My Fitness

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What It Feels Like to lose 9 pounds and 6 ounces in one day

It feels really good.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Felipe's Endeavors

Felipe has been an amazing chef recently. I thought I'd share some of his creations.

I forget what the recipe is for the bread loaves he made. They were delicious!

Then I made some strawberry shortcake. mmmm, yummy!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New Room Accommodations

This is probably the nicest room Felipe and I have lived in since we got married. We are renting a room from my parents. We were very grateful for the original room they gave us, but we were a little crammed all three of us in there. They had another room that was my sister, Nina's, junk room where she just left things that she felt had value...things from when she was 6. She's 25 now. She just doesn't know how to throw things away.

So I decided to help her out. Not so that we could move in there, I hadn't thought of that. But so that we could get Caleb's toys out of my mom and dad's living room. They didn't like them there. So one day I decided that enough was enough and I started clearing our Nina's old room. I then moved Caleb's toys into the room. Nina's stuff that was of any value I put in the living room. She came home the next week and went through, finally, throwing away or packing and generally sorting through all her stuff.

She has two of the largest thrash bags I've ever seen in my life filled with stuffed animals that she's collected since she was born. She intends to keep them all...or at least most of them. She told me that she'd sort through them at Thanksgiving time and donate/sell those that aren't of any particular sentimental value. I think that if you can't remember that it exists, then there isn't much sentimentality. All I know is that my mother wouldn't allow me to keep any of my childhood stuffed animals even though I was about to get married and have babies. It would have been nice to give some to Caleb. But who am I kidding? That kid doesn't need any more toys. In fact, I'm going to sell some of his less played-with toys.

The room looks awesome. We have a queen-size bed, which is good since we're sharing it three-ways. We have a dresser and two end tables, a 42" TV that was a gift, and a huge closet that everything we own fits nicely inside of. Everything is neat and organized. In addition to all of that, there's plenty of floor space so we can walk around without tripping or claustrophobia. We have some beautiful pictures hanging on the walls and it is the coolest room in the house - both figuratively and literally. I love being in this room and I don't like leaving this room.

The bathroom is wonderful too. It fits our diaper changing table. No more poopy, stinky diapers in the bedroom!

Here's some pictures:

And this is Caleb watching Yo Gabba Gabba. The first one was after Daddy didn't need Caleb's help any more. The second is just some random day, but it's so cute because he's in a basket!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

If You're Happy and You Know It

This might be the best video I've ever compiled. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Double Stroller!!

The other day I had some spare time and thought that I should put the double stroller together before Micah comes. Caleb was awake and helped me. At one point one of the wheels was too far away for me to get and I asked Caleb to get it (it took awhile for him to understand what I wanted him to do) and he went and got it for me!

This is Caleb in his skivvies working on a wheel:

And him trying to test it out and push it around:

And finally, him testing out the back seat while I pushed him around (he very much liked that):


Yesterday, Felipe, Caleb and I were at Starbucks. Caleb was playing on one of the oversized chairs.

He was being very cute but suddenly became very loud! So I put my finger to my lips and said, "Caleb, shh." And he immediately put his finger to his lips too and quieted down. It was so cute. This was the first time I had ever seen him do that.

Here's his "shh" pose (not as good as the original):

Now he's showing Daddy:
He's showing me and is so cute for completely missing his lips!

Today Caleb and I watched "Yo Gabba Gabba" and there was a song called "Inside Voice Outside Voice" and during the inside voice the characters put their hands to their lips and said, "Shh." Caleb remembered how to do that too and every time they said, "Shh" he put his finger to his lips! Good job, Caleb!

This is Caleb hugging Mama's big belly!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

Sometimes I feel foolish that Felipe and I have decided to follow God. I think of the non-Christians who look at us and think we should have just lived together until we accumulated enough wealth and we should still have waited to have children until we were settled into our marriage. Even many Christians would look at us and think we were foolish to trust God with creating children when He saw fit instead of trying to "play God" and guess at when He would have created by accident and created on purpose - as if God didn't know exactly what He was doing when a child is formed.

I can understand such sentiments from non-Christians. They don't have Christ and could never understand that before all things following Christ is most important. But it saddens me that Christians look at us as think that because we've chosen to trust God we are foolish. We believe that God creates and nothing created comes from anyone other than God. Therefore every child is a gift from God not a symptom of sex. And while God does use sex to bring about children, there are many people having unprotected sex who are not conceiving and even one recorded instance where someone conceived without having sex.

We also trusted God with our jobs. We were told to forge grades, forget about teaching just make them pass the TAKS, don't count kids tardy or absent because it'll interfere with our funding...unethical and illegitimate. It went against every idea of what an "education" should be. It's no wonder Americans are ranked near the bottom of all developed countries for education. Not only were those the dumbest kids I ever met, their parents were dumb, their teachers were dumb, the administration was dumb, the church was dumb and the rest of the local population was dumb. I've never met a dumber group of people. We left when we attempted to make a positive difference and were told to stop and forced to stop.

There's nothing I would do differently. I've trusted God and He has graciously provided. I've gotten all of Caleb's toys at yard sales and through craigslist. We shop at Aldi and rent a room from my parents. We don't eat out or go to the movies. We don't buy new clothing. We have a loving church body that has provided me with more than ample supply of maternity clothing when they found out that I didn't have any. Felipe's job switched locations so that we don't spend hardly any gas any more. And his tips are better. We are living frugally.

The Lord has been good to us. And still I complain. I don't like having to rent a room from my parents. I don't like their furniture and I don't like the lack of storage. I don't like the sewing stuff in every nook and cranny and everywhere I turn. I hate the stairs. But it is so much better than so many other places. And I'm grateful that when I'm especially worn out, my mom is here to watch Caleb while I take a nap. In our own place I would just let Caleb play or watch Baby Einstein while I napped, but this place isn't baby-proof and so Caleb needs to be watched.

I am grateful and need to be reminded that things are good. I often feel like the Israelites as they left Egypt. They were miraculously provided for over and over and yet they still doubted and had fears and complained. I had a friend once point out how ridiculous they were because God's shakina glory was visibly before them showing them the way with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. And yet that same shakina glory resides inside of me and I'm the same whiny Israelite.

So wouldn't you know it - today's Bible passage was from I Timothy 6. And it struck a nerve. God should be allowed to be God without having to be held accountable to me. I heard one person say that God's decisions are the same decisions we would make if we knew all the details...which we don't and couldn't ever. I'm only concerned with myself not with the butterfly effect my acts and lack of action has on those around me that eventual lead to something completely unseen or unheard by me.

I heard someone else say that while what's happening is terrible that Jesus loves us, and God will do anything to transform us into the image of his son. So it might not be fun. But not only is God concerned with the well-being of the over-all human population, He is also very concerned with my individual strivings. And while it doesn't always seem that he cares about our mini-trials and tribulations, I need to realize that what I'm experiencing is insignificant to the sufferings of Christ and His martyrs across the world and time. I am very blessed. But still whiny.

And so I leave you with I Timothy 6:

False Teachers and True Contentment

Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Focus on the Family

I received an email from the President the other day. I thought, "Oh my! What is Obama emailing me about?" Obviously it wasn't exactly him, but rather his office on his behalf.

But actually, no. It wasn't that President at all :(

It was from the office of the president of Focus on the Family. HA! Well, I wasn't too disappointed...especially after I read what was written. But first let me tell you that my sonogram photos were courtesy of FoF and I had written them an email saying "thanks, this was the best gift ever" and I included some of the sonogram photos that I had scanned into my computer.

This was the reply:

Dear Lauren:

Thanks so much for your e-mail, accompanied by the sonogram pictures of your son! We were so moved by these images, and we can’t tell you how much it means to know that our donation to the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Arlington enabled you to see your precious baby on the ultrasound screen. That’s such an amazing experience, and we trust the Lord has wonderful things in store for little Micah in the years to come. May His hand of blessing and protection be on you and your son throughout the remainder of your pregnancy and during the birth.

Thanks again for getting in touch, Lauren -- your e-mail brightened our day! If there’s ever some other way we can come alongside your family, we’re counting on you to let us know. Please give little Micah a kiss from his friends at Focus when he arrives! All God’s best to you and yours.

Tammy Masters

Focus on the Family

Put a smile on my face. Not often (or ever) do people do something nice for me and then not expect something in return.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Daily Time in the Word

I often miss days spending time in the Word. Time management was so much easier when it was just me. Even when it was just Felipe around I could manage my time fairly well...but Caleb is a handful - in a good way. I don't resent him or anything bad like that. I just have to be better about organizing my time. For instance it takes discipline for me to not browse the internet instead of spending time in the Word.

However, a couple of things I still have difficulty with. First, even if I do read the Bible, I'm not always convicted or learn something. Often I don't know why I should read something when I have it memorized. I don't remember what the other things is that I was going to write about.

So today I read Daily Light on the Daily Path and even though I knew the passages, it was refreshing. And that's when I realized that even if you don't learn something new your spirit will be edified by reading the Word.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Party

Caleb had a wonderful birthday party. He thoroughly enjoyed being the center of attention and loved the pizza and cake!

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Beginnings of Caleb's Party

(top left to right, middle right to left, bottom left to right)

The above is a photo collage I made for Caleb's birthday party. I was trying to figure out a way to nicely display it and also the photo we got from Sears together. I was trying to be frugal and creative and this is what I made:

Here's the rest of the Sears photos:

There were a couple of photos that I felt were too "little" for him - one where he's holding his toes lying on his back, like a little baby, and another where he's on his belly looking like he's going to crawl...but he's already walking and doesn't lay around on his back much at all, so I didn't like those. He was very obedient and good the entire time we were at Sears; so much so that the staff there was amazed! First they were amazed that he was running around, then they were amazed that he did just what I asked him to do.

I also made Caleb's birthday cake:

This is Caleb "helping" me ice the cake (notice the green icing on his forehead):

And I drew him a chalk message on our back patio:

Happy Birthday Little Stinker!

Sonogram of BABY MICAH!

We got our sonogram of Micah earlier this week. Here it is (almost 8 minutes):

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Caleb Found Some Cereal!

"Did I do something wrong?"

No, not really. Just very, very cute. Some mommies and daddies might get upset but that's just silly! How can you get upset with such a cute kid? I can't.

This was the scene earlier this week when I was making lunch and I heard Caleb playing with some boxes in the kitchen. He was shaking them and pounding him in his usual way when he suddenly became almost silent. I turn around and find this waiting for me:

Family Back Ride and Sonogram of Baby M!

Here's a cute photo of Felipe carrying me and Caleb. I had jumped on Felipe's back and Caleb wanted to join us:

We had our sonogram yesterday. It was very sweet. We were able to tell that we're are going to have a boy. We're going to name him Micah Jude!

This is Micah, seeming to be smiling at the camera:
Here he is rubbing his eyes:

And here's Caleb snuggling up to me when we were all done. He's so sweet!

I will work on compiling a video for a future popsting. It takes a little work and I'm tired right now.

Thanks to Focus on the Family for donating the equipment to Arlington's Pregnancy Center that allowed me to get the sonogram and meet my little son. We would not have been able to afford it without you! Also, thanks to my mom for driving :)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Satirical Commandment

I found this today and thought how it rightly pointed out the ridiculousness we sometimes hold ourselves to.

Here's the repost:

Commandments Concerning God’s Will

And concerning God’s Will thou shalt strive with all diligence to figure out where it is hiding and stand in the perfect center of it. And thou shalt accomplish this task with all fear and trembling for one false step shall surely mean utter destruction of thee and all thine house and thy little dog too.

And when thou abidest in God’s will thou shall in any wise take care that thou not scooch up over on the side nearby the edge or lollygag over on the left side of it nor take field trips over to the right. For if thou takest but one small step to the right or the left thou shalt land right smack dab in the permissive will of God and this is confusion of heart and will land thee in a heap of trouble.

And even if thou shalt be in the perfect center and not in the permissive nor yet standing outside it where the Presbyterians freely roam, thou shalt still spend many weary hours second guessing and agonizing over the one thou shalt marry, and the school thou shalt attend, and on which street thou shalt soulwin. For the Lord doth dearly love to play head games with thee and then chuckle at thy missteps.

And if it shall come to pass that thou know not at all the will of God, thou shalt seek it out from the Holy Spirit. And for thy convenience the Holy Spirit hath taken residence inside the leadership of thy local New Testament Independent Fundamental Bible Believing Baptist Church and thou mayest ask the leadership what the Spirit sayeth on any matter they shall be more than happy to tell thee.

Independent Baptist Book of Everlasting Rules and Requirements, p 15

Posted by Darrell

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Birthday Felipe!

Today is my wonderful husband's birthday! I was so excited to be able to help make him feel special today. He didn't want anything in particular. Last night after he fell asleep, I made him a really cute card with a bunch of family pictures and some warm-wishes on the inside:
We happened to be awake when Felipe woke up to go to work at 4:30 and we gave him his card. Then in the morning Caleb made his daddy a hand-made card! It's way better than mine! It's the first birthday card Felipe has ever received from his own son:

When Felipe got home he had a wonderful surprise waiting for him!

Then we sang him Happy Birthday and ate the cake.

and after the cake...

And now, we go to eat Daddy's birthday dinner. yum!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother's Day

I've been trying to figure out why I didn't want to celebrate Christmas, Valentine's Day, my birthday, and now Mother's Day too. I think I was finally able to pinpoint and articulate why in a conversation I had the other day.

At first I thought it was just something with Romans 14:5, "One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind." That may be part of it.

Then I thought that maybe it was just becoming a parent and putting things into perspective. Did I really want to receive gifts on Christmas when Caleb could receive more if I didn't? Do I really want to receive a new gadget or something [from Felipe] when that money could have been used to buy us groceries? (this is why Felipe and I did not give each other gifts this past Christmas.) Felipe and I have had a couple of nice Valentine's Days, and birthdays, but that's more money that could be better spent...spent on Caleb! or on groceries.

While these two aspects might have a hand in why I suddenly dislike these holidays, I think it is mostly that each of these have been so abused by our consumerist, self-centered, and entitled society.

Christmas has become so much less than a celebration of Jesus. Every Christian I know has said something along the lines of "remember the reason for the season" but has also focussed too much time on what gifts they can receive. They are welcome to do as they wish. It's their money...until they start saying, "what did you get for me?" and expect that I get them something 'good enough'. When that happened, I decided that family pictures is what everyone is getting for now on.

It seems that Valentine's is all about the man acting like a slave to the woman. And birthdays are innately self-centered. Then Mother's Day...

So many people have decided to let Halmark decide for them if they should be offended or not on a certain day each spring. Instead of being offended and telling my husband and children to buy me things and make me cards and telling them to take me to an overly expensive dinner, I want to celebrate why I'm a mother, Caleb. And I couldn't be a mother without Caleb's father, Felipe. So on Mother's Day, instead of insisting on focussing on me, I want to celebrate being a happy family.

On Mother's Day for the rest of my life, I want to let my children know that I conceived and birthed children not slaves. I did not selfishly choose that I wanted children. I did not decide to selfishly not have children. I chose to be submissive to God and part of that submission was to allow him the right to give and take children as He sees fit. He said children are a blessing, not because they are supposed to make my life easier, because they most certainly do not. Being a mother is difficult. But the love that is passed on to Caleb and Felipe make motherhood a blessing. Even when Caleb is cranky or bratty, I love him and I never want him to think his birth was a birth of convenience or a mistake. We did not choose to have Caleb because we thought our lives were missing something or that he'd complete us. We didn't choose to have Caleb at all. We chose to love and follow God. God chose to give us Caleb. Felipe is the best gift from God I've ever received. Caleb is the second best blessing I have ever received. I would never want to demand anything from them because I love them. I would never want to guilt them into doing anything for me because love does not insist on its own way.

So this Mother's Day I celebrate my family.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pictures from previous post

This is us as we baked. Caleb has some cookie on his lip. You can see a little bump on my belly that is Baby M.

Here's our spoils from our baking...yum!

This is Caleb conquering the treehouse. It was a hot and sweaty day so I let Caleb go in just his diaper.

And down the slide!

This is a 2 minute video of Caleb climbing his treehouse:

And this is me trying to show off my baby bump: