Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Fragments

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Its Friday... Good Friday....
Remembering what Jesus went through today...
always holds sadness....


I can't believe Easter is this weekend!
Easter is probably one of my favorite holidays

The excitement of what the day is about
It doesn't get better then that


Speaking of Easter - I'm totally 100% not prepared for it.
I have been so busy with pictures & getting everything together for a half marathon
which is the DAY BEFORE Easter
(stupid... stupid planning)

Not to mention, I'm in a skit 2 times at Easter Service
& its a very PHYSICAL skit..
& I'll just be finishing 13.1 miles.

We're going to practice for hours on Saturday - just 3 hours after I cross the finish line
& then I'm pretty sure I'm going to die...


Everyone is out of the office today

Good Friday, I think we should be closed - personally...

But I'm the one stuck behind
but that's OK.

A quiet office makes a happy office

I can dance all I want today in my office


So if some of you didn't see on my Facebook or Instagram page
Mr.Hubs has been bit by a spider & is on antibiotic patrol.

His leg is horrible.  I've never seen anything like it.
His ankle has been swollen so much you can't see the bone, & the red rash is growing & venturing around to the other side of his leg.
It's a mess

& Ricky is just like me... he hates medicine...
so he hasn't been taking his medicine correctly.

The doctor told him if its not any better, he'll need an antibiotic shot right in the middle of it.  I think he'd rather do 10 of those then take pills.
Can't say I blame him.

Stupid spiders


I secretly think Ricky just wanted to try & become Spiderman

Just my theory


So my mom may have a little fit when she sees the book I'm reading right now...

It's called 'Dorothy Must Die'

& mercy, its pretty darn good!!!!

It's the story of Dorothy, who didn't enjoy life in Kansas, going back to Oz
& sort of taking over.  Taking advantage of the magic in the land...
& another girl gets swept up in a tornado & she's there to free Oz & all the residents from the harsh treatment of Dorothy.

I can't wait to see how this is going to end!!!


I heard this book is actually in talks of becoming a tv show on The CW Network

I'd watch that


I need more time to read.

I'm catching pages of my book as I walk around my house from room to room.

I used to be able to read a book in like a week.
With my schedule lately, I'm good to do a book in 1 month.

& this book is like 500 pages.
Maybe by the end of the year I'll be done


If you haven't seen this yet, its adorable... & the best..

I have watched it over & over & laughed till I cry.

They take kids & let them just talk about something, let their imagination run wild, & then the adults act out what they say.


(Just think about Jesus & say a prayer)... my favorite part

I'm going to say that tomorrow in my half marathon over & over
"You just gotta keep going"


There are like hundreds of these videos.

Here's another one of my favorites where they actually got Josh Groban to do it!!!
How cool is that!!!?

If you're bored, just go to YouTube & search "Kid Snippets" & just enjoy....

Hope you all have a fantastic Friday
& a Blessed Easter!!!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014


"Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality."
~Alfred Painter
04.10.14 Check the Girls
Gotta stay up on the mammograms...
& got mine done for another year.
I felt like a ninja in my gown... it wrapped just like my old Kung Fu Gi
Good thing I didn't come out kicking & punching
04.11.14 Worshipping with thousands
There's something so amazing when you are in a room with thousands of people & they are all lifting up songs of praise to our Heavenly Father. 
I always like to take a minute to just look around & soak it all in.
It's powerful... an arena full of God loving people.
04.12.14 FRONT ROW!!!!
So much fun!  Chris Tomlin concert... in the front row...
This will go down as one of my favorite concerts
... & one of the most fun...
with some of the coolest ladies I know!
04.13.14 Spring is showing her face
Yes, we had snow the day after this picture was taken....
BUT Spring is popping up
& its gotta stick sooner or later
... God's beauty in creation is so amazing..
04.14.14 Disney Night
Yes, I was thankful for Disney Night on Dancing with the Stars
... I'm sick like that...
It was so cute though - I told Ricky, "LOOK!!! Someone is dressed like Belle"
he looked over at me & so naturally said,
"No, they are dressed like you"
... he knows how to swoon me...
04.15.14 Blue Skies on a Winter Spring Day
I refused to pull out my winter coat.
This Spring day only had a high in the 40's (lows in the 20's)
but the beautiful blue skies reminded me that the cold will soon go away
04.16.14 Whew!
Got my mammogram results back (that was fast!)
& its always a relief to get an 'all clear' on these sorts of things.
I saw mine was clear & I instantly had to pray for those who do not get that news.
So many who are fighting Breast Cancer
I pray they all get a paper that says this same thing again
So what are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Top 5 Disney Movies ... with lots of pics...

Did anyone sit in anticipation & excitement watching Dancing with the Stars this past week when it was Disney week?  I know I wasn't alone... even if you don't want to admit it.

Danica made a perfect Belle, while Val was the cutest Beast EVER!
It's no secret that I'm a little in love with Disney... & have a SLIGHT obsession with Beauty & the Beast...

But I also love other Disney movies.  I actually have always said I have a top 5 movie list of my favorites.  It actually has to be moved around because Frozen has to be in there now.  So which one gets bumped?  ... we'll let's look at my top 5 (+1 that's getting booted to #6)

New One - Frozen

I was instantly in love with it as soon as it started out with a dramatic beginning & a song sang with the cutest little voice ever.... I still sing "Do you wanna build a snowman" in the most random parts of my day.

But a story that kinda stepped it up & showed that you don't need a Prince to save you.  The love between sisters is powerful.  Not to mention, we get a Queen in this one ... who can sing & have awesome hair & change her clothes to make her look HOT... Yep, definitely in my top five

Now to my original top 5

#5 The Emperor's New Groove

This one just cracks me up.  David Spade as a Disney character?  Who even thought of that?  They get props!  He has the perfect whiney voice to play the spoiled king, Kuzco,  who only thinks of himself. 

& to get Catwoman to play Yzma?  Awesome! 

But my favorite is Kronk.  I love an evil character that has good in them.  & how do you not like a guy who can talk squirrel?

I think this movie gets overlooked.  Not one you see a lot on ABC Family or on TV.  But I love it.   Just rewatched it the other day when I was on my treadmill & still laughed like the first time. 

This movie also gives me one of my lines I use all the time... "No Touch-y"

#4 - Mulan

Here's another "Princess" that you don't ever see a lot of.  Maybe because she's not really a "Princess" ... the dude she ends up in love with is in the military, not a royal.  But hey, she was inducted in Disney World's Princess gang.

This is the one with a tough girl who wants to protect her father & her family's honor.  Plus, let's add in Donny Osmond singing (& they called it Puppy Love), a fantastic song by Christina Aguilera, & Eddie Murphy as a tiny lizard dragon who is flat HILARIOUS in this movie & it's a winner.

I can break out at any time & sing every word to "I'll make a man out of you" ...

Maybe it's all my years in Kung Fu that makes me love this movie

When we were in Disney (back forever ago in 2000) Mulan was fairly new so I was giddy excited when we saw her in the parade.  I wonder if little girls love her today.  If not, they should.  GIRL POWER!

#3 - Enchanted

I know its not a cartoon, technically... but it is a Disney movie, with a Princess & a tribute to all the Disney movies. 

Plus Patrick Dempsey... come on... say no more.

This movie now has me loving Amy Adams & anything else she ever does in life.

I love to watch this movie & call out which movie they are giving tribute too.  Ricky REALLY loves when I do that... every time... (sarcasm)

The song "So Close"... I used to have it as my ring tone before I changed phones.  Its one of my favorite Disney songs ever.  When Robert starts singing it to Giselle while dancing?  I still get teary eyed.

And this is the 2nd movie in my top five that has Idina Menzel... but the sad thing, she doesn't even sing in this one.  Not cool!

#2 Tangled

I actually didn't even see this movie when it first came out, but when I did, I can't get enough of it. 

The hair, the horse, the smolder.... Flynn Rider is fantastic.  Not your ordinary Disney guy.  & I love that she's the Princess who makes HIM the Prince... GIRL POWER again!

This movie makes me want to also go get in a boat & watch lanterns rise...

I love that this movie is about sacrifice too.  Flynn, for all the greedy ways about him, is willing to give up everything for Rapunzel's freedom.  When he cuts her hair, oh golly geez...

& this movie is also proof that brunette's can be just as cute as blonds...

Not to mention, she knits in this movie!  SCORE 1 for Knitting!!!

#1 Beauty & the Beast
I know this isn't even a surprise...

Yep - after all these years, nothing will ever kick this movie out of my favorite #1 spot.

I've always had a thing for the story of Beauty & the Beast... a girl who sees the beauty inside.  I loved the TV show, loved the book growing up.  & the cartoon was perfect.

I love that Belle is a smart girl, a reader who loves books... a girl that can be swayed by giving her a library over any other possession in the world...

I love she loves her father...
I love she has enchanted friends who sing to bring her dinner...

I love Lumiere is a flirt even as a candle...
I love the Beast has a heart that knows how to love...
I love how the Beast saves Belle from the wolves & she in return saves him...
I love yellow ballroom gowns...
I love dancing under big chandeliers...

I love that she begs him not to leave her...
I love that he turns into someone who looks just like my husband...

Come on... red hair & bright eyes...that's Ricky right there

I just love everything about this movie...

Yep - it will always be #1 ...
So what are your top favorite Disney movies?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What to do... what to do...

Here we are... at race week...

I can't believe it.

This Saturday is the Kentucky Derby Marathon/miniMarathon ... & I'm registered.

If anyone remembers last year, you'll remember that I trained, was prepared for the race & then 4 days before the race, my back pain went into OVER DRIVE & I couldn't even move.  I literally laid in my bed throwing a fit arguing with Ricky that I could STILL DO IT... knowing I really couldn't... & ended up not standing at the start line.

If you didn't read it, or remember it (I actually re-read it & forgot some of the things)... check it out right HERE

& here we are a year later... & I'm nervous & not sure how its going to work out.

First of all, I STILL have back pain.  It comes & goes, some days being extreme, some days being bearable, some days no issues at all.... but when I run, its always there as a thorn in my side.

Second, I'm running at the heaviest I've ever been in my life... which is so freaking depressing I could just break down, run into a corner & cry thinking about it.  Actually, I break down & cry about it every morning when I get dressed & have to debate on what to wear with my wardrobe getting slimmer & slimmer in choices.  I've been to doctors that don't understand why my weight has creeped on so fast & my wonderful insurance doesn't pay for a nutritionist, so I just keep on moving & imagine what my weight would be if I DIDN'T work out 6 days a week... where's that corner to cry in again...

This is how I feel when I see people who work out 30 minutes a day for 1 or 2 days
... & eat whatever they want..
& look like Miss America

Third, I haven't been able to train like I usually do the past 2 weeks.  With a wedding & a conference, I've missed my last 2 long runs.  Thankfully, that's my taper & the miles are coming down, & its not like I was home sitting on my butt not doing anything - I was constantly moving (jumping & dancing if you count the concert Saturday) - but when I don't do my training plan, I get nervous.

Fourth, with the back & the weight & the always no-need-to-even-metion knee problems, I'm slower then ever.  I have been doing a walk/run method to keep my back in check.  I still am getting the miles in, but its SLOW... & I think my time for this half marathon will go on record as the 2nd to worst time ever.  At least I hope its not the WORST... that goes for my first year of doing the half marathon where I wasn't prepared at all... & nearly died.  Good times.

Fifth, this race is the day before Easter.... who is the idiot that moved it up a week & did that?  I am in a skit at church for Easter & we're practicing on Saturday - 3 hours AFTER the race & then I'll be doing this skit twice on Sunday.  Its a physical skit too... & I'll be screaming inside for soreness & pain.  More good times.

So yeah, the race is Saturday & I'm nervous & not feeling strong about it, not feeling prepared...

Ricky is trying to talk me into not bothering with it.  Sleep in.  Enjoy the weekend.  After all, I still have about 250 pictures to edit.  Just relax & do that...

But I feel like I have to try... see what I can do....right? 

Life is about challenging yourself & seeing how well you step up to face these things that want to back me down...right?

& I'm not going into this ignorant.  I actually have a game plan with Ricky to meet me at mile 7 - a little over half way... & if my back is in extreme pain or I just feel like death is chasing me down the road, I have no problem stepping out & jumping in the car with him.

I have a DNS (did not start) last year.... why not add a DNF (did not finish)...

It doesn't hurt me like it did last year...

So wish me luck... I'm nervous... not sure what the day will hold... honestly still debating if I'll make it to the start line again...

Whatever happens, I've learned a lot about myself in the training, in the process... that's what its all about anyways.