Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Love Love

Lots of fun things have been going on in the past few weeks, but since I apparently only blog once a week (or less) it seems the blog is turning into a bulleted list of the happenings since the last time I blogged. This post will be no different.  So here's what's been going on:

Valentine's Day!!! I love this day. I love to make people feel loved. I made little heart Valentine's and brought them, along with chocolate to my work book club. Over half the women in the book club are single, and really appreciated the Valentine's love, which made me really happy.

We also decided that Fondue Valentine's Day will be a tradition, and made our cheese fondue and steak that I shared about last year. This year we invited some friends over who have a chocolate fountain, which is basically fondue, so we added that to the menu. Also, our friend Andy was staying with us for the week, so the 5 of us enjoyed all the fondue goodness and there was still lots left over.

Also, I got the best Valentine's gift I could have hoped for.

After watching Pitch Perfect on our girls weekend, I decided it is most likely my new favorite movie, and I was really hoping that Derek would get it for me for Valentine's Day. But I didn't want to come right out and ask for it. Not because I am above that, but because sometimes Derek and I share a brain and I wanted to see if he could read my mind. I wouldn't have been at all upset if I hadn't gotten it, this was more of just a fun little experiment on my part. And Derek came through like a champ!

And I updated our collage wall for V-day.

Lent has begun. We went to Ash Wednesday service again this year, something that is also turning into a tradition. You can read a little more about last year's service here, but again it was such a powerful reminder of our identity in Christ and what this season is about. This year I didn't decide to give anything up, but instead commit to the discipline of prayer every day. So far it has been really great being intentional about spending specific time in prayer every day. (Although I have already totally failed on a couple of days!)

Soccer. Some friends at church have started playing soccer in the gym on Sunday nights and Derek and I have joined the past 2 weeks. I haven't really played soccer since high school, and for a couple days after our first night, I could barely move. And I wasn't very good. But after our second time playing I think my skills are already starting to improve and I'm much less sore this time around, which is a win! Unfortunately my legs are accumulating bruises, which isn't very pretty, but it makes me feel tough!

Young Life. Last Friday, new young life leaders were placed at the various high schools and middle schools in Lexington. LCA got 3 new leaders, which we were super excited to meet, pray for and encourage. Even though we no longer lead young life, we still love LCA and deeply care for the students at the school. We got to have the new leaders over to our house Friday night and share with them fun stories and some of the lessons learned from leading young life at LCA, and pray for them. I'm excited to see the way God uses this next group of leaders to change lives!

House. I've also been slowly but surely re-decorating our 2 guest rooms. One has been re-painted, and I mostly just need to add finishing touches like window treatments, a new duvet, wall hangings, etc. The other has pretty much turned into a holding space for random things. I'm hoping over the next few weeks to be able to keep making progress, and hopefully share some photos. {I'm including this so that it will hopefully be motivation for me to finish what I've started!}

Juicing. So Derek has decided that we need a juicer, so that we can make our own juice. I bought the juicer, and have assembled it, but have yet to actually make juice. Maybe tonight? I'll let you know how it goes. This is the latest in our attempts to be healthier. Who knows, maybe a juice cleanse is in the future. We'll see!

So I think that mostly hits the highlights of the past couple of weeks. We have fun plans for the upcoming weekend, so I'll be back with a fun post or 2 next week!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Fun Things

Here is a little recap of what's been going on around here lately:

  • Whole 30: Part Deux - I mentioned in the last post that we decided to do the Whole 30 again. Good news - we'll be finished on Tuesday! Bad news - Derek wants to keep doing it. This time around it has definitely been easier, in the sense that we haven't been as hungry, we know what to make for ourselves, and it wasn't quite as big of a shock to our bodies. We've also been watching more food documentaries, and are becoming more and more convicted that a Whole 30 type diet is probably one that we should try and stick to for good. We wouldn't stick to it quite as strictly, as we would allow ourselves to cheat (where as in the Whole 30 there is NO CHEATING!) and eat tasty things that aren't healthy every once and a while, and allow a little bit of dairy, whole grains and legumes, but we are becoming more convicted about what we consume and as we learn more about the foods we put into our bodies, we are really hoping to make permanent changes to our diet and the foods we eat.
  • Girls Weekend in Batesville - Last weekend (2 weekends ago?, I'm not sure the correct terminology, the last weekend of January) a bunch of us girls went to visit our good friend Jenna at her new home in Batesville. She has the cutest house, and we all had such a good time just hanging out and being together. We took a little tour of Jenna's new town, a few girls were crafty and sewed, while the rest of us napped and just enjoyed a relaxing day. We watched Pitch Perfect Saturday night, which I have decided is my new favorite movie. We capped off the weekend with church, lunch at Maggianos, and an IKEA trip. Lunch at Maggianos was rough. For $12.50 you can order a delicious pasta and they let you order a 2nd kind and bring it to you at the end of the meal to-go! I had to pay $12.50 for a salad, didn't get to take any to go, and was still a little hungry at the end of my meal. Thanks, Whole 30! I told Derek that I want to go back and fully take advantage of that little deal one day. (So much for trying to stick to the Whole 30 for good! It's ok as long as we don't do it regularly, right?) 
  • Super Bowl Sunday - We got together with some friends from our church small group to watch the Super Bowl together. This was more torture, food wise, and I may have taken some left overs to reheat on Wednesday (I swear, I really am going to try and continue my healthy eating, I just need a day to throw caution to the wind and then I'll jump back on the bandwagon). But the point in bringing this up wasn't to talk about food more, but to say how incredibly blessed we've been by friendships that we have made in the past year through this group. Leaving Young Life was hard, and no longer being a part of the YL community regularly makes me sad sometimes. But I know that God has prepared for us the work we are doing serving in our church, and He has blessed us a lot, even though it has been hard at times. (I could write a very long post about all the feelings I have about this, what has been good, where I've struggled, etc. but we'll save that for another day!)
  • Snowy Winter Weekend - The snow showed up this weekend, and Derek ended up cancelling all his basketball games on Saturday, which meant that we got a whole day to hang out. We were supposed to go to NKY for a baby shower, but ended up deciding against it, since the weather was so iffy. We were super sad that we weren't able to see our good friends, but not to sad to snuggle up in our warm home and watch movies. Apparently since I grew up without cable, I missed out on lots of great movies, so Derek has taken it upon himself to educate me. Saturday we rented Groundhog Day and The Breakfast Club. I love Groundhog Day. Breakfast Club was ok. I think I might like it better if I had seen it before I was almost 30. I don't think I have enough teen angst left in me to really appreciate it. Next up: 16 Candles and Uncle Buck.