Saturday, July 28, 2012

Super Woman Shows her Humanity

Isn't my mom pretty?
This post is mostly for the benefit of my Mom. She reads my blog faithfully and genuinely cares about the random updates on my health, home and happiness. 

Do you ever forget that you are human, and that you have weaknesses? It's hard for me to admit, it. I always feel like I can push myself harder. Fight through the pain. Fight through the exhaustion. Whatever needs to be done, just do it. With the example of my parents, how can I be any different?  If our family were to advertise our set of values, or guidelines to live by, I'm certain "Helping Others or Serving Others" is probably one you'd hear.   I guess I'm being cliche and blaming my parents for how I am ...  sorry? 

Thursday afternoon, I must have eaten something that didn't quite like me. Like a crazy person, I still did my run, and I still did my 30 day shred workout. However, that quickly caught up with me by lunchtime on Friday when I found myself  very embarrassed and completely ill. 

Thankfully, whatever stomach bug hit me is gone! (No, i'm not expecting).

I'm so glad that I was feeling better by this morning because we had a HUGE day planned!

Don't judge us --- When we glued the baseboards on ... we never went back and finished the job. Two + years later, it's done! We spent the day caulking, cleaning, finding things to donate and doing laundry!

Oh, we also put face plates back on the walls in our bedroom.
Honestly, why is it that our bedroom is the last to be pulled together? It just feels so wrong to me! 
We had a very productive day at home, followed by an opportunity to serve! 

I'm looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow. :)


How was your weekend?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Running for the Children's V.III

It's hard to believe that I am in my third week of telling you all about my training for the Miami Children's 5K. I guess time really does fly when you are having ... fun?  Since last week, I've had a lot of challenges (I'm seeing a trend). 

No more tearing my clothes!
Challenge 1: On Monday, ... my phone completely died. Like, 100% dead. Sooo... bye bye Andriod, Hello iphone.

Challenge 2: My running armband has a piece of Velcro on the outside section of the arm band. I guess it's not really a problem, it's more of an annoyance. It's annoying because it catches on my clothes and I'm tired of having a strange wear and tear on my clothes!


So, I went to twitter and asked people about their favorite armbands! I also asked my office fashionista for tips! When in doubt, always ask a fashionista! I'm so thankful for my girl. She's always  encouraging me and giving me fashion tips! 

I'm super motivated about the next week of running! 

Motivation 1: My mother in law bought me some new running clothes! 

Motivation 2: My new phone works so nice!! 

In addition to my running schedule (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

I am determined to complete the 30 day Shred. I just completed day 4!



Have you ever done the 30 day shred? What were your results?

You might also like:
Running for the Children's V.I
Running for the Children's V.II





Movie Review: Ben and Jerry's - Documentary


Rating: not sure the rating
Running Time: 60 minutes
Release Date: 2006

My Review:
Another review on a documentary. It's a little crazy, I just love learning. In addition to my love of learning, I have a huge love for ice cream! 

Who doesn't?

My husband and I watched the Documentary for Ben and Jerry's one Sunday afternoon after church. I was really impressed and inspired with Ben and Jerry's entrepreneurial spirit! I felt the documentary was well put together, I enjoyed seeing the old photos, and hearing stories of the beginning stages of their business. 


If you love to learn about people, especially people who love ice cream, then this documentary is for you.


Available on Netflix.

Recipe:
Fresh, Warm Popcorn
Shaved White Chocolate

Yum!



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

...I think I wanna Marry you!

In the summer of 2000, I officially met the man that I was destined to marry. When you are 15 years old, it's kind of hard convince people that you've met the man you are going to marry. I heard it all... 
- You guys are just babies
- You'll never last
- Why would you say that? 
- We'll see ... 

In December of 2008, I finally married my prince charming. We were happily married, in love, sickeningly in love. 

We always joke because every time we go on Vacation people ask us if we are on our honeymoon. <3 I've had the best 12 years of my life. 

July 2012. 

Between the leaky toilet, the broken phone, the leaky sink, the closet door that falls on it's own and whatever else is has stressed me out, I started to (sadly) lose sight of what is really important.  I stopped being thankful. 

So let me stop. 

I'm thankful I have a toilet to leak, a closet for the door to be able to fall and a sink to leak. 
I'm thankful I have a husband to love me though my crazy stressful times, and fix everything I break. 

I've been really blessed. 






Thursday, July 19, 2012

In Training: Running for the Childrens V.II


A friend of mine posted this photo the other day. I must admit, it was exactly what I needed at the time. Lately I have been so discouraged with everything. I guess a leaky toilet can really rain on your parade. Being a home owner can sure be challenging.

Another challenge I faced this week was finding the time to exercise. Tuesday I had a great workout! I scored 79% with micoach, came home did an arm workout and even made healthy choices with my eating. However, it's Thursday and I was unable to do my scheduled run this evening. 


Therefore, the only stats I have to give you can be found on my Vacationers Log. 

I refuse to let a little thing like a leaky toilet, and company visiting keep me from my goals.

Short Term Goal:
1) Beat my time on my next 5K
2) Lose 20 pounds by the end of the year.

Long Term Goal:
1) Run in the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon


How about you, what are your goals? 








Blog that I absolutely love (and won free #sweatpink shoelaces from) 





Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Movie Review: Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar

Movie Review!

Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar
Rating: unsure - I think PG?
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Documentary


My Review:
The title "Unlikely Superstar" is more than a perfect description of Ms. Boyle. Prior to getting married, I was obsessed with reality TV shows. I loved anything that featured people. I've always been a fan. When I was younger, my Nana lived with us. Whenever we would watch a reality TV show she would encourage us to get out there and "make some money by acting like a fool". :) Even though I had my supporting Nana, I never auditioned for any of the TV shows. You see, I lacked something that Susan didn't lack. Courage.

As I watched the documentary of Susan Boyle, I was amazed by two things. The first is her raw talent. Let's be honest, her singing voice is incredible! The second thing that struck me was her courage. How courageous she must have been to audition.  Think about it, who usually auditions for these things? Little girls with big dreams! By the time you are an adult the chances of one auditioning aren't exactly high.

Overall, I enjoyed watching this documentary.
Warning - there were some scenes with people smoking, and there may have been some light language. I honestly can't remember if there was any language. However, for my conservative readers I wanted to give you a fair warning. :)

The film is available on netflix through live streaming.

Hope your enjoy!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Vacationers Log: Running

Warning: The following statement may seem a little cliche - but it's true.

My husband is my very best friend. Our love story is unique, our friendship is unique, and pretty much everything else about us is unique. :) 

I love our relationship so much because he and I talk ourselves into doing things that neither one of us would ever do on our own. For example, we had a really hard time finding a nature trail in the part of South Carolina we were in. So, we used google maps and searched for one. When we found it ... It was literally a trail across the street from peoples homes. Not a problem, right? Well, upon reading the signs we see several signs for hunters. One of the signs did say for hunters to be aware of walkers. So, that was enough for us. We felt safe enough, my husband had on a bright orange shirt. 

Here are the stats from our walk. It's not exactly much to be impressed with - mostly because we were just on a stroll through the woods. However, I did follow one of my running sessions. 

Part One: 
Free Walk
 Part Two:
Running for the Childrens
Scheduled Session


The end. 






Sunday, July 15, 2012

Our Weekend Adventure - South Carolina!

We are finally home from our weekend adventure in South Carolina.

To be 100% honest, I don't have any good stories to blog about so I thought I would just give you a few key adventures with some of my favorite pictures.

Friday
I worked a half of a day while my husband stayed home to rest and (ahem ... pay the bills). Upon my return, we leaped into the car, dropped the poochies off a doggie day care (a.k.a. Camp Angie). We drove, and drove, and drove, and drove and drove from our beautiful city all the way to South Carolina.

Saturday
Husband and I drug ourselves out of bed and went in search for a nature trail. In an effect to 1) save money and 2) get some exercise we decided to search for a place to walk. We found a little place on the size of the road where we walked for about 50 minutes. It was great, because I even got to complete one of my scheduled training sessions.

After our walk, we went to an outlet mall. Seriously, I know why people go to Orlando to shop. Those outlet malls are waaaay cheaper! Anyway. We then went to get ready for the wedding!

Around 9:30 we loaded into our trusty truck and headed back towards Orlando.

Sunday
Around 2:24 p.m. we pulled into our hotel and checked in. I'm almost sure that I was asleep by 2:30. I.was.exhausted.

8:45 my husband was ready for breakfast. (I was not amused).

We had a lovely breakfast and headed to Universal Studios for a few hours.

Upon our return home, I have bleached the front door, gone to two places looking for a new table, and listed my old table onto Craigs list. Obviously, I have serious issues. :) I plan on resting tomorrow I promise!


Anyway, here are a few photos from our trip!

Enjoy!



<3

Romantic Stroll

Yes, I'm crazy. I went for a run.

<3

Mr. & Mrs. J

Mr. & Mrs.

Universal Studios Florida

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In Training: Running for the Childrens [Updated]

At about 79 days until our next race, I thought i'd take the opportunity to begin a new section of my blog.
Title: In Training: name of race (or nickname)


The plan is to update every Thursday with some stats from my workout.


Today was day 2 of my Adidas Micoach plan. I've said this before (it probably won't be the last time) I really love that application! If you are looking for a good app (free) to help you on your journey to a race, I highly recommend Adidas Mi Coach.

My goals for the 5k is to beat my last time (May 5th, 2012 - Everest 5K)
Time to beat: 42.00 minutes

With that goal in mind, I began my training sessions!

I was very proud of myself, because I was able to run (jog) a mile in 10 minutes and 40 seconds!
For some of you "real" runners, this may be a joke. However, for me... It's a milestone!
It was a reminder that I CAN do this! I CAN run, I CAN get healthy and I CAN beat my time!


Success Kid
...
So, Adidas micoach isn't loading (I think it's my internet).
I'll update this blog with images of my run tomorrow. 

[UPDATE]

Last night my internet was being a pain. Therefore, I was unable to upload my run results from micoach.com

Image 1:
The shaded areas indicate the levels I was supposed to stay in for that specific time.
Blue is the easiest (walking)
Green is the next level up (Brisk Walking)
I was having a lot of trouble with my head phones, so I kind of (as you can see) just went at my own pace and did whatever I wanted.  I'm sure that is the reason I only scored a 60% on the run.

7/12/2012
 Image 2:
My play list. I've been getting a little board with my play list. So, if you have any suggestions for songs I should download, please comment below!




Happy Running! 

<3

Mrs. J


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Movie Review: Brave


Brave
Rating: PG
Running Time: 100 minutes
Release Date: 22 June 2012
My first Viewing: 2 July 2012 

My Rating Scale
<3 = Loved it
:) = It was okay

The Story
<3
I really enjoyed the family dynamics in the story. A husband's love for his wife, children and kingdom. A Mother's love for her husband, her desire to teach her daughter all that she knows - to guide her into becoming queen. 3 wild and rambunctious triplets - the relationship between the brothers and sister. Although I loved it, I read on a Christian Movie Review that the "unruly" children were disruptive and disrespectful. ... Honestly, I'll stick to the opinion of "boys-will-be-boys" :)  

Enough about the characters.

The theme of finding your destiny carried throughout the entire film. I for one, really appreciated that. 

If you're looking for a feel good story about family dynamics and finding your destiny, go see Brave! 

Audience
<3 
I wouldn't take your young (super young) children to see it. Mostly, because there are a few scary scenes and at 100 minutes it could be a little hard to sit still. 

  
If you want a "real" review - you could check out IMDb




Tuesday, July 10, 2012

*New Section*

Ladies & Gentleman,

Starting tomorrow (7/11) I will review a movie. :)

My husband encouraged me to continue blogging (even when I think I have nothing to say).
So, in an effort to let my thoughts run viral through the interweb, I will be reviewing 1 movie (or Television Show) each Wednesday.

Title [In Progress]

Tomorrow I am going to give my review of the new movie BRAVE!

I'd love for you to be involved, so comment below if you have any suggestions for me to watch!



Sunday, July 8, 2012

A Disney Girl Reviews Universal Studios!

If you know me, you know of my love for the Mouse (Mickey Mouse). It might be a surprise to you that we purchased passes to Universal Studios. Here is my random review of the two theme parks.

Parking -

I'm conflicted on how I feel about parking. On one hand, I love it! You park in one garage and have access to both parks, restaurants and shopping. On the other hand, the parking lot seems to be an awful long way to the front of the park. It feels like an eternity when walking with sore feet.

Ticket Value -

If you are a Florida Resident, don't bother with a 1 day 2 park pass. Stick with the 2 park annual pass (Flex Pay) You will pay a little extra - but only a little. Right now for Florida Residents you can get a 2 park annual pass (parking included) for a down payment of about 100 bucks and 11 dollars a month.
The 2 park annual pass is good for 15 months.  A one day 2 park pass is $106.00

Disney does run specials here and there - but I haven't really researched it.

Rides -

Disney is more of a family friendly ride park and Universal / Islands of Adventure has a lot of thrill rides. I like them both. Honestly, I have just as much fun on the big roller coasters as on the Peter Pan ride.

Butter Beer vs. Dole Whip -

I tried the Butter Beer. It was great for a couple of bites and then I just got really sick. It was soooo sweet. It might be because I have been cutting back on my sweets. Who knows, I just know that I got wickedly sick to my stomach and was unable to ride rides comfortable for a few hours. :(

I'll stick with Dole Whips.

Fireworks -

Nothing beats watching the fireworks over the castle at Disney. (Sorry Universal - I tried).

Even though it feels a little strange to go to Orlando for a theme park and it not be Mickey's house, I'm still really excited to be a pass holder!


Happy Summer!








Saturday, July 7, 2012

Silence.

So we begin the long journey home from the place I love so dearly. My husband and I are sitting in the car silent. ...Silence.

You'd think with two dogs and two weeks of memories we'd be chatting up a storm. ... Silence.

Perhaps it is because this is signifying the.closing of a chapter. From 2005 -2012 we have had a major part in the planning and implementation of a week of camp. However, over the last year we have felt the desire to allow others to take over the responsibility of running a week of camp. We felt that the Lord would have us to be involved in different capacities.

Perhaps it is the fact that we've been sick all week.

Regardless - it's silent.

As the chapter closes I reflect on the beauty of service.

Ready to face what will happen next.

<3

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Vacationer's Log

Greetings Fellow Bloggers,

Today marks the downward spiral of our lovely vacation. Yes, 'tis true. On Monday we will no longer be able to sleep in until 10:33, swim in the middle of the day, ride rides at Universal, go shopping whenever we feel like it .. enjoy a movie until 1:00 a.m. Sadly. ... out time coming to a close.

I must admit. ... I'm ready for my own bed.

I spent the first half of this week sick - now i've so graciously given it to husband. Poor guy.

Last night hubs and I went for a run. I did a nice 2.20 mile jog and Chris did almost 3 miles.
I'll have to post about that adventure later.

I'm about to grab a hat, my bathing suit, water and of course ... 100 SPF and hit the pool!

Happy Fourth of July!!

<3

Ms. Erin


Monday, July 2, 2012

YOU TOOK A SHOWER?!!

Serving at camp has always been something I love. I love everything about it. I love the memories, I love living in the dorm. I love late night chats with other girls. I love going skiing. I love going canoeing. I love the feeling of joy when you finally get to take a shower (seriously, unless you've worked at camp - don't judge!)

Husband and I have been in leadership (director /co-director) for 8 weeks of camp. The Lord has encouraged us, taught us and blessed us throughout each week of camp.
Do any of you remember these weeks?

  1. Racing
  2. Narnia
  3. Camping
  4. Indiana Jones
  5. Operation New Creation
  6. Grip of Grace
  7. Camp Horizon University
  8. What's your Status? 
I have seen first hand a mighty work of Christ in the lives of others during these weeks of camp and I am honored to have been a part. 

As we take a step back and have a more behind the scenes roll in the Ministry of Camp I pray that lives will continue to be touched and changed for the Lord. 

What's your favorite memory of one of our weeks? 
Leave a comment below - i'd LOVE to read it! :) 

I leave you with one final thought. ...
GURL!!!

<3

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