Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless(ish) Wednesday

Sunday we took a trip to the A Maze'n Farmyard.  The girls (Sydney especially) loved it!
Honestly, can they both ever look at me and smile for a photo?
They had a ton of these set up.  Kendall insisted on going in
Kendall sees a baby goat
Kendall runs from said goat
Sydney was obsessed with them.  The poor thing.  She'd chase and spank them.
Kendall trying to show me how she could jump like the kangaroos.  Well, I think they're wallabies, but eh - I call them kangaroos.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ten On Tuesdays

1. What is your favorite brand of shoes?
Nine West

2. How old were you when you learned to tie your shoes?
Oh, gosh.  I have no idea!!

3. How do you feel about freckles?
I love them, but that's probably because I don't have any.  If I get some sun during the summer I'll get three. I wish I got a few more.

4. I can count to ten in ___ languages.
2 - English and Spanish

5. What is your favorite store-bought ice cream flavor?
I love mint choc. chip, but Java Chunk is a close second.

6. Were you in ballet or gymnastics as a little girl?
I did gymnastics for a few years, but wasn't very good.

7. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?
Big Bird

8. What’s your bedtime?
I always say I'm going to go to bed at 10, but I usually end up playing on my iPhone in bed for awhile.  I'm so addicted, it's pathetic.

9. Do you have any jewelry that you wear every single day?
My wedding ring (five+ years later, and I still love it) and earrings.  The earrings alternate between the diamond studs from my parents on my wedding day, my Tiffany pearls from Eric (Sydney's birthstone) or my purple studs that are Kendall's birthstone (I can't remember the name).

10. Who is the bug killer in your household?
Eric.  If he's not home, I'll try to pretend I didn't see it and run away.  Eesh, I hate bugs!!

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Take It Off Monday - Week 9

Honestly, I don’t know what happened to me.  Well, I kind of do know I guess.  I got lazy.  I quit trying.  Monday mornings, after I weigh in and see the {lack of} results I realize I can’t be surprised because I didn’t put the effort in that I needed to.  I’m always inspired that I’m going to do really well this week.  Enough is enough and I am going to jump right back in and make it happen.  And then….I don’t. 

I go on Pinterest and see things like this:
And this:

and then I feel all inspired again.  For a minute.  Honestly, if I didn’t have to come on here and admit my failures, I probably would’ve really been done by now.  So maybe this blog is a good thing.  It’s been 9 weeks.  I should’ve been to my goal weight by now, or at least be really close.  I’m not sure why I have this mental block that caves in.  At 9pm, why do I think a big bowl of Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries is such a great idea?? 

On Thursday, I had a follow up post-op appointment, where I got the clear to start running again.  It’s been so hard to get back into.  I was finally in a great groove and was proud of how far I’ve come from when I started.  Thank goodness I already signed up for a 5k with my sister, or again, I could easily see myself bailing.  I’m now starting  to having to work my way back up to where I was.  I have to be able to run the 3.1 miles for this 5k.  Walking will not be an option.

Do you know what makes it really hard to be motivated when you’re in a nice, warm bed at 5:15am?  It’s still freaking dark out now!  Where did the summer go??  When the sun is not up, it’s usually a good indicator that I shouldn’t be up either.  Gah.  I need to get out there running, because before I know it the ice and snow won’t leave that as much of an option.  I did get out Saturday, Sunday and this morning, so I guess that is a plus.  I was dragging though.  Big time.

I had to laugh when I saw this one, though:
Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this??  Because I totally do. 
Week 9 Summary

Weight Loss this Week: I gained 0.6 lbs

Weight Loss to Date: 6.0 pounds

Weight Left to Lose: 9 pounds

First Goal: 5 pounds (Met 7/25/11)
  • Reward – Pedicure {I finally got it and it was heavenly!}
Second Goal:  10 pounds
  • Reward - A new pair of shoes
Final Goal: 15 pounds
  • Reward – A pair of good jeans!  Sevens?  Citizens?  We’ll have to see.
Success:  I got the clear to start running again.  Now I just need to want to.  That’ll come back…I hope. 

Set Back:  I’ve checked out and it’s time to try to get back into this.  I really want some new shoes.

Exercise: Starting back up.  I am going to try to run 6 days a week until my 5k on Sept. 17th.  I told Eric last night that we need to try to get the girls in bed by 8pm and do P90X together a few times a week.  He’s quick to point out if I’m not doing it correctly and won’t let me stop early.  As much as it makes me want to punch him, I suppose it’s a good thing.

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Shifts in Perspectives

I was thinking back yesterday to a conversation I had with my brother when I was in high school.  I was telling him that when I grew up, I wanted to be a powerful business mogul.  I wanted to be a CEO, in a big corner office making lots of money.  I was going to move somewhere, like NYC.  He tried to tell me that you don’t get to that spot without giving up a lot in your life.  You usually will have to sacrifice your time and unfortunately, your family.  At 17, that was the last thing on my mind.  I wanted the glamour, the power, and most of all the money.
Fast forward 12 years (holy crap!  How can it be 12 years already?!?  Gulp, I am getting older…) and it’s very much the opposite.  I’m a working mom now, and just trying to balance everything as best as I can.  If you would’ve asked me when I was 17, or even 4 or 5 years ago if I would ever think of being a stay at home mom, I would’ve laughed at you.  I thought I was ‘better’ than that.  That I had more to ofter.  That staying home would’ve been wasting the college degree that I worked hard for.
Now?  That would be my dream.  All of the things I despised, like cooking, cleaning, cutting coupons, I am starting to really enjoy.  I am finding a new purpose in my life.  Before, I wouldn’t think twice to look at two different stores to see which had the best deals.  I would buy what I wanted and that was that.  I’d never think to find the pleasure in trying to make something myself.  Why try to make it, when I can just buy it?  My time is worth money.  My time is worth more than that.  The funny part of that?  The time that I was so concerned with wasting?  That precious time was probably spent watching reality TV, or something equally unimportant.  I laugh looking back and thinking I didn’t have time.  And you know, when the girls are older and involved in more sports and if we end up adding to our family, I’ll probably laugh looking back at how I thought I was busy now.
My dream of the ideal career has shifted from the corner office on the bazillionth floor in Manhattan to play dates and story times in my quant little home.  I’d love to stay home and have tea parties with my princesses.  To take them to the library for story time.  To go to the Children’s Museum and music classes instead of meetings and paperwork.  At this point, I don’t believe it’s in the cards for us and that’s ok.  If you told me when I was 17 that this is where I’d be in life, I would’ve been really disappointed in myself.  You know what?  No red bottom shoes could replace the feeling I get when I hear my girls giggling together though.  My time is worth more than that.  {Although, if someone wanted to buy me some shoes as a gift, I wouldn’t turn them down.  Just sayin’. ;) }

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sydney's Halloween Costume

Last winter, while looking for fabric with my mom to make Christmas stockings, we ran into the cutest red silk fabric with big, white polka dots.  Perfect for a Minnie Mouse costume.  And WAY clearenced, so even more perfect.  Therefore, Kendall's been decided for about 8 months now.  I've been thinking, and thinking of what to have Sydney be.  I'd like them to go together somehow, but I'm stuck.  When she was laughing last night, it came to me.  She's been preparing for this costume for a few weeks now.

A vampire! ;)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Kendall's Serenade, Part II

After her beautiful rendition of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star the other night, Kendall wanted to follow up with her ABC's.  She has been able to sing these for quite some time, so I got a good laugh out of it when she got distracted and totally flubbed them.  We may need to practice a bit before she can go pro.  ;)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Y3W: Blog Under Construction

I've decided I needed to give my blog a little facelift.  Unfortunately, I decided this at 9pm last night, so I didn't get as far as I'd like to have before I got too sleepy.  My next project is updating the header.  Help me out here.  How did you do yours?  I'm looking to incorporate some pictures of the girls that we had taken this summer.  I played around in Photoshop a little, but didn't have the luck I hoped for.  Any tips or advice on where to find cute headers or how to make them?  This may be my weekend project.  In the mean time, link up to Jenni's blog for more fun with Y3W!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

From the Mouths of Babes

While getting into her car seat this morning, Kendall said it was cold.  She then replied with, "Mommy, can you turn the sky up a little?" 

She cracks me up.  Oh Kendall, if only it were that easy.  Especially come January...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Getting Organized

I've started a new project.  I've seen on other blogs, as well as pinterest {which is my new obsession!} home management binders.  I feel like everything is scattered, so I decided to give it a shot.

Step 1:  Target.  I mean, for real.  Is there anything you can't find in this wonderland?  Let me say, I always get a strange feeling of happiness in the office supply aisle.  I'm not sure why pens and markers, post its and hole punchers, binders and files can be so thrilling.  Alas, I found a binder and dividers to start with. 

Step 2:  I found so many cute printables.  First was to organize my cleaning schedule.  To start, I found a monthly deep cleaning schedule. 

I also have a weekly organizer:

From here I'm going to attempt to plan out the meals for the week on Sunday nights.  Every single night I rush home from work, look in the fridge, the freezer the cabinets for something to make.  I usually repeat this process at least three times.  Hopefully this will help to (a) make better meals (b) plan meals around the sales of the grocery store and (c) save time thinking of what to make.

I also figured I could plan out one chore a night to stay ahead of the cleaning a little.  We shall see how this goes!

I haven't filled all the tabs yet.  I have one to keep invoices of bills that I pay that are important.  I also plan to keep a list of my contacts in here.  This is still very much a work in process, but anywhere I can organize my life is good for me!

Monday, August 22, 2011

TIOM Week 8

I’ve totally fallen off the wagon.  I started out so well and so committed.  I realized it’s a slippery slope.  I stop tracking everything I’ve eaten, I start making not as great choices, I’ll have another snack I didn’t really need, etc.  I haven’t worked out in almost 2 weeks either, so that doesn’t help.  I’m supposed to wait until my 2 week check up on Thursday to get the all clear.  I might try a couple of short jogs this week to get back into it.  I miss that feeling when you’re done with a good workout.  A feeling of achievement, exhaustion, and release.  I’m really ready to get back to it, and I think it’ll be the motivation I need to get back on track.
Week 8 Summary

Weight Loss this Week: 0.6 lbs

Weight Loss to Date: 6.6 pounds

Weight Left to Lose: 8.4 pounds

First Goal: 5 pounds (Met 7/25/11)
  • Reward – Pedicure {I finally got it on Saturday and it was heavenly!}
Second Goal:  10 pounds
  • Reward - A new pair of shoes
Final Goal: 15 pounds
  • Reward – A pair of good jeans!  Sevens?  Citizens?  We’ll have to see.
Success:  I didn’t gain weight this week, but I should’ve done better. 

Set Back:  I’ve fallen back into bad eating choices.

Exercise: I walked with the girls twice this week.  I am ready to get training again for the 5k in a couple of weeks! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

TIOM Week 7

This was a weird week.  I had surgery on Thursday so I don’t know how accurate my results will be.  On Wednesday, I had to do a cleanse to prep for Thursday.  It suuuuuuucked, but I lost 4 pounds!  During the laparoscopic surgery they pump gas into your abdomen.  I’m not kidding – I got home and weighed 5 pounds more than when I went into surgery.  I was not expecting that and honestly looked like I was pregnant.  My belly was round and HARD.  The gas has been the worst part of the recovery.  This bloat is ridiculous.  I think it can take up to a week to fully go away, so I think next Monday should have more accurate results.  The bad thing is that I can’t work out for another week and a half.  At least I’m hoping to be able to after my 2 week checkup.  I have a 5k to prep for!
Week 7 Summary

Weight Loss this Week: 2.4 lbs

Weight Loss to Date: 6.0 pounds

Weight Left to Lose: 9 pounds

First Goal: 5 pounds (Met 7/25/11)
  • Reward – Pedicure (Why have I not scheduled this yet?  I really need to get on it)
Second Goal:  10 pounds
  • Reward - A new pair of shoes
Final Goal: 15 pounds
  • Reward – A pair of good jeans!  Sevens?  Citizens?  We’ll have to see.
Success:  I had some weight loss, but it should be more. 

Set Back:  Oooohhhhh….the gas. L

Exercise: I ran one day (up to about 2.5 miles or so).  I signed up for a 5k in September, so I hope to get back out there soon! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Take it Off Monday Weeks 5-6

I realized on Friday that I never weighed in and updated on Monday.  At that point I figured, I might as well wait until next week.  And you know, that about sums up the last two weeks.  I'll be better tomorrow.  I wonder how many times I think about starting something tomorrow.  I laxed on tracking and watching what I ate.  I snacked on things that weren't great choices.  I didn't exercise as much as I could've.  All in all, I sort of fell of the wagon and it showed when I got on the scale this morning. 

Maybe that's a good thing though.  I think sometimes I think I can eat that junk and it won't matter.  And occassionally, it doesn't.  However, I need to get into a pattern of making good choices.  This time I am not going to start it tomorrow.  I'm starting today.  Monday, I'm going to show results.  (ignore the fact that I have a little secret weapon this week in the form of a two day almost fast required for my surgery on Thursday, but that might help a little!)
Weeks 5-6 Summary

Weight Loss this Week: I GAINED 1.6 lbs.  :(

Weight Loss to Date: 3.6 pounds

Weight Left to Lose: 11.4 pounds

First Goal: 5 pounds (Good thing I hadn't scheduled my appointment as I went backwards.  Soon, my friends.  Soon.)
  • Reward - Pedicure
Second Goal:  10 pounds
  • Reward - A new pair of shoes
Final Goal: 15 pounds
  • Reward - A new outfit (I think I'm going to finally buy a pair of good jeans.  Any suggestions?)
Success:  ?????  Not really seeing any. 

Set Back:  Did you see the weight gain up there?  Yeah, not too pumped about that.
Exercise: I've still been running with the C25k app, although not as much as I'd like.  I ran for 25 minutes straight last night though, which I think it's safe to say, I've NEVER done before and never thought I'd be able to.  The last 1.5 minutes I sprinted and it felt so good when I finished.  My first 5k will be coming up soon, and I can't wait for the feeling of accomplishing a goal I didn't really ever think I would.  Next summer?  10k! 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Mother's Prayer

I found this while playing on Pinterest and found it so perfect:

Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands
And give me gentle and smiling eyes
Keep my lips from hasty replies
And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeing joys
So when, in years to come my house is still
No bitter memories its room may fill

Fun at the Fair

Last Sunday, we took the girls to the fair.  It was sooooo HOT!!!  Kendall loved the rides.  The moment the first ride took off, she squeeled and said Woah!!  Faster! Faster!  :)

After the carousel it was time for a few more rides.

After the rides, it was time for games!