Returning to normal

Things seem to be returning to normal…. FINALLY!  After Luke getting a touch of the stomach bug and Jeremy coming down with some sort of nasty sinus thing….we are feeling better around here.  I am not going to lie and say I am just thankful we are all better, it could have been worse.  No, it freaking sucked.  We are not sickly people, we are never ever sick and we don’t do sick well.  That being said, I AM glad we are all better.  The sun even shined today and I wasn’t frozen to the core all day.  I am not a fan of the cold weather.  Not at all.  I would much rather it be 110.  Call me crazy…..when I was obese, I enjoyed the cold.  I would open windows when it was 45 degrees out, the colder the better.  Those days are long gone.   The sunshine was much needed today.

So I have gotten my appetite back somewhat, but when I do eat it’s some random thing at some random time.  The other morning I did make a bowl of oatmeal and didn’t get hungry again until later that afternoon.  I have been CRAVING fat & salt.  I can’t get enough peanut butter, almonds and peanuts.  I was craving chips and queso for days.  So, I hope to eat a little more regularly now and keep my goal of no more sugar.  I hate that I have started the New Year on such a crummy note.  But on the bright side, it can only get better!  I am looking forward to returning to my regular workouts next week when the boys finally go back to school!

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Ah….oats, my trust old friends.

Being stuck at home for almost a week and a half, a crummy Christmas, no news on the house, everyone sick, not eating right or working out, and the dreary weather was starting to take it’s toll on me emotionally and mentally.  With a suggestion from my sweet Jeremy,  I took a Mommy’s Day Out on Wednesday. It was glorious!!!!!  First stop was the outlet mall.  I found a great deal on some new running shoes from Nike and an outfit from J Crew! Then I hit up my faves…..Marshall’s and Target.  There I found several other things that made me happy.  Shopping = Therapy.  I ended it with a mani/pedi which unfortunately I did not enjoy because she used some sort of lotion that got cold and I was sitting there literally shaking.  I am not sure she was too concerned because she kept laughing.  Brat.

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Yesterday I did some serious grocery shopping since I hadn’t been since I went shopping for Christmas dinner!  Well, minus the trips for crackers and Gatorade.

TODAY…..Luke and I broke out of the sick house again and went on a date.  I had intended on taking both boys to a movie yesterday but Aidan reminded me he doesn’t like the movies because “It’s toooooo loud in there”.  Silly boy.  It’s true though, he isn’t a fan of the movies.  I think the theater we go to turns the sound up extra loud.  Why?

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First we went to a matinee showing of Rise of the Guardians.

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Rise of the Guardians

It was SO GOOD!  I loved it!

Then we fed my craving for chips and queso.


On The Border

We shared a bowl of queso and the lunch portion of the chicken fajitas.  It was perfect!

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There was a Cold Stone Creamery right across the street AND I had a coupon!  I thought that was the perfect ending to our date.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!!

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I got the “like it” size of sweet cream with snickers mixed in.

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L got the “like it”size of chocolate cake batter with Butterfinger mixed in.

His was way better than mine.

We weren’t ready to go home just yet, so I drove him by a few houses that we are looking at, to see what he thought.  Then later while we were having a showing on our house, ALL of us went to look at the houses……We spoke with our realtor today and we just might be getting some good news tomorrow.  I am trying to not get too excited because this has happened before but this time seems to be different…so pray a little prayer for us!  I may or may not have had another complete and total come apart small emotional breakdown Wednesday night…..Crying face  I am SO ready to move on with my life!


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Plague of 2012 lingers…..

Neither myself nor my family have been the picture of health or fitness the last week so I don’t have much to show on my “Healthy Living Blog”…..but I thought I would check in anyway.

I have gotten out of the house twice this week!  WHO HOO!!!!!  Aidan was doing very well for a few days and then on Thursday morning and evening we had a couple more episodes……Sad smile  So……yeah.  He seems to be doing well since then but I am still being cautious.  Poor Jeremy is better but not 100%.  He had to go back to work today and has been hating life.

Saturday I decided to take Luke to eat and to Barnes & Noble at the mall.  There were a few sales I wanted to check out too.  Even though I HATE crowds, it was really nice to be out!  Goodness, can you say cabin fever?  It didn’t take long to be ready to come back home but at least I felt like being home again!

This was the first time I had gotten myself out of sweatpants since last last Saturday (as in the 22nd) …. No need to dress up to watch movies, organized & clean your house a thousand times, catch up on the DVR and read……

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Scarf: World Market (a gift from my friend Anyssa!)

Shirt: Target

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

Socks: Ross

Today we had to go to Target for a few necessities and I found a few goodies in the Christmas Clearance section!  Gotta love Target clearance!

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Stacy’s Gingerbread Pita Chips and Archer Farms Gingerbread Cookie Trail mix.

I have sampled both and they are both delicious!!!!

I got myself dressed AGAIN today!  Go me!

Please excuse my slightly emaciated chest.  I have just come off the most unappetizing week of my life and am still working on getting my appetite back.  Sad smile

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Sweater: Windsor

Cami: Old Navy

Jeans: Abercrombie

Shoes: DSW (Blowfish)


I did want to share what my boys gave me for Christmas because it is just too sweet!


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A beautiful cross necklace that was in a BACKPACK on that adorable bear!  I think I liked the bear as much as the necklace!  I may or may not have been cuddling with that bear at night.  In love  There were also some Godiva chocolates he was holding.  Those are in the freezer awaiting the return of my appetite.  You know its bad when you don’t even want Godiva!


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