Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sssshhhhhh! Do you hear that?

It's the sound of my biological clock ticking!!!! I mean seriously what the heck!?!? Every time I see a pregnant woman or a baby my uterus contracts. I have a few theories about my hormonal overdrive. One is that I'm getting older. (Happy Birthday to me today) I am realizing the likelihood of having another baby is pretty slim! My second theory is that my babies are growing up! In my head they should still look like this:

But I blinked and now they are 17, 15 and 12!!!
After Kiley's dance recital, May 2012.
And lastly, it seems as if EVERYBODY is pregnant! Including my two sister-in-laws.

Megan on the left is married to my youngest brother Ryan and they are due with baby Charlie in April. We are hoping to find out whether Charlie is a boy or girl on Friday. Melody on the right is married to my brother Nick and they are excpecting Brody Charles in late November. When Melody joined our family she brought along the cutest smartest niece I could have ever asked for!!!

Rylea on her first day of kindergarden.
We are soooo excited to be having babies in the family. Brody will be the second Grandson in our family and it has been 15 years since the first one, my Tyson, was born. Mom, Megan and I threw a baby shower for Melody and it turned out really nice.
One of my favorite things were the invitations. We ordered them from and they turned out even better than we could have expected!
We had the shower on the porch of a cute little cupcake shop. It rained right up until an hour before the shower!!! We were so worried but the weather turned out perfect.
Hello in there little Brody!
Megan was in charge of decorations. She spray painted these mason jars and filled them with fresh flowers and put burlap runners on the tables. The cupcake shop provided the food and drinks. We had fruit and cheese kabobs, veggie tray, and OF COURSE cupcakes!
This was my cupcake. Strawberry! Yummy!
I was in charge of games. We played a trivia game that asked questions about pregnancy and babies from all over the world. When a guest answered the question right they got a piece of candy. At the end the person with the most candy got the prize. The other game cracked me up! I took close up pictures of Nick and Melody's faces. I then blew them up to 8x10's and cut them in to five equal strips and put them in bags. Each bag had a Nick face and a Melody face. While the guests were sitting at tables they could put the faces together to guess what baby Brody is going to look like.
These were my practice faces.

Another really neat touch that was my Mom idea was the guest sign in. Instead of a book we had each person write a note for Brody on a baseball. We filled up a jar with the baseballs to go in his room.
Guests signing the baseballs.

The finished product!

It was a great day and I can't wait for Megan's shower and for these babies to get here! I will close with a few more pictures from the shower including some of my favorite gifts. 
The ladies of the family, Megan, Mom, Melody, Me, and my girlies!
Kiley on the way home. This was exactly what I felt like!



Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekly Weight Loss Plans

I found this picture of me from three years ago!

Perfect weight for me! This is exactly where I want to be. This is 57 lbs down from where I am right now! It is soooo hard for me to not spend this post beating myself up but that is not going to get me any closer to my goal weight. So here are the plans for the week:

1. Count my calories: Stay between 1200-1400
2. Exercise 5 days a week
   - couch to 5k
   -2 days of Camp Gladiator
3. Menu Plan!!!!!

I signed up for Camp Gladiator AGAIN!!! No I do not love boot camp but yes I do think it's a great workout! I wouldn't have normally had the money to go to the camp but they ran a really awesome special. Four weeks of unlimited classes for four dollars. No way to beat that!!!!!! I'm not sure what I will substitute after this months over but I'm sure I'll come up with something. Maybe Tyson will be willing to train me again if I promise not to be mean to him.

              As I side note, I really want my legs to look like this:
That's not too much to ask is it!?!?
  I made all my lunches for the week on Sunday night. Check out my lovely picture:
The two bowls on the top are a favorite salad of mine. It has romaine and spinach, cucumber, red bell pepper, strawberries, goat cheese, slivered almonds and 4oz of grilled chicken. I use the Walden Farms zero calorie Raspberry vinaigrette dressing. The two bowls on the bottom left are brown rice and Asian blend steamed veggies. I am going to add shrimp to one and chicken to the other. Last but not least is egg salad. I served it in a pita with carrots on the side.

For dinners we will be having chicken tostadas, make your own pizzas, salmon, rice, and sweet potatoes, and a couple of different chicken dishes.

The word for the week is CONSISTENCY!!!!!!



Goodbye 35!

Tomorrow is my 36th birthday. I know, I know 36 is not old but man it feels soooo close to 40 and I'm so not ready to be 40!

We celebrated a day early because Kiley has drill team tomorrow night. Mom made dinner and Ryan and Megan (bro and SIL) came over. I am so blessed that for the ten years I have been a single Mom my Mom has taken the kids shopping for me and let them pick out bday, Christmas, and Mother's Day presents. It makes them feel special and of course I love it!!!!

Last year Tyson thought he would be funny and give me a joke gift. I asked for a watch this is what I got:
Ralph the watch dog! In case you can't tell he is a bronze dog on ski's. I was not amused. One year later and I can at least laugh about it ;0) This year they decided to play it safe and got me the Rachael Ray pots and pans I have been wanting and a new set of silverware. Smart kids! From Mom and Dean I got a Dillards gift card (will be saving to buy smaller clothes) and a DSW gift card from Ryan and Megan. I cleaned up!!!

On our birthday we always get to pick what we have for dinner so I went healthy.
Yummy chicken and steaks Kabobs Dean made on the grill. The pies pictured above are also low calorie. They are an oldie but goodie from when Mom and I went to Weight Watchers. Here is the recipe:

Nutrition Info
  • Calories: 182.7
  • Fat: 6.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.9g
  • Protein: 3.5g


12 oz. Fat Free Yogurt (Key Lime, Lemon, Strawberry, any flavor to match the Jello)
1 box. Sugar Free Jello mix (same flavor as yogurt).
8 oz. Fat Free Cool Whip
1/4 c. water
1 Reduced Fat Graham Cracker Crust


Boil water, add Jello mix and stir until dissolved.
Whisk yogurt into jello.
Fold in Cool Whip.
Pour into pie shell and refrigerate.
Number of Servings: 8

I am determined this will be my last overweight birthday EVER!!! I think this is part of the reason I am having such a hard time turning 36! I just don't want to be fat and 36. Enough of that! I am the only one that can do anything about it!!! Here are a few more pics from the evening!
Hope my wish comes true!

What a weirdo!!!

Kiley was sitting on a stool but I thought this looked so funny!