T’was a week before Christmas

and I am up to my ears in all things Christmas.  I wouldn’t change a thing but, it is SO important that I don’t get so caught up in the doing that I forget the whying….What?  I don’t know….Confused smile

Anyway, I thought I would try to check in quickly….to catch up.  I should be wrapping presents. That was on my “to-do” list today and I haven’t gotten to it yet.  I’ve reached that point where I still have so much I didn’t get done today that I have decided to just give up and blog instead. I’ll try again tomorrow!   We’ll see how “quick” I can actually make this!!

So…..where do I start?

Tuesday

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Tuesday was Luke’s first Orchestra concert.  I was so proud.  I mean, let’s be honest, they are 11 year olds who have been playing for 3 months. I was prepared to have my ears bleed.  But NO!  They were fantastic!!!  The 6th graders played Canon in D which is my all time favorite song probably EVER.  I was sold.  It made me want to go to a big time show.  I am trying to get Jer to buy tickets to the Dallas Symphony for us….like every show.  Isn’t that season tickets or something?  Yes please!

Aidan and The Giant Nutcracker.  He is obsessed with them.  Every time we see one it’s the same thing.  “Mommy!  A Nutcracker! LOOK!”  Plays with the handle, sticks his fingers in the mouth, pretends its eating him, laughs hysterically…..

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After the concert we stopped at CFA for dinner.

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Oh no, they don’t belong to each other AT ALL!

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Wednesday

Wednesday was our Date Day.  We finished up our Christmas shopping FINALLY! I don’t know how families with more than two children do it. Much respect. We had planned on going to see Silver Linings (Bradley Cooper? Yes please!) but the only showing was at 1:50 so that was a no-go.  We also ended up looking for a new desk….. for the office I will have eventually have…… in our new house…..when ever we actually sell our house!  Don’t get me started on that…..it will happen….it will happen….it will happen……Annoyed

Lets change the subject and look at some cute things….

This little brat is too much.

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He hates that cat…..but she sure does love him!

I was feeling a little sassy on my Date Day so I wore my “Sassy Pants”.  I rarely wear these.  I have to be in just the right mood to pull them off.

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Top and Sweater: Ross

Hot Pink Sassy Pants: Honestly I can’t remember the name but it’s a store in the mall.   It’s like Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe.

Boots: Payless

We ate lunch at Corner Bakery again and I got my special Starbucks treat.  Perfect Day with my love.

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Thursday

I don’t remember Thursday…..is that bad or what?

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Friday

Ugh, Friday….not a good day.  I woke up feeling absolutely terrible with a number of unrelated ailments that kept me in bed all day.  The only thing good about days like that are being able to catch up on some reading and Dr. Oz.  I was also glued to Fox News with tissues.  I was going to post that day but felt it was highly irrelevant.  I don’t even have words to describe how heartbroken I was.  I couldn’t keep my mind from going to those dark places that only a parent knows about.  It was all I could do to not walk….no run over to the school and get my kids.  I cried as I saw them walking up the steps and hugged them in a way I have never hugged them before.  There are so many opinions out there that I agree & disagree with to an extent.  But all I am going to say is God help us all.

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This was Friday night.  If it weren’t for Jeremy saying nay, I would have had a slumber party with two little precious babies.  I didn’t want them even a foot from me.

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Saturday

I woke up Saturday morning with such a heavy HEAVY heart.  I was reminded of how I felt after 9-11.  I felt this vague sense of guilt as though I had an obligation to mourn with those who lost their children.  An obligation to watch the news for hours on end. To cry until I had no tears left.  But after reading a post by someone who I can’t remember now, I realized that I absolutely can not do that.

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.  I do not give as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I was reminded to lift those who mourn up to God in prayer, pray constantly for all those involved and to live my precious life not in mourning or in fear, but in love and in power and in self control.  We never ever know when will be our last moments here in this earth.

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After all that deep spiritual stuff,  I had some power shopping to do…..grocery shopping that is.  Am I the only who has a love hate relationship with grocery shopping?  I love a full pantry and fridge, but I hate actually going to get the stuff.

After grocery shopping pretty much all day,  I prepped some food for Jeremy to take to work this week.  Since he is gone for 15 hours a day, he has to pack a snack, lunch, snack and more snacks….actually they are small meals for most people.  He can stop drinking cokes and lose weight.  I have to basically eat spinach all day in order to lose .5 lb. Yes, I might hate him a little for that.  Anyway…..I was buying him frozen meals like Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisines….but it killed me inside a little each week to do that.  The man needs food, like real food, like a lot of food.  But he is also health conscience.  Therein lies the conundrum.  Healthy food with a lot of good fats and calories…..He is also on board with me to nix the sugar and excess carbs in our diet.  So during lunch on our Date Day we brainstormed and came up with the most obvious solution.  I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before! I would make him homemade Lean Cuisines!!!!  I decided I would make a one dish each Saturday just for him to take for his lunches the next week.  When I make dinner for the family, we eat the leftovers until they are gone in order to stretch our grocery budget out.  So there are no leftovers for him to take to work.  I am thinking casseroles, a batch of veggies, brown rice, fish, chicken, turkey burgers ect.  Something that will make 3-4 servings.

This week I baked some fish with lemon pepper seasoning, roasted some frozen veggies and cooked up a batch of brown rice.

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I packed them in some containers.  3 for the 3 days he works this week.

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And stacked them in the fridge for easy access and visibility at 5am.

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I felt 100% better about his fuel for the week.

I also made some “Quick Energy Bites” for him to replace his Clif Bars.

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There are several variations of these all over the internet. I’ll post the one I use with my variations sometime this week!

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Sunday

So that brings us to today…..finally.  I woke up feeling pretty terrible with those same “ailments” as Friday.  I was feeling better on Saturday but they came back today.  I was scheduled to serve in the nursery this morning at church but I just couldn’t get myself together, let alone two children and the house picked up in case of a last minute showing.  So I had to call in.  I was so sad.  I SO look forward to my “baby fix” each week.  As the morning went on I started to feel better and got out and about this afternoon while The Boys were at a birthday party.  I went to the library in search for a particular book I have been wanting to read.  Couldn’t find it there so I went to Garden Ridge (I saw it there once) Target, Barnes & Noble, then Walmart.  I must REALLY want this book if I (person who would rather go to the dentist than be in a crowd of people) braved the mall 11 days before Christmas.  I couldn’t get in OR out of there!  Parking was MAD!  But….after all that, sadly I still can’t find my book.  Fortunately my mother-in-law has it!  Too bad she lives 300 miles away!  She is bringing it to me on Friday when they come for Christmas!

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Well, that took much longer than thought…..so alas I must bid you adieu….Hopefully it won’t be another week before I post again!

3 in a Row!

So yesterday I wrote about how our 2pm showing never showed up.  Apparently they drove up to the house, didn’t like the color of the brick, and drove off.  Yeah….that didn’t happen.  I never even saw anyone slow down or stop in  front of the house. Whatever. When Jeremy told me that today I just started laughing so hard.  I mean, really?  Anyway, it is what it is.  We had another showing today at 3 and I am pretty sure that was a no-show too.  I had to drive down the street from my post and get Aidan at 3:15.  That took all of two minutes.  Unless they “pulled up and drove off” in that time, no one ever came.  Oh well, what-a-ya-gonna-do?

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After not sleeping Sunday night and dragging through the day yesterday, I woke up refreshed and ready to go.  I knew it was going to be a great day!

Breakfast

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Two hard boiled eggs, oats made with 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 2 tsp. natural peanut butter & cinnamon.

The vitamins are: a Multivitamin, magnesium, probiotic, fish oil & calcium.

After some housework, I did Level 2 of 30 Day Shred.  It was brutal! I am so out of shape!

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But I felt good afterwards!

I showered up & talked to my BFF over lunch. Even though we live miles and miles apart, we can still “do-lunch”.

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Tuna Salad and a baked sweet potato.

I made the tuna salad a little different than I normally do.  I used light mayonnaise instead of Miracle Whip and instead of relish I crushed up some kosher dill pickles in my food processor.  I normally use Miracle Whip, but I discovered it has high fructose corn syrup in it and honestly a whole list of questionable ingredients.  So I switched to light mayo.  I have never been a fan of mayo but it is really good in my tuna salad.  I also used relish before and realized that ALSO has HFC so I decided to make my own relish!  It was very tasty!

Tonight is Spirit Night for the boy’s school at Chick-Fil-A!  Our favorite.  So that’s what will be for dinner!

Even though we had a no show for the third time, today was indeed a great day!

Women’s Health Photo Shoot

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About a year and a half ago, actually it was May of 2011, the Women’s Health Facebook page posted a request for anyone who had lost weight to submit their story to Brittany Risher @ such-in-such email…..I was like an overachieving elementary kid, jumping out of my chair with my hand raised….. “OOOH OOH I HAVE ONE!!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!! I HAVE ONE!” So I sat down and wrote it out, hit send and that was that. I kind of forgot about it until 6 months later when I got a response! Brittany wrote that she thought my story would be perfect for Women’s Health, asked if I was still interested (ummmm ya think?), and if so, to submit more recent photos (i.e checking if I had gained the weight back…NEVER). So I responded, did a happy dance and that was that…… 6 months later……She emails me once again asking if I was still interested & that she would be submitting my story to the editors that week. Say What?! 3 months later…….Jill Waldbieser emails me saying I was chosen for the You Lose, You Win piece in the April 2013 issue. No freaking way!

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I had to send even more photos, sign a photo release and she let me know that a writer would be in touch with me for an interview…..it was unreal. The beginning of October I had a phone interview, and then on Tuesday the photo director emailed me asking for a good date to do a photo shoot within the next 10 days. Disappointed smile I gave them 3 dates, one being today, not really thinking it was enough time to set up a photographer but wouldn’t cha know….He was available TODAY! So I just went with it. Kenny Braun got in touch with me and we set up a time and a place to meet. We met at Cameron Park in Waco. Since he is based out of Austin, this was a halfway point for both of us. He is such a nice guy. He made me feel so relaxed and gave great direction. I loved watching him scope out the views, he was in a zone.

Last night I kept dreaming that my alarm didn’t go off and I woke up at 8:40. We had to leave by 7:30. I also dreamt that Jeremy got called into work and couldn’t come with me. I woke up every hour. My alarm was set to go off at 4am so needless to say I didn’t get any sleep. My adrenaline and nerves masked any sleep deprivation. I got myself psyched up by listening to Pandora’s 80’s rock station, the same one I usually listen to on my runs, did a lot of positive affirmations, and tried to just plain not think about it. “IT” being the fact that this was a photo shoot for a national magazine. That just made me want to vomit. I couldn’t eat breakfast but managed to eat half a banana and drink some Vitamin Water Zero during the shoot.

The actual shoot was such a blast! It was so fun. I tried to just be in the moment, be myself and stay relaxed. Kenny was so great, such a calm spirit and I think that really helped.

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I trotted down and back, down and back about 20 times.

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Climbed “Jacob’s Ladder” and hopped down the steps all while looking at the camera or off into the distance about 20 times. I finally got the hang of it by the last few shots. Don’t think I didn’t almost bust my tail a few times.

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I skipped on rocks….while looking off into the distance….no easy task. I was pleased with my coordination and not breaking an ankle.

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I jumped of boulders and landed hard on the ground….he decided that was a bit ambitious and didn’t make me do it anymore.

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………and I posed and posed and posed and posed and posed and posed and posed x 50.

After about 3 hours we wrapped and headed over to my fave…..Chick-Fil-A and ordered my usual salad.

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That was the best salad I have ever had in my life!

Before we came home Jeremy stopped and picked up a Grande Non-Fat Misto for me from Starbucks. I was exhausted but didn’t want to fall into a coma when I got home. So I took a long hot shower, drank my Misto, sat down in bed to write this post and I don’t plan on moving the rest of the night! Best day ever.

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Women’s Health <——- the best magazine in the history of the world!

Random ramblings…

It’s a gorgeous day here in the Dallas area! I love this time of year, cold but not too cold which is why

I Red heart Texas!

After my ONE….yes just one cup…..of coffee, I made some breakfast.

Steel-Cut Oats

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1/4 cup steel-cut oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp. Jif Natural Peanut Butter

1 tsp. ground flax seed

1 tsp. honey

When I first made steel-cut oats I didn’t know that they don’t cook like regular oats.  I am telling you that if it weren’t for Google, we would be eating out of boxes forever.  I tried to make them like my regular oats.  Oh no, not the same…..

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Fun With Cats…..

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Isn’t this just ridiculous?  I took Trixie in for grooming yesterday and they brought her out with this thing around her neck.  I ended up putting it around her belly like a skirt because it was huge around her tiny little neck.  So this morning I thought it would be fun to put it on Rya.  The funny thing is that she just walked around like no biggie.  I am more than sure she is thinking “I hate you so much right now.”  I love you too huss.

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I have a lot of people ask me what I feed my kids, how do I feed them, how do I get them to eat healthy food, etc..  The answer is simple.  I provide healthy food for them.  If they don’t want it, I don’t make them eat it. But the only other option is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I used to send them to bed hungry but I never could get right about it.  Then one morning Aidan woke up not feeling well and as he went to sit at the kitchen table for breakfast his hands and legs were shaking.  After he ate breakfast he was fine.  From that point on I decided to never let them go to bed hungry, but if they don’t eat what I make, all they get is a sandwich, nothing else.  Whereas if they ate my dinner they’d get a bedtime snack of a piece of fruit or a granola bar, bowl of cereal….

So what do I pack them for lunch? Some combination of the following:

  • Sandwich on whole wheat bread – turkey and cheese, natural peanut butter and all natural jelly or honey.
  • all natural yogurt such as Simply Go-Gurt or Trix.  Believe it or not they are making an all natural one. The kids love it.
  • pretzels
  • baby carrots
  • string cheese
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • fruit
  • goldfish
  • water (for Luke)
  • 100% apple juice for Aidan
  • Sometimes a Quaker granola bar if we are short on options

That’s pretty much it.  I am not one of these mom’s who packs spaghetti or quesadillas or hummus wraps.  They wouldn’t eat that anyway.

So this was Aidan’s lunch today.

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Orowheat sandwich thin with Jif Natural Peanut Butter and Welches all natural strawberry jelly, unsweetened applesauce, Trix yogurt, pretzels and apple juice.

And this was Luke’s

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Same sandwich as A, string cheese, an orange, pretzels and a full bottle of water.

Then I pack an ice block to keep it cold.

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Easy peasy!

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Today I needed to go shopping for a new workout top to wear on Friday for my super exciting thing that’s happening.  I can’t wait to share the news.

Outfit

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Top: Ross

Jeans: American Eagle

Boots: Payless

I was trying to show the side of my boot but it didn’t turn out so well…..Thumbs down

I was able to find two awesome shirts on sale at Marshalls and Target today! I will be outside and you never can trust the weather report in Texas to be accurate.  To be safe I bought a thick one and a light one. I love the lighter blue one because it has has thumb holes and a light fleece lining.  The darker one has a super cute ruching on the neck and cuffs as well as a hood.

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SCORE!

After Marshalls and Target we headed to Chick-Fil-A for one of my favorite lunches.

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Side salad, sunflower seeds, berry balsamic vinaigrette, and a small fruit cup dumped on top.  Delish!

After lunch I had a cup of Celestial Seasonings Gingerbread Spice tea with a tsp. of honey.

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Since the cleanse I have stopped eating sweets after my meal, actually stopped eating sweets all together.  Even though the cleanse really helped with the cravings, the habit is still there.  How do you get rid of a bad habit?  Replace it with a good one!  So I have been making a cup of herbal tea before my meal.  While I am eating, it’s cooling and ready to drink when I am finished in place of dessert.  It’s warm and comforting.  It signals my brain that the meal is over.  It also fills me up if I am not quite feeling full yet.

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So I have this crazy thing about weird and fantastical chotchkies.  I wish I could have a little closet full of them.  I love them.  The best place to find them are TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Ross.  Lucky me, I frequent those places often!

I found this little gem today!  I couldn’t stop staring at it.  I am so fascinated by this one’s moobs.  The nipples were sharp!!!!!

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I found this one last week at TJ Maxx.  I SOOOOO wanted to buy it!!!

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Since I know better than to spend money on stuff like this (lest I be thought of as strange)……I have to settle for a photo album of pictures.

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Please click below to meet your cuteness quota for the day!!!

Cute Babies!

Interesting times

The last two weeks have been very interesting to say the least.  Last week my unexpected pre-cancerous mole and the removal of….also my life changing conversation with Jeremy.

**Side note: Friday’s “exciting news” meeting went better than we expected.  We have another one this Friday, hopefully making things official.  I don’t want to say anything out loud just yet because I don’t want to jinx a thing.  With the way the devil has been working on stealing my joy this week, I think it best to keep a lid on it until all is said and done!**

The weirdness this week began on Sunday morning.  Trying to get two boys who love/hate each other ready for church is nearly impossible.  Add to that trying to do it with 9 stiches on your hip…yes I said 9.  We thought it was 7, but upon further inspection (i.e. changing bandages) we saw there were 6 not 4 on top.  She put 3 inside and originally was going to put 4 on top.  I remember her saying to her assistant that she was going to do “a couple more”.  So 9, yes 9 stitches.  Sunscreen my friends…..SUNSCREEN!  Anyway….it was pouring down rain as we were trying desperately to get ourselves out the door.  It wasn’t supposed to be raining by the way…..Don’t get me wrong I was THANKFUL for it but it does tend to make it exponentially slightly more challenging getting out of the car and into the church.  Thank you God for giving me boys who don’t mind getting wet and are sweet enough to make sure Momma is covered by the umbrella.  Good news though, we made it!  In time for donuts and coffee before the service too!  I am so glad I didn’t throw in the towel trying to get there because it was one of those services that makes a girl cry!

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I currently have two boxes of these in my house.

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Thank you Elementary School for choosing my drug of choice for a fundraiser!

Just what I need during a stressful week! YAY!

I made Skinny Pizza Rolls from Dashing Dish

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They were super SUPER yummy!

A few words of advice from my experience:

1.  The recipe didn’t make 24 rolls

2.  Go easy on the Italian seasoning and Garlic Powder.

3. Check them at 8 minutes.  I baked these for 10 and look what happened!

It was a good thing Aidan wasn’t interested in these either because there wouldn’t have been enough for everyone!

Speaking of Aidan….weird event #2

Luke had a dentist appointment on Monday afternoon at 3 so I picked both boys up from school early.  As you may know, or not know, I feed them dinner right after school because they make a bee line for the kitchen when they get home.  By the time we got out of the dentist office it was way past meal time for them and I thought they were going to start chewing their arms off if I didn’t get them something ASAP.  I decided to take them to Chick-Fil-A and sit outside since it was absolutely lovely out.  Aidan got bitten twice by a mosquito or something but we didn’t pay any attention to it.

Yesterday around 1:30 I got a call from the school nurse saying Aidan had some bug bites that were pretty bad and asked if I was aware of them.  I said “Oh yeah, he tends to swell up quite a bit.”  She proceeded to say that she didn’t think this was normal and I could tell from the sound of her voice I needed to get there quickly.  When I got there she was right!  My little punkin was swollen up like a muscle man!

These were taken a few hours after I had given him some Benadryl.  The outlines are where the swelling and redness were when I picked him up.

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He looked like he had a baseball under there when I picked him up.

The one on his wrist was so swollen there was no curve from his forearm to his hand.

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I didn’t have any Benadryl but I was on my way to Wal-Mart (sometimes there is no other choice) for a few things before the nurse called. So after I picked him up we went to Wal-Mart and had the weirdest experience ever.

I was in a hurry, obviously because hello, it’s Walmart and also I had to be back in time for when Luke got home from school.  First, I got stuck in the pharmacy area behind the slowest elderly man on the face of the planet….and then I got ran into by a mentally challenged obese woman with googly eyes on a scooter who was also knocking down boxes of Icy Hot with her basket!  After I picked up her helped her pick up her mess she began asking for advice on what pain medicine she should take.  All the while Aidan is mad at me because he thinks I got him the wrong humidifier last year and I really need to get him a new one.  “Mommy. Mommy. Mom. Mommy. You REALLY need to get me this humidifier, its way cooler….Mommy, mom, momma mom mom Amanda….MOM!  Look!”…..Meanwhile I am having to listen to Mentally Challenged Lady in the other ear “What kind of medicine do YOU take? Do you like the liquid gels?  What’s this Goody’s?  How do you take it?  I have an appointment with the pain management specialist tomorrow and I just need…….”  All this is being fed into my brain while I am looking at boxes of Benadryl trying to think….. “WHY would the nurse tell me to give my 5 yr. old Benadryl when the box clearly says Ages 6-11.  I really hate giving them stuff…..I only do it if it is absolutely necessary and clearly it is…I guess I’ll just call her when we get home. By the way Lord God, you are making it very difficult to be a sweet Christian woman right now.”  So I said to the lady “Well, I hope you choose the right medication for you! I personally like the Aleve Liquid Gels but everyone is different!  Good luck at your appointment tomorrow.”  “Ok!  thank you!”  I wish I could say that was that but lucky me ran into her again a few aisles down in baby care.  She told me she chose the Goody’s because……

I honestly don’t know what else she said but I said “Ok!  Sounds GREAT! Bye now!”

Lord help a sister out!

Finally we made it home.  I gave Aidan the Benadryl and the swelling went down.  However he started acting all sorts of loopy.  Slurring his words, blinking his eyes slowly, talking about random stuff.  It was funny and sad at the same time.  The exact reason I hate giving them anything.  I decided to give him half the dosage at bedtime.  This morning the bites were still pretty red but are getting better and I haven’t gotten a call from the sweet nurse so I am thinking all is well!

There have been many other odd events this week that I won’t divulge but trust me….they were anything short of what’s normal around here.  It’s been fun though, last night I just had to laugh.  When it rains it pours doesn’t it?

I am reminded of one of my FAVORITE scriptures.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

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So that’s how this week is going!  We are going to try to go to church tonight and I am so excited to see how the devil is going to try to keep that from happening!

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Master Commander

THIS made my cry I was laughing so hard!  If you are a little twisted like I am then you may like it too!

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!

7th Anniversary!

Yesterday was my 7th wedding anniversary with the most incredible man I have ever known.

Breakfast

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Nutrigrain Honey Oat Waffle, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, sprinkle of cinnamon, 1 orange

Workout

I was SO excited to go to the gym yesterday morning.  I made it to my first Spin Class!  I loved it.  I was very much out of my comfort zone.  I had no idea what to do with that bike.  It was unlike any other bike I have ever been on.  The instructor was awesome; showing me how to use it but I still have some learning to do.  At first I had the gear too easy, then it was too hard.  I felt like I was going to pass out at one point!  But I got the hang of it by the end and I am looking forward to going back!

Snack/Lunch

When I got home I intended on having a snack, showering and then having a real lunch.

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Gala Apple & 14 alomonds

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2 pieces of Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread w/ 2 teaspoons peanut butter

I was so hungry I ended up eating all of the above and wasn’t hungry for lunch.

I spent the afternoon preparing a surprise for Jeremy.

With the boys sufficiently bribed with Chick-Fil-A and candy as well as threatened with no Pizza Friday or videos games if they interrupted us…..

We had our

7th Anniversary Dinner!

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Candles…check.  Wine…..check…..Jeremy’s favorite dinner…. check.

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One Prince Charming…..check!

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The ugliest cookie dough truffles you’ve ever seen…..CHECK!

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It was perfect.

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I was starving again this morning.  I had a huge breakfast which I guess was good because I didn’t have another opportunity to eat until almost 4pm.

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Orange, Dannon Key Lime Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup homemade granola, Nutrigrain Honey Oat Waffle with 1 tbsp. peanut butter & cinnamon.

Workout

Bob.

Dare I say it was much easier?  Getting better!

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Luke had his End of Year Awards today!  Proud of my baby!

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“Lunch”

I didn’t have time today to eat lunch, but honestly I wasn’t really all that hungry.  I did have a Spark & a granola bar before we left for the awards.

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La Tortilla Factory Honey Oat Mini tortilla w/ turkey and reduced-fat Colby jack cheese.

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an Apple, and 2 Cookie Dough Truffles.

I am incredibly exhausted just sitting here.  Jeremy had to go to a meeting at work this afternoon so when he gets home, I am hoping I can go to bed super early tonight.  Like 7 pm early!  9-10 hours of sleep sounds gloriously divine!

Last Date Day

Aidan’s last day of school was yesterday and it was our last “Date Day”.  The boys will be going to spend a week with Mimi and Papa over the summer so we WILL get to have another date or two over the summer, but besides that…this was it until Aidan starts K in the fall.  Then we will have tons of them!  It’s so crazy to me that we are finally moving into the next phase of our lives.  I was changing out some of the pictures in our frames last night and found one of Luke at age 5.  Then I put Aidan’s 5 year picture next to it and thought….Wow, where has the time gone?  Cliché, I know, but it’s the truth.  Seems like yesterday……It’s so bitter sweet.  I am happy, relieved, hopeful, excited about the future.  Being able to finally do some of the things I have only dreamt about being able to do over the past 10 years, having sense of freedom.  But at the same time, I am sad that my baby boys are growing up so fast.  It makes me want to savor every moment and sad that life is so busy and hectic that I can’t.  I just pray I am not missing valuable opportunities to teach them, love them and nurture them.  I pray that I am not making mistakes I will regret later.  I pray that they will grow up knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that I love them more than anything and that our house and our family is their sanctuary in this messed up world.

Ready for our date!

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Breakfast

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Orange and not pictured, a bowl of oatmeal.

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. Ideal Brown Sugar Blend

Outfit

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I tried on about 27 things before settling on this….I don’t know why I even bother with more than a t-shirt and jeans….it’s what I always end up wearing anyway.

  • Shirt: American Eagle
  • Jeans: New York & Company
  • Sandals: Target
  • Watch: Fossil
  • Bracelets: Charming Charlie

Our first stop was to Sephora.  I finally picked a new fragrance after trying the ones in the Sephora Fragrance Sampler that Jeremy got for me a few weeks ago.

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 Michael Kors Gold

“This fragrance brings together iconic yet complementary scents to create the perfect accessory. Exquisitely alluring notes of magnolia and freesia blend with delicate violet flowers to cast a brilliant sparkle that commands attention. The headiness of tuberose and the peppery hint within peony meld together for a sensational presence at the fragrance’s heart. The finishing glow of ambergris drapes you in a sexy aura of gorgeous, glimmering gold.” – description of the scent on Sephora.

Who writes these?  I love it!

Then it was time for our movie.

The Avengers

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I wish I was like everyone else and could say this movie was the best movie ever made, but for me it was not.  Let me just say first that I really like super hero movies.  I love the witty humor. I love the heroism. And of course there is usually a love story.  My favorite super hero is Iron Man.  Robert Downy Jr. is just adorable.  I loved the first part of this movie, but by hour 2, I was bored.  All I could think about was how much longer would this be going on and what I wanted to eat for lunch.  It was so freaking loud and the violence was just way over the top for me.  I was getting a headache.  I know….what did I expect?  I just have a short attention span and anything longer than two hours is just too much.  Over all it was a good movie, just (IMO) did not live up to the hype.  Definitely a guy movie.  My favorite part was when Hulk smashed Loki like a rag doll.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  There have been a few people I wish I could have done that to.  Smile  KIDDING!!! not really.

So all I could think about during the last part of the movie was this salad. Actually, not this salad but THIS salad.  The Chick-Fil-A in our mall didn’t have it so I settled on the regular one.  I should have ordered a fruit cup and put it on top.  Definitely next time!

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Chick Fil A Chargrilled Chicken Salad

I added the sunflower seed and crouton packets and used fat-free honey mustard.

and then this happened…..

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Small Snickers Blast from Sonic

I am not sure what got into me.  I don’t think I have had something like this in….well, ever.  I think I was wanting a Blizzard from Dairy Queen but we don’t have one around here.  I had been craving one since Sunday and suggested….(during the movie) we take Aidan to get a milkshake to celebrate his last day of school.  What was up with that too?  I never “celebrate” with food.  At least I try not to SAY we are, even if we are.  Sadly, this wasn’t even that great, but you better believe I ate all of it and had a stomachache afterwards.  At least I got THAT out of my system!

I spent the remainder of the day chillin out on the couch or just putzin around the house.  Jeremy and I stayed up too late and since I was still full (and nauseous) from the Sonic treat, I had skipped dinner.  Of course by 10pm I was starving.  First I had an apple.  That just made me hungrier.  Then I had an Annie’s PB&J granola bar & finally had a bowl of cereal.  Not exactly the best things to be eating right before bed but it’s whatever.

We don’t have any plans today besides going to the gym this morning.  I do need to catch up on some housework and about billion other things.  Hopefully I will be able to get all those things done for my sanity!

I stumbled upon this article yesterday while I was in my sugar coma on the couch from the Sonic Blast

Best Health and Fitness Apps – Greatist

I downloaded Stress Check, Epicurious, ShopWell and Fooducate.  Then I scanned almost all of my food items obsessively.  Thankfully they all came up with good scores!

I hope everyone has a BEAUTIFUL Friday!!!

A Day to Remember

April 18th 2012 will be a day my little family will always remember.  It was a glorious and beautiful Spring day.

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I got my 5 mile run in and stopped to smell the roses bluebonnets along the way.  Then I did the Tone it Up Girls Lean Arms Pyramid and a long stretching session.

Tone It Up

My breakfast, snack and lunch were the exact same as Tuesday.  I’ll spare the documentation….ya seen one bowl of oatmeal, apple, orange, protein bar, and smoothie, ya seen ‘em all!

I received two coupons for a free Zone Perfect Bar in the mail so I picked them up while grocery shopping yesterday.  My smoothie kept me satiated for quite a while but I was getting hungry again.   I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat dinner until well after 7:30 maybe even 8pm.  This little bar was perfect.  I ate it on the way home from the store, around 4:45, and I was surprised that it held me over all the way until I was able to eat dinner.  It was really tasty.  It really tasted like a candy bar to me, except not addictively sweet and hyper-palatable.  The Zone Diet works by having you eat a balance of carbs-fat-protein so that you decrease cellular inflammation, which it says is why we are fat.  It claims that by eating this “perfect” equation you will not get hungry for hours.   While I don’t endorse the diet by any means, I do endorse these little bars!  Yummmmm.  The bars claim to have the perfect carbs-fat-protein ratio making it the perfect “Zone” mini-meal.   It WAS the perfect mini-meal!    It kept my hunger at bay for several hours.  This would not be the case if I had chosen a Larabar or a Luna Bar.  I would have been ravenous within two hours.  photo 1 (3)

Zone Perfect Chocolate Caramel Cluster

We were off to church pretty much as soon as I got home and got the groceries put away.  It was a big night.

There are moments in my life that I will remember forever. I will always have a vivid image of those moments. The moment I felt the warmth of my first son born after he was delivered.  The first moment I laid eyes on the 19 year old kid I’d spend the rest of my life with, hanging up cell phone accessories in Circuit City.  The moment in the Bellagio Chapel when he promised me he would never leave me, for better or for worse. The hard moments. The moment Jeremy sat at the edge of our bed and told me his brother had been killed.  The moment I watched my 2 week old baby boy being wheeled through the double doors of the hospital for surgery.

And this moment

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On April 18th 2012 my son Luke accepted Jesus into his heart and was baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The story on how this came to be can only be described as a total God thing.  There are times in our lives when we just rely on pure faith that the Lord is working for our good.  You don’t always feel it, it’s not always tangible, it’s not always this ooey gooey feeling of peace and love and joy.  Most of the time it’s like “Um, hello???? God, are you even there?  Can’t you see I need a little help?”  But then…..there are moments when He reveals Himself in such a magnificent way, you can’t believe you ever doubted his presence.  Times when He works in your life specifically to strengthen your faith.

He knows my name

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Times you are reminded that He is sovereign.


We stopped by our favorite, Chick-Fil-A, for dinner and I got something I have never tried before.

The Chargrilled & Fruit Salad

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This was SO yummy!  I am pretty sure this will be my new usual.  I used the Berry Vinaigrette, and it was good, but next time I will get the fat free honey mustard I normally have.

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I ate all the yummy stuff off and left the nutritious stuff like a 5 yr. old. What? I was full!


Today is DATE DAY!   I We have a few things planned.  Starbucks. The Container Store, for those items I can’t stop thinking about.  Lifeway & B&N for a baptism gift for Luke.  Lunch, not sure where & of course, Pinkberry.  Maybe I will be able to dragggggggg Jeremy into Ulta for some Mother’s Day help and to pick up a free gift with the coupon they sent me because I spent too much money a certain dollar amount in there over the last few months.

“There is no such thing as natural beauty” – Truvy

Steel Magnolias

Betcha couldn’t have guessed this is my favorite movie of ALL TIME.  I have watched it hundreds if not thousands of times (<—— Blatant lie) and will never ever tire of it.  It’s the only movie I can quote word for word and also use the dialogue from pretty much daily……However, I either turn it off or fast forward right before Shelby collapses on the back porch.  I just can’t take it.  I will sob every.single.time.

Questions of the day:

What moments (good or bad) are ingrained in your life?

What movie can you quote line for line?

Easter Fun

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope ya’ll had a great weekend.  I know I did.  It was lovely,  perfect, full of family time and WAY too many sweets.  I tried to eat sensibly this weekend and started out well Saturday morning.  I ate well Saturday during the day, but because of my lack of planning, I found myself eating a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A on Saturday night.  It was my only option and I was super hungry.  My will-power and discipline were no match for Crack-Fil-A.  I only ate half of it, not because I was full, but because I was thinking my digestive system may not appreciate it too much.  It’s not accustomed to deep fried poultry!  *YIKES*  By Sunday night I found myself uncomfortably full.  Fortunately, I am able to start fresh today. The Easter Bunny did not fill Aidan’s basket with a ton of candy and the remaining scrumptious cupcakes I made are stored away in the freezer for next weekend’s visitors and also a rainy day. My sweets stockpile keeps getting more and more abundant!

Holidays are always so wonderful but I have to admit I do get a vague feeling of anxiety because of the bombardment of food.  My dog ate Aidan’s chocolate Easter bunny (more on that later) so Jeremy had to go try and find one on Saturday afternoon.  I wished him luck on the way out the door.  When he got back he said there was actually a lot left.  I mentioned how it would all be 75% off come Monday.  He *jokingly* said “Oh you’ll have to go stock up for me!”  I knew he was kidding, sort of, but out of my anxiety I said, “You know, that’s mean, if I were an alcoholic you wouldn’t send me to the liquor store for a buy one get one free sale.”  I could tell the poor thing was thinking “Oh man, that was the WRONG thing to say…..”  I really try not to let my own struggles affect them.  They aren’t the ones with the problem.  But sometimes it rears it’s ugly head.

Saturday

We had a soccer game.

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Aidan is the best goalie in the world!

Came home and found this:

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Let freak out commence.  She’s fine.  FYI…..if you didn’t already know, it takes 1 oz. of MILK chocolate per pound of dog to be poisonous.  This was a 2 oz. bunny & she weighs 8 lbs.  If it were baking chocolate or even semi-sweet, we would have spent Easter in the Pet E.R.  This bunny was in my closet in a bag, that was in a bag, tied up.  I couldn’t believe it.  Relentless BRAT.

There was a picnic at our church.

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With a HUGE Easter egg hunt.

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I told him, “You be aggressive, get out there and get as many eggs as you can, but be sweet about it!”

We ate chicken sandwiches,

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and enjoyed the perfect spring weather.

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We listened to an Easter message and enjoyed some music on the lawn.

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Then we went to a blasty blast of a birthday party for one of Aidan’s soccer friends.

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I need a bouncy house in my back yard.  He was worn out after all that and so was I!

Sunday

The Easter Bunny came to see a very special little boy.

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We went to Easter Service.

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I got to wear my new shoes!!!  Aidan doesn’t like wearing shoes.

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My loves

When we got home Aidan and I made these.

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Resurrection Rolls

Easter Dinner

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Ham, roasted sweet potatoes, deviled eggs and a strawberry & greens salad. We have a lot of leftovers so those will be on repeat for a few days.  I also roasted green beans and asparagus.  I did it with out a recipe, out of my own confidence thinking you can’t mess up roasting veggies. Well, they weren’t very good.  Edible, but….yeah…they are in the fridge but will most likely get trashed today!

And finally, the best of the Easter Eats.

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Gina’s Skinnytaste Coconut Cupcakes

I used jelly beans for topping because the mini eggs kept rolling off.


I apologize for my lack of food documentation over the weekend. Like I said, my eating was sporadic and frequent.

I am going to play catch up today & possibly make it to the gym.  If not I’ll do a workout at home.  I plan on drinking about 150 oz. of water (kidding, but seriously) and my main goal for the week is SUGAR DETOX!  I anticipate my cravings to be out of control but thankfully I know what it takes for me to get them under control again.  I am definitely feeling the physical effects of too much sugar and unbalance eating from the weekend so I don’t think it will be too hard to stay away from them.  Can you say Sugar Hangover?

don't give up

Did you eat too much this weekend?

What are your goals to help get yourself back on track?

I LOVED this article, and you might too! – Beat Sugar Addiction from Dr. Oz