A Berry Good Day

Happy Friday Everyone!!

After a restless night, I woke up ready to start my day off right. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got right to work. I looked for a few recipes online, but then just decided to wing it. I ended up making banana bread bottom, a berry filling, and a nutty top. They’re vegan and without any added sugar. The top layer has oatmeal, walnuts, hazelnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Although they may look a bit questionable, I can assure you they are delicious!!!

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Today’s post is going to be quite short because I have a lot planned today.ย ๐Ÿ™‚
quote of the day:ย “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
โ€”โ€‚Robert Tew (via sorakeem)
I think a lot of times in life we are put in bittersweet situations. It is easy to get stuck in the past and not look forward. We unconsciously hurt ourselves.

I hope the weather is nicer were you are. It is absolutely dreary here.ย 

Hugs,

Kristin

 

Music for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

30 Days of Awesome.

“Spend more time doing the things you love.”

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I haven’t posted here in almost two years. It is insane to read my old entries and take a walk through memory. At the core I am still the same person. I love the same things, but somehow I have forgotten a lot of my priorities. I have lost my sense of waking up everyday excited to see how much I could accomplish.

Every morning we make the decision how the day will play out. Either we lie in bed hitting the snooze button 5 times or we jump up ready and excited to see the possibilities that lay ahead. Life throws lots of curveballs and sometimes we get stuck in a rut. But how we handle these hurdles makes each one of us unique and solely individual. I am ready toย take life head on and make something wonderful of it.

I am going to start spending my time doing more things I love and blogging will give me a solid outlet to track my progress.

Things I love that have been sorely ignored:ย 

  • creating: cooking, painting, arts, sewing
  • activities: jogging, walking, cycling, working out
  • intellectual: reading
  • spiritual: meditating

Quote of the day “Life is a journey, not a race. Walk through it”

Until tomorrow!

Hugs,

Kristin

Blowin the time away!

It has been like 5 days since my last post. Whoops…

Well hi there!

This morning I was surprised with an email from a super amazing friend. ๐Ÿ™‚ She talked about change and really committing to it.ย  I feel like I’ve been struggling with that a lot lately.One of my favorite quotes is “don’t postpone joy.” It is one of those things you can’t wait to happen. You have to take charge this instant!

I have been eating a lot of processed foods lately and have had a not so consistent workout schedule. Those are the two things I NEED in life. They keep me sane and happy. As a result I feel like junk. I have been so exhausted this week. I got the stomach flu really badly monday night. My entire family came down with it after Alex got it. It was really unpleasant. I am also emotionally exhausted. I have been taking care of Alex a lot lately. I love it, but it can be overwhelming. There are some other factors, taking an emotional toll on me, but I don’t want to discuss it here.

I am just going to talk about today ๐Ÿ™‚ On Wednesday I went to squat/ lunge hell aka HGG’s class. I was still sore this morning, but went to his class again and we did the same thing. I highly doubt I will be able to walk tomorrow. My quads are on fire!!!

I hung out with Alex too. We blew bubbles because we are that cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

The flowers in my backyard are in full bloom!

In some other exciting news I got my flight info for my international flight to Germany. Am I really going abroad for ten months! wowza. It’s insane.

I am off to bed. I have to be up bright and early tomorrow. I will hopefully be blogging from a new location for a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰

See ya!

Hugs,

Kristin

Prom Recap & Mother’s Day

Why hello there! What an amazing weekend it has been . ๐Ÿ™‚

Friday I did the usual workout, but met up with HGGย  afterwards at Starbucks for a nice little chit-chat. I have been doing a lot of thinking about God which has brought up a ton of questions. I respect his views and values and am really glad he was so willing to meet up. In reaching my own opinions and beliefs I want to seek out as many perspectives as possible. Hearing from people I look up to is extremely influential. I feel inadequately educated about God and I am grasping for more. The one conclusion I am positive about is that God is good. I also feel like there is something different about the people who put God at the center of their lives. HGG pointed out how calm Christ followers are. I whole heartedly agree, but I think there is something more that I just can’t quite describe. It is this amazing grounded, loving, attitude. Our coffee chat was definitely very helpful. I have dwindled my concerns down, but there is this one thing that still makes me uneasy to think about and I am not sure how to make it right.

I started my Mother’s Day cake on Friday too. I decided to make a Princess Torte and didn’t want to rush through it because it has multiple layers. Sometimes I get overwhelmed in the kitchen and I wanted to give each filling my full attention. I made the custard and cake layers then popped it into the fridge.

Then, Saturday rolled around which meant Prom. When I arrived at my friend’s house I was greeted with bagpipes. That is right I went in a group with a guy who plays the bagpipes. How totally beyond awesome is that?

We took a lot of pictures, but I will spare your eyes and just post a few ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my date, Kas. We’ve known each other since 5th grade. He’s so nice!

He’s very spiritual, loves meditation, his family, and going into pre-med next year. It’s was fun!

The guys.

p.s.The guy in the middle plays the bagpipes!!!

The girls.

I swear we couldn’t get one good picture last night. I am really happy Rikke came along. I am sure it was a very different experience ๐Ÿ˜‰ with all the dresses, limos, and interesting characters in our prom group.

No one is looking at the same camera in any of our group pictures. Fail.

Yay for a pretty corsage!

I didn’t realize the background when I was making the face, but it is suiting. I would never get a tattoo. Nothing against it, but I think I have brainwashed. I am terrified of being disowned by my mother. I also don’t want anything that permanent on my body.

We went to an awesome restaurant. P.F. Changs! So amazing!!! We ordered family style so essentially I got to try all of the dishes everyone ordered. I can’t say there was anything I didn’t like. We ordered veggie lettuce wraps as an appetizer and they were delightful ๐Ÿ™‚

One of my highlights of the night was after dinner. We boxed up our leftovers and gave it to a homeless man. The smile on his face was priceless. You could just tell it meant a lot to him and it really warmed my heart.

We got to the dance. Played some texas hold em’. I advised Rikke on some of the hands and she won big, I wish I could say the same for myself. I am just horrible at gambling.

We took some photobooth pictures and danced. It is fun when you go in a group where you aren’t afraid to let loose and make a fool of yourself. Everyone is just having a good time.

Our group split up at the end of the night. Half went out to party and the other half watched Zoolander. Want to guess which group I was in? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now onto Mother’s Day. After getting home well past my bed time I woke up with only a few hours of beauty rest. I brought my mom and Alex to church then we came home for some brunch. The message this morning was great! It was about the parental and child relationship. Eric also came home which was nice. We had some pancakes and whipped out the cake. Yep, the breakfast of champions.

I used some flowers from my backyard as a garnish.

I can say it was a big hit. Over half of it is gone already. Win! It was really good. It has a marzipan topping, whip cream, cake, seedless raspberry jam, and a custard. It is a splendid combination.

I was so out of it today. It was ridiculous. I walked around looking like a zombie. It was pretty attractive if I ay so myself.

For dinner my family went to the Old Spaghetti Factory. It was a nice casual meal together.

Unfortunately when we got home Alex got sick. He was complaining right after we ate. My dad was sick a few nights ago so I am hoping it is just a 24 hour cold. It is pretty unpleasant. I will spare you the chunky details. Hopefully he will be feeling better in the morning.

This week is going to be great! I don’t know why yet, I just know it is!

Happy Sunday,

Kristin

May the fourth be with you and cinco de mayo!

ยกHola mis amigos!

If I weren’t German I would want to be mexican/italian/french. They are all cultures that fascinate me ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday was crazy! I went shopping from 9 am to 6 pm. I needed to find some prom stuff. I already had a dress, but it was short and my mom insisted on getting a long dress. It was a bit frustrating going from store to store with no luck! I went to two different malls, an outlet, and several other random stores along the way. Most schools have already had prom so it was difficult to find something. But I did it! You’ll have to wait until this weekend to see what it looks like though. It is super simple, but eloquent.

I needed some shopping power half way through and munched on this. I think it might be my favorite flavor!

During the second half of my shopping trip I was accompanied by my prom date. He needed a tie and some pants. My dress is all black and we chose silver and pink for accent colors. I bought some silver Tom’s, but realized how horrible they looked with the dress. I returned them today and picked out a different less flashy color.

My mom doesn’t like them because they look “used”. I compared it with the holed jeans look. I liked them and will wear them. That’s what counts!

I got some coconut milk to try and it’s definitely different. I would definitely buy it again and at 50 calories a serving you can’t go wrong. I need to try it in more things to be 100% sure how I feel about it.

Tonight I headed over to Rikke’s to make some cookies for an upcoming garage sale.

I met her host sister, Maia. She is awesome! The cookies turned out nom nom.I had Alex this afternoon so he played Indiana Jones on the Wii while us girls baked. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then we headed to his open house. He led me through a tour of his classroom showing me all of his hard work. I loved his artwork! I know I am not having kids for a while, but I can’t wait to get active in their schools and help out in the classroom. I am such a mom in the making. Hahaha.

“If I could heal the world I hope to save animals from forest fires. It takes responsibility somewone’s gotta do it. Each animal is important. Everyday is earth day!”

I am especially fond of the last line ๐Ÿ˜‰ He is learning well.

We then hit up the book fair a purchased a few books to read. I remember getting super excited at my school’s book fair. How about you?

In honor of cinco de mayo I made some burritos with homemade tortillas. Beans, fajita mix with taco seasoning, lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes were the toppings. Alex and I had a little feast and he ate all of his veggies. Yay!

I have a crazy weekend ahead. I am pumped!

For all you CBYXer’s out there remember we won’t be here for mother’s day next year. Try to make this one extra special and show your appreciation!I have something cool planned. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hugs,

Kristin

Osama Bin Laden

is dead. My facebook newsfeed was immediately filled with triumph, but I can’t help but feel something different.

“I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. ย Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. ย Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. ย Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

-Kristin

In 3 Months

ย I won’t be able to do this

or make silly faces

or be unnecessarily weird

or get woken up at the crack of dawn

or have someone to be a kid with

and that makes me sad. really sad.

I am trying not to think about it.

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What a splendid day it has been!

The roses in my backyard are starting to bloom which is a sign that mother’s day is right around the corner!

I started off the morning with church. I brought Alex along and he seemed to really enjoy it. He has been asking to come along and spent the car ride home reading his new kids illustrated bible. It is important to me that he grows up with good values and Christianity is amazing. God has an undeniable influence.

On the way home we stopped at Michael’s to get some supplies for a school project on the Harpy Eagle. He has to make a replica from clay and do some research about the fascinating bird. Alex has been pronouncing it as the Herpe Eagle. ๐Ÿ™‚ It cracks it me up. It ended up looking like this…

For lunch I made some shrooms:

yummy portobello

with homemade sun-dried tomato hummus

complemented with some veggies

all on top of a sandwich thin

I can’t stand the taste or texture when bananas are this ripe and sugary. I like ’em light green.

So I made something yummy with them instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alexander gave me a bionicle building lesson this afternoon. Apparently the more color equals more power. He is off building an army of bionicle men and is threatening that he will beat my currently non-existent army so I have to go get building!

My nutritional goal for the week is to eat less sugar and dairy. I have been snacking on left over Easter candy all week and it needs to stop. Veggies are the goal. My skin is also not too happy about the excessive sugar and dairy. Oops. My skin is one of my best measurements of how I am eating because it is so sensitive to changes in my diet.

My academic goal is to spend 20 minutes a day reviewing German vocab.

My self growth goal is to finish reading Finding a Religion and meditating at least once this week. I think meditation is such an amazing tool for self-awareness.

What is your goal(s) for the week?

Hugs,

Kristin

Lovin’ Life

What a great day and it isn’t even four o’clock yet!

Rikke and I met up for the 7 am spin and sculpt class. I don’t think I would ever go to the morning classes if it weren’t for her. Hallelujah. I enjoyed the workout. It wasn’t insanely crazy, but got me sweating. We did thirty minutes of solid bike work then moved on to a circuit type dealio complete with burpies and mountain climbers.

Then we went to a Zumba thon. Ready to dance!

It was a charity event to raise money for Japan and the Wednesday morning instructor at my gym helped organize it. Rikke and I got a bit lost, shocker, but we made it to the event. And boy am I glad we did! Two fun-filled hours of dancing, laughing, and sweating. I love being able to laugh at myself and just have a grand time. I am a horrible dancer. Even that is an understatement. It is just fun to let loose where everyone else is also enjoying themselves too.

The awesome lineup of songs.

Fun. Fun Fun.

1/2 the time no one really knew what was going on ๐Ÿ˜‰

Partay!

124 people showed up and $1,700 was raised. Wowza.

I was so completely and utterly dead by the end of it.

A few months ago I heard of this restaurant and I have wanted to try it ever since. It is a vegan’s heaven. They serve mostly vegetarian dishes, but most can be made vegan too.

Holy guacamole!!!!! I ordered the nutburger. It was foodgasmic. Seriously. Ahhhh!!!! I think the active morning made it all the more amazing. I now want to try everything on their menu.

Rikke ordered the super avocado and cheese. ๐Ÿ™‚

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Do me a favor and go there if you are ever in Fair Oaks, California. Better yet, take me with you!

My dad did some grocery shopping while I was gone. I can’t help but smile. 50 pounds of popcorn. really? ๐Ÿ™‚

I am off to curl up in a ball and nap to read.

Cheers,

Kristin