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Back to School

    I know its been a couple of days since my last “normal” post….we’ve been uber-busy since we’re heading back to Brazil a week from tomorrow. So we’ve been packing and visiting with people and all that good stuff. I’m gonna miss everyone here a lot, but I’m not going to miss the cold weather!!!! Helloooo summertime!

     Guess what? I’m starting school tomorrow….two new classes…ugh. At least I’ll have something to do besides spend the entire day reading blogs. Which I haveno problem at all with doing. But still, school is kind of important too. =D

   Well, the past couple of days have been pretty hectic, like I said before. We’ve gone back to the friend’s house where we celebrated New Year’s, had lunch with some church friends, and had dinner at the house of more church friends. Oh and a friend of ours who’s been on mission teams to Brazil came by to see us yesterday afternoon. I’m not exactly the most social of people, so visiting day in and day out isn’t exactly my thing, but this is our last chance to see some of these people for three years. And next time, I might not even get to see them, since I’ll be heading off to college pretty soon after we arrive. So its pretty important to see everyone now.

How was your weekend? Anything major happen?

Have a happy Monday!!!!  =P


January 3, 2011 at 7:38 am 8 comments


This is gonna be a super quick post!

I wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year!!!!!

What are your goals for this coming year?

Hope you have an amazing start to the year 2011!

January 1, 2011 at 11:55 am 2 comments

New Year…New Haircut

 Ok so the haircut isn’t exactly new……..same inverted bob that I got last time…not too short, but not to long. But my hair grows super fast, and after about 2 weeks, my bangs quit looking like bangs and start looking like a misplaced hunk of hair. Any ideas on how to make growing-out bangs cuter?

So last night was super fun!!!! They are the nicest people and we had the best food ever!!!!!! Steak w/ potatoes, roasted veggies (even roasted pumpkin!!), rice, shrimp and salad!!!! Sooo tasty! Seriously, if any of ya’ll ever happen to be in Recife, I can cook for you. Or just take you to all these awesome restaurants. Or both.=D Its probably a good thing that I exercise, because I pretty much love food.

So I have another question to ask. Anyone have a good english muffin recipe? We don’t get them in Brazil and I looove ’em. I am actually eating one as I type this. Soo doughy and good. And goes well with oatmeal. Because oats clearly don’t have enough carbs.

I absolutely cannot believe that today is the last day of 2010!!! Can you? This entire year has gone by so incredibly fast. Personally, it’s been a year of both trials and of spiritual and emotional growth. Even though we’ve definitely fought about my eating disorder, my mom in particular always told me when I needed to eat more and she always listened to me, even Iif I wasn’t making much sense. Even her Christmas gift of nike tempos, a pedometer, and some other fitness gear shows her support of my running. I am actually planning on really working on running during 2011. I would really like to be able to run a half-marathon without feeling like I’m about to die afterwards. I also want to learn to love myself and to accept myself at any weight.

What are your goals for 2011?

On that note, I must leave to go do my hair…….

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2010 at 7:30 am 8 comments

A Cold, Snowy Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!!!!!!!! We went to church at 11:30 on Christmas eve, and the service was awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Jesus is the true reason for the season!!!!

So its snowing right now, and I’m absolutely freezing!!!! I’m already small, and I get cold really easily, so now I feel like a popsicle!!!! I have a pedometer/pulse thing and my fingers are so cold that it doesn’t even register a pulse for me. So basically, according to my pedometer, I’m either dead or a vampire! =D

Today’s my birthday party, too!!!!! I’m going to a hotel with a couple of close friends and we’re going to watch movies and have fondue!! I bought slippers as a party favor! =D Its going to be a lot of fun!!!!!!!!!! I bought pretzels, apples, bananas, pineapple, and marshmellows to dunk in the chocolate. We actually have 3 different “recipes” for fondue, so if one doesn’t work, we have a backup. The first is evaporated milk, cocoa and sugar, the second is just some melted chocolate bark, and the last is chocolate chips that will be melted in something or another….maybe some evaporated milk or something! =D Anyway, I’m super excited!!!!!!!

So what did ya’ll do on Christmas?????

I haven’t been blogging for very long, but I already love it!!!! I just want to thank everyone who reads this blog!!!!! =D

Hope you have a good rest of the day!!!!

December 26, 2010 at 1:12 pm 4 comments

Happy Christmas Eve!

Well, all of my family’s plans for yesterday basically went out the window. My aunt is feeling really sick, so we didn’t go to my dad’s side’s house for taco night. But, we did pick up my beeeeest friend and had an awesome afternoon and went to her house for our Christmas celebration there. And we had mexican, which I sort of think is funny.

So yesterday my friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and I jokingly said “world peace”. So then we went window shopping and tried on sone stuff, and later we went to Gracie Bleu’s frozen yogurt. It was our first time there, but it was like a self serve froyo place, and the guy working there gave us a TON of those little ketchup containers so that we could taste all the different flavors. Their setup was pretty cool, with about 4 stations with 2 separate flavors and 1 mixture of the two each. For example, there was a strawberry froyo and a birthday cake flavor, and the mixture was strawberry shortcake. Then there were tons of toppings and stuff to choose from. While we were sitting, my friend handed me a box with a bracelet inside. She then said that when we went into one of the stores that we visited, there were “world peace bracelets” at the front door for sale. So guess what I am now wearing? I got world peace for my birthday! =D

World peace! =D

So today, we’re hanging out for most of the day and tonight we have church, which will be nice!!!!!

So, recently I’ve been thinking about going vegetarian. However, my family is pretty much worried that I won’t get enough key nutrients. Because of this, I’ve decided to pick one day a week to be a vegetarian to sort of show everyone that I would be able to eat a balanced diet. I’m thinking that the day might be today, but I still have to actually talk with my parents. And once or twice a week vegetarianism might be all I can do for now, I want to see how it works out for me personally, though.

Well, what are your Christmas/Christmas eve plans?

Happy Christmas Eve!!!!

December 24, 2010 at 7:51 am 8 comments

Taco Night!!!!

    You know how on Sunday I said that my dad was singing a song in church???? Well, a couple of years ago he recorded it and yesterday made a video of “Mary did You Know?”. Its not a video of him singing, but here it is anyway:

Yes, I like bragging about my family! =D

Well, tonight we are going to my dad’s side of the family’s Christmas and we’re having tacos. You know, because they are so Christmas-y. But anyway, its going to be fun!!!! =D

So what go ya’ll do for Christmas? Do you go to families’ houses before or on Christmas?

Usually, our families have Christmas celebrations before the actual day, and then we also visit some close friends of ours. Then, on Christmas eve, if we’re in the States, we go to an 11:30 PM service at our church. Then, we spend most of Christmas at home, together.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition that your family has?

I love goig to the 11:30 service and I love that we spend time just as a family on Christmas day.

So, I’m gonna workout to a new video today, so you know what that means….here’s the link:

Fighting the Freshman 15 (silly name, but the workout got lots of great reviews, so I’m trying it out):

Along with this workout, which is about 20 minutes long, I’m going to do the 10-minute Bootcamp workout that I’ve already put on my Workout page. Then maybe some yoga to cool down, and if I end up doing that, I’ll post the link tomorrow!!!! =D

Is there another website besides ExerciseTV that has good free workout videos? I don’t have many DVDs, plus the online vids are good for when I’m on the road. =D

So I’m off to workout and later eat tacos! Whoo!

Have a wonderful day!!!!

December 23, 2010 at 7:33 am 4 comments

Birthday Coupon

 I had signed up for the “DeliGrams” McAlister’s email thing a while back in hopes of getting a coupon at the time. Well, yesterday, I checked my email and there was one from McAlister’s. I got $5 off our next meal there!!So guess where we had dinner last night???????? Hello, Chicken Tortilla Soup! =D Oh and because I had signed up for the On The Border email club back when we took my sister there, also hoping to get a coupon then, I also have a free brownie sundae from there!

    So yesterday we visited with my grandmother. She’s out of the hospital now and doing better! We had a fun time!

    Today my sister and I are going to our church to work on a video thing that the youth leader is shooting. We’re going to be filming separately, and each video will take 30 minutes to an hour. So we’ll be at the church from 1 to 3, more or less. I don’t know what the videos are about yet, but when I do, I’ll let you know.

    I really haven’t been able to bake even half as much as I wanted to. And now, there are even more recipes that I have bookmarked! I guess that’s the way it works when you don’t actually have any money and a lot of your recipes call for special ingredients that your parents have never heard of. Oh well. I’ll probably still bake a little bit. =P


    Oh guess what? I made Erika’s Single Lady Sugar Cookie, inspired by Katie’s recipe, for my sister!!! Actually, I’ve made both versions for her! =D Of course, I always come up with the idea to make one right after I’ve had a snack, but that doesn’t mean that a few bites trip and fall into my mouth. Stupid cookie. =D Anyway, I’ve actually made these in the microwave, and they turned out pretty good. I just combined all of the ingredients and nuked for about a minute. That, my friends, is the lazy version of this cookie, because I didn’t feel like turning the oven on. Oh and in the chocolate chip one, I added some melted pb in place of about 1/3 of the oil, and it turned out really tasty!!!!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for now!

December 22, 2010 at 7:31 am 5 comments

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