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Family Date Night

When we first moved to Texas, we implemented a family pizza and movie night every Friday. It was something that we hadn't really been able to do when we lived in Minnesota because of how my husband's work schedule was. With the new "normal" schedule, it allowed us the ability to find a new way to enjoy being together as a family. As we got busier with sports, those nights got fewer and far between. Also, the difference in movie selections made it tough as well because two or three would want one movie and the others wouldn't. Or I wouldn't is a better way to describe that. Over the years, I got really picky about what I watch. There is always so many other things to do, I can't clear my mind enough to sit for a movie. Plus they have gotten into movies, that I just don't want to see. Not that they aren't great movies, just not something I want. In those times, they would wait for me to be out with friends or on a Mom's Night Out and then watch …

Workout options

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With a new week and the older girls back at school, there is time to sit down and type up some options that I found to work out at home. These are simple suggestions to help make you move a little. Now, as everyone always says, I am NOT a doctor so before starting a fitness routine make sure that you talk to your doctor to make sure that you are able to. In all honesty though, these are seriously simple suggestions that shouldn't put much strain on your body, but with repetition and the option to always add weights they should help tone some muscles. 

A good option to get your morning moving. I would have to wait until the girls are at school and the younger one is enjoying some Daniel Tiger before starting this, but I like the variations. 

A no excuse workout. Seriously, you have 4 minutes to do this one. Get in as many repetitions as you can and remember those will grow as you get better and faster at each move. 

Looking for a boot camp type of workout. Give this one a go. Adde…

Creating a support group

After a lot of talk with a good friend last night, we have hatched a plan to create a support group. This isn't just a group to keep you accountable with your weight loss goals, but for your total health. During our texts, we both realized that as busy moms, we tend to always put ourselves last. Between running the kids to school, making breakfast/lunch/dinner, working, house chores, taking kids to practice regardless if it is sports or instrument, or watching school sponsored activities, we are not giving ourselves time to recharge or take care of who we are. We get lost in the everyday business that by the time we have an hour of "free time" we just sit and enjoy that time.

For those that know me, know that I have three girls. They are everything to me and I will do whatever I need to for them. One is in 7th grade and is very active in soccer and school sports. Girl #2 is in 3rd grade and is in soccer and #3 is 3, need I say more?! I also work very part time as a Virtu…

Christmas 2017

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Yeah, yeah, I know. Not a single post in a while and then a bunch at once. I am finally taking the time to sit down and work out the blogs a little and then I will be diving back into my December Daily to get caught up with pictures so I can get the rest ordered while Persnickety Prints has their sale. I am currently stuck on Beaumont weekend Tournament because I have way too many pictures. Not looking forward to the next weekend when the girls took 2nd place in the State D2 finals (so proud of these girls and yes blog posts for both weekend will be forthcoming, I hope!).

We celebrated Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve. It has become our favorite service to attend. 4pm is the Children's service and I just love listening to Father James during this service. We actually got scolded during Gloria, as the Children's choir was singing and the congregation seemed to listen more than sing themselves, so he had us all sing the chorus again. Such a beautiful sound to hear so many voices …

2018 Word of the Year

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I have been thinking about this word for the past couple of weeks. I wanted to pick a word that had some meaning behind it, or at least that I could put behind it. 2017, was a challenging year. There were so many amazing things to happen over the year, but a lot of challenges, many that I didn't share here, on Facebook or really anywhere in some cases. However, during the last few weeks I used those challenges to help me push forward to 2018.

My word this year is:

There are so many reasons for this word. But I found that I want to be more mindful when it comes to my friends, my family, those around me and well life in general. 


I really liked the quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn. It speaks a lot of my thoughts. I want to pay more attention and be non-judgmental. I want to give others my attention and not half-attention because I have a million things going on in my mind. Mostly, I want to surround myself with those that make me feel happy and that I can return the favor. I am going to gi…

December Daily

This is not an advertisement and I am not affiliated with Ali Edwards or her products. This is just a discussion about what I do to remember the month of December each year and share.

A few years ago, a friend of mine shared this concept of December Daily and recording stories/memories/pictures from each day in December to remember more than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I jumped onboard with her as we both documented from December 1 until December 25 (though I actually document through December 31 since it is December Daily).

That first year I struggled with getting something for each day as I had a 4 month old, we had moved recently to Texas, and I felt like I didn't do anything, but I still took a picture each day as I at least got the weather and temperature.

As the second year was approaching I took a little different approach to it and moved December 1 to be the day we put the tree up, even if it actually happens the day after Thanksgiving. I placed pictures where they se…

Weekend

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It has been a fun, but crazy weekend. Girls both had soccer games (Courtney with two) on top of an end of season party for Chloe (that she wasn't able to attend due to refereeing Courtney's second game) and then Chloe's birthday party and a day trip to San Antonio.

Chloe's birthday was just a couple close friends this year and I think the girls all had a blast. It sounded like they did at least. I don't have many pictures, but here are a few from this weekend.