Saturday, April 30, 2011

'Fun' Day with the ABF

On Saturday we went out for a fun day with our ABF. Originally we had planned to have a couples retreat, but once we started planning it we realized it was too expensive. So the two couples that were planning the retreat decided to plan a fun day. So we rode the DART train from Plano to Dallas with all sorts of fun stops in between.

Our first stop we had to find the best deal and the most expensive item we could. Our team won when we found a make up set that was $142 value for $25. We thought we had the most expensive too. We found this ring for almost $12,000!!! And it's not even pretty! However, another team found an apartment for lease/sale for $120,000 a year.

Waiting at the DART station for the next train.

The next stop was the Arcadia theatre for around of charades!

Eric and Julie practicing the famous move from Dirty Dancing (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition).

Then it was across the highway to Pokey O's.

Sweet little Julie digging in!

Joel opted for Tuxedo cookies with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. I opted for ICE COLD water! We had been walking so much and it was so warm outside I didn't want creamy ice cream.

Next stop was the Nasher Sculpture Center. We thought it was free, but it wasn't.... We each had to make up a story for the sculpture outside the entrance.

Next we went to this... well, I don't know what to call it, but it has like an inch of water almost floating on top. It was so refreshing to put your feet it.

Take one of the guys jumping...

Take 2 of the guys jumping... They just couldn't get the timing right. So I need to crop them together.

Then it was off to dinner, but we were a little early for our reservation so we hung out at the western store across the street.

Check out Eric... He's "Hot Stuff"

After dinner it was back on the train to head home. It was a fun and tiring day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Baskin Robbins

Well, tonight was $.31 night at Baskin Robbins, so we grabbed some friends and took off!

 For Me: 2 scoops of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and 1 Chocolate - For Joel: 1 Rocky Road, 1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and 1 Peanut Butter and Chocolate
Boy were they good!!

Daniel and Jana joined us! Daniel experimented with the new flavor Fire station 31. It was bright red!

The firemen even brought their truck up there for a visit.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I love Chic fil a

So when I heard this song on the radio I thought it described me perfectly! Hope you like it!

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Pastry filled with chicken and cheese

Tuesday: Rice and veggies

Wednesday: Frozen pizza (it will be a busy night, so that is the easiest)

Thursday: Quesadilla

Friday: Pork chops and cheese bread

Saturday Lunch: Chic-fil-a date with the hubs

Saturday Dinner: Dinner with ABF after our 'FUN' day

Sunday Lunch: Lunch with ABF after Engage Sunday

Sunday Dinner: Ramen

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


Hope you all have a blessed day with your families.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How selfish am I?

Ok, how selfish am I? I really really want to buy a house. But the truth of the matter is that until Joel gets a better job and we pay off more debt we can't afford one. So I have been depressed all day long, isn't that ridiculous!?!? I even got mad at Joel, as if he is not doing everything in his power to remedy the situation. I have been sad about it all day long. Finally, I remembered a song that I heard on the radio a few months ago.  I literally listened to it on repeat about 10 times.

Joel and I are just a couple knelt before the cross praying for God's will for our lives. I know that God has a plan for our lives, and while I might not understand it right now He is going to reward our patience with a house better than I could have imagined. I can't wait to see what He has in store.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

This past week was awful... I am not even going to post my weight gain. Instead I am posting what I am going through right now...

This is a parable about a hidden force that may be keeping you stuck.
The twin sisters Regret and Guilt look a lot alike but they are very different.
When Regret makes a mistake she cries, “Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that!” or “Why did I do that?” or “I’m never doing that again!”

But when Guilt makes a mistake she yells, “You idiot, you blew it again!” or “You are such a loser—what’s the matter with you?” or “You might as well give up; you’re never going to get it right.(that is me right now)

Regret makes mistakes all the time. She figures that everybody does, especially when they’re learning something new. Regret doesn’t even really seem to mind making mistakes because she always learns something that helps her do things a little differently the next time. She even laughs at herself and shares her mistakes with others so they’ll learn too. She doesn’t care that other people sometimes do things better—but she wants to be the best she can be so she never gives up trying.

Of course, Guilt makes mistakes too but she blames herself because she believes she should know better. Instead of helping her learn, her mistakes just prove that she is a bad person and that something is wrong with her. She is often angry with herself and sometimes other people. Secretly, she feels unloved and unworthy. With every mistake, she resolves to do things perfectly the next time to prove to everyone else that she is good enough.

One day, Regret and Guilt agreed that it was time to make some lifestyle changes. Regret regretted that her energy level was low and she wasn’t able to do all of the things she wanted. Guilt felt bad too—guilty that she was “too fat and lazy.”

Regret decided that she would make small changes to the way she ate. She started by paying more attention to her hunger and fullness cues. It sounded simple enough but it wasn’t as easy as she thought, especially when someone brought donuts to the office. After two days of eating donuts mid-morning, she realized she needed to make a plan. She gave herself extra time in the morning to have breakfast and pack lunch. She also made a list of other things she could do besides eat when the donuts were calling her. She continually tweaked her plan to figure out what worked the best and congratulated herself on her small successes. 

Guilt liked the idea of using hunger and fullness too—but one day she had already eaten most of her lunch at her desk when her boss showed up with cake to celebrate Secretary’s Day. She had a piece even though she wasn’t hungry. Within a few minutes she was berating herself for her terrible mistake, telling herself that she had failed again. She gave up and went back for a second piece. She felt so bad about herself that she picked up a pizza and ice cream on the way home.

Although Guilt was well intentioned, her unrealistic expectations and the shame and blame she heaped on herself were preventing her from learning, improving, and forgiving herself when she made choices that didn’t work out well. She even felt guilty for feeling guilty!

When Guilt finally asked her sister for help, Regret explained that while there's always room for improvement, toddlers fall down many times before becoming proficient at walking. They may cry but they don't feel ashamed. Instead they get up, make adjustments, and try again.

Regret’s favorite words of wisdom:  

  • Perfection is not possible--or necessary.
  • When you make a mistake, don't miss the lesson.
  • Small changes slowly add up to big changes.

Your thoughts....
To whom do you relate, Regret, Guilt or neither?

The credit goes here

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Omelet and biscuits

Tuesday: Turkey burger, roasted asparagus and cucumber

Wednesday: McAlister's Deli with our April dating group

Thursday: Parmesaen crusted tilapia, rice, and green beans

Friday: Bacon cheese burger mac-n-cheese with garlic bread (If it's good I will share the recipe)

Saturday: Hanging out with my sister who is in town from college!

Sunday: Happy Easter!! Lunch with my family and leftovers for dinner!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cutest thing you ever saw...

Ok, so when Leo was a puppy we used to give him empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. He loves to play with them.

So this past week when I was at my grandma's house Leo saw an empty wrapping paper roll. He sniffed and looked up at me, he didn't know if he was allowed to play with it. I ask my Grandma and she said it was fine. So here is my tiny puppy playing with a wrapping paper roll that is twice as long as he is. Too cute!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Celebrating the small victories

Today is payday... you know what that means??? We paid off one of my student loans! It was the smallest loan I had, but we have been trying to pay it off since I graduated! I can tell the debt snowball is finally rolling!

1 down... 12 to go

(the next one should be paid off in about 6 months)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dave Ramsey's Baby Steps

In recent post I have talked about  Financial Peace University offer by Dave Ramsey. I thought I would share a little bit about it with those of you who might not be familiar. It feels good to have a plan and if you don't have one then this is a good one to follow.

Baby Step 1: Get an emergency fund of $1,000

Baby Step 2: Debt Snowball/Pay off all debt

Baby Step 3: 3-6 month of living expenses saved

Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of income into savings Roth IRA and other pre-tax retirement accounts

Baby Step 5: College fund for your kids

Baby Step 6: Pay off your house early

Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give

If you want more info on any of these steps you can find it here.

I am really excited about step 7. One of my spiritual gifts is giving, but right now with the amount of debt we have it is very difficult to give. I think that is what I am most looking forward to when we get out of debt!

Weekly Weigh In

Well, I am happy to report that I lost back the pound that I had gained. Woo Hoo!! However, I didn't lose anymore than that... So this week I am setting a goal for myself. I am one of those people who does better with 'to-do list' and goals. I would like to lose 2lbs this week. I have heard people say that if you lose 2lbs a week that you are more likely to maintain the weight loss. So this week that is my goal... I am only going to focus on this week. When I think about how far I have to go it seems like an overwhelming task and it depresses me.

This week's weight loss: -1.0 pounds

Weight loss to date: -3.2 pounds

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: Garlic pasta and Red Lobster cheese biscuits

Tuesday: Quesadillas and rice 

Wednesday: Leftovers from lunch (going out with co-worker so I know there will be extras)

Thursday: Chicken ( I'll decide how to fix it later) green beans and corn

Friday: Cheesy chicken and rice casserole

Saturday Lunch: Ramen

Saturday Dinner: Out for dinner

Sunday Lunch: Frozen pizza

Sunday Dinner: Leftovers

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Well, we finally did it

As most of you read here, Joel and I have alot of debt. Well this week we canceled our cable and decided to get Netflix.

I know this doesn't sound like that big of deal, but for us it is. So far it hasn't been that bad though.We are trying to weed out luxuries and only live off of the essentials. Cable was one of those luxuries we gave up. 

Our cable/internet bill was $105.00 a month. We dropped cable and changed internet carriers. So now we pay $60 for internet plus $10 for Netflix. Bring our new total down to $70 a month (with taxes and fees). A total saving of $35 a month!! You might be thinking 'that's not very much', but it will allow us to pay off our debt a month sooner.

We are still looking for other ways to save money. We would love to hear your ideas!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Meal Planning Monday

Monday: FISH finally! Boy was it good

Tuesday: Chicken and sweet potato fries

Wednesday: Broccoli n cheese soup and salad

Thursday:Baked potato and pork chops

Friday: Frozen dinner

Saturday: Mini pizza

Sunday: Rice and veggies

Weekly Weigh In

This was not a good week at all... that being said I don't really feel like writing about it. Maybe I will later

Weekly weight loss: +1.0

To date weight loss: -2.2

Friday, April 1, 2011