When life gets tough, get busy

I have to say THANK YOU so much to everyone’s response about my not so expected CT results. I will say I am feeling better today, mostly because I stayed pretty busy (otherwise I would start tearing up)

SOOO the day started by having breakfast with Andrew, and taking him to school. Then to Sam’s to stock the frig, especially with lots of eggs.

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(I think I could eat eggs for every meal)

Next up, was the muscle works class at the gym. It was awesome.

Then I went on a cleaning spree.

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I got the bathrooms, all the wood floors, laundry, dishes, and anything I could get my hands on cleaned up. I even washed the shower curtain. haha

I had stew in the crockpot

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Chocolate covered strawberries

 

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Andrew’s new hair cut

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I also stopped by the grocery store for some almond “yogurt”.

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I even had 20 minutes to lay down before I picked up Andrew from school. That’s when I got a bit teary, and headed to attack more of the house haha.

Lots done today, which I am really happy about, and helped me keep my mind busy.

Question for you:

What do you do to stay busy?

Ever tried almond or coconut milk “yogurt”?

A perfect day with Andrew

The day started off early with just me and Andrew. It was so nice not to have any place to be, and we were just laying around before it was time for breakfast

I started with eggs, peppers, bacon, 2 sausage links, and blueberries

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The rest of the day included running to Target, and cleaning the house!

Andrew and I tackled his desk and a few closets! (I got rid of so much junk!)

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Then it was lunch and off to a swim party for Andrew’s friend!

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yep, I had lunch with superman 🙂

Andrew went to the party, and I headed to the gym! I need some sweat and to de-stress. It definitely helped!

Then we went to dinner with my mom and nephew, and we went for a walk

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The neighbors were having a party, with a band! So we went exploring….

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It really was a great Saturday, just me and Andrew 🙂
Question for you:

How do you de-stress?

How was your Saturday?

Least Favorite

What a whirlwind of a week. I thought summer was suppose to be relaxing?

Well after our “little visitor” last week, I had to have the whole house sprayed and fogged.

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I swear my house looked condemned haha

After all of that, I had to wash EVERYTHING.

Today was basically store, laundry, and bathroom cleaning day. Sounds SOOO exciting haha

Cleaning

Besides getting my house sprayed, and cleaning all day, I do have good things happening!

In a week I will have a one year old staying with me for 6 days! I can’t wait to have him, but I have to start getting the house ready. I work Friday, and then Andrew and I have a FULL weekend.

Tonight, Andrew and I are watching Monsters Inc, and going to bed early after a late night last night.

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But I want to share this salad dressing recipe I have been using with the candied pecans.

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I had to mix it in a large cup. Need to buy something to hold salad dressings in. (now its in a water bottle haha)

Question for you:
What is your LEAST favorite household chore?

-I HATE cleaning the bathrooms

What it takes to plan a Party

Today I have been overly planning Andrew’s First Communion party that is THIS SUNDAY!

First, I started with the guest list, which includes family and so far is up to 31 people! Next, I started my weekly planning. Each day either cleaning, ordering, or buying something. I have a lot to do before Sunday, and if I spread it out between the days, hopefully I won’t be AS overwhelmed at the end of the week…..

Planning for the party:

  • Monday: work, clean off Andrew’s desk
  • Tuesday: Work, pick up basement (dad mowing grass!)
  • Wednesday: 8-12 work. Target run. Order sandwiches. Order pictures for bathroom frames. Bank.
  • Thursday: Sams, party city, chairs and tables from mom and dad’s, pick up around the house (deep clean Fri)
  • Friday: Clean bedroom, basement, living room and green room. Spray tan
  • Saturday: Pick up cake, sandwiches, trader joe’s flowers. Clean Bathroom and Kitchen. Make chocolate covered strawberries.
  • Sunday: FIRST COMMUNION! (mom picking up balloons) Pictures at 12:30 🙂

You might be asking why my dad is mowing the grass, well besides he is awesome! The weather is looking like rain for the rest of the week! And since I work, he is going to cut it for me. I’m one lucky lady 🙂

Hopefully the meterologist are wrong this time 😉

When I got home from work, I attacked my first task: Cleaning off Andrew’s desk

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I’m surprised I didn’t find anything alive under everything haha. Looks much better now!

Question for you:

TO DO LIST: love them or hate them?

Spring cleaning

I finally decided to CLEAN HOUSE! No it isn’t Spring, but it was WAY over do.

THIS was  the problem!

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Too many clothes, not enough space.

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Some of the clothes don’t fit, others were from my freshman year of college!!!!

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I started with two HUGE containers with donate, keep, and a bag for trash

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I ended up filling up both!

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The closets are now OPEN and I fit in all the clothes in there!! Now I just need to find a place to donate the clothes….

Question for you:

Do you keep clothes longer than necessary?

Time to bring in the big guns

Yesterday was day two of tearing the bathroom apart demolition. I spent most of my day covered in dust (no those are just extremely white legs haha)

But I look pretty good in my yellow googles 🙂

I just noticed, My thumb looks like a beat it with a hammer!!! Ok. I might have hit it a few times…….

We made a lot of progress yesterday

 Day three, we have a new tool to help us! My dad used the “mini” jackhammer (that weighed 11 lbs!!!)

We got ALL the walls taken down. The floor tile. and the concrete underneath.

I was  either cleaning, or taking heavy crap stuff to the dumpster. There is dust everywhere!!!!!

This is the kitchen fan!

(for a neat freak, I was stressin’)

Luckily, my parents had us over for dinner and dessert 🙂

Question for you:

Are you a neat freak, go with the flow, or just like things in their place?

-I actually like things more in their place than completely clean.

What if??

The past few days, I have been off work. So after taking Andrew to school, I head back to bed for 2 hours. Yep. I’m thinking I may have mono…….Tomorrow I call to see if Andrew and my culture’s are negative for strep. Any bets? haha

After I woke up, breakfast was delicious. And then I was getting ready for the gym. I decided against it. I actually felt pretty good, but I needed to clean my house!!!!! I tackled both bathrooms and all the hardwood floors!

(love the floors, but they are EVERYWHERE!!! haha)

I then went and taught a group of teenage parents who have babies in our NICU.

The point of the class is for teens to be w/ other teen parents and talk about the NICU, what they can do to care for their baby while in the unit, and at home. I absolutely LOVE this class and this group.

 As many of you know, I was a teenage mom.  I had Andrew when I was 19 years old, and was in my sophomore year of college.

 

It was an adjustment, to go from my college life at Southwest Missouri State, to living back at home. Along w/ some other life changes….. But I would never change it for the world.

Today, has been emotional day (whats new?). And I was thinking My life would be different if I hadn’t had a baby at 19.

  • I would have finished school at SMS, instead of graduating from SIUE
  • I was premed at SMS, and switched to nursing at SIUE (I realized my love for patient care.)
  •  Imight not have even ended up in the NICU. Maybe I would be in med school right now!!! (YUCK!!!! haha)
  • I never would have meet the F4 (who give me the BIGGEST support )
  • Would I still be w/ Andrew’s dad? (mostly likely not)
  • Who would I have met?
  • Would I be living in St Louis now?

Ok. now my head hurts again. Hahaha. Its amazing how just ONE choice. ONE life changing event will effect EVERTHING!!!!

Then, I think of all the things I have experienced BECAUSE of Andrew. The love I now feel and know exists in the world because of him. I have also learned to put legos together in minutes! haha

I wouldn’t trade my life now for anything. I know this is where God wants me to be.

Question for you:

Can you think of a life changing experience that could have left your in a different place??

(you dont have to share if you dont want to)

What is something you had to eat today?

(Im looking for new ideas- I have been eating the same thing the past few days! hahah)

One on One

Had a great day today! Started out w/ breakfast with Andrew before sending him off to school. I then went to help my mom (who is hosting the family for thanksgiving) get some food ready.

We made THREE pies: pumpkin, lemon and chocolate. Green beans, sweet potatoes and cucumbers. (my mouth was ALREADY ready for thanksgiving!)

Andrew got home from school, and it was time for lunch! Sweet potato fries, chicken and veggies w/ a sprinkle of parmesan. (I did have a few tootsie rolls for dessert- not paleo, but Ididn’t eat a million like I use to!)

After hanging out, it was time to clean! this house needed it! Andrew did help a lot, but then took a mini break haha. Love his funny face!

After dinner, I had yoga on the schedule! My neighbor Pam and I got a groupon and found this AWESOME yoga place. This is actually our second groupon w/ them.

Well, Pam kindof bailed. But instead of saying “ok Im going to stay home too” I left the house and got my butt to the yoga studio. And it was JUST ME and the teacher!

At first, I was like PLLEASE someone else come. And then when no one did, I just embraced the opportunity. I actually did a new pose too!

But I didn’t do it in heels! haha

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Question for you:

What are you doing for thanksgiving?

What household chore do you HATE?

Birthday week + cabinet update~!

Hi everyone! Sorry my blogging has been completely crazy this week. Trying to get my house ready for my bday party on saturday resulted in no sleep, hardly having time to eat and no exercise. Well unless you count pulling up tree roots

 (yep. this happened. in 95 degree heat. yep. Im stupid. haha)

Anyway. I had a pretty good birthday. I turned 26 yesterday (it feels the same as 25 hahA)

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Friday and saturday were a blur. All I ate on saturday was a banana, apple, and then dinner that I made for the party. It was so wild because I was cleaning the ENTIRE house and getting the kitchen put together. But I think pictures work best!

 The cabinets are in, but I will post pictures about that tomorrow. All that work, deserves its own post 🙂

 

 

 

 

Flowers to get my house all pretty!

 

Flowers from my friend Adam

my mom made my cake! Funfetti of course!

Having a party, can be A LOT of work. Especially when trying to finish up a kitchen. It isn’t finished by any means but its starting to feel like a real house now! I need a new counter top, and then I will be moving in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today, was LOOOOWWWW key. I didn’t end up falling asleep last night till 230am!! who am I? I was up texting my son’s dad……….yep.

Anywho, today included sleeping in, heading to the pool

And then I went to get my birthday present

I got a trimmer from my parents for my birthday. Funny-yes. Needed-defiantly.

Nooowwww to learn how to use it haha

Andrew had a blast.

Now im watching Iron Man, and going to bed. I work tomorrow, and my goal this week is to get sleep and get to the gym!

Question for you:

How did you spend your weekend?

For your birthday, do you prefer practical gifts?

Thursday Eats and Yoga

my son had some AWESOME sprinkle pancakes for his birthday, I opted for blueberry/banana pancakes. DELICIOUS

At noon, I had a 1/2 of a turkey subway sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and peppers.

I took my son to the pool, so after that I need some lunch! I had three meatballs on an open sandwich, watermelon, and corn

My son had been picked up by his dad (they are going to the lake) so I took a nap! It was AWESOME, except it was cut short. I woke up to go to yoga with my mom and neighbor.

Im so glad we went! It was defiantly what I needed. The only bad thing was, Amy, the lady leading the class. Did A LOT of downward dog poses. Im not a big fan of them. It just feels akward and I dont feel that I get a good stretch.

When I got home, I showered. I WAS SWEAATTTYYY. And I had so much energy! I went through ALL My son’s toys. I had a trash, keep, and donate pile. It felt so good to weed out the toys he is too old for, or are broken!

It was 9pm and I was starving. I hadnt eaten in about 5 hours. So I listened to my awesome sparkfriends and got some protein!

Open egg sandwich. While checking my email.

Calories: 1501

Carbs 187

Fat 55

Protein 73

WOW. Pretty good on all categories today. And this doenst even count the calories burned at yoga! WAHOO!

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Surprisingly, I am not that tired. (ITS 1130!!!) because last night I was up till 3am. Nope I wasnt at a bar or out with friends. I was texting. My son’s dad and I were talking about him, their trip this weekend, the past. Basically everything. (hence the reason we were texting for four hours!) I dont know what it means. Or where things will lead from here. Maybe we just needed to talk. have closure. or become better friends, so we can work together to take care of our son. Or maybe one day we will get back together. Who in the world knows (well GOd does) thats why I have been doing a lot of praying.

Many of you have been there through EVERTYHIGN that has happened. (well at least what I have time to blog about haha) . But I want to be honest what is going on in my life. At the moment, I just know that God is guiding me. I can feel him here, because I just have this sense that Everything Is Going To Be Ok. (whatever that my mean haha)

Now I am off to bed, with the hopes of no text messages and sleeping in late!

Question for you:
what is your favorite yoga pose?