Thursday, September 23, 2010

lightscoop!!

So a few weeks back, I was THRILLED when I found out that I won a lightscoop from this sweet blog:
http://bringingupmadison.blogspot.com/

So, what is a lightscoop you ask? Basically, it is a backwards flash that transforms gross indoor, bad-lighting pictures into beautiful, warm pictures!! Here is the website if you want to check it out: http://www.lightscoop.com/.

Since I don't have a camera of my own yet (I would DIE if I won an actual camera, I'm gonna keep trying!), Katie and I played around with it after our run with her precious, prefect baby, Finley!!

We couldn't believe the difference it makes!
Before:
After:

Isn't that incredible!?

 I told Katie that after doing this made me want a camera and a baby! Haha! All in due time!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

C25K

When I got my itouch over the summer, one of the things I was actually most excited about was downloading the Couch to 5k program. I posted something about it on facebook, and my friend and coworker, Katie commented about wanting to start the program too! How perfect!! This was totally a gift from God because it not only answered my prayers of having fellowship with awesome christian friends at work, it also forced me to follow through with the program. Today we completed Week 7, day 1! We've done 19 out of 27 of the runs, and I can tell you, without the accountability of Katie, there is NO way I would have kept this up!! Here's the running plan:

WeekWorkout 1Workout 2Workout 3
1Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
2Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
3Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following:
  • Jog 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Walk 200 yards (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 400 yards (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 400 yards (or three minutes)
4Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 2-1/2 minutes)
  • Jog 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
5Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog two miles (or 20 minutes) with no walking.
6Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 3/4 mile (or 8 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then:
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
  • Walk 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes)
  • Jog 1 mile (or 10 minutes)
Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2-1/4 miles (or 25 minutes) with no walking.
7Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes).
8Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 2.75 miles (or 28 minutes).
9Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).The final workout! Congratulations! Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then jog 3 miles (or 30 minutes).

The program on the itouch is really cool. It tells you when to walk and when to run and other markers like when you are halfway, etc. It also allows you to make a customized playlist for your workout. Our schedule has been to run Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 5. We've been really good about the Mondays and Tuesdays, maybe not so much on the Fridays : ). I think the secret to my so far success on this was having a running partner. I can't tell you how many days I would have just stayed sitting on my couch if I didn't know that Katie was expecting me! We also have Katie's cute baby Finley who cheers us on (or sometimes sleeps) as we push him along in his stroller! 

Another motivator we gave ourselves was signing up for a real 5k race. I'm super excited about the one we are doing. It's a race for a special needs girl in our area. Her mom is actually a parapro at our school. Check out her sweet story:http://www.runforerin.com/. When we first found this week it seems so far away, but now it is NEXT Saturday, October 2nd! Ah!

I am super proud of the progress we have made. We may have walked sometimes when we were suppose to be running, and maybe I lost my lunch after one particularly hot running day (I know, gross!), we sure have come a long way from being out of breath after running 90 seconds in week one! So here we are, shortly after our run today, please focus on the cuteness that is Finley and not my super red face!



So thankful for these two! Next stop, the finish line!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

New TRUCK!

This lovely labor day morning, we headed out in our HHR, lovingly known as Hercules.


Then after a whole lot of this...
(This was totally posed while the guy was out of the office, I don't know why Jason wouldn't let me take a picture when he was doing it for real, haha.)

We drove away in THIS:

And Jason felt like this!

We are SO happy to have a truck again. We felt so "at home" in it right away! You see Jason has never had anything but trucks until the HHR. And getting the HHR was a huge sacrifice on his part in order to save money before we got married. Jason would have to tell you about all the real specs of it, but my girly description includes that it has a leather interior, a sunroof (random!), and my favorite....
Four doors with a very roomy backseat. I was already imagining some sweet car seats back there, and actually the first thing my Dad said when he saw the truck was "yeah you can get at least 3 grandchildren back there!" : )

We are so thankful and feel very blessed because we know that every single gift is from above. We hope to be a good steward of this truck to use it to help others as much as we can.



 Yup, very blessed indeed.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

A glimpse into my female money-plan-making mind...

Don't men always say they want to understand the female mind? Well, here is your chance world wide web. A free glance right inside the wonderment of it all. Sit right back and I'll explain.

First, let's cast the parts of our saga. Let me introduce you to my husband, Jason.
He's the slightly less hairy one on the left. : )

I've never heard a song that characterized my hubby better than this:
I got a home down on the river
I’m married to the woman of my dreams
Got a good truck that gets me down the highway
Everything is perfect or so it seems
Momma and daddy come by sometimes
And everything is fine
My old dog does a little singing
Late at night when the moon gets bright
Sunday morning hear the church bells ringing
Let us go and see who’s getting baptized
We gonna take us a Sunday drive
Cause everything is fine

Everything is fine, fine, fine
Through the sunshine and the rain
I got a peace of mind
You know I can’t complain
I make it a point to thank the Lord
When I got Him on the line
I’m feeling good and everything is fine

Got the same job down at the warehouse
Ain’t never been rich but I sleep at night
Got a little girl that looks like her mamma
She likes it when her daddy tucks her in real tight (one day!)
One night this week we’re gonna have a fish fry

Yup, he's a simple kind of man, and I love that about him. In fact, it's why I married him. We may never be rich or fancy, but I have no doubt that we will live a life of love and laughter and that he will lead our family in the Lord and love me like a woman should be loved until the day I die. 

And, here's yours truly....
 Okay, okay fine, that isn't me, but you knew that.

But, Hilary Swank is actually partly responsible for spurring on this rant. Because right at this very moment in time, Jason and I are watching P.S. I love you together (smile). Oh, have you seen this awesome movie? I love it, and while watching the first scene Jason and I just had to look at each other and laugh because her character in the beginning is me exactly.

I mean, check out these quotes... 

"Put 25 percent into a separate account with 6 percent interest for five years..."

"I hate when you do that! Let's have a baby la la la. You have to have a plan, you can't act like everything is just going to work out Jerry Jason. Why do I have to be the responsible grown up who worries?! Why can't I be the cute carefree irish guy that sings all the time  country guy that laughs and hugs people all the time?"

These are oh-so-me that it's ridiculous. And Gerard may have said these but they just as well could have came from my Jason...

"This is our life. You have to stop waiting baby."
"That's okay love, your plans never work out anyway."

So, the current-Chelsea-plan-that-wil-probably-never-work-out-anyway was with buying a truck. The plan was to save $1000 each month from Jason's paycheck and buy the truck in April. But then Jason's brother-in-law Tip (who works at a car dealership) called with a killer deal on a truck that he knew Jason would love. We spent the whole afternoon looking at the truck. If it had been up to Jason, we would have walked out with it today, but there's no way I could have done that. I think I've blogged this before, but you're talking to a girl who takes at least 20 minutes to commit to buying a shirt.

Plus, and I can't believe I haven't blogged this, we have been really spending the money lately!

First on these...


Yup, SO not in the plan, but our 25 year old washer went out last month so we had to replace it. Oh you should have seen me researching and going to a million stores and comparing prices before I would buy these. I think we spent 3 full days looking at them and I spent hours researching, and in the end...we bought the first ones we looked at. See why Jason has to love me so much, there is no way else he'd endure that otherwise. PLUS, we've had to pay for my first semester of Grad school, which is really tough because there's nothing physical to show for it. And I'm in like the 2% of the population that hates spending money so this has all been tough for me my friends.

But you know what, after only a few hours of deliberation and reassurance, we are going to buy that truck tomorrow, with cash I may add, I'm pretty proud of that. And I feel good about it. Even if it isn't the very best deal we could get or the absolute best truck we could get for the money, it's all a part of this God-given, crazy adventure of life with this man I love. And, just as P.S. I Love you reminds us, a life that is all too short and meant to be loved and lived to the fullest.