Friday, March 13, 2015

March Updates!

Reading:  I just finished an Ann Patchett book (my first one by her), This is the Story of a Happy Marriage.  After reading this book I decided I wanted to move to Nashville and become best friends with her and also work in the bookstore she owns!  She talked a lot about her best friend Lucy Grealy in the book, so then I read Autobiography of a Face.  I just finished that book today.  Wow!  What a great book.  I will definitely look for more books by these 2 authors.

Eating:  I'm still going strong with Whole30.  I've decided to continue {at least} until May 2nd.  This is the day of the Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon.  I'll be running jogging walking limping along to the finish line.  I signed up last year in a very weak moment when the registration price was $10 cheaper. Every year I say I'm not doing this again, so it will be interesting to see what it's like after 4 solid months of Whole30 eating.  Maybe this will be the year I love all 13.1 miles of it.

Drinking:  I'm drinking pretty much water all day.  I do have coffee in the morning and hot tea at night. But other than that it's water.

Exciting:  Megan, Garret, and baby Harley will be here in one week!  We are all so excited to see them. I'm sure Harley has changed a lot since I last saw her two months ago.  I'm looking forward to baby snuggles!

Celebrating:  Zac our dog turned 1 this week.  Some days he's lucky he made it to 1!  He celebrated his birthday by escaping from the house (I still don't know how he got out!) and taking a stroll all on his own.  He ended up at an apartment complex, and a very nice young man brought him home.  We will also be celebrating Garret and Noah's birthdays next week with my whole family.  March is an exciting month in our house.

Making:  Today I made Paleo Zuppa Tuscano soup.  I hope it's as good as it smelled while it was cooking.  I've been eating a lot of the same things every day for over two months now, so I'm trying new recipes.

Needing:  I really need new patio furniture.  All of our snow has pretty much melted, so I'm itching to go outside and read.  However, Zac chewed up every patio chair we had, and our patio table had a broken leg everything got trashed.  I'm definitely buying chew-proof chairs this time around!

Wanting:  I want to shop for spring clothes.  Really badly!!  There is a new boutique shop that opened in out little town, and I have yet to go.  They keep showing really cute shirts and dresses on Facebook. Momma needs new clothes.

Planning: My oldest is in 8th grade this year, and there is lots to do before the end of the school year.  Today we met with his high school guidance counselor and picked out his freshman classes.  How can this be?!?  I was pregnant yesterday!!  He also has his class trip to Washington DC, a visit to the high school, and the 8th grade dance.  Lots of stuff to get ready for!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Harley Grace

This is a long overdue post about my new granddaughter, Harley Grace!  Harley chose to make her appearance on Christmas Day.  How can you top that Christmas present?  You really can't!  I think every Christmas gift in the future will pale in comparison to this little bundle of Christmas joy.  I hope she doesn't hate having her birthday on Christmas when she gets older!

My dear husband let me fly out to Colorado in January to visit Harley and her parents.  I am such a lucky gal!  I decided my new name would be Glammy.....a friend of mine said young grandmas are now being called glam-maws, and I loved this name.  On my way to Colorado, the name Glammy came to mind, and I decided that was what I would call myself.  How does it feel to be a 40 year old Glammy?  Well just a little strange.  It's also weird that my 13 year old and 9 year olds are uncles!  All of us couldn't be any happier with our new titles!  The boys get to meet Harley in March when Megan & Garret come for a week of her Spring Break.

Megan told me my #1 goal while visiting was to get Harley to sleep in her bassinet.  I quickly accomplished that goal!  Although I think she slept because it was me who placed her there.  If her momma tried to lay her down, she would have none of it.  I tried to let Megan take a few naps, but I remember how hard it was to sleep with baby noise (no matter how quiet the noise is).

Megan and I did go into town a few times, we watched a couple of movies, we got a pedicure (poor Harley had to smell the nail salon fumes for an hour!), we ate at Souper Salad, my favorite restaurant in Pueblo, CO, and we hung out at Starbucks.  The rest of the time, I just got to hang out with this little cutie!

Now I keep getting adorable pictures from Megan.  Harley has changed so much the last few weeks.  She's definitely getting bigger and cuter.  I got her the I LOVE MY UNCLE shirt before she was born.  Girl has lots of uncles who will love her back!  And that picture of her smiling....oh my word!  March cannot get here fast enough.  I cannot wait to see this little girl (and her parents), but mostly just HER!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Just a few things

Have you watched the Jimmy Fallon Saved by the Bell reunion yet?!?  If not stop right here, go to Facebook, because it will be all over your newsfeed, and watch it!  (Then come back here and continue reading!)  I remember my Saturday mornings would revolve around what time Saved by the Bell came on tv (this was way before DVRs).  I loved Zack and Slater and wanted to look like Kelly Kapowski so bad!  I did not go to public school except for one year (2nd grade), so I had to live vicariously through this show.  It's funny to walk into our living room and see my kids watching reruns of Saved by the Bell.  

When I blabbed on and on about Whole30 in my previous post, I totally forgot to mention Ryan from loved & lovely.  She really is the reason my friends from work and myself decided to do this.  My work friend showed me her blog a while back (she and Ryan have little girls the same age).  Then Ryan went Whole30 for a while and had great results.  She even sold some clothes that no longer fit her (and yes I bought a few things and no I am not a stalker!).  So watching her success is what prompted us to try it out.  Ryan also started a Whole30 private facebook page.  So we got to meet a few new people and encourage each other to stay strong for the 30 days.

I am now on my Whole30 month #2.  After taking a free day on Saturday, I jumped right back on the wagon February 1st.  My free day food consisted of a Greek yogurt (I missed yogurt so much, and it was really yummy!) for lunch.  Then at dinner (which was at Max & Erma's), I ate a few chili cheese fries (they hurt my gut within minutes), then I finished 2 of my kid's ice cream sundaes with weird toppings (and my stomach hurt the rest of the night).  The one thing I did not try was Diet Dr. Pepper....I kept thinking I would stop at a gas station and get one but never did.  Guess what I'm drinking on March 3rd?

So all this talk about Whole30, I promise my next post will be way more fun.  I'm going to talk all about my grand daughter who was born December 25th and post tons of cute pictures!!  And yes I'm a 40 year old grandma Glammy!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WHOLE30 Update on Day 28

So I am now on day 28 of my first go round with the Whole30 journey.  Let's just say it has been interesting.  I have survived.  And I am very confident I will make it the whole 30 days.  The 2 girls I work with have stayed strong also!  We survived a big pitch-in and birthday cake day (2 layer chocolate cake with fudge filling and chocolate icing!!) at work.  Also there was an Italian meal catered in this week, but I was not working that day, so I was not tempted.  My plan is to take one day off and have a few things that I have really been missing (more on this later), then do another 30 days.

It is amazing how much I am NOT craving junk food.  I remember reading in the Whole30 book (which I highly recommend) about eating one oreo (which has zero nutritional value whatsoever), then how your body tells you to eat another and another thinking somewhere there will be nutrition and you will feel full.  But junk food does not do this.  You just want more and more and more.  Reading this and then actually feeling this are two totally different things.  This coming from a girl who loved junk!!

What foods have I missed the most?  In no particular order: hummus, cheese, yogurt, cereal (dry or with go to if I'm bored, tired, starving, angry,etc..), & diet dr. pepper.  I made this list at work one day and was amazed that the list did not contain junk (oreos, chips, fiber bars which I ate like candy, chocolate, etc...)  There was one day after eating out at Buffalo Wild Wings that ice cream sounded really really good.  I said it out loud and everyone was gung ho about getting ice cream, but reality hit and the thought left my mind fairly quickly.

What foods helped me the most?  Larabars and cashews.  I feel like I'm packing a diaper bag all over again every time I leave the house.  I make sure I have a small container of nuts, a Larabar, at least one bottle of water, and a small baggie of grapes, apples, and/or carrots.  

What is the first food I'm going to eat on day 31?  I really think I'm going to have yogurt.  I love yogurt and probably have missed it the most.  I bought a blueberry greek yogurt cup's waiting in the fridg for me.  People have said things taste different after doing Whole30 (especially any soda products), but I hope yogurt will still taste as yummy to me.

I definitely fell better all around than I have in a long time.  My clothes are getting loser.  My jeans are fitting better.  When I started this, only 1 out of 4 pair of jeans fit me.  I'm now 2 (almost 3) out of 4.  My teenage son told me to turn sideways the other night.  Then told me, "I'm not trying to be mean, but you've lost a roll." (meaning a fat roll)  I gave him a big hug and told him he's now my favorite child.  Just kidding, but seriously when a teenage boy notices something like that, I cannot help but feel good about myself.

January and Whole30 have been good to me so far.  Here's to the next month and fitting into all four pairs of jeans.  Cheers!

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'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!