The Bully serves the Bullied

On one hand, given my past, it is making me very uncomfortable to have my appetite absolutely out of control the past few days. On the other hand, I know I need to put back on a few of the pounds I have lost over the last several weeks.  The rational side of me knows that my body is like “Ummmm hello?  Can we please eat now?”  But the former fat girl in me is completely freaking out.

Yesterday I felt like my appetite was returning back to normal.  Interested in food again but not constantly hungry.  That was until about 3:30.  At first I had a little snack

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Then a little bigger snack.

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This time I measured everything out so I wouldn’t over snack again and ruin dinner.

After this snack failed to satisfy me, I gave up.  On the bright side, the tortilla chips and hummus are gone and I wasn’t hungry anymore!  Annoyed

This morning I feel like my appetite is a little more normal.  I struggled to finish my oats,

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but I knew I needed to finish them so I wouldn’t be hungry an hour later.  I also wanted to be sure to get a good breakfast in because I am going to get out and enjoy this beautiful sunshine and “warmth” (only 40 degrees!) on a run.  I am planning on trying to increase my distance a little.  My legs and tush are super sore from Shred-It yesterday, so I am going to say it was a good workout, just light on the cardio.

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I have to share something that has been a such a huge help in our home recently.  As a mother of boys I have no shortage of carnage around here and apparently this is not uncommon.  I have found a site that has been such a source of comfort and encouragement for me. It has made me see that I am not alone in this work of raising boys.

The MOB Society

As a woman, I struggle to understand boys.  I don’t get the loud noises, the rough play, the fascination with Legos and video games.  The aversion to good personal hygiene.  The expression of affection by passing gas on each other, hitting & wrestling.  I can nurture them like a beast but when it comes to really understanding them…..not so much.  I feel so blessed to have two amazing boys who are really really wonderful.  They are smart, healthy and don’t have any behavior issues what-so-ever.

I refuse to accept the notion that “boys will be boys”.  No, I am raising my boys to be gentlemen, respectful men of God, ones who open doors and pay for dinner, ones who bring flowers for no reason, ones who are chivalrous, have manners, ones who will respect women and love them for the amazing creatures they are, ones who respect others, are kind and gentle in their ways, ones who put other’s needs before their own.

One of the issues we have is that the older brother likes to bully the younger brother.  It has been going on for what seems like forever & I have zero tolerance for it.  I can not stand rude & condescending comments.  Even though Aidan is just 5, I do not want him growing up feeling “less than”.  As parents we use our words to build up our children.  They get so much negativity thrown at them from the world.  We have the responsibility to do damage control and make sure they know how important they are regardless of what the world says.  So, I don’t need additional help from within! We have tried talking, reasoning, punishing, guilt,  none of it has worked.  It all came to a boiling point this last weekend.

Two weeks ago Aidan got a donut he didn’t like and threw it away.  Luke saved his so that he could have it for breakfast the next morning.  While Luke was eating his donut, he was adamant about being sure Aidan knew how much he was enjoying it.

“Hey Aidan, look, I’m eating my donut.”

Aidan really didn’t care.

“Mmmmmm this donut sure is good! Aidan…..MY donut is good!”

That pushed the “Crazy Mommy Button”.  After a looooooong lecture I had a brilliant idea!

“Luke, because of that rude behavior, you now get to SHARE your delicious donut with your little brother.”

Needless to say someone was not happy. <—–understatement.

I explained that a nice person would have had this thought pattern.

“I feel sad that Aidan got a crummy donut yesterday, I think I will share mine.”

The Bully Serves the Bullied

Last week I saw on the MOB Facebook page that bullying among brothers is not uncommon.  The way a lot of mothers handle it is by implementing a rule called “The Bully Serves the Bullied.”

Knowing how well the donut situation worked, I decided to try it in other areas.

Last Sunday Luke made fun of Aidan over a mistake he made on a video game that caused him to set his house on fire.

“You SET your house on FIRE!!! HAHAHAHAHA”

The next thing I knew Aidan was on top of Luke punching him, screaming and in tears!

I am laughing hysterically about it now but it was quite alarming to see my sweet and gentle Aidan completely flipping out!  Jeremy was having to hold him back from beating the mess out of Luke.  Aidan didn’t get in trouble because as I told Luke,

“It serves you right.  What do you expect from him?  You push him and push him and push him…..it was inevitable that one day he would push back.”

Now don’t get me wrong, we did talk to Aidan about hitting and controlling our anger but seriously…..the kid puts up with a lot….A LOT  from his older brother.

So…..since the “incident” Luke has had to tickle Aidan’s back twice, read him a book and pick out his clothes.  It has been difficult to get Luke to take it seriously and I have even had to take his iTouch away but I am seeing how it is going to make a difference.  He is learning and being humbled a little more each time he has been rude or disrespectful.   I am loving this new form of “discipline”.  Everyone wins!   Maybe one day he will quit picking on his baby brother all together.   One can only hope.

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RunKeeper

There are two things in my life that made my day that much better.

The RunKeeper App on my iPhone keeping track of my run today,runkeepervia

and this waiting for me when I got back.

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He says he was just out front smoking a cigar but secretly I know he was timing me and watching for me to pass by at the end of our street on my route back.  Ya know being married to a cop really sucks sometimes.  Long hours, the worry and other things that only other cop wives understand.  He HATES when I go jog in the park or the even the neighborhood.  He is always saying he would LOVE for me to have one of these as my running partner and his “30”

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Someday.

He…hates when I am out after dark…..hates me being alone so much.  I don’t understand a lot of it….the why’s of all of it and honestly I don’t want to…..but I trust him, he is my protector….and I love that.

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So…..would you like some wine with your CHEESE?!?!?!  Haha! ….back to the RunKeeper.  Ok…..I am in-love.

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It completely speaks for itself.  I love that every 5 min the voice would come on and tell me EVERYTHING!  My time, distance, pace.  I don’t know how I ever ran without it! I can’t wait to take it to the park!  On another screen it showed my exact route.  It is so accurate that it showed when I left the side walk and was running in the road.  Loves, loves, loves!

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For breakfast this morning I had another bowl of oatmeal.  Pretty much the same as yesterday.

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  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. Mara Natha almond butter
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. Ideal brown sugar blend
  • several shakes of cinnamon

After breakfast and cleaning the “daily disaster” we went grocery shopping.  I knew I wanted to get my run in as soon as we got back but I was also about to chew my arm off! So I picked this up and ate it on the way home.  It was the perfect pre-run snack today!

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Odwalla Blueberry Swirl Bar

VERY YUMMY!

A while after my run (I am not usually hungry afterwards) I had two servings of almonds, a serving of cheese and an apple.

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I am excited about this weekend!  Everyone is home, Jeremy is off on Sunday & I am volunteering in the nursery!  I REALLY need my baby fix!

The boys are out picking up their “Friday Night Pizza” and I am off to find something delicious and healthy for myself!

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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.

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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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READ THIS!  SO good…..trust me it will happen to you.  You should be prepared.

How to be nice to food pushers – Fit Bottomed Girls

The Plague of 2012

I don’t know about everyone else…..no, actually I do know.  While everyone else was eating treats and frolicking in the beautiful Christmas Snow, this is what we were doing on Christmas!

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After we did our Christmas Eve traditions of opening our Christmas Jammies and putting out treats for Santa and the reindeer,

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We settled down for a good nights rest only to be woken up by The Plague of 2012 striking down it’s next victim.   Jeremy.

Bless his sweet heart.  I made him sleep in Luke’s room.  The next morning I disinfected the entire house for a second time.  Jeremy slept last night for 13 hours and woke up feeling great.  Still very tired and afraid to eat anything, but better.  This morning I disinfected the entire house for a third time and I still don’t feel like it’s clean enough. I never thought I would ever say this, but I am really tired of cleaning!  I have been the Germ Nazi today, driving my family crazy but for real! So far I have not gotten it and I would like to keep it that way!  Luke came home from his dad’s today and I don’t want him getting it either.  They aren’t allowed to even breath in each other’s direction!  Lynn (my dear sweet father-in-law) came down with it, which I feel terrible about.  He said he hadn’t had a stomach virus since 1974!  Everyone else who was here is still well thankfully.  I don’t know how that miracle happened.  Gala (my mother-in-law) slept in Aidan’s bed!!!!  I am still afraid that I am going to get it.  I have absolutely zero appetite. Which presents it’s own set of problems.  So far I have been able to stomach oatmeal, apples and an entire sleeve of crackers.  A cookie here and there.  Yesterday I got a little bit of an appetite and ate two cookies, a few bites of banana pudding and some oatmeal.  Only to immediately  feel like I was going to hurl.  At that point I just knew it was my turn but I went to sleep and woke up feeling better.  Just super fatigued.  I hope I get my appetite back soon.  It’s a good thing we have a big freezer for all of the delicious Christmas treats no one has been able to eat.

Even though the last few days haven’t been ideal, I have to say that I am still very thankful for a few things.

Timing

Jeremy was off the Sat/Sun Aidan got sick and was able to help me.  He was able to help all through the next day and Christmas Eve, until it struck him.  He would be off the next several days in order to fully recover & not have to take sick time,  leaving the department short handed.  I am glad that our family was leaving on Sunday instead of being here in the middle of it all.

Nurturing

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to take care of my son in a way that no one else would.  Things like this create strong bonds between loved ones.  I am thankful I was able to take care of Jeremy the best I could.  And we could laugh about it in a twisted sort of way

Tom Thumb

Christmas morning I drove to 3 different stores thinking they would all be open but that was not the case.  Only Tom Thumb was open.  I had to get crackers, Gatorade, popsicles, tissues, toilet paper, juice, ginger ale, bread and they had all of it!  I am thankful that I had a car to drive there and money to buy the sick supplies.

Most importantly I am thankful it didn’t last long and they are beginning to feel normal again.  I feel like we got jipped on Christmas this year.  Poor A.J. & Jer-Bear.  Sad smile  One day this week I will get to posting about the good parts of our Christmas!

Super Parents

It’s not often that I (ok, pretty much never) feel like a great mom. I too often fall victim to the comparison trap.

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But lately I have been feeling like SUPER MOM!

Starting last week with the boys Christmas“Winter” Parties….*eyeroll”

Aidan’s teacher asked me to do a big project for their party and I happily obliged!

It was a present of treats in a box, wrapped with 20 things, put in a bigger box wrapped with 20 things, put in an even bigger box wrapped with 20 things.

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The kids listened to music while passing around the box and when the music stopped the child holding the box took off an item. This continued until everything was gone and then they all got to have treats from the very last box! So fun to be able to do!

THEN I baked 9 dozen cookies for treats to give to the boy’s classmates along with cards from them.

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I got to put my “new” KitchenAide to good use! This was Jeremy’s Grandmother’s that his dad gave to me! This is the best gift I have ever gotten! I love it!

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I used a box mix considering my time constraint and the fact that I had to make so many cookies! They turned out fan-freakin-tastic! I highly recommend the Krusteaz Chocolate Crackle Cookie mix.

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Jeremy and I package all 45 little treat bags and sent them all to school the next day! I felt like a CHAMPION!!!!

I was given another opportunity to feel like Super Mom this weekend when my sweet Aidan fell victim to the dreaded…….Stomach Virus……

Jeremy’s family came to visit for Christmas last Friday and we had our Christmas on Saturday. That night around 9:30, Aidan was complaining of stomach pain. I didn’t think anything of it except it was probably gas. He did eat a lot of turkey and his little belly isn’t used to all that meat. Well…..I was wrong wrong wrong.

The 3 of us camped out in the bathroom on pillows and blankets, read books & listened to the classical station on Pandora all night. From 10pm until 4 am we were up every 30-45 minutes. It was so sad. We have been so lucky to not have had a bout of stomach flu in this family in almost 10 years. I was so proud to say we had been “Vomit-Free-Since 2003”. I am very diligent about keeping my house very clean, the boys are constantly washing their hands, so are Jeremy and I. I wipe down grocery carts, tables at restaurants, use hand sanitizer. I don’t ever eat questionable food nor do I allow the boys to. If you had been through the last bout of stomach bug we went through (in 2003) you would be just as diligent. That kind of trauma never leaves you.

But alas….it was only a matter of time before all of our precaution was just not enough to keep it out of our lives. Poor Aidan. The saddest thing I think I have ever heard was him say “What’s happening to me?” Bless his sweet sweet heart. He was such a good boy through it all. I felt terrible because he was so thirsty and I knew I couldn’t give him anything so I let him suck on an ice cube. Talk about heart breaking. I couldn’t sleep at all. I read my new book, looked on Pinterest, stared at him, prayed for him. About 4am is when the vomiting every 30 mins finally stopped. From about 4-7 am I was neither awake nor asleep not wanting to miss the first signs of another attack. I was supposed to volunteer that morning so I got up and texted the director of the children’s ministry that I wouldn’t be there. Jeremy went to the store for Pedialyte. Our family left early so we could take care of Aidan. After they left, Jeremy and I disinfected this house from top to bottom. We stripped the beds, mopped, Lysol’d anything that stood still, and opened all the windows even though it was 50 degrees. I was so incredibly thankful that we made it to the toilet every single time so the worst part of cleaning up wasn’t something we had to deal with. Thank you JESUS! Aidan was feeling completely normal after some Pedialyte and Pediapops.. I don’t get that! He wasn’t even tired! Oh to have that kind of energy! Jeremy and I were totally wired on coffee and probably a second wind.

That afternoon he started to feel bad again and vomited a few more times. But after the second time we convinced him that maybe some toast would make him feel better. He was so afraid of eating anything. Understandably! But he did begin to feel better after the toast. And by better I mean not a constant feeling of needing to make a trip to the bathroom…..Sad smile You just never can trust that stomach flu. It’s a beastly thing.

We watched Home Alone on Jeremy’s tablet,

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and finally fell asleep around 9. Poor Jeremy slept on a cot in Aidan’s room so that I could get a full nights rest. We were pretty sure Aidan would sleep through the night but, honestly, you never know. Jeremy hardly slept because Aidan was up needing to go potty, or was thirsty. I, on the other hand, slept like a rock for about 11 hours. To say the least we will ALL sleep tight tonight on this lovely Christmas Eve!

Aidan is feeling much better today. We have been following the B.R.A.T diet. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. He has been tolerating it very well. I’ve also been letting him have white grape juice and Gatorade. I think we will continue with that tomorrow and I will let him have some chicken soup tomorrow night for his Christmas Feast!

I am super afraid that Jeremy and I are next. I pray my in-laws don’t come down with it! So far Jeremy and I are good but…..ugh. I have been so afraid to eat anything lest I spend the next 6 hours worshipping the porcelain throne! At this point I can’t tell if my slight nausea and weakness is from the lack of food or the first signs that it’s my turn!!!! I went to Target today to relieve my cabin fever and started to feel hot and dizzy while picking out fruit! Hopefully this fear will pass. I just know it could take a few days to show up and I don’t want to be caught of guard!!!!

Well, I am off to get ready for Santa Claus!!!! I hope everyone has a VERY Merry Christmas!!!!

Here is a VERY good link that I followed through the night and the next day to the T. It was immensely helpful for someone who has never really had to handle this. Except in 2003 when I was completely clueless on how to treat the stomach bug. I did all the wrong things which is most likely why it was so awful.

Dr. Sear’s

It’s (finally) beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

I hope all had a lovely weekend!  Mine was pretty good!  Laid back just the way I like it.  It was just me and little A all weekend which is always nice.  Aidan is a total homebody like I am so we were both content to hang around the house all weekend just enjoying the peace and quiet.  We did get out for a bit on Saturday for some Christmas shopping but after three stores we both decided that being in traffic and standing lines was not how we wanted to spend the day.

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I never shared his school picture did I?  He is so beautiful.

I must mention that the reason I hadn’t shared it yet was because I had to reorder them.  In the first set he had blue marker on his nose. WHAT? Yes…he did. Smile  I thought “Ummmm, excuse me but how did that get past his teacher, the photographer and the editor yet it was the first thing I saw?!?!”  I don’t know…but thank goodness for Photoshop.

I haven’t done an excellent job of food documentary.  I have had this for breakfast the last several mornings.

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Except this morning I had a banana, some almonds and half a boiled egg in addition.  I didn’t eat dinner last night and woke up famished.  I didn’t eat dinner last night? No, I was so exhausted by the end of the day and my head was pounding.  It was all I could do just to make sandwiches and slice up oranges for my boys.  I found myself in bed by 7pm giving half hearted directions to shower, brush your teeth, stop fighting, pick up ya’ll’s toys…..I’m not exactly sure why I was so tired.  It had been a go-go-go kind of day though so I supposed my battery just died.

Yesterday

After doing Level 2 of 30 day Shred, I cleaned up quickly and ran some errands.  When I got back home I ate some tuna salad I had prepped that morning.

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This was two cans of tuna, 2 tbsp. light mayo, homemade relish (just a pickle crushed up in my food processor), a squeeze of mustard, and some pepper.

When I got home from more errands yesterday afternoon I was super hungry and ate an apple, a few handfuls of almonds and a bag of 100 calorie popcorn.  I suppose that was another reason I wasn’t super hungry at dinner.  I made up for it this morning though!

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It took me 2 hours to get my house cleaned up this morning.  What am I talking about? This is every morning.  Is it just me or does anyone else’s home explode between the time their children get up & when they leave for school?  I am not kidding….I go to bed, the house is tidy, I wake up, the house is tidy….three hours later I have to go through each and every room, picking up clothes, toys, wiping down sinks and toilets, two loads of laundry everyday.  I don’t know how two little people can make such huge messes.  It’s chaos chaos, we leave and then I return home to the aftermath and think  “What the heck happened in here?” The kitchen alone takes an hour….I am so glad I don’t have a “real” job.  I’d go crazy.

I didn’t feel like doing 30 Day Shred again today. I really wanted to go for a run.  The fact that it was literally freezing this morning made me cringe just thinking about it.

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But the thought of doing 50 squat thrusts made me cringe even more…..So I bundled up and went for it.

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About a mile into my run, the gloves and jacket come off.  Lesson #1 of running in cold weather, you won’t be cold for long.

When I got back I noticed my plants looked down right pitiful!

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It’s so sad because they THRIVED in the 110 degree heat this summer.  I hope they don’t completely perish.

I trimmed them up and gave them some water so hopefully they’ll perk up as the weather begins to warm up.

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Anywhoooo….my huge breakfast is finally wearing off and I need to find something for lunch!

Before I go I’ll leave you with some pictures of cute animals and some inspiration to get ya booty movin!

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You mess with my waffle, I will cut you.

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ahhhhh warmth…..

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Why yes, yes I would LOVE to run a marathon!

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Date Day!

Can we just talk about this dog for a second?  She (an Airedale) was outside with the Salvation Army volunteers today.  So ADORBS!

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Today’s breakfast was just oats.  I am out of eggs.  Sad day.  So I made a bigger bowl of oats.

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • cinnamon

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Unfortunately this didn’t hold me over very long and I had an apple 2 hours later.

Today was Date Day with my Hubbers.

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I was so excited it wasn’t windy today and I could wear my hair down!

Outfit

Top: Ross

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

Socks: Ross

Do you like the lock box on our door?  Very attractive…..Annoyed

My handsome other half

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and I first stopped for lunch at Corner Bakery.

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We both got my usual Spinach Sweet Crisp Salad with Tomato Basil Soup.  I was very proud of the both of us for skipping the croutons in our soup & the focaccia bread.  I was extremely proud of Jer for ordering water instead of a Dr. Pepper.  Never mind the 2 donuts and 3 donut holes he ate this morning with the boys.  Hey….it’s an improvement and that’s all I can ask!  I was very impressed with myself for picking off as much of the sweet crisp that comes on the salad as I could.  VICTORY!

We did a little Christmas shopping and then I got my special Starbucks treat on the way home.  I am down to just ONE Splenda in a Grande!  Before I would add 3!  YIKES!

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Jeremy is currently trying to fix our leaky kitchen faucet.  There hasn’t been one thing that man hasn’t been able to fix in this house, but……it never fails that he runs into some sort of pickle in the process.  Right now he is on trip number two to Home Depot!  I sure do hope I have running water in my kitchen sink tonight!  I am sort of hesitant to start dinner without a functioning sink!

7 Stiches

The good thing about having 7 stiches on my hip is that I get to catch up on all my DVR’d shows, all the latest and greatest Pins, and all the health articles I have book-marked to read when I have time <—-(Never)Thumbs upOpen-mouthed smile The bad thing is, well, it hurts and I can’t really move around much. Thumbs downSad smile

But it’s gone and I am so thankful.  I get to go back in two weeks to have the stiches removed and then two weeks later so she can biopsy another spot that looks suspect.  I may or may not have held back a few tears.

If you live in the Arlington/Mansfield/Forth Worth area, Mansfield Dermatology is the place to go! Obviously, I highly recommend going in for a full body skin check!

So enough of that depressing stuff…..lets focus on the good!  TODAY is the “exciting news” meeting!  I can’t wait.

I also made two yummy things this week.  Unfortunately, my attempt at an “Aidan friendly” menu didn’t go over very well.

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I don’t know what his deal is.

For the Frito Pie I really wanted to make homemade chili in a crock pot but I just didn’t have that kind of time this week.  So I just used canned chili.  We all (minus Aidan of course) loved the Frito Pie but it would be so much yummier and healthier with homemade chili.

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I recreated my favorite meal right now. The Sweet Crisp Spinach Salad with Tomato Soup from Corner Bakery.  I have been eating this pretty much everyday!  Yesterday after my appointment, Jeremy picked up the real thing for me from the restaurant and I must say I think I did a good job of copy catting it!  I couldn’t find pomegranate vinaigrette so I used raspberry instead.  I really didn’t notice a difference.   I also added some honey roasted peanuts just because I thought it would be yummy.  The soup I made wasn’t good.  I won’t even talk about it…..Annoyed

One of Luke’s favorite things to eat before Mommy went all health crazy was Bagel Bites.

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I had a coupon for $1 off Bagel Bites and thought, hmmmm, well, they can’t be THAT bad for you.  Yeah….they are that bad (what’s in them anyway?) and WAY over priced.  So I thought I might be able to easily recreate them!  They aren’t perfectly clean but better than the frozen kind and they taste better too.  Luke helped me make them and thought we had made the best meal ever.  I forgot the veggies on the side but I don’t think anyone but me missed them!

Do you think Aidan liked these?

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Surely he would….one of the few things he eats voluntarily is Little Caesar’s Pizza.

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“These are yucky.”

Brat.

Amanda’s Pizza Bagels

100 calories per pizza

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

I split Mini Bagels (120 calories each) in half and topped them with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 1 tablespoon Italian Cheese Blend and 2 turkey pepperonis (quartered).

They were so delicious!!!

Yesterday afternoon I heard some beautiful music coming from somewhere in the house.  At first I thought it was a commercial or something.  It went on and on and then I thought wait….is Luke using his bow?  He’s only been plucking the strings and working on learning the parts of it so far.  I slowly got up and hobbled into the living room. I saw my sweet boy in the dining room doing this.

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I know my nerves are shot right now but I may have gotten a little pheklempt!

He also brought his “graded papers” folder home yesterday.  There were 10 papers in the folder.  The top one was an 86 that his math teacher wrote a note on.  “We went over this in class?”  Which I found funny because I could just see her doing the same thing I do.  “Luke what is this?  You can do better than this.  I expect more from you.”   All the others were a perfect 100.  I may or may not have teared up a little then too.

As a parent, you do so much correcting and disciplining.  You feel like a big ol’ rotten meanie britches most of the time. You just want the best for your kids. Hearing him play the violin and seeing those 100’s was one of those rare & precious little gifts that comes along just when you need it most.   Little moments like these warm my heart like nothing else.  There is no better feeling in the world to me than seeing my boys do something they are proud of.

A few hot minutes

Testing, testing…do I remember how to do this?  It has been a few hot (literally, I live in Dallas, remember?) minutes since I last blogged.  It was a whirlwind of a summer.  The break was so nice but if you know me….you know I love a schedule.  The lack of one left me in a bit of a funk for a little while.  I found myself sleeping in later and later….not going to the gym…..eating out of boredom.  It was too hot to do anything.  Aidan is such a homebody that when we did go out somewhere all he wanted to do was come home!  I can understand that.  The gym was crowded beyond belief every single day. It was such a chore to go and TRY to get Aidan a spot in the KidZone.  There was a 30 minute wait one morning.   I feel like we did everything and nothing at the same time.  The days seemed to blend seamlessly……..But ALAS! school is back in session and we are all thankful for that!  And by we, I mean ME!

We are getting up at the crack of dawn again, and getting our day started right.

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Aidan loves to get up with me (5am) but that just can’t happen. I have to have at least 2 cups of coffee and 2 hours before I want to see anyone but my cat. So he is really trying to wait until his alarm goes off at 7am. It’s an act of congress I am telling you. I need to start some sort of reward system.

Speaking of Aidan getting up….he has to get up because my sweet little baby is a KINDERGARTENER now!!!

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1st day of school!

Waiting in the car because it was pouring down rain.  He wasn’t nervous or apprehensive at all until this point!

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Picking out his locker.  The 1st one of course.

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With his sweet teacher.

I didn’t expect to start crying my eyes out beginning at 7:30am but I did.  I didn’t stop until almost noon when I had to say to myself “Ok, Amanda…..get it together!” I would have taken more pictures of the first day but I was doing well to get these few.  It was not a good day.  I listened to the Lullaby Station on Pandora all day.  Why?  I don’t know, because it made me feel all ooey gooey over my kids and sometimes you just have to feel your feelings ok?

The second day was much better.

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It was not raining this morning and we were able to walk to school.

Luke is a big 5th grader now!

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Bless his sweet heart.  5th grade is proving to be a lot more of a challenge than he expected, but he is doing great and adjusting well.  He is playing the violin this year!  So far we are only plucking the strings so no ear plugs required as of now!

Someone had her 6th 29th birthday!!!

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I love getting older.  I really do.  Each year I am more and more grateful for my beautiful life.  I am so blessed beyond measure that I just have to shake myself sometimes to believe it.  I feel better at 35 than I have ever felt in my life.  I took a real age quiz on my birthday and it said my real age is 23!  Well, how about that!

One of my birthday presents was a Bodybugg!  If you aren’t familiar with it you can read up on it HERE.

This was my readout from yesterday.

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I wish that everyday could be like this, but they aren’t.  I jogged in the morning for over an hour and then did housework all day long.  I had gotten behind on it over the weekend.  Add to that walking to and from school, plus an extra trip because Trixie pooped on the sidewalk at the school and of course I didn’t bring a bag.  So I ran home, grabbed a bag, ran back, picked it up, ran back home.  Embarrassed much?  I was mortified because I just KNEW every parent saw what happened and was going to tell the principle and she was going to announce it over the load speakers!   Anyway….about the Bodybugg…..I LOVE IT!  I love all things fitness related and this is just over the top awesome.  It is kind of a bummer that I have to wear it all the time on my arm.  I really don’t know why they made it that way.  I mean for real….It makes me look like I am being monitored by the police or something.  Why didn’t they do a chest strap?  I am sure there is a very good logical reason, but I can’t for the life of me figure that out.  Maybe it is for advertisement?  Who knows.  I don’t care though.  I love it and wear it all the time now.  I do take it off at night and times when I am not really concerned with my “performance”.  It took a while to learn how it works.  I am still learning how to use it.  The operating system isn’t very user friendly but thank goodness I know a super smart man who can figure anything out.  Mainly because he has the patience of Job.  I, on the other hand; was ready to send it back the second day I had it!

Also for OUR birthdays (Jeremy’s is one week to the day after mine!) we had a little over night stay in Dallas.  We stayed at The Adolphus.

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It is a beautiful hotel!!!

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This sofa couch thing was on our floor….I could have sat there all day.

Went shopping at the Northpark Mall….well ok we WALKED around the Northpark Mall.  Then we saw The Words.  OH MY WORD it was good.  And not just because Bradley Cooper is in it.

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What? ….just sayin!

We went to the Dallas Farmers Market….interesting….and I can’t wait to go back!

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We also walked over to the area where JFK was shot almost 50 years ago!

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Fascinating.

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Thanks so much to Jeremy’s momma for coming down so we could getaway!!!

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So this morning I wanted to go for another long run jog in the park.  Having Aidan in school now means I can!  The weather is so wonderful in the mornings now. Just thinking about running on the treadmill makes me want to stick a fork in my eye!

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Ahhhh, therapy.

For breakfast before my jog, I had a Nature’s Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp. of Jif Natural Peanut Butter and my daily vitamins.

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After my jog I had a protein shake.

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I have been enjoying these shakes all summer.  I ran across a new blog that I am totally obsessed with now.  Dashing Dish.  She has AMAZING recipes and I have tried just about every single one of her protein shakes.  Life changing.

My shake today had these ingredients in it.

  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Cottage Cheese
  • Lots of ice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 packets stevia
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1.5 tbsp. Hershey’s cocoa powder
  • a few drops coconut extract
  • a few drops almond extract
  • a few shakes of cinnamon.

So YUM!

A few hours later it was lunch time.

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Gala apple and a Panini made with a sandwich thin, 1 tbsp. Wholly Guacamole, 5 slices of turkey pepperoni and 1 slice provolone cheese.  This is my new favorite sandwich!  I had one yesterday, and will probably have it again tomorrow!

It feels good to get back to blogging!  I need to thank my sweet best friend Cheryl for the email this morning that lit the fire under my britches!!!  Love you friend!

Of interest:

Talk to your self to stay motivated – Greatist

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I guess it’s about time

that I finally post something!  It’s been a full summer thus far but I think it will be slowing down here in the next week or so.  Luke is going to be going to his dad’s for the month of July beginning Friday so it will be just me and Little A most of the time after that.

Last week the boys went to stay with Jeremy’s parents for the week.  On Monday we met at Chili’s, had lunch (I got a cup of the Chicken Enchilada Soup, so YUM) and then we drove back to Dallas…..alone.  It was so quiet that it was just plain weird.

We had planned to get some things done Monday afternoon when we got back into town but I was so tired by the end of the drive and had a headache from reading in the car.  All I wanted to do was lay down.  So I DID!  It was glorious!

Tuesday

Tuesday we got to go somewhere that I had been wanting to go for a really long time.  The last time I went to the Allen Outlets was a few years ago and I only got to go into one store.  Jeremy and I made a day of it and got there first thing!  We shopped around a while, finding nothing and getting hungry so over lunch I devised a plan of attack!

I circled and labeled all the stores I really wanted to go to and when we got back we started on one side and worked our way to the other.

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FINALLY,  I found the first of many purchases at Kenneth Cole.  I love the tagline on their shopping bag….Everyone Needs an Outlet.  Yes, and shopping is one of mine!  Thank goodness for Jeremy’s sake I am a bargain shopper.

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I couldn’t believe I found these, they look almost exactly like my ones from Target!  These are better because my Target ones don’t have the braid over the ankle and my heel slips off the back when I walk.  These feel much better made although I have a blister on my big toe now.  It’s ok…they are cute enough to endure the pain!  Winking smile

We had lunch at Mimi’s Café.

Tomato Basil Soup & Fresh Turkey Sandwich

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Would you like some turkey and bread with your lettuce?

I asked for no tomato and mustard instead of mayo….I guess they heard no tomato sub lettuce, no mayo sub lettuce.  Either way it was really good!  I ate half the soup and half the sandwich and it was a perfect portion for me.  I hate the huge portion sizes they serve at restaurants.  It’s so hard to leave half on my plate even though I KNOW that even just half is usually too much.  I think every time…..such a waste, there are people starving.

Wednesday

Reality of Love

I think the original name was “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks” but I guess they changed it at some point.  Good move, I want to marry Ryan Banks is cheese.

Reality of Love

I LOVED this movie!  I love it so much I want to buy it!  It was adorable and honestly, who doesn’t love Bradley Cooper?  If you don’t, you should see someone.  I want to watch it again.

Thursday

We went to breakfast at La Madeline.

I ordered the Breakfast Sampler.

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Fruit Salade (no, I didn’t misspell), Mini Chocolate Croissant, Oatmeal with brown sugar and toasted almonds

This was REALLY good.  I ate half the oatmeal,  half the croissant and all of the fruit.  It was perfect and filling.

Then we caught the matinee of Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Love, love, loved.  It was freakin loooooong but I had no clue.  This says a lot because I have the attention span of a 5 yr. old.  I think Kristen Stewart did a great job.  Clearly she has had some acting lessons since her Twilight days.  Charlize stole the show for me though.  Evil Queen indeed!

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I had on a cute top under this jacket….but since I get cold if its 85 degrees and there is a breeze, I turned into a fashion DON’T before our movie.  Good thing we were in a dark theater.

We decided on lunch at the Chick-Fil-A in the mall.  It was 2 pm and I was getting hangry.  So I figured it would be a good idea to get something quick.

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We found a sunny spot to thaw out under and enjoyed lunch.  I got my usual side salad with fat free honey mustard.  I added all the sunflower seeds and croutons.  This time I decided to add my fruit cup on top instead of eating it separately.  I didn’t like it as much…I don’t like the honey mustard on my fruit.  I think I will do this next time but change my dressing to the vinaigrette.

…and then this happened

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Jeremy made me do it…..but really, it was inevitable.

I didn’t eat it ALL…..just about 3/4!  It was REALLY good, but as expected not as life changing as I had imagined.  I could totally make this at home and in fact, have made something like this before with plain M&M’s, granola, raisins, and some sort of cereal.

That night I got to watch the week’s episode of Dallas!!!  I am so excited to have a new show to watch!!!  I never really get attached to a series because I never have time to watch them.  But this is appointment television for me!  Scandalous!  I vaguely remember the show from when I was little, but I want to buy the original series and watch all of them!!!

Friday

I can’t really remember what we did Friday, but I DO remember dinner!

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Crunchy Onion Barbecue Chicken w/ Alexia Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries.

I can’t even begin to tell you how good this was.  I have yet a THIRD go-to recipe from my new cookbook!

Friday evening we watched this movie.

In Time

In Time

Great storyline, just waaaaaaay toooooo long.  I fell asleep but was rudely awoken several times by sounds of gunshots. Thumbs down  I’d recommend it, just know it’s really long.

I just remembered what I did Friday. Confused smile DUH!  Jeremy worked his extra job so I had the day to myself!  I slept in late, cleaned the house a little and then went to exchange some things from Ulta & Target.  By Friday I was REALLY missing the boys.  I was honestly sort of depressed.  It’s funny because when I said goodbye to them on Monday, I thought….gee I am not sure 5 days will be long enough.  Clearly….. I needed a break.  By Thursday I was getting pretty bummed and by Friday I was just depressed.  I really missed my little boys.  It was so incredibly quiet Friday morning.  The energy they give off is tangible.

Saturday

Finally FINALLY it was time to go get them!  The drive there seemed endless.  We met again in Abilene and ate lunch a Chili’s.  I had the chicken enchilada soup again!  So YUM!!!!

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The best mom/mimi in the world and her boys!

I am so glad they are back.  We all slept late this morning and had a great day today!  Fussing, complaining, fighting and all!  It was music to my ears. Tomorrow is back to reality and a regular schedule.  I hope the treadmill doesn’t kill me after a week of ignoring it!