Weekend Update…Operation Dodge Cabin Fever

Well, it continues to be the weekend here in Loveland, OH. Yes, you guessed it…another SNOW DAY! I have mixed feelings about it because there is so much to do at school, but I am thrilled to spend another day with my little munchkins. Megan woke up in the middle of the night with a horrible cough and awkward breathing (we almost got dressed to go the ER) so it was nice to have a bit of time to sleep in this morning too. Don’t worry, Miss M is fine this morning. I think she just has a head cold.

Thisweekend was a mix of a lot of lounging and a a lot of moving. Friday night we hung out as a family of four and ordered take-out from Outback. Our favorite. On Saturday I let Shawn sleep in and we headed to the gym. Megan loves Kid Fit class so we made it just in time for her to participate. I was able to get three and a half miles in the the treadmill.

When we got home Megan spent the rest of the day with a couple of the neighborhood girls. We are blessed to live in an awesome neighborhood full of little kids. It is not uncommon in the summer to have fifteen kids ages two to eight in our back park. I love the kids and I adore their moms. We are all different but have similar values which makes it a great community.

After a day of playing the girls, of course, scammed me into hosting a sleepover. It was impromptu and so much fun. I made cupcakes and let the girls (and Tyler) decorate them. They had a blast.

Then it was play play play the rest of the night. At 10:30 I forced them into bed and they giggled for an hour. So sweet. By midnight they were done.

In the morning we had time for quick manicures before the ladies went home and we got dressed and headed to church.

Later that day we headed to the “big gym” and the kids played while we worked out. When we were leaving we realized the rock wall was open. After signing my life away the kids gave it a try.

Needlesstosay, they loved it. We all be back…especially because it is free! Gotta love free activities at the good old YMCA.
Also, the kids were exhausted when we got home and promptly went to bed at 6:00 and did not make a peep all night. Shawn was working so I felt like I was on vacation…I watched HGTV without interruption, ate a bowl of ice cream, and enjoyed the calm.

Yesterday we were back at the gym in the morning and I was able to participate in Muscle Max which I love. I have not been able to get to a class since the summer so it felt good to be back. Boy, am I sore this morning.
In the afternoon we did another fun free activity.

Swimming for the win!

Today we are going to relax. I probably will not go anywhere since Megan is a little under the weather.

What activities does your family do to cure cabin fever?


Back to Reality

Holy sleep, Batman!
Tyler slept for a whopping 14 hours last night. Poor little guy, the Holiday must have really taken it out of him.
He woke up this morning smiling and happy, so I guess it was necessary.

Thanksgiving weekend was an awesome display of just the right amount of doing and resting. I decided this year to avoid any Black Friday madness, opting instead to hang and play with the kiddos. It was glorious. We went outside and played (freak act of nature and it was 55 degrees yesterday), watched several Christmas movies (The Elf of the Shelf and Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer were tops!), and just enjoyed being together. Shawn decorated the house for Christmas while we were gone on Wednesday, so he relieved a lot of stress there.

My girlfriends met for dinner on Wednesday night and it was lovely. I just find being in their company to be so wonderful. I wish we could do it more. Some of my girls and I have been friends for 33 years! That is amazing to me. Many have been with me for 20. I love that…wherever life takes us we are always together (at least in spirit!).

Chippy the Elf made his appearance this weekend. I will hopefully remember to take pictures and post pictures of his antics. I love this tradition and the kids do too! So far he has been stuck in our Christmas wreath and in a hot tub of marshmallows with Rapunzel Barbie (the Chippy is a little frisky!).

Coming back to work after the extended weekend was not so bad after all. I have a lot planned for my students in this short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Eek…already looking forward to that LONG two weeks off!!!!!

Catching Up

I have been a real blog slacker…like, whoa.

I have said before that sometimes it gets hard for me to think of things to write, and I guess that is the case now.


Changes have been happening in our little family.

Shawn took a new position in his company and his schedule, albeit different, seems like a better fit for all of us.  He is now home more days during the week and working every other weekend. It makes him happy because he is able to participate more in the kids’ lives and we are able to see each other more.  I must admit, so far so good on my end too.

 Tyler is growing up.  We took down his crib last weekend and replaced it with an awesome baseball bed that Shawn and his dad made.  It is truly a piece of art and Tyler is thrilled…if we could only get him to sleep in it, that would be amazing.


Megan and Tyler fell off the side of a cart at Hobby Lobby last weekend.  They are fine.  Just noting, this is the second time this has happened in the past month (they don’t learn their lessons!).  Now, Megan says her arm is “broken” and needs constant attention.  Shawn made her a fake cast and she thinks it is the best thing that has ever happened to her.  I must admit, when I was a little one I loved having band-aides and fake casts myself.

 Speaking of Megan, she has been learning nursery rhymes in pre-school.  This week she memorized “Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon” and it performing it for the whole class.  Holy adorable.


Is there anyone else super excited about Thanksgiving????  It might be my favorite holiday.  I love how much sitting/laying around is involved.  I also love that my girlfriends meet the Wednesday before for dinner.  It has been a tradition for at least the last nine years, maybe more.  It is such a great way to start the holiday.  This year our full group will be there…from near and far.  I couldn’t be more happy.  We all need this.

 My father in law had to have a heart procedure done this morning.  His heart has been in afib for quite a while and he was not responding to medication.  So, this morning he had his heart shocked back into rhythm.  Thank God everything went according to textbook and he is doing great.  I don’t talk about him much but I just love Big John.

Finally, I feel like I am in a bit of a slump.  Since the time change I have been so exhausted.  There is just a lot going on in my life personally and professionally that is making sleep difficult and getting up even more of a challenge.  I am hoping the start of the “holiday season” will better my mood and put me in a more positive place.


You Can’t Please Everyone

You can’t please everyone…

I have been thinking about that statement a lot lately. My whole life I have felt like I was pulled in many different directions. Mostly it has been self-imposed because I am a “yes” person, but more recently I have let the reactions of other people rule my mood; and I don’t like it.

This weekend someone said something very nasty about me behind my back, to my mom. Specifically, it was about my weight and how every time she sees me my clothes look tighter and tighter.
And when it was repeated to me I was very hurt by the comment. In fact, I almost cried about it.

Then I thought to myself, who is this person to judge me? In fact, I have lost 20 pounds since August. And I am working out daily. And I am feeling good. Am I really going to let someone control my emotions and how I feel about myself?
And, so I got over it.

My mom may never get over it.

I also have a problem with letting people’s reactions get the best of me. I try my best to include everyone and to make people feel welcome and appreciated. I don’t live in the same city as many of my family and friends do, so when I have something going on not everyone can come. I am no longer going to feel bad about that. I am going to live the life that I am craving for me and for my family. I cannot control how other people feel about me.

In better news…
I have been purging my house room by room. It has been awesome. Shawn added to the fun this weekend by cleaning out his clothes in the closet. I am proud of him…that is not something he likes to do, but he did it and I know he felt good about it when he was finished. I have two small projects left (guest room closet and Megan’s closet) and then it is on to the garage and the basement which might take all winter, but I am going to do it. By spring I want to move on to our first large project since moving into our home. We are going to re-decorate the living room which includes new flooring, new paint, new wiring, new furniture and possibly a built in. WOW writing that down makes it seem like a huge undertaking. Young House Love I am not J

Anyways, I feel better getting all of that off my chest. I am looking forward to a fabulous week. After all, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!


Play Date!

Update from yesterday…I think I am more hungry during the day when I do not work out in the morning. I am not sure why this is the case, but I think it is pretty true. This is a totally unresearched, unproven theory, but I am going with it.

Today started with day 2 of VBS drop off. Sweet Megan Elizabeth did great and seemed pretty unaffected by the whole thing.

love that purple t-shirt…I do not love washing it every night, however

Ty and I headed off to the gym for a Power Core class. I was thinking I was going to be late and not be able to attend but I made it just in time…for ZUMBA? Yes, you heard me correctly. The PC teacher was feeling pretty down with back issues and asked the Zumba instructor (who happened to be in the class) to work our outer and inner thighs with a Zumba routine. I have never done Zumba before and I really had no desire to try it. I will tell you, after 20 minutes I was sweating to death and my thighs were absolutely burning. Like, crazy burning. Zumba for the win! I might take my gym up on a free class this week.

When we got home Shawn picked up Megan and she was crying because I did not pick her up. I guess I will not be making that mistake again! Secretly I just love that my kids are always looking for me…not that they do not love Shawn so much, it is just they love me…they really love me.

Megan had a play date this afternoon which meant we missed naps. Not pretty for anyone involved. I am not really that kind of parent that forces naps, but when I know my kids need them I just know. So, the play date was not terrible, but there were many breakdowns.


20130716-173804.jpgbut also lots of very cute moments too

Part of the reason why I did not pick Megan up was because I was waiting for Direct TV. My window was from 12-4. I will spare you all my DTV woes, but in a nutshell this girl is about to go postal. So, I am sitting here now and it is 5:40 and a technician has yet to show up. Super annoying. Really, super annoying. It makes all the troubles I have had with this company heightened and I have no idea why they do not take my time into consideration. It makes me want to tell them to take everything out of my house when (if?) they get here. Irritating.

I have so many things to write about…Disney re-cap, Summer TV, updating my goals for the summer. But, I feel like everyday I just ramble. I guess that is okay…it is my blog, anyway.

Anyone have any good and funny stories out there? I would love to hear them,

A Great Weekend

We had a fabulous weekend that went by at a pace I was comfortable with…not too fast, not too slow. On Saturday morning, Shawn declared that it would be a “stay-cation” day in which we would stay in the area but pretend we were on vacation.

I started with an awesome Muscle Max class in the morning. Megan went to the Kids Cardio class and Tyler stayed in the Kids Club (Shawn slept…he does work second shift, you know!). That class SLAYED ME! Oh my, I felt muscles I never knew I had…more on my love affair with classes at the gym in another post.

When we got home Shawn was just finishing up with mowing the lawn and we took about 15 minutes to clean up and get changed for the pool.




As the pictures show, we had a great time. Many of our neighborhood friends were also there so it made for a fun day for both the kids and the adults. We stayed at the pool way too long (remember, we are on vacation and staying at the pool until early evening is mandatory!). We all changed and headed to dinner at the local pizza place. We never go there and when you are inside it does feel like you are on vacation. After dinner we finished the evening with a very “vacation-ey” type activity..PUTT PUTT!


So. Much. Fun. We came home at dusk sunkissed and exhausted. It was a such a great day and just what the doctor ordered.

For Father’s Day Shawn golfed in the morning and then we headed to his parents house for a BBQ with the family. When we came home it seemed like most of the neighborhood was out in our park and we joined them for some baseball and running around. Then the adults and kids gathered for an impromptu campfire.

It was a lovely weekend. Truly one of the best weekends we have had in a very long time. I know I have said it before, but I just love the summer so much. And this weather is to die for!! I know I will be cursing the heat in the next month or two but right now I have zero to complain about. It made Father’s Day a bit more bearable for me and I did appreciated some really kind words Shawn spoke at the end of the night. Love my guy!


A Great Weekend

Look what came over the weekend…

I am super excited about my Old Navy purchases, but not so excited that I have to wait until I lose 8.4 more pounds until I can open the box. Such is life. I am still feeling good and motivated to make my goals happen so I am going to stay positive and hope that I will be able to open the box in the next few weeks.

In other news, I had a wonderful lunch with a dear friend over the weekend (hello, Susan!). It always amazes me how much love I have for my girlfriends. I always leave feeling better than when I came and it is a great feeling. We are in very similar stages in life and it is so nice to just sit and talk about anything and everything uninterrupted. I don’t have much alone time and I never take this time for granted.
We ate at an amazing place in which I took no pictures and cannot remember the name. But I had a delicious flight of wines and a delectable sampling of appetizers. I ate things that I have never tried before (hello, pork belly nachos!) and I felt very swanky and grown up!

My weekend also involved visiting with my mom and brother. My mom is feeling much better and getting stronger day by day. She is always so positive and I absolutely love being in her presence. We spent a lot of time playing with the kids and hanging out and shopping and doing all the things we love to do together. When I don’t see my mom for a couple of weeks I miss her. I am so blessed to have her in my life. My brother throws my kids around like they are rag dolls and I love it. It is hilarious to watch and the look on their faces is priceless. They love their uncle and I love that. I always wanted my kids to be close to my brother and they are! Happiness.

Finally, after a much delayed car ride home (accident 10 miles from my house = 1 hour of additional driving on back roads in the dark while it was raining…fun…not!) I came home to a very clean and organized garage. Shawn did a garage make-over and I am in love (with him and my garage!). He has really been a worker-bee of late and I am loving it. I have reaped the benefits of several small projects over the last few weeks.

Alas, I am sad that Shawn is going back to working 2nd shift this week. Not that I can’t do things on my own in the evenings, but I will miss him. As I have said before, we are in a good season of our relationship and really enjoying each other. I am going to miss hanging out with him in the evening and just talking. I love being with my husband. While I will not say that our relationship has always been easy, it has always been worth it. To me, that is what marriage is all about…the journey…through ups and downs, good times and bad times, there is no one that I could ever see myself being with besides him.

I am going to make it an awesome week, are you?