Basketball and Cheering

I am so bad about blogging! Seriously! I really feel like I don’t have much to say.  I would love for my blog to be inspirational or thought provoking but alas, it is what it is.  The last time I blogged was in July and I was talking about clean eating.  Well, I still haven’t acheived that and I apparently have no self discipline.  Hopefully, one day I will get there.  Until then I am not going to write about it.

School started in August.  Casey is a sophomore and Kelbey is in the sixth grade.  This is Kelbey’s first year to be in an actual school setting.  I have homeschooled her until this year.  I have to say I was a little wary about how this would go.  Our homeschooling was much more layed back than this school.  She decided that she would join the cheerleading squad.  She has had a blast.  I was a little worried about that added onto the school load, but she has done well.  The first term has just ended.  Casey had all A’s and one B.  Kelbey had three B’s and two A’s.  We were so pleased!

Kelbey’s history class just got through talking about the Isaraelites.  Her teacher hosted a Jewish Sedar.  Kelbey had to research Chazaret and Motzi Matzah.  She had to give a little presentation on Motzi Matzah.  She was so nervous but did well.  Kelbey didn’t enjoy the food at all.  I love that they got to have that experience.

Casey is just about to start basketball.  We can’t wait! They have a different coach this season and we are very excited for the season to start.    I am sure I will be talking a lot about basketball as we get started.

First day of school 2013



Casey got his braces off!


Kelbey’s Jr. High cheering squad


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Day 20 and Counting….

I just finished day 20! This has not been as difficult as I thought it might be.  Don’t get me wrong it has been hard, but I find that I really like whole foods.  I stopped having the headaches and have been feeling pretty good.  Some days I feel like my face is clearing up but other days I feel like it’s not any better.  It seems the redness has faded some but not to my liking.  While I am eating only whole foods I am also putting colloidal silver gel and coconut oil on my face every day.  FYI~Colloidal Silver gel really heals pimples.  I have had some on my forehead but they clear right up with the gel.

I have found that the closer I get to-day 30 the harder it is getting.  I really thought it would be the other way around.  I have been craving Big Red really  bad these last couple of days.  I have also been craving sweet tea, cupcakes, brownies, Taco Villa, Raising Cane’s,  well you get the idea.  I have tried to like unsweet tea but it is just not my thing.

I do feel like I am sleeping better.  Use to I would wake up and feel like I didn’t sleep well but not lately.  It seems like I go to sleep and don’t move or wake up til morning.  We will see what happens in the last 10 days and go from there.  Just wanted to give everyone a little update.

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Day 4…

I have just finished day 4.  Today my headache has been less.  I did go get adjusted so I think that helped.  My eating is going great. I made some homemade pico de gallo  to put on stuff.  It turned out delicious!

My face seems to be more red today.  I hope that is just toxins that are coming out and it will start to get better. I really want to figure this out and get it under control.  I haven’t gotten a diagnosis but I think it’s Rosacea. :( NOT COOL!



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The Whole 30 Challenge

I have been wanting to change my eating for a VERY long time.  I have been having some skin issues and recently I also was diagnosed with uterine fibroids.  I really want to find natural ways to deal with these issues instead of going to the doctor and taking poisonous medications or having to have stuff removed.  I just haven’t taken the plunge and done it.  I always felt like it was too hard and I couldn’t stick with it.  Well, Sherilyn told my about The Whole 30 one of her friends was doing.  I looked it up and decided I was doing it.

What is the Whole30®?

Established in April 2009, the Whole30® is Whole9’s original nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days.

The physical benefits of the Whole30 include improved body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, attention span, mental attitude and athletic performance.

The psychological benefits of the Whole30 include changing long-standing, unhealthy patterns related to food, eating and your body image, and a dramatic reduction or elimination of food cravings, particularly sugar and carbohydrates.

Testimonials from Whole30 participants reflect the prevention, improvement or “cure” of:  high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, PCOS, infertility, migraines, depression, bipolar disorder, heartburn, GERD, joint pain, ADD, thyroid dysfunction, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s, IBS, Celiac, diverticulitis, and ulcerative colitis

It is basically the Paleo way of eating but for the first 30 days it is SUPER strict. I am happy to announce that I have just finished day 2. I have documented my weight and taken pictures so that I can see if I can tell a difference when I am done with the 30 days.  Hopefully I will see a big difference in my skin.   Yesterday about half way through the day I developed a headache.  Here at the end of day 2 I still have that headache.  I am guessing it is due to the fact that I haven’t had my Coke/Big Red fix for two days.  I am guessing the headache is from not having the mixture of the caffeine and the sugar.

I haven’t done well with eating breakfast but that will change tomorrow.  The first day for lunch I had chicken tenderloins seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and paprika, and I cooked them in coconut oil.  I also had a small avocado and raw carrots.  It was actually pretty tasty and filling.  For supper I had a pork chop, steamed asparagus, and a peach.  I also had a banana as a snack.  Today(Wednesday) I didn’t have breakfast.  I had to take my car to the auto shop and my mom picked us up.  We stayed there til Steve got off work.  Everyone had Taco Villa for lunch.  In case you didn’t know Taco Villa isn’t Paleo.  :(     I did have two handfuls of olives, some turkey deli meat(the Hormel brand with no preservatives), a small avocado and a plum later that afternoon.  Steve’s dad came into town and wanted to take us to supper.  We ended up going to Fuddruckers’s.  I ordered a 1/2  lb. hamburger patty with no cheese and then piled up the tomatoes, pico de gallo, purple onion, and lettuce.  It was REALLY good!!!!  I also had a plum when we got home.  I feel like I am doing pretty well so far.  I am sure it will be hard some days because I love junk food.  I love ice cream, cake, chips, hot sauce, etc.  You name, I like it! I really want to get healthy though, so I am going to power through.  I know I can do this.  I loved this excerpt on the

It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Quitting heroin is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You won’t get any coddling, and you won’t get any sympathy for your “struggles”. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.

Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip”. Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of doughnuts, there is no “slip”. You make a choice to eat something unhealthy. It is always a choice, so do not phrase it as if you had an accident. Commit to the program 100% for the full 30 days. Don’t give yourself an excuse to fail before you’ve even started.

Dairy is one of the food groups that is completely out during the 30 days.  The only exception is clarified butter.  If you are like me you have no idea what clarified butter is.  Clarified butter is butter made clear by heating and removing the sediment of milk solids.  I googled how to make clarified butter and set out to make some.  It was really easy to do.  Here are the directions I followed to make it:

Clarified Butter

  • Unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1. Heat the unsalted butter in a heavy-duty saucepan over very low heat, until it’s melted. Let simmer gently until the foam rises to the top of the melted butter. The butter may splatter a bit, so be careful.

2. Once the butter stops spluttering, and no more foam seems to be rising to the surface, remove from heat and skim off the foam with a spoon. (It can be saved and added to soups, bread doughs, polenta, pilaf, or a bowl of warm oatmeal.)

Don’t worry about getting every last bit; you can remove the rest when straining it.

3. Line a mesh strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth or gauze (in France, I use étamine, which is cotton muslin) and set the strainer over a heatproof container.

4. Carefully pour the warm butter through the cheesecloth-lined strainer into the container, leaving behind any solids from the bottom of the pan.

Storage: Clarified butter will keep for 3 to 6 months in the refrigerator. Some say you can leave it at room temperature if the conditions are optimal, but I keep mine under refrigeration. It can also be frozen for a similar length of time.

I will be posting my progress here and hopefully I will have great results to report.




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And Summer Begins…

Day 2~On the table


Day 4~After dark


Day 5~Environment


Day 6~Transport


Day 7~Bright


This is what we are doing ALL weekend.  This picture is from Tuesday at a game in Sundown.  Today Casey had 3 games in Smyer.  They had games at 9:00, 11:00, and 2:00.  They lost the first two and won the last one.  We have to go back tomorrow and play three more games.  They are all spaced out so we will be in and out all day.  Next week is even busier.  Whew! I am tired.


This was Kelbey’s first day at cheer leading practice.  She is SO excited! The plan is for her to go to school this coming year and she is going to be on the cheering squad.  They have practice two times a week during the month of June.


Look what they have out at Hobby Lobby! This makes me SO HAPPY! I love this so much!


First day of swimming for the summer.  They were very excited.  We swim pretty much all summer and the kids have a blast.  They swim with friend about two to three times a week throughout the summer.  Not my favorite thing but it makes them happy.


The other night there was a huge storm come through.  The wind was clocked at about 84 mph.  It was pretty crazy.  There was tons of damage all over the city.  We lost power for about three hours but that was it for us.  We didn’t have any damage, thank the Lord. Mom and Dad lost a section of their fence but that was it for them. We did get some much-needed rain. Thank you Jesus!

Well that is a recap of the Walls.  Hope you are all enjoying this start of the summer.

Hang loose Mongoose!




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FCN and Moore Oklahoma

Oklahoma. There were about 14 or so that left out today.  A bunch of us went up to the church to pack up the trailer and trucks that were going.  We packed it full! They took water, sports drinks, non perishable food, fruit, and lots of books.  Our youth pastor’s wife collected books to take for the teachers to be able to build up their libraries again.  I wish it would have worked out for Steve, Casey, and I to go but it didn’t.





When we were through packing, it was packed all the way to the door. There was a lot of stuff.  I love how everyone steps up and helps when there is a need.


Praying to send the group off


This card is from one of Kelbey’s friends.  She heard our anniversary is this week so she made us this card.  I love it! So cute!


Day 2~A moment (communion)


Day 2~Flag #summeraday


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Gardens and Giggles

Today was a pretty good day.  Kelbey spent the night with a friend last night so it was just Casey and I for a while.  We took Steve to Cooper to ref a couple of games then we went to get lunch.  He picked Raising Cane’s.  I usually love it but it wasn’t as good as usual.  Oh well.

Casey and I went to Kohl’s so I could look at some swim suits.  That didn’t go so good.  I HATE swim suit shopping.  Yeah well that is all I have to say about that. We picked Steve up and then ran to get Kelbey from Payton’s house.  We went home so Steve could change and went over to Mom’s house.

Mom mentioned several months ago something about planting a garden in the spring.  Brynne and I said we would help.  We planted a lot of stuff tonight.  We planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn, cucumbers and okra. She had already planted collard greens and peppers.  We aren’t quite through planting.  I think we are going to plant some beans, cantaloupe, watermelon, and hopefully some pumpkins.  Whew! That made me tired.  It sure was fun though.  Anytime we girls get together you know there is going to be some crazy times.  We laughed and laughed! Great times had by all!  I’m sure it was a sight to behold. I did get some pictures.




Sherilyn you were a VERY good waterer!






I came home and was welcomed by this ugly thing in my shower. These things look scary! We have had a couple here and there but I haven’t seen one in a long time.  Hopefully, this is the only one I will see.


I wanted to do a side by side picture of Casey from the beginning of school and the end of school.  Such a handsome boy!


Here is Kelbey’s picture.  You can really tell she has matured in the last several months.


These are the two photo challenges I am thinking about doing.


This one is my first picture.

Day 1~B is for….Brynne!



Day 1~Summer Fruit





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