Love this Family


It has been a crazy week. I have a Catholic Schools Week post almost ready…but for now I just love my family. I am cheesey and nostalgic and full of drama this week but I love them. I just do.

A Delicious Dinner

I just had the most delicious pizza for dinner. I wanted to pop in and write a little post about it.

20130130-204406.jpg Sorry, I tossed the box before I realized the epic deliciousness of this container of goodness and had to fish it out of the trash for a picture. And I do not have a picture of my plate because I consumed said pizza way to fast for my own good. No stopping for pictures when stuffing your face my friends.

It was 290 calories for 1/3 of the pizza, but I ate half which was well worth the 435 calories. A brighter person might have added a salad on the side…but I have no lettuce. So I settled for a half-rotten avocado. The problem with avocados is that I always buy them and I love them but I have a hard time eating them. But I digress.

Anyways, if you have not tried this pizza please get dressed, run out to Kroger, buy one, and make it tonight. No, really, go…get out there…turn off your electronics…NOW!!!!!

Weighty Wednesday

Week #3 Stats:
Pounds Lost: 2
Total Loss: 6
Pounds away from Goal: 54

It has been a very strange week. I almost did not weigh in this morning because I did not want to face the results. I thought for sure that it was going to be a gain. I have not been to the gym since Saturday, my eating has been anything but stellar, and I have been feeling crappy. On the bright side, I have been drinking a ton of water and I have made a point to stay active outside of the gym.

Megan and Tyler have been sick since Sunday (just colds) so I was not able to bring them with me the gym. This is a problem because if I can’t take them, I can’t go. Generally when I get out of my routine is causes me major issues ~ like, if I do not go to the gym then I get lazy and start snacking and it is a major downward spiral. I tried my best to avoid this constant pattern, and I did okay but not great.

I will take the 2 pounds.

Drinking 80-100 ounces of water has really changed the way I feel. At first I thought I was going to be sick from all the water, but after a week I am starting to crave it. I still have a pee a million times a day, but my skin seems smoother and I am less hungry. I try and have 80 ounces down by lunchtime and anything after that is a bonus. I have never been a water drinker in the past, but I am definitely living the benefits.

Also, this past week I “joined” a fitness group. It is more of an individualized plan that has you competing against other people in the gym, but it is the best that I could do given my time issues right now. I met with a personal trainer and learned the equipment and I did alright. I won’t say that I am all that interested in circuit weight training, but I am going to give it is whirl over the course of the next few months. Anything will help!

I have one more day to sign up for a 5K. I have found a couple that the dates work, but I am having a hard time committing. But, I will do it. I will…maybe.

How has your week been? Care to join me in my journey?

Recharged for the Week

20130128-181430.jpg my little Buzz and Sofia. die.

The weekend was everything I needed it to be…full of lots of family time, new pajamas, and laughter, a ton of laughter, and even a family nap on Saturday afternoon. We did so little but so much in two days.

The highlight of the weekend was our trip to the bounce house to celebrate Megan’s “poop in the pants-free” week! Oh that little angel has been pooping on the potty like a champ. It is hard work! Funny thing is, she had an accident at the bounce house. Such is life…I was not mad at her; I know it was truly an accident because she was just so darn excited about being there. Tyler was his usual skeptical self. He only would go in if one of us was with him. So, yours truly spend a good amount of time bouncing! I had fun. Shawn even got in on the action and went up and down the slide for Tyler!

Sunday was a great day as well. It started at Cracker Barrel where I ate an 1100 calorie breakfast (whoa, those calories start to add up when you are not watching!) Then, we spent a lot of time going from store to store trying to find great birthday presents for our little guy. We ended up getting him many Buzz shirts and a couple of little toys. At the end of the day we had to put a little perspective into our search…Ty is the happiest kid we know, so if he only got Buzz clothes and no toys he would be just as thrilled. I cannot believe his party is next weekend!!! So much to do, so little time!!! I must get to Party City this week!!!!

We ended our weekend at Shawn’s parents’ house. We used to do Sunday dinner there almost weekly. I was just saying how much I missed that tradition. Sue is an amazing cook, so anything she makes is a treat. I also loved the family bonding time just sitting around talking and relaxing. Hopefully the tradition will continue!

Remember how I lost my iPhone last week? No, I did not find it (wishful thinking). But, Shawn’s phone fell to the floor yesterday and cracked in a million pieces. When it rains, it pours.

This week is Catholic Schools Week and that deserves a post all of its own. I will say that I thought about how to make it special for my students this week and I have come up with some cool stuff. Lots of busy this week, but I like it that way!


I have been in a funk for the past couple of weeks. Not a funk like I am in a high state of depression and I need medication OMG now or I am going to have a breakdown. But funky enough to feel like it is hard to get up in the morning, to get motivated to be a great teacher, to eat well and exercise hard, and to stay calm and patient at night with the kids. I try to do everything right everyday, but I do stumble. I don’t know if it is Shawn working in the evenings or what, but I have just been sad. You know?

I am sad for my friend who is suffering through infertility, sad for myself because I do not have a great network of friends here to talk to and set up play dates with and just bond with, sad that my dad died, sad that my mom doesn’t live closer, sad that my mother in law has back problems, sad that I am over-weight, sad that I lost my phone, sad for my husband working second shift…you name it and I am sad about it.

When I get sad I tend to spend a lot of time in prayer. After I have put the kids to bed in the evening I focus on devoting time to sitting in silence listening to God. I know he has divine plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11), but I just wish I knew what they were. I question whether I am good enough…am I a good enough wife? Mother? Teacher? Daughter? Sister? Friend? At times I feel like I am, but right now, I just feel blah… But that is human nature. We want an answer now and we want a good one. I know I need to be patient and live in the moment. I know I am doing everything I can today, and that is all that is expected of me. I go to bed every night knowing that today was the best day that it could be. That has to be “enough.”

This weekend I am bound and determined to make a good one. I want to do a lot of fun stuff with the kids (bounce house, anyone?) and I also want to reconnect with Shawn. I get myself so wound up about not having a good marriage and not spending enough time with my husband. I think that is the worst part of him working in the evenings…I start to feel like we are strangers passing in the night. We literally do not see each other Monday through Friday which makes it hard for us to make any kind of decisions together. I married Shawn because I like spending time with him, so this kind of stinks. I am thankful he is working, I am thankful for our texts, and I am thankful I have a husband who cares so much about his family. But, it still does not make it easier. This too shall pass; I just have to keep telling myself that.

Something that did make me happy today…our tradition of going to the gym and then to McDonald’s on Friday night! I love not cooking, the kids love nuggets and fries. It is a win-win! Also, I have instituted “No bath Fridays” which pretty much rocks my world!!!


Have a great weekend!

Thursday Confessional

Thoughts on Thursday:

1. When I go upstairs to do the bath and bedtime routine with Megan and Tyler and I walk into my room and see that the bed has been made my mood immediately lifts. I love a made bed.
2. I always think that I love sushi, but then I buy it and it gives me heartburn. Why do I keep buying it?
3. In second grade I was 5 foot 2 inches and wore a size 7 shoe. Now I am 5 foot 11 inches and wear a size 10 or 11 shoe. I love being tall and I hope Megan will too (since she is three and wears a 6x and has size 11 feet she is going to have to embrace it!)
4. My mother in law is a blessing. I am so lucky to have a MIL that not only loves me like a daughter, but loves and cares for my kids on the daily. She is awesome and I enjoy her company immensely. She deserves a post all of her own.
5. Swimming is one of my favorite sports but I never go except in the summer. I love to swim but I hate to dry off and put on clothes afterwards (especially in the cold).
6. I love doing laundry. Especially sheets and towels.
7. I can’t believe my dad is dead. Two and a half years later, I still cannot get over it. Today when I was packing my gym bag I almost starting sobbing for no reason except that I missed him.
8. Facebook is so strange to me. I like looking at it, but I never know what status to write. I get anxious about “liking” something or writing a comment. This = I am insane.
9. I tried the Kroger “Simple Truths” energy/protein bar (chocolate fudge brownie) last night and it was so delicious! I am looking for more foods that are high in protein and taste good and this fit the bill!
10. This is the longest four day week in the history of the world. Hello, long, cold winters. I hate you!

For your viewing pleasure:

20130124-184024.jpghis favorite place to hang

Weighty Wednesday

Week #3 Stats:
Pounds Lost: 2
Total Loss: 3.6
Pounds away from Goal: 56.4

Two hard fought pounds! I woke up this morning thinking that I had gained 5 pounds and that I might not be able to make it through the day. I will take a minus 2 thankyouverymuch!

Yesterday when I was at the gym I was watching The Biggest Loser and the last chance work-out got me really motivated to work really hard. I know that weight loss doesn’t just happen in the last minute of training before you weigh-in, but I do believe that intense motivation to work harder than you did before yields results.

I was also inspired by the contestants running a 5K. I have a 5K picked out for myself, now I just have to make the commitment to sign up. I know I will be able to do it. I might be able to run the entire time, but I will be able to finish. It is just one more hurdle I have to overcome in my weight loss journey.

I really want to join a fitness class, but the fact is life is getting in the way. The only available classes start at 6pm during the week. Megan and Tyler have a strict bath/bedtime that starts at 7pm. I know it may seem a little anal to people, but I need some time in the evenings to get things done around the house. Taking a class from 6pm-7pm and not getting home until 7:15 and still having to do dinner and the bath and bedtime routine is just not feasible for me.
But, I am going to work with a personal trainer this Friday. I have never done any type of weight training in my life, but I know this is going to be really good for me. The program I am doing is pretty cool. You meet with a trainer for an hour and he goes over machines that help target problem areas. Then, I will be able to work on my own thereafter. I am hoping if it goes well that I will be able to afford some personal training sessions in the coming months…but, I am poor, so probably not!

Oh, my last success of this week was water! I drank a ton of water this week (80-100 ounces a day!) and it has helped to fill me up a bit.

Onward, my friends, onward! Care to join me in my journey?