Wednesday, March 28, 2012

As I started to blog today, I realized I have a few "unblogged" posts started.  The jist of them all: blessings.

I'm blessed.  So blessed.  I'm not blessed because of the things I've done.  I'm not blessed because of the things I haven't done.  I'm blessed because Jesus has given His blessings to me, freely.  I'm blessed because of Grace.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will - to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.  In Him, we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 
Ephesians 1:3-8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.  This inheritance is kept in heaven for you!
1 Peter 1:3-4


It's been a busy few weeks.  We've had so much going on and have had so much fun!

The last time I blogged it was KT's birthday.  On his birthday night, we went out to dinner with the boys, our parents, and my sister and his friend, then went back home for cake, ice cream and gifts.  KT asked for red velvet cake and this is what I made:

If only I could've made orange layers!  We had fun celebrating KT and I think there were two little boys who just may have loved blowing out candles and unwrapping presents!

I got to go on my first preschool field trip with K.C. to the planetarium.  It was a blast (no pun intended)!  He is so interested in space, so we knew he'd love it.  One of my favorite things he said that day when referring to Mars, "There's the hot planet!  It's my favorite planet!" I really enjoyed getting to be with him on that field trip!

St. Patrick's Day was a big day for us.  We wore our green to a local 5K I ran and it must have brought me luck because I finished as the 3rd female overall and first in my age group.  It was a PR for me in a race.  I really love running and truth be told, I really love doing these races because I like to win.  I said it.  It's out there.  I run for the t-shirts and the prizes!  I loved seeing Kevin and the boys waving as I started the race, but loved even more running to the finish and hearing them cheer for me.  It was the motivation I needed!

After the race, the second big event and check off of our list happened: a new car!  I desperately needed a new car as mine had nearly 200,000 miles on it even though it was less than six years old.  We looked for a while and negotiated with several dealerships for about a month and were able to get the exact car we wanted.  I loved my Jeep, but the new 4Runner was the right choice.

We got to support Madeline in a pageant last week.  She looked so beautiful and I was so proud of her!

This past Sunday, we took the boys to the Rail Trail.  They loved it!  We took their bikes and they biked almost a whole mile.  I was impressed!  We may have finished our walk/ride with KT carrying Kaden's bike and me riding K.C.'s (Trust me, KT has a picture to prove it!).  It's something we'll have to do more of.  After our time there, we went to Red Bowl, a new Asian Bistro in town.  As you know, I'm not a huge fan of Asian cuisine, but let me tell you, this place was delicious!  I think Kevin was happy that I loved it because he loves Chinese and Japanese.  Not only did I like what I got, I loved what everyone else liked.  It took almost 26 years, but I can finally say I like Chinese... if it's from Red Bowl.  :)

I'm in full party planning mode for Kaden's upcoming birthday.  He'll be three on April 9th!  We're going to be celebrating pirate style!  For a hint of inspiration:


I've picked up some supplies from the Party Place and can't wait to see all the things we ordered from Amazon and Oriental Trading!

Speaking of birthdays, mine is in less than a week.  I'm looking forward to celebrating this weekend with our family!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Celebrate!


Happy birthday to the most loving, kindest, sweetest man in the world who just so happens to be mine!
The boys and I are so lucky to have you!
We'll make this year the best year yet!
I love you!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Five

Friday Five is a post series going around in the blog world where you write for five minutes straight and don't get to reread or edit.  


I'm so excited today is Friday!  This has been the longest week, or so it seems.  Tonight is going to be fun!  I picked up a Chef Boyardee pizza kit at the grocery store last week and we're going to make it tonight.  I also bought some sausage and olives for our pizza.  :)  I hope the weather gets better so we'll have some time to play outside, but if not, there's always fun to be had indoors and then a movie night - boys' choice!

I can't believe it's so warm already!  I'm certainly not complaining.  I love it!  We went for a walk around the neighborhood last night.  I'm looking forward to being able to do that everyday.  I hope the rain stops this afternoon in time for a run!

Speaking of exercise, I've started doing the whole Tabata thing.  You work as hard as you can for twenty seconds, rest for ten, and then repeat 6-8 times.  I like it.  Also, the incline bench KT ordered came in and he put it together last night.  Hello better abs just in time for summer!

Glitter nail polish is on my mind.  As in I want to buy some and polish my nails.  I'm not usually that bold on my nails, although I did polish them bright red a few weekends ago to match my dress for the Sweetheart Banquet.  The glitter will have to stick to my toes.

I really don't like being bored.  At all.  I like having things to do.  Today has been boring.  I have almost everything marked off of my to-do list (I should slow down!) and it's not even noon.

I started reading the first book in The Hunger Games series in anticipation of the movie coming out this month.  I didn't read the Twilight series, but have loved all the movies.  How am I going to make it until November?  I thought I'd try to get in on the ground floor with The Hunger Games.

Finally, speaking of movies, I really, really, really, really, really, really, really want to go see that Reese Witherspoon movie where she's dating two spies.  What can I say?  I like spies and Reese.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I love this weather!

80 plus degrees on the first day of March?  I'll take that!  I love this time of year when the seasons are changing. The few weeks we have of not scorching hot heat.  I'm excited for this spring and this summer.  And this year.  It's been a great year so far.  It's going to get even better.  I can feel it.

Weather like this makes me want to run outside.  I got to this morning before work.  I wish I could workout every morning.  It starts the day off great and makes me feel relaxed because I don't worry about how to fit in a workout during the day.

This is going to be a great month and a great start to spring.  Yes, I know it's not technically spring yet, but it feels like it!

Things I'm looking forward to:

  • KT's birthday!  In just 12 short days, we get to celebrate the greatest man I've known!
  • Running a 5K.  There's a 5K in town on the 17th.  I'd like to run it and beat the time of my last two 5K's.  On my run outside this morning, I averaged 7:13/mile which puts me on my way to doing it!
  • Making this: 


or some of these


to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I may also have another idea up my sleeve. (Oh, dear, Pinterest, you deserve a post of your own!)
  • Planning Kaden's 3rd birthday party!  Any takers on what the theme will be?  We've talked about pirates/treasure hunt theme, dinosaurs, trains, cars and Cars, and Clemson (like K.C.'s last year).  I think a pirate/treasure hunt or dinosaur party would be grand, but it's not my party.  Can't you imagine how much fun it would be to hunt for buried treasure or dig up dinosaur bones in the sandbox?  I can't wait to see what he decides and start planning the fun to celebrate his sweet self!
  • Playing outside on the weekends with my sweet family!
  • K.C. starting t-ball!  He'll have so much fun!
  • A mini-vacation.  I hope.  Pending some other things.