7 Quick Takes – 95

Linking up with Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum!

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The Crossfit Games Open started last week. I signed up again this year just to see if I can do more of the workouts than I did last year. As far as 15.1/15.1a is concerned…yes, I can do more! Last year at this time, I was not able to do toes-to-bar. Well, i got my first one during the Open last year, but was so shocked my toes actually touched the bar one time! And I was unable to repeat the feat for a few more months. The WOD last week had toes-to-bar in it and I am happy to report I did a total of 45 of them throughout the WOD, so that made me happy.

 

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For the past few months I had been trying to grow out my hair. I’m keeping the color because I really like it, but I thought I wanted to see about growing my hair long again. Well, that ended last night. I guess I have just hit a point in my life where the long hair is not worth the hassle. When my hair is short, it only takes about 8 minutes to do it in the morning and that is a HUGE plus. Besides, I think the long hair look makes me look older and that makes me feel older. Blah. So, I got it cut back again last night and I am very happy about it!



Profile, sort of…
 
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Sarah has another volleyball tournament tomorrow. There are three tournaments in March and then her club season will be over. I absolutely LOVE watching her play.

I read an interesting article this week that made me cringe and wonder about this club volleyball thing. But in the end, I am happy we put Sarah in club ball this year. Yes, the tournament days are LONG. But it’s been fun to watch the girls come together and play well. They’ve gotten medals at a couple of the tournaments (1st place and 2nd place) and been in third place a couple of times, too. Besides that, Sarah’s gotten a lot of playing time and improved a ton over the past few months.

She has also made some new friends and I think this will give her confidence as she moves on to high school at a place where she will need to make new friends again. Of all the things I have “come around” to recognize about my young teen this year, the biggest is how concerned she is about having people to relate to within her school, team or social setting. This is not so different from adults, I know, but I don’t remember placing such a huge priority on such a thing. As hard as it has been, at times, to watch her navigate middle school socially, I’m pleased with how she has come out of it. I’m excited to see how she continues to grow as she starts high school. I’m glad that we’ve been able to provide opportunities for her to spread her wings a little bit before then and see that she’s a girl who is worthy of good friends and that she knows how to find them and make those connections.

 
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So…my Jayhawks. 11 straight conference titles. Amazing. They already had a share of it before Tuesday night’s game. And I must say, I was NOT very happy with those boys, the way they played the first half. I really figured with our best player out with injury and the way they had played the first half that it would be the first senior night loss in over 30 years. But, they surprised me and I am so glad! They showed a lot of heart and kept fighting and tied the game with 4 seconds in regulation, then went on to win in overtime.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

BTW — Bill Self is a hella-good.
 
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Dani started Girls on the Run this week and she loves it! This program is empowering for girls and helps them discern healthy choices and learn about the incredible things their bodies are capable of. On the way to (or from) swim practice, Dani even said to me (in a triumphant tone even) “Now I have TWO girl programs — Challenge and Girls on the Run. Oh yeah!” She is so cute.

She’ll be running a 5K in May and I cannot wait to run it with her. I think Craig and I are both going to run it with her.

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I am amazed at how quickly I see changes in my fitness and how I feel when I take myself to strict Paleo. I started that Monday morning and I notice today (morning of the 5th day) how much quicker I feel and the bloating is gone. Why, oh why, do I insist on falling off the wagon…ever?

I am just taking it a week at a time for now. We have no birthdays coming up for a few months, so the temptation to have some cake won’t be there. With summer coming, I am motivated to get my fitness level higher as I prepare to train for the triathlon again as well as try to achieve some of my goals with Crossfit. So when you see me reaching for an Oreo or a slice of pizza, slap my hand, mkay?
 
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I’m hitting one of those lulls (again…some more…still) where I don’t post much on this blog. I’m not sure why I don’t feel like posting all that much anymore. One reason I don’t post as often is that I am so terribly busy that I don’t have a lot of time to sit down and write something. But even if I do have time, I think the topic is not worth it or something like that. I have toyed with the idea of just sitting down and writing a memoir-type book. I don’t know…my life isn’t all that interesting. Then sometimes I think some of my experiences growing up could make for a good little fictional novel or something, but then…I get back to that time thing. So…who knows? I’d like to make my blog look nicer, but I don’t know how. I guess it’s just my space and it will be what it will be.



BONUS: These kids…at dinner one night last week. I love them all so. 🙂


Craig had JUST said, “Dominic, put your tongue inside your mouth!” haha

Be sure to go visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum to read other great 7 Quick Takes posts!

 

 
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7 Quick Takes – 94 (Update Edition)

It’s Friday! That means it is one of my favorite days of the week. Many thanks to Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum for hosting the linkup!

I thought today might be a good day for one of my 7QT update posts. Life is busy, as usual.

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Crossfit, Work, Taxi. That is my life during the week. I have been enjoying the WODs lately as they have been challenging (they always are, but I’ve noticed lately being pushed more than I thought in November-December timeframe). I’m trying to get my regular food routine back in order after the holidays. I weighed at a January WW meeting and was up over my goal weight (and had to pay. boo.) I am working on getting back down, but it’s been a struggle. I went back to Paleo the last couple of weeks and see a huge improvement. I’m actually not too nervous to visit the doctor next week for an annual checkup. Speaking of the doctor, I called to see if we could do bloodwork ahead of time so we could discuss at the appointment. (We can, yay!) I was surprised that he didn’t want to check cholesterol, but the nurse said, “Well, your results were so good last year that he doesn’t think he needs to check this year.” Well, alrighty then. 🙂

Time flies all the time and I’m facing our 2nd anniversary of Gregory’s passing. I’m doing okay with it and I have decided to take next Friday off work just to have a day for myself and do nothing, if that’s how I’m feeling.

I did buy a road bike the other day! See, I signed up to do the WIN for KC triathlon again this year in July. So, I bought a bike from a guy about 20 miles from where I live.

Helen held it for me (apparently, this bike is too cool for a kickstand)

   
Decent price (apparently, brand new this bike would go for $1000. I did NOT pay anything close to that thank goodness!) and I can’t wait to try it out. Though I do need to buy an airpump so I can keep the tires inflated to the right pressure. I have a lot to learn about cycling!!

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Craig seems to be enjoying his new job still. He has had every weekend off since going back after the holidays and that has been pleasant. They may start having him work some Saturdays in the coming months. We’ve settled into the routine a bit more which is a relief. He gets his WOD in as well as getting some sleep before heading out to pick up the kids from school and get himself to work. We are enjoying KU basketball and he really likes to watch soccer. My employer provided an opportunity for us to buy discounted tickets to Sporting KC Soccer games, so I bought 4 tickets to the April 11 soccer match. Craig is excited, I think, to get to go to a match this year.
 
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We are barreling toward 8th grade graduation for Sarah. I took her shopping for her dress last weekend and we found one. The requirements for hem-length and straps/no straps, etc. plus the styles available to juniors these days made it quite a trip. But, thankfully we found a beautiful dress that won’t make my 14-year-old look like she’s 20 and ready to paint the town.

We will enroll her for high school on Wednesday next week. High School! Whoa. She’s growing up so fast. I love it and hate it at the same time. She has been hitting the books hard to get good grades. She’s also been working hard with her volleyball team. They won their tournament three weeks ago, on Super Bowl Sunday. It was so much fun. The following weekend, they made it to the championship match and lost a heartbreaker in 3 sets. At first she seemed so down about the 2nd place finish, but after we talked, I think she felt better. I tried to help her see that she could potentially make it to many championship games over the next 4+ years and she most likely won’t win all of them.

 
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Dani is having a good time swimming. She improved her times from the summer in the 50 free and 50 back. I know if she can just get those flip turns going, she will do even better. I am thinking about putting her in a local Girls on the Run program that is starting March 2. She said she wants to do it when I read to her about the program last night. I am just waiting to see if Craig thinks we can transport her (he could drop her off and I could pick her up) to the practices.

She possesses such strong awareness of her abilities and of her likes and dislikes. Dani is secure in who she is, even now at age 11. I love that.
 
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Basketball is over for Helen. She committed to dedicating herself to swimming to get to a point that she could do summer swim team with Dani this year, so I need to get cracking and get her in the lessons at the Y.

Remember this post when I mentioned school struggles for Helen? Well, I’m happy to report that her godmother has been facilitating homework, reading and review time twice a week and Helen has taken off! We have a slip here and there with a poor performance on a test, but it’s among many excellent successes and those slips are getting fewer and farther between. She actually seems to be enjoying school more now — not sure if it’s just that she’s having success or if she really does enjoy being at school, but I don’t really care. 🙂

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Dominic continues to light up my world. He is such a cute kid. He plays with Vincent so well. On Wednesday, when we spent about 35-40 minutes in the car doing driving around for Dani and Sarah’s practices, Helen sat in the very back of the van and I heard Dominic and Helen discussing Skylanders (video game) and how to progress through the “chapters” and such. Helen and Dominic actually discuss more than video games, too, which I think is cool.

Dominic said that he wanted to play soccer, but I told him this year, we just couldn’t take on one more kid with an activity and that we can do something next year. He seems to have made friends easily in Kindergarten and enjoys school quite a bit. He gets a bit dirtier than I would like, but I suppose that is normal.
 
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Vincent. Yes, so how is that strong-willed child o’ mine? Well, he’s cute and ornery. He throws fits when things do not go exactly as he wants. He can usually get his sisters to do just about anything for him.

 

He wants to be the center of attention at all times. The other night, while Helen and Dominic were having their discussion in the back of the van, Vincent kept crying to me, “Mommy, they aren’t talking to me! I want them to talk to me!” And then he kept yelling back to them, “You guys! You guys! I want to talk!!” When they actually stopped to listen to him, all of a sudden, he didn’t have anything to say! But he had already succeeded in getting their attention, so I guess that was good enough for him.

BONUS Take: You know, for a Catholic lady with a blog, I didn’t do a very good job of proclaiming that it is now Lent. We all made it to Mass on Wednesday. I’m limiting my foods to plain-jane (no sweets) and I’m upping my prayer time for Lent. Two years ago, I think Lent just drained me of all meaningful ideas because no matter what I give up, nothing feels sacrificial enough after what I went through then. I am praying for all to have a blessed and fruitful Lent!

Be sure to go visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum to read other great 7 Quick Takes posts!

7 Quick Takes – 93 (A Rerun)

I went to visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum and get the low-down on how Quick Takes works these days. Because…as you know (undoubtedly) it has been a LONG time since I have participated. And I see that I have stumbled upon a week when Kelly has asked us to link up to our most amazing 7QT ever (paraphrasing…not sure those were her exact words).

I only have 92 7QT posts to choose from. That shouldn’t be hard, right? I decided to pick the one where I let my guard down a little bit and got a larger number (than usual) of comments.

Without further ado, here’s my 7QT Re-run. 🙂 Thank you, Kelly, for hosting!!

This 7 Quick Takes post originally ran in September 2013. Enjoy!

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Wow, it’s been a few weeks since I participated in the 7QT linkup! I guess I haven’t been feeling it on Fridays. 

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I’ve had a lot on my mind that I haven’t been able to get into words lately. Suffice to say that if you remember this 7QT post where I asked for your prayers for discernment, I want to thank you for them. It’s been an interesting couple of months as my emotions have run the gamut of joy and satisfaction at the completeness of our family all the way to sadness and loss at the idea of never being pregnant again. NFP is such a blessing to our marriage that gives us the ability to discern and feel a little bit in control of what happens in that regard. I have decided to have the procedure that would mean we should avoid pregnancy until I hit menopause. I will still be ABLE to get pregnant, it’s just not prudent as I would have to have the procedure reversed sometime before late pregnancy and of course, it would have to be redone at some point after the baby was born. That’s not a prudent use of resources, and the issue I need addressed — well, it needs to be taken care of. And we thank God for NFP as an alternative to complete abstinence as we head into this period of life!
 
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I don’t really want to be cryptic or anything about the procedure I mentioned. It’s just a little TMI for a Friday blog link-up! But exploring the idea that perhaps God is leading us to a new stage of life has been … hm … grueling? I mean, the prayer, the thoughts, the emotions…Discernment is definitely not for the weak!!
 
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I have really learned over the past couple months — when I’ve let myself really pray and think on it — how much my older children need me. We often think about how much the little ones need their moms and dads — for their very survival! But the older children need us so that we can help them learn to be grown ups. 

For example, I’ve been helping Sarah learn to navigate the rocky waters of pre-teen/teen girl relationships but also how to approach adults in a mature way so she’s taken seriously. But that has required a good bit of my time and attention — and if I had a newborn right now, she would probably be missing a lot of what she needs from me, because let’s face it: I can only do so much at a time. 
 
So, Sarah’s needs were something we considered a bit more through our discernment process this time than when we have discerned adding to our family in the past. I don’t want her emotional and spiritual needs to go unmet because we decided to have another baby.
 
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Then, I consider Dani and Helen. Dani just turned 10, but she loves being a little kid with a big imagination! However, I can see her body may end up forcing her into the realm of pubescent preteen much sooner than she would like. And she’s so excited to learn all the things she’s learning at school, and read all the books (she’s currently finishing a Percy Jackson series and asking for another one). 

Helen has always needed a lot of my attention — heck, she gets the bulk of it. And so I’ve needed to spend time in the evenings reading with her or sometimes just holding her in a hug on the couch for a little bit. Or brushing her hair. 

Dani’s and Helen’s needs are growing, and when we add that to the more complicated and time-consuming needs Sarah presents — the older kids need more of us than I ever realized before we reached this point.
 

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This week, on Tuesday, was the Feast of St. Gregory the Great. I loved Rebecca’s comment on this post, btw. At school, during the morning announcements, they have the “Saint of the Day” and so St. Gregory was the Saint of the Day on Tuesday. I found out from Dominic’s Pre-K teacher that Dominic’s little eyes got big when he heard over the speaker that the Saint of the Day was Saint Gregory. And she said he listened intently through the whole bit about Pope St. Gregory the Great and a smile spread across his face while he listened. When it was over, he just went about his business, but it was very clear to her (watching him) that he really got something out of that.

Dominic is such a tender, sweet, sensitive, intuitive and strong boy. I am amazed regularly at him. Yes, he’s smart, too. But he just loves. He loves everyone. And he loves with the most pure, unadulterated joy. It was hardest to get past him as we went through this discernment because he has this huge capacity to love and right now that manifests in his ability to be such a great brother. But I realize that we can foster the growth of this quality in him so that he can spread it far beyond our family. He will often come to me and say, “I miss my brother, Gregory” and give me a hug. I find myself grateful that he was old enough to remember Gregory in my tummy and everything we went through saying goodbye to Gregory because Dominic has a beautiful way of loving us all through our pain.

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Then there’s Vincent. He’s such a sweet and rambunctious boy! He requires so much of our attention and it has only been through this discernment that I have realized how he may have struggled had Gregory joined us here on Earth. He’s grown up A LOT in the last couple of months, with going to bed on his own, talking up a storm and showing us all he is capable of physically. But…he still requires our constant vigilance as he’s prone to getting into things — especially things that might be dangerous — and so he tests our parenting wills on a regular basis.

As it is, he’s growing more and more every day. Soon (I sure hope!) he will figure out it’s better to go in the potty than in diapers and he will cooperate with potty training. And then, it will feel strange to be in a house that no longer requires diapers, but it will be freeing as well.
 
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Of course, discernment took into account our marriage, both Craig and me and our physical, emotional and spiritual needs. One of the things that I kept coming back to was the fact that I’m not getting any younger. Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery take their toll on a young woman’s body and they took even more toll on my older, maturing body. Add to that the health issue I needed to address and we realized it was time. We have been so blessed. We praise God and thank him for the five beautiful, healthy children here with us and the one glorious saint He chose to bring into His presence ahead of us. We pray we will join Gregory someday in the presence of God. But for now, we continue to focus to help our earthly family continue to learn…to know, serve and love the Lord, and to move into a new phase in life that includes loving, honoring and serving each other.

7 Quick Takes – 92


Thank you to Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum for hosting the 7QT. Holy Moly! I haven’t participated since October!! Yikes! Well, I know the blogging has been slow around here. But that’s the only part of my life that has been. Happy Friday!

**And then, Jen goes and changes up who is hosting! I guess I am glad that I started back up this week… hmmm, guess I should get a new header picture…I will have to see what’s going on!

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The school Christmas program was last night. Dani, Helen and Dominic performed with their classes.

Helen and Dani look so grown up!!

Sarah kept Vincent at home and Craig had to work. It was rather odd, sitting in my chair all by my lonesome. Someone said that I must not know what to do with myself. Oh contrare! I’ve learned to appreciate the times I don’t have someone calling “Mommy!” or saying, “I need…” or “I want…”

I enjoyed the program, though. Dominic played the part of Joseph. That was cute. (Remember when Helen was Mary a few years ago?) Helen was so cute…as soon as she found me, she waved and then she and I would lock eyes and she’d grin at me whether she was singing or not! Dani was a part of a group singing a descant during the last song and it sounded so good. I really hope I can get Dani back into her music a bit more…we stopped guitar lessons a year ago, but if I can figure out how to get it back into the budget…I see how passionate she is about music, I would like to try and cultivate that, if possible. 

One of the things I cherish about my kids being in Catholic school is the opportunity to do a Christmas program. It was short, sweet and very good!

These two are so cute!!

 

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This is a kettlebell.






Sometime before December started, someone from the Box put out the challenge to do 300 kettlebell swings for 30 days in December. Of course, crazy me, I can’t resist this sort of thing — so I signed up. Holy Moly, that’s a workout all by itself! I have been doing them before the workouts every day. I find that mentally, doing 300 swings in a day gets easier every day that goes by. I’m positive that the day I don’t do 300 swings will be the day I end (and fail) this challenge. So…I’m going to keep going to 30 I guess. My shoulders were crazy-tight yesterday and I told the chiropractor so. He worked on them, but I still feel tight through there and my lats and upper shoulders/back area.

Today I decided to run my stopwatch on my phone to get a gauge on how long this sort of thing takes (I knew the general time, though). I do these in sets of 25. 25 swings takes me about 45 seconds. So I do 4 sets of 25, resting 45 seconds in between. Then I give myself an extra minute to rest before the next 4 sets. It took right about 20 minutes.

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Oh yes. Tonight will be my first trip back to Allen Fieldhouse to watch my Jayhawks play basketball! Yay! I’m excited.

Due to Craig’s new job and our hectic schedules, Craig’s mom has had to find others to take her to the games. 😦 But I was happy to find one I could make and I think we’ll settle in and get to make it to a few, just not as many as we have in years past.

The Jayhawks look to be pretty good this year. Unfortunately, I think Kentucky has a team that very few other teams could beat, if any. They handled the Jayhawks pretty well a couple of weeks ago. But, KU will still be in the conversation for another conference championship, tournament run, etc. I love men’s college basketball!

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Did you see this game going around?






Fun that they pick Effie Trinket as the photo for this

I saw a few FB friends post it, so last night I got on Google on my phone to see what came up when I put in “Michelle Meme.” The first one was this, and made me laugh out loud:

I’d never seen it before, but apparently it gets
enough hits that it’s number 1

Since the First Lady has the name of Michelle, there’s an Obama Meme that comes up 2nd. It wasn’t all that funny, so I’m not sharing. But then this one…number 3…it was perfect!!
 
Ummm, hello! I have been hungry since I was born!! LOL
 
So? Anyone else want to play??
 

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Well, I got one of my drafts published this week. I had to go through that post and rewrite some of it because I started it 8 months ago! Isn’t that crazy? I guess I start, then I don’t like the way it’s going so I stop. I figure I must have looked at it 5-7 times over the course of those 8 months and just couldn’t put it together the way I wanted.

That’s the thing about being so busy and writing not being my job. I don’t practice it enough to get really good at it. Then I get a semi-decent idea to write about, but I don’t have time to flesh it all out at once and since I’m out of practice, it takes me longer anyway. Oh well. Such is life.
 
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Sarah told me the other night to stop saying, “Well, that’s how it is as you get older.” Apparently I have been saying that a lot. I notice. But, still. She is in 8th grade and life is starting to get a bit more “real” to her. The schoolwork takes more effort, she’s busy with her extra-curricular activities, she helps me out a lot on the homefront and she’s trying to get a babysitting business going. There’s a lot to do! I have figured out, though, that sometimes she just wants to talk at me and doesn’t want my advice or commentary. I have been trying hard to remember the part about her not wanting my advice or commentary. It’s hard to withhold, but I try to remember that she just wants me to listen. So…I try to listen and keep my mouth shut. It’s difficult, believe me, but I’m getting better at it.
 
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Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, is  my favorite ever! It has been a LONG time since I have listened to an album straight through and loved every song on it. Oh…probably since Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album. I know Taylor Swift doesn’t need promotion from someone like me. But I can’t help it. There are a few songs on this album that I would listen to on repeat. She’s got a gift for the catchy tune and rhythm paired with lyrics that take me back to whatever age Taylor Swift is in the songs she wrote. So, anyway…good album.

I think Craig and I decided no concerts for the girls and just figured that’s a lot of money to spend for little kid entertainment. I’ve done it…I took all three girls to see Taylor Swift three years ago. It was a lot of money and it was hard to stay throughout the whole thing at their ages so I thought I wouldn’t do that again. But there’s a part of me that would feel guilty if I were to go to see Taylor Swift in concert and not take Dani with me (she’s a huge fan).

What do you all think? This trend to taking young girls/kids to concerts? Do you do it? What’s a good age to start taking them? I would imagine it varies by temperament and level of disposable income for that sort of thing. I still wonder what you all think?
 
BONUS: Oh, it’s Advent! I love Advent. Dominic’s been the one committed to uncovering the little windows in our Advent calendar and he seems to enjoy it. I wish I knew how to limit the hustle and bustle of this time because I know I need to settle down more in my prayer life for Christmas preparation. Are you doing anything special with your families?

Busy weekend around our house — basketball scrimmage, service hours, babysitting, cleaning. Have a great one!

Be sure to go visit Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum!
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Quick Takes – 91 (The Happy Things Edition)

Thank you to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting the 7QT. It’s been a good week in these parts, so I have decided to make all 7 of these about things that make me happy.

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Craig has a new job. And with this new job comes weekends off! Holy cow, I can’t believe it. He’s worked weekends for as long as I can remember. Other than his short stint as a Stay-At-Home-Dad…and even then, he performed at Comedy City back then, so he still had commitments on the weekend. This morning, before he left for work (because right now — he’s also working DAY SHIFT!!), he came in and gave me a hug and said, “Guess what?! It really IS Friday!” Because his “Friday” has been Wednesday for the past couple of years. So, today, I get to anticipate a weekend where neither of us has to go in to work! Yippee!

 

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This song makes me happy:

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Wednesday afternoon, I returned home from work to a very smiley and happy Helen. She handed me the test packet (they group the previous week’s quizzes/tests together for parental review/signature) and started flipping through. The first thing I saw was a score of A on the top sheet. She giggles and then she flips that page and the next things I see is a score of A on the next thing. She proceeds to giggle and tell me, “And look at this one…” all the way through showing me quiz and test after quiz and test with nothing less than an A-. And I was more and more excited with each turn of the page. She stopped before she flipped to the final quiz (it was the math quiz) and says, “And this one….you just HAVE to see this one” and she had the biggest most heartwarming grin on her face and her cheeks were so full from how far her smile stretched. She slowly flipped the page over to reveal that she earned an A+ on the previous week’s math quiz! Holy Moly! I dropped the papers and put my hands in the air and shouted, “We are gonna have a PAR-TAY!!!” And she just giggled and giggled and grinned. It was, quite honestly, the highlight of my week. (And that’s saying a lot because I was pretty happy all week!)

Oh, and Helen having fun with her friends makes me happy, too 🙂

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So more about this new job. Craig is working day shift until November, when they will add a shift and it’s most likely he will go back to working nights. Of course, we’ve done nights for years and so it will be an adjustment back to that. BUT! He still has weekends off (unless they schedule overtime, which they will I would imagine, from time to time).

You guys — the weekends off — it’s awesome.

oh and if he does work overtime? Well — they will have to PAY HIM OVERTIME! (unlike the previous employer — he worked lots and lots of overtime and did not get paid for it there)

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CrossFit — as you undoubtedly know — makes me happy. This week, I ran my 1/2-mile in 3:19. Quite honestly, I don’t think I ran it that fast when I was 14 and ran it regularly in track. That was a nice boost to my Wednesday.
 
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The Royals are in the ALCS!! Wow! Just last week, I was saying how they won that crazy Wild Card game and were in the ALDS and I was hoping they’d win that. Well, they SWEPT the team with the best record in baseball. How crazy is that?!?

So, tonight they begin the ALCS with the Baltimore Orioles — another team, that admittedly, has had quite a drought of playoff games. But, I just can’t help getting all giddy for these boys in blue and think that they HAVE to win this series and go on to the World Series. I was so excited Sunday night watching them win. It was so great!

Good luck Royals! #BeRoyalKC #TakeTheCrown #RoyalOctober #ALCS

 

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Reading also makes me happy. Right now I am re-reading the Hunger Games books as I prepare for the release of Mockingjay Pt 1 on November 21. Sarah and I will be attending — with a couple of her friends and their moms (if the moms want to come).

Speaking of movies (I guess I wasn’t, but whatever) I went to see Gone Girl last week! I read that book over the summer and remember what a disturbing story it was. That is the first book I have ever read where I really dug the storyline (i.e., I was riveted) but I could not find one redeeming character in the whole book. They were all a bunch of schmucks!! I just didn’t like anyone! Usually, if I like a book that much, it is because I like a character. The movie was good. I had read ahead of time that Gillian Flynn wrote the screen adaptation, so I was hopeful it would stay pretty true to the book — and it did.

Ya gotta wonder, however, just how some people come up with such demented subject matter!


OK! Bonus take! Vincent is attending his first friend birthday party today. This is such a fun thing, for some reason. But a girl he plays with at daycare is having a pool party and invited Vincent. He is very excited! So much cuteness.
 

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7 Quick Takes – 90

Thank you to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting the 7QT.

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The most exciting thing happened this week! The Royals won their Wild Card game on Tuesday night in dramatic fashion. It was late at night when it was over. And though I dozed through parts of it, I was awake for the most important part — the bottom of the 12th inning. Ahh! So awesome that they won that game.

Then, they went out and beat the Angels in game 1 of the ALDS last night. Another extra inning game that I actually dozed and did NOT wake up. It was so exciting, however, to wake up and see that the #Royals had indeed won the game and taken a 1-0 lead in the series. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am. I have butterflies in my stomach constantly when I think about it. I love post-season baseball and it’s been so very long since I got to enjoy it, that I do think I had forgotten what it was like! 

This guy^^ homered in the 11th!

 

— 2 —

Tonight I am going out with some girlfriends to see Gone Girl at the theater! The book was recommended to me last summer and I devoured it in just a little over a week. I loved it. And so began my new love affair with Gillian Flynn novels. I promptly reserved, then read each of the books she’s written. Can’t wait to see the movie tonight (and have some non-Paleo popcorn, ha)

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Update on Helen. She’s having a bit of a better time doing her homework, and while her scores on math quizzes haven’t improved drastically, the errors she is making are just silly ones where I can tell she is not taking her time. THAT is something completely fixable, in my opinion, so I’m focusing on double-checking and taking her time right now. Also, I thank God for great friends. Helen’s godmother e-mailed me after my post lamenting the trouble I have spending enough time with Helen and offered to spend time with her doing homework, reading, whatever she needed. What a HUGE blessing! I can tell that having a non-parent work with Helen is very helpful. I like to work with Helen, but I will admit that because it is ME who corrects her, she takes the correction very hard.

I e-mailed Craig one afternoon asking how Helen was doing working with Beth. He replied, “Fine. No crying, no yelling and she hasn’t called her mean.” That’s why it’s better if Helen spends extra time with someone who is not her Mom. Yes, when I tell Helen a correction is needed, she has told me I am “mean.” She just doesn’t like to have negative feedback come from her mommy.

I am very proud of Helen for pulling herself together and really working on things though. She takes the suggestions and tips from her teacher, Beth and works with us. I love that about her. She’s still a hard worker — that much hasn’t changed. Good girl.

Bonus: this is what I do after Helen’s showers — double french-braid her hair:

She loves it…because it puts curl in her hair without the hot rollers

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I’m also proud of Dani and Sarah for how they are working in school right now. Sarah studies so hard and works to get her homework done. It’s paying off so far on the grade card. And Dani — wow, what can I say? that girl is a reading machine! The requirement was to read 10 books and take AR tests during the quarter and she’s done 18 so far. I’m happy that she’s doing well in all other subjects, too, but her reading is amazing.

— 5 —
Another cool fact about Dani: she’s writing a book. Seriously. She works on it when she has free time. I don’t know how many chapters she is up to, but she’s written quite a bit. I hope she lets me read it.
 
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Speaking of changes. Oh, I wasn’t? Well, let me just say — there will be some changes coming in our household. Note: NOT in the number of people who live in the house or anything like that. But some major changes and I’m not really sure (and I’m not at liberty to disclose yet anyway) how these changes will take place. I only know they are coming.

Oh well, I guess it’s been awhile since we shook things up!
 
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So it’s now October. They started the Book It! program through Pizza Hut in Dominic’s class. He loves it. I found out yesterday that Pizza Hut is opening the program up for adults. I think it might be cool to register and do it with Dominic. Then when we earn our pizzas, I can take him out for a little “date” and we can get them together.

He helped me out with picking the next book — when I got hom Wednesday, he had Flat Stanley ready to go. We read a few chapters of that one and both enjoyed it. I got some great suggestions from my Mumble re: books for him on Monday, so hopefully that will keep us going for awhile! Thank you!!
 

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7 Quick Takes – 89

Thank you to Jennifer Fulwiler for hosting the 7QT.

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I slacked on my accountability posts for this Paleo Challenge this week. I didn’t fall off the wagon, don’t worry! But I did simply stick to the Paleo food choices and made sure I got my workouts in, without telling you about it on Wednesday. It’s funny, I go back and forth about “what’s gonna happen after the Challenge” and whether I will eat or drink certain non-Paleo approved foods. I have a movie I am going to see next Friday with friends (uh, Hello! Gone Girl!! Woot!!) and I like to have popcorn when I go to the movies. Then Craig’s birthday is in October. BUT then I think about how good I feel and how the bloating is gone and I dropped those 3-5 pounds I had been itching to drop and I think, eh….maybe just stick with this Paleo stuff.

Oh well, time will tell. I think a 90/10 Paleo lifestyle is still a good choice, too.
 
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Sarah’s volleyball team is now 4-0 for the season! It sure has been fun watching them play. I am proud of Sarah for many things, but specifically her passing and her serving. She has grown in her abilities so quickly over the past three years. Sometimes I watch her get an “Ace” with her serve and I get tingly all over and think, “That is MY baby?!?” And then I see her getting a good pass up that helps the team connect on a kill and think, “THAT is my baby!!!”

— 3 —

One more win and the Royals will be in the playoffs. Holy moly! let’s goooooooo Royals!!

Speaking of the Royals, we had a surprise last weekend in that some friends could not use their tickets to the final Royals home game of the season and offered them to our family. It was a lot of fun to take the kids out to the ball park. We got some sun, though. And we got to see a win, which is always fun! The kids were so tuckered out, I didn’t have any problems getting anyone to bed that night, which is always a plus in Mommyland.

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Here are some fun pics you may have seen on Instagram:

In the van, on the way!
The Mommy’s Girl and Mommy’s Boy sitting next to….Mommy!
Craig, Dani, Dom and Sarah in the row behind us

I had originally planned on NO concessions — but, refillable Popcorn
(with the added bonus of occupying Vincent) was hard to resist!

— 5 —
I finished reading a book that Sarah read last year in her 7th grade literature class called The Barcode Tattoo. Have any of you read it? It was interesting. I’m not a huge fan, but I’m interested enough to read the rest of the trilogy (The Barcode Rebellion and The Barcode Prophecy) when I can get them from the library.

I recently finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and need to re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. BUT!! Mockingjay Part 1 (movie) is coming out November 21, so I think it’s time to re-read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay ahead of the viewing. 🙂

I also received a copy of Jason Evert’s Saint John Paul The Great that I plan to sit down and read soon. I’m not very good at reading more than one book at a time, so it might be in a few weeks, but I am looking forward to it.
 
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I keep thinking about perhaps becoming a Weight Watchers meeting leader. But, I don’t know if my personality is right for it. I have been paying attention to how people react when I mention weight loss or CrossFit. Most people seem to react as though they are intimidated when I mention some things. The last thing a room full of Weight Watchers needs is to feel like they can’t do whatever the leader is doing.

I have to find a way to inspire this sort of thing:

 
-OR-
 
 

I just don’t get the feedback that I inspire this sort of reaction. and I think the best WEight Watchers leaders are those that help people believe they CAN lose the weight and they CAN make positive lifestyle changes.

So many of the changes I have made, I would never have believed I could have a year ago. Keeping conscious track of the food I eat, all the time? Getting to my workout at least 4-5 times per week, EVEN when I couldn’t actually make it to the gym and I’m stuck with 100 Burpees in my living room? Yeah, right…

But, I did those things, even though I didn’t think I could. I just don’t know if I have that “it” factor that will help motivate others.

I’ll keep mulling it over.

— 7 —
This weekend, Craig and I are joining fellow CrossFitters for an outing to Comedy City. I don’t think I’ve mentioned much about the previous lives Craig and I lived before having children, but Craig was an improv performer with ComedySportz (now Kansas City’s is called Comedy City). I waited tables and he performed every weekend. It was what we did on the weekends. Many of the people who were there (and still are there!) attended our wedding. We haven’t been to a show in years. I know it’s been over a decade. Maybe Sarah was a baby or almost 2 or something the last time he and I made it to a show.

So, we’re really looking forward to seeing a show. The place has new owners now, but we know them and I was really happy they bought it when they did! I’m sure they have been doing an incredible job with it. Should be fun!!

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