Thursday, April 30, 2009

Princess Invitations

Now that I have sent them out and some of the locals we invited are getting theirs, I decided to post my creation.

Because Sydney wanted a princess party, I decided this would be fun and easy to make the invites. Princess stuff is hot right now and I am finding things everywhere for her party. It is fun and addicting I might add....

I printed the party info on pink card stock, cut it into small triangles (for fairy princess hats), and then added ribbon and embellishments. I think they turned out adorable and I am excited to share them with my readers.






Sydney helped me stamp the envelopes and kept pointing to the invites and saying, 'Nydney's pincess party." She is so excited :) Stay tuned for more princess party fun :)

Day 18...I think

Yesterday was REALLY good till I hit the wall after dinner....

Breakfast: Total Cinnamon Crunch with 1% milk

Snack: banana

Lunch: 7 chicken fries (3 points) 10 baked fries, a half an apple

Snack: Hostess coffee cakes (100 calories)

Dinner: Blue Hake fish baked in olive oil with basil and paprika
Original Long grain rice
Corn

Snack: Bavarian cream donut :(
Bowl of Banana nut cheerios with 1% milk

Bad bad girl :(

WATER: 64 oz

EXERCISE: None unless you count running up and down the stairs cleaning

FEELING: okay. I had a good day till the evening, but I ate for emotional reasons. Today is going to be a better day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lots of love

An old friend of mine, whom I taught closely with for almost 3 years, recently had her fourth child prematurely. When I heard of this, I thought of her daily. I couldn't imagine what she was going through and felt like there was nothing I could do but to let her know that I care.

Her beautiful baby girl is going through a daily struggles, as is the entire family. Words can not express how beautiful this entire family is. I have had the pleasure of meeting her family and watching them grow. When I quit teaching to stay home, it became difficult to keep up and I miss her friendship very much. She is an amazing woman inside and out.

She has recently started a blog to keep everyone updated and I know how much all of you would be encouraging and supportive through this. So, please stop by her blog and see for yourself what a beautiful family this is.

Click *HERE*

You can tell her Lisha sent you :) Thank you everyone.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Menu Monday


Okay or Menu Tuesday :) . The weather is too nice to be spending it indoors. Yesterday, I had the girls out all afternoon. We took a walk to the creek (we call it a CRICK *chuckle*) behind our house, picked flowers, and put our feet in the cold water. The girls had a blast!! We then trotted over to my friend/neighbor's house, Amy, to play in her backyard with her daughter. I had to apply sunscreen twice to the girls and they both sucked down about 36 oz of water each. Very worth it!
For more yummy menu plans and recipes, check out http://orgjunkie.com
Monday: Sirloins on the grill with the Tastefully Simple Grillin' Seasoning, grilled potatoes, and peas with leftover Beer battered bread from Sunday's dinner
Tuesday: Grilled chicken with Italian dressing, grilled potatoes again (a fave in our house), and corn (a quick grilled dinner since we are planting our veggie garden tonight). Very few dishes and not time consuming :)
Wednesday: Baked fish (Blue Hake) with seasoning and olive oil, Original Long Grain Rice, and carrots
Thursday: Spaghetti with chicken breasts instead of hamburger with melted mozzarella (no recipe just toss it together :))
Friday: Chicken Noodle Soup, crackers (A Friday favorite since we are all tired and it is a simple meal we all like)
Saturday: Out (heading to PA for a baby shower) then coming home late
Sunday: Birthday Party in PA for a cousin's sweet 16 :) Home late.






Have a great Tuesday everyone :)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Let me put it this way....


In NOT so many words....for I am a rambler. I write too much.
My list of the weekend events:
  • Was outside all weekend...from mid-morning till dusk

  • Hardly ate at all. Breakfast, no snacks, and dinner, no late snacks

  • Made good choices in drinks (Water, 4C Lemondade, and hubby did well chosing me a Diet Pepsi to surprise me over a sweet tea :)) He is doing better!!

  • Kids had fun with their friends all weekend. Ran around, played basketball, rode bikes and cars, played "Star Wars", went to the park, just had good old "kid" fun

  • Amy and I ran errands together without kids. Got the Sunday papers for coupons.

  • I saved 80 bucks at Martins with coupons and savings.

  • Hubby won 40 bucks at poker and gave me all of it :)

  • I got Syd's invites completely done and they are being mailed today!

  • Hubby killed the weeds in the yard, mowed the yard, and we got our neighbor Jason to help us install new lights outside our house. They look great :) I will have to post a before and after picture of the house.

  • I had a blast Friday night with my girls at Pokeno. It was so much fun. We giggle and laugh the night away. So good for the soul.

Oh yeah and one more thing.


I LOST 3 LBS during the last 2 weeks :) Not bad for just making better choices and randomly exercising :) (Well except for the donut binge lol).

Over and out. Too nice outside. Gotta get up and moving. Treadmill here I come.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Yes can you believe it?? A post about something other than food and exercise...*chuckle* Even I get sick of seeing my blog only about that.

This blog is about my kids too...you know that right?? I really haven't forgotten about them through my healthy me journey and to prove that....here is a post about our day.

Today was awesome (except the fact the lovely sunshine and tweeting birds woke my son at 7 this morning).

We cleaned up around the house, did some chores, put TONS of laundry away, and then headed out to run some errands.
When we got home, we played in the yard, shot some hoops, Noah played baseball with Daddy, and I finished Sydney's birthday invites. I can't wait to post them, but I need to wait till I mail them out. I don't want to ruin the surprise :)

Then after Amy and my Hubbys ditched us for poker, we decided to head to the park for a picnic and for the kids to play. It was one of those days. We were both irritated with our hubbys needs to play poker 2 times or more a week, so out the house we went.

The kids had a blast. Our daughters and our sons are so close. I just love to watch them play and interact. It brightens my day :)

Sorry, I was camera happy again!! I will only post a few, I promise.
My sweet girl, Sydney



Her bff, Kaitlin


My little man, Noah



Miss Sam (AKA Ralphie)



Noah's bff, Riley (AKA WHYIE)


Best Friends Forever :)



Best friends forever




Why is it always my kids who don't look at the camera?? lol

Holding hands...ahhhh.....


Playing in the creek. We were just waiting for them to fall in.
Teeter Totter....fun times.


Friday, April 24, 2009

Day 11

Bad bad bad bad bad girl............AND A COMPLETE DUMB ASS.
**UPDATE: So I was outside talking to my neighbor/friend Amy about my calorie intake this morning and realized that I totally muliplied wrong. I must have been feeling REALLY guilty about my consumption of Hostess Donettes cuz it should have been 4 donuts in one serving which is 230 calories...that means I had about 460 calories each time I sat down. What an idiot. DUH...I won't tell you that I am certified to teach math lol. Dumb blonde moment. Sorry.



Seriously....I am discouraged. I think I am going to opt for Lyposuction.



Things have been going okay but I binged last night b/c my Hubby sabbotaged me once again (but not on purpose). I do not buy things that I will binge on because I will eat it and then some.



Last night Hubby got home later from work than usual because he had to tutor after school, so he was tired and hit the couch with Syd after dinner. I took Noah to his Tiger Cubs meeting, which was so disorganized and crazy. I really hope he likes this b/c it seemed so confusing and weird to me. Not what I imagined.



While we were at Tiger Cubs, Hubby took Syd to the grocery store for milk. He came home with this:

Yes....my major weakness. An item I avoid at the grocery store.

He thought I would like them. Of course, honey, I LOVE them, but did you see the calories and fat in these puppies??

4 donettes for 230 calories and 12 grams of fat...not to mention the cholesterol and other TERRIBLE things.....

But that didn't stop me....I had 2 1/2 servings (approximately 9 donettes last night for a snack) and the last half of the bag this morning for breakfast. The bag is gone. All 20 donettes. Do the math on that one. 230 cal x 20 = 4600 calories!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!

Why? Why?

Period. No really, my period. I did this b/c Hubby had them here and I just got my period.

Not an excuse....they were calling to my hormones.

As for the rest of the day:

Breakfast: Bowl of Raisin Bran with 1% milk

Snack: Banana

Lunch: 1 cup of Spaghettios and a PB and J sandwich

Snack: Hostess cupcakes (100 calorie pack)

Dinner: Filet Mignon on the grill, grilled potatoes, and corn

Snack: 1/2 bag of donettes (2300 calories) Yep...they were good but now I feel SO guilty and wish I could redo what I CHOSE to do.

FEELING: On top of that I had 5 kids today so I didn't have any "me" time to exercise. We had Tiger Cub meeting in the evening, I am hormonal, and wished I had Hubby hide the donuts.

WATER: 80 oz today

EXERCISE: None.

Today is a new day (minus the donuts I just ate again) I will exercise today so I can burn at least 200 calories from the donuts and we are going to the park. Even worse, tonight is Pokeno night and there will be LOTS of yummy treats. I am going to starve through the day....I have too.

Anywho. I am boring myself, so I am going to hang with Jillian for 20 minutes while the littlest one naps. Have a great day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Day 9 and 10

I guess this is good. I am not on the computer as much, so I must be active right?? Well, not really, but I am busy. Busy is good for me. Downtime is destructive.


Tuesday Day 9:


Breakfast: Arnold bread toasted with spray butter

Hot tea with sweetener and milk


Snack: Banana


Lunch: Aarnold bread sandwich with lettuce and Light Miracle whip

some baked fries dipped in very little Ranch (like 1 tsp)

100 Calorie Hostess cupcakes (1 pt in WW) me like em :)


Snack: None


Dinner: Baked Hake Fish in the oven with lemon juice and spices

Original Rice Pilaf

Corn


Snack: 1/2 Large Sweet tea from McDonalds (late snack on our way back from Amy and my trip to Kmart in PA...we needed some sweet tea!!)


As you can see, I did pretty good all day long till the sweet tea, however, I am proud cuz I only drank 1/2 of it and saved the other 1/2 for Wednesday!! That is SO not like me!


WATER: I had 3 bottles of my 32 oz bottle so that is 96 oz of water?? Really?? HOLY COW! That is darn good :) It is getting easier and easier to do. This water bottle is FAB! My mom showed me hers and I LOVED it cuz it has a straw. I have to have a straw when I drink ANYTHING. Weird I know. But I am weird.


EXERCISE: I did it people..I got on my treadmill during the mid-morning. I walked 4.2 speed for 10 minutes, jogged/ran for 25 minutes, and cooled down for 5. I completed a little over 3 miles and was SO sweaty stinky lol. I had the littlest one down for a nap, and the other 2 played in the basement while I exercised. I put on Spongebob for the girls and was able to jump in the shower for a quick 2 minute washdown and make it downstairs before it was over. WOW....I can do this!! I just have to prepare myself for the days that do not go my way, that is the hard part cuz I like routine.


FEELING: I felt good all day. I am still just as chubby but I have energy. I couldn't believe that I am still so in shape under all the chub. Scary.



Wednesday Day 10:


Breakfast: Arnold bread (whole grain) with a skim of Jif Natural PB on it

Hot tea with sweetener and milk


Snack: None


Lunch: Late lunch...me bad....but I was careful. I spent enough money today on Printer ink and stuff for Syd's invitations so I opted for a dollar cheeseburger instead. I ate it and 10 French fries with a small Diet Coke. It filled me to where I didn't snack in the afternoon either. So bad or not, it filled me.


Snack: None


Dinner: Bowl of chicken noodle soup (Campbells cuz the kids like it...cheap big can lol) and 4 Saltine crackers and Water


Snack: Soup didn't fill me. I had a Quacker Fiber/Omega 3 Granola bar, string cheese, and a bowl of Raisin Bran with 1 % milk. Weird combination, but I did warn you I was weird.


WATER: 64 oz today. Not bad...I met my goal.


EXERCISE: I did it again! Not quite as much b/c I had to run some errands so the little one wasn't able to nap as long. I did 2 miles and 30 minutes. I walked 5 mins to warm up and started jogging at 5.0 speed for 15 minutes then 5.5 speed for 5 minutes and then a 5 minute cooldown. I tried to increase some speed for more calorie burning. We will see.


FEELING: I was feeling pretty good till I had my snack binge at 7:30 pm. I feel guilty for eating it. I didn't need it.....:( My ribs hurt from running. I guess it could be worse. At least my knees are doing okay with the running. Just can't do lunges right now :(



What's up with me?? I know you REALLY want to know lol.



  • Working on Sydney's birthday invites

  • Took Noah to sign up for Cub Scouts. I am excited for him to be a part of something he is interested in.

  • Keeping my house "look" presentable. Just do not look in the closets.

  • Scheduling my online job hours (May 4-8)

  • Trying to get my kids a playground. Found one at Walmart and it is Out of Stock and then found another one at Toys R Us, so now I just have to find the time to go and get it.

  • Thinking about Mother's Day gifts for my Mom and MIL. I have a couple ideas in mind, now just to make a decision and start working on it. It is right around the corner!!

  • Working on remaining postive even when negative people come in and then leave my life. I have to realize it is okay to cut my losses. I am working on this with the positive people in my life!! Thank you Hubby, my Mom, Mary and Amy, the girls in my Mom's Group, Kim, Amy B, oh gosh, I can't name all of you, but you are there and that is all I need. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Other than that, I am excited about the gorgeous weather tomorrow and the weekend to come.


Thank you GOD especially.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dirty Girl and Smary Pants



Catchy huh?? I maybe demended and perverted at times but this is my perfection picture of what a dirty girl is:


This was right after we were done gardening and mulching on Sunday. She was the dirtiest princess in all the lands!


My Smarty Pants is doing so well in school. His handwriting is AMAZING. He has improved his small motor skills and has the most beautiful handwriting, especially for a boy. He wanted to go all the way to 100 but his teacher just wanted him to go to 35. He said he wanted to keep going. :) Mama is proud. So is Daddy, Mimi & Pappy, Grandma and Pap, and many many others. Great job Noah.
You amaze me everyday with what you accomplish and how hard you try to be your best. Keep that wonderful spirit!!

And a small clip of my kids dancing. They were making me laugh so hard I had to record it. However I was running out of space on my card, so it was short....

video

Day 8

Wow. I was down one kid today for half a day and was able to keep my house clean, do 3 loads of laundry, and have quiet time!! I did watch a friend's child for a couple hours while she took her other child to kindergarten registration. I am beginning to think I need to run a child care business.

(Warning: I am going to toot my own horn) I am pretty good at what I do, I must say. I am more consistent with other people's kids than my own, everything is a learning experience (that is the teacher in me), and I balance things pretty well....however, you did hear me say RUN a child care business right?? That means I would get the weekend off and I would chose a day in the middle of the week to have off. lol. I can dream right?? Or I guess I could just go back to teaching.

I went to Walmart tonight. Fun right?? I went in for 3 items and came out with 8. Don't you hate when that happens??

I didn't exercise. Hubby went to poker, so that leaves me with the kids by myself. I like when at least one of us is interacting with the children...okay there is my excuse again. Frankly, I have no motivation on rainy days. Poor huh?

Breakfast: Arnold bread whole grain toasted with spray butter and a layer of grape jelly
Hot tea with sweetener and `1% milk

Snack: 6 cheese curls....:(

Lunch: Arnold bread with ham, lettuce, light miracle whip, 1/2 cup of Spaghettios, pack of 100 calorie Hostess cupcakes

Snack: none (see I am not doing too bad...till.....)

Dinner: 3 pieces of Pizza (large ones too) :( but they were SO delicious.

Exercise: None. I know I was supposed to get on the treadmill. Where does time go?? ANd why am I not there now?? There is such a thing as exercising too late and this is too late for me. I can't unwind till midnight. 7:00 is my cut-off. Sleep is important too.

Water: 64 oz. ANd then some. Got a new water bottle like my Moms and I love it. It holds 32 oz and has a straw...for those of you who know me...I need me a straw lol :) I even got my kids they own water bottle since they kept stealing mine all weekend. I want them to start drinking more water too. They love having their "own".

Feeling: Okay today. I vented to my mom so I feel better. I just feel discouraged with the way things are going. I want more money to spend on myself..so I can pay for WW and the gym for both hubby and I with the childcare services. That would be PRIME. But we can't all have everything. So, I will be happy to be healthy and have time with my kids.

Goals:

  1. Try to exercise in the mid-morning while the littlest one I sit for is napping. I HAVE to work this in somehow.
  2. Let go of the negatives in my life. This could be people, thoughts, images, words I say, etc. I have one down and a couple more to go. I enjoy my positive world.
  3. Spend less time worrying about my house and weight and more about my hubby, my kids, and me.

Signing off. I have to get my pjs on and settle down to watch my Gossip Girl. Night loves.

Day 7 and our weekend

This weekend was very productive. Hubby and I got out into the yard and we ALL got dirty. Of course we were so busy I never grabbed my camera and I regret that now. I did take a picture of Syd when we came inside because she was covered in dirt! She probably wouldn't have been so dirty if she hadn't been crying over everything that didn't go her way. Then the tears mixed with dirt and you can imagine.

We got a visit from my parents on Saturday evening while Hubby was off playing poker. They headed down to Skyline Drive, VA. It is very close to us and they drive right past us on the way down and back. So they stopped in to surprise the kids. Noah and Syd were very excited to see them!! Dad cuddled with Syd on the couch for awhile, we made sandwiches, and then Noah played basketball with Mom.

The weather was just too beautiful to go inside so my house was neglected all weekend. I must say that I just didn't care. We all enjoyed playing outside in the dirt, riding bikes, playing basketball, and running around with the pool noodle light sabers from Noah's birthday. In fact, I am running back to the Dollar Tree to get more pool noodles to make extra to keep in the garage. I never in a million years would have thought that my and the neighborhood children would have so much fun with them.

The rain is here which limits my outside time with the girls until the sun reappears (supposed to be around Thursday). I have some closets to clean out and must get some letters done with the girls. They are doing so well with them.

So yesterday was an okay day for me.

Breakfast: one egg cooked and made into a sandwich with my whole grain Arnold bread with one piece of 2% cheese and 1 cup of 1% milk

Lunch: Arnold bread sandwich with 98% ff ham and 2% cheese, lettuce, and light Miracle whip and 100 calorie Hostess cupcakes, and grapes

Snack: Diet Pepsi fountain drink (MY NEW favorite)

Dinner: marinated chicken in light Italian dressing and grilled, grilled potatoes, and peas.

Snack: I think I wanted something and can't remember if I ate it or passed it up. Either way it wasn't memorable.

Water: 40 oz...not so well. Had Diet Pepsi and the kids kept taking my water bottle since it was warm and humid out, so it kept me away....ewww......

Exercise: Never sat but to spread mulch, gardening and cleaning my house in the evening. Didn't sit till 9:30 last night. No laziness here :)

Feeling: Still as fat as can be. But I am trying...I really am. Some days it doesn't feel like it but most days I feel like I accomplished a lot besides eating. I will get there. It has only been a week and I am not just eating veggies so I am meeting my cravings with control. That is what matters.

Tonight I am getting on my treadmill if it is the last thing I do. That is a promise.

Hope everyone stays dry today!! I am off to plan Sydney's party. Oh the ideas are overwhelming my brain!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Day 5 and 6

Friday and Saturday were Fabulous...which is why of course I am just now posting my logs on Sunday.

Day 5: Friday

Breakfast: Raisin Bran with 1% milk

Snack: Grapes

Lunch: Aarnold bread with 2% American cheese, Deli ham (98% ff), with light Miracle Whip, lettuce, grapes, and 100 calorie pack of hostess cupcakes...did you know they are only 1 point on WW and have 5 grams of Fiber in them??? YUMMY!!!

Dinner: Hosses salad bar (I had salad with cucumbers, a little cheese and bacon, egg, ham pieces, and French dressing.) tapico pudding and a small vanilla icemilk cone.

Then it goes downhill. I went to a TS party and tried a LOT of food. Can't even tell you what I ate.

Water: I had only 40 oz today. :( I ran around too much and didn't hang out near my water bottle....

Exercise: Walked A LOT at the park, chased the kids at the park, but no treadmill or jogging.

Feeling: Fat and bloated thanks to the TS party. It was good food, but now I just feel guilty.



Day 6: Saturday

Breakfast: 2 Dippy Eggs and toast

Snack: None

Ate a late lunch at Roy Rogers. I had a plain grilled chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy with a Dr. Pepper. I know..but i HATE Coke products.

Snack: none

Dinner: I had another sandwich with Aarnold bread, 98% FF ham, 2% American cheese, light MW, lettuce, 3 baked cheesies, and 100 calorie Hostess cupcakes. Drink: 4C lemonade (calorie free)

Snack: Bowl of Froot loops with 1 % milk

Exercise: Played basketball and gardening and cleaned my garage.

Water: 40 oz today. Not so well today but I did also have a 32 oz 4C lemonade so that sorta counts. lol

Feeling: I felt good all day. The bloat was down and my pants were loose. I wanted to get a jog in with the beautiful weather, but I needed to get my gardens done first. Maybe today.....
I was bad today and weighed in.....ONLY because I felt thinner than what the scale said. It is only saying 1 lb lost but I feel better, so I should have NOT weighed myself. With exercising, it always takes me longer to drop weight. So...I was bad...a bad bad girl.


Thanks for the support people :)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Day 4: Sweet Attack

Yikes.

Breakfast: 2 dippy eggs, one piece of toast with light butter
hot tea with sweetener and a splash of milk

Snack: A handful of grapes
light string cheese

Lunch: 1/2 turkey and cheese sandwich with light Miracle Whip
a serving of baked beans (really hungry for them...weird)
Mini Delights chocolate cake.....:(

No snack...amazingly enough the cake made my lunch complete so I cleaned my Master Bath and took the girls outside for 3 hours :)

Dinner: 4 oz chicken breast marinated in Light Italian dressing and grilled
Grilled Potatoes with 1tsp of butter, chili powder and salt and pepper
Corn

Late snack (8:45 pm) Hubby wanted to go to DQ so we all went. I made a better choice and opted for a vanilla cone instead of a Blizzard (which I really wanted) and was satisfied.

Oh man...somewhere in my day I stuffed the last powered donut down my throat.....gotta get out of this house and out of the kitchen!! Thank God it will be warm the next couple days!!

Water: I was good today again :) I had my big 8 cups a day bottle (64oz) and then 2 more glasses of water at dinner (appoximately 16 oz) for a grand total of 80 oz of water. I am peeing less so I am guessing my bladder is restretching :P

Exercise: I went to a Zumba class with Staci and loved it. I am not coordinated by any means and not a born dancer, but it was fun and kept me moving. I felt tingly right after but doing well now. I also played some basketball today...nothing intense, but I was moving. And I took the girls for a walk (this was challenging with the 3 of them, but not exactly a make you sweat and breathe heavy walk).

Goals: Today I have a lot going on as far as my life so I will squeeze in a walk/jog when Hubby gets home before heading to a TS party will I will eat stuff AGAIN and Hubby goes to poker. I am taking the girls to the park so that should help out as well with keeping me moving and out of the kitchen. I also want to get myself some better snacks and Aarnolds sandwich thins. I am heading now to go get a shower for the day!! Big time excitement :)

And I know it is beautiful out but my comments are dropping from 10 to like 4....is everyone THAT busy in blogland?? Or am I that boring?? Oh how I miss thee. Have a super beautiful day!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Shucks guys....

You guys are best. :) Thanks for the support on the living a Healthier Me part of my blog. Someday and somehow I will get there. Till then....

I want to share a great blog I found. I am in the middle of planning my daughter's 3rd birthday party who has picked out princesses as her theme. A long extended trip through Party City and narrowing it down to My Little Ponies and Princesses, so she chose.

I have to say I am thanking her for picking the Princess theme because there is SO much out there for a Princess party. I have SO many plans for this and I need to cut it down because I want to go crazy, I do, but like all of us, I have a budget. Do not forget I am a SAHM with a hubby as a teacher. We have to becareful if we want milk and bread.

I will share some of my ideas for this party....maybe.....I kinda want it to be a surprise. :) I will tell you though that I am making a princess cake...I know right?? I am attempting another cake. This does NOT mean I will start baking cakes...so no orders please. LOL.....

Anywho..back to the blog I was talking about....I freaking LOVE it. Even if you are not planning a party anytime soon, you have to click and browse so you can Dream....it is very much worth your time. I have been following it for quite some time, but the author has posted TO DIE FOR party themes. I am in ***LOVE****. Go here to Creative Parties and Showers. You will drool. You will plan a party just for the heck of it. You will be inspired.

Back to me. ;) Here is the video on the cake I am attempting for Sydney's party. I think this will actually be easier than the Yoda one I made for Noah's party. And since I am experienced now *chuckle snort* I can attempt this one with confidence! Princess Cake...click *HERE* for YouTube video on making it.

And is it wrong of me to slightly ignore my hubby when he tells me that 9 kids Syd's age (all her friends) are too many for her party?? I can't cut down because they are her friends. I want her to be surrounded by her friends and family. He just doesn't understand. I guess I am partly being selfish because I want Syd to have tons of fun at her 3rd party and I know the older she gets the less and less friends will be chosen. Noah only chose a handful at his ripe age of 6 and Syd has a lot right now....she is learning about friendships and they are blossoming. I do not want to NOT invite them because Hubby doesn't understand. I will get him to understand. Mark that as Goal number 2,341 this week :)

Signing off people. I have a ton to do before the fog lifts and I want to go outside.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Day 3

Today I was a bad bad girl. It started out well but ended on a bad note. I am not going to use Hubby as an excuse, because I am not making excuses anymore, but......it doesn't help that he brought home Hostess donuts. :( I fell hard for the sugar today....hard. But

Breakfast: 1/2 banana
bowl of Kellogg's Raisin bran with 1% milk
Hot tea with sweetener and a splash of milk

Snack: Amy brought me a Micky D's Sweet Tea and I guzzled 1/2 of it :( But it was SO yummy.

Lunch: 1 cup of cottage cheese with light pears

Snack: I was SO hungry...I wasn't hungry at lunch but by mid-afternoon I was starving.
I had a HUGE bowl of Fruit loops with 1% milk

Dinner: Herb Penne with Chicken and tomatoes. (okay healthy but not filling for me) I needed a salad. Next time I will make a salad with this meal.
one piece of bread with light butter

Water was harder today. I did get my 64 oz in but not till dinner at 5:30. I missed my goal of 4:00 but it was done. The big water bottle from Wallyworld is working.

This is where it gets bad. Worse than the huge bowl of cereal and sweet tea.

7:00 is my time to exercise, but I got a text from the girl I tutor and she needed tutored so she came at 7:00. If I had known ahead of time I would have worked out my schedule better. However, I needed the money to upkeep with these nails of mine. They are HIGH MAINTENANCE!!

So exercise was out of the question tonight. Hubby ran to the store and brought back Hostess donuts. The BIG ones. Of course I couldn't say no and just eat 1/2 or one. I had 2 with a glass of 1% milk.

My body is saying: You need protein and sugar. I pray tomorrow is a better day.

Feelings: I talked to my mom. She is my biggest supporter. She looks amazing and her advice is very much needed. But I can't even look at myself. I need to take more time for me. I need to do my makeup, get my haircut, and save my money for clothes that fit right. I would feel so much better. Instead of this feeling like crap CRAP. So tomorrow I am getting up and doing my makeup :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Day Two

Besides being frustrated with my television breaking, Comcast for the disappearing Cartoon Network and WB, and my DVR box not corresponding with our old television I had an okay kind of day.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of toast with spray butter and a skim of grape jam. (Bread was Italian white...bad bad girl, but I have to go shopping for my Aarnold Thins)
A cup of hot tea with Sweetener and a splash of 1% milk

Snack: 2 of Hubby's homemade chocolate chip cookies...I know I know :( but they are THAT good.

Lunch: 1 cup of 2% cottage cheese with 3 light peaches and a handful of grapes.

Snack: I did it again...I busted out another cookie. OMG delectable. I couldn't stop myself.

Dinner: Allbran Pink Lemonade drink (10g of fiber)
Oven baked cod (has breadcrumbs on it), rice, and canned carrots

Snack: handful of grapes

Water: I had 72 oz today. I try to get my 8 cups in by 4:00 and then have a calorie free or low calorie (20 cals and under) drink for dinner. I can't stand running to the bathroom so much. I wish my bladder could hold more. I literally almost peed myself jumping rope.

Exercise: I was a little late on the "me" time tonight. I couldn't pull myself off the couch with my Woman's Day magazine...I know I could have taken it on the treadmill right? Nah..I have no grace. I would have fallen on my butt. Seriously. So I finished my magazine, played a few games of Bejeweled and then headed to the basement. I did 2o mins on my treadmill (1.5 miles-walked at 4.-4.2 and then jogged 5.0-5.5). Says I burned 120 calories. That was like one cookie. :( Then I jumped rope for 3 minutes and did my exercise ball for 5. I was tired as I ended at 8:45.

Feeling: I feel much better today even with the cookies. 3 cookies is good for me. I could put down about 6 and still eat more. So 3 was an improvement. I am proud of my water intake, exercising, and my belly is a little less bloated today. :)

Thanks for your on-going support!

A sly little girl and Easter baskets

I screwed up. I admit it. But everything turned out just fine.

I thought I was being sneaky, but I was caught by a sly almost 3 year old.

*Side note* My daughter is a night owl. She sleeps in and is grouchy till about noon. Her prime time of the day is about 6:00 pm till 11:00 pm. I know right? But it works for her and it works for us (most of the time).

Saturday night it was about 11:15 and we were getting tired, Syd not so tired. I knew that the Easter bunny didn't work well when tired so I sent Hubby and Syd upstairs to "meet" with the Easter bunny. As I was in the laundry room preparing with the bunny, I heard little footsteps.

I quickly turned off the lights and shut the door. I stood quietly and waited for Hubby to get her. Why he left her come downstairs is beyond me.

I heard, "Mommmmmmy...." Wimper. Wimper. "Mommmyyy." Sniff. Sniff. It was breaking my heart listening to her standing in the dark looking for me.

Hubby came down and got her. I then took off for the basement to make sure the Easter bunny hid the baskets in great places. I was content. I went back upstairs and read Syd a book. She was not ready for bed, so she said she wanted a puppy. What we thought was that she went to her room to get a puppy. We thought wrong.

3 minutes go by and all is quiet. I head downstairs...nothing. I see the basement lights on. (This is where a lot of the toys are). I never imagined her finding her basket, but as I rounded the turn I saw:

Sydney sitting on the floor with her basket looking at her coloring book. With the brightest of smiles, she looks up and says, "Look Mommy! A puppy!" Her smile was gleaming. "This Nydney's."

I felt terrible when I took her back upstairs to go to bed. She at this point was so tired. I prayed that she was deliriously tired she would forget.

The next morning, she of course didn't wake till 9:45 and was a grouch. I asked Hubby to go rehide the basket.

Of course, after our bath we headed to the basement to look for their baskets. The best part was that she went to the original place where the Easter bunny hid it but it wasn't there. Then we turned around to see that Elliott (the dog) found Syd's basket first. Noah then found his. It was hysterical! In the video below you will see Syd take a straight shot for the spot where she found her basket the night before. That little stinker didn't forget!! No siree.


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Proud as can be. No surprise there.
Syd got a Barbie, one Barbie outfit, a coloring book, a chocolate Hershey bunny, 3 small chocolate Hershey bunnies, sunglasses, one PB egg, a few snack size M&M's, and a dollar.

Noah got a Star Wars figure, a Star Wars coloring book, a I Can Read book, a pair of sunglasses, a dollar, and the same candy as Sydney

Gosh I could eat my kids up...they are sweeter than the candy!!

Then later that afternoon, since it was so sunny and beautiful (but a bit chilly) we headed outside for a small egg hunt.







Thank you God for another wonderful Easter with my children.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Day 1

I thought this was going to be easy since I am mentally ready, and it wasn't.

Breakfast:
Vanilla Caramel Truffle hot tea with 2 Sweet and Lows and 1% milk
A bowl of raisin bran (serving size 1 cup) and 1 cup of 1 % milk (total from cereal and tea)

Lunch:
Tuna fish with light Miracle Whip with 7 crackers
3 peach slices in light syrup

Snack: This is where I was a bad bad girl. I had a small chocolate bunny out of my daughter's Easter basket and a HUGE handful of Cheetos with a diet Dr. Pepper

Dinner: 1 1/2 cups of Spaghetti with Whole grain rotini noodles, lean hamburger (drained and patted with paper towels), part-skim mozzarella with mushrooms and Delgrosso Spaghetti sauces. I also had one slice of Italian bread with spray butter.


Water: I had my 64 oz water bottle. Drank the entire thing by 4:00 pm. I ran to the potty A LOT. I also had 3 more glasses of water (24 oz after I ate dinner and exercised).

Total Water: 88 oz of water

Feelings: I am a little disappointed in my inability to say no to the chocolate and Cheetos. It was a weak moment. I really thought the water would fill me more. But it didn't. I literally peed it out as it came in. I am proud that I drank a lot of water and that I exercised. That was a big step for me.

Exercise: I walked 1 mile starting at 4.0 speed and ended at 4.4 speed. I began jogging at the 1 mile mark and jogged at 5.0 speed till 2.53 miles where I cooled down for the last few minutes.
Distance: 2.5 miles Time: 30 minutes Walked 1.2 miles and Jogged 1.3 miles. I felt good. The only thing hurting is my knees. My tendentious is hurting me. However I burned over 200 and some calories.

BMI: I used a BMI calculator and found out I am 10 lbs overweight. This sickens me. This is my heaviest I have been in my life. I was much thinner when I was nursing and I need to drop down for me....for my future.

Menu Plan Monday



Monday: Spaghetti (using Ziti noodles and hamburger) and salad


Tuesday: Italian Grilled Chicken (Chicken breasts marinated in Fat Free Italian dressing), grilled potatoes (Potatoes cut up into small chunks with salt and pepper and olive oil wrapped in foil and grilled), and corn.


Wednesday: Oven Baked Cod (delicious!), Orginal Long Grain Rice, and brocholli




Friday: Chicken Noodle Soup and crackers (yep...the canned stuff, since Fridays are busy and exhausting).

Saturday: Out for lunch and dinner


Sunday: Basil Pork Chops, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, and peas




***For more menu plan ideas go to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Weight loss Again!

This is SUCH a huge battle for me.

Weight loss..and not necessarily weight loss in general but just a healthy lifestyle.

I am active, but I LOVE food. I have no limit. I don't ever feel full...EVER.

And I have too many excuses. For example, I wanted to get pregnant and again I am changing my mind. I am back and forth on the issue. I know deep in my heart that I want another child, but sometimes I enjoy being selfish. Like getting my nails done (believe me I could count how many times I have done this on one hand), buying cute hand bags (again on one hand), and having time with my friends (this a little more than one hand). So I am back and forth. I feel like I don't want to build my body the way I want and then turn around and gain pregnancy weight just to struggle to lose again. And NO there is no getting thin and being careful when I am pregnant. I was VERY careful with my second and still managed to gain 40 lbs. And here it lays all over my body.

Time is also an excuse. I am going to give up a lot of what I do during the day...no more obsessing over recleaning what I make the kids clean. They can do it and I will be okay with it. That will save me at least 20 mins a day. And my house will remain dirty cuz if I get into a routine (I like routine) then I can do this, lack of time or not. No more excuses.

My inspiration is Lori at Get Healthy! She is doing so well with her water intake, exercise, and watching what she is eating and how much. You need to get over there and show her some support. She is a true inspriation.

So I am going to do this AGAIN...back on the band wagon and if I get pregnant (not trying but trying if that makes sense. It is in God's hands) then oh well cuz my goal going into this is not to lose weight but to live a healthier life. And whatever happens happens. That is my philosphy.

Losing weight as my goal only leads me to destructive behavior (binging and cravings) and leads to disappointment.

Goals:

  1. Live a healthy lifestyle of being active and choosing healthier food options.
  2. Drink at LEAST 64 oz of water a day.
  3. Exercise (walking, jogging, Jillian DVD, exercise ball, basketball outside, bike riding) once a day...and it doesnt have to be intense everyday.
  4. Make no more excuses.
  5. I will not obsess over the scale. In fact, I will not weigh myself after the first day till a month later.
  6. Since I am a positive person, I will only speak positive things about myself.
  7. I will watch my portions.
  8. I will take a daily vitamin.
  9. And for your reading pleasure I will follow the inspirations of Lori on my blog. I will use my blog as my food and exercise journal.
  10. I will be happy with who I am each and every day.

I have the know-how so therefore I will use it.

Thanks again my loyal readers for your support for the millionth time over the past year. Here we go again. :)



weight loss Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter everyone!



This is the first Easter I have not headed home for and frankly, I am a little heartbroken.
I know in my heart that I can get together with my family anytime, but I miss them.
I have only seen them here and there since Christmas and I need to go up and visit.
I need an overnight trip.
I need to sit on my Mom and Dad's front porch, overlook the pond and garden.
I need to sip hot tea and chit chat with my Mom while my kids run around in the yard.
Until then, I will enjoy my day as Easter is meant to enjoy. I will search the house with my children for their baskets, read books to them and talk about the true meaning of Easter, and do an Egg hunt in the yard, as today is going to be beautiful.


Enjoy your day and I hope you are having a relaxing day with family.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Videos of my kiddos

The kids were playing playdough (Thanks LeeAnn, Noah loves his spaghetti factory!) and Noah told me he was making spaghetti, however he cracks me up how he says it. If you ask my mom, I supposedly said it pretty funny myself.

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Then I took a quick video of Sydney. I love the way she talks too and I know they only way I will remember these moments are by taking a quick video to look back on. I never want to forget the sweetness of both my children. They amaze me and I am so blessed.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Trip to the Baltimore Zoo

With this week being "spring break" and all, we decided we should do something besides spring cleaning, facebook, and playing. We decided to take a trip to the Baltimore Zoo. We contemplated which zoo to go too since we are within a couple hours of the National Zoo in DC and the Baltimore Zoo.

We chose the Baltimore Zoo since parking was easier and they have giraffes (which are our son's FAVORITE animal).

We chose today since the weather forecasters were calling for a beautiful spring day. The weather was to get in the low 60's and be sunny. So, I got up at 8 and packed the backpack of ice water, PB & J sandwiches, a baggy of grapes, a baggy of pretzels and mini Nilla wafers, bandaids, wipes, extra clothes, and sunscreen (which we never remembered to use lol). We packed the kids in the car, grabbed the umbrella stroller and directions, and began our hour and a half trip to Baltimore. It probably would have been 15 mins closer, but traffic and road construction slowed us down a bit.

At 10:55, we pulled into the zoo, got a very close parking spot, waiting in a short line, and proceeded into the zoo.

Noah was in charge of the map. We sang Dora the Explorer "I'm the Map" song throughout the zoo. The main things we wanted to see were the Rhinos, Zebras, Elephants with baby Sampson, the giraffes, and the Children's Zoo. Syd was fascinated with the idea that the animals she sees in books are REAL and really make noises!!

What made the day so wonderful is that my 6 year old and soon to be 3 year old were so well- behaved!! We only had one screaming incident with Sydney as she was ready for her nap and only wanted Mommy near her. Other than that I can't complain.

Things to prepare your children with before going to the zoo:

1. Children, Chimpanzees do pee everywhere....they pee from the treetops on their food and then eat it....
2. Baby elephants dig through his/her Mama's fresh poo and eats the chunks
and...
3. Do not lick the metal pools like the giraffes. They are not to be confused with leafless trees.



We spent a good 4 hours there before hitting the road back home. And that was plenty of time for us. Syd was crashing and Noah's legs were tired. And the two old parents were worn out!

God, thank you, THANK you for beautiful family days like the one we had today. I am truly blessed.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Star Wars Birthday Party

Of course my 6 year old boy has to be more and more like his father the older he gets. He has so many traits of his...especially his love for Star Wars.
It was not a difficult decision for Noah to make when I asked him what theme he wanted for his 6th birthday party. He said, "Star Wars!"


So I began my research on the Internet and I found very little as far as good ideas I could use for my son's party. I will list the resources I used for a couple of my ideas at the bottom.


Birthday Boy: I found Star Wars tshirts on clearance at Walmart for $2 and one that lights up for $5. Noah picked one of them to wear to his party. I did not go with the Jedi robes which many people make for the theme parties for I was on a budget ;) However, he loved his new shirts and loved the Clone Trooper costume I found in the Clearance aisle at Walmart for $5. He loves it!


And the birthday boy's sister was dressed as Princess Leia :) So cute!

Invitations were purchased at Party City. I did not have the time to make invites, so the ones I purchased at Party City did the job :)


Decorations: We didn't do a lot of decorations but we did have helium balloons (Thanks for the tank Debra!), I used an overhead projector to create 2 large poster size pictures of Jar Jar Binks and Yoda, and a Star Wars table cloth. I purchased Star Wars plates, napkins, and goody bags at Party City and bought plain cups at the grocery store and Dollar Tree.



Cake: I made a Yoda cake. It was the first fancy cake I have ever made. It took me a little longer than I thought but it was totally worth it. I made the head with my circle cake pans (2 layers of white cake tinted green) and the ears were chocolate (I baked 2 chocolate 9 inch cakes and then used parchment paper to draw the ears. I used the templates to shape the cooled cake into ears. I also used 2 layers here as well). Then I tinted the icing accordingly and iced it. I have lived and learned through this experience and I will NEVER use the canned icing again. Too good to be true!! Icing bags are better. Thanks Amy for helping me!! And Noah absolutely LOVED it!!



Food

Lightsaber pretzel rods (pretzel rods dipped in melted white chocolate tinted green and used tinfoil to make the handle). I tried this, but for this first time candy making gal, I found that food coloring isn't for candy melts lol....so I just went with sprinkles...my kids fav :)



Yoda Soda: green Hawaiian punch & sprite with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Chips and Dip and Cheesies, Soda Pop, Tastefully Simple Bacon Bacon dip, Crackers, and sweet tea.


Wookie Wienies (lol...sorry...My sense of humor can be sick): Hillshire Farm little smokies wrapped in Philsbury crescent rolls.



Games and Activities

Pin the lightsaber on Yoda: we made small lightsabers with the kids' names on them and had them play the traditional game of Pin the tale on Yoda :)



Asteroid Hunt: Candy asteroids (Nerds) wrapped in tin foil and hidden in the yard. Each kid finds one.
*I do not have pictures of the next two cuz hubby and I were doing the activities. A friend of mine took some so when she sends them to me I will post.

Jedi training: Obstacle course in the yard (using ladder, rope, jump rope, furniture)

Lightsaber training: Make lightsabers with skinny swimming "noodles". Wrap 4-6 inches from the end with colored electrical tape to make a handle.Inflate several balloons. Divide the children into pairs and give each pair an inflated balloon. The object of the game is to keep the balloon off the ground using only the light sabers. *We decided on dropping this game as the kids had so much fun playing outside beating eachother with the lightsabers. No one got hurt and the fun went on forever. They would have continued this for hours if it weren't for cake and icecream!!








After the Jedi training we went inside to celebrate with cake and icecream!!!! YUMMY!!!!









Then we opened presents!!! He was spoiled as usual. Thank you everyone!!




Goody Bags
Each Star Wars goody bag contains: A Star wars Pez, glow sticks/necklaces, a water pistol, & candy pixie sticks. Each child got a Star Wars temporary tatoo and got to keep the pool noodle lightsaber as well.
Sorry for the upside down picture. It won't turn for me.

THANK YOUS
A HUGE thanks to everyone who came and made Noah's 6th birthday as special as he. And a big thanks to Amy for helping me get through my cake dilemma.
Kim, thank you for coming down and visiting and helping me get ready for the party, scooping icecream and taking pictures. You are AWESOME!!! I will return the help in June for Allison's first birthday!! And thank you Andy, Pap, and Daddy for helping Hubby put Noah's basketball hoop together. He loves it!!!


Party Notes:
  • The boys were Jedi's and the girls were Princesses.
  • Pool noodles and electrical tape, water pistols, and glow bracelets were purchased at Dollar Tree.
  • Temporary Tatoos, Star Wars plates, napkins, invites, balloons, and stickers were purchased at Party City.
  • I found the Star Wars Pez dispensers and Pixie Sticks candy at the Dollar General.
  • I found the Clone Trooper costume in the toy clearance aisle at Walmart for $5 and the Clone Wars light up t-shirt on clearance at Walmart for $5. We also found a lightsaber at Walmart clearance for $5 as well. Thanks for the tip Courtney!!