Wednesday, October 30, 2013

It's been a random week which means you get a random post.

It's been a random week, a really random one. Here are some things to make your random Wednesday complete! :)

1. You know that saying, "when it rains, it pours"? Yeah, it's true. It's been a stressful week or two. First, my 87-year old granddad was in the hospital with pneumonia last week. When he got home, he fell and has fractured his pelvis and tailbone. He was moved to an assisted living facility Monday to begin rehab for six weeks or so. Then on Saturday, Kevin crushed his finger. I'll spare you an image, but trust me, it's not pretty. Our big garage door messed up Friday, so he opened it manually Saturday and when he was closing it, his finger got crushed. The bone below his nail is fractured and it's all purple and swollen. He went to the doctor yesterday who drained it, but not before catching his hand on fire - twice! Talk about an interesting visit! Thankfully, his finger looks much better today.

2. Last night, after our boys went to sleep, I made derby pies for the Fall Festival at church, "H" treats for Kaden's class (Hot Chocolate), Candy Corn M&M Cookie Jars and put tags on 34 treat bags for the boys' classes.  Before they woke up this morning, I made two dozen cupcakes for a Halloween party at Kaden's school. I really, really love doing all of this for occasions and I'm thankful I get to do so even if I'm more than slightly tired today. And I'm doubly glad the boys made their treat bags (almost entirely by themselves) this weekend!

3. I'm proud of myself. I got up before the crack of dawn yesterday and went back to the body sculpt class I took a week and a half ago. Let me tell you, an intense workout early in the morning is good. I really, really enjoyed it. I'm not planning to go to the class again this week as I have a race on Saturday that I hope to PR in and beat another goal, but I can't wait to make this class a regular part of my workout routine. 45 minutes or so of lunges and squats holding a bar does wonders!

4. I'm looking forward to Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays. I'll do a full recap after Halloween and share our decorations, treats and cute pictures, but I just have to show you this precious picture of our sweet Indy from his school's Halloween parade.

5. I'll be decorating for Christmas next week. No, not at home, but at my church. We have a ladies Christmas dinner each year and I'm doing a table which means I'm looking for Christmas decor this weekend. 

6. I'm still searching for the perfect bedding. I know you'll all be glad when I've found it (I'm sure my husband will!). There are a few duvet covers I like from Crane and Canopy, Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn, and I picked up some fabric samples from a local store as my grandma offered to make some bedding since I can't find any. I'm really not hard to please, it's just when I know it's something we'll have for multiple years, I want it to be loved. My goal is to have our room painted and done by Christmas. 

Clockwise from top right: Suzanne Kasler Quatrefoil from Ballard Designs, Samantha Damask Duvet Cover Smoke Gray from Pottery Barn, The Noe Blue from Crane & Canopy, blue/green from local fabric store, blue/green/fuchsia from local fabric store, limish green/blue/gray from local fabric store. 

Please give me your input! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Howloween 10K Recap

This past Saturday, I ran in my first 10K race in over a year and a half. I run this distance and more on a weekly basis, but I don't often race a 10K. I was really excited because I won my first 10K and beat my goal!

It was freezing (low to mid 30s) when I got up Saturday morning. After a hot bath and some orange french toast and a scrambled egg, I kissed my family and headed to the race. Kevin and the boys planned to get there around 9:30 so they could see me run in.

This race was really small, but it was fun. I was acquainted with many of the runners, so it was nice to chat before the start. I was all bundled up and set my RunKeeper goal pace for 7:10 as I had walked out of my house without my Garmin.

Going into the race, I decided I was going to just enjoy it. My goal was to run a 10K in under 45 minutes in order to qualify as competitive for the Cooper River Bridge Run. This would also give me a PR in a 10K race. My PR for a 10K on my own is 42:52 (6:54/mile), but I wasn't setting to break that.

The course was beautiful as it ran through several pretty neighborhoods. There were a couple of really fast men running the 10K and I stayed a little behind them through the race. When I realized there wasn't anyone close behind me, I just decided I'd enjoy the race. I listened to my music and just soaked in the fun without focusing on time. Every half mile or so, my iPhone would remind me that was however many seconds above my goal pace (which I set higher than I planned to run), but I didn't worry about time.

My official race time was 43:50, although I think it was closer to 43:15 because the race started at least 30-35 seconds after the clock went off (one of my pre-race pictures shows :33 on the clock) and this race was timed purely with the clock. I'll take 43:50 though. I beat my goal and can run competitive in the CRBR in April, 2014.

I love seeing my husband and our sweet boys at the finish line. It makes me smile wider and run faster!

After the race, we let the boys play around the park and ate some doughnuts while we waited for the awards. I won $100 which the boys both wanted (and we had to explain to Kaden that the five $20 bills equal $100) and we won a door prize which was some free food at McDonald's (fitting for a race, right?) and Chipotle.

All in all, it was a great race!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Birthday, Daddy! & Some Random Thoughts

1. Happy, happy birthday to my dad! I'm so thankful my dad is mine! He's taught me so much and he's always been an awesome example to me. I love you, daddy!

(Sorry, I can't resist the urge to use wedding pictures!)

2. I'm thankful it's starting to feel like fall! I absolutely love the spring and summer, but if I can't be near the water, preferably on the beach or boat, I like fall. October is one of my favorite months, too. The boys have been wearing jeans and jackets for the last week or so and I've been putting on a coat. Now if only we'd get some more snow this year.

3. Have you tried Cinnamon Chex? It's my new favorite cereal. K.C. and I were discussing it over breakfast earlier this week. We both agreed that it's even better than Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I really love it with my Chobani yogurt after a run or workout.

4. Verizon really wants me to upgrade my iPhone. I've gotten emails about upgrading my phone and today, I got a text to let me know I've been eligible to upgrade since March. I still have the iPhone 4. Not even the 4S. And I'm okay with that. I really don't want to upgrade until the next best iPhone comes out. (Although, the new iOS seems to not work as well on my old phone, so please, Apple, hurry up with the 6!)

5. I've been really convicted about spending time with the Lord today. Really. My devotion this morning was about looking at what we spend most of our time doing because that shows where our priorities are and then sweet blogger Elise wrote a post on the same subject. I'm not going to sugarcoat it - I struggle many days to find the time to spend with my Savior. And that has to stop. Today. 

6. I'm looking forward to the weekend! We have a fun weekend planned with a 10K for me, a play date for the boys with some friends, watching the Clemson game with family, teaching Sunday school and celebrating my dad's birthday.

7. I can't believe Christmas is two months from Friday! I need to get started on making gift lists, ordering cards and picking up gifts. One thing that's on my list is this dress from Tracy Negoshian.

Candice Graffiti 3/4 Sleeve Shift with Embellishment

I'm linking up with Sarah and Shanna!

What is your favorite kind of cereal?

Do you upgrade your phone as soon as you can?

What items are on your list for Christmas?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Letting Go

When I sat down to write today, I didn't have a particular topic in mind. I want to show your our Halloween decor, but I haven't taken pictures. I'd like to write about healthy eating and why I won't ever eat a hamburger from a fast food place again. I'd also like to finish my post on fall fashion and I'd like to share some fun fall things, but today, when I sat down, I decided to write about letting go.

I have a Type A personality. Our preacher's sermon this Sunday started off talking about Type A people and for the most part, every trait of a Type A that he shared is one I have.

One of those Type A traits that's proving to be very hard to overcome for me is the aspect of letting go. I've not ever considered myself a worrier, but that was before kids. Now, I worry about so many things I hadn't considered before. When I worry about something or something bothers me, depending on what it is, I tend to dwell on it. While it's ok to have concern and think, when there's absolutely nothing you can do about something, you need to let it go.

My husband is good at this and his example is one that I need to follow.

I want to share with you today that when there's something bothering you and you're drowning in worry, let go. Let go of your fears, insecurities and whatever else is dragging you down. Give it to God.

It's not always easy. Trust me, I know. Sometimes it's easier to just try to handle it on your own, but in some cases, that can't be done. It leaves you feeling tired, worn down and defeated.

It's easy for me to say I'm done with it and I'm giving it to God, but often after I do this, I pick it right back up again. Remember, as our Kaden was saying last night, God made us. He knows us. He already knows our thoughts, our worries and our dreams. He cares for us infinitely more than we can ever imagine. And those things that we have trouble letting go of? He's got those, too.

Let go and let God. I'm having to remind myself of this quite often, but it's so much easier resting in the assurance that God has this. Won't you try that, too?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Five on Friday on Monday

I started this post last week, but I stopped at number five and forgot about it. What's that saying, "Better late than never?" Here's my Five on Friday, Monday-style.

1. Celebrating our first anniversary.
We celebrated our first anniversary this past Sunday. It was great! We've really been blessed.

2. Going on a run with my Kaden.
Last night (Thursday), Kaden and I went on a run together with him in the stroller for the first time in a few months. Let's just say my load was heavier or I've gotten weaker, and I don't think I'll be using the jogging stroller much until there's a tiny one in it!

3. Staying home with K.C.
Our sweet big boy is sick and while I don't like that one bit and would rather be sick myself, I was able to spend much of the day at home with him today (Friday). We had some great K.C. Annabelle time. We played, we painted and we finished our new Magic Treehouse book.

4. Soccer season is over and my first gym class ever.
The boys finished their Fall 2013 soccer season on Saturday. This season, they were the Tornadoes. This was K.C.'s 4th season and Kaden's third. We had a blast! Next season, the boys will play on separate teams due to their ages.

After soccer on Saturday, I went to the gym. My friend and I went running which was a treat, and then we went to a class together. It was my first class ever. I've been going to my gym since I was 15 or 16, so for 11 or 12 years, I've gone to the gym without ever stepping foot into a group class.

The class was Body Sculpt and I about died. It's Monday and I'm still sore. It was about 45 minutes of lunges and squats holding weights. I thought I was in shape. I do weights three days a week normally, but they're using machines. This free weight thing is no joke. I went for a run this morning and I was wincing in pain the first half mile. I'm running a 10K race this weekend, so I think I need to go back to this class before then to work the soreness out. I want to see how I look after 6 weeks of the torture class!

5. Sunday fun.
We had a nice day yesterday. Last night, the boys wanted to plant the 50 pounds of bulbs we purchased a few weeks ago. 50 pounds may be an exaggeration, but we did have 80 tulip and daffodil bulbs. I hope they grow this spring!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Year

I've been reminiscing this week about our first year of marriage. It was great, for sure, but it also dealt us some things we wouldn't have expected. But despite those things, we had an awesome year.

We had a great time in Holden Beach.

We had a fun Halloween.

 We spent Thanksgiving with our families.

And had a great time celebrating our first Christmas as an official family.

We had our first snow. (And Kevin may or may not have had the flu during Valentine's and the snow days and I may win the best wife award for brushing off his "I don't feel goods.")

We celebrated countless birthdays and other holidays - Valentine's Day, Easter, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

 Kevin played a lot of ball, I ran a lot of races and we watched (Kevin coached) the boys through soccer and baseball.

We watched my sister graduate and made tons of other memories.

We took a long weekend trip to Garden City this spring and spent a week at the beach this summer.

We spent a weekend in Georgetown and went to our first college football game together.

We spent countless other days on the beach and with our family. 

Most of all, we filled every day with love!

I'm looking forward to this next year and all it has in store for us! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Movies, Cleaning and Year-Old Cake

It's that time again: Random Wednesday!

1. Mondays are for movies, right?

We went to see Gravity in 3D Monday night. It was a lot better than I anticipated. The scenes from space were gorgeous. At the same time, it was all of my worst nightmares rolled into one!

2. We cut the top of our wedding cake on Monday night. Nana did a great job wrapping it up because it was still just as good as it was over a year ago. For some reason, the thought of eating year-old cake didn't gross me out.

3. I bought new shoes this weekend. Remember how I told you my mom and I went shopping and I picked up some things? Those things were namely three pairs of shoes. One pair is getting returned.

I must've been stuck on this color and JS shoes which makes me think of Newlyweds. I used to love that show!

4. I'm turning into a coffee drinker. I'm not a huge coffee drinker. I'll have a cup when I'm cold at work and I'm a sucker for a good PSL, but as a general rule, I don't drink much coffee. I've had a cup at work every day this week. We just got a Keruig at my office and the Butter Toffee is so good. (I won't tell you that I have a Keruig at home that sits in a cabinet because I don't ever use it.)

5. I need to fall clean. You know how we spring clean? I need to fall clean. My goal is to go through the boys' clothes and toys and my clothes by this weekend. I also want to order a few things (like the boys' scrapbooks from ArtKive) this week. And I think it's time to start Christmas shopping. 

6. Speaking of memory saving, I'm doing good keeping up with some of my photo books. K.C.'s six year book is totally up-to-date and Kaden's four year book almost is. We won't talk about our 2012 or 2013 family books though. 

7. We have a getaway planned for next month and I can't wait! 

8. My speed is returning! I haven't done any true speed work lately, but yesterday, I decided to push a 5K run before work. I'm happy to report that I ran it in 19:21. Now if only I can do that in a race. A friend of mine asked me to go for a trail run and to a class at our gym on Saturday if we (last minute planners) can make it. I'm looking forward to that.

9. I finally got to watch Kevin play softball last night. Kevin's been playing softball in a pretty competitive men's league in our town this fall. Last night was the first chance I got to watch him play and I was so proud! His team is still undefeated.

10. I'm ready to catch up on my favorite shows. We are horrible at watching shows when they come on. And we're (mostly me) also horrible at falling asleep during them. I'm ready to catch up on Shark Tank, Survivor and Two and a Half Men and I'm glad Covert Affairs starts back tomorrow!

11. I've been washing my hair with conditioner for about a week. Yes, I'm telling the truth. I picked up a new big, bottle of Redken Real Control Conditioner which I thought was shampoo at my last appointment. I couldn't figure out why my hair was looking oily and greasy before a run, much less after, and taking so long to dry. Then, a lightbulb went off and I looked at my giant bottle of conditioner. Not cool, my friends. 

I'm linking up with Sarah and Shanna!

What are your favorite shows?

Do you purge things each fall?

I need some new gold ballet flats. What's your favorite brand?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How I Stay Organized: Erin Condren to the Rescue!

If you've read my blog for a while, you know that I love Erin Condren's life planner. A reader asked me if I would write about the planner one day and today is that day.

I've always liked to write things down to stay organized. I'm a list maker, too. (Who agrees with me that marking through things on a list is a very fulfilling feeling?) Even with the ease of my iCal, I still use a paper calendar and I don't see that ever changing. (Just to clarify, meetings for work show up on my paper calendar and my calendar on my computer and iPhone. And no, I really don't need three reminders! :) )

I use my calendar to keep up with everything, literally. Meetings for work, school assignments for the boys, exercise and running, family obligations, birthdays, vacations and even some things for Kevin - you name it and I'll bet you that it has a place (and a color) on my calendar. As my husband likes to joke, "write it in your fancy calendar so we won't forget!" And that's true!

I've used a lot of different planners, but this one is by far the best. I love that it has a monthly view with a place for notes and two pages for each week including a place to write my goals and notes for the week and some free space under each day which I use for anything extra and meal planning - when I'm feeling ambitious, that is! It also has a great section for important numbers in the back. Each calendar comes with colored stickers for birthdays, hair appointments, parties and more, plus a ton of extra stickers you can use for whatever you choose. One of my other favorite things about this calendar are the quotes scattered throughout it.

Not only is the inside of the calendar great, the outside is, too. 

This year, I chose the Candy Lace cover and had it customized in pool and hot pink with my name on it.

I can't tell you how many people have asked me where I've gotten my calendar. In fact, one of the departments where I work has even ordered them for all of its employees. 

Life Planners make great gifts, too. They're great for everyone - friends, family and teachers. We gave my sister one before she left for college this fall and she loves it. 

If paper calendars aren't your thing, Erin Condren offers so many other great products. From wedding planners to notecards and iPhone cases to lunch boxes, Erin Condren has something for you.

Right now, there are two promotions I want to share with you:

GIFT20 will get you $20 off of your order. 

50% off ALL Christmas Cards (The best deal in my opinion because you can purchase now and add your information/photos later. I have my "likes" narrowed down already!)

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. I have purchased my own Life Planners for a few years and simply love the product and want to share it with you. I'm particularly excited about this year's Christmas cards. Trust me, you'll feel the same way I do when you get your first product from Erin Condren!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Our Weekend: Family Time, Shopping, Fun and an Anniversary

Happy Monday!

We had a great weekend. I hope you did, too! 

I had two (three) little football players to smile at Friday night. As soon as the boys walked in the door Friday night, they ran upstairs to get their Clemson uniforms. They decided they wanted to play football. We went out in the backyard to let them play and I couldn't resist snapping a few photos and taking some video. They were too precious playing. I'm still trying to convince them that wearing their Tigers uniforms would be great for Halloween, but I think they're set on being a Ninja Turtle and Ninja.

After they played a while, we had a few errands to run. The sunset was absolutely beautiful - this picture (speeding down the road) doesn't do it any justice. We ate at Chipotle and then went to Target to pick up a few birthday gifts.

The boys had their next-to-last soccer game Saturday morning. They both played really well. Kaden decided he wanted to be goalie and he got to play it during the fourth quarter. You should have seen the look on his face when he stopped his first ball! It was priceless!

After soccer, we went to Chuck E. Cheese for one of Kaden's friend's birthday parties. Chuck E. Cheese is one of my least favorite places in the world, but the boys (all three of them) had fun and I got to catch up with some friends.

After the party, we ate Chickfila in the food court of the mall and then I went shopping with my mom. She picked out a few new things and I got some new shoes. We also stopped by a fabric store to look for some samples. I haven't been able to find anything I like for our bedroom and my grandma volunteered to make us something. Trust me, she's talented. 

When we finished shopping, my mom dropped me off at Kevin's parents to watch the Clemson game with our family. We had a great time, especially since they won, and this little one took a nap. 

Yesterday, we taught Sunday school and then went to my parents' church for Homecoming. After lunch, we went to their house. My dad is building new stables/shed/club house thing and we went to check that out. No trip to Bebe and Hot Rod's is complete without a visit to Hot Rod's candy store. After all of that, we stopped by one of my dad's farms and all loaded up in the mule to ride around.

Later last night, Kevin and I went out to dinner to celebrate our first anniversary. It was a great weekend!

Sami's Shenanigans

Is it just me or are pictures of sleeping babies the cutest?

What was the best thing about your weekend?