Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ahhh Summer...

Just uploaded (downloaded?) my card onto iPhoto and thought I'd share some pics from it.

First up: the belt trick
I went through a phase where I bought everything huge. I didn't even realize I was doing it until Kevin brought it to my attention. And he NEVER notices things like that so it must have been pretty bad. I gain weight in my midsection so I've never been a form-fitting shirt fan. Buying L's probably wasn't the answer to fix that.

Anyways, here's dress I bought in that phase. I remember the girl at Old Navy saying "that's way too big for you" like a good friend/shopping partner, and I rationalized and alibied myself into getting it in that size anyway. DUMB.

So, now I want to wear it but can't.




Enter the belt!
I would obviously where an undershirt, friends.


Isn't this wonderful? You can do this with maternity tops you loved but are just too big. You can do this with some of your husbands shirts, the possibilities are limitless!
...............................................................

Next up: IT'S HERE!!!!

Charging and getting ready to fulfill her purpose. To beep at me each mile.

Ruby telling a story...


THEN we had a picnic. Sooo yummy and fun but also so many yucky flies.
That's summer!
Ruby had quinoa and marinara sauce and blueberries and me and Kev had quinoa with garlic and her feta cheese, basil, avacados and grape tomatoes. I love fresh summer food!






Then back inside to cool off and have a little story time. The best days are the days Daddy's home!!

p.s. Let's hear it for Ruby's skin tight biking shorts! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Thoughts On A Thursday Night

Well, my baby is finally doing better. Thank you, Father.
This past week has literally been the roughest one I can remember of my life so far. Physically and mentally and emotionally speaking.
While you're so caught up in doing whatever it takes to make your sick baby better...you forget about yourself. And that's fine, I mean, that's Motherhood! But this went on for 7 full days. All day pain and agony for her. Non stop screaming/fussing/crying. Then up multiple times at night. Nursing. Rocking. Praying.

And now she's back to Ruby.
And I took my first shower today since Sunday. I did not shave my legs.
I have been in this house all week eating PURE CRAP and not exercising.
I am ready to get out and active and Ruby be happy and full of life again!
My goals tomorrow are:
a) put a real outfit on
b) put make up on
c) eat well and eat real food with nutrients
d) play and play and play with my smiley girl

I hope we get out and run this weekend. GUESS WHAT KEVIN BOUGHT ME?!!!!

I am so so pumped! It's a GPS running watch. So it tracks your mileage, heart rate, pace, calories burned, time, etc.

Next weekend we are going to Branson for a staff retreat. I am SO looking forward to getting away and having great fellowship with dear friends and just quietness. The men will golf and the women will shop. However...Ruby won't be there:( This is the first time we have EVER left Ruby over night. I was so so nervous at first but I know it will be fine since it's just Branson.

We'll be gone Thursday day and night w/o her, then Friday without her, then Janet and Ken are bringing her to Branson and we're meeting up Friday eveningish. Then she'll stay that night with us and we'll drive home Saturday. I can't believe it. I am so sad just typing this out. She still nurses everytime she goes to sleep! And wakes up! If she weans from this trip alone I will stand on a mountain top and curse Branson forever!!!!!!!!!

But...she is 16 months and I know everything will be ok. And even if it's not, I'll drive my little hiney home and hold my baby!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Early Morning Run

Got to bed at 11:30 last night and was up a few times with Ruby. Still running fever and still not doing well. When I called the doctor (I have a serious love/hate relationship with doctors and the medical world) they said to give her baby ibuprofen and just wait it out. Sweet girl. She has a high fever again and now had bright red gums and sores on her tongue. Ready for whatever is attacking her little body to leave and never rear it's ugly head again. Amen.

Anyway, with what little sleep I got, I woke up this morning at a little after 6 to do some sprint work at the track. Kevin and Ruby were still asleep so Clarence and I snuck out of the house for our run. I do not like sprint work at all, but I know it's necessary to get faster and also I need to mix up my workouts. I've gotten so fond of slower paced distance running that's all I do and that's not always good on your body to use the same muscles over and over again.



I may start posting my workouts so it kind of keeps me accountable. But then again, only like 2 people read this and I certainly don't blog so you people think I'm cool so it'd be kind of pointless. But sometimes I just like to sit at this computer and just write. And have some quiet time and write whatever I want to say.

So this week:
Sunday- played soccer for probably an hour
Monday- ran 2 miles. Middle of the day scorching heat with no trees on the road I ran. NOT easy or pretty.
Tuesday- nothing. worked all day.
Wednesday- nothing. stayed home with sick baby:(
Thursday- ran 3 miles
Friday- nothing.
Saturday- run 1 mile to track. Do intervals of 400m (1/4 mile) sprints 4x. (1mi) Then 1 mile back home.
Sunday- I don't know yet but I'm imagining nothing.

I love running because it gives me time to step away from the hectic-ness of life and there is quiet and just the sound of my breathing and my thoughts. It's when I get to be quiet long enough to hear what Yahweh is saying to me. When I come back I feel like a million bucks and am re-energized and so HAPPY to see my family and take on Motherhood and Household Manager again.

 Fail. No head.

These are all just basically to show you my new shorts I got for $14.98 that are normally $29.99! And you know why? Because they're pink! Supposedly pink and blue were so last season (you know, the exact colors I'm wearing in these photos) and this year Nike's big thing is more purples and yellows. Pish posh. I say bring the pink for 1/2 off! And I love these shorts.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Girlie Twinkies, Farmhouse, and TEETHING STINKS!

Ruby the big girl got her toe nails painted! The regular, bad, not-natural kind of polish (gasp!) It's ok. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Although I will admit Kev and I both felt a little weird with her toes like this like we were weirdo pageant parents forcing their daughter to grow up. She's only 15 months old! We'll wait till she's a little older for the next polishing...



My momma (a realtor) sent us an email about this old farmhouse for sale with acreage. We went out to have a look...


Love this image. Our car with this house and this setting. Ahhh!



Conclusion: The potential is amazing. The work and finances we'd have to pour into it, however, are just WAY too much for us to even consider. This beauty is RUN DOWN. And not the greatest location. I don't want to be a big drive from everything. And we don't want to bite off more than we can handle. This is a LOT lot of initial work and then tons of maintanence from there. So, we passed.
Still keeping our eyes open.

The last few days have just been YUCKY and miserable for our sweet Ruby. She's never had problem with teething like this before. Maybe a low grade fever for a day and that's it. She's had a big time fever for 3 days now and will just break out and cry out of nowhere and fling her body around in severe pain. I feel sooo bad. She's so cuddly and sweet about it in between the screaming/crying hurting parts.






Say a prayer of healing over our baby girl. Let's get these teeth in and get it over with! Nothing worse than your kids hurting and nothing you can do about it!

We have a busy busy weekend ahead of us. Breathing deeply and choosing to look forward to it.
If you're reading this...I love you.
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is It Only Tuesday??

I woke up today and decided my usual every-morning coffee didn't sound all that great, so I skipped it.



And a few hours into my work day while working on my client, I literally almost fell asleep. I got really heavy and felt like I needed to lay down right away, to go to sleep.

That's probably not good. I have no earthly idea why my energy level is so low all the time.
I eat fairly well, I exercise, and I get enough sleep at night. I just don't get it...

So I went ahead and just poured myself a glass of sweet tea (well, unsweetened tea with stevia) for a little pick-me-up, but I hate that I have to do that! I don't want to live at the beck and call of caffeine. I don't want to NEED anything, really, other than Yahweh to start and end my day strong.

So...any ideas?

p.s. I want to be an amazing long distance runner with no jiggle on me AND I also want to be pregnant. those are my recent desires and I am not sure how practical they are right now.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Love Saturdays

I have loved this day so much so far. And we have fun plans for the night including a picnic!
But so far...

We woke up.
Went running for 3 miles. I didn't stop once! This is a biiig deal for me.



I love Kevin as my "coach". He doesn't put up with any of my excuses but also doesn't make me feel like crap. Our first big run together a couple weeks ago I was saying "honey, I'm going to faint" and then "I think I'm gonna throw up babe" all in my saddest please-help-me voice WHILE running and did he cave? NO!!! And am I in love with him for that? YES!!!! For some dumb reason I'd probably say something like "why did you let me walk, kevin?" after the run if I had walked. Oh my sweet husband. Not sure any other man could handle me and my weirdnesses. And the words I make up like weirdnesses.

Later he told me "I know it may sound awful, but I was thinking to myself, unless she actually does puke or faint, I don't believe her and I'm gonna make her keep running" HAHA! I love that. I always beg him, BEG HIM, please please please push me honey. I know I should be self-motivated but I'm not as much as I'd like to be so I need your help! Don't let me make excuses! And he's good at it.

So after our run, it ended back up at the square where our town has the COOLEST splash park for kids. Fountains squirting everywhere. Ruby waited patiently in her bathing suit in the stroller during the run and she was greatly rewarded.




I have literally never seen my daughter so happy in all of her life. Guys...she was hysterical. Just, out of this world, couldn't believe it happiness and joy. She was playing so hard and loving all the kids and the water and it was just too cute for words. I adore her.



HAPPY SATURDAY!

Kevin is at a concert right now, he was asked to minister to the bands before their show. Which is cool because he used to be right where they are, so he knows exactly what it's like. Wish me and Roobster could have gone but she is still fast asleep, probably dreaming of her splash park adventure...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Morning With My Other Love



My little darlin'.
She's so fun!
I am beyond blessed, I can't get over it!


cracking up...

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Love

There are several things about this man that makes me weak in the knees. 
I love him more today that I ever have.
In my eyes, he's just perfect. Seriously.
When I'm down, he pulls me up.
When I'm exhausted, he cleans the house.
He listens to me talk and talk and talk.
He is so patient with me. 
He never yells. 
He is calm and steady on.
But hilarious and silly. (mainly when it's just us)
He knows me like the back of his hand and he adores me.

Sometimes he'll be talking to me and it's like his voice gets drowned out and I'm not hearing anything he's saying and I just zone in on him and his eyes and I see him for who he is and I'm just in awe and in love with the man of God he is. And the best friend he is. And the father he is. 


The other day I walked out and saw him playing piano with the headphones because Ruby was asleep and it was one of those heart-flutter-oh-my-gosh-he's-so-cute-i-love-my-husband moments. And then he shows me the beautiful song he just wrote effortlessly with his hard working, calloused hands from his factory job and it just was almost too much.


 I have no earthly idea why Yahweh chose to give me this man, and me to him, but I'm absolutely honored that He did.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

WWBUT

Or, What We've Been Up To. I don't think this acronym will catch on because saying "wwbut" doesn't really sound cool...

Anyways we've been playing a lot of pick-up soccer with friends (on Sundays if anyone is interested!) and it is so so fun. I can see that I'm gradually getting better and that's even more exciting. It's SUCH good exercise, too. But you don't notice it that much because you're so focused on playing and you're having fun!

 On this particular day, a team of Indians asked if they could join us. All the shy Kiehns were hesitant and the not-shy Jessica said "YES!". So glad I did, because we met some really nice friends that we otherwise would not have. Nice to meet you, Siraj (see-rahj), Rijan (ree-hahn) and Kumar!


Our neighbor's are selling their home and I went inside and saw this. It's GORGEOUS! Right up our alley. However they are asking about $100,000 above our price range...

You can't see it in the pic, but the backsplash is a heavenly creamy teal subway tile. Gorgeous!


And last but certainly not least...Kevin's little brother Stephen GOT MARRIED! Welcome to the fam, Angela. Angela Kiehn, or Angel Licking if your brain operates like mine. Either way...welcome:)




Oh, and our daughter looked downright breathtaking at said wedding. I squealed with joy and happiness when I put the dress on her and she knew it was special. She took a few steps away and turned back and looked right at me, those bright eyes, and tilted her head into her neck and gave the best "I'm so sweet and cute and Mommy's obviously proud of me for something" look she could muster up. 
But like Daddy said, sugar, you make the dress cute.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Ahhh Summer...

Just uploaded (downloaded?) my card onto iPhoto and thought I'd share some pics from it.

First up: the belt trick
I went through a phase where I bought everything huge. I didn't even realize I was doing it until Kevin brought it to my attention. And he NEVER notices things like that so it must have been pretty bad. I gain weight in my midsection so I've never been a form-fitting shirt fan. Buying L's probably wasn't the answer to fix that.

Anyways, here's dress I bought in that phase. I remember the girl at Old Navy saying "that's way too big for you" like a good friend/shopping partner, and I rationalized and alibied myself into getting it in that size anyway. DUMB.

So, now I want to wear it but can't.




Enter the belt!
I would obviously where an undershirt, friends.


Isn't this wonderful? You can do this with maternity tops you loved but are just too big. You can do this with some of your husbands shirts, the possibilities are limitless!
...............................................................

Next up: IT'S HERE!!!!

Charging and getting ready to fulfill her purpose. To beep at me each mile.

Ruby telling a story...


THEN we had a picnic. Sooo yummy and fun but also so many yucky flies.
That's summer!
Ruby had quinoa and marinara sauce and blueberries and me and Kev had quinoa with garlic and her feta cheese, basil, avacados and grape tomatoes. I love fresh summer food!






Then back inside to cool off and have a little story time. The best days are the days Daddy's home!!

p.s. Let's hear it for Ruby's skin tight biking shorts! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

My Thoughts On A Thursday Night

Well, my baby is finally doing better. Thank you, Father.
This past week has literally been the roughest one I can remember of my life so far. Physically and mentally and emotionally speaking.
While you're so caught up in doing whatever it takes to make your sick baby better...you forget about yourself. And that's fine, I mean, that's Motherhood! But this went on for 7 full days. All day pain and agony for her. Non stop screaming/fussing/crying. Then up multiple times at night. Nursing. Rocking. Praying.

And now she's back to Ruby.
And I took my first shower today since Sunday. I did not shave my legs.
I have been in this house all week eating PURE CRAP and not exercising.
I am ready to get out and active and Ruby be happy and full of life again!
My goals tomorrow are:
a) put a real outfit on
b) put make up on
c) eat well and eat real food with nutrients
d) play and play and play with my smiley girl

I hope we get out and run this weekend. GUESS WHAT KEVIN BOUGHT ME?!!!!

I am so so pumped! It's a GPS running watch. So it tracks your mileage, heart rate, pace, calories burned, time, etc.

Next weekend we are going to Branson for a staff retreat. I am SO looking forward to getting away and having great fellowship with dear friends and just quietness. The men will golf and the women will shop. However...Ruby won't be there:( This is the first time we have EVER left Ruby over night. I was so so nervous at first but I know it will be fine since it's just Branson.

We'll be gone Thursday day and night w/o her, then Friday without her, then Janet and Ken are bringing her to Branson and we're meeting up Friday eveningish. Then she'll stay that night with us and we'll drive home Saturday. I can't believe it. I am so sad just typing this out. She still nurses everytime she goes to sleep! And wakes up! If she weans from this trip alone I will stand on a mountain top and curse Branson forever!!!!!!!!!

But...she is 16 months and I know everything will be ok. And even if it's not, I'll drive my little hiney home and hold my baby!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Early Morning Run

Got to bed at 11:30 last night and was up a few times with Ruby. Still running fever and still not doing well. When I called the doctor (I have a serious love/hate relationship with doctors and the medical world) they said to give her baby ibuprofen and just wait it out. Sweet girl. She has a high fever again and now had bright red gums and sores on her tongue. Ready for whatever is attacking her little body to leave and never rear it's ugly head again. Amen.

Anyway, with what little sleep I got, I woke up this morning at a little after 6 to do some sprint work at the track. Kevin and Ruby were still asleep so Clarence and I snuck out of the house for our run. I do not like sprint work at all, but I know it's necessary to get faster and also I need to mix up my workouts. I've gotten so fond of slower paced distance running that's all I do and that's not always good on your body to use the same muscles over and over again.



I may start posting my workouts so it kind of keeps me accountable. But then again, only like 2 people read this and I certainly don't blog so you people think I'm cool so it'd be kind of pointless. But sometimes I just like to sit at this computer and just write. And have some quiet time and write whatever I want to say.

So this week:
Sunday- played soccer for probably an hour
Monday- ran 2 miles. Middle of the day scorching heat with no trees on the road I ran. NOT easy or pretty.
Tuesday- nothing. worked all day.
Wednesday- nothing. stayed home with sick baby:(
Thursday- ran 3 miles
Friday- nothing.
Saturday- run 1 mile to track. Do intervals of 400m (1/4 mile) sprints 4x. (1mi) Then 1 mile back home.
Sunday- I don't know yet but I'm imagining nothing.

I love running because it gives me time to step away from the hectic-ness of life and there is quiet and just the sound of my breathing and my thoughts. It's when I get to be quiet long enough to hear what Yahweh is saying to me. When I come back I feel like a million bucks and am re-energized and so HAPPY to see my family and take on Motherhood and Household Manager again.

 Fail. No head.

These are all just basically to show you my new shorts I got for $14.98 that are normally $29.99! And you know why? Because they're pink! Supposedly pink and blue were so last season (you know, the exact colors I'm wearing in these photos) and this year Nike's big thing is more purples and yellows. Pish posh. I say bring the pink for 1/2 off! And I love these shorts.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Girlie Twinkies, Farmhouse, and TEETHING STINKS!

Ruby the big girl got her toe nails painted! The regular, bad, not-natural kind of polish (gasp!) It's ok. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Although I will admit Kev and I both felt a little weird with her toes like this like we were weirdo pageant parents forcing their daughter to grow up. She's only 15 months old! We'll wait till she's a little older for the next polishing...



My momma (a realtor) sent us an email about this old farmhouse for sale with acreage. We went out to have a look...


Love this image. Our car with this house and this setting. Ahhh!



Conclusion: The potential is amazing. The work and finances we'd have to pour into it, however, are just WAY too much for us to even consider. This beauty is RUN DOWN. And not the greatest location. I don't want to be a big drive from everything. And we don't want to bite off more than we can handle. This is a LOT lot of initial work and then tons of maintanence from there. So, we passed.
Still keeping our eyes open.

The last few days have just been YUCKY and miserable for our sweet Ruby. She's never had problem with teething like this before. Maybe a low grade fever for a day and that's it. She's had a big time fever for 3 days now and will just break out and cry out of nowhere and fling her body around in severe pain. I feel sooo bad. She's so cuddly and sweet about it in between the screaming/crying hurting parts.






Say a prayer of healing over our baby girl. Let's get these teeth in and get it over with! Nothing worse than your kids hurting and nothing you can do about it!

We have a busy busy weekend ahead of us. Breathing deeply and choosing to look forward to it.
If you're reading this...I love you.
Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Is It Only Tuesday??

I woke up today and decided my usual every-morning coffee didn't sound all that great, so I skipped it.



And a few hours into my work day while working on my client, I literally almost fell asleep. I got really heavy and felt like I needed to lay down right away, to go to sleep.

That's probably not good. I have no earthly idea why my energy level is so low all the time.
I eat fairly well, I exercise, and I get enough sleep at night. I just don't get it...

So I went ahead and just poured myself a glass of sweet tea (well, unsweetened tea with stevia) for a little pick-me-up, but I hate that I have to do that! I don't want to live at the beck and call of caffeine. I don't want to NEED anything, really, other than Yahweh to start and end my day strong.

So...any ideas?

p.s. I want to be an amazing long distance runner with no jiggle on me AND I also want to be pregnant. those are my recent desires and I am not sure how practical they are right now.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

I Love Saturdays

I have loved this day so much so far. And we have fun plans for the night including a picnic!
But so far...

We woke up.
Went running for 3 miles. I didn't stop once! This is a biiig deal for me.



I love Kevin as my "coach". He doesn't put up with any of my excuses but also doesn't make me feel like crap. Our first big run together a couple weeks ago I was saying "honey, I'm going to faint" and then "I think I'm gonna throw up babe" all in my saddest please-help-me voice WHILE running and did he cave? NO!!! And am I in love with him for that? YES!!!! For some dumb reason I'd probably say something like "why did you let me walk, kevin?" after the run if I had walked. Oh my sweet husband. Not sure any other man could handle me and my weirdnesses. And the words I make up like weirdnesses.

Later he told me "I know it may sound awful, but I was thinking to myself, unless she actually does puke or faint, I don't believe her and I'm gonna make her keep running" HAHA! I love that. I always beg him, BEG HIM, please please please push me honey. I know I should be self-motivated but I'm not as much as I'd like to be so I need your help! Don't let me make excuses! And he's good at it.

So after our run, it ended back up at the square where our town has the COOLEST splash park for kids. Fountains squirting everywhere. Ruby waited patiently in her bathing suit in the stroller during the run and she was greatly rewarded.




I have literally never seen my daughter so happy in all of her life. Guys...she was hysterical. Just, out of this world, couldn't believe it happiness and joy. She was playing so hard and loving all the kids and the water and it was just too cute for words. I adore her.



HAPPY SATURDAY!

Kevin is at a concert right now, he was asked to minister to the bands before their show. Which is cool because he used to be right where they are, so he knows exactly what it's like. Wish me and Roobster could have gone but she is still fast asleep, probably dreaming of her splash park adventure...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Morning With My Other Love



My little darlin'.
She's so fun!
I am beyond blessed, I can't get over it!


cracking up...

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Love

There are several things about this man that makes me weak in the knees. 
I love him more today that I ever have.
In my eyes, he's just perfect. Seriously.
When I'm down, he pulls me up.
When I'm exhausted, he cleans the house.
He listens to me talk and talk and talk.
He is so patient with me. 
He never yells. 
He is calm and steady on.
But hilarious and silly. (mainly when it's just us)
He knows me like the back of his hand and he adores me.

Sometimes he'll be talking to me and it's like his voice gets drowned out and I'm not hearing anything he's saying and I just zone in on him and his eyes and I see him for who he is and I'm just in awe and in love with the man of God he is. And the best friend he is. And the father he is. 


The other day I walked out and saw him playing piano with the headphones because Ruby was asleep and it was one of those heart-flutter-oh-my-gosh-he's-so-cute-i-love-my-husband moments. And then he shows me the beautiful song he just wrote effortlessly with his hard working, calloused hands from his factory job and it just was almost too much.


 I have no earthly idea why Yahweh chose to give me this man, and me to him, but I'm absolutely honored that He did.


Sunday, June 5, 2011

WWBUT

Or, What We've Been Up To. I don't think this acronym will catch on because saying "wwbut" doesn't really sound cool...

Anyways we've been playing a lot of pick-up soccer with friends (on Sundays if anyone is interested!) and it is so so fun. I can see that I'm gradually getting better and that's even more exciting. It's SUCH good exercise, too. But you don't notice it that much because you're so focused on playing and you're having fun!

 On this particular day, a team of Indians asked if they could join us. All the shy Kiehns were hesitant and the not-shy Jessica said "YES!". So glad I did, because we met some really nice friends that we otherwise would not have. Nice to meet you, Siraj (see-rahj), Rijan (ree-hahn) and Kumar!


Our neighbor's are selling their home and I went inside and saw this. It's GORGEOUS! Right up our alley. However they are asking about $100,000 above our price range...

You can't see it in the pic, but the backsplash is a heavenly creamy teal subway tile. Gorgeous!


And last but certainly not least...Kevin's little brother Stephen GOT MARRIED! Welcome to the fam, Angela. Angela Kiehn, or Angel Licking if your brain operates like mine. Either way...welcome:)




Oh, and our daughter looked downright breathtaking at said wedding. I squealed with joy and happiness when I put the dress on her and she knew it was special. She took a few steps away and turned back and looked right at me, those bright eyes, and tilted her head into her neck and gave the best "I'm so sweet and cute and Mommy's obviously proud of me for something" look she could muster up. 
But like Daddy said, sugar, you make the dress cute.