Monthly Archives: August 2013

Happy Saturday folks!!

We had a marvelous day today. The kids went to White Water with their grandmas today. They had so much fun. I wish I could have captured their faces when I told them they were going! It was so cute. They’ve been wanting to go all summer. I’m glad they finally got to go and had a great time.

While the kids were swimming the adults had some adult time. What else would we do, but go play arcade games?!! Jeremy, Raechel, and I went to Dave & Busters. We’ve never been before. I have been begging for Jeremy to take me for years. I finally got my wish today!! We had a great lunch, some adult drinks, and lots of games.

I didn’t get any pictures. We were to busy having fun!

Sorry for the short post. I want to spend the last few hours with Raechel while she’s here. We’ve had a great time with her and will be sad to see her go back home tomorrow. So glad she came to stay with us.

See you tomorrow.

Steph Shock

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Hey everyone. We have a great friend staying with us this weekend. She arrived today and we’ve had a great time so far. Her name is Raechel…Hi Racheal!!…she has traveled from Arkansas, just to see us! I feel so special. 🙂

We have a barbecue to attend tomorrow, but no other big plans. We played skip-bo tonight with my granny (sounds super exciting right?!) and had fun. I’m looking forward to just hanging out and enjoying the time she’s here.

Tonight’s a short post. My apologies. Skip-bo wore me out. I’m ready for bed.

Thank God it’s FRIDAY!

Enjoy your weekend.

Steph Shock

P.S. Today was our running day. It was easier today than any other day. My only regret was going at noon and it was so HOT!!! Great run though. We’ve officially made it through the first week of Couch to 5k! Yay!!


I have something great to share with you tonight. It’s refreshing, tastes great, and good for you. Naturally flavored water!! It’s been all over Pinterest. I’ve pinned it before and never tried it. Today I don’t know what came over me, but it just popped in my head…I want to make some flavored water!  I am so glad I did.

It’s easy…it’s healthy…it’s delicious.

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You can look up recipes or just make up your own. Have some fun with it. In this batch I threw in one cucumber, one lime, one lemon, and some mint. I love it. Jeremy not so much. He’s not much of a cucumber lover. (cucumbers have lots of great benefits) Atticus LOVES it. I am afraid he may drink it all before I get to it tomorrow. 😉

I’m going to try some different mixtures. It’ll be fun to let the boys pick what fruits they want to add. It’s a really great way to get yourself (or kids) drinking more water if you have trouble with plain boring water.

You should really try it. I think you’ll love the taste and the benefits from it.

Tomorrow is our running day! Yippee!

Have a happy Friday!!

Steph Shock


Running. What can I say….We started Couch to 5k last week. We finished one day and…(silence)  Things just came up! Weather was bad, blah blah blah.

Well…I’m happy to say we started back this week! Monday was our first day back and it went really well. If you’ve never used the app before, let me just fill you in on a few details.

Couch to 5k is an app on the iPhone. (I’m sure you can probably get it on other devices…I’m just not aware of all of them.) It’s a 9 week program that slowly builds you up and teaches you to run long distances. I will admit I can barely jog one full lap around a track. I’ve never been a runner. I’ve never enjoyed it. I’ve seen plenty of people who jog and have always admired them. The first week we will jog every other day. You start with a brisk 5 minute walk and then comes the fun part…running. You will run for 1 minute. Sounds easy right? Well…the first one is. It’s a total breeze. After your 1 minute, you walk for a minute and a half. You will repeat this as you run a total of 8 times and finish with a cool down 5 minute walk.

I was tired. There were plenty of times I wished Jeremy would say “Okay…I’m done for today. Let’s just quit.” He never did. I kept telling myself “You can do this. Just keep going. You’re not going to die!” I’m happy to announce…We did it!! We did the entire thing today and by the end of it I was still alive and breathing. Not to mention I actually felt great!! I felt accomplished. I really did it. It may not be much for some, but it’s huge for me. It’s a little baby step to what is to come and I am excited to see what I can complete in the 9 weeks.

Again…It helps that Jeremy and I are doing this together. He is a great partner and motivator.

I am grateful that tomorrow is our rest day, but looking forward to another great day Friday.

See you tomorrow!

Steph Shock


Kids. We have great kids. Like, super great. I am thankful for the kids we have everyday…But no matter how awesome your kids are, there’s always those times when you just want to pull your hair out!

We had a great day today. Home school went great. Atticus and Bonus are doing amazingly well. Atticus is older and is pretty good at working on his own once he is given instruction. Bonus usually needs more help, but that’s expected for his age. I can tell his attention span is getting better and he is starting to enjoy his school work more and more each day. I love working with them side by side. When Bonus does something good, he always wants his brother to come over and check it out. It’s so cute!!

After school we went to the park. It was so hot today, but that never keeps them away! They could stay for hours if we’d let them. Once we left there, we went and chatted with my grandma and headed home.

At this point it has already been a long day. No naps. They did lay down for a bit, but never fell asleep. All in all….things were going good.

Then we decided to go to the book store.  Once we pulled up they were excited because they know the kids section has toys. Not just any toys….Thomas the Train.  While Jeremy looked for a book, I took the kids to the their section. They played with those trains for a long time. They were having a great time and playing well with each other.

Then it was time to leave.

Atticus did well. When Jeremy said we were leaving, he dropped his things and was ready to go. Bonus on the other hand….let’s just say he got loud. “I never want to leave!” He even said we had to stay forever. FOREVER! Jeremy picked him up screaming and kicking. We were both so embarrassed! I know he was tired. I know others have kids and they know what it’s like. But really!? Why must they act so crazy in public? Bonus is stubborn. He gets that from his dad. When he feels strongly about something he sticks to his guns. I’m sure this will come in handy when he’s older. 😉 But right now, I’d really just like to leave a store without everyone staring at us!!!

That’s not too much to ask is it?

But who couldn’t love these faces? They are just to darn cute to be mad forever.

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See you tomorrow.

Steph Shock


Today is the day…I decided it’s time to make the big change. The one I’ve been dreading! It’s time to get healthy!! I love food. I love convenience . Some days I don’t want to cook and it’s just easier to grab something quick. Not anymore. I’m tired of having no energy, being weighed down by the extra weight, and I want to show a healthy example for the kids.

Today I stocked up on veggies. Have you heard of Sprouts? If you have one in your area, it’s worth the trip. I was amazed at their prices and the selection is amazing. Most health food stores are outrageously priced. Sprouts is not. I got so much stuff for very little.

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Look at all this yummy goodness. I am so ready for this change. I need it. Heck we all need it!!

We also started back at our running tonight. My legs are so tired. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I can do it! I need to stay motivated. It helps that Jeremy is running with me!  How do you stay motivated with food and exercise? Do you have any favorite websites? Magazines? Please share. I would love the help.

Tomorrow we start back juicing. I love juicing. It is amazing. The only thing I dislike about it, the clean up!! Yuck! Have you ever seen the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead? You must watch it! It will change your life. It was on Netflix…I need to look and see if it’s still on instant stream. It is highly motivating.

Welp…I’m off to bed. I need a good nights rest after our run today!

See you tomorrow.

Steph Shock

 


Hello! I hope everyone had a magnificent weekend! We had a great one. Very relaxing, quite, and productive! I’m refreshed and ready to take on the week. Our friend from Eureka is supposed to come visit us next weekend. I’m eager to see if she will make it. It’s still not 100% if she will be able to get away. It’ll be lots of fun having her here for a few days.

Anyhoodles! Who’s up for a challenge?

I’ve been apart of Die Cut Crazy Magazine since February. It’s a lot of work, but I really enjoy it!  In the July issue we started a monthly challenge. This month it’s all about flowers!

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I can’t technically enter, but I do like to challenge myself and make a card based off it. If you’re a crafter and love a challenge, we wish you’d join us! Look what you could win!

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This tool kit is awesome! These tools come in real handy and I love the molding pad. So useful.

Does anyone have one of these kits they use on a regular basis?

If you’d like to enter, all you need to do is email your entry to diecutcrazymag@gmail.com

The challenge ends at the end of the month. Make sure and get your entry in!  I’m looking forward to seeing who will win!

I’m off to craft. 🙂

Steph Shock

www.diecutcrazymag.com