Archive | March, 2010

thumbs and foreheads.

31 Mar

Do you have things about your physical appearance that you are or have been self-conscience about? Maybe something small & silly – or something big that really bothers you? If we were all honest, I bet we all have at least one thing about ourselves that we wish deep down we could change. Us girls especially.

Well, in the spirit of being open & honest on this blog, I thought I’d share two of mine. These two things have bothered me since I was younger & in hindsight, they seem silly now…but they bothered me for a long time. Sincerely embarrassed me as a teenager. A lot of it stems from lame comments made during my childhood by random people. Who? I don’t even remember! Goes to show you how words can really penetrate at such a young age & affect a child for years to come.

Let me just lay these things out there for you…here goes (try not to laugh too hard)….

1. my short, stubby thumbs

2. my bigger than normal forehead

My thumbs look more like big toes than thumbs. Its true. I used to struggle with this. So much in fact, that I remember being a young girl & hiding my thumbs when I would sit next to people, so they wouldn’t see them. I would tuck my thumb into my fist. But as I have gotten older and matured, I’ve actually grown to love my little thumbs. They are unique & I generally kick butt at Thumb Wars. So there. My mom always told me they were just the way God made them – which always made me smile. I didn’t realize how right she was until I was older…at the time, I was just thumb shy & sad that they appeared different than everyone else’s.

Also, as a child, I always had bangs. It was the style in the 80’s – big & poofy, massively hairsprayed bangs. One time in the 90’s, when styles were changing, I decided to pull my hair back with a headband, and someone told me my forehead was big. Maybe they were joking? Maybe not. But regardless, from that moment on, I had a complex. I felt as though my forehead was the hugest thing ever & bangs were a necessity in order for me to be pretty. How sad! I remember being in a cheerleading competition where everyone pulled all of their hair back into a cute ponytail, but me. I couldn’t do it because of my forehead phobia. I look at it now, and while yes, it is in fact bigger than some people’s (don’t we all have different sizes of everything), I don’t feel like its as large as I had once perceived it to be. In fact, I actually grew my bangs out several years ago and expose my forehead to the world daily now!

So what’s the point of this post? Here’s the point. At nearly 30 years old (yes, I will be 30 this year – yikes), I could care less if my thumbs are big toes or my forehead is taller than Mt. Everest. Seriously. There are much bigger problems & concerns in the world. But back then, it was a big deal to me. When I think back to how obsessed I was growing up about these two things and throughout my high school years, it makes me so sad. How dare I question the work of God’s hand?

Kids are like sponges, ya know? They soak everything in. Thinking about this today & also listening to a friend of mine who has a daughter in the pre-teen stage & all that she goes through…made me think of my precious girls & everything they will go through over the next ten to twenty years in their lives. Gosh, I hope they have enough self-esteem to not let stupid comments affect them the way I did. And I pray that I can always remind them, like my mom did to me – God made YOU this way and beauty comes from the inside.

So if you struggle with issues like I did, small or big, or have children dealing with these kinds of things, remember this verse…

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

Love to all of my beautiful friends out there! Hope you are having a great week.

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Pictures Galore

29 Mar

Brace yourselves…I’ve been camera happy this weekend!

My friend Shae designed these adorable Easter shirts. All I had to do was iron on the graphic & wallah – cute new personalized shirts. This was taken before we went to our church’s Spring Block Party – which the girls had a blast at.

The Azalea 10k this past weekend was SO much fun. Several of my awesome coworkers (who I am blessed to call my friends) joined in on the fun too & walked it & cheered us on. Great weather, beautiful scenery…and to top it off, we just had to walk across the street from our house to the starting line! It was also great to see some people from Q-town there too. I was excited to break a 9 minute mile pace…a personal best for me in a race of that length. So proud of my friend Hallye – this was her first race & she rocked it. Afterwards, we stuffed our faces with an amazing breakfast at The Eatery. Fun day!

Spring is here & the flowers are blooming! Its beautiful around Tyler this time of year. I really do love this town. These are a few shots we took in the front yard tonight, while we were outside enjoying the awesome weather! This first one makes me smile…

Have a great week everyone! We have a lot to celebrate as Easter reminds us.

Homemade Granola

28 Mar

I love granola, especially on top of my greek yogurt. It’s really good for breakfast or a snack. I thought I would try making it myself and it actually turned out rather tasty!  Super easy & most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Easy Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them: Gather up some of the mixture in each hand and make a fist. Repeat until all of the oats are coated with the honey mixture.

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread it out evenly, but leave a few clumps here and there for texture

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola. Sprinkle the almonds & sunflower seeds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.

Bake for 5 more minutes, then remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Azalea 10K Results

27 Mar

Ryan…

Chip time: 46:50.9

Pace: 7:33/M

Overall: 74th out of 485

Age Group: 10th out of 37

Traci…

Chip time: 55:37.7

Pace: 8:58/M

Overall: 184th out of 485

Age Group: 10th out of 46

I’ll post more about this race, along with some pics, later. It was so much fun! 🙂

Too much?

23 Mar

Is anyone else this paranoid about taking their kids to public potties?*

*Disclaimer…this was a park restroom. You know, the kind without hand soap or lights.

First day of…Spring?

21 Mar

The first day of Spring here in Texas, well…it wasn’t very Spring-like to say the least. In fact, this is what our front yard looked like first thing this morning…

And it continued to snow all day long! 30’s & snowing today. 65 & sunny  tomorrow. Crazy! So needless to say, we’ve remained indoors all weekend.  But, regardless of the weather..the weekend has been a great one…

Ryan is working audio at another show at the college – this time its the Apache Belles Spring Show. He had rehearsal all day yesterday & will be busy w/that all week…which is always bitter sweet -because we miss him so much when he’s not home, but he does get paid extra for it! So yesterday, the girls & I stayed home all day in our pj’s – relaxing & lazy…but we were also very productive! Addi & Kam drew a few pictures, we organized their toy room, cuddled & watched a movie on the couch, cleaned house, did laundry, redecorated the master bath, etc. Then, we went up to take Daddy a coffee & check out the rehearsals, which the girls LOVED watching the “dancing girls” as Addi calls them. We look forward to seeing the Spring Show later this week!

Look at these artists in the making…

Extreme Makeover: Toy Room Edition

The weather & Belle’s rehearsals this weekend have interfered with my running schedule…in fact, I haven’t run at all this entire weekend. Normally, I wouldn’t care too much about this…but the Azalea 10k is next Saturday! However, I did run 5 miles last weekend & 3 miles two times this week – so I’m certain I can handle 6. Just not quite as ready as I’d like to  be. And I know I’m not ready for the hills! Should be a blast regardless though! Hopefully the azaleas will start blooming before next weekend…should be a beautiful run. For those of you participating, feel free to park in front of our house & walk over to Bergfeld Park, where the starting line will be. Also, a group of us are going to grab some breakfast after the race at The Eatery in Bergfeld Center…feel free to join us! The more the merrier.

Hope you all have a great first week of Spring!

Another one of the million reasons I love my husband.

19 Mar

He’s an awesome cook!

On the menu this evening:

steak fajitas w/cilantro & cabbage

grilled peppers & onions

mango salsa

grilled corn on the cobb

Heavy heart.

18 Mar

Ryan is at the studio and the girls are tucked away in their beds. I am sitting on the couch under a blanket with my laptop listening to nothing but the sounds of the keys as I type. And a cricket outside the front window. Sometimes it is just good to sit still and absorb the silence – the peacefulness.

There is a lot on my mind right now and quite honestly, I feel sad. My heart is heavy. A lot of people in my life are going through some serious issues. From family members, to friends at church, to coworkers, to blog friends. There is just a lot of hurt and various problems going on with many that I love & care about. I am very much a “fixer”…and when I can’t fix something, it makes me sad & I don’t know what to do. But here is what I do know – when something or someone is broken…God can do mighty things. Sometimes, we have to be broken first in order to be used to our full potential in life. God is shaping all of us into what He wants us to be.

This morning as I walked the two blocks from the parking lot to my office, I thought of these 2 verses & tried to meditate on them all day…

“…do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” –Nehemiah 8:10

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” — James 1:2

I’ve heard it said before – you have to choose joy. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this one. But, on the other hand – how could I not be joyful when I think of Jesus, what He did for me, how he’s doing a great work within me, and the end reward of heaven?

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” — Colossians 3:2

Spring has sprung!

14 Mar

I am absolutely loving this beautiful weather! Today was perfect. 70 degrees & sunny. We spent a lot of time outdoors. Took a walk, played outside with bubbles, kicked a ball around the yard, chatted with neighbors, grilled chicken kabobs for dinner. I love this time of year. The changing from one season to the next is exciting…each season has its perks & I always look forward to each. Spring is the time of year that stuff starts to come back to life, flowers bloom, people get out of their houses more, running is easier & a lot more enjoyable, its acceptable to wear flip flops, grilling is a must, and there is just a freshness in the air. Spring is just good for the soul.

Chocolate Cupcakes and Peanut Butter Icing

14 Mar

Do you like chocolate & peanut butter? You should definitely give this cupcake recipe a try…its fabulous!

Ryan saw Ina Garten makes these on Food Network the other day & has been wanting to try them out ever since. So, we took a stroll, on this gorgeous afternoon, to the grocery store for the necessary ingredients & whipped up these yummy cupakes! My favorite part is the icing. Gooey, sweet peanut buttery goodness.

You can find the recipe here.