Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Can't believe it's 2015!!

I cannot believe 2014 is over.  It feels like it just started in some ways.  And in other ways it feels like it was a long year!  In 2014 I blogged the fewest times {only 18!} of any other year.  I started this little blog in 2007, and I had no idea that eight years later I'd still be here.  It seems that lots of other bloggers are writing about the fact that blogging is dying.  I don't really know if blogging is dying, nor do I really care!  I just know I post more pictures on Instagram than anywhere else, and that I rarely post {I mostly stalk} on Facebook.  My teenage son says Facebook is for the old people.  So who knows where I will be in the next 8 years?!?  Or the next 8 months or weeks or days!

I am starting 2015 by doing the Whole30 program for the month of January.  I started on January 1st, after eating like a crazy woman for the whole month of December.  I felt awful pretty much the whole month.  But it is so dang hard to say no to buckeyes, pitch-ins at work, food at parties, and all the deliciousness that surrounds the time from Thanksgiving to New Years!  Today is day 6 and I'm still hanging in there.  I've had lots of vegetables, meats, and fruits.  Cashews and Larabars are my 2 new best friends!  And I've been drinking more water than usual because that's pretty much all I can drink.  I miss my Diet Dr. Pepper.  And cereal.  And all things chocolate.  But I can do this!!  I'm definitely not going to turn this into a diet blog.  But I may be talking about food more because I'm starving {not really!}.  Saturday night I did dream I ate a breadstick and two pieces of pizza, then remembered I was doing Whole 30.  Thankfully it was only a dream!

The kids are back in school.  We had a normal day Monday.  Then a 2-hour delay today.  And tomorrow the wind chills are supposed to be -20 to -30.  So who knows what the school  day will look like tomorrow.  I'm thankful for my wood burning stove for sure in January!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Things I Know

This is a random post of things that I know....

I know November went way too fast.  2014 is almost over.  How is that possible?

I know that my daughter and her husband were here for the week of Thanksgiving in our home.  I took a total of zero pictures while they were here.  All of my kids in the house and no pictures to show for it.

I know that my father-in-law was here for a week also.  We went to Starbucks every day.  Sometimes twice a day.  I actually got tired of Starbucks.  I shutter to write those words, but it is true.

I know I went to Bath & Body Works on Black Friday.  I went to get 6 jars of their foamy soap.  They were having a buy 3 get 3 free sale.  $101.00 later, I left the store with two very large bags!!  So if you're expecting a gift from us this season, it will most likely be Bath & Body Works!!

I know my sister gave me a bowl of pumpkin buttercream frosting on Thanksgiving.  All for me.  Guess what?!?  It's gone!  Yes, I ate an entire bowl of pumpkin buttercream frosting all by myself.  Most of it with just a spoon.

I know my jeans are getting tighter.  It might be because of the above.

I know that some girls I work with and I are going to do the Whole 30 Foods Challenge in January.  Hopefully my jeans will fit a little better in 2015!

I know I can't decide if I'm going to send Christmas picture cards this year.  If I'm going to do this, I need to get busy!

I know December will be over in the blink of an eye.  I hope I am able to slow down and enjoy it!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Happenings

School Lunch Accounts....Got a text yesterday from oldest son saying he had 20 cents in his account.  Checked online to verify and also saw middle son's account was in the negative.  Options:
1.  Do nothing.  Let them eat cheese sandwiches.
2.  Drive to both schools to put money in their accounts.
3.  Deposit money online into their accounts and pay a processing fee {which I think is crazy!!}...something I said I would NEVER do.
Guess what I did?!?  Option #3....yes I paid even more for their crazy expensive school lunches.  Guess I'll have to keep closer tabs on their account balances.

Basketball....All three boys are playing basketball right now.  The twins are on the same team {this makes it so much easier for me}, and they are hilarious to watch.  Strangers come up to us after the game and ask if they are twins.....they definitely have their own thing going out there on the court. They are getting a little better at passing the ball and not just to each other.  But if it were up to them, they would play 2-on-5 all season long!  My oldest made the 8th grade school basketball team and has been practicing for a few weeks now.  He cannot wait for their first game!

Random....It seems like everyone I know is selling something these days.  And I keep thinking I need to start making something/selling a product/doing more/earning more money.... But I am really trying to just be content right where I am with what I have.  I am a busy mom of three active boys, and I work 24 hours a week {sometimes more, sometimes less}.  Right now I don't know where I would find more time to do more!  Contentment.  Why you gotta be so hard?!?

Walmart.....I went to the Walmart today and left with a buggy full of drinks.  What's for dinner? Gatorade, vitamin water, and rock stars!

World Adoption Day.....Just found out about this on the actual day (November 9, 2014) from some people I follow on Instagram.  Of course I had to post a picture of my two favorite twin boys!  I am so lucky to be their mom.

Cold Weather....it's here!  Do you see the little snow flurries falling?  We are now using our wood burning stove.  Which means there is wood mess everywhere, and I have to remember to keep the fire going all day.

P.S.  This crazy dog really fell asleep in this position.  For privacy sake, I added the blanket!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Stuff and Things...

This is my first time to join a linky party with Stuff and Things.  It's been a long time since my last post.  So here goes as many random things that I can think of.

Sweet boy {aka Zac the dog} spent 10 days in the kennel while we were in Florida for Fall Break.  The day after we picked up Sweet Boy he started hacking like a chronic smoker.  He hacked for a week, then we finally took him to the vet.  Symptoms:  dry, barking cough {sounded like a seal}, hacking up white foamy junk, wouldn't eat, not acting like a normal puppy.  Diagnosis: kennel cough.  Treatment: steroids and antibiotics.  Cost: $106!!!  He's pretty much back to normal and proceeded to chew up an Under Armour sweatshirt tonight.  Sweet boy is not so sweet anymore!

I love, love, love to read outside on a warm, sunny day.  I'm pretty sure this week was my last day to do this for a very long time.  We have a freeze warning issued for tomorrow night.  My husband wants to bring in our wood burning stove this weekend.  Beautiful warm days are pretty much over.

A friend of mine whom we carpool for basketball with sent home a container of homemade chocolate chip cookies with my son after practice.  They were so good and reminded me why I don't bake very often.  I love to eat them too much.  This time I only ate 1 cookie because we had lots of boys over at the house that day and they gobbled them down.

I have been reading a very interesting book called It Starts with Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig.  Let's just say there is a ton of information in this book!  I've taken nutrition, biology, and chemistry classes, but don't remember any of the things they talk about in this book.  A few of the girls I work with are considering the Whole30 program.  I know I've got to do something because I have a ton of clothes that no longer fit.  I loved this quote in the book.....  
At some point, you will have to weigh the fleeting pleasure of a slice of pizza, pint of beer, or frozen yogurt {or homemade chocolate chip cookies} against one or more of these scenarios.

*I'm not there yet!!!*

Last thing....I am so excited about the time change this weekend.  When my kids were little, I dreaded the time change twice a year.  Now that my kids can fend for themselves, I love it when we fall back and momma gets an extra hour of sleep!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Television Shows

I decided to talk a little bit about the TV shows I'm currently watching.  Keep in mind I only watch TV while I'm exercising on the elliptical machine at my house.  Right now I'm doing 38 minutes every day, so I can get through about an hour's worth of TV (fast forwarding through commercials) during a workout.  Here's what I've been watching lately.

1. The Biggest Loser.  This new season is all about former athletes (who have "let themselves go" in the words of my 13 year old son) getting a second chance.  I cried about 7 times watching the first show!  Seriously I don't know what makes me so emotional watching this show, but thankfully I have not fallen or injured myself while crying & working out.  I really really like the new trainers, especially the girl....can't remember her name.  One of the things she said was that you either operate out of fear or love.  Everything you do, every choice you make is either out of fear or love.  Wow!  Deep deep words that I really liked!

2.  Extreme Weight Loss.  I recorded several of these episodes during the summer and finally got around to watching them.  To be honest, some of them I couldn't really get into, so I couldn't make myself watch the entire episode.  But there was one gal named Georgeanna Johnson who became my favorite EWL contestant ever.  She started a really awesome website called FIT is WELL, and I have really enjoyed reading about her journey.

3. Fixer Upper.  This is an HGTV series based in Waco, Texas.  A really awesome couple (Chip and Joanna Gaines) takes really old houses and renovates them for really fun couples.  Some of their projects are monster undertakings.  And their style is just incredible.  I am ready to move to Waco, Texas and start stalking them.  Just kidding.  I do love this quote that Joanna put in one of the new homes.  TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY.  Yes it is!

4.  Parenthood.  This one makes me a little sad, because Parenthood is going to end.  I have been a faithful Parenthood watcher since day one.  I have laughed, cried, gotten mad, and wished I was a Braverman all in one episode.  I am sad to see this show end.  So I will have to cherish each episode this final season.  I'll probably be crying while I watch this show too.

kidecals Review!!

On occasion a company will contact me to review a product or book and usually I decline because I am way busy with three very active boys.  But when the folks at kidecals reached out to me, I couldn't say no.  The kids are back in school {hallelujah!}, so I have a little more time to get stuff done.  It also means we are on the go once school gets out....sports practice, games, meetings, dentist appointments, etc...

When my boys go to practice {right now we have football, soccer, & basketball happening}, they always take a reusable water bottle with them. And there are always about 7 water bottles that look the same. There's nothing worse than drinking from the wrong water bottle at practice!  Okay, there are some worse things, but I would rather my kids NOT share germs with the entire team.  I ordered these durable, water-resistant labels with our last name on them so everyone in the family could use them. And let me tell you, they are awesome.  They have stayed on the water bottles through the dishwasher and hand washing also!  No one has accidentally taken a swig out of our water bottles. {yay!}  

I also ordered some very trendy chalkboard labels.  I did have to buy a fancy chalk paint pen at Walmart, but it was only a couple bucks and looks way nicer than trying to use a thick piece of chalk.  I used one label on my homemade laundry detergent {which I need to make more of}.  And I am hopefully going to use the rest to organize my pantry which needs to be done so badly.

The last thing I ordered was a Christmas gift, so I can't show it.  But it is really cute and will be put to good use I'm sure.  So here's what I love about kidecals:

They are a Boulder, CO company {after living in CO for 5 years, I'm a forever fan!}

They offer free shipping on any size order!  {my order arrived in 2 days!}

You can save 15% off your first order if you sign up for their email list! {which lets you know about even more ways to save}

Maybe you're ready to start organizing, or Christmas shopping, or just need to label your kid's stuff. Either way, I highly recommend this company...you will not be disappointed in the quality of their products!!

*I received these products from kidecals in exchange for my blog post/review.  The opinions are mine.*

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where did August go?

I always have grand hopes of getting so much stuff done after school starts.  The boys have been in school for almost a month now, and I wonder what I've been doing with all my free time?!?  The school day sure goes fast for me.....way too fast.  Although anyone actually in school would probably disagree with me.  So here's a quick look at some things that have been going on around here.

I found out that Chips Ahoy! and my birthday are one day apart.  Who knew?!?  I turned 40 this year and it was very uneventful.  It's almost like I didn't even get older which I am totally fine with.  I did decide (not on my birthday) to paint doors around the house.  The two doors below are the pantry which get opened and closed a lot!  It's amazing what a coat of paint can do (door on the left).  They look really good now and hopefully I can keep them looking that way for a while.
I planted some sunflower seeds in early spring, and when they popped up, I really didn't think they would produce flowers.  Glad I was wrong!  These little seeds made some gorgeous flowers that I have enjoyed looking at the last few weeks.

This is a random picture of my fourth grade twin boys from meet the teacher night.  Yes, my nine year old twin boys are small...small enough to fit in their lockers!  Thankfully they have not gotten shoved in their lockers by anyone.  Fourth grade has been a BIG adjustment for these two.  They have more than one teacher, change classrooms, have lockers, are getting actual letter grade (as opposed to checks and smiley faces), and are in a new school with lots of new kids.  We are slowly getting into the groove and have made some progress...thankfully!

And lastly because I have to always have something to take care of, this sweet boy went and got bit by something.  We still don't know what it was that bit him, but he had a swollen nose and eye for a day, then hives all over his body the next day.  I gave him benadryl two days in a row, and thankfully he returned to his normal hyper puppy self.
Now that it's almost September we are looking forward to our two week fall break in October, then it will be Boo Boo!  Gobble Gobble!  Ho Ho!  Happy New Year!  And then it will be baby time!!!  My daughter Megan and her husband Garret are having a baby {GIRL!!} in January.  I get to be a Glam-maw....I am so excited about my new title!!