Friday, August 31, 2012

Behavioral Issues

Hendrix.  My goose.  (I have lots of nick names for my boys!) I love that kid.  I love him more than words can express, every second of his life.  But I'm not going to lie.  I haven't liked him that much lately.

His behavior, for the last couple months, has been deplorable.  He is defiant, he talks and yells back at Matt and I when we try to talk to him about why certain behaviors are unnacceptable.  He deliberately does what he knows he isn't supposed to do, looking at us out of the corner of his eye, and with a grin on his face.  He knows exactly what our buttons are, and he pushes them repeatedly.  He has been very aggressive with Jameson (pushing him over, punching him, pinching him, etc). He has been using "bad" words (butt, poop, etc).  He won't stay in bed at bedtime. He whines if things don't go his way.  He melts down and spends up to several hours a week in full-fledged tantrums.  It's horrible.

I know the response I'm going to get to this:  He's 2 and 1/2.  He's just being a toddler.

Thanks, but I really don't want to hear that right now. I've tried convincing myself of that several times already.  I see other kids - even the ones who act out.  It's still nothing compared to what Hendrix has been doing lately.  I realize kids are often the worst for their own parents, but I feel like I'm about at a breaking point with him.

I also feel like these behavior problems are making me look like a pathetic excuse for a parent.  Believe me, friends, we have exhausted our disciplinary options.  We use time-out.  We have spanked (though I'm not spanking's biggest fan).  We have told him that if he is going to cry or misbehave, that he needs to go up in his room and do it by himself.  We've tried being emotionless robots.  We've tried firmly talking to him.  We've tried gently talking to him.  We've tried ignoring him. We've tried excessively rewarding good behavior.  We've stopped letting him watch Spiderman, IronMan, Hulk, etc. Things aren't changing.

A friend of mine, and Hendrix's babysitter when he isn't at "school" read an article that red food dye can cause behavioral issues.  I looked into this a bit this morning, and I found sources here and here that support this claim.  Now, I know that these articles are designed to scare you.  I'm not sitting here saying I want to remove every dye and artificial food component from our diet, but cutting back on artificial components is something to consider, at least as a start.

I don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try.  I love my son, and there are days where he is an angel. I know he's capable of being a civilized human being, and if I can help him achieve more of the good days, then I absolutely want to do that.

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on what I've written today?

Any advise or suggestions at disciplining behavior?

Any encouragement that might dissuade me from "accidentally" leaving him at WalMart?  (Relax, I kid.)

I hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend.  Thanks, everyone!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rants and Ramblings

My random and unrelated thoughts for today.  You're welcome!

1)  This is my 301st post.  Whoa!  I'm borderline obsessed with blogging - both reading and posting.  Love it!  I have a new blog that can be found here.  Only 4 posts so far, but hang in there.  Soon, it'll be at its 301st too!

2)  Holy moly, how is it that we're heading into Labor Day Weekend already??  My plans for the weekend include: cooking/baking, college football (!!!), wine, playing with my boys, and working on kitchen decor.  Ahh, perfection.

3) Jameson was super fussy last evening.  Out of curiosity, I felt around in his mouth.  Turns out the little piggy's top two molars have started cutting through!  This is weird because he still only has two front teeth on the bottom.  Hmm.

4) I'm pretty much obsessed with this song right now.  The video is pretty sweet too.
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5) I really.....I mean, really want some Mexican restaurant food.  Totally don't need it, but want want want it.

6) We've been having issues with our plumbing at home.  The kitchen sink doesn't drain well, when you run water in one basin, water comes up through the bottom of the other one, and when the washer drains, the kitchen sink gurgles and smells gross. The bathroom sink drain is ridiculously slow as well. Matt spoke to the plumber today and it sounds like a main line issue.  Grrrrreeaaat.

7) I'm running my first 5k of the summer next Saturday.  I love how I said I wanted to run one race a month this summer, and now I'm signing up for my first of 2012 (first 5k, that is) in September.  Awesome, Steph.

8) NFL season kicks off next week!!!!!!!! Ahh!!  I'm making our football cards for the game we play every year, where Matt and I each pick the winner of each game, and total score.  We'll have to come up with something great for the winner this year. :)

9)  Salad with chicken for dinner tonight, and I'm excited!

10) I have managed to keep up with laundry now for 2 whole weeks.  Ba-zing!

That's all I've got for today.  Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Future of the Metz Family

This post is kind of random, but that's always fun, right?

So the future of our little family of four is that we are going to grow in age, but not in size!  That's right.  For those of you who don't know me well, I do not want to have any more children.  I love my boys more than life itsself, but I'm perfectly happy with their handsome little selves, and am choosing to forever be outnumbered and disgusted with all the burps, farts, and testosterone overload that will certainly happen in my house in the next couple decades! :o)

That being said, I was thinking this morning of all the women I know that have "baby fever."  I have told my husband, for the last year, that if I start talking about wanting another child in the next few years, to slap me and remind me of all the things I love about NOT having a baby (more on that in a moment)! But, when I think about how much I just LOVE to smooch on my Jameson, and then I think about Hendrix, and how he will barely let me get a hug in, let alone give me a kiss, I get a bit sad, knowing that I will blink, and Jameson will be just the same way.  I kind of get the "baby fever" thing.  He's getting harder and harder to smooch every day as it is.  Holding a baby is just the sweetest thing.

Babies are cute, that's a big duh.  Especially fat ones.  My Jameson fits that bill perfectly.  He's fat and he's cute.  Really cute.  And man, oh man, is he ever sweet.  When he looks at you with those fat cheeks and big brown eyes, you'll melt.  Don't try to stop it from happening.  But as cute as babies are, there are a lot of reasons they're very difficult.  These reasons are why I'm done having kids.

So, in the next few years, if this "baby fever" thing even starts to creep into my general vicinity, I'm going to look back on this post and remind myself of all the things I love about NOT having a baby in the house:

1) Sleeping all night long.  I can go to bed at 10 pm and not wake up before 6 am.  It's a glorious, wonderful, restful thing. 

2) Not having to buy formula.  Holy crap, have you seen the price of baby formula lately (those of you who BF or don't have babies)??  We started buying it in bulk at Sam's Club with Jameson - not sure why that idea didn't strike us with Hendrix - and it helped a bit, but still.  Anywhere from $30-$50 a week to formula feed a baby. thanks.

3) Not having to buy diapers.  We aren't there yet with Jameson, but a potty-trained Hendrix is so nice!  I rather enjoy not having to use wipes and scrape poo out of crevices.  Gross.

4) Not having to pack your whole life in a bag to leave the house for a 30 minute run to the grocery store.  Diapers, wipes, formula, pacifiers, burp rags, bottles, water for bottles, teethers, change of clothes (or three), toys, snacks, etc. 

5)  Being able to leave the house in 15 minutes instead of 2 hours.  See #4.  Packing that diaper bag takes forever.  With toddlers, you still have to take them potty, of course, but just filling a sippy up with a drink and throwing a small snack in your purse is MUCH nicer!

6)  Having your arms (and back) back.  When those little monsters learn to walk, you're chasing them around and keeping them out of stuff, yes.  But you also get both of your arms back - for the most part - and don't have to carry them everywhere.  Your back appreciates that, too!

7)  Not having to carry that god-forsaken rear-facing car seat around.  Those things could not be any more awkward.  But when your baby is tiny and you need to take him/her anywhere, it's the easiest way, believe it or not. 

8)  Having a child that can communicate in a way other than screaming.  Whether they can actually say words or not, they can point, grunt, or say what they want.  Sometimes they'll cry anyway, but you know.  Not all the time (see point #9).  And if they hurt somewhere, when they get older, they can tell you their tummy or their head hurts, rather than you trying to play super-detective and figure it out yourself.

9) No colicy baby.  Jameson was colicy.  It was hell for a few months.  I prefer to shut July-August-September 2011 out of my mind.

10) Fun activities!  It's straight-up hard and awkward to go and do anything fun when you have a baby.  They sleep at weird times, they cry, they have to eat at weird get it.  A toddler and older children can appreciate a trip to the zoo, a restaurant outing, a trip to the park, etc.

So....babies are cute.  Yup.  But they're a whole heck of a lot of work and awkwardness.  I'm enjoying my older children (despite temper tantrums, but that's part of it, and it will pass just like the baby stage did).  I'm enjoying my BOYS.  Always wanted boys.  So happy I got them.

My family is perfect the way it is, and if I have anything to say about it, we'll be growing older, not larger.  :)

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Weekend Recap (August 24-26)

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Our weekend was hot!  We were teased with beautiful weather for the past couple weeks, but summer reared it's now-ugly head again, and blanketed us with mid-90 degree temps, and lots of that lovely (sarcasm) humidity.  The community pool is closed already, now that school is back in session, so there wasn't much to do.

Friday, August 24
We took the boys for a walk down by the river after dinner.  Once they were in bed, Matt removed the trim from the kitchen in preparation for painting it.  I emptied the pantry, and Matt and I carried it out to the garage to be painted.

I really love the photo apps on my iPhone.  I can never get my boys to look at me and smile at the same time, so I just take two separate pics, and put them together, like this beauty.  Aren't these boys just precious?

Saturday August 25
Saturday, I slept in until 7 am (yes, that's sleeping in for me).  When we got up, I made some breakfast for the boys, and then we headed to Bowling Green for errands.  We dropped Cordoroy off to get groomed (pic soon!), then ran to Home Depot, WalMart, and Hobby Lobby.  Once we got home, we just worked on painting things for the kitchen.  It was hot, so the boys played outside a bit, but we also made pillow forts, painted, and played in the toyroom.

Sunday August 26
On Sunday, Matt painted the trim for the kitchen, and I painted the two windows.  I attempted a yarn globe idea from pinterest.  You can see how well that turned out.

I also made my mom's bran muffin recipe, but with 3 healthier substitutions.  I substantially reduced the calories per muffin.  You can read that recipe and tutorial on my new blog, found here!

We grilled some verrrry tasty burgers on the grill Sunday evening, and took another walk downtown.  We just love our little town!

How was your weekend?

Did you do anything exciting?

Have any delicious food?

Hope everyone has an enjoyable and productive week.  Yay for a three-day weekend coming up, right??

Fitness 2012: Week 34 (August 19 - 25)

I've been in a funk lately.  I'm feeling apathetic about exercising and healthy eating.  I'm trying to think up ways to get re-motivated.  I haven't gained any weight, just have to force myself to be healthy, instead of being inspired and motivated to do it.

I'm considering doing Insanity.  I've heard a lot about it, and know it can really kick your body into great shape.  If I can get it for the right price, I'll look into it.

Meanwhile, here's what I accomplished this week:

Sunday August 19
REST - the usual on Sunday

Monday August 20
30 minutes on the elliptical

Tuesday August 21
3.55 mile run

Wednesday August 22
30 minutes on the elliptical

Thursday August 23
3.14 run on the treadmill
It's been a while since I ran on a treadmill.  Did this on my lunch break at work.  It felt weirdly good.  Whatever it takes to get in that mileage, I guess. :)

Friday August 24
30 minutes on the elliptical

Saturday August 25
REST - I took the weekend off from exercising.  I basically ate like crap, and just was lazy and enjoyed my family.  Not the best health-conscious decision, but whatever.  :)

Miles for the week: 6.69
Miles for August: 22.20
Miles for 2012: 231.60

Friday, August 24, 2012

How did I do? And next week's goals!

Remember last Friday, I set goals for the week, and promised I'd update on how I did?  I try to keep promises.  I mean, I know you have all been on pins and needles waiting for the update.  Who would I be if I didn't deliver!? ;o)

Let's just see how I did, shall we?

1) Create wonderful and amazing things with my new toy! 
Sunday evening, after the boys went to bed, I went upstairs and spent about 20 minutes cutting out a few fall leaves and the word "blessings."  It's all adorable, and I can't wait to play with it some more.  I'm going to carve out time to do so this weekend.  It's a must!

2) Prime the kitchen, and get this make-over/facelift started!
Cha-ching!  This one was blown out of the water.  We didn't just prime the kitchen, it's all painted!

3) Hem my three new pairs of dress pants that have been sitting, with tags still on, for about 3 months.  This way, I can actually - you know - wear them.
Nope.  Didn't happen.

4) Wash, dry, fold, and put away all laundry.  (Is that last element the hardest for anyone else?)
Done!  I put all the laundry away Tuesday evening, and have put away 4 baskets of it since then.  We're going into the weekend with only about 1 load to do, which is amazing!

5) Wrap the Christmas gifts I have purchased so far.

6) Clean/organize the coat closet.  We'll be needing those pesky coats and jackets before we know it.

7) Experiment with a Pinterest idea for Christmas gifts (sorry, can't reveal what those are, in case certain eyes are reading this blog!).
Didn't happen.  Hope to do it this weekend.

Well, that's 3 out of 7.  That would be a big fat F, but I'm not worried about it.  We got the big stuff (i.e. laundry and kitchen painting) done.  I also dusted, vacuumed, and organized the book shelf this week!  I busted my tooshy so that I could head into the weekend with a little time to relax.  Mission: accomplished!

So, that being said, here are my goals through Thursday!

1) Work on kitchen decor.  This includes: painting the trim, painting the pantry and microwave stand, decopauging fridge magnets to match the decor, sewing valances for the windows, making a few rugs, and working on soft lighting, among other little details.

2) Hem my three new pairs of pants.  (See last week's goal #3.)

3) Wrap Christmas gifts I have purchased so far.  (See last week's goal #5.)

4) Clean/organize coat closet.  (See last week's goal #6.)

5) Expiriment with a Pinterest Christmas gift idea. (See last week's goal #7).

6) Bake bran muffins and quinoa bites.

Here's to another productive week, with an enjoyable weekend thrown in for good measure.  Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New Blog!

Don't worry, this one isn't going anywhere. :)

But, I'd say it's a dream of mine to someday blog, craft, cook, organize, and create for a living.  So I decided to create a blog where I share all of those things, and keep this one more for personal and family things, which was its original intended purpose anyway.

My new blog has just the cutest name, too. :)  Check it out if you're interested in sharing in my creativity.  I've got a recipe posted to start things off!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Becoming a cash-only family

All year, I've been working on one of my New Year's Resolutions, and trying to get out of the oh-so-easy-to-do habit of putting purchases on the credit card, without even thinking about it.  It's so easy to think that a little $20 or $30 purchase is innocent enough not to cause problems.  Then you get your credit card statement, and each one of those times you did that has added up to a hundred (or a couple hundred) dollar balance.  Ouch.

Let me tell you - that's a hard habit to break!  But we are working on it in our family.  One of my New Year's resolutions was to pay off debt and save.  We haven't been able to save much so far in 2012, but we are certainly working on the paying-off-debt part of that resolution.  It's a slow process, and can be very frustrating (especially when things come up and you feel like you're taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back......i.e. surgery on your child), but one step at a time, we'll get there.

I'm no expert, but thought I'd share a few helpful tips at paying off debt and learning to live without using those credit cards for every day purchases.

1) Budget your money!  This one seems obvious, but maybe it isn't for some people.  Our example: my husband gets paid each Friday, while I get paid on the 15th and 30th of each month.  I print off a calendar each month, write down what bills are due on what days.  At the bottom of the calendar, I write each day that we get paid.  I look ahead and write what bills to pay with each paycheck we get.  I factor in that at least a few groceries need to be purchased each week  (keep a running list of what's needed), gas needs to be put in the vehicles, and (ideally) a bit needs to be put in savings each paycheck.  Other than that, it's basically free money (free as in unassigned, not as in doesn't cost anything - everything costs something!).  With this "free" money, we can use it to go out to eat if we want (we don't do a whole lot of that), or we can purchase clothes, "toys," whatever we want.  But when it's gone, it's gone. 

2)  If you don't have the cash for it, you don't need it.  Re-read the last sentence of bullet #2.  When it's gone, it's gone.  If cash has been spent on other things, too bad.  It'll have to wait until next paycheck, and it's likely that by the time the next payday rolls around, you will have forgotten about it, or don't need it anymore.

3) Spend cash - as in paper and coin money. This tip is pretty old-fashioned, I'm aware of that.  I struggle with it myself.  Having paper money means having to go to the bank (my husband's and my jobs only pay in direct deposit anymore), which is just another annoying errand.  But it's a good way to allow yourself a specific, budgeted amount of cash to spend each week.  Another bonus to this idea is that - if you have young children - it helps teach them how money works.  You hand the cashier your money, and you get your goods in return.  Your child(ren) see you actually giving up the money.  When you swipe your plastic (whether it be debit or credit), you keep the card when you're done.  You know that money is gone, but your child doesn't.  It's a good teaching tool for both your children and you! We can always learn, remember that!

4) Cut back and learn to be happy with less.  This one is obviously challenging.  Who doesn't want great stuff?  Cutting back can really save some cash though, and lessen the chance that you would feel the need to whip out that credit card for something you didn't really need to begin with.  We don't go out to eat much in our family.  We have young kids, so it's difficult anyway.  But even going to a cheap fast food restaurant costs us around $15 for the four of us.  We can feed ourselves at home for less than $5, on a regular basis. 

5) Stick those credit cards in a glass of water and put it in the freezer!  This one is a bit drastic, but I've done this before!  If you just really can't stop yourself from using your credit card, but don't want to cancel it completely (which you can't do if you're carrying a balance anyway), freeze it.  Literally.  If you're not carrying it with you, you can't use it.  If it's in water, you won't be able to see the credit card numbers for online purchases.

6) Be organized and plan ahead for bigger purchases.  It's August.  I'm half way done with Christmas shopping this year.  I started in July and have purchased a few gifts each week or so.  All in cash.  Another example:  we are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and really could use some new furniture before our guests come to stay at our house.  So, starting with the last pacheck, we've been putting a little away each week for our couch fund. 

7) Define emergencies.  Things happen in life.  Life is really good at throwing curveballs.  Let's say your car breaks down, it's your main, or only, mode of transportation, and getting it fixed isn't even questionable.  Well, if you don't have the cash saved up, the credit card is your only option.  We specifically define "emergencies" when it comes to money, and I recommend doing that. Running out of diapers isn't an emergency.  Yeah, the kid needs them, but that's something I look at when I'm budgeting each week.  The water heater going out unexpectedly?  Yeah, that one needs attention ASAP. 

8) Celebrate the little milestones.  The first week we went without putting any new purchases on the credit card, I think I made a cheesecake, or something to that effect.  It's a learning process and a lifestyle change.  You have every right to be proud of the small steps you're taking, even though they may seem insignificant!

If you're trying to pay off your debt and save money where you can (who isn't!?), then I hope these few little tips can be of help to you.  It's a slow and steady process, but

My Life....In Pictures

I've been on a coffee kick lately.....

He wants to learn to play piano like his mama!

Daddy and Hendrix napping together. Love it.

Playing outside!

Darn sugar.  Wish I could say I just ate one of these things......but I can't say that.  That would be lying.

My Silhouette Cameo arrived this past week!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 33 (Aug 12 - 18)

I finally got a three-run week in!  I also got a double digit mileage week in, for the first time in a few months!  Another good thing about this past week is that I worked out 6 days out of 7.  Gooo me! 

Sunday 12 August
REST!  I always try to incorporate a rest day over the weekend.  It's usually Sunday.  I like my lazy Sundays!

Monday 13 August
30 minutes on the elliptical at work

Tuesday 14 August
3.6 mile run

Wednesday 15 August
20 minutes on the elliptical
15 minutes of resistance weights - trying to sculpt my arms a bit, but don't do weights regularly.  Probably should, huh?

Thursday 16 August
3.51 mile run - didn't think I was going to get a run in, due to impending rain, but I beat the rain!

Friday 17 August
30 minutes on the elliptical

Saturday 18 August
3.4 mile run - my favorite way to begin my weekends!

I hope to work out 6 out of 7 days again this week, though I'm fairly positive I won't be running as much this week.  We have a lot to accomplish around the house, and elliptical workouts on my lunch break are much more conducive to that.  We'll see what happens!

Miles for the week: 10.51
Miles for August: 15.51
Miles for 2012: 224.91

Weekend Recap (Aug 17-18-19)

My pictures were uploaded via my iPhone, and they are in a weird order, but that's ok.  :)

So, remember the goals I set for the week?  I accomplished one of them, but it's still early.  I have until Thursday night to cross the rest of them off the list.  (Probably still won't happen!)

Here's the rundown of our weekend:

Friday, August 17
I ran to the market after work, and our deep freeze is again stocked with meat.  Love that!  I enjoyed a couple glasses of wine Friday evening, relaxed with Matt on the couch, and accomplished nothing else.  It was glorious.

Saturday, August 18
I started the day with a run, which took me to a double digit mileage week, which was pretty sweet!  That hasn't happened in a few months.  After my run, we went to Home Depot for paint supplies.  We came home and, in the three hours that Jameson napped, primed and painted the whole kitchen.  Yup, we're that awesome. :)  We went with a light lavender, and are going to accent in grays, whites, and some darker shades of purple.  It's a bit crazy at the moment, because our trim is still wood color, and we are going to paint it all white, but once it's done, it should look very pretty.  Hope to make lots of headway with the kitchen this week! 

Saturday evening, we were supposed to go out to Biaggi's, but we tried a new babysitter this time, and she didn't show up.  They (her and her mother) had said (we confirmed this three times in the week prior) Allison would be there around 6:30.  They both rang the doorbell at 8:30, apologizing profusely, and stating they had forgotten all about it.  Hmm....ok.  But anyway, Matt and I ordered a pizza and watched TV in our comfy clothes.  It wasn't all that bad. :)

Sunday, August 19th
Matt's mom was performing special music for a community church service in her town, so we drove there to support her.  It was an outdoor service, and the weather was gorgeous!  The boys were a little rowdy, as usual, but it went well.  After the service, we headed to a little mom & pop, greasy spoon diner, and it was delicious!  Ha!  Terrible for my healthy eating habits, but once in a great while, that's ok.  We discussed the holidays over lunch, and it's decided that Matt and I will host Thanksgiving from now on! I'm so very excited about that!  After lunch, we headed home.  Both boys slept the whole way home, which was miraculous!  Once we got home, we played and went for a walk.  After the boys went to bed, I played for a bit with my Silhouette, but was very tired, so I was in bed at 10. 

Overall, it was a busy, but good weekend.  Hope you all had a great weekend as well, and here's to a productive week!

Hendrix and Landon's matching feet.  So cute!

The sweet same-age cousin boys!

My new toy!  I'm so in love with this thing, and cannot wait to play and experiment some more with it!  (Especially now that I have Thanksgiving decor to create!)

The new kitchen color.  We're loving it, just need to get the trim painted white.

This weird, random box in our wall is going to become a chalkboard.  I'm excited about this little idea!

The pretty morning sky that I captured on my run Saturday morning.

My silly goose and I at the community church service.

My favorite way to begin a Saturday!

My sweet loves napping on the way home from Indiana.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Goals for the Week! (8/17 - 8/23)

If you paid attention to the date above, you might be scratching your head.  I mean, who plans their week from Friday through Thursday?

Well, I do.

I always feel like the weekend is the start of the giant to-do list each week.  I get done what I can get done on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, then try to catch up the rest of the week, before the new "list" forms itself the following weekend.

Wierd?  Perhaps.  Deal with it. :D

So, we get about 1/2 of a weekend this week though.  We're going to be gone all day on Sunday, so that will greatly impact the amount of time I have to do stuff this weekend.  I also have the most wonderful little piece of technology waiting for me on my front porch right now, delivered by UPS, and I can't wait to tear into that box and start creating wonderful and amazing things!

But are the things I'd love to get accomplished in the next seven days!

1) Create wonderful and amazing things with my new toy!  (See what I mean?)

2) Prime the kitchen, and get this make-over/facelift started!

3) Hem my three new pairs of dress pants that have been sitting, with tags still on, for about 3 months.  This way, I can actually - you know - wear them.

4) Wash, dry, fold, and put away all laundry.  (Is that last element the hardest for anyone else?)

5) Wrap the Christmas gifts I have purchased so far.

6) Clean/organize the coat closet.  We'll be needing those pesky coats and jackets before we know it.

7) Experiment with a Pinterest idea for Christmas gifts (sorry, can't reveal what those are, in case certain eyes are reading this blog!).

I'll stop there, because it's unlikely I'll get half of these things done, let alone have room for anything else.  Things always get in the way.  Like crying kids, or clogged plumbing, or - well, lets be honest - a glass (or two) too many of wine.  Ha!

You never know, though, do you?  I'll let ya know how I did next week.

I hope everyone has just the most fabulous weekend with your loved ones.  Smile!  It won't hurt anything, and you may brighten someone's day without even knowing it. :)

Rants and Ramblings

My posts are so random.....I really need to work on more consistent postings!

Anyhoo, here are my random thoughts for the moment!

1) Finally updated the photo.  No longer a picture of fat me, the day after giving birth!  Need a family picture though......

2) I FINALLY saved my pennies and ordered a Silhouette Cameo on Wednesday.  I'm neurotically checking the UPS tracking page.  It's on the truck for delivery.  Expect some serious crafting to take place soon!
3) We are going to Home Depot tomorrow to buy paint and supplies for our kitchen makeover.  I have the most beautiful and comforting image in mind of what it will look like when it's done.  Hope I can achieve that!  I spend way too much time in there for it to look like it does now.  Barf.

4) I have ordered about 15 Christmas gifts already.  (Probably have to buy a totaly of about 50, including all gifts for all kids....there are 7 kids to buy for in the family!) I feel like I have a good start on my goal of being finished by Thanksgiving.

5) Speaking of Christmas, I am so beyond ready for fall, and then the holidays.  Love love love it!

6) I've started drinking coffee.  I go through phases where I like it, then I hate it again.  Right now I'm in a "like-it" phase.  Hard to tell if it will last or not.

7) It's funny how you feel like you truly know someone once you follow their blog for a while.  A runner-blogger had a baby Wednesday and I'm excited as if we were friends in real life. :)  You can check her little family out at

8) I'm in a running funk lately.  Like, I-don't-want-to-do-it kind of funk.  I do it anyway (because I'm addicted), but I never want to.  I always feel amazing afterwards though!
9) On that same note, I've pretty much decided I'm not going to run the Glass City 1/2 Marathon in April.  Training was stressful for me, I injured myself, and it took the fun out of running and made it feel like a chore.  Not all about that.

10) I'm ready to enjoy a glass of wine this evening. 

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Only 1 weekend goal this time!

Ok first of all, this is my first mobile post from the blogger app, so we'll see how this goes!

I had a garage sale this weekend, and there is always the normal housework that comes with every weekend. But despite all of that, I have only one goal for this weekend and that is to stay on track with my healthy eating this weekend.

It seems that I do wonderfully Monday through Friday, then the weekend comes and i fall off the wagon each and every weekend. It's so frustrating and I always come down very hard on myself.

So far (15:32 on Saturday) I've done great!! It's a couple hours before dinner and I'm only at 741 calories. This is awesome news! I'm right on track for a great day and plan to stick with it. I'll update tomorrow or Monday.

Gonna see if I can't drop another 3-5 pounds, then it's alllllll about maintaining! :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 32 (Aug 5 - 11)

Sunday 5 August
Travelling - REST

Monday 6 August
30 minutes on elliptical at work  ~400 calories burned

Tuesday 7 August
3.4 mile run with my good friend Holly
This is the first time (other than the 3 races I've been in) that I've run with someone.  It was so fun!  The miles flew by and at the end of the run I felt like I could have easily gone 2 more.  Loved it! 

Wednesday 8 August
30 minutes on elliptical
409 calories burned

Thursday 9 August
30 mins on elliptical
402 calories burned

Friday 10 August
1.66 miles
Raines out. Sad face.

Saturday 11 August
REST, but not really because I was running around, hosting a garage sale.

Miles for the week: 5.06
Miles for August: 5.0
Miles for 2012: 214.40

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Family Update

I need to do these more regularly!  Just wanted to take a few minutes to fill you in on the latest with each member of our family, since those boys of mine are growing and changing to fast!

Matt has finally been able to get back into the stores at work. He spent about 8 months filling in for the produce director, who sadly passed away in November. They replaced the director (Matt applied for the job, but didn't get it) and now Matt is able to get back to the stores, which he enjoys.  He was very leary of my camping idea this past spring, but it turns out that he loves going camping, and he's even started listening to and enjoying country music with me.  Who knew!?? :)

I've now lost 21 pounds since giving birth to Jameson 13 months ago.  I'm very proud of myself, and keeping up with fitness, watching my calorie intake, and being healthy in general is very important to me!  This summer has been quite enjoyable with camping, playing outside, and small get aways.  I've really enjoyed it, but I'm not going to lie, I'm REALLY ready for the fun that fall brings, along with the cooler weather, beautiful leaves, yummy hot soups, and football!  I'm getting along pretty well with my job.  I get frustrated often that I am away from my kids for 50 hours a week (including drive time to and from work), but at this point in time, it's what has to be done.  I'm working on accepting that, though I don't do a very good job of it more often than not.  I travelled to Colorado Springs for my birthday, and will do a post about that, as soon as I can get all of my pictures loaded onto my laptop.

Hendrix has been fully potty trained for 3 or 4 months now.  He does fantastic.  He pees the bed occasionally, but last night he woke me up at 2 am to tell me he had to potty.  I was so proud of him!!!  He's still just the happiest little guy, always smiling and being goofy.  He's such a joy to be around, and - not kidding - the most handsome man I've ever seen!  He loves "school," and I'm finding it impossible to believe that he'll advance to the pre-school class in November after his birthday.  Wow!  He knows all of his colors (though we think he is red-green color blind) and his shapes.  We are going to really start working on letter recognition now.  I'm making some flash cards this week, and hopefully he'll be able to know his alphabet by sight before he really does start pre-school next fall.

My sweet piggy.  He finally started crawling four days after his birthday.  I was getting worried about his motor development, but he seems to have caught up acceptably, though he's still not walking.  He can pull up now and he cruises along furniture.  He'll hopefully be walking within the next few months.  He better be walking by Thanksgiving though, because I have him enrolled to start at Willow (Hendrix's school) in December!  Willow starts kids at 18 months.  My babies are growing so quickly!  Jameson can now get up steps (but not down) and says mama, dada, dog, and car.  He has started scowling almost all the time, and alternates between scowls of concentration and goofy, toothy grins if you address him.  He points at everything and babbles his gibberish with intonation like he's asking what stuff is, so we go around the house naming everything.  Ha!

Time just keeps right on passing by, it's crazy.  I can't believe it's the middle of August already.  I'm very ready for fall, and look forward to all the fun we're going to have as a family.  Matt and I have a little one-night getaway planned in September with a few other couples.  Hendrix has informed me that he wants to be Spiderman for Halloween, and that Jameson is going to be a farmer.  Um, ok! 

We are planning on going on one more camping trip in October (though no official date is set yet).  We are travelling to southern Illinois over labor day weekend to see my dad's family.  I'm not looking forward to the car ride, but can't wait to spend time with relatives we so rarely see! 

I've got a decent start on my Christmas shopping, and plan on getting at least four more gifts this month.  My goal is to be done by Thanksgiving.

All in all, we are doing fantastic, and are so very blessed.  I just fall more in love with my family every day and thank God for each one of them!

Hope August finds everyone else doing well also!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Fitness 2012: Week 31 (July 29 - Aug 4)

Sunday 29 July
Too tired from the zoo for a run!  :(

Monday 30 July
3.33 mile run
Avg. pace = 9:41 mi/min
Calories burned = 368

Tuesday 31 July
30 minutes on elliptical at work ~400 calories burned

Wednesday 1 August (How is it August already!??)
30 minutes on elliptical at work ~400 calories burned

Thursday 2 August
Travelling - REST

Friday 3 August
Travelling - REST

Saturday 4 August
Travelling - REST

I said this last month, but I'll say it again this month.....I really want to see an increase in mileage in August.  August is always so darn hot and humid though.  We'll see how things pan out.  At least I'm now over 200 for the year!

Miles for the week: 3.33
Miles for July: 19.84
Miles for 2012: 209.40