Thursday, November 11, 2010


We joined our Home School Network (HSN) this summer. We started in August. One of our requirements is to have 2 hours of candy sales as a fundraiser at walmart. This was Cailin’s first time trying to sell things. For her first time, she did pretty good. She was bashful at first, but quickly warmed up to the idea!! One poor man, he was doing that try-to-ignore-look-ahead-walk-fast-and-try-to-get-bye-without-being-asked kind of walk. Cailin practiced all day saying “would you like to buy a candy bar to help my school?” She tried asking this man who was desperately trying to ignore her. Cailin got out “would you like… hey… Hey… HEY… STOP!!! I’m trying to ask you something!!!! (while tugging on his pant leg)”. Would you believe he stopped and bought 2 candy bars due to her persistence?? Now there is some great sales!!!

Where are you

Hallmark sells books that you can record your voice recording the book page by page. They are great!! Each of my girls have 2 of these books. They each have the Night Before Christmas, then Malia has Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Cailin has I Love You This Much.
Malia was listening to Granny read Twinkle Twinkle Little Star one day and started looking under pages and under the book. All of a sudden, I hear her say “Gra-ie… Are youuuuuuu?” She was looking to see where her Granny was. She could hear her, but couldn’t see her. (she also looks for people inside my phone when we are talking on the phone!!).


Mike is going through nursing school. He had an assignment and had to do an assessment on a child between the ages of 3 and 6 years old and asked if he could use Cailin for this test. I told him that would be fine and we set a time.
He worked with her checking some measurements of height and weight and such. He checked her pulse and her blood pressure. Then he had to ask her a bunch of different questions.
Mike: What do you do if you when you are tired?
Cailin: I take a nap
Mike: what do you do when you go outside?
Cailin: I play
Mike: What do you do when you are hungry?
Cailin: I starve.
Mike: Child services will see you in the morning!!!
Thankfully mike knows us well enough to know that my kids are not starving. I just about died from laughing so hard. Definitely not something I am going to forget anytime soon!!

Oh What a day!!!!

While I hesitate to post this because I don’t want people to know how rotten my kids are; I feel that I NEED to post this so I can read it to my girls when they are older and look back and laugh. Right now though, I am not laughing.
Today is a BAD day!! I mean bad. It all started this morning. Actually, now that I think about it, it started last night when Cailin refused to go to sleep. She came out of her room a bazillion times for various things and by 11:00 I was tired of it and tapped her bottom. Not hard, but enough to get her to stay in bed. We have been kind of slacking on preschool, so I told her that we were going to spend quite a bit of time on preschool in the morning. At 11:30, Cailin is in bed crying because she can hear the coyotes and they are scaring her. I guess that scene from Beauty and the Beast scared her. I don’t know… I caved in and told her to go upstairs to the little bed in my room (basically a fold out cushion). She did. We finally fell asleep.
This morning, as soon as Chris left for work, Rebel was looking out my bedroom window and decided to go ape-shit at something. I got out of bed and saw my lovely neighbor herding his 2 HUGE pigs back to his yard. He is luck that HE was out there with them, because this is not the first time the pigs have come to visit and I have told my neighbor that I am going to call him next time and if he shoots the pigs, I’ll split the meat with him. The neighbor that the pigs belongs to doesn’t believe in fences I guess, because all of his livestock is always wandering into my yard. At this point, I really wouldn’t feel too bad about enjoying some of it for dinner.
Anyway, back to my day… rebel acting like a nut woke up Cailin. I told her lay back down and go back to sleep since she was up so late last night. I didn’t go back to sleep. I started reading my Calvert School manual to see what we were doing for preschool today. Cailin did not do as I asked (surprise surprise) and decided to play in bed anyway. Great. She normally sleeps 9-9ish, last night she slept 11:30-7:45. This was going to be a good day.
When Malia woke up, she woke up happy. I’m glad. I fixed the girls some pop tarts for breakfast. Cailin thought that it would be a blast to take Malia’s food and hold it about a half inch above where Malia could reach; just enough to make her mad. Then Cailin would laugh at her. She would do this with several toys as well that I had to take away and ask her to please be nice to her sister. Cailin took this opportunity to remind me that she really wants a baby brother. I told her that until she learns how to treat her baby sister, she doesn’t even get to think about a baby brother.
After breakfast, Cailin got dressed and we started preschool. Malia used her crayons and colored on the kitchen table. Cailin tells me “I just want to argue today” I responded by telling her she could argue, I would just tap her bottom when she did… that was fine with me. She didn’t like that option. I tell her what we are going to do and she told me no. I tapped her fingers. She saw I meant business. I didn’t do it hard… I barely touched her, but she needs to understand that I am mom, boss, and teacher and I am in charge. She finally saw things my way. Shortly after this, I hear Malia playing in the water. She was at the cabinet though. OH CRAP!!! I just realized she was filling her cup at the fridge, and dumping it into the kitchen drawer where her cups were. Not in the cups, but just in the drawer. She had a good half inch of water in there. (For those that haven’t been here, there are 2 cabinet doors that open, and then in those doors are 2 drawers that pull out. The top drawer has the kid’s cups in it, but bottom has oatmeal packets, fruit snacks, dried fruits, and other snack types of stuff. I had to empty all the cups out and try to sop up this water before it started dripping onto my food. Malia wanted to ‘help’, but she wasn’t helping, so I sent her out of the kitchen. Cailin came in to tell me she didn’t brush her teeth yet, so I sent her in the bathroom to brush her teeth. She comes out with a paint brush instead of her tooth brush to clean her teeth. Wonderful. I sent her to get a toothbrush and to brush her teeth the right way.
Forgive me, but around this point, my details get fuzzy. Cailin came back into the kitchen and didn’t do something that I asked her to do so I sent her back to her room to do it. While she was on her way back to her room, already upset that I was making her do something the correct way, (it might have been something like put laundry in hamper) Malia attacked. Malia was in the bathroom and was mad about something. Malia was standing on the step stool at the sink with a cup of water. She threw the cup of water, CUP AND ALL at Cailin. Cailin gets mad and retaliates with hitting Malia. Cailin is wet and crying. I tell her to go get dry clothes on and go to bed. If her and her sister can’t get along, they are going to bed. I gave Malia a towel, told her to clean up her mess, and then she was going to bed. She was crying as well. They both started crying even harder saying they weren’t tired and it wasn’t fair, and ….. I get them both in bed and take an extra Prozac hoping and praying that it will kick in quicker than normal and I will have a better afternoon. I called Chris and told him of my wonderful morning and all he could do was sit on the other end of the phone and laugh. While I am laughing now, that is definitely NOT what I needed right then!!!
The positives of this morning, I do not need to worry about Malia. She seems to be able to take care of herself if anyone tries to take advantage of her. Naps came at 11 this morning instead of at 2 this afternoon. I really hope that this afternoon will go better and that meltdowns will not happen before 5:30 tonight when Chris gets home from work!!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Picky sleeper

I thought I was an easy going person. Not too picky about too many things.... That is, until I got a new bed. When I sleep, my picky-ness comes out in full force. I sleep the same way all the time. I like to sleep facing the edge of the bed and not the middle. I require a heavy blanket on me... not because I am cold, but for the weight. We currently have a down comforter and I LOVE it. The blanket must be pulled up over my shoulders and tucked under my chin without touching my face at all. Which ever side I am sleeping on, I will have that arm up by my head, under my pillow with the pillow pulled down to my neck. This is how I sleep every night. When I am in my bed, I am sleeping on my left side. If for some reason I sleep in Cailin's room, I am on my right, but the blanket, and pillow are always the same. It wasn't till I was sleeping in Cailin's bed that I realized that I always face the edge of the bed.
We recently got a new bed. We came upon a really good deal on a tempurpedic cloud supreme bed. Since I have been having troubles with my back a bit, we thought it would be a good idea. I was told that my waterbed was the absolute worst kind of bed for me, and that tempurpedic would be the best. We weren't planning on getting this kind of deal, so we were thrilled. After waiting almost 3 months after ordering it, our new bed arrived, and then all my sleeping habits went out the window. This bed, while it is very comfortable, it is a very HOT bed to sleep on. It makes it hard to sleep with my down comforter on me. This one minor change has made it interesting sleeping. I don't sleep well with just a sheet on, and yet this is what I am trying to adjust to. It is still a process I am working on. I'm thrilled to have a new bed, but now I need to create some new sleeping habits.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Smiles for God

Last week, Chris was out of town for work. When this happens, Cailin normally snuggles up in my bed with me. This particular night, there were some nasty storms comming through our area. I take cailin to my room and as she is wiggling herself down under the covers she tells me "I'm going to sleep like this" and has a grin on her face. I told her that it was such a pretty smile and I was glad she was going to be happy while she sleeps. She told me that she wanted to have a pretty smile on her face when God took her picture. (To make thunderstorms less scary, we have told the girls when we see lightening, it is God taking our picture, and thunder happens when He is rearranging his furniture in heaven and dragging the sofa across the floor.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Memory verses

Cailin LOVES her new Sunday school class.  She loves she is getting memory verses.  She is doing amazing with remembering them with one exception.   When she tells me the verse she learned yesterday, this is it, "Lord there is nothing like you.  Your name is grape and powerful".   

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June 8, 2010

SOO much has happened to my last blog. I don’t know where to start. Things have just been hectic and I haven’t had a chance to get anything posted.
I will start with what I have been doing myself. I managed to get a new sewing machine and the girls have kept me busy with it! They each have a new bag. Cailin’s is purple with designs from Disney’s princess and the frog, Malia’s is purple with Dora and boots and butterflies on them. The girls are using them for library bags. Will get to that later. I also made a bag for my mom and Chris’s mom as well. I thought they made great Mom’s Day gifts. I have made a sun dress and matching hat for Cailin and a shirt and Capri outfit for malia with a matching hat. I have material to make more sundresses and hats for the girls. I made a new bag part of my hamper as well. Oh, and chris gave me a challenge to make him a bag for his soccer flags. I finished all with flying colors. I love my new sewing machine!!!! I’ve also been keeping busy with trying to keep up with house work and then my latest challenge.
We have decided we are definitely going to go forward with out plan to home school our girls. I know there are so many people out there that do not agree with this decision, but for us, it really is the best thing. There are resons that range from our school district, all the way down to health reasons. For those of you who are concerned, please know that this is not a decision we are taking lightly. Lots of thought, lots of research and lots of prayer. We are going to use a curriculum from Calvert School. I like that you can have a certified teacher to evaluate tests or writings and things like that. They also keep records and have an accredited curriculum so If we do decide to return to a regular school, all records are available. I have been researching, and studying to see what I need to be doing. I am going to supplement this curriculum just to have more fun and so I have been making lesson plans to go with it. We are going to have a theme a week… picnics, camping, fall harvest, all about me… you name it. Its been fun planning everything!!
I’ll go from here to Cailin. She is doing wonderful. After her birthday, I am not sure what clicked, but some of her fears have just went poof and disappeared. She now loves to swing. She is getting big enough to use a regular swing and not her toddler swing too. Chris made her a swing out of plywood and some rope. Unfortunately, the rope was old and while she was swinging, the rope broke. Cailin, once she stopped crying, tells Chris, “Daddy, the new swing sucks”. We went to Lowes to get new rope. The man helping us asks Cailin if the rope is for a swing, Cailin says “yes, daddy made one for me but the rope sucks and it broke”. I almost choked. Thank you Joe for teaching this to my little girl!! Some other memorable quotes from Cailin are “gobbles” to wear when swimming to see under water, She likes pizza with cheese and macaroni instead of pepperoni, she always asks “can I be an excuse” when she is done eating. She tells me stories of when she was born, however, she says “long ago, when I was boring…” Oh hunny, you have never been boring!!! Oh, the last and my favorite of all… Cailin and I were talking one day about what we wanted to be when we grow up. (I still haven’t done that either). She tells me she is going to be a farmer. I asked her what kind of farmer, she could be a corn farmer, or an animal farmer, or a hay farmer… what kind of farmer did she want to be? She responds with “I’m going squeeze all the milk out of cows”. Luckily, I know some wonderful people who own a dairy farm and are going to let us come and try it out sometime.
When Cailin got her bike for her birthday, she was afraid to ride it. The first few times, she would hold the handlebars and walk next to the bike around in the garage! It didn’t take her too long to start riding. We went to the park. I thought that I would pull malia in the wagon because Cailin was just getting started riding, we weren’t going to go far and we weren’t going to go fast. I was WRONG on all aspects. She did great. My legs were so tired that evening. The next time, I took my own bike and trailer so malia and I could ride right along with her. There is no stopping this girl. Her training wheels are still flat to the ground, however, I think this is going to change soon and some wobbling is in the future for bike riding. I’m not sure I am ready to take her on a bike ride down lime kiln yet, however, she is doing wonderful!!
Cailin is also taking to this role of a big sister really well still.. She loves to teach malia things. I love when I am driving and I hear Cailin quizzing Malia on what sounds different animals make and giving the appropriate feedback for right or wrong answers. Cailin loved teaching malia how dandilions turn into wishes and you can blow them away. They sat in a field on the side of the driveway for almost an hour picking and blowing wishes together. I love how they play together and interact with each other and and just so loving with each other. They love to dance together. They basically hold hands and spin in circles, but that’s their way to dance and it makes them both so happy. Cailin even taught Malia how to fly a kite at a super windy soccer game of daddy’s.
We have taken many trips to Morse Park as well as Leonard park. We love to feed the ducks. One day malia was so excited to feed them that she fed them her own lunch as well. Cailin and malia both love to climb. Malia has climbed up and went down one particular slide that was so tall and so steep, I was a nervous mess watching her do it. Then once at leonard park, Malia saw how kids were climbing up various things to get to the slides and decided she didn’t want to use the steps any more. I didn’t mind this idea until she started climbing where I couldn’t hold onto her from underneath. She thought it was great, it wasn’t until 2-3 times later that I was brave enough to step away just long enough to snap a photo… but then I ran right back to be ready to catch her. I didn’t need to, but I was afraid I was going to…
Malia is starting to talk more and more. She said Pleeeeeeeesse, thank you, When she eats dinner, she will either tell us that it is ‘good’ or she will spit it out noisily while making raspberries. She LOVES to talk on the phone. If she sees we are calling anyone, she comes over and hells hi, and tries to answer some things with yes and no, and she says LOVE YOU and BYE when hanging up.
Malia gave me a scare around Easter. She wasn’t feeling very well and had a slight fever. The next day, she was okay, fever stayed away as long as I kept motrin on board. The next day, she woke and fever was here. I called the dr and they said I didn’t have to worry till it was still there on Wednesday, or if it went up to 103+ degrees. Okay, I wasn ‘t worried. Of course at 5:30, just after the dr office closed, malia felt warm. I gave her motrin and after a bit it was still high. We went to urgent care and they couldn’t find anything and sent us home. As soon as we got home, she felt hot, not warm but hot… I checked her temp and it was 105+. It was nuts. I called afterhours answering service and they said I needed to take her to ER. I was worried, chris was out of town. I gave her more motrin, gave her a cool bath and ust prayed that her temp would go down. After about 2 hours, her temp was back down… around 97.0 The next morning I called Dr. Hamby’s office right away. He took a look at her and said she had a double ear infection that Urgent Care missed the night before. For the first time, I called and filed a formal complaint and told them I would prefer to not have to pay my $50 co-pay. After a week of investigating, they agreed. She is better now. If she gets another ear infection, we need to get new ear tubes placed in.
To end on a lighter note with Malia, she is doing great on potty training. She wants to do everything on her own. Lately, she poops on her potty, stands up, puts it into the toilet, sits down, poops out one piece, stands up, dumps it in the toilet, and over and over. I guess you have to have a clean potty at all times. She also is starting to tell us when she needs to potty. She uses the same term all the time. Poop’d. I poop’d, I need to poop’d… but at least she tells us!!
I gave chris a project and he has been busy doing an amazing job. We finally pulled the carpet out of the bathroom and chris have been busying putting tile down. It looks amazing. I’m so proud of how well he did!!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Service Projects, funny weather, and new words.

Malia has had a busy week this week. She had two teeth come in poor girl! She now has the bottom tooth just to the left of her front teeth! Yesterday she was tired and needy most of the day. When I was about to go to bed, I peeked on her. She was turned around in her bed with one foot on her pillow and one foot through the bars of her bed. I turned her around without her waking up, so I though I would try checking her mouth to make sure she didn’t have any more surprises for me. I discovered that she had her bottom right pre-molar come through her gums. She has been so much happier today.

Cailin has had a good week. She is still working on orneriness. I think she is testing the waters to see what she can get away with… and for my sanity, it isn’t much. We had some photo sessions outside just playing around and trying to fiddle with my camera. She is getting so big. And has such a sweet heart. On Wednesday, Cailin had her first service project with our church and she loved it. They had spring cleaning for toddler town. It is the part of our church for the 2-late 4 year olds. There were 11 moms and 19 kiddos to come and help. Malia came too, but she did more playing than helping. We were cleaning out cabinets, cleaning toys, wiping everything down… Cailin worked with a little girl Phoenix with 3 bins of water… rinse, wash and rinse again. She would dunk a toy in each of the bins and then dry them off. While she was working she looked at me and said “this makes Jesus’s heart smile doesn’t it?”. You bet Baby girl, you bet! Made my heart smile too. She has such a big heart to share with everyone. Last night we were playing and she told me “I like sharing my toys with Malia. It makes her so happy to play with me”. How many kids do you hear saying something like that about a younger sibling. I love this girl so much.

I feel like the only thing I have been doing lately is cleaning house and having a hard time catching up. I am trying though.

The weather has been… well… interesting. It was a bit cool early in the week, but then warmed up Thursday and Friday. We were supposed to have a picnic at the service project at church, but it was cold and rainy, we had a picnic inside instead and all the kids were just as happy. Thursday and Friday it was up to 70 degrees. It was awesome. We were outside all day long. It was great. We were outside all day Friday too. Hauling wood, tilling up flower beds, getting ready for spring. Then Saturday, it seemed like all hell broke loose. We woke up and it was cold and sleeting. The temperature just dropped all day long. By the time the girls went to bed, there was about 3 inches of snow. When I finally went to bed, there was 5-6 inches of snow. Sunday morning, it was still snowing and sleeting. Most of it melted on Sunday, but it was still cold. Today it is a bit warmer, in the 50’s so everything is completely melted. The problem is that now it is going to be warm all week, but with 6 inches of snow that has melted, it is going to be a muddy mucky mess this week. Maybe this will be a good week to bake some nice mud pies with my girls. I hope you have a sunny week… no matter what the weather is!!! Here, we've been laughing that the last day of winter it was 70 degrees, and the first day of spring we had a snow storm with at least 6 inches of snow!

Oh, forgot to mention Cailin’s new word… Delishable. Pronounced De-lish-able. She was playing with her baby and said she had a delishable girl.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pictures to share

Catching up since November...

Wow, I feel rotten for not posting more often. I think I am going to try what a friend does and post once a week. There are so many days lately that something happens and I say “I need to post that on the blog” and about an hour later, I forget what the quote was.
What has been happening? Wow, lots! I have been practicing lots on my photography skills. That is easy to do when you have such easy subjects to work with. Cailin will smile away and jump in front of the camera. Malia has been a stinker lately and turning her head every time I am about to shoot. I have learned to be quick, or to fool her into looking.
Cailin just had her fourth birthday. I don’t know how she grows so fast, or how she gets so smart, but wow, she sure surprises me. She has a heart of gold and would do anything to make people happy. She’s got a servant’s heart as well. She wants to help all the time. She helps set the table for dinner most nights, she helps with so many things with Malia. My favorite is still when we are getting ready for bed, Cailin will pull Malia’s covers up, give her a kiss and turn the light out as I say good night to her. I’m so blessed that my girls get along as well as they do. I expected Cailin to have some sort of jealousy, or resentment, but she really hasn’t. Nothing but love from this little girl. Not too long before Christmas, we went through a phase where there were times I just wanted to scream with her. She would do things just to be mean it seamed like… Thankfully that lasted less than a month.
Christmas was so much fun this year! Around thanksgiving, she was so scared of Santa when we saw him in the mall. I just thought ‘here we go again’. I had the double stroller with me and she wouldn’t get up to say hi. She didn’t want to touch him, but she let HIM say hi to her. Malia on the other hand was trying to climb out to run to him. This girl has no fear. Just last week, we went to a tea room for lunch and on the way out, she wrapped her arms around some guy we have never seen before and gives him a hug. I am going to have to watch her so closely!!!!! Anyway, back to Christmas, The next time we were out to the mall, Cailin got out of the stroller and walked to Santa. She said hi, and that was it. She wouldn’t touch him at all. No shaking hands, no hugs, nothing. The next time, she shook his hand, the nest time she gave him a hug and a high five. Then about a week and a half, I had a huge shock from my Bright Eyes. We were driving around, and she told me “next time I see Santa, I’m going to sit on his lap. I’m going to jump right up and he isn’t going to know I am coming”. I was shocked. I wanted to believe it and be excited, however, I know my girl. She isn’t going to do something like this! The next time we were at the mall, sure enough, she asked me to please take her to see Santa again. Later that day, we passed Santa. We went to say hi and there was a family in front of us. As soon as they finished, Cailin hopped up, and RAN to Santa and jumped on his lap. He was laughing and said to him “you didn’t know I was going to do that”. This is her way of saying “I surprised you”. I was surprised that’s for sure.
Well, Cailin wanted a ladybug party for her fourth birthday, until she saw this castle kit. I agreed we could make a castle cake and she said she could have a Princess Party. Sounds good to me. She loves the Disney princesses, even though I am really getting tired of them… I feel like everywhere I look, I see Disney princess. It makes her happy though, and I love nothing more than to see that sweet girl’s face. There is a song on the radio right now that makes me think of her every time I hear it. I mean, she is always with me, but it makes me look at her and smile even more. The song is called Heaven Is, by Steven Curtis Chapman. The first line of the song says “Heaven is the face of a little girl, whose big brown eyes disappear when she smiles”… Oh the pictures that I have of this happening!!! The song is so true, just seeing her smiling and laughing so hard that her eyes close, it is as close to heaven as I can get right now.
Malia is growing so fast. And changing so much! She is a firm believer of “monkey see monkey do”. What ever Cailin does, Malia wants to do as well. Cailin likes to play dress up; Malia wants to play dress up. Cailin wants to jump on the bed; Malia wants to jump on the bed. Cailin wants us to watch and see how fast she runs Malia backs up to the cabinets in the kitchen squats down and yells “GO” for us to tell her go. While I say Malia likes to do everything Cailin does, she isn’t the same in any other way. While Cailin is quiet, reserved and a bit cautious, Malia is just the opposite. She is loud, boisterous, and afraid of nothing and not the slightest bit bashful. Malia is slow to learn when things hurt, you need to stop. There was one day she stood on the toddler rocking chair, held onto the rungs of the chair, and rocked it. She rocked it so hard that the chair tipped over. She cried for about ten to fifteen seconds, and then stood up, picked the chair up, and repeated the process… four times. It was comical. Malia is not the kind of child that likes to cuddle. The only time that she will curl up in my lap is if she is really tired, or not feeling too well. Lately, she has been on my lap and I love it in one way, but in another way, I feel so bad. I know why she is cuddling so much. She has 4 teeth that are all about to pop through at one time. One came in yesterday. It was her upper right premolar. Three more are so close. Malia loves to run, and climb, and jump, and throw things, and… wow. There are some days that I say “she is my boy”. She is full of giggles, full of energy and keeps me on my toes. I now understand why some parents like to use those back pack kid leashes. I feel I might need one for her. (Although, I think she would find a way to wiggle out of it). Malia is starting to talk and saying words that others can understand. Here’s a list of her words that I can think of so far.
Brush (hair or teeth), dress (herself, her babies, and the dogs), eat, snack (nact), thank you (na-nu… you can only tell she means thank you because she is signing it too), mom (rarely momma or mommy), dada, Cailin (na-nin), rebel, uh-oh, bird (buwd), love you, bye, bye guys, mere (come here), boots (her boots, or Dora and boots), shoes, help, where did it go? (air-go), here it is (ere is)…
And the list goes on. I am sure I will think of some more after I post this. Once she saw Cailin showing me how long her arms were getting from eating all of her dinner. Cailin stretched her arms up high in the air. Now if we ask Malia how dinner was, she says, “MMMmmmm” and puts her arms in the air.
Cailin has been so sweet and so polite lately. After she finishes eating, it makes me smile to hear her say “can I be an excuse”

Chris seems to be super busy with his work. I’m not sure what is going on there, but he is really busy with it. Around Christmas, I know Eagle Picher Technologies was bought by OMG, and there have been some changes, but I’m not sure what they were. I think that might have something to do with it.
Soccer season seems to be picking back up again. High school has started as have the tournaments. Chris was gone this weekend for a tournament. When He is gone like that, Cailin will come and sleep in my bed to keep me company. I finally felt like Malia was old enough to join us. It didn’t work. After about 20 minutes, she got her cup and her doll and headed downstairs on her own. She climbed into her own bed and says “nite nite”. See… not so much into cuddling.
As for me, I’m doing okay. I never make new years resolutions because they never seem to work. I did at Christmas though vow that I was going to be healthier. I was going to loose some of this weight that keeps creeping up on me, and I was going to be more active. Santa bought me the wii active personal trainer. I have to tell you, after the first 2 days of the 30 day challenge; I thought I was never going to be able to walk again!!! I hurt that bad. At Christmas, my weight was close to 210. I know it isn’t much, but I have gone down to 204. My % of body fat is down and % of muscle has gone up, so that is great! I also got a biggest loser cookbook. I love the show, so why not try some recipes. They were pretty good. I’ve been trying to cook healthy meals and exercise as much as possible. My goal is to eventually make it back to 150 as far as weight. I don’t have any time constraints, but that is my goal. Someone make sure I’m not slacking!!! Other than the healthiness stuff, as I mentioned earlier, I am working on photography skills as well. I love taking pictures, but I want to be able to take them and have strangers say “WOW, that’s awesome” about one of them!!
That’s about it in a nutshell. I’m going to post pictures another time. I need to sort through and pick which ones to put up there.