This past week was R-O-U-G-H! Wow! Not fun.

I am feeling all sorts of things, but mostly glad the week is over, and proud of Glenn and myself for making it to the six month mark alive. WE DID IT! Mostly.

Six months down, only the rest of our lives to go.  Anyone else find that depressing?!

 

Along with Branch’s six-month birthday/anniversary/whatever you call it, this week brought a few other changes.

First up, I am no longer working full-time at Sea World. I am pretty sad about it. It was a really fun job and I was really liking it. I am still there a few hours a week, but for the time being there isn’t room in the budget to keep me on full-time. I guess I will have to find another way to listen to a ten-piece brass band every day. Tee-hee!

Second, I had my eyebrows done. This is a big deal mostly because this is the first time I have had them done since Branch was born. You long-time readers will remember my obsession with my eyebrow lady, Melissa of Anastasia Beverly Hills fame.  WELL, she moved!!!! To TEXAS!!!! So not only did I have to face the loss of my son, I also had to figure out how to manage this mess of a face without the professional help I was used to! Too much change all at once led to me not caring at all about my eyebrows, or much else,  for several months.

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{this is right after having my brows done — nice and groomed!}

I finally made the plunge today, and went to a different “brow artist” who was trained by Anastasia as well. I am pleased with the results and am praying this girl never leaves! Or that Melissa moves back! Either would be perfectly acceptable for my eyebrows.

 

Third, I hit the twenty pound mark in my weight loss! Sometimes I am embarrassed to keep posting these weight updates, but the other day I realized that when I am reading blogs and people are getting healthy and losing weight, I like hearing updates and seeing pictures. So here you have it. Me at the starting point, and me down twenty pounds!

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I have just started getting more serious about my workouts, and am having fun with that, too. Maybe I will tell you about those sometime, if anyone is interested.  I haven’t joined a gym or anything, so everything I am doing is either at a park or in my backyard.  I’m looking forward to the day when my “current” picture includes some serious arm muscles…. it may take me a decade, but someday they will show up!

Losing weight is hard work. It seems like everything in my life is hard work… But that’s ok. God has such a great vision for our lives, and I hope that He shows me glimmers of it every day so I can keep at least a little hope alive.

That is all I have for today. Much love to you all. Thanks for reading along … it’s a bumpy ride over here at times, and I am grateful for your continued love and support, and that you read what I write!!! That’s pretty cool. 🙂

~Kristin

 

Oh My Eyebrows!

Five years ago, when two of my three sisters were following in my footsteps and working for the greatest retail store on earth- Nordstrom – I was introduced to Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Studio. Melissa, my brow expert, has changed my face {for the better} forever.

If you are not familiar with Anastasia, let me fill you in. It’s the best. They follow the natural bone structure of your face, arch of your brow, etc, and give you the best brows on the planet for a mere $30.

If that isn’t enough for you: Anastasia loyalists range from Oprah to Kim Kardashian. See? I knew you would want to go!

Here are my eyebrows before. I made my chauffeur/friend Piper take this picture of me to document just how bad it was. She is completely opposed to facial hair so I’m surprised she even allowed herself close enough to my brows to take the photo.

Here are my brows after. Amazing! Or, in the words of Piper: “SO much better!”

Please let me know if you need me to send you Melissa’s phone number. You can also check your local Nordstrom to see if they offer the Anastasia Brow Studio in your area. If you don’t live near a Nordstrom, may I suggest moving?

~Perfectly Arched Kristin