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Tidbits about Jillibean Soup and the life behind the bowl…

No more training wheels… May 20, 2009

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Congrats Leah!  I’m so proud of you! 

We had a little Pow Wow with the neighbors Saturday afternoon.  We decided that we would both try to teach our 5 yr. olds to ride without training wheels.  Both of them picked it up very quickly.  Leah can’t stop riding now…she wants to be out there all the time!



Prayer Requests May 19, 2009

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If you’ve got a minute and you pray…these people could use some extra prayers…

  • My SIL Kathy’s friend Rhonda was bucked off her horse and broke 3 vertebrae in her back.  She’s going to be down for 8-12 weeks and even has a hospital bed in her house (since her bedroom is on the 2nd floor).  She has 3 children (2nd, 3rd and 5th grade) and a traveling husband.  She could use a few extra prayers this month.
  • A friend of a friend is 20 weeks pregnant with twins.  She recently discovered she has twin to twin transfusion syndrome.  I’m not sure exactly what this means but it has to do with too little or too much fluid.  Please keep all of them in your prayers.
  • Eric’s grandma recently had a mini stroke.  She’s doing pretty good but is still having some issues with her speech.  She’s been a very independent woman all her life and we know this is very frustrating for her.  Please keep Imogene in your prayers.
  • Kimber’s grandma passed away a week ago…I know she was struggling a bit so please keep Kimber and her family in your prayers.

If you have something you would like to add…please feel free to comment.

Thanks in advance!



Fun Bits for the week…

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Fun Bits for the Week of May 11th…

  • I sponsored my first crop this past Friday.  I wanted to host a crop for my Jillibean friends – so many have been supportive and encouraging.  We had a great time!  Thought I would share a few pics…


  • Here’s the crew – missing is Alecia (the storeowner) who’s taking the pic.


  • Holly’s gonna LOVE this one!  Here’s Holly enjoying some white chocolate crunch.  LOVE this stuff.  Did I mention we ate a lot at the crop? 


  • Can’t see Missey – can you?  She’s hiding behind all that scrappin’ goodness to the right. 


  • Sandy doesn’t mind having her picture taken. 🙂


  • Love the sign – thanks Alecia!


  • The crew surprised me with a cake and a beautiful scrapbook about the “Jillibean Journey”.  Thank you to everyone for spending the time to make a special page/card for my scrapbook!  I LOVE it and it was incredibly thoughtful for you to do this for me.  Also,  a big THANKS to Karen and Alecia for making this such a special night!


  • What?  Where did that come from?  It’s just one of those goofy pics that Alecia caught while practicing with my camera.   Yeah, I’m not too proud anymore.


  • Look at all that croppin’ goodness! 


  • We played some games during the evening and had a challenge to make a card from some scraps.  Here are the finished products.  I will post better pics sometime this week.  I LOVE the cards that everyone made and it’s funny that everyone used the Whitebean collection.

Thanks again ladies for a great evening!  We’ll do it again soon!



Little Black Dress Update – Week 3 May 18, 2009

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OK, so I didn’t post on Friday – I should have.  I sponsored a crop Friday night and was a little too busy to post.  I think I would have weighed less on Friday. 😦    I’m maintaining right now but I’m happy to say that I have been exercising.  I even went spinning at 5:20am this morning. 


A couple of things I’ve learned throughout my years of dieting… 


* Don’t weigh yourself the morning after eating pasta.  I’m not sure if it’s the carbs or what, but I’m ALWAYS heavier after pasta. 


* Do weigh yourself after eating a dinner of lean meat and veggies.  I usually have good results after a healthy dinner such as above.  I tend to eat my carbs earlier in the day and then eat more protein for dinner.


* I know the books say don’t weigh yourself everyday – I do.  It will help you understand what works for you.  You just have to take the good with the bad.  If you know you ate a large piece of chocolate cake at midnight then yep, you’re probably going to gain…accept it and move on.


* I can’t do low-carb diets.  I have to be able to eat some carbs.  If I deprive my body then I will end up binging.  Something like Weight Watchers works great for me.  If I fall off the horse then I know I can get right back on the next day.  With low-carb/no-carb diets…they actually change the way your body is digesting food.  If you throw in some carbs one day then you’ve messed up the process and have to start all over again.


* Exercise will do so much more for you than just help you lose weight.  I’ve been incredibly stressed lately.  Exercise has been the LAST thing on my mind, however it should be a priority.  I will be the first to tell you that it has helped my mood do a 360 in the last 2 weeks.


* Water, water, water…I have a problem with diet Pepsi.  I’m slowly getting more H2O into my routine.  It absolutely makes a difference. 


* I keep cut-up veggies on hand all the time.  Yes, I must eat them with dip, but I still get my veggies in and they are very filling.  I keep them in a container in the fridge and pull them out while cooking dinner.  I get filled up with veggies and eat less for dinner.


Just my 2 cents. 

Hope you all have a great week! 



Mid-week Little Black Dress Update… May 12, 2009

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Today, I was headed out the door to go get Leah off the bus.  I stopped to get the mail,  then Lily and I started down the sidewalk (we have to go to the end of our cul de sac to get Leah).  One of the roofers working on the neighbor’s roof yelled out “what’s up bubble butt”.   I didn’t turn back to see if he was talking to me (I didn’t want to give him the satisfaction)… but I’m pretty sure he was.  I was a little peeved for a moment but quickly got over it until we got back from the bus stop and I told Eric to go kick his a**.  Ha!

BTW…I’m finally in the “zone” and have worked out the last 3 days.  Woo Hoo!



Late Mother’s Day Wishes…

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I’m having a hard time keeping up these last few days.  I need to send out a belated Mother’s Day wish to my Mom, Karen, Jan and Imogene.  Hopefully all of you had a great day and you were able to enjoy some “me” time.  Happy Mother’s Day wishes to all the Mom’s in my life…we all know how difficult this job is but we also know that we wouldn’t want it any other way. 😉

I was looking through some old posts from last May and came across this poem that was posted on Missey’s blog last year (still hard for me to believe I’ve had this thing up and running for a whole year now).  Anyhow, thought I would share it again.  It’s something we don’t think about in our day to day tasks…but a great reminder of the little things and how they affect our children.


When you thought I wasn’t looking

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I immediately wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer,
and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don’t.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it,
and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities,
even when you didn’ t feel good, and I learned that I would have
to be responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s lessons
that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and wanted to say,
‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
Enjoy the rest of your week…

Fun Bits for the Week…

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Fun Bits for the week of May 4th…

  • First off, can you believe it’s May already?  I can’t.  Leah has 16 days of school left.  She has her enrichment “graduation” on Thursday.  Wow, where did the time go? 
  • I don’t have a whole lot of funnies to share this week other than this…



  • Brooke was just hangin’ out while Mom was taking a shower.  Looks like she found an old shower cap in one of our drawers.  I came out of the shower and she was just sitting there reading a book with her “hat” on. 🙂

Have a great week!