Thursday, November 15, 2012

Running for the red cup

,About a mile & a half into my run and I've earned one Grande (16oz) Gingerbread Latte with nonfat milk, no whip.
Just over 200 calories.
Should I trade it in?
I went another 250 calories.
Still not sure.
That cheery, red cup of "mama, you can make it to bedtime" beckons me!

Buy 1, Get 1 Free Holiday drinks at Starbucks Nov 15-18th from 2-5pm.

In case you're running for your red cup:
16 oz Peppermint Mocha, nonfat, no whip 290 calories, 2.5fat
16 oz Caramel Brûlée latte, nonfat, no whip 310 calories, 0g fat
16 oz Pumpkin Spice Latte nonfat, no whip 260 calories, 0 fat

Eggnog Latte & White Chocolate peppermint mocha come in at 400 & more calories, even nonfat! Thankfully, neither is on my irresistible list. The high cal/fat cranberry bliss bar, however, is another story. Ugh.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

thankful for LOL

No seriously.
It had been a long time.
Few things are better than laughing soundlessly. And that can't-look-at-you-without-giggling-uncontrollably is the best! Well unless it happens in church or when a stranger comes in & you can't explain that you're not laughing at them b/c you can't. stop. laughing.

Yesterday I drove to IKEA (8 hours roundtrip) ALONE! All the cabinets could fit in our van, if empty of all but a driver. Somebody had to do it and my loving husband nominated me. I packed a few fruits & filled my travel mug at the Keurig while downloading Bossypants on iTunes seconds after the decision was made.
Granted, she & I have some different values, but Tina Fey had me laughing out loud more times than I have in months.

More specifically her chapters on beauty & parenting tips (the oversized t, bike shorts, & fanny pack!), the period box, & her dad, Don Fey were among the "most hysterical". Surprisingly, her bit about Second City & the lessons of improv, translating into life (law of agreement. gulp!) got me to think deeply about my way of relating.

I'm telling you it was good for my soul. Not just the alone time, not just the thrill of filling the back of my van with IKEA goodies, and drinking a whole, hot cup of coffee, but busting a gut at her beauty tips, parenting advice, and life experiences. Hillarious. Laughing out loud alone in the car every few minutes. Try it. I'm going to listen again while I run this week.

As was recommended to me: if you have yet to read it, don't. Get the audiobook, read theatrically by Ms. Fey, herself.

My son had me cracking up this morning when I poured him & myself a green monster smoothie only to have Lilah come up & ask for mine. While she was drinking my smoothie, he said "Mom, you're like a penguin. They chew up their food & feed their kids." No honey, that's Alicia Silverstone.  Pin It

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm thankful for Halloween candy

The sugary treats began trickling in a few days before trick-or-treating this year and I got smart.
I remembered someone that worked in our kids church in VA saying "candy is the currency of children". 
I could pretty much get them to do anything, pronto for a piece.
Turns out the opposite works just as well.
"Kids!" I announced.
"If you tell me a lie, I take a piece of your candy."
No chances.
The first answer must be the truth.

Did you wash your hands?
Did you put your pjs in the hamper?
Who took my phone?
Who left the door open?
Did you drink all of your water?

First time: the truth. Or it'll cost ya.

Like magic, it worked. We've had a big, fat, truth fest for weeks!! They keep each other accountable. They coyly smile before answering signaling their contemplation.

Since mine are young enough, I'm considering replenishing the supply as it is dwindling just to keep this party going. Pin It

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

thankful for occupied kids

I'm thankful for...
1. photo memory books that remind me how quickly they grow, so i don't wish away this time.
2. kids room at Y, where they have hands-on fun with costumes, crayons, glue, puzzles, etc.
3. and
4. well-stocked DVD shelves at the library (including new releases & my own childhood favorites)
5. the world's most enthusiastic children's book reader at our story time
6. excited kids heading into church, asking when they can come back as soon as it's over
7. fight-free homework time (pictured above)
8. grandparents that play (& stay in the van while I run in for an Rx with less than 3 kids)
9. trikes & bikes & living on the end of a cul-de-sac
10. educational iPhone apps & Otterbox case (Babble's Top 50 list 2012)
11. stool at the sink, soap, plastic ware, running water
12. Chalkboard wall with room for 3.

What keeps your kids occupied?
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Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm thankful for cousins

I'm thankful for...cousins.
A pile of them on my sofa,
a tribe of them running from room to room,
cuddling with them in my bed,
and enough to fill every chair at my table.

I'm thankful that because we now live close enough I know that my oldest nephew can eat my kitchen clean of all produce in one afternoon, oldest niece will always wait to see what her cousin chooses before she makes her choice, and little niece will absolutely not tolerate being called by anything other than her name or being tickled. 
I love how the last photo is quite indicative of their personalities. 
Oh, cousins! So fun!
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Friday, November 2, 2012

I'm thankful for...courage


It's not Gospel. But Matt Damon sure makes it sound so.
(Have you seen We Bought a Zoo? Enjoyable movie, certainly under appreciated, in my opinion. Here's a clip.)

Courage to tell someone you love the truth.
Courage to hit publish, send, delete.

Courage to leave when you recognize that you don't quite fit.

Courage to try a spin class, or sign up for a race.
Courage to confess

Courage to be tested, face the results. 
Courage to quit.

Courage to say I'm sorry.
Courage to choose what matters most to you.

Courage to keep your vow.
Courage to believe.

I'm thankful for the courageous people dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking.
And thankful for those that fight courageously for our freedom.

My life, my marriage, & my family is better because of courage.
I have courage because I was raised by a single, capable woman.
I have courage because many grown ups told me I could do anything I wanted to do as I grew.
I have courage because I believe in God. I believe the promises in the Bible. 

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. 
Don’t give them a second thought because GOD, your God, is striding ahead of you. 
He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” 
Deut 31:6 (MSG)

 "Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love." I Cor 16:13-14 (NLT)

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