Wednesday, September 05, 2007

A series of bad hair days...

No, not me. In honor of my childs upcoming 2nd birthday, i revisited all of his first year pics. The poor child had the WORST hair. He was born with TONS of hair. Everyone kept telling me that it would fall out, but it never did. Well, the back did. He had the reverse of male pattern baldness. Poor kid. Enjoy the laugh.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Longest week ever.

This week started out with the flight below on Monday.

On Tuesday, as I'm getting dressed I hear a dripping noise. Interesting, I think I must have left a faucet leaking the entire time I was gone. I look around and sure enough the tub is wet, but the faucets are dry. You know what that means? Yup, big ol leak in the ceiling! Turns out the AC was leaking. Great. So that took a whole day. Now I have to get the darn thing fixed.

Wednesday, Kai had a massive meltdown in Albertsons over some cars. He whined all through the store. I only went in for three items before church. As I'm checking out he tries to stand up in the cart. I quickly grab him and put him in the big part of the cart. When I turn back around he's still wiggin' out and has a leg over the side. I'm thinking, "what the heck??" So I go to hold him and he's squirming to get loose. So, out of curiosity, I let him down to see what he's wanting. He RUNS to the center of the self checkout lanes where there is a display of cars. Not the cars in packages but little metal cars ($4.99/each). He grabs two and sits on the floor and starts playing. I finish my quick checkout and try to explain that we can't take them. So I was surprised when he put one up. But, he had a death grip on the school bus. Of course, you know how the story ends, I ended up having to rip it from his hands and running out of the store with a screaming toddler. I will forever have sympathy for other moms.

Thursday was pretty decent. I can't think of any major fits. I did get to go see my old boss who I miss dearly.

Friday...diarrhea starts. Nasty rank diarrhea. Nuf said.

Saturday, nasty diarrhea continues. I run by Tom Thumb on my way home from mom and dad's to get flavored water since I'm not giving Kai milk or juice as both seem to be going right through him. I get home and reach in for some ice and feel water. What??? Sure enough, EVERYTHING is melted....frozen veggies are mushy, frozen dinners are runny, and ice cream, well you know. THe day before i ran back in the house to grab some fish to take to mom and dad's, i guess i didn't properly shut the freezer. We have a door alarm, but it doesn't do you any good if you aren't home to hear it. I think the worst part was I couldn't blame anyone. I was all my fault. So I had to throw EVERYTHING out. I went to WalMart later to restock it. It only took $40. Luckily all of my frozen meats are in the outside freezer.

Today is Sunday. We are still exploding, so no church for us. I'm so stir crazy its silly. But really, where can I go?? What if we explode??

Longest. Flight. Ever.

Here is a brief recap of my flight last Monday. All I can say is Wow.

4am EST (yea, thats 3am here people!) Amanda wakes to finish packing, decides maybe to make the flight easier, this time she'll check the carseat and talk up kai being a big boy and sitting in his seat (BIG MISTAKE)

445am EST Kai is waken up to dress

515am EST arrive at airport with a security line extending WAY beyond the entry doors

545am EST after rude NYers tell me to hurry through the line taking off two pairs of shoes, removing a computer all the while holding a toddler....grrrrrrr..i make it through. kai is grumpy about being up so early. i make it through the mc donalds line with a toddler on the hip, backpack on my back and big ol purse on my shoulder. i'm holding the coke that came with breakfast and shoving burritos under the blanket in my purse....i look like a grouchy bag lady.

615am EST board air craft. toddler is terribly excited and grouchy and chooses to stand on the seat and play with the blinds and refuses to be seated. i finally get him to sit down when...

710am EST "ladies and gentlemen, sorry for the delay, but there is a mechanical error going on. we've tried all that dallas is telling us to do. we need everyone to deboard the plane so we can turn it off and try a few more things." are they kidding me.

7-830am EST (this is when kai would typically be waking up) there is much laying around and whining on the toddlers part in the lounge. we watch other planes take off and people rush to change their flight. i sat silently and prayed for god to give the men wisdom and me sanity

8:30am EST reboard the plane...toddler still not willing to be seated....oh, and boy does it get better...

9:00am EST plane begins to taxi, kind flight attendant who has been so helpful tells me, kindly, that if i can't get him to stay strapped in (as i had tried several times) that i would need to hold and restrain my child during take off....oh my. you have no idea how my two year old hates to my restrained. there was screaming, snot, flailing, falling, pushing and hitting. i spanked and pinched, but nothing would get the attention of the sudden beast i had in my arms. people are staring and rolling there eyes. i can't even get him to sit stilll....HORRIBLE! the worst 15 minutes of my life. seriously, it was UGLY! (i only thought i had it bad on the first trip)

approx 920 EST the plane is still ascending and my child is still flailing and screaming. i rip of my seat belt and start walking the aisle. i seeing the FA coming closer (i'm sure she's upset as we are still at an angle!) as there is no rear galley on this plane. thankfully, instead of reprimanding me she asks what she can do to help and tells me not to worry and that people understand and if they don't who cares. she walks off and i shed a few tears that hopefully no one saw...i was trying to be strong.

9:30 EST kai drifts asleep. i return to my seat trying hard not to move. people seem to be pleased that the mess that is my angel is finally asleep. i start to knit. i run out of yarn and find out i left my next skein on the bed in the hotel. this makes me sad as i opted not to bring my book as i assumed i'd knit the whole way given time. i'm still to worked up to sleep.

1045 EST the beast awakens. luckily he's still drowsy and decides to sit and watch elmo.

1115 EST we are told to put away electronic devices. i think in my head maybe i could plead with the captain for the sanity of the plane, but decide to obey. toddler jumps up and starts to play with the shades again.

1130 EST told again to hold my child during the approach. this does not go over well and we have a mess on our hands again. once on the ground the kind older lady that hand to sit in front of the beast turns around and says, "he was so good." i'm thinking to myself, she must know i need encouragement.

1045 CST we park at the gate and somehow kai falls off the seat nails his head on the tray table and is now under the kind older ladys seat crying. icing on the cake, mother of the year.

1100 CST i meet my loving father in that happy to see someone who KNOWS me and knows i have a decent child.

i swear. i can laugh now, but it was so horrible.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

The refigerator hates me!

So, the other day, Chad and I come home from the grocery store and start going through our usual routine of cutting up all of the produce to be stored and easily accessible for the rest of the week.

He hand me the container of pineapple and I god to put it in the fridge. When I open the door, one of the door shelves flies out and lands on the floor. All of our jams and things break and scatter around the floor. We have a brief we-aren't-going-to-get-upset-over-this laugh and I start cleaning. I even had to vacuum because of all of the glass.

Once everything is cleaned up I go to open the fridge, again, to put the pineapple up. Low and behold, ANOTHER side shelf flies out at me. What the heck??? At this point, I'm kinda mad because twice now i've had to clean the floor up (and I just put all the cleaning stuff back up) and we've lost even more food. At the same time, its pretty funny.

Our refrigerator came with the house. The sticker on the inside says 1992. Its an almond side by side. The water and ice maker don't work. When we moved in, someone had left something in it when the power had been shut off - yeah, that was gross. I swore I wouldn't use it. I remember the day that my mother-in-law came over with gloves and ammonia and taught me how to complete clean that horrible thing.

It served us well for the past three years. Several times, Chad and I ventured out and looked at different fridges, but really, we needed other things before we needed to replace a working appliance.

But Sunday, after the second drawer feel out, my loving husband looked and me and said, "tomorrow I want you to go buy a new fridge." I agreed, the time had come.

So, Monday morning, I was at Sears when the doors opened. I walked right in, opened every fridge there and finally came upon "the one." After selecting "the one" it wasn't able to be delivered until the end of July. That wasn't going to work. So they worked a deal and somehow I got a fridge that was $500 more expensive than the one I had chosen, for the price of my original selection. NICE!!

For some reason, I can't get the picture to work, but i got a Black Kenmore Elite Trio. Bottom freezer, french doors, 25 cu ft. Funny enough, the old fridge was 25 cu ft, but this one hold so much more. It was jam packed in the old one, now you open the new one and it looks like we never buy groceries. I even have a whole watermelon in there right now! :)

Kai's Birthday Present - Check!

i just bought a Thomas the Train table for $50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been ebaying, craigslisting, etc for WEEKS and the lowest i saw was $100-something for the "official" table.

I go to drop kai off, and two doors down they are having a sale. As i'm passing i notice the table. I pulled into my babysitters, threw kai at her and ran down there. the whole time i'm thinking "i'll give them $100." I yell (as if someone was going to steal it out from under me) "how much for the table?" $50!!!!!!!

I'm so stinking happy!!!!!! table play board

Thursday, July 12, 2007


I've decided to move all of the diet and exercise info off of my family blog. You can now find all of my diet and weight loss stuff here. I just think this blog should stay devoted to family pictures and whatnot. See you at My Food Finds Site.

(I'm also adding the link to the side bar).

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Week 4 of Get With It

Hahaha. So, on to week 4 of Get With It 2007. Get With It is the running training program I'm doing in Colleyville with Luke's Locker. I'm having an excellent time. I'm starting to realize why people seldom lift weights while training for runs...there simply is not enough time to do both...or energy.

I'm laughing thinking back on Liz's post a few months ago when she got started running. She said it best, at first its to the mail box, then it to the next block, etc. When she started I laughed thinking that I could never even run to the end of my street.

When I heard about Luke's I said no over and over thinking there would be no way. First off, I'm in horrible "cardio" shape. I'm really good at lifting, but I'm talking can only manage about 5 minutes on the elliptical - TOPS. Also, every time I'd tried running in the past, I'd get injured. I remember in college my friend Laura and I tried to start running, I got so injured that I couldn't even leap. (I know that sounds funny, but you know how you have to "leap" in essence in a stride?? - Basically my knees!) I also had a history of bad shin splints. Well, its week four and I'm still going...and without injury.

When I signed up, I told them all about my previous issues and they told me my shoes were my problem. Sure enough I was suckered into buying shoe's that their store sells, but you know what, I think it has made all of the difference in the world!

Also, I like their training program, they start off pretty slow. I was shocked that even after missing a week of training I was still able to keep up with everyone this weekend. Actually, huge milestone - I ran my very first mile! We walked 6.5m, jogged 17m, walked 6.5. I honestly cannot believe how easy it came to me. Of course, I'm also realizing the difference in jogging and running. I'm a good jogger! :)

So-the goal is 13.1 miles...which seems like such a far fetched goal when I just ran my first. I logged on to Map My Run to see just how far that was. I thought my parents house would be 13 miles, um, nope 6.5...WTH?? So in theory, by December, I should be able to run to my parents house and back on the back roads....CRAZY!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

My weight story...

I feel really silly posting this, but its on my mind.

I always have rolled my eyes at commercials on TV for WW, Curves, etc. I mean, come on, how hard is it to lose weight?? I was a size four and taking enough OTC drugs to keep my appetite low and metabolism high. I had never stepped foot in a gym before and had over indulged in a diet of beer, bar food and fast food. What did I know.

Four years ago I stopped taking all of those wonderful over the counter drugs and it didn't take long for my body to realize all the help I had been receiving. Almost immediately I gained 10 pounds. 120 to about 130. This was right when I met Chad. He got me into a gym and started teaching me the basics of weight lifting, but we didn't change our diet.

Once we got engaged we were on a mission to look good, heck, who isn't. Our wedding was to take place on the beach, so we felt extra pressure. We ate nothing but oatmeal, egg whites, chicken, salad and brown rice for 3 months...and it paid off. I got married looking fabulous and weighing 128.

But then married life set in. I started a new job further away from home, so hitting the gym was harder, which led to little time to prepare dinner (ha, and i used to think i had no time). The pounds started to come back on. We ate sensible, but not like we were prewedding. On my 25 birthday, I bought my first pair of size 8 jeans. I went to Chad humbly and professed how sorry I was that I had quit working so hard. He said I was fine. I asked, "at what point would you start encouraging me to go back to the gym" he replied, "140." I watched that scale get to 138 and then...I got pregnant.

Pregnancy was not pretty to me. You can read all about it on my pregnancy blog. I gained 60 pounds. I worked out, I didn't eat horrible, but certainly not as healthy as I could. I Got home from the hospital after delivering that bundle of joy weighing 198!

Motherhood and working leave very little alone time, very little time to take care of yourself time. FOr the last two years I started my diets over and over again. It's not like I didn't know what to do, my husband is a trainer for goodness sake, but eating all of that boring food day after day was getting me nowhere. Looking back on this blog you can see how many time I vowed to loos the weight.

At some point last summer i made it to the 140's again...but the scale never budged. I'd weigh, nothing. I'd go to the gym, nothing. I couldn't understand. I knew everything i needed to do, but nothing was working.

At the beginning of May, as I've posted before, I started going out of control with my eating. THe scale had been hoovering around 143/144, but was starting to creep back up. I was eating everything in sight, without remorse. My friend, whose husband is also a trainer (and who gave Chad and I our wedding diets), told me that she had joined WW despite what her DH thought about it. She just needed something new. SHe and I had personally talked about it several times, but knew we'd come against some major opposition seeing that our Dh's so this for a living.

I thought about it and really wished I could bring it up to Chad, but was totally afraid. Finally after seeing the zoo pictures and then asking Chad if I were bigger or smaller than *blank* I knew something had to be done. The next morning I got up and proclaimed, "I'm going to WW, this has to stop."

Looking back I'm sure Chad was shaking his head all morning praying that I might stick to something longer than two weeks. When I signed up, rather than putting me down, he encouraged me.

Since that day, every drop of food that goes in my mouth gets logged. I'm on a constant quest of the internet to find new recipes and foods. I've busted out the measuring spoons and cups and scale and measure everything I put on my plate. My thought is, heck, I'm paying for it, it better work. And it does. Its amazing.

I can't believe the weight that I've lost and all the food I've been eating. I don't feel deprived, or hungry, I feel revived! I'm eating what I want, when I want and I'm losing weight.

I'm going to start posting on here my recipes and food finds like some of the other blogs I read. Hopefully my research can help others too. I may even start posting everything that I eat...only if you don't laugh b/c I eat A LOT!

Thomas Light English Muffins - 1 pt!

Yummy! These are perfect for a morning snack or paired with a Boca or Morningstar burger. You can't beat 1 point bread item.

Monday, July 02, 2007


Well, the surgery went just fine. I slept the better part of Friday and Saturday, but by Sunday I had major cabin fever. I've taken only a few painkillers...actually, only one today.

I hit the road this afternoon...maybe a little too early! Nothing is worse than finally getting your rear in shape and then having to sit around all weekend. I felt like a complete blob. I now understand better why Chad always says he doesn't feel very good when he doesn't work out. ANYWAY, I held my Bible study this evening, got the Man to bed and decided to go for a leisurely stroll. Well, 5 min in I decided to see how my body would react to a slight jog. I was able to jog comfortably about five minutes..I'm happy about that.

The worst thing about this particular surgery is they fill you with gas (CO2) to move your organs and better look around. Well, that gas isn't in a place that it can easily escape (ie, you can't burp or fart it out), it just has to absorb. think the gas is worse than the cuts. I thought it was gone, but after my jog it returned to my sholder and under my ribcage....yucK!

The Baby is sick too. :( He has the worst snotty nose. He's actually in there snoring! Poor baby.

Oh. someone just emailed me odd

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

just sharing


me on mother's day weekend....

Me last Friday...

Maybe?? Anything??


8.5 lbs in less than 8 weeks! I'm shocked!

having surgery on friday. nothing major, but i'll be down a few days. prayers appreciated.

oh, and i'm currently running 10 on, 10 off. i love my running club. they are a little bit to much on the no "weight training" crud. whatever. running isn't everything.

Friday, June 15, 2007

what i've really been up to...

well, i haven't posted on here for a good reason. i was trying to get some stuff figured out personally and i felt defeated about reading my old blog.

on May 18, i joined weight watchers. (no rolling eyes people) the week prior i had been with some people and when my DH and I were alone i said, "Am I bigger or smaller than ____?" He said, without hesitation, "you're bigger." I was shocked, i didn't realize that! This was the same week that I went to Market Street for lunch and grabbed a slice (600 calories) of Italian Wedding Cake instead of the fruit I went in for. I was out of control with my eating.

If you know me, you know loving food is what I'm all about. I was constantly struggling with this holiday or that celebration or just this once. I was eating all of the time....this is even after I was doing RHC.

So, I woke up May 18th, and went straight to WW. Funny, I know, I live with a personal trainer. But, I needed something new, something different. You know they make you weigh-in when you sign was scary. 142.6 lbs. Not terrible, but not where I want to be.

I've started tracking points and exercising more often. The weight seems to be falling off, which is odd b/c usually when you have less to lose, its harder to lose. I'm constantly thinking, "i guess i had more to lose than i had thought." I've already lost 6 pounds in 4 weeks. I've lost one size from an 8 to a six (ha, i haven't bought a pair of sixes since my 24 birthday!) My goal weight is 128. I should have said 130, b/c 128 just seems to low.

Anyway, obviously DH was not originally thrilled at the decision of spending $40 a month to lose weight when he helps people lose all of the time, but whatever. I think he's better now that I'm at the month mark seeing as I normally don't make it past two weeks.

I'm hoping to be 130 by Kai's 2nd birthday in Sept and at goal by the holidays.

I also signed up at Luke's Locker for FIT2007. Basically an intro to running course. 6 months, walking to running a Half Marathon. Now, I think its seems a little far fetched that *I* could run for 3 hours in 6 months when I can hardly run 3 min at a time right now, but we'll see.

I'm still motivated. I guess losing the pounds has reminded me that I can do this. Crazy.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Summer Goals

Debbie tagged me...

The Summer Goals Meme will consist of 10-15 professional and or personal goals that you would like to achieve over the summer.
in no particular order....

1. Lose 5 more pounds and stay on plan.
2. Properly lead this summers study. Stay the course, and keep other encouraged.
3. Play more with Kai. (Sounds dumb, but he plays so well alone.)
4. Be a better wife. Stop being such a nag!!!
5. Find 3 new clients.
6. Excercise at least 3 days a week.
7.......dang.....i'll keep thinking, its late.....

oh, 7. stop wasting so much valuable time on the freakin internet!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

Maybe I'll finish this time....

I've started four blogs recently and never finished them, hopefully I'll follow through today.

I'm impulsive. Maybe a little too much sometimes. Impulsive is a funny feature for someone of my nature (ahem-tightwad) to have. I'm all tight and everything, esp with my dear husbands desires, but when when I'm ready, I'm ready.

So, today, I helped a client with picking up and taking people to the airport. On the way there I heard a commercial on 94.9 for the dump. I had actually heard this commercial earlier in the week for a bed sale starting Friday at 10. No big deal, hear a commercial, decide you'll visit the store sometime, done. Well, as I was leaving the airport I heard the freaking commercial again and thought, "you know, i'm right down the street from there right now." Maybe I'll just swing in.

Well, I stinking bought a bed! I'm not even kidding. Its not totally out of the blue as we've been looking...and even last night we discussed how we hated sleeping on the squeaky bed frame. So, I walk into this store, found the bed of my dreams, paid for it (well, financed it -D - don't worry, its only three payments), left. Delivered in two hours.

Yup, I'm typing this blog from my new, non squeaky bed.

Ps, have you seen these hilarious GO MEAT commercials?? Who is the genious that thought of that?? I meant they are so annoying and catchy....makes me want to go buy hillshire farms!

Monday, April 30, 2007

3 years

Yup, been married three years today. Wow.

Three years ago today I got seriously ill after my beach wedding. :) Good times.

We went to Papa's Brothers Steakhouse and reminisced over good times from the past three years. A lto has happened in three years. Deaths, births, marriages, divorces (more than we care to admit)....but we're still here, together, and working harder than ever to meet our goal.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Ode to weathermen,,,I TRUST TROY!!!

But Delkus does Deliver.....

I'm sad to say.....and those of you who "really" know me are totally cracking up at how serious this is to me....but I now know that Troy's last day of being the Chief Meteorologist at WFAA Channel 8 is July 18th. Troy has been there for me, literally, my whole life.

I knew the days were drawing near, but I didn't know the official date. This is the man that inspired me to learn about the weather, so much so that I sometimes feel I can predict it. He gave me a passion for chasing storms...don't ask. He was the man that told me to get in my bathtub when I was at TCU for the Fort Worth tornado.... He was the one convincing me to get out of the bathtub/or basement of the library the 4 times I was there at UTA during tornadoes!! I love him.

And on such a personal level, he's such a GREAT guy. Strong christian. Philanthropist. Uh, LOVE HIM!!

But, we are moving on these days. As even the great Troy said, Dallas doesn't take well to newcomers. So, they have been breaking Delkus in for the last year. Troy only appears at six now. I'll admit, I wasn't happy at first. Not because I didn't like Pete, but I just didn't know him. What about Greg and Steve?!?! But now, I go to Pete. I like him. I'm loving the current commercials they have "Delkus Delivers." During the ice storms and tornadoes this years, he's put me to ease... I trust Pete.

**okay seriously, I was working on this very serious post about adoption and my friends and then I hear something like Troy's official end date and I'm done...***

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Thank you.

So regarding my post earlier this week....

Most of you suspected and emailed me. :) It was regarding my job.

As many of you know, these last few months have been very trying. It's difficult working for an absent boss. It's difficult to continue, to be questioned on everything that "used" to be standard. It's difficult to have to rebuild from scratch the relationship you had with someone. It's not that I was mistreated or anything, but it just started to becoming a "survival" job rather than a "growing" job....does that make any sense?? It was just a matter of time that my job would be ending, so I found a solution for all of us.

On Tuesday I met with Dan and his wife to discuss working for them as a contractor rather than an employee. Basically, I was quitting my job and asking to keep there business, talk about a hard sell. But all it took was a little, "this is best for you and for me" and they were in. This relieves them of the liabilities that come with having an employee and it allows me to grow, expand, and someday maybe make more.

SO, my last technical day as an employee is this Friday. So now I'm moving offices, getting a DBA, a new bank account....its all happening and I'm freaking out.

Please keep us lifted up (and certainly don't ask us to go do anything) as I will not be paid for the entire month of May. :( I'll get my last paycheck on Monday and then I wait until I bill in June for May.....terrifying!

For those of you wanting to hear about my RHC. I'm still working out, but my diet went to CRAP this week and last. I'm horrified at how I've been eating. Why is it that once you start eating bad, its so hard to stop again. For example, I ate well all last week knowing that during the weekend I would blow it b/c of the film and all the guests etc. So since last Wednesday I have successfully cheated on my diet at least once a day - if not more:
wednesday: big mac & fries with hannah
thursday: pappa's brothers au gratin potatoes
friday: um, was pretty good worst think i ate was brisket
saturday: not terrible ceaser salad at pappadeaux
sunday: HORRIBLE! chips, salsa, cake, chorizo and eggs....i didn't eat any structured meal besides breakfast and after that all i had were junky sides since i don't eat crawfish or shrimp
monday: italian bistro tortellini vodka
tuesday: good - right on diet
wedsnesday:snooty pig pot roast day; cheeseburger when i bought kai nuggets

Whats funny is I feel like CRAP, but I can't stop myself from saying, "one more meal." and then it'll be the weekend and I'll say, "but its the weekend." and we have company again (i know, i'm feeling like hotel gundersen - but they are all great so no complaints here) so i'll say, "but we have company." i can now totally tell that i'm an emotional eater. the last week (starting last Tuesday) has been very stressful, and look at what I eat on those days....ugh. hopefully venting here will make me shape up.

Oh, did I mention that my partner in RHC is pregnant and is no longer doing it with me. I guess that is another reason for the lack in motivation. It helped knowing that someone else was doing it with me. Anyone interested??? :)

If anyone can think of great names for my new company please let me know i'm stumpped. something with office management, solutions, bookkeeping, account services.....i dunno, but i'm looking for that catchy work to go with it.....ANYONE?!!?!?

Kai pics

What the heck. These pics are so cute and I snagged them of C's cousins myspace. I'm convinced that my camera just sucks. Look at how much better Kai looks in these as opposed to ones that I have posted. He always looks so washed out in mine. Is it a camera setting?? Does anyone know???Posted by Picasa

Monday, April 23, 2007

Be praying....

I can't say why, hopefully tomorrow evening, but just be lifting me up. I'm hoping that I'll be pleasantly surprised. ;)

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Its been how long???

OOOOps. This week got away from me. :) Yes, I still dieted. No, I did NOT workout like I should. But I had good reason. C was gone all week in pre production for a new movie so I had no help in finding time to get to the gym. Not to mention 'v recently come under some micromanaging. :(

Monday, spent the whole day with mom and dad. Bought Kai shoes, went to the park, avoided a lot of the news.

Tuesday, went back to work. Still tried to avoid the news, but got sucked in. I don't deal well with the news. Had a very emotional day as I had a fall out with a "work acquaintance," had a meeting where I had to fight for a new office, then all of the sad news coming from VA where in big brother attended all of his years. I swear I started tuesday with 2 missing acrylics nails and by 5 I had none!

Wednesday, became outraged with all of the news....I'm talking OUTRAGED. I was so mad I wanted to blog on it, but couldn't muster it all out yet. Picked up C cousin at the airport to stay the night with me. K didn't go to bed until 10....ugh, he really was not good that night.

Thursday, rus around at work, mommy & me, chad came back in town, dinner at Papa's Steakhouse with Steven Baldwin (yup, i'll pick up that name i just dropped).

Friday, check day at work. Plus, I had a ton to do to get ready for the big premier. Left the house super late and got stuck in massive traffic. Thought I wasn't going to make it to the film. Saw SOOOOOOO many people. It was great to have such support. After party etc, in bed around 1230.

Saturday, everyone else got to sleep in, but the mommy had to get up with the baby, and get him out of the house as to nit wake our house guests and my sleeping hubby...grrr.... shopping, napping, and an investment dinner worth an entire new blog, in bed at 1230.

Today. Crawfish boil with the Stone family.....enough said.

I'm exhausted. And while I have a ton that I'd love to share my opinions on tonight. I can't muster it up. but here is what to come, Stars and big egos, the VA shooting and media coverage, the Hindu people I dined with, and the premier.

Friday, April 13, 2007

RHC: Day 10 & 11

Is anyone even reading this? Does anyone even care what eat on a daily basis?? Maybe, I'm using this as my food journal.

B: the usual
s1: yogurt
l:sub club, baked lays
s2: zone bar
d: spaghetti, meatsauce, 1 cup steamed broccoli

B: The Ususal
S1: Nothing
L: Blacken Tilapa, steamed veggies, salad, and a $160 tire
S2: tortilla
D: chicken with goat cheese sauce (i swear it was low cal, wasn't very much and far to salt for my taste) - i guess, i need to make a side to eat. just not very hungry.

Yesterday took a 45 min walk to tom thumb and back pushing the stroller. Today did pulls and 20 min of stairclimber. Read an entire US Weekly on the stairclimber...must remember to catch up on gossip more often while doing cardio. I just need one more sprint workout this week and I'm DONE!! :)


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

RHC - Day 9: Finally over the hump

Well, its official, I think I'm over the hump. I'm feeling great...and a little less hungry. I'm working my butt off in the gym. If it says sprint, I'm sprinting. I feel good. I just reread the intro article to the program again and feel motivation. I'm almost at my two week goal.

Next week might be a little harder with C out of town, and with the festival next week end and house guests....

I had lunch with Chad today at a Sushi restaurant, but I wasn't horrible. Could I have been better, yup, but its okay. I'm still keeping up with it. I think I really am finally living what I preach about picking up where you left off. Cheat and then get right back on the plan, don't make a whole day of it.

*****SIDENOTE: why the heck is my child STILL crying?? 20 minutes!*****

B: Same - Cereal & PB Toast
S: um, tortilla in my car starving between clients
L: a whole lotta stuff I can't pronounce
S2: grapes and 4 slices of turkey meat
d: steak fajitas :) no treat tonight since i was bad during he day...just water and green tea.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Midnight Clear @ Dallas USA Film Festival

Well, the time has finally arrived! Chad's film will be making its Dallas debut at the USA Film Festival on April 20th, 7pm at the Angelika Film Center. I hope that everyone we know will be able to make it. We've waited for so long.

If you have further questions or are interested in going but did not get the evite, please comment and let me know so I can get it to you!

Here is the preview:

Crazy man...

So, we hit a few milestones last week.

1) We got rid of the highchair and now sit like a big boy in a booster seat at the table.

2. We learned how to take our clothes off. This just speaks "guido" to me. :)
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Happy Easter

We had fun playing in the bounce house at Nana's! :)
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RHC - Day 8

B: cereal (the usual), toast & PB
s1: 2 oz turkey meat; 1 cup grapes
l: subway club, baked lays
s2: um, forgot - handful pecans
dinner: chicken stuffing casserole
s3: grasshopper 100 calorie pack & diet coke

OMG- can i just tell you....GRASSHOPPER 100 CALORIE PACK!!!!!! Do you KNOW what this means to me!?!? SOOOOOOOO good!!

Didn't get the chance to workout today. Good reasons too...1) its tax time 2) its tax time 3) my baby didn't go to sleep until 9 and the gym closed at 8.

My butt is SO sore. Not sure what I did yesterday that made it so bad, but man I'm hurting. I guess that's good. I've actually been working extremely hard at the gym these days. I'm making every set, every rep count. I've been trying to up my speeds on the treadmill while running sprints. I think I'm getting over the hump....

RHC still going....

Day 7: nothing, ate any and everything i wanted! :)

Day 8: Back on the wagon

B: raisin bran, soy milk, toast & pb
s1: zone bar
L: Turkey Sandwich and spinach salad w/oil & vinegar
S2: Yogurt
D: 6 ox flank steak, 1 burrito tortilla, 2 tbs sour cream, .25 cup cheese, lettuce, salsa
s3: no sugar added fudgesicle

So far today is going great. went to mommy and me gymnastics. :)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Day 6 - Cheesecake Factory - Nuf said.

Um, I started today off well. I think the only meal I nailed was breakfast. Then it was hotdogs (yeah, i had two, what of it?) and cupcakes at a birthday party and Cheesecake Factory tonight.

I can't blame it on anything but "having" too. I mean seriously, have you ever "tried" to be good at Cheesecake?? I did have steak diane and i HIGHLY recommend it. It was the first time i've ever finished a meal there with out a to-go box.

I wrote out the diet plan and workout regimen for the week. Looks good, I threw in some subway, spaghetti, and steak fajitas. :) It should be better than the all chicken and turkey i did last week. I added 100 calories to help from feeling starved. I mean, its okay to be hungry, but not starving. Starving leads to overeating (ahem - me, today) which leads to failure.

Chad is off to a movie and I'm literally so full I could really. Maybe puking is a good idea at this point....KIDDING! I think I'm going to go read.

Oh, great new drink to try: Lipton To Go Green Tea Mandarin/Mango...OMG!! This actually makes green tea so good I'll drink it all day!!

Friday, April 06, 2007

RHC - Day 5: Where did that wagon go??

Yup, you read that right. I fell off, but I'm okay. I had my breakfast and snacks as I should this morning, but then met Mom and Megs for lunch at Red, Hot and Blue. Um, have you ever been there?? TO-DIE-FOR! YUM! And tonight is the ladies meeting at church and we are having frito pies, ahem, at my stupid suggestion. Its cold, this will be the last time to have chili until October, at least!!

I'm justifying it this way. We were supposed to have a big ol' shin-dig at my parents tomorrow, but because of the weather, we cancelled, so I cheated a day early and tomorrow I'll be good again.

B: raisin bran, soy milk, toast with PB
S1: String cheese, apple
L: Salad @ Red, Hot, and Blue, Creamy dressing (but not too much) and onion rings
S2: skipping since I'm still so full from lunch

Workout--grrrr....i really don't wanna, but I'm about to go get Kai and head to the gym. Today is the PULL workout and sprint intervals. **FUN**

Hope yall have a great rest of the day!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

RCH - Day 4: yeah.

I'm beginning to remember why my original goal was two weeks.

Super busy day. Kai is still really teasting me and its driving me BONKERS!!!

B: Multigrain scone
S1: Almonds
L: Subway Club, Baked Lays, don't think I had one
D: Chicken burrito (chicken, onions, roasted red peppers, tortilla), fudgesicle

So, i didn't follow my diet at all today. I still made it in the right calorie range, but just didn't plan for the day well. It was one before I even realized I hadn't had lunch.

Today was my scheduled off day for working out. I was sitll going to attempt it, but bailed b/c it was for and DH says ex works out everyday at four...wasn't it the mood for it. I'll get over it soon.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

RHC-Day 3: -ugh-

Yup, day three. Ugh.

Day three has been hard. Clearly this was a busy day for me as I didn't post all day. In fact, I think I was in my office for all of, um, 2.5 hours today. I swear, I was working all day. And gas being 2.57 a gallon is NOT helping my situation. Sure, I get reimbursed on mileage, but it never seems like enough.

Its also hard to stick to your diet on the road. I had to have both my snacks at the interval that i should have had snack one and lunch; then lunch was snack'll see.

B: Raisin Bran, Soy milk, Ezekiel Bread, Peanut butter
S1: Zone Bar
S2: Yogurt & Almonds
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich, pretzels, apple
Dinner: Steak (broiled-blech!), couscous, salad w/oil & vinegar

Only did my lifting routine; here's why....

So, I'm going to go ahead and post this even though it might seem silly. I already talked to DH about it and he understands, so might as well vent here.

How many of you have an ex? HA! How many of you were got hurt by an ex? Ha, again! Okay, so most of you would understand my feeling that you want to look smokin' hot when you see an ex. You know, kinda a aren't-you-wishing-you-didn't-make-that-mistake look. Well...even if you don't, I do. Of course, I want to look good around most people, but especially an ex.

I actually live near an ex. My husband actually grew up with said ex. The ex works for the city and owns a company therein. I guess you know you are going to cross paths. I didn't see the ex from 99 to about 2003, when I ran into him at a gas station. No biggie, looked decent, not stunning, but good.

Roll forward to 2005. Four days before my c-section, weighing in at almost 200 lbs. I had spent the day painting the 10 commandments on kai's walls. I had a hormonal breakdown in the middle of the day that cleared my face of makeup. When we decided to go out for our "last saturday night before kids," i was too tired to get too dressed up. So I put on a frumpy makes-you-look-30-lbs-heavier sweater shirt, threw my hair in a ponytail, and said forget it to makeup.

Yup, you guessed it. The ex was at the same hibachi restaurant. Could you imagine had we been seated with them?!!?! UGH! Anyway, thankfully they left before we did....or so I thought. When we were leaving they were all sitting at the front door!! We had to say hi. None of them even recognized me. To make matters worse, his wife was two months less pregnant than me and look FAB! Horrifying is the only way to describe it.

Yesterday I'm at my new gym. Working hard. Sweating, I'm talking armpit sweat, people!! Wearing old faded workout clothing (not my almost-to-cute-wear-to-workout clothing). Yup, you guessed it. And let me tell you, there was no way I was gettin' my jiggly arse on the treadmill to do sprints in that condition. So I finished lifting and got the HECK outta there. Again, when I said "Hi" being polite he acted like he didn't recognize me....Am I that forgettable??? I think its a game...still a jerk!

There....feel better now...laugh at my vanity all you want....

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

RCH - Day 2: Complete

Well, almost.

The dang kitchen sink broke, so I can't wash dishes. I got over it and decided to go ahead and grill and wash things that *had* to be washed in the bathroom. Go outside, turn on the grill, nodda...yup, out of propane! UGH! On top of that, I initially didn't think the sink was broken, just that I had to use it slowly so it wouldn't back up. Um, yeah, water started coming out from under the cabinet. :(

Have I mentioned that the only-took-a-one-hour-nap-today toddler has suddenly decided to hate the bath again?!?! The last three times he has just stood there and screamed. Then, when you try to wash his hair he grabs on you soaking both you and the floor all the while screaming his head off....

So I have a very cranky toddler, a flooding home, I'm soaking wet and I can't grill my flippin' steak!

Chad is out in Irving and will be bringing home Boston Market. Expensive, but healthy. So here is todays recap while I'm waiting on my food.

B: Weight Control Oatmeal & Banana
S1: Apple & String Cheese
L: Turkey sandwich, strawberries, carrots (tomorrow I get pretzels and I can't wait!!)
S2: Almonds & Grapes
S3: (just because i'm having a late dinner) FiberOne bar
D: will be; Turkey, Dill Potatoes, Green Beans from Boston Market

Did cardio; 30 min; level 6; stairclimber; est 180 calories

It also has dawned on me that this weekend is Easter and I have a TON going am I going to stick to a diet when there is going to be such great food around??? Chad told me that I should eat perfect all week, enjoy the weekend and then pick right back up on Monday. The problem is I have worked so hard (um for two days) that I don't want to over eat all weekend!!!

Still going...

I got to eat cheese!!!! I totally forgot I could eat string cheese with my first snack of the day. How delightful.

Made it to the gym for cardio & abs. After I got dressed I realized that I completely forgot to do abs. Oh well, those are easy to do anywhere.

I'm blogging everytime I REALLY want to cheat....can you tell, this is what, my THIRD post today....dork.

I did stop and get a large peach tea at sonic after my workout. Hey, its only 10 calories and sounded better than the tall non-fat, no-whip, sugar-free cinnamon dolce latte (only 90 calories by the way) that I usually splurge on. If you haven't tried this one, its a must!!

Okay, thirty more minutes until I can have grapes & almonds. Then tonight steak!!!

Funny story

I'm eating lunch and working and planning my work errands and suddenly I remembered a funny story from yesterday.

I joined the local rec center yesterday. I'm still amazed at why I would pay to go to a gym when I have a free membership somewhere else....ANYWAY. So I go and join and before I go in and work out I go to visit the ladies room. I walk in and notice that there are cleaning supplies on the floor and someone is in a stall swishing. No biggie, the cleaning lady.... um, or so I thought.

While sitting there I see a MAN walk out of the stall and out the door. I swear, I was thinking, "CRAP, I went in the wrong one!" I was blushing in my stall. I didn't remember seeing any urinals. I come out and look behind me as I quickly wash my hands...still no urinals.

So, I decide he's just the male janitor. Then I'm thinking, is he just standing out there waiting for me to leave?? Am I going to make eye contact? UGH!

I did end up having to make eye contact. :( I felt like I needed to say something, like, "Sorry" but then realized that would probably embarrass both of us.

Okay, maybe this story isn't as funny as I thought. Hum...

RCH: Day 2

I caved and ate the fudgsicle and then climbed into bed. I was so hungry when I woke up, but had a very difficult time eating the oatmeal and banana that I was supposed to eat. I like raisin bran so much better. Busy day at work today. Hopefully will keep my mind off food.

Monday, April 02, 2007


Okay, so the first few days of diet and exercise are the hardest. Retraining your body to know when it is and isn't hungry is hard. Retraining you mind to not crave tons of cheese and sweets....ugh. So I'm just going to write myself happy.

Anyway, I'm just trying to hold fast.

So, what have I done/had?

B: 1 cup raisin bran, .5 cup light soy milk, slice Ezekiel bread with 1 tbs peanut butter

S1: Zone bar

L: Chicken salad on Ezekiel bread, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup carrots

S2: Yoplait light

D: Chicken, .5 cup corn, 1 cup steamed broccoli

Today I did legs training and sprint intervals. I'm exhausted but I feel good. I drank only water all day, but caved at 5 for diet coke. I NEEDED it. I'm trying to hold off my craving for a Fudgsicle (sp). Maybe this means I'll have to start going to bed earlier.

So, I must admit, I'm hooked on Dancing With the Stars. I've so totally made fun of everyone I know for watching it in the past, but.....last week we were at my parents when it was on and i got HOOKED!!! I'm loving it. Hummmmm, maybe watching skinny chicks dance will hold off that fudgesicle.

Can someone please go eat so cheese for me??? 13 more days to reach Goal #1.

So far, so good....

Yeah, I know its only noon. So far I've had everything to eat that I'm supposed to . I've already been to the gym to do weights and am about to head back to do cardio. I'm going to join the rec center in Roanoke. Kai was TICKED today in the nursery at the other gym, even though my good friend was the worker...oh well I was ready to go. So about to go have lunch...chicken salad sandwich, strawberries, and carrots...not terrible.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Rock Hard Challenge Begins Tomorrow

Okay, I hate even posting this since I have posted like 8 of these over the year. I'm starting a new workout/diet plan tomorrow morning. It's called the Rock Hard Challenge by Muscle & Fitness. Fellow blogger, Monika, see left bar, started it a few weeks ago and it looked good to me. Well, Chad did make some adjustments to the weight training as some of it is simply not safe.

I'm supposed to post my before and after pics. I'm not so sure I can stomach that. After baby, everything "hangs" different. The skin on my tummy, the fat under my butt, ugh....but hey, that's why I'm starting this. I'm actually doing baby steps. I'm aiming at making it two weeks since my average diet lasts only about 1.5.

A big thing for me is diet, so I took the diet they recommended, the diet Dan made me, and my own good knowledge and made my own. I have to admit, I'm pretty proud of myself I guess all of those years being married to a trainer has paid off. First I wrote then plan, then I added the caloric, protein, etc values so that I could know what to tweak. Much to my surprise, my diet averaged, 1650 calories, 48 grams fat, 221 carbs, 36 grams of fiber, and 100 grams protein. I think even Chad was impressed.

The funny thing to me was how easy I got to 35+ grams of fiber. I watched "Fiber 35" on PBS a few weeks ago and then found myself trying to put fiber into everything, but I was having a hard time. So, when I wrote the diet I wasn't even thinking of the fiber, but I hit 35 easily! YAY!! So fiber is easy if you are eating right.

Basically this fiber show told you all of the benefits, etc. Her biggest point, aside from other health benefits, is that if you can get 35 grams of fiber a day you will naturally ahem-"flush" away 2 lbs a month on average. To say it plain- you'll poop out 2 lbs! :) Now, I'm am NOT banking on that by any means, but going more is always better.

Wow...I sure just lost a few readers for sure. I can't help it. Blame my mother-in-law, after two weeks of dating Chad and complaining of a stomach ache the woman asked my how often I go. Seriously, but since then and learning about how gut health affects your overall really opens your eyes.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Not again.....

Be praying for Kai. We have to go BACK to the dr today b/c he's getting sick again and its FRIDAY!!! Been coughing bad for three day, took a four hour nap yesterda (we had to wake him) and massive diarreha....ugh! Kids. Don't worry about me, I'm taking all kindas of stuff

Also, check out Nate Sallies new cd. SO awesome, a lot like Ben Folds in my mind. You totally hear his heart too. I cried the whole way back to work after I bought it. And if you know me, that is RARE!!! (Crying, that is)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Just because....

He's adorable!!
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Kai & Poppy!!!

Kai went through an odd phase a few weeks ago where he didn't want much to do with my dad. Well, he's finally coming back around. We walked in on Sunday and he grabbed this book and jumped in Daddy's lap. NOTHING makes me happier!! :)

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First pics....

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He's Here!!!!

Cade has made his arrival!!!

5 lbs, 13oz 19.5 inches

SIL made labor look like a breeze!!! Called at 9:30 and she was a five and by the time I got there around 10:30 she was a seven, 10 by noon, baby arrived after 19 minutes of pushing!!! :) Will post pics tonight from home.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

SO disappointing...

The train arrived today. I was thrilled, the toddler was not impressed. :( Give him a few days.

I'm distraught over death today. A 15-month old was killed near where I grew up while under the care of a nanny today. She was struck by a tow truck leaving the home. I'm horrified at the thought of what the family and the nanny are going through. Its amazing what one second can mean. It made me run home and love on my baby. I hate when things like this happen b/c my mind can't let them go. I can't imagine the pain. But it also serves as a great reminder to watching our babies....

I also learned of an associate who lost her significant other today. Ugh....

On to better news, Sister-in-law is being induced at 6 am tomorrow!!! :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007

OMG!!! Yall, I am SO freaking excited right now it isn't even funny. Like, seriously, I might not be able to sleep for awhile. Why, you ask?!?! Because E-bay is SO exhilarating!!

So, I logged on my computer tonight and checked all of the usual sites, etc. Well, I looked at my blog to see pics of the if I don't see him enough. ANYWAY, I saw the picture of Kai on the train and notice that it said, "playskool" not little tykes as I had posted. So I got this great idea to google it. WELL, I FREAKING FOUND IT. Craigs list had them for around $75 with pickup, but then I saw one on ebay and lo-and-behold the auction ended in ten minutes and the darn thing was only $10!!!! (well, $35 in shipping). I spent the next 10 minutes hitting refresh until BAM!! It's MINE!!! (I should say Kais)


Um, did I mention how excited I am. Gosh. I hope it comes soon!!!!

Monday, March 19, 2007

I got the bug....

The planting bug! :)

We've been spending A LOT of time outside recently. Kai just loves playing out there, so I go and sit and watch him. Well, I woke up this morning knowing that I'd be outside most of the day, so I decided to find my own thing to play with as I have read every magazine in my house. So, I hopped out of bed, dressed Kai and off we were to the plant ranch! :)

I bought "hot red" lantana. The type that grows up, not out and moss roae to go in front of it. You see, last year I planted begonias and they ALL died!!!! Lantana is hreaty and hard to kill, so hopefully it'll still be alive in august.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Big Boy

These pictures are to show you what a big boy Kai is becoming. It almost saddens me, he looks less like a baby and more like a boy these days. This is Aunt Lyndee's baby shower gift, it wasn't going to be there in time, so we took a picture. Too bad it's in a store b/c its the best picture of Kai I have. I also wish I could photoshop out the drooled T-shirt...but whatever

Kai went to Mimi's friend Peppi's house one day to meet Baby Rylan. Peppi busted out this old school toy so we could keep talking and keep Kai entertained. It is battery operated and by far the best toy ever. It's Little Tykes brand and if anyone can locate it, I'd be willing to pay. (Dont' mom's toes look great?!?)

Vintage Kai

THese are from one year ago this week. It's so amazing how big he's gotten. I had almost forgotten how much drool there was...ugh!

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