Sports Camp

Soooo this has been sitting in the blog queue for quite some time.

Sports Camp (VBS at our church) was in August and it was the first year that Caleb was able to participate.  Just some snaps.  And of course he and his bestie, Jude, were inseparable.








creatures of habit

so i guess i really like the way the light comes into our bedroom during the morning hours of the winter.  these were taken close to a year apart, positioned almost in the exact same spot.

but that’s not the same kid.  at all.

February 2013

March 2012



the challenge – day 10


bfast: greek yogurt

snack: coffee…not so tasty anymore.  only drank half a cup

lunch: leftover chili

snack: crackers (boo!)

dinner: paleo wings and sweet potato fries

since we try to stay away from processed foods our grocery bill takes a huge hit.  while i plan the bigger meals i don’t buy enough snack stuff so we run out by wednesday or thursday.  hence the breakdown of eating half a sleeve of Ritz crackers for a snack.  i knew dinner would be a late one because dane didn’t get home until 7:30 and i talked myself into thinking i was hungrier than i was. 🙂 oh, well, not too terrible.

workout: with dane!!  yay!  we tried to resemble the WOD at my gym as best we could without equipment.  it was

1 burpee + 1 thruster with a kettlebell at 1 minute

2 burpees + 2 thrusters at 2 minutes, etc.

he made it to 6 minutes with 4 thrusters and i completed 7 minutes just in time. 🙂

points: 3

the challenge – day 4

happy valentine’s day!


bfast: greek yogurt + mini chocolates

lunch: leftover pineapple chicken

snack: paleo brownies

dinner: tomato basil soup at Jason’s deli

dessert: more paleo brownies 🙂

i LOVE valentine’s day. actually i love all hallmark holidays. especially now that i have a kiddo old enough to enjoy it, too. i made some heart streamers for our hallway and he ABSOLUTELY LOVED it. i picked up a few things at the dollar store and target for him as ‘presents’. one was a dinosaur heart box with 3 chocolates. he ate most of them and shared with me. out of taste testing each one i probably only had a total of one chocolate and they were GOOD. so, no point for that cheat. 🙂 worth it. And I did have a treat of paleo brownies because my bible study brought tons of yummy stuff that I chose not to eat. It is valentines day. We get special treats.
No workout either. I’ll do better next week.

Points: 2

the challenge – day 2


bfast: protein shake with almond milk and a banana

snack: greek yogurt

lunch: three boiled eggs

snack: 3 clementines

dinner: baked potato with cheddar cheese and sour cream and butter

i was surprised i was so hungry at 10am when i had my protein shake around 8am.  it’s so heavy to me…i never want to finish it.  maybe i was still hungry from yesterday.  anyway, the yogurt did the trick.  but then i was hungry again two hours later.  i had planned on having a pre packaged caesar salad i bought at kroger on sunday but it was terrible when i went to take a bite.  i threw it away and decided to lay down with the kids instead (it was a tough morning!).  i immediately lost my appetite.  i read for about an hour then felt hungry again so that’s when i had the boiled eggs, around 2pm.  i had the snack around 4pm because i had a headache again today. :/  i know i need to be getting more calories from meats but it’s just not happening right now.  i need to get back into cooking so i can have leftovers.

i’m trying to keep my dairy servings to 1-2 per day.  dairy isn’t technically paleo but some people claim it is OK.  it’s all how your body handles it.  we include it because it’s cheap and convenient.  two things that help us maintain this lifestyle.  also, potatoes aren’t considered paleo either (sweet potatoes are usually OK) but this is also another cheap option we’ve been having on my workout nights.  quick, cheap, and easy!  if we were hardcore and really wanting to drop some serious body fat then we would cut these things out.  but, for now, we’re just trying to stay away from bread and hard sugar so these are OK with us.

the workout wasn’t all that bad.  it was 13 minutes of AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of 300 meter row, 10 push presses (lifting bar from front of shoulders to overhead), and 15 box jumps.  i got three rounds and made it to the box jumps on the 4th round and got one jump in. 🙂  i had to scale the weight on the push press (35# to the prescribed 65#) and used a 14″ box instead of 20″.  it was the longest workout i have done yet.  they mostly range from 5-10 minutes with a really long warmup.  not too bad.  can’t wait to get stronger.

points: 4


especially with all the crazy of this year i have wanted to continue with activities with caleb each day.  since there were many days we weren’t even together i’ve noticed he doesn’t want to ‘work’ as long. so i’m just doing one small activity until we build back up to 20-30 minutes.

i’ve had this heart ice cube container since dane and i got married.  then i picked up some conversation hearts from dollar tree for this 1-1 correspondance activity.  once he got them all in i helped him count them ‘in order’.  he’s pretty good about keeping order when counting (in books, life, etc) so i know this really helps him.

he barely did it twice before he was sticking them in his mouth. 🙂

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I have finally accepted our ministry.

It only took me 4 months.  My friend, Lauren C, reminded me that God is long suffering, patient, slow to anger, slow to wrath, etc.  I know this myself because I do not feel guilty for just now realizing my place in my home, again.  And I know there are many people who would say, “Well, yeah, I’ve been telling you all along!”, but until the Lord turns my heart and I feel at peace with everything it doesn’t settle within me.  And it’s why I’m able to finally write it all out.

I have accepted that I don’t cook every meal.  We eat out more frequently and I don’t make all of Dane’s lunches anymore.  I do not struggle with identity in this area, but I do struggle with finding ways to serve my family.  As a housewife, this is definitely big.

I have accepted the fact that it would be best for Caleb to enroll in a Mother’s Day Out Program once or twice a week.  This is to keep me sane for appointments and to help serve my family.  I don’t need time away from him, but I think it would really help if he was physically out of the house for awhile.  And, as my previous post states, it would be a dream come true for him.  I’m still nervous about letting go, but Dane is helping me through this one.

I have accepted the idea of a messy house 80% of the week.  I just have two kids, y’all.  Why am I not able to keep the house clean?  My husband’s work clothes washed?  I think it would be much easier if it was just a small change for me.  With just one kiddo and my Type A minus personality the house was pretty much always in a nice state.  Maybe if it was just one room that was a disaster all of the time I would have accepted it faster, but it’s not.  It’s. the. entire. house. all. the. time.  I have a sick kid.  I have a toddler who really enjoys playing with all of his toys.  And we are gone about 50% of the time to appointments.  And the other half I’m playing with my kids, working on my business, or just plain exhausted.

I have accepted the Lord’s help in all of this.  I don’t think I have ever prayed more in my entire life.  When you are neck deep in ministry, there’s just no other way.  I am accepting His grace, daily, for taking so long to come around to these things.

And I am accepting the fact that my family and I will continue to ‘sacrifice’ for our foster kids.

Because Jesus did for us.

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I love the new Visual Supply Company app for iPhone. I use VSCO presets on all of my regular photos so I was pretty pumped when the app came out!










in college, i worked as a Student Assistant at the Texas Tech Child Development Research Center. It was, basically, a preschool/daycare with a super great curriculum.

one of my favorite activities in the 2-3 yr classroom was making and playing with goop. it’s just cornstarch and water (and food coloring if you want). the consistency is fantastic.

it’s great for pre-school kids. lots of sensory goodness in this activity.

and it’s great for moms. relieves stress and transports you back to a simpler time.

“no no, it’s not for eating” (gah! he kills me. so freaking cute)

it just feels so good, can’t resist trying it out on the face.

and we’re done! he didn’t like when it was all over his pants and the floor. ha