on priorities and the slowness and the desire for simplicity

April 24, 2015 in Blog, Faith, Family, Intentional Living by lindsaymwright

Sitting down to blog real fast before my afternoon groups get here.  I’ve already planned out their workout so I have like 20 minutes to spare.  Porter and Clara are napping and Henry’s doing his schoolwork (which is Reading Eggs at the moment).  I’m at the kitchen table, snacking on some pretzels (these) and drinking some aminos.

Today was just like a perfect day.  Thursdays are the only day of the week where we don’t have ANY obligations until 3:45pm.  Every other day of the week, I lead my Trackstars group at 8am so we’re always rushing around first thing.  Today Travis let me sleep in until 8:10 and then I slowly got the day started.  The kids and I got a lot of schoolwork done and then we went to the park for a stroll and to play.  I didn’t raise my voice once, they listened, we laughed.  The SLOWNESS allowed for that I believe.

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I CRAVE days like today and need them more often than I allow.

I’m making some pretty BIG changes around here behind the scenes and stepping back from a few things.  I want to share more as things take place (and I will) but right now just isn’t the best time.  It’s scary….but needed.  In stepping back, I just keep seeing this pattern with myself.  I have serious over commitment issues.  I am a YES girl through and through.  I want to help where I see a need and I want to be involved in everything (EVERYTHING!!).  A couple of years ago I had to do this very same thing (only then it was much worse and I wasn’t being the best mom/wife at the time).  Remember my “Season of No”?  These latest changes are smaller.  I feel like I’m pretty balanced as far as my attention to being present with my family goes (MUCH better than years past).  I just don’t want to even begin down that path again so I’m nipping it in the bud right now.

I feel like as a strong, capable woman, I’m constantly at battle with myself.  Part of me yearns for more recognition and stuff (my flesh) and the other part (my spirit) cries out for simplicity.  How does one balance those two pulls?  The spirit must win.  It must.

I KNOW for certain that there are many great things that come from my MoveMore/Trackstars groups, my involvement in Blend, this blog, etc.  I KNOW that in my heart of hearts.  I have offers all the time to step out MORE, do MORE….all outside the house.  With all of this questioning, one truth remains – I am meant to be a stay-at-home mama.  I am meant to homeschool.  I am meant to be available to my husband when he needs me.  Anything more than those truths and I really need to consider the motive.

I know I’m not alone in this battle between flesh and spirit.  Maybe you have different pulls than I do but we’re both the same – simply trying to figure life out.  Because it’s so NOT simple or easy or basic.  It’s complex and messy and there really isn’t “one best.”

I don’t have a great ending to these rambles.  Just wanted to share a bit about what’s going on and give YOU the chance to know you’re not alone.  I’m right there with you.

Will you hold my hair back?

splendid…lindsay

wordless weekend {4/17-4/19}

April 20, 2015 in Blog, On the weekends by lindsaymwright

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(for more GREAT birthday pics, go here!)

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QUESTION:  Best thing you ATE all weekend??

splendid…lindsay

{our weekend} too much for words

April 13, 2015 in Blog, Family, On the weekends by lindsaymwright

You guys!!!

We had THE BEST (and busiest) weekend.

The huge highlight was Travis’ sister, Katrina getting married on Saturday!!!  We thought we’d never get rid of her.  Winking smile (joking – she’s pretty amazing and always a blast to be around).  Most of the weekend was spent celebrating with all the family that was in town.  Katy and I also raced the Georgia Warrior Dash on Saturday morning which was so much fun.  We did well, taking FIRST & SECOND in our 9:15am heat and finished in 28 minutes – good practice for the Spartan Race that I’m running in August!

Right now as I type, it’s Sunday night and I’m just exhausted and want to sit and be with my little family so I’m not going to recap all the bits and pieces – just one big photo dump.  You can figure things out visually.  I trust you.

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^whoa it’s been forever since I’ve had a drink (pregnant or nursing) but this Bellini was spectacular!^

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^Katrina’s the one in pink.^

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^my people.^

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^”you put this leg in front of the other…”^

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^lol…found it, Kathryn.^

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^Henry says to Travis, “Dad, I don’t want to be the ring bearer.  I wanna be the ring lion.” Winking smile^

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^battle wounds.^

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QUESTION:  How was your weekend?  If you’re married, when’s your anniversary?  <-TEN years for us in June!

splendid…lindsay

loving lately

April 10, 2015 in Blog, Loving Lately by lindsaymwright

Happy Friday, friends!

It’s currently Thursday night.  We just finished dinner (a mish mosh of leftovers – every person had something odd and different on their plate) and I’ve just finished cleaning everything up.  The kids are watching a Power Puff Girls before bed and Travis is about to leave for a super late worship team practice.  What better time to blog, right?!  I’m EXHAUSTED from today.  Katy and I took the kids to Asheville to do some shopping for the coffee shop (we buy a lot of stuff from Sam’s – A LOT of stuff) and to hit up Target for some weekend outfits.  Travis’ sister is getting married so I wanted a few fresh pieces for each of the kids (e`1ztnding up buying WAY too much – but that’s just synonymous with Target).  What is it about shopping that makes me so TIRED!??!  We only went to like three places.  I’m old.

I haven’t done a “Loving Lately” post in a while so I thought I’d share some of the things that are making me smile.  Smiling’s my favorite.

Loving Lately

  • New Froyo flavors

004I recently updated a few of our froyo flavors at the coffee shop and they may very well be my favorites!  COCONUT and EURO TART!!!  They just scream Spring to me.  The coconut has real pieces of shredded coconut mixed in and the Euro Tart makes the perfect base for a plethora of toppings (my favorites are cookie dough pieces, fruit and crushed Butterfinger).

  • MyProtein Impact Whey

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I was recently sent some of this MyProtein Impact Whey Protein Powder to try out.  I get a lot of review items like this in the mail and I don’t always share everything we receive.  This protein powder is worth sharing!  Minimal ingredients and the taste is PHENOMENAL (I got cinnamon roll).  Plus, the macro breakdown is pretty perfect for post-workout refueling (I also add it to my nightly cereal bowl to keep me full through the night).  Two thumbs up!

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  • Planning Porter’s Birthday Party

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  • New workout gear

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I’ve been winning several workout items on Ebay.  Side note –> Travis thinks it’s hilarious that I call it “winning” when I’m really “losing” money, but whatever.  Makes me feel super happy when I scoop something up.  In the last two weeks, I was the highest bidder on two pairs of Lululemon pants and a Handful bra.  Aka the winner.

  • Blend 2015 & Ticket Sales

Blend 2015 is fast approaching and for the first time in the 4 years since we started, we’re about to sell out!!  We have only TWO tickets left!!  God just keeps blessing this venture – I can’t wait to see where He takes it!  If you want to hang out with some really cool people for a weekend in one of the prettiest places, go snag up a ticket!

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I finally found a lip balm that I like!!  Burt’s Bees stuff has always been near and dear to my heart – they’re based here in NC – but I hadn’t tried their Lip Shimmer lip balm until recently.  The balm smells like peppermint and provides just a hint of color.  I have the Fig color but want to try more!

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QUESTION:  What are YOU loving lately???

splendid…lindsay

a little weekend adventure

April 6, 2015 in Blog, Family, On the weekends by lindsaymwright

Happy Monday, friends!!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and for those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you have a fabulous candy belly going on.  We don’t really do the whole bunny and egg thing but we DEFINITELY eat candy on Easter.  My all-time favorite Easter candy = Reese eggs.  The peanut butter to chocolate ratio is just way better (more peanut butter!).  Not only did we have a great day yesterday celebrating Jesus but we also took an exciting little roadtrip down to Atlanta on Saturday.

Why??

To buy a MINIVAN!! 

It was high time too – cramming three kids into the backseat of our Honda Pilot just wasn’t optimal.  Travis and I have been scrimping and saving for a good two years now and we finally took the plunge.  I had my heart set on a Toyota Sienna but we actually came home with a 2011 Honda Odyssey.  It’s gently used, it was in our (meager) budget and I love it!!  I know we’ll have many minivan years ahead.

The shopping process was interesting though.  A word of advice – leave your three young kids at home when you go car shopping.  We only went to two dealerships and it was still pretty rough.  Somehow we made it out alive and I actually think if you asked them, they’d say they had a pretty good day.

Here’s a glimpse of our weekend….

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(^Marley Coffee = Official Coffee Sponsor of Blend 2015!)

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QUESTION:  Do you celebrate Easter?  How was your weekend??

splendid…lindsay

{totally stolen} healthy living quiz

March 25, 2015 in Blog, Blogging, ED, Lists, survey by lindsaymwright

Happy Wednesday! 

Aristocats kicks off today and I cannot tell you how exciting the buzz is right now in our house.  It’s electric (boogey oogey oogey)!  Henry is just beside himself which makes Clara extra bouncy which puts smiles on our faces as parents (Porter just kinda sits there and eats stuff off the floor).  The next few days are PACKED with some morning and evening shows so I’m not sure when I’ll check back in – hopefully I’ll snag some show pictures to share!

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I saw this survey on Tina’s blog yesterday and totally had to steal it.  (<-did I mention I get to hug her in like 6 weeks at Blend?!?!  Can’t wait!)  The survey is a fun mix of healthy living and lifestyle.  Chime in on the comments with some of your answers too!

Can you eat what you want or do you have to watch it?

I’m not sure how to answer this one.  I eat what I want (hello chocolate!) with no hesitation but I’m also aware when I go a little heavy on the junkie stuff.  I don’t count calories or macros or any of that but I have a general awareness of what my body needs at the next meal.  Breastfeeding and my active lifestyle help too.

After you had a baby, did you feel pressure to snap back into shape?

No pressure.  Just the desire to fit back into some of the clothes hanging in my closet.  I work out during all of my pregnancies so I don’t lose too much of my fitness level.

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Do you guys want more kids?

YES!!  Emphatically YES!!

What are your favorite ways to pamper yourself?

Pedicures and massages!  I actually have a Groupon for a massage that I need to use soon.

Besides wine, do you have a go-to drink?

Lol.  I hate wine.  My go-to drink is water.  I also love these Scivation BCAAs and sip on them throughout the day (helps with several things: cortisol levels, muscle recovery, electrolyte balance)

Do you have any health regrets?

Many.  Smile  I haven’t always been nice to my body.  Thankful to be in a MUCH healthier place now.

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Are you a yoga person?

Sadly no.  I know I need to do more yoga but I just don’t.

What workout move do you loathe?

Hmmmm….I like everything.  Smile  But I’ll pick SPRINTS.  I’m more of a long distance girl.

When do you feel sexy?

After a hot shower.

When do you feel your absolute happiest?

Two times:  after a workout and at the end of the day when I’ve done all my tasks and I can just plop down on the couch.

QUESTION:  Pick 3 questions from above and answer them!

splendid…lindsay