Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Day In MY Life

I have not been a very good blogger lately. I think I just have a lot on my plate and I have just been doing it. I also feel that I am in a creative slump.

I am trying to kick start my motivation.My BFF, Meeghan, has asked me to do a day in my life post for a super long time. Now is about as good as time as every. Please allow me to walk you through my day.

6:15 a.m. I wake up a full fifteen minutes before my alarm goes off.

6:15 to 6:40 am I hang out with The Boy before he leaves for school. I take advantage of the time to do some craft projects that I am making for my class reunion this weekend.

6:40 am Computer time! I check my email, Instagram, and Facebook.

7:00-7:30 am Time to get ready for work. Intermittently, I am playing with The Short Chic. She has decided I am her best friend. She let's me brush her hair. And wouldn't you know it, The dog wouldn't go outside while I was downstairs but now she wants to go. Ggggrrr!

7:30-7:45 am On this Thursday, after two weeks off the weight loss wagon, and with 15 minutes till I need to leave for school, I decide to track my points and fix a healthy lunch. {what is lunch? Tuna fish with crackers and carrots.} I brew coffee while making lunch. I clean the kitchen while making oatmeal. I even organize my craft table {aka the dinning room table} while I eat oatmeal.

7:45 am Dishes are rinsed. Food put away. I grab coffee, lunch bag, and my purse and head to work.
{shout out to The Husband, he drove The Short Chic to her Nana's!}

8:00 am Arrive at work.  Set up. Work on a craft project while training room is empty.

9:00 am Training starts.

10:15 am Break time. I make my after work to-do list.
  1. Go to bank
   2. Buy tablecloths for class reunion
   3. Stop by store: need punch ingredients, need cupcake ingredients, need veggies
   4. Gather household items needed for class reunion.

12:00 pm Lunch. Eaten quickly in the training room with my co-trainer.

12:15 pm Errand shopping.  I got the tablecloths!

1:00 Back at work, training starts.

1:00 Brinks Security starts training at the same exact time as we do. They are much much louder than us. I can no longer hear myself talking because the Brinks Trainer is screaming fire, fire!

2:00 Seriously, The Brinks trainer is still at it.  We are on the verge of losing control over our own training class!

2:15 pm Just finished my first Diet Coke of the day. Yep! Now I can deal with The Brinks trainer!

4:15 pm Training has ended.

4:30 pm Pick The Short Chic up. She promptly falls asleep in the car. This is a good thing because we have a crazy night and a whinny, short-tempered preschooler will wreck me fast!

5:00 pm  I am at the Bank.

5:15 pm Stop by the store and picked up the items on my to-do list. The Boy had to sit in the car because The Short Chic is still asleep in the back seat.

5:30 p.m. Made it home.Immediately get the Short Chic ready for Gymnastics and she is back out the door.
{second shout out to The Husband. He is taking The Short Chic to gymnastics}

5:33 p.m. As soon as The Short Chic and The Husband are out the door, I start baking cupcakes for the Class Reunion this weekend. The Boy gets dinner. I get dinner. I bake, cool, and frost the cupcakes.

6:00 - 6:40 pm Got a good chat in with my girlfriend. {Thanks Shannon!}

6:40 p.m. Leave home for baseball game. The Boy drives me there. First time driving since he ran the red light. And we are on a highway!

7:00 pm Arrive at baseball field, one hour before game. I spend the hour getting my exercise by walking 2.5 miles on the walking trail at the park. Without my iPod. I let the batteries run down. {bummer!}

8:00 pm Game Time! It was a great night to be outside, the weather was perfect and the blue moon was beautiful. Our team won their game. Actually we mathematically eliminated them and we got to come home early. YEAH!

9:30 p.m. The Boy drives us home from the baseball game.

10:00 pm. I pack up for the Reunion. I do some last minute crafts for the reunion.
{Third shout out to The Husband today. He started the dishwasher!}

10:45 p.m. I sit down to Facebook. I am not sure why I did not think about creating an Event on Facebook for the class reunion prior to now. If I forgot anyone, please read this post before you get angry with me for forgetting you. It was done out of exhaustion and not spite.

11:10 p.m. I am trying very hard to get this post finished. Do you think I could be in bed before 11:30?  I still need to pack for the weekend. Otherwise, I actually accomplished my to-do list!

Can you see why I have not had any motivation to blog? I have been busy living my life. I promise to get it together and get back on track. I just need one more weekend!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Book Club Review: Night

                                              Mrs Readalots bloggy Bookclub

Today is book club day.  

I have found that I am a fast reader and reading too quickly for one book club. So, I have linked up to be a part of Mrs. Readalots Bloggy Book Club.

Mrs. Readalot's Bloggy Book Club is online. Different bloggers host book club each month. The host blogger makes a book selection and participants can read that selection or any other selection. Then bloggers link up their review of the books they read.

This month's bloggy book club is hosted by Dear Future Me. Her theme is books that inspire you to travel or preserve history, so her selection is Night by Elie Wiesel.

I just finished reading Night by Elie Wiesel.

I have read several books about the Holocaust. I have watched many movies about The Holocaust.  I have even been to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.  It does not get any easier.

Night is an autobiography. The story is the author's account of his time in concentrations camps. He entered with his entire family and by chance was the sole survivor. It is not a long book. But I understand it is part one of a trilogy. Wiesel was honest, painfully so. Yes, described his eviction from his home, riding the cattle trains to the camps, his first time in the camp, the hunger, the deprivation, the Selections, the showers, the furnaces  and the loss. But he was also honest about his loss of faith and for turning his back on God. He is honest about how callous he became to the death and dying around him. But he is also honest about the never ending guilt he has for letting his father die calling out to him and letting those calls go unanswered.

Wiesel was quoted as saying, "To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time." I shall never forget.  Thank you, Stacey for the selection.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

10 Lessons From A Birthday Cake

This is a tale of a birthday cake and the many lessons it taught. Ten lessons to be exact.  

Lesson One: Accidents Happen.

Lesson Two: If at first you don't succeed, you should try, try again!

 Lesson Three: Practice does make us better.

Lesson Four: You should always surround yourself with friends that make you feel like you can accomplish anything.

 Lesson Five: Collaboration is often just as rewarding as competition.

Lesson Six: Faith and Trust go a long way. But sometimes you do need pixie dust!

Lesson Seven: You should always believe in the power of magic.

 Lesson Eight: Keep your girlfriends close at all times.

Lesson Nine: Laughter is great medicine.

Lesson Ten: Never be afraid of your inner child. Giggle and dance away!

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ready, Set, Go! First Day of School

Not only did we help get him organized we also set down and made goals for this year.
Early morning breakfast.  I got up and made him Southwestern Hashbrowns. Throw in some Dark Chocolate Almond Milk. Can I tell you was still dark outside as I served him breakfast!

He is off. His first day as a Sophomore has started.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Day Before School Starts

It is the day before school  starts. Here are 20 things going on around our house:

1.) The Husband is at work.

2.) The Husband does not know that I did not go to work today.
3.) The Short Chic is having a play date.

4.) I got my car washed and detailed today. Finally, it is clean!
5.). The water to our neighborhood has been shut off while a leak has been repaired.
6.) My BodyMedia stopped working today. I have to send it in to get a new one.

7.)  While practicing driving today, The Boy ran a red light. Yes, with his mother in the car!

8.) I made it to the bank today.
9.) I got an oil change on my car.
10.)The Boy, his romantic interest and I went to Red Mango.

11.) The Boy and I have spent the day watching The Little League World Series.
12.) I made it to the Redbox to return movies.
13.) I took a nap in my rocking chair.
14.) The Boy took a nap as well.

15.) The Boy and I have gotten all his school supplies ready and packed away in a backpack.
16.)  I have a super cool boss that will allow me to stay home and spend this last day with The Boy before school starts!
17.) I actually like my hair today.

18.) I got to see a baseball mom. We stopped by her place of work. I miss baseball mom's after baseball season!
19.) Since I spent hours pre-cooking food on Friday, dinner is in the fridge and just needs to be heated!
20.) I can't believe summer vacation has come to an end and that tomorrow my little boy will be a sophomore!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

State Fair Time

We took a road trip yesterday. To visit our State Fair! Today is the last day of the Fair but you really could not tell that as busy and active as it all was.

In the first hour of arriving, The Boy consumed a corn dog, curly fries, and ice cream! We found a vendor that was selling Pineapple Whips, which I have been reading about. {I am looking forward to comparing the one from yesterday to the one's at Disney!}

I used The Midway as a reward for looking at all the other things. Given a choice, they would spend all day riding rides and never once look at another person's accomplishment. 

We saw all kinds of animals. We even fed some in a petting zoo. The Short Chic about jumped out of her skin when a Yak stuck his tongue out to eat up the food she offered. It all happened so fast I could not get a photo of it! She did not mind feeding the goats but she was not a fan of the exotic animals. 

 Here are the three of them! The Boy brought along his favorite girl. She is really a joy to spend time with! The big kids took turns taking The Short Chic on the rides until we were told they were not allowed to.

 We walked A LOT! My step counter at the end of the day said I made over 12,500 steps for the day!
The kids enjoyed picking out new campers. They keep migrating towards the 5th Wheels but I keep telling them we would need a new truck! Seeing the campers made me miss my little Twinkie. {More about that later!}

 The only disappointment we had, was not finding a statue made of butter. I am not sure if we overlooked it, or there just wasn't one this year.  One thing we did do this year that we have never done, was attend some of the showings.  I had no idea what the judges were looking for, but it was fun to randomly select an animal and root for them. (Sorry to any of the "experts" sitting around us! We probably annoyed you all!)

 As we were getting ready to leave, Miss Short Chic was nearly sleep walking by this time, we saw the daredevil show was in progress. So we stopped and checked it out. Motorcycles in a metal ball, a motorcycle  on a high wire, and of course two men doing a Double Space Wheel.  What a great big brother, he put his sister on his shoulders so she could get a better view!

It was an exciting way to end the day at the Fair. Of course, as we were walking out, The Boy spotted Deep Fried Oreo's! {He must be in the middle of a growing spurt. He ate his way through the Fair and still went home hungry!}

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Small Pleasure

Isn't it amazing how $20.00 worth of new makeup can make us girls feel so excited?!?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kindergarten Screenings?

We took The Short Chic in for her 4 year old check up.

She is nearly 4 1/2 years old! I am that Mom, who never gets the appointments scheduled in a timely manner.

She is in the 75th percentile for height. The 50th percentile for weight. If she would gain 5 more pounds we could graduate to a booster seat.

The crazy thing about the appointment is she is not eligible for her 5 year check up till August next year. After Kindergarten round up. So they did it today!


I was so unprepared. I need time to process these things.

 My baby in Kindergarten? In one year! Holy smokes!

Not having time to prepare worked for me today. We had to quickly get a hearing test (which she passed). A vision test. (This one seems a little concerning to me. She got the 20/20 letters but she did not do so hot on the use of one eye to get the smaller letters. She either had stage freight and forgot her letters or she really can't see them. Stay tuned. The nurse was so nice. She justified it by saying, "We never have 4 year olds take these test!")

We also had to get 3 shots immunizations. (That is code in the doctors office. The Doctor was so careful to say immunizations so The Short Chic would not freak out over the word shot! Then she left the room, her nurse walked right in and said, "So, you are getting 3 shots!) She was a little freaked but she did not cry a bit.

Her doctor's office gave her a tiara for being such a trooper! They also gave her 3 stickers, one for each poke. I think she might have liked the stickers more than the tiara! However, we still have the tiara and the stickers are long gone.

I have one year to enjoy my preschooler. I better make the best of it!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Feeding Butterflies

I would like to take you on a walk around our yard.

 Here are the pretty yellow Marigold's The Short Chic planted on my birthday.  All that is left are brown, dried up, dead stems.

 Oh Yes! And the pretty pinkish/purple flowers that The Husband gave me for my birthday. We planted them on Easter in my new topsy turvey planter that he made for me.  It looks the same. Brown. Dead.

Here are a little bit of green. Fighting to hang on. I am not even sure what this plant is. It is 80% gone. This is the worst my flower garden has looked in years. It is bone dry. Even The Husbands prized yard looks brown. 

Not even The Short Chic can make the yard look good. This brown oasis is suppose to be a habitat for living things. We love to go outside and explore. We love seeing hummingbirds flutter around. Chase a butterfly around. Find a caterpillar and rub our fingers up and down its furry body. Try and catch a lightening bug as it flies around the yard. But not this year. 

Last night on the evening news they reported that our drought has been over 80 days in length.  I honestly have no idea how long it has been. I just know that everything here is brown and drying up due to lack of rain. 

This photo were taken last summer at my BFF's home.
The flowers and grass are not the only thing suffering. The critters that rely on them are suffering as well.  If I understand this correctly, the butterfly population is already down. This drought is now threatening their life source. Butterflies need flowering plants. Flowing plants need butterflies. Butterflies make me happy. Flowering plants make me happy. They remind me of my Grandma. Both of my Grandma's. Who does not like butterflies?

Yesterday, The Short Chic pointed out to me that we had "yucky" black banana's in our fruit bowl. She told me, "We do not eat them when they are like this!" I knew those bananas where there, I was just waiting until it was time  to put them on a plate and set up a butterfly feeding station.  I guess it was time.

We got a plate. Took a fork and really mashed up the banana. Added some water and made it soupy. Then we took a peach we also had too long (it was starting to mold). We cut it in half and mashed it up. I added some berries. I even tried adding an apple. 

We took the plate outside where we thought butterflies might find it. {the real criteria was that we could see the plate from our back sliding glass door!}

This photo was take last year at my BFF's home. 

I am not sure if we ever had any butterflies but we did have lots of bees. {Bees also drink nectar from flowers and pollinate the flowers in return.}


We have since made two plates. One for the back yard and one for the front. I did some research. Apples are not high in nectar, so I am no longer using them. Fruit that is good to leave out: peaches, grapes, mango's, pineapple. The juicer the better.

Of course, I should warn you, the squirrels are also forging. They stole my morning plate of food. I am still waiting to catch a butterfly eating.  So, hey, will you give it a try? Put a plate of fruit outside for the butterflies. Or the bees.

This photo was taken last summer at my BFF's home. 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Playing Catch Up!

I have kinda been missing for the past week. I am not sure why?

Maybe it is because I have been feeling a little under the weather, I hate it when my sinus act up. 
Maybe it is because I am tired. (too many sinus medications makes one sleepy!)
Maybe it is because The Boy is gone.
Or maybe ... just maybe...I needed a social media break.

In reality, it is probably a combination of all these things. 

Either way, I am still here. 

It has been a slow week or so. Even my photo taking on Instagram slowed way down. I had to remind myself to take photos!

1. It is now two Friday's ago, The Boy's baseball team finished out our baseball season in second place. Interesting note: We had zero rain-outs this year. That has never happened to us before.
2. Missouri had it's sales tax free weekend to help us parents out with back-to-school shopping. The Boy and I hit up the sale.
3. The Short Chic was a birthday party girl last weekend. She had a party on Saturday and Sunday! Here is her outfit for the first party. With her super fancy hair.
4. And her outfit for Sunday's party. We had a great time celebrating both of her friends' birthdays.

5. This weekend we were productive. We took a family bike ride. The Boy came with us for the first time. He pretty much blew us old people away.
6. This weekend several area grocery stores had meat sales. We purchased nearly 80 pounds of meat in bulk and repackaged it for use. I should not say "we". I should say The Husband. We have a full freezer now.
7. The Short Chic got some new nails. She is super excited to try them out.
8. Mid-week is when my energy crashed and I started sleeping. It is nice to have a sleeping partner!

9. We finally got some rain. Or at least from the clouds it looked like we were going to get rain. The wind blew. The trees whipped around. All in all, we got very little rain. I guess it was enough to drop the temperature.

I did great exercising this week; or I did until Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursday were tough days to get through. I am pretty sure I was craving buttercream frosting. But instead of just eating a cupcake I found other things to eat. UGH! I think in the long run, I should have just had a cupcake. My bad behavior resulted in a .6 of a pound gain at Weight Watchers this week.

The Boy comes home tomorrow. I hope his return brings back my mommy mojo.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Week 10 Weight Watchers Update

It has been a few weeks since I updated you all on my Weight Watcher's progress. I am still weighing in, please do not think I have given up or stopped. I just could not get it posted last week because we were in Denver, without internet service.

I weighed-in today. I lost another 2.2 pounds. This brings my total weight loss to 13 pounds in 10 weeks.

The super great news: I was on vacation for four of the seven days! I told the ladies at Weight Watchers that I seem to lose more weight when I am on vacation than during my "real" life, so I was just going to stay on vacation!

I bought a new gadget. You will probably see me wearing it. I purchased a BodyMedia monitor. If you watch The Biggest Loser, you might have noticed BodyMedia's competitor being worn on the contestants.   My new gadget is a small monitoring devise that is worn on the upper arm. It records the amount of calories burned each day, the amount of calories consumed, the difference between the two, the number of steps I take each day, my physical activity level, and my sleep duration.

I am so excited to begin using it! Unfortunately, it is charging right now. I will start tomorrow. Tracking in a new way.

Fancy tools get me all excited. I am not going to lie. I like gadgets.  Ironically, that was the topic at today's meeting. Gadgets do not guarantee success. (Although BodyMedia claims that people who use it are three times more successful.) Success has to come from within. I have to want this to happen. I have to make this happen. I have to stay committed to this happening.

I am ten weeks in. I am ten weeks strong. And I am 13 pounds less than I was before!

Countdown to Disney

We are 31 weeks away from our big trip to Disney.

I have seen so many cute countdown ideas on Pinterest but I can't use any of them. We are keeping this a secret from The Short Chic!

What I want to do before we leave is have her prepared for Disney. I would like her to know the characters.  You know, the other ones. The ones who are not Princesses. Dumbo, Nemo, The Mad Hadder,

I have devised a 31 week countdown. Each week we will feature a new movie. I will plan a meal around the movie, have a family dinner, and then watch the movie together. This way, The Boy gets a refresher course, The Husband and The Short Chic learn the characters. And me? I get some family time that does not involve a baseball field or a dance studio.

This week, we are watching Dumbo.  The menu for our dinner centers around circus food.

Homemade Corn Dogs
Elephant Ears
Caramel Apple Nacho's
Circus Peanuts
Cotton Candy

Rememer, it is the small moments in life that make up our lives!

Here are some photos of our Dumbo night.

From Pinterest:
Carmel Apple Nacho's
I thought they would have less
calories than carmeled apples.

Elephant Ears. There are so many variations available on the web. I made the easiest version I could find.


Homemade Turkey Corn Dogs.

She loved her corn dog! Until she ate a bit of her Elephant Ear.

Every Circus Ringleader has a mustache. So we got them too! You can't really see The Short Chic's
because it is pink. We also adopted funny voices. If you see the kids ask them about their "Mustache Voice!"

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Our Week in Instagram!

If there was a theme for this week, I think it might be "extremes". We went from 107 degree tempatures to 46 degrees. We went from kids and kid activities to adult time. We went from 1,000 feet altitude to nearly 11,000 feet! What a week this has been!

1. The temperature literally was 107 degrees on Thursday July 25.
2. That night it rained and it cooled it to 75 degrees. Unfortunately the rain brought the humidity. Welcome to summer in the Midwest.
3. We took a nice drive to my hometown on Thursday. We delivered my mom (she got her car back following body damage from hitting a deer). We also delivered The Short Chic who is spending four days with her Grandma. This photo is on the flat stretch just outside my hometown.
4. The Boy drove me 2/3 of the way home from my mom's. He got to practice using cruise control.

 5. Friday, The Husband and I woke up early. Like 4:00 a.m. early!
6. We took a plane to Denver Colorado!
7. Had breakfast with four super cool people at The Original Pancake House. I had a Dutch Baby pancake/souffle. It was so yummy!
8. We stopped by a trout store and bought fishing licenses and flies.

9. My morning walk on Saturday. Around 11,000 feet. 4 dogs. Beautiful view of Mount Massive. And a dear friend! Perfection!
10. Saturday evening, in the drizzle, we take a hike on the Colorado Trail near Twin Lakes, Colorado.
11. Sunday, on the way back to Denver, we experience hail.
12. And the temperature drops to 46 degrees!

13. The Boy's half birthday was this week. This photo is a little out of order. It was on Thursday. Do you celebrate 1/2 birthday's? We measure our kids on their birthday's and their half birthday's. We measure them on our door frame.
14. Sunday, back in order, a Margarita. More specifically, a $5.00 Margarita from Table Rock Inn in Golden Colorado!
15. Wednesday,  watch week at dance. It is the end of the summer session. The Short Chic and one of her dear friends.

Thanks for reviewing our week! What did you do this week?