Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Love my Winter Workouts

Summer come back!

I tried another Denise Austin DVD, and I absolutely loved it. I love that her workouts are easy to follow and challenging at the same time. I'm so very excited that I have a way to get my heart rate up without walking on the treadmill. (I only really like doing that if I want to watch a movie/TV show at the same time.)

The workouts I tried last night were kettle ball inspired and the cardio sculpt. Both of them worked the whole body, but I can especially feel it in my obliques. The DVD is appropriately called Sculpt & Burn. :) Love, love!!

Her workouts are definitely something I would do year round, but they are also some of the only workouts I would do in the winter.

What's your favorite way to workout when you're stuck inside?


(Image via: Pinterest)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Welcome home, Dad!

This morning, I woke up a little early... I was anticipating my dad coming home! I hadn't seen him since Christmas while he's been at work in Afghanistan, but he is now HOME!

I got a call from him early in the morning while I was making pancakes. I don't usually make pancakes, and it was actually the first time.

I felt all domesticated telling my dad, I was up cooking. Haha

It was fun talking to him while he waited to board the plane in Washington to head home to Chicago. (Before that flight he had two other flights.)

Anyway, when he came to my house with my brother Phil and his friend Tom, I was very excited to see him!

I knew he had walked over to my backyard to say hi to my feathered children first. Kevin and Ginger greeted him warmly. :)

Although, I knew he said hi to them, I had to ask, "Did  you say hi to Kevin?" I sure got some eye rolls over that one. 

There something so fun about having a little duck that has his own little following within the family. OK, enough about the duck. Back to my dad.

We opted on having dinner together, since my dad need to rest up a little bit. He had been traveling for five days! It sure takes some effort on his part to come home from Afghanistan.

After he rested go some rest, Bill and I met up at his house and had dinner at a restaurant we have gone to together many of times before he started working in Afghanistan. That sweet little restaurant always brings back earlier memories that I treasure. I miss those times, but I am betting they will be back someday.

We talked and discussed different things. Things about his camp that I can't discuss on my blog and his life in general over there.

Tonight made me excited about hanging out with him while he's back home. Like I wasn't already!

Here's to a great visit, dad! So glad you're back home!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time to hibernate!

On lunch break all bundled up in my car.

Friends, there is another snow storm coming tonight, and all I want to do is hibernate! I don't want to drive through slushy snow at all... I can deal with the cold but not the snow.

This cold weather makes me want to stay inside, work out inside, walk on the treadmill inside, and read books every weekend. Such a glamorous idea. I know! ha

Tonight, I hung out with my brother. We watched a TV show and some YouTube videos. Speaking of which, have you seen the video where a girl is demonstrating how to curl her hair, and she BURNS OFF a lock of her own hair!

Oh my goodness! At first, we couldn't stop laughing!!

I couldn't stop muttering, "Oh no!"

 BUT, I remembered how horrible I felt when I went to get my hair trimmed and left with 6 inches gone! NOT GOOD.

I have a good inclination that those two things feel just as horrible.

If you want to view some priceless expressions, watch this video! Ah, that poor girl. I can't watch it more than twice, or I'll have nightmares.

Anyways, I'll be spending this weekend hanging out with Bill and my family, catching up on some sleep, and reading more of the Game of Thrones series.

Plus, my dad comes home this weekend. I know it's going to be a good one!

I heart weekends. :)


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


I thought I would make this a regular habit where I list what I'm grateful for at any particular time. :)

* This week has been a little weird, and it is going by very fast!

* Picking out birthday presents for two of our nieces. :) I've never picked out kids' toys, and I had so much fun. Lalaloopsy dolls are so cute!

* I've restarted reading the 2nd book of the Game of Throne series. I'm close to page four hundred, and I'm starting to get obsessed.

* This post made me want to go get flowers from Fresh Market.

* Playing Mexican Train Dominos with my in-laws was fun. That game is easy and relaxing!

*Yoga before bed is probably the best thing ever for me. I know I did something great for myself, and I sleep better.

* I'm wanting to cook something delicious soon. Maybe, I'll try this blueberry recipe.

* My dad comes home on Sunday! Can't wait to see him. This time, I will be taking lots of pictures!

* Spring is almost here! Can you believe there is only one week left of February?

* The 16" fresh pizza that I got from Aldi. It was only $5.99. I love their prices and the quality.

* 2 more days till Friday!!


(Image via: Pinterest)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Date Night

On Valentine's day, Bill and I were hoping to go to the buffet we like to go to sometimes, but unfortunately it wasn't open! *Ugh.* They're opening again in March after their remodel.

Instead, we had a good burger and a blue moon. It hit the spot!

After dinner we saw A Good Day to Die Hard. I've never seen any of the Die Hard movies and thought this was one was OK.

We still had a good night even though things didn't go exactly like we would want. Bill sure does entertain me. Just look at the picture above! ;)

I'm thinking for next year we will make dinner at home. It would be fun to go all out and create a special meal.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

What I love:

God's love for us.
A wonderful immediate family. Love you all.
Bill's smile, playfulness, and love.
How my dog greets me every time.
A good book.
Thoughts of Spring.
Enjoying life and long conversations.

Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day filled with chocolate, beautiful flowers, and lots of love!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mamba instead of Walking

From Dirty Dancing Havana Nights. I thought about this while working out.

Winter workouts are hard and sometimes very monotonous! I'm a girl who loves to be outside. I've been dreaming about going on a hike with Bill. Everything is green and beautiful! Too bad that can't happen for a couple more months.

Anyways, last night, I did something different with my workout routine. Usually, I walk/run on the treadmill, and then I do one of my many Yoga DVDs. I am sick of walking on the treadmill for my cardio though.

I can only do that for so long!

I couldn't take how boring it was any longer. I decided to try the cardio workout on Denise Austin's DVD Shape Up & Shed Pounds. The names of the workout DVDs are so cheesy, but Austin is amazing.

I wasn't drawn to the cardio workout, because I'm not very coordinated... I've only tried it once, and it was late at night. I was about to fall asleep.

This time, it was only 8p.m. I had energy! I found out that I love her cardio workout! It combined mamba, salsa, and other cardio moves. I loved it. It got my heart rate up and made me happy.

The music playing in the background sounded like some kind of beach music. I was in heaven. It made me want Spring even more!

Weirdly enough, I thought of Dirty Dancing when I was working out. (The soundtrack for that movie is the best!) I think I'm going to have to watch it again!

Beaches, salsa music, and dancing are my favorite.

I think this workout is going to be one of my new favorites as well.


(Image via: Google)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cabin Fever and Winter Projects

It's that time of year again, and I'm itching to get outside. I hate being inside all the time. The only time I really spend any time outside is when I'm taking care of my little chicks and ducks.

They're pretty cute and are totally helping me get through the winter. When I came home after work, I went over to their cage and said "hi" to Kevin and Ginger. (The chickens go to bed much earlier.)

I called to Kevin, and he's so tame that he ran over to me, like he usually does. He came up closer, and I sneaked a hug from him. What a cutie! Of course, when I gave him a hug he was picking through my hair the entire time. haha The homeschooler that gave him to us had given him many hugs when she dropped him off with her parents.

I knew that duck would be awesome! Anyways, I can't wait till me and Bill can sit outside with the animals and let them run around. Not to mention, I want to workout outside and go swimming.

Instead, I've been filling my time with indoor projects like cleaning the spare room which we refer to as the blue room. It's been designated as my room, and the basement is Bill's area to decorate and fill with his stuff.

I woke up at seven in the morning on Sunday and cleaned and cleaned.

I love walking into the room and finding everything neat and organized! I think I might just leave the door open so I can glance in when I want to to see my work. :)

Later in the day, I finished a craft project I had started this weekend just in time for Valentine's day.
I started with an open frame and cut foam to put inside the frame. I wrapped the foam in burlap to give it a country feel. The cool thing is when I get bored of this design, I can easily make something new to put inside the frame!

Needless to say, it was a productive weekend but not the most relaxing. I'm obviously looking forward to Valentine's day! Bill and I have a fun date planned that I can't wait for. :)

I hope this week goes fast.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love Diary: Not Just a Dream

Lately, I've been having these realizations in the morning that make me stop whatever I'm doing and smile. I smile because I never thought I would be this happy or this fortunate.

Happy to have Bill as my husband... I'll never know what I did to deserve his love and acceptance, but it's not really about deserving or earning... Either way, I'm so fortunate to have a sweet and loving man. I didn't think I would find my husband till much later in life, and I never thought I would find someone as loyal or loving as Bill.

Happy to have fun in-laws that value close relationships... I grew up with just my own immediate family. We rarely saw extended family. The plus side? It definitely made our family close. I learned to rely on my sister, brother, mom, and dad as the closest people in my life, but I always wanted to have a big extended family. Now, Bill's family is also my family. Love that!

Fortunate to have a new-to-me car... This past weekend, we bought a new car for me. This was quite exciting! I had driven a yellow truck that I was not very fond of in the least for five years! I'm thrilled to have a reliable car. Did I mention that it's not yellow? ;)

Happy to have a form of exercise I love... Yoga, it gets me out my mind, and I can relax after a good workout. Not to mention, Yoga really works those abs and obliques.

Fortunate to have this blog... This blog has challenged and helped me maintain my ability to write all the time. I want to find ways to write more open and honest posts whether it be about love, relationships, working out, or my beliefs. I can't wait to find out what this year will bring!


(Image via: Le Love)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Wishes

I'm working on reading The Game of Throne series. I've read almost to page 400, and I need more time with it. :)

I've never tried this before and it sounds so good.  Maybe this weekend, I'll get a chance.

I feel like I'm using a crayon to color my lips, but I seriously love these things. I also like putting a lip gloss over them for extra shine.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kevin & Megan

I remember posting about Megan when we first got her, but I don't believe I've written a whole lot about her since... It was so sweet when we brought Megan home and she was following Kevin from outside of the cage. She was so eager to meet him! (FYI, Megan used to be named Ginger, but we changed it.) Kevin and her are two peas in a pod. They love sitting outside even in the single digits! They act like it's normal weather. :)
Our chickens on the other hand are inside that little door. They hate the cold. I will have to push them out their later so I can take their picture. They're white too and completely fluffy!! We named them Nikolai and Dolly.
I can't get over how big Kevin is. Makes me want to pick him up and give him a big hug! Ha
Typical scene with Megan laying down and Kevin standing for a while. I love their feathers and how their beaks and feet are the only thing that stands out against the snow.
Love these little guys. :)