Friday, September 30, 2011

Cross Training

Today I did cross training, which is anything you do for exercise other than running. Gives your body something new and different to work with, works different systems, and builds different muscles. I chose to do Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones and...good grief. So hard. And SO LONG! It was supposedly a 40 minute workout but it was more like 50 something. I could be wrong.
(p.s. I had a wee little PR last night. Me and my sis-in-law Julie ran and I ran my 3.17 miles in 30 something minutes but the point is I didn't stop and walk! I have never ran a 5k without stopping to walk for a little bit. Isn't that sad? It's ok though...I'm getting there! Turns out, when you run at night and the weather is flawless and there's a beautiful breeze you can do anything.)


For your viewing pleasure, I took pics of the workout. They didn't turn out well because at one point I had to stop playing around taking pictures and actually start working out. 

My sports bra is a neutral color and IS there.

I took down the curtains for the big window to paint (like the one on the small window) in January of this year. That's how long it takes us to get around to crafty projects around here.

Clarence finally decides to burn some calories.


The next two pictures being blurry is a beautiful symbolism of just how I was feeling.

Arms are my weakness. I have wussy little bird arms. Here I was crying out to Yahweh "why do I not have defined, muscular arms genetically, Lord, WHY?!"

Someone by the window decided to stop burning calories.

This advanced move is called "standing there".

More arms. Help. It didn't help that I was doing the public toilet squat, either.

The cans of corn were in case of emergency and they WERE used at some points.

I think this is where I had to end the photo session and actually focus. 
This workout hurt, honey! But it was worth it. And I'm glad I did it. 
If any of you have Netflix then just rent her video so you can try it out before you drop real money on it. It's a perfect way to mix up your workout and strengthen your body and see definition.

Going to Abuelos tonight! Some friends are taking us. Josh and Anna Duggar went there on one episode. Do I talk about the Duggars too much? Yes? Ok. We only have Netflix and Season 1 is on there so I've seen it a couple times.

Ruby keeps getting more and more awesome. I can't get over it. You should hear her say "sit" and "no no" to Clarence while she points her finger at him. And then she grabs his fur and kisses him and is just so funny. Clarence is the best dog around!

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sometimes...

Sometimes I eat healthy and only healthy, and sometimes I don't (hello, Lays potato chips, my demise).

Sometimes my house is in flawless shape and I am on top of the waves, and sometimes the waves get on top of me, and my house is a wreck.

Sometimes I am flexible and sometimes I am sore and can hardly move like a nursing home tenant (like today).

Sometimes I love working and doing hair, and sometime I don't.

Sometimes I love and snuggle and sometimes I don't love and spank Clarence.

Sometimes I love the internet, and sometimes I don't.

But I always hate cable!

And I always love hearing Ruby say "Mommy" clear as day.

And "Boo Coo!" for Blues Clues.

And I love sunny 60 and 70 degree weather. The best running weather on earth.


And 
i
love
my
life 


Be blessed today, wherever you are. Whatever you're doing. Be blessed.






Thursday, September 22, 2011

DJ RUBY-ROO

Throwin' down tracks
like it aint no thang
Watch out all you toddlas
This baby's gon' sing

La la la la la la
mix it up now real tight
Play it back and add effects
Yeah yeah, you know das right






As if you couldn't tell...I just made that rap up as I was typing it.

Laying in bed on this cold, rainy day. There's fever going on in our house and I don't like it. Ruby slept with us last night and I did like that. She never ever sleeps with us! But she was so, so hot and uncomfortable she was ok to sleep with us and have me anytime she wanted.
She woke up several times in the middle of the night, kissed Kevin, and said "hi". She has Kevin's heart entirely...

Called Dr. Shipman and got her on some herbs and she's napping now so I fully expect for her to wake up from her nap 100%. This is day two of the fever and we're simply done with it:) I hate her being sick but I love how cuddly and sweet she is and how much she wants me. No better feeling.

Stay warm out there! Looking forward to the rest of this week...sunny and in the 70s! Gonna get me and Ruby out in some sunshine for all that good Vitamin D. My friend just read an article that Vit D from the sun is better than a flu shot as far as building immune system. It's crucial for our health. I've been so careful to keep Ruby OUT of the sun so her little baby skin doesn't burn but I'm seeing there's got to be a balance.

Ok, I'm just rambling.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I am often torn about how much, how deep, and how real I can get on my blog.
Because, really, it's a place where I can write what is on my heart and you are visiting my spot.
And then I worry about who will read this, or who will get offended...but then. I stop.
Because I would never read someone else's blog and get offended by what they say.
Because hello! That's their opinion on their blog! It's their story. It's their memory. It's their thoughts.
I can't argue that someone's thoughts are wrong. They're theirs!

So, here's what's been on my heart lately.
And sadly...very few of you will be able to relate, I imagine, but that's ok. It's my story.

For our next child, we will do a home birth.

I have done the research, I have spoken with midwives, and personally know many women who have had (and adore) their home births. The moment we got home from the hospital with Ruby I felt like "ok...that was fine. But I want a home birth next time"

Kevin couldn't be more on board with it. It's really a word of the Lord to us. Yahweh told us to with Ruby but I was too scared and let fear muffle the voice of God in my life. I wasn't "sure" if that's what He was telling me so I brushed it off for 9 months. And as soon as she was born...I was sure.
{Now, I don't necessarily think that everyone should have a home birth (certainly not high risk pregnancies) but for me and my family...we know this is right. }

I may write more about it once I am actually pregnant and closer to birthing that child, but for now, the point of my story is this.

I feel like I am all alone in many of my beliefs.
I feel like there just aren't a lot of people out there that *click* with me as far as the whole home birth/cloth diapering/all natural as much as possible thing go.
Don't get me wrong...in fact the Lord just showed me as I'm typing this...I do have a small handful of women from church that believe closely to what I do (like...two of them).
But I mean the general population of where I live in this wealthy, everywhere-I-look-I-keep-seeing-the-same-thing area is just so dead-end feeling when you bring up topics like that. Everyone thinks unless it's what everyone else is doing it's flat out wrong.

I suppose that's most cultures. People get comfortable with the "norm" and that's just what becomes acceptable. Surely, if I was a C-section by choice advocate living in Portland, Oregan I'd be writing a post just like this, except on the opposite side.

I have to realize that Jesus was hardly popular at many points of His ministry. I mean, people crucified Him for who He said He was, and for His beliefs. So I'm in good company as far as people thinking I'm weird for my spiritual beliefs and my lifestyle beliefs. They all thought He was blasphemous and crazy. Especially when He said "eat my flesh and drink my blood..." to a crowd.

I can't tell you how many religious people get mad at the stuff I say, I have no idea why.
I can't tell you how many head shakes and "you're crazy" faces and talks I get when I say we will homeschool our children. That I want a home birth. That I won't give my toddler dyed foods full of sugar even though everyone else is eating them and there is a popular television character on the box. That Ruby still nurses and she's a year and a half.

So ultimately, what it boils down to is pleasing God or pleasing man. I know how to work a group, I know what people want to hear, what women want to talk about. I know easier is always going to be more popular. I know people find comfort in fitting in. But if my calling happens to make me different from my surroundings, well then, that's fine. It's certainly not always fun, I can tell you that. But the point is that I have to know who I am in Christ and what my beliefs are. On a deserted island, or smack dab in the middle of town surrounded by people. I can't be shaken by my surroundings. And believe in this when I'm around this group, and that when I'm around that group. I just have to be steady on, know the truth for myself and my family, and be willing to be the weird one of the group every so often.

*sigh*
Felt good to get that out.
Thanks for listening.
Even if you think I'm weird:)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Need All New Jeans Please

I am so over low rise jeans!
They make you feel fat.
They are extremely unflattering.
It's just a terrible idea altogether!


They make even skinny people have love handles.


Now I'm not saying this is necessarily the way to go...


because when the waist is that high it presents several other issues...

But a balance would just be wonderful! I can't wait till they start making normal waisted jeans for people in my price range...

perfection!

 I am not a chub, but all my jeans make me look like a chub.

Do you have the same issues? If you are not curvy, then you won't know what I'm talking about.
But I am fo sho curvy and I like it! I do not have a negative outlook on my body image and for that I am so thankful. It's really a choice you make, ultimately, but fortunately I've never really had to battle it that hard.
I just totally believe in your clothes either work with your body and flatter it, or they work against your body and make you look awful. 

"Looks like two pigs fightin' under a blanket"
-Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias



Monday, September 19, 2011

Less Is More? Psh.

Not when it comes to bows and dark chocolate peanut butter, right Ruby?


One girl at church taught Ruby "cheese" for pictures one time and now it's stuck. I can't believe it. And I don't like it! She's too young! I want a real Ruby reaction, not a every-kid-does-it "cheese" pose. Oh well. I guess every-kid-does-it.

post edit: this "cheese" phase is the cutest thing ever. I was so wrong.





Yes, we say the more the merrier!


Joining Daddy out in the back yard hitting golf balls. Ruby dressed up for the occasion but Dad did not.



Oh and look! And can I get a what what?!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

She's Just Like Me

 When this girl is hyper...she's hilarious.
And the way she acts, I have to admit, is exactly how I act when I'm hyper.




Run for your life, Clarence...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Run Today

Some of my favorite blogs are running blogs, and some of my favorite things is when they show their run/where they run/what they see when they run, etc. So I brought my camera on my run with me today. Turns out...it's just a lot of closeups of me. 
Because I can only hold the camera as far as my arms length and shoot it while running so well.
So here goes.

Rode my bike (only like 3/4 of a mile) to a trail near my house called Compton Gardens


I love the houses downtown. These are the only two I shot that I could upload.




Stretching before the run. I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I haven't done it in so long and after today I want to run it again and again! It's a mile down and a mile back. Today I only had time to do 2 miles, but I'm gonna shoot for 3 or 3 1/2 tomorrow or Friday.


This shot was an accident. These are my running shoes if you're wondering. Mizunos. I LOVE them. Got my gait tested at Rush Running (they record you running on a treadmill and say what shoe works best for you) and I love these shoes they recommended to me.


Here we go! Starting off. The whole first mile is basically all downhill. So easy and fun.







 One mile (almost) down. One more to go. Except this one is uphill. Like straight uphill...









Happy excited face that I started off with is changing to a more serious "dig Jessica dig!" face...



And just like that! It was over.
I'm telling you...this weather.
I actually wished I could have ran longer and that never happens. It was 65 degrees and literally PERFECT.


I looooove and highly recommend this watch to any runner.
It shows you everything you want to know
I ran 2.04 miles
and it took me 20:01...


the fastest pace I ran during the run was 7:30
I burned 191 calories. I love this thing!
While you're running and you see your pace is way too slow or too fast, you adjust accordingly. Soo handy. I love this watch. And I love my husband for getting it for me.



Stretching afterwards. See no red face? See no pathetic exhaustion?
IT'S THE WEATHER!
Stay here, 60 degree weather. STAY!


Heading on home...

I walked around the corner and snapped this shot of Ruby once she heard me come in the house. Is there anything better than coming home to this?! When I come home from anything, she is so happy, drops what she is doing and says "mom" or makes one of her noises and runs to me with her arms spread out and gives me a hug. Or comes running to me with whatever she's playing with to excitedly show me. Today it was the latter.
Absolutely the best thing in the world.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Cross Training

Today I did cross training, which is anything you do for exercise other than running. Gives your body something new and different to work with, works different systems, and builds different muscles. I chose to do Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones and...good grief. So hard. And SO LONG! It was supposedly a 40 minute workout but it was more like 50 something. I could be wrong.
(p.s. I had a wee little PR last night. Me and my sis-in-law Julie ran and I ran my 3.17 miles in 30 something minutes but the point is I didn't stop and walk! I have never ran a 5k without stopping to walk for a little bit. Isn't that sad? It's ok though...I'm getting there! Turns out, when you run at night and the weather is flawless and there's a beautiful breeze you can do anything.)


For your viewing pleasure, I took pics of the workout. They didn't turn out well because at one point I had to stop playing around taking pictures and actually start working out. 

My sports bra is a neutral color and IS there.

I took down the curtains for the big window to paint (like the one on the small window) in January of this year. That's how long it takes us to get around to crafty projects around here.

Clarence finally decides to burn some calories.


The next two pictures being blurry is a beautiful symbolism of just how I was feeling.

Arms are my weakness. I have wussy little bird arms. Here I was crying out to Yahweh "why do I not have defined, muscular arms genetically, Lord, WHY?!"

Someone by the window decided to stop burning calories.

This advanced move is called "standing there".

More arms. Help. It didn't help that I was doing the public toilet squat, either.

The cans of corn were in case of emergency and they WERE used at some points.

I think this is where I had to end the photo session and actually focus. 
This workout hurt, honey! But it was worth it. And I'm glad I did it. 
If any of you have Netflix then just rent her video so you can try it out before you drop real money on it. It's a perfect way to mix up your workout and strengthen your body and see definition.

Going to Abuelos tonight! Some friends are taking us. Josh and Anna Duggar went there on one episode. Do I talk about the Duggars too much? Yes? Ok. We only have Netflix and Season 1 is on there so I've seen it a couple times.

Ruby keeps getting more and more awesome. I can't get over it. You should hear her say "sit" and "no no" to Clarence while she points her finger at him. And then she grabs his fur and kisses him and is just so funny. Clarence is the best dog around!

Happy weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sometimes...

Sometimes I eat healthy and only healthy, and sometimes I don't (hello, Lays potato chips, my demise).

Sometimes my house is in flawless shape and I am on top of the waves, and sometimes the waves get on top of me, and my house is a wreck.

Sometimes I am flexible and sometimes I am sore and can hardly move like a nursing home tenant (like today).

Sometimes I love working and doing hair, and sometime I don't.

Sometimes I love and snuggle and sometimes I don't love and spank Clarence.

Sometimes I love the internet, and sometimes I don't.

But I always hate cable!

And I always love hearing Ruby say "Mommy" clear as day.

And "Boo Coo!" for Blues Clues.

And I love sunny 60 and 70 degree weather. The best running weather on earth.


And 
i
love
my
life 


Be blessed today, wherever you are. Whatever you're doing. Be blessed.






Thursday, September 22, 2011

DJ RUBY-ROO

Throwin' down tracks
like it aint no thang
Watch out all you toddlas
This baby's gon' sing

La la la la la la
mix it up now real tight
Play it back and add effects
Yeah yeah, you know das right






As if you couldn't tell...I just made that rap up as I was typing it.

Laying in bed on this cold, rainy day. There's fever going on in our house and I don't like it. Ruby slept with us last night and I did like that. She never ever sleeps with us! But she was so, so hot and uncomfortable she was ok to sleep with us and have me anytime she wanted.
She woke up several times in the middle of the night, kissed Kevin, and said "hi". She has Kevin's heart entirely...

Called Dr. Shipman and got her on some herbs and she's napping now so I fully expect for her to wake up from her nap 100%. This is day two of the fever and we're simply done with it:) I hate her being sick but I love how cuddly and sweet she is and how much she wants me. No better feeling.

Stay warm out there! Looking forward to the rest of this week...sunny and in the 70s! Gonna get me and Ruby out in some sunshine for all that good Vitamin D. My friend just read an article that Vit D from the sun is better than a flu shot as far as building immune system. It's crucial for our health. I've been so careful to keep Ruby OUT of the sun so her little baby skin doesn't burn but I'm seeing there's got to be a balance.

Ok, I'm just rambling.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I am often torn about how much, how deep, and how real I can get on my blog.
Because, really, it's a place where I can write what is on my heart and you are visiting my spot.
And then I worry about who will read this, or who will get offended...but then. I stop.
Because I would never read someone else's blog and get offended by what they say.
Because hello! That's their opinion on their blog! It's their story. It's their memory. It's their thoughts.
I can't argue that someone's thoughts are wrong. They're theirs!

So, here's what's been on my heart lately.
And sadly...very few of you will be able to relate, I imagine, but that's ok. It's my story.

For our next child, we will do a home birth.

I have done the research, I have spoken with midwives, and personally know many women who have had (and adore) their home births. The moment we got home from the hospital with Ruby I felt like "ok...that was fine. But I want a home birth next time"

Kevin couldn't be more on board with it. It's really a word of the Lord to us. Yahweh told us to with Ruby but I was too scared and let fear muffle the voice of God in my life. I wasn't "sure" if that's what He was telling me so I brushed it off for 9 months. And as soon as she was born...I was sure.
{Now, I don't necessarily think that everyone should have a home birth (certainly not high risk pregnancies) but for me and my family...we know this is right. }

I may write more about it once I am actually pregnant and closer to birthing that child, but for now, the point of my story is this.

I feel like I am all alone in many of my beliefs.
I feel like there just aren't a lot of people out there that *click* with me as far as the whole home birth/cloth diapering/all natural as much as possible thing go.
Don't get me wrong...in fact the Lord just showed me as I'm typing this...I do have a small handful of women from church that believe closely to what I do (like...two of them).
But I mean the general population of where I live in this wealthy, everywhere-I-look-I-keep-seeing-the-same-thing area is just so dead-end feeling when you bring up topics like that. Everyone thinks unless it's what everyone else is doing it's flat out wrong.

I suppose that's most cultures. People get comfortable with the "norm" and that's just what becomes acceptable. Surely, if I was a C-section by choice advocate living in Portland, Oregan I'd be writing a post just like this, except on the opposite side.

I have to realize that Jesus was hardly popular at many points of His ministry. I mean, people crucified Him for who He said He was, and for His beliefs. So I'm in good company as far as people thinking I'm weird for my spiritual beliefs and my lifestyle beliefs. They all thought He was blasphemous and crazy. Especially when He said "eat my flesh and drink my blood..." to a crowd.

I can't tell you how many religious people get mad at the stuff I say, I have no idea why.
I can't tell you how many head shakes and "you're crazy" faces and talks I get when I say we will homeschool our children. That I want a home birth. That I won't give my toddler dyed foods full of sugar even though everyone else is eating them and there is a popular television character on the box. That Ruby still nurses and she's a year and a half.

So ultimately, what it boils down to is pleasing God or pleasing man. I know how to work a group, I know what people want to hear, what women want to talk about. I know easier is always going to be more popular. I know people find comfort in fitting in. But if my calling happens to make me different from my surroundings, well then, that's fine. It's certainly not always fun, I can tell you that. But the point is that I have to know who I am in Christ and what my beliefs are. On a deserted island, or smack dab in the middle of town surrounded by people. I can't be shaken by my surroundings. And believe in this when I'm around this group, and that when I'm around that group. I just have to be steady on, know the truth for myself and my family, and be willing to be the weird one of the group every so often.

*sigh*
Felt good to get that out.
Thanks for listening.
Even if you think I'm weird:)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Need All New Jeans Please

I am so over low rise jeans!
They make you feel fat.
They are extremely unflattering.
It's just a terrible idea altogether!


They make even skinny people have love handles.


Now I'm not saying this is necessarily the way to go...


because when the waist is that high it presents several other issues...

But a balance would just be wonderful! I can't wait till they start making normal waisted jeans for people in my price range...

perfection!

 I am not a chub, but all my jeans make me look like a chub.

Do you have the same issues? If you are not curvy, then you won't know what I'm talking about.
But I am fo sho curvy and I like it! I do not have a negative outlook on my body image and for that I am so thankful. It's really a choice you make, ultimately, but fortunately I've never really had to battle it that hard.
I just totally believe in your clothes either work with your body and flatter it, or they work against your body and make you look awful. 

"Looks like two pigs fightin' under a blanket"
-Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias



Monday, September 19, 2011

Less Is More? Psh.

Not when it comes to bows and dark chocolate peanut butter, right Ruby?


One girl at church taught Ruby "cheese" for pictures one time and now it's stuck. I can't believe it. And I don't like it! She's too young! I want a real Ruby reaction, not a every-kid-does-it "cheese" pose. Oh well. I guess every-kid-does-it.

post edit: this "cheese" phase is the cutest thing ever. I was so wrong.





Yes, we say the more the merrier!


Joining Daddy out in the back yard hitting golf balls. Ruby dressed up for the occasion but Dad did not.



Oh and look! And can I get a what what?!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

She's Just Like Me

 When this girl is hyper...she's hilarious.
And the way she acts, I have to admit, is exactly how I act when I'm hyper.




Run for your life, Clarence...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Run Today

Some of my favorite blogs are running blogs, and some of my favorite things is when they show their run/where they run/what they see when they run, etc. So I brought my camera on my run with me today. Turns out...it's just a lot of closeups of me. 
Because I can only hold the camera as far as my arms length and shoot it while running so well.
So here goes.

Rode my bike (only like 3/4 of a mile) to a trail near my house called Compton Gardens


I love the houses downtown. These are the only two I shot that I could upload.




Stretching before the run. I LOVE THIS TRAIL. I haven't done it in so long and after today I want to run it again and again! It's a mile down and a mile back. Today I only had time to do 2 miles, but I'm gonna shoot for 3 or 3 1/2 tomorrow or Friday.


This shot was an accident. These are my running shoes if you're wondering. Mizunos. I LOVE them. Got my gait tested at Rush Running (they record you running on a treadmill and say what shoe works best for you) and I love these shoes they recommended to me.


Here we go! Starting off. The whole first mile is basically all downhill. So easy and fun.







 One mile (almost) down. One more to go. Except this one is uphill. Like straight uphill...









Happy excited face that I started off with is changing to a more serious "dig Jessica dig!" face...



And just like that! It was over.
I'm telling you...this weather.
I actually wished I could have ran longer and that never happens. It was 65 degrees and literally PERFECT.


I looooove and highly recommend this watch to any runner.
It shows you everything you want to know
I ran 2.04 miles
and it took me 20:01...


the fastest pace I ran during the run was 7:30
I burned 191 calories. I love this thing!
While you're running and you see your pace is way too slow or too fast, you adjust accordingly. Soo handy. I love this watch. And I love my husband for getting it for me.



Stretching afterwards. See no red face? See no pathetic exhaustion?
IT'S THE WEATHER!
Stay here, 60 degree weather. STAY!


Heading on home...

I walked around the corner and snapped this shot of Ruby once she heard me come in the house. Is there anything better than coming home to this?! When I come home from anything, she is so happy, drops what she is doing and says "mom" or makes one of her noises and runs to me with her arms spread out and gives me a hug. Or comes running to me with whatever she's playing with to excitedly show me. Today it was the latter.
Absolutely the best thing in the world.