Saturday, February 26, 2011

Guilty Pleasures

Tag! You're it.  I was tagged in a post by the one and only mother of nine (yes, nine...she is a superhero!) and in order to participate in this lovely tagging, you have to write down five guilty pleasures.  So here goes.....

1. Real honest to goodness double shot with skim cappuccinos from Fuel (My favorite coffee shop) None of that gas station crap, give me the real deal.  I think they put something addictive in their espresso.  So good. Sometimes I scrape and dig change out of the couch cushions just so I can go have my $3.30 cup of pure bliss.

2.  Running.  I do it for fun. I do it so I don't get fat. I do it because I am super competitive. There, I said it. Nothing compares to that feeling you get after a good run. 

3. The Internet.  From Facebook to blogging to news to music videos.  I can't imagine life without this high speed goodness. I am an Internet junkie.

4. Books. I have found my love of reading again.  I have been known to check out five at a time because if I don't like one, I move on to the next.  Sometimes I get a panicked feeling when I finish a book and can't get to the library.  I love my library.  Reading allows me to forget about the day and dive into another world and time.  I love that. 

5. Music.  The soundtrack to my life.  I love all kinds of music and have been known to have radios on in different rooms....all at the same time.  I enjoy making music on my cornet. I enjoy singing (although the car and the shower are my only stages) It is so powerful and knows no boundaries and really speaks to me. 

So now I have to tag three people.....let's see......I'm going to go with Andrea G, Jill K and Megan G.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The life and death of me

This child is the life and death of me.

 He is a defiant ball of energy and humor with a touch of spunk and tantrum throwing genius all wrapped into one.  I can't imagine life without him but there are moments when I need a break from him.  It takes all of my energy just to keep up with him and discipline him but revives me with his humor, facial expressions and all around sweetness.  I love him to death. Thanks for making me laugh today my sweet Brody man.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hold on tight

I always check on the boys before I go to bed at night.  I make sure the haven't lost their blankets, tuck them back in and give them a quick kiss on the cheek.  I also check for random items that travel with them to bed (paintbrushes, toys, flashlights, books, dogs, you name it) that need to be removed in order for them to have a more peaceful slumber.  Last night Brody was all curled up on top of a book, clutching it so tightly that I couldn't pry it from his little fingers.  His small hands were holding his bible and there was no question as to weather it was staying or going.  It was staying.

It wasn't going anywhere.

What do you hold on to tightly? Is it your beautiful dream home? A dream job? Time? Money? Beauty and perfection? As Christians we should really only be clinging to one thing with all of our might.  We should be clinging to the cross.  Clinging to the cross and letting everything else just slip right through our fingertips.  We are only on this earth for a short time and the thing you want to be left clinging to in the end is Jesus.  It really puts into perspective what we are living for.

It just starts with one person.  Don't let it stop with you.  Invest in someone.  Invest in your children.  Be intentional.

I've made it a goal of mine to be very intentional with my children.  I try to make every situation into a learning and growing experience for the both of us.  I want to take the time to invest in them now why they are still young and impressionable.  I want them to remember the time I took to share about Christ's love with them.  It doesn't stop with your children.  It could be the next door neighbor, a friend from work or a mother from playgroup.  If you think intentionally you are going to live intentionally.  See every opportunity as an opportunity to share Christ, show love and simply reach out to someone.

You might have to go out of your way.  You might have to go out of your comfort zone, but I guarantee that you will find joy when you do.  I have been convicted a few times by this blog and it's audience. At first it was a blog for my family to see the boys adventures and hear about their stories and it has turned into a daily journal for me.  Quite therapeutic and has sparked a love for writing that I never knew was there (the quality is to yet to be determined) I know that there are many different people who read this. Old friends, family, new friends, random friends of a friend and strangers.  If I could simply quit worrying about what people might think if they read about my faith, think of how many people I might be able to reach? They may not agree but I just want them to know how awesome it is that to have certainty, faith and joy.  Knowing have a spot reserved for me in heaven and I'm not a crazy church lady (once again, yet to be determined)

So I encourage you to let go of whatever you have been holding on to so tightly and selfishly. Let go and let God lead you to someone who really needs to hear about Him.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Alone again....naturally

I should be used to it.  

I should really be used to it. 

Not quite 8 years of marriage and almost every weekend from August through June I am missing a member of our family.  From long runs, recruiting trips and workouts to meets, late night calling and meetings.  It is getting better now that the boys are a little older, but it doesn't make it any easier.  The only way to make eating dinners without Lonnie and spending most weekends without him any better, is knowing that he is doing what he loves.  

He's pretty darn good at it too. 

I try not to complain or whine about this very often, if at all, because I know there are so many people who have it much worse.  Deployments and trainings for weeks or months or even years at a time, I have no right to whine.  Single mothers (or fathers)....deserve a medal of honor.  

I'm trying to turn this gloom into something joyful.  I get to spend quality time with the two most precious things in my life.  Precious and always naked.  Time with them is fleeting as they grow up so quickly.  

We may be without a daddy for the weekend, but we have each other and in the loving words of my mom "you make your own fun." 

So here we go. 


Tuesday, February 15, 2011


 The twins. Reading a new book (thank you Grandma Lila) that arrived in the mail on Valentine's Day.
 I finally got me some white paint (I was out....and it sucked)
 Brody "helping" me with the laundry.  He had to crawl all the way inside to get the laundry out and put it in the dryer.  We teach them young here in the Speidel house.  I'm off laundry duty as soon as they can sort colors and reach the start button.
 My favorite shoes. It's been nice this week and I was able to get outside to run. It was amazing.
 Did you know that if you cover your face no one can see you?
 The rose I got for Valentine's Day....from my son....all together now.....awe. 

 Boys love dog. Dog tolerates boys. 
 Drinking some hot cocoa after two hours outside!! Rosy cheeks included.
 My newest obsession. Tea and my red tea pot....or as Baylor calls it "the evil tea pot"

 This has pretty much been our last week.  Poor Brody man has had an awful cough and fever for a week.
 ...and this is how he felt. 
 Soaking up the sunshine with my paints, pen and paper.  Art therapy.
This lovely bumper sticker was on our Carolla....our one and only car.....the car that I drove lady....with an "I love my wife sticker" on the back.  Um, yea. It had to go.  The thought is still the same though.  

Monday, February 14, 2011

The holiday for suckers (and I'm not talking about the fruit flavored ones)

I used to look forward to this holiday.....when I was in fourth grade.  Getting to decorate those cute little Valentine boxes and hoping you would receive a card from the boy who sat next to you (actually I was just in it for the chocolate)  There was never any pressure to 1.Out purchase your lover, drowning them in awful stuffed animals or chocolate that will ultimately backfire on you when they gain five pounds.  2. Perform (I'll just leave it at that) or 3. Lay on the romance until your eye balls fall out.

Unfortunately, I can't blame it on the card companies because this ridiculous holiday was actually a church sanctioned event.  No joke.  Most of the history is unclear but it all started with a Saint and has blossomed into an overrated flower giving, love proclaiming make out fest.  You didn't know you have to make out on Valentine's Day? It's in there in the fine print....along with wearing uncomfortable lacy things, confessing your undying love in the form of a Hallmark card that took you 3.4 seconds to pick out and stressing out over which expensive fancy restaurant to eat at when we all know you'd like to skip to dessert....and by dessert, I mean your wife.  

I love my husband (every day) and he loves me (almost every day) so finding one specific day in which we get googly eyed over each other seems silly.  I have also married a wonderful man who is a wee bit romantically challenged.  He has many many talents, but laying on the romance isn't one of them.  So why make it painful for him?  When you've been married for over five years, romance automatically means emptying the garbage or doing the laundry....without being told.

Even though I have a bad attitude about this frivolous holiday, I've tried to make it fun for my kiddos.  We made a heart shaped cake and they decorated their Valentines.  I even let them eat chocolate for breakfast....which automatically enters me in the running for Mom of the Year (again)

I will step down from my soap box now and let you enjoy this wonderful holiday.....for suckers.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Boob wrapper

I really don't have anything significant or earth shattering except for the fact that my son called my bra my BOOB WRAPPER today.  Where does he get this stuff?

Oh, and this is a really frightening photo of Brody man.  I said smile, he heard BOO!

That is all.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday's Musings: Quit yer whining.....arrrrrrgh

Just in case you missed's pirate talk. We occasionally break into pirate talk here at our house.

It's Monday.

This past weekend seems like a blur (as most days usually are) I did however manage to scoop up a few nuggets of knowledge (better than nuggets of.....well, never mind)

1. It is virtually impossible for our two boys to sit down at the dinner table for more than two minutes at a time. I am going to invent seat belts for the chairs or grab the duct tape.  I find myself saying,"Sit down _______!" more times than I'd like to remember.

2. God doesn't give guidance to people who are sitting still-you need to be moving....doing! Get your butt going!

3. When someone is in need you can't give them an option or take the easy way out.  You can't say, "Let me know if you need anything." Because chances are they do but they're too chicken to ask.  You just have to do it. Bring them a meal. Write them a card. Bring them chocolate. Don't ask, just do it.

4. We worry too much about square footage, clean carpet and our dream homes.  We are given these things we live in on loan, they're not ours, we need to use them for something big.  Invite the neighborhood kids over for cookies or host a bible study.  I've spent too much time worry about what people will think of the lack of square footage in my house that I've lost track of what He has given me.

5. You will become who you follow.

6. We need more servants in life. In church. At home. At work. When was the last time you really truly served someone without getting anything out of it in return?

7.  I have a cookie addiction. Things are jiggly where they shouldn't be.  This concerns me. I did make some awesome cookies today.

8. The Superbowl commercials sucked.

9. Christina Aguilara needs to learn the words to the Star Spangled Banner.

10.  We need to be drawn to joy instead of having a pity party for ourselves no matter what the situation.  

11. No matter how hard I try to be the germ Nazi, my kids will get exposed to germies and get sick. It's good for them. I just can't clean up puke, it's in my contract. 

What did you learn this weekend? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A little bit of snow.....little bit.

 ...or more like 14 inches of fluffy white stuff with five foot drifts all over the place! 
It snows 14 inches and what do my boys want to go do? Swing!!
 Ha. Take that. I win. 
 Baylor gave up.....the snow was so deep he could hardly walk.  
 Lonnie and I spent a good five hours outside snow blowing (thank you neighbors!) and shoveling the enormous drifts and piles.  I could stand on that mound of snow and hang from the tree.  It is crazy.
If I wasn't ready for spring before....I AM NOW!!!