Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Getting Back On Track

Last night I stepped on the scale and woah!

I honestly thought it had to be broken.

It wasn't.

It isn't.

Since January I've gained between 8-10 lbs. Now I know. Not a huge amount, but when you're 4'11" it is. I could make a lot of excuses, but bottom line, I like ice cream and chips and snack foods. I drank two sodas this past week. I typically go months without a soda. In the past six months I've allowed myself to consume way too much junk. I've allowed myself to slack on my workouts. I've been lazy. And yes, there has been the stress of adding a spirited toddler to our home. Yes, my days are busy, but there's really no excuse.

I need to be healthy ... mentally, physically, and emotionally. And what I put in my body affects that. So this morning I got up and made a veggie frittata. I am determined to be more intentional about what goes in my body. No I'm not dieting. I'm not low carbing it. I'm not even giving up ice cream. But ice cream everyday is a bit excessive. I've always been a healthy eater who indulged in an occasional treat. But lately it's been all treats with an occasional healthy food thrown in. So I'm putting this out there because when other people know what I'm doing, it definitely puts a little good pressure on me.

Here's to being healthier!

Sunday, June 12, 2016


As much as I'd love to deny it, I've now hit my mid-30s. Once upon a time, I thought 35 was old, but as is so common, the older you get the less you like to see yourself as "old".

Patrick's birthday is six days after mine so we usually celebrate them together. Last night, for the first time since November, we went out to dinner without the kids. My sister and brother-in-law watched them for a few hours. I'll admit, that I was nervous, but Anna did really well. She's comfortable with my sister, and they kept her entertained. But she was definitely glad to see us when we picked her up. Andrew, on the other hand, was disappointed we weren't gone longer.

We rounded out the weekend with burgers at my parents'. Watching Anna play and giggle and run around, I was reminded how far she's come from the terrified little girl we brought home. Everyday, things get more and more normal. Yes, there are still challenges, but we have definitely settled into a place of normalcy as a family of four. And I'm coming to terms with being 35.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Six Months

Yesterday, marked six months since "gotcha" day. I didn't even realize what the date was until late yesterday afternoon. We had spent the day going about our normal, now more relaxed due to summertime, routine. We went grocery shopping, ate lunch, and cleaned up some before naptime. After Anna's nap we were outside, and she was playing in the wading pool when I suddenly realized the date.

Six months!

It's hard to believe, and yet, it seems like she's been with us for much longer.

Miss Anna weighs almost 28 lbs. I have no clue how tall she is, but she keeps getting taller. She's very athletic and coordinated, and I foresee a lot of sports in her future which is a big change for this very unathletic mama! She's communicating so much more here lately. She understands most of what we tell her and will follow instructions ... when she feels like it. Haha! She's learning to play. She's still not a big fan of television which is fine by me but isn't opposed to watching a few minutes of Barney from time to time. She is eating so well and has finally started eating with her hands. She loves animal crackers. She's spirited and funny, and most importantly, she's our girl.

Here's a picture from our outside time yesterday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Family Photo Shoot

This post is the epitome of picture overload, and I totally apologize. But I didn't want to pick out just a few photos to show y'all so here they are. Enjoy . . . or don't. Whatever floats your boat.