Monday, October 29, 2012

Kid Quotes

It's Monday and I needed a pick-me-up so I went to my archive of funny stuff my kids have said (that I actually remembered to write down!) to lift my spirits a little. I figured since it's Monday where you are too you might feel better reading a few as well.

Oh and also? My kids are awesome.

October 21, 2011:
Jack (while playing in the living room with Natalie and
Carter): "Hey you guys! Pretend I'm a gyno-saur!"

July 28, 2011:
Natalie: "When I get a little older am I
going to grow hair everywhere?"
Me: "Yes, but you can shave it off if you don't like it. Like your armpits
and legs - I can teach you how to shave that when you're older if you don't want the hair
Natalie: "But won't I grow hair... you know... down *there*?"
Me: "Yes, you will."
Natalie: "How in the world do ya shave that!?"

 July 27, 2011:
Carter: "Mom, did it hurt the first time you got nailed?"
Me: "Uh, what did you just say?"
Carter: "Did it hurt the first time you got nailed? You know... what I
mean. So, did it hurt?"
Me (literally sweating): "I'm not so sure I know what you mean..."
Carter: "You know, the first time you were trying to hammer and you hit
your finger instead of the nail - did it hurt?"

April 25, 2011:
Jack (looking at the little bit of Play-Doh left on the
table): "I'm sorry, Mommy."
Me: "It's okay buddy, I'll help you clean up the rest."
Jack: "No, I'm sorry that I ate most of it and these crumbs are all that's

(I literally have hundreds of these. My kids are...special.)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Common Catch-Up

Okay - where to start?

This past week we had school conferences and the kids are doing great in their classes. Carter's teacher told us that he is holding his own in reading and spelling (where he goes into Natalie's class - a grade above his for those subjects) and is doing really well (and working hard which is all we ask). We are so proud of that boy! We asked his teacher how he's doing as far as speaking out of turn and being respectful and she sweetly says, "Well, he always has plenty to add to group discussions" and Jeff and I laughed - sounds about right. :)

Natalie is doing great in all of her subjects as well and (as always) is simply a joy and "a pleasure to have in class as she's a natural leader and always so helpful to those around her". We are so proud of our kids!

Jack is continuing to do the homeschool program with me every couple of days when we actually remember and life isn't too crazy. He really does enjoy it and is picking up on everything so fast! He's going to do great in Kindergarten next year if I don't have a mental breakdown and actually let him go.
Fischer is officially in his crib now. My heart breaks a little even as I type that. UGH. He just plain outgrew his co-sleeper (he's over 18 lbs and was almost touching every side of the co-sleeper when he was laying in was time) but I just want this baby-stage to last forever - it's my FAVORITE. So him being in the next room (I know, it's not that far) is just...sad. As I was packing up his co-sleeper and cleaning out the pockets I found some evidence of how I survived the first few weeks of his little (sleepless?) life:
Don't judge me.
He turned 5 months on Monday:
Yesterday morning we hung out outside, and while my Dad and I made apple cider with the press, the boys built us a fire (under supervision):
Carter is definitely my son (safety first with the hard hat because really, you just never know). Ha!

Carter took this shot yesterday morning. I saw the first one he took and then deleted it and asked him to back up a little bit (too close for an "I just woke up" picture). You're welcome.

I have zero pictures of Natalie because her cousin (Micah) was over and they were off playing (at the barn) pretty much the whole day (love those girls and how close they are!).

Fischer chillin' outside while we work.
Random post #286 over and out.

Oh - wait! I forgot Fit Friday for this week and last week too, actually...

I'm down about 4 over the past 2 weeks (after the last gain). Very pleased. I'm not obsessing over workouts (that means I haven't been doing that many) but I've been intentional with my eating and still managing to get a few circuit training workouts in a week - so not too bad.

Total lost: 42 lbs.
Still to lose (to ultimate goal): (About) 18 lbs.

Okay - over and out for reals.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fit Friday

I've been slacking the past two weeks on the exercise. Well and on keeping up with my food log too, if I'm honest. I've just been having so much fun (it's FALL!) and since I tend to be an emotional eater I'm realizing that when I'm happy about something - that excitement turns into something good to eat (sans any sort of portion control) and then I'm left with the scale telling me exactly what I honestly already saw coming.

I was up 1.4 pounds this morning.

I didn't go crazy at all this week, but I haven't been working out like normal (honestly my crazy schedule got in the way) and I haven't been drinking as much water as normal (averaged probably about 72oz/day as opposed to my usual 128/day) - see? Not terrible, but I've just slacked in being intentional with my choices.

My goal for this week is to journal everything that goes in my mouth and drink at least 96oz water/day.

On a side note (and to make myself feel better about the scale today) I forgot that today was Friday and I ate a half bag of popcorn at the kids' soccer games last night and then had a (homemade) enchilada at 9:30pm when I got there's that.

Any little "tricks" you guys have tried that help you stay motivated in the weight loss department (besides the presence of muffin tops and needing to rubber-band your jeans together when the button just.won' to the loophole)?

Now I'm off to press out some fresh apple cider from the beautiful apples on our trees and hopefully not drink my body weight in ounces of apple juice.

Total lost: 37.4 pounds

Still to lose (as I got closer to my goal I decided to add 5 more pounds to lose because I could see that my original "ultimate goal" just wasn't going to cut it...): 22.6

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

My name is Karey and I'm a Mom-blog stalker. (And other randomness.)

The first part of this post is a little risky in the fact that I don't want to come off as more creepy than I actually am. I'm writing it because when I find something good (ie: something that makes me laugh so hard I pee my pants) I want to share it. (You're welcome in advance.)

This is one of the blog Mom's I've never met in real life but stalk online my friend Holly (her name is a link in case you can't see the color change on the word and want to actually "see" her). She is stinkin' hilarious and her blog leaves me in stitches pretty much every time I read it. Yesterday was no exception only she didn't write it...her husband (Chris) was a guest poster (is that the right word - "poster"?) and lemme tell ya if you don't follow her blog - DO IT. You won't be sorry! Here's a link to his guest post that is all about us blog Moms and he calls us out of ALL of our "stuff" that makes us part of this unique world of, well, blog Moms!

Okay, in other news...Fall has finally hit around these parts (like for real). The weather is in the low 70s and we're actually expecting rain this weekend (yay!).

I went for what very well could be my last run outside for a while this morning. It was beautiful. I just wish that I had speakers on my sneakers so I could hear the actual sound of my feet hitting the pavement instead of the sound of my I'm-about-to-die mouth breathing that makes me want to gag just listening to it (in related news I really need a new iPod so I can hear music).

Our garden is producing right now like crazy. It's gorgeous! I love making dinners that consist mostly of food we've actually grown (and by "we" I obviously mean my Dad).

Anyway, I hope your guys' week is going great!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Catching up.

Wow. What a weekend. Remember that I was going to Portland for the Women of Faith conference? Well, it was good, you guys. Good friends (GREAT friends, actually), good food, and a GOOOOOOOD God (who really showed up in a big way).

I am blessed.

I came home late Saturday night to a husband who had done all the laundry (folded and everything ya'll - he's freaking amazing), cleaned out the car, bathed the kids, managed the farm and still had a smile on his face and a, "Welcome home" on his lips when I walked through the door now that's what I call 'foreplay'... AmIright, ladies?. I'm that kind of blessed.

More on the weekend later, okay? I've just got to process it all a bit more before I can purge what's on my heart.

Okay, onto the Fit Friday stuff that I didn't write earlier.

I weighed on Friday morning before leaving for P-town and was down 1.8 pounds. I was stoked! I did not get in much exercise (still riding that lazy crazy train) but I've been accountable with my food intake most of the time, so I still feel great about a loss (the fact that it was almost 2 pounds is a major bonus!). I'm still struggling with getting motivated (again) to workout, partly because I'm just being lazy and partly because my to-do list for inside the house is freakishly long (and yet, here I sit typing away instead of actually tackling it - but as my peeps, I'm sure you understand). I won't be surprised in the least if I stay the same this week (or gain a little) - possibly because of the Italian Restaurant we ate at on Saturday night that served me Chicken Parmesan against my will, but I ate it so as not to be rude {side eye}... and maybe because of a few other food choices things as well.


What's gone on this weekend that I missed? I've been trying to catch up on all my favorite blogs , but I usually do that on Saturday when I've got tons of stuff to do but am avoiding it by sitting on the bathroom floor behind the locked door with my computer on my lap reading away while I drink coffee and pretend that I've got IBS. (Oh - don't even try and judge me like you've never done it.) I've missed you guys!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Where I'm At.

Tough start to the week yesterday.

By the time I kicked the kids out of the car dropped the kids off at school at 8:02 am (late as usual) I was already spent. I was not feeling very optimistic about the week ahead because my list was long, my patience short, and glancing at the logistics there simply wouldn't be enough time in each day to get everything done.

At 10am I got a phone call from my husband (who knew I had to run into town) asking if I would meet him for lunch. I had to scramble at home to get my other stuff done (to allow enough time for the stop for lunch) but it was so worth it to take the time. He knew it was exactly what I needed to regroup, calm the heck down, and just sit and discuss and de-stress a little. Man I love that guy. He is definitely my lobster (and honestly, if you don't know what that's from I'm not sure we can be FRIENDS).

So anyway, I cancelled a dentist appointment for today (they wanted to pop out 2 fillings I got when I was a kid and re-fill them because they look loose, but, um...nothankyou) because I just needed a day at home catching up. We've got a sick calf who's taking a lot of my emotional energy (and time), we're low on water (we have a spring, but it gets low every fall) so I'm spending tomorrow doing a buhZILLION loads of laundry at the in-law's house - don't know what we'd do without our parents - seriously. Soccer game tonight and Thursday night and then Friday I leave for Portland to attend Women of Faith over the weekend. I just feel like I'm constantly behind and/or playing catch up.

I find myself super frustrated (most of the time) but I'm also trying to just appreciate these days because I'm constantly being reminded that I will miss them someday and I don't want to look back with regret that all I did was rush through them on my way to the next activity. My desire is to be intentional with the kids you know, when I'm not yelling at them. I'm taking time to sit with them while they do their homework instead of hollering instructions from the next room while I'm stirring spaghetti sauce and mixing up calf-bottles and write notes to put in their lunches reminding them of how awesome I think they are. I want to smile when they walk in the room (it's embarrassing that I even have to think to do that!) and compliment them on what they have done instead of criticize what they could do better. They are my heart and they need to know it. All the time, not just when I'm feeling "caught up," ya know?

So anyway, that's where I'm at.