Pleasant Surprise Cinema

I’ve always been a lover of vampire movies, James Bond movies, 80’s teenage girl movies, action-packed ass kicking movies, science fiction/fantasy movies, and the occasional romance movie.  If you haven’t guessed it, I like to watch movies.  I had no idea when I married Thor that one day we would have a movie theater in our house, go figure.


Well, today I was feeling under the weather so I purposely laid low while entertaining Maximus Rex.  He had eaten lunch and I was browsing on my movie channels for some background entertainment.  I chose “Paddington“, thinking in the back of my mind I’ll change it to something else.  The exact opposite happened and we ended up (really me) watching the whole movie.  Sure, Nicole Kidman as the villain made me smile, but I just liked the entire movie from beginning to end.

I have to admit when this movie first came out I thought, “Oh, another kids movie with a talking bear.”  It’s funny though, when you end up having a kid you tend to tune into movies they might enjoy and have a good message.  Today this happened, and I have to say I have special place in my heart now for this movie.  I highly recommend it if you need a break from a animated children’s movie and you’re in a need of a warm fuzzy two hours.



Wish I Were Dumbledore

dumbledore thoughts

There are days when I feel like I’ve accomplished at least 75% of what I set out to do in a day (I’ve had to lower my expectations with Maximus Rex), and then there are days where I’ve accomplished 5%. This picture represents my mind right now and what’s going on inside it. There are so many things I WANT to do (inventory all my photos since 2013, blog more, read the never ending pile of books/magazines laying by my desk, chronicle Max’s adventures, etc.), and NEED to do (clean, party planning, deep clean, renew my teaching license, etc.) that the decluttering will commence as soon as I post this.

It’s time to get rid of the cobwebs, reprioritize, add and take away from my to-do list and live vicariously through Dumbledore.  End scene.

My Career Change = Weird

Transitioning from teaching junior high for 15 years to being the Queen of the House (alright I was already, but now I’m literally in charge of the house & our children for the better part of the day) has been quite the experience so far.

#1 – Motherhood

Hands down, I love being a Mom.  I realize whether I work or not I’m a mother of  a human now, but not working gives me the opportunity to really see every little change and growth our child experiences.  It’s pretty cool and your kid thinks so too. *Insert Maximus’ cute smile here*

#2 – Project Procrastination

Being Queen of the House means you actually get to work on those projects you always said you were going to create, fix, etc.  True, mothering comes first, but little by little you chip away at each goal and task and it’s nice to live in a house you LOVE, not a house that you threw together in mediocre haste.  I still have plenty to do, but for some reason now it’s imperative that anything I do to our house reflects our style and a place we truly call our santuary.

#3 – Social Network Withdrawal

Truth be told I really miss my peeps during the day.  When I was at work I got my daily dose of conversation (some deep, some small talk), now it’s Maximus Rex & the dogs with the occasional outing with the few friends I have that are either retired or also stay home.  I realize at heart I’m an extrovert and should just be making new Mom friends left & right, but sometimes you don’t feel like starting over and you just want to catch up with someone familiar.  Eventually I’ll get over myself and make some new friends, but in my own time.

#4 – Purpose

This has been a very challenging mind shift for me.  When I taught, my purpose was to educate & craft young minds, collaborate with co-workers, and do all the other stuff that goes with it.  My purpose has shifted to educating & crafting one young mind, creating a beautiful home, and doing all the other stuff that goes with it.  One purpose is not higher than the other, however, when trasitioning from teaching all day to being the Queen of the House all day the mind shift takes some time (alright, raising our son in a safe, nurturing environment is the highest purpose of all to me).  On a daily basis I feel very fortunate to stay home with my son.  Do I miss work?  Yes.  What do I miss about it?  I miss engaging young minds (which I do with our son as well), collaborating with co-workers (I can envision myself creating a corporation of Moms who I collaborate with in one space; sorry social networks you just don’t get cut it because I prefer face to face most times), watching the teenage light bulb go off, joking with administration, and many other things.  Do I miss the missing work I have to hound students for?  No. Do I miss the after work meetings that didn’t accomplish much half of the time?  No.  Do I miss the uninvolved parents who only get involved when they think I’ve lied about their child’s behavior & their child couldn’t do any wrong?  No.  The point is my purpose has changed in a major way and the mind shift takes some time.  Is it a good change?  Definitely.

Overall, my current mental state is a combination of….WOOHOO!  I get to wake up with my son, husband, and two dogs at my own pace without teenagers at 7:50 a.m.!…or, RATS!  Where’s my social network of familiarity to share daily shenanigans with?  Although I’m in a state of weirdness for me right now, I know I will evolve and find the best part of me like I always do.

P.S.  Through this transitional phase Thor and I have spent more quality time together and have taken the time to reflect on what it means to live in the present and still accomplish far off goals at the same time.  This is why he is my best friend, lover, confidant, and is the best.

My Accountability Team Rocks!

As I posted earlier I have a crack pot team of individuals who are keeping me accountable to the goals I have set for myself. A couple of them stepped in and asked questions like, ‘Didn’t you say you were trying to only drink 3 adult beverages a week?’, or ‘How are those peanut M&M’s? *wink, wink – nudge, nudge*’ These subtle reminders are evidence that I fell off the wagon a bit this week, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, no I’m not. Instead I’m just going to get back on my wagon and carry on.


1-Year Mark

Yep, that’s right, 39 years ago I would have been 9 minutes old right now and enjoying every second of it.  39 years, and 9 minutes later life has been wonderful and I have made plans to accomplish a goal I have set for myself one year from now.  You could say this is a birthday present to myself.


40-YEAR GOAL – See all the muscle in my body.

PLAN – Assemble a crack pot team of individuals who will keep me accountable, keep me on the wagon, and pick me up when I fall off.

STEPS – Eat a clean diet when it’s in my control, non-negotiable workouts (4 days per week; more when off time allows for it), 7-8 hours of sleep per night (thank you Officer Curfew a.k.a. Thor a.k.a. Dave), when reaching for food make sure that I’m actually hungry & not bored, aim to drink 2-3 liters of water per day, food journal, positive mantras, and the Superb 6 (crack pot team of individuals) that will keep me going.

MY CURRENT SLOGAN – Strive for progress, not perfection.

MY CURRENT INSPIRATIONS – Theresa Jenn Lopetrone, Penny Lomas

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HOW LONG HAVE I DREAMED OF A MUSCULAR BODY – Since I saw a movie with Angela Bassett in it.

WHEN DID I START BELIEVING I COULD ACHIEVE IT – After completing several video programs about lifting and seeing the changes in my body.

I’m ready to take this 100% seriously (I actually set the goal in January, and took is somehwhat seriously), and HERE I GO!!

No More Excuses

All summer long until Pioneer Day (for those you not from Utah, that’s the state holiday on July 24th) my workouts had been consistent and encouraging. Muscle started to slowly peek out of certain parts of my body and I was rather impressed with myself. I had found during this past school year that if I didn’t consistently work out my sanity was in jeopardy. So, when the summer began I was determined to get myself in a state of mind that my workouts were non-negotiable.

Well, my efforts slowly unraveled and soon they were non-existent. I made excuses for myself that company was in town (several times), and then the workout room went under construction which made it even easier to find other things to fill my time. However, something very pleasant happened to me today – my body rebelled & screamed at me from within to workout. In the past I would have ignored my body’s pleas, but not today. Today I put my Turbofire Sculpt 30 DVD in the PS3 and worked the hell out of my resistance band, followed by some light cardio. Afterwards, my body said ‘THANK YOU’, and I know when I consistently honor my workouts I honor and appreciate my mental wellness.

When obstacles block my workouts I need to remember this moment and make sure my workouts are non-negotiable. I realize there will be a very rare circumstance where it’s not in the stars for me, but normally when I think it’s not possible I need to find a way no matter how unorthodox it may seem. By following this mindset I will achieve my 40th birthday goal.

Procrastination – It Takes a Pro Like Me

Procrastination - It Takes a Pro Like Me

I started working on long-term lesson planning, then realized I’d like better sound to the music I was listening to while working. Next thing I know I’m whipping out my speakers and suddenly realize that I have succeeded at doing something besides my school work. (Posting this fine moment is also taking me away from school work. Well done!)

Back to the Grind

Although my winter break was 1.5 weeks long, it really didn’t feel that way.  I really wish we had a full two weeks or even one more day.  The very small silver lining to going back mid-week is I only have a 3-day week; Amen, hallelujah, thank you Jesus.  Here’s to waking up and a quick day ahead.    

Oh, leotards!



Who has been keeping up with their workouts during the holidays?

Holiday Journey

(Snapping the newly remodeled backyard @ Mama Tina & Chuck’s.  From my viewpoint and the snow on the ground you really don’t get the full picture.  I thought their yard looked great before; however, they wanted a different look.)

I’m here in The Potato State chillaxin’ with the family for Christmas.  We arrived last night and were treated to many hugs, smiles, and stories.  It’s been sometime since my brother and his family and the rest of us were together.  I wish I would have planned to be here for Christmas Eve, but that will happen next time for sure.

I believe if my brother and I lived closer together we would hang out more.  Having four children has changed him to a point, but the same brother I grew up with is very present.  I woke up this morning and he was very chipper; this is not something I remember at all.  Mama Tina says being a parent does it to you.  I would being a teacher might do it to you too, but I haven’t converted yet.  🙂

It was a very, Merry Christmas yesterday.  All year long I feel very fortunate for the life I live, the best husband that truly exists on this planet, the very loving dogs that we adopted, my family, my friends, the house that I get to live in, the clean food I can afford and so many other things.  This feeling will persist daily and soon I will develop the goals I will work on for 2013.