Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My diet begins

I'm on a mission to tone this tummy. I look like I've already given birth to twins. I guess I stored up a bit of winter weight to keep me happy and warm! I'd like to lose 10-15 lbs this summer and spend lots of time outdoors (with proper spf).

But my husband and I are finally doing some exercise. I'm out of classes and Junior League commitments are down for this summer so I've got lots of free time now. I'm looking forward to shedding winter weight and excess stuff! A little bit of homemade feng shui if you will ;)

DH has not made that easy with some really great restaurant visits lately but I plan to get my focus off the naughty carbs like rice, potatoes and pasta and back on the veggies and meats.

I'll be visiting some of my favorite low carb sites in the near future for inspiration:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Our House Has Sold

Somebody else bought the dream...

But DH promises me that it just wasn't ours to have. So the hunt continues and we'll be apartment dwellers awhile longer. For better or worse we have one another and are looking forward to a great third year of marriage.

We had a special anniversary to Canada and enjoyed wine tasting and Dim Sum! We have so much fun together. We've made so many special memories in the 4 years we've known one another and I am looking forward to many more adventures together. I've been to 4/7 continents and I'm looking forward to crossing the other 3 off my list (which will probably happen before we have babies at this point!) and get DH to the 2 I've been to that he hasn't seen yet! We have some very busy and expensive trips ahead of us...

So much to see and do, so little time and money to experience it all...


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

By this time next month...

DH and I could be HOMEOWNERS!

We have been faithfully looking for the perfect first home during our 2 years of marriage. We have approx a 10% downpayment for our area. We found a house of the size we want, with a great yard, in a fabulous neighborhood, very close to work and play. We will continue to go and look at it a few times to guesstimate the houses' needs. It's very ugly as it's been neglected for some time. But it may be ours in a few weeks if we go ahead and put in an offer. We've asked friends and family to pray on it and are faithfully seeking the right answer. But we both felt this was a great value for our area!

Anybody interested in saying a prayer that it works out for the best and as God intended... thank you :)


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring is in the air...

The weather has been really lovely this week.

DH and I took a day trip up to the islands. It was a bit too cold to swim or do outdoor activities but the drive in the sunshine was worth it. And with gas under $2/gallon and dunkin donuts gift certificates it made for a reasonably priced day!

Lately I've been bombarded with baby thoughts and dreams. I read a book that said baby dreams often occur around ovulation and for me it was very true this month. However, I also think that rattling around the possibility of having a baby 20 hrs/day has something to do with it too ;) DH admitted he's very scared about lifestyle changes that will accompany a baby. I think he's still in the "wait and see" mindset. Unfortunately, waiting even 5 more years may jeopardize my chances of becoming pregnant without help and require us to consider adoption. Thus, I'd like to "try" sooner than later.

I've found I'm not a very good charter. It's not entirely my fault. As a shiftworker I sleep at all different times of the day and rarely keep the same schedule for more than a few days at a time. But after a year off of the hormones I feel like my body is finally doing some of what it's supposed to do (according to the books) and that I am starting to anticipate length of my cycles and probable ovulation times.

I've began collecting baby outfits on clearance and some small items. I'm looking to really do my best to buy ahead and think positive thoughts. I know DH is not a "baby person" but he does real well with elementary aged children. It's just hard to get him in the mood to make a baby when he looks at them and sees screaming, crying, poop... perhaps he'd feel differently if it was his own and it cooed at him a few times. I personally love (and have always loved) babies and enjoy them at work many days each week.

I feel very fulfilled to have a job that satisfies that need but there are definitely times when my brain and body demand more... I wish DH was more onboard with baby making so we could get started right away. But I'm practicing patience and trusting that God will place a strong desire in his heart once the time is right.

I hope everyone else is enjoying warmer spring weather in their areas as well!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring is here!

And my internet has returned! Hopefully it won't go down again although you can never tell when another snowstorm will pass you by...

DH and I are enjoying a new work schedule which has fewer hours at work and more time together. This semester we're both working hard in our classes as part time students but in the past few weeks we enjoyed a vacation together and we're enjoying some free time for dates, coffee outings and movies!

We've renewed our desire to save for a house and have decided to really get serious about buying a home in the next few years. We're not going to rush but we are going to keep our eyes open for the perfect place.

I'd like to say thank you to those who hosted contests in the January bloggy giveaway carnival. I won some really great prizes including books on finance and decorating, a goofy pirate hat, apple juice, a starter feeding kit, and some really great earrings! All have provided much enjoyment these past few weeks while my internet has been down :) Thank you again to all the fabulous carnival participants.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Unexpected Absence

Unfortunately our internet is down indefinitely...this sometimes happens in the winter months :(

Sigh... this means I'll be taking an unexpected blogging absence since I no longer have functional internet at home and will only be accessing computers a few days each week at work and school.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of winter and look forward to getting back online in the spring when the freeze thaws here...


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Connecting with Family

It is interesting with me to learn how different families connect.

My family lives a few hours away and we stay in touch by phone and occasionally by email. There are a few older members of my family and we exchange cards and letters on a regular basis which is wonderful as well. Many of my coworkers either have children at home or nearby (or parents nearby if they're younger) and reconnect in person on a regular basis for dinner, game nights, and worship.

DH and I are struggling with what children will mean for our family of 2. We already feel a bit overwhelmed each holiday season struggling to see as many extended family members as possible. Where will we go for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day... what if we have to work? We're struggling with the idea of how to make our family a priority and still include the many extended relatives who will want to continue sharing holidays with us. With two full-time jobs the holidays have become a stressful time for us and we often feel as though we don't have a chance to celebrate our own traditions without them interfering with our family's desires.

One of our goals before children come into our family is to start setting more realistic holiday goals and perhaps inviting family to come share in traditions with us rather than feeling as though we need to accomodate six different households (divorced parents, grandparents, etc) every holiday season. We would also like to set up a few weekly family traditions with our children that we don't break so that our children can rely on solid time with us each week. We've talked about some ideas of things we can start implementing now (weekly Sunday night dinner, weekly church service at the same time, etc) to make this transition easier once children arrive.

In the meantime, we'll continue seeking ideas for how to handle large family holidays when family is scattered around the country...