makingthetrek

another mom balancing faith, family, friends, work & life with coffee

Friday and feeling fine April 11, 2014

Linking it up with Jen and the QT crew this fine Friday for a weekly recap of what’s going down in our neck of the woods.

  1. I pre-ordered Jen’s book and in the meantime needed another book to read and remembered Simcha Fisher’s book, The Sinner’s guide to Natural Family Planningand so I’ve been reading it this week and holy, moley.  That’s some FUNNY stuff.  If you want a “keepin’ in real” look at NFP…this is it.  Don’t expect it to walk you through the how-tos, but it will help you make it through the tougher spots in the reality of NFP and an honest, hilarious look  at NFP as a whole.  Completely enjoying it!!
  2. I ran out of my eye makeup remover and had to use some other stuff….awful….forgot JUST how awful until my regular stuff arrived yesterday.  Oh,Arbonne….I love you.  AND a new lipcolor….which I love!!  So winning, winning, winning!!!!  (if you need and Arbonne hook up, I’ll set you up with myBFF)….

    note to self:  do NOT run out of this again!!

    note to self: do NOT run out of this again!!

  3. We have some home improvements going on:  new toilets…..wahoo.  This was our “facility” reality last night for a brief time.  Ugh.  It was, blessedly, short-lived and this morning we have the plumber coming to put in trickier toilet and then we shall be back up to full speed with TWO working toilets!!  Life is good, people.nf12T5Ixc39UJIm93XBNaX5DP387FgCKlrCDDzWRRCA
  4. A few domestic projects as well:  I made a pillow from some fabric a neighbor was pawning off and the girls and I have been toying with embroidery.  I started off with something ridiculously hard and will likely put aside, but the girls are just winging it and playing with stitches and getting used to the needle and thread.  Fun.

    Gotta love this!

    Gotta love this!

  5. We met friends for pizza the other night while they were in town.  They have 3 littles and man, how you forget the energy level….it was fun though and the pizza—–delicious and HUGE!!!!
    Holding two little boys at bay had the big boy laughing!

    Holding two little boys at bay had the big boy laughing!

    Having two littles as foot weights had the big girl giggling.

    Having two littles as foot weights had the big girl giggling.

  6. Spring is here and I snapped this lovely, first orange blossom of the season the other day….HALLELUJAH!!

    Ah, spring and the smell of orange blossoms in the air!!

    Ah, spring and the smell of orange blossoms in the air!!

  7. Don’t forget you can still link up your “Day in the life, in photos” with me HERE.  (I’m excited I was able to actually figure out how to do a link….long a curiosity of mine…..a few people actually joined….and I think I set it up for a month or something, so yay!).

Happy Weekeend to you all!!

 

 

 

 

IN LIVING COLOR: A day in the life…in photos April 7, 2014

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It’s here and we shall see if my infamous procrastination has paid off once again in true under-the-gun style and see if this link up party is going to work!  Let’s go!!!!

We’ve had a few days to grab some pics and pictorialize a day full of #WIDN (what I’m doing now) and give the interwebz a peek at life in your neck of the woods.  Maybe you chose a sampling of days (like me, because I couldn’t remember to take a picture at random times even though it is my link up party–go figure) or maybe you chose an awesome day…BETH….you said wedding…..maybe you’re a rule follower and did exactly as I mentioned in the original post…whatever you did; it’s right!  A fun way to see how our lives unfold each day, “meet” a few new blogs, follow some new people on the ‘Gram, the Twitter, here there or anywhere…glad you could join in the fun and come on back y’all!!!

Here’s my day(s), Enjoy!!

Good morning.  Anytime between 4:30 and 5:30, Daily Readings and then bring on the day!

Good morning. Anytime between 4:30 and 5:30, Daily Readings and then bring on the day!

2 of our 4 just prefer a protein smoothie to start the day...it's noisy but easy.

2 of our 4 just prefer a protein smoothie to start the day…it’s noisy but easy.

Most of my day is spent between these two rooms.  Saving lives and finishing my oatmeal.  Whatever it takes.

Most of my day is spent between these two rooms. Saving lives and finishing my oatmeal. Whatever it takes.

Blessedly, my whole life is within a 5-15 minute radius since the TAXI is on..multiple times a day. Thank goodness for a lunch hour I can take when I need it!!!

Blessedly, my whole life is within a 5-15 minute radius since the TAXI is on..multiple times a day. Thank goodness for a lunch hour I can take when I need it!!!

We manage to eat most meals together, but often we have nights like this:  50% present.

We manage to eat most meals together, but often we have nights like this: 50% present.

Since it was gorgeous and Friday night...Daddy and the girls camped out.  Mommy totally hogged the bed.

Since it was gorgeous and Friday night…Daddy and the girls camped out. Mommy totally hogged the bed.

And then today somehow I avoided lunch and we squeezed in a date.  Worth.  It.

Saturday, somehow I avoided lunch and we squeezed in a date. Worth. It.

If you can wrap up a date with a post dinner beach stroll...you are living the life.  Truth.

If you can wrap up a date with a post dinner beach stroll…you are living the life. Truth.

And so there’s a glimpse of some weekday, some weekend a mish mosh and I can’t wait to take a peek into your life…in living color!

Click on the “add link” next to the blue frog to add your link!

Follow the instructions and be sure to include the URL to your “In Living Color” post, refer back here and then:

Click away, comment, and enjoy new friends and blogs!!

Looking forward to seeing your life….in living color!

 

TGIF!!!! Linking it!! April 4, 2014

Filed under: Family,health,Kids,Life,weight loss — tracye1 @ 7:02 AM
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Bringing it to the 7 QTs with Jennifer Fulweiler and crew….Must be FRIDAY!!!

  1. This week the kids went back to school after Spring Break….can I get a WAHOOOOOO!!⁄?!?!??!?!????  Fine, I’ll give myself one…WAHOO!!!!!  Actually, I’m glad for them to get a little break in the schedule, but I didn’t take any time off so it was a little boring for them, the weather wasn’t all that fantastic, so I’m happy we are all back on schedule and the weather is FINALLY springing up.  Longest winter ever, right?  Even here in Central Florida…gray skies for months.  Boo hoo…I’m certain several people have just clicked away after that comment.  You can always come visit and escape the snow….come on!!
  2. Speaking of people escaping the cold….my mom is here!  She lives in Pennsylvania and has been enjoying the fantastic weather all week!  Of course, she had a rocky start with bad weather  through the southeast mid-trip and was delayed a night in Charlotte, however, she’s been running to and fro catching up with my grandparents, us, and a lot of her friends all week.  We’ve loved visiting and I know she has, too….but man, oh man….it gets exhausting running around visiting, doesn’t it???  Today she and I get lunch together and I am looking forward to our one-on-one!!
  3. I made it back to the gym AT LUNCH this week and I am still sore.  It WAS great to get in a good workout and not be up at the crack of dawn.  This weekend I may have the Hubs get in the pool with me and give me some pointers and add some swimming in on lunch, because it IS getting lovely out!  Although I don’t think I can give up my 5 a.m. spin class which is TORTURE getting up for….but oh, so worth it!!!
  4. This week saw several Paleo-based meals at our dinner table and with the weather changing, I feel I may be emerging from winter time hibernation and almooooooooooost ready to plan and cook ahead our healthy meals and snacks for the week.  The planning and prepping ahead is THE hardest thing for me to consistently stick with and it is also the thing that makes the biggest difference in sticking to a healthy routine or not.  Taking it all one day at a time, and remembering daily that summer’s coming and my bathing suit is waiting.  Motivation?  Um, yes.
  5. Our Yukon needed an oil change this week and it only cost us $465.  Occasionally, when your truck has almost 200,000 miles on its 12-year-old self, service is required.  Painful?  Always.  Grateful for a solid and well-maintained vehicle?  Yup.
  6. Some interesting opportunities are turning up for me in the work arena.  BIG changes and I have been crazy conflicted and praying up a storm.  Must be working because so far, I’m OK with whatever happens.  Of course, I’m not actually at a point where I am making a choice yet; interesting how things present themselves sometimes though.  “Jesus, I trust in You”…..my prayer and my mantra.
  7. Wrapping it up as I bring the first shortie to school #1 and get ready to own this Friday.  Y’all have a great weekend and don’t forget to check back Monday for the Photo Link Up…if all goes well, I’ll have it figured out by then.  How hard can it be, right?  famous last words!!
 

5 Things getting me through the week April 3, 2014

Filed under: Life,Photos — tracye1 @ 6:59 AM
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Joining in with Hallie  and all the lovelies for the weekly round up of 5 favorites.  Imma make this real quick like because as usual, I am pushing the envelope with time this morning!  Whatever.  Here we go:

  1. PICTURES!!!  Love me some pictures.  Love to see other people’s pictures.  Glimpses of life.  A picture says a thousand words.  So join me Monday for a photo link up…check the details HERE.
  2. Spin Class.  Don’t love the early morning wakey uppy, but sure love the sweat and start to the day!

    Sweaty, blurry.

    Sweaty, blurry.

  3. Our crockpot.  We put this beast through the paces.  This week we’ve been putting it through Paleo paces…have you read Sarah Fragoso’s cookbook….Love it!!!5nmmYSoYbgRUfW8zmvQkXTgiXeINAeUeSd1mlpvbj-o
  4. This coffee.

    Delish.  Just.  DELISH!

    Delish. Just. DELISH!

  5. The Kindle.  Current Book, A Subtle Grace…..well done, Ellen!  Well, done…..almost finished…killing me to put it down at night!!

    Since the girls aren't using it......I am!!

    Since the girls aren’t using it……I am!!

 

A link up…in photo style! April 2, 2014

Filed under: Life — tracye1 @ 6:58 AM
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I got a wild hair yesterday and decided to host a link up.  Which I’ve never done before, but how hard can it be?  Right?

So here’s the theme:  A DAY IN THE LIFE….IN PICTURES!  Because a picture speaks a thousand words…photo fun!

  • Pick a day.  ANY day.  However, it should be a pretty average day for an average look at your life, HOWEVER, if you choose to pictorialize (yes, it is a word…I looked it up!)  your 5 year-olds EPIC birthday party…go right on ahead…no judgment zone.
  • Try and get as close to these “times” as possible:   Waking up. Bring your best bed head and all.          Breakfast (yours or your family’s).             Mid day.  How you hanging so far??             Lunch.  What’s on the plate?         Mid-afternoon.  The crazy zone for a lot of you!             Dinner.  All together ?  In the car?  Out?  Inquiring minds and all.            Mid evening.  Winding down people!!!              Bed time.  Success.  Lived to tell the tale of another day!  Woot woot!!             More or less. No fast rules.
  • I’ll throw the link up on Monday, so you have 4 days to get your photos together.

You know the rest, link your blog, yada, yada, yada.

Fun way to find new blogs and get a glimpse of life all over.

I’ll TRY and link up with Jen on Friday, but for sure I’ll see you back here on MONDAY to link it up!  (plus that gives me a few days to hopefully figure it out!)

Peace out, y’all!

 

Choosing blindness. Choosing sight. April 1, 2014

The Gospel at Mass John 9:1-41, was a (long) version of the blind man who was healed by Jesus–with the clay, on the eyes, the washing in Siloam and BOOM.  Eyesight.  Followed by a grilling by the Pharisees and their indignation at Jesus actually having THE NERVE to heal on the Sabbath and therefore could not be of God.  Because, the Sabbath.  Rules.  Regulations.  All that.  The no-longer-blind man’s bottom line:  listen, all I know is I was blind, and now I see; Jesus healed me.  Which had me focusing on the fact that Jesus can heal me.  And you.  and you.  and you.  The only kicker is we have to be present to Him and follow His instructions, even when they are simple.  Which is tricky because we want everything to be so complicated and sometimes, it’s just not.

Fast forward to the seriously STRONG homily by one of our Deacons in which he flipped it onto us, the Church.  When we come to Mass on Sunday, we listen, we go through the motions and then people EN MASSE routinely exit the church after receiving the Precious Body and Blood.  They just keep on truckin’ out the door.  (I don’t know if this occurs regularly in your church but it is a regularly HUGE occurrence in ours, to the tune of a 100 or so people performing this ritual each Mass)  So, why do they come?  Habit?  Ritual?  Obligation?  To receive an eternal “insurance policy”?   Because it doesn’t work that way;  our deacon reminded us in the Scripture, Luke 13-26:27

26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’

27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’

Do we choose blindness in spite of the gifts Christ has for us?  He awaits us every hour of every day, open arms, judgement free, love overflowing and yet……sometimes we are blind.  Blind to the fact that it is not about putting in face time, we have to work at our relationship with Christ.  We work at our marriage.  We work at our friendships.  We work on our parenting skills.  Being Facebook friends with someone and not acknowledging their presence in real life doesn’t cultivate a relationship anymore than warming a pew on Sunday only to bolt after Mass to get the prime table for coffee and donuts afterward.  Jesus wants a relationship with us and it takes effort.  If we but follow His lead, we too, can see.  And live.  Not just trudge through.  Because once upon a time, He led me through the darkness to the light, He held my hand in Mass as I wrangled 4 children to teach them the Faith and show them that even in the darkest of the dark He will never leave you.  And I am living proof of that.

The Deacon invited all who didn’t have  a legitimate reason to leave immediately following Holy Communion to go ahead and leave.  Now.  A woman behind us exited the pew…..but returned shortly (probably needed a tissue)…..aside from that I didn’t see anyone leave and it was a lot more crowded than usual after the final blessing than usual.  It was a long overdue reminder and one I took to apply personally as well.  If we can’t be present, 100% present in our intentions–because let’s be real, we all have distractions during Mass–but if our intentions aren’t 100% genuine, we need to reflect on WHAT we are doing.  WHAT kind of relationship do we expect with Jesus if we treat him so casually? None of us is perfect and I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had mind wander during Mass for a zillion and one reasons over my lifetime, but my intentions are genuine.  He has held my hand.  He has carried me through a haze of confusion and desperation and He washed clean my eyes and scrubbed my heart.  He has shown me a life so vivid and full of hope that to live in any other way than to cultivate a relationship with Christ would be choosing blindness after seeing the light.

You see, once I was blind and now I see; that has made every difference in my life.

 

 

 

 

5 things I love about Spring Break March 27, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — tracye1 @ 7:00 AM

It’s Spring Break in our neck of the woods and as I type the heat is kicking and yesterday I layered my scrubs for work.  What???  Anyhooo….at least we have no white stuff on the ground and it should be super awesome this weekend, just in time for all kinds of festivals and such.  Winding up our spring break, I thought I’d jump in with Hallie and company with my 5 favorites this week regarding spring break and our kids getting older:

  1. The only person I have had to haul out of bed this week and get ready was ME.  I can’t tell you the joy I have when my kids can sleep in with no agenda.  So refreshing.  (not to be confused with summer break when I am in total resentment mode by month 2 of “sleeping in”)
  2. Everyone is getting older and thus far (still 2 days left) have managed to keep themselves occupied and actually get along.  Fishing, work, bike riding, roller blading, friends.
  3. I have not had 10,001 phone calls at work about:  I’m bored, so and so is staring at me, I’m hungry, I’m bored, I’m bored.  Truly.
  4. Our oldest cooked the ENTIRE dinner one night.  I swear I though I was on vacation.  THE.  BOMB.
  5. I have had a friend who is a SAHM take the girls one day to occupy her little (as well as take ownership of ALL our baby dolls and accessories…win-win) and she is taking our youngest again today.

There is hope for the summer.  Although, I am most definitely taking some time off in the summer since I didn’t have that luxury for Spring Break.  Now off to work I go……Have a super day and go check out Hallie!  (her number 4 is so fantastic)!

a little #TBT for you....oh I miss those squishy legs and toes and post bath bliss.  these kids=my heart

a little #TBT for you….oh I miss those squishy legs and toes and post bath bliss. these kids=my heart

 

 
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