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...