Well, I’m coming in a day late with my recap of the weekend. The husband and I spent most of the weekend in our new city, and I spent this morning playing catch up with some of the things I didn’t get to even think about doing.
On Friday I really enjoyed hearing all of your stories about geese! I had no idea that so many people were afraid of them, ha! It seems that several of you have some kind of scarring memory about a run-in with a goose as a child – never knew they could be such ferocious creatures. In fairness I think I must clarify that I was catching the smaller, cuter white ducks…not the geese as shown in the picture. And it sounds like it’s a good thing based on all your stories!
As I mentioned on Friday, we went to a party with our Sunday school class. We played a game that Jonathan and I had gotten for Christmas called What’s Yours Like? I was a bit skeptical about it in the beginning, but it ended up being pretty fun! Everyone had brought different desserts, and there was definitely no shortage of sugar. I took cupcakes as planned, and I’m excited to share them with you tomorrow! They were a hit. No one knew they were vegan, and our friend Greg went back for a second which let me know that they truly passed the test:)
Saturday we got up and after doing some tasks around the house, headed to the city. We had plans to drive through our future neighborhood to get some ideas for the exterior of our house. Jonathan carefully crafted a fun design that resembles a craftsman style, and now we’re just trying to get inspired about a color scheme. While we recognize that building a house is going to be a lot of work, we are pumped to get to pick out everything and make it unique to our style as much as possible. We also met with our builder and signed our contract! Our names are written in blood…there’s not turning back. Yay! Building should start in the next month, and we’re looking at about 4ish months until it will be done.
gotta love that Oklahoma red dirt
The biggest decision (of many) that we are trying to make right now is where we’re going to live between now and the time our house gets done, which will be around the end of June. Both Jonathan’s parents and my mom and step-dad have graciously offered to let us live with them. We are so thankful for family who are supportive and will sacrifice to help us out. But the big decision is looming of which one to go with. Jonathan’s parents live about one hour and fifteen minutes from his job, so he would have to commute back and forth everyday, which would be really taxing on him. Especially considering he’ll be working on Outbox in the evenings as well. My mom and step-dad only live about thirty-five minutes from his job, but the situation is such that Olive cannot live with us there. So, we would need to figure out somewhere else for her to live, and it will be really hard for us to have to be away from her for 4 months. I honestly cannot imagine it right now. I know some people probably think that is crazy, but those of you who have pets surely understand…right? But living with my family would be so much less draining of a commute for Jonathan, and more convenient all around (i.e. dropping by our house to check progress, finding a church to get involved in in the city etc). If we are unable to find somewhere for her to live, then that will obviously make our decision…but even if we do find somewhere we are still torn as to what to do. Too many decisions!! The good news is we love both of our families, and living with either one, while being an adjustment, will be great. We are very blessed. I’m hoping to get some new perspective from you guys on this!
Anyway, so Saturday night we headed to my hometown and got to watch my little cousin play basketball. I hadn’t seen her play in years, and I had the best time! I was a super proud cousin too because she played so great. I think she scored the first ten points of the game all by herself! She’s super cute, too:)
My sister played on the state championship team when she was a junior, and now a giant picture of her team hangs in the gym. We got a huge kick out of taking our picture with the Cristen of 1998…I’m sure anyone walking by thought we were ridiculous, but that combined with my cousin being so embarrassed was what made it quite funny. Maybe you had to be there.
The husband and I partied late with my family and didn’t get back home until late. We spent Sunday morning at church, and then headed to the city once again to meet my mom and step-dad to show them our lot and walk through a house that has our floor plan. It was fun! But I realized one thing really quickly – looking at houses after you’ve already signed a contract for yours is like looking at wedding dresses after you’ve already made the purchase for your big day. Not a good idea.
All in all it was a busy busy weekend, but I’m pretty sure that’s becoming the norm these days….and we’re okay with that. I’m really making every effort possible to stay in a routine in the important areas of my life during this super chaotic time. I’ll be sharing much of the journey with you as the months go by! And for starters, that’s going to mean getting a lot more sleep.
The last few days I’ve been focusing more on getting a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in my body. When things get busy, stressful and/or crazy, the first thing I tend to slack on is having fresh food around. While we were in the city I picked up Kris Carr’s new book, and I’ve really been enjoying it the last couple of days. Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way! I’ll share more about the book as I keep reading, but so far it has really helped me get back on track.
I’ve been starting each day off with some warm lemon water, which is great for your skin (and we all know I need that!).
Green monsters have also been a daily staple. Unfortunately the other day I ran out of spinach, so I got creative and decided to try broccoli!
I wouldn’t recommend it. The only way I got the entire thing down was to chase each sip with water and picture all the amazing nutrients coursing through my veins with every swig. It was not pretty. I think I’ll stick to leafy greens for now.
I also had an apple mid morning
For lunch yesterday I threw together a concoction I haven’t had before, and it totally rocked!
baked sweet potato, Earth Balance, black beans, salsa, broccoli
I’ve always thought I only like sweet potatoes baked as rounds or fries, but those days are long gone! I do think the key for me was having different foods mixed in with each potato bite – it helped break up the mushy texture, and all the flavors worked so well together. Delicious!
Unfortunately, last night didn’t exactly go as planned. The husband and I got a late start to the grocery store, and by the time we got done with all our shopping it was 9pm. I was so tired and hungry, so we stopped at our favorite mexican restaurant. I ordered two black bean tacos and ate a couple handfuls of tortilla chips. Not exactly clean fresh food on the chips, but not a bad choice for a restaurant either!
One thing I love about Kris’s book so far is her stance on perfection. It coincides exactly with my thoughts on the topic.
“The crazy sexy diet (not a diet, but a lifestyle) is an optimum way of life. Let it be your foundation, a home base to come back to whenever you veer off. The cleanse is intended to give you freedom from obstruction and liberation… It’s not meant to create or support more stress in your life. As I said earlier, there’s no such thing as perfection. Perfect is beige. Obsessing over every bite is completely contrary to the purpose ans spirit of my book. Your overall goal is to have a peaceful feeling in your heart and in your body.“
With that, I’m off to bed…I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying the start to the week!
Any advice on our living situation? What would you do?
Less than half the commute, but being separated from our baby? Or a much further commute, but keeping our little family together? Ahhh!
What was the best moment of your weekend?