things to love

things i love lately:

dinner last night with family we haven’t seen since new years eve…and they live 20 minutes from us! oops…

singing and signing (in ASL) a duet with a little kiddo in front of our whole class..he was so proud!

getting late valentines….see picture below…..hilarious

today being our cousin erin’s birthday and tomorrow being my mama’s birthday! i love birthdays!

not having to work until 2:30 tomorrow afternoon

oh! getting my birchbox in the mail! i love getting gifts. it’s my top love language…so really, me online shopping is just me loving myself….boom. justified.

laying on my spoonk accupressure mat each night before bed…sigh…it’s amazing and everyone needs one….

getting a phone call from a dear friend and finding out she is driving here to catch a flight tonight and we get some impromptu friend time!

…………..on a totally different note……………. i think i may be getting my period because i was STARVING ALL DAY!!! and still am…am i the only person like this?! daaaaaaaang body….chill out….(i say/type through a mouth full of girl scout cookies….D scouts…..) …….anyway, just thought i should mention it…..

 

listen: if you buy one thing on amazon...buy this. it's a mat with little pokies (official term, i'm sure) all over it and when you lay on it...shiver...chills...it. feels.so. good. it help relax your muscles and helps me sleep better actually. try it.

listen: if you buy one thing on amazon…buy this. it’s a mat with little pokies (official term, i’m sure) all over it and when you lay on it…shiver…chills…it. feels.so. good. it helps relax your muscles, and helps me sleep better actually. try it.

there is some sort of german joke in here somewhere...or maybe this is the german joke. i got a big kick out of it. i feel like this should be yelled when read. BE MEIN!!

there is some sort of german joke in here somewhere…or maybe this is the german joke. (slightly spelled wrong, i know..) i got a big kick out of it. i feel like this should be yelled with a german accent when read. BE MEIN!!

this is my first month of receiving a birchbox. you sign up for it, for $10/month they send you a little box filled with sample sized beauty products. you can make a profile on their sight so you are getting samples you actually want to try...it's so fun getting a surprise package each month!

this is my first month of receiving a birchbox. you sign up for it, for $10/month they send you a little box filled with sample sized beauty products. you can make a profile on their sight so you are getting samples you actually want to try…it’s so fun getting a surprise package each month!

a little blg birthday

what a fun night! it was my dear dear dear dear dear friend amy’s birthday today! we have been friends since 6th grade when she came to our school, with the coolest jeans on, and i thought “i need to be friends with her.” and just like that, bff. how could a friendship that started that way not last forever??! we have seen each other through a lot in life, and i am so thankful for her. happy birthday lucy! (lucy is her nickname because in school she really loved i love lucy, so we started calling her ‘lucy’ and it stuck! it’s actually weird for me to call her amy now :) )

this dinner was extra fun too because today was really long for me…i had an all day teacher inservice day at school. i got a lot done school prep wise, but i would have loved a day off! however, when i got off work, lucy invited us to a birthday dinner at bar la grassa in downtown minneapolis! what a fun surprise! we have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now, and what better time to try it than with great friends and celebrating a birthday!?

okay, so again, just like cafe lurcat, this place was awesome. italian style food…amazing combinations….great atmosphere…we shared a few different types of brushetta, my favorite being charred red onion and goat cheese…sigh…..and the main courses were to die for. paul had housemade penne with shrimp, and i had gnocchi with grilled cauliflower and a fresh orange sauce. i just can’t even describe how good it was…i won’t even try because all i can think of now is “it was really really really really very good.” times a billion.

we also shared a salted carmel crepe for birthday dessert. lucy and her husband ryan were laughing at the ridiculous noises paul and i were making while eating it. but really..how could we not..it was salted carmel for crying out loud!!

it was such a fun night and a great way to end my long day!

in the words of ryan, here’s to at least 80 or so more years to come, luc! love you!

before the meal. i was much sleepier looking after all the carbs...

before the meal. i was much sleepier looking after all the carbs…

birthday girl and husband with the salted carmel goodness...

birthday girl and husband with the salted carmel goodness…

 

pancakes and cribbage

sissiebear and husband were still in town sunday morning, and we did a lot in the few hours before they left…one of them not being church..oops…we heard that our pastor wasn’t preaching and we find ourselves much less motivated to go out in the cold for anything less than greg boyd. i hope he appreciates that. so we slet in a bit and it felt wonderful.

we then, of course, made pancakes……amazing….again… and cory and summer and the boys came over for a bit…it was so fun. ashur loved playing soccer with dan and paul. tyson snuggled into emma the whole time. it was beyond precious. tyson is just starting to walk now too, so it’s so fun to hold  things he wants, and shake them just in front of his face to tempt him to walk your way. works every time.

after dan and emma left, i went and visited eleanor’s new baby, everett! oh. my. gosh. he is so snuggly and smells just like new baby. ugh…heaven…it was so fun to catch up with eleanor and hear her harrowing tale of labor and delivery. she is a super human. 39 hours of natural labor?! what!? are you kidding me?! i am not. i wouldn’t. it’s true.  all worth it in the end for sure, and i could’ve held everett all day.

when i got back home, summer and i hit the kitchen like it was our job. we made a delicious crunchy carrot and brussel sprout salad, amazing cashew cheese lasagna, and paul made his famous guacamole salsa. so. so. so. good. and all super healthy and filling! i love that. recipes soon..ish…

then when pauly and i were all alone at the end of the day we did something new: he taught me to play cribbage! it was really fun to learn, he was actually a great teacher (and yes, i know how that sounds, that’s how i meant it.), and it was nice to do something together besides watch tv at the end of the day. plus my dad and sister and tons of other family love to play cribbage, so i am happy to now be able to join them.

we decided to try to try (?) something new at least one night a week. i think we may tackle him teaching me chess next…we’ll see…

cribbage and root beer floats...i wish i liked those..they always look good...

cribbage and a root beer float…i wish i liked those..they always look good…

little everett. precious little guy.

little everett. sleeping like a ….baby……

we clearly cannot get enough pancakes into our diets. we eat them like they are going out of style.

we clearly cannot get enough pancakes into our diets. we eat them like they are going out of style. and i love ashur’s little face peaking up above the counter!

ugh! this pictures. this. picture.

ugh! i mean..come on…the cuteness level of this pic….layers and layers of cuteness….i die. 

crunchy carrot and brussel sprout salad...yum!

crunchy carrot and brussel sprout salad…yum!

pauly's guac..spicy and delicious.

pauly’s guac..spicy and delicious.

sissiebear comes to visit

she’s here! she’s here! whoop! sissiebear and husband came to visit us today! and we were awesome hosts and did things like: run to target. fold laundry. clean out closets. we changed lightbulbs. best day ever. i’m sure they can’t wait to come back..

but really, it has been so so fun! we went to target! we folded laundry! we cleaned out closets! we changed lightbulbs! (see how great !! are??! tell paul!) i just love to do anything with my sissiebear. she just makes life so fun. and the boys got to go play hockey tonight. and emma and i worked out all of life’s issues and solved all the world problems while they were gone.and visited with our friend summer. it was so fun.

oh and we had breakfast for dinner! i made my favorite pancake recipe (ill post the recipe soon!!) and paul made eggs and cinnamon rolls (immaculate brand from target..so so good..) i love breakfast for dinner. almost as much as i love breakfast for breakfast..

pancakes with peanut butter and bananas. yup.

pancakes with peanut butter and bananas. yup.

a little target selfie. sissiebear is so cute.

a little target selfie. sissiebear is so cute.

i said "i'm going to take a pic of you guys" and this is what i got.

i said “i’m going to take a pic of you guys” and this is what i got.

paul changing lightbulbs. it's a little ridiculous.

paul changing lightbulbs. it’s a little ridiculous.

as redonkulously unflattering as this pic is (what, taking a pic of my A from below isn't a good angle? who knew??) i just needed to prove that i got up there.

as redonkulously unflattering as this pic is (what, taking a pic of my A from below isn’t a good angle? who knew??) i just needed to prove that i got up there.

pre hockey game. they were moving a little slower after the game...

pre hockey game. they were moving a little slower after the game…

 

cafe lurcat

on friday pauly and i decided to celebrate valentines day. it’s just so much better to go out not on the actual day. less crowded, less expensive, less cliche :)

we tried a new (to us) place called ‘cafe lurcat’. listen: it. was. amazing. AMAZING! delicious food, incredible service, awesome atmosphere. we will for sure be back. paul called this my ‘retox’. and it really was…..we shared: a small bowl of lobster bisque (with real chunks of lobster meat…drool..), a cheese, chive, and apple salad (life changing), and unreal french fries (finger licking..). that was to start… oops! we maaaaaaaaay have over done it..slightly… then we shared chilean sea bass with a maple crust, savory sea scallops served with black rice, and sauteed brussel sprouts that were more delicious with each bite.

okay we didn’t even get dessert. NO DESSERT! that’s how amazing all the food was! we were so full and happy we decided we will just have to come back for another visit and try some desserts…

it was really fun to just talk and laugh and be together. it really was. with paul’s work being so stressful lately, and me feeling a liiiiiittttle neglected…(not that i would ever say that to him…oh wait…) it was so so nice to just be together, stress free.

but i had to wear my stupid glasses. and my body was like “what the H??!!” because of all this amazing food…and i had some…’bathroom issues’ all day…. oh well. can’t win them all. :)

it took us like, oh, 900 takes to get this semi decent one...

it took us like, oh, 900 takes to get this semi decent one…

after dinner.so full.so happy.

after dinner.so full.so happy.

v day

actually i hate it when people call it v-day. it just sounds gross to me and i don’t know why…

anyway, valentines day was good. to be honest pauly and i were kinda fighting/not fighting just disagreeing on stuff in life….oh marriage….but it ended up being really great. i mention that just to always be honest about life. not every holiday is perfect even though i think it should be. we aren’t always lovey-dovey, even though i want us to be. i would rather be honest and have open communication in my marriage, even if that means it comes on a day that is supposed to be romantic and all about love. that’s true love i think. being willing to fight on v-day.

so after we were friends again :) we decided to stay in for valentines this year. i mean why fight the crowds, prices, etc for one day, when we could go out on friday and not have to suffer any of that?? so, we stayed in. ordered some chinese food (even though it was the last day of my detox, i had some stir fried veggies and rice), and watched ‘the perks of being a wallflower.” it was a great night.

school almost did me in for my last detox day though! we had cupcakes, we had sheet cake, we had cookies to decorate, we had chocolate, we had punch! it was in my face all day but i am proud to say i didn’t have one lick of it!! i can’t believe it. if i hadn’t lived it wouldn’t have believed it. it was really hard. honestly, this blog helped. i wanted to be able to honestly blog that i didn’t eat any of it, and that kept me motivated.

on a gushy note: my husband is the best. his deep and true love for me is astounding, really. he works so hard for us. loves me no matter how bitchy i get (a true feat!), and is such a great leader. paul really does motivate me to be a better person. if i give him….what should i call this…”constructive criticism”, he really listens to what i am saying and makes efforts to change/be better/work harder. i can’t say the same for myself that’s for sure. i get so defensive and try to justify my behavior, but not paul. he is always trying to learn and grow and i really really admire that. i love you pab! (side note: pab is short for pablo..paul is spanish).

happy v day everyone :)

hahahah! our first attempt at a selfie. the flash was incredible!

hahahah! our first attempt at a selfie. the flash was incredible!

pauly bought me wild hockey tickets for valentines! he knows how much i love a good hockey fight. nothing says happy v day like two guys beating the crap out of each other :)

pauly bought me wild hockey tickets for valentines! he knows how much i love a good hockey fight. nothing says happy v day like two guys beating the crap out of each other :)

enjoying some yummy chinese food.

enjoying some yummy chinese food.

truth: i had to make this black and white because my hair was so greasy by the end of the day!

truth: i had to make this black and white because my hair was so greasy by the end of the day!

he told me to stop 'fake smiling' so this is what he gets

he told me to stop ‘fake smiling’ so this is what he gets

obligatory kissy pic for valentines

obligatory kissy pic for valentines

paul said if we squish our faces together it would make a heart.... it doesn't.

paul said if we squish our faces together it would make a heart…. it doesn’t.

paul "justin beiber" berg.

paul “justin beiber” berg.

ms eleanor sent this little gem to our class today! everett timothy!! his shirt says "eligible bachelor" too cute!

ms eleanor sent this little gem to our class today! everett timothy!! his shirt says “eligible bachelor” too cute!

these almost did me in...i literally would walk past them on my desk, glare, point to them, and whisper shout "no!"

these almost did me in…i literally would walk past them on my desk, glare, point to them, and whisper shout “no!”

pauly makes the best pancakes so i got him a real cast iron pancake skillet

pauly makes the best pancakes so i got him a real cast iron pancake skillet

 

the detox ends!!

it’s over! it’s over! it’s over! i did it! i did it! i did it! really, i am more proud of myself for doing it, than i am thankful that it’s over. i would absolutely do it again (and probably will do it twice a year), and have learned a lot about my body in the process.

things i will take away from this, in no particular order:

1. i am capable of having self discipline when i set my mind to it

2. a week is a long and short time all at the same time

3. my body functions SO much better without caffeine.

4. no caffeine= me sleeping better than i have in as long as i can remember and waking up feeling refreshed

5. i can make super satisfying meals that fit into this detox and are delish ( i never once felt hungry during this except during the partial fasting days)

6. eating really cleanly like this helps me bm like a rockstar :)

so i am sure i could/will add to that list as things come to mind, but i think that’s a pretty great week all things considered. Oh! and i lost 3 pounds. not that that was the goal, but still i’m not complaining!

so. done and done! pauly says now i get to ‘retox’ from my ‘detox’….he is clearly missing the point on this one :)

last shake!

last shake!

detox day six and baby!

end of day 6! last day tomorrow of the detox! whoop!! it hasn’t been bad at all, but i will be glad to have it done. although i am glad it’s still going tomorrow for V day because it will keep me from eating a whole bunch of mindless crap all day at school…

i think that’s the thing i will take away from this the most. i don’t NEED any of the junk i eat, i just want it and give into that feeling whenever the F i want.. i want to go forward being more disciplined in that. i don’t need to put into my mouth whatever pops into my head at that moment (that’s what she said…)

also i feel really good being off caffeine and sugar…i am sleeping a LOT deeper at night and am not hitting all those caffeine lows either…i am giving up diet coke for Lent this year so i will continue on that part of this endeavor until Easter.  i have also developed a deep love for all things tea, so i am hoping that will keep starbucks at bay for a while too.

i have realized i am definitely a ‘cold turkey’ type of girl. (or whatever the vegetarian version of that saying would be… ba-dum-ching!) i don’t do well allowing myself to ‘limit my intake’ of junk food. i either eat it, or i don’t. growing up, my grandma used to drive around with the air conditioner on high or off, and we all joking called her ‘max-high mary.’ paul now calls me this.. in all areas of life..because that is how i operate. air on or off. i eat sugar or i don’t. i drink coffee or i don’t. i am happy. or sad…oh wait i think that’s called bipolar….

IN EVEN BIGGER NEWS: ms eleanor had her baby!!! a little boy, everett timothy, 8lbs 13 oz 21 inches long. eleanor was in 39 hours of natural labor with this little peanut! what a badass….i can’t wait to meet him! our kiddos at school will freak OUT tomorrow when i tell them, and i love that. they are so sweet.

also: paul’s meeting went really well today! and he got on a earlier/direct flight so he got home 7 hours early! what a treat!

amy’s interview went well too! i knew it would. she will find out about grad school in the next 3 weeks. :)

alright, great day overall :)

here’s just a little reminder to take with me as the detox ends :)

 

prayers

i want to be better at remembering specific things to pray for/people to pray for. today i am praying for two people: pauly and my friend amy.

paul has a super super important meeting today for his work. he is in north carolina right now working on it. the meeting is today (wed) at 10am..and he has been very stressed about it. paul is very capable and works really hard. he never lets anything bother him and is very rarely really stressed out by much..so when i saw how much this meeting was stressing him out, i knew this was a big deal. i am praying for peace him today, that he will know that this job or any earthly success is not where hope is found…and i’m praying that he does a killer job today, and it all goes better than he could have hoped. walk in weakness pauly, i love you so so much.

amy has a big interview with for a graduate school program today….she is ridiculously smart and capable and talented, but understandably nervous about this interview. if anyone deserves this though, it’s her…and i am praying that the interview committee will see that. praying that she will be calm and confident and know all the right things to say. love you lucy!

 

i just want to be able to look back in my posts someday when i am old and gray and remember what was happening in our life at the time, and what we were praying about. also, extra prayers today about these things are appreciated! thank you!

detox day 5

i’m tired of having the detox be my title, but it’s almost over!! whoop! tomorrow (thursday) is my last full day! i have to say though, i am feeling really good, overall.

yesterday (day 5, tuesday) was long and tiring…. i worked early again in the littlest kiddo classroom at school. it was so fun and cute, but man! i am not used to working so early! okay…it’s not that early, (8:30…don’t laugh..okay you can..) but it’s early for me! i felt really good until about 2:30, then i hit a little tired bump…you know, it was so so much better than my usual caffeine lows that hit during that time, and i felt so much better at the end of the day because i didn’t give in to sugar or caffeine. Lord knows i wanted to, though!

funny kid moment of my day yesterday: a little girl dressed in a firefighters outfit dragging/pushing/pulling a GIANT bin of baby dolls across the floor..

me: what are you doing??

little girl: (giant sigh while shaking her head) well..all these babies died in the fire.. had to yank them out. it was too late.

i know it’s totally morbid, but i found it hilarious. who thinks like this?? i was thinking to myself..oh man you are going to be one of those kids to lights fires just to watch stuff burn someday…..lol

okay on to day 6! almost done!