Saturday, April 28, 2012

Winter Write-Up and Spring Beginnings!

As much as I would have liked winter to stick around much longer and give us more moisture than it did, I know it has passed and Spring is here!


I tried really hard to stay busy this winter. I tend to gain a few pounds from staying indoors and snacking, but this year I feel like I did a lot better.


J got me a pair of these bad boys which made it quite pleasant to go outside in the chilliest of weather. So, I really had no excuse.

Women's Flannel-Lined Jeans
I had a few things I wanted to get done this winter and overall, I am pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish! :)

{numero uno}
I really wanted to learn to drive a stick shift. Sounds pretty simple, right? Not so much.

One thing I learned to accept is that my ever-so patient and loving husband is a horrible teacher! I'd never seen him more frustrated than when I would stall the car over and over and over.

After a few weeks of arguing, neck jerking and stalling in the road, I was able to get the jist of it. I'm still no pro, nor do I feel comfortable driving alone, but I have more confidence than I did a few months ago.

{numero dos}
This winter I wanted to refurnish a bench for my mother in law. They winter in Florida and I thought it would be a good project for me and I knew she would really enjoy a refurnished bench. It turned out pretty nice, don't you think? She loved it!


{numero tres}
I wanted a physical challenge. I've always been somewhat "athletic" and by that I mean I frequent the gym, but I wasn't working toward any specific goal.

Welp, after some convincing from a few good friends this girl registered for the Tough Mudder


Now, when I tell people that I registered, I also add my disclaimer which is - Just because I registered doesn't mean I will cross the finish line on two feet. I might crawl or be carried.

Since this is one of the most challenging things I will probably ever do in my life I'll be sure to keep up all updated as the big day nears! I'm about one month out and I feel good!

{numero quatro}
This goal was more of an overdue personal investment for my skin, but I wanted to get it done this winter when my face is usually at it's worst. I figured if a product can save me in the worst of times, it will have no problem doing the same during the easy months. Every winter for the past few years my face gets really dry and I get some serious acne. I know it's a combination of being outdoors in the elements and the dry weather, but I just couldn't find anything that worked. I've tried all kinds of different scrubs, moisturizers, toners, the list goes on and on. I have spent so much money on different products and nothing has worked like this.
Then, one day an angel appeared! ;) I learned that a friend of mine was now doing some consulting for a skin care line and so I asked her a little more about the product. The line is called ElevenSkin and I can't stop singing their praises. 

Now, I know I don't usually do product reviews, but I am so happy with my skin after starting this regimen that I had to share. For anyone that suffers from combination skin that is uber sensitive I really suggest you give this line a try. I am currently using the items in this kit. The products contain minerals from the sea, it's not heavy or oily at all, is very rich and easy to use.

I am so happy I found this product!   

*I wasn't compensated for this post or asked to review the product. I am doing it because I'm sure there is someone out there that is desperate for some relief like I was. :) 

{numero cinco}
I wanted to re-plant a few trees near our place this winter. Which I later realized was ridiculous because most of the winter the ground is frozen. After my first few attempts at digging into frozen ground I realized this goal may just not happen before winter's end, but it did folks! J and I re-planted 4 trees.
Now, we just wait and see if they grow!

Overall, winter was good for us and the sheep did well on the winter range. The sheep arrived back at the ranch April 14th, we've sheared and lambing is well under way. 
Houston, we have babies!
Spring is off to a great beginning and now....we just pray for more rain! 

What are you looking forward to most this Spring??