Friday, April 30, 2010

New Blog!

Monday, April 12, 2010

328 Days!!!!!

I can't even believe it!  I earned Mexico last week! God thing.

The trip is for next March, and Sean and I are taking K1 and K2 with us!  It is an all exclusive resort, and something we wouldn't have been able to afford without Uppercase!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It is official...

 I will never have another child.

About 6 months ago, I would have told you that I wanted one more.  That was a short 6 months ago.  And then, I prayed.  I literally asked God to take the desire to have another child from me if he wanted.  Basically I was giving up my desire to have another to replace my desire with whatever God's desire for our family is.  I knew that if he wanted another child to bless our lives, he would stregnthen the desire in our lives.  And I believed that he could take the desire away from us as well.  And...he did.

I feel fully content with the fact that we will not have another child.  And a new chapter has begun.  And because I know that God is happy with this decision, I am having an easier time embracing this chapter. 

Monday, March 22, 2010

exhausted...but blown away

I had a great time in Tampa with my fellow Uppercase Living Leaders.  But MAN!  I am tired!  I don't know what I can blame....the not sleeping, the jet lag, the excitement, the brain overload???  Who knows! :)

All I know is that this company never fails me.  Once again I have been given more than I even wanted and have an AWESOME new mini catalog with tons of great celebration decor', a new fundraising program that will offer lots of profits for those organizations who choose to use it and a great new consistency program for my team!  I am STOKED!  This is going to be a great stretch!  I can't wait for convention in July.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Adios Amigos!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Sunny Side Saturday

I may be tired, but I am tired because God has given me an abundance of work and a quiver full of children!

My house may be messy, but it is messy because we have enough
clothes, food and money to buy toys for the kids

My husband may be injured but his injury brought him to a company
that gave him a work vehicle, salary and a 401k.

My daughter may be having surgery, but she is having surgery because we could afford to go to the orthodontist and have insurance that will cover nearly all of the cost of the surgery.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Three Things Thursday...ok I am a copycat

1. Words I am sure you never thought I would write...I am tired of working!  I love UL, love our products, love my customers but I am tired.  I have 14 parties to close this month and it seems that everyone in our house is having surgery.  I actually have to work the night of one of those surgeries and I am rather heartbroken that I have a prior commitment.

2.  I officially hate ISAT's.  I think that schools put undue pressure on our children, teachers and quite  I don't like being told that I "should make sure my kids have a good night of sleep", or "are well fed in the morning".  Jeesh!  DUH!  Why is this week more important to their education than the other weeks? 

3. If I had a day off this weekend I would be doing TONS of house stuff.  Painting the rec room, planting my seedlings, re-arranging, cleaning...etc.  I am actually bummed out that these things are being put on the back burner.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Kyla's 7 year old photos

An award...for me???? :)

Thanks go to Erin, over at "yes our hands are full" for this Over the Top award!  Truthfully, I think she was just checking to see if I was still alive!  I apoligize...I have been SO busy at work and appreciate this WAKE UP!!!!

Here are the rules for the Over the Top award:
-Answer the questions below.

-Pass it on to five people.
1. Where is your cell phone? To my left.

2. Your hair? is going grey more and more each day.

3. Your mother? a saint!  Married to my dad with 5 crazy children!  Seriously...a saint! and does NOT have more grey hair than me...jeesh.

4. Your father? has more grey hair than me, and is in the west for half of each month.

5. Your favorite food? mexican

6. Your dream last night? I don't remember my dreams too often

7. Your favorite drink? coffee

8. Your dream/goal? to be able to stand at the finish line and know that the words "well done" could be applied to my life.

9. What room are you in? living room

10. Your hobby? working...I serilously love my work.

11. Your fear? drowning

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? I want to have this house finished!  And wow...6 years means the twins are 15 so...I guess I want to be sane still?

13. Where were you last night? out with a friend

14. Something that you aren't? calm

15. Muffins? banana

16. Wish list item? SPRING!!!!!!!!!

17. Where did you grow up? Canada until 4, Wheaton, Illinois until 7, Woodstock, Illinois!

18. Last thing you did? went to the bathroom(AND THE PHONE DIDN'T RING!!!!)

19. What are you wearing? workout capri's and a tank top

20. Your TV? not a flat screen

21. Your Pets? 2 dogs, 7 guinea pigs, 6 fish

22. Friends? I LOVE MY FRIENDS!!!!!!

23. Your life? insane

24. Your mood? geting more and more amped up as I move furthur into my week and closer to another 5 day work stretch.

25. Missing Someone?  my brothers.  I don't see them often enough.

26. vehicle? mini-van

27. Something you're not wearing? socks

28. Your favorite store? JC Penney

29. Your favorite color? blue

30. When was the last time you laughed? last night

31. Last time you cried? at the dentist a week ago

32. Your best friend? Sean, April, Mom

33. One place that I go to over and over? to the coffee maker :)

34. Facebook? yep!  LOVE IT!

35. Favorite place to eat? with the family
Here are my 5 blogs:

1. Our daily blessing.....Life!
2. Something to talk about
3. Sweat and Make Up
4. Chad and Nikki
5. A stirring life

Thanks again Erin!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Almost a week wearing a bugg!

This month I spent a little of my Uppercase money on a Bodybugg.  What is a bodybugg???  A bodybugg is a high tech calorie/step/activity monitor that you wear on your left arm.  It has been used on The Biggest Loser and uses a process to count these different things.

The process is based on:

Motion: The armband contains an accelerometer that measures motion from multiple perspectives.

Steps: The accelerometer counts steps by measuring the distinct patterns created by running or walking.

Galvanic skin response: When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps the device understand how active you are.

Skin temperature: There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that monitors how hot you are.

Heat flux: When you move, your muscles produce heat. Your armband measures the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment.

I have been thinking of buying one of these bugg's for over a year now.  I have thought of it, forgot it, lost weight, gained weight, worked out, sat on my booty and overall...the yo-yo'ing that I am doing is taking a toll on my self esteem and health. 

So, here I am...week 1.  And I could be that it is a "new" thing, but at the moment...I don't feel like I am on a diet at all.

 I wear the bugg, enter my food for the day as I go(or at the end of the day...depending on the day).  My target burn according to bodybugg is 2400.  And my target calorie consumption is 1400.  Neither of those have been hard at all.  HOWEVER...the goal is to put 1000 calories between the consumption and burn.  I have noticed that I am burning alot more on some days than others.  On days that I hit the gym AND go to work, I have seen burns around 3400.  On these days I could "technically" eat 1000 more calories without going off my program.  The goal is to have a defecit of 7000 calories per week which is equal to 2 pounds.  Make sense? 

The bottom line for me is that I am not feeling "food guilt" which can de-rail all of my progress.  If I want a snickers bar...I eat it and enter it into the program!  I know that my goal is a 1000 calorie defecit for the day and as long as I get there I am "on program!"