Thursday, February 28, 2013

How did I do with my resolutions in February?

Eh, not so good.

I think I was overambitious this month. Jumping into a huge exercise and nutrition change was bound to be really hard, and it was. I didn't have a single "perfect" day this month where I kept every one of my resolutions.

But while I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to do (didn't even come close), I still did make some progress. Did I eat three servings of fruit every day? No, but I ate a lot more fruit than I did before. Did I eat three servings of vegetables every day? No, but I definitely increased my veggie intake. Did I exercise thirty minutes a day, five days a week? No, but I did increase my physical activity.

Some resolutions I just didn't even come close to keeping. Limiting candy to one piece a week? That didn't happen. I don't even think I was able to limit candy to one piece a day a lot of the time (darn that Trader Joe's strawberry licorice!). But I guess I did restrain myself a little more than usual with candy, so that's something.

As I explained at the beginning of my happiness project, every month I add new resolutions and continue to keep the resolutions from the previous months. That means next month I will be continuing to work on these exercise and nutrition goals. Because of what I've learned this month, I'm going to modify them though. Like I said, I think I was overambitious, and I think I need to bring them down to more realistic levels. So, my health resolutions from here on out will be:

  • Exercise 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week
  • Eat at least 2 servings of fruit a day
  • Eat at least 2 servings of vegetables a day
  • Limit candy intake to 1 piece a day
  • Limit cookie intake to 1 a day
  • Wear sunscreen on my face every day
  • Go to sleep earlier

I think that I'll be more able to keep these. 

Say "Cheese!"

Last Saturday I had an all-day Savior of the World practice. I couldn't bring Ellie with me, and Jason had to sleep because of the graveyard shift he worked the night before. So, Ellie played all day with her Nana and her Uncle Tyler and Aunt Sarah (and I appreciate it so much!).

One of the things they did on Saturday (besides inventing a game they named "onion bowling") was teach Ellie that "Cheese!" means to smile for the camera. She's never really smiled on command for the camera before, so this is fun!

Here's the first of many cheesy smiles to come: :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fun with Grandpa

A couple weeks ago we went to California Pizza Kitchen with my dad. Ellie always loves to see her Grandpa, and both of them had tons of fun playing with each other. Here's a couple cute pics we got. :)

Ellie decided that she wanted to give her Grandpa kisses, too.  :)


Monday, February 25, 2013

Ellie Two Months Ago

I've been meaning to share these cute pictures of Ellie with you for a while now; the time-stamp on their files is from December 31, 2012. So, here's what Ellie and I were doing on New Year's Eve: playing in the backyard. She was being funny and walking back and forth and back and forth between two parts of the yard; she kept grabbing little rocks from this rock pile and then plopping them in the water fountain. She also kept doing a bunch of loop-de-loops around the table by the rock pile.

Oh, Ellie. You are so cute.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Christ-Centered Faith

I just discovered all these cool infographics on the LDS Newsroom site today. They have nine different graphs on there, and I thought I'd share one a week with you here on the blog. They're pretty cool, and have a lot of neat stats.

This one explains who we, "the Mormons," are. "Mormon" is just a nickname for members of our church; our real, full church name is "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Each part of that long title has a meaning. "The Church of Jesus Christ" means just that: it is the church of Jesus Christ organized upon the earth. "Saint" simply means member of the church, and "latter-day" means the present day instead of the church when it was established 2,000 years ago. So, that's why we're The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Here are some cool stats about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Savior of the World

Hi everyone!

I've been meaning to share this with you for months. I'm really excited about it, and if you can make it I'd love for you to come.

Next month I will be in an amazing musical production that my church is putting on, called Savior of the World. It's all about Jesus Christ, his birth and resurrection. The play is really incredible to watch - I saw it when my church put it on four years ago, and it gave me chills the whole time. It is awesome.

We're doing it again this year. We've been practicing since October. I'm in the "angel choir," and the music is absolutely beautiful.

The play will run from March 20 - March 30, right before Easter. It would be a wonderful Easter activity to go to.

We're in Southern California, in Orange County, in Anaheim, and the play will be at 441 South Fairmont Boulevard, Anaheim Hills, CA 92808 (Here's a map!). If you're in the area and would like to come, I would love it if you did! Here is the production's official website, where you can get tickets:

Please check it out, and let me know if you're interested in coming!

Savior of the World Website

Friday, February 15, 2013

How Ellie Rolls

Ellie refuses to sit in shopping carts like a normal baby. Ever since she's been big enough to sit in the front of a shopping cart, she's wiggled and squirmed her way to turn around, stand up, do anything that isn't sitting and facing us. Every single time we go to the store she ends up either standing and facing the front, or in our arms, pushing the cart with her little hands.

Here's a ton of pictures (all the way back from last August until now) of how Ellie likes to roll: