Sunday, December 30, 2012

40 Days- Day 36

Here I am!!! - and for all you crazy math types, sorry for the out of order numerical business :-)  apparently when you're tired enough you do things like skip 10 and say it's post 44 of a 40 day challenge , and/or forget your computer at work all together when you're leaving on vacation!!! so, yeah... it's not really day 36 but that's what we're calling it,  just to keep things flowy and groovy and ordered and organized  <----- because, you know, we're so organized around here :-)  or not.  

a new year is coming-   
It's the end of the month, the end of the year, and billing and files and reports and re-certifications and everything else under the sun must be done before tomorrow's party (oh baby- it's gonna be a good one!! pictures to come, here's a few from last year).  and tomorrow I'm leaving the job I've had for 10 years- just a smidge of anxiety rolling around about that particular subject.  
I've seen these folks at least 350 out of the last 365 days for the last 10 years... I've sat and talked with their children, their siblings, and in some cases their parents.  I've rejoiced with some.  I've grieved the loss of many.  I've finagled and fudged and out right lied to keep peace and order in my little speech bubble.  and now it's popping, as all bubbles must.  and we (myself and the lint in my pocket) are moving on. 

I have no pictures, currently, from our water park adventure- I will steal my momma's phone eventually, and show you the good times we had, right now it seems so long ago, buried under stacks of papers and busy

I am missing my Gram and Grandpa.  They loved to watch the birds, and my Gram in particular loved Cardinals... seems I see them everywhere.  I feel like she's holding me tight, encouraging me.  I miss her. 

sometimes you just need to wear your awesome pink coat if you're going to storm a castle and slay a dragon or two.  You gotta look good while you're wreaking havoc on the skeleton soldiers from 'the bad part of the castle' <----- per Bode.  

sleepy sweet big kid.  so precious to my heart.  Loved, loved the water park.  he looks like a teenager here... he's only 7.... 8 in a few days. 

I've been sock bunning it up! loving the corduroy shirt and sparkly scarf along with my favorite boots of all time- that now have the heel worn completely through to the STYROFOAM!!! oy.   and rocking the wrist bands and no- make up look post water park.  good times!

precious son- we were wearing hats, reading stories, being lions. being present.  

awesome new POP of color shoes from walmart for $16.00- added the dr. scholl's work inserts and they do a pretty good job of keeping me comfy and moving- not for exercise due to complete lack of arch support but with the inserts they may do for work.  

fat free cookies- uh huh.  I Like them.  I also like rice cakes and quinoa and other sort of card board tasting stuff...  but with a cold glass of milk they go down rather well.  

no stats.  no sweat <---- other than mental sweat... brain melting. 
see ya later, peeps.  happy almost new year. 

linking up for Mondays!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

40 Days- Day 35- burpees.... ug

I'm sufficiently stuffed.  really, really, really.  BUT... I'm not full.  
Why, exactly, is that?!? Have I stretched my belly to the point that if it's not OVER full, I still think I need to eat?? Is my body chemistry so out of whack from faux sugars (I'm looking at you, COKE ZERO!!)  that I no longer know what full feels like??? who knows.  I imagine it might be helpful to talk to someone and find out.... 
or Good Search (searching for a cause!! raising money for FRAXA this year! ) around enough until I have some sort of compilation of facts that point me in the right direction.  

loving my National Fragile X Foundation hat- keeps my ears TOASTY warm :-) 

speaking of hats... LOOK!!! Big kid is WEARING HIS HOOD!!! this is momentous... for real! ok, ok, it only lasted about 1 minute, but it was COLD out there!!! and do you know how frustrating it is to have a kid who will NOT wear a hood or hat??? even when you're sure his ears must be pure ice and about to fall clean off??? oy.  baby steps.  and I love the mohawk hats.  really, really love them :-)

speaking of baby steps- we have great friends here in our little town.  This was a kids Christmas party- the cookie decorating portion... and my boys are sharing a chair without ANY ONE WHINING!!! or pushing, shoving, pinching!!! 

LOVING this bright blue shirt from Gap--- and it's ON SALE!!! plus an additional 30% off TODAY!!

wild and crazy trendy nails... whoa.  

another great/blurry bathroom shot- This ballet neck sweater from Loft is perfect over my super soft Canvas denim shirt (sold out).  

yeah, yeah- all happy about 'em tonight!
1.  sweat time - 58 minutes!! Fitness Blender came through for me again!! I completed the Kettlebell Cardio workout and the Lean and Strong Total Body workout tonight- and my muscles are shaking! 

2.  Calories burned- 508- and this includes all warm ups/cool downs, finding the workouts online... pretty good!! Does NOT equal my excess intake in the form of Christmas cookies but, you know-->

right.  that's right.  

sorry, sorry, sorry about your eyes- but in the spirit of full disclosure... I don't look pretty while exercising. I look sweaty and pink and AMAZING.  even when I'm squishing my flab in  these unflattering contortions.  I feel most beautiful in motion.  

I love that fitness blender does not require you to have much fancy equipment- this is what I used tonight- all purchased at my local Walmart- 10 lb kettle bell and 5lb each dumb bell. 

see you tomorrow bloggity folks!! 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

40 Days- Day 44. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!


looks interesting... but still reserved....


Peek a boo!

hmmm... ok :-)

Penguin gloves and a harmonica... I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere.


tutu, penguin hat, letters... what more cold a girl want??

home made egg casserole and cinnamon roles- NOM!

the big boy and the bottle of bubbles he 'accidentally' spilled into the tub :-)

Off to Jim and Carols for PRESENTS!


open, open, open!

big hugs all around!

cool poster from the Husband's sister.

Uncle Chad helping baby in her first pair of high heels :-)

Kids table- delicious food! Turkey and Ham and everything else under the sun!

Julie and Carol- matching sweaters and smiles!

Julie, Great Gram, and  Bj- amazing lady, 95 years old!

Carol and great Gram and Jim- wonderful people!

Family picture attempt #6 :-)  love the bright colors on my babies!

Chad, Mark, Julie- eyes are OPEN ;-)

Husband and I.  and the bow on his head :-)

baby girl and her 1st of 1 million delicious cookies!!

stockings and a few more PRESENTS!

train with Gram and Grandpa!

           and now it's not even 8 and I have my jammies on and will be back to work tomorrow!  

Celebrating the birth of the King!  and so, so importantly- his presence!

40 Days- Day 33... and a merry Christmas Eve to you!

Amazing day. 

started out on the couch... as usual :-) we love, love, love our daddy man.  

Tonight Was our Christmas with my Mom and Dad.  We have wonderful traditions!  We head out to their home to eat and play, tubby and TALK!! 
Bodie serenaded us.  

Aurelia and Grandpa discussed letters. 

Abe whipped off his shoes, socks, and sweater- found the prepared snack bowl and singing snowmen that Gram had readied for him- and settled in to enjoy the night!

The Kids LOVED the wintery bird seed sensory mix that Gram made.  

We ate a delicious italian meal- home made lasagna- nom, nom, nom!

Abe and Gram washed dishes.  

Baby Bell loved on her Grandpa.

gorgeous eyes!

big kid was FIRED UP!!! note the change of shirt post dish washing :-)

It was Present time!!


look at that funny face!!

what is it???


Gram and her helper.

smile.... and hand me the instructions!!!

here we go... a FOOSBALL TABLE!!

more music to work by.... 

aw yeah, baby!!! 

my daddy and I 

two peas in a pod- ice cream after tubby

sweetest face!

giving Gram his birthday list... because, you know, he didn't just open presents, or have a boatload more to open tomorrow!!

letter to Santa and Reindeer

our big toys for this year!! said the woman with the small house...

Bo's castle!

I made Abe's bear weighted... feeling pretty crafty right now, pretty crafty indeed!!

Aurelia's tunnel and tent!

Abe's brand new ball popper and Cheeto Puffs! on the couch where he will observe the proceedings with dignity :-) 

all ready.  

For unto you is born this day in the city of

David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 Luke 2:11

Linking up with Molly for YOLO Monday!