June 11, 2010

Adventures in Weight Loss

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:30 am by Jennifer

The funny thing about having a baby is that you gain a bunch of weight, and it takes forever for it to go away (at least for some of us).  Of course, you lose some weight right away, when you push the little one out, along with the rest of the placenta and other baby stuff.  My eating habits were awful during the pregnancy and in the first three months postpartum, so I actually gained 5 more pounds on top of what I already had.  That left me about needing to lose 16 total pounds to officially get rid of the baby weight.  And personally, I want to lose 20-30 pounds more on top of that.

I want to be healthy.  Statistically, as a woman, if you are overweight and have a waist size larger than 35 inches, you have a greater chance of heart disease.  Because of that, I want to lose at least seven inches from my waist.  I’m not sure how possible it is, but I want to at least work towards it.

Normally, I am pretty good about not eating over my calorie allotment.  I am pretty generous with myself, and I don’t starve myself by any means.  Last week, I totally blew it when my parents were here.  I didn’t work out, and I ate horribly.  This happens quite a bit.  It just means that I have to get right back on the horse and keep on going.  We all stumble, but that doesn’t mean I can quit.

So far to date, I think I have lost over ten pounds and lost about an inch from my waist.  I have been working to lose weight since mid-March, so I have lost approximately a pound a week.  I’m proud of that.  My strides have been slow, but steady.  I’m not really sure where I will end up, but I do plan on giving it my best shot.

To change my family forever, starting with me.  Stay tuned…

June 6, 2010

Dear Restaurant: You Stink!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:23 pm by Jennifer

Dear Restaurant:
I went to you last week for brunch, and I must say that I was less than impressed with you.  Here are some reasons why:

1. You don’t have a changing table for me to change my little one on. So, when I go to the bathroom to change her, it makes it extremely difficult.   What am I supposed to do?   Change her in the booth when her butt is stinky?

2.  Your food is less than exceptional.  I have been to you twice, and both times, the food was rather bad.

3.  Our server wasn’t very kind.  I know she may have had a bad day, and I understand, but it just doesn’t help your image.

I’m sorry to tell you this, dear restaurant.  Its just that for me, if a restaurant stinks, I don’t want to go there again.  Customer service is a big thing to me.  You just don’t make the cut.

Nonetheless, thank you for serving me.  The company was great, and I had a good time visiting with my friend.  Please don’t take it personally.  I wish you the best of luck in the future.

Love,

Your Unhappy Customer

May 27, 2010

The Unexpected Blessings of an Unwanted Move to OKC

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:42 pm by Jennifer

I admit that initially before we really entertained the idea of moving, Oklahoma City was not on my radar of places that I wanted to live.  I didn’t even think about it!  When Michael got the call about an opportunity here, I was actually hoping it wouldn’t work out!  After all, we had just put laminate flooring down in our beautiful little home!  Little by little, I became excited about it.  As I think about all that we left behind, such as our church and our home, I am reminded of all the blessings that have come from the move here:

1.  I got to quit my job two months earlier than planned!  I was going to leave  in early December, but I really wasn’t happy an Ineos Bio.

2.  We joined LifeChurch and immediately joined a LifeGroup that blessed us with some awesome friends!  I am so blessed with great people here!

3.   My spiritual growth here in OKC has been greater than it was in Arkansas, simply because I have had to rely on both God and my friends so much more than we did there.  Being home has many struggles that accompany it, and it has been amazing seeing how God has provided for us!

As I look back, I am thankful for what God has given.  It is really hard with the fact that family is so far away, but I am still grateful!

May 18, 2010

Remembering the Walk down the Stage

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:24 pm by Jennifer

I can’t believe how time flies!  Ten years ago, I was 17 years old and graduating from high school.  I was best friends with Krista Lin McClintock, Jennifer McDole, and Sara Brooks.  My little group of friends were each unique in their own way, and big surprise – I was part of the nerdy crowd.  My big goal was to make it into the top 5% of the class, which I proudly did.  I played the violin in the Symphony Orchestra, and I was in the Calculus/AP Physics block.  Yes, I was nerdy!

I graduated ten years ago today, in fact.  It is hard to believe it.  I have attended and graduated college, met and married my college sweetheart, worked for a few years, and had my first baby.  Its amazing where I have been and where I have ended up.  I think this is where I thought I would be.  No complaints here.

May 16, 2010

God is Still Good

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 8:10 pm by Jennifer

I’m stealing this idea from Brian Russell, my LifeGroup leader.  He posted this video onto Facebook.   Thanks, Brian!

http://vimeo.com/9796056

Watching this video makes me think of how I want to live my life.  No matter what happens…good and bad, I want to trust God every day.  I want to declare His praises.   I want to have an undivided heart.  I want to be forgiving.  I am currently bad at each thing.  Very bad!  But by the grace of God, I can triumph over myself and my flesh and learn to love Him and others as myself.

I want to live like Zac Smith, who passed away today.  I didn’t know Him, and I just stumbled across this video.  Well done, Zac!  Well done!

May 9, 2010

Expensive Soda

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:25 am by Jennifer

This evening, I got to go to a free baseball game provided by my husband’s work.  It was a bedlam game between OU and OSU.  Shortly after arriving, I left my sweet Lily with her grandma and went to the restroom.  I realized that I was thirsty and went in search of a refreshment of some sort.  I wanted a soda but decided to wait until later in the game.  Plus, I saw the price of a small soda, which was $4!  That is way too much money to pay for any drink, especially as a frugal person like myself who hates to pay too much for anything, much less a soda!

I decided to find a water fountain.  And I searched and searched and became extremely frustrated.  Finally, I found a hidden water fountain, behind a lemonade stand.  I was actually surprised that the thing was working!

I ended up having Mike shell out $5.50 for a large soda.  It was quite tasty, but I don’t want to do that again.  The ball park was stupid to have one water fountain in the entire place (that I knew of).  And now, I don’t want to go back there!  I don’t like baseball anyway!

May 8, 2010

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:01 pm by Jennifer

This is my first official blog on this site!  I can’t wait to see how it evolves with time, as I figure out life as a mom and wife.