Fall = Football

Oh, there are so many things to enjoy about fall.  The cooler temperatures, the changing colors of the leaves, pulling out sweaters and boots from the back of the closet, but by far the best thing about fall is football around this household.

We love us some football.

Before the season even begins we sit down and plan our calendar according to which Tennessee games we're going to.  Season tickets are {what we consider} a necessary splurge in our budget, therefore we have to maximize our use of them.  Away games on tv?  Don't even think about trying to make plans with us.  While I might be able to pull myself away from the tv (Yello... Anyone else heard of Tivo? How about Twitter?  You can totally keep up with the game that way.), don't even attempt to do that with Dipal.  Tennessee football is father/son bonding time and nothing can take its place.

Each game we've been to this season has been special for one reason or another, but I think the best would have to be taking Jackson to his first UT game.  We start 'em young around here at a mere 15.5 months old.  While it was fun taking both the boys, it definitely was a lot of work.

Here is what we look like before the game...

... and after.

Yep, holding on for dear life. :)

Dipal and I went to our next 2 games kidless (Florida & Bama) thanks to my mom, stepdad, brother & sister who watched them.  They also had some help from Dipal's cousin, Ankita, who loves spending time with the boys.  Despite the losses by the Vols, the games were fun because we got to spend time with our friends from college and reminisce about old times, and we also got to visit with Dipal's cousin Rima who now goes to UT (and is a Zeta, might I add). :)

Florida game

Reunited with Smokey.  I swear he's smiling here.

Ran into my sweet friend, Courtney!!

Sweet sorority sisters.  Zeta is for life (or insert your own cheesy line here)!! :)

Before the Bama game at one of my favorite restaurants!

Tailgating with the hubs...

... and this guy. :)

Dipal invited some work acquaintances down and we got to take them on the field before the game!

Forcing smiles after our blowout loss to Bama.  I'm not into these "rebuilding" years...

Besides watching football, Dipal has been playing a little bit of football himself.  He joined our church league, the VFL (Vine Football League), and has loved every single minute.  It has served as a reminder that he's not getting any younger, hence the passing out in the recliner when he gets home, but has been fun none-the-less.  As a proud wife, I would like to add that he has scored a touch down in every game he's played and has really played hard, but not that I'm surprised.  Dipal puts his all into everything he does with enthusiasm, which is just one reason why I love him. :)

Dipal taking a break from the game to love on his boys.

Jayden checking out the scene

Catching a pass

Another completion

And while football is our favorite thing to do in the fall, we've done lots of other fun things too.

I've been developing my inner Martha Stewart (the crafty side, not the criminal side).

Took this wreath I found at Goodwill for $2...

... and turned it into this.

And took this bottle...

... and turned it into this vase.

The boys have been soaking up the sun every last bit they can before it's too cold.

And I've been continuing to work on Jayden's letters with him, making crafts, and we even started going back to the library for story hour today and checked out some books.  Oh, and I called about getting Jayden screened for preschool today, but I'm not really ready to talk about it. :(  {My baby cannot be old enough to go to school!!} Maybe another day.


So, with the exception of a little design work, I decided to take the month of September off from blogging. Yea, right after I announced the news of buying my domain.  Weird, I know.

But, I'm back, and I can't wait to get things rolling.

One very honest reason I wasn't writing is because I found myself in a funk.  The first part of September I was doing great.  In an effort to finally start losing my baby weight (you know... from the child who is now 16 months old...) I started a strict diet and started temporarily working out twice a day.  Yea, I said twice. a. day.  I was doing my 5k training, the Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred DVD, and an additional walk or workout when needed.  I did great.  I was super motivated.  I lost 3 pounds in one week, and I (snugly) fit into my goal shorts for the Tennessee/Florida football game.  I was one happy chica.

And then we got home from the game.  And I was tired.  And I just wanted some chocolate and a break.  Luckily, I knew I would feel like that after traveling, so I was prepared.  I had thought ahead and had the house completely clean and ready to come back to and had low fat/low cal chocolate options in stock. Score!  Except the tired feeling never went away.  This was burn-out at it's finest, not to mention the shin splints that are just today starting to subside (a whole 2 weeks later).

With the help of a great neighbor I did have one exceptional non-funk day this week.  I even finally bought my fall candles, (WooHoo!!)  and may I just say, the house smells delish (Which also may be due to the yummy crock pot recipe I made today).  Now if the house was clean...

Enter defunkification.

I decided to compare my funk days to my non-funk days and I've discovered some (obvious) things I've got to do to get my game back on and to take care of my family as well as myself, such as:

- Prepare a plan of action ahead of time.  When I wrote my plans the night before, the next day's to-do list was so easy to stick to, rather than dealing with an overwhelming cloud of to-do's on the day of.
- Wake up early.  This starts the night before as well.  If I don't get a good night's rest, the next morning will be hard, the day after that will be even harder.  Is anyone else like that?  Adrenaline keeps me going the first day after no sleep, but the day after that is always harder to me.
- Exercise.  How could I not be energized after a morning run or 25 minutes of cringing at Jillian?  Exercise totally boosts my energy for at least the first half of my day.
- Have quiet time in God's word and in prayer.  Having time with God before anyone wakes up in the morning is so refreshing.  Does it mean my day won't be challenging?  Absolutely not.  But it does mean I'm better equipped to handle it.
- Do my "chores" first thing in the morning.  I have the most energy to be efficient in the morning, so if I put this energy towards the things I have to do, I have no guilt doing the things I want to do later when I just feel like relaxing.
- Have something to look forward to.  This was true for me on two levels: Per day, and in this particular case, at the end of the week (Getting to wear my goal shorts to the Tennessee game).  My usual reward for the day is internet time, usually blog time (reading and writing), facebook, or Twitter.

So, I gave myself until Monday, October 4 to defunk.  I'm going to enjoy this weekend spending some time with the family, doing some fall craftiness/decor, and watching my hubby play in his football league Sunday afternoon.  I'm going to make a plan, get some rest, and look forward to a great week.

If you're in the same boat as I am and would like to work on "maximizing your mornings" you can join a great challenge going on over at Inspired to Action.  If you're just looking for some inspiration through the month of October you can head over to some blogs that are each doing their own 31 day series through the month of October.  A couple I like are Chatting at the Sky and The Nester.

And on a final note, don't think my dieting tactics are usually crazy strict and working out twice a day.  I know that isn't particularly healthy, and it was only a one week thing.  I am continuing to watch what I eat, and look forward to jumping back into my morning workouts on Monday.  However, by watching what I'm eating (for the most part) I have lost an additional pound since the 3 pound loss.

Have a great weekend and spend some time recharging with those you love! :)

P.S. I read a great post on spending some time in rest today, and thought I would share.  You can read it here.


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