Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bright Island Outreach {Mexico 2014}


As I mentioned HERE, Kimball and I went on a humanitarian trip with Bright Island Outreach this past July. We went to Rocky Point, Mexico for four days. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. There's nothing like being in a third world country, to make you realize what's important and how blessed we are to live in America.


We had the opportunity to deliver some donations to this orphanage, and provide dental work to people who can't afford it.


What a neat experience it was being able to visit with these sweet kids. 


This is Bruno and Alan. They were so cute and clingy. We tried forever to play Bad Piggies on my phone, but I'm a dingy and had no idea how. They had never played anything like it either so I showed them lots of pictures from home and they seemed to love that. I SO wanted to take them back with me. They just need a mommy to hug and squeeze them.


The orphanage was in need of cleaning supplies and LOTS and LOTS of laundry detergent so...we hooked them up. 


The sweetest little boys! 


The girls bunk beds, not too bad. I dreaded visiting the orphanage the whole time, (it was our last stop on our way back home). I was afraid it would be REALLY hard to take, and that I'd feel so bad leaving them there....and it was, but their facility was a lot nicer than I expected. 


They had their own little church too. Below: Roy, Matt (his wife Carly) and Brandon...all three guys are pre-dental students.


This doll had such thick and curly hair...and ummm, that unibrow!! I just had to take her picture.


Kimball was one of seven or so that did some translating. Once again, I wish I knew Spanish!


Dr. Harris is the man behind Bright Island Outreach. He's kind of a dude when it comes to helping others. I am so glad we met him. He's really helped change our outlook on why we are going into the dental field and what we will do once Kimball's a dentist. 


 A couple guys fooling around with the X-ray gun.




This is love muffin...Flora. I've never met such a happy, smiley child...until she got some injections and had some extractions. So sad, but I'm glad her mama was their to love on her. A few hours later, she was smiling again and drawing me more pictures.  


Many of the kids we saw came from an emergency shelter for kids that were removed from their home due to neglect or abuse. Broke my heart but they were so adorable. I only had one or two 'cry in the bathroom' episodes. That first day was hard. I kept thinking of my little Sophia who was the same age as some of these little girls being worked on. It was hard to see them cry, especially the ones who had not parents there to comfort them. I would hold their hands and try to soothe them, but it was super tough not to just cry my eyes out. 


I spent most of the two days giving fluoride treatments. We served approximately 238 people, some of them coming back the second day for more treatments. I'd say it was a success! 


Our supplies were set up on tables in the center of the gym. 


 Carly helping with the fluoride treatments. The group we went down with was so awesome, couldn't have asked for a better group of people. All excited to serve and help the Mexican people.


Dr. Scott Connell drove Kimball and I down to Mexico, along with his daughter Kylee. He's one of the dentists that served and also supervised the dental students.


More of the sweet orphans from the emergency shelter, some will be put in foster homes and some adopted. Others will stay there for several years. 


The two kids above are twins.


I look rather busted in this pic...ready for another long day of work...morning face and all!! :)


Above is nine year old Alan. He had TWELVE extractions!! Poor guy.


An awesome team of hygienists came. This girl in blue looked just like Paula Patton. 


Masha and Joni giving each other massages. I love these two! I've had the chance to work with them  these last few weeks at the clinic and wish I could do it every freaking day! 


I snapped a pic of these old buildings at the boarder. We waited almost an hour for the boarder patrol to OK our trailer full of supplies. Of course, they charged us $55 for bringing over used clothes for the orphans. They said it hurts their economy when Americans bring donations. Dumb.


A big thanks to my sister Jackie for babysitting and getting my kiddos to and from school every day! It was so awesome having her around. She has so many similarities to my mom...it was nice having her here!!

Sorry for the overload of photos...now go rest your eyes. Trust me when I say, there's lots more but I had mercy on you. :)

xo, 

Jessica

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My New Love


I just have to love on this new workout for a minute. 
T25 is like the shorter condensed version of Insanity. 
I love it.
Amen.

No really though, I get asked a lot which Beachbody workouts I like the best and now that I've tried everything out there (accept Power 90 and Tai Chi,)...my current faves are T25 and Les Mills Pump. I'll go a step further and tell you I also love Turbo Fire still and PiYo. I need to do more PiYo, but I'm a cardio junkie and love the results I get from weights so yes, I love Pilates/Yoga but I have to force myself to make it happen. When I do...I never regret it, but for that reason I prefer T25 and Pump.

Anyway, I'm training for another half marathon so I'll definitely keep this workout in my mix of cross-training. I'm trying to be valiant with the weights 2-3 times a week as well. 

I have to tell you, sweat is definitely my sanity right now!
I've lost seven pounds and no it's not the workouts.
Life happened.

I'm banking on that saying, 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. 


xo,


Running for a Reason



I have so much to blog about and catch you up on, we've had some fun happenings lately. I'm dying to tell you about our service trip to Mexico. Even though things have slowed down a bit, stresses are still high around here for many reasons. I'm trying to breathe it all in and love it all out...which can be a challenge at times. That's life I guess.

I'll get more time to blog in a few weeks when the two youngest return to school. Until then, I just thought I'd spread the word about this virtual 5k. It's to benefit Courtney, a local teen battling cancer. You can run anytime in August. Go here to sign up or donate!! Make sure to tweet, Facebook, or Instagram a picture and shout out to help spread the love. Use hashtags #teamCourtney and #runforCourtney. 

XO,

Friday, August 1, 2014

One Year Ago Today....


It's hard to believe it's been a year since my mom passed away. I never really believed people when they said, "Not a day goes by that I don't think about them," but it's SO true, {insert lump in throat}. I'm so grateful for all that she taught me (hard work, compassion, charity, friendliness), for the amazing grandma she was to my kids (loving, caring, fun, devoted), and for the easy going, sweet, generous, and supportive mother-in-law she was to Kimball.


I remember at her funeral I just wanted to lay down in her grave with her. I didn't want her to leave me. I wanted to protect her, and take care of her, but I know that she's in a good place and busy with friends and family who have passed. Most of all, I'm glad she can rest and be free of her pain and struggles.
I know we'll be together again someday,  so until then we'll just keep laughing at all our "Bernie stories", because seriously they're endless.

XO, 
Pumpkin

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fitness Friday {weekly workouts, school and moves}

Warning: This post contains a sick amount of selfies. Lol.

Less than a week until Mexico. Aaaahhhh!!! I've got so much to do!


I've been totally selfish and irresponsible this week. I'm fitting in my workouts and pool time even though my house could be cleaner, I could be crossing things off my to do list, like meal prep, wash car, budget, buy school supplies etc... 

Cute suit, but makes for some crazy tan lines.

I'm trying not to even worry about it. All hell will break loose in about two days and it's gonna be CRAZY around here for a good month...I'm gearing up I suppose. 


WEEKLY WORKOUTS: 
Sunday - Rest
Monday - early morning 5k
Tuesday - 3 mile treadmill run/walk & strength training (Les Mills Pump)
Wednesday - Hard core abs & walk 45 min.
Thursday - 3 mile treadmill run/walk & upper body (Piyo)
Friday - 3 mile run & lower body (PiYo)
Saturday - Turbo Fire

I've lost 5-6 lbs., which isn't much but it's nice to see the scale finally cooperating after all my hard work with strength training and consistent workouts.    


My bookworm a.k.a. Jaxon starts school on Monday. The boy is so excited, he just can't get enough learning, and this year he's in student government so it will be a new experience for him. Did I mention, he'll turn 16 in a few months? Hold me.




In other breaking news...
My brother informed me this morning he's moving. I've been crying all morning. It's been so nice having some of my family in Arizona this past year. I just love my brother Clark so much and his wife and three kiddos are adorable. It was fun while it lasted. I think we made some pretty fun memories in the short time they've been here.

 Congrats on your promotion bro!!!


How did your workouts go this week?

Do you spend a lot of time at the pool?

When do your kids go back to school?
My oldest goes back Monday, the littles...August 4th and 25th.
What's been your favorite summer moment?
We had to cancel our family vacation....totally bummed but the DAT comes first, and Kimball needed more time to study so he pushed it back. With a family reunion and our service trip to Mexico...it got bumped. Sucks but what can you do? Hoping to get one in over fall break. 

Have a fabulous weekend!!

xo,