Snow days… times have changed

365 Project: Day 91 Well, we had our first snow day in Minnesota this year on Wednesday, February 29th. I thought for sure my photo of the day would be some beautiful shot of what it looked like outside, and although I did take some pictures of the snow, none of them turned out. Jon and I didn’t make the trek into work, and I didn’t drive Hannah to her classes that day, so it was a rare treat to all be home mid-week for the whole day. I remember when a snowstorm/ snow day meant that you go outside with the kids and build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or go sledding. How times have changed. We didn’t do anything but enjoy it from the inside looking out. What was really fun–and funny–was when Jon and Hannah had a wrestling match in the kitchen when I was making dinner. Oh my goodness… the highlight of my day. How many wrestling matches has Jon had with all four of the kids over the years? They are as many as the STARS! *** It’s been awhile since the last one, and Hannah is much stronger than she used to be.  *** Jon’s signature “super-trap” move with the kids has always been getting the leg trapped, rendering a human almost, but not quite, pinned. *** She looks like she’s having fun, right? Jon said all she had to do was say ‘uncle’ and he’d let her go. She said ‘never’! *** Her leg is still trapped, but as you can see, she’s making a little progress. *** This went on for 20 minutes, and by this time, I was laughing so hard I had to stop making dinner. After a while, Hannah got her leg free long enough to grab hold of the banister, pulled herself up, and walked away unpinned. Yes, that would be called a victory! Until the next snow day… I thank my husband and youngest daughter for taking the time to clean my kitchen floor while I get dinner on the table. Thank...

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Sleeping beauty?

365 Project: Day 90 If you ever doze off for 1 ½ hours in the evening after a really long day… like after waking up at 4 a.m., diving right into work for the day, and then driving across the Cities to run your kids around in the afternoon… just a warning to tuck your camera in a drawer or under a pillow so you don’t get caught looking like this for all the world to see. Criminy, why is it I’ve always imagined myself to look more like a sleeping princess? Wahhhhhhh! Things really are as they appear. My fairy tale dreams have been dashed. Harrumph!  Oh well, at least I wasn’t drooling. Even if I was, I’m a real person who LOVES naps. Not only do I know that God loves when I take care of myself, but I’m pretty sure that He thinks me and my four chins are pretty awesome...

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Ergonomic issues

365 Project: Days 88-89 I went to Target late this afternoon and walked into our bedroom and saw this. Jon was definitely up to something! *** Oh, looky! There he is! He has a corner in our bedroom where he’s always had his desk set up. Jon would rather have his own space in our room than to share the office with me and the girls. He is very neat and orderly,  and well… we’re not as much. 🙂  Plus, he does a lot of work from home, and prefers quiet during those times, and that doesn’t usually happen wherever the rest of the family is. The mission-style desk he had in this spot is pushed up backwards against the wall on the right, and DID look really good there.  *** He’s been brainstorming lately about how to lower his desk because when he works, he likes to recline in his desk chair somewhat, and this has posed some ergonomic issues. So, what he decided to do was completely ditch the old desk, attach braces to the wall, and drop in a slab of desktop from Hannah’s old loft bed desk. He knows what he wants and goes for it. *** He started and finished the project the same day and got everything back in order. The next thing we need to do is get those cords either behind the wall or covered up in some way. Maybe we could paint them the color of the wall. I don’t know. Maybe that’s cheesy. Anyway, here’s what it looked like (at 12:06 p.m.) the next day. Jon even put those foam pipe cover things along the edge for his arms. How much more stylish and ergonomic can you get than that?!...

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The JL Weekly Round-Up

365 Project: Days 82-87 Six days of photos in this one. Everything from: 1) running with my Garmin 2) jigsaw puzzles 3) work meetings 4) mace & creeps 5) peeling kiwi fruit…and 6) Saturday morning cookies! I’m determined to get caught up on my life today. I hope you enjoy catching up with me. 🙂 *** I LOVE data! Here’s some screen shots of the information I get from every one of my runs with my Garmin Forerunner 110 sport watch with GPS and heart rate monitor. It’s AMAZING! This was my first run with it, so I just did a 5k around the neighborhood. I didn’t push too hard, but was just trying to get a feel for using it for the first time. When you plug it into your computer, it gives you a map of where ran, the distance, your pace, your heart rate at any given moment during the run (average, max, and percentage), calories burned, lap times (which I messed up by pressing buttons), elevation, and so much more. I love the ability to run reports and compare my runs too. It’s been so fun to use this each day I run. It has been very motivational for me, and it’s helped me to know exactly what I need to work on. It removes all the guesswork. We measure the things we do in life and gather information so we can do what we do better and reach our goals. That’s what this does for me! I love it! Day 82 *** Jon and Hannah put the final pieces of the puzzle together. They started a new one the following day. 🙂 Day 83 *** Our Wednesday Small Groups Department meeting… Here we all are, crammed into Renee’s office. It’s cozy. We like it. This is where the magic happens… if we believed in magic, that is. You know what I mean! 🙂 Here’s where we do business, put our brains and hearts together for the good of the ministry and the people of LWCC, and where God never fails to remind me why he has knit our team together. I love my department so much! L to R: Charlie Houle, Me, Renee Burt, John Stanton, Jim Ferdig. (Missing from photo: Justin Phad) Day 84 *** Whenever I run outside, I carry mace with me. The mace I have is about 10 years old, and I don’t know if it loses its potency or goes bad, but I just felt like it was time to buy some new stuff. I didn’t buy this only because it’s pink, but because it has a hand/wrist strap. It doesn’t do me any good if it’s in my pocket! Another reason is because it’s the SABRE brand, and that’s the kind the NYPD uses. I guess that piece of their marketing worked on me. On this particular day, I almost maced a creep in the face at the park. As he approached me, I knew something wasn’t right. I held my mace up, and I know he saw it. At the same time, I felt God supernaturally protecting me. I kept running, and got out of there just fine. I don’t live in fear when I go running, but being a woman, I always want to be wise when I’m out there. The next day, I got chased by a big, scary, barking German shepherd. I almost had to use my mace on him too. The day after that, I got cat calls from a bunch of teenage guys in a car. I’m going to try and look as ugly as possible from now on. All of this in three days! SERIOUSLY, it’s a crazy world out there. I just believe it’s wisdom to equip yourself when you’re out there. I will never go running alone without being armed in some way. I thank God for the angels He has watching over us at all times and that I don’t ever have to be afraid. The Creator of the universe has my back. Day 85 *** One of my favorite things to eat lately is kiwi fruit. I love it even more after America’s Test Kitchen taught me how to effectively, efficiently, and safely peel one. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to peel one with a vegetable peeler, but you could lose a finger doing it that way. Once the flesh is exposed, it is SO slippery. Maybe you all already know the best way of doing this, but for those who don’t, THIS is how it’s done:  1 – Cut off both ends of the kiwi. 2 – Hold the kiwi...

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Baby shower festivities

365 Project: Day 81 My little brother Bryce is not so little anymore, but even at 26, he’ll always be my little brother. He and his wife, Dawn, are going to have their first baby anytime between today and a few weeks from now. I am so excited for them! This was the day of Dawn’s baby shower in Lakeville, and I was so happy that Hannah and I got to go. Allison had to work, so that was a bummer. It was fun to see everyone. I haven’t seen my mom, siblings, niece, or my grandma since Christmas, so it was a good day to celebrate the soon-coming arrival of my new baby nephew, and get to see all of them too.  Me and Hannah with Bryce. He just stayed for a few minutes before the shower got rolling.  *** Me and Hannah with Dawn. She’s super cute pregnant, but she said she’s READY. 🙂 *** Peggy (mom), Missy (sister), Betty (grandma), Dawn (sister-in-law), Brianna (sister), Hannah (daughter), Me… and then that’s August (niece) in front. *** Me and my mom. 🙂 *** Me and my sisters. 🙂 *** Brianna with August. 🙂 *** Me and my grandma. 🙂 *** Me, my mom & my sisters. 🙂 I really love this one of us. We have little to no photos of the four of us (recent ones anyway), so I’m glad we got this one. I didn’t get any pics of the food… or the punch… or the cookies and cake… all of which were delicious. And I didn’t get any of Dawn opening up her gifts, but she got such cute, adorable, and fun stuff for the baby–and for her and Bryce. Things have changed SO much since I had kids. There are so many new gadgets and fun things. Hey, whatever can help being a mom easier, I’m all for that! What a happy day it was… as you can tell by all the emoticons. 🙂 And then Hannah and I drove home, which took us almost an hour an a half. It was worth it, of course… and I can’t wait to see everyone again VERY soon. I sure do love my family. I wish we saw each other more often....

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