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Re-formating

I know I haven’t been diligent in writing here. Part of that is because we just moved back from living overseas and part is because I’ve been so busy in other areas of my life (settling in, making new friends, chasing after my girls, etc) that I just don’t have enough time and energy to put into the blog.

But, I am here to change that! My goal is to start setting aside more time to write and work on some new ideas I have floating around where this blog is concerned. I am really excited about what the future will hold here and I hope you’ll be excited about it too when the time comes!

In the meantime, I am going to start posting more {healthy} recipes, workouts, and general fitness and health ideas that I read about, come across, or figure out on my own.

I would love to hear any feedback you may have concerning anything relating to the blog, because while I do write for myself, I also like to write for you. So, is there anything you want to see on this blog? I know it’s been so long that you probably didn’t even remember this blog exists, but I promise, I am back and will be more present on here. 🙂

Have a great day!

 

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Taking a Hiatus

Oops, sorry readers. I didn’t mean for it to be almost a month before I posted again. Due to my husband being home from deployment for a couple weeks, throwing a birthday party for my daughter, taking one last family trip while living in Japan, getting ready for a wonderful friend coming into town, and preparing for an overseas move, I will be taking a hiatus for a little while. I guess this post would have been more appropriate the beginning of this month, but eh, oh well.

Thanks for being so understanding! I promise to come back as soon as I can. 🙂

 

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Happy Monday!

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Hello lovely readers!

I promise, I’m still here. It’s just been an off kind of week over here for us girls which has taken up a lot of energy I usually put elsewhere. Hence, no blog posts in a week. BUT, I’m back and hopefully can start posting more regularly again.

Since I get fashion post requests the most, I will try hard to start those back up on a regular basis. Because you all asked so nicely. 🙂 So, look for one coming soon!

Have a wonderful week! xoxo

*photo was taken during our trip in January to Okinawa, Japan. And, since I wish I was sitting on a beach right now, I thought I would just look at beach pictures instead.

 

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A Proud Day

I do not have many proud deployment days. I can only think of… well, one off the top of my head. (I’ll get to that one in a minute.) I am usually just trying to get through each day with my sanity intact and girls fed and (somewhat) happy. You know that saying “just keep swimming…”? It gets chanted around these parts quite frequently.

So, today I want to bring you my second proud deployment day out of over 500… (I made the mistake of counting up how many days Adam has been deployed over the past three years. Talk about a downer.) Anyway, back to the proud moment!

I better start with a little back story. I purchased my duallie BOB jogging stroller last May. It has been the best purchase I have ever made. Seriously. So over the course of this past year I have put over a thousand miles on it. The poor tires apparently can’t keep up with my mileage because lately they have been going flat. I have had my stroller tires in three times over the past few months. Of course, there is a long line of bikes/strollers ahead of mine at the outdoor recreation center so it takes a good 4 days to get these tires back and in working order.

I think the gentleman who works at outdoor rec was getting sick of seeing me there time and again because the last time I picked up my fixed tire, he suggested getting new tubes and he would replace them for me. I went home, purchased the tubes and was going to bring the tires in next week to get fixed. Of course, as I was walking home last night from the fireworks show, I looked down and sure enough, another flat.

Because of the weekend and military sequestration, the outdoor rec is closed until Monday and has an even longer wait time due to cut-backs on hours. So, today I decided to attempt replacing the tube inside the tire by myself. I grabbed what I thought would be the appropriate tools and started at it. One You Tube video and 15 minutes of work later, ta da!

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A fixed wheel and happy mama because 1) I can now continue running this coming week and not have a broken stroller 2) saved money because I didn’t need to bring it in and pay to get fixed 3) not need to carry a pump with me wherever I go.

So, there you have it. If you ever need your car battery replaced (the other proud day I had – which I completed while pregnant and in 90+ degree weather) or your tire tubes replaced in your jogging stroller, you know where to find me.

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Father’s Day Questionnaire

For Father’s Day I asked Brooklyn some questions about her Daddy and wrote down her answers to give to Adam on his special day. A few thoughts after hearing her answers: 1) she is more perceptive than I thought 2) she views her Daddy as her biggest buddy (how cute is that?) 3) two-year-olds are hilarious.

So, because these answers are pretty cute, I thought I would share with you some of the questions I asked.

What is Daddy’s name? 

A

How old is he? 

one

What is his favorite food? 

a sandwich

What color hair does he have? 

brown

What color eyes?

blue

What does Daddy do at work? 

fly airplanes 

What does he like to wear? 

cake

What is his favorite color? 

blue

What is Daddy’s favorite sport? 

soccer ball

How tall is he? 

BIG tall!! 

When Daddy isn’t at work, what does he like to do?

play with balls

What is his favorite animal? 

a doggie! 

What is his favorite thing to watch on TV? 

a movie

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?

play choo choo trains

Adam, you’re such a wonderful Daddy to our girls. They are so blessed to have you love them and care for them like you do. Happy Father’s Day!

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

This past week, I was browsing the internet and came upon a documentary I had heard about but never seen. Upon looking into this film, I showed it to Adam and we both agreed that it piqued our interest enough to watch the movie late that weekday evening (very unusual for us to stay up past 11pm during the week).

I sat down with a nice bowl of ice cream (ironically) and we began watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Joe Cross, an Australian, was overweight and dealing with a skin disease that was miserable. He was taking multiple pills a day to prevent outbreaks and help with his deteriorating health and he finally said enough was enough! He decided to go on a 60 day juice fast to see if he could become healthier and live a longer and more fulfilling life.

This documentary follows him through those 60 days, 30 of which are in America, where he interviews people along the way and tries to promote a better and healthier lifestyle.

I finished my ice cream sheepishly and thought maybe I should go on a juice fast. I definitely would not last 60 days, that is for darn sure. I don’t think I could even last ten days, but maybe I could try for a few days and see how that goes. The unfortunate thing is we are not surrounded by wonderful farmers markets with beautiful fruits and vegetables fresh out of the ground. Instead, we pay a lot for sub-par fruits and veggies. I guess we might need to wait until we move back to the States in a few months.

Anyway, if you have not seen the documentary, please go and watch it. It has humor in it, it’s touching, and makes you want to become a healthier person. I promise.

 

 

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Rain.

Sometimes I feel like I have so much to talk about on here, so much I want to share with you that I write out 5 or 6 blog posts and space them out within a week or so. And sometimes, like this past week, I find myself with not as much to share. Sure, our life has been quite busy with Adam back home now, but yet at the same time, the busyness of my life has brought me to silence on here which I guess sounds a little backwards. Oh well, I’m back now so you can go on living your lives once again. 🙂

It’s been pretty rainy the past few days. Not enough to cancel the Easter egg hunts, but enough to put a crimp in my running schedule for a couple days. I guess Spring = rain though, right? Hopefully this rain brings even more beautiful flowers to bloom.

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We had a wonderful, family-filled day of Easter. And, to top it off, Adam got Monday off as well! We did not lack in good, quality time over the long weekend. We truly have so much to be thankful for!

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Springtime in Japan

We’ve been spending the last couple days outside enjoying the beauty that Japan has to offer during the spring. I thought I would share with you the beautiful scenery we get to enjoy.

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Cutting Out Technology

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Lately, I’ve been feeling suffocated. What do I mean by that? I feel under constant pressure to keep up with people’s lives on social media. In the morning, the first thing I want to do is check my email, Facebook messages/notifications, and Instagram. Why? I honestly can’t answer that. Yesterday, I felt so suffocated by the pressure to be online that I decided to completely drop Facebook for an entire week. I was sick of feeling like I need to always be checking up on people’s lives or responding to messages and comments.

My decision might be a bit impulsive, but you know what? I love it so far! Last night {Adam’s last night with us for a bit as he left early this morning for training}, I was able to spend 100% attention on him while we hung out and not feel the need to be online. This morning, my first thought was not what is everyone up to? but rather I was able to read through my devotions and spend some one on one time with both of my girls. I don’t feel hurried while going through my cleaning or other tasks.

The sad thing is, that is how it should always be. But I will be honest in telling you that sometimes I want to be on the computer when I should be more present with my girls. So, that is what I am doing this next week. I am being present in their lives, intentional to be mentally, emotionally, and physically there when they are learning to walk, needing to snuggle more, seeking my attention to see a big tower they built out of blocks… the list could go on and on.

I don’t want you to think I was never present before this. I do try to be a good mom, and I think this step away from some social media is just what I need to get refreshed in my relationships with others, God, and even myself.

I hope you all have a great week. You won’t be seeing me on facebook this week, but if you want to reach me, just send me an email. I might not respond right away, but I will at least give you one option of being able to communicate with me. {since living in Japan, calling my phone from the States isn’t an option. I kind of like that…}

Have a great week, readers! 🙂

 

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Monday’s Meet and Greet

Happy Monday! I know for most of you it’s just beginning. I hope it treats you nicely.

Since there are some readers who recently joined this blog, I thought it would be fun to do a little meet and greet. Here’s how it goes… I’ll tell you some interesting, fun facts about myself and in turn you can tell me a little bit about you!

Here goes… 

*I’m six feet tall. Yes, 72 inches! I get my height from my dad’s side. He’s 6’8.

*I played varsity women’s basketball all throughout college and absolutely loved it. I miss it a lot and play pick-up any chance I get.

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My team senior year.

*I grew up in a small town in west Michigan and it was recently rated one of the best places in the country to raise a family.

*After living in Japan for 2.5 years, I am ready to move back to the States again. It has been quite the adventure living here, but I just want Target, Panera Bread, and J.Crew again!

*I truly love running. It gives me a chance to clear my head while breathing in the fresh (or somewhat fresh here near Toyko) air.

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My race bib from a half marathon I did a couple years ago.

*I joined a new bible study today and am so excited for the new friendships and diving into the Word with them!

*I come from a family of seven. I love big families, although I don’t think I desire to have five kids of my own.

*It took two kids and a deployed husband for me to like coffee. Now I finally see what I was missing out on!

*Summer is my favorite season. I would love to live in a place where it is always summer-like weather.

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At our cottage in Michigan. Seriously, one of my favorite places on earth.

Okay, it’s your turn. Tell me a little about yourself!