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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Decorating Hiatus

So remember when I used to harp on the teachings of the great Dave Ramsey all the time?  Well, yeah, still doing it.  Michael and I had felt ourselves about to backslide a little, so we decided to lead another FPU (Financial Peace University) at our current church to get our butts back into gear.  It really helped to reenergize our focus.

It's so easy to get into a newer, bigger house and think that we NEED a whole bunch of stuff, so much so that we'd be willing to go into debt over it.  Well, that's not happening because the truth is, we already have everything we need plus some!  Last I checked, none of us Hedgies are starving or naked.

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Well, we really want wood floors, real ones, not this cardboard nonsense that the previous owners put in our front rooms.  So we saved up, and we're getting them in January (a month that we get a 5% discount because it's slow for our favorite flooring company - ooh, that should be a Tipsy Tuesday).

That means that we'll have to basically move again.  Everything will go into boxes and into our garage, attic, or a POD that our neighbors will just love sitting out in our driveway.  And we'll have to be out of the house for 3 to 3 1/2 weeks.

Therefore, I am taking this time to go on a decorating hiatus.  I don't see any sense in doing anything else to the house if I'm just going to have to undo it soon anyway.  I'm grateful, too.  I can focus on getting the bare necessities done!

The one thing I am going to do before the carpet is pulled up is paint the bedrooms since I won't have to use drop cloths.  Let me tell you...it is going to feel SOOOOO good to splatter paint all over this cheap, crappy carpet.  SOOO good.

Here's to breathing room.  Ahhhh, feels nice. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Social Update

I know that you all are oh so concerned about my social status, ha!  So I just have to tell you that since my last post, I have met the nicest people!  We were invited to one playdate and then had one ourselves, and both were so refreshing and fun.  All of the other moms were a delight to talk to.  A house full of 1st grade boys, however...I might need to rethink that one! Ha!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Has social media ruined our social skills?

I mean, seriously.

This recent move of ours is really the first time I've been in the situation that I've had to do all new social networking since freshman year of college.  Of course, in college, everyone is in the same boat; they all want to make new friends.  So really this current situation is pretty much the first time in my life.

I'm in a new city, new church, new elementary school and preschool for the little ones, new stores, new libraries, new neighborhood - the works; you get it.  So everywhere I go I put on my smily, friendly face in hopes of making a friend.  I strike up conversations with strangers.  And I'm always aware of everyone around me.  (Very stalker-like, I know.)

Well, I have been so shocked at the response I've gotten.  Some people are nice, yes.  There will always be those extroverts that make you feel welcome and make you think they're your best friend until the next day when they forget your name.  But the other 90% of people are just socially awkward!

For the most part, I have been just totally ignored.  And I'm friendly, y'all!  I really do think that social media has made the art of conversation and basic social etiquette a thing of the past.  And that makes me really sad.  

There have been a few really great people that I've met, though, and I'm VERY grateful for their kindness.  And in reality all anyone needs is a few good friends.  

So am I alone in this assumption?  I'd love to hear some feedback about this.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

What Happened and What's Next

Hello my friends.  I've been a bit absent from my bloggy blog lately. I've been a bit in my head, kwim? It started when I got sick, and I was a bit depressed that I was sick, so that always gets me taking inventory of my life.

All I did was lay around all day thinking about all of the things that weren't getting done, and I had no energy whatsoever to do anything about it.  Then I started feeling better, and I felt like there wasn't enough time in the day to get the immense task list completed.  (Pretty sure everyone can relate.)  So I had the energy back (well, most of it), but I still wasn't happy.

Then it hit me as I began to resent Pinterest.  In the words of a wise, funny, charming blogger, "Stop pinning and start doing!"  Yep, I had been sucked into the vortex of worshiping what happened already and what's next.  Let me explain.

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, et. al. all get you freaking out about missing something.  God forbid I miss the news that Sally went grocery shopping!  God forbid I miss that funny meme on Pinterest that will be all over Facebook in no time.  God forbid I miss that perfect craft on Pinterest that's going to make my life perfect!  

Well, I don't know how I'm going to feel tomorrow or next week or next year, but right now I don't want to worship what already happened and what's next.  I want to be in the present.  I want to do what I'm passionate about, whatever it be in that moment, and do it with laser focus, not distracted by all of the nonsense that I feel like is so important.

Even God said that He is the Great I Am who was and is and is to come.  But He didn't say that He's the Great I Was or the Great I'm Going To Be.  He said, "I Am," present tense.  Right now is important.  It's all we've got!    

Friday, September 14, 2012

Color in Motion 5k - Get a Promo Code!

My friend Robyn posted about her Color Run 5K the other day, and it looked like SO much fun! THEN Kate from Color in Motion emailed me today asking to guest post about the race, and I was like, 'Uh, yeah!'  So here it goes!


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Hey friends! I'm Kate from over at Color in Motion 5k. I am so excited to guest blogging here today and also to be offering Annie’s Blessed Nest readers a promotional code for our upcoming fun run on November 17th in Dallas! Color in Motion 5k is the funnest color run on the planet! You are guaranteed to have a blast if you participate.


***  Use this PROMO CODE to get $10 off at registration: ANNIESNEST12  ***

You might be asking yourself what is a color run? What is Color in Motion 5k? Well, it's definitely not your average 5k.  Let me explain:

You come to the race in your sparkly white clothes... 

Dress up with your friends, wear a costume, whatever... but definitely wear white.

Start running... Every kilomter, we have a "COLOR STATION" where volunteers throw colored powder on you as you go by. 

Stick to the outside lanes for heavy coloring and stick to the middle if you want just a sprinkling of color.
  
Run, walk, or jog. It's not a timed event. We're just here to have fun while getting out and being active.

At the finish line, get your color packet out (you will get it in your race packet) and join the countdown for the post race color party! 

There will lots of music, dancing, partying, and color.





 Bring your friends and family and get ready for the 5k of your life. 

The color will wash off when you get home, but your smile won't.

 Sign up as a team with at least 2 other friends and receive an extra $5 off. Don't forget to use your promo code ANNIESNEST12 for $10 off. This is an awesome deal! Don't delay.. Sign up here!!



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Thanks, Kate!  Doesn't that sound awesome, y'all!  What a great way for those of us moms that CLEAN all day to let loose a little!  If you're in DFW, let me know if you're signing up, and we'll start a team!  

Fatigued

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately.  I've been home and doing nothing - pretty literally.  I have been so fatigued for about a week now, and I finally went to the doctor today to get my blood tested.  My two guesses right now are hypothyroidism or anemia.  The only reason I would lean toward the thyroid issue is because my mom has it.  I have to wait a week and a half for the results!  Seriously?

I feel so lazy sitting around all the time.  Things aren't getting done around the house, and I'm so frustrated, but I can't do anything about it.

Whenever I'm all busy and go-go-going and not sitting down unless I'm driving, I'd just kill for an excuse to lay around.  But now I'd just kill for enough energy to get the laundry done.  This sucks.

Someone go out and run a few miles for me today, please! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Guest Blogger: the HUBS!!

Guess what!  I have a special treat for you today.  My dear, sweet hubby is guest posting!  Now, if you know him, you'll know that he has to ruffle a few feathers, so be warned.  It's a good post, though - thought provoking, for sure.  Without further ado...Michael!

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Before I was even born, my parents were good people who believed a simple lie:
If you parent your children God's Way, then your kids will follow God's Way.
This seemed to them at the time to be a great deal.  They immersed themselves into the church in which they believed and followed its teachings very closely.  They were good people who were trying hard to make a good life for their children.

And then my parents divorced, and within a few years we all went in different spiritual directions.

I ended up in a conservative evangelical Christian church, but I still heard the same thing about parenting.  The only thing that changed were the rules.  God's Way was now homeschooling, or courtship instead of dating, or spanking your children, or putting babies on a strict sleeping schedule.  There was even a book that overtly claimed the Almighty God Stamp of Approval: Growing Kids God's Way.

When I became a parent I became acutely aware of the pervasiveness of "God's Way Parental Bargain".  I also learned that parenting with love, grace, peace, humility, joy was absolute chaos because I had to deal with my own selfishness and apply it to a child who is also selfish and immature and who is always changing.  In that sense the Bible is a wonderful guide for how I can love my children better and be a better parent.  It's really simple: love more and hate less.


But beyond that?  If biblical parenting is the model to follow, wouldn't there be some great families and kids actually in the Bible?


Let's look at the results.

People will say over and over again that they want to follow the biblical model for parenting.  But my goodness.  Do you want those results?  I don't.

I think the truth is that this world is a tough place to raise children.  You have to love them with everything you have.  You can't rely on rules to follow...it has to be from the heart.  You have to have faith that God will guide you for what is right for your children.

And at the end of it they might rebel.  But if they do, that's OK.  That's a part of life.  You'll be in very good company.


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Thanks, Babe!  Great post!  My takeaway from this:  don't try to control your kids.  Trust God, yes.  Love your kids, yes.  Give them godly direction, yes.  Discipline, of course.  But make them into little robots?  Nope.  God's plan is free will, as much as my controlling little self dislikes that.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

A little bummed today...

Since Friday I've been very fatigued for no apparent reason.  This happens like every 4-6 weeks, give or take.  It's really starting to annoy me, so I finally made a doctor's appointment for a physical.  Of course, I've considered the entire list of things found on Dr. Google, but I'm sure it's just something easy like iron deficiency or allergies or something.  (I'm not giving you all my symptoms so as not to tempt you to diagnose me. Ha!)

ALL THAT to say, I'm bummed because it's interfering with my marathon training.  I missed my long run this weekend, so I got all suited up to do it today since I'm feeling a little better, but I just couldn't make it out the door.  I actually ended up laying on my bathroom floor for a little while because I was too exhausted to wrangle up the boys to go (they were playing in the dry bathtub).

Michael suggested that I just run the half again (I haven't registered yet), but that totally bummed me out.  It may be my only option, though.  Ugh.  We'll see.

No point to my post today, just venting.  :-/

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Big Boy Bed

Well, the last baby is finally in a big boy bed.  After Mr. Isaac climbed out of the crib for the first time, we decided it was time to put together the toddler bed.  First things first, though, we had to buy a Pillow Pet.


All was going well, and we finally got him to climb into bed with said Pillow Pet and his old friend Doggy.


Then, suddenly, he sat up in bed with his tennis ball as if to call our bluff.


Then, the moment I knew was coming, he made sure that his bed was jumpable.  


He proceeded to do that about another 5 times, and then posed for a cute picture. It's really impossible to be upset with that face.


We asked if he wanted to go night-night in his new big boy bed, and the answer was a definite no.  He would be sleeping with Levi on the top bunk tonight.


We did get him in his bed (that has a built-in nightlight) one more time, but as soon as we left he was in the bottom bunk with big brother.  I think that's the cutest thing ever, and as long as everyone is getting sleep, I don't care where they end up (as long as it's not in my bed).


And after all that excitement, the little ones got to go to their first days of preschool.  Thank You, Jesus!!!


Yeah, he about toppled over with that backpack, but he was cute doing it.  


Friday, September 7, 2012

Two Ingredient Pancakes

"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

When I heard about these pancakes, I really thought, 'That's disgusting.'  (You totally want to try them now, don't you?)  But I read reviews online from a ton of people that had tried them, and I thought that if that many people liked them, they're at least worth a try.  Granted, there were a few that thought everyone else was crazy, but they were definitely in the minority.  

So I found this recipe through Pinterest, and that's where I read the reviews.  As I was reading the comments, I realized that a lot of people that didn't like them just didn't cook them properly, and that might be because the blogger didn't post pictures along the way while she was cooking them.

Never fear, however, I'm filling in the gaps here.

Okay, so your two ingredients....

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 2 eggs  

An optional ingredient is cinnamon, and I definitely always use it when it's optional (and many times when it's not).  

Before you mix your ingredients, get your skillet or griddle preheating at medium.


"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

You'll need to really, really mash that banana up until it looks pureed.  You can achieve this with a fork, which is what I did the first time I made them.  Or you can use an electric beater or something like that, which is what I did today, and mix your eggs in at the same time.  (She suggested a food processor or blender, but that just makes too many dishes to clean for my liking.)  If you're mixing them by hand, just add the eggs in after it's pureed, and make sure the eggs are beaten very well, too.


"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

And, I lied, I guess, because you also  need some cooking spray or butter or coconut oil or whatever for your pan or griddle.  I like to use butter, but if you want to keep it dairy free, coconut oil would also give it a nice flavor.

When your pan is nice and hot, pour out small pancakes.  These should be very small, about 2 1/2 inches across or so.  If they're too big, they will not flip and they'll also taste too eggy.

"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

The other important thing is that you have to use a pretty thin spatula to flip them.  I had tried to use my thicker plastic one at first, and it just pushed the pancake and messed it up.

The other thing that the other recipe said was to cook them on low, but I found that you definitely have to cook them at a higher heat - not too high because they'll burn quickly but right around medium.  

"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

And that's it!  You can top them with whatever you want (peanut butter or sunbutter is really good).  But they're sweet enough already that you don't really need syrup.  And they're super moist, so syrup might even make them too mushy.  

"two ingredient pancakes", "dairy free pancakes", "grain free pancakes", "gluten free pancakes", "kid friendly pancakes", "silverdollar pancakes", "banana and egg pancakes", "healthy pancakes"

My kids LOVE these pancakes.  Hubs loved them.  I loved them.  They worked great in the lunchbox, too.  

Let me know what you think if you try them!!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thankful and Content

You may not have noticed, but I've been MIA lately.  My computer crashed AGAIN!  This was the fourth time in three months.  Needless to say, we're moving back to Apple products.  Why we ever left is beyond me.  My new MacBook Pro is was shipped today - oh joy and elation!!!

In other news, the two little ones had their first day of school today, and without coming out and saying it, their teachers pretty much told me that my boys were their favorites.  Exaggerating?  Me?  It's possible, but I'm still just so happy.  I'm thankful for well-behaved children (at least when they're with other people).  I know that some parents can do everything right, and their kids still  have behavior problems, but I'm just so grateful that God decided that I couldn't handle that ('cause I can't).

So you wanna see a few pictures from my birthday?  It was pretty awesome.  

First, my older two kept drawing me picture after picture.  They were just too sweet.  This first one is all the guys with faux-hawks, and just in case you couldn't tell who is who, the initials were strategically placed on the shirts.


My 4 year old drew this next one.  We're on a rocket ship, of course.  I don't know what the letters are supposed to spell, but he likes making up spellings a lot.


And my 6 year old again made this next one.  Now whose day wouldn't be brightened by that?  I tell ya; I sure love those little guys.

Then we went to eat Mexican food at this awesome place on the square that's in an old house.  It was San Antonio style, just like I like!  Then, since that wasn't quite enough calories, we went and had dessert at another place on the square.  Hypocrite?  Yes, just a little.  But the kids were really wanting birthday cupcakes, and how could I resist those little faces?  (They got gelato instead.)


Isaac was in a bit of a mood, but it doesn't phase us like it did with the first two.  We just let him have his mood and move on.

 

Levi was the last to finish, so we had some sweet time while the other guys got the car.  This guy cracks.me.up!


If that wasn't cool enough, we did a little open-air shopping.
 

I am really super in love with our new town.  I couldn't be happier here. 

THEN, if all of that wasn't enough, my sweet friends came over for wine and desserts later that evening, and we had a favorite things party.  Loved it!  

It was a perfect birthday, and I am so blessed to have 33 years of a healthy life.  Life is so precious, y'all.  You just don't know what the future holds.

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