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Hello from the other side…

22 Nov

Hello from the other siiiiiiiiide. Sorry… had to do it.

Well, I figured it’s time to dust this thing off and start writing again. It’s been quite some time. Life has changed a WHOLE bunch.

Moved home from Japan. Bought a house. Got married. Got pregnant. Had a baby. And now you’re all caught up. :]

This week I’ve been thinking about Thanksgiving. This is my first Thanksgiving at home with my family since 2009! I can’t believe it. I’m so thankful to be home with family this year and to be sharing it with my little bundle of joy.

I’m not sure exactly what direction I want to take this blog. I’ve thought about offer up advice on how I earn some extra money being a stay at home mom. I’ve thought about sharing our life. I’ve thought about fun DIY stuff. Who knows what direction it will go, but I hope you stay along for the ride.

I hope y’all have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Getting After It

16 May

Last summer, I joined in a competition with a few of my coworkers to see who could lose the most weight before summer vacation. Needless to say I was really proud of my work and it was the most that I have ever worked out in my life. I came in 2nd. 

Well, after summer vacation, I didn’t work out as much as I should have and then I didn’t work out at all and started to make excuses again. 

It is now nice outside and I’m back at it. Except this time… I’m for real serious and there is no competition going on. I’m going to try my best to work out 5 days a week. 

I am also going to try and get creative in the kitchen with some new recipes. If any of you have great recipes to share, please let me know! 

Living overseas it can be really hard to do some of the things that I see a lot of my friends doing in America. We don’t have all of the fun “healthy” food that is offered over there. So, I need to be creative and not get bored with my food choices. 

China part 3

26 Jan

The main reason why we wanted to go to China was to climb the Great Wall. We only had 3 days in China so not much time to squeeze it in. We decided to do it on Christmas Day. Such an amazing experience!

We had to drive around 3 hours out of Beijing to get to the wall. When we got there I seriously thought that I was going to freeze to death. It was -29 oC!!!! For all you non metric people that is -20 oF!!! SO COLD! Thankfully the sun was out and there wasn’t much wind.

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It may look like we are photoshopped but I promise.. we aren’t. It was just THE perfect spot to take a picture with some of the wall in the background.

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Now some of you may think that walking along the wall is easy. Well, some parts maybe but the part that we CLIMBED first was super crazy. There was snow and ice and not many hand rails. This picture just depicts one of the few handrails that we saw that day.

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CLIMBING the wall

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It was such a beautiful Christmas morning. Probably one of my favorite Christmas mornings EVER.

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This is one of my favorite pictures from our trip. I love it.

After our tour, we went back to our hostel and attempted to warm up a bit. We hadn’t had any dinner or street food so we headed out to find something to eat. We ended up finding this street that had all kinds of crazy food.

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That’s right… starfish, seahorses, snake… you name it. Scary.

Aaron decided that he was going to try some delicious food from this one stall that all of the locals were going to…

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It smelled like he was eating poop. Gag. I couldn’t walk near him and needless to say he couldn’t finish it. After we returned to Japan and I had told this story to one of our coworkers, we found out it was ROTTEN tofu!

Our time in China was short but we made lots of memories and learned that Chinese people love to spit anywhere.

Adventures in cooking

28 Nov

If you knew me before this last year, you knew that I didn’t like to cook. I occasionally liked to bake and even that was extremely stressful. 

Well I guess I would have to say that I found my “domestic” shoes and I’m wearing them all the time. I guess it started with the super cute apron my bff Hannah got me last year for Christmas. Anytime I am in the kitchen doing something or washing the dishes, you better believe that I am wearing that apron. It just makes me feel… domestic. 

Over the next few posts, I’m going to attempt to show you some of the things that I have cooked. I’m quite proud of myself. I have never liked cooking until I started hanging out with Aaron. (I guess once you get a boyfriend/ best friend who is a guy… you’ll love to cook as well)

Today I’m going to talk about the first meal that I ever made from “scratch” for Aaron. 

Crab Eggplant Penne Bake:

I found this recipe on Pinterest (I have found so many amazing things on that site!) It called for summer squash and zucchini, well I couldn’t find that. I added cherry tomatoes and eggplant instead. OH man was it heavenly. 

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We had cantalope and a small salad with it as well. I was afraid that I was setting the bar too high, but ya gotta start somewhere. 

If you want to click here it will take you to my board that will give you the recipe on the original site. 

Let me know if you try it and what you ended up using in yours! 

 

Color Run

25 Oct

I have always wanted to run/ walk a 5k.

This summer, I made that a reality when I did my first 5k ever and it was the COLOR RUN!!

Oh my heavens it was the most fun ever. I was able to do it with so many good friends.

ImageSaige and Hannah flew to Missouri to hang out with me while I was there. We drove over to St Louis to have a weekend of fun and do the Color Run.

ImageMy seester rode over on the train with the parental unit and joined in on the fun as well.

ImageI was also able to do it with two of my friends from Japan. Aaron drove down to St Louis to hang out for the weekend and Bethany is from St Louis. It was a lot of fun to hang out with these two in America.

ImagePost Color Run madness. Like I said… it was A LOT OF FUN!

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This is the weekend that it all started clicking. :]

If you have never done a 5k before, I HIGHLY encourage you do to the Color Run. It is the only time in you life that you will wear all white and WANT to be dirty. It is also the only time in your life that you will see something on the ground and wipe your hand on it and then wipe it on your shirt. Good thing there wasn’t brown. ;]

Think about it

22 Jul

Have you ever thought about the way that you treat your friends?

Do you love them and treat them with respect? Do you bend over backwards for them? Do you tell them that you love them? Do you do things that you hate for them?

Here is another question: 

How would you feel if your friends treated you the way that you treated them? Would you like that?

Step back from reality and look at the bigger picture. 

I challenge you to tell your friends that you love them. Be the person that calls them first if they always call you. Be the person to invite them to do things if they always invite you. Text them and ask them how their day is even if they do live half way across the world. 

This may be me being selfish but think about it.

I need patience

19 Oct

As I dig into the word of God more and more, I am learning that I have less patience for the things of this world. Especially people who live double standard lives. People who are wanting to live for Christ but who are also gripped by the things of this world. I can see that they want to give their all to Christ but they are also not wanting to let go of the things that are comfortable.

The Bible talks about how this is very dangerous.

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot not cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Revelation 3:15-16

Christ wants us to be all in or all out. He doesn’t want us to be half hearted about loving Him. He wants us to devote our lives, ALL of our lives, in every aspect to Him.

As my friend Robb said on Twitter today: There are days in ministry when you want to slap somebody in Jesus name – Chuck Lawless

That is exactly how I feel right now. I am trying to learn when to say things and when to have patience.

Is anyone else feeling this way?

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