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!

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Mother’s Day Make-up

So I pretty much have been feeling like death since yesterday afternoon.  I am sort of feeling better now after a 2 hour coma nap but I am still absolutely useless.

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I was feeling a little off yesterday morning and slept in until 6:30.  We were late getting to the gym so I had time for just a light breakfast

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Orange and Banana

Workout

I had an excellent workout.  I am completely convinced that the L-Carnitine is to be thanked for that.  I ran my little tushy off on the treadmill for 30 min. straight and then did a version of my At Home Upper Body Workout at the gym.  I did a set of the shoulder part with 8 lb. hand weights instead of 5lbs.  Then a set of 15 bicep curls with 8lbs.  I repeated that 3 times. Then I did 3 sets of 25 bench dips. In the past I have only been able to complete 2 sets.  I did one set of 10 full push-ups and then 2 sets of 10 on my knees.  I did my ab challenge and a long stretch out.  I felt so good!

I have been taking the Raspberry Ketones/L-Carnitine for almost 2 weeks and the White Kidney Bean for about 1 week.  I am really liking the ketones, I feel they are working.  The Kidney Bean is hard for me to remember to take.  You are supposed to take it immediately before your two largest meals of the day.  The only thing I am thinking about immediately before a meal is my meal! Winking smile So I haven’t been consistent.  I can remember them in the morning before breakfast, but after that…its been very random.  I am going to stop taking them until I am finished with the ketones.  I already take several supplements and adding two more is almost too much.

Lunch

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Mixed greens with 1 cup fresh strawberries, 14 almonds, 2 tbsp. peanuts, 7 carrots, 2 tbsp. reduced fat feta cheese, 1 tbsp. fat free balsamic vinaigrette.

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Clif Kid Z Bar in Honey Graham

After lunch I planned on cleaning my house and doing a bunch of food prep.  Then I felt like I had hit a brick wall.  I took a nap for a bout an hour and felt a little better when I woke up but still pretty crummy.

I drank my ever trusty Spark and began to feel better.

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I got both bathrooms cleaned, washed and cut up all of our fruit, then I got dinner ready.

White Chicken Chili

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from Holly Furtick.

This was really good but my appetite wasn’t at it’s peak so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I think I normally would.  The boys loved it!  It was super easy and quick to make.  I think I will add more seasoning and try it in the crock pot next time.

After dinner I showered and got in bed a.s.a.p. Sad smile

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Today was my Mother’s Day make-up day.  Since Jeremy had to work last weekend, he planned to make it up to me today.  We planned to go to brunch and then go do a little shopping.

“Mother’s Day” brunch outfit

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  • Dress: Old Navy
  • Shoes: Target
  • Watch: Fossil
  • Bracelets: Coach and a gift.
  • Necklace: The first birthday present Jeremy gave me over 8 years ago! It’s STILL my favorite necklace.
  • Earrings: Silver Hoops (another gift from J)

We went to La Madeleine.  I love this restaurant and haven’t been in forever.  After this morning we decided this is our new place.  I bet you didn’t know Jeremy proposed to me here!Red heart  I was so happy that the weather was lovely this morning and we were able to sit outside.  I love to eat outside but in Texas it’s usually either raining, too windy, too cold, too hot or so humid you can barely breathe.

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Not feeling the best but ready to tackle that huge croissant!

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I got the Country French Breakfast.  The Potato Galette was amazing!  The entire meal was absolutely magnificent but upon researching the nutritional information, definitely a special occasion treat.  Glad I decided to look that up AFTERWARDS!

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Jeremy got the American Breakfast which was basically what I got minus the Galette.  He was bummed he didn’t get one!

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What we ordered for Aidan topped both of ours.  The Cinnamon French Toast.  OH MY WORD!  TO DIE!  Jeremy and I kept stealing bites.  Glad I didn’t look up the nutritional info for that until afterwards either.  Outrageous, but oh so delicious!

Aidan was in a terrible mood and I was feeling super crummy so we decided to just forget trying to go shopping and came home.  Then I crashed in my bed for two hours.  I woke up feeling a lot better but am still feeling super run down and headachy.  Why am I feeling bad you may wonder?  My BFF Mrs. Murphy of course!  Don’t we ladies just LOVE her and her ability to ruin our lives for 3-4 days?  Hopefully the worst is over and I will be feeling like my usual perky self tomorrow.  I have a long morning at church and hopefully Aidan and I can have a better day tomorrow!

PMS

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I foresee Jeremy bringing me a gallon of milk now instead of chocolate and flowers! God bless that man for putting up with me.

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