I'm a work in progress. I'm a mom to two, soon to be three, awesome kids that have taught me things I didn't know I needed to learn. I'm married to a kind and handsome man that I genuinely love to be with. I like to be around interesting people and enjoy learning from others. I'm quirky, energetic, have a glass that's usually half full (of wine) and am spontaneous when it fits into my plans. My life is much slower than it once was and even though I sometimes miss the old days, I never take these new days for granted. So, I've given up alot of things in order to give more of myself to my family ... and they better appreciate it. I mean, I expect nothing in return for my selfless love.
Uh, freak out time. Total hot face. You know when your cheeks get all red and hot because you're so nervous you want to vom? That was me tonight ... for the first time I shared my entire life story with others. All of the mess. All of the sadness. All of the yuck. Ah, lemme tell you, that was both nerve-racking and liberating. The ladies in my recovery group responded with grace and were in turn more comfortable in their own sharing. I love my group of ladies. They are brave, honest and hilarious all at the same time. I can't believe God has brought me to this place ... a place to lead others through their hurt and anguish. I'm proud of my ladies for opening up and letting go. And for trusting me to lead them. Oh, and for laughing alot. Laughter always helps.
The girls were playing with all of my shoes the other day and Mazie squealed with excitement over these little beauties. I can't tell if they're hideous or amazing. Either way my skin looks better. That's really all that matters .... and I can say that because I've dealt with skin probs since the dawn of time. Thankfully, getting rid of those foods has made a big difference.
Speaking of food, today we went out for Chinese with some (new, super awesome) friends and I must've gotten MSG'd. (Anyone remember this?) Or wheat'd. Or egg'd. Or something because I have felt like death all afternoon/evening. I did as good as I could on the ol' buffet line. I had green beans with shrimp and some chicken. Ooh, and some wasabi. LOVE wasabi. Everything was disguised by tasty sauce so who knows what the poo I was actually eating.
Anyway, what was the point of this post? Oh yes, the shoes. I'm still on the fence about these.
I received the best Valentine's cards this year. All homemade, all a surprise. I also made a lovely dinner of red lentil soup which turned out to be more of a light brown than red. Bleh. Tan is a romantic color, too. Sort of.
From the girls
(this was hanging on the front door when I got home last night)
Date night! We didn't have anyone to take our picture so we took some ourselves.
If you're looking to hire photographers for your next event, don't call us.
Squishy face. No reason
Contemplative model pose
Not sure what to do?
Stick your arms out a little ... because that's not awkward
Props make photos fun, no?
Ok, ok it's not really a prop he was just taking his hat off while I took a picture.
Close up! See the chicken pox scar on my forehead?
Of course you do because that's the kind of fun thing you can see in a close up.
(I made my hairclip. Crocheted the heck right out of that one evening. It's my fav.)
Another close up. Basking in the light of Mario Kart.
The snow surprised me AGAIN on Saturday. Meteorology is not my forte. I realize that in this day and age it's rather difficult to be surprised by weather considering that it can be checked everywhere (phone, tv, internet, looking out the window) ... so .... yeah ... really no excuse to be surprised.
Oh, I didn't trip on the stairs yesterday or break down crying either. Hallelujer!
As I have suspected for a long time I have some food sensitivities. I had some more testing done recently and the winners are:
A bunch of grains
We decided that I would cut out all grains for now and begin adding them back in one at a time, beginning with oats (most people can digest oats) to see which ones I can tolerate.
I'll go back in for another test in a few months to see if things have improved/changed. It's crazy to think about how many people out there are walking around with major food sensitivities without even realizing it ... unexplained fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, difficulty losing weight, depression, anxiety and the list continues.
Get tested ... by a naturopath (ND), of course.
Also, I am giving a brief testimony about Freedom Group in all three services tomorrow. Eek, I hope I don't trip on the stairs!
Freya was reading in bed the other day. Must be a family thing.
I wish that a) I had extra money to blow on a juicer or b) it was closer to Christmas because I really, really want this ... (click here)
For now my Kitchen Aid blender and I are stuck with each other ... blending fruits and veggies is much different than juicing them. Much. Beggars can't be choosers though and since I'm a beggar (code word for frugal) I won't be choosy. (But, I really want one.)
Speaking of money, we did our taxes and as soon as we get our return I can pay my fine (from SIX years ago) and get my license back. I have to take another test, have Progressive send a special form to the BMV verifying that I have car insurance and blah blah blah and walah! I can drive again. It's going to be so exciting ... like reliving 11th grade, getting my license! Maybe I'll go pick my friends up and make a taco bell (grody to the max) run just like the good ol' days.
(side note: those consistent runs to TB were nothin' but trouble. it took me several years to work off all those meximelts.)