Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gilmore Girls

Sean is in San Francisco this week and we just now had a chance to talk on the phone to say "hi" to each other. I have been at work all day and did not have a moment to sit or even send him a text. And he has been running all day there too. I am so proud of him. I miss him when he is gone (9 whole nights this time) but I just think of him being there and doing what he does best and it puts a smile on my face! I can't tell you how blessed I am to have such an amazing, gifted, selfless, thoughtful, brilliant husband. I admire him so much!

I will say though that it has been a good week so far. I had my 5th class in homeopathy all day Saturday and we had such a brilliant, well seasoned doctor there to lecuture all day. It was great!! My sister has spent the night at my house (since I don't stay alone at night) and that has been such a great blessing. We stayed up on Sunday night until 4 am watching season 6 of Gilmore Girls. We couldn't stop. At one point (3:15 am) we went in to go to bed and both looked at each other and I said " we could bring my computer in here and watch one more and then fall asleep." We both knew at this point it had turned into a sickness, but we were okay with that. Sure enough we watched one more episode and then fell asleep. Can you believe that girl got up the next morning for school...she is amazing and her brother in- law would be proud.

I on the other hand was sick most of the day from lack of sleep. I feel great now, but I just can't hang like I used to. We only stayed up until 1:20 am on Monday night to continue the season. I made it to work today and felt great. I could never put in words how precious she is to me. It's a love that is hard if not impossible to explain and I will treasure this week that we have been together.

I should get going to bed now and attempt a good night's rest. We took tonight off from Gilmore Girls, but I am sure we will continue strong tomorrow.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Pilates Week Update

Well I just got home from the soccer field where I was watching the Urban Impact kids play soccer. Oh my gosh they were so stinkin cute!! Just imagine a 4 year old with shin guards on layered in clothes kicking around a soccer ball! We had a blast. I have to be honest when I say that pilates week did not have as big of a turn out as I would have liked, but their were some amazing relationships that were built from the week.

I had 5 girls that really embraced the week and some that came on the free night and still gave a small donation which was great. I will say the week for me was a big blessing. I enjoyed myself so much and I loved getting to know some of the girls better. The small classes this week allowed for some great one on one time.

I will definitely put together another pilates donation week sometime in the future. One of my favorite parts was watching the little kids kick around the soccer ball. There are not new pictures from this season yet, but you should visit Seth's blog to take a look at some pictures of the kids who are involved at Urban Impact. http://seth-reichart.spaces.live.com/

I am hoping to take another trip down to the field to watch them play and even kick the ball around with them. They are there every Saturday from 2-4 pm. They are always looking for volunteers for their day camp, so it is a great way to check out their ministry and see if it is something you would want to be apart of.

Thank you to all of you that were praying for this week and just pray that God will bless this ministry abundantly with this donation.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Pilates Week

Tomorrow I start Pilates Week at our church. I teach a free pilates class at church every Thursday at 6pm and it has really turned into an amazing class. I decided to have this week of class for a donation of $20 and donate all the money to Urban Impact which is an inner city ministry right here in Pittsburgh. www.urbanimpact.org

They are still working on their site, but you will get an idea of who they are. My husband and I are friends with Seth and Niki who work for Urban Impact and really got a glimpse of what an amazing ministry this is.

The week is planned like this...

Monday 7 pm
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday 7pm (this night will be taught by Sarah who is one of the girls in the class who is an aerobics instructor, we decided to mix it up a bit and besides, she rocks!!)
Thursday 6 pm (followed by hang out time with the girls and of course snack time)
Saturday 11 am (followed by a lunch and then a trip to watch the kids from Urban Impact play soccer)

I planned the week on short notice so I am praying for a great big turnout so we can have a great donation for Urban Impact!

This class has turned into such a great ministry and a huge blessing in my life. I love Thursday nights and am looking forward to this week so much!

I will keep you all posted as to how it goes. Please pray that we have a great big turnout and great fellowship with all the girls and just have a great trip to Urban Impact. I would be happy to answer any questions you have and if you would like more info on Urban Impact I would be glad to put you in contact with Seth.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Miami Beach

Sean and I just got back last night from a long weekend in Miami Beach. I have to say we are sad to be back. We were able to go for a long weekend and stayed with my dear friend Kristy who lives there. By the way she is an amazing photographer and you should check out her website even if you don't need a photographer because her photos are great to look at. www.kristyfurg.com

For those of you that know me I have been trying to get back to Florida ever since I moved back from there 5 years ago. When I got married to the most amazing man ever it didn't seem to be such a big deal because I could live anywhere with Sean and be so happy! We both love Miami Beach. It has a bit of an urban feel to it, so even know you are on the beach it has a bit of a busy, fast paced feel to it. It is a young, exciting area.

Sean and I spent a lot of our time with Kristy and her boyfriend Spencer. We sat at the beach and had amazing dinners. One thing Sean and I LOVE is that we sat down for our dinner at 11:30 pm and the place was packed and still packed when we left after 1am. We can't have dinner here past 10pm unless we are at eat n park....so sad.

I always travel with my vitamin C for my daily take, but especially if I get a bit of sunburn (which I did.) I use alba sunscreen spf 15 with aloe vera. I LOVE this sunscreen!! I will never use anything else. My husband has never been able to wear sunscreen because he reacts so bad to it and his skin would just peel off the instant he would ever put sunscreen on and this works for him! You should check them out, I use a lot of there products. I also could not live with out there body oil. It is also part of their Hawaiian line of products. www.albabotanica.com

I make my own body scrub to get ready for the beach. You always want to exfoliate your skin, but especially this time of year to get rid of all your winter skin and get that nice glow. I make a sugar scrub. I use organic raw cane sugar and pour that into a cup and add 2Tbs of organic honey and 2 Tbs of the alba organic body oil. You can use any oil you have in your kitchen. Olive oil or almond oil will work great too. You don't have to be so exact with your measurements either. If you are using it in the shower and know you are using if for your whole body then make what you think you will use. This is such a great way to use what you have and then you don't worry about the pricey stuff you buy at the store with preservatives in it and you don't pay for the packaging and it is great. The alba oil has a yummy beach smell to it, but if you want to add a plain oil and still have a nice scent, then add a couple drops of you favorite essential oil like lavender or peppermint.

Make sure to shave AFTER you exfoliate or it will burn. You want to stimulate the hair shaft and get rid of all the dead skin and you will get the closest, smoothest shave ever. Exfoliate first, shave second.

Make sure to always finish with a nice lotion, cream or oil when you get out of the shower. If you are using an oil, make sure you are not completely dry when you apply it or you will end up a bit greasy. You should apply it before you towel dry.

Well those are some of my beach tips. I hope they help. I would love to tell you I read some great book while we were gone, but I didn't. We did a bunch of nothing which is so important to do. We had a fabulous time and can't wait to get back!