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Focused on Priorities

In case any of you have been wondering…..yes I am alive and well!! :)  Since this month started it has been all  cRaZiNess at my house and in my brain!!!  I’m not sure if anyone has even missed me or even really cares…..but I have missed blogging and sharing thoughts and ideas!! :)

When looking at my calendar for the month of May at the beginning of the month, I realized how crazy busy my life was about to get and I had to make a choice.  I had to realize and accept what my priorities are – especially in times like these when my calendar and our life gets this insane busy.

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Putting things that I love doing on the back burner like blogging, baking, reading books and blogs, Pinterest :), watching my favorite shows, even checking/replying to emails at times, etc…… or that they don’t make it “above the line” as Dave Ramsey would say…….is very hard for me to accept sometimes. Its the FUN stuff I’d rather be DOING!!!!  This month I knew I was going to have to accept reality of my responsibilites or I was gonna become a crazy mama!!! (or crazier!) :)

 

This quote is the perfect mantra I would have to tell myself each day……..

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And I had to remind myself each day to be OK with that.

It helped.

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Despite the extra stress and demands – these are the things I made sure of each day:

  • Make sure my family was taken care of with daily nurturing from me: cooking, cleaning, healthy meals, etc
  • Get my workouts in:  we signed up for the Tough Mudder in October and began meeting up and training with our friends from church! I am looking forward to this new challenge and adventure!
  • Focus on eating more clean:  eating more veggies and increasing my protein while cutting out more processed foods has actually helped me focus on food as fuel instead of stress eating.
  • Sleep: I had to make a choice every night to go to bed at a decent hour or stay up and blog – I chose sleep. (that is HUGE bonus for this night owl! :) )
  • Learned to say No: I had to say No to several fun things so that I wouldn’t over schedule and overstress myself with trying to fit it all in.
  • Focus on one project at a time!! Then when that one was over then I focused on the next thing coming up.
After focusing on all that during each day, I didn’t have energy for much else. As these big events, projects, and end of the school year craziness fades away, then I will be able to add those other *FUN* things into my life again. I have been able to tell a huge difference in my stress and anxiety levels by not trying to do it all. Having this mentality really helped me to be able to enjoy the fun as they were happening instead of being stressed and frazzled and ready for it to just be over with.  I am truly learning and figuring out the balance that I need in my life, especially during the really stressful times.

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Here are a few of the highlights and lowlights of the past 2 crazy weeks!

I had some pretty big projects that needed all my energy and attention. For starters, I was in charge of a HUGE fundraiser for our church Girls Camp and it consumed the first week. It was a BBQ dinner, silent auction, and a live dessert auction and thankfully it went over awesomely well and was a good time!!!

Then, the next day I had an awesome cousins weekend where we did our 2nd annual cousins sleepover and did the Houston Lupus 5K walk for my cousin Bev. This year we had the’ little cousins’ walk it with us and they were little troopers! Walking by the bayou and downtown skyline was a really pretty view!

While trying to leave the parking lot in downtown (to head straight to Galveston to pick up my Mama who had just gotten off a 7 day cruise) I started having random car problems. Thankfully my sister was with me and our cousin Bev had taken all the girls with her to head home to my house. My other cousin, who thankfully hadn’t left yet, took me to a store to get a gas treatment per my brother-in-law’s advice. That finally worked and we were able to get on the road – only to break down again halfway home!!! Thankfully I was able to exit before my car shut off and then I literally coasted into a store parking lot before coming to a stop. My husband, who was working the weekend, was able to come pick us up so we could continue on to Galveston to get my poor mother. Thankfully she was so patient with us and is a social butterfly!! hahaha  We went back to the car later that evening to change the fuel filter and that still did not fix the car. :( Luckily, Lexy’s dad came to our rescue and helped us tow our car the rest of the way home.

The next day my dad came down to help Courtney fix the car by trying to replace the fuel pump. That was a 2 person-all-day-job in itself!!!

and…….the car is still not fixed!  Another part broke while they were trying to take off the fuel tank. :(   Thankfully my mom was able go home with my dad and leave her car here for me to drive until we can finish getting it fixed. ugh at car issues!!! Thankfully my dad being the handy man he was able to help Courtney with our refrigerator that has started moaning and groaning along with other odd and end jobs around the house that needed fixin’. Yay for checking off the Honey-Do list! :)

On top of all that my iPhone is having MORE issues!!  I was having issues being able to use my dietSNAPS app for a good week because of a glitch on my screen that won’t let me click on anything. I had to resort to taking pics of my food just using my phone camera!!!!!  :(  (I figured out a way around it so I can now use my app but the glitch is still not fixed!! :( )

 

Thursday of last week  I got invited to Gabe’s school for a quick Mother’s Day Breakfast. His teacher said “He just loves you so much cause he talks about you all the time!”  Talk about melt my heart!  My lil’ Green Lantern Hero! :)

All this last week I turned my attention and focus to the next big event on the calendar- hosting a big Hinson get together weekend for Cruz’s baby blessing! I spent all week spring cleaning my house from top to bottom using the FlyLady cleaning lists going room by room and got as much of it done as I could each day. It was long overdue and much needed…….and made me feel SO much better to finally get it all cleaned like I like it to be. I now feel like I can keep going with my favorite FlyLady routines and stay on top of it better. :)

We had such a FUN weekend!!!!  Lots of family here and lots of yummy food – of course!!! It was definitely a *celebration* weekend -which means for me that portion control was pretty much out the window! :)  By Sunday night I was feeling pretty sick and ready to be back on track Monday morning with a good workout and a good ole’ protein waffle! 😉

 

Saturday – We woke up to a nice lil ‘gully washer’!!!!  It was POURING down rain and storming so we had to change our track workout plans to the gym instead.  Courtney and Keller put us through a nice little hour long circuit workout. Then we stopped and grabbed donuts for us and the kids and then headed home to make protein waffles. :) We then showered and got ready for everyone to start arriving. There was lots of hanging out, baby holding, catching up, laughter, and little cousins running around playing!!  This is what life is all about. :) 

All the adults out to dinner at Rudy’s BBQ and then we of course headed over to Menchie’s for dessert! :)

 

Sunday – Happy Mother’s Day!

I got up bright and early to get started on breakfast for everyone to come over and eat before heading to church. We made hash brown breakfast casseroles and the infamous Granny Hinson rolls. :)

It was just AWESOME to look around while at church at all our family (we occupied  2 1/2 long rows of pews!!!) who were all there to show love and support for this sweet baby blessing!!!

 

Happy Mother’s Day to US!!! :)   We were missing a sister and a sister-in-law;  we missed you Shea & Meredith!!

 

Grandma Terry with 14 of her 19 grandchildren :)

 

We all headed home for a yummy lunch that consisted of Cyndi’s crockpot tomatillo pork tacos, chips and salsa and green sauce, fruit salad, all topped off with Aunt Windy bringing Granny Hinson Red Velvet Cake and me making not one –  but TWO – Texas Sheet Cakes! :)

 

All but 2 of the siblings – we miss you Matt & Shea! :)

*For some unknown reason I did not even think about getting a picture with me and my kids or my little family on this special day (will have to make up for that next Sunday I guess)…..

so a zoomed/cropped version will have to do for now.  :/

I just have to say how grateful I am to be a Mama, and how especially blessed I am to be a mama to FOUR sweet and amazing kids!!!  They have made me the person I am today.

 

I am also thankful for my own sweet Mama and for the love, generosity, and sacrifice she continues to give me today!!

 

I hope you all had an awesome Mother’s Day!!! 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor Rosevelt

Take One Day at a Time

The last couple of weeks I have really been trying to sort out all the chaos in my brain that I think I need to store in there – but I feel like it is making me cRaZy!!  I read an article the other day that my brother-in-law had emailed me back in early December that I just now got to it after cleaning out 800+ emails the other day. (I told you its been BAD around here!!)  It was an article called Reduce Stress by Dividing Your Day Into Three Operational Modes . After reading that article I realized that I’ve been trying to do all 3 modes at the SAME TIME instead of giving each mode the time it deserves. This would explain a lot of why I fee at times like I have ADD…..or I feel like I’m meeting myself comin and a goin (there’s one for your list Lexy! 😉 )……or always I feel like I have too many irons in the fire….. too many unfinished projects…..or I’m running around like a chicken with its head cut off – and there’s more where that came from if you don’t catch my drift at the craziness I feel!!! 😉

So last week I started thinking about the different ways I used to do things and decided I need to just get back to the basics, simplify my life, and take BABYSTEPS. When I joined Weight Watchers last year, I didn’t loose that 20lbs over night and it didn’t come off easy. It was by taking baby steps and making small daily changes and by being CONSISTENT that I began to FEEL and SEE the difference.  These other areas of my life are no different……I just need to apply the same attitude to these as well. So forgive me if it seems like I become a hermit and get on top of everything. Sometimes its the only way I know how and the only way that will make me feel better. I feel like Janu-weary has now turned to Febru-weary…..so I can’t wait for MARCH and spring time!!

I love Dave Ramsey and his method to managing your finances – my goal is get back to this system again because it works!

As I have said before I just LOVE the FlyLady and her words of wisdom and encouragement!!  She has a way of simplifying things to get them done and feel proud of your accomplishments. I overwhelm myself because of my perfectionism. I just need to start using my morning, afternoon, and before bedtime routines and I know I will feel a difference. I also need to start setting my timer for 15 mins to get my tasks done instead of dreading them.

My Tuesday Fire Bites:

woke up with a headache and super exhausted!!

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had to lay down after dropping kids off to school and take a mid-morning nap. Weird. Probably a lot is stress and adrenals down the drain.

 

lunch – protein waffle with strawberries, FF frozen cool whip, and agave

 

was wanting something sweet – tried this flavor for the first time today – Fudge Graham – was really good!! Sweeter than the other chocolate ones – could see this one as a dessert! 😉

 

pb and banana snack on the way to an apt

 

tortilla pizza with marinara sauce, crockpot shredded chicken, mozzarella cheese, spinach, purple onions, red pepper & garlic – then 2 tsp olive oil drizzled over before chowing…..was really good!

 

 

haven’t been able to find my favorite flat out bread lately so I found these 1 point+ tortillas with my handy dandy WW Scanner app while at WM the other night. cool thing about these is they are loaded with fiber!

 

dessert – 1/2 cup rainbow sherbet

my kids requested sherbet on the grocery list the other day and I have never really eaten it before. When I looked it up and saw that it was 3 points+ for 1/2 a cup I had to try it. It is really good and refreshing!!!

 

 

Just take it one day at a time and be positive.

Just Keep on Keepin On. 😉