Monday, October 6, 2014

Our Weekend

It's been over a month since I last wrote a blog post.  I've taken an unintentional break from blogging lately.  I love writing, and I love to document all we're doing through the blog, but, unfortunately, it's always the first thing to go when I'm short on time. 

And isn't everyone short on time these days?  Sigh.

 It seems like there's always something that just has to be done.  Most days, I feel like I'm barely keeping up with just the regular day to day stuff.  And anything extra--like blogging, reading for fun, catching up on tv shows on the DVR, and such?  Forget about it.  I've tried to use the weekends to catch up on cleaning and laundry, but that doesn't leave much time for fun either.

This weekend, I decided I was going to forget that and just go with it.  Who needs a spotless house, anyway?

Friday night, B's band had a gig, so Aniston and I were on our own.  Not wanting to cook since it was just us, I introduced her to the joy of having cereal for dinner.  Since she loves cereal as much as her mama, she thought it was fabulous and such a treat!  Afterwards, we had a movie night and watched Pocahontas II for the third time in the last week.  (I'm not a fan of that movie at all, by the way.  Pocahontas ends up with John Rolfe, not John Smith, and I'm just disappointed even though I understand that it's somewhat historically accurate.) (At one point last week, B and I discussed Pocahontas II.  Because our lives are just that exciting.)  

My mom came to visit on Saturday morning for the purpose of giving Aniston an Elsa dress that she just knew she would love.  She, along with a couple of other ladies she works with--all grandmothers, mind you--giddily bought these dresses for the little girls in their lives on Friday night.  I'm fairly certain that her giddiness was completely due to the fact that, a) the dress sings, and b) the dress would not be kept at her house.  Aniston, of course, loved it and played the song no less than fifty times in the span of an hour. 

We ruined her life later on that day when we told her she had to take the dress off to go grocery shopping.  (Being three is hard, you know.) 

We had lots of family time on Sunday, which was so nice.  We went out to lunch, then to a saltwater fish store.  We added two fish to our aquarium, and I'm crossing my fingers that they make it.  We spent the rest of the evening relaxing at home and visiting with my grandparents. 

It was a really great weekend. :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Our Weekend

This weekend has been crazy productive and that makes me so happy!  Since school started, I've felt like I'm barely keeping my head above water.  I feel that way every August/September, and I hate it.  My goal for this weekend was to get caught up on everything and begin Monday as a calm, sane person.  Ha! 

On Friday night, B's band had a gig, so Aniston and I were on our own.  We picked up barbecue and had dinner at Mamaw and Papaw's house with them and my parents.  Mamaw had major back surgery three weeks ago.  The recovery process is going to be long, but she seemed so much better on Friday.  I'm so thankful for that!  After we got home, I sat down and made a list of all the things I needed to do over the weekend.  And when I say a list, I mean a list!  It looked pretty scary when I finished, but I was very specific.  Like, instead of "clean the house", I divided it up into rooms and then tasks for each room.  A little OCD, I know, but so helpful for me.

Bright and early Saturday morning, I set out to tackle the massive list.  I spent the majority of the day cleaning and organizing.  After Aniston and I had dinner (B had another gig), I popped open my school bag and got to work on a few things.  Tests were graded, lessons were planned, and a newsletter was written.  It was an exciting Saturday night. :)

After such a productive Saturday, Sunday was an easy day.  We went to church.  Aniston has been going down to Children's Time on her own, and it's just the cutest thing ever.  I love watching her.  After lunch, Brooke and I went shopping for a few hours.  I found several cute things, but didn't come home with the huge bags I had hoped for. Isn't that the way it always is when you're looking for something?!

Tonight, B, Aniston, and I went out to dinner.  B washed my car.  Aniston and I kept him company and played outside, and Aniston finally mastered pedaling the tricycle!  Bless her, she hasn't been a fan of it before now!  It was such a perfect night for our little family, and I loved every minute of it.  It was the perfect ending to a great weekend!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Weight Watchers (Week 2)

This week wasn't fabulous, but I didn't really expect it to be.  I only ran once (so much for vowing to do better!) and I didn't track as closely as I should have.  I know the mistakes I made, and I'm going to try really hard to not repeat them again!

I've already pre-planned and calculated points for dinner each day this week.  I'm hoping that helps me stay on track a little more!  I'm visiting The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta at the end of the week with a group of teachers from my school.  We'll be staying overnight, so eating out is a given.  I'm trying to squirrel away as many weeklies as possible, and make sure I'm active every day until then! 

Week Two
-Lost 0.4 lbs
-23.4 lbs to go

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weight Watchers (Week 1)

After summer break and a week of teacher workdays, I was glad to get back to a routine this week.  At work, I don't have time to mindlessly munch here and there throughout the day! 

I was proud of myself for packing my lunch four days this week.  I planned ahead, and packed most of it the night before so I didn't have much to do in the mornings.  That was a lifesaver!  I've been a huge fan of Mission Carb Balance tortillas lately.  They're only 2 points plus (most bread is 3pp), and so yummy!  I've been filling them with either chicken or turkey, lettuce, tomato, and light mayo or light ranch dressing.  We always order out on Friday, and I feel like I made a pretty good choice--a personal cheese pizza (thin crust) and a side salad--and still stayed within my points.

Since it was the first week of school, things were hectic and I came home exhausted every day.  I didn't do nearly as much cooking as I had planned, and we ate out once.  What I love about Weight Watchers most is the extra Weekly Points.  I dipped into those when I needed to, and didn't feel like a failure for doing so because it was part of the plan.  (When I was just counting calories, I felt like I had completely fallen off the wagon every time I went over my calorie goal.)  I'm also loving the "free" fruits and veggies.  Knowing that they're 0pp is definitely helping me make better choices.

I didn't work a single time this week.  Eeek!  I'm blaming it on the first week of school, and vowing to do better next week!

I feel like it has been a pretty good week, but I know I can improve in some areas next week.  (Working out being one of them, obviously! :-P)  Even though the loss wasn't as high as I hoped, I'm okay with it.  It's within the 1-2 lb range of maintainable weight loss, and it's a start! :)

Week One
-Lost 1.2 lbs!
-23.8 lbs to go.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Weight Watchers (Week 0)

So. 

I've struggled weight-wise this summer.  I haven't gained, but I haven't lost either.  I've fluctuated a lot.  I've stuck to using My Fitness Pal, tracking calories and exercising for most of the summer.  Now, I'll admit things haven't gone super well the last two weeks because of being on vacation last week and teacher workdays this week, but, other than that, I've tried to stay on track.

But I'm stuck.  I've been stuck at this weight for awhile now, and I'm ready to move on.  (Down, that is.)  I made the decision to join Weight Watchers just to switch things up a bit, and I'm adding another keep-me-accountable component: the blog.

Does this make me nervous?  Ohhh, yes, it does.  First, I'm talking about my weight, which has always been a conversation topic I like to avoid.  Second, I'm putting myself out there, which means if I fail, you'll know.  While that's scary, it's also motivating, and that's what I'm counting on.

After years of fertility treatments and then a pregnancy, I was at my highest weight ever after I had Aniston.  I was so embarrassed.  I'm still embarrassed when I look back at those pictures.  I truly started making an effort to lose the weight in February 2012, and I lost thirty-five pounds.  I've kept it off, and I'm proud of that, but I want to reach my goal weight.  I've thought about my goal weight for years, but, honestly, I've never thought I could make it.    My current weight is where my body likes to settle, I think, and it seems so hard to lose more.  It's going to take a lot of hard work and determination, but I'm ready to fully commit to making it to my goal weight.  Like I said before, I'm using the blog--and you guys--to hold me accountable.  I plan to post my progress every Saturday.

I can't wait to see what I'm capable of.

Week 0
Pounds to Lose: 25.0


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Confessions



Happy Friday!  I'm linking up with Leslie today for some Friday confessions.

{One}
As I was getting ready for the first teacher workday on Monday, Aniston asked what I was doing.  After I answered her, she looked at me in disbelief and said, "You mean our summer is over?!"  Haha!  I felt the same way!

{Two}
I hated to see the summer end, but I'm glad to be working again.  I love what I do, and I'm excited to start a new year with a new class.  As crazy as it sounds, I love schedules and routines.  I crave it.  I feel so much more productive already!

{Three}
By 'productive' I mean at school, not at home.  After spending all week in my classroom and bringing home this to work on at night, my house is a disaster.  And laundry?  Yikes.  We've designated tomorrow as a cleaning day.  I'm dreading it already.

{Four}
After almost three years without cable or satellite, we're having Directv reinstalled on Wednesday.  I. cannot. wait.  We cancelled our service shortly after Aniston was born.  We didn't really have time to watch tv, and just didn't see much of a need for it.  Plus, it was a great way to save a little money every month.  We've used Netflix and Hulu since then, and really haven't missed it until lately.  I'm fairly certain the NFL Sunday Ticket was really what changed B's mind, but I'm so excited about having a DVR again.  It's the little things. ;)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Celebrating with Treat.

I love greeting cards.  I always have.

I can--and often do--spend a ridiculous amount of time in the card aisle at Target looking for the perfect card.  I want it to look the right way and say the right things. 

On July 29, B and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.  That's eight years of marriage, but we dated for five before that, so that's thirteen years worth of cards we've given each other.  There are only so many ways a greeting card company can think of to say, "I love you." 

So when Treat, a division of Shutterfly, contacted me I knew I wanted to design a card for our anniversary.  Given how much I love Shutterfly, their products, and their service, I knew Treat was destined to be fabulous too.

Treat offers personalized greeting cards and gifts.  As soon as I clicked on their site, I fell in love.  All of the cards can be customized, from the pictures to the wording...even the fonts.  (And you know how much I love cute fonts!)  After you design the card, you can choose from three delivery options: 1) mailed to you; 2) mailed directly to the recipient (you only pay $0.49 for the stamp); 3) delivered electronically.  Since I was planning to give the card to B, I chose to have it mailed to me this time but I can't wait to try the other options.

The card arrived in three days, and it was perfect!  I was really impressed with the quality.  It's printed on a heavy, sturdy cardstock.  The pictures are clear, and everything looks exactly the way I designed it online.  B loved it, and so did I.




The best part?  (Other than having a one-of-a-kind card, of course.)  The price.  For less than the cost of an average card, you can have a card that's personal and fun.  There are tons of options for any occasion you can think of, and the possibilities are endless!  I've spent hours looking at and designing cards for all of the holidays and occasions we have coming up this year. 

I think I've found my new card aisle.  ;)

**Card courtesy of Treat.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.