What I'm loving...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

{1} These three.  Love them!

{2} That our sprinkler system is being installed today.  No more hand watering!!  Woo hoo!!  (Of course on that same note, I'm not loving the price.  I just hate spending money.)

{3} Joey has the weekend off!  And not only the weekend, but he has every evening off next week as well because he has in-service at the academy during regular business hours.  I'm seriously so excited about this I can't contain myself!

{4} Crossfit.  I know, I know.  I've been chatting it up a lot lately, but I'm really liking it.  I was so worried before I actually went that I would just make a total fool out of myself and not be able to complete any of the workouts.  While I still have a LONG way to go, I'm so proud of myself at the end of each workout.

{5} The song "Blessings" by Laura Story.  (Do yourself a favor and look it up on YouTube.  Lyrics posted here.)

{6} Date nights with my husband.

(Is it bad that I chose a pic from 3 years ago?  LOL.  I just like the pic.)

How about last Fall?  Is that better? (Less tan, for sure, but more recent.)

A whole lotta nothing.

Monday, March 28, 2011

  1. I started the c25k running plan last week.  My dad and I decided it would be cool to run a 5k, so I thought I ought to actually log some miles before then. So far so good!
  2. For some reason I've gotten into the habit of baking on Friday nights.  A couple weeks ago it was oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  Last Friday it was cupcakes for neighbors.  Score 1 for me!
  3. Saturday Taylor had a couple friends over from our old neighborhood.  I had made the arrangements for their dad to drop them off at 2 and pick them up at 7.  What time do you think he got to my house?  8:30.  Not cool, buddy.  Not cool.
  4. I went to my second official Crossfit workout this morning.  I might be in the beginning stages of addiction.
  5. Do you want to know the worst feeling in the world?  Being awake when your alarm goes off.  I actually feel great at the moment (for being up since 3:30), but I'm sure it will hit me around dinner time.
  6. I have actually done some form of exercise (running, gym, or crossfit) for the last 6 days straight.  This is a major accomplishment people!  (I'm actually logging it all here, for anyone who may care.)
  7. Ever since I upped my workouts, I'm starving all.the.time.  I know this is normal, but I don't need it.  Trust me.
  8. Being a parent is hard.  (I'm just tossin' this out there for anyone who might want to know.)
  9. Dad and I are still working on the media cabinet.  It will not beat me!!
  10. Did I mention I'm starving?  Because I am.

I survived crossfit. Where's my t-shirt?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Didn't want any of you sending out a search party, so I wanted to let you know that I survived crossfit this morning.  I'm slightly worried for my next workout on Monday because I fear they were a bit easy on me.

However, I feel great!  I'm hoping to get addicted (like most crossfitters do), but I think it's something that is only addicting when you're not actually doing it.  Because trust me, when you're in the middle of the workout, you're certainly not loving it.  But when I was done, I was super proud of myself!

So we'll see where this goes... and if I can drag my butt out of bed again at 4:30 am on Monday.  Wish me luck!

In the mean time, I think I'll buy myself this t-shirt:

You may have to send a search party.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Crossfit.  It's all the rage.

My friends Ryan & Stacy started doing Crossfit a few years ago and now have WOD (workout of the day) at their place several times a week.  I've been wanting to go for a while now, but honestly, I'm chicken. 

The last time Izzy was in town, we did a CF workout together and let me tell you, I almost died.  Literally.  It was the hardest 20 minutes of my life.  We don't speak of that time.  It's too painful.

I know several people in the blog world who do CF as well.  Bottom line: everyone I know that does CF looks amazing!  I want to look amazing.  It seems to me that regular person + crossfit = supermodel.

So... Stacy called me last night and pretty much sweet-talked me into a CF workout at her place at 5am tomorrow.  If you don't hear from me, please send help.

(Image found here.)


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Last night I wanted to go for a run and Joey offered to go with me.  (I really like working out with Joey, but it rarely happens with his crazy schedule.)  I went to tell the kids we'd be back in a bit and that's when Taylor insisted on going with us.

He informed us that he loves to run (and he's run with me once before and kept up nicely) so I was happy to oblige.

After all, if he hadn't come along, I may have forgotten to stretch.

In memory...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's been just over 4 months since the San Antonio Police Department buried one of its own.

Yesterday, we buried another officer who was also hit and killed by a drunk driver.

Joey worked with this officer, Officer Stephanie Brown.  They were friends.  Yesterday, I took the day off to attend the funeral and burial with Joey.  I can't even explain the pride I felt to stand next to him.

The funeral service was beautiful and everyone talked about Stephanie's infectious smile and how she could light up a room.  She was truly an amazing woman and has touched so many people.

We left the funeral service in line with the procession, which stretched - bumper to bumper - for over 6 miles.  As we turned to enter the highway, we drove under this:

All along the highway, there were fire trucks parked on the side, with firefighters standing by observing the procession.  Other citizens would also pull over to honor Stephanie's service as we drove by.  It was such an amazing sight.

Although this is such a tragedy, and Stephanie certainly left us all too soon, it was comforting to learn that she was a child of God.  To me, that is the only thing that makes this bearable.

Spring Break fun.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Tuesday I took the day off work so we could have a family fun day. We had decided to take the kids to Sea World and it was shaping up to be a beautiful day!

One of the kids favorite things to ride is Journey to Atlantis.  It's kind of like a log ride on steroids.  Joey and I weren't really interested in getting soaked, so the kids enjoyed this one sans parents.

As you can tell, they were super excited *sarcasm* about pausing for a picture before the ride.

I had high hopes that this would be the trip in which Taylor would ride an actual roller coaster.  He did not have those same hopes.

Next stop was The Great White.  Since Taylor wasn't tall enough to ride - and even if he was, he would have rather spent the rest of his life with no wrestling than ride that roller coaster - he and I played a little air hockey while Joey rode with Ashton.

She's fearless.

However, she wasn't all too happy when Taylor beat her in their own game of air hockey when she got off the ride.

Next up was the Texas Splashdown, which is just a log ride - no steroids.  Taylor loves to ride any water rides, so this was one of his favorites.

Next in line was the Steel Eel.  This is the only actual roller coaster that Taylor was tall enough to ride.  We begged, pleaded, and bribed him to ride, but he wouldn't have anything to do with it.  Of course Ashton wanted to ride, so she and Joey rode together while I moped along with Taylor headed towards the kiddie area.

I thought we were done with the kiddie area last year, but instead we made our way to a very mild, very safe, completely non-threatening baby ride.  While we were in line, Taylor's wheels started turning.

Mom, if I ride the Steel Eel, you can't be mad at me if I really like it and want to ride it again. Taylor, why would I get made at you?  I know you're going to love it if you just give it a chance.  Well, you just have to promise not to get mad if I like it, ok?  And I want to ride with Daddy!

I texted Joey and told him we had a very small window of opportunity and to meet me at the ride.  Taylor had decided to go for it!

We met at the ride and got in line.  This is when things started to go downhill.  Fast.  Taylor's eyes began to well up with tears and he was bouncing around nervously.  So what did I do?  I talked to him about wrestling for our entire time in line.  It kept his mind off of his fear... until he actually got in his seat and the bar came down on his lap.

Then he panicked.  I wanna get off, Daddy!  I wanna get off!!  Joey was so good and held on to him, telling him he couldn't get off and he was going to love it.  Just then the coaster began to move, so I knew there was no turning back.  Ashton and I were behind them trying to calm Taylor, but he was FREAKING OUT!  We made the long ride up the first hill... then down... and that's when he decided he LOVED IT!!

Yep.  He loved it so much that all he wanted to do the rest of the evening was ride the Steel Eel.

Told ya so!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

On Monday afternoon, I was counting down the minutes until the start of my anticipated 2-day stay-cation. We didn't have huge plans, but were looking forward to taking the kids to Sea World and just relaxing for a couple of days.

Monday evening, Joey and I had the best time just being together, snuggling on the couch, and catching up on some DVR'd shows that were getting way too old.

The kids were even enjoying some time together, playing video games, watching movies, and being silly.

Joey and I went to bed looking forward to sleeping in and enjoying a nice day with the kids - just being together. It's rare these days, with Joey's schedule, that we get to do things like this all day, so we were excited.

All of this came to a screeching halt when Joey got up at 6am to adjust the fan and checked his phone to see that he had 15 missed calls and numerous text messages.

Early Tuesday morning, at about 3am, an SAPD officer and close co-worker of Joey's was killed when she was hit head-on by a suspected drunk driver. Witnesses (other officers who were following her to a call) said they didn't see any headlights.

Shock. Disbelief. Devastation. These words don't even begin to describe it.

She and Joey worked together regularly and frequently made calls together. He recounted numerous stories to me on Tuesday and just couldn't get her smile out of his head. She was happy. She loved her job. She loved her daughter. How is it that she won't be there on Thursday when we all meet up at Valero mid-shift?

I'm trying my best to comfort him, but honestly, I just feel helpless.  I don't know what to say.  There's nothing to say.

In addition to the tragic loss, I'm terrified.  How will I ever be able to sleep again while Joey is working?  I know that God created Joey to be a cop, and I trust God with him, but it's still so unsettling.

So in the name of trying to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to someone else, please - PLEASE! - if you drink, don't drive. It's really pretty simple. Also, if you're driving late at night, don't drive in the fast lane. Most of the time, this is the lane that wrong way drivers will be in because they think (in their drunken state) that they are actually on the correct side of the road. Unfortunately, this didn't help Stephanie. She was doing everything right.

Taylor speak.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

On our way to school this morning, Taylor was telling me about an upcoming project that he has.  He explained that they voted in class about which desert animals they would each have, but he wasn't sure if it would stay the same because one of the kids in his class fell asleep and didn't vote.

He fell asleep?  Did the teacher wake him up?

Oh, he always falls asleep.  She tried to wake him up, but he just wouldn't wake up.

I was a little shocked, but thought it was a bit funny, so I asked Taylor if he had narcolepsy (knowing full well that he would have no idea what I was talking about).

**Side note: Remember the scene from the movie Deuce Bigalow when he's dating the girl with narcolepsy and they go bowling?  And she falls asleep mid-bowl?  Hilarious!**

Um, I don't know about that, but I think he has psychological problems.

... to which I busted out laughing. 

Psychological problems?  How do you even know that word?

From Ashton.

Ah... that explains it.

*By the way, I'm sure this little boy doesn't have psychological problems.  Taylor just likes to use random words that he hears other people say.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family
Protection while we sleep

We pray for healing
For prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand
to ease our suffering

And all the while
You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

Cuz what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know you’re near
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness
We doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough

And all the while You hear each desperate plea
Lord, that we’d have faith to believe

Cuz what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know you’re near
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not
This is not our home

Cuz what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know you’re near
What if trials of this life
Are Your mercies in disguise?

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
is the revealing of a greater thirst
This world can’t satisfy?
And what if trials of this life
The rain
The storms
The hardest nights
are your mercies in disguise

In my day...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

This morning on the way to school, the kids were complaining about shows that didn't record on their DVR - Taylor with his wrestling and Ashton with an episode of iCarly.

Without even thinking, I busted out, "You both need to be thankful for what you have because when daddy and I were younger, if we weren't sitting in front of the TV when it came on, we didn't see it!"

To which Ashton questioned, "Why didn't you record it?"

"Because we didn't have that technology!"

I thought of following up with "and we had to walk to school, uphill, both ways, in the snow too!"  But I just left it at that.

And then I sulked the entire drive to work because dang, I'm old.

*Yes, we did have a VCR, but since Ashton probably doesn't even know what a VCR is, I opted not to date myself any further by having to explain that as well.

Dresser redo.

Monday, March 7, 2011

I mentioned a few posts back that Joey had found a dresser in his moms garage that he wanted to use in our office.  This is the picture he sent me when he found it:

Yes, that's a chainsaw on top of the dresser.  And normally that would scare me off, but this time I just said, "Sure honey, whatever you want."

So he brought it home last week and we got started cleaning it up.  As you can imagine from the picture above, it was pretty gross.  The top had oil all over it and the drawers were not much better.

There was quite a bit of sanding.

And painting.

We tried to clean the hardware, but after realizing it either wasn't going to get better than it was, or we just didn't want to spend the time trying, we decided to keep it as is for now. Joey wanted to keep the antique look, he also distressed the edges a little as well.

While he was working on Friday (and I was supposed to be doing nothing) I moved it into the office.  This was the only room that still had a few boxes, so I got those boxes emptied, thanks to our "new" dresser.

We've since moved those pictures and chair, and hung Joey's guitars on the wall.  It makes a world of difference, but I'll show all that once we finish it up.  It's still pretty bare.

Overall, I think it was a great find and will work really nicely in the office.

Just a little random.

Friday, March 4, 2011

  • Today was the 4th day in a row that I've gotten up at the ungodly hour of 5am to go to the gym.  I should get a prize.  That prize should be dropping 10 lbs.
  • Last night Taylor came to me and asked if he could get a flashlight on his iPod Touch in case the electricity goes out.  He said, "It's almost April and there is a lot of rain in April and when there's a lot of rain, we can lose electricity."  Goodness I love that boy.
  • I can not get our cat to stop pooping in the corner of the kid's retreat.  She has a litter box.  She uses her litter box.  She also poops on the carpet.  If she randomly disappears, please don't ask questions.
  • I was reminded today that God can make a way, where there seems to be no possible way.  This is good news, friends.
  • I love our house.
  • My dad and I started on my media console last weekend, but haven't had a chance to work on it since.  We're both dying to get it finished.
  • Joey found an old dresser in his moms garage that he decided would be great in the office.  We're working on refinishing it a bit and I'll show the before & afters once it's all done.
  • It's impossible for me to do nothing.  Yesterday I texted Joey that I was anxious to get home from work so I could do absolutely nothing.  By 7pm, I texted him and told him that I had vacuumed the carpet, mopped the bathroom, folded the laundry, changed the sheets, made dinner, and hung the clock in the bathroom.  Clearly, I have issues.
  • I'm going to try this again tonight, minus all the work.  I'll let you know if I'm successful.
  • Joey did an amazing job landscaping the backyard.  If I can ever remember to take a picture when it's not dark outside, I'll share it.
  • Today is Friday, which by default, means tomorrow is Saturday.  Hallelujah!

Stephanie cooks: Omelet

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This morning when I got home from the gym, I was craving an omelet. Joey makes the best omelets ever, but he was sleeping, so I attempted to make it on my own.

I'm not sure what happened, but obviously I'm not good at making omelets.

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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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