Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Light at the End of the Tunnel?


It is now less than a month until Bryan changes command and he begins to make his way back to the US! I am so excited for him to be back but I'm probably even more excited for Marlie to be reunited with her daddy! I try not to think about exactly how many days are left until his return because after 7 years in the Army and 3 deployments, I know that things change constantly.
I have also learned that a deployment will challenge you until the very end. The past few days have been a perfect example. I don't usually have allergy problems, but I started feeling bad on Friday. My symptoms were definitely allergy-ish and didn't improve over the weekend.
I had planned a Stella & Dot trunk show at my house for Monday morning and had made arrangements for someone to clean my house on Sunday afternoon. Since I wasn't feeling good, I was so glad I had asked her to come. Well, around lunch time on Sunday she told me that she wouldn't be coming because she was painting her house! I was more than a little disappointed and spent the rest of the evening trying to get my house ready when I really just wanted to lay down and sleep!
I was so glad when the trunk show and day were over yesterday. The good times were not yet over though! As I was getting ready for bed, Marlie began screaming. I ran into her room and found her throwing up all over herself and her bed. After getting her calmed down and changing her bedding, I was finally able to get a little bit of rest myself.
Today Marlie has been tired but hasn't gotten sick anymore. I am finally starting to feel a little better too. Hopefully we have dealt with enough negative things over the past few days and the last few weeks of this deployment will be good ones.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

40 Day Fitness Challenge


Before Lent began, I told my friend, April, that I would participate in a 40 Day Fitness Challenge with her. At the time I thought this will be easy, I already love to work out. However, once I thought through things later I realized that I could not commit to this type of "challenge". I am in the middle of half marathon training so my training schedule could not really be adapted to working out 6 days per week for 40 days. My foot and body need more rest than that! With all of that said, I still want to support April with her challenge. I have decided I will go back to sharing my exercise regimen for the 40 Days of Lent. I'm sure I do 30 minutes of activity everyday between straightening the house and parenting a 3 year old, but I will only be listing true exercises. Hopefully it can inspire others or give someone else a new idea!
Here is what the past week has looked like for me.

Wednesday, March 9: 4 mile run

Thursday, March 10: rest day

Friday, March 11: speed work at the track ->
5 min walk
800m (2 laps) jog

400m sprint
10-30 second walk
400m sprint
400m walk
(this was repeated 3 more times)

5-10 minute cool down walk

Saturday, March 12: rode my bike to pick Marlie up from Super Saturday

Sunday, March 13: rest

Monday, March 14: 4.5 mile run

Tuesday, March 15: rest

What are you doing for exercise? Remember that any little bit is better than nothing!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

February Snow

This was the last snow we had on 9 February and hopefully it will be the last of this season!



Friday, March 11, 2011

Blueberry Scones

In the spring of 2007, Bryan & I visited Ireland for a long weekend (remember we were living in Germany then). Our favorite stop was The Mills Inn. It was a really nice little bed and breakfast but the best thing was their food! We ate dinner in their pub and it was delicious. The next morning we got up very early to leave and although breakfast wasn't being served yet, the owner brought out a few things for us. She served us some scones and none I have had since have come close to comparing to those. I recently came across this recipe and was pleasantly surprised with these scones. I wouldn't say they are as good as the ones from Ireland, but they are the best ones I've had since then.
*I substituted a cup of fresh blueberries for the raisins.

Grandma Johnson's Scones

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min

Servings: 12

Ingredients
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. Cut in the butter. Stir the sour cream mixture and egg into the flour mixture until just moistened. Mix in the raisins.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll or pat dough into a 3/4 inch thick round. Cut into 12 wedges, and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown on the bottom.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Some February Pictures

Here are just a few random pictures from February.
Marlie & I have been enjoying doing the crafts in her Highlights magazines. We made a heart mobile at the beginning of February and she had fun looking through the paper after she had cut the hearts out.



Dressing up in her fairy outfit..


Bryan turned 30 last month! He requested red velvet cake so we made him some cakes in jars to send him. Marlie enjoyed sampling the batter as much as making the cakes!