Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Out of the Box

(thanks for the name idea Mandy)

this was my second competition

I'm 34 weeks and 5 days pregnant with twins.  I'll post more about that later.  This is more about Crossfit.

I had been going pretty hard at my crossfit box for the last year before I got pregnant.  It was fun.  I've always been athletic and into sports.  I started crossfit when my daughter was about 1.5 years old.  Basically when she didn't need me to nurse her that much.  I had read about crossfit before when I was learning about the Paleo diet.  It seemed like something I would be interested in.  I always liked lifting, I lifted in high school.

Anyway, so after the first year or so I decided I wanted to try a competition.  I fell in love with doing them.  Then I decided to start working out more than my current 3 times a week.  I also met people who wanted to do more than the house WOD.... we would do more.  We started following various programming that would last more than the hour I usually spent at the gym.  My kids were older then, and I didn't nurse them anymore and my husband wanted me to go to crossfit to get out of the house. He was saying how much happier I seemed after working out.  And it's true, I enjoyed it,  I had made a ton of friends and it was nice to get out for an hour or two.

There was a few downfalls to it though.  I think, for me, 4-5 times a week of training like that wasn't exactly good for my body.  I could tell that it was wearing me out.  I had started to see a couple of people because I got a high thyroid test.   It's so easy looking back - I think I was working out too hard.  I think it was wearing me out.

It's so easy after the fact to see all this stuff.  Like last summer I did more crossfit, and didn't have the energy to do the things I had the previous summer.  I picked, canned and froze a bunch a fruit.  Before, I was into sewing.  I felt that I became obsessed with crossfit.  It's not like its a bad thing.  It was fun.  I really enjoyed it.  But now being pregnant and having to take a break from doing crossfit (my body is just not able to lift right now) I can see how that crossfit obsession kind of took over.  It's really nice to have the perspective.  I know once my babies come I won't be able to work out like that and I'm kinda glad.  I think I'm excited for more of a balance.  I just don't think training two hours a day, for me, in my life, is "balance".   I'm glad I know that now.  It's nice to have some out of box perspective.   It will be interesting to see how this year has changed things.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Homeschool Last Week

One of my new years goals was to plan the homeschool week ahead of time.  I found this sheet to write down what I hope to accomplish.  It's kinda cool to plan everything out so I can see what I'm going to do.  It makes it more organized so that I'm not fumbling around when I say 'it's time to start school'.
I started doing it two weeks ago and we got through all I wanted to do.  It was funny because I had my husband take over one of the days last week because he came home from work so I could go to the doctors.  He didn't understand exactly what was on my list so he just had Luke do all of the writing assignments for the whole week in one day haha.  So we just moved on the next day and did the math and reading we didn't do the days before.  We also finished reading Snow White (I was reading it to them).
Last week was more "field trip week".  We went to the fire station with a local homeschool group.

Luke in the fire truck
We have been to the fire station before.  But this time Luke wasn't afraid to get in the fire truck with out me and he was really interested in learning about everything this time.  Him and Taryn weren't shy about getting in a group photo either :)

Thursday we went to an art class where the kids learned to paint a butterfly on canvas.

art class

We also had a park playdate with our friends, made a trip to Portland and ran some errands.  Needless to say, we didn't get done with what we set out to accomplish this week.  But, I really think that is the beauty of homeschooling.  

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Twenty fifteen... the year of self discipline (hopefully)


set goals and write down ways to achieve them

Be more organized at home school
  • go over weekly plan each weekend

Earlier bed time
  • start getting ready for bed around 9:30
  • get dinner ready before I go to crossfit

Well... this one isn't going so well yet.  I don't know why we just aren't motivated to go to bed early.  We should be lol.  I just like staying up.

Keep up with budget and stick with it
  • check in with budget at least 3x a week and before going shopping or spending money
  • make a menu before shopping for groceries
We did better at budgeting in 2014 than we have in previous years... mostly just getting in the habit.  And also just figuring out what works best for us.  I think the key for us is keeping up with it.  If we do that we are usually very successful.  If we go a week or so with out updating we get caught saying 'oh i think we have enough money in this category' when really we don't or should be more frugal.
Making menus helps a lot for grocery shopping.  Even though I'm pretty good at shopping with out a menu.  Shopping with a menu helps me to focus and get what we need... and avoid extras.

organize the house
  • clean the garage
    • get a dumpster
  • Organize closet for a place to set my oils
  • Clean out linens closet
  • clean shelf by dinning table
  • make a homeschool station
I don't want to do these.  lol.  But they need to get done.

Get to Silver Rank for my oil business
  • create oil box page on fb for support to existing clients
  • start blogging
  • do the Hustle 30 day challenge
  • start a youtube channel to help new oil users
This is for my essential oils business.  You can see more on my new blog page later when I make it.

save for….
The nest egg
  • stick to budget and budget goals
  • save money in ROTH each month
    • set amount
  • save a little money from savings each month
    • set amount

two twin bed mattresses 
bunk bed
disneyland trip

We are trying to really have a big nest egg right now so that way we have enough in case of an emergency.  We have some of it, but I want this year to be the year we finish doing that and move the focus on other things.
I also want to go to disneyland :)

And finally, the most important goals: 

Spiritual Life Goals

  • Keep reading the daily readings and reflection
  • pray at least a decade of the rosary with the family every day (and try to pray the rosary every day)
  • read a book about a saint
  • spend more time in silence
  • find ways to make people happy
  • Get more involved at my Parish
  • help at community dinners with Luke

Well that's it for this year.  We'll see how it goes! 

Blast from the Past

Wow.  I just re-read through my blog today.  I have been meaning to keep up with it better.  And just writing more often.
Time passes so fast, I can't believe it has been a year since I've updated.  And really, two years since I wrote more consistently.  And understanably since I've got two kiddos.  But I just got out of the habit.  I don't know if I'll go back and cover what I've missed.  But I think I'll just start posting what's going on now.  I actually miss doing this.

3 and 5 years old

Here they are.  They are 3 and 5 now.  This picture was taken right before we went out the door for church this morning.  Taryn was wearing her new dress she got from her Aunt Loretta.  She's not really the dress wearing type but she liked this one and said she would wear it to church sometime.

Luke is 5 and is in kindergarten but we are homeschooling.  It's funny because when they were in swimming lessons, the teacher asked him if he was in school.  He kinda looked at him with a puzzled look.  He didn't know what to say.  But I told him after to just say that you are in kindergarten but you homeschool.  He's said that now to people who ask.

Today, after church, I was getting trained to be a Eucharistic minister.  Ben and the kids were waiting out in lobby area.  There is someone at our church who brings day old bread and people can take them home for free.  Ben and the kids found some gluten free bread while we were waiting and so we took it home.  I took the bread and made french toast for lunch.  It was really good.  Now i'm back in the bedroom, in my pj's, laying in the bed enjoying this Sunday.  Of course, the dog is right next to me.  And the kids and Ben are out playing some game on the tv.  

We don't have a whole lot going on right now.  Just the every day stuff.   I'm going to try to make more updates!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

19 Months (Dec 25th)

Dear Sweet Taryn,

It's been a while since I updated about you.  You are the sweetest little girl with quite the spunky personality.  It has been utterly amazing to watch two kids grow up together and you to have such a different personality than your brother.

 You just started talking in sentences. You told me 'Mama close your mouth'.  I don't even know if you knew what you said lol.  You can say other short sentences too. "here ya go" is a common one.  And you are really starting to put together longer thoughts.  I can see your brain working away as you recap the event that just happened... 'Luke, Poop, Potty' or 'Mama coffee, Daddy coffee'.  You're little mind is just processing away.  In the car you like to sing songs, and you've memorized a lot of The Wiggles CD as well as the Backyardigans CD.  And I just LOVE your sweet little voice.

When you run you have a bounce in your run.  You are so active and you love following your brother around and are proud that you can go almost as fast as he can. 

You still love to eat.  In fact, we call you the 'golden child of eating'.  (Luke is the 'golden child of sleeping')  You love everything.  It would almost be better for me to write what you don't like instead of what you like.  But you really are getting a sweet tooth.  Especially around the holidays this year you were able to try cookies and treats that you haven't had before.  Of course you loved them :) 

you squint your eyes when I say 'smile'

Speaking of sleeping, you've been up a lot at night recently.  First the canines (which are still coming in) and then you've had a cold the last couple days.  We remember Luke sleeping terrible at around 18 months and you seem to be following suit.  But every once and a while you give us a nice night or two to catch up.

You love Daddy.  Sometimes you even want Daddy instead of me, especially when you get hurt.  You are the biggest daddys girl.

We went to your doctors appointment at 18 months and you are the same size as Luke was at 2.  We are so happy you are so healthy and strong.  I'm hoping you'll like to play basketball!   You do like balls a lot.  You also like trains, barney, and almost anything Luke likes.  You got two dolls for Christmas but I think you are still a little scared of them. 

Since Luke likes to use the ipad, you do too.  You were really eager to learn how to use the ipad and my iphone.  Now you know exactly what to do.  Sometimes before I know it you're already playing angry birds on my phone before I even know you have it.

with barney you got for Christmas from Grandma and Papa- you love that thing

It's funny because when I ask you and Luke a question you stare at Luke to see what he says, then you copy his answer and tell me too.  So if I say do you guys want lunch... Luke will say no and you'll follow and say no really loud too.  You're such a copy cat :)  But you are starting to do your own thing and have your own opinions.  Its fun to see you not want the same things as Luke

Shopping has been a scary thing with you.  Luke always stayed close to us.  But you love to wonder.  In fact, we've already had two close calls when you walked away from Daddy at Macy's.  And then another time you walked around the corner from me at Joann Fabrics.  Both of which scared us half to death.  Daddy refuses to take you to the mall now because he can't take the scare.  You are one hard girl to contain.

another squinty eyes smile :)
You still have your baby wrists and you still have that sweet baby smell on your head.  I cherish those things because I know they'll be gone soon.  It's hard to imagine that you are moving closer to two!  Just a few days ago, it seemed, that you were my newborn.  We love you dear Taryn.  You are so sweet.

Love, Mama and Daddy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wordless Wednesday NYE

We just got back after a long drive home from my parents so we didnt have any really exciting New Year's Eve plans. We are also sick with a cold. I personally just wanted to go to bed. But I snapped a few pics with the kids :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Recap and Resolutions

I really like the New Year because it's time to start fresh with goals.  And I wanted to look back to remember what my goals were in 2012 and see what they were and if I even tried to do them.  So here goes.

2012 Goals

Better Budgeting-  Well I'm happy to say that the last four months we have done really good at getting our budgeting together.  We sometimes don't get everything right but we've come up with a really good strategy that we can stick to.  I'm really excited this year to keep up the budgeting and saving!!

Improve My Health-  This did not go where I thought it would.  I went strict paleo for most of last year.  I think, if anything, I felt the same or maybe a little worse lol.  Don't get me wrong, I like eating paleo.  I just like not being so super strict.  However, the biggest change i've made has been the last two months-- I started CrossFit!  I exercised a little off and on.  But two months ago I really wanted to get serious about it.  I started because I've heard so many awesome things about Crossfit and I knew I would love it (and I DO!).  I now see that a lot of my so called 'health problems' were just because I need a good hard work out.  I do love the way I eat, and I do think eating well is very important... but exercise is just as important!!  So I'm really happy I started CrossFit.  It's so awesome.

Read the Daily Mass Readings- Yes!  I have read almost everyday this year.  I'm sure I missed a few here and there but I've been super consistent!  I usually read them when I nurse Taryn down for bed.  

Teach Luke the Angelus-  I did!  But then we got out of the habit because of Lent (you say a different one during Lent) and we stopped.  But he still knows it.  We should start again, I still have the reminder set on my iphone.

Exercise more- CrossFit! 

Wow, I did pretty good!  I felt pretty happy today when I was reading over these and realizing I accomplished most of it! 

Here's for this year....

Budget-  Well, this year I'd like to save up enough money for a nice vacation :)  Preferably before Taryn turns two so she's still free on the airplane ride.

CrossFit - I'd like to get up to my old PR weight lifting goals from High School.  I can now max squat 150 but in high school I could do 180.  I also used to power clean 145 max.  I'd also like to Rx a work out in the next month or two.  And maybe do a few un-assisted pull ups!

Spiritual Life - I'd like to attend daily mass more often.  This summer I went a lot.  Then when the clocks changed and it got darker we started getting lazier and staying in bed.  Once we kick our current cold I want to start going again.  Also- I want to continue reading the daily readings, start praying more Rosaries.  Maybe a decade a day.  I pray a decade on the way home for crossfit when I'm alone in the car, I'd like to find some more alone time to do that on nights I don't work out.  Also, read more of the bible. 

Routine - Get in a better routine.  I'd like to have a set cleaning routine, meal prep routine and also 'practicing homeschooling' routine.  Still working on that.

Become a minimalist by 2014-  I really want to get rid of things I don't need.  I'm going to try and post more about that in the upcoming year :)

Well that's about it.  I can't think of anything else so far.  I am excited to see what this year brings!

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!