Tuesday, February 5, 2013

ashamed of myself

I am so ashamed of myself! How did I not know that January was National Oatmeal month?

I don't know about you, but oatmeal is a major staple in my diet and eating it on the daily makes me so happy, healthy, and helps me stay full and energized far longer than any other breakfast food.  Sometimes I even eat it for dessert! 

I know it's like National Pancake Day today or something, but pancakes? Who even cares about those? Whatever. They can be delicious, but when I make them, my recipe includes oatmeal!

I like to flavor my oatmeal with a little bit of maple syrup (homemade) and I like to eat it on a bit of wheat toast! Yum!  You can try it with anything though, blueberries, apples, strawberries, honey, peanut butter, chocolate chips, whatever you want guys, for real, endless flavor opportunities.

You can read about some of the health benefits of oatmeal here.

I'm going to enjoy a bowl right now and watch the drama play out on the bachelor.  Oh, the drama!

Are you watching the bachelor?  Do you think Tierra is seriously that crazy or is it all in the editing?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Januarys and Mondays

Isn't January just like some great, big, looming Monday?  We start our weeks with Monday and our years with January.  What makes them so darn tough to make it through?  My husband's birthday is in January, and even he dislikes it.  I'm relieved to say hello to February.  There will still be plenty of snow hanging around (Utah anyway) until March at least I'm sure, but something about Valentine's Day just reminds you to hold on tight, spring is coming. 

Even though we have a lot to be grateful for in our life right now, it just seems like we've hit a rough patch since September.  I have been hoping 2013 would start us off right, but January is always a little tough.  So, 2013, I won't judge you by January.  February and I have hope for you yet.

It's amazing how in tune dogs can be to your emotions.  I am sure glad I've got this smelly puppy to sit next to me and rest his head on my leg when he knows I need it.  Lately he'll find an occasion to gently rest his head on my tummy and I think he knows something big is going down around here soon. 

We're going to hunker down on the couch to watch the super bowl (meaning Lee is watching the game, I am perusing the internets and waiting for the 'much anticipated commercials') while eating marshmallow popcorn until we're sick.

And if you're into that sort of thing, here's a quote which brought me a little cheer when I read it at church today...

“My young friends, there is an opportunity for you to become great—just as great as you wish to be. In starting out in life you may set your hearts upon things very difficult to attain to, but possibly within your reach. In your first efforts to gratify your desires you may fail, and your continued efforts may not prove what may be termed a success. But inasmuch as your efforts were honest efforts, and inasmuch as your desires were founded in righteousness, the experience you obtain while pursuing your hearts’ desires must necessarily be profitable to you, and even your mistakes, if mistakes you make, will be turned to your advantage.”  

President Lorenzo Snow (President of the LDS church from 1898- 1901)

PS: Wish me luck at the dentist tomorrow! I'm really hoping to keep up with my cavity free streak despite the baby in my belly leaching away all of the good nutrients and calcium! Yikes!