Friday, March 15, 2013


What a month it has been already! The month started with getting Zach ready to leave for five weeks for some training for work. We went on a fun shooting and lunch date, packed up, and said emotional goodbyes...ok I was the only emotional one. ;)

...only to find out a couple hours after he left that the academy was cancelled until further notice and he had to turn around and come home. It was very disappointing. I know God has a plan though and it is far better than anything we have so He's definitely teaching me to trust in His timing and be patient. The good side of it is that Zach's knee has some time to heal and we got to have a fun Tucson trip as a family. It's so cool to see Elliott and Matthew have such a great relationship with their great-grandma and great-grandpa.

Our adventures didn't stop there though. On the drive home, our truck completely broke down. In the middle of nowhere. Unfixable. I'm so glad Zach was with me. I can't imagine if that happened while it was just me and the kids! It was quite an adventure. We got towed back to Lordsburg since it was the closest and stayed in this.... interesting motel for two days, one night. We'll sure talk about that one for awhile. Thankfully a friend from Zach's work was willing to come out and pick us all up and take us home late Friday night. The truck is still in Lordsburg. We're trying to figure out how to get it back here and what to do with it after that. God is Sovereign!

My mom and four youngest siblings had planned coming out this week since we thought Zach was going to be gone. I'm glad that even though Zach stayed, my family still came out. I've missed them!! We had so much fun.

Aunt Jessica with Matthew (6 months old)

Uncle Nathan, Aunt Natalie, and Aunt Emily with Elliott (2 1/2 years old)

Nana with Matthew 

In other news...I finished P90X just so I could say I've done it. I've stopped and started so many times. Didn't get great results, but then again, I didn't push myself as hard as I should have. Had a hard time being motivated at home. I'll say it again though, it all comes down to diet! Still working on stopping my sugar binges. Grrrrr.

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe that wasn't a dessert. Here are two meals that are easy to modify from how you normally make them so they will be healthier.

Hamburgers. Wrap them in lettuce instead of a bun. Just as tasty without the white, processed, simple carbs. I especially like mine topped with Zach's homemade guacamole, and caramelized onions. Simply slice an onion and cook in coconut oil until caramelized.

Tacos. Again, make tacos as you always do but put in romaine lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.

I recommend making your own taco seasoning though to avoid unhealthy additives and ingredients that are in the seasoning packets. It's pretty simple to mix your own spices, but here's a general idea.

-1 tbsp chili powder
-1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp unrefined sea salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1/2 tsp paprika
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp onion powder
-1/4 tsp oregano

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