy championship, so I was a good wife and plopped on the couch most of the day to cheer “him” on as his guys played throughout the day.

I did manage to do some laundry, dishes, and cooking amidst all the football so it wasn’t entirely unproductive. smile

Will has a couple guys playing tonight, so we won’t know if he won until later tonight, but it’s not looking pretty. My fingers are crossed, the extra money would be a welcomed gift this Christmas!

Today we’re headed to the movies, church, and dinner and Christmas lights with my family. I’m looking forward to it.

No need to share meals this week, we planned a few, but most of the week will be centered around family gatherings and leftovers.

I plan to have an amazing week of workouts. Since I’m off a couple days, that allows me to hit the gym when I would otherwise workout at home (since my home workouts are usually good for days when I’m short on time). I’m excited about a ridiculous leg day since I missed my usual Saturday routine.

Here’s a quick look at posts this week. Since it’s Christmas, I’m keeping with the theme. Hey, it only comes once a year so we have to soak it up, yes?

-Christmas memories
-Celebrating a Savior (and an ultra-fast workout)
-Thursday things
-Friday Favorites
-Christmas recap

Check-in this week, friends! 

The Hustle-y Bustle-y One & Look Ahead

Hi!

I’m actually pretty pumped to get this week underway, and I hope you are too. Christmas is next week, and I’m taking a few days vacation. YAY!

Plus we have a Christmas party to look forward to, outings with friends and family, and hopefully some good news on another front.

YAY for Monday!

Yes, I just said it, but don’t worry I won’t make it a habit.

This weekend was busy and went fast. Full of lots of Christmas prep.

Where should we even start?

Let’s start with the fact that P is now a homeowner!

Homeowner!

So exciting! She signed the papers this week and is getting settled into her new house. I am so excited for her!

In fact, a portion of Saturday was spent with her move, but we will get to that soon enough.

Now that the big news is out of the way, let’s get started with a nice, orderly, chronological recap of the weekend. smile

My Friday afternoon started nicely. I met up with a former coworker for lunch!

She works downtown now, so that’s where we had lunch. I don’t spend much time in the heart of downtown OKC on week days, and it was fun to get down there!

There is a whole underground world beneath the buildings that link to each other with shops and restaurants. I met her at her company, and we went downstairs and underground several blocks and came up only to get to our restaurant. Crazy!

It is too cool. It’s a like a whole fun secret…that everyone knows about. Haha

All the Christmas decorations were up, so that was fun to look at too.

Downtown!

After work Friday, I picked up the babies from the groomer!

just groomed babies

They were so fluffy and soft before, but it was time to de-hair.  They have sweaters on now, but I took this picture before we put them on.

Afterward, Will and I had a hot date at Sam’s Club.

It’s true.

Regardless of what’s on our list, we always end up with like five more things.

We watched a couple shows, and called it an early night!

Saturday morning started before 5am, so Will could get some work done before moving day!

I hit the gym, got around for the day, and then went grocery shopping for the week ahead.

After that, Will came home and we headed over to my parent’s house to help load up P’s stuff.

We filled two trucks with furniture and headed to the house.

Will and my dad did most of the heavy lifting, thankfully.

Professionals at work

You definitely don’t want me mounting your television.

Trust me.

And I love this Christmas tree!

Cindy Lou who tree. Love

I totally want to get one for myself next year. At least that way we’d know at least one tree would go up! Haha

After that, Will and I came home and took a short nap, which was lovely.

Oh- and while I’m telling you all about my exciting Saturday afternoon nap, can we please take a quick break to tell you that I got such a beautiful and thoughtful surprise from my real life blog friend Theresa!?

Look at these beauties.

Thoughtful gift from Theresa

A gorgeous dried fruit box.

Gorgeous and delicious.

I’d like to tell you I’ve been pacing myself on these 17 servings of assorted dried deliciousness.

But I would be lying.

See that top half?

It’s gone.

As is part of the middle.

And Will hasn’t had any.

I disgust myself.

I was touched by the thoughtfulness and just let it happen.

Alright, let’s get back to that nap.

After we got up, we had to do some Christmas gift shopping of our own!

Alongside everyone in OKC.

Merry merry!

We are now officially (almost) done with Christmas shopping with the exception of a few gift cards.

Thankfully. It was a complete zoo everywhere we went, so there’s no way I want to brave anymore stores this week!

By the time we got home, it was well after 7. I was famished! I made dinner and then got started on a super fun homemade craft!

Crafts

Excuse the mess, I was in the zone.

I made homemade body and foot scrubs for a couple of the gifts I’m giving.

And I’m so excited about them!

In fact, I’m going to make a jar for myself with the leftovers.

Body scrub!

I made a peppermint foot scrub and a vanilla face/body scrub.

I had some extra vanilla scrub in my bowl when I was done, so I used it on my face and oh my stars!

So great.

And tastes pretty good too. smile

I can’t wait to give these away!

We caught up on a few shows, and called it a night.

Sunday should be classified as The Day I Ate Like Utter Crap.

Seriously.

Like only 15% of my diet was protein, the rest was divided amongst fat (and not the healthy kind) and carbs.

I blame these suckers.

Jars

They may be empty now, but I filled them with brownies and caramel sauce.

Yum

And then this happened with an extra one we aren’t giving away.

HELP ME

Ugh.

Plus I ate a ton more dried fruit…and more brownies…

My stomach felt like junk most of the day.

Is this real life? Am I a five year old in a thirty year old’s body?

Anyway- it happened.

And it was delicious.

Until I felt sick, of course.

Then? Not so much.

Church was a blessing too. It was the grand opening of the Moore, Oklahoma Life Church campus, which is pretty darn exciting, especially considering all that community has been through this year.

I worked my upper body today and did a stint of cardio too, but since I had already eaten like crap, my workout was similar. Bad food fuels bad workouts!

Before I knew it, it was nearly 3 in the afternoon. How does that happen!? I went over to see my sister, who is still staying with my parents a couple more days while she continues to transfer stuff over to the new place, and we tanned!

Oh yes we did.

We haven’t done it in months. Mainly because we are lazy it was getting cooler outside.

It’s crazy how much better we both feel with a good fake spray tan. Why we stopped for months on end, I have no idea.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the kitchen, prepping, cooking, and cleaning- and I still didn’t finish!

Go figure.

This week is gearing up to be as busy as the last, but I suppose that’s common this time of year.

Here’s a look at the menu this week:

-Burgers on the Foreman (veggie for me, beef for Will) with broccoli
-Chicken Fried Rice
-Dinner Out

Here’s a look at my workouts:

-Monday off
-Tuesday Insanity Plyo
-Wednesday- Back, Biceps, Shoulders,Abs
-Thursday Off
-Friday- Cardio
-Saturday Legs & Abs
-Sunday, Chest, Triceps, Shoulders, Abs

Aaannnd- as for posts this week?

-Homemade Potato Soup (and you can’t tell it’s vegan)
-Quickie Christmas Workout
-December Ipsy Review!
-Waiting on the baby

Check in tomorrow for more fun!

Okay your turn- what did you do this weekend?

Happy Monday!

The One Where I Got “Snowed In” & A Look Ahead

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Hi friends! Do you see that!?

It’s snow!

I realize some of you may see it all winter, but it’s a rarity here and I relish taking tons and tons of pictures when it finally surprises us here in Oklahoma.

We typically get ice and not a lot of snow.

This?

Is snow.

Love it.

I ended up leaving work early Thursday afternoon and set up shop at the house because of it. I woke up to snow Friday morning and news of closings everywhere because of the dangerous roads.

That meant I got a work from home day!

It was so so SO nice to be able to work from the house. I see why so many companies allow their employees to flex their time between the office and home.Such a morale booster.

I nested the entire weekend. It was ridiculous!

I made a pie, cookies, soup, jalepeno poppers, queso, and tamale pies.

Pretty crowned cookies. Snow storm nesting.

Oh, and can I please back up a moment to tell you about the Wednesday that led me to an enjoy this snowy weekend and all that cooking?

Thanks.

So anytime there’s a threat for icy or snowy conditions here, the entire state flips out…me included.

Since I was in Colorado the weekend before for Thanksgiving, I hadn’t made it to the store for about 10 days. Our cupboards were getting pretty bare and I knew if the weather it and we were stuck inside for a few days we’d be in trouble.

Soooo, I braved Walmart Wednesday night alongside heaps of crazy suburban women fighting for the last loaf of bread and bag of Oreos.

Hey, I don’t judge. I’m pretty sure Oreos would be great when you’re snowed in.

Only I wouldn’t know since that wench ahead of me violently ripped them out of my hands!

Okay, only kidding, but seriously. The place was a ZOO.

Carts everywhere. Bread nowhere.

Yep, gonna snow a couple inches in Oklahoma

And I spent a fortune. Between a bare fridge and planning to be stuck inside for a few days, no doubt Walmart had even more stellar sales than usual.

Anyway, I was prepared. Bring on the snow!

And the snow did not disappoint.

And I thanked the good Lord by staying inside my house all weekend.

No really- all weekend.

Okay wait, I did get out.

To go a couple doors down to see my family.

To do very important things.

Snow day: when important stuff happens

Such as touching up Layla’s masterpieces.

Moving along to Saturday.

Poor Will had to work both Friday and Saturday. I was pretty annoyed about the whole thing, I mean- hello! It’s bad out there. He works in oil and gas, and if it freaking dropped three feet of snow, they would probably still make everyone come in.

Will only worked part of the morning, so that gave me some time to get stuff done.

Since it was still icy and snowy, I kept my workout at home.

I did the Insanity Max Interval Circuit. It was a good workout, but I missed really hitting my legs like I normally do on Saturday. It has now been two weeks since I’ve worked legs in the gym! I’m sort of going through withdrawals.

Afterward, I cleaned the house. It felt so good! It had been a few weeks between Thanksgiving and the last OU game. I felt very accomplished. Haha

Then Will was home just in time for Bedlam!

Oh man, please tell me some of you guys caught the Bedlam game!?

It was crazy!!

OSU was favored to win my double digits, so I was already psyching myself up for a loss.

But seriously guys- please tell me you at least know how it finished? It was close the whole entire game, and then in the last two minutes, OU took it all the way down to score a touchdown in the last minute, and not only that, but when OSU took over possession we intercepted their pass and took it down for another one!

Crazy.

Will? Totally flipped out.

I had a hard time watching most of the second half.

I have no idea why.

Focused on channeling the sooners

When we won we were both standing in that position and totally jumped up and down like complete fanatics.

And I suppose we are.

Haha

Anyway, excellent game!

The rest of Saturday was full of watching lots of good football as well as food prep.

It’s amazing now nice it is to “have” to stay indoors sometimes. I got so much accomplished.

Yesterday was much of the same. The main roads were fine, but hey, the residential ones weren’t.

I fit in another workout, and the rest of the day was spent on the couch getting posts ready for the week, watching football with Will, and doing a little more food prep for the week ahead.

In fact, here’s a look at what we will be having for dinner this week:

-Tamale Pies (recipe this week!)

-Vegan Potato Soup (recipe soon!)

-BLTs for Will, Broiled Eggplant for Me

For workouts this week, I plan on getting back on track at the gym since Thanksgiving and the weather kept me away.

-Monday off

-Tuesday at home plyo

-Wednesday- Back, biceps, shoulders (plus abs & calves)

-Thursday- off

-Friday at home cardio/plyo

-Saturday- Leg/cardio circuit (plus abs & calves)

-Sunday- Chest, triceps, shoulders (plus abs)

Here’s a look at what I’ll be posting about this week too!

- Tamale Pies for cold winter days

- Should you add new workout wear to your last minute list this year?

-Thursday Things

-Friday Favorites

Back to normal today. It’s the first time I’ve worn makeup since Wednesday!

Nice.

Ready to tackle this week. I doubt next weekend will be as incredibly relaxing as this weekend (read: I’ve put off my Christmas shopping, as usual), but I’m just ready to get there.

Oh and the tree! The tree! The masses have spoken (haha). It’s going up! Stay tuned.

Alright, your turn. What did you do this weekend?

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