Friday, September 18, 2015

Five on Friday: Goldfish, Love, and Burpees

In the blink of an eye, we're over half way through September. We're five weeks into school, I'm already behind on grading papers, and I have officially become the winningest coach in my school's C Team history...with only two wins. How cool is that? Hoping we can pick up another win or two so I can secure my name in the record books (ha!). This week has been full of some really fun, really exciting adventures and little changes in our life. Let's just say that our house and hearts are full (and we're both learning how to get up really early). Here are this week's highlights, y'all! Hope you're enjoying this beautiful fall weather.

1. Pictures
Oh. My. Goodness. I am so so excited to see all the pictures that my amazing friend Lacey at Lacey Rene Studios captured this weekend. I think Lacey did an AMAZING job capturing our love. I mean, look at this photo from our "teasers". Be still my heart. We headed out to sweet little Weston on a gorgeous Saturday evening for our first photos together since our wedding (how has it already been almost two and a half years?!?). We found some awesome backdrops downtown, caught the sunset at Weston Bend State Park, and finished up in time for a date night dinner at O'Malley's pub (with an obligatory visit to the PC Dairy Queen on the way home). This guy has my whole heart. Can't wait to share the rest once they're up on Lacey's blog!

2. Early AM Workouts
Every morning is a constant battle to drag myself out of bed, but I've been learning that I secretly really really enjoy early morning workouts. I go to the local 9Round that's less than 5 minutes away from our house, and I love it. I'm for sure half asleep when I first get there, but I feel more awake and alert at school after a morning work out and a shower. Aaron is up by 5:45 anyways, so I sort of wake up around then either way. I've had to take extreme measures to make sure I actually drag my butt out of bed and get over there instead of snoozing for another hour: I've even parked my car behind Aaron's so I have no choice but to get up and move it before he leaves. I'm down to my lowest weight since high school, and more importantly, I feel like my clothes fit better, I'm healthier, and I'm more confident. If you missed my post on the fight to be fight, check it out here.
The Muckfest Aftermath from Last Week
3. YoungLife
It has truly been incredible watching God bring together the team of people that He has chosen to use to grow Liberty YoungLife in a matter of a few short years. After lots of prayer, some rejection, patience, and pursuit, we could literally have a YoungLife Team of twelve leaders by the end of this semester. TWELVE. Crazy to think it started off with just Aaron and I. We had our first club this week and we're so excited about the promise of this year. I fall more in love with my hubby every time I get to hear him share a message with kids, and this Wednesday was no exception as I listened to him tell a packed room of high schoolers that Jesus offers them life to the fullest. There is seriously nothing in the world like leading a worship song and hearing 40+ teenagers lifting up their voices up right along with you. Where else can you win sunscreen in a raffle and walk blindfolded through "live fish"? (Check out the video below to see what I mean!). Where else can kids be kids, and know they are loved?
4. Greece
Stuff is getting real, friends! I had my last recruitment meeting, and have officially had enough kids sign up in order to go to Greece for free. What?! Is this real life? I have some really fabulous students going along on the trip, and I think as July draws closer and closer it will start to get more real. Reading The Odyssey this year is going to take on a whole new meaning. For now, I'm picking up any last stragglers who are interested in going, and trying to recognize that this isn't all a dream. After six qualified travelers, I also get to go on a FREE training tour to Europe before the trip itself. Again, someone pinch me please. If you want to come along, let me know! 

5. Roomies
As I shared in my post on Our Second House-iversary, Aaron and I bought our home just over two years ago with the hope that it would be filled with life, love, and lots of laughter. We are thankful that it has been just that and more. We were blessed to get a great deal on our home, and its four bedrooms seemed like a great idea for re-sale and or filling the rooms with babies (but not yet, Mom). Airbnb has been a fun adventure for our guest room, but I'm even more excited about the newest adventure for our home. We're filling another room. Nope, no baby. We have a friend that needed a place a little closer to work until her new apartment building opens up. Not only do I have a new excuse to make another room a little bit cuter, but I also get a little more roomie time with an awesome friend who will be so much fun to have around!

Welp, that's what's up with us, friends! Lots of fun, new, exciting things on the horizon. Hope you have a blessed weekend (which I'll be spending coaching softball- hoping to pad those win stats)! Hugs to you.


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  1. Hey Kelsie,

    Good morning! I was "parked" next to you on Friday Favorites today, and I'm glad to find your post.

    Loved reading about all that is going on in your life! So excited that you are investing in 12 high school girls through Young Life! What a great opportunity for you, and what a gift you are to them!

    Congrats on the 2 year house-anniversary as well! We are celebrating 25 years next week!

    Look forward to connecting with you again soon.

    Hope you have a blessed weekend~

    1. Hi Melanie! Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor :) It's pretty awesome to see our YoungLife team growing- we are actually investing in way more than 12 kids, more like 100! At the same time, we have our smaller group that we really dive into. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. Have a great weekend!

  2. YAY! So excited for your trip! I just reached my 6 this past week, too. We have 3 more enrolling, though, which puts us in a weird spot for one of my co-workers going as a chaperone, because she doesn't want to have to pay anything :) I'm SO excited, though! I'm sure I'll be hitting you up for packing trips since you've already had Europe experiences!

    1. Thanks friend!!! Totally get it, I'm at 7 right now, and Aaron is planning on coming along. So we are hoping to get some others kids to enroll to kind of bump down his price so that it isn't the full amount. Yes, please do hit me up for packing tips! You're absolutely going to love it!!

  3. Woooo so pumped for you and your trip! I can't wait to hear all the crazy stories. And congrats on being the winningest softball coach! Such an accomplishment ;) I'm impressed by you waking up early! I need a little of that motivation. For now, I'm letting my puppy walks around the neighborhood will have to do! Love your photo shoot pics too. I can't wait to see the rest!

    1. Thanks, Lauren! Ha. So fun :) I'm sure that walking Olive is much more relaxing and fun than my 6 am wake up call, but for now it just has to happen! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures either :)

  4. Your friend Lacey Rene is talented. Love the picture. Your mention of early morning workouts is reminding me to go to sleep so I can get up to do mine before work. Thanks for inspiring me!

    1. She is definitely SO talented! We love it too. I'm glad I could help inspire you :) It's hard to go to sleep early and get up early, but I'm finding that it's worth it!

  5. I am so excited for you to go to Greece! I'm definitely going to go one day!

    1. I'm really excited too! It will be a blast I'm sure!


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