Friday, May 21, 2010

100 Things Summer

(This is a working I think of things that remind me of Summer) Please feel free to comment your own favorite things.
1. wild flowers
2. homemade popsicles
3. picnics
4. sparklers
5. watermelon
6. late night games of hide-n-go-seek with all the neighborhood kids
7. Icee's (mixed-cherry & coke, of course)
8. Koolaid stains on my kids upper lips
9. baseball games
10. sand castles
11. midnight movie premieres
12. camp
13. hammock swing
14. drive-in movies
15. eating blackberries right off the vine
16. Sunday drives to nowhere in particular
17. canoeing
18. Sonic ice
19. flip flops
20. bike rides
21. tire swing
22. big league chew
23. hula hoop contests
24. 4th of July parades
25. the smell of sunscreen and sun tan lotion
26. lightening bugs
27. flying kites
28. hot dogs
29. swimming
30. homemade ice cream
31. fishing
32. water balloon fights
33. corn on the cobb
34. grilling
35. camping
36. the smell of freshly cut grass
37. blowing bubbles
38. sidewalk chalk art
39. hopscotch
40. jumping waves in the ocean
41. running through the sprinklers
42. dozens of pairs of sunglasses (because it's SUMMER! Duh!)
43. pool tags
44. sleeping late
45. sprinklers hitting my window at 5am
46. Bluebell Factory-Brenham
47. washing my Jeep by hand
48. Super Soakers
49. mosquito trucks at 10pm
50. fresh summer sheets
51. peach cobbler
52. family reunion
53. pedicures
54. sun-streaked hair
55. Little Petes
56. Six Flags
57. water skiing/tubing
58. Schlitterbahn
59. Sea World
60. sno-cones
61. freezer pops
62. root beer floats
63. patio dining
64. tan lines
65. freckles
66. chlorine-damaged hair
67. floating the Guadelupe
68. June bugs
69. slip-n-slide
70. floaties
71. noodles
72. goggles
73. bug spray
74. citronella
75. shaving legs daily = razor burn!

(pause for now...)

The Sweetest Thing...

So, yesterday I celebrated my 31st Birthday and it was an amazing day. I was overwhelmed with all the messages that came through my phone, email and Facebook. All day long I was blessed with birthday well-wishes and kind words. It made my day so incredibly special. I truly do have the best family and friends in the whole big world.

Although these wishes made my day, I must say that one in particular touched my heart deeper than any other. At 8:15am I was sitting at my desk at work and I got a call from Mackenzie and Andrew. Mackenzie's sweet voice greeted me with a "Happy Birthday, Mommy!" We spoke for a couple of minutes and then she passed the phone to Andrew. (A little background on Andrew you must know: He is not typically overly expressive of his thoughts or feelings. I usually have to drag emotion out of him. Also, he isn't fond of having all the attention and focus on him--even from us, his family...he's a little shy. Anyway...) I was fully expecting "Hey, Mom. Happy Birthday. Can I go play the Wii?" But instead, Andrew took the phone and began singing "Happy Birthday" in his precious little 5-year-old voice. By the time he reached, "...dear Mommy..." I was tearing up. It was the most expressive, sincere, and honest birthday wish I have ever received. I wish I could have bottled it up so that I would be able to listen to it over and over again. It was the sweetest thing. What an incredible gift!! One I will treasure always and never, ever forget.
These are the sweetest things; moments that stand out in our hearts and minds for a long, long time. I want to be careful not to move past these too fast.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

QT with Sweet C

Taking time to spend with my kids is really important to me. In this season of my life, it's really easy to get caught up in "what's next?" and "are we there yet?" My focus is usually more on what's ahead instead of what's right in front of me. To keep from getting swept into the future, I carve out special "hang out" time with each of my kids right here in the present. We do this as a family (a.k.a "Stark Family Funn Nite!"), but I also do my best to take time with my lil' ones individually. I find that this is when I really get to know them, what's on their mind, and how they perceive the world.
Today I got the opportunity to spend some quality time with my Sweet Caroline. Being the youngest of three, she kinda gets tossed in the chaos and just hangs on for the ride. She's easy going, smart, and so unbelievably funny!
We spent some time swinging, playing tennis, feeding the ducks, hiking, and swinging some more. She is such a precious gift; a surprise to David and me, but a HUGE blessing none the less. I look at her and I cannot imagine life without her. God has big plans for this sweet girl, and I am so thrilled to be a part of it.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Where does the time go?

Sheesh. I come back to blog and see it's been over two months since my last entry. Whuhh? I've actually logged on a couple of times since October, but was so ashamed about the enormous lapse in time that I just logged right back off.
Well, a lot has gone down since my last entry. I'll just list out the highlights:
1) Halloween 2009 (Mackenzie-Spanish Princess, Caroline-LSU Cheerleader, Andrew-Transformer, but passed on the trick-r-treating due to his fear of any and all masks)
2) Caroline's 1st Birthday Party-What a treat! Cannot believe she's a year.
3)Thanksgiving-Wonderful time spent with David's family. We saw a movie and visited Santa's Wonderland! And shopped at Sam Moon (the only place I am willing to step foot in on Black Friday. It's so worth it!)
4) Kristy diagnosed with Dural Sinus Thrombosis. Currently undergoing treatment to safely and effectively remove it. Asking God for a miracle on this one, so if you'd like to hop on this prayer're most definitely welcome to do so!
5) Perhaps the biggest embarrassment...David and I let the P90X Challenge fall to the wayside these last 8 weeks. We both got a little sick the beginning of November and just dropped it like it was HOT. We're planning on picking it back up in January--thank goodness. I missed it!

Well, there you have it. Our life in 5 condensed points. Now that we're all caught up, I'll try and do better. I really do enjoy this little outlet I have to post our adventures, funny stories, "Andrew-isms" and such. Thanks for letting me share them with you.

Monday, October 12, 2009

P90X--Week Two...

So, we're working chest and back today. Yay. (Do you sense excitement in my "voice?" Well, don't. You've misunderstood.)
I am excited, however, that I've reached Week Two!! That alone is worth the feeling of achievement! Here's what I don't understand yet: how come certain days are focused on targeted muscle groups (for instance 'Monday-Chest and Back') and yet I still ache EVERYWHERE after the workout? That's not very fair. Am I that out of shape? I don't feel that out of shape. Maybe that's why this program is so's HONEST! We've gotten used to all these "watered-down" versions of what a real workout is. (How about Jillian's "20 Minute Shred" or the infamous "8 Minute Abs" only to be followed three short months later by the "*New and Improved* 7 Minute Abs") Let's face sure takes longer than 8 minutes to put the weight on and for the muscle to turn to fat. So why do we expect an easy fix? Well, because we're lazy, but we'll expand on that on a different day.

Well, I'm off to work my chest and back (and biceps and triceps and shoulders and abs). Getting more excited by the minute! This time I really mean it. Really.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Okay, so today is "Plyometrics" day in the P90X workout regimen. "Plyometrics?" you ask. It's just a fancy word for "a program designed to show you how weak and out of shape you are". Holy Mother of Pearl! Now, I admit that I'm more out of shape now than I have ever been in my life. But I used to teach workouts like these as a profession less than a decade ago. Then two major back surgeries, a career move, and two more children rolled into the picture. Now, here I sit--covered in sweat and crying. Yup, tears definitely formed. Tony Horton (the instructor) calls it "the mother of all work outs" and says this "puts the 'X' in P90X." WONDERFUL. Well, at least he was honest.
I guess the one thing I am most thankful for is the fact that I get to do this torture in the privacy of my own home. No one around to see my not-so-amazing form after the 12th rep. No one nearby to hear me scream when Tony pushes me to 20. Well, I have two words for Mr. Tony... YOUR MOM!

So, I've completed my Day 2 and I'm ready to see results. I can definitely FEEL something different, so that's a good sign. I'll give it a little more time.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The "P90X" Adventure

It begins...
Every day for the past two months--there it is...PLASTERED all over TV, magazines, Internet pop-ups-- "P90X." I desperately tried (with no success) to ignore the ads of this insanely challenging, body-shaping, life-changing, 90-day-money-back-guarantee-ing workout REVOLUTION. I just couldn't look away. I was mesmerized by the commitment level each of the featured participants displayed and the results they achieved. There was only one thing left to do...sit back and wait for David to order it. And he did. Dag-nabbit! Two weeks ago he signed the agreement (in was only appropriate) and... it was delivered (12lbs, 13 oz) on Saturday!!

After watching David complete Day 1 and Day 2, I quickly realized this program inarguably brings "NO PAIN, NO GAIN" to a whole new level. (side note- Day 2 is "plyometrics"...but David calls it "pyro-technics." Regarding Andrew in my previous "I love it when" blog...the apple clearly doesn't fall far from the tree) So, here we are on Day 3 and I'm jumping in. I know...I cheated a little and I'm not proud of that. But the majority of the time we get motivated and we start something and by Day 3 we I've got better odds now, according to my calculations.

So, here's where I would start tracking my progress and list my beginning weight and measurements, before pictures, etc. But nahhhh. I'll skip that like I did Day 1 and Day 2. I know what I look like now (before) so I will be able to tell what's different in the after. David sweetly urged me to go through with the before picture. And I lovingly replied, "It's not an option, babe. Let's not talk about this anymore." (Speaking the truth in love is something we were taught by our pretty amazing marriage counselors. Don't judge.)

Well, here we go...I'll post results (in WORDS, not PICTURES) and I am looking forward to sharing!