Monday, December 31, 2012

Been hard at work...then it stops

I have so many plans for the new year.  I would love to get fit, get organized, and get happy.  Those are my 3 major goals for the year.  And since I have registered for The Hero Rush (http://www.herorush.org) in Annapolis in May, getting fit isn't really an option.  Getting organized has already started.  Waiting on some stuff to arrive and also trying to figure out what to do with some of the stuff we already have.  :)  The hardest one is getting happy.  I spend far too much time worrying about everyone else's happiness that I forget to have fun.  It's a very frustrating cycle, but I am determined to break it this year.
So to close out the year, we are going to try some more fun stuff to get the kids involved with each other.  The little boys have no problems with dealing with each other.  Well, I should clarify that they mostly talk to each other (read: scream, fight, argue, and wrestle), with the occasional melt down.  Their older brother needs to be more patient with them, remembering that they are only 4 (going on 5).  I find it funny that he doesn't recall what it's like to be 4...or doesn't allow them to do things because they are 4. It's really funny at times and other times, it drives me up a wall because he doesn't cut them any slack.  Maybe he'll figure out soon, maybe not.  Either way, I am not happy with his behavior.  I have yet to get a Thank You for his Christmas gifts.  Ugh.

On a positive note, we are going to try to celebrate the Old Year by counting down to the New Year.

I can't remember what activities I put in the balloons...maybe I should put increase memory on my resolutions list.  LOL! Also, being patient and relaxed.

Monday, December 24, 2012

I'm DONE!

This statement works on so many levels.  I am done wrapping presents.  I am done prepping food.  I am done cleaning the house.  I am done with kids that don't listen.  I am done doing everything.  I am done dealing with these kids and housework.  Any way you look at it, I am done.  I want to curl up in my bed and sleep through Christmas.  I am happy to report that I did not buy a single thing for my mom this year.  However, I did make the hand print tiles for her bathroom, coasters that the kids painted, sugar scrub for her feet, and a scarf.  I have plans to make her a wallet, but if I am too tired, I'll just do it later.  I did make a lot for my sister too, but she did get a couple things that were purchased.  Plus, I gave some stuff to the kids.  I am entirely done.  I just need to throw the pork shoulder into the crockpot before I crash and the rest can be heated up.  I just realized that I don't have any lettuce for sandwiches.  Oh well.  I have lots of fruit, vegetables, meat, breads and salads.  Our family will eat well tomorrow.  :)  My plan is to just relax tomorrow.  I did my job..I'm sure someone will find fault with something, but I am going to let it roll off of my back and smile.  I'll take notes for next year and hope to just make everything better.  That's all I can do.

Merry Christmas Everyone!  Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Eve Eve

Today, I officially finished everything except wrapping.  That will happen tonight.  Well, that's a lie.  I have one more thing that I want to make for my mom, but I do not have to leave the house for the next 3 days.  I have tea, food, gifts, and groceries to last for the next 2 weeks.  :)  Aside from wrapping (and 1 more sewing project), all I have to do cook dinner tomorrow and make some food on Christmas AM (really really early). I even started buying stuff for next years teacher gifts for the kids.  Hopefully I won't "put them somewhere so I don't lose them" and lose them.  The kids are in rare form.  I am hoping that my little talks about being happy with whatever you get will work and there won't be any tears.  An update...the Advent Calendar was a huge bust.  We did about 85% of the activities (plus some extra), but I've just been winging it.  We did do the links, chocolate Advent, and the Santa beard ones pretty regularly.


I've started journaling in my planner.  My goal is to write/draw something there and write something here everyday.  I need to get into the habit of it.  I will keep doing what I can to get more organized too.  My brain is slowly slipping away from me...and really all I want is to go to sleep before midnight.  I'm hoping that I'll get to do that on Christmas Eve.  Who knows.  If I can get everything wrapped tonight, it just happen (Shaaa and monkeys might fly out of my butt).  LOL!  Seriously folk!  I am on a  mission to make holidays easy and stress free.  I am going to do it or get committed trying.  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And we're moving...we're looking...

Sometimes I feel like I am going through life, watching and not really participating.  This is how I have felt for the past few weeks although it seems like I am getting things done.  It's been kind of crazy around here.  I have been making crafts like crazy, planning gifts and food, helping with as much as I can and I just haven't slowed down to actually enjoy it.  Every time I feel like I get caught up, I look around and realize that I so far behind that I have to stay up late a couple nights to get me back to breathing.  We haven't really been doing our Advent Calendar in any particular order.  I have learned a valuable lesson for next year.  Write it all down and let the kids hold me to the activities.  We have been doing 2-3 activities a night for the last 2-3 days just to get back to that day's activity.  Really, it's crazy.  


And that creeper isn't helping.  The kids are bored with it.  LOL!  Next year, we're going back to the tree and envelope method so it's all done ahead of time.  W doesn't even seem to care and the boys are interested in the chocolate Advent calendar instead of the activity one.

On a positive note, we mailed our Soldier cards, along with all of our Christmas cards (and Thank you cards), visited our neighbors and delivered cookies, finished a craft for Grandma, bought and delivered Toys For Tots, made our Teacher cards and gifts, and collected for Anna's House (we'll deliver on the weekend).  The rest of the week brings a craft, a candy house, a delivery for the Animal Shelter and Lauren's Luggage.  Plus, we are heading "down south" for a visit to Grandma's house and a sea glass search with some friends.

On top of the normal chores (you know those...dishes, laundry, shopping, and feeding/cleaning children), I am pretty much drained.  Oh...and I forgot, making class gifts/cards and shopping/crafting for the family.  There isn't enough time in the day - without having to chase/watch/entertain children, that is.

One day, I will be caught up and the house will be cleaned, organized, and in order.  Today is not that day.  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wow! As if things weren't nutty enough around here...

Our Advent Calendar started and it's a scene.  I remember being so much more organized last year.  This year it seems I am just flying by the seat of my pants!  I think it's because last year, all of the activities were written out and ready to go.  This year, I just haven't had the time to do it.  I guess that will be on my list for the day.  

Anywho, Day 1 was a crazy mess and, to top it all off, W had a flippin' tantrum about the whole "going out" thing.  I was about to cry.  I spend so much time doing things so that the kids will enjoy it and then they don't and I don't know what to do.  I sewed a flippin' Minecraft creeper for the love of God, just so it would be something for him to enjoy.  



I guess I was wrong.  Next year, I'm not going to do anything.  Ok, I say that and I know full well I am going to do something.  But I am not going to go crazy.  I need to just relax.  I've noticed that when I have things to do, they really don't care that I have things to do and just want me to do something else.  That is what makes me crazy.  I just need to schedule things when they aren't here or when they are asleep so I can just do what I want.  Otherwise, I am at their beck and call and will never get anything done.  But, again, I digress.  
So, on Day 1, we made a plate for Santa's cookies and took a trip to the Jarrettsville VFC Train Garden.  Really, it sounded like a great plan...until the kids got involved.  But, all in all, it was a good day - only 2 tantrums per child and a couple of stinky pants.  



Oh..and an extra kid.  :)  L was along for the ride.  Which is cool because the little boys love him!

Day 2 - Seriously, it's not that hard.  The plan was simple.  Really simple.  Decorate the house.  Hubby even went to get a tree.  Well, I let W have a little creative control and I ended up having move things around.  Then he got mad because I had to move things around which resulted in another tantrum.  Then the boys wanted to rearrange every ornament on the tree.  It's a wonder why I haven't been committed yet.  However, it got done and the tree looks fabulous.  And I have a few pictures of my butt and boobs, thanks to hubby.  




Day 3 - This is the first day that W had school during the Advent Calendar.  And I paid for that with a lot of "When are doing our Advent, Mommy?" questions throughout the day.  Luckily, they went to school too, so I did have a short break (and I got my shopping done without too much hassle).  Day 3 was to write a letter to Santa.  I did as much coaxing as I could and managed to get 3 letters done.  And we made a tree that the boys could touch.  



And for the record, yes, someone is always without pants in our house.  

Day 4 is today.  And it's the first one with a donation.  I am absolutely horrified about how this is going to go.  I do not want to bribe my kids with toys just so we can donate a couple of toys.  I even got a Groupon so we could spend some extra...we'll have to see.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It's almost that time!

We are starting our Advent Activity Calendar.  I am not one of those crazy moms that hide the elf and make them do crazy things, but I thought about it.  Then I looked at my kids and decided that they probably wouldn't get the idea and came up with a compromise.  The oldest (W) has decided he doesn't believe in Santa, but the only reason he can come up with is because he saw me leave to go out shopping close to Christmas.  So, I have tried to keep the magic alive by not telling him that he's right, I just explained that I buy things for people...and mark them from Santa because that is my way of giving them a gift.  Grandma is the best example...she hates receiving hates from us, so we either mark it from Santa or from the kids and it allows us to shower her with the presents she wants, but won't ask for.  :)
Anywho...last year, we had that cool tree that I made...with envelopes.

The boys loved the idea and the activities that we did.  We had so many photos afterwards, we made a book on Shutterfly with each day as a page.  It took a lot to plan, but it was well worth it to see the excitement and anticipation on the faces of the boys as they opened the envelope each day to see what was coming up next.  I wanted to continue to tradition, but I thought I wanted to get into the whole "elf" thing.  Then I started looking up the all of the work that I would have to do with the darn elf and, like I said, I really didn't think that my kids would buy the elf.  So, I sewed a Christmas Creeper...yes, from Minecraft.  My oldest is really into it and I wanted to sew him one anyways, so I figured I'd incorporate it into the whole Advent deal.  Now, the Christmas Creeper will report back to Santa on how well they play together and handle the new activities that require some teamwork, patience, and donations.   I showed it to the little kids today and I told them it was a secret for W.  Of course, they were blabbing away about it after dinner, asking where did it go and such.  I explained that he went to a dark place to talk to Santa.  Hehehehe...I'm such a sneaky mommy.  I've laid the first seed into their tiny toddler brains.   My plan is simple really...have the Christmas Creeper hold the Advent Activity for the day.  He might hide from the kids...but he's definitely not an elf and he won't be causing mischief on a shelf.  I guess I need to research Creepers...do they talk?  Would they eat Santa?  Maybe I didn't think this through as much as I hoped.  Oh well, it will definitely make it interesting and that's my goal.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Now that we're past that...

I have so much to do.  I have to plan our meals for the next few weeks, do the shopping, get some Christmas shopping done, create the Advent Calendar, get the Lego one for W, bake, and clean, not to mention the every day things.  Plus, there are kids everywhere!  I'm going to use my stand by mantra: One thing at a time!
First things first, I must work on the Advent Calendar to get the activities worked out.
Next, menu planning and shopping, which involves a lot of couponing and comparing.
Shopping for Christmas will follow.
Baking will be done with the kids during the Advent Calendar.
And everything else will get fit in my schedule as necessary.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

If you don't like it..Take 2/3

Seriously folks.  I totally understand that things in the business world are not black and white - meaning that not all businesses (or business models) are created the same.  But to blame someone else for your business failing and just throw in the towel (or to fire people) because you don't want to make it work makes YOU the problem.   Millions of people are succeeding.  It's not a perfect world, that is perfectly clear.  And I totally get that businesses will fail.   But they will fail under any economy (Democrats or Republicans in charge).  STOP BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE FOR THINGS!  GO OVER IT!  YOU ARE ULTIMATELY IN CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE!  In the words of Tim Gunn - "MAKE IT WORK!!".


Also, if you are feeling down, please stop posting it on Facebook.  Go out, get some sunshine, look at the world around you.  See the colors in nature, listen to the children laughing (or screaming), pet a dog/cat, eat some chocolate (not a lot, but just a little), have a beer, or watch a funny video - whatever it takes (legally please).  I'm not saying that people shouldn't be sad or depressed.  Nor am I saying that these things will work right away.  But you have to make an effort.  Either by refusing to stay down and letting the world trample on you, doing one of the things I mentioned above, or by getting professional help, YOU are in charge.  I see far too many people whining about being sad and not wanting to go on...and I think that it's silly.  I get sad.  I cry.  I get mad.  I scream.  I get down on myself.  It's a vicious cycle.  But, there is a big giant world out there and I have a life to lead - if not for me, for my family.  Yes, bad things happen to good people.  Babies are lost, friends/family get sick, jobs are lost, and so many other things that go wrong every day.  I am sad for all of them (believe me, I probably cry at least once a day).  Even the things that happen in our family.  But...they happen.  They are ALWAYS going to happen.  It's a good bet that cancer will not be cured in my lifetime.  It's a good bet that miscarriages will continue to happen.  It's a good bet that people will lose their lives in a senseless way.  I am not naive, ok, maybe just a little and maybe that helps me get through each day.  Please...please...please, if you truly thinking of ending your life, talk to someone.  If you are sad, talk to someone.  Just stop posting it on Facebook.  Message me and I will talk to you and give you plenty of reasons that you should be happy...one being that you don't have 4 year old twin boys who feed off each other.  :)  I will share the adventures that I live through and I'm sure some of the things I have said in the past 4 years will surely get a laugh from you.  Life is what you make it...enjoy your creation.  :)




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If you don't like it...

I've about had it.  If you don't like it, fix it.  It your first attempt didn't work, then maybe it wasn't what God intended.  Or maybe it was.  Maybe the intent was for you to try something else.  If your "fix" includes whining, get over it.  As a mom of 3 boys, I do not have time for whining.  I spend most of my day "fixing" what is wrong - whether it is wiping a butt (or two), cleaning up toys, laundry, negotiating, or snuggling.  If I don't like it, I have no recourse...well, I could run away, but that's not really a solution now is it.

And while we're on the subject, where does it say that we all have to share the same opinions, views, and/or beliefs?  Is there really 1 thing we can agree on?  No.

Move on.  Look forward to the future.  If you don't like it, change it.

This is not really up for debate.  This is how I live.  Compared to some, I have had a remarkably easy life, but it certainly hasn't been without it's share of difficulty.  I make it what it is.  I don't always agree with what is going on around me or even have a say in it, but I adapt and overcome.  Call it avoidance or ignorance, I just don't let it get to me.  I have enough to deal with every day and over dramatizing it doesn't help anyone.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Where has the time gone?

Ok, so I was doing well with keeping up with the blog, but then life stepped in and decided to speed things up a little.  A little catch up, I am still a Pampered Chef Consultant, I am still running, and my kids are still crazy.  For the past few days, I have been fighting a cold which has been kicking my ass.  As much as I would love to blame the little kids in the twins preschool class, this is probably the result of not enough sleep, poor diet, and stress.  I have been throwing Vitamin C at it hoping to recover before Sunday, but the lack of sleep isn't helping at all.  I've been trying more fruits and veggies too.  Today, I am going to ignore the fact that I don't feel great and go for a run since this is the last day I will have to run before the RFTC on Sunday.    This is how I feel today...and yes, there are tissues in my pockets and all over the house.  No fever, but sinuses are congested.  And my poor nose... UGH.

Really, I went close to a year without being sick, and now I've been sick twice in a month.  It must be the twins' preschool.  I have been a Parent Helper 4 times in the past month.  LOL!  Oh well, I'll get over it - eventually.  I have far too much to do in the next month.  There are TPC shows, a trip to NYC with hubby, the last soccer game for the little boys, a trip to a Pumpkin Farm, and of course, more running (maybe).  Not to mention all of the normal stuff that needs to get done.  Well, the kids are totally insane and calling me at the same time...so I am outta here.  More later.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Week 5 Finally Done!

It took me 3 failures to finally succeed at running for 20 minutes as part of Week 5 Day 3 of the C25K.  It felt so good to finish it, I almost cried!  I did do a little skip on the way home.  :)

I haven't quite figured out if I am good fit for Pampered Chef or not.  I love the products and I have been practicing recipes as often as I can.  The biggest obstacle for me is that I am not "aggressive" enough.  I not a seller.  I am a buyer.  LOL!  I don't want to harass anyone either.  My first 2 "shows" resulted in 1 sale.  I am trying to find other people to finish 1 show with the hostess getting something.  It's sad.  I'll get there.  It will take a little time for me to get into a groove.  I have 4 more shows scheduled and the prospect of 2 more.  I better learn really fast how to do things, huh...


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

It's already a red letter day here!

I woke up to the Baltimore Orioles in First Place in the AL East.  Ok, so they are tied with the Yankees, but still.  I don't think I've seen the O's in 1st place in September for over 20 years.



My Pampered Chef Kit has shipped, so I will hopefully have a clue pretty soon on what I am doing.  I have 5 shows booked and I'll be honest, I am scared to death.  I feel like I am missing something.  But the tally so far is $176 (Kit and Stamps for invites) and about 6 hours of my time trying to train, talk to people, and set up shows.  I sent out about 60 invites for my meet and greet with friends and neighbors.  It's very nerve-wracking!

We've played Cranium Hullabaloo about 10 times this morning and I've only won once.  But the kids are having a great time bounding around.  :)  Now it's Yahtzee time...well, handheld beeping games that they really don't play, but they like the beeping.  :)

Plus I have to run for 8 minutes today, twice.  And Grandma is coming up so I will get a shower and chance to clean up.

Hopefully my day will end as well as it started considering I am supposed to be in 2 places at once tonight.  :)


Monday, September 3, 2012

I'm sorry..

I feel like I say this a lot.  I mean, A LOT!  Half of the time, I don't even know what I am apologizing for.  Well, to my friends and family, neighbors and acquaintances, I am sorry, up front, for pestering you with my newest venture - The Pampered Chef.  I am hoping that I will learn to listen to you, hear you, help you, and be a better all around person for taking on such a task that is pushing my boundaries of comfortableness.  I have stepped outside my happy place and have started to ask people for things which I normally shy away.  If you do not want to host a party, please tell me you aren't interested.  Do not feel pressured to have a show because you just happened to know me.  I will not be discouraged or hurt.  However, having a show is just a few hours out of one week, and could result in free and discounted quality kitchen tools/recipes.  Plus, someone else will cook some yummy food!  My goal is to for everyone have fun while at a Cooking Show.  I will say that I am nervous as all get out!  I have so many ideas floating in my head...I'm hoping I don't just freeze and pass out!

On a side note:  Week 5 Day 1 is done!!!  I really need to find a track so I can see how fast/far I am running.

Today is...

Ok. So today is a run day.  Looking forward to some quiet time so I can clear my head.  Today I get to run for 8 minutes.  I will say that 5 minutes was much easier after I did 2 things:  First, I had to do it twice before and Second, I starting counting laps around the pool.  I hope that 8 minutes doesn't kill me.  :)

Also, today is my first attempt at scheduling a real live Cooking show with Pampered Chef.  Thank Goodness for friends, really.  :)  I have spent a total of 2-3 hours training, setting up a website/calendar, and harassing family and friends.  I've also spent $163 on the new Consultant Kit.  So far, that's it.  Today I will also be testing the Chocolate Lava Cake recipe to see if it works in my Deep Covered Baker.  Not that I doubt it, I just wanted to celebrate my new business with cake.  :)  I did find out that you have to pay for the Pampered Chef website thing.  But...you get it free for 90 days and it's only $10/month after that.  I am a little confused because I was signed up for a different looking website and I didn't see anything about payment, but it was at pamperedchef.com, not pamperedchef.biz.  Maybe after breakfast, my brain will clear long enough to put 2 and 2 together.  :)

Today is also Labor Day.  A day of relaxation.  HA!  SAHM's know no days off.  So, today will be floors, but I'm bucking the system and staying in pajamas.  Take that Fly Lady.  Ok, I probably won't stay in them all day, but the kids are in sweatpants.  ;)


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Alrighty Then...

Well, we started the "Taking Back the House" plan today.  Our weekly chore was clean the cabinets.  Will performed this task with such vim and vigor (I bet you haven't heard that term in a while), that I just let him go to work.  :)

Today was also my first full day as a Pampered Chef Consultant.  Last night, before I went to bed, I sent emails/messages to a few friends that expressed interest in having a party.  I am going to have to say that I am feeling a little (read:  A LOT) nervous about this endeavor.  This is really taking me outside of my comfort zone and making me rethink it.  It can't be that bad.  I mean, there are 1000's of people who sell Pampered Chef, right?  I started taking some training courses online to help with how to do certain things.  The first thing I was supposed to do was to determine my goals.  Wow!  Really, I was just doing it because I like to cook and I like Pampered Chef.  LOL!  Ok, I decided my goals were to have a flexible schedule and to have extra income.  I don't have a set amount in mind, but I settled on having 4 shows a month.  I have such a positive outlook that I am assuming I'll be able to find people to host shows.  :)  That, of course, is my biggest fear.  We'll have to see how well it goes.  I'm trying to be positive...:)

I did walk into a good opportunity to sell some items, but it's at a PTO FallFest for a friends' kids' school.  The problem is that I start thinking that I am not ready for this because she asked if I had anything to sell there.  That sets my brain into over time worrying about should I buy stuff.  What about signs?  What about...people who I don't know wanting to have a show?  The list is growing and I am starting to stress.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Week 4...GONE!

I am done Week 4.  So much has happened since the last time I posted.  Hmmm..maybe not so much, but some stuff has.  I am planning on becoming a Pampered Chef Consultant.  I'm also considering selling some jewelry.  I have issues, that's not news, but I feel the need to bring some money to the house.  I know that some people don't have the same feelings I do, but I have worked since I was 14 and I really do not like being totally dependent on someone else.  I realize that taking care of the boys is a job in itself, but at one point they will be in school and I really don't want to have to be at the whim of a permanent schedule, leave requests, and a 40 hour work week.  I don't think it's going to work with 3 boys in school, sports, after school schedules, and sick days.  Plus, I really enjoy being at home.  That brings me to another issue.  I have solved the dinner issue - especially with Pampered Chef.  Not only can I write off recipe ingredients on my taxes, I have 4 (and sometimes 6) guinea pigs for the recipes testing.  :)  The next dilemma?  House cleaning. Maybe I'm trying to avoid it by doing other things - that's probably it - but being a SAHM, I am EXPECTED to do all of it.  And I'm not really a great cleaner.  So, I am going to start finding easy ways to clean the house or, at the very least, a schedule to keep me up to date.  My goals will have to be very small at first...otherwise, I'll cower to a corner and hide behind the clutter.  So, let's see...Day 1 - find an easy to follow schedule.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ClSU4iSXUgU/S5nD32MOzGI/AAAAAAAACgI/JQqh-oxDbsA/s1600-h/JonesFamilyCleaningChecklist.jpg

Check.  Or so far...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week 2 Done!

Alright, I finished Week 2 for the first time!  I'm a little scared of Week 3, but I'm just going to push through. I really need a treadmill so I can run inside the house on days like today.  Normally I would run outside, but we have a painter here today and Tommy is at work, so I have no babysitter.  So, I could run around the inside of the house, jog in place, wait until later when someone is here, or put it off until tomorrow.  Now that the basement is clean, the inside might be a little easier.  I think I will try to ride the bike today too, since it's not looking all that promising weather wise.  This is where I run into problems because it's not like I can pull the kids in the wagon while running - aside from the fact that it's like 80 extra pounds, I don't think I would be able to run for 3 minutes dragging them behind.
I started on my arms last night - dear Lord!  I'll be feeling that all day.  :)  I'm motivated, accountable, and ready to get fit.  I love that I can almost drop trou without having to unbutton my shorts.  I love that I can fit into my pre-pregnancy pants without too much of a struggle.  I love that my tight clothes are now loose.  I love that with each number I see on the scale, it's getting closer to my goal weight.  Ok, so it's not each number, but it's not 187 - and it's closer to 150 than it is 187 - and that makes me a happy girl!  :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

YAY for me..

I finished the first week of the C25K program (AGAIN)...ok, so it's not such a new thing, but it was nice to get out and run around the neighborhood.  I'm only guessing I looked kind of silly running (especially with the dog), but it felt good to not make circles around the pool.  This about sums up my running:
Not sure where this came from, but that's about it.  :)  I don't care though because I feel great and I know the end result will either be 6 weeks in a cast with people having to help me out or I will be fit.  LOL!  I'm not sure how I am going to feel when I have to run up hills and for longer than a minute, but I'm sticking to the plan.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

WTF?!? Thunderstorms SUCK!

On the one day that I could have curled up and used a nap, why, oh why did we have to have a thunderstorm roll through?  Why?  20 minutes earlier, 2 hours later...right at nap time.  AGAIN!  And we'll probably get more tonight at bed time.  Grrrrrr.

On a positive note, my garden was watered.  I am happy about that.  More rain  means more tomatoes.  More tomatoes mean more canning!


Now it's almost bedtime and the skies are growing darker and not because it's getting later.  Those ominous grey clouds are slowly filling the sky to push their bedtime back until I have no time to do fun stuff...or I am so tired that I fall asleep in their room.  Ugh.

At least they will be visiting Grandma tomorrow and Saturday.  The BBQ Bash is happening and Tommy is cooking again this year.  :)  I'll get to hang out with them this year.  YAY!  However, it's supposed to rain/thunderstorm Friday and Saturday...and be oppressively hot.  Go figure.  At least I'll be able to help again.  It's hard to do with 2 small children and 80+ teams of hot smokers full of meat.



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

W2D2 - Done

Find some new workout shirts - Done!
Find a running buddy - Done!  Although he may change his mind when he has to run outside in the heat.
Find Shin Guards and Soccer Socks for the little kids that FIT! - Done
Get the kids to soccer practice on time - Done!

All in all, it's been a productive day.  Now it's time to look at jewelry making books for ideas/inspiration and head off to sleep.  :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I must be crazy...

Or it must be the beer.  I just registered to RUN the Race For The Cure in October.  Oh no...my first 5K!  I'm thinking I shouldn't drink and be on the computer at the same time.  Eeek..I must keep up with the training!  But now, I must get my shoulders to stop touching my ears.

Should I?

A while back, I decided I wanted to run a 5K, just so I can say that I did it.  I started the Couch to 5K program and got about a third of the way into it and my plantar faciitis became so bad that I would just able to walk comfortably again right before I had to run/walk that day's program.  It was pretty brutal.  But I pushed through hoping that I would beat it...I was wrong.  It beat me pretty good.  I bought tape to wrap my foot and an insole designed to help heal my foot.  Both worked like a charm and my foot has been healing very well - pretty much to the point of no pain unless I walk without shoes for a prolonged period of time.
So, I started (well, restarted) the C25K program yesterday.  I will say that it's a little easier (less wheezing and panting) since I've started working out regularly.  I didn't really start for any particular reason other than I wanted to exercise and I didn't want to turn on the Wii or go into the basement to hit the bike.  After I finished, I felt great - really hot and sweaty because it was 90 degrees with 90% humidity outside - but happy that I exercised.  Later that evening, a friend posted that she was trying to get a bunch of ladies together to run their first 5K race in October for the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.  Well, I'd like to believe that fate made me start the C25K since it's just under 11 weeks until the race.  So, here I sit wondering if I should do it.  I wanted to run a 5K.  This would allow me to run with a bunch of other people who haven't run before and to run the event that I would be walking anyways.
Should I just accept this?  Maybe it was everything lining up for this to happen...or maybe it's coincidence.  Who knows? But I do know this, I wanted to run a 5K, in fact the RFTC would be fun (although there are lots of hills) especially with a group of people.  I just need to get off of the fence.  :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's all coming together

It's not like it's going to stay together or anything, but things are coming together nicely right now.  The kitchen is almost done, the garden is producing, and the kids are growing.  We have our moments when things break down, but we deal with it.  There is no extra drama, no posts on Facebook, or feeling down.  I have no major complaints.  There are only two minor ones, whining and silly people.  I am happy that the kitchen is usable (and has been pretty much since day 1) and looks amazing.  Hubby has done an awesome job so far.  He could probably make a living doing this stuff.  :)
The garden is doing well too, giving up close to 20 lbs of tomatoes so far, about 10 squash, 5 cucumbers, and 1 cantaloupe (that I didn't even plant - it grew out of the compost bin), plus the radishes and peppers too numerous to count.  There are tons more tomatoes, cucumbers, and cantaloupes (I've counted 8 that are at least softball sized, with some that volleyball sized).  The onions should be ready soon, as will the carrots.   I've canned 5 pints of tomatoes already, plus 2 jars of salsa and my neighbor has received some tomatoes since we have so many.
The kids are growing like weeds.  D and K started soccer practice last week and they are the smallest ones on the team.  Not sure if they are the youngest or not, but they got right to work.  They need a little help with coordination, but they are still pretty young, so hopefully that get better with age.  W is not ready to start school...and I feel like he's going to fight it in a couple of weeks.  I can only hope that he knows some of the kids in his class or this will be the longest 6th grade year EVER!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

It's awesome!

I have lost 17 lbs in about 2 months.  I have reduced the amount of calories I eat per day, plus I have reduced the amount of carbs, fat, and sugar I eat.  I feel great!  I exercise regularly and have more energy to chase my 4 year old twins around the house (and push the 11 year old to do more outside of the house).  I say reduced because I have not eliminated anything from my diet.  I have had Five Guys burgers, Chick Fil A sweet tea, chocolate, cupcakes, and bread.  I have added more veggies and fruits to my diet, helping to keep me fuller and happier.  I eat more protein and fiber too.  I drink much more water than I have in the past.  Good thing I like it.  However, unsweetened tea sneaks in there, as does Crystal Light Pure Mixed Berry (even the occasional beer).  I still eat pizza on Fridays, but instead of have 2-3 pieces, I try to stick to 1 (sometimes 2).  I do have moments when I struggle to figure out what to eat.  These are the times that I think of my goal and make a better decision than I would have in the past.  Saying that, I have gone back into menu planning to avoid those dreaded decisions that might put my goal at risk.  For example, this week,our dinner menu looks a little like this:


I apologize for the crappy handwriting, but I am too short to reach the top.  I used Pinterest to find new recipes and keep the ones that seem to be a big hit.  Last week, I make Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice from Life as a Lofthouse.  Dear Lord, that was good!  Everyone, including the 4 year olds and the "I hate chicken" 11 year old), had seconds.  Today is French Dip - not sure how it's going to turn out (it's a crockpot dish), but I figured it couldn't hurt to try.  I could probably rename this blog something "Pinterest Every Day" or something and do a project a day...but me writing everyday is pretty far-fetched.  I have been keeping up pretty well though.  :)  I digress.  Menu Planning has helped me keep on track.  :)

I am off to run to Target (my third favorite store behind Joann Fabrics and Michaels).  LOL!  

Monday, July 23, 2012

So many fun things, so little time!

Everyday, the kids and I work on a letter.  We are up to Ii.  We've done a whole mess of fun crafts (some are artsy and some are more of a learning exercise).  I've saved the extra cool ones for when W came home from Myrtle Beach.  I'll post some photos a little later...I have get some books back to the library and workout before I sit down and relax this afternoon!  :)

 We went to Plumpton Park Zoo and hung out with some of the animals.  Luckily, the older kids voluntarily pulled the wagon.  :)
 My favorite animal in the whole wide world - Ok, it's a toss up between the ostrich and the emu..and horses, and kangaroos...and sloths, well, baby ones.  :)
 His name was Mr. Gobbles or it could've been Cranberry.  Either way, he wasn't happy.
 Here is the obligatory photo of me and kids.  D is trying to get out of it, but N pulled him back in.  :)
 D is practicing a letter.  I think it was A, but I can never be sure.
 And K is practicing too!  :)
 We decided to paint birdhouses one day.  Another what was I thinking moment.  Kids and paint, ugh!

 And there was more paint on their hands, then on the birdhouse.  :)
 Luckily, it's water-based paint and it comes off quite nicely.
 Baking soda and vinegar (plus a little food coloring) make for some interested little boys. :)
 Froot Loops + skewer = fine motor skill practice.
 D has it down!
 We made bracelets with mommy's cell # on it...just in case they escape.  :)
 Suncatchers with glass dots and zots (glue dots).

Plastic cups + balloons + pom-poms = a mess of pom-poms!  :)

Good Night in the Morning...

I had the worst nightmare last night.  I woke up and had to analyze it just to help me relax enough to close my eyes.  Every time I closed my eyes, I still saw the same images.  Then, as I was able to relax, I had another bad thought and started seeing another image and it totally freaked me out.  It was a rough night.  Luckily, when I woke up, I had a little boy next to me and I felt a lot better...until he started kicking me in the back.  :)


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Updates galore...

Well, the kitchen is mostly done.  The cabinets are in place.  Hubby mentioned some doors that need replacing or fixing.  We have counters and the floors are done.  The molding/patching is still being worked on  ...and the backsplash and window treatments are next up.  I have found a couple that I like, but I'm not 100% hubby is on board.  :)  We'll figure it out.  I'm not allowed to post pictures of it until it is totally done.

The garden is producing!  I have eaten more squash in the past 4 weeks then I have eaten in the past 10 years.  :)  Yummy!  And the radishes have all been harvested.  Corn, tomatoes, and peppers are on the verge of being harvested.  I also have an unintended melon plant that grow out of the compost bin, with about 6 melons growing!  I can't wait to eat those.  I am going to be swimming in tomatoes pretty soon.  There are tons of them have grown, but only 1 has turned red.  I need a recipe for the jalapenos though.  I have about 6 of them, but no reason to use them.  I might have to freeze them or can them.  Or I'll attempt to make a batch of salsa.  I do have a couple of onions that still growing (despite the Squash Overlord).

We have been learning our ABC's at home.  Well, let me rephrase, I have been teaching the ABC's at home.  Each day, we have a new letter and we practice writing it and talk about what words start with that letter.  We also try to do at least 1 fun thing a day that is something that the kids haven't seen (we still play and read and stuff).  For example, we played with baking soda and vinegar to blow up a balloon and make rainbow volcanoes.  We have also stacked Froot Loops on a skewer.  I have been scouring Pinterest for fun ideas for the kids and have a list all ready for the craft store.  I can't wait to try out a few of these projects!

I have been a reading fool!  I have re-read all of Janet Evanovich's Plum Series (AGAIN) and am now reading the Lizzy and Diesel series.  Next up, Fern Michaels or John Grisham.  And I want to make an apron for myself.  :)  I read while I ride the bike (for 45 minutes now).  I am still exercising with the Wii (I'm on Phase 3), but I really have a hard time finding free time when someone isn't around watching me (as I look like a doofus while exercising).  I have opted to ride the bike and work on my arms separately. I am down 13 lbs and I actually fit into my pre-twins jeans.  They were VERY tight, but I could button them.  My clothes all fit better and some are getting a little too loose.  I will definitely need a new swimsuit and shorts next year (LOL!  There I go, thinking positive again).  I am about 15 pounds from my pre-twins weight and 13 lbs from my Driver's License weight.  :)

We are off to get dressed and go pick up some things to keep us entertained while W is on vacation with some friends.  Our normal playmates are busy today...plus we have to deal with a water issue outside.  Crossing my fingers that the DPW can fix it and we don't have to call a plumber ($$$$) to come out to fix it. I'm really not liking the idea of dealing with that - at all.

Monday, July 2, 2012

I am...

Unemployed again.  As much as I love the idea of spending my days with my kids and free time working.  I will now be able to use my free time (read: Kids napping or at school) for more interesting things like cleaning, sewing, or resting - officially.  LOL!  While I know that people will say "I wish I didn't have to work" or things like that, what they don't understand is that I have worked consistently (up until the time I had the twins) since I was 14 years old.  As much as I think it's great that I have the ability to stay at home with my kids, I really hate being financially dependent on someone else.  Especially since I enjoyed my job.  Oh well, I guess I will have to take advantage of my time off by doing something productive.  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Unfortunately...

I haven't learned to be able to speak my mind yet.  I don't feel like I can say what I want to say to people because I don't want them to be offended or take offense to something I say.  I have an opinion...and I think there are people who are crazy...but who am I to judge.  I just don't want to say something about it because I don't want people to think that I am judging them.  So, I sit here and write about silly nonsense that holds no real interest.  Oh well...

Monday, June 18, 2012

Exercise sucks...

I know that I am putting myself through it, but exercise sucks.  I feel great afterwards and even going into it, I have a positive attitude.  As soon that the crazy e-trainer gets on the screen, I hate all of the exercises.  LOL!  I am now done Phase 1 and have exercised for over 6 hours and burned over 2400 calories.  Since starting this "weight loss" craziness, I have lost 9 lbs and my clothes fit much better.  I still have normal food, just less of it.  I have had a cheeseburger and fries, but I worked out and ate great the rest of the day.  I have days that I eat bad, but I do stay within the preset calories. It's a good think I like salad!  :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I found my answer...

So apparently, 3500 calories equals 1 pound.  So, if I consume 500 less calories than I burn, in a week, I should be down 3500 calories and therefore lose 1 pound.  Also, if you don't eat 1200 calories a day, your body will go into starvation mode and start holding on to extra fat and not burn calories as quickly and therefore you will not lose as much weight as you think.  So, the deal if find that happy medium so you consume enough to keep your body from thinking it's starving, but limit the amount of bad stuff (fat, sugar, cholesterol, and carbs) to make your body happy.  Also, exercise is good.  Even if it's walking around, cleaning, or jumping jacks.  :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ahhhhh...summer!

It's raining, but summer vacation is finally here.  No more getting up to make sure that W gets up.  No more school chores.  No more homework.  We have one more commitment on Sunday, then we are on a relaxed schedule and our annual trip to the beach.  I'm hoping that I survive the trip.  I won't be able to do my Wii Workouts while I am there, but maybe I can talk C or Kel into walking with me.  That will give me the exercise I need to not be a total slacker.  I just have to keep D on track with the potty stuff and we should have a great time!

Today it's raining, of course.  At least my garden is getting watered!  And I have my new shoes on.   And I got in a workout.  And we're having Five Guys for dinner, upon request from the Elementary School graduate.  I saved up some calories and worked out.  This got me thinking:  what is the time period for the whole calorie counting thing?  I mean, is it a 24 hour period?  Is it a week?  How does my body know that I only ate 1300 calories in 24 hours?  Guess I am off to Google...

Friday, June 8, 2012

What?

Since I have been "dieting" - I call it dieting, but really, it's a change in my dietary habits - I have figured out why I was gaining weight.  I was eating far too many calories, even when I wasn't hungry.  For about 3 weeks, I am supposed to be eating 1500-1600 calories a day, plus whatever exercise I do, I get those calories too.  Well, I don't eat that much now.  I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but I have noticed that the fruits have more calories, carbs, and sugar.  Now, I have been told that more fruit isn't going to make me fat, but calories are calories.  I am trying to stick to the limits set for me, but it's hard to do with fruit (and sugar).  I have lost 9 lbs so far - in 3 weeks, but most of it came off the first week.  myfitnesspal.com is set up to help me lose 1 pound a week.  And so far, they have been pretty good.  :)  I am 2 weeks into the Wii Active 2 - 9 Week Workout program.  And it's not getting any easier.  In fact, they are getting longer and harder...Stupid Wii.  LOL!
I am ready for a nap after the workouts...and I rarely "eat back" the calories earned.  I try to make it 1200 a day so my body doesn't go into starvation mode.  LOL!  Funny considering that I would eat a cheeseburger and fries totally that much for lunch.  I just need to keep doing this stuff until I lose 25-30 lbs.  I should be done after the summer is over.  Hmmm...not the ideal plan, but at least I am fitting into my clothes better.  I guess I better start something like this...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The garden...

I have been pulling radishes out of my garden daily.  They are yummy!  :)  The squash plant has grown and is now taking over the lettuce.  Not sure what to do, but I'm thinking a little string might help control it.  It now has buds/flowers though.


My celery isn't growing like the Pinterest post shows, so I'm wondering if it's working.  


My one blueberry bush isn't growing very big.  I'm wondering if I need to add another.

 
The upper bed isn't doing much of anything except sprouting weeds and what looks like a potato - which I didn't plant.  Who knows.  :)


Other than that, I am getting ready to have lots of tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  We'll have lots of sauce and salsa!  YAY!  I'm looking forward to having a salad that is made from just veggies from my garden.




Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rollercoaster?

Wow!  My kids are growing, my garden is growing, and I'm trying to shrink.  LOL!  It's so hard to believe that my baby is going into middle school next year.  I remember holding him as a baby, wondering if he would ever grow up.  What would he be?  What would he look like?  Now he's 11 and he's a smart little boy who could take on the world - if only he wanted to do that.  Now we're at the end of his elementary school years and I think he might actually make the honor roll for the first time.  I will just be happy that there is no C, really.  He's so smart, but impatient...Hmmm..I wonder who he takes after.  The little boys are right on his trail.  And here I sit wondering how I am going to survive 2 more of them.  I've heard that God only gives you what you can handle and I'm starting to wonder if that's true.  I might end up in the looney bin before too long.  This potty training thing is about to push me over the edge, really.  I'm living day to day here, watching, waiting for things to work themselves out, all while trying to keep what little sanity I have left.  I wonder if this is my life forever, or will things become better.  Will they get worse?  Or am I destined to ride the rollercoaster of up and downs for the rest of my life?  Whatever happens, I know I am blessed with having 3 boys that make it one hell of a ride.  And my friends and family are my seatbelts to keep me from flying out of my seat.  Occasionally, the bars/seatbelts lift up and give you a little scare, but they always seem to work.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Notes to self...

I think I might have to rename the blog this some days.  I post a lot of these on Facebook as I learn a lot throughout the day.  Today's notes to self are:


In a span of 5 minutes...
Note to self: Buy more whole grain waffles. All of the kids eat them.
Note to self: Don't ask the kids when you should exercise. They will always say now.
Yet another Note to self: Watch out for little kids opening the detergent drawer while moving the laundry from the washer to the dryer. Also, find a new booboo bunny.


I think I need ear plugs...big ones.  Maybe I can get Bose to send some of the noise cancelling headphones to see if they can tap a new market - parents with noisy kids.  

Speaking of which...I'm not sure where I saw this (don't come after me copyright police), but this about describes my kids today:  






Friday, June 1, 2012

Field Trip Day


Here is the crew we walked with all day.  Luckily it was 5 kids and 5 adults.  :)


The Hubble Space Telescope.

Went to Washington DC for W's 5th Grade Field Trip.  I was shocked at the number of people in DC, but I was more shocked at the number of things under construction/renovation.  The Reflecting Pool, the Mall, and the Washington Monument were all closed.  I was finally able to see the Lincoln, Vietnam and WWII Memorials though.  The boys were pretty good.  I think we took all of 10 minutes for lunch and the rest of the time was spent walking or going through the museums.  We did take a break when the kids wanted to go in the Flight Simulator...which they enjoyed a lot!  :)  All in all, a good time was had by all.  We will have to go back another time and actually read some of the exhibits.  :)