Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I might regret this.

Yah, I know. It's Wednesday. Haven't blogged much. Yada Yada. Real life. blah blah blah. I know life's a "marathon and not a sprint" but if Someone could possibly let these next two weeks be a sprint, I'd be so grateful and possibly do more good deeds or something. Probably not though, considering that whole "sin nature" thing.

Anyway, about regrets. And oh, did I mention a "marathon" up there? Hmm, seems I did, how interesting. Regrets?

No no no, I am not running a marathon. Who would actually pay to do that? And have your toe nails fall off? I've heard some people pee all over themselves too, at the end of the race. Sounds like a blast.

But half of a marathon. Hmmm. Half. That sounds like it could be challenging without making me pee my pants or rip my knees to shreds. Maybe I won't fork over my cash for ultimate suffering... But I will fork it over for half-suffering. That I am capable of.

So a "half" is what I just apparently signed up for, like officially. So now it's officially official. Not until March will this little half race happen. And by "race" I mean "becca will run an 11 minute mile and come in last." I'll be racing the crawling babies and they'll probably win. But as I get wheeled into surgery, I'll still have the memories of completing a half marathon!

Am I an idiot?

Who cares. Well, yes, that's already been established. However, now I am a running idiot.

Oh, and did someone just say that tomorrow is December? What the ????

I am so behind on life. Please tell me you are too.

Be back in awhile...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

just horsin' around.

Okay I'm sorry. That was such a cheesy title. But yes, we did a lot of horsin' around in Virginia over Thanksgiving! Zach's aunt boards her horse at a GORGEOUS barn on incredible land outside of Richmond. So instead of shopping on Black Friday, we went horseback riding! I grew up riding and jumping horses, and it's always fun to re-visit that part of myself. Getting to teach my kids (and show them that I'm sort of cool) is always a treat :).

time to groom and tack up! 

Sammy helped

so excited to teach her! 

Leah loved it

Happy Pete! 

You have no idea how amazing it is that he's not afraid anymore! he LOVED riding! 

My turn :)

Yeehaw! 


out of practice, but still got it... sort of... :)

Sam even got on Ticket (horse instead of pony)... he said "whoa! it's higher up here!" 

love this picture! 

hello beautiful

Sammy snuggling with this precious sweet horse. He has come SO far and isn't afraid. A true miracle! 



We had such a great time. The weather was awesome! I have a few more pics to share later, but I was a pretty bad photog and forgot to capture the actual thanksgiving meal. Something to do with making sure my kids didn't destroy in-laws house... can be a tad bit stressful... but it all worked out :). They behaved! Hope you all had a GREAT holiday... off to decorate for Christmas!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Time...

Time. I don't have much of it, these days, for blogging. But, I hope to take a gazillion pictures and gather fantastic stories over Thanksgiving. We are all excited for the little break... a lovely preview of the bigger Christmas break we will be gifted with in a couple of weeks!

Oh, and I HAVE, seriously, started the 1/2 marathon training. It feels good to be working toward a big goal. I am staying very hydrated with coffee, and very carb-loaded with all the recipes you shared with me. (ps... what the heck is up with so many people dissing carbs? I can't even walk up the stairs without eating some good old bread. Count me out of the people trying to eat like our ancestors. We EVOLVED, duh. So, I will eat bread. And cheese. And cake. And then I will go run.)

Here is a little something I've been reflecting on:

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!  ~Henry Ward Beecher


Thankfulness. 


Not to get too preachy here (because we all know where that gets me...), but I think we have some big ol' problems in this country regarding thankfulness. In other words, I think we've become a nation of "wendy whiners". We have a case of the galloping gimme's. We want want want. We've lost sight of how much we actually do have. While there are so many people really, truly suffering... and then we watch those people, those people who are actually suffering, give THANKS for what little they have. THAT is what being "thankful" looks like. 


Thankful for every breath you take. For every bite you take. For every step you take. For every word you speak. For every hug you receive. 


Unthankfulness? Will get us nowhere, as individuals. Waking up with a thankful heart? Immediate joy... immediate mercy... immediate love... immediate peace. 


I'm choosing to "Occupy Thanksgiving" this year... hope you'll join me :). 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ideas?*

helloooo.

How's it going?

I'm good. Busy, as usual, but good busy. Just took a little data-entry job for a local company that I can do from home over the next few weeks... just this project that they needed help with. It will help with Christmas presents or gas money. Whichever I decide to assign the $ to in my head :).

Also, started training for a 1/2 marathon. I should be able to do that, right? I mean, why not? Running used to be "too hard" for me, and it's true that I've had left knee and hip issues, but I feel good and strong, and the training lines up with how I exercise anyway, so should be good to go. We shall see.

Kids are great. Excited for Thanksgiving and then the "BIG" break for Christmas. They ask me eleventy billion times a day... "MOM... HOW LONG does the break last? Really? TWO WHOLE WEEKS???" They are a wee bit excited :). For now we are all just happily trotting along in our routines.

Hmmm, what else. Not much, really. Zach's entering his home stretch of this first semester, which is crazy. It will feel like an awesome accomplishment when he finishes his last exam and we realize that this actually worked. We actually got through the first semester of Dental school, our sanity (pretty much) intact, all of us happy and at peace with how are lives are going every day. I love my family! I have a great husband and awesome kids. I have a ridiculous amount to be thankful for.

Am I boring you? It is all sort of boring. But I do need your ideas. With baking.

*Okay, so we're traveling to see Zach's Dad's side of the family for Thanksgiving, and I've been assigned "desserts" for about 20 people. I need to make these desserts about 2 days in advance and then keep in the fridge. Of course Pumpkin Pie is a nice staple and easily keeps in the fridge for a few days, but what else should I make? I was thinking 2 pies and something else. What would be okay (maybe re-heatable) in the fridge? and Easy? and is tried-and-true for you, so I know I'm not going to show up looking like a baking idiot? (I do love to bake. One of the only things I'm actually good at. But, I need ideas!!!).

Come on internet. Help me out. Love you guys!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

harvest

Sorry to bore you with more stories from our little patch of land, but it's so much fun to explore! With each new season we're discovering more treasures that exist here. Our latest find... Pecan trees! With tons and tons of pecans! The kids have had a blast picking up the falling pecans and shelling them. Our landlord had a blast teaching our kids about these trees. We are very blessed to be here! 


See that tree in the middle? That's one of the pecan trees here. Yesterday it shed it's top leaves! so cool to watch. 

Pecans! 




Just for kicks... a blurry sunset out the back door...
Hope you've all had a great weekend... cherish your surroundings and the people in your life... pure beauty!

Friday, November 11, 2011

HUGE favor to ask... please read

Unfortunately we're having some problems with privacy. I'd like to keep my blog public, but I can't have it related to any specific group of people (sorry to be cryptic). If you link to my blog on your blogroll, I'd so appreciate it if you would remove this blog. Also, if you officially "follow" this blog, could you please "unfollow"? I'm so sorry for the inconvenience but in order to keep the blog public, I need to implement some safety measures.

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

sunset

out my kitchen window: 




gorgeous.
It's already been a crazy week...
interviewed for and got another part time job...
Sweet Pete had a sick (tummy) day yesterday...
Kids off school Friday...
I'm attempting to get more sleep to combat sleepiness... (and drink more coffee, duh)...
I'm also attempting to stop making so many cookies and cobblers. Failing.
Adult acne is a real pain in the ass...
attempting to find the right treatments (currently skin clear, but dry... but not.... annoying)....
i'm doing a lot of attempting, can you tell?
attempting to conquer the laundry every week, and winning that one. I actually like laundry...
attempting to start some classes myself next semester... hmmmm.....
life is good!
more soon...
xoxo

Friday, November 4, 2011

softer, wiser.

Fall is North Carolina's Glory.

It is spectacular here.... breathtaking.

Sometimes I get caught up in the grandeur of other places. Colorado... I've made no secret of this... is my favorite place on earth. It is enticing, alluring, seductive. Colorado is exotic and young and fresh and ruggedly, almost sinfully, magnificent.

North Carolina is beautiful too. It is not an attention-grabber. It does not have the tallest mountains or the most sophisticated beach towns or the wildest cities. It does not immediately lure you in with sharp, snow covered peaks or crystal streams bubbling through valleys or views for miles and miles or city lights boasting of prestige and power.

North Carolina is softer around the edges. It slowly and wisely unveils majesty and wonder. Hidden beneath every tree or through a thick forest, pure, aging beauty is gently revealed. The seasons fade in and fade out, shocking us in the middle with breathtaking scenery. North Carolina cunningly, and quietly, seduces her residents into falling deeply and loyally in love... making it very hard to leave. North Carolina is not the fresh youthful glow of Colorado... She is the serene, gently powerful, welcoming, and calm land of wisdom.

Sometimes I feel compelled to raise my children somewhere with more flash... with steeper mountains... or stronger oceans... with better this or more of that...

And then we take a walk in Autumn.









*Pictures taken last week... the current explosion of colors is splendid. I think we'll stay awhile :).

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

BOO

I guess this is a little late but...
Happy Halloweeeeeen!
We love this holiday... so. much. fun!
We did, however, force our children to trade in their hard and too-chewy candy this year. They'll get to go to the dollar store in exchange for those items. This is what happens when your husband goes to dental school, and starts to know too much. about reality. boooooring.
Since we live out in the country, we had to borrow our friend's neighborhood for trick-or-treating. It was a blast! And guess who didn't eat one piece of candy? You guessed it- me. Braces ruin all the fun. My mouth is so freakin' sore that I don't even want soft stuff. GAH. annoying.
Anyway, back to the fun... it was fun!
Here are pictures... hope your Halloween was festive as well!
batman to the rescue

ballerina princess!

Knight in shining armor! this is my favorite pose yet... hilarious! this was also a last-minute change. He was Thomas the Train, but decided that Thomas couldn't hurt "bad guys," so he changed into Pete's old Knight costume :). 

Batman and Knight saving the Ballerina from bad guys

Leah and her BFF "C" the Magician

Sammy and his BFF, "G" the cowboy... where's pete? 

Oh there he is... already in a sugar coma stare...