superbowl

at first i typed “superbowel” lol which some days i have… so….it could be a working title in the near future :) just thought everyone should know that.

i love sundays. as many as possible, our friends cory and summer come over, the girls cook HA-MAZING food, the boys (should be read: husbands) lay around and watch football, and the little boys, ashur (2yrs) and tyson (1yr) play, nap, and generally entertain. it is such a treasured time for us with them because our lives are so busy during the week, sunday is really some of the only time we get with them.

today was no different. we went to church and heard an incredible sermon. you can check out our church and listen to podcasts here. we really love our church and pastor and i think you will too :) best part of church today though had to be buying girl scout cookies from the adorable little girl in our small group! those are an easy sell in the PLerg household. (PLerg=Paul and Leah Berg). thin mints and tagalongs here we come! thank you junia!

when we got back to our place, the husbands went to work out, the little boys napped and summ and i created some really rather superb meals and desserts. summer and i created a blog a while back to document all our recipes. it’s called “The Plant Based Palate” and you can check it out here…if you want. no pressure. we usually add new recipes on sundays or mondays…

so now, we are watching the superbowl, i’m blogging (obviously), and we are all eating left over food whenever someone passes through the kitchen. it’s been a great day. i will post more pictures of these dear little boys soon…Lord knows i have enough to fill 50 blogs :) i can’t get enough of them…

here are some pics of the day:

sweet ashur. such a good boy. loves watching thomas the train. :)

sweet ashur. such a good boy. loves watching thomas the train. :)

come on tys! we know you can walk! bust a move big boy!

come on tys! we know you can walk! bust a move big boy!

so. on the left there WERE peanut butter m & m's.. on the right are just peanut m & m's...summer says to be this morning, "who are we kidding. we will eat all these peanut butter ones throughout the day. we might as well just eat them all now and get it over with." so we did.

so. on the left there WERE peanut butter m & m’s.. on the right are just peanut m & m’s…summer says to me this morning, “who are we kidding. we will eat all these peanut butter ones throughout the day. we might as well just eat them all now and get it over with.” so we did.

such a great sharer!

such a great sharer!

my little snuggle buddy for the superbowl.

my little snuggle buddy for the superbowl.

dinner tonight: vegan sloppy joes. they will be on our food blog soon. YUM.

dinner tonight: vegan sloppy joes. they will be on our food blog soon. YUM.

vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. yeah. this happened. unreal. on our food blog soon.
vegan mint chocolate chip ice cream cake. yeah. this happened. unreal. on our food blog soon.

 

whoooopsie

so i meant to write on saturday night about my day and time with friends, but two things didn’t happen: 1) no blog 2) no pictures from all my times with friends! what the?! sorry! i’ll try to find some pic to fill the space on this blog anyway :)

saturday was so fun! since i had the day off on friday, saturday felt like a sneak extra day! it was so nice having a three day weekend. anyway, it started with a trip to the bank with pauly to work out some stuff…and….how should i put this…i don’t want to be over dramatic….OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYGOOOOOOOOOSSSSSHHH!it was never ending! we waited FOREVER. but then the girl helping us was great so it turned out. :)

then i had an sweet little baby shower for a dear friend of mine, rachel, from high school. it was so fun to see her and celebrate her new little boy due any time now! as we were sitting and talking, me, amy (another friend from hs), and rachel were amazed at how great it is to all still be close friends and how to celebrate each other’s lives. it’s crazy to think that we all met over 15 years ago. time flies.

after that i grabbed a quick dinner with amy at punch pizza…so so yummy. i HIGHLY recommend it.

saturday night our friends cory and summer came over, along with new friends tim and alisha. we had appetizers, dessert, and yummy drinks. the boys played cribbage for almost 2 hours and the girls talked and talked and talked. it’s really nice getting to know new people…i learned a lot from them. tim and alisha, as well as cory and summer have recently adopted and we got to pick their brain. we got a lot of good insight about agencies, plans, etc..i’ll blog more about this soon.

we stayed up until after 1am talking, laughing, and getting to know each other. it was a really nice time :)

so, old friends, new friends, new babies…old babies? either way it was a great saturday night :)

here are some oldies but goodies from high school:

all dolled up for banquet! not prom. let me be clear: banquet :)

all dolled up for banquet! not prom. let me be clear: banquet :)

one of our last days of high school. love you gals :)

one of our last days of high school. love you gals :)

8th grade valentines day...i think....pretty sure....man oh man.... :)

8th grade valentines day…i think….pretty sure….man oh man…. :)

sissiebear

i love my sister. i mean…LOVE HER. she is hands down the funniest person i have ever met. she is smart and beautiful and talented. i just needed to put that out there.

also, we share a love for blogs/blogging. she recently started a hilarious blog about her life: outoftheboxbrunette.wordpress.com    do yourself a favor and read it. it’s so so great.

lately, we have both enjoyed the blog “the barefoot blonde.” it’s really unintentionally hilarious and we get such a kick out of reading it. the barefoot blonde refers to her sisters “sissiebears”,  and emma and i died laughing. so naturally we now have to call each other sissiebear, and she now coined the term “sissiebloggers.” omg. i just die.

love you sissiebear! thank you for always being there for me to listen when i vent, to encourage me in my endeavors, to love me unconditionally, and to make me laugh on a daily basis. i am so thankful for you! (and her amazing husband dan!)  i have sOOOOOO many  more pics of us to post, and i will, as soon as i can get this infernal computer to do what i want….(i am such a technology loser…)

sissiebears at christmas!

sissiebears at christmas!

she is such a babe. :)

she is so beautiful!!

friday fun day

so many fun things today. first of all, i didn’t have to work! i am really trying to be more positive about my job, because i know many people are without, it’s really a great place to work, i love my coworkers…..but honestly, who doesn’t love a day off?!

so i went to an eyebrow wax this morning, and it was great…..but the best part was at the end my waxer-lady asked about my weekend plans  (i’m sure expecting the pat “oh not much, you?” response), and for “some reason” i went into all this detail about our plans to meet tomorrow night with friends who have recently adopted and pick their brain a little. my waxer-lady (i’m sure that’s the right term..) said to me “well, you know i was adopted and i would love to talk more about this with you next time.” how cool is that?! it has been so encouraging seeing all the people that God has brought into our life that have some connection with the adoption process. so when i talk with her about it, you can bet i’ll be blogging about it!

after that i DEEEEEEEEEEP cleaned our place and that felt amazing. it needed it so bad. it was gross…true story. after which i got a burst of energy and decided to go running on the treadmill downstairs at our place. the best part of that being my sweet musica. pandora jock jams station is legitimately the best station ever. no joke.

when pauly got home we decided to go see “silver linings playbook” with our cousin jillayne. what a great movie. so so well done. definitely worth seeing you haven’t yet.

but wait! there’s more! we then headed over to jillayne’s place to check out her sweet new kitchen remodel, and decide that yes, 10:45 is the perfect time to order pizza hut! and they delivered on this freezing cold night! win win.

so that is the recap of this day. it may seem silly to blog about such mundane things, but i want to remember these days. also, this blog really has helped me focus on the positives.

okay off to beddy-bye……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz………………………………………

jillayne and her new kitch!

jillayne and her new kitch!

pauly trying his best to help put kitchen cabinets together...we call this face "classic berg"
pauly trying his best to help put kitchen cabinets together…we call this face “classic berg”

we made the fridge at jillayne's house! whoop!

we made the fridge at jillayne’s house! whoop!

someday i will kick this addiction..but not now..not with pizza. please.

someday i will kick this addiction..but not now..not with pizza. please.

pineapple and jalepeno...nothing better.

pineapple and jalepeno…nothing better.

love him. isn't he so sweet?!

love him. isn’t he so sweet?!

(insert deep voice here): i love pizza....nomnomnomnomnomnom

(insert deep voice here): i love pizza….nomnomnomnomnomnom

 

kiddos

i want to try to remember to add funny things my students say at schol into my blogs so i don’t forget! they are seriously hilarious. i teach sign language to preschoolers 2 days a week in the mornings, and 5 days a week i teach an after school first grade program. so i have a ton of hilarious moments filling my day. here are some highlights of late:

student: ms leah! great news! i finally lost my grey tooth!

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(while playing go fish) student: do you have any 8’s?

me: nope, go fish.

me: do you have any 2’s?

student: (smug look on his face): ha ha! nope. gold fish, ms. leah

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* student 1: are you a regular 4?

student 2: no! i’m 4 and 1/2….

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student: (to my pregnant co-teacher): ms. eleanor, how is that baby going to get out of there?!

ms eleanor: i don’t know, how do you think?

student: i’m not sure but i could karate chop him out right now for you if you want.

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pregnant ms eleanor has been a great topic of conversation in our room lately too. she is due any day now and so we had all the kids guess baby boy’s name and weight. it was awesome:

so all we know is the baby will probably be between 1 and 12 pounds...

so all we know is the baby will probably be between 1 and 12 pounds…

30 rock thursday

tonight was the last night of 30 rock. i was sad :( i found that show hilarious. not sure what show i am going to get to replace it on my thursday night line up….but you know it will be replaced…i can’t be productive instead!

today was great, and i found myself looking for opportunities to be thankful. this blog must be working. things i was thankful for today: a coworker surprising me with a red velvet cupcake at work, having enough time to stop for a starbucks before work (skinny vanilla latte with soy milk, my only choice), one of my kiddos spending at least 25 minutes- no joke- showing me how he can walk backwards around the classroom, and after work going with a friend as she got a sweet tattoo!

i definitely had my moments of stress (not getting out of bed until….hermerschkermermermer….and having to RUSH to get ready for work..), or fighting my daily battle of convincing myself to workout, but overall it was a great day and i want to remember to be thankful for it. also, i don’t have to work tomorrow.

 

such a yummy surprise!

such a yummy surprise!

wednesday night thankfulness

okay so today was great! i blogged a lot in the morning, while avoiding all forms of house work. went to work, thought we lost a kid-didn’t!- teacher of the year, i know….(in my defense it wasn’t our fault at all…), dinner with a great friend, bought myself a sweet owl mug, target shopping, then watched new girl with pablo, more blogging, and maybe a workout sometime in here….we’ll see. it was a good day, and i am thankful for it.

sidenote: what the H is up with target clothes sizing?? i tried on a small, medium and large tops tonight and none of them fit me, all for very different reasons….lame. maybe it’s nature’s way of telling me to buy better quality clothing…yes…that has to be it…..

new owl mug from west elm! can't wait to drink tea from this bad boy

new owl mug from west elm! can’t wait to drink tea from this bad boy

winter carnival

this past weekend paul and i went to the st paul winter carnival. it happens each year down here by our place and it was so fun! we went to an ice sculpture garden, watched the ice skaters at rice park, caught the tail end of the parade, and then hit starbucks like it was our job. per usual. the weather was beautiful but ice cold, yet somehow getting out and walking around felt really good. here are a few highlight photos of that day:

Pauly at starbucks getting ready for the crossword

pauly at starbucks getting ready for the crossword

I have a thing about my head size, specifically that its huge, so i told paul he couldn't take any photos of me directly face on in my head wrap because it made my head look EEEEEEEnormous. true.

i have a thing about my head size, specifically that its huge, so i told paul he couldn’t take any photos of me directly face on in my head wrap because it made my head look EEEEEEEnormous. true.

throne of ice. paul is pretty sure we can't have kids now :)

throne of ice. paul is pretty sure we can’t have kids now :)

our favorite ice sculpture

our favorite ice sculpture

cold but worth it!

cold but worth it!

people are so creative. this one cracked me up.

people are so creative. this one cracked me up.

treasure and heart

i was talking with paul, processing life, stress, worries, anxieties, per usual… and feeling like i was getting no where… not becoming less stressed, less anxious, less worried, and also feeling like a failure in God’s eyes because i can’t seem to “let go and let God…” barf. can we all just agree that phrases like that need to die. i mean honestly, what the H does that even mean? or how the H are you supposed to actually do that? (*sidebar: when we were little my mom told us that it’s not swearing if you do it with letters, or in another language, so you may see a smattering of that in this blog. my mom’s the best. love her.) anyway…where was i? oh yeah, so  paul and i were talking and praying and i was trying to give it over but not really having any luck…and then i started thinking…”how long has it been since i have been truly content/happy/satisfied with my life?” and you know, it’s been a long long time. and there is no reason for it. i mean yes, in the moment there seem to be a million a and a half reasons why i am miserable/sad/mad/worried or whatever, but big picture (and really, small picture too) i just haven’t been focused on anything positive.

so, God is so good, at church on sunday i go into the service with all of this rolling around in my brain, and what do you know, the guest preacher is talking about this verse:

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[b]26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

so i want this blog to represent the things i treasure and where my heart is. i don’t want this to get too long, but basically i want the overflow of my heart to be filled with joy. i want to focus on gratitude. and i want to document me trying to do this publicly.ha!

now you know the background of the blog name :)

here we go….

okay, so i decided to start a blog…..for a number of reasons…..

1.  to have a place to think about my life, family, career, health, faith, marriage….i am a verbal processor and it was either this or therapy…let’s be honest, it may be both :)

2.  to have a record of my days. i want to be able to look back on my life, see how far i’ve come, where i need to grow..

3. to appreciate life more. to be more grateful.  to be able to easily see and read all i have to be thankful for. because it’s too easy to forget..

4. to document our life leading up to kids, a house, and any other ‘big’ life moments

5.  to help other people. or at least let people know that there is someone else similar to them out there. someone else with struggles, up, downs, etc..

6. really though, i just think it may be fun and we shall see where this goes!

it may be random, poorly laid out, misspelled, and otherwise unorganized, but it will be real. it will be me.