reading: Exodus! Doing a 100 day challenge where we started in Genesis and are seeing how far we can get in the bible by reading and journaling about it everyday. I did read the new Stephanie Plum novel, and the Jack Reacher novel that the newest movie is based on over thanksgiving break. Those were so good! watching: My kids??? Does that count?? I haven’t had time for much tv recently. I did catch up on NCIS last off days… I may be behind again though… I want to start watching This Is Us, but again no time eating: Lot’s of junk… We’ve had 3 parties in 3 days.. Two Christmas, and a birthday… Lots of sweets, lots of candy and soda, the boys had pizzookie tonight and will have it the next two nights (so many birthdays)… Nothing good laughing about: something my kids have done or said… loving: my job! My kids are awesome, and I just am so thankful I get to be a parent like figure for them… researching: nothing… I don’t have time to research lol… I googled how much an iPod shuffle was for one of my boys.. And the other day I looked up the elephant sanctuaries in Thailand where you can go and hang out with elephants sign me up! thinking: of my to-do list and how long it is… But let’s just avoid it some more with this blog :)… Really I just needed a little me time. listening to: The sound of my fan… I should have turned on Christmas music while I was doing this…. Also I just finished this sermon series on my runs last week, it’s really good and I think something we all need to hear, so check it out! planning: my week out… runs, parties, paperwork, sleep, errands, bible study, meetings, kids, youth group calendar… life is busy right now but good! And will slow down after this week! sniffing: nothing!! feeling: all the feels! Seriously!
I’m finding it very hard this year to have any Christmas spirit. I really don’t have any… Which is very rare for me. I know it’s terrible… Especially with it being the most wonderful time of the year and all…
I’ve tried to get my Christmas spirit back. I’ve listened to Christmas music. I’ve watched several cheesy Christmas movies… And nothing. I haven’t even watched Elf, or Chevy Chases Christmas Vacation… And those are my two absolute favorite Christmas movies.
I’m not quite sure why I don’t have any Christmas spirit this year.. But I think it’s because work has been really rough this past month. Our kids have been struggling big time. More than last year at this time in my opinion. The holidays are hard for them. Which doesn’t excuse behavior but it does change how we correct it. It does change how we sympathize. It does change our level of exhaustion at the end of the day. Which in turn kinda makes us long for the holidays to be over.
So if you think about it in the next few days. Say a few prayers for our kids and their hearts during this time. And for us as Teaching Parents to continue to love on and support these precious children during this difficult time for them. And that we would all remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. And He is our hope!
Since I can’t seem to publish a real blog post I figured I could at least bullet point some new things in my life since the last time I blogged.
Christmas break for the kiddos was tiring… I was so thankful when they went back to school… To be fair we had a cottage sponsor take us out on fun outings multiple days in a row, and my work had gotten money donated for the break and had multiple events, and neither of those things are normal…. But still kinda scared for summer
With that said I’m trying to take less naps during the days I’m working… Once summer comes they will be non-existent. Plus there are much better things I could be doing with my time.
I started a new read through the bible in a year plan (although I’m like a week behind right now) it’s a context plan. It’s been good so far.
I moved from the staff house into a cottage. It’s only been a few days so can’t judge yet. Tomorrow is the first morning the boys will be up before me so we’ll see how that goes. And my first off days while living here are starting Saturday…
I have a friend from P-town who is teaching overseas in Germany and fell while rock climbing and had back surgery and doesn’t have much feeling in her legs. But she is a rockstar and is praising God through it all. Check out her blog here and also you can get regular updates on her Post Hope Page.
I’m thinking as a birthday present to myself (yes I know it’s a little less than 8 months away) I’m going to get a dog! There are other reasons why I’m waiting until then other than just a birthday present to myself. But that one sounds the best lol.
I think that’s it on new stuff. Hopefully I’ll be back soon to write a meaningful post soon. Until then… I miss you all!
See this picture?? See how bundled up I am?? Want to take a guess at what the temperature was outside?? I’ll give you a hint… It was not even close to freezing temps… It was high 40’s… Definitely not cold enough to warrant all those close… But apparently my blood has finally acclimated to living in Texas.. And I was fuhhh-reeee-zzzzziiinnng! Probably it happened in the last 9-10 months of 80+ degree weather… So I have now become one of those people I laughed at when I first moved here because they were all bundled up in mid 50 degree weather…. *Sigh”… Oh well. I put up a good fight… I survived two winters before succumbing to thinking winters here are cold.
And now I want to introduce you to someone…
This is Chuck! Isn’t he cute? I think so too! Poor guy is at my local SPCA and needs to be adopted… Sad :(… I’ve really be wanting a dog lately. And I was planning on telling y’all that today. So I decided to go on my local SPCA website to find some cute dogs to say I want them. Knowing it was probably a bad idea because I would probably find one I wanted…. I never imagined there would be a husky (my dream dog) on there… Makes me wish I had a house with a big yard so I could adopt Mr. Chuck… But alas I don’t… Hopefully some nice family with a big yard will come adopt him!
And I have learned my lesson… Don’t go on the SPCA website when you really really really want a dog!
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged… Almost a week… But it was Christmas so can you blame me? Nope you can’t! But I’m back today to put on my Attitude of Gratitude with my Bestie! As always feel free to join us by putting on your own attitude of gratitude on your own blog or in the comments! And now here we gooooooo…..
I am thankful for the wonderful last 4 days that I had! They were AMAZING!! I spent them with my good Friends/Texas Family. They were very relaxing, good days. No stress, no worrying, no running around like chickens with their heads cut off. Just simple and nice. Filled with times like Sunday night where Laura, and I sat on the couch with Lila cuddling with us and watched the Sound of Music. They sure do make it a little easier to be away from my family on Christmas!
I am also thankful for the many gifts that I was given this Christmas! My boots, flip flips, donut maker, electric razor, the entire series of boy meets world on DVD, Old Navy gift card, Ikea gift card, Bdubs honey BBQ sauce, Trader Joe’s cookie butter, socks, cute ornaments, and lots of little things like chapstick, candy, toothbrush, journals, lotion, etc.
And last but definitely not least… I am thankful for the true meaning of Christmas. Celebrating the birth of our dear Savior!! I am so thankful that Christ came to this earth. To show us how we are to live. To fulfill the law that we could not fulfill ourselves. To teach us what it means to love. And ultimately to die on a cross so that we would not spend eternity away from Him!
Hello there! Sorry that I’m posting this so late… I haven’t been feeling the best today. And I came home from work after 2 hours. So I’ve spent the day in bed sleeping or watching movies. But I figured I still needed to put on my attitude of gratitude even though I feel yucky! As always make sure to pop on over to my lovely co-host Stormy Normy’s site as well. So here goes…
Since I’ve been in bed all day let me start by saying I am super thankful for my bed. It is pretty cozy if you ask me! I love my comforter and my mis-matching pillow cases. I’m also thankful for my lovely apartment. I’m thankful that the times I left my bed today I got to see our lovely Christmas decorations. I’m also thankful just for the fact that I have a roof over my head, because I know so many people don’t.
I’m thankful for/blessed by my family. For their love and support for me even though I live halfway across the country from them. I miss them, and I’m thankful that April isn’t too far away.
Those are the two big ones this week… Some other little things I’m thankful for… compression shorts, new cute running socks, Gatorade, soup, oyster crackers, crafts, Christmas cards, and hoodies.
On Sunday Lydia and I went to this huge awesome Christmas party that she had won tickets to from her Sunday school class. The leader of her Sunday school class is this big time lawyer and he puts a Christmas party on for all his firms every year. He takes the tickets that don’t get RSVP-ed for and gives them away in his Sunday school class.
It is hosted on his property. Where he has animals, a train, a byzantine chapel replica, a theological library, ponds, and tons more. They bring in carnival rides, food, and games. They also have a legit concert later on in the afternoon. This year the concert was Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
We had a blast. We got there when it first started, got some delicious BBQ Then we walked around a bit, saw the animals, went on the train ride, and saw what all was there. Then we went and got in line for the concert. And we ended up getting decent seats! Then after the concert this year they kept the rides open for a while after. So Lydia rode most of them, and I went on 1 with her. Then we went into his chapel to take some pictures (I love that place! We’ve been in it twice before). Then we headed home.
And now I’ll let the pictures do the talking….
Blue and Gold Macaw on the rope. A male Eclectus in flight
A Female Eclectus
Waiting for the Concert
Faith and Tim!!!!
Mighty fine looking man!
In the chapel, part of the ceiling and the angel on the tree
The dome in the middle of the cross shape
If and when I get married this is the aisle I want to walk down
Happy Monday everyone!! Today is day 1 of a 3 day work week. How exciting! The only bummer is that I won’t be taking lunches this week so I won’t get to read a whole lot… Major bummer… But the reason for not taking lunches makes it a little better…. It’s so that I can leave early on Wednesday to head to the airport! Which is pretty exciting if you ask me!
So I wanted to share with you a little piece of my weekend… You ready for it???? Alright here goes…Yup that’s right, I bought some cowboy boots!!! (Well technically my parents are buying them for me as my Christmas present!) Aren’t they cute? I think so! And I just love them!
And now back to that airport I was talking about… Why will I be going to the airport in 2 days?? Well I’m so glad you asked… Because I’m going to California for Thanksgiving! You probably all knew that, but that’s ok! And if you are reading this, live in my hometown, and would like to hang out while I’m there, let me know so we can plan a time!
Why hello there! It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s “I Guess I’m Blessed” with Stormy Normy time!! As always feel free to join us by leaving a link to your post in the comments!
This week I’m changing up my style a bit. I’m going “I Guess I’m Blessed” Wordless Wednesday style. I’m going to let the pictures do the talking about the things I’m thankful/grateful for, or blessed by. So without further ado…