Monday, January 24, 2011

One week down.....many more to come!

So, the first week of classes is over! Just 15 more to go. :)

The first week went smoothly and I even had some time for a yoga class! I am grateful that I was able to get up on time, work out, eat healthy, spend time with the Lord and feel good during the days. However, it still seems that I'm always running late...just something I need to work not doing things like writing in my blog!

Preston was gone Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, which had me here alone a lot, but now he is done with traveling. Yipee! And this week will be more normal than last week - I hope. Here is a picture of Preston (I stole it from Brenda's blog). This was taken when he was in Utah in his interview attire.

Life is going well for us right now. I have a new bird feeder and I think I'm going to have hang it somewhere else because no birds are coming to it, and I think it is because there are no trees around it (random thought)!

Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are going to the Superbowl in two weeks! Strange because my sister and her husband are big Packer fans and of course all the Vissers are HUGE Steelers fans! Family feud I see coming..........just kidding! It should be a good long as the Steelers win!

Off to school I go!


Monday, January 17, 2011

January 17th, 2011

Today is my last day of freedom! :)

My official full time schedule begins tomorrow at 8:30am, and then I get super busy. I like it though. Its nice to be busy and I enjoy the program. I am looking forward to May and being finished with the Master's program. Depending on what happens with Preston I don't know if I will try to work directly out of the program, or if we do end up moving, will I wait till the end of summer to look for a job out of state? Of course not having some kind of job or something to do in the summer would drive me a little crazy....maybe that would free up my time to be busy with other fun things like volunteering or hobbies etc....I don't know...I actually have no idea. Just one day at a time, right?

So today I have a lot to do, including cleaning out the fridge. Something stinks really bad in there and I can not figure out what..but that needs to be cleared up pronto! I need to get all my things organized for the semester, clean the house some, get the laundry finished, and prep a new salad box for the upcoming week!

Preston left this morning for Kansas and he will be back around midnight on Tuesday night. He will then leave Thursday morning for Michigan and be back on Saturday morning. Then the traveling is done and we wait for February 25th!

We've had a fun time traveling thus far, and the opportunities that Preston has are really great training experiences. It is an exciting time, but the thought of moving all our junk does not sound very appealing to me right now! Anyway, we'll see what the Lord has for us this coming year and move forward as He plans.

I'm not very insightful today or having anything exciting to say. I just wanted to type in one more post before the semester got started, because I may not get around to it again for a while. I hope not, but that may happen.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

The journey begins

Preston will have his first interview on this Tuesday, January 4th. Tomorrow he and I will drive down to Memphis and stay the night. When he is finished with the interview on Tues. we will drive back home (late).

THEN we both work on Wednesday AND Thursday he will drive himself to the airport in Charlotte, NC and fly to Utah. His interview there is on Friday. He will stay with some family friends, which is a blessing, and he will return Saturday night.

ONLY to have to travel again on the following Monday to Hazard, KY. He will just drive there that morning and come back after the interview. Hazard is only 3 hours away.

That same week, on Thursday, he and I will drive up to Chicago for his interview on that Friday. We should be back on Saturday night...only for him to leave again for two more interviews the next week!

It's going to be crazy, especially for him, but there will be a lot of times this month that he will not be home.

Prayers are always welcomed for safe travels, great interviews, and that the Lord leads Preston (and I) when making placement choices...and that the Lord provides Preston with and internship this year!

Krystal V.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Putting away the juicer and enjoying my salad box!

In January of 2007 I started juicing and making juice for Preston too. So it has been three good years of juicing; however, for the first time in three years I'm actually putting away my juicer.

With our schedules right now it is a lot of work for me to keep up with juicing every day, and I know that there are other healthy things that Preston and I could be doing to help us rather than just juice. Having it on the counter stresses me out some and makes me feel bad that we are not juicing. But, I realized that we would juice and then eat all cooked foods the rest of the day. Or drink our juice but eat poorly...instead of salads or foods cooked with good veggies....and everything loaded with cheese. I know that Preston and I can incorporate more salads into our diets and use less cheese or low fat cheese to be healthier people.

I plan to not worry about juicing at least until May, when I graduate. After that I hope to pull it back out and juice again. Juicing is a great way to get nutrients into your body, and we really like the way carrot and spinach taste. For now we will stick to our green drink, fiber mix, vitamins, and healthier meals! It does make me feel a little weird, but I've come to terms with putting juicing on hold for a little while....not forever!

One thing that I've mentioned before is the salad box idea from Hallelujah Acres. It has worked wonderfully thus far. It's nice because I can say "lets have a salad for lunch" and pull out my big box, and there is everything I need. It even makes a difference having everything in one box, and not having to drag each individual container out of the fridge and open all the tops. The big box is a great tool! makes it easy for when you want to add some veggies to a meal. They are already chopped up! I made some omelets the other morning and wanted to add some veggies. So, I pulled out the salad box and sauteed some cauliflower, onions, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, carrots and corn. It was so easy to add veggies to the omelet, having everything pre-chopped and ready to go!

Also, if I'm a little hungry for a snack, it's easy to pull out the salad box and munch on some veggies! Here is a picture of what my salad box looks like:

I keep individual lids on things like the onions or the olives (cause of the smell and/or juice). My salad box does not have room for the dressings and the cheese, which is fine. I've been keeping the lid off the mixed greens and putting paper towels over the mixed green to help keep them fresh. 

I was able to use little containers that I already had, and the only purchase I made was the big clear box with a lid. It was a well worth investment, in my opinion. I hope to keep it up, and hopefully you can enjoy your own salad box too! 

Salad box with big lid closed!

Healthy wishes,

Some holiday pictures

My parents and their fluffy dog, Sophie Ann
Candace, my sister, and I
It snowed a lot for the Christmas weekend! 
We thought Corky might like to experience the snow...
...but he didn't care too much for it :) 

The Visser side of the family draws names for Christmas time, and Preston drew Brittany's name. He made her a beautiful coat rack, shown here, and another smaller one for the kids coats! Very nice!!

Preston made me this gorgeous spice rack!!

I Hope everyone has a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 
~ Krystal ~