Apr 14, 2014

She's a Homerun Hitter

First off, like my new look?
Hubby Jack made it happen.
If you need a new look, hit him up.
All the cool bloggers are doing it. :)
 
I realize I am falling behind on blogging.
This happens when softball season rolls around.
We get kinda busy.
And in case you were wondering, yes, I'm that crazy softball mom that
yells the entire time, knows every single kid's name, and coaches from the sideline.
Sorry but I'm not really sorry.
I know my softball. And I'm secretly SUPER jealous that I'm too old to play.
Although I have plans of getting an adult team together soon.....
 
So, last week, Kate had her first ball game.
Alex decided not to play...and she has regretted it every day since.
I was super nervous because Kate was playing first...and she's never played first.
And ya kinda get a lot of action on first.
That girl caught a line drive and owned that base.
I was proud.
 
The game was tied so we went into an extra inning.
Bottom of the extra inning, still tied, and we were at bat with 2 outs.
And I was praying we would score because I was too sleepy for another inning.
Kate's up to bat.
Be still my heart.
I swear, I am not good on the sidelines.
Just let me bat for you!!!
Right before she went up to bat, she asked me if I would buy her sunflower seeds if she
hit a homerun.....obviously, I said yes. And probably would have promised her something bigger.
Annnnnnnnnd, she hit a homerun to win the game.
Just like that, game over.
 
Proud is an understatement.
Some of my best memories in life are from that same exact softball field.
So I love watching my kids make memories there.
And she smiled the entire way home.
And I still owe the girl some sunflower seeds...thank goodness I didn't promise her something big.
 
I also found out that K&A aren't facebook friends.
Twins, but not facebook friends. I swear, those girls......
 
In other news, my cousin Jessie went to heaven on Saturday.
I hate that she had to leave earth, but I know she was ready.
And I know she is hugging on my sweet baby and keeping him company.
 
Happy Monday everybody! I'm excited about a good week. :) 
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Apr 8, 2014

Red Chair Story

My cousin Jessi is having a tough time lately.
She has cancer.
She's been battling it for years.
And she was told that the chemo was no longer working.
She was sent home to "get comfortable".
When I tell you that I know no stronger person, I'm not exaggerating.
I've watched her fight this fight for awhile now.
And she is amazing.
Can you believe that while she was busy fighting cancer, she came to visit me
and Baby Harper in the NICU to tell us she was praying for us?
There are not many people in this world as amazing as her.
I only hope that I can be half as brave as she is.
And as much as I will miss her, I know she will love on my sweet baby boy
as soon as she gets to heaven.
 
Please watch this video that she made awhile back.
And say a little pray that she may have comfort at home with her sweet husband.
 

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Apr 1, 2014

10 Things I Need my Daughters to Know


1. Don't compare yourself to your sister. I don't care if you have 6 sisters or you only have 1, don't compare yourself to them or any other woman. God made us each special and unique, and I, for one, believe that makes us each awesome in our own way.

2. Don't believe everything somebody tells you. Especially now that the internet is at the tip of your fingers. Do some reasearch. Find out some information on your own. Form your own opinions. And most importantly, just because you read it on the internet, does not make it true.

3. Boys. We aren't going to get into the birds and the bees here, but remember that every boyfriend that you have is a potential husband. If you wouldn't bring him home to meet your parents, he's not good enough for one date. If you don't think he would make a great father, then he's not worth one date. And if he doesn't treat you right, let me know and I will beat him up.....and he's really obviously not worth one date then. Hold out until you find one that is worth a lot more than a first date.

4. Friends. It's all about quality, not quantity. I don't care if your friends are the most popular kids in school or the biggest dorks ever, find some to develop deep, loyal, lifelong friendships with. I still have some of the same friends that I had in elementary school and I love that. Good friends are hard to come by, so once you make them, hold on tight to them.

Also, please note, #4 is more important than #3, at least until you are married.

5. Enemies. First off, you shouldn't have any. Be nice, don't give anyone a reason to not like you. But the cold hard truth is that not everyone will like you. Some girls will talk bad about you behind your back. It doesn't matter why they don't like you, it only matters how you handle it. Be nice to those that are mean to you. Love one another. Of course they may not change, but just be the girl that is nice to everyone.

6. Your faith. {Obviously these are in no particular order.} Hold tight to what you believe in. Know that God is always with you. As the saying goes, "don't tell your God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is".

7. Don't drink and drive. Just call me. Yes, I will probably ground you. Yes, it will make me sad that you put yourself in such a situation. But call me, and I'll come get you. No matter what time it is.
Obviously this one doesn't apply until WAY later in life. Like when you are 25 or so. Obviously.

8. You can't take back words that you say. Think before you speak. Always.

9. Remember, at any given point, someone could take a picture of you. Once there is a picture of you, it's out there. Once it's on the internet, it can't be gotten rid of. Don't do something that you wouldn't want someone to take a picture of. What if you want to run for president one day? Be aware of what people would find if they googled your name....and definitely make sure you run for president one day. :)

10. I will always love you. No matter what you do. No matter how many times you argue with your sister, no matter how much I ground you, no matter how many times that I literally want to pull your hair out because you drive me so nuts. I love you. And nothing will change that. Pin It Now!

Mar 27, 2014

My Advocare 24 Day Challenge

Yesterday was the last day of my 24 day challenge.
This is my COMPLETELY honest thoughts on the challenge.

First off, the 10 day cleanse.
I can tell you right off that I didn't lose as much as expected.
Most people lose 7-10 lbs on the cleanse...and I lost 4.
I felt amazing at the end of it but what the heck?!
After tons of review, I figured out the problems.
Plus FH researched a lot to figure out what was going on.

First off, I ate my weight in fruit.
Umm duh Lora, fruit has sugar. Yes, it's good sugar, but one of the main
points of the cleanse is to limit your sugar.
So that's mistake number 1.

Second, I was eating clean before I started the cleanse.
Most people lose a ton of weight with the cleanse because they
aren't already eating this way. It's an amazing way to get you on track
with eating right, but I was already there. I just had to give up my daily greek
yogurt and cheese.
Since my body was already accustomed to this way of eating, it wasn't a
shock to it like the cleanse is for a lot of people.
Mistake number 2.

Third, bad timing. We all know that I lost my son just before I started
Advocare.....and I stopped breastfeeding cold turkey. And went straight into
a strict diet with VERY high cardio. (Cardio is my coping mechanism.) Since I went through these changes so quickly, apparently my body went from lactating to producing another type
of hormone that caused me to hold on to fat....thanks for that! FH read all about it,
(he's my fitness instructor) and read that in order to get past it, I need to do less cardio (what-the-what?!) and lift more weights. I'm on that track right now and loving it.
Mistake number 3.

After the 10 days was over, I wasn't ready to stop.
Once you get past the first few days, you realize this is something you can keep doing.
I can say that starting on the 11th day, you take a LOT of pills.
It's easy to forget to take them....and if you have problems with big pills, you might have problems.
Also, the fiber drink, for the 10 day cleanse, I got it down, no problem at all!
But since I want to be able to answer all questions I get honestly, I forced myself to try the Citrus
fiber drink. I was told to get the Peaches and Cream because it is way better.
And I almost threw up. The Citrus one is retched. But the Peaches and Cream one is no problem.
The hardest part of the entire 24 days was going out to eat.
I planned all my meals for the week on Sundays and had everything ready- this is the key to success!
But eating out was tough and took lots of willpower.

All in all, I'm still in love with these products.
And I'm not saying that to make money...I just signed up to sell so I can get the discount.
I actually like my job so I don't plan on quitting to sell Advocare or anything.
I feel better, so so much better. And I've learned how to eat right.
And as cheesy as it sounds, I've learned how to make this a lifestyle change, not a diet.
And we all know that's the most important part.
I lost a total of 7 lbs on the 24 day challenge.
My pants are fitting better, my face is thinner, and my body is changing in so many ways.
The number on the scale is not all that matters!!!

If you are interested in Advocare, you can order it here.
If you have any questions about it, you can comment below. I will be happy to help anybody out.
This product has changed my life and I may not be ready to share progress pics yet, but I can
assure you that I am way closer than I have ever been.

So stay tuned.....

Happy Thursday everybody.
FH and I are headed to a much needed mini vaca this weekend so I'll be sure to blog about it soon. :) Pin It Now!

Mar 26, 2014

Real Life

It's hard for me to blog.
It just brings up too many emotions and reminds me too much of Harper.
But I'm going to try today....because I miss it.

You know what else I miss?

I miss waking up in the middle of the night to a crying baby. I know all you moms out there have
every right to complain when you don't get sleep. I know how frustrating it can be. I also know that I
would give up sleeping for months if I could just wake up for Harper one more time. Try to remember that the next time you want to pull your hair out because your baby needs you at 2 AM.

I miss being busy. Don't get me wrong, with 11 year old twins, 5th grade homework, and my new obsession with getting in shape, I'm busy. But it's a different kind of busy. I miss the kind of busy that includes making bottles and cleaning them out, missing out on doing things because we have a baby at home, and never getting to watch that show on Netflix because of the baby.

I miss sharing pictures of Harper on Instagram. And taking new pictues. It breaks my heart knowing that I'll never have another new picture of him.

I even miss the NICU. It seemed so horrible at the time. Having to leave him each night to go home to a house without him. But at least I could go back to him the next day. Or even in the middle of the night if I chose. I wish I could visit him in heaven like I did in the NICU.

I'll always miss him. I'd like to sit here and tell you each day gets easier. It doesn't. I know it will eventually, but not now. Somedays I miss him so much that my heart literally hurts.

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Feb 26, 2014

Branching Out

I'd like to write a book.
A book about life in the NICU.
One of the worse things about being a NICU mom is feeling all alone.
And not knowing what to expect.
Since I'm a part of the blog world, I searched for blogs and read them...
and that was so comforting to me.
But if you aren't a blogger, you probably wouldn't go that route.

The only person that understands the NICU life is a Mom that has lived through it.
And I want to help other Moms with tips and things I learned.

My question for you is....how do I do it?
Should I just write it all out, then see how long it is?
Maybe just make it a pamphlet to hand out at the NICU?
Maybe turn it into an e-book? Because let's be honest, we all know I
write a lot so it probably won't be short.

And most importantly, do you think that I shouldn't write it because
of how my story ends? Would you really want to read a story about a
baby that went to heaven after 5 months when you yourself are praying
for your own child?? I think I can make it positive enough....but I also know
that emotions are all over the place for these moms so I would never want
to discourage them!!!

Any advice that you have for me is greatly appreciated. :)
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Feb 25, 2014

Advocare!!

Let's lighten everything up today, shall we?
Things have gotten pretty deep around here lately, and they probably will be for awhile.
But today I want to talk to you about something new I am focusing on.
Advocare.

I've been dying to try Advocare for about a year now.
But I couldn't because I was pregnant.
And then I couldn't because I was breastfeeding.
{Although there are a few of the products that you can use while breastfeeding.}

I'm finally in a place where I can do it.
And I couldn't be more exciting!
What a great opportunity for a distraction...and boy do I need a distraction!

You can read all about Advocare here.
This is a great tool to learn all about it.
I always want to give credit where credit is due, but I just found this tool while googling....
so to whomever put it together, thank you!

I also searched pinterest for "advocare cleanse" and found lots of positive stuff.

I'm going to be starting a 10 day cleanse on March 3....
so I can be finished just in time for spring break. :)
If you would like to join me, you can order your cleanse here.
Just click on SHOP at the top of the page, then in the search box, enter
in "cleanse". The herbal cleanse 10 day supply should come up. You can
order it from there.

Spark, the most amazing drink you will ever have, provides you with a pick-
me-up that will help you during the cleanse. It's not required, but it is
something you might want to think about buying in addition to the cleanse.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
I will, of course, be blogging about my cleanse each day so that y'all can
follow along.

Happy Tuesday everybody!
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