Monday, January 12, 2009


I know its been forever. So i am going to start with the new family pics we had taken a while back. I love them! Thanks Michelle. You did awesome. we would love to see the not so good ones, if you still have them saved.

I like this one, because it is how the kids always look
if we are hugging or kissing.

us having a little fun

Cori-13 years old

Austin 4 years old

Sydney age 10 (in a week)

Logan age 5
Kathryn 11 years old

Tanner-age 8 oh and by the way-
this is a miracle. He never smiles like this!

Gage age 2

something about this picture brings me
to tears. He is standing here against
the wall without assistance. this is a big
deal. at this point he has no balance,
so for him to achieve this even for just
a short time is wonderful. there is more to it,
but I'm not sure what at this point. maybe
it will come to me later-so far this is what I
feel... he is a blessing.
Heavenly Father loves him. He needs to have
this challenge right now. He is special. He has a
work to do. We are blessed to have him in
our family.
All the boys
The two boys

a little more
busting at the seams
I can't wait to get these hanging on my wall!!
I feel so blessed to be a wife and a mom. very blessed indeed!
oh and our tribute to TWILIGHT!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Healthy Living Challenge

Merry Christmas-Happy New Year. I am such a slacker. I will get back to posting about our family soon. But for now I wanted to let you know of a new challenge I am starting. Its called the Healthy Living Challenge. Just in case you are in need of some motivation. I am starting tomorrow. But feel free to jump in with us. Here are the legistics of it.

So here are the details of the challenge.
Points - 12 points possible per day
1 Reporting/Accountability point just for reporting your points each day. You can do it here on the blog or to a friend.
1 Water - drink at least 8 - 8oz cups of water everyday, more if you can!
1 Supplements/Vitamins - take a good supplement, even a multivitamin is better than nothing.
1 No Skipping Meals- NO SKIPPING MEALS OR SNACKS!!! You should be eating every 2-3 hours! Plan ahead. Have some healthy snacks in your purse or in the car.
1 Whole Grains - No white flour, white pasta, white rice, etc. There are now tons of 100% Whole Grain products in the grocery stores
1 No sugar/junk food - No white refined sugar, cookies, cakes, candies, ice cream, chocolate, etc. (some things do have sugar in them like breads and whole grain cereals and those are fine - the grams of sugar per serving should be less than 5 grams unless it contains dried fruit like raisins)
1 3-hour rule - Don't eat for at least 3 hours before you go to bed.
1 Counting Calories - It is amazing how fast calories add up. Pick up a kitchen scale and monitor your portion size. Use myfitnesspal or some other way to track the calories you consume each day. The minimum calories you consume should be 1200 per day, the maximum varies depending on how much weight you need to lose, your current weight and the amount you exercise each day. Even if you go over your daily amount you can still get this point if you are tracking your calories.
Workout Points: up to 4 per day
Low intensity (walking) exercise 30 minutes = 1 point
Moderate intensity (jogging) exercise 20 minutes = 1 point
High intensity exercise (running) 15 minutes = 1 point
Give yourself up to 4 points per day based on how long you exercise and at what level your perceived level of exertion is.

Set a goal for 2009 and keep track of your points each day!
My friend Kathy has started a new blog just for this challenge. Its open to friends of friends. So check it out here
Also I have a weight loss blog that I will continue to add to-very little as of now, but maybe more as time goes on,
anyone up for the challenge?!
Hope everyone is having a great new year so far.
I have lots to update. I promise I will do it soon. plus some great new family pictures!