Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This year was really fun, because my girls (and Jake, too) really got into it.
We started with Peanut Butter Blossoms and my girls were in charge of taking all the Kisses out of the wrappers. They did great. But every time I turned my head, J would sneak a Kiss!
We took a break in the middle of the afternoon for my parents to take their Christmas card picture. Here are a few of my favorites.
I like this one, because Jake has his arm around Em. Too cute!
Poor Baby C!
This one was the winner!
We did sugar cookies and the kids really enjoyed it. I would roll the dough and then let each of them choose a shape and press it out. After the cookies were baked, they all were able to shake the sprinkles on.
Needless to say, it got a little messy. Here's J putting the cookie cutters on like bracelets.
All together, we made PB Blossoms, sugar cookies, turtles, Cream Wafers and Shannon made some Cherry Mash (shout out to our hometown proud, St. Joe!). A delicious and calorie-rich mix of Christmassy-goodness.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My beautiful friend, Beth, is amazing. (Pictured center here, with the other amazing women in my Life Group.)
Today we celebrated her and her journey towards motherhood. It wasn't your typical baby shower, because Beth's pregnancy has not been typical. You see, Beth's baby was diagnosed early in the pregnancy with Trisomy 13. It's a chromosomal abnormality that the doctor's say is "incompatible with life."
It's been nothing short of horrific and petrifying for their family. Beth and her husband Aaron are in our Life Group. And I have to say it's been amazing to share this journey with them.
Even though they are facing a very uncertain outcome, their faith has been unwavering. Beth has been blogging. I can't tell you how much her insight into scripture and her personal thoughts during the pregnancy have blessed and challenged me.
Can you imagine such a prognosis for your son? I certainly cannot.
So, I write this post to celebrate my beautiful friend. But, also to heed your prayers. Beth is 37 weeks today. Her belly continues to grow and baby Jeremy is very active.
We believe we serve a miracle-working God and ask that you pray for a miracle in this situation. Pray specifically for the growth of his heart. Pray for strength for Beth and Aaron.
They are an amazing couple and I have no doubt that God will be honored and praised regardless of how this story unfolds, but they have a difficult road ahead.
The photos below are from the nursery at Beth's house. They will paint the walls this week, but before they do that, they invited friends and family to come over and write prayers and scripture on the wall.
It was really cool to read what people had written. (Click on the photos to view them larger.)
She is such a gift. And truly a miracle. I am so grateful that she is here.
Afterwards, we had dessert at our house with family. It was a really special time and it felt good to just focus on our baby girl for the evening.
My beautiful family. I'm stinkin proud of this group.
Needless to say, they had their hands full. I so wanted to reach out to them and say, can I help you?, hold something?, somebody?
I remembered that I had seen this mom while at a work meeting in Capstone, before C was born. I was so distracted watching her out the window. She whipped out her triple stroller and was loading kids into it from the back door of her mini-van.
I remember during that meeting wanting to run up to her and say, "I have twins too, and I'm about to have a baby! And I'm scared out of my mind! It looks like you're doing it! Let's be friends!"
I didn't get to meet her that night, but I'm gonna look her up. I'm sure we'll have some stories to swap.
We ate some food... you know, the healthy stuff. Mini hamburgers, mac n cheese, chicken strips, egg rolls. And of course, you can't forget the dessert. Mini donuts for the girls. They came in these cute little individual cups, all warm and delicious. And while I wasn't looking, Lo ate all 6 of her donuts. I was a little stunned. That girl was wound up after that!
So, it's a good thing she could run it off on the Colts' indoor practice field... (look close. the girls are waving at me!)
As usual, J was a little more adventurous than Lo. J jumped on the inflatables and got a snowgirl painted on her arm.
And these weren't your average carnival facepainters, these ladies were really good...
This photo just makes me laugh. Lo is proving with age that she is a clone of her daddy, often in her own little world. She was in the middle of the endzone and decided to squat down and enjoy her sucker from Santa. Such a lady, I tell ya (she's a lot like her dad, but her lady-like ways are probably an accurate reflection of her momma).
The party was complete with a visit to daddy's office, to feed Baby C (yes, she was there, too, although there are no pictures to prove it). They got to try on his Lucas Oil Stadium hard hat, play with the nerf basketball and write on daddy's white walls.
Merry Christmas and Go Horse!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
10.5 lbs lost
4.1% body fat lost
5.25" lost (2.5" around my hips/stomach)
Feeling really good today. Although I realize I still have a lot of work to do.
Any advice? What do you do to stay motivated when you have a big goal?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We're working on tools that will help build community and encourage story-sharing. Relational tools make me giddy!
Aren't you excited, too?
Sunday, November 16, 2008
And I'm excited about it! Crazy, right?
In the past, when I've needed to get in shape, I've always tried the same things. And the same things have only worked half-heartedly. I've been fortunate to never truly struggle with my weight, but I've always felt like I wasn't quite meeting my potential either.
Which reminds my, Cindy has a great new quote hanging in her gym now that says, "Don't let your mind cheat you out of your own potential." Or something like that. It's a good one though, right? And so true.
Here's what I'm doing different:
- NOT getting on the scale (I've never thought I could handle this, because I'm obsessed with numbers, but really ignoring the numbers has been a huge key to my endurance)
- Scheduled workouts
- Strength training (this is my primary focus at Cindy's house and my homework is the diet and cardio)(I've never known how to do the strength training stuff, but I have muscles in my abs now that I don't think I've ever felt there before)
- True accountability - Cindy is a great teacher and motivator, she makes me feel good about my best, whatever that happens to be on that particular day.
Now that it's cold outside and I don't have a gym membership, I'm trying to get creative with how to get in my cardio. So, last week, I checked out some DVDs at the library. There wasn't a huge selection, so I ended up with (don't laugh) "Dancing with the Stars: Cardio Dance" and a Biggest Loser workout.
Honestly, I haven't tried either one, yet. But, I'll let you know how they go. I know my husband is dying to know.
I've still got some work to do. I've still got that waterbed effect on my gut (moms, you know what I'm talking about), but I just had a baby four months ago... so I guess I'll give that some time.
But Saturday, Nov 29 is the day. Thirteen days and counting...
Friday, November 14, 2008
My hope is to post more about my everyday life as a mom of twins + one, as a woman striving to become more like Christ, as a wannabe chef and as a church communications professional.
I'm not perfect. I'm not trying to be. I'm just trying to get better all the time.
I hope you'll keep visiting and I hope you'll tell your friends!
I've got some "Stuff" (see my new labels) on my mind and I'm excited to share. And maybe even start a conversation or two.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We were thankful for a new invention they used on her that shone a light through the bottom of her hand so that they could quickly and easily spot a vein. I think even the staff were surprised with themselves at how well they inserted her IV. She cried for only a minute and quickly fell asleep in my arms after it was over.
She was fascinated by the pink and purple tape around her hand. She's at that stage where she's just noticing and reaching for toys, so it was cute to watch her little mind at work, pulling at that tape all afternoon.
I was thankful for her sweet temperament. God has blessed us with some sweet babies.
And during my first trip as a mom to the ER, I learned some things about myself, too. I learned that I can (and should) trust my gut in making decisions for the care of my children. I felt calm, collected and confident as Baby C's mommy today. I knew what we needed to do, when to ask questions and when to push back. I felt proud of myself.
She's still not out of the woods. The trip to the hospital just got her tank full to hopefully ride the rest of this bug out at home. She's on a diet of electrolyte fluids for the next 24 hrs (she was on it for the prior 24hrs, too).
Please continue to pray. We really appreciate it.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Please pray for my baby. She's been pretty sick since Wednesday.
We've talked to the doctor this weekend, and we're watching to see if she needs to go to the hospital (in case of dehydration). Just flu stuff, nothing more serious than that.
I would appreciate your prayers.
Here's an extra cute video of her to put in your head so you don't forget to pray!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
He challenged her by asking where in the Bible she heard that God calls us to "balance." He said, it's nowhere in the Word. Jesus wasn't balanced. Paul certainly wasn't balanced. God doesn't call us to find balance.
But, somewhere in the last week, I must have missed a beat. Things are feeling out of sync.
I know I'm going to have moments like this. Where I'm just plain over it. I want to quit every commitment I've made and stay at home and not feel so stinking rushed all the time.
But, for me, that will only feel good for like a week.
I need to take a minute (a mommy time out, if you will) and sometimes in life I just need a good friend to tell me to SLOW DOWN. But, most of all I need to have some serious heart-to-hearts with Big G.
In the meantime, maybe I should wear a sign: White girl, desperately seeking rythmn.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The kids had story time, a costume parade, crafts, lunch and impromptu dancing (see video below).
We came home for naps and got up to go trick or treating and be friendly with our neighbors. Then off to another party at the barn. This time for adults and kids.
Our family dressed up this year as characters from the Wizard of Oz: Baby C was Glenda the Good Witch, Lo was the cowardly lion, J was Dorothy (complete with ruby slippers), Andy was the tin-man and I was the scarecrow.
Baby C's cozy spot during the playdate. A pretty rough life, I tell ya.
Sweet niece (the butterfly), aunt Shan-Shan, Grammy and Lo. It takes a village and I'm so thankful that my village is close by to enjoy times like these.
This pic gives you an idea of the chaos that was the Halloween playdate. These are my people - moms, with babies strapped to them and toddlers at their feet, all while wearing a smile.
There's no place like home. I tried to get J to say that all day long. No luck.
Our family at the party. Aren't we cute?
Daddy dancing with Dorothy. Wish this pic wasn't fuzzy. But, it's still sweet.
The hostess with the mostest. Jme and Jac - she was the CUTEST little pirate!
Lo with her GGpa. It's special to watch how Lo is drawn to her GGpa.
Superman! My handsome nephew stikes a pose.
Aunt Shan-Shan showing us what a lion says "Roar!" Lo less than enthusiastic.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1lb red potatoes, cubed
3/4lb smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 c chopped onion
1 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs cider vinegar
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
4 c fresh baby spinach
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
Place potatoes and water in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 4 minutes or until tender; drain.
In a large skillet, saute kielbasa and onion in oil until onion is tender. Add potatoes; saute 3-5 minutes longer or until kielbasa and potatoes are lightly browned.
Combine the brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, thyme and pepper; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Add spinach and bacon; cook and stir until spinach is wilted.
Jenni's notes: I'm dieting, so I used Turkey Sausage, only 90 calories/serving. This is a fast, all-in-one recipe. I loved that it used red potatoes and fresh spinach (lots of vitamins). I'm definitely adding this one to my fall recipe repertoire.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My cute hubby!
I've titled this video "Puzzle Me" because that's what Lo says to me, when she wants me to sit down with her and work a puzzle. It's one of the girls favorite activities right now and they are both so good at them.
I'm simply amazed by their little brains. This puzzle is labeled for ages 3+, but is no problem for Lo.
This video is a little long, but if you haven't seen the girls in a while, this will give you a good idea of what they've been up to lately - lots of talking, singing and puzzle working. And there's a little clip of Baby C at the end, too.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
My job is to post seven random facts about myself. So, here it goes...
1) The temperature in my car must always be set on an even number... odd numbers just don't feel right to me. Sometimes my husband will drive the van and set it at an odd number just to bug me.
2) I am not a morning person.
3) I like my fingernails to be really short. I absolutely HATE dirt under my fingernails.
4) I overanalyze.
5) I have convinced myself that Qdoba burritos are a healthy food, despite the 800+ calorie price tag.
6) I dream of someday having a garden in my backyard, where I can grow organic produce and herbs. The problem, I don't have a green thumb. I hope I get one in the next couple years, because I think this would be a fun project to do with the girls, too.
7) I always looked forward to chicken nugget day at school... the warm wheat rolls, cheesy potatoes, nuggets and honey for dipping. Yum.
Now, if I were truly dedicated to this game, I would post 7 people to tag... but it's getting late and I'm pretty tired, so here are 3 people... no, better make it 4 (it's even) people I tag to join the fun:
1) Nicole A.
I'm still working out with Cindy. She's so great.
I really think accountability has been the key for me this time. I'm such a goody-good and I like to be the teacher's favorite. So I do my best to do EVERYTHING Cindy tells me to do.
Which means, I'm working out between 4 to 6 times a week. Watching my portions. Counting calories. Not eating after 6p.
The funny thing about not eating after 6p; I thought I would be starving, and for a few weeks I was awful hungry, but she told me it would get better and believe it or not, it has!
So here's the most exciting news...
For the first time since January (when I started to show with Baby C), I fit into REAL jeans. No more elastic maternity waste bands!
I pulled them from my closet, took a deep breathe, got them over my booty and started to zip. Those jeans went up and on with very little muffin top.
It's time to celebrate... maybe with M&Ms? Probably not. Don't want to get too cocky.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The girls were semi-interested in picking out pumpkins. Lauren was more concerned with setting upright all the pumpkins that had fallen on their side. It was pretty cute.
They also had some fun playground sets that the girls enjoyed. Lots of swinging and sliding.
We're probably going to another patch this weekend so that daddy can get in on the fun, too. Happy Fall!