Monday, December 22, 2008

Dec. 22nd, 2008
As I am baking cookies and have a fire in the fireplace I am reminded of what a great adventure this year has been. From starting the new year last year in my skinny little 150 pound body to the stresses of school, another fantastic beach trip, my 30th birthday, my kids growing and learning so much I am stunned everyday by their talents and unique personalities, each day another crazy day.
I am taking a break from bloggin until after the new year. have a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Look for New Blogs Jan 5th as I will start yet another weight loss attempt in 2009.
Love to you all,

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dec. 15, 2008
Have you ever had one of those days that was perfect in every way? Sat was that day for our family. We woke up in the morning and Victoria gardens was having a snow festival with ice skating and snow play for the kids so we headed down to that for a few hours. While we were there is threw pennies in a fountain and later found out that we all wished for the same thing, the best day ever. After the snow festival we headed to get some shopping done and even though it was really busy we had fun and made the best of it. Cody had perfect attendance in Nov. so he got a free bowling coupon for our whole family that included shoes, soda, and bowling for free so off to bowling we went. We got there and it was cosmic bowl so the boys were thrilled. After bowling we had lunch/dinner and headed home for a litle break before heading off to our busy evening. In the evening we had a hockey game to go to, when we walked in the door we decided to buy a raffle ticket to support our local high school. Well in the end of the game they announced the winner and it was us. We won over $600 which we really needed to get us through all of our christmas shopping. After hockey we went home and put the biys to bed and I went shopping at midnight to get some of the kids gifts purchased. It was a great day, busy as can be, but awesome. It was Godsent.
Hope you all had a great weekend as well,

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dec. 10, 2008
I got this from my friend Ali and thought is was perfect for my blog. Enjoy!


1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who putscarrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat step #3.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Reread tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Have a great Wed.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dec. 8, 2008
What a fantastic weekend. Sat. we went to two birthday parties and then hung out at Shawn's parents for the evening singing and watching the fight. Sun was the best. Garrett had a karate competition in long beach at 7am. I have to admit I was not looking forward to the hour I had to be there or the hour drive but his awesome day made up for it. garrett did fantastic, he ended up with 2 second place trophies one in hardest punch and one for hardest kick, he also got 2 3rd place trophies one for sparring which is fighting with another child you age fully padded, the other event was forms which is who is the best at their moves as far as how sharp you are and hoe precise you are. I was most excited for forms because he was against about 12 kids and it was girls and boys. It seems like girls always sweap the events where it is boys and girls. So all in all it was a great day and Garrett was so proud of himself.
What else is going on. We have yet to finish decorating, get a tree, or purchase one gift. We thought we would do a marathon even when we get time. Ok not fun but that is the way we ended up doing things this year. I am in finals all week and then life slows down next week. I have 1 month off of school and let me tell you I definitly am ready for a break. I am burned out and staring to hate school. 6 more months until I am done.
Abby, lets just say I am tired. I get up 2 times a night to take her potty, I thought I was done raising babies. She also is a biter of everything. I am not sure how this is going to end.
_______the best news of the weekend. When we were at Shawn's parents my brother called to tell me that he and Brandy are going to have a baby. I am going to be an Aunt. Yeah!!!!! They just found out and they thing she is due in Aug. ______
Have a good Monday,

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dec. 5, 2008
My poor Mom. She called me last night in melt down mode. After talking to her for a few hours I think she felt a little bit better. She came home to a broken fence a few days ago in her back yard, she fixed it and talked to neighbors to see how it had broken, it was a mountain lion. My mom had a mountain lion in her back yard. She is freaked out and can't take Abby out in the night time because she is really scared to get attacked. She also reallized that a puppy was more then she can handle right now so we now are the proud owners of a new puppy. We are going to take her for a week and see if she fits with our dogs and family. So for now we are not telling the kids that she is ours we are telling them that she is visiting until they find the mountain lion.
Well I am off to get our visiting puppy.
Have a good friday,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

Happy Holidays. I decided to revamp the blog for the upcoming holidays. I am really torn as to what I should do about dieting over the holiday. I can either go really crazy, eat well, exercise, and just all around be really good over the holiday. The other option is to live it up during the holidays and while I am out of school for Christmas, eat cookies, enjoy eggnog lattes, and do the normal holiday activities without guilt. I am leaning towards the later. I don't want to torture myself and not eat like the rest of my family. I am thinking that After the 1st I will be 100% commited to dieting and getting thin for my graduation, beach trip, and all that good stuff that is coming up in the near future. I may gain a few but I am going to start in Jan as a whole new dieter, exerciser, and I am going to get my family involved.

I had my ceramics sale yesterday at school. I made $100 bucks. Not great but better then nothing. The necklaces did well but my gingerbread men ornaments went so fast I ran out at about 11am and had people asking me to make more before Christmas for them. I have 2 ideas either I should have made more or charged more for them. So I am going to try to make about 25 more to sell before the holidays are in full swing.

What else is going on in life. My Mom got a puppy for her boyfriend for his birthday. The best part was the dog was at a shelter by us so we got to go pick her up and spend a day with her before we took her to Bob on his borthday. He named her Abby. If the shelter had more of her I might of come home with one for me. She is the cutest little dog and the kids had a blast with her.
Last we started decorating for the holidays. We are actually late this year. We almost always decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving but decided to use our Seaworld season tickets one more time before they expired. We had fun and the kids love it there. So we are not decorating and getting lights and trees up this weekend.
Well off to study for finals next week,

Monday, December 1, 2008

Dec. 1st, 2008
I can't believe that it has been so long since I have posted. Sorry about that. My life is crazy as normal but with ceramic sales, projects, papers, resumes, thrown in the mix. I am in my last week of school before finals.
The best part in life is the holiday season is now upon us. We pulled all the holiday stuff down from the attic and are putting it up tomorrow night. The music is now on in the car and it actually feels like sweater weather. Life is good.
On the diet front I am not doing anything. I need to. I am thinking of being really strict from now until Dec. 20th. I am going to the market but we will have to see what makes it into the cart.
Have a good Monday,