10-Day Challenge!

10-Day Challenge!

I am all about being open with y’all, so here goes…..

I have totally gotten derailed with my diet.  It started with grief and dealing with a really hard situation.  Then, in the midst of that I’ve been working on a book so I have been sitting and feeling snacky, THEN we went to Disney World where and ate a lot of lemon ice and chocolate and when I got home I just didn’t seem to be able to muster the strength to care about eating well.

I have gained 7 pounds over the past 2 months.  But I do think some of it is just quick weight and will fall right off again.  But a few of those are hard knocks pounds that I need to work to get off.  In the meantime, I am spending the next 10 days with my head buried in my computer working on my book as the deadline looms.  So this is my plan…..

I am going to challenge myself to stay tightly on my diet plan for the next TEN DAYS.  No crazy, forever thing.  No telling myself I can’t do it or it doesn’t matter.  It’s just 10 days and then I will evaluate the plan and tweak as necessary.

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Thankfully I haven’t fallen completely off the wagon, meaning I didn’t start back with soft drinks or fried foods or breads.  So I know I can, with some prayer and determination, get back on my program and have success.  I need a kick in the booty and I am hoping some of you will join me in this challenge!  Let’s do this together!

Here’s the challenge:

1. Make an eating plan and stick to it.
If you know you’re going to a Christmas party (I have several coming up) and want to indulge in the treats there, make a plan.  Say to yourself, “I can have half of a serving of ONE thing for only that night” instead of “I’ll let myself eat whatever I want that whole day and then start again on Monday”.

2. Stock up:
Buy everything you need to eat healthy for ten days.  I already stocked up on the foods that I need to be eating so I don’t have any excuses.  I can’t claim there was nothing else to eat and grab something unhealthy.  And I made sure the kids knew to NOT eat what I got for myself.  There’s nothing wrong with having “Mom-Only” food around.  I keep all of mine on a separate shelf so they know it’s been designated for my diet plan.

3. Keep the Goal in mind:
Don’t get off track by changing the goal in the middle of the challenge.  I will tend to think, “I don’t really care today and tomorrow I can get back to it,” then blow a day.  For the next ten days, don’t do that!

4. Find what motivates you:
Last week I saw a picture of myself from a year and a half ago….whoa!  I didn’t realize how much I had changed!  I took a screenshot and made it my phone wallpaper so I can see it every day.  I can’t believe how much my face has changed in that time and I never want to look or feel like that again.  Find something that will motivate you to stick with it.

5. Keep your perspective:
This is a short term challenge.  It’s not forever, you’re not going to die.  You can do anything for 10 days.

6. Exercise:
Find a way to move your body even if you have limitations.  While I will admit, I haven’t felt like it much, I have kept up with my morning workout.  I am determined to add some new music and a fun DVD to break up the monotony.  Make yourself a workout plan and do it!!!

So, who’s with me?!  Let’s give ourselves the gift of better health and energy for Christmas!!!

There is nothing like waking up and feeling good about who you are and the direction you are headed.  I started this 2 days ago (although I am still going to keep it up for the next 10 days) and already I am feeling more motivated and more like “myself” again…..the good myself not the overeating, depressed version.

You can comment here and tell me your plan or you can join my Facebook group for women trying to get healthy.  It’s not all about losing weight but taking good care of ourselves and respecting what God gave us.  To join the Facebook group you can send me a friend request….just look for “Lisa Pennington (The Pennington Point)” and let me know you’re sending me the request or I won’t know to accept and add you.  If you’re picky about who you are Facebook friends with you can send me your email address that’s attached to Facebook and I can add you that way.

Let’s Do This!!!!

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

Here we are.  The week of Thanksgiving and I haven’t given a single thought to what we will be eating on Thursday.  Not to mention shopping for food.  Oi, the crowds!

Every year we get together with another family that has become like our true family over time.  They are there for us in hard times and share in our blessings.  They will roll in on Thursday morning around 11:00 and we will begin the flow of food that doesn’t stop until around 7:00 in the evening.

Since we already had the whole turkey and dressing meal with our church family yesterday, I am going to skip that this year and we will do something different.  Maybe burgers, maybe Mexican food.  It depends on what strikes my mood while I am at Costco this afternoon.

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I do love the freedom of going with my mood.  It can be dangerous though.  It could take me down a path like Alice down the rabbit hole.  I see a pretty bottle of who-knows-what and my mind says “Drink me”.  Then off I go and by the end of my shopping trip today we may be having tea and giant mushrooms for Thanksgiving.

I am also going to preview the new Hunger Games movie while I am out.  My kids are dying to see it.  Last week I saw “Big Hero 6″ and it was pretty cute.  I don’t think it will become a family favorite, but I found nothing objectionable in it.

I have a lot of work to do on my book over the next couple of weeks, so my main focus is going to be that.  But since my travel for the year is over, I plan to also take lots of walks with the kids and clean out a few spaces that have been much neglected.  I noticed this past weekend that our pantry has things in it that no one has used for at least three years.  I found a can of soup that I bought in 2009.  It needs to go.

It’s always a struggle finding ways to organize packages that are odd shapes and bags of snack and chips.  I will be spending some time on my friend Becky’s blog, Organizing Made Fun.  She’s got some great pantry organizing ideas!  I may also, if I think I can control myself, make a stop at The Container Store.  It’s risky, especially when I have been “mood” shopping at Costco.  The Container Store is my Kryptonite.

While many of you are preparing for Thanksgiving travel or a houseful of family, I am glad to be settling back and relaxing for a few days.  I hope you have a wonderful time and if you need prayer let me know.  Praying for you is what gets me through my own trials.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

The Most Magical Place on Earth

The Most Magical Place on Earth

I was quiet on the blog last week because my family went on vacation….to Disney World!

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It was a dream come true kind of trip.  We had been planning it for about 6 months and even though we didn’t know it then, the timing was amazing.  We all needed a break from the difficulties going on at home.

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It’s more proof that God knows what is ahead for us and sets His plans into motion to take care of us. 

With so many of us there, it was hard to stay together so we ended up splitting up most of the time and meeting all together for dinner each day.  We tried to stay connected, but you know how it goes.

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We did manage to ride a few rides all together.

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We would divide into groups and I ended up spending most of my time with the two youngest boys.

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It was fun just to ride whatever they wanted and see the shows they were interested in.  We rode the train around Magic Kingdom and the carousel and everything the older kids had no interest in.

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But don’t think I had a slow paced time.  I love the roller coasters and occasionally I would sneak off with the fast action crew for some thrill rides.  The more loops and twists and turns the better in my opinion. (the girl on the end is a sweet friend who went with us)

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We would use our fast passes then run right back around to wait in line to ride the ride again.  Fun, Fun and more Fun.

Speaking of fast passes, I want to shout out how amazing our Disney travel agent was.  Amy, from Polka Dots N’ Wishes planned the whole thing for us and got us a great deal!  Plus she gave us tips for things we would never have discovered on our own.  I was thrilled with their service and will use them to plan another trip again for SURE!  If you’re going to Disney, contact them and let them know I sent you.

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It’s so great to be in a place where you look normal wearing costumes.  But my Minnie Mouse ears were hurting my head, so the next day I made my own.  I may start wearing my hair like that all the time.

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We met quite a few celebrities….including the biggest celebrity of all.

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I even made friends with a Lego muscle man.  He’s a little angry, but he’s still cute.

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While it was an amazing trip and I would do it all again, I am hoping to go back again with just James and I.  It seems weird at first to think of going without our kids, but then we realized we were spending the entire time doing what everyone else wanted, taking people to the bathroom, looking for lost hats, finding people to trade pins with, etc.  It’s what a parent does and we were totally glad to do it.  But it also sounds nice to do whole thing at our own pace.  So we are thinking of calling Amy and having her set up a “Mommy and Daddy only” kind of trip.  (ignore the black man in the photo with me – it’s from a ride – just pretend that’s James)

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And another great thing about the trip….it was our Christmas gift to the family.  So my Christmas shopping is done except for a few friend and teacher gifts which I have already ordered.  Booyah!!!

Have a very merry week!

 

My FUN New Christmas Wreath!

My FUN New Christmas Wreath!

I am not planning to go all out with the Christmas decorating this year.  I mean, I love it with a passion, but something has to give.

I just don’t have the energy to rearrange the furniture, put out a tree, dig all of the decorations from the storage building and hang lights everywhere.  I’ll do a few festive things and make sure the kids feel the Christmas cheer, but nothing crazy.

My lack of decorations does not reflect my feeling about Christmas.  It reflects my level of exhaustion.

I decided to make a simple wreath to hang over the couch in the living room.  I may move it to the front door after the fall wreath comes down.  But probably not.  Tired, remember?

It was so easy.  It took me about an hour to make it and I like the playfulness of it.

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I got the chipboard pieces at Hobby Lobby.  I figured out what I needed by finding a corner in the store and spreading pieces all over the floor and playing with them until I found a design I liked.  Sure I was in people’s way.  But a cute wreath at 50% off waits for no man.

The twine is my favorite, favorite twine.  I use it for all kinds of stuff.  Besides crafts I love to wrap gifts with it, tie things together, I even used it for some wedding flowers that I did for a friend.  It’s wonderful.  I get it from Online Fabrics.  That’s also where I got all of the fabric for the new cushions I put on my pool deck last summer.  Great folks over there.

Once I got home I made my brain try to remember how I laid out the pieces in the store.  My brain doesn’t work as well as it used to, so that took up about 1/4 of my time.

After I figured it all out, I held the pieces, 2 at a time, together and drilled hoes through them so I could tie it all together with the twine.

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I lightly spray painted the separate pieces.  I didn’t want full covereage so I kind of just dusted them.

I also hot glued it together.  I am no dummy.  I know you have to attach crafts together with as many methods as you possibly can.

Here’s a tip for you….to get the twine through all of the holes, dab a teeny line of hot glue on the end of the twine and roll it through your fingers (after it cools off for a few seconds!) to make a stiff end and it will slide right through the holes in the chipboard.  You’re welcome.

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After attaching them all together it was a little wobbly, so I glued pieces of cardboard to the in the back for extra support.

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Once it was all assembled I added some twine and washi tape in a few spots.  And of course, a burlap bow.  Because burlap makes everything better.

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Hang it up and enjoy for the season.

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And some of my bloggy friends have made Christmas wreaths too….lots of ideas and inspiration to get you ready for the holidays.

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(After reading this over it looks like this wreath is small, but it’s actually pretty big.  I’ll post more pics on Facebook during the week.)

 

Below you will find the links to each of the brand new 2014 Christmas Wreaths. To appreciate all the lovely details of each wreath, click on each of the links.

Vintage Wonderland Wreath from Flamingo Toes

Rudolph Wreath from She’s Kinda Crafty

Woodland Tree Wreath by Tatertots and Jello

Christmas Craft Wreath from Positively Splendid

Lumber Jack Antler Wreath from Nest of Posies

Poinsettia Wreath from A Night Owl Blog

Simple Felt Leaf Wreath from The Shabby Creek Cottage

Easy Christmas Wreath from Just Destiny Mag

Rustic Christmas Wreath from Clean and Scentsible

Glitter Holiday Wreath from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Scripted Ribbon Poinsettia Wreath from The Scrap Shoppe Blog

Rustic Glam Holiday Wreath from Sweet Rose Studio

How to make a Snowy Jingle Bell Wreath from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fun Christmas Wreath from The Pennington Point

Christmas Felt Flower Wreath by Bombshell Bling

 

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I Am Brave and Beautiful

I Am Brave and Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Click play on the video below that Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces made with other some other beautiful bloggersto see the beauty and bravery displayed.

Me along with 101+ other bloggers from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see others.

Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

First I will show you my new headshot, which is one of the pictures we are considering for my book jacket.  My daughter Patience took it.

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So of course, since she’s so wonderful, I asked her to take my no makeup photo.  “Be gentle,” I told her.  It is sad how insecure I felt about this.  I am letting God work on my heart and He has reminded me how much He loves me just the way I am!

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I feel like I look tired.  But the truth is, what am I hiding?!  I AM tired! And I am insecure about being seen without my eyebrows.  I joke a lot on Facebook about drawing my eyebrows on.  But as you can see….I have none!

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Don’t stop here. Get clicking around – its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some, like me, this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.

 

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1. BrassyApple 2. Peace from 6 Pieces 3. Is this Really My Life 4. Among the Young 5. Love Me Dani Marie 6. Sweet Charli 7. Kim Orlandini 8. XO, Ashton Tilton 9. She Calls Me Mama Leisha 10. Raising Memories – Canada 11. A Little Tipsy 12. Amy Cornwell 13. A girl and a glue gun 14. My Craftily Ever After 15. Maybe I Will 16. WhipperBerry 17. Paging SuperMom 18. All Things Thrifty 19. Ashlee Marie 20. The Project Girl

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74. Albion Gould 75. Life as Mrs. Larson 76. Tried and True 77. Play.Party.Pin. 78. Bite of Delight 79. Ink Happi 80. ObSEUSSed 81. U Create 82. My Mommy Style 83. Find it Make it Love it 84. The Contractor Chronicles 85. Novae Clothing 86. Mommy Makes Things 87. At Home with Sweet T 88. We Like to Learn As We Go 89. House for Five 90. Organize and Decorate Everything 91. Sassy Southern Gurl 92. The Creative Mom 93. Keep Moving Forward with Me

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What Makes You Smile?

What Makes You Smile?

There are three things that always make me smile….always.

1. The sound of my kids laughing together
2. Big, white, puffy clouds
3. Any movie with Doris Day in it

What is it about Doris Day that just makes you happy?  And her clothes….oh man I don’t even care that they are all 60s and outdated….I would wear any of those things in a heartbeat.

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Our weekend was beautifully simple.  One of my daughters & I went to the city on Saturday to return her friend to the airport and see a movie.  We previewed “Dolphin Tale 2″, which I really liked.  For sure we will rent it when it comes out.  I doubt we will see it in the theater though….taking 11 people to the movie is too expensive.  It would come down to a choice between Dolphin Tale 2 or paying last month’s electric bill.

But I should go ahead and add dolphins to my above list because I always smile when I see dolphins.  They are just so happy!

Since James had a big tax deadline on Monday he was kind of “gone” all weekend, so I took advantage of the time to myself on Saturday night by taking a simple course about Facebook marketing.  I think it will come as no surprise that I ended up with a great big old headache by the end of the evening.  Insights and statistics are not something I catch onto easily.  I went to bed, but the headache rolled over into Sunday morning and by the time church was over I was ready to dunk my brain in a tub of ice water.

A friend at church asked me if I was feeling OK and I told her I had a headache.  “Oh,” she said, “”Do you think it’s allergies?”  “No,” I replied, “It’s Facebook.”

I came home and instead of the ice water trick I rubbed myself down with essential oils.  There’s a great headache remedy that I really like and wish I had thought of it the night before.

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I used the oils and laid down on my bed and watched a movie with my good friend Doris in it.  Headache-gone.

Today I am all better and I hit the ground running,  Literally.  I went for my morning run at 6:30AM.  The problem is that it’s dark now at that time and I am going to have to rethink my mornings.  The possibility of getting hit by a car is not worth staying in shape.  So I am looking for some new exercise DVDs.  I love my TTapp, but I’d like to try something new so I can alternate.

This is my last week of peacefulness before the storm of travel hits.  For the next 5 weeks I will be either traveling or having guests or my kids have activities.  Our family calendar looks like a scrap quilt of appointments and plans.  So my plan of attack is to sleep this entire week and hope for the best.

Have a good one!

 

Tires and Ants are My Nemeses

Tires and Ants are My Nemeses

Ok friends. It’s official.  I am tired.

It started to hit me last week as I drove to the city for the third time in three days.  Normally I go every couple of weeks, so my car and I were not used to the extra activity.  I heard it cry in protest one day as I slipped behind the wheel.  It sounded something like a groan when I turned the key.

Then I saw my front tire was flat and I knew that my car was not happy about all of this use.  We took it to the tire store and had to get two new tires.  Why is it that one flat tire means you need two news ones?  This sounds like a scam to me.  But please don’t tell the tire store people I said that.  I need them to like me.

One of the fun parts of my week has been having our friend here from Virginia.  She and I met at a blog conference and just liked each other right away.  She is the same age as my daughters, so even though I thought she was coming to see me, it turns out she has much more in common with my girls, so they have been chatting it up and doing all kinds of girly things.

We decided, since this is her first trip to Texas, that we would do the touristy stuff.  We’ve been to LBJ Ranch (It’s really cool….you must go there if you can!), a few local spots and today we are taking her to Austin to see the sights.  There’s nothing like our gorgeous Texas capitol to make a person fall in love with this great state.  That and a great plate of TexMex followed by some Blue Bell ice cream and people want to stay forever.

My latest craze is the battle of the ants that we have been dealing with for the past 2 weeks.  Every morning we wake up to a line of ants all through our pantry and kitchen.  Yesterday after church they were in the laundry basket.  We have lifted all food off of the floor and sealed it.  We scour and spray the countertop every night.  It hasn’t helped.

I spent Sunday afternoon Googling ways to kill them once and for all without using harsh chemicals.  I ordered an arsenal of ant killing supplies on Amazon that should be here by Tuesday, when I plan to turn into a mad scientist/exterminator.

And don’t tell my car, but I am going to Austin again on Friday to visit my parents and host an essential oils class on Saturday with a friend of mine.  I can’t help it, I love my oils too much so my car will just have to deal with it (but please don’t tell it I said that).

Have a great week!

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Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs

A few years ago I shared my friend Martha’s great recipe for pretzel dogs.  These have become a family favorite and we make them every year on July 4th.

Today I will be serving these delicious dogs, but with a twist.  Get it?  Twist….pretzels….

Since I have several gluten-free kids now, I have converted the recipe to GF for a treat for them and the rest of the family still likes them.  I buy gluten-free flour at Costco and it is a little bit sweet, and not our favorite for everything.  But it is really good for these dogs.

Gluten-free pretzel dogs!

Gluten Free Pretzel Dogs
1 Tablespoon SAF Yeast (I love this yeast!)
1¼ cups warm water
½ cup brown sugar
3.5-4.5 cups GF flour flour
pinch of salt
3 teaspoons baking soda
1½ cups water
Butter for brushing, melted

1 pkg Oscar Meyer Selects Black Angus Hot Dogs (I learned that from Martha!)
parchment paper

I use a Bosch or KitchenAid to mix my dough.  Put the yeast into the warm water, add the sugar and mix for just a sec.  Then add the flour and salt.  Knead for 8 minutes then let rest for 20 minutes.  Then punch it down and divide it into 10 sections.  Roll each section into a “snake” and wrap it around the dogs.  Dip each wrapped dog into a mix of water and baking soda.  Bake on parchment paper for 400° for 12-15 minutes.

These stick to the parchment so pull them off as soon as you can touch them.  The longer they cool the harder they are to get off.  If you have a silicone mat they won’t stick to that as much.

You can replace the GF flour with all purpose flour of you don’t need gluten-free.

Now just sit and watch your family enjoy them!

 

Just Keepin’ On!

Just Keepin’ On!

In the 6 years since I started blogging this is the first time I have gone a whole week without posting.  Not even when I had dental surgery the day after my grandmother passed away.  That should tell you how crazy it’s been here.

Just a few days after I got home from Salt Lake City I flew to Chicago to go to the 2:1 Conference where I was also a speaker.  That meant I needed to figure out what I was going to talk about in my session plus fill a load of Shop24 orders before I left.  So I had one of my kids make my Power Point and another one finish filling the etsy orders.  You say sweatshop; I say survival.

Somehow I made it to Chicago in mostly one piece and the conference was great.  Those are my people.  Homeschool, Christian bloggers (not to mention my peeps from Hip Homeschool Moms!).  The sessions covered everything from building your blog as a business to understanding when to get off line and live your life.  Hallelujah for a conference with a conscience!

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My sweet friends Heidi St. John, Connie Hughes and Jen Schmidt!

If you are following me on Instagram then you know that I spent Monday attempting to see all of Chicago in one day.  I was alone, which made it easier to just run from one place to the next without worrying about another person.  Normally I would have missed having someone to talk to, but since I had spent the past 2 weekends surrounded by hundreds of friends, I kind of enjoyed the quiet.  I saw so many places that I am seriously considering writing a pamphlet showing how I did it.

A quick trip to see Chicago!

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My first tip: Lose weight and start exercising.  ‘Cuz no way I could have done that a year ago.  I would have worn out too quickly and had to stop.  I am not exaggerating when I say I think I climbed at least 1,000 steps.  That alone would have put me into some kind of medical crisis before I started getting healthy.  I did get tired, but not as much as you would think.

A quick trip to see Chicago!

The Bean! (aka Cloud Gate)

Once I got home I had to pull out the Energizer Bunny suit and keep on going because it was one of the boys’ birthday and that couldn’t be missed.  I headed to the city with him and a couple of the other kids (they get to invite 2 siblings to join them on their b-day outing).  Unfortunately he wanted to see Captain America, which is my third time to watch that movie.  Once to preview it for the kids, again when my husband wanted to go together and now this.  I don’t even care for super hero movies, so I mostly ran in and out bringing drinks and snacks to the three kids.  I will do pretty much anything to avoid seeing people fighting.  And car chases….they make me so upset that I get sick to my stomach.  I sit there worrying about the people whose cars get crashed in the chase and if they have insurance or small children in the car.

James tries to explain to me that they aren’t real people’s cars and it’s all pretend.  But I say that if I am supposed to believe those guys are flying through the air fighting to save the world then why am I not supposed to believe someone needs that car they just smashed to pieces?  Clearly I should stick with chick flicks and cartoons.

I am gonna spend the next few days unpacking and snuggling anyone who walks past.  I missed these people.  I also have big plans to clean up the house the way only a mamma can do.  They kept it pretty neat while I was gone, but I have a need to scrub some walls and vacuum under furniture.

Then, just maybe, I will rest.  But I can’t make any promises.

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I’ve Got a Ticket to Ride

I’ve Got a Ticket to Ride

It’s weeks like this when I wonder why I never took up drinking coffee.  I hear such great things about it.  Although truthfully, I get so obsessed with things I am sure I would have been one of those people that has 6 different coffee makers and orders her beans from exotic countries and thumbs her nose at Folger’s people.

I am leaving again today for another conference and this time I am speaking.  Crazy, you say?  You’re right.  But I love the 2:1 conference!  And I love the ladies that attend!!!  I’m excited to get there.

On Monday morning when I got home from Salt Lake City, I removed the contents of my suitcase, washed the laundry and then piled it all back on top of the suitcase at the foot of my bed.  There it sat all week waiting for me to shove it all back in and carry it to Chicago.

I have never been to Chicago so I asked around to find out what I must see while I am there.  I got a ton of great tips, including Navy Pier and several museums.  I finally decided to buy a Go Chicago pass that gets me into a bunch of places free.  I’ve got one day after the conference to be touristy.  I plan to see as much as possible.

And since I have a problem with getting stuck on songs….I will now be humming, “I’ve Got a Ticket to Ride” in my head for the next week.  My guess is, since I don’t really know the words, that it’s a terrible song and no one should be singing it, but I can’t make it stop.  It’s a sickness I tell you.  My decision not to drink coffee is looking smarter and smarter all the time.  I can’t even imagine being stuck on a song while hyped up on caffeine.

Back in the day if I was in Chicago I would have gone to see Oprah or Donahue.  I miss them.  Now it’s all comediennes and reality TV stars doing talk shows in New York and LA.  I also miss “Little House on the Prairie” and shoulder pads.  But that’s not relevant here.

Last night I sat with the kids and gave out assignments for while I am away.  I told them all of the things I expect them to do before I return home.  Last weekend while I was gone was the fun weekend.  This one is the work weekend.  Painting and repairing and deep cleaning.  Throw in some geography memorization and it’s gonna be a partay around here.  If you happen to drive by and see no one working….please stop and crack a whip for me.

I went to bed before 10 because I knew Friday and Saturday I would be up late into the night visiting with my conference buddies.  These homeschool blogging moms know how to celebrate a weekend with no kids.  I packed my Depends just in case the laughing gets going….y’all know I don’t handle that well.

Have a great weekend.  Try not to get my song stuck in your head.