Fruit of a decision

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's moments like these that affirm that our decision to purchase a house together with my parents, to live together, was the best decision I could have possibly made for my children.

I guess my parents benefit, too. :)

The God Book

Our church is doing a three-year series called, The God Book. Our pastor basically laid out a three-year plan where we will be covering every, single book of the Bible -- even the "boring" ones. So I started the church project with the assigned book, "Leviticus", which lays out all the instructions for the sacrificial offerings of the Jewish people. God is very specific about how to do everything. I have been having a great time moving through the scriptures.

To be honest, I haven't been consistently reading my Bible for a long time. Uh, like since Bible College. I read the Bible nearly every day before going to college, but afterwards, it was different. I didn't have the habit anymore. I think what happened was that before, no one told me to read it, then in college, I read what I was assigned. Once the assignments were done, there wasn't that habit of reading devotionally that brought me back to the book again and again.

The scary thing is that in a way I felt that I had covered all of it, what else was there to know? Obviously, I know that the scriptures will have something for me to learn for the rest of my life, but I just didn't feel that way. But with this church project, it has been different. I really wanted to feel connected to God and really have Him shape my life in ways that haven't happened in a long time.

This has been my prayer and He really is answering.

Nike Training Club // Update

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Just look at that arm.
I want that arm...well, okay, maybe not. Just my arm's version of that arm.

I've done the Nike Training Club workouts four times now. Today, I did a new one since the first one I did I can complete the whole thing now -- to keep pushing myself. Today's was brutal. And I am still doing the beginner's level stuff. To think that I am at the bottom of the fitness totem pole! Good thing total and utter shame works as a good motivator for me. :)

I didn't exercise at all this past week 'cause I came down with a touch of stomach flu. It was hard to figure out that was what I had 'cause I didn't throw up, didn't have "loose stools"...just an uneasiness that crept into my stomach and stayed there for one whole week. G told me that it was because I was stressed. My mother told me it was because I was exhausted. I didn't feel that it was either thing even though I did throw three dinner parties in one week. I even went to the doctor and he told me that I just have a plain old stomach ache and just to stay away from stuff that would produce too much acid (caffeine, alcohol, fried and fatty foods, etc.). I did that, took Zantac...nada. Still the same crappy feeling. I only figured out what I had when my son started vomiting and couldn't keep anything down. Aha! GASTROENTERITIS! the ER doctor told us at 2 am. The good thing about having passed it on to him is that I knew exactly how he felt. Sensitive tummy and super sleepy. He got it over it a lot quicker than I did, and no one else caught it in the family. Counting our blessings.

Anyway, all that to say, now that I feel better, I'm getting back on track. I already feel stronger in my legs. Good thing, 'cause Joaquin is getting lots heavier and carrying him requires all the strength I can muster!

Parenting Memories: Instalment #2

Joaquin must have been only a month old or so. I left him in Sofia's room, with Sofia, for only a moment, while I grabbed something from the bathroom. I hurried back since, at this point, I really didn't trust my two year old with the newborn. And I should have trusted my instincts.

When I got back, to my horror, I found Sofia sitting on top of Joaquin, bouncing up and down. I immediately picked up her and applied some disciplining principles. She really needed to understand that is a big fat no-no. I looked in her face which told me, "Yes, I definitely knew that was wrong..." and I asked her, "Do you know why you can't do that?" She says, "Because Joaquin isn't a horse."

At that point, I lost it and could not stop laughing. I am usually really good at the stern-momma look, but that was so honest and completely unexpected. Well, the important thing is, she hasn't done it since.

Lost, but now found!

I am so excited. I have been looking for my journal that my friend Gabbie gave me for a few months now. Well, actually since the summertime. It's my 'takeaway' journal – my regular journal is about the size of a first century bible. It's been great on trips (our trip to Germany 2010 is in it), and any other time I knew I would want to write something but didn't want to lug the regular one on my back.

However, an even bigger reason I needed to find it was that I had written the memory down of the birth of my son. I feared that I had lost that forever. Obviously, I remember a lot about what happened that day and the days following, but it's just not that same as actually having the words that I scratched down to help me feel those emotions all over again. Every time I thought about perhaps never finding that journal again really gave me a sinking feeling in my stomach.

Well, no more sorrow! I have found it! I found it in my closet where I store a lot of extra office supplies: pens, pencils, pads of paper...I haven't a clue as to how it ended up there. But, when I'm not sure how something disappears and I find it somewhere weird, my first thought is always...SOFIA!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My mom turned 60 today.
She is the most generous, kind, selfless, hard-working woman I know. I am so blessed to be raised by her and have her as an example to strive for in raising my own kids.

Happy birthday, Mom. I love you very, very much.

Nike Women // Nike Training Club

Thursday, January 06, 2011

I was browsing for apps last night on my iPod for no reason other than to procrastinate going to bed (my other New Year's resolution...ha!). iTunes had "New Year, New You" featured area and that's where I found the "NikeWomen Training Club" app.

I downloaded it, since it was free, to check it out. And it seriously is set up to be amazing. It has 90+ different workouts to get lean, strong, to focus on "trouble spots" :) and keep you challenged.

I did one today, and it kicked my butt. The shortest workout is 30 minutes long and I could only complete 20 minutes. All my muscles have that fatigued feeling -- they're trembling.

I am so out of shape, it's becoming scary. I pick up and drop exercise workout programs so often and the first time back is always a little tough, but this one just killed me. It's got so many basic moves that are easy enough to do, but challenging enough that I have a way to go until I master it.

This might be something that I can stick with! It requires nothing but my living room, maybe some free weights (when I get there), my iPod and some headphones. I can select what album or playlist that I want work out to, and then there are audible instructions that play over my music that help move the workout along through the different moves. There really is no excuse.

Of course, there has to be a social networking aspect to this. After you complete your workout, you log into your online account at through your iPod and basically report your workout. You earn rewards, which I have no idea what it gets you aside from some kind of self-satisfaction (which is enough for me) and can track your progress milestones. Ladies, if you join this, let me know by adding me to your friends!

Everything about this appeals to me. I can take it anywhere. I am looking forward to being strong again. And perhaps gain some of my pre-children energy back!

My Christmas Habit

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Well, hello blog.
I've been away a long time.

It has been a very busy but very lovely holiday season.
This year, I decided that I would attempt to make all our gifts to our family. Hence, my absence from my blog. I wasn't quite successful in making them all, but did manage to make them for all of my husband's family. I ended up making seven pairs of slippers and two hats. Seven pairs of slippers equal to fourteen items, plus two hats... I knitted sixteen things - in about a period of a month and a half. Plus, about 70-odd cookies (gingerbread and shortbread and some other goodies).

You should see my hands.

Making things for Christmas made the holiday season take on a whole new tone for me. It's funny... it's like it slowed everything down. It invited stillness into the upcoming, big event, that is Christmastime.

Now, it's the new year...
I am looking forward to continuing to make things for my family (and friends). It's a nice habit to have, I think. It takes me away from my computer-life, too much information and busyness. I am looking forward to attempting my first sweater.

This might mean that my blog is going to be even more abandoned than ever. I guess we'll have to see.