Monday, June 30, 2008
For us, we wanted names with family ties, that aren't too trendy and somewhat old fashioned (we like to call them classic!). Of course, it seemed that right as I got pregnant the old fashion names made a comeback and several of the names we like are becoming quite popular. Olivia is one that we really love and will probably never use! Our little girl is named Cecelia Shannon. Cecelia is my great grandmother and Shannon is the name of Scott's older sister who passed away when she was only 2.5 months old. I love that we have stories to share with Cecelia regarding why her name is so special. I hope that as she learns about the two great women she is named after that she will feel a special bond with them and be proud to carry their names.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Here is an excerpt that really hit me. Perhaps it can give you a little extra inspiration this week:
"Who you think you are is also intimately connected with how you see yourself treated by others. Many people complain that others do not treat them well enough. 'I don't get any respect, attention, recognition, acknowledgement," they say. 'I'm being taken for granted.' When people are kind, they suspect hidden motives. 'Others want to manipulate me, take advantage of me. Nobody loves me.'
Who they think they are is this: 'I am a needy little me' whose needs are not being met.' This basic misperception of who they are creates dysfunction in all their relationships. They believe they have nothing to give and that the world or other people are withholding from them what they need. Their entire reality is based on an illusory sense of who they are. It sabotages situations, mars all relationships. If the thought of lack-whether it be money,recognition, or love-has become part of who you think you are, you will always experience lack. Rather than acknowledge the good that is already in your life, all you see is lack. Acknowledging the good that is already in your life is the foundation for all abundance. The fact is: Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you are withholding from the world. (emphasis added) You are withholding it because deep down you think you are small and that you have nothing to give.
Try this for a couple of weeks and see how it changes your reality: Whatever you think people are withholding from you-praise, appreciation, loving care, and so on-give it to them. You don't have it? Just act as if you had it, and it will come. Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving. You cannot receive what you don't give. Outflow determines inflow. Whatever you think the world is withholding from you, you already have, but unless you allow it to flow out, you won't even know that you have it. This includes abundance. The law that outflow determines inflow is expressed by Jesus in this powerful image: "Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I know... it seems that no one likes to track what they eat. With weight loss, knowing what you are eating is vital!!! We tend to think that we eat less than we actually are.
So this week's challenge is to track what you eat. Every. Single. Thing. Write it down.
You don't have to figure out the calorie amount. The challenge is to track every single thing you put in your mouth as well as the quantity (handful, 1/2 cup, etc.)
Let's see if becoming more aware of what we eat will help us break through the plateaus... or jump start a loss!
(I know it is hard, I know it isn't fun. Do it anyway.)
How did everyone do with the push up challenge?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
5 tbsp. cream of tartar
3 cups water
4 tbsp oil
(I added food coloring to make it a fun color)
Mix ingredients in pan on medium heat, and stir until thick. Cool on cookie sheet.
I know there's lots of fun recipes out there for things like "flubber" or silly putty, or even different kinds of playdough. Feel free to share if you have one you love!
Let me know what you think, and most importantly, what needs to be changed!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Alright ladies!!! How did the 10% challenge go? Who did it?
I have a confession - last week was so busy I didn't even remember I issued the challenge until Sunday. Nice. After that, I tried to cut my calorie intake by 10%. That meant eliminating an extra 150 calories a day. I'll just say that I love those 150 calories. They were hard to give up.
This week's challenge is to do push ups. I learned this at an aerobics class we had at my church building. Instead of doing them on the floor, we did them against the stage. Stand away from the stage about 3 feet (maybe less for shorter people), place hands a little more than shoulder width apart on the edge of the stage. Do pushups - your chest should almost touch the stage as you lower. Do 3 sets of 10. The further out your feet are from the stage, the more difficult the push up.
I thought this was a great way to do push ups. For some reason it is less intimidating than a floor push up. It was easier for me to have correct form (make sure your bum isn't sticking high in the air! You should keep your body as straight as possible).
So the challenge is this: when you are in the kitchen, waiting for water to boil, food to warm up in the microwave, whatever, do these push ups against your kitchen counter. Really try and push yourself (hahaha, no pun intended) - don't just do one or two, but try at least 5 at a time. Do these throughout the day, when you are in the kitchen.
Report back next week. CAN WE PUSH IT??? YES, WE CAN!!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
* A Thousand Splendid Suns
* Persian Pickle Club
I know a bunch of us have read different Jodi Picoult books (19 minutes, Plain Truth, My Sister's Keeper) and I'm wondering what you girls think of reading books like that for book club? I know some of them have a little bit of foul language so I didn't know what your thoughts are on reading those type of books. To be completely honest, I'm a speed reader, I skim books so more often than not, I don't realize there is swearing unless someone else points it out to me... I know that not everyone is that way and I don't want to choose or suggest books that will offend anyone, so let me know what your thoughts are! And of course, keep suggesting books.
I think for now we will all read "These Is My Words" in June, to discuss in July, so we have a little bit of time, but the faster we can come up with a list the better, so we can all get on the waiting list for the books!
Happy Reading everyone!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Since the "Back to Sleep" campaign, there has been a large increase in infants with flat spots on the backs, and sides of the back of the head. It can range in severity, and in the most severe cases you may have seen these babies wearing helmets. There can be other medical causes, but back sleeping is the largest contributor. What really made this stand out to me was when Vicki pointed out that the newborn brain is literally growing 24/7. If the head is lying against something, the brain can't push the skull out in that area, so it pushes it out in the areas that aren't lying against a flat surface instead. When you put that into perspective with how much a newborn sleeps in a 24 hour period, and that most of them lay in the same position when sleeping, all of a sudden it makes perfect sense why flat spots are so common.
Research has shown that sleeping on the back is safest. So what can we do about it? You can encourage your baby to look to both sides by switching up what sides you give care from. (Most of us tend to always change diapers, bottle feed, etc. from a certain side.) Don't always lay them with their head at a specific end of the crib, changing table, etc. Also, limit time in bouncy seats, infant carriers, and swings, as they are still putting pressure on the back of the infant's head. When you are holding your baby, try to snuggle them upright, or at least so their bellies are against you. It's okay for your baby to sleep on their belly if you are right there! One suggestion she made was to carry your baby around in a sling against you, in an upright position sometimes instead of always putting them in a bouncy seat or swing. Last but not least, we all know the importance of tummy time! Don't give up, even if your baby hates it. Try to make it a fun time, by getting on the floor with them, putting toys and a mirror in front of them, etc.
Sorry if that seemed like common sense, but I thought it was a good reminder! My little one wasn't a baby that was content to lie still for long anyway, but I will definitely use these tips with the next one!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Alright ladies!!!! How did the Core Challenge work for everyone? Strengthening one's core is very important to overall health and fitness - it influences our posture, our form, and strengthens our tummies and backs.
I have been thinking for a bit about what kind of challenges to make. Coming up with 12 challenges is a challenge!!
This week's challenge is about 10%. I challenge each of you to do something 10% more or 10% less for an entire week. Here are some examples:
- Eat 10% more veggies and fruits
- Increase your cardio workout time by 10%
- Consume 10% fewer calories
- Sleep 10% longer (unfortunately this usually means going to bed earlier rather than later)
You decide what the activity is - just make sure you keep the 10% rule.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
ps-I already RSVP'ed so there's no turning back, I was just curious if my feelings are common.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Also, I'm not sure who regularly participates in Book Club who hasn't picked a book yet. So...if you would like to pick the book for July...just let me know and I'll edit this post to announce the book chooser. :) Thanks ladies! :)
At his "last lecture" he shared "How to Achieve Your Childhood Dreams". It always strikes me how often these bits of wisdom are really just taking us back to the things we're taught at church every week. Be honest. Be grateful. Love your parents and families. Repentance was even in there as he talked about apologizing and trying to make things right. What also struck me was how at peace he was with his fate and his current status. He has three kids under the age of 5! I'm not sure I would be that secure and I admire him for it.
Enjoy his thoughts!
"I've been using aluminum foil for more years than I care to remember. Great stuff, but sometimes it can be a pain. You know, like when you are in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.
Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, "Press here to lock end". Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! Ican't count the number of times the Saran warp roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up."
Monday, June 9, 2008
My brother has decided to go to law school in Lansing, MI. He and his wife will be moving there at the first of August. I am wondering if anyone is from the area, and if you could offer any tips, advice, etc. that I could pass on to him. He lives in Cedar City, Utah right now, so it will be a long drive of a move!
Anyway, any tips relating to relocating would be great. Any information or just plain excitement to share would be awesome, too. He is excited to be fairly close to Chicago and Toronto. He is big into music/concert going and he says that nearly every band that comes to North America stops in one of those two cities.
I know the Lord has a new calling planned for me, and I am grateful for my time I got to serve the girls, but I am still quite sad about being done. Am I crazy weird or have any of you felt this way??
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I've been forced - yes forced - into potty training my recently turned 2 year old son. He's decided that he doesn't like to wear diapers after he's "gone" in them and my baby girl has decided they are fun toys. I'm sure you can imagine what sorts of things have happened with that. So I would like to know what sorts of things worked when you potty trained your kid, or kids. Any and all advice is welcome!
Monday, June 2, 2008
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies (1-2-3 Cookies)
* 1 cup sugar (you can cut this down to 3/4 cup, if you prefer)
* 1 large egg
* 1 cup peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
1. Combine sugar and egg in mixing bowl, stirring till smooth. Add peanut butter and mix in thoroughly.
2. Roll into walnut-sized balls.
3. Place the balls on ungreased cookie sheets at least 2" apart.
4. Flatten with the tines of a fork.
5. Turn 90 degrees and use fork again to create cross hatches.
6. Bake 10 minutes at 375F (or till done). Let cool in pan for 1 minute before removing to cooling rack.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Here are my favorites:
craigslist.org - This has been discussed on the site before, but I just can't get over how much I love this site and the deals that I find on it.
yodlee.com - I mentioned this in a money saving May comment. We LOVE this site. It's like the program Quicken...but its online for free. We use it for managing our finances, budgeting, keeping tabs on our credit cards and investments, etc. It's AWESOME!
zillow.com - This site is great if you're planning on buying or selling a home...but also if you want to spy on your friends and see how much they bought their house for. ;) j/k We don't really spy...too much. Anyway, this website is great! It lists just about every home in the US and you can see the house's details, selling history, the amt. of property taxes that the current owners pay, and what the estimate of the house's worth is right now. It also shows whether or not the house is currently on the market or not. It's a GREAT site. We love it!
stepheniemeyer.com - This is MUST for any Twilight fan (btw: have any of you read the 1st chapter of Breaking Dawn? If so, discuss it with me! I'm dying for other people to read it). Seriously, Stephenie has some cool stuff on here like outtakes and extras to her books that are really entertaining to read. :)
That's it for so far. Maybe this is a dumb idea...but I'd love to hear of any other hidden websites that people love that I've never heard of! :)
What fun plans do you all have for the summer? Any cool vacations or fun activities planned?