Thursday, March 18, 2010

I love brussel sprouts!!!!

Yep, I do. I never thought I would say this... up until about 6 months ago, I would have told you I did not like them, in fact. But you know, the funny thing is, up until about 6 months ago I don't think I had ever really eaten them.. well, atleast not made well!!!

here they are...

Then I chop off the end pieces, cut them in half, and sprinkle a little seasoning salt ( I use Penzey's Smoky 4 S), add a couple tablespoons of olive oil and they are ready to saute up. Oh, but wait... First, I cook up this....

See, now those of you who were saying they didn't like brussel sprouts are thinking.. "but I LOVE bacon". I am not a huge lover of bacon, but I know many folks are (especially men.. why is that??).. so, I cook up 2-3 pieces of bacon, then use the drippings to add more flavor when I cook up the brussel sprouts. I add about 1/4 chopped onion and saute on high for about 5 mins... Then I add the bacon back to the pan (crumbled, of course), add about 4 table spoons of chicken broth (just enough to add some liquid), then I cover and steam for a few more minutes.

And then, I get to enjoy!!

Truthfully, it is still yummy without the bacon, I just thought more of you would try it with bacon... :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Goodbye Friend....

So, I have decided it is time to give up coffee and creamer. I never really drank coffee until I had the girls, and now I find myself drinking 3-5 cups a day, with my lovely flavored creamer. I love my coffee, with lots of cream... but it does not love me. My tummy is starting to have issues, and when I don't have it, I get headaches... and I don't even drink full caff (we use half decaf, half reg)... so, for now.. I am switching over to tea....

Goodbye for now....

Monday, March 15, 2010

Shamrock Run and Mileage

I did it. I ran the 15k Challenge Shamrock Run yesterday. It was a 9.3 mile run up a long hill, then back down. It was not too bad, though I never seemed to get my second wind so my time was not as good as I would have liked.. though I did finish under 90 mins which was my main goal (88 mins 34 seconds, to be exact). This run was fun, though there were a lot of people there!!! I got a cool medal/bottle opener for finishing, thanks to the sponsor Widmer...

So, for the week, my mileage was low, as I cut back gearing up for the race! .. check out my mileage update on the side.... :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

i love giveaways...

So, i have become a fan of free things.. and i am competitive, so i love to win items. so, with this in mind, i have begun to follow some blogs that often have giveaways.. one such blog is "MadHatter Mom" (, and she just so happens to be a friend as well.

so, this week, one of her giveaways is for hair care/beauty products... Mirra Beauty Care, which use natural ingredients. If you want to see what it is, click here.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mileage Update

So, i was a bit slack on updating, but not on running.. and since I can back date this post, it doesnt really matter..

This week was a crazy running week for me, as I started a running bootcamp and got in some long runs in prep for the Shamrock run next weekend and training for the HC Half.

So, this week I ran 32.8 miles.

That brings our totals to:

Total Miles: 159.3 miles, which is 256.37 km as of March 8

Total Miles Biked:214 Miles as of March 8

Kyle has decided that 1000miles biking is not enough of a challenge for him, so he is thinking of doubling it. :)

Next Sunday is the Shamrock, and I am doing the 15k challenge.... will let you know how that goes! I am not worried about the 9 miles, I am worried about the hill.......

Thursday, March 4, 2010

My thoughts exactly!!! I am going to wear my Gold Medal today!!

Ok, so for the past two weeks I have been thinking a lot about my "job" as a mother, and my areas of expertise. When I was a working professional, I loved having the confidence and skills to do my job and do it well. Yes, confidence. Then, I decided to stay home... and that feeling went away!!! Now, I know I am a good mom, and I love my this is not a ploy to get you to tell me how great I am.. But it is how I feel. I have been feeling that in my life these days, I am not good at anything. I struggle with how to parent.. knowing that the ways we respond to our children shape who they become. Is this the right way to respond to a tantrum? Should I feed her sugar cereal? What is too much tv? You know, all the decisions we make that seem simple, but truly do impact who they are and who they become. There are days when I see huge signs of success and I get back that oh, so longed for feeling of confidence... and then the next day it is a melt down at church (or anywhere) and I am back to not knowing what to do. I also have my outside activities... my extra curriculars if you will. But even these are areas I want to grow in, as I know there is so much room for improvement. I want to take a photography class, so i can capture all these moments with my family so much better... I want to take a cake decorating class, so I can make fun things with and for my girls as they have their birthdays and celebrations.... I want to figure out this Photoshop elements, so I can make graphics and edit photos (they need editing, as I said, because I do not fully know how to use my camera..) I want to attend scrapbooking workshops, to learn the newest gadgets and actually get time to scrapbook... Gosh, that is a lot of wants. All of it stems from me wanting to get better at these things...

Then the Olympics began, and I am mesmerized by these athletes who accomplish such great things in their life, in their areas of expertise. They soar to new heights (some literally), they reach goals only dreamed of by so many.... Clearly they are amazing... and are confident in their success at their sport. Simply put, they are the greatest.

So, today I did something I never do.. I sat down and read the local paper and there was this article written by a mom who put into words (much better than I did, by the way) exactly my thoughts.... AHHHH! Yes.... I found myself saying this while reading her words.... She was in my head, knew my thoughts... Thank you for putting into words, what I was thinking....and for making me realize, I am still successful, and that my talents still exist and have actually multiplied. I just need to stop looking at what I don't do anymore, and celebrating what I do get to do!! And, I need to celebrate that I have earned my own gold medal, wear it proudly and pass on to other moms who I see struggling.. We all have such similar experiences, and a little support and passing of the love (or medals, as the article suggests) goes a long way!

Check out the article.... see if you relate!!!

and, you can join the facebook group: search Pass the medal!! :) or link from my page!!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In times of sadness and confusion...

Today was a sad day, as I attended the funeral of a 6 year old girl. While there is much to celebrate (she is now with her God, and able to do a great many things she was unable to do here on Earth), it is still a hard time. A time of great sorrow and sadness for the family.

For me, it brings close to home the heartbreak I hope to never experience. I just don't think parents should ever have to bury their children. I know that God has a plan. I know that I need to trust in him. And, clearly, part of His plan for many does include the loss of a child... It still saddens my heart. Deeply. Words cannot adequately express this.... yet, I do find comfort in the picture of children running around in heaven... what a joyous picture that is. I mean, if heaven were only full of little old people, it would not be that exciting, right? I enjoy the picture of the playground they must have, the joy they must spread, the love they must be surrounded with. Someday, we will all be there, and we will all see loved ones we have lost.... in the meantime, I will take comfort in this and in His love, even through the tears of sadness.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.I am the soft stars that sh...ine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;I am not there. I did not die.