Monday, April 07, 2008

The Big GIve, some Digi Fun, & Spring Break comes to a close!

Whew?! What a week... mostly really lazy and unproductive - but still!? I love Spring Break! I love the lazy sleep-in mornings, and I love the no-plans-today afternoons! I love being able to hang out with my kid... and allow her to have sleep overs and just chill! We are a one child family - and we are not full booked if you know what I mean! We are really into our 'down time' and are not big fans of over-scheduling... However, usually for Spring Break - we plan a short 2 or 3 day trip to family out of town or something... just a little get away - usually just us two girls! Poor Dave... he gets no Spring Break!? This year though- we didn't plan anything... and it was wonderful!

Kaye had Holly over for three days in a row and they LOVED it... I can't even really tell you that I saw much of them for at least 1-1/2 of those days?! They spent at least all of one day in the family room (where they slept) playing video games, talking, and watching movies?! Sweet?! Don't you all remember spending the night at friends and just being lazy together when we were teenagers?! Nice!

Then we went and did a tiny bit of local shopping... just a few must have items, and a few little surprise purchases at Kaye's new favorite store!? Crap!? She now LOVES Wild Lucy's... which is a Punk/Rock Boutique... it's so not Shopko!?!???! Sigh... I suppose I had it coming... I was the same way at her age?! I told her I would buy ONE thing and so after trying on several and weeding it down to three things - she was featured on the floor in the dressing room counting all her money! LOL!? I so wish I had my camera then! I can literally remember doing that exact same thing?!!? (sadly - for the exact same stinkin' shirts too!?) Whatever?!

So - have you guys been watching Oprah's Big Give at all!? I SO love the concept and have really enjoyed watching it whenever I remember it is on!? I am really not a responsible TV watcher?! The only show I remember FOR SURE is AI (which is on way too much for me to actually WATCH all of them!?), The Office on Thursdays and Project Runway/Top Chef on Wednesdays... (Oh, and Monk/Psych on Fridays when it is on... which is not for months now?!) Anyway - the Big Give - for those of you who don't know - is a Reality TV show where the contestants are each given a certain amount of money and they must accomplish a task or something and give the money away - or raise more for a charity or do something for a stranger (or strangers) all within a limited time frame with various rules. So fun!!! Anyway - we decided after a bit of prayer to do a Big Give of our own! Now - keep in mind - we do not have access to Oprah's money - or any of her sponsors either... just a bit of a tax return and a family in mind... so Kaye and I took a day trip and traveled out of town to give this family a surprise... what started out as a small amount, we were able to raise up enough to help them get current with their rent, fix their car, pay taxes, and even get some groceries too I think!? Wow?! I so wish I had more income to do this on a regular basis!?!! It was so fun!!! I highly recommend it if you can! We didn't have $10,000 or anything... something small can still mean a great deal to someone who really needs it! I think we have caught the bug... and we're now praying and looking for ways to do this again! So fun!

I play around quite a bit on and love the site... the kits are amazing and one day I know I will sign up to actually get them every month... this month is their 2 year Anniversary and so the whole month they are having games and prizes and RAKs and Challenges... so I did a couple more cards and a couple of digi's for the Challenges this weekend:

Check 'em out and play along... the kits/prizes/Deals are amazing!!!

On Saturday, my sister Kim and I decided that we wanted to change it up a bit... we have been walking once a week and missed our date (due to our out of town road trip) and so we rescheduled it for Saturday. Our husbands were off fishing together and we decided we would go attempt to play tennis?! OK - so - we KNEW it would not so much be a workout in that we could say we played tennis... but it DID involve a LOT of retrieving balls, running after missed balls, swinging (and mostly hitting), etc! We went to a somewhat abandoned fenced in court and spent over 1-1/2 hours playing tennis... well - I wouldn't say playing... as in keeping score... but it was fun - and we will get better the more we attempt it I am sure!?!! LOL!

Today - aahhh... yes, it is true! Today was back to school! Praise God! I love her - but I had a really hard time sticking with my workout routine while she was home... I only really missed ONE workout - but it felt like more because of changing the times, etc. Plus - my eating habits are WAY easier when I am home on my own and don't have to worry about what to feed someone else?! I didn't over eat - in fact, it was the opposite - I didn't eat enough calories and actually ended up weighing in to find I had gained a pound?! Um - no!? That is not the direction we want to go!? It's still crazy to me to think that eating LESS causes you to gain weight... but it does?! So - I am eating more of the good for you stuff - but still not getting in enough cals?! My sister lovingly told me to simply DRINK my calories then if I was still short after dinner!? (I am sure she meant MILK and such... but still... BRILLIANT!!!) LOL! So, anyway, today - I dropped Kaye off at school and came home to do a bit of computer work and then I walked with Pretty Millie for an hour or so and did a bit of my strength training... made my Grocery List and went shopping... came home and chopped up all my fruits and veggies for easy-access snacking through out the week and still had time to read a bit while blog stalking... ?! Nice!!! AND I even got to enjoy my playlist here on my own blog! I must say - it's a GREAT playlist! LOL!

So - I am off now to attempt a wee bit of laundry while Dave is out playing tennis with Kaye! She starts tennis lessons up tomorrow... it will be twice a week and she may help teach basic tennis after school later this month too... between that, and her Tues/Thur church groups - it's plenty!?!! Again... we are fans of that precious 'down time'... so when we get something scheduled for every night of the week we start to stress out and we know we said yes to at least one too many things?!

So - Chuck is in Hawaii... wonder how her knee is doing tonight?! I finally got to see Buckets' new do... totally Rock Star! (Thanks Na!) and I am needing to work on a few Challenge LOs and list a few more things in my Etsy Store!

Scrap On Girlies!!!
Scrap On!


na said...

I will tell you that when you right about your one child, I am jealous. LOL.

American Idol is my absolute favorite right now. We tivo it every week and watch it quietly when the kids go to bed.

I am also a big fan of downtime...we try and limit the kids to one activity at a time, and we seldom do anything in the fall and winter (although harrison wants to play football this fall) because I could never take this April routine all year! April is one of those months that everything overlaps...cub scouts, soccer, basketball, and religious education!!! Ahhhhh...times three! But, we have a ton of downtime the rest of the year, so I put up with a little craziness in early spring! LOL.

Very, very, very cool what you did for that family...philanthropy is a wonderful experience, no matter how much you have or don't have to give! Good for yoU!

I also have a hard time working out and sticking to my routine when they are home too. My food is all off, I have a hard time making it to my water aerobics...just harder! And you are so right about the eating less and gaining! It's amazing! I keep trying to tell my mother that but she is one stubborn lady. I also heard things like air popcorn or a chicken breast is also a good thing to eat at night to get a few extra calories, etc. into your day.

na said...

OMG, OK, I do have a degree in communication and I do know the difference between Right and Write. Geez, the first sentence, I obviously meant WRITE! Duh.

Rebecca Kvenvolden said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE Your work especially that last layout... the paint really makes it!

chuck said...

Did you really leave ME smack when I have in fact updated twice from Hawaii-and you have NOTHING NEW?!?!? What the heck, LOL! :op