Monday, November 30, 2009

Recap from Thanksgiving!

Wow, what a crazy yet fun few days I've had.

Wednesday we went to Silver Dollar City with friends and had such a grand time. I haven't been since childhood so I really didn't remember it. We rode rides and watched the Frosty show. It was such fun! I'm thinking the husband and I might be buying season passes next year.

Thursday was marathon turkey day. It started at my MIL's and then went to my parents. We ate both times. UGH! I actually at minimal at MIL's and had no dessert. Then we went to my parents and I really didn't have any dessert that time either. We always make this wonderful salad and it is basically like a dessert. I ate that and it was yummy as always!

Friday I went to bed at 10 and woke up at 1:45 am. Yes you read that right. I wanted to hit a few Black Friday sales... Old Navy opened at 3! So two of my girlfriends and I hit the Old Navy for $5 fleeces! We got in line about 2:30 and it was freezing outside. We made it though. I got everything I wanted. I even got stuff for my SIL and Sister. WOOT for that! I have decided that you must have a mission and then hit the checkout line ASAP. I did that all 3 times and was in and out in no time. My friends on the other hand had to wait 30 minute lines a few times. It was cool though. I helped them shop while they stood in line and then sometimes I would go load up the car, pick them up, etc. It worked out fantastic.
So after Old Navy we hit up Walmart! We all wanted TV's. Yes, the hubs and I got a new one. Lovin it! I got to walmart at 4:00 and we stood in line for 1 hour. I knew immediately I got the TV though. WOOT for that again.
Then we went to another Walmart, Target and then a children's store. Shew...it was a busy day.
I got home around 11 and was pooped, but I kept on. The hubs and I tore back out to Target and got us a TV stand.

Friday night I crashed about 9. I never did get a nap. I just had to much going on and was trying to get things accomplished.

Saturday I decorated! I got both trees up. I got a bigger tree this year. My parents let me have one of the ones they weren't using. It is twice the size of my old one. It looks awesome. Then I have my normal hog tree, however, this year I put it in the kitchen instead! So cute!

Sunday we did church at then another potluck. I'm so tired of potlucks! That was the last one though, thank goodness.

So all in all, we had a fantastic Thanksgiving break! Surrounded by Friends and Family.

I forgot to mention.....Hogs got beat by LSU on Saturday night! :( What a game. Overtime and we lost!

Finally, last but not least. I finally convinced the husband it was time to decorate outside! We are going to do some lights outside our house. Just one string of big bulbs around the house. Nothing fancy, just very plain and simple! I can't wait! I love Christmas!

Pictuers to come.....

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

I love Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for so many things:

1. God-Wow, my relationship with him has grown so much this last year.

2. My Husband! He is such an encourager. I love that man

3. Our new church and the awesomeness of that

4. Friends that care for us and love us

5. My awesome family! I should of put them #3 because they are the best! Especially my parents. They rock!

6. A Free Country!

7. A Job, Clothes, House, Food to eat, a car that gets me around

Wow, my thankful list could go on for days!

Last night I went over to visit with a lady in our church. Her husband died of cancer last February. Wow, I must say how much of an eye opener that was for me. This lady is still dealing with difficult times. If you pray, you might remember her. Especially with the holidays approaching.
Last night I went home and immediately hugged my husband and told him how much I cared for him. I can't imagine my husband leaving me on this earth alone. One day it might happen and if God is ready for that then I am also, but until then, I want to enjoy our time together!

Today is the Thanksgiving potluck. I made those bars from my post yesterday. They are really yummy! Today is my last day to a LOOOOONNNNNG weekend. Can you tell I'm excited?

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Short week.....

Today is day 1 of my short week, only 1 more to go. The awesome thing is tomorrow will be a pretty easy day so that means after today I'm pretty much home free!

I am so ready for a few days off. I took off on Wednesday just because I had the time. I am excited to be off. My husband and I are planning on going to Silver Dollar City (a theme park in Branson) with some friends.

Lets see, our weekend was good. We went to the Razorback game on Saturday and also saw the Blind Side movie. It was really good. In fact, we loved it. Sunday was church stuff and dinner with friends!

One of my prayers recently has been that God would bring us some good christian friends and he has blown us away with that. We have been hanging out with two couples that we seem to have lots in common with. In fact, we did something with them on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They are just fun to be around and the fact that we all have a desire to be Godly is a big plus. I am so thankful for what God has done for us. He is awesome!

Tonight I'm heading home to make this:

Pumpkin Bars
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 15 oz. pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients together and bake in a 9x13 pan. (I sprayed my pan just in case) Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool.
Icing:
1/2 cup butter
1-8oz cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Beat until smooth and ice cooled cake. Cut into bars. Refridgerate

These are to die for!!!!!!!
I'm bringing those to my work pot luck plus my MIL and Mother's. They are hit let me tell you. They are moist. Nothing like 1 cup of oil to do that. Yes, these aren't low in cal, but man are they good.

If I don't make it back in tomorrow, and I may not, I wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Remember to reflect on what Thanksgiving is all about. Reach out and tell someone how much appreciate them!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Go Cats!


I'm heading to the Conway/Cabot game-7A playoffs. We stared off the season to a rough start, but we've battled back and actually improved dramatically. Hopefully we can continue on. Cabot is good, last time we played them they won, it was a decent game though. I think we can hang in there! Come on Cats! This morning I was listening to the radio and and a local program called Conway a Cinderella story. Hopefully we can continue that on tonight with a victory!
Tomorrow is the Hog game. We are taking on MS State.
It is in Litte Rock, which means 45 minutes from home! WOOT, I love it. Tomorrow night we have dinner/movie plans with friends. Lookin forward to that! We are going to see the new Sandra Bullock movie. "The Blind Side" I saw this story done on ESPN about 6 months or a year ago. It looks like a heart warming story.

I'm suppose to run in the morning, but right now, I'm honestly thinking sleeping in sounds better. Yes, I am bad. I'll admit it.

I'm about to head to Cabot! Go Cats!
Happy Weekend......Next week=Short Week! SWWWEET!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Running Again

Just one more day till the weekend. So ready for Friday this week. Last weekend was so hectic that I didn't feel like I got much rest. This weekend though hopefully it won't be as bad! It is still busy, but not near as bad as it could be.
Our plans consist of:
Friday: Cats game, round 2 of the playoffs, Goooooo Cats!
Hubs is doing a game this week, so I'll be going alone....:( I'm sad, I like it when he can go with me and my friends to the game!
Saturday: Running that morning 6-12 miles, I know that is sort of vague, but I'm at least doing 6! Then we have the Razorback game on Saturday at 11:30.
Sunday: Church activites and choir stuff

No rest for the weary this weekend!

So as I've mentioned I'm running again! I'm glad to be running. I enjoy it for the most part. I really don't want to do long distance stuff, but I do want to do something. I think for now I'm going to keep up a 6 mile base. Then when I want to train for a race I can just pick it up and start adding on. With my new gym I'll be able to do some cardio stuff with some classes, so I won't always run, but I'm looking forward to getting back to it.

I prefer running in the winter vs. summer. I honestly normally take off the summer due to 100 degree temps in AR. I'm not going to let the winter temps stop me though. I'm going to keep it up.

I think I'm going to do a local 5K in AR the first of December. I did it last year. It was called Dashing Through the Lights! Is it bad that part of the reason I do it, is so I can get a cute shirt! I'm so bad!
This was me last year at that race:

This picture is actually me before the race. Next to the HOG tree! I do a small hog tree every year. I hope to increase the size once we move to a bigger house.

Here we are before the race. We actually had no idea either of us would wear white! Oh well! Fun times anyhow. This is me and my running friend Julie. She did the marathon with me.
So today I'm going to run by and pick up a race form. It is only $20.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Under the weather

The last few days I've just been under the weather. I'm not feeling up to par these days. I'm better but still not feeling 100%.

Work is busy and hectic....

I'm so glad that Thanksgiving is approaching. I love this time of year. I'm also looking forward to a few days off.

So I decided I'm joining a gym. Not until after Thanksgiving but I am. I'm excited about that. First and foremost, they have a pool! Maybe I'll finally tackle that Tri I've been wanting to do. Plus they have tons of classes and also spin. I've always wanted to try a spin class. I'm interested to see how that goes.
So, I'll be an official gym member soon! Yippee...I can't wait!

Tonight is Sushi Night and Church Night!

I am about done with my Christmas shopping. I am so excited about that. Plus I got the work client gifts bought. Yippee for that! I'm on a roll in that department.

I know this was dry and boring, but at least I posted!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Awesome weekend!

I took this with my iphone so not great quality, but here we are at the CATS game on Friday night. What an awesome game. We battled back and forth all night long. Fayetteville came back and scored on us with just a few seconds left in the game, but Conway pulled it out with a touchdown with 5 seconds left on the clock. It was awesome. As you can see it was rather chilly. I'm all bundled up. I didn't get home until 2 that morning though! Boooo.....
The next morning, I got up at 8:30 and did 10 miles with a friend. We didn't run all of it, but I did bust out a decent run seeing as I haven't really run for 2 months. oops!

We had a really busy weekend, but a fun one. This is my last full week before Thanksgiving. I'm so excited. I'm ready for a small mini vacation!

Tonight I was invited to play Bunco, but I think I'm going to pass. I'm honestly about half sick. I sang in the choir yesterday at church. That means we start at 7 am and do 3 services. My little voice is tired. Then on top of that, we had a rehearsal last night for the Christmas program. I was really tired after that was over.

I'm off to try and make Monday as productive as I can....

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fabulous day off!

Yesterday was fabulous! I grocery shopped, cleaned, caught up on a little laundry, cooked, worked on Christmas Cards, etc.

It was by far a very productive day. I never get a day off in the middle of the week. Made me wish I worked part time and had a little time off every now and then.

Today is Thursday and I'm gearing up for a busy weekend. I have lots on my plate and so little time to do it in.

I'm also coming to post that I've done cardio 2 days in a row! Give it up for me. I'm on a roll! That is 3 days of exercise I've accomplished so far this week. I should be on target to get in my 4th on Saturday. Still planning on running with my friend.

Today I'm going to Holiday House a benefit for a local group in AR. My sister and I are going to rummage around and see if we can score any deals! Last year I got some great wrapping paper. I'm hoping I can do that again!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 1 of Exercise

So Day 1 is accomplished.

I did some circuit training! Wow, it kicked my butt. I hadn't done much of that recently so it was a different pace for sure. I was sweating when I finished not to mention winded and a little shaky.

Tonight I plan on getting in some cardio. Maybe a little running and walking. I already asked the husband to go with me. He didn't commit but he also didn't say no.

So I'm off tomorrow! Yippee......
My husband has it off for Veterans Day and honestly, I just wanted a day off. I actually have some hours I'm going to lose if I don't use them. I only have about a month left and I need to use about 15 hours. So, I thought tomorrow was a perfect day.
We don't have plans except church tomorrow night. I'm planning on doing some grocery shopping but that's about all.

Happy Veterans Day!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Exercise Routine

What a busy weekend. It started on Thursday with the Cats game. We won! Actually, it was a really close game and in the end the Conway Defense held them from scoring.
On Friday I worked. Not sure why I did. Everyone was off and I should of taken off myself. I came in and worked until noon.
When I got home on Friday I took a 2 hour nap. Man did it ever feel good.

Friday night I volunteered to help with a ministry called Growing with Grace. I had a great time doing that and the hubs was gone to his last regular season football game so it worked out good. I will for sure volunteer again. I had a great time.

Saturday we woke up bright and early for the HOG game. We won that game also! It was just a winning weekend all around. Oh and the Cowboys won too!

Sunday was church activities, another 2 hour nap and then choir practice. We are gearing up for the holiday season so we've been practicing every Sunday since September I think. We did have a few weeks off but we are locked in to every week with Christmas nearing.

This week is busy also, however, I'm going to make it a goal to exercise this week. I am going to start some new circuit training with weights tonight. Then tomorrow I would like to get in good walk/run. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are nights I'm out, so I'll have to figure out what I can do. Saturday I've been asked by a friend to run at least 6 miles with her to help her train for her marathon next month. She is breaking it up and I got 6-8 miles with her. I haven't done that kind of distance in a while. EEK!
So here is what my schedule looks like for right now:
M: Weights
T: Long Walk
W: Off
Th: Off, maybe a short walk if I can get that in after a rehearsal I have
F: Off (going to the CATS playoff game)
S: Running 6-8 miles
S: short walk

So I can't guarantee I can do all of this, but I'm laying it out to see how I do. Even if I do 50% of this, that is a start!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wampus Cat Game

Tonight is the last game of the season. The Cats did make the playoffs but tonight is the last regular season game of 2009.
I persuaded the husband to take tonight off and go with me, so we are meeting some friends at the game. I'm going to try and take a few photos tonight if I can.
But before the high school game the Jr. High 9th grade team is playing. The husband got to call that game so he is doing that before. It just happened to be a lucky coincidence.

Tomorrow is Friday and the husband is off work. I should of taken off too! Oh well, I did take off Wednesday for Veteran's Day. The husband is off because he is a state employee. I decided why not take it off also, so I'm off on Wednesday! WOOHOO!!! I love a day off. If I can just make it through tomorrow.

This weekend is the South Carolina game. I sure hope we win!

It's about time to put on my Cats shirt!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Recipe Review

So I made the cheese dip for Bunco and several people have asked me about it. (Brandon)

It was okay. I think I would rather do ground beef. I may try that next time. Don't get me wrong, it tasted good, but I think I would prefer ground beef over sausage.

Bunco was fun. We had 20 people play. This group has grown so much.

I have a busy week and weekend. I have projects at work, church tonight, high school game tomorrow night, church function on Friday, razorback game on Saturday. Busy, Busy, busy.

Tomorrow night is the last regular season Cats game. So sad....
The husband is going to call the Jr. High game before this game and then we'll both go watch the high school game together. All year long I've had to go by myself. Not tomorrow, he'll get to go. Of course I always sit with friends, but this is the first game he'll get to see with me.

I know this is short and not much, but work is so busy...........

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bunco Night!

Tonight is my monthly Bunco group night.
I made a cheese dip to bring. Sooooooo not healthy! It was a recipe my SIL shared.
1 lb breakfast sausage
3-8 oz. blocks of cream cheese
2 cans of Rotel

She said it's awesome! I thought I would give it a whirl. I put it in my crockpot this morning when I left. I need it to be ready when I get home. Bunco starts at 6 and I don't get home till almost 5.
I'll let you know how it is. Hopefully good!